Lynsted Parish Council Minutes (1894 to 1968)
1933 to the end of World War 2
Minute Book 2: pp1 - 48
April 20th 1933 [p1-3]
A meeting of the Parish Council was held at the Schools on Thursday April 20th 1933 at 8.15pm, immediately following the Parish Meeting. There were present: Mr F. W. Dalton in the Chair. Messrs S. R. Dixon, Mr W. R. L. Holland, Mr. A. Pilcher, Mr. W.S. Thomas & the Clerk (P. Sykes). The minutes of the last meeting were read, passed & signed.
The Clerk reported that nothing beyond an acknowledgment had been received re tenancies of the Council Houses. It was reported that Mr. French stated that he definitely wanted possession of the old allotment ground on March 25th 1933. The Chairman reported that he had inspected the ground of the new allotments together with several allotment holders & that there was ample depth of soil – from 6" to over 15".
The Clerk read a letter from the Kent Education Committee asking the Council for nominations for School Managers for triennial period ending June 30th 1936 – The Rev. L.E.A Ehrmann & Dr. P. Selby having been appointed in 1930 for 3 years. Prop. Mr. R. L. Holland Sec Mr. Dixon.
That the Clerk write to the two Managers & ask if they consent to serve for a further three years & that such consent being obtained the Rev. Ehrmann & Dr. Selby be renominated for appointment.C.
It was decided to pay an outstanding account of 12/1 for election expenses of Mr. Guy Tassell. A letter was read from the Footpaths Preservation Society asking for support. Prop. the ChairSec. Mr Thomas. That the letter lie on the Table.
The Clerk then reported the following facts & information obtained with regard to water supply on the new allotments. (1)The Chalk subsoil would render water a necessity in a dry season. (2)The R.D.C. did not know what powers the P.C. had with regard to water supply. (3)The Mid Kent Water Coy. had no knowledge either. (4)The Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries had ruled.
(1)The Council had powers to lay on water. (2)The cost could be met from the general
expenses fund. (3)The Council could raise the rent of the allotments to meet the
annual charge for water.
(5)The Mid Kent Water Co. had prepared two estimates – (i) a standpipe on the allotments - £9.16.0 (ii) a standpipe near the road - £5.6.0. (6)The charges for water would be 11/- per quarter for a minimum supply of 2,500 galls. (7)A letter had been received from allotment holders, asking the Council to supply water. (8)Mr. French had no objection. Prop. Mr. ThomasSec. Mr Dixon. That the Council agree in principle to the laying on of water.C.U. - Prop. Mr DixonSec. Mr Pilcher. That the 15 rod allotment holders be asked to pay 1/6 per annum & the 12 rod. holders 1/3 per annum extra rent to cover cost of the water.C.U. Prop. Mr. R. L. HollandSec. Mr. Pilcher. That a meeting of allotment holders be called for Saturday April 29th at 2pm to put before them the Council's proposals & that the Chairman & Mr. Pilcher be appointed delegates to that meeting together with the Clerk.C.U.. - Prop. Mr ThomasSec. Mr Dixon
That in view of the difference in the two estimates, the allotment holders be asked to volunteer to dig the trench from the road to the nearest allotment (No. 17) & that the Water Coy be asked what reduction they could make if the trench were dug by local labour.C.U.
It was decided that an agreement be drawn up between the Council & Mr. P. French, the principal points to be embodied being: (a)The acreage being 2 ac 3r 31p a rental of £12 per annum be paid. (b)That notice of vacation for both parties be either 12 months or 6 months terminating at Michaelmas in each case – the former being preferred. The drawing up of the agreement was left in the hands of the Clerk. Prop. Mr Thomas. Sec. Mr. R. Lumley Holland. That a precept for £10 be signed. C.U.
The Clerk presented financial statement for year ending March 31st. 1933 which was approved & signed by the Chairman. The following cheques were signed:- Mr Guy Tassell12/1; P. Sykes£5/14/-; P French£3/-/-. F. W. Dalton - March 6th, 1934 - Chairman (Signed)
March 6th 1934 [p4-6]
A meeting of the Parish Council was held immediately following the annual parish meeting at the Schools on Tuesday March 6th 1934. There were present:- Mr. F. W. Dalton in the Chair. Messrs S.R. Dixon, W.E. Kemp, P.G. Oyler, W.S. Thomas & the Clerk P Sykes. There were also present Messrs Boots, Brice, Taylor & Wright. The minutes of the last meeting were read, passed & signed.
Arising out of the Minutes, the Clerk reported: (1)that both Dr. Selby & Rev. Ehrmann had consented to renomination as school managers & such nomination had been made & that the K.E.C. had made the appointments. (2)that the allotment holders had agreed to dig a trench to carry water to the allotments. (3)that the Water Coy had sent an estimate of £7/16/- excluding the trench digging & that this had been accepted on behalf of the Council, the trench dug, the water laid on & the account settled. (4)that an agreement had been made with Mr. French. The Clerk read through the agreement made with Mr. French which embodied the wishes expressed by the Council. It was signed on behalf of the Council by Mr. Dalton, Mr. Dixon & Mr. Thomas. The Chairman congratulated Mr. Thomas on his appointment by the County Council as school manager. The Clerk reported that the accounts had been duly audited in Sept. 1933. Prop. Mr Oyler, Sec. Mr Dixon. That approval be given to the issuing of the following cheques since the last meeting:- Three quarterly cheques of £3 each to Mr. J. French; Three of 11/- each to Mr. H Peters. One cheque £7/16/- to Mid Kent Water Coy. C.U. - Prop. Mr DixonSec. Mr Oyler. That approval be given to the signing of a precept for £10.C.U. It was pointed out that this had been rendered necessary by the expenses incurred in laying on water to the allotments. It was decided to hold the next meeting on April 17th 1934.
The Chairman drew attention to the difficulties in connection with the postal arrangements in the parish, pointing out that: (1) there were no facilities for obtaining stamps after mid-day on Wednesdays, nor all day on Sunday. (2) the long distance to the post office for those living at the east end of Greenstreet. Prop. Mr ThomasSec. Mr Oyler. That the Postmaster at Sittingbourne be approached urging the provision of: (1)stamp machines outside the post offices at Greenstreet & Lynsted. (2)a pillar box near St. Andrew's Church. C.U. - F.W. Dalton, April 17/1934 Chairman (Signed)
April 17th 1934 [p6-8]
A meeting of the Parish Council was held at the Schools on Tuesday April 17th 1934. There were present Messrs Ackermann, Dalton, Kemp, Oyler, Pilcher & Thomas, and the Clerk together with Mr. Brice. On the proposition of Mr Kemp, Seconded by Mr Pilcher, the Clerk was made temporary chairman as this was the first meeting of the new council. Prop. Mr Thomas; Sec. Mr Ackermann. That Mr Dalton be re-elected chairman.C.U. Mr Dalton thanked the Council for the continued confidence in him shown & said he would be pleased to carry on the office. Prop. the Chair; Sec. Mr Oyler. That Mr Kemp be re-elected Clerk.C.U. The minutes of the last meeting were read, passed & signed. The Clerk read a reply from the postmaster at Sittingbourne stating that stamps could be obtained at Mr Parris' shop on Wednesday afternoon; that post offices were open from 9-10.30 am on Sunday & that there were no new circumstances justifying the erection of a pillar-box at the east end of Greenstreet. Prop. Mr Thomas; Sec Mr Oyler. That the Clerk be instructed to write in answer stating that the Council regretted the continued refusal of facilities by the post office & that altho' Mr Parris was licensed to sell stamps, it was common knowledge that stamps were never available at his shop. C.U. The Clerk read a letter from the Chief Officer of the Fire Brigade in answer to a letter of appreciation sent from the annual parish meeting.
