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MINUTES OF THE CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: JANUARY 2013

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council held in the Community Centre Cornforth, on Monday 7th January2013.

 

1.  INTRODUCTIONS AND  APOLOGIES

 

Present: Councillor Alan Hodgson and

 

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

 

Apologies:  Mr. T. Cutmore.

 

2.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

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

 

3.  MINUTES

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on 10th December 2012 were to be amended to include the presence of Councillor R. Vaughan, agreed as 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 Vice- Chairman advised the meeting that there had been no PACT meeting in December.

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

There were no members of the public attending the meeting.

 

7.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

The Chairman advised the meeting that he had received an invitation to attend the Mayor’s Charity Dinner of Ferryhill Town Council to be held on Friday 8th March 2013 at the Masonic Hall and that he would attend.

 

8.  AAP ISSUES

 

The next AAP meeting would be held on 9th January 2013 at Mainsforth Centre.

 

9. BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 31st DECEMBER 2012.

 

The Clerk circulated the current bank reconciliation statement for December 2012, together with comparison of this year’s budget to actual expenditure for that period at the meeting. The bank reconciliation statement for the period corresponded and was approved.

 

10. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS DECEMBER 2012.

 

Receipts                                                                                  Nil

 

Payments

 

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                                      666.10

R. A. Sunman-Allowances and mileage                        83.63

Cornforth Partnership lAwards for All payment      313.91

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE                                                1,063.64

 

NET EXPENDITURE                                                     1,063.64

 

The schedule was approved. 

 

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

 

At the time of the despatch of this agenda, there were no planning applications received by the Strategic Office of Durham County Council which were of note to this Council.  The following application had been received by the South West Office:

 

i)  7/2012/0418/DM – Mr. Ernest Oliver – Land East of “Barcroft”, The Green, Cornforth. – Erection of a dwelling-house.  Details will be circulated at the meeting.

 

The Members expressed concern about the access and how it might be constructed.  It was resolved to object to the application and seek a site meeting with the planners on the subject.

 

12. DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL: SETTING THE PRECEPT FOR 2013/14.

 

The Clerk had circulated a report setting out the implications of the Local Council Tax Support Scheme on the 2013/14 precept to be set on 14th January 2013.  It included Durham County Council’s advice to the Parish Council of the implications of changes to their financial support.  The Parish Council will be expected to determine the level of its gross needs at its budget setting meeting later this month and present them, less income and the Localising Council Tax Support Grant, to give a net precept figure.  The report was received.

 

13. ELECTION COSTS AND TRAINING FOR 2013/14.

 

The Clerk advised the meeting that the Parish Council had been asked by Durham County Council if it was to include an item in its budget for 2013/14 to cover the costs of the forthcoming May election.  In previous years there has been no election, as candidates matched the number of places on offer.  Given the changes in LCTSS outlined above, Members considered including a figure of £5,500, but decided against it.

 

14.  POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER: COMMUNITY PANELS.

 

The Clerk advised the meeting that the Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham is to establish Community Panels for each parliamentary area, to monitor local policing and represent the communities.  Cornforth would lie within Panel 5 (Sedgefield) and each panel would have 50 members and meet four times a year.  Members of the Parish Council resolved to put forward Councillor Mrs. P. M. Walker and Councillor Mr. M. Simpson as Panel Members.

 

15. TREES ON THE GREEN AND IN THE CHURCH YARD.

 

The Clerk advised Members that the report from “AllAboutTrees” had been received.  Following inspection and tests the tree is “considered to be within the acceptable parameters for retention in its current form”.  It is recommended that we should “clean the crown to remove the deadwood and tidy any tear wounds, including the removal of the hanging branch”.  In addition, we should “reduce the adventitious growth on the lowest southern scaffold limb by 3 metres” and ”.. the branch tips in the northwest section to establish a 1.5 – 2m clearance from the telecoms cable”. A five yearly review is recommended.

Members agreed to seek the approval of Durham County Council for consent to carry out the above work, provide neighbours with a copy of the report and to seek tenders for the work in the spring.

 

Members noted that the work in the Churchyard would begin on 7th January 2013, that the Parochial Church Council had been informed and that under the terms of the contract all timber is to be removed from site by the contractor. Any interest from residents or other parties seeking to acquire timber must be dealt with by the contractor.

 

16.  ALLOTMENT SURVEY.

 

Councillors Mrs. P.M. Walker and Mr. K. Clasper reported on the findings of the inspection carried out in December 2012.  It was agreed that a report would be prepared by the Clerk and that a structured debate would be held at the February meeting.

