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Monday, 16 November 2009

Castlemorton Parish Hall

Thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, Awards for All, Castlemorton Parish Hall has been improved to enable its use by all members of the community. A dedicated disabled toilet has been created and baby-changing facilities have been installed. A further improvement, funded by the Parish Council from the precept, is the replacement of the boiler with a modern, more fuel efficient model. A grant from the Elmley Small Arts Grants Fund together with a generous donation from the Castlemorton Commons Committee has provided the hall with an improved lighting system featuring dimmable uplighters and spotlights, enabling more appropriate and atmospheric lighting for different events.

Low energy light bulbs were provided by the Marches Energy Agency in 2007 as a first step to making the hall more energy efficient. Currently, the Parish Council is reviewing what other improvements can be made to the fabric of the building to improve insulation and reduce fuel use, alongside other sustainable ‘green measures’.

The Parish Council holds occasional meetings of its Environmental Forum to disseminate information and discussion about green technologies and all interested people are welcome to attend.

To enquire about booking the hall, please contact Joan Bedford on 833441.

Draft Minutes CPC 10th November 09

CASTLEMORTON PARISH COUNCIL

Draft Minutes of the Meeting of Castlemorton Parish Council held on
Thursday 10th November 2009 at the Parish Hall, commencing at 7.30 p.m.

Present:

Angus Golightly (Chairman), Mary Watts, Gerald Downs, Joan Bedford, Lionel Bartlett, Jerry Fryman, Don Lupton

In Attendance:

-

Members of the Public:

1

Comments from the General public:

  1. Mr. R. Dawe expressed his displeasure that not all members of the Council were wearing poppies.

2. Mr. R. Dawe questioned the Parish Council on progress made with the Purchase of the Land behind the Parish Hall (covered under item 9 of agenda)

  1. Mr. R. Dawe asked if consideration would be given to fitting photovoltaic panels to the roof of the Parish Hall as part of the improvements being discussed (covered under item 9 of agenda).
  2. Mr. Dawe suggested that the outside of the Parish Hall should be re-painted and some type of floral decoration/mural could be painted around the windows to improve the overall exterior.

2009/44. Apologies

Apologies were received and accepted from Councillors Bowen and Bradshaw.

2009/45. Declarations of interest

There were no declarations of interest.

2009/46. Minutes of the Previous Meeting

It was RESOLVED that the draft minutes of the meeting of Thursday 10th September 2009 circulated before the meeting were a true record of that meeting and be signed as such by the Chairman.

2009/47. Matters arising

There were none.

2009/48. Finance Report

a) Payments

It was RESOLVED that the following payments be made:

Cheque no. 635 – Clerks wages & expenses September £ 113.74

Cheque no. 636 – KR Dawe Builder for building works on Parish

Hall £7,845.30

Cheque no. 637 – Clerks wages & expenses October £ 56.54

b) Current Financial Situation

Income since 10th September

Grant monies from Parish Hall Committee £7450.00

Expenditure since 10th September

Cheque no. 635 – Clerks wages & expenses September £ 113.74

Cheque no. 636 – KR Dawe for building works on Parish

Hall £7,845.30

Cheque no. 637 – Clerks wages & expenses October £ 56.54

_________

£8,015.58

Balance as 10.11.09 - £13,527.47

Unpresented cheques:

Cheque no. 637 – Clerks wages & expenses October £ 56.54

Monies available as at 10.11.09 - £13,470.93

c) The Charity Commission Annual Return has been completed for the Parish Hall Trust.

2009/49. Planning

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

Number Description Address Status

09/00936/FUL Double stables and tack/feed room Fernleigh MHDC

Castlemorton approval

09/01067/HOU Two storey side extension and two Sherwood Cottage MHDC

rear dormer windows approval

09/01136/AGR Storage tank for juice following Mount Pleasant MHDC

processing of cider apples Castlemorton notification

2009/50. Correspondence

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

2009/51. Parish Hall Trust

An update on the current projects was provided as follows (the majority of items are subject to grants being available):

a) Purchase of land at the rear of the hall. No progress to report.

