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Avebury Parish Council
Annual Parish Meeting Draft Minutes 2015
Draft minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on the 21 April 2015 at the Social Centre, High Street, Avebury
SN8 1RF [for adoption at next Annual Meeting in April 2016]
In these minutes, AHA stands for Aster Housing Association, AONB for North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty, APC for Avebury Parish Council, ASA for Avebury Sportsfield Association, ASSF for Avebury Sacred Sites Forum,
CATG for Community Area Transport Group, DfT for Department of Transport, EH for English Heritage, MAB for Marlborough
Area Board, NT for the National Trust, TVM for Traffic and Vehicle Management Group, WC for Wiltshire Council and WHS
for World Heritage Site.
Time Started: 19:05
Present: Councillors Mr Andrew Williamson (Chairman), Mrs Maggie Lewis (Vice-Chairman), Mr David Brotheridge, Mr Mike Daniel, Mr Keith Howell,
Ms Zandria Service, together with 18 members of the public who were present for all or part of the meeting.
Apologies: Councillors Dr Mike Bedford, Mrs Antoinette Kremer and Mr Paul Ryder-Morris. Apologies had
also been received from Jenny Haines (Chairlady of ASA), Ewart and Diana Holmes, Kate Fry, Mike and Janet Polack, Tony Farthing,
Jan Tomlin (NT General Manager, Wiltshire Landscape) and Sarah Simmonds (WHS Officer).
In attendance: Wiltshire Councillor Mrs Jemima Milton, Mrs Michele Lomas (Chair of Avebury Community Shop and
representative of the Community Orchard), Dr Nick Snashall (NT Archaeologist and Deputy Manager NT), PC David Tippetts (Community
Beat Manager) and Miss Liz Moore, Clerk to APC.
- Welcome and introductions
The Chairman opened the meeting by welcoming all present and introduced members of the Parish Council. He said that members of APC were greatly saddened at the death of Paul Dixon on 17 December and that they greatly missed his valuable advice, his commitment to others, and his sense of fun. The Chairman stated that members of APC, as individuals, were planning to plant a tree in his memory.
The Chairman said APC were also very disappointed that Karyn Pearson had had to resign in February last year following the need for her to move to Calne due to the imposition of the Bedroom Tax on her home.
The Chairman introduced Jemima Milton, WC Councillor and Chair of MAB, Liz Moore as APC's Clerk and Judy Farthing as Civil Emergency Officer. He said that Kate Fry had taken over from Paul Birkeland-Green on 1 May 2014 and now looked after APC's website, Ron Dobson gave advice to APC on buildings and David Throup was the editor for UKN. The Chairman expressed how very sorry members were to lose Len Adams, APC's handyman, who had died on 4 March and that many had attended his Service of Thanksgiving on 23 March. He said Martin Rendle also provided Handyman services to the Parish Council.
- Minutes of the annual Parish meeting held on 24 April 2014. (Previously published on Parish Council web site).
The Chairman asked if the draft minutes were accurate. There were no amendments and it was unanimously agreed that the Chairman sign the minutes.
- Matters arising from the minutes:None
- Report on the work of the Parish Council, Avebury Sportsfield Association and other local organisations in the past year:
The Chairman said APC represented the interests of Avebury residents, employers and employees. APC had met 10 times during the year and its Planning Sub-committee had met twice. APC met on the first Tuesday of the month, except January and August. The Chairman reported that APC had attended 53 meetings during the past year on regular committees such as MAB, CATG, Marlborough Area Parish Forum, Solstice Planning and Sacred Sites Forum, Social Centre Trustees, WHS Steering Committee and current sub-committees including WHS Management Plan Review, WHS Partnership Panel, WHS Transport Strategy and Design Guide and Task and Finish Group. APC also attended meetings with NT staff, especially Jan Tomlin, and other ad hoc events and meetings such as those with Aster Housing, AONB, MDNIA, WC, EH and NT.
The Chairman reported:
- Membership and elections
Following Karyn Pearson's resignation in February 2013, APC had decided to give priority to co-opting someone from Trusloe or Bray Street. APC advertised and seven people in the Parish expressed interest. APC was pleased that Zandria Service joined in June 2014 and represented Bray Street. Also, following Paul Dixon's death, APC advertised having decided to give priority to Rawlins Park, and was pleased when two residents there expressed interest. APC appointed David Brotheridge who joined APC in April 2015. Furthermore, as a result of Mike Bedford being away a lot on business APC had appointed Maggie Lewis as a second Vice Chairman last year.
- Planning applications
APC had been consulted by WC planners on 25 applications (from 24 April 2014 to 21 April 2015) and had either supported 23 of them, some with recommended conditions, or agreed not to comment in a few cases. APC had objected to two:
In addition, APC had been consulted on an application for a licence for a mobile food stall at the lay-by half a mile west of Beckhampton. APC had supported the application with conditions, including: mobile food van to park at west end of lay-by, discourage trucks, clear up litter daily, no advertising, no availability over solstice fortnight and to remove van every evening. APC had not yet heard whether a licence had been given.
- Garden wall at Bridge House. The application had been withdrawn by the applicant.
- Installing gate in field wall north west of the Great Barn. The application had been approved by WC.
- Avebury Sportsfield Association:
the Chairman read out an email received from Jenny Haines (Chairlady ASA):
'As a committee our efforts to run the summer Car Boot sales has once again paid-off and has brought in enough money to pay the costs involved to run and maintain the Pavilion for another year and also add to our contingency fund.
We are currently looking into the possibility of widening the gateway into the sports field to make it safer for vehicles to enter and leave. We understand that the P.C. has committed £250 in this year's precept towards a new gate and we will fund the balance of the work. We are ready to ask the P.C. to enquire if planning permission is required.
Over the winter months we seem to have suffered a leak in the roof and the repair of this is in hand.
As in other years the testing of the water supply, carried out by the Environmental Health Department at W.C., has once again highlighted the increase in the result of the Nitrate content. Last week I was informed that we must start to investigate the installation of Nitrate treatment as soon as possible. This must be installed within a reasonable timescale. I have already spoken with someone at Whatley's in Pewsey who will give me some prices sometime this week. We are also in the position to fund this work. I have already informed W.C. of our intention to investigate the installation of a filter system.
The only age group that is affected by a high Nitrate content in the water are bottled fed babies under the age of 6 months. I have put notices in the Pavilion advising that the water must not be used for this purpose.'
The Chairman emphasized how well the Sportsfield was being managed. He said the cost of running it was in the low thousands and that ASA did a really good job through their fundraising.
the Chairman invited PC David Tippetts to provide an update.
PC Tippetts said he had been Community Beat Manager for Marlborough Rural West for the past three years and he was aided by PCSO Polly Ritchie. He gave the following report:
Overview of crimes from 2015 to date:
In the past 12 months:
- At the start of the year there had been five burglaries from dwellings. The CID was still investigating and two people had been arrested and were on bail.
- There had been a theft of stone from St. James' Church.
- Seven thefts from motor vehicles and most of them had been parked in the NT car park.
PC Tippetts said he had leaflets available on how to sign up for free messages about policing and crime matters in the area. See appendix 1 or go to http://www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk.
- The police had carried out a rural crime day targeting people carrying red diesel, waste and so forth. The message the police wanted to send out was that they did not want people using the road illegally.
- The police had also carried out a speed enforcement day. There had been 97 offences and 40 officers on the ground taking part.
- There had been a spike in non-dwelling burglaries predominately in the East of Wiltshire.
- Police had been putting their efforts into minimising thefts from beauty spots.
PC Tippetts reported he had recently been promoted to Sergeant and would soon be working in Swindon. He said his replacement would be PC Richard Barrett who was currently Beat Manager for Pewsey. PC Tippetts invited members of the public to ask questions.
Mrs Alice Macaire asked how the thefts from cars were carried out. PC Tippetts said that usually the windows were broken into, but that depended on the car and that most of the thefts were being carried out by people visiting or travelling through the area.
Mr Brotheridge reported there had been three recent accidents near Rawlins Park involving people in cars coming off the road. He said he had been told the Police were not in favour of extending the 30mph speed limit northwards and asked if there was any opportunity for the police to come and have a look at that. PC Tippetts said he shared Mr Brotheridge's concerns but the police had no control in terms of signage and stressed he would support anything that improved safety.
Ms Service asked if the burglaries in Trusloe represented a significant increase compared with the previous year and PC Tippetts said they did. PC Tippetts confirmed that in the main, properties were targeted when people were away or in the day time. The Chairman thanked PC Tippetts.
- Local improvements and repairs to Highways:
the Chairman reported
- APC had previously requested an extension of the 30mph limit on the A4361 north of the Henge, and had objected to Highways' subsequent briefing note. APC then asked for their request to be deferred while the AWHS Transport Strategy was being drawn up. Atkins (the consultants for the AWHS Transport Strategy) had recommended extending the 30mph limit and APC had therefore now decided to re-apply to the Community Area Transport Group (chaired be James Shepherd (WC)).
- Parking in Trusloe: APC had considered plans drawn up by Aster for parking on the Nursery Site and, following a letter to John Thomson (Deputy Leader, WC), had met with WC (including Karen Kelleher, an Avebury resident, and Jenny Rowe, a WC Surveyor). As a result, WC was exploring more parking in a lay-by outside 5 and 6 Trusloe Cottages. APC had yet to write to the private development company about the Nursery Site.
- Horse crossing at Beckhampton Stables was in the process of being improved.
- Beckhampton roundabout road surface had been shot-blasted and then the A361 had been resurfaced.
- Wooden bus shelter at Beckhampton had been replaced by WC.
- Concrete bus shelter at Beckhampton had been repaired and was partly financed through the generosity of the Beckhampton Community Group who donated £54.00.
- Path from the Waggon & Horses to Silbury Hill was being pursued by Mr Howell.
- APC had signed up for the one tonne salt bag scheme.
- Speed Indicator Devices had been withdrawn and WC had invited parishes to take on the scheme. APC had decided not to do so as the management issues versus the cost and effectiveness were not worthwhile. APC had decided to concentrate on funding the extension of the 30mph limit.
- Various requests for leaf clearance, street cleaning, potholes, street lamps, salt, strimming verges. The Chairman said APC had requested various works during the year. Some potholes had been filled in including the Avenue and footpath 22, and the High Street tarmac had been rectified in June 2014.
- Wiltshire Council:
the Chairman invited Mrs Jemima Milton, Wiltshire Councillor, to provide an update. Mrs Milton stated WC had to find £30m in savings across the board and therefore the Council was putting more emphasis on helping parishes do their own thing. WC priorities were:
Mrs Michele Lomas asked how shutting down the WC Music Service helped vulnerable children and also raised the question as to whether WC might like to consider provisioning a whole class service so that all children had the chance to take part in music lessons. Mrs Milton stated that WC had simply acted as a conduit for the service and had now given lists of music teachers to schools and / or would make available those lists. Mrs Lomas pointed out it would not be as easy for small, rural communities to attract teachers.
- vulnerable adults
- vulnerable children
- the environment
The Chairman observed WC had been contact with Parish and Town Councils about parish elections and that due to austerity cuts the Parish Council would now have to pay WC for the service. The Chairman said WC could have increased the Council tax to cover this but instead APC would have to make provision in its budget. Mrs Milton provided further explanation of the election service and said she was saddened by WC's decision both in terms of funds being withdrawn for the music service and parish elections.
Mrs Judy Farthing asked if there was any update on the garden waste bin service. Mrs Milton commented that the consultation had been poor, whilst members of the public explained the process for those that wished to continue with the waste bin service. A member of the public commented that the road-side litter seemed to be very bad and asked whether WC provided any help with this. Mrs Milton confirmed WC would be very happy to provide tools and equipment to members of the public and that WC did regular litter picks. Mrs Milton reported road-side litter had increased twentyfold and part of the solution was education, starting in schools.
Mrs Milton wished to express thanks to APC for being one of the hardest working Parish Councils in the area. The Chairman thanked Mrs Milton for her support.
- Summer Solstice 2015:
the Chairman reported that the normal series of planning meetings were going on and Inspector Armstrong had indicated the forthcoming Solstice would be managed the same way as in previous years. APC had details of the camping dates. The Chairman said that last year 230 campervans had been parked on the Ridgeway. PC Tippetts said the event was very much weather-dependent.
- Avebury WHS Transport Strategy completed:
the Chairman reported
- Drafts of WHS Transport Strategy had been developed over the past year
- Final draft included the great majority of proposals in the Parish Traffic Plan
- Village meeting held on 19 March
- Copies available
- Transport Group:
the Chairman reported the Transport Group was chaired by Mike Bedford and there were 11 members including himself, and they were: Dr Mike Bedford, Mike Daniel, Keith Howell, Kate Fry, Rob Macaire and, following the village meeting, Dave Brotheridge, Moya Brannan, Peter Wilson, Simon Vatcher and Stephen Stacey.
