Minutes of meeting held on 18th March 2019

Port Eynon Community Council

 

Minutes of monthly Council meeting held on Monday 18th march 2019 at Knelston Primary School.

 

Present                  Councillors:  Martin Cox, Gareth Evans, Robert Fisher, Sheila Fisher and Steven Young.

 

Apologies:             Councillors Gareth Jones and Steve Young.

 

In attendance       Mr. David Lewis of Port Eynon and Mr.Barry Stubbings – Clerk;

 

 

Chair                       Councillor Robert Fisher took the Chair.

 

  1. Minutes                 Clerk confirmed that the draft minutes of the last meeting held on 18th February 2019 had been circulated to all Councillors, displayed on the Council notice boards and posted on the web site. It was proposed by Councillor Martin Cox, and seconded by Councillor Sheila Fisher that the minutes be accepted and this proposal was agreed by all.
  2. Declarations of Interest      None were made.
  3. Matters ArisingSCURLAGE GREEN – Cllr. Sheila Fisher advised that she was awaiting a second quotation to engrave image of a poppy and small amount of text on the obverse side of the memorial. and matter was further deferred to next meeting for further consideration.
  4. DEFIBRILLATORS – Council agreed that now the expenditure on Scrurlage green was largely complete Council should reconsider the provision of further defibrillators. It was agreed that course of action should be
  5.                                 PORT EYNON FOOTPATHS – Clerkadvised that he had written to C&CS Countryside Access Officers to request that the footpath from the church to Borva House be registered over its full length..
  6. Clerk advised that he had written to C&CS Highways Dept. on the provision of ‘Gateway’signage for the village. He was yet to receive a response. Council suggested that Clerk write to Cllr. Richard Lewis on this matter.
  7. Clerk advised that he had written to both C&CS Parks Dept and Highways Dept concerning the removal of the bench seat, requesting that it either be replaced or the Council be compensated. He had not received a response.
  8. Cllr. Evans advised that he had been contacted by Parks Section of C&CS to confirm that they would provide wild flower seeding of areas at the green.
  9. Council agreed that Clerk should write to families connected with the War Memorial to see if there was interest in funding one or more bench seats similar to those funded at Port Eynon water front.
  10. Council considered the quotation for landscaping and planting around the memorial stone and sketches for two options. Cost would be in the region of £200. Cllr. Sheila Fisher requested that a decision be deferred until she had met with the gardener to discuss the planting.
  1. To resite the unit at Knelston garage to an external location. If the garage proprietor was not prepared to accept external mounting with a power supply, the powered unit should be relocated elsewhere and a solar powered unit purchased for installation either at the garage or possibly the old chapel burial ground.
  2. To purchase solar powered units for Overton (Village Green site) and Lower Scurlage.
  3. To re-evaluate with ‘Cariad’ siting of a powered unit at Port Eynon Youth Hostel (possible relocation from Knelston garage).
    1. Finance  Committed expenditure was presently:                                                Scurlage Village Green works – £2,000                                                 Defibrillators – £3,000                                                                                 One Voice Wales membership renewal – £133
    2.                                 Clerk advised that he had settled the invoices for:
    3. Clerk confirmed that there were adequate resources to meet these commitments.
    4.                                                 Contribution to church yard maintenance – £900
    5.                                                 Scurlage Village Awareness signs – £3,000
    6.                                                 Port Eynon Village Green works- £2,000
  • Planning                                Council noted that this was an amendment to recently approved plans and they had no comments on the proposals. Decision pending.2019/0009 Rylands, Overton Lane – Alterations to rear dormer, rooflights, etc.. 2019/0123 Ty Borva, Port Eynon – Provision of four ‘Glamping Pods’ in the rear gardens. Council considered the application and found it to be generally acceptable. Comment was made that recent works at the premises had included changes to the doors and windows which were not in this application or had been the subject of other applications. Decision pending.2019/0250 OUT – Land off Trumpet Lane, Knelston. Council considered the application and noted that several adjacent properties had already found it necessary to replace the original windows and doors. Council agreed to support the application. Decision pending.NEW APPLICATIONS2019/0389 Milestone Court, Scurlage – Two new dwelling housesThis proposal for two houses on the same site area represents even greater over-development of what is a ‘backland site’. The imposition of two houses on the same site area represents even greater over-development of the site.The original development of Milestone Court was considered to be a sustainable development which effectively established a new western limit to the edge of the community of Scurlage, albeit at the expense of what was useful recreational land. Further development, although within the boundary area of Milestone Court effectively serves to keep pushing the natural boundary of the community further to the west.For the reasons above Council has no choice but to recommend refusal of this application.

 

    1.  
    2. Council continues to reiterate its concern over continued development of the Scurlage Community without any improvements to the drainage of foul water and surface water. Despite the assertions from Dwr Cymru that the provisions are adequate, the whole community continues to experience flooding of surface water and backing up of foul water drains.
    3. Council notes that the indicated plan layout does not appear to satisfy the planning guidelines for provision of car parking together with turning space in an effective cul-de-sac.
    4. Planning application 2018/2004 for a single dwelling house at the same site was granted on 30th November 2018. Community council in their letter of 1st August 2018 expressed concern over that proposal being an effective over-development of the site.
    5.  
    6.  
    7. 2019/0274 – 3 Milestone Court, Scurlage – Replacement windows and doors.
    8. Council noted that this was a further application for the site where permission had been granted for a single dwelling house and garage (2017/2392). Council further considered this application for a pair of semi detached dwellings with integral garages. Council noted that recent development on Trumpet Lane had largely resulted in the provision of second homes or holiday letting accommodation and thought that this development may continue that trend. Overall Council agreed by majority to support the application but to repeat previous concerns over the inadequacy of Trumpet Lane and particularly its junction with the A4118. Decision pending.
    9. 2019/0138 Smugglers Restaurant, Port Eynon – Rear extension to provide new toilet facilities.
    10. Council noted that the ‘Pods’ were mobile and the application should be viewed in the same context as an application to site four touring caravans. Council noted that the gardens of Ty Borva had been the subject of severe flooding for many years on account of a water course passing through the grounds however, this provision may result in improvements to local drainage. Council noted and took cognisance of Gower AONB policy precluding the establishment of new caravan sites, but also noted that an application to site up to five touring caravans at this location would likely be approved. Council further noted the considerable adverse comments from neighbouring properties concerning noise resulting from camping and activities at Ty Borva on weekends and holiday periods. Overall Council by majority recommended that the application be refused. Decision pending.
    11. Council noted that the application was for works at the rear of the property which would not be evident to the public or be intrusive to the neighbouring properties. Council was unanimous in recommending the application be accepted. Decision pending.
    12.         2018/2529 Adjacent to ‘Murmur Y Llanw”Overton Lane – Revised landscaping
    13. Clerk provided a resume of applications recently considered and now approved or refused
  • Highways and Footpaths  

 

    1. Cllr Martin Cox advised that the lane to the Youth Hostel continued to present considerable problems concerning its surface condition and restricted width. Clerk advised that he had experienced difficulties in contacting Mr. Peter Beynon of C&CS.
    2. Clerk advised that he was yet to receive a response from C&CS Countryside Access on the registration of path from Port Eynon Church to Borva House.
  • Correspondence 

 

    1. The Clerk provided a resume of correspondence received, none of which required consideration.
  • Communications, Notice Boards, Etc  

 

    1. Cllr. Fisher advised that she had been approached by Mrs Henderson, representing Llanddewi church, for Council to provide a notice board or space in the notice boards for posting both village and church notices, either at Knelston school or at Scurlage green. After discussion Council agreed that it was not appropriate for the Community Council to provide notice boards for the us of other organisations, noting also that the request did not appear to relate to a specific village organisation. It was agreed that space in Community Council Notice Boards could be made available via the clerk for appropriate notices, and if the Notice Boards were then judeged to be inadequate consideration would be given to larger or supplementary boards.
    2. Clerk advised that in posting notices at Scurlage the wind had caused the door of the board to break its hinges. Council agreed to refer matter to the insurers.
  • Village Halls  

 

    1. Chair confirmed that he would provide a strategy document for Clerk to prepare a paper for consideration by the Llanddewi Village Hall Trustees.
    2. Chair advised that he had again been approached by Port Eynon Village Hall Committee claiming ownership, or part ownership, of the Notice Board adjacent to the churchyard. Also claiming entitlement to the Wayleave payments received from Western Power for facilities in vicinity of the Village hall. Council agreed that there was no further information forthcoming on either issue and the VHMC should be advised that PECC considered the matters closed.
    3. Knelston Burial Ground.
    4. Clerk advised, on behalf of the Trustees, that there was nothing to report.
    5. Any Other Business    

 

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  2. Cllr. Sheila Fisher expressed concern over cleanliness of Port Eynon beach and tabled recent photographs of litter including quantities of partially buried rusting wire. She noted that the beach oil drum receptacles appeared to be in use by residents to deposit black bin bags of household waste.
  3. Cllr. Martin Cox advised that the Port Eynon car park gates continued to be closed, although not locked, before the scheduled time of 20:30.
  4. Cllr. Martin Cox enquired if there had been any feedback on the study of Tourism at Port Eynon by BRO Consultancy. Clerk confirmed that there had been none, and that a copy of the study had not been forthcoming. Chair directed Clerk to write to C&CS with a Freedom of Information Request.
  5. There being no further business to discuss the Chair thanked all in attendance and the meeting adjourned at 9: 15 pm.
  6. Next meeting – Monday 15th April at 7 pm. At Knelston school
  7. Barry Stubbings (Clerk)                                                                                                       Robert Fisher (Chair

Minutes of Council Meeting held on 18th February 2019

Port Eynon Community Council

 

Minutes of monthly Council meeting held on Monday 18th February 2019 at Knelston Primary School.

 

Present                  Councillors:  Martin Cox, Gareth Evans, Robert Fisher, and Sheila Fisher.

 

Apologies:             Councillors Gareth Jones and Steve Young.

 

In attendance       Mr. David Lewis of Port Eynon and Mr.Barry Stubbings – Clerk;

 

 

Chair                       Councillor Robert Fisher took the Chair.

