The annual meeting of Odstock Parish
Council was held on Wednesday, 9th May 2001 following the
annual Parish meeting that started at 7:00 p.m. in The
Radnor Hall at Bodenham.
Present: Dr S Elcock, Mr R Underhill, Mr
C Whitley, Mr C Berry, Mr R Poynting, Mr R Parsons (Clerk)
and four members of the public. Ebble District Cllr
Rycroft arrived at 8:00pm. Apologies were received from
Mr S Martin and Mrs J Payne.
26/01 Matters raised at the annual Parish
meeting: Waste bins, Bus shelters and Notice
27/01 Election of Officers: Cllr
Poynting proposed and Cllr Underhill seconded Cllr Elcock
as Chairman. Cllr Whitley proposed and Cllr Berry
seconded Cllr Underhill as Vice-chairman. It was not
considered necessary to define individual
responsibilities apart from planning issues that will
continue to be handled by Cllr Elcock.
Parish Clerk's Remuneration: The Clerk
offered to fulfil the role for the ensuing year at the
rate of £7/hr.
29/01 Meetings: Proposed dates:
Wednesday, 5th September; Wednesday, 5th December;
Wednesday, 6th February 2002; Wednesday, 20th March;
Annual Parish meeting followed by Annual Council meeting
on Wednesday, 8th May.
30/01 Declaration of Interest:
Cllr Underhill declared a non-pecuniary interest and will
take no part in discussions relating to planning
conditions at the new Nunton dairy unit.
31/01 Minutes: The minutes of the
Council meeting held on 7th March 2001, having been
circulated, were agreed and signed by the Chairman.
* Cllr Elcock reported that the skips scheduled for
delivery on 11th June would be publicised in News and
* Cllr Whitley reported that he hoped to have a
presentation prepared to illustrate proposals for play
equipment and car parking in Nunton field, ready for the
fete on 14th July. The lease on the field has yet to be
produced. Cllr Elcock agreed to consult SDC planning
department on the amount and timing of R2 funding and the
suitability of the Parish Council's proposals.
* Cllr Berry has obtained positive feedback on the PC's
proposals for the play facility at Odstock playground.
The Radnor Estate will be asked for their approval and
invitations to tender for the work are in hand.
* Cllr Elcock agreed to co-ordinate the Parish Council
presentation for the Village fete.
* S/2001/436 - ERECTION OF ONE DWELLING at NUNTON. No
* S/2001/437 - ERECTION OF 10 DWELLINGS AND CONVERSION OF
EXISTING REDUNDANT FARM BUILDING TO 3 DWELLINGS at NUNTON
FARM. Cllr Elcock reported that the Parish meeting on 28th
March had been well attended and that there was broad
agreement to the planning proposals. Planning Officers at
SDC have recommended the scheme for approval at the
Southern Area Committee meeting on 17th May.
* S/2001/463 - FULL APPLICATION - CONSERVATORY at 21
SHEPHERDS CLOSE, ODSTOCK. No Objection.
* S/2001/666 - FULL APPLICATION - DEMOLITION OF EXISTING
GARAGE, CONSTRUCTION OF TWO STOREY EXTENSION AND SINGLE
STOREY DOUBLE GARAGE TO PROPERTY at THE REST, ODSTOCK. No
There was some discussion regarding the tree planting
around the new dairy unit at Nunton. Cllrs Poynting and
Whitley had both been queried by villagers about the
extent of the planting that had taken place. Cllr Elcock
agreed to consult the planning officers and report to the
next Council meeting.
34/01 Transport, Roads and Footpaths:
WCC will be organising the reopening of footpaths as the
threat of FMD recedes. Cllr Elcock reported that he had
received complaints about two roadside hedges. At Church
Cottage in Nunton and at the Jubilee Gardens corner by
the Rectory in Odstock, the hedges are encroaching onto
the road. The owners will be asked to trim their hedges.
It was noted that WCC Parish Lengthsmen will be available
for road maintenance on 6th/7th July. Cllr Poynting
stressed the importance of reporting all road defects at
the earliest opportunity. In the event that a car is
damaged by a pothole, compensation will only be
considered if the road defect has been reported. This can
be done by Freephone 0800 23 23 23 or on the Internet at
Wiltshire.gov.uk. A reference number for the report
should be obtained and used to track the outcome.
35/01 Grant Applications: It was
noted that the notice boards in the villages are in need
of refurbishment. There are several funding sources and
it was agreed that applications should be prepared.
Other initiatives were noted include the 'Wiltshire
Community Innovator Millennium Award Scheme' that will
award grants of between £1,000 - £10,000 over the next
three years to individuals and groups for projects
bringing benefit to the local community.
* The South Wiltshire Strategic Alliance has organised a
Community Planning meeting on 19th May at Downton School.
The area co-ordinator is Rex Webb from Wiltshire Police
and the Clerk will attend.
* 30th April - UKVillages.co.uk have created a free
village Internet Website for every community in the UK.
Information published is visible on the Websites of all
the other communities within a 4-mile radius. The Company
is proposing to consider grant applications for local
projects, which it hopes to finance by local sponsorship
* 21st April - Boscombe Down - FSTA Planning Application.
Not considered relevant to OPC.
* April - WCC Waste Planning Newsletter - The Clerk
reported that he had attended the last Forum meeting on
15th March. It is reassuring that so many members of the
public and pressure groups like Friends of the Earth are
prepared to lobby for sustainable methods of recycling
and disposal of waste. WCC will now prepare a
consultation document. It was agreed that Odstock Parish
Council would prepare a response to this document, once
it has been published.
* 17th April - PAWS Menu from SDC.
* 16th Mar - Parish and Town Councils No.2 Liaison
meeting with SDC - Human Rights and Planning
* 9th Mar - Report on Parish and Town Councils' Liaison
meeting with SDC.
37/01 Finance: The Clerk produced
the accounts for the year to 31st March 2001, which the
Council reviewed and agreed. The following expenditure
P N Ruddle - Materials for Bus Shelter - 087 - £54
38/01 The next Council Meeting
will be held on Wednesday, 20th June 2001 in the Radnor
The meeting closed at 9:25pm
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