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Clerk

Denise Horswell
Parish Office
4 School Lane
Blean
Canterbury
Kent
CT2 9JA
Tel: 01227 470 200

 

Chairman

Barbara Flack
Blean Parish Office
4 School Lane
Blean
Canterbury
Kent
CT2 9JA
Tel:01227 470 200

Any problems with vandalism or anti-social behaviour please email the  PCSO below: 

tom.daley@kent.pnn.police.uk 


 

Officers issue 365 tickets in Kent as part of national anti-speeding campaign

A national campaign aimed at tackling speeding motorists resulted in Kent Police officers issuing 365 tickets to people caught driving over the limit.

The operation was carried out on roads across the county between Monday 25 May and Sunday 7 June 2020, with speed cameras catching an additional 4,443 drivers breaking the law.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit, including the Commercial Vehicle Unit and Road Safety Team, carried out the enforcement activity alongside volunteers from the Kent Special Constabulary.

A number of other drivers were also prosecuted for non-speeding offences such as driving while using a mobile phone or without a seatbelt.

Chief Inspector Rhiannan Pepper, Head of Kent Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘With Covid-19 lockdown measures being gradually eased and traffic volumes starting to grow as a result, this national operation was an important way to remind people of the dangers of speeding – especially as many have not been out on the roads for quite some time.

‘Figures show that an average of 17 people are killed and 126 are seriously injured every month in the UK in collisions in which speeding is believed to have been a significant factor. The faster people drive, the less time they have to react to unforeseen hazards or mistakes from other drivers and the greater the impact any collision may be.

‘The lifting of lockdown measures also coincides with better weather and lighter evenings, with more cyclists and joggers on the road than there might otherwise be and therefore more people at risk of serious harm by those who choose to break the speed limit.

‘Please rest assured that our efforts to tackle dangerous driving happen all year round, and we will continue to prosecute speeding motorists via a range of methods including mobile and static speed cameras and in-car technology, to help keep Kent’s roads as safe as possible for everyone.’

Kent Police
Protecting and serving the people of Kent

POLICE
For non-urgent matters call Kent Police on 101

To report a problem regarding street lights, potholes, overgrown vegetation etc please click on the link below to KCC http://www.kent.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/report-a-problem or phone 03000 418 181
Once reported, faults can be tracked by reference number, given at time of reporting, to see the status of the fault.

Welcome to the website of  Blean Parish Council.


  The Parish Council Office will be closed until further notice and the clerk will be working from home. Any queries please email bleanpc@btconnect.com 


The Annual Parish Assembly due to be held on Monday 6th April has now been POSTPONED until further notice. 

The next Parish Council meeting will be held virtually by Zoom on Monday 14th December at 6.30pm. The agenda and link will be available at the beginning of December.


LATEST PLANNING APPLICATIONS IN BLEAN

Please click on the links to view the applications.

CA/20/02414 | Car park for use of existing public house and development of existing car park to provide 6 two-storey houses with associated vehicle access and parking. | 4 Blean Hill Blean Canterbury Kent CT2 9EF

Comments to CCC by 18th December

CA/20/02477 | Two-storey rear and side extensions to both cottages with new driveway to no. 14 following demolition of existing single storey rear extensions. | 14 And 16 Chapel Lane Blean Canterbury Kent CT2 9HA

Comments to CCC by 18th December

CA/20/02518 | Detached two-storey dwelling with associated garage, parking, driveway and landscaping. | Land Adjoining Linden Lea 2 Blean Common Blean Canterbury Kent CT2 9ES

Comments to CCC by 18th December


Public Notice - A290 Whitstable Road Blean

Covid lockdown service updates from Canterbury City Council

Below is the current situation with many of our key services as of midday on Thursday 5 November:
 
Park and ride

Services will stop at the end of tomorrow (Friday 6 November). We will close Sturry Road and Wincheap completely. New Dover Road will stay open for parking only, at a charge of 50p a day, for people who want to walk or cycle into the city. 
 

