March 2017
Tuesday, 19:30
The Village Hall, Wixford

Parish Council Meeting

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of Wixford Parish Council

Tuesday 14th March 2017 at 7.30pm

Present: Councillors Dean Morris (in the Chair), Jon Haworth, Colin Hales & Andrew Reekes. Clerk: Simone Bush. SDC Cllr Sue Adams. WCC Cllr Mike Brain

In attendance: 2 members of the public.

  1. Apologies:  Cllr Jack Fryer.
  2. Disclosure of Interests. Councillors are asked to declare personal interests in any items on the agenda. Councillors are reminded that the Code of Conduct that takes effect from September 2012 provides that should they have a prejudicial interest in any matter under discussion they should withdraw from the room and not seek to influence a decision about the matter.

None declared.

  1. SDC & WCC Cllrs reports: Cllr Sue Adams reported a 2% increase this year which

equates to £1713.55 on a Band D property in Wixford. Recycling: SDC now 7th in the Country.  Dog Warden posters given for noticeboard.  Community Forum meeting held in Bidford this evening.  Planning application for Roses Orchard for change of use has been turned down. Gypsy and Traveller site at Croft Lane is now a permanent site.  Cllr Adams has Chaired 2 contentious licensing reviews, Union Bar and Bamboodle. Governor of SW Foundation Trust, new hospital unit is near completion and will open in June.

Due to boundary changes this is the last time Cllr Brain will attend Wixford PC, he will continue to include Wixford in the road resurfacing plans.  PC thanked Cllr Brain for all of his help.

Community speedwatch guns were reported at Community Forum meeting earlier this evening – scheme needs 6 local people to allow a scheme to operate & training will then take place.  Alcester have guns available if Wixford is interested in implementing a scheme.  Request for volunteers to go in the next newsletter.

  1. Comments from the public:

Wilcox & Allen Trust  update was requested – Cllr Haworth reported this would be actioned this month.  No revised planning application has yet been received for the Three Horseshoes Caravan Park (Cllrs Morris & Haworth declared interest) – comments were raised regarding the lighting.  PC confirmed nothing official has yet been received for comment.

  1. Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held 10th January 2017.

Resolved a true & accurate record,  Chairman signed the Minutes.

  1. Matters arising:

WCC Highways invoice for works / confirmation of plans:  PC resolved that they will not pay this invoice as they don’t believe the works have been carried out & no action to be taken by the Clerk at this time.  Agreed that the revised plans are now correct.

Cllr Haworth updated the PC on the village noticeboard – the replacement cost of a new one in keeping with the village is very expensive but PC agreed the existing one can be refurbished, Clerk to obtain some quotes – request the refurbishment be completed without taking it down & include new brass lettering to be put on it also. Cllr Haworth will liaise  with suppliers.

PCSO Rebecca Morris to be invited to attend May APM  to address questions re. parking issues.

  1. Finance:

Resolved: PC approved the following cheques for payment:-

Clerk Feb & March                                                                                       £311.58

Feb & March office Expenses                                                                   £22.84

SDC Core Strategy                                                                                      £28.25

Wixford News                                                                                               £25.06

Wixford Village Hall                                                                                     £195.00

PC received the finance report, noted submission of pension compliance declaration and notex Government decision not to cap parish council precepts & appoint internal auditor.

Gateway sign: a 3rd one is to be installed, agreed to wait until 30mph sign be installed so it can be correctly located.  Clerk to ascertain whether there is any legal or other requirement as to where gateways are located in relation to speed / other signage & inform Highways that the PC are considering a sign at the Grafton Rd (Evesham Rd ) entrance to the Village, can it be included with the new signage being installed.

Resolved PC appoint Kenneth Dunne as this years Internal Auditor at a cost of £60. 

  1. Planning: no items to discuss. 
  1. To deal with any correspondence
  • Core Strategy received.
  • SDC Dog Warden / WCC Rural Growth Plan survey

Meeting closed at  8.00pm.