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April 2011

In April, the Council Meeting is preceded by the Annual Parish Meeting, at which local organisations present an account of their activities over the year and plans for the future. These minutes are presented first, with the minutes of the Parish Council meeting below.          

Appleby Magna Annual Parish Meeting
Thursday 7th April 2011, 7.30pm, Sir John Moore Community Building Appleby Magna

Present: -       Cllrs P Hemmerdinger (Chair), M Hemmerdinger, J Quimby, K Colver, E Jeffrey, D Morris.
Members of the public x 4, Clerk Mrs Lindsay Swinfield

Apologies: -   Nil

1001    Minutes
Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held 1st April 2010 were endorsed and signed.

1002    Chairman of the Parish Council – Annual Report
Cllr P Hemmerdinger welcomed everyone to the meeting.

1003    County & District Councillors – Annual Reports - Nil

1004    Local Organisations – Annual Reports

a.   Miss Moor’s Alms Houses, Duncan Saunders Parish Council Nominee Trustee
Full occupancy of the accommodation continues.  It does seem that some of the applicants for any vacancy are getting younger and we now have two working tenants.  This may at odds with the original aims of the Alms Houses but each application is judged on its merits, and when filling recent vacancies applications have been minimal.

Maintenance work continues and is overseen by John Addenbrooke; with old buildings a constant vigil is needed and when funds allow, improvements are made.  The condition of the fabric of the building is closely monitored and repaired, and this applies particularly to the stonework.  When a vacancy occurs there is close liaison between the Trustees and the new occupant to ensure that they are as comfortable as possible. 

As in previous years the Trustees invited the residents to meet for a social get together, this was held just before Christmas.

b.   1st Appleby Magna Brownies – Maria Lewis
2010 was the Centenary of Girlguiding UK and there were many events taking place all over the country.  We had our own celebration and then joined the rest of Ashby Division for the Centenary finale at Conkers on 20th October.  At 20.10 that evening members of Girlguiding all over the country renewed their promise and received a special Centenary promise badge.  Two members of our unit, Hannah Hull and Gillian Tooth were also presented with a new Ashby Star award.  Hannah was given hers for taking part in everything in spite of her physical disability and Gillian’s was in recognition of 11 years as our unit helper.

We have 20 Brownies at the moment and 2 Guides from Heather have been helping at our meetings since September.  These girls, with one of our older Brownies, make a big difference to our meetings – organising games, activities and songs.

At the end of the summer term we had a sleepover at the Scout hut in the Measham Road.  Steven Grainger, the Scout group leader regularly invites us to join in with Beaver and Cub activities there.  The Brownies were very excited and had a great time.  We must thank Bethan Grainger and Roger Bisgrove for coming along to do Archery with us and Michelle Williams and Heidi Cartwright for staying with us the whole time.

Earlier this term one of the Brownies’ Mums, a Nurse, organised a First Aid course for all the girls.  Mrs Vickers asked one of her colleagues who trains Paramedics to teach us First Aid skills.  Mrs Vickers parents, both retired Paramedics helped too and the Brownies learned a lot.  We were very lucky to have had so many skilled and experienced teachers.

For the second year running we are going to receive a Shire Grant from LCC to help pay our Church Hall rent, this will make a big difference to our finances.

c.   Thermal Imaging Report – David Bligh
The project has been a great success, the exhibition was very well attended, and feedback has been very positive.  It is hoped to revisit this subject around September time to ‘jog’ people’s attention as the weather moves into the colder months.

End of reports

The meeting ended at 7.50pm 
Lindsay Swinfield (Clerk to the Parish Council)                                   

Appleby Magna Parish Council Minutes
Thursday 7th April 2011, 7.50pm, Sir John Moore Community Building Appleby Magna

Present: -       Cllrs P Hemmerdinger (Chairman), J Quimby, M Hemmerdinger, K Colver, E Jeffrey,
D Morris, Clerk Mrs Lindsay Swinfield, Members of the public x 5

Open forum for members of the public and press

1135    Apologies – Nil

1136    Declarations of Interest to Items on Agenda – Nil

1137    Declarations of Amendment to the Register of Interests – Nil

1138    Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held 3rd March 2011 were endorsed and signed.

1139    Decisions Taken Under Delegated Powers - Nil

1140    Police / Neighbourhood Watch Matters
a.         Please ring 0116 2222222 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 to report suspicious behaviour or crimes.

