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Parish Council

The Down Hatherley Parish Council meets approximately monthly. Minutes of their meetings are posted on noticeboards around the village and will also be available below.

Contact Information:

David Bayley (Clerk) downhatherleyparishcouncil@gmail.com (01452) 501796

Dave Evans (Chair) dave180750@hotmail.co.uk (01452) 730729

Other members:

Roger Fox r.g.fox53@gmail.com (01452) 731986

Rick Minter rickminter@easynet.co.uk (01452) 739142

June Watt junewatt@fsmail.net

Borough Councillor: Graham Bocking councillor.bocking@tewkesbury.gov.uk
County Councillor: Phillip Awford phillip.awford@gloucestershire.gov.uk

DOWN HATHERLEY PARISH COUNCIL

Newsletter June 2015

Parish Council Membership

A new four year period of Parish Councillors began at the start of May. We owe much thanks to David Joy who has stepped down following 12 years of active commitment to the Council, most recently as Chair. We are also indebted to Richard Ward who has also retired from the Council after helping out in the past 4 years, on top of previous stints on the Council.
The Parish Council is looking for new recruits to take its membership to the allowance of five. If you are interested in nominating yourself, please contact the Parish Clerk David Bayley as below. We would be especially keen to hear from anyone from the Broadclose Road and A38 area who might be interested. June Watt has stepped in as a co-opted member to help make the PC quorate at meetings, but she is happy to give way if two other co-optees come forward. Current contacts for the Parish Council are below:

Dave Evans: Chair dave180750@hotmail.co.uk 01452 730729
Roger Fox: r.g.fox@totalise.co.uk
Rick Minter: rickminter@easynet.co.uk 01452 739142
June Watt: 01452 730729 01452 730729
David Bayley: Parish Clerk downhatherleyparishcouncil@gmail.com 01452 501796

Roads and Traffic
We are aware that speeding traffic and heavy goods vehicles remain a problem on the local roads, and we are pressing Highways to help us have better signage to reinforce speed limits and the weight limit on Down Hatherley Lane. On road surface patching, Frog Furlong Lane has recently been repaired and Down Hatherley Lane is now due to have patching that we have been requesting for many months.
We are aware of the frustrations of residents along the A38 due to the speed and overtaking of vehicles. We have been in regular contact with neighbouring Parish Councils and Highways on this matter and are hopeful of securing a lower speed limit. However, on advice of the police, we have had to agree to a gateway device as a first step. The gateway will take the form of panelling at the road verge north of the Kings Head site, and we hope this will alert drivers to the need to curb speeds at they enter a more residential stretch of the road.
We know that more people would like to walk, cycle and ride horses along Down Hatherley lane but are put off by the traffic and the restricted amount of footways and verges. We have arranged for a ‘shared space’ sign to be installed at the eastern (Churchdown) end of the lane, to remind drivers that they may encounter other types of road users. If this sign proves helpful we may look to install one at the western end of Down Hatherley Lane in future. We also hope that this sign can be the first step in reducing the 50mph speed limit at the east end of the road. We ask all residents to observe speed limits in recognition of the affects that speed of vehicles can have on fellow residents and non-car road users.
Planning
We are formulating the Neighbourhood Development Plan jointly with Norton and Twigworth Parish Councils. A draft of this Plan is now being sent to Tewkesbury Borough Council for feedback before a version goes to everyone for consultation. We will keep everyone informed on this and the village web site will also have updated information.
We are trying to ensure that the Down Hatherley-Twigworth area remains in Green Belt and is excluded from discussions on housing allocations in the current Examination of the Joint Core Strategy which is taking place.
We have to be alert to potential breaches in planning both within and adjacent to our Parish and we remain in close contact with neighbouring Twigworth and Norton Parish Councils on this matter.
Planes and helicopters
Following ongoing dialogue with the airport, both the Parish Council and the Parochial Church Council have written to the airport, again requesting better compliance with helicopter and plane circuits. These should be avoiding low overflying of residential areas and should not be systematically circuiting over the church and immediate environs. We will keep pressing the airport to take effective corrective measures.
Litter picking
It is often difficult to keep on top of the littering of roadsides and verges. Some PC members and residents undertake litter picks and Tewkesbury Borough Council can provide equipment and briefing for anyone else who is prepared to help. If you would like to join in the litter picking scheme please email Rick Minter as above, who can link you to the Tewkesbury Borough Council volunteer system.

