10 August 2017 Transport Group Meeting : Agenda

Avebury Parish Council

A meeting of the Transport Group Committee of Avebury Parish Council will be held at 7:30pm on Thursday 10 August 2017 at the Social Centre, Avebury SN8 1RF.

All members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

Liz Moore, Clerk to Avebury Parish Council, 4th August 2017.


  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Declarations of interest
  3. Acceptance of minutes of 5 June 2017
  4. Actions from minutes:
      1. Update WHS Atkins progression
  5. Speed monitoring through Avebury and Avebury Trusloe
  6. Dangerous road surface at A4 Calne / Beckhampton roundabout
  7. Plan for extra double yellow lines in the Parish
  8. Visitor parking in the High Street and Green Street
  9. Aircraft flying over Avebury
  10. Interim solutions to parking on Nursery Site
  11. Footpaths including:
      1. Resurfacing footpath 22
      2. Changing the footpath between Silbury Hill and Beckhampton into a circular route
      3. Creating a new footpath adjacent to A4361 from Avebury towards Swindon and within the newly extended 30 mph zone
      4. Creating a new footpath adjacent to A4 from Gunsite Road to the Avenue
  12. Fundraising ideas
  13. Avenue Closure including pros and cons template and traffic flow data from Wiltshire Council
  14. Any other business
  15. Date of next meeting

5 June 2017 Transport Group : DRAFT Minutes

Minutes of the 5 June 2017 Transport Group Committee

Avebury Parish Council

Held at 7:30pm on Monday 5 June 2017 at the Social Centre, Avebury SN8 1RF.

Present: M Brennan, D Brotheridge. R Macaire, S.Stacey, M Bedford, A Williamson.

  1. Apologies for absence: Apologies from T Lewis and L Moore
  2. Declarations of interest: None
  3. Acceptance of minutes of 19th April 2017: Accepted
  4. Actions from minutes:
      1. Update WHS Atkins progression : MB had telephone call with S Hind June 1st. SH has had several discussions with Atkins.  Atkins claim there are no issues with Beckhampton but potentially several with W Kennett and so want to separate them as projects.  SH has confirmed to Atkins that both go together  and is meeting to identify sticking points on W Kennett before calling for a meeting with MB and RM to discuss what compromises if any need to be made.This iterative approach is to minimise costs. He noted the individual responsible for the original plans and the current are meeting with him at the same time as there appears to be some differencing in opinion between these individuals which he wants to iron out before we meet as a group.  MB/SH to update in 2 weeks. Noted that the cyclothon has markedly raised the profile of transport in the WHS.
      2. Double Yellow Lines in Avebury Trusloe and Speed limit in Trusloe. Email trail with J Campbell suggests that community should be polled to check if these issues are live and if so where the lines/speed checks should be conducted.  Questionnaire is proposed for dropping in Trusloe to gauge the interest in each of these issues
      3. Footpath 22. Issue has been logged on Wiltshire County site. Details as of 2nd June 2017 are that it has been reassigned to the Highways SERVICE REQUEST #       CATEGORY    Public Rights of Way MB to Reactivate the proposal from J THomson re re-surfacing in financial year 16/17 by writing to J Davies and asking if this can be elevated.
  5. Actions from Village meeting: (a) Interim solutions for parking on Nursery Site .Can gravel be placed over the Nursery Site to prevent the grass from becoming a quagmire.  Problem is that there would have to be matting or gravel over the Centurion owned land so that cars could gain access to the current parking area. Not clear if Centurion are interested in giving us rights of access let alone to put rubber matting over their land to create a car parch access for 7-8 cars. Agreed that the first step should be to investigate potential costs of such matting first to determine if this is feasible first then report back. (b) Speed monitoring through Avebury and Avebury Trusloe – see item 4.b above.
  6. Footpaths: report by Tim Lewis. Report submitted. Lots of detail and total costs identified as 14k for replacing all posts with Oak and installing them. Paper will be presented at October meeting to review the practicalities of the various segments of the whole plan. Ultimately funding will be an issue. Idea of non commercial sponsored posts with donator in the upright routed in rather than inked suggested by MBrennan as a means to part fund the process.
  7. Cyclothon for fundraising – Moya B cycled a total of 298  miles over 3 days and raised £568.Discussion as to whether it is going to be an annual event.  Additional ideas for next year including advertising more with locals and involving local schools to guess the distances before hand, colouring in etc,more sponge throwing etc etc. Idea of a calendar for the transport group to sell in the Henge/Village shop.  Suggested that discussion of potential ideas for next cyclothon should go on the agenda for October to December meeting.
  8. Avenue Closure
    1. The village meeting addressed this and it has gone to the WH Committee who want an evidence based proposal.
    2. Way forward – Transport group could develop a template to highlight the pros and cons of closure. Once this template is completed then the data to support or refute these issues needs to be gathered.
      Pros Cons
      Presevation of verges and historic artifacts

