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October 2002

Minutes of the Meeting of Appleby Magna Parish Council held at the Church Hall on Thursday 3rd October 2002.


Mr. K. J. Colver, Mr. P. Hemmerdinger, Mr. J. Lewis, Miss. S. T. Liff, Mrs. D. Morris and Mr. J. Quimby (in the Chair).

1497. Minutes

The minutes of the meeting held on 5th September 2002 were taken as read.

 Minute 1486.  The Clerk informed members that Marilyn Dunkelman, our nominee for an Oyster Award had been one of only six people to be shortlisted at the Oyster Awards ceremony held in Cambridge on 2nd October.  Members expressed their delight and congratulated Mrs Dunkelman on her achievement.

 Minute 1488.  The Chairman informed members that the signs for the recreation ground were now in situ.

1498. Urgent Items

The Chairman agreed to take the following matters as urgent items of business:-

1499. Question Time

No questions were asked.

1500. Declarations of amendments to the Register of Interests

  No such declarations were made.

1501. Declarations of Interest in Items on the Agenda      

No such declarations were made.

1502. Decisions taken under delegated powers

No such decisions had been made.

1503. Freedom of Information Act 2000

It was agreed that a publication scheme be adopted under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

1504. Affordable Housing

It was agreed that consideration of the District Council’s consultation document on affordable housing be deferred to the next meeting of the Council to enable members to peruse the document at their leisure.

1505. Police Matters

Beat Officers Report

PC Clare Horsley informed the meeting that although there had been a drop in the number of incidents reported at farms these were still a concern and particular people were being targeted.

She had attended a meeting of the Welcome Club to talk about distraction burglaries and to warn against inviting strangers into homes.

Progress was being made in the extension of the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.

National Crimestoppers Week 

Members were informed that a national Crimstoppers week was to be held later this month.  It was agreed to make a donation of £25 to the Crimestoppers campaign. (100792).

1506. Budget and Financial Statements 

That the information contained in the budget and financial statements from 1st April 2002 to 22nd September 2002 be noted.

 1507. Accounts for payment

Agreed that the following accounts be paid:-


Information Byway – Jubilee Village photocopying



Robert Lewis Signs – Recreation Ground signs



Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation – Cartridges and discs



J. A. Robinson – Grounds maintenance



E Jeffrey – October salary



E. Jeffrey – Petty cash


 1508. Coalfields Rural Initiative Fund

Members noted the change of eligible areas now included for grant aid which includes areas around Castle Donington.

1509. Forward with Leicestershire Aggregates Grants (FLAG)

Members noted the contents of the draft information leaflet that gives a taste of the range of opportunities which FLAG can support for local communities and private landowners.

1510. Planning Applications

Resolved that no objections be made in respect of the following planning applications:-

02/01352 – External and internal alterations (LBC), 3 Church Farm, Church Street

02/01356 – Lopping of lower branches (Works protected by Tree preservation Order T219), Mawbys Lane/Duck Lake, subject to any proposed work being carried out by an approved tree surgeon.

1511. Planning Decision Notices

That it be noted that North West Leicestershire District Council had approved, subject to conditions, the following planning applications:-

02/00959 – Insertion of steel beam above hall (LBC), Sir John Moore School, Top Street

02/01083 – Erection of garden shed, 33 Church Street

1512. Leicestershire, Leicester  and Rutland Waste Local Plan

That it be noted that on  2nd September 2002, Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council and Rutland County District Council adopted their Waste Local Plan.

1513. Rural Services Standard – First Progress Report 2002

That in response to the recently published Rural Services Standard 2002 which sets out the level of access to services that people living in rural areas of England can expect for the coming year and the Countryside Agency document Rural Services Standard First Progress Report 2001/2 it was agreed that both DEFRA and the Countryside Agency be informed that although the village Online Centre has made services available in this rural area, fixed term funding for such projects needs to look at how such services will be sustained in the future. 

1514. In the Service of Democracy, A Consultation Document on a Policy for Electronic Government

Members were concerned that the questionnaire on e-Democracy could not be printed off from the web site for discussion by public meetings such as the Parish Council and that NALC be informed accordingly.

1515. Working Arrangements for a National Trails Trust

Agreed that no comment be made on the Countryside Agency consultation document  The Working Arrangements for a National Trails Trust.

1516. Parish Transport Grant

Following a request from a parishioner requesting transport grant funding for a bus or taxi service for the school run to Tamworth it was agreed that via the Parish Newline other parents be asked if they are experiencing similar problems prior to a request being submitted to the Countryside Agency.

1517. Jubilee Year Best Village Competition

It was announced that the village has been nominated to represent Leicestershire and Rutland in the Regional Jubilee Village of the Year Competition.  Members were shown a copy of the regional submission and it was agreed that suitable arrangements be made to make a presentation to the regional judges later in the month.

1518. Recreation Ground Annual Inspection

It was agreed that Wicksteed Leisure Ltd. be requested to carry out an annual safety inspection and risk assessment of the Recreation Ground.

1519. Rural Community Council – Nominations for Trustees

No nominations were made for Rural Community Council Trustee vacancies.

1520. Coalfield Food Initiative

It was agreed that the Coalfield Food Initiative be offered vacant allotments for the growing of food.

1521. Urgent Items

The Chairman agreed to take the following matters as urgent items for the reasons stated below.

1522. East Midlands Development Agency – The Next 7 Years

Urgent to enable applications to be made within the prescribed period.

Agreed that no one be authorised to represent the Council at the EMDA conference on the review of the revised Regional Economic Strategy and that no comment be made on the strategy.

1523. Hedge Cutting

Urgent in enable action to be taken as soon as possible.

Members were informed that the Divisional Surveyor had requested that the allotment hedge on Rectory Lane be cut back from the highway boundary and that the Cricket Club had asked for the hedge bordering ‘The Elms’ to be trimmed back.  It was agreed that Mr. Massie be requested to undertake the work.

1524. Planning Application 02/01373

Urgent to enable a reply to be made within the prescribed timescale.

That no objection be made to planning application 02/01373 for the erection of a single storey rear extension at 30 St. Michaels Drive.


It was resolved that in pursuance of section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972 the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined by Section 12A of the Act.

1525. Applications for the Post of Clerk to the Parish Council

It was resolved that, subject to the receipt of satisfactory references, Mr. Ian Nettleship be offered the post of Clerk to the Parish Council beginning on 1st November 2002 at salary scale SCP 18.


7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.

3rd October 2002     Mrs. E. Jeffrey

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