An Ordinary meeting of Odstock Parish
Council was held at 7.30 pm on 7th December 2005 in The
Radnor Hall, Bodenham.
Present: Rod Poynting (Chairman), Cliff
Whitley (Vice-Chairman), Sherwood Elcock, Colin Berry,
Simon Martin, Richard Parsons (Clerk), Salisbury District
Cllr Bryan Rycroft and four members of the public.
Apologies: WC Cllr Julian Johnson, Brian
Clake and Sue Martin.
57/05 Open Public Forum:
1. Concern was expressed that cars
parking on the Nunton Recreation Field in wet weather
would lead to surface damage. Football teams will be
alerted to this potential problem.
2. The tractor standing area had been
fenced off and it is understood that a Beech hedge will
3. There have been several car accidents
on the A338. Some Villagers were of the opinion that
excessive speed may have been a contributory factor.
4. No improvement to the problem of
roadside parking near the entrance to Salisbury District
58/05 Declaration of Interest: Cllr
Martin declared a Personal Interest in matters relating
to the Nunton Recreation Field.
59/05 Minutes of the Ordinary PC meeting
held on 14th September were agreed and signed by the
60/05 Matters Arising:
a) New Gates at Odstock Recreation Field
had been satisfactorily installed and paid for.
b) New Gates at Nunton Recreation Field
had been satisfactorily installed and paid for.
61/05 Nunton Recreation Field: Cllr
Whitley reported that his consultation with Villagers had
not generated any adverse comments. Six firms had been
invited to tender for the provision of play equipment and
he proposed that a committee of Villagers should be
formed to evaluate the tenders before applying to SDC for
the go-ahead. So far only one company had provided a
tender for the construction of the proposed store.
62/05 Community Initiatives:
a) Community Skips: Six large skips had
been filled and removed during October. Members noted the
letter from WCC indicating that, as the Waste Disposal
Authority and because of potential operational problems,
they would no longer be able to accept skips at the WDA's
Thorny Down waste transfer station. A letter from RV
Maidment Ltd indicated that a 12 cu yd could be provided
at a cost of £180, subject to review in April and that
any hazardous items found would incur additional costs of
b) Wiltshire Strategic Board: Members
were able to confirm that they already participate in the
majority of activities identified by the 'Leading by
Example' initiative but were unable to understand what
benefit would accrue to the Parish Council by signing up
to the initiative as suggested by WALC.
a) Precept for 2006/07: The prepared
budget was reviewed. Cllr Elcock proposed the issue on
Salisbury District Council of a precept in the sum of £10,000.
Cllr Berry seconded and agreement was unanimous.
b) Annual Grants: Members approved the
grass-cutting grant of £500 to the Odstock & Nunton
PCC and the grant of £40 towards the cost of producing
the monthly 'News and Notes' publication.
c) SWAG: Members noted the application
by 'Shine' for funding to enable the purchase of a
vehicle to provide learning opportunities to the three
official 'traveller' sites in Salisbury District. They
were unable to form an objective opinion regarding the
usefulness of the project. OPC is unable to offer support.
d) Annual Return for 2004/05: Mazars,
the PC's External Auditor had signed the audit without
qualification and submitted a fee invoice which members
e) Payments: The following were approved:
James Hill - Odstock Field Gates
------------- 182 - £376.00p
James Hill - Nunton Field Gates
-------------- 183 - £423.00p
R V Maidment Ltd - Skip hire
---------------- 184 - £423.00p
Mazars - Audit Fee for 2004/05
-------------- 185 - £152.75p
Radnor Hall - Hire for meetings
--------------- 186 -- £88.00p
PCC - Grass Cutting Grant
------------------- 187 - £500.00p
News & Notes - Expenses Grant
------------- 188 -- £40.00p
R Parsons - Clerk's fee on account
------------ 189 - £424.00p
Society of Local Council Clerks -
Subscription - 190 -- £64.00p
64/05 Transport, Roads and Footpaths:
a) WCC Parish Lengthsmen: The scheduled
lengthsmen's visit on 30th November and 1st December had
cleaned the paths throughout the villages, cleared the
grips, letts and ditches and washed signs. The repairs to
the bridge on the road to the Hospital are 'in hand'.
b) Roadside Hedgerows: Cllr Martin
advised that he would do all he could to ensure that all
hedgerows throughout the parish received appropriate
attention before the Spring.
c) Traffic Survey: The Primary School is
believed to have completed the traffic survey but the PC
is not in receipt of the findings as yet.
d) Speed Limit on the A338: In light of
recent accidents, members resolved to formally request a
review of traffic speed at the Salisbury end of the dual
e) Parking at the Hospital: Members were
disappointed that no extension to the double yellow 'no
parking' lines had been forthcoming.
f) Bridleway from Shelf lane to the A338: Cllr
Martin advised that clearance work was in hand.
g) Shaftesbury Drove: There was no news
on the state of this Right of Way and it was suggested
that the matter of abandoned cars should be brought to
the attention of Netherhampton PC.
a) S/2005/2450 - FULL APPLICATION -
DEMOLISH EXISTING BUNGALOW AND GARAGE AND REPLACE WITH
NEW DWELLING WITH INTERNAL GARAGES AND ASSOCIATED WORKS
at WESSEX NUNTON DROVE NUNTON SP5 4HZ - The PC resolved
to support this application.
b) S/2005/2444 - FULL APPLICATION -
PROPOSED NEW 16 BED WARD EXTENSION TO MAIN HOSPITAL
BUILDING at NEW HALL HOSPITAL BODENHAM SP5 4EY - The PC
resolved to support this application.
c) S/2005/2142 - FULL APPLICATION -
EXTENSION TO THE EXISTING BUILDING TO FORM AN ADDITIONAL
BEDROOM, BATHROOM AND PLAYROOM at CHALK PIT COTTAGE
WHITSBURY ROAD ODSTOCK SP5 4JE - The Clerk reported that
this application was likely to be approved shortly under
delegated powers. Members had raised no objections.
66/05 Reports and Correspondence:
a) Wiltshire Police Authority: Members
noted the central government proposals for the
amalgamation of police forces in the southwest and
concluded that the change would be unlikely to reduce the
effectiveness of policing locally.
b) Salisbury District Council: The
Chairman and the Clerk had attended the P&TC Liaison
meeting on 5th October and the Clerk had attended the
meeting on 28th November where comments were invited
about SDC's Medium Term Financial Strategy.
c) Wiltshire Association of Local Councils: The
Clerk reported that he was no longer eligible to
represent the Southern Area Parish Councils on the
Executive Committee of WALC. In due course WALC would no
doubt be seeking another representative from PCs in the
d) WCC - Waste Management Strategy: Members
were unable to provide objective comment.
e) Cranbourne Chase AONB: The Chairman
agreed to review the terms of the Parish Archive Project.
67/05 Any Other Business: Cllr Berry
drew attention to the parking problems at Shepherds Close
in Odstock. He suggested that the ideal solution would be
to extend the carpark to the full width of the playing
field. It was agreed that enquiries should be made
regarding a suitable resolution to the parking problem.
68/05 The next Ordinary PC meeting will
be held on Wednesday, 18th January 2006.
The meeting closed at 9:25pm
Signed without amendment by the PC
Chairman, Cllr Rod Poynting, on 18th January 2006.
as a .pdf file.
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