DP Reply to parishioners

Questions For Parish Council Meeting on 17th March 2022

1. Panning Applications P/2021/01502 & P/2021/01504

1.1 Could the Parish Councillors please clarify the process by which these applications were considered given that the minutes of the meeting held on 20th January 2022 state that this application was “reviewed between meetings?”

The closing date for comments on the Home Farm application was the 13th January 2022, (the PC meeting was scheduled for 20th January) which is why the application was sent out to Cllrs ahead of the meeting date, i.e.: ‘reviewed between meetings’. This is standard procedure.

1.2 Given the complexity and quantity of documentation associated with these applications did the councillors, at any time post 20/1/22, reconvene to discuss the matter as a group? If so when did this occur and who attended?

As the Cllrs did not have any objections to the application, there would be no need to do this. If this had been the case this would have been recorded in the minutes.

The application was presented in detail at an open forum in Dunstall Church Hall on 23rd September 2021 to which all villagers were invited, at which we were able to discuss the application in detail with the Planning Consultant. Following this no adverse comments were received by the Council before the original closing date of 13th January 2022.

1.3 The minutes of the meeting held on 20th January 2022 state that “Cllrs had no problems with the application, however discussed that it should be considered in conjunction with a speed limit through the village” This would appear to indicate that a decision had already been reached by the councillors prior the end of the meeting is this correct? and if so, what was the purpose of the between meetings review?

Although the application was reviewed between meetings, it must be on the agenda so it can be formally recorded. The comment regarding the speed limit was in conjunction with the long standing issue around speeding vehicles through the village and the reluctance of SCC Highways to address this. No decision was made at the meeting , as sated before the statuary time for comments ended on 13th January.

1.4 Given the volume of adverse comments by parishioners, neighbouring villages, and parish councils, are the councillors still of the same opinion that there is “no problem” with this application?

No representations or adverse comments were notified to the Council before the revised closing date of 8th March 2022.

1.5 In the minutes of the meeting held on 20th January 2022 the councillors felt that a speed limit through the village would be necessary could they please explain why this was felt necessary, what would be the limit/s and where would it/they be applied?

Please refer to the answer at 1.3 above, the PC have been trying for years to obtain a speed limit both on the C18 ( Forest Road ) and through the village. As you will be aware the C18 now has a 50mph limit and the PC are now concentrating on the road through the village.

1.6 Regarding the speed limit has the council submitted comments on this matter on the planning applications?

No, as referred to in 1.3 and 1.5 above this is a separate issue. However as it is standard practice for the LA to carry out traffic reports in connection with commercial applications, it was pertinent to mention this.

1.7 The minutes of meeting held on 20th January 2022 states “no objections raised”. Could the councillors please clarify what exactly is meant by this because there are objections?

This refers to the PC, which had no objections, and is separate to objections that may be raised by individuals.

1.8 Why did the councillors not consider it necessary to convene an extraordinary meeting to gather the opinions, views, and comments of residents once the formal detailed applications had been received?

As the Council received no objections from any parishioners nor a request for such a meeting, until now

2. Parish Council Business.

2.1 It now seems common practice and good governance for Parish Councils to share information and communicate to its residents by following a model publication scheme (ico.org.uk) and publishing via the internet please see the following link http://www.tatenhillrangemoreparishcouncil.gov.uk/. This would ensure the parish council shares agendas, minutes, and other matters quickly and easily. Can the council share the reason Dunstall has yet to adopt this process? In addition, can assurances be given that dates of future meetings, copies of agendas, minutes and the like will be published more widely and in a timely manner?

3. Yellow lines.

The minutes of 20th January refer to Yellow Lines. A number of residents have no recollection of this and were not consulted. Could the Councillors please explain:

3.1 What this refers to?
3.2 Who was consulted and when?
3.3 What where the options referred to?
3.4 When and where is it scheduled to happen?

The Dunstall parish boundary extends down to the A38 and incorporates Lichfield Road, it is this road which is referred to regarding the yellow lines and all residents along this road were consulted regarding the yellow lines. Again this is an ongoing issues, which the PC have been trying to resolve for some time.

4. Gifting of The Well

The minutes of 20th January refer to the gifting of The Well. A number of residents have asked for an explanation of what this means.

The well is in the ownership of Mr Clarke as part of the estate from when Lions Head Cottage was rented. Mr Clarke has generously offered to gift the well to the village.

