SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL
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MINUTES OF A MEETING OF SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL HELD IN THE VILLAGE HALL ON MONDAY 8TH MAY 2006, COMMENCING AT 7.30 P.M.
PRESENT
Councillor Mrs. S. Morlidge (Chairman)
Councillor R. J. Fitchford
Councillor J. Jacobs
Councillor Miss C. Kimberley
Councillor G. J. Stammers

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

01. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN
Proposed Councillor Mrs. Morlidge, Seconded Councillor Stammers
'that Councillor Fitchford be elected Chairman'
Councillor Fitchford declined the nomination
Proposed Councillor Fitchford, Seconded Councillor Mrs. Morlidge
'that Councillor Stammers be elected Chairman'
So resolved, nem con
02. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

 

County and District Councillor R.G. Hobbs
03. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
None
04. ELECTION OF VICE CHAIRMAN
Proposed Councillor Stammers, Seconded Councillor Mrs. Morlidge
'that Councillor Fitchford be elected Vice Chairman'

So resolved, nem con
05. CO-OPTION OF ONE MEMBER TO COUNCIL
The Clerk pointed out that, as the result of the recent election, only 5 members had been elected to the Council. It would, therefore, be necessary to co-opt one member to serve on the Council
After discussion, it was agreed to defer the matter until the next Meeting and, in the meantime, to publicise the vacancy
06. APPOINTMENT TO SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITIES
Playing Fields and Grass Cutting
Allotments
Cemetery
Representative to Village Hall
Management Committee
Press Correspondent
Public Footpaths
Trustee to Hales Trust
It was agreed to invite Mr. Collett to continue as a Trustee
Councillor Mrs. Morlidge
Councillor Miss Kimberley
Councillor Fitchford
Councillor Jacobs

Councillor Stammers
Councillor Fitchford
Councillor Fitchford

Councillor Jacobs raised the matter of the appointment of a representative to the Sports Club Committee
The Chairman referred him to a decision taken at the March Meeting, not to appoint a replacement representative following his own resignation from that position
After discussion, it was agreed to confirm the decision not to appoint a representative

07. BANK SIGNATORIES

It was agreed to re-appoint Councillor Fitchford, Councillor Mrs. Morlidge and Councillor Stammers

08. DATE AND TIME OF MEETINGS

It was agreed to continue to hold regular Meetings on the second Monday of each month, except August. Meeting to commence at 7-30 p.m.
It was further agreed to hold the September Meeting of this year on the third Monday of the month in order to facilitate the Clerk's holiday commitment

09. MINUTES

The Minutes of the Meeting held on 10th April, 2006, having been previously circulated, were agreed and signed by the Chairman

10. MATTERS ARISING
  (a) Planning Enforcement Matters
The Clerk reported that the situation relating to Corner Cottage, The Green had been passed to the Enforcement Officer
Nothing further to report on other outstanding items
  (b)

Car Parking - Mercedes Garage
Nothing further to report; the matters remains outstanding

11. COUNTY AND DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
  (a) Appreciation to all who supported him at the District Council Election
  (b) Referred to an area of land adjacent to the Garden Centre, just outside the Parish boundary. It was recently purchased by a group of travellers and it came to notice that they intended to move onto the site. A temporary injunction had been obtained to prevent this happening and it was subsequently confirmed as a permanent injunction. He undertook to monitor the situation, with the assistance of local residents
  (c) Reported that he had met some young people from the village who were seeking improved sporting facilities. He had also discussed with County and District Council officers the possibility of obtaining funding
12. FINANCE
Receipts
  (a) Stratford on Avon District Council

Precept payment (part)

£10,300 - 00
  (b) Countryside Agency Parish Plan grant
£500 - 00
  (c) Bank of Ireland Account Interest (January - March)
£99 - 97
  (d) Commonwealth War Graves Commission Grave Maintenance
£10 - 00
  (e) A.E.Bennett & Sons Cemetery Fee (Chandler)
£25 - 00
  (f) Geo.Clifford & Sons Cemetery Fee (Jeffs)
£15 - 00
Payments to be Authorised
  (a) Allianz Cornhill

