Archive for May, 2012


May 31, 2012

Chairman’s Report 23rd May 2012
At the 2011 AGM Cllrs Linton and Povall stood down as Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively. They were thanked for the hard work, skills and knowledge that they had brought to the council. In their places Cllrs Hedgley and Fowler were elected as Chairman and Vice Chairwoman respectively.
In July 2011 Cllr Husband resigned from the council and an election was called for the October where Cllr O’Boyle was duly elected.
In July 2011 the Clerk to the Council Mr Jones indicated that he wished to relinquish his post but agreed to stay until a replacement could be found. He was replaced in November by Mrs Watts as Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer. Whilst Mr Jones was a sad loss we have been fortunate in being able to appoint a well qualified and experienced Clerk in his place.
Main issues.
There have been a number of issues which have run as a thread throughout the year’s business.
• SAMDev. The major issue arising has been centred on SAMDev and a revised Place Plan. As a result of concerns expressed by a number of parishioners over the councils initial response to Shropshire Councils (SC) consultation regarding SAMDev, which centred on Diddlebury as a Community Hub, with up to 100 houses possibly being developed, the council decided to withdraw from this response and asked SC documentation to be changed to reflect that. Until the views of the whole parish could be ascertained, Diddlebury Parish was to remain as open countryside with no planned development. In order to do this the council asked the Parish Plan Steering Group (PPSG) to hold a parish wide consultation based on a questionnaire to include the housing issue as part of an overall redrafting of the Parish Place Plan. A timetable for this was agreed and work has proceeded on the production of the questionnaire which is due out in July 2012. In November 2011 we submitted an interim updated Place Plan and Partnership Agreement to SC so that the revised Craven Arms Place Plan more accurately reflected the present situation and removed from documents reference to Diddlebury as a Community Hub. This is due out any day.

• Broad place
In September 2011 Mr Pearce requested council support for relocating two laptops from the Broad place to The Sun Inn to improve community facilities. The council agreed to investigate this and Cllr Motley ear marked two laptops from SC to assist this. Due to difficulties over time, linkage and monitoring Mr Pearce obtained his own laptops.
Following this the Broad place has become involved in a county wide review of the cost effectiveness of Broad place sites which is ongoing. The council has requested that SC make no decision on Diddlebury’s site until after the PPSG questionnaire.
• Broadband BDUK
This is a county wide initiative to raise broad band speed to a minimum of 2 mega bytes across the whole of Shropshire. Information on this was provided via a pre council meeting presentation and at public meeting held on Saturday 12th May 2012 at Diddlebury Village Hall. SC welcomes comment and support on this issue via their web site.

• Bache Bridge
The safety of people especially school children crossing Bache Bridge has become a major concern. Discussions are ongoing with SC on how best to remedy this situation. Work is due to start on improving the pathway over the bridge as an initial measure.
One of the main concerns this year has been to improve the communications between the council and parishioners. Draft minutes of meetings are now put out as soon after a meeting as possible and issues posted on the Corvedale web site have now been requested to be directed straight to the clerk. We have made much more use of the Corvedale News to pass on information received by us. An improved agenda layout has increased opportunities for parishioners to comment on agenda items. Similarly the chairman reports back on activities he has undertaken between meetings. Having registered with we are now in the process of developing an improved web site which will serve the needs of all organisations in the parish and ensure the speedy passage of information. We are also involved with a rolling programme to replace or upgrade notice boards across the parish.
Cllr Motley continues to provide excellent links and support between us and SC whose officers have provided exceptional support.
15 planning applications have been dealt with.
2 emergency meetings have been held to deal with planning issues.
2 enquiries instigated re possible breaches of planning rules.
We have continued to support local charities and this year made extra donations to the Jubilee Celebrations and Ale in the Dale.
There have been two presentations this year open to the public on Broad band BDUK and ANOB planning ethos.
Other topics
This year we have dealt with other issues ranging from solar panel planning, tree felling, potholes, snow wardens, cardboard recycling and hedgerow removals to name a few.
Hopefully next year we can carry on improving communications between the council and its parishioners in regards to the passage of information, consultations and actions.
D. Hedgley. Chairman. 23-05-12


Minutes 25/4/2012

May 14, 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 25th April, 2012 at 7.30pm, 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 Hedgley (Chairman), Cllr Thomas, Cllr O’Boyle, Cllr Povall, Cllr Linton,
Cllr Bellamy, Cllr Longmore.

