Minutes 25/05/2011



A meeting of the parish council was held on Wednesday 25 May 2011 at Diddlebury Village Hall following the Annual Parish Meeting and the Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council.

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

There were no declarations of interest.

No matters were raised in the public forum.


Minutes of the previous meeting

1         Draft minutes of the previous meeting had already been circulated.  Councillor Mrs Husband proposed that the section relating to Mr Berriman’s talk and the subsequent discussion be rewritten to read as follows:

Before the formal meeting Mr Jake Berriman from Shropshire Council had been invited, at the instigation of Councillor Cecilia Motley, to speak about ‘hubs’ and ‘clusters’ and how this was a “bottom up” rather than a “top down” process ie it was for communities themselves along with their local Parish Council, rather than Shropshire Council, to determine the level of development within their settlement(s).  He talked about the ongoing programme of consultation between the Unitary Authority, Parish Councils and the wider community and especially the forthcoming Rural Toolkit event which could be used as a ‘springboard’ for the review of the Parish Plan and help formulate the future public consultation.

Public Forum

This was opened by the Chair who said that the Parish Council would not be taking questions on the ‘hub’, this led to a lively discussion in which views expressed by the members of the public present were generally hostile to the Parish Council as they felt the Parish Council should have offered some consultation before putting forward their submissions to Shropshire Council for Diddlebury to become a ‘hub’ last year.  Cllr Hedgley did explain how the Parish Council felt that they must offer some growth within the Community and hoped that, in future, consultation would take place to ensure Parishioners were being represented. The Chair also asked Mr O’Boyle a Parishioner why he had not taken up the ‘offer’ made to him at a previous meeting to come and do a presentation to the Parish Council on why he didn’t think there should be 50-100 houses in Diddlebury.  At this point Cllr Husband closed the debate by asking everyone to try and work together from this point forward and to focus on the extra consultation time now available and the work of the Parish Plan to ensure, in future, everyone would be included.

Members agreed with this amendment.  The clerk will retype the minutes of the April meeting to incorporate it. It was agreed that as the amendment had been agreed and the rest of the minutes were, also, it would be in order for them to be published on the Corvedale.com website without delay.


Matters arising

2         Para 10: the clerk was in discussion with the planners about the AONB; para 13:  there is some doubt over the ownership of the “brown” signs at the top of Mill Lane Diddlebury and Councillors Mrs Husband and Mrs Worthington will meet when Mr Wrigley has had a chance to look at these: they also explained about the additional 30mph repeater signs on the B4368 at Diddlebury; para 15: the clerk gave members copies of the  draft Community Emergency Plan; para 16: the clerk explained that after re-reading the description of the proposed diversion of the footpath which crosses the Corvedale School playing field he was satisfied as to its correctness save that it described the new car park at the Village Hall as having a tarmac surface whereas it was in fact scalpings; para 17: the clerk was still pursuing this; para 18: Councillor Longmore was putting an item in the Corvedale News about the poor mobile phone reception in the area.


Unitary Council Report

3         Mrs Motley told members about the forthcoming Local Joint Committee planning meeting in July; the current state of the schools closure programme (two are working towards federation and one is looking to become a “free” school); the delays in  Severn Trent’s works in the B4368 and Seifton Batch and how the assurances given at a public meeting at Westhope had been broken; the recent Flood Forum meeting and the hoped-for simple guide to riparian owners’ rights and responsibilities; and the availability of grants from the Rural Challenge Fund.


Rural Toolkit and beyond

4         The Chairman introduced this item by saying that he wanted to move forward in a harmonious way and would like to have an open meeting, preferably with a representative of Shropshire Council, after the Rural Toolkit meeting. Following this a working party including representatives of the parish council, parish plan steering group, and representatives of the wider community should meet to produce a consultation document which could be put to the whole parish. When the views of the whole parish had been obtained the parish council could formulate a revised response to SC.

5         Mrs Motley said that there was no deadline for the parish council to make its final response and she would inform the SC planning department that Diddlebury wished to reconsider matters. It was important for the parish to take its time to get things right.

6         The clerk said he understood that there were 27 people who would take part in the Toolkit meeting. This figure included the nominated representatives from the parish council and Parish Plan Steering Group.


7         There was a more general discussion about the number of consultation documents emanating from SC and Mrs Motley was trying to limit this to matters which were relevant to the parishes.



8         The balance at the bank as at 14 May 2011 was £8,050.19 (no adjustment required).

9         Members approved payment of the annual subscription to the CPRE which amounted to £29.00.

10     The insurance renewal invitation had been received.  After a discussion it was decided to enter into a fresh three-year agreement through the brokers and payment of the appropriate premium for 2011-2012 of £265.00 was agreed.

11     The clerk explained that every year the council had to consider its policy on Financial Management and Internal Controls. The current policy had been drawn up in 2007. Members were satisfied that no amendments were required.


12     No objections were raised to a proposal to erect a two-storey rear extension at Jack Clee’s Cottage, Great Sutton.  Members did note, however, that a public footpath came close to the site and asked the clerk to draw the planning officer’s attention to this and to ensure that there was no obstruction of this during the works (11/01405/FUL).


Environment and Highways

13     Discussions are still proceeding about signage in Diddlebury (see “Matters Arising” above at para 2).  The B4368 through Diddlebury would be top-dressed soon.


Other Reports

14     Mrs Motley had already referred to the Flood Forum (see para 2 above). Free flood surveys were available to members of the public. Six surveys had been carried out so far by SC and there were another 58 to be done. When these had all been done anyone would be able to request a survey. This could be promoted to the parish.

15     Councillor Mrs Worthington told members that the “Buzzard” was looking to purchase a smaller vehicle in addition to their current bus.

16     Councillor Bellamy said that the Parish Plan Steering Group had three new members and four more people were interested in joining. He had been chair for nine years and under the Group’s constitution there should be two councillors on the group, one of which should be the chairman.



17     The following correspondence has been received:

  • A letter from Mr O’Boyle about misunderstandings between himself and the then chairman at previous meetings. The clerk had written to Mr O’Boyle apologising for these.
  • An email from the Craven Arms Historical Society about a new book dealing with antiquities in Diddlebury and nearby parishes
  • A letter from the Shropshire Hills AONB inviting the council to become a Friend of Shropshire Hills (at an annual subscription of £50.00). Members decided not accept this offer.
  • “Countryside Voice” (the magazine of the CPRE)


Other reports

18     Councillor Mrs Worthington had received a letter from SC about the placing of notice boards on public highways and the need for licences, insurance etc.

19     The clerk had been approached by residents of Corfton Bache about walkers inadvertently leaving the public footpath below Goosefoot and walking through several paddocks. He asked if he could write to SC about this on behalf of the council: members agreed that he could do so.





Next meeting

20     The next ordinary meeting will take place on Wednesday 22 June 2011 at Westhope 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 9 30pm.