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MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL MEETING OF INGLEBY BARWICK PARISH COUNCIL, HELD AT ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI CHURCH CENTRE - MEETING ROOM, BARWICK WAY, INGLEBY BARWICK, ON WEDNESDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2003, COMMENCING AT 7.00 P.M.
Chairman: Councillor T.W. Bowman;
Vice-Chairman: Councillor Mrs I Machin;
Councillors: W. Feldon, R. Patterson and Mrs S. Rouse;
Ward Councillor: Mrs J. Beaumont;
Clerk and R.F.O.: Paula M. Hall;
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor D. Scott.
144. CODE OF CONDUCT DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST.
Councillor W. Feldon declared a personal/non-prejudicial interest in relation to item no. 3 on the Agenda Primary Education in Ingleby Barwick as he is a school governor for St. Francis of Assisi CE Primary School, Ingleby Barwick.
Councillor Mrs I. Machin declared a personal/non-prejudicial interest in relation to item no. 3 on the Agenda Primary Education in Ingleby Barwick as she is a school governor for St. Therese of Lisieux R.C. Primary School, Ingleby Barwick.
Councillor Mrs S. Rouse declared a personal/non-prejudicial interest in relation to item no. 3 on the Agenda Primary Education in Ingleby Barwick as she is a school governor for Ingleby Mill Primary School, Ingleby Barwick.
Councillor R. Patterson declared a personal/prejudicial interest in relation to item no. 4 on the Agenda Planning Application No. 03/2037/P, Outline Application for a Primary School and Nursery with Access Road, Associated Car Parking and Playing Fields, Playing Fields South of Ingleby Barwick as he is an active member of the Green Wedge Action Group, he lives adjacent to the site and also may be in the catchment zone for the school if built. Councillor Patterson left the meeting room for the duration of the item.
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145. PRIMARY EDUCATION IN INGLEBY BARWICK.
The Parish Council considered the consultation proposals on what Stockton-on-Tees Local Education Authority intends to do, and why.
Ingleby Barwick Parish Council is in agreement that the LEA needs to look at how it proposes to meet the long-term requirements for more primary school places in Ingleby Barwick. The Parish Council is also in support of the necessity for a new primary school(s), which will assist in reducing the numbers in the existing Ingleby Mill and Whinstone primary schools and also accommodate the additional children who are forced to travel out to primary schools in the surrounding area.
However, it is essential that the proposals fulfil the long-term view and overall needs of Ingleby Barwick.
The Parish Council has a number of concerns with the existing proposals. The proposed 630-place primary school on Low Lane would have a major impact on traffic and without doubt cause congestion at an already busy access route, in and out of Ingleby Barwick.
There is also the question of distribution of primary school places, to ensure that all children have an easily accessible school in their vicinity.
The current proposals fall short of this and do not provide the children in village six with easy access to a school.
The Parish Council considered the table showing the pupil projections for each of the six villages in Ingleby Barwick for the next ten years and considers that the following option would provide a much more effective solution to the matter and the spread of primary school places across Ingleby Barwick would look like this:
· 630 places in the north A new 420 place school in village 6
and 210 at St. Francis;
· 630 places in the centre 420 at Whinstone and 210 at Myton
· 630 places in the south 420 at the existing Ingleby Mill site and 210 at Low Lane.
The above proposals would provide a more even distribution of primary school places and take into account safe travel to school, ensuring that children have access to a school within walking distance from their home.
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It is also noted that that the location of the schools would work a lot better for the area as a whole and would allow children the opportunity to attend out of school activities, using the facilities provided.
The provision of a smaller school on Low Lane would be much more suitable and reduce the impact on the traffic situation.
The Parish Council notes that the issue of primary education is of importance to the whole community of Ingleby Barwick, who should have been involved in the consultation process.
RESOLVED that the Clerk forward the above comments to S.B.C. accordingly.
Councillor Patterson left the meeting at this point.
146. PLANNING APPLICATION No. 03/2037/P
PROPOSALS: OUTLINE APPLICATION FOR A PRIMARY SCHOOL AND NURSERY WITH NEW ACCESS ROAD, ASSOCIATED CAR PARKING AND PLAYING FIELDS.
LOCATION: PLAYING FIELDS SOUTH OF INGLEBY BARWICK.
The Parish Council considered the above application.
The Parish Council object to a 630 place school on this site, as it would have a major impact on traffic.
Concerns are also raised with regard to access to the school and the size of the new roundabout to be constructed on Barwick Way.
The distribution of primary school places and accessible schools for children in Ingleby Barwick justifies the requirement of a primary school in Village 6.
If a school is required on this site it should be reduced in size to a much smaller school.
RESOLVED that the Clerk forward the above comments to S.B.C.
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147. FINANCE: ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT.
RESOLVED that the following accounts be approved for payment:
Maynards Nursery, Invoice for Christmas Tree £250.00
Councillor Bowman, reimbursement for HP Printer
Cartridge £ 20.00
148. BARWICK LANE, INGLEBY BARWICK PROPOSED INTRODUCTION OF LIGHTING BETWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH BLAIR AVENUE.
The Clerk noted that she had circulated a copy of the proposals to Parish Council members for their observation.
RESOLVED that the Clerk reply to S.B.C. informing that the Parish Council is in support of the proposals.
149. INGLEBY BARWICK COMMUNITY HALL COMMUNITY WARDENS.
The Clerk informed that she had been contacted by S.B.C. with regard to the Community Wardens at Ingleby Barwick Community Hall on a Friday night. S.B.C. would be grateful to know the actual date for the Wardens to finish in December 2003.
RESOLVED that the Community Wardens finish on 19th December 2003, however the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Parish Council be given the authority to reinstate the Wardens if the need arose prior to the Parish Councils next meeting on 21st January 2004.
150. LOWFIELDS AVENUE EXTENSION APPEALS AND COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE.
The Clerk noted that S.B.C. have arranged an Appeals and Complaints Committee for the 15th December 2003 at 10 a.m. in Stockton Town Hall. At least 2 objectors will be presenting their objections in person. Supporters of the closure are also able to put their case to the Committee and ask questions of objectors or alternatively put their original or further comments in front of the Committee for consideration.
The Parish Councils comments on the matter are requested.
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RESOLVED that the Clerk inform S.B.C. that the Parish Council do not object to the closure of Lowfields Avenue, however they do have concerns about the traffic flows and suggest a temporary closure of the road in order to assess and evaluate the traffic, before finalising a permanent closure.
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