 

  1. Minutes Clerk confirmed that the draft minutes of the last meeting held on 15th January 2019 had been circulated to all Councillors, displayed on the Council notice boards and posted on the web site. It was proposed by Councillor Sheila Fisher, and seconded by Councillor Gareth Evans that the minutes be accepted  and agreed by all.

 

  1. Declarations of Interest None were made.

 

  1. Matters Arising

 

SCURLAGE GREEN – Cllr. Sheila Fisher advised that she had obtained a quotation from the suppliers of the memorial stone to engrave image of a poppy and small amount of text on the obverse side of the memorial. Total cost would be in the region of £1,000. Council considered this excessive and matter was deferred to next meeting for further consideration.

Cllr. Steve Young, via the clerk, advised that he had obtained a quotation for landscaping and planting around the memorial stone and sketches for two options were tabled. Cost would be in the region of £200. Again discussion was deferred to the next meeting whilst Councillors gave the matter further consideration.

 

Clerk advised that he had requested Parks Section of C&CS to again provide wild flower seeding of areas at the green.

 

Clerk was reminded to continue to investigate the possibility of ‘Gateway’signage for the village.

 

 

PORT EYNON FOOTPATHS – After discussion, Clerk was directed to request that the footpath from the church to Borva House be registered over its full length..

 

  1. Finance

 

Committed expenditure was presently:

Port Eynon Village Green works- £2,000

Scurlage Village Green works – £2,000

Scurlage Village Awareness signs – £3,000

Defibrillators – £3,000

 

Clerk confirmed that there were adequate resources to meet these commitments.

 

Clerk that he had settled the invoices for:

Council insurance policy renewal – £225

Construction of footpath at Scurlage Green –£ 1200.

Web site hosting by AW Graphics – £50

Wales Audit Office services – £164

 

Clerk advised that he was in receipt of invoice for renewal of subscription with One Voice Wales in the sum of £133. Cllr Cox proposed payment, seconded by Cllr S Fisher and agreed by all.

 

Clerk further advised that he had received notification of payment dates for the three instalments of the Precept.

 

  1. Planning

Clerk provided a resume of applications recently considered and now approved or refused

 

2017/2448 Field 7000, Burry – New detached dwelling house.

Council noted that the application was for a relatively large house set in open fields and remote from the adjacent highway. The proposed property would be served by Trumpet Lane which was at present a rural bridleway/footpath. Council considered the planning statement and noted that the house was described as an ‘Essential Agricultural Workers Dwelling’ required to support a relatively new farm holding. Whilst sympathetic to the establishment of a new agricultural business Council were of the opinion that the size of the dwelling was not in keeping with the area and that the location represented unnecessary intrusion into the countryside.

Application granted on 30th January 2019. With condition that occupation should be restricted to a person solely or mainly working on a rural enterprise..

                               

        2018/2529 Adjacent to ‘Murmur Y Llanw”Overton Lane – Revised landscaping

Council noted that this was an amendment to recently approved plans and they had no comments on the proposals.Decision pending.

 

2018/2712 ‘Oddington, Overton Lane’, Overton – Addition of Conservatory on front of house

Council noted that the description of location as front of the existing house was odd, the front of the huse being generally perceived as the elevation facing to Overton Lane. Council noted that the proposed conservatory extended the full length of the existing house and incorporated full height end walls of solid cavity construction. Council were of the opinion that the application should be considered as a permanent rear extension. Council were of the opinion that the size and nature of such an extension was not consistent with the objectives of the AONB planning guidelines and the application should be refused.

Application refused 14th February 2019. ‘The extension, by virtue of its excessive scale and inappropriate siting would represent an incongruous form of development.’

 

2018/2728 Agricultural Building at Field 7000, Burry – New large agricultural barn.

Council noted that the application was made on the basis of an agricultural building and did not require full planning consent. Council further noted that the siting of the barn appeared to conflict with the application 2017/2448 for a large detached house at this location. Council expressed concern at the development of this

site which appeared to be leading to the establishment by incremental growth of a substantial new farm holding. Application granted on 21st January 2019.

 

2018/2521 PRE – Land Adjacent to Scurlage Court Farm, Scurlage – Development of 37 new Dwelling Houses.

Council noted the location and scale of this planned privately owned development, particularly as it was on land not included within the Draft Local development Plan and was not within what can be considered as the natural village boundary of Scurlage. The resulting ribbon development along the A4118 was considered unacceptable.  The resulting change to the nature of the present hamlet was considered unacceptable and contrary to AONB and general planning guidelines for Gower. The attached planning statement was examined and considered flawed in that this was a proposed private development of dwellings of varying sizes and no guarantees could be made or control exercised to prevent resale as second homes. Council considered that the scale of the development would require substantial increase in capacity of surface water disposal and would drainage disposal in an already critical area. Council considered that the single point of vehicle access opposite to the Bank Farm vehicle access would be unsatisfactory. Overall council unanimously considered the application should be refused.

Decision made on 1st February 2019 – Should an application be made it would result in refusal, as such development would be contrary to current planning guidelines and objectives.

 

2018/2646 Lesliedale Farm, Scurlage. New Dwelling House.

Council noted that there had been a static caravan at this location for considerable time and the new dwelling house was to replace this static caravan. Council were of the opinion that the principal of a new dwelling could be supported at this location on the proviso that the static caravan and associated temporary structures be removed and the land returned to agricultural usage. Council expressed concern as to the size of the planned new dwelling house which would not be compatible with the intentions of the Gower AONB planning guidelines. Overall Council recommended approval.

Decision pending

 

2019/0020 Land Adjacent to Hawthorn House, Scurlage – New Dwelling House and detached Annexe.

Council considered the scale of the planned development in comparison to the relatively small site and were of the opinion that it represented overdevelopment of the site. Council noted that the main house was indicated as four storeys. Council were of the opinion that the resulting main house should be sympathetic in scale to the surrounding properties and should meet the general planning objectives of the Gower AONB for respecting the ‘Gower Vernacular’.  Council expressed concern that the resulting roof ridge level should be consistent with adjacent properties. Council noted that no indication was given as to overall size and usage of the indicated annexe building other than reference in the text to a ‘granny annexe’. Council noted that a new access was indicated off the A4118 Port Eynon Road and expressed their opinion that this would further compromise road safety in this critical area, a strong preference was made for access to be obtained on the other side of the site, off Monksland Road. Council expressed continued concern as to the ability of the local infrastructure to accommodate further development at this location without improvements to surface water and foul water disposal.  Council recommended the application be refused.

Decision pending

 

NEW APPLICATIONS

 

2019/0009 Rylands, Overton Lane – Alterations to rear dormer, rooflights, etc..

Council noted that the application was for works at the rear of the property which would not be evident to the public or be intrusive to the neighbouring properties.Council was unanimous in recommending the application be accepted.

 

2019/0123 Ty Borva, Port Eynon – Provision of four ‘Glamping Pods’ in the rear gardens.

Council noted that the ‘Pods’ were mobile and the application should be viewed in the same context as an application to site four touring caravans. Council noted that the gardens of Ty Borva had been the subject of severe flooding for many years on account of a water course passing through the grounds however, this provision may result in improvements to local drainage. Council noted and took cognisance of Gower AONB policy precluding the establishment of new caravan sites, but also noted that an application to site up to five touring caravans at this location would likely be approved. Council further noted the considerable adverse comments from neighbouring properties concerning noise resulting from camping and activities at Ty Borva on weekends and holiday periods. Overall Council by majority recommended that the application be refused.

 

2019/0138 Smugglers Restaurant, Port Eynon – Rear extension to provide new toilet facilities.

Council considered the application and found it to be generally acceptable. Comment was made that recent works at the premises had included changes to the doors and windows which were not in this application or had been the subject of other applications.

 

2019/0250 OUT – Land off Trumpet Lane, Knelston.

Council noted that this was a further application for the site where permission had been granted for a single dwelling house and garage (2017/2392). Council further considered this application for a pair of semi detached dwellings with integral garages. Council noted that recent development on Trumpet Lane had largely resulted in the provision of second homes or holiday letting accommodation and thought that this development may continue that trend. Overall Council agreed by majority to support the application but to repeat previous concerns over the inadequacy of Trumpet Lane and particularly its junction with the A4118.

 

2019/0274 – 3 Milestone Court, Scurlage – Replacement windows and doors.

Council considered the application and noted that several adjacent properties had already found it necessary to replace the original windows and doors. Council agreed to support the application.

 

  1. Highways and Footpaths

 

Cllr Martin Cox advised that the lane to the Youth Hostel continued to present considerable problems concerning its surface condition and restricted width. Clerk advised that he had experienced difficulties in contacting Mr. Peter Beynon of C&CS.

 

  1. Correspondence

The Clerk provided a resume of correspondence received, none of which required consideration.

 

  1. Communications, Notice Boards, Etc

Clerk advised that he had ‘resurrected’ past financial records and confirmed that the Notice Board near to St Cattwg’s Church was purchased by the Community Council from Messrs Greenbarnes on 12th November 2010 at a cost of £929. It was delivered and installed by the clerk in December 2010. The accounts, as audited by Wales Audit Office confirm the expenditure and that no corresponding income was received in relation to the noticeboard either in 2010 or subsequent years. Further the invoice and a photograph of the installed board had been provided to the Audit Office as part of the audit procedures.

 

  1. Village Halls

 

Chair confirmed that he would provide a strategy document for Clerk to prepare a paper for consideration by the Llanddewi Village Hall Trustees.

 

  1. Knelston Burial Ground.

 

Clerk advised that there was nothing to report.

 

  1. Any Other Business

 

Cllr. Martin Cox enquired if there had been any feedback on the study of Port eynon by BRO Consultancy. Clerk confirmed that there had been none, and that a copy of the study had not been forthcoming.

Cllr. Martin Cox advised that the Port Eynon car park gates were being closed, although not locked, before the scheduled time of 20:30. Cllr Gareth Evans enquired as to whether there was a published emergency procedure for the public should they find their vehicle locked in the car park.