      Tranquility in Avenue

      Reduced danger

      Busses actually go through Beckhampton en route to Swindon

      Enhanced cyclepath 45/safer

      Increased travel time to Swindon

      Increased A4 traffic through Beckhampton and past Avebury Trusloe


      Also need to get traffic flow data from Wiltshire Council.

  9. Any other business: points to consider for next meeting agenda:
      1. Footpath between Silbury Hill and Beckhampton to make a circular route.
      2. Footpath from Avebury towards Swindon towards Dorwyn Manor. At present only alternative is to walk on the road.
      3. Similarly from Gunsite Road eastwards there is only the A4 to walk on to gain access to the Avenue.
  10. Date of next meeting: 10th August 2017, 19:30 at the social centre

6 June 2017 Ordinary Meeting : Minutes

Avebury Parish Council

Minutes of an ordinary meeting of Avebury Parish Council held on Tuesday 6 June 2017 at the Social Centre, Avebury SN8 1RF.

In these minutes APC stands for Avebury Parish Council, ACC for Avebury Cricket Club, ACSReC for Avebury Community Sports and Recreation Committee, AHA for Aster Housing Association, AWHS for Avebury World Heritage Site, EH for English Heritage, FWO for Fyfield and West Overton Parish Council, MAB for Marlborough Area Board, NT for the National Trust, SORN for Statutory Off Road Notification, SSE for Scottish and Southern Electric, URC for United Reform Church, WC for Wiltshire Council and WHS for World Heritage Site.

Time Started: 19:30

  1. Public question time: there was one member of the public present for part of the meeting who raised the following points: (a) there was an increase in vehicles parking in the WHS and as a result verges were being eroded and there were safety issues especially along West Kennett Avenue (b) people parking in the NT village car park appeared to be using NT permits that had been photocopied (c) there was a SORN vehicle parked in the NT village car park. Mrs Paradise reported she had received a number of complaints about campervans parking in the village car park and Mr Campbell said he had spoken to a campervan owner about the parking rules and had not been well received. The Chairman said that parking would be covered later on in the agenda under the Transport Group item and expressed thanks for the concerns that had been raised.
  2. Present: Councillors Mr Andrew Williamson (Chairman), Dr Mike Bedford, Mr Dave Brotheridge, Mr Jon Campbell, Mrs Lynzey Paradise, Mr Stephen Stacey and Ms Zandria Service (from part-way through item 10). In attendance: Miss Liz Moore (Clerk), and up to item 12. Wiltshire Councillor Mrs Jane Davies and Councillor James Sheppard (Vice-Chairman WC).
  3. Apologies: Councillors Mrs Maggie Lewis (Vice-Chairman) and Mr Terence O’Connor.
  4. Declarations of interest: none declared.
  5. Minutes of meeting held on 18 May 2017: subject to changing Mrs to Mr Stacey at item 5, the minutes were unanimously agreed as an accurate record. Proposed by Mr Campbell and seconded by Mr Stacey. The confidential meeting minutes under item 8. National Trust update / dialogue / progress and item 9. Improving opening hours of Coach House toilets were accepted as an accurate record. Proposed by Mr Stacey, seconded by Mrs Paradise and carried unanimously.
  6. Matters arising from the minutes:
      1. Item 14: Strimming of verges in Frog Lane and footpaths in Avebury Trusloe: the Clerk reported the work had been ordered via the WC on-line reporting tool.
      2. Item 14: Tree branches overhanging SSE power cables in Avebury Trusloe: the Clerk reported the work had been ordered via SSE Emergency response team..
  7. National Trust update, dialogue and progress: APC noted the following NT update had been sent to the Clerk that afternoon and then circulated to members by email:

