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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF INGLEBY BARWICK TOWN COUNCIL, HELD AT ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI CHURCH CENTRE, BARWICK WAY, INGLEBY BARWICK, ON WEDNESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 2007, COMMENCING AT 7.15 P.M.
Chairman/Town Mayor: Councillor Mrs I. Machin;
Vice Chairman/Deputy Town Mayor: Councillor W. Feldon;
Councillors: Mrs G. Corr, A. Graham, Ms A. Hailes, Mrs J.P. Kirby, J. Myers, D. Sanderson and Mrs J.E. White;
Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer: Paula M. Hall;
Supervisor - K. Affleck;
Officer I.B. -
Enforcement Officer I.B. – Ms K. Sleightholme;
S.B.C. Community Safety Team Representative - K. Taylor;
2 Members of the public were present at the meeting.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.
Apologies for absence were received from Town Councillors T.W. Bowman, Mrs E. Harrington and Mrs S. Larkin.
Apologies were also received from Ward Councillors K.
Faulks, D. Harrington, A. Larkin (Ingleby Barwick East) and Ward Councillor K.
88. CODE OF CONDUCT – DECLARATION OF INTERESTS.
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:
Item No. 11 - Ingleby Barwick Community Hall Extension/Christmas Tree.
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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:
Item No. 11 - Ingleby Barwick Community Hall Extension/Christmas Tree.
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:
Item No. 11 - Ingleby Barwick Community Hall Extension/Christmas Tree.
No further interests were declared.
89. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.
The Chairman adjourned the meeting at this point to allow public participation.
The following matters were raised during public participation:
- The overgrown hedge obstructing the public footpath at the entrance into Partridge Close has now been cut back;
was raised in respect of congregation of youths. As the area is well lit and provides shelter
it attracts groups of youths. It was
noted that having security at the entrance has improved matters. Objections were raised in respect of the possibility
of removing the bus shelter on
- Concerns were raised in respect of school transport to the secondary schools;
- It was confirmed that the Town Council’s Code of Conduct is available for public inspection at the Clerks Office in Barwick Lodge, Monday to Friday between and
It was agreed that Agenda Item No. 19 Clerks Pension Arrangements be moved down the agenda to be discussed at the end of the meeting.
90. INGLEBY BARWICK ENFORCEMENT SERVICE – SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENT/INTRODUCTION OF ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS.
The Clerk circulated to Members the Service Level Agreement (S.L.A.) received from S.B.C.
The Chairman invited the Enforcement Supervisor K. Affleck to introduce the two new Enforcement Officers dedicated to Ingleby Barwick.
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The hours of work were discussed and it was agreed that the Service Level agreement
should include provision for flexibility of the working hours.
It was questioned as to when the core periods were when the officers are most required.
Mr Taylor from S.B.C. Community Safety Team agreed to provide the Town Council with information in respect of when crimes/calls have been logged, with particular regard to Greenside, Beckfields and Tesco/Myton Park shopping areas.
RESOLVED that a separate meeting be held to discuss the Ingleby Barwick Enforcement Service and S.L.A.
The Enforcement Officers were thanked for their attendance.
91. CRIME AND DISORDER AUDIT 2007.
The Chairman introduced Mr K. Taylor from S.B.C. Community Safety Team.
Mr Taylor distributed a copy of the ‘Safer Stockton Partnership’ Tackling Crime and Disorder magazine August 2007, to those present at the meeting.
It was noted
that the magazine which includes a response sheet, has been distributed to all
households in the Borough. The return
Mr Taylor informed that it has been three years since the public were last canvassed for their comments/views. He outlined the crime comparisons over the last three years.
There has been a 4% reduction for all crime from 2004/05 to 2006/07.
It was noted that the biggest increase is for recorded criminal damage offences, which have been steadily increasing for the last six years and make up 30% of the Total Crime rate. Theft of metals is also rising.
Reference was made to the recorded crime chart 2006/07. Violent crime has increased.
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We have the lowest rate for Total Crime, Violent Crime, Dwelling Burglary, and Criminal Damage.
