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February 2009

Thursday 11th February 2009

Present: - Cllr. Quimby – Chairman, Cllr. Colver -Vice Chairman, Cllr. P. Hemmerdinger, Cllr. M. Hemmerdinger, Cllr. Jeffrey & Cllr. Morris

Hillside Residents & Mr Dyer               

2884    Minutes

Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held 4th December 2008 were read and endorsed.

2885    Public Question Time

Hillside residents requested the Parish Council support,  in their dispute with N.W.L.D.C. planning department over a newly built home at the rear of 23 Black Horse Hill.  The residents believed the bungalow had been built in a different position to the planning application and had taken away their privacy and light, overlooking the rear of their properties.  The Parish Council confirmed it had objected to the original planning application and noted the photographic evidence of the complaint.  The councillors agreed to support the Hillside residents by writing to N.W.L.D.C. and the Local Government Ombudsman.  The residents thanked the Parish Councillors for their support.

2886    Declarations of Amendment to the Register of Interests - None.

2887    Declaration of Interest to Items on Agenda – None.

2888    Decisions Taken Under Delegated Powers

Invoice paid Mr White – Hedge cutting - £316.25

Planning Consultation 08/01699/AGP Red Gables, Measham Road – prior notification of agricultural building – no objections – Noted.

2889    Visitor Presentation

Mr Dyer (Director/Producer of Pictures at Work) informed the meeting about his proposal to produce a DVD about the Sir John Moore Foundation and village activities etc. throughout a one year period.  He had applied for funding and was waiting for a decision.  Parish Councillors supported the proposal and hoped Mr Dyer would be successful with funding, with the possibility of some Parish Council funding in the future.  The clerk was asked to include an article about the proposed DVD in the Parish News Line.

2890    Police / Neighbourhood Watch Matters

No police present.

2891    Planning Consultations

09/00009/FUL – 237 Tamworth Road – two storey side extension – No objections.

09/00088/FUL – Jubilee Farm, Snarestone Road – erection of horse stables & gallop – The Parish Council had no objections to the stables but was writing to N.W.L.D.C. about the problem of the gallops twice crossing a public footpath.

2892    Planning Decision Notices

08/01546/FUL – The Old Rectory, 55 Rectory Lane – erection of timber gates with assoc. Brick piers & flank walls - ranted

08/01552/TCA – 20 Black Horse Hill – works to one lime tree – granted

07/01071/LBC – Sir John Moore School – replacement of putty with Arbosil XL1099 silicone sealant – granted

08/01325/TCA – 37A Church Street – works to two trees - granted

08/01649/LBC – The Old Rectory, 55 Rectory Lane – internal alterations to create 2 en-suite bathrooms – granted

08/01699/AGP Red Gables, Measham Road – prior notification of agricultural building – no objections - granted


2893    Approval Of Budget And Financial Statements

1st April 08 to 18th December 08 & 1st April 08 to 18th January 09 – Noted.

It was agreed to request a precept of £13,000 for 2009/10, the same as last year due to financial pressures on all residents.

It was agreed to chase the insurance company for the excess payment following the damaged bus shelter claim.

2894    Accounts For Payment

Karen Stirk – Clerk's Payment – 1st to 31st December 08 - £305.24

Karen Stirk – Clerk's Payment – 1st to 31st January 09 - £305.24

Karen Stirk – Expenses for Nov & Dec 08 - £34.83

Mr Carter – Hire of digger, tractor & trailer (allot. track work) - £287.50

Appleby Magna Cricket Club – yearly donation - £100

Appleby Magna Football Club – yearly donation - £100

Sir John Moore Foundation – yearly donation - £250

Leicestershire County Council – Street lighting recharge - £33.79

Appleby Magna Cricket Club – Maintenance Recreation Ground - £625.44

Appleby Magna Parish Council – Transfer to N.I. acct. – £5,000

Severn Trent Water Limited – Allotment Water - £64.64

Mr G Mottram – Book binding two minute books - £70

Cheques agreed and signed.

2895    Allotment Matters

The clerk informed the meeting it was suggested by the P.C. solicitor the field rent agreement with Mr Fowkes was an inherited agreement, with an unknown number of successions.  It was agreed to contact the Records Office to find out the cost of searching old minute books.

