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MINUTES OF THE CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING:

OCTOBER 2012

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council held in the Community Centre, Cornforth, on Monday 8th October 2012.

 

1.  INTRODUCTIONS AND APOLOGIES

 

Present:  Councillor Alan Hodgson and

 

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

 

Apologies:  Councillors Mr. K. Clasper and Mrs. S. Neville.

 

2.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

Councillors Mr. T. Cutmore, Mrs. P. H. Drew, Mr. A. Hodgson and Mrs. S. Traynor made declarations of prejudicial interest with regard to item 13 on the agenda.

 

3.  MINUTES

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on 10th September 2012 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 were not covered on the agenda.

 

5.  POLICE LIAISON

 

The Vice Chairman had been unable to attend the PACT meeting.

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

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

 

7.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

The Clerk had received no correspondence or invitations addressed to the Chairman at the time of the meeting.

 

8.  AAP ISSUES

 

The Chairman reported that the Parish Council had received a grant of £6,000 from the Area Budget towards the costs of improving the High Street.  Members resolved to give priority to the boarding up of two derelict properties and painting other shops and vacant houses.

 

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

 

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

 

10. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS SEPTEMBER 2012.

 

Receipts                                                                                      

 

Durham County Council-Precept                          47,844.50

 

Payments  

 

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                                      666.10

R. A. Sunman-Allowances and sundries                     126.03

H.M.R.&C.-Tax and N.I.C.                                              927.52

JWS Power cleaning-Bus shelter cleaning                  240.00

S.L.C.C. Management-Re-examination fee                  40.00

Cornforth Partnership-Employment contribution S.137

                                                                                       3,000.00

 

TOTAL NET INCOME                                                 42,844.85

 

The Schedule was approved.

 

11. ANNUAL REPORT

 

The report of the External Auditor on the 2011/12 financial year has been received.  The annual return is in accordance with proper practices and there were no matters of concern in respect of the relevant legislation and regulatory requirements.  One item of note is drawn to the Council’s attention so that it does not arise in future years and that is to ensure that the figures in the Annual Return add up correctly within it.  Members are asked to note the report.

 

12. PLANNING MATTERS AND APPLICATIONS FROM SEPTEMBER’S WEEKLY LISTS.

 

The Clerk reported that there were no planning applications received by the South West Office and none from the Strategic Office of Durham County Council which were of note to this Council:

 

13. REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

 

The Clerk has received a request from Cornforth Partnership for a contribution of £1,765 for work on Cafe 66.  The cafe needs a ventilator fan in the kitchen to tackle condensation, a door and partition wall to alleviate smell in upstairs rooms used by tenants and new signage for the cafe and Meals on Wheels service. The Partnership had secured all of the other funding necessary to refurbish Cafe 66, but needs this work as soon as possible.  It agreed that the request be approved and that the Parish Council makes application to use Section 106 monies to pay for it.  As the application for the monies were to be made to the County Council the Councillors who had expressed a prejudicial interest were not required to leave the meeting.

 

14.  MAINTENANCE OF WORK ON THE GREEN

 

The Clerk advised Members that in the view of the County Council the contract for the last but one phase had not included either a period or clause relating to remedial works or contractor’s liability. The estimated cost of renewing and repairing the paving included in this contract was given by the County Council as around £15,000. Members resolved to seek a meeting with the County Council with a view to replacing this paving with tarmac.

 

15. CHRISTMAS LIGHTING.

 

 Meetings of the working group with MK Illumination and Lumalite had been held.  The companies were to send estimates for one more lighting motif for the High Street and for tree wraps at Robert’s Square, the open space opposite May’s Shop and The Green.  MK Illumination felt it unlikely that a wrap of the tree outside of the Square and Compass could be installed because of access difficulties.  Quotes for the work were not received, but the Clerk reported that Durham County Council could not carry out a structural test for the lamp post involved and thus guarantee early installation of the new motif.  It was resolved to delay the hire of any new motif, but to proceed with the tree wraps once estimates had been received and considered at the next meeting.  Durham County Council would be reminded that it had still to install new timers on the lamp posts.

