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Meeting of Halling Parish Council held on 14th January 2010 at the Community Centre


Present: Chairman Frank Howard, Maggie Coleman, Mitzi Richardson and Norman Mitchell.
W R Swan - Clerk
4 members of the public.

1. Apologies for absence
Bob Swain, Les Hitchcock, Ray Jackson, Trevor Reynolds and Daryl Palmer.

2. Minutes of last meeting
It was proposed by Maggie Coleman, seconded by the Chairman, that the Minutes were a true record of the last meeting. All agreed and the Chairman signed them accordingly.
The Clerk wished to thank Maggie Coleman for taking the November 2009 minutes in his absence.

3. Matters Arising
Maggie Coleman – item 7 – has there been any response from Medway Council about the registration of the greens. The Clerk is to check up on this.

4. Notification of Other Business
Norman Mitchell – 1 item; Chairman – 1 item and the Clerk – 1 item.

5. Precept for 2010/2011
The Clerk passed round the Minutes of the Finance Committee meeting held on 10th December 2009. It was proposed by Norman Mitchell, seconded by Mitzi Richardson, that the decision of the Committee to increase the precept from £20,000 to £24,000 be ratified. All agreed and the Chairman, Members and the Clerk duly signed the forms for Medway Council.

6. Poppy Appeal 2009.
The Clerk reported that the total monies collected in the village amounted to £860.64 which has been paid over to the British Legion. It was proposed by Maggie Coleman, seconded by Norman Mitchell, that the Parish Council make a donation of £139.36 to make the total up to £1,000 as it had done in previous years. All agreed.

7. Reports by Chairmen of Committees.
(a) Estates - no report in Daryl Palmer’s absence but Norman Mitchell asked when the roundabout for Upper Halling rec. was to be installed as the funding for this had already been agreed.

(b) Footpaths.
Maggie Coleman reported as follows:
Medway Council has refused the proposal for the diversion of RS201 at the Warren.
The claim for the reinstatement of the RS320 is with the Deputy Director of Medway Council for a decision on the traffic regulation order. Maggie Coleman will raise this with the Parish Council’s Solicitor. The Valley of Vision (VoV) is keen to get all footpaths on to the definitive map. The VoV will also carry on with the Halling Community Trail project themselves as the local group set up to carry out this scheme under the chairmanship of Maggie Coleman was not prepared to accept the responsibility and work which would have been involved.

(c) Planning & Development
Norman Mitchell reported on the following applications:
MC09/2560 – disabled access to front of 5 The Street, Upper Halling – no objection.
MC09/2636 – demolition of existing property and erection of new house at 106 Pilgrims Road, North Halling. This means an expansion of the existing footprint of 15% but will bring it into line with other properties in the area. It was agreed that the Parish Council would not object but use a previous response to remind Medway Council of its responsibilities for the green belt.
MC09/2737 – 5 Benedict Close, Lower Halling – rear dormer. Norman Mitchell will look into this and report back.

8. Marsh and land registration
Maggie Coleman will ask the Parish Council’s Solicitor what the latest position is and will report back.

9. Jubilee Hall - no report

10. Halling Association – no report

11. Community Centre – no report

12. Lafarge
The Chairman said that there is still an issue over football pitches which needs to be resolved.

13. CEMEX no report

14 Youth Club - no report

15. Highways and Rail
It was reported that the Probation service people are to clear the rail station.

16. Receipts
EDF Energy – wayleave for Marsh £31.87
Sandra Finch – wreaths for Poppy Day £38.00

17. Payments

Payee

Expenditure

Budget Head

Net £

Vat £

Gross £

Medway Council

Gambling licence

FUNDAY

20.00

 

20.00

Clive Stanley

Web fees October 09

IT

44.00

 

44.00

KCS

Office cupboard

EST/GA

117.95

17.69

135.64

Total Property

Repairs/Maintenance

EST

829.51

133.88

1026.39

P Wilkins-Smith

Delivery of flyers

GA

60.00

 

60.00

Darren Eiffert

Funday deposit

FUNDAY

75.00

 

75.00

P Wilkins-Smith

Delivery of HV

HV

60.00

 

60.00

Total Property

Maintenance

EST

280.00

42.00

322.00

TMBC

Printing

HV

917.70

 

917.70

Community Centre

Donation for prize

Section 137

50.00

 

50.00

BT

Phone & Broadband

GA

114.49

17.17

131.66

J Sutherland

Handyman’s wages

EST

148.98

 

148.98

B Cook

Grounds work

EST

40.00

 

40.00


It was proposed by Maggie Coleman, seconded by Mitzi Richardson, that the above payments be ratified. All agreed.

18. Any Other Business
Norman Mitchell asked what is the latest position on the roundabout for Upper Halling rec. as although the funding had been agreed, it had not yet been installed. The Chairman of Estates, Daryl Palmer is to be asked about this.
The Clerk said that the office photocopier is now 7 years old, had broken parts and was not working properly. The cost of a similar replacement was in the order of £550. It was proposed by Mitzi Richardson, seconded by Norman Mitchell that the Clerk should go ahead and order a new one. All agreed.

The Chairman asked that the Parish Council consider purchasing a laptop for official use by Councillors with the necessary security measures being installed by Sasha Dodd. It was proposed by Maggie Coleman, seconded by Mitzi Richardson, that the Clerk be authorised to purchase a new one with case for a budget of between £300 and £400.

Parishioners’ Questions
Among the points raised by residents were the following:
(a) Salt bins
(b) Buses
(c) Parking and double yellow lines
(d) Foliage in Cemetery

 


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