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THE TYLER’S KILN, CANTERBURY WINS KENT PUB OF THE YEAR TITLE
Report from the Canterbury Times
The staff and locals at The Tyler’s Kiln in Tyler Hill, Canterbury are celebrating after winning the much-coveted Kent Food & Drink Awards 2016 Pub of the Year accolade.
Owner Allister Collins purchased the closed down Ivy House pub in the small hamlet of Tyler Hill four years ago at a time when according to CAMRA, more than 30 pubs per week were closing down. “The only way I could make this new venture serve the community was to firstly make sure it survives. It had to be an entirely unique creation, somewhere that stands out from the crowd and boasts more than just good food and drink to make people talk, and get them to leave their homes and come and see what it’s all about” says Allister.
It was with huge support from local villagers and together with another village resident Tony Sherwood, an ambitious £1mil+ renovation project commenced to radically transform the venue into a one-of-a-kind destination pub that above all else would serve the community and position it as the hub of village life. The pub finally opened its doors more than 2 years later in January 2015, and has since taken Kent by storm.
“Attention to detail is what customers speak about the most” according to Allister, “We spent a huge amount of time thinking, researching and developing ideas to improve the overall experience, from patent-pending door kick plates to exit the toilets without touching a handle, to automatic cover from rain or shine and over-head & under-bench heating in our new garden. We even provide free sun-cream, hats and sunglasses on sunny days.”
The pub is themed in celebration of Tyler Hill’s medieval tile-making industry, and the bar is dominated by a huge kiln fire-place housing two roaring open fires. Next to the bar is a shop for essential items and local produce, which is most useful to the locals who lost their village shop over a decade ago. Upstairs you will find a cosy snug, private dining and function room, restaurant, and even a museum displaying original 700-year-old tiles, pots and jugs from Tyler Hill.
At the heart of the pub is its food offering, featuring locally sourced ingredients wherever possible, and mouth-watering menus that change with the seasons. “I am so proud of all of our staff who work so hard to deliver an excellent customer experience. It is a true honour to be selected as the best pub in Kent considering the incredible competition we were up against.” says Allister. There’s no place like The Tyler’s Kiln is the pubs slogan, if you go and see for yourself, we’re sure you will agree.
UNIVERSITY MASTER PLAN
The University of Kent has recently released plans for the long term development strategy for their landholding at Canterbury. The initial concept plan is available at:
Response from Hackington Parish Council on the University of Kent Concept Master Plan Consultation Final Report Stages 1, 2 & 3 dated November 2015.
Hackington Parish Council has considered the above document and submits this response to the consultation process. The Council appreciated the opportunity to consider the various elements behind the Master Plan at the formal presentation held at the University Business School on 7th September 2016 and appreciates that it is clearly at a very early ‘Concept’ stage.
Given that the University has confirmed that the submission to date is an indication of what could be considered over the long term strategic development of the University owned land, potentially covering a 50 year period.
Accepting this early ‘visionary’ approach, the key comments of the Council are considered thus:
· The Masterplan that is in circulation is very much an initial ‘Concept’ at this stage and has not addressed any environmental or land use based assessment during this stage and that these would be required in the event of a planning application being submitted;
· The Council appreciates that the continued development of the University is strategically important to Canterbury City and brings many benefits to the local business communities within the District;
· The Council accepts the fact that a change in thinking relating to architectural developments within the University lands is a worthwhile exercise;
· The Council supports the concept of maximising the potential for both educational and commercial interests of the University within the existing campus footprint as described in the ‘Campus Heart’;
· The Council appreciates the development of the ‘Parklands’ concept in order to protect and enhance the wider open spaces to the south of the existing Campus provided that any environmental, landscape and conservation aspects are fully assessed and any negative impacts adequately managed. The Council is conscious that the present document seeks to include development, in some form, on lands to the east of Giles Lane and St Stephens. At this stage, this is only briefly commented upon and appears to be an ‘Extended Campus Heart’ (as indicated on Page 93 of the Plan). Very clearly, the Parish Council would seek to limit any extension on to the existing greenfield landscape until such time as the existing Campus is fully developed in line with the Campus Heart concept.