    Programming activities in June                                                                          After a busy half term, June is a relatively quiet month in terms of our programming activities. We have an “Ancient Avebury Landscape Walk” coming up as well as our popular early morning yoga sessions in the Manor Garden. It would be lovely to welcome some members of the local community to these special events.  For more details see https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury     A big thank you to the Kennet Valley National Trust Association              We’ve received a very generous donation from the Kennet Valley National Trust Association towards providing site information in alternative languages and braille. This will build on our current set of foreign languages leaflets and help us to engage even better with visitors from all around the world and with visually impaired visitors, ensuring that everybody can fully enjoy and appreciate Avebury. A heartfelt thank you for the donation which is really appreciated.                Second-hand bookshop in our Old Stables building                                  Having received planning permission in February for the change of use of the Old Stables building next to our High Street car park, we are currently clearing out the building before undertaking basic renovation of the inside to get it fit for a second-hand bookshop. This is a volunteer-led initiative and our volunteers are really enthusiastic about the opportunity to run a simple outlet to help raise vital funds for conservation.  All the money raised will be put back into our work at Avebury, both by improving the building further, and by helping to care for the Stone Circle and Henge.                                                                                                        Emma’s Country Fair Catering                                                                          We have completed our trial with Emma’s Country Fair Catering that operated from our main visitor car park between April and May. The offer has generated lots of very positive comments from our visitors.  Thank you to the APC for providing their feedback.  In our upcoming village newsletter we will be inviting the wider community to provide feedback so we can take all points of view into consideration when assessing the potential future feasibility of the offer.          Potential Lease to the APC to open Coach House toilets out-of-hours         We hope to continue to work towards an agreement to fulfil the APC’s wish to operate public toilets out-of-hours in the Coach House.  The time that Stephen Stacey has given to assist with this is much appreciated and we hope to be able to meet again later this month to discuss options further.                             Summer Solstice                                                                                          Working closely with Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Council , Avebury Parish Council, St John Ambulance and local Pagan representatives the arrangements for managing additional visitors during Summer Solstice have been agreed, and the Countryside team will shortly be distributing the Solstice newsletter to ensure everyone is fully informed.  Additional infrastructure, timings and staffing are all similar to previous years and as Solstice falls mid-week we do not envisage huge numbers this year.  Additional staff and volunteers from across the National Trust join both the Avebury and Stonehenge Landscape property teams to provide extra help – including patrols throughout the night – to help us deliver support during this busy time.  If anyone has any concerns or questions please call the Countryside office on 539920.                                                                                Pop-up Exhibition in Avebury Manor                                                               The popular and fascinating free pop-up exhibition ‘Away from Avebury’ has returned to the Servants’ Hall at Avebury Manor.  Visitors will be invited to delve into the adventures of some of Avebury’s past residents to discover where they journeyed to.  The exhibition runs until Sunday, 19th November, during normal Manor opening times.  And do please remember that local Parish residents can gain free access to the Manor.

    The Chairman adjourned the item to later on in the meeting. Please see item 11.

