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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF INGLEBY BARWICK PARISH COUNCIL, HELD AT ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI CHURCH CENTRE, BARWICK WAY, INGLEBY BARWICK, ON WEDNESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2005, COMMENCING AT 7.15 P.M.

 

PRESENT:

 

Chairman: Councillor T.W. Bowman;

 

Vice Chairman: Councillor Mrs I. Machin;

 

Councillors: W. Feldon, N. Morrison, R. Patterson and Mrs S. Rouse;

 

Ward Councillor: Mrs J. Beaumont;

 

Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer: Paula M. Hall;

 

Inspector Ian Garrett, Cleveland Police;

 

Scott Stewart, Eastern Area Partnership Coordinator;

 

David Lynch, Team Leader Traffic Management, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council;

 

20 Residents of Ingleby Barwick.

 

 

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.

Apologies for absence were received from or on behalf of Councillors Ms J. Morrison and D. Scott.

 

170. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

 

Barwick Way, Ingleby Barwick - Proposed Roundabout and Road Widening Scheme.

Residents attending the meeting expressed concerns over the proposed roundabout and road-widening scheme planned for Barwick Way, to accommodate the traffic, which will be generated by the opening of the primary school on land at Barwick Way/Low Lane, Ingleby Barwick.  The impact of the scheme on their properties and the lack of consultation with residents living in the vicinity of the proposed works were both issues raised and highlighted as major cause for concern.

It was noted that the proposed roundabout and dual entrance and egress from it, was part of the planning consent, to provide access to the school as well as allowing the flow of traffic leaving Ingleby Barwick to be maintained.

 

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171. CODE OF CONDUCT – DECLARATION OF INTERESTS.

Councillor T.W. Bowman declared a personal/prejudicial interest in relation to the following item on the Agenda, as his spouse is Treasurer on the Community Hall Management Committee:

 

Item No. 14 (c)                    -  Ingleby Barwick Community Hall Accounts.

 

Councillor T.W. Bowman stated that he has been granted a dispensation to speak and vote on the above item.

 

Councillor Mrs I. Machin declared a personal/prejudicial interest in relation to the following item on the Agenda, as she represents the Parish Council on the Community Hall’s Management Committee:

 

Item No. 14 (c)                    -  Ingleby Barwick Community Hall Accounts.

 

Councillor Mrs I. Machin stated that she has been granted a dispensation to speak and vote on the above item.

 

Councillor W. Feldon declared a personal/prejudicial interest in relation to the following item on the Agenda, as he represents the Parish Council on the Community Hall’s Management Committee:

 

Item No. 14 (c)                    -  Ingleby Barwick Community Hall Accounts.

 

Councillor W. Feldon stated that he has been granted a dispensation to speak and vote on the above item.

 

Councillor N. Morrison declared a personal/prejudicial interest in relation to the following item on the Agenda, as he represents the Parish Council on the Community Hall’s Management Committee:

 

Item No. 14 (c)                    -  Ingleby Barwick Community Hall Accounts.

 

Councillor N. Morrison stated that he has been granted a dispensation to speak and vote on the above item.

 

Councillor Mrs S. Rouse declared a personal/prejudicial interest in relation to the following item on the Agenda, as she represents Ingleby Barwick Over 50’s Group on the Community Hall’s Management Committee and is Secretary:

 

Item No. 14 (c)                    -  Ingleby Barwick Community Hall Accounts.

 

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Councillor Mrs S. Rouse stated that she has been granted a dispensation to speak and vote on the above item.

 

Councillor R. Patterson declared a personal/non-prejudicial interest in relation to the following item on the Agenda, as he was a member of the Green Wedge Action Group, which has now dissolved:

 

Item No. 9                             - Primary School, Low Lane, Ingleby Barwick – Proposed Roundabout and Widening of Barwick Way.

           

172.  POLICE COVER, INGLEBY BARWICK.

The Chairman introduced Inspector Ian Garrett from Cleveland Police.

 

Inspector Garrett informed that he had asked to attend the meeting tonight following receipt of a letter from the Parish Council requesting information in respect of the current level of police cover in Ingleby Barwick.

It was noted that Ingleby Barwick is covered by two full time Community Police Officers and one part time Community Police Officer.  There are also two Community Support Officers allocated to the area.  However, it is noted that, at times, there is not enough work in the area to keep the Officers fully utilised and they also use them to deal with other tasks within the Thornaby sub-districts.  

