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NEWNHAM PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of the meeting held on 12th March 2018 at 7.30.p.m. in the Village Hall.

 

PRESENT:   Councillors  Mr D Messenger (Chairman)

                                                Mr H Ferguson

                                                Mr R Harcock

Mr H Jolly

                                                                                                           

                        Clerk              Mrs M Money

 

Also attending District Councillor J Amos.

 

30.18 APOLOGIES

Cllrs J Powell, N Fleet and T Regan

 

[At this point the Chairman invited District Councillor J Amos to announce any points he wished to raise as he had another meeting to attend.

 

The District Councillor confirmed that Futures had a policy of not selling land. This had been confirmed to the Chairman by Liam Good from Futures in correspondence relating to the Allotments.

 

Media Releases were handed to the Clerk:

Major Retail development plans approved for Daventry.

Business Briefing with specific reference to the Women’s Tour

Repeat success for campaign to tackle dog fouling

Man fined £400 for fly-tipping

Community Infrastructure Levy warning for self-builders]

 

[District Councillor J Amos left the meeting at 7.45.p.m]

 

The Chairman requested permission for two additional agenda items. Under 4 (Correspondence) - Email from Mary Price re postal deliveries and under 8(f)  payment of J Ashby’s invoice under Financial.  Both were unanimously approved.

 

31.18 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST FOR ITEMS ON THE AGENDA

Cllr H Ferguson – Agenda Item 7 – allotments.

 

32.18 TO SIGN AND APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 5TH FEBRUARY 2018

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

 

33.18 CORRESPONDENCE

a) Email from Mary Price re: postal deliveries – It was agreed that the Council should take this up with Royal Mail and the Chairman would draft a suitable letter for the Clerk to send.

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b) Clerk’s Report

The Clerk advised that she had been trying to find an alternative supplier for Electricity but had so far not been successful.  She would be pursuing the matter.

 

At this point the Chairman thanked Cllr H Ferguson for his work on The Barn planning application.

 

The remainder of her report was taken as read.

 

34.18 PUBLIC TIME

No members of the public present.

 

35.18 VACANCY ON PARISH COUNCIL

On—going.

 

36.18 ALLOTMENTS – RENEWAL OF LEASE – UPDATE

The Chairman reported that Terms had now been agreed and it was a matter of waiting for the draft documents for review.

 

37.18 FINANCIAL

a) Bank Balances at 20th February 2018 – Current Account £00.00. – Reserve Account £37,139.78.

 

b) Street Lighting – Deferred to next meeting.

 

c) Letter from E.ON re: electricity price increase – See Clerk’s Report.

 

d) Play Area – The Clerk to obtain a time table for the work.

 

e) Money received - £220.00 re: funeral of Mr K Whitmore.

 

f) To approve payment of the following accounts to include an additional for J Ashby as referred to above.

 

Chq No:

Payee

Details

Amount

VAT

Total

Stat Power

1952

Mrs M R Money

Salary/Expenses

412.18

 

412.18

LGA 72s 112

1953

Mr J Ashby

Handyman

225.00

 

225.00

LGA 72s.111

1954

NVHMC

Hire of Hall

  45.00

 

  45.00

LGA 72s.111

1955

Direct Office

Office Supplies

  72.65

14.53

  87.18

LGA 72s.111

1956

J Ashby

Handyman

210.00

 

210.00

LGA 72s.111

 

38.18 PLANNING

Strategic Issues – Cllr H Ferguson advised that he would be in a position to report on the Settlements and Countryside Plan Part 2 at the next meeting.

 

Applications - DA/2017/1237 – LBC for structural repairs including rebuilding gable end – The Cross, Manor Lane – Supported.

 

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Decisions

DA/2018/0061 – Work to trees within Conservation Area, The Banks, Daventry Road – Application approved by DDC

 

39.18 HEALTH AND SAFETY INCLUDING RISK ASSESSMENTS

Burial Ground – Repair/replacement of bench seat – On-going.  Nothing else to report.

Churchyard – Inspection had not been possible due to the adverse weather.

Cllr R Harcock asked if the handyman could do a certain amount of maintenance around the graves, this was approved.

Play area – Timetable for major work to be obtained.  Work needs to be completed prior to the main school holidays.

 

40.18 THE HISTORIC NEWNHAM HILL CLIMB – Update on plaque commemorating the event - In the absence of Cllr J Powell Cllr R Harcock circulated a sketch of the proposed memorial and the wording.  The sketch and wording were approved but as it is intended to site this on the verge Cllr J Powell will be asked   to contact both DDC Planning and Northants Highways concerning permissions that may be required.

 

41.18 ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AT THE NEXT MEETING

Internal audit.

Permission to commission tree survey.

 

42.18 DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Monday 9th April 2018 at 7.30.p.m. in the Village Hall.

 

Meeting closed 8.20.p.m.

 

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