Council Meeting on 19 April 2021

Minutes of monthly Council meeting held on Monday 19th April 2021 via a virtual platform

Present                  Councillors: Martin Cox, Robert Fisher, Sheila Fisher, Gareth Evans, Dave Lewis

Apologies:             Councillors Gareth Jones

In Attendance       Mr.Barry Stubbings – Clerk;

  1. Minutes                 Clerk confirmed that the draft minutes of the last meeting held on 22nd March 2021 had been circulated to all Councillors. Correction was requested to Item 6 to delete the word ‘recently’ for the lights at Sky Sea Park. Also to delete ‘SF’ from action regarding Llandewi Hall. It was proposed by Councillor Martin Cox, and seconded by Councillor Gareth Evans that the minutes be accepted and this proposal was agreed by all.
  • Declarations of Interest      None were declared.
  • Matters Arising

Chair advised that as a result of the massive programme in Gower to fell Ash trees, he had, so far, been unable to obtain the services of an arborist.

SF advised that despite door to door canvassing of opinion concerning the siting of a bench at the terminus of Monksland Road there appeared to be little interest. SF suggested that the bench presently available be located near to the bus stop. Also reminded all that purchase of a further bench had been agreed, it was agreed that Clerk should proceed with this.

  • Finance 

Clerk advised that £500 allowance was still held for installation of notice board and seats at Scurlage. Chair confirmed that he expected a quotation in the coming week.

GE advised that he had passed the invoice for wild flower planting to the Clerk. RF commented that extent of planting at Scurlage seemed to have been reduced. Clerk advised that it was best for RF/GE to take up direct with Parks Department.

Clerk confirmed that reserves were adequate to meet all envisaged commitments.                           

  • Planning  

Clerk confirmed that he had circulated notice recent applications and decisions.

  • APPLICATIONS PREVIOUSLY CONSIDERED.

2021/0434 – Four  Polytunnels to be erected at Llandewi Castle Farm.

Approved on 12th April 2021 as reasonable agricultural development but not to exist for more than ten years.

2021/0427/FUL – Attached single storey garage at 2Milestone Court, Scurlage

Approved on 9th April 2021

  • NEW APPLICATIONS

Week beginning 8th March – none

Week Beginning 15th March –

2021/0710/FUL 2, Salt Cottage, Port Eynon – Reduction on ground levels around the main dwelling and building of a natural stone retaining wall to create a level patio area. Detached garden room which will be used solely by the owner/occupier of the main building as ancillary & garden accommodation for the occupiers of the main application dwelling.

Council considered the application and made the following comments:

  • The location of the proposed building is in an area of historical prominence being positioned between the ruins of the historic Salt House and the Salt House Cottages. The modern elevational treatments while understood to be in architectural contrast to the historical buildings are considered to be inappropriate and if a structure at this location is to be permitted it should be visually consistent with the neighbouring buildings and cognizant of the AONB vernacular.
  • The presented photomontages are considered to be misleading. When the height of the building is compared to the garden seat nearby, the building will be at a higher elevation and will be far more obtrusive when viewed from all angles.
  • Whilst the intended usage of the rooms has been changed from that which was indicated in the Pre-Application submission, these changes are viewed as likely cosmetic. Should the application be granted then it must be with the proviso that the building can not be used for domestic habitation.

Overall the Council, by majority, does not support this application.

Week Beginning 29th March –

2021/0842/FUL Ivy Cottage, Port Eynon – Retention of sub-division of property to two independent units of accommodation.

2021/0794/ELD Ivy Cottage, Port eynon – Use of property as two separate residential units of accommodation (class C3) (Application for a certificate of existing lawfulness).

Council considered the two applications, during which concern was expressed at the accuracy of the presented drawings with regard to the location and width of the access and the area available for parking.

Council noted that in a previous application 2010/0861 permission to extend the property was granted on the express condition ‘The proposed development shall remain at all times an integral part of the existing dwelling and shall not be sold, let or otherwise occupied as a separate unit of accommodation.’ The present application acknowledges that the property has been let as two separate units for the past ten years in contravention of the consent granted in 2010. There appears to have been no physical change to the property since 2010, and the condition of consent applicable then is still relevant.

For these reasons Council, by majority, could not support the application.

Week beginning 5th April –

2021/0268/FUL Ship Inn, Port Eynon – Retention and completion of first floor side extension, two single storey rear extensions, external staircase, increase in heights of chimney and side falt roof, front canopies, external alterations and three detached storage sheds.

Council noted that this applications is in several parts and addressed it in the same manner.

  • Completion of side first floor side extension.

Council considered that the addition of a first floor to the present side extension, as previously approved, would improve the overall massing of the building and eliminate the present unsightly large flat roof. The windows indicated on the North elevation at first floor were not found to overlook neighbouring properties. Council had no objection to this worl proceeding.

  • Retention of two single storey rear extensions.

Council considered the single storey rear extensions to have no significant detrimental effect to the neighbourhood and to have been largely accepted by the community. Council had no objection to these extensions being retained.

  • Retention of external staircase.

Council noted that two rear staircases have been constructed to provide access to both the rear lawn area and the rear storage yard. Council were of the opinion that the staircase from the function room should not be approved and access to the lawn area should be solely via the staircase leading from ‘back of house’.

  • Increase in height of chimney.

Council noted the increase in height of the chimney and had no objection to this alteration.

  • Increase in height of side extension flat roof.

Council noted that the flat roof of the side extension appeared to have been raised from that shown on previous plans. They had no objection to this apparent change.

  • Retention of front canopies and changes to external elevations.

Council noted the changes, particularly to the South elevation and were of the genral opinion that the changes provided an improvement to the South elevation. Council however noted a change to the North elevation where one of the proposed fixed windows has been changed to a combined widow and door thus providing access from the function room to the rear lawn. Council were strongly of the opinion that this rear lawn area should not be used as an extension of the function room and should be restricted to use solely by the occupants of the first floor living accommodation. Use of the lawn as a public area should be prohibited due to its proximity to the neighbouring properties.

  • Addition of three storage sheds.

Council had no comment on the proposed addition of storage sheds where limited to the indicated storage yard.

  • Highways, Footpaths and Environment

Clerk advised that there had been no response or updates on the issues previously discussed.

DL commented that he had yet again been placed in serious jeopardy whilst passing parked cars outside the Highwinds residence.

Chair requested Clerk to arrange for the Gower police person to attend the first available ‘in person’ meeting of the Council.

  • Correspondence

Clerk had nothing further to report.

  • Communications, Notice Boards, Etc

Board at Port Eynon has been re-established and the Chair thanked Cllr Evans and the Clerk for their efforts..

  • Village Halls

Port Eynon –  Chair advised that he continued to attend VHMC meetings. At the last meeting there had been heated discussion over the legitimacy of decisions made by the VHMC and presented to the public and other representative bodies.

Llanddewi – Chair advised that he would continue to endeavour to contact Mr. Walters. Clerk reminded all that Council had previously agreed to fund any legal consultations necessary to review ownership of Llandewi Hall.

  1. Knelston Burial Ground.

Clerk advised, on behalf of the Trustees, that there was nothing to report.

  1. Port Eynon Sea-Front Improvements

Clerk confirmed that a written paper had been sent to all households in the Community Council area setting out the Council’s position on the proposals for the waterfront development and inviting responses thereon.

Copy had been made to all Gower Community Councils, The Gower Society, Gower AONB and all members of the Steering Group. Copy was also posted on the Community Council website and Notice Boards.

