Minutes 10th June 2021

Meeting of Holmer and Shelwick Parish Council at 7:00PM on Thursday 10th June 2021 at Holmer Parish Centre, HR4 9RG


Present: Marc Mohan (Chair), Paul Stevens, John Phipps
In attendance: David Hunter-Miller (Clerk), Duncan Smart (Footpaths Officer), members of the public

1. Apologies for absence
Apologies were noted from David Cooper, Tanya Walshe, Neil Flanagan, Andy Coultas and Gitta Ferguson.

2. Declarations of Interest
Marc Mohan declared a non-pecuniary interest in item 9.2 (planning application P211242/FH).

3. Dispensations
Nil received.

4. Open Session
The meeting was adjourned for the open session.

4.1. Ward Councillor
Mark Millmore had provided a written report for the meeting as follows:

At the last Parish Council meeting, it was brought to my attention there was the possibility that Bloor, the developer of The Point is refusing to pay the million-pound element of 106 money. I spoke to the 106 officer and he confirmed that the refusal to pay is related to cancelling the transport package; superficially cancelling the western bypass. This is one contractual aspect of Bloor’s 106 contributions and they are not disputing other elements of 106. Because the bypass was cancelled Bloor has calculated that there is no legal requirement to pay. I can’t find fault with Bloor over this as it would be incompetent business practice to do otherwise. I was told that the council could try and enforce the contribution through the courts. However, Bloor feels they have a good case and if it went through the courts and the council lost, they would have to pay Bloor’s costs.

I subsequently spoke to councillor Harrington who also confirmed that Bloor is refusing to pay and he seemed to believe the council would recover the money. He has previously voiced his support for an eastern river crossing and we have spoken on the subject. I have pointed out the effect this would have on the Roman Road which is, at times, already congested and mentioned the bridge as a choke point. So, I cheekily asked him; if he got the money, could he use it towards sorting the Roman road bridge, to which he responded with enthusiasm stating it was a good idea. Nevertheless, I don’t hold out much hope.

The administration was advised that this sort of thing would happen when they were considering cancelling the bypass. They ignored the advice. I expect there will be other developers who will follow Bloor’s example.

4.2. Footpath Officer
Duncan Smart provided an update on the Public Rights of Way network; the full report is available on the Parish Council’s website.

It was noted that footpaths HO1 and HO3 were due to be reopened by Herefordshire Council.

It was thought that HO6 and HO8A would benefit from a stile or gate to deter inappropriate use; it was resolved that the Chairman would review ownership and make further enquiries.

4.3. Public participation
A member of the public was in attendance to raise concerns regarding speeding vehicles using the Roman Road (item 8.2).

The meeting resumed following the open session.

5. To consider and adopt the minutes from the Parish Council meeting on the 4th May 2021
It was resolved to adopt the minutes as a true record and they were duly signed by the Chair.

6. Progress reports

6.1. Councillor vacancies
It was noted that there was currently one vacancy on the Parish Council and applications from parishioners were welcomed.

6.2. S106 traffic calming scheme
No update was available.

6.3. Holmer West update
No update was available.

6.4. Holmer West allotments
No update was available.

6.5. The Furlongs adoption update
No update was available.

6.6. Smart Water signs
It was noted that the larger Smart Water signs (A1) were due to be positioned shortly. The Police were looking to arrange a suitable press photo with the Chairman to give further publicity to the scheme.

6.7. Holmer Park Aviary/Summer House
It was noted that Herefordshire Council would review the possibility of issuing a S215 notice under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and a S48 notice under the Listed Buildings Act 1990 to require maintenance of the building.

It was resolved to undertake further research to establish what permissions would be required to install a heritage plaque at this location.

7. Correspondence

7.1. Resident: Request for litter pick near The Furlongs.
It was thought that litter levels had improved in the area following the installation of larger combined litter/dog fouling bins. It was resolved to put the resident in touch with the Hereford Community Clean Up Group.

7.2. Police and Crime Commissioner: Town and Parish Council Survey.
The above consultation was noted.

8. Parish matters for discussion/decision

8.1. Pond, Coldwells Road: To consider future maintenance of the pond.
A number of contractors had been approached to quote for the tree maintenance work at the pond, in line with the ecologist’s recommendations. It was resolved to accept a quote from Mark Breedon at £100.00 per day for approximately 5-7 days.

It was noted that some of the trees are owned by the adjacent landowner and it was resolved to contact them to request approval for the work and seek a contribution.

