HOOK NORTON PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF A MEETING OF HOOK NORTON PARISH COUNCIL HELD IN THE MEMORIAL HALL ON THURSDAY, 13 JUNE 2013 at 7.30pm
Present: Councillors: Kane, Hicks, Hayward, Brotherston, Casson, Watkins, Cooke, District Councillor Jelf (part), Mrs Watts (Parish Clerk) and four members of the public
Apologies for Absence – Councillor Usher, Councillor Millar and County Councillor Reynolds
Councillor Kane reported that due to work commitments, Jonathan Leader had resigned from the Parish Council with effect 13 June 2013. Cllrs thanked Mr Leader for his work on the Parish Council over a number of years.
Councillor Kane asked those present to observe a minute’s silence for the late Mr Albert Walsham.
Minutes of Previous Meeting held on 14 March 2013 and Matters Arising
It was proposed by Cllr Hicks and seconded by Cllr Watkins that the minutes of the previous meeting on 9 May 2013 be accepted as a true and accurate record and this was passed unanimously.
Declarations of Interest – there were none.
Report of the Planning Co-Ordinator on Planning Applications Received
Two TCA applications to fell trees were received during the month and Cllrs had objected to both.
Cherwell District Council had granted five applications:
To Invite Members of the Public to Comment on Planning Applications – There were no comments from the members of the public attending.
Reports or Working Groups
Recreation – Cllr Kane reported:
Cemetery and Allotments – Cllr Hicksreported:
Environment – Cllr Hayward reported:
Hook Norton War Memorial Hall
Neighbourhood Plan Sub-Committee – Cllr Hicks reported:
Cllrs acknowledged and approved the Steering Group’s tight time schedule. They also thanked members of the Steering Group for the admiral amount of work they have done so far.
Report on District Council Matters – District Cllr Jelf had nothing to report.
Report on County Council Matters – County Cllr Reynolds had written to the Parish Clerk as follows:
Finance/Schedule of Receipts and Payments for Authorisation by the Council
The Clerk presented the schedules of receipts and payments and sought approval to pay the cheques itemised on the schedules totalling £4,969.51 for the Parish Council and £1,120.52 for the Memorial Hall. Cllr Hicks moved acceptance of the payments detailed, this was seconded by Cllr Casson and approved unanimously.
Following the resignation of Jonathan Leader, Cllr Kane explained that a new signatory to the bank account was needed. It was unanimously agreed that Cllr Hayward be appointed. The Parish Clerk will obtain the necessary application forms.
Vacancies on Parish Council
The Parish Clerk reported that she was waiting to speak to officers at CDC to confirm whether or not the vacancy arising from the resignation of David Shepley- Cuthbert could be filled by co-option.
The Parish Clerk will set in motion the process for filling the vacancy arising from the resignation of Jonathan Leader. In the first instance a Notice of Vacancy from Sue Smith, Returning Officer at CDC will be displayed in the village and on the website for 14 days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas, Easter or any other bank holiday).
Cllr Cooke reported that the Community Land Trust is awaiting the outcome of the Taylor Wimpey Appeal before committing to a full feasibility assessment of the site.
The Bell Inn
CDC had acknowledged the PC’s Community Right to Bid on these premises. They had served Notice on the owner(s). CDC would make a decision within eight weeks of 14 May when the PC’s application was received.
Appeal on the Proposed Bourne Lane Development
The Secretary of State will issue his decision on or before 4 July 2013.
The Parish Clerk had passed emailed all correspondence to Councillors during the month.
To Invite Questions and Comments from Members of the Public – There were none.
There being no further business Councillor Kane thanked everyone for attending and closed the public meeting at 9.15 pm.