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Minutes of the Farringdon Parish Council Meeting held on November 6th 2013
|Cllr Roe (Chair)||Cllr Cubitt||Cllr Durrant|
|Cllr Oakley (Vice Chair)||Cllr Elderton||Cllr Garrard|
|Cllr Cowan||Cllr Williams||Cllr Jacob|
76/13 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
There were no apologies
Members APPROVED the Minutes of the meeting held on 9 October 2013 and they were signed as a correct record by the Chair.
78/13 PETITIONS/STATEMENTS/QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
Concerns were made with regard to the necessity of a Parish Council Website when there is a perfectly good village website already in existence.
The Chair asked Councillor Oakley to respond.
Councillor Oakley explained the need for the Parish Council to have control of what Parish Council information was posted on the net and; that in no way was it going to detract from the Village site farringdon.biz. as there would be a reciprocal link between the two sites; the site would initially be maintained by the supplier but ultimately after suitable training would be maintained by the Parish Clerk.
79/13 DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND NON PECUNIARY INTERESTS
There were no declarations of interests in relation to any items included on the Agenda for the meeting required to be disclosed by the Localism Act 2011.
80/13 RECEIPT OF OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
There were no Official Announcements.
81/13 RECEIPT OF THE CHAIR’S SUMMARY OF THE ‘CHAIRING SKILLS’ COURSE
Members received the Chair’s summary (distributed with the Agenda) of the course attended on Wednesday 23 October 2013 (Copy attached to Record Minutes).
82/13 FARRINGDON VILLAGE HALL
Members received the report (distributed with the Agenda) of the Village Hall Manager and accounts (Copy attached to Record Minutes).
It was further reported that the recent weather had caused problems with the drainage of the roof causing water ingress to the building.
It was agreed that Councillor Williams and Mr Horton would assess the problems with the low level drainage and that Steve Watts be asked to provide the use of a hoist to assess the higher drainage in the parapet. It was further agreed that should there prove to be any problem that required a specialist then professional advice be sought from an appropriate contractor.
83/13 PLANNING COMMITTEE
Members received the report (distributed with the Agenda) of the Planning Committee and NOTED a request has been made to the South Downs National Park as to whether planning permission is required to site a greenhouse at The Croft, The Street, Upper Farringdon and the response from the South Downs National Park.
(Copy attached to Record Minutes).
Councillor Cowan further reported the following:
Land north of Southernhay, Crows Lane: Farringdon. Application Status: DEPOSITED (valid & registered) ref. an application to build 20 new dwellings. Public consultation has ended. (see East Hants District Council website).
Solar Farm: proposed development on Gaston Lane, Farringdon. Application Status: WITHDRAWN. (EHDC website)
Stable Cottage: The Street, Farringdon. Application Status: PENDING DECISION ref. an application to build a dwelling behind the current newbuild. (see South Downs National Park Authority website).
(Through Selborne Parish Council, and Hampshire County Council -- HCC: )
Hartley Park Farm, Selborne Road, Selborne. Application Status: APPROVED ref. an application to build a 1.2 MHh Anaerobic Digestion Plant for treatment of food & agricultural waste. (see HCC Application No.: 22267/016. )
84/13 FOOTPATHS REPRESENTATIVE AND TREE WARDEN
Members received the report (distributed with the Agenda) of the Footpaths Representative & Tree Warden (Copy attached to Record Minutes).
Councillor Williams also reported that he had advised HCC there had been a significant amount of tree damage due to the recent winds obstructing Woodside Lane and Stank Lane. A person or persons unknown had made attempts to clear Stank Lane
85/13 FARRINGDON SCHOOL PLAYGROUND TRUST
Members received the report (distributed with the Agenda) of the Parish Council Representative of the Farringdon School Playground Trust (copy attached to Record Minutes)
Councillor Roe also reported that the Trust has modest funds available to support students under 25 to pursue sport ,music, arts and other activities.
86/13 FINANCIAL MATTERS
Members authorised the payment of the following invoices
- a) Cato Computers in the sum of £235.80 (copy attached to Record Minutes).
- b) Russell-Cooke in the sum of £3,990. (copy attached to Record Minutes).
87/13 VILLAGE COMMUNICATION PROJECT
Members CONSIDERED the draft Terms of Reference (distributed with the Agenda) for the proposed communications project (copy attached to Record Minutes) and RESOLVED to invite Roger Ison to attend the next meeting of the Parish Council.
88/13 PARISH COUNCIL REVIEW
Members AGREED that Councillors Cowen and Oakley should take a little longer to review the draft documents and will advise Members of a date for a separate meeting to progress this forward.
89/13 FARRINGDON VISION 2030
- b) Members AGREED the RECOMMENDATION that team leaders be assigned as below
Team Leaders would be responsible for not only delivery but also for ensuring the overarching legislation and high level policies and plans as they impact upon their areas of responsibility are kept updated.
91/13 KEY POINTS
Members AGREED the KEY points of the meeting as follows
2. Outline terms of reference for a Communications Study have been agreed by the Council. The study aims to identify ways of improving communication between the Council, the village and outside organisations. Roger Ison has kindly volunteered to be the village's Communications Project Leader. In doing so, he will be supporting Cllr Gary Oakley who has responsibility on behalf of the Council for the Administration & Communications work stream in the Village Plan.
3. Farringdon Parish Council agreed to investigate the cost of cleaning concealed gutters in the roof of Massey's Folley that are blocked and causing further damp problems. The work is to be undertaken by specialist professionals.
4. The Council will also promote the use of the Village Hall by villagers and the wider public for parties and other functions.
92/13 DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING
Next meeting of Council is scheduled for Wednesday 8 January 2014 in The Village Hall at 7:30 PM.