PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 9th December 2014
PRESENT: – Councillors – Mr R Buckley (Chair), Mrs E Wilson (Vice Chair), Mrs M Street, Mr N Eardley, Mr P Torr, Mr C Fleming, Mr. R. Buckingham, Mr. A. Broadhurst & Mrs W Carter (Clerk).
1. APOLOGIES – None
2. DECLARATION OF INTEREST – None
3. PUBLIC FORUM – None
4. MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING HELD 25th September 2014
Approved and signed.
5. CHAIRPERSON’S ANNOUNCEMENTS. – None
6.CLERK TO GIVE UPDATE ON THE FOLLOWING:
(a) Current Bank Balance – statement to 7th Nov. 2014 – £7,160.55
(b) Annual Return and External Audit documents.
A “Notice of Conclusion of Audit has displayed on the notice board for a period of 14days giving details of how to make an appointment to view the requisite information.
7. SETTING THE PRECEPT.
The figures determining the precept were discussed in depth, based on the attachment, giving details of the receipts & payments year ending 31st March 2014 and March 2015 and the predicted bank balance 31st March 2015.
It was decided not to include the possible purchases of the 2 defibrillators as a decision had not been made at that time. The “one off” cost of the grit bins has also not been included. The Council tax Support Grant is to be reduced from £284 to £213. Projected fixed costs of £4045 determined we would need to set the precept at a minimum of £4000, the same amount as the previous year to maintain status quo.
8. AUTHORISATION OF PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
5.12.2014 Higher Hurdsfield Sunday School-rent £125.00. Chq. 000755
9.12.2014 HMRC tax payment £150.00. Chq. 000756
9.12.2014 Fairway Landscapes Ltd. –Stonework £246.00. Chq. 000757
9.12.2014 Expenses 9 mths April-Dec £107.48. Chq. 000758
9.12.2014 Office Supplies Ink Cartridges £34.40 Chq. 000759
9.12.2014 A. Broadhurst – Plants for large planter £ 9.25 Chq. 000760
9. PLANNING COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER AND COMMENT ON
|Proposal:||Loft conversion including new dormers and rooflights|
|Location:||14, HILLSIDE DRIVE, HIGHER HURDSFIELD, MACCLESFIELD, CHESHIRE, SK10 2PL|
|Proposal:||Side extension and alterations to the existing dwelling.|
|Location:||THE SHIPPON, Doncasterhill Farm, Well Lane, Rainow, Macclesfield, SK10 5SY|
Cllr. Buckingham has had a further look at the plans and he advised the clerk he has no objections.
Application No: 14/5258M
Proposal: Removal of condition 11
(agricultural occupancy) on
Location: Doncaster Hill Farm, WELL LANE,
RAINOW, SK10 5SY
|Proposal:||Erection of agricultural building and associated access works|
|Location:||Land Off, Higher Fence Lane, Macclesfield|
Concerns were raised about the possibility of increased traffic movements on a road that is used by many pedestrians with young children, walking to Puss Bank School, also the impact on the condition of the unadopted road.
10. TO RECEIVE AND NOTE ANY PLANNING DECISIONS.
Town and Country Planning Act 1990
Appeals by Mr Michael Poyser and Mrs Allison Poyser
Site at Scotswood Nursery, Swanscoe, Rainow, Macclesfield, SK10 5SZ and
Scotswood Nursery, Swanscoe, Rainow, Macclesfield, SK10 5SZ
Summary of Decisions: The appeals are dismissed and the enforcement notice is upheld with a correction and variations. – Ongoing
11. REVIEW AND DISTRIBUTE CORRESPONDENCE
99% of correspondence is now received by email.
12. AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR
After considerable discussion a vote was taken, 7 to 1 in favour of buying one defibrillator, to be housed in a telephone box on Rainow Road, which the Council can buy for £1. BT will continue to supply power to the box; the Council will be responsible for the maintenance.
The Clerk to advise BT we wish to buy the phone box.
Nicholas Blair to be contacted for further information to progress the purchase of the defibrillator.
The Chairman to write an article for the newsletter giving contact details for people interested in taking a course to learn how to do CPR etc.
The Clerk to enquire what the insurance cost will be.
13. BOLLINGTON’S NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN.
The information kindly supplied by Bollington Parish Council was looked at and discussed in detail. It was decided that as we are such a small parish, with no available room for building, no community amenities that would benefit from the plan, it would be more practical to continue to look to CEC for any guidance required rather than joining the Neighbourhood Plan.
