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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF INGLEBY BARWICK TOWN COUNCIL, HELD AT INGLEBY BARWICK COMMUNITY HALL, HARESFIELD WAY, INGLEBY BARWICK, ON WEDNESDAY 16TH JANUARY 2008, COMMENCING AT 7.15 P.M.

 

 

PRESENT:

 

Chairman/Town Mayor: Councillor Mrs I. Machin;

 

Vice Chairman/Deputy Town Mayor: Councillor W. Feldon;

 

Councillors: T.W. Bowman, Mrs G. Corr, Ms A. Hailes, Mrs J. Kirby, Mrs S. Larkin, J. Myers, Mrs J. White and D. Sanderson;

 

Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer: Paula M. Hall;

 

Keith Mathews, Parks and Greenspace Officer, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council;

 

Graeme Small, Neighbourhood Enforcement Service, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council;

 

Kelly Sleightholme, Ingleby Barwick Enforcement Officer;

 

Kelley Price, Reporter for the Evening Gazette.

 

1 Member of the public was present at the meeting.

 

 

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.

 

Apologies for absence were received from Town Councillors Alf Graham and Esther Harrington.

 

Apologies for absence were also received from Ward Councillors D. Harrington (Ingleby Barwick East) and Ward Councillor L. Narroway (Ingleby Barwick West).

 

Apologies for absence were received from Jamie McCann, Head of Direct Services, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council (S.B.C.).

 

 

 

 

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185. CODE OF CONDUCT – DECLARATION OF INTERESTS.

 

Councillor T.W. Bowman declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in the following item on the agenda, as he is a school governor at Whinstone Primary School:

 

Agenda item no. 9              -           Building Schools for the Future.

 

Councillor T.W. Bowman declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in the following item on the agenda, as his spouse is Treasurer on the Community Hall’s Management Committee:

 

Agenda item no. 16            -           Ingleby Barwick Community Hall, Opening Ceremony

                                                      for the New Extension.

 

Councillor W. Feldon declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in the following item on the agenda, as he is a school governor at St. Francis of Assisi CofE Primary School:

 

Agenda item no. 9              -           Building Schools for the Future.

 

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

 

Agenda item no. 16            -           Ingleby Barwick Community Hall, Opening Ceremony

                                                      for the New Extension.

 

Councillor Mrs J. Kirby declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in the following item on the agenda, as she is a school governor at Myton Park Primary School:

 

Agenda item no. 9              -           Building Schools for the Future.

 

Councillor Mrs J. Kirby declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in the following item on the agenda as she is employed by Charles Church:

 

Agenda item no. 19            -           Planning Applications, Ingleby Barwick.

 

Councillor Mrs I. Machin declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in the following item on the agenda, as she is a school governor at St. Therese of Lisieux RC Primary School:

 

Agenda item no. 9              -           Building Schools for the Future.

 

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

 

Agenda item no. 16            -           Ingleby Barwick Community Hall, Opening Ceremony

                                                      for the New Extension.

 

Councillor J. Myers declared a personal/non-prejudicial interest in relation to the following item on the Agenda, as he represents the Town Council on the Community Hall’s Management Committee:

 

Agenda item no. 16            -           Ingleby Barwick Community Hall, Opening Ceremony

                                                      for the New Extension.

 

No further interests were declared.

 

186. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

 

The Chairman adjourned the meeting at this point to allow public participation.

 

No matters were raised for discussion.

 

The Chairman introduced Kelley Price from the Evening Gazette and welcomed her to the meeting.

 

187. ROMANO PARK, INGLEBY BARWICK.

 

The Chairman introduced Mr K. Mathews from S.B.C. who gave a brief update on progress in respect of Romano Park.

 

It was noted that full outline planning permission was granted by S.B.C. Planning Committee in October 2007.  There had been several written objections received and one person spoke against the park, however the Planning Committee voted in favour of the proposal.  Detailed planning consent is still required in respect of the play area, fencing etc.

