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MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: JANUARY 2014

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council which was held in the Community Centre, Cornforth, at 7.00pm on Monday 13th January 2014.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

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

 

Apologies:  Councillors:  Mr. S. Hodgson.

 

1. INTRODUCTIONS AND APOLOGIES

 

The apologies were as noted above.

 

2.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

Councillor R. Vaughan declared an interest in item 15 on the agenda.

 

3.  MINUTES

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on 9th December 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 reported that there had been no PACT meeting in December but that he had been kept up to date with regard to events in the village. 

An assault reported over the Christmas period had not taken place in Cornforth as originally thought. 

A cannabis factory had been discovered in the village and closed.  The police said that quiet villages like Cornforth were often targeted for such activities. Estate agents aren’t providing enough follow up action after properties are let.

There had been insufficient evidence to pursue the suspects behind an arson attack in Barrett Way.  Advice was being given to residents on dealing with empty properties.

The Community allotment had been vandalised and the police had been informed.

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

Mrs. Walker attended the meeting and had asked to speak to the meeting at its close about her complaints to the Monitoring Officer.  The Chairman advised Mrs. Walker that this was contrary to the provisions of the Council’s Standing Orders and invited her to speak under this item.  She did so on the proviso that her concerns be minuted.  Mrs. Walker advised the meeting that she had concerns about the practices of this Council and that she may involve the auditor.  She was concerned that VAT claims were not being made.  She pointed out to the meeting that no items or services should be paid for in cash and claimed that the replacement PC had been paid for in this way.  She regarded the S.137 payments to Cornforth Partnership as too high.  She had advised the Monitoring Officer that the limit of £60,000 set out in the Standing Orders for a single contract was too high.

The Members could not debate these issues, some of which were the subject of her complaint to the Monitoring Officer.  However, Mrs Walker was assured that the Clerk would act on the issue of VAT and advised that the £60,000 limit was a statutory limit and that this Council had no option but to adopt it.

 

7.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

The Chairman had received a letter from Chilton Town Council advising of the date and details of the Mayor’s Charity event.  Any Members wishing to attend could make application for tickets through the Clerk.

 

8. AAP ISSUES

 

The Chairman advised the meeting that the next meeting of the AAP would be held in St. Luke’s Church in Ferryhill.

 

9.  COUNTY COUNCIL ISSUES

 

County and Parish Councillor Mr. M. Simpson reported on the following Durham County Council issues:

 

  • He had passed on his and the Parish Council’s concerns about the Veolia application and confirmed that it had not been properly advertised.  The date of decision had therefore been delayed until 4th February 2014.

  • He had reported the stationing of two caravans in Linden Road.  The matter was now in the hands of the police.

  • With regard to the request for drop kerbs, Councillor Simpson had talked to Bishop Middleham about similar needs.  The Parish had sent a list of requested items, but it had not included drop kerbs.  D.C.C. had therefore been asked to provide the kerbs in Cornforth.

 

10.  BANK RECONCILIATION: POSITION AT 31ST DECEMBER 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.  Councillors noted that expenditure was on target for this time of year and that the statement was reconciled.

 

11. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS: DECEMBER 2013.

 

Receipts                                                                 £    Cheque

 

Way leave payment                                         29.83

Credit interest                                                  88.86

 

Payments

 

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                       666.10        S/O

Northumbrian Water-Allotment water       241.46        530

R. A. Sunman-Allowances                               82.33         531

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE                                     989.89

 

NET EXPENDITURE                                          871.20

 

RECOMMENDATION: The schedule was approved. 

 

12. 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 Team or the South Western teams of Durham County Council which were of note to this Council. 

 

However, following a report in the local newspaper, an objection has been lodged with regard to the proposed development by Veolia ES for a waste transfer station on the outskirts of Cornforth.  The application was lodged on October 2013.  The site is currently operated as a waste vehicle storage and maintenance depot.  A 1,600 sq. m. facility is proposed to shred and bulk up 50,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste a year, creating five jobs.  Waste processing would take place from 7am. until 7pm. seven days per week, with deliveries and export of material going on until 10pm. to avoid congestion.  The Highways Authority had raised no objection to the envisaged extra 48 traffic movements per day.

 

The Clerk reported that he had spoken to Durham County planning officer Chris Shields, who is dealing with the application and recommending approval with conditions.  The site is a current waste management facility, is safeguarded for waste development in the Waste Local Plan and the emerging County Durham Plan.  Mr. Shields has advised the Clerk that he has discussed the issues of noise, dust, odours and traffic movements with the nearby residents and that some objections have been withdrawn.  Given that the application was to be determined on Tuesday 7th January, a holding objection has been lodged.