letter containing flight path recommendations. He would pass the sent & re-sent dates to Cllr. Evans.
Cllrs. reported on recent fixed-wing circuits below the minimum height, and 10pm – 11pm helicopter activity directly over the area.

-14- Finance: Annual audit Return –
(a) The Clerk read out the audit Statement of Governance & the Chairman then signed the relevant section.
(b) The Return had already been signed by the Internal Auditor, Mr S.Riddick, and the Chairman signed the
Accounting Statement.

(c) Cheques signed: 022082 (£25) “ Twigworth PCC”: (Internal Auditor’s fee donation.)
083 s - p - o - i - l - t
084 (£ 78.91) “Mr D.Bayley” (One third cost of Clerk’s broadband)
085 (£162.83) “Community First Trading” (annual insurance)

-15- Correspondence: Letter from erstwhile councillor Mr D.Joy. (Councillor since 2002
and Chairman since May 2012). He sincerely thanked his fellow councillors for their words of appreciation, and their unexpected and generous gesture of a meal for two at Down Hatherley Manor,
(privately funded in appreciation by the Council members).

-16- Any Other Business:
(a) Need for two further councillors… Sadly, and for the first time in many, many years, the council was now merely quorate. Large notices appealing for interest had been on the notice boards for nearly a month to no avail. It was particularly unfortunate that there was no current representation from Broadclose Road. Councillors decided that letterboxing with an edition of the Newsletter was the next step.
(b) The USA’S Down Hatherley Button Gwinnett connection… Albeit unkempt and in need of professional restoration, the burial and memorial to Gwinnett’s father in the churchyard is likely to be of considerable interest to American visitors. With the USA rugby union team playing and training in the area soon, this connection should surely be flagged up to the Gloucester city and Tewkesbury councils and be a tourism benefit. The Clerk would draft a letter to go to Paul James, Leader of Gloucester City Council, but first he was asked to pass it to Down Hatherley PCC for comment.
(c) Meetings for the rest of the year…

July 8th

September 2nd

October 14th

December 2nd

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON DECEMBER 3RD 2014
IN THE VILLAGE HALL AT 7PM

(1) Present: Mr D.Joy(Chairman), Mr D.Evans, Mr R.Fox, Mr R.Minter,
Mr P.Awford(County Cllr.) and 4 members of the public.
(2) Apologies: Mr R.Ward
(3) Members of the public: A query as to why the advertised closure of Frogfurlong Lane
for road works hadn’t happened. No one present had any information.
(4) Declarations of Interest: None
(5) Minutes of the Last Meeting: These had been circulated in advance & were signed as
correct.

(6) Matters Arising from the Minutes: Concern over loss of Brockworth postal collection point.. MP Richard Graham’s residents’ survey and his plea to Royal Mail, had brought a promise of its return.
Damaged Village Hall PC notice board… The Clerk had made solid, wind and water-tight repairs, and it was agreed that he be paid something for his approx. 4 hours’ work.
Potholes & noisy manhole outside Peacock Cottage… The Clerk had written to Mr Hawkins of Glos.Highways about 3 weeks ago. County Cllr. Awford asked for a copy of the letter and he would speak with Highways staff.
Sinking roadside “trench” towards DH eastern boundary… This was potentially a serious matter and Cllr.Awford would investigate.
Dangerous-looking leaning tree on the S-bend… Cllr. Minter said that the land owner had made the hazard safe.

