BARROW PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on Tuesday 11 October 2016 in Barrow Village Hall.
Present: Councillors Eleanor Johnson (in the Chair), John Hassells, Pippa Johnson, Malcolm Moulstone, Julie Owen, Fiona Rackham and Sue Weaver
In attendance: Mrs Pauline English (Parish Clerk), Dave Reeves, Highway Engineer, Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) and eight members of the public
16.128 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Andy Faulkner and Sally James,
16.129 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
16.130 OPEN FORUM
Dave Reeves, Highways Engineer (CWaC) explained that the road through Little Barrow could not be 30mph because it did not meet the national criteria. Residents made the point that account had not been taken of the junction with Broomhill Lane which required vehicles to pull out well into the carriageway of the B5132 before they could see to turn right. It was the view of the Police that other measures needed to be taken to slow vehicles down, for instance speed bumps, but these were considered to be unsuitable for farm traffic and were very noisy. There had been four recent incidents by Pym’s farm, two involving cyclists and one almost a fatality. It was suggested that making the stretch between Little and Great Barrow 50mph was a joke. Mr Reeves agreed to put a counter in the outside either The Hollies or The Croft. It was agreed that the Clerk should write to the David Byrne, the Police and Crime Commissioner about the Little Barrow speed limit and invite him to a meeting with the Parish Council, and send a copy to Antoinette Sandbach MP and Sarah Boycott, Assistant Chief Constable.
The Parish Council reiterated a previous request for CWaC to put up priority signs going out of the village on both bridges and white lines on both sides of the road over the bridges. Mr Reeves would refer this to Kay Parry, who was responsible for the Barrow area. The exact location of the puddle that appeared by Pym’s farm every time there was heavy rain was requested and given.
It was reported that wide loads were churning up the verges particularly on Heath Lane and it was queried who was responsible for reinstating them.
The road surface on Lampits Lane and Barnhouse Lane needed urgent attention.
The rules about ongoing maintenance following reinstatement of roads by contractors/utilities were queried. Did the contractors have to guarantee their work for a specific period of time?
16.131 MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING.
The Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on 13 September 2016 were confirmed as a correct record.
16.132 UPDATE ON ISSUES RAISED AT PREVIOUS MEETINGS
(1) Notice Boards: These had not yet been made but as soon as they were completed they would be put up.
(2) Delamere Forest Planning Application: Manley Parish Council had asked if all the local parishes would support their objection to the application. The North West was the only area where there was no Forest Homes Holiday Park. It was considered that the development would destroy what the Forestry Commission wanted people to enjoy in Delamere Forest. Natural footpaths used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders would be destroyed and would eventually have to be tarmaced to cope with the additional use. There would be no access by public transport so people using the holiday homes would have to drive to and park on the site. It was noted that the applicants had not produced an environmental impact statement and they were not offering any community benefits. It was also noted that the local GP Practice had objected on the grounds that they would be unable to cope with the additional patients.
|16/03542/FUL||The construction of a glazed entrance porch at Heath Villa, Irons Lane, Barrow, Chester, Cheshire, CH3 7LF – APPROVED|
|16/03668/AGR||Steel framed agricultural building at Middlehurst Farm, Long Green, Barrow, Chester, Cheshire, CH3 7JU (Councillor Eleanor Johnson declared an interest in this matter and took no part in any discussions or decision) – PRIOR APPROVAL NOT REQUIRED|
(3) Awaiting Decision:
|16/03154/FUL||Single storey rear extension at 13 Irons Lane, Barrow, Chester, Cheshire CH3 7LD|
|16/00365/WAS||Demolition of existing storage barn and erection of an agricultural anaerobic digester and associated ancillary development at Old Hall Farm, Heath Lane, Barrow, Chester, Cheshire CH3 7LL|
(4) CWaC Planning Protocol: No comments to be made.
(1) Delamere Forest Planning Application: See Minute 16.132(2).
(2) Website: A letter had been received from a resident asking whether the Parish Council intended to set up a website editorial team to enable local societies to have access to the website as well as the Parish Council. This would be considered once it had been decided how to proceed with a new website.
16.135 Wi-Fi AT THE VILLAGE HALL
Consideration had been given to the Parish Council applying for a Transparency Fund grant to purchase WiFi for the Village Hall. Subsequently both the Parish Council and the Village Hall Committee had thought further about the ongoing implications and costs of installing WiFi and had decided not to proceed.
16.136 GREAT BARROW WAR MEMORIAL – INVITATION TO COMMENT ON LISTING
Historic England had written to the Parish Council to inform them that they were assessing war memorials for listing as part of their response to the centenary of the First World War and were considering whether Barrow’s memorial had special architectural or historic interest. It was resolved that Historic England should be asked to consider the Barrow memorial favourably and they should be informed that the History Group were currently preparing a book giving some background of all of the people named on the memorial.
16.137 REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES AND SUB GROUPS
(1) Barrow Parish Playing Field Committee: The heating in the Pavilion had now been sorted out. A quotation of £200 + VAT had been received to install CCTV and it was resolved that this should be accepted. The paintwork on the roof had been completed.
(2) Footpaths Committee: The next meeting was due on 24 October.
(3) Police issues: The Parish Council’s PCSO had now left and no replacement had yet been notified.
(4) Website: No further developments
(5) Barrowmore Liaison: A meeting was scheduled for 10.00am on Thursday 13 October. Patrick Haycock (CEO Barrowmore) would attend the next meeting of the Parish Council to update Members on proposals for future development.
(6) Allotments: Not all of the rents had yet been collected. The Clerk was asked to write to those outstanding. Councillor Hassells to supply names and addresses.
(7) Neighbourhood Development Plan: A meeting had been held and those attending had been split into two groups. No further meetings had been held due to holiday commitments, etc.
(8) Gowy Partnership Meeting: The minutes of the last meeting were circulated and received.
16.138 STANDING CONSIDERATION OF HIGHWAY MATTERS
There was a large pothole on the B5132 near the crossroads with Manley Lane which would be reported to Kay Parry, CWaC.
The following payments were approved:
|BACS||Parish Clerk – expenses October||19.90|
|S/O||Parish Clerk – salary October||341.20|
|Service charge – 3 months||18.00|
|BACS||BDO – External Audit Fee||120.00|
|BACS||M&W Heating – Work in Pavilion||206.00|
|Chq 120||S Weaver – Plants||62.45|
|Barclays Bank – Interest on savings account||24.07|
|Unity Trust Current Account (as at 11 October 2016)||12,992.06|
|Barclays Deposit Account (as at 1 October 2016)||25,214.66|
16.140 ITEMS FOR INFORMATION OR NEXT AGENDA
The Parish Council had been informed that BT were considering the future of two unused/underused telephone boxes, one at Stamford Bridge which Councillor Owen would consult residents about and report back to the next meeting, and one in Irons Lane. Councillor Weaver would ask the Club whether they considered it worth retaining.
16.141 DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING
11 October 2016 – Patrick Haycock to attend – meeting to start at 7.00pm