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July, August & September

CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL

 

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

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

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

 

Apologies:  Councillors:  Mrs. R. Clewes, Mr. T. Cutmore, Mrs. H Drew, and Dr. S.C. Drew.

 

1.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

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

 

2.  MINUTES

 

Members confirmed as a true record the Minutes of the meetings held on 6th June 2011. 

 

3.  MATTERS ARISING NOT COVERED ON THE AGENDA

 

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

 

4.  POLICE LIAISON

 

The Clerk gave a summary of the Beat Report and issues from the latest PACT meeting.

 

5.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

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

 

6.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

The Chairman advised the meeting that he had received the following correspondence and information:

 

i)   A charity jazz concert with Sedgefield Town Council,

 

ii)  The Civic Year events with the Mayor of Ferryhill,

 

iii)  Acknowledgement of this Parish Council’s bids to Sedgefield Borough Homes,

 

iv)  A letter from Mr. Coates with regard to dog fouling to which he had responded by telephone.  Copies were to be sent to our County Councillors, Sedgefield Borough Homes and Street Scene.  They were to be asked to telephone and visit.

 

v)  A letter from Councillor Mrs. Walker expressing her concerns over the manner in which issues she raised were dealt with by the Chairman in Council had been received by him.  It was agreed, after discussion, that the Chairman, the Clerk and Councillor Mrs. Walker would meet to resolve matters raised in the letter. 

 

7.  AAP ISSUES

 

It was noted that Graham Clerk of Durham County Council had been specifically asked about the safety of the bay window in May’s shop following recent work:  he had pronounced it safe.

The Chairman advised the meeting that the Environmental and Regeneration Group were looking at a project in Mainsforth, but that otherwise the schemes were all County Council led.  The group was looking at the regeneration of town centres and boarded up property.  The next Task and Finish group would meet in week commencing 11th July 2011.

 

8.  PLANNING MATTERS ARISING FROM JUNE’S WEEKLY LISTS

 

The Clerk advised the meeting that there had been one planning application falling within this Council’s area notified by Durham County Council at the time of the despatch of this agenda:

 

i)  7/2011/0194/DM -  22 Howard Close West – Erection of a conservatory.

 

The Members considered the details and resolved not to make any representations with regard to them.

 

9. BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 30th JUNE 2011.

 

The Clerk was unable to circulate the current bank reconciliation statement and a comparison of this year’s budget to actual expenditure for this period at the meeting, as no bank statement had been received for this period.

 

10. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS JUNE 2011.

 

Receipts

 

£

 

NIL

 

Payments

 

Local Clerks Association fee

 

11.80

R. A. Sunman

Salary

640.75

R. A. Sunman

Allowances

81.08

BR Landscaping

BR Landscaping

 

Northumbrian Water

Durham County Council

Association of Local Councils

Clearance at allotments

Strimming Public Rights of Way

Allotments water rates

Library Services support

Members training

280.00

485.00

 

201.69

400.00

27.00

 

TOTAL  NET EXPENDITURE

2,127.32

 

The above schedule was approved.

 

11. BUS SERVICES IN CORNFORTH – APPROACH TO COUNTY DURHAM.

 

Members had asked that representations be made to the County Council about the loss of evening and Sunday bus services and that a request be made for staff to attend the meeting and discuss diverting buses to establish at least a reduced Sunday service.  The Clerk reported that he had held a discussion with Durham County staff and was advised that all subsidised routes had been cut across the County and such support as was being given was concentrated on providing services during the working day.  The routes involved prevented any diversion through Cornforth on Sundays.  The County Council had been asked to put its position in writing.  In the meantime, the Clerk was to approach other villages and seek their support for a meeting about public transport cuts to which the County’s staff would be invited.

