Parish Council

Clerk’s Report: January 2018

Councillor Norman Davis

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Councillor Norman Davis, on Thursday 4 January 2018.

Councillor Davis served on the Council since 2006 and fulfilled the roles of Lead Councillor for Planning and Rights of Way.  He was instrumental in successfully campaigning for dropped kerbs in the village to improve access for disability scooter and pushchair users. His most recent nomination was as the Council’s representative on the Church Piece Charity.

He made a valuable contribution to life in his community and the Parish Council.  He was a true, honest gentleman and an inspiration to us all.

Councillor Davis will be sorely missed, and our thoughts and sincere condolences go to his wife Carol, family and friends.

New Councillor

The Council welcome Oliver Grimes who was co-opted as a new Parish Councillor at the meeting on 10-Jan-2018.

Planning

17/11955/FUL – Cherry Tree House, Seagry Road, SN15 4RX – Two storey extension to replace current garage. Single storey extension to rear. An outbuilding will accommodate a new double garage and gym with a first-floor office space – Object.

Finance

Expenditure was approved for:

  • Community Grant for the VHMC at £500 for a Community Cinema
  • Support was given for an application by the School for an advisory, part time 20mph speed limit on the B4069 High Street with a potential cost of £1,500.00, being a 25% contribution to Wiltshire Council’s cost of works
  • Support was given for an application by the School for keep clear and parking restrictions road markings on Chestnut Road with a potential cost of £500.00, being a 25% contribution to Wiltshire Council’s cost of works.
  • The Draft Budget (v1.3) for 2018-19 was approved, subject to agreed amendments discussed at the meeting
  • The Council identified an increase in the financial commitment to grounds maintenance within the village and so it was agreed to a 2% increase on the Precept to £21.11 per household, giving the Parish Council a total Precept of £11,453.02 for 2018-19.

Highways

The Parish Steward will next be in the village on 12/13 February 2018 – please report any issues to Cllr Phil Jones or the Parish Clerk.

Road Closure

A350 to J17, M4 15-Jan to 8-Feb 2018 will be closed in 2 Phases between 20.00 and 06.00 on weeknights for Wilts Council to undertake works for A350/M4 improvements.

Church Piece Charity

Cllr K Pound was appointed as the Councils nominated trustee on the Church Piece Charity.

Great British Spring Clean 2-4 March 18

Cllr Ben Carter will be co-ordinating this event.  If you would like to get involved, please contact him at ben.carter@oldmillgroup.co.uk.  Details will also be available on the website.

Parish Councillor Vacancies

We have 3 Vacancies on the Parish Council.  To be an effective Council and to properly represent the whole Community we really need to fill these vacancies – if you are aged 18+, on the Electoral Register for the Parish and would be interested in joining the team please contact the Clerk.

Next Parish Council Meeting

The next Parish Council meeting will be on Wednesday 14 February 2018 in the Village Hall, commencing at 7.45pm.

 

Road Closure Notice A350-J17 M4 15th Jan – 8th Feb 2018

Wiltshire Council
Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Closure of:

A350 (Part), A429 (Part) and M4 Roundabout, Junction 17, Kington Langley and Stanton St. Quintin

Phase One: 15 January, 22 January until 25 January & 30 January until 2 February 2018.
Week nights between the hours of 20.00 and 06.00

Phase Two: 16 January 2018 until 22 January 2018, 25 January until 30 January & 5 February until 8 February 2018.
Week nights between the hours of 20.00 and 06.00

Notice (TTRO 5100) is hereby given that the Wiltshire Council has made an Order to close temporarily to all traffic:

Phase One – Northbound:

a) A350 (Part), Kington Langley; from its junction with Plough Crossroads to its junction with M4 Junction 17.

b) M4 Roundabout Junction 17, Kington Langley / Stanton St. Quintin; from its junction with A350 to its junction with A429.

c) A429 (Part), Stanton St. Quintin; from its junction with M4 Junction 17 to its junction with C72 Bouverie Park East.

Phase Two – Southbound:

d) M4 Roundabout Junction 17, Kington Langley / Stanton St. Quintin; from its junction with A429 to its junction with A350.

e) A429 (Part), Stanton St. Quintin; from its junction with C72 Bouverie Park East to its junction with M4 Junction 17.

To enable: Wilts Council to undertake works for A350/M4 highways improvement.

Alternative routes:

Phase One:
M4 westbound traffic: A350 (unaffected length) – A420 – A46 – M4 Jct 18.
M4 eastbound traffic: A350 (unaffected length) – A420 – A4 – A3102 – M4 Junction 16. A429 / non-motorway traffic: A350 (unaffected length) – A420 – A4 – A3102 – B4042 – A429 (unaffected length).

