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 MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL: JANUARY 2015

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council which was held in the Community Centre, Cornforth, at 7.00pm on Monday 12th January 2015.

 

Present:

 

Chairman:  Councillor Mr. A., Hodgson.

 

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

 

Apologies: None.

 

PRIOR TO THE MEETING:

 

Mrs Allison Tate of “livin” made a short presentation on consultations the Housing Association was holding within the village on improvements to its open land on Laburnum Road.  The improvements were part if “livin’s” initiative for high quality open spaces.  This land in Cornforth was a pilot scheme.  Every resident and organisation in the village was being consulted about their needs and wishes in respect of improving this land.  There is the possibility of involving the school and other organisations in the implementation of any proposals and it will be important for the community to take responsibility for the maintenance and sustainability for any scheme.  The consultation period will end on 23rd January 2015.

 

 

 

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

 

  •  APOLOGIES.

 

There were no apologies for non-attendance.

 

2.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

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

 

 

3.  MINUTES

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on 8th December 2014, 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 which were not covered on the agenda.

 

5.  POLICE LIAISON

 

The Vice Chairman had been unable to attend the PACT meeting.

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

Mrs. M. Walker, Mr. Watson and Mrs. A. Wilson attended the meeting.  Mr. Watson spoke on item 14, saying that he had the permission of the landowner, Mr. Brown to stable his horses on the land, but was not grazing them on it.  He produced evidence that the Animal Welfare organisations were happy with his stewardship.  Further discussion was held under item 14.

 

Mrs. Wilson raised concerns about arson, rats and problems associated with rubbish tipping in Hawthorn Terrace.  Further discussion was held under item 9.

 

 

7. CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

There were no letters or announcements to report. 

 

8. AAP ISSUES

 

The Chairman as an elected member of the AAP Board gave a report.

 

Voting on the AAP projects had resulted in the Cornforth Good Friends project being given £10,000 and the Employment/ICT project £8,000.  Support to the Children’s projects will be decided before March.

 

 9.  COUNTY COUNCIL ISSUES

 

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

 

  • Hawthorn Terrace tipping – this problem was regularly reported to Streetscene for action.  The problem lay in the tipping of rubbish in the yards of empty property in private ownership.  The County Council can only remove the rubbish from the highway and cannot enter onto private land.  Getting details of the ownership of the properties was difficult.  Regular post inspection would be tried and the matter would be reported to the County’s Community Action Team which would meet in Cornforth at 2pm on 20th January to assess its success.

  • Community Grants Scheme – the County Council was offering grants to 15 community organisations.  The closing date for applications was 30th January 2015.

  • Planning application – Durham County Council had received an application for permission to display an illuminated fascia on the pizza shop in the High Street.

 

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

 

The Clerk advised the Council that he had been unable to circulate the current bank reconciliation statement and a comparison of this year’s budget to actual expenditure for this period because the PC had been taken in for repair.

 

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

 

Receipts                                                        £     Chq No.

Unity Trust Bank-Bank interest                   107.04

 

Payments

 

Enforcement Bailiffs-Notice on illegal caravan camp

                                                                 420.00       605

Altogether Greener-Ground maintenance payment

                                                                2,435.02      606

Premier Traffic Management-Road closures.

                                                                 408.00      607

R. A. Sunman-Allowances                            97.63       608

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                   666.10      S/O

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE                                 4,026.75

 

NET EXPENDITURE                                     3,919.71

 

 

The schedule was approved.

 

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

 

The Clerk reported that no planning applications had been received by Durham County Council which were of note to this Council.  Only one decision had been made, as follows:

 

i) DM/14/03145/VOC – Thrislington Works – Variation of condition 15 to retain the aggregate packing plant for a further five years.

 

13. TRAVELLERS CARAVANS IN CORNFORTH.

 

The Clerk reported that following the removal of the illegal caravan from the Stobbs Cross area, Thompson’s Quarry provided several large blocks of stone to be placed so as to prevent use of the land by caravans, without cost to the Parish Council.  A JCB was hired, again without cost, and the stones placed on site   Letters of thanks had been sent to the companies concerned and to date there have been no further incursions.

