9 Dec 2015

Budget Discussion: December 9th 2015

MINUTES OF THE BUDGET DISCUSSION MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON WEDNESDAY9 9TH DECEMBER 2015 IN THE VILLAGE HALL AT 8.00 PM
  1. PRESENT
    Councillors Brown, Lewis, Bown, Edmonds, Heybrook, and Mrs Witcher
    10 members of the public, Parish Clerk,
     
  2. APOLOGIES
    Apologies received from Cllr Howard
The Chairman advised the meeting that the contribution for a band D property was £ 29.00 P/A, and to protect the village projects and improvements the precept would need to double...

Cllr Lewis presented proposed budget.  Expenditure currently higher than budget and projected expenditure would reduce the general reserve.

Kerbing funding to be spread over two years and increased to £7000, and an additional £1000 to be reserved for special projects...

It was agreed that there should be a separate item for the Devolution fund with a capital and expenses split.

Cllr Edmonds advised the meeting that the Devolution plans were a serious issue


It was agreed that the Devolved Budget would not affect the Parish Council funding in the coming year, but reserves were needed to prepare for the eventuality.

It was agreed that the precept should be increased to 16000.00

Minutes: December 9th 2015

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON WEDNESDAY9 9TH DECEMBER 2015 IN THE VILLAGE HALL AT 7.00 PM
  1. PRESENT
    Councillors Brown, Lewis, Bown, Edmonds, Heybrook, and Mrs Witcher
    10 members of the public, Parish Clerk, Representatives from Housing Trust.
     
  2. APOLOGIES
    Apologies received from Cllr Howard
    Presentation from the Housing trust re proposals for redevelopment of 3-4 Winchendon Rd.
     
  3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES 22nd October 2015
    Cllr Bown was not at the October meeting. After correction agreed as a true record.
    Budget figures and letter from Mrs Vear to be attached to minutes, together with file re memorial improvements.
     
  4. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
    There were no other matters arising not covered elsewhere in the agenda.
     
  5. PLANNING
    The Parish Council has been advised that the AVDC Housing Assn is considering replacing the two houses at 3-4 Winchendon Road with a new development of affordable housing. They have offered to do a presentation of their plans to the Parish Council. It was agreed that they would be invited to next meeting at 7.00 prior to budget discussions at 8.00 pm on 8th December
    There is a new AVD local Plan under discussion – distributed
    Elm brook Close –single storey extension over garage. No planning noitice has been received – it could be permitted development. Clerk to check with AVDC.
     
  6. VILLAGE PROJECTS
    VAS
    The Chairman has spoken to Claire and Adam Laz. Original plans for post siting from engineer are being looked for. Adam thinks he has a fix for the software problem.
    Bucks Metal Detectors Club will come out if required to search for posts. Improvements to war memorial
    War Memorial area changes.
    Three quotes have been received for tree works,
    £1600 + vat
    £ 1100 + vat
    £750 no vat
    It was agreed to go with the quote for £1100 as the company, Four Seasons is known to Councillors for their careful and responsible work.
    A price for pollarding the 3 hornbeams on the green and reduction of the walnut by phone to be requested in addition. Also seek quotations on dealing with dead wood in the horse chestnut tree at the road junction.
    Kerbing.
    The work will be carried out after Christmas. Contractors are being unresponsive – Highways to be asked for further recommended contractors.
    Cc Mrs. Aston
    A site visited has been arranged for 5th or 6th November.
    Road markings around the Green.
    Clerk has been unable to contact Highways re markings
    New Flag Pole
    This has been ordered – and is ready for delivery - 5 days’ notice requited.
    Defibrillator
    There will be no financial implications for the Parish Council. It is expected that the defibrillator will be funded entirely from the proceeds of the 2015 Village Fete. Cllr Howard will present a definitive proposal at next meeting.
    It was noted that a power source would be needed. 5 volunteers will be trained by Red Cross. The preferred location is on the shop wall. The Chairman will speak to the shop owner
     
  7. HIGHWAYS AND OPEN AREAS
    Steve Vear Memorial Tree.
    The family has confirmed that they would like the tree, probably a Cherry tree to be planted on the Green where the two seater bench is currently positioned, in line with the hornbeams.
    It was agreed that this was not precedent and a ‘one in one out policy will be adopted in future
    Traffic Island at the Aylesbury Rod end of Winchendon road – traffic violations in one way system – needs revisiting
    VAS
    Next Agenda
    Notice Board
    New Noticeboard, approved in principle but awaiting final quotes. Cllr Mrs. Witcher provided sample materials. The plan is for a board that is half glazed and half open. Pricing is £1400 for not glazed and £1700 for half glazed. Two further quotes awaited.
    Village Hall Improvements.
    No further developments. Chairman suggested the parish Council might offer to form joint committee with the Village Trust and Hall Management Committee in support of the plans.
    Cllr Lewis suggested approaching Antonia with offer of help and support from PC, if needed, all agreed Cllr Mrs. Witcher to speak to Antonia.
    Christmas tree – delivery 5th Dec, lighting 12th Dec. Paul to be approached to do lighting.
    Devolution – investigate of responsibilities from AVDC is likely to impact PC shortly (though not next year) Impact to be investigated
     
  8. ORDERS FOR PAYMENT AND FINANCIAL MATTERS
    See attached.
    Devolution - Will need to be taken into consideration for next financial year- Cllr Edmonds advised the meeting that County and District council were capped but Parishes were not - next meeting
    Bank account is being sorted out.
     
  9. SECOND PUBLIC SESSION (SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS) 15 MINUTES MAXIMUM
    Foot path alongside development on Chilton Rd- this has been approved by AVDC- it was reduced for 6ft to 5ft. Work will be finished in April 16
    Complaints have been received about the brightness of the light on site – Mr. Vicars to be approached.
    Parking at top of village to be reviewed.
DATES OF NEXT MEETINGS
  • Wednesday 9th December – budget meeting preceded by presentation from AVDC Housing association
  • Future meetings to be 3rd Monday of the month
  • 18th Jan
  • 15th Feb
  • 21st March
  • Minutes to be issued 10 days in advance of each meeting and Councillors to be sent reminder a week prior with the agenda being issued. It is hoped that this will reduce the likelihood of last minute date changes due to lack of quorum
  • Distribution list will be passed round on excel spreadsheet

9 pm meeting closed.

19 Nov 2015

Minutes: November 19th 2015

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 19TH 2015 IN THE VILLAGE HALL AT 7.30 PM
  1. PRESENT
    Councillors Brown, Lewis, Bown, Edmonds, Heybrook, and Mrs Witcher
    9 members of the public, Parish Clerk,
     
  2. APOLOGIES
    Apologies received from Cllr Howard and District Cllr Hawkett.

  3. PUBLIC SESSION (SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS) 15 MINUTES MAXIMUM
    Road Works at the junction of Chilton and Winchendon Rd have caused traffic difficulties, but it was noted that this has resulted in calming the traffic.
    The traffic lights were switched off for the Remembrance Day service, which was appreciated by the Parish council. It was expected that the work would be finished within a week.
    The drain by the bus stop that has been leaking on the Chilton road side of the Aylesbury road has been repaired
     
  4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES 22nd October 2015
    Cllr Bown was not at the October meeting. After correction agreed as a true record.
    Budget figures and letter from Mrs Vear to be attached to minutes, together with file re memorial improvements.
     
  5. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
    There were no other matters arising not covered elsewhere in the agenda.
     
  6. PLANNING
    The Parish Council has been advised that the AVDC Housing Assn is considering replacing the two houses at 3-4 Winchendon Road with a new development of affordable housing. They have offered to do a presentation of their plans to the Parish Council. It was agreed that they would be invited to next meeting at 7.00 prior to budget discussions at 8.00 pm on 8th December
    There is a new AVD local Plan under discussion – distributed
    Elm brook Close –single storey extension over garage. No planning noitice has been received – it could be permitted development. Clerk to check with AVDC.
     
  7. VILLAGE PROJECTS
    VAS: The Chairman has spoken to Claire and Adam Laz. Original plans for post siting from engineer are being looked for. Adam thinks he has a fix for the software problem.
    Bucks Metal Detectors Club will come out if required to search for posts. Improvements to war memorial
    War Memorial area changes.
    Three quotes have been received for tree works,
    £1600 + vat
    £ 1100 + vat
    £750 no vat
    It was agreed to go with the quote for £1100 as the company, Four Seasons is known to Councillors for their careful and responsible work.
    A price for pollarding the 3 hornbeams on the green and reduction of the walnut by phone to be requested in addition. Also seek quotations on dealing with dead wood in the horse chestnut tree at the road junction.
    Kerbing: The work will be carried out after Christmas. Contractors are being unresponsive – Highways to be asked for further recommended contractors.
    Cc Mrs. Aston
    A site visited has been arranged for 5th or 6th November.
    Road markings around the Green.
    Clerk has been unable to contact Highways re markings
    New Flag Pole
    This has been ordered – and is ready for delivery - 5 days’ notice requited.
    Defibrillator: There will be no financial implications for the Parish Council. It is expected that the defibrillator will be funded entirely from the proceeds of the 2015 Village Fete. Cllr Howard will present a definitive proposal at next meeting.
    It was noted that a power source would be needed. 5 volunteers will be trained by Red Cross. The preferred location is on the shop wall. The Chairman will speak to the shop owner
     
