Archive for May, 2010

Minutes 28/04/10

May 27, 2010



A meeting of the parish council was held on Wednesday 28 April 2010 at Diddlebury Village Hall. 

Present:  Councillors Linton, Bellamy, Ms Bownes, Mrs Fowler, Hedgley, Longmore, Povall, Thomas, Mrs Worthington, Shropshire Councillor Mrs Motley, and one members of the public. 

There were no declarations of interest.

Minutes of the previous meeting

1        Draft minutes of the previous meeting had already been circulated. They were approved as being correct and were signed by the Chairman.

Matters arising

2        Para 13 of the minutes of the meeting held on 24 February:  there was no news about the proposed reduction of the speed limit and the clerk will find out what is happening (AP – clerk); para 22 of the same minutes:  the PCC are not concerned about this seat and it will probably be removed.


 Unitary Council Report

3        Shropshire Councillor Mrs Motley told members about the state of SALC; a review of the LJCs and their boundaries; a probable Ofsted inspection of Corvedale School; and the themes of forthcoming LJC meetings.


4        The balance at the bank as at 14 April was £5,603.91 (adjusted figure £6,963.52).  The adjusted figure included the payment of the precept for 2010/2011.


5        No objections were raised to the following applications:

  • Erection of an oak framed single storey extension at The Coach House, Elsich Court, Culmington (10/01210/FUL).
  • Erection of a double garage with a garden room above at Wynetts Bank Cottage,  Bouldon (10/00958/FUL).
  • Erection of garage/workshop with studio above at Milford Top Cottage, Bache Mill (10/00989/FUL).  Mr Francis, the applicant, was present and answered questions from members
  • Erection of a general purpose agricultural building at Sparchford Farm Culmington.  Members felt that details supplied were inadequate but felt that on the basis of the information available they had no objection to the proposed development (10/01458/AGR).


6        The clerk told members that permission had been given for an extension to The Old Hen and Ferret, Great Sutton (10/00842/FUL).  The application for permission to erect an affordable house on land at Corfton Bache had been withdrawn (10/00835/FUL).

7        Shropshire Council is consulting about development proposals for each Local Joint Committee area and the clerk gave out booklets about the Craven Arms and Rural Area.  Members will discuss the questions which accompany the booklet at the June meeting of the council.


Environment and Highways

8        The clerk had received notification of the closure of the road outside Heath Farm at Heath for five days from 24 May for 5 days.  Members pointed out that this was on the route of a school bus and it would be preferable if this work could be delayed by a week ie to half term.

9        Councillor Hedgley pointed out that the signpost at the Bouldon-Ludlow/Peaton junction was leaning over at an alarming angle.  The fence against the Corve near Corve Bridge was broken and needed to be repaired or replaced.  The clerk will contact SC Highways about both of these matters (AP – clerk).

Schools review

10    Mrs Motley explained that Shropshire Council was instituting a review of schools in view of falling rolls and forthcoming budget restraints.  There were various aspects to consider and SC was publishing a consultation document on 12 May.  Councillors Mrs Fowler and Hedgley volunteered to look at this and the clerk will supply copies of the documentation when it is available (APs – councillors Mrs Fowler and Hedgley and the clerk).


Parish Charter

11    The chairman and clerk explained SC’s Charter for Shropshire Councils.  Essentially it codified good practice in the relationship between the various councils.  Members felt there was value in this because, although there were no sanctions for failure to comply, it would be useful to be able to point to the Charter to in the case of such a failure.  Accordingly they agreed to support the document in principle and looked forward to the receiving the final draft of this document.   

Standing Orders

12    The clerk had received a copy of new draft Standing Orders. He thought there was merit in reviewing the existing Orders and would, in conjunction with the chairman, produce a new proposed set which were appropriate to the needs of the council.



13    The following correspondence has been received:

  • Details of the proposed Shrewsbury North West Relief Road
  • An invitation to join SALC.  Members decided not to do so, at least for the present time.
  • Notification that the precept for 2010/2011 had been paid into the council’s bank account
  • Details of forthcoming meetings of the Craven Arms and Rural LJC
  • The annual report of the Shropshire branch of the CPRE


Other matters

14    Councillors Longmore and Thomas expressed concern about the alder trees which were sending roots across the bed of the stream in Mill Lane.  Councillor Bellamy said that there was a meeting of the Stream Committee and this would be raised at that meeting. .

15    Councillor Bellamy was concerned about the state of the track near the new bridge which had been constructed to give access to Church Cottage.  It was pointed out that this was not in fact a public right of way.

Next meeting

16    The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Wednesday 26 May 2010 at Diddlebury Village Hall, starting at 7 30pm.  This will be followed by the Annual General Meeting of the parish council which will, in turn, be followed by an Ordinary meeting of the council..

As there was no further business the chairman declared the meeting closed at 9 50pm.


Minutes 24/03/10

May 26, 2010


  A meeting of the parish council was held on Wednesday 24 March 2010 at Westhope Village Hall. 

Present:  Councillors Linton, Bellamy, Mrs Fowler, Hedgley, Povall, Thomas and Mrs Worthington, and two members of the public.  Apologies had been received from Councillor Ms Bownes, Councillor Longmore and Shropshire Councillor Mrs Motley.

With the exception of matters referred to in paras 7 and 8 below there were no declarations of interest.

