agenda notice for 19th September 2016

Monthly Meeting – Monday 19th September 2016.

To be held at Port Eynon Village Hall at 7:30 p.m.

 

AGENDA

 

  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Declarations of Interest
  3. Approval of Minutes of Last Meeting (July 2016)
  4. Matters Arising from Minutes
  5. Financial Report & Expenditure
  6. Planning – Applications & Outcomes
  7. Highways, Environment & Footpaths
  8. Port Eynon & Llandewi Village Halls
  9. Knelston School
  10. Correspondence
  11. Communication – Notice Boards, web site, etc.
  12. Any Other Business

 

Correspondence received to date:

 

Correspondence from: Agenda item:
C&CS – Weekly Lists of Planning Applications 6
One Voice Wales – Notice of courses, etc. 10
Village Hall MC to Charity Commission and Reply 8
C&CS – Payment of precept 5
Plans for marine License at Salthouse Cottage, Port Eynon 6

 

Planning Applications for consideration (Agenda item 6):

 

Ref. No. Address Brief Description
Previous:
2016/1303 Gower Holiday Village Temporary camping on weekdays for 10 large tents
2016/0516 Scurlage Farm – appeal A16/3153164 Construction of 4 Detached Dwellings
New:
2016/1384 St Davids Church, Llanddewi Reapirs to interior stonework
2016/1307 Newpark Holiday camp Demolition of store/new store/double static caravan
2016/1598 Carreglwydd Holiday camp Single storey side extension to shop

 

Vacancy Notice for Councillors

NOTICE OF VACANCIES IN THE OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR

 

FOR THE PORT EYNON WARD, LLANDDEWI WARD

 

and KNELSTON WARD

 

 

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that casual vacancies exist in each of the above wards for the Office of Councillor of the said community.

 

An election to fill the vacancy will be held if within fourteen days (computed in accordance with Rule 5 of the Local Elections (Parish and Communities) Rules 2006) after the publication of this Notice a request for such an election is made in writing to the Electoral Services Officer, County Hall, Swansea SA1 3SN by TEN electors for the electoral area in which the vacancy occurs.

 

If no such request in writing is received by the Returning Officer the vacancies may be filled by the Community Council by co-option.

 

Dated this 30th May 2016.

 

 

 

 

________________________________

Clerk to the Council

Expressions of interest in these vacancies should be forwarded to the Clerk to the Council at the address below.

Draft Minutes of Council Meeting July 2015

PORT EYNON COMMUNITY COUNCIL

 

DRAFT – UNCONFIRMED

 

Minutes of Monthly Council Meeting held on

 Monday 20th July 2015 at Port Eynon Village Hall.

 

The meeting commenced at 7:30 pm.

 

Present:                                  Cllr. G.Evans, Cllr. R. Fisher, Cllr. G. Jones, Cllr. Mrs. S. Fisher, and Cllr. Mrs. L. Newland.

 

Apologies for Absence:         Cllr. A. Wright

 

In attendance:                        Mr. B. Stubbings (clerk), and two members of the public who resided in Scurlage.

 

Chair person:                         Cllr. R. Fisher took the Chair.

 

024/15.  Declarations of Interest:     None

 

025/15  Minutes of Last Meeting (June 2015):

 

The minutes were proposed to be accepted as a true record by Cllr. Jones, the proposal was seconded by Cllr, Newland and agreed by all.  The minutes were signed by the chairperson.

 

026/15 Enviromental Nuisance at Scurlage

The Chairman agreed to hear a presentation from members of the public concerning recent events held at the South Gower Sports Club in Scurlage. The Council heard that these events had caused considerable disturbance to residents through noise and unruly behaviour, such that formal complaints were made to the City Council Environmental Health Dept. The Council also heard that representations made to the organisers at the time had been met with hostility. Council noted that the members of the public present had elicited opinions from the majority of residents within the central part of Scurlage and all had been affected by the noise of these events.

It was agreed that strong letters should be sent to Environment Dept. re control of noise and adequacy of facilities for large events such as those now being held; Licensing Dept. re sale of alcohol (including to minors) and preparation of food; and Planning Dept re issue of future licenses.

