Parish Council Minutes 31st January 2024

Councillors: Jon Aldington (JA), Paul Allen (PA), Sue Baker (SB), Francis Plumptre (FP) (Part)
County Councillor Sue Chandler – Kent County Council (SC), 4 Members of the Public, Parish Clerk – Joanna Jones


District Councillors Bartlett and Porter and Councillor Karen Stanford (KS).


One member of the public thanked the Parish Council for succeeding with footpath EE190 remaining as a public footpath, another member of the public reported that concession cards can be used on the Connect bus by pensioners. The other two members of the public did not wish to speak, the meeting then re-opened.


Councillor Allen declared an interest as Chair of the Friends of Chillenden Windmill and as a committee member for Chillenden Village Hall and Councillor Baker declared an interest as a volunteer at the Friends of Chillenden Windmill.


Francis Plumptre introduced himself to the Parish Council as a candidate to fill the vacancy on the Parish Council, he then left the room, discussions were held and a vote was held, 2 voted for and 1 against. RESOLVED to co-opt Francis Plumptre onto the Parish Council, he signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office and took his place on the Council and was welcomed by the Chairman. Clerk to organise completion of Declaration of Pecuniary Interest form with Councillor Plumptre and submit to Dover District Council and inform them of the appointment.

Action Clerk


RESOLVED the minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council held on 29th November 2023 be duly signed by the Chairman as a true and correct record of the meeting.


  1. County Councillor – Sue Chandler gave a report on the Kent County Council budget which is now balanced due to savings being made and a limited use of reserves, after intensive lobbying additional funding has also been received from central Government. The report also included grants that are available for businesses, families and winter support grants, details are on the Kent County Council website, she then explained the work of the Kent Film Office.
  2. District Councillors – report emailed out.
  3. Parish Councillors – no reports
  4. Community PC – PC Jon Bowler, did not attend.


Action Owner Status Update
Internet banking application Clerk On-going To open Unity Trust Current and Deposit Accounts – Clerk to submit signed minutes & the additional information required to Unity Trust. Action Clerk
Communications workshop KS Not started
Dog Poo Bin Costing KS Discharged Costs confirmed and request gone to Dover District Council to site on grass near to Park View Close road sign
Dover District Council on Demand Bus Request for extension to Goodnestone KS Discharged Not possible to extend bus route, Connect bus does accept Concession cards for pensioners.
Footpaths Lower Rowling/Knowlton JA Not started To report on the KCC Public Rights of Way Reporting Tool
Draft Highways Improvement Plan SB/Clerk Discharged Highways Improvement Plan submitted to Dover District Council.
Wheelie bin stickers Clerk Discharged 20mph toolkit received from Kent County Council Highways, includes bin stickers
Councillor Vacancy Clerk Discharged Vacancy reported to Dover District Council and advertised.
Bridleway EE190 – Meeting JA/KS Discharged JA attended meeting, KS promoted on social media
Speed Indicator Device Pole Position SB/PA Discharged Form completed and submitted to Kent County Council Highways
Parish Noticeboards Clerk/PA/SB Discharged Clerk chased Dover District Council and PA and SB are making Chillenden noticeboard secure.
Millenium Field Clerk On-going How to maximise usage and add value to village – add to next agenda
Environmental Fund Clerk On-going Options for spending ring-fenced budget – add to next agenda
Section 137 Grant Application Clerk Discharged Pledge letter sent and draft Grant Application Form circulated.
Local Government Pension Scheme Clerk On-going Parish Council to join and approve membership of Clerk – add to next agenda
Parish Council Insurance Clerk Discharged Renewed
Natwest Bank Online KS Discharged Clerk in the process of being added to the online Bank Account
Fixed Asset Register Parish Councillors / Clerk On-going Parish Councillors to send photos of Fixed Assets to Clerk and identify a volunteer to check the defibrillators. Clerk to construct Fixed Asset Register
Budget Clerk Discharged 2024/25 Budget produced and Mowing Contract on January agenda.
Local Plan Meeting PA Discharged PA attended meeting and objected to SAP50 in Local Plan
Metal Detecting Request Clerk Discharged Clerk responded to requestor.
Neighbourhood Watch Stickers SB Discharged SB attended Local Neighbourhood Watch Meeting
Chillenden Windmill PA/Clerk Discharged PA had spoken to Friends of the Mill about registering as a Community asset they are awaiting the results of the Consultation. In the meeting County Councillor Sue Chandler explained the possible next steps in the consultation process. Clerk had forwarded information about registering as a Community Asset and put the Windmill on this agenda.
Website Clerk/JA Discharged Clerk sent information to JA who put it on website along with Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest links to Dover District Council.


  1. The Kent County Council (Bridleway EE190 at Staple & Goodnestone) Definitive Map Modification Order 2022 – Planning Inspectorate Letter – To remain at Public Footpath Status
    Noted by members.
  2. Report – no report


  1. Progress on Highway Improvement Plan
    Councillor Baker explained that Highways were not able to install more signage or road markings at the crossroads of Goodnestone Road and Rowling Road as no Kent County Council land is available, but they would look at refreshing the road markings and cleaning the signage if necessary. The importance of reporting all road traffic accidents to the Police was explained as this will help with evidence for future Highways requests, this is to be included in the next Messenger.
    Action SB
  2. 20mph Tool kit
    The Clerk gave the bin stickers, posters and banner to Councillor Baker, who would distribute to parishioners.
    Action SB
  3. New position for SID pole out of 20mph zone
    Awaiting response from Kent County Council Highways to the suggested position at the bottom of Griffin Hill.
  4. Goodnestone Road – Streetlight Out – Clerk reported to Dover District Council
    It was agreed that the Kent County Council Highways Reporting Tool details would be included in the Messenger to encourage parishioners to report faults on the Highway as soon as they see them
    Action SB
  5. Road Closure – Goodnestone Road, Chillenden – 24th January 2024
  6. Road Closure – Rowling Road – 29 January 2024, up to 3 days
    Both of the above noted by members.


