Present:                   Cllrs P Whitehouse (Chairman),

S Forest, C Foster, S Hill



In attendance:        Mr I Van Arkadie (Clerk), 7 members of the public


Apologies:               Cllr L Joyce, Cllr T Armstrong


Declarations of Interest

There were none


Minutes of the Previous Meeting

The minutes of meetings in May and June were approved. This was proposed by Cllr Foster, seconded by Cllr Forest and duly carried.


Co-option of New Councillor

As there had been no requests for an election in the specified time period, it was agreed to co-opt Mr Steve Hill as a parish councillor. This was proposed by Cllr Forest seconded by Cllr Foster and duly carried.


Public Open Forum

The Chairman adjourned the meeting and invited members of the public to participate in the Open Forum. There was a discussion concerning the problem of dog mess on the village green. A letter had been received from a local dog owner on this matter. Some villagers made the point that it was only a small minority of dog owners who were allowing the dogs to foul public areas in the village. The notion of a database of dog owners was discussed, but rejected as impractical and could cause possible GDPR concerns. It was agreed t0 monitor the situation closely.

Cllr Anthony Mason from Edingale Parish Council updated the meeting on the bus service. There were currently two journeys per week with the outward trip at 9.00 am and the return at around 1.30 pm. These times actually suited some passengers as they would travel from Tamworth to other destinations such as Lichfield. Cllr Mason explained that the position of the County Council appeared to remain unchanged; the recent tendering exercise had come to nothing and the likelihood of financial support now seemed unlikely. It now appeared that Clifton Campville would not be supporting the project, though confirmation of their position was to be sought. The cost to Harlaston Parish Council would depend on the number of users who currently made a voluntary contribution. Based on Cllr Mason’s figures this was likely to be between £873.00 and £1,497.00 per year. The possibility of a three month trial was mooted and received some support. It was agreed to delay a decision until the September meeting when more councillors were likely to be present.


Matters Arising and Correspondence

A letter had been received from Chilcote Parish Council regarding proposed developments and the creation of a new business park adjacent to the M42. The Clerk was asked to write for more information on the implications for traffic and to ask to be kept informed.






The Clerk reported that the balance stood at £22,156 compared with £19,553 for the same period last year. Cheques were approved for the clerk’s salary and expenses (£129.07 and £21.00). This was proposed by Cllr Forest, seconded by Cllr Foster and duly carried.



The Clerk reported that he had written to LDC Planning regarding changes to the application at Calcotts Farm with particular reference to highways issues and reiterated the Parish Council’s concerns. It was reported that this application had been rejected based on objections raised by Staffordshire Highways.  

The Clerk agreed to monitor developments at Fish Pits Farm with regard to the Section 106 funding.


Any Other Business

Michael Grove asked if the Parish Council would be willing to contribute £182.00 to the cost of the new hammer for the church clock. It was agreed to discuss this at the September meeting.

Cllr Forest reported that there would be a presentation evening for the Best Kept Village on 6th August at which the winners would be announced.

The Chairman reported on the success of the barbeque to raise money for the playground. He had been in discussions with Wickstead and secured a 25% discount.

The Clerk confirmed that he had contacted Highways regarding blocked gullies in the village.


Open Forum

No issues were raised.


Date of Next Meeting(s)


Monday 24 September 2018


The Clerk would ensure that this was publicized in the parish magazine.