Minutes of the Meeting of the Helmdon Parish
Council held on
Wednesday, 31st July 2002
in the Reading Room, Helmdon at 7:30 p.m..
Councillors Ayres, Bearman, Brookhouse, Burns (in the Chair),
England, Glassett, Gittens and Spendlove. After co-option - Councillor
There were 8 members of the public present.
1. Apologies for Absence
There were no apologies.
2. Minutes of the Last Meeting
The Minutes of the meeting held on the 27th March 2002 having
been circulated prior to the meeting were approved.
3. Matters arising
i) 11.2 - Parking in Hintons Close - no action has been taken
regarding the safety aspect. The Clerk to follow up.
ii) 11.3 -Damage to bridge by Station House - The Clerk to ascertain
the current position.
iii) 11.4 - The Clerk reported that a letter had been
iv) sent to NCC requesting a proper lay by be included in future
plans for the B4525.
v) Cllr Glassett referred to the item in the minutes of the AGM
held on 22nd May 2002 concerning the Speedwatch scheme and reported
that 80 people
have now signed up to it. It was agreed that the expenditure of
£14 for prizes at the School should be paid.
4. Introduction of the New Community Beat Officer
Constable 709 - PC Alan Tinker was introduced and he spoke about
how he intends carrying out his duties.
5. Co-option of Parish Councillor
Two candidates have applied for the vacant position left by the
resignation of Cec Harrold and they were invited to address the
The Council then voted by secret ballot for the candidate to fill
the vacant position and the result was:
Mr. Phil Earl, 49 Station Road, Helmdon ......
Mr. Danny Moody, 30, Church Street, Helmdon .... 3 votes
Mr. Phillip Earl was appointed Parish Councillor and he signed
his declaration of Office and took up his new position.
6. Open Forum
i) There was a discussion about litter bins in the Playground
and it was agreed to re-examine the various alternatives available
before proceeding with the purchase of new bins.
ii) The need for the litter bin near the Church.
iii) the refuse in in the recycling area off Station Road to be
emptied on a regular basis was raised and the Clerk will contact
services at SNC to ask for the bins to be emptied weekly.
iv) Questions were asked about the new Jubilee seat in Church
Street and it was stressed that it should be easily accessed by
v) Light 24 in Shortlands Close was reported out of action, the
Clerk will inform ABB.
vi) Seats in Station Road and the Green require maintenance and
vi) It was agreed that more bulbs should be purchased by Mrs S
viii) A member of the public asked who were the Members of the
7. Update of the Model Code of Conduct
The Clerk reported having applied for dispensations for all Councillors
to enable them discuss and vote on matters affecting the Reading
Room and that this is being considered by the Standards Committee
at SNC on the 18th September next.
||Financial Statement at 31st July
||Cheques for payment 31st July
|Playground Management Services
|NCC rent of Crabtree Close
|Mrs. S. Lidgeley - bulbs
|C & E - grass cutting
|ABB lighting maintenance
|Powergen Energy PLC
|Viking Direct - ink cartridges
|W Forgham - Salary
|W Forgham - postage and Speedwatch
i) It was agreed to transfer £300 from
the savings account to the current account.
ii) The accounts for 2000 - 2001 were presented by Councillor
Gittens and it was agreed to hold a meeting of the Finance committee
followed by a special meeting of the Council to adopt them.
Correspondence for the period 22nd May 2002 to 31st July 2002
SNC Ground Maintenance and street cleaning
Countryside Agency New Publications
Cherwell Vale NHS
NCC Northamptonshire County Structure Plan 1996 - 2016
Brackley Athletic F C use of playing field for under 10's
NACRE Village Viewpoint
East Midlands Dev Agency
NALC Internal Audit Service
Northamptonshire Touring Arts Service
NCC South Northants Area Committee dates for 2002 - 2003
South Northamptonshire Volunteer Bureau
O2 Airways Service
ROSPA Play area inspection report
NCC Bus Strategies consultation paper
University College / NCC Landfill Tax Credits
National Playing Fields
SNC Land drainage act
NCC New Chairman SNC area committee
NACRE AGM 31st July
SNC Code of Conduct
Towcester area door-to-door service
SNC Year Book 2002 - 2003
Brackley Town Council - Brackley Market Town Partnership
SNC Water Quality report 2001
NCC Jeffs Coaches Helmdon - Northampton Wednesdays
1 trip dep 10.00 ret 13.45
SNC Ground maintenance, street cleaning, abandoned vehicles
NCC highways SMC travel Helmdon - Northampton Saturdays
2 trips dep 9.15 and 13.04, ret 12.15 and 16.45
SNC Colorado Beetle Publicity Campaign 2002 - 2004
The Chairman reported that the Clerk had received an anonymous
letter and had been instructed to ignore it and to take no further
action as it is the policy of the Council not to recognise any
correspondence that does not have the originator's signature clearly
10. County Council Matters
i) Road Works in Helmdon: the Clerk reported on the new appointment
of Mr. Robert Austin to replace Mr. John Robinson as the area
maintenance engineer and also about the proposals of WS Atkins
to liaise more closely with Parish Councils
ii) The village sign has been reinstalled and the Clerk was instructed
to request the installation of the Station Road sign which has
been missing for some considerable time - this is the responsibility
iii) Traffic problems - Councillor Glassett said that we are still
awaiting the School Travel Plan before we can pursue the matter
11. SNC Matters
The Clerk reported on the correspondence from SNC regarding maintenance
work required to be carried out by the Parish Council as a result
of the recent Water Courses Survey, and it was agreed that the
Clerk go out to tender for the work and report back to the Council
at its next regular meeting.
