Minutes Thursday 28th November 2013

Hampton Bishop Parish Council

Minutes of a meeting of the Parish Council held on
Thursday 28th November 2013 at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall

PRESENT
Councillors: Norman White (Chairman), Barbara Kerr, Julia Pearson, Howard Townson.
In attendance: Parish Clerk – Lynda Wilcox. Ward Councillor John Hardwick.
Four local residents.

1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE were received from:

1.1 Steve Hunt, George Kerr & Phil Rogers.

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

3. NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING

3.1 Outline of possible services from Kirkwells Planning Consultants
Members considered the outline of services on offer from Kirkwells and heard the complimentary views of Steering Group members on the recent training session. It was therefore RESOLVED to engage Kirkwells as independent planning advisers for Hampton Bishop Neighbourhood Plan and request a detailed menu of costings.
3.2 Notes of the NP Steering Group (NPSG) meetings were not available but would be considered at the next meeting. It was RESOLVED to support the revised NPSG budget.
3.3 Hire of village hall: It was resolved to pay a room hire invoice for £48.00.

4. OPEN SESSION: To receive brief verbal reports from:

4.1 West Mercia Police Officer – Neil James reported:
4.1.1 The Police were concerned about a vulnerable 17 year old who was missing.
4.1.2 Tyres had been let down in the vicinity of Field Farm.
4.2 Ward Councillor – John Hardwick reported:
4.2.1 Cllr Russell Hamilton had resigned as a Cabinet Member and Councillor. A Cabinet reshuffle had followed, including a reduction from 8 to 6 Members.
4.2.2 £6k had been allocated to pothole repairs and £3k had already been spent.
4.2.3 Asset transfers were underway to PCs and Community Groups – £1.25m had already been realised.
4.2.4 A budget consultation was about to commence on the possibility of a 5% increase.
4.2.5 The Locality Officer for the area was Tim Ellis.
4.3 Chairman – Norman White had no items for report back.
4.4 Local residents reported the following parish matters:
4.4.1 A considerable drop in the edges of Church Lane from the Church to the main road.
4.4.2 Potholes by the tarmac at Franchistone and at the Court Farm entrance.

5. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING – 26.9.13.

5.1 It was RESOLVED to adopt the above minutes subject to the following amendment:
Item 15: Delete 26.9.13. and insert 28.11.13.

6. PLANNING

6.1 Planning application 132851/O: Land south of Hampton Dene Road.
Residential development (up to 120 dwellings), access, parking, public open space with play facilities and landscaping: It was RESOLVED that the Clerk be delegated to liaise with Howard Townson on the appropriate response.
6.2 Tree works application: Fell one Ash tree at Orchard End, Church Lane.
6.3 The following planning permissions were noted:
6.3.1 Application No. S1223040/F – Whitehall Farm: Change of use to accommodate six mobile homes (retrospective).
6.3.2 Application No. S122305/F – Whitehall Farm: Four mobile homes units to provide housing accommodation for seasonal workers (retrospective).
6.4 Update on the Rugby Club planning application legal challenge
It was noted that the court case would be heard in Birmingham on 5th and 6th December.

7. FINANCE

7.1 Second half of 2014/15 Precept: Receipt of the requested £5k was noted.
7.2 Investment of reserves with CCLA
The Clerk was authorised to make further enquiries about investing £25k of reserves.
7.3 Payment under delegated powers
This was noted as £111.40 paid to HMRC in relation to the Clerk’s employment.

8. FOOTPATHS – P3 Scheme: A report from the Footpaths Officer, George Kerr, included:

8.1 The installation of 2 metal kissing gates adjacent to the river and leading up to Braemar Gardens (HB1) was imminent.
8.2 Basic maintenance had been undertaken at various sites.

9. WEBSITE – Update on change of name: No further news was available.

10. SEWAGE WORKS

10.1 Following discussion, the meeting RESOLVED:
The Clerk would write to the householder in question, requesting payment prior to further action being taken.
10.2 The Chairman would pay a personal visit to the householder.
10.3 It was RESOLVED to pay the npower invoice of £73.18.

11. LENGTHSMAN SCHEME: A delegated power payment of £552 was noted.

12. PARISH ORCHARD: A delegated power payment of £20 was noted.

13. PLAY AREA

13.1 A delegated power payment of £26 was noted.
13.2 Items for attention within the ROSPA report would be considered in January.

14. ITEMS OF INFORMATION: There were none to note.

15. MATTERS RAISED FOR THE NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING – 26.9.13: None raised.