North Nibley Parish Council
MINUTES OF THE ORDINARY MEETING OF NORTH NIBLEY PARISH COUNCIL, HELD ON MONDAY 7 MARCH 2011, IN THE VILLAGE HALL, NORTH NIBLEY AT 7.30PM.
Present: Mrs EA James (Chairman); Mr K Brown; Mrs A Hale; Mrs. P Kelly; & Mr D Palmer.
District Councillor: Mrs J Cordwell
The Clerk: Mr R Symons.
Three members of the public
At the start of the Meeting the Chairman presented Mr R Smith with a picture and scroll in recognition of his 20 years service to the Parish Council and Community.
To Receive and Accept Apologies for absence.
The following apologies were accepted:
Mr D Purnell; Mrs K Glancy
District Councillors: Mr P Smith.; & Mr A O’Connor.
County Councillor: Dr. J Cordwell.
Declaration of Interests.
The Chairman invited members to declare any interests. There were none.
To Approve and Sign the Minutes of the Meeting held on 7 February 2011, as a true and accurate record.
The Minutes had previously been distributed to all members and displayed on public notice boards and the website. All members agreed the Minutes should be signed, as a true and accurate record. The Minutes were duly signed.
The Council noted Matters arising from the Minutes that were not covered by agenda items.
The Clerk’s Update Note, which had been issued prior to the Meeting, informed the Council that:
He had spoken with Gloucestershire Highways about the Lay-by on New Road. (Minute 6/02/2011) who confirmed that they do not have responsibility for this piece of land. Following referral to Stroud DC, Public Spaces advised that the land outside No1 New Road was sold to the householder, whilst the land outside Nos. 3, 5 & 7 remains in ownership of the District Council and is subject to an agreement with Gloucestershire Highways. That states that the land title is subject to agreement and it will be dedicated for highway purposes. The agreement, made in April 1980, has still to be concluded. The Clerk will write to Stroud DC Housing setting out the Parish Council’s concerns about the state of the surface.
three Councillors (Mrs Glancy, Mrs James and Mrs Kelly) attended a “Power of Well Being” training event on 21 March. He recommended that the Council should make a contribution to Kingswood Parish Council towards their costs. (Agenda Item 12 (1)).
he has responded on behalf of the Parish Council about the Local Government Boundary Review of Gloucestershire. (Minute 12/02/2011).
he has responded on behalf of the Parish Council about the Stroud District Council review of Development limits. (Minute 13/02/2011). .
he has started drawing up publicity for the Parish Meeting 4 April 2011. (Minute 14/02/2011). . The Recreation Field Trust has agreed to do a short presentation. The Clerk has used On The Edge to invite further agenda ideas.
some Councillors met at Breakheart Hill on Saturday 19 February to see the condition of the land. In accordance with Minute 15/02/2011:
Mr Brown has agreed to arrange for scrap metal to be removed and the trees to be tidied up.
Councillors agreed that fencing along the bottom of the field needed attention, probably using existing wire and erecting 15 to 20 fence posts. The Clerk has spoken to Mr R Smith, who will contact the contractors on behalf of the Council.
the Clerk has contacted Gloucestershire County Council Archaeological Adviser (Mr Armstrong) and agreed that a survey (at nil cost to the Parish Council) should be conducted to ascertain the origins of the mound. Once this has been completed Mr Armstrong will meet with the Clerk on site to agree what actions the Council can take.
the field needs levelling and treating for nettles etc. (This will depend upon outcome of survey).
the Clerk has included reference to letting the land for horse/pony grazing in OTE, but not yet in the Gazette.
the following actions have been taken towards organising the Parish Clean-Up Day. (Minute 16/02/2011).:
the Clerk has arranged for the loan of the cleaning-up equipment and hi-vis jackets;
the Clerk has booked the Annexe to the Village Hall for 9.00 to 12.00 on Saturday 2 April. (The main hall is in use from 10.00am)
the Clerk is devising publicity material in order to recruit parishioners.
the Clerk has written to Mr George in response to a request for donation to Wotton under Edge Swimming Pool. (Minute 17/02/2011). The Council still needs to ascertain if North Nibley parishioners use the Pool. If they don’t, the Council has no authority to make any financial contribution.
the Clerk also advised the Council that:
authority to sell Parish Council land at Breakheart Hill, should they later decide to dispose of the land, is covered under LG Act 1972 S. 127 & 131.
he had made contact with Gloucestershire CC about the state of Wood Lane and is awaiting further contact due to officer’s leave.
The Meeting was closed for Public Discussion and Questions.
The Clerk was asked to contact Severn Trent Water to ascertain the cost of installing a water supply at the Council land on Breakheart Hill.
The Parish Council considered and commented upon the following Applications received from Stroud District Council:
S.11/0217/FUL. Land opposite Lake Lodge, Stancombe. “Sitting of temporary agricultural workers dwelling”.
S.11/0227/FUL. Land opposite Lake Lodge, Stancombe. “Creation of new vehicular access, erection of agricultural building, retention of electricity meter box and hard standing ancillary works”.
The applicants for both these applications were present at the Meeting and after closing the Meeting the Chairman invited Mr & Mrs Bird to comment upon their two applications and to answer the Council’s questions. Following a full and open discussion about the applications the Chairman thanked the applicants for the additional information.
