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Sunday, 7 December 2008

STOP PRESS!



Awards for All has made a grant of £7,450 to the Parish Hall Committee towards the cost of installing disabled toilet facilities, a babychanging unit and improved wheelchair access.

Now the committee is applying for grants, to add to the £500 donated by the Castlemorton Common Association, to pay for improving the lighting in the hall.

Watch this space!

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Draft Minutes of the Meeting of Castlemorton Parish Council held on 6th November 2008

Present: Angus Golightly (Chairman), Mary Watts, Lionel Bartlett, Don Lupton, Joan Bedford, Bill Bowen, Jerry Fryman

In Attendance: -
Members of the Public: 3

Matters from members of the public;
Mr. Dawe asked whether the Parish Hall Committee had made a decision regarding waiving the hire charge for the Parish Hall for the forthcoming event to be held to mark the anniversary of the death of Mr. Windle. The Parish Hall Committee has re-considered this request and will not be waiving the booking fee.
Mr. Dawe also raised the case of the blocked right of way at Rough Chase. The Chairman was able to inform the meeting that he had been in touch with the County Council about this matter and they have it in hand.
Mr. Morris addressed the meeting regarding his objection to the planning application submitted for Badgers Sett. The Parish Council was in receipt of a copy of Mr. Morris’s letter sent to the Planning Department of MHDC. This item was dealt with under item 12 of the agenda.

2008/40. Apologies
Apologies were received and accepted from Councillor Downs and District Councillor Watkins.

2008/41. Declarations of interest
There were no declarations of interest.

2008/42. Minutes of the Previous Meeting
It was RESOLVED that the draft minutes of the meeting of 4th September 2008 circulated before the meeting were a true record of that meeting and be signed as such by the Chairman.

2008/43. Matters arising
· Post Boxes – unfortunately, a very large firework has destroyed the post box recently replaced at the junction of New Road and The Gullett Road. This incident has been reported to both the Police and Royal mail. It was RESOLVED that the Clerk would contact Royal Mail and arrange for a replacement box. However, it was noted that this replacement could take some time to obtain.


2008/44. Finance Report
a) Payments
It was RESOLVED that the following payments be made:
Cheque no. 614 – S. Normington Wages Sept £111.11
Cheque no. 615 – S. Normington Wages Oct £ 50.18

b) Current Financial Situation
Income since 4th September
Bank interest September £ 26.15
Final 50% precept £2000.00
____
£2026.15

Expenditure since 4th September
Cheque no. 614 – S. Normington Wages Sept £111.11
Cheque no. 615 – S. Normington Wages Oct £ 50.18
_____
£161.29


Balance as 06.11.08 - £13,727.81 - £5,147.78 in current account and £8,580.03 on deposit

Unpresented cheques:

Cheque no. 615 – S Normington Wages Oct £ 50.18
_____
£ 50.18

Monies available as at 06.11.08 - £13,677.63



2008/45. Section 137 Grants
A provision of £550.00 had been made in the 2008/09 budget for Section 137 grants. The Parish Council had received a letter from St. Gregory’s PCC asking for a donation to help towards the cost of maintaining the Churchyard. A grant of £350.00 for this purpose has been provided in previous years. A lengthy discussion took place with regard to support for Hollybush Church, as it was felt that a number of parishioner’s use this church as well as St. Gregory’s. It was not clear how Hollybush Church finance the maintenance of their churchyards – the Chairman will endeavour to establish this. However, it was RESOLVED that a Section 137 Grant for St. Gregory’s would be paid to the PCC and a letter will be sent to the PCC informing them that such a grant would be considered on a yearly basis when the budget and precept are set. Awarding the balance of the money - £200.00 – would be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting.

2008/46. Parish Hall Trust
The Parish Hall Committee met on 2nd October, Mary Watts was voted as Chairman for the following year.
New ways of promoting the Parish Hall were discussed and the hire cost was compared with other halls in the area – it is very competitive. Ideas for new events at the Hall had also been discussed, including – ‘Flicks in the Sticks’, Local History exhibition.
The Grant application is with the Lottery Fund and a decision should be received before Christmas.
The Castlemorton Commoners Association has very kindly donated £500.00 toward the cost of upgrading the lighting in the Hall. Other funding is to be investigated to help with this project.
Councillor Bedford reported to Parish Council that the socket for the fridge/freezer seemed to be faulty and suggested that an electrician should check the electrics throughout the hall – these have not been checked for a number of years. It was RESOLVED that this check should be carried out and that the invoice should be presented to the Parish Council for payment.

2008.47. Newsletter
Councillor Golightly provided detail on the topics to be covered in the next edition of the Newsletter. These will include: A welcome from the Chairman; an update on the grant situation regarding the Parish Hall; Services – Local Police contact details, information regarding Broadband, Bus passes, Citizens Advice Bureau and the Energy forum; Parish finances and an update on the information provided to MHDC regarding the flooding in July 2007.
A draft of the Newsletter will be sent to all Councillors for their comments and it is hoped to mail to all parishioners in early December. Councillor Bowen suggested that a copy of the Castlemorton Common booklet should be included in the mailing and it was RESOLVED that copies of the booklet would be obtained and distributed with the newsletter.

2008.48. Telephone Boxes
BT is planning to remove the telephone boxes on Castlemorton Common at Feathers Pitch and along Church Road. The Parish Council has responded, as requested, to MHDC that neither box should be removed. However, BT has now come back with alternative options, which have to be considered:
1. Purchase of the box plus the equipment at a cost of £500.00 per year plus maintenance
2. Adoption of the box without equipment for a nominal cost of £1.00 plus on-going maintenance by the Parish Council.
A lengthy discussion took place regarding the boxes in both locations. Councillor Golightly had established that over the past 12 months only 3 calls had been made from the Feathers Pitch box and none from the one in Church Road.
It was felt that to resolve this issue a vote should be carried out regarding the future of both boxes, starting with the one in Church Road. The proposal that the Parish Council did not wish to purchase this box was carried. Likewise the proposal to adopt the box was defeated. Therefore the future of this box is now in the hands of MHDC and BT.
With regard to the Box at Feathers Pitch the proposal that the Parish Council did not wish to purchase the box at a cost of £500.00 plus all necessary maintenance was carried. It was also decided not to adopt the box.
Councillor Golightly has had preliminary discussions with the Conservators regarding the future of the box on Castlemorton Common and they are considering its future. It was suggested by Councillor Bartlett that if the Conservators purchase the box some financial assistance from the PC might be applicable. This matter will be discussed when the Conservators decision is known. The 4 C’s will also discuss the future of this box at their next meeting.

2008/50. Environmental Forum Meeting
Following the success of the first meeting regarding Environmental issues, a second meeting has been planned. This will take place on 4th December at 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall. A presentation will be given by Worcester Bosch regarding Solar Heating and Thermal Heat Pumps. All are welcome.

