SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL
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MINUTES OF A MEETING OF SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL HELD IN THE VILLAGE HALL ON MONDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER 2006, COMMENCING AT 7.30 P.M.
PRESENT
Councillor R. J. Fitchford (Vice-Chairman)
Councillor A. G. M. Jones
Councillor J. Jacobs
Councillor Miss C. Kimberley
Councillor Mrs. S. Morlidge

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

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

01. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Councillor G.J. Stammers
02. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillor Mrs. S. Morlidge

Village Hall Accounts - Item 9
Personal Interest
  Councillor Miss C. Kimberley Planning Application 06/02229/LDE
Spring Farm House
Prejudicial Interest
03. MINUTES
The Minutes of the Meeting held on 10th July 2006, having been previously  circulated, were agreed and signed by the Chairman
04. MATTERS ARISING
  (a) Affordable Housing for Local People
The Clerk reported that, in the opinion of Mr. Charles Barlow, the date of the next issue of 'The Snipe' being late November would be inappropriate for distribution of the Housing Needs Survey forms. He had, therefore, undertaken to arrange a team to hand deliver the forms in early October
  (b)

Street Lamp - The Green
The Clerk reported that he had requested ABB Limited to remove the existing column. Application was in hand to terminate the electricity supply prior to the removal
The Clerk added that ABB Limited had agreed to submit alternative design options
Councillor Jones submitted details of alternative designs from other suppliers for consideration in due course

  (c) Felled Tree - Atteys Field
Nothing further to report. The Clerk undertook to follow up
  (d) Village Hall Hire Charges
Councillor Jacobs submitted a list of increases in charges for hire of the Village Hall. He pointed out that, in no case, could the increase be regarded as excessive and certainly not 100%
  (e) Overgrown Hedges
It was noted that letters had not been sent due to the number of overgrown hedges in the Parish
The Chairman undertook to submit an entry to the 'Link' magazine
  (f) N.H.S. Acute Services Review
Councillor Fitchford undertook to expedite a response to the consultation
Councillor Jones spoke of the proposed changes to the provision of local community midwifery care in the South Warwickshire area. He submitted details of the proposals and said that, if implemented, they would be detrimental to parishioners.
After discussion, it was agreed to make a representation opposing the proposed changes
05. COMMENTS/OBSERVATIONS BY COUNTY AND DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
  Councillor Hobbs reported on the current situation of certain ongoing planning enforcement matters, viz., Fox Hunter Public House, Trees in The Park, Corner Cottage, The Green, Oak Cottage, Bearley Road

In response to Councillor Jacobs on the subject of speeding vehicles in Wolverton Road, he said that the road layout did not meet the criteria for a temporary speed camera. He would continue to press for appropriate action, including a temporary flashing sign

Councillor Jacobs asked about the proposed remedial work at the top of White Horse Hill
Councillor Hobbs said that the extent of the work had been agreed at a site meeting; it would be carried out as resources permitted

Councillor Jacobs reported that a lorry was being persistently parked in the lay-by in Kings Lane
Councillor Hobbs said that this was not illegal and was not a matter on which he could take action

Councillor Hobbs said that he was aware that parking problems had recurred adjacent to the Mercedes Garage and he undertook to follow up

He reported that he had found no potholes in The Green, but there was evidence of erosion at the edges of the highway
There was also significant slippage of the bank, as reported
Both matters had been referred to the Highways Department for action

Reported that he had obtained a pack relating to the funding of youth activities. He intended to liase with Mr. Lee Hillier
06. FINANCE
Receipts
  (a) Awards for All

Grant - Connecting our
Communities

£5,000-00
  (b) Bank of Ireland Deposit Account Interest
April-June, 2006
£100-97
  (c) Charifund Investment Dividend
£91-79
  (d) Bank of England Interest - Treasury Stock
£7-42
  (e) A.E.Bennett & Sons Cemetery Fee (Podwika)
£150-00
Payments to be Authorised
  (a) Powergen

Street Lighting Supply

£109-75
  (b) ABB Limited Street Lighting Maintenance
£154-63
  (c) Stratford on Avon District Council Election Expenses
£100-00
  (d) Greenacre Garden Services Grasscutting contract - July-August
£273-00
  (e) Clement Keys Audit of Annual Return
£141-00
  (f) Jukes Pest Services Mole Control - quarterly payment
£75-00
  (g) Powergen Electricity supply to Village Hall (Direct Debit)
June £22-00
July £22-00
Aug £22-00
  (h) British Gas Gas supply to Village Hall
(Direct Debit)

June £107-50
July £107-00
Aug £107-00

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

08. PLANNING MATTERS
Applications
(a)

Peter Morlidge
Well Cottage

The Green

Leylandii hedges adjacent to lane and
tennis court - fell

06/01747/TREE
Submission Support - for reasons stated by applicant
Councillor Mrs. Morlidge declared a Prejudicial Interest
(b)

Mr. Stuart Freeman
Snitterfield Fruit Farm
Kings Lane

Renovation and conversion of listed thresher barn and adjoining barns to create new main farm dwelling
06/01779/FUL
and 06/01780/LBC
Submission Support - Members wish to see the barns retained and used to support the fruit farm business, hopefully increasing the employment opportunities in the Parish. This proposal must comply with the Design Statement guidelines for the preservation of the building architectural features (page 8). The proposal also complies with COM17 Rural Employment and CTY2 Re-use of Rural Buildings
It is requested that the Permission contain a Condition that the barn, when converted, be solely used to support the agricultural activities of the fruit farm and not be sold on the open market
Response from Area Planning Officer notifying conclusion that there is no requirement to impose an agricultural occupancy condition
(c)