 

Mr Mathews informed that the detailed designs for the children’s play area are being worked up with 40 children from four of the primary schools in Ingleby Barwick.  The children are working with a Landscape architect from S.B.C. and an artist appointed by the children themselves.  The Project cost of £12,000 is being met by the PCT.  It is hoped that the draft designs will be completed by mid- March, with models, photographs etc produced by the children.  A consultation exercise will then take place.

 

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The programme of works for the park is being detailed by S.B.C., with specifications and tendering documents being drawn up by early summer.  Tendering will take place mid-summer allowing for starting on site in late summer.

 

The Probation Services are currently on site clearing the boundary hedgerow along Barwick Way, thinning out the bushes, removing the old fenceline, litter clearance etc.

 

Funding to date totaling £413,500 for Phase 1 of the project has been secured as follows:

 

    • £80,000 secured from Impetus Waste
    • £150,000 of S.B.C. capital approved by cabinet in September 2007.
    • £75,000 from Play England upped to £175,000, though confirmation will not be due until April 2008 at earliest and could affect start date as outlined above
    • £8,500 provided by Ward Councillors, Ingleby Barwick West, from their Small Environmental Improvements Budget

 

It was noted that a third party contribution of 10% (£8,000) is still required for the Impetus funding of £80,000.

 

A planning application has been submitted for two CCTV Cameras, the locations and types having been agreed with S.B.C. Security and Surveillance.  Assuming that the application is approved installation is expected to take place mid-April.  The costs being in the region of £25,000.

 

A discussion took place on the long term management and sustainability of the park, the projected costs of such are in the region of £50,000 per annum.  It was requested that the Town Council considers working in partnership with S.B.C. on the matter and that two members be elected to work with them to explore issues in more detail at a separate meeting.

 

The Town Council’s assistance was also requested in respect of applying for funding for capital/revenue projects to help develop the park which S.B.C. are ineligible to apply for.

 

The Chairman thanked Mr Mathews for his attendance.

 

 

 

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188. INGLEBY BARWICK ENFORCEMENT SERVICE.

The Chairman introduced Graeme Small, S.B.C. Neighbourhood Enforcement Service and Kelly Sleightholme, Ingleby Barwick Enforcement Officer.

 

The Clerk circulated the schedule of incidents dealt with by Ingleby Barwick Enforcement Service during the period 1st April 2007 to 16th January 2008, to Town Council members for their information.  The schedule notes the following:

 

Ingleby Barwick East 654 incidents of which

 

15 number 24 hour removal notices issued to nuisance vehicles

2 number 7 day removal notices issued to nuisance vehicles

5 immediate removal notices to dangerous obstructing

24 vehicles removed by owners under instruction

3 untaxed vehicle seized/removed

2 illegal occupations of public land challenged

1 successful eviction of public land 

 

1 Section 47 Notice issued to Commercial premises for waste presentation

1 fixed penalty notice for dog fouling

1 fixed penalty notice for fly posting

2 fixed penalty notices for litter

2 Fixed penalty notices for littering from vehicles

1 Prosecution for Environmental Offence

1 Prosecution pending for Environmental Offence

1 abandoned wheelie bin seized

1 abandoned shopping trolley seized

2 Removal of fly posters

3 Referrals to CFYA to remove combustible deposits

 

81 Street Verbal Warnings issued

39 As13 Anti Social Behaviour

28 Alcohol seizures

1 Emergency Task

1 Public Assistance advice

1 Public Assistance distress

1 Public Assistance motor vehicle

1 Public Assistance good will

1 Public Assistance Partner referral

5 positive feed back cards for service from public

4 Intelligence logs Police

1 Assist Police at Incident

1 Joint Operation Police

 

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Ingleby Barwick West 318 Incidents of which

 

18 number 24 hour removal notices issued to nuisance vehicles

3 immediate removal notices to dangerous obstructing

20 vehicles removed by owners under instruction

1 untaxed vehicle seized/removed

2 illegal occupations of public land challenged

1 successful eviction of public land 

 

