4 December 2018 Ordinary Council Meeting

Avebury Parish Council

An ordinary meeting of Avebury Parish Council will be held at 7:30pm on Tuesday 4 December 2018 at the Social Centre, Avebury SN8 1RF.

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

Liz Moore, Parish Clerk, 28th November 2018

Agenda

  1. Public question time
  2. Apologies
  3. Declarations of interest
  4. Minutes of meeting held on 6 November 2018
  5. Matters arising from the minutes:
    1. Item 5.b removal of graffiti and re-painting of Beckhampton bus shelter
    2. Item 10.b repairs requested to road mirror in Beckhampton
    3. Item 11 refurbishment of benches and benches on footpath 22
    4. Item 12 BT ‘phone box in West Kennett
  6. Presentation from the National Trust: pre-consultation on planning application to refurbish the Circle Café.
  7. Planning applications:
    1. To receive and approve the draft minutes of the 17 November Planning Committee Meeting.
    2. Application for Full Planning for change of use of agricultural building to B8 (storage), with associated modifications to doors and windows, and construction of new apron and provision of vehicular parking at East Farm, Swindon Road, Winterbourne Monkton, SN4 9NW. Ref: 18/10301/FUL.
  8. Parish Council budget and precept for 2019/20: to consider and approve second draft budget and set the precept.
  9. Transport Group: progress report by Chairman on A4 traffic calming project.
  10. Solstice Planning including:
    1. Report by AW on ASSF meeting that took place on 21 November.
    2. Progress report by LP on a proposed permit scheme.
  11. Local Issues:
    1. Replacement glazing panel for bus shelter on A4316 at Avebury Trusloe.
    2. New salt bin for Gilbert’s Hill / Bray Street.
  12. Parish Steward Priority Sheet
  13. Play Area Refurbishment
  14. Communications
  15. Correspondence: including request for funding assistance from ASSC for new Pavilion
  16. Finance and admin including half year internal audit, web development, confidential item: report on Clerk’s annual appraisal and cheques for payment and cheques for ratification.
  17. Date of next meeting: 7:30pm on Tuesday 5 February 2019
  18. Any other business

4 September 2018 Ordinary Meeting : Minutes

Avebury Parish Council

Minutes of an ordinary meeting of Avebury Parish Council held on Tuesday 4 September 2018 at the Social Centre, Avebury SN8 1RF.

In these minutes APC stands for Avebury Parish Council, ASSC for Avebury Sports and Social Club, AWHS for Avebury World Heritage Site, CATG for Community Area Transport Group, EH for English Heritage, KVH for Kennet Valley Hall, FWO PC for Fyfield and West Overton Parish Council, NT for the National Trust, PC for Parish Council, SWAST for South Western Ambulance Service Trust, TG for Transport Group, UKN for Upper Kennet News, WC for Wiltshire Council and WHS for World Heritage Site.

Present: Councillors Mr Stephen Stacey (Chairman), Mrs Maggie Lewis (Vice-Chairman), Mr Ben Butler, to item 12 / part-way through item 11 Mr Terence O’Connor, from item 18 Mrs Lynzey Paradise, Mr Paul Ryder-Morris and Ms Zandria Service.

In attendance: Miss Liz Moore (Clerk).

