Minutes of a meeting of Wellington Heath Parish Council held on Tuesday 28th January 2020 in the Memorial Hall commencing at 7.30pm.
Present – Cllrs. J. Jones (in the Chair) R. Kitto (RK), D. Williams (DW) and Mark Beaumont (MB).
Also in attendance was the Clerk and parishioner Joe Kieran who expressed an interest in the present position regarding the Appeal by Bloor Homes over the proposed development at the Viaduct.
Minutes – The Minutes of the meeting held on 26th November 2019 were taken as read, confirmed and signed by the Chairman.
Declarations of Interest in items on the Agenda – None received.
Open Session – Unfortunately Cllr Liz Harvey was not in attendance.
Update on items –
Welcome Party – Parish Council providing refreshments, members of the Police will be in attendance including Estelle Stock to assist in the distribution of the Smart Water kit. Cllr Beaumont confirmed that some parishioners had already been in touch regarding this project.
Viaduct site – Notice of the appeal to the Secretary of State had been forwarded to all Councillors prior to the meeting. Appeal was lodged on 17th January 2020; opinions will be voiced by County Council who decided to reject the application. Rule 6 option where other agencies can make representations will be applicable and it will be interesting to see whether Ledbury Town Council are making a contribution to this debate, as the proposed development is within their area, rather than in the Parish Council’s catchment area.
The appeal hearing should take place sometime between 13-16 weeks from the Appeal date. Considerable amount of money involved; considered to be worth about £150/£200 million pounds to Bloor Homes. The project would also be valuable to Hereford Council and Bloor Homes would have to make a contribution to them which will probably be worth about £6 million in connection with the infrastructure. It is understood Bloor Homes have already donated about £1m regarding the canal being diverted under the viaduct. To date, only outline planning has been requested, this being in connection with the proposed access to the site.
It was agreed the Parish Council would endeavour to ascertain Ledbury Town Council’s proposals regarding the Appeal.
Vacancies on Parish Council – Following the resignation by Marc Low Hereford Council had been notified and a Notice of the vacancy has been placed on the Notice Board at the village hall. If there was no call for an election, the Parish Council would be free to co-opt.
Items for consideration –
- Twitter Account – six month’s trial period had expired and the question of whether to continue this was discussed. It was agreed to speak with Keith Hough and Peter Constantine to ascertain whether they have any feedback regarding the Parish Council use of this account.
- Notice Boards – it was agreed that many of the Parish Council’s notice boards had fallen into disrepair, and the need for the existing number of boards was queried. Cllr Williams agreed to make enquiries about metallic boards (rather than wooden ones) and ascertain whether there were any boards in the area which could be viewed prior to a decision being made to replace all four existing boards in the Parish, ie Horse Road junction, the Memorial Hall, top of the Common and at Dogberry. It was agreed the board in Church Road would not be replaced as surplus to requirements.
- Hills Ford rally – The Chairman advised Jeff Wheeler had spoken to all local Councils involved and there have been no objections so the proposal would be going ahead subject to agreement over closure of roads affected, not particularly those within our Parish.
- The Clerk to notify the Bank that Marc Low had resigned from the Parish Council and it was agreed to add Mark Beaumont as signatory on the Bank Account.
Financial matters – The Clerk presented the following accounts for payment
- Clerk Salary January 2020 £287.00.
- HMRC/PAYE £38.00.
- Donation to Ledbury Town Council £500.00.
- HALC Web hosting £55.00. + £11 vat.
- Beaumont, expenses re planning £17.68.
The Clerk advised the undermentioned payments had been made during December 2019 when no Parish Council meeting was held –
- Clerk Salary December £287.00.
- HMRC/PAYE £38.00.
These items were approved for payment on a proposal by the Chairman seconded by RK and carried and cheques signed accordingly.
Reports from Members of various Committee –
Memorial Hall – M. Beaumont advised that plans were well in hand for the welcome party, refreshments provided and badges for identification purposes would also be provided.
The Memorial Hall bank account with Virgin was being closed, new committee tasks had been allocated with MB having access to Google account, new risk assessment carried out and 5year electrical check completed. The main entrance code had been changed and an Inventory had been undertaken.
Footpaths – the Clerk had obtained a report from Allan Wood who had taken over some responsibilities following the resignation of Marc Low. Problems existed with the footpath at Ochre Hill. DW advised he had carried out an inspection reporting that the problem appears to be at the top end of Ochre Hill although he considered the steps quite safe. He agreed it required investigation by someone experienced in how to redirect water and hoped that this could be looked in to during the summer.
Planning – Cllr Williams advised that the Parish Council had raised no objections to the work at Uplands. The application at Rose Cottage had been granted with a list of conditions including landscaping, no external lighting and that the garage should never be converted into living accommodation.
With regard to the traffic problems experienced at Mortar Cottage, it was advised that a Traffic Order could be applied for at a minimum cost of several thousands of pounds. It was agreed to ask Paul Hunter from Herefordshire Council about getting advisory signs and on what land these could be positioned.
There being no further business the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 9.35pm.
Next meeting to take place on 24th March 2020.
Jennifer Jones 25th June 2020.