Minutes Annual Parish Meeting 2022

Annual Parish Meetings for Brockhampton, Linton and Norton held at 7:00PM on Wednesday 18th May 2022 at Bromyard & Winslow Town Council Offices, HR7 4DU

Brockhampton Minutes

Present: Clive Brazier (Parish Council Chairman)
In attendance: David Hunter-Miller (Clerk)
Parishioners: 0

1. Chairman’s welcome
Clive Brazier opened the meeting and welcomed parishioners.

2. Apologies for absence
Apologies were noted from Karen Rock (Parish Councillor) and Pete Stoddart (Parish Councillor).

3. To approve the minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Wednesday 28th April 2021
It was resolved to adopt the minutes as a true record and they were duly signed by the Chair.

4. Matters arising from those minutes (if any)
There were no matters arising.

5. To receive the Annual Report of the Parish Council by the Chairman
It had been a difficult year for the Parish Council with Covid altering meeting and decision-making arrangements. Covid restrictions were now relaxing and the return to face-to-face meetings was welcomed. Thanks to all Councillors for their efforts in negotiating Zoom meetings over the last year and for their contributions at meetings.

Thanks are extended to Nigel Shaw through his efforts as Ward Councillor and his advice at council meetings. Thanks also to David Hunter-Miller for all the work done in supporting the council as Clerk.

During the past year the Parish Council had a number of successes, including a new bus shelter that had been installed at Bringsty, progress has been made on the Neighbourhood Development Plan (currently suspended due to Herefordshire Council’s revision of their Core Strategy) and Smart Water kits have been purchased ready to roll out to parishioners of the group parishes.

The Parish Council are still short of Councillors and efforts will be made to increase membership and representation. If any parishioner would like to know more, they would be welcome to contact the Clerk or attend a future meeting.

Looking forward to another successful year for the Parish Council.

Clive Brazier
Chairman, Brockhampton Group Parish Council

6. To receive a report on the Parish Council’s finances
The Clerk confirmed that the Parish Council’s 2021/22 accounts and audit paperwork would be published online shortly. A summary of the figures is as follows:

Opening balance 01/04/21: £ 9,764.11
Receipts for period 01/04/21 to 31/03/21: £10,500.00
Payments for period 01/04/21 to 31/03/21: £14,450.76
Closing balance 31/03/22: £5,813.35
VAT recoverable 01/04/21 to 31/03/22: £344.72

David Hunter-Miller
Parish Clerk

7. To invite the public to raise any matters of interest
No questions were received.

Linton Minutes

Present: Clive Brazier (Parish Council Chairman)
In attendance: David Hunter-Miller (Clerk)
Parishioners: 2

1. Chairman’s welcome
Clive Brazier opened the meeting and welcomed parishioners.

2. Apologies for absence
Apologies were noted from Karen Rock (Parish Councillor) and Pete Stoddart (Parish Councillor).

3. To approve the minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Wednesday 28th April 2021
It was resolved to adopt the minutes as a true record and they were duly signed by the Chair.

4. Matters arising from those minutes (if any)
There were no matters arising.

5. To receive a report from Bringsty Common Manorial Court
Bringsty Common Manorial Court Chair Report to Brockhampton Group Council
May 2022

“Bringsty Common remains a place where residents and visitors alike can safely enjoy the physical and mental well-being from visiting or living in a peaceful and beautiful landscape. We will enhance the sense of community, honour our heritage, increase the bio-diversity of the Common and contribute to CO2 reduction.”

Bringsty is celebrating the Queens Platinum Jubilee on Thursday 2nd June (Bank Holiday). In the afternoon (2-5pm) activities will include a bouncy castle, Bringsty and Buy, novelty dog-show (contact allan.corder@gamil.com to enter) orienteering, face-painting, games, raffle and teas and cakes.

Bringsty Café will be open during the afternoon event providing a range of refreshments and loos. Anyone interested in helping would be most welcome. In the evening there is entertainment including handbells in the Live and Let Live followed by a procession and lighting of the beacon at 9.45pm. The event, which is open to all, is sponsored by both Whitbourne Parish and Brockhampton Group Council who also contribute to the upkeep of the football pitch on which it is held. Prizes have been donated by Bringsty Vintage Living, Bringsty café and the Live and Let Live.