(7) County Councillor’s Report:
A38 3-year accident data - He showed a map/data sheet and there followed a discussion on road safety, the merits of roadside “Gateways” and speeding along the Norton straight. Cllr. Minter, Roads Rep, spoke for everybody present when he said that doing nothing was not an option. Cllr.Awford stressed what had long been suspected, that the police were reluctant to
support a lower speed limit since it could overstretch them to enforce it. He agreed to carry forward the council’s decision which was to support the idea of a “trial gateway”. County Council savings requirement – Cllr. Awford warned of further, tougher times ahead. Department squeezes were inevitable since a further £75 million had to be trimmed. Service Village Forums – He noted that a certain disillusion was creeping into the deliberations of the 12 designated parishes, and that it had to be faced that at the end of the day Tewkesbury Borough Council might well impose their own housing numbers. He also spoke about the prospects for the Elmbridge Park & Ride & the Javelin Park burner.

(8) Roads and Pavements:
Suggestions for a lower DHLane speed limit East of the E. chicane…
It was agreed that Cllr.Minter write to Mr R.Waters, Highways commissioner requesting a meeting to walk along the stretch and witness the current dangers, namely
(a) The danger to Fern House’s vulnerable resident adults as they walk the pathless roadway to reach the Cheltenham/Gloucester bus,
(b) The difficulties for farm vehicles emerging from Wood Lane.
(c)The poor observance of the ‘50’ to ‘30’mph speed drop by many drivers passing through the chicane and the S-bend. He suggested that Cllr.Awford and the Roads Commissioner might visit the road stretch together to see how serious the issue is. Regular part pavement car parking at top end of DH Lane – Cllrs. agreed to monitor just how often this was occurring.

(9) Planning:
2,Malabar Villas, Ash Lane…work permitted with reduced sized extension.
‘Brehal’, Ash Lane… Application made for ‘lawful development certificate’ for s/s rear
extension.
‘Sunny Lea, Ash Lane… RH side extension & enlarged garage: PC to support, subject to
all the neighbours agreeing.
(Twigworth Parish) – Little Vine: outline application for 2 bungalows –
All local people appeared to be making objections, and the Clerk was asked to submit the following comments -
(i)The proposed new turn-in to the A38 was to be deplored due to the ever-increasing traffic volume especially at rush hour times.
(ii)The probable size of the buildings would be 4 bedrooms compared to the existing 3 bedroom bungalows.
(iii) The proposal would add to ribbon’ development up to Norton and contribute to the de-ruralisation of the area.

(10) Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group – Steady progress was being made and Cllr.Minter said that a draft Plan would be ready by the time the NDPSG next met. Drop-in meetings for local residents would be held early in the new year. Beyond these stages, the borough-financed referendum on the Plan had to be faced.

(11) Gloucestershire Airport - The Chairman had attended the recent Airport Consultative Committee meeting. One point he had raised was that the Parish Council’s letter to the Airport’s managers last September had not been acknowledged. It had addressed Down Hatherley’s long-term concerns that the area was not being adequately considered with respect, under the current noise abatement guidelines, and asked that these guidelines be reviewed and made more binding upon pilots. A response was promised in due course. Cllrs. regretted that there was never any feedback following an undue noise complaint. It would seem that there was never any follow-through investigation. It was now clear that the parish council needed to pursue the idea of writing to the plane operators; that the airport management were determined to obfuscate and felt no commitment towards improving relations with the public.

(12) Finance: The 2015 – 2016 Precept. The clerk said that, unusually, he had received no notification this year yet of the deadline for requests to go in, but that it was likely to be January 31st. The Chairman expressed the view that it would probably be most prudent to keep the request at £2500 again, and which it had maintained for several years. The figure would be discussed at the next meeting.

(13) Any Other Business
Cllr. Awford spoke about the provision of traveller sites both permanent and transit.
Tewkesbury Borough was still being asked by the county to supply the great majority of new sites. Currently Cheltenham Borough was being asked to find none. He considered this an unfair situation.

