|Minutes of a Meeting of Wrington Parish Council held in the John Locke room on
Tuesday 16th August 2005
The Chairman opened the Meeting at 19.30 hours.
The Minutes of the Meeting held on 15th July were adopted with one amendment on page 2 under lighting second paragraph second line replace the word mat with may.
1) By-law re restricting use of fireworks at private functions- response from NSC was to the effect that they were still waiting a response from the ODPM on several issues relating to bye-laws.
2) Local Access Forum- the Clerk reported on the contents of an e-mail from Richard Philips of NSC indicating that the Forums remit is to give advice on policy rather than be involved in operational detail. Any suggestions for particular schemes or sites should be forwarded to David Roberts (Strategic Projects Group). Cllr. Yamanaka made the point that they should make the existing network usable. Cllr. Glynn said that this gave an understanding of the role of the Access Forum. Following representations the information base on the Rights of Way within the Parish had been forthcoming from NSC but on the understanding that they would not be copied. Cllr. Glynn maintained that this would be the start of a sound record base and that the records should be retained in a permanent binder and updated as and when information is forthcoming. Cllr. Bigg mentioned that there are comments contained within the Parish Plan survey and that these will be made available in due course. It was also mentioned that there was to be an application to the Aggregate Levy Fund for grant aid towards providing parishes with light tools to undertake minor repair work! Cllr. Thorn made the comment that the question of updating the survey reports on the rights of way should be advertised in the Journal in the hope that walkers would report any faults etc. Clerk to take forward
3) Community Meals Service-promotional literature- handed to Cllrs. Moss and Bigg.
4) Royal British Legion- dedication of new standard on Sunday 4th September. Open invitation to attend but numbers to be given. Cllr. Irving and Phillips indicated that they would attend.
5) DE Matters July edition
6) Publications- a) The trumpet Voluntary, b) North Somerset Citizens Advice Bureau Summer update, c) North Somerset Life July edition- it appears that many are still not receiving this and the Clerk is to advise NSC.
7) Corporate Training and Development- the Clerk advised that he regularly receives advice of available courses from NSC but in view of the cost, c£50 per course, and the fact that the courses are all available at short notice does not always bring to the Meeting- some dates already having passed by the date of Meetings.
8) Butcombe Brewery- open evening Thursday 15th September. Councillors to advise the Clerk by 8th September who will attend.
9) Licensing Act- the Clerk advised the Council of those applications relating to the Parish. With regard to the Darlington Arms this had been referred to Ros Young who indicated that no local opposition received. The issue of the Airport Tavern was also discussed and the Clerk advised the Meeting that Punch taverns were prepared to reduce the hours of music to 23.00 Sunday to Thursday and 24.00 on Friday and Saturday. Cllr. Atkins agreed that this was an acceptable compromise and the Clerk to take forward with Punch Taverns and NSC as this may avoid the necessity for a hearing.
Other matters raised:-
- Downside Road footpath- Cllr. Atkins mentioned that Felton were currently having a pavement put in on West Lane and she will find out from the contractor the cost of this.
- High Street- parking has got worse but it can probably be linked to the current rebuilding of the car park/wall at Bennetts and may be a short term matter.
- School Road/High Street- difficult crossing for the elderly and it was suggested that a sign indicating that the area was used by elderly may be appropriate.
- School Road to Silver Street- consider the possibility of having a ghost pavement installed.
- School Road/High Street- uneven road surface the Clerk to report to NSC
- Dial Cottage- instances of double parking and to make the Community Police Officer aware.
- Downside- Cllr. Yamanaka has received complaints about levels of speed and wondered about a “flashing” speed limit sign if someone can be found to take responsibility to activate. Cllr. Yamanaka will also approach Mr. Sage, who brought the matter to her attention, to see whether he was prepared to start up a “speedwatch” action group.
- Cooks Bridle Path junction with Downside Road- the white lines at the junction needs renewing.
- West Hay- despite writing in May the trees still overhang and with the debris accumulated in the side of the road is forcing pedestrians to walk into the road to pass. As the Council’s letter has been ignored the Clerk is to write to NSC to enlist their help in resolving.
It was suggested that the Sub-committee should reconvene to take some of these issues forward and Cllr. Bigg asked whether she could be involved in view of the information that is coming forward from the Parish Plan. It was also suggested that Chris Edgar should be asked to revisit the Parish to view the arrears of concern.
Licensing- re the Golden Lion and the Plough it was unclear whether Avon & Somerset Police Authority had formally objected to the variation in hours but PC Tacchi thought it would be done on the grounds of noise.
The Clerk is to e-mail PC Tacchi with complaints as he will then try and get his monthly report sent by e-mail.
Cllr. Bigg mentioned the welcome sight of Community Support Officers seen in the Village recently.
Cllrs. Matthews and Bigg reported on a meeting they attended and were firmly of the opinion that as a Council we should be making our views clear to the Authority in future consultations. Taking on board the local plan inquiry issues that immediately spring to mind were: - removal from the green belt and the flexibility this would afford, parking, access and night flying. Cllr. Matthews will produce a paper.
Cllr. Bigg said to date there has been 320 hours of inputting. SWAN (who have taken over from Community Action) have forwarded a grant of £2500 on the basis the 30th August deadline will be met- there is thought to be some flexible with this. The business questionnaire is still to be produced but thanks to NSC a list of all businesses in the Parish has been made available with the exception of those within the confines of the Airport.
When Parish Plan complete hope to organise an exhibition with relevant personnel in attendance.
Cllr. Glynn informed the meeting that David Turner, Chief Executive of NSC, gave a presentation to ALCA with reference to Parish Plans. NSC are to employ person to specifically link the Plans but what weight it will carry with the Planning Department remains uncertain.
2) A projector stand and photocopier now available to local organisation.
3) Church Walk-rubbish bin has been destroyed.
4) It was agreed that the website for the Council should be wringtonpc.org.uk.
5) Co-option. Unlikely that Mr. Tandy would be applying as despite retirement now working the Police authority again. The Clerk asked whether Cllr. Phillips would speak to Mrs. Howell on the matter as she expressed interest some months ago and then met with the Chairman.
Ms E P Irving