Meeting held on Wednesday March 13th 2024, at 7.30 p.m. in the Blanchard Room, Lytchett Matravers Village Hall

PRESENT: Cllr M Attridge (Committee Chair), R Aspray, A Bush, A Huggins, V Abbott, P Webb, K Morgan and Mrs A Clothier (Locum Parish Clerk).

There were no members of the public in attendance.


1. Apologies: Cllrs H Khanna, B Barker, K Korenevsky

2. Declarations of Pecuniary Interest – and consideration of requests for Special Dispensations under Section 33 of the Localism Act 2011.

3. To receive and approve minutes of the Finance & Gen Purposes Committee meeting held on 14th February 2024.

These minutes were accepted as a true record of the meeting and were duly signed by the Committee Chair.

4. To receive and consider reports of past subject matters.

The following matters were included in the Clerk’s report of past subject matters. [nb: comments made or decisions taken at the meeting are shown in italics]

Minute No Action Point Progress
F&GP Cttee, 13 December, Minute 10 Raise tree at Spinney Play Park with Aster Tree works now complete. Play area issues are ongoing. Cllr Abbott to take pictures of the play area.
F&GP, 13 December, Minute 19 Clerk to write to Tesco regarding the light. Cllr Abbott to speak to the manager of the Pharmacy. Cllr Bush to chase the response from the pharmacy and Tescos.

Cllr Bush has spoken to the pharmacy – the Parish Council have agreed to pay half for the cost of repairing the light on the pharmacy wall. There is a light on the wall of Tescos that isn’t working. The manager is going to speak to head office.

F&GP, 10 January, Minute 7 Clerk to look at cost centre codes in Scribe Scheduled for end of financial year. Cllr Bush has started this process.
F&GP, 10 January, Minute 11 Clerk to contact residents on the waiting list to re let allotments Allotments 8, 10 and 57 are now occupied. 5 people have seen Allotment 11 but no one is willing to take it on due to the amount of work needed. Look at clearing plot 11.
F&GP, 14 February, Minute 10 Clerk to prepare FAQs on allotments for the website Ongoing.
F&GP, 14 February, Minute 10 Contact GreenFingers and ask whether they would consider managing the allotments. An email has been sent to Greenfingers.
F&GP, 14 February, Minute 11 Review Risk Register within 3 months and link to Internal Controls and Policy Register Ongoing
F&GP, 14 February, Minute 12 Cllr Bush to contact internal auditor. Complete. A three year term was agreed at Full Council.
F&GP, 14 February, Minute 13 Clerk to set up a meeting with the Church to speak about the interment of ashes process. Initial meeting held with Cllr Ong – meeting to be arranged with the Church.
F&GP, 14 February, Minute 20 Clerk to book village hall for 2024/2025. Complete and amended dates circulated.
F&GP, 14 February, Minute 21 Cllr Bush to speak to Rose and Crown about bar with a charge of £250 to use the Sports Pavilion. Ongoing – owners have been away.

i. Planning applications (17 applications listed of which 4 are now shown as granted or allowed) – See Appendix 1

It was noted that the Water Tower application has been approved – the consent is only allowed for the purposes described in the decision notice.

5. To receive and note the 2023-24 year to date bank reconciliation (for purposes of report only).

A copy of the bank reconciliation was made available to all members ahead of the meeting, and is attached at Appendix 2 to these minutes. It was queried why the unpresented income was high – this was due to the payments not being cleared at the point of the reconciliation. It was RESOLVED to accept and approve this reconciliation.

6. To receive and consider a report covering 2023-24 Council income and expenditure (for purposes of report only).

The report was made available to all members by the Parish Clerk. It was RESOLVED to accept and approve this. The income and expenditure report is included in Appendix 2 to these minutes.

7 . To consider Planning Application P/PAPA/2024/01058 Race Farm, Huntick Road, Lytchett Matravers

Road 499m by 4.50m in recycled aggregate

No Objection

8. To consider Planning Application P/HOU/2024/01186 2 Old Pound Close, Lytchett Matravers

Demolish existing attached garage, and build new ground floor extension.
Remove roof from existing dwelling, increase pitch of new roof and provide two bedrooms and en suites.

There is no objection to the application however the Parish Council note that the area fronting the living room and new dining room would be better suited to soft rather than hard landscaping. It is also suggested that the roof lights on the SW side of the roof could cause overlooking and the area would be better used for PV.

9. To recommend changes in Fixed Asset Register

Proposed changes to the Fixed Asset Register were placed on Dropbox before the meeting and are attached as Appendix 3. Cllr Bush sought guidance from the auditor on changes to the Fixed Asset Register. It was emphasised that to everything should be kept at acquisition costs. Several assets are proposed for disposal including office equipment from 2002. In addition, multiple items that are improvements to existing assets will be marked as disposed of. eg. a path at the recreation ground. The disposal of the war memorial and silent soldier are to be reversed. It was queried whether these changes will cause an issue for the AGAR form. The previous AGAR form will be represented as part of the end of year process. Councillors discussed whether there have been any new fixed assets but it was concluded that everything was captured. It was noted that having a list of everything the Parish Council own is helpful, particularly if there is a change of Clerk/Councillors. While definitely not a fixed asset, the Council were advised that the Prudental Investment Fund is to be the Asset list.


