WESTON IN GORDANO
Clerk: Mrs C Dixon 3 Black Rock Villas
Tel: Portishead (01275) 849200 Clevedon Road
Website: www.westoningordano.co.uk BS20 8PN
MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON THURSDAY 2nd NOVEMBER 2017 AT 7.30 p.m. IN THE VILLAGE HALL, WESTON IN GORDANO
PRESENT: Cllrs. D Down, D Giles, Mrs S Chambers, M Squire and P Yates-Round
Mrs C Dixon, Parish Clerk
1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE: Cllr J Bennett, Hayley Verrico, Parish Liaison Officer.
2. MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING: The minutes of 5th October 2017 meeting were agreed and signed off by Cllr Yates-Round. .
3. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE PREVIOUS MINUTES AND ACTIONS: see separate items.
Bank balance: £8,700.08
Balance at this time last year £9,488.72
Clerk’s monthly expenses: £3.80
Invoices: SWALEC - electricity for Cadbury Lane lamp and phone box- £11.16
One cheque was signed off.
5. PLANNING: Refusal of Planning Application 17/P/1961/F – Moor View, Clevedon Road – Two storey rear and single storey side extension, decking area to terrace and a drive and parking area with erection of detached workshop. Proposed development, by reason of siting levels, form, scale, height, massing, detailing and materials, will be out of keeping with the site and its surroundings and would harm the character and appearance of the Weston in Gordano Conservation Area. Proposed extension represents a disproportionate addition over and above the size of the original building. Submitted proposal does not adequately demonstrate that the proposed vehicular access would be safe and not create a substandard visibility splay to the detriment of highway safety.
Chairman opened the meeting so the owner of Moor View could advise that North Somerset Council had given a different floor space than was the actual size, planners wanted to see the same materials used. The only advice received was from neighbours and the parish council and there had been a pre-application submitted. Most of the extensions were either to the rear of the property or on the side. Because of the refusal owners will have to spend winter with no central heating. There is no architectural style to the village. Following discussion Clerk asked to write to the planning officer, Owen Gore, and District Councillor Nigel Ashton advising of no logical sense to refusal and inaccuracies in the decision and asking for a site meeting. Chairman said he has asked for a meeting with the District Councillor.
17/P/2139/PDA - Sprigg Farm, Clevedon Road, Weston-in-Gordano, Prior notification of the proposed erection of an agricultural workshop building. NOTED
Enforcement Notice Appeal Notification letter – APP/DO121/C/17/31812448 – Sprigg Farm, Appellants – M P Harris, Mr C Harris, Miss A G Harris and Mrs S Hawken
Decision re application 17/P/2139/PDA – Sprigg Farm – Prior notification of proposed erection of an agricultural workshop building – North Somerset Council reply that proposed development is not permitted as landholding is less than 5 hectares and is in mixed use. Same reply for 17/P/2138/PDA – Sprigg Farm for agricultural storage.
Nothing further had been heard about this.
6. HIGHWAYS/PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY:
Cllr Giles advised that providing no objections, 20mph speed limit signs to be put in on 3rd January 2018.
Chairman advised that a local firm – Mattisons’ van had been speeding through the village. The Clerk had previously written about a year ago praising them for their adherence to the speed limit.
Cllr Squire had spoken to a new police speed officer in the village, who advised he thought vehicles are going slower through the village now.
Councillors were disappointed at the quality of the new road surface, which was now wearing away.
Clerk had not received a reply to her email regarding the request for a weight restriction. She will chase this up. It was agreed to send a reminder letter re the outstanding matters for the road in December.
There was discussion on the proposals put forward by Cllr Bennett for enhancing the road verges and these were agreed. It was suggested that the wooden planters have a plastic lining to stop the wood rotting.
7. ROUTINE CORRESPONDENCE:
From North Somerset –– Email advice of new Parish Liaison Officer, Hayley Verrico -
Clerks & Councils Direct – Newsletter - Noted
8. SPEEDWATCH: Speedwatches being undertaken and there is a new volunteer. The last one undertaken by the church. Out of 140 vehicles 7 were travelling at over 35mph.
9. GORDANO GREENWAY: Cllr Yates-Round advised North Somerset Council have signed off initial funding for a topographical survey. This will open the way to gain further funding and will become a commuter trail. North Somerset Council will help Cllr Yates-Round with applying for grants. Surveyors will start surveying the route. There will be a meeting at Clevedon and Portishead will be asked for funding. Cllr Yates-Round was congratulated for his work on this project. A local business is to redesign the website (Gordanogreenway.co.uk). Cllr Yates-Round has drone footage of traffic snarl-ups through the village.
10.NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: Nothing to report.
11. RURAL BROADBAND: Nothing to report apart from Scotland being ahead in progress in UK receiving fibre broadband. There are meetings to be held next week with contractors for the village to receive fibre broadband.
12. VILLAGE GREEN: Nothing to report apart from an offer of a Christmas tree for the Green. Arrangements will be made to collect it. A parishioner has offered to put up a cable for the lights. There was discussion on the renewing of grass with turf and plastic mesh to protect the access to the garage.
13. ANY OTHER BUSINESS: It is believed the village social committee will be providing more outdoor Christmas lights for parishioners to use this year.
There was a suggestion that a hearing loop be installed in the village hall. Clerk will obtain costings.
Future PC meetings (all Thursdays): –
4th January, 1st February, 1st March, 5th April, 3rd May, 7th June, 5th July, 2nd August, 6th September, 4th October, 1st November and 6th December.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.p.m.