Minutes

Minutes April 2016

MATHERN COMMUNITY COUNCIL     

 

Minutes of the Council meeting held on Monday 11th April  2016

at 7.00 pm

at Mathern Village Hall.

Present:

            Councillors:             C Ovenden (Chair)     D Merrett                     C Oakes

F Sainsbury                 J Harris

M McHugh                  D Harris

 

Also in attendance:

Clerk – Mrs J Kelley

2 member of the public

The Chair welcomed all to the meeting and thanked them for their attendance.

 

 

98/15   PROCEDURAL ITEMS

(i) Public Comment

 

A representative from St Tewdrics House came to the meeting to outline how events will take place at the property now that it has recently been granted a license to facilitate weddings. There are plans to enforce a one way traffic system into the premises. Work is in progress to make an increased splay into the wall by the main entrance to increase space for traffic leaving/arriving at the venue. The premises will be for private hire and a member of staff will always be on site to ensure that the events are run as per booking arrangements.

 

A member of the public came to explain that Border Waste had, as yet, still not been issued with a new planning Enforcement notice. This is essential as the original notice has not been legally enforceable because the owner of the site at Crick disputes that Enforcement papers have ever been received.

 

(ii) Police Report

 

No police representative available

No crime to report in the last month.

 

Clerk to contact police re Mathern Nursery: parents cars are driving without due care and attention in the mornings and evenings.

 

(iii)  Apologies for absence

Apologies were received and accepted from Councillor C Morton and County Councillor Down

 

(iv)  Declarations of Personal or Pecuniary Interest

 

Cllr. Nina Bailey – Planning application DC/2016/00061

Cllr. Martin McHugh

Cllr. Carole Oakes

(v)  Minutes of previous meetings

Minutes of the ordinary meeting held on 14th March 2016 were read and agreed as true records.

There were no matters arising.

 

 

99/15 COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S REPORT

 

 

No Report available

 

 

100/15 PROGRESS REPORT ON ACTIONS FROM LAST MEETING

 

 

 

  1. CPR training

 

Members of Mathern Male Voice Choir have shown an interest in taking part in this event but there is a timing problem. The only night Red Cross can facilitate training is a Monday when the choir is rehearsing.

Clerk to see if an earlier time can be arranged so that choir members can

attend.

 

  1. Community Speed Watch progress

 

County Councillor Down is hoping to shortly arrange a suitable date and time for volunteers to meet.

 

  • Feedback /Actions from Coffee Morning 9/4/16

 

It was decided that one tree would be planted on the Village Green to celebrate the Queens 90th Birthday. The tree to be planted by Mathern Brownies.  It is hoped that this will be done in June.

 

A joint litter pick with Wales in Bloom to be arranged, perhaps on a regular basis.

 

Members expressed their concern at the speed of some parents when driving to and from Mathern Day Nursery. Also that some parents are using the car park outside the Flats to turn their cars around, upsetting some residents – Clerk to advise PC Andy Jones.

 

  1. Bus shelter repairs

 

Clerk to contact Caldicot Glazing and Doorways Glazing of Caldicot to arrange for a quote to replace the sides of Mathern bus shelter with UPVC.

 

  • Gritting, main road into Mathern

 

No response from M C C and as we are not on a main bus route, this road would not be a priority.

 

 

  • War Memorial Garden – quote for work.

 

Councillor Mc Hugh to chase the quote and arrange. Work pre-authorized so that it is completed before Britain in Bloom judging in June

 

  1. Access to Yacht Club

Councillor J Harris to advise Yacht Club that they need to contact Shaun Pritchard  (MCC Footpaths Officer) to find out the conditions of the right of way.

 

  1. Work to telephone box.

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Councillor Merrett to arrange. All paint etc has been purchased.

 

101/15 HIGHWAYS

 

  • Pot holes – Barn Lane

 

 

102/15 COUNCILLOR’S REPORTS/CLERKS REPORT

  1. One Voice Wales – No update

 

  1. Gwent Association of Voluntary Services (GAVO) Best Kept Village

Competition – Clerk to request entry application forms from GAVO.

