HOOK NORTON PARISH COUNCIL
Present:Councillors:Shepley-Cuthbert [Chairman], Jelf, Leader, Millar and Richardson, Mr Porter [Parish Clerk] and ninety three members of the public.
1.Apologies for Absence
were received from Cllrs Brotherston, Hayward and Kane, together with District Cllr Irvine, all of whom were on holiday.
Cllr Shepley-Cuthbert welcomed everyone to the meeting and commented that there are still two vacancies on the Parish Council and two parishioners have offered their services, Alison Hicks and Graham Usher. However two further names have now been received and, as there will shortly be a further vacancy following Clive Timms decision to stand down, it was felt appropriate to defer the matter until the next meeting when there should be more of the existing parish councillors present.
3.Minutes of previous meeting, 14 July 2011, and matters arising
It was proposed by Cllr Leader and seconded by Cllr Richardson that the minutes of the previous meeting on 14 July be accepted as a true and accurate record and this was passed unanimously. The Clerk then referred to the meeting by the delegated councillors with representatives of Taylor Wimpey who provided some information about their possible plans for the land at The Bourne. The councillors listened to what was said and provided no detailed response. The matter is now for the landowner and partners to proceed if they so wish by submitting formal proposals to CDC.
4. Declarations of Interest
There were no declarations on this occasion.
5.Report by Planning Co-ordinator on planning applications received
Following the resignation from the PC of Cllr Timms the Clerk informed the meeting that decisions on the four applications received during the month had been granted, none of which the PC had objected to.
(i) The Bell Inn it was known that there was strong feeling in the village about the application for change of use and some parishioners felt strongly that the PC should have submitted an objection. The PC had been asked if it could reconsider its decision. After consulting the PCs Standing Orders the Chairman informed those in attendance that the planning meeting on 27 June had been properly convened and after a lengthy discussion those present had voted by four votes to two not to object. This was responding to the application submitted by CDC and the PC was not supporting the closure of The Bell. However S36 of the PCs Standing Orders, Rescission of Previous Resolution, precludes the PC from revisiting a decision for a period of six months. At this point Cllr Millar interrupted the meeting to shout that the Chairman was out of order and should stand down. The Chairman found it impossible to continue with his statement and, after being forced to ask Cllr Millar to moderate his language, with the meeting becoming completely out of order, he declared it closed at 7.47pm.