MINUTES OF THE CHEBSEY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
HELD ON MONDAY 14 DECEMBER 2020 at 7 pm
IN ALL SAINTS CHURCH, CHEBSEY
Present: Councillor Margaret Ainsworth-Hickman, Chair
Councillor Richard Hopley, Vice Chair
Councillor David Davis
Councillor John Green
Councillor Julie Lawson
In attendance: Liz Harrington-Jones (Clerk)
Apologies: Councillor Bob Jones
Councillors Jeremy Pert, Staffordshire County Council (SCC)
1111 Welcome and Public Participation
The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting. There were no members of the public present;
the Chairman had received a report of a dangerous overhanging branch on an ash
The Chair reminded Councillors that any fruit and vegetable
orders should be submitted by Monday 21 December for delivery on Tuesday 22
December. A charge of £36 for the
collection of garden refuse bins would apply from 1 January 2021; notices
reminding residents had been placed on all notice boards. Posters had been put up in Chebsey village
The Clerk had been contacted by a concerned member of the public over calf carcases left at the entrance to a field in Chebsey; Trading Standards (Animal Welfare) had been notified and the matter had been resolved by them.
The Clerk had ordered a new battery for the defibrillator in the telephone box, Chebsey.
1112 Reports from Borough and
There were no reports from Borough or
The Chair closed the public session of the meeting.
1113 Apologies had been submitted by Cllr Bob Jones and SBC Cllr Jones (SBC) and Cllr Pert (SCC).
1114 Declarations of Interest Cllr Hopley declared an interest in any items relating to Network Rail or HS2.
1115 Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on Monday 9 November 2020
RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 9 November 2020 were accepted as a true record of the meeting and were signed by the Chair.
1116 Matters Arising, from the meeting held on 9 November 2020 and not discussed as agenda items
A letter had been sent to SBC Chief Executive raising concerns over the removal of a healthy mature oak tree from the Parish and the inconsistency with SBCs stated priorities of Covid 19 and Climate Change.
A reminder would be sent to SCC Rights of Way team following the request for handrails at the entrance to Footpath 11, and the request for an update on the situation regarding Footpath 18. Action: Clerk
would be sent to SCC Highways following the report of tree roots damaging the
road surface opposite St Luke’s Church Hall,
Councillors agreed that Christmas cards should be sent to the three volunteers who monitor the defibrillators each week, as a thank you for their commitment. Action: Clerk
The public liability for safety of footpaths would be checked. All footpaths in the Parish were difficult and on occasions dangerous to use following recent wet weather; Councillors were asked to forward any supplies of chicken wire to the Chair, as a volunteer would install it to improve the situation on Tommy’s Trail. Action: Clerk, All
Councillors agreed that Mr Challinor had done an excellent
job in replacing the damaged gate in
The Clerk would follow up concerns over the behaviour of Chebesey & Cold Meece PC and SRCG (Stone Rail Head Crisis Group) following the dispatch of a letter to the Chairman of the House of Lords Committee without any consultation. Action: Clerk
Cllr Davis reported that the camera van had attended
11117.i Planning decisions, Planning Appeals, and to consider any Planning Applications made
Change of Use from Equestrian Centre to Class B8 (Storage & distribution) Use and associated works
20/33002/LBC and 20/33001/HOU APPROVED
Proposed oak frame, clay tile carport build off existing retaining wall
No Planning applications had been received since the October meeting.
1118.i Expenditure for December 2020
Clerk’s salary (December) and expenses 168.81
Green Landscapes (grass
Mr E Challinor, replacement gate at Norton Bridge 320.00 Total expenditure £632.81
NatWest current account (25 November 2020) 8,988.29
less unpresented cheques 225.00
Less monthly expenditure (December) 632.81 Balance £8,130.48
RESOLVED That the expenditure for December 2020 of £632.81 was approved.
1119 Highway and Footpath Matters
1119.i Footpath 18, obstruction – update on progress to resolve
SCC Rights of Way officers had been asked for an update on compliance with the agreed conditions.
1119. ii The Brickle (also known as The Brittle) Footpath
Community work on The
Brickle had been transferred to resolving a dangerous situation on
1119.iii Tommy’s Trail, surface This item was covered under Minutes, Matters Arising, Agenda Item 1116.
1119 iv Consideration of replacement lawnmower After discussion Councillors agreed to continue with the existing Hayfield mower for as long as possible, and not to purchase a secondhand Mountfield mower.
1119.v Update from Road Safety Grant application with Yarnfield & Cold Meece PC This itgem had been covered under Minutes, Matters Arising, Agenda Item 1116.
1119vi Scamnel Lane A dangerous and deep (27”) drop had been
exposed at the side of
1119vii Local bus services, email from Eccleshall PC A request had been received from Eccleshall PC for information on the reaction to the loss of the local bus service to Chebsey, and the possibility of reinstating a local, subsidised, bus service to villages. After discussion Councillors agreed that the previous bus service had been missed, but they would prefer a mid morning/early afternoon return service to local towns. As a rural Parish with a limited precept there were no funds available to contribute to funding such a service.
1119viii Brown bin
for St Luke’s, Norton Bridge, and All Saint’s Church, Chebsey; Dropped kerb at
All Saimt’s Church, Chebsey Cllr Green reported the cost of installing a
dropped kerb by the road. Ater
discussion Councillors agreed this was a matter for the PCC, along with the
siting of brown bins at St Luke’s
Visign Stafford had quoted £120 for the design and manufacture of a sign to fix on to the gazebo, plus £60 installation. The Clerk had circulated draft wording to Councillors for consultation, and would circulate a list of contributors to the area for consideration by Councillors later in the week. Action: Clerk
1121 HS2/Network Rail update
Work on the project was continuing; there had been no recent updates issued.
1122 Defibrillators A replacement battery for the defibrillator at Chebsey was on order. Letters would be sent to residents’ organisations at Cold Meece for help with replacing the defibrillator there as it was becoming increasingly difficult to maintain it as it was no longer in production. Action: Clerk
1123 Procedure for recruitment of Parish Clerk Advertisements have been placed on the website, notice boards, SPCA weekly bulletin, and SLCC Facebook. No applications had been received to date; a number of Parish Councils were also currently seeking replacement Clerks. It was agreed to re-advertise in the New Year.
1124 Co-option to fill vacancy on Chebsey Parish Council Interviews for the vacancy had been moved to January as one candidate had been contacted by the Track and Trace system and had been unable to attend in December.
1125 Correspondence received The Clerk reported the receipt of items of routine correspondence during lockdown; email correspondence had been forwarded to Councillors.
1126 Items for the next Parish Council meeting should be forwarded to the Clerk as soon as possible - Precept requirements and projects for 2021/2022
1110 Date of Next Meeting The next meeting of Chebsey Parish Council will take place on Monday 11 January 2021 in All Saints Church, Chebsey, at 7 pm. The Chair closed the meeting at 8.10 pm, thanked everyone for attending, and wished them all a Happy Christmas and New Year.