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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL: JULY 2014

 

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

 

Present:

 

Chairman:  Councillor Mr. A., Hodgson.

 

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

 

Apologies: Councillors: Mr. S. Hodgson, Mr. P. Metcalfe and Mrs. S. Neville

 

  • APOLOGIES

 

The above apologies were received and 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 meetings held on 9th and 23rd June 2014 had been circulated with the agenda and were agreed as a true record.

 

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

 

The Chairman raised the issue of the proposed web site.  Whilst a small working group had been agreed, Members were asked to agree to a presentation on the draft content of the web site at the August meeting.  The proposal was approved.

 

5.  POLICE LIAISON

 

The Vice Chairman reported that the meeting may not yet have been held.

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

The Chairman adjourned the meeting to facilitate public participation.  Miss Nicholson asked what action the Parish Council could take to address the problem of rubbish dumping along the closed railway line.  The Chairman explained that this was owned by Network Rail, and that the County Council and Lafarge owned the woodland.  It was agreed that the matter would be investigated and placed on the next agenda.  Mrs. Wilson asked if anything could be done about rubbish dumped behind Hawthorne Terrace.  Councillor Simpson said he had already raised this problem with the County Council and would progress the matter.  Mrs. Walker raised the issue of dog dirt in the Memorial Park.  The Clerk is to investigate this issue.

 

7.CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

The Clerk reported that he had been given notice of a road closure.  The road between  the Thinford roundabout and the Tursdale roundabout was to be closed for six weeks from 19th July to allow for gas mains to be overhauled.  Members noted the closure but were concerned about the short notice.

 

 8. AAP ISSUES

 

The Chairman as an elected member of the AAP Board notified Members that the Task and Finish groups were still meeting and had reached no decision as yet.

 

 9.  COUNTY COUNCIL ISSUES

 

Our County Council representative reported on the following Durham County Council issues:

 

  • Work on the new school - There will be no new furniture or refurbishment of equipment.  The school has asked that the Neighbourhood Budget be used to replace and refurbish old play equipment.  It may be possible to release £5,000 this year.

  • Bus stops – The extension to enlarge the stop on Lichfield Road had been carried out in 2004, but not implemented until now.  Durham County Council is to consult on closing the Sunday stop on Linden Road and rerouting the Sunday service to the weekday route.

  • Travellers – Durham County Council will monitor attempts to hold any further gathering and “drives”.

  • Allotment fences – Work has commenced to build the new fences.

  • Rubbish at Hawthorne Terrace and Poplar Terrace – The problem is one of contaminated waste and failing to clear the bins of vacant property.  The County Council will remedy the situation.

  • Rubbish at Robert’s Square – this matter had been reported on several occasions to Street Scene.  The workmen had encountered a language problem, but will remedy the issue.

  • 10 Garmondsway Road – a planning application had been received recently to extend this house.  The Clerk will call a meeting of the Planning Committee if necessary.

  • Stopping up of highway at Hare and Hounds – The highway left over from building the dual carriageway is to be stopped up.  The Parish Council resolved not to object.

  • LCTSS – The County’s Cabinet is to meet and likely extend the scheme into 2015/16, but he level isn’t known.

  • Voting venues – the consultation on venues for elections is continuing and anyone with views can contact Councillor Simpson.

 

10.  BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 30th JUNE 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.  Members noted the content and approved it.

 

11. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS TO 30TH JUNE 2014.

 

Receipts                                                                  £     Cheque

 

Unity Trust Bank-Credit interest                  138.12

 

Payments

 

Zurich Municipal-Insurance premium     2,905.08         567

DCC-Library Summer Activities                    400.00         568

Cornforth Village Show-Support for show 500.00         569

H.M.R. & C.-Tax and N.I.C.                             217.38        570

Altogether Greener-Ground maintenance May

                                                                       2,365.60         571

J. W. Smith-Power cleaning bus shelters    288.00         572

B.R. Landscaping-Clearing Allotment paths

                                                                          365.00         573

Gordon Fletcher-Internal accountancy      250.00         574

R. A. Sunman-Allowances                               69.01         575

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                      666.10         S/O

Blanchere Illumination-Christmas lights motifs

                                                                       2,745.74         576

Thrislington Banner Group-Support for Gala Concert

                                                                          720.00         577

Wishes for Women-Support for Family Fun Day

                                                                          200.00         578

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE                               11,691.91

 

NET EXPENDITURE                                    11,553.79

 

The schedule was approved. 