  8. Improving opening hours of Coach House toilets: Mr Stacey reported the MAB grant of £1,000 had been extended for another 6 months whilst APC continued dialogue with the NT. He reminded APC that his last meeting with Ms Catherine Hosie had been to explore what a two-year lease might look like. Mr Stacey explained that the issue was what would happen at the end of the two-year lease; what would be APC’s liability and the consequences if the additional toilet provision had to be closed down at the end of the two-year trial. He added there was also the question as to what sustainable funding was available and whether APC was indeed the correct body to take the project forward because it would effectively be funding toilets for a nationwide charity / business. The Chairman invited the member of the public present to speak, who asked whether the project would affect the precept. The Chairman stated that APC’s only precept payers were residents, and that APC did not have access to business rates. APC members noted that if APC used the precept then the cost of funding the toilets would fall on local residents and not on organisations paying business rates. Mr Stacey added that APC would be very much taking the issue into consideration. The Chairman adjourned further discussion to later in the meeting. please see item 11.
  9. Planning: the Clerk reported no planning applications had been received from WC. The Chairman stated that the application for a mobile phone mast behind The Bell PH had been turned down by WC Planners and that the ‘phone company might look for an alternative location for the mast.
  10. Transport Group: Dr Bedford reported the Transport Group had met the night before. He provided the following update:
      1. WHS Atkins: he had spoken to Steve Hind (WC Highways) on 1 June and had been advised that Atkins had identified a number of issues with the West Kennett part of the A4 project and that Atkins had been asked to identify what those issues might be. Dr Bedford would receive a further update from Steve Hind in two weeks.
      2. Double yellow lines and speeding in Trusloe: the Transport Group had agreed to put together a survey to canvass opinion. Casual Parking on the Nursery Site: the Transport Group would be investigating short-term solutions to potentially help with the parking. Dr Bedford reported that rubber matting cost approximately £40 per square metre to buy and the total cost for materials might be £1,500 with installation costs of £5-6k. In discussion it was noted the idea might be a non-starter due to cost and also because permission would need to be sought from Centurion. Mr Campbell asked if there were any alternatives to matting. Dr Bedford said that scalpings and gravel could be used but that meant digging the site. Ms Service said the track [from byway CHER18/10] to Yatesbury had been resurfaced using scalpings and that APC might be able to source left-over material from WC. Mrs Jane Davies however reported Martin Cook (WC Highways) had recently advised her it was now hard to get hold of them.
      3. Signage of footpaths: members noted the cost for new signage could be up to approximately £15,000.
      4. Results of Cyclothon: the three-day cyclothon had raised £568.92 for the Transport Group. Moya Brannan had cycled the equivalent of 297.98 miles and that the total distance covered with co-cyclists had been 400 miles. The Transport Group was thinking about planning other fundraising events for later on in the year. Members expressed many thanks and great admiration for her commitment, energy and vision.  Action: a thank you card to be sent to Moya Brannan.
      5. Possible closure of the Avenue: Members recalled the need to base any discussion on evidence. Mr Stacey and Dr Bedford were putting together a table of pros and cons for a Stage One discussion in the Parish.
  11. The Chairman invited the member of the public present to speak. He said that he was concerned about (i) the NT village car park filling up with tour operator buses (ii) speeding in Avebury and he felt the extension of the 30 mph limit on the Swindon Road was not working well (iii) too many light aircraft and drones in the skies over Avebury and also drones flying over the monuments. The Chairman thanked him and said that his concerns would be addressed by APC who also acknowledged the issues. Thanks were expressed by the member of the public who then left the meeting.  The Chairman stated that in view of the confidential nature of the business that was about to be transacted on the NT update, dialogue and progress and the Coach House toilets, it was advisable in the public interest that the public and press be temporarily excluded. The proceedings that followed were recorded in a confidential note.
  12. Housing Needs Survey: (WC report and survey results previously circulated to members). The Chairman asked if members had any observations, and the following points emerged:
      1. the report stated that 273 survey forms had been supplied but there were in fact only about 235 households in the Parish. The percentage return rate was therefore incorrectly recorded at 29.7% and should be 34.5%. The percentage of social homes in the Parish should also be amended from 17.4% to 20% for the same reason.
      2. Four households needed affordable housing but there were also two households on the WC waiting list. Therefore at least six households needed housing. Employers such as Beckhampton Stables also required affordable housing.
      3. Completion of the Housing Needs Survey meant WC could now release Community Infrastructure Levy funding to the community should new homes be built in future. It was noted that CIL was paid by developers. Action: the Chairman as the designated WC contact along with Mr Campbell to write to WC to report on points a-b as above.
  13. Defibrillators for Avebury and Trusloe: in the absence of Mrs Lewis, the Chairman said he was pleased to report that the new defibrillator had been installed on the outside wall of the Social Centre and that training had been arranged for the 26 June at 7pm. He further advised that if some Avebury Trusloe residents attended the SW Ambulance Trust awareness training then the Ambulance Trust would provide a second defibrillator for Trusloe at a reduced price of £1,000. In discussion members felt a further defibrillator might also be needed for Bray Street as the defibrillators had to be within 200 yards of the person requiring assistance. It was noted that offers of funding a defibrillator had also been received from residents in Bray Street. On the question of location, it was noted Mrs Lewis had emailed BT to enquire about using the public ‘phone box outside Trusloe Cottages to house the defibrillator and members also considered the possibility of using a more prominent location such as the side of a barn wall. The Parish Council unanimously agreed that a second defibrillator for Avebury Trusloe would be valuable. Many thanks were expressed to Mrs Lewis for driving the project forward.
