Agenda and minutes

Commons and Rights of Way Committee
Friday 22 June 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Cabinet Suite - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Contact: Joanne Bolton 01452 324197 

Items
No. Item

18.

Election of Chair

To elect a Chair for the 2018/19 civic year.

Minutes:

Resolved

That Cllr Philip Awford be elected Chair for the ensuing civic year.

 

 

19.

Election of Vice-Chair

To elect a Vice-Chair for the 2018/19 civic year.

Minutes:

Resolved

          That Cllr John Cordwell be elected Vice-Chair for the ensuing civicyear.

 

20.

Declarations of Interest

Please see note (b) at the end of the agenda.

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made.

21.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 180 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 29 March 2018.

Minutes:

Resolved

That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 29 March 2018 be approved and signed as a correct record, subject to noting the following amendment:

Paragraph 15.21 - removal of the first ‘did’ in the first sentence.

22.

Public Questions on Application(s)

To answer any written or public questions about the application(s) before the Committee at this meeting.  The closing date /time for the receipt of questions is 10 am on Friday 15 June 2018.  Please send questions to the Chief Executive marked for the attention of Joanne Bolton (email: joanne.bolton@gloucestershire.gov.uk).

 

To answer any urgent question(s) on the application(s) before the Committee, which the Chair considered could not have been reasonably submitted by the deadline for the receipt of written questions, where notice of such has been given to the Chief Executive marked for the attention of Joanne Bolton by 12:00 noon on 21 June 2018.

 

Depending on the nature of the urgent questions asked it may not be possible to provide a comprehensive answer at the meeting, in which case a written answer will be supplied as soon as reasonably possible after the meeting.

Minutes:

No public questions had been received on the applications before the Committee.

23.

Members Questions on Application(s)

To answer any written members’ questions on the application(s) before Committee at the meeting. The closing date/time for the receipt of questions is 10am on Friday 15 June 2018.  Please send questions to the Chief Executive marked for the attention of Joanne Bolton (email: joanne.bolton@gloucestershire.gov.uk).

 

Minutes:

No questions from members on the applications before the Committee had been received.

 

24.

Public Questions - About the matters which are within the powers and duties of the Committee

To answer any written or public questions about the matters, which are within the powers and duties of the Committee.

 

The closing date /time for the receipt of questions is 10am on Friday 15 June 2018.   Please send questions to the Chief Executive marked for the attention of Joanne Bolton (email: joanne.bolton@gloucestershire.gov.uk).

 

To answer any urgent questions(s) about the matters, which are within the powers and duties of the Committee, which the Chair considers could not have been reasonably submitted by the deadline for the receipt of written questions, subject to any question being registered by 12:00 noon on 21 June 2018.

 

Depending on the nature of the urgent questions asked it may not be possible to provide a comprehensive answer at the meeting, in which case a written answer will be supplied as soon as reasonably possible after the meeting.

Minutes:

No public questions had been received on matters which were within the powers and duties of the Committee.

 

                                                                                                            

25.

Members' Questions - About the matters which are within the powers and duties of the Committee

To answer any written members’ questions about the matters which are within the powers and duties of the Committee. The closing date/time for the receipt of questions is 10am on Friday 15 June 2018.  Please send questions to the Chief Executive marked for the attention of Joanne Bolton (email: joanne.bolton@gloucestershire.gov.uk).

 

 

Minutes:

No written questions from members had been received on matters which were within the powers and duties of the Committee.

 

26.

Application for a Modification Order for 2 Additional Lengths of Public footpaths at Somerford Keynes County Park, Somerford Keynes, Gloucestershire -Jaci Harris pdf icon PDF 196 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

26.1    Jaci Harris, Asset Data Officer (PROW Definitive Map), gave a detailed presentation to the Committee aided by a power-point presentation, which included photographs of the claimed routes under consideration.  (For information – A copy of the presentation slides is included in the minute book and has been uploaded to the Council’s website).

 

26.2    The Asset Data Officer tabled a letter from the clerk of South Cerney Parish Council, and an email from the Chairman of Ashton Keynes Parish Council, to be considered as part of the report. (For information – A copy is included in the minute book and has been uploaded to the Council’s website).

 

26.3    The Asset Data Officer informed the Committee of the following correction to the report:

            Paragraph 11.4 (addition of words) amended to read - ‘All but one of the users claimed to have visited the Park for recreation…..’

 

26.4    The Committee was informed that Somerford Keynes Parish Council, in partnership with Ashton Keynes & South Cerney Parish Councils, submitted two Definitive Map Modification Orders (DMMO) applications for public footpaths at Keynes Country Park on 9 February 2010; one to Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) and the other to Wiltshire Council.  The officer explained that the report solely addressed the application received by GCC. Although GCC owned the land extending into Wiltshire, it did not have the legal mandate to determine the application on land outside its authority. 

 

26.5    The Committee noted the routes of the claimed paths (Route ABC, Route DF, Route BE, and Route GH) across the land within the authority of GCC, at Keynes Country Park, on the Order Plan attached at Appendix GCC3 to the report.

 

26.6    The Committee noted that most of the land over which Keynes Country Park was located was in the ownership of GCC, as outlined in Appendix GCC1 to the report.   A small section of the land was in the ownership of the Cotswold Water Park Society Ltd , and a small rectangle of land adjacent to but not affected by the application was owned by Somerford Keynes Parish Council.

 

26.7    The Committee was informed that land on which Keynes Country Park was established was purchased in 1970 by GCC under the statutory provisions of the Countryside Act 1968. Section 6(1) of the Act permits the acquisition by local authorities (county or district councils) of land “to create country parks for the purpose of providing, improving opportunities for the enjoyment of the countryside by the public”. 

 

26.8    The Asset Data Officer gave a detailed account of the history of the country park.  She informed members that the Cotswold Water Park Joint Committee was created in 1967 to establish the country park.  GCC leased the park to the Cotswold Water Park Society (CWPS) in 1997, and it was subsequently sub-let by CWPS to Watermark Properties in 2008.  CWPS was rebranded to Cotswold Water Park Trust (CWPT) in 2011.

 

26.9    The Committee was informed that there was no documentary evidence with regard to this claim.  Ordnance  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.