 

Next meeting – Monday 18th March at 7 pm.

 

There being no further business to discuss the Chair thanked all in attendance and the meeting adjourned at 9: 15 pm.

 

 

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Barry Stubbings (Clerk)                                                                                                       Robert Fisher (Chair)

 

 

Minutes of Council meeting on 15th January 2019

Port Eynon Community Council

 

Minutes of monthly Council meeting held on Monday 15th January 2019 at Knelston Primary School.

 

Present                  Councillors:  Gareth Evans, Robert Fisher, Sheila Fisher, and Steven Young

 

Apologies:             Councillor Martin Cox.

 

In attendance       Mr.Barry Stubbings – Clerk;

 

 

Chair                       Councillor Robert Fisher took the Chair.

 

 

  1. Minutes Clerk confirmed that the draft minutes of the last meeting held on 13th November 2018 had been circulated to all Councillors, displayed on the Council notice boards and posted on the web site. It was proposed by Councillor Gareth Evans, and seconded by Councillor Sheila Fisher that the minutes be accepted  and agreed by all.

 

  1. Declarations of Interest None were made.

 

  1. Matters Arising

 

SCURLAGE GREEN – Cllr. Sheila Fisher recommended that consideration be given to engraving a ‘poppy’ or similar on the reverse side of the war memorial stone in preference to the present blank face which is presented to passing cars and public. All agreed and Cllr Sheila Fisher was requested to obtain an estimate of cost from the memorial masons.

Discussion took place with regard to the provision of small area of paving and bench seating around the memorial. It was agreed that a costing be obtained for paving and that the provision of memorial benches by donation be encouraged.

Cllr. Evans enquired If we had received notification of planned wildflower planting. Clerk advised that he had nor and would make enquiry of Parks Section of C&CS.

Clerk was requested to continue to investigate the possibility of ‘Gateway’signage for the village.

 

 

PORT EYNON FOOTPATHS – Clerk advised that he had met with C&CS Countryside Access Officers who confirmed that the footpath between St Cattwg’s Church and Borva House was only partially registered, and that it was preferable for the full length to be formally registered.

 

  1. Finance

 

Committed expenditure was presently:

Port Eynon Village Green works- £2,000

Scurlage Village Green works – £2,000

Scurlage Village Awareness signs – £3,000

Defibrillators – £3,000

 

 

Clerk advised that he was in receipt of invoices for:

Council insurance policy renewal – 225 pounds

Construction of footpath at Scurlage Green – 1200 pounds.

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  1. Planning

Clerk provided a resume of applications recently considered and now approved or refused

 

2017/2448 Field 7000, Burry – New detached dwelling house.

Council noted that the application was for a relatively large house set in open fields and remote from the adjacent highway. The proposed property would be served by Trumpet Lane which was at present a rural bridleway/footpath. Council considered the planning statement and noted that the house was described as an ‘Essential Agricultural Workers Dwelling’ required to support a relatively new farm holding. Whilst sympathetic to the establishment of a new agricultural business Council were of the opinion that the size of the dwelling was not in keeping with the area and that the location represented unnecessary intrusion into the countryside.

Decision pending.

                               

2018/2004 Milestone Court, Scurlage – New detached dwelling house.

Council noted that the proposed new detached house was on land previously designated for gardens and storage areas behind houses 6, 7 and 8. The application was being made in the name of Mr. Andrew Wilson living at house 5. Access would utilise the existing drive way between house 8 and the site boundary with the A4118. Councillors noted that the house size and external appearance was in keeping with the other houses of Milestone Court. Councillors expressed their continuing concern that further development would exacerbate the continuing problems of surface water drainage and foul drainage in the Scurlage area. Councillors expressed their concern that the site fell outside the current village boundaries and represented a ‘creeping’ expansion of the village which was not compatible with the Local Development Plan, Clerk was requested to clarify. Council decision was to recommend acceptance with reservations over drainage and subject to clarification of village limits.   Application granted on 30th November 2018

 

 

2018/2010 Corner House, Scurlage. – Conversion of adjoining barn to provide living accommodation.

Council considered the application and noted that there was no objection in principle to conversion of what was the last of a series of barns at this location. Concern was however expressed over the nature of the conversion which would significantly raise the new roof ridge height above that of adjoining buildings. Council however strongly reiterated their concern over further development which would exacerbate the existing problems of drainage at this area and of the safety of the highway junction between the Port Eynon Road and Berry Lane. Council agreed to recommend approval subject to the above issues being addressed. Application refused on 10th December 2018.

 

2018/2214 No.4 Milestone Court, Scurlage – Side and Rear extension for a garage.

Council noted that the properties in Milestone Court were built with no provision for garages or off-street parking, a policy which was considered to be flawed for such rural developments. Council noted that the extension was substantial in that it could accommodate two cars, and that it extended to the boundary of the site thus precluding future access for maintenance and to the rear garden. Council also noted that the indicated construction incorporated cavity walls. Council noted that they were sympathetic to the provision of a garage and the application could be supported but with a proviso that there could be no subsequent conversion to living accommodation. Application granted on 17th December 2018.

 

2018/2216 Scurlage Farm, Scurlage (pre-application) – New dwelling house.

Council noted that this was a small garden site immediately on the junction of Port Eynon Road and Berry Lane that could be considered as an ‘infill development’. The site was presently occupied by a static caravan. Council noted the suggested elevational treatment and found it incompatible with surrounding buildings and with the objectives of the Gower AONB Planning Guidelines. Council also noted that although the plans indicated the provision of parking space for two cars but there was no space for vehicle turning which would result in reversing movements in very close proximity to the junction of berry lane with the main road. Council reiterated its concerns with regard to subsequent increased surface water run-off at this area which would exacerbate the risk of flooding to surrounding properties; also the increase in vehicle movements at the already dangerous junction between Port Eynon Road and Berry Lane. Council did not support the application.

Application refused on 10th December 2018.

 

NEW APPLICATIONS

 

        2018/2529 Adjacent to ‘Murmur Y Llanw”Overton Lane – Revised landscaping

Council noted that this was an amendment to recently approved plans and they had no comments on the proposals.

 

2018/2712 ‘Oddington, Overton Lane’, Overton – Addition of Conservatory on front of house

Council noted that the description of location as front of the existing house was odd, the front of the huse being generally perceived as the elevation facing to Overton Lane. Council noted that the proposed conservatory extended the full length of the existing house and incorporated full height end walls of solid cavity construction. Council were of the opinion that the application should be considered as a permanent rear extension. Council were of the opinion that the size and nature of such an extension was not consistent with the objectives of the AONB planning guidelines and the application should be refused.

 

2018/2728 Agricultural Building at Field 7000, Burry – New large agricultural barn.

Council noted that the application was made on the basis of an agricultural building and did not require full planning consent. Council further noted that the siting of the barn appeared to conflict with the application 2017/2448 for a large detached house at this location. Council expressed concern at the development of this

site which appeared to be leading to the establishment by incremental growth of a substantial new farm holding.

 

2018/2521 PRE Land Adjacent to Scurlage Court Farm, Scurlage – Development of 37 new Dwelling Houses.

Council noted the location and scale of this planned privately owned development, particularly as it was on land not included within the Draft Local development Plan and was not within what can be considered as the natural village boundary of Scurlage. The resulting ribbon development along the A4118 was considered unacceptable.  The resulting change to the nature of the present hamlet was considered unacceptable and contrary to AONB and general planning guidelines for Gower. The attached planning statement was examined and considered flawed in that this was a proposed private development of dwellings of varying sizes and no guarantees could be made or control exercised to prevent resale as second homes. Council considered that the scale of the development would require substantial increase in capacity of surface water disposal and would drainage disposal in an already critical area. Council considered that the single point of vehicle access opposite to the Bank Farm vehicle access would be unsatisfactory. Overall council unanimously considered the application should be refused.

 

2018/2646 Lesliedale Farm, Scurlage. New Dwelling House.

Council noted that there had been a static caravan at this location for considerable time and the new dwelling house was to replace this static caravan. Council were of the opinion that the principal of a new dwelling could be supported at this location on the proviso that the static caravan and associated temporary structures be removed and the land returned to agricultural usage. Council expressed concern as to the size of the planned new dwelling house which would not be compatible with the intentions of the Gower AONB planning guidelines. Overall Council recommended approval.

 

2019/0020 Land Adjacent to Hawthorn House, Scurlage – New Dwelling House and detached Annexe.

Council considered the scale of the planned development in comparison to the relatively small site and were of the opinion that it represented overdevelopment of the site. Council noted that the main house was indicated as four storeys. Council were of the opinion that the resulting main house should be sympathetic in scale to the surrounding properties and should meet the general planning objectives of the Gower AONB for respecting the ‘Gower Vernacular’.  Council expressed concern that the resulting roof ridge level should be consistent with adjacent properties. Council noted that no indication was given as to overall size and usage of the indicated annexe building other than reference in the text to a ‘granny annexe’. Council noted that a new access was indicated off the A4118 Port Eynon Road and expressed their opinion that this would further compromise road safety in this critical area, a strong preference was made for access to be obtained on the other side of the site, off Monksland Road. Council expressed continued concern as to the ability of the local infrastructure to accommodate further development at this location without improvements to surface water and foul water disposal.  Council recommended the application be refused.

 

  1. Highways and Footpaths

 

 

  1. Correspondence

The Clerk provided a resume of correspondence received, none of which required consideration.

 

  1. Communications

Clerk had nothing further to report.

 

  1. Village Halls

Cllr. Robert Fisher advised that he had attended the last monthly Meeting of the Port Eynon Village Hall Committee, and information had again been requested concerning ownership of the Notice Board at st Cattwg’s church and registration of the footpath from St Cattwg’s to Borva House.

 

Chair advised that he would prepare a strategy document for consideration by the Llanddewi Village Hall Trustees.

 

  1. Knelston Burial Ground.

 

Clerk advised that there was nothing to report.

 

  1. Any Other Business

 

Cllr Evans advised that the toilets at Port Eynon Car Park were in need of serious cleaning.

