WOLLASTON PARISH COUNCIL
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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF WOLLASTON PARISH COUNCIL HELD AT THE OASIS BUILDING, HIGH STREET,
WOLLASTON ON THURSDAY 21 APRIL 2022 at 7.20pm after the Annual Assembly
PRESENT: Councillors Messrs Alms, Alvis (Chair), Boddington, Carter, Goldsmith, Jones,
Mitchell, Savage (Vice Chair), Talbutt, Tew, Threadgold and Tyrrell, Councillor
Mrs Milroy and Miss D. Styles (Clerk & RFO).
IN ATTENDANCE: North Northamptonshire Councillor Mr Partridge-Underwood and 2
members of the public.
The 2 members of the public attending raised the issue of the proposed Community Centre and Preschool at the field behind Francis Dickins Close and enquired as to where the building would be placed and were concerned regarding additional traffic and noise from the building. Cllrs explained the only piece of land available was the 0.3 hectares of land directly behind the houses at Francis Dickins Close. The community will be offered the chance to comment on the development once plans are drawn up. The 2 members of the public left after the open meeting.
TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies were received from Councillors Messrs Carr and Griffiths and PCSO Donna Fenner.
DECLARATION OF INTERESTS
The minutes of the Parish Council meeting which took place on 17 March 2022 were agreed and signed. Proposed by Cllr Tew, Seconded by Cllr Savage, unanimously agreed, motion carried.
NORTH NORTHANTS COUNCIL
Cllr Partridge-Underwood commented on the good attendance and reports from community groups. He reported that the unitary council, North Northants Council had completed its first year in operation. Both North and West Northants Councils were congratulated in a Zoom meeting earlier in the month for their first years in operation and their help with Ukraine. It has been a difficult time setting it up during a Pandemic and now with the war in Ukraine but everyone has been assisting and working hard. The NNC website has information regarding Ukraine including a report on the £23,000 raised from the public. NNC have planted more than 4,000 trees for the Queens Jubilee Green Canopy. Green issues are weaved in all NNC policies. Electric vehicle charging points have been installed in Swanspool multi storey car park and 2 other roads in Wellingborough. A special number for hate crimes against public servants has been established and anything witnessed should be reported on 0800 123 1625. The brown bin/garden waste consultation has finished and the report is awaited. All Norse services have now been brought in-house to NNC. NNC have a stable budget reported at the annual meeting, although the reserves were dipped into and the issue needs to be resolved. Energy bills and Council Tax rebates – there have been lots of frauds reported. Clerk to highlight to residents. The issue of parking in villages particularly with housing in fill, Highways following the Lambeth Parking Beat Survey and the losing the last 3 cases with planning will be raised at the next local Parish Forum meeting. Clerk to forward to parking letter.
Report circulated with Agenda, appendix 1.
Clerk also confirmed that the precept will be paid in 2 stages, one in April and one in September. The A45 between Great Doddington Junc 11 and the Wilby Way roundabout A45/A509 will be closed 8pm to 6am Monday to Friday from 06 June to October 2022 for carriageway, drains and embankment works. Clerk has placed on social media. It was noted the bin collection calendar is no longer available on NNC website. Residents need to input their postcode and it shows which bin will be collected on the next bin collection day for that area.
Receipts circulated, Appendix 2. It was RESOLVED to approve receipts for March 2022. Proposed by Cllr Tyrrell, Seconded by Cllr Talbutt, unanimously agreed, motion carried.
March 2022 – Receipts
Monies in from CC-trees, boiler repair, mowers (repair/replace) 9733.00
NNC Asset mapping project grant 443.72
HMRC VAT reclaim 14889.79
Village Hall hire deposit/hoovers 108.00
Grant Backway lighting 1457.11
Nationwide interest 326.87
Payments Circulated, Appendix 3 (see Agenda & appendices on website for power to spend). It was RESOLVED to approve payments for April 2022. Proposed by Cllr Mitchell, Seconded by Cllr Tyrrell, motion carried.
April 2022 (nett) – PC Payments
G&M Roofing repairs VH roof (VH grant) 3600.00
EdgeIT Systems annual accounts package fee 362.00
Wollaston Events Committee annual grant 1000.00
Wollaston CC clubhse redecoration monies insurance 4635.00
Barton Petroleum money on account, diesel 500.00
Staff costs, Pension, HMRC 1157.96
Office, stationery, mobile, website, subscription 414.58
Village Grass Cut 1304.42
PF wheelie bin empty, final invoice, new charges 124.05
EON Street Lights charge 54.52
Replacement fencing at PF 380.00
Mowerman, CC replacement hand tools 604.26
Village Hall 2 x vacuum cleaners 238.80
General purchases, plants and tubs 41.77
Budget was circulated. The S106 monies are to be credited from Nationwide and we await the verge cutting monies from NNC £4,273. There is a 12 week wait for withdrawing Nationwide monies. After earmarked monies deducted, the budget will have a £4,000 credit. It was RESOLVED to approve the end of year budget to 31 March 2022. Proposed by Cllr Tyrrell, Seconded by Cllr Alms, unanimously agreed, motion carried.
