Present: Mr D Purnell (Chairman).

Mr S Hale; Mr K Larkin; Mr D Palmer; & Mr L Smitherman.

District Councillor: Mr P Smith.

County Councillor: Dr J Cordwell.

The Clerk: Mr R Symons.

There were no members of the public in attendance.

  1. To receive and accept Apologies for absence.

Apologies were received and accepted from Mr K Brown; Mrs K Glancy; & District Councillor Mrs J Cordwell.

  1. Declaration of Interests. The Chairman invited members to declare any Interests relating to this Meeting. There were none.

  2. To approve and sign the Minutes of the Meeting held on held on 1 October 2012, as a true record. The Minutes of the October Ordinary Meeting had previously been distributed to all members and displayed on the public notice boards and the website. All members agreed the Minutes should be signed, as a true and accurate record. The Minutes were duly signed.

  1. The Council noted Matters arising from the Minutes, not covered by agenda items.

The Clerk referred to his Update Note, which had been issued prior to the Meeting. He had:

  1. The Chairman closed the Meeting for Public Discussion and Questions.

There was none. The Chairman re-opened the Meeting.

  1. The Council considered and commented upon the following Planning Applications:

Following discussion the Council agreed to Support the application on the grounds that it fully meets the three criteria set out in Stroud Local Plan Policy HN16. It was agreed that the conversion and extension of the garage will improve the current arrangements and in no way detract from the appearance & character of the area.

Following discussion The Council agreed to Support the application.

Following discussion The Council agreed to Support the application.

Following discussion The Council agreed to make No Comments.

  1. (A) The Council noted that Stroud District Planning Authority has agreed to give Permission for:

(B) The Council noted that Stroud District Planning Authority has agreed to award a Certificate of Lawfulness for a Proposed Use or Development in respect of:

  1. The Council received and discussed the “North Nibley Parish Council: Property Maintenance Plan”. Following discussion it was agreed that it was desirable to have a Plan which would assist the Council in planning and budgeting works to Council property. The Council agreed to adopt the Plan.

  1. The Council received a verbal update on proposals to construct a Parish Information Board. The Clerk reported that he had written to Gloucestershire Highways seeking permission to site the Information Board in an area adjoining the ‘bus stop shelter on the corner of Wotton Road and The Street. He was awaiting a response. Mr Smitherman reported that he had approached a local craftsman and was in the process of speaking to potential advertisers. He was optimistic that the project would be self funding.

The Clerk reported that he had budgeted for some expenditure in the 2013/14 financial year.

It was agreed that Mr Smitherman would do further work in obtaining figures and would report back to a future Meeting. Once an agreement was reached it was agreed that the Council would need to inform parishioners through “On The Edge” and the notice boards, to enable any business in the Parish to apply for advertising space. The Clerk also advised the Council that they would need to obtain three quotations for the work.

  1. Finances. The Council received a Report and papers from the Clerk.

  1. The Council received the “Tasks & Options Paper” (See aside) and after discussions agreed on the following decisions:

  1. Task B1. To construct an access pathway to the “new area” of the Cemetery.

It was agreed that this work should progress in one phase and, subject to finances, be completed in 2013/14. The Clerk advised the Council that in order to proceed three quotes would need to be obtained.

  1. Task B2. To carry out an assessment of the trees in the Cemetery. By Summer 2013.

  1. Task B3. To carry out any remedial work required as a result of (2) above.

  1. Task B4. To carry out repairs to the metal railings on the road side boundary of the Cemetery.

  1. Task B5. To renew the surface to the main pathway through the Cemetery.

  1. Task B6. To extend the “Garden of Remembrance”, by extending in the southern direction.

  1. Task B7. To carry out regular hedge trimming to boundary hedges; and ensure that pathways are kept clear of moss and weeds.

  1. Task B8. To carry out a “Risk Assessment” on the Cemetery.

  1. Task C. To purchase & erect a Parish information Board.

  1. Task D. Church Cemetery.

  1. Having taken decisions under (1) above, the Council received and discussed the “Budget & Precept Paper for 2013/14”. (See aside)

  1. After discussion the Council requested the Clerk to make amendments to the Draft Budgets for 2014/15 & 2015/16, to take account of decisions made under 10 (1) above.

  1. The Council approved the following payments as set out in the Payments Schedule.

  1. The Council noted that the Direct Debit for (£1,068.74) payable to the Public Works Loan Board in respect of the loan for the pavilion, had been taken on 1 November 2012.

  2. The Council noted that the Clerk had approved work in the Cemetery to cut back the hedge (adjoining Southwold House); and to remove moss from the main path through the Cemetery.

  1. The Council received a written District Council Report from District Council Mr Paul Smith. Following a brief discussion the Chairman thanked Councillor Mr Smith for his Report.

  1. The Council received a written County Council Report from County Councillor Dr J Cordwell. It was brought to the Council’s attention that the land slip at Waterley Bottom was being resolved following Cllr. Cordwell’s intervention. Following comments from the Councillors, the Chairman thanked Councillor Dr Cordwell for his report.

  1. The Chairman invited Parish Councillors to report on Committees and Meetings they had attended.

  1. The Council received for comments on the Stroud District Economic Assessment and Employment Land Study. The Council decided it did not wish to comment.

  1. The Council received a verbal Cemetery Report. The Clerk reported that he had Drafted Regulations and would be passing them to Mrs King for comment.

The Clerk requested the Council to consider a written request for an inscription on a plaque to be erected in the Garden of Remembrance. The inscription was approved.

  1. The Council received for information details of Correspondence & Messages. (See attached).

There being no further business the Chairman closed the Meeting at 8.55 pm.

The next Meeting of the Parish Council will be held in the Village Hall on Monday 3 December at 7.30 pm.