Minutes January 2019

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 Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 9th January 2019

At Sandon Parish Room   Commencing at 7.30pm.


Councillor C Capjon

Councillor J Charlton

Councillor S Shelley               Chairman

                         District Councillor      Councillor A Harp

Clerk   B A Boughey


18/118             Apologies                                            Councillor R Harris

Councillor R Wildblood

18/118.1          Other Apologies          County Councillor      Councillor I Parry

18/119             Minutes

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Parish Council meeting of 12th December 2018

be signed by the meeting Chairman.

18/120             Chairman’s Announcements

18/120.1          The Chairman had received a letter of resignation from Councillor Hickey, citing a

change in circumstances for the coming year.

18/120.1.1       Stafford Borough Council to be notified.  As the resignation has been submitted within

six months of a normal four yearly Parish Council election cycle there will be no call

for an election but the Parish Council may co-opt.


18/121             Declarations of Disclosable Personal Interests, Personal Declared Interests and

                        other Personal Interests.                   None declared.


18/122             Outstanding Matters             Reports and Updates

18/122.1          Community Transport

Three further dates arranged for the Stafford Shopper Bus from Milwich and Sandon.

30th January, 27th February and 27th March.

18/122.2          A51 Traffic issues through Sandon including the Burston junctions.

Councillor Parry unavoidably unable to attend the meeting.

18/122.3          Burston Car Park resurface.

Preliminary quotation from Roe Contractors.  Options for guidance involving different

grades of tarmac, all include similar drainage and soak away chamber provision.

£4,350,   £4,110 and £3,500.  Excluding VAT.

18/122.3.1       Consideration to be given to other options and further discussion.

18/122.4          Burston Lane Grit / Salt Box proposal

18/122.4.1       Current review by County Highways of Boxes and refilling.

RESOLVED to wait until the review is complete before considering purchase of a

Box for siting adjacent to the Railway Bridge.

18/122.5          Hilderstone Road Gate and Fence

Discussion on the fence section and its purpose and means of highlighting the gate

and fence generally.   Reflectors and Bollards to be considered.


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18/122.6          Damaged fence at the Railway Bridge on the B5066, Stafford Road, Sandon.

18/122.6.1       Clerk’s Report.  No progress with County Highways or Network Rail.

18/122.7          Footpath 36 – Burston Pool to the Canal Bridge

Problem with the reconstructed section following the recent brook high flow levels.

18/122.7.1       Repairs completed under the direction of Councillor Harris.

Further work being considered on the opposite side of the bank to the footpath,

to achieve a lower the flow level at this narrow point.

18/122.8          Continuation of Footpath 36 into Stone Rural Parish, Footpath 23.

Problem with brash being laid on a marshy section making underfoot conditions worse.

18/122.8.1       Councillor Harp to inform the Chairman of Stone Rural of the problem although

remedial work by the bailiff may be difficult during the Winter period.


18/123             Planning

18/123.1          Applications returned to Stafford Borough Council –  Reply Awaited                     None

18/123.2          Application decisions by Stafford Borough Council.                        None

18/123.3          Applications received by the Parish Council for Consultation.          None

18/123.4          Planning Appeals or Queries               None


18/124             Finance

18/124.1          Financial Statement presented by the Clerk.  Bank Statement reconciliation checked.

18/124.2          Clerk’s Quarterly Salary. Gross £387.50. Net £310.10. PAYE £77.40. LGA 1972 s112(2)

RESOLVED to pay the Clerk’s Net Quarterly Salary and the PAYE to HMRC

18/124.3          2019 / 2020 Precept budget

18/124.3.1       RESOLVED to set a Precept of £9,535.00 which results in no change to householders

Parish Council element of the Council Tax bill compared with the current year.


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The meeting was adjourned for the County and District Councillor’s reports and convened thereafter.

18/125             Report from County Councillor.     Not present.  No report submitted.


18/126             Report from District Councillor.

Councillor Harp reported on relevant issues as they arose during the meeting.


18/127             Items Raised by Member Councillors / Clerk

18/127.1          Councillor Charlton

Problems with dog fouling around the School Lane loop, off the A51 in Sandon.

18/127.1.1       Councillor Harp to contact Stafford Borough (Streetscene) about the possibility of

placing  a Dog Bin around the junction of the to lanes.

18/127.2          Councillor Shelley

Additional Street Lights on the A51 between the Hilderstone Road

and the Burston junction.

18/127.2.1       At the request of residents a check on the possibility of six additional lights giving a

50 metre spacing plus considering the position of power poles along the footway.

18/127.2.2       County Highways to be contacted regarding feasibility and costs.


18/128             Correspondence

18/128.1          Staffordshire County Council                        None

 18/128.2          Stafford Borough Council                  None

 18/128.3          Staffordshire Parish Councils’ Association

18/128.3.1       Weekly email update emails circulated for information.

18/129             Date of Next Meeting    Wednesday 13th February 2019.

The Meeting concluded at  8.58pm.



Signed ________________    Chairman




Date    _______________