Council Minutes - March 2012



Meeting held on 7th March 2012 at the Halford Bridge Inn at 7.30 p.m.
Meeting closed 8.30p.m.
Cllrs Black (Chair), Machin, Redhead and Rickards
County Councillor Izzi Seccombe
Clerk: Karen Parnell

*Co-option of a councillor - To fill Casual vacancy for a parish councillor.*
Due to the resignation of Neil Liddell the council advertised the vacancy. One application was received by the clerk and the council decided to appoint Ivor Machin: Proposed by Cllr Black and seconded by Cllr Redhead. Cllr Machin completed the acceptance of office and declarations of financial interests. The Chairman welcomed Cllr Machin to the Parish Council.

1. Apologies
Cllr Nick Gale

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 of February 2012
Minutes having been circulated were confirmed as an accurate record of the meeting in February 2012 and were duly signed by the Chairman.

4. Democratic 15 minutes
No public were present.

5. Matters arising
A) Drainage, highways and maintenance issues within Halford, notably regarding Idlecote Road and damaged verges.
Verges on Idlecote Road have been damaged by tractors and lorries, the chairman will liaise with a resident contributing to the damage.

Hunt hounds in the play area had concerned a resident and was noted as potentially dangerous by the council.

B) To confirm arrangements for the Parish Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Council
These will take place on the 26th of April in Halford Village Hall commencing at 7.00pm. The Village Hall Committee will also meet that evening.
Cllr Izzi Seccombe will give a talk on Health and Wellbeing.

C) Traffic calming issues
No further action. Some police presence has been noted in the village.
Councillors will endeavour to attend the Community Forum in Tysoe on 13/03/12 to continue highlighting concerns regarding speeding and policing thereof.

D) SDC Draft Core Strategy
Cllr Seccombe suggested the PC look at CS16: The principal of development.
The current policy is due to run out and the new policy accepts that 8,000 houses will need to be built over the next 15 years. The development will be throughout the whole of the district including towns and villages.
Service villages and options for development were explained.
Halford is likely to be affected by 2% development (1 house) in the next fifteen years. Councillors will meet to establish the PC's response which needs to be submitted to SDC by the clerk before 30th March.

E) Dog fouling in Halford
This matter has been brought to the PCs attention and residents will be asked to be more responsible for their dogs through Village Voices.
It was noted there are a number of dog waste bins in Halford.

6. Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
The chairman continues to seek a co-ordinator and volunteers and a few potential candidates have come forward.
A number of perpetrators of crime have been caught in the Shipston area.

7. Planning

8. Finance:
Lease of land from SDC
SDC have responded to the clerks request to consider a 10 year lease and refusal to pay legal fees deemed to be SDCs responsibility.
Options suggested by SDC involve further costs to the PC due to a longer timescale in arranging a lease and possible referral to committee.
The clerk and chairman will liaise regarding a further response to SDC.

Cheque No 100787 Karen Parnell 180.00 (Salary) 100788 Karen Parnell
18.00 (Expenses) 100789 to 25% of new computer 200.00

9. Correspondence
Invite to WCC Chairman 'At home' on 10/03/12
Publicity for Stour Community Form in Tysoe on 13/03/12
Nomination forms were provided to councillors as the PC is up for re-election in May. All nomination forms to be submitted to SDC by the 4th of April.

10. Date of next meeting: 4th April 2012 (Same venue)
Meeting closed 8.30pm
Signed: 4th April 2012 Colin Black Chairman