  1. Any Other Business            

Discussion took place on:

  • The obtrusive floodlights and cameras installed at 9 Boarlands to monitor the Sky Sea Holiday Park. Numerous complaints had been received from residents as to the intrusion on privacy. Clerk was requested to make complaint to C&CS Environmental Officer, AONB Dark Sky Initiative, Local Police, etc.
  • Matters of beach safety, including signage to deter use of BBQ fires, the prevalence of adders during this period of fine weather, and servicing of litter bins.
  • The lane to the Youth Hostel and Salt Cottages. Clerk was requested to make a FOI request of C&CS with respect to recent sale of strip of land along the lane.

Next meeting – Annual General meeting on Monday 17th May 2021, 7 pm, using zoom meeting facility. Clerk to arrange.

There being no further business to discuss the Chair thanked all in attendance and the meeting adjourned at 9:30 pm.

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Barry Stubbings (Clerk)                                                                                                       Robert Fisher (Chair)

12th April 2021

Minutes of Council Meeting January 2021

Port Eynon Community Council

Minutes of monthly Council meeting held on Monday 25th January 2021 via a virtual platform

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

Apologies:             Councillors Gareth Jones, Dave Lewis

In attendance       Mr.Barry Stubbings – Clerk;

  1. Minutes                 Clerk confirmed that the draft minutes of the last meeting held on 21st December 2020 had been circulated to all Councillors. 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.
  • Declarations of Interest      None were declared.
  • Matters Arising

Clerk advised that there were none other than would be considered via the Agenda

  • Finance 

Clerk advised of current resources available. Invoices had been received from BHB Insurance for the annual policy renewal at £225 and from Ms. Jan Harris for gardening work at Knelston Burial Ground and Scuralge war memorial at £262 and £58;50 respectively. Payments had been made for both. All agreed to retrospectively approve the payments..

 Clerk advised that he was in receipt of invoice from Greenbarnes Ltd for £2,462 for the notice board at Scurlage, noting that it had been recently delivered. MC proposed, GE seconded and all agreed to payment of above three invoices..

Clerk confirmed that reserves together with final payment of 2020 Precept were adequate to meet all envisaged commitments.                      

  • Planning  

Clerk confirmed that he had circulated notice of applications recent applications and decisions.

APPLICATIONS PREVIOUSLY CONSIDERED.

2020/1398 FUL    The Bays Farm, Overton – Conversion of existing detached studio building to provide for a self-contained holiday property.

                        Application was not supported but is now approved as follows:-

‘In conclusion it is considered that the proposal, as well as affording economic and social benefits to the wider community, respects the proportions, design, character and appearance of the existing former agricultural building which in turn respects the wider countryside and AONB whilst also offering modern, flexible holiday accommodation. The proposal is of high quality design and subject to conditions controlling traditional materials the renovation will respect the visual amenities of the area. Therefore, it is considered that the development complies with the principles of Policies PS2, CV2, CV4, ER4, TR1 and TR5 of the LDP and Supplementary Planning Guidance documents ‘Gower Design Guide’ and the ‘Conversion of Rural Buildings’. Regard has been given to the duty to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales, in accordance with the sustainable development principle, under Part 2, Section 3 of the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 (“the WBFG Act”). In reaching this recommendation, the Local Planning Authority has taken account of the ways of working set out at Part 2, Section 5 of the WBFG Act and consider that this recommendation is in accordance with the sustainable development principle through its contribution towards one or more of the public bodies’ well-being objectives set out as required by Part 2, Section 9 of the WBFG Act. Approval is recommended.’

2020/2119 Well Cottage, Port Eynon – Single storey rear extension with addition of 7 rooflights and alterations to fenestrations.

Application was not supported and has been REFUSED for the following reasons

‘The proposed development, by reason of the excessive number of rooflights being proposed, in conjunction with their sporadic siting within the rear roof slope, would represent a discordant and contrived form of development, that would fail to respect the appearance and character of the host dwelling, to the detriment of the character of the Port Eynon Conservation Area and the wider Gower AONB, contrary to Policies PS2, ER4, HC1 and HC2 of the Swansea Local Development Plan (2019) and the Council’s Design Guide for Householder Development and Gower AONB Design Guide.’

2020/2269 FUL The Old Pharmacy, Monksland road, Scurlage – Addition of first floor and conversion from office to a dormer bungalow.

Application was supported but has been refused for the following reasons –

1 The proposed dwelling is served by an inadequate level of private amenity space, to the detriment of the living conditions of the future occupiers of the dwelling, contrary to Policy PS2 of the Swansea Local Development Plan (2019) and the Council’s Infill and Backland Design Guide and the Gower AONB Design Guide.

2 The proposed resultant building, by reason of its excessive height and close proximity to the common boundary with The Old Surgery (to the south), would have an overbearing impact on the occupiers of this neighbouring property, to the detriment of the standard of living conditions they could reasonably expect to enjoy, contrary to Policy PS2 of the Swansea Local Development Plan (2019) and the Council’s Infill and Backland Design Guide and the Gower AONB Design Guide.

NEW APPLICATIONS

2020/2439 PRE    2 Salt Cottage, Port Eynon – Reduction in ground levels and new dwelling to provide additional family accommodation.

Application is not supported for the following reasons –

  • The proposed new dwelling of approximately 1200 sq. m. floor area with two double bedrooms is considered excessive as an addition to the existing property and far in excess of what can be described as a ‘granny flat’.
  • The indicated largely glazed elevations are not sympathetic to and in keeping with the historic location of The Salt House and neighbouring row of traditional cottages.
  • This new dwelling does not benefit from any means of access or provision of parking. Sole access is via an ‘unmade’ lane and the only provision for parking is some distance away in the public car park serving Port Eynon beach.
  • Considerable excavation of the site is proposed, this site is subject to frequent south-westerly gales and serious concern is raised over the stability of ground of adjoining properties unless substantial retaining structures are provided which would themselves form an unsightly change in the landscape of this sensitive area. Substantial sea walls were recently provided to secure the seaward edge of this site.

2020/2371/S73   Knelston Farm, Knelston                   Amendments to planning conditions imposed by 2017/0470/FUL

Application was supported with no comments.

2020/2589/FUL  Dinglebank, Knelston – Two storey side extension, revisions to fenestration and timber cladding at first floor.

Application was supported, noting the following –

  • The proposed extensions involve demolition of an existing single storey extension and replacement with a substantial two storey extension which will more than double the size of the original house.
  • It was noted that the present house is located within a substantial plot on the edge of the village boundaries.
  • It was noted that the new extensions are effectively at the ‘rear’ of the existing house and would not detract from, or interfere with neighbouring properties.
  • It was further noted that the village of Knelston is characterised by a number of large dwellings of relatively recent construction and in the area of this property a number of recent infill developments.
  •  Whilst the extended property will not dominate views from the road and the village, it will be dominant in the landscape when viewed from Llanddewi to the west.
  • The proposed timber cladding will provide an ‘unusual’ elevational treatment in the context of a rural Gower village, but it was acknowledged that it would be a unifying element between the original property and the extensions.

2020/2653/ELD      Scurlage Farm, Scurlage – Siting of a residential caravan

Application was supported, noting the following –

  • It was noted that the address for this application is incorrect/misleading and should be ‘Scurlage Farm, Scurlage’
  • It was further noted that a static caravan had been present at this site for some considerable time, and this had not given rise to any complaints or objections.
  • In principle the Council is of the opinion that every opportunity should be taken to limit and remove the presence of isolated and individual static caravans in the Gower landscape an exception could be made in this instance as it was in an urbanised location and provided accommodation in support of local employment.
  • Highways, Footpaths and Environment

Clerk advised that there were no new issues.