 

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

 

The Clerk reported that there were two planning applications received by Durham County Council which were of note to this Council.

 

  •  DM/14/01696/FPA – Ms. E. McManus – 1 High Street, Cornforth – Change of use from Post Office to Children’s Nursery, including the demolition of the existing kitchen and conservatory to the rear and the roller shutter to the front.

  • DM/14/01741/FPA – Mr. J. Lowe – 1 The Oval – Single storey extension to the side and rear to form a garage.

 

Members resolved not to make any objection to or comment on the proposals.

 

13. TETHERED HORSES.

 

Following the last meeting, Mr. Denham had been asked to rearrange his presentation but his senior officer, Mr. Mark Farren,  replied saying that how the Parish Council dealt with horses on its own land was entirely its own affair and that County involvement was not necessary.  The Clerk has included documents provided by Mrs. Wilson at our last meeting with this agenda and has discussed this issue with Mr. Denham.  Members thanked Mrs. Wilson for her very useful contribution and agreed that in order to prevent and discourage the use of Parish Council land for grazing the Clerk use his emergency powers to keep the grass very short.

 

14.  DESIGNATION OF A NEIGHBOURHOOD AREA.

 

The Clerk reported that Durham County Council had advised this Parish Council that it had approved the designation of a Neighbourhood Area for the Parish of Cassop-cum-Quarrington.  The matter was noted.

 

15.  TRAVELLERS MEETING IN CORNFORTH.

 

The Clerk reported that over the weekend of 28th and 29th June 2014 a number travelling families took up residence in the High Street.  Horse boxes and stalls were set up in the car park adjoining the doctor’s surgery, County Council land, caravans were parked in the lay-byes, horses were raced down the street and a cavalcade of horses and carts formed a traditional “drive” out to Coxhoe.  These actions caused some disruption and inconvenience to other users of the street.

It is understood that this event arose out of invitations by families who are residents in the village.  The Clerk has written to the police and Durham County Council asking what action was taken to control this gathering.  The street was effectively closed to traffic without a closure order, the “drive” was neither licensed nor supervised and the car park was used without permission. Given that this event was organised, it is possible that it will become a regular happening.  County Councillor Simpson reported that he had raised the issue with the Senior Highways Officer and the police.  There had been a police presence.  The Parish Council has sought assurances from the police and the County Council that both will approach the organisers and ensure that in future the Parish Council will be advised and consulted and that the event be covered by the necessary permissions, closure orders, licences and Health and Safety measures.

 

16.  GROUND MAINTENANCE CONTRACT.

 

The Clerk reported that quarterly meeting had been held with the Parish Council’s new contractors.  Overall, the contract is running well, with any problems being attributable to the weather.  After discussion, the Clerk had issued a request for a quote under the day works section of the contract to remove the guards and some supports from trees on the Green both to improve visual amenity and allow strimming up to the base of the trees.  In addition, the contractor has been asked to price the removal of branches in two areas of the Churchyard and cut back the vegetation, and to cut the hedges and the branches of a tree in the Memorial Park.  The contractor has also been asked to consult with Cornforth Partnership to synchronise work with dates for six Family Boot Camp days and ensure all litter, glass and cans are removed.

The quote received was for the sum of £1,333.20 including VAT and was approved.  In addition, Members agreed to the holding of the six Boot Camp days.

 

NOTE:  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:

 

  • Work to improve the area of land at Stobbs Cross.

 

Following the closure of the meeting the Chairman agreed to hear from Mr. Peter Walker on two issues.  Mr. Walker had arrived too late to raise them under item 6.

 

 

  • Mr. Walker complained of continuous dog barking from premises in the High Street.  He had asked for help from the County Council, but had been advised that he had to keep a diary of the nuisance if he wished to progress the matter.  He felt that this was unreasonable and asked for the Parish Council’s help.  He was advised that this was standard procedure in such cases.  Councillor Simpson will raise the issue at County level.

