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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 18TH JUNE 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, A. Graham, Mrs J. Kirby, Mrs S. Larkin, Mrs J. White and D. Sanderson;

 

Ward Councillors:

 

Ingleby Barwick East        A. Larkin;

 

Ingleby Barwick West       K. Dixon;

                                                R. Patterson;

 

Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer: Paula M. Hall;

 

Councillor K. Lupton, Leader Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council;

 

Councillor T. Laing, Cabinet Member Corporate and Social Inclusion, Chairman Parish Council Liaison Forum, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council;

 

Mr K. Mathews, Parks and Greenspaces Officer, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council;

 

Mr J. Wharton, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Stockton South;

 

Mr S. Duffield, Ingleby Barwick Enforcement Officer;

 

3 Members of the public were present at the meeting.

 

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.

 

Apologies for absence were received from Town Councillors Ms A. Hailes, Mrs E. Harrington and J. Myers.

 

Apologies for absence were also received from Ward Councillor D. Harrington (Ingleby Barwick East).

 

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29. 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. 4 and 11            -           Building Schools for the Future.

 

Councillor T.W. Bowman declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in the following item on the agenda, as he designs the posters for the competition and the certificates for the successful gardens:

 

Agenda item no. 14                        -           Ingleby Barwick Garden Competition 2008.

 

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. 4 and 11            -           Building Schools for the Future.

 

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. 4 and 11            -           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 a school governor at Myton Park Primary School:

 

Agenda item no. 4 and 11            -           Building Schools for the Future.

 

No further interests were declared.

 

30. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

 

The Chairman invited Mr S. Duffield, Ingleby Barwick Enforcement Officer to address the meeting.

 

Mr Duffield provided Members with an update of incidents that the Ingleby Barwick Enforcement Service had dealt with over the last 6 weeks, which included the following:

 

-                      Issue of over 100 24 hour notices on vehicles causing an obstruction

-                      1 sect 46 issued to resident placing black bags out on the wrong day

 

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-                      35 seizures from minors

-                      Provided assistance to the Police

-                      2 fires

-                      4 flyposting

-                      3 graffiti in underpasses

-                      5 litter fines

-                      1 FPN car

-                      6 issues reported to Care For Your Area

-                      2 officers obstructed by members of the public

-                      1 untaxed vehicle

-                      20 verbal warning

-                      80 incidents of anti social behaviour

-                      10 dog fouling incidents

-                      20 AS13 forms issued

-                      1 officer nearly ran over by resident

 

Mr Duffield outlined the procedure for the issue of 24 hour notices and also commented on the fire incidents.

 

Mr Duffield was thanked for his attendance and left the meeting.

 

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

 

The following matter was raised but not discussed as the item was to be considered later in the meeting.  The Town Council had already stated on the agenda that the public and press would be excluded from the meeting room during consideration of the item because of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted.

 

            -           Election costs May 2007.

 

31. COUNCILLOR KEN LUPTON, LEADER OF STOCKTON-ON-TEES BOROUGH COUNCIL.

Councillor K. Lupton had recently sent a letter to the Town Council in respect of attending one of their future meetings.  The Clerk had then invited Councillor Lupton to this meeting which he had kindly agreed to attend with Councillor T. Laing.

 

The Chairman Councillor Mrs I. Machin invited Councillor Lupton to address the meeting.

 

Councillor Lupton introduced himself as Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council (S.B.C.) and thanked the Town Council for the opportunity to attend this meeting.  It was noted that he was hoping to attend Parish/Town Council meetings in the Borough to discuss significant items relative to their areas.

 

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The following matters were discussed:

 

Building Schools for the Future (BSF)

 

Councillor Lupton gave a brief outline of the issues involved and what the situation is to date.  Reference was made to the initial consultation and the number of pupils being bussed off Ingleby Barwick to schools in the surrounding area. 

 

The initial Master Plan for Ingleby Barwick was noted.

 

Councillor Lupton stated that S.B.C.’s BSF Strategy for Change Part 1 sets out in outline what the Council plans to do to transform secondary education through BSF.  The proposals include the following:

 

-                      All Saints Church of England School enlarged to 900 places

-                      Conyers School 900 places

-                      Egglescliffe School 1050 places

 

It was noted that money for BSF will be delivered in two waves of investment starting in 2010 and 2014, with building starting a year or so later.

 

The first wave will cover the two Academies and Bishopsgarth, Grangefield, Ian Ramsey, Our Lady & St. Bede’s, The Bishopton Centre and Westlands.

 

The second wave will cover All Saints, Billingham Campus, Conyers, Egglescliffe, St Michael’s and St Patrick’s.