 

12. REPAIR OF FOOTPATHS AND IMPROVEMENTS TO THE CHURCHYARD.

 

The Church Council and a Member had asked that this item be placed on the agenda.  The new paving at the entrance to the church is coming loose and needs resetting under the contractors’ liability period.  The footpath through the churchyard continues to cause complaint and concern because of its uneven surface.  It is understood the church will provide warning signs.  A request for a seat or seats in or near the active part of the cemetery had been received and branches had been dropped onto the new “flower box”:  this was not done by the Church or the Parish Council as part of their work.

 

It was resolved that the request for seats would be raised at a meeting to be held with the Rev. Lumsden and the Church Council: the condition of the paths would also be discussed.  The Clerk would raise the issue of repairs to the new paving with the contractors for Durham County Council and the removal of the branches by the County Council as its ground maintenance contractor.

 

13 STATIONING OF A CARAVAN AT THE JUNCTION OF LINDEN ROAD AND LABURNUM CRESCENT.

 

Members had asked that this item be placed on the agenda. The Clerk will make enquiries, but the caravan is within the curtilage of the householder/owner.

 

14. QUALITY PARISH STATUS

 

The Clerk circulated a report setting out on the current position and seeking Members views with regard to the targets and priorities it wished to address on communication in order to achieve Quality Parish Status. After debate, Members agreed to arrange to hold regular surgeries for local residents alongside those of the Clerk, consult on planning matters, publicise its activities in the local press and undertake consultation/questionnaires on local issues.

 

15.  THE COUNTY DURHAM PLAN: CONSULTATION PAPER

 

The Chairman and Clerk reported on their meeting with Durham County staff on 27th June with regard to this issue and Thrislington Quarry.  It was resolved that the Core Plan, with its concentration of economic and housing development around Durham City could be as detrimental to the County’s villages as had been the County’s “Category D” policy.  With regard to the plan’s references to Thrislington Quarry, it was agreed that following Lafarge’s take-over of local quarry interests, Claire Teesdale be asked for a current position statement

 

16. ALLOTMENT PROVISION, WORKS AND DISPUTE BY TENANTS.

 

The Clerk circulated a report on this matter.  Since the last meeting he had been unable to progress the issue of improved northern access and drainage with Northumbrian Water.  The report stated that the cost of providing water is rising, as is the demand for allotments for vegetables, whilst rents remain static and many plots are used only for grazing.  The Parish Council had carried out its annual cut back of hedges and weeds and sought quotes to provide a better southern access.  In the meantime, a dispute over access by one tenant over another’s allotment is causing difficulty and a proposal by the Parish Council to resolve the matter by the erection of a fence has been rejected.  The Chairman had received a letter from one of the tenants involved in the dispute which he read to the meeting. Members asked that the matter be put on the next agenda to give time for their consideration of the issues.

 

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

of business to be included on the next agenda. Apart from the issues set out above Members asked for agenda items on the play area and a memorial to Councillor William Wilson.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk:  2nd August 2011.

MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL – AUGUST 2011.

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council held at 7.00pm, in the Community Centre, Cornforth, on Monday 8th August 2011.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

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

 

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

 

1.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

Declarations of personal or prejudicial interest were received with regard to item 18 on the agenda by Councillors Mrs. H.P.Drew, A. Hodgson, Mrs. S Neville and Mrs S. Traynor.

 

2.  MINUTES

 

The Minutes of the meetings held on 27th June and 4th July 2011were approved as true records and signed by the Chairman.

 

3.  MATTERS ARISING NOT COVERED ON THE AGENDA

 

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

 

4.  POLICE LIAISON

 

The Clerk had not received a copy of the Beat Report or a report of the PACT meeting. Councillor Dr. Drew advised the meeting that there had been little of note to report from the last PACT meeting.  There had been a problem of unlicensed motor cycles being used on the highway as they were ridden to areas where they could be used without license.  There was still a problem of youths using the Maughan Close underpass and the nearby garages.  The situation was being monitored,

The Clerk advised members that a workshop on changes to policing governance is to be held at Durham Town Hall from 8.45am to 1.00pm on 30th August 2011.  Should any Member wish to attend, the Clerk had the details and the application form.

