MINUTES OF THE PYONS GROUP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD AT 7.30 PM ON TUESDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2020 AT CANON PYON PARISH HALL
Present: Mr H. Ray (Chairman), Mr. G. R. Vaughan (Vice Chairman), Mrs. L. Pugh, Mr I. Barber, Mr D. Bowen-Jones, Mr N.C. Davies, Mr D. Spooner, Mr B. Thomas.
In attendance: Mr R. Hewitt, Clerk. There were three (3) members of the public present.
2019/348 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE – Mrs G. Dickson, Mr M. Perruzza and Mr D. Wilkinson.
2019/349 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST AND WRITTEN REQUESTS FOR DISPENSATION
Cllr. Thomas declared a disclosable pecuniary interest in 2019/358 telephone cable at Kings Pyon.
2019/350 MINUTES OF MEETING
The minutes of the Meeting held on 7 January 2020 were agreed unanimously and signed as a true record.
2019/351 REPORT OF THE WEOBLEY WARD COUNCILLOR
There was no report.
2019/352 VIEWS OF LOCAL RESIDENTS
There were no matters raised by the members of the public.
A member of the public has expressed an interest in becoming footpath officer.
A member of the public raised concerns about the proposed plan to develop land to south of Meadow Drive (194106).
194106 Land to the south of Canon Pyon, West of A4110, Herefordshire – The erection of 10 no. dwellings and associated works. The parish council agreed to make a supplemental comment on the application and to request that it is referred to Herefordshire Council’s planning committee for decision. The supplemental comment which should be considered alongside the comment agreed on 7 January 2020, follows:
The parish council believes the proposal will have an unacceptable impact on the character and amenity of the local landscape and is therefore contrary to Policies SS6 and LD1 of the Herefordshire Local Plan. The proposed site is prime pastureland located alongside a picturesque brook with important habitats that should be protected. The plan to remove the existing hedgerow also fails to take due account of the requirement to protect established wildlife habitats and will adversely affect local amenity. The significant risk to the nearby unique wetland and woodland area called Red Castle Marsh has been completely overlooked.
The parish council has noted the planning decision for application 174463 which was refused after an appeal and asks that the same principle to protect the character and amenity of the local landscape is applied to the site proposed in planning application 194106 Land to the south of Canon Pyon.
The following planning decisions by Herefordshire Council were noted: 193988 New House (planning permission) and 194118 Full View (planning permission). Planning application 193664 Land at the Croft has been withdrawn.
2019/355 CLERK’S REPORT
The War Memorials Trust has written to say the grant (£850.00) for the restoration of the Canon Pyon Memorial has been paid by electronic transfer. The trust highlighted a change to the agreed method of removing the loose mortar and asked to be kept informed of such changes and to inform concerned parties of this. Balfour Beatty has been asked for a cultivation licence to plant trees at Kings Pyon. In response to a question by Balfour Beatty it has been confirmed that the area by the War Memorial at Canon Pyon is maintained by the parish council.
The following payments were agreed: HALC, subscription and affiliation 2020-21 (£695.23) and R Mills, lengthsman (£75.60). A quotation to maintain the public land and verge outside the church wall at Kings Pyon was noted, and it was agreed to take no further action on the matter.
2019/357 HIGHWAYS/ LENGTHSMAN
The highways have deteriorated due to the wet winter weather. Defects are reported using the online reporting pages of Herefordshire Council’s website. Reporting of defects to the locality steward directly is not encouraged. The ward councillor has been provided with a list of the defects to raise with Balfour Beatty. Trees on parish council land at Westhope will be checked in early March.
The Clerk provided an overview of expenditure to date and the remaining budget to 31 March 2020 for both the lengthsman and P3 schemes. The consultation by Herefordshire Council on the Hereford transport strategy review was noted.
2019/358 TELEPHONE CABLE, KINGS PYON
(Cllr. Thomas left the meeting.)
The arboriculturist will be asked to provide a quotation to cut back branches around roadside telephone cables at Kings Pyon. BT Openreach has advised that they will charge for this work and suggested the trees could be cut back independently subject to accepting liability for any damage to the cables.
(Cllr. Thomas re-joined the meeting.)
2019/359 NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN (NDP)
Notes and recommendations from the steering group from the meeting held on 22 January 2020 were approved. The updated list of proposed areas to include in the NDP review was agreed. There will be a consultation event in March 2020 to invite views and participation from members of the public on areas of the NDP to review.
2019/360 LITTER PICK
A litter pick will be held on 21 March 2020, meeting at the parish hall car park, Canon Pyon. Balfour Beatty litter pick kits will be booked and made available for volunteers. Cllr. Spooner kindly volunteered to collect the kits from Balfour Beatty.
2019/361 PARISH POUND
Deferred pending receipt of a new quotation for repairs including clearing moss and repointing areas of the stone wall.
2019/362 NOTICEBOARD AT KINGS PYON
The Chairman reported that the noticeboard is in an acceptable condition. A bolt needs to be more securely attached and Cllr. Thomas kindly agreed to do this.
2019/363 PARISH COUNCIL NEWSLETTER
It was agreed to publish a parish council newsletter in Spring 2020. Councillors who would like to help produce the newsletter are asked to contact Cllr. Pugh or the Clerk.
2019/364 MATTERS RAISED FOR NEXT MEETING (no discussion) – None.
2019/365 INFORMATION ITEMS – Noted.
Date of next meeting: Tuesday 3 March 2020, Canon Pyon Parish Hall.
The Chairman declared the meeting closed at 9.05 pm.