Rusthall Village Association

DATE: Wednesday 21st November 2018
VENUE: Rusthall Village Club
TIME: 1930 hours

APOLOGIES for the lack of proper minutes for November. I did take notes and write them up but somehow managed to lose the lot completely before posting them online. Luckily the wonderful Beryl Woodall has stepped into the breach with the notes she took and that is what follows. Once again, grovelling apologies to all - Nigel Suckling.

1. Welcome from Alex as the Chair.

2. Guest Speaker PCSO Matthew Hill did not attend. We learned too late that he had been called away suddenly to an immediate matter in the Town Centre at 6pm that evening.

3. Feedback on the October Litter Pick was given by Alex. A decent number of volunteers met at Rusthall Grange to start the event and it had been another successful event involving areas to the North side of the Toad Rock Retreat which included Woodside Road, Grange Road, Cranwell Road and Bretland Road. Twenty bags of rubbish were filled. This was followed by a most enjoyable lunch at the Toad Rock Retreat. Thanks were given to Sodexo for supplying of gloves, sacks and litter sticks.

4. Feedback on The Battle’s Over Commemorative Event was very positive. Fifteen village organisations had been involved and the whole event had exceeded expectations.

5. Councillor’s Reports – No borough Councillors happened to be present. A Parish Councillor (? Hazel Duncombe/Jenny Blackburn) said a “Wish List for Rusthall” had been submitted to Kent Highways for a) Steps in the High Street to be white lined. b) A 20’s Plenty speed limit through Rusthall Village. c) A crossing on the Main Langton Road for access to St. Paul’s Parish Church and other areas of the Common. d) A one way system for Woodside Road starting at the junction of Grange Road with Harmony Street. It was reported that the estimated cost of implementing this was in the vicinity of £15,000. Consultation procedures alone would cost £3,000. The cost of making the changes could not be justified at the present. Something was also said about a Traffic Regulation Order and a Speed Watch but I didn’t get down the details and I certainly can’t remember them.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has come up with an idea for a “Green Area”. A meeting to discuss this had been arranged for 4th December, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.

There will be Parish Council Elections in 2019. The Parish Council consists of nine members. Parish Councillors meet once monthly, usually on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7.30 pm at the Rackliffe Centre, Lower Green Rd., and these are open to the public. Sub-committees meet quarterly. Subjects covered include highways, public walkways, recreation areas, grass cutting to communal areas, allotments. Update on village organisations and events. It was announced that the Fair Trade Café would be open at the United Reformed Church on 8th December.

6. Rusthall Befriending Scheme proposal: Rotherfield has such a scheme operating. The RVA would endeavour to find out more about this.

7. AOB

I hope this may be of some help. Those of you who were at meeting please point out any omissions or incorrect info. in these notes.

Chair – Alex Britcher
Vice Chair: Tel: 01892 540018
Website editor Nigel Suckling
Secretary: Sue White
General contact: