MINUTES OF RICHARDS CASTLE (SHROPSHIRE) PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD AT THE VILLAGE HALL AT 7.30 PM ON TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2019
PRESENT: Cllr. H Salwey (Chairman); Cllr. D Ayres (Vice Chairman); Cllr. C Giles; Cllr. A Hall; and Cllr. A Wright.
IN ATTENDANCE: Mr R Hewitt, Clerk. There were no members of the public present.
19/52 Apologies – Cllr. A Cowell and Cllr. R Smith.
19/53 Declarations of Members Interest and Written Requests for Dispensation – None.
19/54 Minutes of the previous meeting – Minutes of the annual meeting held on 30 July 2019 were approved and signed as a correct record.
19/55 Ward Councillor Report – Cllr. Parry said there has been no progress on the proposal for Highways England to replace the Woofferton junction on the A49 with a roundabout. The environmental maintenance grant can be used for footpaths. New place plan officers have been appointed.
19/56 To invite views and discussion from members of the parish – There were no matters raised.
19/03620 Woodcroft Farm, Richards Castle, SY8 4EB – Erection of a single storey extension to the rear and formation of an internal doorway to replace an existing window. The parish council supported the application and requested that the comments from Shropshire Council Conservation are taken into consideration.
19/03621 Woodcroft Farm, Richards Castle, SY8 4EB – Erection of a single storey extension to the rear and formation of an internal doorway to replace an existing window affecting a grade II listed building. The parish council supported the application for listed building consent and requested that the comments from Shropshire Council Conservation are taken into consideration.
19/03669 Woodcroft Farm, Richards Castle, SY8 4EB – Conversion of redundant barn to holiday letting accommodation. The application was supported.
19/03670 Woodcroft Farm, Richards Castle, SY8 4EB – Works to convert redundant barn to holiday letting accommodation affecting grade II listed building. The application for listed building consent was supported.
Shropshire Council has granted planning permission for 19/03060 Premises Known as Overton School.
19/58 Report from Councillors who have attended meetings of other Organisations on behalf of the Parish Council – None.
19/59 Financial items
The following payments were agreed: Boy Thorne Garden Services, short and long grass maintenance (£167.00); Clerk, wages July-September 2019 (£410.25); HMRC, PAYE Q2, 2019-20 (£102.60); and Hitrees, maintenance of pavement by village hall (£75.60).
19/60 Highway Items/ Amenity Items/ Footpath Items
Highways is to repair potholes that have developed between the village hall car park and B4361. A pothole on the Park Lane junction with the A49, believed to be located on the section of road maintained by Highways England, will be reported to the agency.
19/61 5G Mobile Coverage in Rural Areas and Local Government Audit
The parish council considered the NALC briefing paper on 5G mobile coverage in rural areas. The parish council is keen to improve rural mobile coverage, and assumes the measures are necessary to do that. The parish council believes in general that obtaining planning permission is the right approach and supports amending permitted development rights in some instances such as to allow an increase in the width of existing masts.
19/62 Consultation on proposed post-19 travel assistance policy – Very supportive.
19/63 Shropshire Playing Pitch & Outdoor Sport Strategy consultation – Noted.
19/64 ‘Freedom to Move’
The consultation by Shropshire Playing Fields Association was noted.
19/65 Consultation on future delivery of Shropshire’s youth support services
The parish council considers that it is very important to provide an effective universal youth support service accessible to all young people in the county.
19/66 Clerk’s Report
The re-enrolment and re-declaration required by the Pensions Regulator is to be completed. There have been no changes in circumstance. The Herefordshire Association of Local Councils (HALC) has advised that the parish council website will be compliant with new accessibility guidelines which come into force in 2020. The parish council has been thanked for providing “information that will help us to formulate a bus improvement plan”. BT is to consult on telephone kiosks in Shropshire. New model financial regulations have been published by NALC. The sum awarded in the environmental maintenance grant for 2019-20 has yet to be confirmed by Shropshire Council.
19/67 Matters raised for next meeting – None.
19/68 Next Meeting – The next scheduled meeting will be on Tuesday 26 November 2019.
The meeting closed at 8.43 pm.