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.

SB Parish Clerk is Certified

CiLCA cert

 

We are pleased to announce that our Parish Clerk, Linda Bragg, has successfully completed the Certificate in Local Government Administration course.
Please join the councillors in congratulating Linda for all her hard work to complete the course and for the help & advice she provides to the PC team and members of the public.

Parish Elections – 4th May 2017

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Parish Elections 4th May 2017


The Parish Council is a vital part of our Community and to be effective it needs 11 local volunteers to act as Parish Councillors – and we are now seeking Nominations* for the upcoming Parish Elections.

If you would like to stand as a Parish Councillor please contact Linda Bragg, Parish Clerk for a Nomination Pack.

Tel: 07757 351584 or Email: parishclerk@suttonbengerparishcouncil.gov.uk

(* Closing date for Nominations is 4th April 2017)

Clerks Report: February 2017

Update From Sutton Benger Parish Council Meeting on 8 February 2017

Planning – Consideration was given to 3 tree applications:

17/00501/TCA – 16 High Street, SN15 4RD – Fell 1 Sycamore & 25% Reduction to Pagoda Tree – No Objections
17/00512/TCA – Wellesley Arms, High Street, SN15 4RD – Fell 1 Sycamore and 1 Elder – No Objections
17/00716/TCA – 4 Manor Farm Drive SN15 4RW – 2 Metre Crown Reduction to 1 Silver Birch and 1 Cherry Tree – No Objections

Great British Spring Clean – a village clean-up event will be held on Sat 4 and Sun 5 March from 10am – 12noon – all VOLUNTEERS WELCOME – equipment will be provided.  Further details available from the Parish Clerk, the Parish Noticeboard at The Bell and on the Website – www.suttonbengerparishcouncil.gov.uk.

Safety Concern of School Children – the Clerk was asked to look into the over-parking of cars and lack of road markings at the Chestnut Road/Queens Close junction.  There is concern for the safety of school children during school drop-off and pick-up due to the lack of visibility caused by too many parked cars.

B4069

The Parish Council have been advised by the Highways Department that arrangements are being made to carry out the resurfacing works this year (2017-18) – subject to traffic management implications.  We will keep you posted….

We have also been advised that the 18t Weight Limit will now come into force in March 2017 but have no exact date yet….

In the meantime, please continue to report issues to Wiltshire Council by any/all of the following methods:

  • The MyWiltshire app on your smartphone (available to download at both the App Store (for iPhones and iPads) and from Google Play™ (for Android phones)).
  • Tel: 0300 456 0105
  • Email: northernhighways@wiltshire.gov.uk (change to email previously listed)
  • Website: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/parkingtransportandstreets/roadshighwaysstreetcare/mywiltshireregister.htm

Church Piece Charity – Nominated Trustee – the Council supported the nomination for Kay Taylor to continue as the Council’s nominated trustee on the Church Piece Charity and expressed their thanks for her continuing work on behalf of the Community.

Next Parish Council Meeting – The date of the next Parish Council Meeting is Wednesday 8th March 2017 in the Village Hall, starting at 7.45 pm.

Councillor Vacancies – there is currently 1 vacancy for Parish Councillor.  Please contact Linda Bragg, Parish Clerk on 07757 351584 / email: parishclerk@suttonbengerparishcouncil.gov.uk for further details and an Application Form if you would like to join our team.

 

Clerks Report: January 2017

Update From Sutton Benger Parish Council Meeting on 11 January 2017

Planning

Consideration was given to 3 planning applications:

  1. 16/11427/FUL – Land adj. to Sharplands, Sutton Lane, SN15 4RF – Proposed development of fourteen new houses – Object
  2. 16/11429/FUL – 1 Willowbrook End, SN15 4SW – Replace outbuilding with rear extension – No Objections
  3. 16/11618/FUL – 2 Box Cottages, High Street, SN15 4RD – Amendments to approved application 15/01417/FUL – Object

Community Grants

The PC were happy to approve applications for Community Grants from:

  • Sutton Benger Cricket Club – £500 towards the cost of installing new nets.  (A further £500 was also approved from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funds)
  • Sutton Benger Over 60s Club – £500 towards the cost of a new carpet bowls mat.

Precept for 2017-18

The PC receives is funding from a Precept – this is the parish council’s share of the council tax.  A small increase of 2% was agreed, in line with inflation, to £20.70 per household (an increase of 41p).  The additional funds will go towards a bigger pot of money for Community Grants and maintenance of grassed areas no longer being cut by Wilts Council.

B4069 – Are you fed up with the state of the High Street?

The Parish Council have requested, many times, that Wiltshire Council Highways resurface the B4069 as it is in such a dangerous condition – only to be told that it “is not in the top 2% of the worst roads in the County”!

The numerous potholes, broken road surface and loose gravel/tarmac pose a serious danger to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians – it is only a matter of time before a serious incident occurs.

To help expedite the resurfacing of the B4069 we would urge you to report issues to Wiltshire Council by any/all of the following methods:

Next Parish Council Meeting

The date of the next Parish Council Meeting is Wednesday 8th February 2017 in the Village Hall, starting at 7.45 pm.

