PARISH COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES 23rd August 2012

 PRESENT: – Councillors – Mr R Buckley (Chair), Mrs E Wilson (Vice Chair), Mrs M Street, Mr N Eardley, Mr P Torr, Mr R Buckingham, Mrs. L Foster & Mrs W Carter (Clerk). 

1. APOLOGIES – Councillors Mr C Fleming, Mr P Hayes & Mr B Livesley

2. PUBLIC FORUM –   None

3. MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING HELD 28th June  2012 – approved subject to the inclusion of Councillor Fleming’s name being listed in members present.

4. CHAIRPERSON’S ANNOUNCEMENTS –  None

5. CLERK TO GIVE UPDATE ON THE FOLLOWING:

Current Bank Balance – 8th Aug. 2012  £5950.34

Audit –  We have received completion of the Annual audit. No action is required.

The “Notice of Conclusion of Audit and Right to Inspect the Annual Return” has been posted on the notice board.

Insurance – Will continue to be with Came and Company for the next three years.

 6. PLANNING COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER AND COMMENT ON

  ANY PLANNING APPLICATIONS NOTIFIED –

1.The Highways Act 1980 – Section 118

Proposed Public Path Extinguishment Order – Public Footpath No. 9 (part) Parish of Higher Hurdsfield.

No objections.

2. Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981: definitive Map and Statement

Application to Upgrade Public Footpath No.  9 Higher Hurdsfield to Bridleway.

It was agreed by that the previous comments made on behalf of the Parish Council should be considered for the above application.

Councillor Buckley to enquire if any members of the Parish had any further comments.

3. Application for Determination concerning Telecommunications Development under Terms of Part 24, schedule 2, General Permitted Development Order 1995 (As Amended)

A “Response” was sent to the Planning Departments opposing this application in line with the views of the local residents.

7. TO RECEIVE AND NOTE ANY PLANNING DECISIONS.

Application No.          12/2046M

Proposal:                   Two Storey Front & Single Rear Extensions (Amendment to Consent 09/4257M)

Location:                   Swanscoe Park Farm,Swanscoe Lane, Rainow.

 The application has not been approved. No objection had been made by the Parish Council.

8. AUTHORISATION OF PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS

Broker Network Ltd. Insurance.               £ 327.50         Chq no. 000710

Office Supplies:-

Cartridge People Ltd. 2 ink cartridges       £33.38

Post Office Record delivery for Auditor      £1.83

Ryman Stationery paper/file/pockets        £12.77

Pay W. Carter               Total                £47.98           Chq no. 000711

Audit Commission                                 £144.00          Chq no. 000712

Clerk’s expenses 5 months April/August    £80.24            Chq no. 000713

9. REVIEW AND DISTRIBUTE CORRESPONDENCE

 The Final Draft of the Code of conduct adopted by CE – to be formally adopted by our council by resolution confirming the previous resolution on the initial draft;

CoC Bulletin to explain to Members what the current position is;

DCLG Guide for Members on Interests;

The Registration of Interest Form for Members to complete.

 (Registration of Interest Forms distributed to all Councillors)

Emails regarding Swanscoe. – Discussed without conclusion.

 “The Playing Field”CheshirePlaying Fields Association Magazine.

 Invitation to the Chairman from Bollington Town Council

To Civic Service 30th Sept. 2012 Church service commencing at 1030am..

 Invitation to the Councillors from Rainow Parish Council

To Civic Sunday Parade 23rd Sept. 2012 from 9.30am for parade or 10.30am for church service.

 Email – CEC – Local Support for Council Tax – Impact on Town & Parish Councils

From 1st April 2013 funding for the current Council Tax Benefit scheme will switch to the Department for Communities and Local Government. Variation in claims will impact on the amount of council Tax available to support local services.

 Email – CEC –Street Naming – Adoption of Legislation

CEC intends to adopt certain legislation regulating the street naming process to harmonise the street naming process across Cheshire East.

 Email – CEC –Do you have any topics or agenda items you would like including for this year’s annual Town and Parish council conference planned for November?

 Email – CEC – Town Strategy consultations 31st Aug. to 1st October.

 Email – Mark Simpkin – Adlington memorial park.

Full approval has been given for a natural burial ground in Adlington. We can include information in our news letter if we wish to do so.

 Email – Cheshire Association of Local  Councils – Councillor workshop.

Cotebrook Village Hall 27th September 2pm – 4.30pm £40 per person

10. THE GENERAL CONDITION OF THE PARISH

10.1. + 10.2 Public Footpath/Wheelie Bins

Although the rods have been removed from the steps, the steps are degrading and the condition of this area is still considered unsatisfactory from a safety aspect. Building rubble left has now added to the problem. The wheelie bins are still present. Photos of the area to be sent to Highways/Public Rights of Way requesting this area be cleared of all obstructing items and the steps made good.

 10.4 Parking on the Canal bridge

The Clerk has reported the problem to the Parking Dept of CEC. It was felt that no further action could be taken to improve this situation.

 10.5 The Condition of Hurdsfield/Rainow Road.

  • CEC agreed to sweep the road but were unable to do so because of parked cars. They have advised it would be necessary to close the road
  • Two Councillors swept sections of the road to improve the situation. Councillor Buckingham to produce an article on the web site to encourage residents to improve their immediate surrounding area, including cutting back shrubs overhanging the footpath. Some residents have enhanced areas with beautiful hanging baskets.
  • Roewood Lane  has been swept by CEC.

10.6  The level of the bench in the recreation area.

Was inspected and found not to be level, no action to be taken.

 Other –  Silver Jubilee Cherry Tree to be ordered in October 2012.

11. Reported Burglaries

A gang of youths have commited a number of thefts within the area. Councillor Buckingham to produce a leaflet warning residents and advising them to be on the lookout for two vehicles used, one being a white transit, with 50s number plates.

12. Speed Indictor Device – Ongoing

13. WEB SITE UPDATE

Cllr. L. Foster met with a local resident to obtain further information and will shortly produce the next episode of our “Parish History”.

Cllr. Buckley to provide photos for the history section of the web site.

Cllr. L. Foster and the Clerk to liaise and produce a letter which can be delivered to Parish Residents asking for any information/photographs they may have of the Parish. – Ongoing

Cllr. Buckingham to determine the number of users on the web site for the next meeting.

 

         Meeting ended 8.15pm

 Our next meeting will be held on Thursday September 27th at 6.30pm

 

 

ERRORS & OMMISSIONS ACCEPTED

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