Also to ask for The Dene, Mounton not to be judged as it is currently being renovated.

  1. Governors meeting – Dell School

.           No meetings have been held.

  1. Clerk to circulate Risk Assessment forms for 2016 to Councillors Ovenden, D.Harris and McHugh.

 

103/15  PLANNING APPLICATIONS

  1. a) New submissions

 

DC/2016/0028 Ngau Liu – Single Storey extension and alteration to garage window

No Objections

 

Councillor Oakes declared an interest as she is a neighbour and took no part in the application discussion.

 

Other applications received between 4th April – 11th April 2016

 

DC/2016/00061  Bridge House, Pwllmeyric. Re-development of site following demolition of existing house to provide one dwelling. Also engineering works to improve flood safety. Comments as follows:

The Council has no objection but expressed concern regarding flooding. This section of Mounton brook floods on a regular basis whenever  high rainfall or prolonged periods of wet weather occur.

Community Councillors questioned why the flood modelling does not take into account the restriction in capacity/flow immediately downstream of the potential development site, where the brook goes under the old Mathern village road (the lane to the New Inn as it is now called). This creates a restriction and causes water to build up, flooding the adjacent fields and resulting in a general back-up of water upstream.

We accept that the experts to assess this are from Natural Resources Wales but would appreciate it if Natural Resources Wales could be made aware of Mathern Community Council’s concern as noted.

 

DC/2016/00276  Rhewl Farm – Installation of equipment for solar development – No Objections.

 

 

  1. b) Decisions and appeals – none

 

  1. Enforcement –

 

Update on Border Waste Management (see Public Participation).

 

104/15  FINANCIAL MATTERS

Council resolved to make all payments as listed.

 

 

 

Clerks Pension (as per new statutory regulations): the Community Council must offer the Clerk a pension. The pension being investigated is the Government scheme NEST.

 

CORRESPONDENCE AND FORTHCOMING MEETINGS

 

  • M C C – Consultation Infrastructure Levy – Draft Charging Schedule – Consultation March 24thTo Thursday 5th May 2016.

 

Councillor Harris will complete this on behalf of the CC.

 

Councillor Martin McHugh declared on interest in this and took no part of the discussion.

 

  • Email from local resident – road signage on pavement causing injury. Accident reported to M C C who informed us that the signage related to works being carried out by Welsh Water.

Councillors expressed sympathy for the individual and hoped that he had recovered from his fall.

 

  • Cancellation of Training Module 15 (IT) by One Voice Wales

This was noted.

 

  • Resident advised Community Council website not up to date

Councillor J. Harris to check over the website.

 

  • GAVO – list of available training courses.

Councillors received the list and would contact the Clerk should they wish to attend an event.

 

 

106/15  OTHER MATTERS FOR DISCUSSION

 

Litter around the three villages

 

Probation Services will try to include Mathern and Pwllmeyric in their pay back scheme whereby offenders pick up litter.

 

Mathern Directory “What’s on” Leaflet – response from Coffee Morning

 

County Councillor Down offered to take on the role of producing this document. The

Community Council agreed to pay for its printing and delivery to all residents in the community.

 

Walks leaflets

Plenty of leaflets left. Cllr Ovenden will bring some to the next meeting so that Councillors can distribute around local public houses etc.

 

Following comments at the Coffee Morning, County Councillor Down confirmed that the land behind Mike Edward’s property was very overgrown. M C C Legal Department are looking into this.

 

 

107/15  DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be held on Monday 9th May 2016 at 7pm at Mathern Village Hall.

 

There being no further business to discuss, the meeting closed at 9.15

 

 

Signed …………………………….. CHAIRMAN               Date……………….

Minutes March 2016

MATHERN COMMUNITY COUNCIL     

 

Minutes of the Council meeting held on Monday 14th March  2016

at 7.00 pm

at Mathern Village Hall.

Present:

            Councillors:             C Ovenden (Chair)     D Merrett                     C Oakes

F Sainsbury                 J Harris                       C Morton

M McHugh

 

Also in attendance:

Clerk – Mrs J Kelley

3 member of the public

County Councillor Down

 

The Chair welcomed all to the meeting and thanked them for their attendance.

