Agenda for PC Meetings on 16th July 2018

Agenda for the Annual Parish Meeting of Stert Parish Council

to be held on Monday 16th July 2018 at Stert House, 7:30 pm.

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Chairman’s report
  3. Financial report
  4. Questions from the public

Agenda for the Annual Meeting of Stert Parish Council 

to be held on Monday 16th July at Stert House, 8:00 pm

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Declarations of Interest
  3. Election of Chairman and Deputy Chairman for 2018/19
  4. Minutes of previous meeting
  5. Treasurer’s report
  6. Planning applications: Claironailles, Hartlands
  7. Telephone box renovation
  8. Neighbourhood watch
  9. Update on Tinkfield Recycling Centre
  10. Potholes in village lane
  11. AOB
  12. Date of next meeting

All residents are welcome to attend these meetings

Events in Stert, 2018

Saturday 12th May: Cancer Research Car Boot Sale at Manor Farm

Sunday 29th July: St. James’ Patronal Day. Church Service at 10 am followed by drinks at Stert House, 11 – 12:30.

Minutes of PC Meeting, 4th June 2018

MINUTES OF MEETING OF STERT PARISH COUNCIL held in Stert House on 4th June 2018


  • Clive Boyes (CB),   Chairman
  • Alick Edwards (AE)   Dty Chairman
  • Lucy Barker (LB)     Councillor/Treasurer
  • Chris Lawrence (CL)    Councillor
  • William Howkins (WH)   Councillor/Clerk
  1. Apologies for absence


  1. Declaration of Interest  


  1. Minutes of previous meetings

The Minutes of the PC meeting held on 1st May 2018 were approved (proposed by CL and seconded by LB) and signed by the Chairman.

  1. Treasurer’s Report

4.1  FY 2017/18

LB reported that last year’s audit was now complete and had been approved by our internal auditor, Mr. Neville Burrell. The relevant documents including the financial regulations have now been posted on the parish website .  The Notice of Public Rights to inspect the accounts will be posted on the noticeboards and the website.

In his covering letter to the completed audit, Mr. Burrell suggested that, to provide for future telephone box restoration costs,  a memorandum account be set up, simply as a schedule to which into which £50 be added each year. The total accumulated should be declared annually in the financial report tabled at the Annual Parish Meeting.  The PC did not foresee any other cases where infrequent but significant expenses were likely to occur in future.    

4.2  FY2018/19

Since the last meeting, there had only been one expense of £236.25 for parish insurance. This included all risks cover for the telephone box. The balance in the account stood at £2932.79 (as checked by WH in the passbook).   

The decision whether or not to insure the phone box was discussed and agreed. It was also agreed that next year a quote would be obtained to insure the village’s main marquee.

It was agreed to make a donation of £20 to the PCC for loan of the church for the meeting on 30th April. It was also agreed that LB should spend £50 on a gift in lieu of fee for the internal auditor.

  1. Telephone box

A quotation for repainting the telephone box in the amount £450 had been received from Mr. Neville Moody and was approved by the PC. CB will email Mr. Moody to confirm this. It was also agreed to ask Mr. Moody to add a sign showing the name of the village on the panel on top of the phone box for a small extra cost. 

  1. Neighbourhood Watch

WH reported that he had received confirmations in accordance with the recent government regulations on data protection from the majority of village residents that they would like to continue receiving email notifications from the PC. WH will provide an updated list of these residents to CB.

WH had nothing special to report from Wiltshire Police since the last meeting. However, CB noticed that a new motorhome was parked on Edwards’ land the hill above the village.

  1. Tinkfield Recycling Centre.

CB reported that he had talked to Mr. Nigel Grist to get an update on progress with the building works at Tinkfield. He was told that the second weigh-bridge had been installed and work was underway on a concrete apron to improve the entrance to the site to allow access of larger lorries. The bund is now being constructed and will be completed by the end of the summer.

