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MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING:

APRIL 2014

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council which was held in the Community Centre, Cornforth, at 7.00pm on Monday 14th   April 2014.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

Councillors: Mr. C Baker, Mrs. H. P. Drew, Dr. S.C. Drew, 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. T. Cutmore, Mr. S.Hodgson and Mr. M. Simpson.

 

1. INTRODUCTIONS AND APOLOGIES

 

The apologies were as noted above.

 

2.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

The Chairman and Councillors Mrs. P. Drew, Mrs. S.Neville and Mrs. S. Traynor declared an interest with regard to item 13 on the agenda.

 

3.  MINUTES

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on 10th March 2014 were agreed as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

 

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

 

The Clerk reported that subsequent to the March meeting and in accordance with Minute 14 of that meeting “Altogether Greener” had been chosen as the contractor for ground maintenance for three years.

 

5.  POLICE LIAISON

 

The Vice Chairman reported that there had been no meeting of the PACT group, but that there had been consultation on its future.  The Clerk was asked to request monthly meetings in the Sure Start Centre and for a police officer to attend Parish Council meetings.

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

Mrs. Walker attended the meeting and asked why the January minutes were on display on the Parish Council notice board.  The Clerk explained that current minutes could only be displayed after approval.

 

7.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

The Clerk reported that no correspondence had been received.

 

 8. AAP ISSUES

 

The Chairman advised the meeting that there had been a meeting of the AAP Board.

 

 9.  COUNTY COUNCIL ISSUES

 

County Councillor Simpson was not present at the meeting.

 

10.  BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 31st MARCH 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 statement was noted.

 

11. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS: MARCH 2014.

 

Receipts                                                                  £     Cheque

 

Bank Interest                                                     84.93

Allotment rents                                               150.00

 

Payments

 

R. A. Sunman-Allowances                                75.73        549

Doggie Bulldogs-Chairman’s allowance payment

                                                                             50.00        550

JWS Power cleaning-Bus shelter cleaning   144.00        551

H.M.R. & C.-Tax and N.I.C.                             578.52        552

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                       666.10        S/O

Lumalite-Christmas tree hire 2013           1,566.58        554

Durham County Council-Ground maintenance 2013/14

                                                                        9,994.50        555

JWS Power cleaning-Bus shelter repair and cleaning

                                                                           144.00        556

R. A. Sunman-Allowances                              104.83        557

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE                                13,324.26

 

NET EXPENDITURE                                     13,089.33

 

The schedule was approved.

 

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

 

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

 

  •  DM/14/00170 – W. & M. Thompson – Bishop Middleham Quarry – Revision of conditions extending the date of completion, revising the material extraction and phasing of inert landfill.

 

Members resolved to clarify that this was for agricultural lime, in which the county was self-sufficient, and that no greater tonnage was to be extracted.

 

13. REQUESTS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

 

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

 

  •  Cornforth Partnership – the Clerk reported that the partnership was seeking a contribution towards its core costs of £6,000 for 2014/15.  The Parish Council had included this in its budget for the financial year.  The Chairman and Councillors Mrs. Drew, Mrs. Neville and Mrs. Traynor left the meeting whilst this item was decided.  Members agreed to the contribution following receipt of information on the Partnership’s activities and accounts.

  • Cornforth Library - the staff of the library had asked for a contribution of £400 towards its summer programme of events for children. The Parish Council had included this in its budget for the financial year and the contribution was agreed.

 

  • Cornforth Village Show had sought a contribution from the Parish Council towards the costs of the show. The Parish Council had included a sum in its budget for the financial year and after receiving a report from the Clerk on the accounts of the Village Show committee agreed to make a contribution of £500.

 

14. REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT OF BUS SHELTERS IN CORNFORTH.

 

The Clerk reported that a complaint had been received about the loss of one of the glass panels from a bus shelter in Garmondsway Road.  The broken glass had been removed by our contractor, but had proved difficult to replace because of the age and condition of the shelter.  In addition, Durham County Council has experienced difficulty in replacing the timetable in the shelter at Roberts Square. Members agreed to form a working group comprising the Chairman and Vice Chairman and Councillors Mrs. Neville and Mr. Poole to investigate the replacement of bus shelters through both Adshel and Queensbury.