Chair requested that efforts were again made to engage with City Council for a site meeting to review traffic safety in Scurlage. Clerk agreed to write to City council with copy to Cllr.Richard Lewis and for Chair to follow up with Mr. Lewis.

  • Correspondence

Clerk advised that the only correspondence had received was in respect of continued support for the Gower Dark Skies Initiative. All agreed that Council should so support.

  • Communications, Notice Boards, Etc

Chair confirmed that new board for Scurlage had been received and that he would arrange for it to be erected, hopefully on the existing posts. If successful then the two posts purchased with the board could be used to re-establish the board at St Cattwg’s church in Port Eynon. GE confirmed that he had spoken with DL who had the tools and facilities to prepare the foundations for the new posts.

SF enquired whether it was still the intention to re-locate the existing seat on the Scurlage Green to the vicinity of the bus stop. All agreed that it was better for the present seat to remain at its location and for a new seat to be purchased and sited at the bus stop.

  • Village Halls

Port Eynon –  Chair advised that he continued to attend VHMC meetings but there were no new substantive issues. Following a site inspection he had identified the need to fell or significantly prune two large ash trees which were suffering from ‘Ash Die Back’. All agreed that quotations be obtained from a tree arborist for any necessary work.

Llanddewi – Chair/SF advised that they would again endeavour to contact Mr. Walters.

  1. Knelston Burial Ground.

Clerk advised, on behalf of the Trustees, that there was nothing to report.

  1. Port Eynon Sea-Front Improvements

Chair advised that he had participated in discussion with the appointed architects, held jointly with Cllr. Richard Lewis, and where the focus had been on the potential for a multi use building to be constructed in the car park. Further discussions were planned for the forthcoming week, when he hoped that more details would be forthcoming so that informed discussion could take place both in the Community Council and the community at large. Ge advised that he had been receiving negative feedback from local residents.

  1. Any Other Business            

Clerk advised that he had received a call from Ms Caroline Davies of the special events Section of City Council with regard to a request to hold a wedding reception on Port Eynon Village Green on 6th August for approximately 150 guests. Clerk had requested further details.

Next meeting – Monday 15th February 2021, 7 pm, using zoom meeting facility. Clerk to arrange.

There being no further business to discuss the Chair thanked all in attendance and the meeting adjourned at 8: 30 pm.

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Barry Stubbings (Clerk)                                                                                                       Robert Fisher (Chair)

26th January 2021

Council meeting 16th November 2020

Port Eynon Community Council

Minutes of monthly Council meeting held on Monday 16th November 2020 at The Old Pharmacy, Scurlage.

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

Apologies:             Gareth Evans

In attendance       Mr.Barry Stubbings – Clerk;

  1. Minutes                 Clerk confirmed that the notes of a ‘virtual’  meeting held via ZOOM technology on 19th October had been circulated to all Councillors.
  • Declarations of Interest      None were declared.
  • Matters Arising

None considered at this meeting.

  • Finance 

Clerk advised of current resources available and that two of the three precept payments had been received and final payment was due in December.  

Further to the last meeting Clerk confirmed that he had taken out an upgrade subscription for ZOOM meetings at a cost of £144 to facilitate further meetings using this technology. Agreed to reimburse the Clerk.

Clerk advised that he was experiencing difficulty in communications with CARIAD for provision of further defibrillators and all agreed that this likely reflected the Covid pandemic situation.

Timber posts around edge of Overton Green – Penrice Estate had objected and the present stones would be retained.

Xmas trees had been purchased from ‘Gower Fresh Xmas Trees’ for Scurlage and Port Eynon together with solar power lights. Budget of £750. Warden of St Cattwg’s church had kindly agreed for a tree to be ercetec in the churchyard near to the RNLI monument. Councillor Gareth Jones kindly offered to prepare sunken tubes

at each location.

Bench seat at Scurlage bus stop would be facilitated by relocation of the present seat at the Salisbury/Monksland road junction.

War Memorial bench seat had been ordered from David Ogilvie Engineering. Budget £1,260.

A further bench seat had been purchased for the green area near nos 20/22 Monksland Road. Budget £700.

New Notice Board had been ordered for Scurlage Green to be located nearby the bus stop. Budget £2,000. Board would provide for community notices in separate section to Council notices.

Repairs to Notice Boards at Port Eynon, and Knelston. Budget £200.

Wildfower planting at Sculage and Port Eynon village greens, and bramble clearance at Port Eynon. Budget £150

Traffic calming measures at Scurlage. Budget £3,000.

Clerk confirmed that reserves together with 2020 Precept were adequate to meet these commitments.                      

  • Planning  

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

NEW APPLICATIONS

2020/2269 FUL – The Old Pharmacy, Scurlage

Conversion of office premises to living accommodation including addition of first floor and porch.

The community Council have considered this application for full planning approval and have the following comments.

Council supports the conversion to living accommodation of this small property presenting providing office premises. In so doing Council notes that the present flat roof structure is deteriorating and requires substantial renovation works.

Council considers that the addition of a pitched roof and front porch will result in elevations which are more consistent with the residential street scene of Monksland Road. Council notes that parking is presently provided for the office premises by means of a lay-by fronting the property and that this will continue to be the case.

For the above reasons, Council by majority were of the opinion that this planning application is supported.

2020/2119 FUL Well Cottage, Port Eynon

Single storey Rear Extension (Amendment to application 2012/2543)

The community Council have considered this application for full planning approval to amend application 2019/2543 and have the following comments.

The amendment incorporates substantial changes to the rear elevation including 15 roof lights. No supporting floor plans have been provided to illustrate how the amended elevation is integrated with the floor plans. Whilst the amendment would appear to result in a ‘cleaner’ rear elevation the provision of such a large number of roof lights detracts from the overall appearance of the rear elevation.

Council notes that although the cottage is unchanged from the present arrangement of three bedrooms no indication is given as to how provision will be made for parking. Residents and Council are concerned that the lack of parking provision for Well cottage and neighbouring properties is leading to considerable congestion in nearby Orchard  Close which leads to difficulty in access for emergency and refuse vehicles to the properties in this area.

For the above reasons, Council by majority were of the opinion that this amendment to the previous planning application could not be supported.

  • Highways, Footpaths and Environment

No matters considered.

  • Correspondence

Clerk advised that he had received no correspondence of note.

  • Communications, Notice Boards, Etc

See above.

  • Village Halls

Chair advised that he had received notice that an architect was to be appointed to produce an outline scheme for shops, toilets and community centre at the car park in Port Eynon.

  1. Knelston Burial Ground.

Clerk advised, on behalf of the Trustees, that there was nothing to report.

  1. Any Other Business            

There was no further business.

Next meeting – Monday 21st December 2020, 7 pm. At The Old Pharmacy, Scurlage as pandemic restrictions precluded a return to meetings at Knelston School.

There being no further business to discuss the Chair thanked all in attendance and the meeting adjourned at 9: 00 pm.

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Barry Stubbings (Clerk)                                                                                                       Robert Fisher (Chair)

10th March 2020

Notes of Meeting 16 October 2020

PORT EYNON COMMUNITY COUNCIL

NOTES OF A ZOOM MEETING HELD ON 19th OCTOBER 2020

Participating: Robert Fisher, Gareth Evans, Sheila Fisher, Martin Cox, Barry stubbings                                 

Apologies:           Dave Lewis, Gareth Jones

Purpose: To discuss key issues and progress planned expenditure.

