The Parish of Wye with Hinxhill is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty between the towns of Ashford and Canterbury in Kent.
A busy time on the Beanfield allotments, keeping the weeds at bay- plots are still available
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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The next PC meeting will be on August 7th
Meeting about WYE1 postponed The meeting mentioned in Tony's article in the Parish Mag (see below) has been postponed. ABC Planning are reassessing the site and we will wait until we have more information before holding further discussion about WYE1 , the land off of Churchfield Way. (01/07/2014)
Article for July parish magazine Tony has written the following article for next month's Parish Magazine -read it here first!(23/06/2014)
Imperial publishes its latest newsletter about WYE3
Imperial plan to submit their Masterplan for the WYE3 site by the end of the month. The newsletter provides an overview of the development proposed. The Parish Council's initial response to the plans is as follows...
The Masterplan newsletter, delivered today, summarises how the dialogue with the Parish has been used to shape the developments proposed. A detailed response will be made by the Council following discussion about all aspects of WYE3. The main stumbling block in the Masterplan remains the number of houses to be built.
The Council asked MLM consultants to predict the queues to be expected if all of the WYE1, 2 and 3 developments go ahead in full. Much depends on the patterns of opening and closure of the gates. Using closures recorded on January 7th and 9th indicates the length of queue we might expect in the morning peak. The diagrams below illustrate how the queues are likely to develop. They show the impact of existing traffic, fallback (representing the time when Wye College was fully active) and the proposed development with 200 houses on WYE3.
Some queues at the crossing are considered acceptable, but the situation becomes severe when queues fail to disperse if vehicles are unable to clear the crossing once the gates have opened. The Jan 9th closing times illustrate how bad the situation could become at the crossing.
We conclude that development will have to be constrained to a level that does not cause severe and unacceptable impacts on the life of our village in the AONB. We also have to consider that long queues (particularly stretching up Bridge St passed the school entrance) would cause unacceptable delays for emergency services entering (ambulance) and also leaving Wye (from the fire station in Little Chequers).
The Parish Council continues to argue for a reduction in the numbers of houses now proposed for WYE1, 2 and 3. We have asked Imperial’s traffic consultants to produce their own modelling data to show the impact of the development they propose, but they seem reluctant to show us their results.(12/06/2014)
The Parish Council has submitted an Objection to application 14/00362/AS, the land off Churchfield Way, WYE1. The summary of the objection comment is as follows.
The Parish Council has reviewed the planning application for the WYE1 site. The proposals presented by Taylor Wimpey (TW) conflict with guidance given within ABC’s Development Plan Document, the Village Design Statement, and emerging Neighbourhood Plan. The Council objects to the application for the following reasons –
Parishioners are encouraged to send in their comments to ABC Planning Dept. through the website, http://planning.ashford.gov.uk/Planning/SearchResults.aspx?new=true
….. search for application 00362 or write to - Planning and Development, Application 14/00362/AS, Ashford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent TN231PL. Several clear objections have already been received from people living nearby who are very concerned about the design of the site, traffic increase, parking issues and disruption during building. (1/06/2014)
The OUR-PLACE WYE project was launched on April 23rd by Dave Martin. The library will be the focal point for information and host drop in sessions on Friday May 2nd and May 9th 10.30-11.30. For further info contact Dave@davemartin.org.uk or leave your contact details at the library (28/04/2014).
Feedback from the meeting to discuss planning applications, progress with the traffic assessment for the Neighbourhood Plan and Our Place project This meeting provided more background to the Council's objection to the recent planning application to build 25 houses on the Luckley Field site next to Little Chequers, WYE2 (number 14/00195/AS). The summary from the objection sent in to ABC is as follows -
Summary The Parish Council has reviewed the planning application for the WYE2 site. The proposals presented by DHA Planning conflict with guidance given within ABC’s Development Plan Document, the Village Design Statement, and emerging Neighbourhood Plan. The Council objects to the application for the following reasons –
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.
The Council encourages parishioners to send in their comments on the proposal to ABC Planning. A draft letter of objection that could be sent in is provided on the following link
Letters can be sent by email through the website….
