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MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING:

 APRIL 2013

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council held at 7.00pm, in the Community Centre, Cornforth, on Monday 8th April 2013.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

Councillors: Mr. T. Cutmore, Dr. S. C. Drew, Mrs. H. P. 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 Mr. A. Wilson.

 

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

 

 1.  INTRODUCTIONS AND  APOLOGIES

 

2.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

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

 

3.  MINUTES

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on 4th March 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 were not covered on the agenda.

 

5.  POLICE LIAISON

 

The Vice Chairman reported that at the PACT meeting the police advised that dog fouling in Garmondsway Road had reduced as a result of their actions.  The highest priority has returned to Barratt Way and Maughan Close, where dog fouling sacks had been taken from bins and deposited on the doorsteps of some neighbours.

 

The Members of the Council received the report and agreed that one of its recently replaced litter bins from the High Street be installed on Garmondsway Road.

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

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

 

7.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

There were no announcements or correspondence to report.

 

 8.  AAP ISSUES

 

There was no meeting of the AAP to report.  

 

9. BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 31st MARCH 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 figures reconciled and the statement was approved.

 

10. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS MARCH 2013.

 

Receipts                                                                                  Nil

 

Payments

 

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                                      666.10

R. A. Sunman-Allowances and mileage                        96.63

Durham County Council-Pest Control Contract       500.00

Durham County Council-Ground Maintenance  17,204.33

Cornforth Partnership-Works to No. 66 Cafe           294.00

J. W. Smith-Power cleaning bus shelters                     60.00

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE                                               18,824.06

 

NET EXPENDITURE                                                   18,824.06

 

RECOMMENDATION: The schedule was approved. 

 

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

 

i)  The Clerk reported that a planning application had been received by the Strategic Office of Durham County Council which was of note to this Council.  It was proposed to extend the Thompson’s Quarry in Bishop Middleham Parish by 15.7 hectares and extract limestone.  Members agreed that whilst the application did not lie within Cornforth Parish, the Council would support the County Council policy (no.53), against granting further applications for extraction. 

 

ii)  The South West Office had received the following application – 7/2013/0092/DM – Mr. K. Melton – Demolition of the derelict cottage at 11 Railway Terrace, Cornforth and its replacement with a new three bedroom dwelling.  The proposals raised questions of levels, access, and impact on a recent planning application for new dwellings on adjoining land. 

 

Discussions had been held with planning staff and Members agreed that whilst no objection would be raised to the proposal, we would advise the County Council of our concerns about possible damage to the Green by construction and other vehicles and require any such damage to be repaired at the applicant’s expense.  In addition, concerns would be raised about access and the treatment of the boundary shared with the land to the east, where two houses are to be built, but no retaining details are shown.

 

The Clerk had not been notified of any decisions made by the planning staff of the County Council at the time of the meeting.

 

12.  ALLOTMENTS.

 

Following the report made at the last meeting, the Clerk has received written confirmation that plot 31 will be improved and progress is being made and all rents have now been received for 2013/14.  The meeting was advised that the water to the allotments had been turned off as there had been a burst.  A meeting would be sought with the NWA to get it repaired and discuss the excessive amounts of water being paid for.

 

13.  REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

 

The Clerk reported that the following request for financial assistance had been received:

 

i)  Cornforth Library - a bid for support to run a range of events organised by library staff through the school holidays in 2013.  The Clerk advised that the Parish Council had included a sum of £400 in its 2013/14 budget to cover this event.  The library has no separate bank account, but staff will complete a formal application in line with the Parish Council’s procedures.  With that condition met, Members agreed to the payment being made.

 

14.  MAY 2013 ELECTION PROCESS.

 

The Clerk is to attend training on the processes to be followed after the May election.  All nominations have been returned and the statement of persons nominated showed that no election would need to be held in Cornforth.  It was noted that the new Parish Council will need to choose a replacement member on the Community Centre Committee following the resignation of Councillor Michael Pennick.

 

15. REPAIR OF SURFACE ON THE CUT AT POPLAR TERRACE.

 

The Clerk reported that a meeting had been held with County Council staff and the danger has been high-lighted using cones.  The repair has not been treated and the matter will be progressed.

 

16.  DOG FOULING GARMONDSWAY ROAD.

 

The report on this item and the decision taken is recorded under item 5.

 

17. UPDATE ON ITEMS FROM PREVIOUS MEETINGS.

 

i)   County Council land disposal - The Clerk advised the meeting that there had been no progress on this issue.