  8. HIGHWAYS AND OPEN AREAS
    Steve Vear Memorial Tree.
    The family has confirmed that they would like the tree, probably a Cherry tree to be planted on the Green where the two seater bench is currently positioned, in line with the hornbeams.
    It was agreed that this was not precedent and a ‘one in one out policy will be adopted in future
    Traffic Island at the Aylesbury Rod end of Winchendon road – traffic violations in one way system – needs revisiting
    VAS
    Next Agenda
    Notice Board: New Noticeboard, approved in principle but awaiting final quotes. Cllr Mrs. Witcher provided sample materials. The plan is for a board that is half glazed and half open. Pricing is £1400 for not glazed and £1700 for half glazed. Two further quotes awaited.
    Village Hall Improvements: No further developments. Chairman suggested the parish Council might offer to form joint committee with the Village Trust and Hall Management Committee in support of the plans.
    Cllr Lewis suggested approaching Antonia with offer of help and support from PC, if needed, all agreed Cllr Mrs. Witcher to speak to Antonia.
    Christmas tree – delivery 5th Dec, lighting 12th Dec. Paul to be approached to do lighting.
    Devolution – investigate of responsibilities from AVDC is likely to impact PC shortly (though not next year) Impact to be investigated
     
  9. ORDERS FOR PAYMENT AND FINANCIAL MATTERS
    See attached.
    Devolution - Will need to be taken into consideration for next financial year - Cllr Edmonds advised the meeting that County and District council were capped but Parishes were not - next meeting
    Bank account is being sorted out.
     
  10. SECOND PUBLIC SESSION (SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS) 15 MINUTES MAXIMUM
    Foot path alongside development on Chilton Rd- this has been approved by AVDC- it was reduced for 6ft to 5ft. Work will be finished in April 16
    Complaints have been received about the brightness of the light on site – Mr. Vicars to be approached.
    Parking at top of village to be reviewed.
DATES OF NEXT MEETINGS
  • Wednesday 9th December – budget meeting preceded by presentation from AVDC Housing association
  • Future meetings to be 3rd Monday of the month
  • 18th Jan
  • 15th Feb
  • 21st March
  • Minutes to be issued 10 days in advance of each meeting and Councillors to be sent reminder a week prior with the agenda being issued. It is hoped that this will reduce the likelihood of last minute date changes due to lack of quorum
  • Distribution list will be passed round on excel spreadsheet

9 pm meeting closed.

22 Oct 2015

Minutes: October 22nd 2015

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON MONDAY OCTOBER 22ND 2015 IN THE VILLAGE HALL AT 7.30 PM
  1. PRESENT
    Councillors Brown, Lewis, Bown, Howard, Heybrook, and Mrs Witcher
    9 members of the public, Parish Clerk,
     
  2. APOLOGIES
    Apologies received from Cllrs Edmonds, Bown and Heybrook, District Cllr Hawkett.
     
  3. PUBLIC SESSION (SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS) 15 MINUTES MAXIMUM
    Residents of Chilton Rd are not happy about the new footpath from the Stoney Furlong Development down to the Village hall. It was noted that for health and safety reasons, the path needed to be wide enough for mobility vehicle or wheelchair.
    Councillors Brown and Lewis have attended several meetings regarding the development and a safe footpath is a requirement.
    It was noted that a petition opposing the footpath had been sent to AVDC, but the decision to build the path has already been taken and implemented.
    It was reported that the footpath sign at Hicks path had been replac4ed, and the old one had been left on the verge
     
  4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES 28th September 2015
    Cllr Lewis proposed, all agreed
     
  5. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
    There were no other matters arising not covered elsewhere in the agenda.
     
  6. VILLAGE HALL IMPROVEMENTS
    Cllr Lewis introduced Antonia Carr Locke, who presented the current plans. There will be a village meeting in November give the village an update on current plans. Video of the plans are on the website.
    The Chairman pointed out that not everyone in the village has access to the internet, and it was agreed that paper copies of the plans would also be distributed.
     
  7. PLANNING
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  8. VILLAGE HALL PROJECTS
    Improvements to war memorial
    Cllr Lewis proposed that the area be tidied up, hedge to be cut back and suggested removal of hawthorns Lower branches of the chestnut tree should be cut back, and silver birch should be removed. It was proposed that a new pathway (see plan).See attached plan
    Cllr Lewis proposed the tree work be done first. A quote had been obtained for tree work of £1100.00. All agreed to proceed with the project.
    A new flag pole has been ordered, delivery to be made after work is completed.
    Kerbing: The work will be carried out after Christmas. A site visited has been arranged for 5th or 6th November.
    Defibrillator: There will be no financial implications for the parish Council. Cllr Howard will present a definitive proposal at next meeting. It was noted that a power source would be needed. 5 volunteers will be trained by Red Cross.
     
