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NEWNHAM PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of the meeting held on 5th December 2016 at 7.30.p.m. in the Village Hall.

 

PRESENT:   Councillors  Mr N Fleet (Chairman)

                                                Mr H Ferguson

Mr R Harcock

                                                Mr J Powell

                                                Mrs A J Hyde

                                                Mrs T Summers

                                               

                        Clerk              Mrs M Money

 

Also attending District Councillor J Amos and two members of the public.

 

 123.16 TO RECEIVE AND APPROVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Apologies were received and approved from Cllr W Nunneley and County Councillor R W Brown.

 

124.16 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST FOR ITEMS ON THE AGENDA

No declarations made.

 

125.16 TO SIGN AND APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 7th NOVEMBER 2016

On a proposal by Cllr T Summers it was RESOLVED that the Minutes be approved and signed.

 

126.16 PUBLIC FORUM

Publication of Minutes – A complaint was received that although the Minutes could be read on the notice board they were not up to date on the website.  The Clerk agreed to look into this

 

Footpath at top of Newnham Hill – Mr Taylor raised the possibility of a footpath being made at the top of Newnham Hill.  At this point there is nowhere for a pedestrian to step off the road.  He said he had spoken to Ian Boyes at Northamptonshire County Council Highways Dept who advised that there was no money.  Mr Boyes had suggested that before consideration the Department would need to see support from the Parish Council and the residents. Councillors felt that the idea was worth investigation and Mr Taylor should try and find out a likely cost together with a level of support within the village.  The Clerk will also seek County Councillor Robin Brown’s views. District Councillor J Amos supported the proposal.  The issue will be discussed again at the next meeting.

 

District Councillor J Amos passed the Clerk two media releases, one relating to Christmas waste collections and the other to the planning document to enhance biodiversity.

 

[The members of the public left the meeting at 7.50.p.m.]

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127.16 VACANCY FOR PARISH COUNCILLOR

Ongoing.

 

128.16 TO AGREE FINAL BUDGET 2017-18

On a proposal by Cllr H Ferguson it was RESOLVED that the Council do precept upon Daventry District Council in the sum of £28,336.00 to be paid in two instalments in April and September 2017.

 

129.16 CORRESPONDENCE

Clerk’s Report – The report was taken as tabled; the main points discussed were

 

a)    BT Telephone Box – After discussion and on a proposal by Cllr Ferguson it was RESOLVED that the Daventry District Council proposed response to the First Notification to the BT Payphone Removal Consultation form should be approved. A decision about adopting the box was deferred until the outcome of the DDC application to Heritage England for the box to be listed was known.

b)    Street Lighting – Following the trial period for the two lights, one LED and the other fluorescent, it was decided that lights in the main streets of the village would be replaced with LED, on a rolling programme.  A decision on which lights to have in residential areas to be discussed at January meeting.

c)    Community Shop – The Clerk was asked to obtain copies of the last three year’s trading figures of the village shop before any discussion on this proposal was taken any further.

 

130.16 PLANNING

Strategic Issues – Cllr Ferguson said he had not yet read the Biodiversity Plan but would report back in due course.

 

Planning – Applications

DA/2016/1074 - Remove tree within a Conservation Area – Murray House

Cllr H Ferguson to look at application and submit response.

 

Decisions

DA/2016/0892 – Remove tree within a Conservation Area, Hilltop – Approved.

 

[District Cllr J Amos left the meeting at 8.20.p.m]

 

131.16 HEALTH AND SAFETY INCLUDING RISK ASSESSMENTS

a) Burial Ground – Nothing adverse to report.

b) Churchyard There are still some rabbit holes which the handyman will be asked to fill in.  This is likely to be an ongoing problem.

c) Play Area – Inspection pending.

 

 

 

 

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132.16 FINANCIAL

On a proposal by the Chairman it was RESOLVED that the following accounts be approved for payment

 

Chq No.

Payee

Detail

Amount

VAT

Total

Stat. Power

1868

Mrs M R Money

Salary/Expenses

408.75

 

408.75

LGA72s 112

1869

P McCulloch

Handyman

205.09

 

205.09

LGA72s 111

1870

Aylesbury Mains

Light repairs

74.00

14.80.

88.80

Highways Act

1870

Aylesbury Mains

Two trial lamps

83.00

16.60

99.60

Highways Act

1871

Direct Office Consumables

Office supplies

57.99

11.60

69.59

LGA72s.111

1872

W S Gardens Ltd

Grass Mowing

200.00

40.00

240.00

Open Spaces Act

 

b) Financial statement – The bank statements and reconciliation statement were available for inspection at the meeting.

c) Monies Received - £1. 62 bank interest; £1351.86 VAT Reclaim.

 

133.16 ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AT THE NEXT MEETING

None other than already identified in the Minutes.

 

134.16 DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Monday 9th January 2016 at 7.30p.m. in the Village Hall.

 

In closing the meeting at 8.30.p.m. the Chairman wished the councillors and clerk the compliments of the season.


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