Minutes of the meeting of the Helmdon Parish Council
Held on Wednesday 25th May 2005
In the Reading Room, Church Street, Helmdon at 7:30 p.m.
Present: Councillors Burns, Brookhouse, Moody, Bearman,
Spendlove, Earl, England, Gittens, Smith and Parish Clerk
There were 20 members of the public present
1. Approval and Signature of Minutes for the meeting held on
23rd March 2005:
The minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 23rd of March
2005 had been circulated and were duly adopted as a true record.
2. Matters Arising from the Minutes of 23rd March 2005:
a) Councillor Moody referred to the question raised in 4.4 and
confirmed that, upon investigation, Street Doctor should be used
for pavements as well as road repairs.
b) Councillor Moody asked whether there would be any update since
the DDA audit had been completed. Councillor Smith explained that
she would be updating the Council in matter 4 of the agenda.
c) Councillor Moody asked that the Freedom of Information act
document, which was agreed upon at the last council meeting, be
displayed in the notice boards etc. Clerk to distribute.
d) Councillor Spendlove commented that the 508-bus route was a
valuable asset to the parish and was allowing otherwise village
bound people the access to get to places that they would normally
have to depend on others to take them. Councillor Brookhouse stressed
that he was still of the opinion that it was under used and asked
that information be sought from NCC as to how many people regularly
use the route. Clerk to enquire.
3. Open Forum:
a) A letter was read out from the PCC explaining that the rumours
relating to the telephone mast being put on the church were unfounded
and that in light of the possible health risks would not be contemplated.
b) A number of people had turned up to the meeting to comment
on the possibilities of the Orange telephone mast being sited
between Falcutt and Helmdon. Most people that attended were against
the proposal and the following objections were raised.
i) The proposed site is very visible and intrusive on the landscape.
ii) The proposed design is not in keeping with the environment.
iii) The tree and hawthorn which were intended to mask the site
were neither suitable nor as outlined in the paperwork.
iv) The application is grossly misleading.
v) Lack of consultation with residents.
vi) Proximity to properties thought to be too close.
vii) A list of at list 40+ objectors could be provided to back
up these objections.
c) In spite of the objections, one member of the parish was prepared
to point out that current mobile signal strength was not sufficient
and in most cases non existent. On this basis, although the intended
site was not favourable, the possibility of a mast close to Helmdon
would not be a bad thing.
d) Councillor Burns informed the residents that he had met with
Tim Boswell, Robin Digby and Mr Grant and passed on some of the
concerns and asked that the site be looked at again. Councillor
Brookhouse explained the current planning format in which the
applicant first submits their application to the SNC and it is
registered. The Parish Council and nearby dwellings are informed
by SNC of the proposals. The Planning sub committee then give
three clear days notice of a forthcoming planning meeting, which
can be attended by members of the public. Although the public
are welcome to attend, they cannot participate in the voting.
The Planning sub committee can then make observations on the application,
which are returned to SNC.
In this situation, the Parish Council received an application
for a 15m lattice mast with 3 antennae. There were no public at
the meeting and masts of up to 15m do not require planning permission
so no observations could really be made. The planning sub committee
therefore responded by commenting that the application was out
of the village framework (not parish). He also mentioned that
he could see no reason why we could not mention in writing to
the SNC that the AGM had received a significant number of objections
for this site.
He also pointed out that their had been 3 proposed sites within
Helmdon and the surrounding area and that this one had been picked
as the most appropriate for application purposes. Councillor Burns
concluded that although the Parish Council could not object to
the mast, a letter could be written outlining the high attendance
at the AGM and the subsequent points raised. This might then be
considered together with the other letters already received by
SNC. Clerk to write as soon as possible as deadline for feedback
is 31 May 2005.
e) A point was made by Councillor Burns that although he was impressed
by the attendance to this meeting, this was highly unusual and
that perhaps the residents should support the Parish Council meetings
f) Sue Lidgley commented on the excellent job being carried out
by the Hardimans on the Pump Garden.
g) Sue Lidgley asked that the bench on the Green be spruced up,
as it was looking very tatty. Clerk to obtain quotes.