The Chairman reported the water pipe extension on the allotments was scheduled for the Spring.

Further to discussions with Severn Trent Water, the clerk explained the water bills, which the Parish Councillors agreed were correct.

The Parish Council agreed to a request from Mrs MacBean to erect a shed and greenhouse.

The clerk was requested to include in the allotment tenancy agreement that all tenants must get consent before planting trees.

It was agreed to write to Mr Machin requesting he moves his fence to the correct boundary.

The clerk was asked to contact Mr Fowkes to request four more allotments for cultivation due to the waiting list.  Cllr. Colver agreed to peg out the new allotments, with the clerk to inform the future tenants.

2896    Footpaths & Hedgerows & Street Matters

It was agreed a copper beech tree would be a good replacement for the felled Didcott Way tree. The clerk was asked to contact N.W.L.D.C. about the supply of a tree.

It was agreed to write to Mr Ottewell informing him that Bowleys Lane hedge had still not been cut by his tenant and the field boundary needed securing cows and sheep escaping in to the lane.          

It was agreed to put the proposed village sculpture on hold until February 2010 due to cost.

Following complaints from the Sir John Moore School head teacher, a local farmer and residents about the problem of dog fouling on public footpaths, it was agreed to again request two bins from N.W.L.D.C. Also, to suggest the farmer erects signs at either end of his field on the public footpath.  The clerk to write to the head teacher suggesting a competition for the children to create A4 ground signs, with prizes donated by the Parish Council.

The Chairman reported an excavation by Balfour Beatty had recently been left in a dangerous state close to the Recreation Ground; it had been made safe following telephone calls.  It was agreed to write to E.ON reporting the incident and informing them that a large drum still remained.                    

2897    Recreation Ground Matters

It was agreed Wicksteed Leisure carries out the annual inspection of the children’s playground.    

Cllr. Hemmerdinger informed the meeting the damaged manhole cover had been replaced by Severn Trent Water, but a cover outside the pavilion needed attention. The Chairman agreed to inspect the site.

A quotation had been received from Mr Carter for new land drains; the clerk was requested to try and obtain funding for the work and to inform Mr Carter.

It was agreed the pavilion security was sufficient at this time.

2898    Stream Pollution

Following a further report from the Environment Agency it was agreed to take no further action but monitor the situation, with the item remaining on future agendas.   

2899    Problem Parking on Top Street / Church Street

An invitation had been received from N.W.L.D.C. scrutiny committee for Parish Councillors to attend a meeting about parking on footways.  The clerk was asked to find out if the councillors could speak/participate in the meeting.  The clerk was requested to chase L.C.C. Highways for a reply to the Parish Council’s request for regulated traffic parking restrictions close to the Sir John Moore School.

2900    Spring Litter Pick

It was agreed to hold the village Spring Litter Pick on Saturday 18th April, with the venue to be decided.

2901    R.C.C. Leicestershire & Rutland Best Village Competition 2009

Cllr. Morris agreed to look at the paperwork with a view to enter any suitable categories, on behalf of the Sir John Moore Foundation.

2902    Moira Fire & Rescue Station

The Chairman read a response to the Parish Council’s objections to the proposed closure of the Moira Fire Station, which stated further consultations were due prior to any further proposed closures.

2903    N.W.L.D.C. Parish Clusters

The Parish Council agreed to the proposed N.W.L.D.C. parish clusters where future training events could take place.

2904    Donation Request

It was agreed to donate £50 to Coalville Police as a contribution towards the cost of security alarms for local elderly/vulnerable people.

2905    Closed Church Yard

The Parish Council was waiting for confirmation from the Parochial Church Council that public liability insurance was held for people working and using the closed church yard. 

It was agreed to write to P.C.C. querying the charges for grass cutting in the closed church yard.  Also, it was agreed to invite Chilcote Garden Services to quote for the closed church yard grass cutting.

2906    Parish News Line

It was agreed to again request dog walkers clean up after their pets.

2907    Urgent Items

It was agreed to sponsor transport for the over 60s to attend a special event to be held at the Sir John Moore Foundation.

It was agreed the Parish Council would not provide funds for the refurbishment of the Church Hall due to no guarantee being given that the hall would not be put up for sale.

Ms K. Stirk (Clerk to the Parish Council)               

20th February 2009

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