 

16.  RESIGNATION OF COUNCILLOR  M. J. PENNICK

 

The Chairman reported that he had received the resignation of Councillor Pennick on work related grounds.  It was agreed that the Returning Officer be advised and Members views are sought with regard to seeking a replacement once the formal processes had been completed.   

 

17. PROVISION OF A SKATEBOARD PARK IN CORNFORTH

 

This item was raised by a Member at the last meeting following approaches by parents in the village.  After discussion, it was agreed that the Parish Council would take no further action because of the likely cost, but that Cornforth Partnership be asked to investigate the issue and the likely grants available.

 

18. THE CONDITION OF PUBLIC FOOTPATHS

 

A Member has requested that this item be placed on the agenda.  It was reported that the two footpaths (No.’s 20 and 21) strimmed under the Parish Paths Grants Scheme had been cut back as far as in previous years.  Councillor Walker agreed to take a look at the paths now that they had been identified.

 

19. UPDATES ON MATTERS FROM PREVIOUS MEETINGS

 

i)  The condition of the road from Money’s Building to the Rise Carr Hotel - The Clerk  reported that he had been in touch with Durham County Council but that no action had been taken.

 

ii)  Lighting at Oswald’s Close and from Howards Close to the Green – The Clerk  advised the meeting that “livin” would take forward the Oswald Close issue as a tenants’ improvement and that the other path had not yet been adopted by the County Council.

 

iii) Issues related to retaining walls adjoining the highway, trees near Laburnum Road, a missing drain cover and the BT phone box in Linden Road have been reported to the relevant bodies.

 

 

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

of business to be included on the next agenda. The following will be included:

 

 

i)  the AAP had carried out consultations with young people in the village on issues to be addressed.  Councillor Cutmore will report to the next meeting on issues relating to the Memorial Park.

 

ii)  Cornforth in Bloom had won a silver award from the RHS.  The County Council was to be approached about progress on auctioning the land at the west end of the High Street, the improvement of which is an important issue.

 

iii) on a related matter the Parish Council may be approached about a contribution towards a children’s party in the Church Hall to raise funds for and awareness of the Cornforth in Bloom work.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk: 18th October 2012.

MINUTES OF THE CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING:

NOVEMBER 2012

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council held in the Community Centre, Cornforth, on Monday 5th November 2012.

 

1.  INTRODUCTIONS AND APOLOGIES

 

Present:  Councillor Alan Hodgson and

 

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

 

Apologies:  Councillors Mr. K. Clasper, Dr. S.  C. Drew and Mr. P. Metcalfe.

 

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 8th October 2012 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 were not covered on the agenda.

 

5.  POLICE LIAISON

 

The Vice Chairman had not been able to attend the PACT meeting.

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

Messrs. Hastie and Yates attended the meeting to advise Members that as residents of Railway Terrace, they were suffering light loss and potential damage from large trees in the grounds of 10 Railway Terrace.  After consideration, Members asked the Clerk to make enquiries of Mr. Lowe of Durham County Council and to agenda the item for the next Council meeting.

 

7.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

The Clerk advised the meeting that he had received notification from Ferryhill Town Council that the Civic Carol Service will be held on Monday 10th December 2012 at 7pm in St. Luke’s Church, Church Lane, Ferryhill.  Members were invited to attend.

 

8.  AAP ISSUES

 

The Chairman advised the meeting that the next meeting of the AAP forum would be held at 6pm. on 14th November 2012. In the meantime progress had been made in improving the High Street.

 

9. BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 31ST OCTOBER 2012.

 

The Clerk was unable to circulate the current bank reconciliation statement at the meeting, but will circulate a copy with the next agenda.

 

10. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS OCTOBER 2012.

 

Receipts                                                                                  Nil

 

Payments

 

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                                      666.10

R. A. Sunman-Allowances and mileage                      100.83

Cornforth P'rship-Payment of Awards for All        2,794.91

Thrislington Banner Group-Donation                        300.00

Northumbrian Water-Allotment water                      219.90

Lumalite-Instalment on Xmas tree                             807.02

J.W.S. Power cleaning-Bus shelter cleaning               120.00

Cornforth Partnership-Payment of Awards for All   232.20

Cornforth Partnership-Room hire and printing        881.15

BDO LLP External auditors-Audit fees                        702.00

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

 

TOTAL NET EXPENDITURE                                         7,410.64

 

The schedule was approved. 

