Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire

Please download and print our questionnaire to help us with the Neighbourhood Plan being considered for Capel.

Vision for Capel Questionnaire

Please return your questionnaire by 31 August 2020 either:

  • Online: [email protected]   – please attach the questionnaire to your reply and mark the subject of email with: Parish Questionnaire
  • Post: Capel Parish Council (VfC), Capel Village Hall, Falmouth Place, Five Oak Green, TN12 6RD  [replies can be left unstamped at the post office counter on Badsell Road in an envelope with this address].

Thank you for your time in completing this questionnaire

Parish Chairman Notes – September 2020

By the time you read this every resident should have received the Vision for Capel questionnaire and accompanying letter. If you have not already done so, please answer the questions on the sheet and return the form to the parish council (this will usually be via the letterbox of the deliverer). It is really important that we have the views of as many residents/businesses as possible if the final document is to reflect the views of the community as a whole. If you have lost your questionnaire or need another you can download a copy from www.capel-pc.org.uk If you wish each member of your household can submit a response.

The next (online) meeting of the Parish Council will be on Monday 7th September. All residents can attend. You will need to email the clerk for details of how to join the zoom meeting [email protected] Since the last meeting the council has submitted their Highway Improvement Plan to KCC as part of our campaign for road improvements along the B2017 including a crossing in Five Oak Green. Kent Highways have claimed pressure of other work prevent them from dealing with this at present, a stance that councillors will want to discuss at the meeting given the amount of time the crossing has been an issue in the village. The Kings Head pub site will also be on the agenda. We are awaiting an update on Tunbridge Wells planning department’s correspondence with the owner/developer and hope this eyesore can be cleared up and secured in the near future.

At the time of writing work was due to start on the new play area and zip wire on the recreation ground on August 17th. (The play area was funded by the Friends of Five Oak Green, the zipwire by CPC. Both will be managed by the parish council). We hope to open these for public use immediately and will need to consider the future of the existing under 11’s alongside them. The existing under 5’s is life expired. One idea to is to eventually use that space for adult gym equipment.

At its next meeting, the Council will also be looking to co-opt a member to replace Cllr Young who resigned in May. Details of how to apply are on the council website. Closing date for applications is September 1st. The term of the new councillor will last until May 6th 2021 when a parish council election is due.

 

Hugh Patterson

New Councillor Vacancy

We currently have a vacancy for a Parish Councillor.  Are you interested in giving up some of your spare time to work with others, deliver community projects, and help shape the future of Capel?

If you would like to help your community by becoming a Capel parish councillor please send a brief CV and covering letter outlining your knowledge and experience to the Clerk [email protected] by 5pm on 1st September 2020.

The Capel Parish Council will consider all applications at the meeting of the council on Monday 7th September 2020.

Councillor Vacancy August 2020

Councillor Vacancy Info August 2020

Councillor Vacancy Spec August 2020

Parish Chairman’s notes August 2020

‘A Vision for Capel’ – please help us with your views.

At the time of writing the Neighbourhood Plan Working Party has met three times. The main focus at this early stage is to produce a ‘Vision For Capel’ which will enable us to present the views of Capel residents and business owners to the Borough Council planners and if necessary to a public enquiry on the Tunbridge Wells Local Plan should that be necessary.

In order for us to know more clearly what local people think the working Party has drafted a questionnaire which should be arriving on your doorstep during the month of August. Please take a few minutes to complete it and return it to us following the instructions provided. The more responses we have the more data we can use to outline to the planning authorities what the residents of the parish wish to see as the future of our community.

Other news:

There is a site meeting on the 15th July on the Recreation Ground to plan the installation of the new play area and zipwire. At present the work is planned for August – we hope to avoid damage to the recreation ground by accessing the site through the ‘boot fair’ field. Thanks are due to the landowners for facilitating this.

At the time of writing the existing play areas on the recreation ground are closed – the Parish Council intends to re-open them if the risk assessment suggests they can be made Covid secure.

Cllr Young has resigned from the council due to pressure of work commitments. The Council thank him for his service over the last four years especially in taking the lead with the modernisation of the Memorial Cottages and his chairmanship of the Staff Office and Administration Committee. Due to the Covid emergency laws there can be no by election until May 2021 (when the whole council is up for election in any case). The Council will need to decide whether to co-opt another member to replace Cllr Young at its next meeting.

The Parish Clerk will be on holiday for two weeks in August and working limited hours for the rest of the month. It may be that it will take us longer to respond to you than normal should you have a query. Please be understanding. Meetings of the parish council will continue by zoom for the foreseeable future. We anticipate the next full meeting of the council will be in early September. If you wish to take part joining instructions will be available from [email protected].

Hugh Patterson

Parish Chairman’s notes June 2020

Parish Chairman’s notes June 2020
At the time of writing we are entering the seventh week of lockdown. The Parish Council are adapting to this new reality as decisions are made under delegated powers by the clerk, the chairman, vice chairman and the chairs of the various parish council committees. However, after the government changes to the law in April, we are now able to hold virtual council meetings, and the first one of these took place on May 4th.
At this meeting:
The Council noted a decision made under delegated powers to re-award the Grounds Maintenance Contract to Capel Groundcare. Their record over the last three years has been excellent and their tender was the most competitive of those it received.
Following the end of the tenancy of one of the cottages owned by CPC at Brampton Bank it was decided to redecorate before a new tenant moves in. A revised criteria for the those who wish to take up the tenancy was drawn up and it was agreed that those with a military connection to the parish and then those working for the emergency services also with a connection to the parish would have preference when the letting is advertised. This is in line with the original purpose of the cottages which was to house former servicemen from World War I. It is envisaged that we will be able to fully advertise this in October (hopefully after the lockdown).
The Parish Hardship Fund set up in association with the Paddock Wood Community Advice Centre has received extra funds (£1242) from the return of the Parish Reserve Fund from TWBC to CPC. A reminder that Capel Parish Council has made the Capel Hardship Fund available to those suffering financially from the virus or the previous flooding episodes in February. Details can be found on the parish council website www.capel-pc.org.uk or directly from PWCAC http://www.pwadvice.org/capel-residents/4594766472
The Parish Council also resolved to establish a Capel Neighbourhood Plan Working Party to co-ordinate the Capel Parish’s response to the draft Local Plan and move towards the writing of a Neighbourhood Plan which would be a material consideration when responding to planning applications. Further details will follow, but anyone wishing to be involved in the process should contact the clerk of the parish council [email protected]
The next virtual parish council meeting is scheduled for Monday June 1st. If you wish to attend this or any other meeting please contact the clerk beforehand so that she can admit you to the meeting which is held via Zoom. There is an agenda item at each meeting for residents to make their comments either in person or in writing. Residents’ comments on planning applications within the parish are also welcome and the parish will continue to send our comments to TWBC planning.
The parish council would also like to thank the vast majority of those residents who have observed the lockdown rules and have stayed at home to protect their fellow residents and the NHS. There have been one or two occasions of people trespassing on the closed MUGA and these have been reported to the police.
With best wishes for the health and well-being of all Capel residents and their families at this difficult time.
Hugh Patterson

Tunbridge Wells Discretionary Grant

The new Tunbridge Wells Discretionary Grant Scheme has launched on 22 May and is now open for applications at the following link: www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk/discretionarygrants 

Businesses should read the associated guidance carefully (at the same link), in order to assess their eligibility for the scheme.

The deadline for applications is 7 June 2020.

If there are any enquiries about the scheme, please direct them to email [email protected]