SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL
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MINUTES OF A MEETING OF SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL HELD IN THE VILLAGE HALL ON MONDAY 13TH MARCH 2006, 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

County and District Councillor Hobbs

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

01. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
County and District Councillor Hobbs
02. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

None

 
03. MINUTES
The Minutes of the Meeting held on 13th February 2006, having been previously  circulated, were agreed and signed by the Chairman
04. MATTERS ARISING
  (a) Planning Enforcement Matters
A copy of an e-mail from Mr. Gary Fisher, Team Leader, Planning Enforcement, addressed to Mr. Ken Chatland on the subject of Snitterfield Trees and Hedgerows was submitted. The writer indicated that, in order to strengthen the prosecution case, statements from local witnesses would be required.
It was noted that Mr. Chatland would follow up with the necessary information
The Chairman undertook to follow up with Councillor Hobbs the current position with regard to Corner Cottage, The Green and the various caravans
  (b)

A46/M40 junction
Councillor Stammers said that he had been unable to the meeting arranged by the Highways Agency/Contractors. He had nothing further to report

  (c) Car Parking - Mercedes Garage
It was noted that Councillor Hobbs had asked the Highways Department to liase with the Police to prevent the dangerous parking near the junction
It was reported that the situation had deteriorated since the February Meeting
  (d)

Corporate Signs - Large Playing Field
It was agreed to write a letter to the Chairman of the Sports Club expressing concern at the situation and asking for the signs to be made free-standing, for display on match days only

  (e) Garages at the rear of Bearley Road
Nothing further to report. It was agreed to write a follow up letter to the Housing Association
05. TO RECEIVE COMMENTS / OBSERVATIONS FROM COUNTY AND DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
  (a) (a) Youth Issues
Reported that he was still trying to contact the young people of Snitterfield to enable them to obtain funding and he would appreciate any assistance
Any other items to be dealt with at other stages of the Agenda
06. FINANCE
Receipts
  (a) Stratford on Avon District Council

Section 136 payment

£470 - 00
  (b) Charifund Investment Dividend
£53 - 81
Payments to be Authorised
  (a) Greenacre Garden Services

Clearance work at Cemetery

£145 - 00
  (b) Alscot Timber Supply two oak gate posts to Cemetery
£154 - 66
  (c) ABB Repairs to street light -The Green
£78 - 73
  (d) Jukes Pest Services Quarterly payment to Mole Control contract
£75 - 00
  (e) Severn Trent Water Water supply to Atteys Field (Direct debit)
£32 - 52
  (f) Powergen Electricity supply to Village Hall (Direct debit)
£22 - 00
  (g) British Gas Gas supply to Village Hall
(Direct debit)
£86 - 00
The Clerk said that, with regard to the invoice from Severn Trent Water, he
had asked Mr. Paul Cross, plumber, to investigate the apparent excess use of
water. He would report back to the next Meeting

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

07. PLANNING MATTERS
Applications
(a)

Mr. S.F. Dawkes
Snitterfield Fruit Farm

Kings Lane

5 bay portal frame (steel) agricultural building for dry storage and processing of fruit
06/00210/AGNOT
Submission Following discussions with the Planning Department, the application is supported
The proposed structure is not too large and is well placed away from the road.
It is requested that there is verification of the products to be stored and that the building will not cause any impact upon the Monarch Way footpath
(b)

Mr. Page
Windmill Hill Cottage

Warwick Road
Blackhill

Single storey extension
06/00392/FUL

Submission Deferred pending further enquiry
(b)

Mr. & Mrs. J. Wiginton
Hawkswood Farm

Gospel Oak Lane

Increase in size of proposed extension to agricultural building to form museum granted planning permission
05/02524/FUL
(d. 4th Nov 2005)

06/00367/FUL
Submission Deferred pending further enquiry
Decisions
(a) Mr. S.F. Dawkes
Snitterfield Fruit Farm

Kings Lane

5 bay portal frame (steel) agricultural building for dry storage and processing of fruit
06/00210/AGNOT

Confirmed Planning Permission not required

8. CORRESPONDENCE
Warwickshire County Council
 
(a) Minerals Development Framework Core
Strategy Preliminary Consultation
To Chairman for submission
consideration of response
(b) Waste Core Strategy - Issues and Options Consultation
To Councillor Miss Kimberley for consideration of response
(c) Where do large number of motorcyclists speed or cause residents concern
Response - A46 between Bishopton and Marroway Islands
(d) Invitation to 'At Home' Reception
Councillor Miss
Kimberley to attend
Warwickshire Rural Community Council
 
(a) Best Kept Village Competition
No entry to be submitted
(b) Village Ventures Competition
Entry submitted for Parish
Plan - no other entry
South Warwickshire Patient & Public Involvement Forum
 
(a) Proposed Merger of Ambulance Trusts
To Councillor Fitchford
for consideration of
response
Warwickshire Training Partnership
 
(a) Briefing Event for all Chairmen and aspiring Chairmen
No Member to attend
Stratford on Avon District Council
 
