WOLLASTON PARISH COUNCIL
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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF WOLLASTON
PARISH COUNCIL HELD AT THE OASIS, HIGH STREET, WOLLASTON ON THURSDAY 16 MARCH 2023.
PRESENT: Councillors Messrs Alms, Alvis, Boddington, Carter, Goldsmith, Jones, Mitchell, Savage, Threadgold, Mrs Milroy and Miss D. Styles (Clerk & RFO).
IN ATTENDANCE: 2 members of the public attended the meeting.
23/021 – OPEN MEETING
23/022 – NORTH NORTHANTS COUNCIL
Update from Leader of NNC had been circulated. add.
23/023 – TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Ward councillors had nothing to
Apologies were received from Cllr Talbutt and Cllrs Messrs Carr, Griffiths and Partridge-Underwood and PCSO Donna Fenner is on annual leave.
23/024 – DECLARATION OF INTERESTS
Cllr Boddington expressed his declaration of interest in relation to a planning application relating to Wollaston School where he is a School Governor.
23/025 – CO-OPTION
The interviews of the 4 candidates for the vacancy of 2 parish councillors took place. (Ms Moat, Messrs Higgins, Hodson and Jackson). It was agreed as the original notice specified the closing date as Friday 31 March 2023 and further applications may be received, councillors would meet on that date to vote.
23/026 – MINUTES
Minutes of the Parish Council meeting from 16 February were agreed and signed as a true account. Proposed by Cllr Milroy, Seconded by Cllr Boddington. Unanimously agreed, motion carried.
23/027 – CLERK’S REPORT
Report circulated with Agenda, appendix 1. Additional items included the agreement to place a memorial plaque on the Cuckoo Bench at High Street/Hickmire in memory of Mr Pearson, who recently passed away. To check with family first and obtain DOB details. Councillors agreed the PC will not contribute towards the cost of removing the tree at number 163 Hinwick Road as
Greatwell Homes are not prepared to contribute. Clerk will transfer the matter to NNC. The Clerk handed in her letter of resignation on 17 March 2023 to the Chair which terminates on Friday 12 May 2023. The HR Working Party have produced an advert which has been circulated. The application closes on 31 March 2023. The Asset Register was reviewed and it was agreed to remove the 2 x VAS units owned by NNC at the entrances to the village by the PF and Tower Farm. NCALC has confirmed both the Standing Orders and Financial Regulations are to be updated shortly and the PC will wait to review these once any updates have been received from NCALC.
23/028 – FINANCES
23/029 – PLANNING (a) Applications
Schedule was circulated with Agenda. Cllr Jones updated:
NW/23/00084/FUL 24 Thrift Street – PC responded, no objections. Await decision. NW/23/00156/FUL & NW/23/00157/LBC 2 Hickmire – PC has objections subject to parking conditions, access to the extension must be from Church Lane with hard standing parking available for vehicles. Clerk to respond.
Cllr Jones had attended a virtual planning advisory services update which reported planning committees were found not to be efficient as there were too many. Proposed reduce 5 down to 2 planning areas in future with recommendations from planning officers and where there are 10 houses or more, it will go to committee. The PC will still be notified of planning applications.
Community Centre and Preschool update – Committee representatives had met with the representative of the Duchy who provided positive feedback regarding the rotation of the building from the original S106 Agreement plan. Await written permission from which a Deed of Variation will need to be made relating to the S106 Agreement. Legal fees will be between £3,000 to £5,000 and under the Financial Regulations, an amount up to £4,999.99 can be spent without full Council agreement. Be aware, NNC Highways may object to the new build’s entrance/exit as it is opposite the entrance to Wollaston School. Tenant farmer’s access to the field will be made further along.
Summers Grange/Hookhams Path – Traffic audit will be completed once maintenance to the path has been carried out.
23/030 – REPORTS
magazine comes out on Monday 20 March. Road closure applications are available for residents, but no take up yet. The Summer Event is being finalised.
Association representatives not being able to attend.
had purchased a gift and card for the former cleaner, Mrs Layram. Mrs Warden has been appointed as caretaker/bookings clerk and Miss Weedy had been appointed as the cleaner. There is a new FB page https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100090349419711 and contact number to book either the Village Hall or the Oasis Building, 07857 896307.
23/031 – NEXT MEETING
Annual Assembly of the Parish and Wollaston Parish Council meeting to take place on Thursday 20 April 2023, 7pm, Oasis Building, High Street, Wollaston.
The Chair thanked Councillors for their attendance. The meeting was closed at 9pm.
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