Minutes of Winforton & Willersley Annual Parish Meeting

Held on Tuesday, 14th May 2019, 7:30pm, Winforton Community Hall

In the Chair: Alan Watkins

Councillors Present: James Forrest, Ken Goodman, Yvonne King, Sue Prosser

Residents: 6                                                                                      In Attendance: Alison Morgan (Clerk)

1. All local Councillors were present; apologies from Glynn Bailey

2. Minutes of the Winforton & Willersley 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.

3.2. The Chairman’s report covered the following Winforton/Willersley-specific topics:

• Recent decision by Planning Inspectorate to reverse a decision on development of 5 houses to the rear of the Courtlands was disappointing as it contradicts the Neighbourhood Plan.
• A decision was expected on the TRO for extending the 30mph speed restriction through Winforton is still pending.

4. Open Discussion: Topics included:

  • TRO: the decision has been delayed due to the European elections, but BBLP has advised a result is anticipated in time for EGPC’s June meeting.
  • Volunteers are needed to help with cleaning the village gates and cutting of grass to keep them tidy. If no volunteers are forthcoming, it may be necessary to engage the Lengthsman to do this task.
  • Courtlands priority rights of way between the public and private road leading to the new development. Dean Wall (local police constable) is due to meet with BBLP Locality Steward, Lara Edwards to discuss safety aspects. An assessment application to implement road markings and signage has been submitted by EGPC to BBLP and feedback is awaited.
  • The point was made that future planning applications should include provision for pavements and road surfacing; EGPC should check whether this was included and comment in its response to Herefordshire Council Planning, if not. It was believed arrangements were in place for such work to be carried out at The Paddocks development once Plot 6 was complete.
  • There is a dispute relating to the proposed further development of the Courtlands site and access via The Paddocks. This is ongoing.
  • It was reported the issues of speeding and overtaking through Winforton, regardless of the double white lines, were getting worse.

The meeting closed at 8:00pm.