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Minutes of the Meeting of Churchill and Blakedown Parish Council held on Wednesday, 25th October 2006, in Blakedown Parish Room.

PRESENT Cllr R J Whiston (Chairman)

Cllr A J Cairns

Cllr P A Dearden

Cllr Mrs P V Hayward (from Minute no. 169/06)

Cllr J W Long

Cllr Mrs I A Scott

In attendance: PC Russell Bunce (until Minute no. 165/06)

R D Gurney, Clerk to the Parish Council

161/06 CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS

The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and informed Members that, although he had just returned from the USA, he had received the agenda and minutes via email.

162/06 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

These were received and accepted from Cllr Danks and Cllr Pitt.

163/06 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

None

164/06 COMMUNITY POLICING

The Chairman invited PC Bunce to speak. PC Bunce stated that he was standing in for PC Andy McGill and PC Andy Hill, both of whom were indisposed. PC Bunce informed the Council that the Police had carried out speed checks along Belbroughton Road, which had proved to be very successful in that many drivers were fined for speeding and several uninsured drivers were discovered. Parish Councillors asked for their thanks to be passed on and hoped that, following this success, there would be further checks, possibly earlier in the morning.

Members raised the problem of drinking and drugs at locations in Blakedown, such as the Sports Centre and asked if the Police could make visits in the course of their duties. PC Bunce also commented that there would be an increased police presence during the Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night period.

ADJOURNMENT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

(One member of the public was in attendance. The problem of highway drains in Birmingham Road and Belbroughton Road not being capable to cope with the recent heavy rainfall was raised, as well as the purpose of the dimpled part of the footway near the Swan PH).

165/06 ELECTION OF VICE CHAIRMAN

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

166/06 REPORT FROM COUNTY COUNCILLOR

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

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167/06 CONFIRMATION OF THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON

20th SEPTEMBER 2006

It was suggested that, in Minute no. 148/06 the word “discussed” should replace the word “felt” in line 4, and the word “may” should replace the word “ would” in line 5. Subject to these amendments it was proposed by Cllr Cairns, 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.

168/06 PROGRESS REPORTS FOR INFORMATION

(1) Parish Web site. Malcolm Hall was not in attendance and there was no report. (2) Blakedown Playground. There was no report.

(3) Lengthsman report. Mark Jones was not in attendance and there was no report. Cllr Dearden reported that he now has a key to the Sports Centre barrier and the Clerk would arrange for Mark Jones to collect this.

(4) Stream Course, adj. Churchill Lane. The Clerk reported that Colin Cross, WFDC Ranger, has had no success in discussing the problems of this stream course with the EA, but he will continue to pursue. Mr Cross informed the Clerk that WFDC will be felling some non native trees in Hurcott Wood during November and Members hoped that this would not include the rhododendrons.

(5) Churchill crossroads. As neither Cllr Pitt nor Cllr Mrs Hayward was in attendance at this time the report of the meeting held on 26th September 2006 was deferred.

(6) Display of Definitive Rights of Way Map. This has not yet been arranged.

(7) Speeding vehicles in BelbroughtonRoad. This has been reported in Minute no. 164/06 above.

(8) Parish Council Member contacts. This was enclosed with the agenda and further amendments were made. The Clerk will circulate at the next meeting.

(9) Parish Forum (18th October 2006). The Clerk had attended and he reported that NALC is seeking an alternative insurance company for parish and town councils; that Wolverhampton Business Airport has new owners, but the level of activity remains unchanged; and that a meeting with WFDC and CALC regarding the extension of the Lengthsman scheme will be held early in November. The WFDC offer remains at £150, to be matched by the parish councils.