Ingleby Barwick East and West both lie at the bottom of the ‘Deprivation Rank’ and ‘Crime Rank’.
The activities of the Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) Team were outlined. To target their resources they look at disorder statistics on the Police recording system alongside reports to the Council through the ASB Team, Care For Your Area, NES and THL. They also monitor where AS13’s are issued (a form that is given out by the Police, NES and the ASB Team to anyone who is caught behaving anti socially).
The pyramid on page 18 of the magazine shows the total actions taken in 2006/07. It demonstrates how most anti social behaviour can be stopped with low level interventions such as warning letters, and that very few people continue to behave in a manner that results in an ASBO.
It was confirmed that three warning letters are sent as the information is required for court proceedings.
Dwelling Burglary –
It is known that dwelling burglary is a crime that is linked to drug misuse. Last year 33% of this crime was what they call ‘walk ins’ which means that people have left doors and windows insecure – an open invitation to a burglar.
There has been a reduction in ‘two-in-ones’ where the burglar enters the property to steal car keys to take the car as well as other belongings whilst they are there, but it remains a problem for them. These types of dwelling burglary are preventable so they have been working very hard to educate people to secure their homes and not leave keys on display. They encourage them to take their car keys to bed with them!
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Looking at crime reports over the last year they know that dwelling burglary is most likely to occur between and , in certain types of dwellings. For example they have not had any dwelling burglaries in their multi storey blocks managed by THL where they provide a concierge service.
- 76 % of victims live in houses;
- 18 % in flats;
- 4 % in bungalow’s;
- the remainder are places such as guesthouses or newly built properties not yet occupied.
Dwelling burglary is more likely to occur in wards with higher levels of deprivation.
Violent Crime – Most violent crime is committed by someone known to
the victim and a significant proportion is related to abuse of alcohol. 80% of suspects are males and are aged
between 15-24 whereas 46% of victims are female. Three wards account for 41% of violent crime
and this includes Stockton Town Centre, Mandale and
Pub Watch membership has increased to 200 and this means that they can work with landlords to respond to problems of violent crime.
Deliberate Fires –
10 % by nearly a further 11 %. Fires in wheelie bins has increased, residents are encouraged to put them out early on the morning and not the night before and to bring them back in early. Bins and recycling boxes should not be placed against the wall of the house, if they are set alight fire could spread to your home.
In 2006/07, 30
young people from
A general discussion took place on the issue of FPN’s (fixed penalty notices), parking on pavements, parking in disabled spaces and neighbour disputes.
Mr Taylor provided a number of response forms and envelopes and encouraged those present to complete a form, if they had not already done so, and return it to the Council’s Community Safety Team.
Mr Taylor was thanked for his attendance.
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92. MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF INGLEBY
BARWICK TOWN COUNCIL HELD ON
The Minutes of the Meeting of Ingleby Barwick Town Council
MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES ON
(a) Item 23 (c) 2000/2001 - Greenside and Beckfields Shopping Centres, Ingleby Barwick.
It was noted that the damaged bollard adjacent to the One Stop shop at Greenside shopping area has now been made safe and the area is visibly improved.
Progress with the maintenance/improvement works at Beckfields shopping area was discussed.
pleased to note that over recent weeks Mitchells and
The visual appearance of the shopping area is noticeably improved and now much more welcoming to the public.
RESOLVED that the Clerk send a letter of thanks to the brewery in respect of their co-operation and support with this matter.
RESOLVED that the Clerk send a letter to Browns Estate Agents in respect of Greenside shopping area, requesting that they give consideration to replacing the missing tree in the paved area at Greenside with something similar to Beckfields, which would help improve the area.
(b) Item 14 2007/2008 -
informed that Councillor Mrs I. Machin and Councillor Mrs G. Corr had been
unable to attend the module they had opted for on
It was noted that all modules opted for by Members have now been completed.
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(c) Item 52 2007/2008 – Future Plans For Ingleby Barwick, Consideration to be Given to what the Town Council is Looking to Achieve.
informed that this item had been raised at the Town Council meeting on
RESOLVED that this matter be considered at the meeting when the Town Council discusses the Enforcement Service.
