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Minutes of the Meeting of Churchill and Blakedown Parish Council held on Wednesday, 16th August 2006, in Churchill Village Hall.
PRESENT Cllr R J Whiston (Chairman)
Cllr A J Cairns
Cllr S J Danks (until Minute no. 132/06(6))
Cllr P A Dearden
Cllr Mrs P V Hayward
Cllr J W Long (from Minute no. 129/06)
Cllr B A Pitt
Cllr Mrs I A Scott
Cllr Mrs M Thomas
In attendance: Malcolm Hall (web site keeper)
County Cllr S J M Clee (for part of the meeting)
R D Gurney, Clerk to the Parish Council
125/06 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
126/06 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
127/06 COMMUNITY POLICING
The Chairman invited Community Support Officer, Gemma Clements, to speak. She commented that PC McGill is on sick leave and PC Green has been moved to another area. Currently, therefore, the rural areas are not fully policed. However, there are no reported problems in the Parish. The CSO explained the police system for prioritising telephone calls from members of the public.
128/06 CO-OPTION OF PARISH COUNCILLOR
In response to the advertisement two applications (from Mr S Charman and Mr J Long) had been received in time for circulation with the agenda and two applications (from Mr T Gardiner and Mrs V Swindells) were received subsequently. That the two later applications be accepted was proposed by Cllr Dearden, seconded by Cllr Mrs Thomas, and agreed.
The Chairman explained the election process, which accorded with the Best Practice Guide from CALC. The winning candidate must receive a majority of the votes cast and, if this is not achieved on the first ballot, the candidates with the lowest votes drops out. This was proposed by the Chairman, seconded by Cllr Mrs Thomas, and agreed.
The Chairman proposed that the election takes place at this meeting, there would be no questioning of the candidates present, and the process to be conducted in open session. This was seconded by Cllr Mrs Thomas and agreed.
On the suggestion that there should be a secret ballot, this was carried by 4 votes to 2, with 2 abstentions. The Clerk confirmed that he had suitable papers available.
The result of the first ballot failed to produce a clear winner and the two lowest candidates, Mr Gardiner and Mrs Swindells were eliminated.
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In the second ballot Mr James Long received the majority of the votes cast (note 1) and was elected for co-option. Mr Long signed his Acceptance of Office and took his place. The Chairman commented that it was pleasing to have received four applications for the vacancy and he assured those who were unsuccessful this time that it was not a reflection on their capabilities and that there would be further opportunities to apply.
ADJOURNMENT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
(Three members of the public were in attendance. The only matter raised was the missing street name plate for Swan Close, and the Clerk confirmed that this has been reported to WFDC and the replacement is in hand).
129/06 ELECTION OF VICE CHAIRMAN
There were no nominations and it was agreed that this item be left on the agenda.
130/06 REPORT FROM COUNTY COUNCILLOR
The Chairman invited County Cllr Clee to speak. He commented that the HPU has been progressing with the problems at Churchill crossroads. The Clerk confirmed that he has been in correspondence with Andy Broome, who is hoping to set up a meeting with the PC to discuss the provision of a vehicle actuated sign. It was agreed that this be on the next agenda.
131/06 CONFIRMATION OF THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 19th JULY 2006
A series of additional sentences to be included in Minute no. 118/06 was proposed by Cllr Danks and seconded by Cllr Cairns. (note 2) On being put to the vote there were 2 votes in favour and 3 against; this amendment was, therefore, lost. 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.
132/06 PROGRESS REPORTS FOR INFORMATION
(1) Parish Web site. Malcolm Hall informed the Meeting that this has been a quiet month, although there have been 204 returning visits and a visit from The Netherlands. He commented that the Express and Star is a regular visitor and the Clerk confirmed that he receives enquiries from that newspaper for follow-up details.
(2) Blakedown Playground. There was nothing to report.
(3) Lengthsman report. Mark Jones commented that there has been an increased litter problem during the school holidays and that he is still waiting for assistance from the HPU to deal with the problem of the drains at the railway bridge and in Stoney Lane. Cllr Dearden agreed to arrange for a key for the gate to the Sports Centre to be available and it was agreed that the PC would pay for any cost of cutting a new key. The Chairman expressed the thanks of the PC for the work being done by Mark Jones.
(4) Stream Course, adj. Churchill Lane. The Clerk will continue to pursue.
(5) Churchill crossroads. Following County Cllr Clee’s comments, the Clerk read out the email from Mr Broome. Cllrs Mrs Hayward and Pitt would wish to attend a meeting.
(6) Display of Definitive Rights of Way Map. The Clerk reported that this is now being done.
(7) New gates, St James the Great, Blakedown. The Clerk reported that he has arranged for the invoice from the timber supplier to be sent to the Parish Council. A letter of thanks
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has been received from the PCC.
(8) Delegation of litter picking duty. The Clerk reported that this PC is one of three pilot schemes. A meeting between the PCs, WFDC, CALC, and WCC is expected to be arranged in September; this will formalise the procedures and litter picking collection arrangements. (Mark Jones commented that a lot of litter in Blakedown comes from visitors to the West Midlands Safari Park and the Clerk was asked to write to the Safari Park expressing this concerns).