14. THE GENERAL CONDITION OF THE PARISH
Rainow Road Grids
Email rec’d. From CEC 20.8.2014 advised:
The Macclesfield gully emptying schedule is programmed for later in the year. They thanked us for our offer to help with the issue of parked cars. They will make sure that they contact us nearer the time. – Not cleaned as yet, ongoing.
Rainow Road has been cleaned, a job well done. The Clerk to thank the Highways Dept.
An email has been received from the Highways Dept. advising they are programming sign clearing, cleaning and maintenance works for a three month period. They are asking if we have any priority areas we would like included. The Clerk to request Roewood Lane to be included in the schedule.
Unfortunately we do not have any volunteer groups to offer assistance in the project.
Work has been carried out to improve the condition of the lane.
Hedges have been cut and walls repaired, the condition of the lane has improved.
No improvements with the problem large gullies look likely.
Grit Bins – The sites for three of the four bins were agreed. The Clerk to contact the Highways Dept. and Fairway Landscape to advice of the locations.
The Chair will oversee the installation of the bins.
Stolen paving flags at Higher Fold & Swanscoe
The stone paving stones have now been replaced. A risk assessment was carried out by the Clerk and no further remedial action is required.
The Well opposite the Three Crowns
The well has now been re-planted with winter plants and bulbs for the spring.
Dog Fouling in the Recreation Ground at Higher Fold.
A resident in the Parish has .complained of the following
In the past 6 months or more the park has been ruined by constant dog fouling. They have to remove dog waste nearly every day before they can allow their children to play in the area.
When approached people say they didn’t see the sign saying dogs were not allowed, but continue to take their dogs in even though they are aware of the sign.
One local resident goes alone into the recreation ground with a large husky dog which he then lets of the lead giving the dog free access to do as he wishes in the recreation ground.
This is really a matter of dog fouling rather than dog exercise , it needs to be addressed before a young child becomes seriously ill by touching (or worse) this mess.
This is considered to be a very serious matter by the Parish Council, we have informed the Dog Warden and this will be followed up by the Clerk.
Dog fouling has also become a problem on the footpath from the canal bridge progressing up Rainow Road; steps are being taken to hi-light areas involved.
15. HIGH SPEED BROADBAND IN HIGHER HURDSFIELD
Further work has recently been carried out by BT. Confirmation is still required, but it may be soon available for individuals to request.
16. PARISH NEWS LETTER
Will now be prepared for a New Year distribution.
The following items and authors were suggested for the newsletter, to be emailed to the clerk asap.
The Sunday School issue with funds and pending closure. – Richard Buckley – (To be approved by the Trustees)
The concerns we have over the condition of the trees and shrubs in the Parish – Andy Broadhurst Completed
The new access steps into the car park. Wendy Carter.
New waste bin for dog owners. Richard Buckley
A volunteer from within the Parish to carry on with the articles on the history of the Parish. Wendy Carter
Parking on yellow lines – Richard Buckley
Making use of the car park at Higher Fold Ciaran Fleming
Grit Bins – Robert Buckingham
Defibrillator– Richard Buckley
17. THE CLOSURE OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL
The latest information is that the closure is likely to be August 2015.
The Parish Council are aware of the long history of the Sunday School and are saddened by the closure.
This will also mean the Parish Council meetings will have to be held elsewhere. Suitable suggestions were made and the Chairman is also to enquire if meeting rooms are available at Hurdsfield Church.
18. SID DEPOYMENT
A member of the Parish has complained about the increased speed of vehicles travelling along Rainow Road. The Clerk has made enquiries with regard to loaning a SID from Rainow Parish Council.
It is important that the SID be deployed in a specific location.
19. VOLUNTEERS FOR CANAL PROJECT
A gentleman has contacted the Parish Council, over his concerns about the muddy condition of the towpath between Hurdsfield road and Higher Fence Lane bridges.
He has made enquiries to the Canal Trust about adopting the towpath and was asking if the Parish Council would help in some way.
The Parish Council have made enquires in the past regarding plans for improvements to the towpaths and were told the paths had been inspected and were not due for any improvements.
There are no volunteer groups in the parish but we could advertise for volunteers via the web site, newsletter and notice boards.
The Clerk to contact the Canal Trust and ask if they would be willing to supply the stone infill if we could supply the labour.
Meeting ended approx. 7.45pm
Next Meetings to be held on: 26th February 2014 at 6pm