Minutes – 8th January 2020

STOKE LACY PARISH COUNCIL

 

Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on Wednesday 8thJanuary 2020 in Stoke Lacy Village Hall at 7.30pm

Present:

Councillors Janet Ivison (Chairman), Anne Reece, Helen Bufton, Bill Morgan

In attendance: Mrs Alma Westwood (Clerk); Ward Councillor Jonathan Lester (arrived at 7.40pm); PC Alice Bennett and PCSO Susan Berrett; 6 members of the public

The meeting commenced at 7.35pm

 

19.125 To receive and accept APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE 

Apologies received from Councillor John Westwood; accepted

 

19.126 To receive DECLARATIONS OF PECUNIARY OR PERSONAL INTERESTon Agenda items

None declared

 

19.127 TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETINGheld on13thNovember 2019and theEXTRA-ORDINARY MEETING held on 27thNovember 2019

Both sets of Minutes were approved and signed

The Chairman then proposed that Items 19.129iiand 19.129ibe brought forward.  Agreed

 

19.129 WARD COUNCILLOR’S AND POLICE REPORTS

19.129 ii CSO Susan Berrett introduced PC Alice Bennett, who had recently joined Bromyard Police in place of PC John Meek, who had been moved to other duties within North Herefordshire police.  PC Bennett introduced herself and gave a resume of her past experience.  A meeting of the Police Crime Commission (PCC) was to be held on Friday 31stJanuary in Bromyard Public Hall between 2-3.30om to which the public was invited.  The attempted break-in at the Village Hall was discussed.  PC Bennett asked that all unusual incidents be reported to Bromyard police.

19.129 i Ward Councillor Jonathan Lester gave a report on his recent meeting with the Police Crime Commissioner, recent budget proposals and other Herefordshire Council matters, including the proposed southern link road, children’s services, adult social care, homelessness and rough sleeping.  Phosphates in the Lugg were an important issue which could potentially stop development in the Lugg Valley area (North Herefordshire).  Ward Councillor Lester agreed this was a pressing issue, to be dealt with urgently by Herefordshire Council

PC Bennett, PCSO Berrett and Ward Councillor Lester left the meeting at 8.25.pm

The Agenda order was then resumed

 

19.128 NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN (NDP)

Councillor Morgan and Mrs Jo Davies gave an update on the four informal meetings held by the NDP group.  A meeting was to be held on Wednesday 5thFebruary 2020 in the Village Hall to formally launch the NDP, to which all Parish Councillors were requested to attend and all parishioners were invited and at which the NDP would be formally launched.  Formal approval for the appointment of the NDP Consultant would be sought and the Grant application made at February’s Parish Council meeting.

 

19.130 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

A resident next to the Newlands development expressed grave concerns regarding a high earth bank abutting his property which he thought should have a retaining wall and the positioning of a drainage pipe which it appeared would discharge on to his property.  The Clerk was asked to contact the Newlands developers urgently.

 

19.131 FINANCE: Current Account balance as at 1stJanuary 2020:: £7480.45

19.131 i Draft accounts from 1stNovember 2019 to 1stJanuary 2020 as distributed:APPROVED.

19.131 ii The following payments were approved:

Stoke Lacy Village Hall: 4 bookings £120;

Eyelid Productions, annual website support for 2019: £100

 

19.132 PLANNING APPLICATIONS/PERMISSIONS

193982: Stokes Hill: retrospective permission for retention of barn for use as a cinema and gymn and retention of stables for use as ancillary residential annex, both in association with the dwellinghouse (including change of use)

After discussion, the Parish Council AGREED it had no objection to the change of use for the barn and retention of the stables as ancillary accommodation provided it was not for commercial gain and as long as they were accessed only via the original road.  This Parish Council had twice objected strongly to the new driveway from the A465.

Noted: that the retrospective planning application for the driveway to Stoke Hill was still valid

Update on Newlands and Orchard Developments

No report

The Chairman noted that a hedge along Bredenbury Lane had been cut right down but should re-grow, but that this should be monitored

The Clerk was asked to follow up the Parish Council’s request for a restrictions notice for Woodend Lane

Car park at factory unit: the weather had held up progress but the contractors were due to proceed on 13th

2 members of the public left the meeting at 9.07pm

 

19.133 HIGHWAY ISSUES

19.133 i:Speed calming measures at Crick’s Green & 106 matters

The Clerk was asked to arrange a meeting between Parish Councillors, Christian Meanwell and Paul Hunter

19.133 ii Managing verges for bio-diversity: After discussion Councillors AGREED to request retention of the two/three annual cuts

 

19.134/135 TO SET DATE FOR SMARTWATER ROLL-OUT AND ANNUAL PARISHIONERS’ MEETING

The date for the Annual Parishioners’ meeting was set for 29thor 22ndApril at 7.30pm, to incorporate the SmartWater roll-out and NDP update plus refreshments

 

19.136 TO NOTE INFORMATION SHEET and Clerk’s Report

19.136 i As already emailed: Correspondence, HALC courses, etc.

19.136 ii Agreed that James Wilson run the Stoke Lacy village website; h558/e would purchase the domain name

19.136 iii Distribution of the Community Newsletter to be revised and a call for new distributors to be put in the Cider Press

19.136 iv Future presentations at PC meetings: 12thFeb 2020 Recycling. Invitations

 

19.137  ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION FOR NEXT AGENDA

19.137 i Joint VE Celebrations with Village Hall

19.137 ii John Thomson’s Footpaths Report

 

DATES FOR FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS to May 2020

(all Wednesdays in Village Hall at 7.30pm):

2020: 12thFeb (recycling presentation) 11thMar; 8thApril

Annual Meetings: 29thor 22ndApril plus 2 presentations: Parishioners’ Meeting at 7.30pm;13thMay 2020: Annual Parish Council Meeting at 8pm

The meeting closed at 10.15pm

 

 

 

Signed………………………………………… Date…………………………..Mionutes

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