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CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council held at 7.00pm, in the Community Centre, Cornforth, on Monday 4th April 2011.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

Mr. K. Clasper, Mrs. H. P. Drew, Dr. S. C. Drew, Mr. R. Poole, Mr. M. Simpson, Mrs S. Traynor, Mr. R. Vaughan and Mrs. P.M. Walker, and Mr. A. Wilson.

 

Apologies:     Councillors: Mrs. R. Clewes, Mr. T. Cutmore, Mrs. S Neville,  Mr. M. J. Pennick and Mr. W. R. Wilson.

 

1.  INTRODUCTIONS

 

The Chairman introduced and welcomed Mr. Rasheed Vaughan as a co-opted member of the Parish Council.

 

2.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

There were no declarations of personal or prejudicial interest made with regard to any item to be transacted.

 

3.  MINUTES

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on 7th March 2011 were agreed as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

 

4.  MATTERS ARISING NOT COVERED ON THE AGENDA

 

There were no matters arising that did not appear on the agenda.

 

5.  POLICE LIAISON

 

The Clerk gave the Beat Report and Members reported on the PACT meeting. One of the main concerns raised at the PACT meeting was the number of scrap metal merchants targeting the village and vacant properties being stripped of metal.  Police are to make the theft of scrap metal a priority.

Airguns were being used on railway and: this was to be picked up as part of anti-social-behaviour measures.  The Police could confiscate air guns for tests.

DCC will not release details of the speed-watch experiment along Garmondsway Road.  The Police have been asked to find out the result.

It was noted that WPC Louise Armstrong was leaving the force on maternity leave.  It was resolved to send her a letter of appreciation for her efforts with young people in the village.

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

There were no members of the public present at the meeting.

 

7.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

There were no invitations or correspondence addressed to the Chairman to report to the meeting.

 

8.  AAP ISSUES

 

The next meeting is to be held on 13th April 2011 and will be the AGM for the organisation.

 

9.  PLANNING MATTERS ARISING FROM MARCH’S WEEKLY LISTS

 

Members resolved not to make any representations with regard to the following planning application:

 

i)  7/2011/0079/DM – Cornforth Partnership – 66, High Street – erection of an extension to form sitting area and toilets

 

10. BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 31st MARCH 2011.

 

The Clerk was unable to circulate the current bank reconciliation statement and a comparison of this year’s budget as the bank statement had not been received.

 

11. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS MARCH 2011.

 

Receipts

 

£

 

Nil

 

Payments

 

Local Clerks Association fee

 

11.80

R. A. Sunman

Salary

620.49

 

Allowances and postage

57.11

JWS Power-cleaning

W. Cornforth & District Comm. Assoc.

Chilton Town Council

C. Richardson

H.M.R. & C.

 

Bus Shelter Cleaning

Contribution

Civic Dinner

Tree pruning

Tax and NIC

60.00

20.00

40.00

95.00

678.93

 

TOTAL  NET EXPENDITURE

1583.33

 

RECOMMENDATION: The schedule was approved.

 

12. DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL

 

i)  The Scrap Yard – The Clerk reported that the site has now been cleared, and the embankments covered in top soil and planted with hedging.  The landscaping work has been paid for from the Highways budget of County Councillor Avery. It was resolved that a letter of thanks be sent to County Councillor Avery.

 

ii)  Neighbourhood Fund – The Clerk reported that the grants for improvements to the Community Centre had been paid. It was agreed that a letter of thanks be sent to County Councillors Avery and Potts for their support.

 

13.  NEW CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

 

Members considered the report of the Sub Committee and resolved to approve the recommendation to acquire new Christmas lights from MK Illuminations in line with the report.  The Clerk was asked to investigate the possibility of a discount in year 3 and to discuss early erection with the company.

 

14.  FINANCIAL MATTERS.

 

Members resolved as follows with regard to the making of donations and payments:

 

i)  A contribution towards the costs of Scarlet Band’s Charity Family Fun Day to be held 14th August 2011. A contribution of £500 is to be made.

 

ii) A contribution towards the costs of Cornforth Village Show.  The Parish Council has budgeted for a sum of £1,000 and agreed to make the contribution available.

 

iii)  Durham Miners’ Association advertisement in the Souvenir Brochure.  An eighth page spread is usually purchased at a cost of £75 and this was agreed.

 

iv)  Following the presentation of evidence by both the Parish and the claimant to Zurich Insurance with regard to the claim by Mstr. D. Stanley, the Parish Council has been advised to settle the claim on the best possible terms.  Our Insurers had been so instructed, but the Parish Council asked for sight of the evidence which led to Zurich’s acceptance.

