Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Town Hall

Contact: Town Clerk 

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Apologies

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: Two members of the press were present and two members of the public were present virtually.

Apologies were received from Councillor Goodhind who was substituted by Councillor Alford.

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Declarations of Interest

To receive any Declarations of Interest in respect of items on this agenda as required by the Code of Conduct adopted by the Council.

 

Members are reminded that, in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interest or other registrable interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests. Members may however, also decide, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared on the Register, as well as any other registrable or other interests.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 283 KB

To approve the Minutes of the Economic Development and Planning Committee meeting held on 9 May 2022.

Minutes:

The minutes of 9 May 2022 having previously been circulated, were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair, Councillor Ellis.

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Neighbourhood Plan

To receive an update from members who attended the Neighbourhood Plan Task Groups meetings held on 25 May 2022.

Minutes:

Councillors Aves, Ellis and Rabey reported on the Neighbourhood Plan Heritage, Housing, Town Centre Master Plan, and Canal task group meetings confirming they were well attended, informative and reviewed the works required to move forward. Councillor Ellis confirmed that changes to planning laws for town centres would affect town centre shops changing to residential or other uses, but that a town centre plan could be written into the Neighbourhood Plan.

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Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To comment on the following planning applications:

 

PL/2022/03140           Advertisement Consent

                                    MELKSHAM COMMUNITY CAMPUS , MARKET PLACE, SN12 6ES

Proposal: External non-illuminated advertisements - including main building sign, car park signs and totem sign.

Consultation deadline: 02-06-2022 (an extension to the Consultation deadline has been requested)

 

PL/2022/03626           46 FOREST ROAD, MELKSHAM, SN12 7AB

Proposed two bedroom dwelling with associated parking and works, adjacent to No.46 Forest Road, Melksham.

Consultation deadline: 09-06-2022

 

PL/2022/03690           37 SARUM AVENUE, MELKSHAM, SN12 6BN

Single storey flat roof rear extension & single storey front lounge and porch extension.

Consultation deadline: 09-06-2022

 

PL/2022/03954           Notification of proposed works to trees in a conservation area

1 BATH ROAD, MELKSHAM, SN12 6LL

S1 - PYRACANTHA - FELL T1- HAZEL COMMON - FELL The tree works are proposed to stop the influence of the tree(s) on the soil below building foundation level and provide long term stability.

Consultation deadline: 20-06-2022

 

PL/2022/03922           6 REDWING ROAD, MELKSHAM, SN12 7GB

Install PVCu replica roof extension

Consultation deadline: 20-06-2022

 

PL/2022/03958           ALDI BEANACRE, ROAD, MELKSHAM, SN12 8RP

Variation of condition 1 on 20/01857/VAR to allow extended delivery hours on Sundays and Bank Holidays between 09.00 and 18.00.

Consultation deadline: 24-06-2022

 

PL/2022/02903           OLD STABLE HOUSE, 12A HIGH STREET, MELKSHAM, SN12 6JU

 

Permanent change of use of 2 buildings from use class E (commercial, business and service) to class C3 (dwelling houses). Construction of ground floor rear extension to one building (building A) to form kitchen. Replacement of all windows and external doors on all 3 buildings with UPVC double glazed units. Internal works to all 3 buildings including new or reconfigured staircases, new kitchen and bathroom facilities. Installation of external air source heat pumps to all 3 buildings.

Consultation deadline: 01-07-2022

PL/2022/03984        FORMER LABOUR CLUB, 3 LOWBOURNE, MELKSHAM, SN12 7DZ

Demolition in a conservation area.

Demolition of former Labour Club, as approved under planning reference 13/07076/FUL

Consultation deadline: 01-07-2022

 

PL/2021/05391        LAND TO THE WEST OF THE A350 (BEANACRE ROAD) NORTH OF DUNCH LANE, MELKSHAM (REVISED PLANS)

Outline planning application for up to 150 dwellings with formal and informal public open space, including areas of play, associated landscaping and vehicular and pedestrian accesses off the A350 (Beanacre Road). All matters reserved except for vehicular access.

