SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF A MEETING OF SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL HELD IN THE VILLAGE HALL ON MONDAY 12TH DECEMBER 2005, COMMENCING AT 7.30 P.M.
PRESENT
Councillor Mrs. S. Morlidge (Chairman)
Councillor W. A. Collett
Councillor R. J. Fitchford
Councillor J. Jacobs
Councillor Miss C. Kimberley
Councillor G. J. Stammers

Clerk of the Council, I. A. Wilkins
2 Members of Public
There was a 15 minute period of public participation prior to the formal agenda

01. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
None
02.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
None

03. MINUTES
The Minutes of the Meeting held on 14th November 2005, having been previously circulated, were agreed and signed by the Chairman
04. MATTERS ARISING
  (a) Protected Trees at the Park
It was noted that papers were still being prepared for prosecution
  (b) Planning Enforcement Matters
It was noted that a case was being prepared for prosecution concerning the removal of the hedge at the Fruit Farm
  (c) Police Reform Consultation
The Clerk reported that he had attended the consultation meeting. It was said that change was essential because Warwickshire Police was not large enough to deal with neither major crime nor public disorder
An undertaking had been given that the system of Neighbourhood Policing would be retained
  (d) A46/M40 Junction
Councillor Stammers reported that he and Councillor Fitchford had attended the exhibition. He said that two proposed routes were on display, but the original route had been discarded because of the presence of a rare nesting of bats. He added, however, that this proposal appeared to be the more appropriate route and would less intrusive to the village of Sherbourne
He had been asked by Mr. Brian Taylor, Liaison Officer, to submit a plan of the 'rat runs' in the area and this he undertook to do
After discussion, it was agreed that the proposed scheme was a matter of concern and that Parish Councils in the vicinity should be contacted with a view to convening a meeting to discuss a concerted approach
It was agreed to include Councillor Hobbs in the discussions
County and District Councillor Hobbs arrived at the Meeting at 7-55 p.m
05. TO RECEIVE COMMENTS / OBSERVATIONS FROM COUNTY AND DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Referred to the problem of misbehaving children in the village and said that he had spoken to a group after an incident of snowballing. He had given advice, but he hoped to arrange a meeting in the future to discuss with them possible recreational pursuits
Spoke of cars parked at the entrance to farmland opposite the War Memorial which caused an obstruction. He had the matter in hand, but the problem was intermittent and he required evidence
06. FINANCE
Receipts
None
Payments to be Authorised
  (a) ABB

Repair to street light, Hales Close

£44 - 65
  (b) Society of Local Council Clerks Annual Subscription
£69 - 00
  (c) Lloyds TSB Safe Custody Fee
£7 - 50
  (d) Powergen Electricity supply to Village Hall
(Direct Debit)
£22 - 00
  (e) British Gas Gas supply to Village Hall
(Direct Debit)
£86 - 00

Councillor Stammers queried the payments for fuel supplies to the Village Hall and suggested that the costs be paid directly by the Management Committee
After discussion, it was agreed to review the matter at the end of the financial year

Proposed Councillor Mrs. Morlidge, Seconded Councillor Stammers,
'that the payments be authorised'
So resolved, nem con

07. PLANNING MATTERS
Applications
(a) Future Forests
Monday Cottage
Bearley Road
3 no. Sycamore - fell
2 no. Lawson Cypress - fell
05/03302/TREE
Submission Support for reasons set out by applicant in Notification Form
(b) Mr. Passalacqua
15, Hales Close
Proposed ground floor extension to side
05/03268/FUL
Decisions
(a) Mrs. S.D. Walter
The Spinney
Kings Lane
Replacement bathroom and demolition of store, w.c. and shed
05/02905/FUL

Permission with Conditions

(b) Paul R. Walker
1, Duffins Piece
Proposed installation of automated electronic vehicular security gate, pedestrian side gate and railings at the entrance of Duffins Piece. In the interest of security, safety and to prevent the
unauthorised turning of vehicles on private driveways
05/02963/FUL

