(a) High Street Regeneration Sub-committee. Report from the meeting held on 12th November 2020 and recommendations. *
(b) Donations Sub-committee. Report from a meeting on 9th December 2020 and recommendations (to be tabled).
(c) Kiln Field & Wildlife Venues Sub-committee. A report of the inquorate meeting on 26th November 2020 with suggestions to be considered by the External Committee. *
(d) Climate Change Sub-committee. Reports from the meetings held on 10th September 2020 and 12th November 2020. *
(a) High Street Regeneration Sub-committee. The report from the meeting held on 12th November 2020 was NOTED.
Cllrs. Mrs. Walder, Crawford and Carter suggested that Kent County Council’s views are sought on the proposed concept drawings for Tenterden High Street, requesting that they also provide the Town Council with a list of other consultees or interested parties.
The Committee received and reviewed the recommendations of the High Street Regeneration Sub-committee and the following decisions were made.
(i) It was RESOLVED that the Sub-committee would seek Kent County Council’s views on the proposed concept drawings for Tenterden High Street, requesting that they provide us with a list of other consultees or interested parties.
(ii) The proposal for the Town Council to write to St. Mildred’s Church seeking permission to reinstate the footpath that runs through Coombe Lane Cemetery was DEFERRED until the freehold becomes available since permission had already been refused by the Church.
(iii) It was RESOLVED to take forward the one-way system entering via Highbury Lane and exiting via Bridewell Lane in conjunction with the installation of an ANPR car parking system in Bridewell Lane car park.
(b) Donations Sub-committee. The minutes of the Sub-committee meeting held on 9th December 2020 were NOTED. It was RESOLVED to award the donation of £500.00 to St. Michaels Village Community Group towards the maintenance and installation of the Christmas Tree at The Point and Christmas decorations at Ox Green on condition that the current recognition signage is changed to include the Town Council’s support.
(c) Kiln Field & Wildlife Venues Sub-committee. The report from the inquorate meeting held on 26th November 2020 was NOTED.
The Committee received and reviewed the recommendations of the Kiln Field & Wildlife Venue Sub-committee and the following decisions were made.
(i) It was RESOLVED to purchase 16 Alder trees - 8 to replace the trees which were removed by Frankie Woodgate whilst clearing the woodland at Kiln Field and 8 to plant at St. Michael’s Recreation Ground at a cost of £35.95 on the proviso that we check with the Woodland Trust as to the type of environmentally friendly and biodegradable protection we should use for these trees.
(ii) It was RESOLVED to purchase 2 trail cameras to enable the recording of any animal activity in the woodland/pond area at a cost of £81.32. Cllr. Mrs. Walder requested that any findings should be shared on the Council website. Cllr. Knowles agreed that trail cameras would help to promote the wildlife in the area. The findings would act as an environmental health check to provide us with information as to whether the wildlife in the area is evolving or declining.
(iii) It was RESOLVED to purchase 3 bat boxes at a cost of £110.98
(iv) Due to an issue with the instability of the bank, the pond dipping platform had to be rotated 90 degrees and an extension would be required which would make the platform bigger and better. Cllr. Knowles enquired as to whether these monies are reclaimable from the Section 106 monies. The Town Clerk reported that they were. It was RESOLVED to accept the quotation of £1,492.83 for the recycled materials for the extension of the pond dipping platform.
(v) It was RESOLVED to accept the quotation of £1,260.00 from Holwood Ground Maintenance for the installation of the extension of the pond dipping platform.
(d) Climate Change Sub-committee. The Reports from the meetings held on the 10th September 2020 and 12th November 2020 were NOTED.
Cllr. Mrs. Walder reported that the membership of the Sub-committee was made up of councillors and members of the public. The Sub-committee are working to achievable goals and are very keen to be an active committee.
Cllr. Mrs. Ferguson enquired whether Ashford Borough Council’s climate control covered Tenterden. Cllr. Mrs. Walder reported that the Climate Control Committee meet less frequently, however, the plan is to work with them. Cllr. Clokie reported that ABC’s climate control initiative is Borough wide.
Cllr. Carter commented on Item 10 – Electric Vehicle Charge suggesting that the sub-committee should write to UK Power Networks to enquire as to how many power points their network would be able take. Cllr. Carter was concerned that the system could be overloaded.