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MINUTES OF MEETING OF INGLEBY BARWICK PARISH COUNCIL, HELD AT ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI CHURCH CENTRE – MEETING ROOM, BARWICK WAY, INGLEBY BARWICK, ON WEDNESDAY 16TH JULY 2003, COMMENCING AT 7.00 P.M.
Vice-Chairman: Councillor Mrs I. Machin;
Councillors: W. Feldon, Ms J. Morrison, N. Morrison, Mrs S. Rouse and D. Scott;
Ward Councillor: Mrs J. Beaumont;
Clerk and Treasurer: Paula M. Hall;
Mr David Mitchell, Community Engineer, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council (S.B.C.)
VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE PARISH COUNCIL TO CHAIR THE MEETING.
In the absence of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman Councillor Mrs I. Machin to Chair the Meeting.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors T.W. Bowman and R. Patterson.
45. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.
Councillor Mrs Rouse informed that she had been asked to bring the following matters to the attention of the Parish Council:
- Coat of Arms Sign;
- Community Wardens.
It was noted that the Parish Council had investigated both matters with no outcome to date.
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46. CODE OF CONDUCT – DECLARATION OF INTERESTS.
No declarations of interest were received.
Councillor N. Morrison requested that the Clerk read out the letter he had received from the Standards Board for England, which states that the Standards Board for England has recently received and considered a written allegation that Cllr Neil Morrison of Ingleby Barwick Parish Council has failed to comply with that authority’s code of conduct. It is alleged that Cllr Neil Morrison stood in the Parish Council elections as an Independent candidate, claiming in a political leaflet that the Parish Council should be non-political. It is alleged that this claim is untrue as it is alleged that Cllr Morrison stood in the Borough Council elections as a Conservative candidate and is heavily involved in the local Conservative Party. It is alleged that Cllr Morrison has cynically misrepresented himself to the electorate in order to stand a better chance of being elected as a non-partisan independent. After the publication of the election leaflet, Cllr Morrison was quoted in a local newspaper as stating that he stood as an independent in the parish council elections because the elections are non-political and his own personal politics do not come into it when it comes to a non-political organisation.
The Board considered this allegation and decided not to refer it to an Ethical Standards Officer (ESO) for investigation. The reasons for this decision are as follows:
The Board considered that this allegation did not disclose a failure to comply with the code of conduct. No improper conduct was disclosed in Cllr Morrison representing different political groups in separate elections for separate authorities. The election leaflet clearly states that it is intended for the Parish Council elections and is not intentionally misleading the electorate as it is stated why the candidates are standing as Independents.
The Board will therefore not be taking any further action in relation to this allegation.
47. TRAFFIC CALMING, INGLEBY BARWICK – MR DAVID MITCHELL COMMUNITY ENGINEER, STOCKTON-ON-TEES BOROUGH COUNCIL (S.B.C.) TO ATTEND.
Councillor Mrs Machin introduced Mr Mitchell, Community Engineer, S.B.C.
Various problem areas were highlighted in Ingleby Barwick where speeding is a problem.
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Concerns were raised about speeding on Beckfields Avenue, which is used as a cut through from Ingleby Way to Barwick Way. The recent fatal accident at the Beckfields Avenue/Barwick Way roundabout was noted.
It was requested that consideration be given to repeating 30 mph signs in problem areas. Mr Mitchell informed that under national regulations theses are not allowed, although 40 mph repeated signs are.
The need for a crossing on Barwick Way to provide a safe crossing point for school children walking to St. Therese of Lisieux Primary School and Ingleby Mill Primary School from the Beckfields area was raised.
Also, an update was requested on the proposals for school time parking restrictions at Lowfields. It was noted that enforcement of the restrictions is a problem.
Mr Mitchell noted that the Community Wardens in the Borough of Redcar and Cleveland assist with enforcement of parking restrictions.
Mr Mitchell informed that public consultation is required on any traffic calming proposals, as everybody wants appropriate measures in place to deter speeding, but not outside their house. He highlighted the traffic calming measures on Lowfields Avenue/Middle Road, which were implemented following public consultation and have still generated complaints.
RESOLVED that Mr Mitchell progress the possibility of 40 mph repeated signs/markings on Ingleby Way and Barwick Way.
