MINUTES OF THE MONTHLY MEETING OF
DRYBROOK PARISH COUNCIL
HELD ON TUESDAY 15th NOVEMBER 2022
AT THE BAND ROOM, DRYBROOK ROAD at 7.00pm
PRESENT: Cllr M Garland (in the Chair), R Moore, C Blake, G Meek and J Print. Also County Councillor T Hale and District Councillor J Fraser and 4 members of the public. The minutes were taken by the Clerk Mrs D Smith.
- APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllr Bardo – still recovering in hospital
Cllr Weaver – recovering from operation
- DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
- ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES OF MONTHLY MEETING 18 OCTOBER 2022
It was proposed by Cllr Moore, seconded by Cllr Jones and agreed that the minutes were a true and accurate record and they were duly signed by the Acting Chair.
- MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES, NOT ON THE AGENDA
Update on the sale of the Doctors surgery – residents should be receiving a letter confirming the arrangements for Drybrook patients and reassuring them that there are no plans to close the surgery. It was agreed to give a letter of thanks to the Drybrook Pharmacist who has been very helpful in the absence of medical staff at the surgery in recent weeks.
The Clerk was asked to order 2 additional grit bins and Cllr Hale will ensure they are filled.
- REPORTS, including CHAIR
The Christmas Light committee reported all was going well with plans for the switch on. £1894 has been spent so far. There will be two more meetings held before the event to finalise details.
Cllr Fraser advised of the boar update received from the Forestry Commission indicating the boar population is around 440 after three years of culling. She also advised of guidance available from the District Council to help residents with the cost of living crisis and she is hoping to deliver leaflets locally. The new Robin bus service as also discussed as there were concerns that Ruardean Woodside had not been included but this should be rectified by Christmas.
Cllr Hale reported on the review of emergency care at Gloucestershire Royal and advised that community care and dentistry is also being looked at. He attended the recent AONB meeting and the Cannop Ponds issue was discussed.
The ongoing issue with the hedging at Hillside Road was discussed and he will continue to chase Guinness Homes. Cllr Blake would like to go to the ombudsman and it was agreed to seek advice from a solicitor
- PUBLIC QUESTIONS
There were concerns over planning issues and these were addressed by the planning committee.
Mr Frank Barnett updated members on the Mireystock Tunnel project – he would like the parish council to consider a donation and this will be considered at the next meeting.
Members of the Pan Tod Committee thanked the parish council for their recent donation towards a mower and advised of the intention to light the beacon for other events after the success of the Jubilee celebration. They would like to co-ordinate with the parish council for the Kings Coronation event and this will be looked at in January.
- PLANNING MATTERS
- i) Allowed – 2 applications
- ii) Disallowed – None
iii) New – dealt with by the planning committee.
- FINANCIAL MATTERS
It was agreed to make the following payments
- i) Payment of accounts: D Smith (Nov salary) – £308.67, Expenses (Nov/Dec), £33.00, J George ( toilet opening Nov/Dec) – £100, N Baker (toilet cleaning Nov/Dec) -£480, Complete Landscape Gardeners (grass cutting Oct ) – £804, Complete Landscape Gardeners (street cleaning Nov ) – £230, HMRC (PAYE)- £864
- ii) Agree Bus shelter payments – agreed (need to check if bus goes up Harrow Hill)
iii) Agree donations to Club 55 and Ruardean Woodside Hall – it was agreed to donate £1000 to each
- NEW CORRESPONDENCE
- ITEMS FOR INFORMATION ONLY AND AGENDA ITEMS FOR NEXT MEETING
Councillors expressed appreciation for the new railings provided by Steve Moore.
Next meeting : Agree budget and precept, discuss storage container
- CONFIRM DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The date of the next meeting was confirmed as 17th January.
Meeting closed at 8.55pm.