WESTON-IN-GORDANO

PARISH COUNCIL

 

Clerk:  Mrs C Dixon                                                                           3 Black Rock Villas

Tel: Portishead (01275) 849200                                                         Clevedon Road

Email:blackrockcfd@hotmail.com                                                      Portishead

Website: www.westoningordano.co.uk                                              BS20 8PN

 

MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON THURSDAY 7th JUNE 2018 AT 7.30 p.m. IN THE VILLAGE HALL, WESTON IN GORDANO

PRESENT:    Cllrs. J Bennett, Mrs S Chambers, D Down, D Giles, P Harris, M Squire and P Yates-Round   

                       1 parishioner    

                       Mrs C Dixon, Parish Clerk

 

1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE:  None.

 

2. MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING: The minutes of 3rd May Statutory Meeting 2018 were agreed and signed off by Cllr Yates-Round.

 

3. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE PREVIOUS MINUTES AND ACTIONS:

See individual items.

 

4. FINANCE:

Bank balance:  £12,049.89

Balance at this time last year £10,530.24

Clerk’s monthly expenses: £5.50

Invoices:  SSE - electricity for Cadbury Lane lamp and phone box-                        £11.29

                  Zurich Insurance premium (last year’s premium £301.13)

     (now including planters and history board at no extra cost)                    £314.46

                        Clerk’s part salary                                                                              £375.00

                 Squire Property Services – strim out overgrowth by village gates,

                 cut back hedges and paint gates 2x coats exterior white                           £50.00

All agreed above payments and 4 cheques signed off by Councillors.

Following agreement by all Parish Councillors, Chairman signed off Accounting Statements for Audit, which Clerk will now send to external auditors, PKF Littlejohn.

           

5. PLANNING: :  18/P/2958/FUH – Castle View, Hill Lane, - Removal of dying bushes, replacement of old fencing with replacement materials.  Comments by 19th June.  Following discussion about the fence, which it was noted is to the rear of the property so was not visible to Councillors who visited the site, it was believed this could only be 6ft 6inches high.  The previous application for this was rejected and it was the subject of an enforcement notice (Case No. Weston in Gordano 17/00029/UAW Opened on 9.11.2017 Case officer:  Gwen Lloyd

Location: Castle View, Hill Lane, Weston in Gordano. Description:  Erection of fence Comments   Site visit due to see if alterations to fence have taken place.)  There was no correspondence from neighbours on the planning website, so Councillors, assuming there were no objections, had no comment to make.    

 

6. HIGHWAYS/PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY: Cllrs Squire and Mrs Chambers were thanked for tidying up the gates and village green. 150 plants have been ordered for the planters.  Cllr Squire was thanked for spraying the weeds.  Cllr Harris asked if the planter by “Oakapple” could have low-growing plants so he can see to access his lane and it was also suggested the planter could be moved sideways.  A parishioner has asked for an extra planter.   Harry Grandfield Maintenance Business can maintain planters.   Corner by Duck Pond Barn looking good.  Cllr Yates-Round suggested Cllr Bennett email quotes for maintenance round the Councillors to speed up the process.

 

7. ROUTINE CORRESPONDENCE:

From North Somerset –– Register of Electors amendment – NOTED

 

Bristol Airport – Master plan consultation – 14th May – 6th July. CIRCULATED

 

8. SPEEDWATCH:  A Speedwatch has been carried out, but data could not be recorded as the “gun” is set up for 30mph and not 20mph.  Cllr Squire has asked for this to be rectified and also asked for a Police Speedwatch.   He was advised that there is a time lapse when speed limit has been changed.  It was noted that the speed of drivers has lowered. The speed of drivers going by “Oakapple” is still over 30mph.  Information is needed to pass on to Sue Mountstevens (Police & Crime Commissioner).  Cllr Giles has spoken to Rob Thomson at Highways, North Somerset Council and Police are happy with the 2 planters in the road, although they may be changed to larger ones.  There has been mixed reviews from drivers going through the village.  The worst offenders for speed are the trucks coming out from the waste recycling site.