b) Front Windows. Councillor Fryman has investigate local windows suppliers, materials and styles (a choice between PVC and Aluminium). He will present his findings to the Parish Hall Trust, who will then bring their proposals to the Parish Council for discussion and agreement. An estimate of £2,500 has been obtained to replace the windows and this figure will be used in the grant application.

c) Wall insulation. Councillor Golightly has seen the work carried out to insulate the walls at Berrow Village and has obtained an estimate of approx. £10,000 to carry out similar work at Castlemorton. This ballpark figure will be used when applying for the grant.

d) New central heating boiler. The working party has had the new boiler installed. The work came in under the budget set at the last Parish Council meeting.

e) Structural Integrity of Hall. Whilst the builders were installing the Disabled Toilets they carried out work to the front corner of the hall where there has been cracking to the walls. On digging down to see if the soak away was blocked it was established there was no soak away in this area. Therefore one was constructed. The cracks in the wall have been filled with a flexible jointing compound and markers have been positioned to see if movement in this area continues.

Details of two structural engineers have been obtained with a view of carrying out an initial visual inspection of the hall. Councillor Bartlett expressed his concerns that the work carried on the front wall of the hall has made this work more difficult as some of the evidence may have been covered up. However, Councillor Golightly advised the Council that the builder who carried out this work has provided a specification of what he found and photographs were taken. After much discussion it was proposed that the services of a Structural Engineer should be engaged to carry out an initial visual inspection of the building and provide an opinion on its structural integrity. The possible cost of this work will be between £200 - £300. This was unanimously agreed. It was therefore RESOLVED that Councillor Golightly should organise this work.

If further work is require to dig down to examine the footings it was felt that this would cost in the region of £500.00.

f) Photovoltaic panels – Councillor Lupton advised the council that Government Legislation regarding the feed-in tariffs was on the way and the tariff was likely to be in the region of 35p per unit. This could generate a nice income for the Parish Council. With regard to concerns about the weight of the panels on the roof, he advised that the panels weigh approx. 10 – 12 kg and the cost of installation would be approx. £15,000. It was proposed that the installation of photovoltaic panels be included in the grant application. Agreement to this proposal was unanimous. It was therefore RESOLVED that this item be added to the Grant application.

2009/52. Lengthsman Scheme

Birtsmorton Parish Council is currently undertaking a survey to establish how much work a Lengthsman could carry out on their behalf. Councillor Golightly has been in contact with the Lengthsman who works for Welland Parish Council. He is available for extra work. After discussion it was felt that there would be sufficient work in the Parish to employ a Lengthsman for one day per month. It was therefore RESOLVED that Castlemorton Parish Council would go forward with the employment of a Lengthsman and join with Birtsmorton if they decide to go ahead.

2009/53. Standing Orders

New Standing Orders had been circulated to all Parish Councillors prior to the meeting. It was proposed that the Parish Council adopt the Standing Orders. This was agreed unanimously. It was therefore RESOLVED that the standing orders be adopted.

2008/54. Any Other Business/Items for the next Meeting

· Items for the next meeting – Parish Hall Trust, Employment of a Lengthsman, 2010/11 budgets and set the precept

· Any further agenda items should be advised to the Clerk prior to the next meeting.

2008/55. Next Meeting

It was RESOLVED that the next meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 7th January 2010 in the Parish Hall.


There being no other business, the meeting closed at 9.30 pm.

Saturday, 31 October 2009

Replacement for 'Little Arley' Birtsmorton

You really must peruse the plans to replace the now demolished building with this large exectutive style country house.

Even though you are not Birtsmorton PCC you can view the proposal and comment.

Friday, 4 September 2009

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 10th September 2009 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)

To consider apologies and approve reasons for absence

Declarations of interest

Previous minutes of Tuesday 16th June 2009 – to approve minutes as being a true record of the meeting

Matters arising - progress items for discussion not covered by agenda

Finance Report – to consider and approve payments made since 16th June 2009

District and County Councillor Reports

Worcestershire Hub – to discuss efficiency of the Worcestershire Hub


Planning – an update of current planning activity since 16th June 2009 (list attached)

Correspondence – for consideration/information (list attached)

Parish Hall Trust – to discuss topics covered by Working Group at meeting of 6th August and to decide which proposals will be adopted and timescales

Broadband Progress - to discuss progress

Lengthsman Scheme – to discuss whether Castlemorton should appoint a Lengthsman

Foot Paths warden – update

14. Items for future meetings
15. Confirm date of the next meeting – 10th November 2009

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Plastic window-frames will rot your soul

Mary & Jerry recommend Christopher Howse's article in the Telegraph

A Personal View! Everyone needs protecting from UPVC, not just architectural snobs.

