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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 18TH JANUARY 2006, COMMENCING AT 7.15 P.M.

 

PRESENT:

 

Chairman: Councillor Mrs I. Machin;

 

Vice-Chairman: Councillor T.W. Bowman;

 

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

 

Ward Councillors:

 

Ingleby Barwick East        Kevin Faulks;

                                                David Harrington;

                                                Andrew Larkin;

 

Ingleby Barwick West       Kenneth Dixon;

                                                Ross Patterson;

                       

Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer: Paula M. Hall;

 

PC Kevin Leek, Community Police Officer, Ingleby Barwick;

PCSO Glen Hartley, Ingleby Barwick;

 

No members of the public were present at the meeting.

 

 

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.

Apologies for absence were received from or on behalf of Parish Councillors Ms J. Morrison, D. Scott and Ward Councillor Lee Narroway.

 

143. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

 

Teen Shelter, Adjacent to Tesco, Ingleby Barwick

It was reported that concerns had been raised by residents regarding problems with youths at the teen shelter at around 3.45 p.m. in the afternoon.  The area is being monitored.

 

 

 

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144. CODE OF CONDUCT – DECLARATION OF INTERESTS.

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

 

Item No. 11                           - Ingleby Barwick Community Hall – Proposed Extension.

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 items.

 

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

 

Item No. 11                           - Ingleby Barwick Community Hall – Proposed Extension.

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 items.

 

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

 

Item No. 11                           - Ingleby Barwick Community Hall – Proposed Extension.

 

Item No. 15 (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 items.

 

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.  He also lives adjacent to the development and to the resident who has approached both Councillor Patterson as Ward Councillor and the Parish Council:

 

Item No. 8                             -  Ingleby Mill Primary School Development,

   Barwick Lane/Low Lane, Ingleby Barwick – Security to

   The Rear of Adjacent Properties.

 

 

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Councillor R. Patterson declared a personal/prejudicial interest in relation to the following item on the Agenda, as he is a member of the Golf Club and has also been invited to be the captain:

 

Item No. 9                             - Ingleby Barwick Golf Academy.

 

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

 

Item No. 11                           - Ingleby Barwick Community Hall – Proposed Extension.

Item No. 15 (c)                     - Ingleby Barwick Community Hall Accounts.

 

Councillor R. Patterson stated that he has been granted a dispensation to speak and vote on the above items.

 

Councillor Mrs S. Rouse declared a personal/non-prejudicial interest in relation to the following item on the Agenda, as she is a school governor at Ingleby Mill Primary School:

 

Item No. 8                             -  Ingleby Mill Primary School Development,

   Barwick Lane/Low Lane, Ingleby Barwick – Security to

   The Rear of Adjacent Properties.

 

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

 

Item No. 11                           - Ingleby Barwick Community Hall – Proposed Extension.

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 items.

 

No further interests were declared.

 

145. MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF INGLEBY BARWICK PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON 21ST DECEMBER 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 21st December 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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146. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MEETING ON 21ST DECEMBER 2005.

 

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

The Clerk reported that she has not yet received a response from the Teal Arms in respect of the car park lighting and shrub beds which need cutting back.

 

RESOLVED that the Clerk send a follow-up letter to the owner of the Teal Arms requesting that the matters be rectified as soon as possible.

 

The Clerk informed that she has spoken to Mr Jagpal regarding the required maintenance to the shrub area at the rear of the Beckfields Medical Centre.  The Clerk has provided Mr Jagpal with the contact number for the gardener who maintains the Community Hall’s gardens.

 

(b) Item 93 2005/2006 Eastern Area Transport Strategy – Priorities.

No further information to date.

 

(c) Item 113 2005/2006 Secondary School Provision in Ingleby Barwick.

It was reported that concerns had been raised by parents in respect of an incident which had occurred with the Conyers school buses in November 2005, when a bus had broken down at the bottom of Leven Bank.  The incident has been reported to Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s (S.B.C.) Education Department for investigation.

