minutes of an ordinary meeting of Avebury Parish Council held on
November 2013 at the Social Centre, High Street, Avebury SN8 1RF.
minutes APC stands for Avebury Parish Council, AHA for Aster Housing
AR for Avebury Rocks, ASA for Avebury Sportsfield Association, CATG for
Community Area Transport Group, EA for Environment Agency, MAB for
Area Board, MADT for Marlborough Area Development Trust, NT for the
Trust, UKN for Upper Kennet News, WC for Wiltshire Council and WHS for
Public question time: No members of the public
Present: Councillors Andrew
(Chairman and acting Clerk), Mike Bedford (Vice Chairman), Mike Daniel,
Dixon, Keith Howell, Maggie Lewis and Karyn Pearson.
In attendance: Wiltshire Councillor Mrs
Apologies for absence: Antoinette Kremer.
Minutes of meeting
held on 1
October 2013: The
Chairman noted that Antoinette Kremer had offered to be APC’s contact
the Good Neighbours Scheme and that the minutes had been revised to
show this. Proposed by Mike Daniel, seconded Paul Dixon and unanimously
agreed that the
minutes were a correct record.
Matters arising from
There were no
matters arising from the minutes.
Membership: The Chairman noted that
had moved to Broad Hinton which created a vacancy on the Parish
Council’s notice of vacancy had been posted on notice-boards in the
the period 1 to 21 November. If no parishioners requested an election
could co-opt a new member.
The Chairman had
circulated a revised
minute of the meeting of the Planning sub-committee on 22 October (Appendix
revision added Karyn Pearson’s declaration of interest as a member of
the Red Lion. The planning application for a new house in the garden of
had been objected to. An application to install dormer windows at
had been supported as had an application for internal alterations at
Red Lion SN8 1RF:
13/04819/ADV and 13/04820/LBC: a new application for
listed building and advertising
consents had been received from Greene King to change the signage and
the outside of the pub and the sign board. Karyn Pearson declared an
a member of staff but remained in the meeting. The plans for the
changes were inspected. The main views/concerns expressed by the
followed Greene King’s corporate image for their properties.
what would be
the timing of lights operating
how would bats
in the area be affected by the brighter outside lights
the pub was in
the centre of the Henge and in a WHS so any changes should be
it was felt that
the lettering being installed on all aspects of the building was too
understood the need for the brewery to highlight the pub’s existence
but, as it
was the only pub in the village, there was no competition and no need
the Red Lion was
unique and sat well in the area in its present form.
that it was self
evident that building is pub.
it would be worth
asking for a sample of exterior paint colour.
the balance was
too much in favour of commerce.
It was unanimously
to Karyn Pearson not voting, to object on the grounds of additional and
intrusive signage, lighting levels and that the new pictorial sign
be out of keeping. It was also agreed that APC would be more in favour
upkeep than a complete change and that the Chairman circulate a draft
to WC planners for members’ approval. Proposed by Mike Daniel, seconded
1QJ: extension: ref 13/05204/FUL: As the application
concerned his house Mike Bedford
absented himself from meeting for this item. The application was for a
port adjacent to the existing garage with the space above existing
converted for use as a study. Councillors inspected the plans and
agreed to support
the application. Proposed by the Chairman, seconded by Keith Howell.
Precept for 2014/15
had circulated information
on the Precept Grant and
explained the basis for the current precept, in which Council Tax and
precept were based on about 90% of the houses in Avbeury instead of
had been no guidance to date from central government although Mrs
that the change had been introduced about seven months ago. The current
precept was mainly raised in the usual way, but a precept grant from WC
central government made up the balance. Issues were:
Would APC want to accept
a Precept Grant
in the future?
If APC had to increase
should it be raised incrementally over four years or should the whole
be applied in one year?
Mention had been made of
a cap on
the amount that parish councils would be able to increase their precept
but it was
not yet clear if this would be applied
The Chairman had
circulated members with a draft response to a WC consultation that had
returned by the previous day. He thought the document had been badly
a subject on which APC councillors agreed.
Members agreed that APC
possible remain independent and not accept a Precept Grant in future.
general feeling was that central government was making savings at the
of local communities. It was also felt that any grant would inevitably
with conditions in the future, such as undertaking some of the services
currently provided by county or national government. Members thanked
Chairman for his rapid action in responding to the survey. The Chairman
reported that the Marlborough Area Parish Forum of local parish council
had a meeting that evening to discuss the matter. Mrs Milton commented
she hoped that parish councils would write to Jane Scott, leader of WC,
expressing dismay at poor quality of the survey.