5. Refuse Bin

There has been a bin missing from Dunstall Hill for 5 years despite residents asking for this to be replaced. Is there an update on this issue?

Although the PC are not aware of an recent request from residents. Dunstall PC have requested a new bin from the LA on several occasions, and been assured it would be replaced, but later were told there were no plans to do so.

BEST KEPT VILLAGE COMMUNITY COMPETITION 1st May – 31st July

A little bit of history on the event –

The Community Foundation for Staffordshire took over running the Best Kept Village competition in 2018. They are proud to be the custodians of a competition steeped in tradition, dating back to 1956. The competition was originally started to encourage village residents to take pride in their communities and whilst that aim continues to date, they are developing the competition with an increased focus on community cohesion within the villages and the competition was renamed the ‘Best Kept Village Community’ competition in 2018.

It has generated community spirit and pride in villages for many years, Teams of judges will visit each village, in the first round of judging in May and then again in June. The Large and Small Villages with the highest marks will go forward to the Area Finals, which will be judged in July. The Best Large and the Best Small Village in each Area (based on the aggregated marks for June, July and the Area Finals) will then go forward to the County Finals, which will be judged in late July.

Dunstall has had many previous success and has received the following certificates-

1968, 1971 & 1978 – qualified for the final
1989 – 3rd place over all in small village category
1991 – 2nd place over all in small village category
1995 – 2nd place over all in small village category
1994 – 3rd place over all in small village category
2012 – High Commended in the finals
2017 – High Commended in the finals
2018 – High Commended in the finals
2019 – High Commended in the finals

Dunstall Village has again entered the Best Kept Village Community Competition in the small villages category and is eager to ensure the village looks neat and tidy and hope that parishioners will help in ensuring the village looks its best. The judges look at the Church and Church Hall, features of the village, such as the Lions Well, greens, public open space, the notice boards and litter bins as well as the general attractiveness of the village and points are warded for each. Any efforts you can make with the removal of litter and rubbish would be most appreciated, parishioners are asked if they could make an effort to keep wheelie bins out of sight and hedges neat and tidy, Thank You.

CLERK: Mrs. K. Jackson Tel: 01283-716871
Chase View, Scotch Hills Lane, Barton under Needwood, Burton on Trent. DE13 8BP

Councillor Vacancy

Due to a recent resignation, Dunstall Parish Council is now seeking to elect a new councillor. The council meets 6 times a year, meetings are fairly informal and discuss such issues as planning applications, traffic/speed concerns, village improvements etc.

If you are interested please email or write to the clerk and you will receive an expression of interest form to be completed by 6th May 2022; if more than one person comes forward a vote will be held open to all parishioners of Dunstall and the new councillor will be formally elected at the AGM.

Are there any restrictions to being a Councillor?

You need to be:

British or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union
At least 18 years old
Registered to vote in the area or have lived, worked or have resided within three miles parish for the last twelve months.

What do councillors do?

Represent their community
Make a difference
Represent interests of residents
Councillors are elected to the local council to represent their local community, so they must either live or work within a specified distance of the area.

Becoming a councillor is both a rewarding and privileged form of public service. You will be in a position to make a difference to the quality of other people’s daily lives and prospects.

Being an effective councillor requires both commitment and hard work. Councillors have to balance the needs and interests of residents, and the council. These will all make legitimate demands on a councillor’s time, on top of the demands and needs of their personal and professional lives.

Why become a Councillor?

There are many reasons why people decide to become a local councillor. They include:

Wanting to make a difference and be involved in shaping the future of the local community.

Being concerned about your local area and wanting to ensure that the community gets the right services

Wanting to represent the views of local people and ensure that community interests are taken into account

Wanting to contribute your business or professional skills concerns about one particular issue

You can’t be a councillor if you:

Are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order

Have been sentenced to prison for three months or more (including suspended sentences) during the 5 years before election day

Have been convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court

Parish Council APM and AGM

THE NEXT PC MEETING IS THE ANNUAL PARISH and ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING to be held on Thursday 19th May at 7.30pm in Dunstall Church Hall.