WOLLASTON PARISH COUNCIL – BUDGET 2021 2022 2021/2022 Mar-22
1 PRECEPT 81694 81694
2 GRANTS 1000 12820
3 GRANT CC A509 VERGES 995 0
4 BANK INTEREST 850 351
5 SPORTS ASSOC 400 358
6 CRICKET CLUB 1000 20909
7 S106 PYGHTLES/NEALE CL 2000 0
8 SUNDRY 150 455
8a WAR MEMORIAL – DONATIONS & TEA 0 3752
8b INSURANCE RECLAIM 0 13708
9 TOTAL INCOME 88089 134047
10 CLERKS SALARY/HMRC/EXPENSES 14400 14182
10a Pension payments/previous plan 1000 0
11 GEN ADMIN/OFFICE COSTS 7042 7169
12 INSURANCE PREMIUM 600 587
13 AUDIT 890 750
14 SUBSCRIPTIONS 1500 1064
15a S137 GRANTS 1000 604
15 GRANTS 7000 20084
16 ST LIGHTING 1000 1203
17 GRASS CUTTING 17,045 18264
17a S106 PYGHTLES/NEALE CL 1,750 3278
18 PLAYING FIELD & PLAY AREAS MAINTENANCE 12000 10584
18a PLAYING FIELD/PLAY AREAS CAPITAL 10000 1440
19 SPORTS ASSOCIATION 400 358
20 CRICKET CLUB 1000 12686
21 ELECTION COSTS 3000 3097
22 MAINTENANCE, CONTINGENCY, PURCHASES 5500 4056
22b MEMORIAL DONATIONS & TEA 0 3752
22c INSURANCE RECLAIM 0 17249
24 TOTAL EXPENDITURE 85127 120407
25 NETT BALANCE REQD FROM RESERVES 2000 0
EARMARKED from these receipts
1 Redecoration clubhouse Ins Reclaim
2 Monies due to VH Grant
3 Asset Mapping Project NNC Grant
4 Purchase new mowers CC Ins Reclaim
5 Hire money – cheque deposit VH
6 Storage Area PF Capital
EARMARKED from bank account – previous years
7 Play Equipment, St Marys PF Capital
8 Play Equipment, St Marys Grant BCW
9 Surveillance Equipment, fly tipping Grant BCW
It was RESOLVED to review and approve the Financial Regulations for 2022. There are no amendments from NCALC. It was RESOLVED to approve the RFO/Clerk’s application for a debit card to be used in accordance with clause 6.18 of the Financial Regulations. This then means the funds can come out directly from the PC account rather than councillors and the RFO/Clerk having to be reimbursed. Proposed by Cllr Mitchell, Seconded by Cllr Tew, unanimously agreed, motions carried.
Cllr Alms updated councillors regarding the LGPS in which Cllrs Messrs Alms and Goldsmith had met virtually with Mr Blose the LGPS contact. The deficit for exiting the Scheme had been reduced due to good stock market performances. Cllr Alms will write to the LGPS with a proposal to pay this amount in instalments.
Schedule was circulated with Agenda, Appendix 4.
Proposed Recycling Centre, Doddington Rd NCC/20/00017/WASFUL, NNC – No update regarding EA concerns. The Northants Strategic Plan is to be updated. On 28 April Cllr Jones will attend workshop regarding this. Ensure this application does not slip through the net, ensure item on agenda.
NW/21/010808/HSC Scott Bader – H&S initially responded, applicant asked to extend to 30 April 2022. Pending.
NW/22/00060/FUL 19 Priory Road – Application permitted 17 March 2022.
16 Francis Dickins – No objection, Awaiting decision.
NW/21/00830/FUL 10 Howard Road – Application permitted 07 April 2022.
NW/22/00095/FUL, 16 Francis Dickins Close – Application permitted 06 April 2022.
NW/22/0009/VAR, 9 Little Lane – PC has no objections, await decision.
NW/22/00115/FUL, 6 Unity Close – Application permitted 06 April 2022.
NW/22/00137/FUL, Dr Surgery 163 London Road – Application refused 06 April 2022.
NW/22/00143/FUL, 37 Briarwood Way – Application permitted 07 April 2022.
NW/22/00146/FUL, 15 Hickmire – PC no objections, await decision.