(d) Item 64
Myers stated that he had attended the presentation on the ‘Development Plan’ at
Preston Hall on
(e) Item 75 2007/2008 – Proposed Park
No further information to date.
It was noted that the extension at the Community Hall is complete and the new hall is available for bookings. It was suggested that the Town Council give consideration to using the venue for meetings which would provide better acoustics and be cheaper to hire.
confirmed that she had spoken with a representative from St. Francis of
RESOLVED that the Clerk arrange for the special meeting to discuss the Enforcement Service to be held at the Community Hall as a trial. The matter to then be reconsidered.
95. PROPOSED YOUTH CAFÉ, INGLEBY BARWICK.
It was noted
that at the Eastern Area Partnership Board (EAPB) meeting held on
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The EAPB agreed that South Thornaby Community Centre would be an ideal location for the Thornaby Youth Café, as young people also have access to other space within that building.
The EAPB agreed that the £75,000 available should be recommended to the Children’s Trust Management Team to be split into the following: £25,000 Thornaby and £50,000 Ingleby Barwick.
It was noted however that any base opened, should not in the future struggle with revenue resources, the venture has to be sustainable.
The Clerk reported receipt of a letter from the Corporate Director Children, Education & Social Care responding to the Town Council’s letter.
The Town Council was thanked for their letter requesting information on Secondary School Transport Provision, Ingleby Barwick, details of which are as follows:
· Duty of Care:- This is a shared responsibility. S.B.C. risk assess the travel routes. The contracted operators are also required to provide written risk assessments. There is a robust contract specification for the service which details responsibilities of all concerned. Parents, carers and children also have to sign a pupil behaviour agreement. All buses have cameras to monitor operation. Schools have site risk assessments and teachers supervise boarding.
· Cost of Transport:- The Ingleby Barwick school transport service costs £347,047 per annum less concessions income – this depends on seat sales and will vary. This includes the service to and from Conyers, Egglescliffe and St. Patrick’s schools.
· The cost to parents for a child who does not qualify for free transport is £65.00 per term.
· Subject to the agreement of Cabinet, public consultation on the future pattern of secondary school provision in each area of the borough will begin later this year as part of the preparation for Building Schools for the Future.
It is stated that, currently every student resident in Ingleby Barwick can transfer from a primary school on the estate to a highly popular and successful secondary school. The Authority’s admission arrangements have been planned to ensure this remains the case. Safe and efficient transport from home to school is available for all.
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informed that no reference was made in the response to the Town Council’s
concerns raised in respect of double running buses. This matter was also submitted by the Town
Council for discussion at the Parish Liaison meeting held on
Councillor Feldon informed that he had recently received a copy of the report to school governing bodies updating on school organisation issues, School Organisation Plan 2007-2012, which he outlined to the meeting as follows:
It was noted that there is no longer a statutory requirement to publish a School Organisation Plan; however S.B.C. as an Authority has continued to publish a plan annually for the information of schools, parents and others.
The Report includes ‘New Procedures for Making Changes to School Organisation’: -
At a national level, the Education and Inspections Act 2006 has introduced changes to procedures for determining changes in school organisation. These changes come in the context of a new definition of the role of the local authority. The Authority is no longer seen by government as one of the main providers of school places, but as a commissioning body. This new role involves:
Some important elements of the process are unchanged
No changes such as opening, closing or enlarging schools can be made without going through the five-stage process introduced in 1999:
In addition, statutory guidance for decision-makers sets out factors and issues that must be considered. These include the impact of any proposed change on:
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The decision-makers must also take account of the views expressed in consultation.
As before, any decision made by a public body is open to challenge in the courts.
School Organisation Committees abolished
Under the previous system, a local authority could publish a school organisation proposal and then decide to implement it only if there were no written objections in response to the statutory notice. The School Organisation Committee, an independent body, existed to determine local authority proposals where objections were received, and all proposals relating to voluntary aided schools. The local authority is now the decision maker in most situations.