 

Councillor Lupton noted  that he had met with Councillor R. Patterson and Councillor W. Feldon to discuss the figures in respect of the area of land at All Saints School.  He had then challenged the figures with officers at S.B.C.  It was confirmed that the site can only accommodate a school of 900 places taking in part of Romano Park.  This had also been clarified at a meeting with Partners for Schools.

 

The Joint Strategy Unit statistics were referred to.

 

The importance of S.B.C.’s scheme getting into the Governments programme was highlighted.

 

A general discussion took place on the proposed changes in education and what it would mean to both schools and pupils.

 

It was noted that the public consultation will go to press in the coming days.

 

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It was stated that S.B.C. are aware of the concerns in respect of the number of children being bussed off Ingleby Barwick.  It was noted however that pupils have access to three good schools in performance terms and nothing would be done to cause a detrimental effect to any of the schools.

 

Councillor Lupton indicated that S.B.C. officers are prepared to go through figures with Members to clarify any concerns in respect of what size school could be provided at All Saints.  A meeting to be arranged accordingly.

 

Concerns were raised with Councillor Lupton in respect of the Health and Safety issue of bussing the large numbers of pupils off the estate, problems with the route i.e. Leven Bank and also the difficulty pupils have attending after school activities.  A discussion took place on the matter.

 

A discussion took place on the optimum size of a secondary school and various views were expressed.

 

During discussions reference was made to the meetings with government officers in respect of the BSF proposals.  It was indicated that the documentation recording the challenges made, numbers, calculations etc had all now been ratified by Government and could be provided. 

 

Councillor Lupton referred to the Governments criteria in respect of BSF and the importance for S.B.C. to ensure its scheme gets into the BSF programme.

 

It was suggested to Councillor Lupton that S.B.C. should look to find a way to get reservations in with their submission to cover changes in the future.

 

It was indicated to Councillor Lupton that Ingleby Barwick not only warrants the increase in places at All Saints but also requires a new school given the projected number of pupils in the future.

 

Reference was made to the unsuitableness of the proposed new site at Allen’s West for Egglescliffe School.

 

It was noted that no feedback has been received from S.B.C. in respect of officers looking into the availability of land for the siting of a new school.

 

A general discussion took place on the BSF process.

 

 

 

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Future Development of Ingleby Barwick

It was noted that Persimmon Homes have outline planning permission for development of Villages 6.  Further Reserved Matters applications are awaited.  Development of Village 5 is progressing.  A general discussion took place.

 

It was indicated that Tesco are no longer interested in expanding the store.

 

Youth Cafι

It was noted that 3 to 4 sites have been identified for siting of the prefabricated modular building.  These will be consulted on in the near future.

 

The Rings, Roman Villa Site (Interpretation)

It was noted that a suitable design for the structure is currently being worked on.  The Town Council will then be consulted.

 

Beckfields Shopping Centre – Problems with litter

Councillor Lupton informed that he had spoken with Care For Your Area on the matter.  It was noted that there is no legislation which they can currently use to put pressure on the owners as the shopping area is not an environmental issue.

The possibility of bringing in voluntary units/community workers was raised.

 

Care For Your Area

Appreciation was highlighted for the work in Ingleby Barwick in respect of grass cutting and litter removal.  The two street cleansing operatives who work in Ingleby Barwick were praised for their hard work and commitment.

 

Tree Planting and Bulb Planting

Appreciation was given for Stockton Council’s partnership work with the Town Council which has provided excellent results.

 

On a final note Councillor Lupton expressed the importance of developing relationships and working together for the benefit of the Community.

 

The Chairman Councillor Mrs I. Machin thanked both Councillor Lupton and Councillor Laing for their attendance at the meeting.

 

32. ROMANO PARK, INGLEBY BARWICK.

 

The Chairman invited Mr K. Mathews to address the meeting.

 

Mr Mathews thanked Members for the opportunity to attend the meeting to give an update.

 

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It was noted that the Landscape For Play, Phase 1 of Romano Park is progressing.

 

It was noted that PCT funding had enabled an artist to be appointed to work with children from the local schools.  Four schools provided 10 children each.

Busses were hired for the children to visit existing parks in the area to give them inspiration to design an artistic masterplan for Romano Park.  The ideas provided by the children were then given to the landscape architect.

 

A concept plan and a picture of an artistic cubic structure made from wood were circulated to Members for their information.

 

More information can be found at the following website: www.romanoplay.com

 

A flyer was distributed to houses in April 2008 followed by a public exhibition to which 80 people turned up.  Positive feedback was received from everyone.

 

To date £435,000 funding is in place, made up as follows:

 

            £ 150,000      -           Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

            £ 175,000      -           Play England

            £ 110,000      -           Impetus Environmental Trust

 

Mr Mathews thanked the Town Council for their support and commitment by agreeing to be the third party contributor to secure the funding from Impetus.

