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Clerk to the Council: Mrs A Preece, 24 Holmes Orchard, Alveley, Shropshire WV15 6NX

Telephone: 01746 781171 or 07572 108924

E-mail: churchillandblakedownclerk@gmail.com


To Members of Churchill and Blakedown Parish Council 10th February 2016

You are duly summoned to attend the Meeting of Churchill and Blakedown Parish Council to be held at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 17th February 2016 at Blakedown Sports Pavilion.


1. Chairman’s Opening Remarks.

2. Apologies for absence: To receive apologies and to approve reasons for absence.

3. Declarations of Interest: To receive any declarations of interest.

4. Community Policing: To receive the report from the Beat Officer/CSO.

The meeting will be adjourned for Public Question Time.

Residents are invited to give their views and question the Parish Council on issues on this agenda, or raise issues for future consideration at the discretion of the Chairman; brief notes will be appended on the minutes as an aide memoire.


5. Dispensations: To consider any requests to grant a dispensation for Agenda items.

6. Planning and Development Control:

a) Planning Applications Received

16/0024/FULL 20/01/2016 DEL Single storey extension to rear of property, increase in height of garage roof, changes to external materials, creation of balcony to rear, and associated works including new roof lights and window changes

Churchill and Blakedown


Remodelling of existing roof, part front facade and part rear gable; demolition of 1no. Existing chimney; replacement windows; insulated render to existing walls; installation of new roof lights; replacement double garage. Date Received: 15 December 2015


Single storey front and rear extensions. Detached garage and store.

Date Received: 04 December 2015


Part demolition and the erection of extensions to include Tea Room, New entrance and internal remodelling. Date Received: 09 December 2015


Conversion of rural building to form dwelling. Date Received: 04 December 2015

b) Planning Decisions Received

15/0652/FULL – 46 BELBROUGHTON ROAD, BLAKEDOWN – Single storey rear extension.

15/0656/TREE THE REDDINGS 12 CHURCHILL LANE, BLAKEDOWN – Fell row of conifers.


7. Highways, Traffic, Street Lighting, Car Park and Parking Matters:

a) Update on any traffic and parking issues since last meeting.

b) The Avenue car park – any updates since last meeting.

c) Any street lighting issues to be raised.

8. District and County Council Matters: To receive any report from County or District Council representatives.

9. Minutes: To consider the approval of the minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on Wednesday 20th January 2016 (enclosed).

10. Lengthsman and Environmental Maintenance Reports:

a) Lengthsman

b) Litter and benches

c) Grass cutting

11. Charitable Incorporate Organisation: To receive any updates.

12. Signal Box: To receive any updates.

13. Neighbourhood Plan: To receive any updates following the meeting with Wyre Forest District Council on Friday15th January 2016.

14. Reports for information:

  1. Parish Website
  2. Neighbourhood Watch
  3. Sports Pavilion

15. Procurement of External Auditors: Members are required to make a decision on whether or not to opt out of the new National Association of Local Councils arrangements for Parish Councils with a turnover exceeding £25,000.

16. Financial Report and Payment of Accounts

a) Bank Balances at 13th January 2016

Lloyds Treasurers Account £54, 513.53

Unity Trust Treasurers Account £7,429.86

Lloyds Business Instant Access Account £34, 436.70

Note: £36,322.57 of the above balances relates to funds being held by the Parish

Council, those funds are not available for expenditure by the Parish Council.

b) To consider payments (totalling £56,327.72) to be made as listed below:

A Preece –Salary £380.04 BACS

A Preece – Expenses £142.15 BACS

HMRC £30.40 BACS

Gordon Stevens – Neighbourhood Plan £500.00 BACS

DPS – Newsletter Jan 2015 £125.00 BACS

CPRE – Membership renewal £36.00 BACS

Staples £21.86 BACS

N Power £578.84 BACS

Transfer from Lloyds Bank to Unity Trust Bank £54,513.53 001379

M Jones – Lengthsman/other works – to be advised

c) To ratify the following payments:

*WFDC (building regulations signal box) £450.00 300052

*Severn Trent (signal box) £253.57 300053

*Western Power (signal box) £983.36 BACS

*Please note that any payments made in relation to the signal box are being made from grant funding and not from Parish Council funds.

d) Bank Reconciliation: To complete the bank reconciliation for the period ending 31.12.15

e) Increase in Clerk’s Salary to SCP 21: Members are asked to approve the annual increment in the Clerk’s salary to £10.26 per hour

f) Precept: Members are asked to make a decision on the amount of Parish precept to be set for the 2016-2017 financial year. (Sample precept modelling issued with agenda)

g) British Legion Donation: Members are asked to consider if they wish to increase the amount of donation to the British Legion for this financial year and if so make a decision on the amount of the donation. £30 donation already made on collection of one Remembrance Day wreath.

Meeting dates for 2015-2017 Municipal year

The Queen’s 90th Birthday – To consider ways of celebrating this event.

7.2 2 February 2016 10:00 a.m. -Provisional date for a meeting with Cllr S Clee and D Hunter regarding traffic problems in the parish; A448 and Harvington Hall Lane. 7.3 Councillor Training Session – Monday 15 February 2016 at 7:00 Village Hall – Management, Meetings and Money. 8.30 8. Consultations 8.1 Wyre Forest District Council proposal to hold elections every four years. 8.2 Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire – Consultation on clinical model.

17. Clerk’s Report: Clerks report on ongoing items (circulated with agenda).

18. Correspondence for Information: To note correspondence listed on the Correspondence

Report (circulated with agenda). Correspondence will be available for inspection at the meeting.

19. Cuncillor’s Reports and items for future agendas: Councillors may use this opportunity to

report matters of information not included elsewhere on the agenda and to raise items for future agendas.

20. Date of Next Meeting: 16th March 2016 at 7.30 p.m. in the Pavilion, Blakedown Sports Centre, Birmingham Road, Blakedown.


Clerk to Churchill and Blakedown Parish Council

Dates for your Diary:

14th March 2016 – Standards, Transparency and Local Council Award Scheme Training

15th March 2016 – Parish Games Quiz – 7.00 p.m. Kidderminster Town Hall

20th April 2016 – Parish Council Meeting – 7.30 p.m. in the Pavilion, Blakedown Sports Centre

7.4 Parish Conference – Wednesday 25 February 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at County Hall, Worcester.