Agreed immediate expenditure:

  1. To purchase a new notice board for Scurlage Green, to be sited close to bus stop. (£2,000)
  2. To relocate existing bench from opposite Salisbury Close to above new Notice Board.
  3. To purchase a memorial seat for war memorial garden area. (£1,000)
  4. To purchase new bench seat to be placed on green area at end of Monksland Road in Scurlage. (£1,000)
  5. To obtain from City Council, or purchase, new dog bins for Scurlage, Overton and Port Eynon
  6. To purchase Xmas trees for Scurlage and Port Eynon. (£500)
  7. To secure contractor to restore notice boards at Port Eynon and Knelston, erect new board at Scurlage, resite seat and clear old posts. (£500).

Further expenditure:

Knelston School – assistance with a blindfold/sensory trail in woodland area near to Knelston Garage.

Further projects:

  1. Liaise with City Council on speed restriction along A4118.
  2. Liaise with City Council on new and additional rubbish bins for Port Eynon.
  3. Liaise with City Council on possible long term lease of village green area at rear of Borfa House.
  4. Liaise with City Council/Gower AONB on lowering of sand dunes fronting shops in Port Eynon.
  5. Liaise with Sketty Housing on replanting of trees at Scurlage Green.

General Points

  1. Port Eynon Car park to be open on 24/7 basis, also key evening businesses now have a key to assist customers.
  2. Wire fence between car park and Sky & Sea Park is to be reinstated to original boundary.
  3. Posts along lane to Hostel and salt House to be cleared of encroaching undergrowth.

Council Meeting February 2020

Approved minutes of meeting held in February 2020

Port Eynon Community Council

Minutes of monthly Council meeting held on Monday 24th February 2020 at Knelston Primary School

Present                  Councillors: Martin Cox, Robert Fisher, Sheila Fisher, David Lewis, Steve Young.

Apologies:             Gareth Jones

In attendance       Mr.Barry Stubbings – Clerk;

  1. Minutes                 Clerk confirmed that the draft minutes of the last meeting held on 20th January 2020 had been circulated to all Councillors. The Chair expressed his thanks to Cllr. Evans for acting as clerk and preparing the record of the meeting. Cllr Young requested a minor change at Section 6 to show that the request to alter the traffic sign in Port Eynon was in fact made by Cllr. Lewis. It was proposed by Councillor Martin Cox, and seconded by Councillor Sheila Fisher that the minutes, with this correction, be accepted and this proposal was agreed by all.
  • Declarations of Interest      None were declared.
  • Matters Arising

SCURLAGE GREEN –

TRAFFIC SPEED – Clerk advised of response from CC&S on 4th February regarding traffic control measures in Scurlage. After discussion it was agreed to invite the representative of C&CS to attend a Council meeting.

                                FOOTPATHS – response from C&CS, as above, was noted and agreed that Clerk should write to the developer to seek adoption.

                                SALTHOUSE LANE, PORT EYNON Clerk advised that he had received a response from C&CS Peter Beynon but it did not seem to progress matters. Agreed to invite Peter Beynon to future Council meeting.

DEFIBRILLATORS – After further consideration Council agreed to proceed with funding of two defibrillators. Clerk to advise ‘Cariad’.

  • Finance 

Clerk advised of current resources available and that precept application for £6,000 had been agreed. Clerk advised that he was in receipt of invoices from Knelston School for hire of the meeting room, £200 and Membership of One voice Wales, £138. Proposed by Cllr Gareth Evans and seconded by Cllr. Steve Young that payment be made. Agreed unanimously.

 After discussion it was agreed to proceed without delay on following items of village improvement.

Two defibrillators to be sited at Overton Green (free standing solar powered); Port Eynon Youth Hostel (mains power with unit relocated from Knelston garage; Knelston village (free standing solar powered) Budget £3,000.

Timber posts around edge of Overton Green (agreement of Penrice Estate will be necessary). Budget £1,000.

Bench seats at Scurlage bus stop and War Memorial. Budget £3,000.

Repairs to Notice Boards at Port Eynon, and Knelston. Budget £500.

Replacement Notice Board at Scurlage green. Budget £1,000.

Wildfower planting at Sculage and Port Eynon village greens, and bramble clearance at Port Eynon. Budget £150

Traffic calming measures at Scurlage. Budget £3,000.

                                Total budget allocation £11,650.

Clerk confirmed that reserves together with 2020 Precept were adequate to meet these commitments.                      

  • Planning  

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

APPLICATIONS PREVIOUSLY CONSIDERED.

2019/2543 FUL    Well Cottage, Port Eynon – Increase of roof height at rear, rooflights and patio doors.

Council considered the application and found it generally acceptable with no adverse effect on neighbours or the neighbourhood. Application granted 8th January 2020

2019/2313 FUL    Land adjoining Dinglebank, Trumpet Lane, Knelston – New detached house and garage.

Council considered this further application for this site.Council were of the opinion that the proposals represented an over development of the site leading to a detached house which was not in accordance with the guidelines expressed in the AONB Design Guide for both overall size and for height. The resulting house would not be compatible with existing properties in Trumpet Lane. Council noted that the proposed first floor terrace would give rise to intrusive overlooking of a neighbouring property. Council noted that the plot size had been maximised by the removal of established hedgerows and replacement with close boarded fencing which is further contrary to AONB Guidelines.

Council reiterated previously expressed concerns with regard to further development being served by Trumpet Lane which is an unmade road served from a sub-standard junction with the A4118 Port Eynon Road. This junction lacks visibility for exiting traffic and is sited close to a rise in the main road such that southbound traffic is unaware of exiting vehicles.

Overall Council were of the unanimous opinion that the application should be refused. Application refused on 9th December 2019.

2019/2493 South Gower Sports Club, Detached Gymnasium Building. Council by majority agreed this proposed addition to the Sports Club complex is in principle, acceptable .

2019/2811/PRE A Pre-App for detached dwelling at Scurlage Farm Scurlage SA3 1BA

Councillors referred to their consideration of an earlier application and concerns re; increased surface water run-off but considered that the increased amenity space and smaller footprint of the proposed property sufficient for them to support the application.

2019/2794/FUL  Milestone Court Scurlage SA3 1AX Proposed detached dwelling.

Overall Council were unanimously of the opinion that the proposed development was not in accordance with local planning policy, was of excessive size and constituted over development of a small backland site.

2018/2279/FUL granted 12/12/2018 Murmur y Llanw, Overton Lane Port Eynon SA3 1NR

Discharge of condition 3 of Planning permission.

2020/0044/TEM Moor Corner Farm Port Eynon Swansea SA3 1NJ Use of land for the siting of 5 Touring caravans from Good Friday (whichever is the earlier) or the 1st April t 31st October 2020 (inclusive) and Good Friday (whichever is the earlier0 1st April to 31st October 2021 (inclusive).

Council considered the application and recommended approval.

2019/2945/FUL Highfield Port Eynon SA3 1NL Extend the use of the garage to operate gin tasting/making classes with first floor accommodation above to accommodate staff/owners and use of 4 bedrooms of the main dwelling house as a Bed and Breakfast.

Council considered the application and recommended approval.

NEW APPLICATIONS

2019/2541 PRE – Land South of Highwinds, Port Eynon, Development of a Holiday Park. Council noted the application and were of the opinion that it was contrary to the Local Development plan and planning policy for Gower AONB. Concern was raised as to the precedent that would be set if approved, noting that there would be substantial loss of active prime agricultural land, the development would impinge on the skyline of hills surrounding Port Eynon village. The size of the planned development would place considerable stress on the infrastructure of the area. Council unanimously voted that the proposal should be refused.

2020/0172 FUL – No 1 Frogmoor Cottages, Frogmoor Lane. Single storey rear extension.

Council considered the details of the application for a minor infill extension to the rear of the cottage and agreed unanimously that approval should be recommended.