 

ii)  Remedial works on the Green – The Clerk had, as yet, no written confirmation that Durham County Council would meet the costs of replacing the failed paving at the northern end of the Green. Members noted that additional works to repair paving elsewhere will be reported to the new Council.

 

18.  ITEM OF INFORMATION.

 

The Clerk reported that he needed to use his powers to contact a private company to deal with the removal of a dead horse from the former scrap yard.  The land is owned by Mr. Brown, who has a long history of ignoring his obligations as a landowner.  The County Council will not act on the matter and it needs to be addressed.

 

19.  CHAIRMAN’S THANKS

 

The meeting was the last before elections were held to close new Councillors in May and prior to the close of the meeting the Chairman thanked all Members for their attendance over the years of the life of this Parish Council and their efforts in representing the village

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk:  10th April 2013.

 

MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING:

 MAY 2013

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council held at 7.00pm, in the Community Centre, Cornforth, on Monday 13th May 2013.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

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

 

Apologies:  Councillors:  Mr. C. Baker, Mr. S. Hodgson, Mr. P. Metcalfe, Mrs M. Poole and Mr. R. Poole.

 

1. ELECTION OF A CHAIRMAN

 

The Council met to elect a Chairman of the Council for the 2013/14 Municipal Year.  Councillor Alan Hodgson was proposed as Chairman by Councillor Dr. S. Drew, seconded by Councillor Mr. M. Simpson and elected. The Chairman on appointment signed a declaration of Acceptance of Office.

 

 2.  ELECTION OF A VICE CHAIRMAN

 

The Council then considered the election of a Vice Chairman of the Council for the 2012/13 Municipal Year.   Councillor Dr. S. C. Drew was proposed as Vice Chairman by Councillor Mr. M. Simpson, seconded by Councillor Mr. A. Wilson and elected.

 

3.  INTRODUCTIONS AND APOLOGIES

 

The Chairman welcomed Members of the newly elected Council.

 

4.  COMPLETION OF DECLARATIONS OF ACCEPTANCE

 

The Clerk had made available the necessary forms and letters following the election, which all Councillors present signed prior to the meeting.  Councillors who were absent were given until the date of the next meeting to sign their declarations of acceptance.

 

5.  AUTHORISED SIGNATORIES

 

Members considered the appointment of designated signatories for the purpose of signing cheques and issuing instructions to the Council’s Bankers for the coming year.  The current designated signatories, Mr. R. A. Sunman, Dr. S. C. Drew, Mr. R. Poole, Mrs. S. Traynor and Mr. A. Wilson had agreed to remain as signatories and were duly agreed at the meeting.

 

6.  COMMITTEES

 

The Council considered the Membership of the following Committees:

 

i)  Allotment Committee: the following Membership was agreed: Mr. P. Metcalfe (Chairman), Mrs. P. M. Walker and Mr. R. Vaughan, plus the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Council (ex-officio). 

 

ii)  Recreation and Amenities Committee: the following Membership was agreed: Councillors Mrs. H. P. Drew, Mr. A. Hodgson, Mr. T. Cutmore, Mrs. S. Traynor and Mrs P. M. Walker plus the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Council (ex-officio).

 

iii) Planning Committee: the following Membership was agreed: Chairman and Vice Chairman and Councillors Mr. R. Poole and Mrs. P. M. Walker.

 

7.  GENERAL POWERS OF COMPETENCE AND STANDING ORDERS.

 

The Clerk reported that following the recent election and the qualification which he now held, this Parish Council could resolve to adopt the General Powers of Competence. This would also require the Council to adopt new Standing Orders aligned to the new powers.  The National Association of Local Councils has still to publish a template for such Standing Orders.  It was agreed that when they become available in September 2013, the Parish Council would adopt the new powers and new Orders.  Until that date it is agreed that the current Orders be confirmed.

 

8.  REPRESENTATION ON OUTSIDE BODIES

 

The Members approved the following representation on outside bodies for the 2013/14 Municipal Year. 

 

TITLE OF ORGANISATION

MEMBERSHIP

 

 

Cornforth Community Association

Councillors Mrs. H. P. Drew, Mrs M. Poole, Mrs. S. Traynor and Mr. R. Vaughan.

The Cornforth Partnership

Councillors Mrs. S. Traynor, Mrs. S. Neville and Mr. A. Hodgson.

Cornforth Village Show

The Chairman and Councillors Mr. A Wilson and Mrs. M. Poole.

Lafarge Liaison Committee

The Chairman, Councillor Dr. S. C. Drew and Councillor Mrs. P. M. Walker.

Cornforth in Bloom

Councillors Mr. R. Vaughan and Mr.  A. Wilson.