 

027/15.  Matters Arising from previous Meeting:

 

Defibrillators. Clerk advised that installation was in progress. Cllr. Jones suggested that a suitable location at Overton could be provided by Mr. Russell Stokes. It was agreed that Mr. stokes should be approached by Cllr. Jones.

 

Port Eynon Car Park

Port Eynon and Horton public car parks were being closed at 8 pm. A. response had been received from City Council advising that the closing time would be amended when the annual contract was re-let.

 

028/15.  Finance:

 

Clerk advised that payment had been made for the defibrillators in the amount of

The bank balances were as follows:

 

Current Account         £9,460

Savings Account         £5,255

Knelston Burial Ground Account       £675

 

The following funding commitments have been made and are carried forward:

 

Wooden bench seat (1 no) at Overton – £500

Scurlage Green Improvements – £2,000

Port Eynon village green improvements – £2,000.

 

029/15.  Planning:

 

From previous applications:

 

2015/0014 The Ship Inn, Port Eynon – Alterations to front elevations.

Council considered that the principle of improvements to both the elevations and the interiors was to be welcomed.  Council however were concerned to note that the submitted plans for the existing building indicated that the single storey part of the building was of two storeys and that this error had then been erroneously incorporated in this application for alteration works. Council were unanimous in their decision that the plans should be resubmitted to correct these errors.

Amended submission approved subject to various conditions on 25th June 2015.

 

2015/0734 Alex Lewis Motors, Llandewi – Erection of additional and new industrial shed. After due consideration Council were of the opinion that the application should be approved.

Conditional approval granted on 16th June 2015.

 

2015/1042 Llanddewi Castle Farm – Agricultural Building

Demolition of existing stone barn and erection of steel framed agricultural building. Council noted that the existing barn had been severely damaged by fire and that the new barn would provide more appropriate facilities for this active farm. Application was recommended for approval.

Decision pending

 

New applications

 

2015/1218 Monksland Road, Scurlage – 14 Units Social Housing

Amended submission

 

030/15 Highways & Footpaths.

Cllr. Fisher advised that traffic speeds through Scurlage were excessive and requested Clerk to make enquiries with regard to installation of speed monitoring strips.

 

Clerk was also requested to make enquiries as to why there were delays in reinstating the road line markings between Llandewi corner and Scurlage following road  repairs.

 

It was noted that the planned 20 mph limit in Knelston has yet to be impkemented.

 

031/15 Correspondence:

 

Clerk provided a resume of correspondence received in the past four weeks.

 

032/15 Knelston Burial Ground.  A request had been received for the hedges to be cut and this would be referred to the Trustees.

 

033/15 Village Halls

 

Talbot Hall (Port Eynon Village Hall) :  No further developments.

.

Llandewi Hall – Clerk had invited chair of Trustees to attend a Council meeting in the autumn period.

 

034/15 Communications  No further developments

 

035/15 Any Other Business:

 

Cllr. Fisher requested Clerk to write to to the medical centre to request them to provide give way signs for vehicles exiting the centre car park.

 

Date of Next Meeting: Monday 21st September 2015 at 7:30 pm. at Port Eynon Village Hall.

 

Meeting closed at 9:30 pm.                                                                 Chairman

 

 

  1. J. Stubbings, (Clerk) R. Fisher

Council Meeting on 16th March 2015

Minutes of Monthly Council Meeting held on

 Monday 16th March 2015 at Port Eynon Village Hall.

 

The meeting commenced at 7:30 pm.

 

Present:                                  Mr. G.Evans, Mr. R. Fisher, Mr. G. Jones, Mrs. Sheila Fisher

 

Apologies for Absence:         Mr. Tom Roderick. and Mrs. L. Newland.

 

In attendance:                        Mr. B. Stubbings (clerk),

 

Chair person:                         Cllr. R. Fisher re:planning application 2014/690..