2020/0021 ELD – Plot 90 Highfield Holiday park, Port Eynon. Replacement of caravan with a log cabin. Council noted that this was a retrospective application and were of the opinion that a certificate could be granted.

  • Highways, Footpaths and Environment

Cllr. Lewis again raised concern over the traffic sign on the approach to port eynon and the deep hole in the edge of the carriageway at St Cattwg’s church.

Cllr. Young repeated his concerns over the boardwalk from Port Eynon to Horton which is hazardous to pedestrians when it is wet. He advised that a serious accident had recently occurred which necessitated the attendance of the air ambulance.  As a corollary he requested the Clerk to make enquiries of the First Responder Unit as to why they do not appear to be reacting to accidents of this nature or to routine medical emergencies.

With the approach of a new holiday season Council expressed again their commitment to replacing the beach litter bins and to engaging local businesses in a plastic free village.

  • Correspondence

Clerk advised that he had received no correspondence of note.

  • Communications, Notice Boards, Etc

Cllr. Evans reported that the Notice Board at St Cattwg’s church had been blown or knocked down. He had approached Cllr. Jones to carry out repairs..

  • Village Halls

Port Eynon – Cllr. Robert Fisher advised that he had written to the VHMC and to Highfields Holiday Park regarding the boundary encroachment but had received no response.

Llanddewi – Chair advised that he was still unable to contact Mr Walters.

  1. Knelston Burial Ground.

Clerk advised, on behalf of the Trustees, that there was nothing to report.

  1. Any Other Business            

There was no further business.

Next meeting – Monday 23rd March 2020, 7 pm. At Knelston School.

There being no further business to discuss the Chair thanked all in attendance and the meeting adjourned at 9: 00 pm.

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Barry Stubbings (Clerk)                                                                                                       Robert Fisher (Chair)

10th March 2020

Minutes November 2019

Approved Minutes of Council meeting November 2019

Port Eynon Community Council

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

Present                  Councillors: Martin Cox, Gareth Evans, Robert Fisher, David Lewis

Apologies:             Sheila Fisher, Gareth Jones

In attendance       Mr.Barry Stubbings – Clerk;

  1. Minutes                 Clerk confirmed that the draft minutes of the last meeting held on 14th October 2019 had been circulated to all Councillors; also that the confirmed minutes of the September council meeting had been 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 this proposal was agreed by all.
  • Declarations of Interest      None were declared.
  • Matters Arising

SCURLAGE GREEN –

TRAFFIC SPEED – Clerk tabled a draft of letter to C&CS Chief Executive calling for action and all agreed on the letter being sent.

                                FOOTPATHS – call for action was also included in the above letter.

                                SALTHOUSE LANE, PORT EYNON Clerk to make contact with Peter Beynon and AONB taskforce to have undergrowth cleared and to make marker posts visible, also to regrade the lane surface. All matters previously promised and now long overdue.

DEFIBRILLATORS – No further consideration .

  • Finance 

Budgetted expenditure was presently:

                                                Port Eynon Village Green works- £2,000

                                                Scurlage Village Green works – £2,000

                                                Scurlage traffic speed management – £3,000

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

  • Planning  

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

2019/1556 Llais y Don, Overton lane, SA3 1NR – Extensions, Porches, canopy and front patio area.

Council noted that the proposal amounted to considerable reconfiguration and extension of the existing building. Reference was made to a detailed objection from owners of the neighbouring property. Council expressed concern over the extent of the additions to the present property and in particular, to the proximity of the side extension to the property boundary. Council further noted the incorporation of flat roof areas which would not be consistent with the Gower AONB Design Guides. Overall Council concluded by majority that the application could be recommended for approval provided the above concerns could be addressed.

Application approved on 5th November 2019.

2019/2027TCA Box Boat Cottage, Port Eynon – To lop and crown lift one cedar tree. Council had no recommendations.

2019/ 2080 PRE-App  Manzell Kuchak, Port Eynon  – Two storey side extension and single storey rear extension.

Council considered the application which was for extension and improvement of an existing holiday cottage. Council noted that there was no provision for parking at the existing property and there would be none after the improvements are carried out. Car parking in the immediate area is already problematic. Council further noted that the proposed fenestration would appear to not be compatible with the AONB design guide and expressed reservations over the proposed balcony.

Overall Council recommended that the application be refused.

Decided on 8th October and given a ‘MIXED’ response.

NEW APPLICATIONS

2019/2543 FUL    Well Cottage, Port Eynon – Increase of roof height at rear, rooflights and patio doors.

Council considered the application and found it generally acceptable with no adverse effect on neighbours or the neighbourhood.

2019/2313 FUL    Land adjoining Dinglebank, Trumpet Lane, Knelston – New detached house and garage.

Council considered this further application for this site.Council were of the opinion that the proposals represented an over development of the site leading to a detached house which was not in accordance with the guidelines expressed in the AONB Design Guide for both overall size and for height. The resulting house would not be compatible with existing properties in Trumpet Lane. Council noted that the proposed first floor terrace would give rise to intrusive overlooking of a neighbouring property. Council noted that the plot size had been maximised by the removal of established hedgerows and replacement with close boarded fencing which is further contrary to AONB Guidelines.

Council reiterated previously expressed concerns with regard to further development being served by Trumpet Lane which is an unmade road served from a sub-standard junction with the A4118 Port Eynon Road. This junction lacks visibility for exiting traffic and is sited close to a rise in the main road such that southbound traffic is unaware of exiting vehicles.

Overall Council were of the unanimous opinion that the application should be refused.

  • Highways and Footpaths

Councillors raised concern over the area at the rear of Borfa House, Port Eynon where the unmade surface had deteriorated to such an extent that it presented a severe hazard for pedestrians, particularly as there was no lighting in the area.  Numerous deep potholes were present which could easily lead to severe injuries to the public. It was noted that this area was a main pedestrian route serving the eastern part of Port Eynon and had become a parking area well used by tourists in the day time and by patrons of the Ship Inn in the evenings. Council noted that the popularity of this area for parking had risen in the recent past due to uncertainties around the cost and use of the main public car park.  Clerk to again raise with C&CS Peter Beynon.

Concern was raised with regard to the disabled car park area at the roundabout which was again suffering from frequent build up of sand and from the boundary wall which presented a dangerous unprotected drop for pedestrians.

Concern was raised with regard to the surface drain on the side of the A4118 just before St Cattwg’s church. Repairs had been ongoing for some time but there was concern that on completion there would remain a deep open drain which would be hazardous to pedestrians.

  • Correspondence

Clerk advised that he had received further correspondence from Mrs Walker concerning the green at Overton. In particular that the marker stones were no longer proving a deterrent to vehicles to park on the green. Councillor Evans advised that he would re-visit the area to see if improvements could be made.

Clerk advised that he had received letters from three residents in Knelston concerning the planning application for land adjacent to Dinglebank. These were considered with the application as above.

  • Communications, Notice Boards, Etc

Again, no matters for consideration.

  • Village Halls

Port Eynon – Cllr. Robert Fisher advised that he had written to the VHMC regarding the boundary encroachment from a caravan pitch and had emphasised that this was a matter that should be considered under the regulations for a party wall. A copy of letter was tabled for information of Councillors.

Llanddewi – Chair advised that he had been unable to contact Mr Walters.

  1. Knelston Burial Ground.

Clerk advised, on behalf of the Trustees, that there was nothing to report.

