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Parish Council Minutes – 19th April 2021


Present: Mrs J Stephenson (Chairman), Mrs J Gully, Mr P Baxter, Mrs D Custance, Mr S Filer (Part), Mrs S Grimes, Ms J Flower, Mr T Heaford, Mr T Jones, Mrs T Jones & Cllr P. May (B&NES) and Mrs H Richardson (Clerk) and 2 Member of Public

16.1 Public Submissions: A resident and member of Protect Our Keynsham Environment (POKE) asked the Parish Council to support her grant application for a contribution towards costs associated with their campaign to oppose planning application 21/00419/EFUL: Resourceful Earth, specifically in relation to the increased vehicle movements.
A resident spoke in support of the Tree Preservation Order (16.9cii) and asked the Parish Council to support it becoming a permanent TPO.

16.2 Apologies: Mr M Daniels

16.3 Declarations of Interest: None

16.4 The Minutes of the Meeting held on Monday 8th March 2021 were agreed as a true and fair record. The Chairman will sign them at the next available opportunity.

16.5 An update on District Matters – Cllr.May reported that Richard Samuel had taken over from Dine Romero as B&NES Council Leader until they elect a new Leader in May. The Ward Councillor is meeting with the new leader on 20th April as he is concerned about potential development around the Parish in the Spatial Development Strategy (SDS). Under current Legislation B&NES meetings will have to return to face-to-face meetings after the 6th May. He has made a video in support of the action taken by POKE as he is concerned about lorries travelling to and from the Resourceful Earth site, through the parish.

16.6 Updates on current matters:
a) Vintage Phone Box – The Miners Welfare and the owner of the phone box have agreed to pay for the legal access agreement. The Clerk has asked for advice on whether the planning permission was required but was waiting for a response. It was recommended that the move should proceed.
b) Allotments – It was reported that one plot became vacant but has been filled.
c) Environmental & Climate Emergency working group – The report previously circulated was accepted
d) Dog/Litter bins – Bags of household waste are being dumped in two of the bins – one of the people responsible has been contacted and asked to stop.
e) Memorial Hall – No update on Hall, the playground is being used well.
f) PCAA – The enquiry is due to begin on the 20th July and estimated to take 40 days. Nearly £50,000 has been raised towards the cost of the enquiry. Three new Parishes have joined the Association. A separate application has been made for a Park & Ride Carpark with over 3000 parking spaces near the M5. A request has been made for the inspector to visit Publow/Pensford/Woollard as one of the Parishes impacted by the airport.

16.7 Matters for Discussion / Decision
a) Telephone Box Access Agreement: It was reported that the legal cost of the Access agreement was being paid for by the Miners Welfare & the current owner of the Phone Box, so no further discussion was needed.
b) Path Behind the Rising Sun: An application to modify the definitive map had been made by a group of residents who have contacted the Brewery regarding the ownership of the bridge, however the Brewery confirmed that they wish to retain ownership.
c) It was agreed that the May meeting would provisionally be moved to the 6th May on zoom, depending on any changes to the understanding of current legislation following court hearing on 21st April, which may allow virtual meetings to continue after 6th May. The that occurs the meeting will be held on Zoom on the 10th May as scheduled.
d) It was reported that no new projects have been put forward for the CIL Consultation.
e) The Parish Council approved a grant of £200 for the Climate Emergency Working Group towards the Renewable Energy Audit.
 Cllr Steve Filer Joined the meeting
f) The Parish Council approved a grant of £200 for POKE towards the cost of expert reports for the Appeal for planning application 21/00419/EFUL: Resourceful Earth
 Cllr Paul May Left the meeting

16.8 Reports
a) The Clerks Report was accepted
b) The Chairman reported that the renovation of the finger posts should be completed within 8 weeks. A Resident’s letter regarding several current matters had been circulated to all Councillors. The Chairman sent a letter of Condolences to Buckingham Palace, mentioning the Duke of Edinburgh’s visit to Pensford in 1968.
c) The report of the Parish Liaison meeting on 24th March was accepted

16.9 Planning

a. Applications to consult:
i. 21/01165/ADCOU: Little Haven Barn, Birchwood Lane, Publow. Prior approval request for change of use of agricultural building to dwellinghouse (Use Class C3). The Parish Council resolved to SUPPORT the application.
ii. 21/00810/FUL: Recreation Ground, Publow Lane, Publow. Replacement outbuilding. The Parish Council resolved to SUPPORT the application.
iii. 21/01194/FUL: Jasmine Cottage, 153 High Street, Pensford. Erection of replacement rear lobby. The Parish Council resolved to SUPPORT the application
iv. 21/01512/FUL: Laurel Lea, Pensford Hill, Pensford. Erection of a double storey side extension, porch roof changed from flat roof to tiled pitched roof, and a skylight balcony to the rear of the property. The Parish Council resolved that they had NO OBJECTION to this application.

b. Decision Notification:
i. 21/04872/FUL: 155 High Street, Pensford. Erection of a detached dwelling and associated works. REFUSED

c. Other Planning Matters:
i) It was agreed that the matter of the Stable on Woollard Lane (Quarry Lodge), being used as a dwelling should be pursued with enforcement.
ii) It was reported that notification have been received of Tree Preservation Order on Land adjacent to Meadow Barn, Wick Lane.

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

Payee Description Amount VAT
Mark McMullen Footpath Officer £80 N
Mrs Helen Richardson Clerk Salary (March & Reimbursement for Zoom)  £748.71 N
DPM Lucas Garden Contractors Cut & Strim the Green x 2 £40.00 N
DPM Payroll Services £120.00 N
Avon Local Councils Association Subscription (approved last month) £278.51 N

Total value of cheques: £1267.22

16.11 Items to carry forward to the next meeting: Road Clearing A37. Crack in Wall A37. Wick Lane burning Rubbish.

16.12 To note Future Meetings:
Parish Liaison – Wednesday 14 July or Wednesday 21 July, Wednesday 13 October 2021
DATE OF NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: Monday 6th or 10th May 2021