 

15. DURHAM MINERS’ GALA: ADVERTISING.

 

The Clerk reported that Durham Miners’ Association had approached the Council seeking its support through advertising in its brochure.  Last year the Parish Council paid for a message of support costing £45.  Members agreed to the same action in 2014.

 

16.  THE ILES WIND FARM.

 

The Clerk reported that a newsletter had been received from Eon showing proposals for 24 wind turbines and their application for planning permission will be made to Durham County Council following public consultation in April.  Members felt that a change of energy policy was needed but feared repeat applications. The issue affected business rates and community grants.  Members agreed to make representations to both the company and the planning authority accepting this application for 24 turbines but resisting any further applications as the County had more than its share of such structures.

 

17. PAVEMENT OUTSIDE MAY’S SHOP.

 

Members asked that this item be placed on the agenda at the last meeting.  The guttering of May’s shop and the nearby newsagents were over flowing due to vegetation and needed to be cleared.  It was agreed that the Clerk write to the newsagents and the County Council to remedy the problem.

 

18. FORMATION OF AN ALLOTMENTS ASSOCIATION.

 

The Clerk reported that as requested, a meeting of allotment holders had been held following the last meeting.  Councillors Metcalfe and Vaughan attended the meeting, but very few tenants came.  It was agreed that another meeting be held, but in gathering the rents the Clerk has consulted with tenants and found little enthusiasm for the idea.  Members agreed that Councillor Metcalfe would put a paper together setting out the issues and with the Clerk seek a referendum on the issue with the results being collated by the Clerk.

 

19.  CHRISTMAS LIGHTS.

 

Members of the working group reported that they had met with both Lumalite and MK Illumination about hiring a tree in 2014 and providing new motifs in the High Street on eleven lamp standards and quotes had been received.  Durham County Council is still having difficulty in deciding on a provider for the necessary structural surveys needed this year, but the matter should be resolved soon.  Councillor Wilson voiced his opposition to expenditure on the motifs.  Members agreed to renewing the Christmas tree hire for three years with Lumalite, seeking a third quote for eleven motifs from Blanchere, carrying out any necessary structural surveys, installing any new timers and investigating the renewal of the power supply to the tree wraps on the High Street following the opening the new school.  Members also asked that the failure of the lights on the tree wrap on the Green be investigated.

 

20.  CONDITION OF STONE PAVING OUTSIDE THE SQUARE AND COMPASS.

 

The Clerk reported that stone paving in the above area of the Green is showing signs of failing.  Some are broken and others are loose.  Members also reported failures elsewhere.  It is agreed that a meeting be held with Mr. Dunn of Durham County Council to discuss how best to tackle this problem.

 

21.  EVENTS TO MARK THE CENTENARY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR.

 

Members were advised that a meeting to be held at 6.30pm on Wednesday 16th April 2014 to discuss and collate events to commemorate the First World War had to be postponed because of commitments over Easter.  A meeting had been arranged with a stone mason to get advice on the need for cleaning and repair to the two war memorials for which the Parish Council is responsible.  The meeting will be rearranged and further reports will be made.

 

22.  FILLING OF THE CASUAL VACANCY.

 

Members were advised that following the display of the necessary notice the Parish Council is now free to fill the vacancy on the Council by co-option.  It was agreed that the Clerk would write to Mr. Colin Hodgson seeking written confirmation of his expressed interest to act as a co-opted member and report to the next meeting.

 

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

for inclusion on the next agenda.  The following issue was requested:

 

  • The tethering of horses around the village.

 

Yours Sincerely, Ray Sunman/Clerk: 3rd May 2014.

 

MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: MAY 2014

 

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of Cornforth Parish Council held at 7.00pm, in the Community Centre, Cornforth, on Monday 12th May 2014.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

Councillors: Mr. T. Cutmore, Mrs. H. P. Drew, Mr. S. Hodgson, Mr. P. Metcalfe, Mrs. S. Neville, Mr. M. Simpson, Mrs. S. Traynor and Mr. R. Vaughan.

 

Apologies:  Councillors:  Mr. C. Baker, Dr. S. C. Drew, Mrs M. Poole, Mr. R. Poole and Mr. A. Wilson.

