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MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: OCTOBER 2013

 

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

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

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

 

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

 

1. INTRODUCTIONS APOLOGIES

 

The apologies were as noted above.

 

2.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

The following Members declared a pecuniary interest with regard to item 11 on the agenda:  Councillors Mr. A. Hodgson, Mrs. H. P. Drew, Mrs S. Neville, Mrs S. Traynor and Mr. M. Simpson.

 

3.  MINUTES

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on 9th September 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 the police were aware of vandalism to cars in the Elm Road and Linden Road areas and had identified those responsible.  Some were under the age of criminal responsibility, but the parents had been informed and the criminal damage had reduced thereafter.  The incidents were logged and could be used as evidence later once the children were older.

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

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

 

7.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

The Chairman read out the letter of thanks received from Mrs. Collin’s daughter with regard to the presentation of a bouquet to her on the occasion of her 100th birthday.

 

The Chairman advised the meeting that CDALC was seeking a councillor from the 4Together AAP area to serve on the Board.  Councillor Mrs. M. P. Walker agreed to her candidacy being put forward to a meeting to be held on Tuesday 15th October 2013.

 

The Chairman advised the meeting that the Remembrance Sunday event would be held on 10th November 2013 and that the Clerk had made the arrangements for road closures and wreaths.

 

 8. AAP ISSUE

 

The Chairman reported that a forum would be held on 30th November 2013 to vote for projects to be supported by the AAP at Ferryhill School.  Members were encouraged to attend and vote for the three Cornforth projects.

 

9.  BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 31ST SEPTEMBER 2013.

 

The Clerk had circulated the bank reconciliation statement and a comparison of this year’s budget to actual expenditure for this period at the meeting. Members approved the content and noted that it was reconciled exactly.

 

10. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS: SEPTEMBER 2013.

 

Receipts                                                                  £   Cheque

 

Bank Credit Interest                                        101.34

 

Payments

 

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                        666.10       S/O

R. A. Sunman-Allowances                               113.95       509

R. A. Sunman-Reimbursement of PC purchase

                                                                            726.98       511

West Cornforth Primary-Contribution(Star Radio project)

                                                                            600.00       510

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE                                                 2,107.03

 

NET EXPENDITURE                                                     2,005.69

 

The schedule was approved.  In relation to the purchase of a new computer, Councillor Mrs. M. P. Walker voted against the matter. The Clerk was asked to obtain an update from the School on the results of school web site following the Star Radio session.

 

11. REQUESTS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

 

The Members who declared a pecuniary interest left the meeting.  Councillor Dr. S. C. Drew took the Chair. The Clerk reported that a letter had been received from Cornforth Partnership for a donation of £3,000 towards its Employability Programme for 2013/14.  A copy of the Partnership’s letter was enclosed with the agenda for information.  Any contribution would need to be met from the Parish Council’s S.137 powers, where sufficient funds remain.  Members deferred a decision in order to obtain a breakdown of income and expenditure for the project, the recent accounts of the Partnership and acknowledgement of the Parish Council’s support.

 

The Clerk reported that letters of appreciation had been received from “Wishes for Women” and West Cornforth School for the support given by the Parish Council.

 

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

 

The Clerk reported that there were no planning applications received by the Strategic Team or the South Team of Durham County Council which were of note to this Council.

 

Following the last meeting an objection had been made with regard to the following application and an officer of the County Council had been invited to the meeting -  CMA/7/106 – Education Authority – Cornforth Primary School – Construction of a 210 place primary school and 26(FTE) place nursery plus Surestart and associated hard and soft play areas and external areas and the demolition of the existing school.

No officer was present, but revised details of the proposals had been received omitting the football facility adjoining the High Street.  The Clerk had also received details of the County Council Travel Plan, which underpins the decision to resist the provision of drop off areas for parents’ cars inside schools.  Members resolved to advise the County Council that whilst it was still unhappy about the omission of a drop-off area, it would withdraw its objections to the planning application.  