Councillor Vacancies

There is currently 1 vacancy for Parish Councillor.  Please contact Linda Bragg, Parish Clerk on 07757 351584 / email: parishclerk@suttonbengerparishcouncil.gov.uk for further details and an Application Form if you would like to join our team.

 

 

Emergency Road Closure – Urgent Closure of Chestnut Road (part)

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

Urgent Closure of Chestnut Road (part)

Wed 18 January 2017, 09:30 to 14:30

THE WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on Wednesday 18th January 2017, the following length of road shall be closed to all traffic in the interests of public safety to enable Wiltshire Council to carry out carriageway resurfacing, hand patching and associated works.

UC Chestnut Road (part) Sutton Benger; from its junction with Sutton Lane to approximately outside Village Hall.

Alternative route:

Via – Chestnut Road (unaffected length) B4069 High Street – Sutton Lane – and Vice Versa

The closure will be clearly indicated by traffic signs throughout the works period.

This closure notice comes into effect on 18th January 2017, for a maximum of 21 days; however it is anticipated the work will take 1 day to complete. This will be between the hours of 09:30 – 14:30. It is anticipated that the works will take the stated duration to complete depending upon weather conditions. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works.

For further information regarding these works please contact (Atkins) on 01225 730360 daytime or urgent out of hours 0748 401644 (Tarmac).

Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN.

Emergency Road Closure – B4069 Main Road (Part), Christian Malford and Sutton Benger

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

Temporary Closure of B4069 Main Road (Part), Christian Malford and Sutton Benger

13-14 February 2017, 07:00 to 18:00

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

B4069 Main Road (Part), Christian Malford and Sutton Benger; from a point approximately 170m west of its junction with Avonweir Lane to a point approximately 300m east of its junction with Station Road.

road closure plan

To enable: Wiltshire Council to carry out carriageway reconstruction, surface dressing and road markings.

Alternative route: via B4069 (unaffected length) – A420 – A4 – A3102 – B4069 (unaffected length) and vice versa.

The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.

This Order will come into operation on 13 February 2017 and it is anticipated that the closure will be required daily between the hours of 07.00 and 18.00 for two days. It is anticipated that the works will take the stated duration to complete depending upon weather conditions. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works. The Order will have a maximum duration of 18 months.

For further information please contact Steve Hawkins (Eurovia) on 01249 468582 (office hours) or 07900 715776 (out of office hours).

Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN

Clerks Report: December 2016

Update From Sutton Benger Extraordinary Parish Council Meeting on 7 December 2016

Planning – the following decisions were agreed:

  • 16/10661/FUL, 42 High Street, SN15 4RF – Demolish existing garage and erection of a dwelling and carport (resubmission of 15/10590/FUL) – Object
  • 16/10996/TCA, 5 Manor Farm Drive, SN15 4RW – Fell 1 sycamore and 30%reduction to Ash trees – No Objections
  • 16/10934/FUL, Land Adjacent Old Telephone Exchange, Seagry Hill, SN15 4SA – Change of use of land to 1 gypsy and traveller pitch, the erection of a day room, siting of a static home together with space for the parking of 2 cars, a mobile home, space for a garden and the siting of a cess pit. – Object – Agreed to ask Cllr Greenman to call it in
  • 16/08789/FUL, Gate Cottage High Street SN15 4RE – Demolish existing dilapidated outbuilding and replace to create garden room. – No Objections
  • 16/11216/LBC, Gate Cottage High Street SN15 4RE – Demolish existing dilapidated outbuilding and replace to create garden room. – No Objections

Next Parish Council Meeting –The date of the next Parish Council Meeting is Wednesday 11th January 2017 in the Village Hall, starting at 7.45 pm.

The Councillors and Clerk would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Clerks Report: November 2016

Update From Sutton Benger Parish Council Meeting on 9 November 2016

Planning – Consideration was given to 4 planning applications:

  • 16/09784/FUL – College Green, Sutton Lane, SN15 4RT – Enlarge existing adopted informal parking area to accommodate 7 formal parking bays, including associated white line marking. – Support subject to conditions
  • 16/10077/FUL – Oakleigh Acres Pitstop, Jct 17 M4, SN15 5LH – Proposed lounge/bar area and two temporary mobile type offices – No Objections
  • 16/10466/TCA – 4 Chestnut Road, SN15 4RP – 25% Crown Reduction to Horse Chestnut Tree – No Objections
  • 16/10550/TCA – East Starlings 25 High Street SN15 4RQ – Fell 1 Lawson Cypress Tree – No Objections

The PC had not submitted any comments on the original application in relation to the Planning Appeal for 16/02442/FUL – Kintyre, Sutton Lane – covered yard for livestock, as it had not received the original plans and would state this in a letter to the planning inspectorate.

It was agreed to make no comments on the proposed base station installation in the field adjacent to The Shrubbery, North of the High Street.

