CHURCHILL AND BLAKEDOWN PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of the Meeting of Churchill and Blakedown Parish Council held on Wednesday, 16th March 2005, in Blakedown Parish Room.

PRESENT Cllr R J Whiston (Chairman)

Cllr A J Cairns

Cllr S J Danks

Cllr Mrs P V Hayward

Cllr B A Pitt

Cllr Mrs I A Scott

In attendance: PC Andy McGill

R D Gurney, Clerk to the Parish Council

43/05 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

These were received and accepted from Cllr Dearden and Cllr Dr Parker. Apologies were also received from County Cllr S J M Clee.

44/05 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Cllr Whiston declared a personal interest in planning application nos. WF/1342/04, WF/1343/04 and WF/0185/05 (Minute no. 49/05)

The Clerk declared an interest in Item 16 (Minute no. 59/05)

45/05 COMMUNITY POLICING

PC McGill was invited to address the meeting. He commented that PC Green is attending another meeting. He reported that he is aware of the current planning application, he has visited the Grosvenor Hall site and is aware that spiked planks had been placed near vehicles at the site, a matter which is being investigated further. The parking of transporter vehicles in Station Drive is being monitored. He reported that some 13 4x4 vehicles had been stolen in his Beat Area since September, mainly from Stone, and 5 have been recovered.

In reply to a question PC McGill said the he was not aware of the results of the traffic survey carried out at the Churchill crossroads in January and it was agreed that a copy be sent to him.

ADJOURNMENT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

(One member of the public was in attendance, who spoke about her concerns with planning application no. WF/0176/05 - which is considered later in the meeting).

46/05 REPORT FROM COUNTY COUNCILLOR

County Cllr Clee submitted his apology and there was no report.

47/05 TO CONFIRM THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 16th FEBRUARY 2005

Subject to the re-wording of Minute no. 23/05 to remove the double negative, it was proposed by Cllr Mrs Scott, seconded by Cllr Mrs Hayward, and resolved that the Minutes, being a true and accurate record of the proceedings of the meeting, be signed by the Chairman.

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48/05 PROGRESS REPORTS FOR INFORMATION

(1) Parish Web site. Malcolm Hall was not in attendance, but Cllr Danks reported that there had been 359 hits in February, 281 being first time hits. The Chairman commented that several Parish Council items are now on the web site and he wished that these could be more obvious.

(2) Street Light no. 1, Churchill Lane. The Clerk reported that Cllr Dearden has not yet been able to supply a photograph but in the meantime the Clerk replies to Network Rail.

(3) Dog Fouling signs. The Clerk reported that he has been informed by the Cultural, Leisure and Commercial Services department at WFDC that these signs are about to be replaced. However, no action has yet been taken.

(4) Traffic problems, Lynwood Drive/Station Drive. This has been reported on by PC McGill in his report (Minute 45/05).

(5) Planning Complaint, Crown Inn, Iverley. The Clerk reported that he has spoken to the Enforcement Officer at South Staffordshire DC, who commented that a reply to the visibility matter at the end of Crown Lane is awaited from the highways authority. The Clerk will write direct to the highways department at Staffordshire CC.

(6) Blakedown Playground. Cllr Danks reported that the business plan is progressing, applications for grants are being submitted and a Working Party has been arranged.

49/05 PLANNING APPLICATIONS

(1) Applications received

WF/1342/04 Conversion of existing barn to create two bedroom dwelling with associated parking and brick walls to garden area, Activity Barn (Barn

no. 2), Park Hall, Blakedown

PC has concerns with yet another application on this site affecting a listed building. PC again requests that a Master Plan showing the applicant’s overall intention for the numerous schemes at Park Hall be prepared, as it seems further schemes are in the offing. It appears that this building has restored to its present condition prior to this application for change of use. The PC is uneasy with some of the detailing on this listed building and considers that a road safety issue is developing because of the increased traffic use of the access.