  9. HIGHWAYS AND OPEN AREAS
    Steve Vear Memorial Tree.
    Councillor Brown proposed allowing the family to comment. Cllrs Lewis and Brown have had meetings with the family,(insert letter from KV)
    It was agreed that the options were either a tree by the sycamore opposite the pub, or a new tree by war memorial.
    It was agreed that the family would advise the Parish council of their decision
    VAS
    Next Agenda
    Notice Board
    New Noticeboard, approved but awaiting final quotes. Cllr Mrs. Witcher provided sample materials. The plan is for a board that is half glazed and half open. Pricing is £1400 for not glazed and £1700 for half glazed. Two further quotes to be obtained.
    Defibrillator
    It was agreed previously that .his will be funded by the proceeds of the Fete.
    It was reported that there is no fixed sum nominated. John Howard will come to the next meeting with a firm proposal.
    Red Cross will provide training and advice. Volunteers will be needed to take this training.
    Village Hall Improvements.
    Discussed earlier in the meeting
     
  10. ORDERS FOR PAYMENT AND FINANCIAL MATTERS
    See attached.
    Cllr Brown suggested a project list to justify any potential increase of the Precept next year, based on the Village Plan. Next agenda.
     
  11. SECOND PUBLIC SESSION (SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS) 15 MINUTES MAXIMUM
    Mr. Nigel Timberlake asked why the noticeboard could not be made by a conventional carpenter. He will take specs, and report back.
    Village Hall Hedge is Hall Management Committee responsibility. Cllr Brown suggested establishing a Hall/Trust/PC liaison committee.
    Christmas tree installation 5TH December, lighting 12th December
     
  12. DATES OF NEXT MEETINGS
    Monday 16th November 2015
    Budget Meeting Wednesday 9th December, at cricket pavilion if available
Meeting Closed at 9.20 pm

28 Sep 2015

Minutes: September 28th 2015

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON MONDAY SEPTEMBER 28TH 2015 IN THE VILLAGE HALL AT 7.30 PM
  1. PRESENT
    Councillors Brown, Lewis, Bown, Howard, Heybrook, and Mrs Witcher
    9 members of the public, Parish Clerk,
     
  2. APOLOGIES
    Apologies received from Cllr Edmonds
     
  3. PUBLIC SESSION (SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS) 15 MINUTES MAXIMUM
    It was agreed to move to the discussion of the Steve Vear Memorial Tree and bench Location to the public session.
    Mrs Vear would like to see a tree planted either by the little two seater bench or where the Christmas tree is usually installed.
    She has selected a Prunus Royal Burgundy with coloured leaves.
    Cllr Heybrook pointed out that the Jubilee oak would eventually get very large, and the hornbeams are already taking up quite a lot of space.
    It was suggested that the Parish Council and the family hold a site meeting to look at possible locations, and that potential dimensions should be specified.
    The site meeting will confirm location without establishing any precedent, once they have details of tree size and bench style.
     
  4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES JULY 20TH 2015
    The Chairman welcomed the two new members of the Parish Council, who signed declarations of acceptance of office.

  5. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
    There were no other matters arising not covered elsewhere in the agenda.
     
  6. PLANNING
    It was agreed that minutes of site meetings held in the previous month would be included with the minutes.
    A site meeting has been arranged for Prospect Cottage on the 9th October at 9.30 am. The Chairman declared an interest
     
  7. RISK ASSESSMENT.
    The insurance company has confirmed that the list of items covered is generic, and does not reflect the actual assets held by the Council. A list of current assets with values attached.
     
  8. HIGHWAYS AND OPEN AREAS
    VAS:  Cllr Brown wills liase with Mr. and Mrs. Lazaruck.
    Kerbing: A site meeting has been arranged with the contractors.
    New Flag Pole: It was agreed that a 6 metre high permanent flag pole should be installed near the war memorial, at a cost of £ 189.00 + fixtures and fittings and installation.
    £189.00 will be allocated against the current £900.00 Village projects reserve fund.
    Road Markings at the top of Church Lane – to be reported to highways those painted recently are not of a professional standard.
    New Noticeboard, approved but awaiting final quotes. Cllr Mrs. Witcher will seek quotes.
    Defibrillator:It was agreed previously that this will be funded by the proceeds of the Fete.
    It was reported that there is no fixed sum nominated. John Howard will come to the next meeting with a firm proposal.
    Red Cross will provide training and advice. Volunteers will be needed to take this training.
    Village Hall Improvements: Cllr Heybrook reported that the Committee had decided the original design was too expensive and unattractive, and a new architect has been appointed. Lynne Palmer of Thame. The £1400.00 spent on the original architect has been written off.
    Cllr Bown had suggested that the Village Hall Management Committee approach West Wind Oak Designs, who subsequent provided a design for consideration.
    The Village Hall will receive £95,000.00 from Stoney furlong development, but will need £350,000.00 Grants are being investigated.
    CHUF have asked to install a Notice Board on the Green to advertise availability. After some discussion, it was agreed that a temporary board would be acceptable, but nothing permanent. It was noted that CHUF made a big contribution to the youngsters in the village and should be supported
     
  9. ORDERS FOR PAYMENT AND FINANCIAL MATTERS
    See attached.
    Cllr Bown suggested a project list to justify any potential increase of the Precept next year, based on the Village Plan.
     