 

Mr Mathews informed Members that the project does not follow the normal tendering process.  An ‘expression of interest’ advertisement has been placed in professional journals for a ‘design and build contract’.  There is a pre qualification questionnaire of 100 pages to complete.

 

Twenty six have been returned which they will go through and narrow down to 5 or 6 companies.  They will then go out to tender, giving a budget and design brief.  A contractor will then be chosen.

 

Mr Mathews informed that the children are still involved with the project.  The 5 or 6 chosen companies to tender will give a presentation to all involved including the children. 

 

Planning permission reserved matters have also to be determined.

 

 

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Following the above process, it is hoped that the order for the works can be placed before Christmas with work on site possibly starting in the New Year.  It is hoped for completion by Spring.

 

It was noted that the cubic wooden sculpture which had been designed by the artist working with the children would be incorporated into the ‘Landscape For Play’.  It was confirmed that fire protection was included.

 

It was suggested that consideration now be given to setting up a group to look for funding.

 

RESOLVED that Councillor Mrs I. Machin, Councillor W. Feldon and the Clerk work with Keith Mathews to pursue funding options.  The Clerk to arrange a meeting date accordingly.  

 

Mr Mathews was thanked for his hard work and commitment in taking the project forward.

 

Mr Mathews was thanked for his attendance and left the meeting.

 

33. MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL MEETING OF INGLEBY BARWICK TOWN COUNCIL HELD ON WEDNESDAY 21ST MAY 2008.  AFTER CONSIDERATION, TO APPROVE THE SIGNATURE OF THE MINUTES BY THE PERSON PRESIDING AS A CORRECT RECORD.

 

The Minutes of the Annual Meeting of Ingleby Barwick Town Council held on Wednesday 21st May 2008, having been circulated to Members, were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman at the meeting, accordingly.

 

34. MINUTES OF INGLEBY BARWICK ANNUAL TOWN MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 28TH MAY 2008.  CONSIDERATION TO BE GIVEN TO ACCEPTANCE OF THE MINUTES AS A TRUE RECORD ONLY, AS THE MINUTES WILL BE FORMALLY APPROVED AND SIGNED AT NEXT YEARS  MEETING.

 

The Minutes of Ingleby Barwick Annual Town Meeting held on Wednesday 28th May 2008, having been circulated to Members, were confirmed as a true record and will be formally approved and signed at next years meeting.

 

 

 

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35. TO APPOINT THE FOURTH MEMBER TO THE PLANNING APPLICATIONS ADVISORY GROUP (THREE MEMBERS ALREADY APPOINTED).

 

It was noted that as Councillor Mrs S. Larkin had not been in attendance at the May meeting when this matter had been considered, it was agreed that the fourth position be deferred to allow Counciloor Mrs S. Larkin the opportunity to express an interest in retaining the position should she so wish.

 

RESOLVED that Councillor Mrs S. Larkin be re-appointed to the Planning Applications Advisory Group for the forthcoming year.

 

36. APPOINTMENT OF REPRESENTATIVES.

 

RESOLVED that the following Members be appointed as the Town Council’s representatives:

 

(a) Cleveland Local Councils Association (1 of the 2 Members already appointed)

 

RESOLVED that Councillor Mrs S. Larkin be re-appointed as the second representative for the forthcoming year.

           

(b) Eastern Area Transport Strategy (1)           -           Mrs E. Harrington.                

 

As Councillor Mrs E. Harrington had not been in attendance at the May meeting when this matter was considered, it was agreed that the appointment be deferred to allow Mrs Harrington the opportunity to express an interest in retaining the position should she so wish.           

                                                                                   

It was noted that Councillor Mrs Harrington had submitted her apologies for this meeting however the Clerk confirmed that she had expressed an interest in retaining this position.

 

RESOLVED that Councillor Mrs Harrington be re-appointed to the position for the forthcoming year.

 

37. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MEETING ON 21ST MAY 2008.

 

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

 

No comments were raised.

 

 

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(b) Item 231 2007/2008 – Aeroplane Crash at Ingleby Mill, Memorial.

 

No further information to date.

 

(c) Item 26 (b) 2008/2009 - North Tees Primary Care Trust, Phlebotomy Clinic Ingleby Barwick.

 

The Clerk informed that she had sent a follow up letter to North Tees Primary Care Trust suggesting that they investigate the possibility of them using a room at either Barwick Medical Centre where apparently the dentist room may be available or Barley Fields Medical Centre.