  1. Any Other Business            

Councillor Evans advised of his recent experience in the main car park at Port Eynon. He  was recently in the car park at approximately 8:30 pm and observed the gates being closed and possibly locked. He had to hastily exit the car park. He advised that it was his understanding that the car park was to remain open until 11 pm. But noted that the sign on the gate indicated hours of 8 am to 8:30 pm. The notice board on the toilet block advised hours of 8 am to 9 pm. He questioned what course of action was to be taken by a resident if they found their car locked in the car park, noting that there were no contact details given on the gates or the notice boards. Clerk was requested to raise with C&CS Peter Beynon.

Councillor Evans drew attention to previous discussions concerning the village green area in Port Eynon and wondered if this matter could be further addressed with a view leasing the area to preserve it for community use.

Next meeting – Unless there were urgent issues Council agreed not to meet in December and that next scheduled meeting would be Monday 18th January, 7 pm. At Knelston School.

There being no further business to discuss the Chair thanked all in attendance and the meeting adjourned at 9: 00 pm.

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Barry Stubbings (Clerk)                                                                                                       Robert Fisher (Chair)

18th January 2020

Minutes October 2019

Approved minutes of Council Meeting October 2019

Port Eynon Community Council

Minutes of monthly Council meeting held on Monday 14th October 2019 at Knelston Primary School

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

Apologies:             none

In attendance       Mr.Barry Stubbings – Clerk;

                                Residents of Scurlage –  Mr. Graham Howarth and Mrs Tracey Howarth

Chair                       Councillor Robert Fisher took the Chair and invited those members of the public present to address the meeting.

                                Mr. & Mrs. Howarth, on behalf of all residents in Scurlage, expressed concern over the lack of control of vehicle speed on the A4118 Port Eynon Road. They explained that they had organised a petition of residents and that this petition had been presented to the local Member of parliament Ms Antonia Antoniazza. Subsequently they had met at Scurlage with Mr. Lyn Jones of Swansea City Council and pointed out the hazardous stretch of road which included blind junctions at Berry road and Muddy Gap, bus stops on each side of the road, and in the summer months an ad hoc junction serving the Scurlage Farm shop via a field gate. They also stressed that the opposed service bus stops were used by numerous school busses.

                                The Chair responded to say that the Community Council had been pressing for many years for physical traffic calming measures to be introduced to reduce traffic speed and had offered to contribute to the cost of such measures from their limited budget. He further advised that their had been no response from the City Council to complaints from the Community Council and no contact with regard to this resident’s petition other than to advise that the same had been received.

                                Mr & Mrs Howarth thanked the Council for the sympathetic hearing they had received and all agreed to share any further developments. Mr & Mrs Howarth then left the meeting.

                                The Chair commenced the business of the regular Council Meeting.

  1. Minutes                 Clerk confirmed that the draft minutes of the last meeting held on 14th September 2019 had been circulated to all Councillors; also that the confirmed minutes of the July council meeting had been displayed on the Council notice boards and posted on the web site. Minor corrections were made. It was proposed by Councillor Gareth Evans, and seconded by Councillor Martin Cox that the minutes be accepted and this proposal was agreed by all.
  • Declarations of Interest      None were declared.
  • Matters Arising

SCURLAGE GREEN –

Bench seat – Clerk advised that he had received no response from C&CS Highways Dept concerning the removal of the bench seat.

Traffic speed – Clerk advised that he had written to C&CS Highways Dept. on traffic calming and possible provision of ‘Gateway’ signage for the village. He had sent a reminder and copied correspondence to Cllr. Richard Lewis but again was yet to receive any response. Cllr.Young advised that he was being pressed by many residents to take action to have ‘speed bumps’ installed. Clerk advised that he had been in contact with C&CS and requested the installation of speed monitoring strips in the vicinity of the junction with Berry lane.

                                FOOTPATHS –Cllr Steve Young advised that the footpath thro’ to the Sports Ground had been cleaned but a long term solution was still required.

It was agreed that Clerk should address all of the above long standing issues to the Council Chief Executive.

DEFIBRILLATORS –Clerk advised that the Council’s application for lottery funding had been declined with an indication that community support had not been demonstrated.

  • Finance 

Committed expenditure was presently:

                                                Port Eynon Village Green works- £2,000

                                                Scurlage Village Green works – £2,000

                                                Scurlage traffic speed management – £3,000

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

  • Planning  

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

2019/1556 Llais y Don, Overton lane, SA3 1NR – Extensions, Porches, canopy and front patio area.

Council noted that the proposal amounted to considerable reconfiguration and extension of the existing building. Reference was made to a detailed objection from owners of the neighbouring property. Council expressed concern over the extent of the additions to the present property and in particular, to the proximity of the side extension to the property boundary. Council further noted the incorporation of flat roof areas which would not be consistent with the Gower AONB Design Guides. Overall Council concluded by majority that the application could be recommended for approval provided the above concerns could be addressed.

Application approved on 5th November 2019.

2019/1982 Milestone Court, Scurlage, SA3 1AX – Proposed new dwelling house and attached Garage.

Council considered the application and noted that a previous application for a detached house at this location had already been granted, but an application for a pair of semi detached dwellings had been rejected. It was noted that this application increased the size of the proposed dwelling but now integrated the previously detached garage with the main house. Council expressed concern over the size of the dwelling which seemed inappropriate to what was effectively a ‘backland site’. In view of the previously granted application Council reluctantly accepted the modifications now presented. Application refused on 1st October as representing over development of the site and being inappropriate.

 NEW APPLICATIONS

2019/2027TCA Box Boat Cottage, Port Eynon – To lop and crown lift one cedar tree. Council had no recommendations.

2019/ 2080  Manzell Kuchak, Port Eynon  – Two storey side extension and single storey rear extension.

Council considered the application which was for extension and improvement of an existing holiday cottage. Council noted that there was no provision for parking at the existing property and there would be none after the improvements are carried out. Car parking in the immediate area is already problematic. Council further noted that the proposed fenestration would appear to not be compatible with the AONB design guide and expressed reservations over the proposed balcony.

Overall Council recommended that the application be refused.

  • Highways and Footpaths

No new matters considered.

  • Correspondence

Clerk advised of no issues for consideration

  • Communications, Notice Boards, Etc

Again, no matters for consideration.

  • Village Halls

Port Eynon – Cllr. Robert Fisher advised that he had written to the VHMC regarding the boundary encroachment from a caravan pitch and had emphasised that this was a matter that should be considered under the regulations for a party wall.

Llanddewi – Nothing to report.

  1. Knelston Burial Ground.

Clerk advised, on behalf of the Trustees, that there was nothing to report.

  1. Any Other Business            

Cllr. Sheila Fisher advised that arrangements had been made for a brief service of rememberance at the Scurlage Green Memorial on Monday 11th November. All were welcome to attend and clerk agreed to publicise on Council notice boards and web site.

Cllr Steve Young advised that he had been approached by residents in Monksland road concerning the dangers presented to children who were attending evening coaching sessions at the sports Club. After discussion it was agreed that children should be encouraged to use the footpath link alongside Monksland Court and not the main road. Council would look into the possibility of improving this link to remove unnecessary vegetation and provide solar powered bollard lighting.

Next meeting – Monday 18th November, 7 pm. At Knelston School.

There being no further business to discuss the Chair thanked all in attendance and the meeting adjourned at 9: 00 pm.

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Barry Stubbings (Clerk)                                                                                                       Robert Fisher (Chair)

18th Nov 2019

Minutes September 2019

Confirmed minutes of Council meeting September 2019

Port Eynon Community Council

Minutes of monthly Council meeting held on Monday 9th September 2019 at Knelston Primary School

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

Apologies:             Councillors: David Lewis

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 15th July 2019 had been circulated to all Councillors; also that the confirmed minutes of the June council meeting had been 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 this proposal was agreed by all.
  • Declarations of Interest      None so declared.
  • Matters Arising

SCURLAGE GREEN –

Bench seat – Clerk advised that he had received no response from C&CS Highways Dept concerning the removal of the bench seat.