The Parish Council to consider possible locations/options for the implementation of traffic calming measures in Ingleby Barwick and invite Mr Mitchell to a follow-up meeting in September/October 2003.
48. MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF INGLEBY BARWICK PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON 18TH JUNE 2003 AND MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL MEETINGS HELD ON 25TH JUNE 2003 AND 9TH JULY 2003.
The Minutes of the Meeting of Ingleby Barwick Parish Council held on 18th June 2003 and Minutes of the Special Meetings held on 25th June 2003 and 9th July 2003, having been circulated to Members and displayed in the Parish Council Noticeboards, were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman at the meeting, accordingly.
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49. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES OF THE MEETINGS ON 18TH JUNE, 25TH JUNE AND 9TH JULY 2003.
(a) Item 23 (c) 2000/2001 - Greenside and Beckfields Shopping Centres, Ingleby Barwick.
The Clerk informed that she has not yet received a reply from Browns Estate Agents, with regard to the replacement of the existing damaged wall mounted bins.
The Clerk noted that the pothole at the entrance into Greenside shopping area car park has now been repaired.
It was noted that the grate cover is still missing from the drain in the pedestrian shopping area at Greenside shops.
RESOLVED that the Clerk report this matter to the enforcement Officer at S.B.C., as the exposed drain is in the middle of the paved shopping area causing a possible hazard to pedestrians and needs repairing as soon as possible.
RESOLVED that the Clerk send a letter to Browns Estate Agents requesting that consideration be given to the provision of a seat at Greenside shopping area, which the Parish Council have agreed to fund, however, if any problems arose as a direct result of the seat, the Parish Council would remove it.
(b) Item 89(s) 2000/2001 Direction Signs to Ingleby Barwick from A19 and A174.
RESOLVED that in view of the confidential nature of the business about to be transacted, it is advisable in the public interest that the public and press be temporarily excluded.
It was noted that there were no public or press present at the meeting.
Information was received and noted from Ward Councillor Mrs J. Beaumont.
The meeting was re-opened to the public and press.
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(d) Item 29 2003/2004 Ingleby Wood/Thornaby Plantation and S.B.C. Wildspace Group.
The Clerk informed that Councillor Bowman and herself had met with a representative from S.B.C. and Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, at Ingleby Wood/Thornaby Plantation to discuss the works, which are required and funding is to be applied for. The Clerk informed that after liaising with S.B.C. the Parish Council has applied for funding of £1,000 from Elementis Chromium Environmental Landfill Fund.
Councillors Mrs Machin and Mrs Rouse along with Mr Scully, the Deputy Head of Ingleby Mill Primary School, attended the Wildspace Group meeting with regard to the proposed nature reserves, including Barwick Pond, which took place on 8th July 2003.
It was noted that the Group would be visiting Barwick Pond and six other proposed nature reserves, in August 2003. It is also intended, at that time, to look at the ‘deep water’ site, adjacent to St. Francis of Assisi Church Centre, Barwick Way, Ingleby Barwick.
(e) Item 30 2003/04 S.B.C. – Standards Committee, Parish Representatives.
The Clerk noted that she had forward the information received from Mr Bond, Director of Law and Democracy, S.B.C. regarding the appointment of a new Substitute Parish Representative, to Councillor Feldon for consideration.
Councillor Feldon informed that he would not be submitting an application.
(f) Item 32 S.B.C. – Consultation – Blair Avenue (North)/Barwick Lane, Proposed Toucan Crossing – Blair Avenue (South)/Barwick Lane, Proposed Toucan Crossing/School Zone.
The Clerk noted the response from S.B.C. a copy of which was circulated to Parish Council Members.
50. STOCKTON-ON-TEES BOROUGH COUNCIL BOUNDARY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS FOLLOWING THE PERIODIC REVIEW OF STOCKTON-ON-TEES.
The Clerk noted receipt of a letter informing that the Electoral Commission met on 26th June 2003 to consider and make recommendations for Stockton-on-Tees and to consider the date on which they should be implemented. The Commissioners decided to accept the recommendations of the Boundary Committee without modification and decided that the implementation date for the boundary review will be May 2005.
