GREATWORTH PARISH COUNCIL
of the meeting of the Parish Council
held in Greatworth Methodist Church Room
on Monday 3 November 2014 at 8.15pm
Present: Cllrs Stageman, Hooper, Bingham, Masser, Ward, Cross
In attendance: Simon Loake (Clerk)
1 Apologies were received from Cllr Tinkler
2 Open session- there were no members of the public present
3 Minutes: It was proposed by Cllr Masser, 2nd by Cllr Hooper and agreed that the minutes represented a true record of the meeting held on 23 October. The minutes were duly signed by the Chairman.
4 Matters arising: there were none
5 Report from Halse: Cllr Cross reported that clarification was awaited of the width of the traffic calming installation, as there is concern about larger agricultural vehicles being able to pass. The planning application for the Farthinghoe Solar Farm has been unanimously rejected. The upgrade to the street lighting in Halse will be undertaken when the work in Greatworth is completed.
6 Reports from Working Parties.
Planning: from Planning: The only notification was for the clearance of trees at The Malthouse.
Play areas: There has been a complaint from a resident that teenagers are climbing onto play equipment and looking through into his house, which represents a serious invasion of privacy. The Clerk reported that he had visited the premises, and agreed that there is a problem which needs to be addressed. Cllr Bingham said he would apply some preventative coating to the relevant item of play equipment, and would make an appropriate post on the community Facebook page. The Clerk stated that he would allude to this in his article for The Glimpse, stressing that the play area is for primary aged children only.
There has been no further news regarding the windfarm, but it was noted that Mr Pickles has just rejected his 50th windfarm application!
HS2 Formal thanks were expressed to Andrew Bodman for his work in planning the vist of the Select Committee. He had walked the entire route himself! The Chairman withy Cllr Ward and her husband had met the bus, and there was a vivid demonstration of the impact of the portal. The Chairman stated that it was difficult to assess the reaction of the select committee, but the fact that the bus struggled to get down Helmdon Road helped demonstrate the access problems The presentation had highlighted the problems to business, farms, jobs, sound, dust, village life. It was also emphasised that if any resident is contacted by HS2 for negotiations on property, ensure that all members of the liaison group are aware of this.
7 Finance: the Clerk presented the Finance Report, which had previously been circulated to Councillors, and which showed a bank balance of £25908.07. The Clerk commented that this balance will be depleted when payment is made for the upgrade of the streetl ighting It was proposed by Cllr Masser, 2nd Cllr Stagemenn, that the finance report be accepted and that the payments shown thereon be authorised. Cheques were duly signed. A copy of the Finance Report is attached to the file copy of these minutes
8 Correspondence: The Clerk presented a list of correspondence that had been received since the previous meeting, noting an item about the closure of footpaths, which was postmarked several days after the closure had taken effect, and referred to the use motor vehicles using footpaths!.
9 Co-option for Councillor vacancy: The Chairman asked Councillors to make enquiries about possible candidates to fulfil the current vacancy, suggesting that younger applicants shou d be encouraged. Cllr Ward reported that she would endeavour to recruit Lucy Deacon
10Any other business
Cllr Ward stated that Lisa Kershaw had expressed an interest in becoming the dog warden
Cllr Peart reported that there was no further news regarding the installation of high-speed broadband.
The Clerk reported that he had instigated an A43 Action Partnership, and was happy to represent the requirements of Greatworth at these meetings.
Dates of next meetings
Monday 2 December 2014
Monday 5 January 2015
Monday 2 February 2015
There being no further business, the Chairman closed the meeting at 9.50pm