WOLLASTON PARISH COUNCIL
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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF WOLLASTON
PARISH COUNCIL HELD AT THE OASIS, HIGH STREET, WOLLASTON ON THURSDAY 20 APRIL 2023.
PRESENT: Councillors Messrs Alms, Alvis, Boddington, Hodson, Jackson, Jones, Mitchell, Savage, Talbutt, Threadgold, Mrs Milroy and Miss D. Styles (Clerk & RFO).
IN ATTENDANCE: 1 member of the public attended the meeting. Cllr Partridge- Underwood
23/032 – OPEN MEETING
23/033 – NORTH NORTHANTS COUNCIL
Cllr Alvis raised the issue of brown bins and brown paper bags and had written to George Candler at NNC and awaiting response as on holiday. Confusion over when the bags are to be collected. Cllr Partridge-Underwood to look into.
Ward Support money of £6K, a proportion of which is being split between Methodist Lunch Club, Community Library and Wollaston Youth Club.
Cllr Alms reported on the Natural England Species Recovery Programme. This is a fully funded project and Cllr Alms has contacted the Planning Conservation Team. There is £50k – £500k available with a tight deadline of end of May 2023.
23/034 – TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies were received from Cllr Carter (work) and Cllr Goldsmith (annual leave). Cllrs Carr and Griffiths and PCSO Donna Fenner.
23/035 – DECLARATION OF INTERESTS
None relating to business on the agenda.
23/036 – MINUTES
Minutes of the Parish Council meeting from 16 March 2023 were agreed and signed as a true account. Proposed by Cllr Mitchell, Seconded by Cllr Boddington. Unanimously agreed, motion carried.
23/037 – CLERK’S REPORT
Report circulated with Agenda, appendix 1.
23/038 – Appointment of new Clerk
Cllr Alms welcomed Suzanne Grant to the position of Wollaston Parish Clerk. Start date 23rd April 2023 with a two week handover. Cllrs offered their help and support and new Clerk to arrange training courses on NCALC. Pension scheme to be discussed. Cllr Alms to handover to Cllr Carter as head of HR.
23/039 – FINANCES
March 2023 – Receipts
Interest 42.13 Nationwide Building Society Annual Interest 120.63
Payments Circulated. It was RESOLVED to approve payments for April 2023. Proposed by Cllr Boddington. Seconded by Cllr Alms. Unanimously agreed, motion carried.
April 2023 (nett) – PC Payments
Office/phone/website/stationery/emails/training – LGA ’72 s112 Staff/HMRC/pension – LGA 1972 s133
NCALC membership fee/internal audit & data protection fees LGA 1972 ss14
Npower Highways Act 1980 s98
395.49 1209.96 1304.42
189.99 176.19 28.00
A copy of the bank reconciliation had been circulated showing available amounts in the bank account for daily banking, earmarked 50% reserves in case of non-payment of precept and earmarked monies for new community centre and preschool building. Savings account earmarked for S106 monies, Pyghtles/Neale Close. Cllr Alvis will contact NCALC and enquire whether a separate bank account can be available for the new build.
It was RESOLVED to approve the End of Year Budget to 31 March 2023. Proposed by Cllr Milroy. Seconded by Cllr Alms.
WOLLASTON PARISH COUNCIL – BUDGET 22/23 ITEM
83328 800 0
995 995 850 1499 400 0 470 5827
4000 0 0 0
2a GRANT CC A509 VERGES
10 CLERKS SALARY/EXPENSES
11 GEN ADMIN/OFFICE COSTS
14a S106 PYGHTLES/NEALE CL
PLAY AREAS/STORAGE AREA CAPITAL 15A EARMARKED
800 761 1200 1077 10100 9339 1200 1225
16243 1880 12001
17138 17528 400 364 470 496
20b S106 HOOKHAMS PATH
22a EARMARKED, NEW SITE/OLD VH
100031 107563 0
It was RESOLVED to approve and sign off internal audit 2022/2023 and report. Confirmation of the dates of the Period for the Exercise of Public Rights. Publication dates 3rd July 2023 to 14th July 2023.
23/040 – PLANNING (a) Applications
Schedule was circulated with Agenda. Cllr Jones updated:
Community Centre and Preschool update – CEO & Head of rural affairs to meet 21/04/2023
Summers Grange/Hookhams Path – Traffic audit will be completed once maintenance to the path has been carried out.
23/041 – REPORTS
watch of PC FB page – figures for Wellingborough & Rural 20 crimes – up by 10 last year (9 violent/sexual, 3 criminal damage, 3 vehicle damage, 3 vehicle crimes, 3 burglary 2 other) No anti-social. Mrs Milroy to send list
(b) Community Events Update – Cllr Boddington reported that the Events Committee were very busy, Magazine now out. Clerk to email Chair report to Cllr Boddington for Magazine. The Summer Event is well planned. Await road closures – need street furniture, organise and check bar with Andrew Silsby. Coronation Event is very quiet, only 1 official road closure. No Village
of the Year this year. No uptake on the Big Help Out on Bank Holiday Monday 8th May.
(c) Village Hall Update – Caretaker and Cleaner now appointed.
(d) Footpaths Update – Nothing to update. Cllr Alms reported the petition to close the green lane had reached 160 signatures. Clerk to organise Wreath for Manchester Bombing Memorial on 22nd June.
(e) Environmental, Highways, Cemetery & Street Lights Update – No meeting this month. Litter picking, painting and bins to be carried out. No response received regarding the issues at the Cemetery. All street lights OK – PC own 16 street lights.
(f) Street Dr/Fix My Street Report – Report circulated. The reports logs have increased, however faults fixed have more or less matched them.
(g) Playing Field & Parks Management Committee Update – draft minutes circulated, but no issues.
23/041 – NEXT MEETING
Annual Assembly of the Parish and Wollaston Parish Council meeting to take place on Thursday 25th May 2023, 7pm, Oasis Building, High Street, Wollaston.
The Chair thanked Councillors for their attendance. The meeting was closed at 9pm.
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