Car parking

From Saturday (7 November), we will offer all day parking for £3.50 at Castle Street multi storey car park. This is to help essential workers who have to come into Canterbury, and exactly replicates the same all day value offered by park and ride.

The current free parking arrangements in our non-ANPR car parks for NHS staff and care key workers are continuing. Please continue to display the usual notice in your windscreen.
 

Bin collections 

These are continuing as scheduled. We are working closely with Serco to monitor staffing numbers. In the event that we have major disruption, we will prioritise residual waste collections. 
 

Public toilets

These will stay open for now, although this is dependent on staff from our contractor Monitor still being available to open, close and clean them.
 

Play areas and parks

These are also staying open in line with government guidance.
 

Work with rough sleepers

On this occasion, we have no ‘instruction’ to care for rough sleepers during the lockdown, but of course we intend to do so. We are currently looking at the service we can provide, both in the lockdown period and across winter generally. That may include using some hotel provision, but more information will follow on this shortly.
 

Business grants

We are working with emerging guidance from the government on support for businesses during the lockdown. It seems likely that the same categories of grants will be made available (through us) to businesses, but with slightly different criteria. We will receive funding to do this from government, and our job will be to get that funding to businesses as soon as possible – but that will depend on getting the guidance and funding as quickly as possible. 
 

Community support

Local residents who need extra help will be directed to the now well-established Kent Together 24-hour phone line (03000 41 92 92). This keeps things simple for the public, avoiding duplication and confusion. However, we will keep a close eye on demand for this service from our residents and will be ready to respond if any additional local services are required. At this point, we will not be reintroducing the community hub at Kingsmead.
 

Venues

Our museums and other local venues such as the King’s Hall are closed in line with government guidance.
 

Wincheap bootfair

This is now suspended.
 

Markets

We believe that the early guidance allows markets to stay active if they are selling essential goods – but we need to see detailed guidance on that. 
 

Spring Lane Neighbourhood Centre

The centre is now closed and digital sessions will take place with young people instead.  
 

Herne Bay bandstand

This is now closed.

Please click on the link below for more advice for residents

https://www.canterbury.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-residents



We have vacancies for three Parish Councillors



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Latest News Regarding Gladmans Appeal

The planning enquiry has been postponed due to an environmental issue at Stodmarsh Water Reserve which is affecting all potential small developments in the area.

Canterbury City Council has received advice from Natural England that will have an immediate impact on the determination of current planning applications for new homes within the Canterbury and Herne Bay areas. 

The Stodmarsh Nature Reserve is protected under European law and is managed by Natural England. It believes water quality in the lakes has deteriorated. At the same time, water quality targets have been made more onerous.

This means before CCC approve any new housing development within the River Stour catchment area or that would discharge wastewater into it, applicants for planning permission need to satisfy Natural England they have made sure there are enough mitigation measures in place to stop this happening.

CCC are currently investigating possible solutions, but there will need to be a temporary halt to granting planning permission for new homes on smaller sites within the catchment while they work with Natural England to agree a solution for planning applications on smaller sites. CCC will keep us informed on the progress.

For the larger housing sites,  CCC have already identified a way forward which means that  there will be no delay to planning applications affecting the bigger, or strategic, sites.


Notice of Temporary Closure of CB24A

CB24A Intends NOTICE

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

You can keep up to date with the latest information on coronavirus on GOV.UK or visit NHS UK for advice and information.


Temporary Road Closure – A290 between Clapham Hill Interchange & St Peter’s Place, Canterbury – 1st September 2020

Kent County Council has made an Order to temporarily prohibit through traffic on the A290 between Clapham Hill Interchange and St Peter’s Place, Canterbury from 1st September 2020,with estimated completion by 8th December 2020.

