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OF THE MEETING OF
Vice Chairman/Deputy Town Mayor: Councillor W. Feldon;
Councillors: T.W. Bowman, Mrs G. Corr, A. Graham, Ms A. Hailes, Mrs J. Kirby, Mrs S. Larkin, J. Myers, Mrs J. White and D. Sanderson;
Ingleby Barwick East K. Faulks;
Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer: Paula M. Hall;
Representatives from Seamer Hilton Wind-turbine Action Group (SHWAG):
- Colin Quinn;
- Rita Sinclair;
- Philip Tucker;
- Doug Wallace;
Mr Steve Lumb, Community
5 Members of the public were present at the meeting.
VICE-CHAIRMAN TO CHAIR THE MEETING
In the absence of the Chairman Councillor Mrs I. Machin, the Vice-Chairman Councillor W. Feldon to Chair the meeting.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.
Apologies for absence were received from Town Councillors Mrs E. Harrington and Mrs I. Machin.
Apologies for absence were also received from Ward Councillor D. Harrington (Ingleby Barwick East).
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80. CODE OF CONDUCT – DECLARATION OF INTERESTS.
Bowman declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in the following item on
the agenda, as he is a school governor at
Agenda item no. 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. 13 - Ingleby Barwick Garden Competition 2008.
Feldon declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in the following item on
the agenda, as he is a school governor at St. Francis of
Agenda item no. 11 - Building Schools for the Future.
J. Kirby declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in the following item on
the agenda, as she is a school governor at
Agenda item no. 11 - Building Schools for the Future.
Councillor J. Myers declared a personal/prejudicial interest in the following item on the agenda, as he is a member of Ingleby Barwick Art Group:
Agenda item no. 25 - Finance: S137 Payments, Applications for
Funding – Ingleby Barwick Art Group.
No further interests were declared.
81. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.
The Chairman adjourned the meeting at this point to allow public participation.
The following matters were raised:
- The location of Lowfields Avenue Speed Indicator Device (SID);
- Tanner Close, Ingleby Barwick, parking issues;
- Various issues reported to Councillors.
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82. SEAMER WIND FARM.
Ward Councillor K. Faulks declared a person/prejudicial interest in this item as he knows one of the landowners where the turbines are to be sited on a personal basis. Councillor Faulks left the meeting room whilst this item was considered.
The Clerk reported receipt of correspondence from Broadview Energy Developments Limited in respect of Seamer Wind Farm informing that the Environmental Impact Assessments have now been completed.
Separate planning applications have now been submitted to both Hambleton District Council and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council (S.B.C.) and have been accompanied by an Environmental Statement detailing the findings of assessments.
The Project will have 5 turbines in total:
It is noted that the proposal is expected to generate up to 15 MW of electricity, the equivalent to the annual energy needs of about 8,250 homes. The Teesside and Hambleton Draft 2010 renewable targets are 138 MW and 40.3 MW respectively.
It is stated that in designing the scheme they have taken into account, where possible, the views from the local community. This includes extending the project construction phase to reduce daily traffic loads, the re-location of the site entrance and reducing the size of the project from eight to five turbines.
The Chairman invited the representatives from Seamer Hilton Wind-turbine Action Group (SHWAG) to address the meeting.
Mr Quinn thanked the Chairman and Members for the opportunity to address the Town Council.
Mr Quinn began by introducing himself and his colleagues and stated that they are all committee members of SHWAG who are fighting the proposed wind turbine development between Hilton and Seamer. They had come to the meeting to ask for the Town Council’s support.
It was stated that SHWAG understand the need for renewable energy and agree that wind energy has its place; however, they strongly believe that this is not the right place.
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It was noted that the planning applications are for 5 wind turbines, 125 metres tall, and a permanent performance monitoring mast 80 metres tall.
A 60 metre wind monitoring mast will also be erected for a temporary period of 24 months, the planning permission for which has been granted on Appeal.
would straddle the county boundary with 3 in
It was noted that the impact this development will have on the rural community will include major hazards and safety issues, noise and health effects, impact on nearby homes and wildlife.
The issues were then summarised by the representatives from SHWAG as follows:
Major Hazards and Safety Issues
It was stated that turbines are prone to blade failure, lightning strike, fire and falling ice. No risk assessment has been produced by Broadview.
SHWAG have submitted a risk assessment and in light of this the National Grid has agreed to carry out further investigations. Their final report is expected at the end of September.
Wind turbines affect radar systems and are acknowledged by the Government who have signed an MOU to resolve the problem.
It was stated that the National Air Traffic Service have objected to the wind farm because it conflicts with their safeguarding criteria, and they are carrying out further investigations to see if the problems can be managed. These investigations will not be complete until the end of October.
