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Parish Council Minutes – 25th July 2022

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF PUBLOW WITH PENSFORD PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON MONDAY 25th JULY 2022 IN THE MEMORIAL HALL, PENSFORD

Present: Ms J Flower, Mrs S Grimes, Mr T Heaford, Mrs T Jones, Dr L Malt, Mrs J Stephenson (Chairman), Cllr P. May (B&NES) Mrs H Richardson (Clerk) and 5 Members of Public.

Public Submissions: A representative from POKE (Protect Our Keynsham Environment) asked the Parish Council to support them financially in their opposition to the Appeal for 21/00419EFUL Resourceful Earth and asked for a grant for £400. (30.5e) Continue reading Parish Council Minutes – 25th July 2022

Minutes of Annual Village Meeting – 9th May 2022

MINUTES OF ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING  HELD ON MONDAY 9th MAY 2022

Held in the Memorial Hall, Publow Lane, Pensford at 7pm

Present: Mrs J Stephenson, Mrs J Gully, Mrs T Jones, Mr P Baxter, Mr S Filer, Mr M Daniels, Mr Andy Lyon, Mrs S Grimes. Also Present Mrs H Richardson (Clerk) and 6 members of the public.

a) Chairman’s Report:  I have much pleasure in presenting my Chairman’s Report on the activities of the Parish Council for the last 12 months.

It has been a busy year with meetings still held virtually at the start of the year.  We were very pleased to be able to return to face-to-face meetings.  It was nice to see residents attending our meetings and contributing to the public participation section of the meeting.

We held a consultation day in the village hall which enabled residents to let us know how they would like us to spend funds made available to us by the Community Infrastructure Levy. This was very well attended, and much discussion took place. As a result, we have set up a working party to look into the practicality of installing some ANPR cameras.

My thanks go to Mark McMullen, our Footpaths Officer who keeps our footpaths clear, and our three guardians of the Defibrillators who ensure that they are always in good working order in case they are needed.  They are housed in telephone kiosks and recently, we needed an electrician to repair the lights which had stopped working.

Thanks go to Mike Daniels who helped to install the litter bins and continues to empty them regularly with Simon King. I am sure this helps to reduce the amount of unsightly litter around the parish.

The Parish Council has been in discussions with the Highways Department at B&NES following the removal of the pedestrian traffic island on the A37.  We unsuccessfully campaigned to prevent the removal, which was taken out due to the number of times it was being hit by cars.  Since its removal we have tried to ensure that alternative measures are put in place to improve the safety for pedestrians.

The Parish Council agreed to adopt the vintage telephone box kindly donated by Sarah Bishop and her family.  Thank you to Paul Baxter for taking the time to restore the phone box and also for organising the annual nativity scenes around the Pensford.

A tree has been planted on the village green to commemorate the Queens Platinum Jubilee so thankyou to Tracey Jones and Steve Filer for making this happen and to everyone who has volunteered to keep the tree watered.

We have considered and commented on many planning applications this year.

The renovation of the final fingerpost at the foot of Priestdown is almost complete

Tony Jones and Dawn Custance have resigned this year and both vacancies have been filled, The first vacancy was filled by Layla Malt in an uncontested election and the second vacancy was filled by the co-option of Andy Lyon.

I would like to thank all the councillors for your attendance at Parish Council meetings and at other meetings on behalf of the Parish Council. Thank you to Helen for all her hard work.

Parish Council Minutes – 9th May 2022

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF PUBLOW WITH PENSFORD PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON MONDAY 9th MAY 2022 IN THE MEMORIAL HALL, PENSFORD

Present: Mr P Baxter, Mr M Daniels, Mr S Filer, Mrs S Grimes, Mrs J Gully, Mrs T Jones, Mr A Lyon, Mrs J Stephenson (Chairman), Cllr P. May (B&NES) and 4 Members of Public.

28. 1 Janette Stephenson was elected as Chairman. Tony Heaford was elected as Vice Chairman Continue reading Parish Council Minutes – 9th May 2022

Parish Council Minutes – 11th April 2022

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF PUBLOW WITH PENSFORD PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON MONDAY 11th APRIL 2022 IN THE MEMORIAL HALL, PENSFORD

Present: Mr M Daniels, Mr S Filer, Ms J Flower, Mrs S Grimes, Mr T Heaford, Mrs J Gully, Mrs T Jones, Dr L Malt, Mrs J Stephenson (Chairman), Cllr P. May (B&NES) and 3 Members of Public.