Public Notice - A290 between Clapham Hill Interchange St Peter's Place Canterbury

 

 


For Waste Collection dates please click on the link below

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R8a1bLXs88If46g0RSkWYjqDXRf6Wjvb/view


 


FINANCIAL

Please click on the links below to view the financial documents:

Notice of Conclusion Of Audit year ended 31st March 2020

http://www.bleanpc.kentparishes.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Notice-of-conclusion-of-audit-31.3.20.pdf

Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) for the year ending 31 March 2020

http://www.bleanpc.kentparishes.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/AGAR-2019-2020.pdf

External Auditor’s Report & Certificate 2019/2020

http://www.bleanpc.kentparishes.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/External-Auditor-Report-Certificate-2019-2020.pdf

Internal Auditor’s Report year ending 31 March 2020

http://www.bleanpc.kentparishes.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Internal-Auditors-Report-2019-2020.pdf

Bank Reconcilliation year ending 31 March 2020

http://www.bleanpc.kentparishes.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Bank_reconciliation_2019-20-1.pdf

Explanation of Variances year ending 31 March 2020

http://www.bleanpc.kentparishes.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/21_explanation_of_variances_2019-20-1.pdf

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return year ending 31 March 2020

http://www.bleanpc.kentparishes.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/The_exercise_of_public_rights_2019-20_updated_for_cv-1.pdf

Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) for the year ending 31 March 2019

http://www.bleanpc.kentparishes.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Section-1-Annual-Governance-Statement-2018-2019.pdf

http://www.bleanpc.kentparishes.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Section-2-Accounting-Statements-2018-2019.pdf

http://www.bleanpc.kentparishes.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Annual-Internal-Audit-Report-2018-2019.pdf

http://www.bleanpc.kentparishes.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/External-Auditor-Report-and-Certificate-2018-2019.pdf

http://www.bleanpc.kentparishes.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Notice-of-Conclusion-of-Audit-Year-Ending-31st-March-2019.pdf

TravelHero app

The parishes surrounding Canterbury, Faversham, Whitstable and Herne Bay have been selected as the first in the UK to pioneer a new free local transport app. The TravelHero app is designed to provide an easy-to-use tool to compare travel options in the local area for bus and cab journeys.

 Available to download now from the App Store on iOS smartphones, local people can use TravelHero to plan door-to-door journeys by bus or cab, buy tickets by card or PayPal, and enjoy hassle-free travel using mobile tickets. There’s also a dedicated website for information at www.travelheroapp.com and a Facebook and Twitter page @TravelHeroApp.

TravelHero has brought together well-known bus service provider Stagecoach South East and Kent cab company Longley’s Private Hire to make travel easier for customers in the region.

 TravelHero will particularly appeal to people travelling between towns and villages within East Kent, including students and young professionals and those who are occasional bus and cab users. Its features include:

  •  Sophisticated journey planning with easy input of planned start and end points. The app will then calculate and offer different journey options using bus and cab travel, as well as walking
  • Tailored routes for individual needs, which give a breakdown of the cheapest and fastest travel methods to best meet the user’s ideal journey
  • Secure cashless payments through TravelHero can be made using PayPal or debit or credit card, so there’s no need to have cash for the bus or cab
  • Convenient mobile ticketing, as there’s no need to print tickets because they appear on smartphones ready to show the driver
  • Easy group bookings for up to eight people on one mobile ticket, for one price
  • Hassle-free travel with time-saving features such as favourite places which will allow for quick journey planning
  • Trusted suppliers with journeys delivered by well-established travel providers Stagecoach South East and Longleys Private Hire
  • Stagecoach Bus link www.stagecoachbus.com

DEFIBRILLATOR

An automatic public defibrillator is now available within the village of Blean. It is located on the wall of the village hall adjacent to the main entrance to the recreation ground. The defibrillator has been registered with the Ambulance Services and they will also be able to assist you if you need to use it. It is fully automatic and has spoken instructions which are simple to follow. At no time can anyone using it cause any harm to the ‘patient’ as the machine has built in failsafe steps.

Remember to always telephone 999 first.

Blean Speedwatch is up and running again! (We are not allowed to operate at the present time due to social distancing regulations).

But, once we can operate again we need more volunteers!

If you are interested and can spare a little time please contact the Parish Office on 01227 470200

Blean Parish Council Play Area

During the latest lockdown play areas are allowed to stay open but please follow the guidance below when using the play equipment.