1 Section 46 Notice issued to Domestic premises for waste presentation

1 fixed penalty notice for fly posting

3 fixed penalty notice for litter

2 Fixed penalty notices for littering from vehicles

1 Prosecution for Environmental Offence

1 Prosecution pending for Environmental Offence

1 abandoned shopping trolley seized

2 Removal of fly posters

3 Referrals to CFYA to remove combustible deposits

  

42 Street Verbal Warnings issued

13 As13 Anti Social Behaviour

13 Alcohol seizures

1 Emergency Task

2 Positive customer feed back cards

1 Public Assistance advice

1 Public Assistance Partner referral

2 Assist Police at Incident

 

Mr Small referred to the visit by Members to S.B.C. Security Centre on Saturday 12th January 2008 and informed that he was pleased to have been given the opportunity to show Members around the Centre and explain the set up.

 

The schedule of incidents was discussed.

 

It was noted that the Service Level Agreement which has been approved includes the required alterations requested by the Town Council as well as additional provision for dog fouling patrols which will be facilitated from the Neighbourhood Enforcement Officer Main team (at no cost) as part of the support and to ensure that the normal cover by the dedicated Ingleby Enforcement Team is not reduced.

 

Kelly Sleightholme gave an update on various incidents which the Ingleby Barwick Enforcement Service had dealt with or were still dealing with.

 

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Advertisement of the Ingleby Barwick Enforcement Service was referred to, posters to be provided and the contact numbers to be printed in the local magazines/free papers.

 

The Clerk informed that the Town Council’s public consultation article to ascertain the views of residents on the Ingleby Barwick Enforcement Service had been printed in the Evening Gazette, the Herald and Post, TS17 and was also on the TS17 website.  The article had been intended to be printed in the December edition of Gossip, however due to problems with deliveries the magazine did not go out.

 

Two very positive responses have been received from residents.

 

The Chairman thanked Mr Small and Ms Sleightholme for their attendance at the meeting.

 

189. MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF INGLEBY BARWICK TOWN COUNCIL HELD ON WEDNESDAY 19TH DECEMBER 2007.  AFTER CONSIDERATION, TO APPROVE THE SIGNATURE OF THE MINUTES BY THE PERSON PRESIDING AS A CORRECT RECORD.

 

RESOLVED that the Minutes be approved at the Town Council meeting scheduled to take place on Wednesday 23rd January 2008.

 

190. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING ON 19TH DECEMBER 2007.

 

No matters arising were raised for discussion.

 

191. OPEN SPACE AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, INGLEBY BARWICK.

 

The Clerk referred to the questionnaire received from S.B.C. in respect of ‘Open Space and Recreational Facilities’, which she had previously circulated to Members.

 

The Clerk collected the completed questionnaires from Members.

 

RESOLVED that the Clerk combines the comments received to form the Town Council’s response to the questionnaire. 

 

192. BUILDING SCHOOLS FOR THE FUTURE.

It was noted that Town Councillors W. Feldon and Mrs I. Machin, Ward Councillor R. Patterson, James Wharton prospective parliamentary candidate for Stockton South and the Clerk had met with Susan Julian from York Diocese on Tuesday 8th January 2008 to look at the All Saints Secondary School site. 

 

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The availability of land in the vicinity of the site for the possible expansion of the school was discussed and it was confirmed that ‘All Weather’ playing surface provision counts for twice its area.

 

It was noted that the meeting had been very useful.

 

Councillor W. Feldon informed that he had attended the Hearing on 15th January 2008 to consider the planning appeals by Nunthorpe Nurseries in respect of the land off Blair Avenue, Ingleby Barwick adjacent to All Saints Secondary School site.  It was noted that during the site visit Nunthorpe Nurseries had indicated that they would consider selling the land for additional secondary school provision if the finance could be found.  Morgan and Morgan also own part of the site as well as a piece of land to the rear of All Saints Secondary School

 

RESOLVED that the Clerk send a letter to S.B.C. stating that one of the options which has been put forward by the Town Council for consideration is the expansion of All Saints CofE Secondary School for which the land is currently available.  The approach from Nunthorpe Nurseries at the Hearing on 15th January 2008 to be highlighted and the Town Council to strongly recommend that the Borough Council contacts both Nunthorpe Nurseries and Morgan & Morgan as a matter of urgency with the view to purchasing the required land.

