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Minutes of the Meeting of Churchill and Blakedown Parish Council held on Wednesday, 17th January 2007, in Blakedown Parish Room.

PRESENT Cllr R J Whiston (Chairman)

Cllr A J Cairns

Cllr P A Dearden

Cllr Mrs P V Hayward

Cllr J W Long

Cllr B A Pitt

Cllr Mrs I A Scott

Cllr Mrs V J Swindells

In attendance: County Cllr S J M Clee

Cllr S Williams

R D Gurney, Clerk to the Parish Council

1/07 CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS

The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and wished all a Happy New Year. He informed Members that the Clerk has now passed and received the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA). The Clerk thanked the Council for their assistance. The Chairman commented that the discussion at meetings in the Autumn regarding the noise of trains passing through the Parish had made the front page of the Express and Star.

2/07 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

None.

3/07 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Cllr Long declared a personal interest in Items 8.5 and 14 (Min. nos. 8/07(5) and 13/07)

4/07 COMMUNITY POLICING

PC Russell Bunce and PC Phil Green were invited to speak and they apologised for PC Don Hemingway and PC Gemma Goode for not being able to attend. PACT leaflets regarding contact and complaints were circulated to Members and it was pointed out that the PACT for this area is being held in conjunction with the eastern part of Kidderminster. Asked if there could be a link to the Parish Website it transpired that there is no PACT website at present.

There have been concerns with all day parking in Station Drive, some causing problems by parking on the footway. The Police are keeping an eye on this, as it seems to be spreading into Lynwood Drive and down Mill Lane. This matter is to be kept on the agenda. Although recently there were 5 thefts, mainly satnavs, from cars in Swan Close this remains a low crime area. The investigation in to the case where a young child was sprayed with paint is on-going.

The officers will be making speed checks in Belbroughton Road and it was suggested that this is done between 7.30 and 9 am, and 5.30 and 7 pm.

ADJOURNMENT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

(No member of the public was in attendance).

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5/07 ELECTION OF VICE CHAIRMAN

There were no nominations and it was agreed that this continue to be left on the agenda.

6/07 REPORT FROM COUNTY COUNCILLOR AND DISTRICT COUNCILLOR

County Cllr Clee and Cllr Williams were invited to speak. Their comments related parking near the station, raised by the police officers earlier in the meeting. It was suggested that, now the Grosvenor Hall premises are vacant, the site may be available for parking, although Parish Councillors were of the opinion the charging on this site would not necessarily help. Cllr Clee reported that WFDC is to decriminalise on-street parking, and the DC will employ more attendants, who will be able to control parking in the area.

County Cllr Clee reported that the re-structuring of the Highways department is continuing, but the situation is improving. Any problems locally should be sent to Jon Fraser (with a copy to Cllr Clee). David Hunter has recently been appointed to oversee the lengthsman scheme. Cllr Clee also commented that the Wyre Forest Hub should be fully operational within the week.

7/07 CONFIRMATION OF THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON

13th DECEMBER 2006

With the addition of the words “representative of the” in the first line, second sentence, of the Adjournment for Public Comment it was proposed by Cllr Dearden, 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.

8/07 PROGRESS REPORTS FOR INFORMATION

(1) Parish Web site. Malcolm Hall submitted an apology for non-attendance.

(2) Lengthsman report. The Clerk reported that Mark Jones has had to report several instances of fly tipping, which have now been dealt with by WFDC. The Council’s comments on the Litter Picking agreement had been discussed with the solicitor at WFDC and some minor amendments have been made. It was agreed that the this can now be signed and returned.

(3) Stream Course, adj. Churchill Lane. The Clerk has still not received a reply to his reminder letter from the Environment Agency.

(4) Display of Definitive Rights of Way Map. The locations for the map and the screen were confirmed and Cllr Dearden will fix them after the refurbishment work at the Parish Rooms has been completed - within the next month.

(5) Suggested Closure of Rural Post Offices. The Clerk confirmed that letters have been sent to the Post Office Minister and to WFDC. Cllr Long has obtained a response from the National Federation of Sub Postmasters, who indicate that closures are “not imminent” and that the latest consultation period expires in March. Cllr Long agreed to draft out a response for discussion at the next meeting.

(6) Park Hall planning appeal decisions. This was deferred until the Clerk receives a response from the Head of Development Control at WFDC.

(7) Speaker at the Annual Parish Meeting. The Clerk confirmed that David Priestnall will be delighted to speak about the Norman Dawson Trust at the Annual Parish Meeting. (8) Letters of thanks. The Millennium Green Trust and the Sports Centre Committee thank the Council for the grants.

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9/07 PLANNING APPLICATIONS

(1) It was resolved that the comments on the following applications, as detailed, be sent to Wyre Forest DC.

Applications received

WF/06/1233 Erection of 3 stables and change of use of land for the keeping of

horses, together with car parking area and driveway,

Field off Stakenbridge Lane, Churchill

Objection for the following reasons:

1. The use of the access for the proposed purpose is considered to be dangerous because it is located close to the infamous bends under the railway bridge; it is near the brow of the hill; visibility in both directions is poor; the use would introduce slow moving vehicles (eg horse boxes) and horse riders on a narrow, busy road which is used as a rat run; and where the average speed of vehicles exceeds 40 mph in this 30 mph area. (This figure is from the County Council survey done during one week in January 2005). There are frequent accidents along this stretch of Stakenbridge Lane and additional slow moving traffic would be likely to be a cause of further and, possibly, more serious accidents. ( It is noted that the applicant lives adjacent to this site, with his access from the north. The PC sees no reason why this site cannot be accessed from the north).