In addition to the above, Ingleby Barwick is also covered by Police Officers from ‘Response’ policing who respond to immediate calls for Police assistance.

Stockton district is conducting a review of Community Policing because of the reduction in the number of Wards in the district and the Government White Paper ‘Building Communities, Beating Crime’.  The results of this review will be published shortly.  The White Paper does state that each Ward should have a Police Constable, a Police Community Support Officer and a Community Warden working together.

It was noted that Ingleby Barwick has a low crime rate however anti-social behaviour can be bad at times.  In general, the area is very well policed.

It was confirmed that Ingleby Barwick would never reduce to less than two police officers covering Ingleby Barwick and the Villages of Hilton and Maltby.

Residents can contact either Inspector Garrett of PC Stockley at Thornaby Police Station.

 

Inspector Garrett was thanked for his attendance and left the meeting.

 

173. STOCKTON RENAISSANCE, EASTERN AREA PARTNERSHIP BOARD.

The Chairman introduced Scott Stewart, Eastern Area Partnership Coordinator, who had been invited to attend the meeting to give a presentation on ‘Area Partnership Board(s)’.

 

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Mr Stewart introduced himself as the Area Partnership Coordinator, dedicated to the Eastern and Western Area Partnership(s), and is responsible for:-

 

-                     Secretariat support

-                     Promotion of the Area Partnership(s) and Associated themes

-                     Development and monitoring of the Forward Plan

-                     Attracting key speakers and advisors to the Area Partnerships

-                     Providing support and advice to the Area Partnerships.

 

The four geographical Area Partnerships underpinning the Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) were outlined, which include the Central, Northern, Eastern and Western Area Boards.  The Eastern Area Partnership Board includes Thornaby, Ingleby Barwick, Hilton and Maltby.

 

It was noted that Stockton Renaissance is the Local Strategic Partnership.  The partnership is made up from all sectors, including:-

 

-                     Business representatives

-                     Local agencies e.g. Police, Health, Education

-                     Voluntary and Community Groups

-                     Stockton Borough Council

-                     Local Ward Councillors & Members of Parliament

 

Stockton Renaissance is tackling the issue of regeneration in an innovative, partnership-led approach and is spearheaded by Stockton Renaissance, the Local Strategic Partnership.

 

The Role of the LSP is working together in partnership to promote economic, environmental and social well-being in the Borough.

 

-                     Produces and monitors the Community Strategy

-                     Monitors performance of Public Service Agreement

-                     Leads on Neighbourhood Renewal & local Area Agreements

-                     Brings together and rationalises all Partnerships

-                     Promotes the sharing of knowledge and encourages partnership working for the benefit of the Borough

 

The structure of the LSP was briefly outlined.

 

Mr Stewart then went on to discuss the Area Partnerships and provided the following information on their functions, composition and election and term of office of members:

 

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The functions of the Area Partnerships

 

-                     Brings together the Public, Private & Voluntary/Community Sectors to deal with local issues at a local level

-                     To advise and support Stockton Renaissance in the development & implementation of regeneration programmes

-                     To provide a local areas based forum to consider Stockton based regeneration issues

-                     Topical issues from the Thematic groups regularly feed into both the Area Partnerships, offering, training advice and support, addressing national issues at a local level

-                     The Chair of each area partnership sits on the Stockton Renaissance Partnership Board and is responsible for reporting back at each area partnership and raising issues at the LSP

 

Composition of the Area Partnership The Western/Eastern Area Partnership(s) comprises of a maximum of 28 members.

 

An example of membership is as follows:

 

-                     Voluntary and Community Sector x 6

(includes Local Residents, Young People & Rural and Hard to Reach Area Representatives elected via the Community Empowerment Network) – SRCGA

-                     Public Sector x 5

(includes Local Councillors, Police, PCT)

-                     Private Sector x 2

(includes Local Business Reps & Chamber of Commerce)

 

Election and Term of Office

 

-                     The term of office for each board member is 2 years from Appointment

-                     A dedicated place(s) is available for Parish Council members and area ward councilors

-                     Bi-monthly meetings (Exclusive to eastern and Western areas)

-                     Each nominated representative is an equal and active partner in the partnership and has an opportunity to affect and influence decisions made at a strategic level.

 

Mr Stewart noted the presentation at ‘The Youthy’ in Thornaby held in December 2004 and informed that ‘Youth’ is top of the priority list at present.

 

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It was noted that there are a number of children/youths from Ingleby Barwick use ‘The Youthy’ and the issue of transport is currently being looked at.