Matters relating to the unauthorised planning infringements at the traveller site on Seagry Hill were noted and the Clerk advised of the planning enforcement officer’s site visits, comments and the imminent planning application.

Dropped kerbs – Pavement on High Street at Starlings – Following a proposal by Cllr N Davis – Cllr P Jones agreed to take photos and submit an initial enquiry to the Chippenham Area Board regarding funding/action on dropping the kerbs to make it easier for disability scooters and prams using the pavement.

Rights of Way – Cllr Leigh Varnham has been working with the volunteer group to assign the pathways for inspection.  There are lots of paths to inspect – if you are interested in joining the group, please contact the Clerk.

Neighbourhood Development – A public meeting has been arranged for 23-Nov-2016 to give an update on the survey results.

Village Hall – Cllr N Hayward advised that a proposal had been received by the VHMC to potentially lease part of the Rec to install a mobile phone mast.  She also advised that they are very keen on extending the Hall – the PC have previously expressed their support for this project.  The Clerk passed on the thanks received from the VHMC for the donation from the PC of 12 new chairs.

Next Parish Council Meetings – There will be an Extraordinary Parish Council Meeting on Wednesday 7th December 2016 in the Village Hall, starting at 7.45 pm to discuss planning applications. The date of the next ordinary Parish Council Meeting is Wednesday 11th January 2017 in the Village Hall, starting at 7.45 pm.

Councillor Vacancies – there is currently 1 vacancy for Parish Councillor.  Please contact Linda Bragg, Parish Clerk on 07757 351584 / email: parishclerk@suttonbengerparishcouncil.gov.uk for further details and an Application Form if you would like to join our team.

Clerks Report: October 2016

Update From Sutton Benger Parish Council Meeting on 12 October 2016

Planning

Consideration was given to 3 planning applications:

  • 16/08652/FUL – 10 Heath Avenue, SN15 4TH – Single storey extension – No Objections
  • 16/09616/TCA – 7 Manor Farm Drive, SN15 4RW – Re-pollard 2 Goat Willows, 0% Crown Reduction to Maple Tree, Fell 3 Apple Trees and 1 Cherry Tree – No Objections
  • 16/09047/LBC – 22 High Street, SN15 4RF – Replacement timber doors and windows to match existing for single dwelling house – Support

Arms Farm

Following a discussion on the recent Arms Farm planning applications it was agreed to put out a statement on the planning process – available here.

Cllr E Pope clarified her position with regards to the Arms Farm planning agenda items and the Parish Council is satisfied that she has acted in accordance with the PC’s procedures and the advice from the Monitoring Officer.

A brief presentation was received from Stonewater Developers on their proposals for development on land adjacent to Sharplands, Sutton Lane.

Highways Matters

B4069 – The PC were disappointed that the re-surfacing of the High Street was no longer on the schedule for this year. It is on the schedule for next year, if Wiltshire Council have enough money in the budget.

The “Parish Steward” Scheme

What is The Parish Steward Scheme? In its simplest form it is a person (our guy is called Adrian) who will visit once a month to help keep our village looking great (and it is funded by Wiltshire Council). This means we, as a Parish, can request specific tasks to be carried out and this is where we need your help.

The steward is set some tasks by the Parish Council, below is a list of some typical tasks. However, we need you to let us know if you have seen something that needs attending to. If you do all, you need to do is report it back to the Parish Clerk (parishclerk@suttonbengerparishcouncil.gov.uk), it will get added to the list and hopefully done on the next visit. This is a great scheme, and if we don’t use it we will lose it, so please send those requests in.

Possible tasks

  • Repairing, straightening and cleaning road signs
  • Weed treatment
  • Repair minor road defects (for larger ones please us the Wiltshire App)
  • Hand cutting hedges where there is a visibility problem.
  • Unblocking Grips, pipes, gullies etc

Finally, Adrian is a friend to the village so please say hello or give him a wave. You can’t miss him as he drives a big yellow truck!

High Street Crossing

Cllr M Bines is to liaise with the Primary School to arrange another pedestrian count to see if a crossing on the High Street is viable.

Footpath on Sutton Lane

The Clerk has contacted Wiltshire Council Highways to discuss the possibility of a new footpath and/or clearing overgrown hedging along Sutton Lane at Sharplands to improve pedestrian safety.

Rights of Way

Cllr Leigh Varnham will be organising a meeting of the volunteer group to make a start on inspecting the pathways. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact the Clerk.

Neighbourhood Development Plan

A public meeting is scheduled for the last week in November. It was agreed that the Clerk would liaise with the NDP Group to prepare a housing design statement.
Village Hall – Cllr N Hayward was appointed as the lead Cllr to liaise with the Village Hall Committee.

Next Parish Council Meeting

The date of the next Parish Council Meeting is Wednesday 9th November 2016 in the Village Hall, starting at 7.45 pm.

Councillor Vacancies

There is currently 1 vacancy for Parish Councillor. Please contact Linda Bragg, Parish Clerk on 07757 351584 / email: parishclerk@suttonbengerparishcouncil.gov.uk for further details and an Application Form if you would like to join our team.