Minutes of the Parish Council meeting, Monday 11th July 2022, 7.30 pm

Parish Council Clerk: Janet Burdge |

Present: Mr R Ireland (Chairman), Mr P Hutton (Vice-Chairman), Mr D Hooper, Mr J Joyce, Mr P Wood and Mr D Wood.
Mr C Gay did not attend.
No members of the public attended.

Min. 4059 – Approval of Minutes and Matters Arising

The Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 13th June 2022 were agreed as an accurate record. The minutes were proposed and seconded and unanimously agreed for adoption.

There were no matters arising from the minutes.

Min. 4060 – Urgent Business as agreed by the Chair


Min. 4061 – Correspondence

See Appendix 1 – Min. 4061 – Correspondence

Min. 4062 – Introduction of Cllr Shaun Stephenson McGall, Chair of Bath & North East Somerset Council for 2022/23.

Cllr Stephenson McGall had given his apologies after the agenda had been published. He would be invited to either the September or October meeting.

Min. 4063 – Clerk Vacancy

The Clerk vacancy had not been filled. The possibility of employing a locum or temporary Clerk to cover until a permanent replacement could be found was discussed as well as other possible temporary options.

Min. 4064 – Defibrillator at the Crown

It was proposed and seconded and unanimously agreed to replace hand/dressing towels in the cabinet.

Min. 4065 – Memorial Hall

The Hall Committee were in full agreement of the PC providing a defibrillator for the Hall using CIL funding. The Hall Committee would be responsible for any ongoing costs.

A quotation would be requested for a HeartSine Samaritan PAD 500P Semi Automatic Defibrillator and external cabinet as well as average ongoing costs.

Min. 4066 – Highways

20 mph Speed Limit – the 20mph Zone had proved itself effective. A near miss involving school children had taken place earlier in the day. A proposal (Phase II), to provide virtual footpaths from White Rose Beauty Salon to the Recreation Ground gate and from Rowan House to the Crown would further enhance pedestrian safety.

It was noted that on Bristol Road a 20mph sign was still embedded in the hedge. The matter would be addressed shortly. The Ward Councillor was thanked for sorting out the other issues.

The public meeting to discuss Phase II of the project would be arranged for October, the date would be agreed at the September meeting.

Triangular Flowerbed – The flowerbed had been watered recently. The new owner of Greenbank Cottage would be asked if the PC could continue the informal arrangement to use the outside tap. A payment of £25 p.a. had been made to the previous owner.

Min. 4067 – Recreation Ground

Confirmation that the Annual Play Equipment inspection had taken place was awaited.

The provision of new play equipment supported by a National Lottery grant was ongoing.

The gate closure mechanism was not working correctly. The matter was ongoing.

A request for a new bench in the main recreation area had been received. A rustic, low maintenance type bench was preferred by Councillors, possibly purchased through CIL funding. The favoured location would be near the proposed commemorative Platinum Jubilee tree.

Min. 4068 – Bus Shelter

Notification that the Bus Shelter roof refurbishment would take place mid to late August 2022 had been received.

Min. 4069 – Local Plan Partial Update Consultation

The full local plan would go out for consultation soon.

Min. 4070 – Community Infrastructure Levy

Projects underway included, supporting the 20mph speed project, replacing the Bus Shelter roof and possibly providing a defibrillator for the Hall.

Min. 4071 – Ward Councillor’s Report

See Appendix 2 – Min. 4071 – Dst Cllr D Wood: West Harptree Parish Council Report, 6/7/22

Min. 4072 – Planning Matters

Notification of decision
Application No. 22/01937/FUL, Westleaze, The Street – Conversion of garage to annex and form extension to form garage. PERMIT.

Min. 4073 – Finance

To agree payment of the following invoice(s):-
Mrs J Burdge Clerk’s Wages £1,381.90
Clerk’s Expenses £ 62.66
Bath & North East Somerset Council Recreating Ground grass cutting £1,426.97

Min. 4074 – Meetings attended


Min. 4075 – Items for the Information of the Clerk

It was noted that the Chew Valley Climate and Nature Emergency meetings were still being held although enthusiasm had waned.

Min. 4076 – Future Meetings

Date of the next meeting: Monday 12th September at 7.30 p.m.

There being no further business, the Chairman closed the meeting at 20:30

Agreed as a correct record,
signed by the Chairman of the meeting: _______________________ Date:_______________
(Chairman initial all other pages)