Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on Monday 5 November 2018 at Stocksfield Community Centre

Present:         Ms M Hunt (Chair), Mrs J Furniss, Mr D Parke, Mr M Parker, Mrs H Rae,

Dr P Vickers.

Mr N Spencer (Clerk to the Council).

                       

Also Present: Mrs A Dale (County Councillor), Rev. Dr P Moran.

 

Apologies:     Mr C Liddle, Professor R Thompson, Mrs J Robson.

 

The Chair opened the meeting at 7.32pm and welcomed those present.

18/11/124 Declarations of Interest

There were no declarations of interest.

18/11/125 Public Participation

Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) traffic in Stocksfield

The Chair referred to a previously circulated summary of emails between a resident and the Clerk concerning the above subject in which the resident criticised the performance of councillors in addressing the problem of traffic generally and HGVs in particular. After discussion it was AGREED to note the comments and to invite the resident to apply to be co-opted onto the Council, thereby enabling the resident to make a full contribution to the village.

Action: Clerk

 

18/11/126 Rev. Dr Pat Moran

The Chair introduced Rev Pat Moran, the priest in charge of the Anglican Church in Stocksfield, who has been in post since January 2018. Rev Moran spoke about her background in linguistics and education and the work she is doing, for example in schools, to ensure the Church is more open and accessible to the community. Members discussed the future relationship between the Council and churches across the parish including the provision of care and support for the vulnerable and lonely, the support for burial facilities at Hindley and possible funding opportunities. The potential for councillors to talk to church members about the role of the Council was discussed, particularly in relation to the development of the Parish Council Plan. The Chair thanked Rev Moran for attending and introducing herself to the Council. Rev Moran then left the meeting.

 

18/11/127 County Councillor update

Mrs Dale updated members on the results of the parking restriction consultations at Alexandra Terrace and at New Ridley Road/Batt House Road, contact she has had from residents about the hedgerow at 162-180 New Ridley Road, the charging point on New Ridley Road and the A695 anti skid surface. In respect of speeding issues she added that, after consultation, the residents of New Ridley have indicated the most popular preference is for chicanes at either end of the village and a consultation will be undertaken in respect of proposals for another section of New Ridley Road. Mrs Dale said that two new litter bins have been installed by Northumberland County Council (NCC) on the A68. Mrs Dale then left the meeting.

18/11/128 Minutes of the Meeting held on 1 October 2018

It was AGREED that the minutes of the meeting held on 1 October 2018 were a true and accurate record (proposed Mrs Rae, seconded Mrs Furniss).


18/11/129 Matters Arising

  1. a) Proposed amendments to parking restrictions – A695 at Alexandra Terr and New Ridley Road at Batt House Road.

The Clerk reported that both proposals are to proceed, as notified by NCC. DISCHARGED

  1. b) Speed enforcement New Ridley Road

The Clerk updated that NCC has carried out the necessary works so that speed enforcement on New Ridley Road between New Ridley and Apperley Road can commence. The camera van has been deployed twice in late October with 36 speeding offences being detected and one offence of a vehicle not being in proper control.                                              DISCHARGED

 

18/11/130 Finance

  1. a) Approval of October payments

It was AGREED that the payments for October be approved as detailed in the previously circulated schedule (proposed Dr Vickers, seconded Mr Parke) and the summary of receipts and payments was noted.

  1. b) Budget monitoring report

Members noted the budget monitoring report and AGREED to vire £500 from contingency to sports facilities.

  1. c) Interim Internal Report 2018/19

Members noted the interim report of the internal auditor which raised no issues.

  1. d) Reserve funds

The Chair referred to a report of the Clerk which detailed the current position of reserve accounts as at 20 October 2018 as follows:

Unallocated reserves

£65,532.56

Allocated reserves

£6,207.90

Total reserves

£71,740.75

Members noted the update.

