Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Melksham Town Hall

Contact: Town Clerk 

Items
No. Item

74.

Apologies

Minutes:

There were no apologies.

75.

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.

76.

Introduction to David McKnight - Economic Development Manager

Minutes:

Councillor Westbrook introduced David McKnight, the Council’s new Economic Development Manager to the Committee.

 

The Economic Development Manager explained that his background was in market town and community regeneration, although his original qualifications were in plant nutrition and soil science. However, he had worked previously in the local area on a project associated with the Kennet & Avon Canal. He felt that Melksham was a town with ambition and potential and had both in abundance.

 

One of the Economic Development Manager’s first projects would be to formulate a plan for the town and then to deliver what was set out in the plan.

 

Councillor Westbrook advised Councillors that the Economic Development Manager would welcome meetings or email introductions from Councillors.

 

Councillor Iles introduced herself and said that as chair of SWIB she was looking forward to working with the Economic Development Manager.

77.

Minutes

To approve the Minutes of the Economic Development & Planning Meeting held on 23 December 2019.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 23 December 2019, having previously been circulated were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair, Councillor Westbrook.

 

78.

Planning Applications

To comment on the following planning applications:

 

19/11504        Town Bridge, Bath Road - Addition of vehicular restrain kerbs and pedestrian barriers across Melksham Town Bridge (Amended application)

 

19/11647         7 Spa Court - Replacement of existing roof with a pitched roof to accommodate a bedroom (Full)

Minutes:

Councillor Hubbard confirmed that he had called in the planning application regarding 58 Spa Road to Wiltshire Council.

 

The Council had no objection to the following planning applications:

 

19/11504        Town Bridge, Bath Road - Addition of vehicular restrain kerbs and pedestrian barriers across Melksham Town Bridge (Amended application)

 

19/11647         7 Spa Court - Replacement of existing roof with a pitched roof to accommodate a bedroom (Full)

79.

Planning Decisions

To note the following planning decisions:

 

19/10676:        Aldi, Beanacre Road.  External improvements, including new high level

                        ribbon windows, re-roofing, rendering of the main elevations, new

                        escape doors, new replacement external plant and 4 additional car

parking spaces and 2 electric vehicle charging points. (Full Plan) –  Approve with conditions.

 

19/10679:        Giffords Court, Lowbourne.  TG1 Fell 4 x Leyland Cypress.  T1 Reduce

Cherry by 25% and prune to shape.  T2 Fell Pine close to wall.  T3 Small Cherry, reduce branch over drive by 1 metre and prune to balance shape.  (Trees in Conversation Area) – No objection.

 

Minutes:

Members noted the following planning decisions:

 

19/10676:        Aldi, Beanacre Road.  External improvements, including new high level

                        ribbon windows, re-roofing, rendering of the main elevations, new

                        escape doors, new replacement external plant and 4 additional car

parking spaces and 2 electric vehicle charging points. (Full Plan) –  Approve with conditions.

 

19/10679:        Giffords Court, Lowbourne.  TG1 Fell 4 x Leyland Cypress.  T1 Reduce

Cherry by 25% and prune to shape.  T2 Fell Pine close to wall.  T3 Small Cherry, reduce branch over drive by 1 metre and prune to balance shape.  (Trees in Conversation Area) – No objection.

 

 

80.

CATG

Minutes:

JH – not tech CATG

80.1/19

Traffic Surveys - Blackmore Road and Hazelwood Road

To note the results of the traffic survey carried out by Wiltshire Council indicating that no further action is necessary.

Minutes:

Councillor Hubbard commented that traffic surveys were technically no longer CATG issues.

 

Councillor Hubbard noted that the average speeds indicated per the traffic survey demonstrated that no further action was merited by Wiltshire Council. However, he had not yet had chance to analyse the data himself and would challenge the report if appropriate.

81.

Waiting and Parking Restrictions

To note that no requests have been received from members.

Minutes:

Members noted that no comments had been received regarding waiting and parking restrictions.

82.

Support Local Campaign pdf icon PDF 305 KB

To discuss the adoption of the Support Local Campaign.

 

Minutes:

The Town Clerk advised Councillors that the Support Local Campaign was an initiative being rolled out seeking engagement with town centre businesses. The scheme would involve a small amount of marketing costs but little Officer involvement as templates were already provided for use. There was also an opportunity to nominate one business for an award. The Town Clerk suggested that the Economic Development Manager could approach local businesses regarding the scheme.

 

The Economic Development Manager pointed out the punchline that ‘60p of every pound spent in the town stayed in the town’. The scheme could also be promoted by the use of social media.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Westbrook, seconded by Councillor Illman and:

 

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED to support the initiative.