  1. Proposed Lydeway railway station

Notes on the Special Meeting held on 30th April in St James Church at which WC Cllr. Philip Whitehead briefed Stert residents on WC’s planning policies governing the proposed Devizes Parkway Station were also tabled. These notes will be posted on the notice boards and the parish website. 

Since this meeting, nothing further has been heard from the Devizes Development Partnership’s working group. WH said he would follow up with Mr. Simon Fisher to hear if any feedback had been received on their submission of 20th February 2018 to the Public Consultation on the GWR franchise and on progress, if any, with the GRIP planning process.

  1. Potholes in village lane

WH said he had filed a report with photos on the My Wiltshire website about the deterioration of the tarmac in the village lane just above Barn Cottage. It was requested that repairs be made under the Parish Steward scheme this summer to avoid further deterioration of the surface in the coming winter. Visits to Stert by the Parish Steward are scheduled for 26th June, 24th July and 18th September. WH will check with WC to confirm whether this work will be scheduled for this summer.

  1. AOB

10.1  AE has generously offered to build a beacon bonfire on Etchilhampton Hill to be lit on 11th November to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the WW1 Armistice. This will be a joint event with Etchilhampton. Details to follow later.

10.2  Social events: St James’ Patronal Day is on 29th July and will be celebrated with a special service at 10 am and followed by drinks at Stert House from 11 to 12:30 by the kind invitation of Stert PCC. 

David Mitcham is planning another summer jazz barbecue to be held in aid of the church at a date to be fixed later.

  1. Next Meeting

The next PC meeting and Annual Meeting will be held in Stert House on 16th July 2018, at 7.30 pm.

Special Meeting on Devizes Parkway Station, 30th April 2018


Monday 30th April 2018 in St James’ Church, Stert

Following a request from Stert PC, Wiltshire Councillor, Philip Whitehead (PW) gave a briefing on planning WC planning policy concerning the proposed Devizes Parkway railway station. 

Approx 40 Stert residents, plus representatives from Etchilhampton attended.

PW explained that WC core strategy mentions various new station options, including ones for: Corsham, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wilton and Devizes. Building a new train station is a relatively straight forward process. The challenge is ensuring there is an adequate train service to justify the capital expenditure. GWR has been trying to reduce the number of trains stopping at Westbury as they want to be able to advertise a faster train service from London to Cornwall.

Funding for a Devizes station could come from: a government grant, WC, and levies on house building in Devizes, such as the Lay Wood development on Coate road, which will eventually happen. The WC core strategy (valid to 2026) is very clear that there should be no building in open countryside.  For example, an application to build 2 houses on an old caravan site at Lydeway was refused as it was in the AONB. In short, the idea of building houses behind the Clock Inn Park ‘would just never happen’ and ‘why would you want to build there, there’s no need’.

In PW’s opinion a realistic time frame for the station to happen would be 10-15 years.

He thought the DDP was mistaken to allow Peter Lay, a property developer, to approach the project in the way he has and to make such public statements, such as those given in Stert church back in February.

Clive Boyes thanked PW on behalf of Stert PC for taking the time to address Stert residents and said the PC and village was left much reassured that the proposal to build on farmland behind the Clock Inn is highly unlikely to proceed any further.

Stert Parish Council.

Notice of Public Rights, 2018

To read the Notice of Public Rights, 2018, click on  Notice of Public RIghts 2018.

Financial Regulations for Stert PC

To see the Financial Regulations governing Stert PC’s accounts, click Fin Regs

Agenda for PC Meeting

Agenda for Meeting of Stert P.C to be held at

Stert House on Monday 4 June 2018 at 7.30pm    

  1.  Apologies
  2. Declarations of interest.
  3. Minutes of previous meeting
  4. Treasurers Report
  5. Telephone box renovation
  6. Neighbourhood Watch.
  7. Update on Tinkfield Recycling Centre
  8. Update on proposed Lydeway railway station
  9. Potholes in village road
  10. AOB
  11. Date of next meeting

All residents  are welcome to attend this meeting.