 

091/14.  Declarations of Interest:     None

 

092/14 Minutes of Last Meeting (November 2014):

 

The minutes were proposed to be accepted as a true record by Cllr. Evans, the proposal was seconded by Cllr. G. Jones and agreed by all. The minutes were then signed by the chairperson.

 

093/14.  Matters Arising:

 

Defibrillators. Clerk advised that an application had been made to the Lottery Fund and he was awaiting the outcome. Clerk confirmed that the locations he had identified for the purpose of the grant application were as follows:

Port Eynon – Car Park Amenity Building (with electrical power)

Port Eynon – Village Hall (with electrical power)

Llandewi – Village Hall (with electrical power)

Scurlage –  The Old Pharmacy

Knelston – The Burial Ground (no power) OR school OR garage

 

New entrance created off the A4118 at Moor Corner and the removal of the hedge row between two fields. Letter received from C&CS Planning Enforcement advising that matter was under investigation.

 

094/14.  Finance:

 

Clerk advised that the bank balances were unchanged, as follows:

 

Current Account         £82

Savings Account         £13,453

Knelston Burial Ground Account       £675

 

The following funding commitments have been made:

 

Wooden bench seat (1 no) at Overton – £500

Scurlage Green Improvements – £2,000

Defibrillators (5 no) – £5,000 – Lottery Grant funding applied for.

Port Eynon village green improvements – £2,000.

 

 

 

095/14.  Planning:

 

From previous applications:

 

2014/0417 Monksland Road, Scurlage – 14 units of new housing.. Councillors had raised concern on the following-

The density of the development and the lack of provision of gardens.

The overlooking issues between the new units and the established properties in Salisbury Close; The reliance of soakaways for drainage which are sited below the ground water table;

The failure to acknowledge the flooding which had occurred for several years;

The extensive hard paving which would further exacerbate flooding;

The reliance on Monksland Road for access which is of substandard width and already suffers from parking and access problems;

The loss of seven existing communal car park spaces which would exacerbate current difficulties; The lack of parking spaces within the planned development;

The failure of similar developments to provide long term social housing as they had been purchased and sold on the open market, most often for holiday homes.

Council were unanimous in recommending that planning approval should not be given until these issues had been addressed. Decision pending.

*[ Chair advised that revised plans had been submitted (see planning portal web site) but

Clerk noted that revised plans had not been circulated for comment.]

*Understood to having been approved by C&CS Planning Committee and now awaiting WAG Section 106 approval.

 

2014/0960 The Elms, Port Eynon – Alterations to elevations, garages and driveway.

Council considered that the proposed alterations were generally acceptable and recommended approval (Cllr Fisher declared an interest and abstained from the decisions). Amended plans submitted 20th February 2015 and considered to have no material effect on the decision previously reached. Decision pending.

 

2014/1674 New Dwelling adjacent to Maybank, Overton

Council noted that this was an ‘Outline Application’ for one new dwelling and productive comments could not be made until the full planning application was received. It was noted that a previous application made in 2007 for a single dwelling had been approved but not proceeded with. Council noted that there was no evidence of a previous dwelling on the site and that the AONB guidelines for new dwellings must be adhered to. It was considered that the indicated size of dwelling house was relatively large and concern was expressed that any development must be sympathetic with its location adjoining the green and with the adjacent properties. Decision pending

 

2014/1788 Fairfield Farm, Knelston – Change of use to allow caravan storage.

Council noted that caravan storage had taken place on this site for several years and that this use had been previously referred to C&CS planning enforcement section. Chair appraised Council of the fact that storage had recently been extended to field area immediately adjoining existing houses and that representations had been made to him concerning loss of view, infringement of privacy, etc. He had visited the site and was of the opinion that storage so close to these houses was unnecessary. Council note that the application was for a temporary change of use but no indication was given as to the intended period and this should be clarified. Concern was expressed over access to the site from the A4118 which occurred on the brow of the hill and could be dangerous with manoeuvring of caravans. Council voted against the application with one abstention. Application refused on 20th February 2015.

 

2014/1970 Dwr Cymru Welsh Water – Pumping Station at Scurlage Castle.