  10. SECOND PUBLIC SESSION (SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS) 15 MINUTES MAXIMUM
    It was noted that the road on the Aylesbury bus stop side had been flooded again. This has been reported to Thames Water.
    Cllr Mrs. Witcher reported that people are still using Chilton Road, despite Road Closed signs, which is causing delay to works. The footpath alongside the road will be 5 ft wide to allow for wheelchair access.
     
  11. DATES OF NEXT MEETINGS
    Monday19th October
    Monday 16th November
Meeting Closed at 9.15 pm

20 Jul 2015

Minutes: July 20th 2015

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON MONDAY JULY 20TH 2015 IN THE VILLAGE HALL AT 7.30 PM

PRESENT:
Councillors District Councillor Hawkett, Lewis, Edmonds, Heybrook, Bown, and Howard.
4 members of the public, Parish Clerk,

APOLOGIES:
Apologies from Councillor Brown and Councillor Mrs Witcher
Councillor John Lewis took the chair in the absence of the Chairman.
  1. PUBLIC SESSION (SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS) 15 MINUTES MAXIMUM
    Nothing raised
     
  2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES JUNE 8TH 2015
    Minutes agreed as a true record after amendments.
     
  3. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
    Cllr Edmonds volunteered to be the Parish council representative on the PCC
    Cllr Heybrook agreed to represent the Parish Council on the Village hall Management committee.
    Cllr Heybrook also agreed to monitor Footpaths.
    Defibrillator:The Fete Committee had agreed to allocate a quarter of the proceeded to help fund a defibrillator. Location to be discussed at next meeting. Cllr Howard will ascertain the amount of funding available.
    Cllr Hawkett suggested that the Cricket club be asked for a contribution. AVDC have funding to train first responders.
     
  4. RISK ASSESSMENT.
    The values on the asset register agreed. These are to be submitted to insurance company with a request for premium to be reviewed.
     
  5. PLANNING
    Cavings – School Lane and Bye ways the Green site meetings to be arranged on Friday 24th July AT 6.30
    Cllr Edmonds proposed leaving the decision to the authorities if there was no objection. If the Parish council objects they need to send a speaker to Development control Committee.
    It was agreed that site meeting minutes be recorded.
    There was no objection to the application for Bees Cottage Aylesbury Road.
    Post codes for new houses at Stoney Furlong and Chestnut View have been confirmed by AVDC
     
  6. HIGHWAYS AND OPEN AREAS
    VAS- update required at next meeting.
    It if is faulty, a claim needs to be made from insurance company.
    Installation ponts to be located and marked.
    Kerbing – next agenda.
    New Notice Board.
    Next agenda
    Flag Pole: Prices for moveable flag pole have been obtained. £85.00 for mobile flagpole. The height should be the same size as exiting pole – The Village Hall representative will raise the matter at the next meeting.
    Foot path 4 diversion. It was agreed that the responsibility of moving the footpath was the landlords. No further action.
    Bus stop- Engineers will investigate. They have been advised that it is in conservation area
    A letter has been received from Mrs. Parkes regarding dog fouling in Dark Lane.
    It was noted that cars are ignoring the No Entry sign at the top of school Lane

  7. ORDERS FOR PAYMENT AND FINANCIAL MATTERS
    Internal audit has been completed and action items noted. The internal auditor was satisfied that all queries were answered. Parish council will request an expenses report from the Auditor. All agreed.
SECOND PUBLIC SESSION (SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS) 15 MINUTES MAXIMUM
  • Light at Church Piece: This has been defective for some years. It used to be maintained by Walker. Village Plan did not included street lighting. It was agreed that no further action be taken.

Date and Time of Next meeting
Monday 21st September 2015

8 Jun 2015

Minutes: June 8th 2015

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON MONDAY JUNE 8TH 2015 IN THE VILLAGE HALL AT 7.30 PM

PRESENT:
Councillors Brown, Lewis, Edmonds, Bown , Howard, Bown ,and Mrs Witcher
5 members of the public, Parish Clerk,

APOLOGIES:
Apologies from District Councillor Hawkett.
  1. PUBLIC SESSION (SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS) 15 MINUTES MAXIMUM
    Footpaths: Footpath diversions need to be applied for by the owner of the property, and the Parish Council would consider the application once received. It was agreed that the Parish Council should not get involved before the Landowner. It was agreed that the procedure for changing the route should be clarified. All agreed.
  2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES MAY 18TH 2015
    The Chairman welcomed the two new members of the Parish council, who signed declarations of acceptance of office.
    Minutes agreed as a true record. Proposed Cllr Lewis seconded Cllr Witcher.
    There were no matters arising not covered elsewhere in the agenda.
     