It was noted that the Head of Engineering and Transportation is also involved with investigating the matter.

 

RESOLVED that the Parish Council express their concerns to S.B.C. in respect of the incident, as the safety of the children traveling to school using the school transport is paramount.

 

It was noted that the situation would be eradicated if there was enough Secondary School provision in Ingleby Barwick.  There are in the region of 600/700 children traveling out either by bus or car to secondary schools in the surrounding area.

Concerns were also raised in respect of the lack of ‘Safe Walking Routes’ to the secondary schools.

It was noted for information that it is anticipated there will be surplus places at Conyers Secondary School this coming year.

It was reported that the Church of England have expressed an interest in the provision of additional secondary school places in Ingleby Barwick.

 

RESOLVED that the Clerk send a letter to S.B.C. in respect of the above matters.

 

 

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(d) Item 133 2005/2006 Land in the Vicinity of Bettys Close Farm, Ingleby Barwick – Suggestion that Stockton-on-Tees Borough Compulsory Purchase the Site.

It was noted that to date there has been no further planning application submitted in respect of this site.

Concerns were raised generally in respect of consideration being given to applications for housing development on designated green wedge.

Consistency by the Planning Authority when making decisions on applications was also raised.

 

(e) Item 142(t) 2005/2006 Blair Avenue, Ingleby Barwick – Water Seeping Across the Carriageway.

The Clerk reported that the matter is being dealt with by S.B.C.’s Highways Inspector who is currently in the process of contacting the landowner with the view to appropriate action being taken.

 

147. LOWFIELDS AVENUE, INGLEBY BARWICK – PROPOSED BUS LAY-BY.

The Clerk reported receipt of correspondence from S.B.C. attaching a drawing showing a proposed lay-by on Lowfields Avenue close to Greenside for eastbound bus services.  The scheme has been drawn up and an estimate obtained.

The scheme has been a contender for funding this financial year and since there have been no requirements for new lay-bys on the proposed new MiBus route the scheme has become a priority.

The Parish Council’s comments will be included in the Cabinet Member Report for approval.

Adjacent residents will also be consulted on the matter.

It is intended to implement the scheme before the end of the current financial year.

 

RESOLVED that the Clerk submit the following comments to S.B.C.:

 

The lay-by as proposed, will be very close to the rear of the properties of Harebell Close, therefore any comments raised by the residents should be given due consideration.

 

Provided then that the adjacent residents have no objections, the Parish Council has no further concerns to raise.

 

The Parish Council would suggest that the bus stop on Lowfields Avenue near Farm Lane is a suitable location for the provision of a lay-by as it is not in the close proximity of residential properties.

 

 

 

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148. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PLANTING SCHEMES AT GRASSINGTON GREEN AND PRESELI GROVE, INGLEBY BARWICK – REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE WITH FUNDING FROM STOCKTON-ON-TEES BOROUGH COUNCIL.

The Clerk reported receipt of correspondence from S.B.C. noting that as briefly discussed, S.B.C. are looking at undertaking some shrub/tree planting at two locations in Ingleby Barwick; land off Grassington Green and land off Preseli Grove.  The Council has received numerous complaints from residents from both of these sites in regard to the playing of ball games.  The land in question is open space therefore the intention is not to prevent play but to act as a buffer zone from the residents’ fenceline.

It is noted that schemes of this nature can be costly.  The above two sites have been priced up by S.B.C. Horticultural Services and cost out at £5,107.48 and £3,402.30 respectively, not including protective fencing.  S.B.C. would be grateful if the Parish Council could consider contributing financially to these schemes.  If the Parish Council were to consider match funding this would be £4,254.89, however any contribution would be welcome.

S.B.C. would also like the Parish Council to consider contributing to environmental improvement schemes, in the future.  It is understood that the Parish Council already contributes to tree planting in the area but would be grateful if monies covering a wider remit could also be made available.

