SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL
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MINUTES OF A MEETING OF SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL HELD IN THE VILLAGE HALL ON MONDAY 9TH OCTOBER 2006, COMMENCING AT 7.15 P.M.
PRESENT
Councillor G.J. Stammers (Chairman)
Councillor R. J. Fitchford
Councillor A. G. M. Jones
Councillor J. Jacobs
Councillor Miss C. Kimberley
Councillor Mrs. S. Morlidge

County and District Councillor R.G. Hobbs

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

Prior to the formal agenda, the Chairman invited Janet Alt and Jon Garrett of Warwick Action 21 to address the Meeting on the subject of a 'Community Wind Farm for Snitterfield'
Ms. Alt spoke of the background to the projects to provide renewable energy and referred to possible sites in Snitterfield at Babe Ke Farm and High Close Farm
Mr Garrett submitted a paper detailing the budget costs for one wind turbine, 30m high, totalling £180,000. He said that it would be essential to have a 'buy-in' from the community
He gave further details of costings and estimated that 'payback time' would be 7 - 10 years; the return would be in the region of 10%
The Chairman said that it would be necessary to gauge the interest of parishioners and he undertook to submit an article to the 'Snipe' magazine
Councillor Hobbs expressed concern that the proposed installation of a wind turbine would be in compliance with the District Local Framework; he undertook to make enquiries with the Planning Development Manager
The Chairman thanked Ms. Alt and Mr. Garrett for the presentation and said that Members would need time to examine the feasibility of the project

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

01. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Councillor J. Jacobs
02. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillor Mrs. S. Morlidge

Planning Application 06/02576/FUL
13, The Green
Personal Interest
03. MINUTES
The Minutes of the Meeting held on 18th September, 2006, having been previously circulated, were agreed and signed by the Vice Chairman
04. MATTERS ARISING
  (a) Planning Enforcement Matters
Councillor Stammers reported on a meeting he had attended with Mr. Trevor Askew, Strategic Director and Mr. Pat Reid, Head of Planning Service. The discussion had ranged over various issues and he felt that there had been a positive response
He had raised a number of planning enforcement issues and he gave an update on the progress
(1) Trees - The Park
(2) Hedgerows - Fruit Farm
(3) Corner Cottage, The Green
(4) Oak Cottage, Bearley Road
He expressed his concern about the continuing delays in resolving these Enforcement Notices
05. COMMENTS/OBSERVATIONS BY COUNTY AND DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
  (a) Made reference to the Planning Application for change of use for gypsy occupation on land off Warwick Road, Black Hill. He had already spoken to the Planning Officer and said that it raised sensitive issues
The Chairman proposed that, in view of the sensitive nature of any response, the Council should engage the services of a planning consultant
This proposal was agreed without dissent
  (b) Spoke of instances of flooding on the lower part of Ingon Lane, which had caused some concern. He said that the County Council had undertaken to repair the ducts under the road
  (c) Reported that the matter of the election of a School Governor had been resolved

Councillor Hobbs left the Meeting at 8-25 p.m
06. FINANCE
Receipts
  (a) Stratford on Avon District Council

Second instalment of Precept

£10,300-00
  (b) British Gas Gas supply to Village Hall
Refund of payments
£347-18
  (c) Central Networks Wayleaves
£42-48
  (d) Charinco Investment Dividend
£19-01
Payments to be Authorised
  (a) I.Wilkins

Clerk's Salary and Expenses

£607-72
  (b) H.M. Revenue & Customs PAYE on Clerk's Salary
£148-00
  (c) Warwickshire Training Partnership Attendance of Councillor Jones at Training Event
£25-00
  (d) Powergen Electricity supply to Village Hall (Direct Debit)
£22-00

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

07. PLANNING MATTERS
Applications
(a)

J.Carrier
Gatton

White Horse Hill

First floor extension to side

06/02583/FUL
Submission deferred  
(b)

P.Farley and R.Mander
Land off Church Road

4 lock up garages
06/02563/REM
Submission deferred  
(c)