 

It was noted that if possible, representatives of the Town Council to meet with S.B.C. to discuss the proposal in more detail.

 

RESOLVED that the Clerk send a letter to both Nunthorpe Nurseries and Morgan and Morgan expressing an interest in their land and informing that the Town Council has written to S.B.C. to strongly recommend that they contact both parties as a matter of urgency with the view to discussing the purchase of the land.

 

193. INGLEBY BARWICK TOWN COUNCIL ELECTION COSTS MAY 2007.

 

It was noted that Town Councillors Mrs I. Machin, W. Feldon and the Clerk had met with a Solicitor from Jacksons C&PL on 14th January 2008 to discuss the matter.

It was provisionally agreed that the Solicitor would prepare a letter to S.B.C. where it would be stressed how it was considered that the sums claimed were totally unreasonable, how the Town Council had other more pressing uses for its limited funds and seek to encourage without prejudice discussions with a view to hopefully reaching an agreement within the Town Council’s budget without the need for further proceedings.

 

 

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Jacksons have forwarded a copy of the firm’s terms and conditions which have been circulated to the Chairman and Vice Chairman for their consideration.  Jacksons have carried out all works in considering the papers and meeting with representatives from the Town Council to date without charge.  They propose to limit the fee for finalising the letter and thereafter attending at a meeting with the Borough Council to £350 plus VAT.  The fees can be reviewed after the meeting if the matter has not been resolved. 

 

Reference was made to the article in the LCR January 2008, which notes a recommendation from the Councillors Commission in the recent local Government White Paper that “principal authorities should always cover the cost of administering elections in full without passing them down to the first tier”.  A copy of the article to be forwarded to Jacksons for their information.   

 

RESOLVED that the Town Council is in agreement to proceed with Jacksons as per their fee as indicated above and the firm’s terms and conditions.  The terms and conditions document to be signed accordingly.

 

RESOLVED that the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Clerk be delegated the responsibility to approve the Solicitors letter prior to it being forwarded to S.B.C.

 

194. TESCO, INGLEBY BARWICK – MEETING TO BE HELD ON MONDAY 4TH FEBRUARY 2008, AGENDA ITEMS REQUESTED.

 

RESOLVED that the following items be put forward for the agenda of the meeting on 4th February 2008:

 

-                      What are Tesco's plans in respect of expansion of the

store?

 

-                      CCTV Cameras - When is Tesco going to provide CCTV

                      cameras?

 

-                      Is it possible for one of the front door security staff to be

in attendance at the meeting? 

 

RESOLVED that the meeting be attended by Councillor W. Feldon and Councillor J. Myers.

 

195. STOCKTON RENAISSANCE, ANNUAL STOCKTON RENAISSANCE EVENT, WEDNESDAY 9TH JANUARY 2008, WYNYARD ROOMS, SAMSUNG – REPORT BACK.

It was noted that the event had been attended by Councillor Mrs I. Machin and Councillor W. Feldon.

 

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The programme included the following:

 

-                      A welcome to the Event by Councillor Kenneth Lupton, Chair of Stockton Renaissance

 

-                      Presentation: Key Achievements 2007 and Future Challenges for 2008 and Beyond – George Garlick, Chief Executive, S.B.C.

 

-                      Signing of the Compact between Stockton Renaissance and the Voluntary and Community Sector

 

-                      Presentation: Introduction and Context of the Local Area Agreement (LAA) 2008-2011 – Helen Dean, Assistant Chief Executive (Acting), S.B.C.

 

-                      Presentation: Working with Stockton on the Local Area Agreement, Government Office North East’s Role – Hilton Heslop (Guest Speaker), GONE

 

-                      Workshops

 

It was noted that the event had been informative.

