Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held in The Rising Sun
on 19th February 2018
Present: Councillors: Mike Coleman (Chairman)
Chris Leaper (Vice-Chair)
Cllr. Sheila Bligh
District Councillor Trevour Bartlett
8 Members of the public.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
No changes to declarations were made.
DISTRICT COUNCILLORS REPORT
Cllr Bartlett spoke about the proposed new parking charges for Sunday parking. regarding rural parking charges. NUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
The minutes of the last meeting had been circulated to Councillors and were agreed and signed by the Chairman.
VARIOUS POTHOLES: All work on the potholes have been completed except the one in Church Lane near All Saints Church. CLERK ONGOING
SPEED LIMITS: Awaiting KCC response. ONGOING
OVERGROWN HEDGES – WEST STOURMOUTH: KCC will be asked to look into this. ONGOING
STOURMOUTH SIGN NEAR CHURCH LANE: Awaiting KCC decision. ONGOING
CHEVRON BEGGARS CORNER: Awaiting KCC response. ONGOING
BOOKS IN THE TELEPHONE KIOSK: Decision deferred until the defibrillator is fitted. ONGOING
LAND AT HERONSGATE: There was some discussion over the purchase of this land and as to whether grants would be available. The Finance Committee will look into this. ONGOING
HANG GLIDERS: John Whitehead made it clear that Hang Gliders using his land were restricted to flying over his land through to Reculver. He said that any users who flew over East or West Stourmouth would be given ‘short shrift’. He suggested that residents try to identify the serial numbers of any offending gliders.
DEFIBRILLATOR (BUS SHELTER): Cllr Leaper agreed to provide the power supply and financial arrangements will be sorted out at a later date. Mr Bligh asked to fit a backboard to accommodate the cabinet. ONGOING
DEFIBRILLATOR (TELEPHONE KIOSK):There is budget provision for a further Defibrillator so It was proposed by Cllr. Jeffrie and Seconded by Cllr. Church that we go ahead and purchase one. ONGOING
TELEPHONE KIOSK AT WEST STOURMOUTH – Repairs have been completed. MATTER CLOSED
AREA AROUND THE NOTICEBOARD: Completed – MATTER CLOSED
BENCHES: The position of a bench near the river has been finalised and permission sought from the Environment Agency and this will be erected by Mr Bower near the footbridge. There is budget provision for the bench on the list and this will be ordered after Christmas. ONGOING
FOOTPATHS & HIGHWAYS:
PROW 301222, PROW 289975: Again we are waiting for a response from KCC ONGOING
Blocked By-Way: Awaiting KCC ONGOING
The List: Ask Simon Mount to move the concrete sleepers to create space for wheelchair access. ONGOING
Various items of correspondence had been circulated to Councillors before the meeting.
Snow Wardens – Mr Jeffrie has applied to DDC but has received no response.
Orchard Thefts – Mr Bower made available information about recent thefts from his property in Church Lane.
Tree/Pond Warden – The meeting was asked if there were any volunteers.
Payments made since the last meeting. Stripy Lawns £77.40, St Johns £1881.60 and the cheque for Broadband and Microsoft update from the previous meeting had subsequently been split into two amounts for accounting transparency. Proposed Cllr. Church Seconded Cllr. Leaper.
Payment of £300 to be made for Kiosk repairs to Mr Bligh. Proposed Cllr. Jeffrie. Seconded Cllr. Coleman. Council funds have been allocated such that we have a maintenance fund, election fund and a reserve leaving a projected end of year balance of £550.PKF Littlejohn have been appointed as our external auditors. The Chairman sought agreement to seek a grant from the transparency fund. Proposed Cllr Church, Seconded Cllr Jeffrie.
The Chairman had also produced a risk register as required under the new guidance. A meeting will take place on 9th January to agree our precept.
Little Stour Orchard had been refused. There were no new applications. There was some discussion over the advanced proposal for a dwelling to the rear of Cropstone.
OTHER BUSINESS & PUBLIC DISCUSSION:
FIREWORKS: Concern was raised over the lack of notice of a firework display held adjacent to properties in School Lane. It appeared that there had been some misunderstanding as to the ‘size’ of the display.
WEBSITE: The Chairman said that the new website was now up to date.
CIVIC SERVICE: There will be a civic service on March 20th. Councillors were invited to express an interest.
FINANCE COMMITTEE: Cllr Bligh volunteered to be a member of the finance committee. All agreed.
RIVER GROUP: Cllr Church volunteered to be our lead on rivers and flooding. All agreed.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING 18th DECEMBER 2017
The meeting closed at 8:55pm.
…………………………………………………………………………19th February 2018
Mike Coleman – Chairman