Parish Council Meetings 2015-16 

We held the Annual Parish Meeting on Monday 23 May 2016.   As well as Council Members and our District and County Council repreprentatives,  2 residents joined us.  A report for the year 2015-16 was given by Brenda Rayson, you can download it:  click here

After the Annual Parish Meeting we held the AGM of the Parish Council, including ordinary matters of the Council

The first task was to elect Chairman and Vice Chairman for the upcoming year 2016/17.    Brenda Rayson was nominated unopposed as Chairman and Tim Goodhead as Vice Chairman.  Both gave their declaration of Acceptance of Office to the meeting. 
We went on to confirm that Brenda will continue as Representative for the Kineton United Charities Trust  and Stephanie  was willing to take on the role as the PC Representative on the Village Hall Committee. We reviewed  and approved our delegations to the Clerk of the Council and agreed to postpone review of our Standing Orders and Financial Regulations to our next meeting to take account of recent changes advised by the WALC ( Warwickshire Association of Local Councils).  

We then scrutinised the end of year accounts and approved the formal Annual Governance and  Accounting Statements of the Parish Council to be submitted to the nationally appointed external auditors.  Thanks were recorded to Peter Bridgewater for undertaking the local "internal"  audit of our accounts  ( you can see all these documents on our finance page). We also approved the Council's annual insurance renewal.  
We were delighted to congratulate our Clerk, Gina Lowe, on attaining the nationally recognised  CiLCA qualification  -  Combroke Parish Council is now proud that the Clerk holds a formal qualification in local government administration.

Then we went on to other matters including:  

Under planning the Chairman expressed some frustration that the  Stratford on Avon District Council Conservation Officer was now no longer allowed to advise on planning applications which have impact on the Conservation Area or impact on our Listed  Buildings.  The role appears now to be confined to applications about Listed Buildings only.  This was thought to be most unsatisfactory in relation to the duty to protect the Conservation Area.  Our district Coucillor, Chris Mills, agreed to look into this.   

Additionally, under planning,  the Chairman raised further concerns about lack of response from the District Council on 2 outstanding plannng matters: the breach of planning with regard the garage/workshop at No 14  which had been raised by the Parish Council in December 2015,  and the multiple concerns regarding the Compton Fields development which have still not been adressed, most recently the flooding of neighbouring property on 9 March.

We were pleased to note that the new postcode for Compton Fields has been assigned.
It was agreed that we should plan a village discussion to gather views about how we might improve village mapping and postcode navigation to aid delivery vehicles in locating properties.  It was revealed that at least one village property can  be accurately located on a navigation device  via postcode/address but sadly most of our properties remain unidentifiable  within the google mapping that most navigation devices rely upon for postcode/address identification. 
Full minutes coming here soon.....

The Parish Council's Representation for application 16/00728/FUL  at Highfield  for a proposed 2 storey extension may be  downloaded: click here

At the ordinary meeting of the Parish Council on 14 March 2016  we  were pleased to co-opt and welcome Stephanie Connah to join us as a Member of the Parish Council.  It was confirmed our village signs will be repainted this summer by the Couny Team.  We heard from   County Highways  about managing mud on the road -   it is an offence and  the responsibility of the person/company leaving the mud to remove it.  We heard updates on planning matters and received various other reports. 

Details of the planning application, ref 15/04364/FUL at RED HOLM , may be found on the District Council's Planning Website:

The Parish Council's representation can be downloaded here:   Download

Details of the planning application, ref 15/040101/LBC  ,  No 14  may be found on the District Council's Planning Website: 
The Parish Council's response can be downloaded here:  Download

The Parish Council held an Extra-Ordinary meeting on Monday 21st September 2015 to enable the Council to respond to the consultation for a planning application in the precribed timescale. We also discussed and approved arrangements to make a grant application for our website development.   You can read the draft minutes here: Download

Details of the planning application, ref15/03141/FUL at Band Hill House, may be found on the District Council's Planning Website:

Click here to read the Parish Council's representation:      PC Representation

The Clerk had received notice  from the District Council of an agriculture application to approve permitted development of a barn at Combrook House.  Since this class of application has limited timescale to make comments it was agreed to discuss the notice as an item of "other urgent business"  
Details of the application, ref 15/03316/AGNOT may be found on the District Council's Planning Website:

Click here to read the Parish Council's submitted comments:  Download

On  12  August at a meeting of Stratford on Avon District Council Planning Committee (East Area)  the application 14/02265/FUL   for the C E Gilbert & Son Site  development in Combrook  was granted  retrospective planning permission.  The Chairman of the Committee also proposed, and it was approved,  that a condition be removed  that had required obscure glazing to the SE  facing first floor gable window of plot 3  to protect neighbouring privacy.   

The Parish Council was objecting  to this application and gave a presentation  - these are limited to 3 minutes at Committee.
You can read it here  : Download

The Annual Parish Meeting took place on Monday 11th May 2015 in the Village Hall.   As outgoing Chairman, Brenda  gave an Annual Report .  You can download the full report below. Special mention was given to Jim Blenkinsop who has stood down from the Parish Council this May.  Huge thanks go to Jim for all that he has contributed over the 15 years he has served on the Council.  

The Annual Report :    Download

And,  you can read the Report  provided by County Councillor Chris Williams here:  Download

You can download the Parish Council's Representation to the application reference 14/02265/FUL, for the CE Gilbert & Son Development for amendments to the approved permission.