MINUTES OF THE BOTHENHAMPTON & WALDITCH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
HELD IN THE VILLAGE HALL, BOTHENHAMPTON ON MONDAY 8 OCTOBER 2007
Present: Geoff Matthews (Vice Chairman), Bob Dennis, Karl Wallace
& Colin Sparkes. In attendance: Chris Dobbs (Clerk).
Apologies were received from David Stubbs & Audrey Pearson.
2. MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting of Bothenhampton and Walditch
Parish Council held on Monday 10 September 2007, were accepted as
a true record of the Meeting and duly signed by the Chairman.
3. MATTERS ARISING.
Change of mandate authorisation is presently at NatWest Bank
awaiting identification of signatory Bob Dennis.
Co-option of new Parish Councillor - Elizabeth Welch. Proposed by
Geoff Matthews and 2nd by Bob Dennis.
Peter Tobutt to be invited to next Meeting - Action Clerk.
4. DEMOCRATIC HALF HOUR.
At 7.00 pm, the Meeting was adjourned to enable members of the
public to air their view on matters of local interest. At 7.17
pm, the Meeting re-convened to complete the Council's agenda,
there being no further matters raised.
5. REPORT BY WDDC COUNCILLOR FOR BOTHENHAMPTON.
Karl Wallace - CPRE litter campaign.
CPRE should be contacting Parish Clerk shortly.
Bridport Town Council - Askers Meadow - temporary site for Wessex
Water while work is being carried out in Crock Lane. Some concern
that WW will seek permanent planning permission.
David Tett - Budget. The Council will shortly be considering the
Budget for 2008/2009. It will be debated in Council in January
and the Council Tax fixed in February. Much will depend on the
Grant settlement by Central Government but, doubtless, the
District Council will be keeping any increase to the bare
necessity whilst at the same time maintaining its services.
Regarding Scrutiny of Waste, I understand that Dorset County
Council has a Meeting in October at which a decision on a Waste
Transfer Station in the west of the District is likely to be
taken. Until such time as a site has been identified, it is
difficult for the District Council to process its worth and meet
Central Government criteria.
6. REPORT BY WDDC COUNCILLOR FOR WALDITCH.
No Councillor present.
7. REPORT BY DCC COUNCILLOR - RON COATSWORTH.
Ron presented Community Award to Roger Ffooks.
Site in Walditch - Branscombe Lane - monitoring - has complied -
imported road building materials - will continue monitoring -
notes given (to be presented to next Meeting).
Budget 2008/2009 - Adult Services - Giving people choice -
Pathfinder (WDDC/DCC) co-operation.
Waste Transfer Site - Report to Cabinet 31/10/07.
Broomfields - needs roundabout - discussions have taken place..
A) Applications received from WDDC/DCC.
1/D/07/001433 - 7 Crock Lane
1/D/07/001688 - Blossoms, Quarry Lane
1/D/07/001720 - Land adjacent to 9 Mount Joy - opposed at
1/D/07/001382 - Mount Joy School
B) Decisions by WDDC/DCC etc.
1/D/07/001433 - 7 Crock Lane - Approval
CA/07/00257 - Willow Tree, Quoits Walditch - authorisation of
CA/07/00272 - 29 Main Street, Horse Chestnut - authorisation of
Finance a) Statement of Account as at 31 October 2007,
b) Accounts for Payment
Less Outstanding Cheques:
* June 880 £15.00 Walditch Village Hall.
* Aug.896 £30.00 Dorset Training
* September 900 £15.00 Walditch Village Hall
" 902 £314.21 Clerks Salary
" 903 £265.86 Income Tax (3 months)
" 904 £97.50 Office Accommodation
" 905 £23.91 Clerk's Expenses
" 906 £877.43 David Landscapes
All accounts listed were proposed for payment by Geoff. Matthews
and seconded by Colin Sparkes, carried by Parish Council.
10. PARISH MATTERS.
10.1 Bothenhampton Conservation Area Boundary. Verbally informed
Conservation Officer, Kim Winters, that PC have not informed any
landowners at this stage.
Action - awaiting WDDC consultation with PC.
10.2 Guidelines for use of John Gundry Play Area.
Action - Clerk to arrange for Tree Survey and enquire about
groundworks, + compare guidelines with John Holt Play Area.
10.3. Street Lighting progress.
Action - Clerk has followed up concerns of resident in Lansdowne
10.4. Preparation for November Budget statement.
Action - Clerk to present Budget to Parish Council at next
meeting - to be sent out with Minutes.
10.5 First Dorset Credit Union.
Action - Suggested by Geoff - for PC to give Grant of £200.
This was proposed by Bob Dennis and 2nd by Colin Sparkes -
subject to having awareness of First Dorset Credit Union Annual
Report. To be reviewed at next Meeting.
10.6 Connecting Dorset - delivery of equipment.
Action - IT Equipment delivered - Clerk to request Pipex ISP
10.7 Lottery End of Award Report.
Action - Clerk to contact Friends of John Gundry re Accounts.
10.8 Colin Sparkes contacted Highway Maintenance. After heavy
rain, poor gravel surface in Hollow Way and poor drainage leads
to flooding of A35.
.Action - Noted that Hollow Way needs resurfacing.
10.9 Flood Risk Management.
Action - Colin made comments re survey in Parish and agreed to
complete written report.
To be tabled as listed:-
11.1 Revised Model Code of Conduct - Training Session.
11.2 BLAP - funding opportunities Bulletin. Survey re
11.3 WDDC. Need Help for your Voluntary Group (Poster).
11.4 Charles Street Project, Dorchester - Stage 2
11.5 Defra - ways to tackle Climate Change.
11.6 Dorset Street Lighting Project Consultation.
11.7 A30/A35 Exeter to Bere Regis - Crown Roundabout,
11.8 DAPTC Newsletter + Honouring Volunteers.
Action - letter to David Webb from PC.
The next Meeting will be held in Bothenhampton Village Hall on
Monday 12 November 2007, commencing at 7.00 pm.
There being no further business to discuss, the meeting closed at
MATTERS RAISED IN THE DEMOCRATIC HALF HOUR.
1. Roger - Hollow Way bank cut. Finger Post is destroyed.
Expressed concern and requested to construct new finger post and
Clerk to write to DCC.
2. Litter Bin - Townsend will make by end of this week. Rota for
litter bin emptying schedule.
3. Robin Stapleton reported Homewatch Information - no Cold
Calling Control Zones trials in East Dorset. Trying to get going
in West Dorset.
4. Homewatch - Manor Fields has folded - none in Valley View.
Robin is representative on Association of Homewatch - produced
Guidelines for Homewatch Co-ordinator to pass on to new