HAMPTON BISHOP PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of a Parish Council meeting held on Thursday 22nd January 2015 at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall
Norman White (Chairman), Steve Hunt, Barbara Kerr, George Kerr, Julia Pearson & Phil Rogers.
In attendance: Parish Clerk – Lynda Wilcox, Ward Councillor John Hardwick & 4 local residents.
1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE were accepted from Howard Townson.
2. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST & WRITTEN DISPENSATION REQUESTS: There were none.
3. OPEN SESSION: Brief verbal reports were received from:
3.1 Ward Councillor – John Hardwick reported:
3.1.1 A number of objections concerning traffic issues and the anaerobic digester planning application had been received from Mordiford and Eign Hill area. The Environment Agency was now satisfied with the application.
3.1.2 Core Strategy hearings would take place between 10th and 25th February.
3.1.3 Cabinet had approved the budget that day and it would go to full Council on 6th February. Direct funding for the CAB was likely to cease.
3.2 Chairman – Norman White reported:
3.2.1 Steve Hunt had offered to repair the damaged sign near the church.
3.2.2 Litter was a problem at the BT layby and by the Electricity Board layby.
3.2.3 There was concern at the lack of feedback from Herefordshire Council officers on proposed works to alleviate future flooding.
3.3 Views of local residents on parish matters:
3.3.1 A rumour was circulating that the Rugby Club development might not go ahead. John Hardwick responded that as far as he was aware this was not the case.
3.3.2 A local resident offered to attend to a cherry tree in the orchard and his offer was gratefully accepted.
4. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING – 6.11.14.
4.1 The minutes were agreed as a true record and signed by the Chairman.
5. NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
5.1 The clerk had submitted an online statement concerning spend against grant monies received As it had not been possible to complete the final stages of the Kirkwells contract because the Core Strategy had not yet been adopted, it was possible that the funders might request the return of monies allocated for that purpose.
5.2 It was RESOLVED to pay Kirkwells £3400+VAT for work undertaken to date.
6. DEMOLISHED NOTICEBOARD
6.1 Only one quotation was available and others would therefore be sought.
6.2 The insurers required three quotations to progress the claim.
7.1 There were no quotations for consideration in relation to repairs to the garage door. Several different types of door were discussed and an electric roller door was favoured.
7.2 It was RESOLVED to make advance payment for 2015 hall hire: £112.50 for 6 x PC mtgs.
7.3 Payment of £148.80 to HMRC under delegated powers was endorsed.
7.4 Noted: Band D Council Tax for 2015/16 = £48.93.
7.5 It was RESOLVED to pay the HALC subscription for 2015/16 in the sum of £297.03+VAT.
8.1 The meeting endorsed the following comments made under delegated powers in relation to
Court Farm – App: P112834/N … Retention of an on-farm anaerobic digester & associated ancillary works & equipment & alterations to former slurry lagoon to form a digestate store:
“The plant was built twice the size of that originally supported by this Council and this is a retrospective post build application which Hampton Bishop PC does not support. As a result of the unauthorised 100% increase in size traffic to and from the site is correspondingly doubled. Hampton Bishop PC supports the statement from Mordiford and Dormington PC regarding unacceptable and potentially dangerous traffic on Mordiford Bridge and in Mordiford Village. Eign Road Hereford is also unsuitable for heavy tractor and trailer activity at the current level experienced and is a potential serious accident risk. If the application is to be approved then consideration should be given to the construction of a new private roadway from Tupsley Court, Tupsley to the digester site since all the land is in the applicant’s ownership. Apple residue and other crop materials could then be transported safely to the bio digester site.”
9. FOOTPATHS – P3 Scheme:
9.1 It was RESOLVED to pay Enviroability for the following two items:
9.1.1 HB4 – Fitting metal closing gate and maintenance … Job 2713: £151.00.
9.1.2 HB4 – Installing metal self-closing gate: £109.00.
9.1.3 Noted: 2014/15 P3 grant of £655 had been spent plus £137.40 from PC funds.
9.1.4 It was RESOLVED to discuss joining the new P3 scheme for 2015/16 at the next meeting, when more information would be available.
10.1 It was RESOLVED to consider joining the new Lengthsman Scheme at the next meeting when further information would be available.
10.2 Noted: Balfour Beatty Information events … 6.00 pm 3.2.15 & 2.00 pm 10.2.15.
10.3 It was RESOLVED to consider the appointment of a new Lengthsman at the next meeting.
11. PLAY AREA It was RESOLVED to book a playground inspection via Herefordshire Council.
12. INFORMATION SHEET … The following items were noted:
12.1 River Restoration Strategy for lower river Wye & River Lugg SSSI sites.
12.2 Glasdon leaflets on street furniture.
13. MATTERS RAISED FOR THE NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING: 22nd March 2015:
Remaining meeting dates 2015: May 13th, July 23rd, September 24th & November 26th.