  • Mr. Walker also complained about the Travellers’ gathering and had intelligence that this was to become a monthly event.  This would be passed on to the relevant bodies.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk:  21st July 2014.

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL: AUGUST 2014

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council which was held in the Community Centre, Cornforth, at 7.00pm on Monday 11th  August 2014.

 

Present:

 

Chairman:  Councillor Mr. A., Hodgson.

 

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

 

Apologies: Councillors: Mr. T. Cutmore, Mrs. H. P. Drew, Mr. S. Hodgson, Mr. R. Poole, Mrs. M. Poole and Mr. M. Simpson.

 

  • APOLOGIES

 

The above apologies were received and 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 18th July 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

 

The Clerk advised Members that the request to discuss the treatment of the Stobbs Cross open space needed to be deferred to a future meeting whilst Councillor Cutmore held talks with the young people of the village on how best to improve it.

 

5.  POLICE LIAISON

 

The Vice Chairman reported that the meeting held on 3rd July 2014 had discussed the travellers’ meeting and the police thought it unlikely that it would be repeated on a regular basis.  The full minutes can be viewed on www.durham.police.uk.  The next meeting will be held in the Sure Start premises on 4th September 2014.

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

The Chairman adjourned the meeting to facilitate public participation.  Miss Nicholson asked what action the Parish Council had taken to address the problem of rubbish dumping along the track to the main railway line.  The Clerk advised that Network Rail, had asked for a map of the problem areas.  It was agreed that the Clerk and Miss Nicholson would walk the sites and prepare a plan to be sent to Network Rail and the County Council.

Mrs. Walker attended the meeting and asked about the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014.  The Clerk advised that this item was included on the agenda (item 18).

 

7.CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

The Chairman advised the meeting that he had received a letter of thanks from the Thrislington Banner Group in response to the donation made by the Parish Council.

 

The Chairman reported that he had attended the inauguration of Tracey Harrison as the new Salvation Army captain on 22nd July and the WW1 service held on 3rd August 2014

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 8. AAP ISSUES

 

The Chairman as an elected member of the AAP Board notified Members that the Task and Finish groups were still meeting and would reach a decision in October.

 

 9.  COUNTY COUNCIL ISSUES

 

Our County Council representative was not present at the meeting to report on this item.

 

10.  BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 31st JULY 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.  Members noted the content and approved it.           

 

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

 

Receipts                                                             £   Cheque No.

NIL

 

Payments

Altogether Greener-Ground maintenance     2,430.54  579

Northumbrian Water-Allotment water rates     295.91 580

J. W. Smith-Power cleaning to bus shelters       144.00  581

R. A. Sunman-Allowances                                       87.89  582

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                              666.10  S/O

Cornforth Partnership-                                         734.92  583

Room hire, copying and sundries

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE                                         4,359.36

 

NET EXPENDITURE                                              4,359.36

 

The schedule was approved. 

 

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

 

The Clerk reported that there were two planning applications received by Durham County Council which were of note to this Council.

 

  •  DM/14/02003/MIN – Mr. J. Garbutt – Coxhoe Quarry – Temporary use of a secondary recycling facility for the treatment of waste to produce soil and soil substances and aggregate for four years.

  • DM/14/01895/FPA – Mr. A. Blankley – 10 Garmondsway Road – the conversion of a dormer bungalow to a two storey dwelling.

 

Members were reminded that Councillor Simpson had advised the Council of the latter application at the last meeting.  Members resolved not to comment on either application.

 

The Clerk advised that Durham County Council had made no planning decisions affecting property in the Parish.

 

13. TRAVELLERS MEETING IN CORNFORTH.

 

The Clerk advised Members that he had has sought assurances from the County Council and the police about travellers meeting in the village.  The reply from the County Council was read out at the meeting.  Members were not satisfied with the response and asked that a meeting be arranged with Mr. Collins of the County Council, the Chairman, Vice Chairman and the Clerk.  The police replied promptly saying that whilst they had not been advised of the meeting in advance, there had been a police presence on occasion over the weekend.  The organisers had been contacted and the police would ensure that the Parish Council would be included in any future discussions.  However, Sergeant Barclay doubted is this sort of meeting could become a frequent occurrence given the tendency for travelling families to disperse for long periods.