The Chair also welcomed the Clerk back after her recent illness.

 

88/15   PROCEDURAL ITEMS

(i) Public Comment

 

The Chairman read out emails received from Mark Hand (Head of Planning, Monmouthshire County Council) to bring all Public members up to date on where and why the Court case against Border Waste at Crick did not go ahead as scheduled on the 29th February 2016.

 

“On this occasion we served the notices by recorded delivery and displayed one on the gate. However, the recorded delivery record shows one as undelivered and one that appears to have been returned to the Council (although this did not arrive back with us and there is no record of this in the mail room). Ironically, normal postal service would have been OK. However, we have had to disclose that the recorded delivery record shows one undelivered and one uncertain, which in the light of Mr Scandrett’s claim in Court to have not received a notice means the evidence is in his favour. He has since confirmed in writing that he saw the notice on the gate, but claims he thought this was a joke, and our solicitor advises that because this notice was addressed to ‘whom it may concern’, on its own it does not count as proper legal service.

We will now be hand-serving notices with a normal postal service as back-up.”

The meeting noted that advertising signs at the site have been removed. Also that the brook running through Crick is running coloured with orange dust and trees are being damaged. Tree Officers from MCC appear to be taking no action. (Photographic evidence is available)

 

Residents of Crick are extremely angry at the way the owner is continuing to  transport material both in and out of the premises with no regard for the fact that he has no planning permission. Residents would like a Court injunction placed on the site to be served immediately to stop this happening. They are also very concerned with the state of the bund which infringes the M48 motorway fence as  they have evidence that large boulders have been removed from here and replaced with very sloppy substandard waste material, liable to subside when wet. They would also be very interested to know if Natural Resources Wales have retracted their licence for the site as a large amount of material was brought on to it between  26th February – 3rd March 2016.

 

Action:

County Councilor Down to contact MCC Chief Executive and Mark Hand, Head of Planning for MCC to ask why County Council Enforcement appears to be being handled inadequately. Also to request that an independent firm of Solicitors be instructed to issue the relevant Enforcement papers to Border Waste.

 

Clerk, with the assistance of Councillor Harris, to write to both David Davies MP and Nick Ramsay AM with a brief outline of the current position and seeking their assistance with this matter.

 

Community Councillors asked residents to keep advising the County Council when work is being carried out and to continue to take photographic evidence.

 

(ii) Police Report

 

 

Mathern, Pwllmeyric and Mounton incidents between 8th February and 12th March 2016

10/02 – report of damage caused to a vehicle whilst parked in St Pierre car park – offenders unknown.

24/02 – report of a possibly insecure vehicle being entered and items stolen whilst parked on a driveway in Mathern.

26/02 – report of a possibly insecure vehicle being entered and items stolen whilst parked on a driveway in Pwllmeyric.

27/02 – report of a possibly insecure vehicle being entered but nothing stolen, just items moved around, whilst parked outside an address in Pwllmeyric.

02/03 – report of two suspicious people in a vehicle parked on A48 Pwllmeyric – they were spoken to and the vehicle had apparently run out of fuel. The vehicle has however, been left and I believe now has a seven day notice on it from the Council.

05/03 – report of a male and female having abandoned a vehicle in Mathern in a hurry – turned out that they had just been involved in a fail to stop collision. The pair were caught and the male detained and reported for offences.

10/03 – report of a suspicious vehicle seen in Mathern by the side of the church, late at night – registration CF63AKO – unfortunately officers did not get to the location but it was seen outside the registered keepers address approximately an hour later, intelligence will be submitted.

 

(iii)  Apologies for absence

Apologies were received and accepted from Cllr N Bailey, Cllr D Harris

 

(iv)  Declarations of Personal or Pecuniary Interest

There were none.

 

(v)  Minutes of previous meetings

Minutes of the ordinary meeting held on 8th February 2016 were read and agreed as true records.

There were no matters arising.