 

Members noted that the County Council had granted permission for the change of use of the former Hare and Hounds Public House to a single dwelling.

 

13. GRASS CUTTING IN CORNFORTH.

 

The Clerk advised that the County Council had been asked to visit the Bridge Road area and discuss the need for work and that the County Council had not been cutting the grass in the village on a regular basis.  Members agreed to the following actions:

 

  •  To advise the County Council that it intended to with-hold payments for the second half of the year on the ground maintenance contract until a revised figure was agreed taking into account the lesser number of cuts.

  • The acceptance for now the Reverend Lumsden’s assurance that measures will be taken to remove grave surrounds to facilitate maintenance and discuss progress at the next meeting before altering the new contract following a site meeting.

 

14. REPAIRS TO THE PAVING ON THE GREEN AND PROPOSED WORK TO TREES.

 

The Clerk reported that the resurfacing and paving repair work had been completed on 8th October and the surplus paving blocks are stored at the Community Centre.  The workmen had identified an additional 14 sq. m. of work was needed and this had raised the cost by £700 to £6,080.  Members approved the additional cost and asked the Clerk to dispose of the remaining blocks to an architectural salvage company.

 

At the last meeting a Member asked that the Parish Council discuss and agree to the raising of the crowns of trees on the Green to facilitate ground maintenance.  It was agreed that an application be made to Durham County Council as the trees lie within the Conservation Area and following agreement on the details of the work tenders would be sought.

 

15.  INSURANCE CLA IM.

 

Members will recall that at an incident occurred in the Memorial Park in May 2009.  The Clerk advised that Zurich Municipal had now settled this issue in full at a total cost of £7,966, including solicitors’ fees.

 

16.  NON STRATEGIC CCTV CAMERAS.

 

A letter had been received from Durham County Council about its intention to charge for the monitoring and maintenance of the non- strategic cameras including the one in the Memorial Park from 1st November 2013.  The cost to Cornforth Parish Council would be £2,022 per annum. Members expressed doubts about the effectiveness of the camera and resolved to switch it off.

 

17.  CONTAINER AND SKIP ON THE GREEN.

 

Permission had been granted for the owner of No. 53 the Green to store a container on the Green until the middle of this month.  The Clerk reported that a request had been received from the owner to extend the period until the end of November, because of delays in completing the work.  The contractor to No. 53 had also asked for permission to store a skip on the Green in front of the property to facilitate the work.  Members resolved to grant the requests, subject to reinstatement work as necessary.

 

18. NOVEMBER PARISH COUNCIL MEETING.

 

The Clerk sought the agreement of Members to changing date of the November meeting of the Council in order to facilitate his annual leave. After discussion, it was provisionally agreed as being held in the Committee Room on Tuesday 19th November 2013, subject to confirmation with the Secretary.

 

19.  ALLOTMENTS: CHANGE OF PROCESS AND WORKS TO VACANT PLOTS.

 

The Clerk reminder Members that at the previous meeting the Council had debated a change to the process of selecting potential tenants.  Members were asked to formally adopt the process discussed whereby tenants on the waiting list who already hold plots were not automatically prevented from holding others, but that each application be treated on its merits.  In this regard, Members approved Cornforth Partnership’s lease of an additional plot.  In addition, the Clerk was given authority to remove abandoned material from four vacant plots before letting them to new tenants and to instruct potential tenants to remove overgrown hedges. 

 

20.  THE 2013 PANTOMIME.

 

Members are reminded that the village pantomime, (Robinson Crusoe) which is jointly organised through this Council and the Members of the Community Centre will be held in December and that any cost not covered by ticket sales is underwritten by the Parish Council.  The overall cost was reported as being in the order of £750.

 

21.  THE FORMER PETROL FILLING STATION, STATION ROAD

 

The Clerk and Members updated the meeting.  It was agreed to seek Durham County Council’s assistance to remove abandoned vehicles and to approach the Land Registry about ownership.

