Report of Annual Council meeting, 3/5/2016

This report first appeared in the Stratford-upon-Avon-Herald, May 12, 2016.

The Annual Meeting of Wellesbourne and Walton Parish Council opened with Anne Prior re-elected as Chairman and Alan Shepherd re- elected as Vice Chairman. The meeting continued with a short presentation from the local police who explained the difference between a crime reference number and an incident number. Callers on 101 in particular need to be clear which they require and to ask for the appropriate reference to be given to their report.

Under Matters arising the Chairman reported that Stagecoach Buses had taken the decision to cut the X15 service completely and upgrade the X18 service to half hourly diverting the route round Dovehouse Drive. This change will take place on June 6th. The meeting deplored the lack of consultation and publicity on this change.

A member of the public drew attention to the notices that have recently been placed on car windscreens in Newbold Road and Kineton Road telling drivers that they are illegally parked on the verge or footway. This is under the mistaken belief that the Government proposal to ban such parking has already come into effect. The Council reassured the public that these notices have no legal status and should be ignored, especially in Newbold Road where residents have specific permission to park on the verge as they have nowhere else to park. The notices have greatly upset many of the more elderly residents.

Councillor Danny Kendall advised that residents have until 31st May to complete the Living in Warwickshire survey to be found on the County Council website, to help the Council plan the future of the county. An application to build a single storey dwelling in the courtyard of Wellesbourne Hall was objected to by the Parish Council on the grounds that the design, although innovative, is out of keeping with the listed building and the new dwelling would be detrimental to the amenity of neighbouring properties. The concept was likened to Brighton Pavilion.

John Hargis reported that public consultation on the final draft of the Neighbourhood Plan will be launched at the Street Fayre on 11th June. After that leaflets will be distributed to every household in the village and the consultation period will end on 6th August. Help with distribution of leaflets would be much appreciated.

The Council has appointed Desmond Thomas, who has been acting as bookkeeper to the Council, as their part-time Responsible Finance Officer. This will give the Clerk, who will work slightly fewer hours, more time to concentrate on her other duties.