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There will be an extraordinary Meeting of the Parish Council on Monday 30 July 2018 – Read the Agenda – this has a sole item of business to discuss and evaluate the tenders for the Outdoor Gym replacement and determine which to award. The outdoor gym equipment at the play park on Chestfield Road was originally provided by, and is maintained by, the parish council and it is at the end of its useful life. The parish council resolved at its Full June parish council meeting to seek tenders and arrange a replacement.

Please use the Links below to take you through the site to several micro sites. This website has been created by the parish council and is updated regularly. Any comments about the website or suggestions for possible inclusion should be directed to the Parish Clerk. Should anything be omitted or any errors or links not working properly please let the Parish Clerk know by email. We will endeavour to put things right without too much delay. 

 

Latest Agenda

Circular walk  Speedwatch
Cllr contacts and responsibilitiesKent’s PCSOs powersPublic rights of way Trees in conservation areas
What is a parish council? Meeting dates For a welcome pack for new residents please contact the Clerk Conservation area map

 Chairman’s annual reports – see go to drop down link from parish council button found at the top of the Home page

Parish Magazine Advertising in the parish magazineDefibrillator for community use Grant awards from the parish council

The Annual Electors meeting was held on 19 March 2018. Guest speakers were from CRUSE Bereavement Care, and their presentation was followed by reports from the Chairman, the city Cllrs and your local organisations. Minutes

Planning Update March 2018 – A significant outline application for development has been  submitted to Canterbury City Council – for Grasmere Pasture, off The Ridgeway (developer Kitewood Homes). We appreciate that this is not actually in the parish but would affect our parish and our residents.  We, along with very active local residents and residents groups including the Grasmere Village Residents Association, have all consistently objected to it being developed – we objected to it being considered for inclusion in the city council’s Canterbury District Local Plan and were dismayed when it was chosen as one of the strategic sites for housing development. An Outline application was submitted in 2017: CA/17/00469/OUT – Grasmere Gardens, Land South of The Ridgeway: Outline application for 300 dwellings, 3,500 sqm of employment space;   a community hub to include shops, financial services, food and drink outlets; non-residential institutions to include clinics, health centre, crèche, nursery and day centre; a cafe/restaurant/bar;  7.16ha of open space and play facilities and associated car parking and landscaping.  Chestfield Parish Council has objected on the following grounds: Foul drainage capacity; Surface water issues; Access, emergency access and speeding traffic; Transportation, public transport and parking; Future Maintenance of Open Space; Primary Education/ Innovation Centre, Nursery, Cafe and Shops Parking arrangements. Read the full objection letter hereThe decision by Canterbury City Council on whether to approve it or not is awaited. We will of course let you know.

Our Guide to Planning and Planning Applications we have put together a guide which includes useful links to other sites for planning guidance – our leaflet also tells you what are valid planning concerns. The parish council is a statutory consultee for all applications in the parish but we are not the decision makers – Canterbury City Council is the local planning authority. Their Planning call centre is 01227 862178.

Notices – if you would like to insert a notice about a Chestfield based organisation please contact the Parish Clerk at clerk@chestfieldparishcouncil.gov.uk

If you have any comments, complaints or compliments about the parish council we have a form for your feedback here

Chestfield Village Survey and Action Plan –  For information, View the 2006 Parish Plan and the 2006 actions Plan here….  We wanted to update this and undertook a 2016 Village Survey with all households: See an initial presentation of figures…. (January 2017) Also see a full writeup of the survey here (This takes the form of an excel spreadsheet – move across the tabs at the bottom to move between the numerical questions and the ‘open’ narrative questions… this spreadsheet this has all our residents’ comments incorporated on it. ) Our Action Plan is emerging and being worked on based on feedback received, and will be published shortly. An initial “areas for action document” has been created for you to read. This Areas for Action Document is divided into broad ‘themes’ as follows, but some actions overlap so are placed in what is felt the most appropriate table: (1) Planning and development – major and minor – and householder improvements – and including flooding (2) Environment (3) Highways, Parking, Traffic and Pedestrian items, including street pavements (4) Footpaths and Public Rights of Way paths through the village (5) Community spirit / feeling connected (6) Communications, Parish Magazine, Website and noticeboards (7) Health and leisure and Facilities (8) The Single Most Thing to change in the village (9) One Thing that should be the same in 5 years’ time ( 10) All Other comments and (11) Feedback to residents. Contact the Clerk for any questions and more information where available.

Other web sites you may like to visit..  Canterbury city council – click here 

Kent county council – click here  The A to Z of Local Directgov services Click here

Chestfield History web site – visit http://chestfield.weebly.com/

GDPR General Data Protection Regulations – Chestfield Parish Council General Privacy Notice –  This Privacy Notice is a notice describing how any personal data we receive will be used and what rights the data subject has.

Standing Orders – Standing orders are the written rules of a local council. They are used to confirm a council’s internal organisational, administrative and procurement procedures and procedural matters for meetings. Chestfield Parish Council current adopted Standing Orders (latest version adopted July 2018)and Financial Regulations  (latest version adopted September 2017)

The Register of Parish Councillors’ Declared Interests can be viewed at the following web address on Canterbury City Council’s website (you will have to cut and paste this in your browser): https://www2.canterbury.gov.uk/your-community/working-with-voluntary-and-community-organisations/parishes/register-of-parish-councillors-interests/

Financial information:

For year ending 31 March 2018 – The AGAR form sent to the external auditor on 21 May 2018 can be viewed here. And The Electors Exercise of Public Rights Notice . If you have any queries please contact the Clerk. 

For year ending 31 March 2017: Section 1 Governance Statement; Section 2 Accounting Statements, and Section 4 Internal Audit The accounts have now been concluded. Notice of Conclusion of Audit

For year ending 31 March 2016: NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF Notice of Conclusion of audit for year ended 31 March 2016