All profits will go to charity including supporting Ukraine crisis. Hereford Council is supporting the scheme to sponsor named people from Ukraine to live with families locally. If you want to help contact them for information.

Biodiversity and Carbon Reduction You will soon be seeing some of the benefits of the conservation and bracken control work which is being undertaken. We have successfully gained funding to implement a woodland management plan which will curb overgrowth of scrub, allowing veteran trees space to thrive and enhance the environment. A pilot to control bracken and increase biodiversity in an area to the east of the common is underway including planting of shrubs and trees and 5 oaks are being planted on the Jubilee Hill to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. Throughout the common you will notice soon the wildflowers which have been planted during the year. Watch this space on progress.

Health and Safety
Speed on the A44 continues to be a concern but we are delighted that speed enforcement is now occurring more frequently. Fire safety remains one of the largest concerns for residents and after fires on the Common a fire assessment resulted in widening of the tracks. We aim to continue with wider and hopefully more frequent cutting of tracks with both health and safety and biodiversity benefits.

Heritage
The Common has a wealth of history, including listed buildings, the Drovers Pond, the Gospel Oak and a range of native trees. All of which we strive to preserve. Heritage stories and photos are being shared on the Facebook site and residents are encouraged to add to these or in the Commoner.

Mental Health and Well-Being
The peace and beauty of the Common continues to enhance mental health and well-being for all who live and visit. The football pitch will have increased maintenance this year and in addition to the Jubilee celebrations can be used a variety of activities. Lack of litter on the Common is thanks to volunteers tidying up.
Funding

We are optimistic that our applications for funding to increase biodiversity on the common have been successful and we will be able to maintain the tracks, grasslands and ensure the common remains a beautiful, rich haven for visitors and residents for the near future.

New Bringsty Common Website – BringstyCommon.org.uk
The Manorial Court has sponsored the creation of a new web site to support Bringsty Common for residents and visitors. The site has information on the local area and maps, including walking routes around the Common. It’s intended to help promote community on the Common, while also allowing other to discover this beautiful part of the world. It will be updated with news and information, including the most up-to-date info on the upcoming Platinum Jubilee celebration.

Cathy Fuller
Bringsty Common Manorial Court Chair

6. To receive the Annual Report of the Parish Council by the Chairman
It had been a difficult year for the Parish Council with Covid altering meeting and decision-making arrangements. Covid restrictions were now relaxing and the return to face-to-face meetings was welcomed. Thanks to all Councillors for their efforts in negotiating Zoom meetings over the last year and for their contributions at meetings.

Thanks are extended to Nigel Shaw through his efforts as Ward Councillor and his advice at council meetings. Thanks also to David Hunter-Miller for all the work done in supporting the council as Clerk.

During the past year the Parish Council had a number of successes, including a new bus shelter that had been installed at Bringsty, progress has been made on the Neighbourhood Development Plan (currently suspended due to Herefordshire Council’s revision of their Core Strategy) and Smart Water kits have been purchased ready to roll out to parishioners of the group parishes.

The Parish Council are still short of Councillors and efforts will be made to increase membership and representation. If any parishioner would like to know more, they would be welcome to contact the Clerk or attend a future meeting.

Looking forward to another successful year for the Parish Council.

Clive Brazier
Chairman, Brockhampton Group Parish Council

7. To receive a report on the Parish Council’s finances
The Clerk confirmed that the Parish Council’s 2021/22 accounts and audit paperwork would be published online shortly. A summary of the figures is as follows:

Opening balance 01/04/21: £ 9,764.11
Receipts for period 01/04/21 to 31/03/21: £10,500.00
Payments for period 01/04/21 to 31/03/21: £14,450.76
Closing balance 31/03/22: £5,813.35
VAT recoverable 01/04/21 to 31/03/22: £344.72

David Hunter-Miller
Parish Clerk

8. To invite the public to raise any matters of interest
No questions were received.

Norton Minutes

Present: Clive Brazier (Parish Council Chairman)
In attendance: David Hunter-Miller (Clerk)
Parishioners: 2

1. Chairman’s welcome
Clive Brazier opened the meeting and welcomed parishioners.

2. Apologies for absence
Apologies were noted from Karen Rock (Parish Councillor) and Pete Stoddart (Parish Councillor).

3. To approve the minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Wednesday 28th April 2021
It was resolved to adopt the minutes as a true record and they were duly signed by the Chair.

