Minutes 28/04/10



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  The application for permission to erect an affordable house on land at Corfton Bache had been withdrawn (10/00835/FUL).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.