Parish Council: CouncillorsAll 13 councillors were in attendance for the Zoom meeting, along with Helen Boden (clerk), Cllr Brazier (KCC) and 1 member of the public. Cllr Hughes has signed her acceptance of office form. Cllr Malham declared an interest in allotments as an allotment holder, Cllr Oxtoby in works on Hartley Green as she is related to the contractor.
Burial Grounds: New Burial GroundThe council have been told by Sevenoaks Council that this has been built without planning permission, the original one having run out before they started works. Planting a hedge is not works. Council agree to apply for retrospective planning permission at a cost of £231.
Amenities: CricketThe cricket club say they can't find anyone to take away the old sight screens. Council agree to pay Eastwood Metal Recycling to remove the screens whether or not the cricket club will contribute.
Amenities: Manor Field PavilionCouncil rejected request from member of the public for disabled toilet here, for spectators at football matches and burial ground visitors. Council point out pavilion is not used by footballers.
Remembrance Sunday:Council decide that no service is possible due to Covid. Chairman and Vice Chairman will lay wreath.
Parish Council: Covid-19In light of updated advice they have updated the special conditions of hire to the pavilion. New provisions include using the QR poster with mobile phone NHS app, asking attendees to wear face masks and to get tested if they develop symptoms within 10 days of visiting the pavilion. Cllr Perry Cole (Hartley & Sevenoaks) reported local cases were mainly related to schools, care homes and people returning from holidays.
Finance: PaymentsPayments for October of £11,554 were agreed
Planning: District PlanCllr Alford has been told applying for Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Status on Fawkham Valley would take 20 years, so they decide to look at the option of a neighbourhood plan.
Planning: Fawkham Manor HospitalCouncil decide to object to the application to build 12 houses and 20 apartments here on green belt and traffic grounds
Parish Council: WebsiteAhead of the September accessibility deadline, they have paid University of Kent £25 for a health check, which said it was mainly OK, but needed several PDF documents converted to an accessible format
Burial Grounds:This committee met on 2 September but minutes are currently not available
Finance: PaymentsPayments of £18,810 for September were approved. These included £780 for a VE/VJ commermoration seat on the Village Green, £320 for tree works at Hoselands Green, £547 Covid related expenditure