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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Folkestone

Contact: Kate Clark 

Items
No. Item

18.

Appointment of chairman

The committee must appoint a parish councillor to chair the meeting.

Minutes:

Councillor Frank Hobbs was appointed Chairman for the meeting. 

19.

Declarations of interest

Members of the Council should declare any interests which fall under the following categories*:

a) discloseable pecuniary interests (DPI)

b) other significant interests (OSI)

c) voluntary announcements of other interests

 

Minutes:

Councillor Mrs Jenny Hollingsbee made a voluntary announcement in that she she owns two properties near the area of the proposed Otterpool Park development.  She remained in the meeting during discussions. 

 

20.

Minutes

To receive the minutes of the meeting held on 17 January 2019.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 17 January 2019 were submitted, approved and signed by the Chairman. 

21.

Brexit preparations for the District

A presentation will be provided to the Committee.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Mr Andy Blaszkowicz, Assistant Director, gave a presentation to the committee based on Brexit taking place on 29 March 2019 which concentrated on lorry parking and traffic management.  He pointed out the critical services required for the District.  The presentation is attached to these minutes. 

 

Emergency services were discussed and Mr Blaszkowicz advised that this is being managed as part of the Kent Resilience Forum along with the military, although all emergency services will have their own service and business continuity plans. 

 

Traffic management plans need to work initially and all information from the District will be fed into the Kent Resilience Forum and ultimately into COBR.

22.

Guide to effective partnership working between Principal and Local Councils

In December 2018, the Folkestone & Hythe District and Parish Councils’ Committee requested an update on how Folkestone & Hythe District Council is responding to the principles defined in guidance launched by the Local Government Association (LGA) in May 2018, on how principal and local councils can work more effectively in partnership. Report FH/18/02 reflects how Folkestone & Hythe District Council supports effective partnership working, and highlights a small selection to illustrate the range and breadth of activities in this regard.

 

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

In December 2018 the Folkestone & Hythe District and Parish Councils’ Committee requested an update on how Folkestone & Hythe District Council was responding to the principles defined in guidance launched by the Local Government Association (LGA) in May 2018, on how principal and local councils can work more effectively in partnership.  The report reflected how Folkestone & Hythe District Council supports effective partnership working and highlighted a small selection to illustrate the range and breadth of activities in this regard. 

 

Mr Gavin Edwards, Policy and Improvement Officer, presented the report and highlighted the core principals. 

 

Members pointed out the strong track record of effective partnership working by the District Council with both town and parish councils. 

23.

Otterpool Update

A presentation and update will be given to the Committee. 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Mrs Julia Wallace, Masterplanning, Urban Design and Viability Manager, gave a presentation and update of the Otterpool Park development.  She advised that the illustrative maps shown are indicative and details may be subject to future changes. A copy of the presentation is attached to these minutes.  

 

Members noted the following:

 

·         50% of the total area will be green space. 

·         Westenhanger Castle is an important element along with parks. 

·         Heritage Trail

·         Water and drainage solutions have been carefully considered and are an important aspect. 

·         Highways and transport – modelling will be constantly monitored.

·         Emphasis on walking/cycling to services along with decent public transport.   

·         Affordable housing along with other options to ensure housing is more accessible. 

·         Healthcare and recruitment of medical staff. 

 

Members were advised that the planning application has been submitted and is being validated by the District’s Planning Authority.  A ten week consultation will follow.  

 

 

 

24.

Local Elections 2019

This briefing note provides an update to the Joint Committee for the progress on planning for the Full Council elections scheduled for May 2019.

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Members noted and received the briefing note.  The Chairman mentioned that the open evening for prospective new councillors held at the District Council was well attended.  It was also noted that any help or guidance required for the upcoming Elections can be found on the Folkestone & Hythe DC website or by emailing elections@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk