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[ DRAFT MINUTES - to be confirmed at next meeting ]

Minutes of Halling Parish Council held on 10th March 2011 at the Community Centre

Present: Chairman Daryl Palmer, Vice-Chairman Les Hitchcock, Trevor Reynolds, Chris Herbert, Richard Thorne, Sarah Poole, Shelley Tilbury and Mark Joy.

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

1. Apologies - none

2. Minutes

It was proposed by Sarah Poole, seconded by Chris Herbert, that the Minutes  were a true record of the February 2011 meeting.  All agreed and the Chairman duly signed them.

3. Matters Arising  

Item 6 (c) – Richard Thorne said that he was still monitoring the position of the proposed sale of the 21 garages behind the petrol station.  The Planning meeting arranged by KALC was fully booked.  He hopes to attend the next one.

4.  Notification of Any Other Business

Trevor Reynolds – 1 item; Sarah Poole – 2 items; Chairman – 5 items; Mark Joy – 3 items.

5.  Bank Account

The Chairman and the Clerk went to the bank on 10th March so the account should be set up shortly.

6.  Reports by Portfolio Holders.

(a) Estates 

The Chairman reported that the lease for the White Pit has been completed by Cemex for the Parish Council to sign.  It was proposed by the Vice-Chairman, seconded by Trevor Reynolds,  that the Chairman and Clerk sign it on behalf of the Parish Council.  All agreed. 

The work in the recs. has been done with the wooden trail in the Lower rec. being removed as it was in poor condition.  The Chairman is to consult members of the Youth Club for their ideas on a replacement.

(b) Footpaths

Sarah Poole said that alterations to the new  map concerning a path adjoining Court Farm might be necessary as it is not actually on the definitive map.  Trevor Reynolds thought that with the permission of the landowner and tenant it would be possible to include it.  Sarah and the Clerk are to investigate it and report back.  She will be agreeing with the Valley of Vision the actual photos to be used on the trail leaflet and the proposed lecterns.


(c) Planning & Development

Richard Thorne reported that he will be watching developments at 106 Pilgrims Road as regards the RS201.

11 Meadow Crescent, Upper Halling – extension  for disabled person – no objection from neighbours.

114 High Street, Lower Halling – workshop at rear – discussed with neighbours and will be amended to cover any objections.                                                                                                                                                    

 It was propose by Richard Thorne, seconded by Trevor Reynolds, that the Parish Council raises no objections to these two applications. All agreed.

7. Jubilee Hall

Mark Joy reported on the Committee meeting held on 9th March.  Caroline Moorhead has replaced Mary Acott as Treasurer.  The Committee are wondering if a grant could be made towards the cost of a new water heater at the hall and it was agreed that they should approach the Halling Association regarding this.

8.  FW11

Richard Thorne said that preparations are proceeding well. Trevor Reynolds has prepared a Constitution for Committee.  It was proposed by Richard Thorne, seconded by Trevor Reynolds, that this be adopted.  All agreed and the Chairman and Clerk duly signed the document on behalf of the Parish Council.

9. Royal Wedding.

The Chairman said that the Community Centre will be holding an event on the 29th April for residents to watch the ceremony on TV and to have a party in the centre.  It was proposed by Trevor Reynolds, seconded by the Vice-Chairman, that the Parish Council should donate a maximum of £500 towards the cost.  All agreed.

10. Halling Association – no report

11 Community Centre - no report

12. Lafarge

The Chairman has spoken to Daniel Daniels to arrange a meeting as soon as possible.

Richard Thorne asked what is going to be done about the provision of a football pitch. The Chairman said that this would definitely be raised at the meeting.

13. Cemex  - no report

14.  Youth Club

The Vice-Chairman thanked the Parish Council for its donation towards the new equipment which has now been delivered.

15. Highways and Rail

Trevor Reynolds said that rumours still abound regarding High Speed Trains using the Medway Valley line.

16.  Policing

The PCSO had informed the Clerk that the local meetings with residents had gone well.

17.      Receipts

(a)  Various HV adverts                                                          £765.00

18.      Payments

(a)   Shelly Tilbury – expenses  
(b)   Halling Youth Club – donation  
(c)   Total Property – repairs in rec.  
(d)  “Counterfeit Notes” – band for November session  
(e)  Total Property – repairs to play equipment   
(f)   M Palmer – next boxes   
(g)  Clive Stanley web fees for February  
(h)  Homes and Hobby DIY – handyman’s purchases  
(i)  J Sutherland – handyman’s fees.  

It was proposed by Vice-Chairman, seconded by Mark Joy, that the above payments be ratified.  All agreed except for the Chairman and Shelley Tilbury who declared an interest and abstained.


18. Any other Business

Mark Joy – overhanging bushes from gardens in The Street, Upper Halling.

Parking at Jubilee Hall -  inconsiderate visitors blocking driveways. Could lower gate be opened to avoid grounding in upper entrance.

Chairman – Roy Underdown is unwell at the moment and he proposed that as Roy was a valuable member of the Parish Council for a number of years, that the Parish Council purchase a gift to the value of £40.00.  This was seconded by the Vice-Chairman and all agreed.  The Clerk will liaise with Roy’s wife as to the gift.

The annual  Blue Bell walk in Upper Halling is on 30th April 2011.

After discussion, it was proposed by Trevor Reynolds, seconded by the Vice-Chairman, that in order to avoid clashes with other users at the Jubilee Hall, Parish Council meetings should be changed to Tuesdays with the meetings at the Community Centre staying at the second Thursday.  All agreed.    

The League cup finals are being held at Chatham Town’s ground on Wednesday 6th April where Halling FC will be playing Cliffe Royals. 

Parishioners’ Questions – points raised included telephone box; use of ward fund; The Street, Upper Halling.


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