 

Melksham Town Council objected to the planning application on the following grounds:

 

·           the Council wishes to emphasise that the proposed development site has been considered unsuitable for development and therefore not been adopted by the Joint Neighbourhood Plan (Melksham Town Council with Melksham Without Parish Council).

·           A350 traffic coming from the north of the site, queuing to turn right to enter the development, will cause considerable standing traffic within Beanacre village, and, as a result, increased air pollution.

·           traffic exiting the development turning right in a southerly direction towards Melksham would have to cross the habitually busy carriageway.

·           to ensure safe access into and egress from the site, Councillors request the construction of a roundabout at the junction of the estate road with the A350.

·           from a landscape perspective the site’s location would mean coalescence  ...  view the full agenda text for item 248/22

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council had no objection to the following planning applications:

 

PL/2022/03140           Advertisement Consent

                                    MELKSHAM COMMUNITY CAMPUS , MARKET PLACE, SN12 6ES

Proposal: External non-illuminated advertisements - including main building sign, car park signs and totem sign.

Consultation deadline: 02-06-2022 (an extension to the Consultation deadline has been requested)

 

It was proposed by Councillor Rabey, seconded by Councillor Aves and

 

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED to support the application

 

PL/2022/03626           46 FOREST ROAD, MELKSHAM, SN12 7AB

Proposed two bedroom dwelling with associated parking and works, adjacent to No.46 Forest Road, Melksham.

Consultation deadline: 09-06-2022

 

It was proposed by Councillor Alford, seconded by Councillor Oatley and

 

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED to support the application with the recommendation to increase the size of the rear garden and make the rear driveway smaller, in line with the Town Council’s ethos of promoting green spaces for health and wellbeing.

 

PL/2022/03690           37 SARUM AVENUE, MELKSHAM, SN12 6BN

Single storey flat roof rear extension & single storey front lounge and porch extension.

Consultation deadline: 09-06-2022

 

It was proposed by Councillor Aves, seconded by Councillor S Crundell and

 

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED to support the application

 

PL/2022/03954           Notification of proposed works to trees in a conservation area

1 BATH ROAD, MELKSHAM, SN12 6LL

S1 - PYRACANTHA - FELL T1- HAZEL COMMON - FELL The tree works are proposed to stop the influence of the tree(s) on the soil below building foundation level and provide long term stability.

Consultation deadline: 20-06-2022

 

It was proposed by Councillor Alford, seconded by Councillor Aves and

 

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED to support the application

 

PL/2022/03922           6 REDWING ROAD, MELKSHAM, SN12 7GB

Install PVCu replica roof extension

Consultation deadline: 20-06-2022

 

It was proposed by Councillor S Crundell, seconded by Councillor Aves and

 

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED to support the application

 

PL/2022/03958           ALDI BEANACRE, ROAD, MELKSHAM, SN12 8RP

Variation of condition 1 on 20/01857/VAR to allow extended delivery hours on Sundays and Bank Holidays between 09.00 and 18.00.

Consultation deadline: 24-06-2022

 

It was proposed by Councillor Rabey, seconded by Councillor S Crundell and

 

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED to Object to the application due to noise nuisance and the close proximity to residential dwellings.

 

PL/2022/02903           OLD STABLE HOUSE, 12A HIGH STREET, MELKSHAM, SN12 6JU

 

Permanent change of use of 2 buildings from use class E (commercial, business and service) to class C3 (dwelling houses). Construction of ground floor rear extension to one building (building A) to form kitchen. Replacement of all windows and external doors on all 3 buildings with UPVC double glazed units. Internal works to all 3 buildings including new or reconfigured staircases, new kitchen and bathroom facilities. Installation of external air source heat pumps to all 3 buildings.

