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Meeting of Halling Parish Council held on 12 July 2007 at the Community Centre

Present: Chairman, Councillors D Palmer, P Wyatt, R Underdown, Mrs M Coleman, T Reynolds, C Herbert and R Swain. W R Swan – Clerk

No Parishioners’ Questions as no members of the public were present

1. Apologies for absence
Vice – Chairman – hospital visiting.

2. Minutes of last meeting
It was proposed by Councillor Wyatt, seconded by Councillor Underdown, that the Minutes were a true record of the last meeting. All agreed and the Chairman signed them accordingly.

3. Matters arising
Item 3 - Councillor Herbert asked if the pontoon had been fixed as yet. Councillor Wyatt
said that Medway Council have accepted that they will have to fix it. He will be keeping an eye on progress.

4. Notification of Any Other Business
Councillor Palmer – 1 item; Councillor Wyatt – 1 item

5. Reports by Chairman of Committees
(a) Estates
Councillor Palmer reported that quotes are now being obtained for the repairs necessary in the recreation grounds. He will call an Estates Committee to discuss them. He attended a meeting with Medway Council officers at the school to discuss a Multi Activity area for the Lower Rec. to be funded in the main by Medway Council Youth Service. He is to arrange a presentation for the Halling Association for additional funding and it is hoped that further funds might be available from other organisations.
Forge Green is to be handed over to the Parish Council by Groundwork Swale on 13 July 2007.

(b) Footpaths
Councillor Wyatt reported that he has checked out the problems at the top of the Plough Path and informed Lafarge accordingly. Nothing has been heard from Medway Council on the RS320 nor has there been any update on the Warren Path.

(c) Planning & Development
Councillor Underdown reported that the Planning Committee had examined the application for the Service Station in the High Street and had objected to this on the grounds of overdevelopment, parking, lack of green space and sight lines.
Councillor Swain said that he had heard that the developers of Trechmanns Wharf were considering houses in Bores Hole. The Parish Council is to keep a watch out for this.

6. Jubilee Hall – no report

7. Halling Association
Councillor Wyatt said that the new map for the front wall of the Community Centre is being progressed.

8. Community Centre – no report.

9. Lafarge - no report but the Clerk was asked to arrange a Liaison meeting

10. Cemex - no report but the Clerk was asked to arrange a Liaison meeting

11. Youth Club – no report

12. Funday
In the absence of the Vice-Chairman, Councillor Palmer said that it was very successful but the organisation of the evening entertainment is to be reviewed.

13. Policing
Councillor Palmer said that PCSO Alan Beech has been seen around and about the Village. A new PCSO is due to start in Halling and Cuxton in July with another starting in August.

14. Code of Conduct
Having discussed this at earlier meetings, It was proposed by Councillor Palmer, seconded by Councillor Mrs Coleman, that the Parish Council adopt the model form as recommended by the Standards Board of England. This was agreed unanimously.

15. Banking Arrangements
It was agreed that Councillor Wyatt be added to the list of signatories in place of Andy Ballantyne.

16. Correspondence
(a) Medway Council – lottery return
(b) Kent Downs AONB – questionnaire by 27/7/07
(c) Open Spaces Society – Annual report and accounts 2006 etc.
(d) Funday Committee – letter of thanks
(e) KAPC – newsletter
(f) email Ray Maisey – re CCTV
(g) LCR magazine
(h) Kompan play – CD
(i) Clerks & Councils Direct – magazine
(j) Royal British Legion – newsletter
(k) ESP playgrounds
(l) email George Crozer – football
(m) Commission for Rural Communities – Stakeholder Survey findings
(n) email Catherine Smith – COMMA Community Aggregates fund
(o) email Catherine Smith – Shoreline Management plan
Councillor Wyatt agreed to deal with item (b).
It was agreed to purchase the book on open spaces as advertised in (c) above and to send a letter of thanks to the organising Committee as in (d).

17. Receipts

(a) Arun Estates – advert in Funday Magazine

18. Payments

£ Net
 £ Vat
£ Gross
(a) Home & Hobby VH purchases 11.24 1.97 13.21
(b) Remmer Print – Funday draw tickets 40.85 7.15 48.00
(c) Total Property – playground repairs 468.20   468.20
(d) Clive Stanley – webmaster fees June 88.00   88.00
(e) Paula Wilkins- Smith Halling View 40.00   40.00

It was proposed by Councillor Herbert, seconded by Councillor Palmer, to ratify the above payments. All agreed.

19. Any Other Business
Councillor Palmer said that he had obtained a quote of £150 for clearing the rats at the front of St John’s church and it was agreed that this should be accepted.
Councillor Wyatt spoke about the consultation being held on the Shoreline Management Plan.

Last updated ~ 13 September 2007

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