Plastic windows are an abomination. But they do not rot. Hence their meretricious allure. A "plague" of these window-frames has swept, like plastic pig flu, over our grey and pleasant conservation areas, according to Simon Thurley, the head of English Heritage. "It's a very big issue," he says.

To which you might be tempted to reply: "Come off it." Yet even if it is not quite as big an issue as Iran, he is right. Indeed, it is worse than he says, for no street, be it never so humble and miles from a

conservation area, should be blighted by plastic windows.

If the eyes are the windows of the soul, windows are the eyes of houses. Our sight is drawn to them; if they're wrong, the whole thing looks ugly. It is like trying to make eye contact with a man who squints.

On television, the great defender of proper windows was Alec Clifton-Taylor, who changed the way a generation looked at the streets around them with his series Six English Towns
(followed by six more). "What could be more agreeable?" he would ask, leaning sideways at the corner of Broad Street, Ludlow.

Pity the foolish freeholder who had done away with the glazing-bars of his windows, leaving dark expanses of flat glass that made the facade look blind. Clifton-Taylor's reaction to double-glazing merchants was much the same as that of the owner of a riding stables might be to a request by the protagonist of Equus
for a night's lodgings.

The forces acting here, though, are not purely architectural. It being England, snobbery comes into it. An elegant Georgian construction is the most des res, and such houses had nicely formed bars to hold the glazing. So these features became a shibboleth of domestic architecture, not met in debased Victorian Gothic, or worse, 1950s Modernism. Anyone who doubts this only has to consider the neighbours' reaction to Lord
Rogers's designs for the Chelsea barracks site.

Ah, you may say, UPVC doesn't mean ugly windows. It can be moulded to look like the finest work of William Kent. But even if it could be, it isn't. It is given horribly sharp-edged, flat-profile, lifeless finishes. It discolours, becomes brittle and cracks (although the makers insist that this is not now such a problem). You can spot a plastic window at 50 paces. It is what nylon shirts were in the 1960s - easy-care and cheap, and they looked it.

Perhaps it is going too far to say that plastic windows are inevitably fatal. Greenpeace calls the material they are made from "killer plastic", as it produces toxic waste. But a similar argument would ban granite cellars in Cornwall, which fill up with poisonous, radioactive radon gas. No one minds that.

Worse than shortening your life, however, is that plastic windows rot the soul. They are part of the degradation of the humane, along with ready meals, ballpoint pens,
fleeces, bacon that oozes white stuff, air-conditioning, gangster rap, chewing gum, digital cameras, floodlighting, MP3 players on trains, cellophane-wrapped flowers, microwaves, air-fresheners and UHT milk.

At a residents' meeting, my neighbours debated whether we should get plastic window-frames to replace the century-old wood. They might have done it, too, but for the rules of the conservation area where we live.

In a free country, everyone would be allowed to tear down their house and build up anything they wanted. Such were the freedoms that left us some of the most glorious treasures of our architectural inheritance. But householders cannot be trusted any more, let alone architects and councils. So if we do need constitutional reform, a beneficent measure would be to outlaw plastic window frames throughout the land, in perpetuity. Christopher Howse


 


 

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Draft Minutes of the Meeting of Castlemorton Parish Council held on Tuesday 16th June 2009

CASTLEMORTON PARISH COUNCIL

at the Parish Hall, commencing at 7.30 p.m.

Present: Angus Golightly (Chairman), Mary Watts, Bill Bowen, Joan Bedford, Lionel Bartlett, Jerry Fryman, Beverly Bradshaw, Don Lupton
In Attendance:
District Councillor David Watkins
Members of the Public:
1

There were no comments from the General public.