 

1. ELECTION OF A CHAIRMAN

 

The Council met to elect a Chairman of the Council for the 2014/15 Municipal Year.  Councillor Alan Hodgson was proposed as Chairman by Councillor Mrs. S. Traynor, 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 2014/15 Municipal Year.   Councillor Dr. S. C. Drew was proposed as Vice Chairman by Councillor Mrs. S. Neville, seconded by Councillor Mr. S. Hodgson and elected.

 

3.  INTRODUCTIONS AND APOLOGIES

 

The apologies were as noted above.

 

4.  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.

 

5.  COMMITTEES

 

The Council considered the Membership of the following Committees:

 

i)  Allotment Committee: the following Membership was agreed: Mr. P. Metcalfe (Chairman), and Mr. R. Vaughan, plus the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Council (ex-officio). It was agreed to defer the replacement for Mrs. P. M. Walker, until the Council full Membership was present.

 

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 Vice Chairman of the Council (ex-officio), plus it was agreed that Councillor Mrs. S. Neville would fill the position created by the resignation of Mrs. P. M. Walker.

 

iii) Planning Committee: the following Membership was agreed: Chairman and Vice Chairman and Councillor Mr. R. Poole, plus it was agreed that Councillor Mr. M. Simpson would fill the position created by the resignation of Mrs. P. M. Walker.

 

6.  REPRESENTATION ON OUTSIDE BODIES

 

The Members approved the following representation on outside bodies for the 2014/15 Municipal Year. 

 

TITLE OF ORGANISATION

MEMBERSHIP

 

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 Mr. S. Hodgson.

Cornforth in Bloom

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

The 4Together Partnership (AAP)

The Chairman

Police and Community Together (PACT)

Councillor Dr. S. C. Drew

 

The present arrangement on Membership of Cornforth Community Association was left until all of the current Members were present.

 

7.  PROPOSED SCHEDULE OF COUNCIL MEETINGS – 2014/15 CYCLE

 

The following schedule was approved:

 

DATE

PURPOSE/NOTES

 

Monday 9th June 2014

 

Monday 23rd June 2014

Annual Accounts (subject to auditors’ agreement

Monday 14th July 2014

 

Monday 11th August 2014

 

Monday 8th September 2014

 

Monday 13th October 2014

 

Monday 10th November 2014

 

Monday 8th December 2014

 

Monday 12th January 2015

 

Monday 9th February 2015

 

Monday 9th March 2015

 

Monday 13th April 2015

 

Monday 11th May 2015

AGM and meeting on its arising.

 

R. A. Sunman, Parish Clerk: 15th May 2014.

 

MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: MAY 2014

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council which was held on the arising of the Annual General Meeting in the Community Centre, Cornforth, at 7.00pm on Monday 12th  May 2014.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

Councillors: Mr. T. Cutmore, Mrs. H. P. Drew, Mr. S. Hodgson, Mr. P. Metcalfe, Mrs. S. Neville, Mr. M. Simpson, Mrs. S. Traynor and Mr. R. Vaughan.

 

Apologies:  Councillors:  Mr. C. Baker, Dr. S. C. Drew, Mrs M. Poole, Mr. R. Poole and Mr. A. Wilson.

 

1.  INTRODUCTIONS AND APOLOGIES

 

The Chairman welcomed Mr. Colin Hodgson to the meeting.  Mr. Hodgson had expressed an interest in serving on the Council as a co-opted Member.  The apologies above were noted.

 

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 14th April 2014 were agreed as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

 

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

 

Councillor P. Metcalfe apologised to Members for being unable to produce the documentation for the Allotment Association proposal.

  

5.  POLICE LIAISON

 

The Vice Chairman was unable to attend the meeting. Councillor Mrs. Drew advised Members that there was to be a PACT meeting every two months.  At the last meeting the police had advised that their attending to tethered horses was a welfare only issue.

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

Mrs Walker and Mrs. Wilson attended the meeting.  Neither ladies wished to speak on issues on the agenda, but Mrs. Wilson expressed an interest in item 18.

 

7.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

The Chairman had received a request from Mrs. J. Walker to scatter the ashes of a former resident on the Green.  The request was granted.