 

14.  GROUND MAINTENANCE CONTRACT.

 

The Clerk advised that the contractor had carried out the work approved at the last meeting.  A quote has been received from Altogether Greener to alter the heavy lid on the waste flower box to make it easier to use by elderly people.  The new lid will be made of aluminium section and hinged in the middle at the cost of £540.00 including VAT.  The approval of the Members was sought and given.

 

15.  AWARDS FOR ALL APPLICATION.

 

The Clerk reported that Cornforth Partnership had asked that the Parish Council take the lead on a new application to Awards for All, as it did successfully two years ago. On that occasion Councillor Tony Cutmore was the lead Member and the Parish Clerk the officer responsible for financial control.

The project is to support a programme for elderly people in Cornforth and the surrounding area to improve health and well-being, provide activities and excursions, set up luncheon clubs, gardening groups, an intergenerational event and a befriending service.  The estimated cost is £11,770 with £9,920 coming from Awards for All.  Although the area covered will be greater than this village, the Parish Council is not expected to fund the short fall; this is being met from the Neighbourhood Fund.

Delivery of the project will be through Cornforth Partnership and the Parish Council will receive the grant if successful and be accountable for it.  Members’ agreement was sought and given.

 

16.  MEDIUM TERM FINANCIAL PLANNING – LCTSS.

 

The Clerk reported that the County Council had advised the Parish that the support it will likely receive from the Local Council Tax Support Scheme will be reduced by £1,916.60 in 2015/16 and by £2,198 per annum in each of the following two years.  The final position won’t be known until January 2015 when a full report will be made at the meeting to set our 2015/16 budget.  The position was noted.

 

17.  REQUEST TO LEASE AN ALLOTMENT.

 

The Clerk reported that he had been advised that Mr. Tate has given up his tenancy of one our allotments.  The plot is badly affected by “Mares’ Tail” and difficult to cultivate in its present condition.  Cornforth Partnership is seeking to use the plot temporarily for keeping hens and this could help rejuvenate the allotment.  Whilst the Council normally resists tenants having multiple plots, it was suggested that on this occasion the plot be let to the Partnership for two years, both to reduce its weed-ridden condition and help with the project referred to in item 15.  Members were informed that this course of action may be unsafe and that consultations be held with Environmental Health officers over the use of chemicals on this plot in the past.  Members agreed to this course of action and approved the letting of plot 2 to the Partnership instead.

 

18. LOCAL AUDIT AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT 2014.

 

The Clerk reported that the above Act had been approved.  It deals with the filming, photography and audio recordings of Council meetings.  When the Act is in force this Council will need to adopt a process for dealing with the rights of the press and public to record its business.  Mrs. Walker circulated a note advising Members of the new regulations.

The Clerk advised that no national guidelines were in place, but issues such as notice, the circumstances in which termination or suspension can occur and editing will need to be covered.  It was agreed that the Clerk seeks advice from NALC and CDALC on this issue and reports to a future meeting.

 

NOTE:  At the close of the meeting Members were asked if they had any items for inclusion on the next agenda. None were requested.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk:  27th August 2014.

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL: SEPTEMBER 2014

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council which was held in the Community Centre, Cornforth, at 7.00pm on Monday 8th  September 2014.

 

Present:

 

Chairman:  Councillor Mr. A., Hodgson.

 

Councillors: 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. T. Cutmore, Mr. C. Hodgson and Mr. S. Hodgson.

 

PRIOR TO CALLING THE MEETING TO ORDER THE CHAIRMAN ADVISED MEMBERS THAT THE PROCEEDINGS WERE TO BE RECORDED AND THAT THOSE ATTENDING COULD EXPECT TO BE REPORTED UPON.

 

  • APOLOGIES

 

The above apologies were received and 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 11th August 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

 

The Clerk advised Members that Network Rail had replied on the tipping of rubbish on the track to the main railway line.  The company was investigating the matter and would reply in due course.  A separate department had replied, by telephone, on the drainage issue to advise that the company had no drainage issues along this section of track and that any problems should be raised with the riparian landowner.  Members asked the Clerk to contact Durham County Council.

 

5.  POLICE LIAISON

 

The Vice Chairman reported on the meeting held in the Sure Start premises on 4th September 2014.  Two youths who have now reached the age of criminal responsibility were causing a lot of problems in the Oval and Salisbury Crescent areas.  The police were collating evidence for the service of an ASBO.  This area would continue to be a “hot spot” for police response.