 

5.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

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

 

6.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

The Chairman and Clerk had received the following correspondence and invitations:

 

i)  A request from the family of Joseph Goundry that his name be added to the War Memorial.  Councillor Dr. Drew advised the meeting that the Parish Council was the guardian of the memorial and so could add that name to it without permission from any other body.  The Clerk was requested to make the necessary arrangements with a stone mason.

 

ii)  An invitation to Chilton Town Council’s Charity Night to be held on 9Th September 2011. There were no expressions of interest.

 

iii) An invitation from Northumbria University to view the exhibition of paintings by local artist Norman Cornish in Newcastle from 29th July to 7th October 2011.

 

iv)  The resignation of Councillor Rosemary Clewes was received.  Mrs. Clewes felt that she could no longer serve the community as a Councillor because of work commitments.  The Clerk was instructed to advise the Electoral Officer of this vacancy and that of Councillor W.R. Wilson at the earliest opportunity and agenda the matter of replacements in September.

 

7.  AAP ISSUES

 

The Chairman updated Members on this matter.  The AAP was in its last year and there was little to report.  Most of the projects were located in Ferryhill and Chilton, or were County projects. It was disappointing that Cornforth’s youth related bid had been rejected because Karen Lynn had not been able to attend the meeting.  Its merits needed to be raised again.  The Clerk had received a copy of the papers from the Partnership Board Meeting held on 13th July 2011, should any Member wish to study their content.

 

8. PLANNING MATTERS AND APPLICATIONS FROM JULY’S WEEKLY LISTS.

 

i)  Members were advised that Durham County Council had granted planning permission for the eastern extraction of limestone and the restoration of the nature conservation uses at Thrislington Quarry.

 

ii) The following planning applications within the Parish had been notified by Durham County Council’s Spennymoor Office:

 

a)   7/2011/0282/DM – 1 Village Farm West – 16 roof solar panels.

 

b)  7/2011/0266/DM – 39 Salisbury Crescent – 2 storey rear extension and alterations to side windows.

 

Members resolved not to make any representations with regard to these proposals.

 

iii)  The Clerk presented the details of a submission from E-on.  The company had started a consultation process to create a wind farm south of Morden and east of Newton Aycliffe alongside the A1(M) motorway.  Cornforth Parish Council had been asked for its views as a local authority within 10Km of the site boundary.  Details of the proposal for between 25 and 45 turbines were shown at the meeting and the proposal had already created a considerable amount of local opposition.

Members expressed their opposition to the proposal and asked the Clerk to send a letter of objection on the grounds that Durham County had already fulfilled its quota for such developments.  The creation of wind farms was only possible because of huge tax-payers’ subsidies and did not create sustainable long term employment.  The wind farm would be a large visual intrusion into the landscape and as such was creating “pit-heaps of the 21st Century” in a County proud of its treatment of former industrial eyesores.  The proposal would be a distraction to drivers on the A1(M) and as such a hazard to road users.

 

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

 

Receipts

 

£

 

NIL

 

Payments

 

R. A. Sunman

Salary

640.75

H. M. R. & C.

Ferrydec

JWS Powerwash

Royal British Legion

Zurich Insurance

Lumalite

J.A.Armatage

Durham County Council

 

Tax and NIC

Paint for play ground

Bus shelter cleaning

Replacement cheque

Insurance

Xmas tree instalment

Internal audit fees

Xmas tree lights inspection

542.45

132.94

360.00

30.00

4323.11

807.82

220.00

1768.14

 

TOTAL  NET EXPENDITURE

8825.21

 

The schedule was approved.  Members noted that the sum for Zurich Insurance was discounted by over £200 p.a. and will remain at that figure as part of a three year package.