The Chairman read out APC's list of priorities for action:
'All schemes should be in APC's Parish Traffic Plan and the WHS Transport Strategy, unless there were very exceptional circumstances:
- benefited the greatest number of residents, businesses and local employees, as well as visitors
- attracted the largest amount of 'partnership funding' from others, and so gear up APC's money as much as possible
- were nil cost, or very low cost schemes
- were nil or low cost if they were pre-planned as a part of routine Highways' maintenance
- were, if possible, funded largely by others that had a special interest in a project (i.e. perhaps Greene King for the Red Lion forecourt area and possibly Wadworths for the extended traffic island outside the Waggon & Horses, or the NT for the pedestrian route across the High Street?)
- were schemes that had already been in the Parish Council's pipeline for some time, i.e. APC's application to CATG to move the 30mph signs northwards on the Swindon Road, or the scheme with Aster and Wiltshire Council for parking at Trusloe Cottages
- were particularly important for safety or amenity reasons
- ensured that each of APC's four communities benefited from one or more projects
- were realistic and deliverable fairly soon
- were based on evidence
- Flood Group:
Mrs Lewis reported
Mrs Macaire asked if anyone knew what work was being done along the River Kennet as she had noticed pipes and huts in the fields south of West Kennett. Dr Nick Snashell said it was most probably the water company carrying out required works. Mr Paradise reminded everyone that 40 bags of salt were being stored in his garden shed behind the hedge. N.B. salt only for use on highways and byways.
- Silt under bridge at Beckhampton had been removed and other ditches dredged with the help of local landowners.
- Culvert at end of High Street had been jetted out.
- Repair and Renew Grant was available for a limited time to those households who had been flooded last winter.
- APC had signed up to PEAS (Parish Emergency Assistance Scheme) and now had 150 gelsacs and a collection of flood warning signs and tabards. Gel sacs were also being stored in Victor Paradise's shed and some had been distributed across the Parish. Mrs Lewis said she would like to see more residents come forward for gelsacs if they required them.
- Outstanding issues: Wansdyke Byway in Beckhampton. APC hoped to get drainage gripps put into the byeway.
- Community Wi-Fi and High Speed Broadband:
the Chairman stated there were seven wi-fi hubs altogether and cables for high speed broadband were now in the road. There was no further information on whether the cables had been connected.
- Local initiatives:
- Community Shop: Mrs Michele Lomas reported the shop had been open for six years; there were three part-time managers and 35 volunteers including bakers and they were looking for more volunteer bakers. Mrs Lomas was very happy to report they had just negotiated a new lease for the building from the NT and she thanked the NT for carrying out regular maintenance work. Mrs Lomas said the shop supported a lot of local groups, it had:-
Mrs Lomas said the shop was keen to develop local products that year.
- bought an apple press for the Orchard Group
- bought a projector for the Social Centre
- given donations to local churches (including Avebury and Winterbourne Monkton), ACC, Avebury Social and District Club
- installed a charity box in the shop
- Community Orchard: Mrs Lomas stated the Orchard had been planted as a lasting outcome of the Jubilee and to help replace the loss of Orchards in past years. The Group had planted 12 trees next to the Pavilion and two apple trees donated by local individuals. The idea was for local people to be able to harvest the apples. Mrs Lomas added that in 2014, the group acquired 300 whips of native species.
- Fence/hedge on west of Sportsfield: Natascha Kenyon reported the Community was looking for volunteers to clear the hedge, coppice and then replant the boundary. Mr Fred Montagu said he would be applying for Conservation Area consent for the work.
- Avebury Day: APC had donated £250.00.
- Litter bins: supplied for the High Street by WC. The Chairman observed that the cleaner a place, the less litter was dropped.
- APC had objected to removal of High Street phone box on the grounds it was a listed building, and it was required as an emergency telephone due to poor mobile telephone signal in the area.
- Between the Monuments dig: APC had donated £200.00.
- Local archaeology, National Trust and WHS updates:
the Chairman invited Dr Nick Snashall to address the meeting.
Dr Snashall introduced herself and reported that the team had been recently restructured. Mrs Hilary Makins (NT Head Ranger) would also now be responsible for the Countryside Team. Abby George was the new Marketing Manager and in May 2015 the NT would be joined by Mr Simon Brooks, the new Head Gardener. Dr Snashall reported there were three launch events planned for the AWHS Management Plan. They would be at Avebury, Trowbridge and Stonehenge. Dr Snashall thanked the Chairman for both APC's input and that of the AWHS Steering Committee.
Archaeology Update: (See Appendix 2, Archaeology Update to view the report).
Mrs Macaire asked Dr Snashall if the NT had any plans to improve the NT owned buildings in West Kennett including a dovecot covered in ivy. Dr Snashall reported that conservation work had already been done on the dovecot and its condition was fine. Dr Snashall said there were unfortunately no funds for all conservation work needed across NT's portfolio of properties and work would be done in order of priority.
Mr Howell posed the question regarding ownership of Silbury Hill. Dr Snashall confirmed the NT had been interested in owning the monument but EH had ceased negotiations pending a split in their organisation. A new body had been set up called Historic England. Dr Snashall confirmed that EH still owned Silbury Hill. Dr Snashall asked members of the public to contact the NT if they noticed any coach companies taking people onto the monument.
Mrs Milton said she was saddened the NT had not been able to renovate their properties in West Kennett and questioned whether the land could be sold. Dr Snashall stated the NT had no intention of selling the land, quite a lot of land was inalienable and there was underlying archaeology present. The Chairman agreed to raise the concern with Mrs Tomlin (NT, Manager).
The Chairman thanked Dr Snashall for her input.
- Other local issues:
- Great Stones Way: the Chairman reported a meeting had taken place the previous night and the parishes of the Pewsey Vale had decided to object to the proposed footpath.
- Precept, finance and administration:the Chairman reported:
- The precept was £10,900; but Precept Grant would eventually be withdrawn.
- Bank balance at 31 March 2015 was about £19,200. This compared with about £16,600 for last year. However the balance was in reality in the region of £7,100 because of £12,100 pledges outstanding. The balance was therefore much the same as £7,100 at 31 March last year.
- BBLP mowing contract terminated on Sportsfield and APC instructed ACC with a two year mowing contract. BBLP mowing Trusloe Play Area as part of WC contract
- Annual accounts and internal audit were available for the public to view.
- Local issues from the public: the past year and for the next 12 months:
- Mr Vic Paradise asked why dangerous nails were sticking out of pieces of wood beside the Manor Garden fence (north side of the fence). Mrs Judy Farthing said she thought the nails had been driven out of the logs to deter burrowing animals. Mr Paradise stated it must be a badger. Dr Nick Snashall said she would relay the report to Mrs Jan Tomlin (NT Manager).
- Local issues from the Parish Council: past year and for the next 12 months: none
- Any other business:The Chairman thanked all those who supported the Parish Council, including:
- litter pickers and those who cleared up after their dogs especially on the recreation grounds, in the Henge and on the footpaths.
- Trustees, Secretaries and Treasurers of local voluntary organisations and especially to Mrs Jenny Haines and members of ASA.
- Police, staff at Wiltshire Council and the National Trust.
- Miss Liz Moore (Clerk), Mrs Jemima Milton (Wiltshire Councillor), Mrs Judy Farthing (Civil Emergency Officer), Mrs Kate Fry (APC web site), Mr Ron Dobson (advice on buildings), Mr Martin Rendle (small works) and Mr David Throup (Editor, UKN).
- colleagues on the Parish Council
- and all those who attended the meeting.
The meeting closed at 20:45
Appendices (included in the book of Parish Council papers):
- Police Community Messaging Leaflet
- NT Avebury Archaeology Update
- National Trust Update 17 April 2015
- Documents available for inspection were the AWHS Transport Strategy, the Avebury Parish Traffic Plan and APC's minute book, audit reports, bank statements and books of account.
Approved Minutes: 2014
Avebury Parish Council
Annual Parish Meeting Minutes 2014
Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on the 24 April 2014 at the Social Centre, High Street, Avebury SN8 1RF
In these minutes, AHA stands for Aster Housing Association, AONB for North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, APC for Avebury Parish Council, ASA for Avebury Sportsfield Association, ASSF for Avebury Sacred Sites Forum, CATG for Community Area Transport Group, DfT for Department of Transport, EH for English Heritage, MAB for Marlborough Area Board, NT for the National Trust, TVM for Traffic and Vehicle Management Group, WC for Wiltshire Council and WHS for World Heritage Site.
Time Started: 19:00
Present: Councillors Mr Andrew Williamson (Chairman), Dr Mike Bedford, Mr Mike Daniel, Mr Keith Howell, Mrs Antoinette Kremer, Mrs Maggie Lewis, Mr Paul Ryder-Morris, together with 28 members of the public who were present for all or part of the meeting.
Apologies: Councillor Mr Paul Dixon, Mrs Jenny Haines (Chairlady of ASA), Mrs Jan Tomlin (NT General Manager, Wiltshire Landscape). Apologies had also been received but were not read out from Lady Beale, James and Laura Corbet, John and Betty Cronk, Ewart and Diana Holmes, Keith and Sally Paradise and Brian and Helen Vickers.
In attendance: Wiltshire Councillor Mrs Jemima Milton, PCSO Polly Richie, Sarah Simmonds (WHS Officer), Dr Nick Snashall (NT Archaeologist and Deputy Manager NT), PC David Tippetts (Community Beat Manager) and Miss Liz Moore, Clerk to APC.
- Welcome and introductions
The Chairman opened the meeting by welcoming all present and introduced members of the
Parish Council. He said that Judy Miller had resigned in October when she had moved to
Broad Hinton and that Karyn Pearson had resigned in February when she had moved to Calne,
after serving twice on the PC.
The Chairman introduced Jemima Milton, WC Councillor and Chair of MAB, Liz Moore as
APC's Clerk, who had been on maternity leave from 1 June 2013 to 28 Feb 2014, and Judy
Farthing as Civil Emergency Officer. He said that Paul Birkeland-Green had been managing
APC's IT and web site and that Kate Fry had taken on this role since his resignation; Ron
Dobson had advised on buildings; David Throup was editor for UKN and Len Adams and Martin
Rendle had provided handyman services
- Minutes of the annual Parish meeting held on 18 April 2013. (Previously published
on Parish Council web site www.aveburyparishcouncil.org).
The Chairman asked if the draft minutes were accurate. There were no amendments
[apart from the prior deletion of one item of non-Parish business under Any Other Business]
and it was unanimously agreed that the Chairman sign the minutes.
- Matters arising from the minutes: None.
- Report on the work of the Parish Council, Avebury Sports-field Association and other
local organisations in the past year:
The Chairman said APC represented the interests of Avebury residents, employers and employees.
APC had met 10 times during the year and its Planning Sub-committee had met three times.
APC met on the first Tuesday of the month, except January and August.
The Chairman reported that APC attended 66 meetings during the year on regular committees
such as the Marlborough Area Board, the Community Area Transport Group, Marlborough Area
Parish Forum, the Traffic and Visitor Management Group (now disbanded in favour of the Task
and Finish Group for the WHS Transport Plan project), Solstice Planning Group, Avebury's
Sacred Sites Forum, Social Centre Trustees, Avebury WHS Steering Committee (which the
Chairman now chaired) and other WHS committees. APC also attended meetings with NT staff,
especially Jan Tomlin, and other ad hoc events and meetings with the Environment Agency,
Aster Housing, AONB and others.
The Chairman reported:
- Elections and membership
APC had co-opted Mr Paul Ryder-Morris earlier in the month in place of Judy Miller.
Residents had not called for an election for Karyn Pearson's seat and so APC would be
co-opting in May. Bray Street was not represented on APC, and Trusloe was under
- Planning applications
APC had been consulted on 23 planning applications in the past 12 months and had either
supported 21 of them, some with suggested conditions, or had agreed not to comment in a
few cases. APC had objected to two:
- a new house in the garden of 44 Trusloe Cottages
- increased prominence of signage and lighting at the Red Lion
- Local improvements and works: the Chairman reported
- High Street resurfacing had been completed. This had included the
installation of a formal pattern of Sarsen stone setts beside 110 High Street:
several tons of cut stone setts had been provided by the NT. WC and consultants
Atkins were recalling the contractor to rectify some faults in the High Street
surface, probably in May.
- Planters in the High Street: the Chairman asked the public for feedback.
Sir Peter Beale reported the planters were indeed effective and there had been a
reduction in the number of visitor cars travelling down the High Street. Miss
Heather Peak-Garland said she felt the general situation had worsened with cars
reversing into the lane to turn round and cars hitting fences. When questioned by
Mrs Kremer, Miss Peak-Garland clarified this was not a consequence of the planters
and that a solution would be to make the parking cheaper. Mrs Jan Williamson said
she thought the signs on the planters did deter people.
