Present: Mr. D Purnell (Chairman).

Mr K Brown; Mr S Hale; & Mr K Larkin.

The Clerk: Mr R Symons.

County Councillor Dr. Cordwell arrived at Item 16. Two members of the public were present for part of the Meeting.

  1. The Council received and accepted Apologies for absence from: Mrs Burton, Mr Palmer & Mr L Smitherman. Apologies were also received from District Councillors Mrs J Cordwell & Mr P Smith.

County Councillor Dr. Cordwell had advised that he would arrive late due to an earlier attendance at Alkington Parish Meeting.

  1. Election of a Chairman of the Parish Council for year 2014/15.

Mr Purnell was nominated by Mr Larkin and seconded by Mr Brown. The Council agreed to his election.

  1. Election of the Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council for year 2014/15. Mr Brown was nominated by Mr Larkin and seconded by Mr Purnell. The Council agreed to his election.

  1. The Council elected the following Councillors to Committees & Groups at which the Parish Council will be represented during 2014/15.

Following discussion it was unanimously agreed that the following Parish Councillors should represent North Nibley Parish Council on Committees & Meetings:

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

  2. The Council approved and signed the Minutes of the Meeting held on 7 April 2014, as a true and accurate record. The Minutes of the April 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 that were not covered by agenda items. The Clerk referred to his Update Note, which had been issued prior to the Meeting and he provided additional verbal information. The Clerk:

  1. The Chairman closed the Meeting and invited members of the public to raise issues and ask questions.

There being no questions/issues, the Chairman re-opened the Council meeting.

  1. The Council was shown details of and commented upon the following Planning Applications:

The Council discussed this Application and agreed to recommend to Stroud planners that should the application be approved:

(1) the numbers of caravans/ camper vans and campers should be restricted to the levels mentioned in the application;

(2) The Council were concerned to know how waste and foul water are intended to be disposed of from the proposed wc and shower facility.

The Council discussed this Application and decided to Object to this Application for the following reasons:

These plans and associated application (S.14/0414/FUL) create an over intensification in the use of the land. The creation of 10 stables and the associated traffic which that would create would, in the Council’s opinion, produce a traffic hazard on what is already a well used and minor road. The road has several blind spots which would be made even more hazardous by the creation of a new entrance to this site on a bend in the road.

The Parish Council discussed this Application at their Meeting on 12 May. As far as the Council is aware the statements in this Application are accurate.

Following discussion of the application, the Council agreed to make “No Comments”.

  1. The Council noted that Planning Consent has been granted in respect of:

  1. The Council noted that the following Planning Application has been withdrawn.

  1. The Council received and discussed a District Councillor’s Report submitted in her absence by District Councillor Mrs J Cordwell. (Filed aside).

  1. County Councillor Cordwell’s Report was delayed until later to enable Dr Cordwell to be present. (See after Item 17).

  1. The Chairman invited Councillors to report on any Committees and Meetings which they have attended since the last Meeting.

  1. The Chairman invited Mr. Brown to report on changes to the Defra Grant arrangements for the Parish Council land on the Knoll. Mr Brown reported that the Council’s Single Farm Payment would end this year. Further payments would no longer be made to owners of small parcels of land and this would effectively end the Council’s income from this source. However Natural England had already suggested that the Council’s land and Knoll Trust land on the Knoll should be counted as a single parcel. As landowners can legitimately parcel together areas of land to enable the continuation of grants, it was suggested that the Parish Council & Knoll Trust land on the Knoll should be linked. This would enable both parties to receive future grants. The Council agreed that Mr Brown should investigate the potential for a license arrangement whereby this could continue. Mr Brown agreed to report back to a future Council Meeting.

  1. The Council agreed to re-approve the current Parish Council Standing Orders which were first approved at the February 2014 Meeting.

  1. The Council agreed that the current Parish Council Financial Regulations should continue unchanged until revised Regulations are presented and approved by the Council at the July 2014 Meeting.

  1. The Council received and discussed a Report from County Councillor Dr J Cordwell, submitted in his absence. (Filed aside).

18 The Council received and made the following decisions on the Finance Report.

  1. The Council approved Parish Council Insurance Premium Renewal from 1 June 2014.

  1. The Council noted that the half-yearly repayment of the Pavilion Loan was paid by Direct Debit to PWLB on 1 May 2014.

  1. The Council noted that the first half of the Precept was credited to the Council’s Current Bank A/C on 1 May 2014.

  1. The Council noted that the Parish Council’s End of Year Accounts have been submitted for internal audit. The Clerk, referring to the Bank reconciliation Report, advised the Council that Council Reserves had reduced by around £2,000 as a result of the Capital Expenditure on the Cemetery.

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

  1. The Council received and approved the Cemetery Report.

  1. The Council received, for information, the Correspondence and Messages written Report (attached).

There being no further business the Meeting closed at 9.10 pm.

The Chairman informed the Council that the next Meeting of the Parish Council will be held in the Village Hall on Monday 2 June 2014 at 7.30 pm.