Draft Minutes

MINUTES OF RICHARDS CASTLE (SHROPSHIRE) PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ONLINE AT 7.30 PM ON TUESDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2020

PRESENT: Cllr. H Salwey (Chairman); Cllr. D Ayres (Vice Chairman); Cllr. A Cowell; Cllr. A Hall; Cllr. C Giles; and Cllr. R Smith.

IN ATTENDANCE: Ward Cllr. V Parry; Mr R Hewitt, Clerk. There were no members of the public present.

20/64 Apologies – None.

20/65 Declarations of Members Interest and Written Requests for Dispensation – None.

20/66 Co-opt new member of the parish council – Mr Anthony Wright was co-opted to the parish council.

20/67 Minutes of the previous meetings – Minutes of the meetings held on 15 September and 14 October 2020 were approved as a correct record.

20/68 Ward Councillor Report – Ward Cllr. Parry said highways is to undertake work at Mitnell Lane in December 2020. Cllr. Parry asked about a pipe through a hedge on Mitnell Lane that was identified on a site visit with highways, and the parish council agreed to ask that this is checked by the county council’s planning services. There is a new drain on the B4361 by the Moor Park entrance.

20/69 To invite views and discussion from members of the parish – There were no matters raised.

20/70 Clerk’s Report
The external auditors have confirmed the receipt of the exemption certificate and removed the charge to the parish council. The parish council’s submission on the Planning for the Future white paper has been acknowledged by NALC. Free trees are available for parish council projects. Shropshire Council has extended the Environmental Maintenance Grant scheme for 2021-22. The deadline for applications is 12 March 2020.

20/71 Planning
20/04226/ADV Euro Garages Ltd, Woofferton Wharf Service Station, Woofferton, SY8 4AL. Application under section 73A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to erect and display 12No internally Illuminated fascia signs, 1 No non-illuminated fascia sign, 1 No internally illuminated Free S-tanding Totem sign, 1 No set of Halo illuminated letters and other graphics. The parish council resolved to object to the proposed plans on the grounds of highway safety, design and appearance, and light pollution. The number, size and location of the proposed signs is inappropriate and out of character for the rural setting and will damage visual amenity. The cumulative impact of the signs is more appropriate for an urban location.

The light generated by the illuminated signs will cause unnecessary and aggravating light pollution adversely affecting the nearby residents and hostelry. The Salwey Arms provides accommodation as well as food and beverages, and it is felt that the lighting will disturb guests, particularly those staying in rooms opposite the 24 hour service station.

The illuminated signs, particularly the outsized Totem, will distract drivers using the Salwey junction on the A49, which is used by most visitors to access the service station, and has an appalling safety record. There is a long running history of accidents, sadly including deaths and injuries. Highways England redesigned the junction earlier in 2018 to try and reduce the frequency of accidents, however since this redesign there have been regular accidents including recently. In light of this record, the parish council strongly objects to additional signs being erected to distract drivers at this challenging junction.

20/04305/FUL Outbuilding At Hanway Lodge, Richards Castle, SY8 4EB. Application under Section 73A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 for the (part) retrospective conversion of outbuilding to form one holiday let property. The meeting was concerned that planning applications which are retrospective make a mockery of the planning process. In respect of the conversion, the parish council decided not to comment.

Shropshire Council has granted listed building consent for 20/03563/LBC Rectory Farm. A non-material amendment under 20/03974/AMP 2 Batchcott has been refused. Supplemental comments made by the parish council on 19/02958/TDC Proposed Residential Development Land To The North Of Richards Castle and P202751/TD5 Land to north of Westbrook House have been acknowledged.

20/72 Report from Councillors who have attended meetings of other Organisations on behalf of the Parish Council – None.

20/73 Financial items
The following payments were agreed: Village Hall, meetings 2019-20 (£90.00); Boy Thorne Garden Services, grass maintenance (£85.00); The Clerk, wages October-December 2020 (£421.49); and HMRC, PAYE to 5 January 2020 (£105.40).

20/74 Highway Items/ Amenity Items/ Footpath Items
The Clerk highlighted a report of a bridleway blocked by farm machinery and the Chairman said it had been resolved. Blocked drains by the Starbucks entrance at Woofferton have been reported to the highway authority. The parish council agreed to ask Shropshire Council to fix a footpath bridge and stiles opposite Manor House. The environmental maintenance grant will be used to maintain the pavement on the B4361 from the village hall to the county boundary over the winter. The landowner responsible for the hedge on the B4362 by the entrance to the garage at Woofferton will be asked to cut it back to improve visibility.

20/75 Matters raised for next meeting – Potential community uses for All Saints Church.

20/76 Next Meeting – The next scheduled online meeting will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday
19 January 2021.

The meeting closed at 8.43pm.