GREATWORTH PARISH COUNCIL
of the meeting held on Monday 2 February 2015 at 8.00pm
Greatworth Methodist Church Room
PRESENT: Cllrs, Masser, Tinkler, Ward, Stageman, Bingham, Peart
IN ATTENDANCE: S Loake (Clerk)
Six members of the public were present.
1 APOLOGIES were accepted from Cllr Cross and Hooper.
2 OPEN SESSION: Members of the public present had all come to hear about the HS2 petition, and made no comments in the open session
3 MINUTES of the meeting held 2 February were accepted as a true record of the meeting and were signed by the chairman
4 MATTERS ARISING:
1) Cllr Ward stated that in the light of the decision by the Secretary of State to refuse the Windfarm proposal, Broadview are planning an appeal and claim for costs. The PC’s barrister wishes to be involved on behalf of local residents. The appeal process may last 6 months.
2) It was confirmed that the upgrade to the streetlights is now completed.
5 REPORT from HALSE: Cllr Tinkler reported that the potholes on the road through Halse are becoming dangerous. The Clerk advised that a number of individual reports to Streetdoctor tend to be more effective than one referral from the PC, but he will report it. Concern was also expressed that motorists tend to drive over the grass verges, and it is felt that there is an ongoing process of the urbanisation of a rural village. The traffic is increasing because of the expansion of local housing. The forthcoming traffic calming may reduce the problem.
6 REPORTS from WORKING PARTIES
a) PLANNING: No objections were raised to applications for work to trees subject to TPOs at Windrush, and Cllr Masser confirmed that the residents were in favour of the work. It was proposed by Cllr Bingham, 2nd Cllr Stageman, that the PC would not object to the application, but would express reservations because of the possible ingress of water and there would be little additional visual impact if some additional judicious removal of branches was done.
No objections were raised to the replacement of a conservatory with a single storey extension at 51 Peverel Road.
There were also no objections in principle to the application for further development of the anaerobic digester at Stuchbury Manor Farm, but it is proposed by Cllr Bingham, 2nd Cllr Ward and agreed that a request be submitted that the new construction be as far away from the road as possible, and screening trees should be planted. Concern will also be expressed about the volume and speed of traffic passing through the village on its way to/from the site.
b) PLAY AREAS: It was noted that a gatepost is missing, and Richard Griffiths is to be asked to repair this. The overhanging branch has been removed.
c) HS2: Cllr Peart reported that the date of the hearing was set at 9.30am on 10 February. Cllr Peart is presenting 9 petitions on behalf of residents as well as that of the Parish Council. Cllr Peart gave a detailed account of his presentation, and will circulate a document containing full details before the hearing. Thanks were expressed to Cllr Peart for the huge amount of work that he has put into the preparation of the case on behalf of the village. A copy of the presentation documentation from Cllr Peart will be retained on file and may be viewed on application to the clerk.
a) The Clerk presented a Finance Report, which was accepted by the meeting. A copy is attached to the file copy of these minutes.
b) The list of payments presented by the Clerk was approved, and the cheques were duly signed. It was proposed by Cllr Stageman, 2nd Cllr Bingham. The Clerk is to correct a minor miscalculation to his salary payment next month.
8 CORRESPONDENCE: The list of correspondence presented by the clerk was reviewed and approved. A copy of the list is attached to the file copy of these minutes. It was noted that the majority of correspondence is now received by email, and the Clerk agreed to forward any important correspondence to Councillors when it is received.
9 IMPLICATIONS of TRANSPARENCY CODE for SMALLER AUTHORITIES: The Clerk outlined the requirements of this statutory code. With effect from 1 April 2015, every council with a turnover less than £20,000 must publish on a publicly accessible website the names and contact details of the members of the council, details of every financial transaction in excess of £100, as well as the agenda, minutes, and any other documents submitted to the meetings. The Clerk is to obtain quotes from a company that specialises in websites for local councils.
10 ANNUAL LITTER PICK: It was proposed by Cllr Stageman, 2nd Cllr Bingham, that this should be on 14 March.
11 ANY OTHER BUSINESS: (1)Cllr Ward confirmed that the construction activity in the field behind Bacon House was proceeding well and will be completed soon (2) In response to a comment about potholes on Brackley Road, the clerk repeated his request that Councillors report this individually..
12 DATES of FUTURE MEETINGS were confirmed as Monday 2 March 2015 and Monday 6th April. The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Monday 27 April 2015, and the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 12 May 2015
There being no further business, the Chairman closed the meeting at 9. 26