Parish Council Meeting: 15th December 2005
Present: S Bust, A Fraser, N Armstrong, G Herbert, A Paris, D Parrish & I Sharman
Matters Arising :
1) I. Sharman expressed support for Mrs Starkey’s letter in Halam News re the right to roam and keeping to footpaths.
2) A. Fraser collected certificate and cheque for £50.00 for Halam as runner-up in 2005 Best Kept Village competition. Congratulations to all who helped the village win this - with extra effort next year Halam could perhaps win
Parish Plan :
The Parish Working Group has 4 volunteers – N. Croston, S. Grayson, D. Joyce & J. Smith. Four members of the P.C.– SB, AF, AP & IS – will also sit on this committee - first meeting scheduled for 19 January.
AP reported that there has been no response to the note in this month’s Halam News re updating contact information for neighbourhood watch scheme. Changes of residents or contact details - please let Andrew Paris know – 01636 815844 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposed Diversion of Halam Footpath 3 :
S. Bust declared an interest, and took no part in discussions. It was agreed to support the application to divert this footpath next to Strickland Farm to run round the edge of the field rather than across its middle.
Community Speed Watch :
AP reported that John Whitaker is heading scheme. Initial training took place & the first ‘live session’ is scheduled for January. Speed gun shared between several villages will be loaned. All agreed no action to be taken on buying a speed gun for village until scheme has run for a while & PC can assess results. John Whitaker to be invited to update at January meeting.
The Clerk had no information on this – to be held over to the next meeting. Chris Mercer/Elaine Gathercole will be asked for more information
Appointment of new Clerk :
No one has come forward for position of new clerk - those interested - contact Chairman S.Bust; this will be advertised on notice boards.
State of the Roads :
Some patching has been done, but the Clerk was instructed to write to Highways expressing the Council’s dissatisfaction with the work.
Letter also to express Parish Council’s strong concerns that promised traffic calming measures on Halam Hill & Mansfield Road have not been started yet
Open Meeting :
A parishioner stated that their request was for the full Parish Council accounts, not just the village hall accounts as wrongly stated last month
It was reported that the footpath up Halam Hill is obstructed by litter and undergrowth. NA will organise the District Council’s “litter hit-squad” to clear this, and also litter under the tree on the corner of Holme Lane.
1). CCTV cameras are to be trialled in Farnsfield.
2). Letter received regarding restructuring of Nottinghamshire police.
3). Friends of Southwell Trail – inaugural open meeting to be held at 7.00pm on 18 th January at the Farnsfield Village Centre.
1. Meadow Cottage, Radley Road – erection of first floor extension: approved unanimously;
2. Machins Farm – erection of orangery: approved unanimously.
1). Budget for 2006/07 – approved unanimously
2). Precept – unanimously agreed - same as previous year £7,000.
3). External Auditor report – auditors have approved P.C. accounts and note we are working with our internal auditor to tighten up procedures in some areas.
4). Resolved to pay:- village hall cleaners; auditors’ fees 2004/05; printing of village hall flyers (AP & IS declared an interest and took no part in discussions); bus shelter cleaners – agreed to give them Christmas bonus
Items for Next Agenda :
Village Hall; Litter; Village Christmas Tree; Parish Working Group; State of the Roads; Village Notice Board; Community Speed Watch
Village Hall :
Ian. Sharman declared a prejudicial interest and left the meeting. Present hall: mouse problem being investigated; thanks to Pat for sorting out heating electrics
Proposed new hall : 1) Planner from District Council to be invited to talk to Open Meeting – suggested dates 26/01/06 or 09/02/06
2) Information from recent presentations to be condensed and circulated to all households in Halam as soon as possible
3) plan to have referendum before Easter 2006.
Next Parish Council Meeting : Thursday 12 January at 7.30pm