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PRESTON PARISH COUNCIL 

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON THURSDAY, 5 JANUARY 2012 

 

PRESENT:  Cl r Mrs C Sutton, (Chairman), Cl r R Canton, Cl r Mrs P Chester-Master, Cl r T Hopegood, 
Cl r N Price, Cl r C Bennett (District) until 7.30 pm, Cl r Mrs Juliet Layton (District) until 7.30 pm and 
Mrs C Braidwood (Clerk) 
 

1. 

Apologies and Reasons for Absence  
Cl r Mrs Regine Freyne (Personal) and Julie Tomblin  (Personal) 

 

 

2. 

Declarations of Interests 
None 

 

 

3. 

Acceptance and signing of Minutes of Meeting held on Thursday, 5 November 2011 
RESOLUTION 1/12 
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  Traffic Calming 

The Clerk confirmed that letters had been sent to occupants of Vil age Farm Units and 
copied to Peter Godwin, Gloucestershire Highways.  A response had been received from 
Tim Herbert which had been circulated. 
Cl r Hopegood advised that he had received details of Highways’ proposal for building a 
raised area in the junction of Vil age Street / Kingshil  Lane.  The work would include 
reinstating road markings, provide demarcation of the junction and have minimal cost 
implications.  Cl r Hopegood would circulate these proposals by email and also look at 
alternatives.   

4.2  Footpath Finger Posts 

An estimate of £200 per post in oak had been obtained but in view of budgetary priorities 
it was agreed to defer further action until next year. 

4.3  Tree at Kingsway Junction 

The Clerk advised that the verge is the responsibility of Bromford Housing Association and 
that their grounds maintenance crew had felled the wrong tree.  It was noted that 
Bromford intend to maintain the verge in the future. 

4.4 

 
 
 

Action: 

Grit / Salt opposite Preston Cottage 
It was noted that Gloucestershire Highways had responded to the request and had 
placed a green bin containing salt at the junction of Witpit Lane.  Mrs A Swain had 
enquired about salting arrangements and the Clerk was instructed to advise her that 
neither the County Council nor the Parish Council carried out salting in the vil age. 

 

 

5. 

Co-option of New Councillor 
RESOLUTION 2/12 
It was unanimously agreed to co-opt Mrs Julie Tomblin to fil  the vacancy. 

 

 

6. 

Reports from County and District Councillors 
and Cl rs J Layton, C Bennett and  
Cl r C Bennett (District) advised: 
  A419 Bridge work is going well with regular bul etins being circulated on progress. 
  Planning application for Siddington Park Farm is for access only 
  Confirmed that he is supporting South Cerney Cricket Club from the Commissioning 

Young People grant and  is making enquiries about other possible recipients in 
Siddington 

Cl r Ms J Layton (District) advised: 

  Making arrangements for Mr David Neudegg (CEO of CDC) to attend the next Council 

meeting on 7 March.  She suggested that specific questions should be advised in 
advance, if possible, to ensure that information is available. 

  Tenders have been received for South Cerney Education Centre but it is believed that 

they do not currently meet the specified criteria. 

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  Cl r Ms Layton and Cl r E Jenkins are supporting the Wil ow Pageant taking place in 

early March in Primary and Secondary Schools in the Water Parks Ward.  This event wil  
cover a wider age range of 11 – 20 years and wil  be well publicised throughout the 
Ward.  

  There is to be a protest against car parking charges in the Brewery car park on Sunday. 

Cl r E Jenkins (District) and Cl r S Parsons (County) were unavailable. 

 

 

7. 

Questions from the Public 
None 

 

 

8. 

Playing Field  
Cl r Canton reported that it has been kept fairly clear of litter recently and that the vehicle 
that had been seen on several occasions has not reappeared since Cl r Mrs Freyne had 
contacted the Police. 

 

 

9. 

Village Hall  
The Chairman advised that there is to be a meeting of the Committee next week.  With 
donations and £80 from the raffle, the Christmas event had raised £172.  Alternative forms 
of heating and secondary double glazing are being considered.  An air to air heat pump 
would be the ideal solution but some consider them to be noisy.  Cl r Hopegood agreed to 
put the Committee in contact with experienced heating engineers. 

 

 

10. 