 

Councillor W. Feldon informed that he had spoken with Hilton Heslop from GONE who was interested in the campaign for additional secondary school provision in Ingleby Barwick.

 

RESOLVED that the Clerk send a letter to Mr Heslop outlining the campaign and welcoming any support on the matter from GONE.

 

196. STOCKTON-ON-TEES BOROUGH COUNCIL, VALIDATION REQUIREMENTS FOR PLANNING APPLICATIONS – CONSULTATION DOCUMENT.

 

The Clerk noted receipt of a letter from S.B.C. advising that they have produced a List of Local Validation Requirements for Planning Applications.  Interested parties have the opportunity to view and comment on the documents.  The document outlines the proposed Local Validation Requirements for Planning Applications for S.B.C. which may be required to be submitted as part of a planning application with effect from 1st April 2008.

 

 

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This is aimed at lessening the ambiguity of what is classed as a valid planning application and enabling the Local Planning Authority to have sufficient information to confidently determine planning applications while offering a clear and detailed requirement from the outset in order to provide a fast and efficient service.

Public consultation ends on 31st January 2008.  All comments will be duly considered and reported to the Planning Committee for formal resolution and adoption of the List of Local Validation Requirements for Planning Applications prior to 1st April 2008.

 

The Clerk informed that she had circulated the information to Members prior to the meeting.

 

No comments were received from Members for submission to S.B.C.

 

197. STOCKTON-ON-TEES BOROUGH COUNCIL, ATTENDANCE AT THE TOWN COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 21ST NOVEMBER 2007 BY A MEMBER OF THE STANDARDS COMMITTEE.

 

The Clerk reported receipt of correspondence from S.B.C. informing that the Standards Committee received feedback from the Member concerned at its meeting on 13th December 2007. 

The Committee thanked the Clerk and the Town Council for facilitating the Member’s attendance at the meeting which was much appreciated.

The Member considered that Councillors’ conduct was good and that they treated each other and the Clerk with respect.  The Member was particularly impressed with the way the Vice-Chair handled the meeting and the business.

The Member considered that procedure rules appeared to be followed properly and that interests were declared appropriately and clearly.

The Member felt that although the public were given an opportunity to speak and that Councillors listened carefully to their comments, in one particular instance they were not particularly sympathetic to the issue raised and some Councillors were perhaps a little abrasive.  The Member observing did not, however, regard this to be a real problem and did not believe that any action was required.

 

RESOLVED that the comments be noted.

 

The Clerk also reported receipt of a letter from S.B.C. informing that as a result of visits to Town and Parish Council meetings undertaken by Standards Committee representatives over the past few months, it is apparent that not all Authorities follow the same practice regarding excluding members of the public and the declaration of interests.

 

 

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The Committee has, therefore, asked that a letter be circulated to all Town and Parish Clerks, so that a review of their Council’s relevant arrangements can take place and any necessary changes can be introduced.

As regards excluding members of the public, exclusions should be on the basis of one or more of the exempt categories of information set out in Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 and an appropriate resolution should be put and agreed by the Council.  Such a resolution might be “that the public and press be excluded from the meeting room during consideration of item… on the grounds that discussion of the item is likely to involve disclosure of exempt information under paragraph (e.g. 3 – information in relation to the financial or business affairs of any particular person) of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972”.

In relation to Councillors’ interests, the Committee considered it best practice for all Town/Parish Council agendas to include a specific item (after apologies) regarding “declaration of Interests”.

 

RESOLVED that the comments be noted.

 

198. BROADVIEW ENERGY LIMITED, PROPOSED WIND FARM – SMALL WIND FARM OF EIGHT OR LESS WIND TURBINES BETWEEN SEAMER AND HILTON.

 

The Clerk noted receipt of correspondence from Broadview Energy Limited informing that they have submitted a scoping document to both Hambleton and Stockton-on-Tees District Council, as they are considering developing a small wind farm of eight or less wind turbines between Seamer and Hilton.