10. Annual review of Standing Orders

It was questioned if the Standing Orders are still fully relevant but concluded that it provides a level of formality to fall back on if needed. The Parish Council is content with the way that meetings are run.


11. Annual review of Financial Regulations


12. To approve arrangements for the D-Day Celebration including flag of peace

The Village Hall booking has been confirmed for the afternoon and evening of the 6th June. The Fish and Chip van will be on site. Purbeck Film Festival are charging £150 for the showing of ‘The Longest Day’. A licence fee needs to be paid which is 35% of the ticket sales. The capacity of the Hall will be established. The flag of peace was discussed – these range from £23-£73 – but it was concluded that this would not be necessary. When the beacon is lit the tribute will need to be read and Cllrs were asked to give some thought to who could read out the tribute. People will eat in the Blanchard Room or outside and the bar will be in the pavilion. Cllrs to ask if the Church or WI would like to do teas and coffees.

The fee for the pavilion bar will also be set as a donation to charity.

13. To approve a plaque for a memorial tree on the Recreation Ground

A request was submitted to the Parish Council for a plaque for the memorial tree on the Recreation Ground. The plaque policy states that plaques should be flat and stone however the proposed plaque is stainless steel and upright. It was felt that the plaque policy needed updating and the Parish council was happy with proposal.

Action: Clerk to ask whether the resident will order and pay for the plaque.

14. To approve the Parish Council charges for 2024/25

A list of current and proposed charges was placed on Governor Hub in advance of the meeting and is attached as Appendix 4. There was a discussion about the charges for the Fish and Chip van charges – it was suggested that this is raised to £150 for 6 months. Scout Hut Ground Rent and the rental of the field the keeping of bees will stay as it is. Allotments to go up as noted. This was APPROVED with all in agreement.

15. To approve Burial charges for 2024/25

A list of current and proposed charges was placed on Governor Hub in advance of the meeting and is attached as Appendix 5. The biggest proposed change is the removal of the charge for under 12s, and this was agreed as an appropriate change. The remaining charges will increase by 5%. A discussion was held on the rights of people to be buried in the cemetery as residents and it was agreed that the following wording by added:

‘The Council has the discretion to charge a single fee for those who have left the parish but who, in the opinion of the Council, have been of great service to the parish or have a significant connection to the parish.’

This was APPROVED with all in agreement.

16. To approve Locum Clerk PAYE arrangements

Due to guidance on HMRC requirements for Parish Clerks, the Locum Clerk will move to PAYE from March 1st at 75 hours a month.

This was APPROVED with all in agreement.

17. To consider items for an article in the next Parish Magazine.

The following matters were considered and agreed for inclusion:

· Elections – Voter ID

· Introduction for Cllr Ong

· Youth Hall Open Day

· Historic Minutes

18. To note correspondence received.

· Cllr Morgan – Lynn Pritchard is asking whether the Parish Council still want the village hall on the 22nd June. Cllr Morgan to confirm that this is the case.

· Building Regulations approval on the store – notices will have to be put up about fire risk.

· Cllr Abbott – signage for the MUGA – the school will unlock it outside of school hours.

The meeting closed at 20.48:

