Minutes of Eardisley Annual Parish Meeting

Held on Monday, 13th May 2019, 7:30pm, Eardisley Village Hall

In the Chair: Alan Watkins

Councillors Present: Andrew Layton, Paul Whittall, Steven Whittall

Residents: 7                                               In Attendance: Ward Councillor Graham Jones; Alison Morgan (Clerk)

1. All re-elected Councillors were present; no apologies

2. Minutes of the Eardisley Annual Parish Meeting 2018 were agreed and signed.

3. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT 2018-19

3.1. The Chairman’s report covered the following general topics:

• EGPC had another busy year continuing to update its working practices and adopting a number of new policies, which are now available on the EGPC web site.
• Following the introduction of new data protection laws, EGPC has updated its policies in line with guidance from HALC, Herefordshire Council and the Society for Local Council Clerks (SLCC). Measures were taken to update security on the web site and councillors agreed to set up dedicated email addresses where they can be contacted and for dealing specifically with parish council business.
• Herefordshire Council funding for both Lengthsman and P3 (Footpaths) schemes has now ceased and the Parish Council is looking at ways of doing the work at reasonable cost. An advertisement was placed inviting tenders from suitably qualified contractors for the coming year.
• If residents see any problems on byroads or footpaths within the parish, these should be reported to their councillors or the Parish Clerk.
• During 2018, we commemorated the end of the Great War by placing three silent soldier silhouettes in the three parishes.
• Ward Councillor Roger Phillips continued to deputise for Cllr Clive Skelton. The latter stood down at the recent local elections. The Parish Council was grateful to both for their time and support. Graham Jones was welcomed as the new Castle Ward councillor.

3.2. The Chairman’s report covered the following Eardisley-specific topics:

• There have been various planning applications during the year. Indications are the Glebeland development will go ahead, as recommended in the Neighbourhood Plan.
• ‘Sat Nav’ warning signs were purchased and put up in the Bower Lane area.
• ‘No Dog Fouling’ signs were put up, at residents’ request, by the Pumphouse.
• Footpaths continue to be improved with several new kissing gates being installed and a new path created from Lady Arbour Farm to the Park Road.

4. Open Discussion: Topics included:

  • Newly elected Ward Councillor Graham Jones introduced himself to those present and is looking forward to working with and on behalf of the Parish Council.
  • Concerns had been raised regarding closure of two bridges on Footpath EE12 from Eardisley towards Kinnersley. The Clerk had received feedback from Balfour Beatty that the closure is for safety reasons, pending repair work being carried out by them. It is estimated the path should be re-opened within the next 6 months, although it was not possible to give a more exact timeline at present.
  • An issue was raised regarding the increasing number of wild peacocks that have caused several road accidents recently, as well as injuries and death to the birds. In addition to traffic, the birds cause damage to local gardens and pose a health risk from their droppings. There is a mix of male and female birds and they have been breeding. The issue was reported to Herefordshire Council, as well as the Parish Council. It was not thought the birds belong to anyone. The Clerk will look into the issue further.
  • Congratulations went to Eardisley Young Farmers who recently won a national drama competition. It is hoped their show will be performed locally during the year.
  • Eardisley residents are exploring the possibility of setting up a community scheme to tackle isolation. A first public meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 4th June 2019 in the Village Hall to explore ideas and options.

The meeting closed at 8:00pm.