- De-cluttering scheme: Mr John Thomson (Deputy Leader WC) had established
this scheme and APC had identified 25 redundant signs and ironmongery on roadside
verges in the Parish which WC staff had promptly removed. Mr Vic Paradise requested
- 30mph signs on New Bridge be repainted. The Chairman confirmed that
Wiltshire Council had made new ones and would be replacing them once the WHS
Traffic Plan had been completed and decisions taken
- the no through road sign at the top of the High Street be put back as it had
been missing for four months. Action: Clerk/Chairman to contact WC.
- Corrugated iron barn beside road to Windmill Hill: The Chairman reported
a large section of this dilapidated barn had blown off in recent high winds and that
APC had arranged for the barn to be demolished.
- Speed Indicator Devices: the devices were installed on the A4361 by
Rawlins Park in the first fortnight of every quarter. There had been problems with
batteries running down.
- Various requests for leaf clearance, street cleaning, potholes, street lamps,
salt and grass cutting: the Chairman thanked Paul Birkeland-Green and the NT
for strimming verges by pavements near Rawlins Park and in the High Street
respectively but added APC had had problems with Balfour Beatty Living Places in
getting works done. Balfour Beatty had also only given two months' notice of
withdrawing from its contract to mow the Sportsfield and Play Area.
- ASA: in the absence of Mrs Jenny Haines and Mr Paul Dixon, the Chairman
read out an update from ASA. It reported that in the last financial year the
Avebury Sportsfield Association Committee had continued to raise funds to improve
and maintain the Pavilion and area. The cost of the everyday things to keep the
pavilion going i.e. electricity, rodent control, insurance and the 'dreaded' charge
by Wiltshire to have the water tested, had risen to a total of £1,680. Samples of
the water had to be tested twice last autumn due to high nitrate levels, these cost
ASA a total of just over £203. ASA would welcome all to support ASA's car boot sales.
- Jim Gunter's geophysical survey of Sportsfield: Jim had completed a
survey of part of the Sportsfield but not found a great deal. Vic Paradise recalled
that a heavy roller had been used on the Sportsfield in earlier years and thought
that compaction of the ground might make a difference to any geophysical survey.
Dr Nick Snashall (NT) thanked him for his local knowledge and agreed.
- The Chairman reported the following work in progress:
- APC had applied to CATG for a northward extension of the 30 mph limit on
Swindon Road and was now waiting for completion of the WHS Traffic Plan.
- Footpath from Waggon & Horses to Silbury Hill: Mr Howell was progressing
- Wiltshire Council: the Chairman invited Mrs Jemima Milton, Wiltshire Councillor,
to address the meeting and added that Mrs Milton also chaired MAB.
Mrs Milton thanked members of APC for their work during the past year. Mrs Milton said that
it was a challenge for WC to ensure there was no rise in Council Tax and that WC pledged
Mrs Milton reported that more houses had been flooded in Wiltshire than Somerset.
- protect the elderly
- invest in highways
- protect jobs
- invest in flood relief
- work with the community
Mrs Milton highlighted the following:
The Chairman thanked Mrs Milton for her valuable support for the work of APC and
with planning issues in particular.
- For those that ran clubs, £50,000 had been given out for capital funding
- WC had helped local resident Mrs Beryl Greenaway find a bungalow in Avebury.
- National Trust: the Chairman invited Dr Nick Snashall (NT Archaeologist and
Deputy Manager NT), to address the meeting in the absence of Jan Tomlin (see Appendix 1,
National Trust Update 2014). Dr Snashell stated the NT continued to focus on
conservation work and had been successful in securing a grant from Viridor for
about £100,000 to re-thatch the Great Barn and other projects.
Dr Snashell reported the NT had been advised that from 5 May 2014, WC would no longer be
providing public recycling bins in the NT High Street car park. (See Appendix 2,
letter from WC to NT). Dr Snashall said WC would now be charging NT the full cost of
waste collection, a difference of £8,000, and this would hit their conservation work. Dr
Snashall reported that Jan Tomlin was currently revising NT waste policy and would be
liasing with the Chairman. Also reported, Hilary Makins (NT Head Ranger) was taking the
lead for the Trust regarding Solstice and Jan Tomlin would be working with EH to ensure
people visiting Stonehenge over Solstice would not be redirected to Avebury.
Dr Snashell explained the NT had tried to keep the parking charge for the main car
park low and that the new £7.00 charge for the main car park, was the only charge
levied on people when seeing the stone circle. It directly helped with conservation.
Mrs Milton reported mini-recycling sites cost WC over £200,000 a year across Wiltshire
and that this cost was prohibitive when households now had their own bins.
Mrs Alice Macaire asked if the NT had any plans to replace the thatch roof on the
barn at West Kennett. Dr Snashall said the NT had prioritized the Avebury Great
Barn as it was grade 1 listed and dated from the 17th century. However, the NT was
trying to secure funding to re-thatch West Kennett Barn this year.
Sir Peter Beale asked if the NT had had any feedback from the public regarding the
high charge of £7.00 for parking and whether NT monitored whether people paid the
charge. Dr Snashell confirmed that staff did monitor the car park in the high season but
that the majority of people were NT or EH members for whom parking was free. Dr Snashell
said she was surprised there had not been many complaints, only half a dozen, and added
the signs on the ticket machines now included an explanation that the cost of parking
went towards conservation.
- Transport Group, Community Traffic Plan and WHS Design Project
Dr Bedford reported the Community Traffic Plan had been published and presented to
John Thomson (Deputy Leader of WC) when he had visited Avebury in October. Mr Thomson
had been sympathetic to limiting signage and slowing down traffic by natural means.
Dr Bedford said the integration of the plan into the WHS Management Plan was thanks to
the Chairman. The Chairman added that over 100 local people had contributed to the
The Chairman reported the Plan's two main points were:
The Chairman reported local residents would like to get more parking in Trusloe
and that APC was supporting them in a partnership scheme with Aster Housing and a
private landowner which was currently being developed. Mrs Michelle Lomas asked the
Chairman to explain a proposed new housing scheme for Trusloe. The Chairman said AHA
would like to build two or three one-bedroom houses on the Nursery Site but this
depended on agreeing a joint scheme between APC, AHA and a private landowner.
- reconciling the interests of users of main roads with those of the WHS as well
as residents in West Kennett, Beckhampton, Trusloe and Avebury by creating a design
speed of 40mph in the WHS and other works in nine focal points
- easing congestion due to visitor traffic in Avebury and residents' parking in
The Chairman reported Atkins had provided a sketch scheme for the WHS Traffic Plan on
how to cope with the A4 severing the WHS and another indicating a possible treatment
for West Kennett. He anticipated that Atkins would shortly draft similar schemes for
the junction at Trusloe, the roundabout at Beckhampton and the centre of Avebury.
Sarah Simmonds said she hoped the draft report from the Task and Finish Group would be
ready by the end of May.
Mrs Macaire asked Sarah Simmonds what the timescale was for the outline scheme for the
traffic initiative. SS said the outline scheme would be finalized by the end of the
summer and then funding would be required.
- Flood Group: Mrs Lewis reported the Flood Group held its second meeting on 8
April which was attended by about a dozen people, though quite a few more were unable to
attend. Several problem areas were identified and noted on a map which would be
submitted to Wiltshire Council following a site visit, probably in mid-May, with
Wiltshire Council's Chief Drainage Engineer, Danny Everett. Mrs Lewis said she hoped
that a representative from Thames Water would also attend the meeting and that a
programme of works would be agreed. Mrs Lewis reported she had attended a meeting of
Wiltshire Council's Operational Flood Working Group on 16 April. The meeting was
interesting as it revealed that many areas in Wiltshire had had similar problems to
Avebury (surcharging drains and mixing of foul and ground water), though some had fared
far worse. Mrs Lewis said she would be grateful if people could contact her with any
flooding problems they had experienced in the past few years, including lavatories
backing-up with sewerage.
- Community Wi-Fi and High Speed Broadband: Mrs Lewis reported she was working with
Mr Jeff Brickell of the Marlborough Area Development Trust and that Wi-Fi hubs had been
installed in the Henge shop (two points), Community Shop, NT's Gift Shop, Coach House,
Estate Office and Circles Cafˇ. The aim was to get a hub into the Manor. Mrs Lewis said
anyone now could log on for free for 20 minutes or purchase an annual pass.
- Policing: The Chairman invited PC David Tippetts to report. PC Tippetts
introduced Polly Ritchie as PCSO and himself as Community Beat Manager for Marlborough
Rural West. PC Tippetts said there had been one arrest for drugs last year at Solstice
and reported criminal offences were as follows:
Criminal damage at Trusloe and the theft from the shop had been attributed to some
young people and that they had since been dealt with.
- a theft from the Manor
- five thefts from cars in main NT car park
- a theft from a non-dwelling building at Beckhampton
- four incidences of criminal damage at Trusloe
- a theft from the Community Shop
PC Tippetts reported that 'Operation Banning' had been initiated in Marlborough at
Christmas and involved the use of a passive drugs dog. The police had dealt with over
70 offences and as a result had found there was a drop in antisocial behaviour
(the biggest drop was by 30%). PC Tippetts said work was also being done with St.
John's School: surgeries were being held at the police station and 12 children had been
seen in June 2013. PC Tippetts reported an initiative on the 20 March had resulted in
three vehicles being seized for using red diesel, one HGV vehicle seized for being
un-roadworthy and two people from Swindon were stopped in Avebury for possession of
drugs. PC Tippetts said the penalties were now much higher for crimes. He added the
police were not able to get covert cameras in the main car park in Avebury due to it
being in a WHS (but see Sarah Simmonds' response under WHS Officer's report).
Mrs Peak-Garland said that in the past the police would talk to children out and about
in the village. PC Tippetts said these days resources were limited however PCSO Polly
Ritchie worked with the local schools.
Mr Howell asked if Sergeant Barry Reed would be present at Solstice. PC Tippetts
confirmed that both he, PCSO Ritchie and Sergeant Reed would be on patrol over
- Summer Solstice 2014: the Chairman reported
Mrs Julie Butler congratulated the Police for their work at Solstice and the Chairman thanked the Police on behalf of the Parish Council for their work throughout the year as well as their significant presence at Solstice.
- Police presence would be from 10.00am Friday 20 June to 2.00pm Sunday
- Two days informal camping on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 June
- There were problems in providing a drugs dogs this year as one was needed at Stonehenge and the other had died. But the Police hoped a presence could be arranged, especially on Thursday evening
- Parking for the disabled would be allowed in the village car park and passes would be provided for people visiting the Rectory
- Five or six campervans would be allowed in the main car park for people with disabilities if their vehicles were self-sufficient
- Road closed signs would be provided on West Kennett lay-by
- Campervans on Ridgeway would be moved on as soon as possible
- Local initiatives:
- Community Shop: Mrs Michele Lomas reported it was the Community Shop's 5th Birthday. The shop had given donations to the Cricket Club, Winterbourne-Monkton Church (for lighting) and Kennet Valley School and had promised an apple press for the community. Mrs Lomas said that various improvements had happened to the shop and she thanked the NT for sorting out the windows and roof, Mr Vic Paradise for putting up shelving and the Shop's many volunteers too. Mrs Lomas reported £140 worth of fake £20 notes had passed through the shop recently, and a power cut had meant they had lost some frozen food.
Mrs Lomas stressed that if local groups needed donations then to please let her know.
- Avebury Day 13th September 2014: Mr Daniel reported the community lunch would be held at 12 - 12:30pm and stressed the first half of the day was for the community and that the event would only be open to visitors outside the Parish later in the afternoon. There would be various attractions including a dog show, a bar, 26 stalls, birds of prey, classic cars and more. Mr Daniel said the project was self-funding with a small donation from APC, a possible donation from MAB and raffle tickets which would be on sale. Mr Daniel added that banners had already been put up and leaflets were to be sent to all households. Mrs Williamson and Mrs Farthing advised the banners should only be put up within 28 days prior the event.
- Open Farm Sunday 8 June: the Chairman reported that Gill Swanton was holding this event at North Farm and that about 1000 people were expected to attend.
- Local archaeology: the Chairman invited Dr Nick Snashall to address the meeting.
(See Appendix 3, Avebury Archaeology Update 24 April 2014 and Appendix 4, Between the
Monuments: Fieldwork on the West Kennet Avenue). Dr Snashall reported the NT would need to
remove a Sycamore and Lilac tree that were pushing on wall in High Street and this was being
done as a matter of urgency. Dr Snashall summarized that the NT carried out a watching
brief on development works and in 2013-2014 14 separate briefs were carried out for
improving pedestrian access. Dr Snashall said Between the Monuments Project results were available on the internet (see Appendix 4) and thanked local farmers, Mr and Mrs Farthing, for their support. The NT would be organising an Open Day.
Dr Snashall reported that further Geophysical Survey techniques could be done on the Sports field and that results of the work at Carpenters Cottage would be available soon.