….. search for application 00195, or write to - Planning and Development, Application 14/00195/AS, Ashford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent TN231PL
Several clear objections have already been received from people living in Little Chequers who are very concerned about traffic increase, parking issues and disruption during building. The Parish Council has now sent in a detailed report objecting to the development as follows
The powerpoint slides presented at the meeting are provided here
We hope that you will be able to find time to have a good look at the plans for Luckley Field and send in your own comments, whether objections or support, to ABC. (24/04/2014)
Parish Council keeps precept charge down to only an extra £2 per year for each household. Despite cuts in the Council Tax Support Grant and increased maintenance costs, the Council has raised the precept by only 3.61%. This means that B and D households will pay only £2 more per year to the Parish. More details on the precept will be provided in a Parish circular and newsletter. (21/03/2014)
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CONGRATULATIONS TO NOEL OVENDEN OUR NEW BOROUGH COUNCILLOR! Noel is now wearing two hats as both a Parish and Borough Councillor. The Parish Council is looking forward to working closely with Noel on Borough issues, particularly in relation to the emerging Neighbourhood Plan. We wish to thank Jane Martin for acting on our behalf before the election. She has set Noel a very good example to follow. (09/03/2014)
News about the Wye Trust Notes about a meeting held with Imperial about the site for the school and the formation of a Trust to manage parts of the campus are provided in the link below. The helpful discussions confirmed Imperial's commitment to establishment of the school in the Edwardian buildings and offered encouraging ideas about the development of parts of the old College site for the benefit of the community. (09/03/2014)
Latest meeting about the Masterplan A further meeting with Imperial and ABC on Feb 21st reviewed Imperial’s latest amendments to their draft masterplan. This included comments on the Parish Council's two critical responses that have already been posted on this website (see recent posts below).
We held firm with our recommendation for housing to be limited to 50-70 units. In addition we challenged them on their partial transport assessment and visual impact in the AONB.
Tony Shoults has provided a brief report on the meeting, as provided in the link below. The agreed notes from the January 17th meeting are also available from the second link. (24-02-2014)
Agreed notes from the January 17th meeting UserFiles/file/WYE3%20meeting%20Jan%2017th.docx
Parish Council responds to the latest draft of the Masterplan for WYE3 The Council has now sent in a detailed response to the latest version of the Masterplan. The response is available in full from links below. The critique covers the following points:-
1. Traffic and transport effects of new development - the Council's analysis highlights severe impacts on traffic should the scale of development go ahead.
2. Housing - there is still no justification given for the number of dwellings proposed
3. Footprint for the development of housing at appropriate densities - densities are currently too high and the development still extends too far to the North East.
4. Free School playing field and other constraints - the PC argues that the playing field and not houses should be sited in the Hop Garden. Covenants are not considered
5. The distances involved in the concentric walkable village - the Neighbourhood Plan will use the ChurchSt /Bridge St junction as the centre of the village. WYE3 sites proposed will extend too far to the north east to allow easy walking to the primary school for example.
6. Phasing of any new development and landscape proposals - more detail is needed on these topics particularly the preservation of views into and out of the village.
In preparing our response we have been able to use results obtained by our traffic consultants MLM and assessment of housing densities made by Mark Hanton. (08/03/2014)
UserFiles/file/NP%20docs/Summary%20of%20traffic%20queues%20survey%20and%20models.docx Summary of queues predicted given crossing closures recorded in January
UserFiles/file/NP%20docs/FILE1%20masterplan%20data%20baseline.pdf traffic modelling data showing flows recorded by Imperial modelled onto the crossing closures observed on Jan 9th
UserFiles/file/NP%20docs/FILE1A%20masterplan%20baseline%20%2BPBA%20assessment%20for%20WYE3(1).pdf Imperial's predicted traffic levels for the WYE3 development modelled onto Jan 9th closures
UserFiles/file/NP%20docs/CROSSING%20DATA%2009-01-2014.docx Level crossing closure data
UserFiles/file/NP%20docs/housing%20numbers%20Feb%202014.pdf Housing density analysis
Relating to the Masterplan debate and Neighbourhood Plan, Tony Shoults presented a detailed summary of various activities in his February report to the Parish Council. The report below includes encouraging information about siting the Free School in the Edwardian buildings of the campus, a meeting held with KCC Highways and progress in preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan.
