background image

Chairman   

                

 

Page 1 

 

PRESTON PARISH COUNCIL 

 

MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING HELD ON  

THURSDAY, 3 MAY 2012 

 

PRESENT:  Cl r Mrs C Sutton, (Chairman), Cl r Mrs P Chester-Master (Vice-Chairman), Cl r R Canton, Cl r 
Mrs Regine Freyne, Cl r Mrs J Tomblin, Cl r C Bennett (District), Cl r Ms J Layton (District), Cl r S Parson 
(County), 3 members of the public and Mrs C Braidwood (Clerk) 
 
1. 

Apologies for Absence 
Cl r N Price (Personal) and Cl r E Jenkins (District) 

 

 

2. 

Minutes of the last Parish Meeting held on 10 May 2011   
It was agreed that the Minutes were a true and accurate record of the previous meeting 
and were signed by the Chairman. 

 

 

3. 

Annual Report of Preston Parish Council 
The Chairman gave a report from the Parish Council which is attached. 
Cl r Mrs Chester-Master gave a vote of thanks to the Chairman and the Clerk. 

 

 

4. 

Questions from the Public 
Sign to South Cerney on the A419 
It was noted that the sign is twisted and the Clerk was requested to contact 
Gloucestershire Highways. 
A419 
It was noted that the flashing sign does not work and the Clerk was requested to advise 
Gloucestershire Highways.  It was also noted that once the gap is closed on the central 
reservation, there wil  be no safe crossing for pedestrians and cycles.  It was agreed to 
request a site visit with Scott Macaulay-Lowe from Gloucestershire Highways. 
Additional Grit bin on corner of South Cerney Road at Toll Bar 
Clerk was requested to investigate.  
Signs for Village Farm 
Currently set into the wal  and need to be clearer.  Clerk was requested to contact Mr 
Huck. 

 

 

5. 

Any Other Business 
Cllr C Bennett (District)
 advised that: 
He is stepping down as Chairman of the Licensing Committee to become Vice Chairman 
of Council for the coming year.  He gave an overview of CDC’s Licensing department 
saying that there are 600 licensed premises in the District with 1052 licence applications in 
the last 12 months but not only alcohol.  There are relatively few problems.  When asked 
about an incident when underage children hired a room at pub for a party and many 
got drunk, he advised that such incidents should be reported to the Licensing department 
where staff carry out spot checks. 
Cllr Ms J Layton (District) (report attached) 
Cllr S Parsons (County)

  Grant from national government cut and many savings to find to reduce budget of 

£400 mil ion (excluding Schools) by £114 mil ion. 

  Staff reduced by over 1,000 (29%) by using voluntary redundancies and no 

replacement of retiring staff.  Particularly severe when civil service staff only fell by 
about 10%. 

  Gloucestershire has one of fastest growing elderly populations in the country. 
  Council tax has been frozen. 
  1.5% unemployed in the County which is below the national average. 
  Supporting the improvement of broadband in rural areas. 
  £1m scheme to help first time buyers by providing guaranteed deposit of 5% in 

partnership with Lloyds TSB. 

  Bus network has been revamped and despite some teething problems is now working 

well. Members of the public complained that the frequency and timings are not good 

background image

Chairman   

                

 

Page 2 

 

which Cl r Parsons agreed to investigate and the Clerk was requested to investigate if 
the Tesco bus is stil  running.   

  Mobile Libraries have been retained but changes to the service being considered. 
  South Cerney Education Centre – being leased to new people who are experienced 

and have substantial cash behind them.   

 

 

6. 

The Meeting Closed at 8.15 pm