SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL
Please note: For minutes of the Annual Finance Meeting 2007 click here

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL HELD IN THE VILLAGE HALL ON MONDAY 14TH MAY 2007, COMMENCING AT 7.30 P.M.
PRESENT
Councillor G.J. Stammers (Chairman)
Councillor R. J. Fitchford
Councillor Mrs. S. Morlidge
Councillor Miss C. Kimberley

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

There was a thirty minute period of public participation prior to the formal agenda

01. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN
Proposed Councillor Fitchford, Seconded Councillor Mrs. Morlidge
'That Councillor Stammers be re-elected Chairman'
So resolved, nem con
02

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Councillor A. G. M. Jones

Farming commitment
03. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
  Councillor Miss C. Kimberley Planning Application APP/J3720/A/07/2041965/NWF
Aspi Mobed
Personal Interest
  Councillor G.J.Stammers As above
Personal Interest
Councillor Mrs. S. Morlidge Planning Application 07/01092/FUL
13, The Green
Personal Interest
04. ELECTION OF VICE CHAIRMAN
Proposed Councillor Stammers, Seconded Councillor Mrs. Kimberley
'That Councillor Fitchord be re-elected Vice Chairman'
So resolved, nem con
05. APPOINTMENT TO SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITIES
  Playing Fields and Grass Cutting Councillor Mrs. S. Morlidge
  Allotments Councillor Miss Kimberley
  Cemetery Councillor Fitchford
  Representative to Village Hall Management Committee Councillor Jacobs
  Press Correspondent Councillor Stammers
  Public Footpaths No appointment made
  Trustee to Hales Trust Councillor Fitchford
06. BANK SIGNATORIES
It was agreed to re-appoint Councillor Fitchford, Councillor Mrs. Morlidge and Councillor Stammers as signatories to the Council Bank Accounts
07. DATE AND TIME OF MEETINGS
It was agreed to continue to hold regular Meetings on the second Monday of each month, except August. Meetings to commence at 7-30 p.m.
08. MINUTES
The Minutes of the Meeting held on 16th April, 2007, having been previously circulated, were agreed and signed by the Chairman
09. MATTERS ARISING
  (a) Appointment of Tree Warden
    It was noted that Mr. John Prescott had been appointed as Warden to the Parish of Snitterfield
10. FINANCE
Receipts
(a) Stratford on Avon District Council

Precept (part payment)

£10300-00
Payments to be Authorised
(a) ABB Ltd.

Installation of replacement street light - The Green

£1,762-50
  The Clerk referred to the Minutes of the April Meeting, wherein it was reported that ABB Ltd had installed the street lighting column at the incorrect site. He said that, with the agreement of the Chairman, a letter had been sent to ABB Ltd. setting out the circumstances and informing them that payment would be withheld pending the installation of the lighting column as instructed
This course of action was agreed
(b) AON.

Renewal of Insurance Policy Village Hall

£1,144-81
  The Clerk said that the date of renewal was 1st June, but he was preparing information for an alternative quotation from Allied Westminster, a reputable company dealing with local authorities
It was agreed to authorise renewal of insurance cover with the company able to provide best value cover
  (c) Greenacre Garden Services Grass cutting contract
£336-00
(d) British Gas Gas supply to Village Hall (Direct Debit)
£121-00
(e) Powergen Electricity supply to Village Hall (Direct Debit)
£22-00
Proposed Councillor Stammers, Seconded Councillor Mrs. Morlidge
To authorise payments above at (c), (d), and (e)
So resolved, nem con
07. PLANNING MATTERS
Applications
(a)

Arden Fisheries Ltd
Snitterfield Fruit Farm

Erection of fishermans timber clubhouse
07/00718/FUL
Submission Following a site visit, the application is supported for the following reasons
(1) the facility is needed to support the sporting and leisure activities for Arden Fisheries
(2) the building will be lowered into the bank and this will reduce/remove any visual impact in the open countryside
(3) in the interest of Environmental Health, toilet facilities are essential - over 60 fishermen can be on site at week-ends
(b)

Miss L. Dutton
Blossom Cottage
The Green

Construct replacement dwelling and
garage together with all ancillary works
07/00820/FUL
(c)

