CHURCHILL AND BLAKEDOWN PARISH COUNCIL 7

Minutes of the Meeting of Churchill and Blakedown Parish Council held on Wednesday, 17th August 2005, in Blakedown Parish Room.

PRESENT Cllr R J Whiston (Chairman)

Cllr A J Cairns

Cllr P A Dearden

Cllr B A Pitt

Cllr Mrs I A Scott

In attendance: PC Andy McGill (and two colleagues)

R D Gurney, Clerk to the Parish Council

136/05 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

These were received and accepted from Cllr Danks (holiday), Cllr Mrs Hayward and Cllr Dr Parker (meetings), and Cllr Mrs Thomas (convalescing).

137/05 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

None.

138/05 COMMUNITY POLICING

PC McGill was invited to address the meeting. He commented that there have not been any serious crimes committed in the Parish since the last meeting. However there are three matters which need to be nipped in the bud: youths letting off fireworks in the street, youths climbing the tennis fencing and annoying the players, and youngsters firing paintballs at passing motorists. Outside the Parish there has been an increase in the theft of diesel fuel. Members asked if the developer of the former nursery could fence it to deter travellers.

ADJOURNMENT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

(One member of the public was in attendance. He raised the concern about Bridleway no. 23, between Halfshire Lane and New Wood Lane being closed to pedestrians).

139/05 REPORT FROM COUNTY COUNCILLOR

County Cllr Clee was not in attendance and there was no report.

140/05 TO CONFIRM THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 20th JULY 2005

The Clerk reported several minor errors in the circulated draft minutes, which have been amended in the minutes for signing. Subject to the substitution for the word “resident” for “member” in the notes of the adjournment, it was proposed by Cllr Mrs Scott, seconded by Cllr Dearden, and resolved that the Minutes, being a true and accurate record of the proceedings of the meeting, be signed by the Chairman.

141/05 PROGRESS REPORTS FOR INFORMATION

(1) Parish Web site. There was no report as Malcolm Hall was not in attendance. The Chairman commented that he had sent a photograph of the Pound to Malcolm Hall for inclusion on the web site.

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(2) Blakedown Playground. There was no report, but recently litter has been a problem.

(3) Consultation with Kinver PC. No response has been received.

(4) Parking agreement, The Old House at Home PH. A reply is still awaited from WFDC.

(5) Audit progress. The Clerk informed the Council that Mr Hale, the Internal Auditor, had commented on some items of the Accounts, including counter-signing alterations on counterfoils, how unpresented cheques should be shown on the accounts and that the unpresented cheque to Blakedown PCC for £260 towards churchyard maintenance should be cancelled and, if the donation is still applicable, a new cheque should be issued. Members considered this last point and it was proposed by Cllr Pitt, seconded by Cllr Mrs Scott, and agreed, that the cheque for £260 for churchyard maintenance during 2004/5 by Blakedown PCC be re-issued.

(6) Stream course adj. Churchill Lane. The Clerk confirmed that this stream is not an SSSI. He had not been able to speak with the EA regarding progress. Members decided to check old maps to find the proper name of this stream.

(7) Street naming, Churchill/Crown Lane. The Clerk reported that WFDC has agreed with the Parish Council’s suggestions. The name plates are currently being made and, when they are ready, the Clerk will be contacted with a view to meeting at Churchill to agree the locations. The Chairman agreed to meet the officer.

(8) Disabled Signs at the Parish Room. A reply is awaited.

(9) WCC Assistance with Street Lighting. The Clerk reported that the necessary details have been sent to Pirelli, with a request to undertake the survey. The Clerk also reported that he has instructed Central Networks to connect up the replacement column (no. 13) in Lynwood Drive.

(10) Request for Footway along A.451, Iverley. The Clerk reported that this request has been sent to Staffordshire CC, but a reply has not yet been received.

(11) Untidy land, Birmingham Road/Station Drive, Blakedown. The Clerk reported that this problem has been passed to the HPU, but no response has been received.

142/05 PLANNING APPLICATIONS

(1) Applications received

WF/0717/05 Erection of stable loft and change of use of the land for the keeping of horses, land off New Wood Lane, Blakedown (change of description)

No objection to the change of use, but comments made on 20 July 2005 are still applicable.

WF/0718/05 Erection of stable loft and change of use of the land for the keeping of horses, land off New Wood Lane, Blakedown (change of description)

No objection to the change of use, but comments made on 20 July 2005 are still applicable.

WF//0745/05 TPO: Fell Scots Pine tree, 11a Mill Close, Blakedown

Agree with the conclusions made by the Arboricultural Officer in that, in this case, remedial action is preferable to removal.

