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January, February & March 2012

MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING:

JANUARY 2012

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council held at 7.00pm, in the Community Centre, Cornforth, on Monday 9th January 2012.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

Councillors: Mr. K. Clasper, Dr. S. C. Drew, Mrs. H.P.Drew, Mr. P. Metcalfe, Mrs. S. Neville, Mr. M. J. Pennick, Mrs. M. Poole, Mr. R. Poole, Mr. M. Simpson, Mrs. S. Traynor, Mr. R. Vaughan, and Mrs. M. Walker.

 

Apologies:  Councillors:  Mr. T Cutmore and Mrs P. M. Walker.

 

1.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

Councillors Mr. A. Hodgson, Mrs. H. P. Drew, Mrs. S. Neville and Mrs. S. Traynor declared a financial interest with regard to item 12 on the agenda.

 

2.  MINUTES

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on 12th December 2011 were agreed as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

 

3.  MATTERS ARISING NOT COVERED ON THE AGENDA

 

There were no matters arising that were not covered on the agenda.

 

4.  POLICE LIAISON

 

The Vice Chairman reported that the last PACT meeting, which was to be held on Thursday 22nd December 2001 was cancelled as no police officers could attend.

 

5.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

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

 

6.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

There were no announcements made by the Chairman and the Clerk reported that he had received no invitations or correspondence addressed to him. 

 

7.  AAP ISSUES

 

The Chairman reported that the next AAP meeting is to be held on 11th January 2012.

 

8.  EXTERNAL AUDITOR’S REPORT: 2010/11 ANNUAL RETURN.

 

The Clerk advised Members that the report of the external auditors had been received and the necessary notices displayed.  The auditors were of the opinion that the information in the annual return was in accordance with proper practices and that no matters had come to their attention giving cause for concern that relevant legislation and regulatory arrangements had not been met.

 

9. BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 31ST December 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 received.

 

10. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS DECEMBER 2011.

 

Receipts                                                                                Nil

 

Payments

 

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                                      640.75

R. A. Sunman-Allowances and sundries                       72.18

MK Illumination-Christmas tree lights                     7170.29

W.C.& D. C. Assoc.-Catering for switch on                   50.00

BR Landscaping-Allotment work                               1900.00

Society of Local Council Clerks-Fees                             10.60

Cleveland Monumental-War Memorial                     204.00

Lumalite-Christmas tree hire                                      783.29

BDO LLP-External Audit fee​                                         522.00

JWS Power cleaning-Bus shelter cleaning                 240.00

 

TOTAL  NET EXPENDITURE                                      11,593.11

 

The schedule was approved.

 

11. PLANNING MATTERS AND APPLICATIONS FROM NOVEMBER’S WEEKLY LISTS.

 

The Clerk reported that there had been no applications notified by either the Strategic Office or the Spennymoor Office of Durham County Council at the time of this meeting.

 

12.  REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

 

The Clerk advised Members that the Parish Council had received a request for financial assistance of £2,500 from Cornforth Partnership.  Councillors A. Hodgson, Mrs. H.P.Drew, Mrs. S. Neville and Mrs S. Traynor left the meeting having earlier declared a financial interest.  Councillor Dr. S. Drew took the Chair.

The Clerk reported that the Partnership is delivering an Employability Programme supporting 55 clients on a one-to-one basis in order to overcome personal barriers to employment.  The scheme is currently funded in part by the AAP.  Whilst funding is available in other targeted areas to deliver the service, AAP funding for the residents of Cornforth is due to end.  Several applications to continue this work locally have failed and the Partnership is seeking the Parish Council’s short term help to maintain this service, which is greatly needed in these difficult economic circumstances.  The Parish Council had budgeted to use £10,000 under its Section 137 powers and could meet it from this source if Members so agreed.  After discussion on the use of S137 powers and agreement that the project represented good value for money the contribution was approved unanimously.

 

13. REVIEW OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

 

This item is included at the request of Members.  Whilst the Members were not unanimous, the majority felt that the display had been excellent and much better than in previous years.  The tree at the Community Centre had again been excellent, but the Clerk was to ask MK Illumination if the pole mounted displays could have red lights to enhance their impact.  Members asked to explore tree wraps on the two trees on the Green near to the Square and Compass, up-lighters on the Green and more lights on lamp standards and at each village entrance.  There was a need to replace timers and some bulbs on both the displays and the tree wraps at the school.

 

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 items were requested.

 

a)  Cornforth in Bloom.

 

b)  Travellers in Cornforth – The Clerk had circulated the County Council policy to all Members.

 

c)  Dog Fouling.

 

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk:  1st February 2012.