The Chairman reopened the Council meeting and invited Councillors to comment. The Council decided to Object to the applications on the following grounds:
Policy NE8. The plans for this land will create too intensive animal farming and be completely out of keeping with this plot of land.
Policy NE8. (AONB). This development does not complement the AONB and in the opinion of the Parish Council do not meet the criteria of this Policy.
Policy GE5. Concern that this enterprise will create significant additional vehicular movements on what is a busy road junction
PPS7 Annex E.
The Application is contrary to Policy HN10
the Application is contrary to Policy HN12
PPS7 Annex A (Paras 1 & 2). The Council do not accept that the applicant has demonstrated the required “special justification”
S.11/0391/FUL. Kitesnest House, Swinhay. “First floor extension”.
Following discussion the Council decided to make No Observations on this application.
The Council noted Planning Consent has been granted in respect of:
S.10/2527/FUL. Breakheart Quarry. “Erection of toilet block and alterations to existing building”.
S.10/2434/CPL. Southwold House, Wotton Road. “Installation of Photovoltaic panels to south facing roof”.
District Councillor Mrs J Cordwell had previously submitted her written District Council Report. (See attached). The Council noted the contents of the Report. Mrs Cordwell informed the Council that on 9 March there is a meeting between Wotton under Edge, Cam & Dursley Town Councils to discuss the Youth Project. Some North Nibley young people use the current facilities. There were no further comments on the Report.
County Councillor Dr J Cordwell provided a written report (See attached) which was presented in his absence. The Council noted the contents of the Report.
To Receive and Discuss Reports of Committees and Meetings attended by Parish Councillors.
Mr Purnell had submitted a written report on the Meeting of Stinchcombe Hill Trustees (filed aside).
Mr Brown reported on the recent Meeting of Key Individual Network (KIN) with the Police. North Nibley Recreation Field has been retained as one of the priorities for policing.
Mr Palmer reported on a meeting of Monument Trustees where directional signposting, finances and improved external lighting were discussed.
Mrs Hale reported on the School Governors’ meeting at which concerns had been expressed about suggestions in the Parish Plan that parents collecting children should use the Recreation Field car park. This had been made due to the congestion caused by car parking along The Street. The Council suggested that this was an issue which the School should take a lead on, as it is caused by parents parking in the vicinity of the school and making access for other road users difficult.
Mrs Kelly reported upon the recent “Power of Well Being” training event at Kingswood, attended by herself, Mrs James and Mrs Glancy. The Council agreed to defer any further action on attaining Power of Well Being until after the May Elections.
The Council discussed whether they should enter Gloucestershire Vibrant Village for 2011 Competition. Following discussion it was agreed that, due to the closing date of 4 April, there was insufficient time to submit a quality application. The Clerk agreed to put this onto the December Agenda to enable the Council to consider their position for the 2012 Competition and have sufficient time to make an entry.
Finances. It was reported that the Building Society Account set up in conjunction with the Parish Plan had been closed and the money transferred to the bank account. All receipts and associated documents are now with the Clerk.
The Council approved the following Invoices and drew up cheques to make payments for:
GAPTC Annual Membership fee. . (LGA 1972 S.143) (£168.48).
a £50.00 contribution towards Kingswood Parish Council costs for the 21 February Training event which 3 Parish Councillors attended. (LGA 1972 S.111).
a £10.00 payment to Miss Ruth Candy for producing a commemorative scroll on behalf of the Parish Council, for Mr Ray Smith. (LGA 1972 S.111).
The Clerk reported that Tyndale Monument Trust had made a request that the Parish Council should erect a directional sign on the Island. (Countryside Act 1968 s.27). Visitors are finding it difficult to find the access to Wood Lane. The Clerk produced an example which he had been sent by Gloucestershire CC. Following discussion the Council agreed to pay £38.18 plus VAT for a sign. Gloucestershire CC has agreed to pay for erecting the sign.
The Clerk presented a written statement of the latest financial position of the Parish Council. As at 6 March the Council had £8,470.78 in its bank accounts.
Following an earlier suggestion, the Council considered and agreed to plant a tree in memory of Edna Purnell, probably on Parish Council land at the Recreation Field in an area near the School. (LGA 1972 S.137). It was agreed that the Clerk should contact the Recreation Field Trust to check that they had no objections; he will also check that the covenant on the land does not prohibit such arrangements; and subsequently Mrs Hale should raise the matter with the School Governors.
The Clerk informed Councillors about the arrangements for the forthcoming Parish Council Elections. Following discussions he agreed to arrange for posters to be displayed and other means used in order to (a) encourage people to stand for the Council & (b) to encourage voters to turn up on Polling Day.
Following discussion the Council decided that it would not ask the District Council to produce additional Polling Cards, at an estimated cost of £180 to the Parish Council.
The Clerk advised Councillors that nomination forms would be sent out to him in the near future; and that the period for submitting Nominations closed at noon on Monday 4 April.
There were no matters about the Cemetery to report.
The Council received a written report on Correspondence received by the Council.
The Clerk reported that earlier that day he had received a request from Gloucestershire Rural Communities Council (GRCC) seeking the Council’s approval to permit GRCC to put details of the Parish Plan on their database. The Council agreed to this request.
The Chairman reminded the Council that the next meeting of the Council follows the Parish Meeting on 4 April 2011.
The Meeting ended at 9.50 pm.