Withington Group Parish Council
Meeting Held on Thursday 17th January 2019
M I N U T E S
Present: Paul Bainbridge (PB), Alison Bainbridge (AB), Ralph Barber (RB), Martin Kirk (MK); Kevin Hewison (KH), Jonathan Beech (JB), Bob Wood (BW), Jim Callow (JC), John Baker (JB), Steve Scotcher (SS), Sarah Winwood (SW), Ed Simcock (ES), Simon Dent (SD).
Also: Sophie Glover (Clerk), two members of the public.
The Meeting opened at 7.30pm
10 minute period is set aside for any members of the public who wish to raise any issues with the Parish Council.
Two parishoners were present who asked about the request for advice on the EIA screening for the land behind Bank House, a site that would entail coming out on to the Westhide road. The Chair reminded them that the draft NDP was now at Reg 16, meaning that the NDP now had some weight, and this is clearly outside the NDP development area, but as yet the PC had not been consulted on the application.
1. To accept Apologies for absence – Tom Nellist , Rachel Leake, Sue Rudd, David Greenow (Ward Cllr),
2. To receive Declaration of Interests. Ralph Barber declared and interest in his involvement as a Trustee with the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust. So he will not take part in the vote for the subs, nor will he sign any cheques raised for them.
3.1 Report from Ward Councillor None had been forthcoming
3.2 Report from local police Sent monthly, but the police have said they will be at 2 meetings a year.
3.3 Report from Balfour Beatty
Come out weekly and cllrs can comment on them. The Stallenge will be closed for two days in February whilst they resurface the road. BW had reported a hedge that needed cutting to BB, instead they sent a road sweeper.
4. Acceptance of minutes of the last PC meeting (Nov 2018)
Proposed: AB Seconded: KH
They were duly accepted as a true record of the meeting.
5. Action points from previous meetings –
On agenda or addressed apart from:
Hedge cutting on Duke St – This has still not been done.
Tree Warden – we have continued our subscription to the network, and Mark Bennett, our new tree warden has been linked with the organisation.
Action: Clerk to ask BB to approach the land owner, and to mention that the school also don’t cut their hedges.
6. Neighbourhood Plan
RB – We are now in Reg 16, this is due to finish on 11th Feb. Herefordshire Council will then share any comments that they have received and we have a chance to respond to these before the draft plan goes to the examiner. This can take from a couple of weeks to months. This is followed by a referendum. He also mentioned that the weight that a plan at Reg 16 has, is still up for debate.
Action: None at present.
7. Withington Fields –
Update from the Clerk: Everything is currently in good working order. As the WGPC instructed at the last meeting, a tree surgeon has been tasked in spending a day in the coppice behind the village hall to do any work necessary on trees that seem to be diseased or removing dead branches. He was there today, and will be asked to go back in the autumn.
Action ; to continue with the monthly checks from the lengthsman on the playground equipment.
8. Withington Village Hall
Still awaiting feedback from the football club as to what they want in the future in regard to having changing rooms.
KH said that it was the Village Halls 20th anniversary, and they were thinking of having an event in October/November.
9. Lengthsman and P3 Scheme
Funding ends at the end of March, so if we want any work doing we need to identify it asap.
10. Foot paths officers reports
Westhide: nothing to report.
Preston Wynne: nothing to report.
Withington : nothing to report.
11. Training/other meetings: Parish Council Summit, 24th January 6.30pm agenda has been circulated. RB went to the previous one and found it useful.
12. War Memorial
JB: we have had all of the shrubbery cleared, and we have had 4 organisations to have a look at it. There are a number of suggestion with varying prices. Historic England have also been in contact to say that they are considering listing it. The War Memorial Trust have up to £30,000 per project, so we will approach them when we have the 3 quotes. SD offered the contact of a local stone mason in Preston Wynne who could quote for the job.
Action: SD to pass on the contact details to JB
13. Section 106 Developments
We have heard nothing back from the county, who were doing a traffic survey in Withington. It was suggested that we look at getting a SID on the main road by the Garden Centre, the county should pay for it as they put the 40mph speed limit on it.
KH mentioned that lorries are coming out onto the Worcester Rd at Radway Bridge and turning right, which causes huge problems on the main road. Easy Lawn lorries go past the school at school out time which was deemed to be ridiculous. Vine Tree development are ripping the roads up with the quantity and weight of the lorries that are accessing the site.
Action: clerk to contact the planning officers to ask them to monitor the access to the Vine Tree site as they may be contravening the planning conditions.
14. To note contents of the information sheet, and take any comments from that.
15. Matters Financial.
a. Balances Yorkshire – Reserve acct £ 9,281.60
HSBC Parish Acct £24,165.89
HSBC Withington Field Acct £ 5,614.21 £39,061.70
Clerk asked to move the monies from the Yorkshire, to another provider that has a presence in Hereford. This was approved by all. Clerk to identify a suitable account.
b. Cheques to be paid
Paye £ 106.87
Clerks Salary £1,009.36
Clerks Expenses £ 45.86
Gloucestershire Canal Trust £ 25.00
Tree Warden Subs £ 25.00
Withington Field Acct:-
Shelly O’Sullivan £ 80.00
Timberplay (repairs to Maypole) £1,652.20
H’ford Council (bin collection) £ 123.50
RJ & JR Barrell (hedge Cutting) £ 144.00
T Griffiths invoices 585,586,587,
588,589, 622,623,624. £ 466.80 £ 2,466.50
Total cheques: £ 3,678.59
It was moved that all cheques should be paid.
Proposed:Chair Seconded: KH
c. Receipts: None
d. Application for Financial Aid, St Peters Church have been asked to give more details as to what they want, still waiting for this.
16. Planning including :
184682 – Land adjacent to Barnamore House, Whitestone
Action: Clerk to submit comment objecting to the application and seeking more details.
17. Receive items for the next agenda (no discussion)
Parish council doing further grass cutting of Herefordshire Councils open spaces.
The meeting closed at 8.37pm
Signed: _________________________ Date: _________________
Dates for 2019 meetings:
7th March 7.30 pm start
Annual and PC meetings 16th May 7.00pm start
11th July 7.30 pm start
19th Sept 7.30 pm start
21st Nov 7.30 pm start