In Attendance: Three members of the public and the Clerk.

1.0 Apologies for Absence: Apologies were accepted from Cllr Fowler (Work
commitment), Cllr Motley (Shropshire Council), Cllr Worthington (Business).

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 – None
b) Declarations of prejudicial interest – None

3.0 Public involvement session: (Agenda Items Only) – Those members of the public
present were 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 28th March 2012 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
Proposed: Cllr Longmore
Seconded: Cllr Bellamy

5.0 Matters Arising

5.1 (Agenda Item 6.3) Village Hall carpark can only be used by the Church with the agreement of Diddlebury Village Hall, who will in turn advise Corvedale School. It was agreed that the Parish Council should write to Diddlebury Village Hall committee and request that they make Church Wardens aware of this condition.

5.2 (Agenda Item 6.2) Posters have been put up for Rural Development programme by the Chairman.

5.3 (Agenda Item 14.1) Potholes to the front of Diddlebury Village Hall had been reported to the Highway Authority. A plan was received from Shropshire Highways which shows their area of responsibility. The Plan confirms that the potholes are not the responsibility of Shropshire Highways. The meeting was informed that resurfacing works were scheduled to take place to the side of DVH during the half term by the contractors currently working at the school. Clerk to make enquiries.

5.4 (Agenda Item7.3) Application has been made to LJC for £100 grant and been accepted. The Chairman has submitted a formal acceptance to the LJC, and this will be followed up by a report in 3 months time.

5.5 (Agenda Item 7.7) An email has been sent to the Landlord of The Sun, Corfton, in response to correspondence received at the previous meeting, advising of the time and support given by DPC, that the topic had been put as an Agenda Item for the November 2011 meeting where it was discussed in depth, Cllr Motley had secured laptops, amongst other enquiries, Cllr O’Boyle had been asked to liaise with the Landlord and that the Parish Council felt they had supported the request well.

5.6 (Agenda Item 11.0) Chairman has arranged with Alison Brock a BDUK meeting for Saturday 12th May at 1.30pm for all Parishes in order to give the general public a chance to comment on the project. A notice has been placed in the Corvedale News, Clerk has emailed all local parishes. Website registration is being promoted by Shropshire Council.

5.7 (Agenda Item 13.1) Notice Board deposit has been sent.

6.0 Reports from Members

6.1Cllr Motley, Shropshire Council – Cllr Motley was unable to attend the meeting.

6.2 Chairman’s Report – The Chairman reported having carried out enquiries and correspondence in relation to Notice Boards, contacted Planning Enforcement regarding The Granary, Delbury Hall, as reroofing and internal works were taking place. A site visit from the Planning Enforcement is scheduled to take place around the 25th April and also at Milford House. The Chairman has spoken to Hayley Deighton, Shropshire Council, regarding the updating of the SamDev, which was due to take place in April, but to date had not yet taken place due to the amount of work involved with each Parish. The Chairman has requested a draft to check before publication.

6.3 Other members Reports: Cllr Bellary reported on PPSG – Two meetings in April regarding questionnaires. The housing section of the questionnaire explores if residents want housing or not, and if so, what amount of development. Each settlement will be able to express their desires. The Chairman’s understanding is that if a certain area wanted housing, the Parish would need to be part of a hub or cluster. It was suggested that the questionnaire explored whether parishioners want just affordable housing, or affordable housing and open market housing? Clarification should be sought from Hayley Deighton initially before the questionnaire is sent out.

Cllr O Boyle attended the Diddlebury Village Hall meeting to arrange AGM, which was publicised locally for 30th April 2012.