 

22.  THE CONDITION OF THE STOBBS CROSS AREA.

 

Members had asked that this item be placed on the agenda.  After discussion, it was agreed that in order for the children in the village to make better and safer use of the land a meeting be held with the County Council’s tree expert about removing some trees and lowering hedges.  It was noted that it may be possible to use S.106 monies to carry out any work agreed subsequently.

 

21.  THE GENERAL POWER OF COMPETENCE.

 

The Clerk advised Members that The Localism Act of 2011 provided for a new General Power of Competence for local authorities to act in the interest of their communities and in their own financial interests to generate efficiencies and secure value for money outcomes and that in order to adopt these powers a Council needs to have a qualified Clerk and at least two thirds of its Members elected.  This Council had indicated that once these circumstances were met it would adopt the powers. These circumstances were met following the last election, but no action was taken until new Standing Orders, in line with the new powers, were published nationally.  A copy of the new Model Orders were circulated at the meeting and it was agreed that the matter will be placed on the November agenda for adoption along with new Standing Orders.

 

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

for inclusion on the next agenda.  The following items were requested.

 

 

  •  A report on the County Council’s Green Dog Walkers Scheme to take place during November.

  •  The Parish Council’s representation on the Relief in Need and Howle Hope Estate Charities.

 

Ray Sunman/ Parish Clerk

22nd October 2013.

 

MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: NOVEMBER 2013

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council which was held in the Community Centre, Cornforth, at 7.00pm on Monday 19th November 2013.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

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

 

Apologies:  Councillors:  Mr. R. Vaughan.

 

1. INTRODUCTIONS APOLOGIES

 

The apologies were as noted above.

 

2.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

The following Members declared a pecuniary interest with regard to item 11 on the agenda:  Councillors Mr. A. Hodgson, Mr. T Cutmore, Mrs S. Neville, Mrs S. Traynor and Mr. M. Simpson.

 

3.  MINUTES

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on 14th October 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 the police had investigated complaints about threatening behaviour by nine and ten year olds at Halloween.  The matter was being monitored and would remain a high priority.  The setting fire to a house in Barrett Way was being investigated and would be discussed at the next PACT meeting.

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

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

 

7.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

The Chairman reported the resignation of Councillor Mrs. M. P. Walker from the Parish Council.  The Clerk was instructed to write a letter of appreciation to Mrs. Walker for her long service.  The resignation would be reported, but no action taken about a replacement until the New Year.

 

8. AAP ISSUES

 

The Chairman again advised the meeting that a forum would be held at Ferryhill School on 30th November 2013 to vote for projects to be supported by the AAP.  Members were encouraged to attend and vote for the Cornforth projects.

 

9.  COUNTY COUNCIL ISSUES

 

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

 

  • The County Council was consulting with its tenants on the disposal of its remaining housing stock.

  • The future of five remaining care homes was to be decided.  Options included closure, refurbishment and out-sourcing.

  • Consultation was ongoing on the County Durham Plan.  Its content hive a more detailed report at the next meeting once ITC issues had been resolved within the County Council.ad not altered greatly, although there was now to be a separate Mineral Plan.

 

Councillor Simpson hoped to give a more detailed report once ITC links with County Council had improved.

 

10.  BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 31st OCTOBER 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 the statement was reconciled.

 

11. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS: OCTOBER 2013.

 

Receipts                                                                 £    Cheque

 

Payments

 

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                         666.10      S/O

R. A. Sunman-Allowances (September)           81.99      512

Cornforth Partnership-Room hire&printing 775.47      513

Northumbrian Water-Allotment water          196.98      514

R. A .Sunman-Allowances (October)              105.90      515

Royal British Legion-Wreaths (donation)       100.00     516

CDALC-Training costs                                         27.00      517

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE                                                 1,953.44

 

NET EXPENDITURE                                                     1,953.44

 

The schedule was approved. 

 

12. REQUESTS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

 

The request from Cornforth Partnership for a donation of £3,000 towards its Employability Programme for 2013/14, deferred from the last meeting to obtain the costs of the project, the Partnership’s latest accounts and confirmation that acknowledgement would be given, was discussed.  Councillors Mr. T. Cutmore, Mr. A. Hodgson, Mr. M. Simpson, Mrs. S. Neville and Mrs. S Traynor left the meeting. 

