Council Minutes - November 2015



Meeting held on 11th November 2015 at the Halford Bridge Inn at 7.30 p.m.
Meeting closed 8.25 p.m.
Cllrs Gale (Chair) Abernethy, Alexander, Bannister and Byard-Jones
Clerk: Karen Parnell
County Cllr Izzi Seccombe
3 members of the public were present

1. Apologies
District Cllr Philip Seccombe

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 September 2012 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.

3. Approval of minutes of meeting held on the 9th September 2015
Minutes having been circulated were confirmed as an accurate record of the meeting held in September 2015 and were duly signed by the Chairman.

4. Cllr Paul Abernethy was appointed as Vice Chairman of the Parish Council

5. Democratic 15 minutes
A resident has undertaken litter picking and tidying of the village and was thanked for his work. The play area will now be cleared of debris.
Elderberry trunks and a footpath will be cleared by parish councillors Alexander and Abernethy respectively.
Play equipment was requested for small children but this had been discussed and decided against by the PC at an earlier meeting.
The reasons for the parish not having a defribulator were discussed.
Parking in The Leys is causing concern but there is no obvious solution.
A village meeting is to be held on 17th November in the Village Hall to discuss revamping the Village Design Statement in light of all recent planning activity.

6. Matters arising and new matters
A) Casual Vacancy
Di Byard-Jones was co-opted onto the PC and completed the acceptance of office and declaration of financial interests.

B) Traffic issues
The builders in Queens Street are liaising with the PC Chairman to minimise disruption.
The dropped kerb and crossing will be progress chased by Cllr Seccombe with WCC.
It was noted that Cala Homes traffic survey was ill-informed.

C) Village Maintenance
A fence will be erected by the bridge.
Grass cutting was discussed at length.
Extensive tree surgery is a consideration and costs will be looked into.
Advice will be sought on options for improving the appearance of the Millennium Garden, notably the bushes therein.

D) Bus Stops on A429 for 50 Bus Service
WCC have moved the bus stop for reasons of safety.
It was felt the timetable for buses was limited and should be better publicised.

E) Maintenance of Play Area by SDC
Hedge cutting in the play area is a consideration being looked into by the PC.

7. Planning
Application(s) reference: 15/02860/FUL
Proposed : The erection of a four bedroom detached dwelling with new access and associated works
At : Park Hill House , Idlicote Road, Halford, Warwickshire CV36 5DQ For : Mr & Mrs Lawrence Adamson

Application(s) reference: 15/03215/TREE
Proposed : - T1: oak : cut back branches overhanging roof to create 2m clearance, removal of dead wood and epicormic growth, thin canopy by no more than 15% where necessary
At : Oaktree Barn, Mill Lane, Halford, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 5BY
For : Mr Tony Froud

Application(s) reference: 15/03345/TREE
Proposed : - G1: Unknown Species: fell and dig up stumps, replant with native midland hedging mix.
At : Stone House, Queen Street, Halford, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 5BT For : Mrs Susan Black

Application(s) reference: 15/03023/FUL
Proposed : Erection of 3 new houses
At : The Folly, Idlicote Road, Halford, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 5DG

Application(s) reference: 15/03514/LDE
Proposed : Use of building (known as Honey Cottage) as a single self-contained dwelling house (Class C3) for a continuous period of 4 years or more (occupation in breach of condition 2 of planning permission 01/02370/FUL which limited use to purposes ancillary to the residential use of the dwelling known as Cobblestones)
At : Cobblestones, Mill Lane, Halford, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 5BY
For : Mr David Mathers

Application(s) reference: 15/03671/TREE
Proposed : - G1: Lime x7: pollard to previous points.
- T1: Pear: fell.
At : The Old Rectory, Queen Street, Halford, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 5BT For : P.A. Richardson

Application(s) reference: 15/03581/FUL
Proposed : Demolition of rear conservatory, construction of a flat roof single storey rear extension
At : 1 Church Terrace, Halford, Shipston-on-Stour, CV36 5BX
For : Mr _ Mrs Osborne

Application(s) reference: 15/03830/TREE
Proposed : - T1: Hornbeam: reduce height by 3m and prune to maintain pleach.
- T2: Hornbeam: reduce height by 3m and prune to maintain pleach.
- T3: Hornbeam: remove.- T4: Cherry: remove.- T5: Red Cedar: remove.
- T6: Leylandii: remove.- T7: Leylandii: remove.
- T8: Cotoneaster: reduce crown by 2m and shape.
- T9: Elder: remove.- T10: Lilac: remove.
At : Sykes House, Queen Street, Halford, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 5BT For : Mr Laurence Trim

Application(s) reference: 15/03881/COUQ
Proposed : Notification of change of use of agricultural building to a dwelling house within Use Class C3 (1 dwelling of 190 square metres), with building operations reasonably necessary to convert the building including replacement windows, door, roof and provision of services (Class Q a and b)
At : Blackberry Farm, Halford, Shipston-on-Stour, CV36 5DL
For : Mr And Mrs Hopkins

Issues concerning drainage which involves many of the applications were discussed.
Cllr Evans is to discuss the possibility of fencing around the allotments.

8. Finance
Budget - Precept 2016/17
The budget was expounded upon by the Clerk and the precept for 2016 ? 2017 was agreed unanimously by the Council to be set at 7,200 (No increase). Proposed: Cllr Gale - Seconded Cllr Bannister and agreed.

9. Payments
Cheque No 101019 Karen Parnell 384.00 (Salary) 020 Karen Parnell
26.00 (Expenses) 021 Japonica Pride Limited 49.00 022 Halford Village Hall (Screen) 400.00 023 Japonica Pride Limited 49.00 024 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 25.00

Precept 50% 3600.00

Meeting closed: 8.25pm

10. Date of next meeting: 6th January 2016 (Lomas Barn)

Signed: Nick Gale Chairman on 6th January 2016