 

(d) Item 26 (v) 2008/2009 - Cleveland Army Cadet Force, Invitation to Official Opening of the Ingleby Barwick Detachment on Thursday 29th May 2008

 

It was noted that the event had been very good and well attended.  The Army Cadet Force had expressed their appreciation for use of the Community Hall for their activities.

 

(e) 285 (d) 2007/2008 – Cleveland Police, Neighbourhood Policing Consultation Meetings 2008.

 

The Clerk confirmed to Members that the next Neighbourhood Policing Consultation meeting is to be held in the conference room at Stockton Police Station on 17th July 2008 commencing at 6 p.m.

 

38. BUILDING SCHOOLS FOR THE FUTURE.

 

The Clerk confirmed to Members that the vote of no confidence which was passed in Councillor Alex Cunningham, Cabinet Member - Children and Young People and S.B.C.’s Education Department on the handling of the BSF issue at the Town Council meeting in May, was recorded in the minutes only at this point in time.  No written submission has been made to S.B.C.         

 

It was noted that Councillor Mrs I. Machin, Councillor W. Feldon and the Clerk are to meet with Mr Mann, Headteacher at All Saints Secondary School on Thursday 19th June 2008.

 

A discussion took place on the figures which had recently been provided by S.B.C. officers stating that the maximum size All Saints could be is 900 taking in part of Romano Park.  Members have disputed the calculations and await the meeting with S.B.C. officers to go through the figures.

 

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It was reiterated that as well as expanding All Saints, Ingleby Barwick also warrants another secondary school given the projected pupils numbers.

 

It was questioned as to what challenges had actually been made.  Evidence of this is required.

 

The possibility of getting a front bench spokesman to Ingleby Barwick was raised and well received.  This was to be pursued.

 

Councillor Patterson informed that he would go through the regulations to ascertain if there was anything which we could use to assist the campaign for additional secondary school provision in Ingleby Barwick.

 

39. INGLEBY BARWICK ENFORCEMENT SERVICE UPDATES.

 

The Clerk referred to the regular updates received from Ingleby Barwick Enforcement officers which she had circulated to Members previously.

 

40. INGLEBY BARWICK TOWN COUNCIL OFFICE – SIGNS.

 

The Clerk noted that she had received written notification from S.B.C. that planning permission for the proposed signs was not required.

 

An order has been placed with Mascot for the signs which will be erected week commencing 23rd June 2008.

 

41. INGLEBY BARWICK GARDEN COMPETITION 2008.

 

The Clerk informed that she had contacted Wyvale who have taken over Peter Barratts to see if they would continue to sponsor the garden competition.  Unfortunately they have declined to do so for this year’s competition but may reconsider next year.

 

The Clerk stated that she has approached the other garden centres in the area including Arcadia, Maynards and Cherryhill who have all declined to sponsor the competition.

 

It was noted that the cost of the prize vouchers, if kept the same as in previous years would be £ 255.00 plus £ 30 for trophies.

 

The Clerk has submitted the article advertising the competition to all of the local papers/magazines.  The closing date is Monday 14th July 2008.

 

 

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The Clerk has approached S.B.C. to ascertain if they would judge the competition.  A response is awaited.

 

RESOLVED that the Clerk writes to B & Q to see if they would be interested in providing some prize vouchers for the competition.

 

42. BROADVIEW ENERGY LIMITED, SEAMER WIND FARM.

 

It was noted that Broadview Energy Ltd., had held several public exhibitions at the beginning of June.  A public exhibition was held at Whinstone Primary School, Ingleby Barwick on Monday 2nd June 2008.

 

Councillor Mrs I. Machin, Councillor W. Feldon and the Clerk had attended the exhibition and gave a brief report back.  It was noted that Broadview give the Community in the region of £ 2,000 per MW/year.  Seamer Wind Farm would therefore generate £ 30,000 per year for the Community.

 

43. SURE START, OFFICIAL OPENING OF BARLEY FIELDS CHILDREN’S CENTRE 6TH JUNE 2008.

 

It was noted that the event had been very good and well attended.  The facility will provide various activities.

 

44. STOCKTON-ON-TEES BOROUGH COUNCIL, EASTERN AREA TRANSPORT STRATEGY 2008/09 – CONSIDERATION TO BE GIVEN TO CROSSING STUDIES AT LOWFIELDS AVENUE AND BECKFIELDS AVENUE.

 

The Clerk noted that two of the items put forward by the Town Council for the Parish Council Liaison Forum were for safe crossing points on Lowfields Avenue/Broom Hill and Beckfields Avenue to be investigated.  Unfortunately these two locations were not identified for study in the current financial year and were not selected by the Eastern Area Transport Group at the meeting in May.  However S.B.C. are liaising with the Town Council and Eastern Area Transport Group for this work to come forward should one of the selected schemes prove impractical.