Competitions for new schools
Where a new school is needed, either an additional school in an area of rising population or a replacement for existing schools in a reorganisation, the Authority must normally run a competition inviting bids from all potential promoters to establish and run the school. A competition is not required where an existing school is rebuilt on its existing site or transferred to a new site.
Only a local authority may hold a competition. Any person, body or organisation may apply at any time to the Secretary of State for consent to publish a proposal for a new school outside a competition.
Competitions work like this:
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Promoting fair access, diversity and choice
The government wishes to see access to the most popular schools widened. Such schools may publish their own proposals to expand, and there is a presumption that local authorities should approve these proposals. From September 2008, secondary pupils from low-income families will be entitled to claim free transport to any of the three nearest schools between two and six miles from their home. In the case of pupils choosing a faith school on religious grounds, the distance is extended to fifteen miles.
The government expects the majority of schools in the future to be foundation schools (sometimes called trust schools), voluntary aided schools or academies. Foundation schools operate in partnership with an external body (a charity or business, for example). Any school may publish proposals to acquire a foundation.
Parents may make representations to the local authority at any time about the provision of school places in the area. The authority has a statutory duty to respond to these.
Councillor Feldon was thanked for bringing the information to the Town Council’s attention.
It was noted that in recent correspondence from Dari Taylor MP Stockton South to Ingleby Barwick residents, reference is made to secondary provision in Ingleby Barwick which states that ‘A number of residents have mentioned the fact that All Saints School is only a 600 place school as opposed to a larger school that would allow all children from Ingleby Barwick to attend. This request is totally understandable but at this time is unattainable’.
It was highlighted that if the proposed new housing development in Eaglescliffe goes ahead it is most likely that the secondary school places available in both Yarm and Egglescliffe will be reduced.
It was noted that S.B.C. are about to undertake a public consultation exercise in respect of ‘Building Schools for the Future’. Meetings are to be held in schools across the Borough.
The importance of parents responding to the consultation was raised, as at present S.B.C. have not received any comments/concerns from Ingleby Barwick parents in respect of secondary school provision.
It was suggested that the Town Council carries out its own consultation exercise, targeting the primary schools. This could be carried out following the meeting at All Saints by possibly distributing an A4 leaflet, worded to suit.
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97. INGLEBY BARWICK COMMUNITY HALL EXTENSION/CHRISTMAS TREE.
It was noted
that the main contract works were completed
The £18,000 funding allocated to the project by Persimmon and the £5,000 allocated by the Community Hall Management Committee have both been received.
Valuation of £ 26,484.68 dated
Valuation of £ 25,323.46 received
It was noted that the contractor Rok is currently undertaking snagging list works at the hall.
RESOLVED that the Clerk transfer the £5,000 allocated by the Town Council into the project account, which will be required for payment of Valuation no.3.
The Clerk informed that due to the extension works and as part of the planning permission additional parking spaces have been provided at the Community Hall. Unfortunately, due to this work the Christmas tree socket provided at the location is now no longer available.
It was suggested that a new location for the Christmas tree be considered.
RESOLVED that the Clerk contact S.B.C. to ascertain whether the Christmas tree could be sited on either the roundabout adjacent to tesco or the roundabout near Barwick Lodge.
98. INGLEBY BARWICK GARDEN COMPETITION 2007.
presentation ceremony took place at Peter Barratts Garden Centre on
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RESOLVED that the Clerk send a letter of thanks to Peter Barratts Garden Centre for sponsoring the competition. A letter of thanks to also be sent to Councillor T.W. Bowman for his outstanding certificates which he produces for the prize winners. The certificates are much appreciated and add a special touch to the event.
The Clerk noted receipt of the following documents:
The Yarm and Eaglescliffe Area Action Plan (AAP) Issues and Options is a Development Plan Document that will address the key pressures and development opportunities within Yarm and Eaglescliffe. It will manage change in the area, suggesting sites for different uses, showing how these will relate to each other and setting out design requirements to ensure that any change is well integrated into existing development. The Issues and Option document is the first stage in its preparation.
The Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) will provide developers, planning officers and the public with information and guidance on the Council’s approach towards securing planning obligations associated with development within the Borough.
The Clerk has circulated the documents to Town Council Members for their observation. The comments received have been forwarded to S.B.C. accordingly.
The Clerk noted
receipt of the revised draft of
The matter was
also discussed at the Parish Liaison Forum meeting held on
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The Clerk noted that she is in receipt of Members comments on the document.
consultation period ends
Councillor Mrs I. Machin and Councillor W. Feldon represented the Town Council at the meeting.
The Town Council raised the following two questions for consideration at the meeting:
It is believed that as parking and congestion are an issue the Borough Council has negotiated for two of the buses to Conyers to double run as it is only 10 minutes journey time at the top of the estate.
The Town Council has registered its concerns in respect of this arrangement, which is not only unsafe given that the buses have to negotiate Leven Bank but unsatisfactory. This will affect both the arrival and departure times at the beginning and end of the pupils school day.
What will happen when weather conditions close the Bank?
The response to the questions was as follows:
Secondary School Transport – At present S.B.C. is providing bus
services for 636 children traveling from Ingleby Barwick to
The service is
provided by nine buses, one with 70 seats and 8 with 57. Two of the 57 seat buses do a second
trip. There is a designated bus area at
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‘double running’ of buses is not unusual across
They can understand the concern that children are now asked to wait in school for a short time. However they are in a safe environment. They do not believe that these arrangements in any way breach Council policy or regulations. They also do not believe that they are discriminating against any child. The arrangement they have made, as detailed above, is to ensure the safety of all children and ensure value for money.
On the occasions that Leven Bank is closed because of adverse conditions there will be an impact on all the buses. Experience shows that the greater impact is caused by closures elsewhere that prevent the buses arriving in Ingleby Barwick first thing in the morning. Should any problem arise buses would be redirected to the best route available.
Inevitably this would cause delays in the arrival of children at school or to drop off points in Ingleby Barwick. The incidence of problems occurring because of the failure of a bus is now rare. During 2006/07 children were late to school on two occasions, each time caused by the failure of buses to arrive initially. On those occasions other buses undertook a double run and effectively covered the whole area.
During August they are able to confirm which children are to make use of the buses and they try to notify parents as soon as possible and, in particular, give details of the bus, pick up and drop off times and safety information. They are sorry if the notice is short but they have looked at all possible ways of reducing it.
They are currently exploring all possible options to improve transport links. Stockton’s proposal to link Ingleby Barwick via cycleway/footpath/bridges to Thornaby, Yarm and Eaglescliffe has been agreed by Sustrans as part of their Connect 2 bid competing for ‘People’s Millions’ Big Lottery funding. Should the bid be successful it would pave the way for a safe sustainable transport link between Ingleby Barwick and Yarm as an alternative to traveling on buses. These proposals are still at an early stage and will ultimately be dependent on local community support.
This will make a major contribution to the ‘Landscape For Play’ initiative being developed at the eastern end of the park.
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Impetus Waste Management
S.B.C. have applied for a rolling programme of funding over a three year period.
Phase 1 (yr 2007/08) is for £ 80,000 to develop a Multi-Use Games Area, that can be used for cricket, football, basketball etc.
Phases 2 and 3 (yrs 2008/09 and 2009/10) for £ 100,000 p.a. to develop a wheeled sports facility, that can be used for rollerblading, skateboards, BMX bikes etc.
BIG Lottery – Play Programme
£ 100,000 of
the S.B.C. allocation has been provisionally allocated to
The application is for the innovative ‘Landscape For Play’ concept being developed at the eastern end of the site.
It was noted that the total cost of the project is approximately £ 7-800,000.
suggested that the land adjacent to
RESOLVED that the Clerk contact S.B.C. to ascertain who the land belongs to.
The Clerk noted receipt of a response from S.B.C. in respect of the Town Council’s request for information.
