Present: Cllrs V E Tiso (Chairman) R Powell P Whitehouse
Mrs V Turner J Lamb A Herring
In attendance: Ms C A Gilbert (Clerk) Three residents
Leader of Lichfield District Council, Cllr Michael J Wilcox (8.05pm)
Apologies: P Timmis (Vice-Chairman)
Declarations of Interest None.
Minutes of Meetings
Minutes of the Meeting held on 16th September 2010, previously circulated, were approved and it was
proposed by Cllr Powell and agreed that they be signed by the Chairman.
Matters Arising on the Minutes
Flagpole – permission has been received from the Diocese in respect of the erection of the flagpole in
St Matthew’s Church grounds, subject to confirmation from the Parish Council that no claim will
be made to the ground on which the flagpole is sited. Confirmation to be sent to PCC and Diocese.
Proposed by Cllr Whitehouse, seconded by Cllr Herring and agreed and
IT WAS RESOLVED: That no claim to land would be made by the Parish Council with regard
to the erection of a flagpole on St Matthew’s Church ground.
BKV – judges’ comments, previously distributed, were noted.
In respect of the comments made regarding the telephone kiosk, remedial work had still not been
done despite LDC conservation officer having written to BT. Agreed that Clerk contact LDC again
and also to check whether the kiosk can be painted by Parish Council. Kiosk has a preservation
order and BT have a legal obligation to maintain it.
Annual inspection report received and comments noted. Items highlighted for attention on the report were discussed and Councillors agreed to make a site inspection.
Churchside boundary posts:
Two responses received to letter sent out to residents and these were read out. It was proposed
by Cllr Whitehouse, seconded by Cllr Powell and agreed that wooden posts be erected, the cost of
which would be taken from Open Space monies. Costings to be made available at next meeting.
Churchside – use of open space:
Request from a resident to erect a marquee on the village green for a wedding in July 2011 was
discussed. Concerns raised that this may set a precedent and more information to be obtained.
Agreed that Clerk would write to all Churchside residents for their views before a decision made.
Prowind application for wind farm:
Email received from County Cllr Matthew Ellis advising that this application is due to be heard in
January 2011. The provision of posters objecting to the proposal was discussed. The Parish
Council had previously formally agreed to object to this application and, therefore, it was proposed by
Cllr Powell, seconded by Cllr Whitehouse and agreed and
IT WAS RESOLVED: That the Parish Council would fund the provision of posters to value of £108
Fish Pits Farm development – public meeting arranged for Thursday 6th December in Village Hall for
presentation by JVH Town Planning Consultants. Notice posted.
Village Hall Committee re grass cutting at Village Hall. Chairman to speak with contractor.
Elford Parish Council re Harlaston joining a Speedwatch scheme. To be considered at a future meeting
following discussion with area police sergeant.
Came & Company re Charity and Not-for-Profit Organisations Insurance – information passed on to
Village Hall representative
LDC: Response regarding village nameplates stated that the signs in good condition. Clerk to advise
that these signs are pitted, peeling and need painting. Cllr Powell to provide photographs to be
forwarded in support of request.
SCC: Grit bins request – area assessed does not meet criteria
Public Footpath nos. 6, 10 and 11 – request for information on ownership of land. This information has already been advised to SCC by a resident.
Information: Community focus for ice busters / Customer Focus for Highways / Electoral review
SPCA: Annual Report and Accounts 2009-10 / Newsletter September 2010 / Government’s spending review
Playground Supplies Ltd - Clerk to contact and request free quote for refurbishment of play area
Information: Volunteer Staffordshire Awards / Rural Villages workshop / Sustainable Communities Act
Balance at Bank/BS - £9,811.06 (Playground Fund £2,352.76)
Precept for 2011/12:
Budget proposals for 2011/12, previously distributed to Councillors, were discussed at length and
the following proposals were made with regard to the Precept for 2011/12:
1. Proposed by Cllr Whitehouse that the Precept be set at £6,500 – no seconder
2. Proposed by Cllr Herring that the Precept be set at £6,000 was seconded by Cllr Mrs Turner
and agreed - Cllr Whitehouse abstained.
IT WAS RESOLVED: That the Precept for 2011/12 be set at £6,000.
It was proposed by Cllr Herring, seconded by Cllr Lamb and agreed that the following payments be approved: Clerk’s salary and administration expenses - £674.75
St Giles’ Hospice donation - £300
St Matthew’s Church energy costs donation - £70
LDC re play area safety inspection - £42.30 (inc. VAT)
V E Tiso re poppy wreath - £20
B & N Garden Maintenance November - £249
Approval of Planning Permission:
10/00912/COU – Mr M D Simcox, Coppinshill Barn, Haselour Lane, Harlaston - Change of use of land
to horse grazing
Urgent Business at the Chairman’s Discretion None
Next Meeting in the Village Hall on Thursday 27th January 2011 following the Open Forum at 7.30pm.
The Chairman thanked Cllr Michael J Wilcox, Leader of Lichfield District Council, for his attendance at
There being no further business, the meeting closed at 10.00pm.
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