Minutes 22/2/2012

Chairman: Cllr D Hedgley

Jacqueline Watts, Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer
Holly Cottage, Culmington, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 2DF (01584) 861 473

Parish Council Meeting
On Wednesday 22nd February, 2012 at Diddlebury Village Hall


Prior to the start of the meeting, members of the public were invited to discuss any matters of interest with their councillors.

The Meeting commenced at 7.30pm

Present: Cllr Fowler (Acting Chair), Cllr Thomas, Cllr O’Boyle, Cllr Povall, Cllr Linton,
Cllr Worthington

In Attendance: 1 member of the public and the Clerk

1.0 Apologies for Absence: Apologies were accepted from Cllr Hedgley (Holiday), Cllr
Bellamy (Work Commitments), Cllr Longmore (Work Commitments), Cllr Motley (Shropshire Council meeting).

2.0 Declarations of Interest relating to this meeting
Members are requested to declare any personal and prejudicial interests they may have in matters to be considered at this meeting in accordance with the terms of the Local Authorities (Model Code of Conduct)(England) Order 2007 issued under Section 51 of the Local Government Act 2000.
a) Declarations of personal interest – Cllr Worthington (Agenda Item 12.0) Diddlebury Village Hall committee member.
b) Declarations of prejudicial interest – None

3.0 Public involvement session: (Agenda Items Only) – The member of the public present
was asked if they wished to comment on any Agenda item – No comments made.

4.0 Minutes: RESOLVED (unanimous) that the Minutes of the Parish Council meeting of
Diddlebury Parish Council held on 25th January 2012 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
Proposed: Cllr Thomas
Seconded: Cllr O’Boyle

5.0 Matters Arising

5.1 Cardboard Green Waste: The chairman had reported to the meeting in his absence that Veolia had informed him that cardboard is taken to Bishops Castle once collected. Clarification as to whether or not the cardboard is recycled will be carried forward to the March 2012 meeting.

5.2 Notice Boards: Further quotations are being obtained. Cllr O’Boyle requested that notice boards for Middlehope, Westhope, Corfton and Sutton also be taken into account as well as Diddlebury, Peaton and Bouldon. Cllr Linton informed the meeting that in 1999/2000 each Parish received an allocation of notice boards. The Clerk is to find out which notice boards in the parish belong to the Parish Council, as some notice boards may have been put up by other groups.

5.3Ale in the Dale: No donation letter request received to date.

6.0 Reports from Members

6.1Cllr Motley, Shropshire Council – Cllr Motley submitted a report to the meeting in her absence, which was read to Members.

6.2 Chairman’s Report – The Chairman gave an update to the meeting on his activity over the past month since the 25th January 2012. Parking at the Tally Ho remains an issue. The grass verge is in poor condition as pub users are parking on the road. The owners wish to gravel the grass verge. Cllr Linton reported he had been to an on-site meeting with the owner of the Tally Ho and Chris Jackson (Highways). Chris Jackson advised that there should not be any land issues as he believes the land is county owned. There is believed to be a water pipe below the grass verge. The owner has contacted Severn Trent Water to establish its depth. CJ will provide owner with black knock down posts to prevent parking next to local residents field access. Grasscrete recommended. Owner is going to submit a planning application. Cllr Linton has provided the meeting dates of Diddlebury Parish Council. Owner intends to make presentation at next meeting on plans.

6.3 Other members Reports: Cllr Bellamy, in his absence, asked for it to be reported that the Parish Plan Steering Group members are in the early stages of drafting a questionnaire with support from officers from Shropshire Council and the Community Council of Shropshire.

6.4 Cllr O’Boyle presented a report to the meeting on Diddlebury Village Hall Committee meeting 7/2/12.

7.0 Correspondence

7.1 Shropshire Council – Proposal to develop Terms of Reference, as an alternative to a Charter – Letter was relayed to the meeting.
7.2 Shropshire Housing Group Event – Ludlow Food Centre, Bromfield 16/3/12, 3-6pm – Cllr Hedgley will attend and possibly Cllr Bellamy.
7.3 Ale in the Dale Beer Festival 4th-7th May 2012, The Sun Inn, Corfton – For information.
7.4 Site Allocations and Management of Development (SAMDev) update – For information.
7.5 Shropshire RCC Fuel Buying Scheme – Forwarded to Corvedale News.
7.6 Samaritans, Telford – Request for Grant 2012 – Put forward to March meeting 2012.
7.7 ALC – Supporting Communities and Neighbourhoods in Planning – Road-show Dates – Passed to Corvedale News.

