WELLINGTON HEATH ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting of Wellington Heath Parish Council held on Monday 25th April 2022 in the Memorial Hall commencing at 7.30pm.
In attendance – Cllrs. J. Jones, D. Williams, R. Barnes and H. Tierney.
An apology for inability to attend was received from Cllr. J. Tearle.
Also in attendance were six members of the public, PC Mark Stokes, County Councillor Liz Harvey and the Clerk.
Agenda items –
- PC Mark Stokes, Rural and Business Crime Officer, West Mercia Police at Ledbury attended giving a talk on the Smartwater Project which the Parish Council had undertaken a couple of years ago. He advised on the benefits of the Smartwater marking which he indicated should last up to ten years. He also advised on rural crime locally and in Herefordshire and displayed certain items which might be of benefit to members of the public to help deter crime against them. The Council have a limited supply of Smartwater for anyone who would like to obtain one. Should you be interested, please contact the Parish Council Chairman on 01531 632569. A question/answer session took place and PC Mark Stokes left the meeting at approximately 8.10pm.
- Annual Report – the Chairman of the Parish Council reported as follows:
- Village Signs had been renovated and she advised that a donation towards this project had gratefully been received from the Three Shires Rally. She also advised that the Rally would take place again this year on 18th September 2022 and that public meetings would take place for local residents. Wellington Heath Parish Council were hopeful of arranging a meeting about the rally in the Memorial Hall.
- Notice boards – one new board had been purchased and the others had been repaired/renovated.
- Verge cutting – after the trial run of cutting the verges once during the year 2021, it had been agreed to revert back to two cuts during the current year.
- A new Lengthsman had been appointed – David Cooke. Cllr. Barnes has been discussing both the project, insurance and work load with him. The Parish Council had applied for a Drainage grant Offer under the Lengthsman Scheme run by Balfour Beatty/Hereford Council as it was obvious that flooding was a real problem in some areas of the Parish during heavy storms.
- The oak tree is to have a new appearance later in the year. David Darwood had obtained Grants towards this project and thanks were expressed to him (in attendance) for all his hard work in achieving these grants. In future the tree will be called “the Jubilee Oak Tree”.
- The Clerk circulated “draft” accounts for the year ending 31st March 2022 and reported on the cost of some items, particularly the increase in the Council’s Insurance following the claim for damage to the Bench situate adjacent to the notice board at the top of The Common.
Public Question time – A local resident, who had moved into the Village approximately six months, ago queried the problem with speeding traffic. Cllr Harvey advised that Bloor Homes would shortly be commencing work on the roundabout for the viaduct site and that this might exacerbate the problem of speeding traffic using the village as a rat-run. She advised there are traffic calming requests in and around Ledbury and that she would support a Parish Council request for some type of speeding project in the Parish before Bloor started work. Suggestions for traffic calming included a “20 is plenty” speed restriction through parts of the Parish, laying of rubber speed bumps on roads and it was agreed that some traffic calming should be included on the Agenda for the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council on 30th May 2022 in the hope that this could be achieved before Bloor commence development of the site. Cllr Harvey advised that a detailed planning application may be filed during May for the viaduct site and noted that there is an option to open a second access into the site under the viaduct but she was not sure how this would be achieved.
Resignation of Cllr. David Williams – Last, but certainly not least, the Chairman advised that it was with regret that Cllr David Williams’ resignation from the Parish Council after approximately seven years had been received. The Chairman, Councillors, Cllr Harvey and the Clerk thanked David for his many years of service on the Council during which time he had been Chairman of the Neighbourhood Development Plan Committee, Chairman of the Planning Committee and Vice Chairman of the Parish Council.
Peter Constantine (in attendance) proposed a vote of thanks to David for his hard work on behalf of the whole Parish. This was unanimously carried.
Cllr Harvey then offered a vote of thanks to the Parish Council as a whole commenting on the high level of comments received on planning applications and the work of all the Councillors stating that “it was a pleasure to work with the Council”. This was much appreciated by all in attendance.
There being no further business, the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 9pm.
Jennifer Jones 30th May 2022.