Cllr. Evans sought confirmation to proceed with the annual bramble clearance in the dune area fronting the shops at Port Eynon – agreed.

 

Next meeting – Monday 18th February at 7 pm.

 

There being no further business to discuss the Chair thanked all in attendance and the meeting adjourned at 9: 15 pm.

 

 

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Barry Stubbings (Clerk)                                                                                                       Robert Fisher (Chair)

 

Draft Minutes for November Council Meeting

Port Eynon Community Council

 

Minutes of monthly Council meeting held on Monday 13th November 2018 at Knelston Primary School.

 

Present                  Councillors: Martin Cox, Gareth Evans, Robert Fisher, Sheila Fisher, and Gareth Jones

 

Apologies:             Councillor Steve Young.

 

In attendance       Mr.Barry Stubbings – Clerk;

 

 

Chair                       Councillor Robert Fisher took the Chair.

 

 

    1. Minutes                 Clerk confirmed that the draft minutes of the last meeting held on 22nd October 2018 had been circulated to all Councillors, displayed on the Council notice boards and posted on the web site. It was proposed by Councillor Martin Cox, and seconded by Councillor Gareth Evans that the minutes be accepted with a minor correction to ‘Any Other Business matters’; and agreed by all.
    2. Declarations of Interest      Councillor R. Fisher declared an interest in planning application 2018/2010.
    3. Matters ArisingSCURLAGE GREEN – All present expressed their thanks to Councillor Sheila Fisher for her work in securing a successful outcome to the War Memorial installation; which had been most well received, judged by comments from the public.
    4.                                 St DAVID’S CHURCH, LLANDDEWI – Council further considered the request for financial support towards purchase of a new organ. Clerk advised that he had sought advice from One Voice Wales as to whether this could be considered as a Grant in the terms of Section 137 and their response had been in the affirmative. Council agreed that maintenance of the church facilities was to the benefit of the community as a whole. Proposed by Cllr S. Fisher to make a grant of £500 towards the cost and seconded by Cllr. G. Jones – agreed by all.
    5.                                 FOOTPATH To ST Cattwg’s CHURCH – Clerk to continue to investigate.
    6.                                 GOWER HOLIDAY VILLAGE – Council further discussed the situation with regard to planning applications for use of the adjacent field for seasonal use for camping and touring caravans. Agreed that no action could be taken until an Appeal against planning decisions was made by the owners.
    7.                                 VILLAGE GATEWAY SIGNS – Council considered possible implementation but noted that consent would probably be required from Penrice Estate. Clerk to initiate discussions with City Council highways Deptand to obtain firm prices. Consideration could also be given to new designation of the start and end of the restricted zone.
    8.                                 FOOTPATH TO SPORTS CLUB – Clerk advised that he had met with C&CS Footpaths Officer who confirmed that the path crossed private land and consent would be required from the land owner before adoption could be considered. He suggested that an approach be made to our City Councillor for funding to carry out annual cleaning and maintenance.
    9.                                 LANE TO YOUTH HOSTEL – Noted that no action has been taken by City Council. Cllr. Martin Cox further advised that vehicles have suffered damage from the timber posts installed on the edge of the lane. Some posts had been knocked out and were now being replaced by large stones, which were even more of a hazard.
    10. Finance  Committed expenditure was presently:                                                Scurlage Village Green works – £2,000                                                 Defibrillators – £3,000                                Current reserves are approximately £10,000 .                                Clerk confirmed that he had settled the invoice from Nurse and Payne for the war memorial of £3,000 (total amount including installation was £4,360) and he was awaiting receipt of invoice from City Council for the footpath at £1,200. The expenditure budget for Scurlage Green was reduced accordingly.Clerk requested Council to reconfirm the decision made at the Annual General Meeting to maintain Council precept at £6,000 per annum. Council so confirmed.
    11.                                                 Scurlage Village Awareness signs – £3,000
    12.                                                 Port Eynon Village Green works- £2,000
  • Planning Council noted that the application was for a relatively large house set in open fields and remote from the adjacent highway. The proposed property would be served by Trumpet Lane which was at present a rural bridleway/footpath. Council considered the planning statement and noted that the house was described as an ‘Essential Agricultural Workers Dwelling’ required to support a relatively new farm holding. Whilst sympathetic to the establishment of a new agricultural business Council were of the opinion that the size of the dwelling was not in keeping with the area and that the location represented unnecessary intrusion into the countryside.                                Council noted that the proposed new detached house was on land previously designated for gardens and storage areas behind houses 6, 7 and 8. The application was being made in the name of Mr. Andrew Wilson living at house 5. Access would utilise the existing drive way between house 8 and the site boundary with the A4118. Councillors noted that the house size and external appearance was in keeping with the other houses of Milestone Court. Councillors expressed their continuing concern that further development would exacerbate the continuing problems of surface water drainage and foul drainage in the Scurlage area. Councillors expressed their concern that the site fell outside the current village boundaries and represented a ‘creeping’ expansion of the village which was not compatible with the Local Development Plan, Clerk was requested to clarify. Council decision was to recommend acceptance with reservations over drainage and subject to clarification of village limits. NEW APPLICATIONS2018/2010 Corner House, Scurlage. – Conversion of adjoining barn to provide living accommodation.  Council noted that the properties in Milestone Court were built with no provision for garages or off-street parking, a policy which was considered to be flawed for such rural developments. Council noted that the extension was substantial in that it could accommodate two cars, and that it extended to the boundary of the site thus precluding future access for maintenance and to the rear garden. Council also noted that the indicated construction incorporated cavity walls. Council noted that they were sympathetic to the provision of a garage and the application could be supported but with a proviso that there could be no subsequent conversion to living accommodation.2018/2216 Scurlage Farm, Scurlage (pre-application) – New dwelling house. Scurlage Local Development Plan – j

 

    1. Cllr. R. Fisher advised that site works had been taking place in the field behind Monksland Road, presumably as site investigation for the detailed planning of a further development of social housing. Clerk was requested to make enquiries of City Council.
    2. Council noted that this was a small garden site immediately on the junction of Port Eynon Road and Berry Lane that could be considered as an ‘infill development’. The site was presently occupied by a static caravan. Council noted the suggested elevational treatment and found it incompatible with surrounding buildings and with the objectives of the Gower AONB Planning Guidelines. Council also noted that although the plans indicated the provision of parking space for two cars but there was no space for vehicle turning which would result in reversing movements in very close proximity to the junction of berry lane with the main road. Council reiterated its concerns with regard to subsequent increased surface water run-off at this area which would exacerbate the risk of flooding to surrounding properties; also the increase in vehicle movements at the already dangerous junction between Port Eynon Road and Berry Lane. Council did not support the application.
    3. 2018/2214 No.4 Milestone Court, Scurlage – Side and Rear extension for a garage.
    4. Council considered the application and noted that there was no objection in principle to conversion of what was the last of a series of barns at this location. Concern was however expressed over the nature of the conversion which would significantly raise the new roof ridge height above that of adjoining buildings. Council however strongly reiterated their concern over further development which would exacerbate the existing problems of drainage at this area and of the safety of the highway junction between the Port Eynon Road and Berry Lane. Council agreed to recommend approval subject to the above issues being addressed.
    5.  
    6. 2018/2004 Milestone Court, Scurlage – New detached dwelling house.
    7. Decision pending.
    8. 2017/2448 Field 7000, Burry – New detached dwelling house.
    9. Clerk provided a resume of applications recently considered.
  • Highways and FootpathsCllr. Sheila Fisher requested that consideration be given to a paved path across Scurlage Green between the bus stop and Monksland Road.

 

  • Correspondence 

 

    1. The Clerk had receive no correspondence of note.
  • Communications 

 

    1.                                 Clerk had nothing further to report.
  • Village Halls  

 

    1. Clerk/Chair advised that there had been no further communications with the Llanddewi Village Hall Trustees.
    2. Cllr. Robert Fisher advised that he had attended the last monthly Meeting of the Port Eynon Village Hall Committee, at which there had been little discussion other than the feedback of the public consultation for the Port Eynon Tourism Study.
    3. Knelston Burial Ground.Clerk advised that there was nothing to report.
  • Any Other BusinessCouncillor Cox advised that the sea wall gabions in the vicinity of the Youth Hostel were showing signs of deterioration and would need maintenance in the near future.Next meeting – it was agreed that Council would not meet in December unless urgent issues were to arise and, the next meeting would be on the 21st January 2019 at 7 pm.There being no further business to discuss the Chairman wished a Merry Xmas and a healthy New Year to all and the meeting adjourned at 9: 00 pm. Barry Stubbings (Clerk)                                                                                                       Robert Fisher (Chair)

 

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Draft Minutes of Council meeting on 22 October 2018

Port Eynon Community Council

 

Minutes of monthly Council meeting held on Monday 22nd October 2018 at Knelston Primary School.

 

Present                  Councillors: Martin Cox, Gareth Evans, Robert Fisher, Sheila Fisher, Gareth Jones, and Steve Young.

 

Apologies:             none

 

In attendance       Mr.Barry Stubbings – Clerk;

Mrs. Wendy Harris and Mr. Jim Wilson of Gower Holiday Village

 

Chair                       Councillor Robert Fisher took the Chair.