Time started: 19:35

  1. Public question time: there were no members of the public present.
  2. Welcome and introductions to new members: the Chairman warmly welcomed Mr Paul Ryder-Morris as a new member, thanked him for volunteering for a second time and said that the PC looked forward to his contributions.
  3. Apologies: Councillors Dr Mike Bedford (Vice-Chairman), Mrs Lynzey Paradise, Mr Andrew Williamson and apologies received but not read at the meeting from Mrs Jane Davies (Wiltshire Councillor).
  4. Declarations of interest: none declared.
  5. Minutes of meeting held on 3 July 2018: unanimously agreed as an accurate record. Proposed by Mrs Lewis and seconded by Ms Service.
  6. Matters arising from the minutes:
    1. Min ref. 1.b.i. New ‘reduce speed now’ sign at Beckhampton: it was noted that there was no further information on the sign.
    2. Min ref. 1.d.i. Damage to Play Area fencing: it was noted that the damage referred to a top wire on an old part of the fencing above the Play Area Signs. The Clerk said that she had asked the contractor who had recently installed the new fencing to carry out repairs to tighten the top wire.
    3. Min ref. 1.f.i. Rental fees of AHA garages: the Clerk confirmed that she had emailed residents’ feedback to AHA and it had been passed to the organization’s Garages Manager.
    4. Min ref. 11.e. Re-surfacing of footpath 22: it was agreed to keep putting pressure on WC to re-surface the footpath as soon as possible and noted that the area was very difficult for wheelchair users to navigate.
    5. Min ref. 11.j. Play Area weedkilling: Mr Butler said that the request was on his do to list and he would action it now that the rain was encouraging the weeds to grow.
  7. Planning applications:
    1. Application for Listed Building Consent at The Great Barn, National Trust Shop, High Street, Avebury SN8 1RF for rebuilding of gantry to front elevation of NT shop using original structure and materials. Ref: 18/07782/LBC. The plans were considered and it was resolved to support the application. Proposed by Ms Service, seconded by Mr O’Connor and carried unanimously.
    2. Application for Listed Building Consent at Trusloe Farmhouse, Frog Lane, Avebury Trusloe SN8 1QS for proposed flue. Ref: 18/07622/LBC. The plans were considered and it was resolved to support the application. Proposed by Ms Service, seconded by Mrs Lewis and carried unanimously.
    3. Application for Full Planning Consent for installation of LPG tank as an exchange for an old oil tank at Jasmine Cottage, West Kennett SN8 1QF. Ref: 18/06549/FUL. The plans were considered and it was resolved to support the application. Proposed by Mr Ryder-Morris, seconded by Mr Butler and carried unanimously.
    4. Application for work to trees in a conservation area. Proposal: 2 Leylandii / conifers to be felled at High Trees, Bray Street, Avebury SN8 1RA. Ref: 18/07149/TCA. The Clerk reported that she had requested more time to consider the application but had not heard back from WC and had therefore submitted a response of ‘no comment’ / no objection provided that the applicant honoured a commitment in section 5 of the application to plant new trees. It was noted that the two conifers were situated between two buildings.
  8. Transport Group: the Chairman stated that a meeting with Steve Hinds (WC Highways) was planned for the 19 September, organised by WHS Officers on behalf of the TG, and that the purpose was to discuss road safety in Avebury and adjoining Parishes for all road users of the A4 and A4361. It was noted that Berwick Bassett, Winterbourne Monkton and FWO Parish Councils were very much interested in a holistic approach and joint effort for achieving traffic calming on these roads. The Chairman explained that at the meeting the PC would revisit the summary records from the exhibitions and identify projects that could be passed through the AWHS Transport Strategy. Mr Butler expressed concern about a recent accident between vehicles on the A4361 turning into Avebury Trusloe. It was noted that no-one had any further information about the incident. It was noted that the TG was due to meet at 19h on 19 September and would review outcomes of the meeting with Steve Hinds earlier in the day.
  9. Solstice Planning: the Chairman invited Ms Service to provide a report on the 5 July ‘washup’ meeting. Ms Service explained that the general feeling was that  Solstice had not been widely attended. She said that some of the issues raised included concern about how different Solstice had become because of cuts in Police funding and that there was a general acceptance that illicit parking would occur again if policing of entrances was not going to happen. Ms Service recommended that the PC draw up a list of four to five things to ask for in preparation for the stakeholders’ meeting in the autumn and listed the following items: (i) a Police presence in Avebury Trusloe or an accredited Community Officer in Avebury Trusloe (ii) more cones and positioned closer together. Several further points were raised and discussed by members. Mr Ryder-Morris questioned why Solstice should be made difficult for people to attend and asked about the possibility of having a park and ride. He added that the PC could monitise Solstice to raise money for the Parish and suggested selling refreshments from the Social Centre. Mr O’Connor said that the parking problem was linked to Stonehenge and would only magnify because many people were not prepared to pay to attend Solstice at Stonehenge. In discussion members felt that one solution might be to open up a field and have a properly managed parking area run by the NT so that visitors could then be directed to that area. It was noted that there was a risk that Avebury might become an overflow for those not wishing to pay to visit Stonehenge and that the event needed to be managed and enjoyed responsibly. The Chairman said he would raise the idea of a managed event with the NT at his next meeting on 26 September. It was suggested that the Clerk might write to the Police to express the PC’s concern that without proper funding and management, Solstice was an accident waiting to happen and to press for (i) a Police presence in Avebury Trusloe (ii) an accredited Community Officer in Avebury Trusloe (iii) more cones and positioned closer together. [The Clerk to find out the cost of having an accredited Community Officer in Avebury Trusloe for one day].
  10. National Trust: items for quarterly review including future use of High Street Car Park and Coach House Toilets. The Chairman said that he had met that day with Mrs Jan Tomlin (NT General Manager, Wiltshire Landscape) who had explained that the NT were well aware of the need for maintenance in the High Street Car Park but that dealing with the flooding of the café had had to take precedence. He added that in his discussion with Mrs Tomlin, better signage for car parking had been discussed and that potential solutions he had suggested included: (i) existing car parking signs on the A4361 should state distance to the nearest car park (ii) a temporary A-board at the entrance to the main visitor car park could be installed as the car parking sign on the opposite side of the entrance was currently obscured by trees. The Chairman said that the NT was content with the Coach House Toilets being open for longer hours when the food outlet was open as the food outlet was currently doing a good trade. It was noted that Mrs Tomlin had reported that a footpath sign was broken on the road to Yatesbury. In discussion Mr Butler identified the sign as being one that had probably been taken out by a vehicle cutting the corner. Mrs Lewis said that she would pass the information to her husband who was Secretary of the Wiltshire Ramblers Association. Mr Ryder-Morris added that a fence was down along a footpath behind West Kennett House in West Kennett. The Chairman to inform the NT.
  11. Defibrillator for Avebury Trusloe: Mrs Lewis reported that a second defibrillator had been successfully installed in the ‘phone box in Avebury Trusloe and that a small article to notify the public had been included in the Gazette and Herald newspaper published Thursday 30 Aug 2018. Mrs Lewis reminded members that although the defibrillator was easy to use, the PC was obliged by SW Ambulance Trust to run annual defibrillator training. In discussion it was agreed that the ‘phone kiosk should be kept free of advertising and posters and that it would be a good idea to have a third defibrillator outside ASSC because the location would be close to the Sports Field. [At item 20 Mrs Paradise said that she would put the idea to the next ASSC Committee meeting].
  12. Local Issues including:
    1. Dog fouling: an investigation into the cost of a dog bin and associated services was in progress. Mrs Lewis to provide a report at the next meeting.
    2. Removal of graffiti and re-painting Beckhampton bus shelter: it was noted that the work had yet to start.