Mr & Mrs N.Bright
The Pigeon House
The Green

Various internal alterations, including
relocation of stairs, partition alterations
formation of new en-suite. Externally -
door and window alterations
Construction of new covered link to
garage, formation of new utility room in
garage and construction of new lean-to
garden shed. New garden wall

06/01999/LBC
and
06/02000/FUL
Submission No representation
(d)

Grange Supplies
Grange Meadow
Ingon Lane

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

Support - no evidence to contradict the claim of trading for 10 years

(e)

Graham Martyn Builders
5, Pigeon Green

Proposed extension to rear of existing dwelling
06/02138/FUL
Submission Object - this extension has again been reduced in size to overcome the overlook and loss of light problems. However, the original (pre-1977) footprint has not been established and, therefore, it is still in conflict with the Green Belt 30% policy
(f)

Mr. Jaswal
Spring Farm House
Warwick Road
Black Hill

Change of use from domestic garden to mixed domestic and storage use. Change of use from dwelling to mixed use, residential and part business use
06/02229/LDE
Submission Support - there is evidence to confirm that there has been a business activity on this site for more than 10 years. Also, the Council supports local business opportunities because they offer employment and help the local economy
Councillor Stammers declared a Personal Interest
(g)

Mr & Mrs D.McMahon
Sandbarn Cottage
Warwick Road
Sand Barn Lane

Erection of two storey extension
06/02339/FUL
Submission Support
(h)

Mr. J.S.Bloor
Comyns Farm
Wayfield

Erection of replacement house and garage
06/01894/FUL
Submission Support - development is supported, but concern is expressed that the design is not in keeping with the rural scene
(h)

Mr. J.Bradshaw
8, The Hill
Kings Lane

Single storey rear extension
06/02402/FUL
Submission deferred
Decisions
(a) Mr.H.Lucas
High Close Farm
Black Hill
Proposed retrospective planning for new lake and bunding
06/01354/FUL

Refusal

(b) ASPI Specialist Cars
Warwick Road
Black Hil
l
Pole mounted internally illuminated sign
with name of new owner to replace existing sign
APP/J3720/H/06/1198664

Appeal Allowed

Councillor Miss Kimberley declared a prejudicial Interest

(c) James Wigington
Hawkswood Farm
Gospel Oak Lane

Formation of lean-to on south elevation of existing agricultural building to accommodate shop and exhibit display area (amendment to Planning Permission 06/00367/FUL)
06/01558/FUL

Permission with Conditions

(d) L.G.Smith
The Old Vicarage
Church Road
Small extension to rear of property with additional window
06/01616/FUL

Permission with Conditions

(e) Snitterfield Sports Club
Bowling Green
Wolverton Road
Mower store
06/01615/FUL
Permission with Conditions
Also, letter from Area Planning Officer responding to points raised in submission
8. CORRESPONDENCE
Sean Reaper
 
Speeding Vehicles - Wolverton Road
Note was taken of the comments by Councillor Hobbs earlier in the Agenda
Warwickshire Association of Local Councils
 
Notice of Annual General Meeting - 24 October
Councillor Stammers and Clerk to attend
The Warwickshire Training Partnership
 
Briefing - 'How to respond to Planning Applications
Councillor Jones to attend
Warwickshire Rural Community Council
 
Village Ventures Competition - Awards Ceremony
Councillor Stammers to attend
9. VILLAGE HALL ACCOUNTS 2005/2006
The Clerk submitted a copy of the accounts, which had been audited
Proposed Councillor Jacobs, Seconded Councillor Fitchford
'that the accounts be received and noted'
So resolved, nem con
10. CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY ACT, 2006
The Clerk submitted a circular produced by the National Association of Local Councils and there followed a discussion on the impact of the Act upon Parish Councils
It was agreed that, in order for any proposals to take effect, the active support of parishioners would be essential
It was further agreed that the Council would need to be seen to take effective measures with regard to the Village Hall in the efficient use of energy
Further consideration was deferred until the October Meeting
The Clerk undertook to make further enquiries regarding Best Practice
11. COMMENTS/OBSERVATIONS BY COUNCILLORS
Councillor Miss Kimberley
Raised the matter of a revised form of agreement for Allotment Tenancies
The Clerk said that this had yet to be finalised

Councillor Jacobs
Said that a notification had been received that a Fire Risk Assessment would be required for the Village Hall. He added that he and Councillor Stammers would be in a position to complete this requirement
Enquired about the position with regard to the Deed of the Village Hall
The Clerk said that the original document had not been located
It was agreed to pursue the matter with the Council's Solicitors, Messrs. Robert Lunn & Lowth

Councillor Jones
Raised the matter of discharge of effluent into the brook and referred to correspondence on the issue over a period of time
It was agreed that the problem should be pursued with Severn Trent Water
Said that he had a possible volunteer for the position of School Governor. He undertook to provide details to Councillor Hobbs

Councillor Hobbs
Referred to the problem of highway drainage in School Road and said that remedial work would take place in due course
Spoke of the problem of grass cutting of the verges of Hurdlers Lane and Woodward Court, where there was a dispute as to the responsibility. He said that this could be resolved by a request to Martin Peel, Stratford on Avon District Council to include the areas in the schedule of amenity mowing

There being no further business, the Chairman declared the Meeting closed at 9-30 p.m.


NOTES OF PERIOD OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PRIOR TO MEETING OF SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL ON MONDAY 18th SEPTEMBER 2006

Mr. Thomas Sargent
Gave a presentation of a proposed application for planning permission for an extension to his house at The Old Bakehouse, The Green
Councillor Mrs. Morlidge declared a personal interest