1. Public Submissions: None

2. Apologies: Mr P Baxter

3 Declarations of Interest: None

4 The Minutes of the Meeting held on Monday 14th March 2022 were agreed as a true and fair record and the Chairman signed them.

5 Planning:

a) Applications to consult:

i) 22/01141/FUL.170 Blackrock Lane, Publow. Erection of single storey rear extension following demolition of existing porch and garage (Resubmission). The Parish Council resolved to SUPPORT the application.
ii) 22/01310/LBA. 170 Blackrock Lane, Publow. External alterations for the erection of single storey rear extension following demolition of existing porch and garage (Resubmission). The Parish Council resolved to SUPPORT the application.

b) Decision Notification:

I) 21/03209/FUL Land to South Of South Bristol Motor Company, New Road, Pensford Retrospective for the demolition of existing storage buildings and erection of replacement buildings. Erection of 2.4 m high security fencing. Installation of storage containers in connection with the existing storage use. PERMIT

6 Matters for Discussion / Decision

a) The Parish Council approved the co-option of Andy Lyon to fill the vacancy on the Parish Council
b) A Field Maple had been planted in the village green to commemorate the Queens Platinum Jubilee. A watering rota was agreed.
c) A grant application from the St All Saints Church for £250, for a joint community event on Saturday 4th June for the Queens Platinum Jubilee celebrations was approved. A lesser amount was agreed as it was reported that the Memorial Hall would not make a hire charge of £100.
d) The ANPR working group gave an update. There were concerns that the cameras may not be readily available and that other options hadn’t been considered. The Ward Councillor offered to get an opinion from B&NES who use ANPR for the Bath Clean Air. Zone. Advice would be sought as to whether CIL money is committed money or whether it has to be spent within a certain timescale.
e) The unofficial proposal to open the church car park for public parking to alleviate parking issues in Publow Lane was deferred until the next meeting.
f) Suggestions for the agenda for future annual Village Meetings was deferred until the next meeting
g) The Engagement Update from WECA on the A37/A367 Bus, Walking & Cycling Study was discussed. Concerns were expressed regarding the findings of the study and it was considered that proper engagement with Parish Councils had not taken place. Same sentiments were expressed by the clerk of Saltford PC at a recent Parishes Liaison meeting. The clerk will be asked to invite a representative from WECA to a future Parish Meeting

7 Financial Matters

a) The Financial Report was accepted.
b) April Payments were approved.

Purpose for Expense Mark McMullen – Footpath Officer
Amount £80.00
VAT £-
Recover N/A

Purpose for Expense Mrs Helen Richardson – Salary – April
Amount £731.95
VAT £-
Recover N/A

Purpose for Expense Mrs Helen Richardson – Reimburse for Zoom
Amount £4.80
VAT £-
Recover N/A

Purpose for Expense HMRC Month 12
Amount £444.92
VAT £-
Recover N/A

Purpose for Expense Chew Valley Trees Reimburse Tracy Jones (26.5b)
Amount £397.00
VAT £66.17
Recover Y

Purpose for Expense Avon Local Council Association Subscription
Amount £288.64
VAT £-
Recover N/A

Purpose for Expense DPM Lucas Grass cutting March
Amount £40.00
VAT £-
Recover N/A

Purpose for Expense Mrs Helen Richardson Salary increase backdated (26.5f)
Amount £316.80
VAT £-
Recover N/A

8 B&NES: The Ward Councillor reported that he had planted 180 trees on his land from Chew Valley Trees with a grant from Forest of Avon.
He has suggested that the Local Plan Partial update be delayed as it will be will be affected by the West of England Combined Authority Spatial Development Strategy (SDS) which has yet to be considered.
The Resourceful Earth Planning application is going to appeal. He has asked for a meeting and is going to suggest that B&NES compulsory purchases the land to enable it be used for green energy such as solar power.
He is still in discussions with Paul Garrod regarding the traffic island recently taken down on A37 in Pensford

9 Reports

a) Allotments: Nothing to report
b) Climate Emergency Working group: No report
c) Memorial Hall – No report
d) Parish Council Airport Association: The Bristol airport action network (BAAN) is funding a Judicial Review.
e) Defibrillators – The Cabinet is badly designed and it isn’t possible to fit a new light. Steve Filer will investigate an illuminated key pad.
f) Parishes Liaison meeting. A report has been circulated. There was a great deal of interest in the outdoor space projects undertaken by Peasedown St John PC for residents. The clerk will be asked to invite a representative of Parish Council to one of our meetings to share their experiences. Similarly, the Ward Councillor will contact the Independent Councillors.
g) Clerks Report – circulated
h) The Chairman- No report

10 Items to carry forward to the next meeting:
Future annual Village Meetings
Church Car Park
DATE OF NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: Monday 9th May 2022
The meeting closed at 8.30.