    3. Request for repairs to road mirror in Beckhampton: Mrs Lewis reported that the existing mirror had been put in place by a former resident of Durran House. In discussion it was not clear if the mirror should be replaced like for like or whether a smaller mirror would suffice. Members noted that a small convex mirror would cost approximately £83.00 and it was therefore resolved to purchase a new mirror on provision that the cost did not exceed £200. Proposed by Mrs Lewis, seconded by Ms Service and carried unanimously.
    4. AHA tree and rubbish reported to Aster: the Chairman reported that following an on-site meeting with Messrs Butler to look at the state of the nursery site, the PC had been emailed AHA but had since learnt that there was a delay in AHA actioning work due to an AHA email having been sent internally to a person who had left the company.
    5. Uprooted 30 mph sign on A4361 reported to Wiltshire Council online: the Chairman stated that the sign had been put back in place.
    6. Fire hydrant marker sign on verge at Avebury Trusloe/A4361 junction: members noted that the missing sign had been reported to Wiltshire Council online and subsequently to fire department as it was the latter’s responsibility for fire hydrant marker signs.
    7. Estimates for repairing two benches on footpath connecting Church Walk to Bray Street and refurbishing and applying wood preservative to all six wooden benches: members noted one quotation had been received and a further two estimates needed. Item deferred to next meeting agenda. The Chairman read out a letter received from the former Chair of the now defunct Millennium Committee urging the PC to repair the two benches on footpath 22 and the request was duly noted by members.
    8. Community Shop Notice Board repairs: the Clerk reported that Mr Rendle would be installing a butterfly clip / non-locking latch to the notice board very soon.
    9. Playground: further investment proposal: In discussion it was noted that the baby swing had been reported broken by a member of the public on 3 September and that the person who had reported the issue had travelled from outside the Parish to use the baby swing for their 2 year old child. Mr Butler stressed that the Play Area was well used by families. There was further discussion on whether the baby seat should be replaced or removed and it was resolved that the Clerk contact Wicksteed to seek their advice and authorize repair work if possible.
    10. National Beacon Event 11 November: the Chairman stated that members were invited to take part in the National Beacon event and read out part of an email received from Jan Tomlin ‘..National Trust sites across the country will be supporting a national Beacon Event on 11 November 2018 to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.  These evening events will be for all in the local community, and I’d like to invite Avebury Parish Council to be involved in the event we’re hoping to organise by doing one of the readings at the lighting of the beacon..’
  13. Parish Steward Priority Sheet: the Clerk reported that job requests for September included: checking and clearing culverts and drains in the High Street, patch repair part of the footpath next to the pumping station on Church Walk and filling of two pot-holes in middle of the road half-way along the Avenue. Members requested that the following additional works be added to the list:
    • checking and clearing of a drainage channel that was located in the verge, halfway along the road in Beckhampton.
    • filling of potholes in the road surface near Horseslip Bridge (on the way to Windmill Hill) and outside Braystreet Cottages and Bannings Yard as the length of that entire road was part of the Sustrans Cycle track.            [Clerk to re-log request with WC for bulb in bracket lamp attached to the Post Office to be replaced].
  14. Play Area: the Chairman reported:
    1. mandatory annual inspection of Play Area was booked with RoSPA for September.
    2. existing provision of activities for children and adolescents was discussed in brief and it was agreed to invite Wicksteed to an on-site meeting to offer ideas and advice on the Play Area [and then to seek the views of the Parish]. It was also agreed that the PC might aim to work more closely with organizations such as Motiv8.
  15. Emergency Planning: Mrs Lewis reported:
    1. work was being carried out by Mrs Lewis and Mrs Farthing to update the Emergency Plan.
    2. location of salt bins was being documented and that WC would be advised of any that needed replenishing.
  16. Communications: the Chairman stated that the PC’s July 2018 Headlines had been submitted for the August edition of UKN and a separate update included in the September edition of UKN.
  17. Correspondence: the Clerk reported that the following correspondence had been received (in addition to community information already published on the PC’s web site).
    1. Police report for August (not seen by the meeting but added subsequently and see appendix 1).
    2. A303 Highways England supplementary consultation: members noted that the supplementary consultation had had a very short consultation period and had not addressed any of the PC’s original concerns. The PC had been copied into the Avebury Society’s response to Highways England supplementary consultation and the email previously circulated to members (see appendix 2).
    3. Wiltshire Council Electoral Review: the Clerk reported that the Local Government Boundary Commission for England had commenced an electoral review of WC and was seeking views on future division boundaries for the Council (information previously circulated to members and please see the Community Shop Notice Board or the following web site: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk.). It was noted that the first phase of the consultation closed on 5 November 2018 and that members would need more time to put together a response. Action: item to be put on to next meeting agenda.
    4. Community Led Housing Stand in the Atrium at County Hall, Trowbridge on Tuesday 11 September 10 – 2pm.
    5. Great West Way: free event in the Town Hall, Marlborough at 6 pm on Wednesday 19 September.
    6. Sculpture exhibition in Avebury Manor Gardens 1 Sept – 7 Oct and leaflets from the NT were tabled.
    7. Wiltshire Community Foundation Funding Conference – Tuesday 16 October, Devizes £14 p/p: it was noted that the day would include information from local and national funders, guidance on writing grant applications, funding strategy, where to find income and marketing. 
  18. Finance and admin including:
    1. Web development: a photograph was taken of new member Mr Ryder-Morris for publication on the contacts page.
    2. The Clerk reported that she was going to attend a free training event on 12 September entitled ‘Community Organising’.
    3. Cheques for ratification: it was resolved to ratify the following cheques that had been raised on 24 July 2018. Proposed by Ms Service, seconded by Mrs Lewis and carried unanimously.
      1. Chris Gale: preparation and painting of ‘phone kiosk in Avebury Trusloe                                                                            £200
      2. Liz Moore: Clerk’s overtime and expenses for the period 22 June – 21 July 2018                                                                         £312.77
    4. Cheques for payment: it was resolved that the following cheques by paid. Proposed by Ms Service, seconded by Mr Butler and carried unanimously.
      1. C.S.Electrical Engineers and Consultants Ltd: fit and connect defibrillator unit to existing electrical supply in telephone kiosk located in Avebury Trusloe      (including VAT)                                      £126
      2. WALC: 3 x copies of The Good Councillor’s Guide plus p&p    £12.87
      3. Liz Moore: Clerk’s expenses for the period 22 July – 21 August 2018                                                                                           £35.75
  19. Date of next meeting: 7:30pm on Tuesday 2 October 2018                                   [apologies received from Mrs Lewis].
  20. Any other business:
    1. ASSC: Mrs Paradise reported that the NT had yet to form an opinion on ASC’s Design and Access Statement for the new Pavilion however ASC was planning to sell roof tiles at Avebury Day (parishioners can sponsor a roof tile). Mrs Paradise was updated on the discussion that had taken place at item 11 and she agreed to bring the idea of having a third defibrillator outside ASSC to the next ASSC Committee Meeting.
    2. Mr Butler reported that Dr Josh Pollard had finished a recent archaeological dig in Avebury Trusloe and that it was unfortunate the PC had received such short notice about the event. It was noted the PC would be sent a paper concluding the finds and that Dr Pollard had kindly offered to talk to the Community about the project.
  21. The meeting closed at 21:34