 Minutes of the previous meeting

1        Draft minutes of the previous meeting had already been circulated. It was pointed out that they omitted reference to the discussion about the Charter for Shropshire Councils.  It was agreed that the following paragraph be inserted:

22a  Members’ attention was drawn to the proposed “Charter for Shropshire Councils”.  It was agreed that this should be discussed at the next meeting of the council.

In fact this item did not appear on the agenda for the March meeting and the final date for comments had nearly arrived.  The clerk apologised, but said he thought that in line with previous consultations there would be a revised draft and then a chance for a final revision, in which case members would be able to make comments at that time.

The name of the gentleman mentioned in para 11 is John Hallé.

Subject to these amendments the minutes were approved as being correct and were signed by the Chairman.

 Matters arising

2        Paras 3 and  9:  the clerk had written accordingly.  Para 14:  this has been done and Chris Jackson will write to Mr Clinton.  Para 16: the blockage has been cleared and Mr Jackson will investigate the provision of a flood gauge.  Para 22: this has been done. 


3        The bank balance as at 14 February 2010 was £5,630.91 (no adjustment required).

4        Members agreed payment of the following:

  • An invoice for £25 for the insurance of the two information boards on the Three Castles Walk
  • A bill for £24 for the hire of Westhope Village Hall for the council meetings in June and September 2009 and March 2010
  • The clerk’s salary and expenses for the period from 1 October 2009 to 31 March 2010 amounting in total to £363.39.

 Donations to charities and other bodies

5        Members considered six requests received from charities and other bodies.  They decided to make the following donations:

  • Diddlebury Stream Conservation – £50.00 to be administered by the Parish Plan Steering Group
  • Citizen’s Advice – £70.00
  •  Crucial Crew – £5.00 per head for each child from the parish taking part in the scheme in June 2010
  • 1st Corvedale Guides – £100 to assist in setting up the Guide unit

 6        It was agreed that a notice should appear in the Corvedale News later in the year to remind local organisations of the availability of small grants from the council.


7        There were no objections to a request for permission to fell a dead alder tree at Millfield, Mill Lane Diddlebury (10/00967/TCA).

8        Although  there were no objections to a proposal to erect extensions at The Old Hen and Ferret, Great Sutton, members readily admitted that they preferred the original design (see minutes of meeting on 22 July 2009 at para 5).  They were also perturbed by the applicant’s account of her dealings with the planning office.  The clerk was instructed to report accordingly. Councillor Mrs Fowler declared an interest in this application and took no part in the discussion (10/00842/FUL).

9        Members decided to object to a proposal to erect an affordable house on land at Corfton Bache on the grounds that: the proposed site, which is within the Shropshire Hills AONB, does not relate to the existing settlement of Corfton Bache and the house would  be in a prominent position on the brow of a ridge and therefore highly visible over a large area of Corvedale; the access from the steep, narrow, lane is wholly unsatisfactory; and the chosen material for the walls of the house is out of keeping with existing cottages in Corfton Bache and elsewhere in Corvedale. It should be stone, not brick.

These objections could be largely overcome if the house were sited immediately behind the Sun Inn and utilised the existing agricultural access.

Two letters of objection had been received from members of the public.

Councillor Thomas declared an interest in this item and took no part in the discussion The site was close to the clerk’s house and he left the table prior to consideration of the application and sat with members of the public whilst it was being discussed. (10/00835/FUL).

Parish Plan Steering Group proposals

10    Councillor Bellamy introduced a report from the Parish Plan Steering Group (which had been circulated previously).  Members accepted its recommendations. Attached to the report was a revised constitution for the Group.  Three amendments were suggested and Councillor Bellamy thought these would be acceptable.

 Corvedale School Traffic

11    Councillor Mrs Fowler reported that following the acquisition of additional land by the Village Hall Committee there were now 7 or 8 additional car parking spaces, although this could be less if people parked badly.  The Village Hall Committee are looking into whether spaces could be marked out.  Congestion has been eased by the fact that only one bus now regularly arrives much too early. She did not think it would be necessary to convene another meeting with interested parties about this matter..

 Other reports

12    Councillor Mrs Worthington reported that she had attended the Buzzard AGM.  There was a need for additional drivers and committee members, most of which had served for 14 years.

13    Councillor Bellamy told members that details of the new community hospital had been discussed at the last meeting of the LJC.  It would be built on the Eco Park at Ludlow:  the future of the site of the existing hospital was not known.  He was impressed with the proposals.  The LJC’s proposals and concern about winter maintenance had been sent “up the line”.


14    The only item of correspondence received which has not already been mentioned above was a letter setting out the details of Green Communities.  It was passed to Councillor Bellamy.

Other matters

15    The chairman suggested that “Highways and Environment” should be a standing item on agendas for ordinary meetings.  Members were in agreement with this.

16    The clerk told members that the council’s minutes could now be read on the website (Minutes of the December 2009 meeting at para 12).  It was agreed that minutes be posted as soon as they had been approved by the council.. 

Next meeting

17    The next ordinary meeting of the council will be on Wednesday  28 April 2010 at Diddlebury Village Hall. The Public Forum will start at 7 30pm and be followed by the formal meeting.

As there was no further business the chairman  declared the meeting closed at 10 00pm.