S.B.C. have sent out information to the residents, in regard to the proposed planting, to inform them of the proposals and are awaiting responses, both positive and negative, by the end of January 2006.  If the feedback is generally positive it is intended to undertake the planting prior to the end of March 2006.

 

RESOLVED that the Parish Council is in general support of the proposals.  The Parish Council to consider a financial contribution towards the works at their next meeting scheduled to take place on Wednesday 25th January 2006, when the budget is to be set for 2006/2007.  

 

149. INGLEBY MILL PRIMARY SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT, BARWICK WAY/LOW LANE, INGLEBY BARWICK – SECURITY TO THE REAR OF ADJACENT PROPERTIES.

The Clerk noted receipt of a letter from a resident of Danes Brook Court, attaching copies of letters from residents of both Danes Brook Court and Barle Close, which have been sent to Ward Councillor Ross Patterson.  The letters refer to the residents wishing to have more security to the rear of their properties following the changes to the green wedge land.  The letters ask for a small strip of unused land to be transferred from the Council ownership to the residents thus giving them the ability to maintain privacy and to take the responsibility of maintenance away from the Council.

It is hoped that the Parish Council are able to support the residents in this matter.

The Parish Council is thanked for their continued support.

 

 

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RESOLVED that the Parish Council support the residents request.  The Clerk to send a letter of support to S.B.C. accordingly.

 

150. INGLEBY BARWICK GOLF ACADEMY.

 

Councillor Ross Patterson, having declared a personal/prejudicial interest with regard to this item, left the meeting room for the duration of the discussion.

 

The Clerk reported that following complaints from residents regarding golf balls landing on and adjacent to, Queen Elizabeth Way, the matter was reported to S.B.C. for action.

It appears that when the upper level of the driving range at Ingleby Barwick Golf Academy is being used the fencing around the perimeter of the site is not high enough to retain the balls within the complex.

A response has been received from S.B.C. informing that following consultation with the Highways department on the planning application, no reference was made by anybody to danger to road users as there is supposedly a 6m high fence to prevent it.

 

It was noted that the Golf Club are aware of the concerns and are in the process of implementing measures to resolve the problem.

 

Concerns have also been raised with regard to the four lights on the golf driving range, which are very bright and present a hazard to traffic going south along Queen Elizabeth Way.

 

It was noted that S.B.C.’s Environmental Health section are currently investigating the matter.

 

Concerns have been raised in respect of the measures used to close off and prevent the public using the footpath along the river at this location.  It is noted that barbed wire has been erected as part of the measures, which has raised the question as to whether this is allowable.

 

The Clerk has requested guidance on the matter from S.B.C.

 

151. TESCO, INGLEBY BARWICK – STREET LIGHTING COLUMNS NOT WORKING AT THE ROUNDABOUT ADJACENT TO THE PETROL FILLING STATION.

The Clerk reported that complaints have been received from residents in respect of the street lighting at the Tesco roundabout on Myton Road, which are ‘out’ once again.

 

 

 

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RESOLVED that the Clerk send a letter to Tesco noting the complaints with regard to the problems with the lighting which have now been ongoing for sometime.  The lights are regularly not working and even when they are, they do not provide sufficient lighting to the area.  This is a road safety hazard, which needs dealing with before any accidents occur.

 

152. INGLEBY BARWICK COMMUNITY HALL – PROPOSED EXTENSION.

It was noted that Mr G. Oram, Chief Executive of The Five Lamps Organisation had sent a letter to Persimmon on behalf of the Management Committee pursuing a financial commitment towards the extension.

 

Persimmon have now responded offering a financial contribution of £20,000 towards the proposed extension to the Community Hall.

