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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 NOVEMBER 2005, COMMENCING AT 7.15 P.M.

 

PRESENT:

 

Vice-Chairman: Councillor T.W. Bowman;

 

Parish Councillors: W. Feldon, Ms J. Morrison, N. Morrison and Mrs S. Rouse;

 

Ward Councillors: 

 

Ingleby Barwick East        Kevin Faulks;

           

Ingleby Barwick West       Ross Patterson;

 

Ron Hogg, Deputy Chief Constable, Cleveland Police;

 

Chris Coombs, Vice Chairman, Cleveland Police Committee;

 

John Bage, Secretariat Support Manager, Cleveland Police;

                                               

Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer: Paula M. Hall;

 

48 Members of the public attended the meeting.

 

VICE-CHAIRMAN TO CHAIR THE MEETING

In the absence of the Chairman Councillor Mrs I. Machin, the Vice-Chairman Councillor T.W. Bowman to Chair the meeting.

 

The Chairman announced that Item 13 on the Agenda ‘Government Proposals for the Future of Cleveland Police Force’ would be brought forward to follow Item 4 ‘Section 137 Payments’ to accommodate the presentation by representatives of Cleveland Police present at the meeting.

 

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.

Apologies for absence were received from or on behalf of Parish Councillor Mrs I. Machin, Ward Councillor’s David Harrington, Andrew Larkin (Ingleby Barwick East) and Kenneth Dixon, Lee Narroway (Ingleby Barwick West).

 

 

 

Chairman……………………………….

 

 

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103. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

The Chairman outlined the Parish Council’s policy on the 10 minutes allocation for public participation.

 

Re: Planning Application No. 05/3047/OUT

Proposal: Outline application for 19 no. self-build housing plots and the creation of a country park/local nature reserve.

Location: Land in the vicinity of Bettys Close Farm, Ingleby Barwick.

Residents attending the meeting expressed their concerns in respect of the proposal to build on the above site as there is no justification for executive houses in that area.

It was noted that Ingleby Barwick is already over-populated with increased densities.

 

Residents expressed concerns that this is the third time that the site has been considered for housing development.  It was stated that the site is a peaceful rural area, which should be preserved.

 

It was noted that the land is designated ‘green wedge’ and it was therefore questioned as to why it is even being considered for housing development.

 

It was also questioned as to why a car park was part of the proposal when people are being encouraged to cut down on car use.  

 

It was noted that the area by its nature is unpolicable.

 

The extent of the public consultation and the quality of the information provided was also raised, which is currently being looked at by Stockton Borough Council (S.B.C.).

 

It was noted that although the deadline given for comments is 21st November 2005, the application would not be going to Planning Committee until possibly January 2006.  Comments would therefore still be accepted after 21st November 2005.

 

It was noted that the proposal also states that the existing Giant Hogweed would be eradicated, however is it not already the land owner/developer’s obligation to do so!

 

A resident attending the meeting informed the Parish Council that an Action Group has now been formed on Roundhill with approximately 100 members.  The group has deep concerns in respect of the impact the application will have on existing residents and they will be inputting their objections to S.B.C.

 

It was noted that a public meeting is being held on Thursday 17th November 2005 at Bannatyne’s Health Club, commencing at 7.30 p.m., which is to be attended by the developer.  All are welcome to attend.

 

Chairman…………………………….

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Lowfields Avenue, Review of Closure.

A resident attending the meeting asked if the format for the public meeting on Friday 25th November 2005 has been finalised.

 

Councillor Faulks informed that a meeting would be taking place on Monday 21st November 2005 to agree the format.

 

104. 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. 15 (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 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. 15 (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 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. 15 (c)                     -  Ingleby Barwick Community Hall Accounts.

 

Councillor Mrs S. Rouse stated that she 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 her grandson attends the school:

 

Item No. 4 (b)                       -  Section 137 payments

   Request for financial support towards the provision of

   play equipment – Ash Trees School & Resource Centre,

   Billingham.

 

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No further interests were declared.

