Minutes of a meeting of STOURPORT-ON-SEVERN TOWN COUNCIL

Held on Tuesday 6th October 2020 6.00pm at HELD VIA A VIRTUAL ZOOM MEETING

Present

In the chair The Town Mayor - Councillor K Henderson

Councillors T Berry, Mrs B S Dawes, M Freeman, Mrs J Griffiths, P B Harrison, Mrs V Higgs, B Jones, D Little, R Lloyd, Mrs N Martin, C Rogers, D C Russell, D Sheppard, G M Talbot, J Thomas and H Williams

Minutes

It was RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on Tuesday 8th September 2020 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Mayor.

46. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Mrs C Barnett.

47. MINUTES It was RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on 8th September 2020 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Mayor.

48. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST There were no declarations of interest.

49. MAYORS COMMUNICATIONS The Mayor and Deputy Mayor’s engagements were circulated and noted. Council were informed that at the present time, due to Government guidelines, only 6 people were able to attend the Remembrance Sunday Service. A press release would be issued and the service would be streamed live on Facebook.

50. APPLICATIONS FOR PLANNING PERMISSION Consideration was given to consultations by the District Council on the following applications for planning permission, and it was RESOLVED that the District Council be informed of the Town Council response to each consultation, as set out below:-

  1. WF.20/0025/FUL - Erection of dormer bungalow, following demolition of garage and subdivision of plot at 4 Redhouse Road, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire DY13 0NW. Deferred.
  2. WF.20/0337/FUL – Proposed 4 No. 3 Bed Detached Dormer Bungalows at Land Adjacent, 7 Hartlebury Road, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire DY13 9NL. Deferred.
  3. WF.20/0485/HOU – REVISED – External changes, addition of pitched roof, addition of lantern to rear, revision to internal layout, erection of boundary wall with railings to front following prior approval for ground floor change of use from A1 to C3 (application ref: 19/3027/PNRES) at 30 Kylemilne Way, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire DY13 9NA. Recommend Approval.
  4. WF.20/0597/FUL - Change of use from restaurant to hot food takeaway at 8 High Street, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire DY13 8DH. Recommend Approval.
  5. WF.20/0661/S73 - Variation of condition 5 attached to Planning Approval SU/29/74 to allow occupancy of caravans for 11 months (closed January) at Stourport Motor Yacht and Bungalow Association Club, Moorhall Lane, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire DY13 8RD. Deferred.
  6. WF.20/0688/LBC – Retrospective approval for installation of boiler flue in side wall of property at 27 Gilgal, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire DY13 9AJ. Recommend Approval.
  7. WF.20/0715/FUL – Demolition of existing dwelling and residential development of site compromising 3 new dwellings at 43 Lickhill Road, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire DY13 8SL. Recommend Approval.
  8. WF.20/0722/FUL – Retrospective change of use of open space to residential curtilage at 35 Malham Road, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire DY13 8NR. Recommend Approval.
  9. WF.20/0734/HH – For Information Only - High Hedge Complaint at 48 Areley Common, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire DY13 0NQ. Noted.
  10. WF.20/0754/HOU – Demolition of existing conservatory, construction of single storey rear extension and double storey side extension at 22 Moorhall Lane, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire DY13 8RB Deferred.
  11. WF.20/0768/HOU – Proposed rear extension, conversion of garage and alterations to roof at 43 Ribbesford Drive, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire DY13 8TQ. Recommend Approval.

51. ARISING FROM CONSIDERATION OF THE APPLICATIONS FOR PLANNING PERMISSION Noted.

52. DECISIONS ON PAST PLANNING APPLICATIONS Members had been circulated with a list of the decisions of the District Council in respect of past planning applications and, it was RESOLVED that the list be noted.

53. UPDATE FROM COUNCILLOR MRS B DAWES ON SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Members were that a productive meeting had been held on 15th September 2020 to discuss the problems with noise and speeding in Stourport, particularly Gilgal/Discovery Road/Vale Road. Calming measures could be introduced on Vale Road, better markings on Gilgal. The Police & Crime Commissioners office were going to try and obtain another speed camera for the police as there was only 1 currently for Wyre Forest area. Antisocial behaviour was becoming a problem from some of the traveller sites. It was hoped that an intermediary may speak to them to help with the ongoing problems.

54. UPDATE FROM COUNCILLORS MRS N MARTIN & J THOMAS (CABINET MEMBERS FOR WYRE FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL) AND COUNCILLORS P HARRISON & C ROGERS (STOURPORT COUNTY COUNCIL COUNCILLORS) Councillor Mrs N Martin reported there was nothing to report this month.
• Councillor Rogers informed Members that the Wyre Forest area was rising a rise in Covid cases, particularly in Comberton, Kidderminster. The testing centre had been moved from the Worcester Warriors site to County Hall, Worcester with an addition site being added for NHS Staff and emergency workers. The Acute Trust was now out of special measures which was good news. The Town Clerk was asked to send thanks from the Town Council.

55. PROVISION FOR PUBLIC SPEAKING AT FUTURE TOWN COUNCIL MEETINGS Council RESOLVED to adopt the Public Speak Protocol and agreed that it was hoped that the public would submit questions.

56. THE MINISTRY OF HOUSING, COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT’S WHITE PAPER “PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE Councillor H Williams asked Members to response to the white paper as it was an important document going forward for planning. It was agreed that all responses be sent to the Town Clerk. A short discussion took place on the setting up of a Planning Committee. Members perceived this was a good idea and asked the Town Clerk to arrange.

57. ACCOUNTS The Town Clerk reported that Accounts for September 2020 totalling £48,288.74 had been paid since the last meeting and it was RESOLVED that the reports be noted and approved. A Schedule of the Accounts paid was appended at the end of these Minutes, in the Council’s Minute Book, and was available for general inspection.

58. ANY OTHER BUSINESS Councillor Mrs Martin announced that she would be standing down as Group Leader of Independent Health Concern and Councillor Lloyd would be replacing her. Members thanked Councillor Mrs Martin for her contributions and wished Councillor Lloyd all the best.

The meeting closed at 6.39PM