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MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 15 DECEMBER 2004 AT THE ARETHUSA VENTURE CENTRE, LOWER UPNOR AT 7.30 pm

PRESENT:

Cllr David Coomber

Chairman

 

 

Cllr Gordon Bird

Cllr Mrs Nancy Bird

Cllr Mrs Pam Coomber

Cllr Peter Hicks             --  from item 9c

Cllr Mrs Jane Etheridge  --  from item 9c

Cllr Tom Mason

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Roxana Brammer

Clerk

 

In attendance

Mr David Levy

Footpaths Officer

Item
(2004/5/ Minute number)     


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343 APOLOGIES

Apologies for absence that were accepted by the Council were received from Cllrs Bamber, Etheridge, Mrs Hoskin, Miller and Moore and for late arrival from Cllrs Mrs Etheridge and Hicks.

2
344 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST AND ALTERATIONS TO THE REGISTER

None.

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345 ANY OTHER BUSINESS OF AN URGENT NATURE

None.

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346 MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 25 NOVEMBER 2004

Tthe minutes of the meeting held on 25 November 2004 were agreed and signed as a true record.

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MATTERS ARISING
347 None.

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FOOTPATHS
348
a  Representativeís Report

The Chairman suspended the meeting to allow Mr Levy to give his report.

Mr Levy apologised for not having attended the last meeting. Two paths needed reinstating, one at Islingham Farm and the other near the foreshore at Upper Upnor. The other paths were in good order.

The Chairman thanked Mr Levy and reconvened the meeting.

A vote of thanks was proposed to Mr Levy and his colleagues for all their hard work over the past few months.

7 UPNOR

349 a Upnor Residents Society Report

In the absence of a representative, there was no report.

350 b Upnor Project

Emma Powell had now supplied a copy of the plan, which had been forwarded to the Environment Agency.

351 c Frog Island

The Clerk reported that the tree had been removed by A R Dingwall (Landscapes). The quote to remove the hebe on the green at Lower Upnor had been passed on to the Upnor Residents Society.

8 PLANNING

a Applications

352 i MC2004/2705: Land adjacent to 13 Hughes Drive, Wainscott: Construction of 4 bedroomed detached house (demolition of garages)

No objection.

353 ii MC2004/2714: 28 Hughes Drive, Wainscott: Part single, part 2 storey extension

No objection

b Decisions

354 The decisions as listed on Appendix A were received.

c Appeals and Other Matters

355 i B & Q, Medway City Estate

Cllr Mason reported that the application for B & Q was coming back to Medway Councilís Planning Committee. He thought it unlikely they would make a contribution to reconstructing the Sans Pareil roundabout.

356 ii Elizabeth Cottage, Upnor

There was a rumour the appeal had been dismissed. The Clerk was asked to contact Doug Coleman.

9 FINANCE

357 a Bank Balances

The bank balances as listed on appendix B were noted.

358 b Cheques Signed Since the Last Meeting

None

359 c

Accounts for Payment

The accounts for payment (cheques 100860 - 100863) as listed in Appendix B were approved.

360 d Subscriptions

i The subscription to Action with Communities in Rural Kent was approved.

361 e Budget 2005/6

The Chairman presented the draft budget for the year 2005/6. It was proposed by Cllr Bird, seconded by Cllr Hicks and agreed unanimously that the budget be adopted.

362 f Precept 2005/6

It was proposed by Cllr Bird, seconded by Cllr Mason and agreed unanimously that the precept for 2005/6 be £18,000.

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GRANT APPLICATIONS

363 a Red Cross Medical Loan Centre

Cllr Mrs Etheridge declared a personal interest, as recently having received a loan of a wheelchair from the centre. She explained the costs involved in lending out medical equipment. It was proposed by the Chairman, seconded by Cllr Hicks and agreed a grant of £100 be made under Section 137. (cheque 100864)

11 HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORT

364 a Traffic Scheme, Brompton Farm Road/Hollywood Lane

The Chairman reported that following the meeting he had had with Cllr Filmer and John Edwards he is still awaiting the speed figures in graph form. He had subsequently met Mr Edwards at a function. Mr Edwards apologised for the delay in the provision of the speed figures graph, and then discussed matters relating to waste.

365 b Stonehorse Lane

In Cllr Bamberís absence there was no update on ownership of the hedge and the need or otherwise for planning consent for gates from private gardens onto the lane. No reply had been received from the resident at 28 Fordwich Drive.

12 MANAGEMENT OF THE COUNCILíS LAND AND PROPERTY

a Recreation Ground

366  i The new dog bin had been installed.

367 ii Youth projects. A letter to adjoining residents had been prepared and would be distributed after Christmas.

b Woodland, Lower Upnor

368  Nothing to report.

c Allotments

369  The Clerk was still trying to arrange a site meeting with Rentokil and the allotment holders.

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370 LIGHTING

Nothing to report.

14 RURAL LIAISON COMMITTEE

371 a Representativeís Report

The next meeting was on 21 December.

372 b Projects

The Chairman said that apart from a youth shelter, the children had requested permanent goalposts and proposed these be installed as a project. This was seconded by Cllr Mason and agreed unanimously. The Clerk to source and obtain a quotation.

15 KAPC/MAC

373 a Representativeís report

Cllr Moore was attending the meeting that evening.

16 HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

374  Cllr Mrs Coomber said there had been no meeting. The ramp would cost £600. She would obtain further quotes for the replacement fire door and windows. Cllr Mason requested the Hall Management Committee give some thought to marketing the hall.

17 POLICE MATTERS

a Police Liaison Committee representativeís report

375  Cllr Miller had said he had nothing to report. Cllr Mrs Etheridge said that she understood that some pupils from Temple School had been excluded from the bus.

b Neighbourhood Watch

376  Cllr Miller had had nothing to report.

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WEBSITE

377  The Clerk reported there was a delay in registering the domain name.

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CONSULTATION

378 a Transfer of Licence, Tudor Rose, Upper Upnor

No objection.

379 b Entertainment Licence, The Pier, Lower Upnor

The Council had not been informed of this application by Medway Council and had found out through the Manager of the Arethusa Centre. It was agreed the Council object to this application:

The pub is surrounded on three sides by residential housing and noise disruption to these residents would be considerable, especially in the summer months when both the pub and residents are likely to have windows open.
Entertainment may well attract even more visitors to the pub from outside the village. Car parking is already a problem, especially as the public car park is closed at night time. Even if this were to be kept open, visitors would have to pass the pub before reaching the public car park and would be unlikely to use it. Extreme pressure would be put on the narrow roads in the village and obstructions to normal traffic flow might occur.
Extra visitors will also contribute to increased noise, both from the people themselves and from their cars.
We are informed that it is a "late" licence, which presumably means they are seeking to stay open beyond normal hours. In view of the close proximity of many of the residents of Lower Upnor this would affect their quality of life for the reasons outlined above.
We would also draw your attention to the presence of the Arethusa Venture Centre in the village and to the specific objections raised by the manager.

It was also agreed to write that the Parish Council was appalled that it was not informed or consulted on this case as apparently it is not a statutory consultee, as it is in the matter of Justices' Licences.

This would be taken up by the Medway Ward members who also serve as councillors on the Parish Council.

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CORRESPONDENCE

341  None received.

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REPORTS AND CIRCULARS

342  The reports and circulars as listed on the agenda were received.


The Chairman closed the meeting at 8.45 pm.

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