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NEWNHAM PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

Minutes of the meeting held on Monday 3rd July 2017 at 7.30.p.m. in the Village Hall.

 

PRESENT:   Councillors  Mr W Nunneley (Chairman)

                                                Mr H Ferguson

                                                Mr R Harcock

                                          Mr D Messenger

                                                Mr J Powell

                                                Mr T Regan

                                                                                               

                        Clerk              Mrs M Money

 

Also attending District Councillor J Amos.

 

In opening the meeting the Chairman welcomed Mr H Jolly attending the meeting as a prospective Councillor.

 

72.17 TO RECEIVE AND APPROVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

County Councillor R W Brown.

 

73.17 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST FOR ITEMS ON THE AGENDA

No interests declared.

 

74.17 TO SIGN AND APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD 5th JUNE2017

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

 

75.17 PUBLIC FORUM

No members of the public present.

 

76.17 VACANCY FOR PARISH COUNCILLOR

Mr H Jolly said he was interested in joining the council and it was RESOLVED that he should be co-opted at the September meeting.

The Vice-Chairman asked whether he would be interested in joining the working party set up to deal with the impact issues on the village as a result of the Flore Bypass.  Mr Jolly agreed to join this.

 

77.17 FINANCIAL

a) Financial Statement – Current Account £795.00; Reserve Account £35,165.99.

 

b) It was RESOLVED that the proposal by the Vice-Chairman, seconded by Cllr R Harcock, that the working capital element of £8,300 be transferred from the Council’s Reserve A/C to the Council’s Current A/C leaving the balance of £26,768.00 in the Reserve A/C to be regarded as the Council’s reserves, was approved unanimously.

 

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c) To consider generally (i) the question of the level of reserve to be maintained and (ii) the application of surplus reserves – It was RESOLVED that this would be determined when the 2018/19 Budget is set. Cllr H Ferguson said he would obtain a pro forma budget.  It was also agreed that the budget should contain more headings and more projects would be considered.

 

(d) To ratify respectively payment of the following three invoices:

 

1908

W S Gardens

Grass Mowing

1065.00

213.00

1278.00

Open Spaces Act

1909

Bruce Wortley

Wall Repair

1700.00

 

1700.00

Open Spaces Act

1910

Ben Emery

Tree Removal

1750.00

350.00

2100.00

Open Spaces Act

 

e) To approve payment of the following accounts:

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

 

1911

Mrs M R Money

Salary/Expenses

419.68

 

419.68

LGA 72s.112

1912

P McCulloch

Handyman

204.83

 

204.83

LGA 72s 111

1913

Playground Supplies

New cradle swing

289.80

57.80

346.80

Open Spaces Act

1914

NCALC

Course Fee

36.00

 

36.00

LGA 72s 111

1915

SLCC

Membership

93.00

 

93.00

LGA 72s 111

 

f) Monies Received - £650.00 Empowerment Funding; £145.00 re interment of the ashes of the late R. Townsend and £0.40 bank interest.

 

78.17  CORRESPONDENCE

a) Clerk’s Report – The main points discussed related to:

road surfacing to take place between Poets Corner and Newnham Grounds between 15th August and 1st September – It was agreed a notice should be included in the notice board, on the website, in the  Link and the village section of the Daventry Express.

 

Romer Arms donations – It was felt these should be directed towards the Village Hall Management Committee.

 

Banking – With the imminent closure of Natwest Bank on a proposal by Cllr D Messenger it was RESOLVED by a vote of 6 in favour and 1 against that the account should be transferred to Lloyds Bank.

 

Posts round the Green – The Clerk reported that the posts were in need of attention and suggested that they should be replaced.  It was agreed this item should be included in the 2018/19 Budget.

 

79.17  Report by Cllr R Harcock on Town and Parish Councils meeting

The main items were Highways and the condition of road surfaces. Potholes at the edges of road should be reported through Street Doctor.  The road through Everdon Stubbs is to be resurfaced in the near future.

 

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Police – There has been some re-organisation of the Police in Daventry District and Daventry has been chosen as one of the hubs for the country. It is requested that all crimes be reported.  There is an issue with gangs countywide, particularly Wellingborough and Northampton, mostly drugs related.  Middle England is deemed a soft target for terrorism.

 

80.17  PLANNING

Strategic - Nothing to report.

 

Applications – None received.

 

Decisions – None received.

 

81.17 HEALTH AND SAFETY INCLUDING RISK ASSESSMENTS

Burial Ground – Nothing to report.

Churchyard – Nothing to report.

Play Area – The ROSPA inspection report highlighted some areas which need attention but none of a high priority.  The Clerk will obtain costings for inclusion in next year’s Budget.

 

82.17 ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AT NEXT MEETING

a) Co-option of Councillor

b) Budget Items

 

83.17 DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Monday 4th September 2017 at 7.30.p.m. in the Village Hall.

 

In closing the meeting the Chairman requested that the Minutes should record a note of his appreciation for the help and support provided by the Clerk and requested that Councillors add no more to the workload than required for the efficient running of the Council.

 

Meeting  closed 8.35.p.m.

 

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