Hamsterley Parish Council – Minutes of meeting held on 11th November 2013

Parish Council1.              Present: Jane Bee (Chairman), Sue Heslop, Julia Hunter, Jonathan Peacock, Caroline Peacock (Clerk).

2.            Apologies: Dominic Bayne

3.            Approval of previous Minutes: JP, JH



4.            Matters arising:

a)            Village Pond – progress report. The Parish Council is now exploring the cost of using professional contractors.
b)            War memorial.  JP will draw up a proposal for cleaning, refurbishment and adding the missing names, and will seek quotes.
c)            Trees on the Greens. The PC’s policy is not to prune except where the trees pose a danger. Allowing parishioners to do such work would set an unacceptable precedent.

5.              Planning:
a)              Application 6/2010/0302/DM in respect of log business behind Cross Keys, for Mr S Gibson. Declaration of Lawfulness declined.

6.              Accounts:
a)                       Grass Cutting, £180.00.
b)                       Seat in Bus Shelter, £275.00.
c)                       Payment for the new NALC publication ‘Local Councils Explained’ £46.81.
d)                       Use of the Village Hall, £52.00.
e)                       Parish Council’s poppy wreath, £17.00.

7.              New Business:
a)     Possible report from Banks Renewables Ltd, on Windy Bank wind farm proposal. No update had been forthcoming.  The DCC case officer is now Claire Teasdale.
b)     Distribution of dog dirt bags. CP will explore whether DCC can supply dispensers. If not, Alan Bee may be able to make some suitable product.
c)     Continuing damage to village green and plant tubs behind public toilets.  CP would write to DCC about the problems caused by the refuse collection vehicle.
d)     Grass cutting has ended for 2013. An advertisement asking contractors to tender for 2014 would be placed in the Teesdale Mercury, for decision at the next PC meeting.

8.              Date of next meeting:  Monday 13 January 2014

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