Grants available for local groups

 This is a reminder to local groups to apply for a grant from Littlebourne Parish Council for 2019-20.


If you wish to apply for grant support for the financial year 2019-20, then you should request an application form from the clerk via email or phone. The deadline for applications will be 15th October, after which budgets for the year will be considered. Funding will be released in April 2019 to successful applicants.


This year we were pleased to be able to give funding towards;
• Upkeep of St Vincent’s Churchyard
• A day trip to Godalming Surrey for the Afternoon Club
• A whole school trip to forest school for Littlebourne CEP
• A metal finger sign to replace the one outside the shop


clerk@littlebournepc.org 0r 01227 721500

 

Water Saving Tips

As the heat increases, so does the amount of water we all use. To cope with this, South East Water is producing an extra 100 million litres a day across its supply area – the equivalent of 40 Olympic swimming pools of water.
 
High demand for water is often caused by garden watering – on a normal day it makes up six per cent of water use in the home, but on hot days this can soar to 70 per cent, mainly due to garden sprinklers which use as much water in an hour as a family of six uses in a day.
 
During this period of high demand some people may experience lower than normal pressures during times of high demand such as breakfast and dinner time so everyone is being asked to reduce garden water use during these times to try to make sure there is enough water for everyone.
 
Being water savvy in the sunshine will help ease pressure on the company’s extensive network of 9,000 miles of pipes, pumping stations and treatment works which are working at full pelt around the clock to keep taps running.
 
Despite the recent dry spell, reservoir and ground water levels are as expected for this time of year.
 
Saving water means saving money too and top tips and free water saving devices can be found at: southeastwater.co.uk/savewater

 

 

Village Meeting Monday 9th July

Thank you to all those that attended the meeting tonight (Monday 9th July) for an opportunity to ask questions to the owners of The List Leath Park Developments and Moat. For a copy of the pictures on display, please click HERE
 

News about The List

In response to the messages about the List....Jenners (the developers for the List) have employed Bourne to Garden to maintain the site. They have put up fencing for safety reasons and the initial maintenance will seem extreme because no maintenance has taken place for a number of years. Unfortunately the path from the corner of Evenhill Road across the List is not a public right of way. The fencing has been damaged over the last couple of nights and the police are now involved as this is criminal damage. 
In response to the concerns about heavy goods vehicles using the footpath up to the list to deliver the fencing, we are working on some assurance to keep the path safe for residents. We will keep you updated on Face book and on this site of any news and response from Jenners.

We hope that answers the questions asked - I know that it is not what some residents want to hear but we are working hard on your behalf . I would urge you to contact the Parish Council and City Council if you have any additional concerns and thoughts.

 

New developer for The List site

LPC have learned that negotiations are in progress between Rydon Homes and Folkestone based Developer Leath Park Developments, part of The Jenner Group, together with Moat, a leading Housing Association in the South East, for them to purchase The List site together with its Planning Permission.
The construction works will be carried out by Jenner. Finance is being provided by Moat and Leath Park.


Negotiations have been underway for the last year with Rydons and the organisations are currently in a period of exclusivity in their talks which expire at the end of February 2018.


The Planning Permission, as granted, is for 87 new homes of which 26 will be affordable and this is what will be built. There are a number of reserved matters in the Planning Permission and these are being worked through now.
Leath Park believe that the reserved matters application will be prepared over the coming months with a submission in the summer, and they hope to start on site in the Spring of 2019.


LPC have had a meeting with Darren Welch (Managing Director, Leath Park) and Manoj David (Development and New Business Finance Director, Moat), and have brought both of them up to speed with the discussions that we have had with Rydon Homes, so that they know of the Village’s feeling about the development. 


We believe that this sale will go ahead, although the discussions are not yet completed, and have established an opening relationship with the two Companies which will stand us in good stead as the site is developed and enable the best possible outcome for all of our Villagers.

 

Precept Increase - 1st time in 6 years

February 2018

 

Dear Residents


This year you will see an increase in your council tax bill for the first time in 6 years from LPC.  We have over these 6 years managed to not increase our precept, however the money passed down to us from the Government by way of Council Tax Support Grant has decreased by more than £3500, so we now need to pass on this cost to our residents. The rise should be approx. £2.50 more per year on a band D property.


This small increase ensures that we will be able to maintain services within the village and allow adequate contingency, as we predict further cuts going forward. Concurrent funding (funds passed down from Canterbury City Council), which is likely to disappear completely in 2021 currently provides LPC with approx. £12,500 per year towards services, such as grass cutting, litter picking, tree works and play area maintenance.


