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[ DRAFT MINUTES - to be confirmed at next meeting ]
Minutes of Halling Parish Council held on 6th September 2011 at the Jubilee Hall
Present: Chairman: Daryl Palmer (DP), Vice-Chairman:
Trevor Reynolds (TR), Richard Thorne (RT), Shelley Watson (SW),
Chris Herbert (CH), Sarah Poole (SP) and Mark Joy (MJ).
W R Swan – Clerk; 9 members of the public.
DP had to leave the meeting before it started as he got a fire call. The Vice-Chairman took the chair.
2. Minutes of last meeting
It was proposed by CH, seconded by RT, that the minutes were a true record of the July 2011 meeting. All agreed and TR duly signed them
3. Matters arising - none
4. Notification of Any Other Business
SP – 4 items and DP – 1 item
5 Co-option of new Members
TR said that there was still one interview to be held so co-options could not take place at the current meeting.
6. Reports by Portfolio Holders
(a) Estates - no report in absence of LH.
SP reported that the Clerk has asked Medway Council about providing dog bins on the RS201. Lafarge has given approval to the path adjoining Court Farm to be included on the map of local walks.
(c) Planning and Development
RT reported that the lights at the Paddock/bridge junction will be phased appropriately to include the new development.
UK Power will be working on overhead cables in Rochester Road.
114 High Street – the Parish Council had no objection to the upgrade to the outbuilding.
46 Low Meadow – change of use to room – no objection.
135 High Street – 2 det. and 2 semis. The Parish Council is concerned about parking and requests that Medway Council looks at this when considering the application.
The scrape on the marsh – Medway Council have been asked if the works to be carried out will be held in abeyance pending the public Inquiry re the RS320. No reply as yet.
Richard Thorne said that it was a very successful event leaving a great buzz round the village. He thanked everybody involved.
8. Jubilee Hall – no report
9. Halling Association – no report.
10. Community Centre – no report
11. Lafarge – TR reported on a recent meeting with Lafarge – the factory is still on hold and in this regard, the company will try to put a pedestrian crossing over the A228 at Holborough pending the proposed footbridge. The football pitches are still on hold because of the new road bridge to Burham but they will try to find another suitable field.
The question of the overgrown footpaths on their land is being dealt with.
12. Cemex - no report
13. Youth Club – no report
14. Halling School
SP said that there is a Governors’ meeting soon and she will report back after that.
15. White Pit
DP having returned to the meeting said that a great job had been done by Ben Cook, Sean Hannant-Smith and LH in getting the site cleared and erecting the posts and rails so that the circular route could be open in time for the public visits on Funday.
The VoV has money available for certain conservation matters which are to be investigated. It is hoped to open the White Pit for supervised visits say once a month.
MJ now entered the meeting at 8.0pm.
16. Highways and Transport
DP reported on a meeting with Southern Water and Nu-Venture Buses about the closure of Vicarage Road for a new main to the water works.
The closure will be for 9 days as against 7 weeks originally proposed. It is hoped that this will take place during the October half term holidays. Alternative bus arrangements are awaited.
DP will be drafting a letter to the Area Commander re the lack of attendance and their commitment to FW11.
18. Army Invite
It was agreed that DP should attend this function as representative of the Parish Council.
19. RHS Britain in Bloom – no action
20. Village Competition
TR said that the entry form has now been completed and further instructions are awaited.
21 Tree issues
The question of the overhanging tree at Forge Green – the tree officer at Medway Council has been contacted but no reply as yet. He is to be chased up on this
22. Bishops Palace
DP read out an email which he has received from Rick Bayne of Valley of Vision as per attached.
(a) Rocky’s autos H Vadvert £55.00
(b) Travelling Trends Commission FW11 £70.00
(c) R J Kingsland FW11 £19.00
(d) Isuzu Trucks Sponsorship for FW11 £1,000.00
(e) Youth Club Photocopying £10.00
(f) Various FW11 adverts £164.00
(g) Medway Council Halling Assoc grant FW11 £1,000.00
(a) Printerland ---toner £203.46
(b) W R Swan wages £805.48
(c) Trudi Smith wages £339.50
(d) B T Cook footpath clearance £35.00
(e) KALC conference fee £72.00
(f) Jubilee Hall hire of hall £60.00
(g) B T Cook Ground work on paths and White Pit £140.00
(h) Action Rural Cs in Kent donation £100.00
(i) T & M BC Printing HV £731.90
(j) You First Partnership toner and drum £257.87
(k) Wallace Print Ltd FW11 banners £252.00
(l) B T Cook grounds work £105.00
(m) C/C hall hire for fashion show FW11 £48.00
(n) Clive Stanley Web fees for July £33.00
(o) Minuteman Press printing FW11 programmes £1,450.00
(p) Total Property PAT testing £60.00
(q) Cash FW11 £2,500.00
(r) B T Cook Ground work £125.00
(s) TCX4 T shirts FW11 £314.40
(t) Sean Hannant-Smith Work on White pit £156.00
(u) Trudi Smith Purchase of posts for White Pit £702.60
(v) B T Cook White Pit £79.76
(w) Clive Stanley web fees for August £27.50
(x) Phoenix Fireworks FW11 £3,600.00
(y) B T Cook White Pit £70.00
It was proposed by DP, seconded by SP, that the above payments be ratified. All agreed apart from CH who declared an interest and abstained.
25. Any Other Business
1.SP said that the Federation of Small businesses wishes to run a competition for the youth of the Village. She will give details to TR for inclusion in the Halling View
2. SP thanked Trudi for getting the photos of FW11 put on the website
3. SP said that the police have been leafleting residents in Essex Road re parking on the footpaths.
4. SP reported that Frank Smith had said at the slide show that Halling always had a flagpole outside St John’s Church. DP will bring this up with Halling Association for possible funding and it was agreed that the Parish Council should support this. MJ registered his concern at the cost of this and possible vandalism. A vote was taken with 6 in favour and 1 against.
DP said that SW had covered the office for the week when WS and TS were both off and he proposed that she be paid an honorarium of £60. This was seconded by SP. All agreed with SW abstaining.
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