CHURCHILL AND BLAKEDOWN PARISH COUNCIL 18
Minutes of the Extraordinary Meeting of Churchill and Blakedown Parish Council held on Wednesday, 15th April 2009, at 9.10 pm, in Blakedown C of E Primary School.
PRESENT Cllr R J Whiston (Chairman)
Cllr Mrs S Cartwright
Cllr S D Charman
Cllr T A Gardiner
Cllr Mrs P V Hayward
Cllr J W Long
Cllr B A Pitt
Cllr Mrs V J Swindells
In attendance: R D Gurney, Clerk to the Parish Council
68/09 CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS
The Chairman welcomed Councillors and members of the public and thanked them for attending the Annual Meeting.
69/09 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
These were received and accepted from Cllr Dearden.
70/09 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
ADJOURNMENT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
(Six members of the public were in attendance and Mr Lorton raised the following matters. First, the lights over the large road signs in the A.456 in the village towards Kidderminster seem to have been removed. Second, the light at the pelican crossing (post office side) is still not properly aligned and the buzzer does not work. Third, the stile in Sandy Lane has still not bee repaired (Cllr Dearden to be asked to follow this up). Fourth, the gate to the sports field was closed on Bank Holiday Monday. Fifth, there is evidence of road subsidence above Bridge Cottage, Churchill and drain covers missing (Cllr Mrs Hayward has already reported this). Sixth, the railing at the bottom of Mill Lane has been damaged and a grit bin is needed by this junction. Seventh, no work seems to be taking place at Little Champson, although scaffolding has been erected
Mr Stevens submitted his latest report of web site contacts.)
71/09 UPDATES ON PREVIOUS PLANNING APPLICATIONS
WF/08/0839 Erection of 3 dwellings, access and turning area, rear of 5 Mill Lane (off Mill Close), Blakedown. Cllr Long reported that he had attended the WFDC Planning Committee meeting and the application had been refused.
72/09 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
(1) It was resolved that the comments on the following applications, as detailed, be sent to Wyre Forest DC.
WF/09/0188 3 bedroom dwelling with access, 13 The Croft, Blakedown
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Objection. The Parish Council considers that the site is inadequate in size to accommodate satisfactorily the proposed dwelling. The proposed building will have a cramped appearance and be out of keeping with nearby dwellings, as well have inadequate off street parking provision.
WF/09/0190 Remove one Douglas Fir, reduce height by 50% of cherry tree and second Douglas Fir, 3 Wannerton Road, Blakedown
Agree with Arboricultural Officer; support reduction in height of cherry tree and object to
felling of the fir trees
WF/09/0205 Two storey extension and pitched roof, Crumpsbank House, Stakenbridge Lane, Churchill
WF/09/0212 Front porch, 13 Mill Lane, Blakedown
73/09 ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT
It was proposed by Cllr Gardiner, seconded by Cllr Mrs Cartwright, and resolved that the following accounts be approved for payment:
Staples UK Ltd, photocopying, stationery, stamps – March
£64.71 + £6.44 VAT £ 71.15
Freda Griffiths (for Parish Plan) £ 21.44
Roger Gurney (for presentation gift) £ 47.94
J W Long (for presentation gift) £30.43 + £4.57 VAT £ 35.00
Mark Jones handyman £320.00
N Power (Jan-March) £189.95 + £9.48 VAT £199.33
Crumbs (for Parish Plan) £154.85
Netpack Ltd (for Parish Plan) £350.00 + £52.50 VAT £402.50
74/09 DATES FOR SEPTEMBER AND DECEMBER 2009 MEETINGS
It was agreed that the September meeting be held on 23rd of that month in the Parish Room and that, subject to the availability of the school, the December meeting be brought forward to 9th December.
75/09 URGENT ITEMS
The Clerk reminded members of the Parish Forum on 21st April – Cllr Mrs Hayward (and subsequently Cllr Long) agreed to attend.
The Clerk reported that street light column no.1, by the viaduct in Churchill Lane was badly damaged over the weekend. He will inform the insurance company and the contractors.
It was agreed that Local Listing and the setting up of a Parish Conservation Group be included on the next agenda.
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76/09 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Wednesday, 20th May 2009, in Blakedown Parish Room.
The meeting closed at 9.54 pm.
Dated this 20th day of May 2009 ………………………………............