               

9. GORDANO GREENWAY:  Survey in process.

 

10.NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH:  Noting to report. 

 

11. RURAL BROADBAND:  Following Gigaclear sending round information, Cllr Yates-Round is arranging to get broadband.  The company have brought forward installation to the 3rd quarter of this year.  There was discussion on cables in the village.

   

12. MIDDLE HILL COMMON BRIDLEWAY: Nothing has been heard from Avon Wildlife Trust about the Common.  There may be a new representative whilst Bernie D’Arcy is on maternity leave and it is hoped they will come to a Parish Council meeting.  4 Red Kites seen around the valley and Lapwing numbers improving.    

 

13. VILLAGE GREEN: Cllr Yates-Round had received an email from Mr Morley advising of future use of garage and new door and reminding parish council of use of mesh on grass to avoid damage when car is driven across village green.  Following Chairman emailing councillors, Clerk asked to write seeking absolute legal proof that Mr Morley has the right of vehicular access to the garage. Clerk had now received an email reply:

Thank you for your letter dated the 31st May 2018 regarding vehicular access across the village green.
In response to your request, we believe that we have the right to cross the village green in order to access our garage for the following reasons;

1. Property Deeds dated the 19th January 1982
Within our property deeds, dated the 19th January 1982, the following statement is made;
"Access is had over the village green, over which members of the public have the usual rights to pass and re-pass."
This statement is very clear and in our opinion, is not open to any interpretation.

13. VILLAGE GREEN (continued)

2. Weston in Gordano Parish Council letter dated the 30th November 1996
Within a letter from you on behalf of  Weston in Gordano Parish Council dated the 30th November 1996, the following statements are made;

"The Green was formally registered as a village green on the 8th February 1973 and is owned by the Parish Council, who have the responsibility of administering and protecting it for the benefit of all, with due consideration, of course, for the interests of those living close by. The Council understands that you claim a long standing right of access across the Green to your garage, but has clearly been advised that the parking of cars on the Green is not permitted and that no legal right to do so can be established."

We have complied with the Parish Councils' recent request for us to stop parking on the village green and have made alternative arrangements to park our car within the boundary of our own property. However, we note that the statement within the letter acknowledges our long standing right of access across the Green to our garage.

"The Council believes that if you claim a right of vehicular access to your garage, it is reasonable to ask that the garage be used for the purpose of housing a car. This being the case, when one of your cars is parked in the garage, the Council would then raise no objection to your second car being parked on the access as a concession."

We note that within the same letter, the Parish Council have confirmed in writing that "The Council believes that if you claim a right of vehicular access to your garage, it is reasonable to ask that the garage be used for the purpose of housing a car".
As advised within your letter, we intend to use the garage for the purpose of housing a car.

3. Weston in Gordano Parish Council letter dated the 20th January 1997

Within a letter from you on behalf of the Weston in Gordano Parish Council dated the 20th January 1997, the following statement is made;
"I write to confirm that this Council does not intend to dispute the right of access to your garage".
We note that you have confirmed in writing that the Council does not intend to dispute the right of access to our garage.
We believe, therefore that we have the right to vehicular access across the village green and intend to do so shortly.
Thank you for your consideration.”

Chairman and Clerk have since received an email from PA to Dr Liam Fox MP asking about this problem, which has been referred by Mr and Mrs Morley.  Discussion followed regarding the possible development of the garage.  Councillors had believed this would not happen following the front garden of Honeysuckle Cottage being made into a car parking area.  Discussion regarding the property deeds referred to in Mr and Mrs Morley’s email, as it does not mention vehicular access.  Chairman read out both emails from Mr and Mrs Morley.  Councillors noted the last paragraph in the parish council letter dated 20th January 1997 to the then owners of Honeysuckle Cottage – “It should of course be noted that this is the view of the present Council and cannot be taken as a commitment for future councils.” which is not referred to by Mr and Mrs Morley.  They referred to the sentence – “I write to confirm that this Council does not intend to dispute the right of access to your garage”.  However, the councillors and

