Minutes 15 July 2020

Online meeting of Brockhampton Group Parish Council at 7:30PM on Wednesday 15th July 2020 via ‘Zoom’


Present: Clive Brazier (Chairman), Shaun Simpson, David Boddington, Helen Allan, Debi Darby
In attendance: David Hunter-Miller (Clerk)

1. Apologies for absence
Apologies were received from Lindsey Vernalls.

It was resolved to approve apologies from Dave Cave who was unable to attend virtual meetings due to technology issues.

2. Declarations of interest
Nil declared.

3. Dispensations
Nil received.

4. Open Session
The meeting will be adjourned for the open session.

4.1. Ward Councillor
Nigel Shaw had circulated the following report prior to the meeting:

Linton Household waste recycling centre now open by appointment only. Anecdotal evidence is that appointments are easy to get and that visits are swift.

I’ve tabled the following written question for full (virtual) Council this Friday.

“Holden Aluminium Technologies have announced their closure in my ward. The loss of 50 direct jobs is distressing news for Bromyard. Additional to the loss of livelihoods for the workforce, living locally and shopping in the town, there will be the knock on effects of their loss of purchasing power for retailers already suffering from the economic effects of Covid.

Bromyard’s recycling centre was late to open, its library remains indefinitely shut, the council’s housing development on its old depot site has been mothballed yet the council invests £600k in Hereford’s theatre and ignores requests for capital assistance from Bromyard’s Conquest Theatre for their plans. This administration throws £4.5m of council funds at a moribund shopping centre in the centre of Hereford, but what initiatives are they bringing forward to encourage economic investment and hope in market towns like Bromyard?”

Closer to home the first Gigaclear installation on Bringsty Common took place yesterday (Tuesday 14th) on the west side of the common and I have been informed by a neighbour that we on the east side can now apply for connection, so roll out is well underway.

Also on the common an amateur football club has confirmed their request to use the football pitch and is now investigating with Herefordshire Council and the Manorial Court the possibility of resurrecting the old cricket club changing rooms which are still present.

For those interested I’m advised that the Live and Let Live on Bringsty will reopen on 1st August. I’ve no information on the Royal Oak at the moment.

I’m expecting the advertisement for the “new” bus shelter on Bringsty to appear shortly in the Hereford Times, which will begin the consultation period.

You will appreciate from the news that the Council is assisting in ensuring that the workers on the farm in lockdown are being looked after in respect of their food and other essential requirements. Our Director of Public Health, Karen Wright, has rather unexpectedly been propelled onto the national news. We may anticipate that there will be more such outbreaks as the general lockdown continues to be relaxed.

4.2. Bromyard Downs Common Association
The BDCA had not held any formal meetings due to Coronavirus, it was hoped that meetings would be able to resume shortly.

4.3. Bringsty Common Manorial Court
No report was available.

4.4. Public participation
No matters were reported.

The meeting resumed following the open session.

5. To consider and adopt the minutes from the Parish Council meeting on the 17th June 2020
It was resolved to adopt the minutes as a true record and these were duly signed by the Chairman.

6. Progress reports

6.1. Councillor vacancies
It was noted that there were still two vacancies on the Parish Council and applications from parishioners were welcomed.

6.2. Light pollution, Bromyard Downs
No update was available.

6.3. Bus shelter (A44)
No update was available.

6.4. Bromyard Household Recycling (Linton)
It was noted that the Bromyard Household Recycling Centre was now open.

7. Correspondence

7.1. Herefordshire Council: Invite to online Parish Council Summit 7:00PM Thursday 23rd July 2020.
The above invite was noted.

7.2. Herefordshire Council: Survey on affordable housing in Herefordshire.
The above survey was noted.

7.3. Balfour Beatty Living Places: Bringsty Common lay-by proposed waiting restrictions.
It was noted that Nigel Shaw (Ward Councillor) had met with Traffic Engineers to review visibility / parking concerns at this location. A number of options were being considered including ‘No Waiting at Any Time’ restrictions (double yellow lines), ‘No HGV Parking’ or to close the lay-by off completely.

7.4. Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service: Consultation on Community Risk Management Plan 2021-25.
The above consultation was noted.

7.5. Resident: Buckenhill Road car parking concerns.
A parishioner had raised concern about parking at the junction of Buckenhill Road and the B4203. It is reported that cars park both sides of the junction to the detriment of visibility and highway safety.

It was resolved to ask Nigel Shaw to add this to the list for possible waiting restrictions but, noting that this would not be a quick process, the Police would also be contacted to see if they could pay the area attention.

Residents could also report issues to the Police directly via their 101 phone number or by emailing: bromyard.snt@westmercia.pnn.police.uk

8. Neighbourhood Development Plan
It was noted that DJN Planning had been liaising with Herefordshire Council over possible timescales for the ‘Regulation 14’ stage consultation (delayed due to Coronavirus).

9. Planning

9.1. Nil.
No planning matters.

10. Parish matters for discussion/decision

10.1. Bus Shelter (Linton): To consider further quotes received for a replacement bus shelter.
It was noted that the existing concrete pad measures 2.5m x 1.5 m and this was incompatible with the Topaz bus shelter previously specified. It was therefore resolved to order a smaller ‘Halton’ bus shelter from the Shelter Store at a cost of £2,870.00 (plus VAT) including delivery and fitting.

10.2. Hereford Green Network: To consider joining (£50.00 annual membership).
It was resolved to defer discussion until a future meeting due to absence of the proposer.

10.3. Volunteer: To consider how the Parish Council can assist with volunteer activities.
It was resolved to defer discussion until a future meeting due to absence of the proposer.

11. Finance

11.1. Budget expenditure
It was resolved to approve the budget expenditure.

11.2. Bank reconciliation
It was resolved to approve the bank reconciliation.

11.3. Invoices

11.3.1. David Hunter-Miller (salary and expenses): £432.68
11.3.2. HMRC (PAYE): £100.80
11.3.3. Worcestershire County Council Pension Fund: £164.32
It was resolved to settle the above invoices and cheques were duly signed.

12. Councillors’ reports and Items for the next agenda
It was resolved to add the following items to the next agenda:
• Hereford Green Network membership
• Volunteer activities support
• Bus shelters update

13. Date of the next meeting
The next scheduled meeting is at 7:30PM on Wednesday 16th September 2020.

The meeting closed at 8:10PM.