2008/51. Planning
a) The following report of planning applications received or decided since last meeting was noted.
Number Description Address Status

08/00675/FUL Single and two storey extensions Clarks Farm Taken to
to side of dwelling Druggers End appeal
Castlemorton

08/00821/FUL Two storey side and rear Cherry Orchard MHDC
extensions Castlemorton approval

08/01037/FUL Variation of condition 1 of Mount Pleasant Visit by SW
planning permission 08/00006/FUL Castlemorton Development
Committee

08/01531/FUL Demolish existing lean- to and Badgers Sett Awaiting PC
build new wing Morton Green, Welland

b) The joint meeting with Birtsmorton Parish Council and the Planning Department to
discuss the planning process is planned for either 5th or 10th December.
c) The copy letter received from Mr. Morris regarding his objection to the planning application
for Badgers Sett was read to the meeting.
d) A notice regarding the changes to General Permitted Development has been received from MHDC. There is a lot of detail and it was felt that Parishioners should look on the blog or the MHDC website to check the detail before carrying out any developments that they feel will fall within the remit of Permitted Development. It is hoped that more detail and clarification on this issue will be provided to the Parish Council during the meeting with the planners on the 5th or 10th December.
e) Concerns have been raised regarding the development of the garage at Mrytleberry House. It was RESOLVED that a letter should be sent to MHDC Planning Enforcement regarding this issue.
f) Land at OS8102 3821 Welland Stone – this issue is being investigated by MHDC Planning Enforcement. Additional information has been requested from the Parish Council and this is being provided.

2008/52. Correspondence
A comprehensive list of the Correspondence received was circulated prior to the meeting and hardcopies were available for Councillors to review if necessary.
Councillor Golightly felt that this issue is often covered very quickly towards the end of the meeting and would like to see it as a higher priority on the next agenda. He also requested that any correspondence received with deadline dates should be forwarded to him immediately.

2008/38. Any Other Business/Items for the next Meeting:
· Items for the next meeting – Budget and Precept, Section 137 Grants, Telephone boxes

2008/39. Next Meeting
It was RESOLVED that the next meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 8th January 2009in the Parish Hall
Other dates for the diary in 2009 will be 5th March, 7th May (Annual Parish Meeting and Annual Meeting of the Parish Council), 16th June and 10th September.

There being no other business, the meeting closed at 10.35 pm.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Castlemorton Parish Council Environmental Forum

John Dallaway of Worcester Bosch will present a talk

“Harnessing renewable energy in your home”

In the Parish Hall at 7:30 on Thursday the 4th of December.

 Admission is Free and topics will include solar hot water, condensing boilers, and air and ground source heat pumps.  Everyone is Welcome

Friday, 7 November 2008

Vandalised Post Box



After many years trying to get Castlemorton Post Box reinstated some @%^&$£"$! has vandalised it with a firework! The nearest post box is now Mouchers Corner.

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Castlemorton Parish Council Draft Agenda

Members of the Council are required to attend the next meeting of the Parish Council to be held 7.30pm Thursday 6th November 2008 at Castlemorton Village Hall


Before the start of the meeting any members of the public present will be invited to speak and their views will be noted and discussed by the Council during the meeting under the appropriate agenda topic. (Duration: 15 minutes)

1. Apologies for absence
2. Declarations of interest
3. Previous minutes of 4th September - to approve minutes as being a true record of the meeting
4. Matters arising - progress items for discussion not covered by agenda
5. Finance Report – to consider and approve payments:
Cheque no. 614 – S. Normington Wages & Expenses Sept - £111.11
6. Section 137 Grants – to consider payment of Section 137 Grants in current financial year
7. District Councillor/County Councillor Reports
8. Parish Hall Trust – to receive an update from the Chairman
9. Newsletter – to discuss and agree content for the next edition of Parish Council newsletter
10. BT Telephone Boxes – to discuss options open regarding removal/adoption/purchase of BT telephone boxes
11. Environmental Matters – to discuss date for future Environmental meetings
12. Planning – an update of current planning activity (list attached)
13. Correspondence – for consideration/information (list attached)
14. Items for future meetings
15. To confirm date of the next meeting – Thursday 8th January 2009

Monday, 27 October 2008

PLANNING:- CAN I -CAN'T I - new guidlines from MHDC

 On the 1st October 2oo8 MHDC adopted some amendments to the type of development that can be permitted. This means that there are more developments that you can do to your house and garden without applying for planning permission. 
Clearly this will reduce the bureaucracy and make life easier.
Of course it is not that simple, there are lots of considerations and guidelines that have to taken into account.
To help MHDC  are producing a revised 'Domestic Development Enquiry Form' which will be made available on the website and the Customer Service Centres.
They will also be briefing the Customer Service Advisors and adding a briefing note on the Councils Website.
They have also produced an interactive householders guide on the Planning Portal. It takes an age to download but it is excellent and links to both the planning regulations and the building regulations.

You can access it here.

Of course if you are in a listed building or in a sensitive area then you still need to pay particular attention and carefully consider the impact of your proposal on others and the area. As many buildings in Castlemorton are in an area of outstanding natural beauty it will still need planning permission. Nevertheless the planners will advise you and these new regulations should make life both easier and cheaper.

Friday, 12 September 2008

CASTLEMORTON PARISH COUNCIL Draft Minutes Thursday 4th September 2008 at the Parish Hall, commencing at 7.30 p.m.

CASTLEMORTON PARISH COUNCIL
Meeting of Castlemorton Parish Council held on
Thursday 4th September 2008 at the Parish Hall, commencing at 7.30 p.m.

Present: Angus Golightly (Chairman), Mary Watts, Gerald Downs, Lionel Bartlett, Don Lupton, Joan Bedford, Beverley Bradshaw, Bill Bowen
In Attendance: County Councillor Tom WellsPC Knowles
Members of the Public: 2

Matters from members of the public;
Mr. Dawe asked whether the Parish Hall Committee would consider waiving the hire charge for the Parish Hall for the forthcoming event to be held to mark the anniversary of the death of Mr. Windle. The Parish Hall Committee will re-consider this request at their next meeting.
Mr. Dawe raised the issue of the track at Chandler Cross that has been obstructed (an issue which had previously been raised by several members of the Parish and discussed at the Parish Council meeting 6th March 2008). He read a note from Worcester County Council which explained the process which they are undertaking, that being; route currently partially obstructed by fence, route currently not included in definitive map, application for Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT) received from Castlemorton Parish Council, Worcs CC currently researching whether there is sufficient evidence to justify making a Definitive Map Modification Order, if there is sufficient evidence Worcs CC will pursue making an order, if there is sufficient evidence, Worcs CC anticipate taking enforcement action to remove obstruction.
Mr. Tobin of Myrtleberry House had sent a letter to the Parish Council explaining why the fence had been erected and the Clerk read this to the meeting.
All of the actions that have been taken by the Parish Council have been in consultation with Worcs CC, including the notices posted asking for information regarding this ‘right of way’. This issue is now in the hands of Worcs CC.
PC Alan Knowles attended the meeting to introduce himself. He has replaced PC Taylor and is based in Upton and covers the Castlemorton area. He has been with West Mercia Police Service for the past 9 years and has worked out of Upton for the past 5 years covering the Kempsey and Alfrick area. He is supported by one CSO at present – Lucy Rowbotham. The Police Station has now been relocated to a new wing in the Library at Upton. He reported that in the first three months of the Financial Year there had been 4 reported crimes in Castlemorton (an increase over the same time last year of 2). These were 1 vehicle crime, a burglary of a garage, a theft from a garage and 1 criminal damage.

2008/25. Apologies
Apologies were received and accepted from Councillor Fryman and District Councillor Watkins.

2008/26. Declarations of interest
There were no declarations of interest.

