SUTTON BY DOVER PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the meeting held in Sutton Church Hall on Tuesday 8th January 2013
1. Present and apologies for absence:
Graeme Akhurst (Vice-chairman)
Kent County Councillor: Steve Manion
Dover District Councillor: Nick Kenton
Parish Clerk: Veronica Harrop
Apologies for absence: Simon Butcher
Members of the public: Mrs B. Odell, Mr C. Stokes, Mrs L. Pasco, Mr C. Hogben,
Mr D. Vickers, Mrs J. Bryant, Mrs C. Richardson and Mrs L. Godderidge.
In the absence of the Chairman, Mr Graeme Akhurst (Vice-chairman), chaired the
2. Approval of the minutes of the last meeting: Graeme proposed, Ron seconded and all
Councillors present approved of the resolution to accept the minutes of the last
3. Declarations of interest: None.
4. Matters arising: Councillors expressed their concern that Sutton House, Church Hill,
Sutton. might not be building the swimming pool and gymnasium according to the
Planning permission granted. The council asked the Clerk to write a letter to DDC
Planning Enforcement Officer asking him to assess the building work and give the
Parish Council a comment on the development.
5. Visitors: Mrs Godderidge commented on the amount of mud which had collected at
the bottom of Church Hill, Sutton. She said although DDC had cleared the access
pipe of mud and swept the road, so that rain water could run into Sutton Pond, DDC
were unable to sweep the hill properly as a red van had been parked at the bottom of
the hill for some considerable time. Graeme said he would speak to the owner of the
van to ask what his plans for parking the van were in the future.
Charlie asked if Highways could be contacted about the pot holes in some of the roads
in the parish. The Clerk will contact Highways on this matter.
6. Road side advertising: The Parish Council is waiting for a reply from the DDC
Planning Enforcement Officer on the legality of advertising retailed meat, on the
side of a lorry, from a field next to Downs Road, East Studdal.
7. Correspondence: None.
8. Precept 2013/14: The precept for 2013/2014 was set by the councillors at £10,368.
Graeme proposed, Sarah seconded and all councillors agreed on the amount set
for 2013/2014 precept. It was noted that this was a freezing of the precept at the
level of last year.
9. School buses: There was no new developments to report.
Clerks wage 236.96 (1x months wage)
Clerks expenses 20.00 (1x months expenses)
Carolyn proposed, Hugh seconded and all councillors approved of the
payments. The cheques were signed by Hugh and Ron.
Parsonage Farm, Vale Road, Sutton. – The council discussed the use of Parsonage
Farm as it seemed that there was a brewery being operated from there. Also, a free
standing shelter, visible from the road, had been erected at the top of the driveway
and the Parish Council did not appear to have any plans for this.
The Clerk was asked to contact the DDC Planning Enforcement Officer to question
the planning situation regarding Parsonage Farm.
DDC PEO was also to be asked if planning permission was needed to erect solar
panels on the roof of a house in a conservation area.
11. Local Planning:
DOV/12/00989 – The Yews, Forge Lane, Sutton CT15 5DG
Proposal: Erection of a two storey and single storey rear extension.
Graeme proposed, Ron seconded and all councillors approved a resolution to
positively support this planning application as it complies with the Village Design
12. Allotments, Memorial Garden, Playing Field and BMX Track:
Colin Stokes gave the council a quote of £95.00 for cutting back the encroaching
hedge around the Playing Field. Hugh proposed, Ron seconded and all councillors
agreed on a resolution to accept the quote for cutting the Playing Field..
Ron is to place chicken wire around the trees in the allotment which are being
eaten by rabbits.
13. Any other business/matters to discuss:
The Clerk was asked to invite the PCSO to the February meeting.
14. Date of next meeting: Tuesday 5th February 2013 – Meeting finished at 09.10pm