Hothfield Parish Council

...in the rustic heart of Kent


AUGUST 2014 PARISH COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
[ DRAFT -- to be accepted at the next Meeting ]
 

MINUTES 131                                                    Page 597

Minutes of the Ordinary Parish Council Meeting

held at The Bluebell Centre, Hothfield,

on Wednesday 6 August 2014 at 7.00 pm

PRESENT:  

Mr L Krause (Chair), Mrs P Sutcliffe, Mr J Collins, Mr M Cook, Mr P Howard and Mr D Parker.

Mr R Libbeter (after co-option)

PARISH CLERK: Mrs J Batt
BOROUGH COUNCILLOR: --
COUNTY COUNCILLOR: --
MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:

There were no Members of the Public present.

1.   APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Apologies for absence were received from Mrs D Hogben (family commitment), Borough Councillor Robey and County Councillor Simkins.

 

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 from councillors present.

 

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.       CO-OPTION OF PARISH COUNCILLOR    

Mr Howard proposed Mr Libbeter for the vacant position of councillor, seconded by Mr Parker.

 

Mr Libbeter had previously confirmed his eligibility to become a councillor.

 

Mr Libbeter signed his Declaration of Acceptance of Office and took a DPI form to complete and return to ABC within 28 days, with a copy for The Clerk.      

 

4.    ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING

Minutes 130 were accepted and it was unanimously agreed that Mr Krause should sign them as a true record of the meeting.

 

           Proposed  Mr Collins               Seconded  Mr Cook

          

5.      PROVISION OF BROADBAND IN HOTHFIELD

Mr Krause reported on his correspondence with BT.

 

It would be possible for the Parish Council to arrange to have fibre optic broadband installed in the parish within a year, but the financial cost, to the parish of doing so will be rather high.

 

Following an in-depth discussion it was agreed that Mr Krause should write a comprehensive article for the Hothfield Newsletter, the website and noticeboard with copies to be left in the Post Office, explaining to residents that this possibility exists, outlining the costs involved and the Parish Council’s suggestion for funding such a project. 

 

It was agreed to hold a public meeting on Thursday 4 September to enable councillors to discuss this with members of the parish and decide whether or not to proceed.   As the Clerk is not available on that night, Mr Parker offered to take the minutes.

 

6.      ANY URGENT CORRESPONDECE OR FINANCE

           NatWest re changes to our accounts

           KALC Minutes of meeting held 16.07.14

           KCC Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2013-30 Notification of Publication   

 

7.    FINANCE

            Bank Balance per Cash Book                                                   Balance at Bank  

Parish Council Opening Balance

   28627.21

 

PC Reserve A/C

   25706.49

Plus Receipts

     6031.63

 

Less u/c cheques

       974.90

 

   34658.84

 

 

   24731.59

Less Payments

     5531.72

 

PC Current A/C

       100.00

 

   29127.12

 

Y Current A/C

     3266.76

 

 

 

Y Reserve A/C

     1028.77

 

 

 

 

   29127.12

           

            Accounts to be Paid

PAYEE

CHQ

NO

DETAILS

NET

£

VAT

£

GROSS

£

Mrs J Batt

    275

 

Salary

Expenses

  

 

   

      28.23

Mr K Marden

    276

Salary

   1.60

 

       1.60

           

            Resolution:  Councillors unanimously agreed to pay the above accounts and

            noted the Direct Debit Payment to EDF for the electricity for the MUGA, taken on

            the 1st of each month for £20.00.

           

            Proposed Mr Parker           Seconded  Mrs Sutcliffe

 

            Earmarked Funds   

 

C

Balance

+/-

August

C

Balance

MUGA

EDF April and May

 

  5463.00

 

 

  5463.00

Road Sweeping    

Salary – August

 2553.04

 

    -1.60

       

  2551.44

Shelter

    251.60

 

    251.60

Garden Competition

    297.40

 

    297.40

Village Projects

  2400.00

 

  2400.00

Village Fete

  1727.54

 

  1727.54

Salt Bin

    700.00

 

    700.00

TOTAL

13392.58

    -1.60

13390.98

            

7.         PLANNING                                                                                                                            

           No applications received this month.

 

 

There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.25 pm.

 

  

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