 

11. ALLOTMENT PROVISION AND MANAGEMENT.

 

Members had asked that this item be placed on the agenda following their consideration of the Clerk’s report of 4th July 2011.  In the meantime the Clerk has received a quote for the resurfacing of the allotment access ways and the provision of car lay-byes at the sum of £1820 and for the provision of fencing for £520.  Members were advised that the dispute between tenants was over and that no fence would be needed.

Members resolved to press NWA for a reply to the Council’s letter and cover access, drainage and the control of taps. Members felt that water supply was being abused by people from outside Cornforth.  An increase in allotment rental to £25 per annum for horse grazing was considered because of the heavy use of water, but no decision was taken.  The issue was deferred until October/November when an Allotment Sub Committee would consider the report and NWA’s response.

 

12. REPAIR TO THE LAY-BYES ON THE GREEN.

 

The Council was advised that following a site meeting attended by Mr. Kataky, the works to repair the stone flags at the Church and adjoining the Green had been passed to the contractor to be carried out as part of his ongoing liability at no cost.  Mr. Kataky had made recommendations about the repair of the lay-byes that could cost £650 plus his fees.  The details were made available at the meeting.  In the meantime, an approach has been made to Durham County Council (our only remaining partner in the project) to see if there were still monies available in its budget to help with the work.  The Parish Council had been advised that there is still money in the project account for the Green and the County Council has asked for a meeting to discuss this issue.  The matter was deferred until the results of a site meeting with the County staff took place.

 

The need to meet a tight deadline for the submission of an application to Durham County Council for its 2011 Environmental Awards resulted in a request by the Chairman through the Clerk to Mr. Kataky for assistance.   The Clerk is currently assisting Cornforth Partnership in the drafting of an “Awards for All” application on family health. Mr. Kataky has prepared the application on behalf of the Council and the details were available at the meeting.  Members agreed to the Chairman’s action and the minor costs involved and resolved to submit the application.

 

13. FORMAL PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE HYPERACUTE STROKE SERVICE IN DARLINGTON AND COUNTY DURHAM.

 

County Durham and Darlington NHS is seeking views on its proposals to centralise the above service from Darlington and Durham to a consolidated unit in Durham University Hospital.   The Clerk advised Members of a schedule of meetings provided by the NHS.  Members were provided with very useful background on this issue by Councillor Dr. Drew. It was resolved that the Clerk should draft a letter to the NHS in conjunction with Dr. Drew drawing attention to the need for staff to be available at all times at such a unit, and giving its support to whichever venue could provide such cover.

 

14.  FLY-TIPPING AND THE AVAILABLITY OF NEIGHBOURHOOD WARDENS.

 

A Member has asked that this item be placed on the agenda.  Members had found difficulty in getting in touch with Neighbourhood Wardens.  It was accepted that there were fewer staff and that help-lines had been made available, but felt that Parish Clerks should have their names and direct contact details.  The Chairman would raise the matter at the next AAP Task and Finish group meeting.

 

15.  CORNFORTH PARISH AND THE PROVISION OF A NEW VILLAGE BANNER.

 

The Clerk advised the meeting that after each Miners’ Gala, residents approach the Parish Council on this issue.  We have also had an approach from Mr. Robinson, who is attached to the Kelloe Banner Group, offering his support and expertise.  The Parish Council contributed to the preservation of its old village banner, which hangs in the Community Centre and pays for its insurance.  Members’ views were sought on its position, should there be interest in making a new banner capable of being taken to the Gala each year and used on other occasions.

 

The Parish council felt that in order to take advantage of grants, a local group, formally and properly constituted, would need to be created, with its own bank account and Treasurer.  Whilst the Parish Council could contribute to its funds, it could not be the applying body.  Members of the Council could if they so wished join the local group in a private capacity.  The group would need to raise a considerable sum of money to have a new banner made (a sum of £15,000 has been mooted).  This may take several years to organise.  In addition, funds would need to be raised each year for its storage, insurance, transport and a band, and people found to carry it and take responsibility for its safe-keeping.  It was agreed that the Parish Council would provide a level of financial support to a locally formed and properly constituted “Banner Committee” and that the village be so informed through “The Partner” and the Parish Council notice board..

