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Minutes of the Meeting of Churchill and Blakedown Parish Council held on Wednesday, 18th January 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

Cllr Mrs M Thomas

In attendance: County Cllr Stephen Clee

District Cllr Stephen Williams

Mr John Farmer, Norton and Iverley Action Group

R D Gurney, Clerk to the Parish Council

1/06 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

These were received and accepted from Cllr A J Cairns.

2/06 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

None.

3/06 COMMUNITY POLICING

No representative was in attendance.

ADJOURNMENT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

(One member of the public was in attendance, but did not wish to speak).

4/06 REPORT FROM COUNTY COUNCILLOR

County Cllr Clee was invited to address the meeting and he commented on three issues. First, following the receipt of emails from the Clerk County Cllr Clee has been pressing the highway authority for some action regarding Churchill crossroads; however the WCC priority relates to the number of fatal accidents and there have not been any. Parish Councillors suggested the use of repeater signs and that there may be new legislation which would enable the PC to contribute. Second, there is a budget consultation meeting, where £8.5 million needs to be saved. WCC is looking to share some administration and management costs with the district councils. Third, the proposal to reduce the number of HPUs to 1, 2 or 3 units is shortly to go out for consultation.

5/06 TO CONFIRM THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 14th DECEMBER 2006

It was proposed by Cllr Mrs Scott, seconded by Cllr Danks, 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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6/06 PROGRESS REPORTS FOR INFORMATION

(1) Kinver Waste Site scheme.

The Chairman invited John Farmer, Norton and Iverley Action Group to talk about the activities on this site, which lies close to the parish and County boundary. Permission was finally granted in June 2004, with 58 conditions, and work started in June 2005. The permission is for composting green waste for use on the applicant’s farms and there is a restriction on the number of lorry movements. There are now many complaints ranging from noise and smell to the methods used for composting. There is a complaint pending with the Ombudsman and a liaison meeting is to be held on 20th January. It is noted that no representatives from Worcestershire have been invited, although Dudley MBC will attend. The Clerk will find out the current position.

(2) Parish Web site.

Malcolm Hall was unable to attend. The Clerk informed the Council that the renewal of the domain name needs to be renewed in March.

(3) Blakedown Playground. There was no report.

(4) Stream Course, adj. Churchill Lane.

The Clerk has not been able to obtain any information from the Environment Agency but will follow this up.

(5) Lengthsman report. The Clerk reported that Mark Jones has started his lengthsman’s duties in mid December, cleaning road signs and clearing some drainage gullies.

(6) Request for footway along A.451, Iverley. Confirmation has been received that Staffordshire CC will not proceed with the provision of a footway, due to lack of funding. However, more regular grass cutting will be done and, if requested, a warning sign may be installed. Members agreed to request this be done.

(7) Tree issues, The Avenue, Blakedown. The new solicitor at NALC has not yet had an opportunity to reply on this issue.

(8) Churchill crossroads. County Cllr Clee dealt with this matter in his report.

(9) Planning permission at 21 Birmingham Road, Blakedown. A reply is awaited from WFDC. Blakedown School Governors were not aware of this and it will be reported and discussed at their next meeting.

(10) Footpath CB 531, off Birmingham Road. WCC Countryside enforcement officers have a priority system for complaints and the obstruction of this path has been given a low priority.

(11) Electronic service of planning applications. The Clerk had offered to take part in a pilot study, but others had previously volunteered. A test will be done at Rock PC meeting on 20th February, when the problems with scale and downloading would be assessed.

(12) Speaker for Annual Meeting. The Clerk is waiting for a reply from the Hurcott Wood Ranger, Paul Allen.

(13) Meeting with WFDC councillors, 23.11.05. No one was able to attend and there was no report.

(14) Highway consent for bulb planting, Churchill. The Clerk has received the formal consent for the planting within highway limits.

(15) WCC Assistance with Street Lighting.

The Clerk reported that he has received the survey result from Pirelli and this will now be passed to WCC. Members noted that Network Rail had now agreed that street light no. 1, in Churchill Lane, is on highway land and, rather than just cancelling the bills for the last two years, the Clerk should ask for the previous charges to be refunded.

