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                 Minutes of the Meeting held on 9th November 2015   


Present: David Lane (Vice Chairman), Angela Brodie, Sue Stanley, Graham Yandell, Jon Hillyard. Keith Mason

 Daventry District Councillor Johnnie Amos, P.C.S.O. Mark Tooley


PCSO Mark Tooley who gave a brief crime report. Since the last meeting there had been four burglaries, four thefts from motor vehicles and two attempted burglaries from garages. He also reported a number of break- ins to motor vehicles parked at golf clubs and to stables in Crick.


835. Apologies for Absence: Sharon Henley (Personal)

836. Declarations of interest. There were no declarations of interest


837. Resolution to sign and approve Minutes of Regular Meeting dated 28th September 2015 and interim meeting dated 10th October 2015.     

These were signed by the Chairman as a true and accurate record of the meeting.


838. Matters Arising – from previous minutes for updates only

      i) Item 821 i) – Blocked ditch, Upper Stowe.

 Still awaiting update from Ian Smith, KeirWSP regarding the timing of the proposed work

            ii) Road Flooding on A5.

Highways England’s contractor, A-one+, have now carried out temporary repairs to drainage  pipes that had been damaged by tree roots. A permanent solution will be implemented when  funding (in the region of one million pounds) was available. This could take up to two years


839.  Planning Approvals – Review of Past Planning Applications

The Clerk reported that he had discussed with the Planning Officer the latest situation regarding  the application for one Gypsy Standing on land adjacent to the A5. The Environment Agency have  requested a full flood risk assessment which was being prepared by the applicant.


840.  Statement of Accounts/Accounts for Payment.

           i) The balance of account in the Nationwide Building Society was £3612.10

          ii) Stowe IX Churches Closed C of E School Room Charge Y/E 31.12.15 - £100.00

It was proposed by Keith Mason, seconded by Graham Yandell that the above account should be  passed for payment.


841.  Community Defibrillator

a) Cabinet Installation

The appointed electrician – Baker Electrical – has unfortunately withdrawn due to an accident. We  have now received a quotation from M.J.Ireson to install the two defibrillator cabinets at a cost of  £121.50 plus VAT per box. This is almost half the previous quotation. It was proposed by Angela  Brodie, seconded by Jon Hillyard and approved unanimously to accept the quotation. The Clerk  explained that Mr Ireson’s terms of trading were for payment within 14days of invoice date. As  the next Parish Council Meeting was not until14th December it was proposed by Jon Hillyard, seconded by Sue Stanley that a cheque should be drawn and released by the Clerk after  satisfactory completion of the work

b) Training. Steve Gilkes has kindly agreed to hold a further training session on Saturday 12th  December 2015. At 10.00am in The Old School Rooms

842. Radar Memorial – Brown Tourist Sign

Councillor Amos agreed to contact our Member of Parliament, Chris Heaton- Harris to ask for his  support in obtaining a brown tourist sign on the A5. He requested that the Clerk should send him  details of the Radar Memorial

843. Transparency Code

 The Clerk is still looking into the possibility of a web site.


844. DDC – New Dog Fouling Enforcement Rules

 From 1st December 2015 dog walkers risk a fine of £100 and potential prosecution if they fail to:

 Pick up their dog’s poo

 Carry the means for picking up their dog’s poo while on a walk

 Stop their dog from entering a fenced off playground

 Place their dog on a lead when directed by a Council Officer

 Put their dog on a lead around the visitor centre/cafe at Daventry Country Park

 Some doubt was expressed by the Parish Council regarding the enforcement of the Order. It was  agreed to display a leaflet on the notice boards.


845. HGV Traffic through Stowe IX Churches

The recent increase in HGV vehicles through the village appeared to be due to work being carried  out by farmers in adjoining fields. As this was of short duration it was agreed that no further  action was necessary.


846. DDC – Local Development Scheme

Contents noted – no further action necessary at this time.


847. Superfast Broadband Update

The latest update from the County Council indicates a mixed situation with regard to availability  of broadband throughout the village. Parishioners are advised to check with their service provider  for availability. At the moment there is no scheduled date for when we might expect an  improvement in the poor reception areas.


848. Tree Maintenance – Main Street Church Stowe

Concern has been expressed about the possible dangerous condition of some of the trees opposite  The Old School Rooms, Main Street Church Stowe. A meeting has been arranged between  representatives of the Parish Council and the Tree Officer from Daventry District Council on 26th  November 2015 in order to consider what maintenance work may be necessary.

849.  Footpath Warden and Highway Warden Reports

 Steve Gilkes reported that the footpaths are in good order. Some of the County Council notices  have been removed. He is continuing to progress the repairs to pot holes with County Council  Highways

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 Date and Venue of Next Meeting Next Meeting: 14th December 2015.All meetings will be held in  The Old School Rooms Church Stowe at 8.00pm unless otherwise advised