  14. ACSReC: Mrs Paradise gave the following report from the Committee’s meeting on 31 May:
      1. A generous offer of funding had been pledged so that cleaning services could continue to be carried out at the Pavilion.
      2. An on-site meeting had taken place to consider alternative locations for the Sports Field noticeboard. The suggestion was to have the notice board erected on the edge of the footpath running next to the North Eastern corner boundary of the Sports Field as that meant there would be enough room for people passing to stop at the noticeboard without blocking the path and it was also noted views of the Henge would not be blocked either. In discussion the following points emerged: (i) the noticeboard should be as close to the fence as possible (ii) placed in a lower position so as not to dominate the landscape (iii) archaeological consent would be needed (iv) important to involve Sarah Simmonds (WHS Officer) as soon as possible. Action: Mrs Paradise to email Ms Catherine Hosie with ACSReC’s proposal.
      3. Sports Field Lease and Repairs to Pavilion: The Chairman stated that in view of the confidential nature of the business that was about to be transacted, it was advisable in the public interest that the public and press be temporarily excluded. Proceedings about the renewal of the sportsfield lease and repairs to the pavilion were recorded in a confidential note.
  15. Local issues: the Chairman reported:
      1. Summer Solstice arrangements would be the same as last year and he would be sending out detailed information to residents. Mr Campbell expressed concern about people using the Nursery Site for parking. The Chairman said any intelligence should be passed to the Police and he offered to email Inspector Mawson with information.
      2. Play Area fencing: Mr Campbell reported the wire fencing had been damaged on two sides nearest the entrance and that Mr Robin Butler was going to take a look at the damage and report back to APC. Mr Campbell offered to do some research into different types of fencing.
      3. Visitor parking in the High Street and Green Street: the Chairman explained that residents normally parked about 20 cars in the High Street . This left about 17 more parking spaces that filled up quite quickly at busy periods when the High Street did become congested. It was agreed APC write to the Circle Nursery, the Henge Shop and the Community Shop to ask them to encourage their customers to use the NT village car park.
      4. Footpath 22: the Chairman tabled WC’s response to Mr John Cronk’s letter of 2 years ago. It was noted WC had originally included footpath 22 in their repairs schedule for 2016/17 but no work had been carried out to date. It was agreed Dr Bedford email WC’s letter to Mrs Jane Davies (Wiltshire Councillor) for further action.
  16. Communications: the Chairman reported the Headlines from 2 May and 18 May APC meetings had been published in UKN.
  17. Correspondence: the Clerk reported:
      1. Letter from Seafarers UK: request for APC to commemorate Merchant Navy Day on 3 September by flying the Red Ensign. It was noted APC did not have anywhere to fly the flag other than the Pavilion building and Avebury was a long way from the sea. No further action.
      2. Email from WC offering to paint yellow lines in the Parish. Mr Stacey stated it would be useful to have the yellow lines re-instated in Green Street. Action: passed to Transport Group and the Clerk to contact Mr Malton at WC to verify the process.
  18. Finance and admin:
      1. To appoint Dr Bedford to roles within the Parish Council: it was resolved to appoint Dr Bedford as Vice-chairman of APC, member and Vice-Chairman of Planning Standing Committee, member and Chairman of Transport Group, member and Treasurer of ACSReC, and as a Footpaths Councillor. Proposed by Mr Stacey, seconded by Ms Service and carried unanimously.
      2. Independent internal audit: the Clerk reported the internal year end audit had taken place satisfactorily on 25 May 2017 and a clean internal audit report had been given.
      3. Members to approve the Annual Governance Statement (Section 1) of the Annual Return. The annual governance statement was tabled and it was resolved to approve the document. Proposed by Mr Stacey, seconded by Ms Service and carried unanimously.
      4. Members to approve the Accounting Statements (Section 2) of the Annual Return. The accounting statements were tabled and it was resolved to approve the document. Proposed by Mrs Paradise, seconded by Mr Stacey and carried unanimously.
      5. Cheques for payment and cheques for ratification: it was resolved that the following cheques be paid. Proposed by Mr Campbell, seconded by Mrs Paradise and carried unanimously. Cheques were signed by the Chairman and Dr Bedford.
        1. Community First: Parish Council Insurance year 1 of 3 year LTA                                                                                 £745.06
        2. SSE Southern Electric: 25 Feb – 26 May 2017 (inclu VAT) £76.02
        3. Jamie Guy: Internal Audit for the full year 2016/2017 accounts                                                                            £75.00
        4. Liz Moore: Clerk’s overtime and expenses: 22 April – 21 May 2017                                                                                   £386.85
  19. Date of next meeting: 7:30pm on Tuesday 4th July 2017 at the Social Centre.    Mr Brotheridge gave his apologies.
  20. Any other business:
      1. Members were saddened to note that the funeral of Mr John Cronk had taken place on 5 June 2017. Mr Cronk had been a long serving member of the Parish Council, and had been Chairman for many years. It was agreed Mr Williamson write a letter to Betty Cronk to express the Parish Council’s sympathy and condolences.
      2. Mr Stacey (Footpath Councillor) reported a member of the public had emailed to report several damaged stiles on the White Horse Trail footpath. He added that he had visited the site and verified the stiles were in need of repair. Action: Mr Stacey to contact the landowners (Mr and Mrs Cooper) to inform them.
      3. Mrs Paradise reported Kennet Community Transport Bus would be using the Sports Field over several days in the summer holidays to raise funds for its cause and had also agreed to donate some of the money raised to ACSReC. It was noted that she had already informed the NT. She also reported that an ACC event, including pizza being served on the Sports Field, would be taking place on the 18 June.
  21. The meeting closed at 10:19pm