 

105. SECTION 137 PAYMENTS, REQUESTS FOR FUNDING.

 

(a) Ingleby Barwick Residents Network – Magic of Christmas Gala 2005

The Clerk reported receipt of a letter from Ingleby Barwick Residents Network informing that following last years major success the Network is organising its second Magic of Christmas Gala for Sat 3rd December 2005, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

 

Unfortunately they missed the deadline to have this request put on the agenda for the Parish Council meeting in October and therefore politely request that the Parish Council consider the following for funding: 

 

Building hire/caretakers                               £  450.00

Nativity/Grotto                                                £  200.00

Scottish Piper                                                £    70.00

Silver Band                                                    £  170.00

Xmas trees/decorations/balloons               £  200.00

Santa’s gifts to kids                                      £1200.00   

(£1 selection box x 1200 kids)

Ambulance (Stockton volunteers)               £  150.00

Kids entertainers                                           £  200.00

(Magician, Punch n Judy)

Advertising, banners, posters etc.              £  300.00

Tombola Barrel                                             £  145.00

Costume Hire                                                £    80.00

 

                                    Total cost                 £3165.00

 

As always, they will of course include the Parish Council in any media releases that go out, as well as in all advertising literature showing the Parish Council’s continued support to the local community.

 

The Clerk confirmed that the Parish Council has made the following contributions to the Network to date:

 

Magic of Christmas Gala 2004       -           £645

Summer Time Festival 2005           -           £460

 

RESOLVED that the Parish Council approves a financial contribution for the sum of £650, which is to be used towards the building hire/caretakers and the Nativity/Grotto.

The Clerk to arrange for payment accordingly.

 

Chairman……………………………….

 

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(b) Ash Trees School & Resource Centre, Billingham – Play Equipment.

 

Councillor Mrs S. Rouse having declared a personal/prejudicial interest left the meeting hall whilst this item was discussed.

 

The Clerk reported receipt of a letter from Ash Trees School & Resource Centre thanking the Parish Council for their generous donation two years ago from the charity fund, which helped to buy special hoisting equipment for the school pool.  Members of the Parish Council are welcome to go and view it.

They are therefore once more asking if the Parish Council can possibly consider them once again when deciding on the charity funds/grants.

They are a maintained Primary Special School catering for a wide spectrum of children with Special Needs from the whole of the Stockton/Yarm/Thornaby area, including several children from Ingleby Barwick and donations help them to provide extra such things as holidays, trips, Christmas presents and extra equipment for the children.  They are currently fundraising to help purchase playground equipment for the children.

They are always willing to welcome the Parish Council to come and visit the school and meet the children and staff.

 

RESOLVED that the Parish Council approves a financial contribution for the sum of £125, towards providing playground equipment for the children.

The Clerk to arrange for payment accordingly.

 

106. GOVERNMENT PROPOSALS FOR THE FUTURE OF CLEVELAND POLICE FORCE.

 

The Chairman introduced the representatives from Cleveland Police present at the meeting.

 

Mr Chris Coombs formally introduced Mr Ron Hogg, Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Mr John Bage, Secretariat Support Manager Cleveland Police and himself as a Member of S.B.C. and Vice Chairman of Cleveland Police Committee.

 

Mr Coombs and Mr Hogg then followed on by making the presentation FIT FOR THE FUTURE “Closing the Gap”.  The “Closing the Gap” report suggests that small forces do not adequately meet the requirements to deliver effective protective services.

 

 

 

Chairman……………………………….