7.0 Correspondence

7.1 John Williams, Bridges & Structures Mgr, Shropshire Council – Footpath suggestion, from The Moors to the rear of Corvedale School, is being looked into, as well as the widening of the footbridge on the B4368. DPC will be given proposals once they have been compiled.
7.2 CPRE – AGM 2012 Thursday 10th May 2012 Shrewsbury Room, Shirehall- For information.
7.3 Shropshire Council – Rural Place Plan event on Wednesday 9th May, 7pm at Craven Arms Community Centre – For information. Members of PPSG will be attending.
7.4 Corvedale School – Invitation to Hall opening – Friday 27th April between 5.00pm and 6.30pm or Saturday 28th April between 10.00am and 11.30am –
For information.
7.5 ALC village SOS – Tuesday 15/5/12 10am – 3.30pm Shrewsbury Hospital – For information
7.6 Shropshire Council – Diddlebury Broadplace Review: Meeting at Diddlebury Village Hall on Wednesday 16th May at either 3.30pm or 7.30pm – To be confirmed.
7.7 Shropshire Community Messaging: Rural Watch Quarterly – a precis of criminal activity over the last 3 months – For information
7.8 Diddlebury Parochial Church – Letter of thanks
7.9 Corvedale Community Minibus – Letter of thanks

8.0 Cheques Requested

8.1 Parish Plan Steering Group (Money previously set aside) – £400.00 – A
breakdown of costs to produce the Parish Plan was provided to Councillors prior to the meeting. Cllr Bellamy was requested to provide a budget showing income and expenditure in relation to the £400.00. A further £350.00 designated to the PPSG remains available in the Parish accounts if required at a later date. The meeting resolved to pay the £400.00 in the meantime.
8.2 Came & Company – Parish Council Insurance – £265.00
8.3 ALC – Affiliation Fees 1/4/12 to 31/3/13 – £238.16
8.4 Corvedale Jubilee Celebrations – £100 grant allocation from Local Joint
Proposed: Cllr Linton
Seconded: Cllr Thomas
(RESOLVED unanimous to pay items 8.1 to 8.4)

9.0 Planning Applications
9.1 12/01488/FUL (validated: 05/04/2012) – Shepherds Barn, Corfton, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9LD. Proposal: Erection of detached building for ancillary domestic use. (Resubmission of withdrawn application 11/02355/FUL) – The Agents supporting correspondence was relayed to the meeting and discussed in detail.

Resolved: The meeting resolved (5 object/2 support) to OBJECT to the planning application with the following comment:

Diddlebury Parish Council (DPC) object to the application as it does not believe that the requirement for CRB checks is a valid reason for considering this to be added accommodation to the main house. DPC have concerns of what the internal structures of the building may actually comprise. For DPC to have been able to approve this application, it would have required a much more detailed plan.

10.0 Finance
10.1 Current Account balance – £5906.52
10.2 Mazars Audit – Received for completion for financial year ending 31/3/2012 – Forms have been received
10.3 Cash Book – Members are asked to consider the purchase a Cash Book for displaying accounts at Parish Council meetings
Proposed: Cllr Longmore
Seconded: Cllr Thomas
10.4 Parish & Town Plans Grant – Application Form for approval by Parish Council for grant application by Parish Plan Steering Group. – Copies were emailed to Councillors prior to the meeting.
Proposed: Cllr O’Boyle
Seconded: Cllr Hedgley

11.0 Parish Council Website
11.1 Councillors were asked to consider the setting up of a Parish Council website – The Clerk has registered for ShropNet and forwarded the password and login information to Councillors to allow them to explore the site template. A local resident had expressed an interest in setting the site up. The meeting agreed that the site would not be just for the Parish Council, but would be a ‘Diddlebury Parish’ Website. Each Parish group could set up and maintain its own part of the site ie Village Hall, Church, School, Groups and Committees. Parish Council to produce an advert to go in the Corvedale News for people to take a lead in the development.
Proposed: Cllr Hedgley
Seconded: Cllr O’Boyle

12.0 Any Other Business (for dissemination of information only)
Mill Lane, Potholes – Clerk to pass contact information onto Highway Authority so that a meeting on site with the resident could be arranged.
Orange signal went down in Diddlebury area on 25/4/12. Cllr Longmore is seeking an official response regarding upgrading in his capacity as Councillor.

13.0 Date of Next Meeting –Wednesday 23rd May, 2012 at 7.30pm in Diddlebury Village Hall.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.30pm.