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S.B.C. are in the process of checking a number of detailed maps, which the Commission have sent them, for accuracy, and will be responding to the Commission on this issue by 8th August 2003.
S.B.C. have enclosed a copy of the Final Recommendations and draft Electoral Change Order, for the Parish Council to check for accuracy regarding the Parish of Ingleby Barwick.
RESOLVED that the Clerk circulate the information to Parish Council members for their observation.
51. INGLEBY BARWICK PARISH COUNCIL – OFFICE ACCOMMODATION.
The Clerk informed that she has arranged a meeting with Ardent Financial Services at Barwick Lodge, on 6th August 2003 at 10 am, to discuss the office accommodation for the Parish Council.
RESOLVED that the Clerk attend the meeting, with the Chairman Councillor Bowman.
52. INGLEBY BARWICK GARDEN COMPETITION 2003.
The Clerk noted that she had received ten entries, two of which had been withdrawn, leaving eight entries across the three categories.
The Clerk informed that she has arranged for Mr Richard Arkley from Peter Barratts Garden Centre, to judge the competition, which will take place on Sunday 20th July 2003, accompanied by Councillors T. Bowman and Mrs S. Rouse.
The Clerk noted that she has approached Peter Barratts to request that they consider kindly donating prize vouchers for the three categories, as they had done for last year’s competition, for the following amounts:
1st Prize - £50;
2nd Prize - £25;
3rd Prize - £10.
Presentation of the Prizes will take place at Peter Barratts Garden Centre, Yarm Road, Stockton on Sunday 17th August 2003, at 11.00 a.m.
RESOLVED that the vouchers be funded by the Parish Council if Peter Barratts are unable to provide the vouchers.
RESOLVED that the Clerk arrange for the three trophies, for the winning entry from each category from A1 Trophies in Stockton, up to the value of £20.00.
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53. TEES VALLEY VISION STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK.
The Clerk circulated the information received on the Tees Valley Vision Strategic Framework, for the Parish Council’s observation.
RESOLVED that this item be included on the agenda for discussion at the special Parish Council meeting to be held on 23rd July 2003.
54. PRIMARY SCHOOL PROPOSALS, LOW LANE, INGLEBY BARWICK.
Concerns were raised regarding the lack of consultation with the Parish Council prior to the press announcement of the approved funding for the proposed primary school and nursery, at the playing fields south of Ingleby Barwick.
RESOLVED that this matter be raised at the Parish Council Liaison Forum to be held on 18th September 2003.
RESOLVED that the Clerk arrange a special meeting with the Education Department, S.B.C. as soon as possible to discuss the matter.
55. FRIDAY NIGHT YOUTH CLUB, INGLEBY BARWICK COMMUNITY HALL – COMPLAINT.
The Clerk noted receipt of a letter from the Manager of ‘The Beckfields’, regarding the Friday evening youth club, held at Ingleby Barwick Community Hall. The letter outlines the serious problems every week caused by the anti-social behaviour of very large groups of youths congregating in the area.
RESOLVED that the Clerk arrange a meeting with representatives from ‘The Beckfields’, the Youth Club and any other interested parties, to meet with representatives from the Parish Council, to discuss the matter.
56. STOCKTON-ON-TEES BOROUGH COUNCIL – PARISH COUNCIL LIAISON FORUM, THURSDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER 2003.
The Clerk noted receipt of a letter from S.B.C. inviting representatives from the Parish Council to attend the Parish Liaison Forum 18th September 2003 at the Council Chamber, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton-on-Tees at 7.00 p.m. It is intended to present to the Forum, for consultation, proposals relating to a Review of Area Boards (Stockton Renaissance).
Any other issues to be discussed should be forward as soon as possible but no later than 8th September 2003.
RESOLVED that this item be included on the agenda for discussion at the special Parish Council meeting to be held on 23rd July 2003.
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57. MYTON PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL AND ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI CE VA PRIMARY SCHOOL – LEA NOMINATIONS FOR THE PERMANENT GOVERNING BODIES.
The Clerk noted
receipt of correspondence from S.B.C. informing that they are now in the
process of seeking LEA nominations for the Permanent Governing Bodies of Myton
Park Primary School and St. Francis of Assisi CE VA Primary School.