2008/27. Minutes of the Previous Meeting
It was RESOLVED that the draft minutes of the meeting of 10th June 2008 circulated before the meeting were a true record of that meeting and be signed as such by the Chairman.

2008/28. Matters arising
· Missing Post Boxes – the two boxes have now been replaced.
· Big Chill – once again a very successful event and all free tickets were distributed to residents of the parish.



2008/29. Finance Report
a) Payments
It was RESOLVED that the following payments be made:
Cheque no. 609 – A. Golightly Photocopying £ 12.10
Cheque no. 610 – S.N. Wages/Expenses June £118.27
Cheque no. 611 – SN Wages/Expenses July £72.41

b) Current Financial Situation
Income since 11th June
Bank interest July £ 26.83
Bank interest August £ 24.39
VAT refund £ 57.01
____
£108.23

Expenditure since 11th June

Cheque no. 609 – A. Golightly Photocopying £ 12.10
Cheque no. 610 – S.N. Wages/Expenses June £118.27
Cheque no. 611 – SN Wages/Expenses July £72.41
_____

£202.78


Balance as 04.09.08 - £11,902.40 - £3,348.52 in current account and £8,553.88 on deposit

Unpresented cheques:

Cheque no. 612 – Clement Keys £ 58.75
Cheque no. 613 – SN Wages August £ 30.88
_____

£ 89.63

Monies available as at 04.09.08 - £11,812.77

c) Annual Return
Annual Return has been signed off by External Auditors

2008/30. County Councillor Report
County Councillor Wells advised the meeting that the Post Office at Welland was being retained; however Upper Welland, Callow End and Hanley Castle were closing. There will be some sort of service available at Upper Welland – limited hours or a postal van but these details are yet to be advised and finalised.
A local meeting regarding the South West Joint Core Strategy is due to be held at the Swan Theatre, Worcester on 15th September. This will be the only chance the general public will get to comment on the plans to build approx. 6,000 new houses in the Malvern Hills District. Attendance is by ticket only (details are posted on the Notice Board). Councillor Wells advised that approx. 6,000 new homes have to be built by 2026. At present there are plans to build 500 between Malvern and Madresfield and 1,100 between Malvern Link and Newlands. At present Central Government is requesting that the West Midland area re-visits it’s allocation with a possible view of increasing the number, but this is still in discussion.
With regard to Castlemorton, as it is classed as a low category settlement it will be largely unaffected by building of new homes, other than, of course, the impact of 6,000 new homes in the area and the affects that these will have on the infrastructure.

2008/31. Fuel Share Scheme
Councillor Golightly has undertaken some research on a Fuel Share Scheme operating in Twyning parish. It operates with 1 person acting as co-ordinator, who on a regular basis sends out an e-mail asking the members of the scheme if they wish to order heating oil. The orders are then collated and a bulk order is placed with the most competitive fuel company for delivery to the individual addresses. Individuals are invoiced separately and the savings seen by operating such a scheme are due to the volume of oil delivered and delivery costs. It was RESOLVED that further research would be undertaken to establish the levels of savings achieved and this would be included as an idea in the next Newsletter.

2008/32. Parish Hall Trust
Councillor Watts advised the Council that the application for a Lottery grant to improve the Parish Hall would be submitted by the end of next week.

2008/33. Environmental Issues/Meetings
Following the successful meeting held in April, it was felt that there might be scope for further meetings on various subjects. This issue will be included in the next Newsletter.

2008.34. Newsletter
Work will commence on the next issue with a view to distributing it to the Parish mid November. A number of subjects were suggested for inclusion; Fuel Share Scheme, Environment meetings, Loft Insulation Schemes, Report from the Local Police, Litter Picking, Recycling, Broadband availability.
The Councillor Golightly will start to draft the newsletter and would welcome input from other Councillors.

2008. 35. Litter Picking
A member of the Parish has approached the Parish Council suggesting that other residents should be encouraged to pick litter within the Parish. It was RESOLVED that this issue should be raised in the next Newsletter.

2008/36. Planning
a) The following report of planning applications received or decided since last meeting was noted.
Number Description Address Status

08/00119/FUL Two storey rear extension The Old Cider House MHDC
Castlemorton approval


08/00394/FUL Proposed extension to existing Pewtrice Farm MHDC
dwelling Castlemorton approval

08/00391/FUL Erect stable The Glen MHDC
Castlemorton approval

08/00549/FUL Erection of stable block and Badgers Sett MHDC
change of use of land to private Castlemorton approval
equestrian

08/00577/FUL Demolition of existing conservatory Acorn Cottage MHDC
and construction of single storey Castlemorton approval
extension

08/00675/FUL Single and two storey extensions Clarks Farm MHDC
to side of dwelling Druggers End refusal
Castlemorton

08/00773/FUL First floor extension and replace Kohima MHDC
porch Castlemorton approval

08/00821/FUL Two storey side and rear Cherry Orchard PC comments
extensions Castlemorton sent to MHDC

08/01037/FUL Variation of condition 1 of Mount Pleasant PC comments
planning permission 08/00006/FUL Castlemorton sent to MHDC

b) A joint meeting with Birtsmorton Parish Council and the Planning Department to
discuss the planning process is still to be arranged.

2008/37. Correspondence
A comprehensive list of the Correspondence received was circulated prior to the meeting and hardcopies were available for Councillors to review if necessary.
A letter and numerous maps of the Parish have been received from MHDC in connection to the flooding in July 2007. The Parish Council has been requested to mark up the maps to show residences and areas affected by the floods and complete a questionnaire. It was RESOLVED that each Councillor would be given the maps relating to where they lived to complete this request.
A working group will meet to review the situation and complete the return for the Consultants.

2008/38. Any Other Business/Items for the next Meeting:
· Items for the next meeting – Newsletter, Section 137 Grants

2008/39. Next Meeting
It was RESOLVED that the next meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 6th November 2008 in the Parish Hall
There being no other business, the meeting closed at 9.35 pm.

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Draft Agenda 4th Sept Meeting

Castlemorton Parish Council
AGENDA

Members of the Council are required to attend the next meeting of the Parish Council to be held 7.30pm Thursday 4th September 2008 at Castlemorton Village Hall


Before the start of the meeting any members of the public present will be invited to speak and their views will be noted and discussed by the Council during the meeting under the appropriate agenda topic. (Duration: 15 minutes)

1. Apologies for absence

2. Declarations of interest

3. Previous minutes of 10th June – to approve minutes as being a true record of the meeting

4. Matters arising - progress items for discussion not covered by agenda

5. Finance Report – to consider and approve payments:
Cheque no. 609 – A. Golightly Photocopying - £12.10
Cheque no. 610 – S. Normington Wages & Expenses June - £118.27
Cheque no. 611 – S. Normington Wages & Expenses July - £72.41
and to receive update on current financial situation

6. District Councillor/County Councillor Reports

7. Fuel Share Scheme

8. Parish Hall Trust

9. Environmental issues/meetings

10. Newsletter

11. Litter picking

12. Planning – an update of current planning activity

13. Correspondence – for consideration/information

14. Items for future meetings

13. To confirm date of the next meeting – 6th November

Friday, 4 July 2008

July Planning Applications

Cherry Orchard, Castlemorton, Malvern, Worcestershire.

Two storey side and rear extensions.

