PADDOCK WOOD TOWN COUNCIL
The Podmore Building, St Andrews Road, Paddock Wood
Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 6HT
Telephone: 01892 837373
MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE ESTATES COMMITTEE held on Monday 8th November 2021 at 7.45pm in the Day Centre, Commercial Road.
PRESENT: Cllr D Boyle, in the Chair
Cllr H. Atkins, R Atkins, M Flashman, R. Moon, D. Sargison,
IN ATTENDANCE: Mrs N Reay, Town Clerk
Mr K Butler, Estates Manager
APOLOGY: Cllr R. Turk
ES42 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no declarations of interest.
ES43 MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING
The minutes of the meeting held on 11th October 2021 were APPROVED.
ES44 MATTERS ARISING FROM THE PREVIOUS MEETING
- a) ES35 b) – following further conversation with the contractor the quote for the Legionella work has had to be revised. Members will be advised once the revised quote has been received.
- b) ES38 – the Covid Test Centre will be set up in Putlands Car Park.
ES45 TREE PLANTING
Members considered the attached report from Councillor Sargison regarding tree planting for the Queen’s Green Canopy Project.
The following trees had been ordered from TWBC at a discounted rate.
Putlands – 3 Alder
3 Field Maple
3 Bird Cherry
Orchard Meadow – 20 whips of mixed native species.
It was also agreed that the two cherries which had been removed from outside the Day Centre should be replaced with Rowans. The stumps would need to be ground out before planting.
Members were advised that there was the potential to plant up to 800 whips at Foal Hurst Wood. Costs would be brought to the next meeting for consideration. The Council had allocated £2000 for tree planting this financial year.
ES46 GARDEN WASTE
The council has been asked to consider paying for skips to enable residents to deposit their green waste. The current green waste collections run by the Borough Council have been suspended since the summer due to the shortage of HGV drivers.
The Borough Council have announced they will be doing a one-off collection for all subscribers to empty the bins. The collection for Paddock Wood will be at least another month.
The cost of a 12-yard skip would be £315. A skip this size will take 120 bin bags.
The Clerk advised that this was not within the Council’s legal powers to spend money on this, but expenditure could be paid for from the section 137 code (Free Resource which allows money to be spent on things that the council does not have the power to spend on.)
Members were unhappy at the idea of “bailing” out the borough council. It was suggested that may be the Civic Amenity Vehicle could be re-introduced to help.
Members discussed the practicalities of location etc.
Cllr Boyle proposed, Cllr Moon seconded:
Whilst the Council admires the sentiment of this approach, it is impracticable and beyond the remit of the Town Council to organise garden waste collections. Members call upon TWBC to expedite the return of the subscription service and notify residents as soon as possible.
CARRIED 5 in favour, 1 abstention
ES47 SECTION 106 FUNDING
Members received a report from the Clerk on the Section 106 funding allocated to Paddock Wood Town Council for Estates projects.
|Project||Due approximately||Amount £||Progress||Comments from members|
|A||Skatepark||2021||74,500 + £20,000 allocated by TC||Independent consultant needed to prepare project for tender process.|
|B||Resurfacing, drainage, white lining:
carpark Foalhurst Wood
|2021||22,294.87||Estimates sought and received, seeking modifications. (Drainage + white lining)||Request for surface to be porous & environmentally friendly materials to be used if possible
|C||Bridge Repairs Foalhurst Wood||2021||6,667.67||Seeking estimates.|
|D||Green Lane Sports facilities. (Pavilion)||Early 2022||278,375||Independent consultant sought to prepare project for tender process.||The following to be explored:
Drainage for football pitch, improve changing rooms & car park,
Outdoor table tennis. Impractical to level unused area.
|E||Strikes Wood mitigation||2021||3,000||Cllr Boyle proposed, Cllr Flashman seconded: that the council should apply for the funding to secure the boundary with the adjoining development|