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Challock Parish Council's Comments
Challock Parish Council has concerns regarding omission site MC97 Policy S54 – Challock, Clockhouse. The site is in an area of outstanding natural beauty and has until now afforded protection as with the ancient woodland. The Parish Council does not have confidence in Cox Developments as to their proposal of 15 dwellings. There is doubt whether 15 dwellings would be the maximum built. There is additional plot beyond the proposed plan which we have be told by Mr Cox that he has no plans to develop this land. However, Cox Developments have been pursuant of developing land over a number of years in Challock. Since the village envelope has been approved by ABC Cabinet during 2013/14 planning applications decided has resulted in approximately 70 new dwellings being built. Our parishioners have told us that they do not wish to have any more new developments as they feel Challock have done enough to contribute to the local plan. The Parish Council has concerns regarding the infrastructure of the village. The primary school is filled to capacity and therefore new residents moving to the village may not be able to get their children into their local school. The road system is very poor the village endures 2 major A roads with a speed limit of 40. The A roads are narrow with speeding traffic; emergency vehicle sirens are a weekly occurrence. There are limited/no footpaths and our parishioners do not feel safe walking around our village. The small children’s play park with a growing village population is no longer adequate.
If Clockhouse, Challock is approved what measures does Ashford Borough Council has in place to deal with other developers challenging this site as it would classified as being outside of the village envelope. We have received conflicting views from ABC regarding whether the proposed site should be included into the village confines.
Regarding the consultation process… Having your say via the online portal which is the preferred choice for ABC may not be easy accessible for some of our residents. The consultation held at our local village hall between 4 pm and 6 pm limit to a number of people attending for those people working full time was unable to attend.
Annual Parish Meeting - The Challock Parish Council would like to say thank you to everyone who came to the Annual Parish Meeting on Tuesday, 13th June.
Poetry Competition Winners Announcement
Liz Pape Challock Primary Teacher judged the poems. All poems were exceptional and thank you to all for entering the competition.
Winner under 11 years – Lila Edmed “The Colours of Challock”
Winner over 18 years – Tina Thwaite “Challock Life”
Each winner received a book token and their poem printed in the Forester.
Omission Sites Update - Challock Parish Council had a meeting with Ian Grundy ABC regarding the local plan update. Ian explained that they had received 3,000 representations last year regarding the consultation on the local plan. There are 2 main issues, a revised set of population projections and therefore the need for more sites for housing in the borough and secondly ABC have lost an appeal on application on 400 houses in Tenterden and other pockets of housing i.e. Brabourne and Smarden. ABC has had to look at other possible housing sites. They admit they have had to make quite difficult decisions; one of which affects Challock. ABC are proposing for potential housing of 15 units at Clockhouse, the field where Trevor May’s unit is; the land belonging to Cox Property Developers. There are no other sites in Challock for consideration. ABC is proposing the Clockhouse site to the Cabinet Meeting on the 15th June 2017. There will be a 6 week public consultation commencing in July.
Our response at the last Omission Sites meeting in October 2016 was that Challock has more than contributed to the Local Plan objectives; 18% increase in housing and any development proposals coming forward that are outside of the village confines should be refused on this basis.
At the Annual Parish Meeting the overall consensus of those in attendance was to object to the Clockhouse site as the village has more than contributed to the Local Plan. A further consultation will take place at the Parish Meeting on the 20th July 2017. Updates will be posted on the notice boards, website, KE village roundabout and Challock Chatter.
There was an open forum for clubs and organisations. The following comments were made:-
Ray Loftus from the Challock & Molash Gardeners Society are looking for new members and would be most welcome to join. The Society is made up of members living in Challock or Molash and is run in an informal manner. We hold shows in Spring & Summer & Autumn in Molash village hall where members and friends enter their flowers, shrubs, herbs etc. that have been grown in their gardens. The evenings are designed to be fun and sociable and helped along by our famous raffle, yummy food and the obligatory glass of wine! The gardeners’ society meets in Molash Village Hall. They are affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society and Kent Federation Horticultural Society. There are currently 50 members. Membership costs £4 per annum. There are a number of organized events throughout the year which includes a spring, summer & autumn shows, curry evening and wine tasting evening. There are also visits to RHS Wisley and Chartwell. During the winter months the Gardeners Society hold talks on interesting topics; Richard Goodenough from Chartham Vineyards gives a great presentation. For more details visit website at www.molashpc.kentparishes.gov.uk.
Diana Sawyer gave a presentation on Friends of Kings Wood was formed because of concerns that the local community was not being kept informed of developments being made in King's Wood. Friends now enjoy a happy and co-operative liaison with the King's Wood management and key user groups, acting as a consultative. The Friends organize a full programme of guided walks throughout the year. The Friends also fund the building of ponds, the buying of nest boxes for birds and mammals and the creation of glades and rides from our own money and through grant applications. Through ‘Awards for All’ able to print leaflets of maps of walks in Kings Wood and can download these on www.friendsofkingswood website.
Wealden Wheels is your village community not-for-profit transport initiative and is supported by Kent County Council, Ashford Borough Council and the Parish Councils of Challock, Charing, Chilham, Egerton, Pluckley and Smarden. Provides appropriate and affordable travel solutions either on a self-drive basis or with one of our reliable, friendly volunteer drivers. At its heart, community transport is all about people, improving well-being, health and happiness. It meets the needs of people who do not have access to cars, taxis or buses, and provides a lifeline in both rural and urban areas. It takes disabled people to work, children to school, sick people to healthcare and older people to the shops. It runs local bus routes and provides transport for a wide range of clubs, voluntary bodies and care homes. People shape the services they want and community transport makes it happen. For membership details contact www.wealdenwheels.co.uk
Country Dancing Club – Country dancing every other Tuesday in the village hall, great exercise, fun and sociable evening. New members welcome. For further details contact John Ramsden and Angela Puxted Village Post Office.
