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February 2006

Thursday 2nd February 2006

Present: - Mr J Quimby – Chairman, Mr K Colver – Vice Chairman,
Mrs E Jeffrey and Mrs D. Morris
County Councillor Hyde, Mr J Dunkelman, P.C. Davis, P.C.S.O. Harrison & P.C. Higgs 

Apologies: - Mr P Hemmerdinger & Mrs M Hemmerdinger   

2250     Minutes

Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held 1st December 2005 were read and endorsed.  

2251     Public Question Time

(Churchyard Wall Collapse - Urgent Item brought fwd. due to Mr Dunkelman’s attendance).  It was reported by the Chairman that a section of old stone wall between the closed churchyard and Mr Dunkelman’s property had collapsed into the paddock.  It was agreed to establish ownership of the wall - clerk to investigate and report back to Chairman.  Item to be on the March agenda. 

2252     Declarations Of Amendment To The Register Of Interests


2253     Declaration Of Interest To Items On Agenda

Councillors Colver, Morris and Quimby declared their interests in agenda item 18 – a request received to support the gala day from the Trustees of the Sir John Moore Foundation. 

2254     Decisions Taken Under Delegated Powers

Planning Consultations

05/01861/FUL – conversion of existing flat into two flats & external alterations –

35 Church Street – object due to lack of off-road parking causing increase in on-road parking on narrow street

05/01825/FUL – erection of detached double garage – 38 Church Street – no objections

Central Networks East plc – Pavilion Electrical Earth Work - £75

2255     Police Matters

P.C. Davis apologised for missing recent Parish Council meetings and reported little criminal activity in the last three months in the Appleby area.  However, other neighbouring villages had significantly more criminal activity; therefore, police resources were being allocated to these.  P.C. Davis informed the meeting that village patrols had increased, speed checks were currently being carried out and a countryside watch was being formed. The Chairman agreed the local community were the key to solving many of the problems.  He informed the police officer about vandalism to a village bench and footpath signs.  P.C.S.O. Harrison was aware of some local vandalism and informed the meeting that regular patrols were taking place.  Councillor Colver complained about the difficulty in contacting the police.  P.C.Davis advised the public to continue using the Crime Stoppers telephone number and he also left details of the beat officer contact numbers.  The Chairman thanked the police officers and community support officer for attending the meeting. 

2256     Presentations by Visitors

County Councillor Hyde apologised for missing Parish Council meetings due to other commitments.  He informed the meeting that a central telephone number for single non emergency calls (including the police service) was being trialled in parts of the country, with the aim to improve communications.  The benefits and drawbacks of the amalgamation of local police forces were discussed, with Mr Hyde stating that no decision had been made.  He informed the meeting that Leicestershire County Council education results were doing well despite the lack of funding.  Mr Hyde informed the Parish Council about the proposed reorganisation of the N.H.S. as stated in the consultation papers, of which he left a copy for the councillors to read.  The Chairman thanked County Councillor Hyde for attending the meeting. 

2257     Planning Applications

06/00084/FUL – 21 Old End – proposed extensions & alterations – no objections but letter to NWLDC requesting alterations be in keeping with the village design statement & public footpath not interfered with. 

2258     Planning Decision Notices

05/01825/FUL – 38 Church Street – erection of detached double garage - granted


2259     Approval Of Budget And Financial Statements

1st April 05 to 18th December 05 budget & financial statements

1st April 05 to 18th January 06 budget & financial statements


2260     Accounts For Payment

Karen Stirk – Clerk's Payment – 1st December to 31st December 05 - £282.43
Karen Stirk – Clerk's Payment – 1st January to 31st January 06 - £282.43
Karen Stirk – Expenses for November 05 - £9.63
Karen Stirk – Expenses for December 05 - £11.61
Wicksteed Leisure Ltd. – Safety Insp of Play Equipment - £47.00
The Society of Local Council Clerks – Annual Subs - £84.00
Sir John Moore Foundation – Room Hire - £70.00
Post Office Limited (AMPC National Savings Acct) - reclaimed VAT - £2,500.00

All cheques agreed and signed. 

2261     Recreation Ground Play Equipment - Annual Safety Report

The Chairman read the annual safety report which was satisfactory, with high priorities dealt with. 

2262     St Michaels & All Angels Church – Contribution Request

A request was read to the Parish Council for a contribution towards grass cutting around the church and graveyard from St Michaels & All Angels Church.  It was agreed to contribute £550 as in the budget.

2263     Victim Support Leicestershire & Rutland – Donation Request

It was agreed to donate £50 to this worthy cause, which helped local people with the installation of security alarms.          

2264     Refurbishment/Rebuild of Pavilion on Recreation Ground

A letter was read from N.W.L.D.C .advising on the proposal to build a new pavilion. No major problems could be foreseen by the planning department.  Therefore, it was agreed for the Chairman to arrange a meeting with the Sports and Recreation Club.  

2265     Street Lighting in Appleby Parva

The Chairman informed the meeting that more street lighting was required in Appleby Parva.  The residents had already purchased one light to add to the only council light.  It was agreed two more lights were required in Appleby Parva on the opposite side of the road to the Appleby Inn.  Therefore, it was agreed for the clerk to write to Leicestershire County Council requesting more street lighting with a copy letter to County Councillor Hyde.  It was also agreed a letter be sent to Councillor Hyde about the confusing road signage at Junction 11 A42/M42 causing motorists to carry out dangerous U turns.        

2266     2006/2007 Proposed Budget & Precept Requirement

The Parish Council agreed to request a precept of £11,000 the same amount as last year. 

2267     Trustees of Sir John Moore Foundation – Appleby’s Story – 21st May

A financial contribution request had been received from the Trustees of Sir John Moore Foundation for the forthcoming village gala in May 2006.  Councillor Jeffrey suggested the Parish Council pays for the maypole, ribbons and makes a contribution towards the maypole workshops, approximately £650.  The Parish Council agreed with ratification at the March Parish Council meeting. 

2268     R.C.C. Calor Village of the Year

It was agreed not to enter the above competition this year, but to possibly enter next year a category for village special events i.e. Appleby’s Story - May Gala Day.  

2269     Rectory Lane Allotments

It was agreed to revise the tenants’ agreement as of January 07 which will be the start of the annual agreement with payment required by February 07.  (This change will allow new tenants to winter clear and dig ready for cultivation).  The revised tenants’ agreement will also have the condition that if any tenant does not cultivate their allotment for two consecutive years their tenancy may be terminated.  It was agreed the annual rental of an allotment will rise to £7.50 from April 06.  The hedge alongside plot 48 will have some new fencing, the cost to be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting, with new hedging to be discussed at the August meeting.  It was reported the boundary between the allotments and the Old Hen House, Rectory Lane had been encroached upon.  It was agreed to write to the owners requesting they rectify their boundary. 

2270     A.M.C.C. Request Payment for Recreation Ground Maintenance

It was agreed to raise a cheque for £643.81 to cover the full cost of Appleby Magna Cricket Club’s maintenance of the Recreation Ground during 2005. 

2271     Ideas for Written Piece - Parish News Line

The Parish Council agreed to put in the Parish News Line the following points: -

a)         Police contact details.

b)         Support given to the Appleby’s Story Gala Day.

c)         Details of precept.

d)         Details of Annual Parish Meeting.  

2272     Urgent Items   

(Taken as urgent due to response times)

Planning Consultation

06/00123/FUL – 26 Hillside – erection of rear conservatory, garage conversion & other alterations – no objections.


Ms K. Stirk
Clerk to the Parish Council

4th February 2006

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