Council Minutes - Parish Assembly 2015


Minutes of the Annual Parish Assembly of Halford Parish Council
Held on the 13th of May 2015 at 6.00 pm at The Village Hall, Halford

Present: Cllr Nick Gale (in the Chair)
Councillors John Alexander, Paul Bannister and Mike Lewis
Karen Parnell

In attendance:
WCC Cllr Izzi Seccombe and SDC Cllr Philip Seccombe
Six members of the public
Apologies: None

1) Minutes of the Annual Parish Assembly on 14th May 2014
Were agreed and duly signed off by the Chairman to be a true record.

2) Matters arising therefrom

3) Chairman's report on the work of the Parish Council during the last twelve months
The Chairman read out the report, which contained a detailed account of many of the Council's activities. This is published in full on the website.
A copy will also be held with the minutes.

4) Village Reports
It was noted the Village Hall has been used for many activities this past year.

5) Statement of Accounts of the Parish Council
Karen had produced the end of year accounts for 2014/15, which she summarised; a copy was sent to all Councillors and was available to the public present. The year end balance is 19212 representing a surplus of 2565.
Any questions relating to the finance were answered.

6) District Councillor's Report
Councillor Philip Seccombe introduced himself. He thanked voters for electing him and pledged to represent all residents. Philip has been a district councillor since 2002. Boundary changes have affected the wards in the election. His remit is mostly concerned with planning, housing, waste collection and anti-social behaviour. Funding is much reduced at SDC and sharing services and outsourcing are being looked into.
The adoption of the Core Strategy is delayed. Philip noted he was constrained to operate by the code of conduct and occasionally may have to excuse himself on some matters being discussed by the PC in the future.

7) County Councillor's Report
Cllr Izzi Seccombe is the County Councillor for Stour and the Vale as well as leader of WCC. She is involved with the Local Enterprise Partnership which aims to further economic development. It was noted there is a shortage of engineers in the area.
A Combined Authority is being looked into which would possible include Coventry and Birmingham.
Izzi chairs Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Board.
The next WCC elections will take place in 2017: There will be different boundaries and a reduction in councillors from 62 to 57.
The four year budget is starting to achieve savings and most departments have underspent. Schools and Safeguarding are two departments which haven't achieved savings.
The Councillors Transport Fund should pay for dropped kerbs either side of the Fosse Way but a refuge is probably beyond the budget.
The General Election result will have some impact on WCC.
A mini budget will take place in June when priorities and savings over the next two years will be looked at.

8) Any other business
It was noted the Bowling Green site in on the market. It is unlikely to change use as Sport England is involved.
It was suggested the area could be made community land and could be registered as a community asset. Grants and funding could be looked into.

9) Questions from the Public
The PC was thanked for trying to improve disabled access within the village.

Meeting closed: 6.30pm

Signed: Nick Gale Chairman