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WF/0750/05 Two storey extension to include kitchen, dining, garage, guest suite (demolition of garage), Stanway Mead, 4 New Wood Lane, Blakedown

No objection

WF/0784/05 Side and rear extensions, pitched roof over existing garage and additional accommodation in roof space, Stagg Hill, New Wood Lane, Blakedown

No objection

(2) Decision notices

WF/0637/05 Fell Scots Pine, 5 Mill Close, Blakedown - GRANTED

WF/0704/05 Retention of external canopy and decking and extension to balustrade, The Swan Inn, 9 Birmingham Road, Blakedown - GRANTED.

WF/0720/05 Two storey and single storey extensions, 30 Mill Lane, Blakedown - REFUSED

143/05 POSSIBLE DEVELOPMENT, STATION DRIVE, BLAKEDOWN

Following the talk given by Mr Griffiths at the last Parish Council meeting a report has been put on the web site, inviting local residents to give their views on the possible scheme to Mr Griffiths. Copies of the responses received to date were circulated with the agenda. Members felt that it would be inappropriate for the Parish Council to give comments until a formal application is received, but this does not preclude any Member making comments as an individual.

144/05 FINANCE

(1) The Clerk reported that the current account stands at £1,518.70p in credit and the Instant Access account stands at £11,786.18p, giving a total balance of £13,304.88p.

(2) It was proposed by Cllr Dearden, seconded by Cllr Cairns, and resolved that the following accounts be approved for payment:

Staples UK Ltd, photocopying - July, £17.78 + £2.26 VAT £ 20.04

David Hale (Internal Auditor) £105.00

Friends of Blakedown Playground £210.32

Mark Jones (handyman), 3 weeks to 11.08.05 £240.00

Blakedown PCC, churchyard grant for 2004/5 £260.00

£835.36

145/05 HIGHWAY MATTERS

The Clerk read out an email which County Cllr Clee has received from Andy Broome at the HPU relating to possible action at the Churchill crossroads. The Parish Council agreed that the mobile radar speed indicator sign be requested, and that this be sited to the west of the crossroads, near the 30 mph signs. Members also requested that this mobile unit would also be usefully located near the Stakenbridge Lane/Stoney Lane/ Brakemill crossroads.

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Members were concerned that the closed Bridleway no. 23, between Halfshire Lane and New Wood Lane is not receiving any attention. Members have received complaints from local residents. The Clerk was asked to write to WCC asking why it has been closed and for it to be partially re-opened for walkers.

155/05 VILLAGE HANDYMAN

The Clerk reported that Mr Jones has completed 3 weeks and his efforts have been recognised. The Clerk has written to Mrs Hobson informing her that the bus shelter cleaning is now to be done by the handyman, but he has not yet had a response from her.

The Clerk reminded the Parish Council that WCC is continuing to promote the Parish lengthsman scheme, whereby a parish council makes the appointment and is paid up to £2,000 annually. As Mr Jones is already doing some of this work it may be feasible to consider adopting the scheme. Mr Broome (HPU) has arranged to send details, which can be considered at the next meeting. Meanwhile, the Clerk will speak with Mr Jones to obtain his views on this work.

156/05 DANGEROUS TREES, MILL LANE/CHURCHILL LANE, BLAKEDOWN

A letter from Mr Clarke from The Mill House to the Chairman was attached to the agenda. Members accepted that this is not a parish council responsibility and that the letter be passed to Mr Broome (HPU), asking him to investigate the allegation.

157/05 MOTOR CYCLING AND QUADBIKING ON PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY, ADJ. TO LADIES POOL

The Clerk read a letter from WCC following complaints that motorised vehicles are being driven on footpaths and bridleways. Members noted the comments, but was not aware of the nuisance and felt that this is an isolated incident.

158/05 CORRESPONDENCE FROM CALC

The Clerk reported the details of the Nuts ‘n’ Bolts course and agreed that the Chairman attend; the vacancy on the Executive from the Wyre Forest Area Meeting; and notice of the Area Meeting on 8th September.

159/05 CORRESPONDENCE

The following items were noted and/or dealt with as follows:

1. Countryside Agency - conclusive map of registered common land and open country

2. Bromsgrove DC - Statement of Community Involvement - noted

3. Worcester City Transport event, 22/23 August - no-one able to attend

160/05 INFORMATION ITEMS/ITEMS FOR NEXT MEETING

1. Risk assessment

2. Invitation to Mr Elwell re Parish Games

161/05 DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Wednesday, 21st September 2005 at Blakedown Parish Room.

The meeting closed at 9.30 pm.

Dated this 21st day of September 2005 Chairman