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Meeting of Halling Parish Council held on 9 November 2006 at the Jubilee Hall

Present: Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Councillors Mrs M Coleman, R Underdown, T Reynolds, C Herbert, D Palmer and P Wyatt.
W R Swan – Clerk and 6 members of the public.

1. Apologies for absence
Apologies were received from Councillor Swain who was away on business.

2. Minutes of last meeting
It was proposed by Councillor Underdown, seconded by Councillor Wyatt, that the Minutes of the previous were a true record. All agreed and the Chairman duly signed them.

3. Matters arising - none

4. Notification of Any Other Business
Councillor Wyatt – 1 item; Vice-Chairman – 3 items, Chairman – 1 items and Councillor Herbert – 1 item.

5. Reports by Chairmen of Committees
(a) Estates
The Chairman reported that the village was in reasonable condition generally but there were areas requiring attention from Medway Council/Saxon Homes. These are mainly in the area of the Bishops’ Palace and the situation as regards handover is to be ascertained from Medway Council. Councillor Underdown asked if the notice board for Browndens Road could be put on the bus shelter as originally agreed by Medway Council and that the new notice board for Forge Green could be erected. The Chairman said that he would arrange this. The Chairman said that the rules for the recreation grounds need to be updated.

(b) Footpaths
The Committee Chairman, Councillor Wyatt reported that the general condition of the footpaths is reasonable. Councillor Mrs Coleman and he are still in discussion with interested parties about FP320. He is still awaiting feedback from Robin Cooper of Medway Council about the appointment of a replacement PROW officer. Medway Council is to be asked to keep the Parish Council in the loop. We are also waiting to hear from Medway about the Warren path.

(c) Planning & Development
The Committee Chairman, Councillor Underdown reported on the following applications which have been received:
1. Court Farm – conversion of existing buildings to a bakery, micro brewery and showers for staff. The Parish Council had no objections to this.
2. Post Office- outside metal stairway to access living quarters. No objection.
3. Old Rose and Crown – offices and accommodation on corner of Cemetery Road and High Street. The Parish Council has no objection to the change of use to flats but considers that the annex is over development of the site. There would also be parking problems.
4. Electricity sub-station at CEMEX works on east side of A228 – no objection.

6. Jubilee Hall
Councillor Palmer reported that the AGM took place on 2 November and he handed a copy of the audited accounts for 2005/6 to the Clerk. There had been a request for a donation of a raffle prize from the Parish Council to be drawn at the Christmas Party on 7 December. The Chairman proposed £20, seconded by the Vice-Chairman. This was agreed unanimously. A cheque will be drawn and sent to the Treasurer.

7. Harris House - nothing to report.

8. Halling Association
The Chairman reported on the grand opening of Forge Green on 27 October. This was well attended and the weather was kind. A new bus shelter is to be erected soon along with the new Parish Council notice board.

9. Lafarge
The Chairman reported on the liaison meeting held on 16 October. Among the items discussed were the Ticker path, Whittings farm, football fields, footpath alongside by-pass and footbridge over by-pass.

10. CEMEX - no report

11. Remembrance Day and Poppy Collection
The Chairman thanked every body for their help with the house to house collection. The Vice-Chairman will lay the wreath on behalf of the Parish Council at the St John’s service on 12 November. Councillors Underdown and Wyatt will lay a wreath at Forge Green on their way to Rochester Cathedral.

12. Correspondence
KAPC – newsletter
Mid Kent Water – increased consumption on Marsh
Groundwork Medway Swale – magazine
Medway Local Strategic Partnership – meeting 31 October 2006
St John the Baptist Parish Church – grass cutting in cemetery
Medway Council – minutes of Rural Liaison Committee 19 September 2006
Medway Council – planning appeal re Willow Cottage, Marsh Lodge Farm
Victim Support Kent – request for donation

13. Receipts
(a) Halling View Adverts £200.00

14. Payments

£ Net
 £ Vat
£ Gross
(a) W R Swan - salary £1020 expenses £56.37
(b) Home & Hobby DIY – handyman’s purchases
(c) BT – phone bill

It was proposed by Councillor Reynolds, seconded by the Vice-Chairman, that the above payments be ratified. All agreed.

15. Any Other Business
Councillor Wyatt said that PCSO Alan Beech is concerned that he has been criticised in some circles. The Parish Council confirmed its support for Alan Beech and stated that he needs support from all sections of the Community.
The Vice-Chairman said that there will be a meeting of the Community Centre Committee on 13 November 2006. More damage has been done to the exterior by local youths.
He said that new rules for the Youth Club have been drawn up regarding behaviour. More training is to be given to the leaders and a grant of £400 has been received from Kent Youth for more games.

Councillor Herbert said that youths in cars had been involved in anti social activities in the car park at the rear of the Community Centre. The wall between the car park and the Doctors’ car park has been down for some time and this area is used as a dog toilet. Could a chain be put across the car park entrance when the Community Centre is not in use?

16. Parishioners’ Questions.
Among the points raised by residents at the meeting were the following:

Harris House
Bushes at Forge Green
Football pitch markings.
Path at rear of Community Centre.
Educating school pupils re vandalism.
Water works
Fence in Vicarage Road

Last updated ~ 08 January 2007

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