Councillor Dr. S.C.Drew took the Chair and the meeting resolved to grant the payment subject to acknowledgement of the Parish Council’s support and details of the numbers assisted by the project being supplied at the appropriate time.

 

The Chairman reported that he had received a letter from the Historical Society seeking financial support to acquire a lap top at a cost of £400 to carry out work associated with the 100th Anniversary of WW1.  The Parish Council made no decision but Councillor Simpson indicated his willingness to make a contribution of £200 as County Councillor.  The Clerk was asked to advise the Historical Society of Councillor Simpson’s offer and to ask the Society to make a formal application for the remainder in line with our policy.

 

13. PLANNING MATTERS AND APPLICATIONS FROM OCTOBER’S WEEKLY LIST

 

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

 

  • 7/2013/0438/DM – Mrs. M. Harvey – 49 Linden Road, Cornforth – erection of a porch to the front.

  • 7/2013/0423/DM – Mr. K. Melton – 11 Railway Terrace – the removal of a branch from T4 on the site.

  • The Hare and Hounds PH. Conversion to a dwelling house.  A request to extend the period for the provision of an access from 3months to a year, because of the legal difficulties which had arisen.

 

The Parish Council resolved to make no comments upon the above applications. 

The County Council had made no planning decisions of interest to this Council at the time of the despatch of this agenda.

 

14. GRASS CUTTING IN CORNFORTH.

 

The Clerk advised the Council that County Council has been asked to visit the Bridge Road area and discuss the need for work and that it had been advised of this Council’s intention to with- hold payments for grass cutting which has not been carried out. 

The Clerk reported that the Church Council had taken no action in respect of the grave surrounds.  The Parish Council resolved to seek tenders for its ground maintenance work including the whole of the Churchyard and if no action is taken before the new tender is let, then it will negotiate with the chosen contractor to omit the area affected by new grave surrounds.  Councillor Metcalfe is to speak to the Rev. Lumsden on the matter.

 

15. REPAIRS TO THE PAVING ON THE GREEN AND PROPOSED WORK TO TREES.

 

The Clerk reported that a meeting had been sought with the County Council to agree work raise of the crowns of trees on the Green to facilitate ground maintenance.  An application will be made to Durham County Council and tenders will be sought in due course.  The Chairman and the Clerk reported on the need for action following damage to paving outside No. 19 The Green.  It was agreed that the owner be asked to pay for the work.

 

16.  DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL’S GREEN DOG WALKERS’ SCHEME

 

The Clerk reported that he had met with the County staff who were to carry out this scheme during October and November and would report again in December.  A dog chipping service would be available as part of this scheme on 23rd November 2013.

 

17.  PARISH COUNCIL REPRESENTATION ON CHARITIES

 

The Council discussed its representation on the Relief in Need and Howle Hope Estate charities.  Councillor Mrs. S. Traynor agreed to serve on these bodies and was appointed.

 

18.  DISPOSAL OF COUNTY COUNCIL LAND.

 

The Clerk advised the meeting that Durham County Council had advised that it intends to dispose of part of its holding adjoining No.10 Station Road to the owners of that property for an extension and a garden area.  There had been a dispute with the owners following Sedgefield Borough Council’s demolition of adjoining properties.  The County Council intends to rectify short-comings to the gable wall and pass the land to the owner as compensation in the dispute.  The situation was noted.

 

19.  ADOPTION OF THE COUNTY DURHAM LOCAL PLAN

 

Consultation on the next stage of this process began on 15th October 2013 and will continue until 28th November.  The Chairman had attended a consultation session and noted that Policies 53 and 54 had been amended by the Government to include conditions which effectively would allow further extraction of mineral workings and this would particularly affect the Thompson’s site.  This issue was noted and the Members agreed to reiterate its objection to the Plan with regard to housing in the village.

