Present: Sharon Henley (Chairman), Angela Brodie, Keith Mason,
Sue Stanley, David Lane, Graham Yandell
Daventry District Councillor Johnnie Amos
The Chairman welcomed Councillor Johnnie Amos to his first meeting of the Parish
802. To receive Councillor Yandell’s Acceptance of Office.
Councillor Yandell, having been elected, read aloud and signed his Acceptance
803. Apologies for Absence: Jon Hillyard (Personal).
804. Declarations of interest. Graham Yandell declared a non pecuniary interest in
805. Resolution to sign and approve Minutes of Regular Meeting dated 6th July 2015
These were signed by the Chairman as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
806. Matters Arising – from previous minutes for updates only
i) Item 806 i) – Blocked ditch, Upper Stowe.
Ian Smith, KeirWSP has promised to investigate the problem within the coming week
807. Planning Approvals – Review of past planning applications
Planning Application DA/2012/0876
Concern has been expressed that the appearance and positioning of the boathouse was
not in accordance with the conditions of the planning approval. The Chairman agreed
to discuss this with Sir Peter Ellwood before contacting DDC.
808. Statement of Accounts/Accounts for Payment.
i) The balance of account in the Nationwide Building Society was £2122.05
ii) DDC – Fee for uncontested Parish Council Election 7th May 2015 - £83.00
Proposed by David Lane, seconded by Graham Yandell and agreed unanimously that the
above account should be passed for payment
809. Community Defibrillator
a) Community funding update
There has been an excellent response to the community funding project. Various activities
organised by Jo Dickson have raised a total of £767.70. The Summer Sizzler event
organised by Graham Yandell raised a total of £855.22; a significant proportion
of which was due to the personal generosity of Graham. The Parish Council placed
on record their appreciation of the excellent result arising from the hard work
of Jo, Graham and their many helpers.
b) Defibrillator Purchase Timing.
The Clerk had circulated to Councillors a financial plan showing that, after allowing
for the Community Funding amount recorded above, it would be possible to place orders
for the defibrillators and cabinets in advance of receipt of the second tranche
of precept funding in September. It was agreed to place orders for two CR Plus Lifepak
Defibrillators at a cost of £650.00 plus V.A.T. each from Physio Control and two
Heated Cabinets at a cost of £475.00 plus V.A.T. each from Turtle Engineering Ltd.
Proposed by Keith Mason, seconded by David Lane and approved unanimously.
The terms of trading with Physio Control was for payment 30 days after invoice date.
The order will therefore be place at the end of August to ensure that payment will
not be required until early October. The terms of trading with Turtle Engineering
Ltd. however required payment with order. In order that the cabinets would be received
in time it will be necessary to proceed with this before the date of the next Parish
Council Meeting on 28th September.
It was therefore proposed by Sharon Henley, seconded by David Lane and approved
unanimously that a payment of £1140.00 to Turtle Engineering Ltd should be authorised.
The Clerk had agreed with Mandy Lowe from EMAS to hold a training session on either
1st October or 5th October. It was agreed to proceed with this on 1st October at
7.30pm in the Old School Rooms. The training would last approximately 2 hours for
a maximum of twelve people. It was agreed to publicise this in the Village Newsletter.
Steve Gilkes agreed to hold further training sessions if there was sufficient demand.
d) Ongoing audit and maintenance of defibrillators.
It will be necessary for regular checks to be made on the condition of the defibrillators
to ensure that they are always in good condition. Steve Gilkes very kindly agreed
to undertake this responsibility.
810. Radar Memorial – Brown Tourist Sign
The Clerk held a site meeting with Ian Boyes from KeirWSP on 10th August to look
into the feasibility of positioning two signs approximately70 metres each side if
the memorial. Ian agreed to draw up a proposal for the signs using black lettering
on white background. He estimated the likely cost to be approx, £350.00 plus V.A.T.
for each sign. Councillor Amos offered to look into why Highways England would not
allow a brown sign on the A5. He also said that he would talk to Councillor Robin
Brown regarding possible funding from his County Councillor’s empowering fund.
811. Local Code of Conduct 2015.
DDC have amended the Code of Conduct with some minor changes. As the Parish Council
have previously adopted this code it was proposed by Graham Yandell, seconded by
Angela Brodie and agreed unanimously that the amended code should also be adopted.
812. Big Switch
Agreed to put posters on notice boards publicising this initiative from DDC
813. Dog Control
Graham Yandell brought to the attention of the Parish Council that, following an
incident where his dog had been attacked by an uncontrolled dog owned by Mr Lucas,
he had reported this to the DDC Dog Control Wardens and also to the Police. He also
raised concern over the very poor response from the Police 101 Service. As a consequence
of this he has written a letter of complaint to the Police and Crime Commissioner
814. DDC – Guidance on CIL for Parish Councils
The contents of this were noted
815. Footpath Warden
Mr. Nigel Bright has decided that he can no longer act as Footpath Warden. Steve
Gilkes has kindly agreed to carry out this role in addition to his duties as Highway
Warden. It was agreed to write to thank Mr Bright and also to advise NCC of the
816. Highway Warden Report
a) The problem of the blocked gully outside Highbank, Main Street, Church Stowe
has still not been resolved. The Clerk was asked to write to the enforcement officer
at Northamptonshire Highways to request urgent action.
b) Steve Gilkes will contact Ian Boyes at KeirWSP regarding the schedule for road
c) The problem of road flooding on the A5 was raised as there had been several occasions
where motor vehicles had lost control when hitting the flooded road. The Clerk was
asked to contact Highways England to request that they urgently deal with this problem.
817. Date and Venue of Next Meeting
Next Meeting: 28th September 2015
Future dates: 9th November 2015, 9th November 2015 and 14th December 2015.
All meetings will be held in The Old School Rooms Church Stowe at 8.00pm unless otherwise