Archive for February, 2011

Minutes 26/01/11 and 03/02/11

February 28, 2011


 A meeting of the parish council was held on Wednesday 26 January 2011 at Diddlebury Village Hall. 

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

 There were no declarations of interest.

 The question of Diddlebury as a “hub” was raised again in the public forum.

Two members of the public had written to the clerk objecting to the “hub” and, in accordance with their wishes, the letters had been forwarded to Shropshire Council. The clerk confirmed that he had erred in stating that the “50-100 houses”  was the lowest option and was quite happy to publish a correction in the Corvedale News. He also stated that when considering the questionnaire in June 2010 members of the council were aware of the full range of options. In answer to a further question the clerk had seen the DVD produced by Shropshire Council but members of the council had not. There was considerable discussion about documents obtained from Shropshire Council and available on line which, it was alleged, showed that at least one landowner was interested in providing land for housing and that Shropshire Council had produced a list including Diddlebury as a hub. It was pointed out that the council was not aware of any of this when they made their submission. In the minutes for the meeting held on 20 September 2010 there was reference (at para 16) to land having been sold for development but the clerk pointed out that the minutes only recorded what  Councillor Worthington had been told by someone else.

 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 15 of the  minutes of the last meeting: the  manhole cover had been reseated; Para 17: Councillor Mrs Husband had been to a meeting of the Diddlebury Charities Committee.

 Unitary Council Report 

3         Mrs Motley told members that mobile libraries will continue to operate in rural areas and will, it is hoped, add extra services. She had obtained legal guidance about snow wardens and others cleaning snow and ice from public roads; unfortunately this was something of a “grey” area. Shropshire Council will set up a Rural Toolkit which will deal, inter alia, with the “hub” concept and a consultation for the Parish Plan, and this will probably be in May. The Craven Arms LJC meeting on 2 February will include an item about road safety and the B4368. The recent bad weather had left a lot of roads in a poor state and she asked for SC to be notified only when potholes etc were especially bad. The schools consultation programme was coming to an end: she thought that Corvedale School was “safe”. She also mentioned the Localism Bill and the fact that SC would be issuing more consultation documents soon. Mrs Motley had also chaired a meeting at Westhope Village Hall on 18 January about Severn Trent’s proposal to replace a water main in the B4368 and Seifton Batch and thought that Severn Trent and their contractors (Enterprise) would be making a real effort to limit the inconvenience to residents and visitors (see also para 16 below – first item).


4         The balance at the bank as at 14 November was £6,209.72 (no adjustment required).

5        A draft budget for 2011/2012 had been circulated to members before the meeting, which required a precept for the year of £2,000.  After discussion some amendments were made and a budget requiring a precept of £2,250 was approved. A copy is annexed to these minutes.

6        Members approved payment of an invoice from Diddlebury Village Hall Committee for the use of the hall for meetings between July and December 2010 amounting to £60.00.


7         An application for consent to change the use of the garage and erect a single storey link to the main dwelling at The Beeches, Corfton has been approved subject to conditions about occupation and user (10/04731/FUL).

8         Members discussed the SC consultation document SPD on the Type and Affordability of Housing. After commenting on the poor and somewhat obscure drafting of certain sections they accepted the chairman’s suggestion that they challenge the basis of valuation for affordable housing which appears to start with a reference to median incomes and then switch to a market-based formula. The clerk will report to SC accordingly (AP – clerk.)

9         In December 2010 an application had been made to divert a footpath around Corvedale School and there was a very tight limit for comments. Accordingly the Chairman and Councillor Mrs Husband had dealt with this by Chairman’s Action. Subject to some safeguards about access they had no objections (this had already been discussed in principle – see minutes of 28 July 2010 at para 15 and 16).

Environment and Highways

10     Members discussed the plethora of signs at the top of Mill Lane. A member of the public (Mr Mason) said that there was a huge number of highway signs on the B4368 which were almost certainly counterproductive. The clerk said that SC were reviewing all road signs throughout the area and a lot had been removed, but he understood that SC had started in the larger towns. Mr Mason said he would carry out a survey of the signs on the B4368 and report back to the council.

11     Councillor Mrs Fowler had asked the clerk to mention that the damage to the 30mph sign in Bache Mill Lane and the pothole in the car park in front of Diddlebury Village Hall had still not been repaired .

