MINUTES OF THE BRATTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
Held in the Pavilion on the Village Green
8th February 2011 from 7.15pm
Present: Councillors, Mrs G Drewett, Mr R Pearce, Mr S Lloyd, Mrs J Snooks, Mrs K White, Mr K Davis,
Mr K Miller, Dr R Edwards and Mrs A Whittle (Clerk).
PC Foulger attended the meeting and gave the following report. He explained that the last month had
been fairly quiet. There had been a small amount of anti social behaviour near Southay. There had been
an increase in Coulston of non dwelling burglaries i.e. from sheds and garages etc, of power tools, leaf
blowers etc. 4 people had been arrested for similar non dwelling burglaries in the Westbury area. He
advised that residents lock and alarm their sheds etc and mark all their equipment. Motion sensor
padlocks are a very good idea at a fairly low cost. Cllr Miller expressed the council’s congratulations on
the local Polices hard work in tackling the recent burglaries and arresting the 4 people in Westbury.
Cllr Lloyd agreed to place a notice in the churchman regarding marking tools etc and alarming sheds. PC
Foulger will contact him with prices for shed alarms and item marking products.
13/11 Apologies. Apologies were received from Cllr G Hurn.
14/11 Declaration of Interest Declarations of interest were received as follows:
Cllr Davis declared an interest in planning application W/11/00200/FUL
15/11 To approve the minutes of the meetings held on the 11th January 2011
The minutes of the 11th January were accepted as presented.
Proposed Cllr White Seconded Cllr Davis All in Favour
16/11 Planning Applications
Decisions received from Wiltshire Council
W/10/03887/TCA – 3 Upper Garston Lane – tree works – No tree preservation order made.
Applications for comment
W/11/00200/FUL – The Old Post Office – new access
The council objected to the plan as follows:
The Parish Council strongly believes that the proposal for a new access to the Old Post Office from
the B3098 will cause additional traffic problems in an already congested area of the village. Also
the proposed site is in exactly the same position as the road improvements to be made to the
B3098 at this point under the Bratton School travel plan starting on the 17th of February 2011. The
Council is also concerned that any further changes to the possibility of parking vehicles at this
point of the village will cause a decline in people stopping to use the village shop and post office,
therefore risking a vital resource in the village.
Proposed Cllr Lloyd Seconded Cllr White All in Favour
W/11/00312/TCA – 38 Lower Road – Prune Lawson Cypress
The council will accept the Tree Officers recommendation
Proposed Cllr White Seconded Cllr Miller All in Favour
17/11 Westbury Area Board
Cllr Davis gave a short resume of the meeting as most Councillors were in attendance on the
evening. A full copy of the minutes will be circulated as soon as available and will be viewable on
the Wiltshire Council website.
1. The item regarding the B3098 issues was postponed to a separate meeting due to Dave
Bullock from Wiltshire Council being off sick. Sally Hendry advised that a meeting will be
called during March to specifically talk about eh issues on the B3098.
2. Lionel Grundy gave a presentation about Children’s Services
3. Sally Willox gave a short presentation about CAYPIG and the 6 month pilot scheme for free
transport for youths from the villages into Westbury Youth Centre.
4. Cllr Lloyd gave a short over view of the Community Speed Watch programme
5. A presentation was given by HPH Ltd regarding the company’s plans to install a solar farm
on land opposite the entrance to the West Wiltshire Trading Estate on the Hawkeridge Road.
Strong objections were expressed by some local residents and Heywood and Hawkeridge
6. Crosspoint. Reverend Jennifer Totney and Reverend Jonathan Burke outlined the
background and progress on pans for a drop in centre in Westbury
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7. Wiltshire Police Authority. A presentation from Ricky Rogers from the Wiltshire Police
Authority outlined the future of policing in Wiltshire.
8. The old issue of the colour of the White Horse was raised.
9. The list of grot spots in the Westbury area has been reviewed and the first area to be
cleaned up is Wellhead Woods.
The next full Area Board meeting will be on Thursday 7th April from 7pm at the Paragon Hall.
The meeting on the 3rd of February was advised that there are still funds available under the
grant scheme for this year. The clerk asked the council if they would like her to apply for grants
for the repairs to the steps leading into Reeves Orchard from Millditch and the new springs for
the gates on the Village Green. The council resolved that the clerk should apply for both.