Annotated by/on ………………………….Approved by/on ………………………

Appendix 1

Planning Application No Location Proposal Status
6/2021/0282 Land east of Wareham Road Lytchett Matravers. Phased residential development of site for 95 dwellings, new vehicular and pedestrian access onto Wareham Road and other associated works including landscaping and open space. Not determined.
P/FUL/2021/02674 Cuckoo Hill Deans Drove Lytchett Matravers Dorset BH16 6EQ. New dwelling with associated access and parking and porch to front of existing dwelling. Not determined.
6/2021/0365 Caroline Cottage Prospect Road Lytchett Matravers Poole BH16 6ED – Revised. Alteration to listed building to install a new wood burner and new chimney pot. Application withdrawn
P/FUL/2022/01066 Land Adj, Clouds Hill Burbidge Close Lytchett Matravers Poole Dorset Sever land and erect 3 bed chalet bungalow with associated parking Not determined.
P/FUL/2022/01095 Land at Blaneys Corner To the east of Wareham Road and south of Wimborne Road. Lytchett Matravers Erect 25 dwellings (C3 use class), new vehicular and pedestrian access onto Wimborne Road and other associated works including landscaping and open space Not determined.
P/VOC/2022/01291 164 Wareham Road Lytchett Matravers Poole BH16 6DT Variation of Condition 2 & 5 of planning approval 6/2020/0314 (sever plot and erect a detached two storey dwelling with associated access, parking, landscaping and amenity space) to agree to the new building location 700mm further forwards towards the highway and the new foul water drainage connection Not determined.
P/CLE/2022/02881 (Cert of Lawfulness) Valley Farm Middle Road Lytchett Matravers Poole BH16 6HJ The erection without planning permission of 3 storage/workshop buildings, an agricultural building, a music studio and a toilet block in the positions shown on the attached site plan. Not determined.
P/CLE/2022/02911 (Cert of Lawfulness) Valley Farm Middle Road Lytchett Matravers Poole BH16 6HJ A mixed use comprising the fabrication and repair of horsedrawn vehicles (caravans, carts and wagons); the display and sale of bric-a-brac and collectables; open storage of assorted items including vehicles and portakabins; hobby farming and music festivals within the areas identified on the attached use plan. Not determined.
P/FUL/2023/02603 36 Glebe Road Lytchett Matravers Poole BH16 6EH Erect 5 bedroom detached house with associated garage and parking Not determined.
P/HOU/2023/05756 29 Rozalia Meadows, Lytchett Matravers Removal of existing closeboarded fence to rear garden and install new fence and gate. Not determined.
P/CLP/2023/06137 Water Tower Field Colehill Road Lytchett Matravers Positioning of a caravan as a rest room for people working on the agricultural holding and a shipping container as a pig ark for the housing of pigs. Permission granted
P/FUL/2022/05152 15 Dillons Gardens, Lytchett Matravers Demolish existing dwelling and erect 6no 4-bedroom detached houses with associated parking and access. Not determined


Caroline Cottage, Prospect, Lytchett Matravers Alterations to windows and doors, internal alterations, rear and side extensions, creating a single storey link extension to join the other building to the rear of the main dwelling, roof lights, and air source heat pump Permission granted
P/HOU/2023/06913 3 Spy Close, Lytchett Matravers Erect rear single storey extension to provide new kitchen/dining area. Permission granted
P/FUL/2024/00033 Eldon House, Eldons Drove, Lytchett Matravers Change of use of land from agricultural to garden in line with previously agreed red line of Planning Permission P/HOU/2022/05257 Not determined
P/HOU/2024/00133 Amberdene, Middle Road, Lytchett Matravers Construction of rear extension Not determined
P/HOU/2023/06335 Valley View, Middle Road, Lytchett Matravers Proposed alterations, single storey side and front extensions Not determined

Appendix 2 – see separate PDF file.

Appendix 3

Appendix 4

Invoice From Invoice To For Amount 2023/24 Proposed Amount 2024/25 Date of last invoice Date of next invoice
LMPC JCM Foods (Fish and Chip Van Trading licence in High Street Car Park £100 per 6 months £150 per 6 months 4th October 2023 1st April 2024
LMPC Scout Hut Ground Rent £170 per year £170 per year 4th October 2023 4th October 2024
LMPC Mr Horlock Rent of field for bee keeping £30 per year £30 per year Feb-24 Feb-25
LMPC Allotment Holders Deposits and Annual Rent Deposit: £35 Annual Rent: £35 Deposit: £50 Annual Rent: £38 Jan-24 Jan-25
LMPC Rexpham Services Grass cutting £80 per year £80 per year 6th March 2023 6th March 2024

Appendix 5

Row Park Cemetery Burial Charges

For Amount 2023/24 Proposed Amount 2024/25
The body of a stillborn child, or of a child whose age at the time of death did not exceed one month £0.00 £0.00
The body of a child whose age at the time of death exceeded one month but did not exceed 12 years. £60.00 £0.00
The body of a person whose age at the time of death exceeded 12 years £140.00 £147.00
For the interment of cremated remains in a casket or urn £80.00 £84.00
Purchase of Exclusive Right of Burial in earthen graves
For the exclusive right of burial in an earthen grave (2100 x 900 mm.) (7’ x 3’). £220.00 £231.00
For the exclusive right of burial in an earthen grave (900 x 600 mm.) (3’ x 2’). £130.00 £136.50
Monuments, Gravestones, Tablets and Monumental Inscriptions
a headstone not exceeding 3 ft. in height (H 900 mm x W 750 mm x D 100 mm £70.00 £73.50
for cremated remains a headstone not exceeding 2 ft. in height (H 600 mm x W 500 mm x D 100 mm £60.00 £63.00
Fees indicated for the headstones include the first inscription – for each inscription after the first £60.00 £63.00
Additional inscription £30.00 £31.50
Prior purchase of graves 1.5 times fee 1.5 times fee
Other charges
Searches 30 £31.50
Transfer of burial rights 40 £42.00
Scattering of cremated remains (permission required) 0 £0.00
Non Residents 3 times fee

Appendix 2 – see separate PDF file.

FinanceGenPurposesCommitteeMinutes 240313 Appendix 2 (Bank Rec and budget report)web.pdf
FinanceGenPurposes Committee Minutes 240313 v2.docx

Finance and General Purposes Committee minutes 13th March 2024