8.2. Speeding concerns, Roman Road: To consider vehicle speeding and highway safety concerns.
It was noted that the Police had arranged to undertake vehicle speed/volume monitoring with a view to undertaking future speed enforcement, if the data warranted intervention.

It was resolved to contact Balfour Beatty Living Places to ascertain if any minor traffic calming improvements could be implemented.

8.3. Fly-tipping, Attwood Lane: To consider issues with fly-tipping of garden waste.
No further information was available and so it was resolved to remove this item from future agendas.

8.4. Parking, Church Way: To consider reported dangerous parking issues at the Church Way/A49 junction
It was noted that the reported parking issues would likely be resolved when nearby building works had concluded and thus no action was proposed.

9. Planning

9.1. P210705/F: Land and building at Shelwick Grange Farm, The Grange, Shelwick, Hereford, HR1 3AW. A Planning Application for the extension and alteration of a building to facilitate the creation of six dwelling.
It was resolved that the Parish Council had no objections or concerns.

9.2. P211242/FH: Dorgar, Shelwick Lane, Shelwick, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR1 3AL. Proposed garage.
Marc Mohan had declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item and so the Parish Council was not able to vote as it was no longer quorate.

9.3. P211860/J: Land at the rear of 9 Cleeve Orchard, Hereford, HR1 1LF. Proposed works to Yew: reduction of canopy by 2 metres, plus 2 metre reduction on northern side of tree and 1 metre to the south to allow more light into the garden to reduce the fall of pine needles, bits of branch and poisonous berries.
It was resolved that the Parish Council had no objections or concerns.

9.4. S106: To receive an update on available S106 funding and associated projects.
It was resolved to ask Herefordshire Council for an update on the S106 funding that had been earmarked for public footpath maintenance.

10. Burial Ground

10.1. To receive an update
There were no matters to report.

11. Finance

11.1. Invoices

11.1.1. David Hunter-Miller (salary and expenses): £834.90
11.1.2. HMRC (PAYE): £32.56
11.1.3. Worcestershire County Council Pension Fund: £262.53
11.1.4. Holmer PCC Centre Account: £217.00
11.1.5. Came & Company (insurance): £678.75
It was resolved to settle the above invoices and cheques were duly signed.

12. Councillors’ reports and items for the next agenda
It was resolved to ask Herefordshire Council planning enforcement to provide an update on the road widening for the Church Way development.

It was resolved to query the late start of the grass verge cutting with Balfour Beatty Living Places.

It was hoped that the Parish Council’s projector could be set up for the next meeting to allow more thorough interrogation of planning matters.

13. Date of the next meeting
The next scheduled meeting is at 7:00PM on Thursday 8th July 2021.

The meeting closed at 8:02PM.

2 thoughts on “Minutes 10th June 2021”

  1. Reference item 7.1
    As a member of Hereford Community Clean Up Group, I and several others from the area conduct regular litter picks of Holmer and surrounding roads, including Roman Rd and Holmer Road. The general littering issue around Hereford had started to improve, due partially to the efforts of the HCCUG, but recently the problem has become more apparent again. A particular issue is the lay by on the A49 where I recently (9th July 2021) removed 3 carrier bags of human waste from the verge along with a large quantity of other general rubbish. I request that the parish council look at the provision of a litter bin in the lay by or lobby the Highways Agency if this is not part of the Parish Council remit. The vicar came across from the church to thank me and was very complimentary of the efforts of the HCCUG but this should be falling onto the shoulders of a bunch of volunteers. More education to remove the cause of the problem is needed but the lack of a litter bin is always used as an excuse by the culprits. Regarding garden waste dumping. A fellow picker recently moved green bags dumped in the lane between the Furlongs and Attwood Ln to a litter bin close by. They were full of garden waste. the footpath alongside Holmer park and the green areas along Roman Rd also have regular dumps of clippings and waste. This is fly tipping and has no excuse. It is no different to dumping an old washing machine! It is the result of lazy residents pushing their waste onto the environment for others to deal with without thought. Again it needs education to drive the problem away at source.

    • Thank you for your litter picking efforts across the area, the work that the Hereford Community Clean Up Group volunteers have undertaken is very much appreciated by the Parish Council and the positive difference that it has made has often been remarked upon.

      The Parish Council will consider the request for an additional waste bin on the A49 at their next meeting, currently scheduled for 12/08/21. We can also consider the reported garden waste fly-tipping issues and if there is anything that we can do to assist.


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