MINUTES OF RICHARDS CASTLE (SHROPSHIRE) PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD AT THE VILLAGE HALL AT 7.30 PM ON TUESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2016
PRESENT Cllr. H Salwey (Chairman); Cllr. D Ayres; Cllr. T Harrell; Cllr. B Allwright (Vice Chairman); and Cllr. A Wright.
IN ATTENDANCE Vivienne Parry, Shropshire Cllr., Ludlow South; and Richard Hewitt, Clerk. No members of the public were present.
16/50 Apologies – Cllr. A Cowell and Cllr. C Giles.
16/51 Declarations of Members Interest and requests for Dispensation – None.
16/52 To approve the Minutes of the previous meetings – Minutes of the meeting held on 19 July 2016, and extraordinary meeting held on 8 August 2016 were approved and signed as a correct record.
16/53 To invite views and discussion from members of the parish – There were no members of the public present.
16/54 Report from Representatives who have attended meetings of other Organisations on behalf of the Parish Council and County Councillor Report – Shropshire Cllr. Parry highlighted the report from the Police and Crime Commissioner, and said he will be visiting Ludlow Town Council shortly. There is an initiative to build 1,163 new affordable homes in the county. Developments of 2-3 houses will be considered. More information is available from Shropshire Housing Group. There is another parishes meeting on 29 September 2016. The housing association will be offering grass cutting services in Ludlow, and may be an alternative provider for parish councils to consider as well. There has been a bad odour at Wyson which may be coming from the biodigester, which should have a top.
The parish council asked that affordable housing is put on the agenda for the next meeting.[Shropshire Cllr. Parry left the meeting.]
16/02937/FUL School Cottage, Richards Castle, SY8 4EQ – Erection of extension to dwelling; change of use of land from agricultural to domestic garden; alterations to existing vehicular access. The amended plans were considered and the following comment agreed: The parish council supports the request not to have planting or structures along the applicant’s southern boundary due to the level of the neighbouring property’s windows which are at crop level. In addition the parish council recommends that the paddocks outlined in the amended plans retain their status as agricultural land.
16/56 Financial items
The following payments were approved: Boy Thorne Garden Services, churchyard maintenance (£287.00); the Clerk, wages, July-August 2016 (£323.36); and HMRC, PAYE for period to 5 October 2016 (£80.80); and the Clerk, expenses April-August 2016 (£90.20).
16/57 Clerk’s Report – High plants and grass adjacent to visibility splays at junctions of Overton Lane with the A49 and Park Lane with the A49 have been reported. A request has been made to Shropshire Council for the road markings and cat’s eyes to be brought up to the appropriate standard on the B4361. Councillors are invited to attend the Town and Parish Working Group on 29 September 2016. The group has been set up to “enable… parish councils to prepare plans by September 2017 to take on service delivery from Shropshire Council from April 2018”.
16/58 Highway Items/ Amenity Items/ Footpath Items
The parish council noted the work to improve the passing points on Park Lane has not been done by Shropshire Council, and asked that highways is contacted to ask when the work has been scheduled to be completed. It was agreed to request that access to the A49 from Park Lane is improved by widening the splay at this junction.
16/59 Support for local services in 2017-18, such as minor highways and footpaths maintenance (grass cutting, sweeping), libraries, museums and leisure centres – The parish council considered participation in the Town and Parish Working Group. It was decided that the parish council will not participate for the time being as there are no services in prospect that will be transferred from Shropshire Council to the parish council. It was noted that grass cutting and sweeping will need to be funded locally.
16/60 Planning for the parish council election in May 2017 – The forthcoming parish council election in May 2017 was noted. The meeting agreed to publish a notice in Castle News to raise awareness, and to include a photo to illustrate the parish.
16/61 Model financial regulations – The parish council agreed unanimously to adopt the draft model financial regulations as proposed.
16/62 Matters raised for next meeting – Orleton and Richards Castle Neighbourhood Development Plan.
16/63 Next Meeting – The next meeting of the parish council is at 7.30pm on Tuesday 6 December 2016.
The meeting closed at 8.30pm.