The document outlines the scope of the proposed environment impact assessment which will cover various items such as:

 

·        Landscape and Visual Assessments

·        Ornithological & Ecological Survey

·        Noise Assessment

·        Hydrological Assessment

·        Archaeological Assessment

·        Transport & Infrastructure

·        Aeronautical Issues

·        Radio-communication & TV interference

·        Shadow Flicker

 

They are keen to consult with the local community, they have a dedicated website for the project www.seamerwindfarm.co.uk and also plan to hold public exhibitions in Spring 2008, following completion of some of the above assessments.

They would welcome the opportunity to meet with the Town Council to do a short presentation on the project.

 

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RESOLVED that the Clerk invite a representative from Broadview Energy Ltd to the February 2008 meeting of the Town Council.  The Clerk to contact Hilton Parish Council to ascertain if they would like to attend the meeting.

 

199. INGLEBY BARWICK COMMUNITY HALL – OPENING CEREMONY FOR THE NEW EXTENSION.

 

It was noted that the opening ceremony for the new extension is to take place at

10.00 am on Tuesday 5th February 2008.  The extension will be opened by the Town Mayor Councillor Irene Machin, Rok are providing a children’s entertainer between 10.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. and light refreshments will be served.

 

A discussion took place in respect of the plaque which is to be provided.

 

RESOLVED that the Clerk contact Rok to ascertain if it is their intention to supply the plaque.

 

200. COUNTY DURHAM AND CLEVELAND COUNTY TRAINING PARTNERSHIP – TRAINING EVENTS.

 

Receipt was noted of the following training events:

 

-                     Risk Management Training, the overall aim is for all Councils to receive risk management awareness training.  It will focus on raising awareness of the understanding of the basic principles of risk management, in the context of parish councils.  Thursday 7th February 2008, 9.45 for 10.00 am start at Committee Room 4 County Hall Durham.  The event is free although limited to 20, filled on a first come first served basis, one attendee per council.

 

-                     Information and Engagement Event – 30th January 2008 at County Hall Durham.                                                                   

 

-                     Community Engagement training session to be held in Committee Room 1B, County Hall Durham on 14th February 2008 10 am till 12 noon.  £30.00 per delegate.

 

201. FINANCE:

(a)  Town Council Current Balance Sheet

 

RESOLVED that this matter be considered at the meeting on Wednesday 23rd January 2008.

 

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(b) Accounts due for Payment

 

RESOLVED that this matter be considered at the meeting on Wednesday 23rd January 2008.

 

202. COMMUNITY FACILITIES.

 

Street Furniture – Dog Bins.

Nothing further to report.

 

Tree Planting

Awaiting information from S.B.C.

 

203. 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 Town Council in relation to the planning applications listed.

The Schedule indicates the current position of the planning applications.

 

A general discussion took place on the conversion of garages into habitable rooms which are now common practice in Ingleby Barwick.  Concerns were raised that this leads to more on-street parking causing congestion on the roads and footpaths.

 

204. COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION.

 

RESOLVED that the Town Council’s February article for publication includes the following:

 

-                     Secondary School Provision, Ingleby Barwick

-                     Ingleby Barwick Community Hall Extension

-                     Applications for Community Projects

 

205. CLERK’S REPORT AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

(a) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Technical Services Capital Works Newsletter – Receipt of letter enclosing a copy of the Technical Services Newsletter.  This details all major capital projects that the Technical Services Division will be working on throughout 2007/08, which includes Highways and Transportation schemes, New Building Programmes and Planned Building Maintenance together with Urban Design schemes.

 

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(b) Tees Valley Rural Community Council, Rural News – Receipt of the Rural News, December 2007.

 

(c) Ingleby Barwick Community Centre, Invoice – Receipt of invoice for the sum of £6.00 in respect of use of the Community Centre by the Town Council in November 2007.

 

(b) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Validation Requirements for Planning Applications – Receipt of correspondence.

                                                                                               

(c) Broadview Energy Limited, Proposed Wind Farm – Receipt of correspondence.

