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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 take place virtually by Zoom on Monday 12th October at 6.30pm.

If members of the public wish to join the meeting please email the clerk for the meeting link and pin code before 5pm on the day of the meeting.

 Or Submit any items you would like discussed to bleanpc@btconnect.com or post into the Parish Council office letterbox by midday on Monday 12th October.


SURVEYS

Road Safety and Enforcement survey with residents of Kent: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/apccsaferoads

Please click on the link above and complete this survey.

It aims to gauge views on road safety across the country and what traffic law enforcement may look like in future. We would like as many people across all parishes to get their views heard.


Notice of Temporary Closure of CB24A

CB24A Intends NOTICE

GLADMAN’S LEAFLET 

Many of you will have received a leaflet from the developers Gladman over the weekend.

Just to let you know that this is part of an ‘exercise’ called Community Engagement, which Gladmans must carry out before making  the new application for the site at Blean Common.

It is all very deja vue, as we in Blean were in a similar position in 2016, when an appeal was waiting to be heard and a new application was lodged. 

For the moment what you can do is to respond to the leaflet with your comments.  You do not have to answer the questions, if you don’t want to, just write your comments in the box and submit the form.

When the application is lodged with CCC and we see all the documents, we can then decide our response and course of action.

Meanwhile, the re-determination of the appeal for the original application of 2015 will be going ahead in November 2020.


 

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


 

  GLADMAN UPDATE

The saga of the application for 87 houses on land adjacent to Blean Common has taken another twist! Last week Blean Parish Council along with Canterbury City Council received a letter from the Planning Inspectorate to inform us that the appeal was to be re-determined at a new inquiry.

This took us all by surprise and a few telephone calls and conversations later we found out why this was happening and what it meant to us all in Blean. Below we have written a timeline to help understand the journey of this application:

  • Early 2016 an application by Gladman for 87 houses which was refused by Canterbury City Council.
  • Late Summer 2016 Gladman lodged an appeal against the above decision.
  • Late 2016 a second application by Gladman for 75 houses was also refused by Canterbury City Council. Gladman decided to continue with the appeal on the first application.
  • In February 2018 a Planning Inquiry was held and subsequently found in favour of Gladmans. Canterbury City Council decided to appeal to the High Court against the decision of the Planning Inspector.
  • In April 2019 the appeal made by Canterbury City Council was heard at the High Court and Justice Dove’s decision was given in June in which he found in favour of Canterbury City Council and awarded costs to the Council.
  • Gladman Developments, following the High Court decision decided to make a further appeal to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court have made a decision that there are no grounds for appeal.
  • This now means that rather like a circle, we now come back to re-hearing the original appeal against the original application for 87 houses. Hence a re-determination of the appeal which will take place later this year, at present no date has been set.

What does that mean for Blean, it’s residents and the Parish Council?

Following discussions with our colleagues in the Planning Department of the City Council, Blean Parish Council are accepting the Planning Inspectorate’s invitation to resubmit our original arguments with regard to drainage and traffic. We will also be submitting (as a Rule 6 party) a further statement emphasising the changes that have taken place over the last 3 to 4 years within our area. The arguments of the case are based on interpretations of policies etc. which are the realm of the City Council to uphold and defend at the Inquiry. A request has been made by Gladman for an extension to the time-frame (which we have agreed to) allowing us until early May to prepare our statement.

Blean Parish Council, on behalf of residents, have submitted a new Statement of Case for the re-determination of the case.  Please click on the link below:

http://www.bleanpc.kentparishes.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/BPC-Statement-of-Case-16-05-20.pdf

The Statement of Case is a legal document that the Parish Council was required to submit in order to maintain interest in the re-determination of the Appeal.

If any resident has any drainage or flooding issues that can be included in the case please email bleanpc@btconnect.com

Barbara Anne Flack

Chair of Blean Parish Council

 


Scam Alert Coronavirus phishing scams

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:

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

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

As play areas are now allowed to be open again please see 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.