Minutes 8th March 2017

Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on Wednesday 8th March 2017 in Stoke Lacy Village Hall at 7.30pm

Present:
Councillor Janet Ivison (Vice Chairman); Councillors Anne Reece, Clifford Bufton and John Westwood.
In attendance
Mrs Alma Westwood (Clerk)
Ward Councillor Jonathan Lester

The meeting commenced at 7.35pm.

1/17 To receive and accept APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Councillor Neil Walters; apology accepted. Councillor Janet Ivison chaired the meeting.

2/17 To receive DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST on Agenda items
No interests were declared.

3/17 TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS PARISH COUNCIL MEETING held on 11th January 2017
These were approved and signed.

4/17 WARD COUNCILLOR’S AND POLICE REPORTS
4/17i Ward Councillor Jonathan Lester reported on Herefordshire Council budget and Herefordshire Children’s and Young People’s Plan 2015-2018 and progress of planning application P163494, The Maltings
4.17ii CSO Berrett was not present

5/17 There was no PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

6/17 FINANCE
Current Account balance as at 1st March 2017: £4705.54
6/17 i Draft accounts from 1st January to 28th February 2017 as distributed: APPROVED.
6/17 ii The following payments were approved:

  • Lengthsman’s account of £768. (inc. £128 VAT) for works along Bredenbury Lane, Stokes Lane and Little Cowarne Lane
  • HALC Subs for 2017/18: £376.38 (inc. £62.73 VAT)
  • Clerk’s half-year salary and PAYE
  • Appointment of Auditor: agreed Councillor Reece approach Mr Ian Pardoe and the Clerk ask the Avenbury Parish Council auditor

6/17 iii The Lengthsman’s Quotation of £582 (inc. £97 VAT)for works required on Much Cowarne Lane (Gravel Pit Lane) was APPROVED
6/17 iv Contribution towards The Newsletter: It was AGREED that a note be published in The Cider Press asking for parishioners’ views; to be on May’s agenda

7/17 Change to Clerk’s email address to ‘.gov.uk’ for security reasons: AGREED

8/17 Date for Heartstart Course: Monday 15th May, 7-9pm, if available. To be published in The Cider Press; open for anyone interested.

9/17 Drains along A465 by church
No current issues; to be kept on Parish Council agenda

10/17 Councillors’ Allowances Scheme
The scheme had now closed

11/17 Hosting a Coffee Morning in church; date t.b.a.
Councillors AGREED to do this

12/17 INFORMATION SHEET
12/17i HALC courses and emails from Anthony Bush and others as already emailed
12/17ii Cancellation of one of Clerk’s courses; account for the other not yet received
12/7 iii Planning Application P17033f/F: Orchard Barn, Stoke Lacy: Application for change of use to ménage and change of barn to 4 stables: discussed, but came to Clerk too late to be included as an agenda item for a decision. Clerk noted Councillors’ remarks.

13/17 ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION FOR NEXT AGENDA
Drains on A465; Condition of roads up to Winslow Crossroads; Community Newsletter; coffee morning (date)

DATES FOR FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS to May 2017
( Wednesday in the Village Hall):
Annual Meetings:
17th May 2017 Parish Meeting at 7.30pm; Parish Council Meeting at 8.00pm
NOTE change of date and times of meetings.

The meeting closed at 9.00pm.