Appendix: (included in the book of Parish Council papers)

  1. Police Report for August 2018
  2. The Avebury Society’s response to Highways England supplementary consultation

19 September 2018 Transport Group Meeting, 7pm at Waggon & Horses PH

Avebury Parish Council

A meeting of Avebury Parish Council’s Transport Group will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 19 September 2018 at the Waggon and Horses PH, Beckhampton SN8 1QJ.

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

Liz Moore, Clerk to Avebury Parish Council, 11 September 2018

Agenda

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Declarations of interest
  3. Minutes of meeting held on 11 June 2018
  4. Matters arising from the minutes
  5. Report of meeting with Wiltshire Highways (19 Sept)
  6. Next steps
  7. Any other business
  8. Date of next meeting

6 November 2018 Ordinary Council Meeting

Avebury Parish Council

An ordinary meeting of Avebury Parish Council will be held at 7:30pm on Tuesday 6 November 2018 at the Social Centre, Avebury SN8 1RF.

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

Liz Moore, Parish Clerk, 1 November 2018

Agenda

  1. Public question time
  2. Apologies
  3. Declarations of interest
  4. Minutes of meeting held on 2 October 2018
  5. Matters arising from the minutes
  6. Planning applications:
    1. Application for Full Planning for erection of dwelling house with garaging and access at land at South Street, Avebury, SN8 1QZ. Ref: 18/09889/FUL.
    2. Application for work to trees in a conservation area. Proposal:- Silver Birch – Prune for maintenance, Cherry – Prune as above at Bannings Yard, Bray Street, Avebury, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1RA. Ref: 18/09547/TCA.
    3. Application for Advertisement Consent to upgrade the visitor signage around Avebury Village. Removal of 11 signs around the village and installation of 12 new signs, 9 of which are direct replacement and 3 in new locations at National Trust Estates, High Street, Avebury, Wiltshire, SN8 1RF. Ref: 18/09436/ADV.
  7. Parish Council budget and precept for 2019/20: preliminary consideration
  8. Transport Group: report by Dr Bedford / Chairman including:
    1. Progress report on A4 traffic calming project
    2. Report on Parish Councils’ Traffic meeting 26 October
    3. Footpath 22 interim repair work and PC to decide on whether to apply for a pathway improvement grant of up to £4,000 via MAB and provide 50% match funding.
    4. Footpath signage progress
  9. Solstice Planning
  10. Local Issues:
    1. A project to improve WiFi
    2. Repairs requested to road mirror in Beckhampton
    3. AHA tree and rubbish reported to Aster
    4. Actions from ASB Survey carried out by the Police and status of crime report on vandalized bench
    5. New salt bin for Gilbert’s Hill / Bray Street
  11. Refurbishment of Benches: including:
    1. Options for repair and replacement of benches on footpath 22
    2. Members to resolve to instruct the Clerk to submit insurance claim for both vandalized benches.
    3. Draft policy for long-term maintenance of benches and terms of acceptance of benches donated to the PC
  12. BT Phone Box in West Kennett:
    1. Discussion on state of BT owned ‘phone box in West Kennett and PC to decide whether to adopt the ‘phone box.
    2. If PC agrees at item 12a to adopt the West Kennett ‘phone box then members to resolve that they are satisfied having carried out further consultation that their original objection to removal of the BT ‘phone box in West Kennett be withdrawn and to request that Wiltshire Council agree that the PC may adopt the phone box.
  13. Parish Steward Priority Sheet:
    1. Report on work completed in October
    2. Job requests submitted for November
  14. Play Area:
    1. Results of the mandatory annual inspection of the Play Area by RoSPA
    2. Upgrading the Play Area and funding options
    3. PC to set a date for Parish Consultation and exhibition
  15. Consultations:
    1. Consultation from Wiltshire Association of Local Councils on a proposal to extend its member services with added employment services from Monahans. [Additional annual cost is 4% on WALC only part of subscription = £5.80]
    2. Wiltshire Council Electoral Review
  16. Communications
  17. Correspondence
  18. Finance and admin including: internal audit, donations to charities, web development, report by Clerk on WALC’s AGM held on 22 October, Clerk’s annual appraisal and cheques for ratification and cheques for payment.
  19. Date of next meeting: 7:30pm on Tuesday 4 December 2018
  20. Any other business

2 October 2018 Ordinary Council Meeting

Avebury Parish Council

An ordinary meeting of Avebury Parish Council will be held at 7:30pm on Tuesday 2 October 2018 at the Social Centre, Avebury SN8 1RF.

