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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 19TH APRIL 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, Mrs S. Rouse and D. Scott;

 

Ward Councillors:

 

Ingleby Barwick East        Councillor D. Harrington;

                                                Councillor K. Faulks;

                                                Councillor A. Larkin;

                                               

Ingleby Barwick West       Councillor K. Dixon;

                                                Councillor R. Patterson;                                          

 

Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer: Paula M. Hall;

 

Mr S. Lumb, Community Engineer, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council;

 

Angelo Couke, Ingleby Barwick Residents Network;

Cheryl Thomas, Ingleby Barwick Residents Network;

Colette Clare, Ingleby Barwick Residents Network;

 

Mr M. Barber, Maltby Cricket Club;

 

13 Members of the public were present at the meeting.

 

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.

Apologies for absence were received from or on behalf of Ward Councillor L. Narroway (Ingleby Barwick West).

 

204. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

Middle Road, Ingleby Barwick – Humped Toucan Crossing

Residents attending the meeting informed that they had a personal interest in Agenda Item no. 8, Middle Road, Ingleby Barwick – Humped Toucan Crossing and requested that they be given the opportunity to raise their concerns when the item is discussed by the Parish Council.  The Parish Council agreed to the request.

 

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205. 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. 12                           - Ingleby Barwick Community Hall – Partition Wall;

Item No. 13 (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. 12                           - Ingleby Barwick Community Hall – Partition Wall;

Item No. 13 (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. 12                           - Ingleby Barwick Community Hall – Partition Wall;

Item No. 13 (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/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. 12                           - Ingleby Barwick Community Hall – Partition Wall;

Item No. 13 (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.

 

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Councillor Mrs S. Rouse declared a personal/prejudicial interest in relation to the following items on the Agenda, as she is a member of the Over 50’s Group and Secretary:

 

Item No. 12                           - Ingleby Barwick Community Hall – Partition Wall;

Item No. 13 (c)                     - Ingleby Barwick Community Hall Accounts.

 

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

 

No further interests were declared.

 

206. MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF INGLEBY BARWICK PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON 15TH MARCH 2006.  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 15th March 2006, having been circulated to Members were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman at the meeting, accordingly.

 

207. BECKFIELDS AVENUE, INGLEBY BARWICK – PROPOSED TRAFFIC CALMING MEASURES.

The Chairman invited Mr S. Lumb, Community Engineer, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council (S.B.C.) to speak.

 

Mr Lumb began by introducing himself and gave a brief outline of his role as Community Engineer.  He informed that following his attendance at the Parish Council meeting in July 2004, and taking account of the concerns raised in connection with Beckfields Avenue, a traffic calming scheme has now been drawn up for consideration by the Parish Council.  

 

Mr Lumb provided plans for observation and briefly outlined the proposals.

 

Beginning with the gateway signs at both ends of Beckfields Avenue, he informed that 30 mph Roundels would be painted on the road, followed by a section of red tarmac.

The existing 40 mph terminal signs/poles at both locations would be removed.

 

Along the stretch of Beckfields Avenue, between the entrance into Thorington Gardens (1st access in from Ingleby Way) and just stopping short of the first entrance into Priorwood Gardens, the centre of the carriageway is to be hatched.  At each end of the hatching thermoplastic ‘pseudo’ speed cushions are to be painted on the carriageway.

 

  

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The provision of a pedestrian crossing is also to be investigated in 2006/2007, which would possibly be located on the left hand side of Haresfield Way junction when entering Beckfields Avenue.

 

Mr Lumb was thanked for bringing the information to the attention of the Parish Council.

 

It was noted that the measures would hopefully dissuade drivers from using Beckfields Avenue as a cut through.

 

In respect of the possible provision of a pedestrian crossing it was highlighted that S.B.C. should ensure that any surveys undertaken show a true balance of pedestrians i.e. taking into account morning and afternoon peak periods.

 

It was noted that surveys are carried out over a 12 hour period, normally 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

The number of ‘accidents’ and ‘near accidents’ on Beckfields Avenue was raised.

 

It was noted that the location was not suitable for the erection of ‘accident black spot signs’.

 

The possibility of another entrance being provided into the shopping area was raised and acknowledged as something that could be progressed.

 

RESOLVED that the Parish Council has no objections and are satisfied with the proposed traffic calming measures.  

 

208. INGLEBY BARWICK RESIDENTS NETWORK (I.B.R.N.), PROPOSAL FOR YOUTH SHELTERS AND CYCLE RACKS.

 

The Chairman introduced Angelo Couke, Chairman of I.B.R.N.

 

Mr Couke thanked the Parish Council for inviting I.B.R.N. to attend the meeting and then made the following presentation:

 

Members of the Parish Council, Independent Councillors, Police and all present.