Insurance Renewal Premium Parish Council

£1,696 - 63
  (b) Greenacre Garden Services Grass cutting contract
£330 - 00
  (c) Powergen Electricity supply to Street Lighting
£123 - 02
  (d) PRC (Paul Cross) Plumbing repair - Atteys Field
£32 - 90
  (e) Mr R.Foster Internal Audit fee
£50 - 00
  (f) Powergen Electricity supply to Village Hall (Direct debit)
£22 - 00
  (g) British Gas Gas supply to Village Hall (Direct debit)
£86 - 00
  (h) NALC 'Local Administration' by Arnold Baker
£48 - 00
Proposed Councillor Morlidge, Seconded Councillor Dr. Fitchford
'that the above payments be authorised'
So resolved, nem con
13. PLANNING MATTERS
Applications
(a)

Snitterfield Sports Club
Large Playing Field
Kings Lane

Proposed equipment garage
06/00689/FUL
Submission Support - it will improve the Playing Field, making it tidier and safer
(b)

Penelope A. Feldon
3, Park Cottages

Church Road

T1 - Leyland cypress: fell
T2 - Portuguese laurel: fell

06/00783/TREE
Submission Support - it will improve the garden area
(c)

Graham Martyn Builders
5, Pigeon Green

Proposed extension to rear of existing
building

06/00806/FUL
Submission Object - the proposed extension is an increase of 52% and is in conflict with Policy PR2. Also, it takes light from the neighbouring property, No.4, and is therefore in conflict with Policy DEV1, 5.2.4.A
(d)

Sant Nahar Singh
Babe Ke Farm
Warwick Road

Use of land for religious festival
Erection of four marquees, toilets temporary office tent and caravans in
August each year

06/00157/FUL
No representation
(e)

Mr & Mrs J. Carrier
Gatton
White Horse Hill

T1 - Oak: fell
06/00923/TREE
Submission deferred
Decisions
(a) Mr. Page
Windmill Hill Cottage

Warwick Road
Black Hil

Single storey extension
06/00392/FUL

Permission with Conditions

(b) Mr. & Mrs. J. Wiginton
Hawkswood Farm

Gospel Oak Lane

Increase in size of proposed extension to agricultural building to form museum
06/00367/FUL

Permission with Conditions

(c) Mrs. G.Hillier
Orchard Way
Smiths Lane

Pitched roof extension to side and rear
dormer window at roof level
06/00538/FUL

Permission with Conditions

(d) Mr D.S. Hayer
Sand Barn House Farm
Sand Barn Lane

Extension to provide two no. additional
bedrooms and en-suite at first floor level

06/00566/FUL

Withdrawn

(e) Meadow Quality Ltd
Airfield
Snitterfield Road
Bearley

Minor amendment to previously approved application 05/00082/FUL- alterations to elevations and allocation of internal space
06/00651/FUL

Permission with Conditions

(f) Mr S. Freeman
Snitterfield Fruit Farm
Kings Lane

Renovation and conversion of listed
threshing barn and adjoining barns to
create main farm dwelling
06/00654/FUL
and 06/00655/LBC

Withdrawn

14. CORRESPONDENCE
Stratford on Avon District Council
 
(a) Adoption of the Statement of Community Involvement

Noted - no further action
Jones Day, Solicitors.
 
(a) Coventry Airport - Proposals for the Revision of
Noise Preferential Routes/Standard Departure Routes

Noted - no further action
The Electoral Commission
 
(a) Local Government Elections - 4 May
Noted - questionnaire
awaited
War Memorial Trust
 
(a) War Memorial Heritage - Grants Information
Noted - to be kept on file
Warwickshire Training Partnership
 
(a) Parish Council Induction Days
How Can Parish Councils Help their Communities
Noted - no Member to attend
Mr. J.R. Guest
 