  3. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
    Funding for a defibrillator has been earmarked from the proceeds of the Village fete.
    The bus stop sign has been repaired after damage.
    Benches on the Green and by the War memorial have been restored by volunteers.
    Bus Company will be approached to replace both bus stop signs, possible with electronic signs.
     
  4. RISK ASSESSMENT.
    It was agreed that all expectations had been met. Assets on insurance policy to be reviewed and a new quote to be obtained. List to be annotated with current values. Next agenda.
     
  5. PLANNING
    It was agreed that Stoney Furlong as an appropriate name for the new development at Chilton Road.
    A site meeting has been arranged at Bees Cottage at 9.30 am on Friday 13th
    Cllr Edmonds advised the meeting that procedures for planning applications had changed since the election.
    Work has started at the Lodge, Church Lane.
     
  6. HIGHWAYS AND OPEN AREAS
    VAS will be moved to Winchendon Rd once it is operational
    Cllr Mrs. Witcher reported that the approved contractor has quoted for setts in Dark Lane opposite Walnut Orchard and below the Rosary. A meeting to be arranged at the end of the week for the chairman to meet the contractor.
    New Notice Board: Quotes have been obtained. Samples will be provided for the next meeting.
    Removal of Flag Pole: Prices are being obtained.
    Road Closures to be applied for 15th August and memorial Sunday
    The trees at the churchyard are being pollarded.
     
  7. ORDERS FOR PAYMENT AND FINANCIAL MATTERS
    The Clerk has approached NAT WEST and obtained the necessary forms. It was formally agreed that the bank account be moved from Lloyds to NatWest, and the forms were signed.
    Approval of accounts and appointment of external auditor
    The accounts were be checked by Chairman and Vice Chairman, prior to approval by the Parish Council. This has been done.
    It was agreed Mrs. Jacqui Porteous be appointed internal auditor, as suggested at previous meeting.
SECOND PUBLIC SESSION (SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS) 15 MINUTES MAXIMUM
  • Mrs. Tillier reminded the meeting that the bus stops were in the conservation area and therefore light up electronic signs were not appropriate.
  • Mrs. Witcher advised the Meeting that Mrs. Joy Payne would visit owners of properties affected by tree pollarding at the Churchyard.
  • It was requested that names and addresses of all Councillors be circulated...

18 May 2015

Minutes: May 18th 2015

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON MONDAY MAY 18TH 2015 IN THE VILLAGE HALL AT 7.30 PM

PRESENT:
Councillors Brown, Edmonds, Heybrook, Lewis, Mrs Witcher
6 members of the public, Parish Clerk,

APOLOGIES:
Cllrs John Howard and Paul Bown. The two new councillors were unable to attend due to prior engagements
  1. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN
    Cllr Lewis proposed Cllr Brown. Seconded Cllr Mrs. Witcher. There were no other nominations. Cllr Brown agreed to serve for the coming year. All agreed.
    Cllr Brown duly elected for the coming year. A declaration of acceptance of office was signed.
    The Chairman welcomed the newly appointed Parish Council, including the two new Councillors.
     
  2. ELECTION OF VICE CHAIRMAN
    Cllr Mrs. Mrs. Witcher proposed Cllr Lewis, seconded Cllr Heybrook .Cllr Lewis agreed to serve for the coming year.
    Cllr Lewis duly elected for the coming year. A declaration of acceptance of office was signed.
  3. APPOINTMENT OF RESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL OFFICER
    The Clerk was proposed by Cllr Lewis, seconded Cllr Edmonds as responsible financial Officer. All agreed.
     
  4. APPOINTMENT OF REPRESENTATIVES TO VILLAGE HALL COMMITTEE AND PCC
    Next agenda

  5. PUBLIC SESSION (SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS) 15 MINUTES MAXIMUM
    Mrs. Tillier requested that all correspondence to the Parish Council be read out at the meeting, and to have correspondence included on the agenda. Councillor Edmonds proposed correspondence be added to the agenda after the public session.
    Traffic Calming: Mrs. Dormer requested an update on speeding problems on Winchendon Road. The bridge works at Cuddington Mill have increased the flow of traffic, along the Winchendon Road.
    Cuddington Parish Council has suggested a meeting with Dinton and Chearsley to address traffic issues. Cuddington are hoping to re-instate the Traffic Action group. Volunteers will be needed.
    Mrs. Tillier requested that that Parish Council appoint a footpath Officer. Next agenda.
     