· In relation to the ‘Northern Landholdings’, the potential end uses for this area are less clear and Farrell has indicated some creative thinking around satellite hubs, transport links, research and potentially commercial activities. Some of these could develop into smaller satellite developments linked to the wider University research opportunities – including, as an example, links to the rural economy. However, any such development would require detailed assessments covering potential highway impacts, environmental and biodiversity aspects and any further technical assessments that would be required to support a future planning application. We expect therefore that any potential development within the Northern Land Holdings would be the subject of detailed scoping exercise, determined by Canterbury City Council as the Planning Authority.
· The Council has concerns as to the inclusion of a number of aspects relating to both pedestrian and vehicular movements between the Campus and any suggested ‘satellite’ sites within the Norther Land Holdings and whilst we support the potential development of rural economy research and development ‘hubs’, there is simply too little detail within the Concept Plan to provide any level of consultation response.
· The Council has accepted that the inclusion of a ‘Park and Ride’ facility near Blean was, as is stated in your letter to us, wrongly presented and was actually meant to suggest some form of linked transport system between these outlying areas and the Campus itself and not a ‘Park and Ride’ facility like others around the city.
· The Plan currently recognises that extension of University interests in to the Northern area “is not considered viable or a desirable part of the growth of the University in the short to medium term” (Page 102) and we therefore see no reason to support the inclusion of this element within any strategic Planning document at this stage.
It is very evident, from the presentation attended by HPC Councillors that the currently circulated Master Plan is in a design concept stage. The presentation made it very clear that there have been no technical assessments on any environmental impacts that could be generated by the proposals and therefore there remains an obligation to undertake appropriate assessments in order to assess existing characteristics and potential future impacts. This will include all of the usual assessments including but not limited to highway, ecology, landscape, hydrology and flood risk etc. as part of any future planning application.
Hackington Parish Council is very aware that the stakeholder engagement process relating to residents within Tyler Hill fell very short of what we should expect and that the intended circulation of the proposals did not take place. HPC recommends that this is very clearly addressed at the next phase of consultation including the potential to hold direct consultation meetings with Tyler Hill residents and Hackington Parish Council.
The Council does not support the case that any element of the proposed University lands require inclusion in the current Canterbury City Council District Plan (presently at a very advanced stage) and seeks to ensure that anything that is proposed in the longer term does not benefit from any supportive document in terms of District or County Planning.
The justification for any development within the Northern Land Holdings requires full justification in terms of a Case of Need argument and, particularly, in relation to highways and land use policies. In particular, any proposed increase in traffic movement on Tyler Hill Road will need to be rationally justified against a backdrop of an initial almost wholly hostile reaction to the proposals for the Northern Land Holdings as expressed in the Masterplan.
UK POWER NETWORKS
On 6th September a new national phone number “105” will be launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area.
Key points to note about this service are:
· Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.
· 105 is just one of the ways that customers can contact their electricity network operator. They can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators are on social media too.
· 105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales.
· Customers can call 105 no matter who they choose to buy electricity from.
· Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.
A consumer awareness campaign will run from September through to next spring and will include PR, media advertising, social media and coordinated messaging through partner channels.
To report a problem regarding street lights, potholes, overgrown vegetation etc please click on the link below to KCC
or phone 03000 418 181
Once reported, faults can be tracked by reference number, given at time of reporting, to see the status of the fault.
An automatic public defibrillator is now on the wall of the village hall by the main entrance. The defibrillator has been registered with the Ambulance Services and they will also be able to assist you if you need to use it. It is fully automatic and has spoken instructions which are simple to follow.
Remember to always telephone 999 first.
Cllr. Ray Evison (Chairman)
Footpaths and Rights of Way.
Cllr. Ben Fitter-Harding (Vice-Chairman)
Highways (including pavements) and Traffic (including Speedwatch)
Cllr. Annie Cover
K.A.L.C and Village Hall
Cllr. Tricia Hulks
Cllr. Nigel Cronin
Street Lighting and NHW
Clerk to the Parish Council:
Cllr. Ben Fitter-Harding
Phone: 07793 494 640
Cllr. Ben Fitter-Harding chairs the Regeneration & Property Committee, covering everything from transport, car parks and regeneration projects to council owned land, businesses, and the Planning department. He also chairs the Rural Area Member Panel, serving parishes like Blean and providing funding.
