Minutes of Meeting held in the upstairs room of The Wheel on Thursday 18th October 2018.

Contents

Meeting Details

Present:
Councillor J. Sargeant (Chair).
Councillors B. Bromley, R. Lovell, D. Sargeant, K. Shaw & S. R. Weston.

 

In Attendance:
District Councillor N. Hawkins.
John Bourne, Clerk to the Council.
Two Members of the Public

 

41/18. Apologies for Absence.

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor T. Beastall.

42/18. Declarations of Interest.

There were no declarations of interest at this point.

43/18. Chairman’s Address.

The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.

He reported that the wreath for the Remembrance Sunday Service had been purchased.

He also gave details of the Council’s email address site which had been compromised but this had now been rectified.

44/18. Public Comments.

One member of the public raised objections to a planning application for an amenity building in Sutherland Road on the grounds that there were problems with the proposed access and increased traffic on a narrow lane especially if a caravan park was established.

The owner of the site then gave his reasons why permission should be granted. The amenity building would be used by fisherman on an adjacent site and could also be used by dog walkers. The project was to assist with helping his farm to be profitable.

District Councillor Hawkins asked what comments the Council had forwarded to the planning application in Mollatts Wood Road. She was informed of the Council’s objections which had been sent in.

She also reported on difficulties with insuring a lengthsman by another Council.

45/18. Minutes of Last Meeting.

The minutes of the meeting held on 23 rd. August 2018 had been circulated and it was agreed that they be signed as a true and correct record.

46/18. Matters Arising.

It was reported that the work to renew the support post to the “Longsdon” village sign had still not been completed. It was agreed to write to the contractor asking if he could complete the work or should another source be investigated.

A reply had been received from the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s Building Control Department stating that in their opinion the old New Inn building was not in a dangerous state.

The large quantity of graffiti on the protective hoardings at the front of the building had been painted over by the owners. However they had suggested that work on the building would not be commencing until Spring 2019. It was agreed to write to Staffordshire Moorlands Enforcement Officer to establish whether the original planning permission details had expired.

The Chairman reported on discussions with a possible candidate for the post of the Council’s lengthsman. Further details were awaited.

Staffordshire Moorlands D.C. had been contacted again about the dangerous state of the bus shelter opposite the old New Inn. A reply stated that the matter had been passed to a different department for attention. The Clerk reported that there were no grants available for new bus shelters. Various leaflets of new shelters were perused and it was agreed that more information on one particular shelter be obtained and the County Council be approached regarding the siting of the shelter on the pavement outside the Memorial Hall.

An email had been sent to the Moorlands Council regarding the missing dog waste bin near Horse Bridge. A reply stated that the area supervisor would carry out a four week monitoring procedure of the area.

A letter of thanks had been received from the Douglas Macmillan Hospice expressing their gratitude for the Council’s donation of £100 – 00 to the organisation.

A letter of complaint had been sent to the North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group expressing concerns about the closure of beds and relocation of some services at Leek Moorlands Hospital. Meanwhile an email had been received from Leek Town Council asking for support in their efforts to reverse the aforementioned cuts in services etc. It was agreed to forward a supporting reply.

47/18. Correspondence.

Information received included:

  • Notice of the closure of the Community Council of Staffordshire
  • Notice of Consultation on Staffordshire Moorlands Revised Statement of Gambling Policy
  • Information & Poster on Scam Mail from Royal Mail – posted on website and notice boards.
  • Clerks & Councils Direct – September 18 issue.

48/18. Planning Matters.

The following planning applications had been distributed to Councillors, due to the time frame, and it had been agreed to forward no objections, subject to normal planning guidelines, to:

  • HNT/2018/0014 Demolition of Extensions & Construction of Singe Storey Side/Rear Extension at 2 Dunwood Lane, Lonsdon.