Parish Council Minutes – 14th March 2022

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF PUBLOW WITH PENSFORD PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON MONDAY 14th MARCH 2022 IN THE MEMORIAL HALL, PENSFORD

Present: Mr P Baxter, Mr M Daniels, Mr S Filer, Ms J Flower, Mrs S Grimes, Mr T Heaford, Mrs J Gully, Mrs T Jones, Dr L Malt, Mrs J Stephenson (Chairman), Cllr P. May (B&NES), and Mrs H Richardson (Clerk) and 1 B&NES officer and 1 Member of Public.

B&NES: An update from B&NES Traffic & Network Manager regarding measures on the A37 to improve pedestrian safety following removal of traffic island. It was reported that the island had been hit more than 12 times and so it had to be removed.
Speed Survey results were shared and the average speed leaving the village was higher than the average speed entering the village at that point and so a flashing 30mph sign would be installed in the Chelwood direction and police had been asked to enforce the speed limit. Once the flashing sign had been installed, another speed survey would be taken to assess the impact.
In addition, they would implement edge of carriageway lines to give the visual appearance of the road narrowing to slow traffic and they would clear overgrown vegetation to improve sight lines for pedestrians. They would also install an additional Speed Camera warning sign.
They have also looked at Pensford Hill and are considering installing additional bollards and looking at the position of the giveway markings.
The traffic and network manager was asked to consider a school children crossing sign at the site of the removed island to warn of children crossing the road to the bus stop. He was also asked to consider the derestricted signs going into Publow Lane and whether 20mph would be possible.
Paul Garrod was thanked for attending the meeting and considering the Parish Councils concerns.

Public Submissions: None

26.1 Apologies: None

26.2 Declarations of Interest: None

26.3 The Minutes of the Meeting held on Monday 14th February 2022 were agreed as a true and fair record and the Chairman signed them.

26.4 Planning

a. Applications to consult:
i) 22/00765/FUL: Devon House, Pensford Hill, Pensford: Conversion of loft space into living space with 2no. gable dormers to front, 1no. box dormer to rear, removal of lean-to to rear and creation of sliding doors to rear. The Parish Council resolved to SUPPORT the application.

b. Decision Notification:
i) 21/05482/FUL. Bramley House, Hillcrest, Pensford. Conversion of existing outbuilding to form annex ancillary to main dwelling. PERMIT
ii) 21/00419/EFUL. Resourceful Earth Ltd, Charlton Field Lane, Queen Charlton. Development of an Anaerobic Digester Facility (including retention of the existing Feedstock Reception Building, Digester Tank (x5), Storage Tank, CHP Engine (x4), Transformer, GRP Substation, GRP Technical Room (x5) and Gas Equipment) to produce both gas and electricity for injection into the local grid networks, alongside the restoration of the former Queen Charlton Quarry Site with ecological and landscape enhancements – COMMITTEE NOTIFICATION and subsequently REFUSED by committee.

26.5 Matters for Discussion / Decision
a) It was reported that notification had been received from B&NES that the Parish Council is free to Co-opt to fill the vacancy. No applications had been received in time to be considered this month.
b) The Parish Council approved up to £400 to purchase a tree for the village green to commemorate the Queens Platinum Jubilee, but a volunteer was needed to keep the tree watered. PB volunteered to dig a trial hole to test the soil for suitability. Apple Trees and Field Maples were being considered.
c) A grant of £100 was approved for the Woollard Village Social Committee to help celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee.
d) No one volunteered to join the Climate Emergency working group.
e) The Staffing Panel reported that they had carried out the Clerks Appraisal.
f) The Parish Council approved the NJC pay award for the clerk (SCP 25) and back dated to April 1 2021.
g) The Parish Council were concerned to hear reports of human excrement and rubbish being left in the Hursley Hill Layby, and although the council were not opposed to Lorries staying over night in the layby, they were opposed to those leaving mess behind. The Parish Council would contact B&NES and ask for CCTV warning notices.
h) The Parish Council confirmed that the April meeting would go ahead on the 11th April and the July meeting would be moved to 25th July.

26.6 Financial Matters

a) The Financial Report was accepted.

b) March Payments were approved.