  1. e) Bank signatories - review

The Chair referred to a report of the Clerk and it was AGREED to remove Mr Davison from the list of authorised signatories and to retain the authorised signatories for all accounts as follows: Chair, Mr Parke, Mr Parker, Clerk.                                               Action: Clerk DISCHARGED

 

18/11/131 Parish Council Representatives

  1. a) Annual Town and Parish Council Conference

The Clerk attended on behalf of members and had previously circulated his notes of the conference.

  1. b) Essity Community Forum

Mr Parke provided an update for councillors and AGREED to circulate the minutes of the meeting.

  1. c) East Tynedale Town and Parish Council Forum

The Chair updated members on discussions at the forum. The notes of the meeting will be forwarded to members when available.

18/11/132 Advisory Groups

  1. a) General Governance Advisory Group (GGAG)
  2. i) Notes of GGAG meeting 15/10/18

Members noted the previously circulated notes.

  1. ii) Bank reconciliation to 30 September 2018

Members noted that the bank reconciliation to 30/09/18 had been checked and signed by Mr Parke.

iii) External audit report 2017/48

The Chair referred to the previously circulated reports of the external auditor which completed the audit process. There were no matters to bring to the attention of the Council. Members expressed concern about the delays in the audit process by PKF Littlejohn and AGREED to accept and note the report.

 

  1. iv) Stocksfield Sports Field – potential to improve playing facilities

The Chair referred to a report of the Clerk which explained the potential opportunities to improve the playing facilities at the sports fields. After discussion it was AGREED to

  • approve topographical surveys and initial design work to identify a small number of options for change
  • vire £1330 from contingency funds to sports facilities for that purpose and
  • receive a further report in due course.             Action: Clerk
  1. v) Letter of thanks to Nick Jones

Members expressed unanimous praise for the outstanding voluntary contribution made by local resident Nick Jones to the development and project management of the overspill car park at the sports fields. It was AGREED that a letter of thanks should be sent to him on behalf of the whole Parish Council, and that articles describing his work and its impact on the local community should be placed in the Hexham Courant, if possible, and in the next edition of NE43 News.                                                                            Action: Clerk

  1. vi) Donation requests.

Members AGREED to make donations under Sec 137 Local Government Act 1972 as follows:

Core Music £100, The Children’s Foundation £50, the Great North Air Ambulance £150, Community Action Northumberland £100 and the Royal British Legion £100. Action: Clerk

  1. b) Planning Advisory Group

Members noted the planning report and the delegated authorities used as set out below.

18/03709/FUL

Dell Garth, 6 The Paddock

Proposed garage to side of property

No comment

Note use of delegated powers

 

 

  1. c) Rights of Way and Environment Advisory Group (RoW&EAG)

Dr Vickers informed members that Mavis Harris, until recently a member of the RoW&EAG, had sadly died after an illness. Members expressed thanks for her work over the years and offered their condolences to her family.

 

18/11/133 Review of contracts 2019/20

The Chair referred to previously circulated draft contracts in respect of groundsman services and sports field grass cutting which had been amended to take account of changes in circumstances, including revised annual costs. Members AGREED (proposed Mr Parke, seconded Mr Parker) to approve the revised documents.         Action: Clerk DISCHARGED

 

18/11/134 Parish Council Residents’ Survey

The Chair referred to a previously circulated report and draft of the residents’ survey which highlighted the benefits of using a commercial research company. It was AGREED to approve the content of the survey (subject to any amendments as a result of any decision to use or seek advice from a commercial research company). The Chair reminded members that a housing needs survey had previously been undertaken on behalf of the Council by a Durham based company and a return rate of almost 50% was achieved. The Council recognised the professional and efficient methodology applied by the company to the housing needs survey, the successful outcome achieved, and the detailed insight and background knowledge which the company gained during the exercise. After discussion it was AGREED to

  • suspend paragraph 11.9 of Financial Regulations given the foregoing comments,
  • appoint Eljay Research to undertake the residents’ survey on behalf of the Council and
  • vire an additional £2,000 from contingency funds to the communications budget.

