Parish Council Report - June


Parish Council Report
June 2017



TWBC Consultations
The Parish Council has responded to each of the recent consultations held by TWBC, which are now closed. These were the ‘Local Plan Issues and Options’, the ‘Interim Sustainability Appraisal’ and the ‘TWBC Draft Five Year Plan’. Comments made by residents and organisations can be found on the TWBC portal.

Planning and Development
The Parish Council has stated its policy on planning and development in its ‘Shaping the Future’ document. The Parish Council’s approach to planning and development recognizes the need to protect the AONB and the Limits of Built Development around our villages, whilst acknowledging that some development will come to the Parish. The document identifies the criteria that will be used to assess whether particular proposals will be given in-principle support by the Parish Council. The document is available on the Council Documents page of this website - here or can be obtained from the Parish Clerk at

Neighbourhood Development Plan
A group of volunteers is carrying out a scoping exercise over the next two months to investigate the potential benefit to the community of a Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Viewpoint Indicator
Work has begun on the engraving of the outer ring of the viewpoint indicator, which is being repaired and restored by Livingstone Art Founders.

Jack Verral Garden gates
Replacement gates for the garden entrance have been ordered from British Gates in Benenden. The wooden gates are being made in a similar design to the original gates and will be of the same dimensions, avoiding the need for planning permission.

Matfield Pond
The Environmental Agency has finally approved the removal of 75% of the bog weed and lillies from Matfield Pond. The application of approved chemicals will be done immediately after Matfield Fête and the weedcutter machine has been booked for the week of 31st July.

Parking on Matfield Green
Quotations are being obtained to repair and increase the parking area around Matfield Green. Samples of alternative plastic porous pavers to reinforce the grass surface have been obtained and the new surface will need to be installed on either newly seeded soil or turf in the autumn.

Matfield Green fencing
Work is being carried out to replace the damaged posts and chain fencing around Matfield Green, which should be completed before the Matfield Fête weekend.

Drying Ground
A quotation is being obtained to remove the dead tree on the Drying Ground, which will be replaced by a tree suited to that area, which is prone to flooding during wet weather. The original tree was planted to commemorate the wedding of Diana and Charles in 1981.

Matfield Post Office
Potential venues are being discussed to replace the Post Office services provided at the former Inn-store by an Outreach service from Wateringbury Post Office. The Parish Clerk, Chantal Brooks, is working with local residents, the Post Office and Greg Clark’s office to expedite a replacement service. Chantal has also discovered that 168 villages in the UK are currently being served by a mobile Post Office Van and is investigating this possibility for Matfield.