The 4Together Partnership (AAP)

Chosen by the AAP it was agreed that a letter would be sent to Mr. Ragg of CDALC proposing the Chairman

Police and Community Together (PACT)

Councillor Dr. S. C. Drew

 

9.  PROPOSED SCHEDULE OF COUNCIL MEETINGS – 2013/14 CYCLE

 

Following consideration of the schedule put forward by the Clerk, it was agreed that the Parish Council meeting would take place on the second Monday in the month in order to avoid Bank Holidays and to ensure the receipt of bank statements. The following schedule was approved:

 

DATE

PURPOSE/NOTES

 

Monday 10th June 2013

 

Monday 24th June 2013

Annual Accounts

Monday 8th July 2013

 

Monday 12th August 2013

 

Monday 9th September 2013

 

Monday 14th October 2013

 

Monday 11th November 2013

 

Monday 9th December 2013

 

Monday 13th January 2014

 

Monday 20th January 2014

Precept Meeting

Monday 10th February 2014

 

Monday 10th March 2014

 

Monday 14th April 2014

 

Monday 12th May 2014

AGM and meeting on its arising

 

R. A. Sunman, Parish Clerk: 3rd June 2013.

MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: MAY 2013

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council which was held on the arising of the Annual General Meeting at 7.15pm, in the Community Centre, Cornforth, on Monday 13th May 2013.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

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

 

Apologies:  Councillors:  Mr. C. Baker, Mr. S. Hodgson, Mr. P. Metcalfe, Mrs M. Poole and Mr. R. Poole.

 

1.  INTRODUCTIONS AND  APOLOGIES

 

Under this item the Chairman instructed the Clerk to draft a letter to Mr. Kenneth Clasper, thanking him for his service on the Council during the previous term.

 

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 April 2013, previously circulated were agreed as a true record.

 

4.  MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES 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 had kept Barrett Way as propriety and were monitoring the Flintlock where a temporary license had been granted.  The police also seemed to be targeting parked cars in some areas.

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

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

 

7.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

There were no matters to report under this item.

 

 8. AAP ISSUES

 

The Chairman advised that as yet the new Board had not met.  He was still on the Task and Finish Groups as was Councillor T. Cutmore.  

 

9. BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 30th APRIL  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. Members noted that the figures did not reconcile because of year end payments and receipts.

 

10. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS APRIL 2013.

 

Receipts

 

Durham County Council precept                          99,887.00

Durham County Council – Parish paths                    390.00

 

Payments

 

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                                      666.10

R. A. Sunman-Allowances and mileage                      108.13

Northumbrian Water-Allotment water                      172.95

Cornforth Partnership-Room hire and printing       618.99

Cornforth Partnership-Awards for All                     1322.44

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE                                                  2888.61

 

NET INCOME                                                             97,388.39

 

The above schedule was approved. 

 

11. REQUESTS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

 

The Clerk reported that a letter had been received from the Cornforth Historical Society asking for financial assistance to enable it to record and disseminate research into the history of Cornforth and in particular the enlisted men who served in the 1914 – 18 war. Members resolved to defer a decision and obtain details of bank accounts and discuss progress on grants already received by the Society.

 

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

 

The Clerk reported that the only application received by the Southwest Area Office was as follows:

 

i)  7/2013/0090/DM – Mrs K. Agar – 7 Garmondsway Court – Retrospective application to retain a shed and summerhouse to the rear. Members resolved not to make any representations.

 

Members resolved not to make any observations with regard to the proposals.

 

Members asked that, prior to any planning proposals for the landscaping of Thurstan Grange were finalised, representations be made to “livin” to provide five parking places on the site for residents of Verdun Terrace.

 

13.  ALLOTMENTS.

 

The Clerk advised that Northumbrian Water Authority had been asked for a meeting to discuss the excessive water usage on the site and check the accuracy of the water metre.

 

14.  PARISH PATHS.

 

The Clerk advised that the Parish Council had been invited to bid for works to improve Public Rights of Way around the village.  Bids are usually submitted for the strimming of two paths, but Members views were sought on extending the bid this year. It was agreed that an article be drafted for “The Partner” seeking the views of walkers about new priorities for 2013/14.

 

15. REPAIRS TO THE GREEN.

 

The Clerk reported that Durham County Council had agreed to pay for the replacement of paving on the Green provided that this Council gave an undertaking about future maintenance and agreed the help as a one off gesture of good will.  Members agreed to give the undertaking and agreed that a meeting be sought with the County Council to agree a specification for other paving repair work which the Parish would fund.

 

16. TRAINING SESSIONS AVAILABLE.

 

The Clerk advised that the Parish Council had been notified of several training sessions being made available in the near future.