 

The grounds of the objection were that it would generate unacceptable levels of noise, odours, dust, disturbance and traffic movement, particularly once the new road from the Lafarge Quarry becomes fully operational. However, Durham County Council has realised that it had not published this application on its weekly list and that Parish Councils had not had an opportunity to consider their position.  The application had therefore been deferred until 4th February 2014. 

 

The Clerk provided further details at the meeting and Members resolved to let the objection stand and that clarification be sought about the kind, source and radius from which waste would be drawn.  The Parish considered the times and a 7 day week operation unacceptable.  The County Council was to be asked to close the plant at lunchtime on Saturdays and have no vehicular movements after 7pm on any day.  The size of the building was considered visually intrusive in the countryside.  The objections of nearby residents were supported.  The Parish Council would be represented by Councillor Simpson at the meeting.

 

13. PARISH AND TOWN COUNCIL GRANTS/PRECEPT 2014/15

 

The Clerk reported that he had not received the necessary information from the County Council in time to avoid calling a special meeting on 20th January 2014 to discuss this matter and set the budget and precept.

 

14. NEW FINANCIAL REGULATIONS.

 

The Clerk reminded Members that following the adoption of new Standing Orders in November 2013, the draft of the Model Financial Regulations published by NALC had been circulated at the previous meeting.  It was suggested that Members familiarise themselves with the content before this meeting. A copy of the new Financial Regulations together with suggested inclusions had been circulated with the agenda.  After consideration Members adopted them.  In addition, it was agreed that the Council would devise and adopt approved lists for work such as tree surgery, path strimming and clearance and painting.

 

15. GROUND MAINTENANCE CONTRACT.

 

The Clerk reported that the process of seeking tenders for the above contract had begun with an advertisement seeking expressions of interest.  Parties expressing an interest had been sent Pre-Qualification Questionnaires.  Delay in advertising the contract by The Northern Echo has delayed their return until 10th January 2014.  The Parish Council agreed that the PQQ’s received be opened by the Council’s cheque signatories at the close of the meeting and that the details of those expressing an interest be noted.  The Clerk would then analyse the returns and the same Members would be authorised to choose the companies to be sent tender documents.

 

16. FORMATION OF AN ALLOTMENT ASSOCIATION.

 

Councillor Metcalfe reported that an information pack on the formation of an allotment association had been requested and that a response and a formal proposal from the tenants was expected by the next meeting.  In the course of the discussion it was agreed that no further payments be made to Northumbrian Water until their officers came out, inspected the meter and discussed the flooding problem.

 

17. THE WAR MEMORIAL.

 

As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, Members had asked to discuss this issue at the last meeting.  The Clerk reported that he had encountered difficulty in seeking advice from local stone masons to assess what needs to be done to the War Memorial in terms of cleaning and repair.  He was advised to discuss the matter with the Clerk of Chilton Town Council.

 

18. EXCLUSION OF THE PRESS AND PUBLIC.

 

Members considered and agreed to pass a resolution under Section 100(A) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 to exclude the press and public from the meeting for the following item of business (Item 19) on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information in accordance with paragraphs 1 and 3 pursuant to Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act (information relating to an individual and information relating to the business affairs of particular persons, including this Council).  At that point Mrs. Walker left the meeting.

 

19. REFERAL OF THE CONDUCT OF THIS COUNCIL TO THE MONITORING OFFICER.

 

The Clerk and the Chairman advised the Council of a referral to the Monitoring Officer complaining about its conduct in respect of its general and financial management, its contract placement and its support of organisations within the village.  It was agreed that the Clerk, the Chairman and Vice Chairman draft and send a reply to the Monitoring Officer and that upon receipt of his reply the matter be discussed further.

 

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

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

 

  • The formation of an Allotment Association.

  • The filling of the vacancy following the resignation of Mrs. Walker.

  • The poor condition of yards at 7 and 11 Hawthorne Terrace and their reporting to the Community Action Team.

 

Ray Sunman Parish Clerk

31st January 2014.

MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING:

FEBRUARY 2014

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council which was held in the Community Centre, Cornforth, at 7.00pm on Monday 10th February 2014.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

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

 

Apologies:  Councillors:  Mr. M. Simpson.

 

1. INTRODUCTIONS AND APOLOGIES

 

The apologies were as noted above.

 

2.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

Councillor R. Vaughan declared an interest in items 14 and 15 on the agenda.

