Minutes – Annual Meeting – 27 May 2021


PRESENT Mr R Alden (Chairman); Ward Cllr. Bowen (Vice Chairman); Ms L Allwright; Ms L Munn; Mr M Ayres; and Mr P Enzer.

IN ATTENDANCE Mr R Hewitt, Clerk. No members of the public were present.

21/20 Election of Chairman – Cllr. R Alden was elected Chairman unanimously and accepted the office.

21/21 Apologies for absence – None.

21/22 Co-opt one new member to the parish council – Deferred.

21/23 Declarations of Interest and requests for Dispensation – None.

21/24 Election of Vice Chairman – Cllr. Bowen was elected Vice Chairman unanimously.

21/25 Offices and representatives
a) Planning: Cllr. S Bowen.
b) Footpaths: Cllrs. R Alden and M Ayres.
c) Lengthsman: Cllr. P Enzer.
d) Highways: Cllr. P Enzer.
e) Village Hall: Cllr. L Munn.
f) Good neighbour scheme: Cllr. L Allwright.

Officers and representatives were thanked for their duty and commitment.

21/26 Minutes of the previous meeting – The minutes of the meeting held on 29 April 2021 were approved as a true record.

21/27 Report from the Councillor for Bircher Ward – Ward Cllr. Bowen reported on the significant concerns raised in a recent High Court judgement which has led to an urgent and thorough external review of Herefordshire Children’s Social Care Services. The full Council will meet in person tomorrow for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Hereford’s Three Counties Hotel will provide enough space to enable social distancing, and the meeting will decide on how Herefordshire Council will be governed in 2021/22. A visit to Eastnor Castle was highlighted, and concern expressed at the removal by developers of a hedgerow adjacent to the B4361.

21/28 To invite views and discussion from members of the parish – There were no matters raised.

21/29 Joint parish council initiatives
The Chairman and Cllr. Enzer reported on an online working meeting held with members of Richards Castle (Shropshire) Parish Council. It was agreed to consider the following initiatives: Remembrance Sunday poppies, a playground in the village, and participation in The Queen’s Green Canopy: ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’.

21/30 Financial items
a) Parish council accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021 – The draft cash book was noted.
b) Risk schedule – Approved.
c) Insurance renewal – Approved subject to obtaining an additional quotation from NFU.
d) The following payments were agreed: Came & Company, parish council insurance (£587.07) and Clerk, wages May 2021 (£327.80).

21/31 ‘Welcome Pack’ for new residents
The parish council agreed in principle to partner with the village hall committee to develop a Welcome Pack for new residents. Cllr. Enzer kindly agreed to progress this with the village hall committee.

21/32 Footpaths
The Chairman’s report was noted.

21/33 Highway/ Lengthsman
Cllr. Enzer’s report was noted.

21/34 Herefordshire Council consultation on Local Housing Strategy – Noted.

21/35 Matters raised for next meeting (no discussion) – See 21/29 above.

21/36 The next parish council meeting is scheduled for 7.30pm on Thursday 24 June 2021 at the village hall. The meeting closed at 8.18pm.