Phase Two:
M4 westbound traffic: A429 (unaffected length) – B4042 – A3102 – M4.
M4 eastbound: A429 (unaffected length) – B4042 – A3102 – A4 – A420 – A46 – M4 Jct 18. Southbound / non-motorway traffic: B4042 – A3102 – A4 – A420 – A350 (unaffected length).

The closures and diversion routes will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.

For further information please contact Jack Francis (Wiltshire Council) on 07826 943272. Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN.

The Parish Council is deeply saddened to announce the death of Councillor Norman Davis

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Councillor Norman Davis, on Thursday 4 January 2018.

Councillor Davis served on the Council since 2006 and fulfilled the roles of Lead Councillor for Planning and Rights of Way.  He was instrumental in successfully campaigning for dropped kerbs in the village to improve access for disability scooter and pushchair users. His most recent nomination was as the Council’s representative on the Church Piece Charity.

He made a valuable contribution to the life of his community and the Parish Council.  He was a true, honest gentleman and an inspiration to us all.

Councillor Davis will be sorely missed, and our thoughts and sincere condolences go to his wife Carol and family.

Clerk’s Update: December 2017

UPDATE FROM SUTTON BENGER PARISH COUNCIL – DECEMBER 2017

Parish Councillor Vacancies – we have 3 Vacancies on the Parish Council.  To be an effective Council and to properly represent the whole Community we really need to fill these vacancies – if you are aged 18+, on the Electoral Register for the Parish and would be interested in joining the team please contact the Clerk.

Road Closure – B4122 from J17, M4 Roundabout to Junction with B4069 Draycot Cerne – will be closed from 18 January – 26 January 2018 (weeknights only) between the hours of 20.00 and 06.00 for Wilts Council to undertake works for A350/M4 improvements.  Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works.

School/High Street Crossing – Cllr Ben Carter is liaising with the School Governors and the Action Group to discuss what alternative safety measures can be introduced, including a School Crossing Patrol and advisory 20mph flashing signs on the High Street and keep clear & waiting restriction road markings on Chestnut Road.  A 25% contribution to the cost of these options would need to be met by the Parish Council.

Gossip Area Maintenance – many thanks to Peter Neale for all his hard work this year in maintaining the Council’s 4 Gossip Areas and cutting the ‘extra’ unowned grass verges and for the improvement work he recently carried out in Cowley Way.

WW1 Commemorative Tree on Rec – many thanks to Norman Hodnett, our resident Tree Warden, for all his help and advice on the tree we have planted at the Rec – it will be dedicated in a ceremony next year to commemorate WW1.  Also, many thanks to Cllr Keith Pound and his lovely wife for helping to plant the tree on a cold Saturday!

Rural Broadband Performance Survey – The Parish Council would like to better understand the broadband performance that we receive in the local area and have launched a survey to gather the data – please visit the website to complete the survey – http://www.suttonbengerparishcouncil.gov.uk/community-hub/rural-broadband

Next Parish Council Meeting

The next Parish Council meeting will be on Wednesday 10 January 2018 in the Village Hall, commencing at 7.45pm.

 

Wishing you all Good Health and Happiness in the coming year, from the Councillors and Clerk.

 

Clerk’s Report: November 2017

Update from Sutton Benger Parish Council – November 2017

Parish Councillor Vacancies – we have 3 Vacancies on the Parish Council.  To be an effective Council and to properly represent the whole Community we really need to fill these vacancies – if you are aged 18+, on the Electoral Register for the Parish and would be interested in joining the team please contact the Clerk.

Planning

17/09635/FUL – Oakleigh Acres, Draycot Cerne SN15 5LH – Two Bay Modular Office/Welfare Building & Demolition of Existing Office Building – Support.

17/09786/LBC – Avon Viaduct, Sth of Christian Malford, SN15 4LW – Installation of OLE masts for the electrification of the GWML – No Comment.

17/09908/TCA – 20 High Street, SN15 4RF – Fell 5 Elder (T1, T2, T3, T7 & T18), 1 Leylandii (T8), 1 Plum Tree (T9), 1 Apple Tree (T10), 1 Laburnam (T12), & Remove Secondary Stems from Plum Tree (T13); and 30% Reduction to Apple Tree (T11) – Support.

17/09800/FUL – Land South of Bell House Hotel, SN15 4RH – Proposed re-building of existing outbuilding to create new dwelling with landscaping – No Comment.

