Minutes of the Meeting held on 28th September 2015
Present: Sharon Henley (Chairman), Angela Brodie, Sue Stanley, David Lane, Graham
Yandell, Jon Hillyard.
Daventry District Councillor Johnnie Amos
The Chairman welcomed PCSO Mark Tooley who gave a brief report explaining that he
would be responsible for the Weedon Beat which includes Stowe IX Churches. He highlighted
a reported crime in Upper Stowe involving damage affecting two cars. He also warned
of an increase in theft of red diesel from agricultural machinery.
818. Apologies for Absence: Keith Mason (Illness).
819. Declarations of interest. There were no declarations of interest
820. Resolution to sign and approve Minutes of Regular Meeting dated 17th August
These were signed by the Chairman as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
821. Matters Arising – from previous minutes for updates only
i) Item 806 i) – Blocked ditch, Upper Stowe.
Ian Smith, KeirWSP has reported that he proposes to patch/re-profile the road to
remove the dip thereby removing the possibility of standing water on the carriageway.
He felt it was unlikely the work could be carried out during the current financial
year. The Parish Council felt this was unsatisfactory in view of the time the problem
had existed. The Clerk was asked to write to KierWSP to request that the remedial
work should be completed without further delay.
ii) Item 816 a) Blocked Gully, Highbank, Main Street, Church Stowe.
A reply has been received from the Highways Regulation Technician stating that she
proposes to write again to Mr Lloyd making a final request to remove the fence after
which, if necessary, they will enforce the issue. She will also suggest to Mr Lloyd
that, if he wishes, the Highways Maintenance Engineer - Ian Smith - is happy to
meet him on site.
It was agreed that no further action could be taken by the Parish Council as this
was now an issue between the Highways Authority and Mr. Lloyd.
iii) Road Flooding on A5.
Highways England’s contractor, A-one+, have now inspected this problem and have
agreed within the next few weeks to carry out a technical survey and some temporary
works to alleviate the flooding occurrence. The Clerk had responded to this asking
that, in view if the seriousness of this problem, the work should be carried out
with extreme urgency. He also asked when a permanent solution would be implemented.
822. Planning Approvals – Review of Past Planning Applications
a) Wyndham House – Boathouse
The Chairman had met with Sir Peter Ellwood to discuss the concern that the boathouse
was visible from the Weedon/Church Stowe public footpath. As a result of the discussions
Sir Peter has agreed to a planting programme in late November of 35 mature trees
about 2metres high planted 3 metres apart in order to screen the eastern wall of
the boathouse. In addition a mixture of winter jasmine and ivy will be planted at
the base of the wall.
The Parish Council felt that this was a very well considered and responsible response
addressing the concerns that had been raised.
823. Statement of Accounts/Accounts for Payment.
i) The balance of account in the Nationwide Building Society was £2521.97
ii) Clerk’s Salary July – September 2015 - £496.23
iii) Clerk’s Expenses July – September 2015 - £34.59
iv) HM Revenue & Customs PAYE July – September 2015 - £124.05
v) Physio – Control UK Ltd. – Purchase 2x Defibrillators - £1560.00
It was proposed by Graham Yandell, seconded by David Lane and approved unanimously
that the above accounts should be passed for payment.
824. Community Defibrillator
a) Cabinet Installation
The Clerk reported that the two defibrillators and cabinets have been delivered.
He will now try to obtain competitive quotations for the electrical installation
of the cabinets.
The training session with Mandy Lowe from EMAS has been confirmed for 1st October
2015 at 7.30pm. So far seven people have expressed an interest in attending.
825. Radar Memorial – Brown Tourist Sign
Northamptonshire Highways have submitted a proposed design for the signs to be positioned
approximately 70 metres each side of the approach to the Radar Memorial and also
for a smaller sign on the footpath sign adjacent to the memorial. It was agreed to
ask for costs for all these signs.
Councillor Amos said that he was still pursuing the possibility of a brown sign
on the A5. He would be raising this with DDC
826. Transparency Code
In order to meet the requirements of the Transparency Code it will be necessary
for the Parish Council to have a website. The Clerk has discussed this with NCALC
who have recommended a company called HugoFox. They provide free of charge websites
for parish councils. It was agreed that the Clerk should look into the implications
of working with HugoFox on this issue and report back to the next meeting.
827. Northamptonshire Highways – Community Liaison Changes
The Community Liaison Team will in future be split into North and South Teams. Daventry
District will be in the North Team. There will be no changes to our normal contacts.
828. Review of the Planning System
This is a request for comments on changes being proposed by the House of Lords.
No further action
829. Footpath Warden
The Warden has now walked all the footpaths. As a result of a meeting with Northamptonshire
Footpaths Officer notices have been put up informing the public on the correct usage
830. Highway Warden Report
a) Six reports have been sent to Northamptonshire Highways regarding potholes in
b) Steve Gilkes has confirmed with Ian Boyes at KeirWSP that there is no schedule
for road sweeping. This will only take place when requested.
831. Date and Venue of Next Meeting Next Meeting: 9th November 2015. Future dates:
14th December 2015.All meetings will be held in The Old School Rooms Church Stowe
at 8.00pm unless otherwise advised