Present: Mr K Brown (Chairman). Mr D Palmer; & Mr L Smitherman.

District Councillors: Mrs J Cordwell & Mr P Smith.

The Clerk: Mr R Symons.

  1. The Council received and accepted the following apologies for absence. Mr S Hale; Mr K Larkin; Mr D Purnell and County Councillor Dr J Cordwell. The Chairman, on behalf of the Council, asked Cllr Cordwell to convey the Council’s best wishes and a speedy recovery to Dr Cordwell, following his recent knee operation.

  2. Declaration of Interests. The Chairman invited members to declare any Interests relating to this Meeting. Mr Brown declared a personal interest in Item 12 (1). It was decided that the first item under this Agenda item should be delayed until the September Meeting.

  3. The Council approved and signed the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 1 July 2013, as a true record. The Minutes of the July 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 by the Chairman.

  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:

Following discussion by the Council the Clerk was requested to contact Mr Corker to find out what progress had been made.

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

  1. The Council noted that the following decisions have been made by Stroud Local Planning Authority:

  1. The Chairman closed the Meeting for Public Discussion and Questions. There were no questions. The Chairman re-opened the Meeting.

  1. The Clerk provided a verbal report on the outcome of the Meeting between the Chairman and Clerk with the Trustees of the Knoll Trust about the ownership of the bank adjoining Wood Lane. He reported that the Trust intend making an application to register the land. The Council representatives had agreed to support the Trust in taking this matter forward. Mr Brown reported that he had been in discussion with Natural England about the level of grant being paid to the Council for its land on Nibley Knoll. An increased level of grant has been agreed.

  1. The Council received a written District Council Report from District Councillor Mrs J Cordwell. (See filed aside). Cllr. Cordwell advised the Council that young people from the parish were using the Wotton Town Council funded Youth Centre facility. She gave notice that she would like to apply for a Council Grant in the 2014/15 round of grants. The Clerk agreed to make an application form available at the appropriate time. The Council asked for some statistics to show the number of parish residents using the facility. Cllr. Cordwell also provided information about the “Paws on Patrol” scheme.

  2. There was no County Council Report from County Councillor Dr J Cordwell this month. Dr Cordwell was unable to attend the Meeting as he was recovering from an operation.

  3. The Chairman invited Parish Councillors to report on any Meetings they had attended:

  1. Parish Council Finances.

  1. The first item was adjourned to the September Meeting. The Council approved payment of the second invoice on the attached Payments Schedule; and drew up a cheque for payment.

  2. The Council approved a 1% increase in the Clerk’s salary (Spinal Column point 19) back dated from 1 April 2013, in line with the recently agreed National Salary Award for 2013/14. (The increase will increase the salary from £8.919 per hour to £9.009 per hour.)

  3. The Clerk reported that the Council’s End Year Accounts for 2012/13 had been signed off by the auditors.

  1. The Chairman invited the Clerk to report on the Cemetery. The Clerk reported that he had sent the building specification for the proposed work at the Cemetery to four local builders. He had received two tenders by the deadline of 4 August. The Clerk agreed to send the tenders to Councillors for their comments. The Clerk also informed the Council that he had instructed Garden Supplies to carry out some maintenance work at the Cemetery.

  1. The Council received a written report (See aside) on Correspondence & Messages received. The Clerk informed the Council that Christine Sweet, the new Village Agent, had been invited to address the next Council Meeting on 2 September.

There being no further business the Meeting closed at 8.35pm.

The next Meeting of the Parish Council will be held in the Village Hall on Monday 2 September 2013 at 7.30 pm.