Traffic speed – Clerk advised that he had written to C&CS Highways Dept. on traffic calming and possible provision of ‘Gateway’ signage for the village. He had sent a reminder and copied correspondence to Cllr. Richard Lewis but again was yet to receive any response. Cllr.Young advised that he was being pressed by many residents to take action to have ‘speed bumps’ installed. Clerk advised that he had been in contact with C&CS and requested the installation of speed monitoring strips in the vicinity of the junction with Berry lane.

                                FOOTPATHS –Cllr Steve Young advised that the footpath thro’ to the Sports Ground had been cleaned but a long term solution was still required.

DEFIBRILLATORS –Clerk advised that he had made an application to Lotteries Fund for Wales for a grant of £7,500 for four defibrillators accompanied by a commitment of Council funds up to £1,000 for installation costs and training. He had received acknowledgement of the application.

NOTICE BOARD AT KNELSTON – Clerk advised that he was in receipt of new MMT notice board to replace the present board at the burial ground and would install as soon as he could.

  • Finance 

Committed expenditure was presently:

                                                Port Eynon Village Green works- £2,000

                                                Scurlage Village Green works – £2,000

                                                Scurlage traffic speed management – £3,000

                                                Defibrillators – £9,000 (with possible grant aid of £7,500)

                                                New notice board at Knelston burial ground – £675

                                                Annual membership of One Voice Wales – £133

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

  • Planning  

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

2019/1419 Land North of 2 Frogmoor Cottages, Frog Moor lane. Conversion of garage to a two bedroom holiday cottage

Council noted that there was a previous application in 2018 (2018/1267) for conversion of the same garage building into a two bedroom holiday home and that this was refused. The existing building was considered to be unsuitable for conversion and the resultant building would be of inappropriate scale and design.

Council noted that the present garage building was no longer associated with the adjacent cottages and that it was significantly isolated in an adjoining field and had no apparent usage or purpose. Council were of the opinion that the present appearance of the building was incongruous. Council considered that the proposed conversion would serve to improve the usage and appearance of the building. Council agreed by majority to support the application.

Application refused on 19th June 2019 as existing building is not appropriate for conversion and resultant building would be an inappropriate suburban form.

2019/1587 PRE. Conversion of office building to a two bedroom dwelling

Council noted that the building in question was originally constructed as a pharmacy to serve what was then an adjacent doctor’s surgery building. It has latterly been in use as commercial office premises. The building is located in a residential context on a small infill site and in close proximity to the adjacent residential bungalow. Council were of the opinion that the present building was inappropriate to its residential surroundings and that the proposed conversion would offer significant visual improvement. Concern was expressed that the resultant accommodation was very limited for its purpose as a self-contained residential dwelling. Overall Council, by majority, recommended that the application be granted.

Application refused on 24th July as an inappropriate form of development which could be considered as detrimental to the character and appearance of the settlement.

NEW APPLICATIONS

2019/1156 Llais y Don, Overton lane, SA3 1NR – Extensions, Porches, canopy and front patio area.

Council noted that the proposal amounted to considerable reconfiguration and extension of the existing building. Reference was made to a detailed objection from owners of the neighbouring property. Council expressed concern over the extent of the additions to the present property and in particular, to the proximity of the side extension to the property boundary. Council further noted the incorporation of flat roof areas which would not be consistent with the Gower AONB Design Guides. Overall Council concluded by majority that the application could be recommended for approval provided the above concerns could be addressed.

2019/1982 Milestone Court, Scurlage, SA3 1AX – Proposed new dwelling house and attached Garage.

Council considered the application and noted that a previous application for a detached house at this location had already been granted, but an application for a pair of semi detached dwellings had been rejected. It was noted that this application increased the size of the proposed dwelling but now integrated the previously detached garage with the main house. Council expressed concern over the size of the dwelling which seemed inappropriate to what was effectively a ‘backland site’. In view of the previously granted application Council reluctantly accepted the modifications now presented.

  • Highways and Footpaths

Cllr. Lewis drew attention to the apparent disregard of motorists to the traffic control measures on Port Eynon hill. Present signage requires descending vehicles to give way to ascending vehicles. After discussion it was agreed that the relevant traffic sign should be relocated at a level corresponding to driver’s eye level. Inspection at site had confirmed that this was feasible at the present sign location. Clerk to write to C&CS Highways.

Cllrs Evans and Lewis drew attention to vehicles parking on the access lane to the Youth Hostel at Port Eynon. It was apparent that regular visitors were persistently avoiding parking in the car park and leaving vehicles on the access track. A Council Enforcement officer had periodically attempted to exercise control by issuance of parking tickets but this was having little effect. The question was raised as to whether this was a public highway. A similar situation existed for the parking area at the rear of Borva House.

Cllrs Young and Evans again raised issues concerning the ‘Inner Green’ area at Scurlage and the extent of fly tipping and abandoned or temporarily disused vehicles. Clerk confirmed that the matter had been referred to Sketty Housing Association.

  • Correspondence

Clerk advised receipt of:

Notification from C&CS Transport re new bus time tables introduced by NAT bus Company.

Complaint on 6th September from resident concerning works by Dwr Cymru at Overton Green and subsequent inadequate reinstatement work. Cllr. Evans advised that he was aware of the problem and had been in lengthy discussion with DWr Cymru and their contractors. A further delivery of top soil was now awaited following which the large stones around the green could be repositioned.

Complaint in July from visitors to Port Eynon concerning the poor cleanliness and maintenance of the public toilets and the general cleanliness of the beach. Clerk advised that the complaint had immediately been referred to C&CS Foreshore Officer, Peter Beynon.

Circular advising of activities of Gower Hedgerow Hub.

  • Communications, Notice Boards, Etc

See previous note.

  • Village Halls

Port Eynon – Cllr. Robert Fisher advised that at the VEHMC last meeting the Committee continued to discuss  the matters of wayleave payments from WPD, and the ownership of the land. Chair advised that he had found it necessary to write to the committee to clarify mistakes and omissions in the meeting minutes.

Llanddewi – Nothing to report.

  1. Knelston Burial Ground.

Clerk advised, on behalf of the Trustees, that there was nothing to report.

  1. Any Other Business            

Cllr. Sheila Fisher raised concern that the footpaths and verges in Scurlage had not received routine spraying to control weeds.

Cllr Steve Young drew attention the overgrown state of the bridleway between Llanddewi and Kings Hall.

Cllr Martin Cox drew attention to the signage at the Port Eynon Public Car park which appeared to act as a deterrent to evening parking as users could not be sure that vehicles would not be trapped inside the car park. Question swere raised as to whom had placed the current signage and why the park should be closed before 11 pm.

Next meeting – Monday 14th October, 7 pm. At Knelston School.

There being no further business to discuss the Chair thanked all in attendance and the meeting adjourned at 9: 00 pm.

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Barry Stubbings (Clerk)                                                                                                       Robert Fisher (Chair)

20th Sept 2019

Confirmed Minutes of Council Meeting held on 15th July 2019

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

 

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

 

Apologies:             Councillors: David Lewis

 

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 17th June 2019 had been circulated to all Councillors; also that the confirmed minutes of the May council meeting had been displayed on the Council notice boards and posted on the web site. It was proposed by Councillor Steve Young, and seconded by Councillor Sheila Fisher that the minutes be accepted and this proposal was agreed by all.