Challock Youth Club – Louise Barton-Spiers, Stephanie Constance and Di Sandy took over the running of the Youth Club 2 years ago. We have 60 young people from the age of 10 to 17 years attending. Very successful, can be stressful and young people generally all well behaved. The sessions consist of sporting activities, i.e. tennis, volleyball, dodgeball and bulldog, cooking activities and occasional craft. The Youth Club gives the young people to meet up with their friends. Anyone who has a skill they would like to share with the young people i.e. cooking, craft knitting, crochet etc. would be most welcome. We would also welcome table tennis, badminton and cricket club to come along and offer a session! The Youth Club would be able to make a donation to their funds. For further details contact Louise on 01233 740345 or Di Sandy on 07548215716.
Cricket Club – will be holding their annual Spice of Bengal v Challock Cricket Club friendly open day 16th July. All welcome to attend. The cricket club hopes to hold the firework event on the 3rd November subject to no objections. Funds raised from both of these events will go towards the pavilion extension.
Goosefair Committee Update - a committee has been formed Mick Maidens is Chair, Gill Prince is Treasurer and Sue Maidens is Secretary. The next step is to open a bank account, this will happen in the next 2-3 weeks and we can then reapply for charity status. We can apply for an ‘Awards for All’ Grant from the ‘Big Lottery’ for up to £10,000 to resurrect the event but in order to be successful we need to show sustainability. There have been very few volunteers come forward and without them we will not get the event off the ground. A recent poll of Challock Chatter showed 70+ members/villagers were in favour of having a country fair type of event.
The plan is to hold a fundraising event, possibly a boot fair; this will also help with a grant application to ‘Awards for All’. There then needs to be a push on volunteer recruitment. If enough people come forward we can start to plan the Challock Country Fair to be hosted in September 2018.
Without the full support of the village any new event would not be a success. It is the ideal time come together again as a community.
Highways Village Inspection – a highways village inspection is due to take place September. Any concerns/queries please let the Parish Clerk know.
Annual Parish Meeting Minutes are on Challock.org website.
Next Parish Meeting is 21st September 2017 at 7.30 pm Audrey Allen Room Challock Village Hall.
Parish Council Meetings
The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on: Thursday, 20th July 2017 in the Challock Memorial Hall at 7.30pm.
Meeting dates for 2017 are as follows
Thursday 20th July
Thursday 21st September
Thursday 16th November
Parish Council meetings are open for the public to attend and you will be very welcome. The public should not speak during the meeting, unless invited by the Chairman. However, you are welcome to discuss issues with the Council during the public session. If you wish to raise an issue to be discussed by the Council at a meeting, please contact the Parish Clerk (see below). Items must be received at least one week before the meeting.
Mr Michael Lathwell-Fisher
Mr John Ramsden
Mr Maxwell Thomas
Miss Emma Fox
Mrs Annabel Burden
Mr Trevor Smith
Mr Anthony Aitken
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(This section will be completed over the coming months with profiles from our new Parish Councillors)
John resides at the Challock Post Office on The Lees and has lived in Challock for 15 years. He has been a member of the Parish Council for 12 years.
John worked as an Electrial Engineer with Southern Water Services Ltd but has recently retired.
John's special interests on the Council are: Footpaths, The Lees, and informing villagers what is going on in the parish.
John enjoys clay shooting, target rifle shooting, 10 pin bowling and playing cards. He likes to travel the world and visit national Trust Properties.
Mr Michael Lathwell-Fisher
Michael lives at Crossways, Canterbury Road andÂ has lived in Challock for 40 years. Michael and his wife have 5 children.
Before retiring, Michael worked as Distribution Manager (South) for Carlsberg Brewery for 46 years.
Michael became a Parish Councillor in May 2011.
Mrs Annabel Burden
Annabel moved to Challock 27 years ago. She lives at Lilybuds, The Lees.
Annabel works for her husbands groundworks business. They have four children two of which are at Challock Primary School.
Becoming a Parish Councillor
Elections for the Parish Council are held every four years. The next election will be May 2019. People interested in joining the Council should contact Ashford Borough Council Electoral Registration Officer or Challock Parish Clerk, for a nomination form, in March 2019. If Ashford Borough Council receives an equal number of nomination forms to places on the Council, you will automatically become a Councillor. If there are more nomination forms received than places on the Council, there will be an election.
Occasionally, a Parish Councillor leaves before the end of their four year term, or insufficient nominations forms are received at election time. Usually such vacancies are filled by co-option. The Parish Council interview people interested in becoming a Parish Councillor and select the candidate whose skills best match the requirement on the Council at that time. Please contact the Parish Clerk if you are interested in being co-opted.
The role of a Parish Councillor
The role of a Parish Councillor has a number of basic responsibilities which essentially fall within three main categories: representing the whole electorate within the parish; delivering services to meet local needs; and striving to improve quality of life in the parish. Parish Councils can "precept" - raising a sum collected with the Council Tax each year to improve facilities and services for local people.
Individual powers include the provision and maintenance of community transport schemes, traffic calming measures, local youth projects, tourism activities, leisure facilities, car parks, village greens, litter bins, street lighting, street cleaning, burial grounds, allotments, bus shelters, commons, opens spaces, footpaths, bridleways, and crime reduction measures. They can also comment on planning applications.
Councillors have three main components to their work.
1. Decision making - Through meetings and attending committees with other elected members, Councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be im plemented.
2. Monitoring - Councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.
3. Getting involved locally - As local representatives, Councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations.
The Parish Clerk
The Parish Clerk for Challock is Mrs Dianne Sandy.