                                                                                                Action: Clerk

 

18/11/135 Commercial use of sports field car park

The Chair referred to a previously circulated report of the Clerk which outlined potential commercial uses of the car park which had not been considered when the Council last discussed the matter in 2015. After further discussion it was AGREED to amend the Council’s position as follows:

The commercial use of Stocksfield sports field car park is prohibited except when used with (i) the permission of the Council in connection with sporting or other community based events or (ii) the consent of, and in connection with, Stocksfield Cricket Club on any day after 5pm or at any time on any Saturday, Sunday or school holiday.

                                                                                                Action: Clerk DISCHARGED

 

Members resolved to suspend paragraph 2.18 of Standing Orders relating to the length of meetings.

18/11/136 A69 Improvements

The Chair referred to previously circulated documentation concerning the proposed improvements to the junction at the A69/A68/B6530 and the proposed partial restrictions on the junction of the A69 at Shaw House. After discussion, it was AGREED to object to the proposal on the grounds that it adversely affected the ability of Stocksfield residents to join the A69 to travel east or cross the A69 to travel north at Shaw House.        Action: Clerk DISCHARGED

 

18/11/137 Seat at War Memorial

The Chair referred to a request from Daphne Threadgold-Reay, a local resident whose forebears died during the Great War, to donate a commemorative seat to the Council and for the seat to be located at the war memorial. After discussion it was AGREED to accept the donation from Mrs Threadgold-Reay, install the seat at the war memorial, fund the cost of installation and review whether any action is needed in respect of the existing seat in due course.                                                                                  Action: Clerk DISCHARGED

 

18/11/138 Any other urgent business

Borderlands Growth Initiative

The Chair reminded members of a request for ideas that might be used in the Borderlands Growth Initiative. It was AGREED that this matter should be reviewed once further information is made available about the initiative.

Letters of thanks

The Clerk reported that letters of thanks had been received for donations from Tynedale Hospice (including a newsletter which features, as its cover story, the personal experience of a Stocksfield resident), Northumberland Age UK and Tyne Rivers Trust.

Commemorative outlines of soldiers

The Chair said that members will have seen that commemorative outlines of figures of soldiers have been erected at various locations around the village. She informed members that the Council had not been approached about the matter and that permission to erect anything on the highway needs to be obtained from NCC. The Council has received information from NCC that, whilst technically illegal, given the subject matter the figures will be allowed to remain provided they are removed soon after Armistice Day.

 

18/11/139 Date of next meeting

Monday 3 December 2018

The Chair closed the meeting at 9.45pm.

Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on Monday 3 September 2018 at Stocksfield Community Centre

Present: Ms M Hunt (Chair), Mrs J Furniss, Mr C Liddle, Mr D Parke, Mr M Parker,
Mrs H Rae, Professor R Thompson, Dr P Vickers.

Mr N Spencer (Clerk to the Council).

Also Present: Mrs A Dale (County Councillor)

Apologies: Mrs J Robson.

The Chair opened the meeting at 7.30pm and welcomed those present.

18/9/91 Declarations of Interest
There were no declarations of interest.

18/9/92 Public Participation
There were no items of public participation.

18/9/93 County Councillor update
Mrs Dale updated members about items discussed at the previous meeting during the public participation section, the Local Plan consultation, speeding heavy goods vehicles, a planned electric vehicle charging point on New Ridley Road, the planned improvements on the A69 at Brocksbushes, her priorities for the Local Transport Plan Programme and grass verge cutting. She said there have been two further accidents on the A695 at Ford Rise and funding is available to address the issue, including the potential positioning of large planters which she asked if the Council would maintain. Mrs Dale said that the proposed parking restrictions at the sports fields had been rejected because there was a lot of negative response. The school, the cricket club and nearby residents do not support the proposals. Mrs Dale explained that parking of vehicles on the road was seen as providing a barrier for children walking on the footpath and slowed vehicles down on A695. Mr Parker questioned how much weight is given to views of the Parish Council particularly when the Council is providing additional parking specifically to prevent parking on the A695. Prof Thompson raised concerns about the narrowing of the road by parked vehicles and said the safer option is for all cars to use the car park to drop off pupils. Mrs Dale said that the proposed parking restrictions at Alexandra Terrace and New Ridley Road/Batt House Road had been approved whilst those at Mount View Terrace had been rejected. The Chair thanked Mrs Dale for her update and said that the request about the maintenance of planters would be discussed by an advisory group once more detail is provided. Mrs Dale then left the meeting.

