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Brewood Civic Society Meeting Minutes

Friday, 02 August, 2013 - Modified on Friday, 02 August, 2013 at 3:48 pm


Brewood Civic Society

Hon President Dr R.C.H.Taylor


Minutes of the 491st Committee Meeting held on Monday 15th July 2013

At 6 Telford Gardens


Attendance:- W.Caffrey(Chairman), S.Armer, G.Bailey, E.Brant, S.Hayes, B.Jones, L.Newell, J.Redshaw, L.Williams

Apologies:- N.Brant, A.Holmes, D.Pickrell, R.Taylor


Presentation:- Prior to the commencement of the meeting the Chairman welcomed Brian Jones and, on behalf of our president, himself and all the committee members, he made a presentation to Brian of a picture of Brewood duly signed on the back by all the members in recognition and appreciation for all his dedication, hard work and many contributions to the work of the Society over many, many years. Brian duly expressed his appreciation for this presentation and thanked all the members for all the support they had given to him during his time while serving on the Civic Society committee.


1. Minutes and General Business:-

a) The Minutes of the 490th committee meeting were approved and signed.


2. Matters Arising:- 

a) The Secretary confirmed that an article relating to ‘Dudmaston Hall (Part One)’ will be published in the August edition of Village News.

b) Traffic Management Report – It was reported that County Councillor Mark Sutton was following up various traffic issues relating to (1) The creation of 2 hour waiting restrictions within the village centre (2) Further investigation of the introduction of a potential one-way traffic system in an attempt to relieve traffic congestion (3) Suspension of the installation of further double yellow lines in Dean Street.

c) Engleton Lane Play Area – It was reported, to the disappointment of members, that the barrier across the exit from the recreation ground in Engleton Lane had not yet been installed. We understand that the provision of adult equipment is still under review in order to meet EU regulations and requirements.

d) Local List of Buildings and Other Structures – The Secretary reported that the Local List Consultation process has been completed and now simply needs to be approved by the Regulatory Committee. We await confirmation of this from Dr. Paul Collins upon his return from sick leave.

e) Positioning of litter bins along the Shropshire Union Canal – Nothing further to report.

f) Best Kept Village Competition – The litter picking and clean-up of both our streets area and canal area are progressing in accordance with the published rotas until the end of July. Members expressed their concerns regarding the amount of dog fouling around the village.

g) K6 telephone box in High Green – Nothing further to report.

h) It was reported that the problems associated with the placing of horse droppings beneath the trough in Market Place were continuing, and it was agreed that we should write to the Parish Council asking that a notice be placed by the stone trough requesting people to desist from this unpleasant and disgusting practice.

i) The Secretary reported that a reply had been received from Mark Keeling of Staffordshire County Council regarding the Society’s survey of all the road gullies in the village. Mr. Keeling had confirmed that the cleanliness of the road gullies was indeed the responsibility of the County Council but that road sweeping was carried out by South Staffordshire Council. He advised that the Council have “reactive” teams to deal with single problem gulley issues and he also advised that all gullies identified as “clogged” by the Society together with all those currently clear will be dealt with by the general maintenance team on its next visit to Brewood. We are to write to Mr. Keeling requesting that such a visit be put in hand since the majority of the gullies throughout the village are in a fairly parlous and blocked state. We are also to write to South Staffordshire Council requesting that they arrange for their road sweeping team to sweep all the roads throughout the village and ask that they liaise with the County Council to ensure that the roads are swept prior to gullies being cleaned out.

j) The method of collecting membership subscriptions was deferred for discussion at our next committee meeting.

k) Graham Bailey reported that new table tops had been installed to both picnic tables along the Shropshire Union Canal between Brewood Bridge and School Bridge and the areas around the picnic tables had been cleared. The Secretary is to write to the Canal & River Trust to thank them for their expeditious response to the Society’s request.

l) Following due discussion it was agreed that we should write to the Parish Council suggesting that it recommends the name “Admiral Rodney” be adopted as the name for the new housing development on the site of the former Admiral Rodney Public House in Dean Street.

m) The Chairman reported on the excellence of the prize-giving day at St. Dominic’s School on Wednesday 10th July.

n) The Secretary reported that the Parish Council Newsletter had been distributed and delivered to all the houses in the village. He passed a cheque for this delivery to the Treasurer that had been received from the Parish Council.


3. Planning Matters:-

a) Disputed ownership of the land on the South side of Sandy Lane, between the seating area and Jacob’s Ladder – It was reported that this protracted matter was currently still being dealt with by the Parish Council’s legal representatives.

b) The Staffordshire Urban Survey (EUS) – “Brewood Historic Character Assessment” draft report, is still on circulation.

c) We had no objections to planning application 13/00550/TREE – Removal of conifer to the rear garden at 19 Newport Street.

d) There were no planning permissions or refusals received during the month.

e) We have received advice of planning appeal 13/00035/REF – Appeal against refusal for use of land as garden land at Cosynook, Coven Road. The Society’s comments have been submitted previously in this regard and will be available at the appeal hearing.

f) We had no objections to planning applications 13/00484/FUL – Single storey extensions at 21 Sandy Lane; 13/00425/ADV – Chain hung sign at 1B Church Road.

g) We had no objections to planning application 13/00419/FUL – Two storey extensions at 2 The Pavement subject to any windows overlooking the neighbouring property at first floor level being glazed with obscure glass and that the balcony glazed screen should satisfy health and safety requirements.

h) We have not been consulted on the following planning applications which fall outside the Conservation Area: 13/00477/LBC – Refurbishment works at Bath Farm, Foxes Lane; 13/00493/LBC – Dormer windows and alterations at Horsebrook Manor Barn, Horsebrook Farm Lane.

i) After due discussion it was agreed that we should await publication of the SHLAA consultation process documents from South Staffordshire Council and the Parish Council and then take the lead and initiative in putting forward the Society’s positive proposals in due consultation with our membership, to try and ensure that the future interests of the village are best protected.

j) Planning lists have been received up to and including 15th July 2013.


