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Tintern Community Council Minutes
August 2004


Present: Chairman Cllr J Spary, Cllr B Young, Cllr D Floyd, Cllr D Bennett, Cllr T Evans, Cllr P M O'Connor, Cllr J Saunders

In Attendance: Anne Howe, Wye Valley House, Tracey Davies, Sylvan View, Betty Hoskins, Botany Bay, Nigel Hopkins, Trellech Road

Anne Howe was concerned about the planning application for the old Globe site saying that the previous developer had removed the roof and consequently the building had seriously deteriorated. Various planning applications had been rejected and the site had now been sold and the new owner wanted to build four terraced cottages requiring eight parking spaces. This indicated that off site parking for visitors that would lead to potential problems driving through the area. She asked that the council reject the application. Anne Howe further requested that any future plans would be for a building within the footprint of the original cinema. The councillors replied that the views of Mrs Howe and of six further letters urging rejection would be taken into account when the application was considered.

Nigel Hopkins raised the closure of the Tintern Stores as an issue that requires public consideration regarding the siting of a new store. He requested that the creation of a facilitating group should be considered.

AGENDA ITEMS

1. Apologies for absence.

Cllr A Webb and Clerk R Hopson

2. Declaration of Interest on items on the agenda.

Cllr Floyd declared an interest in the issue of the Tintern Stores.

3. Minutes of the Meeting of 26th July 2004:

It was noted that Cllr Saunders had been omitted from the list of attendees at the last meeting. The Minutes were then approved and signed by the Chairman.

4. Matters arising from the Minutes:

i.Bay Tree Cottage had been identified as Bay Cottage next to The Royal George.
ii. An inconclusive letter had been received from MCC regarding rubbish disposal in the Village Hall play area.
iii. A letter had been received from the secretary of the Tintern Fishing Club stating that a monthly working party had been established to control the activities in the area including parking and that it was making plans to help migrating brown trout.
iv. There had been no response from MCC regarding the new fireworks regulations.
v. A response had been received from MCC regarding the lighting issue at the Abbey Hotel. MCC have no current plans to install any additional lighting.
vi. A letter had been received from Ms Myersohn regarding water leaking from the culvert on her property. Cllr Spary and Cllr Evans have visited the site and believe that the work required of the council has been carried out satisfactorily.

5. Finance and Administration Reports:

The clerk not being in attendance no financial information was available.

6. Planning

i. APPLICATIONS

M 10399: Erection of 4 dwelling houses, The Old Globe, Chapel Hill, Tintern
Recommendation: Refuse
Objections on grounds that;
It is an inappropriate development on the site.
There are too many houses, which will create a bad visual effect.
Parking and access to main road are poor.
There are concerns about LEAT and the culvert, which runs underneath proposed development.

M 10407: Erection of 1 dwelling & garage, The Old Bakery, Glyn Road, Tintern,
Recommendation: Approve

M 10509: Change of use of ground floor shop to self-contained flat, Wye Dene, Tintern
Recommendation: Approve

ii. DECISIONS

M9201: Conversion of redundant agricultural building into dwelling, Barbadoes Hill Meadows,Tintern: Approved

M9289: Proposed coarse fishing lakes, amenity building and car parking, Great House Farm, Trellech Grange: Approved

M9326: Erection of proposed free-range egg production unit, The Meads, Trellech Grange: Approved

M10172: Proposed first floor extension to form 2 bedrooms and a dining room to be used as bed and breakfast accommodation, The Old Bakehouse, Tintern : Approved

M10188: Outline application for barn to be used for holiday letting, Brook Farm, Trellech Road,Tintern : Refused

Reports from Representatives on other bodies:

i. Village Hall Committee: Cllr Evans reported that Western Power Distribution wished to re-site the power distribution unit in the area of the hall. Including the possibility they may wish to site it in front of the hall on the gravelled area. The size of the unit is 12 foot by 12 foot by 8 foot high. The council agreed to object to the siting but would ask the clerk to arrange a meeting with the company to discuss potential sites.

ii. Llandogo School: No report given. - School holidays

7. General Reports/Issues:

i. Tintern Traffic/Highways:

The clerk will write to MCC requesting that double yellow lines be placed on the road near to the Cherry Tree Inn and on the main road leading to the Village Hall.
The Council object to the siting of a skip encroaching access route C.R.F. 49. The clerk is to write to MCC planning authority.
The clerk is to write to MCC Planning Department asking for a definitive plan of footpaths in Tintern.
The clerk to write to Martin Evans at MCC asking that blocked drains under cottages at the bottom of Trellech Road be cleared.

ii. Other Reports

BT have written to the Council stating that they wish to remove the payphone from The Cot. Since this area has poor signal reception for mobile phones the council consider that the removal of this facility would be detrimental to the residents. BT had asked the Council to respond to their letter by 9th September. The clerk will write to BT objecting to the plan and suggesting that if they wish to remove payphone, they should remove the lower priority one sited near the Abbey.

The clerk is to display a list of all councillors phone numbers on the village notice boards

Tintern Village Shop: The council regard a village shop as a vital resource for the village and believe that although the number of locations for re-siting is restricted there is a need to look into the problem. The clerk is to arrange a meeting with Roger Hopkins to discuss the matter as soon as possible.

Chairman of the Council: The chairman announced because of consider business pressure he felt it correct to resign from the council with immediate effect.

9. Correspondence:

The clerk not being present no correspondence was considered.

The Meeting closed at 9:12 pm