The Parish Council met on Tuesday 14th May in the parish hall. This being the Annual meeting of the
Parish Council, the first business was election of the Chairman and Vice-chairman: Christine Drury was
re-elected as Chairman and Clive Bainbridge as Vice-chairman; appointments to other Committees
followed. Councillors signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office. The Parish Council meets the
criteria to use the General Power of Competence; this gives the Parish Council more flexibility to fund
projects in the parish.
The Minutes of the meetings in March and April were approved.
Financial: The Parish Council's accounts for 2018-2019 were approved, and will now be submitted to
the external auditor (PKF Littlejohn) for audit. The Financial report was approved. The change of
signatories to the Westwell Eye account has been implemented by the bank to reflect the transfer of
responsibility for the Eye finances to the Parish CounciI. Larry Krause has been re-elected as the
borough councillor for Downs West ward, which includes Westwell parish, and gave the Parish Council
an update on the results of the borough council elections.
Planning: Three planning applications were discussed and all supported. The Parish Council will
submit comments on the Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan.
Consultations: The Parish Council sent in comments on the proposal to make the overnight lorry
parking ban permanent. The Parish Council's submissions to this and other consultations will be
published on the Parish Council website, where possible.
Playing field: The annual safety inspection will be carried out in the summer. Measures will be put in
place to prevent birds perching on the top bar of the swings.
Reports from Parish Council representatives were given, and any other business followed ~ this
included the need for work the Garden of Remembrance; roll-out of the ABC refill scheme; Classic Car
Show on June 30 on the playing field.
The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Monday 1st July at 7pm in the parish hall. All meetings
are open to the public and all are welcome.