 

MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING:

PRECEPT MEETING: JANUARY 2012

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council held at 7.00pm, in the Community Centre, Cornforth, on Monday 16th January 2012.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

Councillors: Dr. S. C. Drew, Mrs. H.P.Drew, Mr. P. Metcalfe, Mrs. S. Neville, Mr. M. J. Pennick, Mrs. M. Poole, Mr. R. Poole, Mr. M. Simpson, Mrs. S. Traynor, Mr. R. Vaughan, and Mrs. M. Walker.

 

Apologies:  Councillors:  Mr. K. Clasper, Mr. T Cutmore and Mrs P. M. Walker.

 

1.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

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

 

2.  PARISH PRECEPT 2012/13

 

Members considered the papers circulated by the Clerk and resolved to set the Parish Precept for 2012/13 at £94,886.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk:  1st February 2012.

MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: FEBRUARY 2012

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council held at 7.00pm, in the Community Centre, Cornforth, on Monday 6th February 2012.

 

Present: Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

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

 

Apologies:  Councillors:  Mr. T Cutmore and Mr. M. J. Pennick.

 

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 meetings held on 9th and 16th January 2012 were agreed as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

 

3.  MATTERS ARISING NOT COVERED ON THE AGENDA

 

There were no matters arising that were not covered on the agenda.

 

4.  POLICE LIAISON

 

The Vice Chairman gave a report on the PACT meeting. Three vehicles were broken into on the High Street.  The use of a quad bike has been causing problems in the Maughan Close area.  Youths drinking in the Oval and Chester Crescent area have been causing problems and this will be a police priority during February.  The next meeting will be held on 23rd February at 5.30pm in the Sure Start Centre.

 

5.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

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

 

6.CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

The Clerk reported that he had received the following invitation addressed to the Chairman:

 

a)  Sedgefield Town Council Civic Ball – 7.15 pm. Friday 2nd March 2012 at the Hardwick Hall Hotel – tickets £26.50 – dress code Black Tie or lounge suits.  The Chairman asked that any interest be expressed to the Clerk.

 

b)  The Chairman read out a letter from the sheltered housing provider “LIVIN”, advising that it had consulted with tenants on the closure of Thurston Grange.  Members expressed concern about the future accommodation of tenants, the timescale and the future of the site.  There were also implications arising from the Governments proposals to alter housing benefit where single people rented a large property.  It was resolved to ask a representative to attend a meeting.

 

c)  The Chairman had received a request for funding for events held in Cornforth at the library.  The Clerk advised that the Council had included an item in the 2012/13 budget to cover this item and Members resolved to release it in the next financial year

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7.  AAP ISSUES

 

The Chairman gave a report on the level of Members’ grant received through the AAP. Through a variety of applications Cornforth had received 18% of the monies available.  Next year it appeared our County Councillors have committed their monies to the Ferryhill Leisure Centre, a facility that DCC propose to close.  This was considered most unsatisfactory by the Parish Council and a watching brief was to be kept on the situation.  The next AAP meeting will be held on 14th March 2012.

 

8. BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 31st January 2012.

 

The Clerk was unable to circulate the bank reconciliation statement as no statement had been received for February by the time of the meeting.

 

9. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS JANUARY 2012.

 

Receipts                                                                                  Nil

 

Payment

 

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                                      640.75

R. A. Sunman-Allowances and sundries                       77.88

Royal British Legion-Rem’bnce Sunday wreathes    100.00

W.C. & D. C. Assoc.-Affiliation fee                                  18.00

R.B.L Men’s Section-Donation                                        30.00

Society of Local Council Clerks--Fees                           10.60

R.B.L Women’s Section-Donation                                  30.00

R.A.O.B. Sphere Lodge-Donation                                  25.00

Salvation Army-Donation                                               30.00

Cornforth in Bloom-Donation                                     170.00

Cornforth Partnership-Room hire and printing       540.00

Northumbrian Water-Allotment water usage          154.39

JWS Power-cleaning-Bus shelter cleaning                   60.00

W.C.& D.C. Assoc-Room hire                                       194.00

W.C.& D.C. Assoc-Pantomime costs                           440.50

Cornforth P'ship-Employment Support Project    2,500.00

H.M.R.& C.-Tax and N.I.C                                              542.45

 

TOTAL  NET EXPENDITURE                                        6,282.20

 

RECOMMENDATION: The schedule was approved. 

 

10. PLANNING MATTERS AND APPLICATIONS FROM JANUARY’S WEEKLY LISTS.

 

There had been no applications notified by either the Strategic Office or the Spennymoor Office of Durham County Council at the time of this meeting.

 

11.  CORNFORTH IN BLOOM.

 

This item was included at the request of Members.

