Minutes of the Shipton Bellinger Parish Council meeting held on Monday 7th March 2016 in the Church Meeting Rooms, High Street, Shipton Bellinger at 7.30pm.

Present: Cllr Mr D Davies – Chairman

Cllr Mr P Stinton – Vice Chairman

Cllr Mr S Bluff

Richard Waterman – Parish Clerk

Mr D Sperry – Village Centre Chairman

Members of the Public – Mrs C Estlick

Apologies: Cllr Mr T Bowden, Cllr Mrs S Turner, County Councillor Mrs Z Brooks,

Borough Councillors Mr P Lashbrook and Mrs P Mutton.


The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.


There were no declarations of interest recorded.


Cllr S Bluff stated that one of his neighbours has expressed an interest in becoming a Parish Councillor and that he hopes to attend the next meeting.


The Chairman signed the minutes of the previous meeting as a true record. Matters arising from those minutes:

STREET LIGHT – The street light on Chris Tait’s house is still being monitored.

FENCING AND GATE – The fencing project has been put on hold for the time being until the decision has been made on the ISO container and the possible re-siting of the Horticultural Shed.

Painting the ISO containers was briefly discussed. A site meeting will be held to look at ways of tidying up this area of the Playing Field.

PLAY COURTS – The Clerk reported that he has been quoted £550 to clean and scrub the Play Courts from a professional Play Court surface cleaner. It was noted that the Play Courts have never been cleaned and this would rejuvenate them. The Parish Council agreed to proceed.


Mr D Sperry thanked the Parish Council for agreeing to move their meetings to the Church meeting rooms. The move has meant that a regular booking for a Dance Group has been secured for every Monday of the month using both the main hall and the Fletcher room.

Mr D Sperry spoke about a recent wedding booking that left the village Centre in a very poor state. Steps are being taken to ensure that if this happens again a financial penalty will be imposed.


There were no new planning applications to discuss.


CLLR MR S BLUFF – Reported that he is in the process of applying for a grant for the CERT Group to enable the purchase of equipment and an ISO container.

The CERT Plan has been distributed to the neighbouring parishes and a further group meeting is to be organised for later in the month. Several of the representatives from the neighbouring parishes have made contact to ask questions.

Cllr S Bluff stated that he will be attending a Flood meeting organised by the Wessex region on the 5th April 2016. The Chairman stated that he would also be interested in attending.

CLLR MR P STINTON – Reported that the Shipton Bellinger WI recently carried out a Clean for the Queen within the village and have done a very good job.

It was noted that the Army are carrying out a clean sweep of the Echo Echo area and the A338 on the 20th April. Cllr P Stinton hoped that he would be able to get some help to tackle the area around the village at the same time.

CLLR MR D DAVIES – Reported that the Parish Council have received further donations toward the defibrillators:

£200 from the Shipton Allotment Society

£100 from the PCC

£100 from the Shipton Bellinger WI

The Clerk has written thank you letters to each organisation.



R.N. Waterman OA and End of Year Expenses £102.50

Penton Grafton PC Use of Office and Supplies £ 80.00

Standing Order

R.N. Waterman Wages – March £400.00

Aviva Insurance – March £109.36



£100 Donation from WI - Defib

£200 Donation from Allotments - Defib

£100 Donation from PCC - Defib

Balance after above payments have been made £4870.56



The Clerk reported that he has received several complaints about the state of the tracks above the village due to the constant use by motorbikes. It was noted that the Police have been seen stopping motorbikes using the plain at the Echo Echo crossing.

Cllr P Stinton urged residents to report incidents to Plain Watch and offered to put a piece together for the Village News.


Mrs C Estlick reported that there is quite a bit of debris in the river bed by the church. It was thought this has not been cleared as there has not been a significant flow in the river so far this year.

The bad manure smell in the village over the last few weeks was briefly discussed, this now seems to be an annual occurrence and has been checked with the Environmental Department at TVBC.


The Chairman thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting.


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