SYDLING ST NICHOLAS PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the meeting held on 28 July 2014
Members present: Mr C Legg (Chairman), Mrs P Davies, Mr C Fowler, Mr M Hole, Mrs L Percy, Mrs D Tucker.
There were 3 members of the public present.
The meeting commenced with an update on the Graham’s Yard proposed development by Simon Coles, Director at WYG, who have recently been appointed by the Graham family to prepare a detailed planning application for the site. The company would be working closely with a firm of architects, Gillespie Yunnie.
Mr Coles explained that, although WYG had access to records of the work undertaken by the previous consultant, his company would look at the site with ‘a fresh pair of eyes’. The first tasks would be to undertake a character assessment of the village and the site potential for vehicles. Account would be taken of villagers’ past views as part of the overall planning and design of the site during the initial stages. Following discussions with West Dorset District Council over policy and technical issues, WYG would then make a formal presentation to the parish council and undertake consultations with the village as a whole. Mr Coles hoped this would take place during September / October 2014.
A planning application would then be submitted to West Dorset District Council.
During the Democratic Half Hour the poor state of signposts to the village was raised. It was agreed they created a bad initial impression upon visitors to the village. One of the signposts had been damaged and was now missing. It was agreed the clerk would make enquiries with Dorset County Council about replacing these signs and speak to Frampton parish council about the feasibility of moving one of the signs within their parish to a safer location.
1. Apologies for absence
Apologies were received from Mr D Wareham.
Mrs M Penfold, district councillor, sent her apologies and a brief report, stating that the flooding problems under the viaduct at Stratton had now been resolved. She also wished to inform the meeting that consultations were now being undertaken on the latest plans for the proposed Charles Street development in Dorchester. Comments form the Parish Council and members of the public would be most welcome.
- Declarations of interest
There were no declarations of interest
- Minutes of last meeting
The minutes of the meetings held on19/5/14 were agreed and signed by the Chairman.
- Matters arising from the minutes
(item 9) Emma Spurgin, co-ordinator of the Dorset Country Car Scheme, had advised the clerk that DCC had agreed to continue to support the scheme financially for the time being. Consequently, the parish council’s agreed contribution would not now be needed.
5. Graham’s Yard proposed development
This item was covered at the beginning of the meeting.
6. Boules Pitch
A number of quotations had been received to restore the boules pitch area to grass. Subject to the clerk making enquiries with WDDC, the work would be given to the cheapest provider.
7. Environment Agency visit
Arrangements had been made for the Environment Agency to visit the village on Thursday, 21/8/14, between 3.30pm and 6.30pm at the village hall. The purpose of the visit is to provide information and advice to riparian owners and others who have an interest in the water ways that run through the village.
8. Replacement bench for the green
Agreement was reached on a suitable bench for the Green. The clerk would obtain the best price possible and arrange for order and delivery.
9. Planning matters
9.1 Solar park proposal, land adjacent to Southern Counties
Although the parish council had previously commented on the planning application, WDDC had put the consultations on hold, subject to the receipt of an Environment Statement. This has now been provided and the closing date for consultation was now 16/8/14. In view of the fact that the whole statement is over 1200 pages long, it was agreed a separate meeting would be held to discuss this application, in due course.
9.2 Dealing with responses to planning applications
It was agreed that all applications subject to consultation, should be dealt with at a meeting of the parish council, including those of a minor nature. This would ensure that a discussion could take place amongst councillors, before reaching a decision.
10. Play area report
It was agreed to defer this matter to the next meeting of the council, when there would be more time to discuss the recommendations.
11.1 Bank balances
- Treasurer’s account: £7185.42 (9/7/14)
- Business account: £224.02
- Play area account: £826.59