Dr Snashall thanked all NT volunteers and said this year they had delivered tours to 2,710 visitors; the Keiller Museum volunteers given primary and secondary education talks to 949 people in addition to the 3,500 people that had received education.
- World Heritage Site Officer: the Chairman invited Miss Sarah Simmonds (WHS Officer) to address the meeting. Miss Simmonds reported that she looked after 25 square kilometres of landscape and her role involved looking at how the monuments related to the landscape and protecting, conserving and keeping them safe.
Miss Simmonds highlighted the Transport Strategy was key to resolving the issue regarding the impact of traffic in the WHS.
Both Stonehenge and Avebury were being combined into one WHS Management Plan which was currently being up-dated, but it was important to keep the aims of both sites separate as they required different methods of management. Miss Simmonds said that recent changes in governance had included the creation of the WHS Partnership Panel, chaired by Mr Alistair Sommerlad, and that the Panel would be working to achieve the aims of the whole WHS. Full-time WHS staff, being Miss Simmonds for Avebury and Beth Thomas for Stonehenge, would be working with Nick Snashall (part-time) in the new Coordination Unit that reported to the Panel.
The WHS Management Plan was due to go out to public consultation in the autumn.
Miss Simmonds reported the following projects:
Miss Simmonds referred to PC Tippetts' earlier reference to covert cameras not being allowed in WHS but confirmed that there was no reason why security cameras should not be allowed in NT main car park. Miss Simmonds would contact PC Tippetts.
- Risk assessment produced for climate change
- WHS web site launched
- Undergrounding of cables at Gunsite Lane was being planned
- Developing Research Framework (for Universities)
- New Partnership Panel
- Other issues and APC decisions: the Chairman reported
- DfT 20mph consultation: APC had put forward the need for 40mph design speed throughout the WHS.
- APC had pledged financial support for the Flood Group, Community Orchard, Avebury Day and weed killing on the Sportsfield.
- APC had made grants to the Community First Good Neighbour Scheme and the Benefice Winter Appeal.
- Wiltshire Council had given a briefing in May about 4x4s and informal camping on the Ridgeway. Management by NT and Police had been successful and it was overall agreed APC should monitor the situation in 2013/14 and should proceed with care. APC was awaiting Professor Fowler's archaeological review and might establish a working group if archaeology was being degraded.
- APC had agreed to monitor charity walks such as Discover Adventure.
- Avebury Rocks would be held on 13 July.
- Countryside Access Improvement Plan: APC had lobbied for mention of Avebury as a WHS in the document.
- During the past 12 months, APC had objected to:
- Visitors climbing Silbury Hill
- A WC proposal to install commercial adverts on the roundabout at Beckhampton
- A proposal to plant fruit trees and a hedge on the grassy island between West Kennett lay-by and A4.
- Race to the Stones using the Sports-field as a destination
- A PR stunt of a Peace sign being temporarily painted on the Sports-field for aerial shots for an advert for deodorant Lynx Peace
- Launch of hot air balloons from the Sports field
- increased parking charges at the NT's main car park
- APC had contacted Police and the Dog Warden about the control of dogs and dog fouling
- Civil Emergency Plan: the Chairman reported the Plan had been updated by Mrs Lewis and Mrs Farthing, adopted by APC and was now operational.
- Precept, finance and admin: the Chairman reported
- The precept was down from £11,000 to £10,900.
- The bank balance as at 31 March 2014 was about £16,600 or approximately £15,200
allowing for unpaid cheques. This compared with about £10,500 for last year. However
the balance was in reality in the region of £7,100 because £8,100 pledges were
outstanding. The balance was therefore much the same as £8,000 on 31 March last year.
- Savings of approximately £3,500 during the past financial year were mainly
attributable to the Clerk's maternity leave.
- The audited accounts for 2013 Š 2014 were available for inspection. The external
auditors were now Grant Thornton. The Chairman invited anyone interested to inspect
APC's audit report, books of account and minutes.
- The asset register and risk assessment had been reviewed
- Internal audit had been completed
- RoSPA had inspected the Play Area.
- Local issues from the public: the past year and for the next 12 months: none
- Local issues from the Parish Council: the past year and for the next 12 months: none
- Any other business:
The Chairman thanked all those who supported the Parish Council, including:
- litter pickers and those who cleared up after their dogs especially on the recreation grounds, in the Henge and on the footpaths.
- Trustees, Secretaries and Treasurers of local voluntary organisations and especially to Mrs Jenny Haines and members of ASA.
- Police, staff at Wiltshire Council and the National Trust.
- Miss Liz Moore (Clerk), Mrs Jemima Milton (Wiltshire Councillor), Mrs Judy Farthing (Civil Emergency Officer), Mr Paul Birkeland-Green and Mrs Kate Fry (APC web site), Mr Martin Rendle, Mr Len Adams (APC Handymen) and Mr David Throup (Editor, UKN).
- colleagues on the Parish Council
- and all those who attended the meeting.
The meeting closed at 20:55
Appendices (included in the book of Parish Council papers):
- National Trust Update April 2014
- Letter from WC to NT: removal of mini-recycling site
- NT Avebury Archaeology Update 24 April 2014
- NT Between the Monuments: Fieldwork on the West Kennet Avenue
- Documents available for inspection were a plan of land ownership at the Nursery Site in Trusloe, two indicative diagrams drawn up by Atkins of the parts of the A4 and West Kennett, the Avebury Parish Traffic Plan and APC's minute book,
audit reports, bank statements and books of account.
Approved Minutes: 2013
Avebury Parish Council
Minutes of the Annual Parish meeting held on the 18 April 2013 at the Social
Centre, High Street, Avebury SN8 1RF
In these minutes, AHA stands for Aster Housing Association, AONB for
North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, APC for Avebury Parish
Council, ASSF for Avebury Sacred Sites Forum, EH for English Heritage, NT for
the National Trust, TVM for Traffic and Vehicle Management Group, WC for Wiltshire
Council and WHS for World Heritage Site.
Time Started: 19:00
Present: Councillors Mr Andrew Williamson (Chairman), Mr Keith Howell, Mrs Antoinette
Kremer and Mrs Maggie Lewis together with 23 members of the public who were
present for all or part of the meeting.
Apologies: Councillors Dr Mike Bedford, Mr Mike Daniel, Mrs Karyn Pearson and Mr Paul
Dixon. [Apologies had also been
received but were not read out from the Farthing, Fry, Kelleher, Vickers,
Wilding and Scattergood households, and Mr Tony Millett.]
attendance: Councillor Mrs Jemima Milton, Wiltshire Councillor,
PC David Tippetts (Community Beat Manager), Sarah Simmonds (WHS Officer), Mrs
Jan Tomlin (NT General Manager, Wiltshire Landscape), Dr Nick Snashall (NT
Archaeologist) and Miss Liz Moore, Clerk to APC.
Chairman opened the meeting by welcoming all attendees. He introduced the
Parish Councillors present at the meeting and said that members of APC were
very sorry to have recently lost Mrs Beryl Greenaway who had resigned in March
after over 10 years’ valuable service.
said there would be no election for Parish Councillors on the 2 May as there had
been nine vacancies and nine nominees. Eight councillors had been re-elected
and Mrs Judy Miller from Trusloe would join APC as a new Councillor on 7 May. There would however be Wiltshire Council elections
on 2 May.
of the Annual Parish meeting held on 24 April 2012.
Chairman asked all present to refer to a copy of the draft minutes and asked if
they were accurate. There were no amendments and it was unanimously agreed that
the Chairman sign the minutes.
arising from the minutes: None.
on the work of the Parish Council, Avebury Sports-field Association and other
local organisations in the past year:
Chairman reported APC had met 10 times during the year and had also held six Planning
Sub-committee meetings. APC had also attended 56 other meetings on regular
committees. These included ASSF, Social Centre Trustees, Solstice Planning,
TVM, the WHS Steering Committee and regular meetings with Mrs Jan Tomlin at the
NT. The Parish had also attended meetings with WC, EH, NT and other ad-hoc
APC had been consulted on 23 planning applications in the
past year and had supported 19 of them (seven of which had been applications
for works to trees in conservation areas). APC had objected to four:
of Lower Acre, Bray Street
to garage at Meadow House
at Avebury Manor
board at NT car park
Local improvements and works
Pavement extension at Trusloe: a 35 metre pavement extension on
the A4361 had been completed the previous week. Pedestrians now had
approximately seven seconds to cross the road as opposed to about four seconds.
WC had contributed £6,500 and APC £500.
Planters in the High Street: an experiment to make the area more
attractive and deter motorists from parking had been installed in the past
month. The Chairman asked for feedback. Mrs Dianna Holmes reported that, as a
resident of the High Street, she was very pleased with the planters. The
Chairman said the project had cost about £950, of which £250 had been given by
MAB, £350 by APC and APC had received £350 as donations or contributions in
kind. This meant about a third of the funding had come from the community and a
third from APC.
Swings at Trusloe: the seats had been renewed and the
Clerk confirmed the chains had also been renewed in the past week. A generous
donation of £100 had been received from a member of the community for the
Bus Shelter: painting had been completed.
Speed Indicator Device (SID) outside
Rawlins Park: A SID
was being installed for the first two weeks of every quarter in the year.
Resurfacing A4: white lines at West Kennett were
already deteriorating and would be repainted soon. The A4 from Beckhampton to
West Kennett would be resurfaced Tuesday 7 May to Wednesday 22 May. APC had
contacted Highways to see what they could do about possibly realigning the
white lines to narrow the apparent width of the road.
Flooding: the NT offices, Frog Lane,
Beckhampton, Bray Street and the High Street had suffered from flooding and
overflowing sewers for many months over the late autumn and winter. Mrs
Geraldine Wimble had been very active in mobilising Thames Water and the
Environment Agency to take action on behalf of residents. The next step would
be for APC to seek permanent improvements in the sewage system. Mrs Milton reported flooding was a
Mr Gater asked if there had been any feedback received
regarding the damage to the road in Bray Street. The Chairman said he would
look into this.
Stage Lighting: APC had helped in a small way by
donating £250 towards stage lighting in the Social Centre.
ASA: In the absence of its five members
including Mrs Jenny Haines (Chairlady ASA) and Mr Paul Dixon, the Chairman
reported that ASA continued to raise the majority of its money from fundraising
activities to improve and maintain the Pavilion and sportsfield. Action: it was generally agreed that APC
write to ASA to thank their members on behalf of the community.
Wiltshire Council: the Chairman invited Mrs Jemima
Milton, Wiltshire Councillor, to address the meeting. Mrs Milton thanked members
of APC for their work during the past year and especially for their work on the
Avebury Traffic Management Plan. Mrs
Milton said the Area Board would continue to provide small grants and that
although it was challenging times, she wanted to make it clear WC would not
affect frontline services. Mrs Milton paid tribute to the services of Mrs
Mr Ewart Holmes asked two questions:
Who was responsible for the sewers? Mrs Milton confirmed that Thames
Water was responsible for the sewers and WC would continue to put pressure on
Thames Water to improve the infrastructure.
Would it be possible to see a
drawing of the proposed High Street resurfacing prior to works taking place? Mrs Milton confirmed it was
possible and WC would be working with APC Transport Group on this. Mrs Milton
said it was frustrating that WC could not stop the utility companies from
coming in and digging up the highway for their repair works after Highways’ works
had taken place.
National Trust: the Chairman invited Mrs Jan Tomlin
(NT) to address the meeting (see Appendix 1, National Trust Update April 2013).
Mrs Tomlin raised the issue of visitor numbers to the Manor and said the NT had
specifically tried to play down advertising of the Manor to deter too many
people from visiting. Mrs Tomlin reported that conservation would continue to
be a main focus area and that Dame Helen Ghosh was the new Director General of
Mrs Tomlin said the NT was currently fundraising to
re-thatch the Great Barn that housed the Gallery Museum, and a number of bat
species. Funding had not been secured and the Barn roof might have to be
protected with tarpaulin. There were a number of questions from the public:
Lady Beale asked what fundraising
ideas were being run.
Mr Howell asked whether there was revenue
from the Manor to pay for re-thatching.
Mrs Alice McCaire asked if the NT
had any plans to renovate the NT buildings at West Kennett that were in need of
Mrs Tomlin gave examples of lots of small fundraising
activities but these were not enough to generate the £100,000 lump sum required
to renovate the Great Barn. When the NT had recently applied for large grants,
they had been unsuccessful due to heavy competition. There was also no budget
available to re-thatch the buildings at West Kennett. Dr Snashall said that as the
Great Barn was a grade 1 listed structure, the NT’s first priority was to
protect it and might well have to protect it by using tarpaulin.
The Chairman asked how much extra money was required /
annual deficit. Mrs Tomlin said she didn’t have the figures for the rest of the
estate and it was a shame that revenue had to be spread across her whole
Mrs Diana Holmes thanked NT for supplying the ride
on toy tractors outside the Great Barn.
