Parish Council Meeting – 11 Oct ’17

Parish Council Meeting – 11 Oct ’17 at 19:30.

Parish Council Meeting Agenda – 11 October 2017

Payments List – 11 October 2017

Yet another meeting without a clerk and yet another that has a PRIVATE SESSION.

Some Agenda items worthy of discussion.

I think the worst offence is the use of American English on the spell check – I am insulted living in the UK it should be English – English. Words spelt wrong: Neighbourhood and Authorise – corrected here  🙂

10. Title Number GR188628 (Grainger Land):
At long last and over 2 years late – the council if they can agree, will own this land – GR188628.

12. Neighbourhood Development Plan: To receive a report from Cllr Peek and agree any future actions.
Be an interesting report.

13. Village Hall:
(i) Lightning Protection System Test – To receive the Lightning Protection Test report and agree any remedial actions necessary.
Why has URPC requested a report, is this a tenants responsibility? Or is it the landlord responsibility to protect his building?

16. Jubilee Garden: To agree to extend the existing WODC contract to include maintenance of the borders.
Good idea, it does needs to be maintained, but it actually needs expenditure on plants / shrubs / trees.

17. Spring Bulbs:
 (i)  To authorise expenditure of up to £500 to purchase spring bulbs to plant around the village.
Good idea – especially around the signs entering the village.

18. Trees: To authorise the re-commencement of abandoned tree works.
The title says it all – but no explanation of why it stopped in the first place. A DISGRACEFUL way to treat the villagers, especially where the trees are a major problem to individual homes.

19. Litter Pick: To agree a date to litter pick in the village and agree any actions necessary.
Two years late – but without the input of a villager we wouldn’t be this far – well done Helen Lucey. I would be most surprised if any of the longest serving councillors would dirty their hands on a litter pick, but I know the newer ones might. 🙂

20. Letter of Concern re: Linden/Bovis Development: To approve a letter and agree list of recipients.
Again two years too late – this Council over the last two years has taken no interest in the development at all. Too little – very much too late.

Instant observations on Payments list:

  • Good to see that the vllage has acquired table tennis tables for the Sports Committee. Would be beneficial if URPC listed on their website who the Committee Members are.
  • Expenses for D.laird – TBA – must be Dawns idea of humour.
  • Why is URPC paying for a Lightning Protection Test (see above)?
  • Clerk Admin Support for £763.60 – how many hours is this?

9 thoughts on “Parish Council Meeting – 11 Oct ’17

  1. Why do they bother? No one is controlling them so what are they posting this stuff for? They do not care and what is surprising the audit process is not changing anything either? Has an audit report been prepared yet?

    1. No they do not care – if they did they would resign.

      The tree item is condescending to say the least.

      The Litter Pick should be a rubber stamp – I advised Helen to advise URPC out of courtesy and thought they could help, but again the control freak nature takes over and its now their decision. You have to laugh.

      An aside – there are only four declarations of interest on the Cotswold District Council website?

  2. Does the TPO require the PC to treat diseased trees? The Beeches along Proctor Way are badly infested with Black Spot? This will spread into all our gardens on the leaves that are blowing around!

    1. Then this is something the PC needs to address before they take it over and incur an unnecessary cost? I will take this up at CDC as its an enforcement issue!

  3. Village Hall:
    (i) Lightning Protection System Test – To receive the Lightning Protection Test report and agree any remedial actions necessary.
    Why has URPC requested a report, is this a tenants responsibility? Or is it the landlord responsibility to protect his building?

    This is a hang-up from when the PC ran the hall, which is still not sorted. At the last PC meeting I asked, why are they testing it again, when if failed last time and the PC did nothing.

    1. David they are trying to catch up and still have not realised that they do not have enough capable councillors to do the necessary!

  4. Click for Audio Minutes of meeting.

    There was concern about conducting tree works on land that URPC don’t own, but what about land they do own? INCOMPETENCE at an unbelievable level as they agreed to do nothing. Trees that you have responsibility for must be maintained and very little has been done in 3 years.

    Furthermore the lightning conductor budget escalated from £1200 to £5000, without a flinch. That is a huge spread, what about getting other quotes for the work? Albeit, the failing of the conductor is not URPC’s fault, my point is a £5000 spend seems exorbitant. You would not spend this money on your own property without numerous quotes.

    Plus points – Litter Pick going ahead. Bulbs to be bought to brighten up the village and maintenance of the Jubilee Patch by the grass cutting contractor.

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