SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL HELD IN THE VILLAGE HALL ON MONDAY 14TH JANUARY 2008, COMMENCING AT 7.30 P.M.
PRESENT
Councillor G.J. Stammers (Chairman)
Councillor R. J. Fitchford
Councillor J. Jacobs
Councillor A. G. M. Jones
Councillor Miss C. Kimberley
Councillor Mrs. S Morlidge

County and District Councillor R.G. Hobbs

Clerk of the Council, I. A. Wilkins
9 Members of Public

There was a fifteen 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 10th December, 2007, having been previously circulated, were agreed and signed by the Chairman
04. MATTERS ARISING
  (a) Flood Prevention measures
  The Chairman reported that work was being carried out by the County Council to
rebuild the bridge in The Green adjacent to Avoncroft Farm
Representatives of the Environment Agency had made visits to the Parish. Projects
being considered included provision of balancing ponds, re-levelling the brook and
storm water drain at Lodge Farm Drive. Details of local residents who could assist in
giving historical background of the flood situation had been supplied
.
Councillor Hobbs said that the roadside flood measures instigated by the County
Council were almost completed
05. TO RECEIVE COMMENTS/OBSERVATIONS BY COUNTY AND DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
  (1) Trees in The Park - no progress in resolving the problem, but much
correspondence between Mrs. Marie Rendell and the District Council
  (2) Councillor Fitchford asked about proposed changes to Roadside Waste Collection
Councillor Hobbs said that changes to include collection of cardboard and plastic would be introduced later this year. In due course, there would be improved Green Collection to include food waste
  (3) Councillor Hobbs received reports of pot holes in road surface in Pigeon Green and
School Road
Also, damaged road surface between Gospel Oak Lane and Avoncroft Farm
  (4) Said that the Grant Application for Snitterfield Sports Club would be considered at
the forthcoming Meeting of the Avon Area Committee
  (5) Asked by Councillor Mrs. Morlidge if anything further was known about the proposed Gypsy site at Black Hill, he said that the result of the Appeal was still awaited
06. FINANCE
Receipts
(a) Allianz Insurance Ltd.

Settlement of Insurance Claim

£552-00
(b) Bank of Ireland

Interest on Treasurer Deposit
Account (October - December 2007)

£210-05
(c) Charifund

Investment Dividend

£178-63
(d) Charifund

Investment Dividend

£19-01
Payments to be Authorised
(a) Ingon Tarmac Preparation and Surfacing of Cemetery Footpaths
£1,985-75
(b) Thomgarden

Making safe tree in Cemetery

£200-00
(c) I. Wilkins

Clerk's Pay and Expenses

£585-75
(d) I. Wilkins Back-dated Pay Awards (2005 & 2006)
£126-10
  (e) HM Revenue & Customs PAYE on (c) and (d)
£184-06
  (f) E.on Street Lighting supply
£109-75
  (g) Jukes Pest Services Mole Control contract
£75-00
  (h) British Gas Gas supply to Village Hall (Direct Debit)
£4-00
Proposed Councillor Jacobs, Seconded Councillor Fitchford
'that the listed items be authorized for payment'

So resolved, nem con

07. PLANNING MATTERS
Applications
(a)

Mr and Mrs Yendall
Woodcote
Bearley Road

Erection of replacement dwelling, triple garage and swimming pool enclosure
Submission

No representation

Decisions
(a)

Mr. Christopher Gallimore
The Barn at Lamplighter
Cottage
The Hill
Kings Lane

Change of use from store over garage/home office to office
Permission with Conditions
(b)

Mrs F. McConville
Appleton House
Church Road

Creation of new vehicular access to dwelling to form an 'in' and 'out' drive
Refusal
08. CORRESPONDENCE
Warwickshire County Council
 
(a)

Speed Limit Review Consultation: A and B Class Roads

Does not specifically relate to
Snitterfield. To be circulated
for information
09. CARBON REDUCTION PROJECT
 

Councillor Jones reported:

