IPSTONES PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 27th September 2017 at 7.oop.m. at Ipstones Memorial Hall
PRESENT: Councillors Barks, Malyon (Chair), Mycock, Richards, Stevenson & Williams. The Clerk, 1 x Reporter
APOLOGIES: Councillors Morris, Shuttleworth & Stimpson
DECLARATION OF INTEREST: To be taken as they arise.
DISPENSATIONS: None received.
On proposal by Cllr Stevenson and seconded by Cllr Richards it was moved that the minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 30th August 2017 to be a true record.
96/17. MATTERS ARISING
- Foxt Telephone Kiosk: Cllr Mycock reported that the repair/painting is in hand.
- Dog Bins: Cllr Malyon reported that she has spoken to Mr K Parker at the District Council and moved that another letter should be sent.
- Consultation on Bus Subsidies: Cllr Malyon reported that this is to be discussed at the the Council’s Cabinet meeting in November.
- Himalayan Balsam: It was agreed to discuss this matter in the spring.
- Parking near Hetty’s Tea Rooms at Froghall Wharf: The Clerk reported that Mr Atkinson had phoned and said his wife had been upset about the letter regarding parked vehicles on the road outside the Tea Rooms. He said they have been parking a couple of vintage cars outside in order to act as a natural speed calming measure and these vehicles do not impede the through traffic. Mr Atkinson mentioned that the public Car Park is often full and when this happens people park on the side of the road. He said not everyone visiting Froghall Wharf visits the Tea Rooms, many are walkers. Mr Atkinson said that there is an issue with vehicles speeding through the Froghall Wharf area and that he has seen several near misses with pedestrians almost being hit by vehicles. Mr Atkinson went on to say that he and his wife have put a lot of time and money into restoring the Tea Rooms, which they feel have enhanced the area and that they also voluntarily keep the public area at Froghall Wharf tidy by litter picking and mowing the grass, including the grass at the junction with the A52. Mr Atkinson asked about the possibility of having Pedestrian Warning Signs at either end of Froghall Wharf. It was agreed to ask the County Council if they will install signs warning of Pedestrians in the Road and to advise Mr & Mrs Atkinson of this and to thank them for keeping the area tidy. Mr Atkinson mentioned that it would help with the parking situation if the public car park was extended – Members agreed to advise him that the land does not belong to the parish council.
- Former Chip Shop, High Street: Cllr Malyon reported that Environmental Health have been out and that the Owners are going to revamp the property so that it can be let out. They are also in discussion with the Conservation Department.
97/17. PLANS: The following planning applications had been received: –
DET/2017/0029 Proposed agricultural building for feed, machinery and implements at White Chimney, Bradshaw Lane, Ipstones. On proposal by Cllr Stevenson and and seconded by Cllr Williams it was agreed unanimously to support approval of this application.
SMD/2017/0490 LBC for installation of a transport Trust Red Wheel Plaque to former warehouse building at Hetty’s Tea Rooms, Froghall Wharf. It was agreed unanimously to support approval of this application.
SMD/2017/0588 Erection of detached bungalow at Brandon House Farm, Town End Road, Foxt. On proposal by Cllr Mycock and seconded by Cllr Williams it was agreed to support approval of the application with a footnote that it would be preferred that the position proposed bungalow is moved nearer to the existing premises. This was agreed unanimously.
SMD/2017/0593 New agricultural Building to replace two Nissan huts at Park Mill Cllr Richards to support approval of this application. This was agreed unanimously.
- Agility (Bolton’s Site) re HGV’s parking on the pavement: A reply stated that HGV’s that are parking on the pavement are nothing to do with Hadleigh Products or Agility/MSUK as all vehicles visiting their premises are given access into the premises, where if necessary they can park overnight. They have mentioned the issue to their Security so that they can pass the message on to any HGV Drivers who park on the pavement that they shouldn’t be parking there.
- Ipstones Memorial Hall Committee: A letter had been received regarding the allocated grant. It was proposed by Cllr Stevenson and seconded by Cllr Richards to issue the Grant of £700.00 under Section 19 – Miscellaneous Provisions. This was agreed unanimously.
- SCC re Stocksgreen (34 – 46/48 Church Lane) : It was noted that SCC have checked with Land Charges who confirmed that this section of Church Lane does not form part of the Highway maintainable at Public Expense, but it is a Public Right of Way (PFP No 22).
- Safer Neighbourhood Panel: The e-mail advised that the Staffordshire Moorlands Panel is now well established but that they are aware that our rural areas are not well represented. They said if anyone is interested to contact Sally Hampton at SMDC.
- Karen Bradley MP re Advice Surgeries: Posters advertising the various dates and locations had been put on the Noticeboards.
- Karen Bradley MP re Trip to London and Private Tour of Westminster – 16/11/2017: Details of this were noted and a copy of the letter had been displayed on the Noticeboards.
- SCC re ‘Future of Libraries’: Receipt of this e-mail was noted.
- NALC/SPC Assc. Re Data Protection: It was agreed to let each member have a copy (those on e-mail to forward by e-mail).