 

  1. Declarations of Interest Councillor Robert Fisher declared a commercial interest in both of the planning applications to be considered..

 

  1. Matters Arising

 

SCURLAGE GREEN –

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 advised that he had sent a reminder but was still yet to receive a response. Recommended to refer to City Councillor Richard Lewis.

 

Cllr Martin Cox advised that there were attractive bench seats at Gowerton Railway station commemorating the fallen of World war 1 and suggesting that these be considered.

 

Clerk advised that he had written to C&CS Highways Dept. on traffic calming and possible provision of ‘Gateway’ signage for the village. He had sent a reminder and copied correspondence to Cllr. Richard Lewis but again was yet to receive any response. Cllr.Young advised that he was being pressed by many residents to take action to have ‘speed bumps’ installed. Agreed that Clerk should request C&CS to again place speed monitoring strips.

 

FOOTPATHS –Cllr Steve Young advised that he had spoken with City Cllr Richard Lewis who would arrange for cleaning of the path at Scurlage..

 

DEFIBRILLATORS –Clerk advised that he had made an application to Lotteries Fund for Wales for a grant of £7,500 for four defibrillators accompanied by a commitment of Council funds up to £1,000 for installation costs and training. He had received acknowledgement of the application.

 

NOTICE BOARD AT KNELSTON – Clerk advised that an order had been placed for a MMT notice board to replace the present board at the burial ground. Cost of £671.

 

  1. Finance

 

Clerk advised that expenditure since the last meeting had included contributions to church yard maintenance – totalling £900.

Also, that he had received invoice for renewal of membership of One Voice Wales at £133. Payment as proposed by Cllr Gareth Evans and seconded by Cllr Sheila Fisher was agreed by all.

 

Committed expenditure was presently:

Port Eynon Village Green works- £2,000

Scurlage Village Green works – £2,000

Scurlage traffic speed management – £3,000

Defibrillators – £9,000 (with possible grant aid of £7,500)

New notice board at Knelston burial ground – £675

Annual membership of One Voice Wales – £133

 

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

 

  1. Planning

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

 

2019/1051 Land adjacent to Hawthorn cottage, Scurlage. – Amendment to application 2019/0020

Council considered the application and noted that there appeared to only minor changes from application 2019/0020 which had been refused as being of ‘inappropriate scale and mass and poor design (which) would introduce a dominant and discordant building to the locality. & the proposed development is considered to be an overdevelopment of the site’. Council noted that the proposed annexe building had been deleted, but the footprint of the main house was largely unchanged. Council noted that the ‘mass’ and height of the garage attached to the house had been reduced. The only other changes were minor alterations to fenestration. Council reiterated their previous comments,  as follows

‘Council were of the opinion the application to be a considerable over development of a very small site.

The mass of the main house will be in visual conflict with neighbouring buildings, particularly the cottages and barn conversion on the immediate opposite side of the main road, and the semi-detached dwellings along Monksland Road.

Council considers the creation of a new access to the site, off the A4118 Port Eynon Road will be undesirable and will conflict with the junction of Berry Lane to the A4118. This is a known traffic ‘black spot’ and further access points should be avoided. Council notes that for the neighbouring development access off the A4118 was precluded and was provided off Monksland Road, in recognition of these difficulties.

Council notes that there is a history of surface water flooding at this location and that there should be no increase in run-off from additional paved areas and all surface water should be disposed of within the site. Council further questions the feasibility/economics of constructing  a deep basement where the water table is at or close to the ground surface for most of the year.’

Application refused on 2nd May 2019 as (1) being of inappropriate scale and mass and poor design and (2) an overdevelopment of the site.

 

2019/1127 Nos. 4 and 5 Milestone Court Single storey rear and side extensions, garages and porches

Council noted that this was a single application for alteration works to two dwelling houses and questioned the validity of such an application. Clerk advised that there was no application form available on the C&CS planning portal to clarify the application.

Council noted that the side extensions to each property were taken to the property boundaries which precluded access for future maintenance. Also, that the only access to the rear of the properties would be through the property itself.

Council by majority recommended acceptance subject to clarification on the matter of a single application for two properties.

Application granted on 14th May 2019 with proviso that the rear extensions be constructed as one building operation.

 

2019/1263 Lesliedale Farm, Scurlage non material amendments.

Council noted the nature of the amendments to increase the ridge height, to add a window to bedroom 5, and to enlarge the ‘french’ doors to the kitchen and master bedroom. Council were of the opinion that the revisions could be accepted.

Application granted 20th June 2019.

 

NEW APPLICATIONS

 

2019/1419 Land North of 2 Frogmoor Cottages, Frog Moor lane. Conversion of garage to a two bedroom holiday cottage

Council noted that there was a previous application in 2018 (2018/1267) for conversion of the same garage building into a two bedroom holiday home and that this was refused. The existing building was considered to be unsuitable for conversion and the resultant building would be of inappropriate scale and design.

Council noted that the present garage building was no longer associated with the adjacent cottages and that it was significantly isolated in an adjoining field and had no apparent usage or purpose. Council were of the opinion that the present appearance of the building was incongruous. Council considered that the proposed conversion would serve to improve the usage and appearance of the building. Council agreed by majority to support the application.

Application refused on 19th June 2019 as existing building is not appropriate for conversion and resultant building would be an inappropriate suburban form.

 

2019/1587 PRE. Conversion of office building to a two bedroom dwelling

Council noted that the building in question was originally constructed as a pharmacy to serve what was then an adjacent doctor’s surgery building. It has latterly been in use as commercial office premises. The building is located in a residential context on a small infill site and in close proximity to the adjacent residential bungalow. Council were of the opinion that the present building was inappropriate to its residential surroundings and that the proposed conversion would offer significant visual improvement. Concern was expressed that the resultant accommodation was very limited for its purpose as a self-contained residential dwelling. Overall Council, by majority, recommended that the application be granted.

Application refused on 24th July as an inappropriate form of development which could be considered as detrimental to the character and appearance of the settlement.

 

  1. Highways and Footpaths

 

No new issues.

 

  1. Correspondence

Clerk advised receipt of report on Boundary Commission proposals..

 

  1. Communications, Notice Boards, Etc

Clerk advised that he was presently looking for a replacement notice board at Knelston.

 

  1. Village Halls

Port Eynon – Cllr. Robert Fisher advised that at the VEHMC last meeting there had been further discussion with respect to wayleave payments from WPD, and the ownership of the land.

 

Llanddewi – Chair advised that a reply to the Llanddewi Village Hall Trustees was in hand.

 

  1. Knelston Burial Ground.

Clerk advised, on behalf of the Trustees, that there was nothing to report.

 

  1. Any Other Business

 

Cllr. Gareth jones advised that he had received comments that whereas areas in Port Eynon in the vicinity of the camp sites and the carpark were looking tidy other areas in Port Eynon were distinctly overgrown.

 

Cllr. Gareth Evans advised that he had witnessed a utility vehicle and trailer accessing the beach via the disabled parking area. Consideration should be given to a barrier rail along this length of the disabled parking area.

 

Cllr. Martin Cox advised that following recent grass cutting in vicinity of the Youth Hostel the footpath sign had been removed and needed to be reinstated.

 

Cllr. Sheila Fisher again raised the matter of beach rubbish and use of the rubbish bins by local population and campers to deposit their refuse bags.

 

Next meeting – Monday 9th September at 7 pm. At Knelston School.

 

There being no further business to discuss the Chair thanked all in attendance and the meeting adjourned at 9: 00 pm.

 

 

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Barry Stubbings (Clerk)                                                                                                       Robert Fisher (Chair)

20th May 2019