Parish Church event: Next Saturday, Dec 6th - A talk and refreshments in the church. Item of talk by Bill Welsh is the commemorative stained glass window from WW1.

NEXT MEETING…………………January 21st (NOTE: changed date)

The meeting ended at 8.46pm

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON DECEMBER 3RD 2014

IN THE VILLAGE HALL AT 7PM

(1) Present: Mr D.Joy(Chairman), Mr D.Evans, Mr R.Fox, Mr R.Minter,
Mr P.Awford(County Cllr.) and 4 members of the public.
(2) Apologies: Mr R.Ward
(3) Members of the public: A query as to why the advertised closure of Frogfurlong Lane
for road works hadn’t happened. No one present had any information.
(4) Declarations of Interest: None
(5) Minutes of the Last Meeting: These had been circulated in advance & were signed as
correct.

(6) Matters Arising from the Minutes: Concern over loss of Brockworth postal collection point.. MP Richard Graham’s residents’ survey and his plea to Royal Mail, had brought a promise of its return.
Damaged Village Hall PC notice board… The Clerk had made solid, wind and water-tight repairs, and it was agreed that he be paid something for his approx. 4 hours’ work.
Potholes & noisy manhole outside Peacock Cottage… The Clerk had written to Mr Hawkins of Glos.Highways about 3 weeks ago. County Cllr. Awford asked for a copy of the letter and he would speak with Highways staff.
Sinking roadside “trench” towards DH eastern boundary… This was potentially a serious matter and Cllr.Awford would investigate.
Dangerous-looking leaning tree on the S-bend… Cllr. Minter said that the land owner had made the hazard safe.

(7) County Councillor’s Report:
A38 3-year accident data - He showed a map/data sheet and there followed a discussion on road safety, the merits of roadside “Gateways” and speeding along the Norton straight. Cllr. Minter, Roads Rep, spoke for everybody present when he said that doing nothing was not an option. Cllr.Awford stressed what had long been suspected, that the police were reluctant to
support a lower speed limit since it could overstretch them to enforce it. He agreed to carry forward the council’s decision which was to support the idea of a “trial gateway”. County Council savings requirement – Cllr. Awford warned of further, tougher times ahead. Department squeezes were inevitable since a further £75 million had to be trimmed. Service Village Forums – He noted that a certain disillusion was creeping into the deliberations of the 12 designated parishes, and that it had to be faced that at the end of the day Tewkesbury Borough Council might well impose their own housing numbers. He also spoke about the prospects for the Elmbridge Park & Ride & the Javelin Park burner.

(8) Roads and Pavements:
Suggestions for a lower DHLane speed limit East of the E. chicane…
It was agreed that Cllr.Minter write to Mr R.Waters, Highways commissioner requesting a meeting to walk along the stretch and witness the current dangers, namely
(a) The danger to Fern House’s vulnerable resident adults as they walk the pathless roadway to reach the Cheltenham/Gloucester bus,
(b) The difficulties for farm vehicles emerging from Wood Lane.
(c)The poor observance of the ‘50’ to ‘30’mph speed drop by many drivers passing through the chicane and the S-bend. He suggested that Cllr.Awford and the Roads Commissioner might visit the road stretch together to see how serious the issue is. Regular part pavement car parking at top end of DH Lane – Cllrs. agreed to monitor just how often this was occurring.

(9) Planning:
2,Malabar Villas, Ash Lane…work permitted with reduced sized extension.
‘Brehal’, Ash Lane… Application made for ‘lawful development certificate’ for s/s rear
extension.
‘Sunny Lea, Ash Lane… RH side extension & enlarged garage: PC to support, subject to
all the neighbours agreeing.
(Twigworth Parish) – Little Vine: outline application for 2 bungalows –
All local people appeared to be making objections, and the Clerk was asked to submit the following comments -
(i)The proposed new turn-in to the A38 was to be deplored due to the ever-increasing traffic volume especially at rush hour times.
(ii)The probable size of the buildings would be 4 bedrooms compared to the existing 3 bedroom bungalows.
(iii) The proposal would add to ribbon’ development up to Norton and contribute to the de-ruralisation of the area.