(a) Parish Election Notices
Notice to be displayed on
Notice Board
Application Forms handed out
Councillor Stammers
 
(a) Letter of Resignation from Sports Club Committee
Noted. Decision taken not to nominate replacement member
Various Organisations
 
(a) Letters of appreciation for Grants from Noted
Parish Council
Noted
9. PARISH PLAN ACTIONS
(a) Local Surgery
The Chairman reported that she had attended a meeting with Dr. Leyland
in company with Councillor Jacobs and Councillor Stammers.
Dr. Leyland had explained the changes that were taking place in the National Health Service and said that there was a general lack of understanding of the new procedures. She said that there was no possibility of a doctor returning to the Surgery, but there may be an additional nurse in due course. She had also explained the difficulty in letting out space for peripheral activities.
The main problem appeared to be that the existing facilities provided by a well qualified nurse were not being fully used
After discussion, it was agreed that there was a need to raise awareness of the current facility and that the matter should be publicised in an article in the 'Snipe'
(b) Street Lighting
The Chairman reported that the working party had carried out a survey of the village and she submitted a list of recommendations for additional/alternative street lighting
It was agreed that there was a need to prioritise the requirements and to obtain potential costs
(c) Traffic
The Clerk read a letter from Jonathan Simkins, Department of Planning, Transport and Economic Strategy to Amjid Raza, Highways Agency drawing attention to the Snitterfield Parish Plan and in particular, matters relating to the Stratford Northern By-Pass, i.e. safety improvements, reduction of noise levels and concerns of 'rat runs'
The Clerk also read a letter from a parishioner, Ron Grant, in which he praised the quality of the Parish Plan, but advised against further road signs and traffic calming measures in Snitterfield
10. CEMETERY MAINTENANCE

The Clerk reported that two oak gate posts had been delivered to the site and Harry Terry had been asked to carry out the work of re-instating the gate as soon as possible
It was noted that the work carried out by Greenacre Garden Services at the top of the Cemetery had resulted in a significant improvement in appearance
It was agreed that the shed was in a dilapidated state and served no apparent purpose. Options for demolition were considered

11. MOLE CONTROL

The Clerk submitted a contract with Jukes Pest Services for mole control for the period 6 March, 2006 to 7 March, 2007 in the sum of £300. It was noted that the cost was the same as for the current year

Proposed Councillor Mrs. Morlidge, Seconded Councillor Jacobs
'to accept the contract, as submitted'
So resolved, nem con

12. CONTROLLED AIRSPACE - COVENTRY AIRPORT

The Chairman referred to a letter from Mr. R. Horsnell, Airspace Officer, Stratford on Avon Gliding Club expressing concern about proposals by Coventry Airport to significantly increase its area of Controlled Airspace. The proposals were contained in a Consultation Document specifically created for individuals and organisations with an aviation interest.
The Chairman said that she had written to Coventry Airport and had received a response from the Manager, Air Traffic Service. He had said that a document was currently being compiled for Parish Councils and a copy would be forwarded in due course
It was agreed to invite Mr. Horsnell to attend the April Meeting to advise on the effect of the proposals

13. TO RECEIVE COMMENTS / OBERVATIONS FROM COUNCILLORS
Councillor Jacobs
Referred to the flailed hedges in The Green reported at the February Meeting
The Chairman said that the cuttings had now been removed and all was in order

Referred to the complaint of dog faeces deposited on footpaths and the request for additional dog litter bins
The Clerk undertook to ascertain cost of bins and report back to the April Meeting
Concern was expressed about the collection arrangements for dog litter bins and it was agreed to ask for the position to be regularised

Councillor Stammers
Asked about a replacement litter to be provided at the War Memorial site

The Clerk said that the matter was in hand

Councillor Miss Kimberley
Asked about revisions to the Allotment Rental Agreement
The Clerk said that a revised document was being prepared for approval

Councillor Mrs. Morlidge
Referred to the collapse of the culvert beneath the car park at No.19, The Green
It was noted that work had been carried out in cleaning rubbish from the culvert
It was agreed to write to Mr. Usherwood asking for an update on the situation

Referred to the commemorative tree in Atteys Field which had been felled and said that Womens Institute members had asked what action was being taken
The Clerk undertook to make enquiries

There being no further business, the Chairman declared the Meeting closed at 9-40 p.m.


NOTES OF PERIOD OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PRIOR TO MEETING OF SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL ON 13th MARCH 2006
Mr. Bernard Mason
Raised matters relating to Public Footpaths
1. stile on Monarch Way, adjacent to Duttons Piece
2. gate onto A46
Agreed that Mr. Mason would liase with Mr. Ken Chatland for site visit and action to carry out repairs
Referred to the field adjacent to the allotments where work had been carried by the new owner to cut hedge down to ground level
The Chairman said that she had attended a site visit together with the owner and a planning enforcement officer
The owner asserted that the work was 'coppicing' and it was not his intention to take out the hedge
The Chairman added that the situation would be monitored