NW/22/00164/FUL, 34 Howard Road – PC concerns regarding parking, sent letter of objection. Application amended for 3 car tandem parking, PC objected. Await decision.
NW/22/00209/FUL 76 High Street – planning working party to have a look at effect of dormer windows.
(a) Any other Planning Business
Hookhams Path, WP/20/00314/FUL – The S106 Agreement has been signed. PC concerns regarding clause stipulating time frames to additional land which appear to have been extended from 3 months to 10/12 months. A Deed of Variation was discussed at recent planning working party meeting. Bloor have confirmed ground works are being completed now with the build starting Aug/Sept. Developer monies will be released in stages. Clerk to check with Bloor whether the emergency exit will have a bar placed along its opening.
REPORTS OF THE WORKING PARTIES/REPRESENTATIVES
(a) Community Crime and Safety Update – Cllr Milroy reported that PCSO Donna Fenner had sent a crime report that included Public Order at the Playing Fields, 3 thefts 1 being internet fraud, 1 of items stolen from doorstep at Pyghtles and 1 vehicle taken at Grendon Road. There was a hate crime at Howard Road and dog bite assault at Irchester Road. 2 vehicles crimes, 1 broken vehicle stolen at Hardwater Road and a vehicle stolen from Francis Dickins Close. An RTC was recorded at Howard Road. Attempted burglary at Grendon Road. PCSO Fenner has also been involved with an issue of a group of youths at the playing field. They have been issued with ASB information letters (6) and she is working closely with Wollaston School and the site where alcohol has been provided to under-age drinkers as alcohol was confiscated from the youths. Cllr Goldsmith reported he has some issues with youths throwing bottles in his property perimeter hedge. The building site with house for demolition at London Road has been made more secure.
(b) Events Committee and Youth Update – Cllr Boddington reported the 2 judges from ACRE had attended the village for the Village of the Year Award. They spent 3 hours in the village and were very impressed. The Wollaston Together magazine has been very popular with all paper copies gone and lots of hits online. A new beacon has been ordered for the Jubilee Beacon lighting event as the existing one cannot be lit.
It was RESOLVED to hold a short memorial service at the Manchester Bomber Memorial, proposed by Cllr Alvis, Seconded by Cllr Tew, 12 in favour 1 abstain, motion carried. It was agreed to hold the service at lunch time and lay a wreath at the memorial. Adrian Morton has agreed to take the service and Col Woodrow (retd) will speak, a bugle player is available for the Last Post. Cllr Alvis also reported that Mr Coulson has passed away after a road collision accident and thoughts were with his family. He had built the plinth for the memorial. The funeral will take place next week. The terms of reference for the Events Committee were discussed. Some Councillors commented the community should be more involved with the Events Committee and it should not be run by the PC. To be discussed next month when Councillors are re-elected to Committees and working parties. Clerk to include on Agenda next month.
(c) Village Hall Update – Cllr Goldsmith reported the preschool had been closing for 2 days a week due to staffing issues. All other users were happy. The Management Committee will need another Chair as Cllr Goldsmith will be more involved with the new Community Centre and Preschool.
(d) Footpaths Update – Cllrs Milroy and Alms reported lots of people were using the footpaths, no issues although there was a caravan on the green lane over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Cllr Savage advised that the tree to the footpath by the Vicarage had been reported with a response that it was not NNC Highways responsibility. Cllr Tew will ask Ian Boyes from Highways when he attends the village tomorrow.
(e) Environmental, Highways and Cemetery Update – Cllr Tew reported that the Asset Register update had been updated. He will meet with the Clerk to hand over the information. The MVAS has been moved from Hookhams Path to Irchester Road. The other MVAS is still out for repair. Cllr Tew is applying for a grant for another MVAS. The Ward Cllrs and Cllr Tew met with Ian Boyes NNC Highways on 23 March and a follow up meeting is being held on 22 April with Ian Boyes and Cllr Tew for updates. Cllr Tew is monitoring the Cemetery but there are further improvements to be made.
(f) Street Lights and St Dr Report Update – Cllr Savage reported that all street lights are working. NNC Highways have fixed quite a few of the issues on the St Dr list.
(g) Playing Field & Parks Management – Draft minutes had been circulated, no queries.
It was RESOLVED to provide a loan of £7,000 to the Cricket Club to bridge monies paid out for stolen equipment while awaiting insurance monies. Cllr Tyrrell amended the word ‘grant’ to loan, agreed unanimously. Put to a vote the resolution was agreed unanimously.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Annual Meeting of Wollaston Parish Council meeting Thursday 19 May 2022, 7pm, Oasis Building. First item on the Agenda, to elect a new Chair.
The Chair thanked Councillors for their attendance and closed the meeting at 9.10pm.
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