It is noted that the value of Council Tax received from residents in Ingleby Barwick amounted to £7.1 million in 2006/07 (approximately 11% of total Council Tax collected in the Borough). Unfortunately, the Council is not in a position to easily identify how much was actually spent in Ingleby Barwick or whether the tax received was actually spent within that region. The Council, as well as every other public body, is required to account for its services based on standard accounting practices (authorized by the relevant accounting bodies and the HM Treasury) and the Council uses these standard practices to report externally to a range of bodies. This method of reporting separates the Council’s expenditure into different types of service provision i.e. primary, secondary, special education, Leisure Centres, Libraries etc. These standards do not require Council’s to report geographically and as their structures have not been set to do so, the Council would not easily be able to identify costs on an area basis.
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However, they will endeavour to provide this information if it is specifically required. The Council would firstly, try to identify all the service specific schemes operating within the Ingleby Barwick area and, secondly where non-specific, a range of estimation techniques would be used i.e. for services like Refuse Collection. In such cases, costs would be apportioned using the number of properties or on a population basis. If the Town Council would like this information, S.B.C. will start the process of interrogating the accounts.
As S.B.C. is not easily able to identify costs by each geographical area, it is also not easy to similarly identify how these costs are financed. As part of the budget setting process, the Council determines the level of Council Tax required to fund its pressures. This tax is only one of a number of funding sources and is not applied to specific areas of expenditure; it is held as non-specific funding source similar to their grant settlement and the contribution from the Governments National Non-Domestic Rates Pool. As an indicator, the level of Council Tax received within Ingleby Barwick amounts to less than 2% of the Council’s gross income (including Council Tax, National Non-Domestic Rates, grants, fees and charges etc.).
RESOLVED that the Town Council request that S.B.C. initiate the process of interrogating the accounts.
The Clerk noted receipt of the following:
(following concerns raised in respect of the costs)
(VAT removed from Invoice)
Machin, Councillor W. Feldon and the Clerk attended a meeting with officers at
The election costs incurred by the Parish/Town Council in previous years were considered in relation to this years costs.
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It was noted that the Town Council when setting its budget in January 2007 based its calculations for election costs on the previous figures, as well as allowing for the increase in electorate and implementation of the new Parish Wards i.e. Ingleby Barwick East and Ingleby Barwick West.
The matter was considered by the Town Council and Members expressed their concerns in respect of the dramatic increase in cost. The total cost of the election for Ingleby Barwick East and West being £ 22,442.55 plus the Returning Officers Fee, which is divided between the Borough Council and Town Council.
The Town Council could not have been expected to anticipate this increase and would question as to why the costs have escalated to this level and why were they not made aware of the fact earlier.
RESOLVED that the Town Council agrees to pay £ 4,000.00 in respect of the election costs which is the amount that was allocated in the budget and appeared to be justified by previous experience.
104. EASTERN AREA PARTNERSHIP BOARD,
Councillor Mrs Machin informed that the following matters had been discussed at the meeting:
- Mandale Housing Redevelopment
- Proposed location for the Eastern Area Youth Café
- Eastern Area Partnership Board Summary Plan 2006/07
- Neighbourhood Renewal Programme 2006/08 – 6 monthly progress report.
The next meeting to take place on Tuesday 25th September 2007 at The Five Lamps Organisation in Thornaby.
(a) Town Council Current Balance Sheet
The Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer circulated copies of the Town Council's current financial statement, showing a balance of £ 94,481.54 a copy of which is held on the Town Council file.
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(b) Accounts due for Payment
internet payment to
RESOLVED that the following accounts be approved:
Accounts Already Paid and Deducted from Balance:
BT Telephone Bill dated
North East Regional Employers Organisation
Invoice for Training Course – Cllr Mrs S. Larkin
Cllr Mrs J.
North East Regional Employers Organisation
Invoice for Training Course – Cllr W. Feldon,
Cllr Mrs S.