  1. Parish Noticeboard for Goodnestone
    It was agreed that Christine would be responsible for monitoring the proposed new bin and emptying it if it overflowed, Clerk to report to Dover District Council.
    Action Clerk
  2. Millenium Field – How to maximise usage and add value to the village
    Agreed to move to next agenda
  3. Environmental Fund – Options for spending budget held over from previous year
    Agreed to move to next agenda
  4. Mowing Contract
    Discussions were held, agreed to source three quotes for a price per cut for Fairfield and the Millenium Field.
    Action Clerk and Councillor Plumptre
  5. Neighbourhood Watch
    Clerk gave Neighbourhood Watch Stickers to Councillor Baker, who would include details in the Messenger.
    Action SB


  1. Draft Grant Application Form
    The grant form was discussed, it was agreed to add that nothing can be funded retrospectively and then Councillor Aldington will add it to the website.
    Action Clerk and JS
  2. Natwest Bank Online – Parish Clerk to be registered
    The Parish Clerk was in the process of being registered for Natwest Banking, the statements needed to be registered to go to the Parish Office.
    Action KS and JS
  3. Unity Trust Bank
    Clerk to complete the application for Unity Trust Bank Accounts once the Clerk is registered with Natwest for online banking and the office address is changed for the Natwest bank statements.
    Action Clerk
  4. Fixed Asset Register
    On-going, nothing more to add.
  5. Accounts – Budget v Actual to 31/12/2023
    The Clerk talked through the figures, RESOLVED to adopt the Accounts – Budget V Actual to 31/12/2023.
  6. Budget Talks 2024/25
    Discussions were held, it was agreed to make slight adjustments to the budget, RESOLVED adopt the 2024/25 Budget.
  7. 2024/25 Precept Setting
    Discussions were held, RESOLVED that the Council Tax be increased by 7.5% (£3.16 per annum) to £45.36 for a Band D property for 2024/25, an overall increase from £7,435.96 to £7,951.61. Clerk to submit.
    Action Clerk
  8. KCC – Kent Parish Council Winter Support Scheme
    Noted by members
  9. Office Equipment
    The Clerk reported that Eastry and Woodnesborough Parish Councils had agreed that Goodnestone Parish Clerk could use their office equipment as long as Goodnestone contributed towards running costs such as paper and printing costs and contributed towards replacement fixed assets when needed.
  10. Historic Treescape Grants – Dover District Council
    Noted by members.


  1. Payments to be approved
    Business Service Invoice Amount Proposed Seconded
    Society Local Council Clerks Membership (10% Fee) MEM246892-4 £23.80 Councillor Aldington Councillor Baker
    Goodnestone Village Hall 2023 Meeting rental December 2023 £125.00 Councillor Baker Councillor Aldington
    Joanna Jones Clerk’s Net Salary Nov,Dec,Jan
    £461.42 Councillor Baker Councillor Allen
    HMRC PAYE Nov, Dec, Jan
    £115.20 Councillor Aldington Councillor Baker
    Joanna Jones Clerk’s Net Salary Feb
    £153.84 Councillor Aldington Councillor Allen
    £38.40 Councillor Baker Councillor Aldington
    Bax Thomas French Ltd Fairfield Rent SI9075 £50.00 Councillor Baker Councillor Aldington
    Chillenden Village Hall 2023 Meeting Rental 012 £30.00 Councillor Aldington Councillor Baker
    All above payments RESOLVED to be paid.


  1. Planning Applications
    None received
  2. Planning Decisions
    1. DOV/23/01233, Resurfacing of church access path, Holy Cross Church, The Street, Goodnestone, CT3 1PL – Granted
      Noted by members
  3. Planning Correspondence
    1. DDC – ENF/23/00444 – Location: Land North of Pumping Station, Short Street, Chillenden, Kent, Subject: Removal of tree in a Conservation Area – Investigations underway
      Noted by members
  4. Report
    Councillor Allen gave a report on the Local Plan hearing that he had attended and spoken at concerning SAP 50 and the flood plain in Chillenden. Councillor Allen also reported on the Dover District Council letter regarding the breach of planning at Yew Tree Farm, Dover District Council will not be pursuing formal enforcement action, he explained the criteria when enforcement action would be taken.


  1. Kent Association of Local Councils – all updates emailed
  2. Pre-Submission Draft of the Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2024-2039 – Regulation 19 Public Consultation January 2024
    Both of the above noted by members.


  1. Proposed KCC Consultation to Divest – nothing more to add.


  1. Clerk annual leave – Agreed


  1. Training – KALC & Community Prepared
  2. DDC Great British Spring Clean
  3. D-Day – 6th June 2024
    All of the above noted by members.
  4. Annual Parish Meeting
    Discussions were held, agreed to hold the Annual Parish Meeting on 24th April at 7.30pm, Clerk to liaise with Christine for list of speakers and to send the agenda to Councillor Baker for inclusion in the Messenger.
    Action Clerk and Councillor Baker

PUBLIC CONTRIBUTION TIME: A short session set aside for parishioners to raise matters. Individual contributions should be kept to less than 5 minutes.

Apologies were given as there hadn’t been a Messenger edition for a while.


27th March 7.30pm – Chillenden Village Hall
24th April – Annual Parish Meeting – 7.30pm – Goodnestone Village Hall
22nd May 7.30pm – Goodnestone Village Hall

Meeting was formally closed at 21:50