  (1) the recycling project was gaining in popularity and would continue for a three-month trial period. It was estimated that ¼ ton of carbon was being saved each week
  (2) the tree planting was still in abeyance; delivery from the District Council was still awaited
  (3) parishioners continue to sign up to the Green Tariff
10. TO RECEIVE COMMENTS/OBSERVATIONS FROM COUNCILLORS
Councillor Fitchford
  (1) Observed that the parking problem adjacent to the Mercedes Garage continued
  (2) Reported that a tree, which had fallen onto the highway in Bell Lane during recent high winds, had been removed by the contractor, Thomgarden
Councillor Stammers
  (1) Observed that the pile of hardcore was still in situ in old Kings Lane
  (2) Reported that work to re-position the street light in The Green would take place on 22nd January
  (3) Reported that he had contacted the owner of the cottage in The Green, referred to at the December Meeting. He was aware of his responsibility under the Planning Permission and the demolition would be carried out as soon as circumstances permitted
Councillor Jacobs
  (1) Submitted certain papers in relation to the Village Hall and asked for efforts to be made to resolve the terms of Appointment of the Management Committee
  (2) Reported that arrangements were going ahead with the Moving Pictures project and the first film show in the Village Hall would be on 22nd February. He said that publicity for the event was in hand. The cost of admission had been set at £4. He again appealed for assistance in operating the show
Councillor Jones
  Asked about progress with the Village Hall Fire Risk Assessment Plan
The Chairman said that the matter should be placed on the Agenda of the February Meeting
11. TO CONSIDER ANY GRANTS/DONATIONS
 

Councillor Miss Kimberley declared a Personal Interest in respect of the 'Snipe' Magazine
Applications were submitted from Village Hall Management Committee, Sports Club, Friends of Snitterfield School, Council for Voluntary Service, Snitterfield Actioning Climate Change, Warwickshire Crimestoppers, Citizens Advice Bureau and Parochial Church Council
A Grant to the Village Hall Management Committee in the sum of £2,500 was agreed

The following grants were agreed for the current financial year under Section 137, Local Government Act, 1972. It was noted that, in accordance with the formula laid down, a total sum of £5,882-52

Parochial Church Council (specifically to the restoration fund) £1000
Methodist Church £150
'Snipe' Magazine £750
'Link' Magazine £550
Dedicated Air Ambulance £200
Sports Club £1500
Friends of School and Nursery £1000
Website £50
Council for Voluntary Service Affiliation £27.50
Snitterfield Actioning Climate Change £300

No Grants were made to Warwickshire Crimestoppers, or Citizens Advice Bureau

12. CEMETERY FEES
  It was agreed to make no change to the current fees for the next financial year
13. ALLOTMENT RENTS
  It was agreed to make no change to the current rents for the next financial year
14. BUDGET AND PRECEPT
  The Clerk submitted for consideration details of the current bank balances and estimates of income and expenditure to the end of the current financial year
Also submitted were estimates of income and expenditure for the financial year 2008/2009


After a full discussion, Councillor Fitchford proposed, Councillor Mrs. Morlidge seconded
'that the Parish Precept be set at £21,200, an increase of 3% on the previous year'
So resolved, nem con


There being no further business, the Chairman declared the Meeting closed at 9-11 p.m
 
NOTES OF A PERIOD OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT MEETING OF SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON MONDAY 14TH JANUARY 2008

Mr. John Queratt
Referred to the Planning Application which he had submitted with regard to No. 5, Church Lane and asked if the Council wished to ask any questions
The Chairman said that he had only now received notification of the Application and Members would need to consider it. He assured Mr. Queratt that, should there be any questions or a request for a site visit, he would be contacted

Mr. Ken Chatland
Put forward a request for a grant of £50 to cover the cost of maintaining the Village Website
The Chairman said that this would be considered under item 11 on the Agenda

Mr. Paul Busby
Referred to the condition of the Fox Hunter Public House and expressed his concern that the site should remain as a Public House
Councillor Hobbs said that the Local Plan Policy was against change of use, but account would be taken of the extent to which it had been marketed as a going concern over a period of two years
Concerns were also expressed about the safety of the building and possible trespassers
Councillor Hobbs undertook to again raise these concerns

Mr. Steve Lewis
Asked permission to set down an additional pitch for Junior Football on the Large Playing Field. He pointed to the increasing popularity of the sport amongst youngsters and said that more space was needed to accommodate them. He submitted a plan showing the proposed additional facility
The Chairman said that Members would consider the request
Ms Lisa Huxley
Spoke on behalf of the Friends of Snitterfield School and submitted a plan of the proposed regeneration of the pond and wildlife area and asked for consideration of a grant towards the cost