Minutes & Agendas








Denise Horswell
Parish Office
4 School Lane
Tel: 01227 470 200



Barbara Flack
Blean Parish Office
4 School Lane
Tel:01227 470 200

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Welcome to the website of St. Cosmus and St. Damian in the Blean Parish Council.

  The Parish Council Office is open on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Parish Council meetings are usually on the 2nd Monday of each month except January and August.

The next meeting is the Annual meeting of the Parish Council on 14th May at 7.30pm in the committee room of the village hall. All residents are invited to attend. 


The post office will re-open in the local shop on Mondays and Wednesdays for a trial period from 12.30 to 2pm commencing on Monday 4th December.  The future of this facility will be dependent upon the amount of support it receives. 
We must give it all the support we can even if we only pop in and buy a couple of stamps!!  



Canterbury – East Kent residents urged to help shape future health and care services



A public consultation on the future of urgent stroke services in Kent and Medway is underway and people in east Kent are being urged to take part by attending meetings or giving their views through a questionnaire.

At the stroke meetings, there will also be the chance to hear about plans to develop more joined-up health and care services in east Kent. These will help people get care that looks after them as a whole person, rather than treating their different conditions separately. It will also mean people can get more care and support in their local community, with more services provided at some GP surgeries, community hospitals or other bases.

People have until 13 April to give their views to the public consultation on NHS proposals to establish new hyper acute stroke units providing 24/7 care from specialist stroke teams for people in the vital first 72 hours after their stroke. Where they have been introduced elsewhere, hyper acute stroke units have been shown to save lives and reduce disability. Each would have an acute unit (for care after the first 72 hours) and TIA clinic (for people who have had a “mini-stroke” or transient ischaemic attack) on site.

The consultation is also asking for views on potential locations for the units. The proposals recommend creating three hyper acute stroke units in Kent and Medway, and give five different options for where these three new units could be located. If the proposals go ahead, urgent stroke services would not be provided in other hospitals in Kent and Medway.

Dr David Hargroves, Clinical Lead for Stroke Medicine at East Kent Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, said: “There are currently no hyper acute stroke units in Kent and Medway. At the moment, some people do not get the right treatment fast enough, particularly overnight and at weekends. Centralising urgent stroke care in three excellent hyper acute stroke units would change all that.

“I would like to encourage as many people as possible to take part in the consultation so their views are heard.”

There are a number of events in east Kent where people can find out more and respond to the proposals for stroke, and help shape thinking about the wider changes to create more joined-up care in east Kent. An event has already been held in Margate.

Upcoming public meetings are:

Monday 5 March, 6.30pm to 9pm, Ashford College, Ashford

Wednesday 7 March, 2pm to 4.30pm, Minster Village Hall, Minster

Thursday 8 March, 2.30pm to 5pm, St Peters Church, Herne Bay (rearranged from last week’s postponed meeting)

Saturday 24 March, 10am to 12.30pm, St-Peter-in-Thanet Church, Broadstairs.

Wednesday 28 March, 6.30pm to 9pm, Westgate Hall, Canterbury

Wednesday 4 April, 10am to 12.30pm, Singleton Environment Centre, Ashford

Friday 6 April, 1.30pm to 4pm, St Mary’s Bay Village Hall, Romney Marsh

To take part in the stroke consultation people can also read the consultation document and complete the questionnaire which can be returned online or by post.  A list of all events for the consultation across Kent, Medway, Bexley and the High Weald area of East Sussex is also available.

Design by Dialogue

In addition to these meetings, there will be a separate Design by Dialogue meeting in Canterbury on Thursday 22 March to discuss changes to the east Kent health and care system in more detail. The Design by Dialogue event is at the Spitfire Ground St Lawrence, Old Dover Road, from 6pm.  To register for this event please email

Caroline Selkirk, Transitional Managing Director for east Kent for the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), said: “I know that people who live and work in east Kent have a lot to say about some of the emerging proposals and ideas.

“It is entirely right and proper that the NHS and local authorities are held to account by the people we serve. I am keen to listen to your perspectives, share ideas and information. We want to create a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities we all face around health and care.  

“As we move forward, our success will rely on our relationship with patients, people who use our services, staff and clinicians. By working together we will ensure that collective action can make a positive difference to the health and care of people across east Kent.”

Notice of the Conclusion of Audit 2016-2017


Look at the exciting new swings and see-saw on the recreation ground!!

TravelHero app

The parishes surrounding Canterbury, Faversham, Whitstable and Herne Bay have been selected as the first in the UK to pioneer a new free local transport app. The TravelHero app is designed to provide an easy-to-use tool to compare travel options in the local area for bus and cab journeys.

 Available to download now from the App Store on iOS smartphones, local people can use TravelHero to plan door-to-door journeys by bus or cab, buy tickets by card or PayPal, and enjoy hassle-free travel using mobile tickets. There’s also a dedicated website for information at and a Facebook and Twitter page @TravelHeroApp.