Purpose for Expense
Mark McMullen – Footpath Officer
Amount
£80.00
VAT
 £- 
Recover
N/A

Purpose for Expense
Mrs Helen Richardson – Salary – March
Amount
£731.95 
VAT
£- 
Recover
N/A

Purpose for Expense
Mrs Helen Richardson – Reimburse for Zoom
Amount
£4.80
VAT
£- 
Recover
N/A

Purpose for Expense
HMRC 
Amount
£873.24 
VAT
£- 
Recover
N/A

Purpose for Expense
Bath & West Community Energy (18.6f)
Amount
£1200 
VAT
£200 
Recover
Y

Purpose for Expense
KC Printing – Flyers (25.5b)
Amount
£59.50 
VAT
£- 
Recover
N/A

26.7 B&NES: The Ward Councillor reported that the planning officers case against the resourceful earth Planning application was strong if the applicant was going to appeal the decision to refuse the application.
He would be requesting that the CPRE were reinstated as consultees for planning applications.
He had supported the Parish Councils request for Double yellow lines opposite the Village Hall and had requested that they are extended to Publow Bridge.
He had been following the WECA (West of England Combined Authority) JLTP4 (Joint Local Transport Plan 4) which includes a large Park & Ride at Whitchurch and has raised concerns that this will bring more cars through Pensford.

26.8 Reports
a) Allotments: Nothing to report
b) Climate Emergency Working group: No report
c) Memorial Hall – No report
d) Parish Council Airport Association: The PCAA has asked parishes for further funding, but the majority have replied to say they cannot commit further funds. The PCAA has said that they will support the Bristol airport action network (BAAN) as mush as they can without further cash.
e) ANPR Working Group update was given. Another meeting was due in March and a proposal would be brought to the April Meeting
f) Local Plan Update – report circulated
g) Defibrillators – The Cabinet has been fixed thanks to Steve Filer and LED lights were being investigated.
h) Clerks Report – circulated
i) The Chairman reported that the last fingerpost renovation would be completed shortly at Priestdown.

26.9 Items to carry forward to the next meeting:Future annual Village Meetings

26.10 To note Future Meetings:
Parish Liaison: 23rd March 2022

DATE OF NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: Monday 11th April 2022
THE MEETING CLOSED AT 9.05PM

Parish Council Minutes – 14th February 2022

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF PUBLOW WITH PENSFORD PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON MONDAY 14th FEBRUARY 2022 IN THE MEMORIAL HALL, PENSFORD

Present: Mr P Baxter, Mr M Daniels, Mr S Filer, Ms J Flower, Mrs S Grimes, Mr T Heaford, Mrs J Gully, Mrs T Jones, Dr L Malt, Mrs J Stephenson (Chairman), Cllr P. May (B&NES), and Mrs H Richardson (Clerk) and 6 Members of Public.

Public Submissions: None

25.1 Apologies: None

25.2 Declarations of Interest: Mrs J Stephenson (25.6b), Mr M Daniels (25.6b)

25.3 The Minutes of the Meeting held on Monday 10th January 2022 were agreed as a true and fair record and the Chairman signed them.

25.4 Planning

a. Applications to consult:
i) 21/05455/FUL: Coombe House, Church Street, Pensford, Change of use, restoration and extension from commercial and residential storage to one dwelling (Use Class C3). The Parish council resolved to SUPPORT the application as it was sympathetic to the surroundings and history of the site.

b. Decision Notification:
i) 21/03207/FUL: Tyning House, Hursley Hill, Publow. Erection of detached dwelling following demolition of existing HMO property. REFUSED.

25.5 Matters for Discussion / Decision
a) A representative from the Climate Emergency Working Group reported that the final analysis of the land suitable for community energy was underway and being discussed with Western Power. There is a slight delay in commencing the next stage as the Governments Rural Community Energy Fund has come to an end and they are waiting to see the government introduces an alternative fund to pay for a feasibility study. They asked for a councillor to join the working group in place of Dawn Custance who has resigned from the Parish Council. This will be discussed at the next meeting. The Parish Council agreed to write a letter of Support for the project, to accompany the next stage of funding.
b) The Parish Council approved expenditure of £59.50 for printing of flyers for the Climate working group.
c) It was reported that the electronic updates had been repaired on the Bus Shelter on the A37. The structure is still damaged but was not considered dangerous and so would be repaired at a later date.
d) Expenditure of £119.99(inc VAT) was approved for replacement defibrillator pads.
e) The Parish Council agreed to increase the payment to the Footpath officer to £85 per month starting from 1st April 2022,
f) The Parish Council approved the grant request of £100 from the Evergreens for the Queens Platinum Jubilee event in the Village Hall.

