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NEWNHAM PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of the meeting held on 21st May 2018 at 7.30.p.m. in the Village Hall.

 

PRESENT:   Councillors  Mr H Ferguson

                                       Mr H Jolly

                              Mr J Powell

                                    Mr T Regan JP

                                                                                                           

                        Clerk              Mrs M Money

 

Also attending District Councillor J Amos; County Councillor R W Brown and 7 members of the public.

 

Cllr H Ferguson agreed to take the chair for the first item on the Agenda if that was the wish of councillors and explained the current situation to members of the public.

It was RESOLVED that Cllr Ferguson takes the chair.

 

ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN

On a proposal by Cllr H Jolly it was RESOLVED that Cllr H Ferguson be appointed Chairman for the coming year.

 

ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIRMAN

Vacancy remained unfilled.

 

56.18 TO RECEIVED AND APPROVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Cllr N Fleet

 

57.18 REMARKS BY DISTRICT COUNCILLOR J AMOS

Agreed this would be deleted from the Agenda in future.

 

58.18 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST FOR ITEMS ON THE AGENDA

The Chairman declared an interest in Item 7 – allotments.

 

59.18 TO SIGN AND APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 9TH APRIL 2018

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

 

60.18 PUBLIC TIME

Several issues were raised as follows:

 

Access to the play area/playing field for the disabled – The Chairman explained that this is an issue to be taken up with the owners of the school as the playing field is owned by them.  The play area is on licence to the Parish Council.  This will be discussed with DRET.

 

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Change/add a “nest swing” – To be considered at a future meeting.

A “nest swing” would need to stand alone.

 

Basket Ball net – The hard standing already in place does not fall within the Parish Council responsibility.

 

Facilitate a Youth Club as there are no activities for 10 to 17 year olds.

 

The Chairman suggested that a meeting of interested parents together with a representative from the Parish Council should be arranged.  The head teacher of the school is supportive of more activities being provided.

 

Grass Cutting – Grass is growing across the pavements and needs to be cut back – The Clerk to obtain a quote.

 

Speeding – The Parish Council had withdrawn from Speed Watch as it was left to only a handful of people to run it.  A new co-ordinator needs to be recruited and then it can be re-considered.

 

Parish Council – The Parish Council needs supporting and needs to recruit not only new councillors but people with expertise in certain fields such as Legal, HR, finance and people who could provide expertise on certain projects. Health and Safety is already covered. 

 

Increased Communication within the village – Ways of increasing communication need to be investigated. Not everyone is computer literate or even wants to be.  Approval was given for the agendas to be placed in the Church Notice Board.  To be considered at a future meeting.

 

61.18 VACANCIES ON PARISH COUNCIL

Forms notifying the latest 2 vacancies have been submitted to DDC and also posted in the notice board and on the website.

 

62.18 ALLOTMENTS – RENEWAL OF LEASE – UPDATE

It was RESOLVED that the Chairman could sign the Heads of Lease document so that this matter could be moved forward.

 

63.18 APPOINTMENT OF DATA PROTECTION OFFICER

On a proposal by Cllr Regan it was RESOLVED that Northants CALC be appointed Data Protection Officer.

 

64.18 FINANCIAL

a) Bank balances as at 20th April 2018 – Current Account £00.00; Reserve Account £ £35,694.44

 

b) Finalising year end accounts – The auditor has carried out the internal audit and agreed the figures.  On a proposal by Cllr T Regan it was RESOLVED that the year-end figures be approved.

 

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c) Street Lighting – Quote from Aylesbury Mains for changing lighting in Bradbury Road – On a proposal by Cllr H Jolly it was RESOLVED that the quote in the sum of £4259.00 plus VAT be accepted.

 

d) Play Area – Update on proposed schedule of work – Work to commence on 4th June and take one week to complete.

 

e) To approve payment of the outstanding accounts

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

 

Chq No.

Payee

Detail

Amount

VAT

Total

Stat. Power

1959

Mrs M R Money

Salary/Expenses

 

 

 

LGA 72s.112

1960

EON

Electricity

426.11

21.31

447.42

Highways Act

1961

Aylesbury Mains

Light Repair

  25.50

  5.10

  30.60

Highways Act

1962

NCALC

Membership

478.77

 

478.77

Audit Regs

1963

W S Gardens

Grass Cutting

645.00

129.00

774.00

Open Spaces

1964

RGS

Tree Survey

425.00

  85.00

510.00

Open Spaces

1965

Aylesbury Mains

Light repair

107.80

  21.56

129.36

Highways Act

 

f) Monies Received - £1.46 Bank interest.

65.18 Licence Agreements for use of The Green and appointment of solicitors.

Deferred to next meeting.

66.18 CORRESPONDENCE

a) Email from Mary Price requesting confirmation that the village mowing would be ready for National Gardens Scheme Open Day – Confirmation given.

b) Mowing Schedule - Published on website and notice board.

c) Request for financial support received from VHMC for redecoration of Village Hall-

Request approved in principal.

d) Request by VHMC for use of the Green for Music on the Green – Request approved. 

e) Attendance at Parish and Town Council Meeting at DDC on 14th June – Cllr H Jolly agreed to attend.

f) Enquiry about illuminated “Open” sign in window of The Romer – Chairman to investigate whether any planning permission is required.

g) Offer by Alan Cox to operate the Vehicle Activated Speed Indicator – Offer accepted.

h) Request for interment of ashes – approved.

67.18 PLANNING

Strategic Issues

Bypass Representation – Change of status from informal group to formal committee and re-appointment of members – It was RESOLVED not to change the status of the Working Party to a Sub-Committee. The current Working Party consists of Cllr H Ferguson, D Messenger and B Price.  S Ratcliffe expressed an interest in joining the Working Party.

Applications

Review of continuing correspondence provided by Mr Bastin concerning The Romer – Planning permission (retrospective) granted.

Consideration of request from VHMC for work to be carried out on tree on The Green prior to Music on The Green – Clerk to contact M Venton at DDC Planning.

Decisions

DA/2017/1237 – LBC The Cross, Manor Lane – Structural repairs including repair of gable wall and re-tiling of roof – Approved.

DA/2018/0155 – Demolition of rear porch. Construction of single storey rear extension – The Cross, Manor Lane – Withdrawn

DA/2018/0156 –LBC for demolition of rear porch and construction of single storey rear extension – The Cross, Manor Lane – Withdrawn.

68.18 HEALTH AND SAFETY INCLUDING RISK ASSESSMENTS

a) Burial Ground – New bench now in place.

b) Churchyard – Nothing adverse to report.

c) Play Area – Work to commence 4th June.  A notice warning children not to use one of the swings, as a member of the public has stated it is a safety concern, will be put up.

d) Tree Survey Report – The Clerk was asked to obtain quotes for the work identified as High Priority in the report.

69.18 –THE HISTORIC NEWNHAM HILL CLIMB – UPDATE ON PLAQUE COMMEMORATING THE EVENT – Nothing further to report.

70.18 ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AT THE NEXT MEETING

None other than already mentioned above.

71.18 DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Monday 5th June 2017 at 7.30.p.m. in the Village Hall.

 

Meeting closed at 8.45.p.m.

 

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