 

11. REQUESTS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

 

The Clerk reported that he had received the following requests for financial assistance:

 

i)  The Great North Air Ambulance – a general request for support.  Members resolved to decline the request.

 

ii)  Sedgefield and District Citizens Advice Bureau – The Bureau was seeking an increase from our previous level of support of £400 to £1 per head of population.  The service was no longer offered in the village.  It was agreed that the Council would meet its current level of support and discuss the issue again in 2013.

 

iii)  It was agreed that the joint funding of the pantomime between the Community Association and the Parish Council would continue.  The pantomime “Cinderella” will be held on 14th December 2012.

 

iv) Cornforth in Bloom is to hold a children’s party and requires help, but as no details or estimates had been received, Members were unable to come to a decision on this matter.

 

12. PLANNING MATTERS AND APPLICATIONS FROM OCTOBER’S WEEKLY LISTS.

 

At the time of the despatch of this agenda, there was only one planning application received by the South West Office or the Strategic Office of Durham County Council which was of note to this Council:

 

i)  Ref:  7/2012/0332/DM – Mr. Andrew Hirst – Simonside Farm Ferryhill – Installation of a wind turbine (30m high and 30.9m to blade tip) with associated access.  Members resolved to object to the application on grounds of visual amenity and support the views of the CPRE.

 

13. MAINTENANCE WORK ON THE GREEN

 

The Clerk reported that he had received estimates from Durham County Council for either the relaying of the paving at the north end of The Green (£13,707.93) or their replacement with bitmac (£12,144.09), a difference of £1,563.84.  It was agreed that in view of the high costs, a meeting be held with Mr. Peter Dunn to seek help from the County Council on this matter.  Councillor Mrs. Walker felt that a lesser specification would be acceptable on this non-adopted section of road.

 

14. CHRISTMAS LIGHTING.

 

The Clerk reported the quotes from MK Illumination and Lumalite for new lights.  The Parish Council had already resolved not to go ahead with the acquisition of a new motif, given difficulties in carrying out a structural survey of the lamp post and payment of hire charges over two rather than three years.  The Council’s budget for 2012/13 included a sum of £5,000 for new lights and on this basis it can only afford two tree wraps.  Of the three tree wraps for which quotes were sought, those at Thurston Grange and The Green seem the easiest to implement and fall within budget.  MK Illumination has not quoted to wrap the tree on The Green.  Its quote for the tree at Thurston Grange is £2,195.04 including VAT.  Lumalite quotes £2,038.80 for Thurston Grange and £2,036.40 for the tree on The Green, inclusive of VAT.  Should we go ahead with the work, Lumalite offer to replace all missing lights on the School tree wrap free of charge.  This work is planned for 12th November when the Community Centre tree is installed.  The Parish Council noted that it also would need to meet the costs of new timers ordered from the County Council in 2011, but not yet installed. Members’ agreed to accept the Lumalite quote for the tree wraps.

 

15.  ELECTION TO BE HELD ON 2ND MAY 2013.

 

The Clerk advised Members that the period of “purdah” in County Durham is due to run from 18th March 2012.  The Council is asked not to participate or organise anything which could be regarded as being political in this period.  In addition, Councils are reminded that they need to budget for the costs of the election.  Cornforth did not hold an election in 2009 as the number of candidates equalled the number of seats on the Parish Council. The information was received.

 

16. COUNCIL TAX SUPPORT SCHEME: IMPACT ON CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL.

 

The Clerk had circulated a letter from the County Council advising on the likely impact of the Government’s changes to Council Tax Support.  Indicative figures show that Cornforth Parish Council will lose £803 by the removal of Double taxation Grant, but its net Council Tax base will rise by £2,503.  Overall, Parish and Town Councils will benefit in this way.  The County Council intends to hold its level of Council Tax Support to all residents and not just pensioners.  However, the full impact on the County is not yet known and local councils are advised not to set budgets until January 2013. The situation was noted.