View the details here (08/00821/FUL)

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

June Planning

MHDC Ref No 08/00549/FUL

Property Name/location Badgers Sett, Morton Green, Welland
Erection of stable block for domestic use, including change of use of land to private equestrian use
Mr. P. Garland
______________________________________________________________________

Proposed first floor extension and replacement porch.

Kohima, New Road, Castlemorton Malvern Worcestershire.

View the details here. (08/00773/FUL)

BIG CHILL 2008

CASTLEMORTON RESIDENTS EARLY NOTIFICATION for the BIG CHILL 2008
at EASTNOR SUNDAY 3rd AUGUST ONLY

For this event RESIDENTS of Castlemorton Parish will be able to have limited complimentary attendance places ( not tickets) on Sunday 3rd August only. Demand usually exceeds availability so we are asking residents who wish to attend to apply for these places by writing to ( or you can deliver by hand to the Parish Hall letter box) Big Chill , Castlemorton Parish Council, The Parish Hall Church Road, Castlemorton, Malvern. WR 13 6BE
Applications by post only to this address by noon on Tuesday 22nd July. Please include a stamped addressed envelope so we can send you proof of allocation of places and state the name of those who will be attending. One application per household. Please include your telephone number.
Once applications are received by the closing date a draw will be held for twoplaces per household if this is necessary ( i.e. demand exceeds supply).
If you have requested more tickets than two and demand is less than supply then a second draw will be held till all places are used. Accompanied Children under 12 enter without ID & do not use an allocated place.
Proof of identification will be necessary against your named attendees when you arrive at the "The Family Camping Gate" ( before Eastnor on the road from Rye Cross) on Sunday 3rd. Please state who will lead your allocation and provide the ID.
We have been asked to provide a list of named attendees to the entry gate staff, before the event commences on Thursday 31 st July. If your names are not correct on this list you might be refused entry.

No late change of names is possible.

Apologies for the rules but these are the strings attached to free entry to BIG CHILL.

Castlemorton PC

Broadband Issues!!!!!!!!

Well I'm back on line..... thanks to a major complaint and letters to Uncle Tom and all Cobleys.


Now for how much longer........? Jerry

CASTLEMORTON PARISH COUNCIL

Draft Minutes of the Meeting of Castlemorton Parish Council held on Tuesday 10th June 2008 at the Parish Hall, commencing at 7.30 p.m.

Present:
Angus Golightly (Chairman), Mary Watts, Gerald Downs, Lionel Bartlett, Jerry Fryman
In Attendance:
District Councillor David Watkins

Members of the Public:
1

Matters from members of the public;
Mr. L. Tovey, a new member of the Parish, asked the Parish Council if they were able to provide advise regarding grazing rights on the Common. Mr. Tovey was advised the contact Ms. F. Morgan at Worcestershire County Council regarding this matter.
Mr. Tovey also raised the problem of floodwater between Hollybush and Eastnor. This is in Herefordshire, however Herefordshire Highways department will be contacted.

2008/12. Apologies
Apologies were received and accepted from County Councillor Wells, Councillors Lupton and Bradshaw.

2008/13. Declarations of interest
There were no declarations of interest.

2008/14. Minutes of the Previous Meeting
It was RESOLVED that the draft minutes of the meeting of 8th May 2008 circulated before the meeting were a true record of that meeting and be signed as such by the Chairman.

2008/15. Matters arising
Missing Post Boxes – the Clerk has once again written to the Royal Mail regarding this situation. It was RESOLVED that the Clerk will once again contact Royal Mail to ensure that this issue is resolved.
Broadband – Councillor Watts informed the meeting of a news item she had seen regarding the availability of Broadband in rural area. She e-mailed the Chairman of Ofcom and had received back a very bland response. Councillor Fryman informed the council of his recent success with mobile broadband and it was suggested that this topic would make a good article for the next Newsletter.

2008/16. Finance Report
a) Payments
It was RESOLVED that the following payments be made:
Cheque no. 608 – S. Normington wages May £104.43
b) Current Financial Situation
Income since 8th May
Bank interest May £24.36
____
£ 24.36

Expenditure since 8th May
Cheque no. 603 – S. Normington wages May £135.84
_____

£135.84

Balance as 10.6.08 - £12107.71 - £3,630.13 in current account and £8,477.58 on deposit
Unpresented cheques:
Cheque no. 603 – S. Normington wages May £135.84

Monies available as at 8.05.08 - £11,971.87
c) VAT
The Clerk reported that the VAT refund has been submitted to Customs and Excise.
d) Annual Return
Mr. Roger Dobson who acts as the Internal Auditor for the Annual Return has very kindly completed the Audit.

2008/17. District Councillor Report
District Councillor Watkins had just come from a meeting regarding the Post Office closures. An announcement will be made regarding the effected Post Offices on 26th August, after which there will be a 6-week consultation period.
Councillor Watkins informed the council that over the past weeks there has been a lot of press speculation regarding the issue of share services between MHDC and Worcester City Council. Councillor Watkins advised the some services, such as Revenues and Benefits have already been merged in order to gain cost efficiencies. However, this topic is on going.
MHDC have employed a Consultancy to look at the problem of drainage and flooding in the district. The Consultancy will work with the District Council for 4 months and will review the problem areas and then advise on how best to deal with these. The Parish Council will feed through information on flooding problems within the Parish to the Consultants.
A great deal of work is being carried out in the area of waste and recycling. Councillor Watkins advised that it is intended the curbside collections of recyclable materials will be expanded once the new facility at Nauton is on-line.

2008/18. Section 137 Grants
The Parish Council has one outstanding Section 137 Grant from last year, that being the grant to the Malvern Hills Conservators. It was RESOLVED that this grant should remain on hold.

2008/19. Parish Hall Trust
Councillor Watts advised the Council that the grants for the improvements to the Parish Hall were still be processed. She had received advice from Community First on the draft grant applications and there is still work to be done.
Councillor Watts has been advised that the Parish Hall Trust should apply for the grant on the work to install a disabled toilet facility in the Hall on which there will be no VAT charged, and that the Parish Council should apply for a grant to improve the electrics in the Hall. This would then enable the VAT to be reclaimed on this work. A further update will be provided at the next Parish Council meeting.

2008/20. The Big Chill
Councillor Golightly had produced a notice detailing instructions on how to apply for tickets to the Big Chill. Arrangements are very similar to previous years. This notice has been sent to Shirley Kirby for inclusion in the next edition of the Parish Magazine and notices have been prepared that will be posted around the Parish. It is vitally important that everyone provides the correct information as detailed in the notice and the deadline date for applications will be strictly applied. It was RESOLVED that processing applications will take place on 22nd July 2008 at 7.30pm.