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

The Chairman adjourned the meeting to facilitate public participation.

 

Mrs. Walker attended the meeting and asked about the Financial Regulations a copy of which she had requested under the Freedom of Information Act.  She had a number of concerns:

 

  • That the copy she had been sent did not vary in any significant detail from that upon which she being consulted on in 2013.  The Clerk reminded Members that a draft had been circulated for comment prior to adoption.  The draft had later been approved with little amendment other than the insertion of cash values.  Mrs. Walker’s comment was noted.

  • Mrs. Walker then challenged the Financial Regulations on the grounds that they were ambiguous and contrary to openness in Local Government.  In particular she took exception to the confidentiality of staff payment records, open only to Councillors who could demonstrate a need to know and to a range of auditors, even under the Freedom of Information Act.  The Chairman pointed out that the Clerk’s net salary was reported every month as a scheduled payment along with any allowances he received.

  • Mrs. Walker then raised again the issue of monies paid to Cornforth Partnership, disputing that financial support was an issue of long standing and that the records of such payments were accurate.  The Chairman reminded Mrs. Walker that she had raised this issue with the Monitoring Officer, who had received a full report from the Clerk.  The Monitoring Officer had not asked for action on this issue.

 

Mrs. Walker then complained that she had requested details of the current Ground Maintenance contract under the Freedom of Information Act, but that all she had received were two blank pages.  The Clerk examined the pages referred to and advised the Council that Mrs. Walker had received the full extensive document, schedule and plans by email as requested and within the statutory time.  The two pages formed only part of the document, the whole of which, on advice from the SLCC had to be provided without confidential information supplied by the tenderer.

 

Mrs. Wilson attended the meeting and asked the Council to hold a Parish Meeting.  The Chairman and Members agreed that this could be arranged.

 

The meeting then resumed.

 

7.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

The Chairman advised the meeting that he had not received any letters, nor had he any announcements to make.

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 8. AAP ISSUES

 

The Chairman as an elected member of the AAP Board notified Members that the Small Grants Project had been used to support three Cornforth projects:

  • The World War One History Project.

  • Cornforth Partnership’s games night equipment.

  • Help towards the cost of iPads for the local school.

 

9.  COUNTY COUNCIL ISSUES response times for ambulances across the

 

Our County Council representative made his report on this item.

 

  • The County Council is consulting on changes to its arrangements for the provision of Children’s Centres. It is proposed that there will no longer be a centre in Cornforth.  If approved the report proposes support as part of the Spennymoor cluster with a centre in Tudhoe Moor.  This is a difficult facility to access from Cornforth.  The alternative proposed is a community venue in Cornforth House.  The report details no consultation with Cornforth Partnership or costs.  The consultation period ends on 23rd October 2014.  The report was handed to the Clerk and he will place the item on the October meeting for discussion.  In the meantime the Members were directed to the web site www.durham.gov.uk/childrenscentreconsultation.

  • The Clinical Commissioning Group is consulting on how to improve ambulance response times across the area.  Currently the target is only achieved in 63% of cases.  The proposal is to reduce costs by only having one paramedic per ambulance, the driver being a carer only.  The saving in cost would allow the provision of two additional ambulances, which would improve the service in the dales and thus response times.  The obvious danger in reducing skills on board vehicles is loss of life.  The consultation period ends on 25th September 2014.  The Clerk was instructed to discuss the issue with the Vice Chairman and respond.

  • The County Council was reported as being about to approve the planning application for mineral extraction at Thompson’s Quarry in early September.  Councillor Simpson cannot find a record of the proceedings at the Planning Committee, but will persevere.

  • Scarlet Band, which has won the “Park and Ride” contract for Durham, is trying to acquire County Council land adjoining its depot in the village.

  • Councillor Simpson’s Small Grants Fund has been used to improve the steps at the Community Centre and to hire a JCB to lay stone along the access way behind the Community Centre.

  • The planning application for 10 Garmondsway Road has been approved.

  • The County Council has issued a press release about residents paying for their garden refuse collection next year.

 

10.  BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENT – POSITION AT 31st AUGUST 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.