 

17. COUNTY DURHAM PLAN.

 

The Parish Council had commented upon the draft plan in 2011.  The revised plan sets out the County Council’s preferred approach to the future development of County Durham and comments are once again requested.  A summary of the plan had been circulated with the agenda and further information was available at the meeting.  It is the very first of the new style Local Plans in the country and the first opportunity to set out a unified and strategic approach for County Durham.  This Preferred Options stage is the last main opportunity to give our views before submission by the Government.  The Chairman and the Clerk had attended a presentation of the proposals and Members expressed the following views to be included in its formal response:

 

(i)  The Spatial Approach - settlements such as Cornforth will suffer lower house prices, a declining environment and increasing outward migration as new development and employment opportunities are created elsewhere.  The CDP needs to include intervention policies which will prevent their decline and it is suggested that such policies, with an increased level of investment, could be implemented through the AAP initiative.

 

(ii)  Waste Management Provision.

 

In Paragraph 10.116 the Thrislington Quarry site is identified as the only strategic allocation for the handling of non hazardous waste, but the plan questions its suitability on environmental grounds.  Its proximity to the main drivers of employment and housing, Durham City, is recognised and for these two reasons, location and sole resource, the plan must make it clear what is to happen.

 

(iii) Aggregates.

 

The Parish Council is particularly concerned with regard to Policy 53 and 54. Whilst they appear to ensure that Thrislington Quarry will continue as an important site for the winning of minerals in a way that will be controlled and not impact unfavourably upon the village, the plan seems to the Parish Council to have already been circumvented. Lafarge and Tarmac are undergoing a merger which will combine their holdings either side of the A1(M).  Without any further permission and within the policies of the CDP, increased extraction could then take place, requiring the possibility of another access or increased use of that which exists to the detriment of the village.

 

18.  ALLOTMENT CONTRACT.

 

Following a meeting with allotment tenants, the Clerk had sought assistance from Durham County Council to deal with the problem of rats.  The use of poisons to deal with this issue is strictly controlled.  In order to deal with rats effectively and economically the Parish Council needs regular inspection and treatment by qualified staff.  It was agreed that the Parish Council enters into an annual contract with Durham County at a cost of £500 a year for 8 visits.  Mr. J. Grafton, an allotment tenant who attended the meeting with the County Council, has agreed to be the necessary point of contact.

 

19.  CLIMATE CHANGE NORTH EAST.

 

The Clerk reported that he had been approached to take part in a telephone survey seeking the views of the Parish Council on extreme weather conditions, sustainable development, renewable resources and measures it might  want to take to protect its residents or prepare them for the future.  Whilst Parish Councils are not obliged in law to educate or advise on such issues, nor are they qualified to do so, it was interesting to note that this problem is being brought to the attention of local councils and that experts are available to advise us should we resolve to enter this arena.  The situation was noted.

 

20.  REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY.

 

Members are reminded that the ceremony of Remembrance will be held at the Holy Trinity Church and afterwards at the War Memorial on Sunday 11th November 2012.  The necessary road closures have been organised and so have the wreaths.  No date has yet been set for the church rehearsal nor has the local school indicated what it intends to do given that it normally lays crosses on a school day.

On a related matter, 2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.  There is interest nationally and locally to mark that event and the meeting will be advised of local initiatives.

 

21.  INCIDENT AT THE MEMORIAL PARK.

 

Following an incident at the park in July in which an eight year old boy got his finger caught in one of the pieces of equipment, his parents have formally reported the matter to the Clerk who has informed the Council’s insurers.

 

22.  AAP CONSULTATION AND THE MEMORIAL PARK.

 

Following a survey of young people’s needs and concerns, Councillor Cutmore circulated the outcomes of the work to Members at the meeting.  It was agreed that Members would consider the findings and discuss actions at the next meeting. 

 

23.  UPDATES ON MATTERS FROM PREVIOUS MEETINGS.

 

i)  The condition of the road from Money’s Building to the Rise Carr Hotel - The Clerk had reported the Parish Council’s concerns to Durham County Council.

 

ii)  Lighting at Oswald’s Close and from Howards Close to the Green – The Clerk reported that “livin” is considering action at Oswald’s Close and that the Howard’s Close matter could still be considered by the County as the roads had not been adopted.