Proposed Cllr White Seconded Cllr Drewett All in Favour
18/11 Section 137 donations –
Donations were granted as follows:
White Horse Churchman - £50.00, Wiltshire Air Ambulance - £50.00, Three Villages Minibus -
£50.00, St Johns Ambulance - £50.00, Youth Action Wiltshire - £50.00
Proposed Cllr Drewett Seconded Cllr White All in Favour
19/11 Clerks Report
School travel plan – works to B3098 to commence 21st February. Cllr Drewett and the clerk
met with Sarah Andersson, Sarah Dearden, Dave Bullock and Sally Hendry on Wednesday 12 th
January. Cllr Drewett and the clerk put across the Parish Councils concerns about the lack of
consultation on the proposal. It came across to us both that the headmaster had advised the
highways team that he had undertaken a full consultation in the village and that there were no
concerns. We stated that this was not correct and that the clerk certainly new of the concerns
raised by the landlord at the Duke about the new footpath at the entrance to the Duke car park.
Cllr Drewett asked why the existing dropped kerbs were not being used and were being replaced.
We were told that they were sub standard and tended to hold water especially outside the Jubilee
hall so new ones were being installed. Cllr Drewett asked if the flashing school signs could be
included as part of the project and was told that as the school was not on the side of the B3098
they were not discussed during the planning of the project. At the end of the meeting we were
advised that the works to the road surface and the new dropped kerbs will take place week
commencing 21st February (i.e. half term). Following the meeting the clerk did see the landlord at
the Duke and advised him that the project was going ahead and that he would need the brewery to
take forward his complaint regarding the extra footpath. New bin for village green. The new bin
has arrived and Tim Goode has installed the small concrete pad required to fix it to in due course.
The old bin will be installed at the Rec Ground entrance. Cllr Drewett and the clerk met Pat
Whyte on the 25th of January regarding the following issues: Court Lane/Lower Road
Junction. We visited the site and on discussion Pat agreed to go back o his team and try and get
some extra signage from both directions and to see if the white line can be painted in again in the
middle of the road adjacent to the 1st entrance into Lower Westbury Road when travelling from the
direction of Westbury Road. Parking of vehicles in the end of Emms lane. We also visited the
Emms lane junction with Stradbrook regarding the issue of parked vehicles blocking the lane. We
discussed various options but felt that until the new parking area on the plans for the old British
school are in place, no changes would be made. Grit Bin Tynings lane. Whilst Pat was in the
village we decided on the siting of the new grit bin for Tynings Lane. This will be at the Southay
end of the boundary wall/hedge of The Haven cottage in Tynings lane. This will be a new bin as it
came to light that the Westbury Area Board still had two grit bins to allocate this financial year so
the clerk applied and the council were successful. In discussion with Pat he also said about the
village having a supply of grit delivered in tonne bags and stored somewhere in the dry in the
village. This would mean we would have a supply if the weather is particularly bad but it would
mean the Parish Council finding someone to transport small bags of it to the areas requiring it.
Therefore we would need a storage place and a person responsible for circulating it as required.
Something to think about. Kite Day. The clerk was contacted by Leander Morales from Westbury
regarding his plan to hold a round of the national kite flying championships on the White Horse.
She attended a meeting at Westbury Town Council on the 3rd of Feb along with Leander, Keith
Griffiths and his wife from Stack UK kite flying association, the Mayor and Keith Harvey. The idea is
to hold a fun day on the white horse site possibly on the 10th of July, where the heat of the
national kite flying championships will be held aswell as kite making sessions, lessons, a possible
re-enactment of the battle of Ethendun and various other attractions. This is in the very early
stages but I was please that they had thought to include Bratton as it will affect the village as they
want to make a one way system for cars travelling to and from the White Horse. We did also talk
about arranging a minibus shuttle from either Westbury or Bratton to the venue. She will keep the
council posted of further developments. Fitness and Friendship. The clerk has been sent a flyer
about fitness and friendship. Cllr Lloyd agreed to place the info in the next Churchman. Royal
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Wedding family day at the Duke. The Duke will be holding a family day on Friday 29th of April
including the chance for people to watch the Royal Wedding on TV. It is hoped that there will be
musical entertainment and side stalls.
20/11 Parish Steward Tasks
The council would like the usual works undertaken of clearing the gullies, drains and footpaths.
21/11 Review of Millditch Allotment rents
The clerk presented a paper to the council outlining the fact that the existing rents for the Millditch
Allotments are not covering the cost of water usage at the site. This years rental income was
£97.05 and the water charges were £124.85. The last review of allotment charges on this site was
in March 2003. After lengthy discussion the council resolved to raise the allotment rent per square
metre from 8pence to 15pence for 2011/12, and from 15pence to 20pence per square metre in
2012/13. The allotment rents will be reviewed every year in February for the foreseeable future.
Proposed Cllr Drewett Seconded Cllr Davis All in Favour
The clerk will now write to each tenant advising of the rise in charges from April 2011 and
explaining that the review of charges will take place every year.
