Everleigh Parish Council – Minutes from 8th March 2010

EVERLEIGH PARISH COUNCIL

MARCH 2010

 

Minutes of the Everleigh Parish Council Meeting held at the Crown Hotel

on Monday 8 March 2010.

Chairman: Cllr J Bradford

 

Present: Cllr A Bradford, Cllr J Copp, Cllr S Matton and Cllr K Wheeler-Mallows.

 

In Attendance: Mr P Gill (Parish Clerk), PC M Bayliss County Cllr C Howard and Mrs T McQuaid.

 

  1. Apologies: Cllr D Bottomley.

 

2. Disclosure of Interest. None declared

 

  1. General Public. No questions asked

 

  1. Wilshire Constabulary. PC M Bayliss reported that there had been a theft of a scrap washing machine and some batteries from the Everleigh Waste Recycling Centre. Furthermore ,the following written report was submitted by PCSO M Downham; 3 reports of snow drifts during bad weather, an allegation of harassment, one report of hair coursing, a report of a manure cart in road causing obstruction which when looked at by officer was no problem and clearly seen. 2 Suspicious vehicles possibly hair coursing all Farm Watch informed. Traffic lights reported out on 2 occasions. Cllr Wheeler- Mallows reported that he now had enough volunteers to progress the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme and volunteered to complete a questionnaire on the working of the Neighbourhood Police Teams.

Action: Cllr Wheeler-Mallows

 

  1. Report from County Councillor.

Council Tax.

The rate of Council Tax for 2010/2011 was agreed at the meeting of Wiltshire Council on 23rd February. The rise in the Wiltshire Council element of the Council Tax payable will be approximately 2.5 %, below the current rate of inflation. The Police, Fire and Rescue, and the Town and Parish Council elements have also risen slightly. Various points to note are as follows:

 

  1. Significant savings have been achieved during the past year following the amalgamation of Wiltshire County Council and the four District Councils. If this had not happened, it is estimated that Council Tax this year would have risen by about 4.9% rather than the 2.5% actually achieved.

  2. Wiltshire Council’s net Budget Requirement this year is £348.335 million, of which £217.763 million is funded by Council Tax and £102.442 from the central government Formula Grant. The balance comes from elsewhere.

  3. The increase in Formula Grant this year was 1.7%, well below the rate of inflation.

Compared to some other unitary authorities, Wiltshire Council has been badly treated. For example, this year Blackburn is to receive an increase of 4.9% , and the East Riding of Yorkshire 4.7%. This has happened before in recent years, and the cumulative effect is that Shire counties such as Wiltshire are being progressively disadvantaged compared to some other authorities.

Waste Collection and Disposal.

Wiltshire Council had planned to carry out a major consultation exercise on waste collection and disposal. In view of the fact that both the major political parties have announced different policies on this matter, the consultation has been postponed until after the General Election.

 

  1. Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 4 January 2010. These were signed by the Chairman as a true record.

 

  1. Matters Arsing. None that do not appear on the agenda.

 

  1. Correspondence – As received and if necessary held at the clerk’s office.

    1. Application to join Council from Mr MB Goldsmith.

    2. Application to join Council from Mrs T McQuaid.

    3. WALC Newsletter.

    4. Best Kept Village Competition.

    5. TCAP request for financial contribution .

The Members noted items 8.1-8.3 agreed no further action on item 8.4 and RESOLVED not make a financial contribution to TCAP.

 

  1. Property.

    1. Cllr A Bradford reported that two meetings had been held with Playbuilder representatives during which the access to the allocated funding, the design and resourcing process were discussed. As a result of which a revised Phase 2 Play Needs Survey was sent out on 7 March for return by 20 March.

Action: Play Area working Group.

    1. Cllr A Bradford informed Members that he plans to submit other requests to other agencies in order to secure future funding to meet the costs of Phase Two works and equipment.

 

  1. Finance.

    1. The Clerk presented a current liquidity statement and bank reconciliation as follows:

      1. Balance at Lloyds TSB CA (statement date 1 Mar 10) £2571.39

      2. Balance at Lloyds BIAA ( statement date 10/08/09) £51.72

      3. Balance at Alliance and Leicester (statement date 3 Feb 10) £1941.02

      4. Combined Balance £4564.13

Members noted the statement and reconciliation.

    1. Authorise cheques for payment and those cheques issued since last meeting.

      1. 321 – Stelle Signs – £364.25

      2. 322 – Mr J Bowen – £270.00

      3. 323 – Clerk’s Salary – £221.98

      4. 324 – Clerk’s Salary Adjustment – £221.98

      5. 325 – S Matton Village Event expenses £63.78

Members RESOLVED to authorise the cheques

    1. Note all receipts since last meeting.

      1. £221.98 – Bank error cheque no 317

      2. A&L Interest £0.26

Members noted the receipts

    1. . Having considered the requirement to appoint an Internal Auditor.

Members RESOLVED to appoint Mr D Beaton as the internal Auditor.

    1. Members agreed that Cllr Copp should be added to the list of signatories.

Action: Clerk

 

  1. Village Events

    1. Getting to Know You. After an in depth discussion of the location and format the Members

RESOLVED to amalgamate this event with the Village Feast and to hold the amalgamated event on Saturday 17 July as a Bring Your Own Picnic/ Barbeque at the Playarea with Cllr Matton as the lead Councillor.

Action: S Matton.

    1. Fire Works. The lead was confirmed as Cllr Copp who is to arrange the purchase of fireworks through Mr D Beaton and that the cost of the event was not to exceed £500. The date was confirmed as Saturday 6 November and the Clerk was directed to arrange insurance cover.

Action: Cllr Copp & Clerk

 

  1. General.

    1. Wilts Country Speed Limit Review. On 8 January 2010 Cllr Bottomley wrote to Wilts County challenging the outcome of the review. To date no reply has been received.

Action: Cllr Bottomley.

 

  1. AOB for information only.

    1. Cllr Wheeler Mallows reported that he had yet to make contact with the MOD regarding the acquisition of land adjoining the Play Area but he intended to make contact as a matter of urgency.

Action: Cllr Wheeler-Mallows.

    1. Litter Pick. It was agreed that a Village Litter Pick was to be held at 11.00 am on Saturday 10 April and that Cllr Matton agreed to organise publicity.

Action Cllr Matton

 

  1. Co-option. Following a vote and having met the statutory (LGA 1972 Sect 79 & 80) eligibility requirements Cllr M Goldsmith was co-opted as a Member of the Council. However, he is unable to sit as a Cllr until he has signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office (LGA 1972 Sect 83).

Action: Cllr Goldsmith

 

  1. Date of Next Meeting: was confirmed as 7.00pm on Monday 10th May 2010 with the Annual Parish Meeting being followed by the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council to be held at the Crown Hotel.

 

Signed: date:

Name:

Chairman

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