Minutes 24 September 2020

Online meeting of Abbots Morton Parish Council at 8:00PM on Thursday 24th September 2020 via ‘Zoom’

Minutes 09/2020

Present: Martin Willingale, Alan Shepherd, Nick Humphries
In attendance: David Hunter-Miller (Clerk), Audrey Steel (District Councillor), member of the public

1. Apologies for absence
It was resolved to approve apologies from Karen Brighton.

David Wilkinson (District Councillor) and Anthony Hopkins (County Councillor) had sent apologies.

2. Declarations of Interest
Nil declared.

3. Dispensations
Nil received.

4. Open Session
The meeting was adjourned for the open session.

4.1. District Councillors
Audrey Steel provided an update as follows:
• Wychavon District Council were working hard responding to the Coronavirus pandemic.
• The New Homes Bonus scheme was being closed down and any remaining monies were being put towards the Community Legacy Grant scheme (it was noted that Abbots Morton had already fully spent the funding available under the NHB scheme).
• Vic Allison had been appointed as Chief Executive of Wychavon District Council and Malvern Hills District Council.
• There were currently two consultations out regarding proposed planning reforms (item 7.4).

4.2. County Councillor
No report was available.

4.3. Police
No report was available.

4.4. Village Hall Committee
Coronavirus risk assessments had been undertaken, suitable control measures implemented and the hall was fully compliant with the latest legislation and guidance. Various classes were continuing at the hall (maintaining the correct precautions at all times).

4.5. Public participation
No questions were received.

The meeting resumed following the open session.

5. To consider and adopt the minutes from the Parish Council meeting on the 23rd July 2020
It was resolved to adopt the minutes as a true record and they were duly signed by the Chair.

6. Progress reports

6.1. Councillor vacancies
It was noted that there were still two vacancies on the Parish Council and enquiries from parishioners were welcomed.

7. Correspondence

7.1. Wychavon District Council: Invite to Parish and Town Council Event, Thursday 8th October from 6:00-8:00PM.
The above invite was noted and Councillors would endeavour to attend.

7.2. Wychavon District Council: Invite to South Worcestershire Development Plan Review Briefing, Wednesday 7th October 2020 6:00-7:30PM.
The above invite was noted and Councillors would endeavour to attend.

7.3. Wychavon District Council: Community Legacy Gant scheme, expressions of interest now open.
The above grant funding scheme was noted.

7.4. Wychavon District Council: Briefing note on the planning reforms consultations.
The Clerk would prepare a response to the two proposed planning reform consultations.

7.5. Worcestershire County Council: Update on the ‘Crowdfund Worcestershire’ initiative.
The above initiative was noted.

7.6. Worcestershire County Council: Parish winter newsletter.
The above newsletter was noted.

7.7. Worcestershire County Council: Invite to official launch event for the Public-Sector Energy Efficiency Programme (PEEP) Wednesday 1st October from 12:00-1:00PM.
The above invite was noted.

7.8. Worcestershire CALC: To note the latest training schedule.
The above training schedule was noted and Councillors were encouraged to attend relevant courses.

7.9. Resident: Reports of dangerous dogs preventing use of Public Rights of Way.
It was resolved to contact Wychavon District Council’s Dog Warden for further investigation and possible enforcement.

7.10. Resident: Reported water leak by the Old Manor, Abbots Morton (now resolved).
It was noted that this issue had now been resolved.

8. Planning

8.1. 20/01684/CU: The Big Barn, Morton Wood Lane, Abbots Morton, Worcester, WR7 4LU. Demolish existing shed in Paddock adjacent to house and replace with stable/tackroom/ride on mower & garden equipment storage with concrete base.
It was resolved that the Parish Council had no objections or concerns.

9. Parish matters for discussion/decision

9.1. Public Rights of Way: To consider maintenance and obstruction issues.
A number of issues on the PRoW network had been reported:
• Footpath 523, the style needs repairing (reported to Worcestershire County Council).
• Bridleway 513, a tree branch has broken in recent winds and is dangling precariously (Footpaths Officer will investigate).
• Footpaths 541 and 543 are becoming overgrown (volunteer work party to be arranged with Footpaths Officer).
• Footpath 534, fencing either side of the path has become damaged and now blocks the path (to be reported to Worcestershire County Council).

9.2. Accessibility Regulations: To note amendment of the Parish Council’s online accessibility statement with respect to PDF documents.
Scanned PDF documents are required as part of the audit process, but they do not comply with the Accessibility Regulations 2018. As such the Parish Council’s Accessibility Statement has been updated to confirm that such documents can be provided in an alternative format on request.

10. Finance

10.1. Budget expenditure
It was resolved to approve the budget expenditure.

10.2. Bank reconciliation
It was resolved to approve the bank reconciliation.

10.3. Invoices

10.3.1. David Hunter-Miller (salary and expenses): £414.86
10.3.2. HMRC (PAYE): £96.60
10.3.3. Luke Farnsworth (Lengthsman): £200.00
10.3.4. Graham Hobbs (planters): £34.09
10.3.5. Martyn Walton (planters): £40.00
It was resolved to settle the above invoices and cheques were duly signed.

11. Councillors’ reports and items for the next agenda
It was resolved to add the following items to the next agenda:
• Public Rights of Way maintenance and obstruction issues
• Reported dangerous dogs on Public Rights of Way

12. Date of the next meeting
The next scheduled meeting is at 8:00PM on Thursday 26th November 2020.

A resolution was passed to exclude members of the public due to the confidential nature of the following item.

13. Clerk’s contract: To consider and approve the NJC National Salary Award 2020-21.
It was resolved to approve the 2020/21 salary award (2.75% increase), backdated to 1st April 2020.

The meeting closed at 21:08PM.