 

 

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The Timescale of Events, which is extremely tight, was outlined as follows:

 

            -           16th September        “Closing the Gap” Report was published

            -           19th September        Meeting with Home Secretary confirming UK Police

Force Restructuring

            -           7th October               Home Office Guide states indication of preferred

option to be submitted within THREE WEEKS

            -           28th October             Preferred option for Cleveland Police Restructure

submitted to the Home Office

            -           23rd December         FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE OF PROPOSED

OPTION FOR CLEVELAND POLICE

RE-STRUCTURE

 

Consultation The report indicates the need to consult widely, specifically;

-                      Local Authorities, Chief Executives and Leaders

-                      Local Criminal Justice Boards

-                      Communities

-                      Staff Associations

-                      Other Key Stakeholders

 

Options for Restructuring The options were outlined as follows:

 

-                      Tees Valley City Region Police Force (Cleveland and South Durham)

-                      Cleveland Police (Current Structure)

-                      Amalgamation between Cleveland and Durham Constabulary

-                      Creating a Regional Police Force (Amalgamation between Northumbria Police, Durham Constabulary and Cleveland Police)

 

SUGGESTED PREFERRED OPTION:

 

            Tees Valley City Region Police Force

 

Protective Services These were outlined as follows:

 

-                      Major Crime (Homicide)

-                      Serious, Organised and Cross Border Crime

-                      Counter Terrorism and Extremism

-                      Civil Contingencies

-                      Critical Incidents

-                      Major Public Order

-                      Strategic Roads Policing

 

 

Chairman……………………………….

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Background: The Northern Way (2004)

 

-                      Office of the Deputy Prime Minister Strategy to bridge the output gap between the North and the rest of England

-                      There are EIGHT City Regions identified in the Strategy

-                      Each have produced a City Regional Development Programme to drive forward the transformation of the city region

-                      £100 million growth fund created by both Regional Development Agencies and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

 

Tees Valley City Region

 

-                      Population of 875,000 People

-                      Key Economic Assets:

Largest Heavy Industrial Complex in the UK

                                    Teesport – The Second Largest Port in the UK

                                    Durham Tees Valley Airport

                                    Teesside and Durham (Stockton Campus) Universities

                                    Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station

                                    Aycliffe Industrial Park

                                    Sedgefield Net Park

 

It was noted that Cleveland Police is one of the Most Improved Police forces in the Country.

-                      Recent Baseline Assessment shows AN IMPROVEMENT OF EIGHT PLACES in UK Police Force Ranking over the last year

-                      Crime is down 8% in 2004/05

-                      House Burglary is down 29.7% in 2004/05

-                      Financial Reserves are up from £192,000 in 2003/04, to £7.1 million in 2004/05

-                      Two of the Four Community Safety Partnerships within the Force have been awarded BEACON STATUS

 

ADVANTAGES OF TEES VALLEY CITY POLICE

 

-                      There is strong sub-regional political support

-                      Anticipated strong public support based on the over whelming rejection of a North East Regional Assembly

-                      No cultural affinity between Tees Valley and Tyneside

-                      Builds on the foundations and momentum of the Northern Way recognising strong ODPM support

 

 

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-                      Recognises the unique socio-demographic issues facing the region and the associated challenges of policing

-                      Coterminousity throughout the new region with both Local District and Unitary Authority Areas and CDRP’s would be actively sought, which is not currently enjoyed outside of Cleveland

-                      THREE of the NINE Community Safety Partnerships, awarded Beacon Status nationally, would be within the force area

-                      Maintains Government Office North East boundaries

-                      Cleveland presently punches above its weight with regard to protective services scoring GOOD in the Baseline Assessment for:

Investigating Major and Serious Crime

Promoting Safety

Road Policing

 

Durham Constabulary is:

 

-                      A SINGLE FORCE SUB-DIVIDED INTO TWO LARGE BASIC COMMAND UNITS.

 

           One whole basic command unit would be merged with Cleveland

           to make the Tees Valley City Region Force.

 

This would minimise disruption and coterminousity would be actively sought with all Community Safety Partnerships (Teesdale and Wear Valley Partnerships currently work together).

 

Members of the Parish Council and public present then watched a DVD ‘TEES VALLEY POLICE’.

A general discussion then took place on the advantages of a Tees Valley City Region Force.

 

The Chairman thanked the Police Representatives for their attendance.

 

RESOLVED that the Clerk send a letter to Cleveland Police supporting the Tees Valley City Region Police Force option.