Council noted that application was to create improved vehicle access off the A4118 together with off road paved vehicle turning and parking space. Council were of the opinion that the increase in population of Scurlage would undoubtedly require associated improvements to drainage infrastructure by Welsh Water and although this proposal necessitated loss of established roadside hedgerow and some prime agricultural land it should be reluctantly supported. Application approved on 20th February 2015.

 

New applications

 

2015/0014 The Ship Inn, Port Eynon – Alterations to front elevations.

Council considered that the principle of improvements to both the elevations and the interiors was to be welcomed.  Council however were concerned to note that the submitted plans for the existing building indicated that the single storey part of the building was of two storeys and that this error had then been erroneously incorporated in this application for alteration works. Council were unanimous in their decision that the plans should be resubmitted to correct these errors.

 

2014/1602 South Gower Sports Club – permit for siting of 75 tents from July to September

Council expressed strong concerns over this and other applications which would effectually change the nature of usage of the Sports Club to a Holiday Park during the summer period. Councillors were particularly concerned that the infrastructure within the Club would require considerable improvement to facilitate these changes of use. Also that residents had complained in the past concerning late night noise, underage drinking and dangerous traffic conditions associated with camping festivals held at the Sports Club.  Council noted that existing provisions for camping were underutilised in this area and further provision at this time was unnecessary. Council recommended by majority that the application should be refused.

 

2014/1603 South Gower Sports Club – permit for siting of touring caravans from April to September

Council expressed strong concerns over this and other applications which would effectually change the nature of usage of the Sports Club to a Holiday Park during the summer period. Councillors were particularly concerned that the infrastructure within the Club would require considerable improvement to facilitate these changes of use. Also that residents had complained in the past concerning late night noise, underage drinking and dangerous traffic conditions associated with camping festivals held at the Sports Club.  Council noted that existing provisions for touring caravans were underutilised in this area and further provision at this time was unnecessary. Council recommended by majority that the application should be refused.

 

2014/1614 South Gower Sports Club – permit for one touring caravans to be permanently occupied from March to November

Council expressed strong concerns over this and other applications which would effectually change the nature of usage of the Sports Club to a Holiday Park during the summer period. Councillors were particularly concerned that the infrastructure within the Club would require considerable improvement to facilitate these changes of use. Also that residents had complained in the past concerning late night noise, underage drinking and dangerous traffic conditions associated with camping festivals held at the Sports Club.  Council noted that the occupation applied for was inconsistent with 2014/1603. Council recommended by majority that the application should be refused.

 

2014/1616 South Gower Sports Club –Change of use of grass sports area to paved area.

Council expressed strong concerns over this and other applications which would effectually change the nature of usage of the Sports Club to a Holiday Park during the summer period. Councillors were particularly concerned that the infrastructure within the Club would require considerable improvement to facilitate these changes of use. Also that residents had complained in the past concerning late night noise, underage drinking and dangerous traffic conditions associated with camping festivals held at the Sports Club.  Council noted that this application was solely made to facilitate application 2014/1617. Council recommended by majority that the application should be refused.

 

2014/1617 South Gower Sports Club –Change of use of multi purpose sports area to erect a marquee.

Council expressed strong concerns over this and other applications which would effectually change the nature of usage of the Sports Club to a Holiday Park during the summer period. Councillors were particularly concerned that the infrastructure within the Club would require considerable improvement to facilitate these changes of use. Also that residents had complained in the past concerning late night noise, underage drinking and dangerous traffic conditions associated with camping festivals held at the Sports Club.  Council noted that existing similar provisions for weekend functions were well provided for in this area and further provision at this time was unnecessary. Council recommended by majority that the application should be refused.

 

2014/1775 The Rickyard, Burry lane, Burry – Change of use of agricultural storage building to provide for housing of livestock.