The Clerk read a letter from the Kent Community Council asking the cooperation of the Council & offering help in the preparation of a footpath map of the parish. Prop. Mr Thomas; Sec Mr Oyler. That the letter lie on the table.C.U. A letter was read from the British Empire Cancer Campaign asking the Council to undertake a special effort on Empire Day to raise funds. The Clerk was instructed to write regretting the inability of the Council to inaugurate anything owing to the special effort at present being made in the district for the Canterbury Hospital Building Fund. The Clerk presented financial statement for year ending March 31st 1934, showing a balance in hand of £8/14/-. Prop. Mr Ackermann; Sec. Mr Pilcher. That the accounts be passed as correct. The Clerk reported that he had been approached with regard to the keeping of chicken on the allotments. Prop. Mr Thomas; Sec Mr Oyler. That no livestock of any description be kept on the allotments.C.U. The Councillors present signed the Declaration Book & also gave specimen signatures for the purposes of the bank. Cheques were signed as follows:- Mr P French £3 Allotment rent; Mr P Sykes £5/15/- (Salary £5, Audit Stamp 5/-, Premium 8/-, Meeting 2/-). The Chairman congratulated Mr Thomas on his election as a member of the R. D. Council. - F. W. Dalton, Feb 14th 1935 Chairman (Signed)
February 14th 1935 [p8-10]
A meeting of the Parish Council was held at the Schools on Thursday Feb 14th 1935 at 7.30 p.m. There were present:- Mr F. W. Dalton in the Chair. Messrs Ackerman, W.R. Dixon, W. S. Thomas, S. Wright & the Clerk. The minutes of the last meeting were read, passed & signed. With regard to the correspondence with the Postmaster at Sittingbourne it was reported that altho' he had expressed inability to provide further facilities, a stamp machine had been installed in Greenstreet; & that this concession was probably due to pressure from the Rural District Council. Prop. Mr Thomas; Sec Mr Dixon. That the Clerk be instructed to write the Postmaster expressing the appreciation of the Council for the provision of the stamp machine, at the same time pointing out that the machine was usually out of order & requesting that attention might be given to this point. C.U. The Clerk read letter from Ministry of Health authorising expenditure in connection with the King's Jubilee Celebrations. After some discussion. Prop. Mr Thomas; Sec Mr Wright. That the Clerk be instructed to write to the Clerk of Teynham Parish Council & to Mr Wm French as representing Norton, suggesting (1) that there should be a combined meeting of the two parish councils together with representatives of Norton to discuss the possibility of a joint celebration by the three parishes; (2) that the Ambulance Hut Greenstreet would provide a convenient meeting place; & (3) that Thursday would be a suitable day in the week.C.U. The Clerk was also instructed to ask the Clerk to the R.D.C. for information as to rateable value of the parish & the amount of a justifiable rate of expenditure for this purpose. The Clerk read a letter dated July 1934 from the Vicar of the parish, calling attention to the state of Bogle Pond. It was pointed out that the delay in considering this matter was due to there being no quorum at the last meeting called. After some discussion - Prop. Mr Thomas; Sec Mr Wright. That the letter lie on the table.C.U. Cheques were signed in favour of :- Mr French £3/-/-, Allotment Rent H Peters 11/-, Water Rate Guy Tassell 11/10, Election Expenses Hadden Best & Co 8/6, Stationery Mr J. R. Dixon signed the Declaration Roll, being absent at the last meeting. F. W. Dalton, Apr 25th 1935 Chairman (Signed).
April 25th 1935 [p10-12]
A meeting of the Parish Council was held at the School on Thursday April 25th 1935 immediately following the annual parish meeting which was called for 7.30p.m. There were present - Mr F.W. Dalton in the Chair, Messrs Ackerman, Dixon, Pilcher, Roper Lumley Holland, Thomas & the Clerk. Apologies were received for the absence of Messrs Kemp & Wright. The minutes of the last meeting were read, passed & signed. The Clerk read answer received from the Postmaster at Sittingbourne stating that every effort was made to render the stamp machines efficient. Mr Thomas reported that the machine was now in working order. The Clerk reported that the letters to Teynham & Norton had been sent, but that no answer had been received. The Council knew that, after much delay, the Teynham P,C, had called a public meeting & had passed the amount of a penny rate for expenses. Prop. Mr Thomas; Sec. Mr Ackermann. That this Council sanction the expenditure in Jubilee Celebrations of the amount raised by a penny rate.C.U. The Clerk read letter from Mr Guy Tassell giving the limits of expenditure permitted to Parish Councils. The Clerk read a letter from Mr Guy Tassell asking the Parish Council to organise the raising of a subscription to the Prince of Wales' Thank Offering Fund. The Chairman reported that a Whist Drive & Dance was being organised by the parishes of Lynsted, Teynham & Norton combined. Mr Dixon pointed out that many individuals in the parish were sending donations direct. The Clerk reported the receipt of a notice, stating that Mr L. W. G. Laver intended applying for a licence for the "George" vice Mrs Palmer. The clerk reported that the accounts of the Parish Council for year ending March 31st 1934 had been duly audited & found correct on March 21st 1935. The accounts for year ending March 31st 1935 were presented for approval, adopted & signed by the Chairman. The Clerk pointed out that it would be necessary for a precept to be signed in connection with the Jubilee expenses & that money was also required for the ordinary expenses of the Parish Council. Prop. Mr ThomasSec Mr Dixon that a precept for Twenty One Pounds be signed. Cheques were signed in favour of:-C.U. Mr French £3.0.0 - allotment rents. Mr Peters 11/- water rate. Mr P Sykes £6.0.0 Salary, Audit Stamp, Premium & meetings. Mr Roper Lumley Holland signed the Declaration Roll, being absent at the last two meetings. F. W. Dalton - March 26/1936 Chairman (Signed).
