Agendas and Minutes

Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting of Wednesday March 8th 2017

Clerk to the Council: Graham Francis, 20 Berrow Court Gardens Walk UPTON-UPON-SEVERN WR8 0JP
Phone 01684 594931/07765 417734 e-mail


PRESENT: Cllrs. Colin Slater (Chairman), Pat Adams, Vanya Body, Claire Costello, Raine Cully,
Graham Francis (Clerk), and 25 members of the public

The meeting began with a presentation from Richard Leeding of British Telecom who explained the programme for the fibre optic Broadband coming to Froxfield

The Parish Meeting began at 8.00 pm

1.Apologies for absence: David Wilson (Work),

2. Minutes of meeting held on 11 January 2017
Minutes of the meeting held on 11 January were accepted as a correct record and signed by the Chairman

3 Declarations of Interest: There were none
To receive Declarations of Interest in accordance with the Parish Councils (Model Code of Conduct) Order 2001, revised 20

4. Matters outstanding from the last meeting:
The Chairman explained the current position regarding the Rudge Manor Solar Farm and announced the Community Benefit Deed amounting to £15,000 which was to come to the Parish. He asked members of the audience to give some thought as to how this money might be spent to the benefit of the community.

Cllr Body reported that 108 individual suggestions had been received showing interest in restoring the Water Meadows. Money from ARK and the North Wessex Downs AONB was available for preparatory work and would fund a landscape architect to visit the site and suggest potential. Cllr Body said that there was a small group of interested people who would be prepared to help.

5. Planning:
Planning approval from Wiltshire Council
16/08412/FUL Replacement of windows and door on the front of the property at 31 Bath Road Froxfield
16/12500/VAR Lightsource Renewable Energy Ltd Land at Rudge Manor Farm - Variation of conditions 2 and 3 of planning permission E/2012/0946/FUL to extend the
permitted operational period of Rudge Manor Solar Farm

6. Co-option:
The Clerk explained that it was not possible to co-opt for vacancies on the Council as we were within 6 months of an election. Anyone interested in serving as a Councillor and who was on the Electoral Parish roll could file nomination papers up to 4.00 pm on 4 April 2017. If more than 7 nominations were submitted there would be an election on Thursday 4 May but if only 7 nominations were received those 7 persons would become elected members on the Council.

7 Defibrillator:
Cllr Adams reported that the defibrillator was now in store together with a yellow cabinet and a DVD for training purposes. The British Heart Foundation who have funded the defibrillator insist on training courses for local people. The Clerk was asked to add this to the list of Council assets. GF

8 Marlborough Area Board:
Cllr Costello had circulated the minutes of the previous meeting by e-mail

9 Notice Boards:
Cllr Adams informed the meeting that Planning permission was not required for placing a Notice Board on The Green. She will be contacting a local contractor to construct a Parish Notice Board.

10 Parish e-mail address:
Cllr Costello reported that the response to her suggestion for a parish e-mail address had been very disappointing but she was prepared to try again. She felt that it was an important way to communicate with parishioners.

11 Finance:
a) Present financial position: Parish Account £6,449.40
b) Payments G Francis ½ year expenses £121.67
Lorraine Saville website £70.20
Lorraine Saville website domain name 17.99
All Saints LCC donation 1,000.00

c) Receipts NIL

The payments at (b) were approved by Cllr Slater, seconded by Cllr Body and agreed nem con.

d) Bank reconciliation Cllr Adams checked the statements and signed them off

12 Correspondence, matters of parochial interest and items for next agenda:
Cllr Adams had received two quotations for refurbishment of the picnic benches on The Green. After debate it was agreed that Dave Kearey be awarded the work for £135. PA

Mindy Milne raised the costs of cleaning the churchyard and the £600 shortfall. The Chairman suggested that this might come out of the Community benefit payment. A cheque for £1,000 was given to Mindy Milne as agreed at the last meeting.

13 Dates of next meetings –
The next meetings of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 10 May at 7.30 pm (ANNUAL PARISH MEETING) followed by the Annual Meeting of the Council when a Chairman will be elected. The following meeting will be on Wednesday 12 July at 7.30 pm.

There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 20.30

Note: All initials in Bold Type require Action

Signed……………………………..... Chairman Date………………………