Council Minutes - February 2012



Meeting held on 1st February 2012 at the Halford Bridge Inn at 7.30 p.m.
Meeting closed 8.35 p.m.
Cllrs Black (Chair), Redhead and Rickards
District and County Cllr Izzi Seccombe
One member of the public
Clerk: Karen Parnell

1. Apologies
Cllr Nick Gale and Neil Liddell

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 4th January 2012
Minutes having been circulated were confirmed as an accurate record of the meeting held in January 2012 and were duly signed as such.

4. Democratic 15 minutes
It was questioned what activities would be in place to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. The member of public cited that in the minutes relating to the Silver Jubilee celebrations two members of each of the village organisations had formed a committee to co-ordinate events. The Chairman said the PC would support the celebrations which Cllr Gale is initiating by convening a meeting at the end of February. The public will be consulted, fundraising events will be enabled and a letter drop will take place in due course. The need to include the children of Halford was agreed.

5. Matters arising
A) Drainage, highways and maintenance issues within Halford
No current issues. Clematis has been cut back to aid pedestrian movement.

B) Village clean up
The original co-ordinator has now moved away and whilst the PC supports the project a co-ordinator is needed.

C) Traffic Calming issues
Cllr Seccombe will report back to the PC the results from Police checks in Halford. The positive effect of signage on the Fosse Way was noted.

D) Village Hall bell
No further action.

6. Neighbourhood Watch scheme
An article seeking a co-ordinator was recently published in Village Voices.
A resident has offered to help, but not co-ordinate the scheme.

The Police non-emergency 101 telephone number will be published in Village Voices.

7. Finance
SDC land lease
The current play area lease is due to expire this year and SDC have approached the PC with the offer of a six year lease, reviewable after three years, for 400.00 per year.
Whilst SDC requested 250.00 to cover legal fees the PC deemed this unacceptable as no solicitor is required and the Clerk and Chairman will liaise over terms and signing of any future lease.
A ten year lease will be requested for the same rent.
It was noted the PC are now required to pay for an annual play area inspection.

Cheque No 100784 Karen Parnell 180.00 (Salary) 785 18.00 (Expenses)
786 SDC (Land lease) 115.68

Receipt: VAT Reclaim 165.08

8. Planning
Application(s) reference: 11/01592/FUL
Proposed : Proposed replacement dairy unit including the construction of a new parlour building and a new cattle shed, creation of concrete yard and vehicle manoeuvring area, removal of existing slurry lagoon and creation of a larger replacement slurry lagoon, creation of new vehicular access and alteration to existing farm track.
At : Park Hill Farm, Idlicote Road, Halford, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 5DQ
For : Long Partners (Mr J Long) GRANTED

9. Correspondence:
It was noted the SDC Draft Core Strategy will be out for a six week consultation period over February and March. It is anticipated the developments involving over a hundred houses must have a specific purpose.

Cllr Seccombe continues to champion the provision of health care facility in Shipston.

Arrangements for the Parish Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Council will involve consideration to holding these on the same night as the Village Hall Committee AGM. A suitable date is sought. Cllr Seccombe offered to give a presentation and update on health care facilities in Shipston.

10. Date of next meeting: 7th March 2012 (Same venue)

Meeting closed: 8.35pm

Signed: Colin Black Chairman on 7th March 2012