Council Minutes - November 2008



Meeting held on 6th November 2008 at the Halford Bridge Inn at 7.30 p.m.
Meeting closed 8.30p.m.
Cllrs Liddell (Chair) Brown, Gale, Homer and Price
Clerk: Karen Parnell
Plus 1 member of the public

1. Apologies

2. Declaration of Interests Councillors are asked to declare personal interests in any items on the agenda. Councillors are reminded that the code of conduct that took effect from 5th June 2007 provides that should they have a prejudicial interest in any matter under discussion, they should withdraw from the room and not seek to influence a decision about the matter.
Cllr Liddell expressed a prejudicial interest regarding planning application 08/02450/TPO The Folly T1 Sycamore and T2 Yew - Pruning.

3. Approval of minutes of meeting held on the 3rd of September 2008 and
1st October 2008
Minutes having been circulated were confirmed as an accurate record of the meetings in September and October 2008 and were duly signed by the Chairman.

4. Democratic 15 minutes
The member of the public expressed concerns as to the future of the rose garden. He also pointed out the roses were a gift for the Millennium from the British Rose Society and should be preserved. Cllr Liddell suggested getting three gardeners views as to its future. It was established maintaining the garden could cost a lot and involve a lot of hard work. Amanda Luther had conveyed her apologies for non attendance at this meeting and asked for consideration be given to facilitating necessary works. The council concurred there are three options: Keep it, Grass it or re-design it. These options will be publicised in the ?Village Voice?, promoted on the noticeboard and will form an agenda item for the next parish council meeting.

5. Matters arising
A)Contract for Clerk to be signed by Chairman and Clerk.
This has been signed by both Chairman and Clerk before the council.

B)Village Image - Progress Report - Re Meeting with WCC on 08/10/08
Cllr Liddell had already distributed a written report and found WCC to be receptive to ideas. Safety is the key concern as is the improved image of the Fosse Way. Taking out the central reservation and removing signs were considerations. A consultant (Colin Davies) will now produce drawings for free, which will be publically displayed at a later date.

C) Storm Drains - Update
Cllr Homer has spoken to John Brown at WCC. Between July and September all jetting has been completed. If we advise them of priority areas, they will be addressed.

D) Bus shelter - With Insurance Company implications
Cllr Liddell advised photographs are needed, otherwise they have all written information they require re incident number S-08-14761.

E) Libel and Slander cover from Allianz Cornhill
Cllr Liddell will ask for a quote and identify what this covers.

F) Website progress
We have a 500 communication grant from WCC and an application for an Awards for All grant in progress.
Webbenefit have quoted 800 to build the website and it was decided that all councillors would look at the Wixford site before deciding to go with this quote.

G) Rose Garden
Covered in the democratic session.

6. Finance
Cheques for Payment: Cheque No 100611 ? Garden Aide 31.25
100612 Neil Liddell (British Legion) 26.00
Cheque No 100613 Karen Parnell 180.00 (Salary) 614 21.13 (Expenses)
Cheque No 100615 Garden Aide 50.00
Cheques No 616/617 D Hutsby Forestry Contracting 160.00

Precept / Budget 2009/10
Deferred to the next agenda, pending further information.

7. Planning applications received
S 106 Agreement concerning Harolds Orchard
08/01809/TPO, The Folly, Idlicote Rd. for Treework Ltd
08/01601/LBC, 08/01600/FUL Holego House for A. Redhead, amended description
Planning decisions
08/01858/LBC, The Old Cottage, Queen Street, for Mr & Mrs Wall (Granted)
08/02120/FUL, 1 and 2 Mill Lane, C. Murphy (Granted)
08/01707/Tree, Old Cottage, Queen Street, for Niall Conway
08/02569/ TREE Halford Manor, Various fellings - Inc stem removal of Ash
08/02450/TPO The Folly T1 Sycamore and T2 Yew - Pruning.
The new system for dealing with planning applications works.

8. Correspondence
11/09/08 - Allianz Cornhill - Revised schedule due to new Clerk.
24/10/2008 - WCC - B4455 and A429 Fosse Way - Casualty Reduction Scheme and Speed Limit Review. (It was noted the statistics appear unclear)

It was questioned whether to adopt the phone box or not (future agenda item).

Cllr Gale has written to John Maples MP and Gillian Farnfield supporting the case for retaining Shipston's Pharmacy. This will be publicised in the 'Village Voice'.

10. Date of next meeting: 3rd December 2008 (Same venue)

Signed: 03/12/08 Neil Liddell (Chairman)