Posts Tagged ‘Best kept village’

Report on the 16th November, 2010 meeting

December 12, 2010

This meeting followed the published agenda. The following topics were discussed or reviewed.

1. Housing Needs and Warren’s Field proposal The Chairman reported a meeting with Miss Newstead, the housing development manager for SCD Council, who confirmed the standard procedure for provision of housing following a formal housing survey. Miss Newstead had noted the comments made at the October Parish Council meeting and it was unlikely that planning would be granted for the proposed site on Warren’s Field. She volunteered to explore the Village, in company with a Parish Council representative, to assess the possibilities of other, more suitable, building sites and the Chairman will arrange this survey.

2. Village Plan. Work continues on various aspects of this plan.

3. Cycle Path, Drift to Bar Hill. Work almost completed. There will be a site meeting to discuss the economics of appropriate signage and an end barrier. 

4. Sustainable Biodiversity Group. Nothing to report.

5. Extension to lay-by at Methodist Church. A meeting with the Highways division revealed that finance for such a modification is not available.     

6. Grass Cutting. It was agreed to accept the tender of Mr. W G Round.

7. Best Kept Village Competition.  This year there will not be a competition.

8. Finance. Disbursements were £290.46 for grass cutting. £84.00 had been received for allotment rents.     

9. Salt Bins.  Two bins have been delivered and placed in the agreed positions.

10. Retirement of Parish Clerk.  Mrs. L Volans, after twenty eight years of exemplary service, is retiring from the position of Parish Clerk but will continue in this role until the end of the financial year (31/03/2011). Applicants for this important post should contact the Parish Council Chairman.       

The next meeting of the Parish Council is in January, 2011, but a meeting will be convened if business of an urgent nature arises. The Community is reminded that Parish Council agenda items should be sent to the Parish Clerk, in writing, at least 14 days prior to the Parish Council meeting and that village organisations are invited to forward short reports on their activities to Council meetings.

Report on the 19th October, 2010 meeting

December 12, 2010

This meeting followed the published agenda. The following topics were discussed or reviewed.

1. Housing Needs and Building Proposals. A presentation on these subjects was made by a Luminus representative, A Chapman, and the SCDC development manager, S Newstead, they described the SCDC objectives in providing ‘low cost’ housing and its maintenance and further provided a guide to the ‘preferred families’ in such housing and their necessary relationship with Dry Drayton. The outline proposal for an ‘exception site’, embodying up to 18 dwellings, outside the village perimeter, in the green belt and in an area of best landscape, was discussed at length.
Members of Dry Drayton Parish Council expressed their unease regarding the proposal and the possible designation of the area involved as ‘special needs land’. The Council also noted that there had been several formal and verbal objections to the proposal from villagers and agreed that much more information about ‘low cost’ housing was needed and that the matter will be discussed further in the light of this data. The Council will also review the housing need numbers mentioned in the ACRE survey and re-examine the tentative Luminus proposals. As yet, no formal application has been received on these proposals and their content will be discussed in conjunction with the SCDC in due course.

2. Village Plan. Work on various aspects of this plan continues. Land suitable for a play area is currently being sought and funding for this project is under discussion.

3. Cycle Path, Drift to Bar Hill. Clearance work is in progress and appropriate signage is being addressed.

4. Cycle Path, Bar Hill to Coton. Discussions, emphasizing safe cycling, are taking place between the Parish Councils involved.

5. Sustainable Biodiversity Group. Nothing to report.

6. Planning Application. Dry Drayton Cricket Club. Replacement shed and tree works. Agreed

7. Extension to lay-by at Methodist Church. Members agreed that this would be advantageous for both Church members and mothers transporting school children.

8. Best Kept Village Competition. It was agreed that this presented opportunities for a general ‘tidy up’.

9. Finance. Disbursements included £290.46 grass cutting, £25.85 shredder repairs, and £570.18 clerk’s salary plus expenses.