Members had a preliminary
on a first draft budget for 2014/15 (Appendix 2) and APC’s reserves
3), and agreed to budget for some fencing between the proposed
orchard and the Glebe Field, and for some additional work to the bus
Beckhampton (see item 13). It was resolved that the Chairman produce a
for decision at the December meeting. Proposed by Karyn Pearson and
10. Transport reports:
Transport Plan: APC was pressing CATG
for the 30mph
extended on the A4361 at Rawlins Park and had proposed planting hedges
as a natural
solution for speed reduction. Other action was pending the completion
of the WHS
re-surfacing: The work was now in
progress and the
carriageway was to be re-surfaced on Friday 8 November to Tuesday 12
inclusive, or later. The improvements to the drainage have been
finished and Sarsen
setts had been laid in several places. It was hoped the culvert at the
the High Street would be jetted as part of Atkins’ brief is to ‘ensure
are clear’. Robin Butler had been approached about digging the ditch
culvert to carry the outflow and the timing of works needed to be
WHS Transport Strategy
meeting of all the parties had been held on 23 October at which the
consultants’ brief had been clarified and extended.
Parking in Trusloe: The Chairman reported
Kelleher and he were signing a draft letter to Aster Housing asking for
about solutions to parking problems.
de-cluttering scheme: The Chairman reported
virtually all the 25 signs and ironmongery that had been identified six
previously as being redundant had now been removed by Highways.
Flooding: Andy Theaker of the EA
had sent a brief
identifying where works were needed and the Chairman was seeking some
corrections to it before circulating it.. It did not include
there had been problems in the past 12 months. It was agreed there was
for a Parish flood group rather than one just for Avebury itself as the
problems are not just located there.
Sports-field: A meeting
of local stakeholders had been called by the Orchard Group. The fence
the sports field and the Glebe field was virtually non-existent and not
proof. The Farthings had offered to provide materials to put up a
not the labour to put it up, and the Chairman had suggested that APC
consider contributing up to £100 towards fencing costs if needed. Paul
said that ASA had made its views clear on this matter and that it did
to get too involved. It was agreed that, as it was not clear what
APC had under the terms of its lease, the Chairman look at the lease
the matter be reviewed at APC’s next meeting.
Free Community Wi-Fi: Equipment had been
the Henge Shop and was now working. Users were limited to 20 minutes
use at a
time to prevent abuse. The Chairman and Maggie Lewis were due to have a
meeting with Geoff Brickell of MADT and Tim Chamberlain of NT the
week to discuss the possibility of using NT broadband capacity to
network further. MADT is also putting a bid to MAB together.
High speed Broadband: The Chairman reported
that Avebury was
currently in an ‘Intervention Area’. Such areas were not economically
for BT to install high speed broadband but could qualify for WC’s
Online funding and the Chairman had expressed Avebury’s interest.
Avebury Day 2014: A meeting was due the
following week. No date had yet been set but it would not be back to
back with Avebury Rocks.
Mobile library: Following a meeting
Bolton of the service it had been agreed that the mobile library would
outside the Community Shop in the High Street.
State of repair of bus
Dobson, local architect, had met on site with Keith Howell, Andrew
and Maggie Lewis to give his professional opinion. In general he felt
structure was fairly sound but that the roof had wet rot. He would
specification for re-roofing and re-surfacing the floor to improve
Paths for Communities
Keith Howell reported that he had
had an email from Michael Crook who had spoken to Sarah Simmonds from
Mr Crook wanted clarification on a number of questions, Keith Howell
had answered all these points in previous email correspondence. He
as such and copy it to Sarah Simmonds, David Thomas and APC members.
Wassail event: Members noted that a
formed to organise a traditional Wassail on Saturday 11 January 2013.
Chairman tabled a letter from WC suggesting that APC establish a Flood
Sarsen Trail: the organisers had
asked if APC
had any commentary on their proposal. No date had however yet been set
military exercises but the Chairman would send on any comments when
been set. It was agreed that an observance at the beginning of May
company in Hungerford had written asking if APC would like them to
grass cutting. Mrs Milton suggested a quote be obtained and that works
to the bus
shelter be included.
and information – none
RoSPA and play area
three of the four swing bolts were
found to be loose, raising the risk factor. Two bolts had since been
and seats cleaned but it is not known by whom, though wet weather could
wood to swell, tightening the bolts, and washed the bird droppings from
seats The swing would still need fixing and could be included in the
facilities management quote. Karyn Pearson said she would see if Mark
would do bolt tightening and also provide a quote for bus shelter
Review of Asset
the asset register was reviewed. The planters had been added to it and,
as the millennium bench by the
Beckhampton bus stop was not on the register it was agreed it also be
added. Proposed by Karyn Pearson and seconded by Mike Daniel
Review of Risk register: Members reviewed the
faced and agreed they were the same as last year, subject to the
included. Proposed by Karyn Pearson and seconded by Paul Dixon
The Chairman declared that he had bought two
loads of logs
for personal use from the NT @ £70 per load + 5% VAT = £147.
Cheques for payment and cheques for
was unanimously agreed that a cheque for £78.00 be drawn to Playsafety
the RoSPA survey on the playground, being £65.00 plus VAT.
Date of next meeting: at the changed time
on Tuesday 3 Dec 2013.
Any other business: Karyn Pearson relayed
thanks from a
parishioner who loved the APC decision on a recent planning application
very grateful for the work that APC does on behalf of parishioners
There being no other
business, the meeting adjourned at 9.15
Minutes of Planning
held on 22 October 2013
Draft first budget for
29 November 2013
Draft note on APC’s
29 November 2013