 

iii) Ash tree at 23/24 The Green – whilst three quotes had been sought from companies suggested by Mr. Lowe the County’s tree advisor, only one quote has been returned.  “AllAboutTrees” has been instructed to carry out the work as a matter of urgency at a cost of £264 including VAT, given the concern expressed by nearby residents and proximity to power and phone lines.

 

iv) Trees in the Churchyard – the Clerk reported that he had met with two out of the three arboriculturalists who specialise in tree felling and pruning and they have agreed to provide quotes for the work in two phases, including any dead trees in the first phase.  It is already clear that there are access difficulties for chipping machinery, issues of working around recent graves and problems of cutting back trees at the rear of properties on The Lane.  In addition, should the Council want all of the major timber removing, this would add to the costs.  Once quotes are received, Members’ views will need to be sought on how to proceed.

 

v)  County Council land in the High Street – the Clerk has asked the County Council for an update, but no reply has been received.

 

vi)  Land to the rear of “Costcutters” – to advise the meeting that the County Council had still to reply to the Parish Councils letter to the County Council on this issue.

 

 At the close of business Members were asked if they had any items of business to be included on the next agenda.  The following item was requested:

 

i)  To consider a survey of the condition of the allotments.

 

MINUTES OF THE CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: DECEMBER 2012

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council held in the Community Centre Cornforth, on Monday 10th December 2012.

 

1.  INTRODUCTIONS AND  APOLOGIES

 

Present: Councillor Alan Hodgson and

 

Councillors:  Mr. K. Clasper, Mr. T Cutmore, Mrs. H. P. Drew, Dr. S. C. Drew, Mr. P. Metcalfe, Mrs. P. M. Walker and Mr. A. Wilson.

 

Apologies:  Mrs. S. Neville, Mrs. M. Poole, Mr. R. Poole, Mr. M. Simpson, Mrs. S. Traynor and Mr. R. Vaughan

 

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 5th November 2012 were agreed as true record and signed by the Chairman.

 

4.  MATTERS ARISING NOT COVERED ON THE AGENDA

 

It was noted that with regard the County Durham Plan, the Parish Council’s comments had been noted.

 

5.  POLICE LIAISON

 

It was noted that the police priority remained the ten or so young people aged 12 – 15 causing some disturbance in the Barrett Close area.

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

There were no members of the public attending the meeting.

 

7.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

No announcements or correspondence had been received.

 

8.  AAP ISSUES

 

The outcome of the latest Forum meeting was awaited from Brian Riley. The Chairman had sent a letter of complaint to Paula Nixon about the £6,100 of County Councillor Avery’s money being given to a CIC for drama and dance to repair the roof of a Baptists Hall.

 

9. BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 30th NOVEMBER 2012.

 

The Clerk circulated both the current bank reconciliation statement that for October, together with comparison of this year’s budget to actual expenditure for both periods at the meeting. The bank reconciliation statements for both periods corresponded and were approved.

 

10. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS NOVEMBER 2012.

 

Receipts

 

AAP Grant                                                                    6,000.00

 

Payments

 

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                                      666.10

R. A. Sunman-Allowances and mileage                      111.23

MK. Illumination-Christmas lights                            7,170.29

Colin Robinson-High Street painting                       5,364.00

DCC Gala Theatre-Pantomime (AFA)                          270.00

Durham County Council-CCTV payments               3,382.80

JWS Powercleaning-Bus shelters                                 120.00

Cornforth Partnership-Cafe improvements           1,175.00

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE                                               18,259.42

 

NET EXPENDITURE                                                   12,259.42

 

The schedule was approved. 

 

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

 

The meeting noted that there were no planning applications received by the South West Office or the Strategic Office of Durham County Council  note to this Council:

 

12. MAINTENANCE WORK ON THE GREEN

 

Following a meeting with Mr. Dunn of Durham County Council, a letter has been sent to Mr. Timmiss seeking help and financial assistance towards the costs of this work.  In particular Members need reassurance that the use of bitmac was satisfactory and that we could seek three quotes in accordance with our Financial Regulations.

