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Meeting of Halling Parish Council held on 12 October 2006 at the Community Centre

Present: Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Councillors R Underdown, T Reynolds,
D Palmer and P Wyatt.
W R Swan – Clerk and 5 members of the public.

1. Apologies for absence
There were apologies from Councillors Mrs Coleman, R Swain and C Herbert – business and F Howard who was unwell.

2. Minutes of last meeting
Councillor Underdown said that in item 5 (c) (56A Rochester Road) it should read “extension and garage” and that (CEMEX) the amount of Green Belt should be 12.0%. It was then proposed by the Vice-Chairman, seconded by Councillor Underdown that the Minutes of the previous (as revised) were a true record. All agreed and the Chairman duly signed them.

3. Matters arising - none

4. Notification of Any Other Business
Vice-Chairman – 3 items and Chairman – 2 items.

5. Reports by Chairmen of Committees
(a) Estates
The Chairman read out the Village Handyman’s report on repainting the play equipment in both recs. The Village Handyman has raised the question of conveying paint etc in his car and also that he picks up black sacks with filthy rubbish in them, from the recs. The Chairman is to discuss this problem with him. The state of the areas of the village still owned by Saxon Homes are in a poor condition and the Parish Council has taken this up with both Saxon Homes and Medway Council who ultimately will be taking over these areas from Saxon. Medway Council is very concerned at the state of the areas that will be taken over and have instructed their legal department to look into this.

(b) Footpaths
The Committee Chairman, Councillor Wyatt reported that Medway Council are investigating the state of the fencing at the side of the Warren path. Other footpaths are in good condition generally.
Discussions are continuing with Medway Council about the reinstatement of footpaths on the Marsh.

(c) Planning & Development
The Committee Chairman, Councillor Underdown reported that the Parish Council will be fighting “tooth and nail” to have its voice heard on the CEMEX development and meetings to this effect have been held with Medway Council.

6. Halling Association
The Chairman reported on the meeting held on 2 October 2006. It was decided to concentrate on the Valley of Vision project for Bishops Palace and a bid has been made for Lottery funding.
Councillor Underdown is hoping to arrange for the new War Memorial to be dedicated before Remembrance Sunday.

7. Lafarge
A liaison meeting has been arranged for 16 September at 6 00 pm. Among the items to be discussed are the Soccer field, Whittings farm, Marsh Road and the transfer of land to the Parish Council.

See 5 (c) above.

9. Poppy Collection
It was agreed that Parish Councillors would help out with the collection again this year and the Clerk will arrange for other helpers to be contacted.

10. Correspondence
(a) KAPC – newsletter, annual report and notification of AGM 4/11/06
(b) Medway Council – email re Saxon Homes
(c) Medway Council – email re DYLs
(d) Medway Council – Trechmanns Wharf – public enquiry postponed at request of appellant
(e) Roger Knight – email re Remembrance day
(f) Southern Water – programme of work 2005-2010
(g) Lafarge – email re liaison meeting 16 October 6.0 pm at the Cedars
(h) Medway Local Strategic Partnership – meeting 31 October 2.30 pm Civic Centre – opportunity to discuss draft Community Plan and draft Local Area Agreement
(i) District Audit – certificate and opinion on 2005/6 accounts
(j) Trevor Dady – grass cutting in Cemetery
(k) Robert Smith – thank you card for donation to Cancer Research UK

11. Receipts - none

12. Payments

£ Net
 £ Vat
£ Gross

(a) You First Partnership maintenance of P/copier

(b) Home & Hobby handyman's purchases
(c) P Wyatt Archive charges
(d) P Wilkins-Smith Halling View

(e) Sue Greenan Halling View

(f) Staples fireproof box
(g) Open Spaces Society subs
(h) Barclays Bank re Letrex drum for HV printer
(i) Clive Stanley webmaster services Aug/Sep
(j) J Sutherland handyman's wages
(k) You First Partnership paper
(l) Cancer Research UK donation re Myrtle Smith

It was proposed by the Vice-Chairman, seconded by the Chairman that the above payments be ratified. All agreed.

13. Any Other Business
The Vice-Chairman introduced PCSO Alan Beech who spoke about the Police and Communities initiative (PACT) under which a panel of interested persons is to be formed in the Village. This will meet monthly in the evening. Councillor Palmer volunteered to act as the Parish Council’s representative on this. All agreed.
Alan Beech said that over the next 2 years Cuxton & Halling will be getting 2 more PCSOs.
The Vice-Chairman mentioned that the Police and Councillor Surgery is being held on Saturday 14 October at the Community Centre between 12 noon and 1 pm. He also said that the Youth Club Leaders had attended a Youth Network meeting at which a drugs awareness training scheme had been discussed. In the Community Centre, a new water boiler is being purchased instead of using kettles. A stage spotlight is being put up in time for the Christmas panto.
Janet Homewood has been appointed the Secretary to the Trustees in place of Roy Biggs.

14. Parishioners’ Questions.
Among the points raised by residents at the meeting were the following:
(a) Route of water works
(b) New map in front of Community Centre
(c) Wildfowlers down Marsh Road.
(d) Double Yellow Lines on corners.
(e) Path at rear of Community Centre to Health Centre.

(f) Wreath at new War Memorial
(g) Allotments adjoining NTSC.
(h) Cattle on Marsh

Last updated ~ 09 November 2006

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