March 26th 1936 [p12-15]
A meeting of the Parish Council was held at the schools on Thursday March 26th 1936, immediately following the annual parish meeting which was called for 7.30 p.m. There were present:- Mr F. W. Dalton in the Chair, Messrs Roper Lumley Holland, Pilcher, Thomas & the Clerk. The minutes of the last meeting were read, passed & signed. The Chairman referred to the death of Mr J. L. Ackermann who for so long was a member of the Parish Council. He together with several councillors attended the funeral and a wreath was sent from the council. The Clerk presented receipted account of this from Messrs Ray & Co. Prop. the Chairman; Sec Mr Thomas. That the Clerk be instructed to approach Mr R Taylor, asking him to stand for election to the Parish Council; that, if he be willing, he be duly elected; & that, if he be not willing, the matter be raised at the next meeting. There being no other nominations, it was put to the meeting & carried unanimously. With reference to the stamp machine in Greenstreet, Mr Thomas reported going to the machine on 14 successive nights when there was no supply. This was at Xmas time. The Chairman reported stamps being wet & badly torn during the excessively wet period Dec – Jan. Prop. Mr Thomas, Sec Mr Pilcher. That the Clerk be instructed to write to the R.D.C. thanking it for obtaining the provision of the facilities of the stamp machine, but pointing out the defects which had been reported.C.U. It was also decided to find out the present conditions & add a report to the letter on this point. Prop. Mr R. L Holland, Sec Mr Thomas. That the R.D.C. be asked to approach the Kent Electric Power Co to ascertain if the latter have any plans, or proposed plans, for the provision of electricity to the village of Lynsted. C.U. Prop. Mr R. L. Holland, Sec Mr Pilcher. That the signing & issuing of the regular quarterly cheques to Mr J French for allotment rent & to Mr H Peters for water since the last meeting be approved.C.U. The Clerk reported having had considerable difficulty in collecting rents from one allotment holder. Prop. Mr Thomas, Sec Mr Pilcher. That the Clerk write to Mr Sidders, informing him that unless the arrears are paid, the matter will be placed in the hands of a debt collector & that he will be given notice to vacate the allotment. The Clerk presented audited accounts for year ending March 31st 1935, & also provisional statement for year ending March 31st 1936, which was adopted.C.U. Prop. Mr Dalton, Sec Mr Thomas. That when the present housing survey is completed, should it be found necessary to erect houses in Lynsted, that the R.D.C. be asked that the houses be erected in Lynsted itself; i.e. not in Greenstreet, but away from the main road.C.U. Prop. Mr Pilcher, Sec. Mr R. L. Holland. That the Clerk be instructed to write to Mr W. Seager of Orchard House, Lynsted Lane, drawing his attention to the overhanging hedge of his garden which is proving dangerous to foot passengers.C.U. Cheques were signed (post dated April 6th) in favour of :- Mr J French Allotment Rents £3/-/-, H Peters Water Rate11/-, A.W. Pilcher marking out posts on allotments 16/8. Prop. Mr Thomas, Sec Mr R. L. Holland. That a precept for £10 on the R.D.C. be signed & that this be post dated April next. C.U. This completed the business & the meeting was closed. F. W. Dalton April 20th 1936 Chairman (Signed)
April 20th 1936 [p15-17]
A meeting of the parish Council was held at the School on Monday April 20th 1936 at 7.30 p.m.
There were present: Mr F. W. Dalton in the Chair, Messrs S. R. Dixon, Roper Lumley Holland, Pilcher, Taylor & Thomas & the Clerk. The minutes of the last meeting were read, passed & signed. The Clerk reported that he had seen Mr R. Taylor; that he consented to his election as Parish Councillor; that notice of this meeting had been sent to him & that he was present. The Chairman then welcomed Mr R. Taylor as a member of the Parish Council & Mr Taylor suitably replied. The Clerk reported on the Stamp Machine in Greenstreet & read letters from the Rural District Council & the Postmaster at Sittingbourne. The latter replied that new machines had been installed, which it was hoped would prove satisfactory. The Clerk read letter from the R.D.C. re electricity supply saying that plans for high power cables were shortly to be placed before the R.D.C.& the K.C.C. & that later plans for low power cables would be submitted later. The Clerk reported that Mr Sidders had paid 5/= off allotment arrears & promised to pay off the remaining 5/= later. The Clerk read letter from R.D.C stating that the Parish Council's suggestion re the situation of any houses would receive consideration. The Clerk reported writing to Mr Ledger re the hedges at Orchard House, but that no reply had been received. The Chairman reported that the hedges had been efficiently attended to. Prop. Mr DixonSec Mr Pilcher.
That the Clerk be instructed to write the R.D.C. asking that when next the repair etc. of the road from Lynsted to Greenstreet is under consideration, the dangerous corner by Orchard House will be taken into account as being a matter needing improvement.C.U. The Clerk read a letter from the R.,D.C. directing attention to the provision of houses under the Overcrowding Provisions of the Housing Act & its desire to incorporate houses required for younger couples & others unable to obtain accommodation. The latter houses would not receive any taxpayers' grant on Revenue A/c, but would be rented at 7/- plus rates – approximately. The R.D.C. also asked particulars of empty houses & desired an early reply. Prop. Mr Dixon,Sec Mr Thomas. That the council ask for five houses under the Overcrowding Provisions & five for other class. An amendment was proposed by Mr Pilcher & on Mr Dixon agreeing to drop his proposal, it was seconded by Mr Thomas. That the Council ask for the provision of twelve houses in the parish under the combined schemes.C.U. Prop Mr Thomas, Sec Mr Pilcher. That the Clerk be instructed to write to the R.D.C. pointing out that the members of this Council have personal knowledge of the people of the parish & that it would be grateful if a representative could be present when the housing committee were allotting houses to tenants & so be available to assist by giving such local information.C.U. The Clerk reported receiving a letter from the K.E.C. that day asking for nominations for School Managers. It was decided to leave this matter to be discussed at the next meeting. Prop. Mr Taylor, Sec Mr Thomas. That the Clerk be instructed to write the Postmaster at Sittingbourne drawing attention to the telephone facilities at Lynsted P.O., pointing out that there is no provision at all on Wednesday afternoon – the lack of privacy – the darkness & growing displeasure of persons who are asked to allow the use of their private phones.C.U. - F. W. Dalton, Sep 24th 1936 Chairman (Signed).
September 24th 1936 [p17-19]
A meeting of the Parish Council took place in the School on Thursday Sept 24th 1936 at 7.30 p.m.
There were present:-Mr F. W. Dalton in the Chair. Messrs W. R. Dixon, R. Lumley Holland, Kemp, Pilcher, Taylor & Thomas, together with the Clerk. Apologies were received for the absence of Mr S. Wright. The minutes of the last meeting were read, passed & signed.
The Chairman reported that he had been approached by Dr Selby, the acting M.O. for Health with regard to proposed site of Council Houses to be erected in Lynsted, & as there appeared to be a good deal of controversy over the matter, he decided to call a meeting of the Parish Council to discuss it. Mr W. S. Thomas, who represents Lynsted on the R.D.C. explained that he was absent from the last meeting of the R.D.C. He outlined the steps taken with regard to various sites & more particularly that belonging to Mr E Ledger opposite the "Black Lion". He read letter from Mr G Tassell stating that all sites except that in Lynsted had been approved & that this would be decided on at the next R.D.C. meeting on Sept 30th; he asked for Mr Thomas's attendance thereat. After considerable discussion on the advantages & disadvantages of the various sites Mr Thomas proposed & Mr Taylor seconded. That the site opposite the "Black Lion" be recommended as having the Council's approval. Mr Dixon proposed & Mr R.L. Holland seconded
That a site be chosen at the Lynsted Lane end of the present sewer. The Chairman put the second proposition to the meeting & it was carried by a narrow majority & the first proposition was dropped. During the discussion the Council unanimously decided that the site belonging to Mr P French by the Public Footpath to Bumpitt was entirely unsuitable.
