May 14, 2012
Nocton Parish Council Meeting Minutes - 03 April 2012
Minutes of the Meeting of Nocton Parish Council held on 3rd April 2012
Present: Chair: Councillor Kate Tyler
Vice-Chair: Councillor Ian Goldsworthy
Councillors: Peter Askew, David Rumbelow, Neil Faulkner and Geoff Hall
In Attendance: Jilly Burr (Nocton Festival Committee)
P.C. Maria Horner (Lincolnshire Police)
Doreen Green (Parish Clerk)
7 members of the public were also present
1. Apologies for absence were received from Councillor MaryAnn Williams, District Councillors John Money and Rob Kendrick and County Councillor Marianne Overton.
2. Declaration of Prejudicial Interest in Accordance With the Ethical Code of Conduct: None declared.
3. Reports of Representatives
PC Horner reported on the two recorded incidents which had occurred since the last meting:
(i) The theft of building materials from Nocton Hall - detected.
(ii) The theft from a motor vehicle - undetected as yet.
She also reported that several local villages had been the subject of burglaries and so advised that anything suspicious should be reported. She left cards with the contact details of the 'Lincs Alert' Scheme to be publicised in The Doodle.
(b) Village Hall Management Committee
The Chair reported that at the fire risk assessment had been carried out.
Some remedial work is needed on the facia boards.
On 11th April the first Nocton HUB is planned, to coincide with the regular monthly Coffee Morning.
A leaking toilet in the Gents was to be repaired.
The next meeting of the NVHMC is to be held on 25th April at 7.30pm.
(c) Dog Warden
No report submitted.
(d) Parish Clerk
The Clerk's report was noted.
(e) Nocton Festival 2012 Committee
Mrs. Burr gave an update on planned events. The Chair congratulated her on the displays of flowering plants in the planters.
4. Public Questions
Neighbourhood Watch - noted that at present there is no Co-ordinator.
It was agreed that an article to go in 'The 'Doodle' to publicise Neighbourhood Watch and to advertise for a Co-ordinator.
The Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 3rd March 2012, having been previously circulated, and subject to an amendment to Minute No.3 (a) to transpose paragraph two and three and to Minute No 6(a) to change the word "Wellingore" to "Welbourn", were agreed as a correct record of the proceedings and were signed by the Chair.
6. Gas Supply to Nocton
It was noted that twenty eight householders had expressed an interest in a gas supply to the village.
It was agreed the Clerk would make enquiries at Dunston with a view to amalgamating with them, and to also speak with the National Grid.
7. Best Kept Village Competition
It was noted that last year it had been agreed that the Best Kept Village Competition be entered this year.
It was agreed that the Clerk would enter the village in the competition
8. Progress Report from Parish Councillors
(a) Councillor Faulkner gave an update on CLAN. The 200 Club is doing well.
(b) Councillor Hall reported that the visit to view the ArtsNK artwork in Welbourn had been very productive.
(c) The Clerk is to write thanking Ralph Timms for organising the Annual Litter Pick.
(d) Councillor Rumbelow reported complaints received regarding the roadside shrubbery halfway up Wellhead Lane, and the danger of vehicles being parked by the Post Office corner.
It was agreed to raise these issues with Alan Brown LCC Highways and the Police.
(e) The Chair commented that there had been a meeting with NKDC regarding Nocton Hall. NKDC have requested a response on the Options Appraisal from LEDA.
Correspondence since the last meeting was noted.
The following letters were considered:
(a) The report from Inspect-a-Drain on the Village Hall drains.
This report to be delivered to Mr. Webster for the Village Hall survey he has undertaken.
(b) Anglian Water - Drought Situation and Imminent Hosepipe Ban.
10. Planning Applications and Issues
Noted information from NKDC regarding street numbering for The Bottom Lodge, The Bridle Way, Nocton LN4 2BH.
11. Financial Matters
(a) Details of all payments required since the last meeting were noted.
(b) Standing Order payments are still to be finalised for the payment of the street light maintenance, as this cannot be paid by Direct Debit.
Direct Debit mandate form from e.ON for the payment of street light power to be completed.
(c) Clement Keys have designated 9th July for the Parish Council accounts to be audited by them.
(d) Reclaimed VAT of £1,677.86 had been paid into the Parish Council funds.
12. Annual Parish Meeting
It was noted that the Annual Parish Meeting is a legal requirement. Items of interest to parishioners were needed for the meeting.
It was agreed that the Clerk would contact all village organisations with a request for their members to submit ideas for the Agenda. If there were no items submitted then a speaker would be organised.
Agreed the date of the Annual Parish Meeting as 22nd May 2012.
13. Dates of Future Meetings
(a) It was noted that the next meeting will be the Annual Parish Council Meeting to be held on 1st May 2012.
(b) The Programme of Dates for 2012/13 was agreed as follows:
8th May, 5th June; 3rd July; 7th August; 4th September; 2nd October; 6th November; 4th December 2012 and 8th January; 5thh February and 5th March 2013.
14. Exclusion of Public (Standing Order 60)
It was agreed to exclude the public from the meeting during consideration of the following items of business on the grounds that the matters were of a private and confidential nature.
15. Appointment of Village Keeper
It was agreed that Wednesday 25th April be the date for the interviews for the post of Village Keeper. The interviews to start at 11.00am.
16. Informal Meeting with LEDA Properties
Nick Hardcastle of LEDA Properties had been offered 12th April between 11.00am and 2.00pm for an informal meeting with members of the Parish Council.
17. Registration of the Village Hall with the Land Registry
Councillor Hall gave a presentation on conveyancing issues associated with the Village Hall.
It was agreed to engage a solicitor to look into these issues and to ensure that the land was properly registered.