 

 

 

    1. Mrs. Wendy Harris and Mr. Jim. Wilson addressed the Council on the matter of their appeal against a decision of the Planning Committee to refuse their application for 64 pitches for camping/touring caravans in the field adjoining the holiday village. Mrs. Harris stressed that the financial viability of both the Holiday Village and The Monksland Public House were not sustainable and new sources of income were essential. Staff had recently been reduced from 33 to 8 persons. They stressed that the latest application addressed all concerns previously raised and that although the site would initially be served by facilities within the existing Holiday village, once the new site was established a further amenity and toilet block would be built. Council was advised that the Appeal would be made (heard) in December and a portfolio containing letters of support and other information was handed to the council for their consideration. Mrs. Harris and Mr. Wilson then left the meeting.
    2. Minutes                 Clerk confirmed that the draft minutes of the last meeting held on 17th September 2018 had been circulated to all Councillors, displayed on the Council notice boards and posted on the web site. It was proposed by Councillor Martin Cox, and seconded by Councillor Gareth Evans that the minutes be accepted without modification; and agreed by all.
    3. Declarations of Interest      – there were none declared.
    4. Matters ArisingPORT EYNON TOURISM REPORT – Cllr. Gareth Evans advised that he had attended the presentation made by BRO Consultants at the Village Hall and he thought that the public meeting had been quite well attended but that there had been no significant responses from those present. SCURLAGE GREEN – All present confirmed their agreement to the wording and Cllr. Sheila Fisher advised that work by the monumental masons was in progress. Clerk advised that he had requested an update from City Council as to construction of the new footpath, and was awaiting a response. It was agreed to defer a decision on benches until after the memorial stone had been installed.NOTICE BOARDS –Clerk confirmed that he had installed the hasps and padlocks to notice boards at Overton and Port Eynon. Clerk suggested that Council give consideration to an additional Notice Board on the village green at Port Eynon.
    5. SPEED MONITORING AT SCURALGE CASTLE – Cllr Gareth Jones drew attention, again, to speed of vehicles on the section of road through Scurlage castle. Clerk was requested to arrange for speed monitoring strips to be installed by C^CS Highways. Clerk advised that he had raised this with C&CS who advised that monitoring strips would only usually be installed in speed restricted areas and that this location was an unrestricted section of road.
    6. BENCH SEAT AT SCURLAGE GREEN – Cllr Steve Young advised that the seat for which the council had agreed to carry out refurbishment had since been removed by C&CS. Clerk was requested to follow up.
    7.                                 VILLAGE GATEWAY SIGNS – at September meeting the Clerk tabled examples of village gateway signs as used by other Councils and which might create a greater awareness of the need to reduce speed through the village boundaries. Deferred for later discussion.
    8.                                 FOOTPATH TO SPORTS CLUB – Clerk advised that he had been in contact with C&CS Footpaths Officer who was aware of the problems with the path between the Sports Club and Port Eynon Green. Footpath Officer would make enquiries as to land ownership and possible solutions.
    9.                                 DEFIBRILLATORS – Clerk advised that he had been in discussion with Gower First Responders’/Cariad and that they would discuss with Knelston Garage the relocation of the unit at their premises. Cariad advised that an extra unit at The Old Pharmacy in Scurlage was possibly too close to the present units at the Medical Centre and the Sports Club. Cariad would advise costing of further units to be installed at Overton, Scurlage Castle and Port Eynon Youth Hostel.
    10.                                 LANE TO YOUTH HOSTEL – Noted that no action has been taken by City Council.
    11. Finance  Clerk advised that the wales audit office had raised some queries on the audit papers and he was in the process of dealing with them and providing additional information.Committed expenditure was presently:                                                Scurlage Village Green works – £8,000                                                 Defibrillators – £3,000
    12.                                 If all committed expenditure was taken up there would be an overspend of £2,000, although this would be met from the next instalment of annual precept (£1,833) due in December.
    13.                                                 Clerk’s remuneration – £1,000
    14.                                                 Scurlage village awareness signs – £3,000
    15.                                                 Port Eynon Village Green works- £2,000
    16. Planning Council noted that the application was for a relatively large house set in open fields and remote from the adjacent highway. The proposed property would be served by Trumpet Lane which was at present a rural bridleway/footpath. Council considered the planning statement and noted that the house was described as an ‘Essential Agricultural Workers Dwelling’ required to support a relatively new farm holding. Whilst sympathetic to the establishment of a new agricultural business Council were of the opinion that the size of the dwelling was not in keeping with the area and that the location represented unnecessary intrusion into the countryside.                                NEW APPLICATIONS2018/2004 Milestone Court, Scurlage – New detached dwelling house.
    17. Council noted that the proposed new detached house was on land previously designated for gardens and storage areas behind houses 6, 7 and 8. The application was being made in the name of Mr. Andrew Wilson living at house 5. Access would utilise the existing drive way between house 8 and the site boundary with the A4118. Councillors noted that the house size and external appearance was in keeping with the other houses of Milestone Court. Councillors expressed their continuing concern that further development would exacerbate the continuing problems of surface water drainage and foul drainage in the Scurlage area. Councillors expressed their concern that the site fell outside the current village boundaries and represented a ‘creeping’ expansion of the village which was not compatible with the Local Development Plan, Clerk was requested to clarify. Council decision was to recommend acceptance with reservations over drainage and subject to clarification of village limits.
    18. Decision pending.
    19. 2017/2448 Field 7000, Burry – New detached dwelling house.
    20. Clerk provided a resume of applications recently considered.
  • Highways and FootpathsCllr. Gareth Evans queried the status of the footpath which linked the church with the village green in Port Eynon. This path was most popular as it enabled pedestrians to avoid using the narrow road into the village. After examination of the footpath plan it was noted that only part of the path was designated footpath and clerk was requested to press C&CS to designate the remaining part which passed adjacent to the village hall.

 

  • CorrespondenceClerk advised that he had received a number of routine communications and one in particular, which required the Council’s consideration. This was from the secretary to St. David’s Church requesting assistance from the Council towards purchase and installation of a new organ. Chair determined that due to the lateness of the hour this should be deferred to our next meeting and in the mean time he requested that the clerk clarified the ability of the council to make grants to church bodies. 

 

    1.  
  • Communications 

 

    1.                                 Clerk had nothing further to report.
  • Village Halls  

 

    1. Clerk/Chair advised that there had been no further communications with the Llanddewi Village Hall Trustees.
    2. Cllr. Robert Fisher advised that he had been unable to attend the last monthly Meeting of the Port Eynon Village Hall Committee.
    3. Knelston Burial Ground.
    4. Clerk advised that there was nothing to report.
  • Any Other BusinessCllr. Cox advised that there had been a recent incidence of shooting, presumably rabbits, in close proximity of the public footpath within the ‘Sky and Sea’ camp site. It was agreed that such incidences should be immediately referred for police action.
  • Next meeting – 19th November 2018 at 7 pm.There being no further business to discuss the meeting adjourned at 9: 00 pm. Barry Stubbings (Clerk)                                                                                                       Robert Fisher (Chair)

 

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Minutes of Council Meeting held on 17th September 2018

Minutes of monthly Council meeting held on Monday 17th September 2018 at Knelston Primary School.

Present                  Councillors: Martin Cox, Gareth Evans, Robert Fisher, Sheila Fisher, Gareth Jones, and Steve Young.

Apologies:             none

In attendance       Mr.Barry Stubbings – Clerk;

Mr. Robert Owen of BRO Consultants

Chair                       Councillor Robert Fisher took the Chair.

Mr. Robert Owen of BRO Consultants presented to the Council by means of an audio visual display a summary of the findings of the study conducted into the regeneration of Port Eynon as a tourist destination. The Council were suitably impressed and asked questions of clarification throughout the presentation. The Chair thanked Mr. Owen for providing the Council with a preview of the likely findings to be included in his report to Swansea City Council. Mr. Owen in turn thanked the Council for their observations nad contributions during the study process. Mr. Owen then left the meeting.

Minutes                 Clerk confirmed that the draft minutes of the last meeting held on 23rd July 2018 had been circulated to all Councillors, displayed on the Council notice boards and posted on the web site. It was proposed by Councillor Martin Cox, and seconded by Councillor Gareth Evans that the minutes be accepted; and agreed by all.

Declarations of Interest      – there were none declared.

Matters Arising

SCURLAGE GREEN – Cllr. Sheila fisher advised that work by the monumental masons was in progress. A discussion ensued on the wording and Cllr Sheila Fisher offered to circulate a draft layout for final approval. Discussion also took place as to the favoured location for siting, and in conclusion Cllr Robert Fisher agreed to prepare and circulate a plan. Clerk advised that he had requested an update from City Council as to construction of the new footpath, but was awaiting a response

.PORT EYNON GREEN – Clerk confirmed that he had carried out a site inspection and was of the opinion that the recently installed posts were quite satisfactory.

NOTICE BOARDS –Clerk confirmed that he had installed the hasps and padlocks to notice boards at Overton and Port Eynon.

FOOTPATH TO SPORTS CLUB – Clerk advised that he had been in contact with C^CS Footpaths Officer who was aware of the problems with the path between the Sports club and Port Eynon Green. Footpath Officer would make enquiries as to land ownership and possible solutions.

DEFIBRILLATORS – Clerk advised that he had been in discussion with Gower First Responders’Cariad and that they would discuss with Knelston Garage the relocation of the unit at their premises. Cariad advised that an extra unit at The Old Pharmacy in Scurlage was possibly too close to the present units at the Medical centre and the Sports Club. Cariad would advise costing of further units to be installed at Overton, Scurlage Castle and Port Eynon Youth Hostel.

KNELSTON SCHOOL – Clerk advised that the tree seats had been installed and that he was in receipt of the invoice from the school.

LANE TO YOUTH HOSTEL – Noted that no action has been taken by City Council.

Finance     Committed expenditure was presently:                                                Scurlage Village Green works – £8,000

Defibrillators 3,000

Scurlage village awareness signs – £3,000

Port Eynon Village Green works- £2,000                                 Clerk advised that expenditure in the past month had included the first payment for the Memorial Stone of 1,350 pounds. Payment for the School Tree Seats would be required in the next period and was expected to be in the order of 1,400 pounds. Request for payment for the timber posts at the village greens had yet to be received and Clerk advised that he would resist settlement until the footpath link had been completed.

Planning

2017/2448 Field 7000, Burry – New detached dwelling house.

Council noted that the application was for a relatively large house set in open fields and remote from the adjacent highway. The proposed property would be served by Trumpet Lane which was at present a rural bridleway/footpath. Council considered the planning statement and noted that the house was described as an ‘Essential Agricultural Workers Dwelling’ required to support a relatively new farm holding. Whilst sympathetic to the establishment of a new agricultural business Council were of the opinion that the size of the dwelling was not in keeping with the area and that the location represented unnecessary intrusion into the countryside. Decision still pending

2018/1519 Poultry Farm, Trumpet Lane, Knelston. Change of use from poultry and egg production to food production premises.

