Minutes 18th November 2014

Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held in Bromsberrow Village Hall
on Tuesday 18th November 2014

Present:
Chairman G Watson
Councillors D Hunter D Morgan
J Stephens N Terry

Also Present D Baldwin Clerk to the Council
Councillor S Roberts Ward Member

1. Apologies for absence -: Apologies were received and accepted for Councillor J Rann and E Wilson .

2. To receive Declarations of Interest.
No Declarations of Interest were received at this point in the meeting.

3. Public Participation
No members of the public present wish to speak.

4. Minutes
Correction to agenda item 6, should read a donation of £400. The minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on the 16th September 2014, as amended, were confirmed and approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman. Unanimous

5. Parish Defibrillators
Councillor Hunter informed the council that the Parish Council had been had awarded a grant of £1000 from the Mike Ellis Memorial Fund. Councillor Rann had advised that the defibrillators would be fitted the following week. It was agreed that the training session for both Councillors and residents should be scheduled for the New Year and needed to be advertised by a leaflet drop and posters on the notice boards.
RESOLUTION: That a training session and a leaflet drop be organised in the New Year.

6. Recycling Banks
The Clerk informed Councillors that two plastic bottle recycling banks had been delivered to the Village Hall. Unfortunately the site at the village shop was not feasible as it is a commercial premise. Notices had been placed on both notice boards and at the village shop.

7. Dog Waste Bags
The clerk reported that the degradable dog waste bags had been delivered and, as there is no assessable area to store the bags at the village hall, given to the village shop for distribution. Councillors were asked to consider the purchase of a dog waste bag dispensing unit for installation at the village hall. It was felt that this would be of benefit for the hall.
RESOLUTION: That the Dog Waste bag dispenser, at a cost of £78, be purchased for the village hall on the understanding that the Village Hall Committee purchase all future the waste bags.

8. Bus Shelter
Councillor Stephens highlighted the dirty condition of the Bus Shelter in Brosberrow Heath and requested that the Parish Council look into obtaining a quotation for cleaning.
RESOLUTION: This item be deferred to the next meeting in order to obtain a quotation.

9. Communication
The deadline for publication in the Five Parish Magazine for the following months magazine is before the Parish Council meeting, therefore the report would not appear until two months hence. Therefore the Parish Council report would be old news and maybe irrelevant.
RESOLUTION: That a request to extend the deadline be sent to the five parish magazine.

10. Village Community Shop
The legal advice received on the possible purchase of Village the Community Shop Shares by Parish Council was that this was unwise and suggested that if Councillors wished to support the scheme that they purchase shares individually.

11. IT Equipment
The Clerk had been unable to obtain three quotes.
RESOLUTION: That this item be deferred to the next meeting.

12. Planning

12.1 Planning Applications

1) Site Haygrove Bromsberrow, Wood End Street, Bromsberrow Heath.
Description Erection of Polytunnels to cover Sweet Cherry Orchard
P1615/14/FUL Bromsberrow Parish Council had the following comments to make on this application
Application Form
Trade effluent box not ticked, which is it?

Pump
Location: Where will it be situated?
Times: What times will it be in operation?
Noise Emissions: What level of noise? Minimal noise stated to vague.

Full Design Access Statement
Question the Statement on:
1. Economic needs impact: Development & diversification of rural business providing local jobs. Will it?
2. Landscape & Visual Impact: There will be some, subjective views expressed in the report minimises the likely effects but are by definition questionable.
3. Residential Amenity: Location and noise level of the pump.
Water pollution: Fertiliser treatments into runoff.

Did the consultation with local people and the Parish Council take place? The PC know of no consultation taking place, certainly not with the PC.

Landscape and Visual impact Assessment
The area under polythene will be 10 times the current tunnels. This is a fundamental impact.
The Assessment is by the applicant appointed Landscape architect, the FODDC were invited to discuss the scope of the LVIA , no response was received and it was based on the author’s assessment.
The statement says that the applicant should consult with the local community prior to the submission of the application. The applicants of Grove House were consulted but whom else?
Visibility on the day of assessment was affected by the haze.
High Impact
Predicted effect would be moderate to high on surrounding area
Visible from Chase end Hill, all photographs obviously show the land without the polytunnels in place, therefore impact is difficult to assess. Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Have they been consulted?
Visual impact on what was a beautiful and diverse orchard with abundant wildlife.

The PC has concerns over the runoff into the pond. From local knowledge the soil is sand and during heavy rains the runoff is considerable. Chapel pitch floods every time as the culvert can’t cope.

It has also been noted that the original Plum trees and been removed and the cherry trees and the infrastructure are already in place ahead of the application. Most of the work has already been done. Unanimous

12.2 Planning Decisions from Forest of Dean District Council
There were no planning decisions received. .
12.3 Electronic Planning Applications
Councillors received the information that Forest of Dean District Council are considering sending planning applications electronically and ceasing to provide paper copies.
RESOLUTION: That the information be noted.

13. Highways

13.1 Highways Reports
Actions: Clerk to report: Verge damage at the junction of Beech lane with the A417, white lines missing on A417.
13.2 Speeding through Bromsberrow Heath
The Clerk reported that Gloucester Police are planning to fit a speed survey box on Beech lane. Once information had been gathered and confirms that there is a problem the next stage will be to schedule a mobile speed camera unit to catch and prosecute offenders. Councillors also felt that Speed Indicator Device should be investigated.
RESOLUTION: That the Clerk be instructed to investigate the cots and option of Speed Indicator Devices.

14. Correspondence
Councillors reviewed the list of correspondence received.
Carol Service Chairman of Forest of Dean District Council, Rural Services Newsletters, Pathways Newsletter, Lead Local Flood Authority.
Resolution: That the list of correspondence be noted.

15 Financial Items

15.1 Summary of Receipts and Payments
Councillor Hunter presented a summary of the Receipts and Payments as of the 6th November 2014 showing a balance of £7597.80
RESOLUTION: That the summary be approved and signed by the Chairman.
15.2 Invoices for Payment
Councillor D Hunter presented a list of invoices for payment.
RESOLUTION: That the Parish Council approve the payment of invoices in the total of £539.98

16 Matters to be raised for the next meeting
Parish Defibrillators
Speed Limit enforcement
IT Equipment.
Dog Waste bags
Budget 2015/16
Bus Shelter

17. Date of the next meeting
The date of the next meeting is currently scheduled for the 13th January 2015.
Meeting closed at 9.45pm