REPORT OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE MEETING HELD IN THE COMMUNITY CENTRE
ON WEDNESDAY 20th JUNE 2018 AT 7.30pm
PRESENT Cllr. R Greenwood, Chairman presiding.
Cllrs. M Cockett, C Huggens, N Osborne & A Walmsley.
Cllr. J Britt was also present (until 8.10pm)
Mrs. M McFarlane. (Clerk & RFO) 3 members of the public.
Representatives from Lenham Nursery presented plans for increased capacity, more frequent and lengthier sessions, in larger purpose-built facilities. With the expected increased demand from the proposed developments the present site at the primary school will be inadequate; however, the land adjoining the allotments may offer an alternative site. (subject to planning) In order for the Neighbourhood Plan Regulation 14 to possibly allocate the land for nursery provision, an in-depth proposal showing funding options, with attendance forecasts and financial projections of expected income and expenditure, will be required. Cllrs. agreed further discussions could take place subject to the full council agreeing to recommend inclusion of the proposed nursery school provision in the next Neighbourhood Plan draft regulation 14.
The Chairman thanked the representatives for attending and opened the meeting at 8.10pm.
- TO ACCEPT APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllrs. M Ballard & A Ratcliffe.
- DISCLOSURES AND CONFIDENTIAL ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
No disclosures or confidential items on the agenda.
- ENVIRONMENT WORKS & PROJECT UPDATES
The Clerk reported four new replacement street lamps have been installed, one at Sandway and three at Platts Heath. The BMX ramp will have repairs undertaken this month. Fencing to the rear of the cricket field has been repaired and new posts installed.
Stones dislodged on the path and steps in the High Street have been repaired.
The cemetery drive has three posts repaired and concrete plinths placed between the posts to dissuade illegal parking on the drive.
The Clerk also voiced concerns about the shoddy workmanship of the present grounds maintenance company. Cllrs. agreed a walk about of the village to identify areas of concern will be organised.
The Clerk will request the schedule of works for areas of KCC responsibility. It was also agreed that litter picking in the Square needs more attention.
Cllr. Greenwood will contact the tree surgeon to organise removing a large fallen tree bough in the rear garden of a property in Loder Close.
Cllr. Osborne highlighted concerns about the lack of signage on the loading bay in Faversham Road, which was causing a hazard due to inconsiderate parking blocking the site lines from the shop.
He also reported a manhole cover opposite Croft Gardens has been tarmacked over.
Clerk will report to Cllr. Scrivens.
The independent auditor internal report was received, noted and considered by members.
A refund of charges for £709.47 was received from NatWest bank for the BMX park project.
Ham Lane allotment association wish to install a new water supply to the allotments. Cllr. Greenwood & the Clerk met with association representatives and will report to full council.
The meeting closed 9.05pm