TravelHero has brought together well-known bus service provider Stagecoach South East and Kent cab company Longley’s Private Hire to make travel easier for customers in the region.

 TravelHero will particularly appeal to people travelling between towns and villages within East Kent, including students and young professionals and those who are occasional bus and cab users. Its features include:

  •  Sophisticated journey planning with easy input of planned start and end points. The app will then calculate and offer different journey options using bus and cab travel, as well as walking
  • Tailored routes for individual needs, which give a breakdown of the cheapest and fastest travel methods to best meet the user’s ideal journey
  • Secure cashless payments through TravelHero can be made using PayPal or debit or credit card, so there’s no need to have cash for the bus or cab
  • Convenient mobile ticketing, as there’s no need to print tickets because they appear on smartphones ready to show the driver
  • Easy group bookings for up to eight people on one mobile ticket, for one price
  • Hassle-free travel with time-saving features such as favourite places which will allow for quick journey planning
  • Trusted suppliers with journeys delivered by well-established travel providers Stagecoach South East and Longleys Private Hire
  • Stagecoach Bus link


An automatic public defibrillator is now available within the village of Blean. It is located on the wall of the village hall adjacent to the main entrance to the recreation ground. 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. At no time can anyone using it cause any harm to the ‘patient’ as the machine has built in failsafe steps.

Remember to always telephone 999 first.


The Parish Plan for 2015 – 2019 is now completed and printed.

Copies are available from the parish office on Tuesdays and Fridays and will be available at the monthly coffee mornings in the village hall or click on the link below to read on-line




Canterbury City Council is challenging a planning inspector’s decision to allow 85 homes to be built on a greenfield site in the district.

In papers lodged in the High Court last Tuesday (22 August) and served on the Secretary of State at the Department of Communities and Local Government last Friday (25 August), the council says the inspector was wrong to overturn the decision by its planning committee to reject the scheme proposed by Gladman Developments at Blean Common.

It says the inspector misinterpreted a number of the council’s planning policies that seek to restrict housing development outside of the urban areas to only those sites that are allocated in the council’s Local Plan. This led him to wrongly conclude granting permission would not conflict with the council’s 2006 Local Plan or its new one which has recently been adopted.

The council is seeking permission from the court to challenge the inspector’s decision, and an order quashing that decision and asking for the matter to be considered again. The council is also asking for its legal costs to be paid.

The timetable for consideration of the council’s challenge is not currently known.



Initial Response from Blean Parish Council September 2016

This first response has been written after consultation with the Parish Councillors and attendance at two presentations held by the University of Kent. Blean Parish Council welcomes the publication of the Concept Master Plan, it has given an opportunity to enter into dialogue with the University and has ended speculation and rumours. At first sight the plan would appear to have severe implications to the village and the Tyler Hill Road, however at this point in the consultation we should be mindful that this is a conceptual plan – not a concrete indication of potential developments in our parish. The Northern Holdings [as named by the University] are, to a greater extent, agricultural in nature and reflect the rural aspect surrounding the village of Blean. Blean Parish Council have, and will continue, to strongly oppose, the building on and the loss of agricultural land in and around the village. The land provides a positive rural border between Tyler Hill village and Blean village. The area is served by a rural road, in places very narrow, named Tyler Hill Road. This road is not able to sustain any further traffic without causing danger to pedestrians, cyclists, farm vehicles and cars. This was illustrated recently with the Stagecoach bus diversion along the road, numerous skid marks, near misses and a considerable disruption to the quality of life for the residents of both villages took place. Blean Parish Council would strongly oppose any development that impacted on the traffic using the road. Due to the conceptual nature of the Master Plan there has been much speculation regarding wordings such as ‘Park and Ride’, ‘shuttle bus services’ and ‘utilising existing public roads’. All of these aspects if taken forward would have to be the subject of discussion with Blean Parish Council, Hackington Parish Council and Canterbury City Council. It should also be acknowledged that any move forward regarding development in this area would have to be accurately tested through Traffic and Transport Assessments, Ecological Impact Assessments, Sustainability Assessments etc. and further public consultations. To summarise, Blean Parish Council do strongly oppose any change in the usage of Tyler Hill Road from its present link between the villages and as a means of access to the agricultural land bordering its sides. We would strongly oppose any development in and around the historic building of St Cosmus and St Damian in the Blean Church. We would also be strongly opposed to any ‘carpet’ development along the boundaries of Tyler Hill Road. We would be strongly opposed to any development, be it building or transport links, that disrupted the ecological balance that exists at present. In conclusion, although the above outlines our potential opposition, Blean Parish Council would welcome the opportunity to continue in an open dialogue with the University of Kent regarding all proposals for the Northern Land Holdings. It is our hope that a balanced expansion of the University which would benefit the community of Blean and open up new opportunities for recreational, cultural, sport, economic and educational activities for all, can be achieved.