Venue: Istead Rise Community Centre, Worcester Close, Gravesend. Kent. DA13 9LB
Contact: Will Farmer 01622 696911
Welcome – Cllr David Turner (Vice-Chairman)
Cllr David Turner (Chairman)
Cllr Bryan Sweetland
Cllr Mike Snelling
Cllr Laura Hyrniewizc
Cllr Ken Jones
107 in total, including members of public and young people, voluntary organisations, Councillors.
Cllr Lesley Boycott
Any Declarations of Interest
Activities for young people– presentation by local young people with Emma Fellows, youth worker at the Gr@nd, Gravesend. This is a return to this subject as discussed on 31st March, to ensure the views of young people are heard and actions identified.
Presentation by Emma Fellows of the GR@ND and 3 young people highlighted the following points coming out of a recent consultation.
· Lack of facilities in the area
· Need a multi-games area and all weather pitch for football, basketball etc
· Need for a dance class
Group Sessions: what can be done for young people in our communities and what could be done working together? How can we encourage volunteers or support youth provision? How can we ensure the voices of young people are heard?
Summary of table discussions: Brief feedback from each of the tables on the priorities and issues identified
Identified the following needs for young people
General points raised
· Higham Youth club –relies on volunteers
· Young people run own discos
· Istead rise community association doesn’t do enough for young people
· Ken jones- IRCA are considering extending terrace for play area
· IRCA Need to set up sub committee for youth matters
· Footpaths alongside the A227 to Meopham to make it safer to get to station.
· KHS have this in the pipeline but it will be looked at in 2010-11
Wendy Lane, Principal Planner (Policy) for Gravesham Borough Council will give a brief update on the Local Development Plan (LDF) going out for consultation in the autumn and focus on rural local needs housing (rural affordable housing).
Wendy Lane from GBC and Nigel Whitburn from ACRK spoke on both the LDF as well as rural affordable housing
In the LDF -they have identified a need so far for 100 new homes to be built in the rural area. The LDF are going out to consultation in December 09, this will come to rural areas as forums. There has been no decision yet when or where this housing will go or commence, but the report will on the council website in the January of each year once the report is published
Local needs housing
ACRK is a charity that works with rural Kent. They provide many services one of which raises awareness of rural affordable housing (local needs housing and influences decision makers.
Local needs housing is rented for perpetuity to local people by social land lords
· Before local Needs housing is built, there has to be local need established. This is assessed by villages, parishes etc with help from ACRK. Need local needs housing to keep population in the rural areas
· Encourage those that have moved away to return
· Use of exception sites, these are located on outskirts of villages and owned by social landlords i.e. Housing associations.
Questions and Answers
What area has been identified for the proposed 100 homes?
This has not been decided yet, still looking at options
Q. Has an area in Istead Rise been identified for some of these 100 extra houses?
A. People have moved here because no big estates are being built on to the village.
No, there will be no extra houses added to beyond the village envelope, only in-filling when land becomes available.
Q. there were 5 houses built behind the shops in Istead rise, why were these built when we need more sheltered housing?
A. Land behind shops was sold to KCC for library who then decided not to open a library here and sold it.
Q. How will we be notified of how may houses will be built in Gravesham rural area?
A. The report will be published on the Council website in January
Q. How do you identify needs in the rural areas
A. Questionnaires are posted or hand delivered to each household
Q. Is there housing pressure for Young People in Kent in general
A. Cannot give specific figures. There is always a housing need for all age groups. The survey also looks at those who have moved away with a view to encouraging them back
Q. You say there has been a need for 100 homes identified, what is to say this figure will not rise?
A. We have only 100 identified at the moment, there is nothing to say this number will increase or not. The 100 homes identified cover the whole of the rural area not just one village.
Q. where are these 100 houses being built?
A GBC have to produce a land trajectory that is a public document. Annual monitoring report is published on the GBC website on ... view the full minutes text for item 26.
Group Sessions: The LDF and rural affordable housing
Summary of table discussions:
Brief feedback from each of the tables on the priorities and issues identified.
Question time -
general questions regarding GBC, KCC or Parish Services to Members and Officers present
Q. Steve Whitehead - we recently had a chance to run music sessions, tutors were
available with donated instruments. This project could not go ahead as there was no money for the CRB checks.
A. One of the audience who works for Action in Care kindly offered to provide free CRB checks
Q. Local scout property is in a real state, is an eyesore, needs idying up
A. The Chairman said that it was private property not owned by the council
and that the Scouts didn’t have much money, but he would take a look and see if anything can be done.
Q. Pedestrian crossing is needed in Istead Rise, because on either side of the road there is a bus stop and a lot of children cross. This area is potentially dangerous for children to cross the road.
A The issue would be passed to Kent highways
Q. It is very difficult to cross the A227 at the junctions with the new A2 any chance of a crossing?
A. This is on the highways radar.
Q Will they be selling part of the school playing field (don’t know which school!)
Q. There is a field at the back of my house where it is rumoured that 54 houses are to be built
A. No, this would not happen as it is not in village ‘envelope’
Future Discussion Topics: Brief discussion on topics to consider at future meetings.