Miss L. Dutton
Blossom Cottage
The Green

Demolition of existing dwelling and garage
07/00821/DEM
Submission Following a site visit, the original proposal is supported with the following suggestions
(1) the current proposal will dominate the area and impact upon the cottages opposite
(2) the previous proposal (07/00011/FUL) will remove the objection raised in issue (1) above
(3) the new building will be back from the road, which will reduce the impact upon the street scene
(4) the position of the garage in 07/00011/FUL is acceptable, provided that the garage is lowered into the site and change to a brick construction, more in keeping with the surrounding properties
(d)

Mr and Mrs T. Sargent
The Old Bakehouse

The Green

Demolition and replacement of current
single storey extension with two storey extension and demolition and replacement of current garage
07/00878/FUL
Submission Please see Appendix attached
(e)

Aspi Mobed
Spring Farm House

Warwick Road
Black Hill

Change of use from partly garden and
partly storage of vehicles to
predominately parking of vehicles with
perimeter planting. Change of use of
agricultural land to parking
(all retrospective)
APP/J3720/A/07/
2041965/NWF
Submission No further representation to be made
Councillor Miss Kimberley left the Meeting during the discussion on this item
(f)

Mr. R. Houghton
Downing

Smiths Lane

Single storey rear extension, new pitched roof to replace flat roof and internal alterations
07/00994/FUL
Submission Support - it will not impact upon any of the adjacent
County and District Councillor R.G. Hobbs arrived at the Meeting at 8-35 p.m.
(g)

Stratford Oaks Golf Club
Bearley Road

Retention of 7 floodlighting lamps
serving driving range
07/01037/FUL
Submission deferred for clarification of proposal
(h)

Mr & Mrs White
13, The Green

Change of roof design and size to provide first floor storage
accommodation to previous plans approved under 06/02576/FUL
07/01092/FUL
Submission Objection the proposed change of roof design is much larger/higher than the original, with windows and roof lights; it will impinge significantly upon the street
In addition, the upper window in the SW elevation intrudes on the privacy of the neighbouring property, No. 13a
The original proposal is more acceptable
(i)

Mrs. Helen Hayter
Bramley Orchard Farm
Kings Lane

To provide a driveway and access from
Bramley Orchard Farm onto Ingon Lane
07/01119/FUL
Submission deferred pending site visit
(i)

Mr J.S. Bloor
Comyns Farm
Wayfield

Demolition and rebuilding of exisiting workshop building
07/00889/FUL
Submission deferred
Decisions
(a)

Mr & Mrs D. McMahon
1-2, Sand Barn Cottages

Sand Barn Lane

Erection of a pitched roof on a garage
07/00621/FUL
Permission with conditions
(b)

T. Mousley & Sons Tree Care
Treetops

Cedar Drive

T1: sycamore - fell
07/00409/TREE
Consent with conditions
(c)

Mrs. B. Bainbridge
Dawnedge

Church Road

T1 - Ash - crown reduce by 25% back
to suitable growth points
07/00252/TREE
Consent with conditions
12. COMMENTS/OBSERVATIONS BY COUNTY AND DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
  Two matters raised during the period of public participation were referred to Councillor Hobbs
  (a) Call to extend the speed limit in The Green
    He said that he would take up the matter, but he suggested that letters be written to the County Council. He also referred to the ongoing review of speed limits in villages
  (b) Erection of a barn in the Green Belt
    He gave a full explanation of the legislation and planning procedure and confirmed that there had been no opportunity for any input by the Parish Council
  (c) Reported that remedial action would be taken in respect of blocked culverts at Kings Lane and White Horse Hill
  (d) Gave an update on various planning enforcement matters
13. CORRESPONDENCE
Warwickshire County Council
 
(a)

C93/08 Luscombe Farm Culvert Replacement

Noted. Copy of Notice displayed on Notice Board
(b)

Temporary Road Closure - C40 School Road

Noted. Copy of Notice displayed on Notice Board
Stratford on Avon District Council
 
(a)

The Local Authorities (Model Code of Conduct) Order, 2007

For further consideration and adoption at June Meeting
(b)

Moving Pictures

Return to be completed by Councillor Jacobs
(c)