Any nominations received from the Parish Council, schools and political parties will
be submitted for consideration at Cabinet on 14 August 2003. If the Parish Council has any nominations, S.B.C. would be grateful to receive them by no later than Friday 1 August 2003.
RESOLVED that the Parish Council make the following nominations for consideration:
Councillor T.W. Bowman Councillor W. Feldon
(a) Ingleby Barwick Parish Council Current Balance Sheet.
The Clerk/Treasurer circulated copies of the Parish Council's current financial statement, showing a balance of £ 96,051.38, a copy of which is held on the Parish Council file.
(b) Accounts for Payment.
The following Accounts were approved for payment, at the meeting:
Paula M. Hall – Remuneration July 2003;
Paula M. Hall - Tax and N.I. Contribution July 2003;
Paula M. Hall – Reimbursement of Expenses/Administration Costs:
Internet Charges (July 03) £ 14.99
Box White Paper £ 48.80
Safeway HP Printer Cartridge £ 26.99
Use of Church Centre for P.C. Meetings
June 2003 £ 42.00
CLCA Membership 03/04 £ 447.90
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The Clerk noted receipt of the membership renewal from CPRE, for the sum of £25.00.
Councillor Mrs I. Machin declared a personal interest in this item, as she is a member of CPRE.
It was noted that as CPRE make comments on planning applications in Ingleby Barwick, advice/guidance be sought from Mr Bond, S.B.C. regarding any implications on the Parish Council in being a member of CPRE.
RESOLVED that the Clerk obtain appropriate advice before the Parish Council consider membership of CPRE.
(c) Ingleby Barwick Community Hall Accounts.
The Clerk circulated the account information dated 30th June 2003.
(d) Annual Risk Assessment.
This item to be discussed when completing the Audit Commission’s Annual Return for the financial year ended 31st March 2003.
59. COMMUNITY FACILITIES.
(a) Seats/Bins, Ingleby Barwick.
The Clerk reported that she has been informed by S.B.C. that the 5 bins are now in the depot and will be installed in the next 4 weeks.
S.B.C. have confirmed that the costs will be £335 per bin plus approximately £40-45 for installation of each bin.
The bin sited on Haresfield Way near the Community Hall is to be reinstated by S.B.C. as well.
The Clerk noted that she has arranged a meeting with Mr C. Coverdale, S.B.C. to discuss bulb planting/tubs in Ingleby Barwick, on Thursday 24th July 2003.
RESOLVED that Councillors Irene Machin and Sheila
Rouse attend the meeting with the Clerk.
(c) Play Facilities.
RESOLVED that the Clerk inform S.B.C. that the Parish Council are in agreement, that the toddlers play area adjacent to Safeway be named ‘Everest Jubilee Park’.
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(d) Football Pitches.
It was confirmed that S.B.C. are to purchase the land on Thornaby Road, for the football pitches.
60. PLANNING APPLICATIONS.
(a) Planning Schedule.
The Clerk referred to the Planning Schedule attached to the Agenda for this Meeting, which states the comments made by Ingleby Barwick Parish Council’s Planning Applications Committee in relation to the planning applications listed.
The Schedule indicates the current position of the planning applications, which have been informed by S.B.C.
Councillor Mrs J. Beaumont indicated any further decisions, which have been made on the list of planning applications.
Proposal: Outline Application for the Erection of 350 No. Apartments and New Leisure and Business Centre for Hotel, Including New Means of Access (Demolition of Existing Nightclub/Leisure Complex/Function Rooms).
Location: Tall Trees Hotel, Green Lane, Yarm.
Receipt was noted of the above planning application.
61. REPORTS OF ATTENDANCES AT COMMITTEES.
(a) Community Hall Management Committee.
It was noted that the Management Committee are obtaining three quotations for the possibility of a garden room extension at the Community Hall.
A meeting has been arranged with the Lottery in August with the view to obtaining advice and information on the availability of lottery grants.
The Community Hall has experienced another break in.
(b) Temporary Governing Body - Proposed Myton Park Community Primary School, Ingleby Barwick.
It was noted that the school is scheduled to open on time, the Head Teacher and all the staff have been appointed.