Consultation deadline: 01-07-2022

 

It was proposed by Councillor S Crundell, seconded by Councillor Rabey and

 

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED to support the application subject to Wiltshire Council highways approval.

 

PL/2022/03984           FORMER LABOUR CLUB, 3 LOWBOURNE, MELKSHAM, SN12 7DZ

Demolition in a conservation area.

Demolition of former Labour Club, as approved under planning reference 13/07076/FUL

Consultation deadline: 01-07-2022

It was proposed by Councillor S Crundell, seconded by Councillor Rabey and

 

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED  ...  view the full minutes text for item 248/22

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Planning Decisions

To note the following planning decisions:

 

PL/2022/01227           Advertisement Consent

MELKSHAM HUB, STATION APPROACH, MELKSHAM SN12 8BN

Proposed wayfinding sign

Decision: Approve

MTC Response: No objection

 

PL/2022/01280           5 ST ANDREWS ROAD, MELKSHAM, SN12 7DB

Single storey front porch extension to provide a down stairs bathroom

Decision: Approve with Conditions

MTC Response: No objection

 

PL/2022/01874           19 WOODSTOCK GARDENS, MELKSHAM, SN12 6AN

Proposed Single Storey Extension

Decision: Approve with Conditions

MTC Response: No objection

 

PL/2022/02396           43 LITTLEJOHN AVENUE, MELKSHAM, SN12 7AW

Construct a single storey domestic, wooden garage. replaces existing extant permission for a similar building in the same location.

Decision: Approve with Conditions

MTC Response: No objection

 

PL/2022/02117         54 SANDRIDGE ROAD, MELKSHAM, SN12 7BP

Proposed Single Storey Extensions & Alterations

Decision: Approve with Conditions    

MTC Response: No objection

 

PL/2022/01483         LAND AT 14 SHERWOOD AVENUE, MELKSHAM, SN12 7HJ

Proposed single storey 2 bedroom bungalow

Decision: Withdrawn by Applicant    

MTC Response: No objection

 

PL/2021/06702         FOREST AND SANDRIDGE C OF E VOLUNTARY AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOL, CRANESBILL ROAD, MELKSHAM SN12 7GN

The works include an extension to the existing 2 form entry primary school to provide 4 additional classrooms, a new studio space, 2 No. additional group rooms, additional WCs and storage. There are also internal works to the existing

nursery space to enable a new reception classroom to be formed. The existing car park is also expanded to respond to an increase in staff numbers.

Decision: Approve with Conditions    

MTC Response: Object

 

 PL/2022/02398          376 LONGLEAZE LANE, MELKSHAM, SN12 6QJ

Single storey rear/side extension and porch

Decision: Approve with conditions    

MTC Response: No objection

 

PL/2022/02592           156 SKYLARK ROAD, MELKSHAM, SN12 6FQ

Proposed single storey rear extension

Decision: Approve with conditions    

MTC Response: No objection

 

PL/2022/02630           376 LONGLEAZE LANE, MELKSHAM, SN12 6QJ

49 UNION STREET, MELKSHAM, SN12 7PR

Proposal: Change of use from F1 church activities to C3 residential dwelling

Decision: Approve with conditions    

MTC Response: No objection

 

PL/2021/11763           Shurnhold Farmhouse, Shurnhold, Melksham, SN12 8DF

Conversion of outbuilding to use as holiday let and air bnb.

Decision: Approve with condition      

MTC Response: No objection- with condition that the application is in line with Policy 4, and 2  Neighbourhood Plan.

 

PL/2022/00270           Works to a Listed Building

Shurnhold Farmhouse, Shurnhold, Melksham, SN12 8DF

Conversion of outbuilding to use as holiday let and air bnb.