It was reported that a telephone kiosk had been erected in the village near the Post Office, but that it had not yet been fitted for use. It was decided to write to the Postmaster asking that the matter be given attention. Prop. Mr Taylor, Sec Mr Dixon. That the Maidstone & Dist. Motor Bus Co. be approached as to the provision of a bus leaving Sittingbourne about nine o'clock on the Lynsted, Doddington Route.C.U. Cheques post dated Oct 11th were signed in favour of:- Mr P French £3 Allotment Rent, Mr H Peters 11/- Water Rate. The Clerk reported the financial accounts for year ending March 31st 1936 had been duly passed by the District Auditor. F. W. Dalton Mar 15th 1937 Chairman (Signed).
March 15th 1937 [p19-20]
A meeting of the Parish Council was held at the School on Monday March 15th 1937 immediately following the Annual Parish Meeting which began at 7.30 p.m. There were present: Mr F. W. Dalton in the Chair, Mr S. R. Dixon, W Roper Lumley Holland, P G Oyler, A W Pilcher, R Taylor, W. S. Thomas. J L Wright, & the Clerk. Mr K Gambrell & Mr Larkins were also in attendance. The minutes of the last meeting were read, passed & signed. The Clerk reported that the telephone kiosk in Lynsted was in working order almost immediately after the dispatch of the letter from the Parish Council. The Clerk read a letter from Maidstone & Dist. Bus Co. expressing willingness to commence a nine o'clock evening service on the Sittingbourne, Doddington Route on Wednesdays only as an experiment. Prop. Mr Wright, Sec Mr Thomas. That the Maidstone & Dist. Bus Co. be asked as to its degree of satisfaction with the way the "Nine" bus is patronised, & that at the same time the Council express its doubt as to Wednesday being the best day of the week on which to try out the experiment.C. The matter of authorising a precept for Coronation Celebrations was raised by the Clerk who reported sending in an estimate to the R.D.C. for the usual amount, plus the possibility of extra requirements up to the amount of a penny rate. Prop. Mr Thomas, Sec Mr R. L. Holland. That no precept be signed to meet expenses in connection with the Coronation Celebrations until the need for such has been proved.C. The matter of the lighting of Lynsted Lane having been raised at the Parish meeting, it was decided to write to the Lighting Committee for information. The Clerk read a letter from the Kent Council of Social Service asking the Parish Council to become affiliated to a new body being formed to act as a central advisory committee for Parish Councils. Prop. Mr Thomas, Sec Mr Dixon. That the letter from Kent Council of Social Services lie on the table.C. F. W. Dalton April 16th 1937 Chairman (Signed)
April 16th 1937 [p21-23]
A meeting of the Parish Council was held on Friday April 16th 37 at the School at 7.30 p.m. There were present: Mr F. W. Dalton, Mr A. W. Pilcher, Mr Roper Lumley Holland, Mr R Taylor, Mr W. S. Thomas, Mr P. G. Oyler & the Clerk. The Clerk temporarily took the Chair as this was the first meeting of the newly elected Council. Prop. Mr R. L. Holland, Sec. Mr Oyler. That Mr F. W. Dalton be re-elected Chairman.C.U. Prop. Mr Thomas, Sec Mr R-L-Holland. That Mr Kemp be re-elected Vice ChairmanC.U. Prop. The Chairman, Sec. Mr R-L-Holland. That Mr P Sykes be re-elected ClerkC.U. The Clerk having pointed out that it was now necessary for a treasurer to be appointed alto' in this particular instance the office is a sinecure; the qualifications required were also stated. Prop. Mr R-L-Holland, Sec. Mr Thomas. That Mr A. Smith, the Bank Manager of the National Prov. Bank Faversham, be appointed Treasurer, & that the Clerk be instructed to write asking him to accept the office. C.U. The Minutes of the last meeting were read, passed & signed. The Clerk read a letter from the Maidstone & Dist. Bus Co. stating that the patronage of the "Nine" bus was poor & that unless an improvement appeared after a further period of trial, the service would be withdrawn. Prop. Mr Thomas, Sec. Mr Taylor. That a further letter be written to the Bus Co. again pointing out that Wednesday was a very unsuitable day for the late bus, that being early closing day in Sittingbourne; and that Friday or Saturday would offer more facilities.C.U. The Clerk read a letter from the Lighting Committee saying that no extension of lighting could be made as the lighting rate was only levied on the lighting area; the Committee advised application for assistance to the R.D.C. Prop. Mr Thomas, Sec Mr Oyler. That no further action be taken in the matter of lighting in Lynsted Lane until an increased public demand is evident. The Clerk read letter from Kent Education Committee re nomination of School Managers for Lynsted Council School for period ending 1st July 1939. He stated that he had written Dr. Selby & Rev. L. E. A. Ehrmann as to their wishes re nomination, particularly as the latter had expressed his intention of resigning; that Dr Selby had written that he was willing to be re-nominated; & that Rev. Ehrmann had verbally stated his wish to continue as Manager. Prop. Mr. R. L. Holland, Sec Mr Oyler. That Dr Selby be re-nominated.C.U.
Prop. Mr ThomasSec Mr Taylor
That in view of Rev. Ehrmann's publicly expressed intention to resign Mr F. W. Dalton (The Chairman) be nominated as school manager.C.U.
Further discussion was allowed by the Chairman and it was proposed by Mr Oyler & Sec by Mr Pilcher that Rev Ehrmann be asked to express his wishes in writing, before action be taken on the previous resolution.C. The financial statement of accounts for the year ending March 31st 1937 were presented & adopted. Cheques were signed in favour of :- Mr P French £3-0-0 Allotment Rents, Mr H Peters 11-0 Water Rate, Mr P Sykes £6-1-0 Salary£5-0-0, Audit 10-0 Premium 8-0, Wiles 3-0. The Councillors present also signed the Declaration Roll & Specimen signatures for the Bank. It was decided to pass on to the Coronation Celebrations Committee, the letter received from the Coronation Planting Committee. F. W. Dalton Nov: 16th 1937 Chairman (Signed).
