Meeting of Abbots Morton Parish Council on Thursday 28th September 2017 at 8PM in Abbots Morton Village Hall
Present: Nick Humphries (Chairman), Richard Whitlow, Will Hill
In attendance: David Hunter-Miller (Clerk), Anthony Hopkins (County Councillor), Audrey Steel (District Councillor), David Wilkinson (District Councillor)
1. Apologies for absence
Apologies were received from Clive Holt.
2. Declarations of interest
4. To consider and adopt the minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 27th July 2017.
The minutes were agreed as a true record and signed by the Chairman.
5. Progress reports
1. Casual vacancies
It was confirmed that there were three vacancies on the Parish Council. No applications had been received.
6. Open Session:
1. To receive reports from County Councillor, District Councillors and Police
Anthony Hopkins provided an update on the activities of the County Council. A review of funding for schools was being undertaken. A transport study had been commissioned for Evesham to look at congestion issues in the area. Meetings had taken place to look at options for reducing the number of vehicle accidents on the A442.
Audrey Steel promoted ‘Wellbeing Week’ (9th to 15th of October 2017, further details on the Wychavon District Council website). It was confirmed that Wychavon District Council had given permission for a new crematorium at Fladbury.
David Wilkinson confirmed that funding was still available to progress a Neighbourhood Development Plan.
2. Public participation
Members of the public voiced strong concern at uncontrolled aggressive dogs that had been getting out onto the road and public footpaths through the village. Concern was also raised that the dogs were barking constantly, sometimes through the night. It was confirmed that this would be discussed further under agenda item 7.2.
A member of the public asked for an update on fibre broadband, it was noted that there had been delays in getting this to the village and an implementation date of early 2018 looked likely.
7. Correspondence received:
1. Bridleway AM-513: to consider correspondence received regarding vegetation clearance.
The Clerk confirmed that the obstructive vegetation had been reported to Worcestershire County Council who are looking to undertake vegetation clearance winter 2017.
2. Footpath AM-509: to consider reported nuisance dogs.
Audrey Steel would raise the matter with the dog warden at Wychavon Council.
Anthony Hopkins would review the impact on the Public Right of Way network with the County Council’s Countryside Team.
It was confirmed that residents would have to contact Environmental Health directly regarding the noise complaints.
1. 17/01465/HP, 17/01466/LB – The Old Manor, Abbots Morton Road, Abbots Morton, Worcester, WR7 4NA. Repairs and alterations to existing dwelling, removal of conservatory and construction of a replacement rear extension.
The Council supported the application noting that a great deal of care and consideration had been put into the scheme and that the proposals would enhance and preserve the listed building. The only concern previously raised was at the proposed access, which has been removed from the scheme.
9. Website: to consider the appointment of a website designer following successful ‘transparency funding’ grant application.
It was agreed to appoint Eyelid Productions to design the new website. It would be queried if the current website content and address could be utilised.
10. Parish Paths Warden: to receive an update on the vacancy.
It was confirmed that the County Council were interviewing a potential candidate for this role and it was anticipated that further information would be available at the next Parish Council meeting.
1. Clerk’s salary and expenses – £414.80
2. HMRC PAYE – £72.60
3. Information Commissioner – £35.00
4. Allen Farnsworth (Lengthsman) – £202.00
All of the above payments were agreed and cheques duly signed.
5. To consider the External Auditor’s report
The external auditors report was noted, there were no recommendations or actions arising.
6. To consider the Clerk’s salary following completion of CiLCA
A resolution was passed to exclude members of the public due to the confidential nature of this item.
The Council reviewed the Clerk’s salary and agreed an increase to salary scale point 25 (NJC 2017) with immediate effect.
12. Councillors’ reports and items for the next agenda
It was agreed to add ‘nuisance dogs’ as an item for the next agenda.
13. Date of the next meeting
The next meeting is scheduled for 8:00PM on Thursday 23rd November 2017.
The meeting closed at 9:16PM.