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Halling Parish Council
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Minutes of Halling Parish Council held on 10th April 2012 at the Jubilee Hall
Present: Chairman: Daryl Palmer (DP), Vice-Chairman:
Trevor Reynolds (TR), Richard Thorne (RT), Chris Herbert (CH),
Les Hitchcock (LH), Peter Wyatt (PW), Hayley Winter (HW),
W R Swan (WS) – Clerk; 8 members of the public.
1. Apologies – Norman Godding, Mark Joy and Shelley Winter.
2. Minutes of last meeting
It was proposed by HW, seconded by LH, that the minutes were a true record of the March meeting. All agreed and TR duly signed them in the temporary absence of DP.
3. Matters arising - none
4. Notification of Any Other Business
RT- 1 item; LH – 1 item and WRS – 4 items.
5. Mark Tickner – Chair of Governors at Halling School
He personally thanked HPC for all its efforts in trying to save the Fire Station from closure albeit in vain.
He then gave a presentation on the recent Ofsted report for Halling Primary school. This did not show what the school is actually achieving as OFsted only take into account the raw scores from Key Stage tests. There has been a change of leadership at the school since May 2010 and the new management team is putting into effect the necessary changes which have not been reflected in the OFsted report. The team is meeting with the LEA shortly to say how the school is addressing the situation.
6 Reports by Portfolio Holders
(a) Estates –
LH reported that only 1 tender was received for Marsh grazing. This was for £500 from Peter Lingham. He proposed, seconded by PW, that the tender be accepted. All agreed.
The Clerk read out MJ’s report in his absence.
(c) Planning and Development
RT reported as follows:
MC12/0524 – 15b Foxglove Row – no objections from residents
MC12/0801 – demolition of Cemex offices and canteen.
MC12/0693 - 67 Essex Road rear extension- no objections from residents. It was proposed by RT, seconded by LH, that HPC raise no objections to any of these 3 applications. All agreed
MC12/0622 – rear of 89 Kent Road- new 3 bed house. Local residents
have objected. It was proposed by RT, seconded by LH, that HPC should object on the grounds of overdevelopment and parking. All agreed.
PW said that in view of the hosepipe ban HPC should put notices in the notice boards to remind residents of the situation.
7. Halling Fire Station
TR said that the residents’ gathering on the last day was brilliant and really showed the Village’s support for the fire fighters.
8. Jubilee Hall – no report
9. Halling Association – no report
10. Community Centre – no report
11. Lafarge – no report
12. Youth Club
LH said that they are still running 2 classes so still need helpers.
13. White Pit
DP said that a group of archaeologists had been on the site recently to prepare reports for VoV.
14 Highways and Transport – no report
DP said that the name of the new PCSO is still not known.
16. Bishops Palace
DP said that the site has now calmed down but work has not yet been completed . CH said the problems rest with VoV who are not providing the service they promised on this site nor the White Pit. DP and CH are to draft a suitable letter to VoV.
17. Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
TS gave a positive update on the progress made so far.
RT reported that preparations are going well.
19. Rural Liaison Group – no report
20. Redrow Development
CH said that concerns are still being raised about the access to the site.
Ideas are required for Section 106 payments.
21. Receipts – none
net vat Total
Craigdene Ltd – play equipment inspection 150.00 30.00 180.00
Total Property - beacon 298.00 298.00
BT – phone and broadband 133.33 26.66 159.99
Total Property – noticeboard 120.00 120.00
Running Imp – DJC coins 600.74 120.15 720.89
KCS – DJC purchases 42.72 8.54 51.26
Simon Chainey – circus act deposit DJC 100.00 100.00
Sasha Dodd – new PC and network 520.00 520.00
Totals for month 1964.79 185.35 2150.14
It was proposed by TR, seconded by LH, that the above payments be ratified. All agreed.
23. Any Other Business
RT – still need better signs at the entrance to Essex Road for High Street. Contact Phil Moore at Medway Highways
LH – Community Care Award. He and WS will liaise on this and come back with ideas.
WS - the Zurich Insurance have offered renewal terms of £2217.32 and increase of £33.84 over the previous year which equates to 1.5 %. It was proposed by RT, seconded by HW, that this be accepted. All agreed.
WS - the KALC have offered subscription renewal at £775.78 an increase of £6.16 over the previous year, It was proposed by TR, seconded by PW, that this be accepted. All agreed.
WS - Annual Parish Meeting – agreed to invite Rick Bayne from VoV. The WI have agreed to do the refreshments.
Among the questions raised were the following:
(a) Water works
(b) Phone box at Halling bottom
(c) Vicarage Close circle
(d) Vandalism in and state of Cemetery
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