Mr Vic Paradise raised an issue
regarding flooding caused
by NT having not installed field drainage / overflow pipes at Juggins Meadow in
the past five years. Mr Paradise said the field required three, 18 inch pipes.
Mrs Tomlin noted the issue.
Local improvements and
works for the future: The Chairman reported the following ‘works in progress’:
tension cables from Silbury to West Kennett were due to be undergrounded. Mr
Paradise said there were two oil pipes there.
had applied for a northward extension of the 30 mph limit on the Swindon road.
Howell was looking at costs and funding for a footpath from the Waggon &
Horses to Silbury Hill.
recent e-petition had been circulated against downgrading the direct Bedwyn to
Paddington rail service. Government was considering electrifying the line to
Street resurfacing had not yet been done yet and the see-saw at Trusloe had not
survey had found High Street drain improvement works were needed.
Transport Group, Community Traffic
Plan and WHS Design Project
In the absence of Dr Bedford, the Chairman reported that the
next stage of the plan was to finalise it and include design work. (See
web-site for draft plan). The Avebury Traffic Plan would then feed into the
design guide for the WHS.
The Chairman said APC had been unsuccessful in applying for
European funding of £15,000 for the WHS design guide but that WC and AONB had
now found the money. The Chairman encouraged the community to help or volunteer
in any way.
Ms Sarah Simmonds (WHS Officer) said the traffic strategy be starting in May. She asked for
volunteers for two areas, of transport and parking. Action: Starting in May, about four people would be required per
day to do surveys or traffic counts. Public asked to contact the Chairman if
Mrs Milton said it must be remembered the A4 is a main ‘A’
road through Wiltshire and as such will always be busy.
Mrs McCaire requested a timeline for
the project. Sarah Simmonds
said it would be three to four months before the plan would be in place and
then there would be a phased delivery. WC had to think about how the solutions
were going to be designed for the WHS.
Lady Beale asked if the plan would
be ready in time for the High Street resurfacing as she was concerned about it
delaying the resurfacing. Sarah Simmonds said there would be no attempt to stop
the resurfacing of the High Street.
Mrs McCaire said she would like to
extend a thank you to Dr Bedford for organising the Walk and Talk Session at West Kennett,
even though it had snowed on the day.
Mrs Kremer added her thanks for the all the other work that had
been done and said it the community traffic plan was a fantastic job.
Parking in Trusloe: Mrs Lynn Swatton reported she had
had no response from Mrs Annette Gilbert of Aster Housing and that she had
dropped off her report at Aster Housing’s offices the previous weekend. Action: Mrs Milton to contact Mrs Gilbert.
Archaeology of WHS: The Chairman invited Dr Nick
Snashell (NT’s Archaeologist, Stonehenge and Avebury WHS) to address the
meeting. (See Appendix 2, Avebury Archaeology Update 18 April 2013).
Dr Snashell introduced herself and said her role was to
provide advice and support on the archaeology in Avebury on, for example, the
condition of the monuments. Dr Snashell reported the NT had:
closed off the northern banks to allow the grass to grow and protect the
eight archaeological watching briefs in the past 12 months in the Parish of
fencing near Silbury House due to a hole opening up in the ground. This had
been identified as likely to have been the remains of the cellar of the
Catherine Wheel Inn. Dr Snashell now
had consent for infilling works to begin
research project was looking at areas in between the monuments to investigate
Neolithic and Bonze Age in Avebury
work on re-analysing flint collections in the Alexander Keiller Museum
had reached an extra 3-4,000 people.
All present congratulated Nick Snashall on her informative
Governance of WHS: The Chairman reported the way the WHS was governed was being
reviewed and that it was important that the community’s voice was clearly
Jubilee celebrations: The Chairman reported nearly £1,500 had been spent on HM The
Queen’s jubilee celebrations. Over £700
had been received as voluntary donations (Community and Henge Shops, the Social
Centre, St. James’ PCC and the Avebury Society), £500 from MAB and £250 from
APC. [PS. The Women’s Institute was not
mentioned at the meeting but had also made valuable in-kind contributions.] The Chairman thanked all those involved in
the Jubilee and reported that Mrs Jan Polack would be looking at organising a
follow-on, Jubilee themed Autumn Market.
Avebury Community Shop: The Chairman invited Mrs Michelle Lomas (Chairlady, Avebury
Community Shop) to address the meeting. Mrs Lomas reported:
shop had purchased a bread oven the previous autumn and now baked its own bread
flooring coverings had been laid upstairs
shop was keen to stock local produce
also keen to stock new lines by local request
Mrs Lomas stressed that profit was being put back into the
community, for example, the shop made up hampers for fundraising events. Mrs
Lomas requested anyone interested in volunteering to contact her.
Summer Solstice 2013: the Chairman reported:
would be a police presence from the afternoon of Wednesday 19 June to Saturday day-time.
days of informal camping on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 June.
met with Inspector Mark Thompson the previous day who had confirmed that at least
one police drugs dog had been allocated for part of the event.
passes would be issued for the disabled parking spaces in the village car park
and passes would also be provided for people visiting the Rectory.
Chairman invited PC David Tippetts to report. PC Tippetts introduced himself as
Community Beat Manager for Marlborough Rural West. PC Tippetts stated that Mr
Angus Macpherson had been elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and
Mr Mark Thompson was the new Police Inspector. See Police Crime Plan on
Mr Tippetts reported that the commonest crime had been theft
from motor vehicles and there had been three in the last month in Avebury.
Police would be doing covert work to catch the criminals. Mr Tippetts also
advised the public to be aware that people had recently been caught, in the
evening, with drugs in Avebury car park. He said he was looking to encourage Neighbourhood Watch Schemes in the
Mr Howell asked, if there were
similar problems on the Ridgeway as last year, would they be dealt with in the same way and would
the police be issuing Section 61 notices? Mr Tippetts confirmed Section 61
notices would be issued and the police would be doing joint patrols with NT.
Mr Howell questioned where people
were directed to once the NT campsites were full. Mrs Tomlin said people were
directed to other campsites. Mrs Tomlin confirmed to Mrs Milton that she would
be writing to thank the police in addition to giving her usual verbal thanks.
Mr and Mrs Swatton reported there
were ongoing problems with people parking on the nursery site at Trusloe and in the layby outside 5-7 Trusloe
Cottages. Mr Paradise said the back of
Windmill Hill was also an issue at Solstice.
Mrs McCaire questioned the purpose
of the grey posts that
had appeared on the A4 near Silbury Hill. The Chairman had not seen new posts but there were the remains of old sign
posts that had been vandalised.
Visitor numbers to Avebury and the
Manor: The Chairman invited Mrs Tomlin to
give feedback on visitor numbers. Mrs Tomlin estimated there had been about
85-90,000 visits (as opposed to visitors) to the Manor in 2012 but it was difficult
to estimate visitors to the landscape. The impression was that visitor numbers
had not increased on the Henge.
Mr Paradise asked about the NT
counters on boxes
in the NT car park and if they were in operation. Mrs Tomlin did not know.
Local issues and events: The Chairman reported:
Trail would take place on the 5 May. Charity walks such as Ridgeway 100 would
be on 13-14 July and Laura Cooper had made arrangements for the finish at
Rutlands Farm. It seemed likely that only small numbers would attend three
Discover Adventure walks.
Chairman had met with Visit Wiltshire and had asked them not to feature Avebury
on the Wiltshire Heritage Trail.
LEADER funding for the Great Stones Way had been declined and Friends of the
Ridgeway were rethinking the project.
Rocks was not being held in 2013.
Cooper would be organising a one-off event at Rutlands for NFU Open Farm Sunday
on 9 June, 11am-5pm. The event was for the community and local parishes to
highlight Marborough Downs Nature Improvement Area. It was estimated there
would be 800 attendees.
Council dog warden had been patrolling more frequently.
Gunter was likely to carry out a geophysical survey of the Sports-field in the
had contacted WC to carry out various small works such filling potholes, road sweeping
and repairing streetlights.
Communications: The Chairman stated APC continued with its aim to improve
communications with the public. The web
site was regularly updated, the headlines of APC meetings were included in the
parish magazine and on local noticeboards and APC had circulated a number of
fliers to all households.
Civil Emergency Plan: Mrs Judy Farthing requested anyone with equipment or skills
that could be used in an Emergency to sign up after the meeting. Mrs Tomlin
requested the NT to be put on the list as their rangers had equipment and many
Precept, finance and admin, the Chairman reported:
precept was down from £11,100 to £11,000 for 2013/14. Estimated outgoings for
2013-2014 included the Clerks’ salary/costs at nearly £5,000, grass cutting at £1,800,
smaller items such as web-site, subscriptions, training, printing, expenses and
audit work at a total of £1,400, insurance at £1,200 and match funding for
projects at £800.
balance at 31 March 2013 was about £10,500 but a more comparable figure was
£8,000 due to pledges outstanding at the end of the financial year for the pavement
extension at Trusloe and a contribution to the WHS traffic study. The figure of
£8,000 was broadly similar to the balance at the same time the previous year.
audited accounts for 2011-2012 were available for inspection.
issues from the public: the past year and for the next 12 months:
Holmes reported that on the east side of West Kennett Avenue, a number of
hollows had developed on the edge of the carriageway. Mr Holmes
will give further details to APC to action.
Kremer thanked the Chairman and the Clerk for their work.
issues from the Parish Council: aside from flooding and traffic, there were no more issues from APC.
Chairman thanked all those who supported the Parish Council, including:
Litter pickers and those who cleared up after their
dogs especially on the recreation grounds, the Circle and on footpaths.
Trustees, Secretaries and Treasurers of local
voluntary organisations and especially to Mrs Jenny Haines and ASA.
Police, staff at Wiltshire Council and the National
Miss Liz Moore (Clerk), Mrs Jemima Milton (Wiltshire
Councillor), Mrs Judy Farthing (Civil Emergency Officer), Mr Paul
Birkeland-Green (APC Web-Site) and Mr Len Adams (APC Handyman)
Colleagues on the Parish Council
and all those who attended the meeting.
The meeting closed at 20:46
Appendices (included in book of
Parish Council papers):
Trust Update April 2013
Archaeology Update 18 April 2013
Approved Minutes: 2012
|Avebury Parish Council
Minutes of the annual Parish meeting held on the 24 April 2012 at The Social Centre, High Street, Avebury SN8 1RF
In these minutes, APC stands for Avebury Parish Council, NT for the National Trust and WC for Wiltshire Council.
There were 34 members of the public in attendance and the meeting started at 7.32.
Present: Councillors Mr Andrew Williamson (Chairman), Mr Paul Dixon, Mrs Beryl Greenaway, Mr Keith Howell and Mrs Maggie Lewis
In attendance: Councillor Mrs Jemima Milton, Wiltshire Councillor, and PCSO Jonathan Mills
Apologies: Councillors Dr Mike Bedford, Mr Mike Daniel, Mrs Antoinette Dyson, Mrs Karyn Pearson, Mrs Liz Moore and several members of the public.
- Welcomes and introductions
The Chairman welcomed all attending the meeting and introduced those Parish Councillors present. He outlined how the Council had changed and developed over the last year. He said there was now a full complement of Parish Councillors following two elections and the co-option of two more members. He said that 12 people had expressed interest in serving. He also introduced Mrs Milton as Avebury’s local Wiltshire Councillor and three other people who help with the Council’s work; these were Mrs Judy Farthing (Community Emergency Volunteer), Mr Paul Birkeland-Green (website co-ordinator) and Mr Len Adams who had taken on the job of Handyman following the advertisement of the post in June. Mrs Liz Moore, Parish Clerk, was currently on maternity leave following the birth of her daughter Victoria.
- Minutes of the annual Parish meeting held on 7 April 2011
The Chairman distributed copies of the minutes of the last meeting and asked if they were accurate. Miss Heather Peak-Garland commented that the path between her house and the Old Vicarage was a footpath and not a right of way as stated and that it was being used by cyclists etc. She also asked if it would be possible for a movable bollard, and not just a cone, to be put in place to prevent motorists using the entrance to the footpath to turn round. The Chairman confirmed that the status of the path would be checked and the minutes amended accordingly. Subject to this potential amendment, the Chairman asked if he could sign the minutes as an accurate record. This was proposed by Mrs Jan Williamson, seconded by Mrs Geraldine Wimble and agreed unanimously.
- Matters arising from the minutes: There were no matters arising from the minutes
- Report on the work of the Parish Council and Avebury Sportsfield Association
The Chairman outlined the work of the Council. Members had represented the community at 47 meetings during the past year and the Parish was a member of seven bodies, such as the Sacred Sites Forum and the Marlborough Area Parish Forum. He noted that the Parish Council’s monthly meetings had been changed from the third to the first Tuesday of the month so that notes of its meetings could be included in Upper Kennet News whose deadline for submissions was the third Friday of the month.