It was noted that turbine blades can become detached and turbine gearboxes can catch fire. SHWAG have submitted details of turbine fires and accidents to the Fire Rescue Service, including the Nissan Sunderland turbine which caught fire in 2005. As a result of their submission, they are now reviewing their emergency procedures for dealing with such an event, should it happen here.
Noise and Health
The UK Noise Association state ‘turbines should not be sited within ONE mile of where people live’. Noise level regulations are old and written when turbines were much smaller and less powerful.
It was noted
that living in close proximity to wind turbines can produce a range of health
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Reference was made to shadow flicker which can cause photo-sensitive epilepsy.
Impact on Nearby Homes
It was noted that the turbines are very close to homes, the nearest one being only 625 metres away. Turbines affect TV and radio reception, in this case, according to the BBC; up to 13,169 homes will have their reception affected.
Impact During 10 Month Construction Period
It was noted that given the amount of ALV and HGV movements there will be months of major traffic disruption.
raised in respect of the length of loads, how and when they would be
transported to the site and the impact on
Birds, Bats and Wildlife
Concerns were raised in respect of the potential severe adverse effects the development would have on resident and migratory birds.
There are large numbers of bats and also some Great Crested Newts at the site.
It was stated that Seamer Carrs is a marshland habitat of major importance.
It was stated that the five giant industrial turbines and an 80 metre mast would destroy the character of this rural setting. They would dominate the skyline for miles around.
At 125 metres tall, including 45 metre blades, these are amongst the largest wind turbines currently being erected.
The Community Fund proposed by Broadview was referred to.
SHWAG concluded their presentation by asking the Town Council to support Seamer and Hilton Parish Council’s, SHWAG and the vast majority of residents in opposing this development.
A general discussion took place on the matter with Members of the Town Council asked the representatives from SHWAG various questions on both the proposed development and turbines in general.
The Chairman thanked the representatives from SHWAG for their attendance. The representatives left the meeting at this point.
The matter was then put to the vote with the majority of Members voting in favour of supporting SHWAG in their objection.
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RESOLVED that the Town Council supports SHWAG in their objections to the proposal as this development is sited totally in the wrong place. The limited amount of renewable energy which would be generated would not compensate for the impact it would have on the nearby villages and this proposal is therefore in the Town Council’s opinion not justifiable. The Town Council’s concerns to reflect those of SHWAG.
The Clerk to submit the Town Council’s objections to both S.B.C. and Hambleton District Council.
83. PEDESTRIAN UNDERPASSES, INGLEBY BARWICK – CONCERNS FROM RESIDENTS.
The Clerk noted receipt of correspondence
from a local resident who lives close to the pedestrian underpass between
Various issues are highlighted including drunken abusive youths, drug dealing, urinating, smashed glass, noise and litter.
It is stated that some years ago a petition was handed to the council in attempt to close the underpass as this has been a problem area for some time, along with other underpasses.
It is noted that the underpasses are needed for road safety but there must be some initiative to help. It is suggested that gates be erected so that they can be closed at night when youths gather there and cause problems.
The Town Council’s assistance is requested.
The resident concerned was in attendance at the meeting and was given the opportunity by the Chairman to address the Town Council.
The resident reiterated the concerns stated in the correspondence to the Town Council.
It was noted that following his initial contact with the Town Council some of the matters had been addressed such as removal of the graffiti. The Police and the Enforcement Service have also increased their visibility at the location.
A general discussion took place on how the matter could be resolved. Reference was made to CCTV, cutting back of the surrounding bushes and making the underpasses more attractive including looking at what other areas have done to improve matters.
RESOLVED that the Clerk contact S.B.C. to arrange a site meeting to look at cutting back of the surrounding bushes.
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84. HIGHWAY/TRAFFIC ISSUES, INGLEBY
The Chairman introduced Mr Steve Lumb, Community Engineer, S.B.C. and invited him to address the meeting.
Mr Lumb introduced himself and outlined to Members his role as Community Engineer.
made to the safe crossing point studies requested for both Lowfields
Avenue/Broom Hill and
concerns in respect of speeding on
A general discussion took place on the internal distributor roads in Ingleby Barwick and ways of reducing speeding. Reference was made to the use of speed humps and chicanes for slowing traffic down.
It was noted that on 30 mph roads you cannot have repeater signs.
Concerns were raised in respect of the amount of through traffic Ingleby Barwick has which impacts on the traffic situation. Options as to how this could be stopped without affecting internal traffic movements could prove difficult and bring opposition from residents.
made to a safe crossing point across
made to parking problems and road safety issues at St. Francis of
Mr Lumb suggested that the Town Council draws up a list of its priorities.
