Council Minutes - October 2010



Meeting held on 11th October 2010 at the Halford Bridge Inn at 7.30 p.m.
Meeting closed 8.05 p.m.
Cllrs Black (Chair) Gale and Rickards
Clerk: Karen Parnell
Plus one member of the public

1. Apologies
Cllrs Neil Liddell and Su Price

2. Declaration of Interests Councillors are asked to declare personal interests in any items on the agenda. Councillors are reminded that the code of conduct that took effect from 5th June 2007 provides that should they have a prejudicial interest in any matter under discussion, they should withdraw from the room and not seek to influence a decision about the matter.

3. Approval of minutes of meeting held on the 1st September 2010
Minutes having been circulated were confirmed as an accurate record of the meeting held in September 2010 and were duly signed by the Chairman.

4. Democratic 15 minutes
A resident pointed out 6 tiles are missing from the bus shelter roof caused by youths playing football. Cllr Rickards will look into this matter.
The resident further stated the grass is now growing nicely in the Millennium Garden and believed this to be the wrong time of year to consider planting and flowers. She has and will continue to do some weeding of the garden as and when necessary.
A cherry tree has a broken branch overhanging the play area. Cllr Black will resolve this matter.

5. Matters arising

A) Telephone Box works and progress regarding its gallery/photographic usage.

Cllr Black will enable a catch and padlock to be fitted at a cost of 35.00. The council unanimously agreed to this expenditure.
Cllr Price will liaise with the Headmaster of Newbold School to involve the pupils in the artwork project. A meeting will be pursued.

B) Possible replacement of flowers or turfing in the Millennium garden or other options

Public opinion appears to be that no further action is necessary at this time.

C) Traffic calming issues

Cllr Black has been directed to another contact at WCC by Sue Harrison (Landscape Architect) He will progress this project prior to the next PC meeting. 1000 will be budgeted for the project.

D) To consider provision of six allotments with Orbit housing

The PC considered a proposal from Orbit Housing to convert a garden in their ownership to allotments managed by the council. It was noted that Allotment Law would require the PC to provide all ongoing costs for this project if in agreement. As such, the Clerk will respond to Orbit to the effect that if Orbit wish to convert their land into allotments the PC has no objection but the PC does not want to incur extensive and ongoing costs to its residents with regard to administration and finance.

E) Drainage within Halford

Contact has been made and a solution is still being sought to remedy a problem in Queen Street regarding drainage.

6. Planning

7. Finance:
SDC 50% Precept paid in 3600.00

Cheque No 100717 Karen Parnell 180.00 (Salary) 100718 Karen Parnell
11.70 (Expenses) 100719 Garden Aide 43.75

8. Correspondence

9. Date of next meeting: 3rd November 2010 (Same venue)

Meeting closed: 8.05pm

Signed: Colin Black - Chairman on 3rd November 2010