Minutes WPC meeting, December 2023

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PRESENT Councillors Messrs Alms, Alvis, Boddington, Carter, Goldsmith, Jones, Milroy, Mitchell, Savage, Talbot, Threadgold and Mrs S. Grant (Clerk & RFO).

IN ATTENDANCE:    No members of the Public.







Apologies were received from Cllr Boycott & Hodson.


23/113 – NORTH NORTHANTS COUNCIL – No report



None relating to business on the agenda.


23/115 – MINUTES

Minutes of the Parish Council meeting from 16th November 2023 were agreed and signed as a true account.  Proposed by Cllr Goldsmith, Seconded by Cllr Milroy. Unanimously agreed, motion carried.


23/116 – Update on Councillor Training

Cllr Jones & Cllr Boddington reported on their recent Infrastructure & S106 Course &

the benefits of CIL particularly in rural areas as 25% of the funds are transferred to

the PC with more transparency. West Northants Council are using CIL, with NNC

still using S106 system and they are monitoring the situation to transfer to CIL.

Cllr Boddington also attended courses on “Having Difficult Conversations” &

“Procurement” which proved to be useful and “Finance for Cllrs”.



Report circulated with Agenda, appendix 1.

Annual Waiting Restriction Review 2023/2024 Wellingborough – Request received via the CLO (Ian Boyes) on behalf of Councillors (Cllr Tom Partridge-Underwood & Cllr JP Carr) to allow for more parking to be made on sections of historical restrictions that are no longer needed since the village was bypassed (High Street & London Road). Highways are advising that they have not been made aware, or are party to planning applications for these areas.  The removal of the section of the lines are not directly on the bend, but in the run up to it from High Street to London Road.  Objection deadline 12th January 2024.  All Cllrs voted in favour of not agreeing to this proposal.  Cllr Alvis to respond to Cllr Carr & Partridge-Underwood.


Ward Meeting held on 12/12/23 attended by Cllr Carter & Clerk to discuss Santa Pod.  Noted from this meeting were circulated.  Clerk to invite Santa Pod representative to March Parish Council Meeting.


Coronation Clock (Nags Head) currently not working.  Quote received from Smiths of Derby for £650 plus VAT plus parts for potential repair.  Clerk to obtain quote from Smiths for a new Clock.  Cllr Alms to pass Clerk details of Clock Maker.


Free Defibrillator available from BHF – Clerk to apply.  Location Village Hall.


Office move pencilled in for Tuesday January 9th 2024.  All Cllrs agreed to the £35 monthly fee to NPS for continued use of the Huawei Internet Box.


Request from resident of the Gables London Road for a Heritage Plaque.  Clerk to respond with details of the Laundry Room location and request that they contact the Heritage Society.


Clerk Holiday Friday 22nd December 1.30pm – Tuesday January 2nd 2024 9am  
23/118 – FINANCES

Financial Review – The Finance Working party proposed a 3-month trial for the Clerk to present the previous months payments at the meeting rather than the partial current months payments.  This is to ensure that a true picture of payments is shown.  Any additional/large payments to be agreed on the agenda as previously.  All Cllrs agreed to the 3-month trial.  To be reviewed in April 2024.


Receipts circulated. It was RESOLVED to approve receipts for November 2023.  Proposed by Cllr Savage. Seconded by Cllr Boddington.   Unanimously agreed, motion carried.


November 2023 – Receipts


Interest                                                                                        150.03

NNC Finance S136 Mowing Grant                                           995.54

Wollaston Village Hall repayment for Cleaning Materials  134.73

NNC Finance Community Funding Grant Summer Fest.      5,000


Payments Circulated.  It was RESOLVED to approve payments for November 2023.   Proposed by Cllr Carter. Seconded by Cllr Talbot.  Unanimously agreed, motion carried.


November 2023 (nett) – PC Payments


Office/phone/website/stationery/emails/training – LGA ’72 s111/2            478.50

Staff/HMRC/pension – LGA 1972 s133                                                               1342.07

Village Grass cut & Weed – OS Act 1906 ss 9&10                                            1587.75

Playing Fields OS Act 1906 ss10                                                                           1,036.80

Maintenance OS Act 1906 SS10                                                                             152.70

S137 Grants  (poppy wreath)                                                                                     32.00



It was RESOLVED to agree the draft budget for financial year 2024/2025 and for the Clerk to apply to NNC for the precept amount of £98,274.00.  This increase is a 6% increase from £73.99 to £78.94 Based on Band D average.    Clerk to add Budget to the Agenda in September to agree when the Budget meeting will be held.  Clerk to contact Daylight Centre for potential allotment maintenance.  Neighbourhood Plan – will need local residents on board.  Discuss 2024.