18/9/94 Minutes of the Meeting held on 2 July 2018
It was AGREED that the minutes of the meeting held on 2 July 2018 were a true and accurate record (proposed Mrs Furniss, seconded Mr Liddle).

18/9/95 Matters Arising
Proposed amendments to parking restrictions
The Chair reminded members of the update from Mrs Dale and asked the Clerk to update members further. All of the proposals for additional parking restrictions in Stocksfield were being funded by Northumberland County Council’s (NCC) Members’ Small Scheme so that the County Cllr, Mrs Dale, had to approve all plans, consultation letters and the final decision about each scheme. No special instructions were given in relation to the proposal from the County Cllr on the A695 at the sports fields other than to preserve three parking spaces near the existing ‘keep clear’ markings and no information was provided to consultees about the additional parking that is being provided. Members were of the view that the requirement for increased parking restrictions remained a safety issue, both for the school’s pupils and at weekends when the sports fields are busy. Members expressed concern that the reasons provided by Mrs Dale for the scheme’s rejection were flimsy, the Council’s collective view appeared to have carried no weight and decision making had not been based on safety grounds but a simple majority of responses. It was AGREED to submit a request direct to NCC for double yellow lines, as depicted in the previous proposal whilst allowing two parking spaces near the houses between the school and the sports fields. Action: Clerk

18/9/96 Finance
a) Approval of July/August Payments
It was AGREED that the payments for July and August be approved as detailed in the previously circulated schedule (proposed Mr Parke, seconded Mrs Furniss) and the summary of receipts and payments was noted.
b) Annual insurance premium
Members AGREED to renew the Council’s insurance at a premium of £1,519.49. Action: Clerk
c) Christmas trees 2018
Members AGREED to purchase two Christmas trees to be located at Broomley First School and the Dr Syntax at a cost in the region of £600. Action: Clerk

18/9/97 Parish Council Representatives
There were no representative meetings although the notes of the East Tynedale Parish and Town Councils’ Forum had been previously circulated.

18/9/98 Advisory Groups
a) General Governance Advisory Group (GGAG)
i) Notes of GGAG meeting 23/07/18
Members noted the previously circulated notes.
ii) Bank reconciliation to 30/06/18
Members noted the completion of the bank reconciliation to 30 June 2018.
iii) Risk assessment
The Chair told members that the risk assessment had been reviewed and updated as previously circulated. It was AGREED to accept the revised document. Action: Clerk
iv) Local Transport Plan (LTP) Programme 2019-20
Members discussed the request from NCC to nominate priorities for the LTP Programme and AGREED the Council’s priorities as
• Installation of strategically placed dropped kerbs on New Ridley Road (as previously submitted)
• Installation of a footpath from the junction of Lead Road and New Ridley Road to the southern end of New Ridley village on safety grounds (as previously submitted).
Action: Clerk
b) Planning Advisory Group
Members noted the planning report and the delegated authorities used as set out below.
18/02918/FUL
52 Birkdene Flat roof extension to existing playroom at rear of attached garage to form slightly larger sun room and extension to porch. No comment
Note use of delegated powers
18/02994/FUL
16 Painshawfield Road Two storey side and single storey rear extensions No comment
Note use of delegated powers
Mr Parker said that two new applications had just been received which would be considered in due course and reported at the next meeting.

