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.

Burial Clerk: Mrs M King.

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. Mr Brown declared that he had an Interest in Item 8.

  2. To approve and sign the Minutes of the Meeting held on held on 3 December 2012, as a true record. The Minutes of the December 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 advised that:

  1. The Chairman closed the Meeting for Public Discussion and Questions. There being no public discussion or questions the Chairman re-opened the Meeting.

  1. The Council considered and commented upon the following Planning Applications & Application for a Certificate of Existing Lawful use/development. :

Following a full discussion and consideration of the statements and location plan BEH1, submitted in support of the Application the Council decided to make the following observations:

(1) In his statement Mr Howard Cowles says (point 4) "I have never practised an agricultural trade or business". This statement is also supported in the statement by Gladys Cowles (also at point 4). The Council is aware that Mr. Cowles has operated a business selling firewood/logs from this site for many years and has stored wood within the grounds of Glendale, for the purpose of operating that business. This point has not been covered in these statements. (2) The Council has also had brought to its attention by parishioners that the Applicant has constructed a residential building on this site and to their knowledge a planning application has not been submitted. That building is not shown on the attached plan”.

The Chairman closed the Meeting and invited the Applicant to speak. The applicant explained that he was content to respond to any questions raised by the Council. In response to questions by Councillors the applicant explained the proposed changes to vehicle access to the property. He also was able to point out the other proposed changes to the property. After a full discussion the Council Agreed to Support the application.

The Council consider that the planned development is consistent with Stroud Local Plan Policy HN16. The removal of the garage entrance to the side of the building will significantly improve the safety of the highway. No longer will cars emerge/enter directly to/from "The Street". The planned development is fully in keeping with the existing building and visually will be an improvement on the current arrangement.

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

  1. Mr Brown, having previously declared an Interest in this item, left the room at this point in the Meeting.

The Council discussed the inclusion of application S.12/2051/HHOLD at the forthcoming Stroud District Council Development Change Committee on 8 January 2013. The Council agreed that the Clerk should speak on behalf of the Council in support of the application.

Mr Brown returned to the Meeting.

  1. The Clerk informed the Council about the situation in Wood Lane. Information received from Gloucestershire County Council Rights of Way revealed that much of the land on the right bank of Wood Lane was “Unregistered”. The Clerk also advised the Council that he had written to Mr Walsh regarding the ownership of the unregistered land. The Clerk is still trying to track the owner of the areas which have been registered. Following a brief discussion the Council agreed that if ownership couldn’t be ascertained the Council should consider making an application to the Land Registry to register the Parish Council as the owner. During discussion it was pointed out that with ownership of the land came responsibility for the trees and damage caused by trees falling. The Clerk said that Parish Council insurance considerations were also relevant. It was agreed that such matters were important to take into consideration at the appropriate time. The Clerk agreed to keep the Council informed.

  1. The Council received a brief verbal report from District Council Mr P Smith. Mr Smith advised the Council that budgetary discussions were currently underway within the District Council following the government’s funding announcements.

  1. The Council received a written County Council Report from County Councillor Dr John Cordwell. Dr Cordwell said that a meeting with Wales & West Utilities regarding planned works in Wotton under Edge, had been inconclusive. The Chairman thanked Dr Cordwell for his Report.

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

  1. Parish Council Finances.

  1. The Council approved the Invoices and drew up cheques for the following items which were listed on the enclosed Payments Schedule:

  1. Garden Supplies. Work on the Cemetery as instructed.

  2. Mr R V Symons: Clerk’s Salary Quarter three 2012/13.

  1. The Post Office: Clerk’s PAYE Quarter three 2012/13

  1. Mr R V Symons: Clerk’s Expenses Quarter three 2012/13.

  1. Mr D Palmer: Travel expenses to attend Councillor Training Event at Highnam.

  1. The Council noted that a Rural Payments Agency Single Payment Scheme Payment for £540.21 has been credited to the Council’s bank account.

  2. The Council discussed and approved a Quote from TW Hawkins & Sons for grass cutting & strimming in the Cemetery in 2013.

  3. The Council agreed to defer their decision to approve the Council’s Precept for 2013/14, until after the Meeting on 14 January, called by the Chief Executive of Stroud DC to explain the impact of recent government decisions upon the Parish Precept. The effects of these changes on the Parish Council budget and Council tax payers is still unclear. The matter would be put onto the February Agenda.

  1. The Cemetery Report.

  1. The Clerk invited the Council to put forward suggestions for this Year’s Annual Parish Meeting on 8 April 2013. Several suggestions were made which the Clerk agreed to draw up into a draft agenda for sign-off at the next Meeting.

  1. The Council received for information details of Correspondence received.

(See attached paper).

There being no further business the Chairman closed the Meeting at 9.15 pm.

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

4 February 2013 at 7.30 pm.