 

The importance of Ingleby Barwick having its own building to provide youth facilities was highlighted, however this is a long-term matter and cannot be achieved overnight.

 

It was noted that outline planning permission has been granted to Nunthorpe Nurseries for a building to provide a childrens daycare nursery and also a building designated as a community centre on land opposite All Saints Secondary School, Blair Avenue, Ingleby Barwick.  The Reserved Matters application for detailed planning consent is awaited.

 

The current provision for youths in Ingleby Barwick was discussed and it was noted that both the Community Hall on Haresfield Way and All Saints Secondary School accommodate either a youth club or youth related activities.

 

It was confirmed that the Area Partnerships role is no longer deprivation focused, as so called ‘affluent areas’ have also got issues with lack of facilities and need help and support.  The focus is ‘Working Together’.

 

Mr Stewart informed that there are various avenues for access to funding, which could be investigated.

 

It was noted that Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s (S.B.C.) Select Committee has undertaken an audit of youth facilities within the Borough.  It was noted that ‘The Youthy’ is currently only used two nights a week.

 

Mr Stewart noted that initiatives coming out of the Area Partnership Boards would be ‘Community Lead’ and driven on by the people.

 

Mr Stewart was thanked for his attendance and left the meeting.    

 

174.  MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF INGLEBY BARWICK PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON 19TH JANUARY 2005 AND MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL MEETING HELD ON 26TH JANUARY 2005.  AFTER CONSIDERATION, TO APPROVE THE SIGNATURE OF THE MINUTES BY THE PERSON PRESIDING AS A CORRECT RECORD.

The Minutes of the Meeting of Ingleby Barwick Parish Council held on 19th January 2005 and Minutes of the Special Meeting held on 26th January 2005, having been circulated to Members, were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman at the meeting, accordingly.

 

 

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RESOLVED that Item 7 on the Agenda - Matters arising from the Minutes on 19th January and 26th January 2005, be moved down the Agenda to follow Item 13 - County Durham and Cleveland County Training Events.

 

175. TRAFFIC ISSUES, INGLEBY BARWICK – LOWFIELDS AVENUE, INGLEBY BARWICK, CONSULTATION.

The Chairman introduced David Lynch, Team Leader Traffic Management, S.B.C.

 

Mr Lynch informed that he had sent the information on the proposed consultation process in respect of Lowfields Avenue Extension, to the Clerk of the Parish Council for distribution to Members prior to the meeting.

 

Mr Lynch outlined the information as follows:

 

Review of Closure The prohibition of driving was implemented on 3rd September 2004.

 

The Cabinet Member for Regeneration promised that following a 6-month traffic-monitoring period there would be a public meeting if required.

There would also be an early review of the safety issues at Broom Hill Avenue.

 

Surveys at Lowfields Avenue/Middle Road and on Broom Hill Avenue were carried out during October 2004.  Preliminary findings were forward to the Parish Council (published in the Minutes dated 15/12/04 meeting) and the Action Group.

Automatic Traffic Counts have been taken on Ingleby Way, Barwick Way and Queen Elizabeth Way on a monthly basis since November 2004.

Traffic surveys were undertaken at Barwick Way/Low Lane and Barwick Way/Sober Hall in December 2004.

Further surveys are planned in February at Ingleby Way/Thornaby Road and in March on Quarry Farm roundabout and on Ingleby Way (at both Lowfields Avenue and Myton Way roundabouts).

Two options are being worked up for Broom Hill Avenue, either a pedestrian refuge or a School Crossing Patrol (SCP) (currently meets 10% of numerical criteria for a controlled crossing but 86% of the numerical criteria for a SCP but this will increase in the near future).

 

Area Transport Strategies and The Local Transport Plan Consultation has taken place with the Eastern Area Partnership Board (which covers Ingleby Barwick) on the LTP and the implementation of local Area Transport Strategies.  S.B.C. are currently analysing the feedback.  These strategies will consider a broader remit for Transport within the Thornaby/Ingleby Barwick/Maltby and Hilton area and will be a community lead forum to debate transport issues and develop strategies to address issues.

 

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What S.B.C. Suggest is Critical for Effective Community Engagement To respond to previous criticisms of past consultation exercises and improve the consultation process they feel it is important that the following guiding principles are adopted:-

 

-                     The process must endeavour to ensure the community has all the information that has been collected so that they are fully aware of all factors.

