Higham Parish Council

Agenda for the Ordinary Parish Council Meeting, February 2016

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The Parish Council will meet at the Memorial Hall, School Lane ME3 7JL on Monday, 29th February 2016 at 7.30 p.m..



1.    To receive apologies for absence.

2.    To update the Register of Members Interests.

3.    To receive inspection reports for Parish property and amenities.

4.    To confirm and sign the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on Monday, 18th January 2016.

5.    Matters arising from the Minutes.

6.    Parishioners' Matters.

7.    To resolve the following:

Higham Parish Council rejects the proposal promoted by Highways England to build a new crossing of the Thames between Chalk and Higham, Gravesham, and the two proposals for link roads through the Parish of Shorne.

This Council affirms its opposition to the positioning of a new Lower Thames Crossing to be east of Gravesend, which would have significant detrimental impacts including threatening areas of outstanding natural beauty and several internationally significant nature Conservation Areas, thus threatening the bio-diversity that their very status seeks to protect. Moreover, the community in Higham and the whole of Gravesham would suffer air quality issues as congestion on local roads will be exacerbated as drivers seek to avoid problems elsewhere on the highway network.  The Parish of Higham would experience significant increases in traffic through the village. This Council calls upon Highways England and the Government to reject Option C and investigate alternatives that will be less damaging and create fewer problems for communities.


8.    The Lower Thames Crossing

9.    To receive an update on the renewal of the Recreation Ground lease.    

10.  Annual Parish Newsletter and Annual Parish Assembly 2016.

11.  Parish Plan update.

12.  Councillors' Matters:   County   /   Borough   /   Parish.


13.   Reports:

                     a.   To note the following planning application:-

                            Appln. no. 20160074 
                      b.  K.A.L.C

                      c.  Memorial Hall.

                      d.  Multi-Purpose Games Area.

                      e.  Recreation Ground.

                      f.   Parish Environment Committee.

                      g.  G.R.O.W.C.

                      h.  Governors of Higham School.

                      i.   Merston Court.

                      j.   Higham Youth Club.

                      k.  Chalk Liaison Group.

                      l.   Rural Housing

 m. Higham Neighbourhood Forum (formerly PACT)

 n.  Kent Community Warden.

                     o.  Kent Police.

 p.  Gads Hill School Development Committee.


14.   Finance:      


         To endorse the following payments:-

         EDF Energy (electricity for  Pavilion)                                                                              61.83

         Clerks salary (January net)                                                                                            1003.65

         HMRC (PAYE/NI  January)                                                                                           178.04

         KCC (LGPS January)                                                                                                      317.25

         Elizabeth Hart (leaflet distribution)                                                                                120.00

         Clerk (coloured paper for LTC campaign)                                                                      102.74

         Higham Memorial Hall Association (hall hire for 2 meetings)                                       100.00

         Singlewell Stationery and Print Ltd. (LTC letter and poster)                                          180.00

         Victory Design Ltd (banners for LTC and fireworks)                                                     955.56

         SSE (electricity for toilets)                                                                                                19.56

         To approve the following payments:-

         Singlewell Stationery and Print Ltd. (protest packs and car stickers)                             773.00

         Victory Design Ltd (LTC banners for protest rally)                                                       885.70

         Higham Memorial Hall Association (hall hire for 11th June)                                         140.00

         Nexus Data Systems Ltd. (domain name renewal)                                                           84.00


15.    Correspondence.

16.    To note the date of the next Parish Council Meeting:- Monday, 4th April 2016.

17.    Any Other Business.


Mondays:- 4th April, 9th May (Annual Parish Council Meeting with Parish Council Meeting), 4th July, 5th September, 10th October, 21st November (Budget and Finance only) and 28th November (Christmas Meeting with the Mayor of Gravesham).
The Annual Parish Assembly will be held on Thursday, 16th April 2016 (amended date).

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