2008/21. Planning
a) The following report of planning applications received or decided since last meeting was noted.
Number Description Address Status

08/00119/FUL Two storey rear extension The Old Cider House Considered @
Castlemorton Southern Area
Development Committee
On 21/05/08
08/00248/FUL Change of use from grazing to Hilberry MHDC
domestic garden Castlemorton approval

08/00306/FUL Erection of garden room Bessoni Manor Farm MHDC
Castlemorton refusal

08/00394/FUL Proposed extension to existing Pewtrice Farm Considered @
dwelling Castlemorton Southern Area
Development
Committee on
03/06/08

08/00391/FUL Erect stable The Glen PC approval
Castlemorton sent to MHDC

08/00549/FUL Erection of stable block and Badgers Sett PC comments
change of use of land to private Castlemorton sent to MHDC
equestrian

08/00577/FUL Demolition of existing conservatory Acorn Cottage With PC for
and construction of single storey Castlemorton consideration
extension

08/00675/FUL Single and two storey extensions Clarks Farm With PC for
to side of dwelling Druggers End consideration
Castlemorton

b) Councillor Fryman reported to the Council that he had attended the Southern Area
Development Committee on 21st May regarding planning applications for the Old Cider House
and Pewtrice Farm.
He spoke to explain the Parish Councils decision and thoughts on the Old Cider House and this
application was approved by the Committee. However, due to the lateness of the meeting,
the application for Pewtrice Farm was postponed until 3rd June. Councillor Fryman attended
this meeting and spoke to explain the Parish Councils decision and thoughts on the application.
This application was duly approved by the Committee.
The Parish Council still feels unsure about some of the decisions made by the Planning
at MHDC and it has been suggested that a Planning Officer attend the Council and provides
a training session. In particular, more information is required regarding Delegated Powers.
It has been suggested that this training may prove to be beneficial for neighbouring parishes,
such as Birtsmorton and Pendock. It was RESOLVED that a training session for Parish
Councillors will be organised with MHDC planning department for 11th September 2008.

2008/22. Correspondence
A comprehensive list of the Correspondence received was circulated prior to the meeting and hardcopies were available for Councillors to review if necessary.
A letter had been received from a Mr. Robin Phillips regarding Mr. Windle, a past Headmaster of Castlemorton School. It was RESOLVED that a letter be sent to Mr. Phillips advising that the Parish Council did not consider it appropriate to organise an event.

2008/23. Any Other Business/Items for the next Meeting:
· Items for the next meeting – Fuel Share scheme, Environmental issues/meetings, Newsletter, Litter Picking

2008/24. Next Meeting
It was RESOLVED that the next meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 4th September 2008 in the Parish Hall
There being no other business, the meeting closed at 9.40 pm.

Monday, 16 June 2008

Mouchers Corner Post Box

Another triumph for the Parish Council! Thanks to the persistence of our clerk, Sheila, a new post box has finally been installed next to Mouchers Corner in New Road. This has taken three years of badgering Royal Mail. It is on a metal pole and should be more theft-proof than the previous arrangement.

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Bad Broadband- complain at your peril

If you have poor broadband from BT, problems with connecting, low speed. Complain at your peril! If you tackle the 'intercontinental helpers' they may request a monitor to be placed on your telephone line. If it discovers that the line cannot deal with the specified speeds, they will place a cease order on the line and you will no longer be able to get broadband from BT or any other ISP.

The answer ( thank you Gerald) is mobile broadband, not quite so cheap but an effective alternative.

Beware you have been warned! don't complain! I know from experience. Jerry

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Castlemorton Parish Council Draft Agenda

Members of the Council are required to attend the next meeting of the Parish Council to be held 7.00pm Thursday 8th May 2008 at Castlemorton Village Hall


1. Election of Chairman and signing of the Declaration of Office

2. Election of Vice Chairman

3. To consider apologies and approve reasons for absence

4. Declarations of interest

5. Previous minutes of Thursday 6th March 2008 – to approve minutes as being a true record of the meeting

6. Matters arising - progress items for discussion not covered by agenda

7. Finance Report – to consider and approve payments:
Cheque no. 604 – Worcs CALC - £226.60
Cheque no. 605 – Allianz Cornhill - £783.31
Cheque no. 606 – S. Normington - £104.43
Cheque no. 607 – Parish Hall Trust - £283.23
to approve the Financial Report for FY 2007/08 and to approve Section 2 – Annual Governance Statement of the Annual Return FY 2007/08

8. Planning – an update of current planning activity (list attached) and to receive analysis of planning activity during the past 12 months

9. Correspondence – for consideration/information (list attached)

10. Items for future meetings
11. Arrange date of the next meeting.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING - AGENDA

Castlemorton Parish


Members of the Public are invited to attend the Annual Parish meeting to be held 7.30pm
Thursday 8th May 2008 at Castlemorton Village Hall




1. To approve the minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting of 16th May 2007

2. Matters arising from the minutes of 16th May 2007

3. Report by the Chairman of the Parish Council

4. Financial Report – Council Financial Officer

5. Report by District Councillor – David Watkins

6. Report by the County Councillor – Tom Wells

7. Report from the Parish Hall Trust

8. Public comment, questions and discussion

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Looking for a Venue?

The Parish hall is available for events, parties and activities at very reasonable rates. It has a well-equipped kitchen with a separate bar area, and comfortable chairs. For more information contact Joan Bedford on 01684 833441 or at joanbedford@ukonline.co.uk.

Monday, 31 March 2008

April Planning Applications.

Planning Application

MHDC Ref No 08/00394/FUL view the application here.

Property Name/location Pewtrice Farm, Castlemorton
Proposed extension to existing dwelling
Mr. & Mrs. W. Bowen

To planning convenor: 29th March 2008

Return to MHDC by 15th April 2008
Return to Clerk by 10th April 2008

Draft Minutes Castlemorton Parish Council 6th March 2008

CASTLEMORTON PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the Meeting of Castlemorton Parish Council held on Thursday 6th March 2008 at the Parish Hall, commencing at 8.00 p.m.

Present:
Joan Bedford, Beverley Bradshaw, Angus Golightly (Chairman), Mary Watts, Bill Bowen, Gerald Downs, Lionel Bartlett, Don Lupton
In Attendance:
District Councillor David Watkins

Members of the Public:
2

Raised by members of the public – the obstruction on a right of way over a track linking CL9 (Common Land of Malvern Hills Conservators) to a stile accessing footpath 535 and also 533 and 534. Councillor Golightly updated everyone regarding the situation under item 9 of the agenda.

2008/114. Apologies
Apologies were received and accepted from Councillor Fryman and County Councillor Wells

2008/115. Declarations of interest
There were no declarations of interest.

2008/116. Minutes of the Previous Meeting
It was RESOLVED that the draft minutes of the meeting of 10th January 2008 circulated before the meeting were a true record of that meeting and be signed as such by the Chairman.

2008/117. Matters arising
Missing Post Boxes – this issue is still to be resolved. The post box at Mouchers Corner has not been replaced and the replacement at the corner of the Gullett Road and New Road has not been correctly attached. It was RESOLVED that the Clerk will once again contact Royal Mail to ensure that this issue is resolved.
The Environment Agency has visited the Parish regarding muckheap on land at New Road. They had advised that it appeared unlikely that pollution could enter the ditches, however did feel that with wet weather run off was possible. They advised that they would contact the landowner and ask for the manure to be spread as soon as practical.

2008/118. Reports from District Councillor
Councillor Watkins reported that he had been working with a neighbouring parish to locate ‘hot spots’ of flooding and poor drainage. He felt that this had been a very worthwhile exercise and wished to instigate a similar review of Castlemorton Parish.
He reported that MHDC were hopeful that additional funding for more manpower to assist the Drainage Officer would become available. It is hoped that work could be carried out to create an overall plan of problem areas and work required within the district so that priorities could be set.
The push towards processing planning applications under delegated powers continues with the target of the majority of plans being processed within an 8-week timeframe.
Refuse bags – following complaints that the refuse bags provided by MHDC are not strong enough, Councillor Watkins reported that one solution is not to fill the bags so full and hopefully recycle more.