The Chairman then outlined specific aspects of the Council’s work:
- Planning: The Chairman said that Wiltshire Council was responsible for granting planning permissions but consulted Avebury Parish Council on each application. The Parish Council had set up its Planning Sub-Committee in May 2011 and had supported most of the 24 applications that had come before it during the year, often recommending that conditions be imposed. APC had twice opposed an application for a garage at Skokholm in Green Street and had supported Fyfield and West Overton PC in its objection to a proposed grain store at a site adjacent to the World Heritage Site (WHS) opposite the Bell Inn on the A4.
The Parish Council had refused a (non-planning) application to launch hot air balloons from the Sports-field. It was noted that Mr Robin Butler had granted permissive open access to the Long Stones for visitors.
- Transport: APC had set up a Transport Group in October 2011 chaired by Dr Mike Bedford. An open meeting in March had been well attended and showed the levels of concern locally. It highlighted two main problems – redressing the balance between pedestrians and motorists, especially at bus stops and in the Circle, and congestion in the High Street and Green Street.
Marlborough Area Parish Forum had commissioned consultants Ben Hamilton-Baillie to review traffic issues in the 15 villages around Marlborough and he had given a presentation to a meeting in March at Lockeridge which had been very interesting. Avebury WHS Traffic Management and Design Guide Project had been launched and APC was about to make an EU LEADER grant application for £15,000 to help finance the Design Guide project. Wiltshire Council had pledged £2,750 towards this initiative and APC had earmarked £250 as well.
The Chairman asked for comments from the meeting: Lady Beale asked about a large pothole in the High Street outside her house; she had reported it, as has APC, but she would report it again. The Chairman agreed that APC would also report it again. Lady Beale commented that she was in favour of the Design Guide Project.
The Chairman suggested those present sign a petition on the LEADER grant application.
- Wiltshire Council: The Chairman invited Councillor Mrs Jemima Milton to address the meeting. She commended the Parish for its work on transport and local livelihoods and noted that WC was keen to support partnership working with parishes and others. She brought those present up to date with WC’s priorities and noted that parishes would have a greater say in many issues in future. Mrs Milton then left to attend another parish meeting at Winterbourne Monkton.
- Local Livelihoods and Tourism Group: The Chairman said that APC had set up this group as it was aware it should represent the interests of local employers and employees as well as residents. There had been meetings in January and March and a further meeting was planned for July. The Group was taking action on a number of issues:
- A road-sign for Beckhampton Road was needed to direct visitors; the Transport Group would ensure this was addressed in the Design Guide Project
- A revised post code could ensure that more delivery truck drivers using SatNav would avoid the High Street; the National Trust was working on this
- The Group was exploring what could be done about slow business in the winter
- APC was discussing with the NT the need for the notice board at the pedestrian exit to the main car park to show village facilities in the High Street, although the NT was aware that there had been tension in the past as not all residents wanted increased footfall in the High Street
- APC had circulated a contacts list of all traders in the Group.
- Community Shop: The Chairman invited Mrs Michele Lomas to address the meeting as chair of the Community Shop Committee. Mrs Lomas thanked the village for its continued support of the shop and to the volunteers who run it. This year the NT had replaced the roof at Hope Cottage and had insulated it. A new till system had been purchased with the help of a grant from WC and the Marlborough Area Board. The shop was also shortlisted for a volunteer award and made the top three. She noted that new volunteers were always welcome and needed. The shop would always try to source items requested and also did home deliveries.
- National Trust: The Chairman then asked Mrs Jan Tomlin to address the meeting. She noted that the year-long transformation of the Manor was now complete and that it had been well received by visitors who were keen to know more about the stories behind the house. She thanked Brian Holman and his team for all their work on the gardens. There had been an increase in visitors and the museum visitor numbers were now almost back to their former levels. The café and visitor centre had been transformed with Trust support and the Museum was next for an upgrade. A new member of staff, Nikki White, would be joining the NT team the following Monday. She would be in charge of visitor experience and would be the first point of contact for the village. A 1930’s themed tea room would be opening in the West Library at the Manor in a week’s time.
- Visitor numbers: Mrs Julie Butler asked if thought had been given to increases in visitor numbers. Mrs Tomlin replied that the Easter weekend was always the busiest so the worst was over. The Manor field had been opened for parking to cope with demand and this had worked well. Miss Peak-Garland stated that the High Street was blocked on Easter Sunday by cars but she was told that the NT had no jurisdiction over the public highway but that they endeavour to move cars on and park properly. PCSO Mills said that if cars were causing an obstruction then residents should call the police who would ensure that offending vehicles would be towed away.
- Car parking: A member of the public asked if it was NT policy to open extra parking. Mrs Tomlin said the Manor park had been open for Easter and would also be open over Solstice, although this was not a long term solution. The thorny issue of parking charges was also raised. Mrs Tomlin said the NT would be revising the charging policy but its scope was limited; if the parking charge was lowered then revenue for the care of the Henge would be diminished. If it was increased then it would increase the parking problem elsewhere in the village. Mrs Judy Farthing asked if the NT was looking for a long term solution to the parking issue. Mrs Tomlin said a limit on parking and camping meant that the current situation was self-limiting, which had its benefits; the NT was also managing the situation as best it could. A survey some years ago had not come up with any solutions. Mrs Butler commented that it seemed that more visitors were encouraged but available parking was not increased. Sarah Simmonds said that the parking issue was prominent in the current review of the WHS Management Plan. Mr Vic Paradise said that Mrs Tomlin had stated that the overflow car park only had consent for 28 days a year but it was his understanding that WC had given permission for a permanent car park at the site. The grass was now waterlogged despite the matting that had been put down to protect it. Mrs Tomlin said she would check regarding the car park.
- Charity walks: Parish Councillor Keith Howell drew the meeting’s attention to an advertisement he had seen in the Guardian newspaper placed by a commercial company (Discover Adventure) offering services to charities for ‘Trekathons' between Stonehenge and Avebury to raise funds. He had contacted the company who seemed surprised that APC should be concerned. They had agreed to write to APC so that the matter could be discussed at APC’s next meeting. They had said they had conferred with NT, WHS and military authorities. Proposed dates for various charity walks were 30 June, 14 July and 16 September. Mr Robert Cooper had been approached in previous years for parking facilities but not this year. The Chairman noted that Avebury had in the past been keen to ‘do its bit’ for charities by accommodating some events but APC was not always notified about them, and more events might be sponsored in future. He asked for the feeling of the meeting. Sir Peter Beale said that Avebury was in danger of being overcrowded. Mr Paul Birkeland-Green was concerned that the village could not provide the increased services needed if Avebury became a starting or finishing point. Mrs Geraldine Wimble said that the PC had in the past always been notified by the organisers of the Sarsen Trail and that they had been very good about clearing up afterwards. Lady Beale suggested that APC write to Discover Adventure to highlight the lack of available facilities such as toilets and parking. The Chairman said the APC would be developing its policy towards charity walks.
- Avebury Sportsfield Association: Mr Paul Dixon reported on behalf of ASA:
- The remaining six volunteers had raised £3,070 with £695 coming from involvement with Avebury Rocks – a long, hard day but worthwhile financially
- As well as paying for running costs for the pavilion, the maintenance of the building and the control of rodents, a large bill had been received from WC for water quality testing. ASA had also met the cost of winter weather damage to the UV water filter
- When the Pavilion was not being used during the past winter, a local volunteer had kindly painted the inside at a reduced rate which had been a great help
- It was hoped to renew the floor covering in the main part of the Pavilion in 2012 and perhaps have safety flooring in the changing rooms. Hopefully the refurbishment would be completed by the end of the year so ASA would then only need to raise funds to cover running costs and maintenance
- Mr Dixon thanked all those who gave their time year round and commented that they would welcome new volunteers, although that this did involve a rota system to provide hot drinks to football spectators on cold winter Sunday mornings!
The Chairman said that the relationship between APC and ASA had been reviewed and formalised during the year. It had been agreed that ASA pay APC £50 per annum in rent and would run the booking system and maintain the pavilion. APC would insure the pavilion and pay for grass cutting. APC had recently increased the insured sum of the pavilion to about £166,000 being the amount needed to re-build. Miss Peak-Garland commented that the sports-field always looked lovely.
- World Heritage Site Officer: Sarah Simmonds (WHS Officer) explained that the WHS Management Plan was being updated and that this involved English Heritage, NT, Natural England, North Wessex Downs AONB, WC, the three local parish councils, farmers, archaeologists – and the community. The Management Plan included everyone involved in keeping all the elements of Avebury (traffic, parking, tourism etc) well managed and it would be very useful if all local groups signed up to it. It was currently being updated as there had been many changes since it was produced in 2005. In July there would be an exhibition in the Social Centre outlining the issues affecting the area and she would welcome input from the community.
Mr Vic Paradise asked what was proposed to help with increased traffic flow on the A4361 through the WHS and was used as the most direct north/south route across the county. Sarah Simmonds stated that these routes were part of the review including those used by HGVs and that the plan would try to achieve as much consensus as possible.
Sarah Simmonds asked if all Avebury residents had Residents Packs; if not, they were available from her.
- Marlborough Area Board: The Board had pledged £500 towards the village’s Jubilee celebrations and Jan Rendle had applied for nearly £2000 for stage lighting in the Social Centre.
- Avebury Sacred Sites Forum: This was attended by Councillors Mr Andrew Williamson, Mrs Antoinette Dyson and/or Mr Keith Howell. Mr Howell reported that the groups attending the forum shared the local community’s concerns about drugs and drunkenness. The aim was to move people on quickly from the Ridgeway area after the celebration. Fences in this area had been installed and it was hoped that the farm water supply was now secure against misappropriation.
- Summer Solstice 2012: The Chairman reported that there had been meetings between NT, WHS, police, security, St. John’s Ambulance and the camping community regarding this year’s Solstice celebrations. Arrangements would be similar to those in 2011. Those celebrations had gone reasonably well although there had been an unpleasant assault on a member of staff at the Red Lion and there were too many drugs around due to the lack of the presence of a police drugs dog. This year it was hoped that there would be one and possibly two dogs present, and that other precautions would include improved policing for Trusloe residents and coning off of local lay-bys, including West Kennett.
- Policing, crime and scams: PCSO Jonathan Mills addressed the meeting and said that Ron Peach had been promoted to Inspector, CBM Sarah Watts has been transferred to Swindon and PC David Tippetts would be returning to the area in the post of Community Beat Manager. He also reported that:
- Most crime statistics were down and the Parish was a low crime area. Theft from motor vehicles was a problem; a ‘bait’ car had been out in the area, but no bites!
- Not much of a problem with cold-calling in the area but if anyone was cold-called he advised taking the vehicle registration of the caller if possible and reporting it to the police. Mrs Jan Williamson said that there had been two young men purporting to be collecting for the Red Cross who were quite assertive which could frighten older residents. PCSO Mills said he hadn’t heard of this. Mrs Beryl Greenway said she had called the Red Cross who told her that they sent out collectors in the evening as more people were at home.
- Fuel thefts remained an issue – red and white diesel from farms was being targeted.
Miss Peak-Garland said she would like to commend the police for the help she had received when burgled.
- Local issues and events: The Chairman noted a number of points:
- Tanker drivers’ strike: The Parish Council was identifying any vulnerable people in the area who might be affected in the event of a strike by the petrol tanker drivers. Mrs Judy Farthing and Mrs Maggie Lewis were liaising on the issue.
- Fence in Church Walk: The suggestion that this fence be taken down had been discussed at APC meetings. Mrs Sally Nelson said it used to be open land there and that it would enhance the area if the large fence were taken down or replaced with a more aesthetic alternative. It was thought that the fence was erected by Mr Ken King when he owned the Manor. Mr Paradise stated that Alexander Keiller originally erected the fence to prevent people from accessing the land. The fence was now owned by the NT and Mrs Tomlin stated that there were cost implications and concerns about the area being used for informal camping if accessible. It was decided to review this matter in future, especially when the fence needed replacing.
- Great Stones Way: APC had made submissions to the consultants conducting the Environmental Impact Study and there had been a meeting the previous week in Woodborough for all villages on the route. A report was currently being prepared by the consultants.
- Mobile library service: The service was reviewed recently and, at present, the numbers using it in the Parish were above the required four users per location (Rawlins Park = 6.5, Trusloe = 5.8, High Street = 5.2)
- Ridgeway camping: This was under review. A new fence had been installed.
- Panto: It was likely that the successful panto last December would be repeated
- Diamond Jubilee celebration: The event would be held on 4 June on the Sports-field with funding from MAB, APC and local organisations. Mrs Williamson said she hoped everyone had received their invitations; the tickets would be free and would be available from the Community Shop, the Red Lion and the Club from 1 May. Everyone attending would be asked to bring a plate of food to share.
- Community orchard: Janet polack had taken the initiative to plan this as a part of the Jubilee celebration. Brian Holman had arranged for a group to see the NT’s Manor orchard and the orchard at West Kennett, both of which included a wide range of local varieties.
- Avebury Rocks would be held on 7 July.
