Agenda and minutes

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Contact: Email: townhall@tenterdentowncouncil.gov.uk  01580 762271

Items
No. Item

639.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.

Minutes:

Cllr. K. Mulholland and R. Parkin.  Non-member:  Cllr. V. Cole.

640.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST.

Minutes:

None.

641.

MINUTES.

To consider and, if approved, confirm and sign the minutes and reports of the meeting held on 8th February 2021 as a correct record.

Minutes:

The minutes and reports of the meeting held on 8th February 2021 were agreed and would be signed at the earliest opportunity.

642.

MATTERS ARISING.

Minutes:

None.

643.

REPRESENTATION FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

Members of the public may make personal representations at this meeting by giving written notice of a request to speak and indicating briefly the matter of interest or relevant agenda item to the Town Clerk or Deputy Town Clerk no later than 12 noon on the day of the meeting. Provided always that speakers are resident in a ward of the Council and, give their full name and address prior to speaking, the committee Chairman may (or may choose not to) invite individuals to speak at the relevant point in the meeting. Speeches may not exceed three minutes duration and speakers may not participate in any subsequent debate between committee members. At the Chairman’s discretion, only one speech may be made in support of each side of any contentious issue.

Minutes:

None.

644.

COUNCILLORS' QUESTIONS.

At the Chairman’s discretion, Councillors may ask a question about any item relevant to this committee that is not on the agenda. Every question shall be put and answered without discussion. An answer may take the form of a direct oral answer or reference to a Town Council publication. Where a reply cannot be conveniently given at this meeting, an oral or written answer may be circulated at a later date. All councillors present will be permitted to contribute to the debate on agenda items but only members of this committee will be permitted to vote.

Minutes:

 

Cllr. Mrs. Smith requested that in light of the re-opening of the High Street with Covid restrictions, that the Town Clerk requests that free parking is extended in both the Leisure Centre and Station Road Coach Park until at least June 2021.

645.

SUB-COMMITTEE & WORKING GROUP REPORTS. pdf icon PDF 78 KB

 

(a)         Climate Change Sub-committee.  To note the report of the meeting held on 4th February 2021. *

 

(b)         High Street Regeneration Sub-committee.  To note the report of the meeting held on 11th February 2021. *

 

(c)         Sports Review.  To note the report of the meeting held on 18th February 2021 and the recommendations therein. *

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

(a)         Climate Change Sub-committee. A report of the meeting held on 4th February 2021 was NOTED.

 

Cllr. Carter asked about the result of the enquiry made to UK Power Networks about the effect Electric Vehicle Charging Points will have on the infrastructure.

 

Cllr. Mrs. Walder commented that no one seems to have an answer to this and that three experts at the recent Sustainable Transport Conference run by the Civil Society, KCC were quite relaxed about it. Cllr. Mrs. Walder suggested inviting UK Power Networks to talk to us.

 

Cllr. Quinton commented that an email was received from UK Power Networks, with costs of installing very fast charging points; the further away from the main supply cables coming through the town the more expensive it was. They came down in price if the amperage came down that charges the vehicles. They were not concerned with the main grid of the town but how far they had to dig up and run cabling to the EV charging points was the major cost.

 

Cllr. Mrs. Ferguson commented that central government is doing a market study about electric vehicle charging so things are happening.

 

(b)         High Street Regeneration Sub-committee. A report of the meeting held on 11th February 2021 was NOTED.

 

Cllr. Nelson commented that it had been suggested that the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group also be consulted on the concept drawings at the same time as KCC; this was agreed. 

 

(c)         Sports Review. A report of the meeting held on 18th February 2021 and the recommendations therein were NOTED.  The following recommendations were APPROVED:

 

·         signage should be erected at the Homewood 3G to publish the funding support from the Town Council and ABC;

·         the Clerk should send an official letter to Homewood if no response from them regarding the shelters within a reasonable time frame;

·         invite relevant planning/S106 staff to next meeting.