2008/119. Finance Report
a) Payments
It was RESOLVED that the following payments be made:
Cheque no. 599 – S. Normington wages January £ 128.00
Cheque no. 600 – MHDC Local Election expenses £ 57.10
Cheque no. 601 – St. Gregory’s PCC £ 350.00
Cheque no. 602 – S. Normington wages February £ 84.14
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£619.24
b) Current Financial Situation
Income since 11th January
Bank interest January £30.25
Bank Interest February £26.60
______
£56.85

Expenditure since 11th January
Cheque no. 599 – S. Normington wages January £ 128.00
Cheque no. 600 – MHDC Local Election expenses £ 57.10
Cheque no. 601 – St. Gregory’s PCC £ 350.00
Cheque no. 602 – S. Normington wages February £ 84.14
_______
£619.24


Balance as 10.01.08 - £12,039.20 - £3,640.41 in current account and £8,398.79 on deposit

Unpresented cheques:

Cheque no. 600 – MHDC Local Election expenses £ 57.10
Cheque no. 601 – St. Gregory’s PCC £ 350.00
Cheque no. 602 – S. Normington wages February £ 84.14
_______
£491.24

Monies available as at 6.03.08 - £11,547.96

2008/120. Motorbikes on the Common
The police have recently been involved in an incident of someone riding a motorbike on the Common and impounded the bike for a period. However, the bike has now been returned to its owner and the problem has started again. The Parish Council is informed that if this continues residents should record the incident (time, date etc) and report it to the police on 08457 444888, who will log all activity.

2008/121. Location of Properties within the Parish
Following the recent serious fire within the Parish the Parish Council has received concerns regarding the emergency services being able to locate properties and access suitable water hydrants. Councillor Golightly had contacted and visited the Fire Service to discuss this issue. He received assurances that identification of properties and locations was good and viewed the mapping system that the Fire Service use. The mapping system not only shows all the properties in the Parish but also the location of the nearest hydrant.

2008/122 – Right of Way Obstructions
Concerns were raised with regard to an obstruction on a right of way over a track linking CL9 (Common land of Malvern Hills Conservators), near Chandlers Cross, to a stile giving access to footpath 535 and also 533 and 534.
The Parish Council has investigated this matter and ascertained that the land does not lie with CL9 and therefore the obstruction will not be taken up by the Malvern Hills Conservators. The ownership of the track is unproven but a right of way exists. A fence has been erected on this track “to prevent one property from the problem of animals entering the garden”. The Chairman advised the owners verbally that they are required to maintain a fence on their own land to prevent all stock from entering their property, but not erect fences on land that is not in their ownership.
The Chaiman has spoken to the Manager who is Head of Mapping at Worcestershire County Council to obtain advice on the process to be followed regarding this situation. Forms have been received from Worcs CC to enable the Parish Council to advise them of the obstruction on the right of way over the track. The Parish Council has been asked to submit a “ Notice of Application for a Modification Order under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981”, in relation to the right of way on this track. This LENGHTY process is in hand but evidence from the Parishioners and other bodies and organisations who have used this track over the years will help support the Parish Council in this application. Contact should be made with either the Parish Clerk or Chairman.

2008/123. Communications
Councillor Golightly provided the Council with the final analysis of the questionnaire sent out with the Parish Newsletter. The final response was 44 replies from the 277 sent – 16% response rate. From this 31 out of the 44 reported that they received the Parish Magazine and therefore see the report from the Parish Council.
A wide range of suggestions was forthcoming as to where to place further notices and notice boards. However, it was general thought that continuing to place notices on the Board at the Parish Hall, at Hollybush and using smaller notices in places such as Hancocks Lane was sufficient. It was also RESOLVED that two newsletters per year would be produced and distributed to each residence within the Parish, as it was felt that this proved to be an effective method of communicating with the whole Parish.
It was noted that improvements to the Broadband service in the area was of interest, it was therefore RESOLVED that the Clerk would write to BT to enquire as to what action need to be taken to improve this service. Support from the CLA would also be sought who are also involved in lobbying for Broadband improvement in rural areas.

2008/124. Report from the Parish Hall Trust
Councillor Watts reported that research into Grant aid continues. Also advice on upgrading the electrics at the Hall had been sought and a quote would be available for the next meeting of the Parish Hall Trust.

2008/125. Green Issues
Councillor Lupton had provided the Council with a discussion paper regarding green issues and trying to raise environmental awareness in Castlemorton. The idea is to provide information and encourage the development of a forum of interested parishioners, rather than being seen as experts or promoting specific suppliers. The forum could then discuss and receive information on such items as ground source heat pumps, solar power, wind turbines, home insulation and grants. After discussion it was RESOLVED that the Parish Council feel they could become involved in facilitating information exchange on this subject and a meeting will be held on Thursday 24th April at 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall for all those who are interested in this subject area.

2008/126. Meeting Frequency
Councillor Bartlett raised the possibility of increasing the number of meetings held by the Parish Council as every meeting has a very extensive agenda and can run late into the night. It was generally agreed that if more meetings were scheduled the costs of the Council would increase due to the increased administrative work that this would bring. It was felt that this would not be acceptable and therefore after much discussion it was RESOLVED that an effort would be made to provide more discussion papers before the meeting so that all Councillors can be fully briefed on complete issues before the meeting and that a deadline of 10.00 pm would be set for the close of the meeting thereby ensuring everyone is focused on succinct discussion and decision making.



2008/127. Planning
The following report of planning applications received or decided since last meeting was noted.

Number Description Address Status

07/01224/FUL Additional permanent farm workers Keyses Farm Application
dwelling Castelmorton withdrawn


07/01710/FUL Erection of timber framed Old Vicarage MHDC
conservatory Castlemorton approval

07/01636/FUL Siting of timber lodge Grove Farm, MHDC
Druggers End refusal

07/01779/FUL New roof to existing garage to Cider Mill Barn MHDC
form office space Hollybush approval

07/01814/FUL Demolition of existing extension 5 The Reddings MHDC
and new two and single storey Golden Valley refusal
extension

07/01809/FUL Erection of stable block for Badgers Sett, Application
domestic use Morton Green withdrawn

07/01900/FUL Erection of stables, hay store, Land Adj Bannut PC approval
tack room and field shelter Tree House, sent to MHDC
Castlemorton

07/01876/FUL Separation of ground floor to Hampton Villa MHDC
create self-contained holiday let Castlemorton approval

08/00032/FUL Additional permanent farm workers Keyses Farm PC approval
dwelling Castelmorton sent to MHDC

08/00006/FUL Extend permission for mobile home Mount Pleasant MHDC
Castlemorton approval

08/00113/FUL Demolition of extension and new 5 The Reddings PC comments
two and single storey extension Golden Valley sent to MHDC

08/00119/FUL Two storey rear extension The Old Cider House With PC for
Castlemorton consideration

08/00178/FUL Proposed use of part first floor Boulters Farm With PC for
for assembly room in agricultural Castlemorton consideration
building

08/00212/FUL Two bay carriage-house with Woodlands With PC for
enclosed store Castlemorton consideration

08/00248/FUL Change of use from grazing to Hilberry With PC for
domestic garden Castlemorton consideration




2008/128. Correspondence
A comprehensive list of the Correspondence received was circulated prior to the meeting and hardcopies were available for Councillors to review if necessary.

