Meeting of Brockhampton Group Parish Council at 7:30PM on Wednesday 21st July 2021 at Whitbourne Village Hall, WR6 5RR
Present: Clive Brazier (Chair), Pete Stoddart, David Boddington, Marianne Boddington, Karen Rock, Helen Allan
In attendance: David Hunter-Miller (Clerk), Nigel Shaw (Ward Councillor)
1. Apologies for absence
Apologies from Debi Darby were noted.
It was noted that Lindsey Vernalls had resigned from the Parish Council due to work commitments.
2. Declarations of interest
4. Open Session
The meeting was adjourned for the open session.
4.1. Ward Councillor
Nigel Shaw provided a report as follows:
• The Bromyard Centre reopens Friday 23rd July.
• Expansion of the Linton industrial site is being considered as part of the draft Economic Development Investment Plan. The plan is at a very early stage but it was thought that this might conflict with the Parish Council’s emergent Neighbourhood Development Plan.
• The Bringsty Grand Prix is planned for Saturday 7th August on Bringsty Common. Herefordshire Council Environmental Health have been asked to attend to monitor the noise levels.
• A date is awaited for the layby closure at Bringsty.
• Road resurfacing is planned for sections of the Downs Road and Burying Lane.
4.2. Bromyard Downs Common Association
There were no matters to report.
4.3. Bringsty Common Manorial Court
There were no matters to report.
4.4. Hereford Green Network
Karen Rock would circulate an update following the meeting.
4.5. Public participation
No questions were received.
The meeting resumed following the open session.
5. To consider and adopt the minutes from the Parish Council meeting on the 26th May 2021 and 23rd June 2021
It was resolved to adopt the minutes as a true record and they were duly signed by the Chair.
6. Progress reports
6.1. Councillor vacancies
It was noted that there were three vacancies on the Parish Council and applications from parishioners were welcomed.
6.2. Light pollution, Bromyard Downs
No update was available. It was resolved to remove from future agendas.
6.3. Memorial to former Councillor and Chairman Dave Cave
It was noted that the BDCA were continuing to make arrangements for the proposed memorial bench.
6.4. A44 road safety concerns
It was noted that speed enforcement had been undertaken by the Police on the A44. Nigel Shaw was looking to arrange a road safety meeting with the Police and Herefordshire Council Highway Officers to review the location.
7.1. Herefordshire Green Network: Future events and workshops.
The above correspondence was noted.
7.2. Herefordshire Council: Request to consider a S106 priority list for potential future funding contributions.
It was resolved to add to the next agenda for further consideration.
7.3. Police: Community Charter and ‘contact contract’ with the Safer Neighbourhood Team.
It was resolved that the following are policing priorities:
• Speeding (A44 and B4203)
• Fly-tipping (Burley Lane by bridge)
• Rural acquisitive crime
The Police had been invited to attend the September Parish Council meeting.
7.4. Police: Launch of Neighbourhood Matters community messaging service.
The above messaging alert service was noted.
8. Neighbourhood Development Plan
8.1. To receive an update
No update was available.
9.1. P212282/FH: Hill Top, The Gains Road, Whitbourne, Worcester, Herefordshire, WR6 5RF. Demolition of outbuilding. Proposed single storey extensions to main house.
It was noted that the plans were not available for this application and this would be queried with Herefordshire Council.
9.2. P210624/F: Land Opposite Hainscroft, Gaines Road, Whitbourne, Nr Worcester, WR6 5RE. Proposed erection of a double field shelter and feed store and a new single stable and hay store. Hardstanding (retrospective).
It was resolved that the Parish Council object to the application.
The Parish Council are disappointed that this is a retrospective application as it shows a lack of regard for due process.
The Parish Council are sympathetic of local concerns that have been raised. It is felt that the proposals are of an unsuitable scale that is not in keeping with the surrounding area and that the facilities are not commensurate with the keeping of horses for private recreational use.
9.3. 212386/FH and 212387/L: Clater Park, Bringsty, Worcester, Herefordshire WR6 5TP. Proposed gates and railings (reinstatement) to walled garden.
It was resolved that the Parish Council had no objections or concerns.
9.4. 211132/FH (re-consultation): Land at The Bannut, Bromyard Road, Bringsty, Herefordshire, WR6 5TA. Proposed 5 new dwelling houses and associated works and access.
It was noted that the Parish Council had already objected to this application and it was resolved that there were no additional comments or objections regarding the revised plans that had been submitted.
10. Parish matters for discussion/decision
There were no matters arising.
11.1. Bank mandate
The Clerk was continuing to prepare the new bank mandate paperwork.
11.2. Budget expenditure
It was resolved to approve the budget expenditure.
11.3. Bank reconciliation
It was resolved to approve the bank reconciliation.
11.4.1. David Hunter-Miller (salary and expenses): £473.92
11.4.2. HMRC (PAYE): £103.60
11.4.3. Worcestershire County Council Pension Fund: £168.77
It was resolved to settle the above invoices and cheques were duly signed.
11.5. Clerk’s Delegation
11.5.1. 23/06/21 – David Hunter-Miller (salary and expenses): £483.29
11.5.2. 23/06/21 – HMRC (PAYE): £103.60
11.5.3. 23/06/21 – Worcestershire County Council Pension Fund: £168.77
The above payments, made between scheduled meetings were noted.
12. Councillors’ reports and items for the next agenda
It was reported that the visibility was poor for pedestrians when crossing the A44 by the post box and bus shelter.
It was resolved to add the following items to the next agenda:
• S106 priority list
13. Date of the next meeting
The next scheduled meeting is at 7:30PM on Wednesday 15th September 2021.
A resolution was passed to exclude members of the public due to the confidential nature of the following items.
14. Clerk’s Contract
The Clerk’s hours of work and contract of employment were reviewed. It was resolved that the temporary additional two hours per week for work on the NDP would be dropped until such time as the process resumes.
The meeting closed at 8:46PM.