Parish Council Training - Material Considerations

Councillor Stammers, Councillor Fitchford and Councillor Miss Kimberley to attend
14. CARBON FOOTPRINT PROJECT
Nothing to report
15. COMMENTS/OBSERVATIONS FROM COUNCILLORS
Councillor Mrs. Morlidge
(1) Referred to the grass cutting contract for the Cemetery and said that there was a need for strimming work to improve the appearance
(2) Said that she had received complaints about the quality of the facility at the Surgery; the computer was non-operational and there was no nurse in attendance
The Chairman undertook to contact Dr. Popplewell to seek an explanation
(3) Asked that notices be sent out regarding the collection of Allotment Rents
The Clerk undertook to do this
(4) Said that she had received a complaint from a parishioner living adjacent to the speed hump in Smiths Lane about the noise nuisance. She had asked that consideration be given to its removal
It was agreed that it would not be practical to remove the hump
Councillor Fitchford
(1) Expressed concern about continuing incidents of vandalism in the village, in particular, the removal/displacement of traffic signs
It was noted that there had been an incident where damage had been caused to the Youth Club building and contents. Police had attended
The Clerk said that an insurance claim was in hand
(2) Submitted a letter from Anthony Sutcliffe together with a cheque in the sum of £50 to be used for cemetery maintenance
Councillor Miss Kimberley
(1) Asked about the draft amendment to the Allotment Tenancy Agreements
The Clerk said that no progress had been made, but that he would bring up the matter again
Councillor Hobbs
(1) Referred to the Carbon Reduction Project and said that County Councillor Gordon Collett had an interest in the subject and was available to offer assistance
(2) The Chairman handed to Councillor Hobbs an anonymous letter which he had received and which, in the main, related to issues under the responsibility of the District Council
The Chairman suspended the agenda at 9-35 p.m. to allow a further period of public participation
The Chairman resumed the agenda at 9-40 p.m.
16. MOTION
Proposed Councillor Miss Kimberley, Seconded Councillor Fitchford
'That the following matters be considered in closed session by reason of the confidential nature of the business'
So resolved, nem con
17. PREPARATION AND SURFACING OF CEMETERY FOOTPATHS
The Clerk submitted quotations from
(1) Edward Brain & Sons Ltd., Pathlow, Stratford upon Avon
(2) Ingon Tarmac, Ingon Grange Farm, Snitterfield
After consideration, Proposed Councillor Stammers, Seconded Councillor Mrs. Morlidge
'That the quotation from Ingon Tarmac be accepted'
So resolved, nem con

It was further agreed to request the successful contractor to reinstate/replace any loose/broken edging stones
It was also agreed to obtain quotations for various arboricultural works in the Cemetery

There being no further business, the Chairman declared the Meeting closed at 9-50 p.m.

 
PERIOD OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT THE MEETING OF SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON MONDAY 14TH MAY 2007

Prior to the Agenda

Elaine Wilkinson
Reported details of a recent road traffic accident in The Green when a vehicle, allegedly being driven at excessive speed, collided with a parked car and overturned
She urged that pressure be brought to extend the existing speed limit further along The Green

Ron Grant
Referred to the item which he had raised at the April Meeting concerning the erection of a barn in the Green Belt. He detailed the enquiries which he had made and expressed the view that the District Council had not been diligent in the matter.
He stated his intention to take the matter further and he had written to the Chief Planning Officer

John Prescott
Reported that he had attended a meeting organised by the District Council concerning the Tree Warden Scheme. He said that he had volunteered to take on the duties of Warden for Snitterfield Parish and he was awaiting receipt of an information pack
The Chairman thanked him and asked him to keep the Parish Council informed of any developments

Chairman
Congratulated members of Snitterfield Low Carbon Group for organising such a splendid exhibition
Mr. Sargent responded that 54 forms had been completed and handed in. Also, several volunteers had come forward and offered to serve as members of the Group

After the Agenda

Ken Chatland
Referred to items which he had raised at the April Meeting, namely, the ongoing business at the premises in Kings Lane at the junction of Ingon Lane and the quantity of hardcore deposited on the abandoned part of Kings Lane, adjacent to the Fruit Farm
Councillor Hobbs said that he had both matters in hand and would report progress in due course