(10) Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group – Steady progress was being made and Cllr.Minter said that a draft Plan would be ready by the time the NDPSG next met. Drop-in meetings for local residents would be held early in the new year. Beyond these stages, the borough-financed referendum on the Plan had to be faced.

(11) Gloucestershire Airport - The Chairman had attended the recent Airport Consultative Committee meeting. One point he had raised was that the Parish Council’s letter to the Airport’s managers last September had not been acknowledged. It had addressed Down Hatherley’s long-term concerns that the area was not being adequately considered with respect, under the current noise abatement guidelines, and asked that these guidelines be reviewed and made more binding upon pilots. A response was promised in due course. Cllrs. regretted that there was never any feedback following an undue noise complaint. It would seem that there was never any follow-through investigation. It was now clear that the parish council needed to pursue the idea of writing to the plane operators; that the airport management were determined to obfuscate and felt no commitment towards improving relations with the public.

(12) Finance: The 2015 – 2016 Precept. The clerk said that, unusually, he had received no notification this year yet of the deadline for requests to go in, but that it was likely to be January 31st. The Chairman expressed the view that it would probably be most prudent to keep the request at £2500 again, and which it had maintained for several years. The figure would be discussed at the next meeting.

(13) Any Other Business
Cllr. Awford spoke about the provision of traveller sites both permanent and transit.
Tewkesbury Borough was still being asked by the county to supply the great majority of new sites. Currently Cheltenham Borough was being asked to find none. He considered this an unfair situation.

Parish Church event: Next Saturday, Dec 6th - A talk and refreshments in the church. Item of talk by Bill Welsh is the commemorative stained glass window from WW1.

NEXT MEETING…………………January 21st (NOTE: changed date)

The meeting ended at 8.46pm

Down Hatherley Parish Council

New 4-Year Council

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON May 13th 2015 IN THE VILLAGE HALL, at 7PM

-1- Present: Mr D.Evans, Mr R.Fox, Mr R.Minter & 6 members of the public.
-2- Apologies: None.
-3- THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
(i) Election of Chairman - Elected: Cllr. D.Evans (Proposed, Cllr. Fox, Seconded, Cllr. Minter)
(ii) Election of Vice Chairman - Elected: Cllr. Fox (Proposed, Cllr. Evans, Seconded,Cllr. Minter)
(iii) Financial Report by the Clerk – He reported that the close of year bank balance had been £1966. The
Precept had now been received (£2500 as requested plus £332 ‘Support Grant). The higher than usual Bank bal.
reflected that some of this was ‘Locality Grant’ money specifically for the Neighbourhood Development Plan.
(iv) Cheque signatories- Agreed: Mr D. Evans to replace Mr D.Joy (Existing names: Mr R.Fox & Mr D.Bayley). 2 to sign.

THE ORDINARY MEETING
-4- Chairman’s Remarks: Borough Councillor Bill Whelan had not been re-elected and the Clerk was asked to send him a letter a thanks for his work over the last 12 years with special gratitude for his being instrumental in obtaining Borough grant money for the major Village Hall refurbishment.
-5- Members of the Public: No comments.
-6- Declarations of Interest: None.
-7- Minutes of the Previous Meeting: These had been previously circulated & were signed.
-8- Matters Arising from the Minutes: None.
-9- Borough Councillor’s Report: Not available. The newly elected Borough Councillor for this area
is Graham Bocking. The Clerk had eMailed him with dates of the PC’s meetings.
-10- County Councillor’s Report: Not available.