4. Competitions:-

a) Frank Dearden Awards – The Chairman reported that the presentation of the President’s Cup was made to ‘Christy Rose Molland’ age 6 at St. Mary & St. Chad C.E. (VC) First School on Friday 5th July and the presentation was carried out by both himself and our President, Dr. Richard Taylor. The Chairman confirmed he would set up a meeting between himself, Richard Field and the deputy head teachers of all the schools to discuss how the Society could best involve all of the schools with the work and aims of the Society, together with the format of the Frank Dearden Awards Competition. The Chairman asked members to come forward with their suggestions at the next meeting.

b) Hanging Baskets and Floral Containers Competition – The Chairman reported that Dobbies Garden Centres had most generously agreed to sponsor the competition this year as follows:-

            Hanging Basket:                      1st  Prize  £30.00 Dobbies Tokens

                                                            2nd Prize  £20.00 Dobbies Tokens

                                                            3rd  Prize  £15.00 Dobbies Tokens

            Floral Container:                     1st  Prize  £30.00 Dobbies Tokens

                                                            2nd Prize  £20.00 Dobbies Tokens

                                                            3rd  Prize  £15.00 Dobbies Tokens


            Special Award at the judge’s discretion: £60.00 Dobbies Tokens


The competition will be judged by Gaynor Bradley, Head Gardener at Moseley Old Hall until recently. Members are to furnish Bill Caffrey with their lists of “outstanding” hanging baskets and floral containers by no later than the end of July. Sue Hayes is to produce suitable posters advertising the event for display around the village as soon as possible.


5. Finance and Membership:-

a) Nothing further to report.


6. Correspondence:-

a) There was no other correspondence in the month.


7. Events:-

a) Future Talks – Autumn 2013:-

            Wednesday 11th September at 7.45pm in the Jubilee Hall – Michael Bourke will give a talk on  “Stargazing at Home and Abroad”.

            Wednesday 16th October at 7.45pm in the Methodist Church in School Road – A talk by Frances Beattie who is a Stafford Borough Councillor and Heritage Champion for English          Heritage in the Midlands.

            Wednesday 13th November at 7.45pm in the Jubilee Hall – Sue Randall will give a talk on “The History of Bantock House”.

The Secretary is to arrange to distribute the leaflets advertising our Autumn programme of talks to committee members for delivery to Society members during the month of August.

b) Future Talks – Winter/Spring 2014 - Lavinia Newell advised that the talks for January, February and March 2014 were in hand.

c) Proposed visit to George Hook & Company – The visit will take place on Saturday 20th July, meeting at George Hook & Co’s premises at 10.00am – 10.30am, and the Chairman is to contact George Hook to make the appropriate arrangements.

d) Future visit and talk at Chillington Hall taking in the Courtyard and Barns. The visit and talk will take place on Sunday 13th October and the time and arrangements are to be agreed by Richard Taylor with John Giffard, preferably for an afternoon visit, and advise members in due course.


8. A.O.B:-

a) Anne Holmes had reported prior to the meeting that negotiations to purchase land from the Housing Association to extend the Jubilee Hall car park had been put on hold pending discussions with the middle school regarding possible parking arrangements.

b) Anne Holmes had reported prior to the meeting that quotations were being obtained by the Parish Council for works to be carried out to the rear of the Parish Council Offices and to the retaining wall fronting on to Stafford Street.

c) Bill Caffrey commented on the very rusty state of the metal railings located over the Shropshire Union Canal on Brewood Bridge. The Secretary is to write to the Canal & River Trust/Staffordshire County Council Highways Department accordingly.

d) Bill Caffrey drew attention to the two very dilapidated boats moored on the canal between Brewood Bridge and Brewood Wharf and the Secretary is to raise this issue again with the Canal & River Trust.


9. The meeting duly closed at 9.30pm.


10. Date of next Committee Meeting:-

            Monday 19th August 2013 at 7.30pm at Kings Barn, Shutt Green Lane

            Refreshments are to be provided by Lyn Williams


12. Items pending and/or awaiting further action:-

a) Footpath No. 17 – 16/04/12

b) Frontage to Broadgate House – 18/06/12

c) Exterior decoration at the Swan Hotel – 20/08/12

d) Street clutter survey – 19/11/12

e) Society visit to Albrighton – 19/11/12

f) Progress of Enforcement Notice relating to land at Cosynook, Coven - 17/12/12

g) Footpath No 18. – 18/02/13

h) Permitted development rights – 18/02/13

i) Core Strategy – 18/03/13