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At the Annual Parish Council meeting in May 2000, a view was raised that my writings might be mistaken for the official minutes of our JPC meetings. The official minutes are written by the Clerk and RFO of the Council, and are not moderated by anyone prior to their approval at a subsequent meeting. Copies of the official minutes are available on this website.

Any matter raised in this page is solely commentary on activity in our three parishes and may also contain information, which has not yet passed before the full JPC, in which I believe electors may have an interest, all written from the perspective of the JPC Chairman who is responsible to all three parishes.

John Murphy
Chairman JPC

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PROPOSED DEVELOPMENTS

Barford House/Sharba land – no progress here and as I write the Wellesbourne Road pavement is still fenced off, although there are now active moves afoot to have the Heras fencing removed in the very immediate future – all pending restorative works on the wall itself. We’ll see how it all pans out…

W/14/1409 - “Outline application for the erection of up to 32 dwellings (19 market and 13 affordable)– on land between Wilkins Close, Bridge Street, Barford Bypass and the River Avon – was WITHDRAWN but following an Archaeological Survey and support from WDC officers it appears that it will be re-presented. The primary concerns for the JPC on this site relate to access and traffic issues along with the fact that the site is outside all proposals in the Draft Local Plan and the Draft Barford Neighbourhood Plan. Once a resubmission is received we will be able to comment further. No news yet.

Sherbourne Nursery site – Taylor Wimpey have started in earnest and the old Police House is now gone and rendered to hardcore. We understand that building will start as soon the archaeological study is completed.

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BARFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN :

Currently out to consultation with Warwick DC for six weeks. Then it should go before an Inspector and then come back for a Referendum if approved.

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REVIEW OF PLAY AND SPORTS FACILITIES :

The March 7th Fun Activity Day was a great success – over 200 breakfasts served and lots of sponsored walkers and cyclists were greeted by a beautiful Spring day and lots of interest in our project.

The evening Promise Auction turned out to be very Grand with generous promises and generous bidders stealing the show. Proceeds of the whole day have grossly exceeded our wildest expectations and are well into five figures for the day but will be reported more accurately elsewhere.

Such fantastic community support will really help us go out and secure further external funding which bring this whole project nearer by the day.

The Planning Application for the scheme (W14/1781) has had to be withdrawn temporarily to allow us to make some adjustments to accommodate Sport England and Football Association demands that we retain sufficient “open space”, totally free of structures, to accommodate a full size pitch as defined by the FA’s latest and recently revised standards.

This should only be a small delaying matter but is important to get right to retain both the moral and financial supports of those two important organisations. We will be submitting the revised application as soon as practicably possible.

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THREE ELECTIONS :

Yes it is a big election year again -Thursday May 7th will be the General Election for our MP, the District Council election and the Parish Council election. The voter registration deadline for the May 2015 elections is Monday 20th April.

There will be polls held for the first two in any event. Parish specific polls may be held for the Parish Council seats if there are more candidates putting themselves forwards than there are seats. Barford has TEN seats and Sherbourne and Wasperton each have THREE seats. Hopefully many of those who have served you well in the past will again put themselves forward as candidates. Hopefully, particularly in Barford some new blood will come forward to bring your Parish Council back up to strength.

Parish council work is interesting and rewarding, but occasionally demanding. Please contact me, the clerk or any current councilor if you would like any further information. If there are fewer candidates than seats for the JPC it will be an “uncontested election” and hence no poll (voting). Regardless, when Polling Day comes please get out and do your bit!

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JPC PRECEPT AND YOUR COUNCIL TAX :

This year the JPC has proposed a balanced or neutral budget so your Council Tax will remain as last year. This still allows us to do all we need to do at present and maintain our modest reserves.

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PHOTO-VOLTAIC PANELS ON BARFORD MEMORIAL HALL ;

Sadly WDC did not feel they could approve the proposals as submitted for a single block of PV panels due to the impact on a significant building in the Barford Conservation Area. After considerable negotiation with the planners and the Conservation Architect they have indicated that they would be much more sympathetic to the scheme if it were broken up into three smaller elements and they have encouraged us to submit a follow-up application. Plan preparation is once again underway. The downside is that the financial return would be reduced somewhat due to an inevitably smaller total PV area but it will still remain viable.

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COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH :

Speeders – local and through traffic – BEWARE – we will soon have a fully trained team checking vehicle speeds on a regular basis. Dates, times, speeds and numbers will be passed on to the Police who will then follow up with action on repeat offenders. Please don’t get caught – and remember, if you obey the speed limit those behind will probably do so too – Win, Win!

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DOG FOULING :

Yes, that old chestnut.- Over the last couple of months I have received more complaints than for a long time mostly relating to pavements. On inspection it does appear to be repeat offenders. This is very unpleasant and not acceptable.

If and when the culprits are identified they can expect to meet the attentions of the WDC Dog Wardens who can hand out fines of up to £100 per offence.

Just in case the culprit does not see the website, please make sure that our concern is passed on to all dog-walkers, especially visitors – we do take this seriously as it gets our village and all dog-walkers a bad name – let’s stop it NOW.,

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EMAIL UPDATES :

Chairman’s Chatter can often send out timely reminders, updates and notices direct to your in boxes. If you do not already receive these from me AND WOULD LIKE TO DO SO so that you can be added to the circulation list.

The list will not be shared with others, will be sent out as Bcc (so not revealing your email) and will only be used for matters which should reasonably interest/ concern you.

It’s free, easy and just occasionally is the only way to get urgent things out to a wider audience – and you can always hit DELETE or ask to be unsubscribed.

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MEMBERS' ATTENDANCE RECORDS :

The Chairman of the JPC has asked that a record of JPC members' attendance be published on the website.

Click here to download record of attendance at meetings of the JPC from May 2007 to 2010 (PDF file, 14k).

Click here to download record of attendance at meetings of the JPC from May 2010 to March 2011 (PDF file, 12k).

Click here to download record of attendance at meetings in 2012/13 (PDF file, 9k)

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NEXT JPC MEETING :

The next JPC meeting will be held on Monday 11th May 2015 in Barford Memorial Hall at 7:30 pm.

Click here for a list of all JPC meetings in 2015/16.

There is a session for “ Public Participation ” early in the agenda after our essential housekeeping matters which must as a matter of legality take priority. “Public Participation” is a short period (4 minutes maximum per person) set aside solely to hear comments and questions from members of the public. No special presentational skills are needed and councillors will hear you in an informal and welcoming way. We are always pleased to have matters and opinions brought to our attention. We cannot usually enter into detailed discussion with the public at the time but if possible may be able to supply an immediate answer, OR will decide, at a later time or date, whether and what action may be appropriate.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to attend in person, you may submit “your views” for formal attention of the JPC by and the matter will be taken to the next JPC meeting and you will get a formal response.

An agenda for each meeting will be posted in advance on all the villages’ notice boards. Residents are also encouraged to email myself (see below), or contact any of the Parish Councillors or the Clerk, James Johnson.

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John Murphy, Chairman JPC
February 2015

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  Thatched cottage in Church Street, Barford

Click on the links to the left for a full list of councillors and a calendar of future meetings.

There are also links to the agenda for the next JPC meeting, and upcoming planning applications.

Minutes of previous council meetings and planning committee meetings are also available from this page.