 

 

89/15 COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S REPORT

 

  • Next year’s Council tax has now been set and, for a Band D house in Mathern, it will be £1384.10. This includes policing and the Community Council Precept.

 

  • The Estyn final Report for Monmouthshire is now complete. In 2012, schools were put into special measures as standards were inadequate. The Local Education Authority (LEA) had recommended 6 areas which needed attention.  This has now been done and special measures are no longer required.

 

  • The final consultation is now in place for CIL (previously clause 106) benefits payable by developers on completion of new houses. The process is still unclear but CIL has been set at 15%.  This however can be changed to zero if 60% of new houses built in rural areas come within the affordable housing category.

 

  • MCC Waste Management is to pilot a new scheme in the north of the county whereby glass for recycling will be collected separately.  This pilot to run for 3 months.

 

  • MCC have re -issued their Equality policy with the aim of celebrating and commemorating a number of keys dates through the year.

 

90/15 PROGRESS REPORT ON ACTIONS FROM LAST MEETING

 

  1. Update – Dog fouling bins

All bins have now been installed and appear to be in regular use. The dog waste bags are attached to a clip on the side of each bin. However, due to the position of the bin in Pwllmeyric, no further bags will be attached here as they all blew away!

 

  1. CPR training

The meeting agreed to defer this item until after the Coffee Morning when it is planned to gage interest in the training course.

Clerk to check with Devauden Community Council re. their defibrillator which has been fitted in the telephone box there.

 

  1. v) Community Speed Watch progress

To defer this item until the next meeting of Mathern Community Council due to lack of response from Steven Parsons. County Councillor Down to chase.

 

  1. Date and time of next coffee morning.

The next coffee morning was confirmed as 9th April 2016, at 10.30 am. Circulars to be distributed throughout the 3 villages.

 

  1. New noticeboard and bench – Pwllmeyric

Both have been erected, and we await the invoice for payment to fit.

One side of the board is locked and the other open for public notices.

 

  • Bus shelter repairs

Richard Cope at MCC is happy for us to carry out works to repair the bus shelter in Mathern.

 

  • Gritting, main road into Mathern

County Councillor Down advised that Mathern road was not a priority route for gritting as there is no regular bus service.  Clerk to write to Roger Hoggins (MCC Highways) requesting that a grit bin be placed near the entrance into Mathern.

 

  1. Queens 90th Birthday Celebrations

Clerk to write to Mounton House School and The Brownies in Mathern to ask if they would like to plant a tree to celebrate the Queens 90th Birthday.

Action – trees to be supplied by Mathern C C.

 

  1. Improvement to War Memorial Garden

A quotation is in the process of being obtained.

 

  1. Access to Yacht Club

Clerk to ask Shaun Pritchard (MCC Rights of Way officer) to clarify the      status of the Right of Way through St Pierre parkland to the Yacht Club.

 

 

91/15 HIGHWAYS

 

Road behind Millers Arms from Athletic Club up needs clearing from flood debris and also the drainage trench needs clearing out.

 

Large pot holes – Mounton and Barn Lane

 

Road signs need cleaning in Pwllmeyric and Mathern.

 

Mounton to Smoothstones – hedges need cutting back as damaging motor vehicles

 

 

 

92/15 COUNCILLOR’S REPORTS/CLERKS REPORT

  1. One Voice Wales – No update

 

  1. Gwent Association of Voluntary Services (GAVO) Best Kept Village

Competition – Clerk to request entry application forms from GAVO

 

  1. Governors meeting – Dell School

The Dell is still in the yellow (improvement still needed) bracket. It hopes to be in the green by the end of the year.  There are now 10 different nationalities within the school.

 

93/15  PLANNING APPLICATIONS

  1. a) New submissions

 

DC/2016/00154 10 Orchid Meadow – Proposed two story extension and detached garage. – No Objections

 

DC/2016/00212 Rose Cottage – Proposed Change of use from A2 (financial and professional services) to C3 Dwelling house. – No Objections

 

  1. b) Decisions and appeals – none

 

  1. Enforcement –

 

Update on Border Waste Management (see Public Participation).

 

94/15  FINANCIAL MATTERS

Council resolved to make all payments as listed.

