North Nibley Parish Council



Present: Mrs EA James (Chairman); Mr D Purnell; Mr K Brown; Mrs K Glancy;

Mrs A Hale; Mrs. P Kelly; & Mr D Palmer.

The Clerk: Mr R Symons.

  1. To Receive and Accept Apologies for absence.

The following apologies were accepted:

District Councillors: Mrs J Cordwell; Mr P Smith; & Mr A O’Connor.

County Councillor: Dr. J Cordwell.

  1. Declaration of Interests.

The Chairman invited members to declare any interests. Mr Purnell declared an Interest in Agenda Item 10.

  1. To Approve and Sign the Minutes of the Meeting held on held on 7 March 2011, as a true record.

The Minutes had previously been distributed to all members and displayed on 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 that were not covered by agenda items.

The Clerk’s Update Note, which had been issued prior to the Meeting, informed the Council that he :

  1. Has written to Stroud DC Housing about the Lay-by on New Road (Minute 6/02/2011), setting out the Parish Council’s concerns about the state of the surface. He is awaiting a reply.

  2. and Mr Ken Brown met with Andrew Armstrong, Gloucestershire County Council Archaeological Adviser, at Breakheart Hill (Minute 15/02/2011), on Monday 28 March. As a result the Council has been given the go ahead to level one of the mounds on condition that the other mound should be left untouched. This has been agreed on condition that Mr Armstrong oversees the work and that should archaeological remains be discovered the Council will have to discontinue. Mr Brown will arrange for scrap metal to be removed and for the trees to be tidied up. The Clerk also reported that he had received an estimate for fencing along the bottom of the field.

  3. has spoken to Gloucestershire CC Rights of Way about the state of Wood Lane and they have advised him that the “work is in the pipeline to be done”.

  1. has written to Severn Trent Water to ascertain the cost of installing a water supply at the Council land on Breakheart Hill and is awaiting a reply.

    1. has informed the Gloucestershire CC that the Council has agreed to pay for a directional sign to Tyndale Monument to be located on the Island.

  1. has written to the Recreation Field Trust to seek their agreement to planting a tree in memory of Edna Purnell, on the Recreation Field in an area near the School. Having checked the covenant he can find nothing which prevents a tree being planted. He advised that before proceeding, the Council should check with the School Governors. Mrs Hale agreed to take this forward. Following discussion Mr Purnell agreed to give further thought to the type of tree the Council should plant. (Minute 12(4)/ 03/2011).

  1. The Meeting was closed for Public Discussion and Questions.

Mrs Glancy said that she had been approached concerning the walk way access to the play area outside the Village Hall. The Clerk informed the Council that he was aware that Mr Earle (Village Hall Management Committee) had raised this matter with an officer from Stroud DC and agreed that they would be putting in a footway. As there had been no progress the Clerk agreed to approach Stroud DC.

  1. The Parish Council considered and commented upon the following Planning Application received from Stroud District Council:

Following discussion the Council decided to make No Observations on this application.

  1. The Council noted that Stroud District Council Planning has given Listed Building consent for S.11/0124/LBC. “Forthay, Forthay, North Nibley”. “For the installation of en-suite shower room into master bedroom”.

  1. Finance.

  1. The Council approved the following Invoices and drew up cheques to make payments for:

  1. Cemetery Council Tax for 2011/12. (LGA 1972 S. 214)

  2. Cemetery Clerk’s Salary & Expenses (Year 2010/11). (LGA 1972 S.214).

  3. Clerk’s salary (Quarter 4) 2010/11. (LGA 1972 S. 112(2)).

  4. Clerk’s expenses (Quarter 4) 2010/11. (LG (FP) Act 1963).

  1. Following discussion the Council agreed to approve expenditure for the following ground works on Parish Council land at Breakheart Hill:

  1. The estimated cost (£160 plus VAT) of fencing the bottom boundary fence of the field;

  2. The estimated cost (£400 plus VAT) of hiring a JCB and operator to level the field.

  1. Following discussion the Council agreed to authorise the Clerk to purchase a laminator at a cost of up to £30.

  1. The Council agreed that the Chairman and Vice Chairman should meet with the Clerk to review his year’s work.

  1. The Council received a verbal report on the Cemetery. Following discussion it was noted that:

The Council agreed the wording for an Inscription on an existing memorial for Mrs Edna Purnell

  1. The Council received a written report on Correspondence received by the Council. See report aside.

The Chairman announced that Mrs Hale had decided not to stand in the forthcoming Parish Council elections. She thanked Mrs Hale for her contribution as a Councillor over the previous 4 years.

The Chairman also announced that she had also decided not to stand. Councillors expressed their surprise and thanked Mrs James for all her work both as a Councillor and in recent years as the Chairman.

The Meeting ended at 9.15pm.

The next Meeting of the Parish Council will be the Annual Meeting of the Council and will be held in the Village Hall on Monday 9 May 2011 at 7.30 pm.