SUTTON BY DOVER PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held after due notice at Studdal Church Hall on
Tuesday 8th May 2012 at 8.15pm.
1. PRESENT Councillors: Simon Butcher (Chairman)
Graeme Akhurst (Vice-Chairman)
Clerk: Veronica Harrop
Kent County Councillor: Steve Manion
Dover District Councillor: Nick Kenton
2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
It was proposed by Grame Akhurst and seconded by Simon Butcher that the minutes
of the meeting of the 10th May 2011 be accepted and signed as a true record. All
Councillors agreed to the signing of the minutes.
3. MATTERS ARISING
4. CHAIRMANS REPORT (see attached report).
5. REPORTS FROM OTHER ORGANISATIONS
Dover District Councillor – Nick Kenton – ‘Development land & Waste’.
Nick commented that the Whitfield and Shoulden development plans were put
forward for core strategy areas. Any person can comment on the final development
SBDPC are in support of the development of the ‘Nurseries’, Downs Road, East
Studdal (on a reduced number of houses) and the three houses in Homestead Lane,
Nick said there would be a 2.5% rise in council tax.
On the National Development Planning Framework (NDPF) a 5 year development
plan is required to demonstrate that we have a 5 yr. land supply that fits in with the
core strategy. DDC have only enough sites to fill its core strategy.
An enforcement on dog fouling and dropping litter in the street will come into force
with an ‘on the spot fine’ being issued.
The new recycling system has worked well with a 53% recyclable waste being colleted
(Feb 2012). DDC are the best performing recycling service in Kent where as eight
years ago they were at the bottom of the list. There will be a new wheely bin produced
later in the year for paper and householders may have to pay for this.
Kent County Councillor – Steve Manion – ‘Highways’
In his speech Steve said that £149 million had been invested in ‘Highways’ in Kent in
the last year. There were still pot holes waiting to be filled and anyone can phone or
email to report a pot hole that needs attention.
Highways have pledged to improve road safety on the Kent roads and are doing their
utmost to reach this fulfilment.
Spectrum Club – Maggie Crawley
Maggie said they have 8 to 10 children who regularly attend the Spectrum Club. In the
Last year they have had several newcomers and a few have left when they reach the
age limit. Maggie was pleased that children managed to attend the club during the
snowy and inclement weather of the winter. On Mothering Sunday the children wrote
poems of endearment and read them out at the Mothering Day Service held in Studdal
Sutton Church – Maggie Crawley
Maggie reiterated the Reverend Kathy Sigrist’s words in thanking the Parish Council for
their support in the last year. They have 41 parishioners on the church roll.
Maggie said that a time lock had been installed on the main church door so that the
church can remain open during the day. ‘Sunday at Six’ service is held on the 1st
Sunday of each month in Studdal Church Hall and everyone is welcome.
The Church fete will be held in Sutton Community Centre on Saturday 2nd June.
Last years church fete raised over £1000 and was well supported.
Sutton Community Centre – Olive Foreman
Olive said the hall had been used variedly in the last year. The New Years Disco
was a great success and everyone enjoyed themselves.
The Quiz Nights held, every few months, produced the main income for the hall.
Recently a new cleaning lady has been employed who has been a great help after a
spell without a cleaner.
Finances have been spent on: resurfacing the car park, painting walls inside and
repointing the outside walls, installing an outside light and buying new tables.
Olive expressed that new committee members are needed for the support of the hall
and would welcome any one who is interested.
Report from Northbourne CE Primary School – (read by Chairman) – (see attached)
6. Any other business :none
7. Meeting finished at 9.30pm.