- Communications: The Chairman reported that:
- ‘Headlines’ from APC meetings had been included in UKN throughout the year and had been put up on the five notice boards in the Parish.
- APC had distributed seven newsletters and fliers to each household in the Parish.
- Play area in Trusloe: APC had arranged for RoSPA to prepare a safety report. Mr Adams had removed concrete under the see-saw and had completed works to the swings, basketball net and fencing.
- Noticeboards: one had been donated by the NT and had been installed at Beckhampton. Two had been refurbished at West Kennett and Trusloe.
- Water leaks by the pumping station and in the High Street had been reported repeatedly and had eventually been repaired.
- Potholes in the High Street had been reported repeatedly to WC and APC had also reported general street cleaning and lighting issues to WC. The NT continued to do a Monday morning litter clean up
- Betty Hunter bench: Gillian Bushell had generously donated a bench in memory of her late aunt, Betty Hunter. It had been installed by the south door of the church
- Millennium Bench: This had now been refurbished by the estate of Sherrie Echols and APC had thanked Jenny Bromilow for her work on this.
- Roads and footpaths: WC had carried out surface dressings at Beckhampton and along the Avenue and had repaired Big Arch bridge on Footpath 22
- Items not done: These included resurfacing the High Street and updating APC’s Civil Emergency Plan.
- Finance: The Chairman said that copies of APC’s audited accounts and financial records were available for inspection at the end of the meeting. The Precept for 2012/13 had been set at £11,100, a 2.6% reduction on 2011/12’s figure of £11,500.
- Local issues from the public
- Miss Peak-Garland raised the issue of flooding during rainstorms due to the silting up of the drains as chippings and mud washed into them. She stated that the drains needed clearing. The Chairman said he would email WC about this matter, and he would also email the NT following a complaint from a member of the public that the access to the public toilets needed sweeping.
- Mrs Jane Garnett asked if general litter bins and bins for the disposal of dog faeces could be installed. The general consensus was that they were much needed. APC would discuss this at its next meeting.
- Local issues from the Parish Council: There were no more issues from APC.
- Any other business
- Sir Peter Beale proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman and members of the Parish Council for all their work, and this was heartily endorsed by the meeting.
- The Chairman thanked Sir Peter and also thanked:
- All those who picked up litter and those who cleared up after their dogs, especially on the Sports-field, the Circle and local footpaths
- Trustees, secretaries and treasurers of local voluntary organisations, especially Mrs Jenny Haines and the volunteers who ran ASA
- The Police and staff at Wiltshire Council and the National Trust
- Liz Moore, Jemima Milton, Judy Farthing, Paul Birkeland-Green and Len Adams
- his colleagues on the Parish Council
- and all those who attended the meeting.
The meeting closed at 9.00 p.m.
|Approved Minutes: 2011
Minutes of the annual Parish meeting held on the 7th April 2011 at The Social Centre, High Street, Avebury SN8 1RF. (These minutes are set out in draft for adoption at the next annual Parish meeting in 2012.)
Time Started: 19:36
There were 32 members of the public present.
Present: Councillors Mr Andrew Williamson (Chairman), Dr Mike Bedford (Vice-Chairman), Mr Paul Dixon, Mrs Beryl Greenaway and Mrs Jenny Haines.
In attendance: Cllr Mrs Jemima Milton, Wiltshire Councillor, and Miss Liz Moore, Clerk.
- Welcomes and introductions
The Chairman opened the meeting by welcoming all attendees. He introduced the Parish Councillors present and Miss Liz Moore who lives in Lockeridge and had been Clerk to Avebury Parish Council for five weeks. The Chairman said he was going to ask others to speak during his report and introduce them when they did.
- Mrs Jenny Baldrey, Mrs Gretchen Rawlins, Mr Wynne Rawlins
The Chairman stated that a number of people had wished to thank Jenny Baldrey, Wynne Rawlins and Gretchen Rawlins for their long service to the Council and had contributed to a present for each of them. He said that they had decided not to come the meeting and he would therefore give them their gifts in private.
- Minutes of the annual Parish meeting held on 29th March 2010.
The Chairman asked all present to refer to a copy of the draft minutes of the annual Parish meeting held on 29 March 2010 and a copy of a revised section of them proposed by Ms Linda Jenkins and John Wilding (See appendix 1).
The Chairman asked whether he could sign the minutes as an accurate record. The following points were made:
Page 1: Apologies. Mike Bedford noted that he was not at last year’s meeting. It was agreed that his name be added to Apologies
Page 3: Salt bin. Heather Peak-Garland stated that she would like the salt bin to be put back in its original position in Kyter’s Walk beside her house. She had requested that the bin be moved along Kyters Walk but not removed and that was not what was agreed. It was agreed that the minutes be amended accordingly.
Pages 4 and 5. Revised minute. Ms Linda Jenkins stated that both she and Mr John Wilding wished to propose a revised minute to replace the text in the draft minute beginning ‘Mrs Linda Jenkins asked why…’and ending ‘…for information for themselves’. Ms Jenkins said her main concern at the meeting had been to request an improvement in communication with the community of the Parish Council’s minutes and decisions.
Mrs Judy Farthing asked whether the previous Clerk had agreed Ms Jenkins’ proposed revision. The Chairman stated that Mrs Rawlins had been sent it and that she had no objection except that Councilor Wynne Rawlins had remained silent at the meeting. Mrs Rawlins therefore wanted Mr Rawlins’ name removed from paragraph 3 of the proposed revised minute. The Chairman had then relayed this message to Ms Jenkins for consideration.
Ms Jenkins said she wished his name to remain. She added that she and John Wilding had been at the back of the meeting room and that they had not therefore been able to identify other Councilors that were actively involved in the issue at last year’s meeting.
The Chairman explained that it would be necessary first to resolve whether the proposed revised minute be amended by omitting Cllr Rawlins name. It would then be necessary to resolve whether Ms Jenkins’ revised text, amended or not, be adopted in place of Mrs Rawlins’ original draft.
It was proposed by Mrs Farthing that the revised version be accepted but without mention of Cllr Mr Rawlins. Dr Bedford seconded her proposal. The Chairman put a motion that Mr Rawlins’s name be excluded from the proposed revised version. There were 16 in favour and three against. The Chairman then asked whether the amended, revised version proposed by Ms Jenkins and John Fielding should be adopted. There were 12 in favour and eight against.
Action: Chairman to sign off last year’s minutes subject to the three above amendments on pages 1, 3 and 4 being recorded.
- Report on the work of the Parish Council and Avebury Sportsfield Association in the past year.
The Chairman said that one of the main duties of the Parish Council was to represent the interests of Avebury. The Council attended about 46 regular meetings every year and many other ad hoc events. The Parish attended meetings of seven different bodies and he would report on each below.
Tourist and Vehicle Management Group. The Chairman said this group met two or three times a year. On achievements, he reported that bollards on the A4 up to Beckhampton roundabout had been installed and that Wiltshire Council was planning to commission a Traffic Management and Design Guide Strategy for the Avebury World Heritage Site area.
Wiltshire Council. The Chairman invited Wiltshire Councilor Mrs Milton to speak. Mrs Milton congratulated Sarah Simmons for getting rid of telegraph poles near Sanctuary. She reported that in the past year Wiltshire Council had had to respond to over three hundred pieces of new legislation and huge cuts in budget. She stated that whilst the number of people living in Wiltshire continues to rise, there will be enormous pressure on care provision to the elderly. To offset the budget cuts Mrs Milton reported that 220 managers in Wiltshire Council had taken voluntary redundancy. As another example, she said the Council would look to volunteers to run the libraries. Mrs Milton confirmed that as a result of putting together a four year business plan, they could effectively best manage the cuts to their budget and some services would in fact increase. The message is ‘use services or lose them’. The Chairman thanked Mrs Milton.
Other traffic issues. The Chairman reported that the offer of mobile speed cameras had not been taken up as no one had volunteered and it was not likely to be popular with locals. He stated that work to replace the concrete bus shelter at Beckhampton would be deferred to this year. The Chairman confirmed that Bus X96 had been re-routed and was no longer calling at Avebury and Bus X76 would be withdrawn, probably in September.
Police. The Chairman invited WPC Sarah Watts to speak. Mrs Watts said that out of the £100 million overall police budget, the budget had been cut by £17 million. She reassured everyone that Avebury is in a low crime area. Mrs Watts confirmed that Inspector Andy Noble had been replaced by Inspector Ron Peach. She said that her boss Sergeant Ben Braine was retiring at the end of April and policing structure would be re-aligned. The Chairman thanked Mrs Watts and PCSO Mrs Polly Ritchie for their work during the year and the police in general.
Roads and footpaths. The Chairman reported that potholes had been filled in the High Street and along Footpath 22 (between Bray Street and High Street). He said that the Parish Council would try again to get the salt bin back in Kyters’ Walk. The Chairman also confirmed that the Parish would apply to Wiltshire Council to get the road resurfaced in the High Street after the building works had been completed.
Marlborough Area Board. Dr Bedford reported there may be money available to help with repairs to the play area. MAB meets nine times a year.
The Chairman invited Mrs Michele Lomas to speak. She stated that:
- She had applied to MAB for funding to replace the shop till and that the decision would be given in the week beginning 10th April 2011.
- She was looking to get local produce into the Community shop
Planning Applications. The Chairman reported that the Parish Council had supported the majority of applications (see http://www.aveburyparishcouncil.org) including Bridgemead and the re-siting of the Post Office. He stated the Parish had objected to some including (i) the fast food outlet in the Coach House and (ii) Stokholm new build. He said that Wiltshire Council had gone ahead anyway and approved both.
Tourist Information Centre, and Avebury Rocks The Chairman reported that funding for the Tourist Information Centre is due to be axed over the next 2 years. He stated that a non-profit project with a Board of Trustees may be set up to keep it going. He added that Parish Council members would not take an active role because the aim of the Council was to represent the interest of local people, primarily, and not tourists. The Chairman reported that Avebury Rocks concert on the 9th July would be in aid of Prospect Hospice in Wroughton.
Avebury Sportsfield Association Mrs Haines reported that ASA had managed to pay a contribution to the insurance premiums for buildings insurance on the pavilion and public liability insurance on both the sports-field and the pavilion to date. ASA’s members could not however be certain that ASA could continue to make these contributions in future. She said there would be no two day event this year due to loss of income due. Mrs Haines stated that instead ASA would provide food for the Avebury Rocks concert.
Avebury Sacred Sites Forum. The Chairman reported that the Forum met about eight times a year and sought to build a useful dialogue between the National Trust, English Heritage, the Police, the local community and people from different sects and beliefs.
Avebury Solstice Operational Planning Meeting. The Chairman said that this group met about five times a year. It brought together representatives of the National Trust, English Heritage, Wiltshire Council, the Police, Fire and Rescue, St John’s Ambulance, a security firm, the camping community and the Parish Council. He would give details of Solstice 2011 later in the meeting.
Avebury World Heritage Site Steering Committee. The Chairman invited Sarah Simmonds (World Heritage Site Officer) to speak. Sarah Simmonds stated that her role is to implement the World Heritage Site Plan for Avebury. The aim is to: (i) look after Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments (ii) look after the landscape and (iii) protect village life. She confirmed that telegraph poles at Sanctuary had been removed by the local electricity company. She said there were various policies in place to help protect WHS. She will be getting input from Jill Swanton regarding managing the Ridgeway. A project had been set up to fund the development of a ‘phone app’ to help people navigate the landscape. The Chairman thanked Sarah Simmonds.
Marlborough Area Parish Forum. The Chairman confirmed that the Marlborough and Villages Community Area Partnership was now being dissolved and that the Marlborough Area Parish Forum was being established. This will enable all 15 local parishes work together as a collective group to get action. He said he had raised the issue as to why parish councils should have to be registered for PAYE as per HMRC new rules.
Social Centre. The Parish Council was represented on the Social Centre, and the Centre was running successfully.
Litter and dogs. The Chairman thanked all those that litter pick and those that clear up after their dogs, especially in the recreation area and the Circle. He asked that as many people as possible should do the same. He stressed that Chinese lanterns must be discouraged due to the risks of fire, particularly of thatched buildings, and damage to animals, particularly if they ate the remaining metal pieces when grazing.
Money. The Chairman stated that the Precept remained the same as last year at £11,500.00. He said the audited accounts for 2009-2010 were available for inspection at the meeting.
- Local issues from the public
(i) BBC comes to Avebury Manor. The Chairman invited Mrs Janet Tomlin and Mr Richard Watson (National Trust) to speak. Mrs Tomlin stated that the National Trust had had to consider all options regarding how to finance the repairs to the grade I listed Manor House. The NT decided to sign a contract with the BBC. She said the BBC will transform 12 rooms in the manor over the coming six months. This will involve renovating them and turning the walled garden into a Victorian garden. The documentary will be completed in September 2011. It will be screened on Sunday 9th October at 7pm as a series of four, one hour programmes. (See appendix 2). Mrs Tomlin mentioned that the NT was thinking about opening the Manor to the village for use as a facility. She stated there would be regular progress updates for the village, once every 10 days or so.
