Budget setting and the Precept for 2016/17
The Parish Council have set the Budget for 2016/17 in January. Please find details for the budget in the working papers here.
In order to cover rising costs of maintaining the Green the Precept has had to be raised by £250 in total, which we estimate should result in a rise of approximately £1.70 per household per annum.
Financial documents for 2015-16
The Annual Return has been agreed in principal but final papers will be signed off on 13th June due to an amendment.
The draft end of year financial statement is available to view here. When the final Return is signed off by the external auditors copies of the return will be posted.
The public have a right to view financial documents used for the preparation of the Annual Return, (most details are listed in the financial statement link provided above) but if you require to see anything else these are available between 14th June and 25th July, the dates set for the exercise of public rights.
Warehorne Parish Council Meeting
The next Warehorne Parish Council meeting will be held on Monday 21st January 2019 at 6pm in Warehorne village hall
Members of the public are welcome to attend meetings. This is a chance to find out what we are doing and what is happening in the parish.
Village Confines - Consultation
Ashford Borough Council have put forward a draft proposal for the village confines of Warehorne (click here to to see a map of the proposed changes). The full set of documentation can be found here
Warehorne Parish Council understand that under Policy HOU3 in Ashford’s Local Plan, in-fill development will be allowed to take place within the confines of a settlement subject to the normal planning regulations.
Ashford Borough Council wish to apply the HOU3 policy of the Local Development Plan to Warehorne and are asking for comments on the proposed draft confines of Warehorne by 11th February 2019. Please pass your comments to Warehorne Parish Council either via post or via email at email@example.com
For over three years the Parish Council have been working to reduce the speed and improve the safety of pedestrians and drivers using the junction of Church Lane and the B2067.
With grants from our Borough Councillors; Aline Hicks and Brad Bradford; a traffic assessment was commissioned and presented to Kent Highways in October 2016.
Cllr Bradford continued to support the Parish Council and earlier this year, together with Cllr Maggie Keenan met with Kent Highways to discuss the options available, and accepted the suggestion to add sections of red warning tarmac and extra signage on the approach.
The cost had to be funded by the Parish Council but after contacting Kent County Councillor Mike Angell he supported our claim for a Community Grant towards the cost.
The work is now complete and hopefully will highlight the dangers, reduce speeds and improve the safety of pedestrians and drivers alike
The Parish Council; on behalf of Parishioners’ would like to say thank you to Cllrs Angell, Hicks and Bradford for their support.
Warehorne Road Planning Application
Warehorne and Orlestone Parish Councils are currently working on a response to the recent planning application submitted by Crabtree & Crabtree (Hamstreet) Ltd.
Any further updates on this will be posted here and also the Warehorne our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/warehorne
Kent Alert - High Pressure Selling
We have received reports of a company using high pressure techniques to sell burglar alarms. Details can be found here: High Pressure Selling Notice
KCC Highways and Transportation Winter Service Plan 2017-2018
KCC’s official Winter Service period starts on 27th October 2017 and runs through until 27th April 2018.
Details of the KCC Winter Service can be found here: Winter Letter to Parishes 2017-2018
Are you 16-25 years old & live in or around Ashford? The Princes Trust Team Programme starts on the 25th September 2017. Click here to find out more information.
Parish Boundary Changes
Issues regarding the boundary between Warehorne P.C. and Orlestone P.C. have been rumbling on for many years.
After the last election Ashford Borough Council decided to do something about it.
Confusion lies in Bank Side where half of the houses form part of Orlestone whilst the remaining half are in Warehorne. Houses situated behind the old Chocolate Box also form part of Warehorne despite being centrally located in Hamstreet.
At a meeting held at the council offices the following was agreed:
- All properties in Bank Side will form part of Orlestone P.C.
- All properties behind the old Chocolate Box will form part of Orlestone P.C.
- All properties on either side of the main road entering Hamstreet from Warehorne will remain unchanged.
- Properties making up 1 – 5 Prospect Place will form part of Warehorne P.C.
Warehorne will have 21 fewer properties overall. The changes are due to be implemented in 2019.
Dangerous crossing at Church and School Lane Junction
David Graham Associates has been commissioned by the Parish Council to conduct a traffic assessment at the Junction of the B2067 and Church Lane. This will result in a recommendation report to improve safety at the junction. Click here to view the completed report.
For many years the Parish has been concerned by the speed of traffic, the poor visibility, and most importantly the immense dangers this causes for school children trying to get to and from school who have to cross here to catch their buses. We have had a number of near misses just in recent weeks.
The consequences of an accident do not bear thinking about, but resources are just not available from Kent County Council (KCC) at this time, who inevitably have requests for work from all over the County. Our junction is low priority as no fatalities have occurred.
As a community and Council we are not prepared to wait for harm to come to our children before action is taken and have therefore, with the fantastic help of our Borough Councillors, investigated how to take initial steps for assessing the best means of mitigating the dangers ourselves. Along with a detailed and thorough Risk Assessment produced by a resident, this professional report can then be taken to KCC to help raise the profile of our cause. We will regularly update residents as to the outcomes at Parish Meetings
Highway Maintenance and Potholes
Click here to report potholes and other Highway issues you come across directy on the KCC website.