minutes of an ordinary meeting of Avebury Parish Council held on 4
2014 at the Social Centre, High Street, Avebury SN8 1RF.
minutes APC stands for Avebury Parish Council, AHA for Aster Housing
Association, AR for Avebury Rocks, ASA for Avebury Sportsfield
CATG for Community Area Transport Group, EA for Environment Agency, MAB
Marlborough Area Board, MADT for Marlborough Area Development Trust, NT
National Trust, UKN for Upper Kennet News, WC for Wiltshire Council and
World Heritage Site.
Public question time: One member of the public
Present: Councillors Andrew
(Chairman), Mike Bedford (Vice Chairman), Antoinette Kremer, Keith
Daniel and Paul Dixon.
In attendance: Miss Liz Moore (Clerk)
Apologies for absence: Councillors Maggie Lewis
There were no declarations of
interest (except later at item 19b).
Minutes of meeting
held on 3
December 2013: Unanimously
agreed as an accurate record. Proposed by Mike Bedford and seconded by
Matters arising from
the minutes: None
Membership: The Chairman reported
Council had confirmed that APC could co-opt a member to replace Judy
of interest had been received from Mr Paul Ryder-Morris and Mr Terry
both from West Kennett.
The Chairman also
reported that Mrs Karyn Pearson had
written to resign as an existing Parish Councillor because she was
Calne. The Chairman read out Mrs Pearson’s letter, in which she noted
resident of Avebury Trusloe might be interested in becoming a member of
felt Mrs Pearson had made many valuable contributions to APC’s work and
sadness at losing her.
It was agreed that APC
co-opt one member, and give notice to
WC of a new casual vacancy so that electors could request an Election.
Action: After discussion,
members agreed that the Chairman contact
Mr Ryder-Morris to offer him the position and that the Clerk inform WC
casual vacancy arising from Karyn Pearson’s resignation.
Work to trees at
Avebury Manor: ref: 14/00887/TCA. All
agreed to support the application. Proposed by Dr Bedford and seconded
decision, previously agreed by email, not to comment on three
a garden room at Beckhampton House ref: 13/06618/LBC, works
to trees at Fosse House ref: 14/00225/TCA and works
trees at Truslow Manor ref: 06862/TCA).
Proposed by Mr Daniel and seconded by Mr Howell.
The Chairman reported
permission for a grain store at Windmill Hill Corner had been given by WC
conditions, including one that a bund not be constructed.
Mrs Kremer reported that
many potholes in the road to Windmill Hill Corner. Action: Chairman to contact WC.
formation of a
Flood Group: The
Chairman reported that a successful meeting had taken place on 27
Andy Theaker of the Environment Agency and about 14 local people
three main riparian landowners. The first meeting of the Avebury Parish
Group would take place at 7.00pm on the 4 March. This meeting would be
all and would determine ‘who does what’. Renate Malton (WC Project
be in attendance.
Mr Howell stated that
and Hygiene Department should be called to take a reading of water
surcharging drains at Beckhampton. Members agreed and Mr Howell to
WHS Transport Strategy
stated he had attended a meeting on the 30 January of the Task and
for this project and that he had emphasised APC’s priorities. The main
in the first draft of the Guide had been completed by Atkins.
Evidence from WC’s
Metro Counts showed that the 85th
percentile of cars were travelling at speeds of 55.5mph on the A4
Hill, at 55.3mph at the brow at Sanctuary and at 33.8mph on the A4361
Henge between the Red Lion and Avebury Club. The Chairman said the 85th
percentile meant that 15% of cars were travelling faster than these
discussion, members felt that whilst 85th percentile speeds
A4 was not breaking the 60 mph speed limit at these points, the Metro
did not challenge whether 60 mph was a desirable speed limit. Given the
of WHS visitors crossing the A4, and the interests of local residents,
employers and employees, it was important that recommendations in the
Traffic Plan for lower design speeds be incorporated in the WHS
Dr Bedford said that
Christmas he had carried out a random speed count on the A4 at the Waggon and Horses
and reported average speeds of 45 mph. Mr Dixon asked what
evidence had been gathered for
the Swindon Road and the Chairman reported that the count on the A4361
Rawlins Park had
not yet been completed due to a technical issue with the counter. The
had contacted WC to report this.
Mr Howell reported that
using speed guns from the entrance of the Avebury Club and said that
this was a
waste of manpower as cars slowed down at the bend.
Action: Next meeting of the Task
Group would be in two months’ time and the Chairman would forward
copy of the next draft of the Guide.