Council noted that this application was made in respect of an agricultural building which was erected following planning application 2012/0280 in 2012. At that time concerns were raised that the planned building was unsuitable for storage of farm machinery and winter feed due to its limited headroom. Councillors noted the receipt of two letters from immediately neighbouring properties which expressed concern over the proximity of the barns to their properties and disturbance which would mostly likely arise from storage of livestock. Councillors agreed with these concerns and also noted that there appeared to be no provision for storage and environmental disposal of waste arising from housed livestock particularly with regard to the proximity of Burry Pill to the site. Concern was also expressed at the likely need to service the facility on a daily basis with large agricultural or waste disposal vehicles when this stretch of Burry lane was restricted to usage by large vhicles and caravans. Council recommended by majority that the application should be refused.

 

096/14 Highways & Footpaths.

 

Councillors discussed the proposals to create a 20 mph limit on the section of the A4118 passing Knelston School. In general it was considered that the existing 30 mph limit served the area well and the new limit would have no measurable effect. It was noted however that this reflected a WAG policy and would be implemented regardless of local opinion. Disappointment was expressed that no consultation had taken place between the local police and the Council over these planned changes.

 

097/14 Correspondence:

 

Clerk provided a resume of correspondence received from mid-January to date.

 

098/14 Knelston Burial Ground.  Nothing to report

 

099/14 Village Halls

 

Port Eynon Village Hall :  Clerk advised that he had  at last received a response from the Hall Management Committee, however this included an objection to minutes of the PECC’s last meeting wherein concern was noted over maintenance and cleaning of the building.

Clerk was directed to take measures to retrieve previous minute books etc. for the period when the hall site and building was purchased from the Diocesan Board.

 

Llandewi Hall – Council noted letter from Trust in appreciation of PECC funding for the replacement window. It was noted that the Trust was experiencing difficulty in obtaining insurance and that the PECC may be able to assist in this respect.

 

100/14 Any Other Business:

 

Councillor Fisher remarked on the presence of apparently abandoned cars in Scuralge and the difficulty of parking within Salisbury Close. He also expressed his concern over vehicles exiting from the medical practice car park without due regard to traffic on Monksland Road. Clerk was requested to write to the Practice Manager.

 

Date of Next Meeting: Monday 20th April 2015 at 7:30 pm. at Port Eynon Village Hall.

 

Meeting closed at 9:10 pm.                                                                 Chairman

 

 

  1. J. Stubbings, (Clerk) R. Fisher

Next Meeting 20th April – Agenda

Monthly Meeting – Monday 20th  April 2015.

To be held at Port Eynon Village Hall at 7:30 p.m.

 

AGENDA

 

  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Declarations of Interest
  3. Approval of Minutes of Last Meeting (14th March 2015)
  4. Matters Arising from Minutes
  5. Financial Report & Expenditure
  6. Planning – Applications & Outcomes
  7. Highways, Environment & Footpaths
  8. Correspondence
  9. Communication – Notice Boards, web site, etc.
  10. Port Eynon & Llandewi Village Halls
  11. Any Other Business

 

Correspondence received to date:

 

Correspondence from: Agenda item:
C&CS – Weekly Lists of Planning Applications 7
One Voice Wales – notice of various courses 10
9
6
6
6

 

Planning Applications for consideration:

 

Ref. No. Address Brief Description
2014/0417 Monksland Road, Scurlage WAG decision pending
2014/0690 The Elms, Port Eynon Amended plans approved 10th March 2015
2014/1674 Maybank, Overton Approved in principle
2014/1603 South Gower Sports Club 5 touring caravans – approved 11th March 2015
2014/1602 South Gower Sports Club 75 units of camping
2014/1614 South Gower Sports Club Resident caretaker
2014/1616,7 South Gower Sports Club Paved area and marquee.
2015/0014 The Ship Inn, Port Eynon Retrospective change to elevations
2014/1775 The Rickyard, Burry lane Change of use to house livestock
2015/0446 Gower Holiday village Change of Use of car park to touring vans and tents

 

Planning applications for considrtion in October 2014

Planning Applications for consideration in October 2014

 

2014/1318               Scurlage Farm, Scurlage

 

Construction of new grain storage building approximately 24 metres by 19.3 metres in plan and 12 metres high at the ridge line. Roof to be clad in dark matt grey coloured profile sheeting and sides in mid-green profiled sheeting.