25.6 Financial Matters

a) The Financial Report was accepted.

b) February Payments were approved.

Purpose for Expense Mark McMullen – Footpath Officer
Amount £80.00 
VAT £-
Recover N/A

Purpose for Expense Mrs Helen Richardson – Salary – February
Amount £711.50
VAT £- 
Recover N/A

Purpose for Expense Mrs Helen Richardson – Reimburse for Zoom
Amount £4.80
VAT £- 
Recover N/A

Purpose for Expense Number One Electrical 
Amount £131.94 
VAT £21.99 
Recover Y

Purpose for Expense Mike Daniels Reimburse for Black Sacks
Amount £56.02
VAT £9.34 
Recover Y

Purpose for Janette Stephenson Reimburse for Defib Pads
Amount £119.99 
VAT £20.00 
Recover Y

25.7 B&NES: The Ward Councillor thanked the councillors who had attended the site meeting with Paul Garrod to look at possible solutions following the removal of the traffic island on the A37. Paul Garrod agreed to produce some alternative proposals for the Parish Council to consider. Visibility to be improved by cutting back vegetation on the bend.
The Ward Councillor had also talked to traffic officers about the layout of the giveways signs on Pensford Hill as lorries are impacting a resident’s driveway who is planning to erect gates to stop this. Officers are proposing to move the giveway sign to make it safer for pedestrians and introducing some bollards. An additional giveway sign up from the shop, but this was ruled out, but they will consider additional bollards coming into the village.
The WECCA SDS (Strategic Development Strategy) is due to be published based on technical data already published and the Ward Councillor has concerns about out vulnerability to inappropriate development.
The A37 has been identified as a Strategic Route
The Resourceful Earth Application is due to go to committee in March.
B&NES are proposing a 5% increase in Council tax.
The Ward councillor is chasing the installation of a dedicated parking space / loading bay for the school.

25.8 Reports
a) Allotments: Two plots came available and have been filled.
b) Climate Emergency Working group: Report given in 25.5a
c) Memorial Hall – There are vacancies on the Management Committee for a treasurer, Vice Chair, events manager and someone to look after the playground. They are planning an event for the Friday of the Jubilee weekend.
d) PCAA: The inspector decided in favour of the airport expansion. North Somerset Council may start a Judicial Review but it will be very expensive.
e) Clerks Report – circulated
f) The Chairman expressed her thanks to Dawn Custance who has resigned from the Parish Council. The Chairman reported that when the Defibrillator was used, the cabinet was damaged and needs some repairs so that it can lock properly, the Parish Council approved expenditure, up to a limit of £250 to repair the cabinet as soon as possible. SF & JS to look at the repair. A light would also be investigated to enable users to operate the defibrillator more easily when its dark.

25.9 Items to carry forward to the next meeting: Invite Paul Garrod regarding traffic island. Hursley Hill Layby.

25.10 To note Future Meetings:
Parish Liaison: 23rd March 2022

DATE OF NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: Monday 14th March 2022

THE MEETING CLOSED AT 8.15pm

Parish Council Minutes – 10th January 2022

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF PUBLOW WITH PENSFORD PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON MONDAY 10th JANUARY 2022 IN THE MEMORIAL HALL, PENSFORD

Present: Mr P Baxter, Mrs D Custance, Mr M Daniels, Mr S Filer, Ms J Flower, Mr T Heaford, Mrs J Gully, Mrs T Jones, Dr L Malt, Mrs J Stephenson (Chairman), Cllr P. May (B&NES), and Mrs H Richardson (Clerk) and 3 Member of Public.

Public Submissions: A resident urged the Parish Council to OBJECT to planning application 21/05576/FUL Westward, due to overdevelopment, they said it was inappropriate to its surroundings and queried the access arrangements.

24.1 Apologies: Mrs S Grimes

24.2 Declarations of Interest: None

24.3 The Minutes of the Meeting held on Monday 13th December 2021 were agreed as a true and fair record and the Chairman signed them.

24.4 Planning

a. Applications to consult:
i) 21/05482/FUL: Bramley House, Hillcrest, Pensford. Conversion of existing outbuilding to form annex ancillary to main dwelling. The Parish council resolved to SUPPORT the application.
ii) 21/05576/FUL: Westward, 2 The Orchard, Pensford. Erection of two semi-detached dwellings with access. The Parish Council resolved to OBJECT to the application due to concerns about the access on Police Lane and its proximity to the junction with the A37. The scale of the development is too large for the plot and will result in overdevelopment.

b. Decision Notification:
i) 21/03207/FUL: Tyning House, Hursley Hill, Publow. Erection of detached dwelling following demolition of existing HMO property. This application will be considered by planning committee of January 12th.

