Present: Sharon Henley (Chairman), David Lane, Angela Brodie, Sue Stanley, Jon Hillyard.
Daventry District Councillor Johnnie Amos, Daventry District Councillor David Smith
854. Apologies for Absence: Graham Yandell (Holiday)
855. Declarations of interest. Item 858 – Sharon Henley, David Lane & Sue Stanley
all declared a disclosable interest in this item
856. Resolution to sign and approve Minutes of Regular Meeting dated 9th November
2015 and interim meeting dated 23rd November 2015.
These were signed by the Chairman as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
857. Matters Arising – from previous minutes for updates only
i) Item 838 i) – Blocked ditch, Upper Stowe.
KeirWSP have finally carried out the remedial work to hopefully overcome this problem.
ii) Item 838 ii) Road Flooding on A5.
Highways England’s contractor, A-one+ are carrying out regular checks on the situation
especially at times of heavy rainfall. They have also provided an out of hours telephone
number – 0844 3728382 – which will connect to a local team who can then urgently
deal with any flooding.
As a result of a further accident pressure is being put on Highways England to fund
a permanent solution in the first quarter of the new financial year.
iii) Item 848 Tree Maintenance – Main Street, Church Stowe.
Sharon Henley, David Lane and the Clerk attended a meeting with the DDC Tree Expert
to review the condition of the trees at the entrance to the village in Main Street.
As a result of this a number of trees were identified as being either dead or in
a poor condition. These trees were all marked for removal as soon as possible. It
was agreed that the Clerk should write to the landowner, Mr Lucas, to ask for this
work to be carried out urgently.
Four of the remaining trees identified as being covered by Protection Orders were
all in good condition. The schedule of Tree Protection Orders will be updated by
DDC to reflect the current situation.
858. Planning Application Received
1) DA/2015/1006 Land to Rear of Bank House, Main Street, Church Stowe
Prior to consideration of this item Sharon Henley, David Lane and Sue Stanley left
the room having already declared a disclosable interest.
Angela Brodie took the chair for this item.
After some discussion the Parish Council unanimously agreed that they have no objection
to the principle of an Earth House but wished to make a number of comments on this
proposed development. (The full reply including the list of comments is attached
as Appendix C to these minutes)
Following the conclusion of item 858, Sharon Henley, David Lane and Sue Stanley
rejoined the meeting and Sharon Henley resumed as Chairman.
859. Planning Approvals – Review of Past Planning Applications
There were no items to consider
860. Statement of Accounts/Accounts for Payment.
i) The balance of account in the Nationwide Building Society was £3522.10
ii) Clerk’s Salary October – December 2015 - £496.23
iii) Clerk’s Expenses October – December 2015 - £44.21
iv) HM Revenue & Customs PAYE October – December 2015 - £124.05
Proposed by David Lane, seconded by Jon Hillyard and agreed unanimously that the
above accounts should be passed for payment.
861. Budget 2016/17
i) The proposed Budget for 2016/17 had been circulated to Councillors prior to the
meeting. The Clerk explained that the money raised by the community for the purchase
of defibrillators had exceeded budget by £1353. In addition the actual election
cost was £83 instead of a budgeted cost of £750 due to the election not being contested.
However as an election can be called at any time a Parish Council vacancy occurs
it was agreed to increase reserves by the amount saved on this years election. The
net result of these savings means that the reserve will be increased to £1400 while
the precept can be reduced back to £2710.This is a similar level to the years prior
to the purchase of the defibrillators. It was resolved to approve the 2016/17 Budget
(Appendix A) as presented to the meeting. Proposed by David Lane, seconded by Sharon
Henley and approved unanimously.
ii) The proposed Reserve Policy for 2016/17 had been circulated to Councillors prior
to the meeting. The proposed reserve of £1400 included a reserve for a possible
election as detailed above and also a sum of £337 ring fenced for the Radar Memorial
maintenance. The analysis of quarterly cash flow showed no areas of concern. It
was therefore resolved to approve the 2016/17 Reserve Policy (Appendix B) as presented
to the meeting. Proposed by Jon Hillyard, seconded by Keith Mason and approved unanimously.
862. Parish Precept 2016/17
It was resolved that Stowe IX Churches Parish Council precept Daventry District
Council for £2710 for the year 2016/17. Proposed by Keith Mason, seconded by Sue
Stanley and approved .unanimously
863. Community Defibrillator
a) Cabinet Installation
Steve Gilkes reported that the installation of the defibrillators is finished and
that the registration with EMAS has been completed so that the two defibrillators
will be in operation from 16th December 2015.
Steve also agreed to obtain signs for the telephone boxes. There will be a need
to paint the boxes so the Clerk will look to source the appropriate paint.
The installation certificates have been received from the electrician
b) Training. Steve Gilkes reported that the training day on 12th December had been
very successful. We now have a total of 16 parishioners trained in the use of the
defibrillators. All have the access code and all will receive training certificates.
It was agreed that a list of these trained parishioners and their mobile phone numbers
should be compiled for distribution through the village.
864. Radar Memorial – Brown Tourist Sign
Councillor Amos reported that there was good support from District and County Councillors
for the sign He will continue to progress this.
865. Transparency Code
The Clerk is still progressing the development of a web site.
866. Northants County Council – Open Market Review Consultation – Broadband infrastructure
This was a review aimed at service providers. No action needed
867. Northants County Council - Draft Budget Consultation
Individuals should make comments direct to the County Council. No further action.
868. Daventry District Council – Draft Housing Supplementary Planning Document Consultation
No response necessary from Parish Council
869. Footpath Warden and Highway Warden Reports
Steve Gilkes had very little to report. He had organised a replacement salt bin
to replace one that had been damaged
Date and Venue of Next Meeting Next Meeting: 1st February 2016.
Following meeting 14th March 2016
All meetings will be held in The Old School Rooms Church Stowe at 8.00pm unless