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Commentary on activity in our three parishes and may also contain information, which has not yet passed before the full JPC, in which electors may have an interest, all written from the perspective of the JPC, responsible to all three parishes.

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.


Updated May 2022


The May JPC is our “ANNUAL MEETING” when things are set up for the year. Cllr Tony Merrygold was elected for another year as Chair and Cllr John Murphy as Vice-Chair. Our various committees and appointments were also filled from across our membership. At the time of the meeting we still had a single vacancy for Barford but we are hoping this may be filled at the next JPC.

Learning from the pandemic, the JPC has once again renewed delegation of its “Legal Powers” to the Proper Officer, ie Mr James Johnson, our Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer, who will be empowered to transact our business subject to appropriate consultation with the Chair and Vice-Chair. This arrangement permits the JPC to continue to function in the event that that we are unable to meet physically and the ability to meet virtually is not available, which ordinarily, it is not.

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LAND AROUND BARFORD HOUSE:

The LABH Working Party presented their assessment of the latest proposals from Restful Homes at the May JPC and was unanimous in its support dismissing the proposed access at No 3 Wellesbourne Road and wanting the developer to fully investigate the potential for a more southerly access, before any support or commitment could or would be given to any overall scheme.

Reasons for rejecting the access proposal included the effect on the streetscape, impact on the Conservation Area, highways safety concerns, loss of on-street parking, impact on neighbours and the fact that the proposed access was seen as below the aesthetic quality one might expect at what should be a fairly prestigious site.

The WP was mandated to write to Restful Homes in such terms and we will await further developments, all the while aware that this site has been offered up, for “residential development” under the SWLP “Call for Sites”

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BYCC:

The combined team of BYCC and JPC presented a funding request to WDC for £250K of an estimated £800K+ total cost at a meeting scheduled for April 11th. The WDC officers and members were supportive of the scheme but were unable to commit immediate funding, requiring further cost analysis. They indicated that funding would not be available in the current 2022-23 financial year, and may have to be split over the next two financial years, ie 2023-24 and 2024-25.

Such delay, whilst being disappointing, is not necessarily a game-changer provided WDC is able to provide the requested funding pledges on receipt further details.

We will all await a definitive response, but meanwhile there has been some further success with a successful application to the Norton Foundation who will provide a further £10,000.

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ANNUAL PARISH MEETINGS :

Sherbourne and Wasperton Annual Parish Meetings have now taken place and were relatively well attended.

Discussions at Sherbourne tended to focus on the emerging South Warwickshire Local Plan “Call for Sites” and the Wasperton meeting focused more on the anticipated outcomes of the Minerals Plan.

At Sherbourne there is the formation of a new Sherbourne Residents’ association which has also done some good work on assessing the plan process and proposals so far.

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BARFORD PARKING NEAR THE SCHOOL :

Apparently there has now been discussion on Facebook about the need for parking near the school and “what are the JPC doing about it?”. This was raised at the may JPC by Cllr Hawkesford and after considerable discussion it was confirmed that there was very little which we could do, other than to encourage non-car use and considerate parking when essential.

The middle of Barford is a dense area with much residential on-street parking, so leaving very little available space for incoming and transient vehicles. Options obviously include walking to school or parking on-street further away – for instance several families park on Bridge Street and walk in from there.

There has been a suggestion on Facebook of making your drives available for others to use – so if you can, please do – but reality tells us that there are relatively few open drives in that vicinity, but every little helps.

The CONES at the junction of Church Street and Church Lane – discussed in CC last month – were seemingly removed in early May, by persons unknown. Was it blatant THEFT or simple anarchic disruption – who knows? Those cones provided an important function, reminding drivers of the need to keep junctions clear for visibility and safety reasons, to protect pedestrians, cyclists, children and dogs, in addition to making access and egress for cars so much safer. The cones simply reinforce the carriageway white lines and the Highway Code which indicate that you should not park on a junction. The cones help everyone do the right thing…

The removal has been reported to the various authorities who have confirmed their ongoing acceptance of their use. We have been inundated with comments and complaints at their removal and nobody has supported their loss. At the May JPC we were unanimous in their use and that they should be replaced and maintained – sadly at a cost to all residents.

If anyone knows anything about their removal, please let us know. If you think they should not be used then please come and talk to us…

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S.106 MONIES :

These are now significant amounts that we have available to spend on Outdoor Space. They arise from development in Barford and must be spent vin Barford parish. Some is specifically tied to the KGF site. Amongst the projects being considered are enhancement of the allotment path, repairs to the Barford Village Green wall and renewal/upgrading of KGF signage.

During discussions the consideration of lighting the footpath from Church Lane to Wasperton Lane was raised and it received a mixed reception. It may or may not be permissible or affordable, but we need to know what residents think about the possibility before we pursue or prioritise the project. Please let us know your views through any of the contact channels below – we need your help here!

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EMAIL UPDATES :

We can often send out timely reminders, updates and notices direct to your email in boxes. If you do not already receive these AND WOULD LIKE TO DO SO click here to send an e-mail please contact John Murphy 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 JPC meetings in 2020/ 21 (PDF file)

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NEXT JPC MEETING :

The next JPC meeting will be held on Monday 13th June 2022 at 7:30pm in Barford Memorial Hall.

Click here for Notices of JPC and Planning Committee meetings, and the Minutes of previous meetings.

Click here for a list of all JPC meetings in 2022.

There is always a session for “ Public Participation ” early in the agenda (four minutes maximum per person) when we are happy to hear and note your concerns or questions. To attend in person there may be Covid requirements depending on the local situation at the time and at the discretion of the Chair. As a minimum there will be appropriate ventilation and air filtration in place.

Alternatively, you may submit “your views” to yourviews@barford.org.uk or email the Chairman, Tony Merrygold, on 624295 or 07802 455217 or tmerrygold@btinternet.com or the Clerk, James Johnson at johnson.jfgm@gmail.com or contact any of the Parish Councillors about any matters you wish to bring to our attention.

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

John Murphy
Vice Chairman 624421

Click here to e-mail.

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