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

Liz Moore, Parish Clerk, 27 September 2018

Agenda

  1. Public question time
  2. Apologies
  3. Declarations of interest
  4. Minutes of meeting held on 4 September 2018
  5. Matters arising from the minutes:
    1. Item 6.e. Play Area weed killing
    2. Item 15. Emergency Planning
  6. Planning Applications:
    1. Application for full planning for the installation of a new pay and display machine for visitor use within the National Trust Avebury car park at Beckhampton Road, Avebury, SN8 1RF. Ref: 18/08090/FUL.
    2. Application for Work to trees in a conservation area. Proposal: T1 – Ash – Remove 1 Limb, T2 Willow- Pollard high at 60ft & remove half broken stem, T3 – Willow Re-pollard at 8ft at land opposite Sarsen Kennels, West Kennet, Marlborough, SN8 1QF. Ref: 18/08868/TCA
    3. Application for Listed Building Consent to replace chimney pot to the west chimney supporting the wood burning stove, with a longer pot at Perrys Cottage, Green Street, Avebury, SN8 1RE. Ref: 18/08675/LBC.
    4. Application for Work to trees in a conservation area. Proposal:-  Fell – 6 Sycamore trees; 4 Ash trees & 3 Norwegian Maple trees, Crown reduce –  9 Ash trees; 1 Norwegian Maple; 1 Walnut tree & 8 Sycamore trees at Anvil Cottage, High Street, Avebury, Marlborough, Wiltshire  SN8 1RF. Ref: 18/08876/TCA
    5. Application for Full Planning to demolish the existing cricket pavilion on the sports field and to build a new smaller cricket pavilion, similar to the existing structure but to be position in a new proposed location within the sports field at Avebury Sports field, Beckhampton Road, Avebury, Marlborough, SN8 1RD. Ref: 18/08886/FUL.
  7. Transport Group: report by Chairman including:
    1. Feedback on meeting with Steve Hinds (Wiltshire Council) and TG meeting on 19 September
    2. Report from CATG meeting on 20 September and resurfacing of footpath 22
    3. Next steps
  8. Solstice Planning including report by Clerk on costs for Community Accredited Support Officer, report by Chairman on feedback from the NT following meeting on 26 September, list of items to request at next stakeholder meeting, date of meeting and confirmation of PC representative for that meeting.
  9. Local Issues including dog fouling, removal of graffiti and re-painting Beckhampton bus shelter, repairs requested to road mirror in Beckhampton and AHA tree and rubbish reported to Aster.
  10. Refurbishment of Benches: including:
    1. Advice and estimates from suppliers.
    2. Price for a new bench.
    3. Should we replace the damaged bench(es) with new ones?
    4. Long-term maintenance of benches.
    5. Removal of bench at West Kennett.
  11. Parish Steward Priority Sheet:
    1. Report on work completed in September.
    2. Job requests for October.
    3. PC to decide whether it’s content with half a day per month from the Parish Steward or to ask Ringway for a whole day.
  12. Play Area:
    1. Results of the mandatory annual inspection of the Play Area by RoSPA.
    2. Report from on-site meeting with Wicksteed including initial ideas on improving the provision of activities for children and adolescents, likely costs and funding options.
    3. Next steps.
  13. Consultations:
    1. Consultation from Wiltshire Association of Local Councils on a proposal to extend its member services with added employment services from Monahans.
    2. Wiltshire Council Electoral Review.
  14. Communications
  15. Correspondence
  16. Finance and admin including: Parish precept of £6,050 received from WC, review of Asset Register, review of Financial Risks, web development, report by Clerk on the ‘Community Organising’ training event and cheques for ratification and cheques for payment.
  17. Date of next meeting: 7:30pm on Tuesday 6 November 2018
  18. Any other business

3 July 2018 Ordinary Meeting : Minutes

Avebury Parish Council

Minutes of an ordinary meeting of Avebury Parish Council held on Tuesday 3 July 2018 at the Social Centre, Avebury SN8 1RF.

In these minutes APC stands for Avebury Parish Council, ARK for Action for River Kennet, ASOP for Avebury Solstice Operational Planning, ASSC for Avebury Sports and Social Club, AWHS for Avebury World Heritage Site, CATG for Community Area Transport Group, EH for English Heritage, KVH for Kennet Valley Hall, FWO PC for Fyfield and West Overton Parish Council, NT for the National Trust, PC for Parish Council, SWAST for South Western Ambulance Service Trust, UKN for Upper Kennet News, WC for Wiltshire Council and WHS for World Heritage Site.

Present: Councillors Mr Stephen Stacey (Chairman), Mrs Maggie Lewis (Vice-Chairman), Mr Ben Butler, to item 10 Mr Terence O’Connor, Mrs Lynzey Paradise, Ms Zandria Service and Mr Andrew Williamson.

In attendance: Miss Liz Moore (Clerk).