 

 

95/15 CORRESPONDENCE AND FORTHCOMING MEETINGS

 

OVW Training – Clerk and Councillor Ovenden to attend the IT Course on the 31st March, 2016

 

Severn Bridge Road Works – Circulated for information only.

 

“Give Dog Fouling the Red Card”: Next Meeting Tuesday 19th April   – Clerk and Councillor Ovenden to attend this meeting at 2.30 pm.

 

96/15  OTHER MATTERS FOR DISCUSSION

 

Litter around the three villages

 

Action:  Clerk to contact the Youth Offending service to see if they can assist with litter picking.

 

Mathern Directory “What’s on” Leaflet

 

Action: Matter to be discussed at the next Coffee Morning.

Clerk to purchase a pot plant for Mrs Pitt to thank her for her dedication in producing this over a number of years. She is now unable to carry on.

The matter to be discussed at the Coffee Morning in the hope that a new editor can be found.

 

Faulty stiles reported – Snakey lane: broken foot peg.

                                         Pwllmeyric meadow: broken cross bar

                                         Entrance from Baileys Hay: post broken.

Reported to MCC Footpaths Officers

 

Telephone box renovations

Councillor Merrett to arrange for this work to be carried out

 

 

Walks leaflets

Action: Councillor Ovenden to count the amount of leaflets left.

Then Clerk to ring PPL to ask if they still hold our leaflets or if they have all been distributed.

 

 

97/15  DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be held on Monday 11th April 2016 at 7pm at Mathern Village Hall.

 

There being no further business to discuss the meeting closed at 9.15

 

 

Signed …………………………….. CHAIRMAN             Date……………….

February 2016

MATHERN COMMUNITY COUNCIL     

 

Minutes of the Council meeting held on Monday 8th February 2016

at 7.00 pm

at Mathern Village Hall.

Present:

            Councillors:             C Ovenden (Chair)     D Merrett                     C Oakes

F Sainsbury                 J Harris                       C Morton

 

 

Also in attendance:

Mrs L Allen (Clerk in the absence of Mrs J Kelley)

1 member of the public

 

The Chair welcomed all to the meeting and thanked them for their attendance.

 

78/15   PROCEDURAL ITEMS

(i) Public Comment

A resident attended the meeting to give an update on longstanding concerns over activities at Border Waste Management.  Concerns were raised over the stability of the bank of soil which had been built up by the motorway due to there having been a large amount of rain water over the last month.  The Community Council agreed to keep up the pressure on the County Council and if possible a Member will attend the next court case on 29th February 2016.

 

(ii) Police Report

The police report had been circulated to Members prior to the meeting with the following incident having occurred in the village:-

13/1/15 – There was a police incident where a vehicle drove into a marked police car in the early hours near to the turning for Mathern lane in the village.  The driver of the other vehicle was arrested for several offences.

 

A Member advised the meeting that following the recent icy morning when there were various accidents on the road into Mathern the County Council had been contacted regarding gritting.  The Member was advised that this road is not on the gritting route and that there are no plans to include it.  The Clerk to take this issue forward with the County Council.

 

A Member advised the meeting that a litter pick had uncovered a front and back car number plate and that they were now in police possession.

 

(iii)  Apologies for absence

Apologies were received and accepted from Cllr N Bailey, Cllr D Harris, Cllr M McHugh and County Councillor Down.

(iv)  Declarations of Personal or Pecuniary Interest

There were none.

 

(v)  Minutes of previous meetings

Minutes of the ordinary meeting held on 12th January 2016 were read and agreed as true records.

There were no matters arising.

 

79/15 COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S REPORT

County Councillor Down did not attend the meeting.

