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Minutes of the Meeting of Churchill and Blakedown Parish Council held on Wednesday, 15th February 2012, in the Pavilion, Blakedown Sports Centre

PRESENT    Cllr Mrs P V Hayward (in the Chair)
Cllr Mrs S Cartwright
Cllr Ms S E Fowler
Cllr M R Keys
Cllr J W Long
Cllr B A Pitt
        Cllr R J Shade
        Cllr M Swindells
                                                 
In attendance:    Rebecca Mayman, Forward Planning Manager, Wyre Forest DC
        CSO Kate Easthope
Gordon Stevens, Web site keeper
Roger Gurney, Clerk to the Parish Council

26/12    CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS
In the absence of the Chairman, and currently there being no Vice Chairman, it was agreed that Cllr Mrs Hayward take the Chair for this meeting. She welcomed Rebecca Mayman and members of the public to the meeting.

27/12    APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
These were received and accepted from Cllr Dearden. 

28/12    DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST   
Cllr Long declared personal interests in Item 13, Minute no. 38/12 (adjoining property owner); and Item 16, Minute no. 41/12 (owner of adjoining property).
Cllr Shade declared personal interests in Item 5, Minute no. 30/12 (family connections) and Item 13, Minute no. 38/12 (adjoining property owner).

29/12    COMMUNITY POLICING
CSO Kate Easthope was invited to speak. She reported that pooled reports will be circulated by email in the future and she requested up to date email addresses for councillors to assist with this. PACT is suffering from dwindling support and it was likely that this would be wound up if support did not improve during the coming financial year. The Big Tidy Up will take place in Blakedown only, on Saturday, 21st April; it is hoped that refreshments would be provided this year. Urgent action is needed if funding for a CCTV camera at the sports pavilion is to be claimed before the deadline. Cllr Swindells noted this.

ADJOURNMENT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
(One member of the public was present to hear the talk on affordable housing in the Parish).

30/12    HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS AND NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANS
WFDC Planning Policy Manager, Rebecca Mayman, addressed the meeting, giving an overview of the District Council’s position concerning development at the Nurseries site.
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This is still an Area of Development Restraint (ADR) under the 2004 adopted Wyre
Forest Local Plan, because the Site Allocation Plan, in which it would potentially be re-allocated for local needs housing with its own specific policy, had not yet been adopted. This would not be done until 2013. Therefore, the only acceptable development at present would be for 100% affordable housing. WFDC has been in pre application discussions with Barratts, who are currently intending to provide only 36%, and this would not be in line with policy. WFDC already has a 5 year supply of residential housing sites/land, and this meant that it was not under pressure to depart from this policy in Blakedown. Surprise was expressed that Barratts are apparently proceeding with a planning application mainly for “market” housing under these circumstances.
Sally Horne is due to attend the March meeting of the PC, to speak about Wyre Forest’s local lettings policy as would affect the Blakedown Nurseries site. Miss Mayman also hopes to attend.
Rebecca Mayman gave a brief summary of the logic for Neighbourhood Plans and offered her department’s support and guidance, should the PC wish to establish a Neighbourhood Plan. Funding is available and the main cost would be the consultation process with residents.
 
31/12    BLAKEDOWN NURSERIES SITE
An email dated 3rd February 2012 from Mark Kowalski was circulated with the agenda. This set out the current thoughts of Barratts, prior to an application being submitted. This was noted.

32/12    PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT AT TOP HAGLEY.
It was agreed that this Item be brought forward. Cllrs Shade and Long had attended a meeting at Hagley Hall, chaired by Lord Cobham, to view the latest proposals for Top Hagley from Cala Homes. Clent PC was represented, but Hagley PC was not. The plan, a copy of which has been sent to the Clerk, showed 230 dwellings and some office space. The access would be accessed from the roundabout, which would be extensively re-engineered to include traffic signals. The layout does not include a doctor’s surgery, but funding would be offered to expand the existing surgery.
Parish Councillors agreed that there would be pressure on places at Haybridge and that the subject of ring fencing places for pupils from Blakedown School should be broached with Haybridge School. The development is more likely to proceed in view of Bromsgrove DC’s need to define additional land for residential development.
It was agreed that the Clerk sends letters to both Clent PC and Hagley PC, to ask them to clarify their respective positions regarding development at Top Hagley.  