 

S.B.C. have informed that the £ 25,000 funding through the Eastern Area Transport Group is now committed.  Ingleby Barwick has £ 10,500 funding for three Speed Indicator Devices (SID’S) and £ 1,500 funding for 30 mph speed limit on Myton Way.  The remaining £ 13,000 has gone to Thornaby projects.

 

 

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The Town Council is requested to confirm whether or not there is a view that one SID could be dropped in favour of the requested crossing studies.  It is suggested that S.B.C. may be able to fund one of the SID’s from another budget.

 

A general discussion took place on the matter.

 

RESOLVED that the Clerk replies to S.B.C. informing that the Town Council is keen to have the crossings studies at both Lowfields and Beckfields undertaken, however they would not want any of the SID's already agreed, dropped in favour of this.

As noted in the correspondence from S.B.C., it is stated that it may be possible to fund one of the SID's from one of their other budgets, which Members are in favour of progressing.

 

45. STOCKTON-ON-TEES BOROUGH COUNCIL, PARISH COUNCIL LIAISON FORUM MONDAY 16TH JUNE 2008 – REPORT BACK.

The Town Council received the following responses to the items raised for discussion:

 

  • Secondary School Provision, Ingleby Barwick This matter was not taken to the Forum for discussion as the relevant officer would not be attending the meeting.  A written response was received from S.B.C. which states as follows:

 

The outcome of consultation on possible options for school organisation under Building Schools for the Future (BSF) was reported to Cabinet on 11th February 2008.  An independent analysis of the responses from the South of the Borough area included:

(a)   185 people suggested another school at Ingleby Barwick

(b)   75 suggested increasing the size of All Saints School

(c)   a further 77 people asked for more school places without specifying a method

(d)   and 50 people asked for an end to transporting pupils by bus from Ingleby Barwick to schools in Yarm and Eaglescliffe.

 

The report to Cabinet included recommended options for inclusion in a draft Strategy for Change document for further discussion with government agencies.  One of these recommendations was that the enlargement of All Saints School to at least 750 should be discussed with the Diocese of York.  The present site of All Saints could accommodate up to 750 students if the building were extended.  Any greater enlargement would require additional land in order to comply with regulations on the minimum area required for playing fields.  The Cabinet report stated that if a feasible and affordable site for another secondary school became available within the timeframe of the BSF projects, the options would then be re-appraised.

 

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One area of land within Council ownership in Ingleby Barwick is the area currently earmarked for the Romano Park development.  All Saints School could be further extended if a section of the Romano Park land were identified as playing field space for the school.  This would allow the capacity of the school to be increased to 900.  This option has been suggested to the government agencies.

 

The Borough Council expects a formal response from government in early June.  When that is received further consultation will take place before a final Strategy for Change document is submitted to government for formal appraisal.   

 

Prior to the meeting further information was supplied by S.B.C. showing calculations for All Saints.

 

  • Lowfields Avenue/Broom Hill and Beckfields Avenue, Safe Crossing Points The response to this matter has already been discussed.

 

  • Old Thornaby Airfield Block Houses in Thornaby Wood The buildings are not currently covered by any protected status they are however 2 World War II pill boxes and are important structures that should be retained.

They are rare survivors of a very unusual design of which these are the only 2 of this particular type out of over 90 pill boxes listed in the Tees Historic Environment Record.

These along with a number of other surviving airfield buildings form an important element in the history and heritage of Thornaby, in particular the airfield.  

            Tees Archaeology have produced an assessment of the whole airfield and have

           also produced a briefing document for the pill boxes.

            They see them as rare survivals of this type and feel it is important that their

            long term future is secured.

On the back of the brief there have been discussions with parks and countryside and highways in terms of conserving and interpreting these boxes to make them a feature and protect them from further vandalism.  The land is owned by highways but managed by parks and countryside.

This has not yet moved forward due to staffing issues as well as the sensitivities in Thornaby as the scheme would involve community involvement to access funding.  However, this is something that S.B.C. is keen to progress and is in the Tees Archaeology forward plan for this year.  With Thornaby Town Hall gradually moving forward this is also a less sensitive issue.

They would be happy with short term measures to secure the boxes whilst they develop proposals for their long term use (this is connected to Thornaby Woods and therefore the River Tees project) but would strongly resist any proposals for removal or demolition which has been suggested in the past, as would Tees Archaeology.

 

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An officer has been to inspect these buildings, and will be patrolling on a regular basis.

 

  • Police Helicopter Service in the North East S.B.C referred to the report in the evening gazette on the 24th May 208 which stated the following:

 

Cleveland Police will be ready next March to take off with its own helicopter, says the chairman of Cleveland police Authority.