  6. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FEBRUARY 16 TH 2015
    Agreed as a true record. The informal meeting held in March is for information only.
    There were no matters arising not covered elsewhere in the agenda.
     
  7. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
    Covered elsewhere in the agenda
     
  8. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
    Parking at Elm Brook Close: Plant and builders vehicles are being parked at the bottom of Dark lane and Elm Brook Close. Property owners have been contacted but the parish Council has no power to take any further action.
    Water Leak has been repaired in Dark Lane has been repaired – to be monitored.
    Road works on the bridge between Cuddington and Chearsley were more complex than expected, and an emergency extension was needed to finish work. The road will re-open on Friday 22nd May.
    The Chairman will write to Bucks CC re notification of closure and very inadequate signage There was also no prior notification of the road closure on the 17th May for the Race for Life
    Volunteers are needed for Action Items in the Village plan – this is to be included on agenda in future to review progress. Action has been taken on some of the items, but further input needed.
    Cllr Heybrook advised the meeting that he was still personally pursuing the possibility of a cycle track to Haddenham, although the cost factors currently make it impracticable. Cllr Heybrook will report back to Parish Council of there are any further developments.
     
  9. HIGHWAYS AND OPEN AREAS
    Cllr Mrs. Witcher reported that the approved contractor has quoted for setts in Dark Lane opposite Walnut Orchard and below the Rosary and repairs to the two traffic islands at the top of School and around the Chestnut Tree.
    The Parish Council agreed to approve the start of the work, proposed Cllr Brown, and seconded Cllr Lewis. All agreed. It was noted that the contractor had suggested bollards in the driveway of affected properties , but it was agreed that this should be the responsibility of the individual property owners.
    Cllr Edmonds was concerned that the setts would increase the width of the lane if the contractor cuts into the bank. He requested that the installation of the kerbs should respect the width of the lane. There was also concern that setts on one side could cause additional erosion opposite.
    Cllr Brown will meet with the contractors prior to work starting
    Best kept Village competition application has been submitted.
    New Notice Board: It was suggested that a replacement notice board be installed at the bus shelter which would be fully glazed ,with one side locked and the other available for casual notices. The Chairman felt that the Parish council should not be responsible for CHUF notice board as well, but the two organizations could place and order together Pictures and quotes to be provided at next meeting.
    Benches at the war memorial need restoration Quotes to be obtained
    Removal of Flag Pole:It was agreed that it might be cheaper and more effective to get a new flag pole behind the war memorial, rather than excavate the concrete in the village hall grounds.
    Red Telephone Box: The Chairman is still pursuing this personal project.
     
  10. PLANNING
    Bees Cottage, Aylesbury Road. A site meeting will be held on Friday 22nd May at 9.30 am
     
  11. ORDERS FOR PAYMENT AND FINANCIAL MATTERS
    There were no orders for payment, The Clerk has done some research into Society Bank accounts and will approach Nat West regarding moving accounts from Lloyds
    Approval of accounts and appointment of external auditor
    The accounts will be checked by Chairman and Vice Chairman, prior to approval by the Parish Council
    It was agreed that BKR Haines Watts be re-appointed as internal auditors.
    Pension rules for Clerk to be checked
SECOND PUBLIC SESSION (SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS) 15 MINUTES MAXIMUM
  • Lower Green Lane Footpath – diversion to be considered.
  • Defibrillator - a request has been made for a defibrillator in the village after an incident at the bus stop
  • White Gates at entrances to village need restoration. Cllr Edmonds advised the meeting that micro grants might be available.
  • The Parish Council was advised that there was a local auditor who might be prepared to carry out the internal audit
  • Litter pick before Best Kept Village
  • Volunteers will be needed to plant, scrub etc. Cllr Mrs. Witcher will coordinate
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
  • It was noted that grants are available for cycle ways.
  • The attention of the Parish council was drawn to the fact that mending potholes could increase the speed of delivery lorries in the lanes.
  • The chairman advised the meeting that he was still pursuing the idea of a library in an old red phone box.
DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETINGS
15th June 2015 (later changed to 8th June)
20th July 2015

16 Mar 2015

Minutes: March 16th 2015

CHEARSEY PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON MONDAY MARCH 16TH 2015 IN THE VILLAGE HALL AT 7.30

PRESENT:
Councillors Lewis, Mrs Towell, Mrs Witcher, 6 members of the public, Parish Clerk.
Councillor Lewis took the chair in the absence of Cllrs Brown, and it was agreed that due to the shortage of Councillors a brief informal meeting would be held.

APOLOGIES:
Cllr Brown, Edmonds, Heybrook, Mrs Lazaruk
  1. PUBLIC SESSION (SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS) 15 MINUTES MAXIMUM
    Peacocks: Complaints have been received regarding peacocks in the gardens around Bernard’s Close.The owners have been contacted , but have not taken any action
    Heavy Good Vehicle:It was noted that the owners of the Buildbase lorry that had caused problems in Dark Lane had been contacted by the PSO.
     
