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12th September 2017 PC Meeting Minutes

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Minutes of the meeting on 12th September 2017

Chris Herbert

Lower Ward



Matt Fearn 

Upper Ward 

Apology Accepted


George Wenham 

Upper Ward 

Estates Portfolio


Trevor Reynolds 

Upper Ward



Paul Crispe 

Lower Ward 

Apology Accepted


Richard Thorne 

Lower Ward 

Planning Portfolio


Andy Simpson

Lower Ward

Apology Accepted


Kelly Talbot

Lower Ward



Les Hitchcock 

Lower Ward 



Roni Jones


In attendance


Members of the Public




Apologies for Absence


Apologies from PC, MF, and AS were recorded and accepted




Disclosure of any other business


LH had one item




Declaration of any Pecuniary and / or Prejudicial Interests


There were no interests declared




Adjourn the meeting for Public Questions issues raised included 

  • An update on the planning permission for flat was requested
  • Why was Halling not in the Kent Messenger
  • How absent did a Councillor need to be to be dismissed from office
  • Halling Green Spacers issues with Community Payback
  • Mobility Access / Dropped Kerbs
  • Mobility Access to the Marsh
  • Willow House now subject to sales by Redrow
  • Noise issue from Transformer



Reconvene the meeting







Minutes of Previous Parish Council meeting


The Minutes of the last meeting were accepted and agreed as a true record

This was Proposed by LH; Seconded by RT and was unanimously agreed






Matters arising from the Minutes

There were no Matters Arising not on the agenda




Planning Applications since the last meeting


106 Pilgrims way– Garage erection. No objections




Estates Matters since the last meeting


Discussion was held about the positive experiences to date with Community Payback at the Marsh in particular since they commenced supporting the council on 31st August 2017


There is an issue of tyre marks at the Upper Recreation caused by the lawnmowers – to be monitored


GW Commended Lorraine Murphy for her support of the Fayre and assisting in the clean up


There are ongoing issues with the Marsh and the ingress of cattle caused by fence damage. A letter has been sent to the Tenant. GW reported that he was very pleased with the work undertaken by the Community Payback team on the Marsh road. It was now much easier to pass on hard surfaces. Future projects will include Stake Lane, The Fire Station, Around the Village signs and managing the debris of a rough sleeper.


It was agreed to have chestnut wood stakes installed in the Marsh adjacent to the stiles; these ought to be at least 3 foot deep and places specifically to stop cows but allow humans to pass.


The Permissive Footpath documentation is outstanding at Medway due to staffing pressures. To be raised with Medway































Halling Fayre 2017


The finalised accounts were not yet released as it was too soon. The Chair reported that it was a good event, good weather and that many had enjoyed the activities specifically K9 Quackers. Balloons had reached Paris so far although the competition will not be closed to 30 September 2017. No comments from Redrow as yet about a contribution as previously minuted.


It was noted that the event may have been better supported had it been advertised more widely.






Halling Fire Station


The Section 106 had been engrossed and questions / answers been exchanged between the solicitors. Progress was noted








Update from Redrow (to include Blue Pool)


This item was rolled over




HPC Representation of various external committees


This item was rolled over. The notion of Christmas, Halloween and Guy Fawkes events were noted. GW agreed to seek some costs from pyrotechnic firms but given the timeframe this may not be possible for 2017.


An events committee needed to be set up to discuss options – this will run immediately after the meeting on the 2nd October 2017 at the Jubilee Hall.















Receipts and Payments


The clerk presented the receipts and payments since the last meeting. The Council were content with the new presentation  (appended)


This was Proposed by KT; Seconded by RT and was resolved




Budget Revision


Finance Committee meeting date for half year review and revision was set for the 19th September (subsequently deferred to 26th September to enable notice to be given)




Any other Business


LH withdrew his item as it had been covered in the meeting




Meeting closed to the General Public




Restricted Items



Human Resources Briefing and resolution


A report by Clerk who was given leave to implement the recommendations therein and report back




Return of Skills Audit


This was issued and Councillors asked to return same as soon as practicable



20.            Future Meetings, all at 7.30pm: 

Monday 2 October 2017

Jubilee Hall

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Community Centre

Monday 4 December 2017

Jubilee Hall

Tuesday 9th January 2018

Community Centre

Monday 5 February 2018

Jubilee Hall

Tuesday 13th  March 2018

Community Centre

Monday 9th April 2018

Jubilee Hall

From Minute 14 above, Receipts and Payments tables in PDF format.


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