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DRAFT REPORT FROM BULFORD PARISH COUNCIL
MONDAY 11TH MAY 2020

Due to the restrictions of Covid-19 there was no formal meeting of Bulford Parish Council. Councillors sent in reports to the Parish Clerk which are detailed below. The monthly invoices and payments were reviewed by the Parish Council and the Parish Clerk was authorised to pay the monthly invoices by BAC’s.

Bulford recreation ground is now closed until further notice. Bulford Parish Councillors, and the Parish Clerk continue to work remotely. The Parish Clerk can be contacted by telephone 07598 351537 or by email at any time - parishclerk@bulfordparishcouncil.org

 

 

1. CLERK’S REPORT ON FINANCE AND CORRESPONDENCE 
a. The Clerk reported a bank reconciliation figure of £72,753.62 and confirmed that Council is operating within budget.
b. The Clerk reported that she has made routine or otherwise approved payments as follows:
Gavin Jones Maintenance Ltd - £19,988.90
Parish Expenses - £54.15
Safetysigns4less -£34.68
Mrs J E Bailey - £50.00
Opus Energy Ltd - £51.01
CNG - £108.73
Data Protection - £40.00
2. REPORTS BY COUNCILLORS HAVING SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDING REPRESENTATION ON OTHER BODIES
a. Parks, Cemetery and Allotments - Nothing to report.
b. Highways - Cllr Jenkins reported the following:
1. A letter has been sent to Wiltshire Council expressing concerns about the negative response received, from WUC, to a subject report of a blocked drain proven to flood in heavy rainfall. Bulford Parish Council finds this response unacceptable and has asked that the drain be cleared at the earliest opportunity and the silt build up removed.
2. The SID is in Churchill Avenue, albeit is not functional for the time being.
3. Wiltshire Council has confirmed that the SLOW sign by the Church has been marked by the Contractor in the right place. Wiltshire Council have been asked to consider changing the direction of the sign when the road is resurfaced later this year.
4. There are concerns about the amount of dog poo on the pavements in the village, and the abundance of poo bags abandoned on the paths. Council to consider putting up temporary signs during lockdown.
c. Town & County Planning - Cllr Jenkins reported on the following applications:
1. Application Ref: 20/03392/TCA- Application to copse trees on Bulford Parish Land. No objection.
2. Application Ref: 2003485/FUL – Proposed 90-bedroom hotel (Use Class 1), on the site of the junction of Amesbury Road and Bulford Road (Car Wash). Consisting of 6 floors including a basement car garage and double level roof terrace. Bulford Parish Comment: Bulford Parish Council are generally supportive of the application but have several areas of concern which would need to be addressed before we could offer our full support. We reserve the right to request that this application be called in by our County Councillor if these concerns are not satisfactorily addressed. The areas of concern are:

  • The hotel construction introduces major changes to the appearance of the area, and of particular concern is the height of the building. It is not clear from the plans provided if there is a potential to overlook the gardens of the private accommodation on the other side of Bulford Road from the terrace of the hotel. Wiltshire Council to please confirm that this will not be the case.
  • Bulford Parish Council is also concerned that the increased demand on the foul drainage and supply of mains water to the new hotel will be detrimental to existing users. It is therefore requested that further information is provided on the adequacy of the existing infrastructure to meet this additional demand or whether there are plans in place to increase this capacity.
  • Given the intended location, Bulford Parish Council is aware that the T-junction, Amesbury Road/Bulford Road, is a dangerous area. Although the 30mph sign is well in advance of the junction approaching from the A303, it is partially shielded by a dip in the road. The turning into the hotel is planned to precede the T-junction so therefore presents a higher level of risk from approaching traffic as vehicles turn into the hotel. Can it please be confirmed that plans are in place to carry out appropriate Road Safety Audits (RSA) and if necessary, introduce traffic calming.
  • d. Parish Steward Liaison – Nothing to report.
  • e. Rights of Way – Nothing to report.
  • f. Village Maintenance Contract – Gavin Jones will operate with a skeleton team during this time, whilst trying to honour as much ground’s maintenance as possible, albeit on a slower reaction time.
  • g. Area Boards (representation on “Other Body”) - Nothing to report.
  • h. Young People’s Recreational Facilities (The Caretaker to report through the Clerk) – The recreation ground is closed until further notice.
  • i. Supervision of Parish Accounts - Nothing to report.

3. DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING                                            Monday 8th June 2020

THE DATE OF THIS MEETING MAY CHANGE DUE TO COVID RESPONSE.

N. A. Grove                                                                   Date: Monday 18th May 2020
Clerk to the Council

Approved by Council as a true record

 

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Chairman of Bulford Parish Council

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