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Park Farm Monthly Litter Pick

Posted by on Jun 26th, 2019 in Community News, Latest News | Comments Off on Park Farm Monthly Litter Pick

Support the Park Farm Playground Project with a monthly litter pick every 1st Sunday of the month from 10-11am

Meet in the car park at park farm park at 10am. 

Monthly Litter Pick Leaflet Poster

Local Plan Joint Committee Meeting

Posted by on Jun 20th, 2019 in Latest News | Comments Off on Local Plan Joint Committee Meeting

Kingsnorth Local Plan Joint Committee

 

The next meeting of Kingsnorth Local Plan Joint Committee will be held on Thursday 27th June 2019

At

Formal start at 1900 in the Kingsnorth Pavilion, Church Hill, Kingsnorth

Doors open at 18.30 with items on display for informal discussion

 

  AGENDA 

  1. Welcome 
  1. Apologies 
  1. Declarations of Interest 
  1. Election of Chair

(for single meeting under existing standing orders, orders will be reviewed at next Kingsnorth Parish Council Meeting) 

  1. Approval of Minutes of 28th January 2019 
  1. Topics for discussion-
  • What planning applications can we expect within the parish over the next 4 years
  • What tools are available to residents and the Parish Council to influence the formation of those plans and their determination at planning committee
  • We can expect the Local Plan review to begin within the next 4 years, likely much sooner. How can we best influence the outcome of that process with the resources available?
  • What would we like LPJC to achieve over the next 4 years 
  1. Given the discussions: –
    1. What recommendations can the group make to Kingsnorth Parish Council now, if any
    2. What areas require further research and may then come back to either LPJC or KPC, if any
    3. Can we map out an approximation of when we may expect these issues to arise and therefore what actions are to be prioritised
    4. Is ‘Local Plan Joint Committee’ an appropriate name for the group undertaking this work or should we consider alternatives e.g. ‘Planning Kingsnorth – Joint Committee’ 
  1. Consider authorising the Chair to undertake actions involved in researching issues raised 
  1. Items for Next Agenda

 

 

Kingsnorth School Summer Fete

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Sunday 30th June – Fete 11.30 – 3.00pm

School Fete Poster 2019

Daisy Washington Memorial Fund Fete

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Saturday 29th June – 10am till 2pm

Daisy Washington MF Fete

Anti-Social Behaviour

Posted by on Jun 6th, 2019 in Community News, Latest News | Comments Off on Anti-Social Behaviour

Nuisance Bikes

Whether these are electric scooters, quad, mini moto, hover boards, mopeds, or trial bikes, here is some clarification around some of the rules on these from Kent Police.

These can also be found on the Kent Police Website www.kentpolice.uk

Can my child use their electric scooter/bike, quad, mini moto, hoover board or Segway on the road or pavement?

All the above are all examples of vehicles that may be considered in legal terms to be mother vehicles and are therefore subject to all the usual legal requirements that apply to cars or motorcycles e.g. tax, insurance, registration and driving license. They cannot therefore be used on a road unless they conform to the law and many such vehicles will never be ‘road legal’ as their design fails to meet UK or EC road vehicle standards. Furthermore, such vehicles cannot legally be used on the pavement either, in fact the only place they can be used is on private land with landowner’s permission. If the land is owned by the council it is unlikely they will have given permission for them to ride on their land either.

If such vehicles are used on the road/ pavements by young people, not only may the rider be committing a number of offences but their parents may also face prosecution for aiding and abetting or permitting the offence.

If you know the details of a youth that is driving any of these on the pavements or roads, then please contact us. The police have a new Meereen of powers to deal with the use of such vehicles, these include the seizure of the vehicle under section 165A of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (power to seize vehicles driven without a licence or insurance) or section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002 (seizure of vehicles used in the manner causing alarm, distress or annoyance).

There are always youths on motor bikes/ mopeds and in cars screeching up and down the road, it is very dangerous, what can the police do?

It is important for us to obtain as much information as possible with regards to the details of the car/ bike and also the driver / rider and passengers. You do not have to disclose your details to the police if you are fearful of reprisals. It is best to contact the police as so. As the cars / bikes arrive so that the police have a better chance of apprehending those responsible. You can report it via the non- emergency number 101 or via www.kentpolice.uk report a crime.

Other things that get reported to us are Anti-social behaviour

Types of issues covered by the term anti-social behaviour are:

  • Noise and rowdy behaviour – this doesn’t include children playing or DIY noise unless at an unreasonable time of day/night.
  • Vandalism
  • Graffiti, litter and fly tipping
  • Noisy or intimidating dog
  • Misuse of fireworks, fires being started
  • Drug dealing, taking drugs or drinking alcohol in the street
  • Harassment, intimidation or threatening behaviour
  • Nuisance neighbours

Together with Kent Fire and Rescue Service, councils and other public and voluntary organisations, we use our powers to get to the root of the problems and take action.

