Minutes of a Meeting held in the Phoenix Hall On Thursday, 9th January, 2020 at 7.00 p.m.

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Parish Councillors Present:Cllr. D. BurkeChairman
Cllr. A. LinscerVice Chairman
Cllr. Mrs. L. Barker
Cllr. B. Covil
Cllr. F. Collison
Cllr. C. Coslett
Cllr. Mrs. M. Mitchell
In Attendance:PC Sharon Duggan
Cllr. Ian Blair-PillingWiltshire Councillor
Mrs. Mary TowleClerk of the Council
17 members of the public

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME

Questions were asked by members of the public:

  • A member of the public asked the procedures of the Parish Council when a planning application is received.
  • A member of the public asked that when there is a public meeting to discuss the application that it could be on a Saturday morning.
  • A member of the public asked if the whole Council will have sight of all the details of the planning application
  • A member of the public reported that there could be up to 40 jobs at the proposed museum but they would be mainly voluntary

 

Prospective new Councillor

Two people attended the meeting to introduce themselves to the Councillors and to say why they would like to fill the vacancy for a Parish Councillor.   The Chairman thanked them for attending the meeting and said that their applications will be discussed under Confidential Business, Agenda Item 12.

POLICE REPORT

PC Sharon Duggan attended the meeting to introduce herself as the new Community Policeman for the Netheravon area.   PCSO Amy Jones was also in attendance. 

Cllr. Collison asked if the Police are doing speed checks along the A345 as promised.   PC Duggan will look into this.

REPORT BY WILTSHIRE COUNCILLOR

Cllr. Ian Blair-Pilling reported that:

  • There are meetings in various areas of Wiltshire entitled ‘Focusing on the Future’
  • There is a new structure at County Hall.   Two executive officers have been appointed one for ‘place’ and one for ‘people’
  • Wiltshire Council are cracking down on fly tipping and prosecuting where possible
  • Money is being given for the next phase of the Porton Down Science Park
  • Land is being bought in Devizes for business development
  • Wiltshire Council will be increasing their council housing stock
  • WC are starting an energy company to sell surplus electricity from solar panels
  • Wiltshire Council are giving Wiltshire College a loan of £6.3 million
  • There will be a meeting of the Paths for All project next Wednesday

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DECLARATION OF ACCEPTANCE OF OFFICE

Cllr. Steve Perry signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office and was welcomed onto the Council by the Chairman.

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ACCEPTANCE OF APOLOGIES

Apologies were received from Cllr:  David Jaffrey

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DECLARATION OF INTERESTS

There were no Declaration of Interests

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MINUTES

It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 14th November, 2019 be accepted as a true record.

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FINANCE

 

1.  Authorization of Cheques 

The following cheques were approved for the months of November/December 2019:

 

Hurdcott Landscapes £199.60

Payroll £955.23

Mrs. M. Mitchell – Fairy lights for Christmas tree £35.98

RGV Engineering – outside plug on library £132.00

Payroll £942.92

Hurdcott Landscapes £199.60

Mrs. M. Towle – Use of home as office + Misc £134.00

Phoenix Hall – hire – CPR training £24.00

 

2.  Bank reconciliation

Balance to agree with bank statement: £17,289.17

 

3.  Budget 2020/21

It was RESOLVED that the precept requirement for 2020/21 be £27635.00 which is £72.34 on a Band D property.   This is a rise of 2.5%.

 

4.  Grant request for defibrillator at Eastcourt/Westcourt

It was RESOLVED that £100 be given to the Residents Association towards a defibrillator if sufficient other funds are raised

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COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

1.  Planning

19/11190/FUL

FULL PLANNING APPLICATION for proposed new pedestrian access to front elevation at 1 Hales Road.

PARISH COUNCIL COMMENTS:  No objections

 

19/12057/TCA

TREES IN CONSERVATION AREA Prune cherry trees at Old School Close.

PARISH COUNCIL COMMENTS:  No objections

 

2.  Flooding and Adverse Weather

  • Cllr. Linscer reported that there had been a meeting with the Emergency Co-ordinator from Fittleton Parish Council with a view to including Fittleton Parish in the Emergency Plan
  • It was reported that the ditches were flowing.   Cllr. Burke has cleared the culvert under the A345 to alleviate the flooding.

