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August 2004

Thursday 5th August 2004

Present: -                                                                    

Mr J Quimby – Chairman, Mr K Colver – Vice Chairman, Mrs E Jeffrey, Mr P Hemmerdinger 

Apologies: - Mrs D Morris, Mrs M Hemmerdinger.

1951    Minutes 

Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held 3rd June 2004  were read and endorsed.

1952    Public Question Time

A resident raised two points; the first was the untidy state of the lay by on the A444. It was agreed to send a letter to Environmental Health at North West Leicestershire District Council requesting litter be cleared more frequently.

The second issue raised was the recent reduction in buses servicing the village.  It was agreed that a letter be sent to the Director of Transportation & Planning at L.C.C. (copy to N.W.L.D.C.) expressing the concerns that residents need to have public transport to Ashby and Coalville where the banks, shops, college, leisure facilities etc. are situated.

1953    Declarations Of Amendment To The Register Of Interests


1954    Declaration Of Interest To Items On Agenda


1955    Decisions Taken Under Delegated Powers

J.A. Robinson (Chilcote Gdn. Services) – cuts 4 & 5 - £110 – paid
J.A. Robinson (Chilcote Gdn. Services) – cuts 6 & 7 - £110 – paid
N.W.L.D.C. – planning application fee (cricket net structure) - £55 – paid
Midland Tree Surgeons Ltd – tree felling & works - £3266.50 -paid
Protec given order to install Didcott Way railings
16 St Michael's Drive – extensions to form utility room & conservatory – no objections
37A Church Street – works to 5 ash trees – no objections
Barn's Heath Farm, Snarestone Road – formation of farm track – no objections
Read and Noted.

1956    Police Matters

There was no police officer present.  The Chairman expressed concern about the number of break-ins that had occurred in the locality.

1957    Planning Applications


1958    Planning Decision Notices

04/00761/FUL – erection of single storey extension to form conservatory – The Grange, 40 Measham Road – granted
04/00660/FUL – erection of part single storey, part two storey rear extension & two-storey side extension – 19 Didcott Way – granted
APP/G2435/E/04/1139008 & APP/G2435/A/04/1138782 – retention of works – The Old Rectory, Rectory Lane – appeals dismissed by planning inspectorate
04/00885/FUL – erection of single storey rear extension – Spring Cottage, 30 Bowleys Lane – granted
04/00890/FUL – erection of extensions to form utility & conservatory – 16 St Michael's Drive – granted

Noted.  It was agreed a letter be sent to N.W.L.D.C. planning department requesting what action is intended in order that the work carried out without planning permission at The Old Rectory, Rectory Lane be put back to the granted plans.

1959    Approval Of Budget And Financial Statements

1st April 04 to 22nd June 04 and 1st April to 22nd July 04 budget & financial statements.  Noted and approved. 

1960    Accounts For Payment

Karen Stirk – Clerk's Payment – 1st June to 30th June 2004 - £267.00
Karen Stirk – Clerk's Payment – 1st July to 31st July 2004 - £267.00
Karen Stirk – Expenses for May 2004 - £17.85
Karen Stirk – Expenses for June 2004 - £17.06
Protec Services Limited – Didcott Way Railings - £2,590.88

All cheques agreed and signed.

1961    Heritage Warden & Archaeological Warden

Mrs Deveson, a resident attended the meeting to find out more about the position of Archaeological Warden for the village.  Information was given to Mrs Deveson together with some contact names.  Mrs Deveson was interested in the post but needed time to look at all the information before making her decision.

1962    Pre School Play Equipment on the Recreation Ground

It was agreed to go ahead with pursuing a lottery funded grant for the play equipment.  The councillors looked at several quotations and took brochures to source the best options of pre school play equipment available.  Mr Quimby informed the council that he had completed the picnic bench and it was agreed the councillors install it on the recreation ground.

1963    Resident Concerns – Tree on Recreation Ground

Mr & Mrs Hicks residents of Appleby Magna had expressed concerns to the Chairman about the roots of a tree on the recreation ground close to their garden.  The Chairman visited the site and spoke with the concerned residents. It was agreed that a letter be sent to Mr & Mrs Hicks asking them to inform the council if any problems arise with the tree.  It was agreed that no further action to be taken at this time.