33/12    REPORTS FROM COUNTY AND DISTRICT COUNCILLORS
Neither County Cllr Clee nor Cllr Williams were in attendance and there were no reports.

34/12    CONFIRMATION OF THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON
    18th JANUARY 2012
It was proposed by Cllr Long, seconded by Cllr Ms Fowler, 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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35/12    PROGRESS REPORTS FOR INFORMATION
(1) Parish Web site. Gordon Stevens commented that work is in progress on the redesigning of the web site. 
(2) Lengthsman/Handyman. Mark Jones had sent an apology and there was no report. Members commented that there seems to be a significant amount of litter in several areas of the Parish and the Clerk will speak to Mark Jones. Members considered that the job details for both the handyman and lengthsman need to be redrawn, particularly with the speed warning signs. 
(3) Site of Little Champson. The Clerk reported that the Aboricultural Officer at WFDC reported that the recently felled tree was not covered by the TPO; the Chestnut tree which was in the TPO has already been felled.
(4) Parish Plan Review Working Group. The meeting on 30th January was well supported. The next meeting is on 27th February, when the final local list is drawn up. This will be sent to WFDC, to be reported to the Committee and once approved Peter Bassett will write to all the property owners. 
(5) Local Listing, Hodge Hill Farm House. Peter Bassett has informed the PC that this building has been spot listed and has been submitted for national listing.
(6) Holly hedge, Birmingham Road. The Clerk reported that he had responses from all residents, to the effect that the residents had arranged for the hedge to be cut back during December. The Clerk’s letter had been received after this had been done. Members still felt that the hedge still overhung the pavement and that it should be cut back to the boundary wall in stages. The Clerk was asked to discuss the requirements with the Highway authority. 
(7) Speed warning cameras. The Clerk reported that these are awaiting dispatch.
(8) The Big Tidy Up. This is being arranged for Saturday 21st April and will cover Blakedown only.
(9) Diamond Jubilee celebrations. There had been no response from organizations in the Parish. The Clerk was asked to put an item in the Parish magazine.


36/12     PLANNING APPLICATIONS
    (1) Applications received
WF/12/0034    Extension of two existing classrooms to rear of school, Blakedown
C of E Primary School, Birmingham Road, Blakedown
    No objection

WF/12/0053    First floor rear extension to provide bathroom and extension to bedroom, 22 Forge Lane, Blakedown

No objection to the proposal, provided the adjoining residents at no.24 Forge Lane do not object. The PC is concerned that there are no drawings showing the impact on the adjoining property, which is at a lower level, from the highway.

(2) Planning decisions
WF/11/0636    Change of use of outbuildings to form 5 residential units with garaging and parking (renewal of 08/0659), Hodge Hill Farm Barns, Birmingham Road, Kidderminster – GRANTED

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WF/11/0721    New porch and realignment of windows, Meadow Grange, 76 Belbroughton Road, Blakedown - GRANTED

WF/11/0726    Change of use from house with multiple occupancy (supported living) to use as 6 bedded residential home for adults (18-65) with learning disabilities and/or mental health problems, Ashfield House, Sugar Loaf Lane, Iverley – GRANTED

37/12    FINANCE
(1)    The Clerk reported that the current account today stands at £7,595.97p and the Instant Access account stands at £30,626.87p, giving a total credit balance of £38,222.84p.
(2)    The Receipts and Payments for 04.11.11-06.01.12 was received and noted.
(3)    It was proposed by Cllr Swindells, seconded by Cllr Ms Fowler, and resolved that the following accounts be approved for payment:
Staples (UK) Ltd    £69.61 + £9.75 VAT (2 invoices)        £  79.36
        R D Gurney, reimbursement for laptop service    £100.00 + £20.00 VAT    £120.00
        CPRE – subscription for 2012                        £  29.00
        Wyre Forest DC – 2011 (additional) election expenses            £195.03
        Mark Jones    Handyman                        £320.00
                Lengthsman                        £160.00
        Lawnswood Electrical Limited    £325.66 + £65.13 VAT            £390.79
                                          £1,294.18

38/12    PURCHASE OF THE AVENUE
Cllr Shade reported that he is waiting for the County records Office to move into its new building before he is able to continue his research and Cllr Long has not yet been able to obtain additional information.

