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Chairman   

                5 January 2012

 

551 | P a g e  

 

PRESTON PARISH COUNCIL 

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON THURSDAY, 3 NOVEMBER 2011 

 

PRESENT:  Cl r Mrs C Sutton, (Chairman), Cl r R Canton, Cl r Mrs P Chester-Master, Cl r Mrs R Freyne, 
Cl r T Hopegood, Cl r N Price, Cl r C Bennett (District) until 20.00, Mrs S Cameron and Mrs C 
Braidwood (Clerk) 
 
David Scott Maldon and Keith Cockell of English Care Villages were welcomed  to the meeting 
and then gave a presentation on the proposed Care Vil age development at Siddington Park 
Farm. 

  Currently operating 5 vil ages people providing a better alternative for older people who 

are able to live in their own homes with ancil ary care as required -  giving assisted living. 

  Over 75’s and over 85’s are increasing in numbers resulting in demand for care on varying 

levels. 

  Siddington site is on the edge of a thriving community yet near to amenities. 
  Site wil  be built around a vil age square with an extra care home at the centre 
  Main building  wil  contain a reception, dining room, café /bar, private dining room, shop 

(basic essentials), admin offices (domiciliary care offices), library, laundry, wellness centre 
(swimming pool), sauna and treatment rooms, low impact gym al  geared to older 
people.  Facilities wil  also be available to NHS, private healthcare and the general public. 

  Care Bedrooms for those with nursing needs wil  be grouped together for similar care.  
  Mainly 1 bedroom apartments for those requiring more independence.   Meals can be 

taken in dining room or delivered. 

  Building wil  be of good quality stone, timber windows and good proportions using the roof 

for additional floor - bungalows very land hungry.  Development wil  be sympathetic to 
landscape. Root protection zone for trees during development and wil  only remove some 
grade B trees.  Perimeter trees wil  remain to give screen from the road. 

  Provide comprehensive transport system to encourage residents to give up their own 

vehicles and also car clubs 

  Wil  use local hospital and GP practices for health care. 
  Wil  provide equivalent of 70 ful  time jobs.  In Painswick 30% were recruited local y.  On-site 

training wil  be given to staff including NVQ’s. 

  New roundabout to give access on to the site (al owing development of B1 employment 

land) and wil  be built before development begins.   

  Planning application wil  be made in December and wil  involve change of use.   

 

1. 

Apologies and Reasons for Absence 
Cl r Shaun Parsons (County) and Cl r Ms Juliet Layton (District) 

 

 

2. 

Declarations of Interest 
Cl r N Price declared an Interest in Item 9.5 

 

 

3. 

Acceptance and signing of Minutes of Meeting, held on Thursday, 1 September 2011 
It was agreed that the Minutes were a true and accurate record of the previous 
meeting and were signed by the Chairman. 

 

 

4. 

Matters Arising from the Minutes 

4.1 

South Cerney Outdoor Education Centre – To Receive Update  
It had been reported in the press that the site wil  be sold as Group 12 have been 
unable to find funding to go forward. 

4.2 

A419 Action Group - Report from Meeting 27 September 2011  
Cl r Mrs Freyne advised that the initial meeting to judge support had been well 
attended.  There was plenty of enthusiasm but funding for the campaign could be a 
problem together with finding people with the necessary skil s to drive it forward.   
Although she felt that it is unlikely that anything wil  be done until the road requires re-
surfacing in 30 years’after construction ( ie in 15 years ) time, she recommended that 
the Council should continue to support to ensure that the work is carried out correctly 
at that time. 

4.3 

Traffic calming in Kingshill Lane and Preston Village  

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Action: 

Cl rs Canton, Hopegood and Price had met with Highways Officers on 21 October.  It 
was acknowledged that speeding traffic in Kingshil  Lane is difficult to deal with.  
Traffic is coming into the vil age too quickly and cutting the corner.  It was agreed 
that no one wants speed humps in the vil age and to investigate modifying the 
junction to reduce the width.  The entrance at the other end of the vil age was not 
discussed nor was it considered to be a problem as parked cars at the top of the 
vil age reduce traffic speed.   
Concern was expressed that the users of the workshops at Vil age Farm create a 
traffic speed hazard and it was agreed to write to al  of the units requesting that 
greater care is taken and to ask Mr C Huck to repair the badly fitting drain cover.  

4.4 

Playing field gate post repair –Update  
Cl r Canton confirmed that this has been carried out. 

4.5 
 
 
 
 
Action:
 

Impact of increased in number of properties on the Precept –Update  
The Clerk confirmed that CDC’s Revenue section had incorrectly categorised al  of 
the new properties in Kingshil  Meadow as Cirencester and are in the process of 
making the necessary amendments.  It is believed that 46 Bromford properties are 
now occupied and this wil  be checked, advised by email and confirmed at the next 
meeting. 