18/9/99 Parish Council Residents’ Survey
Mr Liddle referred to the previously circulated draft survey and invited comments from members by email as soon as possible in order that the final version can be agreed in October.
Action: All

18/9/100 Parish Council Name
The Chair referred to a previously circulated report of the Clerk which outlined the benefits of changing the Council’s name. There have been three responses to the Council’s consultation with residents. After discussion it was AGREED (proposed Chair, seconded Dr Vickers) that the Council’s name be amended to Stocksfield Parish Council and that NCC is asked to approve the change using its powers under Section 75 Local Government Act 1972. Action: Clerk

18/9/101 Stocksfield Play Areas
The Chair referred to a report of the Clerk that updated members on the completion of the annual independent inspections of the play areas and the work that is being done in respect of play equipment maintenance, repairs of wet pour surfaces, litter bins and fitness equipment. Members noted the update. The report also provided information about the footbridge crossing Stocksfield Burn near Kate’s Plain Play Area which is the responsibility of the Council. It was AGREED to instruct NCC to undertake a full assessment of the bridge as outlined within a report from NCC’s engineers and to ask NCC to undertake subsequent biennial inspections.
Action: Clerk
18/9/102 Seat at New Ridley
The Chair referred to a report of the Clerk which updated members on the planned work around the seat at New Ridley. Members noted the update and AGREED that the original decision to relocate the seat had taken account of the Council’s general equality duty. DISCHARGED

18/9/103 Stocksfield Sports Fields
a) Overspill car park
The Clerk said that the car park was complete except for minor works to paint the tarmac access road. The opening has been delayed until the newly seeded grass is established which is likely to be the end of September. There has been a need to incur some costs from contingency funds for items not within the original specification, amounting to £2,624.60.
b) Eastern field – lease
Members discussed the potential to incorporate into the lease a small area of land between the eastern and western field, if acceptable to Allendale Estates. Whilst there would be a small cost in additional maintenance, members AGREED to this proposal provided there were no additional costs involved in the transfer or lease.

18/9/104 Control of invasive species: volunteer risk assessment
Members noted the previously circulated risk assessment. DISCHARGED

18/9/105 Any other urgent business
Next GGAG
The Chair reminded members that the next GGAG had been re-scheduled for Tuesday 18 September at 6.30pm
External audit 2017/18
The Clerk informed members that the external auditors had written to the Council raising concerns about the Council’s apparent failure to submit its annual return. The Clerk has resubmitted the original return (previously submitted on 16 May 2018) and its receipt has been acknowledged.

18/9/106 Date of next meeting
Monday 1 October 2018

Mrs Rae left the meeting.

Members resolved to exclude the press and members of the public under the Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act1960 to consider the following items.


18/9/107 Stocksfield Sports Field – vermin control
Members considered a report of the Clerk and after discussion, notwithstanding the absence of any reported problems, it was AGREED to terminate the current arrangements for all types of vermin control on the sports fields with immediate effect and that the Clerk should continue to explore other arrangements on the grounds of health and safety. Action: Clerk

18/9/108 Land adjacent to 15 Branch End Terrace
The Chair reminded members that the Council has maintained a parcel of land at the above location for a considerable period of time. She referred to a report of the Clerk that set out the land’s history and discussed options for the future. After discussion it was AGREED that the Clerk should continue to explore options referred to within the report. Action: Clerk

The Clerk left the meeting for the next item.

18/9/109 Personal Development Review of the Clerk, salary review and revised job description.
The Chair reported that, in conjunction with the Vice Chair, Dr Vickers, the Clerk’s Personal Development Review had been completed satisfactorily in August and the Clerk’s job description had been revised in accordance with the previous decision to appoint the Clerk as the Council’s Data Protection Officer. The Chair also referred to a previously circulated report that outlined a review of the Clerk’s salary that had been undertaken by the Chair and Vice Chair in accordance with National Agreement on Salaries and Conditions of Service of Local Council Clerks in England and Wales. After discussion it was AGREED to increase the Clerk’s salary to point 33 with effect from 1 September 2018 and to approve the revised job description. Action: Chair

At 9.25pm the Chair thanked members for attending and closed the meeting.

 

 

Broomley and Stocksfield Parish Council

Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on Monday 1 October 2018 at Stocksfield Community Centre

Present: Ms M Hunt (Chair), Mrs J Furniss, Mr C Liddle, Mr D Parke, Mrs H Rae, Mrs J Robson. Mr N Spencer (Clerk to the Council).

Also Present: Mrs A Dale (County Councillor)

Apologies: Mr M Parker, Professor R Thompson, Dr P Vickers.

