Present: Mr D Purnell (Chairman).

Mr K Brown; Mrs K Glancy; 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 was one member of the public in attendance.

  1. To receive and accept Apologies for absence.

An apology was received and accepted from 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. The Council noted the contents of Peter Woodcock’s letter on “The Code of Conduct for Members: Declarations of Interests”. It was confirmed that the Council met the requirements of Mr Woodcock’s letter. There were no training needs identified for Councillors

  3. To approve and sign the Minutes of the Meeting held on held on 5 November 2012, as a true record. The Minutes of the November 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:

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

The Chairman invited Mr David Ashbee, Cotswold Warden for North Nibley & Stancombe, to address the Council. Mr Ashbee introduced himself having been recently appointed to take on the oversight of the Dursley to Stancombe part of the Cotswold Way. Mr Palmer explained his role as Parish Councillor with responsibilities for footpaths in the Parish. They exchanged contact details. The Chairman thanked Mr Ashbee, who then left the Meeting.

The Chairman re-opened the Meeting.

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

Following a short discussion The Council agreed to Support the application.

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

(B) The Council noted that Listed Building Consent has been granted in respect of:

(C) The Council also noted that since the Agenda was issued Stroud District Planning Authority has agreed to:

  1. The Council received a written District Council Report from District Council Mrs June Cordwell, who was not present due to ill health. . Following a brief discussion the Chairman conveyed his thanks to Councillor Mrs Cordwell for her Report and on behalf of the Council wished her a speedy recovery.

  1. The Council received a written County Council Report from County Councillor Dr John Cordwell. It was brought to the Council’s attention that Wotton under Edge Town Council had set up a Meeting with Western Power Distribution to discuss problems with intermittent power supplies in the area. A representative from the Parish Council was invited to attend. Following discussions about similar experiences in North Nibley and problems due to a lack of prior consultation, Mr Hale agreed that he would represent the Council at the Meeting.

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

  1. The Clerk reported that several parishioners had brought to his attention their concerns about the speed of vehicles travelling on the B4060 through the Village. The particular concerns were about vehicles travelling up New Road and entering the Village from the Stinchcombe direction. The Clerk reported he had used his recent attendance at the Highways Event (see Item 11 above) to agree a meeting between Councillors and Highways representatives to discuss the problem on site. Following discussion it was agreed that the Clerk should arrange a Meeting so that 2 or 3 Councillors could be in attendance. County Councillor Cordwell also expressed a wish to be present.

  1. Parish Council Finances.

  1. The Council received for information copies of the Parish Council’s Provisional Budget for 2012/13; and Draft Budgets for 2013/14 & 2014/15 (see aside). These had previously been discussed and set at the November Meeting (Minute 10(2)/11/2012).

  1. The Council discussed and approved the Invoices and drew up cheques for items on the enclosed Payments Schedule.

  1. The Council received a verbal report from the Clerk. He reported:

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

At the request of Councillors the Clerk read out an exchange of emails between himself and a parishioner. The Council noted the documents.

Mr Brown brought to the Council’s attention problems that large vehicles are experiencing in driving along the main B4060 (North Nibley Wotton under Edge road) towards Wotton. Overhanging trees are forcing vehicles to drive near the middle of the road, thus causing danger to oncoming vehicles. Mr Brown provided a list to the Clerk who agreed to take up the matter with Gloucestershire Highways.

There being no further business the Chairman closed the Meeting at 9.05 pm.

The next Meeting of the Parish Council will be held in the Village Hall on Monday

7 January 2013 at 7.30 pm.