 

We from the resident network are present today to make a statement regarding our proposed Landfill Credit Funding for the provision and installation of a number of Youth shelters and Cycle racks on the estate.

 

 

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We were made aware and welcome Impetus Environmental Trust and the Landfill funds they have available.  It is an exciting opportunity for the estate and it will provide the means our residents deserve.

 

We therefore submitted an application for the funding of a number of cycle racks and youth shelters.

 

In a letter of reply IET has informed us that they have agreed to commit Landfill funds but have stated we need the support of our Parish and Borough Councils.

 

We therefore sincerely hope that we can count on your support in this matter as it is our opinion the shelter and cycle racks would be a real benefit to our community and especially the youth on the estate.

 

In one of the previous PC meetings we were made aware that an objection against the proposal has been raised from various sources, this to our surprise.

 

The objections were as follows:

 

-          The installation of Youth shelters will cause youths to group and engage in vandalism

-          The shelters are a waste of money and will not be used

-          There is no need for these on the estate

 

We do understand the concern that the shelters will cause youths to group, but can we point out that this is only a minority and the majority of youths on our estate suffer a lack of amenities because of this.  Unfortunately there will always be the odd group that will try to misuse the facilities as this is already the case around local shops and businesses.  The police could use the placement of shelter to their advantage and at anytime would be able to locate gathering of youths.

 

In our opinion the forming of youth gangs and vandalism on the estate is a problem that should be addressed in a different way, not depriving the majority of our sensible youths from opportunities and amenities like these.

 

We also are of the opinion that if the shelters and cycle racks are placed strategically they will not only benefit our youths but adults alike.

 

I like many other residents cycle and walk around the estate and would welcome a place where we can shelter during rainfall and simply have an area where you can rest and park a bicycle.

 

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Again we do hope we can count on your support and show residents that we are all working together towards a better place and are committed to a modern community with the amenities it really deserves.

 

Thank you.

 

The Chairman thanked Mr Couke for his presentation.

 

It was questioned that mindful of the need for consultation, had the local police, Care For Your Area team etc been asked for their comments on the proposal.

 

The difficulty of finding suitable locations for the shelters and cycle racks was highlighted as an important point, which again raised the issue of consultation and working together.

 

It was reiterated that I.B.R.N. are looking for the support of both the Parish and Ward Councillors to take this proposal forward.

 

It was suggested that consultation has began by approaching the Parish Council with the suggestions tonight, as there is clearly a lot of issues to be debated and formulation of constructive ideas.

 

It was confirmed that possible locations for siting of the youth and cycle shelters are still to be considered.

 

A general discussion then took place on the advantages and disadvantages of youth shelters, taking into account the issues with the existing youth shelter located adjacent to the toddlers play area to the rear of the Tesco store, Ingleby Barwick.

 

It was suggested that more wider consultation across the age groups would be beneficial.

 

The costings involved were then discussed and it was confirmed that if agreed 90% of the funding would be made available through the landfill tax.

 

The availability of landfill tax and what the money can be used for was briefly outlined.

There are 3-4 landfill tax trusts locally.

 

It was noted that the responsibility of ownership and maintenance would need to be agreed.

 

The importance of looking at the overall picture and whole strategy for Ingleby Barwick was raised.

 

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It was noted that works on the play area incorporated within Village 5 Broom Hill development would possibly commence next year in 2007.

 

It was also confirmed that S.B.C. are currently preparing the ‘Green Space Development Plan’ which would be available in the near future.

 

RESOLVED that this matter be discussed further when the ‘Green Space Development Plan’ is available.

 

209. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MEETING ON 15TH MARCH 2006.

 

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

 

The Clerk reported receipt of a letter and documentation from Mr Jagpal’s solicitor confirming details of their ownership responsibilities at Greenside shopping area.

 

The Clerk informed that she has provided Mr Jagpal with a contact number for a local gardening company, to assist with the matter of having the required maintenance works carried out to the rear of the Beckfields Medical Centre.

 

The Clerk confirmed that the lights under the canopy outside the One Stop shop are the responsibility of the One Stop (Tesco) shop.

 

(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.

 

The Clerk reported that following the Parish Council’s letter to S.B.C. the Corporate Director of Children’s Education and Social Care Ann Baxter and Councillor Alex Cunningham have asked to attend a Parish Council meeting.

 

The Clerk informed that she has provided a number of possible dates in May for consideration and will finalise arrangements once a mutually agreeable date has been confirmed.

 

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

 

No further information to date.

 

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(e) Item 150 2005/2006 Ingleby Barwick Golf Academy.

 

Before any discussion on this item took place, Councillor R. Patterson declared a personal/non-prejudicial interest as he is a member of the Golf Academy.

 

The Clerk reported that she had sent a letter to S.B.C. requesting an update on how the situation with the lighting on the golf driving range, which had been reported as a hazard to drivers, was being monitored.

