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Minutes of the meeting of Crich Parish Council

Monday July 4th 2016, held in the Glebe Field Centre

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Cllr. Lane (Chair), Cllrs. Anstead, Baugh, Bateman, Clark (vice-Chair), Collison, Smith, Walsh and Yorke. AVBC Cllr. Gee and 4 members of the public.
Clerk in attendance.

Part 1 Non – confidential items

16/1383 To receive apologies for absence:

Cllrs. Broom, Brown and Thorpe. Cty Cllr. Williams

16/1384 To receive declarations of interest and to approve requests for dispensations from members on matters in which they have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest.

Cllr. Walsh – Neighbourhood Plan (as member of Rural Action Derbyshire).
Cllr. Lane (Glebe Field Centre Trustee)
Cllr. Yorke – Planning Application AVA/2016/0631
Cllr. Smith – Planning Application AVA/2016/0483
Cllr Bateman Planning Application AVA/2016/0614

16/1385 Police matters

No police present
Contact: PCSO Christopher Bannister 3841

16/1386 Members of the public (10 minutes)

Concern was expressed regarding the growth of vegetation narrowing the carriageway at Cromford Rd., between the Cross and the Church (reported to DCC) and the general untidiness of pavements etc. caused by weeds (reported to AVBC).

16/1387 County and Borough Councillors

AVBC Cllr.Gee reminded the meeting of the existence of a sponsored bus shelter scheme operated by DCC and suggested that this may be a means of replacing the bus shelter at Town End (AVBC has no budget for this type of project).He also expressed his concern at the way the AVBC Planning Department is handling the long standing planning application AVA/2014/0678 regarding the building of affordable houses to the rear of the Glebe (please see Chair’s report).
Cty. Cllr. Williams emailed a report. He continues to pursue road safety issues and the provision of dropped curbs around Fritchley Green .He intends to use part of his Community Fund to help purchase signs for us in Fritchley.

16/1388 Minutes of the meeting of June 6th 2016

The Minutes were accepted and signed by Chair

16/1389 Reports

Chair emailed a comprehensive report (attached) and summarised as follows:
Planning Application AVA/2014/0678. This proposed development of 15 affordable dwellings and 3 market sale bungalows was presented as a “rural exception site” as it is on greenfield land on the edge of the village’. In the light of this classification and the conditions it imposes in terms of the number of affordable homes for people with demonstrable local connections and despite initial reservations regarding the safety of the access, the Parish Council withdrew its initial opposition to the proposal. However, Chair has been informed by AVBC that the site “never was a Rural Exception site”! – this effectively means that there is now a requirement to build only 5 affordable dwellings (not the original 15) this decision which seems to have been taken without due process or proper review changes the whole nature and purpose of the proposed development and the attitude of the Parish Council to it. Further, the Parish Council believes that one of the main reasons AVBC gave for not requiring the provision of some affordable homes on the site off Crich Rd., Fritchley was that 15 homes of this type would be provided at the site to the rear of The Glebe. The Parish Council believes that the modified proposal is totally different to the original one (AVA/2014/0678) and requires a new, separate application. Further, it believes that as any application on this site is a departure from the Agreed Development Plan it should not be decided under delegated powers. Chair will pursue this case with Rae Gee (Principal Planning Officer at Amber Valley Borough Council).
The Fritchley Community Association goes from strength to strength. A recent street party held to celebrate the Queen’s birthday was well attended a deemed a great success.

The future of funding for day-care at the Glebe beyond September is still uncertain. The Glebe Management Group has met the funding authorities and is now putting a bid together.

Chair sent a reminder to DCC on June 15th regarding the blocked drains at Dimple Lane which caused the flooding at Bobbin Mill Hill and Dimple Lane recently.

Safety and social problems at Fritchley Green – the working group has met and agreed some recommendations

  • To continue to pursue DCC Highways to provide appropriate traffic calming measures
  • To encourage youngsters to use the playing field at Fritchley Primary School for ball games (Crich PC pays a licence fee of £120 to DCC each year to make this facility available for public use). This could include a poster campaign, letters to parents, notices, and an article in the CACN etc. It was also agreed that parents concerns that the playing field is “out of sight” and the access is secluded and could make children vulnerable will need to be addressed.
  • There seems to be little enthusiasm for putting bollards around the Green to deter vehicles being driven on it. It was agreed to investigate (with DCC) the possibility of removing those corners most vulnerable to traffic damage.

Neighbourhood Plan – The working groups will soon have completed the draft policies. Some Members including the Chair of the NP group have left and more help would be valued.

