Meeting of the Glastonbury Neighbourhood Plan Committee held on 11th October 2017 in the Council Chamber at Glastonbury Town Hall at 7pm
PRESENT: Councillors J Brunsdon, J Cousins, E George, S Henderson, J Keery, L MacDougall, Community members Paul Lund, Robert Macbeth, Paul Manning, Kevin Redpath
IN ATTENDANCE: Gerard Tucker (Deputy Town Clerk) Indra Francesco, Cllr D Abbott, Ian Forster
APOLOGIES: K Clarke
1. WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS
The Chairman Cllr Jon Cousins welcomed everyone to the meeting, in particular those who were attending for the first time as potential committee members.
The minutes of the meeting held on 13th September 2017 having previously been circulated to members were accepted as a true record and signed by the Chairman.
1. STEERING GROUP VACANCY
The Neighbourhood Planning Officer presented to the committee a summary document of attendance by members. He also read emails received from Cllr Alyson Black and Helen Moore both asking to be removed from the committee. Theo Wakeling has not attended in the past year and is not responding to emails. Therefore, under the terms of the constitution, there are currently three vacancies on the Steering Committee – 1 x Town Councillor and 2 x Community Members.
Ian Forster – Proposed Paul Manning, Seconded Emma George
Indra Francesco – Proposed Emma George, Seconded Robert MacBeth
Cllr Denise Abbott – Proposed Steve Henderson, Seconded Emma George
All three were duly elected to the Steering Committee of the Glastonbury Neighbourhood Plan.
It was also reported that Cllr Gabriel Avalon has only attended one meeting in 2017. Gerard Tucker was asked to contact Gabriel and enquire if he intended to continue with this commitment.
1. SUMMARY OF FOCUS GROUPS SINCE THE LAST MEETING
1. Development Land (residential and commercial)
This group recently met and concluded that with the limited number of houses still to be delivered as identified in the Local Plan there was an opportunity to possibly influence the type of housing as identified in the AECOM report. It was acknowledged the need for a wider consultation to determine if this approach was appropriate. Further, the group discussed longer-term aspirations to remove traffic congestion through the building of a by-pass. This if delivered would potentially open up additional employment and residential opportunities.
1. Contemporary Art
This group had undertaken a comprehensive study of consultation over a weekend in early September. A presence at the Harvest Show, during the inaugural Glastonbury Brass Band performance and at a dedicated performance in the Town Hall on the same evening. Together with on-line responses, in excess of 160 questionnaires have been returned providing sufficient information from which to prepare appropriate questions for the wider public consultation.
QUESTIONNAIRE TO BE CIRCULATED TO EVERY RESIDENCE IN GLASTONBURY
A long discussion ensued addressing each proposed question in turn. There was insufficient time to conclude this agenda item. It was AGREED to reconvene the following week (17th October to continue this discussion).
1. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The date of the next meeting is Wednesday 18th October at 7.00pm (to complete the agenda of this meeting) A subsequent meeting will be called on 1st November 2017 at 7.00pm
1. NOTES OF THE SUBSEQUENT MEETING HELD ON 18TH OCTOBER TO CONCLUDE THE PREVIOUS AGENDA
The committee reconvened on Wednesday 18th October in the Council Chamber to continue the discussion on the questionnaire.
Attending – Cllr D Abbott, J Cousins, L MacDougall, Community members, Ian Forster, Indra Francesco, Paul Lund, Paul Manning, Robert MacBeth, In attendance – Gerard Tucker
This discussion focussed predominately on the wording of the Development Land questions. After much deliberation, it was AGREED that Gerard is to circulate the questions for both residential and commercial land and members were asked to respond directly to him with suggested amendments. These would then be discussed again prior to going to print.
With regards to the inclusion of a question on the by-pass, a ‘round table straw poll’ was taken asking for members input.