WOLLASTON PARISH COUNCIL
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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF WOLLASTON
PARISH COUNCIL HELD AT THE OASIS, HIGH STREET, WOLLASTON ON THURSDAY 19 JANUARY 2023.
PRESENT: Councillors Messrs Alms, Alvis, Boddington, Goldsmith, Jones, Mitchell, Savage, Talbutt, Threadgold, Mrs Milroy and Miss D. Styles (Clerk & RFO).
IN ATTENDANCE: 11 members of the public. PCSO Donna Fenner and PCSO Rimmy
23/001 – OPEN MEETING
Members of the public attended the meeting to discuss the issues at the top of Little Lane. Cadent were due to repair the holes made due to sleeving of the degraded gas pipes. Discussion took place as to the arrows which had been placed on the highway surface which had been completed without the knowledge of the Parish Council and agreed between NNC Highways and a resident. Highways will not remove the arrows as the cost is too great. Cllr Tew had agreed to speak with residents to resolve the issue but he has had to retire from the Parish Council. The grass triangle is being eroded by vehicles, Cadent have offered to tarmac an area which is larger than the hole they created. Majority of residents were opposed to this and Mr Swindon would like the grass reinstating at the triangle. Cllr Savage has a meeting with Highways at 1.30pm tomorrow and residents are welcome to attend.
PCSO Fenner addressed the meeting to introduce PCSO Rimmy who will be assigned to the Stanton Cross area incorporating Finedon. Crime stats are being delivered in a new format and PCSO Fenner will monitor this. Crime Stats for Wollaston, Dec 2022 2 assaults, 2 criminal damage, 1 burglary, 3 harassment, 2 stress alarms, 2 thefts (car/house). Looking into recent Tik Tok door kickings, Police assisted 1 family with a concerning incident. These now appear to have ceased. Nottingham Knockers have been in the area, advised to call 101 or report online. Senior schools now have a schools police officer in place. PCSOs still engaging with junior schools. Parking Enforcement to be contacted regarding illegal parking in the village. Catalystic converters still being stolen as well as number plates. PCSO Fenner advised to purchase irreversible screws for number plates, available from Halfords. PCSOs were thanked for their attendance and left the meeting.
23/002 – NORTH NORTHANTS COUNCIL
No report available.
23/003 – TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies were received from Cllrs Messrs Carr, Griffiths and Partridge-Underwood
due to illness and previous commitments respectively.
23/004 – DECLARATION OF INTERESTS
None relating to business on the Agenda.
23/005 – MINUTES
Minutes of the Parish Council meeting from 15 December 2022 were agreed and signed. Proposed by Cllr Goldsmith, Seconded by Cllr Talbutt. Unanimously agreed, motion carried.
23/006 – CLERK’S REPORT
Report circulated with Agenda, appendix 1. Cllr Goldsmith was concerned regarding the closure of London Road for Gigaclear works. Clerk to provide Cllr Goldsmith with contact for Gigaclear to discuss. Standing Orders review to be postponed as CALC will be updating shortly. The Internal Controls were reviewed and approved unanimously.
23/007 – FINANCES
Payments Circulated. It was RESOLVED to approve payments for January 2023, except payment to Hortech Systems Ltd for irrigation system at Playing Field. Clerk to make enquiries regarding whether cost can be covered by CC. Proposed by Cllr Alms. Seconded by Cllr Talbutt. Unanimously agreed, motion carried. January 2023 (nett) – PC Payments
Councillors queried the Quarterly budget to end December 2022 at earmarked monies under 11d. Clerk to provide break down. Quarterly budget to be
13.85 162.80 300.00
Floodlights, tennis courts – Open Spaces Act 1906 ss 10 Cost Plan Report for new build – Local Government
Street lights, quarterly energy – Highways 1980 s301
Street lights, quarterly maintenance – “ “
1400.00 469.58 1232.75 183.50
approved at next meeting. The internal controls were reviewed and agreed unanimously.
23/008 – PLANNING (a) Applications
Schedule was circulated with Agenda. Cllr Jones updated:
Community Centre and Preschool update – Still await response from the Duchy regarding rotation of the building on the proposed plan. To save some time it was proposed to approach the tenant farmer to meet to discuss the site of the new build, Cllr Mitchell would like to wait to hear from the Duchy.
Summers Grange – Street naming ceremonies went well. Await the Highways Audit regarding the build outs. Clerk to contact Highways regarding date for the audit and contact Bloor regarding lamp to the build out and the drain is higher than the road surface, resulting in rain not running off the road.
Scott Bader/The Hill – Cllr Alvis informed the PC he had resigned as Chair from the Committee citing incompatible working practice. The PC will be designating The Hill as an Asset of Community Value. Clerk to apply.
23/009 – REPORTS
at the Village Hall, 7pm watching ‘Muma Mia’. Ideas will be sought from the community for Village of Year. The Summer Fair is booked for Sunday 25 June 2023 with 4 events booked including the Dance Academy, Studio 52, and the stage. Liaising regarding sound. The Open Gardens has been moved to later in the season. Await to hear from NCALC regarding plans for the Coronation in May. Cllr Jones will put together a piece for the Wollaston Together Magazine from the PC. Cllrs Messrs Alvis, Carter and Savage have already written pieces.
(b) Crime and Community Update – PCSO had given a report, Cllr Milroy reported additional items – Nottingham Knockers referred to the PCSO. Cllr Milroy had attended an online event as Police Liaison Representative where the PF&C Commissioner mentioned the 101 number and reporting online was cumbersome and will be revised, why more money is needed for emergency services, when the Fire Service separated from the Council there was no reserve in place which will be rectified, Police have a new building and are looking to recruit 1,500 officers, a third of Police calls are domestic residence burglaries so they will be looking as a priority to reduce
domestic burglaries, further crime prevention to include drones and more dogs. JAG (Joint Action Grps) will be disbanded with the Police Teams looking to have a more informal relationship with communities.
(c) Environmental, Highways, Cemetery & Street Lights Update – Cllr Savage reported the Committee had not met recently. He will continue to try to resolve the issue at the top of Little Lane with residents and NNC Highways. Clerk to enquire with NNC Highways to make the parking bay outside the Co op on Newton Road limited to 1 hour parking. Street Lights – Issue with the street light on the roundabout.
(d) Street Dr/Fix My Street Report – Report circulated. Cllr Savage reported the list is shortening with jobs being completed. Cobbs Lane drains blocked, drain in Hinwick Road. The cones and barriers on High Street/Cobbs Lane have disappeared. Clerk to check when Millennium trees maintenance to flail damage to begin.
(g) Village Hall Update – Draft minutes circulated.
23/010 – NEXT MEETING
Wollaston Parish Council meeting to take place on Thursday 16 February 2023, 7pm, Oasis Building, High Street, Wollaston.
The Chair thanked Councillors for their attendance. The meeting was closed at 08.35pm.
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