Parking in Trusloe: the Chairman reported
Kelleher, representing Trusloe residents, and he had met with AHA’s
Efficiency Officer and Annette Gilbert on the 31 January. The Chairman
a plan of Trusloe (see Appendix 1). AHA had agreed to investigate five
possibilities. These were:
Option 1: AHA to provide
land in its ownership, outlined in blue on the plan. This would depend
consent to convert the footpath to the south of 1 Trusloe Cottages to
vehicles, and possibly the acquisition of a narrow parallel strip of
a private landowner to the south to provide adequate width.
Option 2: AHA would hope
a 20 foot wide strip to link its land to APC’s play area with a view to
providing parking. AHA also wished to provide plots for about two low
homes for local people.
Option 3: The possibility
of a partnership
scheme between AHA, the private landowner, APC, WC and local residents.
could produce a comprehensive solution for the whole Nursery Site and
bring benefits for all.
Option 4: AHA would
and building a parking lay-by of about four spaces outside 5 and 6
Cottages if WC would adopt it long term.
Option 5: AHA would also
providing two or three extra spaces in Longfields on the same basis.
Members noted that a
residents had been keen to put money into a partnership scheme to
parking. Members also agreed that APC would as a general principle wish
facilitate a project if it were in the interests of residents and the
and that APC would be prepared to consider a land swap as part of a
Action: members agreed the
Chairman write to
the Deputy Leader of Wiltshire Council, Cllr John Thomson, to request
to agree to:
of sections of footpaths to allow vehicular use
the adoption of possible
new parking areas outside 5/6 Trusloe Cottages and Longfields and
the possible use
of Compulsory Purchase Orders to facilitate Options a, b, and c above.
Free Community WiFi: email update by Mrs
previously circulated to members. Two hubs were already operating in
Shop and two more were now working in the NT’s gift shop and cafe. The
of installing three more – in the NT’s Study Centre, the Antiques Shop
and in the Manor – were being explored. An eighth had been agreed by
Community Shop and the Chairman reported the Rev Maria Shepherdson had
requested the church be considered as a further site.
High Speed Broadband: the Chairman stated he
heard that Avebury was not in the first phase of the fibre optics
was likely that
high speed broadband for Avebury would not be introduced until the
Repairs to Beckhampton
had previously circulated a schedule of repairs drawn up by Ron Dobson.
Action: members unanimously
three or more suppliers be invited to tender. The Chairman and Dr
Local issues: the Chairman reported:
Wassail event 11
January 2014: successful event and
people had attended.
Chair of WHS
Partnership Panel: the post had been
High Street Culvert: Jetting of the culvert
at the end
of the High Street was still work in progress.
Connect2 Bus Service: Dr Bedford reported the
not working properly and he would follow this up.
Communications: the Chairman reported:
Mr Dominic Fry had
installing a new gate between the Sportsfield and the Glebe Field south of the Pavilion.
reported that Jenny Haines had no objection on behalf of ASA. Action: no objection.
A letter of thanks had been received from
Churches’ Benefice Council for APC’s donation of £200. Rev Maria
had reported that 46 people in 14 families had been helped by the
Annual contribution to
members agreed to contribute £100
to UKN for publishing APC’s notices and adverts during 2013. Proposed
Howell and seconded by Mr Daniel.
The Good Neighbour
Community First had requested a grant of £100. Letter tabled. Members
agreed to give £100 to support the scheme as it was a local service.
by Mr Dixon and seconded by Mr Daniel.
Request from Victim
tabled. Members agreed the Parish was a low crime area and the Good
Coordinator scheme was a more relevant service. All agreed against
Correspondence: the Clerk reported a
poster had been
received advertising the NCT Nearly New Sale at St. John’s School on
Chairman’s action and
The Chairman and Dr
that the play area’s swings’ bolts appeared to be tight,
with one exception, and the swings clean. However
they would both do a physical check at the weekend.
Half year internal
postponed to 6 February 2014.
Finance and admin:
Cheques for payment: It was unanimously
agreed that the
following cheques be paid:
Upper Kennet News: annual
Community First: donation
Good Neighbours Scheme: £100.00
signed by the Chairman and Mr Dixon.
For the avoidance of
doubt, the Chairman
had recently bought a builder’s bag of firewood for personal use from
National Trust for £73.50, including 5% VAT.
The Clerk would be
work on 1
Date of next meeting: 7.30pm on Tuesday 4
March 2014. The
first meeting of the Avebury Parish Flood Group would be held
Any other business: Clerk to put on agenda
meeting rules regarding Councillors duties in respect of attending
The meeting closed at
Appendix (included in the book of
Parish Council papers):
1. Plan of Trusloe
Cottages and Longfields