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Minutes of the Meeting of Churchill and Blakedown Parish Council held on Wednesday, 15th February 2006, in Blakedown Parish Room.
PRESENT Cllr R J Whiston (Chairman)
Cllr S J Danks
Cllr P A Dearden
Cllr Mrs P V Hayward
Cllr Dr J M Parker
Cllr B A Pitt
Cllr Mrs I A Scott
In attendance: County Cllr S J M Clee
PC Dan Townsend and PC Belinda Sparks
Mark Jones, Parish Lengthsman and Handyman
R D Gurney, Clerk to the Parish Council
18/06 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
These were received and accepted from Cllr Cairns and Cllr Mrs Thomas.
19/06 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
20/06 COMMUNITY POLICING
PC Dan Townsend and PC Belinda Sparks were invited to address the meeting. PC Townsend commented, first, that a flashing sign, suggested at Churchill crossroads, is effective only for a short term; this system needs to be moved on a rota, but a time for this at Churchill is being considered. Second, the series of road accidents near Hodge Hill Nursery indicates that traffic calming is needed, probably reducing the carriageway to a single lane. He mentioned several thefts from the Deansford Lane “paintball” car park and a distraction burglary, involving the theft of a satnav system. During the last year, however, there has been a significant reduction in reported crime in the “eastern area”.
ADJOURNMENT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
(No members of the public were in attendance).
21/06 REPORT FROM COUNTY COUNCILLOR
County Cllr Clee was invited to address the meeting. He commented, first, that the County Council will propose a 4.9% increase in Council Tax, about £50 for a Band D property in Wyre Forest district. Second, he reported that a pilot scheme for PACT has been set up in Bewdley and that these would be set up in the rural areas: a Panel comprising the police, councillors and representatives of the community, ie parish councils, should be established during the early summer. Members felt that this was a formula for more meetings, when current meetings tend to be poorly attended. Members also asked what progress has been made with “green waste” collections, a matter which is being looked at again. Confirmation was given that the mobile library will continue: it was agreed that this service should be advertised more within the Parish.
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22/06 TO CONFIRM THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 18th JANUARY 2005
Subject to the word “not” being deleted from Minute 6/06(15) it was proposed by Cllr Pitt, seconded by Cllr Mrs Scott, and resolved that the Minutes, being a true and accurate record of the proceedings of the meeting, be signed by the Chairman.
23/06 PROGRESS REPORTS FOR INFORMATION
(1) Parish Web site. Malcolm Hall was not able to attend. The Clerk reported that he had received an email from Mr Hall giving details of a donation for an advertisement on the web site. Advertising the facilities at the three local public houses and details of the mobile library would be beneficial.
(2) Blakedown Playground. Cllr Danks reported that the Committee is continuing to raise funds and hope that the RoSPA report will prove useful. Another “tidy up“ day is planned. They are hoping shortly to appoint a contractor for the scheme.
(3) Stream course adj. Churchill Lane. The Clerk reported that officers of the Environment Agency should be in a position to report back by the end of February.
(4) Lengthsman/Handyman. Mark Jones was invited to speak and answer questions from Members. He has cleared many of the drains and gullies and will deal with the encroachment of the footway outside the school. He is hoping to obtain lifting irons from the CC. He has cleared around the trees in The Avenue, as well as clearing the litter. Members felt that, in order to promote the Parish Council the Clerk should arrange to acquire 3 high visibility jackets with the name on the back, up to £100: this was proposed by Cllr Whiston , seconded by Cllr Danks, and agreed. .
(5) Tree issues, The Avenue, Blakedown. The Clerk is still waiting for a reply from CALC on any legal issues involved.
(6) Churchill crossroads. This matter was referred to by the police earlier in the meeting, and Mark Jones will be asked to keep the growth cut back during the summer.
(7) Planning permission at 21 Birmingham Road, Blakedown. The Clerk gave details of the letter received from WFDC and will contact WCC to find out details. A further letter will be sent to WFDC regarding the what can be considered suitable for of S.106 agreements. The Blakedown School Governors are pursuing monies held on their behalf.
(8) Footpath CB 531, off Birmingham Road. As this has been afforded a low priority by WCC the Clerk will ask for this to be re-assessed in the light of the encroachment.
(9) Electronic service of planning applications. There was no recent information.
(10) Speaker for the Annual Meeting. The Clerk reported that he is waiting a reply from Mr Allen to see if a sub-Ranger would be available. Mark Jones would attend and the Police would be invited and an invitation sent also to the Environment Agency, in view of the recent work on the water courses through the parish.
(11) Grosvenor Hall, Station Drive. The Clerk read out a letter from the Enforcement Officer, who is monitoring the activities at this site. The Clerk will enquire why turning facilities cannot be provided within the site.
(12) Restructuring of Highway Partnership Units. The Clerk reported that a meeting had been convened at very short notice, which meant that very few parish councils could attend. An apology for the short notice had been given Although three options were suggested it is clear that a saving of £700,000 means that there will be only one unit, and this would be based at County Hall.