Precept £98,274.00
Apply for NNC and other grants £0.00
County Council Grass Verges A509 S136 £995.00
Nationwide/Lloyds £1,000.00
Insurance percentage £400.00
Insurance percentage £550.00
Monies from Summers Grange (S106) £0.00
Floodlights reimbursement and others £0.00
Mortgage/Grants/Donations in £0.00
Grass cutting, tree works, play equip audit etc £4,000.00
TOTAL £105,219.00
Salary / NI / Tax Contributions £16,818.40
Pension £850.00
General Admin / Office / Training £10,905.88
S137 Grants £5,350.00
Street Lighting £1,750.00
Grass Cutting £22,444.72
PF & Parks £12,000.00
Election Costs £3,000.00
Maintenance / Purchases £3,100.00
Community Centre £25,000.00
Neighbourhood Plan Provision £4,000.00
TOTAL £105,219.00


23/119 – REPORTS


(a)   New Community Centre/preschool Update – Due to HSE extending the risk zones it has been confirmed that Irchester Road sites cannot be used for the Community Centre/preschool.  The Community Hall Working Party have proposed the re-development of the original Village Hall and the Architect is currently producing designs in readiness for early January.  If this option were to go ahead then the VH would be out of use for approximately 6 months and a temporary location would need to be sourced for the users.  Other locations to be considered (Playing Fields/London Road/Hinwick Road) issues to consider include Access/Parking/Noise Level/Location/Septic Tank issues/Flooding/Isolation).  Community Hall Funding (spreadsheet circulated) – it was agreed that the Clerk should open a new high interest Bank Account with Nationwide and transfer £44,305.00.  This is £51K (Community Centre funds set aside since 2020/21) minus expenses for Community Centre spent since 2020/2021 (£6,696.00).   Proposed by Cllr. Mitchell.  Seconded by Cllr. Goldsmith. Agreed by all Councillors.


(b)  Playing fields & Parks Management Committee (Draft Minutes, Appendix 4) Environmental, Highways, Cemetery & Street Lights Update

Street Dr/Fix My Street Report – Report circulated (Appendix 6) – Cllr Savage reported on an arson attack at the PF resulting in severely fire damaged picnic bench.  Clerk to raise insurance claim with a £100 excess.  Improved CCTV & lighting are being looked into. Cllr Savage reported that a number of items on Fix my Street had been now resolved and outstanding issues are continuing to be chased.  Street lights out on Irchester Road and High Street have been reported.  Clerk to write to Hickmire resident regarding the collapsed wall/road closure.


145 Hinwick Road – Planning Application received for dropped kerb and hardstanding driveway which the PC fully support.  The land is currently unregistered (NNC have clarified this.)  WPC have been stated as the owner which is incorrect.  Cllr Mitchell to email requesting a meeting with NNC for first week of January as the ownership has to be resolved.


(c)   Footpaths Update – Farmer’s Gate Closed to public access at Shepherds Hill.  Wooden Gate to sheep field London Rd has been fixed by sheep tenant.


(d)  Village Hall Update – draft minutes circulated (Appendix 7).  Cllr Goldsmith to write a formal letter to Busy Bees regarding rent payment break which has been agreed as half payment for November & December – full payment to resume in January.


(e)  Crime and Community Safety Update – PCSO Donna Fenner sent in a report advising that there had been 22 crimes in November. October and November had been busy with Operation Pumkin which is the Force’s response to ASB around Halloween & Bonfire Night.  Operation Lapland now underway to deter any Christmas related crimes.  PCSO Donna Fenner has four surgeries booked into the library for the New Year.  Clerk to arrange for the Cllr Drop-in session to coincide with the February session and to advertise these surgeries on social media.


(f)    Community Events Update – Cllr Boddington reported that the Christmas Fayre was very successful and thanked the W.I. for their donation of £256. Plans are underway for the Summer Festival to be held on June 30th.  Sound  & Stage are booked and the Clerk will handle all payments with the Community Grant.  Wollaston Together Magazine has reached it’s 2 year anniversary (8 editions).  Clerk to check the Cllr rota for Spring Edition from the Parish Council.  Cllr Boddington thanked Cllr Savage and Threadgold for delivering the magazine to residents throughout the year.


23/120 – PLANNING

(g)   Applications

Schedule was circulated with Agenda (Appendix 8).

NW/21/010808/HSC Scott Bader – Inspection has started. Awaiting decision.

NW/22/00684/FUL 89 Hinwick Road – Still awaiting decision.  PC no objection

NW/23/00736/FUL 36 Holyoake Road – Awaiting Decision. PC support highways observations that additional parking should be provided. Application has been permitted with parking advisories.

NW/23/00701/FUL – Summer Leys Nature Reserve – WPC No objection.  Awaiting decision.

NW/23/00758/AMD 92 London Road – Non-material amendment to condition 2 (Approved Plans) of planning permission reference: NW/22/00525/FUL. Amendment to consist of Internal alterations to existing house footprint, alterations to dormer and rooflight position and addition of side door in place of window.  Application refused.

NW/23/00778/TPO 1 Little Lane – WPC No objection.  Awaiting Decision.

NW/23/00796/LDP – Wollaston Hall (Scott Bader) – Awaiting Decision

NW/23/00825/FUL – 145 Hinwick Road – WPC No objection.  Current investigation on ownership of land.  Awaiting Decision.



Meeting of Wollaston Parish Council meeting to take place on Thursday 18th January 2024, 7pm, Oasis Building, High Street, Wollaston.


The Chair thanked Councillors for their attendance. The meeting was closed at 9.10pm.



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