Councillors had agreed to OBJECT to:

  • SMD/2018/0525 Demolition of Redundant Timber Stable, Erection of a Timber Frame One Bedrom Single Storey Dwelling at The Stables, Mollatts Wood Road, Leek on the following grounds:
    • The site is within the Green Belt.
    • It is not an infill site and there are no exceptional circumstances for this development.

An application, SMD/2018/0549 Erection of an Amenity Building on land off Sutherland Road, Longsdon in an adjacent parish was mentioned. Due to the vast number of public objections to the proposal, it was agreed to forward the Council’s objections on the following grounds:

  • Inappropriate development in the green belt.
  • The development is on agricultural land and there is no application for change of use.
  • The development will progress into a permitted caravan site which will have a dangerous access onto a narrow lane and will generate more traffic onto Sutherland Road / Micklea Lane which both have dangerous accesses onto the main road A53.
  • There could also be a problem with satellite navigation directing caravans down Park Lane which is a single track road which is certainly unsuitable for caravans.
  • No ecological survey has been submitted with the application.
  • There are no details for the disposal of sewage with no mains sewers in the area.
  • The development is sited on a possible flood zone.

49/18. Finance Matters.

The Council had been registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office under the Data Protection Bill.

A quarterly account update was distributed to each Councillor.

50/18. Orders For Payment.

It was unanimously agreed that the following items be paid:-

  • The Wheel. £ 25 – 00. Room Hire.
  • GeoXphere Ltd. £ 43 – 20. Parish Online Fee.
  • John Bourne. £ Clerk’s Salary.
  • John Bourne. £ 51 – 18. Clerk’s Expenses.
  • H. M. Revenue & Customs. £ 56 – 00. P. A. Y. E.

51/18. Public Comment.

The member of the public raised the question of the hoardings at the old New Inn site, hardcore deposits and a white metal cabinet on adjacent land. This matter to be included in the letter to SMDC Enforcement Dept.

52/18. Any Other Business.

Items mentioned under this category included:

  • A car parked dangerously on a bend in Denford Road – this was being investigated.
  • Speed of vehicles in Sutherland Road.
  • Longsdon Memorial Hall was investigating the availability of grants.
  • Painting of the public seats – awaiting the appointment of a lengthsman and a suitable weather period.
  • Notice of a special Valentines Dance at the Memorial Hall.

53/18. Date of Next Meeting.

The date of the next meeting of the Council was arranged for Thursday 13th December 2018 at 7 – 00p.m. in the upstairs room of The Wheel public house, Leek Road, Longsdon.

Minutes of Meeting held in the upstairs room of The Wheel on Thursday 13th December 2018.

Contents

Meeting Details

Present:
Councillor J. Sargeant (Chair).
Councillors T. Beastall, B. Bromley, D. Sargeant, K. Shaw & S. R. Weston

 

In Attendance:
John Bourne, Clerk to the Council

 

54/18. Apologies for Absence.

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor R. Lovell & District Councillor N. Hawkins.

55/18. Declarations of Interest.

Councillors D Sargeant & J. Sargeant declared an interest in a planning application which would be discussed later in the meeting.

56/18. Chairman’s Address.

The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.
He thanked Councillor Bromley for laying the wreath at the Remembrance Sunday Service. 

57/18. Public Comments.

There was no business under this item.

58/18. Minutes of Last Meeting.

The minutes of the meeting held on 18th. October 2018 had been circulated and it was agreed that they be signed as a true and correct record.

59/18. Matters Arising.

It was reported that the work to renew the support post to the “Longsdon” village sign had now been completed and an account for the work received

Letter had been sent to Staffs. Moorlands Enforcement Officer to establish whether the original planning permission details for the old New Inn site had expired and also about the change of adjacent land in Denford Road. The reply stated that the original planning conditions were still in force and the change of use of the land was permitted in connection with the development.

An email had been received from the Moorlands Council regarding the missing dog waste bin near Horse Bridge. This stated that the area would not meet the necessary criteria for a bin due to the low volume of litter present.

