Minutes 11th January 2017

Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on Wednesday 11th January 2017 in Stoke Lacy Village Hall at 7.30pm

Present:
Councillor Neil Walters (Chairman); Councillors Janet Ivison, Anne Reece, Clifford Bufton and John Westwood.
In attendance
Mrs Alma Westwood (Clerk)
Ward Councillor Jonathan Lester; 1 member of the public

17.1 To receive and accept APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
None received

17.2 To receive DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST on Agenda items
No interests were declared.

17.3 TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS PARISH COUNCIL MEETING held on 9th November 2016
These were approved and signed.

17.4 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.
The member of the public spoke about recent flooding issues on the A465 near Nethercourt and Nethercourt Cottages. Much discussion ensued. The Clerk was asked to write to Herefordshire Council Highways Department, with a copy to the Locality Steward, requesting further investigation and action.

The member of the public left the meeting at 7.50pm.

17.5 WARD COUNCILLOR’S AND POLICE REPORTS
17.5 i Ward Councillor Jonathan Lester reported on Herefordshire Council budget and provision for children with special needs following closure of 1 Ledbury Road.
17.5.ii. CSO Berrett was not present.

The Chairman moved that Item 7 be taken here; the meeting agreed.

17.7 PLANNING APPLICATIONS and DECISIONS
17.7 i 163404 The Maltings, Stoke Lacy: Proposed demolition of porch and replacement with single storey extension
163658: Land adjacent to Cuckhorn Farm, Stoke Lacy: Proposed new build part earth-sheltered dwelling. Both dealt with under this Parish Council’s Minor Applications Policy: SUPPORTED.
17.7 ii 163333 Cricks Green Cottage, Stoke Lacy: site for erection of 3 bedroom retirement cottage, using existing access: REFUSED by Herefordshire Council
17.7 iii 151937 Newlands, Stoke Lacy: Outline planning permission was approved by Herefordshire Council on 9th January 2016. The Parish Council had no further information.

17.1

Ward Councillor Lester left the meeting at 8.30pm.

17.6 FINANCE
Current Account balance as at 31st December 2016: £5159.54
17.6 i Draft accounts from 1st November to 31st December 2016 as distributed: APPROVED.
17.6 ii The following payments were approved:

  • Stoke Lacy Village Hall: September & November hall hire: £40
  • Stoke Lacy website fee, to Pauline Baum: £33.59 (inc £5.60 VAT)
  • Balfour Beatty: November SID hire £180 (inc £30 VAT)

17.6 iii Installation of defibrillator, including costs: The Clerk had been unable to obtain any quotes for installing the electrics; Councillors AGREED that a recommended electrician be authorised to carry out the works, without three quotations being obtained. Councillor Walters was authorised to arrange this as soon as possible.
17.6.iv and 17.6 v: Possible adoption of Herefordshire Council’s Allowances Scheme for Parish and Town Councillors, and discussion and possible approval of financial support for The Community Newsletter: held over to March meeting.

17.8 TO DISCUSS POSSIBLE CHANGE OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING DAYS FROM MAY 2017
It was AGREED that meeting days be kept to Wednesdays

17.9 INFORMATION SHEET
17.9 i As already emailed: Correspondence from Anthony Bush, HALC courses, etc.
17.9 ii Update on SIDs, other A465 matters and Balfour Beatty works to minor roads
17.9. iii Lengthsman’s works

17.10 ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION FOR NEXT AGENDA
Defibrillator; drains on A465; Allowances Scheme; Community Newsletter.

17.11 DATES FOR FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS to May 2017
(all Wednesdays at 7.30pm in the Village Hall): 9th March
Annual Meetings:
10th May 2017, Parish Meeting at 7.30pm; Parish Council Meeting at 8.00pm

The meeting closed at 9.00pm.