 

Mr Oram has informed that he would be inclined to accept the offer from Persimmon.   It is suggested that we could now go to each of the other developers and seek contributions of similar scale or possibly look for blocks of £10k.  There are possible funding pots such as Futurebuilders; The Adventure Capital Fund; The North East Community Loan Fund, to name but three and also Charitable Trusts which we could bid to.  Mr Oram is happy to explore some of these. Mr Oram notes that this is a potentially interesting opportunity for Five Lamps given their existing service portfolio and is also a possible vehicle for driving forward issues identified as priorities by the Eastern Area Partnership Board.  If we could create the asset then we could press for contracts from mainstream service providers to meet recurring revenue costs.  Mr Oram will respond to Persimmon after the matter has been discussed by the Parish Council.

 

The matter was discussed at the Extraordinary Meeting of Ingleby Barwick Community Hall Management Committee held on 13th January 2006.  Discussion took place with regard to various aspects of the offer.  Whilst it was far below the cost of the extension it may be an incentive to other firms building on Ingleby Barwick to support the venture.

Members present were in support of accepting Persimmon’s offer.

 

It was noted that Councillor Patterson has offered to be Project Manager if the extension was undertaken.

 

A meeting has been arranged for Mr Oram to have a look around the Community Hall on Monday 23rd January 2006.

 

The Clerk reported that the Parish Council allocated a grant of £6,000 to the Community  Hall in the financial year £2004/2005 which is held in the Parish Council’s account, a further £3,000 is allocated in this year’s budget 2005/2006.

 

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It was noted that verbal approval for the extension had been received from Mr Morgan of Yarmside Holdings (now Morgan and Morgan), however it was advised that formal agreement should now be obtained.  The Community Hall Management Committee is to discuss this matter at their meeting on Friday 20th January 2006.

 

RESOLVED that the Parish Council is in agreement with accepting Persimmon’s offer of a financial contribution of £20,000.

 

153. POST OFFICE SERVICES, INGLEBY BARWICK.

The proposed changes to Thornaby Town Centre were noted, which include the demolition of the existing Post Office.

It is proposed that Aspire u Limited will be operating the Thornaby Post Office on behalf of the Post Office.

Initially, Aspire u will manage Thornaby PO at its current location but following completion of Phase 1 of the redevelopment in Spring 2007 they intend to move to a new purpose built office within the new retail development, which will be located approx. 150 yards away from Appleby House.  Appleby House will then be demolished to provide new car parking facilities.

Some 96% of Post Office branches are already successfully managed in partnership with individual subpostmasters or retail companies.

 

It was reported that the Parish Council had previously approached the Post Office in respect of the possible expansion of the Ingleby Barwick Post Office.  However, at that time it was advised that there were no plans to increase the size of the office.  They were also not aware that the area was being developed on such a scale.  In further correspondence they advised that any changes to the office would need to be discussed with the new agent for Tesco, who have taken over T & S Stores.

  

RESOLVED that the Clerk follow up the matter with the Post Office in view of the demands on the current post office services, which are visible and increase by the day.

The information to be forward to IBIS Councillors who would also take up the matter.

 

154. CLEVELAND LOCAL COUNCILS ASSOCIATION, ‘QUALITY COUNCILS’, ONE DAY EVENT TO BE HELD AT COUNTY HALL IN DURHAM ON SATURDAY 18TH MARCH 2006.

The Clerk noted receipt of details on the one day event ‘Quality Councils’, which is to be held at County Hall in Durham on Saturday 18th March 2006.

The aim of the event is:-

a)                 To promote the Quality Council initiative by providing information on the benefits of the scheme and help and advice on meeting the criteria and completing the portfolios.  Examples of completed portfolios from the existing Quality Councils will be available and representatives from those Councils to talk and discuss their applications and benefits.

 

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b)                 To provide information and advice on the various training initiatives available through the County Training Partnerships and the Society of Local Council Clerks.  Again help will be available for Clerks in regard of the CiLCA and completing their portfolios.

 

c)                  To provide an opportunity to hear and talk to Cllr. Ken Cleary and Mr John Findlay (Chairman and Chief Executive of NALC) as key note speakers from their National Association on the current thinking of the future for our sector.