4.6 
 
 
 
Action:
 

Survey of parish footpath signs – To Receive Update  
It was suggested that new finger posts could be sourced for Parish footpaths as part of 
a Jubilee project.  It was agreed to investigate costs for discussion at the next 
meeting.  It was also suggested that a tree could be planted opposite the chestnut at 
the junction with Kingshil  Lane. 

 

 

5. 

Reports from County and District Councillors 
Not available 

 

 

6. 

Questions from the Public 
None 

 

 

7. 

Playing Field  
Cl r Canton reported that the rubbish has been cleared from the rough ground and 
that it is in a much better condition.  It was noted that an extra cut may be required 
before the end of the growing season. 

 

 

8. 

Village Hall - Management Committee Report  
The Chairman advised that Barbara Pond of GRCC was advising the Committee 
about possible funding although there is not much available.  The Committee are also 
keen to proceed with the lowest level of Hallmarking which wil  cover administration, 
H&S checks, first aid etc.  Website training was also offered.  The Committee currently 
have £1,000 in their account but have winter fuel bil s coming up together with 
insurance. 

 

 

9. 

Finance 

9.1 

Clerk’s Contract of Employment and Appoint the Responsible Financial Officer 
RESOLUTION 14/11 
The Chairman proposed and the Council RESOLVED to sign the 
Clerk’s Contract (attached) and she was also appointed the Council’s RFO. 

9.2 
 
 
 
 
Action:
 

Current Budget Status and Balance at the Bank 
The Clerk presented a budget status and confirmed that at 30 September there was a 
total of £8,143.74 in the bank accounts.  However, the bank statements are stil  being 
posted to Mrs Jennings and, therefore, up to date information is not available.  The 
Clerk would endeavour to correct this situation in time for the next meeting and 
check the bank accounts. 

9.3 

Bills for Payment since the last Meeting 
RESOLUTION 15/11  
The Chairman proposed and the Council RESOLVED to pay the 
fol owing bil s: 
Kate Crook                      Clerk’s Salary & Expenses    Chq 452                £215.57 
N H Beasley                     Playing Field Gate Post        Chq 453                £276.24 
Bibury                               Playing Field Grasscutting   Chq 455                £223.20 
Vil age Hal  Committee-Vil age Hal  rent                     Chq 456                 

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9.4 
 
Action:
 

Budget for 2012 – 2013 
A draft budget was discussed (attached) and it was agreed to finalise this at the next 
meeting.  Cl r Hopegood reported that a new noticeboard would cost in the region of 
£2,000 plus instal ation of approx. £500 and it was agreed to take this into 
consideration when finalising the budget. 

9.5 
 
Action:
 

Grounds Maintenance Contract for 2012 – 2013 
It was agreed to ask Bibury to submit a quotation for a 3 year contract for 
consideration at the next meeting. 

9.6 
 
Action:
 

To Consider Internet Banking 
RESOLUTION 16/11  
The Chairman proposed and the Council RESOLVED to approve 
the Clerk’s use of Internet banking. 

 

 

10. 

Planning 

10.1 

New Planning Applications 
None 

10.2 

Planning Decision Received 
None 

10.3 

Planning Correspondence 

10.3.1/11  Email dated 10 October from Mr B Bendall, CDC Planning Officer relating to 

11/03809/FUL   Mr D Swain, Dormans, Preston GL7 5PR  Erection of first floor side 
extension over garage 
Noted 

10.3.2/11  Guidance from CDC re Occupation of Holiday Units 

Noted 

10.3.3/11  CDC’s Request for Potential Employment, Retail or Commercial Use Land 

It was agreed that al  potential Employment, Retail and Commercial land has already 
been identified. 

 

 

11. 
 
Action:
 

Website - To Receive Update 
It was agreed to progress the purchase of prestonpc.org.uk domain name and for the 
Clerk to work on a website. 

 

 

12. 

Correspondence 

12.1/11 

Email from GAPTC including  Current Update and Advice of Consultation on 
Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 
Noted 

12.2/11 

Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations 
See Item 4.6.   

12.3/11 

Boundary Commission’s Initial Proposals for new Parliamentary Constituencies in 
England 
Noted. 

 

Any other urgent correspondence received since publication of the agenda 

 

 

13. 
 
 
 
 
Action: 
 
 
Action: 
 
 
Action:
 

Any Other Business 
Dog Waste Bin 
A request had been received for an additional bin at the top of the vil age but it was 
not considered necessary at this time. 
Tree in verge on junction to Kingsway 
It was agreed to ask Gloucestershire Highways if they are responsible. 
Grit Salt 
It was agreed to request a blue bin of grit /salt to be left on the verge between Witpit 
Lane and Preston Cottage by the sign post. 
Village Newsletter 
It was agreed to write to Dot Warren to thank her for her enthusiasm and al  of the 
work that she puts in on the Newsletter. 

 

 

14. 

Date and Time of Next Meeting 
Thursday, 5 January 2012 at 7.00 pm in the Village Hall 

There being no further business the meeting closed at 21.45