SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL
HELD IN THE VILLAGE HALL ON MONDAY 10TH OCTOBER 2005,
COMMENCING AT 7.30 P.M.

PRESENT

Councillor Mrs. S. Morlidge (Chairman)
Councillor W. A. Collett
Councillor R. J. Fitchford
Councillor Miss C. Kimberley
Councillor G. J. Stammers

County and District Councillor R. G. Hobbs

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

01. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
      None

02. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
      None

03. MINUTES
       The Minutes of the Meeting held on 12th September 2005, having been previously        circulated, were agreed and signed by the Chairman

04. MATTERS ARISING

(a) Protected Trees at the Park
      Councillor Hobbs reported that the landowner had continued to plough the land and had       contravened the request to establish a protection zone around each tree
      He said that the Legal Department was now in the process of assembling evidence on       which to base a prosecution
      He added that it was important that an order be made for the owner to replace the trees       damaged by his actions
(b) Planning Enforcement Matters
      Councillor Hobbs reported that the landowner responsible for removing the hedgerows at       the Fruit Farm had been traced. He had failed to respond to correspondence and further       enquiries were to be made
      The Clerk was asked to write a follow up letter to the Development Control Manager
      Councillor Hobbs reported on two further Planning Enforcement matters
        (1) a path was being re-established on a route from Kings Lane towards Frogmore Road
        (2) the siting of the horse exerciser at Ashcroft Stud 
     
Action was being taken in both cases
(c) Flooding
      It was noted that the agreed was ongoing and it was agreed to monitor the situation
(d) Garages at rear of 1 - 4, Bearley Road
      The Clerk read correspondence from South Warwickshire Housing Association in which it       was stated that the process of evaluation of the area as a possible development site was
      still ongoing. A decision was anticipated within the next few months
     
It was agreed to monitor the situation

05. MINUTES

      The Minutes of the meeting held on 15th September, 2005, having been previously       circulated, were agreed and signed by the Chairman

06. MATTERS ARISING

      (a) Parish Plan
     
Councillor Stammers reported that he had received notification that the Parish Plan would       be considered at a Meeting of the Avon Area Committee on 3rd November
     
The Chairman undertook to attend that Meeting in the absence of Councillor Stammers


07. FINANCE
Receipts
(a) Stratford on Avon District Council Precept (second payment)
£10,000 - 00
(b) Charinco Common Investment Fund Investment Dividend
£19 - 01
(c) Central Networks East Wayleaves
£41 - 52
Payments to be Authorised
(a) Greenacre Garden Services
Grass Cutting contract
£266 - 00
(b) David Stephens Purchase of Dog Fouling Signs
£60 - 00
(c) Ian Wilkins Clerks Salary and Expenses
£574 - 75
(d)

Inland Revenue

PAYE on Clerks Salary
£148 - 50
(f) Powergen

Electricity supply to Village Hall
(Direct Debit)

£33 - 00
(g) British Gas Gas supply to Village Hall
(Direct Debit)
£80 - 00

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

08. PLANNING MATTERS
   
Applications    
(a) Steve Dawkes
      Hollow Meadow Farm
      Kings Lane
Change of use from an agricultural use to a mixed agricultural/storage use 05/02453/LDE
Submission Object - no need has been defined and the
change of use will enable the applicant to
store more caravans on the site
The storage of caravans will adversely
impact upon the rural scene; the caravans
are clearly visible from Monarch Way

(b) Mr. R. Hurst
      Bushes Farm
      Bearley Road

Construction of agricultural building
05/02581/AGNOT
Submission No Representation
Subsequently notified that prior approval is not required
(c) James Wiggington
     Hawkeswood Farm
     Gospel Oak Lane
Erection of single storey building to side of existing south elevation of barn. Fire escape to existing building, new roof to stable block and change of use to civil war museum
05/02524/FUL
Submission deferred for site visit
(d) Mr. R. Evans
      Foxhunter Inn
     The Square
First floor extension to provide additional living accommodation to manager's private flat
05/02599/FUL
Submission deferred
(e) Miss F. Hewer
     13, The Green
T1-T6 - Leyland cypress - reduce height by third
T7, T8 & T10 - Leyland cypress - reduce
height by third and prune back from overhead wires
T9, T11 & T12 - Leyland cypress - reduce
height by third
T13 - Leyland cypress - reduce by 50%

05/02646/TREE
Submission
Councillor Mrs. Morlidge declared a personal interest
Support - the trees are old and crowded
together; the proposed work can only enhance the well-being of the applicant's
and neighbouring properties
(f) Mr. R. Evans
      Foxhunter Inn
     The Square
Re-site existing gates together with new brick walls and piers
05/02607/FUL
Submission deferred

Decisions
(a) Mrs. W. Turner
      7, The Hill
      Kings Lane
New roof to existing single storey extension
05/02274/FUL

      Permission with Conditions


09. CORRESPONDENCE

Warwickshire County Council

(a) The Merchant of Menace (Crime Prevention Advice)
      Entry to be made in 'LINK' magazine
(b) Warwickshire's Local Transport Plan - Annual Progress Report
      Noted - to be circulated for comment

Warwickshire Training Partnership
(a) Briefing of Procedural Matters, the Preparation and Handling of Tenders and Contracts       and VAT Awareness
      Clerk to attend

Warwickshire Association of Local Councils
(a) Quality Parish Council Status Scheme
      No Member to attend

10. PARISH PLAN
The Action Plan was considered and there was discussion of the tasks classed as
urgent
It was agreed to commence action on the subject of traffic by requesting the
County Council to undertake a speed/volume survey in the village. The roads
specified were Wolverton Road, Smiths Lane and Church Road

With regard to the local surgery, it was agreed to initiate action by making contact
with the Chestnut Walk Practice Manager to establish liaison

11. CEMETERY
Note was taken of the works undertaken during the year and it was agreed that
there had been a general improvement
It was agreed to initiate action to further improve the appearance of the Cemetery
(1) to explore options to improve the condition of the paths
(2) to carry out further arboricultural work
(3) to acquire a green 'wheelie' bin for the deposit of refuse
(4) to repair gate at Park Lane entrance


12. TO RECEIVE COMMENTS/OBSERVATIONS FROM COUNCILLORS

Councillor Stammers
Expressed his concern at the increased vandalism in the village and quoted specific instances
The Chairman said that she had contacted the Neighbourhood Police and arrangements had been made for patrols to be undertaken
She went on to explain the difficulty experienced in making contact with the Neighbourhood Police and complained of poor communication
It was agreed that communication was below the standard expected and that an appropriate letter be sent to the Divisional Commander

Councillor Collett left the Meeting at 9-30 p.m.

Councillor Mrs. Morlidge
Expressed concern at the delays experienced in the circulation of Planning Applications for consideration. She said that this had caused late responses to the Planning Officer on several occasions
It was agreed to purchase coloured envelopes in order to highlight the need to treat the contents urgently

Councillor Hobbs
Spoke of a campaign that he was waging to improve Police communication with the public
Gave details of the options being considered in relation to the proposed re-organisation of police forces

There being no further business, the Chairman declared the Meeting closed at
9-55 p.m