2008/129. Any Other Business/Items for the next Meeting:
· Items for the next meeting – Parish Hall Trust

2008/130. Next Meeting
It was RESOLVED that the next Meeting, which will be the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council, will be held at 7.00 pm on Thursday 8th May 2008 in the Parish Hall. The Annual Parish Meeting will also be held on the same evening and will commence at 7.30 pm.

There being no other business, the meeting closed at 10.05 pm.

Friday, 21 March 2008

CASTLEMORTON ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM

THUSRSDAY 24 th APRIL '08 7.30 pm
CASTLEMORTON VILLAGE HALL.
Free and all are welcome to attend.

Are you interested in saving the environment (and Money )

Castlemorton Parish Council proposes an evening meeting to discuss the application of environmentally friendly technology in our homes.
The evening will include an illustrated talk by a Castlemorton resident and engineer about the requirements , advantages and payback of installing solar water heating, using the system at his home as an example. The talk will include how to identify if your property is suitable and what to consider when enquiring for a system and assessing tenders.
If interest is sufficient, further meeting will be arranged to discuss other applicable technologies.

March Planning applications

Bessoni Manor Farm, Erection of Garden Room extension.

08/00306/FUL View the plans here, comments to Jerry by 24th March 08:

Micklefield Farm, Welland Stone, Proposed Menage.

08/00297/FUL View the plans and comment by 27th March 08

Land At OS8023 3785 Change of use from agricultural and erection of 2 stables.
08/00262/FUL View the plans and comments by 15th March 08.

Sunday, 9 March 2008

Demolish and Replace 'Redwald':- Refused under devolved powers!

This is not in our parish it is in Berrow however it may be of interest.
Access the plans here, they are rather late in being posted but are in place now.







Friday, 29 February 2008

More February Planning Appliations

08/00262/FUL 26/02/2008 Land At (OS 8023 3785) Druggers End Castlemorton Malvern Worcestershire Change of use of agricultural land to pony paddock. Erection of 2 No. stables

08/00248/FUL 25/02/2008 Hillberry Castlemorton Malvern Worcestershire WR13 6JA Change of use from grazing to domestic garden

08/00212/FUL 13/02/2008 Woodlands Castlemorton Common Welland Malvern Worcestershire WR13 6LE Two bay carriage-house with enclosed store Application Pending Consideration

Saturday, 23 February 2008

Boulters Farm, Agricultural Barn

I now have full documentation for this application to change use.

If anyone wants a copy of the correspondence regarding the original application mail me and I will post you copies. Jerry

Discussion Note from Don Lupton - Green Issues:

Is it appropriate that we take an interest in what could, in a very apolitical sense, be called green issues and try to raise environmental awareness in Castlemorton?
It would be good to encourage the creation of an environmental forum so that residents could contribute their knowledge and experience and help guide other residents to appropriate technology and costs and perhaps even encourage co-operative purchasing initiatives.
To this end, I would be prepared to give a talk "Solar Heating - A User's Experience" based on my experience of the system I had installed c. 18 months ago and my knowledge as an engineer. This would address the principles, the cost and payback, the installation and practical results and issues to check with potential suppliers.

We could also invite external bodies, other parishioners, and even (with care) suppliers to give talks on subjects such as:

  • Domestic Heating - Ground source heat pumps, wood burning stoves, etc.
  • Home insulation and grants
  • Wind turbines
  • Cars and Transport
  • Photovoltaics
Questions:
  1. Is this an initiative that the Parish Council wishes to pursue and would other councillors like be involved?
  2. Would people be interested and turn up?
  3. Could we use the Parish Hall (and at what cost)?
  4. If we start, should we start with the talk I propose or another higher profile speaker or more varied programme?

Don Lupton

Saturday, 16 February 2008

Devastating Fire at Bradfords Farm.




Our sincere condolences to the Priday family whose farmhouse at Bradfords Farm was devastated on Wed 13th.

Planning Applications February 2008



08/00119/FUL 29/01/2008 The Old Cider House Castlemorton Malvern Worcestershire WR13 6DA Two storey rear extension. Application Pending Consideration

08/00113/FUL 24/01/2008 5 The Reddings Golden Valley Castlemorton Malvern Worcestershire WR13 6AA Demolition of single storey extension and new two storey and single storey extension Application Pending Consideration

08/00178/FUL 11/02/2008 Boulters Farm Castlemorton Common Welland Malvern Worcestershire WR13 6LE Proposed use of part first floor for assembly room in agricultural building Application Pending Consideration

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Draft Minutes of the Meeting of Castlemorton Parish Council held on Thursday 10th January

CASTLEMORTON PARISH COUNCIL
Draft Minutes of the Meeting of Castlemorton Parish Council held on Thursday 10th January 2008 at the Parish Hall, commencing at 8.00 p.m.

Present:
Joan Bedford, Jerry Fryman, Angus Golightly (Chairman), Mary Watts, Bill Bowen, Gerald Downs, Lionel Bartlett
In Attendance:
District Councillor David Watkins
County Councillor Tom Wells
Members of the Public:
1

Before the start of the meeting Mr. D. Dawe raised three issues for the attention of the Parish Council – being possible contamination from a muckheap on land at New Road, lack of space at Castlemorton School and the need for Affordable Housing within the Parish.
Jemma Newman and Lucy Robotham, Police Community Support Officers were present and reported on the current crime levels within Castlemorton. Over the past 12 months things had been quiet with only 10 reported crimes. They reported that the current issue is the theft of scrap metal. However, they are regularly patrolling the area. They reminded the meeting that their PACT (Partnership and Communities Together) box was now in Welland Post Office. This is to encourage people to report any problems they may have, with crime, housing, etc. The forms are collected on a regular basis, sorted and forwarded on to the relevant agency.

2008/96. Apologies
There were no apologies.

2008/97. Declarations of interest
Councillor Bartlett declared a Personal Interest in items 8 and 9 of the agenda, as he is member of the PCC.

2008/98. Minutes of the Previous Meeting
It was RESOLVED that the draft minutes of the meeting of 7th November 2007 circulated before the meeting were a true record of that meeting and be signed as such by the Chairman.

2008/99. Matters arising
Missing Post Boxes – the Clerk had chased the Royal Mail on this issue before Christmas and just after the Christmas break. At present a response is awaited. It was RESOLVED that the Clerk will once again contact Royal Mail to ensure that this issue is resolved.
The Clerk reported that contact had been made with the Environment Agency regarding the muckheap on land at New Road. They had advised they would visit the site during the present week and report back.

2008/100 – Co-option of New Councillor Member
All the relevant notices requesting applicants for the vacancy on the Parish Council had been posted. Mr. D. Lupton had applied and all Councillors had received a copy of his application. It was RESOLVED that Mr. Lupton be duly co-opted onto the Parish Council.

2008/101. Reports from District and County Councillors
District Council:
Councillor Watkins reported that in an effort to see more planning application processed within an eight-week timeframe, a lot more decisions are being delegated to the Planning Officers. He requested that he should be informed of planning applications received by the Parish Council and advised of decisions taken. Councillor Fryman agreed that Councillor Watkins would be copied in on any correspondence and highlighted that all planning applications can now be viewed on the Parish Council Blog.
County Council:
Councillor Wells reported that a joint meeting of Parish Councils and the Highways Department had been held in December. It was uncertain as to whether any real progress had been made regarding the collective problems discussed. Communications appear to be the main area that needs improvement.
Councillor Wells felt that joint meetings are a good idea as most Parish Councils are experiencing the same problems and dealing with similar issues. It was felt that this type of joint meeting is a good idea and more will be held in the future.
The West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy has been completed and is available for consultation. However, central government has asked that the housing numbers for the area be increased. The impact on Worcestershire of this increase is not clear at present.
An increase in the Central Government grant to the County Council has resulted in the budget for the next year not being quite so serious. An increase of 4.5%, together with a three-year package will result in fewer cuts in services and the ability to plan far better.