(a) Traffic Hazard - Ingon Lane
Noted - to monitor situation
15. GRASS VERGE AT THE TOP OF WHITE HORSE HILL
Councillor Stammers introduced the subject and expressed his concern about the state of the grass verge. He said that the site had been damaged by parked vehicles and it had become unsightly. There was also rubbish dumped in the adjacent wood and the combined effect compromised the entrance to the village
It was noted that a request to refurbish the verge had only recently been taken up by Councillor Hobbs
Councillor Stammers undertook to follow up with a view to prioritising the refurbishment work
This action was agreed
16. TO CONSIDER GRANT TO PARISH PLAN

The Clerk outlined the circumstances and said that, at the Finance Meeting, a grant of £450 was made to the Parish Plan. This sum, added to the finance in hand, was to pay for printing the brochures
It subsequently transpired that the printing costs were in excess of the amount requested and it was resolved to make payment in two stages; the main payment immediately and a second payment in the financial year 2006/2007
A further invoice from Smartworks for design concepts, developments and artwork in the sum of £400 had now been received. This made a total sum outstanding of £660
This sum had been partly balanced by receipt of a final grant of £500 from the Countryside Agency
Proposed Councillor Fitchford, Seconded Councillor Mrs. Morlidge
'that a grant of £160 be made to the Parish Plan under Section 137, Local Government Act, 1972'
So resolved, nem con

17. TO RECEIVE COMMENTS / OBERVATIONS FROM COUNCILLORS
Councillor Mrs. Morlidge
Submitted a letter from Mrs. Renate Stephens notifying the resignation of herself and David from administration of Neighbourhood Watch. The administration will be taken over by Richard Day and Linda Pearson
Suggested that a letter of appreciation be sent to Mr. Collett for his past services to the Council
Referred to the felled tree in Atteys Field and asked for an update on the situation
The Clerk said that the matter was ongoing
Councillor Jacobs
Said that he had been approached by a parishioner about renting a garage in Hales Close
The Chairman said that an enquiry should be made to the South Warwickshire Housing Association
Councillor Fitchford
Referred to an item introduced during the period of public participation when a block of ice had apparently fallen from a passing aircraft. He said that the incident raised safety concerns and required action
The Chairman undertook to follow up with the local press
Councillor Stammers
Referred to the grass cutting contract in the Small Playing Field and re-iterated the need for a shorter cut
The Clerk said that the matter had been brought to the attention of the contractor during the 2005-mowing season. He undertook to follow up
Expressed his appreciation to Councillor Mrs. Morlidge for her work as Chairman during the past two years
There being no further business, the Chairman declared the Meeting closed at 8-50 p.m.

NOTES OF PERIOD OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PRIOR TO MEETING OF SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL ON 8th MAY 2006

Mr. Thorne
Referred to the Planning Permission for the Fox Hunter Public House and detailed certain aspects where the work being carried out was not in accordance with the Approval
Councillor Stammers undertook to follow up
Mr. Bernard Mason
Spoke of the disappointingly low public attendance at the Parish Council Meetings and suggested that extra publicity should be given
The Chairman said that this was a longstanding problem and previous efforts to improve attendance had not met with success. Any suggestions would be considered
Mr. Morris
Raised the matter of the defective street light in The Green at the junction of The Knob and asked for the repair to be expedited for safety reasons
The Clerk referred him to item 10 of the April Meeting Minutes and said that the matter was ongoing
Referred to the potential danger of skips standing on the highway which were not illuminated during the hours of darkness and spoke of a particular recent instance in The Green
Expressed concern at the recent incident of a block of ice, apparently falling from a passing aircraft

NOTES OF PERIOD OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT THE END OF THE MEETING OF SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL ON 8th MAY 2006
Mr. Thorne
Asked about the apparent contravention of the Conditions of the Planning Permission at the green barn situated at the junction of Kings Lane and Ingon Lane
The Chairman said that he had contacted the owner and had been informed that equipment had been moved to the site following a fire at the factory in Studley
He had been assured that the equipment would be moved back as soon as conditions allowed

Mr. Chatland
Raised the matter of cars being transported through the village. He said that a new practice had been introduced which was to transfer the cars individually by a van and trailer from a car transporter parked outside the cartilage of the village
Mr. Thorne
Expressed concern about the condition of the edges of the highway in School Road