WOLLASTON PARISH COUNCIL
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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF WOLLASTON
PARISH COUNCIL HELD AT THE OASIS, HIGH STREET, WOLLASTON
ON THURSDAY 16th NOVEMBER 2023.
PRESENT: Councillors Messrs Alvis, Boddington, Boycott, Hodson, Milroy, Mitchell, Savage, Threadgold, Cllr Griffiths, Cllr Partridge-Underwood, PCSO Donna Fenner, PCSO Phillip Dobson and Mrs S. Grant (Clerk & RFO).
IN ATTENDANCE: No members of the Public.
23/100 – OPEN MEETING
23/101 – TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies were received from Cllr Alms, Carter, Goldsmith, Jones & Talbutt.
23/102 – NORTH NORTHANTS COUNCIL
Electric Charging Points – dealt with by an outside consultation company. Cllr Alvis
confirmed that a list of names from Wollaston would be sent to Cllr Griffiths, Carr &
Highways – A509 Pedestrian Bypass – installation of signs at Wollaston & Bozeat –
Cllr Griffiths advised that NNC do not have funding for this in this financial year
and quote had been requested from Highways. Dependant on quote, remaining
Empowerment funds could be spent on this project. Cllr Griffiths to update.
Cllrs raised their frustration at the number of non-emergency road works carried out by utility companies recently in the village that Wollaston PC had not been made aware of. Cllr Griffiths to write to Highways requesting better co-ordination and
Boundary Commission – Clerk to circulate the Overview of final recommendations
for NNC to all Cllrs. Irchester Division includes Wollaston and is still a 3 member
Ward but now includes the villages of Wilby and Great Doddington.
23/103 – DECLARATION OF INTERESTS
None relating to business on the agenda.
23/104 – MINUTES
Minutes of the Parish Council meeting from 19th October 2023 were agreed and signed as a true account. Proposed by Cllr Mitchell, Seconded by Cllr Boddington. Unanimously agreed, motion carried.
23/105 – No Mow May
Hayswood Letter Appendix 2. Cllr Milroy proposed 2 areas in Wollaston to trial
“No Mow May” Bio Diversity project (Hookhams Path corner with Park Street &
bottom of Hookhams Path/Hinwick Road – the proposal is to mow around the edge of the areas and leave longer grass in the selected areas by the contractors raising
the blades. Cllr Milroy would then survey before and after and also reach out to
the Community for feedback and ask residents to seed their land with wild flowers.
It was agreed before a decision could be made that Cllr Milroy should speak to the
Contractor (Hayeswood) to establish if this is possible. Clerk to arrange.
23/106 – CLERK’S REPORT
Report circulated with Agenda, appendix 1.
Office update – Clerk to make enquires for potential new premises.
Chester House Greenway Cycle Path from Wollaston to Wellingborough via Irchester
Country Park – Working Party to be established. Clerk to distribute Strategy.
Library Drop-in Session 28/10 with Cllr Alvis & Boddington. Four residents attended.
Next Drop-In Session will be February 2024. Clerk to arrange.
Cemetery Meeting to discuss The Garden of Remembrance – only a memorial
plaque & vase are permitted. Photos of memorials outside the regulations have
been taken by the NNC Bereavement Team and they will be writing to every
plaque owner outlining what is permitted and asking families to remove anything
that does not comply. After a specified period of time, they will be removed and
placed into storage for collection.
Bloor Meeting held with Site Manager and Clerk. Lots of positive feedback from the
Community. Footpath has eroded in recent wet weather and this is in hand. Bare
Root planting underway. Local Farmer will maintain the Hedgerows. The site
entrance will be closed upon their exit strategy with block paving. Completion of all
98 Houses is expected to be between June and September 2024 (sales dependant).
Recent Grant £5k Community Funding application for the Events Committee
Summer Festival was successful. Clerk to maintain all payments and receipts.
S136 Mowing Grant for £995 received.
Remembrance Day Service 2023. £93.54 donated, will be split between RBL &
Transfer of £50K to Nationwide from Lloyds to obtain better interest rate of 2.85%
will be finally completed by 17th November.
Cherry Tree felled in Irchester Road by NNC due to being diseased. Resident
Complaint received – Clerk to respond.
23/107 – FINANCES
Receipts circulated. It was RESOLVED to approve receipts for October 2023. Proposed by Cllr Threadgold. Seconded by Cllr Boycott. Unanimously agreed, motion carried.
October 2023 – Receipts
Payments Circulated. It was RESOLVED to approve payments for November 2023. Proposed by Cllr Savage. Seconded by Cllr Threadgold. 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
23/108 – REPORTS
(a) Playing Field & Parks Management Committee Update – draft minutes circulated (Appendix 5). No issues.
(b) Environmental, Highways, Cemetery & Street Lights Update – Concern
with damaged verge on Hinwick Road due to resident driving over with
transit van. Clerk to write letter to resident. Cllr Boycott to join the
Highways Team. Cllr Savage to send details.
(c) Street Dr/Fix My Street Report – Report circulated (Appendix 6) – Cllr Savage reported that a number of items on Fix my Street had been now fixed.
Cllr Savage to chase Highways again for timescales on London Road & Bell End resurfacing. Highways are aware of both of these issues.
(d) Footpaths Update – No issues.
(e) Village Hall Update – draft minutes circulated (Appendix 7). No issues. List
of maintenance issues to be sent to the Clerk to pass to Caretaker.
(f) Crime and Community Safety Update – PCSO Donna Fenner reported that
there had been 21 crimes in Wollaston in October. Cllrs reported some
Antisocial behaviour in the Churchyard and also in the Village. Any details
of car registrations etc to be passed to PCSO Fenner. A Knife Amnesty event
was held in the village.
(g) Community Events Update – Cllr Boddington reported Christmas Fayre is
all organised for November 26th, there will be 26 Stalls & the museum will also be open. Clerk confirmed Road Closure applied for & will be displayed.
The Event will be advertised on BBC Radio Northampton 9.40am Thurs 23rd.
There will be a space at the Christmas Fayre if required for Cllrs to potentially
present the new Community Hall to residents. Cllr Boddington to request
easels from Wollaston School for this purpose.
6th June 2024 Beacon Lighting at 9.15pm for D–Day 80 celebrations.
(h) Community Centre and Preschool update – Cllr Mitchell reported to Cllrs
that this is still on hold awaiting HSE to pass judgement on the Scott Bader
revised planning application for change of toxicity/chemical formulas for the two possible sites on Irchester Road. This is expected to be made on November 23rd. Once this is received, immediate feedback will be required from Cllrs before we can go out to the Community & instruct the Architect.
23/109 – PLANNING
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/23/00662/FUL 48 Eastfield Road – Awaiting decision. PC no objection.
NW/23/00755/TCA 89 High Street – Awaiting decision. PC no objection.
NW/23/00736/FUL 36 Holyoake Road – Awaiting Decision. PC support highways observations that additional parking should be provided.
NW23/00765/NSC Street Record St Michaels Lane – Removal of payphone. Decided & closed by case officer.
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.
23/110 – NEXT MEETING
Meeting of Wollaston Parish Council meeting to take place on Thursday 21st December 2023, 7pm, Oasis Building, High Street, Wollaston.
The Chair thanked Councillors for their attendance. The meeting was closed at 9pm.
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