Minutes (abridged) of a meeting of Hamsterley Parish Council held at 7pm on Monday 14th November 2011
(Date of next meeting: Monday 9th January 2012)
1. Present: Jane Bee (Chairman), Sue Heslop, Richard Hughes, Julia Hunter, Jonathan Peacock, Caroline Peacock (clerk)
2. Apologies: Mark Coatsworth, Stephen Hugill
3. Approval of previous Minutes: JP, RH
4. Matters arising:
a) Replacement trees in front of Vicarage (JP) SH reported that Jack Beadnell would like to donate a cherry tree to replace the one recently felled on the Village Green. JP would now order three trees, one for that purpose and two to replace trees in front of the Vicarage.
b) Condition of the village pond. SH would ask Craig Best at Low Barns Nature Reserve to advise.
c) Additions to the War Memorial on the Village Green. JP would now seek funding to add the missing names.
d) Parish Councillor – new appointment. No formal calls for an election but two expressions of interest received. Dominic Bayne was duly co-opted.
THE COUNCILLORS ASK ALL RESIDENTS TO NOTE THAT:
No parishioners own Rights of Way across any of the Village Greens. The Parish Council permits access but is not allowed in Law to permit any upgrades or alterations. Any work such as filling potholes must be approved by the Parish Council. In the first instance please ring 01388 488305 (Parish Clerk).
Dumping of grass or other green waste on the Village Greens is strictly not permitted in any circumstances. Rotters of Barnard Castle provide a green waste collection service on Wednesdays and the current collection period is being extended while the good weather lasts. Email Rotters via firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01833 690022.
Dog fouling of the Greens continues to be a problem and a health hazard for children. Please would ALL dog owners pick up dog dirt and dispose of it, in plastic bags, in the bins provided. If you do not clean up your dog’s mess you could be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £80. If taken to court you could face a maximum fine of £1,000.
Complaints have been received about the periodic smell from the pig unit in the village. Anyone who has concerns should report them to the Environmental Health Service, Teesdale Area, at Durham County Council. Ring 01833 690000.