  2. FEBRUARY 16TH 2015 MINUTES
    These are to be amended to clarify the exact location of the footpath alongside the old Bakery. The Right of Way has been confirmed by the LAND Registry and AVDC plans. (See the attached map). The Parish Council apologized for the misunderstanding.
     
  3. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
    There were no matters arising
     
  4. VILLAGE PROJECTS
    Best Kept Village competition application to be submitted.
    VAS – Next agenda
    Kerbing: Measurements have been taken by approved contractor. He has suggested single row of sets with a shoulder. He also surveyed the sets around the island at the top of school lane and the island round the chestnut tree and quoted approx. £100.00 per metre for repairs.
    Cllr Mrs. Witcher will have figures for the Annual Parish Meeting. There is £ 6175.00 in the budget.
    Notice Board needs replacement. It was suggested that a glazed and partially lockable notice board be installed to allow public notices to be put up on the half the available space.
    Developments.
    Mrs Howard has agreed to design letter head – possibly the chestnut tree – next agenda
     
  5. PLANNING APPLICATIONS
    Byeways the Green. Site meeting to be arranged
     
  6. ORDERS FOR PAYMENT AND FINANCIAL MATTERS
    Cheques for dog bins and clerk signed.
     
  7. PARISH ELECTIONS
    Information packs are available and will be distributed as requested.
     
  8. ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
    This will be publicised prior to the meeting in April
SECOND PUBLIC SESSION
  • It was noted that two quotes had been obtained for the kerbing, as there were a limited number of approved contractors
  • Mr Bown advised the meeting that small lorries had been requested for the work at River view. The Chairman thanked him .
  • The plaques have been put on the benches in memory of Mrs Duval. Benches need restoring.

DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETINGS
Monday April 20th 2015 in the Village Hall

16 Feb 2015

Minutes: February 16th 2015

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON MONDAY FEBRUARY 16TH 2015 IN THE VILLAGE HALL AT 7.30

PRESENT:
Councillors Edmonds, Heybrook, Mrs Towell, Mrs Witcher, 2 members of the public, Parish Clerk.
Councillor Michael Edmonds took the chair in the absence of Cllrs Brown and Lewis.

APOLOGIES:
Cllr Brown, Lewis, Mrs Lazaruk
  1. PUBLIC SESSION (SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS) 15 MINUTES MAXIMUM
    Heavy Good Vehicles: A delivery lorry nearly caused an accident in Dark Lane when a pedestrian walking her dogs was nearly pushed off the lane. There are restriction signs saying that the lanes are not suitable for heavy good vehicles but these are disregarded. Agenda item for Annual Parish Meeting.
    Cllr Mrs Witcher advised the meeting that the contractors were due before the end of the month to give a final quote for kerbing. The kerbs would be placed at the edge of the tarmac.
    It was advised that the road between Cuddington and Chearsley would be closed for up to a week for carriageway repairs.
     
  2. REVISED NOVEMBER MINUTES
    Agreed as a true record
     
  3. JANUARY MINUTES
    Agreed as a true record
     
  4. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
    There were no matters arising
     
  5. VILLAGE PROJECTS
    VAS – Next agenda
    Kerbing
    See above
    Village Hall Improvements: Mrs. Morbey advised the meeting that the quotations from the architects had come in much higher than originally estimated. The provisional quotation of £300 000.00 had increased to between £500 000. and £600 000.00 . There were no further developments.
     
  6. PLANNING APPLICATIONS
    Replacement garage at The Barn Elm brook Close – no objection
     
  7. ORDERS FOR PAYMENT AND FINANCIAL MATTERS
    Figures from budget discussion agreed.
     
  8. PARISH ELECTIONS
    Information packs will be made available once received from AVDC. Election will be publicised closer to the time
     
  9. ANNUAL PARISH MEETING AGENDA ITEMS
    Requesting small lorries for deliveries in sunken lanes
    Electricity supply for the Green
    Moving flag pole to the other side of the hedge
    New Notice Board with glazing
     
  10. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
    Best Kept Village Competition – next agenda to allow the Chairman to comment
    There will be a litter pick on the 4th March at 9.45 am outside the Bell Inn
    Footpaths: A report has been received that there is some confusion as to the exact location of the footbath alongside the Old Bakery in Church Lane.
    The Plaques for the benches in Memory of Mrs. Duval have been ordered.
SECOND PUBLIC SESSION
  • It was noted that work on cedar Cottage in Dark Lane would start in the summer. Small lorries to be requested for deliveries
  • Where potholes are reported they are gradually being repaired

DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETINGS
Monday March 16th 2015 in the Village Hall