Dave McLuckie said going it alone with an air support unit will cost an extra £500,000 but that will not hit front-line policing.

Cleveland joined forces with Durham and Northumbria in 1997 to operate a regional air support unit. Cleveland pays about £700,000 a year towards the cost of the two helicopter unit based at Durham Tees Valley Airport and Newcastle Airport.

But Durham and Northumbria wanted to reduce it to just one aircraft.  Cleveland opposed that idea, fearing the helicopter would be based at Newcastle.

Durham and Northumbria have said they will put out of the consortium in March.

Now Cleveland says it will go it alone.

Cllr McLuckie said Cleveland wanted to continue the current arrangements but at a meeting of chiefs from the three police authorities on Tuesday it was clear Durham and Northumbria wanted just one helicopter which could be based at Newcastle.

“Cleveland cannot sign up to that, it negates Cleveland almost entirely,” said Cllr McLuckie.

Durham and Northumbria police authorities were being asked to start immediately the process of distributing the air support unit’s assets.

“We will get our fair share of resources in that process and we will have our own air support ready for March 31,” said Cllr McLuckie.

“We will look to various options to help provide this service.  We will be talking to Government ministers and we are looking at some commercial options to generate money.

“We will also have talks with North Yorkshire about offering them a service.  We will provide air support to the people of Cleveland and it will not be to the detriment of front-line policing.”

Sean Price, Cleveland’s Chief Constable, said having one helicopter based at Newcastle for the whole region would be “absolutely useless” for Cleveland.

“It would not meet the needs of our officers or the people of Teesside,” he said.

Deputy Chief Executive of Northumbria Police Authority, Maureen Kesteven, said: “Last year the three forces carried out a comprehensive review of air support. It concluded the present arrangement of two helicopters was no longer necessary and that one helicopter could provide the correct level of air support.”

 

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Any further concerns regarding this can be taken up if required via a written question to SBC representative on the Police Authority (Cllr Kirton) which could be considered at the next full Council meeting on 2nd July.

 

  • Development at Ingleby Barwick This matter was not taken to the Forum for discussion as the relevant officer would not be attending the meeting.  A written response was received from S.B.C. which states as follows:

 

The housing figures quoted previously are as a result of the Strategic Housing

Land Availability Assessment and annual monitoring carried out by the Spatial

Planning section in consultation with the relevant house builders.  Densities are

estimated from the recommendations contained within PPS3, (the policy

document relating to Housing), plus the outstanding planning consents which

have as yet not been implemented.

 

The comments of IB PC with regards to community facilities are noted, and

whilst the local planning authority are in discussions with the house builders with

regards to this issue, clearly we can only operate within the constraints of the

original outline consent granted nearly 30 years ago, and are not able to seek

any new developer contributions.

 

Councillor W. Feldon informed that he had expressed his disappointment to S.B.C. at the meeting that BSF would not be discussed. 

 

It was noted that the Clerk has sent a letter to Councillor P. Kirton, Deputy Mayor,

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council who is also S.B.C.’s representative on the Police Authority thanking all involved in securing the air support for Cleveland.

 

46. EASTERN AREA PARTNERSHIP BOARD MEETINGS, TUESDAY 27TH MAY 2008 AND TUESDAY 17TH JUNE 2008 – REPORT BACK.

It was noted that updates had been received on Thornaby Town Centre Redevelopment, Youth Cafι facilities and Tees Heritage Park project.  Members also received a copy of the Eastern Area Partnership Board Summary Plan 2007 – 2008, six-monthly update.

 

47. 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.

 

 

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48. COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION.

 

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

 

-                      Secondary School Provision, Ingleby Barwick

-                      Romano Park                       

 

49. CLERK’S REPORT AND CORRESPONDENCE.

 

(a) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Community protection Updates – Receipt of Community Protection Updates March 2008 and April 2008.

 

(b) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Planning Application 07/3519/FUL Appeal to the Secretary of State, Proposal: Erection of a 60m temporary guyed wind monitoring mast for a period of 24 months, Location: Seamer/Hilton – Receipt of letter from S.B.C. informing that following refusal of planning application no. 07/3519/FUL the applicant has appealed to the Secretary of State for the Environment under Section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

The application was refused under Delegated Authority for the following reasons:

 

In the opinion of the Local Planning Authority the proposed mast by virtue of its size and location would be contrary to the saved policies GP (i) (ii) (viii) of the adopted Stockton-on-Tees Local Plan as it would adversely affect the quality and sensitivity of the existing landscape and would cause unacceptable harm to the amenity of neighbouring residents.

 

The Secretary of State has appointed an Inspector to determine the appeal and at this stage it will be dealt with by way of the written representation procedure (i.e. an exchange of written statements with the Local Planning Authority together with a visit to the site by the Inspector).