 

The final recommendation regarding allowing the Sports Review Group to talk to Wates within specific restrictions and potentially other landowners (Tent1b and Hopes Grove) with the blessing and participation of ABC was discussed.  Cllr. Crawford reported that Wates are still in the six month period of their Planning Appeal, therefore, Cllr. Crawford suggested re-discussing this suggestion after the six month period.  It was agreed to DEFER this request until Wates come out of the appeal period.

 

Cllr. Carter reported that the need for grass pitches is becoming more important and the Town Council needs to be talking to the planners for funding ideas.

 

646.

SOLAR PANELS ON COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS. pdf icon PDF 226 KB

 

To consider supplying solar panels to commercial businesses. *

Minutes:

 

The Committee discussed installing solar panels on commercial buildings and offering the business electricity at a lower unit rate. The Town Council could offer electricity to businesses at 12p per unit (a saving of almost 15% to the business). Any unused power would be sold back to the grid by the Town Council for around 5p per unit.  The scheme would allow the Town Council an additional income, improve business profitability and achieve a greener town.

 

Cllr. Carter commented that there was a possibility of a business going into liquidation and money not being recouped. Cllr. Quinton commented that each case would need to be looked at individually.

 

It was RESOLVED that the agreement is APPROVED IN PRINCIPLE as a pilot scheme, subject to satisfactory comprehensive cost analysis and agreement from all parties.

 

647.

KENT COUNTY COUNCIL SURVEY PRIORITIES. pdf icon PDF 332 KB

 

To consider which of the two proposed Highways Improvements should take place in 2021/22 and which in 2022/23 between Bridewell Lane & Highbury Lane one-way system and Oaks Road/Golden Square/East Hill improvements. *

Minutes:

 

The Committee considered the order of which Highways Improvement should take place first between Bridewell Lane/Highbury Lane and Oaks Road/Golden Square/East Hill.

 

It was RESOLVED that Oaks Road/Golden Square/East Hill improvements should take place in 2021/22 and Bridewell Lane/Highbury Lane improvements in 2022/23.

648.

PEDESTRIAN CROSSING AT THE SPIRES IN ST. MICHAELS. pdf icon PDF 210 KB

 

To consider a response to Kent County Council on the proposed pedestrian crossing in front of The Spires in St. Michaels.*

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

The Committee considered a response to the proposed pedestrian crossing in front of The Spires in St. Michael’s.

 

It was RESOLVED to put forward as part of the consultation process, a request to consider extending the pavement from Henley View to West Winds to form a continuous pavement. Currently when the pavement ends people are having to walk through Henley View which does not have a footpath.

649.

TENTERDEN LEISURE CENTRE ROOFING WORKS. pdf icon PDF 208 KB

 

To note the proposed site-set up and details for the roofing works at the Leisure Centre which will take place towards the end of March 2021. *

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

The proposed site-set up and details for the roofing works at the Leisure Centre due to take place towards the end of March 2021 were NOTED.

 

The Town Clerk confirmed that the solar panels will not be fitted at the same time as the roof.

650.

ROUNDABOUT NAMING. pdf icon PDF 218 KB

 

To consider selecting a name for the roundabout at the junction of Beacon Oak Road/Ashford Road and make the submission to Kent County Council. *

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

The results of the callout for names for the new roundabout at the Ashford Road/Beacon Oak Road junction was reviewed.  It was RESOLVED that the most popular name of ‘Beacon Oak Roundabout’ would be put forward in an application to Ashford Borough Council for official naming.

651.

CORRESPONDENCE.

None.

Minutes:

None.

652.

MINOR MATTERS.

None.

Minutes:

None.

653.

ANY OTHER URGENT BUSINESS PREVIOUSLY NOTIFIED TO THE CHAIR.

No decision may lawfully be made under this item but matters which involve no more than an exchange of information may be discussed.

Minutes:

None.