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APR 12/01


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[ DRAFT MINUTES - to be confirmed at next meeting ]

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.

(b) Footpaths

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. 


d) Environment

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

15.  Policing

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.

18. FW12

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

22.      Payments

                                                  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.

Parishioners’ Questions.

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

(e) Precept






































































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