Parish Council Newsletters
Here is the latest Newsletter. Earlier issues are archived under the Minutes & Agendas tab on the left
Recent Council and Committee agendas and minutes are displayed on the Council’s notice board outside the Lyminge Post Office. Agendas for forthcoming meetings are also on the notice boards in the Rhodes Minnis bus shelter and at Etchinghill (on the notice board at the entrance to the Village Hall car park).
The Parish Council installed the new mini goals in time for half term. These mini goals are designed to be easily moved from place to place within the Field. It is hoped that this will reduce the damage to the equipment and to the grass that has made the existing 5 a side goals almost unusable.
WESTFIELD LANE PASSING PLACE – NOT A PARKING SPACE
The builders of the new but small development towards the top of Westfield Lane, Etchinghill were required, as part of the planning consent, to install a passing place to help ease the traffic flow on this single lane road. It is NOT a parking place and should be left vacant at all times – except when used as a passing place.
TEEN SHELTER ON JUBILEE FIELD
The Parish Council has agreed to the renovation, well smartening up really, of the teen shelter in Jubilee Field that has suffered from heavy use. This will be done by volunteers in the better weather. Gary Harrison, the KCC Community Warden, will be encouraging some of the users to assist but the Parish Council would like some adult assistance too as many hands make light work and reduces the burden on the few. If you are interested in assisting please contact Gary. (contact details below)
DEFIBRILLATORS – UPDATE
Following comments by Lyminge residents the Parish Council has agreed to obtain two defibrillators to be installed in the Station Road car park and at the village hall. It is understood that the Etchinghill Village Hall Management Committee is providing a defibrillator at the village hall with the Parish Council being asked for a grant to cover some of the cost.
A NEW BUS SHELTER IN ETCHINGHILL – UPDATE
The Parish Council has ordered the new bus shelter to be placed on Canterbury Road opposite the Upstreet Cottages. This should be installed in late March or early April. Kent County Councillor Miss Susan Carey has given the Parish Council a grant from her KCC Member’s Grant Fund of £6,695 to cover the full cost of the shelter and its installation. The Parish Council is deeply grateful. At the same time the sides to the existing shelter opposite the junction of Mayfield Road and Station Road in Lyminge will be extended to provide greater shelter to waiting passengers.
SALT AND GRIT BINS
There are a number of salt and grit bins in the parish where the contents are available for public use – on public footways and on public roads. Please do NOT use the salt and grit on private property. When the salt bin near you is empty please contact the Parish Council Clerk for a refill. (contact details below)
REPORT DAMAGED FIRE HYDRANTS
If you notice a damaged fire hydrant, or one that is leaking water, or if you have any concerns or issues relating to water provisions within the parish please report this to the Kent Fire & Rescue Services Water Services Department on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01622 692121 Extension 2391.
RHODES MINNIS – SPEED WATCH NEEDS YOU!
Speed Watch continues to operate in Etchinghill, Lyminge and in Rhodes Minnis but more volunteers are needed – especially to man the equipment in Rhodes Minnis. The Parish Council has just purchased brand new and more effective equipment so come and join the volunteers with their new equipment! Want to know more? Contact Colin Manvell on 01303 862324.
KENT’S FREIGHT ACTION PLAN CONSULTATION
We are all very aware of the amount of HGVs on Kent’s roads – particularly on the M20 and around junction 10. KCC is revising its “Freight Action Plan” and this document is on consultation until 12 March 2017. KCC invites you to read the consultation document and complete the online questionnaire. Both of these items can be found at www.kent.gov.uk/freightactionplan
KEEP LYMINGE TIDY – YOU CAN HELP!