 

i) Standards and the Code for Conduct for Parish and Town Councils – Wednesday 26th June 2013, in Durham County Hall at 6pm. No charge.

 

ii) Councillor Training – Roles and responsibilities, powers and duties, managing meetings and Councils and the community – 9th July 2013 at Peterlee Town Council 9am – 4pm.  Charge £27 per delegate.

 

iii)  Chairman’s Training – Meetings, professional conduct, press and media and managing challenging meetings.  Venue, charges and times as above. 

 

iv)  The new Planning Regulations and Village Greens – to be arranged.

 

It was agreed that Members would approach the Clerk if they had an interest in the courses.

 

17.  PROGRESS ON ITEMS FROM PREVIOUS MEETINGS.

 

i)   County Council land disposal - The Clerk advised that there had been no progress with this item.

 

ii)  Street repair of cut on Station Road – The Clerk will reported that he had sought   progress from the County Council but received no reply.

 

iii) Lighting of path along Oswald’s Close – The Clerk advised that he had sought  a meeting with “livin” and Durham County Council.

 

iv) Removal of dead horse from the Scrap Yard – The Clerk advised that he had used his emergency powers to arrange the removal of the carcase from the yard at a cost of £216.

 

v)  The Vice Chairman reminded the Clerk that under a previous approval the Council had agreed to pay the Banner Group £300 in this financial year.

 

vi)  The Clerk advised that an application would be made to prune the ash tree at 23/24 the Green.  Members agreed that the work would be added to the contract already approved for the trees in the Churchyard.

 

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

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

 

i)  Action to secure the windows to the rear of the Victoria Public House.  Any progress to be reported to the next meeting.

 

ii)  A request had been received to provide garden rubbish bins for the Aged Miners’     Cottages.  After discussion this was agreed as an issue that could not be taken forward by the Parish Council.

 

iii)  The former filling station on Station Road was very unsightly.  Progress to be reported to the next meeting.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk:  3rd June 2013.

MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: JUNE 2013

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council which was held in the Community Centre, Cornforth, at 7.00pm. on Monday 10th June 2013.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

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

 

Apologies:  Councillors:  Mr. C. Baker, Dr. S.C. Drew, Mrs. H. P. Drew, Mr. S. Hodgson, Mrs M. Poole, Mr. R. Poole and Mr. M. Simpson.

 

1. INTRODUCTIONS APOLOGIES

 

Introductions and apologies were as noted above.

 

2.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

Declarations of a personal or prejudicial interest were received from Councillors Mr. A. Hodgson and Mr. T Cutmore and from Mrs. S. Neville and S. Traynor with regard to item 11.

 

3.  MINUTES

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on 13th May 2013 were agreed as true record and signed by the Chairman.

 

4.  MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES NOT COVERED ON THE AGENDA

 

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

 

5.  POLICE LIAISON

 

The Vice Chairman gave a report on the PACT meeting.  The highest police priority remained the anti social behaviour on Barrett Way.  The license to the Flintlock P.H. had been restored temporarily.  The landlady had formally complained about its revocation and the way the matter had been handled by the police  

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

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

 

7.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

The Chairman advised the meeting that the new Mayor of Ferryhill is Councillor Ken Campbell and that a Carol Service would be held on 9th December 2013 in St. Luke’s Church and that the Civic Dinner would be held on 11th April 2014 in the Masonic Hall at Ferryhill.

 

 8. AAP ISSUES

 

The Chairman reported that he and Councillor Cutmore would continue to serve on the Task and Finish Groups, but that appointments had yet to be finalised for the Board.  Councillors Mrs. S. Neville and Mrs. S. Traynor proposed and seconded Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson as the Board Member representing Cornforth and that the nomination be put forward through the correct channels.  

 

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

 

The Clerk had circulated the current bank reconciliation statement and a comparison of this year’s budget to actual expenditure for this period at the meeting. It was noted that the figures need to be reconciled following the completion of year end accounts.

 

 

10. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS  MAY 2013.

 

Receipts                                                                                 NIL

 

Payments

 

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                                      666.10

R. A. Sunman-Allowances and mileage                        84.23

Zurich Municipal-Insurance payment                     4,446.50

Durham County Council-Litter bins                         2,551.15 JWS Power cleaning-Bus shelter cleaning                    80.00

Durham Miners’ Gala-Advertisement                          45.00

John Warren ABP-Carcase removal                            216.00

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE                                                 8,088.98

 

NET EXPENDITURE                                                     8,088.98

 

The above schedule was approved. 