The Chair opened the meeting at 7.33pm and welcomed those present.

18/10/110 Declarations of Interest
There were no declarations of interest.

18/10/111 Public Participation
There were no items of public participation.

18/10/112 County Councillor update
Mrs Dale said that there has been a delay to the works to install the anti skid surface on the A695 at Cade Hill Road junction due to the correct materials not being available. Mrs Dale then referred to discussions at the previous meeting and questioned the accuracy of the minutes in relation to the comments of Mr Parker. She said that where any road schemes are proposed there is a democratic process. The consultation letter referred to the request being from the Parish Council. Mrs Dale further questioned the legality of the Council publishing draft minutes prior to approval. Members were reminded by the Clerk that the ‘Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities’ includes the requirement to publish draft minutes of all formal meetings. Mrs Dale said that she was not going to go against the wishes of the school, the cricket club or anybody else as that was democracy. The Chair reminded Mrs Dale that she was going against the views of the Parish Council. The Chair said that the matter is to be discussed later in the agenda but she thinks there is an issue about the weight that is attached to the views of the Parish Council and an imbalance where a part of statutory local government is ignored at the expense of other organisations within the area. The Chair added that this is an example of where the relationships between the principal authority and local parish councils are not working well, despite statements made by the County Council. Mrs Dale said that the gulley clearances are not taking place at the moment due to broken machinery. Mrs Dale then left the meeting.

18/10/113 Minutes of the Meeting held on 3 September 2018
It was AGREED that the minutes of the meeting held on 3 September 2018 should be amended to insert ‘The school, the cricket club and nearby residents do not support the proposals.’ within paragraph 18/9/93 and the amended minutes were approved as a true and accurate record (proposed Mr Parke, seconded Mr Liddle).

18/10/114 Matters Arising
a) Proposed amendments to parking restrictions
The Chair reminded members of the update from Mrs Dale and referred to an email from Northumberland County Council (NCC) which makes it clear that NCC and Mrs Dale do not support the Council’s request for additional parking restrictions outside the sports fields. Members reiterated concern that road safety matters were being judged by the level of support for the proposal rather than by an objective assessment of need and reaffirmed their concern about the safety issues caused by parking of vehicles at the location. Members were of the view that additional parking restrictions are required but that further action at this time is unlikely to be successful and, after discussion, it was AGREED to monitor the situation over the next few months, to contact the school and sports clubs about the availability of the newly opened overspill car park, thereby encouraging its use, and to review the matter in January 2019. Action: Clerk


b) Stocksfield Sports Field – vermin control
The Chair reminded members of previous discussion and it was AGREED (proposed Mrs Furniss, seconded Mr Parke) to contract with Mr J Mills on an annual basis, which includes public liability insurance. Action: Clerk DISCHARGED

18/10/115 Finance
a) Approval of September Payments
It was AGREED that the payments for September be approved as detailed in the previously circulated schedule (proposed Mrs Rae, seconded Mr Parke) and the summary of receipts and payments was noted.
b) Budget monitoring report
Members noted the budget monitoring report and AGREED to vire between budget headings as outlined below:

Budget heading New amount
Employment £17120
Sports facilities  £15770
Play facilities £7750
Contingency £6600

Action: Clerk

18/10/116 Parish Council Representatives
There were no representative meetings.