The Clerk advised that the Parish Council had made a small financial contribution to the group of volunteers taking forward this project.  The group had made significant progress and the Parish Council considered how it might add to the impact of the group’s work, particularly in the High Street.  It was resolved to set up a Sub Committee to make proposals for the High Street.  Councillors Mrs. Neville, Traynor and Walker plus Mr. Poole and Mr. Vaughan would form the group.  Issues to be addressed to include dog bins, street furniture, painting buildings and poor shuttering.

 

12. D.C.C. TRAVELLER’S POLICY.

 

This item was included at the request of Members.  The Clerk had circulated the above policy document and Members discussed its content.  It was generally felt that this policy was designed to avoid confrontation with gypsies and travellers at the cost of the amenity and disturbance to residents.  Whilst it stated that stop-over points were being sought we had seen no action on this issue. The issues which caused sites to be considered unsuitable did not cover the County Council land behind “Cost-cutters”, which the County regarded as unsuitable.  No action had been taken to close off this land as promised by the County.  The County had not cleared the rubbish from land on the by-pass as its policy held would happen.  It had failed to act to remove caravans from the highway in Hawthorn Terrace and continued to allow travellers to play the system by adopting an attitude of appeasement.  These issues to be set out in a letter to the County Council and a response sought.

 

13.  DOG FOULING.

 

This item was included at the request of Members.  The issue of dog fouling continues without address by the County Council.  Since the last meeting press statements have indicated that the Neighbourhood Warden Scheme run by Durham County Council is to be cut with the loss of 20 jobs and the service merged with dog wardens. Such action will exacerbate the problem.  The matter has been raised in the PACT meeting and will be raised generally with the Neighbourhood Wardens.  In Cornforth the problem is particularly acute in the Glebe Villas area.  The poor service and lack of bins is to be raised in a letter to the County Council.

 

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 were requested:

 

a)  Bus service 113 (Ferryhill/Spennymoor/Bishop Auckland) is operated by Scarlet Band Motor Services from Cornforth.  An item is requested for the next meeting to see if the outgoing and returning buses could help our workers and students by picking up in Cornforth.

 

b)  Footpaths 10 and 15 – it would seem that work being carried out by a local farmer, Mr, Martin, on what we consider to be Durham County Council land could be jeopardising these two footpaths.  An item was requested on the next agenda to cover this matter.

 

c)  The Clerk was asked to agenda an item on the condition of the footpath by Moneys’ Buildings.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk:  24th February 2012.

MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING:

MARCH 2012

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council held at 7.00pm, in the Community Centre, Cornforth, on Monday 5th March 2012.

 

Present: Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

Councillors: Mr. K. Clasper, Mr. T Cutmore, Dr. S. C. Drew, Mrs. H.P.Drew, Mr. P. Metcalfe, Mrs. S. Neville, Mrs. M. Poole, Mr. R. Poole, Mr. M. Simpson, Mrs. S. Traynor, Mr. R. Vaughan and Mrs. M. Walker.

 

Apologies:  Councillors:  Mr. M. J. Pennick and Mr. A. Wilson.

 

1.DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

Councillor Dr. S.C. Drew declared a financial interest with regard to item 12 on the agenda.

 

2.  MINUTES

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on 6th February 2012 were agreed as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

 

3.  MATTERS ARISING NOT COVERED ON THE AGENDA

 

There were no matters arising from the minutes that were not covered on this agenda.

 

4.  POLICE LIAISON

 

At an emergency meeting held in February it had been agreed that future meetings would be held on the last Wednesday in every month.  The Cornforth priority for the month was to be the disturbance caused by motor cycles in Barrett Way.

 

5.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

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

 

6.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

The Clerk had received the following invitation addressed to the Chairman:

 

a)  Ferryhill Town Council Charity Dinner – 7.00 pm. Friday 13th April 2012 at the Masonic Hall, Ferryhill – tickets £24.00. No Member expressed an interest

 

6.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE. (CON’T)

 

The Chairman had received the following invitation:

 

a)  Chilton Town Council Civic Dinner – 7.00 pm Thursday 5th April 2012 – The Vice Chairman and Councillor Mrs. H.P. Drew would represent the Parish Council.

 

The Chairman made the following announcement:

 

a)  The “Durham Talk” system through which complaints could be lodged with Durham County council had been installed in Cornforth House.

 

b)  The Golden Wedding celebrations of Mr. and Mrs. Cowans were to be held on 10th March 2012.  It was agreed that flowers would be presented to the happy couple by the Chairman on behalf of the Parish Council.

 

7.  AAP ISSUES

 

The next meeting of the AAP would be held in week commencing 12th March 2012.

 

8. BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 29th February 2012.

 

The Clerk had circulated the current bank reconciliation statements for January and February 2012.  The statements were approved.

 

9. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS FEBRUARY 2011.