 

20. THE GENERAL POWER OF COMPETENCE AND ADOPTION OF NEW STANDING ORDERS.

 

The Clerk reported that The Localism Act of 2011 provided for a new General Power of Competence for local authorities to act in the interest of their communities and in their own financial interests to generate efficiencies and secure value for money outcomes.  In order to adopt these powers a Council needs to have a qualified Clerk and at least two thirds of its Members elected.  These circumstances were met following the last election, but no action was taken until new Standing Orders, in line with the new powers, were published nationally.  A copy of the Model Orders were circulated at the last meeting and revised Orders were attached with this agenda for adoption along with a recommendation to adopt the General Powers of Competence.  After discussion the Members approved the adoption of the General Powers of Competence and the new Standing Orders.

 

NOTE:  At the close of business Members were asked to provide details of any items to be included on the next agenda.  The following items were proposed:

 

 

  • The condition of the new road at the quarry.

  • The formation of an Allotment Association.

  • The need for new Financial Regulations.

  • Horses on the Stobbs Cross site.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk: 2nd December 2013.

 

MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: DECEMBER 2013

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council which was held in the Community Centre, Cornforth, at 7.00pm on Monday 9th December 2013.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

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

 

Apologies:  Councillors:  Mr. T.Cutmore, Mrs. H. P. Drew, Mrs. M. Poole, Mr. R. Poole.

 

1. INTRODUCTIONS APOLOGIES

 

The apologies were as noted above.

 

2.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

There were no declarations of a pecuniary or personal interest made with regard to any items on the agenda.

 

3.  MINUTES

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on 19th November 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 the police and fire officers will offer advice about the fires in Barrett Way.  The two youths investigated following Halloween threats had been excluded from school and this matter was being dealt with by D.C.C. Social Services Department. 

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

There were no members of the public present at the meeting who asked to speak on any item.

 

7.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

The Chairman had received no correspondence nor had he any announcements to make.

 

8. AAP ISSUES

 

The Chairman advised the meeting that at the forum held at Ferryhill School on 30th November 2013 had been well attended and Cornforth projects received support and would go ahead.  Durham County Council had consulted on its need to make budget cuts and papers from that consultation exercise were circulated at the meeting for information.

 

9.  COUNTY COUNCIL ISSUES

 

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

 

 

  • He had received a request to use his highways budget this year to provide drop kerbs to improve access for mothers with push chairs to the Memorial Park.  The total cost was £6,800 and he had been asked for £5,250.  The meeting noted that the Members’ Highway Budget would be absorbed into the main Highways Budget next financial year.

  • Attention of Members was drawn to the D.C.C.’s intention to harvest and manage its forestry holdings.  This included an area in Cornforth between the by-pass and the main railway line.

  • Councillor Simpson thanked those who had attended the Forum event and voted for the Cornforth projects.

 

10.  BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 30th NOVEMBER 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: NOVEMBER 2013.

 

Receipts                                                                 £   Cheque

 

                                                                               NIL

 

Payments

 

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                        666.10       S/O

MK Illumination-Christmas Lights              7,170.29      518

BDO External auditors-Audit Fees                522.00       519

JWS Powerwash-Bus shelter cleaning          216.00       520

Premier Traffic ManagementRoad Closures

                                                                            316.80       521

R. A. Sunman-Allowances (November)         130.32       522

R.B.L. Men’s Section-Contribution                  30.00        523

R .B. L. Women’s Section-Contribution          30.00        524

R.A.O.B. Sphere Lodge-Contribution             30.00        525

Salvation Army-Contribution                           30.00        526

West Cornforth & D. C. Assoc.-Wreath          36.00        527

Cornforth P'ship-Employment Scheme    3,000.00       528

H. M. R. & Customs-Tax and N.I.C.               578.52        529

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE                                   12,756.03

 

NET EXPENDITURE                                        12,756.03

 

The schedule was approved.

 

During discussion on the Christmas lights payment the Clerk reported that the Christmas tree had suffered damage in the recent storm and that its moorings were to be reinforced.  Members drew attention to three displays needing new timers and the lack of power to one of the school’s tree wraps.

