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A huge thank you to all those who attended the ceremony on Thursday. A beautiful, poignant service was held at 11am, with music from the Eythorne Silver Band, and a bugler and piper from the Gurkha Regiment. Lord Boyce made a heartfelt speech and Rev Ashman's words and prayers were very special. The Parish Council are very proud that the fallen men have finally got the honour they deserve. The East Kent Railway Tearoom's refreshments were very welcome, as well as the trip to Shepherdswell on the train, that Lord and Lady Boyce also enjoyed.
The East Kent Mercury has a double page spread in the 1 October edition and Meridian News report can still be viewed here
For a letter from the serious crime directorate, please click here
1. I’m too young – if you are twenty-one you are old enough.
2. What’s the point of just a talking shop, they don’t do anything – have you ever been to a meeting? Basing your judgement on the Vicar of Dibley is not valid.
3. I haven’t got any planning applications in at the moment – putting in for planning has got nothing to do with sitting on the council, whatever may have happened years ago. In fact, if your own application is discussed by the council, you must leave the room.
4. I’m too busy and couldn’t commit to attending every single meeting – meetings are rarely more frequent than one evening a month, and missing the occasional one is perfectly acceptable. Most meetings only take a couple of hours.
5. I’m concentrating on finding a job or furthering my career – being a local councillor is a definite plus point to add to a CV, it shows you can make decisions, work in a team, are community minded and proactive. Prospective employers will be impressed.
6. I haven’t lived here very long and don’t know the area well – if you have lived or worked in a parish for a year, you are eligible. Your views as an ‘incomer’ should be welcomed, as you will probably see things more objectively.
7. I’m worried that I won’t get many votes, and look silly – even if you’re not voted on, you may well be approached if a vacancy occurs in the future and co-opted on.
8. Our parish council is full of old fogeys – join up and change it then.
9. I’d look a fool because I won’t know what’s going on – you will be eased in gently, there is help, advice and more formal training available.
10. I’ll have to sign that code of conduct that the press keep on about – the code of conduct us nowhere near as onerous as made out in the press, the code stops situations like the planning one above.
11. I’ll have to let everyone know all about my business and personal affairs – the declaration of interest asks you to declare business interests within the parish area, to guard against bias when parish issues are debated. As for personal affairs, everyone knows about those already!
12. I’m too lazy and not interested in my community – an excellent reason for not joining.
13. I prefer to let others do the work and then criticise from the sidelines afterwards – also a valid reason for not joining, but do bear in mind that expounding your views in the pub, will not change a thing in your parish.
Your Parish Council currently has vacancies – why not come along to a meeting, on the second Wednesday of the month; Elvington Community Centre from October to March, Eythorne Resources Centre from April to September and see what goes on.
A Designated Public Places Order controls the consumption of alcohol in public places in specified areas. The Order is commonly, but incorrectly, referred to as an alcohol exclusion zone.
The effect of the Order is that a Police Constable may require a person to stop drinking alcohol in a public place within the designated area. Any person so required, but who refuses to stop, commits an offence which could result in them being arrested. Drinking alcohol in a designated area is not in itself an offence. The offence is created if any person refuses to stop drinking once required to do so by a Police Constable. Any enforcement of this law is carried out entirely at the discretion of the police.
To read more about the up coming events click here
Kent Fire and Rescue have launched their new campaign to prevent chimney fires this autumn. Click here to read more about it.
An appeal has been logged for: Erection of 20 dwellings with associated car parking, access, garaging and landscaping at land at Monkton Court Lane, Eythorne, CT15 4BS
The start date for the appeal is 24 July 2015 and there is a period of 5 weeks to add your comments to the Planning Inspector.
Under the Planning Inspectorate Ref: APP/X2220/W/15/3103239
The letter explaining the procedure can be found here
Documents are also available to view on the DDC website under planning: click here and type in 14/00477.
A copy of the letter sent tot he Planning Inspectorate from the Parish Council can be read here
The Parish Councillors have heard fabulous comments on the outdoor gym equipment placed in both Elvington and Eythorne play areas. The equipment was purchased by the Parish Council for you to enjoy and hopefully keep fit at the same time. It is suitable for all ages and includes:
Air Walker - This universally popular apparatus provides excellent cardiovascular exercise while developing the leg muscles. Allows a full range of movement in the hip joint improving flexibility and strength, without any impact or stress to joints and back. Suitable for all ages and especially for those for whom jogging and power walking are not suitable.
Combo Pull Down Chest Press - This highly versatile unit offers both a seated chest press action and a pull down challenge. The Combo can be used by one or two people which makes exercising social and fun.
Twist Stepper - Two different exercises for two users: The twist element encourages hip twisting exercises whilst the stepper element strengthens the leg muscles. A social piece for two people at a time.
There has also been a new picnic table installed on Elvington Recreation Ground, also purchased for you by the Parish Council.
A Parish Councillor has recently reported on a meeting led by Guy Thompson, Community Safety Officer with Sergeant Paul Gammon. The meeting was held to explain how the Police were to make a further £18 million saving.
A summary of the main points are:
i. PCSO’s will not be given the power of arrest but their powers will slightly change
ii. More reporting will be done on-line by the public, this discriminates the many people, elderly, low income families etc. who do not have 'on-line' facilities, on-line reporting includes permits, robbery or burglary (an appointment would be given for the police to come out), domestic and neighbourhood disputes, lost property and trespass
iii. Shoplifting will not be investigated unless there is CCTV footage or a good description of the criminal. The shopkeeper should ring up for an insurance claim
iv. Victims of crime will have to go to Campus House rather than have a police officer visit.
PCSO's have been drastically reduced in rural areas and those that remain have areas too large to manage / cover. The co-ordinater of PCSO's is requesting a nominated Parishioner to be a 'source' of information to the PCSO.
Over recent years the services provided by both the DDC and Police to the public have diminished considerably. A large portion of our Council Tax is paid to the Police. The ratepayers are not getting value for their money and their safety is being eroded and making them increasingly vulnerable.
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 Julliette West, PCSO Tom Tucker-Smyth or the Clerk, so that together we can keep the village safe.
Following the refusal in July 2014 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."