 

80/15  PROGRESS REPORT ON ACTIONS FROM LAST MEETING

 

  1. Pollarding of willow tree at entrance to Mathern
  2. Part of this tree had broken off and County Councillor Down was due to liaise with the Tree Officer at Monmouthshire County Council. Councillors were advised that the Willows were to old to be pollarded.
  3. Access to Yacht Club
  4. A Member informed the meeting that there is a right of way over the access and therefore the gate should not be locked.
  5. Update Dog fouling bins
  6. The bin by the bus shelter in Pwllmeyric and Chapel Lane had still not been  erected.
  7. CPR training  To defer this item until the next meeting of Mathern Community Council due to there being no representation from the County Council.
  8.       v)   Community Speed Watch progress
  9. To defer this item until after to Coffee Morning to gage interest in the training course.
  1. Date and time of next coffee morning.
  2. The next coffee morning was confirmed as 9th April 2016.
  3. Noticeboard and Bench Pwllmeyric
  4. No update.
  5. Bus shelter Repairs
  6. To contact Richard Cope at Monmouthshire County Council to obtain authority to repair the bus shelter.
  7. Improvement to War Memorial Garden Pot holes Orchid Meadow – Members noted that there were many pot holes in the village and to contact the County Council once the wet weather had ceased.82/15 COUNCILLOR’S REPORTS/CLERKS REPORT
  8. 81/15 HIGHWAYS
  9. A quotation was in the process of being obtained.
  1. One Voice Wales – no reportbGAVO Best Kept Village – no reportc) Governors meeting, Dell School – The meeting was advised that the school were in discussions with Monmouthshire County Council regarding the ongoing safety problems of children being dropped off outside the school on the main road.  This is happening due to there being no free parking in Chepstow apart from the Leisure Centre Car Park and the school are recommending short term free parking be offered in the mornings at the main car park in Chepstow.83/15  PLANNING APPLICATIONS to 4.75m between ground level and underside of canopy with   Sites The wild flowers look great but the advertising boards are an eyesore and just spoil the verges and hedgerow and are an unnecessary diversion to drivers. If the wild flowers are funded by the signs revenue I would do without the flowers. As a rural County offering an enviable natural environment these signs are completely out of place and cheapen our natural assets.DC/2016/00060 Proposed shelter for goats and storage of their food and bedding.  b)  Decisions and appeals – nonec)  Enforcement  – noneUpdate on Border Waste Management (see Public Participation).84/15  FINANCIAL MATTERS  RESOLVED:- Members agreed that the event should be recognised with suggestions of a commemorative stone planter or floral pot.  Mathern in Bloom committee to be contacted and asked for their input.Flood Risk Management feedback RESOLVED:- Three members of Mathern Community Council to attend the meeting.Gwent Young Farmers request for financial assistance.GAVO  8th February 9.13 – 12.30  – Sustainable and Resilient Communities – Third sector engagement event.    Members noted that there is no local demand at this time for community food growing.Citizen Advise Request for funding. Give Dog fouling the red card 2 bins now ready for siting at a cost of £100 per binQuestionaire re Waste Management – From Carl Touhig On Website for Members completion – Members were advised that there were paper copies of the questionnaire available in the library.86/15  OTHER MATTERS FOR DISCUSSION The next meeting will be held on Monday 14th March 2016 at 7pm at Mathern Village Hall.There being no further business to discuss the meeting closed at 8.10pm
  2. Signed …………………………….. CHAIRMAN              Date……………….
  3. 87/15  DATE OF NEXT MEETING
  4. Community and Town Council Engagement – Members were advised that the Chair was in the process of replying to the questionnaire.
  5.  
  6. Leaflet produced by Usk Council – Members considered the leaflet to be very informative however were concerned as to whether residents would stop and read it as it was very comprehensive.
  7. Information
  8. RESOLVED:- To donate £100 to the Citizens Advise Bureau under LGA 1972, s142(2a)
  9. Grant for community food growing
  10. The meeting was advised that this meeting was mainly attended by the third sector and that the overall message is that GAVO wish to work better with the third sector to make a difference at grass roots community level.
  11. RESOLVED:- Not to grant financial assistance to the Gwent Young Farmers.
  12. Chepstow Town Council have been contacted by local residents to consider a campaign to petition the SEWRTA ( South East Wales Road Traffic Agency) and Welsh Government in order to seek road improvements on the A466 Link road.
  13. The Chairman has sent an email regarding the flood risk issues in the village.
  14. Celebration of the Queen 90th Birthday – Beacons
  15. 85/15 CORRESPONDENCE AND FORTHCOMING MEETINGS
  16. Council resolved to make all payments as listed plus
  17.  
  18.  
  19.  
  20. Observations:- Mathern Community Council recommend approval.
  21. Rhewl Cottage.
  22. DC/2015/01594 – Advertising consent – 12 Freestanding signs Multiple
  23. Observations:- Mathern Community Council recommends approval
  24. HGV forecourt – Pwllmeyric Petrol Station
  25. DC/2016/00034 Existing forecourt canopy to be raised from 3.7m
  26. a)  New submissions
  27.  