2. The construction of stables, the formation of a car park with turning facility, laying out of a new road between paddocks 1 and 2 to serve paddock 3, and the inevitable alterations to the verge and boundary along Stakenbridge Lane will alter detrimentally the character and appearance of this presently unspoilt Green Belt location.

3. There are already amenity and highway problems in Churchill caused by the number of horse riders which would be exacerbated if this scheme is allowed.

WF/06/1250 Extension of existing balcony with external staircase, Birch Hollow,

Churchill

No objection

Planning Decisions (for information)

WF/06/1015 Extensions, 86 Belbroughton Road, Blakedown - GRANTED

WF/06/1034 Extension, 84 Belbroughton Road, Blakedown - GRANTED

WF/06/1081 Kitchen extension, Churchill Grange, Waggon Lane, Churchill

- REFUSED

WF/06/1102 Rebuilding wall and gateway, Attlee House, Churchill - GRANTED

WF/06/1108 Extensions and new access, 4 Mill Lane, Blakedown - GRANTED

WF/06/1135 Various work to 9 trees (TPO), 7 Wannerton Road, Blakedown -

part GRANTED, part REFUSED

WF/06/1146 Extensions, 7 Forge Lane, Blakedown - GRANTED

Appeal Decisions

WF/05/1215 Garage with annex over and orangery, New House Farm,

Belbroughton Road, Blakedown - DISMISSED 20.12.06

WF/06/0006 New Dwelling, adj. 1 Mill Lane, Blakedown - ALLOWED 05.01.07

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10/07 FINANCE

(1) The Clerk reported that the current account today stands at £2,886.37p in credit and the Instant Access account stands at £6,625.84p, giving a total balance of £9,512.21p.

(2) The Receipts and Payments Account for 06.11.06 - 05.01.07 was received.

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

Staples UK Ltd, photocopying, stamps, stationery - December

£41.11 + £7.20 VAT (3 invoices) £ 48.31

R D Gurney, salary (Dec/Jan) £560.88

Churchill Village Hall Management Committee - room hire,

16th August, 13th December £ 30.00

CPRE subscription for 2007 £ 27.00

Mark Jones, handyman (£325) and lengthsman (£165) £490.00

N Power (Oct-Dec), £179.50 + £8.98 VAT £188.48

£1,344.67

11/07 BUDGET AND PRECEPT FOR 2007/2008

The draft budget, notes and suggested level of the precept were circulated with the agenda. The Clerk explained that he had been able to project the cost of many aspects , but WFDC had advised that £1,210 should be included for contested elections in May. Otherwise all aspects remained similar to those in 2006/2007., but the end of year balance may not be as high as in previous years. It was proposed by Cllr Whiston, seconded by Cllr Long, and agreed that the precept for the coming year be £12,760 (an increase of 12.92%).

12/07 HIGHWAY MATTERS, INCLUDING CHURCHILL CROSSROADS

The Clerk reported that he has still not received a reply from WCC following the meeting in September. The Clerk reported that a representative from Amey Mouchel should report back about the drainage problems on A.456 in Blakedown. The Clerk reported that outcome of a meeting in November with WCC Scrutiny Committee; what progress will be made with the improvement of the highway department remains to be seen.

13/07 TREES IN THE AVENUE, BLAKEDOWN

There was nothing to report. Cllr Long will speak to his neighbours regarding possible problems with refuse collections.

14/07 SHOPPERS CAR PARK

Cllr Mrs Scott reported that she is awaiting an email from the highways department regarding some action to improve safety at the exit from the car park to A.456.

15/07 TO UNDERTAKE ADDITIONAL MOWING AT THE SPORTS CENTRE

A letter from the Secretary of the Sports Committee was circulated with the agenda. The Parish Council is asked whether the strip of grass between the pavilion and the tennis court could be cut when the play area is cut. It was agreed to ask Mr Rudge to include this in his work and to let the PC have a quotation for the work.

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16/07 VERGE CUTTING AND PLAYGROUND MAINTENANCE FOR 2007

The Parish Council confirmed that they are content for Mr Rudge to continue cutting the verges on behalf of WCC and at the Playground. The Clerk was asked to obtain a quotation for this work.

17/06 CORRESPONDENCE FROM CALC

The Information Bulletin Spring 2007 was enclosed with the agenda.

18/07 CORRESPONDENCE (for noting)

(1) WCC - Notice of closure, Deansford Lane (1 day in week commencing 08.02.07)

(2) WCC - Timetable changes to local services

(3) Police/Community Consultative Group - notice of meeting

(4) West Mercia Police Authority - priorities for 2007 and beyond

(5) WCC - Minerals and Waste Development Framework - Adoption of SCI

(6) South Staffs DC - Wolverhampton Airport Policy Area Workshop, 31.01.07

at 10.00 am at Wombourne

(7) WFDC - Budget consultation meeting, 25.01.07 at 6 pm at Duke House

(8) Blakedown Tenant Consultative Committee - notice of meeting

(9) Rockford Consulting - request for details of walking/riding guides

(10) Magazines - Clerks and Councils, Glasdon catalogue, Worcestershire Partnership

19/07 ITEMS OR PARISH INTEREST/ITEMS FOR NEXT AGENDA

1. West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy - Clerk will prepare comments for next meeting.

2. There is overhanging vegetation along footpath 24.

3. The Clerk reported receipt of an email requesting details of local landowners. It was suggested that this would be best done through the web site.

20/07 DATE OF NEXT MEETING

This will be held on 21st February 2007, in Blakedown Parish Room.

The meeting closed at 9.50 pm.

 

 

Dated this 21st day of February 2007 ………………………………............

Chairman