The meeting of the Annual Parish Council was held at The Environment Centre, Stibbington on Wednesday, 7th May 2014 at 7.30pm.
|Councillor M Beuttell
|Councillor R Cawood
|Councillor N Cook
|Councillor M Bradshaw
|Councillor D Price
|Councillor I Turner
|Wendy Gray, Parish Clerk
- Councillors were in attendance from 7.30pm
- **members of the public were present
The Chairman, Cllr Beuttell opened the meeting, at 7.30pm.
|Apologies for Absence – Cllr D Wright
|Report from the Chair of Parish Council – The Chairman gave a report of the activities of the parish council over the last year and reported as follows:
“DURING THE LAST YEAR WE ACCEPTED THE RESIGNATION OF PAUL STYLES WHO HAD SERVED THE COUNCIL WELL DURING HIS TENURE, AND AM HAPPY TO REPORT THAT WE HAVE ONE ADDITIONAL COUNCILLOR RICKY CAWOOD WHO WAS WARMLY WELCOMED TO THE COUNCIL.
DURING THE YEAR WE HAVE HAD 15 PLANNING APPLICATIONS. THREE OF THESE WERE IN RETROSPECT, AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE COUNCIL WISHES TO DISCOURAGE. OF THE APPLICATIONS RECEIVED 8 WERE PERMITTED, 2 WERE WITHDRAWN AND 5 ARE STILL PENDING.
AS YOU ARE AWARE WE RECEIVED FUNDING FOR THE ERECTION OF BOLLARDS OUTSIDE THE ENTRANCE TO CHAPEL COURT, AND THESE WERE DULY ERECTED. AS YOU KNOW THIS WAS TO STOP IRRESPONSIBLE CAR PARKING TAKING PLACE, WHICH BLOCKED THE VIEW OF ANYONE TRYING TO LEAVE CHAPEL COURT. HOWEVER, AS YOU ALSO KNOW SEVERAL WERE KNOCKED DOWN IN QUICK SUCCESSION AND SOME OF THESE BY LOCAL RESIDENTS WHO WERE WITNESSED. WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF ERECTING NEW MORE ROBUST BOLLARDS AND I AM ASSURED THAT THIS IS IN PROGRESS. I APOLOGISE FOR THE UNSIGHTLINESS OF THE EXISTING SITE AND ASSURE YOU THAT THIS WORK IS IN HAND WITH THE HIGHWAYS AGENCY, TOGETHER WITH HDC. SOME RESIDENTS ARE PARKING ON THE HATCHED AREA AROUND THE ENTRANCE, AND THEIR NUMBERS HAVE BEEN HANDED TO THE POLICE. AS PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED THIS COULD RESULT IN A £60 FINE.
WE HAVE ALSO ERECTED A NEW INTERACTIVE SPEED SIGN, WHICH APPEARS TO BE WORKING. I AM ABLE TO MONITOR THE TRAFFIC SPEED, AND THE AVERAGE FOR THE LAST THREE MONTHS IS 33.5MPH. THE POLICE WILL ONLY TAKE ACTION WHEN SPEEDS ARE REACHED OF OVER 36MPH, BUT I BELIEVE THE SIGN IS ACTING AS A DETERRANT FOR TRAFFIC APPROACHING FROM THE ELTON SIDE. I BELIEVE THAT THE TRAFFIC COMING FROM THE NORTH SIDE IS PROVING SPEEDIER, AND BELIEVE THAT THIS NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED.
THE VILLAGE SIGN WAS DESTROYED BY A CAR IN NOVEMBER, AND WE HAVE ERECTED A NEW ONE IN ITS PLACE. I AM AWARE THAT THE WANSFORD SIGN HAS NOT BEEN REPLACED SO FAR, BUT AM ASSURED THAT THIS IS ALSO IN HAND. THE ELTON ROAD SIGN IS DUE TO BE REPLACED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THIS SIGN.
I WOULD ONCE AGAIN LIKE TO THANK ALL OUR PARISHIONERS WHO TAKE THE TIME AND TROUBLE TO ATTEND OUR MEETINGS, AND WHOSE VALUABLE INPUT IS MUCH APPRECIATED.
FINALLY THANK YOU TO HDC, CCC, THE HIGHWAYS AGENCY, ALL MY FELLOW COUNCILLORS AND ESPECIALLY TO WENDY FOR ALL HER HARD WORK.”
|The Draft accounts: TheInternal Auditor’s reportfor 2013/2014 was read out by the Parish Clerk – copies to be circulated to all Cllrs, to be signed off at Annual General Meeting on 4th June 2014.
|Any Other Matters: No matters arising.
|Conclusion of Annual Parish Meeting: Cllr Beuttell closed by thanking everyone for attending the Annual Parish Meeting.
The meeting closed at 7.45 p.m.
|Date of next meeting:Tuesday 6th May 2015