 

Receipts

 

CCTV Monitoring & running costs refund-DCC     5,038.80

 

Payments

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                                      640.75

R. A. Sunman-Allowances and sundries                       80.23

Society of Local Council Clerks-Fees                             10.60

 

TOTAL  NET EXPENDITURE                                           731.58

 

The schedule was approved. 

 

10. PLANNING MATTERS AND APPLICATIONS FROM FEBRUARY’S WEEKLY LISTS.

 

The Clerk reported that the following application had been notified by the Spennymoor Office of Durham County Council.

 

a)  7/2012/0015/DM - the conversion of a double garage to a residential annex at Lyneholme, Cornforth Lane (Mrs Wendel) – a holding objection lodged on the grounds that the proposal lay outside of the village development boundaries and created both road safety and privacy problems was withdrawn.

 

11.  REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE CORNFORTH VILLAGE SHOW.

 

a)  The Clerk reported that a letter had been received from the Secretary of the Village Show seeking financial support for the show which is to be held on Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd September 2012.  The Parish Council had included a sum of £1,000 for this item in its 2012/13 budget.  It was agreed that the show would be supported at the sum included in the budget.

 

b)  The Clerk reported that a letter has been received from the Durham Miners, Gala Association seeking the Council’s support to run an advertisement in the 2012 Souvenir Brochure.  It was agreed that the usual eighth page advertisement be included at the cost of £75.

 

12. MEETING OF THE ALLOTMENTS SUB COMMITTEE AND TENANTS.

 

The Allotment Sub Committee met with 12 of the 16 allotment tenants on Wednesday 22nd February.  A copy of the Minutes was enclosed with the agenda.  Members approved the Minutes, in particular the increase to rentals (£5 per annum), and amendments to the work to be carried out in the spring for which tenders would be sought.

In addition, Members were asked to agree the appointment of a Chairman and Vice Chairman following the death of Councillor Woodall.  Councillor P. Metcalfe was proposed and seconded as Chairman and duly appointed.  Councillor Mrs. P.M. Walker was proposed and seconded as Vice Chairman and duly appointed.

 

13.   GROUND MAINTENACE CONTRACT.

 

 Members were requested to extend the above contract by one more year and to seek tenders for the work during 2012 for March 2013 and beyond.  After discussion around some Members wishes not to bind the incoming Parish Council to a contract entered into before the elections in 2013, it was agreed to approve the above resolution by a majority vote of 8 Members for and 4 against the motion.

 

14.   UPDATE ON ITEMS DISCUSSED AT PREVIOUS MEETINGS.

 

a) Closure of Thurston Grange – The Clerk reported that t meeting he had requested with “Livin” would take place after that organisation had consulted with residents.  It was agreed that a note to this effect would be posted in Cornforth House.

 

b)  Cornforth in Bloom – Members agreed to meet on Thursday 15th March 2012 to discuss action and noted that approaches had been made to the owners’ solicitors about painting May’s shop.

 

c)  Travellers policy – The Clerk had written to Durham County Council following the last meeting.

 

d)  Dog fouling - The Clerk had written to Durham County Council following the last meeting, requesting action and new bins in the Money’s Building area.

 

e)  Bus Service 113 – The Clerk had sent a letter of support to Scarlet Band Motor Services to be forwarded to the Traffic Commissioners.  In the meantime, initial publicity on the availability of the service had been posted on the Parish Council’s notice board and an article had appeared in the Northern Echo.

 

f)  Footpaths 10 and 15 – A meeting had been held with Mr. Shaw, a Rights of Way officer from Durham County Council following Members’ concern about tree clearance alongside the above footpaths.  Whilst the paths had not been damaged at the time of that meeting a trench had since been dug across them and mounds were preventing access.  The Clerk was asked to advise the County Council.

 

g)  Footpaths at Moneys Buildings - The Clerk had written to Durham County Council following the last meeting.  It was noted that Network Rail was working on the bridge in this area.

 

h)  Community Park – Groundwork had been commissioned to provide a design to replace the three entrance ways to the Community Park, renaming it “The Bill Wilson Memorial Park”. The wording for a plaque rededicating the park had been sent to Mr. Wilson’s family for agreement.

 

i) Trees in the Church-yard - The Clerk had made application to Durham County Council for consent to fell 12 trees and cut back others.  The Rev. Lumsden had been sent a copy.  The grill to the lower bin was still considered too heavy and the Clerk was asked to see if anything could be done to lighten it.

 

j)  Healthy Cornforth Project – Continuing our support for the community, the Clerk had acted with Cornforth Partnership, submitting an application to “Awards for All” for a grant of over £9,000 for this project.  Members noted with satisfaction that the scheme had received approval and asked for a progress report at a later meeting..

 

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

of business to be included on the next agenda. None were requested.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk:  7th March 2012.