2009/14. Apologies

Apologies were received and accepted from Councillors Downs and District Councillor Wells.
2009/15. Declarations of interest

There were no declarations of interest.
2009/16. Minutes of the Previous Meeting

It was RESOLVED that the draft minutes of the meeting of Thursday 7th May 2009 circulated before the meeting were a true record of that meeting and be signed as such by the Chairman.

2009/17. Matters arising

Post Boxes – the Clerk had requested that the damaged Post box at the junction of New Road/Gullett road be removed and had been informed that a works order for this had been placed. However, Councillor Golightly has since removed the damaged box.

2009/18. Finance Report

a) Payments

It was RESOLVED that the following payments be made:

Cheque no. 628 – SN Wages May £116.56
Current Financial Situation
Income since 7th May

None

Expenditure since 7th May

Cheque no. 628 – S Normington Wages May £116.56

_____

£116.56


Balance as 15.06.09 - £12,420.57
Unpresented cheques:

Cheque no. 628 – SN Wages May £116.56 _____

£116.56


Monies available as at 15.06.09 - £12,304.01

Further investigation by the Clerk regarding a Lloyds TSB deposit account had established that the £10,000 would have to be locked up for a minimum of 6 weeks at a rate of 0.6%. After discussions the Parish Council felt that as work was due to commence on the Parish Hall, it would not be sensible to open such an account with restrictions on access for such a low rate of return. It was RESOLVED that the Clerk should investigate other instant access deposit accounts with the major UK banks.

2009/19. District Councillor Report

District Councillor reported on the following items;

Flooding – the consultant BWB have issued Stage II of their report into flooding issues within the district, a summary of which will be available on the Malvern Hills District Council (MHDC) website. A new facilitator will be appointed to carry out the actions highlighted by the report. Councillor Golightly expressed his concerns about the content of the report as he felt it was unsatisfactory with regard to the criteria chosen to select the areas of improvement/work. He will visit the MHDC hub and view a copy of the report.

Green waste collection service – this service was introduced in April and has proved very popular with 1100 households joining the scheme.

Curb side Waste Collection – Councillor Watkins advised that the Public Consultation report into all of the aspects of waste collection had been produced and was due to be circulated to all members of District Council. However, he could advise that the committee had listened very carefully to the wishes of the public and that weekly collection would continue. From April 2010 there would be collection of one recycling sack, containing all recyclable items and one black sack for residual waste. However, he did point out that as a District we need to increase our recycling rate from 27% to 34% by 2014. Information on what items can be placed in the recycling sack will be circulated prior to April 2010.
2009/20. Planning

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


09/00428/FUL Replacement of mobile home Damson Tree Southern Area

Lodge Planning Committee 17th June

09/00433/FUL Proposed extension of Hollybed Farm MHDC

agricultural building House approval
09/00477/FUL & Conversion of redundant barns Walk Farm PC approval

09/00478/LBC to 3 residential units Castlemorton

09/00617/FUL Bedroom extension. Demolition Badgers Sett PC objection
of lean to structure and replace. Morton Green
Alteration to stable roof line and
Provision of double opening doors.
Change of use of land to private equestrian.

b) Concern was expressed regarding the garage and workshop being built at the Hamptons, Hollybed Street. Even though it was felt that the building work was permissible under ‘Permitted Development’ it was RESOLVED that the Clerk should write to the Planning Department to check, with particular regard to the window in the workshop that looks over the neighbouring property.

2009/21. Correspondence
A comprehensive list of the Correspondence received was circulated prior to the meeting and hardcopies were available for Councillors to review if necessary.