 

16.  CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL NOTICE BOARD

 

The Clerk and Members held a meeting with AM Graphics and agreed the details of a Parish Council notice board to be displayed in the window of No.66 High Street.  The company has provided a quote for the work of £380.  Members agreed to go ahead with the work as quickly as possible.

 

17.  REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

 

The Youth Team of Cornforth Partnership is again organising a trip to Flamingo Land for the young people attached to the organisation.  Last year’s trip was very popular.  The group has already raised £2660 in grants and ticket sales and requested the support of the Parish Council for £300. Declarations of interest were received with regard to this item from Councillors Mrs. H.P.Drew, A. Hodgson, Mrs. S Neville and Mrs S. Traynor, who left the meeting.  Councillor Dr. Drew took the Chair and Members agreed to the request.

 

18.  MEMORIAL TO COUNCILLOR WILLIAM WILSON.

 

Several members had asked that this item be placed on the agenda.  The Parish Council expressed its intention to provide a fitting memorial to Councillor Wilson, who served the community for over forty years.  After discussion of a number of options, it was resolved that Councillor Wilson’s family be asked to agree to the naming of the park in his memory.  Councillor Wilson had lead the earliest attempts to form a park in the village, had then worked closely with Cornforth Partnership in its refurbishment, formally opened it and later supported its further improvement.  It was felt fitting to rename the park as “The Billy Wilson Community Park”, to change the entrance gates accordingly and create a plaque explaining his involvement.

 

 

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

of business to be included on the next agenda, but no such items were raised.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk:  28th August 2011.

To all members of the Parish Council.

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL: SEPTEMBER

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council held at 7.00pm, in the Community Centre, Cornforth, on Monday 5th September 2011.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

Mr. K. Clasper, Mr. T. Cutmore, Mrs. S. Neville, Mr. R. Poole, Mr. R. Vaughan, Mrs. M. Walker and Mr. A. Wilson.

 

Apologies:  Councillors:  Mrs. H. P. Drew, Dr. S. C. Drew, Mr. M. J. Pennick and Mr. M. Simpson and Mrs. S. Traynor.

 

1.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

Declarations of a personal or prejudicial interest were made by Councillors Hodgson, Cutmore and Mrs. Neville with regard to item 13 on the agenda.

 

2.  MINUTES

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on 8th August 2011 were agreed as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

 

3.  MATTERS ARISING NOT COVERED ON THE AGENDA

 

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

 

4.  POLICE LIAISON

 

The Clerk presented the report from the latest PACT meeting.  In addition, Members reported a break in at the Community Garden.

 

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 invitations addressed to the Chairman:

 

i)  Durham County Council – a Civic Evening to open the art exhibition “Hot Coals and Ash” in the Durham Room of County Hall at 6.00pm on Monday 12th September 2011.

 

ii) Bishop Auckland Town Council – a “Spooky Supper Quiz Night” to be held on Wednesday 26th October 2011.

 

There was no interest expressed by Members in attending the above events.

 

The Chairman had received a request that a trophy in memory of Councillor William Wilson be created and presented at the Village Show.  It was resolved that this proposal be declined as the family of Councillor Wilson had already accepted the proposal to name the Community Park in his memory.

 

7.  AAP ISSUES

 

The next meeting of the AAP will not be held until 14th September 2011.

 

8. BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 31ST AUGUST 2011.

 

Because of the timing of the meeting, the Clerk was unable to circulate the current bank reconciliation statement and a comparison of this year’s budget to actual expenditure for this period.

 

9. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS AUGUST 2011.