Council noted that the present use had been discontinued for several years and that there had been a previous outline planning application for use of the site for holiday chalets and static caravans. Council noted that in respect of this application for use as a production facility by ‘Gower Chocolate Brownies’ there would be modifications to the existing building elevations and roofs, and considered that were generally acceptable. Council also noted that there would be changes to the external areas to facilitate parking of employees and access by light delivery vehicles. Again, it was considered that these were generally acceptable. Council gave consideration to the access of the site via Trumpet Lane, and noted that employee numbers would be less than 20 and that delivery vehicles would involve light panel vans only.  Council noted that this was the rear elevation and would not be seen from the road. Council were in agreement that the revised fenestration was in fact preferable to that previously approved and that the application could be supported. Application approved August 2018.

2018/1416 No 2 Frogmoor Cottages, Knelston. Amendment to planning application 2011/0990 to allow for amendments to the fenestration of the rear elevation.Council were in agreement that the proposal was generally acceptable and should be supported. Application approved August 2018.

2018/1484 Val Cottage, Port Eynon. Amendment to application 2018/0556 to permit the change of windows from white painted timber to green UPVC. Council considered the application and were in agreement that it could be supported. Application approved August 2018.

NEW APPLICATIONS          None..

  • Highways and Footpaths
  • Discussion took place on the enforcement of speed limits in the villages of Scurlage and Knelston. Clerk tabled examples of village gateway signs as used by other Councils and which might create a greater awareness of the need to reduce speed through the village boundaries. Deferred for later discussion. 
  • Council noted that a surface overlay had been applied to Monksland Road and Salisbury Close.

 

  • Correspondence 
  • Clerk advised that he had received no communications which required the Council’s consideration.

 

  • Communications 
  • Clerk had nothing to report.

 

  • Village Halls  
  • Clerk/Chair advised that there had been no further communications with the Llanddewi Village Hall Trustees.
  • Cllr. Robert Fisher advised that he had attended the monthly Meeting of the Port Eynon Village Hall Committee, and that items reported by the Chair included that a conclusion had been reached that there had been no encroachment of the boundary with Highfields Caravan park; and that VHMC continued to maintain that they had 50% ownership of the Notice Board near to the church, but no evidence was presented as to either item.
  • Knelston Burial Ground.
  • Clerk advised that there was nothing to report.

 

    1. Any Other Business

  • Cllr Steve Young requested agreement for minor repair works to the seat on Scurlage Green near to the bus stops, for which he had an estimated cost of approximately 150 pounds. Council unanimously agreed that he should proceed to commission the work.   ————————————– Cllr Gareth Jones drew attention, again, to speed of vehicles on the section of road through Scurlage castle. Clerk was requested to arrange for speed monitoring strips to be installed by C^CS Highways.
  • There being no further business to discuss the meeting adjourned at 9: 30 pm.
  • Next meeting – 22nd October 2018 at 7 pm.                                                                                   ——————————————
  • Barry Stubbings (Clerk)                                                                                                       Robert Fisher (Chair)

 

Minutes of regular Council Meeting held on 25th May 2018

Port Eynon Community Council

 

Minutes of monthly Council meeting held on 21st May 2018 at Knelston Primary School.

 

Present                  Councillors: Gareth Evans, Robert Fisher, Sheila Fisher, Steve Young.

 

In attendance       Mr.Barry Stubbings – Clerk;

 

Chair                       Councillor Robert Fisher took the Chair.

 

  1. Apologies              Cllrs. Martin Cox and Gareth Jones

 

  1. Minutes                 Clerk confirmed that the minutes of the last meeting held on 16th April 2018 had been circulated to all      Councillors, displayed on the Council notice boards and posted on the web site. Omission of a minute concerning drainage at Berry lane and some typographical errors were noted and corrected. It was proposed by Councillor Gareth Evans, and seconded by Councillor Sheila Fisher that the minutes, as corrected, be accepted; and agreed by all.

 

  1. Declarations of Interest      – Cllr. Robert Fisher declared a professional interest with respect to planning application 2018/0267.

 

  1. Matters Arising

VILLAGE GREENS – Clerk advised that the installation of timber posts at Port Eynon Green was in progress. He understood that work at Scurlage Green would then follow.

 

SCURLAGE GREEN – Chair tabled sketch details of a memorial stone and all agreed that purchase and engraving should proceed.

 

NOTICE BOARDS –Clerk advised that the supplier of the boards, Green Barnes, had not responded on the question of additional locks. All agreed that Clerk should proceed to install simple hasps and padlocks.

 

LANE TO YOUTH HOSTEL – Noted that no work had been undertaken to regrade the lane. Clerk to follow up with Mr. Peter Beynon.

 

PORT EYNON CAR PARK – Clerk advised that he understood that tenders for the contract for management of the car parks at Port Eynon and Horton was currently being assessed.

 

KNELSTON SCHOOL – Cllr Sheila Fisher advised that the head teacher was proceeding with purchase of the tree seats and would forward bill for payment in due course.

 

DEFIBRILLATORS – Council requested Clerk to follow up with Mr. Andrew Hughes (Gower First Responders) to require the defib at Knelston Garage to be relocated to the garage forecourt, or if this was not possible to repossess the unit and possibly install it in the disused telephone box at Scurlage. Cllr. Steve Young suggested that consideration be given to obtaining solar powered units for installation at both Knelston and Overton where access to electricity supply had proven difficult.

 

  1. Finance

Clerk advised that since the last meeting, Council had been in receipt of the first tranche of the Precept and had paid £210 to City & County of Swansea in settlement of incurred election expenses.

 

Committed expenditure was presently:

Port Eynon Village Green works- £2,000

Scurlage Village Green works – £8,000

Knelston School benches to play areas – £2,000

Scurlage village awarewness signs – £3,000

 

  1. Planning

Clerk provided a resume of applications recently considered.

 

 

2017/2448 Field 7000, Burry – New detached dwelling house.

Council noted that the application was for a relatively large house set in open fields and remote from the adjacent highway. The proposed property would be served by Trumpet Lane which was at present a rural bridleway/footpath. Council considered the planning statement and noted that the house was described as an ‘Essential Agricultural Workers Dwelling’ required to support a relatively new farm holding. Whilst sympathetic to the establishment of a new agricultural business Council were of the opinion that the size of the dwelling was not in keeping with the area and that the location represented unnecessary intrusion into the countryside.

Decision pending.

 

2018/0556 Val Cottage, Port Eynon – Two storey side Extension.

Council considered the application and were in agreement that the extension would enhance the property and would not detract from the neighbourhood. It was agreed to support the application. APPLICATION GRANTED 16TH MAY 2018

 

2018/0776 Scurlage Farm, Berry lane, Scurlage – Use of field for polytunnel cultivation, conversion of farm buildings to a café and shop.

Council considered the application in two parts.

Firstly use of the field for polytunnel cultivation of soft fruit. Council had no objection to the proposal.

Secondly, conversion of the existing farm buildings and yard to a shop, café and associated parking. Council in general supported the proposed conversion of the existing farm building to a retail use and provision of a café.

Council however noted that conversion of the existing yards to public car parking may require re-grading and res-surfacing which could lead to additional surface water run-off and/or additional positive drainage discharging to the adjacent ditch and piped drainage. The area and adjacent private housing had been subject to recent severe flooding and any development should include positive measures to reduce run-off. Council also noted that the creation of a shop and café would lead to an increase in traffic movements through the present junction of Berry lane with the A4118 Port Eynon Road. This junction has a very sub-standard arrangement with limited visibility and any development of the proposed nature should include for improvement of the road junction for both vehicles and pedestrians. DECISION PENDING.

 

NEW APPLICATIONS

 

2018/0852 Bank Farm, Scurlage – Permit for Marquee and Camping in June 2018. Council noted that this was an annual event and had caused no problems or adverse reaction in the past. Agreed to recommend that permit be granted.

 

2018/0844 Gower Holiday village Permit for 64 units of touring caravans from April to September. Council noted that there was no material difference between this application and previous applications which had been refused both initially and confirmed by Appeal. Council confirmed there opinion that this would represent a significant expansion of the Gower Holiday Village into agricultural land that was clearly beyond the natural village perimeter. Council noted that there was no reported shortage of sites for touring caravans and that a substantial site such as this would provide no additional contribution to the Gower Aonb in general. Council agreed to recommend that the application be refused.

 

2018/0267 2 Frogmoor Cottages – Use of adjacent land for a holiday cottage. Clerk referred to Council an e-mail communication from the owners of 2 Frogmoor Cottages advising of their objection to this application to convert a garage/store on adjacent land into a holiday cottage. Council noted that the application was refused on 11th April 2018, and whilst the concern of the owners as to a possible appeal against the refusal was appreciated, The Coucnil could not take any action until an Appeal is lodged.

 

  • Highways and Footpaths

 

 

Cllr. Robert Fisher advised that there had still been no action by City council to rectify the road surface of Monksland Road and that the extent of potholes now rendered the road dangerous to both pedestrians and motorists.

 

 

  • Correspondence

 

Clerk advised that he had received a number of communications as follows;

C&CS Electoral Dept– Notice of revised procedures for filling casual vacancies.

Various appeals for donations.

 

  • Communications

 

Clerk had nothing to report.

 

  • Village Halls

 

Cllr. Robert Fisher advised that he had attended the May meeting of the Port Eynon Village Hall Committee.

On the subject of VHMC claim to the WPD wayleave payments, Clerk advised that he had been in communication with WPD and had received copies of the original documentation. It was clear from this that only a portion of the money received could be allocated to the land occupied by the Village Hall, however due to the different categories of compensation and the build up in terms of poles, stay wires and cables it was not possible to readily arrive at the apportionment. Clerk further advised that a claim for historical payments would be further complicated as payment details were not retained by PECC after audit processes were completed.

There were no new issues.

 

Clerk/Chair advised that there had been no further communications with the Llanddewi Village Hall Trustees.

 

  1. Knelston Burial Ground.

Clerk advised that there was nothing to report.