Who do you contact?

While we are responsible for tackling some aspects of anti – social behaviour, your local council deals with:

  • Noise (including loud music from parties, neighbours, alarms, animals).
  • abandoned vehicles
  • Graffiti
  • fly tipping

All other issues 

If a crime is in progress or in an emergency call 999. For non- urgent issues report a crime via 101 or on the www.kentpolice.uk report a crime, or Ashford Borough Council www.ashford.gov.uk

Inside Track 258

Posted by on May 31st, 2019 in Community News | Comments Off on Inside Track 258

Download the latest edition of the “Inside Track” newsletter produced by Kent County Council which contains the latest information on national, regional and local sources of funding.

Download the PDF copy of this newsletter here.

Christopher Westbrook has recently won the ‘Environmental Achievement Award’

Posted by on May 29th, 2019 in Community News, Latest News | Comments Off on Christopher Westbrook has recently won the ‘Environmental Achievement Award’

Christopher Westbrook has recently won the ‘Environmental Achievement Award’.

Kingsnorth Parish Council nominated Christopher for his dedication to not only the environment but also to his community.

Christopher has been volunteering for 6 years as a litter picker in Joys Wood, Washford Farm, Kingsnorth.

Kingsnorth Parish Council would like to thank Christopher for his continued support and congratulate him on his very worthy achievement.

Find a Voice – May 2019 Newsletter

Posted by on May 22nd, 2019 in Community News | Comments Off on Find a Voice – May 2019 Newsletter

Download the PDF copy of this newsletter here.

Kingsnorth Community Cafe

Posted by on May 2nd, 2019 in Community News, Latest News | Comments Off on Kingsnorth Community Cafe

Following the Parish Council’s statement regarding the suspension of the Community Café that operated out of the Parish Council’s sports pavilion, a meeting has now taken place with the Café volunteers and representatives from the Parish Council to discuss events and what needs to be done to put the café on a sustainable and regulated footing.

Any monies taken for raffles, will be returned, an assets register completed and a review of stock undertaken.

Volunteers will reflect and consider what type of organisational structure they think would be appropriate based on the activities they want to undertake and the parish council will assist them in finding the right governance model and with the transitional arrangements.

Once the new parish council Manager has been appointed, one of their priorities will be the role and relationship the Café has with the Parish Council so there is clarity over who is responsible for what.

Residents will also be consulted over what they want from the Café and how it can be used to not only generate an income that supports community projects but provides a meeting place for residents and possibly undertake specific activities e.g. knit and natter, Chess and organised walks.

While we go through this process the café can be open for specific events.

Kingsnorth Community Cafe

Posted by on Apr 10th, 2019 in Community News, Latest News | Comments Off on Kingsnorth Community Cafe

Over two years ago Kingsnorth Parish Council was asked to support the idea of a community café that would operate from the sports pavilion on the playing fields.

This enterprise would have to share this space with users of the pavilion e.g. football clubs, private hire and the Parish Council as we hold our monthly Parish Council meetings in the pavilion.

The pavilion was re decorated to make it more welcoming as a café and storage provided to accommodate supplies and Borough Councillor grants secured to purchase the coffee machine.

The café has proved to be a success and over the two years settled into regular opening hours and supported and led on many community and charity events.

The café has been run by volunteers and money raised used to support local projects with support from the Parish Council, but the time has come for the café to have its own organisational structure, constitution, and clear purpose.

This lack of governance came to a head recently when decisions had been made regarding the use and access to the pavilion which belongs to the Parish Council and lack of clarity over who has the authority to make decisions and on what basis decisions are made.

The café is at a cross roads and considering extending its opening hours and possibly employing paid staff which moves it from a project to an enterprise which requires the appropriate governance arrangements in place.

As the café operates within a building owned by the Parish Council, we have a duty to ensure that their activities are fully compliant and that will depend on the constitution adopted by the café volunteers and the Parish Council.

To inform the future direction of the café we will consult residents and volunteers on what role they want the café to play as a community facility and assist in identifying the right form of governance structure e.g. a committee, board of trustees, registered charity or not for profit enterprise.

Until such time as these issues are resolved the café is suspended but could be used to support one off events.

We are currently without a Parish Council Manager and the number of Parish Councillors significantly depleted so we lack the resources to undertake this transitional exercise as speedily as we would like but hopefully this will soon be resolved as we are in the process of recruiting a new PCM and this will be one of their top priorities.

The suspension of the café is regrettable but we are confident that following this review process it will come back better and stronger with a more sustainable and clear future.