 

v)  CCTV - Invoice from Durham County Council for the sum of £15,018.85.   for monitoring and line rental of cameras.  Clarification had been sought with regard to line rental costs on the camera in the east of the High Street.  The higher costs were due entirely to the BT line rental charges for the provision and maintenance of the line.  Members resolved not to pay the invoice for now, but to seek guidance from adjoining Councils.  No report on the effectiveness of CCTV had been received since 2009/10 and Members were inclined to consider their reduction or removal at a later date.

 

15.  MAY’S SHOP IN THE HIGH STREET, CORNFORTH

 

The Chairman advised the meeting that he had made no progress with Mr. Wood  and Ms. Philips had confirmed that the County Council would not be proceeding with the acquisition. Building Regulation officers had recommended that a notice be served to pull down the outbuildings, brick up the doors, remove the slate off the back roof and make it safe.  Andrew Farnie did not want a gap in the High Street, but staff did not seem aware of the £46K available to remedy the situation.  It was resolved that the Parish Council wants to see demolition and treatment of the gables.  The Clerk was instructed to write to the Leader of the County Council and seek his intervention.

 

16.  IMPROVEMENTS TO ALLOTMENTS

 

No further information was available on this item, but the Clerk will continue to press for a response.

 

17 DAMAGE TO THE THREE BRIDGES.

 

The Clerk had received no response on this matter.  Members asked that DCC Highways Department be advised of our concern.

 

18. IMPROVEMENTS TO STOBBS CROSS AND RELATED MATTERS

 

The Clerk advised the meeting that the boys in the village had two reservations with regard to using the land at Stobbs Cross as a kick-about area.  The first has been considered and an application to SBH has been made to cover the costs. 

The second is the tethering of horses.  Durham County Council’s campaign has impounded dozens of horses in the Bishop Auckland area.  One consequence of this might be travellers seeking softer targets in the run up to Appleby Horse Fayre.  It was suggested that signs be erected on this site, the park and land south of The Slake advising that horses left on Parish Council land will be impounded without notice.  The Clerk had obtained a quote of £110 for sign boards and had approached Rossendales, retained by the County Council, to carry out the impounding with police back-up.   Informing the County’s Travellers Liaison Team would also be advisable. Members’ resolved that in view of the limited time available, the quote of BR Landscaping be accepted, the action be approved, notices be displayed and the County Council be advised.

 

NOTE:  At the close of business Members were asked if they had any items

of business to be included on the next agenda. The following matters are to be

included:

 

i)  Provision of a notice board for the Parish Council.

ii) Provision of a starter pack for Councillors.

iii) Right of Way and give-way signs at Hawthorn Terrace.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk:  2nd May 2011.

CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council held at 7.00pm, in the Community Centre, Cornforth, on Monday 9th May 201, on the arising of the Annual General Meeting.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

Mr. T. Cutmore, Mrs. S Neville, Mr. M. J. Pennick, Mr. M. Simpson, Mrs S. Traynor, Mr. R. Vaughan, Mrs. P.M. Walker, and Mr. A. Wilson.

 

Apologies:     Councillors: Mr. K. Clasper, Mrs. R. Clewes, Mrs. H. P. Drew, Dr. S. C. Drew, Mrs. S Neville, Mr. R. Poole and Mr. W. R. Wilson.

 

1. MR. BRIAN KENNEDY.

 

Prior to the opening of the meeting, the Chairman spoke in memory of Mr. Brian Kennedy. Mr. Kennedy had died recently and will be sorely missed in this community for which he had worked tirelessly despite poor health.  Members held a minute’s silence.

 

2.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

There were no declarations of personal or prejudicial interest made with regard to any item to be transacted.

 

3.  MINUTES

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on 4th April 2011 were agreed as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

 

4.  MATTERS ARISING NOT COVERED ON THE AGENDA

 

There was one item of business arising from the previous minutes.  Members were advised that the signs approved at that meeting on the impounding of horses on Parish Council land had been erected and agreed to the wording of a notice circulated by the Clerk.

 

5.  POLICE LIAISON

 

The Clerk had not received a Beat Report and no PACT meeting had been held since the last meeting.

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

There were no members of the public present at the meeting.

 

7.CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

There were no invitations or correspondence addressed to the Chairman to report to the meeting.

 

8.  AAP ISSUES

 

The next meeting is to be held on 11th May 2011.

 

9.  PLANNING MATTERS ARISING FROM MARCH’S WEEKLY LISTS

 

No applications for planning permission had been made since the last meeting to either the Spennymoor office or the central office of Durham County Council.

 

10. BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 30th APRIL 2011.

 

The Clerk circulated the current bank reconciliation statement and a comparison of this year’s budget.  The statement was received.

 

11. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS APRIL 2011.

