There was a sparse attendance at the December (Wed. 11th) meeting : 4 Councillors, the Clerk, our County Councillor, and two members of the public and there was little noteworthy business to report. County Councillor Seccombe that a new Business Unit had opened in Leamington Spa that day with the company involved having been enabled via a £35K grant from the Council to facilitate its expansion into these larger premises. She made the point that this is just one example of the Council’s willingness to offer financial support to ‘start-up’ businesses within the county.
There was discussion about specific footpaths and the Parish Council’s approach to footpaths in general. It was noted that although the PC had in the past arranged for the cutting back of vegetation it had resolved more recently not to take this task on board but rather to put the onus on offending landowners and the CC’s Footpath Department. Cllrs Collins and Henry do, however, cut back any nasty protrusions they encounter on their travels. It was resolved that the Clerk would chase up outstanding issues with the CC. The meeting noted that parishioners’ concerns about the demolition of the White Horse building and the site operations in general had emerged too late to be included in the agenda but that the individuals themselves had engaged with the DC Planning Dept. which was already pursuing the case. The matter would be discussed at the January meeting.
The Youth Project team reported that the availability of access to the Community Centre upper floor meant arrangements were now in place for the requested acoustics survey to go ahead and with issues around a footpath deviation having been resolved the skate park planning application would be re-submitted. There was discussion regarding the developer’s suggested naming of the access road to the self-build development on the Old Warwick Rd. The PC considered that “Saracens” would not be appropriate as it could cause confusion and is too far remote from the site of the original pub down Halford Rd. A name with railway connotations was felt more in keeping and “Sidings” was proposed. (This was subsequently rejected as a property of this name already exists and further deliberations will take place at the January meeting. A request from the Electricity Network to lay new cabling underground in the playing fields behind the Banbury Rd. properties was approved with the proviso that they appreciate there is a Community Centre Ground Source heating installation in the area.
THE MEETING SCHEDULED FOR 7TH JANUARY WAS POSTPONED OWING TO ILLNESS AND UNAVAILABILITY. IT WILL TAKE PLACE ON WED. 22ND JANUARY AND THE FEBRUARY MEETING WILL BE HELD ON WED. 12TH FEBRUARY, 19.30HRS IN THE COMMUNITY CENTRE.