MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18TH 2017 IN THE VILLAGE HALL, 7PM
(1) Present: Ms Nina Dyke, Mr D.Evans(Chairman), Mr R.Fox and 8 members of the public.
(2) Apologies: June Watt, Rick Minter, Philip Awford (County Cllr.), Graham Bocking (Boro’Cllr.)
(3) Members of the Public: No questions.
(4) Chairman’s Opening Remarks: He welcomed Nina Dyke as a co-opted member, and she signed
the Declaration of Acceptance of Office. Sadly, for Cllr. Roger Fox this would be his last meeting
since he was moving away, and he was given a major vote of thanks for his work for the PC and for
Down Hatherley in general. A member of the public rose to say that the community at large would
like to be associated with the sentiments expressed by the Chairman.
(5) Minutes of the Last Meeting:
Signed as correct and had been previously circulated.
(6) Declarations of Interest:
(7) Matters Arising from the Minutes:
Defibrillator training … This had now been arranged for Thursday March 9th, at Down Hatherley Manor, 6 – 7.30pm. There would be no charge and it would be advertised in the forthcoming Newsletters of D.Hath. & Twigworth PC’s & delivered to every home.
It would also be placed on both websites and in the Severn Towers magazine.
Scabbing in DHLane near Dowty corner… Despite some recent pothole repairs the scabbing remained, now well over a year, and would continue to deteriorate. The Clerk to write yet again to Highways.
(8) (9) Borough Councillor and County Councillor Reports:
(10) Roads, Pavements and Footpaths:
Need to confirm “Gateway” designs at side of A38,Norton….
The 2 designs would again be circulated to cllrs. Decision to be sent to Highways. It was noted that the broken bollards in the church bend area had been repaired. A member of the public commented on recent damage to several telegraph poles along the 30mph section, noting that the damage outside the Village Hall was quite clearly “more than a 30mph hit”. Lorry Watch signs… Two had been framed by the Clerk to strengthen them but cllrs. still needed to walk in the Lane and decide the best location.
The Clerk was asked to inquire about the correct procedure for reporting lorry weight violations. Repair of local footpaths… A P.R.O.W. (“Rights of Way) team had now installed a kissing gate and improved paths in several locations and effected considerable improvements; remarkably good work in fact. Cllr. Watt was still in the process of arranging for a ‘Community Payback’ working party to give a day’s work. The Village Hall had to be available for the use of facilities.
Closed access from Brook Lane through Orchard Park… Twigworth PC had been told by the management that alternative access, elsewhere, would be made available in due course. But the Clerk was asked to ask PROW to investigate the legal position since although this was a private, never a public, walking route it was used for decades before the Orchard Park site was established.
There were no new applications for the council to consider.
Permitted: Woodfold Court: extensions & re-location of entrance to Wood Lane.
Drymeadow (Innsworth) 1363 house application by Hitchins… The developer had now launched
an appeal on the grounds of non determination by the TBC. The PC would continue to oppose
it, one serious ground being the likelihood of floodwater flow directly over the Down Hatherley
NDP: With the draft plan now submitted for scrutiny by the Borough, several objections had been made and by various planning officers. This was more so than expected and cllrs. questioned if there was an element of tactical delay. For clarity, the NDP Chairman was seeking a meeting with the TBC.
JCS: This is the overwhelming topic of concern for local people. The full Borough Council meeting on January 31st could provide crucial decisions over whether Twigworth (and part of Down Hatherley) would eventually be built over. Cllr. Evans said that no one could have worked more tirelessly to retain this vulnerable area as open ground than councillors Awford and Bocking. They were carefully scrutinizing every meeting of planners and the CEO’s comments. There was still great uncertainty and cause for worry. Should any further protest expense be incurred in the near future, cllrs. authorised a further allocation could be made to the NDP account up to £250.
(12) Gloucestershire Airport:
There was still no perceptible noise abatement for arrivals & departures over the parish, but it was a relief to know that sensible procedures were now in place. Apparently the question whether the departure height ceiling be raised from 600 feet to700 feet was still under the Airport’s consideration.
Cheques recently signed: 022115 (£72) 6 months’ hall hire for meetings (‘Down Hatherley Village Hall’)
116 (£720) NDP professional advice (‘PJS Development Solutions Ltd.’)
2017 – 2018 Precept request… The clerk presented outline figures of the previous 3 years precept &
annual spend (not including NDP monies). The Chairman made the
point that although a parish of small population, the council was just
about at the bottom of precept request in the Borough.
After a robust debate it was decided on an increase of £400 to £3200.
(14) Any Other Business:
NEXT MEETING: March 1st
The meeting ended at 8.28pm