January 2020 Minutes
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF GREETWELL PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON MONDAY 6 JANUARY 2020 IN THE OLD SCHOOL, MILL HILL, NETTLEHAM
PRESENT: Councillors Mrs Sarah Bates (Chair), Keith Johnson, Mike Taylor, Chris Thatcher, District Councillor Mrs Anne Welburn, Mrs Christine Myers (Clerk)
134 – 19/20 PARISHIONERS ITEMS - None.
135 – 19/20 – TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES AND REASONS GIVEN
Councillor John Taylor – That the reason given be accepted - unanimously Resolved.
136 – 19/20 TO RECEIVE DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST ON ANY ITEMS ON THE AGENDA – None declared.
137 – 19/20 CO-OPTION TO VACANCIES ON COUNCIL – No applications received.
138 – 19/20 NOTES OF MEETING HELD ON 2ND DECEMBER 2019 FOR APPROVAL AND TO BE SIGNED AS MINUTES
That the above notes be signed as minutes – unanimously Resolved.
139 – 19/20 POLICE MATTERS – No report received.
140 – 19/20 COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT – December Brief received.
141 – 19/20 DISTRICT COUNCILLORS REPORT
DC Mrs Anne Welburn stated that Council matters had been quiet over the festive period.
142 – 19/20 CORRESPONDENCE AND REPORTS
a) Correspondence received since last meeting of Parish Council and circulated:-
*Circulated to residents email list
- 3.12.2019 – LALC Weekly News
- *4.12.2019 – Local Transport updates
- *4.12.2019 – CC Ian Fleetwood’s December brief
- *4.12.2019 – Highways News
- 5.12.2019 – WYPF Pensions Matters
- 5.12.2019 – Latest news from the ICO
- *6.12.2019 – Telephone Scams
- 6.12.2019 - Lincolnshire Consultation Policy 2021 – Admissions Policy
- 10.12.2019 – Lincolnshire Armed Forces Covenant
- 13.12.2019 – LALC News
- 17.12.2019 – Notification of LALC Training Scheme charges
- 18.12.2019 – Notification of appointment of new Chief Executive for WLDC – Mr Ian Knowles
- 18.12.2019 – Notice of WLDC meetings to March 2020
- 3.1.2020 – Notification of WLDC Community Awards and invitation for nominations
- 3.1.2020 – WYPF Pension Matters
- 3.1.2020 – LCC ‘Community Engagement’ newsletter
b) Traffic Regulation Order – corner Westfield Drive/Westfield Approach – Nothing further to report.
c) Roundabout on Westfield Avenue – damage, parking – A reply was awaited from the WLDC Enforcement Officer.
Having assessed the damage to the roundabout caused by a delivery vehicle it was considered that this could be reassessed in the spring and repairs made at that time if necessary.
143 – 19/20 TO DISCUSS LALC COMMUNITY COLLABORATION PROJECT LOCAL COUNCIL CLUSTERING
Members considered that Greetwell Parish Council did liaise and work with neighbouring parishes for specific projects ie Cherry Willingham for Speedwatch, but currently did not want to join a ‘Cluster’ as it was felt that the administration would become difficult.
144 – 19/20 FINANCE
a) Accounts for payment
- Nettleham Parish Council – Room hire - £15.00
- Glendale Countryside – Cut at the Chase 18.10.19 - £34.00 net, £6.80 VAT, £40.80 Gross
- Mrs B Solly – Half yearly Audit - £30.00
- Mrs C Myers – Clerks expenses - £62.45
That the above payments, the Clerks Salary and pension payments be made, unanimously Resolved.
b) Half yearly Internal Audit Report – The Internal Auditor had carried out an Interim Audit of the Council to 31 October 2019 and stated that from the checks she had made the accounts had been maintained to the highest of standards.
c) Review of LGPS Employer Discretion Statements – These were reviewed with amendment as recommended by WYPF.
That the Statements be adopted, proposed by Councillor Mike Taylor, seconded by Councillor Keith Johnson and unanimously Resolved.
d) To consider and approve Fixed Assets Register – This was reviewed and amended as necessary.
145 – 19/20 PLANNING – Neighbourhood Plan – There had not been a meeting held in December – the next being scheduled for 8th January 2020.
146 – 19/20 CLERKS REPORT
The Clerk distributed copies of the LALC Training Schedule to all members.
The Clerk read out an email received from the Parish Council Solicitors re the compulsory purchase of land at The Chase by LCC.
It required confirmation that the freehold land to be transferred was as referred to in the email, that LCC will pay compensation of £1,000 in full and final settlement and that in addition LCC have agreed to pay reasonable and properly incurred legal and surveyors costs upon completion.
It also required the Parish Council to confirm that it did not own any other land adjoining the road and whether the council had opted to tax the land. The Council instructed the Clerk to confirm that it did not own any other land adjoining the road that that it had not opted to tax the land.
That the above be agreed - unanimously Resolved.
147 – 19/20 CHAIRMANS COMMENTS
Some discussion took place regarding the possibility of a Hall or Community Room for North Greetwell. – To be an agenda item for the next meeting of the Parish Council.
148 – 19/20 DATE OF NEXT MEETING - Monday 3 February 2020, Old School, Nettleham 7.30pm.
Cllr. Ian Fleetwood's - January 2020 brief:
The latest on, what’s happening in the public sector in Lincolnshire.
Happy New Year to you all.
Debbie Barnes becomes Lincolnshire County Council chief executive:
The appointment of the former interim head of paid service, Debbie Barnes, to chief executive was approved at a meeting of the full council. Debbie has worked for the authority since 2006, becoming director of children's services in 2012. During her time with the authority, she has played an instrumental role in transforming Lincolnshire's children's services into a beacon of excellence. The service was rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted in 2019, with Lincolnshire leading on the development of social work practice nationally, helping Rotherham, Tower Hamlets and Northamptonshire to improve their services. In 2018, Debbie was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in light of her contribution to children's services. Debbie said: "I’m delighted to have been selected as chief executive of Lincolnshire County Council. Born in Lincolnshire, I am passionate about our county’s prosperity. Lincolnshire is a great place to live, work, visit and bring up families. I'm thrilled to be able to work with our ambitious council and partners to deliver an exciting agenda for our county."
Debbie Barnes becomes Lincolnshire County Council chief executive
Lincoln Bypass - A46 Riseholme Roundabout:
Works to increase capacity and improve traffic flow are scheduled to begin on Monday 20 January. The project is expected to take seven months to complete.
A46 Riseholme Roundabout improvements to start January 2020
Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue:
An £8m investment is set to make local firefighters among the best-equipped and bestprotected in the country. As well as 33 new Scania fire appliances being rolled out across the county, fire crews will have state-of-the-art “Coldcut Cobra” units. These ultra-high-pressure cutting extinguishers allow fires to be tackled from the outside of buildings and other enclosed spaces, with the situation more quickly controlled. That leads to a drastic reduction in water damage to homes.
Only the best for Lincolnshire firefighters
Be prepared for winter:
All types of weather can affect you and those around you. Make sure you're prepared by checking the MetOffice WeatherReady tips and advice on travel, your home, and health and wellbeing. (source: LCC Emergency Planning and Business Continuity Service)