Parish Council Meeting: 8 September 2005
Present : S. Bust, A. Fraser (arrived 7.30), N. Armstrong, G. Herbert, A. Paris & I. Sharman; Apologies:, D. Parrish
Local Beat Officer : PC Whyke, our Beat Officer based at Blidworth station, outlined the present police coverage of Halam & answered questions re general policing.
Matters Arising : Ian Sharman asked for confirmation that the P.C. were not instigators of the request for the footpath condition to be placed on the golf course planning application. It was confirmed that this condition had come originally from D.C.
Parish Plan : Progress against plan reviewed; Agreed st up a Parish Working Group to consider planning /development issues in Halam including village envelope; protecting village character; important open spaces in the village; sympathetic design of new building. Those interested in joining this group - contact the Clerk.
Trafalgar Weekend (21 – 23 October 2005) : Possible celebrations discussed – beacon(s), BBQ/hog roast – events committee to come up with proposals. Commemoration Service - GH to be speak to the Dean
Harvest Supper : Saturday 8 th October in the village hall. Guest speaker arranged. Will at the Waggon & Horses is investigating licence. Raffle, games, food & publicity being arranged by Marina Thompson & Julie Paris; Possible flag competition to be held.
Conversion of Traditional Rural Buildings : Agreed to write to the D.C. to emphasis need for adequate parking attached to any rural building conversion to ensure no increase in congestion/parking problems in rural villages.
Notice Board : Agreed this should have three sections – parish council/general village use/map. Building Better Communities funding may be available to fund a sign as costs are likely to be over £1,000. This may delay the project while the application is processed and would have to be part of a larger project, possibly including new village signs as well. It was agreed to investigate this funding opportunity further.
Evening Classes : Those interested - contact Di Parrish.
Road Markings : C.C. have written to inform the parish council that the 30mph speed limit is to be moved further up Halam Hill (to the Southwell side of the Old Vicarage). It was resolved to write to the CC requesting clarification as to whether street lighting is to be extended also, and to request that the separate ‘Halam’ signs are retained rather than new signs incorporated into 30mph signs.
Open Meeting : Peter Thompson raised the issue of insurance for any Trafalgar bonfire/beacon; Agreed this should be through the P.C. – Clerk to investigate.
Correspondence : 1. Best Kept Village Competition – Halam joint runners up in the section – certificate and £50 cheque to be presented to village. Many thanks to all who helped with these efforts – the churchyard; flowers at the pub; flowers by church bench (Linda Bass); flowers outside the village hall (David & Di Stubbs).
Planning : Springfield House, The Turnpike – replacement of existing conservatory with sunroom; conversion of garage to living accommodation and erection of attached single garage: passed unanimously
Finance : Resolved to pay:- 1) Hall cleaners (Clerk to investigate mice); 2). Antony Aspbury Associates (feasibility study), but query excess £15 charge. 3) Parish Paths Partnership – contract for schedule of work as presented by the Footpath Group
Date of Next P.C. Meeting :- Thursday 13th October at 7.30pm