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However we will hold a ‘virtual’ parish council meeting on Sunday 06 December 2020 at 2.30pm, using Zoom as a platform. Meeting Agenda. The meeting will be open to members of the public as usual, residents wishing to ‘attend’ the meeting may do so either online or by telephone but will need to contact the Clerk for the Zoom link, phone number and the PIN code for access to enter. If there are members of the public “present” at the meeting there will be an adjournment of the meeting, giving residents the opportunity to speak. 

OUR ANNUAL ELECTORS MEETING DUE TO BE HELD ON 20 APRIL 2020 WAS ALSO CANCELLED although we will upload the Chairman’s Annual Report and the parish councillors ‘paragraphs’ shortly – and we will run these in the September 2020 edition of our magazine.

Please use the Links below to take you through the site to several micro sites. This website has been created by the parish council and is updated regularly. Any comments about the website or suggestions for possible inclusion should be directed to the Parish Clerk. Should anything be omitted or any errors or links not working properly please let the Parish Clerk know by email. We will endeavour to put things right without too much delay. 


Latest Agenda

Circular walk  Speedwatch
Clerk contact details and Cllrs responsibilitiesKent’s PCSOs powersPublic rights of way Trees in conservation areas
What is a parish council? Meeting dates – please go to drop down link from parish council button found at the top of the Home page For a welcome pack for new residents please contact the Clerk Parish boundary and Conservation area maps

 Chairman’s annual reports – see go to drop down link from parish council button found at the top of the Home page

Parish Magazine Advertising in the parish magazineDefibrillator for community use Grant awards from the parish council

Planning Update October 2019 – A significant application for development was submitted to Canterbury City Council in 2017 – for Grasmere Pasture, off The Ridgeway (developer Kitewood Homes). We, along with very active local residents and residents groups including the Grasmere Village Residents Association, all consistently objected to it being developed – we objected to it being considered for inclusion in the city council’s Canterbury District Local Plan and were dismayed when it was chosen as one of the strategic sites for housing development. An Outline application was submitted in 2017: CA/17/00469/OUT – Grasmere Gardens, Land South of The Ridgeway: Outline application for 300 dwellings, 3,500 sqm of employment space;   a community hub to include shops, financial services, food and drink outlets; non-residential institutions to include clinics, health centre, crèche, nursery and day centre; a cafe/restaurant/bar;  7.16ha of open space and play facilities and associated car parking and landscaping.  Chestfield Parish Council objected on the following grounds: Foul drainage capacity; Surface water issues; Access, emergency access and speeding traffic; Transportation, public transport and parking; Future Maintenance of Open Space; Primary Education/ Innovation Centre, Nursery, Cafe and Shops Parking arrangements. Read the full objection letter here. Canterbury City Council REFUSED this application on 5 March 2019. However it went to Appeal and a Public Inquiry was heard over 10 and 11 September 2019. The Inspector’s decision dated 3 October 2019 has been to ALLOW the Appeal and GRANT PERMISSION.

Our Guide to Planning and Planning Applications we have produced a guide which includes useful links to other sites for planning guidance – our leaflet also tells you what are valid planning concerns. The parish council is a statutory consultee for all applications in the parish but we are not the decision makers – Canterbury City Council is the local planning authority. Their Planning call centre is 01227 862178.

If you have any comments, complaints or compliments about the parish council we have a form for your feedback here

Chestfield Village Survey and Action Plan –  For information, View the 2006 Parish Plan and the 2006 actions Plan here….  We wanted to update this and undertook a 2016 Village Survey with all households: See an initial presentation of figures…. (January 2017) Also see a full writeup of the survey here (This takes the form of an excel spreadsheet – move across the tabs at the bottom to move between the numerical questions and the ‘open’ narrative questions… this spreadsheet this has all our residents’ comments incorporated on it. ) An initial “areas for action document” has been created for you to read. This Areas for Action Document is divided into broad ‘themes’ as follows, but some actions overlap so are placed in what is felt the most appropriate table: (1) Planning and development – major and minor – and householder improvements – and including flooding (2) Environment (3) Highways, Parking, Traffic and Pedestrian items, including street pavements (4) Footpaths and Public Rights of Way paths through the village (5) Community spirit / feeling connected (6) Communications, Parish Magazine, Website and noticeboards (7) Health and leisure and Facilities (8) The Single Most Thing to change in the village (9) One Thing that should be the same in 5 years’ time ( 10) All Other comments and (11) Feedback to residents. Contact the Clerk for any questions and more information where available. View Actions completed so far. 

Chestfield History Society web site – visit http://chestfield.weebly.com/

GDPR General Data Protection Regulations – Chestfield Parish Council General Privacy Notice –  This Privacy Notice is a notice describing how any personal data we receive will be used and what rights the data subject has.

Standing Orders – Standing orders are the written rules of a local council. They are used to confirm a council’s internal organisational, administrative and procurement procedures and procedural matters for meetings. Chestfield Parish Council current adopted Standing Orders (latest version adopted September 2018)and Financial Regulations  (latest version adopted October 2019)

The Register of Parish Councillors’ Declared Interests can be viewed at the following web address on Canterbury City Council’s website (you will have to cut and paste this in your browser): https://democracy.canterbury.gov.uk/mgParishCouncilDetails.aspx?ID=205&LS=1https://democracy.canterbury.gov.uk/mgParishCouncilDetails.aspx?ID=205&LS=1

Financial information:

For year ending 31 March 2020 – The Annual Governance and Accountability Return. (As scanned pdf documents do not comply with the Accessibility Regulations 2018 our AGAR is provided here in a pdf format – the scanned version with the ‘wet signatures’ of the Clerk and Chairman can be provided in an alternative format, on request.) Associated documents are the bank reconciliation, statement of variances proforma and statement of variances full detail. The Notice of Conclusion of Audit. 

For year ending 31 March 2019 – The Annual Governance and Accountability Return .  Associated documents are the bank reconciliation, statement of variances proforma and statement of variances full detail, and the Notice of Conclusion of Audit

For year ending 31 March 2018 – The AGAR form sent to the external auditor on 21 May 2018 can be viewed here. The accounts have now been concluded. Notice of Conclusion of Audit  

For year ending 31 March 2017: Section 1 Governance Statement; Section 2 Accounting Statements, and Section 4 Internal Audit The accounts have now been concluded. Notice of Conclusion of Audit

For year ending 31 March 2016: NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF Notice of Conclusion of audit for year ended 31 March 2016