2009/22. Parish Hall Trust
Councillor Watts reported that it is hoped that building work on the toilets and repairs to the porch will commence in the next 6 weeks. She has also organised for a Community Service Volunteer to tidy up the front of the Hall. Also from feedback received from a recent booking at the Hall it has been suggested that that bins are moved from the front of the Hall by the entrance to the Bar entrance and that an improved bin for smokers should be provided.
A lengthy discussion then took place regarding other ideas for improving the Hall, these included:
Replacement windows to the front of the Hall – Councillor Bedford has received a quote to replace the existing windows with PVCu, which would help retain heat within the Hall. The pros and cons of the visual appeal of PVCu windows was discussed and whether some type of secondary glazing would be more suitable. It was RESOLVED that Councillors Fryman and Bartlett would assist Councillor Bedford in obtaining alternative quotes.
Purchase of additional land around hall – Councillor Golightly has organised a meeting with the owner of the land surrounding the Hall to discuss ideas. He will report back on progress at the next Parish Council meeting.
Central heating boiler – Councillor Bedford expressed concerns about the boiler and suggested that is may need to be replaced. It was RESOLVED that the boiler should be serviced and no decision made regarding a replacement until after the Environmental Forum and investigation into grants.
Energy efficiency – Grants for improving the energy efficiency of the Hall are available, but the forms are not yet available. Once these are obtained the Parish Hall trust will consider all ideas for improving the energy efficiency of the Hall, including new windows, dry-lining the Hall and a new boiler, plus any other items which are put forward as a result of the forthcoming Environmental Forum.
A working party will be formed to look at the Energy Efficiency grants and how the Parish Hall Trust can take advantage of them.

2009/23. Broadband
Councillor Fryman has contacted Joel Killer, the Economic Development Officer at MHDC, regarding the problems with Broadband within the Parish. Mr. Killer has advised that BT recommend at BT-i plate, which can help broadband reception.

2009/24. Big Chill
Notices advertising this event and how to apply for tickets have been posted around the Parish. The closing date for applications is 16th July. Ticket allocation will take place at 6.30 pm on the Friday 17th.

2009/25. Environmental Forums
The next environmental forum will discuss ideas which could make the running of the Parish Hall much more economic and environmentally friendly. This will take place on 1st July at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall. Notices advertising this forum will be posted around the Parish.

2009/26. Footpaths Warden
As Footpaths warden Councillor Golightly has received a list of actions from Worcestershire County Council. He advised the Parish Council that he is working his way through them, but may well miss some of the deadlines stipulated..

2008/27. Any Other Business/Items for the next Meeting
Items for the next meeting – Parish Hall Trust
Any further agenda items should be advised to the Clerk prior to the next meeting.

2008/28. Next Meeting
It was RESOLVED that the next meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 10th September 2009 in the Parish Hall.

There being no other business, the meeting closed at 10.00 pm.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Castlemorton Parish Council AGENDA 16/6/09

Members of the Council are required to attend the next meeting of the Parish Council to be held 7.30pm Tuesday 16th June 2009 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. To consider apologies and approve reasons for absence
2. Declarations of interest
3. Previous minutes of Thursday 7th May 2009 – 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 made since 7th May 2009
6. District and County Councillor Reports
7. Planning – an update of current planning activity since 7th May 2009 (list attached)
8. Correspondence – for consideration/information (list attached)
9. Parish Hall Trust – to receive report from Parish Hall Trust regarding future improvements to Parish Hall
10. Broadband Progress and MHDC Website – to discuss progress
11. Big Chill 2009 - update
12. Environmental Forums – to discuss ideas and dates for future forums
13. Foot Paths warden
14. Items for future meetings
15. Confirm date of the next meeting – 10th September 2009

Monday, 8 June 2009

Castlemorton Parish Council Environmental Forum

A Discussion on proposals to make the Parish Hall Carbon Neutral.

“Your Green Parish Hall for the Future?”

In the Parish Hall at 7:30 on Wednesday the 1st of July.

Admission is Free and topics will include improved insulation, photovoltaics, condensing boilers, and air source heat pumps.

Everyone is Welcome

Saturday, 6 June 2009

County Election Result: TOM WELLS


Results:Powick
Gains after 57/57 results:
Labour PartyConservative PartyLiberal Democrat PartyOther Party
Lab 3Con 42Lib 8Oth 4
13.4 %42.7 %18.3 %25.5 %
Powick Division: Election Results

Candidate NamePolitical PartyNumber of VotesPercentage of Votes
Tom WELLSLiberal Democrat243462.19%
David WATKINSConservative108027.59%
David BARRIEUK Independence Party2706.90%
Dennis Charles NIGHTINGALE SMITHGreen Party1303.32%

Thursday, 4 June 2009

BIG CHILL 6th to 9th AUGUST 2009


Castlemorton Parish are again being offered complimentary places.
The difference from previous years is that you can go to the whole event free & will be issued with a named ticket.
If you are a resident ( live within the parish boundary) you can apply for these ( one application per household ) There may be a draw if over subscribed.

