GREATWORTH PARISH COUNCIL
of the meeting held in Greatworth Methodist Church Room
on Monday 1 June 2015 at 8.00pm
Present: Cllrs Tinkler, Masser, Stageman, Ward,
In attendance: S Loake (Clerk)
Two members of the public were also present
In the absence of the Chairman, Cllr Tinkler (Vice-chairman) conducted the meeting
1 Apologies were accepted from Cllrs Peart and Cross
2 Declarations of interest in agenda items - none
3 Open Forum – A member of the public raised the question of the affordable housing. It was stated that the PC had fought to reduce the impact on the village, and had succeeded in reducing the number of units from 18 to 10. The Clerk reassured the member of the public that no approach had been made form the developers regarding the small section of land by the gateway. It was suggested that an approach was inevitable, and that this be used as a bargaining ploy to get electricity and water supplies connected to the playing field.
4 Minutes of the meeting held on 12 May 2015: It was proposed by Cllr Masser, 2nd by Cllr Ward, that the minutes be accepted as a true record of the meeting. They were signed by the vice-chairman
5 Matters arising not covered elsewhere in this agenda
- a) Signage at playground: Cllr Stageman has altered the sign prohibiting ball games. Cllr Bingham and the Clerk are to obtain quotes for additional signage.
- b) Councillors’ Register of interest forms were returned to the Clerk
- c) Updating of website- on hold until Cllr Peart is present
6 Report from Halse: Cllr Tinkler reported that the Traffic Calming has still not been implemented, even though the first residents at the new estate have now moved in. Although this is in breach of the agreement, it seems that the fault is with NCC Highways rather than the developers. High Speed broadband is still awaited.
7 Reports from working parties
7.1 HS2: Mr R Hooper’s petition is to be heard next week, and he will be reiterating and adding to the points made in the PC petition by Cllr Peart. Mr Hooper also agreed to attend the HS2 Liaison group on behalf of the PC, even though he has now retired as a councillor. The Vice-chairman thanked him for this.
7.2 Planning: There have been no applications. The Affordable Housing application has already been discussed in the open forum
7.3 Playgrounds: The rope bridge has still not been repaired. This is unsatisfactory, and the Clerk will make suitably threatening noises to the contractor. The Clerk also re[ported that the metal supports for the basketball net have rusted, and this has now been taken down.
8 Financial matters
8.1 The clerk presented a finance report, a copy of which is attached to the file copy of these minutes.
8.2 The payments indicated on the finance report were approved, and cheques were signed. However, it was noted that the precept has still not been received, and the clerk will continue to hold onto cheques until cash flow dictates that it is prudent to release them.
8.3 There have been no receipts during the period
8.4 The clerk outlined the internal control system employed during the year. He stated that he had a query regarding the disclosure of fixed assets and the treatment of the payment to the retiring clerk. It was proposed by Cllr Masser, 2nd Cllr Ward and agreed that the Annual Return be approved, and the Vice Chairman be empowered to sign it after the Clerk has resolved these queries.
9 The Correspondence was reviewed. A list of the correspondence is attached to the file copy of these minutes
10 Councillor questions: There were none.
There being no further business, the meeting was closed at 9.05pm