Minutes Feb 2016

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Clerk: Mrs A J Fox

Derwent Cottage, Calver Bridge, Calver, Hope Valley S32 3XA

Telephone: 01433 631689

Email: angelafox@btinternet.com





Present:          Cllr D Windle, Cllr R McGoverne, Cllr B Taft, Cllr V Sidery, Cllr R Spinks,

Cllr T Williams, Cllr J Twigg (first part of meeting), Cllr A Hill, Cllr P Tilbrook, Mrs A Fox (Clerk)


12.16               Apologies for Absence: Cllr R Akeroyd


13.16               Declaration of Members’ Interests: None


14.16               To receive and approve requests for dispensations from members on matters in which they have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest: None


15.16               Public Participation: None


16.16               Minutes of Parish Council Meeting held 14th January 2016: The minutes were proposed by Cllr Williams as a true record, seconded by Cllr Spinks and signed by the Chairman.


17.16               Confidentiality: None


18.16               Items reported by the Clerk:


32.15 9)           Parish Council Website: The Clerk reported that it had proved very difficult to make contact with Sitegateway to obtain detail of the website domain.  It was agreed that it may be more efficient to obtain a new domain.  The Clerk to liaise with Gareth Pugh accordingly.


31.15 1)           Insurance Policy: Zurich Insurance had quoted an additional premium of £83.97 to cover the additional items as listed.  It was agreed that this payment should be made and the Clerk was instructed to proceed.


110.14 2)         Damaged Antique Lamp Post: Arrangements are ongoing.


32.15 6)           Repair of Playground Equipment & Playground Inspection: A quotation of £2,425.00 had been received from Enviroplay for repair of the playground equipment and it was agreed that this quotation should be accepted and authority was given for the work to proceed.  Further investigations were to be undertaken with regard to acquisition of a new climbing frame.


89.15 10)         Bank Mandate: Cllr McGoverne is actioning this.


114.15 6)         Seating in Hall Orchard: The Chairman reported that Mr Bill Dinley had offered to donate a seat


135.15 11)       Flood Committee: Cllr Windle reported that he is trying to arrange a Flood Committee Meeting for April.  The Clerk was requested to contact Mr Hotchkiss to keep him informed.


125.15 2)         Road Sign to Monsal Head: Cllr Twigg actioning this.


125.15 5)         Sign for Highfields: Actioned.


136.15 2)         Tree at Highfields: Dales Housing had cleared the path but had not cleared the branch.  The Clerk was requested to contact Dales Housing accordingly.


18.16 1)           Funding Application Form re Transparency Fund: It was agreed that the parish council would try to obtain a scanner under this scheme.


19.16               Items reported by Members:


19.16 1)           Damage to Playing Field: Considerable damage had been caused to the Hall Orchard by the gravedigger’s vehicle.  The Clerk was requested to contact Mettams regarding this.


19.16 2)           Use of Hall Orchard by Well Dressing Committee: The Well Dressing Committee asked for permission to use the Hall Orchard for well dressing events on 21st May, erecting a marquee.  The parish council granted permission, with the reservation that car parking would depend on whether the ground is suitable at the time.


20.16               Planning Matters:


1) Application: Ashford War Memorial Institute – Replacement Windows: Four councillors supported the application and one councillor abstained.  The application was therefore approved.

2) Application: 4 Court Lane – Existing use of property as holiday let: Application for Certificate of Lawfulness.

3) Appeal: Thornbridge Hall – Dismissed.


21.16               Financial Matters


1)                  Bank Balances Noted:

Business Reserve Account:                                                           £17,960.38

Current Account:                                                                               £250.00


2)                  To approve payments:

  1. a) Jayne Taft     £350.00
  2. b) Mr R Spinks (reimbursement)     £107.74


3)                  To acknowledge receipt of payments:

  1. a) The Bull’s Head (income from honesty box)                 £162.00


4)         Hall Orchard Account: The Chairman reported that this account would be closed.


22.16               Date of Next Meeting: The next parish council meeting will be held on Thursday 24th March 2016 at 7.30 pm in Ashford Old School Rooms.