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Halling Parish Council
Meeting of Halling Parish Council held on 8 March 2007 at the Community Centre
Present: Vice-Chairman, Councillors R Underdown, C Herbert, D Palmer, F Howard, Mrs M Coleman, T Reynolds, P Wyatt and R Swain.
W R Swan – Clerk and 10 members of the public.
1. Apologies for absence
Apologies were received from the Chairman who was sick. The Vice-Chairman then took the Chair.
2. Minutes of last meeting
Councillor Underdown said that item 10 – Lafarge should read “a review of plans will be in place before 2010.”
Councillor Howard said that his question regarding Parish Councillors’ planning objections in which he had been referred to the Code of Conduct, had not been included.
It was proposed by Councillor Howard, seconded by Councillor Palmer, that after taking into account the above amendments, that Minutes were a true record. All agreed and the Vice-Chairman duly signed them.
3. Matters arising
Councillor Reynolds asked if the Railway Authorities had been consulted about the CCTV being proposed for Forge Green being extended to cover the station. It was decided that this was a matter for the Chairman who was dealing with this matter on behalf of the Halling Association.
4. Notification of Any Other Business
Councillor Palmer – 1 item, Vice-Chairman – 3 items
5. Reports by Chairmen of Committees
In the absence of the Chairman, the Clerk reported that a quote of £110 has been received for erecting a waste bin already owned by the Council, in the Lower Rec. No other quotes had been forthcoming and it was proposed by Councillor Palmer, seconded by Councillor Swain, that this quote be accepted and the waste bin put in place as soon as possible. All agreed.
Councillor Wyatt said that Medway Council have at last adopted Saxon Homes areas and work has been started around the Bishops Palace.
The Committee Chairman, Councillor Wyatt, reported that the Ticker and Plough paths were now clear. Councillor Mrs Coleman met with Richard Adam of Marden Parish Council to walk the Marsh to discuss RS 320 and will report to a later meeting. There has been a further visit to Medway Archives by Councillors Coleman and Wyatt to follow up on research being made on RS 320. Councillor Mrs Coleman is to prepare the necessary paperwork to request the extension of RS219 to meet with RS319. This will require at least 20 signed witness statements confirming use of this path which will be sent to Medway/Lafarge as a test prior to moving on to the RS320 claim.
Barry Barnes’ article describing 5 walks around Halling is published in the latest Halling View and also on the website. Medway will be including these in their magazine “Medway Walking Festival” to be published later in the Spring. The Chairman proposed a vote of thanks to Barry Barnes and Maggie Coleman for all their help on this and other footpath matters.
Planning & Development
The Committee Chairman, Councillor Underdown said that 2 new applications had been received as follows:
112 High Street, Lower Halling – retrospective permission for the demolition of a link between buildings. The Parish Council had no objection but without prejudice to previous correspondence on this matter.
72 Pilgrims Road, North Halling – dormer windows in existing building – no objection.
6. Harris House – no report
7. Halling Association – no report
8. Jubilee Hall – no report.
9. Community Centre
The Vice-Chairman reported that the Parish Council had been invited to a meeting with the Community Centre Trustees and Committee on Monday 12 March to discuss matters of mutual concern.
10. Lafarge – no report
11. CEMEX - no report
12. Youth Club
The Vice-Chairman reported that they now have 105 members. They are hoping to repeat the successful 2006 Summer Play scheme in 2007 and have asked the Halling Association and Medway Council for support.
13. Annual Parish Council
The Clerk asked for ideas for guest speakers for the APM on 24 April at the Community Centre and among the suggestions was someone from the Police and Fire Service. The Clerk will try to arrange this.
(a) Audit Commission – letter re auditor for 2006/7
(b) Communities and Local Government – Model Code of Conduct
(c) email re BMX track
(d) emails from Medway Council – yellow lines and state of Pilgrims Road
(e) Open Spaces Society – magazine
(f) Safeplay Ltd – playground safety
(g) Medway Council – minutes of Rural Liaison Committee – 30/01/07
(h) Southern Water – winter update
(i) Medway Council – clerks’ liaison committee meeting 5 March 2007
(j) Bob Marshall-Andrews QC MP – copy letter to Chief Exec. Medway Council
(k) Jim Sutherland – update on Estates
(l) The Kent Men of the Trees – village competition
(m) Craigdene Ltd – training day 12 March 2007
(n) Medway Council Trading Standards – delivering services to rural areas
(o) Local Council Review magazine
(p) Total Property – quotes for Basketball area
(q) Medway Council – email re Palmers corner
(r) Medway Council – planning appln. 72 Pilgrims Rd, N Halling
(s) Clerk and Councils Direct magazine
(a) Medway Council – Payment of £1924 under Ray Maisey’s ward fund
|(a) W R Swan – expenses||
|(b) Home and Hobby – VH’s purchases||
|(c) Cuxton & Halling PCC – section 137||
|(d) Total Property – repairs to swing||
|(e) Total Property – erection of notice board||
It was proposed by the Vice-Chairman, seconded by Councillor Mrs Coleman, that the above payments be ratified. This was agreed unanimously.
Any Other Business
Councillor Palmer raised the question of dogs being brought on to and fouling the Recreation Grounds. Could the prohibition notices be more prominent and what could be done about catching those responsible? The Clerk said that witnesses must be prepared to make a statement to the Civic Wardens and people were reluctant to do this to their neighbours.
The Vice-Chairman said that Mary Acott had thanked him for the donation of £400 to the PCC to help with the grass cutting in the cemetery.
Arrangements are proceeding with the Funday and he has had 9 bookings so far.
18. Parishioners’ Questions
Among the questions raised by residents at the meeting were:
1. Primrose Cottage
2. Palmers Corner DYLs
3. Football pitch markings
4. Kent Road litter.
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