4 July 2017 Ordinary Council Meeting

Avebury Parish Council

An ordinary meeting of Avebury Parish Council will be held at 7:30pm on 4 July 2017 at the Social Centre, Avebury SN8 1RF.

All members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

Liz Moore, Clerk to Avebury Parish Council, 28 June 2017


  1. Public question time
  2. Apologies
  3. Declarations of interest
  4. Minutes of meeting held on 6 June 2017 including confidential note
  5. Matters arising from the minutes:
      1. Item 17.b. additional yellow line painting on roads
  6. National Trust update, dialogue and progress
  7. Future of URC Chapel
  8. Review of Summer Solstice 2017
  9. Improving opening hours of Coach House toilets
  10. Planning applications:
      1. Full planning and Listed Building Consent to remove the temporary wooden gates which are fitted to the Grade II walls within Avebury Manor Gardens and replace them with full sized permanent wooden gates at Avebury Manor Gardens, High Street, Avebury SN8 1RF. Ref: 17/05290/FUL and 17/05857/LBC.
      2. Work to trees in a Conservation Area to remove Leylandii to ground level at High Trees, Bray Street, Avebury SN8 1RA.
      3. Application for Certificate of Lawfulness Ref. 17/05573/CLE to confirm that a “material operation” has been carried out pursuant to implementing the development granted under planning permission 14/02099/FUL at Lower Acre, Bray Street, SN8 1RA.
  11. Transport Group
  12. Defibrillators for Avebury and Trusloe
  13. ACSReC including Sports Field noticeboard, Lease and repairs to Pavilion.
  14. Local issues including re-lining sewer from Avebury to East Kennett, Play Area fencing, setting up a residents’ group, damaged stiles on the White Horse Trail footpath, visitor parking in the High Street and Green Street, parking in NT village car park, aircraft flying over Avebury and footpath 22.
  15. Communications
  16. Correspondence
  17. Finance and admin including to receive the approved minutes of ACSReC and Transport Group meetings and cheques for payment.
  18. Date of next meeting: 7:30pm on Tuesday 5th September 2017 at the Social Centre.
  19. Any other business

18 May 2017 Ordinary Council Meeting : Minutes

Avebury Parish Council

Minutes of an ordinary meeting of Avebury Parish Council held on Thursday 18 May 2017 at the Social Centre, Avebury SN8 1RF.