Larkin, Cllr Mrs J. White (
Mr P. Joiner – Internal Audit £ 35.00
CLCA LCR – Half Year Costs £ 41.67
North East Regional Employers Organisation
Invoice for Training Course – Cllr W. Feldon,
Cllr Mrs E. Harrington, Cllr Mrs S. Larkin,
Cllr Mrs J. White
Ingleby Barwick Enforcement Service –
Quarter 1 £12,284.04
PC Mtgs July 2007 £ 37.50
RESOLVED that the following accounts be approved for payment
Paula M. Hall – Remuneration September 2007;
Paula M. Hall - Tax and N.I. Contribution September 2007;
Reimbursement to Clerk:
Garden Competition Trophies £ 33.00
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– Rent for Office, due
North East Regional Employers Organisation
Invoice for Training Course – Cllr Mrs G. Corr,
Cllr Mrs I. Machin £ 63.45
Ingleby Barwick Enforcement Service –
Quarter 2 £12,284.04
106. COMMUNITY FACILITIES.
Street Furniture – Dog Bins.
The Clerk reported that permission has been received from the developer for the dog bin to be sited at Condercum Green (Village 6).
confirmed that the bins were to be installed week commencing
107. PLANNING APPLICATIONS.
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, which have been informed by S.B.C.
It was noted that Tesco Stores have withdrawn their Appeal.
108. COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION.
The Clerk informed that she had included the following items in the Town Council’s September article:
- Beckfields Shopping Centre, Ingleby Barwick
109. CLERK’S REPORT AND CORRESPONDENCE.
(b) Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust – Receipt of consultation document that outlines their plans to apply to become an NHS Foundation Trust (FT) by April 2008.
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(c) South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust, Foundation Trust
Consultation – Receipt of consultation document. As part of the Government plans, South Tees
Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs The James Cook University Hospital in
He congratulated Mrs Machin on her accomplished chairing of the meeting. He attends a number of Parish/Town Council meetings across the area and the professionalism with which Mrs Machin handled matters is by far the best he has come across thus far.
He looks forward to seeing Town Council Members at future meetings and events.
The Town Council has a dedicated group of residents and there was a real sense of community spirit amongst the group, which is sadly often rather rare with ‘new’ housing estates. It is clear that Ingleby Barwick is determinedly building its own community identity and the Town Council undoubtedly deserves a great deal of credit for this.
(g) Internal Audit Report – Receipt of letter from Mr P. Joiner confirming that an Internal Audit of the accounts for Ingleby Barwick Town Council has been carried out in accordance with the recommended approach contained in Governance and Accountability in Local Councils – Practitioners Guide – 2003 Edition.
The Audit included random checks on bookkeeping procedures, invoices and audit trail, scan of minutes, risk management arrangements, budgetary controls, income controls, payroll controls, asset registers, bank reconciliations and year- end procedures. All accounts and related paperwork were found to be in excellent order.
Receipt of invoice for £35.00.
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- Yarm and Eaglescliffe Area Action Plan Issues and Options,
together with its Sustainability Appraisal and Response Form;
- Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document and its
(j) Planning Application No. 06/3299/REV, Tesco Store Ingleby Barwick, Revised application for extension to existing foodstore and associated car parking – Receipt of letter notifying that the application was refused by S.B.C. under Delegated Authority on 11th January 2007 for the following reasons:
In the opinion of the Local Planning Authority the applicants have failed to satisfactorily demonstrate that the proposed development is of an appropriate scale to Ingleby Barwick local centre through the submitted retail assessment. It is therefore considered that the proposed development cannot be justified in terms of scale, function and nature of the Ingleby Barwick local centre and would result in an elevation of the centre within the retail hierarchy outlined in policy S1 and would detrimentally harm the vitality and viability of Thornaby and Yarm centres and potentially undermine the regeneration scheme in Thornaby District Centre, contrary to national and regional planning guidance and policies S1, S2 and S15 of the Local Plan Alteration No.1.
In the opinion of the Local Planning Authority the proposed development would have a detrimental impact on highway safety and the free flow of traffic upon the Ingleby Barwick highway network, contrary to policy GP1 of the adopted Stockton-on-Tees Local Plan.
Following the decision the applicant has appealed to the Secretary of State for the Environment under Section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. The Secretary of State has appointed an Inspector to determine the appeal and at this stage it will be dealt with by way of Informal Inquiry process and the Town Council will be notified of the time, date and venue at a later date.