18/10/117 Advisory Groups
a) General Governance Advisory Group (GGAG)
i) Notes of GGAG meeting 18/09/18
Members noted the previously circulated notes.
ii) Hedgerow on New Ridley Road
The Chair referred to a report of the Clerk which updated members on the maintenance of a hedgerow on New Ridley Road. The hedge has been maintained by the Council for many years to prevent its encroachment onto the footpath on the understanding that ownership of the land could not be ascertained. NCC has advised that the land is not part of the highway and neither NCC nor the Parish Council has a responsibility for its maintenance. Members were concerned about the inconsistency with the Council’s position that maintenance of hedges is the responsibility of individual landowners. After discussion it was AGREED to remove the task from the Groundsman’s contract with effect from 1 April 2019, and to write to the residents affected to inform them of the decision and its implications. Action: Clerk DISCHARGED
iii) Picnic table at Branch End Play Area (BEPA)
The Chair referred to a report of the Clerk about the removal of a picnic table at BEPA which was no longer serviceable. Members AGREED not to replace the table and to review the situation in May 2019. Action: Clerk
iv) Purchase of fireproof cabinet
The Chair referred to a report of the Clerk which highlighted organisational risks in the event of a loss of paper documents. It was AGREED to authorise expenditure of up to £1,000 for the purchase of a fireproof cabinet. Action: Clerk
v) St Margaret’s Burial Board
Members approved a payment of £1,200 to the burial board towards its budget which takes into account increased grass cutting costs. Action: Clerk
vi) Donation requests.
Members AGREED to make donations under Sec 137 Local Government Act 1972 as follows:
Sport Tynedale £100, Northumberland Age UK £50. It was further AGREED not to make a donation to Hadrian’s Network at this stage but to ask for further information once the network is established. Action: Clerk

b) Planning Advisory Group
i) Members noted the planning report and the delegated authorities used as set out below.

18/03053/FUL

Ridley Mill House, Ridley Mill

Demolition of two storey flat roofed extension and replacement with two storey pitched roof extension with single storey flat roofed garden room.

No comment

Note use of delegated powers

18/03071/FUL

202 New Ridley Road

Single storey extension to side and front to form living area, bathroom and kitchen. Convert study to bedroom.

No comment 

Note use of delegated powers

18/03211/FUL

Hilton, New Ridley

New extension to rear. External rendering and timber clad. Pitched dormer roofs to principal elevation.

No comment

Note use of delegated powers

ii) 18/0362/VARYCO Burnside Yard, Burnside House

Members considered the above application to vary a condition in respect of the location of the dwelling and it was AGREED to make no comment.
c) Rights of Way and Environment Advisory Group (RoW&EAG)
i) Notes of RoW&EAG meeting held 10/09/18
Members noted the previously circulated notes and the Chair reaffirmed the Council’s thanks and support for the work that is undertaken by members of the Group for the benefit of the community.
ii) Purchase of water quality testing kits
Members AGREED expenditure of up to £100 for water quality testing kits. Action: Clerk

18/10/118 Council Tax Support Scheme: NCC
The Chair referred to a previously circulated email regarding the proposed changes to the Council Tax Support Scheme which seeks to reduce the support to working age residents of Northumberland from 100% to 92%. Members AGREED to make no comment on the scheme due to their lack of detailed knowledge.

18/10/119 Parish Council Residents’ Survey
The Chair thanked Mr Liddle for his work in preparing the most recent draft of the Residents’ Survey. Mr Liddle expressed concern about the likely benefit of one question. It was AGREED that members would meet separately to finalise the survey and to discuss the involvement of a specialist survey company, with the intention of agreeing proposals at the next meeting. Action: Chair, Mrs Furniss, Mr Liddle, Mrs Rae, Dr Vickers

18/10/120 Parking in Welton Close
The Chair referred to a previously circulated report of the Clerk. A complaint was received about parking of vehicles on a raised tarmac area in Welton Close that was set aside as a children’s play area. On the advice of NCC, the affected residents (37 houses) were asked by letter for their views. Eight responses were received of which two were in favour of preventing parking in the area and five in favour of allowing its use for parking. In view of the responses and subsequent advice from NCC, it was AGREED to take no action and to write to the residents accordingly. Action: Clerk DISCHARGED

18/10/121 Any other urgent business
There was no other business

18/10/122 Date of next meeting
Monday 5 November 2018

Members resolved to exclude the press and members of the public under the Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act1960 to consider the following items.

18/10/123 Land adjacent to 15 Branch End Terrace
The Chair referred to a previously circulated report of the Clerk and after discussion it was AGREED to instruct the Council’s solicitor to apply to register possessory title of the land in question. Action: Clerk

At 9.11pm the Chair thanked members for attending and closed the meeting.