PLACE project – Cllr. Yorke reported that funding applications are in progress, a resident of Whatstandwell has offered to provide technical advice on the construction of the path, the use of help from the Community Payback Scheme is being investigated and the working group will have a stall at the Crich Fete at which he will speak about the project.
Burial Ground – the unused section of the plot is being cleared in preparation for use for interments.
Recreation Ground - The dog bin was reported to be engulfed in the foliage of an elder bush. This has now been pruned exposing the bin. AVBC has been reminded of its existence and asked to empty it when emptying the RG litter bin

16/1390 Items for Discussion

Defibrillators – the lockable doors have been fitted. Sites for the units remain to be finalised. Clerk was asked to investigate the process by which the Market Place tele phone box could be adopted.

Unused Youth Club Equipment – staff at the Glebe will be able to put this on display before the September meeting of the PC
A new noticeboard for Fritchley has been ordered.
Arranging for the weekly tidying of the Burial Ground, Recreation Ground and Jubilee Ground in addition to other small maintenance tasks around the Parish (Clerk is currently undertaking some of these tasks) – this will be put out to tender. Cllr. Anstead pointed out that any sole trader employed must be able to demonstrate that he/she does not earn more than 80% of income from a single source).

Community Resilience – Members agreed unanimously to allow their details to be added to the “Contact List” held by DCC. Please note that contacts for DCC’s Emergency Planning Division are:
01629 538364 (office hours) and 01629533190 or 08456058058.

The Parish Council does not meet in August. Clerk will prepare cheque payments in the usual way and visit signatories by appointment. Clerk will forward planning applications to Members and act on the advice of members of the Planning Committee unless there is an obvious lack of consensus regarding a particular application.
In the interest of hygiene and the hope of reducing the number of discarded cigarette ends around the Market Place seat it was agreed the Clerk would liaise with Cllr. Bateman to purchase a litter bin with an “ash tray”. The bin to be decorated with a suitable PC logo.

16/1391 Planning Decisions

AVA/2016/0617 Ash Tree House, The Common – non-material amendment to AVA/2014/0630 - change of roof design.
AVA/2016/0499 land at Hindersitch Lane – single storey additional porch space

16/1392 Planning Applications

AVA/2016/ 0614 1, Sandy Lane – replacement of UPVC windows by timber. Conservation roof lights and porch NO OBJECTION
AVA/2016/0631 16, Dowie Way – demolish garage, double storey extension and new double garage NO OBJECTION
AVA/2016/0667 Detached dwelling and access to Bowmer Lane (departure from Adopted Development Plan).  OBJECTION based on this being an inappropriate back land development that does not reflect the character of the locality. It will be detrimental to residential and visual amenity in an area of sensitive open countryside.
AVA/2016/0483 Residential development of approximately 8 dwellings with new access point from Roes Lane (amended plan).  OBJECTION – the dwellings will be overly cramped with inadequate private garden space, they will not be in keeping with the character of development in the locality. The access arrangements are unsatisfactory and there would be a loss of residential amenity for neighbouring properties
AVA/2016/0463 16, Dale Close Fritchley – 2 storey extension. NO OBJECTION

16/1393 Accounts

Balance in Current Account at 14.06.16   £57825.46                    
Income  £790.14


Chq 431
Glebe Field Trust
Chq 432
Grass Track
Chq 433
WEL medical (de-fib doors)
Chq 434

British Gas

Chq 435
L. Spencer (work at RG and BG Feb. to June 2016)
Chq 436
HMR and C
Chq 437
C. Ludlam (clerk)
Chq 438
M. Lane (Chair’s allowance)
Chq 439
Chq 440
L and S Accountancy Services (to replace void chq. 427)
Chq 441

16/1394 Items for Information

DALC Circulars
Chair stated that she was proud to represent the Parish Council at the Mercian Regiment Annual Pilgrimage to the War memorial (Stand Sunday) at Crich held on Sunday 3 July 2016.
RR Monitoring Results from Hilts Quarry were all as expected.

16/1395 Communications from members of the public

Report of damage to the fence behind the goal posts at the Recreation Ground – Clerk has carried out repairs
Members are invited to school leaving services as follows (Sims Bibles will be distributed)
Crich Jun, School Thursday 21 July at 2.00 pm in school.
Fritchley School Thursday 21 July at 2.30 pm in St. Mary’s
Crich Carr School Monday 25 July at 1.30 pm in St. Mary’s

Email complaining of weeds around the Market Place – this has been referred to AVBC who have raised a job number. In the meantime Clerk has cleared weeds around the seat and the “traffic island” at the Market Place

Part 2 Confidential items



Monday 5th September 2016 7.30 pm

Clive Ludlam,
Parish Clerk
Glebe Field Centre, Crich, Matlock DE4 EU
01773 853928