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The Commission has opened a consultation inviting proposals for a new pattern of electoral divisions for KCC. The Commission is minded to recommend that 81 county councillors should be elected to KCC in the future, the consultation requires a pattern of electoral divisions to accommodate those councillors. The consultation ends on 2 March 2015 and details can be found at www.lgbc.org.uk
Submissions can be made here or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: Review Officer (Kent), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5LG
KCC is transforming the way it delivers its services as well as reducing costs. From the many options available, the most sustainable and preferred option is setting up a chritable trust, however no formal decision has been made.
The consultation will run until 8 April 2015 and there will be 24 drop-in roadshows across the county. More details can be found here or from Kent Libraries and Registry Offices.
The Parish Council are asking for people to stop driving across and around the recreation ground in Elvington. Mounting the kerb and driving onto the grass is not providing a safe environment to live in. If you witness cars or motorbikes on the grass please pass on any information to the Community Warden Juliet West, PCSO Tom Tucker-Smyth or the Clerk, so that together we can keep the village safe.
The number of community wardens in Kent is likely to remain at its present level, following an extensive public consultation on plans to reduce it. As part of its efforts to make huge financial savings over the next three years, the county council was intending to reduce the number of wardens to 46 but it is now proposing to retain the service at its current level of about 70 uniformed staff.
Mike Hill, KCC's Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: "We carried out a six-week consultation which produced nearly 1,200 responses. More than 100 of those were from district and parish councils and the vast majority praised the wardens, either as individuals or as a service, and were keen to see it retained. We were already aware of the important role that our wardens play in the areas they serve, but this consultation has brought home to us how valued they are by those communities."
The Parish Council has received an amended planning application from Pentland Homes, documents are available on the DDC website under the orginal planning number (14/00477)
Proposal: Erection of 20 dwellings with associated car parking, access, garaging, landscaping and allotments
Location: Land on Monkton Court Lane, Eythorne
The application is now closed for comments. There is nothing more anyone can do but await further information from the planning department.
The Planning Officer in charge is Fiona Runacre at Council Offices, White Cliffs Business Park, Dover, Kent CT16 3PJ
Please look on notice boards and this website for more information as it becomes available.
Please click here to read a letter from Senior Planning Officer, Fiona Runacre to Pentland Homes Ltd. in response to the previous planning application (DOV/14/00477)
Please click here to view the enclosures to the letter detailed above.
Following the refusal in July 2104 of the planning application DOV/13/00914: Erection of a wind turbine with a maximum height of 100m and associated infrastructure at Barville Farm, Barville Road, TIlmanstone CT15 5BQ, the Parish Council has been notified that DDC has received an appeal against the decision.
The documents can be viewed here or alternatively log onto the DDC website and choose the planning applications link at the bottom of the left hand menu. Choose Advanced search and type in 13/00914.
The Wind Turbine working group which included Councillors from the Parish and the District as well as residents, put together a very comprehensive factual objection to this planning application. They continue to work tirelessly on behalf of the residents of the villages that could be affected by this wind turbine.
The Parish Council have recently been given the following information from Coastal Oil and Gas regarding exploratory boreholes:
"...Guston, Shepherdswell and Woodnesborough have all been surrendered but we have retained Tilmanstone area. I need to go through the process of telling Kent CC and the District and Parish Councillors as a matter of courtesy before holding a public meeting. Our intention is to drill an exploration hole in the coal measures. There are 14 main coal seams in Kent, Numbers 1-7 were fairly well worked but 8-14 are more or less unworked so we want to sample these lower seams."