 

17.UPDATES ON MATTERS FROM PREVIOUS MEETINGS.

 

i)  The condition of the road from Money’s Building to the Rise Carr Hotel - The footpath had been cleared by a road-sweeper.

 

ii)  Lighting at Oswald’s Close and from Howards Close to the Green –It was agreed that the effects of the tree felling in the Churchyard would be assessed before further action was agreed.

 

iii) Tree wrap on the Green – Lumalite had been approached about changing the power box on the tree following the annual disconnection of the lights and will advise a course of action more in keeping with a Conservation Area. A meeting would be held with the electrician to implement any changes.

 

iv) County Council land in the High Street – the Clerk advised the meeting that Ms. Moore of D.C.C. had returned from maternity leave and was progressing the matter.

 

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

to be included on the next agenda.  The following were submitted:

 

i) Path to the rear of Scarlet Band garages and the Community Centre – action to treat current waterlogged state.

 

ii)  Flooding of Parish Council land and roads from fields east of Middleham Road.

 

iii)  Sharing of costs with “livin” for a media day at the local school.

 

iv)  Placement of boulders adjoining the Old School House on the Green as part of last phase of works by D.C.C.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk:  14th January 2013.

MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING:

PRECEPT MEETING: JANUARY 2013

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council held at 7.00pm, in the Community Centre, Cornforth, on Monday 14th January 2013.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

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

 

Apologies:  Councillors:  Mrs. H. P. Drew.

 

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 2013/14

 

Members considered the papers circulated by the Clerk and resolved to set the Parish Precept for 2013/14 at £99,887. This figure agreed represented a standstill budget, when allowing for the effects of the Local Council Tax Support Scheme.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk:  28th January 2013.

MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING:

 FEBRUARY 2013

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council held at 7.00pm, in the Community Centre, Cornforth, on Monday 4th February 2013.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

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

 

Apologies:  Councillors:  Mr. K. Clasper, Mr. S. Hodgson and Mrs. H. P. Drew.

 

1.  INTRODUCTIONS AND  APOLOGIES

 

2.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

The Chairman declared an interest in respect of item 13 on the agenda.

 

3.  MINUTES

 

The Minutes of the meetings held on 7th and 14th January 2013 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 Vice Chairman reported that the village had been quiet, but that the priority remained in Barrett Road because of the harassment by youths of an individual resident..

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

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

 

7.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

There were no items to report.

 

8.  AAP ISSUES

 

The Chairman advised the meeting that the AAP was about to start its 2013 programme.  

 

9. BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 31st JANUARY 2013.

 

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 statements reconciled and were approved.

 

10. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS JANUARY 2013.

 

The following schedule of receipts and payments for January 2013 was approved.

 

Receipts                                                                                  Nil

 

Payments

 

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                                      666.10

R. A. Sunman-Allowances and mileage                        59.93

Cornforth Partnership-Room hire and printing       581.22

AllAboutTrees-Tree survey and report                      264.00

Scarlet Band Buses-Trip to Pantomime                       60.00

Doggie Ducklings-Trip to Gala Theatre                      100.00

Royal British Legion-Donation to Wreaths                170.00

Royal British Legions Men’s Section-Donation           30.00

Royal British Legions Women’s Section-Donation     30.00

R. A. O. B. Sphere Lodge-Donation                               30.00

Salvation Army-Donation                                               30.00

Sedgefield and District C. A. B.-Donation                  400.00

Rossendales Collect (H. M. R. & C.)-Tax and N.I.C.   195.96

H. M. R. & C.-Tax and N.I.C.                                          586.53

Northumbrian Water-Allotments Water                    200.98

W. C. & D. C. Assoc.-Pantomime                                 431.00

W. C. & D. C. Assoc.-Room hire                                   224.00

Cornforth Partnership-Awards for All                        698.25

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE                                                 4,757.97

 

NET EXPENDITURE                                                     4,757.97

 

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

 

The Clerk reported that at the time of the despatch of this agenda, there were no planning applications received by the Strategic Office or the South West Office of Durham County Council which were of note to this Council. 

 

The Clerk reported that following the last meeting, the Parish Council’s objection to the application referenced, 7/2012/0418/DM by Mr. Ernest Oliver for the erection of a detached dwelling house on land East of “Barcroft”, The Green, Cornforth had been relayed to Durham County Council.  Despite our serious concerns about the access arrangements, the application was granted as the County Highway Engineers did not support our view.