 

d)                 To include information with help and advice from principal Authority Officers on Charters, Freedom of Information, Standards etc.

 

e)                 To provide an ideal opportunity to talk with Government Office North East and liaison officers from Principal Authorities.

 

The event is open to all town and parish councilors in the region, as well as their Clerks and Officers.  Free refreshments, including lunch will be available and also free transport provided (subject to demand) from Northumberland and Cleveland.  Funding for the entire event has been received from the Pilot Projects Initiative through NALC.

 

RESOLVED that the event be attended by Councillors W. Feldon, Mrs I. Machin and the Clerk.

 

155. INGLEBY BARWICK PARISH COUNCIL – OFFICE ACCOMMODATION.

The Clerk informed that she had officially moved into the new office in Barwick Lodge on Monday 9th January 2006.  The telephone line has been transferred to the new office at the cost of £104.00 plus VAT.  The Clerk noted that she had been advised by BT to transfer to the ‘Light User’ business package, which would reduce costs.

 

S.B.C. Legal Services will be acting on the Parish Council’s behalf in respect of the licence/leasing agreement.

 

It was noted that the Parish Council would need to look into buying/leasing a photocopier.  Additional chairs are also required for the office.

 

Suitable signage for the office would also need investigating.

 

RESOLVED that the matters be progressed.

 

 

 

Chairman……………………………….

 

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156. FINANCE:

 

(a) Parish Council Current Balance Sheet.

The Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer circulated copies of the Parish Council's current financial statement, showing a balance of £ 51,308.38, a copy of which is held on the Parish Council file.

 

(b) Accounts for Payment.

 

Paula M. Hall – Remuneration January 2006;

            Paula M. Hall - Tax and N.I. Contribution January 2006;

 

Paula M. Hall – Reimbursement of Expenses/Administration Costs:

 

            Internet Charges (January 2006)                                                     £        14.99

            Postage (1st April – 31st December 2005)                                     £        34.20

            Mileage ( 1st April – 31st December 2005)                                     £      160.39

           

St. Francis Church Centre – Use of Hall PC Mtg

December 2005                                                                                            £        32.50

 

Maynards Nursery – Removal of Christmas Tree                                     £        50.00

 

Cleveland Local Councils Association – Local Council Review

Half Year Subscription @ £5.75                             

Period October 05 – March 06                                                                   £        40.25

 

(c) Ingleby Barwick Community Hall Accounts.

The Tresurers report dated 7th December 2005 had been circulated to Parish Council Members with the Agenda for the Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 21st December 2005.

 

157. COMMUNITY FACILITIES.

 

(a) Street Furniture

It was noted that the seat purchased by the Parish Council and sited at the entrance into Ingleby Barwick from Low Lane had been removed during recent highway works in connection with the new Primary School development on Low Lane /Barwick Way.  Works are nearing completion; however the seat has not yet been reinstalled at the new layby as agreed.

 

RESOLVED that the Clerk follow up the matter with the view to having the seat reinstalled.

 

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It was reported that a litter bin has now been sited at the Teen shelter adjacent to Tesco, Ingleby Barwick.

 

The additional dog bins being provided in Ingleby Barwick are expected to be ordered in the coming weeks.

 

(b) Christmas Tree/Decorations

The Clerk reported that the Christmas tree had survived the festive period, although unfortunately early in the New Year the lights had been vandalised beyond repair.

 

(c) Tree Planting

 

RESOLVED that the following locations be forward to S.B.C. to be considered for this year’s tree planting scheme:

 

-                      Ingleby Way, the section between Haresfield Way and Barwick Way;

-                      Raised area on the corner of Roundhill Avenue where it meets with Blair Avenue (Bridleway);

-                      Blair Avenue, adjacent to Beacons Lane opposite the entrance into Penderyn Crescent.

 

158. 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.

 

(a) Planning Application No. 05/3457/FUL.

