Agenda – 25 February 2021

Notice is hereby given of a Meeting of Richards Castle (Herefordshire) Parish Council
at 7.30 pm on Thursday 25 February 2021

Members of the public wishing to join the meeting should click on the following link:

7.30 pm: Join Zoom Meeting

1. Apologies for absence

2. Co-opt one new member to the parish council

3. Declarations of Interest and Written Requests for Dispensation
Declaration of any disclosable pecuniary interest in a matter to be discussed at the meeting whether or not it is included in the register of interests. Members are reminded that they are required to leave the room during discussing and voting on matters in which they have a disclosable pecuniary interest whether or not the interest is entered into the register of members’ interests maintained by the Monitoring Officer.

4. Minutes of the previous meeting – 14 January 2021

5. Report from the Herefordshire Councillor for Bircher Ward

6. To invite views and discussion from members of the parish

7. Clerk’s report

8. Financial Items
i) Receipts
Herefordshire Council, drainage grant – £1,820.50

ii) Payments
D C Gardening Services, lengthsman – £4,033.68 (ratify)
HALC, affiliation and subscription 2021-22 – £354.84
P Enzer, expenses for community Smartwater registration letter – £ tbc
The Clerk, postage for Smartwater kits – £81.27
The Clerk, wages February 2021
R Bayliss, footpath maintenance – £ tbc

iii) Consider proposal to accept additional drainage grant offer from Balfour Beatty

9. Footpaths

10. Consider options to improve maintenance of drainage sump at Rock crossroads and agree next steps

11. Lengthsman/ highways, including maintenance of roadside hedges, ditches, riparian responsibilities, and road access areas and agree next steps

12. Consider notice re: grassed areas cut by the highway authority on Orchard Rise and proposal to request that Balfour Beatty undertakes one cut of verges on roads in the parish in 2021-22

13. Consider invitation from Balfour Beatty to participate in the lengthsman and P3 footpath schemes in 2021-22, review proposed Annual Maintenance Plane 2021-22 and agree next steps

14. Village gates – Consider responsibilities and obligations in Gateway Structure Licence, quotation for purchase and installation of three ‘gates’ to be placed on the B4361 at the start of the 30 mph limit to the south of the village (x2) and at the county boundary (x1), confirm width and positioning of gates and agree next steps

15. SmartWater – Update, review number of registrations to date and agree next steps

16. Matters raised for next meeting (no discussion)

17. Close meeting and date of next meeting


Clerk to the Parish Council
21 February 2021