APPLICATIONS only by post or by hand to BIGCHILL/CPC, the Parish Hall, Church Road, Castlemorton, WR13 6BE to arrive no later than noon Thursday 16th July.
Include a stamped self addressed envelope to enter application Your names in order of preference for adults 18 years plus ( your name will be on each ticket & ID will be required at entry)
Number of all 17 year olds & under including toddlers & babies (but no ID required for this age group)

ENTRY will be via any gate, on any day. If you intend to leave BIG CHILL & re enter at any time DO NOT REMOVE YOUR TAG

PARKING is free on Sunday, but £8.50 for 6th-8th Purchase ticket on entry or if you want a chosen car park pre book at Ledbury or Gt. Malvern Tourist Info Centres ( Green is on LHS on Ryecross / Ledbury road, Red is near Eastnor gates, Blue is off Gt Malvern to Ledbury road. Red filling fast ) Map at www.bigchill.net.

TICKETS will be sent to arrive by Wed. 22nd July. Once issued it will not be possible to change names on Adult tickets. They require the same name ID to be shown at any gate on any day
Apologies for changed arrangements from BIGCHILL but this is simpler for them & for Castlemorton residents it is free for the whole event, if you wish. Good deal, enjoy the event.

PLEASE supply all information requested precisely

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

JOIN THE LOBBY FOR FASTER ACCESS TO BROADBAND

It could be faster, better or even at all. Is this your situation?

Recent discussions (9 – 18 5 2009) with Joel Killer, Economic Development Officer MHDC, has established that the problem of poor quality Broadband access within the Parish is being given some attention by BT.

BT might consider some local boosting within selected areas of the exchange footprint. The parish exchange is an unfortunate shape, but if clusters of Broadband users (or potential users) could be identified this may be the first step to improvement.

You can help this process by emailing joel.killer@malvernhills.gov.uk with your information.

  • Your Name,
  • Postal address, including postcode.
  • Email address.
  • Telephone service provide.
  • Internet service provider,
  • Your Grid reference. (six digit ) begins SO xxxxxx (this will help to narrow down your location)
  • Give an indication of your present speed.

You can obtain your broadband speed from http://www.speedtest.net/ (be patient!)

Look here for your grid reference http://getamap.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/getamap/frames.htm?mapAction=gaz&gazName=p&gazString=CASTLEMORTON)

Minutes of the Meeting of Castlemorton Parish Council held on Thursday 7th May 2009 at the Parish Hall, commencing at 7.30 p.m.

Minutes of the Meeting of Castlemorton Parish Council held on
Thursday 7th May 2009 at the Parish Hall, commencing at 7.30 p.m.

Present:

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

In Attendance:

Members of the Public:

1

2009/1. Election of Chairman

It was proposed by Councillor Watts and seconded by Councillor Bartlett that Councillor Golightly should stand as Chairman. It was RESOLVED unanimously that Councillor Golightly be chairman and the Declaration of Office was duly signed.

2009/2. Election of Vice Chairman

It was proposed by Councillor Watts and seconded by Councillor Golightly that Councillor Bowen should stand as Vice Chairman. It was RESOLVED unanimously that Councillor Bowen should be Vice Chairman.

2009/3. Apologies

Apologies were received and accepted from Councillors Downs, Lupton and Bradshaw.

2009/4. Declarations of interest

There were no declarations of interest.

2009/5. Minutes of the Previous Meeting

It was RESOLVED that the draft minutes of the meeting of 5th March 2009 circulated before the meeting were a true record of that meeting and be signed as such by the Chairman.

2009/6. Matters arising

  • Post Boxes – a letter was sent to the Royal Mail objecting to the permanent removal of the post box at Gullett Road/New Road. Councillor Golightly had subsequent discussions with Mr. J. Saunders of the Royal Mail who informed him that this box was definitely not going to be replaced following it being destroyed by a firework. It was explained that there was an alternative box close by and that if anyone had problems accessing the boxes in the area that the delivery postmen would be willing to take post from individual households.