Proposal: Extension to Existing Foodstore and Associated Car Parking.

Location: Tesco Stores, Myton Road, Ingleby Barwick.

 

The Parish Council considered all the information and plans provided in respect of planning application no. 05/3457/FUL.

 

RESOLVED that the Clerk submit the following comments to S.B.C.:

 

The proposed new car park will cover what has been appreciated as a large green area for a number of years.  If a car park is to be provided here then it should be ensured that the tarmac area is fairly well broken up with trees and suitable planting. 

 

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It should also be ensured that the car park has adequate lighting.

 

This development will generate an increased amount of traffic at the ‘main centre’ of Ingleby Barwick.  In view of this and as there is currently only one access road into the shopping centre from Ingleby Way/Blair Avenue, the Parish Council would suggest that consideration be given to providing a second access, possibly the provision of a roundabout at a suitable location on Barwick Way.

 

What, if any, planning gain is to be achieved from this application? 

 

Contributions from developers are currently being progressed in respect of the proposed extension to Ingleby Barwick Community Hall.  The Parish Council would request that if there is any possibility of planning gain, that a contribution from Tesco Stores towards the extension be considered. 

 

159. REPORT FROM COMMUNITY HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEETINGS.

It was noted that the proposed extension to the Community Hall was discussed earlier in the meeting.

 

160. COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION.

RESOLVED that the next article for publication includes a request for residents to provide suggestions for possible locations to be considered for future tree planting.

 

161. CLERKS REPORT AND CORRESPONDENCE.

                                                                                                           

(a) Stockton Renaissance, Celebration of Renaissance Event 24th January 2006 at the Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton - Receipt of invitation to the event on 24th January 2006, at 4.30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees.

This unique event will be celebrating 15 years of regeneration initiatives in the borough of Stockton-on-Tees.

Programmes such as City Challenge, the Single Regeneration Budget, and currently the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund have supported hundreds of projects delivered in partnership with the voluntary and community sector to the benefit of the whole of Stockton Borough.

The event will feature exhibitions from organisations, which have been and are delivering regeneration projects.

The premiere screening of a DVD film highlighting the success of the Single Regeneration Budget will be at 5.00 p.m.

The event is open to the public and will also offer entertainment for all ages.  There will also be a prize draw for Tesco vouchers and the chance for six young people to win tickets to attend the Middlesbrough-v-Aston Villa game at the Riverside Stadium on 4th February 2006.  The prizes will be drawn at the event. 

 

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(b) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Parish Council Precept – Receipt of letter from S.B.C. requesting the Parish Council’s requirements for the year 2006-2007.  It is noted that the Parish Council’s precept for 2005-2006 was £92,800 and the tax base was 5814.67.

The tax base for the year 2006-2007 is 5906.07.

S.B.C. would be grateful if the Parish Council could inform them of their precept for next year before 31st January 2006 to ensure that this will be included in the council tax setting for the authority.  A pro-forma is enclosed.

 

(c) Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Standards of Conduct in English Local Government: The Future – Receipt of letter informing that the Government has published a Discussion Paper which sets out its vision for a future comprehensive conduct regime for local authority members and employees.  The Paper was enclosed.

Earlier this year, the Committee on Standards in Public Life (Graham Committee) made recommendations about the local government conduct regime including the role of the Standards Boards for England, in Chapter 3 of its 10th report Getting the Balance Right.  The ODPM Select Committee also made recommendations following its Inquiry into the Role and Effectiveness of the Standards Board for England.  Subsequently, this Autumn, the Standards Board presented recommendations to the Office following its review of the code of conduct for members which Ministers had asked the Board to conduct.

This Discussion Paper reflects the Government response to the Graham and Select Committees, as well as having regard to the Standards Board’s recommendations for amending the code of conduct for members.

 

The Paper also indicates the approach the Government is minded to follow on the conduct of employees, in particular on the political restrictions which apply to local government employees, the pay of political assistants and a code of conduct for employees.  In reaching these views, the Government has had regard to the responses received to the consultation that the Office undertook on these issues last year.