 

(d) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Attendance at the Town Council meeting held on 21st November 2007 by a Member of the Standards Committee – Receipt of correspondence.

 

(e) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Parish Council Precept – Receipt of letter requesting the Town Council’s precept requirements for the year 2008-2009.  For information the precept set for the previous year was £103,000 and the tax base was 6,153.91.  To assist the Town Council when setting the precept the tax base that has been calculated for next year is 6,338.74 (based on 98% collection rate).

The Town Council is requested to inform the Borough Council of their precept for next year before Friday 25th January 2008 to ensure that this will be included in the council tax setting for the authority.  A pro-forma and an envelope for return were enclosed.

 

(f) County Durham and Cleveland County Training Partnership – Receipt of information on forthcoming training events.

 

(g) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Town/Parish Council Meetings Procedures – Receipt of correspondence.

 

(h) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Temporary Closure of Public Footpath No. 10 Thornaby & Public Footpath No. 18, Ingleby Barwick – Receipt of notification that S.B.C. have made arrangements to temporarily close the above footpaths, due to the footbridge as shown on drawing No.H117/178 requires replacement, as it is currently unsafe and therefore in the interest of public safety it is deemed necessary to close this section of footpath.

This footpath will be closed for a period of no more than 6 months, and re-opened as soon as works have been carried out.  The proposed works are likely to be carried out this April/May.

 

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Alternative route will be signed from adopted footpath/cycleway, from the side of Thorn Tree Farm, and along Queen Elizabeth Way and Lowfields Avenue to rejoin Public Footpath No.10.

                                                                                                           

(i) Ingleby Barwick Library, Newsletter and Bookheads Review – Receipt of correspondence enclosing ‘Ingleby Barwick Library Newsletter January 2008’ and the Bookheads reviews.

 

(j) St. Francis of Assisi Church Centre, Invoice – Receipt of invoice for use of the Church Hall by the Town Council in December 2007, totaling £37.50.

 

(k) Response to Ingleby Barwick Enforcement Service Consultation – Receipt of response from a resident stating that the scheme should be kept going and they for one household would be pleased to help fund it for the weekly modest cost of 13p.

 

(l) IBIS Ingleby Community Forum – Receipt of notification that following the meeting with Tesco on 28th November 2007, it was agreed to have regular bi-monthly meetings.  The next one is to be held at Tesco on Monday 4th February 2008 at 9.30 a.m.  Any items for the agenda are requested before 31st January 2008.

 

(m) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Member Misconduct Allegations, New Duties for Local Standards Committees – Receipt of correspondence informing that the Department for Communities and Local Government ("CLG") has issued a consultation paper regarding the new role of standards committees proposed in the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.

The intention is to introduce the new arrangements on 1 April this year.  From then on, standards committees will receive and consider complaints about members' conduct, rather than the Standards Board, as at present.

Before finalising and introducing the new regime, CLG is consulting on the proposals. A copy of the covering letter to local authorities was attached.  The consultation paper can be accessed at http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/laconduct.

The closing date for comments on the paper and the proposals it outlines is 15 February 2008.

The Council's Standards Committee, which will be considering the paper at its meeting on 24 January 2008.

 

(n) Society of Local Council Clerks, ‘The Clerk’ magazine – Receipt of the Clerk magazine, January 2008.

 

(o) Clerks and Councils Direct – Receipt of the ‘Direct’ magazine, January 2008.

 

 

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(p) NALC LCR Journal – Receipt of the LCR, January 2008.

 

(q) Lowfields Avenue, Ingleby Barwick, Bus Shelter Adjacent to the Teal Arms, Query from Resident – Query from a resident with regard to the lack of a bus shelter at the bus stop adjacent to the Teal Arms.  It was noted that a number of bus shelters have been erected on Lowfields Avenue however no shelter has been provided at this location.  The resident states that the bus stop is well used for picking up and dropping off.

 

(r) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Bus Shelter Adjacent to the Teal Arms, Lowfields Avenue, Ingleby Barwick – Receipt of response from S.B.C. in respect of the enquiry from the Town Council to ascertain as to whether a bus shelter is to be provided at this location.