 

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7/06 PLANNING APPLICATIONS

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

WF/05/1215 Extensions comprising garage, orangery and first floor annex, New House Farm, 74 Belbroughton Road, Blakedown

Objection. This site is within the Green Belt where any new development is not acceptable unless it meets specific criteria. No justification for this large building comprising a separate unit of accommodation and 3 garages has been put forward to overcome Green Belt policy and the scheme would have a material and substantial impact on the locality, which would be detrimental to the visual amenities.

WF/06/0006

Detached house (with rooms/windows in roof space) and new access arrangements, land adjacent to 1 Mill Lane, Blakedown

No objection, as the previous objections have been overcome.

(2) That the following decision notices be noted.

WF/05/1013 Porch, Ashfield House, Sugar Loaf Lane, Ismere - GRANTED

WF/05/1064 Change of use from garden nursery to wholesale fruit and veg. suppliers, Bringstye Nurseries, Birmingham Road, Blakedown - GRANTED

WF/05/1107 Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of 2 detached houses, 6 Churchill Lane, Blakedown - REFUSED

8/06 FINANCE

(1) The Clerk reported that the current account stands at £546.26p in credit and the Instant Access account stands at £13,175.17p, giving a total balance of £13,721.43p.

(2) The Receipts and Payments Account for 04.11.05 - 06.12.05 was received.

(3) 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, stationery, stamps - Nov/Dec

£39.36 + £5.62 VAT (5 invoices) £ 44.98

R D Gurney - salary, December 2005/January 2006 £525.60

CPRE subscription for 2006 £ 26.00

Mark Jones handyman, 4 weeks to 12.01.06 320.00

lengthsman, 2 weeks to 31.12.05 120.00 £440.00

£1,036.58

9/06 BUDGET AND PRECEPT FOR 2006/2007

The draft budget had been circulated with the agenda and the Clerk explained that he had given his best estimates for the end of year position. The budget showed most projections based on known and likely estimates, but three large items needed to be considered and discussed, namely the level of grants, handyman duties and lengthsman duties. The Clerk advised that a grant of £2,000 would be received from WCC for the lengthsman, but any

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additional cost for this, as well as handyman duties, would have to be borne by the Parish Council, either through the precept or from balances.

It was proposed by Cllr Mrs Hayward and seconded by Cllr Pitt that the precept be set at £11,600 (about 5% increase). An amendment was proposed by Cllr Danks, seconded by Cllr Dearden that the precept be set at £11,300 (about 2% increase). On the amendment being put to the vote there were 5 in favour, 3 against. On being put as a substantive motion the precept was agreed at £11,300.

10/06 REPLACEMENT TREE, NEAR THE POUND, CHURCHILL

Cllr Mrs Hayward reported that a reasonably sized Black Poplar would cost about £60, including planting. That the Parish Council arrange to purchase a Black Poplar up to a cost of £100 was proposed by Cllr Mrs Hayward, seconded by Cllr Mrs Thomas, and agreed. Cllr Mrs Hayward agreed to make the necessary arrangements.

11/06 GROSVENOR HALL

An email from Mark Peacock was circulated with the agenda; this expressed concern with continuing activities at this site, which were also of concern to the Parish Council. The Clerk was asked to convey the concerns to the Police and the Enforcement Officer.

12/06 LAND AT STATION DRIVE

An email from a resident was circulated with the agenda, congratulating the Parish Council on the web site and expressing concern with the proposals for this site. The Clerk was asked to respond with the latest information.

13/06 WCC MINERALS AND WASTE DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK

Members noted this, but did not wish to make any comment.

14/06 CORRESPONDENCE FROM CALC

The Mail was circulated with the agenda and the Clerk reported Spring training courses.

15/06 CORRESPONDENCE FOR INFORMATION

(1) ODPM - Standards of Conduct in English Local Government: The Future

(2) WCC - Budget consultation meeting, County Hall, 19.01.06

(3) WCC - Minerals and Waste Development Scheme Annual Monitoring Report

(4) West Mercia Police Authority - Police restructuring update

(5) Kinver PC agenda papers

(6) WF Police/Community Consultative Group agenda

16/06 INFORMATION ITEMS/ITEMS FOR NEXT MEETING

None.

17/06 DATE OF NEXT MEETING

This is confirmed as 15th February 2006 in Blakedown Parish Room.

The meeting closed at 9.56 pm.

Dated this 15th day of February 2006 ………………………………............

Chairman