 

12. PLANNING MATTERS AND APPLICATIONS FROM NOVEMBER’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 Team of Durham County Council which were of note to this Council.  The South Western Team had received the following application:

 

  •  7/2013/0484/DM – Bishop Middleham Parish Council – Church Street – repositioning of the war memorial.

 

The Parish Council resolved not to comment upon the proposal.

                                                                                

The Clerk reported that the County Council had resolved to grant the following applications which had been notified to the Parish Council:

 

 

  • 7/2013/0438/DM - Mrs. M. Harvey – 49 Linden Road, Cornforth – erection of a porch to the front.

  • Consent to remove a limb from T4 at 11 Railway Terrace.

 

 

13. DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL’S GREEN DOG WALKERS’ SCHEME

 

The Clerk reported on the success of this scheme which was carried out in Cornforth during October and November.  Members had noticed that there was still a lot of dog fouling outside of the hours worked by dog wardens.  There was need for a dog bin along Station Road and that a litter bin in the High Street had been knocked over.

 

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

 

The Clerk reported on the latest information received from the County Council and NALC with regard to this matter.  It would seem that the loss of grant would be less than originally estimated.  The full issue would be debated in January 2014, when the budget and precept was set.

 

15.  REMOVAL OF COUNTY COUNCIL SUPPORT TO CDALC

 

The Clerk reported that Durham County Council had advised that it intends to withdraw its support for the above organisation after 31st March 2016 and that a working party would be set up to discuss alternative sources of support.  The Clerk was asked to serve on that group by the Parish Council.

 

16. NORTH EAST LEADERSHIP BOARD

 

The Clerk reported that consultation had begun on the establishment of the above legal body, “a combined authority”.  Its purpose is to aid Durham County Council and all other major Councils across the North East to act together to influence Government decisions and funding on economic development and strategic transport issues, but would not replace any existing authority and leaves the North East Local Enterprise Board intact.  The consultation stage runs until 2nd January 2014.  Members resolved to support the County Council in its efforts.

 

17. NEW FINANCIAL REGULATIONS.

 

Following the adoption of new Standing Orders in November 2013, the Clerk had attached the Model Financial Regulations published by NALC for consideration by Members.  It was suggested that Members familiarise themselves with the content before meeting to modify and adopt them in January 2014.

 

18. GROUND MAINTENANCE CONTRACT.

 

The Clerk advised that the process of seeking tenders for the above contract had begun with an advertisement seeking expressions of interest.  Those parties expressing an interest will be sent Pre-Qualification Questionnaires and asked to return them by 6th January 2014.  The Parish Council will be advised of the companies likely to tender at its meeting on 13th January. Completed tender documents will need to be returned by 3rd March 2014 and after an arithmetic check will be reported to the Parish Council meeting on 13th March 2014.  Members noted the position.

 

19.  CONDITION OF THE NEW ROAD TO THE QUARRY.

 

Members asked that this item be placed on the agenda for discussion.  It was agreed that a letter be sent to the County Council complaining about the condition of the public highway following the construction of this road and the flooding along it which made difficult the use of the public right of way.

 

20.  FORMATION OF AN ALLOTMENT ASSOCIATION.

 

Councillor Metcalfe advised Members that the tenants were actively pursuing the formation of an Association to take over the running and improvement of the allotments.  It was hoped that the matter could be finalised before the next rental period in March 2014.  It was agreed that an amount would be considered for inclusion in the budget to help in the formation of the Association.

 

21. STOBBS CROSS OPEN SPACE.

 

Members had asked that this item be placed on the agenda.  After discussion it was agreed that consultation be held with D.C.C. about hedge/tree removal and that the Council should look into replacing its signage about horses being grazed on the land

 

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

 

 

  • Progress on the Allotment Association.

  • Approval of the Financial Regulations.

  • The War Memorial.

  • Setting the Budget and Precept.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk: 12th December 2013.