 

 8. AAP ISSUES

 

The Chairman as an elected member of the AAP Board reported that Cornforth Partnership had been nominated for the Chairman’s medal, but had instead received a plaque.  The Start and Finish Groups for this financial year would meet shortly.

 

 9.  COUNTY COUNCIL ISSUES

 

Our County Councillor representative reported on the following Durham County Council issues that had arisen since the last meeting:

 

  • An application to the Neighbourhood Fund had been made by the West Cornforth and District Community Association to repair the fence on the north boundary of the football pitches.

  • A meeting had been requested with the County Council about its decision to extend the bus stop on Litchfield Road without consultation and the enforcement by the police of parking in it as well as dealing with the complaint by Councillor Baker on this issue and the use of the bus stop on Linden Road on Sundays.  The suggestion to combine the stops elsewhere would be discussed.

  • Councillor Simpson provided the Clerk with the County’s schedule of capital works for roads and footpaths in the village. It was agreed that they be circulated with the next agenda.

  • The Members were informed about the County Council’s intention to sell land adjoining the by-pass for grazing.  A plan was circulated for information.

  • Durham County Council would be holding an awards ceremony in Durham Cricket Club to reward pupils with a 100% attendance record.

 

10.  BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 30th APRIL 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 statement had been reconciled and was noted.

 

11. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS TO 30th APRIL 2014.

 

Receipts                                                                  £     Cheque

 

Durham County Council-Precept payment 99,903.00

 

Payments

 

C.D.A.L.C.-Annual membership fee               408.07       558

Lumalite-Christmas tree hire 2014                807.02       559

Cornforth Partnership-S. 137 Donation    6,000.00       560

Durham County Council-Final CCTV payment

                                                                         1,705.20        561

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                        666.10        S/O

Cornforth P'ship-Room hire & copying        839.55        562

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE                                 10,425.94

 

NET INCOME                                                89,477.06

 

RECOMMENDATION: The above schedule was approved. 

 

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

 

The Clerk reported that there was only one planning application received by the South West Team of Durham County Council which was of note to this Council.

 

  •  DM/14/00863/FPA – Mr. Waistell – Stonedale, The Green, Cornforth –     Replace timber door with partly glazed door.

 

Members agreed that provided the details met with the County’s design policy within the Conservation Area, no objections be raised.

 

13.  LOCAL COUNCIL REVIEW: ARTICLE ON L.C.T.S.S.

 

The Clerk reported that the latest edition of the above magazine included the results of enquiries into which Councils were considering ending passing on the Government’s support to Town and Parish Councils.  Durham County Council had indicated that it may not pass on this grant in 2015/16 and that LCR had indicated that parishes may loose 25% of their funding each year.

 

14. REPAIR AND CLEANING OF TWO WAR MEMORIALS.

 

Quotes have been received from William Allison and Sons for the above work.  The Tursdale Memorial could cost £1,464.00 and the High Street Memorial £1,776.00 including VAT.  The quotes had been sought as a guide to Members, who agreed to use them in a bid for grant to the War Memorial Trust.

                                   

15. CHRISTMAS LIGHTS.

 

The Clerk reported that Members of the working group had met with representatives of Lumalite, MK Illumination and Blanchere about providing eleven new motifs in the High Street and had chosen a selection from their ranges  The quotes received were £3,552.00, £7,200.00 and £3,600.42 respectively per annum for a three year term, including VAT.  The motifs vary considerably in appearance and details were provided at the meeting.  The working group members were unanimously of the view that Blanchere’s new products were the best on offer at this time and represented value for money.  The recommendation was approved.

 

Members had also spoken with Lumalite about the hire of the Christmas tree outside the Community Centre.  The quote for £2,376.60 per annum including VAT per annum for a three year contract was approved.

 

16.  CONDITION OF STONE PAVING OUTSIDE THE SQUARE AND COMPASS.

 

A meeting had been sought with Mr. Dunn of Durham County Council on the above matter and the Clerk will update the June meeting.

 

17.  FILLING OF THE CASUAL VACANCY.

 

The Clerk reported that the Parish Council was now free to fill the vacancy on the Council by co-option.  Mr. Colin Hodgson had expressed an interest in filling the vacancy and the Clerk had invited him to attend this meeting as an observer.  Members resolved to approve Mr. Hodgson nomination and co-opt him to the Council.