Time started: 19:30

  1. Public question time: there were three members of the public present for all or part of the meeting.
    1. Why was the PC wasting tax payers’ money on changing the layout of the road network at Beckhampton roundabout because single lanes to the roundabout would cause traffic queues. How much would the scheme cost and had the PC thought about less costly solutions such as speed humps?
      1. The Chairman explained that the new road design for Beckhampton had been created as part of the overall traffic calming scheme for Avebury and would improve safety for everyone approaching the roundabout, trying to cross the main roads and navigating from other roads onto the main highway. He said that, whilst the project was a long way from the final costing stage the idea was to ensure it would be oven ready so that, in the event of Wilts Council being able to make funds available, it would be to hand for consideration. The Chairman further explained that the PC was working with other Parishes to achieve an overall speed reduction on the main roads that passed though the WHS. The PC had run two exhibitions to gather a range of opinions and wanted to respond to concerns from which it was clear that there was agreement that speed on the A4 and A4361 in particular was a significant concern.
    2. Did the PC know there was a new ‘reduce speed now’ sign on the A4 near the Grange at Beckhampton?
      1. It was noted the PC had not received information about a new sign.
    3. This year was the first time the turning into Avebury Trusloe from the A4361 had not been policed over solstice and people had been entering Avebury Trusloe via Nash Road from the A4361 and via Bray Street from the A4. There had been 27 vehicles parked on the nursery site and health and safety issues included open fires being lit, party-goers wandering into the Play Area and parked vehicles potentially blocking access for emergency vehicles and delivery vehicles.
      1. The Chairman said that the comments were very helpful and would be reported by the PC at the solstice debriefing meeting taking place the following day. A review of solstice was also on the agenda that night.
    4. A member of the public reported that the new Play Area fencing had been damaged by local children and part of the fencing had been bent over at the top.
      1. Mrs Paradise (Play Area Representative) to check fencing.
    5. How much revenue had the PC received in fines issued by the Dog Warden?
      1. It was noted that WC received revenue from dog fines and members said that to best of their knowledge the dog warden had not issued any fixed penalties in Avebury because he had not yet caught a dog owner committing an offence.
    6. There were many residents’ cars parked on verges and elsewhere whilst AHA garages in Avebury Trusloe remained empty. These might be used by local people if the rent was cheaper and this could help ease the parking situation.
      1. The Chairman asked the Clerk to contact AHA Neighbourhood Housing Officer with this comment.
  2. Welcome and introductions to new members: the Chairman warmly welcomed Mr Ben Bulter as a new member and said that the PC looked forward to his contributions.
  3. Apologies: Councillor Dr Mike Bedford (Vice-Chairman) and apologies also received but not read at the meeting and added subsequently for Paul Ryder-Morris.
  4. Declarations of interest: none declared.
  5. Minutes of meeting held on 5 June 2018: unanimously agreed as an accurate record. Proposed by Mrs Paradise and seconded by Ms Service.
  6. Matters arising from the minutes: none that was not already covered on the main agenda.
  7. Planning applications: none received from WC.
  8. Transport Group: in the absence of Dr Bedford, the Chairman reported:
    1. Feedback from CATG meeting on 21 June: Unfortunately Dr Bedford, Mr Williamson and the Chairman had not been able to attend this CATG meeting, item 4.(d) of which was “A4 at Beckhampton and West Kennett – speeding.” Andrew Jack (WC’s Communities and Engagement Officer for the Marlborough Communities) had reported back to the Chairman that it appeared that Atkin’s was making slow progress on developing a design guide for the traffic calming project at West Kennett. Action: Dr Bedford to be requested to contact Steve Hind (WC Highways) for information.
    2. Recommendations for action paper: the main change to the document, previously agreed by APC included the proposal that the Transport Group and PC should work closely with Fyfield and West Overton PC, Berwick Bassett and Winterbourne Monkton PCs to press for WHS wide 50mph speed limit as more likely to get a positive response from WC.
    3. Discussion: members supported the changes recommended at item 8.b. It was noted the Transport Group now included observers from other Parishes. Mrs Paradise reported that she had booked an exhibition slot for the Transport Group Exhibition at Avebury Day. Mr Butler asked if there was a point when the public consultation would cease and the Chairman said that he believed we had now reached the stage when it would be possible to draw up a shortlist of proposals for consideration by WC Highways, which he hoped the Transport Group would be able to endorse very soon. Mr Williamson asked whether Steve Hind (WC Highways) had reported on Beckhampton at the CATG meeting and it was noted that according to Andrew Jack, he had not done so.
  9. Review of solstice: it was noted Mr Williamson and Ms Service would be attending the ASOP meeting taking place the next day from 1:30 to 5pm but would not be able to attend all of the meeting due to other commitments. In discussion the following points emerged:
    1. Police decision to restrict access to the High Street had worked well for the High Street.
    2. Permit system had not worked well and various reasons given including permit holders passing permits to people not all of whom would have been entitled to receive them had they applied through the official channel.
    3. Restricting access to the High Street had moved the problem of feral parking to Green Street and Avebury Trusloe.
    4. WC did not have authority to tow cars if they were not blocking the highway.
    5. People had simply moved cones out of the way to park.
    6. WC had been active in ticketing vehicles and Chris Clarke (WC Highways) had carried out an excellent service.
    7. If the current approach at Stonehenge continued the result would be more people coming to Avebury since those attending the solstice would reasonably ask: why pay money to go to Stonehenge when Avebury is free?
    8. The overall cost of security provision for the various stakeholders should be considered.
    9. Resident’s solstice parking permit in the form of a car sticker might be an option, which would need to be funded by the PC.
    10. The following extra vans and cars, parked illicitly, had been noted: approximately 3-4 parked in the High Street, 12 on the nursery site in Avebury Trusloe, 8-10 parked along the road to Windmill Hill, and up to 20 in Green Street.
    11. NT had been particularly active in helping to move vehicles off the Ridgeway though it was suspected that this had contributed in displacing many of them to the Village.
    12. The rules had changed and, whilst the police could now get a temporary order to move vehicles on, they did not have the power to close a public highway.
    13. NT took on a lot of the responsibility for the management of solstice and planning started in October with 5-6 meetings over 12 months.
    14. The majority of people started arriving on the afternoon of the 20 June and therefore resources to manage vehicles would be needed from that point onwards.
    15. If the NT was prepared to pay for security and fencing at the Sanctuary, perhaps it could help pay for security in Avebury Trusloe, using car parking fees at Avebury to subsidize this.
    16. Accredited Community Support Officers were used successfully to manage access to the High Street and could also be used in Avebury Trusloe.
    17. There were approximately double the amount of vehicles parked on the nursery site in Avebury Trusloe compared to the previous year and various health and safety issues as reported in public question time at item 1.c. as well as human excrement left on the site.                                                     The PC concluded that problems with feral parking and behaviour were significantly worse than the previous year and one of the main causes was due to displacement of vehicles off the Ridgeway. Action: PC to consider report that will come out of ASOP de-briefing meeting, put management of solstice as a regular item on its’ agenda and consider arranging a separate meeting with the police in September.
  10. Defibrillator for Avebury Trusloe: Mrs Lewis reported:
