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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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NEW COUNCILLOR FOR BARFORD

At the September 1st JPC, we co-opted Harry Gadsden to join the JPC – Harry has an impressive c.v. and has already played an active part as a co-opted member on the Playing Fields Working Party.

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A FURTHER VACANCY FOR BARFORD

Due to changing family circumstances Richard Shotton-Oza has tendered his resignation from the JPC. His position will be advertised as required and is likely to be available for co-option at a later date.

If you would be interested in serving as a parish councillor please contact me, the clerk or any Barford member to discuss what is involved.

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PROPOSED DEVELOPMENTS

The Appeal number APP/T3725/A/14/2215618 (Sharba/Land at Barford House 50 dwellings etc ) will be dealt with by “Public Inquiry” – NOW starting September 30th , expected to last four days at Leamington Town Hall. At the same time, or immediately after, the appeal over the separate refusal for demolition of the front wall will also be heard.

The JPC has also considered an application for more extensive demolition of Barford House land walls and this is being processed by WDC.

Meanwhile the footpath along Wellesbourne Road, in front of the wall in question, has been diverted “on safety grounds” at the request of the landowner and approved by WCC. Residents are advised to cross from the west side of Wellesbourne Road nearer the centre of the village or to consider re-routing via the allotment path and Church Lane.

The Taylor Wimpey application (W/14/0693) on the old Sherbourne Nursery site for the erection of 60 houses and a new access – WDC decision - GRANTED

Application for a further 6 dwellings on South side of Westham Lane, adjacent to the Barford Bypass, outside current and proposed village envelope - REFUSED

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NEW LOCAL PLAN :

The DRAFT LOCAL PLAN – next stages expected in mid-October prior to going forward to Examination in Public – including the G&T sites reported last month

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REVIEW OF PLAY AND SPORTS FACILITIES :

The play area will feature a significant multi-activity multi-user unit suitable for mixed ages and a smaller dedicated toddler unit, swings, slides, mini-trampoline and hopefully some form of zip-wire or slider device in addition to retaining some of the rotators already on site all mounted on a proper bonded rubber chip safety base covering the whole of the children’s play area. The latest proposals were shown at the Barford Village Show and were met with much enthusiasm. It is hoped that we can bring a firm recommendation to the October JPC with a view to getting the first stage of the project, the play area, at least underway in Spring/early summer 2015. Timing of other elements will be much more dependent on funding applications and responses there to.

A recurrent theme during our consultations relates to DOGS on the playing field. There is absolutely no wish for them to be excluded, indeed there is a positive wish for them to be included and various aspects of the plans are built around the assumption that their presence will remain or even increase. Hopefully the paths and built elements will increase the interest for all and provide a variation of routes from day to day? The only aspects which remain of concern are
(a) DOG FOULING which should always be cleared up by owners – offenders should be reported and can be fined up to £1000 for not clearing up after their pets,
(b) DOGS IN THE PLAY AREA where young children can be at increased health risks, and
(c) DOGS OUT OF CONTROL, potentially attacking or frightening young children and even some adults. Most owners are responsible and most dogs would prefer to play with other dogs away from children anyway - however a few do disregard others’ rights to be dog-free and these may spoil things for everybody.

The JPC, the Police and the Dog Wardens will always be sympathetic where dogs are not managed responsibly so let’s all play nicely, if we can…

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BARFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN :

It is hoped to start the formal consultation on 6 th October and a “Consultation Summary” will go to every household with six weeks for comment. The full document will be available online and in print at Barford Village Shop.

Please participate, let us know what you think and let’s get it right before we come back with a referendum to finalise matters

Click here for the minutes

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GENERAL CONFUSION :

With so much going on in the villages, some folk have been getting confused over “who is who and what is what” – here’s a quick guide :

JPC (Joint Parish Council) – YOUR local and closest level of government – not party-political — ideally your first contact with any issues related to the parishes - elected members acting under strict rules with specific but fairly limited powers – raise money to cover costs by “precept” which is a very small part of your Council Tax – elections every four years – meet monthly or as required. (Currently 10 Barford councillors, 3 Sherbourne and 3 Wasperton)

WDC (Warwick District Council )– administer Warwick district area – particularly electoral matters, planning, housing, Council Tax admin, footway lighting, recreation with some cross-over with WCC. (Current WDC councillors Alan Rhead and Clare Sawdon)

WCC (Warwickshire County Council) – administer whole of Warwickshire – responsible for education, public health, transport, highways, street lighting, community safety (Fire & Rescue), waste, recycling and significant cross-over with WDC. (Current WCC councillor Les Caborn)

JPC Play Working Party – working under auspices of JPC – some JPC members plus some co-opted members – researches “playing field proposals” and takes recommendations back to JPC. WP cannot make major decisions but has some discretion delegated by JPC to facilitate its work.

Barford Neighbourhood Development Plan Group – an independent group working alongside JPC to produce a plan for development of Barford in the future. For the plan to be adopted it must be in general conformity with other “superior” plans coming from WDC and central government. Funded by JPC, WDC and central government.

Barford Residents’ Association – As its name suggests this is a residents group governed by its own constitution to represent Barford interests. Not formally elected and can operate outside the rigid restraints imposed by local government.

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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 13th October 2014 in Sherbourne Village Hall at 7:30 pm.

Click here for a list of all JPC meetings in 2013/14.

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 of 4 minutes maximum per person which is 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 their attention and will hear you in an informal and welcoming way. We cannot usually enter into detailed discussion with the public at the time although it may be possible to supply an immediate answer. Otherwise we will decide, at a later time or date, whether or 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
September 2014

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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.