WF/1343/04 Conversion of existing barn to create two bedroom dwelling with associated parking and brick walls to garden area, Activity Barn (Barn

no. 2), Park Hall, Blakedown (Listed Building Consent)

Comments as for WF/1342/04 above.

WF/0148/05 Extension of existing yard for car parking (temporary storage pending delivery) facilities, adj. railway line, Station Drive, Blakedown

PC objects. Can it be confirmed that the existing use is authorised? The doubling of the area gives the site potential for a considerable increase in the number of vehicles able to be stored and, therefore, an increase in the number of car transporters visiting the site and using Station Drive. PC contend that there is a road safety issue with the site adjacent to the station and level crossing; access to this site is not adequate for passing traffic; and there is likely to be an increase in pollution and noise levels.

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If the application is to be approved PC would wish the following to be included in any

conditions; retention of existing tree screen, supplemented as necessary; a tree screen provided across the southern end of the application site; time limit for the use of the site, eg. 7 am to 7 pm, Monday to Saturday; no permanent illumination to be provided.

WF/0176/05 Detached garage, 3 Birmingham Road, Blakedown

PC objects, as this 3 car garage is a large building, sited in a prominent location in the Green Belt, to the detriment of the visual amenities of the area. Furthermore the location means that a long driveway will have to be constructed, which would also be visually detrimental. The scale of the proposed use will mean an increased use of the existing access and this will have visibility and road safety implications. This 3 car garage will be out of scale with the existing cottage and the use of roller shutter doors gives a commercial appearance to the building and area.

WF/0179/05 Erection of 3 detached dwellings following demolition of existing dwelling, Grove Cottage, 7a Mill Lane, Blakedown

PC objects as this represents the worst type of backland development. The proposal to build large houses on the backland area will lead particularly to loss of privacy to and overlooking of adjoining properties. There is concern that the use of the new driveway by residents of the proposed backland properties will also be detrimental to the residents of

the adjoining property.

WF/0185/05 Subdivision and change of use of agricultural land to the keeping of horses and creation of new vehicular access, Stakenbridge Lane, Churchill

PC objects as the proposed access is located at a very dangerous location on a busy and narrow road. The proposed access details shown are woefully inadequate from the highway safety aspect, as horse boxes will not be able to stand clear of the highway; there is a need for a 20m set back, a turning area within the site and access to be properly fenced. PC feel that the existing track access should also be improved. (PC is actively seeking improvements to Churchill crossroads to reduce speed on this road).

WF/0220/05 Two storey side extension, 25 Swan Close, Blakedown

No objection

WF/0221/05 Single storey extension to front including porch, canopy and utility extension, 58 Belbroughton Road, Blakedown

No objection

WF/0247/05 Retention of timber decking and canopy with proposed canopy extension and tree irrigation, The Swan Inn, Birmingham Road, Blakedown

No objection

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WF/0254/05 Single storey extension, Woodland House, New Wood Lane, Blakedown

No objection

(2) Decision notices

None have been received.

50/05 REQUEST FOR GRANT, WRVS

A letter has been received from the Executive Director of the WRVS for a grant. Members agreed that, in the absence of evidence of activity in the parish, no grant be made.

51/05 MODEL 2 FINANCIAL REGULATIONS

Copies of the amended and updated Regulations were circulated at the meeting. That these Regulations be accepted was proposed by Cllr Mrs Hayward, seconded by Cllr Danks, and agreed.

52/05 FINANCE

(1) The Clerk reported that the current account stands at £1,768.21p in credit and the Instant Access account stands at £9,209.57p, giving a total balance of £10,977.78p.

(2) The Receipts and Payments Account for 06.01.05 - 04.03.05 was received.