24.5 Matters for Discussion / Decision

a) The Parish Council discussed B&NES’ decision to remove the pedestrian island on the A37 near short lane. B&NES had communicated that they had safety concerns about the island as it had been repeatedly hit by vehicles and therefore had to remove it as a matter of urgency. To mitigate for the removal of the island, they would be increasing the width of the pavement therefore narrowing the road so that pedestrians would have a shorter distance to cross and installing a flashing speed sign to remind vehicles that were travelling too fast. The Clerk was asked to arrange a meeting with Paul Garrod (Traffic Management and Network Manager), Paul May (B&NES Ward Councillor) and representatives from the Parish Council to ensure that B&NES install further measures to protect pedestrian safety and to reduce the speed of vehicles exiting the village.
b) The Parish Council approved the budget for 2022-2023 and the precept was set at £19,463 which is an increase of 12.6% or an additional 37p per month for a Band D property.
c) The Parish Council approved expenditure (with an agreed limit) to repair the electrics in the Defibrillator phone boxes at Woollard & Hillcrest as the electrics in both had stopped working and was needed to keep the defibrillators at a working temperature.
d) Expenditure for 10 litter pickers was not approved.
e) It was reported that fences blocking the footpath behind the Rising Sun had been removed and replaced with a rope and a notice to say that the path is in need of repair and advising people to take an alternative route.
f) The Parish Council received a report on the ways in which Capital Expenditure could be spent and options put forward would be investigated.
g) The Parish Council approved expenditure for the renovation of the fingerpost at Priest Down. This would be paid out of ringfenced funds which had been donated to the Parish Council for the Fingerpost Project.

24.6 Financial Matters

a) The Financial Report was accepted.
b) January Payments were approved.

Purpose for Expense Amount VAT Recover
Mark McMullen – Footpath Officer £80.00 £- N/A
Mrs Helen Richardson – Salary – January £711.70 £- N/A
Mrs Helen Richardson – Reimburse for Zoom £4.80 £- N/A
VP Services (refurbishment of Finger post) £1325.00 £- N/A
Protect our Keynsham Environment(Grant minute 23.5c) £200.00 £- N/A
Titan Internet (WordPress hosting) £240 £40 Y

24.7 B&NES: The Ward Councillor reported that the application from Resourceful Earth would be heard by Committee, but the hearing would not be before March 2022. The Local Plan partial update had been approved by B&NES. He has requested highways to install additional bollards coming into the village and is looking at additional give ways signs. He would be meeting the planning officer for the planning application at Wick Lane to show them the problems with access.

24.8 Reports
a) Allotments: Report Circulated
b) Climate Emergency Working group: Report circulated
c) Memorial Hall – No update.
d) PCAA: No update (waiting for inspectors)
e) Clerks Report – nothing in addition to the agenda.
f) The Chairman had nothing to report.

24.9 Items to carry forward to the next meeting: None

24.10 To note Future Meetings:

Parish Liaison: 23rd March 2022

DATE OF NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: Monday 14th February 2022
THE MEETING CLOSED AT 9.01pm

Parish Council Minutes – 13th December 2021

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF PUBLOW WITH PENSFORD PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON MONDAY 13th DECEMBER 2021 IN THE MEMORIAL HALL, PENSFORD

Present: Mr P Baxter, Mr M Daniels, Mr S Filer, Ms J Flower, Mrs S Grimes, Mr T Heaford, Mrs J Gully, Mrs T Jones, Dr L Malt, Mrs J Stephenson (Chairman) Cllr P. May (B&NES), and Mrs H Richardson (Clerk) and 7 Members of Public.

Public Submissions: A Member of Public urged the Parish Council to Object to planning application 21/00419/EFUL from Resourceful Earth raising concerns about a proposed build out on the A37 designed to mitigate the increased HGV traffic caused by the development.

23.1 Apologies: Mrs D Custance,

23.2 Declarations of Interest: None

23.3 The Minutes of the Meeting held on Monday 8th November 2021 were agreed as a true and fair record and the Chairman signed them.

