Parish Council Minutes – 9th January 2023


Held on Monday 9th January 2023 in the Memorial Hall, Pensford

Present: Mr P Baxter, Mr M Daniels, Mr S Filer, Mr T Heaford, Mrs J Stephenson (chairman), Mrs J Gully, Mrs T Jones, Cllr P. May (B&NES), Mrs H Richardson (Clerk) and 4 Members of Public.

Public Submissions:

35.1. Apologies: Dr L Malt, Ms J Flower, Mrs S Grimes,

35.2. Declarations of Interest: None

35.3. The Minutes of the Meeting held on Monday 12th December 2022 were agreed as a true and fair record and the Chairman signed them.

35.4. Planning:

a) Applications to consult:

i) 22/05060/FUL. 24 Hillcrest, Pensford: Erection of single storey rear extension, single storey front porch extension and ground floor plan reconfiguration following demolition of existing conservatory. The Parish Council resolved to SUPPORT the application

b) Decision Notification:

i) 22/03725/LBA. Pensford Viaduct Stanton Lane, Pensford: Rake out and re-point inside and outside face of both parapets for full length of viaduct. CONSENT

35.5. Matters for Discussion / Decision

a) The Parish Council received the BWCE energy audit and although several potential sites had been identified, it would not be possible to commence a renewable energy project at this time due to the high costs associated with connecting to the national grid and availability of grants. The project is on hold until a time when the issues can be resolved.

b) It was reported that one host for the ANPR cameras had been confirmed, but the Parish Council still needs another host. Residents in possible locations would be contacted to see if any of them would be willing to host the camera.

c) The Parish Council approved the purchase of an outdoor table tennis table using ringfenced funds from the Community Infrastructure Levy(CIL). To be located in the village hall playing fields (subject to approval from the Village Hall Committee). The Clerk was asked to investigate the cost of a bench to accompany it.

d) The Budget for 2023-24 was approved and the precept request was set at £23,744, an increase of 67p per month for a band D property.

e) The motion to consider the use of the Old School Rooms (formally known as the Church Rooms)as a venue for Parish Council meetings, was postponed until the next meeting as the proposer was not in attendance.

35.6. Financial Matters

a) The Financial Report was accepted.

b) January payments were approved.

Purpose for Expense Mark McMullen – Footpath Officer (December)
Amount £85

Purpose for Expense Mrs Helen Richardson Clerk Salary (January)
Amount £805.11

Purpose for Expense Mrs Helen Richardson Reimburse Zoom
Amount £4.80

Purpose for Expense Titan Internet-Hosting H Richardson reimburse
Amount £240
VAT £40
Recover Y

Purpose for Expense Titan Internet-Domain Renewal H Richardson reimburse
Amount £120
VAT £20
Recover Y

35.7. B&NES: The Ward Councillor reported that B&NES are trying to make a balanced budget by increasing income and cutting costs, rather than cutting services. There will be an increase of 5% to council tax bills due to the councils obligation to children’s and adults social care. There will be a local plan meeting in Whichurch, to which Pensford are invited. The Ward Councillor is hopeful that the Resourceful Earth site will be returned to Greenbelt.

35.8. Reports

a) Defibrillators – No Update.
b) Clerks Report – circulated
c) The Chairman- Nothing to add

35.9. Items to carry forward to the next meeting: Old School Rooms, Coronation, Bench & Table football, Allotment trees, capital expenditure, May meeting date.

35.10. To note Future Meetings

Parishes Liaison – Wednesday 15 March 2023, Wednesday 19 July 2023, Wednesday 18 October 2023
Parish Council engagement for New Local Plan – January 23rd January
ALCA – Wednesday 1st February (Zoom)

The meeting closed at 8:24 pm