 

14. NETWORK RAIL AND THE SCRAP YARD: USE OF SCRAP YARD AND TIPPING ON ACCESS FROM BYPASS.

 

Members had requested an item to be placed on this agenda principally because the opening of the access could result in the resumption of illegal fly-tipping and the appearance of the access was poor.  Mr. Watson undertook to move his horses off the site in the Spring, remove any rubbish tipped and reinstate the access closure.  However, he claimed that Mr. Brown had a right of access to the yard across the access.  The situation was noted.

 

In addition, little or nothing has been done to remove the tipping from the access that runs from the by-pass to the main line railway.  The padlock to the gate has again been removed.  Members’ views were sought and it was agreed that a meeting be sought with Network Rail to discuss both issues and that Mr. Watson could attend if he wished.

 

15. WATER SUPPLY TO THE ALLOTMENTS.

 

The Clerk advised the meeting that on 5th January 2015 the Chairman was told that one of the taps on the allotments was gushing water and could not be shut off.  The Clerk and the Chairman turned off the water at the meter, which was showing an alarming level of usage.  As well as the damaged tap, it seems likely that non-tenants are using the supply.  To prevent this and immediate further cost to the Council, the Clerk arranged for the supply to be “red-blocked”.  The stop cock cannot be turned on again until we authorise such action and NWA are present.  Members approved the action taken and asked the Clerk to advise the tenants of the reasons for disconnection.  It was agreed that an item on the future of the allotments be placed on the next agenda.

 

16.  EXTENSION TO THRISLINGTON WORKS.

 

The Clerk circulated a report on the consultation and exhibition held by Lafarge on 7th January 2015 to explain its proposals to extend the life of its quarry by fifteen years.  The Chairman and Clerk and some Members had attended the meeting.  After considering the report Members agreed to advise both Lafarge and the County Council that whilst it raised no objection to the extension of the life of the quarry, it had serious concerns about the current operations, which were causing mud and stone to be deposited on Garmondsway Road.  In addition, it sought assurances that when the tunnel beneath the A1 (M) was complete (2016) the use of the accesses onto Garmondsway Road and to the east should cease for heavy vehicles.  It also sought assurances the a detailed restoration plan, controlling how that work would be carried out, the use of equipment and safeguards to adjoining housing.

 

17. PARISH AND TOWN COUNCIL GRANTS/PRECEPT 2015/16

 

The Clerk reported that the County Council had supplied the information necessary to set the precept.  Members agreed to hold a special meeting on 26th January 2015 to discuss this matter and set the budget and precept.

 

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 agreed for inclusion:

 

  • Over grown vegetation stopping the use of the footpath near the former Hare and Hounds public house.

  • The costs of the pantomime and the entrance tickets.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk: 22nd January 2015.

 

 

MINUTES OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING:

 

PRECEPT MEETING: JANUARY 2015

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council held at 7.00pm, in the Community Centre, Cornforth, on Monday 26th January 2015.

 

Present:  Councillor Mr. A. Hodgson and

 

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

 

Apologies:  Councillors:  Mr. S. Hodgson and Mr. P. Metcalfe.

 

1.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

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

 

2.  PARISH PRECEPT 2014/15

 considered the papers circulated by the Clerk and resolved to seek resources for 2015/16 of £99,903, the same as for 2014/15. This figure comprised the LCTRS figure of £18,650 and a precept of £81,253.

 

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk:  31st January 2015.

 

 

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL: FEBRUARY 2015

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council which was held in the Community Centre, Cornforth, at 7.00pm on Monday 9th February 2015.

 

Present:

 

Chairman:  Councillor Mr. A., Hodgson.

 

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

 

Apologies: Mr. T. Cutmore, Mr. S. Hodgson, Mrs. M. Poole and Mr. M. Simpson.

 

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

 

  •  APOLOGIES.

 

The above apologies for non-attendance 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 meetings held on 12th January and 26th January 2015 and circulated with the agenda were agreed as a true copy.