23.4 Planning

a. Applications to consult:

i) 21/04405/FUL: Land Adjacent To Meadow Barn Wick Lane Pensford. Erection of four new build dwellings with associated access, parking and amenity space. The Parish Council resolved to OBJECT to the application due concerns over dangerous access, new dwellings dominating the landscape and the design not sympathetic to its location on the edge of the conservation area.

b. Decision Notification:

i) 21/03948/LBA: 170 Blackrock Lane, Publow. Demolition of existing porch and garage and erection of single storey rear extension. Replacement of two windows and internal works. CONSENT

ii) 21/03947/FUL: 170 Blackrock Lane, Publow. Demolition of existing porch and garage and erection of single storey rear extension. Replacement of two windows and internal works. PERMIT

iii) 21/00606/FUL: Land Adjacent To River Chew, Hunstrete Lane, Woollard. Change of use to dual use (agricultural/commercial) and site Shepherd’s hut used ancillary to Bell Farm Alpacas and as cafe (Retrospective). REFUSE

23.5 Matters for Discussion / Decision

a) It was reported that as a result of the village CIL consultation the projects were placed in order of popularity as follows: ANPR Camera, Youth Club on Wheels, Changes to Village Green, Maintenance of Church rooms, New footpath, Fitness Equipment and additional car Parking. A Working Group was created to develop a proposal for the purchase, installation, and operation of the ANPR Security cameras and will report back in March.

b) The Parish Council Approved a grant of £40 to Dial A Ride to help towards operating costs and further expansion of the service in the area.

c) The Parish Council approved a grant of £200 to Protect our Keynsham Environment (POKE) for further funds towards the cost of a transport expert investigating planning application 21/00419/EFUL.

d) The Parish Council considered options to site a commemorative tree for the Queens Platinum Jubilee.

e) The draft budget for 2022-23 was discussed and would be amended and circulated for approval next meeting.

f) The Parish Council responded to a request from a resident to consider pedestrian safety through the Narrows, Belluton and it was agreed that the Parish Council would request a 20mph speed limit.

g) The Parish Council considered the proposed changes to the Rights of Way network to divert a section of Public footpath CL17/25, Blackrock Lane. IT was agreed that the Parish Council would SUPPORT the proposal as long as the exit onto the road is safe and not exiting straight onto the road.

h) The Parish Council approved expenditure of £10 to replace damaged bin liner for the bin at Calvary Wood.

23.6 Financial Matters

a) The Financial Report was accepted.

b) November Payments were approved.

Purpose for Expense
Mark McMullen – Footpath Officer 
Amount
£80.00
VAT
£- 
Recover
N/A

Purpose for Expense
Mrs Helen Richardson – Salary December
Amount
£801.50 
VAT
£- 
Recover
N/A

Purpose for Expense
Mrs Helen Richardson – Reimburse for Zoom 
Amount
£4.80 
VAT
£- 
Recover
N/A

Purpose for Expense
Avon Local Councils Association 
Amount
£40
VAT
£- 
Recover
N/A

Purpose for Expense
Water2 Business (Allotments)
Amount
£15.92 
VAT
£- 
Recover
N/A

Purpose for Expense
Janette Stephenson Reimburse 
Amount
£42.72
VAT
£- 
Recover
N/A

23.7 B&NES: The Ward Councillor reported that he was disappointed with his experience with the Liveable Neighbourhoods scheme in Whitchurch due to the lack of consultation. But he has now had change to look at the results of his survey in the Parish Council would reconvene the Liveable Neighbourhoods working group. He reported that the Resourceful Earth planning application was likely to go to planning committee in January. He reported that due to the number of collisions with the bollards on eth A37 the traffic island would be removed, but he was pushing to make sure that a replacement scheme was agreed before its removal.

23.8 Reports

a) Allotments: Report Circulated

b) Climate Emergency Working group: The whole parish has now been leafletted and views on community renewable energy in Publow and Pensford are being collated by BWCE. The responses so far are encouraging with the majority of parishioners supportive with many respondents willing to be involved in projects to help the local environment which hopefully will lead to a bigger team managing a wider range of actions.

c) Memorial Hall – The committee are looking for someone to take over the safety checks of the playground.

d) PCAA: No update

e) The Clerks Report was accepted.

f) The Chairman had nothing additional to report.