39/12    VILLAGE GREEN
The Clerk reported that the application is ready to be sent to WFDC.

40/12    BLAKEDOWN CAR PARK
The Clerk reminded Members that the previously arranged meeting with Mike Parker and Cllr Marcus Hart, WFDC, was cancelled. It was agreed that the meeting be held on Wednesday 22nd February 2012, at 6.30 pm, in the Pavilion.
 
41/12    VARIATION OF VARIOUS TRAFFIC ORDERS, BIRMINGHAM ROAD AND STATION DRIVE, BLAKEDOWN
This matter was referred to at the previous meeting by County Cllr Clee. Formal notice has now been received and details of the variations were circulated with the agenda. Cllr Long explained the changes, as currently several of the existing restrictions seem to be ignored, but the main concern was the lack of a disabled parking bay close to the Post office/shop. It was proposed by Cllr Long, seconded by Cllr Keys, and agreed that the proposals be supported, with the incorporation of a disabled parking bay close to the Post Office.


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42/12    OTHER HIGHWAY MATTERS
The Clerk reported that WCC were surprised that Mill Lane was removed and will re-assess this in time for next winter. It is unlikely that Sculthorpe Road will be included.

43/12    BLAKEDOWN LEVEL CROSSING ORDER 2012
The Clerk reported receipt of this Order from Network Rail. This explained the necessary procedures needed to be in place when the crossing becomes unmanned. Members are still concerned that the level crossing would be unsupervised but, having previously expressed this view to Network Rail, felt that the Order would have to be accepted. It was noted that the signal box is shown to be demolished, and the Clerk is seeking clarification from Network Rail in view of the Parish Council’s interest in purchasing it. The potential demolition is being drawn to Peter Bassett, WFDC Conservation Officer, regarding possible local listing.
The Clerk reported notice of the temporary closure of Mill Lane during Saturday/Sunday 17th/18th March 2012, to facilitate the works at the level crossing.

44/12    WYRE FOREST DC CONSULTATION ON SITES FOR GYPSIES AND TRAVELLERS
This latest consultation was started after the previous meeting. It did not propose any additional sites to those already indicated in the Stourport-on-Severn area and the Cabinet has subsequently made the decision for “no change”.

45/12    LITTER PICKING RESPONSIBILITIES FROM WFDC
Parish and Town Clerks in the District have been circularized by the Clerk at Chaddesley Corbett regarding a possible request for WFDC to devolve some litter picking duties to town and parish councils. The subject will be discussed at the Forum meeting on 19th April. It was agreed to await the outcome of this discussion.

46/12    ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
General arrangements were made at the previous meeting. The Clerk will discuss with the Chairman the details of the annual newsletter

47/12    WORCESTERSHIRE AGREEMENT
The Agreement was circulated with the agenda. Members felt that the Parish Council would not greatly benefit by signing the Agreement and the matter was left on the table.

48/12    ITEMS FROM CALC
The next meeting is in April.

49/12    CORRESPONDENCE (for noting)
(1) WCC – Alan Kingston has taken over from Phil Coulson as C Countryside Access
     Maintenance & Improvement Officer
    (2) Neighbouring Parish Council agendas, etc – Kinver, Bewdley, Chaddesley Corbett

50/12    ITEMS OR PARISH INTEREST/ITEMS FOR NEXT AGENDA
1. Possible funding for the pavilion/sports centre.


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51/12    DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The next Meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Wednesday, 21st March 2012 in the Sports Pavilion.


The meeting closed at 10.37 pm.



Dated this 21st day of March 2012        ……………………………………Chairman