November 16th 1937 [p23-25]
A meeting of the Parish Council was held at the School on Tuesday Nov. 16th 1937 at 7.30 p.m. There were present :- Mr F. W. Dalton in the Chair. Mr S. R. Dixon, Mr R. L. Holland, Mr P. G. Oyler, Mr A. W. Pilcher, Mr R Taylor, Mr W.J. Thomas, Mr S. L. Wright. The Chairman spoke a short appreciation of the late Mr W. E. Kemp, the oldest member of the Parish Council, whose funeral most of the Council had attended on the previous day. The Clerk reported that he had, on the Chairman's instructions, ordered a wreath & sent a letter of condolence to Mrs Kemp. The Council stood in silence in memory of its esteemed fellow councillor. The minutes of the last meeting were read passed & signed. The Clerk read correspondence with Mr A. Smith, the Manager of the National Prov. Bank, Faversham with regard to the Treasurership. Mr Smith agreed to act as Treasurer, but wished to see the Clerk personally before matters were carried further. The Clerk stated that the interview would take place at the earliest possible moment. A letter was read from the Maidstone & Dist. Omnibus Coy. stating that the "9.8" bus was now transferred from Wednesday to Saturday. The Clerk reported that Rev. L. E. A. Ehrmann had written saying he was willing to be re-nominated as School Manager. Prop. Mr Oyler, Sec. Mr Pilcher. That the Rev. Ehrmann be re-nominated as School Manager.C. A letter was read from the Lighting Area Committee asking that the Parish Council give attention to a request for lighting in Lynsted Lane. Prop. Mr Thomas, Sec. Mr Dixon. That the Clerk be instructed to write to the Rural District Council & ask for information on the following points :- (1)Can the present lighting area be extended; (2)If the area is extended, would the extension of necessity take in the whole parish; (3)If the whole parish paid a lighting rate would any demand for lighting from any part of the parish need to be agreed to.C.U. The Clerk was instructed to write to the Lighting Area Committee informing it of the action taken. Prop. Mr Oyler, Sec. Mr Pilcher. That the action in the drawing of the following cheques since the last meeting be confirmed :- July: Mr P French £3; Mr H Peters 11/-. October: Mr P French£3, Mr H Peters 11/-. Carried. U. Prop. Mr R. L. Holland, Sec. Mr Taylor. That the action taken in the drawing of a precept for £10 in July to cover Coronation Celebration expenses be confirmed.C.U. Prop. Mr Thomas, Sec Mr T.L. Holland. That the Clerk be instruct (sic) to write to the Rev. Ehrmann to ask if it is not possible for the digging of graves in the churchyard to be carried out in daylight. C.U. F. W. Dalton Dec 7th 1937 Chairman (Signed).
December 7th 1937 [p25-27]
A meeting of the Parish Council was held at the School on Tuesday, the 7th of December 1937 at 8.0 p.m.There were present:- Mr F. W. Dalton in the Chair. Mr S. R. Dixon, Mr R. L. Holland, Mr A W Pilcher, Mr R Taylor, Mr W. S. Thomas, Mr S. L. Wright. The Chairman spoke a few words, asking the Council to remember that trouble was easily made by discussion outside the meeting of matters which were spoken of practically in Committee. The minutes of the last meeting were read, passed & signed. Prop. The Chair, Sec. Mr R. L. Holland. That Mr W. S. Thomas be elected Vice Chairman in place of the late Mr. W. E. Kemp. C.U. The Clerk read letter from the R.D.C. re road lighting, in which it was stated :- (1)It is possible to extend the lighting area. (2)The extension need not include the whole parish. (3)The whole parish can not demand lighting if the rate is paid by the whole area. Prop. Mr Thomas, Sec. Mr Pilcher. That the present lighting area be extended & that the County Council be asked to determine the actual boundaries of the new area.C. Prop. Mr Thomas, Sec. Mr Pilcher. That in asking the County Council to fix the boundary, it should be stated that it is desired that the extension take in Lynsted Lane up to & including Bogle Hamlet. It was decided to inform the Lighting Committee of the action taken. The Clerk read letter from Rev. Ehrmann in answer to the Parish Council's request re grave-digging at night. The Vicar's reply was that he preferred to mind his own business. The Clerk reported that he had written to the R.D.C. for guidance on the matter, but apparently such business concerned only the Vicar and/or the Parochial Council. Prop. Mr Wright, Sec. Mr Taylor. That the Clerk be instructed to write to the Vicar, pointing out that the Council was not voicing its own opinions, but those of parishioners who had complained to the Council. C. Prop. Mr Thomas, Sec. Mr R. L. Holland. That Dr Selby be elected to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Mr. W. E. Kemp. C. A cheque for 11/6 was signed in favour of Mr Guy Tassell for expenses in connection with the triennial election. F. W. Dalton March 29th 1938 Chairman (Signed).
March 29th 1938 [p27-30]
A meeting of the Parish Council was held in the School on Tuesday March 29th 1938, immediately following the annual Parish Meeting which had been called for 7.30p.m. there were present Mr F. W. Dalton in the chair, Messrs S. R. Dixon, W. R. Lumley Holland, R.G. Oyler, A. W. Pilcher, R. Taylor, W. S. Thomas, S. L. Wright and the Clerk. The Minutes of the last meeting were read, passed & signed. The Clerk apologised for his failure through oversight to send an individual notice of the meeting to the new Councillor – Dr. Selby. The Clerk read letters from the R.D.C., the County Council & the Ministry of Health dealing with the matter of the lighting of Lynsted Lane. The K.C.C. had asked for particulars of the beginning of the lighting area & the Lighting Area Committee had supplied those details, including the fact that lighting began in 1880. The K.C.C. suggested that the Ministry of Health be approached to ask for observations. This had been done & the County Council advised of the Ministry's reply. The K.C.C. next wished the Clerk to visit Sessions House to discuss this matter & an appointment had been fixed for April 9th. 1938. The Clerk asked for instructions as to his procedure at this interview. It was decided that the resolutions passed at the last meeting expressed the views of the Council, and in addition:- Prop. Mr Wright, Sec. Mr Thomas. That this Council does not wish to take the responsibility of defining the actual area which should pay the lighting rate.C. The Clerk read a letter from the Kent Council of Social Service suggesting that a public map of the footpaths of the parish be displayed by the Council. Prop. Mr Thomas, Sec. Mr R. L. Holland. That the letter lie on the table. Similar action was taken with regard to further correspondence dealing with suggested changes in the manner of electing Parish Councillors. A letter was read from Doddington Parish hall Committee announcing a fête to be held on Whitmonday & this was duly noted. Mr Thomas, as the Parish representative, on the Rural District Council reported on a matter in connection with the new Council houses which had just been brought to his notice. He had been informed that the rentals to be charged for the new houses were approx. 8/6 for agricultural workers & 10/6 for other tenants per week. This was greatly in excess of what he had been originally informed as being probable rentals. The houses were asked for principally on behalf of agricultural workers – 8 for that class & 4 for cases of overcrowding. The rental originally suggested was 3/- plus rates. Mr. Thomas suggested the following reasons for this alteration:- (1)The Staff of the R.D.C. had misinterpreted instructions. (2)The Ministry had revoked the grant of a subsidy to enable houses to be let at a low rental. (3)The subsidy had been appropriated by the Housing Committee to assist in the levelling up of the rentals of all Council Houses in the area. Mr Thomas had asked that those who had applied for the houses, should be circularised & informed of the proposed rentals & asked if they wished their application to stand in view of the altered circumstances. After a long discussion, it was proposed Mr R. L Holland & Sec. Mr P. G. Oyler. That the Clerk be instructed to write to the Rural District Council, putting the views of the Parish Council as follows:-
This Council has noted with surprise that it is proposed to charge rents of approx.. 8/6 & 10/6 for the houses being built in this parish by the Rural District Council.