 

3.  MINUTES

 

The Minutes of the meetings held on 13th and 20th January 2014 2013 were agreed as true records and signed by the Chairman.  It was noted that Councillor Mrs H. P. Drew attended the precept meeting.

 

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.

 

16. FORMATION OF AN ALLOTMENT ASSOCIATION.

 

Members agreed to take item 16 at this point in the meeting in order that Councillor Metcalfe could make his report and leave for a prior arrangement.  Members were informed that the arrangements for the establishment of an Allotment Association, its constitution, rules and chairmanship could be set, but self-management could be devolved and may need the setting up of a limited company.  The tenants proposed that the association’s formation be dealt with in stages.  Tenants would pay a subscription of £2.25/year to form the association and that a pilot scheme be run alongside the current direct let arrangements.  This was accepted by the Parish Council and it was agreed that the Clerk would arrange to collect rents in February.

 

5.  POLICE LIAISON

 

The Vice Chairman reported that he had not been able to attend the PACT meeting.  However, the priorities were to be allotments and the new problems in Verdun Terrace.  PACT meetings were now going to be held every two months and the PACT meeting arrangements were to be reviewed across the County.

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

Mrs. Walker attended the meeting but did not ask to address it.

 

7.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

The Clerk reported that the following correspondence had been received:

 

i)          Ferryhill Town Council will be running a charity quiz in St. Luke’s Hall on Saturday 1st March 2014.  Funds will be donated to Ferryhill Town Band and St. Luke’s Youth Groups.

ii)         The Mayor of Ferryhill will be holding a Charity Dinner in the Masonic Hall on Friday 11th April 2014.  Tickets for evening cost £25.  The Chairman confirmed that he will attend this function.

iii)        The Chairman reported that he had received a letter of thanks from the R.B.L. Women’s Section for the donation from the Parish Council.

 

 8. AAP ISSUES

 

The Chairman reported that the next meeting was to be held in Cornforth Community Centre on 5th March 2014. The priorities for 2014/15 were to be children and young people, employment and the elderly.

 

9.  COUNTY COUNCIL ISSUES

 

County Councillor Simpson was not in attendance.

 

10.  BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 31st JANUARY 2014.

 

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 were reconciled and there were no issues to report.

 

11. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS: JANUARY 2014.

 

Receipts                                                                   £    Cheque

                                                                                NIL

 

Payments

 

Cornforth P'ship-Room hire photocopying & sundries

                                                                             548.55       532

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                         666.10       S/O

Northumbrian Water-Allotment water         192.12       533

JWS Power cleaning-Bus shelter cleaning    144.00       534

R. A. Sunman-Allowances                                  94.76       535

DCC-Repairs to the Green                            6,080.00      536

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE                                    7,725.53

 

NET EXPENDITURE                                        7,725.53

                                 

The schedule was approved. 

 

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

 

At the time of the despatch of this agenda, there were no planning applications received or decisions taken by the Strategic Team or the South Western teams of Durham County Council which were of note to this Council other than that taken on 4th February with regard to the waste transfer station. This application was approved despite the objections of the Parish Council.  County Councillor Simpson had attended the meeting. The letter of objection had been referred to but not read out and Councillor Simpson had not been allowed to speak because he has not notified the Chairman.  It was agreed that should a similar situation arise, the Clerk and Parish Council Members would attend the meeting and ensure that the full views of the Parish Council were known.   

 

13. PARISH COUNCIL PRECEPT 2014/15

 

The Clerk reported that he had advised the County Council with regard to this matter following the special meeting on 20th January 2014.  There had been uncertainty about the Government’s consideration of capping Parish Council’s Council Tax increases, but no action was to be taken which would affect this Council’s decision.

 

14. REQUESTS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

 

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

 

i)          Doggie Bulldogs Charity Sports Team – this team helps raise funds for local charities and is seeking a donation towards a fund raising raffle to pay for its pitch fees and running costs.  Councillor Mr. R. Vaughan left the meeting whilst this item was discussed and voted upon.  It was agreed that a donation of £50 be made from the Chairman’s allowance on this item.

ii)         Royal British Legion – the Legion is seeking the support of the Parish Council to pay £201 being the cost of the crosses used by the school children on Remembrance Sunday.  This was agreed for the 2013/14 financial year, but would be considered year on year as the Parish Council would be likely to receive further requests for funding to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

iii)        Historic Society – the Chairman reported that he had received details of the Society’s bank holdings and Members confirmed their decision to pay £200 towards the costs of the Society’s PC purchase.