(9) Hedge between Wheatmill Close/Sculthorpe Road. It is noted that one section of hedge along this footpath (identified as rear of 2 Mill Lane) still needs to be cut back. The Clerk is waiting a reply from Community Housing before pursuing the problem.
133/06 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
(1) It was resolved that the comments on the following applications, as detailed, be sent to Wyre Forest DC.
WF/06/0752 Rear extension to first floor with internal alterations, adjustments to existing pool roof, 6 Churchill Lane, Blakedown
WF/06/0763 Fell one conifer, Glebe View Cottage, Churchill (Conservation Area consent)
WF/06/0764 Reduce maple, 5 Lynwood Drive, Blakedown (TPO)
WF/06/0769 Extensions to side and rear comprising porch, garage, kitchen, dining room, utility and bedroom, demolition of existing garage and kitchen, 5 The Croft, Blakedown
WF/06/0810 Replacement septic tank, oil tank and fencing, Park Hall, Blakedown
No objection, providing that the capacity of the septic tank and oil tank are commensurate with the existing property and not significantly enlarged.
WF/06/0822 Kitchen extension and conservatory, 48 Birmingham Road, Blakedown
(2) The following decisions were reported:
WF/06/0584 Installation of 4 pole mounted dish antenna at top of existing mast,
Harborough Farm, Birmingham Road, Blakedown - GRANTED
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WF06/0601 Revised position of dormer bungalow (approved under WF/0727/05),
Plot 4, Swan Close, Blakedown - GRANTED
WF/06/0618 Extensions, 15 Birmingham Road, Blakedown - GRANTED
WF/06/0634 Extension to side and front porch, 92 Belbroughton Road,
Blakedown - GRANTED
134/06 CONSULTATION FROM STAFFORDSHIRE CC: IVERLEY PARK FARM
The Clerk referred to the applications seeking compliance with conditions 26 (risk assessment for field store locations), 36 (details of the as built access), and 53 (revised odour management plan). Members had no objection to these applications and thanked Staffs CC for notifying the PC.
135/06 REQUEST FOR GRANT: CHURCHILL AND BLAKEDOWN MILLENNIUM GREEN TRUST
Following Mr Elwell’s talk at the previous meeting the details of the accounts of the Trust were circulated in support of the request for a grant for the annual insurance of £240. This was proposed by the Chairman, seconded by Cllr Pitt, and agreed.
(1) The Clerk reported that the current account stands at £262.343p in credit and the Instant Access account stands at £8,871.45p, giving a total balance of £9,153.79p.
(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- July
£13.76 + £3.84 VAT £ 17.60
Churchill PCC - churchyard maintenance £307.50
Blakedown PCC - churchyard maintenance £307.50
Mark Jones handyman (£340) and lengthsman (£160) £500.00
Churchill and Blakedown Millennium Green Trust £240.00
137/06 SPEEDING VEHICLES IN BELBROUGHTON ROAD
Cllr Dearden reported that the speed of vehicles in Belbroughton Road has continually been increasing. The Clerk was asked to contact the Police to arrange for radar trap the be used again in Belbroughton Road.
138/06 ELECTRONIC PLANNING CONSULTATIONS
The Clerk had circulated a letter from Mr Parker at WFDC giving details of the new procedure and its implications. Members agreed that as the laptop and projector are to belong to the PC it is advisable to have them insured, including cover for travelling. Members were pleased to note that WFDC is making £500 available for PC use. It will be necessary for the capital value to be reviewed when the budget is discussed. The Clerk had flagged with WFDC about the provision of a screen, but Members felt that the system should be tested beforehand.
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139/06 CORRESPONDENCE FROM CALC
The MAIL had been circulated previously. The CALC Executive has agreed that the CALC website should be available to Chairmen, as well as clerks. Members agreed that the Chairman should be able to access the web site and that the protocol to protect the privileged information available to Member Councils be accepted
140/06 CORRESPONDENCE FOR INFORMATION
(1) WCC Rights of Way Improvement Plan for Worcestershire (available at
(2) Central Networks, Grants for non-profit organisations
(3) Wicksteed Leisure, new play equipment
(4) Cllr S J Danks, letter and 3 emails re appointment to outside bodies
(5) Cllr S J Danks, email re Parish Council records and appointment of parish
councillor to school governing body
(6) Mrs M Hiscock, 2 emails re school governing body constitution
(7) WCC Passenger Transport in Worcestershire (available at
(8) Worcestershire Partnerships, Short Guide to Local Area Agreements
(9) West Midlands Regional Assembly magazine
(10) Community Council Newsline magazine
141/06 ITEMS OR PARISH INTEREST/ITEMS FOR NEXT AGENDA
1. Weight limits of vehicles passing through Churchill (Cllr Pitt)
2 Publicising of parish councillor contacts on the web site
3. The Clerk has received a letter and email from the purchaser of a property hear the station, requesting details of the Parish Council’s views on the proposal to develop land as a car park and for housing. It was suggested that the Clerk responds by referring to the PC minutes only.
142/06 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The next of the Parish Council will be held on 20th September 2006, in Blakedown Parish Room.
The meeting closed at 9.54 pm.
Dated this 20th day of September 2006 ………………………………............
Note 1 …and defeated Mr Simon Charman…
Note 2 The first vote was disqualified due to a councillor deemed to be ineligible.