When this Council originally made application for the provision of houses in this parish, it wished for the needs of agricultural workers especially, to be catered for. The above rents are economically impossible for this class of worker. This Council was given to understand that a grant from the Ministry of Health would enable the houses to be let at a rent which agricultural workers could pay.
Had this Council known that such rents as those now proposed were to be charged, no application for houses would have been made, as houses for the more highly paid workers are not required. The initial letter of the Rural District Council forecast a possible rental of 7/- plus rates, & this was why the District Council representative was particularly requested to bring forward the case of the agricultural worker.C.U,
Prop,. the Chairman, Sec. Mr Dixon. That a precept for £10 be signed & that the following cheques be signed, all being postdated April 19th 1938:- Mr French £/-/-, Allotments, Mr Peters 11/- Water Rate, P. Sykes £6/6/6 – Salary £5/-/-, Audit Stamp 10/-, Stationery 5/6, Premium 8/=, Meetings 3/- C. F. W. Dalton February 2nd 1939 Chairman (Signed).
February 2nd 1939 [p30-32]
A meeting of the Parish Council was held at the School on Thursday Feb. 2nd 1939. There were present Mr. F. W. Dalton in the Chair Messrs S. R. Dixon, P. G. Oyler, A.W. Pilcher, Dr Selby, Messrs R Taylor, W. S. Thomas, S. L. Wright and the Clerk. The Minutes of the last meeting were read, passed & signed. Mr Thomas as the Lynsted representative on the Rural District Council outlined the new scheme for the erection of houses for agricultural workers. This is based on the buying of land at £10 per house space. It had been suggested that 12 houses be erected in Lynsted – 4 in Cellar Hill & 8 opposite the Black Lion. It was desired that farmers selling cheap land should have the option of putting in their own workers as tenants. No action was taken. The Clerk read letters dealing with lighting matters, referring to the meeting called in August 1938 to discuss this matter. There had not been a quorum present then, & no business had been transacted. After a long discussion on the correspondence, including a report by the Clerk on the interview at Sessions House, it was felt that the difficulties in connection with abandonment of Lighting & Watching Act by both parishes of Lynsted & Teynham could not be overcome by this Council. The recent action by the Lighting Inspectors with regard to electric lighting was discussed & Mr Wright was thanked for copies of the proposed agreement. Finally it was Prop. Mr Thomas, Sec. Mr Dixon. That the County Council be asked to take action & make an order extending the lighting area. Carried. Cheques were signed Mr. P. French £3/-/- allotment rents, M. K. Water Coy 11/- Water Rate. Prop. Mr Oyler, Sec. Mr Dixon. That the action taken in drawing following cheques since the last meeting be confirmed:- July 20 P French, £3 Allotments, Hedley Peters11/- Water, Nov 14 P. French £3 Allotments, Hedley Peters 11/- Water. Carried. F. W. Dalton April 4th 1939 Chairman (Signed)
April 4th 1939 [p32-34]
A meeting of the Parish Council was held at the School on Tuesday April 4th 1939 at 7.30p.m. There were present Mr F. W. Dalton in the Chair. Messrs W. R. Lumley Holland, P. G. Oyler, A. Pilcher, Dr. Selby, Messrs R Taylor, W. J. Thomas & the Clerk. The minutes of the last meeting were read, passed & signed. Apologies for absence were received from Mr Wright. Mr. W. S. Thomas reported that no definite sites for the proposed Council houses had as yet been arranged & that there had been no alteration in the number to be built. With regard to Lighting the clerk read a letter from the County Council asking for details of the difficulties encountered in the proposed abandonment & readoption of the Lighting & Watching Act 1833. With regard to the present position in Greenstreet, it was reported that the agreement with the Kent Electric Power Co. had not yet been signed owing to Railway Co. holding the matter up over wayleaves; that the Teynham P.C. will have to use some gas for lighting; that possible placing of cables underground in the future had not been considered' that gas standards owned by the lighting committee might become a liability & that electricity was not likely to come up Lynsted Lane in the near future. Prop. Mr Thomas & Sec. Mr Oyler. That the County Council be informed that the difficulties which have been encountered in connection with an alteration of present lighting arrangements, arise from the facts that: (1)this Council has no control over the actions of the Lighting Committee. (2)the lighting of the main road is a concern of both the parishes of Lynsted & Teynham. (3)the whole of Teynham parish is in the lighting area & one half the Lighting Committee is appointed by the Parish Council of Teynham, as a sub-committee of its own. (4)the second half consisting of Lynsted representative are practically self-appointed. Carried. Mr Oyler brought to the notice of the Council the dangerous exit from Claxfield Farm road on to the main road. Several accidents, some fatal, have occurred at this junction & he himself had narrowly escaped accidents there. He considered an extension of the "30" limit to the west of this exit would have great effect. Prop. Mr OylerSec. Dr Selby. That application be made to the County Council to extend the present "30" area, so that the Claxfield road exist is included in the area & that the County Council be informed that the local police authorities support the application. Carried. A letter was read from the R.D.C. giving information of the division of the Rural District into eastern & western divisions for purposes of A.R.P. A further letter was read from the A.R.P. officer at Sittingbourne that the parish of Lynsted would be in the western division & organised from "Whitehall", Bell Rd, Sittingbourne. Dr. Selby gave an interesting account of the organisation of the district on the medical side of A.R.P. & the information given showed that a very efficient scheme was practically complete. The Clerk presented financial statement for year ended March 31st. 1939; the statement was accepted & signed.