 

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

 

The Clerk reported that he had sent Durham County Council the details of the precept and resources requested for 2015/16.  He advised the Members that the County Council viewed the precept as a 2.2% increase on a Band “D” Council Tax payer.  As the Government had now made it clear that it did not intend to cap Town and  Parish Council increases or require them to hold a referendum for any figure over 2%, the Parish Council figure could remain unaltered.

 

5.  POLICE LIAISON

 

The Vice Chairman reported that there had been no PACT meeting in the month.

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

The Chairman adjourned the meeting to facilitate public participation and resumed it following public participation.

Mrs. Walker, Mrs Wilson and Mr. Wilson attended the meeting and Mrs Walker spoke about the “walkabout” held with the County Council’s Community Team on 20th January 2015.  Whilst there was no specific item on the agenda covering this issue, the Chairman agreed that it could be reported under item 4 of this agenda as it related to items 9 and 14 of the previous meeting. 

The meeting with Jennifer Jones and Fire Officers had been previously arranged and concentrated on the Hawthorne Terrace and Roberts’s Square areas, including the Memorial Park.  Those attending found 29 cases of tipping, 6 sewers in need of attention, 3 cases of fly-tipping, 31 cases of dog-fouling in the Memorial Park and two cases of bin fires.  The County Council was able to deal with most of these issues within 24 hours.  The Fire Officer will deal with ongoing action to deal with the fires and a matter involving a damaged roof had been reported to Building Control.  Mrs. Walker pointed out that the Parish Council could adopt bye-laws to prevent dogs from being exercised in the Memorial Park.

The Chairman thanked Mrs. Walker for her report and pointed out that the “walkabout” had been intended as a follow-up to the Team’s earlier work.  It was regrettable that the team had not met also with Parish Council Members waiting to meet them in Cornforth House on that day.

For the record, a Mr. Wilson had attended to speak about Parish Council notice boards.  The Clerk advised him that the matter could not be raised at the meeting or placed on the agenda because of the short length of time that had passed since it was last discussed and action determined.

 

7.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

The Chairman reported that “Doggie Bulldogs”, a local charity, had raised £1,000 for the school to acquire team sports strips.  The Members expressed their thanks to those involved and passed on the Head Teacher’s gratitude.

 

 8. AAP ISSUES

 

The Chairman advised Members that as yet no further decisions involving grants to local projects had been taken.

 

9.  COUNTY COUNCIL ISSUES

 

In the absence of our County Council representative no report could be given. 

 

10. BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENTS – POSITION AT 31st DECEMBER 2014 AND 31ST JANUARY 2015.

 

The Clerk had circulated the bank reconciliation statements and a comparison of this year’s budget to actual expenditure for this periods at the meeting. The contents were noted.

 

 

11. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS TO 31st JANUARY 2015.

 

Receipts                                                £  Cheque  No.

NIL

 

 

Payments

 

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal -

Wreathes for Remembrance Sunday      290.00     609

 

Lumalite - Christmas tree hire              783.29     610

 

Hibbitts Electrical-Supply to tree wrap    118.74     611

 

West Cornforth and District Community Association

Affiliation fee                                      20.00     612

 

Northumbrian Water-Allotment water   356.23     613

 

Altogether Greener

Ground maintenance                         2,474.44    614

 

R. A. Sunman-Allowances                      97.63     615

 

R. A. Sunman-Salary                           666.10     S/O

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE                        4,806.43

 

 

The above schedule was approved.

 

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

 

The Clerk reported that the following planning applications had been received by Durham County Council which were of note to this Council:

 

  • DM/14/03712/AD – 10/12 High Street Cornforth – Installation of an illuminated fascia sign.

  • DM/15/00127/MIN – Lafarge – Extension of the life of the quarry for 15 years, an internal haul road and restoration works.

 

It was resolved to make no representation with regard to the illuminated sign, but that the Parish Council views on the quarry, reported at the last meeting, be forwarded to the County Council

 

  Members noted that only one decision had been made affecting this Council:

 

  • DM/14/02872/MIN – Thrislington Works – Extension of the life of the concrete batching plant.

