GREATWORTH PARISH COUNCIL
of the meeting of the Parish Council
held in Greatworth Methodist Church Room
on Tuesday 7 April 2015 at 8.00pm
PRESENT: Cllrs Masser, Bingham, Stageman, Hooper, Ward.
IN ATTENDANCE: S Loake (Clerk)
5 members of the public were also present
In the absence of Cllr Peart, The Vice- Chairman,Cllr Masser, chaired the meeting
1 APOLOGIES were received from Cllrs Peart and Tinkler, both of whom are abroad.
2 OPEN FORUM: Members of the public present had received letters from SNC regarding the planning application for 10 units of affordable housing in Westhorpe. The members of the public expressed disquiet about this application, because the poor transport connections and the infrastructure of the village are not adequate for those on benefits. Concern was also expressed about the danger of construction traffic to young children. Cllr Bingham explained the history, saying that the housing need was identified from a survey conducted some years ago as a result of central government policy. This identified a need for 18 housing units. Various plots of land were considered, and the housing association held discussions with various landlords before settling on the site in this application. The Clerk stated that the PC had engaged with the developers and SNC throughout the process, and the access and drainage had been included in these discussions, as well as a reduction from 18 units to 10, as in the application. There was also provision for remedial action regarding flooding at the site. Cllr Bingham stated that there had previously been a ditch, and the removal of this had exacerbated the flooding.. The Clerk stated that it is the PC’s responsibility to comment on the application in the best interest of the village as a whole, and that, as the application had only been received by him on the morning of the meeting, there had not yet been any opportunity for such discussion. The plans were circulated round the room for comment. It was agreed that the application would be circulated among Councillors after the meeting so that they could study them in more detail, and Councillors would then submit their comments to the Clerk, who would respond to SNC on behalf of the Council.
3 MINUTES of the meeting held on 2 March 2015 were approved as an accurate record of the meeting and were duly signed by the Vice Chairman
4 MATTERS ARISING: There were none
5 REPORT FROM HALSE: There were no Councillors from Halse present.
6 REPORTS from WORKING PARTIES
- a) Planning: There were no objections to the proposal for a dwelling adjacent to Floyds Farm. The PC should insist that track be made good before any development work commences.
There were no further comments concerning the application for affordable housing in Westhorpe. The Clerk will respond SNC after he has received comments from Councillors.
- b) Play areas: It was noted that people from outside the village were visiting the play area and parking irresponsibly, and also that further comments had been received from neighbours of the play area who felt that their privacy is invaded by teenagers and adults climbing on play equipment. Possible action would include locking the area at night, applying anti-climb paint to the top of the equipment, and requesting more frequent police patrols. The Clerk reported that he had received a comment from a resident of Whittam Close that the pathway from Happyland at the rear of her property was being used as a thoroughfare, and Cllr Stageman reported that the chain-link fencing was broken or missing in some areas.
- c) HS2:Cllr Ward gave a précis of the Chairman’s presentation to the parliamentary committee. The initial report contained little of benefit for Greatworth, but did include provision for a roundabout on the Welsh Lane. There will be a further opportunity for appeal when the bill is presented to the House of Lords.
7 FINANCE The Clerk presented the Finance Report, stating that the figures must be considered as draft until the audit has been completed. A copy of the Finance Report is attached to the file copy of these minutes
Payments were approved as follows
Cheney Banbury coach £80.00
M Young Dog bins £312.00
S Loake Remuneration £315.18
S Loake Office expenses for 2014-15 £128.35
Eon Street lamps £7956.00
Eon Electricity supply £195.34
NCALC Subscription and audit £512.14
Methodist Hall rental £150.00
R Griffiths Repair to gatepost £90.00
8 CORRESPONDENCE received since the previous meeting was reviewed. A copy of the correspondence list is attached to the file copy of these minutes.
9 ANNUAL PARISH MEETING : All arrangements were confirmed and approved.
10 ARRANGEMENTS for PARISH ELECTIONS: All Councillors have received nomination papers, and the Clerk will deliver these to SNC offices if required. The Clerk confirmed that he would provide Election Register numbers if requested.
11 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
- a) It was reported that Super-fast Broadband should be live next week
- b) Concerns were again expressed about dog mess in the village.
There being no further business, the Vice Chairman closed the meeting at 9.20pm