169/06 PLANNING APPLICATIONS

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

Applications received

WF/06/0947 Pergola in rear garden, Mill Meadow House, Mill Lane, Blakedown

No objection

407678(WCC) Asset renewal, Blakedown Sewage Treatment Works, Wannerton

No objection

Decisions - for Information

WF/06/0752 Rear extension to first floor with internal alterations, adjustments to

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WF/06/0764 TPO, Reduce maple, 5 Lynwood Drive, Blakedown - GRANTED

WF/06/0769 Extensions, 5 The Croft, Blakedown - GRANTED

WF/06/0810 Replacement septic tank, etc, Park Hall, Blakedown - GRANTED

WF/06/0822 Extension, 48 Birmingham Road, Blakedown - GRANTED

WF/06/0836 Temporary consent for single storey office extension and

10 additional car parking spaces for a period of 2 years,

Premises at Station Yard, Blakedown - REFUSED

The following decisions on applications at Park Hall, Blakedown, have been received:

WF/06/0846 Amendment of approved Plan no. WF/739/04 for conversion of

stables, demolition of existing garage/workshop and part demolition

of Coachman's Cottage to create replacement garage and

residential conversion of disused barn - REFUSED

WF/06/0847 as above (listed building consent) - GRANTED

WF/06/0848 Retention and alteration to existing building, originally a dairy, to

create staff rooms - REFUSAL

WF/06/0849 as above (listed building consent) - REFUSAL

WF/06/0850 Works to existing dwelling (Keepers Cottage) including partial

demolition by previous owner - REFUSAL

WF/06/0851 as above (listed building consent) - REFUSAL

WF/06/0852 Extension to main house to provide fitness suite and alterations

to existing pool building - GRANTED

WF/06/0853 as above (listed building consent) - GRANTED

Planning Appeals

WF/06/0006 Erection of detached house, adj. 1 Mill Lane, Blakedown

In noting the reasons for refusal of planning permission, particularly the adverse impact likely to be caused to the trees, the PC agreed that the District Council should be supported.

Park Hall, Blakedown This was deferred to Item 14 (see Minute no. 174/06)

170/06 REQUEST FOR GRANT: CHURCHILL AND BLAKEDOWN SPORTS COMMITTEE

The letter from the Chairman and the audited accounts were enclosed with the agenda. Members considered that the accounts are well set out and show that the Sports Committee is becoming more successful. It was proposed by Cllr Whiston, seconded by Cllr Cairns, and agreed that a grant of £800 towards the cost of mowing be given.

171/06 FINANCE

(1) The Clerk reported that the current account stands at £5,899.53p in credit and the Instant Access account stands at £6,593.76p, giving a total balance of £12,493.29p.

(2) The mid year Financial Summary was circulated with the agenda. The Clerk explained that, apart from the two year invoice for street lighting, the receipts and payments are in line with the budget. This Summary was noted.

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

Staples UK Ltd, photocopying, stamps, stationery - September

£28.12 + £2.82 VAT (3 invoices) £ 30.94

V Rudge (July/Aug/Sept) £450.00

Npower (01.07.06 - 31.10.06) £160.98 + £8.05 VAT £169.03

Smith Brothers (Joinery) Limited £684.53

Mark Jones, handyman (£445) and lengthsman (£210) £655.00

Worcestershire CALC - Clerk’s meeting, 19.10.06 £ 20.00

Churchill and Blakedown Sports Committee £800.00

£2,809.50

172/06 PARISH COUNCIL VACANCY

The Clerk reported that the Returning Officer at WFDC has informed him that there has not been a request from 10 electors for an election and the Council is now able to co-opt.

In the light of comments made following the co-option procedure in August 2006 the Chairman clarified the procedure for the co-option process and this was discussed. It was proposed by Cllr Mrs Scott and seconded by Cllr Mrs Hayward “that application forms must be received by the Clerk at least 7 days prior to the meeting, thereby able to be circulated to Members with the agenda. If there is no application, this requirement will be carried over to the next meeting“. This was agreed, with Cllr Long abstaining.

The Chairman proposed and Cllr Mrs Hayward seconded that the same procedures as at the previous co-option be followed when this matter comes before the Council. This was agreed. The Clerk was asked to have pre printed ballot papers available, even if there is only one applicant.

It was proposed by Cllr Cairns and seconded by Cllr Long that the co-option should take place at the meeting on 13th December 2006. On being put to the Members there were 3 votes For and 3 votes Against and on the Chairman’s casting vote the proposition was carried. The Clerk will arrange for the notice to be displayed early in November, with the application form also available on the web site.

173/06 WEIGHT LIMIT ON VEHICLES THROUGH CHURCHILL

As Cllr Pitt was not in attendance this item was deferred to the next meeting.