 

Receipts

 

£

 

NEDL

Way leave payment

28.03

 

Payments

R. A. Sunman

Salary

640.75

R. A. Sunman

The Cornforth Partnership

Cornforth Partnership Projects Fund

Julie’s Florist

County Durham Assoc. Local Councils

County Durham Assoc. Local Councils

Bill Kataky

 

Allowances and sundries

Room hire and copying

Flamingo land trip

Wreath

Membership Fee

Training

Application consultant’s fee

88.18

539.89

300.00

30.00

361.65

170.00

370.00

 

TOTAL  NET EXPENDITURE

2472.44

 

The schedule was approved. 

 

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

 

1. The Clerk had advised Eon of this Council’s views with regard to the Iles Farm wind turbine development.  The company has now circulated a questionnaire seeking views on the three options and offering a range of community benefits on which it would like a response.  Details were circulated at the meeting and Members resolved to adhere to their original stance and advise E-on accordingly.

 

2.  The following planning applications within the Parish have been notified by Durham County Council’s Spennymoor Office:

 

i)   7/2011/0204/DM – 12a The Green – Conservatory to the rear.

 

ii)  7/2011/0262/DM – 25 Bridge Road – 2 storey rear extension.

 

iii) 7/2011/0339/DM – 6 Hollyhurst Road West – Single storey extension to side and rear

 

The Clerk circulated the details at the meeting.  There were no applications notified by the Strategic Office.  After examination, Members resolved not to make any observations on the applications.

 

11.  CCTV AND DOUBLE TAXATION.

 

The Clerk advised Members that there had been a number of meetings held with the County Council on this issue since the last meeting.  The next meeting is scheduled for 7th September 2011 at County hall and the outcome will be reported at the next Parish Council meeting.

 

12.  REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

 

The request received from Cornforth Partnership for financial assistance was reported by the Clerk.  Councillors Hodgson, Cutmore and Mrs. Neville left the meeting.  Councillor Mr. R. Poole took the Chair.  The meeting heard that the Council had included a sum of £6,000 in its budget for this support and the Clerk outlined the Partnership’s activities in the year.  It was resolved to grant the request at £6,000.

 

13. UPDATES ON ITEMS FROM PREVIOUS MEETING.

 

The Clerk and Members gave updates on issues discussed at the last meeting of the Council and Members resolved as follows:

 

i)  NWA response on allotments – that the Clerk should continue to press NWA for a meeting..

 

ii) DCC meeting on repair to lay-byes on the Green – the meeting is to be held on Thursday 8th September.  A Member asked that the meeting discuss the need to repair part of the road at the north end of The Green.

 

iii) Consultation on the hyperacute stroke service. – Members noted that the Clerk had sent the Council’s views on this matter.

 

iv) Fly-tipping and neighbourhood wardens – Members noted with regret that there were now only five wardens across the whole of the County.  Members were pleased to note that Sedgefield Borough Homes had re-housed some of their tenants who had been fly-tipping.  The Clerk was asked to pursue tipping on NWA and Network Rail land.

 

v) Village banner – Members noted the formation of a Village Banner Committee.  There had been a good local response and an application to make a new banner and hire a band and transport had been made to the Big Lottery.

 

vi)  Electoral issues – The Clerk had advised the Electoral Officer of the death of Councillor Wilson and the resignation of Councillor Mrs. Rosemary Clewes.  It was resolved that should there be no request for an election to these vacancies, then Mrs. Margaret Poole and Mr. Paul Metcalfe, who had recently expressed an interest in serving on the Parish Council, be co-opted to it.

 

Members noted the forthcoming review of Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries under which the Sedgefield Constituency is likely to disappear and asked that the issue be included on the next agenda.

 

vii) Cornforth Parish Council Notice Board – it was noted that the board would be put in place in the near future.

 

viii)  Memorial to Councillor William Wilson – the family had agreed that the Community Park be renamed in memory of Councillor Wilson.  The Clerk would take this matter forward.

 

ix) Addition of a name to the War Memorial – the Clerk will progress this matter and the Parish Council will fund the work.

 

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:  14th September 2011.