 

13. NETWORK RAIL: USE OF SCRAP YARD AND TIPPING ON ACCESS FROM BYPASS.

 

Members were advised that Network Rail felt that it had no responsibility to remove any rubbish from the site as it only held a right of way across it and would give no information about the landowner.  The Clerk was instructed to contact the County Council.  In addition, the Clerk was instructed to write to Network Rail about the scrap yard access and arrange a meeting.

 

14. REPAIR WORK TO THE GREEN.

 

The Clerk reported that Durham County Council appears to have prepared its specification for the repair work, but seems to be under the impression that the Highways Team is to do the work.  The Clerk had spoken to Mr. Dunn but he had not been sent any details for presentation at the meeting. This item will be placed on the next agenda and Members will be asked to agree a list of tenderers.

 

15. OVERGROWN VEGETATION ON FOOTPATH AT FORMER HARE AND HOUNDS.

 

A Member had asked that this item be placed on the agenda.  It was agreed that the Clerk would ask Durham County Council to cut the vegetation back.

 

16.   THE VILLAGE PANTOMIME: COSTS AND ENTRANCE CHARGES.

 

A Member had asked that item be placed on the agenda.  After discussion, it was agreed that in 2015 the pantomime would be given more publicity and that a flat charge of £2 a head would be made.

 

17. FUTURE WORK TO THE ALLOTMENTS.

 

Members asked for an item to be placed on the agenda to discuss the need for work following the disconnection of the water supply.  The Clerk had circulated a brief note at the meeting, setting out the current tenancy situation, vacant plots, the waiting list and water costs as a basis for discussion.  It was agreed that the Clerk would arrange for the water to be reconnected so that repairs could be carried out.  The tenants would be advised of the situation and all residents on the waiting list be asked to confirm their interest in having a tenancy. 

 

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 agreed:

 

  • Replacement dog bins on the Green

  • Allotments.

  • School Open day following demolition.

 

Ray Sunman/Clerk.

17th February 2015.

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF CORNFORTH PARISH COUNCIL: MARCH 2015

 

Minutes of the meeting of Cornforth Parish Council which was held in the Community Centre, Cornforth, at 7.00pm on Monday 9th March 2015.

 

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. S. Neville, Mrs. M. Poole, Mr. R. Poole, Mr. R. Vaughan and Mr. A. Wilson.

 

Apologies: Mr. S. Hodgson, Mr. P. Metcalfe and Mrs. S. Traynor.

 

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

 

  •  APOLOGIES.

 

The above apologies for non-attendance 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 9th February 2015 and circulated with the agenda were agreed as a true copy.

 

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 latest PACT meeting had been well attended with 20 people and representatives from “Livin’”. One of the main topics had been police response times.  An “immediate” response was within 10 minutes; a priority was within 1 hour; a “scheduled” response could take up to 3 hours or up to 3 days.  The differing times were manpower and cost  related.  Residents were encouraged to phone in to report incidents as this helps justify extra resources for particular areas.  The priority in Cornforth was the Maughan and Elvet Close areas which had been targeted by aggressive salesmen.

Residents felt that a light on the path next to the churchyard was required.  This was difficult because of unknown ownership.  The “Safe Homes Initiative would help residents.  Overall crime in the village was low and generally involved domestic or neighbour related issues.

 

6.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

Mrs. Walker, Mrs Wilson and Mr. Walker attended the meeting, but did not ask to speak on any item on the agenda.

 

7.  CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

The Chairman reported that he had received a letter from Mrs. Wilson on behalf of the “Allsorts Group” and read it out.  Mrs Wilson had asked why the Parish Council had not included an item on the agenda on the Parish Meeting.  The Chairman explained that the Council had already agreed to hold a meeting and that it would be held in May after the General Election.  He instructed the Clerk to reply in writing on this aspect of the letter. 