Mr. G.Grasby, Mrs. B.Grasby
and Mr. R.A.W.Booth
The Green

Demolition of single storey rear wing and outbuilding and construction of new 2 storey accommodation. Garage, vehicular access and ancillary works
06/01779/FUL
and
06/01780/LBC
Submission deferred
Decisions
(a) Mr. Stuart Freeman
Snitterfield Fruit Farm
Kings Lane
Renovation and conversion of listed thresher barns and adjoining barns to create main farm dwelling
06/01354/FUL

Permission with Conditions

(b) Grange Supplies
Grange Meadow
Ingon Lane

Application for existing lawful development for the retail of specialist equipment and supplies
06/02050/LDE

Withdrawn

(c) Mr. J.Bradshaw
8, The Hill
Kings Lane

Single storey rear extension
06/02402/FUL

Withdrawn before submission of response

(d) Graham Martyn Builders
5, Pigeon Green
Proposed extension to rear of existing dwelling
06/02138/FUL

Permission with Conditions - also a letter from the Area Planning Officer giving an explanation for the decision

8. CORRESPONDENCE
Warwickshire County Council
 
Countryside Access and Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2006-2016
Copy to be retained by Clerk for reference
Stratford on Avon District Council
 
Stratford on Avon District Local Plan Review
Copy to be retained by Chairman for reference
9. CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY ACT 2006
The matter was further discussed and a number of suggestions were submitted for
consideration
(1) Liase with nominated officer of Stratford on Avon District Council
(2) Funds are available to start up a project
(3) Arrange Open Day with distribution of low energy bulbs
(4) Engage School in project
(5) Tree planting
(6) Energy saving at Village Hall
(7) Possible interest in project from Warwick University
(8) To appoint a separate group to set up arrangements
It was agreed to consider the matter further at the November Meeting
10. REPLACEMENT STREET LAMP - THE GREEN
The Clerk submitted designs and costings for replacement street lighting columns from ABB Limited, Period Lighting Company and Victorian Lighting Company
After discussion, it was agreed that the street lighting column from Period Lighting Company, Code LP02 would be most appropriate.
The Clerk was authorised to place an order and to arrange for installation, subject to the height of the column being satisfactory
11. COMMENTS/OBSERVATIONS BY COUNCILLORS
None
There being no further business, the Chairman declared the Meeting closed at 9-00 p.m.

NOTES OF PERIOD OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PRIOR TO MEETING OF SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL ON MONDAY 9th OCTOBER 2006

Prior to and after the Meeting
David Stephens
Outlined the problem of 'yobs' in the village. The trouble normally occurred on Friday and Saturday evenings and was, in the main, alcohol fuelled. He referred to a catalogue of minor damage and nuisance, which made many parishioners apprehensive. He said that a police presence was non-existent
He suggested that the Parish Council give consideration to the employment of a police officer on overtime or private security at appropriate times. He realised that this would incur a substantial increase on the precept, but he was confident that parishioners would support this in order to give peace of mind
Richard Day
Supported the comments made by David Stephens and said that parishioners felt continually threatened by noise and bad language
He had contacted the police on occasions, but he had been told that they were too busy to attend. He had also written to the Chief Constable and had been informed that the local Chief Inspector would contact him. No such contact had yet been made
Councillor Hobbs
Recognized the problem and suggested that the matter should be dealt with by the Anti-Social Behaviour Unit of the County Council. He asked for the identity of offenders and undertook to refer them to the Unit for action
He referred to the re-organisation of Neighbourhood Policing, which would come into effect on 18th November, whereby Snitterfield would come under the Stratford upon Avon area. A 'Blue Book' containing detailed information of this organisational change would be delivered to every household
Looking ahead, he said that he was in the process of obtaining funding for facilities for young people and he spoke of a forthcoming meeting at Snitterfield Sports Club
He also spoke of improvements to the operation of Neighbourhood Watch
The Chairman said that he was most concerned about the poor feedback from the Police. He undertook to write a letter supporting the correspondence of Richard Day