Xmas – Pop up pub

Superfast Broadband – BT Proposal

You may be aware that currently the village of Dunstall does not have superfast broadband and is not in BTs plans for an infrastructure upgrade required to support a Superfast broadband service.
To try and find an alternative, several parishioners have been working closely with BT to develop a plan and proposal based on part funding by BT,  Staffordshire Superfast Broadband and community funding.
The community group have arranged for BT to present the proposal to Dunstall villagers on Thursday the 19th July at 6.30 at the Church Hall.
The meeting date coincides with the next Parish Council meeting which will take the Oakmore café from 7.30 onwards.
Everyone is welcome to attend and there will be plenty of opportunity for Q&A at the meeting.

Rangemore and Tatenhill Heritage

Dunstall Parish Council Spring Newsletter (2018)

DUNSTALL PARISH COUNCIL

NEWSLETTER 2018

 

PARISH COUNCILLORS

Your Councillors are as follows:

Chairperson – Mr A Brown, The Orchard, Dunstall.

Tel: 01283 711472              email:

 

Vice ChairMr S Clarke – Old Hall Farm, Dunstall.

Tel: 01283 711123              email:

 

Mr J. Moffat – Fir Tree Cottage, Dunstall.

Tel: 01283 713735              email:

 

Mrs M Ward – 270 Lichfield Road, Barton under Needwood

Tel:                                        email:

 

Mr B Scattergood – Yew Tree Farm, Forest Road, Dunstall

Tel: 07921 127769              email:

 

Mrs J Gill, Yew Tree House, Dunstall.

Tel: 01283 712097             email:

Mrs L Pilkington – 250 Lichfield Road, Barton under Needwood

email:

County Councillor

Mrs J. Jessell, 9 Meadow Rise, Barton under Needwood

Tel: 01543 473671              email:

 

Borough Councillors –

Mrs J. Jessell, 9 Meadow Rise, Barton under Needwood

Tel: 01543 473671              email:

 

Mrs J. Jones, Walcot Grange, The Green, Barton under Needwood

Tel: 01283 711343              email:

 

Clerk – Mrs K Jackson – 716871 email:

 

If you have any concerns or issues, please do not hesitate to contact any of the Councillors or the clerk, who will be happy to bring it to the attention of the next meeting.

 

PC MEETING

These are held on the third Thursday of every other month

 

The next meeting is THE ANNUAL PARISH and ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING to be held on Thursday 17th May at 7.30pm in Dunstall Church Hall.

 

Parishioners are invited to attend the APM and fifteen minutes is set aside at the beginning of each normal meeting for any concerns to be raised. Agendas, dates and times of forth-coming meetings and approved minutes are posted on the web site.

 

www.dunstallparishcouncil.co.uk

 

If anyone has any additional content to contribute to the website then please contact Councillor Brown.

 

Subsequent meetings are as listed below: –

 

Thursday 19th July at the Oakmoor Cafe, Lichfield Road

Thursday 20th September at Dunstall Church Hall

Thursday 15th November at the Oakmoor Cafe, Lichfield Road

 

NEW NOTICE BOARDS

The Parish Council and the Parochial Church Council have installed new matching notice boards to replace those presently sited either side of the pathway up to the church. The Dunstall PC one features a village logo of four horseshoes. There is also a notice board located in the bus shelter and adjacent to the footpath along Lichfield Road.

 

VILLAGE GATES AND SIGNS

The Parish Council and particularly our chairman Cllr Brown has worked very hard to secure funding to provide “gates” at the boundaries of the village are of Dunstall to give traffic the sense they are entering a residential area which will hopefully encourage drivers to slow down.There are still signs and raised beds for shrubs to be constructed on the C18 ( Forest Road) which together with the speed warning signs should improve the traffic calming affect.

Funding was provide from the following:-

Councillors Community Fund

East Staffs Neighbourhood Community Fund

Barton and Dunstall Key Trust

Dunstall Parish Council

 

BEST KEPT VILLAGE COMPETITION – 1st May – 22nd July

A little bit of history on the event – the competition is organised by the Best Kept Village (BKV) Working Group on behalf of the Community Council of Staffordshire and has been going since 1956. It encourages residents of all ages, village groups and organisations to get involved in caring for the appearance of their village. It has generated community spirit and pride in villages for many years, there were 46 entries in 2017. first and second round judging takes place from 1st may to 18th June;the are finals take place between 25th June and 8th July; and the County finals judged form 16th to 22nd July.