 

107. PLANNING APPLICATIONS.                                                                                  

Planning Schedule.

The Clerk referred to the Planning Applications Schedule attached to the Agenda for this Meeting, which states the comments made by Ingleby Barwick Parish Council 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.

 

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(a) Planning Application No. 05/3046/FUL

Proposal: Erection of Detached Dwellinghouse.

Location: Plot 22, Riverview, Ingleby Barwick,

The Parish Council considered all the information and plans provided in respect of planning application no. 05/3046/FUL.

 

RESOLVED that the Clerk informs S.B.C. that the Parish Council has no comments to make on the proposal.

 

(b) Planning Application No. 05/3047/OUT

Proposal: Outline Application for 19 No. Self-Build Housing Plots and the Creation of a Country Park/Local Nature Reserve.

Location: Land in the Vicinity of Bettys Close Farm, Ingleby Barwick,

Councillor R. Patterson arrived at the meeting during discussions on this item and attended only in his capacity as Ward Councillor representing Ingleby Barwick West and not as a Parish Councillor.

 

The comments made by residents earlier in the meeting were noted.

 

The Clerk informed Members of the Parish Council that the proposal is on designated green wedge.

 

The Parish Council considered all the information and plans provided in respect of planning application no. 05/3047/OUT.

Members discussed the proposal and were in general support of the provision of a Country Park.

 

Residents reiterated their concerns raised earlier in the meeting and also noted that the site is an identified flood plane and is shown as such on the Environment Agencies web site.

 

The current value of the site as agricultural land was discussed in comparison to what it would be worth if housing development was allowed to go ahead.

 

Councillor Patterson informed that he had arranged a public meeting to discuss the proposal, which is being held on Thursday 17th November 2005 at Bannatyne’s Health Club, commencing at 7.30 p.m. and is to be attended by the developer.

 

RESOLVED that this planning application be considered by the Parish Council after the public meeting has been held.  The Clerk to check on the availability of the Church Hall for Wednesday 30th November 2005 for a Special Parish Council meeting to consider this item.

 

Chairman……………………………….

 

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108. MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF INGLEBY BARWICK PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON 19TH OCTOBER 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 October 2005, having been circulated to Members, were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman at the meeting, accordingly.

 

109. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MEETING ON 19TH OCTOBER 2005.

 

(a) Item 23 (c) 2000/2001 - Greenside and Beckfields Shopping Centres, Ingleby Barwick.

The Clerk reported that she had received a complaint from a resident regarding the lighting and shrub beds at Greenside shopping area and the shrub beds at Beckfields shopping area.

It is noted that there are only two of the six lights working at Greenside.

Also, the overgrown shrub bed as you exit the car park restricts sightlines.

The Clerk informed that Members of the Parish Council had spoken with a representative at the Teal Arms regarding the matter during a recent ‘walkabout’.

It is noted that the shrub beds at Beckfields also obstruct sightlines when exiting the car park.

 

RESOLVED that the Clerk send a formal letter to those responsible at both shopping areas, requesting that the matters be rectified.

 

(b) Item 177 2004/2005 River Tees Heritage Park Proposals – Footbridge Over the River Tees.

The Clerk reported that she had received verbal notification from Northumbrian Water stating that they do not support the suggestion of incorporating a footpath/cycleway crossing on their pipe bridge.  It is noted that the pipe bridge is part of their EKP route and is under 24 hour surveillance, they therefore object to the suggestion on security grounds.

They also note that Jubilee Bridge which crosses the River Tees is in the near vicinity.

Confirmation in writing of their response will follow.

 

(c) Item 51 2005/2006 Toddlers Play Area, Adjacent to Tesco, Ingleby Barwick.

The Clerk informed that S.B.C. is awaiting delivery of the new gates.

 

(d) Item 74 2005/2006 Ingleby Barwick Community Warden Service – Monthly Walkabouts.

The Clerk reported that the first ‘walkabout’ took place on Wednesday 9th November 2005.

 

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