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Minutes of the meeting of Crich Parish Council

Monday March 7th 2016, held in the Glebe Field Centre

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Cllr. Lane (Chair), Cllrs. Anstead, Broom, Brown, Collison, Smith, Thorpe, Walsh and Yorke.  Cty Cllrs. Taylor and Williams, AVBC Cllr. Gee and 9 members of the public. Clerk in attendance.

The meeting was attended by Cllr. Alan Cox (Chair of Amber Valley Borough Council)

Chair thanked Cllr. Cox for accepting the invitation to attend this meeting and answer questions relating to the failure of AVBC as the local “Planning Authority” to submit a Local Plan for consideration by the Government Inspector. The lack of such a plan continues to leave Crich and every other area within the Borough increasingly exposed to the possibility of building development on sensitive sites.
In answer to questions from Members and from members of the public, Cllr. Cox explained that AVBC had been unable to demonstrate that it could meet the required  “5 year Housing Supply” and had consequently had no choice other than to withdraw the submission from the approval process as it would have been bound to fail.
He explained that at one stage it seemed that the target could be met but 2 developers had withdrawn leaving a shortfall. Cllr. Cox said that he was not at liberty to name the developers but that the information may be accessed using the Freedom of Information Act (Cllr. Anstead agreed to pursue this on behalf of the Council).
In the discussion that followed Members agreed that way in which the Government requires planning authorities to provide details of their ability to meet the 5 Year Housing Supply target when developers can opt out “at the drop of a hat” and scupper the whole application is unreasonable and should be changed.
Cllr. Cox acknowledged that the Borough Council does have a responsibility to give financial and technical support councils (such as Crich) who are preparing a Neighbourhood Plan and pledged that the Borough Council would honour this responsibility.
It was unanimously RESOLVED to express concern and seek action by:
Writing to local MPs (Pauline Latham, Nigel Mills and Patrick McLoughlin)
Releasing a press statement
Asking the Derbyshire Association of Local Councils (DALC) to (a) help convene a meeting of affected Town and Parish Councils (b) lobby Government Ministers via the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).
Seeking the advice and support of the Local Government Association (LGA).
Members thanked Chair for the hard work she has done in pursuing so assiduously all the issues surrounding the impact of new development in the Parish area.  


Part 1 Non – confidential items

16/1331 To receive apologies for absence:

Cllrs. Bateman, Baugh and Clark

16/1332 To receive declarations of interest and to approve requests for dispensations from members on matters in which they have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest.

Cllrs. Broom and Walsh – Neighbourhood Plan (as member of Rural Action Derbyshire).
Cllr. Broom – planning application AVA/2016/0219
Chair – planning application AVA/2016/0187

16/1333 Police matters

Contact: PCSO Christopher Bannister 3841
Apology received

16/1334 Members of the public (10 minutes)

Concern was expressed that vehicles were damaged in an accident on The Common which seems to have been the result of thoughtless parking.

16/1335 County and Borough Councillors

AVBC Cllr. Thorpe provided a very comprehensive emailed report.
Cty Cllr. Williams referred to the consultation process regarding the proposed closure of Children’s Centres in the county. He continues to pursue the perpetrators of damage to Fritchley Green and reminded the meeting of the plans for commemorating the Pentrich Revolution. Council agreed to support the activity in principle as some of the marchers were Crich residents.

16/1336 Minutes of the meeting of February 1st 2016

The Minutes were accepted and signed by Chair.

16/1337 Reports

Chair reported that a “near miss” involving 2 emergency vehicles at the Bullbridge traffic lights served as a further reminder of the particular dangers at this location. Cty Cllr Williams agreed to take this matter up with DCC Highways.
Clerk reported that the Carry Forward into Financial Year 2016/7 will be around £25,000 (final figures will be available after a meeting of the Finance Committee) in addition £15,000 has been set aside to contribute to the refurbishment of the Recreation Ground (PLACE Project) and a further sum will be added to the Burial Ground Development Fund dependant on the 2016/7 budget.
The Neighbourhood Planning Group has received an excellent response to the public survey (including the recruitment of more members for the working groups). A report of the spending over the last year is being prepared as part of the process to apply for a further grant from the Government. The NP group will also request funds to which they are entitled from AVBC.
Cllr. Yorke provided a written report on the excellent progress of the PLACE project.
It was agreed to defer discussion of the Derwent Valley Cycleway project to the April meeting.