2008/102. Finance Report
a) Payments
It was RESOLVED that the following payments be made:
Cheque no. 597 – S. Normington wages December £ 76.52
Cheque no. 598 – A. Golightly Newsletter expenses £166.18
_______

£242.70
b) Current Financial Situation
Income since 9th November
Bank interest November £29.54
Bank Interest December £28.69
______
£58.23

Expenditure since 9th November

Cheque no. 595 – A. Myers Drains @ Parish Hall £658.74
Cheque no. 596 – S. Normington wages November £151.94
Cheque no. 597 – S. Normington wages December £ 76.52
Cheque no. 598 – A. Golightly Newsletter expenses £166.18

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£1053.38

Balance as 10.01.08 - £12,353.05 - £4011.11 in current account and £8,341.94 on deposit

Unpresented cheques:

Cheque no. 597 – S. Normington wages December £ 76.52
Cheque no. 598 – A. Golightly Newsletter expenses £166.18
_______

£242.70

Monies available as at 10.01.08 - £12,110.35

2008/103. Budget and Precept for FY 2008/09
Parish Councillors had received a copy of the proposed budget for their consideration prior to the meeting. Income levels for FY2008/09 were projected to be similar to the current year. A lengthy discussion then took place regarding levels of expenditure. After much discussion, particularly regarding the level of Section 137 expenditure, a proposal was put before the Council that the proposed budget should be amended to remove the Section 137 Grant to the Malvern Hills Conservators of £800.00 and the Section 137 Grant to the Parish Hall Trust of £2500.00. This was agreed by a unanimous vote, therefore it was RESOLVED that these amounts be removed from the budget for FY 2008/09.
Further discussion then took place with regard to the level of Precept to be set. It was generally agreed that the Council needed to ensure that reserves of around £10,000.00 were retained by the Council to ensure that there were sufficient funds should the unexpected take place, with particular regard to the Parish Hall. It was therefore proposed that for FY2008/09 the precept should remain at its existing level (£4,000.00), however that the Parish should be aware that in the future this may have to increase to meet any costs associated with the maintenance of the Parish Hall and to stabilise the reserves at £10,000.00. The Council voted 7 for and 1 against this proposal. Therefore, it was RESOLVED that for the FY2008/09 the precept would be set at £4,000.00.

2008/104. Section 137 Grants
This issue had been discussed at the previous Parish Council meeting and no payments had been made under Section 137 Grants. Three grants had been included in the budget, being £2500 to the Parish Hall Trust, £800 to the Malvern Hills Conservators and £350 to St. Gregory’s Church. After a lengthy discussion it was proposed that only the Grant to St. Gregory’s Church would be paid this year. This proposal was agreed by a unanimous vote and it was therefore RESOLVED that the Parish Hall Trust and Malvern Hills Conservators would not receive their Section 137 Grant this year, but that St. Gregory’s Church would receive a Grant of £350.00. It was also pointed out that a number of Parishioners attend Hollybush Church, so in future support for this church should also be considered.

2008/105. Communications
A copy of the Parish Newsletter had been sent to every household in the Parish and positive feedback received. Councillor Golightly provided all councillors with an analysis of the responses received from the Questionnaire included with the newsletter. There are several issues that will require more investigation and action by the Parish Council and it was RESOLVED that these will be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting. It was generally felt that the newsletter had been a success and appreciated by the Parish and it was RESOLVED that the Parish Council would endeavour to provide two issues per year.
Since the last meeting in November a Parish Blog (http://castlemortonparishcouncil.blogspot.com) had also been created by Councillor Fryman. This is also proving to be a success with agenda’s, minutes and planning information being posted on the site. A total of 131 hits had been made on the Blog during November and December.

2008/106. Report from Parish Hall Trust
Councillor Watts, Chairman of the Parish Hall Trust, reported that a quote for creating a disabled toilet facility had been received - £4,891.00 plus VAT. This did not include painting and decorating as it was felt that volunteers could carry this out. Councillor Golightly reported that the Castlemorton Commoners Association would probably provide a small grant and that he was attending a CALC meeting where a session on Grant aid was to be held. Councillor Golightly will report back to the next meeting on this issue.
A quote for the repairs to the porch had also been received – being in the region of £300.00 and Richard Armitage is currently getting ideas and costings for improving the lighting in the Hall.

2008/107. Update on 4C’s Meetings
The constitution has been agreed and signed. Nothing further to report.

2008/108. South West Joint Core Strategy
Councillor Fryman attended a consultation meeting regarding the South West Joint Core Strategy. At present it is unsure whether the increase in housing required in the West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy will have any effect on the levels of new housing proposed for the Malvern Hills district. A questionnaire has been completed and returned.

2009/109 Planning

The following report of planning applications received or decided since last meeting was noted.

Number Description Address Status

07/01435/FUL Proposed extension to existing Cider Mill Barn Application
garage Hollybush withdrawn

07/01710/FUL Erection of timber framed Old Vicarage PC approval
conservatory Castlemorton

07/01636/FUL Siting of timber lodge Grove Farm, PC comments
Druggers End to MHDC

07/01779/FUL New roof to existing garage to Cider Mill Barn PC approval
form office space Hollybush

07/01814/FUL Demolition of existing extension 5 The Reddings PC comments
and new two and single storey Golden Valley to MHDC
extension

07/01809/FUL Erection of stable block for Badgers Sett, PC comments
domestic use Morton Green to MHDC

07/01900/FUL Erection of stables, hay store, Land Adj Bannut Viewed at
tack room and field shelter Tree House, meeting
Castlemorton PC approval

2008/110. Chairman’s Update
Councillor Golightly reported that he would be attending the MHDC Budget meeting and also the CALC Regional meeting.
He encouraged Councillors to submit agenda items prior to the meetings either to himself or the Clerk.

2008/111. Correspondence
A comprehensive list of the Correspondence received was circulated prior to the meeting and hardcopies were available for Councillors to review if necessary.


2008/112. Any Other Business/Items for the next Meeting:
· Items for the next meeting – Communications, Meeting Frequency, Green Issues.


2008/113. Next Meeting
It was RESOLVED that the next Parish Council Meeting should be held at 7.45pm on
Thursday 6th March 2008 in the Parish Hall.

There being no other business, the meeting closed at 10.25 pm.

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Planning applications January 2008

MHDC Ref No 08/00032/FUL

Property Name/location Keyses Farm, Castlemorton
Additional permanent farm workers dwelling
Mr. M. Parkes



Land Adj Bannut Tree House Castlemorton Malvern Worcestershire.

Erection of stables hay store, tack room and field shelter:
View the documents here:- 07/01900/FUL






Hampton Villa Castlemorton Malvern Worcestershire WR13 6DB

Separation of part of ground floor to create self-contained holiday let

View the documents here:- 07/01876/FUL