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Friday, 17 September 2010

Man, 76, avoids jail over Castlemorton Asbo breaches

Richard Dawe, 76, of Hollybed Street, Castlemorton, must observe a curfew after admitting three breaches of an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo). An elderly man who tormented his neighbours by singing loudly outside their homes and insulting them has been given a 16-week suspended jail term.
The Asbo bans him from causing neighbours fear or distress, Worcester Crown Court heard on Wednesday.
Police said Dawe subjected neighbours to daily verbal abuse and threats.
Sgt Geoff Murphy, from South Worcestershire Police, said Dawe had been the subject of Asbos since 2004 and had breached them on several occasions.
In December 2008 he was charged with breaching the Asbo in the Worcestershire village, he said.
Mr Murphy said: "It started with threats, verbal abuse and from there it just moved on to (what) some people would regard as perhaps antagonising behaviour but when it happens day after day after day and you wake up with a knot in your stomach not knowing if it's going to happen again today it must be a pretty awful feeling."
Dawe was given a three-month curfew which requires him to be at home between 2200 and 0600.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Draft Minutes September meeting


Draft minutes of the meeting of Castlemorton Parish Council held on
Thursday 2nd September 2010 at the Parish Hall, commencing at 7.30p.m.




Angus Golightly (Chairman), Mary Watts, Bill Bowen, Lionel Bartlett, & Don Lupton,


In Attendance: 


Members of the Public: 



27/2010. Apologies

Apologies Cllrs. Smallwood,Bradshaw,Downs & Fryman and accepted, also District Cllr. Watkins.


28/2010. Declarations of interest

There were no declarations of interest.


29/2010. Minutes of the Previous Meeting

It was RESOLVED that the draft minutes of the annual meeting of 6th July 2010 were a true record of that meeting.


30/2010. Progress Reports

  • Footpaths: As Parish Path Warden the Chairman reported that he had advised the County Council of temporary closure of footpaths CM562 (North end) & CM 564 (West end) whilst bridge/drainage/improved access work was carried out by local resident (Mr David Wood) at the rear of his property Bannut Tree Cottage. Mr Wood having previously contacted the County Council to no avail. The work is near completion and the Chairman has reinstated the footpath way signs.

    The chairman reported that there was confusion over the finalisation of work to complete footpath CM 595 in the area of Chandlers Cross. The fence obstruction was to be removed and a new footpath finger post erected. The residents have now expressed concerns about track maintenance. Cllrs agreed that this footpath would be maintained in a similar manner to all other parish footpaths including those in conjunction with Malvern Hills Conservators and finalisation of said footpath be completed ASAP.


  • Highways 17/2010: Clerk was seeking written/verbal confirmation from the County Council of the areas of repair actioned and to be actioned. Only a Hub receipt to date.


    Further highway matters to be reported include damaged marker bollards opposite The Old Smithy on the B4208, south side of New Road and pot holes along quarry road in the vicinity of Bowling Green Farm.


  • Winter Service Report completed by County Council. Awaiting news of grit bins.


31/2010. Finance Report


  1. Payments


It was RESOLVED that the following payments be made:






Authorised Payment



6th July




Less Expenditure 


No 656 Clement Keys



External Audit



No 657 Clerk



Wages Aug/Sept 



No 658 Watts 



Parish Hall blinds 







Monies Available

2nd September





NB Clement Keys charge rates are directed by Councils receiving grants hence this invoice is an increase on previous years.


32/2010 District Councillor Report

Cllr Watkins reported on:

  • The impending Medium Term Financial Plan

  • Changes affecting the NHS across Worcestershire including management of the new Malvern Hospital.


33/2010. Planning

a) Report of planning applications received/decided since last meeting was noted.


Number        Description                Address         Status



Proposed 2 storey rear and side extension with dormer windows.

Sherwood Cottage Eight Oaks

MHDC: Approved 14/7/10


Demolition of outbuilding and construction of single storey extension to provide dependent accommodation

Grove farm Druggers End


MHDC: Approved 3/8/10


2 storey side & front extension alternative to approved scheme. 10/00106/CPU

Badgers Sett

Morton Green 

MHDC: Refused 28/7/10.

Applicant appealed 18/8/10


New entrance and replacement roof over existing garage. 

Hope Orchard

Glos. Rd. Castlemorton

PC: No objection 


In his absence Cllr Fryman had previously reported to the Parish Council that he had received acknowledgement from his letter to Harriet Baldwin MP re permitted development. (Minute 17/2010)This includes responses from The Planning Inspectorate and Communities and Local Government. In conclusion the aim is to ''radically reform the planning system to give neighbourhoods far more ability to determine the shape of the places in which the inhabitants live.''


    Alleged Breach of Control re Biddles Farm & Caravan at Broomhill Coppice. MHDC have allocated a Physical Harm Priority 3 to both these cases and they will be investigated by the Enforcement Officer.



34/2010. Correspondence

A list of the correspondence, Appendix 1 received, was advised by the clerk to councillors and hardcopies were available for Councillors to view.



35/2010. Parish Hall Trust


Trustees reported;

  • 2 blinds have been purchased for the west windows at a cost of £52.00 and awaiting installation.
  • Faulty fan in the ladies toilet, RESOLVED new fan be purchased/fitted by electrician asap.
  • Specification for replacement windows being presently sought.


Chairman reported that the Bat Survey by J Birks of Swift Ecology (at a quoted cost of £988 plus vat) was under way the first count recently conducted.


Still seeking 25% support grants to the main Leader application for the major proposed capital work on the Parish Hall. Looking at Awards For All, Landfill and Community First – Grass Roots.


In anticipation of success with grant applications it was RESOLVED to seek support with Bank Rolling (Bridging Loan) from MHDC – Finance & Resources as previously advised by Joel Killer. This would assist finances, so paying contractors when tasks completed prior to grant receipts.


36/2010. Big Chill


  • Revenue for Parish Hall Trust following donation from ticket receipts was £1,775.00.
  • The chairman was due to meet Big Chill organisers for a post event evaluation.


37/2010. CALC Updates


Particular Issues:

Competence and The Big Society & Capping the Precept


38/2010. Any Other Business/Items for the next Meeting:

Any further agenda items should be advised to the Clerk prior to the next meeting including any areas of work within the remit of the Lengsthman.


39/2010. Next Meeting


It was RESOLVED that the next meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 4th November 2010 in the Parish Hall.



Future dates for Parish Council meetings as follows:


Thursday 13th January 2011 NB THIS IS A DATE CHANGE

Thursday 10th March 2011 Thursday 12th May 2010


There being no other business, the meeting closed at 9.50 pm.