What are we doing
Chilham Square
Check out our what we are doing page to find out what we are doing to improve pedestrian safety and parking in the Square
 
 
  Chilham Parish Council has set up the following committees and terams to address local issues.  
     
  Resources Committee: This committee meets once a year to agree annual budget and decide on the next years precept, quarterly to review performance vs budget and holds adhoc meetings to resolve any finance, asset management or people management issues.  
  The precept for 2016/17 has been set at £26,384. This was based on a three year budget forecast prepared by the Resources Committee the first year of which is 2016/17. Each year assumed at least a break-even policy in a climate of continuing austerity programmes imposed by central government and their influence on parishioners and local authorities. The proposal was consistent with the following CPC decisions:-:  
  a) Precept increase should be limited to inflation increase of 1% and lost grant revenue in respect of council tax support  
  b) CPC should provide funding to meet the cost of maintaining those services for which it has specific responsibility and at current levels  
  c) Current levels of support for wholly voluntary services should continue as previously  
  d) Funding for trading entities, even where they are provided through voluntary labour should be limited to affordable levels consistent with grant income received  
  For 2015/16, this approach required an annual precept of 26384. An increase of 63 compared with 2015/16 as a result of an inflation provision of 263 offset by an increase in Council Tax Support grant of 200.
With the Tax Base for the parish of Chilham increasing from 716.70 to 740.50, the effect on the Band D precept charge is a reduction of 1.10 from 36.73 to 35.63.
 
  The annual return for year ended 31 March 2015 has been inspected and approved by our external auditor.  
  The audited accounts for 2014/15 can be inspected by any local government elector by contacting the clerk or by using the feedback form on our how are we doing page.  
  In 2014 there were 10 successful bids receiving recycling grants totalling 2893. The allocation of recycling credits (since 2008) has provided over £29k enabling 66 community projects with an estimated cost over 125k to obtain match funding of over 37k from other sources so that they could be completed successfully. The grant is allocated based upon the following criteria:  
  1)community  
  2) youth  
  3) seniors  
  4) environment  
  5) funding  
  Full details of the parish council policy for allocating recycling grants click here.  
  By encouraging local organisations to finance their projects by supplementing our funding with grants obtained from ABC or ACR Kent for example, we hope to maximise the benefit the parish has achieved from the recycling credits it raised from the recycling centre that was situated in Taylors Hill car park until September 2104.  
     
  Complaints And Grievances Committee: This committee holds adhoc meetings to resolve any complaints&grievance issues passed to it from a council meeting or resolve any communications issues.
It is also responsible for the for the parish council website, acting as the user group for the development of the web-site and implementing ideas to improve communications within the parish.
Regular items are now included in Parish News, a quarterly newsletter is produced and parishioners have the opportunity to discuss issues and concerns in a parish council surgery before each council meeting.
 
     
  Planning Team: This team reviews all planning applications received from Ashford Borough Council and makes recommendations to the full council on how it should comment based upon the planning policy adopted in August 2014, ie:-  
  1) CPC has no powers with regard to planning applications, it therefore can only act as a consultee  
  2) CPC is consulted on planning matters for the sole purpose of providing a parish-wide view  
  3) CPC expects other consultees (eg neighbours) to voice their own views directly to Ashford Borough Council  
  4) CPC will take into consideration any views of neighbours and other parishioners brought to its attention  
  5) CPC will take into consideration the Chilham Village Design Statement to ensure the application conforms with this  
  6) CPC will respond with a balanced view (ie the view it would expect a reasonable parishioner presented with the same information to hold)  
  Reference is made to the guidelines in the Parish Design Statement produced in 2004 following full consultation involving every household in the parish. It was formally adopted by Ashford Borough Council as Supplementary Planning Guidance. It contains details of the history and development of the parish, its qualities and its character and other useful information for developers. Any property owner in the parish planning improvements or alterations is strongly encouraged to consult this document and the design guidelines it contains.  
  The 1995 Parish Appraisal is another source of information for planning decisions.  
     
  Roads and Transport Team: This team is responsible for liaising with Kent Highways on major highways issues affecting the parish. Current issues include traffic volumes around Bagham Junction and Road Safety and Rat Runs.  
     
     
     
 
This page only provides detail of the main committees and sub-committees. See the full list for details of other committees, sub-comittees and representatives.
 
Open Forums
If you want to bring an issue to the attention of the parish council you can contact the clerk to request an open forum prior to the next council meeting
 
Lawful Development Certificates and Planning Applications
Applications for a lawful development certificate require ABC to consider the legal position and do not require consultation with parish councils or neighbours (they are not planning applications).
Examples would be determining whether conditions have been met so that 1) a change of use would be permitted, or 2) whether a development would be permitted.
Parish councils and neighbours are consulted when a planning application is submitted and in considering these applications the parish council takes neighbours comments into account when submitting its comments.
 
Chilham Square
We have produced a short paper Enhancing Chilham Square - the story so far to explain the background, current status and key issues affecting the initiative to enhance the square and its environs up until February 2010.
Chilhams Future Delivery Board has been set up by the parish council with responsibility for delivering a longer term solution. For more information check their website.
 
Hedges and Verges
We are concerned about overgrown hedges on health and safety grounds - they can scratch cars, force pedestrians into the road and cause accidents.
We are working with local landowners to overcome problems and can escalate to Kent Highways if no action is taken.
If you need advice on how to maintain your hedge our hedge trimming tips could be a good place to start,
 
WhatsOn Listing
We are trying to build a WhatsOn listing for events for the parish. If you have an event and would like it included please contact the clerk.
 
 
 
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