January 2016

MATHERN COMMUNITY COUNCIL     

 

Minutes of the Council meeting held on Monday 11 January at 7.00 pm

at Mathern Village Hall.

Present:

            Councillors:             C Ovenden (Chair)     D Merrett                     C Oakes

F Sainsbury                 J Harris                       C Morton

D Harris                       M McHugh

 

Also in attendance:

PCSO’s E Studley and Collegue

Mrs H Counsell (Clerk in the absence of Mrs J Kelley)

1 member of the public

 

The Chair welcomed all to the meeting and thanked them for their attendance.

 

58/15   PROCEDURAL ITEMS

(i) Public Comment

One resident attended the meeting to raise longstanding concerns about activities at Border Waste Management (BWM), Crick. He advised that at the court case on 4 December 2015, the defendant denied receipt of the Enforcement Notice and Mon CC was unable to prove it, therefore there will be a further court case on 29.2.16.

NRW has denied involvement as they say no water course is involved, however the water runs out of the BWM entrance on to the A48, down to the brook in Crick, which feeds into the Nedern. NRW has lifted its permits to import materials. The resident advised that this previous greenfield site is now a real mess of stone piles and excavation, he had serious concerns about the risk of slippage onto the motorway. Council advised that dated photographic evidence may be useful and Cllr Harris agreed to contact Mark Hand, Head of Planning at Mon CC to advise of the above and ask how this business can continue to operate without planning permission or permits to work, as this is against planning law.

 

(ii) Police Report

12/11 – damage to a shed in Pwllmeyric, but nothing stolen.

17/11 – theft of Yankee candles from the Garden Centre, Pwllmeyric. There was CCTV and a female was arrested for the offence.

22/11 – three men and a dog were seen in the area of Baileys Hay, Mathern believed to be lamping. Left prior to Police arrival.

23/11 – house break in Mathern – entry gained via a side window, but believed that the alarm frightened off the offender as nothing was stolen.

24/11 – another house reported broken into in Mathern – this time the property was vacant and entry was via a conservatory window. Nothing was taken and it is thought to have happened around the same time as the previous night’s incident.

01/12 – report of several hunt dogs running around on the A48, Pwllmeyric Hill, near to The New Inn – reports of several near misses.

09/12 – routine stop check on A48 Pwllmeyric Hill and the driver was arrested for providing a positive drug/drive test.

14/12 – report of a three vehicle road traffic collision having occurred at 11.09am at the bottom of the A48 Pwllmeyric Hill – unknown reason for the collision but there were no injuries.

16/12 – report of a suspicious vehicle driving around Mathern during the afternoon – described as navy blue, possibly Renault in make with a black pipe on the side.

22/12 – report of a shed break and barn locks cut off during the early hours in Mathern – CCTV footage available, further enquiries in hand.

 

It was noted that shed break-ins are quite unusual for this area.  PCSO Studley advised that alarms or light timers are effective in scaring off burglars.

 

(iii)  Apologies for absence

Apologies were received and accepted from Cllr N Bailey.

 

(iv)  Declarations of Personal or Pecuniary Interest

There were none.

 

(v)  Minutes of previous meetings

Minutes of the ordinary meeting held on 9 November 2015 and the Finance meeting held on 7 December 2015 were read and agreed as true records.

There were no matters arising.

 

69/15 COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S REPORT

County Councillor Down did not attend the meeting.