7.8 Shropshire Council – The Big Society – Consultation – http://shrop.net/2shropnet/AToZOfMini-sites/V/VoluntaryCommunitySectorAssembly/FontSize6haveYourSay/Font – Cllr Linton reported that having read the consultation. One area he felt the consultation did not cover was how a recipient could complain directly to the Council. No mechanism in place for end user to complain to the commissioner directly without any interference in-between. Resolved that Cllr Fowler to respond to consultation on behalf of Diddlebury Parish Council.
Prop: Cllr Linton
Seconded: Cllr Povall
7.9 St Peters Church, Diddlebury – Donation request to be put forward to March meeting 2012
7.10 Severn Hospice – Donation request to be put forward to March meeting 2012.
7.11 ALC – Back to Basics – Law and Procedures training 27/2/12 at Shirehall – Proposed that Clerk and Cllr Fowler attend at a cost of £20.00 each.
Proposed: Cllr Linton
Seconded: Cllr Worthington
7.12 CPRE – Planning Explained – Booklet handed out to each member.
7.13 AONB – Shropshire Hills, 2010-2011 Review of progress and achievements – Booklet handed out to each member.

8.0 Cheques Requested
8.1 Diddlebury Village Hall – Rent (Dec 2011, Jan, Feb 2012) – £36.00
Proposed: Cllr Thomas
Seconded: Cllr Linton
(RESOLVED unanimous to pay item 8.1)

9.0 Planning Applications
9.1 Reference: 11/04889/FUL – Appeal Notification – Milford House, Diddlebury – Upon request of information, DPC were advised by Shropshire Planning Department that Mr Smyth had submitted an appeal against the condition restricting change of use for the life of the barn. The meeting discussed the appeal. RESOLVED unanimous to sending a letter to the Planning Inspectorate, recommending that the condition remain in place as it reflects what the applicants agent, Central Design Consultants Ltd, quoted in the ‘Planning Supporting Statement’ quoting the ‘Purpose of building’.
Proposed: Cllr Linton
Seconded: Cllr Thomas

10.0 Finance
10.1 Current Account balance – As of 14/2/12 £6777.80.
10.2 Shropshire Council – Breakdown of Costs for election October 2011 – A breakdown of costs amounting to £1065.37 for which the PC will be invoiced after April 2012.

11.0 Environment & Highways

11.1 A letter has been sent to the Bridges and Structures division of
Shropshire Council asking their opinion on the suggestion received from a member of the public on upgrading the footpath which runs from The Moors across the field to the rear of Corvedale school. Ongoing.

11.2 The Patch – Works on the road outside ‘Patch House’ have been carried out by the Highway Authority.

12.0 Broadplace and Provision of Laptops – An email received from Flavia Humphreys summarising the meeting held at The Sun Inn on 6/2/12 was relayed to members.

Cllr Fowler relayed to members that Shropshire Council was carrying out a review of all broadplaces in Shropshire over coming months, and was beyond a local issue to Diddlebury Parish.

An email received from Alison Brock was relayed to members regarding the suggestion of having a public meeting to discuss the roll out of BDUK further, recommending that initially a meeting is held for just local Parish Councils, and then a meeting with the public following that.

It was evident at the meeting that there was concern about the future of the broadplace facility in Diddlebury Parish, and also some confusion between broadplace, BDUK and how the roll out of BDUK may affect broadplace.

Members agreed that Alison Brock be invited to talk at Westhope Village Hall at 7.00pm on Wednesday 28th March, 2012, prior to commencement of the Parish Council meeting at7.30pm.

13.0 Any Other Business (for dissemination of information only)

14.0 Date of Next Meeting –Wednesday 28th March 2012 at 7.00pm in Westhope Village Hall.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.35pm.