 

Receipts

 

£

 

Durham County Council precept

 

46,463.00

 

Payments

 

Local Clerks Association fee

 

11.80

R. A. Sunman

Salary

640.75

Cornforth Partnership

Room hire and copying

501.84

JWS Power-cleaning

BR Landscaping

Northumbrian Water

Cornforth Village Show

Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

 

Bus Shelter Cleaning

Notices boards

Allotment water charges

Contribution

Contribution

60.00

110.00

153.77

1,000.00

25.00

 

TOTAL  NET EXPENDITURE

+43,959.84

The schedule was approved.

 

12. DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL

 

 i)  May’s Shop – The Clerk reported that the letter he had sent to the Leader of the Council had been acknowledged, but no further communication had been received.  The Chairman had spoken to Andrew Farnie who did want a gap in the street.  Graham Clark is to advise neighbours of the work to be carried under the Building Regulations, but it would appear that the monies set aside for the work had been reallocated.

 

ii) Cleaning of dog dirt – The Clerk reported that the County Council had ended its provision of poop-scoop bags as a cost cutting measure. At the AAP Task and Finish Group, Lee Copeland had been asked to request a policy statement from the County Council on this issue.  It is understood that any waste bin can now be used for dog-dirt.  Members resolved to pay for the provision of poop-scoop bags in Cornforth and seek help through the Local Council’s Association to acquire them in conjunction with other Parish and Town Councils.

 

iii) Lane from Linden Road to Salisbury Crescent – The Clerk reported that the County Council cleans this lane and has asked that action be taken to maintain it.

 

13.CHANGE TO THE NEW LOCAL TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS.

 

Members considered the new timetable arrangements for buses through the village. Members expressed disquiet about cuts in service which left the village without Sunday or Bank Holiday services.  A diversion of some buses on these days through from Coxhoe to Ferryhill was suggested. The cuts seemed particularly short-sighted given the rising cost of petrol and asked that the County Council be advised of the views of the Parish Council and asked to attend a future meeting to discuss the issue.

 

14.  IMPROVEMENTS TO ALLOTMENTS

 

No formal response had been received from Northumbrian Water to the request for access and advice on works.  The Clerk was given to understand that a key member of staff was ill at present but would attend to the matter on his return.  In the meantime Durham county had had attended the site to deal with rats.  Members resolved to seek quotes for the improvement of the access roads from the north.

 

15 DAMAGE TO THE THREE BRIDGES.

 

The Clerk had received an acknowledgement to his letter to Network Rail.  Brian Poole of the Bridges Section of Durham County Council had been advised of the Council’s concern, but confirmed that he was aware of the situation, but did not think it constituted a hazard to traffic or pedestrians using the road.

 

16. PROVISION OF A PARISH COUNCIL NOTICE BOARD.

 

Members had asked that this item be placed on the agenda.  After discussion it was agreed that for a trial period of six months the Parish council would use one of the windows in No.66 High Street as its notice board.  The Clerk was instructed to provide a banner logo and pockets for the display of papers.

 

17. PROVISION OF A STARTER PACK FOR NEW CONCILLORS.

 

Members had asked that this item be placed on the agenda.  It was agreed that the Clerk would liaise with Councillors on the provision of material and a suitable document holder for new Councillors.

 

18  RIGHT OF WAY AND GIVE WAY SIGNS AT HAWTHORN TERRACE.

 

Members had asked that this item be placed on the agenda.  After discussion the Clerk was asked to approach Mr. Don Waller of the County Council to have white lining carried out at the junction of Hawthorn Terrace and Maple Grove.

 

NOTE:  At the close of business Members were asked if they had any items

of business to be included on the next agenda. The following matters are to be

included:

 

         i)  The repair of fences in the churchyard.

        ii) The removal of graffiti from play equipment in the Community Park with help from the Probation Service.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk:  1st June 2011.

CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council held at 7.00pm, in the Community Centre, Cornforth, on Monday 6th June 2011.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

Mrs. S. Neville, Mr. M. J. Pennick, Mr. R. Poole, Mr. M. Simpson, Mrs. S. Traynor, Mr. R. Vaughan, and Mrs. M. Walker.

 

Apologies:  Councillors:  Mr. K. Clasper, Mrs. R. Clewes, Mr. T. Cutmore, Mrs. H Drew, Dr. S.C. Drew, Mr. A. Wilson, and Mr. W.R.Wilson.

 

1.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

There were no declarations of personal or prejudicial interest made with regard to any item to be transacted.