17/10158/LBC – Land South of Bell House Hotel, SN15 4RH – Proposed re-building of existing outbuilding to create new dwelling with landscaping – No Comment.

17/03417/OUT – Land South-East of Junction 17 of M4 Motorway, Kington Langley – further revised plans – an update on the current situation was given by Cllr Phil Jones.

Finance

Expenditure was approved for improvements to planting, maintenance and tree works at the Gossip Areas (£500) and releasing CIL funds to the Village Hall Management Committee for scoping plans for proposed improvements to the Village Hall.

The Cllrs suggested the following projects for inclusion in the Draft Budget for 2018-19:

  • Trim-trail around the Rec
  • Cycle rack at the village hall
  • Netball posts and hoops at the Rec

Gossip Area at Neville Terrace

The residents of Neville Terrace are to be consulted on proposals to try and improve the gravelled gossip area to the front of properties 6-10.

Highways

The Parish Steward will next be in the village on 4/5 December 2017 – please report any issues to the Parish Clerk.

Road Closure

B4122 from J17, M4 to Draycot Cerne 20-Nov to 8- Dec 2017 will be closed between 20.00 and 06.00 for Wilts Council to undertake works for A350/M4 improvements.

Household Recycling Centre Refurbishment Programme

The Centre at Stanton St Quintin will the CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT from 4 December to 18 December 2017.

School/High Street Crossing

Following the publication of the Taking Action on School Journey report for Sutton Benger Primary School, Cllr Ben Carter is to liaise with the School Governors to discuss what alternative safety measures can be introduced.

Rights of Way

Two stiles are in need of repair and Cllr Leigh Varnham is looking into the cost of replacing some of the stiles with kissing gates to improve access to some of the paths.

Neighbourhood Development Plan

Two members of the Group presented a comprehensive presentation of their Analysis of housing numbers and the Housing Policy, which is now with the Wiltshire Council Case Officer for amendment and review.  Cllr Sarah Kelly was appointed as the Liaison for the Parish Council.

Rural Broadband Performance Survey

The Parish Council would like to better understand the broadband performance that we receive in the local area and have launched a survey to gather the data – please visit the website to complete the survey – http://www.suttonbengerparishcouncil.gov.uk/community-hub/rural-broadband

Remembrance Sunday

Cllr Phil Jones represented the Parish Council and laid a Wreath at the Service held on 12 November 2017.  Many thanks to Alison Muir for arranging delivery of the wreath again this year.

Next Parish Council Meeting

The next Parish Council meeting will be on Wednesday 10 January 2018 in the Village Hall, commencing at 7.45pm.

Patient Transport Survey: 16 October – 10 November 2017

Clinical Commissioning Groups across the South West are seeking views from patients on how they can provide fair access to NHS-funded non-emergency transport.

The survey is open from Monday 16 October – Friday 10 November 2017.

The aim of the survey is to help inform the development of a consistent approach to eligibility for NHS-funded patient transport. Patient transport is a non-emergency service offered to people who cannot get to their hospital appointments because their health condition impacts on their ability to use routine transport (cars/trains/buses/taxis/wheelchair taxis).

National eligibility criteria were set in 2007, however these have been subject to variation in local interpretation, agreed exclusions and the way that eligibility is applied. The aim of the Clinical Commissioning Groups is to ensure that NHS-funded non-emergency patient transport is provided in a fair way for all those who need help getting to hospital appointments.

Complete the survey here.

Clerk’s Report: October 2017

UPDATE FROM SUTTON BENGER PARISH COUNCIL – OCTOBER 2017

Linda Bragg, Parish Clerk contact details – Tel: 07757 351584

Email: parishclerk@suttonbengerparishcouncil.gov.uk

New Parish Councillor – the Council were pleased to co-opt Sarah Kelly onto the Council.

Parish Councillor Vacancies – we still have 3 Vacancies on the Parish Council.  To be an effective Council and to properly represent the whole Community we really need to fill these vacancies – if you are aged 18+, on the Electoral Register for the Parish and would be interested in joining the team please contact the Clerk.

Planning

17/008454/FUL – 14 Queens Close – Single storey flat roof extension forming family room & study – No Objections.

17/08536/VAR – Stone House 37 Chestnut Road SN15 4RP – Variation of Condition 8 of N/02/02930/FUL (Dwelling house and garage) to allow for alterations to the front wall – No Objections.

17/08914/FUL – 19 Cowley Way SN15 4SD – Two storey side extension, conversion of part of existing garage & pitched roof to existing sunroom – No Objections.

