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December 2017 News
14 December 2017
Two men charged with armed robbery in Hartley
2 men from Gravesend and Northfleet charged with armed robbery at Hartley Post Office on 19 September. See also News Shopper 14/12/17
Source: Kent Police

18 December 2017
Parish Council: Attendance
Only 7 councillors were in attendance for this meeting that had been postponed a week due to the weather.
Source: Parish Council Meeting

18 December 2017
Roads: Wellfield
Cllr Brazier informed the meeting that the yellow lines would be in place within 3 months. He hoped they would not be moving the problem further down the road which doesn't have a problem at present.
Source: Parish Council Meeting

18 December 2017
Transport: Buses
Cllr Brazier said it was an own goal to publish the list of buses affected before it was discussed. The council hope some will be taken on by bus companies on a commercial basis. As for all the others communities will be offered dial a ride or minibuses,
Source: Parish Council Meeting

18 December 2017
Amenities: Football
Hartley De Sales confirmed that their own insurance covers training at Manor Field. As the club has more older players, they asked for one of the pitches to be extended to 88m. Parish council thought this would mean it would have to be widened too, which wouldn't be possible, so they told the football club to liaise with Landscape Services who do the pitch markings.
Source: Parish Council Meeting

18 December 2017
Amenities: Allotments
Owner of one allotment who brings pre-school children to the allotment with the council's permission said other holders had complained. Council confirmed she has their support. At a meeting the allotment holders said the paths weren't being maintained, council said it was up to the adjoining plot holders. Holders asked if there was a site manager, the reply was it was the clerk. Fencing contractor to look at fence by plot 19 and tap has recently been repaired.
Source: Parish Council Meeting

18 December 2017
Amenities: Trees
Council accepted quote from Down to Earth Ltd of £2,370 to undertake the tree works recommended in the risk assessment
Source: Parish Council Meeting

18 December 2017
Amenities: Manor Field Pavilion
They requested cleaning contractors drop late payment fine from contract as it doesn't fit in with council meetings. They rejected a request to have a party there on New Year's Eve as it might disturb the neighbours.
Source: Parish Council Meeting

18 December 2017
Amenities: Rectory Meadow
Medway Valley Countryside Partnership will cut and rake the meadow for 2 days for £500, volunteers welcome. They also paid them £145 for 4 habitat boxes and a ½ day plant survey.
Source: Parish Council Meeting

18 December 2017
Amenities: Manor Field
Quotes sought for following works: fertilizer & sulphate of Iron (March, September), Fertilizer and herbicide (June)
Source: Parish Council Meeting

18 December 2017
Amenities: Chantry Avenue
They agreed to spend £6,200 on replacing the fence with 68m of 1.2m high steel bow top railings. It will be paid for either by Community Infrastructure Levy money or council's general reserve.
Source: Parish Council Meeting

18 December 2017
Amenities: Woodland Avenue
Following branch falls £300 spent on tree surgeon inspecting and removing major limbs near houses.
Source: Parish Council Meeting

18 December 2017
Amenities: Pond
Council to look at taking it over by squatter's rights
Source: Parish Council Meeting

18 December 2017
Amenities: Dog bins
Council met with KCC to discuss. New one at Wellfield end of Woodland Avenue Park not a problem, but HPC will need to employ someone with a Streetworks Operative Qualification (therefore not Mr Munday) for the proposed one at junction of Church Road and Manor Drive.
Source: Parish Council Meeting

18 December 2017
Amenities: Billings Hill Shaw
Dumping of a lawnmower has been reported.
Source: Parish Council Meeting

18 December 2017
Roads: Speeding
Battery on new speed indicator device only lasting 5 days, not the 2 weeks promised.
Source: Parish Council Meeting

18 December 2017
Parish Council: Payments
Payments for December of £7,533 were agreed.
Source: Parish Council Meeting

19 December 2017
Three people from Dartford arrested after New Ash Green burglary
3 arrested following burglary on 18th December at Seven Acres, where they took keys to car and made off in it.
Source: Kent Messenger

21 December 2017
Emergency services tackle multi car fire in New Ash Green
Derilict car caught fire at Bazes Shaw, which spread to a Smart Car and Toyota Yaris nearby
Source: Kent Messenger

27 December 2017
The brand new menu on offer at Green Man pub in Longfield after a full scale revamp
Green Man at Longfield Hill reopens after revamp
Source: Kent Live
November 2017 News
03 November 2017
Hartley death smash
70 year old driver killed after van hit wall in Ash Road near Parkfield. Air Ambulance called to help
Source: Gravesend Reporter

