Present: Mr Ken Brown (Chair), Mr D Purnell, Mr D Palmer, Mr D Roberts, & Mr R Symons.

District Councillors: Mrs. C Braun & Mr K Tucker.

County Councillor: Dr J Cordwell.

The Acting Clerk: Mr. R Symons

Nine members of the public attended the meeting.

The Chairman opened the Parish Council Meeting.

  1. The Chairman invited apologies. Apologies were received from Cllr. Mrs J Burton, Cllr. Mr K Larkin & Dist. Cllr. Mr G James.

  1. The Chairman invited any Declarations of Interest. There were none.

  2. The Council approved the Minutes of the Council’s December 2019 Meeting. The Chairman duly signed the Minutes as a true record.

  3. The Acting Clerk reported there were no matters arising from the Minutes.

The Chairman advised the Meeting that the Clerk remained off work sick. He thanked Cllr. Palmer for writing the Minutes of the December Meeting.

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

The Chairman said the Council is awaiting further details and costings from the proposer of the scheme. It was agreed that he should be invited to the February Meeting.

  1. There were no Planning Applications for the Council to comment upon.

  1. The Council noted the following Planning Application decisions:

  1. The Council received a written District Council Report from District Councillors. District Councillor Mrs Braun presented the Report. She brought to the Council’s attention:

The Chairman thanked District Councillors for their report.

  1. The Council received a written County Council Report from County Councillor John Cordwell. There were no matters arising from Cllr. Cordwell’s report.

The Chairman thanked Cllr Cordwell for his report.

  1. The Chairman invited Parish Councillors to report on any meetings they had attended.

  1. It was brought to the Council’s attention that there were a number of potential enforcement matters that required the attention of Stroud District Enforcement team. The acting clerk advised the Council of the following:

1 Swinhay Smallholding Stables. The use of a mobile home and potential commercial use of the stables is contrary to planning permission. This has been reported to Ian Mallinson at Stroud who has agreed to investigate in the New Year. The Council need to follow this up with the Enforcement Officer during the second half of January.

2. Forthay Farm buildings use for business purposes. It is believed that this use continues, despite the matter being investigated last year. It was suggested this should be reported for reinvestigation.

3. Lots 1/2 Waterley Bottom. This is a current planning application to which the Council has objected (S.19/2398/FUL). The Planning Application does not include unauthorised works which have already been carried out, including widened access, new access road across site, caravan etc to which there are strong objections from local residents.

It is understood this is already under investigation by Stroud Enforcement and should now be followed up.

4. Ashen Plains . Planning applications for Event Use and retrospective retention of second barn were both refused on 5th July 2019. Potential enforcement action was deferred by Stroud, pending possible appeal against refusals. An Appeal has now been made against the barn being erected without permission (S.19/0596/FUL); but not against the refusal of the event use (S.19/0447/COU).

The Council suggest that Enforcement should be pressed to commence enforcement proceedings as soon as possible against the unauthorised use of other structures on site together with unauthorised use of mobile home adjacent to the stable block on the adjoining land, but in same family ownership.

5.Land opposite New Inn Waterley Bottom. This application for a new barn and associated unauthorised works (S.19/0608/FUL) was refused planning permission on 11th December. This involved unauthorised engineering works and site excavation and levelling and business use of the site, including the storage of contracting equipment. Stroud has initiated investigation but deferred taking action pending the outcome of the planning application. Now that the planning application has been refused, Stroud DC should be requested to proceed with enforcement action as soon as possible.

It was proposed, seconded and agreed by the Council that the acting clerk should write to Stroud Enforcement team on these matters.

  1. The Council was advised that an article on Affordable Housing had been forwarded to the editorial team of “On The Edge” for inclusion in the February edition. It is intended that this will provide answers and inform parishioners about any affordable housing developments in the parish. The article will be on a separate sheet, funded by the Council.

  1. The Council considered its response to the SDC Local Plan Review consultation. Following discussion it was agreed that the Council should respond as follows:

  1. Parish Council Finances.

1) The Council approved the following invoices and drew up cheques for:

2) Other Finance matters

15. The acting clerk informed the Council that he had approached GAPTC to carry out an internal audit on the Council’s accounts. With the Clerk being off work he recommended that this internal audit should be delayed until it was clear when the Clerk would return to work. The position is to be reviewed at the February Meeting.

  1. The Council received and approved written reports on the Cemetery and Closed Churchyard.

  1. The acting clerk advised the Council that he had spoken to Glasdon about costs of Village Gateways. The design likely to be used in the Village was costed at £800 to £1,000. The Council agreed that it would seek a local contractor, before progressing.

The Council noted that the previously planned date for the Council May 2020 Meeting was before the Parish Council Election on 7 May 2020. It was agreed the Meeting should be re arranged to 11 May 2020.

The Council agreed to set a date of Saturday 21 March 2020 (9.00 am) for the Annual Village Clean-Up.

The Council discussed and approved the purchase of a sign for the Knoll. The cost was £384, including VAT. Councillor Palmer will organise the purchase.

The Chairman closed the Meeting at 8.35 pm.

The next Meeting of the Parish Council will be held in the Village Hall on Monday 3rd February 2020.