Parish Council Meeting, 7.30pm, Thursday, 1st April
Present: G. Herbert, S. Bust, N. Armstrong,
A. Fraser, A. Paris, I. Sharman.
Appointment of New Councillor: An election
for a new Parish Councillor is to be held on Thursday 29th of April
as 10 or more parishioners had written to the District Council requesting
Lottery Funding & Village Hall: Mr. Fraser
said he was waiting for firmer plans before pursuing this further.
Parish Plan: The wording for the front page
was agreed. The questions regarding the new Village Hall proposal
would be added and the supplementary questionnaire sent out.
Open Gardens: It was reported that due to a
shortage of volunteer gardens, this event would not be taking place
this year. A big thank you to all who have been involved over the
past ten years. From the gardeners to stall organisers, and carpark
attendants to tea makers, your help in making the past events so
successful and raising funds for the village has been greatly appreciated.
It was hoped that some village event could be organised in 2005
with input from the Village Events committee.
Allotments: Mrs. Armstrong reported that the
District Council will be removing the rubbish shortly. Mr. Bust
is to liaise with Ed Gathercole to source new quicksets for the
hedge and have them planted at the appropriate time. A maximum budget
of £150 was agreed.
Hatched Lines Outside Pub: It seems they are
'for information only' and have no legal enforceability.
Overhanging Hedges: A hazardous incident involving
overhanging hedges was reported to the meeting. Mr. Paris agreed
to have any offending hedges cut back as a matter of urgency.
It was reported that an application for an extension
of Old Forge, Gray Lane, had been approved by the District Council.
1. Proposed dwelling, land adjacent to Thornholme,
Gray Lane: Passed 4 for, 1 against, with one abstention. A parishioner
expressed his objections on the grounds of the negative impact on
his amenities, the size of the proposed house and removal of mature
hedges. The previous owner of the site informed the meeting that
conditions of size and location of any new dwelling had been put
on the land when it was sold.
2. Construction of stable block Forge Cottage,
Gray Lane: Passed unanimously.
3. Proposed 2 storey extension to the rear, single
storey porch to front and new windows, Holbeck Cottage, St. Michael's
Close: Rejected unanimously on the grounds of loss of amenities
of the neighbouring old peoples' bungalows.
Items for the next Agenda
1. A possible breach of planning regulations behind
Forge Cottage is to be investigated.
2. Neighbourhood Watch - in light of the recent car
break-ins in the village, the scheme will be 'revitalised' as soon
3. Parish Plan Volunteer sheets - 39 completed sheets
have been passed to the Chairman offering to volunteer for a variety
of tasks.Thank you all for your responses and offers of help. The
Chairman will be liaising with these volunteers shortly. Anyone
else who would like to help in the parish can contact Mrs. Herbert
Date of Next Meeting: Thursday 13th May at
This is the Annual Parish Council meeting at which the Council's
officers are elected.