The Lyminge Association has arranged a Litter Pick on Saturday 13 May 2017. This has the full support of the Parish Council. Several Parish Councillors will be taking part in the litter pick itself. Details of where and when will follow in future editions of the Lyminge Newsletter. In support of the litter pick some Parish Councillors will be cleaning bus shelter windows and noticeboard windows. The Parish Council has recently obtained the services of a local volunteer to pick litter on a regular basis. Are you able to follow this example? If so, please get in touch with the Clerk whose contact details are below
KCC Trading Standards reports that more money was lost to online scammers last year than ever before. If you believe an email is a scam do not open it or any of its attachments but seek help and advice by contacting Citizen’s Advice, who will pass the details to your local Trading Standards service. Report a problem to Citizens Advice online or call the Citizens Advice consumer service (CACS) helpline on 03454 04 05 06 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm). The Textphone number is 18001 03454 04 05 06.
The Parish Council has a small number of vacant plots at its allotments at Rhodes Minnis where the site is currently undergoing a refurbishment. If you are interested please contact the Parish Council Clerk by email (Contacts on the left).
Since June 2016, KCC has been on a “pothole blitz”. KCC aims to make a permanent repair by cutting out a small section of the road around the pothole, clearing out the old material and filling it with new tarmac. If a road has a lot of potholes it may need a larger patch or the resurfacing of a whole section. Where possible the fix will be protected by surface dressing the whole road to prevent damage by winter weather. Lining and verges are also receiving a spruce up. KCC still requires your help in reporting any potholes that remain unfilled – although many may be on the list awaiting a repair. Can you please report potholes to KCC direct on www.kent.gov.uk/potholeblitz Once reported the pothole will be inspected by a local crew and, if work is necessary, it will be added to the list.
PLEASE CLEAR UP AFTER YOUR DOG
On these dark evenings there seems to be an increase in owners who do not clear up their dogs. This is particularly noticeable at the junction of St Mary’s Drive and Westfield Lane, Etchinghill. Please remember to take both poo bags and a torch with you – and use both!
GRANTS FROM LYMINGE PARISH COUNCIL
Grants are still available from the Parish Council for “one off” purchases by voluntary groups whose activities add to the richness of community life in the Parish. To find out more visit the Parish Council’s website or email the Clerk (contacts on the left) as more grants can be approved in the year to the end of March 2017. There is plenty of money left in the “grants kitty” this financial year!
BLOCKED DRAINS AND POTHOLES
Despite good work by the KCC pothole gangs there are still a number of potholes on the roads throughout the Parish. Leaves have been blocking drains causing local difficulties. Please report these direct to KCC on its improved web site that makes the reporting of faults on roads and pavements in Kent much easier via: http://www.kent.gov.uk/roads_and_transport/highway_maintenance/fault_reporting.aspx
If you think that a situation may be an emergency, please call KCC immediately on 08458 247 800 to report it. Keep reporting any faults direct to KCC. Only reported potholes and blocked drains will be filled and cleared!
Bagged dog poo can be placed in normal rubbish bins or taken home and placed in your own rubbish bin. Some rubbish bins get full quicker than others but all are emptied after the same length of time. If you spot a full, or overfull, rubbish bin please report it to Shepway DC – by telephone to 01303 853000 or via the Shepway DC website (search for “litter bins”).
GROWTH OVER FOOTPATHS
To report any blockages of public rights of way please contact the KCC PROW Unit on 03000 41 71 71 or email email@example.com
The March 2017 cycle of meetings will be:
Monday 13 March 2017 – General Purposes Committee at 7pm in the Rigden Room, Tayne Centre.
Wednesday 15 March 2017 – Finance and Administration Committee at 5pm in Lyminge Library.
Monday 27 March 2017 – Council meeting at 7.30pm in the Methodist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Rhodes Minnis.
COMMUNITY SAFETY CONTACTS
The PCSOs for Etchinghill, Lyminge and Rhodes Minnis are
PCSO Daniel Mills and PCSO Nicholas Holley.
Both can be contacted on 101.
The KCC Community Warden is Gary Harrison who can be contacted on 07977 982185
Crispin Davies, Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer
7 Battery Point, Seabrook, Hythe, Kent CT21 5RR
Telephone: 01303 239500 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org