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24/06 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
(1) It was resolved that the comments on the following applications, as detailed, be sent to Wyre Forest DC:
WF/06/0021Detached double garage to rear and covered walkway, 16 Belbroughton Road, Blakedown
WF/06/0035Swimming pool hall extension, Churchill Court, Churchill
WF/06/0134 Erection of conservatory, 89 Belbroughton Road, Blakedown
(2) That the following Decision Notices be noted:
WF/0727/05 Bungalow with rooms in roofspace, Plot 4 Swan Close, Blakedown -
WF/05/1074 Sun room, Park Hall, Birmingham Road, Blakedown - LBC GRANTED
WF/05/1077 Two storey rear extension, 2 Belbroughton Road, Blakedown - GRANTED
WF/05/1148 Fell 8 trees and prune 14 trees, 1 Mill Lane, Blakedown - GRANTED
WF/05/1156 Extensions, 96 Belbroughton Road, Blakedown - GRANTED
WF/05/1160 External drinking terrace and demountable bollards to car park, The Old
House At Home PH, 26 Birmingham Road, Blakedown - GRANTED
WF/05/1165 Alterations, Blakedown Parish Room, Belbroughton Road, Blakedown -
WF/05/1181 Dormer window and balcony, 17 New Wood Lane, Blakedown - GRANTED
WF/05/1193 Extension, Parrs Farm, Stourbridge Road, Ismere - GRANTED
(3) That the following appeal decision be noted:
WF/0245/05 Single storey extension to provide changing rooms, Woodland House, New Wood Lane, Blakedown - DISMISSED, 18.01.06
(1) The Clerk reported that the current account today stands at £464.68p and the Instant Access account stands at £12,192.12p, giving a total credit balance of £14,762.44p.
(2) It was proposed by Cllr Mrs Hayward, seconded by Cllr Mrs Scott, and resolved that the following accounts be approved for payment:
Staples UK Ltd, photocopying, stamps, stationery - January
£42.81 + £6.24 VAT (4 invoices) £ 49.05
Worcestershire CALC, Clerk’s meeting (£20), training (£15) £ 35.00
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A Trow, mowing at War memorial in 2005 £100.00
Npower, July-December 2005, £243.80 + £12.18 VAT £255.98
Mark Jones, 4 weeks to 9.2.06 - Lengthsman, (£160) - Handyman, (£320) £480.00
26/06 IVERLEY PARK FARM GREEN WASTE SITE
Following discussion with Staffordshire CC the Parish Council has been consulted on two applications to vary several of the 58 conditions attached to original planning permission. Plan SS.06/02/637 is for the variation of 6 conditions - skip location, field stores, shredding, drainage, leachate and display of conditions, and SS.06.03/637 is to amend the visibility splays at the entrance on to A.451. The Council agreed that these conditions would not appear to affect any part of the Parish or adjoin the parish boundary, but Members wished to be consulted on any future application which could affect this parish. It is understood that the applicant does own farmland in this Parish and others in Worcestershire and the Parish Council seeks clarification that none of the land in Worcestershire is affected by the original permission or these applications.
27/06 VERGE CUTTING AND PLAYGROUND MAINTENANCE FOR 2006
The Parish Council Members confirmed that they wish Mr Rudge to continue the verge cutting on behalf of the County Council and for continued grass cutting on the Playground during 2006. The Clerk will confirm the current monthly cost.
28/06 REPLACEMENT OF OAK TREE, THE POUND, CHURCHILL
Cllr Mrs Hayward confirmed that the replacement tree, a 3m high Black Poplar, has been ordered from Hodge Hill Nursery, who will arrange for it to be planted.
29/06 NEW DEFINITIVE RIGHTS OF WAY MAP
The Clerk reported that parish clerks and Parish Footpath Wardens had recently had separate meetings with the Footpath Officers at WCC. The Clerk has received a coloured copy of he map covering the Parish, and the information is also on the WCC website. Members felt that the coloured map should be displayed permanently in the Parish and it was proposed by Cllr Whiston, seconded by Cllr Pitt, and agreed that the Clerk asks the Parish Room Trustees if this can be displayed in the Parish Room, either in the foyer or meeting room, the cost of frame, lamination and fixing to be met by the Parish Council.
30/06 ANNUAL NEWSLETTER
It was agreed that this be prepared in the similar format as last year. The Chairman and Clerk agreed to liaise over the content and production of the newsletter in time for distribution to Members for circulation at the next Parish Council meeting.
31/06 PARISH FORUM, 6th APRIL 2006
No items for the agenda were suggested.
32/06 CALC ITEMS
The Clerk reminded Members that the next Wyre Forest Area Meeting will be held on 8th March 2006, at 7 pm, in the Village Hall, Chaddesley Corbett.
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33/06 CORRESPONDENCE FOR NOTING
(1) WCC notice of temporary closure of Churchill Lane for 2 days after 22.02.06
(2) WFDC - schedule for Parish Games 2006
(3) npower - notice of 17.6% price rise for street lighting energy from 01.01.06
(4) West Mercia Police Authority - Interim Business Case Summary
(5) Kinver PC agenda papers and minutes
34/06 INFORMATION ITEMS/ITEMS FOR NEXT MEETING
1. Notification of planning appeal at Churchill Lane
2. Safety work at the War Memorial
3. Annual acknowledgements of contribution to the Parish
4. Consultation on significant planning applications in adjoining parishes
35/06 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
This is confirmed as Wednesday, 15th March 2006 at Blakedown Parish Room.
The meeting closed at 10.15 pm.
Dated this 15th day of March 2006 Chairman