Decision: Approve with conditions    

MTC Response: No objection (See above)

Minutes:

Members noted the following planning decisions:

 

PL/2022/01227           Advertisement Consent

MELKSHAM HUB, STATION APPROACH, MELKSHAM SN12 8BN

Proposed wayfinding sign

Decision: Approve

MTC Response: No objection

 

PL/2022/01280           5 ST ANDREWS ROAD, MELKSHAM, SN12 7DB

Single storey front porch extension to provide a down stairs bathroom

Decision: Approve with Conditions

MTC Response: No objection

 

PL/2022/01874           19 WOODSTOCK GARDENS, MELKSHAM, SN12 6AN

Proposed Single Storey Extension

Decision: Approve with Conditions

MTC Response: No objection

 

PL/2022/02396           43 LITTLEJOHN AVENUE, MELKSHAM, SN12 7AW

Construct a single storey domestic, wooden garage. replaces existing extant permission for a similar building in the same location.

Decision: Approve with Conditions

MTC Response: No objection

 

PL/2022/02117         54 SANDRIDGE ROAD, MELKSHAM, SN12 7BP

Proposed Single Storey Extensions & Alterations

Decision: Approve with Conditions    

MTC Response: No objection

 

PL/2022/01483         LAND AT 14 SHERWOOD AVENUE, MELKSHAM, SN12 7HJ

Proposed single storey 2 bedroom bungalow

Decision: Withdrawn by Applicant    

MTC Response: No objection

 

PL/2021/06702         FOREST AND SANDRIDGE C OF E VOLUNTARY AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOL, CRANESBILL ROAD, MELKSHAM SN12 7GN

The works include an extension to the existing 2 form entry primary school to provide 4 additional classrooms, a new studio space, 2 No. additional group rooms, additional WCs and storage. There are also internal works to the existing

nursery space to enable a new reception classroom to be formed. The existing car park is also expanded to respond to an increase in staff numbers.

Decision: Approve with Conditions    

MTC Response: Object

 

 PL/2022/02398          376 LONGLEAZE LANE, MELKSHAM, SN12 6QJ

Single storey rear/side extension and porch

Decision: Approve with conditions    

MTC Response: No objection

 

PL/2022/02592           156 SKYLARK ROAD, MELKSHAM, SN12 6FQ

Proposed single storey rear extension

Decision: Approve with conditions    

MTC Response: No objection

 

PL/2022/02630           49 UNION STREET, MELKSHAM, SN12 7PR

Proposal: Change of use from F1 church activities to C3 residential dwelling

Decision: Approve with conditions    

MTC Response: No objection

 

PL/2021/11763           Shurnhold Farmhouse, Shurnhold, Melksham, SN12 8DF

Conversion of outbuilding to use as holiday let and air bnb.

Decision: Approve with condition      

MTC Response: No objection- with condition that the application is in line with Policy 4, and 2  Neighbourhood Plan.

 

PL/2022/00270           Works to a Listed Building

Shurnhold Farmhouse, Shurnhold, Melksham, SN12 8DF

Conversion of outbuilding to use as holiday let and air bnb.

Decision: Approve with conditions    

MTC Response: No objection (See above)

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Wiltshire Council Planning Appeal Decision pdf icon PDF 111 KB

To note the Wiltshire Council Planning Appeal decision for ref PL/2021/06935 - 30 St Michael’s Close Melksham SN12 6HN (see attached).

 

Melksham Town Council objected to the application on the following grounds:

 

·         loss of green space.

·         on highways grounds: traffic approaching from the direction of the school would not be able to see vehicles leaving the property.

·         on highways grounds: traffic approaching from the north-east (from the direction of the school) would not be able to see vehicles leaving the property.

·         on highways grounds: traffic leaving the property safely would have to go to the end of this no through road to turn, in order to return and egress at Semington Road. This would result in a detrimental increase in traffic congestion on this residential street and in an area used as a walk through by school children.

Minutes:

Members noted the Wiltshire Council Planning Appeal decision for ref PL/2021/06935 - 30 St Michael’s Close Melksham SN12 6HN.

