Present: Mr Ken Brown (chair), Mrs J Burton, Mr K Larkin, Mr D Palmer, Mr D Purnell and Mr R Symons.

Four members of the public attended the meeting.

District Councillors: Mr G Butcher, Mr K Tucker.

County Councillor: Dr J Cordwell.

The Acting Clerk: Mrs J Burton.

The Chairman opened the Parish Council Meeting.

  1. The Chairman invited apologies. Apologies had been received from the Parish Clerk Ms E Oakley, District Cllrs Ms C Braun and Mr G Butcher. The Chairman informed the Council that the Clerk was unwell and Mrs J Burton would be acting as Clerk for the meeting.

  2. Declaration of Interests. There were no declarations of interest.

  3. The Council approved and signed the Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 4th February 2019 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.

  4. The Council noted matters arising from the Minutes, not covered by agenda items.

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

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

  1. The Council noted the following Planning Application decisions by Stroud DC Planning.

  1. The Council received a written District Council Report. The Council received a written report from District Cllr Ken Tucker. The Chairman thanked Cllr Tucker for his report. (Filed aside)

  2. The Council received a written County Council Report. The Council received a written report from County Councillor Dr J Cordwell. The Chairman thanked Cllr Cordwell for his report. (Filed aside)

  3. To receive and discuss Reports of Committees and Meetings attended by Parish Councillors and the Clerk.

  1. Parish Council Finances:

  1. Cemetery and Closed Churchyard

  1. The Council approved an additional inscription on an existing memorial.

  2. The Council agreed to ask for a quotation for spraying the ivy on the South Wall of the Closed Churchyard.

  3. The Council agreed to rearrange the councillor vacancy interviews for later in the month.

  4. The Council agreed to invite the three beneficiaries of the Legacy to the Annual Parish Meeting to receive their cheques. A copy of part of the Will to be displayed at the meeting.

  5. The Council appointed Cllr Larkin to represent the Council at the Ashen Plains Licence hearing.

  6. The Council discussed Cllr Symons’ report on Speed Awareness. The Speed Awareness Sub group recommended that ANPR cameras were a more effective solution to the problem of speeding through the village than the flashing signs. The Council agreed that the sub-group should further investigate the installation of two ANPR cameras at an approximate cost of £16,000. The Council thought that this would be a good use of some of the Legacy and that the annual running cost could be included in the precept.

  7. Cllr Purnell has arranged to meet with the provider of exercise equipment on the recreation field to discuss how the equipment will be installed.

  8. The Council discussed the groundwork that had taken place recently at Waterley Bottom. The SDC enforcement officer had visited the site and informed the owner that the work required planning permission and suggested that the work stop immediately. He warned the owner that any further work would be at his own risk and that the District Council could require the reinstatement of the land to its earlier condition.

  9. The Council was informed that the equipment for the village clean-up was due to be delivered soon and that North Nibley Primary School children would be undertaking a litter pick on the recreation field and Lower House lane.

  10. The Council agreed to include an item covering parking at the bottom of Wood Lane on the agenda for the Annual Parish Meeting.

  11. The Council noted the offer of community responder training.

  12. The Council noted the offer of first aid training.

  13. The Council agreed that no change was required to council annual policies for standing orders, financial regulations and systems of internal control including risk management.

  14. The Council received for information, details of correspondence.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held in the Village Hall on Monday 8th April 2019 immediately after the Annual Parish Meeting which commences at 7pm.