 

13. CHRISTMAS LIGHTING.

 

The Council noted that the County Council had refused to supply power to tree wraps near Thurston Grange, or to any lights not mounted on lamp poles.  However, the tree wrap on the Green has gone ahead as the power is taken from a previously installed source to the up-lighters.  Lumalite’s request for a local electrician to supply a fuse box had to be met at very short notice and was organised by the Clerk as a matter of urgency from Hibbitts Electrical.  This was approved.  Members resolved to write to Lumalite to complain about the late installation of the tree at the Community Centre which could have disrupted the Carol Service and to ask if the current arrangement of a large box on the tree wrap on the Green could be improved. 

 

14.  PARISH PATHS.

 

This item has been requested by a Member who reminded the Council that the County Council’s Parish Paths Programme (P3) could be used for other than strimming and asked that we consider improving the Kissing gate near the Green by the installation of steps.  It was agreed that we would approach the County Council..

   

15. ALLOTMENT SURVEY.

 

 This item was requested as an agenda item by a Member at the last meeting.  In addition, Members heard that an allotment holder has reported a problem caused by horse manure following recent flooding.  It was agreed that the Allotments Committee Members would inspect the allotments and that we should acquire a set of the County Council’s rules governing allotments.  It was noted that Awards for Alll and “livin” may grant aid fencing for allotments, but the the cost was likely to be high.

 

16.  AAP CONSULTATION AND THE MEMORIAL PARK.

 

Members considered their response to the survey reported at the last meeting and agreed the following:

 

i)  that the Parish Council could fund and arrange the distribution of posters about dog and horse fouling in the park. 

ii)  that the use of the playing fields at the Community Centre for casual football was difficult because of damage to the surface for league games.  The use of Stobbs Cross as an alternative was considered too remote and near the road to be acceptable, while the Memorial Park was too small. Supervision was a problem, but Councillor Cutmore would investigate the issue, looking at sports coaches and pitch hire on Mondays and Tuesday evening with input from “livin”.

iii)  that arranging transport to Coxhoe and Chilton was an alternative to a very costly skate board installation in the village where no site could be easily identified.

iv)  Cornforth in Bloom could investigate the litter problem and in the meantime old litter bins from the High Street could be placed in the park.

 

17. TREES IN THE CHURCHYARD.

 

The Clerk reported that only two quotes out of three had been received for this work.  Quotes had been sought to fell and prune the trees in two stages.  Members resolved to accept the quote from Mr. Ben Rennison and proceed with phase one only at this time.

 

18. CO-OPTION TO THE PARISH COUNCIL.

 

 Following the resignation of Councillor Pennick, the necessary notices have been given.  The Electoral Registarion Officer had advised that no election had been requested.  The Council is free to co-opt a new Member and the Clerk has received a letter of interest from a local resident, Mr. Hodgson.  It was agreed that Mr. Hodgson be informed that he had been chosen as a co-opted Member.

 

19.  UPDATES ON MATTERS FROM PREVIOUS MEETINGS.

 

i)  The condition of the road from Money’s Building to the Rise Carr Hotel - The Clerk reported that he has arranged a meeting with the County Council.

 

ii)  Lighting at Oswald’s Close and from Howards Close to the Green – The Clerk will arrange a meeting with “livin” and the County Council to progress this issue.

 

iii) Ash tree at 23/24 The Green – the contractor has been asked to carry out the survey, but  the Clerk had not been advised of the results.

 

iv) Trees at Railway Terrace – the residents have met with Mr. Lowe of Durham County Council who will agree to the raising of the crowns, but nothing further.

 

v)  County Council land in the High Street – the Clerk is making progress on this item.

 

vi) Land to the rear of “Costcutters” – the Clerk advised the meeting that the County Council had now replied on this matter.  No action is to be taken to stop the use of the highway but a fence is to be erected around the site to prevent use of the land.  Members resolved to advise the County Council to use large quarry stones rather than fencing.

 

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, but Members were asked to note that:

 

i)  Residents had expressed considerable satisfaction with the High Street improvements and

ii)  The Remembrance Sunday event was growing year by year and is now more fully recognised in the village.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk:  27th December 2012.