- Safer Roads Initiative: The Clerk reported that this had been discussed at a previous meeting when the Speed Watch Coordinator had passed information to the Parish Council. At the previous meeting it had been discussed about the possibility of creating a ‘gateway’ feature at either end of Ipstones to help reduce the speed of traffic entering the village. Cllr Shuttleworth had taken the information and is looking into the possibilities and costs etc. It was agreed to discuss at the next meeting, when Cllr Shuttleworth is present. Cllr Malyon reported that she had seen five Lomas’ Lorries going through the village one after another and it had caused problems getting through the parked vehicles on High Street (Some parked vehicles are getting damaged by large vehicles going past). It was proposed by Cllr Williams and seconded by Cllr Stevenson to write to Lomas’ and ask if their Drivers could take the main ‘A’ road route through Cellarhead/Wetley Rocks/Leek to get back to Buxton and avoid Ipstones.
- Other Newsletters, Circulars etc
Clerks & Councils Direct – September Issue
SPC Assc – Weekly Bulletins
SPC Assc – Various Training Courses
SPC Assc – Good Councillor Guide
SCC – ‘Your Responsibilities as a Riparian Landowner’
The Countryside Alliance Awards 2017
Community Council of Staffordshire – notice of AGM
CPRE – Countryside Voice – Summer Issue
99/17. PFP 102: The Clerk reported that the County Council Rights of Way Dept have agreed to supply some hard-core if we can let them know how much is required. It was agreed to keep the repairs to the path as low as possible so it was agreed to ask the Lengthsman if he can carry out the work – if so Cllr Malyon said she knows someone that we may be able to borrow a ‘wacker’ from.
100/17. TWICE WEEKLY BRANCH SURGERIES AT MEMORIAL HALL: It was noted that patients of the practice had received a letter stating that Surgeries would be suspended at Ipstones until the work on the memorial Hall is complete and the letter indicated that the Doctors had not been aware that they would not be able to use the Hall from mid-September until about 10 days before and so had not been able to source an alternative suitable premises from which to hold the branch surgeries (Any possible venues have to be vetted by the NHS and this would have taken time). Cllr Malyon reported that a representative had advised the Doctors Practice Manager back in March that they would not be able to use the Doctors Room/Waiting Room from early September as work would be commencing once the Agricultural Show had taken place at the end of August. She said that there had been monthly meetings with representatives from Well Street Medical Practice and they had been kept informed.
Cllr Malyon said that discussions with the Doctors was ongoing.
101/17. ANNUAL INSPECTION OF PLAY EQUIPMENT (FOXT): Two quotes had been obtained and it was agreed to go with the Cheaper of the two quotes which was Wickstead Leisure and to also add the Risk Assessment.
102/17. SUMMER PLANTING: It was agreed to ask the new owners of Old Hall Nursery if they would be able to continue to plant the tubs and if so if they could give a quote.
103/17. HIGHWAYS: The following matters were raised.
- Tree Cutting and Electricity Poles on Public Footpath near the Mount: Cllr Stevenson said he thought it was Western Power who had done the work. It was agreed to contact them to ask if they can move the branches and poles.
104/17. ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT
- Memorial Copper Beech Tree for Foxt: Cllr Mycock said that the ‘Copper Beech’ tree can go into the new Church Yard anytime now. It was agreed to enquire about the cost of a substantial size Copper Beech Tree.
- Japanese Knotweed on Odda Common: Cllr Malyon said that only a small section of Knotweed had been treated but there was a larger section that was entangled with undergrowth that had not been done. It was agreed to speak to the Contractor.
N.B. It has since been established that it is ‘bindweed’ that is growing in the other section. It was agreed to send a letter of thanks to Brian Snow for arranging for someone to cut the hedge on Red Lion Bank.
- d. MOWING CONTRACTS FOR 2018/2019: It was agreed to seek quotes for the mowing seasons of 2018/2019.
105/17. ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT: – It was agreed to the payment of the following accounts: –
|Mr M Emery (for painting Cemetery Gates/Bier Shed||620.00|
|Mr J Hooley for 2 x mowing (Aug)||620.00|
|Lengthman’s Payment (net)||216.06|
|Lengthsman’s Expenses ( 2 trips to Leek Tip) 30 miles at 0.45p||13.50|
|Clerk’s Salary (net)||630.00|
|Clerk’s Expenses Inc Ink Cartridges||42.53|
|L Malyon to reimburse from Chairman’s Allowance for gifts and cards for 1 x 100th & 1 x 90th B’days||
|Staffordshire Farm Supplies Ltd various items for Lengthsman and wood and sand for box for Remembrance Crosses||
|Mr J Hooley for 2 x mows (Sept)||620.00|
|Ipstones Memorial Hall – Grant – S 19 (miscellaneous Provisions)||700.00|
The date of the next meeting was fixed for Wednesday 1st November 2017 at 7p.m. in Foxt Village Hall
The Final Item of Any Other Business was moved to be treated as CONFIDENTIAL