 

Councillor Alford reported that the recent appeal against the planning decision for a development at Townsend Farm had been upheld, which went against the Neighbourhood Plan.  Councillor Rabey stated that the decision affects all Neighbourhood Plans nationally.

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Local Highways and Footpath Improvement Group (LHFIG) issues

251/22.1

Chapel Close Melksham Site Visit Suggestions pdf icon PDF 112 KB

To consider the way forward from the suggestions made by Mark Stansby of Wiltshire Council Highways following his site visit to Chapel Close, Melksham. (See attached).

Minutes:

The recommendations from the Wiltshire Council’s Highways officer were received. Members discussed in depth the suggestions and noted that the committee had considered the application twice. The committee felt that the introduction of more yellow lines would not be appropriate as residents needed somewhere to park. It was agreed to consider the request with the other recommendations for the introduction of a 20 mph speed limit (see minute 253/22).

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Maple Close/Sandridge Road

1.      Members are requested to approve the use of £6,000 from the LHFIG (CATG) budget to work in conjunction with Wiltshire Council to resolve the dangerous corner by widening the footway with land donated by a resident.

 

2.      Members are requested to approve to meet the costs of the resident’s legal fees in connection with the transfer of the land to Wiltshire Council from the Town Council’s Professional Fees budget. The cost is estimated at £1,500.00.

Minutes:

Members considered the two requests for funding to work to widen the footway in Maple Close/Sandridge Road and to cover legal costs of the resident who donated the land, in conjunction with Wiltshire Council.

 

The Deputy Town Clerk confirmed that recently received revised figures show that the Town Council’s share was £10,000 not £6,500. Although the Town Clerk understood that the resident would commit £4,000 towards the project, the resident would prefer to spend £3,000 and only up to £4,000 if necessary.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Aves, seconded by Councillor Ellis and

 

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED to support funding up to £10,000, to be met by Melksham Town Council and the resident, with the Town Council funding being taken from the LHFIG budget. If the budget is exceeded approval would be sought for additional funding from Full Council.

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Outcome from the Local Highways and Footpath Improvement Group (LHFIIG) Meeting held on 19 May 2022

To note the responses below relating to the two Highways Improvement Notices reviewed at the LHFIG meeting held on 19 May 2022:

 

·         2 Queensway, Melksham – the Group noted that the access had yet to be constructed and therefore officers are unable to advise on the appropriateness of this request. This will be deferred until construction begins.

·         Church Street/ High Street Melksham Traffic Signals – this will be investigated and findings reported back at the next LHFIG meeting.

Minutes:

Members noted the responses to the Highways Improvement Notices reviewed by LHFIG on 19 May 2022. It was agreed to await the outcome of the report for the reinstatement of sound to the Church Street/ High Street traffic lights, and until the works commence on the driveway of 2 Queensway before re-considering the request.

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Traffic Survey Results pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To note the results of the traffic surveys carried out by Wiltshire Council on Old Broughton Road and A3102 Bradford Road. survey. The results indicate that no further action is required (see attached survey results and Community Speed Watch Criteria).

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The results of the Traffic Survey for Old Broughton Road were noted with no further action required. Councillor Rabey stated she was unhappy with the location of the metro count which did not give an accurate record of traffic speed.

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20 m.p.h. Speed Limit Restrictions pdf icon PDF 102 KB

To decide which of the proposed roads identified by Councillors and members of the public would be put forward for the introduction of 20 mph speed limit restrictions (see attached).

Minutes:

Members discussed in depth the streets proposed for the introduction of a 20-mph speed limit including the age of residents, current signage, costs, whether the roads were residential or not were all factors considered. It was agreed that the next stage after identification would be to go to public consultation with the residents of the streets identified as suitable for a 20-mph speed limit. 