 

S.B.C. has informed that this site was not identified as one with substantial passenger boardings and was not put on the list of sites requiring shelters when the route of the X6 was originally assessed.

The route assessment included site visits and involved Member consultation. Stockton Council is aware that bus shelters can be a source of considerable discontent and controversy with local residents. They therefore adopt a cautious approach when dealing with requests and need to involve ward Members and engage in consultations with residents living near to proposed sites. 

They are presently dealing with a request from a resident to move or remove the shelter on the opposite side of the road, which was installed only last year.

A request for two more shelters in Ingleby Barwick has already been received from Ward Members and is additional to new shelters proposed to serve recent housing developments in Ingleby Barwick. These have been placed on the council's list of sites for new shelters.

Any proposed new sites for shelters must involve consultation with Ward Members. Consultations with local residents are also required before a site is put on the list for shelters.

It is noted that there is already a substantial list of sites that have been through this process and where installation is to be programmed when funding becomes available.

If the request is supported by Ward Members and consultations are successful, then the Lowfields site can be added to the new shelter list.

 

It is noted that the original assessment for this bus stop was that far more people used it to alight rather than board buses - so the need for a shelter on the Teal Arms side of Lowfields was considered to be considerably less than at the stop opposite, where far more people wait to board buses.  They do ask operators to identify stops that might need shelters every year because they should be able to identify sites more readily.

 

Chairman………………………………

 

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(s) Lowfields Avenue, Ingleby Barwick, Bus Shelter Adjacent to the Teal Arms, Comments from Ward Councillor – Given the Anti social behaviour problems at Greenside shops, they would be cautious in this area.  If the Borough Council does decide to proceed with consultations, comments would be welcome from our Ward Police Officers and Neighbourhood Enforcement Service together with views from residents and nearby businesses.  Whilst it is appreciated that another bus stop exists on the opposite side of the road, it is a little further up the road, not immediately in front of the shops.

 

(t) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Private Sector Housing Division – Receipt of correspondence informing that the Private Sector Housing Division offers a wide choice of services that residents within the Parish may be unaware of.

Their role is to improve the physical condition and management of Private Sector Housing within the borough and they do this by providing help and advice to landlords, tenants and owner occupiers across a variety of housing related issues such as:

 

·       Empty properties
·       Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO’s)
·       Identifying, inspecting and improving poor housing conditions within the Private Rented Sector, for example dampness, disrepair or unsafe environments

·       Providing financial assistance to home owners for home improvements and disabled adaptations

 

Their team works with all property types; houses, flats and Houses in Multiple Occupation such as Bed and Breakfast establishments etc.  Their officers are able to visit people in their own homes to discuss problems they may be having.

As part of their drive to make people in the borough more aware of the services that they provide they have produced a poster which contains an overview of what they do, along with full contact details.  Any help with advertisement of the service would be appreciated.

 

 

DATE OF NEXT MEETING OF INGLEBY BARWICK TOWN COUNCIL.

 

The next meeting of the Town Council is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 23rd January 2008 at Ingleby Barwick Community Hall, Haresfield Way, Ingleby Barwick, commencing at 7.15 p.m.

 

 

 

Chairman………………………………

 

 

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The next monthly meeting of the Town Council is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 20th February 2008 at Ingleby Barwick Community Hall, Haresfield Way, Ingleby Barwick, commencing at 7.15 p.m. .

 

 

 

 

Chairman……………………………..                    Clerk……………………………..

 

 

 

 

Date………………………..                                     Date………………………

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINUTES

 

OF THE

 

MEETING

 

OF

 

INGLEBY BARWICK TOWN COUNCIL

 

HELD ON

 

WEDNESDAY 16TH JANUARY 2008

 

AT

 

INGLEBY BARWICK COMMUNITY HALL

HARESFIELD WAY

INGLEBY BARWICK

 

 

 

 

PREPARED BY

PAULA M. HALL

CLERK TO THE COUNCIL