Minutes of the Meeting of the Council
On Monday 8th April 2019
At Gorsley Village Hall at 19:30
Present: Cllr A Reeves (Vice Chairman); Cllr B Clark; Cllr M Gough; Cllr J Gough; Cllr N Jones;
In attendance: Parish Clerk Elizabeth Malcolm. 14 members of public.
1. Apologies for absence: Cllr P Crumpton (Chairman); Cllr S Morley; Cllr L Watkins. It was noted that Adam Ferraby had resigned form the Parish Council.
2. Declarations of interest and dispensation requests: None
3. Minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 11th March 2019 – after correction of a spelling error in item 11 it was RESOLVED to agree and sign the minutes of the meeting as a true and accurate record.
4. Clerk’s Report – The Clerk’s report for the month was presented and noted.
Items 10 and 12 were taken at this point.
5. Locality Steward & Highways matters
a. Weekly reports from the Locality Steward were noted.
b. Safety concerns at junction B4221/Gorsley Common Road – The Clerk reported that investigation has shown that no Section 106 finance is available to the Parish for this. A review by the Highways or other relevant office is to be sought along with the support of the Ward Councillor.
c. SIDs at Gorsley Goffs and Bromsash – The Councillors felt that action on the Gorsley Goffs unit (which is old style and is believed to flash when speed limit is exceeded) was of utmost importance and this must be conveyed to the Highways authority.
Discussion of a suitable location for a unit at Bromsash to be purchased through the undertakings given in planning application 173066 suggested two docking bases at each end of the speed limit area on B4224 to allow relocation at regular intervals. Cllr Crumpton to be asked for his suggestions on location. The outcome of these proposals to be fed back to BBL who will commence arrangements for assessment.
It was suggested that the initiative to form a joint speed group with Kilcot & Gorsley PC should be re-kindled and Clerk to action.
6. Lengthsman – a report was received from the working group which recommended that the role be offered in two parts, to Mr Ashley Godfrey Porter to carry out grass and hedge/tree management and Mr Terry Griffiths to carry out roadside maintenance (gullies, drains, etc). Following discussion it was RESOLVED unanimously to accept this proposal.
7. Planning –
a. Applications for comment:
I. 190738 – Acorn Cottage, Linton – Proposed single storey extension to rear (N.E) elevation. Infill beneath existing roof to east corner. Porch to front elevation. Convert garage and store into habitable rooms. Following discussion, it was RESOLVED by unanimously to return no objection and no comments.
ii. 190749 – Lynwood, Ivy House Lane, Gorsley – Proposed removal of rear lean to and replace with two storey rear extension. Following discussion, it was RESOLVED by by majority (4 no objection, 1 abstention) to return no objection and no comments.
iii. 190938 – Croomshill, Linton- Proposed dormer windows to front elevation. Following discussion, it was RESOLVED by unanimously to return no objection and no comments.
iv. 190956 – Long Barn House, Linton – Relevelling of part of existing garden to create a flat lawned area and the creation of some new steps from existing dwelling. Following discussion, it was RESOLVED by unanimously to return no objection and no comments.
v. 190954 – The Marshalls, Chapel Lane, Gorsley – Application for variation of condition 2 of planning permission 180559/F (Proposed 2 new dwellings on existing garden site). To allow installation of velux windows. Following discussion, it was RESOLVED by by majority (4 no objection and 1 abstention) to return no objection and no comments.
vi. 191038 – Land adjacent to Ross Garth, Bromsash – Proposed residential dwelling. Following discussion, it was RESOLVED by unanimously to return no objection and no comments.
b. It was noted that application 181908 – Land at Lovers Walk, Gorsley has gone to Appeal and following discussion of the dangerous road speeds on the B4224 RESOLVED to submit an additional comment on this matter, which Cllr Reeves undertook to draft.
8. Financial Matters –
a. Current Receipts & Payments– were noted with bank balance to 31st March 2019 at £15,668.70
b. It was RESOVLED to pay DJN Planning Ltd, NDP Consultant’s work – £366.90; Chris Hyett, Allotments maintenance – £400.00; Gorsley Village Hall, Meetings 2018/19 – £78.00; Linton Village Hall, Meetings 2018 /19 – £180.00; Welsh Water, Allotments water rates – £23.57; Elizabeth Malcolm, Clerk salary & expenses – £332.34; Eyelid Productions, Annual support fee – £100.00
9. Allotments – The Clerk advised that plot 10 and 17 were now available and that one Parishioner continued to show interest in renting one of these places. No others now on waiting list. It was agreed that the Clerk should now obtain estimates for cut back of remaining plot and plastic ground mulch cover.
It was reported that the gate post to 5-bar gates on left of entrance needs replacement and pedestrian gate beside plot 20 needs repair.
10. Tree Survey Report Members of the public expressed their concern at possible felling of any of the Scotts Pine on Gorsley Common. Likewise the ivy cover was felt to be an important wildlife habitat. Following discussion of the Survey recommendations, it was RESOLVED unanimously to seek to obtain Tree Preservation Orders on this group of trees.
The Survey recommended the removal of three small fallen/leaning trees in the Gorsley Common area and it was RESOLVED to seek estimates for their removal by local Tree Surgeons.
11. Neighbourhood Development Plan – Cllr Reeves reported the questionnaire results had shown that the 83% of the respondents were in favour of a Settlement Boundary for each village settlement. The draft set of boundaries is therefore being prepared by Consultant David Nicholson and Parishioners are invited to drop-in sessions on 11th May and 16th May to make comment on the proposed boundaries.
12. Public submissions
a. Public comments & Submissions– None.
b. Presentation from Rev Taylor-Black of Gorsley Baptist Church. The Reverend provided an outline of the Church’s plans for the field between church and B4221 bought originally with the aim of preventing development. Plans were now in hand to create a landscaped area with parking and play areas to allow access and use of a proposed coffee shop beside the Community Shop. The Coffee Shop to be a non-profit making CIC enterprise. Details of the plans which have now been approved will be available on the Church website.
13. Chairman & Councillors’ submissions – It was noted that Cllr Max Gough was not standing for nomination at the May ’19 elections. The Chairman thanked Cllr Gough for his service and support to the Council.
14. Date of next meeting – the Parish Council meeting will take place on Monday 13th May 2019 at Linton Village Hall for the Annual Parish Council Meeting.
It was noted that the Annual Parish meeting will be held on Monday 20th May 2019 Gorsley Village Hall.
There being no further business the open meeting ended at 21:35