Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council
Monday 24 March 2014 at 7.30pm at the Resource Centre
Present: Cllrs Jopp, Kent, Davey, Exley, Langton, Taylor, Ward Cllr Davies & Francis-Pester and J
Mr Roger Collins was present.
2. Minutes of the last Parish Council Meeting
The minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 24th
signed as a true record.
3. Declarations of Interest
February 2014 (previously circulated) were
4. Ward Councillor’s Reports
Had received a few more responses from Mark McGregor (NSC) following their walkabout. A369
and St Katherine’s (Pill Road) are on the list for road repairs. Also working through list that was
gathered from when he came. Drains have not been cleared. Having trouble getting contractors to
Added Rectory Road to list. Additional funding to do this. Look again at priorities – possibly stop
port traffic coming through. This is for a later date.
Had ongoing debates about The Tynings Tea Shop. NSC Planners thought this was an access issue.
Sticking to original report. Chris Nolan dealing with enforcement.
Road signs – ordered for No Access to Dock – waiting for date for installation. Laybys can only be
advisory and could be a funding issue.
Boundary debate is rolling on. Closing date for response is early April.
Had received complaints about the fare structure from parents of Gordano School students using
Cllr Exley asked if there had been any progress on the planned Martcombe Road bus stop. CFP
advised just waiting for installation date.
Children’s Partnership is changing the provider after Easter to a company called ‘For Real’. Should
see an improvement in performance after this time.
Had a meeting with First Bus – Pill & EIG buses were badly affected by the works at Hotwells.
Display boards are a waste of money and need to be fixed.
Sub-Committee meeting to be arranged prior to Port Liaison meeting on 9th
April, regarding rail
Jetty – talked to PCC – assured that a working party has been created and are working on solutions.
Nothing will be done until next year due to lack of funds.
Village Green – Inspector has been appointed. Trying to find out when this will be. Other people
had been told, but the PC had not received a reply. The landowner had now cut the fields.
Had met with Liam Fox for a trip round the village. He was supportive of 20mph speed limit –
speaking to NSC. Just want signs, no bollards or traffic calming. Cllr Kent reminded Cllr Davies that
Sue Mountstevens had offered support for any call for a 20mph speed limit. Agenda May Council
Cllr Jopp thanked both Ward Councillors for their reports.
Cllr Davey had attended the PACT meeting. Quite a few thefts from Co-op, also a few attempted
Reported fly tipping at Marsh Lane, Lane between Mariner’s Way and Newport Road Victoria House,
Marine Parade, Avon Road Pumping Station and Chapel Row.
Requested new ‘No Cycling’ sign at Millers Close/Newsome Avenue.
Requested new road name sign for Church Path Road.
Reported overgrown trees in the footpath between Westward Drive and Water Lane.
Reported steps at Waterloo Wharf deteriorating and dangerous.
Reported damaged decorative street light at C3 Pump Square.
Reported street lights not working at Church Road, Priory Road, Stoneyfields, The Breaches.
Reported fallen tree at ‘The Bottoms’ or Summerhouse Wood.
Reported pavement breaking up outside 37 Crockerne Drive.
Received complaints regarding parking outside the garage at Underbanks. AGENDA 09/06.
Received complaints regarding the dangerous parking on Ham Green hill. Suggestion of traffic lights
at top and bottom as it is like a single track road a lot of the time. AGENDA 09/06
Received complaint about the parking outside The Old Brewery. Pedestrians cannot see oncoming
cars coming from right at the zebra crossing. Perhaps rethink planned double yellows. AGENDA 09/
Further rail noise results received from Richard Allard of NSC. AGENDA 09/06.
7. Maintenance & Highways Issues
Street lights in The Breaches now working.
8. Committee Meetings
Playing Fields & Open Spaces
Cllr Kent had circulated notes on his meeting with Lodway Cricket Club and its request to site nets
on the Ham Green football pitch. The CC would now contact the JFC to find out what it thinks. All
thought it was an excellent idea.
Cllr Langton reported on the Village Green Application – as a Public Inquiry was now planned, the
PC would want to get involved in any representations. Suggested to Nan Kirsen and Lorna Hocking
to take early advice from the Open Spaces Society. Suggested that the PC try to organise a meeting
involving PC, Nan, Lorna and OSS. Clerk to chase reply from Nick Brain (NSC).
