Update regarding Spitfires

Aircraft noise is not currently a statutory nuisance in the UK. It is not covered by the Environmental Protection Act 1990 or the Noise Act 1996. This means that local authorities do not have the legal power to take action on matters of aircraft noise, and nor does the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) have the legal power to prevent aircraft flying over a particular location or at a particular time for environmental reasons.

The Parish Council will, therefore, not be taking any further action with regard to the original enquiry

Street Light

Smeeth Street Lights

Ashford Borough Council (ABC) has carried out a study on the borough’s street lights to determine which of these are ‘safety critical’, with a view to removing those that are not in that category. The motivation behind this action is both cost saving and also environmental.

Both Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils have been informed that although most will remain, a number of our street lights are considered not to make our parishes safer and as a result ABC will no longer operate and maintain them.

Please see below the map and a list where each of these street lights are in Smeeth.

In some cases, if you and the Parish Council feel it would be safer if the streetlights were kept, we will be given the opportunity to ‘adopt’ any of these street lights – which means that the Parish Council will be required to pay their running and maintenance costs, and potentially pay for the older ones to be replaced when they reach the end of their life.

The Parish Council would like to hear from you, our local residents, whether the removal of any of the street lights identified by ABC causes you concern and if so, why. There is then the opportunity to adopt none, some or all of the street lights. We can then take your opinions into consideration when making a decision.

The Council appreciates that there may be different views – some residents may be keen for them to be removed to prevent light coming in to their homes at night, others may prefer to keep the local areas lit when it is dark.

Your comments will have a direct impact on any decision the Parish Council makes, and so please do let your Council know your views. Please provide these to the email addresses below by latest 02 November 2021.

clerk@smeethpc.org.uk

In your reply please note the number of the street lamp you are commenting on, so we can pull together responses for each one.

Smeeth Street Light list

 

Smeeth Street Lights Map

 

Parish News – March 2021

This month’s issue of the magazine was not printed or distributed because of COVID-19, but can be downloaded by clicking on the link:

Magazine

 

 

Parish News – February 2021

This month’s issue of the magazine was not printed or distributed because of COVID-19, but can be downloaded by clicking on the link:

Magazine

 

 

photography competition image

Rules for Photography Competition

1. The Competition is open to all subscribers of the Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter. All Entrants must be aged over 18 years of age at the time of Competition’s deadline. Entries must be submitted by 13.00 GMT on 25th July 2020. By entering the Competition, each Entrant agrees and acknowledges that Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter, Brabourne Parish Council and Smeeth Parish Council (“the parish councils”) are permitted to use the photograph submitted in the Newsletter or on the parish websites.

2. A maximum of three photos per person is permitted.

3.1 All entries to be submitted to the Newsletter email address by 13.00 on 25th July 2020.

3.2 Images will then be judged and the winning photograph from each parish will be published in the August Newsletter.

3.3 The winner for each parish will be notified by email and will receive a mixed case of 6 bottles of wine.

3.4 The decision of the judges is final and no negotiation will be entered into.

3.5 Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and remove any entry that does not comply with the following requirements, even after the entry is submitted. Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter will not take part in dialogue with any Entrant who has been refused entry or otherwise:

3.5.1 Entries must be original and your own work

3.5.2 You have the right to make your entry available to the competition

3.5.3 Entries containing personally identifiable information about the submitter or any other person(s).

3.5.4 Entries containing any infringing, threatening, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, libellous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic or profane content.

3.5.5 Entries containing any material that could constitute or encourage conduct, which would be considered a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law.

3.5.6 Entries which infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property rights of any third person or entity, or which violate any person’s rights of privacy or publicity. This means, for example, that entries must not include:

3.5.6.1 trademarks owned by third parties;

3.5.6.2 copyrighted materials owned by third parties (including movie dialogue or musical compositions); and/or

3.5.6.3 names, likenesses, voices or other characteristics identifying celebrities or other public figures, living or dead.

