Chairman’s Report for July 2017

Farningham Parish Council met on Wednesday 19m July 2017 – a couple ot weeks later than usual this month as there is no meeting held in August. Present were 6 Parish Councillors, KCC County Councillor Roger Gough, the Clerk Jane Gray, PSCO Amy Hardy and a member of the public.

Co-Option

We welcomed our new Parish Councillor, Krish Shanmuganathan, to his first meeting.

Our New PCSO

Amy Hardy came along to introduce herself as our new PCSO, currently covering Farningham, South Darenth and Horton Kirby. However she did say that there could be further changes come September 2017, so we will have to wait and see if she continues to cover our village.

She did ask us to warn you about people on mopeds, especially if there are 2 people on it as there has been an increase with bags being snatched as they ride past. Anything you think is suspicious should be reported to 101 with as much information as you can give.

Farningham High Street

A number of residents have expressed their concern regarding the speed of some vehicles using Farningham High Street and the PC are looking at putting a case to Kent Highways to request a new speed limit of 20mph. Krish has agreed to co-ordinate this initiative on behalf of us and you may have him knocking on your door to find out your views.

We may be asking you to write to Kent Highways to support the application once we have a plan in place, so watch this space!

Philip McGarvey, with his District Councillor hat on, is preparing a report to take before the Kent County Council’s Joint Transportation Board in September to highlight our concerns about this and the unresolved issues on the A20.

Button Street/A20Junction

Cllr Roger Gough made the PC aware of a proposed Consultation planned by Kent Highways regarding the Button Street junction with the A20. We asked for more information regarding the duration of any trials and are still pushing for a site meeting. The PC want safety of the whole stretch from Button Street to Brands Hatch discussed and not just individual locations (again, part of Cllr McGarvey’s briefing to KCC’s JTB above). We will keep you informed.

Friends of Farningham

FoF are still doing a fantastic job around the village and are making a real difference. Thanks to all those already taking part and if you would like to don a yellow jacket and get involved please contact the Clerk or Carol Salmon (carolsalmon46@talktalk.net) and we are still looking for an ADMIN HELPER to send out meeting dates, ordering etc. It only takes around an hour a month – please contact Carol if you are interested.

Barclays Bank

The PC met with Barclays Bank on 31st July who started the meeting by explaining the reasons for their decision to close the Farningham branch and no matter what objections we put to them there would be no U-Turn. Barclays did seem to understand the impact and problems this closure would have on a number of its customers and have already been in direct contact with some to help them find ways of minimising the disruption. Nikki Massiah from Barclays has also been attending the Tea and Chat sessions in FVH. If you want to pop down and have a chat with her, please do so.

They also told us that if accounts aren’t used for around 2 years they can turn dormant. Although any money held in the account is still there, it can be time consuming getting it released, so bear this in mind with any of your bank accounts.

Pop Up Cafe

The first of SDC’s Pop-Cup Cafes will already have taken place by now, but if you missed it there are two more, 12th September and 10th October 10.30am to 12.30pm held in Farningham Village Hall car park. Pop along and have a chat or use it to find out local information.

ByWay 192

Good(ish) news is that Byway 192 (off Beesfield Lane) will be closed to motor vehicles from 1st October to 30h April, with the proviso it can also be closed if yellow weather warnings are issued. For those of you who have followed this saga, we hope it brings some respite to the residents living close by who have been plagued for years by the anti-social behaviour of some off-roaders using it.

The next Parish Council meeting will be on Wednesday 6th September at 7.45pm to be held in Farningham Village Hall as usual. It would be great to hear your views, please come along and join in.

Daryl Burns