Minutes – Annual Meeting – 26 May 2021

MINUTES OF RICHARDS CASTLE (SHROPSHIRE) PARISH COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING HELD AT 7.30 PM ON WEDNESDAY 26 MAY 2021 OUTSIDE THE VILLAGE HALL

PRESENT: Cllr. A Hall; Cllr. A Cowell; Cllr. A Wright; and Cllr. R Smith.

IN ATTENDANCE: Ward Cllr. V Parry and R Hewitt, Clerk. No members of the public were present.

The meeting was chaired by Cllr. A Wright.

21/14 Co-opt two new members – Mr H Salwey was co-opted to the parish council.

21/15 Election of Chairman – Cllr. H Salwey was elected unanimously.

21/16 Election of Vice Chairman – Cllr. D Ayres was elected unanimously.

21/17 Apologies – Cllrs. H Salwey and D Ayres.

21/18 Declarations of Members Interests and requests for Dispensation – None.

21/19 Appointment of representatives
a) Ludlow and Clee Hill Local Joint Committee – It was noted that the committee is not meeting at present.
b) South Shropshire Association of Parish and Town Councils – It was agreed to leave the option of attending meetings of the association open for all members.

21/20 To approve the Minutes of the previous meeting – The minutes of the meeting held on 27 April 2021 were approved as a correct record.

21/21 To invite views and discussion from members of the parish – There were no matters raised.

21/22 Planning
21/01886/FUL Mitnell Villa, Mitnell Lane, Richards Castle, SY8 4EJ – Erection of two storey rear extension, porch enlargement and alterations to existing landscaping and parking. There was no objection to the planning application provided the points made by Shropshire Council consultees are addressed – for example, the requirement for a bat survey.

Prior Approval under 19/05477/AGR for the Erection of a replacement barn was noted. The parish council agreed to ask the planning authority to confirm the materials used to construct the building.

21/23 Joint initiative(s) with Richards Castle (Herefordshire) Parish Council
A verbal report from members who attended an online joint working meeting was noted. It was agreed to consider joint initiatives on a case-by-case basis.

21/24 Report from Representatives who have attended meetings of other Organisations on behalf of the Parish Council – There were no reports.

21/25 Financial items
a) Parish council accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021 – The draft cash book was noted.
b) Risk schedule – Approved.
c) The following payment was agreed: SALC (£173.76).

21/26 Highway Items/ Amenity Items/ Footpath Items
a) PCC Grant for safer roads: The parish council agreed to apply for funding for a visual speed indicator on the B4361 by the village hall. The location will need to be agreed with the highway authority.
b) Highway / Amenity and Footpath items: Ward Cllr. Parry reported that highways is to undertake maintenance on Park Lane and expressed concern that Station Road is too narrow for HGVs. Cllr. Wright said a raised culvert was causing problems by the Travelodge entrance off Station Road.

21/27 Clerk’s Report
Councillors were asked to return their candidate spending returns to the elections office. This is required even for returns with nil spending.

21/28 Matters raised for next meeting – None.

21/29 Next Meeting – The next scheduled meeting of the parish council is at 7.30pm on Tuesday 13 July 2021.

The meeting closed at 8.19 pm.