07 November 2017
Parish Council: Attendance
10 councillors attended the meeting, along with Mrs Gilder (clerk), Cllr Brazier (KCC) and 4 members of the public
Source: Parish Council Meeting

07 November 2017
Burial Grounds: New Burial Ground
They want to put a plaque on the lych gate. A proposal to use Community Infrastructure Levy money to pay for the Lych Gate was withdrawn. They agreed on the design of and regulations for the new garden of remembrance. As they had no quotations to put tarmac at the base of the fence, they will now ask for quotes to put concrete there instead. They accepted a quote from Baylis Landscape Contractors to plant a beech hedge by the path for £1,195 (the alternative quote of £2,278 appeared to do a lot more work e.g. dig trench for trees, install rabbit guard etc). They also discussed grave plot layouts and a digital map
Source: Parish Council Meeting

07 November 2017
Burial Grounds: Burial Ground
3 graves failed tests and have been laid down. Quotations to be sought to reduce height of section of trees by 50%
Source: Parish Council Meeting

07 November 2017
Burial Grounds: Old Garden of Remembrance
Slabs to be jet washed and quotations to be sought to replace them with a gravel path.
Source: Parish Council Meeting

07 November 2017
Burial Grounds: Closed churchyard
Council agreed to maintain hedges on both sides of the lych gate
Source: Parish Council Meeting

07 November 2017
Parish Council: Donations
They agreed to give £500 to Rural Age Concern Darent Valley, and £60 to the Salvation Army but rejected request for £350 to New Ash Green Junior Football Club
Source: Parish Council Meeting

07 November 2017
Parish Council: Reserves
They moved £11,000 from ear marked reserves to general reserve. The internal auditor has also commented on the level of reserves.
Source: Parish Council Meeting

07 November 2017
Parish Council: Budget
They agreed on a budgeted income for 2018/19 of £16,874 and expenditure of £149,375. Precept will be unchanged
Source: Parish Council Meeting

07 November 2017
Roads: Ash Road
Council plan to complain to KCC and the MP about result of design and safety audit, even though county coucillor said they would be wasting their time; he wished they had invited him to the meeting. They also plan to get costings for a traffic refuge instead. This will involve widening the road and taking land from Hoselands Green. Council are also considering employing an independent surveyor to look at the proposal again, which the county councillor said was the only option open to them if they still want a crossing. Total cost for the survey was £2,188 to be paid by HPC.
Source: Parish Council Meeting

07 November 2017
Roads: St Johns Lane
Council to ask Kent County Council for double yellow lines to be installed at the junction with Ash Road to deal with "dangerous parking".
Source: Parish Council Meeting

07 November 2017
Roads: Castle Hill
Kent County Council said there would be no point in putting up width restriction signs at either end because the existing signs are being ignored. Residents to be asked if they want to join a lorry watch scheme.
Source: Parish Council Meeting

07 November 2017
Youth Services: Fun Days
A report on 2017
fundays found visitors would like the ability to obtain refreshments.
Source: Parish Council Meeting

07 November 2017
Events: End of WW1
Council to set up committee to see wht might be done in November 2018. Rector of Church to be asked to ring bells.
Source: Parish Council Meeting

07 November 2017
Elections: Boundary Review
Council unhappy with Hartley being moved to Gravesend constituency, claiming Hartley had few links with Gravesend. They will write to ask to be put into Sevenoaks instead. Mr Mayer pointed out this does not meet the statutory criteria.
Source: Parish Council Meeting

07 November 2017
Northfield:
Since last meeting committee has spent £2,000 on hedge cutting, £560 on visual inspections, £161 on emptying dog bins, £450 on grass cutting in play area, and £303 on other various works. They only need a contribution of £10 from each council in 2018/19. They decided (1) to replace damaged stile at Ash Road entrance with a metal kissing gate; (2) Buy 3 new dog bins for Church Road, Black Lion and Caling Croft due to increase in fouling; (3) Invite Bumble Bee Conservation Trust to advise on improving the environment for nature; (4) Conduct a tree risk assessment for £795; (5) Get quotations to deal with ragwort. They dropped a plan to plant larger trees on the field because advice was that without a water supply they wouldn't survive. Horse riding route to close for winter in October.
Source: Parish Council Meeting

07 November 2017
Parish Council: Payments
They agreed payments of £15,120 for November
Source: Parish Council Meeting

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