 

15. GROUND MAINTENANCE CONTRACT.

 

Whilst Councillor Vaughan had declared an interest in this item as an employee of Durham County Council, a potential tenderer, he was not required to leave the meeting as this was only a progress report.  The Clerk reported that following the opening of the Pre-Qualification Questionnaires by the Council’s cheque signatories, all but one of the companies returning them had been sent full tender documents.

 

17. FILLING OF A VACANCY ON THE PARISH COUNCIL.

 

The Clerk reported that the County Council had been advised of the vacancy on this Parish Council.  He apologised for not being able to post the necessary notices, but will attend to this matter as quickly as possible.

 

18. CONDITION OF YARDS IN HAWTHORNE TERRACE.

 

Members had asked that this item be placed on the agenda, following a report to the Community Action Team.  Councillor Simpson will be able to report on this matter at the next meeting.

 

19.  CUSTOMER FIRST CONSULTATION.

 

The Clerk reported that Durham County Council is consulting on its communication policy with its customers.  Details of the existing policy are available online.  Given the difficulties this Council has with this issue and the lack of IT coverage and usage, in the village, Members confirmed their wish to make representations.  The Clerk was asked to circulate a hard copy of this report with the next agenda to facilitate discussion.

 

20.  INSURANCE CLAIM.

 

The Clerk reported that the claim against this Council for a fall on paving on the Green is to be disputed by Zurich Municipal as the repairs were not carried out by the County Council in a timely manner.

 

21.  DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL TREE POLICY.

 

The Clerk reported that Durham County Council is consulting across the County on its policy for dealing with its own and other trees.  The details are available online, but a hard copy was brought to the meeting to aid discussion.  It was agreed that a hard copy of the report would be made available in Cornforth House and that at the rergular surgeries the Clerk would draw together Members’ responses.

 

22.  PROVISION OF A DEFIBRILLATOR

 

The Clerk reported that “Defribshop”, a leading supplier of defibrillators and training in their use, had approached the Parish Council to see if the village had a need for such devices.  The Vice Chairman advised that there was a defibrillator in the doctors’ surgery and that whilst another, perhaps in the Community Centre, would be desirable, the cost of purchase, training and maintenance was high.  It was agreed that there was insufficient demand at this time.

 

23.  NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANS

 

The Clerk had prepared a report on the above matter following the attendance by himself and the Chairman at a seminar on the subject.  After discussion, it was agreed that whilst social housing was an issue in the village it was not a planning matter and that no further action be taken at this time.

 

 

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

to be included on the next agenda.  No items were requested.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk: 26th February 2014.

 

MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING:

MARCH 2014

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council which was held in the Community Centre, Cornforth, at 7.00pm on Monday 10th March 2014.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

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

 

Apologies:  Councillors:  Mr. T. Cutmore, Mr. S. Stewart, Mr. P. Metcalfe and Mr. A. Wilson.

 

1. INTRODUCTIONS AND APOLOGIES

 

The apologies were as noted above.

 

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 February 2014 were agreed as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

 

4.  MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES 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 there had been no meeting of the PACT group or any dates fixed for future meetings.

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

There were no requests by the member of the public present to speak.

 

7.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

The following correspondence had been received:

 

  • Ferryhill Town Council will be holding a Brass Band Concert in St. Luke’s Hall on Saturday 5th April 2014 commencing at 7pm.  Members were asked to advise the Clerk if they wished to attend.

  • The Historical Society had asked, through the Chairman, for a meeting with and help from the Parish Council in establishing a calendar of events to commemorate WW1.

  • Chilton Town Council will be holding a Civic Dinner in April.  Members were asked to advise the Clerk if they wished to attend.

 

 8. AAP ISSUES

 

The Chairman as an elected member of the AAP Board gave a report on the County Council’s presentation to the last meeting, in which it began its consultation process on how parish and town councils and the voluntary sector could help it deliver services.

 

 9.  COUNTY COUNCIL ISSUES

 

Our County Council representative, Councillor Simpson, reported on the following Durham County Council issues:

 

  • The County Council has set its budget for 2014/15 and still needs to save £104M from 2015/18.  It intends to have other organisations deliver its services, with libraries and the Sure-Start programme amongst them.

  • Councillor Simpson had reported the condition of the yards in Hawthorne Terrace to the Community Action Team.  This team doesn’t operate countywide at all times and could not assist.  Environmental Health also proved ineffective as these were privately owned properties.  No. 11 has been cleaned up, but No. 7 remains a problem.  The Land Registry is to be approached about ownership.  Members discussed creating a gated development to solve the problem of fly tipping in the yards.  The County Council would be asked to investigate this solution but it was difficult to get total agreement from all residents.