Need for this building is stated as the change  in farm activities towards a greater production of grain leading to larger storage facilities.

Agenda Notice for meeting on 27th October 2014

Monthly Meeting – Monday 27th  October 2014.

To be held at Port Eynon Village Hall at 7:30 p.m.

 

AGENDA

 

  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Declarations of Interest
  3. Approval of Minutes of Last Meeting (September 2014)
  4. Matters Arising from Minutes
  5. Financial Report & Expenditure
  6. Planning – Applications & Outcomes
  7. Highways, Environment & Footpaths
  8. Correspondence
  9. Communication – Notice Boards, web site, etc.
  10. Port Eynon & Llandewi Village Halls
  11. Any Other BusinessCorrespondence received to date:
Correspondence from: Agenda item:
C&CS – Weekly Lists of Planning Applications 7
One Voice Wales – notice of various courses 10
One Voice Wales – Swansea Area Committee meeting 30th October 9
Mazars LLP – Conclusion of audit process 6
AON Insurance – Policy documentation 6
Western Power Distribution – Receipt of Wayleave 6
   

 

Planning Applications for consideration:

 

Ref. No. Address Brief Description
2014/0960 The Elms, Port Eynon Decision pending
2014/1034 Burry Diary Farm, Llandewi Decision pending
2014/1263 Land at Ashcroft, Scurlage Decision pending
2014/1318 Scurlage Farm, Scurlage New grain storage building
     
     

 

Draft minutes of meeting on 15th September 2014

]PORT EYNON COMMUNITY COUNCIL

 

Draft – Unconfirmed

Minutes of Monthly Council Meeting held on

Monday 15th September 2014 at Port Eynon Village Hall.

 

The meeting commenced at 7:30 pm.

 

Present:                                  Mr. G.Evans, Mr. R. Fisher, Mr. G. Jones, Mrs. L. Newland

 

Apologies for Absence:         Mr. Tom Roderick. and Mrs. P. Pritchard.

 

In attendance:                        Mr. B. Stubbings (clerk),

Chair person:                        Cllr. Fisher chaired the meeting.

061/14. Declarations of Interest:     None

 

062/14 Minutes of Last Meeting (July 2014):

 

The minutes were proposed to be accepted as a true record by Cllr. Evans, the proposal was seconded by Cllr. Jones and agreed by all. The minutes were then signed by the chairperson.

 

063/14. Matters Arising:

 

Jubilee Commemoration Bench Seats – Clerk reported that the three MMT bench seats had been placed at Vine Cottage, Port Eynon, Scurlage Green and Knelston Burial Garden. Clerk had obtained plaques to be affixed to the benches and this would be done as soon as possible. An order was still to be placed for a timber bench, Clerk advised that he had received a letter of appreciation from  residents in Port Eynon.

 

Bus Shelters.  Clerk advised that MMT bench seats, each 180 cm long, had been placed in each of the brick built bus shelters at Port Eynon, Overton and Llandewi Corner.. Cllr Evans advised that persons who use the bus shelter at Port Eynon had already expressed their appreciation.

 

Scurlage Green. Clerk to write and advise Sketty Housing Association (C&CS) of proposals for improvements to the green and to seek their assistance. Flower beds to be programmed for next spring. Clerk was requested to research names of local persons who could be included in a war memorial.

 

Defibrillators. Clerk advised that he had been in contact with Mr Hugh Jones who had arranged the grant funding obtained by Reynoldston Community Council and was awaiting details from him. Cllrs were advised that it would be necessary to have firm details on the location of each funded installation and whether it would rely on a mains supply of electricity.

 

Port Eynon Village Hall :  Clerk was directed to write to the Village Hall management Committee to clarify the matters of ownership and management of the existing hall. Clerk should also request copies of insurance policies taken out by the management committee in respect of the hall building and hall activities. Cllr Newland advised that the management committee had identified a budget of £500,000 to £600,000 for a replacement hall building assuming nil land costs.  Chair advised that he had obtained information from the Land Registry with regard to the areas of lane occupied by the hall and the present village green.. He would pass these to the Clerk.

