Present: Mr D Purnell (Chairman).

Mrs J Burton; Mr S Hale; Mr K Larkin; Mr D Palmer; & Mr L Smitherman.

District Councillors: District Councillors Mrs J Cordwell; Mrs L Reeves & Mr P Smith.

County Councillor: Dr J Cordwell.

The Clerk: Mr R Symons.

There was one member of the public present.

The Chairman opened the Parish Council Meeting.

  1. The Chairman invited apologies. The Council received and accepted apologies from Councillor Mr K Brown.

  2. Declaration of Interests. The Chairman invited members to declare any Interests relating to this Meeting. Mr Palmer declared an interest in item 14. Mr Purnell also declared an interest in Item 14.

  3. The Council approved and signed the Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 2 February 2015, as a true record. The Minutes of the February Ordinary Meeting of the Council 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:

  1. The Chairman closed the Meeting to enable members of the public to ask any questions.

A member of the public raised an issue about S.14/2460/FUL. Planning permission for “Continued use of land for agricultural purposes and the installation of up to 5MW of solar photovoltaic panels and ancillary works at Manor farm, Upper Wick. It was brought to the Council’s attention that hedging alongside the road and around the site entrance had been cut down. Following some investigation it was confirmed that this was a Condition of the planning Permission (Condition 17) to provide clear visibility” To reduce potential highway impact by ensuring that suitable access is provided and maintained”. There being no other matters the Chairman Re-opened the Meeting.

  1. To consider and comment upon the following Planning Applications:

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

  1. S.15/0374/HHOLD. The Nook, Vernals Lane, Swinhay, Wotton-Under-Edge. Householder Application. Demolishing of conservatory and alterations and extensions to existing dwelling.

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

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

The Council noted that Planning Consent has been refused in respect of:

  1. The Council were advised of an opportunity to consider and comment upon Stroud District Local Plan: Post-submission Proposed Changes document.

Following a brief discussion the Council decided to make no comments.

  1. The Council discussed Cllr. Palmer’s request that the Council should write to Secretary of State Pickles regarding the DCC decision on Manor Farm, Upper Wick, solar farm. Following advice from the Clerk the Council discussed the matter and instructed the Clerk to write a letter to the Secretary of State.

  1. The Council received a written District Council Report from Councillor Paul Smith. The Council accepted the report. The Chairman thanked Councillor Smith for his report.

  1. Following a brief discussion on the Council Stroud DC Boundary review of Electoral arrangements, it was noted that the proposal made no change to the current arrangements to representation of the Parish.

The Council decided not to make any comments.

  1. The Council received a written County Council Report from County Councillor Dr J Cordwell. It was mentioned that there were some problems with mud on the road in the Hollow. The Clerk agreed to report the matter to Highways for attention. It was also mentioned that immediate attention had been given to similar problems in Park Lane, as a result of the recent Rally trial through the area.

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

  1. The Council received, discussed and approved eight applications for Parish Council Grants in 2015/16 Budget Year. In accordance with a notified Interest, Councillor Palmer left the Meeting when the “” application was discussed and agreed. He then returned. In accordance with a notified Interest, the Chairman Councillor Purnell left the room, whilst the application for the Chapel was discussed and agreed. He then returned.

Details of Grants made are at Annexe A. The Clerk reminded the Council that cheques for the grants would be issued at the Parish Meeting on Monday 13 April.

  1. Finances.

  1. The Council approved an invoice and drew up a cheque for the item on the enclosed Payments Schedule.

  2. The Council received a written request from the Clerk for support with Computer maintenance. Following discussion the Council agreed to fund 60% of the total costs.

  1. The Council were advised that repairs to the Churchyard wall had been arranged for the Easter Holidays in order to minimise disruption.

  1. The Council received for information details of Correspondence received. See Paper aside.

There being no further business the Meeting closed at 8.55 pm.

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

13 April 2015, to follow the Parish Meeting.

The Annual Parish Meeting will start at 7.00 pm.