FEBRARY 2013 PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES 115 Page 525
Minutes of the Ordinary Parish Council Meeting
held at The Bluebell Centre, Hothfield,
on Monday 11 February 2013 at 7.00 pm
[ DRAFT - to be formally accepted at next meeting ]
Mr L Krause (chair), Mrs D Hogben, Mrs P Sutcliffe, Mr J Collins, Mr M Cook, Mr P Howard, Mr D Parker.
PCSO Peel for part of the meeting
|PARISH CLERK:||Mrs J Batt|
|MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:||
There was one Member of the Public present for part of the meeting.
An Apology for Absence was received from Mrs Turner and Mr B Saxon (prior engagements) Mr D Beckley, Community Warden and Borough Councillor Robey
2. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Declarations of Pecuniary Interest
There were no Declarations of Pecuniary Interest.
Declarations of Significant Interest
There were no Declarations of Significant Interest.
i) Updating of Declarations of Interest for the Code of Conduct
Councillors are reminded that they should update their Declarations of Interest with the Monitoring Officer if necessary.
3. PUBLIC INTERVAL
The member of the public arrived after the Public Interval and discussed his concerns during our discussion with PCSO Peel.
4. ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
Minutes 114 were accepted and it was unanimously agreed that Mr Krause should sign them as a true record of the meeting.
Proposed Mr Collins Mr Parker
5. MATTERS FOR REPORT ARISING FROM PREVIOUS MINUTES
There were no Matters Arising not covered on the agenda.
6. CORRESPONDENCE AND OTHER GENERAL COUNCIL BUSINESS
ABC re Parish Forum 06.02.12
KALC Minutes of Meeting held 09.01.13
Clerk and Councils Direct
Mr R Fletcher
Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Proposed Mineral Safeguarding Areas
Goldwyn School re Change of Status to that of Foundation
ABC re Precept
Ann Barnes re meeting 20 February 2013
KALC re Kent Community Safety Awards
Discussion with PCSO Christine Peel
Councillors had an in depth discussion with PCSO Peel about the problems of antisocial behaviour being experienced in the village at the moment. PCSO Peel said she would discuss these issues with her colleagues and relevant agencies.
Following a discussion with the Member of the Public present, PCSO Peel will visit Cades Road to look at the crossing and will report her findings to the relevant authorities.
Christine emphasised that the Police cannot deal with crime if they are not aware of it and asked the residents of Hothfield to report all incidents. This can be done anonymously on one of the following numbers:-
To contact the police on a matter that is non urgent or to contact your local officer 101
Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
If you are deaf or speech impaired text ‘police’ and your message to 60066
Christine Peel can be contacted on 0797 200 4561
DIAL 999 IF LIFE IS AT RISK OR A CRIME IS IN PROGRESS
Mr Collins will contact DATA Tooling and ask for a quote to brace the bottom panels of the bus shelter to try and alleviate the problem of youths annoying local residents by constantly kicking the panels.
Monitoring Salt Bins
The following councillors offered to monitor the bins:-
Post Office – Mrs Sutcliffe
Common Way – Mr Saxon
Church Lane – Mr Krause
Notice Board and Website Policy
Resolution: Councillors unanimously agreed the Notice Board and Website Policy.
It will be published on the Website.
Proposed Mrs Sutcliffe Seconded Mr Parker
Public Footpath AW166
Following the advice of the PROW Officer, letters were sent to the residents believed to be the landowners of the area of the park in question. One replied stating that he did not own any of this area of land. The owner of the land replied that he was agreed with the suggestion in principle, but had some concerns. Mr Krause will walk the land to ascertain whether or not moving the path is a feasible option and report back at the next meeting.
Accounts to be Paid
Resolution: Councillors unanimously agreed to pay the above accounts.
Proposed Mrs Sutcliffe Seconded Mr Parker
Bank Balance per Cash Book Balance at Bank
Resolution: Councillors unanimously agreed the budget for 2013/2014 as prepared
by the Finance and Working Group.
Following correspondence from ABC informing the council that there would be
a 25% increase, amounting to £7.50, in the precept charged to every Band D
property in Hothfield, councillors agreed to maintain the precept at £9500.
Proposed Mrs Hogben Seconded Mr Cook
Resolution: Councillors unanimously agreed to increase the Clerks Salary from
£11.185 from £11.932 with effect from 1 April 2013. This is a 2 point increase
as she has not had an increase since April 2011.
Proposed Mr Parker Seconded Mr Collins
8. FUTURE OF YOUTH PROJECT
A lengthy discussion took place on the future of the Youth Project, following the serious concerns expressed by Mrs Sutcliffe at recent events.
It was agreed that Mrs Sutcliffe should contact the head of the Youth Service at KCC and discuss the situation with him. She will also investigate the youth activities run by the Kent Police.
9. VILLAGE FETE AND GARDEN COMPETITION
Mr Howard reported that Parish Councillors had had a meeting with Mrs Williamson, the
Network Manager from the Bluebell Centre and some of the residents of Hothfield to
discuss the Fete.
It was agreed to hold the Fete on Sunday 30 June and future meetings have been arranged
to finalise the arrangements.
Mr Parker will oversee the insurance arrangements again.
The Garden Competition will be arranged for the weekend of 15 June and the prizes will
be awarded at the Fete.
10. RISK ASSESSMENT/RISK INSPECTION
Mr Parker will complete before the end of March 2013, in time for the Audit.
No applications received this month.
12 FORUM FOR EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION BETWEEEN COUNCILLORS
An officer from ABC will attend the April meeting of the Parish Council to discuss Plan-it Ashford.
Mr Parker will send the Clerk a list of items to be reported to KHS.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.00 pm.
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