The overall approach to conduct set out in the Paper would involve the following principal changes to current arrangements:

 

Conduct regime for local councillors

-                      Initial assessment of all misconduct allegations to be undertaken by standards committees, rather than the Standards Board;

-                      Local standards committees to be responsible for investigating and determining most cases;

-                      The Standards Board to adopt a more strategic, advisory and monitoring role, but retaining responsibility for investigating the most serious misconduct allegations;

 

 

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-                      Improvements to the operation and composition of local standards committees, with independent chairs and committees to include independent members with a balance of experience; and

-                      A clearer, simpler code of conduct, including changes to the rules relating to personal and prejudicial interests.

 

Conduct regime for local government employees

-                      Issue a code of conduct for local government employees;

-                      Retain the current principle that senior and sensitive posts should be politically restricted, but to ensure that only the most senior and sensitive posts are covered;

-                      Discontinue the post of the Independent Adjudicator, and provide for authorities’ standards committees to make decisions on posts exempt from restrictions;

-                      Uprate the current rate of pay for political assistants by Statutory Instrument, and provide for future increases to be permanently linked to local government pay scales.

 

The Government believes that such an approach would both deliver a clearer and more proportionate conduct regime for local government members and employees, and ensure that the public can continue to have confidence in those who serve them.  They now intend to work with the Standards Board and other stakeholders to carry forward the changes identified in the Paper, having regard to any comments and debate the Paper itself generates.  The Government recognises that certain of these changes would require primary legislation and it intends to seek this at the next convenient opportunity Parliamentary time allows.

 

(d) Cleveland Local Councils Association – Receipt of invoice for the following:

 

7 copies of the Local Council Review

                        Half Year Subscription @ £5.75                             

                        Period October 05 – March 06                               Total £40.25

 

(e) Cleveland Local Councils Association – ‘Quality Councils’, One Day Event – Receipt of details on the one day event ‘Quality Councils’, which is to be held at County Hall in Durham on Saturday 18th March 2006.

 

(f) Cleveland Local Councils Association, Quarterly Meeting Date – Receipt of letter informing that the next CLCA meeting will take place at 7 pm on Tuesday 24th January 2006.  The meeting is to be held at Stillington in the Youth and Community Centre, Lowson Street, Stillington.  The agenda and minutes will follow.

 

 

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(g) Tees Valley Rural Community Council, Rural News – Receipt of the Rural News, December 2005.

                                                                                                                       

(h) Ingleby Barwick Golf AcademyComplaints received regarding golf balls landing on and adjacent to, Queen Elizabeth Way.

 

(i) Ingleby Barwick Art Group – Receipt of letter from Ingleby Barwick Art Group thanking the Parish Council for their grant of £200 allocated to the group in January 2005.  This amount was indeed a boost for them and allowed the 14 members to hire a coach to take them to the Bowes museum in Barnard Castle.  The coach and entry to the museum was £234.  They had a lovely day and apart from the beautiful paintings, already at Bowes there were also 3 current exhibitions of Textiles, Portraits and Napoleonic Wars. 

I.B.A.G. held their second exhibition at All Saints school on the occasion of the Christmas Gala organised by I.B.R.N.  It was well received and in all they exhibited 41 paintings.

The group sends their grateful thanks to the Parish Council.   

All required receipts were enclosed.

 

(j) National Association of Local Councils, Local Council Review – Receipt of the ‘Local Council Review’, Volume 57, No.5, January 2006.

 

(k) Clerks & Councils ‘Direct’ – Receipt of the ‘Direct’ magazine, Issue 43, January 2006 and ‘Councils Suppliers Guide & Yearbook’ 2006.

 

(l) William Smith, ‘in.touch’ Signing Mailing – Receipt of the ‘in.touch’ leaflet, Issue 26.