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RESOLVED that this matter be discussed at the Town Council’s October meeting with the view to drawing up a list of priorities to take forward.
The Chairman thanked Mr Lumb for his attendance. Mr Lumb left the meeting at this point.
The Clerk reported receipt of
correspondence from S.B.C. stating that following a request from residents via Ward
Councillor Narroway it is proposed to amend the speed limit on part of
The request to reduce the posted
speed limit was made following concerns from pedestrians who were crossing this
The proposal has received
support from Cleveland Police and was on the agenda for Officers Traffic Group held
S.B.C. has requested that the Town Council’s comments/views on the proposed revised speed limit be recorded.
The Clerk informed that she had circulated the information to Members for their information prior to the meeting.
The Town Council considered the information provided.
RESOLVED that the Clerk informs S.B.C. that the Town Council
supports the measures proposed along
86. MINUTES OF THE MEETINGS OF INGLEBY
BARWICK TOWN COUNCIL HELD ON
The Minutes of the Meetings of Ingleby Barwick Town Council
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87. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES ON 16TH JULY AND 21ST JULY 2008.
(a) Item 65 2008/2009 - Evening Gazette Community Champion Awards.
The Clerk noted
that she had submitted the four nominations requested by the Town Council. The closing date for nominations is
88. INGLEBY BARWICK ENFORCEMENT SERVICE.
The Clerk informed that she had circulated a copy of the Service Level Agreement 2008/09 to Members for their information prior to the meeting.
It was noted that we are now 6 months into the 12 month Agreement and as such it was recommended that a meeting be set up with Enforcement to discuss the Service and raise any issues.
It was also suggested that Members be given the opportunity to go out with Ingleby Barwick Enforcement Officers on suitable dates/times to be agreed.
RESOLVED that the Clerk arranges a meeting with representatives from the Enforcement Service. The meeting to be attended by Councillor W. Feldon, Councillor Mrs J. Kirby and the Clerk.
89. BUILDING SCHOOLS FOR THE FUTURE (BSF).
The Clerk noted receipt of information from Councillor K. Lupton Leader of S.B.C., which she had circulated to Members prior to the meeting.
Councillor W. Feldon informed that he is liaising with York Diocese in respect of secondary school provision in Ingleby Barwick.
Reference was made to the correspondence forwarded to the Town Council by Ward Councillor Patterson updating on progress with the campaign for a new secondary school in Ingleby Barwick.
Councillor Patterson informed that he now has the DCSF guidance a ‘Guide for People Wishing to Set up a New School Outside a Competition’. Councillor Patterson is to forward the guide to the Clerk for distribution to Town Council Members.
Reference was made to BO2SS.
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The importance of obtaining a suitable site for provision of a new secondary school was highlighted.
K. Dixon updated Members on his progress with the concerns in respect of the
new site for
It was noted that Ingleby Barwick Ward Councillors are hoping to meet with Stockton South MP Dari Taylor in the near future.
The Clerk informed that she has submitted the Application for £10,000 funding from the Big Lottery Fund ‘Awards for All’ towards the fabrication and installation of ‘Play Cubes’ to be incorporated in the park .
It was noted
that a £100 donation has been received from Copeland Veterinary Surgeons,
A ‘Suppliers Presentation’ was held on Thursday 11th September 2008 at Whinstone Primary School, Lowfields Avenue, Ingleby Barwick, which was attended by Councillor Mrs I. Machin, Councillor D. Sanderson and the Clerk as well as Ward Councillors, the children who had been involved with the design process and other interested parties.
who have submitted bids to S.B.C. to carry out the design and construction of
the new Landscape for Play at
Each contractor was allowed 10 minutes, with an additional 5 minutes for Questions and Answers. A scoring sheet was provided to allow people to register their preferences, which was to be used as part of the final assessment of the tenders.
The Clerk reported that she had received correspondence from S.B.C. stating that of the four presentations made, three scored very highly. A spreadsheet was provided showing the scores and comments made by those attending. These scores were added to the officers group technical assessment of the tenders.
As the Play Practice scored highly at the presentations and was also scored highest by the officers group a decision has been taken to use them as the preferred supplier.
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Over the next six weeks the detailed design will be undertaken with a view to submitting the proposals forward for planning approvals in early November. Should the discharge of the planning matters be successful commencement of construction is still scheduled for January 2009.
RESOLVED that the Clerk invite Mr K. Mathews S.B.C. to the Town Council’s October Meeting to update Members on progress.