 

  • Any Other Business

 

 

Council noted recent communications on ‘social media’ concerning re-occurrence of severe malodours arising from fertiliser application over the Bank holiday weekend.

 

 

Next meeting – 18th June 2018 at 7 pm following the Annual General Meeting.

 

There being no further business to discuss the meeting adjourned at 9: 15 pm.

 

 

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Barry Stubbings (Clerk)                                                                                                       Robert Fisher (Chair)

Minutes of Council Meeting held in April 2018

Port Eynon Community Council

 

Minutes of monthly Council meeting held on 16th April 2018 at Knelston Primary School.

 

Present                  Councillors Martin Cox Gareth Evans Robert Fisher, Sheila Fisher, Gareth Jones,

 

Apologies              Cllr. Steven Young

 

In attendance       Mr.Barry Stubbings – Clerk;

 

Chair                       Councillor Robert Fisher took the Chair.

 

Minutes                 Clerk confirmed that the minutes of the last meeting held on 26th February 2018 had been circulated to all Councillors, displayed on the Council notice boards and posted on the web site.

Some typographical errors were corrected.

It was proposed by Councillor Martin Cox, and seconded by Councillor Gareth Evans that the minutes be accepted as agreed by all.

 

Declarations of Interest      – There were none stated.

 

Matters Arising

VILLAGE GREENS: Clerk advised that he was still awaiting advice as to when the installation of timber posts would be carried out.

Clerk also advised that he was in receipt of a revised and reduced quotation for the new path across the green in the amount of £…….. Council agreed that this was an acceptable expenditure and directed Clerk to accept the quotation.

Chair advised that he had been in discussion with a monumental mason who had advised that a suitable piece of stone could be purchased for less than £1,000 and engraved at a cost of £2 per letter. Chair would further these discussions

 

NOTICE BOARDS –Clerk confirmed that he had written to VHMC requiring that their key be returned. He ahd also contacted Green Barnes, supplier of the boards, as to whether the locks could be changed or enhanced.

 

STORM WATER DRAINAGE: Cllr. Gareth Evans advised that there had been no action taken by City Council to alleviate the flow of storm water down Port Eynon hill; and that he would continue to press the Council to act on this.

 

LANE TO YOUTH HOSTEL – Cllr. Martin Cox advised that no work had been undertaken to regrade the lane. Clerk advised that he had raised this issue with C&CS who had confirmed that the fence posts were place in agreement with the established land boundaries.

 

MONKSLAND ROAD – Noted that there was still no action by C&CS to repair the carriageway. Cllr. Robert Fisher had queried the area adjoining Muddy Gap and whether this should have been landscaped as part of the building contract. Clerk advised that he had reviewed the development plans and this area was not included in the landscape proposals.

 

PORT EYNON CAR PARK – Clerk advised that the current contract arrangements were for the car park at Port Eynon to be closed at 8 p.m. Council requested that this be raised with C&CS Foreshore Manager..

 

KNELSTON SCHOOL – Clerk tabled proposlal and quotation for tree seats. Council agreed to fund two seats and Cllr S. fisher would further arrangements with the Head Teacher.

 

Finance                  Clerk advised that there had been no payments or receipts since the last meeting.

 

Committed expenditure was presently:

Port Eynon Village Green works- £2,000

Scurlage Village Green works – £8,000

Knelston School benches to play areas – £2,000

 

Council discussed the possibility of erecting improved ‘Village Awareness Signs’. It was agreed to make a budget allowance of £3,000 for three signs on the approaches to Scurlage.

 

Planning                 Clerk provided a resume of applications recently considered.

 

 

2017/2448 Field 7000, Burry – New detached dwelling house.

Council noted that the application was for a relatively large house set in open fields and remote from the adjacent highway. The proposed property would be served by Trumpet Lane which was at present a rural bridleway/footpath. Council considered the planning statement and noted that the house was described as an ‘Essential Agricultural Workers Dwelling’ required to support a relatively new farm holding. Whilst sympathetic to the establishment of a new agricultural business Council were of the opinion that the size of the dwelling was not in keeping with the area and that the location represented unnecessary intrusion into the countryside.

Decision pending.

 

2018/0266 ‘Highfield’ Port Eynon – Change of use of outbuilding to provide for a gin distillery and use of garage as a bonded store.

Council considered the application and were in general agreement that the application could be supported.

Application approved on 5th April 2018

 

2018/0409 ‘South Gower Sports Club’ Scurlage – Use of the complete lower football field for up to 100 units of camping on the 30th June; 7th/8th July; 26th to 30th July and 24th to 27th August (all inclusive).

Council considered the application and noted that in principle it was similar to an application granted the previous year other than the dates and that the events were generally of longer periods. Council noted that the club had made considerable effort in the previous year to limit environmental disturbance, and in the belief that these efforts would be maintained it was agreed that the application could be supported.

Temporary Permission granted on 5th April 2018.

 

NEW APPLICATIONS

 

2018/0556 Val Cottage, Port Eynon – Two storey side Extension.

Council considered the application and were in agreement that the extension would enhance the property and would not detract from the neighbourhood. It was agreed to support the application.

 

2018/0776 Scurlage Farm, Berry lane, Scurlage – Use of field for polytunnel cultivation, conversion of farm buildings to a café and shop.

Council considered the application in two parts.

Firstly use of the field for polytunnel cultivation of soft fruit. Council had no objection to the proposal.

Secondly, conversion of the existing farm buildings and yard to a shop, café and associated parking. Council in general supported the proposed conversion of the existing farm building to a retail use and provision of a café.

Council however noted that conversion of the existing yards to public car parking may require re-grading and res-surfacing which could lead to additional surface water run-off and/or additional positive drainage discharging to the adjacent ditch and piped drainage. The area and adjacent private housing had been subject to recent severe flooding and any development should include positive measures to reduce run-off. Council also noted that the creation of a shop and café would lead to an increase in traffic movements through the present junction of Berry lane with the A4118 Port Eynon Road. This junction has a very sub-standard arrangement with limited visibility and any development of the proposed nature should include for improvement of the road junction for both vehicles and pedestrians.

 

Highways and Footpaths

 

Cllr. Robert Fisher advised that there had still been no action by City council to rectify the road surface of Monksland Road and that the extent of potholes now rendered the road dangerous to both pedestrians and motorists.

 

Cllr. Steve young informed that he had received an approach from Mrs. Pat Stafford of Salisbury Close for Council to fund the creation of additional paved parking spaces in Salisbury Close. Council noted that alterations to the highways, verges and parking arrangements were not matters that the Community Council could undertake, they would however yet again refer the problem of parking in Salisbury Close to C&CS Highways Department and to Sketty Housing Assn.

 

Cllr Steve Young also brought Council’s attention to recent problem of flooding at the top of Berry Lane where there is a low lying section of the lane. Agreed that Council would look at the ditch drainage, or lack of ditch drainage, at this location.

 

 

Correspondence

Clerk advised that he had received a number of communications as follows;

C&CS – From Peter Beynon advising that Gower AONB were considering extending the present board walk from Borfa House through to Horton.

One Voice wales – Notice of area Committee Meeting to be held on Monday 23rd Aoril.

Mrs. A. Hancock enquiring about possibility of placing a plaque on the salt House walls

South Wales Police – letter of introduction from new area police officer.

Gower First Responders – acknowledgement of grant made to their appeal.

 

 

Communications

Clerk had nothing to report.

 

Village Halls

Cllr. Robert Fisher advised that he had attended the April meeting of the Port Eynon Village Hall Committee. He advised that the VHMC reiterated their claim to the wayleave payments received from Western Power. There were no new issues.

 

Clerk/Chair advised that there had been no further communications with the Llanddewi Village Hall Trustees/

 

Knelston Burial Ground.

Clerk advised that there was nothing to report.

 

Any Other Business

 

Cllr. Evans enquired if Council wished to proceed with further bramble clearance at Port Eynon this year. Agreed to engage the same contractor; and Cllr. Evans offered to arrange for this to be done.

 

 

 

Next meeting – 21st May 2018 at 7 pm following the Annual General Meeting.

 

There being no further business to discuss the meeting adjourned at 8: 45 pm.

 

 

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Barry Stubbings (Clerk)                                                                                                       Robert Fisher (Chair)

Minutes of Annual General Meeting held May 2017

Minutes of Annual General Meeting held on

Wednesday 15th May 2017 at Port Eynon Village Hall.

 

The meeting commenced at 7:00 pm.

 

Present:                                  Cllr. G. Evans Cllr. R. Fisher, Cllr. S. Fisher; Cllr. G. Jones; Cllr. S. Young

 

In attendance:                        Mr. B. Stubbings (Clerk)

 

Apologies for Absence:,       None

 

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

 

  1. Minutes of Last Annual General Meeting:

The minutes of the AGM held on 18th May 2016 had been circulated prior to the meeting and no comments had been received. Cllr. G. Evans proposed that the minutes be accepted as a true record, the proposal was seconded by Cllr. S. Fisher and agreed by all. The minutes were signed by the chairman.

 

  1. Election of Chairperson.

Cllr. G. Evans proposed that Cllr. Robert Fisher be re-elected as Chairperson for the forthcoming year. The proposal was seconded by Cllr. S. Fisher. There being no other proposals and the meeting duly elected Cllr. R. Fisher by unanimity.

 

  1. Election of Vice Chairperson.

Cllr. S. Fisher proposed that Cllr. G. Evans be re-elected as Vice-Chairperson for the forthcoming year. The proposal was seconded by Cllr. S. Young. There being no other proposals the meeting duly elected Cllr. Evans by unanimity.

