EVERLEIGH PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the Annual meeting of the Parish
held at Collingbourne School on Monday 8th May 2017
Chairman: Cllr D Bottomley (Chair).
Present: Cllr K Wheeler-Mallows, Cllr M Burton, Cllr E Hudson, PC L Wileman, PCSO M Downham (Wiltshire Constabulary) and Cllr I Blair-Pilling (Wiltshire County Councillor)
Apologies: Cllr J Jones, Cllr T Symonds
In Attendance: Mr P Gill (Clerk).
- Chairman’s Report. The Chairman reported that The Parish of Everleigh has continued to flourish over the past year, 2016-17. Parish Councillors continue to work tirelessly to enhance the infrastructure of the village and have organised a number of successful events to bring the people of Everleigh together on a regular basis. A major priority for the Parish Council is to monitor and supervise the maintenance of our village to ensure such areas as our roads, verges, lighting and signs are in good order. We were therefore delighted to see the reintroduction of the Parish Steward Scheme by Wiltshire Council last Autumn, following three years of its absence. Brought back at the demand of the town and parish councils, the scheme provides close support on local priorities by the deployment of a dedicated “man with a van” on a regional basis. We have seen an immediate impact in Everleigh particularly on clearance of vegetation and verges. Well done to Cllr Kim Wheeler-Mallows for his role as our Village Streetscene Co-ordinator. The Planning Sub Committee, comprising Cllrs Jenny Jones, Kim Wheeler-Mallows, Martine Burton and myself have diligently scrutinized several planning applications over the year to ensure new initiatives are in keeping with the village environment and Design Statement of 2006, which continues to be a valuable reference document. After consultation with villagers, the redevelopment of the playground has progressed well, led by Cllr Kim Wheeler-Mallows and supported by Cllrs Tim Symonds and Elizabeth Hudson of the Property Sub Committee. A significant piece of work took place last Spring to merge the two sections of the playground by removing the internal fence and adding three all weather picnic benches in order to create a village hub for wider use by our community. We are grateful to the Wiltshire Council Tidworth Area Board for a grant towards the purchase of the benches. Last March we purchased a new barbeque and two lightweight portable goal posts as part of Phase 2 of our playground enhancement. For the future, we will be examining the feasibility of erecting a basketball hoop. Parish Councillors have been at the heart of several village events over the past 12 months. The Midsummer Tea Party took place on Sunday 12th June at St Peter’s Church with Cllr Sally Matton leading the Parish Council contribution. This involved a lot of work to tidy up the church yard and then support for the setting up and conduct of a highly successful event, celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday and raising funds for the Churches Conservation Trust. Our Village Summer Party was held on Saturday 10th Despite the weather, the party went very well, with turnout higher than expected. The use of the playground for a village event for the first time was a success and there was plenty of enthusiasm for the chocolate egg and spoon races. Our ever popular Bonfire + Fireworks took place on Saturday 5th November at the Jubilee Field. The event had all the ingredients for a great evening: spectacular fireworks; delicious BBQ; and a roaring bonfire, with an excellent turnout of well over 100 including some friends from neighbouring villages. All councillors pulled together to produce an excellent event; many thanks go to Cllr Sally Matton for synchronizing this effort. The inauguration ceremony for our First World War Commemoration Stone took place on Saturday 12th November in the centre of Everleigh opposite The Crown bus shelter. Attendance was high, despite inclement weather. Our principal guest was the Garrison Commander from Tidworth, Colonel Steve Lawton, who unveiled a plaque in memory of the men and women of Everleigh who served their country during the Great War. Our vicar, Jo Reid, conducted an excellent open air Remembrance Service after which some parishioners retired to the Goa Balti for a curry lunch. On Saturday 10th December we held the annual Village Carol Service at St Peter’s Church followed by a Curry Lunch at the Goa Balti. Although numbers attending each event were lower than in previous years, everybody enjoyed themselves in a very convivial atmosphere. Our vicar, Jo Reid, conducted the carol service with aplomb and the village children were most impressive in delivering the readings with real confidence and style. At the Goa, Hassan and his team laid on a delicious lunch as ever and Simon Curr provided an excellent quiz to exercise the grey cells. Thanks go to Karen Preece for organising a great day. The year concluded with a Litter Pick on Saturday 4th March in line with a national initiative – The Great British Spring Clean – and a village work party took place on Saturday 22nd April to conduct general maintenance and tidying up at the playground. Sadly we bade farewell to Sally Matton and Karen Preece who resigned from the Parish Council last November. Sally has been a stalwart for over 10 years and served with great enthusiasm and effect for the interests of the Everleigh community. Karen also made an effective contribution in her two year spell with the team, including in her role as Vice Chairman. We therefore welcomed a new member to the Parish Council team, Martine Burton, who was co-opted on 9th January. The Parish is fortunate to receive excellent support from other directions. Our Wiltshire Councillor, Charles Howard, has contributed a wealth of experience and we shall miss his expertise as he relinquishes his appointment this Spring. On the policing front, Wilts Police Community Policing Team, co-ordinated by PC Lucy Wileman and supported by PCSO Maria Downham, continue to provide security for the village with limited resources. For the future, Parish Council priorities remain threefold: Maintain the village’s infrastructure; develop the playground as a village hub; and, most importantly, to continue to lay on several events per year to enhance village community spirit.
Finally, I would like to thank my fellow parish councillors and the parish clerk, Mr Phil Gill, for all their support, enthusiasm and hard work during the past 12 months; Team Everleigh remains very strong indeed.
No questions were asked of the Chairman.
