Minutes of the EXTRAORDINARY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING held
on the14th July 2020 at 6.30 pm remotely through Zoom.
Present: Cllr P Morgan (Chair), Cllr H Wroth, Cllr I
Wroth, Cllr S Mills & Cllr J Penn.
In attendance: Mrs S Roberts (Clerk), 1 member of the
public & 2 representatives from Marlborough College.
Cllr Peter Morgan welcomed the members of the public present and
all those present introduced themselves.
Public participation – questions and answers from the public.
A question had been received prior to the meeting from a member of
the public who was present at the meeting: ‘ Given the
recently identified shortfall in land supply and the changes in
the NPFF, what measures are Preshute Parish Council taking to
protect their parish against speculative property developments’
Cllr P Morgan and Cllr J Penn responded. The main points
raised being the whole of the Preshute area is already protected
due to being in the AONB and it is only under exceptional
circumstances where no other land is available and there is a
proven need that housing could be considered on rural greenfield
AONB protected land.
The two representatives from Marlborough College addressed the
Council to request support for the proposed Barton Dene land
allocation to be included in the MANP and the benefits this
development proposes to bring to Marlborough.
1. To receive apologies for absence
received from Phillippa Pearson who was unable to attend due to
the short notice of the meeting. This was approved.
receive declarations of interests
There were no
declarations of interest.
Items to be taken in private session
Morgan resolved to close the meeting for item 7 to enable the
Council to discuss freely the current position on the
MANP. Having members of the public present would be
prejudicial to the conducting of the meeting. (LGA 1972 -
SS100 & 102) Cllr S Mills proposed & Cllr J Penn
Covid 19 Support & Emergency Action Plan
Rights of Way
- The Council has seen
a steady drop off in requests for prescription collections and
support throughout June. The system has worked well and
will remain in place in case of a second wave.
- Open Spaces Survey –
this has been completed and submitted to Wiltshire
Council. Cllr P Morgan thanked all the councillors for
their input. This should be seen as an opportunity to
capitalise on the use of the countryside and it was suggested
they work together with other neighbouring parishes to ensure
the public Rights of Way are kept clear and properly
signposted. Cllr H Wroth raised the issue of a lack of
awareness in the process of sticking to the designated paths
and a lack of understanding of the impact this can have.
Cllr J Penn commented on an increased problem with littering.
- An email has been
received tabling the idea of a Covid Copse – a tree planting
to mark the hardship & devastating impact endured for each
community as a result of Covid 19. The importance of
tree planting was discussed with the benefits it could bring
including long lasting biodiversity and reduced carbon
emissions. Permission would need to be sought from local
landowners and volunteers found, it was suggested it should be
close to a Right of Way. Cllr H Wroth highlighted the
importance of maintaining and caring for the trees once
The meeting closed at
- The meeting was
closed for this item.
- All members of the
public were given the opportunity to be transferred to the
virtual waiting room, be re-admitted once the item had been
discussed and the meeting re-opened.
- All members of the
public left the meeting.
- After a lengthy
debate the Council unanimously resolved to leave the
Marlborough Area Neighbourhood Plan. Cllr J Penn
proposed & Cllr S Mills seconded.
- The Council agreed
to provide a press release highlighting the reasons for their
withdrawal once the MANP had been informed of the decision.
This is the last page of the minutes.
The next full
meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 28th
July 2020 at 8.00 pm
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