 

(m) St. Francis of Assisi Church Centre, Invoice – Receipt of invoice for the sum of £32.50, for use of the Church Hall by the Parish Council for its meeting in December 2005.

 

(n) North Yorkshire County Council, North Yorkshire Minerals and Waste Development Framework Submission Statement of Community Involvement – Receipt of correspondence informing that the County Council has submitted its Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) to the government for consideration by an independent planning inspector.  The SCI sets out how the County Council intends to consult with interested parties throughout the production of the new Minerals and Waste Development Framework (MWDF) and when dealing with planning applications.

An initial phase of consultation was held between 13th July and 26th August 2005.  That phase of consultation relates to Regulation 25 of the Town and Country Planning Local Development Regulations 2004.

                                                                       

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A second phase of consultation (Regulation 26) was held between 10th October until 21st November 2005 for six weeks.  All those parties contacted previously under Regulation 25, including those parties who made clear that they wish to be involved in further consultation were consulted.

Enclosed with the letter was a hard copy of the submission SCI, the Statement of Consultation (which details the consultation that has taken place , including responses received and action taken resultantly) and the Notice of Publication of Development Plan Document Matters and Statement of Availability. 

 

Any comments should be made within the six week period of 6th January until 17th February 2006.

 

(o) Residents Correspondence in Respect of Greenside Shopping area, Tesco and Ingleby Barwick Golf AcademyReceipt of correspondence from a resident expressing concerns that the lights in the car park at Greenside shopping area have after several months of requests still do not work.

Despite many requests the bushes to the right (south side) of the exit from the car park area still have not been reduced in height so that they do not obstruct the view of cars leaving the area.

Attention is also draw to the fact that some of the street lights at the roundabout beside the ‘Tesco’ petrol station are ‘out’ once again.

The four lights on the golf driving range are very bright and present quite a hazard to traffic going south along Queen Elizabeth Way.

 

(p) Ingleby Mill Primary School Development, Barwick Way/Low Lane, Ingleby Barwick, Security to the Rear of Adjacent Properties – Receipt of a letter from a resident of Danes Brook Court.

 

(q) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Lowfields Avenue, Proposed Bus Lay-By – Receipt of correspondence from S.B.C. attaching a drawing showing a proposed lay-by on Lowfields Avenue close to Greenside for eastbound bus services. 

 

(r) Wicksteed Leisure – Receipt of Nursery Equipment Brochure and Price List 2006.

 

(s) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Youth Provision in Ingleby Barwick – Receipt of letter from S.B.C. informing the Parish Council of the current youth provision in Ingleby Barwick.

 

(t) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Deadline for Spring 2006 Edition of Stockton News – Receipt of letter informing that preparations are now underway for the next issue of Stockton News, namely the Spring 2006 edition.    

The magazine will be delivered to households and businesses across the Borough on Monday 3rd April 2006.

 

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The deadline for receipt of all articles for consideration, and copy for advertisements should be submitted by no later than 11.30 am on Wednesday 1st February 2006.

                       

 

 

DATE OF NEXT MEETING OF INGLEBY BARWICK PARISH COUNCIL.

 

A Special Meeting of the Parish Council has been arranged to take place on Wednesday 25th January 2006, at St. Francis of Assisi Church Centre, Barwick Way, Ingleby Barwick, commencing at 7.15 p.m.

 

The next meeting of Ingleby Barwick Parish Council will take place on Wednesday 15th February 2006, at St. Francis of Assisi Church Centre, Barwick Way, Ingleby Barwick, commencing at 7.15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MINUTES

 

OF THE

 

 MEETING

 

OF

 

INGLEBY BARWICK PARISH COUNCIL

 

HELD ON

 

WEDNESDAY 18TH JANUARY 2006

 

AT

 

ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI CHURCH CENTRE

BARWICK WAY

INGLEBY BARWICK

 

 

 

 

PREPARED BY

PAULA M. HALL

CLERK TO THE PARISH COUNCIL