Full Council Monday 21st August 2023
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PADDOCK WOOD TOWN COUNCIL
The Podmore Building, St Andrews Field, St Andrews Road
Paddock Wood, Kent, TN12 6HT
Telephone: 01892 837373
NOTICE OF A MEETING OF PADDOCK WOOD TOWN COUNCIL TO BE HELD ON Monday 21st August 2023 at 7.45 pm in The Day Centre, Commercial Road, Paddock Wood
COUNCIL MEMBERS: Cllr H Atkins, R. Atkins, D. Dray, S. Hamilton, D. Kent,
- Maari, A. Mackie, T. Mobbs, R. Moon, M. Munday,
- Sargison, J. Thompson, C. Williams.
Residents do not need to attend a meeting to ask a question of the Council. Questions can be sent at any time to the Council offices using the details above.
QUESTIONS FROM RESIDENTS (15 minutes)
If you wish to speak to the Council about any item on the agenda, please see the updated Protocol for the Public attending Town Council and Committee meetings, which can be found on the website or can be obtained from the Town Council offices.
BOROUGH & COUNTY COUNCILLORS UPDATE (10 minutes)
Town Councillors should submit questions a week in advance, if possible, to the Borough/County Councillor concerned (copied to the Town Clerk).
C48 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
C49 MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING.
- a) To APPROVE the minutes of the meeting held on Monday 17th July 2023
- b) To NOTE the minutes of the Planning Environment Committee meeting held on the 17th July 2023 & 3rd August 2023
- c) To NOTE the minutes of the Estates Committee meeting held on 14th August 2023
C50 MATTERS ARISING FROM THE PREVIOUS MINUTES NOT COVERED ELSEWHERE
- a) C42 – Wifi for Day Centre, a mobile hub was now available to enable members to use WiFi in the Day Centre. Members have been provided with the log in details.
- b) C43 – the new Deputy Clerk has been appointed. Ms Enza Small started work with the council on the 31st July 2023.
- a) To APPROVE the payment vouchers: nos 233 – 288
- b) To NOTE the receipt vouchers: nos 142 – 156
- c) Grant Application from Heritage Paddock Wood – £474.40
Application attached – there is currently £3000 in the grant fund.
- d) Use of Section 106 funding – Green Lane. The Estates Committee have requested the release of £6,000 from the £14,000 of funding which is being held for the maintenance of the Green Lane open space. The money is to carry out maintenance to ponds.
- e) Use of Reserves – The Estates Committee have requested a total of £9300 from the Town Council’s general reserves for work on Putlands Pond & Elm Tree Pond.
Details are contained in the Estates minutes. There is currently £155,500 in the Council’s general reserve.
C52 KEY HOLDERS
At present the Estates Manager plus the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Estates Committee are key holders for the Council’s premises. The Town Council is asked to agree to appoint a security company to be a key holder for the council and to respond to alarm call outs. Costs are as follows:
|Key holding cost annually per site (5 sites)
|Call out fee
|£35 for ½ hour
|£15 for every ½ hour thereafter
|£100 as existing customer *
|£35 for 1 hr
|£8.75 for every 15 minutes there after
|£40.50 for 1 hr
|£25/ hr thereafter
*1 has the contract for the Community Centre and is the recommended contractor.
C53 PUBLIC TOILETS, COMMERCIAL ROAD.
The public toilets in the east car park in Commercial Road are owned and managed by TWBC. On the 28th July the Cabinet Member for Communities Approved the following:
“That the Council’s Estates Department work with Paddock Wood Town Council to explore the option for them to take on the ownership of their public toilets.”
The Town Council currently contributes to TWBC of £7,000 a year towards the upkeep of the toilets.
Further information from TWBC is awaited,
C54 PADDOCK WOOD COMMUNITY CENTRE
- a) The application to amend the opening hours of the nursery portion of the Centre has been submitted to the planning authority.
- b) The application to install the signage outside has been submitted to the planning authority.
- c) The opening of the centre will take place on Sunday 3rd Greg Clark MP carry out the formal opening of the centre.
- d) Cllrs Munday and Mackie attended the August board meeting and will give a report to members.
- e) Defect notices – Members are asked to confirm that the Clerks, Estate Manager and the PWCCO Ltd can raise defect notices in respect of the community centre.
A defect notice form is contained within the OPERATION & MAINTENANCE MANUAL from the contractors. These must be submitted to the contractor and the Council’s Technical project manager for action. The CC manager has advised that she has submitted 12 defect notices in total for minor snags which have occurred since she took up post. All have been actioned promptly by the contractors.
C55 NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN REFERENDUM
Posters and banners have been put up to encourage residents to vote in the referendum on the 14th September 2023. There are strict guidelines governing referendums and the Council cannot seek to influence which way residents should vote.
C56 HEALTH AND SAFETY GENERAL POLICY STATEMENT
The Statement has been reviewed by Croner and the updated version requires approval and signing by the chairman.
C57 PADDOCK WOOD BOWLS CLUB
PW Bowls Club have contacted the council to seek permission to erect an additional building alongside the existing clubhouse to act as a changing
room. Details are attached.
C58 DOCUMENT STORAGE
The Town Council is currently using Exchange Online (Plan 1) at £3.30 User/Month for its emails. This will need to be increased to £4.90 to upgrade to OneDrive with 1T of storage each. A total of £244/year. This will enable the documents required for meetings to be stored in a central location and updated as required. Members will be able to access directly from their devices at meetings now that Wi-Fi is available in the Day Centre. Paper copies can be made available to members who do not have the necessary devices or would prefer a paper copy for meetings. Subject to members agreement it is hoped to introduce the new system at the October Council meeting.
C59 OFFICER MEMBER PROTOCOL
Following on from the debate at the Estates meeting (ref ES33) the Chairman has asked that members note the following from the Council’s Officer Member Protocol:
“The purpose of this Protocol is to guide Members and Officers of the Council in their relations with one another in such a way as to ensure the smooth running of the Council. Officers covered by this protocol are the Town Clerk, Deputy Clerk and Estates Manager. Other members of staff are covered by the Council’s employment policies.”
The Governance Committee will be reviewing this protocol at its meeting on the 29th August 2023. The Civility and Respect Project which the Town Council has signed up to has issued a revised protocol which makes this clearer. https://www.nalc.gov.uk/library/our-work/civility/3780-model-councillor-officer-protocol/file
C60 CIVIC AMENITY VEHICLE
For information only
The CAV service was suspended in March 2020 by both TWBC and TMBC due to the impact of Covid and to free up HGV driver resources for weekday collections. village in the Tunbridge Wells Borough. The Cabinet member for Environmental Services Cllr Ellen Neville has written to the Town Council advising that TWBC will not be re-introducing the service due to financial constraints.
C61 REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES
To receive updates from representatives
(a) Chairman’s meeting.
(b) Paddock Wood Business Association
(c) Bereko Committee
(d) KALC –
(e) Medway Valley Line
(f) Hop Pickers Line
(g) Youth Council
(h) Putlands Leisure Centre
(i) Highway Improvement Plan
(k) Reports from meetings which members have attended on behalf of the Town Council.
C62 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The next meeting will take place on Monday 18th September 2023 at 7.45 in the Day Centre.
CLERK TO THE COUNCIL
15th August 2023