 

The Clerk noted receipt of a letter from the Environmental Health Unit Manager in response to the Parish Council’s concerns.

It was noted that the Unit has received 4 complaints regarding these lights including one from a local Ward Councillor, which were investigated by one of the Environmental Health Officers, who initially checked whether they had been operated in accordance with any imposed Planning conditions, which they were.

The Environmental Health’s involvement with the lights is to ensure that they do not cause nuisance to any residential premises either through planning conditions or enforcement of statutory nuisance legislation, which is shortly to include light nuisance.

However, the problem in this case was distraction to motorists on Queen Elizabeth Way and so lies outside their enforcement remit, being more an issue for the attention of the Highways division of the Council.

The complaints were referred to them and it is understood they investigated the issue but considered the lights did not pose a hazard to highway safety, however, they intended to monitor this over a period of time.

The Parish Council’s concerns have been passed to Highways for a response.

 

The Clerk noted receipt of a letter from Engineering and Transportation enclosing a copy of the response to Councillor K. Dixon and several local residents in respect of this item.  The response states that the level of illumination on the site is part of the planning conditions, and they are within the permitted light levels.  Furthermore, the Council’s street lighting officers have conducted a series of evening and early morning surveys along the route in both directions.  They confirm that, although the site certainly is visible from the highway, there is no undue glare from the development, which would cause a danger to motorists.  The situation will continue to be monitored.

                                                           

(f) Item 152 2005/2006 Ingleby Barwick Community Hall – Proposed Extension.

 

It was noted that following a request to developers asking for financial support for the proposed extension, to date a response has been received from Barratts and Bryants both declining to assist.

 

 

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(g) Item 153 2005/2006 Post Office Services, Ingleby Barwick.

 

The Clerk reported receipt of a letter in response to the Parish Council’s correspondence regarding the Ingleby Barwick Post Office branch.

It is assured that the Post Office has made in-depth enquiries on the Parish Council’s behalf regarding the belief that the above office is in need of increasing the size of the premises to accommodate the increased number of customers using the services, which they provide.

As the Parish Council will be aware the above office is a franchise of Post Office Ltd and therefore the Area Manager has liaised with their partner One Stop, regarding the concerns that have been raised.

The Area Manager is aware that Ingleby Barwick is a growing area of Stockton-on-Tees with many new roads, schools, housing etc.

After careful consideration and liaising with their multiple partner One Stop, both parties are satisfied that the above office provides an adequate service to the area and at present there are no plans to increase the size of the premises.  However, their multiple partner, One Stop has assured that they will continue to monitor the situation.

 

(h) Item 155 2005/2006 Ingleby Barwick Parish Council – Office Accommodation.

 

It was reported that the Clerk and Chairman had met with representative from Legal Services at S.B.C. to discuss the matter.

 

It is recommended that the Parish Council enter into a lease agreement, possibly 5 years, rather a 12 month licence, if agreeable with Robinson’s.  The Clerk is liaising with Robinson’s on the matter and is awaiting a response.

 

It was noted that the planning application, which incorporates a new separate entrance into Barwick Lodge has now been approved by S.B.C.

 

(i) Item 168 2005/2006 Dental Practices, Ingleby Barwick.

 

No further information to date.

 

210. MIDDLE ROAD, INGLEBY BARWICK – HUMPED TOUCAN CROSSING.

 

The Clerk reported receipt of a letter from S.B.C. with a draft report attached detailing the findings of the public consultation exercise undertaken regarding the road hump at the Toucan crossing on Middle Road, Ingleby Barwick and possible options with respect to its removal/retention.

 

 

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The recommendations being as follows:

 

-          The results of the public consultation exercise to be noted.

 

-          Approval be given to a pedestrian/vehicle survey at the crossing to determine the level of conflict and to a repeat public consultation exercise taking into account the changes to the road infrastructure and traffic patterns in Ingleby Barwick.

 

-          The local Ward Councillors and Parish Council to be informed of the decision.

 

Councillor Cook Cabinet Member for Development and Neighbourhood Services has indicated that he wishes the Local Ward Councillors/Parish Council views to be included in the final version of the report.

 

The Parish Council’s comments are requested.

 

The Chairman gave the residents attending the meeting with an interest in this item, the opportunity to raise any comments.

 

The residents indicated that they were also speaking on behalf of the occupants of a neighbouring property living in the vicinity of the humped crossing.

 

It was noted that there was no problem with the crossing itself, however the humped element has caused great concern and considerable nuisance since its implementation.  From 6 a.m. in the morning till late at night there is a continual vibration from buses crossing the hump.  General traffic and delivery vehicles including skips etc also cause a disturbance to residents.

The problems with car head lights flashing through the window of residents homes was also raised.

 

The residents expressed thanks to their IBIS Ward Councillors for their help and support on the matter.