 

Dunstall has had many previous success and has received the following certificates-

 

1968, 1971 & 1978 – qualified for the final

1989 – 3rd place over all in small village category

1991 – 2nd place over all in small village category

1995 – 2nd place over all in small village category

1994 – 3rd place over all in small village category

2012 – High Commended in the finals

2017 – High Commended in the finals

Dunstall Village has again entered the Best Kept Village Competition in the small villages category and is eager to ensure the village looks neat and tidy and hope that parishioners will help in ensuring the village looks its best. This year the competition runs from 1st May to 22nd July, the judges look at the Church and Church Hall, features of the village, such as the Lions Well, greens, public open space, the notice boards and litter bins as well as the general attractiveness of the village and points are warded for each. Any efforts you can make with the removal of litter and rubbish would be most appreciated, parishioners are asked if they could make an effort to keep wheelie bins out of sight and hedges neat and tidy, Thank You.

 

POP UP PUB DUNSTALL CHURCH HALL – 6TH JULY

The Dunstall pop up pub is a fairly new event organised by village residents every few months so that as a community we can get together. Following two highly successful events, the next is due to take place at village hall on 6th July (7pm – 10 pm). The details are being worked on but the general format is that attendees bring their own ‘refreshments’ and nibbles. There is a small payment for entry, which goes towards paying for the hall. Details will be sent out nearer the time and will be posted on the PC website. Everyone in the parish is welcome to come along. Please note that this is an event organised by residents but has the full support of the Parish Council.

 

DUNSTALLS TELEPHONE BOX

Many parishioners may remember the old style red telephone box on the corner in the village, this was sadly replaced by BT some years ago by the more modern less attractive box, despite Dunstall PC trying hard to retain the original. In recent years the current box has been vandalised and the phone stopped working. Every effort was made by the PC to get the line retired and despite assurances from BT of repairs the line has been out of order for over 2 years. The PC received written communication that the box was to be removed and as it had become somewhat of an eyesore and clearly was not used it was taken away.

 

CHARITY PAYMENTS TO PENSIONERS

Every year the Parish Council receives a sum of money from the Henry Warford Charity. The money was originally intended to buy necessities for the children of the village. In more recent times it has been divided amongst the deserving pensioners of the village, in the form of a small sum of money at Christmas. If you know of anyone who is eligible, please contact the clerk or speak to Councillors Moffat and Clarke who represent Dunstall PC on the charity committee.

 

The council also has a reserve of charity money, which can be allocated to deserving cases. In previous years money has been used to install a stair lift for an elderly parishioner, provide a computer for a disabled child and help fund transport for children living rurally to get to school.

If anyone knows of someone locally who may benefit from this fund or has any suggestions, please contact the clerk or voice your opinions at the Annual Parish Meeting. This could range from paying for respite care to providing a wheelchair for a parishioner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BARTON AND DUNSTALL KEY TRUST

Established in 2007 this replaced and encompassed the William Key, Eleemosynary and Pinners Patch charities. The area of benefit is the Barton under Needwood Civil Parishes and all applicants must reside there in. Grants may be made to individuals of any age, in need through illness, disability, bereavement or accident. Also awards may be made to individual young people to support extra-curricular activities, including sport.

One-off individual awards are limited to £500.

Organisations can also be supported with awards up to £10,000 for projects, which benefit the general community.

 

For more information visit www.bartondunstallkeytrust.co.uk (the link is on our parish website also)

 

 

Parish Clerk

                       

Karen Jackson

                        Chase View

                        Scotch Hills Lane

                        Barton under Needwood

                        Burton on Trent

                        Staffs DE13 8BP

 

                        Tel:01283 716871

St Mary’s Dunstall

Barton Chime Magazine

The Barton Chime is the parish magazine for the Parishes of Barton, Dunstall and Tatenhill.

It is distributed by a team of nearly 30 volunteers to almost 800 houses. Details of the times of services in Dunstall and Tatenhill are included and their special events given publicity.

The magazine also covers local events and whats on in the community as well as details of local services.

If you wanted to know more then below is a link to the Barton Chime website:-

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/stjamesbarton/chime.html

There are also copies of the magazine inside each church for reference.

Village Gate Project update

We are pleased to say that 2nd phase of the village signs project has started and is due for completion shortly.
The second phase adds village signs to the previously erected village gates.
The third and final phase is a minor amendment which will be to add 2 new signs on the C18 road to match the existing signs.  Unfortunately we required special permissions from Staffs County Council to add new signs on that road.