Withdrawn

08. CORRESPONDENCE
Stratford on Avon District Council
(a) Monitoring Officer - contact details
Noted - to be retained on
file by Clerk
(b) Charging Parish Elections
Noted - to be reviewed at
Finance Meeting
National Association of Local Councils
(a) Draft Guidance on the Clean Neighbourhoods
And Environment Act, 2005
Noted - no response
Warwickshire Association of Local Councils
(a) Local Councils Charter
Noted - to be retained by
Clerk for information
Warwickshire Police
(a) Police/Parish Contact
Noted - to await further
contact
09. TO CONSIDER APPOINTMENT OF TRUSTEE TO SNITTERFIELD
NURSERY SCHOOL
Councillor Mrs. Morlidge introduced the subject and said that Janice Straker, Chairperson, Snitterfield Nursery School had approached her and asked if the Parish Council would consider nominating a member as a Trustee
After discussion, it was agreed not to make a nomination at this time
10. CEMETERY MAINTENANCE
The Clerk reported that Greenacre Garden Services had completed the work of weeding and clearing the paths, which showed a significant improvement in the appearance
It was agreed to arrange a site meeting with Greenacre Garden Services to discuss the clearing of undergrowth and tidying the hedges at the top end; the Chairman and Councillor Stammers to attend
It was also agreed to make enquiries to obtain quotations to repair the entrance gate
10. RESPONSES TO CONSULTATIONS FROM PUBLIC BODIES
The Clerk said that there had been an increase in the number of consultations received and referred to the four items listed under 'CORRESPONDENCE' at item 7 on the Agenda. He said that the consultations were usually lengthy and had a short response date. He said that it was necessary to adopt a policy to formulate appropriate responses
After discussion of various options, it was agreed that the Clerk should study each consultation and report back on the relevance of the content to the Council. A decision could then be adopted on the process of a response
11. PARISH PLAN ACTIONS
Consideration was given to a response from Malcolm Graham, Team Leader of Safety Engineering at Warwickshire County Council to a request for a traffic survey to establish the need for certain road improvements
After discussion, the Clerk was asked to acknowledge the letter informing the writer that a copy of the published Parish Plan would be forwarded to all appropriate Departments in due course
Consideration was also given to a response from Dr. Martin Popplewell, Claverdon Surgery to a request to establish liaison with a view to improving medical facilities at Snitterfield
It was agreed to arrange a meeting with Dr. Leyland as soon as convenient
12. TO RECEIVE COMMENTS / OBERVATIONS FROM COUNCILLORS

Councillor Stammers
Reported graffiti on a wall at the bottom of Bell Lane
Raised the matter of the damaged and unsightly verge at the entrance to a field opposite the War Memorial
Councillor Hobbs undertook to follow up both items
Councillor Stammers complimented the County Council on the work carried out in cleaning up the footbridge over the brook at the bottom of Bell Lane
Councillor Jacobs
Referred to the corporate signs displayed at the Large Playing Field
It was agreed that the signs should not be on permanent display, but should be exhibited only at specific sponsored sporting occasions
Councillor Stammers undertook to bring this matter to the attention of the Sports Club Committee
Councillor Mrs. Morlidge

Said that she had received a complaint about the poor standard of work on Trees at No.13, The Green
Councillor Hobbs

Referred to the Neighbourhood Policing Agenda and the proposal that village organisations, including the Parish Council, should relay their concerns via e-mail
After discussion, it was suggested that any concerns should be channelled through the Parish Council

There being no further business, the Chairman declared the Meeting closed at 9-05 p.m.


NOTES OF PERIOD OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PRIOR TO MEETING OF
SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL ON 12th DECEMBER, 2005

Mr. Guest
Referred to the discarded plastic bags at Snitterfield Fruit Farm and said that he had reported the matter to Mr. Lech Kocon, Enforcement Officer
Arrangements for a site visit with a representative of the Environment Agency were awaited
Reported that a large caravan had appeared, apparently on a permanent base, in a field
at the Fruit Farm
This was being investigated by an Enforcement Officer

Mr Chatland
Referred again to the need for repairs to the gate at the Large Playing Field
Spoke of the potential danger of speeding traffic past the Sports Club and suggested that the installation of 'flashing warning signs' would be appropriate