The second part of the letter dealt with the issue of dog fouling and again questioned the omission of this item from the agenda when it had been discussed at the February meeting.  The Chairman replied that this matter was one for the County Council to address, but had no objection to its inclusion on the April meeting.

 

 8. AAP ISSUES

 

Councillor Simpson had attended the past meeting at which the Lord Lieutenant for County Durham gave a presentation on the honours system.  County Durham was under represented.  A web site can advise those interested in putting forward nominations (www.gov.uk/honours) and a telephone helpline is available (020 7276 2772).

A presentation was made by a nature conservation group, “Three Rivers”, which will apply for Heritage Lottery funding for a £2M scheme to form a reserve around the head-waters of the River Skerne.

A change will be made in the way future AAP projects are assessed with three sub groups being formed to examine projects in each of the three priority areas rather the the full Board examining them all.  The next meeting will be held on 13th May 2015.

 

9.  COUNTY COUNCIL ISSUES

 

County Council Simpson reported that:

  • The sign above the pizza shop on the High Street had been approved.

  •  An application for a new house had been made on land adjoining the Green.  The details had been circulated during the meeting by the Clerk and the issue was dealt with under item 12.

  •  Fly tipping continues to be a problem at vacant property.  Jennifer Jones of the Community Action Team had advised that Durham County Council would be approaching the Land Registry to determine ownership and action.  The Parish Council is asked to support this action.  Under this item Councillor Wilson raised the issue of tipping behind the former Balaclava public house.  It was reported that permission had been granted to clear the land.

 

 

10. BANK RECONCILIATION STATEMENTS – POSITION AT 28TH FEBRUARY 2015.

 

The Clerk had circulated the bank reconciliation statements and a comparison of this year’s budget to actual expenditure for this periods at the meeting. The contents were noted.

 

11. SCHEDULE OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS TO 28TH FEBRUARY 2015.

 

Receipts                                                     £ Cheque No.

 

NIL

 

Payments

 

R.B. Legion Men’s Section-Contribution       30.00    616

 

R. B. Legion Women’s Section-Contribution 30.00    617

 

R.A.O.B. Sphere Lodge-Contribution             30.00   618

 

Salvation Army-Contribution                      30.00   619

 

West Cornforth Comm. Assoc.-Wreath         36.00   620

 

Stephen Edgoose-Computer repair            120.00    621

 

R. A. Sunman-Allowances                          90.93    622

 

Altogether Greener-Ground maintenance  2,316.76   623

 

Cornforth Partnership

-Awards for All payment                          800.50   624

 

R. A. Sunman-Salary                                666.10   S/O

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE                              4,150.29

 

The schedule was approved.

 

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

 

Members considered the details of a planning application top build a house and garage in the garden east of Stonedale on the Green.  A decision on this issue was delayed until the end of the meeting so that all members could view the application.  The Council resolved to object to the development on the grounds that the access onto the lane to the north would hazardous to road safety.

 

13. NETWORK RAIL: ACCESS TO THE SCRAP YARD.

 

The Clerk advised Members that he had not had a reply from Network Rail.

 

14. REPAIR WORK TO THE GREEN.

 

The Clerk reported that Durham County Council had not provided its specification for the repair work.  Because this ongoing delay was causing the situation to deteriorate, the Members agreed the following list of tenderers and instructed the Clerk to seek tenders from them as soon as the specification was available.  The list, which had been formulated from firms able to undertake repairs to stonework and paving as well as provide tarmacadam and bitumen solutions, was as follows:

 

  • Terra Firma Surfacing and Earthworks – Durham .

  • Dunn and Spence – Spennymoor.

  • Foster Groundworks – Spennymoor.

  • Andrew  Hardy – Cornforth.

  • Durham County Council’s Highways Departmnent.

 

15. WINTER WORKS IN THE CHURCHYARD AND ON THE GREEN.

 

The Clerk reported that, following damage to the container for dead flowers, the ground maintenance contractor has been asked for a specification and quote to replace it with something more substantial but with a lighter metal cover.  A box of similar size to the existing and made of timber with an aluminium cover is suggested at an estimated cost of £684 and £450 respectively. 