WESTON-IN-GORDANO

PARISH COUNCIL

 

Clerk:  Mrs C Dixon                                                                           3  Black Rock Villas

Tel: Portishead (01275) 849200                                                         Clevedon Road

Email: blackrockcfd@hotmail.com                                                     Portishead

Website: www.westoningordano.co.uk                                                             BS20 8PN

 

13. VILLAGE GREEN (continued 1)

terms have changed since then.   Cllr Bennett read out parts of information regarding village greens on Gov.UK.  Anyone has a basic right to cross a green on foot.  This can be taken away if the green is damaged.  Councillors believe it is illegal for them to grant permission to drive across the green.  It was not sure about vehicular access prior to August 1973.  Each Councillor was given a chance to comment individually and the following were noted:

Nothing in the owners’ email about car access to the garage.

The planning permission for the parking by the cottage was supported by the parish council.

Any change to property by or on the village green has to have planning permission.  Discussion about garage dimensions.

Any local event on the green could be stopped by vehicular access.

Garage has been used as a workshop and councillors believe this is because it is difficult to get in and out of a car in the garage.

Suggestion of parish councillors having sight of the cottage’s deeds.

Concern about damage to green especially in wet conditions.

Concern that whatever parish council do, could be wrong.

It is the parish council’s priority to make sure green is cared for.

It is an amenity for the village and is in process of being updated – history board, plants and possible bench and being fit for use by parishioners.

It is not correct to say it has a “right of way”.

Concern that if access to garage is used, parking may result on green.

Mr and Mrs Morley have not attended any parish council meetings since their first appearance last year.

Any permission given by the parish council was to the previous owners.
There is no evidence of planning permission being given for the garage and recently the drop kerb.

Suggestion of having an informal meeting with Mr and Mrs Morley, perhaps with a couple of councillors in village hall without Clerk and members of the public. 

Suggestion of asking ALCA for advice.    

ACTION Clerk to acknowledge Mr and Mrs Morley’s email and advise that council are taking legal advice.  Clerk to reply to PA to Dr Fox saying that parish council is dealing with this.

Clerk to ask ALCA, do the parish council have the right to grant the owners permission for access to their garage?   

  

14. ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   

Councillor advised that owners of houses under the M5 near Clapton in Gordano have complained about the aircraft noise from the Avon Model Aeroplane Radio Club, so the club have changed the direction of flights.  Clerk had sent email out to parishioners on list asking them to record any noise complaints and send to North Somerset Council.

Cllr Yates-Round pleased with content and attendance at Annual Assembly.

Clerk had received email from Village Hall secretary asking if the hall could be used for pre- wedding organisation on Thursday August 2nd.  Following discussion it was agreed to re-arrange the parish council meeting to be on Wednesday August 1st that month.

Cllr Yates-Round had received a telephone call from a parishioner about the planters on the pavement.

 

 

 

WESTON-IN-GORDANO

PARISH COUNCIL

 

Clerk:  Mrs C Dixon                                                                           3  Black Rock Villas

Tel: Portishead (01275) 849200                                                         Clevedon Road

Email: blackrockcfd@hotmail.com                                                     Portishead

Website: www.westoningordano.co.uk                                                             BS20 8PN

 

14. ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   (continued)

 

Cllr Yates-Round is meeting with Eric Heath of Avon Wildlife Trust about parking in the village and whether people could use the orchard to park in with the owner of the White Hart giving a donation to the Trust, in order to avoid excess parking on the road.  There had been problems with people parking inconsiderately in Meadow Drive.

Chairman opened the meeting so that a parishioner could report that he had had a break-in, but following trying to ring the non-urgent police number several times unsuccessfully, could not report it.  Clerk will advise PC Jenny Clark of details of this.

 

        

Meeting closed at 9.45

 

Future PC meetings (all Thursdays): – 2018 5th July, 2nd August (now changed to Wednesday 1st August), 6th September, 4th October, 1st November and 6th December.