WELCOME TO WYE
The Parish of Wye with Hinxhill is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty between the towns of Ashford and Canterbury in Kent.
View of the bridge over the river Stour after the heavy rain. Plans to improve access to the river for community use are included in the Neighbourhood Plan.
The Parish Council consists of eleven elected councillors* who meet every month (usually on the first Thursday) to discuss issues affecting the immediate area and its inhabitants. These meetings are open to the public. Agendas and minutes are posted on this website. The Council Office, where the clerk can be contacted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings, is situated in the neighbouring parish of Brook. An annual general meeting, where councillors provide a summary of the year’s activities in the village, takes place in mid-May. The village is currently conducting a Neighbourhood Plan - please follow the yellow link for more information about this important development.
The Council also oversees the activities of the Wye Children’s Playing Field Charity (302898) and has representation on the Wye Village Hall and Recreation Ground Charity (number: 302899).
*Wye Parish Council currently has two vacancies. Anyone interested please contact the Clerk in the first instance.
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Great Street Party Friday December 6th - excellent bell ringing, street lights and stalls. Congratulations to all of those involved - particularly the controller of the fine weather!!
Parish Council submits a detailed critique of the Luckley Field WYE2 proposals A detailed rsponse has been sent to DHA Planning . The executive summary of the report is as follows, for the full text follow the blue links.............
Executive Summary - The Parish Council has reviewed proposals for the WYE2 site. The outline plans presented by DHA Planning conflict with guidance given within ABC’s Development Plan Document, the Village Design Statement, and emerging Neighbourhood Plan. Critical issues in the design of the site are -
- · Lack of protection of the AONB by the establishment of a clear boundary to the edge of the residential area of the village.
- · The number of dwellings proposed, 25, is excessive and goes against planning guidance.
- · Layout goes against recommendations that house frontages should all face towards the landscape to the south/ south west of the village.
- · The single access proposed through Little Chequers, is problematic because of traffic flow into Bridge Street.
- · There is no need for any vehicular access to farmland from the site.
- · The sketchy plans for materials do not conform to the guidance given in the village design statement.
- · No reference is made to the creation of part of a cycleway and footpath surrounding the village.
The DHA proposals do not address the opportunity to use development of the site to improve the southern boundary of the village through a well-integrated design that improves views into and out of Wye, and provides clear links with the surrounding AONB (11/12/2013)
Latest meeting with Imperial and ABC about the WYE3 development December 4th Council representatives were provided with the latest draft of the Masterplan document. This is a very glossy production, but there has been little change to Imperial's proposals. Tony Shoults provides more information in the link below that also covers recent progress with the emerging Neighbourhood Plan (7/12/2013).
Response from Baroness Manningham-Buller Tony Shoults has received a very non-commital reply from the Baroness as provided in the link below. As a charity it seems the Endowment Board must maximise value from its assets. Interestingly, no value seems to be placed on the reputation of Imperial College London (7/12/2013).
Parish Council contacts the chair of Imperial College Council After much discussion the Parish Council has agreed the text of a letter to the Chair of Imperial College London’s Council, Baroness Manningham–Buller. For the full text of the letter please follow the link below. The Parish Council expresses its continued concern that the Endowment Board handling the development of sites in Wye has been instructed to maximise profits from Imperial’s assets irrespective of the damage that this might cause to the village. It is encouraging to note that the Baroness is reported in the minutes of the ICL Council in November 2009 (Point 52) to have asked what the reputational risks were to Imperial following the transfer of the Campus to the College fund without restriction on its development. We hope, now that she chairs the ICL Council, that she remains aware of the damage that will be done not only to Wye, but also Imperial’s reputation, if the excessive development proposed is allowed to go ahead (17/11/2013).
Letter to Imperial's Council
Newsletter 21 published The latest newsletter, that is sent to all those on the Parish Council's email list, is available from the link below. If you wish to receive the newsletter by email please contact our Clerk, Linda Hedley (14/11/2013)
Meeting with Imperial and ABC about the WYE3 development Representatives of the Imperial College Endowment Board and masterplan team, ABC Planning Department, Wye Parish Council and the Wye2030 Neighbourhood Plan Group met on November 4th for the first time in several months to discuss the latest version of Imperial College's draft masterplan. Imperial College is still reviewing its housing proposals in terms of density and dwelling numbers, and showed some plans, but did not provide the Parish Council with copies of any new documents. ABC is preparing a formal note of the meeting to be made available shortly. Tony Shoults is writing to Imperial College’s Council about the approach being adopted by their Endowment Board in their development of the former Wye College campus - his report to the Parish Council is available from the link below (11/11/2013).
WYE3 meeting 4/11/2013
A report of the meeting prepared by Richard Alderton at ABC is now available (7/12/2013)
Parish Council responds to outline plans for WYE1 The Parish Council has provided a detailed response to the outline plans for WYE1.This review (available in full from the links below) has been carried out through an analysis of Taylor Wimpey’s document ‘Proposed New Residential Development, Court Farm, Wye, Ashford – Strategy Diagrams September 2013’. The Parish Council compared TW’s proposals with the opportunities for the site identified in the Neighbourhood Plan (NP). This is the result of numerous consultation events and much public input. Given the robustness of the NP principles in terms of contextual study and the weight of local views they reflect, it is important that the developer should be open to the ideas and principles of the emerging NP in order to have any justification when being assessed by the local planning authority. The plans put forward by TW either conflict with or do not consider the ideas presented for the site in the NP in the critical areas of -
- The historical context for the site
- The character of the development
- Outlook views and boundaries
- Building heights and types
- The Churchfield Way junction, road safety
- The concept of a walkable village and “cycleway”
- Housing densities and mix
- Possible future redevelopment of the bus depot and riverside park
- Trees, screening and landscaping
- Sustainable drainage
- Building materials and detail
If TW proceeds to submit proposals that are completely at odds with the NP, then the Parish Council must challenge TW to demonstrate that the scheme proposed is better for the village, and the wider AONB, than the principles and policies set out by the NP and supported by the Village Design Statement. (23/10/2013)
Council responds to draft plans for the new cycle route The detailed report from the Council supporting the new development is as follows (23/10/2013)
Update about SUPERFAST RURAL BROADBAND - what next? Larry Linin has provided a very helpful update on progress with the installation of this much needed communication link as follows.....(15/10/2013)
Please contact Larry at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Older news transferred from the home page
To local news on the left
Outbreak of antisocial behaviour (17/11/2013)
WYE3 Masterplan developments (28/10/2013)
Meeting to discuss the Neighbourhood Plan , WYE1, WYE2 and WYE3 (15/10/2013)
Meeting about WYE1 (04/10/2013)
Parish Council comments on Imperial's draft Masterplan (27/09/2013)
Wye MUGA receives funding (27/09/2013)
Cycle route (10/08/2013)
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Allotments report (to Council Reports 2/08/13)
This is the official site for Parish Council information. For more informal updates on activities in Wye and a whole range of local debates, please have a look at wyeweb and Jasper Bouverie's blog.