Cllr. Amy Baker
Mobile: 07732 040 932
Cllr. Amy Baker is a member of the Property and Regeneration Committee and the Kingsmead Working Group. She will also be representing Canterbury City Council at Quality Bus Partnership meetings with Stagecoach and Kent County Council to improve bus services for local residents.
Cllr. George Metcalfe
Phone: 01227 504 917
Mobile: 07950 549 920
Cllr. George Metcalfe is Lord Mayor this year. George also represents the Council on the Canterbury Cathedral Trust, Cathedral Library and Archives and the Canterbury Festival Trust.
Cllr. John Simmonds
Cllr John Simmonds is deputy leader of KCC and cabinet member responsible for finance and procurement which includes putting together the annual budget for the authority and overseeing the pension fund. He also serves on a number of committees, including Personnel.
Hackington Parish Council
The Chairman of the Parish Council’s report to the Parish Assembly,
7th April 2016
In the Parish Council elections held in May 2015 six candidates stood for the five places available. Those elected to serve were Cllrs Annie Cover, Nigel Cronin, Ray Evison, Ben Fitter-Harding and Trish Hulks.
The Council has met on its customary six occasions over the past year, managing particular matters pertaining to the parish as well as its usual business of oversight of the highways, footpaths, street lighting, safety and security, and the conservation area. It continues to enjoy good working relationships with other bodies serving the community in the parish.
The Council’s intention to commemorate Hazel McCabe’s great contribution to the parish and to record the high regard in which she was held, by creating a suitable memorial to her has been realised by the installation of a bus shelter. Our efforts to purchase land on which to create allotments proved impossible and the provision of a bus shelter outside the Tyler’s Kiln pub, for those waiting for buses travelling towards the city, was agreed to be a wholly appropriate one in which to remember Hazel. Our purchase of the shelter was greatly assisted by a generous donation from Blean Parochial Church Council following their sale of our former mission church of St Francis.
The Council would like to record its special thanks to Mike Goggin for two matters on which he has been very helpful. His tireless pursuit of information over many months which enabled us to obtain the bus shelter mentioned earlier and in the installation and training for the use of a defibrillator for the village which is now mounted on the Memorial Hall.
The Council is appalled at the recent application by those who purchased the former church to turn it into ‘holiday let’ accommodation. We responded to the request for support from the family that bought the building positively, expecting the building to be used as a children’s play room and continue as a family room. If we had known that so soon after its purchase it was planned to be used commercially I doubt that the Council would have given its support.
The District Council’s decision to bring in an Article 4 Direction has only recently been introduced. The Council waits to be convinced that it will have any effect on accommodation patterns in the parish. During the year more family homes have been converted to student accommodation. By and large, the students resident in the village cause no nuisance, but they do not participate in or contribute to the community.
The Council, responding to a KALC request, has set up a training budget in order that the Clerk and at least one councillor each year can attend a development or updating training course. In the year the Clerk and Cllr Cronin have attended such courses.
The Council is always represented at the Canterbury Area Committee of the Kent Association of Local Councils and at the recently re-constituted Rural Area Members Panel meetings of the City Council.
As ever Highways and road traffic featured prominently in the Council’s work.
The proposed Speed Watch scheme was introduced under the leadership of Cllr Fitter-Harding and several watches have been held on both Hackington Road and Tyler Hill Road. The speed of vehicles changed notably when the watches were in progress and though there are still many instances of speeding through the village it is thought worthwhile to hold the watches as a reminder to motorists that they are travelling in a restricted area. The Council purchased A4 sized stickers to attach to the wheelie- bins that are placed outside properties each week as an additional reminder to motorists to keep their speed below 30 mph.
The Parish has again enjoyed a year in which there were very few crimes committed and the Council is grateful to Robin Whiting for his continuing work as Neighbourhood Watch reporter for the village. The Council have raised their concerns with Kent Police at the failure of our P C S O to attend or report to the meetings of the Parish Council. At a meeting with the Canterbury Area Commander we were promised a better liaison than has occurred lately.
The Parish Council has considered several planning applications during the year. Most of the applications were processed in a straight-forward, uncontentious manner but two matters caused some concern.