-                     The process must allow for people to make comments by a variety of means that meet their needs – postal, email, meetings – suggestions from the Parish Council or Community would be welcome for this.

-                     The results of consultation must be effectively disseminated to the community so they appreciate what the outcome is – this can be by notices in the community, web pages, leaflet drop – again, suggestions from the Parish Council or Community would be welcome for this.

-                     It is more important to get this process right than speedily complete with a weak consultation strategy, they welcome any comments that will add robustness to their suggestions.

 

What S.B.C. Suggest be Done Next

 

-                     Complete traffic surveys as programmed by mid-March

-                     Analyse and disseminate information in April prior to public meeting – information disseminated by leaflets to all residents, via website & Insider/Gossip

-                     Public Meeting in May/June (would allow newly elected Ingleby Barwick Ward Councillors to have input)

-                     Feedback on outcome of exercise

 

-                     Continue with Area Transport Strategy subject to Renaissance approval in February with a timescale for completion of October 2005.

 

Mr Lynch briefly outlined the development of Area Transport Strategies.

 

The residents attending the meeting were given the opportunity to speak at this point.

 

Disappointment was noted at the failure of S.B.C. to fulfill their commitment of a public meeting six months after the closure of the Lowfields Avenue extension, which is March 2005.

However, Mr Lynch informed that all the information would not be available if a meeting was held earlier than that scheduled, which would make it difficult to give any informed opinions.

The Action Group welcomed the opportunity for input into the proposed leaflet to be distributed to residents.

 

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It was suggested by residents that an independent external facilitator hold the public meeting, neutral to all parties.

The improvements to pedestrian crossing safety to be implemented on Broom Hill Avenue were noted.

It was reiterated by residents that the ‘whole traffic picture’ in Ingleby Barwick needs to be looked at carefully.

It was questioned as to the reason why cameras were currently mounted at Ingleby Way/Lowfields Avenue roundabout and the roundabout on Barwick Way.

It was noted that traffic surveys have been undertaken by residents, which can be made available to S.B.C.

 

The matter was discussed by the Parish Council taking into account the information provided.

 

RESOLVED that the Parish Council supports the proposed consultation process, as it is important that people have all the information and facts available to them.  Also, following the May 2005 elections, Ingleby Barwick will be represented by 6 Ward Councillors who would be involved in the consultation process.

 

176. PRIMARY SCHOOL, LOW LANE, INGLEBY BARWICK – PROPOSED ROUNDABOUT AND WIDENING OF BARWICK WAY.

 

The Clerk informed the meeting that the Chairman of the Parish Council and herself had attended the Special Meeting held by Ward Councillor Mrs J. Beaumont on Wednesday 9th February 2005.  The meeting was held to discuss the proposals with the residents immediately affected by the scheme.  At the meeting the plans showing the proposed roundabout access and widening works were available for inspection.  The plans showed an optimum layout in engineering terms, which addressed the conditions on the outline consent but had not yet been submitted to the Planning Division for approval of reserved matters so there was some scope for revisions.

The Clerk obtained a copy of the proposed works for observation and discussion by the Parish Council at this meeting.  The Clerk also requested a copy of the sketch layout showing that to achieve even a small improvement for residents, the roundabout would need to move approximately 20m further south with adverse impacts on both traffic flow and the school site itself.

 

It was again noted that the proposed roundabout and dual entrance and egress from it, was part of the planning consent (Section 278 Agreement), to provide access to the school as well as allowing the flow of traffic leaving Ingleby Barwick to be maintained.

 

The Parish Council considered the information provided.

 

 

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The residents attending the meeting were given the opportunity to view the plans and raise any concerns they have with the Parish Council.

 

The residents raised concerns at the lack of consultation, as residents living in the vicinity of the works had only recently been made aware of the proposed location of the roundabout and associated road-widening scheme, which they felt was totally inadequate.

 

It was noted that the Parish Council had not been consulted on the proposals prior to this meeting and were equally dissatisfied at the consultation process.

 

It was noted that in view of the extent of the proposed works involved with the scheme and the impact on properties in the vicinity, consultation should have been carried out much earlier, particularly with those residents immediately affected.

 

Residents expressed concerns over the lack of evidence to date, to show that other possible options of layout had been considered and the reasons why they had not been progressed, including surveys, costings etc. 

 

Various alternative layouts were suggested and discussed, on how the scheme could be adjusted.  Consideration to the school opening times was also raised for discussion.