Regards 
Littlebourne Parish Council

New Doctors surgery taking shape

Foundation and ground floor slab complete. On program for July 2018 completion.

Littlebourne School  Visit to Wimille

School Newsletter on Wimille visit
School Newsletter October 17.pdf
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New Community space for Gardeners at Littlebourne Allotments

Quinn Estates has created a new community meeting space for the green fingered residents of Littlebourne, near Canterbury.

 

The village allotments produce a bumper crop of fruit, vegetables and flowers every year – weather permitting – but until now, there was nowhere for allotment owners to come together. 

 

Quinn Estates answered the call, funding an all-weather cabin for members of the Littlebourne Horticultural Society that will provide the perfect space for meetings, storage and shelter.

 

The new building, built using the manpower of some of the 60 communal gardeners, took four months to build.

 

The allotments are available to any resident of Littlebourne, although high demand means there is often a waiting list. Recently, larger allotments have been split into smaller plots to give more people a chance to grow their own. Littlebourne Primary School and Littlebourne Pre-School are among the groups maintaining allotments, encouraging a love for gardening from an early age. There are 85 plots in total, with a target of 100.

 

Mark Quinn, Managing Director, Quinn Estates said: “We are delighted to support Littlebourne with the new community cabin in the allotment gardens. As a resident of the village myself, I am keen to see the local community come together with initiatives such as this. The Horticultural Society is a fantastic club and they regularly meet to hold social events. I am pleased that Quinn Estates has been able to contribute towards the future of the club and ensure its continuing success.”

 

Vivienne Spratt MBE, Chairman of the Littlebourne Ladybird Preschool and leading member of the community, said: “Previously, the Horticultural Society residents didn’t have anywhere to hold their community meetings or annual general meetings – they had to rent a room in the village hall. The cabin will have such a huge impact for the future; it is now serving so many purposes. It is lovely for the residents to have an undercover space onsite and it means planned events can always go ahead, regardless of weather.

 

“Mark is a well-known figure within the village, thanks to the previous support of local projects which he has contributed through Quinn Estates. This has included his ongoing sponsorship of the Littlebourne junior cricket team, providing a gas boiler for the village hall and providing outbuildings for Littlebourne Ladybird Preschool.

 

“Quinn Estates has created a communal environment with the cabin that 60 people will now benefit from. The general allotment community spirit is soaring now that they have a gathering space, so we would just like to thank Mark and the team again for making this vision become a reality.”
 

Note from Jean Smith

 

On Saturday 3rd of June 2017, with the help of David and Joanne, my effort to raise funds for Cancer Research realised £75.

This was in part thanks to the British Legion who allowed me to rent a stall at their “Tea, Cake and Chat Afternoon” in the Littlebourne War Memorial Hall.

Once again, my sincere thanks to those who donated to my tombola stall and those who came to buy tickets.

We have had a “blitz” at home and we do have to pass on some donated goods. These go to the Cancer Research Shop.  Our year runs from 6th April 2016 to 5th April 2017. Our goods sold raised £508.52 (net of commission and VAT) allowing the charity to reclaim £127.13 in the tax year of 5th April 2017.

 

I am so grateful to each and every one of you.

Neighbourhood Watch Alert

Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack.

One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware.

The victim granted the fraudsters remote access to their PC after being convinced there wasn’t sufficient anti-virus protection. The fraudsters then installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is actually free and took £320 as payment.

It is important to remember that Microsoft’s error and warning messages on your PC will never include a phone number.

Additionally Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication they have with you must be initiated by you.

How to protect yourself

  • Don't call numbers from pop-up messages.
  • Never allow remote access to your computer.
  • Always be wary of unsolicited calls. If you’re unsure of a caller’s identity, hang up.
  • Never divulge passwords or pin numbers.
  • Microsoft or someone on their behalf will never call you.

If you believe you have already been a victim

  • Get your computer checked for any additional programmes or software that may have been installed.
  • Contact your bank to stop any further payments being taken.

Millenieum Award


2017 WINNER LAURA FURR – Help over many years giving the youth of Littlebourne entertainment and guidance. Laura runs both the Youth Group and the Guides in Littlebourne, without her both of these would close. She co-ordinates volunteers and arranges events for both groups. It is refreshing to see a young person taking on so much responsibility and making a large contribution.
 

 

Hall Bookings

To enquire about booking Littlebourne WMH please contact Cate Reid at littlebournehall@gmail.com or on 07401 084999 or 01227 721831

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