 

Members were angered by this decision as the objection had not been made in a frivolous manner, but unanimously, with local knowledge and genuine concerns about highway safety and footpath construction.  It was agreed that a letter be sent to the County Council as it was felt that local concerns were being ignored.

 

Other than the above, the Clerk had not been notified of any other decisions made by the staff of the County Council at the time of the despatch of this agenda.

 

12.  ALLOTMENT SURVEY.

 

Following the reports made by Members on the above survey at the last meeting, a report had been circulated setting out the main findings, issues and priorities for consideration. Members agreed to serve notice on the tenants of plots 2, 8, 12 and 18.  The tenant of plot 31 was to be asked to put forward proposals to clear and improve the site inside a month and if approved by the Parish Council to implement the proposals by the end of April 2013. Tenants keeping horses were to be instructed to make proper composting arrangements for the treatment of manure and the Clerk was to pursue the issue through amendments to the lease arrangements.  Further work on parking and drainage was to be discussed at the April meeting once the above actions had been progressed.

 

13.  REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

 

The Clerk reported that a media day was planned for Cornforth Primary School in which Star Radio would teach pupils about advertising and the media and work with them to create a Podcast celebrating the individuality of West Cornforth and the school.  The media day is part of Star Radio’s “Star in School” programme and would  be partly funded by “livin”.  The school was seeking the support of the Parish Council towards the cost of the work which in total is £1,290.  “livin” is willing to meet half the costs of the day which will take place over the summer and the Parish Council is asked to provide the remaining £645.

 

The Chairman left the meeting whilst a decision was made.  Members resolved to defer a decision and to seek more information from the school about the proposals.

 

14. COUNTY COUNCIL LAND IN THE HIGH STREET.

 

Members were reminded that Durham County Council is disposing of land which is surplus to its operational requirements.  A piece of land at the western end of Cornforth High Street, between Thrislington Villa and the former Chapel, has become available under this disposal.  The land, which is currently used for grazing, forms the “stop” at the end of the street and is visually important. In addition, the land extends behind Thrislington Villa.  At an earlier meeting , the Parish Council had expressed an interest in acquiring the land for a formal planted area or garden, with Cornforth Partnership expressing an interest in the remainder as a Community Garden/Allotment.  The County Council is willing to discuss selling the land to the Parish Council rather than going to auction. 

 

Given the constraints on Parish Council expenditure in 2013/14 and doubts  about the sustainability of the Community Garden, Members agreed to defer a decision to allow the County Council time to finalise boundaries and for  a meeting to be held with Cornforth Partnership.

 

15.  PATH TO THE REAR OF SCARLET BAND.

 

The Clerk advised the meeting that the water logged condition of this footpath has been reported to officers of the County Council who deal with designated rights of way.

 

16.  FLOODING FROM FIELDS TO THE EAST OF MIDDLEHAM ROAD.

 

Members were advised that prolonged rain and recent snow melt had caused considerable flooding across Parish Council land on Middleham Road and down Slake Terrace.  A house has suffered water damage and part of the road has collapsed.  The Chairman and the Clerk have made contact with the farmer, Smiths Gore on behalf of the landowners (The Church Commissioners), Durham County Council, The Fire Brigade and The Environment Agency.  Following a joint meeting some remedial and emergency work had taken place, but further work, including a bigger drain across the Parish Council’s land, may be required and Members will be advised on the situation.

 

17.REMEDIAL WORKS ON THE GREEN.

 

The Clerk reported that he had advised the County Council of the Parish Council’s concern about the use of boulders on the Green as a solution to prevent vehicular encroachment.  A meeting is being sought with Mr. Peter Dunn to address issues of lifting paving and this will discussed at the same time.

 

18. GROUND MAINTENANCE CONTRACT.

 

At the meeting which considered and set the precept in January, there was discussion about the likely effects of the LCTSS on the future expenditure of this Parish Council.  As a result, Members felt that it should reconsider the impact of seeking a new ground maintenance contract for 2013/14 and instead seek to extend the period of the present contract with Durham County Council for a further year.  Two of the implications of such a decision would be certainty of expenditure in 2013/14 and that the new Parish Council to be elected in May would be able to consider the matter which would form a considerable part of its budget in coming years.

 

Members resolved to seek an extension to the contract for 2013/14 and to form a small committee after the May elections and to revise the contents of the contract thereafter.

 

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

to be included on the next agenda and the following item was requested.