 

Reference was made to the previous planning application for 28 houses and football pitches proposed on the primary school site. 

    

RESOLVED that the Parish Council does not support the current proposals provided and would like the opportunity to discuss them with representatives from Stockton Borough Council, as well as any other options which could be considered.  In view of the long-term implications involved with any proposed scheme, both the impact on residents living in the vicinity and the traffic situation need to be given full consideration.  The Parish Council to also strongly express their disappointment at the poor consultation process in respect of these proposals, with both the Parish Council and those residents living in the vicinity of the school site.

The Clerk to send a letter to S.B.C. accordingly.

                                                                       

A number of residents left the meeting at this point.

 

177. RIVER TEES HERITAGE PARK PROPOSALS – FOOTBRIDGE OVER THE RIVER TEES.

The Clerk informed that she had circulated the information on the River Tees Heritage Park Proposals received from the Council for the Protection for Rural England (CPRE), to Parish Council members for their information prior to the meeting.

 

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The Parish Council considered the information provided.

 

The information highlights the river valley as a prime, environmentally sensitive area with outstanding landscape value, which is steeped in local history and offers a chance to create a unique ‘heritage park’.

 

It was noted that the proposal for a Local Heritage Park, along the ‘green wedge’ river corridor between Yarm and Stockton will create a viable set of linked schemes which will ensure the overall protection of open space with high landscape value for the future.  The proposals fit into the existing Local Plan for Stockton, the Navigation Strategy and the Structure Plan and are situated in the Tees Valley, which already houses Preston Park.

 

It is noted that the Stockton-on-Tees Local Plan REC20 (b) proposes ‘a footpath from Leven Bridge (at Low Lane, near Yarm) to its junction with the Tees, then a combined footpath and cycle route along the east bank of the Tees to the Thornaby Bypass bridge’.  Also REC 21 (c) states that Preston Park is identified as a suitable location for a combined pedestrian and cycle bridge.

 

The Clerk noted the following ‘Implementation Objectives’ in the Stockton-on-Tees Local Plan:

 

Tourism Objective 1: to develop the tourism potential of existing assets

 

1.                 Encouragement of development associated with a heritage theme at Preston Park.

 

Recreation Objective 4: to develop a network of recreational footpaths and cycleways

 

1.                 Designation and improvement of recreational footpaths and cycleways across the Borough

 

Recreation Objective 5: to promote the recreational potential of the River Tees

 

2.                 Provision of car parking area, footpath and cycle routes, and bridges over the Tees.

 

The importance of the bridge to Preston Park is ‘significant’ in creating a more accessible visitor attraction and it would open up the area for the local people.

 

 

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RESOLVED that the Clerk send a letter to S.B.C. requesting their comments on the envisaged proposals and the future provision of the bridge to Preston Park.  Also noting that the Parish Council suggest that, in raising awareness to the proposal and engaging with the Community, the design of the bridge could possibly be part of a competition/project for local engineering students.

 

178. INGLEBY MILL PRIMARY SCHOOL, INGLEBY BARWICK – OFSTED ACHIEVEMENTS.

The Clerk reported that Ingleby Mill Primary School was named in Parliament on Tuesday 2nd February 2005 by HM Chief Inspector of School’s in his Annual Report.  David Bell informed Members of Parliament of 291 Primary Schools in England and Wales, which have been judges to be ‘extremely effective in providing high quality education and ensuring their pupils achieve very well’.

 

It is noted that this is a great accolade and honour for all the staff, governors and of course the children.

 

It confirms that Ingleby Mill Primary School is an excellent school as judged by Ofsted in May 2004.

 

RESOLVED that the Clerk send a letter on behalf of the Parish Council to Ingleby Mill Primary School, congratulating them on their achievements and wishing them continued success in the future.

 

179. PARISH COUNCIL LIAISON FORUM HELD ON 7TH FEBRUARY 2005.

It was noted that Councillor Irene Machin had represented Ingleby Barwick Parish Council at the Parish Council Liaison Forum.

 

The Parish Council had raised the following item for discussion:

 

Litter/Dog Fouling – How many fines have been issued in the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees and in particular Ingleby Barwick, in the last twelve months?

 

The response from S.B.C. was as follows:

 

Litter Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN’s) issued since April 1st 2004 to present – total 274

           

60 dropped litter

            212 back street offences (putting refuse out on wrong day)

            1 dumping

            1 flyposting

Of the above 1 FPN served in Ingleby Barwick for litter offence.

 

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