Finance – the Clerk asked Cllrs to consider any village projects for inclusion in the Draft Budget for 2018-19 to be presented at the next meeting.

Highways – The Parish Steward will next be in the village on 6/7 November 2017 – please report any issues to the Parish Clerk.

Road Closure – B4122 from J17, M4 to Draycot Cerne 20-Nov to 8- Dec 2017 will be closed between 20.00 and 06.00 for Wilts Council to undertake works for A350/M4 improvements.

Pavement/Footpath Improvements List 2017-18 – the 2 pavements nominated for inclusion on Wiltshire Councils List were on Sutton Lane and the High Street at the entrance to French Gardens.

Household Recycling Centre Refurbishment Programme – The Centre at Stanton St Quintin will the CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT from 4 December to 18 December 2017.

Wiltshire Waste Management Strategy Consultation – Wilts Council needs to develop a new waste management strategy in order to shape how they collect and manage household waste and recycling in Wiltshire.   They are undertaking a public consultation in order to ensure that their strategy is representative of Wiltshire residents’ and stakeholders opinions on the future delivery of household waste management services.  The consultation questions have been developed as a result of workshops with council members which took place July 2017.

We would like to encourage as many residents, members and local organisations as possible to complete the consultation. The consultation runs from 4 September 2017 and will be available to complete until 14 November 2017. Residents can complete the consultation survey on the council’s website – https://surveys.wiltshire.gov.uk/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=150452367706

Following the consultation, the draft version of the future waste management strategy will be circulated to all respondents, including Area Boards, in January 2018 in order to ensure that it is reflective of consultees’ comments. It will then be reported to Environment Select Committee, Cabinet, and full Council to be adopted.

Next Parish Council Meeting – The next Parish Council meeting will be on Wednesday 8 November 2017 in the Village Hall, commencing at 7.45pm.

Clerks Report: May 2017

Update From Sutton Benger Annual Meeting of the Parish Council on 10 May 2017

The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council deals the election of the Chair and various housekeeping duties, including approval of the Standing Orders and Financial Regulations.

Election Results

Following an uncontested election, 6 Parish Councillors were elected – Phil Jones, Norman Davis, Keith Pound, Malcolm Bines, Leigh Varnham and Nicola Hayward.

Councillor Vacancies

There are now 5 Vacancies on the Parish Council.  To be an effective Council and to properly represent the whole Community we really need to fill these vacancies – if you are aged 18+ and would be interested in joining the team please contact the Clerk.

Planning

Decision were made on 4 applications:

17/03144/FUL – The Old Dairy, Draycot Park Farm, SN15 5LH – The extension and linking of two adjacent office buildings, the extension of two warehouses/workshops and the creation of a new warehouse/workshop – Support

17/03280/FUL – Daisy Cottage, 26 High Street, SN15 4RF – Proposed detached single garage (Resubmission of 17/00850/FUL) – Object

17/03320/FUL – Land South of Bell House Hotel, 47 High Street, SN15 4RH – Proposed conversion & extension of existing outbuilding into new dwelling with associated landscaping – Support subject to conditions

17/03980/LBC – Land South of Bell House Hotel, 47 High Street, SN15 4RH – Proposed conversion & extension of existing outbuilding into new dwelling with associated landscaping – No Objections

17/03417/OUT – St Modwen Storage and Distribution Centre at J17 – The Council agreed to object to this application at the Extraordinary Meeting held on 26 April 2017 and the Clerk’s draft letter was approved for submission.  Cllr H Greenman advised that he had called the application in to Committee.

B4069 – Re-surfacing

The planned resurfacing of the entire length of the B4069, High Street is due to take place on 25 June 2017 and will require the road to be closed and/or contra-flowed for up to 2 weeks – full details will be posted on the website (www.suttonbengerparishcouncil.gov.uk) and noticeboards when available.

B4069 – 18t Weight Restriction

We have been advised that this Order will come into force on the 5 July – to coincide with the resurfacing work (we hope!).

Annual Parish Meeting 26 April 2017

Not to be confused with the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council! – it was an opportunity for Community Groups to give an update of their year and included presentations from the Chair of the Parish Council, Chair of Governors for the Primary School, Manager and Deputy Manager of Benger Bears Pre-school, the Chair of the Village Hall Committee, the NDP Group, the PCC and the SBAGA. There were 23 villagers in attendance and at the end of the meeting they enjoyed wine and cheese and the chance to have an informal chat.

Next Parish Council Meeting

The date of the next Meeting of the Parish Council is Wednesday 14 June 2017 in the Village Hall, starting at 7.45 pm.