Finance 

10.1  Current Budget Status and Balance at the Bank 

Circulated and noted.  It was also noted that the photocopying bil  for the Newsletter has 
not yet been received. 

10.2  Bills for Payment since the last Meeting 

RESOLUTION 3/12 
The Chairman Proposed and Members unanimously resolved to approve. 
HMRC – PAYE                                 Chq No 456                 £  130.80 
Clerk’s Salary 6 Oct – 31 Dec       Chq No 457                 £  523.57 
Clerk’s Expenses                            Chq No 458                 £      8.64 
GRCC Membership                       Chq No 459                 £    25.00 
Preston Vil age Hal  Rental            Chq No 460                £     84.00 
An instruction for the Clerk’s Salary and PAYE to be paid by standing order from 25 January 
2012 was also approved. 

10.3  Advice Note from NALC re Increased Precept Requests 

It was noted that Parish Council Precepts wil  not be capped for 2012 – 2013 but this 
situation may change at some time in the future. 

10.4 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Action: 

Budget for 2012 – 2013  
RESOLUTION 4/12 
Members considered requirements for the coming year and unanimously resolved to 
approve the budget as attached and the Precept request for £12,475 for the year 2012-
2013.  Whilst this would give an increase of £2,675 it would result in a minimal cost increase 
per property in view of the increased number of properties due to the Kings Meadow 
development.    Considerations were given to: 
  purchase and instal ation of one new noticeboard estimated at approx.  £2,000 which 

would replace one of the existing boards.  

  Acceptance of a 3 year grass cutting contract for the Playing Field with Bibury at £49 

per cut al owing 15 cuts per year total ing £735 per annum.  This would include 
maintenance of the hedge opposite the Old Rectory provided it is reduced to a 
maximum height of 1.8m which Gloucestershire Highways would be requested to do. 

  Heating for the Village Hal  which is being reviewed by the Management Committee. 

10.5  Support for Citizens Advice Bureau 

It was agreed to defer to the next financial year and to contribute £40 if funds al ow. 

10.6  Support for the Cotswold Tree Wardens Group 

Declined. 

10.7  Support for the Cotswold Volunteers 

It was agreed to defer to the next financial year and to contribute £40 if funds al ow. 

10.8  Renewal of Gloucestershire Rural Community Council Membership 

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It was agreed to renew membership.  See Item 10.2/12  

 

 

11. 

Planning 

11.1  New Planning Applications 

  11/05462/FUL   Land At Siddington Park Farm, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6ET  

Construction of site access, including connection to new roundabout on A419  
Response extended to 6 January 2012 
RESOLUTION 5/12 
It was resolved that no objection would be made to this application but Members 
requested that when the new road signs are instal ed, that the existing ones are reviewed 
and the obsolete signs removed. 

 

 

12. 

Website – www.prestonpc.org.uk  
It was agreed to form a sub group of Cl r Mrs Sutton, Cl r Mrs Chester-Master and Cl r 
Canton with the Clerk to formulate the information to be included and this would meet on 
11 January 2012 at 2pm.  It was agreed that Parish Council email addresses would be used 
for al  Members and that photographs of the vil age and events would be added. 

 

 

13. 

Correspondence 

 

  Correspondence Information Sheet – attached 

It was agreed that the Clerk would compile a list of correspondence received and 
circulate it monthly by email. 

 

  GCC – Road Closure Notice 

Noted 

 

  CDC – Request for Copy of the Electoral Register 

Requests were completed.  The Clerk would contact Members not in attendance by 
email. 

 

 

14. 

Any Other Business 
  Cl r Hopegood advised that he wil  be moving away from the vil age in a few months’ 

time and wil  be standing down from the Council at the AGM in May.  Members 
expressed their regret and thanked Cl r Hopegood for his valuable work particularly with 
the refurbishment of the Vil age Hal . 

  Cl r Canton expressed concern that the Cricklade Road wil  be cleared when the 

pedestrian bridge over the A419 is completed.  Cl r Hopegood was confident that the 
contractors would make good when the work is completed but it was agreed to 
monitor the situation. 

 

 

15. 

Date and Time of Next Meeting 
Thursday, 1 March 2012 at 7.00 pm in the Village Hall 

 
 

There being no further business the meeting closed at 21.10