This report first appeared in the Stratford-upon-Avon Herald. 

Once again the monthly meeting of Wellesbourne and Walton Parish Council heard complaints from the cricket club about dog fouling on the cricket pitch. Recently an important under-17s match between Warwickshire and Staffordshire was delayed while volunteers struggled to clean the pitch so that play could start safely. The club are asking for the whole of the Mountford sports field to be made a no-go area for dogs. The Parish Council will consider the request.

District Councillor Anne Parry reported on a planning application that has just been received by the District Council for change of use to a restaurant/take-away outlet in the former Bargain Booze premises in Warwick Road. The restaurant will operate from 5.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. seven days a week.   No external changes to the building are proposed apart from non-illuminated signage, but the application does not state what kind of food would be served there. She also reported that she had passed on to Stagecoach several complaints she has received about the new X18 bus service but has not had any reply.

The Council decided to object to an outline application for a new dwelling to be built adjacent 42 Kineton Road on the grounds that it would be out of keeping with neighbouring properties being only two-bedroomed, and crammed into the site. Councillors also commented that the application contained very little information on what the building would look like and how it could be achieved in such a narrow gap. The draft Neighbourhood Plan is now out for public consultation which ends on 6th August. So far 41 comments have been received, most of which are supportive of the plan. Residents are invited to attend an open forum at St Peter’s Church Hall on Saturday 23rd July between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to learn more about the plan and make their comments.

The Amenities and Highways Committee has agreed that a camera should be used inside the drain to discover the source of the pollution in the River Dene. Concerns were expressed at the poor level of policing in the village especially as the Council has learned that the two local PCSOs are leaving. There has been no official communication from the police concerning their departure or any replacements. A letter of complaint will be sent to the Police and Crime Commissioner. Graffiti is again proving to be a problem and new methods of removing it are being investigated. In a confidential session after the main meeting, the Council approved the appointment of a new contractor to supply the Christmas lights around the village.

Work on the new Sports and Community Centre continues with the opening still planned for September despite a spate of vandalism and theft from the site. The Council are planning to create a charitable Trust to be responsible for managing the building.

Since the meeting a planning application (Reference 16/02156/FUL) has been received for a transport depot on land between the bypass and the sewage works, and from Stratford Road to the river, with a new access on to the Stratford Road close to the existing access to the sewage works. The Parish Council will be considering this application at a meeting next week.