A possible candidate for the post of the Council’s lengthsman was still being sought.

A further email had been received from Leek Town Council giving notice of a Special Meeting on 16th January 2019 to keep Parish Councils and the public up to date on the progress made by the Town Council regarding the closure of wards and re-locating of service at Leek Moorlands Hospital.

More information had been obtained on new bus shelters. It was agreed that the Halton Anti-vandal bus shelter would be a suitable choice. Information had been obtained from the County Council that the siting of the shelter on the pavement outside the Memorial Hall would involve a costly operation with permits and approved contractors etc. etc. It had been suggested that the shelter legs could be sited within the boundary of the Memorial Hall and still overhang the pavement. Memorial Hall representatives had raised no objections to this suggestion but formal permission would be required from the next Management Committee meeting.

60/18. Correspondence.

A notice of consultation on the Future of Local Health Services in North Staffs had been received. It was agreed that this be forwarded by email to all Councillors.

Information received included:

  • invite to Drop-in Session for Staffs. Parish Councils’ Association – no action.
  • information on Increased Pension Contributions from the Pensions Regulator – not applicable.
  • information from Moorlands Radio.
  • Clerks & Councils Direct – November 18 issue.

61/18. Planning Matters.

The following planning application had been distributed to Councillors, due to the time frame, and it had been agreed to forward no objections, subject to normal planning guidelines, to:

  • SMD/2018/0656 Two Storey & Single Storey Extension to Rear, Alterations to Front Entrance, Formation of a Porch to Front at White Chimneys, Devils Lane, Longsdon.

The following planning applications were considered and it was agreed to forward no objections, subject to normal planning guidelines, to:

  • SMD/2018/0687 Replacement of Conservatory with Orangery & Link Section to Garage at Churnet Croft Cottage, Wood Road, Longsdon.
  • SMD/2018/0754 Demolition of an Existing Part Single Storey, Part Two Storey, Side / Rear Extension & Construction of a Single Storey Side / Rear Extension at 2 Dunwood House, Dunwood Lane, Longsdon.
  • *SMD/2018/0698 Approval of Reserved Matters relating to SMD/2016/0822 on Land Adjacent to Whitehaven, Leek Road, Longsdon was also considered and it was agreed to forward no objections in principle, but to express concerns about the amount of traffic which could be generated by the proposed very large dwellings. The proposal is for one access driveway which could serve four very large properties. The amount of vehicles using this access could cause major problems when accessing or emerging from the site onto the main A53 Leek Road on a blind bend.
    *Councillors D Sargeant and J. Sargeant declared a prejudicial interest in this application and took no part in the discussion.

62/18. Finance Matters.

Notice was given that the Council’s Fixed Term Bond with Leek United Building Society would be maturing in January 2019. This to be discussed at the next meeting.

It was unanimously agreed that the Clerk’s salary be increased by £100 – 00 per annum from the next financial year.

63/18. Orders for Payment.

It was unanimously agreed that the following items be paid:-

  • The Wheel. £ 25 – 00. Room Hire.
  • Proctor’s Nursery. £ 269 – 36. Planting of Village Tubs.
  • The Chairman. £ 31 – 98. Two Months Internet Charge & Remembrance Wreath (already paid).

An account had been received from Lymewood for the new post for the “Longsdon” sign but this was not in keeping with the original quotation. Enquiries would be made and it was agreed that the account be paid after agreement on the subsequent amount between the Chairman, Vice Chairman and the Clerk.

64/18. Public Comment.

There was no business under this item.

65/18. Any Other Business.

A report was given of the setting up of a sanctuary for old animals near to Leek Old Road.

66/18. Date of Next Meeting.

The date of the next meeting of the Council was arranged for Thursday 31st January 2019 at 7 – 00p.m. in the upstairs room of The Wheel public house, Leek Road, Longsdon.

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