Past Parish Council Reports for Barnack, Bainton and Ufford

Parish Council Reports April 2019

Barnack Parish Council met on 11th March. 

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Items discussed included:

Barnack War Memorial ­– Brian Palmer has discovered some mistakes and anomalies on the war memorial during the course of his WWI research.  The original stone carvings had deteriorated, so by the early 1980s it was decided to add panels to the base of the cross instead.  It has now been noted that there are three spelling mistakes and one name missed off the list completely. Brian is liaising with the Parish Council to rectify these errors and replace the panels.

Neighbourhood Plan - The neighbourhood area has been designated, the questionnaires have been distributed and responses are being collated. The results will be circulated to all residents.

Barnack Fun Run - There is still more sponsorship to be secured and if anyone else can volunteer time on the day (27th April), please get in touch.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme – Local youngsters Oliver Allport and Alex Spragg volunteered several hours to the community as part of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  The pair have carried out litter picks, taken photographs for the pending Parish Council website and updated the burial record plan to go on the cemetery noticeboard.  BPC would like to thank both boys for their help and wish them all the best in achieving the bronze award.

Hills and Holes – Dog poo bags are being hung in bushes on the footpath leading out of H&H onto Wittering Road adjacent to Maple Cottage.  BPC will request that the bin is placed in a more prominent location for dog walkers.

Residents have concerns regarding the continued grazing and restricted access for dog walkers. A consultation is taking place ‘Barnack Hills and Holes NNR: Consultation on a proposed long-term direction to restrict access under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, case number 2018118766’. More details can be found via https://consult.defra.gov.uk/. There is a lot of misunderstanding around what Natural England are trying to achieve with the grazing and BPC suggested that NE visit the village to hold an information session for residents.  H&H is an internationally important SSSI and the grazing is to preserve a last area of limestone grassland.

Barnack Telephone Kiosk - Refurbishment and installation quotes. A resident has kindly offered to renovate both kiosks and BPC are sourcing a quote from Western Power to reconnect the Barnack kiosk in its new location.

Road Closures – PCC has advised that for future reference all road works on PCC’s network are shown in a live mapping system https://roadworks.org/. ‘This is a useful tool for seeing what road works are going on in the area and will soon have the functionality to show diversion routes and other useful information from scaffolding on the highway to skips on the road.’

Traffic Calming – The latest update from PCC regarding the gateway installation is “the order has been raised (money side of things). Contractor fully briefed and ready. Administrative process proceeding.”   

Planning:

Linden Homes – 18/00377/REM, Land to the West of Uffington Road, Reserved matters approval for 80 dwellings.  It was agreed a meeting with the Linden Homes, along with their Site Manager would be arranged to help improve communication.  PCC Planning are satisfied that the developers are using approved materials and that the view of the brick buildings on the edge of Uffington Road will not be of great impact when the development has been completed.

19/00268/TRE, 25 Bishops Walk, TPO Beech fell. No objections.

Annual Village Meeting, 13th May 

The focus of the meeting will be ‘What’s Happening in Your Village’ – save the date and come and have your say!

Residents are invited to attend the next Parish Council meeting on Monday 8th April at 7.00pm in the Village Hall.

Ufford Parish Council Report

Ufford Parish Council met on 12th March.  To read the full Minutes, please visit www.uffordparishcouncil.org.uk, view them on the Village noticeboards or contact the Clerk via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07595 377236 for a copy.

Items discussed included:

The revised Ufford Heritage publication is progressing steadily.  The content and illustrations have been collated, ready for the designer to take the next step.

The Community Speedwatch Group would still love to have a few more volunteers.  The speed monitoring equipment has been delivered to Peakirk Parish Council to share with Ufford and Barnack.

The mystery mast on Walcot Road is a Telensa Mast, installed to communicate with the new LED streetlights.  More information can be found in the full Minutes.

Network Build Care (Gigaclear) have been in touch and are looking into the complaints regarding the failure to carry out reinstatement works.  The next stage will be to refer the works to PCC.

The leaves on Walcot Road have now been cleared by PCC.

Planning

19/00043/LBC, Old Rectory, Main Street – Heighten an existing stone wall on the front boundary of property by 1.5m. Awaiting Decision.

18/02169/HHFUL, 5 Hillside Close – Erection of two storey annex. Refused.

Residents are invited to attend the next Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 9th April at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.