23.9 Items to carry forward to the next meeting: Capital Expenditure, Right of Way at the Rising Sun

23.10 To note Future Meetings: Parish Liaison: 23rd March 2022

DATE OF NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: Monday 10th January 2022

THE MEETING CLOSED AT 9.23pm

Parish Council Minutes – 8th November 2021

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF PUBLOW WITH PENSFORD PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON MONDAY 8th NOVEMBER 2021 IN THE MEMORIAL HALL, PENSFORD

Present: Mr P Baxter, Mr M Daniels, Mr S Filer, Ms J Flower, Mr T Heaford, Mrs D Custance, Mrs J Gully, Mrs T Jones, Dr L Malt, Mrs J Stephenson (Chairman) Cllr P. May (B&NES), and Mrs H Richardson (Clerk) and 7 Members of Public.

22.1 Public Submissions: A Member of Public urged the Parish Council to Object to planning application 21/00419/EFUL from Resourceful Earth raising concerns about a proposed build out on the A37 designed to mitigate the increased HGV traffic caused by the development.

22.2 Apologies: Mrs S Grimes,

22.3 Declarations of Interest: None

22.4 The Minutes of the Meeting held on Monday 11th October 2021 were agreed as a true and fair record and the Chairman signed them.

22.5 Planning

a. Applications to consult:

i) 21/00419/EFUL: Resourceful Earth Ltd Charlton Field Lane Queen Charlton: Development of an Anaerobic Digester Facility (including retention of the existing Feedstock Reception Building, Digester Tank (x5), Storage Tank, CHP Engine (x4), Transformer, GRP Substation, GRP Technical Room (x5) and Gas Equipment) to produce both gas and electricity for injection into the local grid networks, alongside the restoration of the former Queen Charlton Quarry Site with ecological and landscape enhancements, The Parish Council resolved to OBJECT to the application due to the increased HGV traffic and agreed that it is inappropriate development in the greenbelt.

b. Decision Notification:

None

22.6 Matters for Discussion / Decision

a) Plans for the Parish Consultation on Saturday 13th November were discussed it was agreed that another two projects could be added to the options. The Consultation will help to demonstrate to the Parish Council residents’ priorities. There are still some legalities of some proposals to be investigated.

b) The 1st Draft of Budget 2022-2023 was reviewed, amendments would be made and discussed again next meeting.

c) It was agreed that the Parish Council would not set up a working group for the Queens Platinum Jubilee. A fund (£TBC) would be made available to groups of residents who wish to organise an event. Applications should be made to the Parish Council.

d) The Parish Council discussed a request from a resident to consider introducing residents parking in busy areas. It was agreed to defer the discussion until after the village consultation.

e) The Parish Council agreed that the double yellow lines needed repainting around the lock up and on Hillcrest. The Clerk would send a request to B&NES.

f) The Parish Council discussed a request from Resident to consider compulsory purchase of land to create footpath near the school. It was agreed that Compulsory Purchase was not within the powers of the Parish Council and not a route that the Parish Council wanted to pursue. If an agreement was not able to be made with the landowner then an alternative solution building a pavement around the corner from High Street to Publow Lane should be investigated.

22.7 Financial Matters

a) The Financial Report was accepted.

b) November Payments were approved.

Purpose for Expense Amount VAT Recover
Mark McMullen – Footpath Officer £80.00 £- N/A
Mrs Helen Richardson – Salary – November £694.60 £- N/A
Mrs Helen Richardson – Reimburse for Zoom £4.80 £- N/A
Mrs Helen Richardson – Reimburse for Poppies £170.00 £- N/A
DPM Lucas- Grass cutting £40.00 £- N/A
Mr Mark Goulding – Bugler £30.00 £- N/A

Total value of cheques £1,019.40

22.8 B&NES: The Ward Councillor reported that he was delighted with the responses he has received to his mailout around the parish with over 120 replies. He is compiling the results and will then meet with the liveable Neighbourhoods working group to discuss the findings. He has been working with other councillors and met with the planning officer regarding the Resourceful Earth planning application. He has arranged a meeting with senior planning officers to discuss issues of enforcement.

22.9 Reports

a) Allotments: Nothing to report
b) Climate Emergency Working group: The landowners whose fields are possibly suitable for solar or wind powered generation of electricity have been identified. BWCE have advised completing a desktop review of these 15 or more sites and whittling the number down to the most suitable before approaching any landowners.
c) Memorial Hall – Nothing to report
d) PCAA: No update – Zoom meeting this week.
e) The Clerks Report was accepted.
f) The Chairman had nothing additional to report.

22.10 Items to carry forward to the next meeting: Poppies 2022

22.11 To note Future Meetings:
Parish Liaison: 23rd March 2022

DATE OF NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: Monday 13th December
THE MEETING CLOSED AT 8.49pm