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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 Joint Parish Council (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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JAMES JOHNSON – CLERK TO JPC :

James was involved in a serious road accident near his house at Barford Sheds at the end of February, and spent about ten days in Walsgrave Hospital. James has made an amazing recovery so far and was soon operating his iPad and mobile phone from his hospital bed. We had to insist that he takes it a bit easier for a while to give him the best chance for a safe, full and rapid recovery, so he allowed the March JPC meeting to be delayed by one week, so that he could get everything organised… We wish him a full recovery - and Gail the strength to bear with him.

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BARFORD KING GEORGE’S FIELD -
PLAY AND SPORTS FACILITIES :

The February 28th Church Lane Road closure arrived on time and ST excavated the area outside Dragon Yard and Toad Cottage, eventually finding and connecting the water mains to our project.

Then on Friday March 10th Morrisons arrived to dig up Church Lane again to facilitate the electricity connections by Western Power. Sadly they also arrived with a change of plan and calendar. The proposal became to connect a mains cable for along the track directly onto the existing Church Lane main and then only update the Church Lane supply cable (from Verdon Place) later in the year, probably June or July, but not fixed yet.

Surprisingly the cable along the track will be bigger than the current Church Lane cable – which will later be increased too – although this will be spurred off into a smaller cable to enter the KGF facilities.

Once the cable is in place and connected then we can instruct Eon to fit our meter and once that is in place the electricians can come back and finally connect our building, and then once that is complete the main contractors can return with their “irrigation specialists” to finalise the toilet connections and sewage pump, so nothing too complicated about all of this then!!!!

Once again, we are sorry for any disruption this causes to residents of Church Lane and also any inconvenience it causes to allotment holders needing vehicle access..

Please do check the latest situation and information at http://www.barfordplayingfields.org/news.html which is open for bookings and to register for email updates.

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WCC MINERALS PLAN :

The consultation period has now closed - no news yet.

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GLADMAN/ WASPERTON FARM HOUSING :

No news yet.

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DEVELOPMENTS UNDERWAY :

You will be aware that there are currently significant developments in process in Barford :

Nursery Meadow, now largely completed and the contractors working their way off site. There are various changes still to be made on the frontage and happily the historic telephone box will soon be back in the streetscape.

Spitfire Homes off Bridge Street is also well underway with the roadways laid out and foundations going in. At the time of writing the on street traffic lights have been removed but there is a certain amount of chaos as multiple deliveries are not being managed well and lorries are queuing up to and onto the bridge – in one case on the wrong side of the road – which has occasionally made it difficult and sometimes dangerous for ordinary road users to negotiate the area. Given that traffic issues were amongst our major concerns prior to granting of Planning Permission the developers have been advised that they really need to organise their deliveries and carriers in a much better and safer manner and minimise inconvenience to all other road users.

Kendrick Homes (Barford House land) Wasperton Lanesite has attracted a lot of comment and dialogue with the planners. Trees intended to be retained and protected according to the PP have been removed without permission however WDC have not been inclined to take matters further as the Oak tree concerned is claimed to have been of “limited quality and will be replaced by other trees on completion of the build” – and all that in a Conservation Area and in the curtilage of a Listed Building where tree removal without consent would usually risk a severe financial penalty…Contractors also removed the Barford House wall across the entire frontage of their site despite the fact that some was intended to be retained on heritage grounds, and an amendment has been requested to substitute a modern multiple gated wall with gates to each individual property and a five-bar style gated vehicle entrance. The developers have been advised by WDC that they must reinstate a facsimile of the original wall features, albeit setback as originally approved to meet highway standards.

Taylor Wimpey land behind Bremridge Close does not yet have planning permission – c.60 houses proposed in a recent consultation – but some site clearance work has already started and numerous hawthorns have been removed. This has caused local concern especially where the works were close to the “bat barn”. WCC Ecology have been alerted to review the situation.

Westham Lane site 8 houses - T his small development is now getting underway but as predicted access is difficult. In the course of getting the groundworks started the large lorries have caused considerable damage to grass verges and spread much mud all over the roadway much to the distress of local residents. This has now been largely addressed with the assistance of WDC Enforcement officers but the situation is not perfect and some damage has been ongoing.

Having lots of development all at the same time is not and will not be easy and there will be multiple frustrations. If you see unacceptable practices, gross lack of consideration or developments which do not conform with the approved plans then please make sure that they are brought to JPC (Clerk or me) and WDC Alan Rhead (Alan.Rhead@warwickdc.gov.uk) and Peter Phillips (Peter.Phillips@warwickdc.gov.uk) councillors’ attention.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETINGS :
That time of year again! Your chance to have your meeting and raise matters which concern you. The core of the meetings will always be reports and updates covering most of the essential matters but you have the chance to raise anything missed out or which just happens to concern you. There can be full discussion and if appropriate matters can be passed on to appropriate bodies for further action.

Barford Memorial Hall – Monday April 10 th at 7.30pm

Sherbourne Village Hall – Tuesday April 18 th at 7.30pm

Wasperton Village Hall – Monday April 24 th at 7.30pm


 

 

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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 in 2012/13 (PDF file, 9k)

Click here to download record of attendance at meetings in 2013/14 (PDF file, 10k)

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NEXT JPC MEETING :

The next JPC meeting will be held on Monday 8th May 2017 in Barford Memorial Hall at 7:30 pm.

Click here for a list of all JPC meetings in 2016/17.

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) when we are happy to hear and note your concerns or questions. 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 village 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
January 2017

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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.

Minutes of previous council meetings, planning committee meetings and other JPC documents are also available from this page.