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MINUTES OF NORTON IN HALES PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY 6TH JULY 2010 IN THE JUBILEE HALL AT 7.30PM.

PUBLIC FORUM

In the absence of representation by the Police, Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator Mrs Karen Cliff reported that PC Paul Frank had done such a good job in policing the local parishes and liaising with the youngsters that he was now being placed permanently in Market Drayton with a view to improving behaviour there.  This is disappointing but there is little hope of a change of decision.

CO-OPTION OF NEW COUNCILLOR

Mr Michael John Ankers was co-opted as a new member to replace Mr ND Sharman – he was warmly welcomed by the Chairman.

PRESENT  Cllrs RWG Lucas (Chairman), MJ Ankers, J Finlay-Burrows, N Groom, S Kiessling,

JE Lovatt, IG Nixon and a member of the public.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE were received from Cllr GD Powell, Shropshire Cllr B Gillow OBE and the Press.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST None were declared at this time.

TO CONFIRM AND SIGN MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON 4.5.10 AND PLANNING MEETING OF 25.5.10.  These were confirmed and signed.

PROGRESS REPORTS

SIGNPOST RENOVATION.  Order for the replacement finger had been placed on 15.3.10 with Weston Signs – Cllr Lucas said he had visited them to see why the delay.  They had promised to have it done within a week or two but certainly before the judging of 10.8.10.  Mr and Mrs Mayer had kindly agreed to put their generous offer of refurbishment in hand.

PLANTING OF THE TRIANGLE. (Cllr  Ankers declared a personal and prejudicial interest) This has now been completed and bark covering put on by Mr Ankers (now Cllr Ankers).  It was suggested that a few more plants towards the front would improve the site as it was looking bare – there would be bulbs added for Spring.  Proposed by Cllr Lovatt, seconded by Cllr Kiessling that £50. should be allocated to purchase a few more plants – this was agreed with 5 For and 2 Abstentions.

REPORTS

PARISH PLAN.  Cllr Powell's report was read out stating that launch of the Plan had taken place in mid-June with a meeting planned for mid-August to advance implementation of the objectives.  It was requested that a further representative of the Parish Council be appointed to serve on the Parish Plan Committee – unanimously agreed that Cllr Ankers take on this role.

AREA COMMITTEE.  Cllrs Lucas and Kiessling are to attend the next meeting on 7.7.10.  Budget of £66,000. with £2,640. carried forward from last year makes total available this year of £68,640. for allocation,  To date, £40,175 has been allocated with £28,465 still available.  At the meeting of 7.7.10 further allocations of £6,635. are likely, leaving £21,800 approx still available to 31.3.2011.

The Jubilee Hall Committee intend to make a bid for the next meeting.

PLAYING FIELDS. Cllr Groom said there had been a request for a litter bin to replace the one tied to the tree by the bowling green – it needed to be lidded and be set at site.  Types and costs to be looked at.

Mr Philip Smith, on behalf of the Playing Fields Committee, has requested a donation from the Parish Council towards cost of repairing/rebuilding the sandstone wall at the entrance to the field.

The most reasonable quote was for £1,200.  The Parish Council  stated that  it should be kept  as a dry stone wall in keeping with the Conservation Area and suggested  that, sometimes, Reaseheath, Walford or Harper Adams will undertake such projects.  Councillors were sympathetic to the request and unanimously agreed to a donation of £400. with  a proviso that the above colleges be approached  and that dry stone walling be carried out.

VILLAGE HALL.  Cllr Groom reported that he had put in a bid to Mullers for help with electrical

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