REPORT OF THE FINANCE AND GENERAL PURPOSE COMMITTEE MEETING AT 8.15pm WEDNESDAY 19th JUNE 2019
AT THE COMMUNITY CENTRE GROOM WAY LENHAM. PRESENT Cllr. A Walmsley, Chairman presiding.
Cllrs. M Ballard & J Britt.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE Cllrs. M Cockett, C Huggens, R Greenwood & A Ratcliffe. M McFarlane (Clerk & RFO)
DISCLOSURES AND CONFIDENTIAL ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
Cllr Walmsley reported the recent meeting between LPC, Platts Heath residents, Borough Cllr. T Sams and KCC following on from the traffic studies carried out on behalf of LPC and paid for by B Cllr. T Sams.
He stated that the results from these studies along with the recent traffic survey by a developer plus the indicative data from the SID units (all in different locations on the Headcorn and Lenham Roads) confirmed that there was an issue that could be alleviated by extending the 30mph limits.
The following proposals were generally accepted by the KCC representatives:
- The 30 mph limit on the Headcorn Road should be extended South to the Liverton Hill limit giving a continuous 30mph limit all through Platts Heath and Liverton Hill.
- The 30mph limit on the Lenham Road could be extended westwards to the existing Village sign near the Runham Lane junction.
- A gateway Village sign incorporating the 30mph sign could be installed easily on the Lenham Road and thought would be given to how a gateway sign could be installed on the Headcorn Road (perhaps by angling the installation?)
The question of how to incorporate Park Road between the Lenham Road and the Headcorn Road was to be investigated by KCC as both ends would be within the 30mph limits rather than just the Headcorn Road end. KCC reiterated that they would require finance to undertake the changes including issuing a TRO. They thought that as a ball park figure this would come to just over £5k. Shellina offered to contribute £1k and T Sams a smaller sum from his smaller budget but this still leaves a shortfall which would require LPC financing. KCC promised to report back when they had more detail.
F&GP generally considered that this project would be useful in terms of demonstrating LPC commitment to the Hamlets and would recommend that the full council consider it favourably.
The correspondence from Cllr Lowe in respect of safety issues at the Ham Lane playpark was discussed.
It was agreed that he should proceed to have the safety issues attended to as quickly as possible but to ensure that he did not exceed his maintenance budget.
Cllr Britt reported on the meeting with the Community Payback team in respect of maintenance of the Cross. He stated that the team had been asked to consider:
- Weeding and general maintenance of the Cross itself on a regular basis.
- Renovation of the area around the seating
The possibility of incorporating a path from the Pilgrims Way up to the seat with steps was also considered. We await a report back from the team.
Cllr Britt reported that there had as yet been no response to his request to the Youth Group about how best to improve the Skateboard park area. He reported that he had written an article for the Focus which should appear in the July issue asking the wider Village for comments.
The correspondence received from the London Hearts charity was discussed. It was agreed that the apparent offer of a free defibrillator should be pursued. Possible locations were suggested as follows:
- The St Edmunds Hall Platts Heath.
- The Charing Heath and Lenham Heath Memorial Hall
- Outside McColls shop on Honywood Road
- Outside the Co-op shop on Faversham Road
No correspondence received.
The meeting closed at 8.45pm