 

It was proposed by Councillor Ellis, seconded by Councillor Alford and

 

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED to delegate the production of a survey for the streets listed below to officers to obtain resident’s views on the introduction of a 20-mph speed limit. The surveys would be hand delivered by Councillors. A 50% response rate would be required and the consultation should last for at least one month:

 

·         Church Lane

·         Churchill Avenue and Offshoot streets

·         Hazelwood Road and Offshoot streets

·         Snarlton Lane

·         Savernake Avenue and offshoot streets

·         Queensway

·         Union Street

 

Councillor Ellis Suspended Standing Orders.

 

Joe McCann of the Melksham Independent News suggested including the survey with the local papers being delivered.

 

Councillor Ellis reinstated Standing Orders.

 

 

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Melksham Community Campus Car Park pdf icon PDF 54 KB

Members are requested to consider the County of Wiltshire(Western Wiltshire) (Off Street Parking Places) Order 2018( (Amendment No 1) Order 2022 (see attached), and formulate a response from the Town Council. (Note that a response is required by 30 May 2022). An extension to the consultation deadline has been agreed.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The County of Wiltshire (Western Wiltshire) (Off Street Parking Places) Order 2018 (Amendment No 1) Order 2022 was received.

 

Councillor Alford explained that the traffic order must be in place to enforce the parking in the Campus car park. Wiltshire Council were concerned that people using a free car park in the town would have a detrimental effect on the revenue from other car parks, and campus users would be unable to park, thereby triggering the introduction of parking charges at the Campus. Councillor Ellis asked whether an  assurance would be given that this would happen? Councillor Alford stressed that providing members of the public did not abuse the free car parking, charges at the Campus should not be an issue.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Ellis, seconded by Councillor Alford and

 

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED that the Town Council accepted the car parking charges on the Order and would look to the Campus operations team to ensure that free parking was available for Campus users, notwithstanding the stronger powers of the Order.  

 

Councillor Alford left the meeting at 20.58.

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Vision for Melksham Town Centre pdf icon PDF 98 KB

To discuss the attached proposal from Townsfolk in the creation of a Vision for the Town Centre looking forward for the next 10 years.

Minutes:

Councillor Ellis suggested that the discussion would be an opportunity to consider strategically how to take economic development and planning for Melksham forward with a new Town Plan. He explained that the previous Town Plan required updating.

 

Councillor Oatley suggested that the Committee should look at more strategic economic development of businesses within Melksham.

 

The Deputy Town Clerk suggested a separate meeting be arranged to discuss this as a single agenda item.

 

It was proposed by Councillor S Crundell, seconded by Councillor Rabey and

 

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED to defer the item for discussion until the Town Clerk returned to obtain her feedback from Melksham Without Parish Council regarding part funding of the Priority for People project.

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Strategic Discussion

Members to have a strategic discussion on how the take Economic Development and Planning for Melksham forward throughout the year, rather than just responding to matters as they arise.

Minutes:

Councillor Ellis stated that much of the work undertaken by the Committee over the last year had been reactive rather than proactive.  He asked whether the Committee should be producing a strategy which, together with the new Town Plan, would support the Joint Melksham Neighbourhood Plan (NHP) and encourage input from members of the public.

 

Councillor S Crundell suggested that the strategy should include elements that will be covered in the next Neighbourhood Plan, i.e. National Design Codes.

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Northacre Briefing 15 pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To receive the Environment Agency Briefing 15: Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd (see attached).

Minutes:

The Environment Agency Briefing 15: Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd was noted.

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Sparkle Team and Parish Steward

To consider jobs to be undertaken by the Sparkle Team and Parish Steward.

Minutes:

The following works were asked to be added to the Sparkle Team/Parish Steward Work Schedules for June:

 

  • Strattons Walk -weed removal
  • Lowbourn – weed removal on pavements and between the pavement and the road, and remove dead leaves.
  • Eastern Way Roundabout -  removal of weeds between the bricks on the Roundbout.
  • Old Broughton Road (near Lidl) removal of weeds from pavements and litter picking.