  • The County Council’s IT for its Councillors was still ineffective.

  • The History Society was to receive £200 from the Members’ Initiative Fund.

  • TicTac was to hold a meeting in Morden Parish Hall on 14th March in opposition to the Iles Wlnd Farm.  Councillor Simpson was to attend.     

 

10.  BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 28TH FEBRUARY 2014.

 

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.  The schedule was noted.

 

11. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS: FEBRUARY 2014.

 

Receipts                                                                £     Cheque

 

H.M.R.& CUSTOMS – V.A.T.                       28,446.76

 

Payments

 

Hibbitt’s Electrical-Tree wrap - The Green  171.60        537

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                       666.10        S/O

DCC-Xmas decoration – timer replacement

                                                                        1,152.44        538

CDALC-Publications provided                         55.10        539

West Cornforth & Dist. Comm. Association-Pantomime payment                                                           515.00        540

West Cornforth & Dist. Comm. Association-Room hire 2013                                                                 194.00         541

Zurich Management Services-Membership fee

                                                                          114.00         542

R. A. Sunman-Allowances                             117.63         543

Newsquest-Ground maintenance tender advert

                                                                          367.20         544

Ferryhill Town Council-Mayor’s Charity Dance Tickets

                                                                            25.00         545

Cornforth Historical Society-Donation to funds

                                                                          200.00         546

Royal British Legion-Poppy Appeal             201.00         547

West Cornforth & Dist. Comm. Association-Affiliation fee

                                                                            18.00         548

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE                                 3,797.07

 

NET INCOME                                             24,649.69

 

The above schedule was approved. 

 

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

 

There were no planning applications received or decisions taken by the Strategic Team or the South Western teams of Durham County Council which were of note to this Council.

 

13. REQUESTS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

 

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

 

  • Durham County Brass Band Association – the Association, which is dedicated to supporting the North East’s Brass Band Heritage, is seeking a donation to its costs.

 

Members agreed that his request be declined as not in accord with its policy.

 

14. GROUND MAINTENANCE CONTRACT.

 

The Clerk reported that he had received three sealed tenders.  It was agreed that at the close of the meeting the cheque signatories present and other Members wishing to do so open the tenders and that, following an arithmetic check and a check of references, they choose a contractor for this work.

 

15. CONDITION OF YARDS IN HAWTHORNE TERRACE.

 

This matter had been dealt with under item 9.

 

16.  CUSTOMER FIRST CONSULTATION.

 

The Clerk reported that Durham County Council is consulting on its communication policy with its customers.  Details of the draft policy had been enclosed with the agenda. Members’ views were sought and after discussion the Clerk was asked to draft this Council’s response.

 

17. DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL TREE POLICY.

 

The Vice Chairman reported on Durham County Council’s draft policy for dealing with its own and other trees.  He felt that this was a common sense policy but a little rigid in its scope and interpretation. The County Council would be inspecting road-side trees, then its own trees on property and in woodland.  It would provide a service of removing dangerous trees, but would charge the private owner.  Members resolved to accept the policy but not to respond to the consultation. 

 

18.  REFERENCE TO THE MONITORING OFFICER

 

The Clerk reported that he, the Chairman and the Vice Chairman and Clerk had, as agreed, prepared and sent a reply the Monitoring Officer.  Since the despatch of the agenda a response had been received which was read out in full to the meeting.  In view of the lack of any comments by the Monitoring Officer or recommendations for action enclosed in his reply it was agreed that a copy of the Parish Council’s letter and the tables enclosed with it would be made available to Members at the meeting, but that no further action be taken.  It was agreed that Mrs. Walker who attended the meeting be allowed to see Mr. Taylor’s reply and furnished with a copy.

 

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

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

 

 

  • The condition of the pavement outside of May’s shop and the newsagent’s shop.  This was a problem due to blocked gutters.

  • Christmas tree lights following a meeting of the working group.

  • The filling of the casual vacancy.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk: 12th March 2014.

 

MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING:

PRECEPT MEETING: JANUARY 2014

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council held at 7.00pm, in the Community Centre, Cornforth, on Monday 20th January 2013.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

Councillors: Mr. T. Cutmore, Dr. S. C. Drew, 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. C. Baker, Mr. S. Hodgson, and Mr. P. Metcalfe.

 

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 2014/15

 

Members considered the papers circulated by the Clerk and resolved to set the Parish Precept for 2014/15 at £99,903. This figure agreed represented a rise of 2%, when allowing for the effects of the Local Council Tax Support Scheme.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk:  31st January 2014.