Archive for July, 2010

Minutes 23/06/10

July 29, 2010



A meeting of the parish council was held on Wednesday 23 June 2010 at Westhope Village Hall. 

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

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         The chairman asked whether any progress had been made in obtaining a meeting with a representative of Severn Trent about LGVs reversing in the Moors:  the clerk said he had not made any progress but would continue to pursue this matter. 


3         The balance at the bank as at 14 June was £6,677.02 (adjusted figure £6,658.02).

4         The clerk told members that the internal audit of the 2009/2010 accounts had been successfully completed.  These accounts had already been approved by the council, subject to audit at the Annual General Meeting in May.  The chairman and clerk then signed the relevant sections on the Annual Return which has to go to the external auditors next month.

5         Members approved payment of an invoice for £72.00 from Diddlebury Village Hall for meetings held between June and December 2009.


6         No objections were raised to applications for consent for the demolition of a Nissen hut and erection of a garage at Blacksmiths Cottage Corfton (10/01461/FUL), and the erection of a garage and linking section to the house at the Coach House Great Sutton (10/01524/FUL).  In connection with the latter application it was noted that consent had been given in 2009 for an identical garage in a slightly different position (10/01195/FUL)and it is assumed that this latter consent will be withdrawn.

7         Members discussed the questions posed by the Shropshire Council consultation document Shropshire Site Allocations and Management of Development DPD.  They decided to recommend, inter alia, that Diddlebury Village should become a “hub” with much enhanced infrastructure and community facilities, together with the erection of 50-100 houses.  This would  be expected to take place between 2011 and 2026.


Environment and Highways

8         The clerk told members that Shropshire Council would not erect a flood depth gauge at Patch Cottage but were looking into the possibility of raising the level of the road.  It was hoped that this, coupled with the recent unblocking of a nearby bridge, would substantially reduce the flooding problems at this point.

Other Reports

9         Councillor Hedgley reported on the schools Forum he had attended.  There were some very small schools which had to remain open for geographical reasons but others which should really be closed.  By comparison with “statistical neighbours” (ie education authorities of a broadly similar size and socioeconomic profile) Shropshire had 100 more primary schools and two more secondary schools.  The number of advisers in statistical neighbours was two:  Shropshire had 40.  But the whole process of consultation etc was a long-drawn-out and not well organised process:  he would speak to Councillor Motley about it. 

10     Councillor Bellamy told members that Shropshire Council was considering a reduction in the number of LJCs by as much as 25%.  They would, however, be given more powers, funding and members.

11     Councillor Mrs Worthington reported that members of the Village Hall Committee had visited various local village halls to see how these had been improved, extended etc and to discuss their problems and how these had been dealt with.  The whole question of the future of the Diddlebury hall was now under review, but irrespective of this the Committee would be carrying out necessary repairs.  



12     The following correspondence has been received:

  • A letter from Shropshire Council about the need for a dispensation when the council was dealing with matters concerning Diddlebury Village Hall.  SC states that no dispensation is required; members who are also members of the Village Hall Committee, however, have a prejudicial interest.  There could also be circumstances where a member could be especially affected by a matter concerning the Village Hall and that member may have an interest, depending on the circumstances of the case.
  • A request from Much Wenlock Town Council for support in opposing the closure of the Lady Forester Nursing Home.  Members decided to take no action on this matter.
  • Notification of a forthcoming consultation about childcare provision in Shropshire.


Correspondence between clerk and members

13     Currently the clerk corresponds with three members by email:  he asked whether any other member would like to receive minutes etc in this way.  Councillor Bellamy said he would like to receive correspondence etc by email.

Other matters

14     Councillor Hedgley asked if the notice board at Peaton could be refurbished.  The two benches and the picnic table which belong to the parish also require treatment.  The clerk will ask Rob’s Maintenance Services to have a look at these items (AP – clerk).

15     Councillor Povall was concerned about the water main in Seifton Batch which had burst recently.  He understood that the whole pipe was to be replaced and that the road would be closed for up to nine weeks.  The clerk will find out more (AP – clerk).

16     A member of the public had approached the clerk about dogs fouling the verges and pavement in Diddlebury Village.  He suggested that a notice be placed in the Corvedale News and members agreed (AP – clerk).

Next meeting

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

As there was no further business the chairman declared the meeting closed at 10 05pm.