    1. Electrical installation work for defibrillator cabinet: a quotation of £105 (ex VAT) had been received from the electrician who had installed a heated cabinet at the ‘phone kiosk in Little Cheverell. It was agreed that the PC proceed with placing an order with Cecil Withers (M.D. of C.S. Electrical Engineers and Consultants Ltd.) It was noted that the electrician would need to know the wattage specification for the cabinet and Mrs Lewis said that she would ensure the electrician had that information.
    2. Refurbishing the telephone kiosk: three quotations (not incurring VAT) had been received for re-painting the outside of the kiosk on the understanding that the PC supplied the paint:
      1. A written re-quote had been received for £485 (from £550) to prepare surface, apply one coat of primer and one coat of gloss to outside and inside door.
      2. A written quotation had been received for £480 to prepare surface, apply one undercoat and two top coats to outside only.
      3. A oral quotation had been given for £200 to prepare surface, apply one coat of primer and one coat of gloss to outside and inside door. In discussion members noted that the third contractor could start work later this week and finish early next week. It was resolved to accept the third quotation for £200 from Chris Gale if a written quotation was supplied to the Clerk. Proposed by Mrs Paradise, seconded by Mrs Lewis and carried unanimously. It was noted that the Clerk had ordered the paint and four defibrillator signs and delivery was scheduled for Thursday.
  11. Local Issues including:
    1. Dog fouling: it was noted dog fouling was particularly bad in Avebury Trusloe. Mrs Lewis reported that she had spoken with Gemma Batten at  Marlborough Downs Space for Nature about funding for a dog bin and that the organization would consider the PC’s request at its board meeting that Thursday. Further investigation into costs including the cost of emptying the bin would need to be carried out.
    2. Removal of graffiti and re-painting Beckhampton bus shelter: Mrs Lewis said that work had yet to start. The Chairman offered to help with the project and said that Mrs Lewis should let the PC know if she needed additional volunteers.
    3. New glazing panel for Swindon Road bus shelter: the Clerk reported work had been completed and that a visual check had been carried out by the Chairman.
    4. Parish Steward Priority Sheet: it was noted that the PC’s requests on June priority sheet had been completed by the Parish Steward [except repair work to footpath next to pumping station but this would be done in the next few weeks]. The Clerk reported that requests for Parish Steward’s next visit on 18 July included checking culverts at end of High Street and checking drainage ditch outside the Community Shop. Members considered whether there were any other highway matters that needed attention and there were none. The Chairman said he had been asked if the PC could cut back nettles encroaching the WC footpath from Rawlins Park to Red Lion PH as this was causing a problem for wheelchair users. The Chairman offered in the meantime to cut back the nettles with shears as it might take WC some time to respond to the request. The Clerk stated that the Parish Steward was not required to do footpath strimming and carried out highway related work only and that the WC Rights of Way team was responsible for cutting back encroaching vegetation on WC footpaths. The Clerk said that although some parishioners did informally carry out strimming work that benefited the Community, should members of the PC wish to volunteer to carry out work then it should be agreed by the PC at a full council meeting so that volunteers might be covered under the PC’s insurance scheme for public liability. The other option was for the PC to employ the services of a qualified tradesman. It was additionally reported that Church Walk needed cutting back and the Clerk was requested to log issue with WC Rights of Way.
    5. Resurfacing of footpath 22: Mrs Lewis said that she had sent photographs of the path to Councillor Bridget Wayman.
    6. Request for repairs to road mirror in Beckhampton: Mrs Lewis and Mrs Paradise said they were progressing with investigations and it was noted that the wooden structure holding the mirror was leaning as the posts may have rotted.
    7. Community Shop Notice Board repairs: Mr Williamson said that he had spoken to the Community Shop and that they were happy for a non-locking system to be installed on the noticeboard and that work would be carried out very soon.
    8. Replacement noticeboard for West Kennett: the Clerk advised that the notice board should be scheduled for replacement. Item deferred for consideration by members at budget setting meeting in November.
    9. Play Area weedkilling: the Clerk explained that weedkilling was needed to avoid the possibility of mowers catching on the fencing and Mr Butler’s kind offer to carry out the spraying along the perimeter of the Play Area was accepted.
    10. Sports Field weedkilling: item not discussed. [ASSC was making arrangements to pay for the work].
  12. Communications: the Chairman reported that the PC’s June 2018 Headlines had been submitted to UKN.
  13. Correspondence: the Clerk reported:
    1. Email from Sarah Wright (Ridgeway National Trail): the PC had received an initial enquiry asking whether there had been any complaints about the condition of the Ridgeway. Members noted that no complaints had been received.
    2. WC had issued a notice advising temporary closure of: A4361 (Part), Broad Hinton (11/07/2018 – 13/07/2018)
    3. CPRE Wiltshire fundraising event: the Community was invited to a private tour of Great Chalfield Manor, 6:30pm on 5 September.
    4. Cherhill New Village Hall Community Right to Build Order: extension of consultation period to 5pm on Monday 30 July 2018. The PC would not be responding to the consultation.
    5. Police report for June and July: (previously circulated to members and see appendix 1). The Clerk provided an overview of crimes committed in Avebury and it was noted several were solstice related.
  14. Sports Field: it was resolved to dissolve ACSReC (Avebury Community Sports and Recreation Committee). Proposed by Mrs Paradise, seconded by Mrs Lewis and carried unanimously.
  15. Finance and admin including: the Clerk reported:
    1. Insurance Claim payment of £510 (with £250 excess deducted) for repairs to Pavilion roof had been received from Zurich Insurance plc. The PC had also received an invoice from London Road Roofing and Mrs Paradise confirmed that the work had been carried out. It was resolved to pay London Road Roofing £760 (not VAT incurring) for repairs to the Pavilion roof. Proposed by Ms Service, seconded by Mrs Paradise and carried unanimously.
    2. Web development: members who had not yet provided photographs agreed to have their photos taken by Mrs Paradise for publication on the PC’s web site.
    3. Cheques for ratification and cheques for payment: it was resolved that the following cheques be paid. Proposed by Ms Service, seconded by Mr Williamson and carried unanimously.
      1. Avebury Social Centre: rent for Transport Group meeting 11 June and defibrillator training 9 July 2018                                                  £16.00
      2. London Road Roofing: repairs to Pavilion roof                           £760.00
      3. Elysium Woodworking Ltd: replacement vision panel for WC owned bus shelter outside Rawlins Park (inclu VAT)                             £164.40
      4. Liz Moore: overtime and expenses 22 May – 21 June 2018       £516.86
      5. X2Connect Ltd: 1x tin of primer (2.5 Litres), 1x tin of red currant gloss (2.5 Litres) and 4 defibrillator signs (inclu VAT)                          £196.96
  16. Date of next meeting: 7:30pm on Tuesday 4 September 2018
  17. Any other business:
    1. Mrs Paradise reported that she had been advised by WC that they strimmed the verges before solstice so that the cones put down to stop people parking would not get lost in the long grass. Mr Williamson said that the Parish Council had asked WC not to strim verges before solstice as it deterred feral parking.
    2. Members noted that no evidence had been submitted to the PC about misuse of Kyter’s Walk and the matter appeared to be closed.
    3. Concerns were raised about the safety of children climbing trees on AHA land in Avebury Trusloe and throwing items into a resident’s garden. Clerk to report concern to AHA and ask whether the lower branches could be reduced or cut to discourage children from climbing the trees.
    4. In that connection Mr Williamson made some observations about the strip of land owned by Centurian and Mrs Paradise said that she understood that in the past the owners had offered to fence the area off.
  18. The meeting closed at 21:28

