Agendas and Minutes

Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting of Wednesday 11 November 2015


Clerk to the Council: Graham Francis, 20 Berrow Court Gardens Walk UPTON-UPON-SEVERN WR8 0JP
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PRESENT: Cllrs. Colin Slater (Chairman), Pat Adams, Vanya Body, Claire Costello, Tertius Hough, David Wilson, James Sheppard, Graham Francis (Clerk) and 18 members of the public.

Apologies for absence: Les Thomson

This was the third successive meeting that Cllr Thomson had not attended and should bring his tenure to a close by default. The Chairman recognised that Cllr Thomson had oversees work commitments which had prevented him attending but that he should continue to serve as his contribution in the past had been very valuable. This proposition was seconded by Cllr Wilson and agreed nem con. The Chairman requested that Cllr Thomson attend the January meeting.

2 Minutes of meeting held on 9 September 2015
Minutes of the meeting held on 9 September were accepted as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

3 Declarations of Interest:
To receive Declarations of Interest in accordance with the Parish Councils (Model Code of Conduct) Order 2001, revised 2007
There were no Declarations of Interest and no requests for dispensation.

4 Matters outstanding from the last meeting: There were none.

5 Planning: No applications received

6 Traffic Plans for Froxfield:
Cllr Sheppard explained that the provision of SIDS (Speed Indicator Devices) shared with 2 other villages would be approved in the New Year. The costs would be borne by each Parish. Community Speed Groups are being formed. The Clerk was requested to contact other neighbouring parishes for a share arrangement. GF
Cllr Costello reported that a meeting had taken place of the footpath and ROW group and that three footpaths had been identified.
The proposed new light on Littlecote Lane was discussed and the Chairman explained that he had received communications about this from individuals which have been answered and he felt that this matter was not a major issue nor was it necessary to pursue it further. The Chairman pointed out that the expenditure involved amounted to less than 5% of the Parish Precept and in view of this the consultations which took place were proportional. Cllr Costello was congratulated for her work in obtaining a grant for this work to be done.

7 Marlborough Area Board:
Cllr Costello has circulated all Councillors with her report on the meeting.

8 Jubilee Hedge:
Cllr Slater proposed that the Jubilee hedge should be cut by BPP grounds up to twice a year by invitation. This was seconded by Cllr Adams and agreed nem con.

9 Finance:
a) Present financial position: Parish Account £7,705.52

b) Payments
  • G Francis quarterly salary £534.11 (paid)
  • HMRC PAYE & NI £126.80 (paid)
  • Pittams Ground Maintenance £516.00 (VAT £86.00)

c) Receipts Nil
The payments at (b) were approved by Cllr Slater, seconded by Cllr Adams and agreed nem con.

d) Budget 2016/2017
The Clerk presented his budget forecast for 2016/2017 and recommended no increase in the Precept of £6,000. The Chairman felt that consideration should be given to other likely areas of expenditure before the Precept was set. This will therefore be revisited at the January meeting.

e) Bank reconciliation Cllr Wilson checked the statements and signed them off

10 Correspondence, matters of parochial interest and items for next agenda:
Cllr Body reported that the Froxfield Postcode was now on the list for improved Broadband.
Cllr Adams said that improved signs had been erected about dog mess on the Green.

11 Dates of next meetings –
The next meetings of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 13 January 2016 and Wednesday 9 March 2016 both at 7.30 pm.

Standing Orders suspended

12 Public Forum:

There followed a lively discussion by members of the public concerning the proposed light on Littlecote Lane and alternative entrances for the College residents. A comment was made that a full consultation had not taken place about the light. However a notice had been posted in the bus shelter and the village website but no comments had been received.
Col Till suggested that a token contribution towards the upkeep of the Churchyard should be considered.

There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 20.25