The council met on September 4. There were no members of the public present, therefore the
meeting began with the borough councillor's report. Cllr Krause said that an experimental trial to
address the problems of HGV parking along the A20 would begin at the end of October. During the
trial HGV parking would be prohibited between 8pm and 7am on the A20 between Charing and
Drovers roundabout; adjoining roads would be included in the trial to avoid displacing the problem. If
successful the trial may be rolled out countywide.
The success of the trial would depend on sufficient commercial lorry parking capacity coming forward.
A proposal to expand the Waterbrook lorry park was in progress.
Minutes of the July and August meetings were approved. Matters arising included an update on the
Wheel: Shepherd Neame had vacant possession and would shortly begin the refurbishment of the pub
fabric but it was not known how long this will take. Pre-application advice had been sought by the
brewery from ABC on its proposals to build four small properties (two semi-detached properties) in
part of the pub garden. Parish councillors would be meeting with Shepherd Neame shortly.
The financial report was presented and approved and followed by discussion on planning matters. The
parish council supported two planning applications; it was not known when the planning application
from Apta Pots for the Oakover Nurseries site (change of use) would go to the ABC Planning
Committee for decision.
The parish council's response to policies and proposals in the Ashford Local Plan to 2030 for houses on
two sites in the parish and another at Tutt Hill has been submitted and acknowledged. It will be
uploaded on to the parish council website, and there will be a link to it from the Westwell
The annual inspection of the playing field had been carried out by an agent of RoSP A. An assessment
of risk was made for each item of equipment; the agent would be contacted for an explanation of the
risks identified and action to be taken (no items of high risk were reported). The parish council would
discuss adoption of its safeguarding policy at the next meeting.
The casual vacancy, which arose when Miss Davidson stood down, was advertised and an expression of
interest received; they would be invited to attend the next meeting to observe and confirm interest.
Correspondence was circulated, which included concerns at the Sidcup motor rally, due to take place
on Sunday, September 24 but as yet poorly advertised - residents would not, therefore be aware that
the event was to take place. The motorcycle club would be asked to keep the parish council informed
of this and future events, in order that residents can be fully briefed (as with the Ashford and District
10K road race).
Fallen wood near Dunn Street would again be reported to High- ways for its removal. The new blinds
had been hung in the hall, but sound damping may be needed. Additional data on broadband speeds
in the parish would be sought. Proposed dates for meetings in 2018 were circulated.
Councillors who were involved in drafting the parish council's comments on the Local Plan were
congratulated. The chairman was thanked for organising the summer fete; Cllr Faulkner and Tracey
Faulkner were thanked for organising the beer tent and evening entertainment, which contributed to
the success of the event.
The next meeting is on Monday, November 6 in the parish hall at 7pm, and initial discussions on the
Parish Council Budget for 2018-19 will take place. All meetings are open to the public and all are