(3) It was proposed by Cllr Pitt, seconded by Cllr Mrs Scott, and resolved that the following accounts be approved for payment:

Staples UK Ltd, photocopying, stationery, stamps - February,

£52.04 + £6.47 VAT (3 invoices) £ 58.51

R D Gurney - salary, February/March 2005 £492.54

- expenses, Nov 2004 - Feb 2005 £ 34.63

£585.68

53/05 HIGHWAY MATTERS

Cllr Pitt informed the Council that the results of the survey at Churchill crossroads showed that two out of three drivers exceeded the speed limit. Members felt that this showed that there is a traffic problem that needs to be enforced. It was agreed that the Clerk replies to County Cllr Clee to ask what the County Council’s next step will be. It would be helpful if a series of options can be produced, so that the matter can be discussed. A copy of the survey will be sent to the police.

The Clerk was asked to report to WFDC that Hagley Homes are blocking the pavement outside the site of Highbury and that the site should be made secure.

It was noted that an inspection of the current state of Belbroughton Road is to be made on 18th March by Mr Broome of the HPU.

It was noted that there is a problem with parking in the village when the Saturday auctions are held in the Parish Rooms. The Clerk was asked to find out if WFDC still has an agreement for use of part of the car park at the Old House at Home.

 

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54/05 VILLAGE HANDYMAN

The Clerk reported that he had nothing to report since the last meeting, either from Mr Smith or in response to the advertisements.

55/05 BREACH OF PLANNING PERMISSION, 23a BIRMINGHAM ROAD

The Clerk read out a letter from Mr Parker, the Head of Planning at WFDC, relating to the unauthorised building on this site. He accepted that the rear block had been built in the wrong location, but he considered that this error does not have a detrimental impact on existing properties and neither will it affect the amenity of the occupiers of the new development.

It is noted that the developers have been using the original access to Highbury as their site access, whereas this should be off Swan Close. The Clerk was asked to inform the Enforcement Officer of this.

56/05 ARRANGEMENTS FOR ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

The Clerk confirmed that Paul Allen, the WFDC Ranger for Hurcott Wood will be the main speaker at the Annual Meeting on 20th April 2005. The Chairman’s report/newsletter had been printed and copies were handed to members for distribution to households in the Parish.

57/05 CONSULTATION WITH KINVER PARISH COUNCIL

The Clerk reported that he has spoken to the Chairman and Clerk at Kinver PC, both of whom seemed content with the suggested liaison between the two parish councils. The suggestion will be discussed at the next meeting of Kinver PC.

58/05 STREET NAME PLATE, CROWN LANE/IVERLEY LANE

The Chairman reported that he has been approached by local residents regarding the provision of a name plate. He commented that this is not really a parish council problem, but there is a need to obtain the views of the residents. The Clerk was asked to write to each resident to enquire their preferred name for the lane.

59/05 CLERK’S SALARY FOR 2005/2006

(The Clerk left the room during the discussion of this item).

It was proposed by Cllr Pitt seconded by Cllr Mrs Hayward and agreed that the press and public be excluded during the discussion of this item, in view of the personal nature of the business.

It was proposed by Cllr Pitt, seconded by Cllr Mrs Hayward and agreed that:

1. The nationally agreed salary rates be noted.

2. That the Clerk be paid on Scale SCP 20, with effect from 1st April 2005.

60/05 CORRESPONDENCE FROM CALC

There was none.

61/05 CORRESPONDENCE FOR ACTION

1. WFDC Review of the Code of Conduct consultation - no comment

2. WFDC Local Development Framework, first stage consultation - noted

 

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62/05 CORRESPONDENCE FOR INFORMATION

The following items were noted:

1. WFDC - Increase in S.136 contributions for the maintenance of churchyards to £600 2. Police/Community Consultative Group meeting, 6th April 2005

3. ODPM Discussion documents (a) Citizen engagement and public services, (b) Vibrant local leadership

63/05 INFORMATION ITEMS/ITEMS FOR NEXT MEETING

None

64/05 DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Annual Parish Meeting, Wednesday 20th April 2005 at Churchill Village Hall

Annual Parish Council Meeting, Wednesday, 18th May 205 at Blakedown Parish Room.

The meeting closed at 10.27 pm.

 

Dated this 18th day of May 2005

 

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Chairman