 

Llandewi Hall – Council considered a second quotation for replacing the main window at the hall, It was agreed that a third quotation should be obtained if possible and pending this a sum of £1000 should be reserved for funding this work.

 

064/14. Finance:

 

Clerk advised that the bank balances were presently as follows:

 

Current Account         £1,102

Savings Account         £15,483

Knelston Burial Ground Account       £675

 

In the past two months the Council had received a precept instalment of £1833 and had made payments as follows

 

268      Bench seats (3 no.) – £1,071

268      Bus shelter seats (3 no.) – £463

266      One Voice wales membership – £103

267      Port Eynon Village Hall – £200

269      Clerk – £800

270      St David’s Church      £200

271      St Cattwg’s Church    £200

 

The following funding commitments have been made:

 

Wooden bench seat (1 no) – £500

Replacement window at Llandewi hall – £1,000

Scurlage Green Improvements – £1,000

Defibrillators (3 no) – £3,000

Clerk advised that expenditure should be reserved for possible improvements to Port Eynon village green.

 

065/14. Planning:

 

From previous applications:

 

2014/0417 Monksland Road, Scurlage – 14 units of new housing.. Councillors had raised concern on the following-

The density of the development and the lack of provision of gardens.

The overlooking issues between the new units and the established properties in Salisbury Close; The reliance of soakaways for drainage which are sited below the ground water table;

The failure to acknowledge the flooding which had occurred for several years;

The extensive hard paving which would further exacerbate flooding;

The reliance on Monksland Road for access which is of substandard width and already suffers from parking and access problems;

The loss of seven existing communal car park spaces which would exacerbate current difficulties; The lack of parking spaces within the planned development;

The failure of similar developments to provide long term social housing as they had been purchased and sold on the open market, most often for holiday homes.

Council were unanimous in recommending that planning approval should not be given until these issues had been addressed. Decision pending.

[ Chair advised that revised plans had been submitted (see planning portal web site) but

Clerk noted that revised plans had not been circulated for comment.

 

2014/0677 2, St. David’s View Llandewi. Cahnge of use of detached workshop to domestic accommodation for holiday letting. Council were unanimous in that permission should not be granted as the permission for the workshop obtained in 2011 was specifically on the basis that the workshop shall not be sold, let or otherwise occupied. Application refused 2nd September..

 

2014/0617 Berry Farm, Scurlage Replacement of existing telecommunications mast and cabinets. Council noted that the applicant, Vodafone Telecommunications, intended to replace the exiting mast and cabinets with a taller and larger mast. Concern was expressed that the new mast would be visible from further afield, but Council was in agreement that the proposal should be approved. Application approved 14th July..

 

2014/0690 The Countryman, Scurlage. Alterations to front elevation. Council by majority considered the alterations to the front elevation were acceptable; but noted that this application should have also included the recent alterations to the flat roof which have created a sloping roof.

Council also noted with concern the proliferation of roadside signs in the vicinity of the Countryman which were creating a hazard to traffic safety and a deterioration of the visual environment. Application approved 14th July..

 

The Ship Inn, Port Eynon Council noted the alterations currently being carried out to the external façade of The Ship Inn and that no planning application had been raised. Clerk was requested to raise this with the C&CS Environment (Planning) Department. C&CS advise that alterations are for minor decorative works.

 

New Applications:

 

2013/960 The Elms, Port Eynon – Alterations to elevations, garages and driveway.

Council considered that the proposed alterations were generally acceptable and recommended approval (Cllr Fisher declared an interest and abstained from the decisions).

 

2013/1034 Burry Dairy Farm – New agricultural building.

Council expressed surprise at the size of the proposed barn, but noted that the new owner had purchased the land of Burry dairy farm without the benefit of the existing farm buildings. Cllr Jones advised that objections had been raised by residents in Llandewi as to the size and location of the building and that these had been forwarded to the Planning Dept at C&CS. Council by majority recommended that the proposal should be approved.

 

2013/1263 Ash Croft Scurlage – Removal of planning conditions.

