Minutes of Annual Parish Meeting
Held on Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 7:00pm, Eardisley Village Hall
In the Chair: Alan Watkins Councillors Present: Chris Davies, Andrew Layton, Stephen Whittall, Julian Wyatt
Residents: 1 In Attendance: Alison Morgan (Clerk) Apologies: Phil Eggerton, Andrew Preece, Tony Raymond, Clive Skelton, Paul Whittall
1. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT FOR 2016/17
The Neighbourhood Plan (NDP) was adopted by Herefordshire Council in June 2016 – one of the first of more than a hundred to be considered in Herefordshire. The recent issue with the Old Sawmills site when the Chairman attended Planning Committee to state EGPC’s opposition to the removal of affordable housing from the developer’s plans was the first real test case for the NDP. Herefordshire councillors supported EGPC’s stance to adhere to the NDP, which was also acknowledged to reflect HCC’s core strategy. The application was refused, thus setting an important precedent.
Working Groups were up and running, but needed resident volunteers to supplement councillors. The number of EGPC ordinary meetings had been increased from 6 to 10 to reflect increased workload; it was intended there should be more frequent, but shorter meetings.
The Village Gates had been installed and speed restriction signs were to be moved to align with the gates. Volunteers were required to keep the gates clean and tidy.
Remedial work was carried out at the Crowe turn after EGPC intervention.
Defibrillator units were purchased for each village and are in the process of being installed. Training would be given by West Midlands Ambulance Service soon.
The Chairman welcomed the new Clerk, who started in January 2017 and advised EGPC was in the process of setting up a dedicated parish web site, funded by a Transparency Code grant.
2. Minutes of the Eardisley Annual Parish Meeting 2015/16 were agreed and signed.
3. Open Discussion: Topics included:
The Old Saw Mills planning application was already discussed, as above, but it was felt worth repeating that the decision to turn down the developer was very significant.
The school crossing had been upgraded, but due to issues with the contractors’ work, it is necessary for the surface to be re-done. It was hoped this would be co-ordinated with other, planned road resurfacing work and the point was made there needs to be more consultation/communication than last time to minimise disruption for residents and local businesses. Question raised as to who at BBLP is responsible for this piece of work.
One of the street lights on the Almeley Road had been out for some time and needs to be followed up.
The meeting closed at 7:34pm.