Minutes Thursday 25th July 2013

Hampton Bishop Parish Council

Minutes of a Parish Council meeting held on
Thursday 25th July 2013 at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall

PRESENT
Councillors:
Norman White (Chairman), Barbara Kerr, George Kerr, Julia Pearson.
In attendance:
Parish Clerk – Lynda Wilcox.
Four local residents.

1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE were accepted from: Steve Hunt & Phil Rogers.

2. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST/DISPENSATION REQUESTS: There were none.

3. OPEN SESSION

3.1 West Mercia Police Office: In the absence of Neil James, no report was available.
3.2 Herefordshire Councillor, John Hardwick, had informed the clerk that Balfour Beatty had gained the highways contract from 1st September. A £20m upfront input would hopefully see an improvement in the road network.
3.3 Views of local residents on parish matters:
3.3.1 Poor visibility on Mordiford Bridge due to overgrown and trees and bushes, was considered to be a road safety hazard.

4. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING – 23.5.13.
The minutes were agreed and signed as a true record by the Chairman.

5. PLANNING – Parish councillors RESOLVED to support the following two applications:

5.1 App: 131587/F … Bishop of Hereford Bluecoat School – Improvements to access, bus bays and car parking.
5.2 App: 131253/F … Hereford Nature Trust, Lower House Farm – Demolition of existing barn, construction of new barn/workshop and ancillary storage sheds.

6. RUGBY CLUB PLANNING APPLICATION

6.1 If the Judge consented to the parish council’s request for a judicial review to go ahead, the case was likely to proceed on 5th & 6th December in Birmingham.

7. NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN/PARISH PLAN

7.1 To receive feedback from Parish Meeting 28.5.13.
7.2 To receive a report from first meeting of Steering Group – 19.7.13.
7.3 To consider budget for Government grant application of £7k.

8. FINANCE

8.1 Members reviewed current delegated powers to the Clerk and RESOLVED: to continue to delegate ongoing payments within budget e.g. the Lengthsman Project, the P3 Footpaths scheme, the Neighbourhood & Parish Plans, the Newsletter etc.
8.2 A payment of £111.40 to HMRC was noted. 10/13
8.3 A delegated payment of £16 for copying the village newsletter was noted.

9. FOOTPATHS – P3 Scheme

9.1 The Footpaths Officer reported:
9.1.1 Footpath HB1: The installation of two metal kissing gates adjacent to the river and leading up to Braemar Gardens had been delayed to staff illness but would hopefully be undertaken on 29th July. The landowner had offered to make good between the new gates and the existing fences.
9.1.2 Basic maintenance had been undertaken on footpaths around the parish.
9.2 The meeting noted receipt of the 2013/14 grant of £685.00.

10. SEWAGE WORKS

10.1 The clerk reported that there were still payments due to the parish council in relation to the sewage works and the scheme could therefore not yet be handed over to the residents to administer.

11. LENGTHSMAN SCHEME

10.1 It was RESOLVED to endorse the following payments under delegated
powers: Invoice 34: Ditch works – £147 and Invoice 36: Ditch works – £33 & grass-
cutting – £35.

12. PARISH ORCHARD

12.1 It was RESOLVED to endorse the following grass-cutting payment under delegated powers: Invoice 36 for £26.00.
12.2 Following concern about the quantity of vegetation deposited for burning on the parish orchard, it was RESOLVED that the Chairman would ask Steve Hunt to inform the parish contractor that there was to be no further burning on site.

13. PLAY AREA

13.1 It was RESOLVED to endorse the following grass-cutting payment under delegated powers: Invoice 34 for £26.00.

14. CONSULTATION ON MORDIFORD POST OFFICE
Members noted proposals for reduced opening hours.

15. INFORMATION SHEET – there were no items.

16. MATTERS RAISED FOR THE NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING – 26.9.13:

16.1 Website.

SIGNED …………………………………………… DATE …………………..