26 May DRAFT MINUTES OF THE PARISH MEETING – 22ND MAY 2019
Draft Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 22nd May 2019
at 7.30 p.m. in Barrasford Village Hall.
1. Everyone was welcomed to the meeting which began at 7.30 p.m.
Present:- Chollerton Parish Councillors- Maggie Tarbit; Dorothy Pigg; Fiiona Charlton; Philip Eggleston; Edward Heslop.
Parish Clerk; Elizabeth Atkinson
Northumberland County Councillor; Rupert Gibson
Residents; Charlotte Hird.
2. Apologies for Absence were received from Cllr Campbell and Cllr Maud Jupp.
3. Confirmation of Chairman for the Annual Parish Meeting.
Cllr.Fiona Charlton proposed Cllr.Edward Heslop and Cllr.Dot Pigg seconded it
Cllr.Heslop took the Chair for the meeting.
4. Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on the 29th May 2019 were accepted as an accurate record and signed by the Chair.
5. There were no matters arising.
6. Review of 2018-2019.From Chair Cllr Heslop-
We began the year with the confirmation that the proposed school closure would not now take place. We have endeavoured to forge stronger links with the school and these need to be built on.
During the year we lost two councillors in Lee Buckingham and Jen Dover- we appreciate the contributions they have made and welcomed Philip Egglestone onto the PC and look forward to co-opting soon to fill the other vacancy.
Over the year a number of traffic issues have been raised. The Chollerton viaduct issue has been addressed and a recent meeting with NCC highways has resulted in plans to address concerns at Barrasford and Gunnerton which will be detailed in the May meeting of the PC. I thank Cllrs Jupp and Tarbit for stepping up to train with the speed gun.
Colwell residents were grateful for the PC and NCC’s input into tidying up the area to the east of the village.
We continue to support the play areas by way of paying the rent and half of their insurance costs. Our grants also support the upkeep of Chollerton church yard and a number of relatively local causes.
We responded to the NCC Local Plan consultations as well as a number of applications. It is to be noted that the permission to build on the land known as “The Potts” has expired and that the application to build to the east of the Scouts Hut was refused despite the PC expressing the need for some development to sustain our community and it’s assets as can be seen happening in adjoining parishes.
County Councilor Rupert GIBSON continues to represent us at County Hall and his input on relevant issues is much appreciated.
The PC has dealt with GDPR as well as facilitating the memorial seat at the church and also assisting with last nights Broadband initiative presentation by B4NTR.
Once again we acknowledged the contributions of three “Local Heroes” in Jim Bullock, Michelle Nixon and Jen Dover.
Our Clerk has continued to pick up the pieces following a busy take over of duties. Liz deals with the issues in a prompt and professional manner and I do wish some of those we have to make contact with were likewise. It is only right, now the detail of her job has become clearer that we have agreed her pay structure.
I thank the clerk and all of the PC for their efforts, commitment and support over the year and look forward to next year with a very competent team.
7. Accounts for the year ended 31st March 2019.
The draft statement of Accounts 2018-2019 was circulated at the meeting and the contents noted. Approval of the document would be considered at the Parish Meeting which followed on after this meeting.
8. Any Other Business.
The meeting closed at 7.40 p.m.