91. INGLEBY BARWICK GARDEN COMPETITION 2008.
informed that she had made arrangements for the Presentation Ceremony to take
It was noted that six of the nine prize winners had confirmed their attendance to date and will be accompanied by guests.
Councillor T.W. Bowman has prepared the prize certificates for the winning entries. He has also put together a slide show showing photographs of the garden competition entries taken on the day of judging.
Mr Barry Hunter from S.B.C. who judged the competition will be providing a projector to run the slide show at the presentation ceremony.
The Clerk has arranged a trophy for the winner of each category, as well as the prize vouchers.
Members of the Town Council were invited to attend the ceremony.
RESOLVED that the Clerk be delegated the responsibility to organise food and refreshments for the occasion at an appropriate level of expenditure.
92. BULB PLANTING PROJECT, INGLEBY BARWICK.
The Clerk reported that she has been advised by S.B.C. that there is a massive shortage of bulbs this year due to weather conditions and demand from abroad.
At present Community Groups are expected to receive 1 bag of 5,000 crocuses and 1 bag 500 daffodils. It is anticipated therefore that the bulb planting project organised on an annual basis with the local schools and voluntary groups would be doubtful to go ahead this year.
RESOLVED that the Town Council accepts the bulbs when available and arrangements be made to plant them at a suitable location.
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reported receipt of correspondence informing that S.B.C. was consulting on the Stockton-on-Tees Draft Strategic Housing
Land Availability Report Consultation from
The broad methodology for the SHLAA is set out in the National Practice Guidance. This requires potential housing sites to be tested according to a framework of:
becoming available?); and
achieved on the site?).
Sites have been identified both by the study team and externally (promoted by consultants).
All sites have been assessed other than those below the minimum site size threshold (0.4 hectares) or that Government policy or law indicates are inappropriate for residential development (for example, Sites of Special Scientific Interest).
Comments were welcomed on the content of the report and the assessment of sites.
The Clerk informed that she had circulated the information to Councillor Members for their individual comments.
Councillor W. Feldon informed that he had submitted comments to S.B.C.
The Clerk reported receipt of correspondence from S.B.C. informing that they are required under Section 60 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) to develop a Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP).
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The ROWIP will identify, prioritise and plan for improvements to the local rights of way network, and in doing so make better provision for walkers, cyclists, equestrians and people with mobility problems.
The ROWIP is at a draft stage and the Council is seeking comments on the draft plan from neighbouring councils, organisations, user groups, land managers and the wider public.
Comments received by
The ROWIP is available for download from the Council’s website at www.stockton.gov.uk and typing ROWIP in the search menu.
Only a limited number of printed copies of the ROWIP have been produced in order to reduce paper consumption.
It is noted that
RESOLVED that this matter be considered at the Town Council’s October meeting to allow Members additional time to consider the information.
95. HIGHWAY NETWORK MANAGMENT SCRUTINY REVIEW.
The Clerk reported receipt of correspondence from S.B.C. informing that the Regeneration and Transport Select Committee were conducting a scrutiny review of Highway Network Management. The Committee were particularly interested in Parish and Town Council’s views on issues relating to the management of roads and footways in the Borough, especially in relation to works undertaken by S.B.C. and utilities companies, and the information provided to Parish and Town Councillors in relation to this. A questionnaire was provided which was completed by Councillor Mrs Machin and Councillor W. Feldon
Council’s comments submitted made reference to the potholes on
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96. CONNECT2 PROJECT, FOOTBRIDGES OVER THE
RIVER LEVEN AND RIVER
The Clerk reported receipt of a response from S.B.C. to the query as to whether the Town Council would be represented on the Connect2 Project steering group.
S.B.C. state that one of the recommendations approved by Cabinet at its meeting on 24 April 2008 was for an External Project Board to be established to ensure that key stakeholders are fully engaged throughout the scheme development process.
The Report endorsed by Cabinet envisaged the following, ‘high level’ Membership of the Project Board:
It was noted that Ingleby Barwick Town Council is not on this list, however the Town Council will be able to input to the Project Board through the Eastern Area Partnership Board of Stockton Renaissance.
The Project Board has yet to meet, as the emphasis has been on moving the scheme to the next stage of development before holding the inaugural meeting. The next stage in the scheme development process is for the indicative alignments for all four of the proposed links to be firmed up.
The Clerk noted that Councillor T.W. Bowman represents the Town Council on the Eastern Area Partnership Board. Councillor Mrs I. Machin also sits on the Board as a Community representative.
97. PARISH COUNCIL LIAISON FORUM MEETING, SEPTEMBER 2008.
The Clerk stated that she had circulated the information received in respect of the Parish Council Liaison Forum Meeting to Members for their observation.