Agenda and minutes

Planning and Transportation Cabinet Advisory Board - Monday, 11th February, 2019 6.30 pm

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Venue: Committee Room A, Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1RS

Contact: Cheryl Clark  Democratic Services Officer

Note: Please note that the public proceedings of the meeting will be recorded and made available for playback on the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Website 

Items
No. Item

PT67/18

Chairman's Introduction

Announcement on procedural matters.

Minutes:

The Chairman made a number of procedural announcements.

PT68/18

Apologies

The receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence. Councillors Bland and Hannam were not present.

PT69/18

Declarations of Interests

To receive any declarations of interest by members of the Council in items on the agenda. For any advice on declarations of interest, please contact the Monitoring Officer before the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no disclosable pecuniary or other significant interests declared at the meeting.

PT70/18

Notification of Visiting Members Wishing to Speak

To note any members of the Council wishing to speak, of which due notice has been given in accordance with Council Meeting Procedure Rule 18, and which items they wish to speak on.

Minutes:

There were no Visiting Members who had registered as wishing to speak.

PT71/18

Minutes of the meeting dated 12 November 2018 pdf icon PDF 189 KB

To approve the minutes of a previous meeting as a correct record. The only issue relating to the minutes that can be discussed is their accuracy.

Minutes:

Members reviewed the minutes. No amendments were proposed.

 

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting dated 12 November 2018 be approved as a correct record.

PT72/18

Work Programme as at 30 January 2019 pdf icon PDF 167 KB

Minutes:

Members considered the work programme. No amendments were proposed.

 

RESOLVED – That the Work Programme as at 30 January 2019 be noted.

PT73/18

High Weald AONB - The adoption of the Management Plan 2019 to 2024 pdf icon PDF 204 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

David Scully, Landscape and Biodiversity Officer, introduced the report which included the following comments:

·         An amendment to the first recommendation set out in the report was proposed to remove the words “review of the” to clarify that it was the management plan itself being adopted.

 

The discussion included consideration of the following additional matters:

·         The plan document was comprehensive, well presented and a credit to the Joint Advisory Committee who produced it.

·         The High Weald Unit was commended for its work across the Borough.

·         The photography contained in the plan was professional and highlighted the outstanding beauty of the area.

·         The Unit’s office recently passed an environmental audit which found the organisation to be a paradigm of environmental protection best practice.

 

RESOLVED – That the recommendations set out in the report, as amended to remove the words “review of the”, be supported.

PT74/18

Kent High Weald Partnership Review pdf icon PDF 280 KB

Minutes:

David Scully, Landscape and Biodiversity Officer, introduced the report.

 

The discussion included consideration of the following additional matters:

·         The Partnership would be more proactive in seeking future funding opportunities associated with housing growth. Recent examples included Knight’s Wood where the Partnership was working with Dandara to provide events and activities for residents.

·         Such collaboration was well appreciated by residents.

·         Engagement was a key focus for the Partnership as it promoted understanding leading to the responsible management and enjoyment of the environment.

·         A considerable number of volunteer hours had been donated. Whilst there was no record of how many hours had been given by Councillors, members of the Borough and various parish and town councils were often invited to events. Attendance was encouraged in order to help maintain the profile of the Partnership and to provide opportunities to engage with the community.

 

Councillor Lewis objected to the proposed 10% cut in funding.

 

RESOLVED – That the recommendations set out in the report be supported.

PT75/18

Urgent Business

To consider any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent, for the reasons to be stated, in accordance with Section 100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

PT76/18

Date of the Next Meeting

To note that the date of the next scheduled meeting is Monday 18 March 2019, at 6.30pm in Committee Room A, Town Hall, Tunbridge Wells.

Minutes:

The next meeting was scheduled for Monday 18 March 2019 at 6.30pm in Committee Room A at the Town Hall, Tunbridge Wells.