The resubmission of a planning application for one dwelling to replace Hillside Cottage was granted but subsequently another application has been made for a semi-detached building rather than a single accommodation. This latter submission has been opposed by the Council on the grounds of over intensification.
The Council had no objection to the out-building at Tyler Hill House being converted into living accommodation. Though the Planning authorities at the District Council had no objection it was refused on ‘heritage’ grounds. A new application has the support of the Parish Council.
We continue to revise and strengthen those elements in our Design Statement which summarise our expectations of those who are seeking to change buildings, add to buildings or created new buildings in the parish.
The Council continues to welcome commentary on the Design Statement. The text is available on the Parish Council’s website www.hackingtonpc.kentparishes.gov.uk.
The Council has been informed that along with all other areas designated as Conservation Areas in the district it will have its status reviewed and has been provisionally been placed in a category that questions whether it should continue to have such status. The Council will mount a vigorous defence of the justification for retaining such status.
The Council has monitored the incidence of parking by those enjoying the facilities of the now well established Tyler’s Kiln pub. Although there have been instances of inconsiderate parking at times, by and large the clientele uses the main road and Link Road without causing much inconvenience. And there is the minor benefit of cars parked on Hackington Road causing through traffic to slow down.
There continues to be real concern at the incidence of serious accidents between the north end of the village and in the woods close to our boundary with Chestfield parish. The Council understands that Kent C C review the incidence of accidents on all rural roads hopes that the B290 will be made less hazardous than at present
The Tyler Hill Meadow Local Nature Reserve has again benefited from the voluntary efforts of the management team and some of their families who have tidied the Reserve. There continues to be regular surveys of birds, butterflies and moths, flowers and grasses, trees, dormice and the pond. The grassed area of the Reserve has not been cut in the last two seasons so it is proposed to undertake a cut and clear back of some brambles this coming autumn.
Footpaths in and across the parish continue to be very well used. The footpaths to the east, which are mainly in our woods, have been flooded in parts by the very heavy rainfall which has occurred in the first two months of this year but have been passable and well walked by locals and by visiting parties of walkers.
The Council has placed the following documents on its website:
The Parish Design Statement is available for scrutiny and commentary.
A document called ‘Who we are and what we do’ is a statement about the
Parish Council’s constitution and activities.
Agendas and Minutes of all Parish Council meetings
Minutes of the management committee for the Tyler Hill Meadow Reserve.
The Annual Report to the Parish Assembly.
The Council undertakes an annual assessment of the Risks to which it might be vulnerable and it confirms that the necessary insurance it has obtained covers the eventualities that might have to be met.
Members of the Council again wish to record their thanks to the Clerk, Mrs Denise Horswell, for the efficient, considerate and very pleasant way she continues to deal with all her responsibilities.
The Council again wishes to thank and congratulate all those members of the community who have generously given their time and efforts to enhance the appearance of the village in the flower beds at the junction of Hackington Road and Summer Lane, on the ‘village green’ near the village sign, around the entrance to the Memorial hall and in the attractive ‘Greening’ projects.
During the year the Parish Councillors have taken the following lead responsibilities
Footpaths Ray Evison
Highways and Speedwatch Ben Fitter-Harding
Street Lighting + Security Nigel Cronin
Liaison with KALC and Memorial Hall Annie Cover
Conservation Trish Hulks
The Council is grateful for the advice it receives from the Chairman of B, H & T H Society, Penny Reilly, and from the Tree and Pond Warden, Lynne Evison
Message from Canterbury City Council
Cut up your cardboard
Our refuse trucks are struggling to effectively crush large pieces of cardboard and boxes.
This takes up a lot of space and reduces the amount of waste the truck can hold - resulting in the crew either making two trips to the recycling site, or putting it in landfill.
We're asking you to make sure that individual pieces of cardboard are no larger than 60cm2 - about the length of your arm. These can then be bundled flat for collection.
We'll be putting stickers on large pieces of cardboard we can’t take, asking you to break it down for the next collection. For more details about this, visit www.canterbury.gov.uk/cardboard
If your cardboard is business waste, visit commercial waste for details on how to dispose of it properly.