- Finance Report. The Clerk reported that finances remain in a healthy condition with the cash balance in all accounts being £4590.91 at year end which is £948.12 less than FY 16/17 and reflects the funds earmarked for future projects and includes the Council’s reserves policy of £2100 minimum. As a result the Council lowered the Precept for FY 17/18 by 0.2%. The accounts have been prepared by the Clerk, audited by the internal auditor and will be sent to Grant Thornton, the external auditor, to meet the statutory deadline of 28 May 2017. Income for 2016/17 was approximately £6350, namely £3423 Precept & £11 Precept Grant, £1112 village events income, £1073 of grants, £295 VAT refund £50 marquee hire income, £110.00 hire refund and a miss-posting of £255 to the account with the balance being bank interest. Outgoings were approximately £7298, namely village events at £1525, insurance at approx £705, grass cutting at £400, WW1 Memorial £862, purchase of a BBQ, Goal nets and 3 x Picnic Benches totalling £1563 and the correction of a miss-posting of £255. The balance of the spend was on the Clerk’s salary, general maintenance, safety inspections and other such costs needed to run the Parish Council.
No questions were asked of the Clerk.
- Wiltshire County Council Report. Wilts County Councillor C Howard presented the following report by email: General County Matters. Council Tax – The increase this year in the Wiltshire Council element of the Council Tax that we all pay was 4.99%. Of this, 3% was an increase in the Social Care Levy and comes on top of an increase of 2% in the Social Care Levy in 2015/16. The cost of providing care, in particular adult social care in the community is a liability which continues to increase at a high rate; well above inflation and the Council has no option but to raise the necessary funding from council tax payers. The increase in Council Tax excluding the Social Care Levy is 1.99%. Part of the reason for this is that the Government’s Settlement Funding Allocation to Wiltshire Council in the coming year has been reduced from £86.7 million to £72.3 million, and further reductions are in the pipeline for the next three years until the Settlement Funding is reduced to nil. Against this, Business Rates are at present collected by the Government and then passed back to local authorities in the form of Settlement Funding. The Government is changing the system over the next three years so that local authorities are to be allowed to retain a proportion of the Business Rates that they collect. But, the Government will still be able to control the amount that Wiltshire receives back by allocating more funding to parts of the country with high levels of deprivation. Further information about this year’s budget can be viewed on the document Hot Wire dated 21st In general, the past year has been one of steady progress for Wiltshire Council, and the report presented by the Leader of Wiltshire Council, Baroness Jane Scott, at the meeting of the Council on 21st February to approve the Budget gives a great deal of information. To read the speech, go to www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/articles/2017- budget-speech then download, save, and read the speech from there. On a personal note, I continue as a member of three committees of Wiltshire Council. I am chairman of the Eastern Area Planning Committee, a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and Chairman of the Wiltshire Pension Fund Investment Committee . I am also a Governor of The Wellington Academy. Local Matters. Looking back on the past year, it has been a quiet one; there no major issues in which I was involved. The return of the Parish Steward scheme is most welcome, and the completion of the War Memorial project reflects great credit on the Parish Council and all others involved. It has been a pleasure working with the Parish Council during the past year. The Election for members of Wiltshire Council for the next four years will be on 4th May, and I will not be standing for re-election. I have enjoyed being your Wiltshire Councillor for the past eight years, but feel that the time has come to stand down.
The Chairman thanked Wilts Cllr Howard for the exemplary support he has provided to the Village during his time in office and noted that he had been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tidworth Area Community Awards Ceremony held on Thursday 27th April 2017.
- Wiltshire Constabulary Report. PCSO Downham provided the following report: Tidworth Police has seen some big changes in the last year, with new sergeants as well as new inspectors and later on in 2016 a different way of policing and changing from Neighbourhood Policing to Community Policing. Over the year we have only received 25 reports of crimes in Everleigh. Due to continuous reports of Hare Coursing in the rural area, on the 20th October we started a priority patrol of vulnerable locations. Between 20/10/16 and 24/3/17 191 actions/patrols were made. We had several reports of cars being broken into whilst the owners have been walking their dogs on Salisbury Plain. We have had a community priority set up since 20th January this year to try and combat this problem and to date 169 patrols have been carried out at various beauty spots and dog walking areas across the Amesbury and Tidworth CPT areas.
We strongly advise that if you do park your car and walk your dogs that you do not leave any valuables on display. At the end of March a new priority for Off-Road Motor Bikes/Vehicles across Salisbury Plain was set. Regular patrols are conducted by available sources, working closely with the Military and RMP. Fines and tickets have already been given to 3 persons. 58 actions/patrols have taken place since 24th March 2017. Op Essos saw 19 officers in 7 vehicles carry out speed checks and pro-active traffic work across the East CPT hub and Salisbury. Below are the sites visited and the results from Op ESSOS:
London Road – Marlborough
Countess Road – Amesbury
Parsons Green – Shrewton
Churchill Ave – Bulford
Boscombe Hill – Amesbury
Kitchener Road – Amesbury
Castle Road – Salisbury
Southampton Road – Salisbury
College Roundabout – Salisbury
High Street – Pewsey
Milton Lane – Pewsey
Junction at The Crescent – Pewsey
X 62 Words of advice for excess speed and manor of driving.
X 10 Fixed Penalty Notice
X1 Vehicle Defect Notices
X1 Produce Documents Notice.
Outside of the speed checks officers carried out active ANPR work across all areas of the East CPT hub and Salisbury. More importantly the operation seems to have had a positive community impact as every vehicle had members of the public thank officers for taking the time to carry out the work within the community as they have all either had or raised concerns with speeding in their area.
The Chairman thanked PCSO Downham for her report and thanked her and her colleagues for their help and support over the year. He also commented that the changing from Neighbourhood Policing to Community policing had brought positive comment.
- Questions. There being no other business the Chairman thanked all who attend and closed the Annual Parish Meeting at 7.35pm