 

3.  Highways

  • It was agreed to approach Wiltshire Highways asking them to repair Thorne Road, Pigott Close and the pavement from Pigotts Close to the Dog & Gun.

 

4.  Cemetery/Enhancement

  • It was agreed that the Christmas Tree outside the Library was a great success.   The electricity came from the Library and Wiltshire Council agreed to let this happen at no charge to Netheravon Parish Council.
  • It was agreed to put lavender plants around the Garden of Remembrance.   Rabbits are not partial to the scent of lavender and so it is hoped that they will leave them alone.

 

5.  Recreation

  • Cllr. Linscer had nothing to report

 

6.  Allotments

  • There was nothing to report

 

7.  Phoenix Hall

Finances show a current bank balance of £7,732. 

November and December taken together: 

income was £7,232 (£2,630 in 2018), and outgoings were £2,251 (£2,508 in 2018).  It looks good but is a trading loss of £1,027 after the grants from NPC and the Coop charitable donation (combined total of £6,008) are taken in to account.  

 

Plans are advanced for the Race Night at the hall on 1st February.  Please see if you can get a table together to have a good fun night out.  Leaflets have been distributed around the village.  We have a two-course meal and entrance for just £10/head with drinks for sale.  A “Tote” type operation will allow you the chance to win big on the night!  This is the Hall’s major fund raiser for the year.

 

The PHMC is disposing of unwanted cabinets in the committee room.  The aim is to improve the look of the room to make it more attractive with a new floor covering.  New lights may be installed.

 

Our maintenance / improvement priorities remain:

  • New emergency exit doors for the main hall. (£3,500 +)
  • New carpet for the committee room. (£800+)
  • New taps for the toilets
  • New lighting in the committee room

 

In conjunction with the Jubilee Committee, there is now a plan to hold an afternoon event on Sunday 10/5/20 as part of the village’s VE75 Celebrations.  This may be a film show from the Imperial War Museum and the event will be aimed at the older population of our villages.

 

The committee is looking at amending the Constitution of the Hall, and is seeking advice from the Charity Commission.  The aim being to more accurately represent the needs of the current and future users of the hall than is the case at the moment.  Any changes will be put to the Landlords for approval prior to presentation at the Hall’s AGM in the summer for approval.

 

Please use www.smile.amazon.co.uk if you buy from Amazon - it will help our village hall.

 

Charles Coslett, Chairman, Phoenix Hall Committee

 

8.  Rights of Way

Avon Valley Rights of Way Group

The Clerk reported that there will be another working party to put kissing gates across the field in the Corfe.   This will make a circular route around the two villages.

 

9.  Jubilee Committee

It was reported that suggestions for the VE75 Celebrations include:

  • Procession and children’s party at the Millennium Park on Friday
  • Ticket event at the Dog and Gun with Swing Band on Saturday night
  • Film Show and tea party provided by Cheerful Cuppa on Sunday

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FROM REPRESENTATIVES OF OTHER GROUPS

 

  • Tidworth Community Area Board
  • Next meeting 2nd March, 2020.
  • There will be a meeting of Amesbury Area Board on 16th January in Sharpe Hall, Larkhill.   Cllr. Burke and Cllr. Mitchell will attend together with the Clerk.

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REPORT BY THE CLERK

 

The Clerk reported:

  • She will be going to a meeting at Tidworth Garrison Theatre to be briefed on Ash Die Back.

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CORRESPONDENCE

 

  1. WALC Newsletter – has been forwarded by email to all Councillors
  2. Community Policing Newsletter – has been forwarded by email to all Councillors

 

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GENERAL PARISH MATTERS

 

There were no issues at present.

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DATE OF NEXT MEETING

 

Thursday 13th February, 2020 at 7.00 pm in the Phoenix Hall.  

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CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS

 

It was RESOLVED that in the interest of the public, the next item of business be dealt with as Confidential Business, and the press and public be excluded.

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CO-OPTION OF COUNCILLOR

It was RESOLVED that Tom Gerrard be asked to become a Parish Councillor.