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Articles: Parish Council meeting 8 October

Contributed by localrags on Oct 09, 2003 - 03:38 PM


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<P class=MsoNormal><FONT color=black><FONT color=black><FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>PARISH COUNCIL MEETING  8 OCTOBER 2003

<P class=MsoNormal><FONT face=Arial><FONT size=2><FONT color=black><IMG alt="Village Hall" hspace=25 src="" align=left vspace=20 border=1>Additional police officer:

<P class=MsoNormal><FONT face=Arial><FONT size=2><FONT color=black>The parish council has been invited by Kent County Constabulary to “go halvesâ€? o­n the cost of providing an additional Community Support Officer.

<P class=MsoNormal>Cllr Heasman said that there was no way the council was going to stump up the required £15,000 to pay for another officer given the increase in Council Taxes this year – a large percentage of which goes directly to Kent Police.

<FONT color=black>He added that the village’s existing community officer, Steve Ivory, did a good job and there was every chance that parishioners were going to get “clobbered� again next year by a rise in their Council Tax.<P class=MsoNormal>Football pitch:

<P class=MsoNormal><FONT color=black><FONT face=Arial><FONT size=2>Cllr Hodgson reported that the football pitch was nearing completion; he had obtained the goalposts and was in the process of getting them in place. He also revealed he had recently received a cheque for £800 from SAGA towards the cost of equipment, and thanked the company for its support. Cllr Hogben said it seemed to be taking an interminably long time to get the football pitch completed and he felt it was important to resolve the various legal and other problems and move things along.

Village hall Management Committee:
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People using the Community Centre have been parking in the village hall car park leaving no room for those in the village hall, and the committee would like this to stop. Cllr Brisley said that tiles were missing off the roof and more graffiti had appeared o­n the walls and that these would have to be addressed. Cllr Heasman said that so far o­nly two groups had moved over to the Community Centre. The committee is getting estimates for work o­n both the exterior and interior of the building and, despite rumours to the contrary, it is not true that the building is to be demolished.

Skateboard facilities:
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A meeting was held o­n September 8th to establish a sub-committee to consider potential sites for the skateboard park in the village and discuss possible sources of funding for the project. Since then a further meeting had been held and the various sites available had been discussed, although it was not revealed where these sites are.

Christmas Concert

<P class=MsoNormal><FONT color=black><FONT face=Arial><FONT size=2>This year’s Christmas Concert will be held o­n Sunday 7th December at 2.30pm in the big hall at the new Community Centre. Hythe Town Concert Band has already been booked and both local Primary Schools have been invited to participate. The parish council will provide coffee and mince pies as usual.

Community Warden’s report:

Ian Norman said there had 39 reported crimes in the village in the past month comprising of:

<P class=MsoNormal>19 reports of criminal damage

<P class=MsoNormal>7 reports of damage to vehicles

<P class=MsoNormal>1 threat to kill

<P class=MsoNormal><FONT color=black><FONT face=Arial><FONT size=2>7 thefts4 assaults (including o­ne o­n a police officer)

<P class=MsoNormal>2 taking motor vehicles without consent

<P class=MsoNormal><FONT color=black><FONT face=Arial><FONT size=2>3 drug related offences (including two of supplying1 burglary (dwelling)

<P class=MsoNormal><FONT color=black><FONT face=Arial><FONT size=2>He advised villagers to report all incidences of crime so that the police had an accurate picture of crime in the area and could deploy their resources accordingly.

He also reminded parishioners that he holds a monthly surgery in the Community Centre along with PC Steve Ivory and representatives from both the parish and district councils. So far o­nly three people have turned up to discuss their concerns! He would like to see more.