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The next meeting which was the Annual Parish Assembly due to be held on Monday 6th April has now been POSTPONED until further notice.
We will update on any future Parish Council meetings as new advice is given by the Government.
Please keep checking this website for updates.
Although legislation has indicated that Parish Councils may hold virtual meetings, Blean Parish Council sees no reason to hold a meeting at this time, unless there is an emergency, as all Members are in contact by email and business is carrying on as normal.
PCSO Monthly Report for Blean Forest Ward April 2020
Canterbury City Council – Waste Collections
As of Monday, residents are allowed to put out two extra black sacks of waste(household or garden) with our normal collection.
You can keep up to date with the latest information on coronavirus on GOV.UK or visit NHS UK for advice and information.
Hello from Blean Parish Council
With the outbreak of the COVID 19 virus, we are facing very difficult times ahead, but we want to know that you do not have to face it alone. There is support for you if you are self-isolating at home. We are working all together, the Parish Council, Blean Church and Blean Village Hall Management Committee.
● Blean Shop will deliver groceries – 01227 459933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
● If you would like to volunteer to be part of a group supporting others – maybe a friendly phone call to someone at home alone or delivering their shopping, helping to deliver leaflets with useful information etc then please contact one of these numbers:
Jane – 07889 261296
Barbara 07719 268123 (leave a message)
Tamsin 07791 400367 (evenings & weekends)
● If you have access to the internet you will find useful up to date information on the Parish Council website at www.bleanpc.kentparishes.gov.uk Blean Church at www.bleanchurch.net and also on Blean Forest Conservative Facebook page.
The most important thing is to stay safe and well. We are here to help each other. So please do get in touch if we can help in any way or if you would just like a friendly chat and we can start a ‘buddy call’ for you.
Thinking of you all during these unusual times – BARBARA
KENT TOGETHER – HELPLINE LAUNCHED BY KENT COUNTY COUNCIL
A 24 hour helpline has been set up to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication.
The helpline – called Kent Together – provides a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the county who is in urgent need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is a collaboration between KCC, central Government, District, Borough and local councils, the voluntary and community sector, the NHS, emergency services and other partners to ensure help is at hand for vulnerable people.
It is also the place to report your concerns about the welfare of someone else.
Kent County Council Leader Roger Gough said: “In every district and borough throughout Kent and Medway there has been an incredible and heartening response to this pandemic, and we have a huge army of remarkable, public-spirited volunteers who are ready and willing to help each other through these challenging times.
“We now need to make sure that these vital resources are directed to where they are most needed. The new central helpline will link to Community Hubs across the county and ensure that we are effectively working hand in hand with the amazing teams out in the heart of communities in every part of Kent.”
Kent Together is being coordinated by Kent County Council which will feed the information through the network of volunteers, district and borough council teams and local support groups, to ensure people get the support they need, when they need it.
People’s needs will be assessed and staff will liaise with Community Hubs in the districts to prioritise those who need urgent help.
Mr Gough added: “At this unprecedented time, we all need to support each other to cope with the changes to our lifestyles we’ve had to make in order to delay the spread of Covid-19.
“I appreciate those radical changes have brought about difficulties and uncertainty and that we are all having to live our lives very differently.
“I hope with the launch of this service we can help bring some sense of familiarity and comfort back to those who desperately need it.”
If you are vulnerable and have an urgent need that cannot be met through existing support networks, you can contact the Kent Together helpline at www.kent.gov.uk/KentTogether or by calling on 03000 41 92 92. It is a 24 hour service.
Kent County Council also has a page on its website answering frequently-asked questions and the very latest Coronavirus information on its service updates page.
Visit www.kent.gov.uk to find out more.
Canterbury City Council: Update on coronavirus
The following services are suspended:
- garden waste collections
- bulky waste collections
- Wincheap boot fair
- upgrading St George’s Street consultation
These venues are closed until further notice:
- Canterbury museums and galleries
- The King’s Hall
- Tower house
- all play areas
The council offices in Military Road are open for people with appointments only.
View the latest information and service updates at https://www.canterbury.gov.uk
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:
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 email@example.com
Barbara Anne Flack
Chair of Blean Parish Council
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Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) for the year ending 31 March 2019