Present : S. Bust; A. Fraser; D. Herbert; G. Herbert; A. Paris; D. Parrish; M. Thompson.
Beat Officer :
Unfortunately PC Thompson was unable to attend – he will be invited to the next meeting
Election of Officers :
Chairman: S. Bust; Vice-chairman: A. Fraser; Xmas charity officers: S.Bust/A. Paris; Press officer: A. Paris; Transport officer: G. Herbert; NALC representatives – D. Parish/M. Thompson; Snow warden & Flag Officer: S. Bust; Crime reduction officer: A. Paris. The Clerk: Financial officer; Ken Grieve: Internal auditor.
New Model Code of Conduct :Adopted with amendments
Parish Plan : A final list mock-up will be discussed and reviewed fully at next meeting now it operated for 2 years.
Notice Board : is now under construction
State of the Roads : Further to complaints re the state of Radley Road; all landowners are reminded of their responsibility to clean up any mud they leave on the road.
Speed Watch : Interactive sign appears to have slowed traffic down; some branches, now in full leaf, are reducing the range of sign’s sensors. A second location (near the ford) will be investigated for speed watch – vehicles enter Halam from Edingley too fast; with several accidents occurring that end of the village. G. Herbert reported complaints about the scheme, in particular cameras used to follow locals driving through the village, especially down School Lane. A. Paris pointed out that all operators are trained; it is working practice to “track” vehicles; some speed provocatively on seeing the camera. From the location, it is impossible to track vehicles on School Lane.
Simon Bust stated that provided operators work to official training guidelines the scheme has the P.C.’s full backing.
Ivy on Trees : awaiting further information. It was felt that the P.C. had no authority to ask landowners to remove ivy from their trees, but it was agreed to remind residents that trees can be choked by ivy, and it is good practice to cut back as creepers damage trees.
Design Statement : Computer problems prevented circulation of document to the P.C.; circulation next week
County Council Civic Service : To be held at 11am on Sunday 15th July at the Minster. Simon Bust to attend.
Open Meeting :
1. Parking/road safety problems during “Ashdene” open garden days. Cones may be put out next time, and a sign requesting considerate parking.
2. Twenty-Plenty Scheme – unlikely to progress until current pilot schemes are assessed.
3. Bank collapsing by Gray Lane bridge – C.C. are aware, but Clerk will contact again.
4. Statements of support for the Community Speed Watch Scheme were made, particularly as it has helped obtain interactive speed sign.
5. Transport officer role was discussed – we are lucky to have a regular (and improved) bus service.
6. C.Cllr. Andy Stewart informed the meeting that Beat Officers are now being trained to support Community Speed Watch teams.
7. Problems with youths in cars loitering under the tree on the bend on Holme Lane have re-emerged – this has been reported and will be raised with the Beat Officer. Problems should be reported to the police (01909 500999) immediately – more complaints may result in more action to resolve problems before they escalate.
1. Best Kept Village – agreed enter again; residents requested to keep property frontages neat and tidy.
2. Draft East Midlands Regional Plan – agreed take no further action.
3. RCC – AGM Wed 31 October – no one to attend; No nominations for Officers & Executive.
Planning : Halam Village Hall – Extension; internal re-model; provision of disabled facilities: unanimous support.
Finance : Agreed to pay; dog bin emptying; fire extinguisher service.
P.C. insurance; Policy Document required – if not available, A. Paris will try to get a copy.
Date of Next Meeting : - Thursday 14 June at 7.30pm