In addition, there is a need to carry out work on two sets of trees.  The first is to raise the crowns of trees on the Green to facilitate mowing using ride-on machinery, at a cost of £320.  The second is to remove dead branches from the churchyard and take down a dead tree at the cost of £390. 

The Parish Council resolved that as the container was damaged by volunteers carrying out tree work on behalf of the Church and as the Parish Council had already carried out a lot of tree work in the churchyard, the Church Council be asked to pay for all of this work other than on the Green.  The Parish Council agreed to meet the cost of tree work on the Green.

 

16. LIVIN’ MEETING HELD 5TH MARCH 2015.

 

The Clerk and the Chairman were to attend a meeting with “Livin’” to consider the results of its consultation exercise to improve land at Laburnum Road.  The meeting was cancelled at short notice and a report will be made at a future date.

 

17.  REQUESTS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

 

  • The Clerk reported that a request had been received from the Secretary of the Village Show Committee for assistance towards the costs of the show, which is to be held on Sunday 30th August and Monday 31st August 2015.  The Council agreed to support the request in principle and ask for further detail.

  • The Clerk reported that Durham Miners’ Association had asked for support for the Durham Miners’ Gala.  Last year the Parish Council offered payment for a message of support at a cost of £45. It was agreed to make the same contribution.

 

18. FUTURE WORK TO THE ALLOTMENTS.

 

Members were advised that following discussions with Northumbrian Water and assistance from Councillor Metcalfe the water leaks appear to have been dealt with and the supply has been reconnected.  The Clerk is currently updating the waiting list in accordance with the Council’s instructions and the Prince’s Trust has helped clear two vacant plots.  It was agreed that the Clerk could organise the removal of any material from the plots at Parish Council expense and that a date be set for the collection of rents.  Thereafter, water usage is be monitored monthly until the next bill is received and at that point the need for further work would be considered.

 

19. THE COUNTY DURHAM PLAN.

 

The Clerk advised Members that the interim findings of the Governments’ Planning Inspectorate had been severely critical of the above plan.  The enquiry found that the plan made unrealistic assumptions about job growth and inward migration, which resulted in housing needs being far too high.  The spatial distribution of development was not justified for Durham City and as the Parish Council commented at an early stage, the plan needed to assess the needs for settlements such as Cornforth.  Incursions into the Green Belt, including 4,000 houses, was criticised and associated plans to provide two relief roads were considered unjustified, undeliverable, environmentally unacceptable and unsustainable.  The County Council faces three courses of action, to continue with the plan, which is unsound, to amend it, for which there is too little time, or to withdraw it. The Members resolved to advise the County Council to take on board the need to regenerate towns and small villages and to reconsider the Parish Council’s previous comments.

 

20.  REPLACEMENT SEATS AND DOG BINS ON THE GREEN.

 

The advised Members that Durham County had provided a quote of £1,504.65 including installation for four benches in the village and two replacement dog bins on the Green.  The County had also been asked to turn the bench on Cuthbert’s Road through ninety degrees and install two of the former High Street litter bins in the Memorial Park.  The Clerk will make application from Section 106 monies to fund the replacement seats at Stobbs Cross.  In the meantime, it was agreed to order the work to go ahead and meet the cost.

 

21.  REPLACEMENT PRINTER/SCANNER.

 

The Clerk advised the Council that he had been using his own equipment for scanning and printing since his appointment.  The equipment is not fully compatible with the Parish Council’s computer which runs on Windows 8.1 software and it is now in need of replacement.  Members agreed to approve the purchase of a new printer/scanner at a cost of up to £100.

 

22.  SCHOOL OPEN DAY.

 

Members had asked that this item be placed on the agenda at the last meeting.  Councillor Cutmore advised Members that an open day was to be held on Friday 12th June in the new Cornforth School.

 

NOTE:  At the close of the meeting Members were asked if they had any items for inclusion on the next agenda.  The following item had already been noted:

 

  • Dog fouling.

 

 

R. A. Sunman Parish Clerk

7th April 2015