 

2.  MINUTES

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on 9th May 2011 were agreed as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

 

3.  MATTERS ARISING NOT COVERED ON THE AGENDA

 

There was one item of business arising from the previous meeting.  The Clerk reported that he had received a reply from Network Rail with regard to the bridge considered unsafe by the Parish Council. Neither that organisation, or the County Council’s Bridge Department considered the structure to be unsafe, though both would continue to monitor the situation.

 

4.  POLICE LIAISON

 

The Clerk advised the meeting of the Beat Report and report of the PACT meeting held on 26th May 2011. The next meeting is to be held on 23rd June 2011.

 

5.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

There were no members of the public present at the meeting.

 

6.CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

The Clerk had received notice of the Civic Year schedule for Chilton Town Council and an invitation from Newton Aycliffe Rotary Club to attend a charity jazz night.  The details were noted, but no members expressed an interest in attending.

 

7.  AAP ISSUES

 

The Members received an update from the Chairman..

 

8.  PLANNING MATTERS ARISING FROM MAY’S WEEKLY LISTS

 

The Clerk advised Members that from 9th May 2011 the planning service had been restructured.  There are now five sections covering three areas, a strategic team and the Building Control Service. Cornforth falls into the South/West area with the boundaries as defined in earlier County Council documents covering settlements and economic development.  The head of planning for this area is John Byers. Our contact office remains as Spennymoor.  Members noted that there had been no planning applications falling within this Council’s area notified by it or the Strategic Office at the time of the despatch of this agenda.

 

9. BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 31ST MAY 2011.

 

The Clerk circulated the current bank reconciliation statement and a comparison of this year’s budget to actual expenditure for this period at the meeting.  The statement was approved.

 

10. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS MAY 2011.

 

Receipts

 

£

 

NIL

 

Payments

 

Local Clerks Association fee

 

11.80

R. A. Sunman

Salary

640.75

R. A. Sunman

Allowances

89.98

H. M. R. & C.

Scarlet Band

Durham Miners’ Gala

Durham County Council

 

Tax and NIC

Support for fun day

Advertisement

Ground Maintenance

200.00

500.00

75.00

33,181.49

 

TOTAL  NET EXPENDITURE

34,699.02

 

The schedule was approved.

 

11. ELECTORAL REVIEW OF COUNTY DURHAM.

 

The Clerk advised Members that on 24th May 2011 the Boundary Commission for England published its new local electoral arrangements for the County of Durham.  The review had been delayed to include the results of new population forecasts.  The documentation is available on the internet (www.lgbce.org.uk ) but in so far as Cornforth is concerned the proposals remain as we had requested in the earlier stage of consultation: Cornforth and Bishop Middleham are combined to give a single member area.  The Commission is asking for further comments by 1st August 2011when it will prepare its final recommendations.

Members resolved that the Commission be advised that this Council endorses its proposals.

 

12. REPAIR OF FENCES IN THE CHURCHYARD.

 

Members had asked that this item be placed on the agenda.  It was noted that in the meantime the fences had been repaired.

 

13. REMOVAL OF GRAFFITI FROM PLAY EQUIPMENT

 

Members had asked that this item be placed on the agenda.  A meeting had been held with the Probation Service and some of the painting had been carried out.  It was agreed that the Council would acquire some orange paint in addition to the red and blue already purchased to brighten the colour scheme.

 

NOTE:  At the close of business Members were asked if they had any items

of business to be included on the next agenda.

 

It was agreed that the following issues were to be included:

 

i)  The stationing of a caravan at the junction of Linden and Laburnum Crescent.

 

ii)  Quality Status progress.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk:  28th June 2011.

 

CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council held at 7.00pm, in the Community Centre, Cornforth, on Monday 27th June 2011.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

Mr. K. Clasper, Dr. S.C. Drew, Mrs. S. Neville, Mr. M. Simpson, Mrs. S. Traynor, Mr. R. Vaughan, and Mrs. M. Walker.

 

Apologies:  Councillors:  Mrs. R. Clewes, Mr. T. Cutmore, Mrs. H Drew, Mr. M. J. Pennick Mr. R. Poole, and  Mr. A. Wilson.

 

Councillor W.R. Wilson - Prior to the meeting the Chairman lead a tribute in memory of Councillor Wilson who died earlier this week. Members held a minute’s silence in his honour.

 

1.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

There were no declarations of interest of a personal or prejudicial nature made with regard to any item to be transacted.

 

2.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

There were no members of the public present at the meeting.

 

3. RISK  ASSESSMENT AND INSURANCE

 

Members considered the current risk assessment policy and the need to change any insurance values.  They resolved to approve the current policy for another year and to leave the current insurance values unchanged.

 

4.  AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS

 

The Council considered the results of the internal audit and approved them, prior to submission to the external auditor. In addition, Members approved the annual governance statement.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk:  3rd August 2011.