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Annual Parish Council Minutes

May 2006

Thursday 4th May 2006

Present: - Mr J Quimby – Chairman, Mr K Colver – Vice Chairman, Mr P Hemmerdinger, Mrs M Hemmerdinger, Mrs E Jeffrey & Mrs D. Morris. 

P.C. Davies & Mr G Parkinson 

2311    Election of Chairman & Vice Chairman / Chairman's Allowance

John Quimby was re-elected Chairman and Ken Colver re-elected Vice Chairman by the Parish Council.  It was agreed to review the Chairman’s allowance at the next budget. 

2312    Minutes

Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held 6th April 2006 were read and endorsed.  

2313    Public Question Time


2314    Declarations Of Amendment To The Register Of Interests


2315    Declaration Of Interest To Items On Agenda

Councillors Colver and Jeffrey declared their interests in ‘Allotment Matters’ agenda item due to their requests to erect a greenhouse and shed respectively on their allotment plots. 

2316    Decisions Taken Under Delegated Powers

Planning Consultations

06/00458/FUL (retrospective) 4 Botts Lane – objection letter sent to N.W.L.D.C. to work carried out exceeding previous planning application

06/00355/FUL – The Old Rectory, 55 Rectory Lane – change of use of existing outbuilding to dog grooming parlour & boarding kennels – no objections


2317    Police Matters

P.C. Davies reported Beat 30 and Beat 32 had now got a Countryside Watch Scheme with approximately 60 members. P.C. Davies was asked about the proposal to merge local police forces; he replied that a decision had not yet been made. The Chairman voiced concerns about information being passed between different police forces due to the geography of Appleby Magna.  P.C. Davies reported a car’s navigation system parked on St Michaels Drive had been stolen, with two similar thefts reported at Junction 11. He reported that a speed check had been carried out on Rectory Lane, results shown that 85% of traffic was speeding.  P.C. Davies asked if there was a requirement for the Youth Community Bus to visit (activities for children), Councillor Morris to look into whether Appleby Magna would require a visit. 

2318    Presentation by Visitors

The following presentation was given by Geoffrey Parkinson (Ashby Community Coordinator), North Area Leicestershire Constabulary.

Mr Parkinson informed the meeting about his background and details about his new role as Community Initiatives Co-ordinator, which is to support the police in promoting safety and preventing crime.  He reported the Ashby Policing Unit’s figures for the last year were encouraging with burglaries and other crimes down and the detection rate up.  Mr Parkinson’s objective was to increase public awareness of crime prevention issues and promote local initiatives e.g. Neighbourhood Watch Schemes, to make people less afraid of crime and anti-social behaviour. The Chairman thanked Mr Parkinson for his presentation and his contact details. 

2319    Planning Applications

06/00472/FUL – 38 Church Street – erection of detached double garage (amended scheme) – no objections.          

2320    Planning Decision Notices

06/00319/FUL – 1 Garton Close – single storey rear extension – granted

06/00301/FUL – 48 Top Street – erection of rear conservatory - granted

06/00214/FUL – 30 Bowleys Lane – formation of ménage & erection of perimeter fencing – granted


2321    Approval Of Budget And Financial Statements

1st April 05 to 31st March 06 budget & financial statements

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

Noted and agreed for the clerk to arrange internal audit. 

2322    Accounts For Payment

JMS Cricket Limited – A.M.C.C. Practice Nets – £1076.30 (this cheque to be withheld until equipment delivered correctly)           

Karen Stirk – Clerk's Payment – 1st April to 30th April 06 - £282.43

Karen Stirk – Expenses for March 06 - £25.02  

J. Passey Electrical – Electrical Work to Pavilion - £380.00

Allianz Cornhill Insurance plc – Annual Insurance - £553.95

Rural Community Council – Annual Subscription - £30.00

All cheques agreed and signed. 

2323    Review of Outside Bodies Representing the Council

It was agreed to advertise in Parish News Line the vacancy for an Archaeological Warden. 

2324    Allotment Matters

It was agreed to contact the Association of Local Councils to recommend a solicitor, so that a legal letter could be sent to the adjoining property (24 Rectory Lane) to the allotments requesting reinstatement of the correct boundary. Copy of title plan to be obtained from Land Registry. 

It was agreed to obtain photo and size (no larger than 8’x 6’) of any proposed allotment shed prior to giving permission. Also, it was agreed to get quotations for a skip in order to clear debris from the allotment site, allotment holders to be informed by letter of date of skip hire.           

2325    Neighbourhood Watch Signs

It was agreed that more Neighbourhood Watch signs should be placed around the village.  Clerk to contact Police Community Initiatives Co-ordinator for any financial assistance and Highways Authority for their advice on legal positioning of signs. 

2326    Local Works – Campaign To Support The Sustainable Communities Bill

It was agreed by the Parish Council to support the above campaign, with a request to local M.P. to also support the campaign. 

2327    Destruction of Grass Verges

It was agreed that much of the grass verges’ damage had been caused by vehicles pulling onto the verges to allow larger vehicles to pass.  Therefore, a letter to be sent to the Education Authority proposing the school bus takes a safer alternative route. The clerk to contact County Hall to request their views on false gates placed at entrance to village, to reduce traffic speed and enhance the road and to request no parking close to school entrance to increase safety of pedestrians.  

2328    Misleading Road Signage J11 / M42 Appleby Magna

It was agreed the clerk to write to local M.P. to seek his assistance in improving traffic signs to avoid the dangerous practise of inappropriate ‘U’ turns when vehicles have taken wrong turn.            

2329    Closed Church Yard Wall – Update

It was agreed to obtain quotations to have the collapsed church yard wall rebuilt. 

2330    Ideas for Written Piece - Parish News Line

It was agreed to include the following items in the June Parish News Line:- 

Request a volunteer for vacant Archaeological Warder post.

Request vehicles are not parked on grass verges, where possible.

Request for volunteers to assist with Neighbourhood Watch Schemes in Measham Road, Old End and Duck Lake. 

2331    Urgent Items

(Taken as urgent due to response times) 

Planning Consultation 06/00614/FUL – Chapel Cottage, 12 Rectory Lane – demolition of garage & conversion & erection of part two storey rear extension – no objections with letter to N.W.L.D.C. that building materials used are in keeping with Village Design Statement           

Request to grant legal access across allotment entrance received from Lavender Cottage, Rectory Lane.  Following legal advice from N.A.L.C. it was agreed not to grant formal access but to keep the informal agreement with it being requested and renewed annually. 

Invoice for Payment - J.A. Robinson – Cut 3 - £60. Invoice agreed and cheque signed. 

Rights of Way Improvement Plan – Request of Parish Council Views / Comments.  It was agreed to request that L.C.C.consider diversion of footpaths when new developments are granted, to keep the countryside accessible to all.

Ms K. Stirk

Clerk to the Parish Council

7th May 2006

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