12. Reading Room
The Chairman reported on the recent meeting between the Council
and the Reading Room Officials. The Chairman of the Reading Room
reported on the current situation. Councillor Glassett referred
to the insurance value of the Reading Room and it was agreed that
the Reading Room Officials will obtain a new valuation for insurance
purposes. The Council Chairman said that the Parish Council cannot
vote on Reading Room matters until dispensations have been obtained
to allow them to both discuss and vote.
i) The Chairman of the Planning Committee, Councillor Brookhouse,
reported having received copies of several letters sent to SNC
about the application for the extensions to the Saw Mill's buildings
and stated that the Council had made its objections quite clear.
It was agreed to support the application assuming that there will
be no increase in noise that would affect the village of Helmdon.
ii) The Council then discussed the following:
1. Helmdon Carnival Committee - application for an occasional
public entertainment license in the marquee at Sports Field -
24th August and 25th August - supported.
2. S/2002/0127/P refusal for two storey extension on side of Weston
Hill House, Helmdon.
3. S/2002/0967/P installation of an oil tank on base at front
of 38 Station Road, Helmdon, for SNC - more information requested.
4. S/2002/0973/P provision of disabled access and toilet in the
Helmdon Reading Room - no comment.
6. S/2002/0921/LB Replacement front door at Ivy Cottage, Station
. - supported.
7. SN/01899C (SM010/IC ) Waste transfer/recycling centre at Blackpitts,
Redlands House Farm, Helmdon - more information requested.
8. S/2002/0407/PC District observations on County matters - no
objections to deep clamp compostable materials and to be spread
on farm land as organic fertilizer at Falcutt Hall Farm, Helmdon.
9. S/2002/0390/P approval given by SNC to an openfronted storage
barn at Orchard End, Grange Farm, Helmdon. And two dwellings and
single storey extension to unit 2 at Falcutt Barn, Astwell-cum-Falcutt.
10. S/2002/0466/P refusal by SNC for sub-division of dwellings
to dwellings and a single storey extension to unit 2 at Falcutt
11. S/2002/0614/P refusal by SNC for erection of a detached garage
for 4 vehicles and a garden/domestic store at The Fountain House,
Wappenham Road, Helmdon.
iii) The planning application for residential units at the Bell
Public House, Church Street was raised and Councillor Brookhouse
and others declared an interest. The Clerk is to ascertain the
position of Councillors regarding the Model Code of Conduct before
the matter is discussed further.
14. Any Other Business
i) The Village Action Plan:
Councillor Glassett presented the application and gave details
of the meeting that was held subsequent to the last Parish Council
Meeting. The Chairman said the position is that the Parish Council
had said they would look further at the action plan after the
meeting of representatives and they must now decide on any
After a lengthy discussion when various Councillors expressed
opinions for and against the application going forward, the following
proposal was voted on:
"In favour of the Parish Action Plan Application going
forward as submitted but without the analysis at the back of the
report and the sentence referring to it and with a disclaimer
of Parish Council support".
The voting was 4 for, and 1 against with 4 abstentions.
It was then agreed that Councillor Glassett should forward the
application to SNC.
ii) ROSPA report:
A copy of the report will be sent to all members of the Playgrounds
sub-committee and a meeting will then be called.
The Clerk to ascertain the position of the installation of the
chains for the tyres.
iii) Jubilee Seat:
The Chairman reported having received a letter from Mr Tony
Humphrey dealing with the type of base the seat will sit on and
it was agreed to make a decision on the various alternative finishes
when Mr Humphrey presents them.
Mr Humphrey asked for the Council to exempt him from any responsibility
for any claims that may be made both during construction and afterwards
and it was agreed that the Clerk should send him a letter absolving
him from responsibility for claims made by the public both during
construction and afterwards.
There was no further business and the meeting closed at 9.50 pm.