 

18.  TETHERING OF HORSES ON LAND WITHIN THE PARISH.

 

Members had asked that this item be included on the agenda. This was a growing problem in the village and had been met with a mixed response from the County Council. It had acted to take away a horse put down on Lafarge’s land whilst refusing to help the Parish Council with a similar problem on the scrap yard last year.  Another horse had died by the Hare and Hounds. A horse had been tethered at Stobbs’ Cross on Parish Council land and would be reported to Rossendales.  The Clerk would get the County Council to update the Meeting and at that time Mrs. Wilson, who has an interest and background in this matter, would be invited to address the Council.

 

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

for inclusion on the next agenda.  The following matters were raised:

 

 

  • The grass at Stobbs’ Cross needed attention and the Memorial Park had not been mown well by our new contractors, but the Churchyard was lokking very good.

  • Councillor Cutmore asked that we contact Durham Food Bank as the matter had stalled after the initial meeting with Cornforth Partnership.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk: 27th May 2014.

MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: JUNE 2014

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council which was held in the Community Centre, Cornforth, at 7.00pm on Monday 9th June 2014.

 

DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL: POLICY AND PROCESS FOR DEALING WITH HORSES ON COUNTY COUNCIL LAND AND ELSEWHERE.

 

Prior to the commencement of the meeting Mr. Denham of Durham County Council Neighbourhood Warden Service was to have given a presentation on the above matter and take questions.  Unfortunately Mr. Denham had taken ill and was unable to attend.   

Mrs A. Wilson, who was attending the meeting as a member of the public, provided the Clerk with papers giving background on the problem, which was a national issue, and these will be circulated with the next agenda.  Mrs. Wilson said that the issue of tethered horses was likely to be the subject of a new bill in Parliament and pointed out that as well as being a nuisance and public safety matter, it was also an animal welfare issue, with implications for the passports and chipping of horses.  Councillor Wilson pointed out that whilst some horses posed a problem, the majority of those keeping horses in the village cared for their animals.  The Chairman thanked Mrs. Wilson for her contribution and the formal part of the meeting was opened.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

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

 

Apologies:  Councillors: Mr. C. Baker, Mr. S. Hodgson, Mr. P. Metcalfe and Mr. M. Simpson.

 

1.  INTRODUCTIONS AND APOLOGIES

 

The Chairman welcomed Councillor Colin Hodgson to the meeting.  The apologies above were noted.

 

2.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

Councillor T. Cutmore declared an interest with regard to item 13 on the agenda.

 

3.  MINUTES

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on 12th May 2014, which had been circulated with the agenda, 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 the next meeting of the PACT meeting was scheduled for 3rd July 2014, but that this may change following ingoing consultation.  The present priority was preventing damage to the allotments.  The article in the Partner in which the Community Association had threatened action over trespass  

on the football pitch had provoked reaction on Facebook.  The problem is being caused by very few children.

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

There were two members of the public present at the meeting, but neither requested an opportunity to speak on any item on the agenda.

 

7.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

At the time of the despatch of the agenda there had been no items to report under this heading.  In the meantime, a request had been received by the Clerk from Mr. Simon Tonge, a pupil at Whitworth School, to act as his “work shadow” for a month. This was agreed, provided that Mr. Tonge’s parents were aware that this involved work in the Clerk’s home.

 

 8. AAP ISSUES.

 

The Chairman as an elected member of the AAP Board gave a report.  The Task Groups were now running.  There was to be a Small Groups Grant and the next meeting of the AAP was to be held in The British Legion’s premises in Ferryhill.

 

 9.  COUNTY COUNCIL ISSUES

 

Our County Councillor representative was not present, but it was noted that work had started on Garmondsway Road.  A copy of the Capital Works Programme for Cornforth and Bishop Middleham had been enclosed with the agenda for information.

 

10.  BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 31st MAY 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 statement was reconciled to the bank statement and was received.

 

11. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS TO 31st MAY 2014.