Cheques were signed in favour of: Mr P. French £3.0.0 Allotment Rents; Water Co 11/- Water rate; P. Sykes £6/17/6 (Salary £5/-/-; premium 8/-, audit £1; Meetings 2/-; Stationery 7/6). F. W. Dalton March 20th 1940 Chairman (Signed)
March 20th 1940 [p34-37]
A meeting of the Parish Council was held at the School on Wednesday 20th March 1940 immediately following the annual Parish Meeting which had been called for 6.30 p.m. There were present Mr F. W. Dalton in the Chair, Messrs A. Pilcher, P. G. Oyler, W. S. Thomas & the Clerk. Apologies for absence were received from Mr. R. Taylor. The minutes of the last meeting were read passed & signed. Arising out of the minutes:-
(1)Mr Thomas reported that because of war conditions the number of houses to be erected in the parish had been considerably reduced. (2)The lighting position was discussed again. Prop. Mr Thomas, Sec. Mr Oyler. That the Clerk be instructed to write to Mr. Tassell requesting a reply to the following enquiry:- In view of the facts that it is understood that no contract has been signed by the Lighting Committee & that no services are being rendered, can the Kent Electric Power Co demand payment from the Lighting Committee for services rendered or make any other charges? C.U. (3)The Clerk reported that a letter had been received from the County Council agreeing to the extension of the "30" limit area as desired by the Parish Council, but that the matter had been held up because of war conditions. The Chairman reported action taken by himself & the Clerk with regard to complaints by Mr. A. Philpott concerning the position of a road sign & a telegraph pole by his house. After the tenant & owner of the house had given consent, the R.D.C. had moved the road sign & fixed it on the house wall. The Post Office authorities however declined to move the telegraph pole unless serious inconvenience could be proved. The Clerk reported receipt of:- (1)Quarterly analysis of local water supply. (2)Notification that no elections of Parish Councils would be held during the war. (3)Resignation from the Council of Mr. R. L. Holland due to absence abroad. (4)Notice of meeting at Maidstone on Food Production & invitation to send representative. (It was decided to send no representative.) (5)Letter from R.D.C. asking for organisation to be set up for salvage of waste in those parishes where the R.D.C. did not collect refuse. With regard to the last communication it was decided to inform the R.D.C. that the paragraph re non-collection of refuse was incorrect as the R.D.C. collect from all the parish of Lynsted. The Chairman reported that there were two vacancies on the Council through removal from the district of Mr. S. Wright & Mr. R. L. Holland. Mr Thomas reported that he had approached Mr. Bull & Mr Brice & that both had expressed willingness to stand for election. Prop. Mr Thomas & Sec. Mr Oyler. That Mr. Bull & Mr. Brice be elected to fill the two vacancies on the Council.C.U. The Clerk reported that the Parish Council Accounts for year ending March 31st. 1940 had been audited in Feb 1940 & signed as correct. Approval was given to signing of cheques for Allotment rent & water rate since the last meeting of the Council. The Clerk reported that several allotments were vacant through death, removal & other causes. It was decided to remit to the widow of the late Mr. A Thorne one quarter's rent for his two plots. The following cheques were signed:- Mr P. French£3Allotment Rent; Mr H Peters 11/-Water Rate; The Clerk 6/7/6.Salary £5, audit 10/-, Guarantee 8/- Meetings 2/- Stationery 7/6. All cheques were postdated April 14th 1940. Precept for £10 was also signed. F. W. Dalton - July 25th 1940 Chairman (Signed)
July 25th 1940 [p37-39]
A meeting of the Parish Council was held at the School on Thursday July 20th 1940 at 7.30P.M. There were present:- Mr. F. W. Dalton in the Chair. Messrs Bull, Oyler, Thomas, Taylor & the Clerk, together with Mr. A. George. The minutes of the last meeting were read passed & signed. The Chairman welcomed Mr Bull who had been elected to fill the vacancy caused by the removal from the district of Mr. Wright. Mr. Bull signed the Declaration Book.
The Clerk read answer received from Mr. Tassell in connection with the Lighting question; it stated that Mr. Tassell was unable to advise as to correct legal position as he had not access to correspondence etc. It also briefly summarized the procedure in the case of other authorities. A letter was also read from the Secretary of the Lighting Committee stating that that Committee had resigned because the Kent Electric Power Co refused to make any contract with them; as Lynsted Parish Council was the proper authority to carry on this work. The Chairman stated that he had asked the Secretary to attend the meeting to give information to the Council as to what had taken place between the Lighting Committee & the K.E.P.Co. Mr A George, the Secretary, then gave a brief survey of the position up to date. After some discussion it was Prop. Mr W. S. Thomas, Sec. Mr L. Bull. That Mr George be asked to leave all Correspondence between the Lighting Committee & the K.E.P.Co & also the Minute Book with the Council; that the Clerk be instructed to forward these to Mr. Tassell for his consideration; that Mr Tassell be informed that this Council suggest that the lighting scheme should not be proceeded with until conditions are again normal & street lighting is again effective; that the Council is not in favour of the scheme as a whole; & that the Council does not agree with the hiring charges even as reduced under wartime conditions. C.U. The Clerk reported receipt of letters from the R.D.C. as follows:- (1) National Savings – asking Council to organise Savings Group. This was answered by giving present organisations which effectively cover the district. (2) Salvage – asking Council to appoint Parish Organiser. The Clerk reported action taken in view of the urgency of the matter & stated that Mr Brown of the Post Office had taken on the job as organiser & that the dump was at Aymers. The action taken was approved. The Clerk reported that there had been many changes in allotment holders through deaths, removal from the district etc., that he had succeeded in re-letting all vacant plots except two, which were now overrun with weeds. Prop. Mr Oyler, Sec. Mr Thomas. That the Clerk be authorised to let the two vacant plots rent free until March 1941 to anyone who would cultivate them. C.U. Cheques were signed in favour of: Mr P French Allotment Rent£3/-/-; Mr H Peters Water Rate11/-. F. W. Dalton Aug 29th 1940 Chairman (Signed)
August 29th 1940 [p39-42]
A meeting of the Parish Council was held at the School on Thursday Aug. 29th 1940 at 7.30p.m.There were present: Mr F. W. Dalton in the Chair. Messrs Brice, Bull, Dixon, Oyler, Dr. Selby, Messrs Thomas, Taylor & the Clerk. The minutes of the last meeting were read, passed & signed. This being Mr Brice's first attendance since he was elected to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mr R.L. Holland, he signed the declaration book. The Clerk reported that no one had taken on the two vacant allotments. Instructions were given that Mr. Jeff Richards should be asked to brush off the weeds & burn. And also that he should be asked to rough dig the plots if possible. The Clerk read letter in reply to one sent from this Parish Council as directed at the last meeting, to Mr Tassell; he stated the matter was not a concern of the Rural Dist. Council, & that if the Parish Council wished his advice as a solicitor, a personal interview would be simpler. Prop. Mr ThomasSec. Mr Bull. That the Clerk be instructed to fix up an interview with Mr. Tassell.C.U. It was decided to ask advice on the following points:- (1)In view of the resignation of the Lighting Inspectors & failing any other authority, will it be compulsory for the P.C. to take over the Lighting duties? (2)If the P.C. take over would the rating area remain the same or could the P.C. extend it to take in part of or the whole of the remaining unrated part of the parish. (3)Who would be responsible for the outlay already incurred if the P.C. decided not to have electric lighting. (4)What should happen to balances in hand held by & accounts presented to the late Lighting Committee? (5)Would the P.C. have the right to negotiate an entirely fresh contract?