Council noted that the planning considerations referred to were for environmental aspects of construction and that these had subsequently been discontinued. Council were unanimous in recommending that the application be approved.

 

056/14 Highways & Footpaths.

 

Cllr Evans advised that he had been in discussion with officers of C&CS concerning the proposed road signs to be erected at the roundabout in Port Eynon. He had received assurances that the existing proposals would be amended to ensure that any signs were sympathetic with the location and the work carried out under the Green Seas Project to improve the street scene at Port Eynon.

 

Cllr Newland reiterated her concerns over the roadside verges which had become inaccessible by pedestrians resulting in a traffic danger to pedestrians.

 

Cllr fisher reiterated his concern over the proliferation of advertising hoardings at the road junction in Scurlage and which create a traffic hazard.

 

067/14 Correspondence:

 

Clerk provided a resume of correspondence received from mid-July to date.

 

068/14 Knelston Burial Ground.

 

Clerk advised that he had placed the recently purchased bench seat just inside the access gate, at the same time he had carried out some minor tidying up of the entrance area. There were no other matters to be considered.

 

069/14 Notice Boards & Web Site

 

Clerk again reminded Councillors to provide a suitable photograph (head and shoulders) that could be included in the web site detail page on the councillors.

 

070/14 Any Other Business:

 

A representation was made to the Council concerning the size and operation of the Camp site at Gower Farm Museum in Llandewi. It was considered that:

  • The site had been progressively expanding beyond the provisions of the issued license.
  • There were static units which were in continuous occupation contrary to the license.
  • There were many touring units which were not removed from the site for two months as required by the license
  • The site had been expanded into a new field which is an elevated position and highly visible from all parts of Knelston.
  • The footpath from Knelston to Burry was obstructed by caravans and associated decking.
  • Fairfield Farm was using the existing agricultural buildings for long term storage of caravans this surely constituted a change of use and the Council Rates appropriate for industrial use should apply.

Concerns were also expressed about traffic and road drainage:

  • Following road resurfacing surface water now drained into the Stoney Forge lane whereas it was previously constrained within the road verges.
  • Surface water drains running from the school, past the garage to Pucks Hollow were blocked and required cleaning.
  • Speed of drivers on the stretch of road past the school was excessive and this section should be designated a 20 mph zone.
  • The hard standing created opposite the garage was encouraging parking at a dangerous location and forced pedestrians to use the road rather than the verge area.
  • Soil and grass has built up on the edge of the road which again discouraged pedestrians from using the verges.

 

Cllr Newland advised that many residents were angered and concerned to receive advice from the Scurlage Medical practice for reduced hours of operation. Clerk was directed to write to the Medical Practice with copies to C&CS and to Bro Morganwg Health trust.

 

Cllr Evans expressed his concerns over the extensive disruption to the beach area by works in vicinity of Salt Cottage and the Youth Hostel. He also questioned as to why the refuse receptacles in the beach area were rusty oil drums and not more suitable units. Finally he observed that the storm water pipe in the vicinity of Salt Cottage had been broken in several places and the sharp edges constituted a severe hazard to beach users.

 

Cllr Fisher advised that he had written to C&CS Planning Section concerning recent public events at South gower Sports Club which had involved the erection of a large marquee and considerable disturbance to residents from noise, parking and camping. Cllr Newland commented that there was now clearly an excessive number of sites offering temporary camping facilities and that this was adverse to maintaining Gower as a premium holiday venue.

 

Cllr fisher commented on the extensive engineering works and erection of logcabins that had been carried out within the Carreglwyd camping site and the absence of any formal planning approvals. Council noted that provided any material moved to create the platforms, remained within the site there was no applicable environmental controls. Council also noted that there was an overall planning provision to permit the replacement of static caravans with log cabins; and that the only conceivable control was to carry out periodic site counts of the total number of units on the site and the periods of occupation.

 

Date of Next Meeting: Monday 27th October 2014 at 7:30 pm. at Port Eynon Village Hall.

 

Meeting closed at 9:15 pm.                                                                 Chairman

 

 

B. J. Stubbings, (Clerk)                                                                       R. Fisher