12     The clerk had been asked whether salt boxes and/or piles of grit could be provided on the roads to Middlehope and Westhope, which were two of the settlements most badly affected by the recent bad weather. Members agreed that he should approach SC Highways about this(AP – clerk).

13     Members discussed the clearance of snow by Shropshire Council at Christmas time. In general they thought that SC had done a reasonable job.

Other Reports

14     Councillor Bellamy told members that there were 26 households  in Shropshire which have Corvedale connections and are seeking affordable housing in the area.

15     The AGM of the “Buzzard” is on 21 March. Councillor Mrs Worthington said that they would be looking for new committee members as well as new drivers.    


16     The following correspondence has been received:

  • Correspondence from Severn Trent about the proposed closure of Seifton Batch from 28 March2011 for 60days in order to replace the water main, and the corresponding Closure Order from SC (see also para 3 – last sentence).
  • A letter from a firm offering to set up and maintain a council website.
  • An email from Mr David Mason about the clerk’s article in the Corvedale News which explained the council’s approach to the “hub”.
  • A letter from Beacon Hill Landscapes offering the firm’s services for minor highway maintenance jobs.
  • A list of local performances by the Pentabus Theatre.
  • A letter from Phillips & Co about tidying up final details of the transfer of land adjoining Diddlebury Village Hall to the council.
  • The agenda for the next meeting of the Craven Arms LJC (2 February).
  • A brief overview of some of the features of the Localism Bill.
  • An email from Mr David Mason about speed cameras.
  • Notification of the Emergency Planning meeting to be held at Shirehall on 11 April 2011 (Councillor Hedgley will attend).
  • A letter from SC about a proposal to make an Alcohol Order for the town of Craven Arms.
  •  “The Playing Field”.
    • “Clerks and Councils Direct”.
  • A newsletter from Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust.
    • A newsletter from Came & company (the council’s insurers).
  • Three magazines from the CPRE.
  • A guide for Parish Councils in connection with Affordable Housing.
    • A sample emergency pack from e.on.


Royal Mail service at Christmas

18     During the bad weather before Christmas it was noticeable that private delivery companies, private cars (not just 4 x 4s) and even oil tankers and dustbin lorries managed to get to most settlements on most days. Royal Mail, however, had taken their vehicles off the road and members thought this was unacceptable. The clerk will write to Royal Mail to find out why deliveries and collections had stopped when nearly everyone else could get around (AP – clerk).

Other matters

19     Councillor Mrs Worthington said that the front left-hand corner of the bus shelter at the top of Mill Lane had been damaged. Councillor Longmore said he would have a look at it (AP – Councillor Longmore).

20     Councillor Hedgley pointed out that it was now a considerable time since Mr Weaver had been asked to look at the noticeboards and the clerk said he would give him an ultimatum (AP – clerk).

21     Councillor Hedgley also thought that it might be an idea if members of the public who wished to raise matters in the Public Forum notified them to the clerk beforehand.

22     There was a general discussion about the way that seats and tables were set out for meetings. It was decided that as an experiment the tables would be set out in a horseshoe manner and the chairs arranged around them

 Next meeting

23     The next Ordinary meeting will take place on Wednesday 23 February 2010 at Diddlebury Village Hall. The public forum will be at 7 30pm and will be followed by the formal meeting.

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


An extraordinary meeting of the parish council was held on Thursday 3 February 2011 at Diddlebury Community Room.

Present:  Councillors Linton, Bellamy, Mrs Fowler, Mrs Husband, Thomas, Mrs Worthington, and five members of the public.  There were apologies from Councillors Hedgley, Longmore and Povall.

  1. The clerk had circulated notes about the Localism Bill insofar as it related to council tax . The precept for 2011/2012 had been determined at the previous meeting (see minutes of meeting held on 26 January 2011 at para 5) at £2,250, but members agreed that in the light of the Bill as currently drafted this figure should be increased to £2,650. Although the deadline for submitting details of the precept to Shropshire Council was 31 January the clerk had obtained an extension of time until 4 February. He would email this figure to SC.
  2. The clerk had drafted a letter which could be sent to Philip Dunne MP asking him to press for amendments to the legislation to exempt small parish councils from the “capping” provisions of the Bill. Some amendments were suggested and incorporated into the draft, which was then agreed.  The clerk will write to Mr Dunne accordingly, with a copy to Shropshire Councillor Cecilia Motley (AP – clerk).


The meeting closed at 8 00pm