3.5.7 Entries in which an Entrant has purchased or secured the rights to use stock images.

3.5.8 Entries which contain any commercial content that promotes any product or service other than that of Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter or the parish councils. Entries must not contain screen credits.

3.6 Each Entrant submitting an entry represents and warrants that:

3.6.1 They have all the necessary rights to enter the Competition and have their entry displayed in the Newsletter or on the parish Websites.

3.6.2 The entry does not contain or infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property rights of any third person or entity. Each Entrant agrees to fully indemnify Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter and the parish councils in respect of all royalties, fees and any other monies owing to any person by reason of the Entrant breaching any of the foregoing.

3.6.3 Each person depicted in the entry has granted permission to be portrayed as shown. Any costumes, props or other materials used must be rented or borrowed with the permission of the owner, and all other relevant permissions must have been obtained.

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3.6.5 If there is sufficient evidence to suggest malpractice and manipulation of the rating process then the Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter has the right to remove the relevant entry and, if necessary, award the prize to a different Entrant. The decisions of the Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter are final.

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3.6.7.1 By submitting an entry for the Competition, each Entrant acknowledges that the Copyright remains that of the photographer. Use may include, but is not limited to, publication in any Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter or Parish Council media or documentation. You hereby grant Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter and the parish councils a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence in each Entry throughout the world in perpetuity in all media for any use directly or indirectly connected with Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter or the parish councils including, but not limited to:

(a) judging the Competition

(b) displaying the winning entries and runners up at public exhibitions promoting and organised by Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter and the parish councils.

(c) inclusion within the parish councils Websites and publication in any other media.

(d) inclusion within any materials promoting of the Competition and / or any exhibition organised by Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter and the parish councils in the promotion of the Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter and the parish councils.

(e) inclusion on Competition- and exhibition-related products to be sold by the Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter and the parish councils or any third party following the individual agreement by the author

(f) sub-licensing the Entries to the press for reproduction in connection with the Competition and any exhibition

(g) allowing viewers of the Newsletter and Websites to view images on a computer screen, PDA or mobile telephone and store such pages in electronic form on disk or on a PDA or mobile telephone (but not on any server or other storage device connected to a network) for their personal, non-commercial use only. Please also refer to sub-clause 9.

3.6.7.2 By submitting an entry for the Competition, each Entrant acknowledges that is the Entrant’s responsibility for marking their own image to protect against image misuse; Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter and the parish councils assumes no responsibility and are not liable for any image misuse.

3.6.8 Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter and the parish councils assumes no responsibility for any incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete information, whether caused by website users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilised in the Competition, and Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter and the parish councils assumes no responsibility for technical, hardware or software failure of any kind, for lost network connections, garbled computer transmissions, other problems or technical malfunctions with regard to the Competition. Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter and the parish councils assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, corruption, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alteration of entries. Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter and the parish councils is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail addressed to Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter and/or the parish councils on account of technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the internet or any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to the Entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in the Competition. If for any reason a contestant’s entry cannot be viewed or is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer viruses, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or technical failures, Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter and the parish councils assume no responsibility.

3.6.9 In no event will Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter and the parish councils, employees, representatives or agents be responsible or liable for any damages or losses of any kind, including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special or punitive damages arising out of any Entrant’s access to and use of the Websites. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, everything on the Websites is provided “as is”, without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for purpose or use or non-infringement.

3.6.10 In entering the Competition, each Entrant agrees to participate in related publicity and to the use of names and likenesses for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity without additional compensation. By entering, each Entrant releases and holds Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter and the parish councils, it’s officers, employees, and agents from any and all liability or injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with participation in the Competition or acceptance or use of any prize to the greatest extent as permitted by law.

3.6.11. All Entrants must be able to supply a high resolution image suitable for printing in media.

3.6.12. There are no cash alternatives available for prize winners.

3.6.13. Winners will be published in the July newsletter.

3.6.14 Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils’ Newsletter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

3.7 Images must be taken between 1st January 2020 and 25th July, 2020.

3.8 Images must not be digitally altered.