The Clerk read letter from Mrs C Ching reporting resolutions passed at a meeting of residents in Lynsted village. These resolutions dealt with the necessity for air raid shelters at the school & in the village; the need for an air raid siren; & the urgency of repairs to property damaged in the recent raid. Mr Thomas stated that much of the ground covered by this letter had been dealt with at a recent meeting of the Rural Dist. Council; that there had been a great shortage of materials; that Home Office regulations re communal shelters etc. had to be obeyed; that the K.E.C. was the authority responsible for the School; that the R.D.C. would probably obtain & supply materials if the villagers supplied labour; & that repairs were put in hand the day following the raid. Dr Selby concurred with this report & said that he himself would try & see the Director of Education. Mr Taylor reported delay in carrying out repairs; this was apparently due to slackness on the part of the repairs contractor. The Clerk reported that Major Duggan had offered his cellar as a communal shelter if the R.D.C. would construct an entrance. It was however thought not suitable. Prop. Mr BullSec. Mr Thomas: That the Clerk be instructed to write to Mr Ching stating that all the points mentioned in this letter were already being dealt with by the various authorities concerned.C.U. Prop.Mr Bull, Sec. Mr Oyler: That there should be an air raid siren in Greenstreet which could be heard by the inhabitants when inside their houses & that this should be operated from Sittingbourne. C.U. The Clerk was instructed to forward this resolution to Capt. Prentice. Prop. by the Chairman & seconded by Mr Thomas: That the erection of an air raid shelter at the school is an urgent necessity & that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Kent Education Committee. C.U. The Clerk read a letter from the Ministry of Agric. & Fisheries dealing with the development of the "Grow more Food" campaign. As there are vacant allotments it was decided that no action need be taken. F. W. Dalton June 11th 1941 Chairman (Signed)
June 11th 1941 [p43-45]
A meeting of the Parish Council was held at the School on Wednesday June 11th 1941 at 8.0 p.m. There were presentMr F. W. Dalton in the Chair. Messrs Brice, Dixon, Oyler, Pilcher, Thomas, Dr Selby, & the Clerk. Apologies for absence were received from Mr Taylor. The minutes of the last meeting were read, passed & signed. The Clerk reported that the two vacant allotments had been cleared of weeds & rough dug, during winter at a cost of 30/- & that both had been let & were now under cultivation. The Clerk reported that he had seen Mr Tassell & the main points of the interview were:- (1) The P.C. were the legal lighting authority & could fix the bounds of the lighting rate area, sites of lamps & any other works necessary. (2) If the Lighting Inspectors and the P.C. both refused to pay the K.E.P. Co.'s account, it would mean litigation. (3) Negotiation with K.E.P. Co as regards terms etc. should be initiated. (4) The P.C. should prefer some small irregularities for the sake of getting the whole matter on a legal basis. (5) Compromise should be the leading idea of the P.C. After some discussion Mr Thomas Prop. That no contract should be made until street lighting is again allowed. There was no seconder & no amendment. After further discussion it was proposed Mr Thomas & Sec Mr Dixon. That the Clerk be instructed to write to the K.E.P. Co pointing out that the Co had accepted an order from the Lynsted Lighting Committee & afterwards refused to enter into a contract with that Committee; that the Lynsted P.C. had not entered into any contract & consequently the P.C. wished to know with whom the Contract mentioned by the Co. was made. Until this matter was cleared up the P.C. could not settle any accounts. Carried. The Clerk read a letter from the Kent War Agricultural Executive Committee, asking the P.C. to approach the local gardeners Society to help allotment holders to increase food production. It was decided to point out to the K.W.A.E.C that the P.C. run allotments in this parish, that most of the inhabitants are keen gardeners & no action on the lines suggested is necessary. The Clerk read a letter from the Swale R.D.C. giving the information that the order had been given for fixed a warning siren in Greenstreet. The Clerk reported that an air raid shelter had been built at the School & was now ready for use. The Clerk presented a petition signed by all living around the Post Office & Church, & forward to the P.C. by the Rev. L. E. A. Ehrmann, asking for either a speed limit being fixed in the village or a notice board asking for careful driving when going through the village. It was thought that nothing would follow and representations made to higher authorities in respect of this subject until after cessation of hostilities, but that the petition should be forwarded to the Swale R.D.C. Cheques were signed as follows:- P. French£3- allotment rent; H Peters11/- - water rate; P Sykes£7/10/-Salary 5/-/- Allotments 1.10.0; Audit 10/- Premium 8/- Meetings 2/-; Precept for £10 was signed by the Chairman, Mr Thomas & Mr Dixon. F. W. Dalton November 23rd 1944 Chairman (Signed)
November 23th 1944 [p45-48]
A meeting of the Parish Council was held at the School on Thursday 23rd Nov. 1944 at 7.30p.m.
There were present: Mr F. W. Dalton in the Chair, Messrs Brice, Pilcher, Taylor, Thomas & the Clerk. Apologies for absence were received from Dr Selby & it was also intimated that Messrs Dixon & Bull were unable to attend. In view of the interest taken in one item on the agenda, the general public had been invited to attend, & twenty two were present. The minutes of the last meeting were read, passed & signed. The first item on the agenda was the "British Restaurant". At the October meeting of the Swale R.D.C, it had been agreed that certain profits – roughly £700 – arising from the working of the local restaurants should be used to compensate certain officials of the R.D.C for the work extra to their normal duties, caused by the business side of the restaurants. This so called distribution of profits had raised considerable controversy. However on Nov. 22nd – the day previous to this P.C. meeting, the Swale R.D.C rescinded their decision. Mr Pilcher asked Mr Thomas, as the local representative on the Swale R.D.C. to give an explanation of the Council's action. Mr Thomas gave a survey of rise of British Restaurant. Among his chief points were:- (1) In 1940 the Ministry of Food had asked the "Swale" to set up an organisation to cater for the people in case of invasion, the necessary financing to be done from the rates. (2) This request was refused but the Council agreed to act as agents of the Ministry & hence the British Restaurants. (3) The Council's officials agreed to carry out the duties entailed by this, but the matter of payment was overlooked because of the conditions of the time. (4) If these officials had been paid the money would have come from the rates. (5) In a Ministry letter dated Sept. 11th 1944, permission was given for payments to be made to officials where surplus funds were available. (6) Such money being available the Council had decided to make the payments. (7) In view of the facts that litigation might ensue & that the officials themselves had refused to accept the money, the Council had rescinded their previous decision. At the conclusion of his very full explanation Mr Thomas, with the Chairman's permission, asked the general public to ask any questions. Mr G Macey asked if the officials had had a war time increase of salary. Mr Thomas had no definite knowledge, but promised to make inquiries. Mr Ching asked if the profit shown was a genuine one; i.e. had all charges been allowed for. The answer was in the affirmative. Other speakers, among them being Mr Goodwin & Mrs Whittle, stated their points of view & Mr Thomas cleared up minor points requiring explanation. He also presented accounts of the workings of the restaurants for year ending 31.3.44 & also for the following quarter. In conclusion Mr Pilcher thanked Mr Thomas for his very clear explanation & for the way he had stated the case for the R.D.C but thought that few if any of the listeners had been converted. At this point all the general public left the room. The next business was Post War Street Lighting. Arising from the minutes the Clerk reported that no answer had been received from the K.E.P. Co to the Council's letter of June 1941. However quarterly accounts for £4/11/2 for maintenance had been received from the Company. These had been disregarded. The amount had not altered in the three years 1941-1944. After some discussion it was decided to take no action. The matter of vacant allotments being raised, it was decided to leave the matter in the hands of the Clerk to try & let the allotments for no rental, in order to keep the ground cultivated till the cessation of hostilities. Cheques were signedP Sykes £5 Salary; Water Co.£2/4/-; (Posted dated)P. French£12 allotment rents. F. W. Dalton August 31st 1945 Chairman (Signed)