Environment, Highways & Transport
Nothing further to report.
Finance & Personnel
Meeting did not take place, as not quorate.
9. Reports of meetings with outside bodies and other organisations
10. Correspondence requiring action not covered elsewhere
11. Parish Councillor Co-option
Mr Bill Ovel had attended the meeting, following his application to become a member of the Parish
Council. Mr Ovel had applied after reading the item in the Pill Paper, and having a general interest
in the wellbeing of the local community. Following a brief presentation and discussion, Cllr Kent
proposed, Cllr Langton seconded Mr Ovel become a co-opted member of the Parish Council. All in
favour. AGREED. Clerk to arrange paperwork.
12. Approve 2014-2015 Budget
All members had been circulated with the Draft Budget. Cllr Kent proposed acceptance, Cllr Exley
seconded. All in favour. APPROVED.
13. Summary of Accounts for Annual Parish Meeting
14. Community Forum – Parish Plan
Cllr Exley thanked the PC on behalf of the CF for next year’s funding. The Parish Plan had now
been running for eight years. The question arose about a follow-up and if so, should start thinking
about putting actions in place now to effect that. Was asked by Community Forum to raise the
question with the PC and what the PC’s views were and if we were in favour of a new Parish Plan
being formulated. What form does it need to take? Need acknowledgment that it is a good tool
for the community and that the CF is useful to the community. Cllr Jopp stated that the PC should
be instigating this. Clerk to find out if there are any grants available. Cllr Langton proposed the PC
respond to the CF to agree it would like to see another PP in some shape or form. Seconded by KB.
15. Draft 2014-2015 Calendar
The Clerk had circulated a draft calendar to all members. AGREED.
16. Accounts for Payment
Haven Power Public Lighting Electricity – March DD 21/03/14 625.00
Haven Power Public Lighting Electricity – March DD 21/03/14 77.51
Unicom 374442 Telephone & Fax Bill – March DD 19.21
Konica Minolta Photocopier Rental 05/03/14 – 04/06/14 228.92
GB Sport & Leisure Brookside Play Equipment Repairs 588.00
North Somerset Council Dog Bin Emptying 172.80
Edric Hobbs Bus Shelter Cleaning x 2 22.00
SSE Contracting Street Light Maintenance (4th quarter) 862.01
EDF Energy Spout & Steps Electricity 15/12/13 – 15/03/14 23.89
SSE Contracting Replacement Street Light Works 5,509.22
SB Fencing Washing Pound Bollards – Supply & Erect 348.00
Arthur Taylor Website Hosting 66.54
J Smart Expenses 100.30
Mark Fuller Salary 759.34
Julie Smart Salary 1,324.24
Post Office Limited Tax & NICs 414.44
Bath & NES Council Pension Contributions 331.83
Cllr Langton, seconded by Cllr Kent, agreed approval of the accounts for payments.
17. Issues for future meetings
PILL & EASTON-IN-GORDANO PARISH COUNCIL
MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE
MONDAY 24th MARCH 2014 AT 7.30pm at THE RESOURCE CENTRE
1. The following application had been received:-
14/P/0562/ADV Bus Stop
14/P/0575/F 1 Station Road
Application for consent to display illuminated
advertising in the bus shelter at Baltic Place.
Demolish existing stone wall, construct retaining
wall, and rebuild the demolished wall to the same
height and design using existing reclaimed stone.
Following discussion, Councillors suggested that
the wall be moved back into the boundary of the
site to enable a widened without the need to go
into Station Road. Also the current coping stones
should be reused.
2. The following application had been approved:-
Barns at Happerton Farm
14/P/0162/TPO Penny Brohn Cancer Care
Chapel Pill Lane
Conversion and refurbishment of barns A, B and
D with the creation of a first floor barn A and the
demolition of barn C, and erection of a single storey
link extension all to form 1No. residential dwelling.
1 Cedar – Thin crown 15% & reduce long laterals
by 1.5m. Remove dead and broken branches &
any storm damage which cannot be seen from the