 

Receipts                                                                  £     Cheque

                                                                               NIL

 

Payments

 

JWS Power CleaningBus shelter cleaning      72.00        563

Northumbrian Water-Allotment water        287.59        564

R. A. Sunman-Allowances                                 69.35       565

Altogether Greener-Ground maintenance April

                                                                        2,364.73        566

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                       666.10       S/O

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE                                  3,459.77

 

NET EXPENDITURE                                       3,459.77

 

Members approved the schedule. 

 

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

 

At the time of the despatch of this agenda, there was only one planning application received by Durham County Council which was of note to this Council.

 

  •  DM/14/01210/FPA – Eon – Iles Farm – Erection of a wind farm.

 

Members had previously considered this matter when consulted by Eon.  Its views have been forwarded to the County Council.  It was agreed that no further comments be made.

 

13. REQUESTS FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

 

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

 

  • Wishes 4 Women – a request for £200 towards the costs of a Family Fun Day at Flamingoland.

  • Thrislington Banner Group – a request towards the cost of expenses associated with Ripon City Band’s “Eve of Gala Concert” on 11th July 2014.

 

Councillor Cutmore took no part in the discussions or voting on the first item.  Councillors S. C. Drew and Mr. C. Hodgson proposed and seconded the approval of £200 for Wishes for Women and this was agreed.

 

On the Thrislington Banner request, Councillor Dr. S. C. Drew proposed the payment of £720 and this was approved.

 

14. REPAIR AND CLEANING OF TWO WAR MEMORIALS.

 

The Clerk reported that quotes had been sent to the War Memorials Trust which had asked for photographic information and a response was awaited. After discussion it was agreed that investigations be carried out to find the statue of the soldier which was once mounted on the Tursdale memorial and that subject to grants from “livin” and other sources and the Parish Council’s finances, a replacement or repaired statue be reinstated by November 2018.

           

15. CONDITION OF STONE PAVING OUTSIDE THE SQUARE AND COMPASS.

 

The Clerk reported that a meeting had been held with Mr. Dunn of Durham County Council, who will provide a specification and a quote.  It was agreed that an approach be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund to replace the existing paving with tarmacadam in phases.

 

16.  ITEMS FROM MAY AGENDA.

 

The following items were included at the request of Members at the last meeting:

 

 

  • Grass at Stobbs’ Cross and Memorial Park – it was noted that the work had been examined and found to be satisfactory.  For information, it was noted that the strimming of the Churchyard had been carried out and that the flower beds were due to be planted up this week.

  • Durham Food Bank – it was noted that the Clerk had been in touch with the co-ordinator and obtained the necessary forms.  Members felt that it was shameful that changes to the benefits system had necessitated the formation of Food Banks.

 

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

for inclusion on the next agenda.  None were put forward.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk: 27th June 2014.

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL: JUNE 2014

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council which was held in the Community Centre, Cornforth, at 7.00pm on Monday 23rd June 2014.

 

Present:

 

Chairman:  Councillor Mr. A., Hodgson.

 

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

 

Apologies: Councillors: Mr. T. Cutmore, Mr. C. Hodgson, Mr. P. Metcalfe, Mrs. S. Neville

 

  • APOLOGIES

 

The above apologies were received and noted.

 

2. AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS

 

Members considered and noted the results and findings of the internal audit and approved the figures for the 2013/14 Financial Year prior to submission to the external auditor.

 

3. RISK  ASSESSMENT POLICY.

 

Members considered the current risk assessment policy and approved it without change for the 2014/15 Financial Year.

 

4. INSURANCE COVER.

 

Members confirmed Zurich Municipal as the Parish Council’s insurers for a further three years at a premium of £2,905.08 per annum, which compared very favourably with last year’s premium of £4,446.50.

 

5. STANDING ORDERS AND FINANCIAL REGULATIONS

 

Members considered the current Standing Orders and Financial Regulations, which had been recently adopted and agreed that they remain unchanged for the 2014/15 Municipal Year.

 

6. ESTABLISHMENT OF A WEB SITE.

 

Members to agreed to the formation of a small working group including Councillors Vaughan and Hodgson to advise on the content of the Parish Council web site and approved a sum of £300 to cover the costs of the purchase of a domain name and related issues to it.  It was noted that the work is to be undertaken free of charge by Cornforth Partnership as part of its community support programme.

                              

Ray Sunman/Clerk:  27th June 2014.