 

i)  The County Council to be asked why there was no snow clearance carried out of the approach roads to and surfaces of the car park at the surgery.

 

Yours Sincerely

Ray Sunman/Clerk:  28th January 2013.

To all Members of the Parish Council.

 

MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING:

 MARCH 2013

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council held at 7.00pm, in the Community Centre, Cornforth, on Monday 4th March 2013.

 

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. P. M. Walker and Mr. A. Wilson.

 

Apologies:  Councillors:  Mr. S. Hodgson.

 

PRESENTATION RELATING TO ITEM 13 ON THE AGENDA.

 

Prior to the start of the meeting a presentation was given by Mrs. Sarsfield, the Head Teacher at Cornforth School, with regard to Item 13 on the agenda.  The Members thanked for her attendance.  

 

1.  INTRODUCTIONS AND  APOLOGIES

 

2.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

The Chairman declared an interest with regard to Item 13 of the agenda.

 

3.  MINUTES

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on 4th February 2013 were agreed as a true record.

 

4.  MATTERS ARISING NOT COVERED ON THE AGENDA

 

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

 

5.  POLICE LIAISON

 

The Vice Chairman reported that the police priority areas were to be extended from Barrett Road to include deterring dog fouling on the grassed area near Garmondsway Road and dealing with anti social behaviour in the Bridge Road area. The incident in the Flintlock Public House was regarded as an isolated issue between travellers.  The inn had been the subject of complaint about disturbances and breaches to the licensing laws and the licence had been withdrawn.  The Parish Council had been separately advised through the local police sergeant.

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

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

 

7.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

There were no items to report.

 

 AAP ISSUES

 

The Chairman advised the meeting that the next meeting of the AAP Task and Finish Group was to be held on 11th March and the AAP full meeting on 18th.  The Chairman will report the outcome.  

 

9. BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 28th FEBRUARY 2013.

 

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 in balance and was approved.

 

10. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS FEBRUARY 2013.

 

Receipts                                                                                  Nil

 

Payments

 

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                                      666.10

R. A. Sunman-Allowances and mileage                        82.13

R.T.S. Tree Services-Churchyard tree work            2,520.00

Ferryhill Town Council-Civic Dinner ticket                   24.00

Chilton Town Council-Civic Dinner tickets                   42.00

C. D. A. L. C-Membership fee                                       389.89

Zurich Insurance-Management service fee               114.00

J. W. Smith-Bus shelter cleaning                                 120.00

Premier Traffic Management-Road Closure costs   288.00

West Cornforth & District  Comm. Assoc.-Wreaths   36.00

Cornforth Partnership Awards for All-Payment       191.00

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

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE                                                 4,491.12

 

NET EXPENDITURE                                                     4,491.12

 

The schedule was approved. 

 

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

 

The Clerk reported that up to this date there were no planning applications received by the Strategic Office or the South West Office of Durham County Council which were of note to this Council or notification of any planning decision made in the Parish. 

 

The Clerk advised that following the last meeting, he had written to the Planning Department in respect of the Parish Council objection to the application referenced, 7/2012/0418/DM by Mr. Ernest Oliver for the erection of a detached dwelling house on land East of “Barcroft”, The Green, relaying its anger and disappointment that despite our serious concerns about the access arrangements, the application had been granted on delegated authority.  The Clerk had been advised that unless our objections were supported by the Highways Engineers (they were not) the process allowed officers to grant the development.  The Clerk then discussed the application further with Mr. Glenright, the DCC engineer who dealt with the proposal.  He was advised that Mr. Glenright had visited the site in September 2011 and had insisted on the boundary wall being set back to accommodate a section of new footpath, the design modified to ensure adequate sight lines and a turning head in the site.  Such amendments had been incorporated, although this may not have been apparent from the submitted plans.  The new access arrangements were considered satisfactory.

 

After discussion, Members agreed to take no further action with regard to this application but to modify their process in dealing with objections to planning applications in the future.  The Clerk would advise the Members of the Parish’s Planning Committee every Monday afternoon if there were any applications to which the Parish might object.  Members would meet where necessary in the same week and lodge an objection in writing (not email) immediately to ensure the 21 day deadline is met.  In line with the County Council’s delegated powers guidelines the objection would be phrased as follows:

“Should an officer be minded to grant this application, the Parish Council objects to it on the following grounds.....and respectfully requests that it be determined by Members of the appropriate Planning Committee.”