16/1338 Items for Discussion

Clerk was instructed to order a plaque to commemorate the late John Steppings (former member of the Council).
No extra funds will be put into the Term Deposit Account as the money needs to be accessible this Financial Year.
The Current Account held by the PC does not allow a Debit Card facility.
The Beacon will be lit at 7.30 pm on Thursday April 21st to mark the Queen’s birthday.
Locations for the 3 defibrillators are almost finalised. Many thanks to Mr Harby of the Red Lion at Fritchley and Mr Tong of the Family Tree at Whatstandwell for their offers of help.
Cllr. Anstead produced a document to demonstrate that between £100 and £200 per year could be saved by re-organising the PC telephone and website system. Cllr. Anstead and the Clerk were deputed to action this change.
Two requests have been made for the unused Youth Club equipment. It was decided to give the other schools a little longer to apply before a final decision is made.
It was agreed that the Council could not make a grant towards the proposed Fritchley street party to celebrate the Queen’s birthday as it fell outside the normal grant making process.
It was agreed to support Clerk with the Certificate in Local Council Administration training to be run by DALC in association with Society of Local Council Clerks.

16/1339 Planning Decisions

AVA/2015/1262 Tramway Village – development of existing play area
AVA/2015/1211 Coddington Hall Farm – replacement ancillary outbuilding
AVA/2015/1057 The Little Cottage, The Dimple – 2 storey side extension and detached garage
AVA/2016/0072 – 4 Glen Rd. Whatstandwell brick outbuilding on garden

16/1340 Planning Applications

AVA/2016/0014 Fritchley Primary School – double sided free-standing sign NO OBJECTION but COMMENT that the proposed sign is too large.
AVA/2016/0089 Archway Cottages, Market Place 2/3 bed 2/3 storey detached property OBJECTION
AVA/2016/106 “Westfields”, Plaistow Green Rd. Retention of static caravan as holiday let – suggest temporary permission be given for 5 years to allow further assessment
AVA/2016/0109 Crich Scout Hut – timber shed NO OBJECTION
AVA/2016/0709 FORMER DCC Highways storage depot, Wakebridge. Application for lawful development certificate for an existing use/development – storage of building materials. Comment – storage container to be removed without delay
AVA/2016/0107 Caravan at Woodhay Baulk Barn, Robin Hood – single storey extension to south elevation of existing building OBJECTION as this will change the character of the building and be detrimental to visual amenity in this sensitive area
AVA/2016/0179 Cowslip Cottage, Potters Hill, Wheatcroft – removal of condition no. 8 from AVA/1290/1386 – OBJECTION as permission was originally granted for holiday accommodation only.
AVA/2016/0198 – 6, Church St., Fritchley lawful development certificate for erection of timber frame garden office – NO OBJECTION
AVA/2016/0187 Fairfield Farm, Kirkham Lane, Fritchley – change of use to agricultural/equestrian to include formation of horse exercise area and timber lose boxes for private use – OBJECTION as it is too close to a proposed Heritage Site COMMENT the exercise facility should only be used by horses stabled on site to reduce traffic movement on the access road which is shared with a footpath
AVA/2016/0162 -1, Sandy Lane alterations to windows and construction of porch to rear NO OBJECTION
AVA/2016/0219 181, The Common -Kitchen extension to link main house to coach house NO OBJECTION

16/1341 Accounts

Balance in Current Account at 22.02.16   £ 43,271.09 
Income  £448.00 

C. Ludlam (Clerk) salary and expenses
Chq 385
Glebe Field Trust
Chq 386
Grass Track
Chq 387
Derbyshire Toy Libraries
Chq 388

(Replacement grant cheque)

British Gas
Chq 389
DCC Fritchley Playing Field Licence
Chq 390
STW (public toilets)
Chq 391
HMR and C Tax and NI
Chq 392
DALC subscription
Chq 393
L Spencer work at RG and BG
Chq 394
Chq 395
Harlite (Christmas tree lights)
Chq 396

16/1342 Items for Information

DALC Circulars 01 04 2016

16/1343 Communications from members of the public

Request that the Parish noticeboard be made available for use by some other groups – it was acknowledged that the present public notice board is well used. Clerk will experiment by putting some longer term well established community group notices on the locked section of the notice board.
A request from Crich Infants School for use of the RG for their school sports on Tuesday July 9th was granted

Part 2 Confidential items



Monday 4th April 2016
Annual Parish Meeting at 7.00 pm
Parish Council Meeting at 7.30 pm

Clive Ludlam,
Parish Clerk
8th March 2016
Glebe Field Centre, Crich, Matlock DE4 EU
01773 853928