 

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

 

Receipts                                                               £  ChequeNo.

NIL

 

Payments

R. A. Sunman-Allowances                                   91.98     584

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                          666.10     S/O

H. M. R. &. Customs-Tax and N.I.C.                 771.00     585

DCC-Pest Control Contract                               510.00     586

Altogether Greener-Ground maintenance 3,815.20     587

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE                                     5,854.28

 

NET EXPENDITURE                                          5,854.28

 

The schedule was approved. 

 

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

 

At the time of the despatch of this agenda, the following planning applications had been received by Durham County Council which were of note to this Council.

 

  •  DM/14/02009/FPA – Mr. M. Keeley – 29 The Green – re-rendering of building and painting of walls.

  • DM/14/01948/FPA – Mr. S. Ellis – 7 The Lane, Cornforth – erection of a conservatory to the rear.

 

Members resolved not to make any comments on these applications.

 

Members noted that the following delegated decisions had been taken by the County Council:

 

  • DM/14/01741/FPA – Mr. J. Lowe – 1 The Oval – single storey extension to the side/rear to form a garage.

  • DM/14/01696/FPA – Ms. E. McManus – 1 High Street – change of use of Post Office to form a children’s nursery, including the demolition of the existing kitchen and conservatory to the rear and roller shutter to the front.

 

 

13. TRAVELLERS MEETING IN CORNFORTH.

 

The Clerk reported that he had sought a meeting between Mr. Collins of the County Council and the Chairman and Vice Chairman on this issue.  No reply had been received.

 

14.  GROUND MAINTENANCE CONTRACT.

 

The Clerk reported that following representations from Councillor Hodgson, the contractor has been asked to provide a quote for work to clear branches left on the Stobbs Cross area, clear vegetation at the entrances and strim around the goal posts.  The Clerk is preparing proposals to cut back the trees and shrubs on this site, repair fencing and provide new goal posts, following consultation with young people on their use of this land.  A report will be made to a future meeting once the issue of using Section 106 grant has discussed with the County Council.  Tenders will be sought at that time.  Altogether Greener has also been asked to price the regular cutting of a short section of footpath on our allotment site to facilitate access and further work to trim the hedge at the Memorial Park.

 

15. REPAIR OF THE WAR MEMORIALS IN CORNFORTH AND TURSDALE.

 

The War Memorials Trust has advised the Clerk that the Parish can now proceed to make a formal application for grant for the repointing, cleaning and painting of lettering on the two war memorials.  It was agreed that the applications be made.

The Vice Chairman requested that the Council sets aside monies each year to replace the statue lost from the Tursdale memorial by November 2018.  A separate application for grant could be available for this work.  Members agreed to set aside £2,500 each year, to approach the Historic Society to research the issue and arrange publicity and to seek grants through the War Memorials Trust and businesses in the Tursdale area.

 

16.  PARISH COUNCIL BANKING ARRANGEMENTS.

 

The Clerk reported that the Parish Council holds considerable reserves with Unity Trust Bank, a subsidiary of the Co-operative Bank, currently undergoing restructuring.  Councillor Poole suggested that the Parish Council seeks advice from its external auditors amongst others on how best to proceed to secure its funds, perhaps by splitting its money across several banks and obtain a better return on them.

 

17.  OPENNESS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS 2014.

 

The Clerk had circulated a report with the agenda for Members’ consideration, making recommendations on changes to Standing Orders, how to proceed to comply with the above regulations and the content of draft guidelines to be followed by any persons recording the meeting. The Members resolved as follows:

 

  • That in respect of the Clerk taking delegated decisions in the interests of urgency, such a practice be avoided where ever possible.

  • That Standing Order 3l be waived at this and future meetings.

  • That the report be approved and the Clerk to draft written guidelines based upon it to be provided to those persons recording the proceedings at each meeting.

 

 

NOTE:  At the close of the meeting Members were asked if they had any items for inclusion on the next agenda.  The following request was made:

 

  •  Representations on the Children’s Centre consultation.

 

THE CLERK ADVISED MEMBERS THAT HE WOULD BE ON LEAVE UNTIL 1ST OCTOBER 2014.

 

Yours Sincerely, Ray Sunman/Clerk: 9th September 2014.