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document will be reported to Members Advisory Panel, Cabinet and Council in
September and October in time for any changes to be effective for the new
electoral register produced on
A list of polling stations used in the May elections was attached for reference.
(l) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Stockton’s Sustainable Community Strategy 2008-2021 Consultation with Parish/Town Councils - Receipt of a letter from S.B.C. inviting comments and views on Stockton’s Sustainable Community Strategy 2008-2021.
(m) The Planning Inspectorate, Appeal Decision Application Ref: 06/1325/FPD – Receipt of letter informing that the Planning Inspectorate have allowed the appeal and grant planning permission for a garage conversion to habitable space at 99 Church Field Way, Ingleby Barwick.
(n) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Parish Council Liaison Forum, Tuesday 18th September 2007 at 7.00 pm, First Floor Committee Room, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton-on-Tees – Receipt of invitation and request for any items for consideration at the meeting.
(q) Planning Application No. 06/3299/REV, Tesco Store Ingleby Barwick, Revised application for extension to existing foodstore and associated car parking – Receipt of letter notifying that the appeal has now been formally withdrawn.
(r) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Secondary School Transport Provision, Ingleby Barwick – Receipt of letter from the Corporate Director Children, Education & Social Care.
(s) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Stockton’s Sustainable Community Strategy 2008-2021 Consultation with Parish/Town Councils - Receipt of a letter from S.B.C. enclosing the revised draft of Stockton’s Sustainable Community Strategy 2008-2021 ‘Shaping Stockton’s Future’.
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(w) Clerks & Councils ‘Direct’ – Receipt of the Direct magazine, September 2007.
(x) Society of Local Council Clerks, ‘The Clerk’ – Receipt of The Clerk magazine, September 2007.
(a1) NALC, LCR September 2007 – Receipt of the LCR September 2007.
(b1) The Ramblers, Walk Autumn 2007 – Receipt of the Walk magazine Autumn 2007.
(c1) Glasdon, Latest Products for Local Councils – Receipt of mailing.
- 2007-2010 Corporate Policing Strategy;
- 2007-2008 Local Policing Plan.
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(f1) Charles Arnold Baker: Local Council Administration Seventh Edition – Receipt of Order Form, cost £48.00.
(g1) Clerks and Councils Direct, ‘Update’ – Complimentary copy enclosed.
- ‘Update’ plus web library service @ £100 per year
- ‘Update’ monthly print edition only @ £65 per year
(k1) Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Street Naming
and Numbering Leven Bank Development – Receipt of information that the developer Yorvik
Homes has requested
(l1) Local Nature Reserves – Receipt of the following:
- LNR Minutes September 2007;
- Neighbourhood Policing Stockton District;
- LNR Officers Report September 2007.
(m1) Change For a Smile Presents The Biggest Charity
Night Ever!! – Receipt of
Poster advertising the event on
It is expected that this issue will be relevant to draft policy CS2 of the Core Strategy. This gives reference to facilitating development that is required as a result of the following:
iv. A19/A66/A174 development study.
v. Ingleby Barwick Traffic study.
It is noted that these studies are currently underway and no firm decisions have been made on the outcomes.
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110. CLERKS PENSION ARRANGEMENTS.
RESOLVED that the public and press be excluded from the meeting room whilst this matter is discussed.
It was noted that Councillors W. Feldon, T.W. Bowman and the Clerk met with representatives from the HBS Pensions Unit, who administers the Teesside Pension Fund on behalf of Middlesbrough Council to obtain further information.
The Clerk provided Members with a schedule outlining details of the current contribution arrangements in respect of the Local Government Pension Scheme.
It was noted that as the statutory resolution has enduring effects its terms and the fact that it will be moved must at least 28 days before the meeting be publicly notified in the usual manner for giving notices of meetings.
RESOLVED that the Clerk make arrangements for the public notice to be displayed informing that it is the Town Council’s intention to pass the statutory resolution in respect of the Clerk becoming a contributory member of the Local Government Pension Scheme.
The next monthly meeting of the Town
Council is scheduled to take place on