 

(c) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Appeal Decision, Planning Application 07/1754/FPD 24 Beale Close, Ingleby Barwick, Proposal: Proposed Erection of a Fence to the Side of the Property Between Nos. 22 and 24 (retrospective) – Receipt of notification from the Planning Inspectorate that the appeal was dismissed.  The main issue being the visual impact of the fence upon the character and appearance of the surrounding area.

 

(d) Minutes of the Meeting held at Tesco on 17th April 2008 – Receipt of Minutes.                                                         

(e) Stockton Renaissance, Eastern Area Partnership Board Meeting Tuesday 27th May 2008 – Receipt of agenda and corresponding papers.

 

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(f) Residents Request – Receipt of request from resident to deal with the slippery footpath on Beckfields Avenue where the water runs off the grassed area near the access point to the Gas Pumping station.  The request has been forwarded to S.B.C. who are currently investigating the matter.

 

(g) Ingleby Barwick Enforcement Service, Update – Receipt of update informing that Enforcement have been tackling the parking problems at the schools in Ingleby Barwick.

 

(h) Ingleby Mill School Aerodrome Memorial – Receipt of correspondence from Mr D. Thompson informing that no progress has been made to date.  Contact is to be made with the Headteacher at Ingleby Mill Primary School.

 

(i) Ingleby Barwick Community Hall Extension, Inspection of works before release of retention – This was arranged by the Clerk and took place on 3rd June 2008.  All interested parties attended.

 

(j) Building Schools for the Future – Receipt of copies of correspondence.

 

(k) Broadview Energy Limited, Seamer Wind Farm, Public Exhibition – Receipt of invitation to their public exhibitions being held at various places (2nd – 4th June 2008). 

 

(l) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Town/Parish Council Minutes – Receipt of letter from the Director of Law and Democracy thanking everyone who is taking the time and trouble to send him copies of their Authority’s minutes.  These are proving to be an insight into Town/Parish business and will be useful when advising Clerks and their Councillors about standards issues.  Those Council’s not sending their minutes are kindly asked to consider whether they would start to do so.  Ingleby Barwick Town Council have been doing so for a number of years.

 

(m) County Durham Association of Local Councils, CiLCA Mentoring Course – Receipt of circulation mailing advertising mentoring course to take place in 2008.

 

(n) CLCA, English Village Shelters – Receipt of mailing advertising Timber and Recycled Plastic bus shelters.

 

(o) Sure Start, Invitation to Official Opening of Barley Fields Children’s Centre on Friday 6th June 2008 10 am to 2 pm – Receipt of invitation for Town Council Members to attend.

 

(p) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, 2008/2009 Highway Maintenance Schemes – Receipt of correspondence informing that the resurfacing of the carriageway on the A1044 Leven Bank Road will start in June 2008.

 

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(q) Ingleby Barwick Library – Receipt of June Newsletter and bookheads review.

 

(r) Parish Council Liaison Forum Monday 16th June 2008 – Receipt of information.

 

(s) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Standards Committee Meeting 5th June 2008 – Receipt of correspondence drawing the Town Council’s attention to the meeting.  Attention is particularly drawn to items 5 and 6 (the Annual Reports of the Committee and of the Monitoring Officer) and to item 12 (further update regarding local assessment).  The information can be found on S.B.C. website

www.stockton.gov.uk.

 

(t) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Proposed Erection of 2 No. Advertising Signs at Barwick Lodge – Receipt of correspondence confirming that the Town Council does not require planning permission to erect the two proposed signs at Barwick Lodge. 

 

(u) Mayor Councillor John Fletcher, Letter to the Chairman of the Town Council – Receipt of copy of Councillor John Fletchers letter to the Chairman Councillor Irene Machin.

Councillor Fletcher states that he was pleased our Council was able to accept the invitation to his Mayoral installation on 2nd April 2008.  At the event he pledged to work with parish and town councils during his mayoral year.

He was also pleased that our Council accepted his invitation to be represented at his Mayor’s Sunday on 8th June 2008.  A badge of office may be worn on this occasion.

We will have been notified that the Parish Liaison Forum is to be held on 16th June 2008in the Council Chamber of Stockton Town Hall.  It is hoped that Members will be able to come to this and to a short civic reception afterwards, at which Members can meet informally over a drink and also, if desired, look round the Borough’s historic Town House.

Councillor Fletcher states that if there is any way in which he can help as the civic head of our whole Borough during his year in office the Town Council are requested to contact the Civic Services Officer at S.B.C.

 

(v) Durham University Consultation Event 10th June 2008 – Receipt of invitation to the event.