4. School Playground update - Lease Agreement:
Councillor Smith followed up her report in the AGM meeting to
explain that the DDA inspection had been completed and had bought
up a number of issues, however, the changes did not need to be
put in place unless a resident required them. It was suggested
that for the time being, no further action be taken, but the situation
should be continually monitored and if the need arose, changes
could be made at them time. Councillor Earl submitted his risk
assessment for the play area and a copy of this will be placed
wish the risk assessment document drawn up at the previous meeting.
|Balance as at 25th May 2005
||Clerk's Expenses - Stamps
||Clerk's Expenses - Phone
||WI - Refreshments
||Allianz Cornhill - Insurance
Councillor Moody proposed the payment of the above bills, which
was seconded by Councillor Earl. All in favour.
Dual Hatted voting information
Letter to explain changes in the Development Control Section
Details on new Chillout scheme
Parliamentary Election notices
Draft Housing Market Study & Needs Assessment 2005
Application for Renewal of Public Entertainment Licence - Reading
Saunterbus 2005 - Exploring Northamptonshire's Countryside - Timetable
Northamptonshire Minerals & Waste Development Framework
Update - Issue 1
Clerk's Training Bursary Fund - £200
Northamptonshire Village Survey 2005
The Playing Field
Village of the Year confirmation of visit
Trafalgar Weekend - 21st to 23rd October 2005
BTCV, Moulton College - Conservation Brackley Cottage Hospital
Trust - Thank you letter for £1000 donation
ABB - Statement - 953736 - £107.09
Wicksteed Leisure - Invoice & Statement - £47.00
Wicksteed Leisure Inspection & Risk Assessment Details and
Glasdon - FullBloom Self Watering Planters & Shelters
Age Concern - Have we got an age concern volunteer contact name
HLB AV Audit forms for completion
Yorkshire Bank statements for March & April
Clerks & Councils Direct issue 39
RoSPA inspection notice for June 2005
Nottingham Bond - Interest payment for ½ year to 31 March
Atkins - Highway Service Information, March 2005
Arts News, South Northamptonshire - Dates & Events
Fiori & Friends - June to October schedule
Allotment payments - D Mountford, J Davies, Mr Blake, Mr Francis
Allianz Cornhill - Insurance renewal
Reading Room Invoice - £36.00
The Boundary Committee - Electoral review of SNDC - Draft recommendations
Letter from Helmdon PCC regarding the proposed phone mast in Falcutt
7. Annual Parish Meeting Debrief:
Councillor Burns commented on the good mix of groups/associations
who attended and spoke at the meeting. Councillor Spendlove advised
that the photo, which most reflected Helmdon, was the rider on
the bridge photo, which represented a marked change in how Helmdon
was perceived nowadays. Councillor Moody asked that in light of
the success of this meeting, could we make provision in November's
agenda to include planning for the 2006 meeting. Clerk to ensure
item is added to November agenda.
8. Village of the Year Plans:
Councillor Burns issued a list of groups/organisations/businesses
who might want to attend the meeting when the VOY judges visited.
He asked that the council check the list and make any suggestions
as soon as possible as time is running out. He suggested starting
at The Bell for coffee and then taking in a tour of the village,
which included some of the businesses, school, reading room etc.
Councillors to pass on ideas to clerk for action.
9. Clerk's Course Update:
The clerk explained that her course was going well so far and
that a portfolio of all major documents plus examples of minutes
and agendas etc would be submitted to the examiners at the end
of the year. For this reason, a concerted effort was being made
to bring all documents into line with current criteria and ensure
that all were legal. Sarah warned that a number of changes would
have to take place in order for the course to be passed. She thanked
the council in advance for their co-operation.
10. Dates for forthcoming meetings:
The dates proposed for the forthcoming meetings were agreed and
will be published on the notice boards.
11. Any Other Business:
a) Councillor Gittens commented that a great number of beer cans
were still being found between the church and Falcutt and wondered
whether the residents that were in attendance of the meeting could
let as many people know as possible to try to prevent cans from
being dropped in the future.
b) Councillor Spendlove congratulated Councillor Earl on a very
thorough risk assessment.
c) Councillor Spendlove asked that letters be sent to households
with overhanging branches and shrubs again. A list will be supplied
to the clerk for action.
Date of next Parish Council Meeting
27th July 2005 - 7.30pm
Meeting closed at 9.20pm