4. Matters arising from those minutes (if any)
There were no matters arising.

5. To receive a report from Bromyard Downs Common Association
Update on Bromyard Downs Commons Association

The BDCA have continued with their activities during the Spring months. The committee have continued with their bi-monthly meeting and the volunteers have carried-on the pursuit of their work in maintaining the Downs. Their activities continue to the detailed plan of conservation activities, which is in accordance with and aligned with the BDCA Management Plan and the Stewardship Scheme. A big big thankyou to the volunteers. There have been over 70 visits to the lockup/ Downs since lock down rules were lifted last June with over 2500 hours work put in to the value of £37500 with many more unrecorded.

We have had two groups from Holme Lacy College visit to see the siting of the nest boxes and preparations are under way for the Round The Downs Race. One negative point is the Downs has been re mapped by the RPA with a reduction in our claimable area resulting in a reduction in annual payments of £2640

During March, April and May the Volunteers under Graham Barker and Andrew (Mac) McLean, continued with three sessions per month. During May, they have focussed on the area of the Downs to the south of the A44 clearing access on tracks and carrying out some flailing. They have also repaired a footbridge handrail and cleared the footpath that crosses through the wooded area.

Following on from the purchase of the ATV, the BDCA have purchased an ATV trailer which they are making good use of in transporting the tools and equipment for the volunteer days. This is much more economical and greener than using the tractor.

A number of BDCA Committee members have noticed an increase in the use of the Downs carpark and the sidings on the Downs road by camper vans. Subsequently a letter detailing their proposals to address this, which includes installing gates with locks, signs displaying the byelaws and a height restrictor for the car park has been forwarded to Herefordshire council (Helen Beal) at the recommendation of Councillor Nigel Shaw, asking for their advice and possible financial support with these measures.

It was also noted that a number of incidents of fly tipping on the Downs have been identified and another letter was sent to Herefordshire Council (Helen Beal) asking for their assistance in addressing this.

The response from Herefordshire Council to both of these requests is currently awaited.

The annual meeting is scheduled for June 15th at 7:30 PM in the Falcon Hotel. Flyers for this event will be distributed to all Downs residents in the next week.

6. To receive the Annual Report of the Parish Council by the Chairman
It had been a difficult year for the Parish Council with Covid altering meeting and decision-making arrangements. Covid restrictions were now relaxing and the return to face-to-face meetings was welcomed. Thanks to all Councillors for their efforts in negotiating Zoom meetings over the last year and for their contributions at meetings.

Thanks are extended to Nigel Shaw through his efforts as Ward Councillor and his advice at council meetings. Thanks also to David Hunter-Miller for all the work done in supporting the council as Clerk.

During the past year the Parish Council had a number of successes, including a new bus shelter that had been installed at Bringsty, progress has been made on the Neighbourhood Development Plan (currently suspended due to Herefordshire Council’s revision of their Core Strategy) and Smart Water kits have been purchased ready to roll out to parishioners of the group parishes.

The Parish Council are still short of Councillors and efforts will be made to increase membership and representation. If any parishioner would like to know more, they would be welcome to contact the Clerk or attend a future meeting.

Looking forward to another successful year for the Parish Council.

Clive Brazier
Chairman, Brockhampton Group Parish Council

7. To receive a report on the Parish Council’s finances
The Clerk confirmed that the Parish Council’s 2021/22 accounts and audit paperwork would be published online shortly. A summary of the figures is as follows:

Opening balance 01/04/21: £ 9,764.11
Receipts for period 01/04/21 to 31/03/21: £10,500.00
Payments for period 01/04/21 to 31/03/21: £14,450.76
Closing balance 31/03/22: £5,813.35
VAT recoverable 01/04/21 to 31/03/22: £344.72

David Hunter-Miller
Parish Clerk

8. To invite the public to raise any matters of interest
No questions were received.

The meetings closed at 7:29PM.