 

A resident who had experienced similar problems with the nuisance of living in the vicinity of speed humps sympathised with those directly affected.

 

RESOLVED that the Parish Council submit the following comments:

 

The Parish Council has considered all of the information provide in the draft report detailing the findings of the public consultation exercise undertaken regarding the road hump at the Toucan crossing on Middle Road, Ingleby Barwick, and possible options with respect to its removal/retention.

 

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In view of the strong feelings of the residents living in the close proximity of the road hump and the impact it is having on their quality of life, this coupled with the fact that the necessity for a hump at the location is reduced, given the changes in the traffic flows on Middle Road in general, following changes to the infrastructure in Ingleby Barwick.  The Parish Council would therefore suggest that S.B.C. save on the repeat public consultation exercise and go ahead to initiate the removal of the hump.

It is noted however that the need for a safe crossing point is still essential and therefore the Toucan crossing should remain in place without the hump.

 

211. TESCO/MYTON PARK SHOPS – CCTV CAMERA.

The Clerk reported receipt of a copy of the quotation received by PC Stockley from Visual Security Systems for the provision of a CCTV camera at Tesco/Myton Shops.  The cost for the supply and erection of the camera is £10,117.38 excluding VAT and carriage.

 

212. CLEVELAND POLICE, NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING CONSULTATION MEETING.

The Clerk noted receipt of a letter from Cleveland Police inviting the Parish Council to become part of the Neighbourhood Policing consultation framework.

The meetings are to be held regularly throughout the year and will be hosted by Chief Inspector Gary Gamesby, head of Neighbourhood Policing and the local Ward Inspector.  They are scheduled to commence at 6 p.m. in the conference room at Stockton Police Station and should last about one hour.  The purpose is to engage in meaningful dialogue with councilors/parish councilors/key residents to ensure we are working together to make Stockton a better place to live, work and socialise.

The meetings will become more important as we move towards the local delivery of services in line with the Governments vision of having ‘true’ Neighbourhood Policing throughout England and Wales by April 2008.  The Chief Constable is fully committed to this style of policing, and indeed has agreed for Hartlepool to become one of the national Neighbourhood Policing pilot sites.

A schedule of meetings was enclosed, which because of numbers of attendees has been divided into representatives from;

 

Stockton North, South, East and West

Billingham East and West

Yarm, Ingleby Barwick and Thornaby

 

The first round of meetings will be used to meet and greet and set the framework for future meetings.

The dates set for Yarm, Ingleby Barwick and Thornaby, are as follows:

 

            27th April 2006,         21st July 2006,           5th October 2006.

 

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RESOLVED that the meeting on 27th April 2006 be attended by Councillors W. Feldon and Mrs I. Machin.

 

213. EGGLESCLIFFE PARISH COUNCIL, INVITATION TO ATTEND ANNUAL PARISH MEETING & CHAIRMAN’S SOCIAL EVENING ON THURSDAY 20TH APRIL 2006.

The Clerk reported receipt of an invitation to Egglescliffe’s Annual Parish Meeting & Chairman’s Social Evening on Thursday 20th April 2006 at Egglescliffe Community Centre on Durham Lane, Eaglescliffe, commencing at 7.30 p.m.

 

RESOLVED that Councillor W. Feldon represents the Parish Council at the meeting.

 

214. INGLEBY BARWICK COMMUNITY HALL – PARTITION WALL.

Receipt was noted of a letter from the Community Hall’s Management Committee informing that they have been looking at the condition of the Hall, which they operate and care for on the Parish Council’s behalf and have, on health and safety grounds decided that the partition wall should be reinstated.  As the Parish Council are aware the original folding wall was of the plastic concertina type which was very unsatisfactory and had to be removed as it became a danger to the hall users.

They have looked at various types of wall and have had some budget quotes from suppliers for a replacement which is top suspended only and is rigid when in position.  These quotes have been forward to the Parish Clerk.

It is understood that the purchasing of the wall is best carried out by the Parish Council as they are the ‘owners’ of the Hall.

They have not had formal quotations as yet but it is estimated that the total cost would be in the region of £5,000-£6,000.

On behalf of the Management Committee, the Parish Council is asked to consider providing this wall to improve both the safety and environment in the Hall.

 

The Clerk noted that the Parish Council has £9,000 allocated in their accounts to be used towards the Community Hall, £6,000 allocated in 2004/2005 and £3,000 in 2005/2006.

 

RESOLVED that the Parish Council agrees to support the request.  The Clerk to obtain formal quotes for the partition wall and report back to the Parish Council.

 

215. FINANCE:

 

(a) Parish Council Current Balance

The Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer circulated copies of the Parish Council’s current balance sheet, showing a balance of £ 137,391.08, which includes the precept amount of £97,000 for 2006/2007.

 

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