Minutes Annual Parish Meeting 2019

Annual Parish Meeting held at 7:30PM on Friday 3rd May 2019 at Bromyard and Winslow Town Council Offices


Present: Dave Cave (Chairman), David Boddington, Helen Allan, Shaun Simpson, Clive Brazier, Karen Rock, David Hunter-Miller (Parish Clerk), member of the public

1. Introduction and welcome
The Chairman opened the meeting.

2. Apologies for absence
None received.

3. To approve the minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Thursday 17th May 2018
It was resolved to adopt the minutes as a true record and these were signed by the Chairman.

4. Matters arising from those minutes (if any)
No matters arising.

5. To receive a report from the Ward Councillor
No report available at the time of the meeting.

6. To receive a report from Bromyard Downs Common Association
No report available at the time of the meeting. It was understood that the Bromyard Downs Common Association were due to meet shortly.

7. To receive a report from Bringsty Common Manorial Court
The following report was circulated and noted:

The last two years have been dominated by our attempts to obtain funding for the maintenance of the common. Our previous grant from Natural England expired in 2017 and our first application for a new grant in the Countryside Stewardship scheme was unsuccessful.

On the advice of Natural England, we have commissioned a “Feasibility Study” and a “Woodland Management Plan” both of which have been completed. These will be used in the new application.
There is a significant problem in that both Natural England and the author of the feasibility study see grazing as a central part of a successful application and despite extensive searches, we have been unsuccessful in finding anyone who wants to graze on Bringsty now (there are numerous practical issues). If you know of anyone who would like to graze on Bringsty, please ask them to contact the Manorial Court.

Thank you for the Brockhampton group’s annual contribution to the mowing of the football pitch on Bringsty (£200.00). This is greatly appreciated.

8. To receive a report from the Footpaths Officer
No report available at the time of the meeting.

9. To receive the Annual Report of the Parish Council by the Chairman
Dave Cave provided a report as follows:

My wife and I have lived at our present house, Sychar Cottage, for some 55 years. It was semi-derelict when my late parents purchased it for the sum of £600.00 in 1962 and we relied on a well water supply for washing and cooking and rainwater for flushing the toilet. Mains water was provided in the mid-1960s.  Before we moved into the cottage we had mains electricity connected to it and a two-storey extension and bay window built.

I worked in the planning department for some 15 years, initially as an Area Planning Officer and subsequently as a fulltime Appeals Officer, one of only three in England at that time.

I was motivated by the former Norton Parish Council Chairman to join that council and I was appointed his deputy.  When Brockhampton Group Parish Council was formed I was again appointed Deputy Chairman.

I am also a serving member of Bromyard Town Council having been Chairman in the early 1990s.  My wife is a former nursery nurse who worked at Brockhampton Primary School.

10. To invite the public to raise any matters of interest
No matters were reported.

The meeting closed at 7:51PM.