/ Parish Council / 2008 Minutes / August 2008

Minutes of a Meeting held at 7pm on Monday 4th August 2008 in the Lower Committee Room of the Village Hall.

Present:  E Webb (Chairman), R Farrow, A Bishop, A Birch, K Cooper, S Cooper, R Jeanes, R Rooke, G Lucas, T Carter, D Durdan and Jill Loader (Clerk).  Also in attendance were members of the public. 

08/123 Eileen Webb welcomed both councillors and the public to the meeting.
Public speaking time :  None.


08/124  Apologies:  Apologies were received from K Durdan.

08/125:  Planning Applications Received:




Decision Reached



Retention of replacement windows, internal fire escape staircase and plant room at Creech Paper Mill, Creech Court, Creech Paper Mill, CSM

The councillors objected unanimously to the retention of the 16 pane glass windows.  They are not in keeping with the character, age and style of the Mill and should be replaced by the 30 pane glass windows originally installed.



Demolition of bungalow and erection of two one and a half storey dwellings at Rosewood, North End, CSM (Resubmission of 14/2007/027)

The councillors objected to this application by a vote of 10 to 1.  Building 2 x 1.5 storey dwellings was overdevelopment of the site.  The layby parking area was insufficient for two 4 bedroom dwellings and it appeared not to be wide enough for vehicles and may well cause a highways issue.



To carry out management work to 6 oak trees and 2 sweet chestnuts at Bottom Cottage, Coombe

Councillors voted unanimously to support this application


08/126  It was agreed that the clerk would inform the other councillors of any planning applications the Planning Committee felt might be contentious/difficult.  They would prefer them to see the site and plans before any discussions and decisions were made at the next PC meeting.   
Dave Durdan joined the meeting at 7.10pm

08/127  Accounts:  Bills to be paid: It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed to pay the following invoices:  Village Hall £8.00, Clerks salary £429.75, Clerks Expenses £80.73, Telephone line £23.05,  R Rooke travel expenses £4.80,  G Willis £36 (bus shelter cleaning), St Michael’s Church - £685 towards burial grant, Quality Service Printers £265 for newsletter, EDF Energy £56.03 for Field Rec. b)  The Alliance & Leicester Deposit account was now in place.  The old deposit account had been closed.   The clerk could transfer funds to the current account by internet banking.  c)  The financial position to the end of June was shown.  d)  The clerk highlighted the estimate receipts and payments for the CSM Recreation Field Management Committee.  This showed what the Parish Council would be expected to pay out/claim back the VAT.  It was noted that under the current lease, the committee must maintain the fencing which was in a poor condition.  D Durdan suggested the Field committee apply for grants towards the cost of this.  He would inform the chairperson, K Durdan.

08/128  Langaller – It was agreed to write a letter to Highways regarding the overgrown hedges and shrubs along Langaller from the CSM roundabout up to the A38 junction.  People had to walk into the road as the pavements were a disgrace.   Copy Nobby Clarke – SCC.

08/129  Greenery issues -  Trees by canal overgrown – British Water Ways to cut back,  Overgrown elder bush in Sycamore Walk off St Michael’s Road – TDBC,  Laburnum Terrace – overgrown hedges/brambles – Railways responsible,  Merlyn’s Copse – agreed to get Andy Pipe to quote for a maintenance contract on this area, rather than on the ad hoc basis – report at next meeting, Footbridge at Ham – still not open – D Durdan to speak to Sam Jones. Andy Pipe to carryout a third cut on footpaths.  Overgrown hazel hedges behind the garages at Alexander Close – Parks Dept from TDBC.  It was agreed to arrange a meeting with both Highways and Rights of Way to try and get all these issues resolved. 
08/130 Other Issues -  Church Yard – a new person had been appointed to tidy and maintain the church yard at St Michael’s.   Langaller Road – road chevrons have been knocked over by contractors whilst re-surfacing the road and requires replacing – Highways,  West View – resurfacing is unsatisfactory – needs Highways to visit and put right,  Notice board for West View – follow up with planning,  Worthy Lane update – follow up with Sam Jones.

08/131 A38 Adsborough  -It was agreed to write to Thurloxton Parish Council to see if they would write to SCC regarding the A38 and Adsborough issues, and join our campaign.  Mr K Fletcher and Mrs Webb had met with Jeremy Brown MP and asked for his assistance in getting this area of road revisited and speed restrictions in place.

08/132 – Circulars – It was agreed the clerk would inform councillors if there were any items of interest in the circulars the councillors should read, otherwise the councillors would decide whether they wanted to read them or not at the meeting.
The meeting closed at 8.11pm.  The next two parish council meetings will take place on Monday, 8th September and Monday, 6th October 2008.