 

70/15  PROGRESS REPORT ON ACTIONS FROM LAST MEETING

 

  1. i) Pollarding of willow tree at entrance to Mathern, part of this tree has now broken off. ii) Access to Yacht Club – no response.

 

iii)  Pwllmeyric bench and noticeboard – Cllr McHugh reported that the bad weather had not allowed this to be completed as yet.  Initial measurements have been taken and the work will be completed by the next meeting.

 

  1. iv) Dog fouling bins – Sue Parkinson, Mon CC had advised that two further bins could be purchased at a cost of £100 each. Following discussion, Council decided not to purchase at this time but to monitor the effectiveness of the current bins.

 

  1. v) Rubbish accumulating in Baileys Hay – Cllr Sainsbury advised that he had reported this to the One Stop Shop; that the rubbish had been removed and is now being collected on the fortnightly bin run.

 

  1. vi) Website – Cllr Jayne Harris agreed to check every 3 months that updates had been carried out. It was agreed to ask residents at the Coffee Morning what they would like to see on the website.  Shirenewton Clerk to contact J Kelley with information that is required by legislation.

 

vii)  CPR training – Cllr Morton advised that non-certificated training in CPR could be provided in groups of no more than 15, by a qualified trainer.  Clerk to design flyer for Coffee Morning when date agreed.

 

viii)  Community Speed Watch progress – C Cllr Down not present to update.

 

  1. ix) Acknowledgement of 2016/17 Precept – Chair advised that Mon CC had acknowledged receipt of the precept and that it would be paid in three instalments in 2016.

 

  1. x) St Tewdric’s Well – Cllr Harris advised that he had inspected the cleaning required and it would be completed when the weather improves.

 

  1. xi) Edging at war memorial – Cllr Harris inspected this on 11.1.16 and advised that more pegs were needed at the back of the wooden edge to make good. Council discussed concrete and stone edging (Cllr Sainsbury has some suitable stone in his field) and agreed to re-peg the current edging. Cllr Harris also agreed to check whether repairs are required to flower troughs at ‘Welcome to Mathern’ signs.

 

xii)  Bus shelter – Clerk reported that two quotes had been requested, with no response.  Clerk to contact C Cllr Down to establish whether Mon CC is responsible for maintenance of the shelter.

 

71/15 HIGHWAYS

  • Dangerous trees at Mounton (Lady Hill footpath) – it was confirmed that NRW has cut back the overhanging trees.

 

  • Potholes at Barn Lane – becoming more dangerous.  The Shirenewton Clerk advised that residents are able to access the Mon CC website to report direct on potholes (Highways), out of action street lights (Street Lighting) etc,.

 

72/15 COUNCILLOR’S REPORTS/CLERKS REPORT

  1. a) One Voice Wales Area Committee meeting on 21 January 2016 – no-one available to attend –Apologies sent to OVW.

 

  1. b) Governors meeting, Dell School – Cllr Oakes reported that considerable time was spent at the last meeting in comparing data from the ‘Family of Schools’ and that The Dell compared well with the other schools.

 

73/15  PLANNING APPLICATIONS

  1. a) New submissions

DC/2015/01484  Sheepcote Barn, Rhewl Farm

Conversion of barn to residential use with associated works and drainage etc.

Recommendation:  Approval.

  1. b) Decisions and appeals

Proposed wind turbine at Mathern Palace Farm – Mon CC refused the application as the information provided was inadequate.

 

  1. c) Enforcement

Update on Border Waste Management (see Public Participation).

 

74/15  FINANCIAL MATTERS

Council resolved to make all payments as listed plus

 

101569  128.60        Paye

101570  515.08        J Kelley

 

 

Clerk’s Pension – the Chair is investigating.  The Staging Date has been arranged for 1 October 2016.

 

75/15 CORRESPONDENCE AND FORTHCOMING MEETINGS

There were none.

 

76/15  OTHER MATTERS FOR DISCUSSION

Coffee Morning – date agreed as 9 April 2016,

 

77/15  DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be held on Monday 8 February 2016 at 7pm at Mathern Village Hall.

 

There being no further business to discuss the meeting closed at 8.30pm.