 

 

  1. Chairman’s Report

 

Cllr. R. Fisher presented a brief report of activities during the past year:

 

  • Following the public election of Councillors in 2012 vacancies still remained on the Council and despite advertising on the Notice Boards and Village Hall website these had remained unfilled throughout the year. The vacancies were for one Councillor each in the Port Eynon and Knelston wards. Cllr. Fisher expressed his continued disappointment at the apparent lack of interest from the community, or appreciation of the contribution that the Community Council makes to the local environment.
  • He complemented the Council on their initiative to create the wild flower beds at Scurlage village green which had been well received.
  • He noted that the creation of a memorial garden at Scurlage Green remained under consideration and expressed a hope that this could be brought to fruition early in the coming year.
  • Looking forward he hoped that it would be possible to identify Councillor to lead on particular issues
  • Finally, Cllr. Fisher expressed his thanks for the support and assistance of all the elected Councillors and also to the Clerk for his support and service to the Council.6.             Financial Report:                                  Savings Account                     £5,257 Cllr Young proposed that the amended budget for 2017-2018 be accepted, and that Precept of £5,500 should be requested in line with previous years, This proposal was seconded by Cllr. Jones and approved unanimously.Council agreed that Mr Stephen Heard should continue as Internal Auditor.6.             Standing Orders
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  • The Clerk provided a brief review of expenditure throughout the year and presented a budget for the forthcoming year. After discussion it was agreed that donations towards maintenance of the three churchyards should be increased to £400 each for the coming year
  •                                 Knelston Burial Ground Account           £935
  • Current Account                     £10,932
  • Clerk advised that the year-end bank balances were as follows:
  • The clerk advised that there were no proposed changes to the current Standing Orders, and they were adopted accordingly.
  • Cllr. S. Fisher noted that with the appointment of anew headmaster at Knelston School, a fresh approach could be made to hold Council meetings there. It was confirmed that Cllr. S. Fisher should so proceed and if successful Standing Orders would be considered amended to show meetings as held at Knelston School
  • It was confirmed that the regular monthly meetings of the Council continue to be held on the third Monday of each month commencing at 7:30 p.m..
  • 7.             Committees
  • It was unanimously agreed, in the absence of any counter proposals, that Cllr. R. Fisher should represent the Council at the Port Eynon Village Hall Management Committee.
  • It was unanimously agreed, in the absence of any counter proposals, that Cllr. S. Fisher should continue to represent the Council on the Board of Governors at Knelston School.
  • It was unanimously agreed that Cllr. R. Fisher should represent the Council on the Management Trust for Knelston Chapel Burial Ground, noting that the Clerk also was in attendance to this Trust.
  • Councillors noted that the Council was not represented on the Port Eynon Boat Club Committee and thought that an approach should be made to seek such a presence. Clerk advised that historically the Boat Club was a participating member of the Village Hall Management Committee at which the Council was represented.
  • B. J. Stubbings, (Clerk)                                                                                          Chairperson
  • The meeting closed at 8:00 pm.
  • 8.             Date of Next Meeting – was provisionally set as Monday 21st May 201 and venue as Port Eynon Village Hall.

minutes of Regular Council Meeting on 19th March 2018

Port Eynon Community Council

 

Minutes of monthly Council meeting held on 19th March 2018 at Knelston Primary School.

 

Present                    Councillors Robert Fisher, Sheila Fisher, Gareth Evans, Steven Young and Martin Cox

 

Apologies                 Cllr. Gareth Jones

 

In attendance          Mr.Barry Stubbings – Clerk;

 

Chair                        Councillor Robert Fisher took the Chair.

 

Minutes                   Clerk confirmed that the minutes of the last meeting held on 26th February 2018 had been circulated to all Councillors, displayed on the Council notice boards and posted on the web site.

Some typographical errors were corrected.

It was proposed by Councillor Gareth Evans, and seconded by Councillor Steve Young that the minutes be accepted as agreed by all.

 

Declarations of Interest          – There were none stated.

 

Matters Arising

VILLAGE GREENS: Clerk advised that he had contacted the City Council parks Dept. to accept their quotations for the installation of timber posts to the edge of the greens at both Scurlage and Port Eynon. He was awaiting advice as to when the works would be carried out.

Cllr. Sheila Fisher queried whether the amount of expenditure planned for Scurlage Green should be reduced in view of recent adverse comments on social media. After consideration Council were of the opinion that the budget provision should not be reduced, but would be kept under review as firm prices for different elements of work were agreed.

 

NOTICE BOARDS – After further discussion concerning recent misuse of the Notice Boards Council directed the clerk to write to the Village Hall management committee, with copy to Mrs Jean Higgins who was previously the VHMC Social Committee Chair, and require that the key entrusted to the VHMC Social Committee must be returned.

 

STORM WATER DRAINAGE: Cllr. Gareth Evans advised that there had been no action taken by City Council to alleviate the flow of storm water down Port Eynon hill; and that he would continue to press the Council to act on this.

 

LANE TO YOUTH HOSTEL – Cllr. Martin Cox advised that he had met with Mr. Peter Beynon of C&CS and that Regrading of the surface of the lane would be carried out. Clerk advised Council that he had requested that the car parking area between Borfa house and the village green be regraded at the same time.

 

 

Finance                   Clerk advised that he had made payment of £1,000 grant to the Gower First Responder Appeal.

Council confirmed that payment of £80 should be made to the VHMC for hire of hall in second half of 2017.

 

Committed expenditure was presently:

Port Eynon Village Green works- £2,000

Scurlage Village Green works – £8,000

Knelston School benches to play areas – £2,000

 

 

Planning                  Clerk provided a resume of applications recently considered.

 

2017/2392 ‘Dinglebank’, Knelston – Detached Dwelling house and garage.

Council noted that this application supercedes a previous application at the same site for three detached dwellings and garages, which was refused. Council were of the opinion that demolition of the existing sheds and replacement with a single dwelling house sited as per this application was appropriate to the location. Concern was expressed that the detached house and detached garage were excessive for the small plot and that an integrated garage would be preferable.

Application granted on 5th March subject to submission of acceptable detailed plans.

 

2017/2448 Field 7000, Burry – New detached dwelling house.

Council noted that the application was for a relatively large house set in open fields and remote from the adjacent highway. The proposed property would be served by Trumpet Lane which was at present a rural bridleway/footpath. Council considered the planning statement and noted that the house was described as an ‘Essential Agricultural Workers Dwelling’ required to support a relatively new farm holding. Whilst sympathetic to the establishment of a new agricultural business Council were of the opinion that the size of the dwelling was not in keeping with the area and that the location represented unnecessary intrusion into the countryside.

Decision pending.

 

2017/2653 ‘Oddington’ Overton Lane. – Incorporation of land and Provision of a gravelled driveway.

Council noted that this was a retrospective application, and that there had been no adverse public comment. Council were of the general opinion that the application should be supported.

Application refused on 6th February in that this was not a lawful development.

 

2018/0121 South Gower Sports Club – erection of a marquee (May to September) and provision of five pitches for touring caravans (April to October) for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Council noted that the marquee was of a similar size and location and the caravan pitches were at a similar location as in previous applications. Council agreed that they had no objections to this application.

Application approved on 15th March 2018.

 

2018/0219 ‘Lilac House’ Overton – Increase in eaves height, roof lights and revised fenestration.

Council noted that the proposed works did not material alter the appearance and character of the existing property and were generally in support of the application.

Application approved on29th March 2018.

 

2018/0153 ‘Moor Corner Farm’ Port Eynon – Proviison of five touring caravan pitches April to October in 2018 and 2019.

Council noted that this application was similar to previously granted applications and saw no reason not to support it.

Application approved on 1st March 2018.

 

NEW APPLICATIONS

 

2018/0266 ‘Highfield’ Port Eynon – Change of use of outbuilding to provide for a gin distillery and use of garage as a bonded store.

Council considered the application and were in general agreement that the application could be supported.

 

2018/0409 ‘South Gower Sports Club’ Scurlage – Use of the complete lower football field for up to 100 units of camping on the 30th June; 7th/8th July; 26th to 30th July and 24th to 27th August (all inclusive).

Council considered the application and noted that in principle it was similar to an application granted the previous year other than the dates and that the events were generally of longer periods. Council noted that the club had made considerable effort in the previous year to limit environmental disturbance, and in the belief that these efforts would be maintained it was agreed that the application could be supported.

 

 

Highways and Footpaths

 

Cllr. Robert Fisher advised that there had still been no action by City council to rectify the road surface of Monksland Road and that the extent of potholes now rendered the road dangerous to both pedestrians and motorists.

 

Cllr. Robert Fisher also queried the area adjoining Muddy Gap and whether this should have been landscaped as part of the building contract. Clerk to investigate.

 

Cllr. Robert Fisher relayed a complaint from the VHMC that some of the street lights at port eynon village Green were not working. Clerk pointed out that there was a current initiative by Gower AONB Working party, Gower society and others to promote a dark sky environment in Gower and this involved reducing the impact of street lights. Decided not to pursue rectification of street lights.

 

Correspondence

Clerk advised that he had received a number of communications as follows;

  • Promotional material for ‘EVOLIS’ radar speed signs.
  • Promotional material for ‘Glasdon’ seats and litter bins.                                 Clerk had nothing to report.Village Halls  Clerk advised that there was nothing to report.Any Other BusinessCllr. Evans enquired if Council wished to proceed with further bramble clearance at Port Eynon this year. Agreed to engage the same contractor; and Cllr. Evans offered to arrange for this to be done.Cllr. Cox advised that there had been a change in name of Carreglwydd Camp Site to Sea and Sky Camp site. All so noted.Cllr. S. Fisher enquired as to the arrangements for closure of the car park at Port Eynon during the coming season. Clerk requested to follow up.Next meeting – 16th April 2018 at 7 pm.There being no further business to discuss the meeting adjourned at 8: 30 pm. Barry Stubbings (Clerk)                                                                                                           Robert Fisher (Chair)
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  • Knelston Burial Ground.
  • Clerk/Chair advised that there had been no further communications with the Llanddewi Village Hall Trustees/
  • Cllr. Robert Fisher advised that he had attended the March meeting of the Port Eynon Village Hall Committee. He advised that the VHMC climed that wayleave payments received from Western power were rightfully due to the VHMC. Clerk pointed out that payment should be made to the registered land owner and for at least one part this was the community council. For the other part at the village green this would in fact appear to be the City council. Decided to take no action. Cllr. Fisher advised that VHMC were now seeking to engage a consultant to prepare a master plan.
  • Communications