22/11 Clover Grass Court consultation
The clerk has received notification from Selwood Housing regarding the future of Clover Grass
Court as follows:
You will be aware that we demolished 2/3rds of this building and left the remainder for tenants.
The remainder has been half empty for some time and the situation is getting worse. We are to
start consultation about letting this to people generally. Existing tenants will be able to remain at
Clover Grass Court if they wish. The proposals also involve converting the residents lounge into
more affordable accommodation for the village. We are not at the stage of discussing design or
planning yet. Personal consultation with tenants at Clover Grass and another site in Bradford on
Avon have recently taken place.
Selwood have advised that the Parish Council will be included in further consultations once the
board of Directors has been advised of the outcome from discussions with the residents.
The clerk was asked to contact Selwood asking them to attend the next parish Council meeting to
discuss the issue and also to try and ascertain if people from the village who are on the housing
register will receive 1st priority should the planned changes go ahead.
Fields in trust
The clerk had received an email about the Fields in Trust (used to be the playing fields association)
new legacy project being led by Prince William to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The aim of the programme is to protect 2012 outdoor recreational sites - the Queen Elizabeth II
Fields - for communities all across the country by 2012. This network of fields will be a successor
to the King George V Memorial Fields that continue to bring benefit to communities today more
than half a century after their creation. Any council, large or small can participate in the Challenge
by nominating a recreational site to be included in the programme and all kinds of outdoor space
are eligible including: small / informal open space, parks, children’s play areas, wildlife areas /
woodland /nature trails, bike trails, playing fields, open spaces within new developments. The
Queen Elizabeth II Fields will also have access to improvement funds. To date a £1 million fund
exclusively available to Queen Elizabeth II Fields in England and Wales has been created by SITA
Trust and will be split between 2011 and 2012. Sport England’s People, Places Play Legacy will also
support the Challenge through the £10 million Protecting Playing Fields fund. These funds both
open in 2011 and therefore the sooner we receive nominations for potential sites, the sooner these
fields will become eligible to access these funds. Outdoor spaces are hugely important to the
health and well-being of our communities and so I hope you will be keen to get involved in this
exciting, high profile legacy programme to mark these great events in the UK.
The clerk was asked to find out more about the project specifically with a view to the Recreation
Jubilee Hall Management Committee AGM – 15th March 8pm
It is hoped that Cllrs Davis, Lloyd, Drewett and the clerk will attend the AGM
Clerks and Councils Direct
WALC newsletters January and February
The Royal British Legion Great Poppy Party Weekend request
The clerk was advised to pass this information onto Michael O’Donoghue and Marie Nunn.
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24/11 Financial Statement for January and accounts for payment
A Whittle – Hours and Travel - £815.37 Inland Revenue – Month 11 - £70.44
R Jordan – Hours and Travel - £99.90 Jubilee Hall – Pavilion Hire - £12.00
Callaway Grass Maintenance – Grass Cutting - £86.12 Viking Direct – stationary - £78.31
Glasdon Direct– New bin for Village Green - £167.47
WhiteHorse Churchman – donation - £50.00 Wiltshire Air Ambulance – Donation - £50.00
Three Villages Minibus – Donation - £50.00 St Johns Ambulance – Donation - £50.00
Youth Action Wiltshire – Donation - £50.00
Proposed Cllr White Seconded Cllr Snooks All in Favour
25/11 Members Reports
Cllr Miller. Could a sign advising of horse riders be placed on the B3098 either side of the junction
with the Hollow? The annual Vintage Transport event is taking place in April and any Bratton
organisation wishing to have a stall free of charge are most welcome. Heritage Centre Westbury.
As of the 1st of March the Aural History project is starting. Local children will be asking local
residents to make a recording of their experiences of life in Westbury and the surrounding area.
The information will be collated at Matravers and a disc produced of the recordings.
Cllr Lloyd. The WI has asked for more notice of the village clean up days. The clerk will organise a
day in April and September. Cllr Lloyd also asked for the date of the Annual Parish Meeting. This
will be held on Tuesday 19th of April from 7.30pm in the Jubilee Hall.
Cllr Davis. He advised of the continued problem of litter outside Bonnie Park and on the C road to
Cllr Swabey. Cllr Swabey advised that the recent planning application from Ms Pople is due to go
to committee in the near future but as yet she is unaware of what is happening with Mrs
Shelbournes application. Wiltshire Council is holding its meeting on the 15 th of February when the
council’s finances will be discussed and cuts in budgets set. It looks like there will have to savings
of 13% from passenger transport and taxi services. The council tax for Wiltshire Council will not
increase for the next four years and the council have to make savings of £289 million over the next
The meeting closed at 8.50pm
Next meeting Tuesday 8th March 2011 at 7.15pm in the Pavilion.
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