1964    Motor Cycles on Recreation Ground

The problem of motor cycles being ridden on the recreation ground was discussed by the councillors and it was agreed that an article be included in the next Parish News Line informing residents that riding motor cycles on the recreation ground is illegal.  It was also reported that the gate closure on the recreation ground was not working efficiently, Mr Colver agreed to look at the problem and report back to the council.

1965    Map of Registered Common Land & Open Country

It was noted that there is no common land or open country in Appleby Magna.

1966    Memorial Headstone Safety

Following a visit by the Chairman to the closed churchyard, it was agreed that there are no safety issues with headstones in the closed churchyard.

1967    Deterioration of Grass Verges in Top Street and Church Street

A reply had been received from Leicestershire Highways at L.C.C. suggesting that they kerb part of Church Street from the junction of Top Street to prevent parking on the grass verges.  The Parish Council agreed that this action was not the best answer and that a reply be sent to Leicestershire Highways suggesting that the verges be made good and posts be put in.  It was agreed that Leicestershire Highways make good the grass verge on Rectory Lane by soil and seeding.  Also, it was agreed to put a request in the next Parish News Line that vehicles are not parked on the verges in Top Street and Church Street.

1968    Letter received from Rural Community Council

Requesting nominations for Trustee of the Rural Community Council.  It was agreed that no nomination be made.

1969    Didcott Way Railings

A reply had been received from David Wilson Homes stating they would not contribute to the cost of replacing the Didcott Way fencing with the new railings.  The Parish Council have paid in full the cost of the railings, as no environmental grant is available for this work.

1970    Affordable Housing Needs – Midland Rural Housing

The Chairman had visited some affordable rented / shared ownership housing built by Midland Rural Housing in Sheepy Magna.  He reported that these properties were built and finished to a good standard.  It was agreed to send a letter to Sheepy Magna Parish Council asking them to report on their project so that the councillors can get an insight into a completed project.  It was agreed to contact Midland Rural Housing to give the go ahead for the 'Need for Affordable Housing Survey' in the village.

1971    Recycling Facility at the Black Horse

The Parish Council have agreed to provide screening for three bottle banks on the Black Horse car park once the resurfacing is completed, so that villagers can continue to use this recycling scheme.

1972    N.W.L.D.C. Chairman of the Council Invitation to Civic Service

No takers.

1973    The Aviation Campaigners' Seminar

Invitation to seminar on Saturday 25th September in London

No takers.

1974    Leicestershire & Rutland Area Child Protection Committee

A request was received from the above for information on groups in the parish currently working with children.  It was agreed to send a letter referring them to the Appleby Magna village website.

1975    Field Maple Tree Near Power Lines Becoming Problem

The Parish Council have been informed by the approved contractors for East Midlands Electricity that a field maple tree on parish land is interfering with power lines.  After councillors had viewed the site it was agreed that the company be granted permission to fell the tree.

1976   Quotation for Repairs to Weld Mesh Fencing – Recreation Ground

A quotation was obtained for repairs to the weld mesh fencing on the recreation ground from the original installation company.  It was agreed that the quotation was too expensive and that the councillors could carry out the repairs at a reduced cost.

1977    Recreation Ground – Cricket Net Structure Update

The clerk informed the Parish Council that planning permission required to complete the cricket net safety structure had not yet been granted.  N.W.L.D.C. planning department had promised a decision within the next week.

1978    Parish News Line

It was agreed that the council inform residents of the time for public questions taken at the Parish Council's monthly meetings is 7.30p.m.  Also to include articles about motor cycles being ridden on the recreation ground is illegal and a request for no parking on grass verges in Top Street and Church Street. 

1979    Urgent Items

(Taken as urgent due to response times)

L.C.C. Quality of Life Survey 2004 - Request to complete survey

Mrs Jeffrey agreed to complete the survey on behalf of the Paris  Council. 

Comments Request from N.W.L.D.C. - Application for Public Entertainment Licence for Sir John Moore School

The councillors raised no objections.

Planning consultation -04/01216/FUL – erection of two storey side and single storey front extensions front dormer window and external alterations – Primrose Cottage, 26 Snarestone Road

It was agreed that a decision be made following a closer viewing and discussion with neighbours.

Ms K. Stirk 

Clerk to the Parish Council 

6th August 2004


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