1. Follow the current social distance guidelines when visiting and encourage your children to do the same.

2 .If the playground is busy, consider coming back at a later time. Talk to your children about this possibility before visiting.

3. Wash yours and your children’s  hands before and after visiting. Take hand sanitiser with you and consider taking a bottle of water for if your children’s hands get covered in mud. Ensure your children are using hand sanitiser frequently.

4 .Follow and adhere to all current government advice in addition to the above guidance.

Canterbury City Council – Garden Waste Collections

Garden waste collections changing 

Canterbury City Council will begin charging for garden waste collections from Monday 6th July.

In this first part-year, collections will run from 6th July to Friday 18th December. One bin will cost £27 for this period. Each additional bin will cost £21. Collections take place fortnightly.

In future years, the service will run from March to December. For the full 10-month service, the cost will be £45 for the first bin. Each additional bin will cost £35. 

You can subscribe to the service now at canterbury.gov.uk/garden.

Please be aware of these two important points.

Firstly, if you want to be on the scheme in time for Monday 6 July, you will need to sign up by this coming Sunday (21 June) so that we can process your subscription in time. After this date, all applications will join the scheme in August and you will not receive any collections in July.

Secondly, with the universal collections as they are now ending on Friday 3rd July, those who do not want to join the scheme from 6th July should not start refilling their bin after their last collection in either week commencing 22nd or 29th June, because it won’t be emptied.

 

Subscribe for garden waste collections


UNIVERSITY MASTER PLAN

Initial Response from Blean Parish Council September 2016

This first response has been written after consultation with the Parish Councillors and attendance at two presentations held by the University of Kent. Blean Parish Council welcomes the publication of the Concept Master Plan, it has given an opportunity to enter into dialogue with the University and has ended speculation and rumours. At first sight the plan would appear to have severe implications to the village and the Tyler Hill Road, however at this point in the consultation we should be mindful that this is a conceptual plan – not a concrete indication of potential developments in our parish. The Northern Holdings [as named by the University] are, to a greater extent, agricultural in nature and reflect the rural aspect surrounding the village of Blean. Blean Parish Council have, and will continue, to strongly oppose, the building on and the loss of agricultural land in and around the village. The land provides a positive rural border between Tyler Hill village and Blean village. The area is served by a rural road, in places very narrow, named Tyler Hill Road. This road is not able to sustain any further traffic without causing danger to pedestrians, cyclists, farm vehicles and cars. This was illustrated recently with the Stagecoach bus diversion along the road, numerous skid marks, near misses and a considerable disruption to the quality of life for the residents of both villages took place. Blean Parish Council would strongly oppose any development that impacted on the traffic using the road. Due to the conceptual nature of the Master Plan there has been much speculation regarding wordings such as ‘Park and Ride’, ‘shuttle bus services’ and ‘utilising existing public roads’. All of these aspects if taken forward would have to be the subject of discussion with Blean Parish Council, Hackington Parish Council and Canterbury City Council. It should also be acknowledged that any move forward regarding development in this area would have to be accurately tested through Traffic and Transport Assessments, Ecological Impact Assessments, Sustainability Assessments etc. and further public consultations. To summarise, Blean Parish Council do strongly oppose any change in the usage of Tyler Hill Road from its present link between the villages and as a means of access to the agricultural land bordering its sides. We would strongly oppose any development in and around the historic building of St Cosmus and St Damian in the Blean Church. We would also be strongly opposed to any ‘carpet’ development along the boundaries of Tyler Hill Road. We would be strongly opposed to any development, be it building or transport links, that disrupted the ecological balance that exists at present. In conclusion, although the above outlines our potential opposition, Blean Parish Council would welcome the opportunity to continue in an open dialogue with the University of Kent regarding all proposals for the Northern Land Holdings. It is our hope that a balanced expansion of the University which would benefit the community of Blean and open up new opportunities for recreational, cultural, sport, economic and educational activities for all, can be achieved.