174/06 PLANNING DEVELOPMENTS AT PARK HALL

The Clerk had recently received a Briefing Note from Clare Eynon at WFDC, which set out the current planning position on all aspects of the development at Park Hall, and was circulated to Members at the meeting. It is clear that significant development has occurred without planning or listed building consent and some aspects are the subject of the enforcement appeals scheduled to be heard on 7th November. The Parish Council agreed that WFDC should be supported with the appeals because this is the first time the Parish Council has been able to see the extent of the development scheme.

175/06 SHOPPERS CAR PARK, BLAKEDOWN

The Clerk had received a report that this car park is being used for parking by commuters, thereby restricting its use for casual users during the day. Members felt that there would need to be some evidence before any action could be considered and that the site should

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be monitored. It is felt that there is a greater parking problem in Station Drive.

Concern was raised at the poor visibility at the exit, causing a conflict with pedestrians. It was agreed that the Clerk contacts WFDC regarding the erection of a sign and that the item be included on the next agenda.

176/06 DISPLAY OF SIGNS/BYLAWS TO CURB ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

This matter arose from the previous meeting. The police had agreed earlier in the meeting to visit the Sports Centre at suitable intervals. It was suggested that some consultation needs to be undertaken in the village and for the problem to be monitored. Meanwhile, the Clerk will speak to WFDC to enquire what procedure can be followed to overcome the problem.

177/06 REQUEST TO VIEW CORRESPONDENCE

This item was deferred to the next meeting.

178/06 PROMOTION OF BLAKEDOWN STATION

Cllr Long reported on information from SLUG (Stourbridge Line Users Group), whose web site gives negative comment about Blakedown Station, including the lack of transport co-ordination and lack of a bus timetable in the bus shelters on Birmingham Road. It was suggested that the web keeper, Malcolm Hall, be asked to include this on the web site. The Clerk was asked to contact Andrew Tolley to speak at the Annual Parish Meeting next April.

179/06 NOISE FROM TRAINS PASSING THROUGH THE PARISH

Members have received comments from some residents, concerned that the noise level made by trains when approaching the 3 crossings in the Parish has increased noticeably in recent months. The Clerk was asked to contact Network Rail/Central Trains to see if there is any reason for this noise increase.

180/06 CORRESPONDENCE FROM CALC

The Clerk reported that CALC is proposing to amend the subscription basis to make the level more equable: subscriptions have previously been based on the electorate and this revision has been made because of the burden on the smallest and largest town and parish councils. Whilst the new formula enables councils on the extremes of the electorate numbers to have reductions, the majority would be subject to an increase. Based on the current electorate Churchill and Blakedown would fare badly, in that there would be an increase from £336 in 2006 to £418 in 2007 to £496 in 2008. This would be one of the highest increases in the County. Members agreed that these increases could not be accepted and asked that a more reasonable approach be made, whereby smaller parish councils, such as Churchill and Blakedown are not subjected to such swingeing increases and for this view to be forwarded to the CALC Chairman.

181/06 CORRESPONDENCE

(1) WFDC Local Development Framework, Draft Supplementary Planning Document

- Planning Obligations

(2) WCC Temporary Closure Order, Churchill Lane (1 day in week commencing

06.11.06)

(3) Npower - notice of electricity price increase (approx 9.9% from 01.10.06)

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(4) Central Networks - grants for Christmas lights (passed to Cllr Dearden and Cllr Mrs Hayward)

(5) Central Networks - updating unmetered electricity supply

(6) WCC - request for meeting re street lighting (following survey)(Clerk to arrange and attend)

(7) The Community Housing Group - notice of meeting

(8) EnCams - A Guide to Improving your Local Environment

(9) Worcestershire Wardens newsletter (Passed to Chairman)

182/06 ITEMS OR PARISH INTEREST/ITEMS FOR NEXT AGENDA

1. Speaker for Annual Parish Meeting

2. Review of Standing Orders

183/06 DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The next of the Parish Council will be held on 15th November 2006, in Blakedown Parish Room.

The meeting closed at 10.37 pm.

 

 

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

Chairman