Minutes of Annual Parish Meeting
Held on Monday, 8th May 2017, 7:30pm, Winforton Community Hall
In the Chair: Alan Watkins Councillors Present: Terry Morgan, Lewis Price
Residents: 3 In Attendance: Alison Morgan (Clerk) Apologies: None
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 in Eardisley & Winforton. Whitney may wish to consider adding planters or similar as per Eardisley and Winforton; volunteers will be required to maintain and keep them tidy.
Some 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 advised EGPC was in the process of setting up a dedicated parish web site, funded by a Transparency Code grant.
2. Minutes of the Whitney Annual Parish Meeting 2015/16 were agreed and signed.
3. Open Discussion: Topics included:
Request for a key contact/go-to person in each Working Group. Could status updates per working group be put on the new web site, e.g. Lengthsman/P3 requests?
Concerns that traffic measures in Whitney, included in the Neighbourhood Plan, were not being followed up, e.g. red hatching, traffic islands, next steps to village gate installation. Speed and the dangers of overtaking on the A438 through Whitney remain a major concern.
Logging work has obliterated the footpath in the woods on the opposite side of the road past Whitney Court; in addition, several stiles and footpath signs need attention. Details to be forwarded to Terry Morgan (Footpaths Officer) for investigation.
Volunteers (Nicky & Terry Smith & Steve Morgan) had cleaned the Whitney Village Gates several times; they get dirty very quickly, especially after a lot of rain.
The Whitney Community Library in the Church Barn Farm Shop was proving popular.
Some Whitney residents had sent representations supporting the proposed restricted byway in Winforton. The Chairman advised this would be on the agenda for the next EGPC meeting on 15th May and EGPC was expecting to support the proposals in principle.
The meeting closed at 8:01pm.