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ANNOUNCEMENT 16th Sept, 2021

The email below was received by the Parish Council today. It concerns the activity at Hatchin Tan, Grandshore Lane

 

RE: QB-2021-003369 – Tunbridge Wells BC v Peckham & Wood (Mobile Home, Caravan, and Septic Tank on Land adjacent Grandshore Farm, Grandshore Lane, Frittenden)

 

On 15 September 2021 Mr Richard Hermer QC (sitting as deputy judge of the High Court) granted an interim injunction. The landowners must:

 

  • Not use the Land for residential purposes or any other purpose in breach of planning control.

 

  • Not use the Land for stationing caravans and/or mobile homes for the purposes of human habitation or residential occupation or any other purpose in breach of planning control.

 

  • Not bring onto the Land any additional caravans and/or mobile homes for the purpose of human habitation or residential occupation or any other purpose in breach of planning control.

 

  • Not bring onto the Land any portable structures including portable toilets and any other items and paraphernalia for purposes associated with human habitation or residential occupation or any other purpose in breach of planning control.

 

  • Not bring onto the Land any waste materials and/or hardcore and/or like materials for any purpose, including the creation of hardstandings or hard surfaces, in association with the use of Land for the stationing of caravans and/or mobile homes for the purpose of human habitation or residential occupation or any other purpose in breach of planning control.

 

  • Not carry out any works in relation to the formation of paths, roadways or any works including the provision of further sewerage, water and electricity infrastructure associated with the use of caravans and/or mobile homes for the purpose of human habitation or residential occupation or any other purpose in breach of planning control.

 

  • Not carry out any further works to the Land associated with or in preparation for its use for stationing caravans and/or mobile homes for human habitation or residential occupation or any other purpose in breach of planning control.

 

  • Not undertake any development on the Land as defined in section 55 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 without planning permission, other than development permitted by the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development)(England) Order 2015.

 

If the landowner disobeys the order they may be held to be in contempt of court and liable to imprisonment or fined. The application for the continuation of the injunction is scheduled for 8 December 2021 when hopefully it will be made permanent.

 

Significant officer time has been spent on this matter, including out of hours visits, and the Council has spent £8k to this point. The action we have taken will send out a message that the Council will not delay in seeking action through the High Court when alerted to the possibility of an unauthorised caravan site. As a starter, the Temporary Stop Notice was issued and served on a Bank Holiday Saturday within 12 hours of the breach starting, thereby dispelling any notion that planning enforcement do not work at the weekend!

 

 

COMMUNITY FIBRE PROJECT UPDATE

The following is from the Frittenden Broadband website and is worth repeating here

UPDATE - 16-03-2021

OpenReach have finished installing fibre network and it is now LIVE.

This means you can now sign up with your chosen supplier for Ultrafast FTTP (make sure you ask for that).
You can do this online or by telephone with your existing supplier or a new supplier.

If you are in contract, your supplier may offer Ultrafast FTTP and you should be able to upgrade with no penalty.
If you do need to change supplier and are in contract, some early termination penalties are not very much.
If you are not in contract and your current supplier does not offer Ultrafast FTTP, you can change your broadband supplier easily with no penalty.

If you need a new supplier you can check the suppliers here:
https://www.openreach.com/fibre-broadband/fttp-providers

You can also check your individual availability here:
https://www.openreach.com/fibre-broadband-availability-customer

All you have to do is order your new service from an Ultrafast FTTP supplier. That's it.
You will not get an email voucher, the voucher goes directly to Openreach for installing fibre network.
You should in due course get a Government email to confirm that you have taken up an Ultrafast FTTP service.

Once you have ordered please fill in this form https://forms.gle/vcbfD7TUzQgNLaWC7 so I can keep track of the orders.

NOTE:
We are aware of an issue for some Sky customers, and this has been raised with Openreach.

 

26/05/20  Please note The Parish Council Hardship Fund has been set up to support Frittenden residents who are suffering financial difficulties as a result of the lockdown. The authorising committee will be every Monday evening to consider applications for grants until the COVID-19 Restrictions and its effects have been lifted. Please speak to any member of the Parish Council or contact the Clerk to apply. All applications will be dealt with in strictest confidence and grants will be paid to successful applicants within a day or two of next Monday's meeting. Minutes of all our meetings are available here and agendas here

Weekly meetings of the Hardship Fund committee will be held via Zoom until further notice on Monday evenings at 7.30 pm. The authorising committee meet to consider applications for grants. Please speak to any member of the Parish Council or contact the Clerk to apply. All applications will be dealt with in strictest confidence and grants will be paid to successful applicants within a day or two of next Monday's meeting. Agendas for all Council meetings can be found here and please note the Parish Council meets once a month normally on a date between the 13th and the 20th of the month except in August

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Despite the fact that Frittenden is not specifically recorded in the Domesday Book (1086), though it is recorded in a Saxon Charter of 804. The den element of the name indicates that it was an area providing temporary pasture, probably from the 6th century, on an annual basis for swine driven down from a place in north Kent. This pasture would have been recorded as a possession of that place in Domesday. There is more doubt about the derivation of first part of the name, but it may come from the name of the man or ‘free coerl’ who used the den, possibly one named Frith. 

The Roman route from Rochester to Hastings via Maidstone passes through the Parish at Knoxbridge. Two Romano-British urns were discovered close to this road in Leggs Wood in 1857. During the rebuilding of the church in 1846-8 several lumps of Roman concrete and fragments of brick were discovered.

Early documentary evidence suggests that the early permanent settlements were on the ridge above the flood plain. The church also stands on this ridge and is first recorded in the White Book of St Augustine’s c1200. By the thirteenth century, dens were becoming satellite communities of the manors to which they belonged. Cole Farm, c1400, is the first surviving indication of settlement in the flood plain. The 1524-5 tax subsidy suggests that the Weald had seen great prosperity during the previous 200 years. This is reflected in the number and quality of medieval listed buildings in the parish. Frittenden was on the margin of the cloth making area centred on Cranbrook and probably benefited from proximity to this industry. The 1806 and 1839 tithe maps show that the village consisted of two main nuclei, the first grouped near the church and the other around the Bell Inn and the forge. Since then these nuclei have been linked by new building.

Following the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII there was an explosion in the creation of charities. In 1566, under the will of Thomas Idenden, a charity was established for “the use of the Poor Maidens Marriages, to the relief of the poor Householders” in Frittenden. The property left to support this charity was later to become the parish workhouse and farm. The charity disposed of the property in 1953 and the house is now known as Charity Cottages. The charity continues to make small payments to certain parishioners on St Thomas’ Day.

Farming in the parish has normally been a mixture of pastoral and arable, though the balance has changed considerably over time, notably in the depression following the Napoleonic War when there was a significant movement into arable. This resulted in a longer and deeper depression, well into the 1840s, than might otherwise have been the case. Hops, always a risky crop, became a major crop during the nineteenth century and into the twentieth, but no hops are grown in the parish today. 

Until the 1970s there was a small brickworks in Dig Dog Lane and bricks and tiles from this site were used in many nineteenth and twentieth century buildings.

The Church was almost totally rebuilt by the Revd. Edward Moore and rededicated in 1848. Edward Moore, together with his wife Harriet, had a major impact on the village and indeed how it looks. Their hand can be seen not only in the church, but in the creation of the school, a Provident Society, a Penny Bank and much else besides. Edward Moore, was a major landowner, second only to the Cornwallis Estate. He was also responsible for many buildings in the parish, including the creation of Parsonage Farm, the largest farm at that time.