 

(w) CLCA, BBC TV’s Politics Show, Sunday 8th June 2008 12 pm to 1 pm – Receipt of correspondence informing that there is likely to be a feature on parish and town councils on the Show.

 

(x) House of Commons, Dari Taylor MP Stockton South, Letter to the Chairman of Ingleby Barwick Town Council – Receipt of copy of the letter to the Chairman Councillor Irene Machin.

 

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Dari states that she met a number of Parish Councillors at the launch of the Ingleby Barwick Army Cadet Force detachment on 29th May 2008.  She acknowledged at the time, and have done so previously in correspondence, the anxiety that the Parish Council and residents have concerning the delivery of secondary education.

She told the Parish Councillors that she was due to meet with a senior civil servant at the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and that she would air the concerns that had been expressed to her.

She states that Members may be disappointed by the reaction she received during her discussions.  In effect, the DCSF did not respond to the questions of whether a new secondary school could be built in Ingleby Barwick, or whether it is possible to extend All Saints to accommodate 1200 pupils.

The absolute line of approach with which she was met was that the Building Schools for the Future project is about standards in education: improving standards where appropriate, extending good practice and using £150 million to achieve this outcome.

Hopefully Members will see as positive the fact that DCSF, with the Local Authority, will be in consultation with headteachers and, she believes, the wider community over the next 6 months.  She was reassured that all views would be taken into account.  It was equally stressed to her that politically-motivated campaigns would not be relevant.

 

(y) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Letter from the Leader of the Council Councillor Ken Lupton to the Chairman of the Town Council – Receipt of correspondence.

 

 (z) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Parish Council Liaison Forum Requests – Receipt of correspondence informing that two of the issues raised by the Town Council would not be considered at the Parish Liaison Forum as the appropriate officers would not be attending the meeting.  The two issues are BSF Update and Development at Ingleby Barwick.  A written response was therefore provided.

 

(a1) Ingleby Barwick Enforcement Service – Receipt of general update on matters being dealt with.

 

(b1) Stockton Renaissance, Eastern Area Partnership Board Meeting Tuesday 17th June 2008 – Receipt of agenda and corresponding papers.

 

(c1) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Temporary Closure of Public Footpath No. 10 Thornaby and Public Footpath No. 18 Ingleby Barwick – the Clerk requested an update from S.B.C. as works were expected to be carried out in April/May but as yet not complete.

 

 

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S.B.C. have informed that a representative from the Structures Section has recently met with the contractor who will be carrying out the footbridge works on the public footpaths.

The contractor has a number of other works planned over the next three weeks therefore the new footbridge should be in place by 7th July 2008 and the footpath open again.

 

(d1) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Parish Council Liaison Forum 16th June 2008 – Receipt of agenda and corresponding papers.

 

(e1) Westminster Briefing, Invitation to Third Sector Briefing 12th November 2008 in Westminster – Receipt of invitation, £295 per person.

 

(f1) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Eastern Area Transport Strategy Meeting 15th May 2008, Minutes of Meeting – Receipt of Minutes of the Meeting.

 

(g1) Charity Commission, Ingleby Barwick Community Hall, Annual Return 2008 – Receipt of invitation to complete the document online.

 

(h1) Glasdon Products – Receipt of information mailing.

 

DATE OF NEXT MEETING OF INGLEBY BARWICK TOWN COUNCIL.

 

A special Meeting of the Town Council is scheduled to take place on Thursday 26th June 2008 at St. Francis of Assisi Church Centre Meeting Room, Barwick Way, Ingleby Barwick, commencing at 7.15 p.m.

 

The next monthly Meeting of the Town Council is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 16th July 2008 at Ingleby Barwick Community Hall, Haresfield Way, Ingleby Barwick, commencing at 7.15 p.m.

 

50. CONSIDERATION TO BE GIVEN TO CHANGING THE DATE OF THE SEPTEMBER 2008 MEETING.

 

RESOLVED that the date of the September meeting be changed from 17th to 24th September 2008.  Venue and time to remain the same.

 

51. EXCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC AND PRESS.

 

RESOLVED that the public and press be excluded from the meeting room during consideration of the following item because of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted.

 

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52. INGLEBY BARWICK TOWN COUNCIL ELECTION COSTS MAY 2007.

 

This matter has now been satisfactorily resolved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MINUTES

 

OF THE

 

MEETING

 

OF

 

INGLEBY BARWICK TOWN COUNCIL

 

HELD ON

 

WEDNESDAY 18TH JUNE 2008

 

AT

 

INGLEBY BARWICK COMMUNITY HALL

HARESFIELD WAY

INGLEBY BARWICK

 

 

 

PREPARED BY

PAULA M. HALL

CLERK TO THE COUNCIL