Parish Council Meeting: 9 February 2006
Present : S. Bust, A. Fraser, N. Armstrong, G. Herbert, A. Paris; D. Parrish.
Apologies : I. Sharman.
Matters Arising :
1) Christmas Tree: the P.C.C. are unwilling to allow a Christmas tree in the churchyard but suggest lights could be put on existing yew trees; subject to be revisited at a later meeting.
2) State of the Roads/Traffic Calming – D.P. reported a conversation with Stella Smedley re Halam roads. Traffic calming measures to be in place end of March; application has been made to Central Government to move 30mph further up hill; Lack of money delays interactive sign for Halam Hill.
1 .New Holbeck Farm, Radley Rd - Retrospective planning permission for change of use of existing livestock building to form stables, and erection of new stable block: passed unanimously.
2. Thornholme, Gray Lane – erection of porch to rear: passed unanimously.
Parish Plan :
Parish Working Group – initial meeting has been held; village to be consulted on important planning and development issues. Further meeting planned for 2 March.
List of items for inclusion in “Welcome Pack” has been drawn up, with further work being done.
Litter: Situation to be monitored.
Notice Board: Waiting response from “Building Better Communities” scheme. Community Speed Watch: Insurance issues to be checked (John Whitaker and Pat Rickett to liaise).
Crime Figures : ARP circulated figures for reported crimes for Halam with other villages and towns for comparison. Fortunately crime figures for the village are low, but they highlight the problem with thefts from parked cars. All residents please note: take care not to leave valuables in vehicles – even if parked on drives.
Proposed Electoral Boundary Changes – Farnsfield Ward :
Clerk to write to Commission regarding proposed exclusion of Oxton from Farnsfield Ward
Open Meeting :
It was reported that its was unlikely that a 20mph speed limit would be put in place past the school as the route was too major a road.
Village Website– www.halam.org.uk
Funding/assistance may be available from D.C. – ARP to investigate.
Proposed New Village Hall :
Mike Evans – Head of Planning Services, & Chris Elston – Planning Manager addressed the meeting re the District Council’s policies on the new village hall proposal. They answered questions from the floor and detailed discussions took place. It was agreed to have further discussions with the D.C. to establish a site layout acceptable in terms of planning policies. A full business plan is also to be drawn up to investigate the financial viability of a new (larger) hall. ARP reported there are new National Lottery grants this year that are specifically aimed at new village halls & community buildings. There is also a series of funding meetings being held by the RCC.
Agreed to hold over amendments to Financial Regs and Standing Orders to next meeting.
Date of Next. Meeting :
Thursday 9 March at 7.30pm.