WITTERING PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the Fourth Meeting of the 2012/2013 Parish Council held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 10th January 2013 in the Wittering Bowls’ Club Pavilion
Richard Roffe (Chairman)
Geoff Dunkley (Vice Chairman)
Sqn Ldr J Hetherington
Deirdre McCumiskey, Clerk to the Council
1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
There were apologies for absence from Sam Cooper, Nadine Fountain and John Holdich, Ward Councillor. Sam Cooper has resigned as Parish Councillor wef 10/01/13 due to other commitments. The Clerk will inform Peterborough City Council and requested that a Parish Councillor Vacancy Notice is issued.
2. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Simon Hurn declared an interest in his on-going work for the Parish Council.
3. POLICE MATTERS
There were no police representatives present.
4. MINUTES of the Third Meeting of the 2012/2013 Parish Council held on Thursday 6th December 2012 were reviewed, approved and signed by the Chairman.
Proposed by:- Simon Hurn
Seconded by:- Geoff Dunkley
5. MATTERS ARISING
i) Community Leadership Fund Application
The Clerk had confirmed that planning permission will not be required for the requested shelter in the play park near Wittering Primary School, provided it is not more than 4 m high and not more than 13 cbm. Roger Paull will undertake a leaflet drop in the surrounding area to ensure that local residents are given the opportunity to make their comments before the Parish Council goes ahead with the requested shelter. Sqd Ldr Hetherington stated that there may be Armed Force Funding available to provide services and/or facilities to both Service Personnel and village residents and he would look into this
ii) Rose Walk
Sqd Ldr Hetherington stated that a Works’ Order had been issue for clearing up the back of Rose Walk which extremely overgrown and needs attention but the work had not yet been undertaken. He will follow this up.
The list from 7th December 2012 – 9th January 2013 was reviewed and discussed.
i) Statement and Bank Reconciliation at 31st December 2012 was reviewed and approved as presented.
Proposed by:- Philip Portess
Seconded by:- Simon Hurn
ii) Budget and Precept 2013-2014
A discussion took place and Simon Hurn proposed that the Budget and Precept 2013-2104 will remain the same as the Budget and Precept for 2012-2013. This was seconded by Philip Portess and agreed by all present.
It was noted that the Parish Hall car-park needs to be re-surfaced and work needs to be undertaken to the boilers and to the ladies’ toilets in the Parish Hall.
It was agreed to appoint Karen Jones as the Independent Auditor for the Financial Year Ending 31st March 2013.
8. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
There were no members of the public present.
9. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
The Chairman distributed copies of a letter from Mr R Dunlop regarding his plans for a high quality housing development scheme on land off Old Oundle Road. A short discussion took place and it was agreed to unanimously support Mr Dunlop’s plans in principle and suggest that he proceeds with an outline planning application.
The Chairman reported that the Environmental Health Inspector had given a 5 Star Hygiene Rating for the Parish Hall and Sports & Social Club.
The Chairman reported that the Parish Hall is rented out on an on-going basis for four days per week. The hire charges for the Parish Hall will be re-assessed for 2013-2014.
The Chairman expressed his thanks to Simon Hurn and Geoff Dunkley for all their hard work in planting trees and bulbs in the village.
Philip Portess stated there were several places down Townsend Road where the road is cracking up.
10. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The Fifth Meeting of the 2012/2013 Council will take place on Thursday 28th March 2013 at 7.30 pm in the Wittering Bowls’ Club Pavilion.
There being no further business to discuss, the Chairman closed the meeting at 9.30 pm
SIGNED _________________________________ DATE 28/03/13