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Meeting of Halling Parish Council held on 11th February 2010 at the Community Centre

Present: Vice-Chairman Les Hitchcock, Ray Jackson, Chris Herbert, Trevor Reynolds, Mitzi Richardson, Daryl Palmer and Norman Mitchell.

W R Swan - Clerk and 3 members of the public.


Stuart Hubert gave a presentation on the Valley of Vision plans for the Bishops Palace and Brendan the artist showed his ideas for a sculpture to be incorporated in the plans.

1. Apologies

Apologies were received from the Chairman Frank Howard, Maggie Coleman and Bob Swain.

2. Minutes

It was proposed by Mitzi Richardson, seconded by Trevor Reynolds, that the minutes were a true record of the January 2010 meeting.  All agreed and the Vice Chairman duly signed them.

3. Matters Arising  - none

4. Notification of Any Other Business

Chris Herbert – 1 item;  Daryl Palmer – 1 item; Vice-Chairman – 1 item and the Clerk - 2 items.

5. Co-option of Member for Lower Ward

It was proposed by Mitzi Richardson, seconded by Trevor Reynolds, that Richard Thorne be duly co-opted on to the Parish Council.  This was agreed unanimously and Richard Thorne duly signed the Acceptance Book.


6. Reports by Chairmen of Committees

(a) Estates  - Daryl Palmer said that the Insurers report on the play equipment has been received with no major problems except that the safety matting under some of the equipment needs work.   This could entail replacement but before committing the Parish Council to what could be high expenditure, he will await the independent report which is being carried out by Craigdene Ltd.  A quote is awaited for the repairs to the damaged bin in the  Lower Rec.

(b) Footpaths – no report

(c) Planning & Development

Norman Mitchell reported on the latest application received:

MC09/1665 – Halling Primary School – extension to existing store and conservatory extension.  There was no objection to this.

7. Marsh & Land registration – no report

8.  Jubilee Hall

Ray Jackson volunteered to act as the Parish Council’s representative on the Jubilee Hall Committee.  It was proposed by Daryl Palmer, seconded by Mitzi Richardson, to accept this offer and all agreed.

9.  Halling Association

Trevor Reynolds reported on the meeting on 9th February 2010.  He said that Catherine Smith of Medway Council is finding it difficult to deal with Association monies as they are held in the Parish Council’s accounts.   It was proposed by Trevor Reynolds, seconded by the Vice-Chairman, that the Parish Council transfer these funds to Medway Council provided that they are ring fenced for the use of the Association.  This was agreed unanimously.

10. Community Centre

The Vice-Chairman reported that 3 new members have joined the Committee.  Mark Tickner is to take over from Jane Adams as Treasurer.

11. Lafarge

The Clerk is to contact Daniel Daniels to arrange a meeting.

12. Cemex

Daryl Palmer reported that he has been in contact with Simon Barrett of the Company about the White Pit.  A surveyor has been appointed to look at the site and to meet with Daryl Palmer.

13. Youth Club

The Vice-Chairman said that Kent Youth has visited and they consider that Halling YC is one of the largest in the area.

14. Highways & Rail

It was agreed that we should invite Phil Moore to the next Strategy meeting on 25th February.  Trevor Reynolds said that the Community Rail Partnership has indicated that the High Speed trains could be running on the Medway Valley line as they are trying to find a way to serve Maidstone.  The Probation Service is to carry out the station clearance.

15. Receipts

Halling View Adverts        £205.00


16. Payments



Budget Head

Net £

Vat £

Gross £

W R Swan






Clive Stanley

Web fees Nov/Dec9





Open Spaces Society

Subs. Renewal

Section 137




Poppy Appeal


Section 137




Staples UK Ltd.

Purchase of laptop





You First Ltd

Purchase of copier





P Wilkins - Smith

Delivery of HV flyer





B Cook

Grounds Maintenance






Subs. renewal

Section 137




Clive Stanley

Web fees/ FW10 logo





It was proposed by the Vice-Chairman, seconded by Ray Jackson, that the above payments be ratified.   All agreed.

17.  Any Other Business

Chris Herbert raised the question of  Councillors not attending  meetings. 

The Clerk drew members’ attention to the latest Newsletter from KALC which mentioned the latest model which has been produced for Standing Orders.  It was proposed by Trevor Reynolds, seconded by Ray Jackson, that the Parish Council goes ahead and produces its own Standing Orders.  All agreed and Trevor Reynolds and the Clerk agreed to produce a draft for consideration and approval of the Council.

The Clerk informed the meeting that the Jubilee Hall is doubled booked for the Annual Parish Meeting on 20th April and was asked to arrange another Tuesday in April.

Daryl Palmer reminded the meeting of the Quiz Night at the Jubilee Hall on 12th February along with the Farmers’ Market in the Community Centre on 14th February.

Parishioners’ Questions.

Among the points raised by residents at the meeting were the following:

(a) Condition of recs.

(b) Ash Path

(c) Vicarage Close circle.

(d) White lining and potholes



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