 

 12.  ALLOTMENTS.

 

Following the report made at the last meeting, notice has been served on four tenants ending their leases and on one to obtain proposals to tidy up an allotment.  Members.  The Clerk and Members reported that whilst no letter had been received from the tenant of Plot 31, work had been carried out.  Despite the wet conditions water usage remained high and it was suggested that animal keepers should pay a higher rent to cover the cost or that water be cut off in the winter.  The need to improve north-south drainage was discussed.  The Parish Council had entered into a contract for rat control with DCC.  Some rents remained unpaid for 2013/14.  It was agreed that the issue would be placed on the agenda in April for further consideration.

 

13.  REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

 

The following requests for financial assistance were discussed:

 

i)  £645 towards a media day for Cornforth Primary School – this request was discussed at the last meeting and further discussion was held following Mrs. Sarsfield’s presentation.  The Chairman, having declared an interest left the meeting and the Vice Chairman took the Chair.  It was agreed by the majority of Members that the £645 be paid and that the contribution of the Parish Council be recognised.

 

ii)  £1,000 towards the costs of the Village Show Committee – the Clerk reminded the Members that the Paris Council budgets for £1,000 towards this event.  After discussion it was agreed.

 

iii)  contribution to The Durham Miners’ Gala - the Parish Council normally takes an eighth of a page spread (£80) in the souvenir brochure.  Members agreed to taking space for a message of support at a cost of £45 for 25 words.

 

14. INCIDENT IN THE MEMORIAL PARK.

 

Members were reminded that a claim had been made for an injury sustained to a boy whilst using the “swing-frame”.  Zurich Insurance was supplied with our information relating to inspections carried out over the year prior to the incident.  As a result it has repudiated the claim as the Parish Council has not acted negligently or in breach of its statutory duty.

 

15.  MAY 2013 ELECTION PROCESS.

 

The Clerk reported that he had attended the County Council training session held on 25th February 2013 and was now holding the nomination packs.  He advised existing Members that nominations need to be sent to the Returning Officer from 18th March until noon on 5th April 2013.  The statement of persons nominated will be published by noon on Tuesday 9th April and the details of uncontested elections about 11th April.  The elections will be held on 2nd May 2013 and the Parish count will be held on 4th May.  The old Councils retire on 7th May 2013.  Declarations of acceptance of office must be signed before the first meeting of the new Council and an AGM held by 21st May 2013.  Registers of Interests for re-elected Councillors will need updating if necessary, with registers of new Councillors completed in 28 days.  Where the Council still needs to co-opt Members, this must be done inside 35 days.  It was agreed that having considered the above factors, the May meeting of the Parish Council be held on Monday 13th May 2013.

 

16.  CiLCA EXAMINATION AND THE POWER OF COMPETENCE.

 

The Clerk was congratulated for his work in obtaining the above qualification, which is necessary for the newly elected Council to adopt the General Powers of Competence.  It is proposed that the June meeting of the new Council formally adopts the new powers and discusses its need to seek Quality Parish Status.

 

17.  SNOW CLEARANCE AT THE SURGERY.

 

This item was requested by a Member at the last meeting.  Enquiries have been made about the priority given to snow clearance at surgeries by the County Council.  Members were advised that clearance is decided by category and surgeries are in Category 2, behind bus routes and schools.  Snow clearing equipment is limited and Members were advised to press early and repeatedly, along with surgery staff, for clearance.

 

18.  CHOICE OF LITTER BINS IN THE HIGH STREET.

 

The Clerk reported that the County Council has offered the Parish Council the choice of two suppliers for new litter bins.  Details were available at the meeting and Members’ views are sought.  Members resolved to choose the Glasdon bins as they were the best match for other furniture in the High Street.

 

19. UPDATE ON ITEMS FROM PREVIOUS MEETINGS.

 

i)   County Council land disposal - The Clerk advised that this matter was still ongoing as the County needed to confirm boundaries.

 

ii)  Flooding along Middleham Road – Members were advised that the farmer had cleared the drain and the problem has been resolved for now, but needs to be monitored and a permanent solution found.

 

iii)  Remedial works on the Green – Mr. Dunn has advised the Clerk that Durham County Council is considering meeting the cost of this work.  Formal Confirmation is awaited.

 

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

to be included on the next agenda.  The following issues are to be included.

 

i)  repair of hole in the “cut”  at Poplar Terrace.

 

ii)  dog fouling following police action on Garmondsway Road.

 

R. A. Sunman/Clerk:  13th March 2013.