2009/7. Finance Report

a) Payments

It was RESOLVED that the following payments be made:

Cheque no. 623 – SN Wages March £ 83.89

Cheque no. 624 – Evans Electrical Services £1700.57

Cheque no. 625 – Worcs CALC £ 234.62

Cheque no. 626 – Allianz Insurance £ 840.76

Cheque no. 627 – S. Normington Wages £ 123.55

_____

£2983.39

b) Current Financial Situation

Income since 6th March

Bank interest February £ 6.25

Bank interest March £ 2.75

MHDC – 1st 50% Precept £2000.00

MHDC – refund of Planning fee £ 189.75

Bank of Ireland – Interest on closing account £ 0.57

E-on – Wayleave for electric pole in car park £ 6.20

Castlemorton Village Hall – electrical work £ 500.00

____

£2705.52

Expenditure since 6th March

Cheque no. 623 – S. Normington March £ 83.89

Cheque no. 624 – Evans Electrical Services £1700.57

Cheque no. 625 – Worcs CALC £ 234.62

Cheque no. 626 – Allianz Insurance £ 840.76

Cheque no. 627 – S. Normington wages April £ 123.55

_____

£2983.39

Balance as 7.05.09 - £13,619.50 in current account including £8,662.29 removed from Bank of Ireland

Unpresented cheques:

Cheque no. 625 – Worcs CALC £ 234.62

Cheque no. 626 – Allianz Insurance £ 840.76

Cheque no. 627 – S. Normington wages April £ 123.55

______

£1198.93

Monies available as at 07.05.09 - £12,420.57

  1. As agreed at the last Parish Council meeting (5th March 2009), the deposit account with the Bank of Ireland has been closed the money transferred in the Lloyds TSB current account. The Financial Officer advised the Council that if they opened up a deposit account with £10,000 based on a 6-week notice period they would receive 1.25% interest. It was RESOLVED that a Lloyds TSB deposit account should be opened.

  1. Annual Return

Section 2 of the Annual Return – Annual Governance Statement was read to the members of the council. It was RESOLVED that this should be agreed and signed by the Chairman.

  1. Approval of the Accounts 2008/09

It was RESOLVED that the Accounts presented by the RFO for the Financial year 2008/09 be adopted.

2009/8. Planning

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

Number Description Address Status

08/02018/LBC Conversion of redundant farm Walk Farm MHDC

to build 4 residential units Castlemorton refusal

08/01967/FUL Replace existing conservatory Woodlands MHDC with larger one Castlemorton approval

09/00100/FUL Demolish existing lean- to and Badgers Sett MHDC

rebuild slightly extended and to Morton Green refusal

add first floor bedroom

09/00095/CLE Certificate of lawfulness for an Grove Farm CLE issued

existing use of land as domestic Druggers End

garden

09/00008/FUL Conversion of the ‘Upper Dairy’ Barns @ Fair MHDC

milling parlour and two storey Oaks Farm approval

Mill House to form B1 office space Hollybush

09/00428/FUL Replacement of mobile home Damson Tree PC

Lodge approval

09/00433/FUL Proposed extension of Hollybed Farm PC

agricultural building House approval

b) The Parish Council has sent a letter to the Planning Enforcement objecting to the

development work at Myrtleberry Cottage.

2009/9. Correspondence

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

2009/10. Parish Hall Trust

Councillor Golightly has approached the owner of the land surrounding the village hall with a view to purchasing additional ground to develop further car parking. It was RESOLVED that Councillor Golightly will write outlining the two options that the Council would like considered.

2009/11. Environmental Forums

The next forum will discuss ideas which could make the running of the Parish Hall much more economic and environmentally friendly. A date for the forum is to be organised with Councillor Lupton

2008/12. Any Other Business/Items for the next Meeting:

  • Items for the next meeting – Parish Hall Trust, Environmental Forums

Any further agenda items should be advised to the Clerk prior to the next meeting.

2008/78. Next Meeting

It was RESOLVED that the next meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 16th June 2009 in the Parish Hall.

There being no other business, the meeting closed at 9.40 pm.