1141    Planning Consultations
a.         11/00209/TCA, 18 Black Horse Hill, removal of no 1 Cedar Tree and removal of no 3 stems from an Ash Tree (works to trees within a conservation area) – no objection.
b.         11/00254/FUL, 97 Top Street, change of use of existing floorspace from Residential to Commercial – no objection.

1142    Planning Decision Notices - nil

1143    Chairman’s Report
a.         Election 2011 update – Cllr P Hemmerdinger reported that Cllrs Quimby, Colver, Jeffrey and Morris were retiring from the Parish Council, and thanked each Councillor and wished them well.  Five   Councillors had been elected, leaving one position for co-option – all agreed to continue with the co-option process.

1144    Allotment Matters
a.         Cllr Colver reported that the allotment gate lock seems to be faulty (this is one of several faulty locks that have been tried and tested over the months).  Cllr Jeffrey reported that Malcolm has the water    on/off implement and will keep this safe.  Cllr Jeffrey kindly volunteered to be an informal allotment             warden, showing new allotment holders the plots etc, and will also collect allotment rents in 2012 (the Clerk will liaise with Cllr Jeffrey).

1145    Footpaths, Hedgerows & Street Matters
a.         The Parish Council is pleased that the Church Street/Bowleys Lane hedge maintenance has been carried out, and will hopefully be ongoing.  It was suggested that daffodil bulbs are planted throughout the village in the future – to be added to July agenda.

1146    Recreation Ground & Street Furniture Matters
a.         Rabbits are causing damage to the recreation ground, however remedial action cannot be taken until October – add to September agenda.

1147    Correspondence      
a.         An invitation to the NWLDC Civic Dinner on 15th April 2011 had been received.  Noted.

1148    Approval of Financial Statements & Payments
a.         The cheque list and bank reconciliation were reviewed and approved.
b.         The Clerk reported that the Annual Audit was underway, and the vat claim had been made.
c.         Appleby Magna Cricket Club annual maintenance fee for Bowleys Lane recreation ground has been paid (£653.05).  Noted.

1149    Stone Pit Land Charity
a.         Following previous discussions and a request to NWLDC for further information, which was refused, all agreed to seek advice from a legal source – the Clerk and Cllr P Hemmerdinger to request a       meeting with Mr Ian Hamilton of Sansom Hamilton & Co.  Questions to be asked include:

Clerk to check with the Records Office to see if the Parish Council has any records re Stone Pit land.  Add to May agenda.

1150    Ideas for written piece – Parish News Line
a.         Some of our esteemed colleagues are retiring from the Parish Council – Mr John Quimby, Mr Ken Colver, Mrs Elsie Jeffrey and Mrs Deana Morris.  The Parish Council and village thanks each  person very much for their hard work and support over the years, and wishes them well for the future.
b.         At long last, after many years, of asking, the hedge along Church Street/Bowleys Lane has been cut back – and we have been promised that in future it will be part of ongoing Highways         programme of works.
c.         If you have hedges or trees in your garden, or on your land, please keep them pruned and maintained; think of neighbours and residents, you may love your trees, they may not!
d.         The AM Affordable Housing opening event held on March 22nd was attended by about 40 people including:-

·         Richard Blunt – Chair Leicestershire Rural Housing Association & Leader NWLDC
·         Tony Stott – Chair Leicestershire Campaign to Protect Rural England – with Iris Sayer, CPRE.
·         Nikki Hening – Chair Leicestershire & Rutland Rural Community Council (RCC)
·         Jeremy Prescott – Director RCC
·         Paul Hemmerdinger – Chair Appleby Magna Parish Council
·         Past and present members of Appleby Magna Parish council
·         Staff and associates of East Midlands Housing Group
·         Deana Morris – Sir John Moore Foundation
·         Richard Windley – Rural Housing Enabler.
·         Site tenants

It was a warm spring day for the event at which 8 helium balloons were released to celebrate the 8 new homes delivered for local people in Appleby Magna.
After speeches, delegates had a good look at the site and were privileged to be able to see inside the homes of two tenants.
·         Richard Blunt – Chair Leicestershire Rural Housing Association
“ Yet another great example of partnership working actually delivering in North West Leicestershire.”

1151    Urgent Items - nil

The meeting ended at  8.25 pm

Date of next meeting:   AGM - 12th May 2011 – 7.30pm, The Stables Community room, Sir John Moore School 

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