In these minutes APC stands for Avebury Parish Council, ACC for Avebury Cricket Club, ACSReC for Avebury Community Sports and Recreation Committee, AHA for Aster Housing Association, AWHS for Avebury World Heritage Site, EH for English Heritage, FWO for Fyfield and West Overton Parish Council, MAB for Marlborough Area Board, NT for the National Trust, SSE for Scottish and Southern Electric, URC for United Reform Church, WC for Wiltshire Council and WHS for World Heritage Site.

Time Started: 19:16

  1. Public question time: there were no members of the public present.
  2. Present: Councillors Mr Andrew Williamson (Chairman), Mrs Maggie Lewis (Vice-Chairman), Mr Dave Brotheridge (left the meeting part way through item 9), Mr Jon Campbell, Mr Terence O’Connor (from part way through item 9), Mrs Lynzey Paradise, Mr Stephen Stacey and Ms Zandria Service. In attendance: Miss Liz Moore (Clerk).
  3. Apologies: Wiltshire Councillor Jane Davies.
  4. Declarations of interest: Mrs Paradise declared she was married to a member of the Avebury and District Club’s Committee that had put in a planning application for work to trees (see item 10.c). Declarations of interest were also received later under item 10.b. from Mr Williamson who said he was also Chairman of the Avebury WHS Steering Group.
  5. Minutes of meeting held on 2 May 2017: Unanimously agreed as an accurate record. Proposed by Mrs Paradise and seconded by Mr Stacey. The confidential meeting minutes under item 6 on NT relations and item 13 on ACSReC lease were accepted as an accurate record. Proposed by Mr Stacey, seconded by Mrs Paradise and carried unanimously.
  6. Matters arising from the minutes:
    1. Item 10.a. Emma’s Country Kitchen: the Clerk read out Mrs Jan Tomlin’s (General Manager, Wiltshire Landscape) email response that declined a meeting with APC on the basis of client confidentiality. In discussion members asked why the NT had not given APC a prior ‘heads up’ of their plans and it was noted that a meeting need not be confidential. It was agreed that the Clerk respond to Mrs Tomlin to state there may have been a misunderstanding as members were not necessarily requesting a meeting with the NT’s client, simply a meeting with the NT to put forward the community’s views.
    2. Item 10.b. driving at 30 mph: the Chairman said the request for residents to drive at 30 mph or less in the 30mph limit area would be going into UKN. The aim was to change driver behaviour of others to keep within the speed limit.
    3. Item 10.c: the Chairman reported he had spoken to Martin Cook of WC highways about parking restrictions in the High Street. The current planters’ scheme was the only option short of a full residents’ parking scheme.
    4. Item 14.d: Replacement planter: thanks were expressed to the Paradise family for collecting and replanting the planter in the High Street.
  7. Membership: Members discussed co-option to the remaining seat on the Parish Council and it was agreed by all that Dr Mike Bedford be invited to re-join. It was proposed by the Chairman and seconded by Ms Service to co-opt Dr Bedford to the Parish Council. Carried unanimously.
  8. National Trust update, dialogue and progress: The Chairman stated that in view of the confidential nature of the business that was about to be transacted in this item and the next on the Coach House toilets it was advisable in the public interest that the public and press be temporarily excluded. Proceedings recorded in a confidential minute up to and including item 9.
  9. Improving opening hours of Coach House toilets including:
    1. trial period and lease agreement
    2. extending MAB grant period
  10. Planning:
    1. NT request for informal advice on new gates at the Manor: the Chairman tabled the documentation provided by Ms Catherine Hosie (NT Estates Manager) and additionally reported he had emailed Ms Hosie to clarify two points. Mrs Paradise read out the covering letter sent by the NT to APC. In discussion members noted the plan included replacement of six solid wood gates to be installed in the Manor Garden and it was agreed everyone was happy with the NT’s proposal. Action: APC to write to Ms Hosie to confirm there were no questions from the Parish Council.