(c) Temporary Governing Body - St. Francis of Assisi Primary School, Ingleby Barwick.
It was noted that the school is running smoothly. They have held their first sports day, which went well. During the school holidays, landscaping works are to be carried out. All Saints Secondary School are using rooms on a temporary basis to hold meetings.
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62. COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION.
RESOLVED that the Clerk write an article on the results of the Ingleby Barwick Garden Competiton.
63. CLERK’S REPORT AND CORRESPONDENCE.
(a) St. Francis of Assisi Church Centre – Invoice for use of meeting room June 2003.
(b) CPRE – Membership Renewal 2003/04, £25.00.
(c) One Voice Tees Valley – Tees Valley Briefing July 2003.
(d) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council – Receipt of Minutes May - July 2003.
(e) LPC Northern Offshore Wind – Proposed Teesside Offshore Wind Farm.
(f) Office of the Deputy Prime Minister – New Ethical Framework Regulations.
(g) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council – Receipt of letter – Blair Avenue (North)/Barwick Lane, Proposed Toucan Crossing – Blair Avenue (South)/Barwick Lane, Proposed Toucan Crossing/School Zone.
(h) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council – Blair Avenue (North)/Barwick Lane, Proposed Toucan Crossing – Blair Avenue (South)/Barwick Lane, Proposed Toucan Crossing/School Zone.
Receipt of copy of information sent to Director of Law and Democracy, informing of approval of new controlled pedestrian crossing facilities, asking that the Notice be processed.
(i) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council – Receipt of Licensing Times, June 2003.
(j) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council – Receipt of letter informing autumn edition of Stockton News to be delivered on 3rd October 2003. Deadline for Articles 8th August 2003.
(k) Office of the Deputy Prime Minister – Receipt of document ‘The Quality Parish and Town Council Scheme’, The Quality Scheme Explained.
(l) Shaws – Receipt of Product Information leaflets.
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(m) NALC – Receipt of the following:
- Local Council Review, July 2003;
- Invite to NALC Conference 2nd-5th October 2003 at Cardiff City Hall;
- DIS Direct Information Service, £87.00 per year.
(n) Wicksteed Leisure – A Guide to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and how the provisions coming into force on 1st October 2004 relate to Outdoor Play Areas.
(o) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Stockton Local Transport Plan, Mid Term Review – Receipt of letter thanking the Parish Council for its contribution to the consultation.
(p) CPRE – Receipt of the Countryside Voice and leaflet on Light Pollution.
(q) The Countryside Agency – Receipt of letter acknowledging the Parish Council’s comments on the draft maps produced under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.
(r) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Pedestrian Underpass Graffiti – Receipt of letter informing that an inspection of the Underpasses in Ingleby Barwick has been undertaken and removal of the graffiti is to be undertaken during the next programmed cleaning.
The subways are generally cleaned four/five times per year, usually coinciding with the start of each school term. The most recent cleaning took place on 6th June 2003.
The cost incurred in removing graffiti is a significant burden on the budget for maintaining highway structures, however all reasonable efforts will continue to be made to keep these subways in a clean condition.
(s) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Parish Liaison Forum – Invitation to the Parish Liaison Forum 18th September 2003 at the Council Chamber, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton-on-Tees at 7.00 p.m.
(t) Stockton Renaissance – Information on Area Board Review.
(u) Tees Valley Vision Strategic Framework – Consultation Document.
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(v) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Boundary Committee Recommendations Following the Periodic Electoral Review of Stockton-On-Tees - Receipt of letter, a copy of the Final Recommendations and draft Electoral Change Order.
(w) Ingleby Barwick Post Office – What plans are there for the provision of a larger post office?
RESOLVED that the Clerk send a letter to the Post Office requesting
Information on the matter.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING.
A Special meeting of Ingleby Barwick Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 23rd July 2003 at 7.00 p.m. in St. Francis of Assisi Church Centre – Meeting Room, Barwick Way, Ingleby Barwick.
The next meeting of Ingleby Barwick Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 17th September 2003 at 7.00 p.m. in St. Francis of Assisi Church Centre – Meeting Room, Barwick Way, Ingleby Barwick.