 

11. REQUESTS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

 

The Clerk reported two requests for financial assistance.  Because of the need to declare personal and prejudicial interests, the Parish Council was not quorate to determine the first of the following items and resolved to defer both issues until the next meeting.

 

i)  A letter from the Cornforth Partnership asking for financial assistance towards its core running costs of £6,000 for 2013/14.  The Parish Council has budgeted for this sum under its S137 expenditure.

 

ii) A letter had been received from the Village Show committee asking for £1,000 towards the cost of running the Village Show.

 

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

 

The Clerk reported one planning application received by the Strategic Office of Durham County Council which was of note to this Council.

 

i)  Thrislington Quarry – Lafarge Tarmac Ltd. – Variation of planning condition to define the treatment of the northern limit of quarrying. 

 

As this is an amendment to a previous application considered by the Parish Council on which it resolved to raise no objection, the position was noted but the decision was not altered.

 

13.  ALLOTMENTS.

 

The Clerk reported that Northumbrian Water Authority had been asked for a meeting to discuss the excessive water usage on the site and check the accuracy of the water metre. In the meantime allotment holders had asked a Member to place this item on the agenda for action following recent flooding.  It was noted that the old culvert which forms the boundary with Mr. Stafford’s land needed cleaning out and that the stream that runs across the Parish site again needed attention.  It was resolved to extend a meeting to be arranged with NWA on the meter to include discussions on the old culvert and to invite both Mr. Stafford and Mr. Martin as adjoining land owners to the meeting.  It was noted that the condition of Plot 31 had not been improved for some time.

 

14.  CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS

 

The Clerk reported that he had sought a quote to find an alternative to the large box on the tree on the Green.  A quote of £340.00 plus VAT, received from Hibbitt’s Electricals, the original installer, was accepted.

 

Members were reminded that this is the final year of our contract with MK Illumination and Members’ views are sought on the Parish Council’s lighting needs and contract beyond this year.  It was agreed that the Christmas Lights Working Group should meet at n early date.  Members were aware of the Parish Council’s financial position and there was debate about the need for any lights other than the tree wraps.  It was noted that both suppliers should be asked to install the lights as early as possible.

 

15. REPAIRS TO THE CUT AT POPLAR TERRACE.

 

The meeting noted that the Clerk has used his emergency powers to instruct Durham County Council to repair the above path, following the County’s refusal to pay for the work.

 

16. CULVERT ON PARISH COUNCIL LAND ON MIDDLEHAM ROAD.

 

Members were advised that following recent flooding, Durham County Council had been asked to act to deal with the run-off from the fields to the east.  The Council had responded by providing a new drain, with grid and fencing, connected to the above chamber, which the Parish Council understood to be its responsibility.  The Parish has not been notified or its permission sought.  It is possible that the amount of run-off into the chamber could damage it and flood adjoining properties. 

 

Members agreed that Durham County Council be informed that, due to its actions, Cornforth Parish Council regards the chamber as the County Council’s responsibility both for future maintenance and any damage caused ti it or adjoining properties.

 

17.  ZURICH INSURANCE AND CAPITAL ASSET VALUATION.

 

The Parish Council is insured through Zurich Municipal with which it has a three year contract and an advice arrangement which has not been used.  The Council has not reviewed the value of its assets and liabilities in some years.  In view of the above item and the recent replacement of the litter bins, Members agreed to holding a meeting with Zurich to refine our need for cover.

 

Under this item, the Clerk reported a recent development with regard to an insurance claim by Declan Stanley.  The incident had occurred in 2009 but had now reached the County Court stage for settlement.  The matter had been referred to Zurich Municipal and would be dealt with them directly.

 

On a related issue, Members expressed concern about the amount of glass and sharp metal left on our land following the mowing of grass.

 

18.  WINDOWS AT THE REAR OF THE VICTORIA PUBLIC HOUSE.

 

The Clerk reported that he had been in touch with the owner on this issue.

 

19.  CONDITION OF THE FORMER FILLING STATION.

 

The Clerk reported that he was in discussions with the County Council to determine ownership of the site.

 

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

to be included on the next agenda.  Two issues were raised and noted:

 

i)  Councillor Mrs. S. Neville and S. Traynor reported on the Star Radio media day they had attended at the school.  The event had received the financial support of the Parish Council.  The event had been a success, but it was felt that it had been too rushed and would have been better aimed at a secondary school audience.

 

ii)  Concern was expressed about the number of horses being tethered and ridden about the village.  Whilst it was difficult for the Parish to act, Councillor A. Wilson said he would speak with known owners about the position on Parish Council land.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk: 22nd June 2013.