Agenda and minutes

Venue: Assembly Room

Contact: Email: townhall@tenterdentowncouncil.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

3340.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.

Minutes:

Cllrs. J. Crawford, Mrs. S. Ferguson, Miss. A. Gardner and R. Parkin.  Cllr. M. Carter was absent.

3341.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST.

Minutes:

None.

3342.

QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND COUNCILLORS.

Residents may speak as of right on any matter for no more than 3 minutes subject to stating their full name and address before speaking.

Minutes:

 

Borough Councillor P. Clokie asked the Town Council if they had looked at saving money rather than raising the precept.  The Town Clerk reported that it was up to the Town Councillors if they wished to reduce the precept in the meeting, however, no reductions had been made as result of an informal discussion between councillors.

3343.

PRECEPT REQUEST. pdf icon PDF 339 KB

To adopt the recommendation of the Internal, External and Planning committees that a combined precept request of £633,839 should be submitted for the 2020-21 year. Should the figures be varied, the revised figure should be adopted. *

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

(a)         Mr. R. Masefield of West Cross Gardens, and Chair of the Selective Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, addressed the Town Council.  Mr. Masefield reported that last year the Town Council had approved the production of a Selective Neighbourhood Plan (NHP) which was well supported by the public.  40 residents had attended a training session and as a result, five working groups were set up.  600 people attended the first public presentation and more than 300 attended the second presentation.  Costs have been kept within the funds available, with only £8,391.26 spent this year so far, which is less than office equipment and IT spent by the Council. 

 

Mr. Masefield informed the Council that much of the funding had gone to Mr. J. Boot the NHP Advisor; all residents time has been given for free, leaflet printing done free and low costs maintained on other charges.  Mr. Masefield asked that the NHP be kept on track with the funds proposed; the community are fully behind the project.

 

Cllr. Mrs. Walder thanked Mr. Masefield for his speech and thanked the residents for all their hard work on the project.  Cllr. Mrs. Walder reported that the Community Planner had said he had never seen such expert work carried out in such a short time for any other group.

 

(b)         The Town Mayor read to the Council a letter that had been sent to Richard Buxton Solicitors from the Town Clerk regarding further action to be taken on the Environmental Impact Assessment legal advice for Limes Land.  The letter was sent in response to a request from Richard Buxton Solicitors for the Council to consider lodging a claim for judicial review given that both Ashford Borough Council and the Secretary of State had rejected the Town Council’s challenge.

 

Two members of the public queried why the judicial review was not being pursued.  The Town Clerk explained that the Town Council only found out on Friday, 6th December that the deadline for lodging a claim was Wednesday, 11th December and at that time no response had been received from the Secretary of State.  The Town Council could not legally make the financial decision without going to full Council as the costs of taking the claim through judicial review could cost up to £35,000.  Three days clear notice has to legally be given for a meeting to be called and this would have taken place after the deadline for lodging a claim.

 

A member of the public asked why residents were not told of the issue and the Town Clerk responded that up until this meeting, there had not been the forum to do so.  Councillors and residents will be brought up to speed at the next Planning Committee meeting in January.

 

Cllr. Knowles commented that at this stage, the result does not mean that an EIA is off the table for Limes Land.  The Borough Council could still insist on one in the future.  In Ashford Borough Council’s response to the Town Council  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3343.

3344.

MAYORAL ANNOUNCEMENTS. pdf icon PDF 429 KB

Minutes:

 

(a)         The Town Mayor read out a letter received from Honorary Freeman Mr. H. Edwards thanking the Town Council for bestowing such a high award on him; a copy of which will be available to view on the website. 

 

(b)         The Town Mayor thanked the Town Council Staff and Maintenance Team for their support with the Tenterden Light Switch on and for helping it to run smoothly.

 

The Town Mayor then wished everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.