Progress in writing the Neighbourhood Plan Stella Scrivener, who is supported by the grant we received from Localities presented an all day workshop on preparing the Neighbourhood Plan (NP) on January 24th. Parish Councillors and other members of the NP Group received invaluable advice on how to target the key issues of planning policy that have to be addressed in the Plan. The support from professional planners in the Localities team will allow us to produce sound policies for adoption by the Parish and Borough. (29/01/2014)
Meeting with ABC and Imperial about the Masterplan January 17th The latest meeting about development on WYE3 was held last Friday. Detailed notes of the earlier meeting released by Richard Alderton (ABC) are accessible from the link below. The latest meeting concerned another revised masterplan document that reached your reps on Wednesday. There have been numerous additions in response to earlier comments. In particular the footprint of development to the north east has been reduced to provide a better edge to the village. Parish Council representatives were still very concerned about the final siting of the Free School, numbers of dwellings proposed (still 200) and impact on traffic. The Parish Council, working with MLM transport consultants has been able to use Imperial’s own data to model the effects of the proposed development. The first results of this analysis were presented – they demonstrate unacceptable delays at the level crossing (see below). The Council continues to argue that the scale of development proposed is excessive for the infrastructure of the village. Nevertheless, the quality of the design outlined in the proposals being put forward is far better than that we have seen for WYE1 and WYE2.
Detailed notes about the Jan 17th meeting will be provided by Richard Alderton who chairs the meetings. (19/01/2014)
Try not to get too cross as you wait to go across the crossing…………………..As part of the Neighbourhood Plan traffic appraisal for the village we have recorded level crossing opening and closure times during the morning peak. The results are given in the file below. A lot depends on when the high speed comes through and if trains are on time. It is thanks to the gatekeepers that they manage very rapid opening and closure sometimes when there have been long delays. Without their speedy action, that might not be possible with automation, we would often be looking at delays of more than 15min. In preparing our traffic report we are working with the transport consultants MLM and analysing the effect that various developments in the village would have on the queues at the crossing. Results so far look very interesting, but also rather worrying, and will be presented when all factors have been incorporated.
The tables of crossing data might help those trying to escape from, or enter the village at peak times plan their journey. One simple piece of advice is to avoid the 7.15 to 7.30 closure. (19/01/2014)
Latest Newsletters Richard Bartley continues to scoop the official website with his excellent newsletters! The latest documents are available from the links below. If you wish to be added to the emailing list please contact the Clerk with your details. I am sure everyone will agree that they are very valuable publications, complementing the website and filling in important detail. (19/01/2014)
Resignation of our Borough Councillor, Steve Wright Chairman Tony Shoults has commented on our Borough Councillor’s resignation as follows.
“The Parish Council has learnt from Steve Wright and from Gerry Clarkson the Leader of ABC that Steve resigned as the Councillor for Wye at the beginning of January. This will mean that there will be a by- election for the position shortly.
The Parish Council is keen to see a new Councillor working very closely with the PC in this critical year. In raising our concern with Councillor Clarkson in December that our working relationship was not at all enhanced by the Councillor, we asked that there be a code of practice set up to ensure Councillors meet their local obligations. This should help whatever political allegiances are involved.
We are, of course, well aware that balancing family, full time job, a full Borough Council agenda of meetings and liaison work etc is not easy.
I hope that suitable candidates will emerge and we hope to try to ensure that they will have the time, interest, knowledge and skills to be effective.”
Meanwhile we have been offered support from Jane Martin the Borough Councillor for Saxon Shore, a neighbouring Ward. She has kindly offered to take up any issues we may have through ABC channels (14/01/2014)
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 -
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)
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
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)
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 email@example.com 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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Parish Council responds to WYE1 proposals ( to Neighbourhood Plan Information)
Allotments report (to Council Reports 2/08/13)
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