February 2017 Minutes






Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on

Thursday 16th February 2017 at 7.30 pm in The Chislet Centre, Chislet




Present            :      Cllrs Fee (in the Chair), Chandler, Wilkinson, Brant, Craven, Higglesden & Huckstep


In attendance:      Mr. G Eaton, Clerk to the Council, KCC Cllr Marsh and CCC Cllr Taylor


Action by:


1 Apologies for absence


Apologies were received from Cllr Jones



2 Declarations of Councillors Interests regarding items on the Agenda


Cllr Huckstep declared an interest in the payment to the litter picker


There were no other declarations of Cllrs interests regarding items on the Agenda



3 Public discussion


There were no members of the public present



4 Minutes of the last Meeting


The Minutes of the Meeting held on 19th January 2017 were agreed and signed



5 Matters arising


There was a general discussion regarding the vacancy on the Parish Council. The Clerk reported that this had been discussed with CCC who had issued a formal notice of the vacancy which must replace the current Parish Council notice. It was noted that if less than ten electors contacted CCC within the advertisement deadline the Parish Council would be able to co-opt a member onto the Council. It was also noted that a Parishioner had expressed an interest in filling the vacancy and it was agreed that the Clerk should flag this up with CCC








Action by:

6 To discuss correspondence received


Email received from KALC re Business Case for a single Council for East Kent


Email from KCC re Great British Spring Clean


Email from CCC re Canterbury District Plan 2014


Letter received from UK Power Networks – detailing help available to vulnerable people in the community during a power cut


Email from Kent Police enclosing Rural Policing Update


Email re overnight road closures at Grove Ferry Level Crossing during February



7 To consider Planning and Enforcement matters


A Planning applications to consider


CA/17/00063 – replacement timber windows with secondary glazing

Vision House, Island Road, Upstreet


Circulated and considered in between Parish Council meetings – there were no objections to this application



B Planning applications granted/refused by CCC



CA/16/01044 – two storey extension and garage

Midway, Boyden Gate Hill, Chislet – REFUSED


CA/16/01913 – Stables, Chapel Lane, Highstead – GRANTED


CA/16/02567 – Lawful development certificate for proposed use of dwelling as Children’s Home – 1 Aberdeen Close, Upstreet – WOULD BE LAWFUL


It was noted with concern that the Parish Council had not been consulted on this application and would wish to comment. It was agreed that the Clerk contact CCC regarding this



8 To consider Finance matters & Accounts for payment


A The following accounts were approved for payment                           £


Cheque No 1040 G Eaton, Clerk’s salary & expenses                           395.95

Cheque No 1039 Inland Revenue, Clerk’s tax                                         41.00

Cheque No 1041 Harmer & Sons, grass cutting                                      546.00     incl VAT of £91

Cheque No 1042 S Huckstep, litter picking                                             265.33



Action by:


B Risk Assessment


It was agreed that this item be deferred to the March meeting



9 Options for a Parish defibrillator


The Clerk reported that Mr. R Tarry, Elizabeth House, Island Road, had kindly agreed in principle to host the new defibrillator. It was agreed that Cllrs Fee & Brant would contact Mr. Tarry to arrange a meeting to discuss where the defibrillator could best be sited. It was further agreed that the defibrillator should be purchased in April and to apply for a grant from British Heart Foundation

Cllr Brant


10 AOB


Cllr Chandler kindly agreed to see if he could repair/replace the lock on the Upstreet notice board

Cllr Chandler


Cllr Brant updated the meeting regarding possible plans for holding a Basic Life Support Course for Parishioners should there be enough interest. It was agreed that the Parish Council would pay for the course making it free for participants and Parish Cllrs who wished to attend. Cllr Brant kindly offered to produce notices to advertise the course to gauge the level of interest

Cllr Brant


11 Date of next meeting


It was agreed that the next Meeting would be held on Thursday 16th March at 7.30pm in The Chislet Centre, Chislet



There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.55 pm