(ii) Questions and observations from individuals
- Mr Vic Paradise stressed he keeps having to direct people out of the High Street. He requested signage to be put up directing visitors to the NT’s car park. Mrs Tomlin agreed to see what she could do.
- Miss Heather Peak-Garland declared that NT employees using a strimmer had mowed down her flower bulbs. The area affected is from her double doors, the verge near the vicarage and then on to Kyter’s Lane. Mrs Tomlin agreed to raise this issue with Ms Hilary Makins (Head Ranger NT).
- Cllr Mrs Milton requested regular progress updates to be sent by email. Mrs Tomlin confirmed this would happen.
- Sir Hugh Jones stated that the Manor is a vital part of the village and the National Trust should be careful not to increase visitor numbers as a result of the BBC programmes. Mrs Tomlin agreed and said the NT’s key concern was to avoid having greater footfall around the monuments.
- Ms Linda Jenkins asked whether neo-paganism should have an increasingly dominant effect in the village. In discussion it was stated that the Avebury Sacred Sites Forum is not exclusive to Pagans and that the vicar had been a member until he left. WPC Watts emphasized that people from different background were all entitled to come to Avebury and that it was better to work together. The religious leaders’ help is necessary to ensure harmonious relations for everyone.
- Lady Beale raised the question as to who would be responsible for all the litter created by the new catering outlet in the High Street. In response Mrs Tomlin said the NT will manage this. Lady Beale emphasized that the way for the NT to make more money would be to change their vegetarian and vegan Barn restaurant to non-veggie. Mrs Tomlin disagreed and stated that the Barn restaurant would stay as it is. She added that the NT is currently looking for a new Catering Manager to improve the quality of the food.
- The Chairman reinforced Sir Hugh Jones’ statement and said that NT should not actively increase visitor numbers to Avebury.
- Local issues from the Parish Council
Elections for Parish Council. The Chairman reported that Wiltshire Council would be arranging an election on the 26th May 2011 for three seats on the Parish Council. The nomination forms would be out by the 15th April and must be returned by the 27th April. There would be one co-option at a later date. He stated that five people had expressed an interest so far but one had withdrawn for health reasons. The Chairman stated that members of the Council hoped to see one or more people joining the Council from Avebury Trusloe.
Note: Three members of the public left the meeting
Great Stones Way proposal. The Chairman reported that there were still issues with car parking for the Great Stones Way Proposal. The Parish Council had objected and requested an Environmental Impact Assessment. This had been accepted. Friends of the Ridgeway (FoR) had also agreed the route would keep to the Ridgeway and avoid Avebury. Following the environmental assessment, the project will be reviewed by the Parish Council.
Communications The Chairman stated that the Parish Council would review communications between the community and the Council in the next few months and would consider drafting a strategy.
Arrangements for Solstice. The Chairman gave details of arrangements for Solstice [listed in minutes of the Parish Council’s March meeting]. WPC Watts stated that there will be a ‘contaminated waste disposal’ bin as per last year. Mrs Farthing reported that a bin last year had been sited opposite The Red Lion Pub. She said this was not a good selling point for the village and asked for it to be sited in a different place. WPC Watts agreed to organize this. Mrs Julie Butler asked if policing arrangements for the Solstice were part of a long-term strategy. In response, WPC Watts stated there could be no promises for future years. Mr Paradise reported a problem with fireworks being let off near his home. He asked if the police had ‘explosives dogs’. Mrs Watts stated they had a passive drug dog only. Ms Linda Jenkins asked if there would be a police presence for Beltaine (30th April) and camping on the 1st May. WPC Watts stated she would be keeping a watching brief. Mrs Greenaway and Mrs Haines stressed that they had had difficultly contacting the police at Devizes. WPC Watts advised them to telephone 999 if urgent.
Avebury Community Plan. The Chairman asked people’s views on the possibility of developing a community plan for the people of Avebury. An initial feasibility could be undertaken and, if positive, a survey might then to find out what local people want. It could then form the basis of an Avebury Community Plan. He gave some examples of possible themes. Miss Peak-Garland said she would like to see larger car parks and Mrs Farthing supported the idea of a community plan. Sir Hugh Jones suggested that the Council produce a Summary Plan. The Chairman agreed to raise the issue at a Parish Council meeting.
Trucks in the High Street Miss Peak-Garland stated that someone should be responsible for damage done by large trucks in the High Street. She said that recently a car parked in the High Street had a wing mirror taken off.
7. Thanks The Chairman thanked all those active in local voluntary organizations, the speakers at the meeting, his colleagues on the Council together with the Clerk and all present for attending.
8. Any other business None
The meeting closed at 21:28
Appendices (included in book of Parish Council papers):
1. Minutes of Avebury Parish meeting held on the 29th March 2010: Revised document produced by Ms Jenkins.
2. National Trust Newsletter March 2011 ‘Treasure House’ BBC at Avebury Manor and ‘BBC Comes to Avebury Manor!’ and introductory letter.
|Approved Minutes: 2010
MINUTES OF AVEBURY PARISH COUNCIL
Annual Parish meeting held on the 29th March 2010.
Three amendments were agreed at the Annual Parish meeting on 7 April 2011 to the draft minutes of the meeting on 29 March 2010 and these are shown in bold in the text below:
- The addition of Dr Mike Bedford under apologies (page 1)
- Salt bin to be moved in Kyters Walk (page 2)
- A revised amendment proposed by Ms Linda Jenkins and seconded by Mr John Wilding (page 3)
There were 31 members of the public present for this meeting.
Apologies were received from Mr & Mrs Latimer-Kerr and Dr Mike Bedford.
The previous years minutes were read, agreed and signed.
Mrs Farthing commented that she had not agreed to the use of the Glebe field for the next 3 years. This was noted.
Chairman, Mrs Baldrey read through her report of work carried out throughout the last year. Mrs Karen Pearson had resigned from the Parish Council due to work commitments. Mrs Pearson was replaced by Mr Andrew Williamson who was co-0pted onto the P.C.
Chairman commented that things were very different under the new Wiltshire Council, she then introduced Cllr Mrs Milton who was the new Cllr for West Selkley Ward.
Chairman informed members that she and the clerk try to attend each of the Area Boards every 6 weeks or so. Cllr Hinder attends the MAVCAP meetings on behalf of the Parish Council. Chairman said she was somewhat confused as to why two groups were necessary, but as it is early days under the new regime and this may become clearer later.
Avebury village came third in the 2009 Best Kept Village but are not entering this year .
Several Highway matters came to the fore, speeding through Beckhampton and the safety aspect of this became urgent and to this end Cllr Milton had met residents and there would now be bollards etc to slow down the vehicles as they approached Beckhampton, this would take place by September this year.
There was still great concern about the turning onto the A4361 at Trusloe, the A4 north of the village and the A4 at West Kennett. These concerns were raised regularly at the Traffic & Visitor Management meetings but are regularly rebuffed by Police personnel and Highways representatives as the correct criteria for speed limits do not apply to the areas in question.
Will, the Parish Steward continues to do a good job in Avebury and always does his best to complete jobs that need doing. If the public have any concerns over the area he covers then let the Chairman know and she will try to make sure that Will attends to them. During the recent bad weather the salt bins were kept filled and an extra one was placed at Trusloe.
The Chairman sent a letter of thanks to the Community Shop who stayed open throughout this bad winter and this was much appreciated by many people.
The Chairman thanked those people who litter pick throughout the Parish, they quietly go about this work without fuss or payment.
Unfortunately the new fence around the play area has been vandalised. The P.C. hope to get this repaired this year at great expense. Having to replace the play area fencing means that we are unable to improve the equipment in the near future.
After all of the consultations, meetings and discussion about a Pagan Campsite away from any settlement in the Parish,it all ended with what was a fudged decision with the tenting taking place in the Glebe field and in the car park at the back of the vicarage. There has been no solution at all as to where campers can go. The Pagan Community are still trying to negotiate a way in for the campers, other than using the Ridgeway. Although the P.C. has managed to reach a reasonable rapport with all involved participants, mainly the N.T. E.H. the Police and Pagan community, the patience of some has worn a little thin at this time. In the short term, we have been informed by Scott Green that the Glebe field will be used for the next three years, although Mrs Farthing, the tenant of the Glebe Field, denies this.
Scott Green, the property manager for the N.T. at Avebury has recently left and the New property manager, Janet Tomlin was present tonight to answer any village concerns.
P.C. Bayliss has left us and we welcome Sarah Watts who has recently taken his place. Thanks go to P.C. Bayliss for the work carried out by him and his PCSO Polly Ritchens. Polly is staying with Sarah.
Work is still going on with fund raising for the Avebury Sports Association. Jenny Haines, chairman of ASA gave a report outlining the years events and reminding all that there will be another Avebury Weekend in July.
The future of Avebury Club is in the balance at the moment through lack of custom and members, and recently the P.C. were informed that the Froebel Centre was closing and another type of nursery style centre could open on the premises.
The 2008/9 audited account books are available this evening for inspection should anyone wish to do so.
During question time Heather Peak-Garland reminded the W.C. that although there is a R.O.W past her house the grit bin was blocking her access. She had requested that the bin be moved along Kyters Walk, but not removed. Peter Hanson said he would get it moved.
Question were raised about the solstice arrangements for this year which we have been told by the Police that they would be the same as last year except for the use of the Glebe Field. There is still nowhere for campers and only tents would be allowed in the car park but agreement has yet to be reached.
Gordon Rimes asked that the sign at the top of the High Street
Be put back up. Mr Hanson would deal with this.
Mrs Tomlin was asked about the plans put in recently by Mr Mallett for change of use of the coach house from A1 to b1 business use. Mrs Tomlin said that there was no likelihood of the N.T. agreeing to any lease at any time as the water supply for the toilets was in this building.
Mr Mann stated that the Coach House was in a bad state of repair.
Mr Holmes reported that the application had not been correctly made out and should never have been submitted. Mr Holmes also felt that there were not enough N.T. wardens in the village at peak times.
Mr Paradise asked that the holes in the High street needed attention and that it was over 30 years since the High Street had been resurfaced. Peter Hanson said that this is unlikely in the near future.
The footpath over the bridges will not be resurfaced this year but some general repairs may be carried out.
Mrs Farthing said that pot holes and breaking away of green Street needed attention. Mr Hanson would look into this. He also said that if there are any concerns about this sort of issue, then the people to phone was CLARENCE on 0800 232323 and report the problems.
Gordon Rimes asked when the N.T. and W.C. would drop the curb of the entrance into the circle for disabled access. Jan Tomlin said this would be looked into along with comments from Wiltshire Highways,
The footpath from the car park to the High Street was in a bad state of repair and clerk would email Esther Daly to try to get this sorted out.
Lady Beale asked that bins again be provided in the High street and with the addition of a dog waste bin. As there is only a fortnightly collection this may not be feasible, but Mrs Milton was asked if the Council could do anything about this. It was noted that a new grit bin was needed in the High Street. Peter Hanson had noted this and would try to oblige.
Ms Linda Jenkins raised a concern about the minutes of PC meetings, asking that topics and outcomes/decisions be communicated clearly, rather than e.g. “a letter from X was read out and discussed”.
Cllr Baldrey emphasised the distinction between minutes and resumes, and Ms Jenkins clarified she was referring to whatever form of public record the PC chooses, by which to inform the electorate of developments on matters of public interest.
Cllrs Hinder and Greenaway were concerned it would be too much work for the Clerk. Ms Jenkins agreed the records needed to be brief, but commensurate with purpose, which is to give clear information about decisions that PC members make or contribute to on residents’ behalf.
The Cllrs said Ms Jenkins should attend meetings in person if she wanted to be better informed. Ms Jenkins said transparent public records were of wider interest, and this shouldn’t be treated as a personal matter.
Ms Jenkins also raised the issue of access to the minutes/resumes, asking if they could be reinstated on the Kennet Valley News website and/or the Parish Magazine. Even if a bit out of date due to publishing deadlines, it still enabled people better to keep track and retain a record of some local situation if they wished, but those arrangements had been discontinued without explanation.
The PC noted that resumes of the meetings were regularly placed on the notice boards, and did not agree to continue posting minutes/resumes on the Kennet website or in the Parish Magazine, due to the cost.
The Clerk offered to email Ms Jenkins with the minutes of future meetings. Ms Jenkins thanked the Clerk, but stressed her concern was about better access to information for the community as a whole, and the Clerk’s offer didn’t address that. John Wilding then offered to host the PC minutes on the Henge Shop website, free of charge, and people attending the meeting responded positively to his suggestion. Cllr Baldrey concluded by saying the PC would look further at the issue of communication.
There were no further questions and the meeting closed at 9.15 p.m.