    2. Mobile phone mast in WHS behind The Bell PH. Ref 17/03498/PNTEL: Mr Campbell stated he had experience working in the industry and advised more masts would be needed to provide a service in dips in the landscape. Both he and Mrs Paradise felt the mast was progress and there was a need for some compromises especially as there was no signal along that stretch of the A4, which meant that telephone and conference calls simply disconnected. Mr Stacey pointed out that SSE had gone to great lengths and costs a few years ago to bury the electricity cables to enhance the landscape at Overton Hill. In discussion members agreed it was important to have better telephone signals but to request that the provider bear in mind the sensitivity of the site and explore all other possible options. Action: APC to respond to the National Infrastructure Consultation to request that the applicant review the location of the proposed mast and explore all possible alternative sites that would maximise mobile phone signals for West Kennett, Beckhampton, Avebury, Avebury Trusloe and the A4, and minimise visual impacts on the World Heritage Site in line with local plans.
    3. Work to trees in a Conservation Area to fell 3 Sycamore trees at Avebury and District Club. Ref: 17/04520/TCA. Plans were tabled and considered. It was resolved to support the application without conditions. Proposed by Ms Service, seconded by Mrs Lewis and carried unanimously.
  11. Housing Needs Survey: deferred to 6 June meeting.
  12. Defibrillator for Avebury: Mrs Lewis reported the installation of the defibrillator on the outside of the Social Centre was booked for early June (5 June for the electrical works) and members agreed they would explore funding a defibrillator for Avebury Trusloe. The Chairman reported that local postman Mr Mick Moylan had given a donation of £100 for use towards the defibrillator in the High Street or for one in Avebury Trusloe. Members were very grateful for his generosity and signed a thank-you card for him.
  13. ACSReC: Members discussed future leasing options. Item deferred to next meeting.
  14. Local issues: the Chairman reported the Parish Steward had strimmed the grass on footpath 22 and members noted the grass highway verges in Beckhampton and West Kennett had been cut to a high standard. Mr Campbell reported the footpath running next to his house at 1 Trusloe Cottages needed strimming and Mrs Paradise said the verges in Frog Lane were also in need of attention. Action: Clerk to log requests on WC on-line system. Mr Campbell and Ms Service additionally reported two separate health and safety issues in Avebury Trusloe regarding tree branches overhanging SSE power cables along a footpath next to AHA land and along Bray Street. It was agreed Mr Campbell email the Clerk with further details and a letter be sent to either AHA or SSE.
  15. Communications: none
  16. Correspondence: the Clerk reported a thank you email (previously circulated to members) had been received from local resident Mrs Kathy Hole for the replacement panel in the Swindon Road bus stop.
  17. Finance and admin including:
    1. Quotations for Parish Council insurance renewal due 1 June 2017 (previously circulated to members). It was noted three quotations had been received ranging from approximately £767 to £820 for one year or £729 to £780 annual fee for the first year in three year Long Term Agreements. In discussion members noted their existing supplier Zurich had reduced its quote following a query but was £16.50 higher than the lowest quotation for a three year LTA. Members noted APC had submitted no claims in the last three years and that APC had been with Zurich for the past 10 years. Members agreed that continuity was important along with the fact that Community First who administered the policy benefited too. It was resolved to purchase Parish Council insurance with Zurich through Community First for a three year LTA at £745.06 for the first year. Proposed by Mr Stacey, seconded by Ms Service and carried unanimously.
    1. Annual Return 2016/17: the Clerk reported the end of year internal audit had yet to be carried out and therefore approval of section 1 and 2 of the Annual Return was deferred to 6 June meeting.
    2. Councillor Training: Mrs Lewis reported she had booked the training date with Katie Fielding at WALC for the 7 June.
    3. Cheques for payment and cheques for ratification:  it was resolved that the following cheques be paid. Proposed by Mr O’Connor, seconded by Mr Campbell and carried unanimously. Cheques were signed by the Chairman and Mrs Lewis.
          1. John Giles: replacement of panel in Bus Stop and remedial work to stabilize notice board at Beckhampton (including VAT)                                                                       £168.00
          2. Community First: membership renewal 2017/18    £40.00
          3. Social Centre: rent Feb 7, March 7, April 4, 25, May 2, 18                                                                                 £26.50
  18. Date of next meeting: 7:30pm on Tuesday 6th June 2017 at the Social Centre.
  19. Any other business: none declared.
  20. The meeting closed at 9:03pm