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Minutes of Swainswick PC meeting held 12th April 2021

Meeting called to order

All present:

Ian Roberts

Jonathan Miles

Robert Shackell

Maggie Holling

Glyn Davies

Tim Stuckes

Richard Clist

Charlie Williams

1. Apologies – MH leaving after 40 mins

No spectators

2, 3. Minutes of last meeting approved

4. Planning applications

1. Ashcombe house – no developments, decision pending. 

2. Manor Farm

– JM notes application is withdrawn, existing issues remain

– Ongoing presence of two buisnesses on premises, with to avoid precedent of that continuing

– CW will email to enforcement officer regarding this

3. Little Pear Tree – JM notes has been refused

4. Transmitters at Larkhall Sports Club – permitted. Another similar application has been refused.

5. St Mary’s – 3 Ash trees removed – no objections

6. Four Winds Farm – “retention” of agricultural building

7. JM notes aside that there appears to be a mineral processing business running on Charmy Down. Demolition hardcore being crushed up to stockpile. Unknown what is going on here but the activity appears to be outside of the parish boundary.

5. Footpaths

  • IR says enforcement / reopening of old footpath not worth expense and disruption
  • Status quo likely to remain

6. Aircraft Warning Light

  • IR says it’s still there, has two bulbs running
  • No meaningful response from the folks running the Landsdown tower, in order to take it to the CAA and see why it’s so different
  • IR just drafted a FOIA letter to CAA to try to learn how to pursue further

7. Local lane speeds

  • Discussion of “quiet lane” sign or “beware, pedestrians in road” to indicate this is a country lane?
  • Discussion of potential for Tadwick Lane road closure to through traffic during school run as seen in Cirencester and Milsom street
  • GD: White lines on Gloucester Road – repainted but in the same place – can we try again but with a properly shifted centre line past deadmill lane to account for where people are parking already?
  • GD: Should be a dotted line. Safety issue, should delineate where the centre of the road is
  • TS: suggests “Oncoming Traffic In Centre Of Road” sign
  • IR: Action point – write to council to get double lines taken away, ask for their comments. Point out that they repainted them last time we asked for them to be taken away

– CW will write to council

8. Future project ideas

  • Trough works still to be determined
  • Information board – carrying forward

9. Finance

  • RC to liase with CW about audit etc
  • RC all else on track to deal with at June meeting
  • Payments authorised:
    • ALCA Subscription          £66.72
    • C Williams Salary payment £200.00
  • Certificate of Exemption and Governance audit papers were agreed and authorised.

10. School Governors

  • See above re: Innox Lane

11. Correspondence

  • All done via email
  • Road closures on London Road due to Cleveland Bridge closure. Issues foreseen with this but largely outside our purview.

12. AOB

  • JM resigning chair, IR to pick up for a defined period (2 years)
  • IR: Proposal to send minutes to council prior to posting as draft. Does not need positive confirmation so much as a defined period for comment before they are posted.
  • Carried without objection
  • 7 days proposed as time period, no objection
  • Possibility of holding June meeting in person? If held after the 21st it can be indoors.
  • IR offers to host
  • RC: Local councils association also will soon announce the return to in-person meetings
  • IR: Change the date to 21st, no objections
  • The June meeting will include the Annual Meeting

Parish Council Meeting (Virtual) – Agenda for 12th April 2021

This will be a meeting held remotely using Zoom and a link to the meeting will be at the end of the Agenda.


Notice of a Virtual Meeting of Swainswick Parish Council 

to be held

on Monday 12th April 2021 at 7.30pm 


  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of the meeting held 8th February 2021.
  3. Matters Arising from above Minutes.
  4. Planning


There are no new applications.

Previous Aplications

Ref: 20/03009/FUL Ashcombe House Tadwick Lane Swainswick Bath. Conversion of long barn into two holiday cottages. B&NES – Decision pending.

Ref: 20/03077/FUL (resulting from Ref: 19/00568/UNAUTH )  Listed Building Consent (Alts/exts) Manor Farm Buildings Manor Lane Swainswick Bath. Repairs and alterations to curtilage listed former farm buildings (part retrospective). Change of use of one building from B8 storage to B1 business use (retrospective). Swainswick PC objection submitted 29/9/2020.

Application withdrawn.

Ref: 20/03391/FUL Little Pear Tree Cottage, Tadwick Lane, Tadwick. Redevelopment of previously developed garage site for an office, gym and annexe to be used in connection with Pear Tree Cottage. Swainswick PC objection submitted 7/10/2020. B&NES Development Committee 10th Feb 2020. B&NES – Decision – Refused.

Ref: 20/03255/FULLarkhall Sports Club, Charlcombe Lane, Charlcombe, Bath.Erection of a 20m high monopole supporting 3no. antennas and 2no. 0.3mm dishes above the top of the pole, the installation of 1no. equipment cabinet on new base and the installation of ancillary equipment.

Swainswick PC Objection submitted 29/09/2020. B&NES Development Committee 10th Feb 2020 – Permit

Ref: 21/00276/TCA St Mary’s Church Church Lane Swainswick Bath 

Removal of 3 Ash trees. B&NES – Decision No Objection.

Other Planning Matters

Ref: 18/03829/FUL  Four Winds Farm  Gloucester Road Swainswick -‘retention’ of Agricultural Building. B&NES Enforcement – usage review closed 15th Feb 2021.

5. Local Footpaths  

B&NES review.

Footpath near Uplands Farm (condition reported to Public Health)

6 University Building – Aircraft Warning Light

7. Highways – Local Lane Speeds

8. Swainswick PC – Future project ideas/proposals. On hold at present.

Information Board & Trough surround – improvement 

9. Finance

ALCA annual Fee £60.00

Clerk salary April/May £200.00 & Future payment process

   Financial Status – Year End update & Audit papers for signature

10. School Governors.

11. Correspondence – all relevant previously circulated by email.

12. Any Other Business

13. Dates of next meetings: 

14th June 2021 to include Annual Meeting

Note – Virtual Meeting link is below