-11- Roads and Pavements: Roads Rep., Cllr. Minter, reported on the following: (a) The re-surfacing of Frogfurlong Lane was currently under way but there was uncertainty as to whether it was to be of both sides. He would check with Highways. (b) The A38 “Gateway” installation at Norton: Highways
would like to place this near the old Kings Head area, about where the ‘Norton’ and ‘Speed Camera’ signs are. Councillors agreed to this. (c) Proposed “shared space” sign: This would be near to Fern Court. Pictures of a sign picturing a tree, horse & rider & a bicycle were passed around. Cllrs approved,
and noted that this could be the first step towards an eventual speed reduction along this part of DH.Lane.

-12- Planning: Application 15/00493/FUL, “Woodpeckers”, Ash Lane: No PC comment, but subject to the neighbours not objecting. The extension work planned would seem, visually, to be an improvement.
1, Down Hatherley Lane: Cllrs. noted that the required Green Notice had not been displayed. The clerk was asked to write to the address requesting that this be done. In Norton parish… Cllrs. discussed their concerns over drainage and run-off and the size and character of the proposed building at the “carpet business site”.
In Twigworth parish… (a) - Vine House, proposed 5-bungalow development- This conflicted with the NDP’s ideals for the area & the clerk had already submitted appropriate adverse comment. There was a rumour that further changes were planned by the applicant and he would inquire about this, but nothing new had been sent to Twigworth PC. (b) – Cleared woodland adjoining Twigworth Breakers… The clerk had reported to the Forestry Commission that this had occurred without a felling licence. No acknowledgement so far.
The Neighbourhood Development Plan… Cllr. Minter said that he was finalising the writing of the final internal draft, and it was hoped to submit this to the Borough very soon.

-13- Gloucestershire Airport: Cllr. Evans said that he was now the parish rep. on the Consultative Committee replacing Mr D.Joy. The Clerk had still not received an acknowledgement of the council’s
letter containing flight path recommendations. He would pass the sent & re-sent dates to Cllr. Evans.
Cllrs. reported on recent fixed-wing circuits below the minimum height, and 10pm – 11pm helicopter activity directly over the area.

-14- Finance: Annual audit Return –
(a) The Clerk read out the audit Statement of Governance & the Chairman then signed the relevant section.
(b) The Return had already been signed by the Internal Auditor, Mr S.Riddick, and the Chairman signed the
Accounting Statement.

(c) Cheques signed: 022082 (£25) “ Twigworth PCC”: (Internal Auditor’s fee donation.)
083 s - p - o - i - l - t
084 (£ 78.91) “Mr D.Bayley” (One third cost of Clerk’s broadband)
085 (£162.83) “Community First Trading” (annual insurance)

-15- Correspondence: Letter from erstwhile councillor Mr D.Joy. (Councillor since 2002
and Chairman since May 2012). He sincerely thanked his fellow councillors for their words of appreciation, and their unexpected and generous gesture of a meal for two at Down Hatherley Manor,
(privately funded in appreciation by the Council members).

-16- Any Other Business:
(a) Need for two further councillors… Sadly, and for the first time in many, many years, the council was now merely quorate. Large notices appealing for interest had been on the notice boards for nearly a month to no avail. It was particularly unfortunate that there was no current representation from Broadclose Road. Councillors decided that letterboxing with an edition of the Newsletter was the next step.
(b) The USA’S Down Hatherley Button Gwinnett connection… Albeit unkempt and in need of professional restoration, the burial and memorial to Gwinnett’s father in the churchyard is likely to be of considerable interest to American visitors. With the USA rugby union team playing and training in the area soon, this connection should surely be flagged up to the Gloucester city and Tewkesbury councils and be a tourism benefit. The Clerk would draft a letter to go to Paul James, Leader of Gloucester City Council, but first he was asked to pass it to Down Hatherley PCC for comment.
(c) Meetings for the rest of the year…

July 8th

September 2nd

October 14th

December 2nd