Appendix: (included in the book of Parish Council papers)

  1. Police Report: June – July 2018

4 September 2018 Ordinary Meeting : Agenda

Avebury Parish Council

An ordinary meeting of Avebury Parish Council will be held at 7:30pm on Tuesday 4 September 2018 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, 29 August 2018

Agenda

  1. Public question time
  2. Welcome and introductions to new members
  3. Apologies
  4. Declarations of interest
  5. Minutes of meeting held on 3 July 2018
  6. Matters arising from the minutes
  7. Planning applications:
    1. Application for Listed Building Consent at The Great Barn, National Trust Shop, High Street, Avebury SN8 1RF for rebuilding of gantry to front elevation of NT shop using original structure and materials. Ref: 18/07782/LBC.
    2. Application for Listed Building Consent at Trusloe Farmhouse, Frog Lane, Avebury Trusloe SN8 1QS for proposed flue. Ref: 18/07622/LBC.
    3. Application for Full Planning Consent for installation of LPG tank as an exchange for an old oil tank at Jasmine Cottage, West Kennett SN8 1QF. Ref: 18/06549/FUL.
  8. Transport Group: report by Dr Bedford including:
    1. update on status of A4 project including draft report by FWO PC
    2. feedback on conversation with Steve Hinds (Wiltshire Council)
    3. next steps
    4. date of next meeting and volunteers for exhibition
  9. Solstice Planning: report by Ms Service including feedback on the ‘washup’ meeting 5 July and next steps.
  10. National Trust: items for quarterly review including future use of High Street Car Park and Coach House Toilets
  11. Defibrillator for Avebury Trusloe: report by Mrs Lewis
  12. Local Issues including:
    1. dog fouling
    2. removal of graffiti and re-painting Beckhampton bus shelter
    3. repairs requested to road mirror in Beckhampton
    4. AHA tree and rubbish reported to Aster, meeting with Messrs Butler
    5. uprooted 30 mph sign on A4361 reported to Wiltshire Council online
    6. fire hydrant marker sign on verge at Avebury Trusloe/A4361 junction
    7. estimates for repairing two benches on footpath connecting Church Walk to Bray Street and refurbishing and applying wood preservative to all 6 wooden benches
    8. Community Shop notice board repairs
    9. Playground: further investment proposals
  13. Parish Steward Priority Sheet and job requests for September
  14. Play Area including annual inspection of Play Area and discussion on the existing provision of activities for children and adolescents
  15. Emergency Planning: report by Mrs Lewis including
    1. progress on updating the Emergency Plan
    2. location of salt bins and replenishing salt bins
  16. Communications
  17. Correspondence including Police report for August, A303 Highways England supplementary consultation and Wiltshire Council Electoral Review
  18. Finance and admin including web development, ‘Community Organising’ training event on 12 September and cheques for ratification and cheques for payment
  19. Date of next meeting: 7:30pm on Tuesday 2 October 2018
  20. Any other business
    1. ASC update from Mrs Paradise