Minutes of a meeting of the Town Council held on Wednesday 28 th April 2010 at the Council Chamber Council Offices Windmill Lane Northam commencing at 7.00 pm
Present: Cllrs Langton (Chairman), Mrs Biggs, Mrs Boyle, Mrs Collins, Eastman, Edwards, Hames, Miller, Osborne, Robinson
In Attendance :Mrs Jane Mills, Town Clerk
Member of the press
The Chairman advised that he had a draft proposal to be said at Council meetings. This will be circulated and put on the next full Council agenda.
1004/42 Chairman's announcements
The Chairman advised receipt of an email regarding the imminent closure of the Appledore Co-op. This was discussed and it was agreed to write to the Co-op expressing concerns about the proposed closure.
Apologies were received from Cllrs Braund, Mrs Cox, Johnson and Tisdale.
1004/44 Declarations of interest.
There were no declarations of interest.
1004/45 To agree the agenda as published
It was resolved to agree the agenda as published.
1004/46 To confirm and sign the minutes of the Full Council Meeting held on 30 th March 2010 as a correct record
It was resolved with no votes to the contrary to confirm and sign the minutes of the full Council meeting held on 30 th March 2010 as a correct record.
1004/47 To consider and adopt the minutes of committees and sub-committees previously circulated
Finance Meeting 8 th April 2010
Planning Meeting 14 th April 2010
Town Projects Meeting 15 th April 2010
It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the committees and sub committees previously circulated.
1004/48 To receive a Police Report
Apologies were received from the Police as they were not able to be in attendance.
1004/49 To receive questions and/or deputations or petitions from parishioners. All deputations or petitions to be referred without discussion to the clerk for action, or to the next council meeting for discussion as appropriate. Any question requiring an answer at the meeting to be submitted at least five working days before the meeting to the town council office
There were no questions received.
1004/50 To consider correspondence
Induction Course Working with your Council
Councillors were invited to advise the Clerk by the end of the week if they wish to attend.
Request from Planet Aid to install an unwanted clothing collection bin in Northam
Council felt there were no suitable locations to install a collection bin
Details of Parish Lengthsman Service 2010-11(held in office)
Invitation to all Cllrs to Golden Rendezvous Northam Methodist Church 16 th May Tea 4.30pm Service 6pm
Councillors were asked to advise the Clerk as soon as possible if they wished to attend. The Mayor and Cllr Eastman confirmed their attendance.
1004/51 To review Committee Structures
Planning – It was resolved to revert to the composition of the Planning Committee as resolved in 2005.
Recommendation from Finance Committee – The Finance Committee recommended that in addition to the present committee of four Members, the Chair of Town Projects and Northam Burrows should be added as ex officio members. It was resolved to agree to this recommendation.
1004/52 To consider a review of Standing Orders
It was resolved that the Clerk should draft and circulate a new set of Standing Orders and these will be considered at a future Council meeting .
1004/53 To consider a review of Financial Regulations
It was resolved that the Clerk should draft and circulate a new set of Financial Regulations and these will be considered at a future Council meeting .
1004/54 To consider all signage in the Town Council area
The Chairman read an email received with regard to signage in Appledore. Cllr Eastman gave a report on behalf of himself and Cllr Edwards. Work has been done already on changing the signs and correcting the problems and work in regard to the railings at the Quay has been looked at. All other issues regarding signs to be referred to Town Projects for review and Councillors are invited to submit details of any issues they may have.
1004/55 To receive and consider reports from the Town Clerk
Monthly Financial report and approve payments
It was resolved to accept the report and approve the payments.
To consider cheque signing authority recommendation from Finance Committee
It was resolved to accept the recommendation from the Finance Committee.
Annual Return to be approved
The Clerk advised that the annual return has not been finalised.
To consider Town Clerk's attendance at SLCC Regional Conference Plymouth 18 th May
To consider Town Clerk's attendance at University of Gloucester Summer Seminar 8 th – 10 th July
It was resolved to agree the Town Clerk's attendance at both these events.
To consider working hours of the Town Clerk
It was resolved to refer this to the Finance Committee
1004/56 To consider working towards Quality Status
It was resolved to work towards Quality Status and progress reports will be included in future agendas.
1004/57 To consider correspondence regarding claimed slipway at Appledore
It was resolved to pursue the establishment of a public right of way for the claimed slipway at Appledore and also the slipway adjoining the Gaiety in Appledore.
1004/58 Reports from District Members
District Cllr Robinson advised that new governance arrangements had recently been voted upon and he also regretted that fellow District Councillors had been unable to attend the Committee meeting.
Cllr Eastman spoke about his concerns regarding dropped kerbs and will be pursuing adherence to parking regulations
1004/59 Reports from County Councillors
County Cllr Boyle spoke about the issue of the Hartland lighthouse.
County Cllr Robinson spoke about speed ramps and also waste disposal.
County Cllr Eastman spoke about schools in the area, road signs, the Atlantic Array and advised that Babcock Marine are tendering for maintenance work. He asked that a letter of support should be sent from Northam Town Council. He also spoke about potholes and advised that £11.5 million has been allocated to repair them in a sound manner. Appledore Quay will be receiving attention and he has been advised by County Hall that they will be delighted to hand the Boat Park to Northam Town Council. This will come to a meeting for full discussion.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.55 pm.
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