Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held at 7.00 p.m. on Monday 12th May, 2008   in the Village Hall.


PRESENT: Cllr G. Scrini, (Chairman), Councillors Mrs B. Barber, Mrs. A. Clark, P. Baines, P. Cable, F. Clark, J. Cobb and County Cllr J. Hempsall



PC Bailey and PCSO Ciacci



The minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting and Cllr. F. Clark proposed and Cllr. Mrs. Barber seconded that they were a correct record of the meeting.  The minutes were approved and signed.



There were no matters arising.



The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.  He thanked all the councillors and the Clerk for their efforts and hard work during the year.  He thought the council has worked well as a team and respected other people’s view and opinions, which was essential if the council were to be successful.  During the last couple of meetings there had been more focussed discussion and if re-elected he would be determined to continue limiting meeting to no more than two hours and structure meetings so that the important issues are given sufficient time and attention.


During the year the Parish Plan and Bus shelter have been successfully completed.  With regard to the bus shelter, the Chairman said he would be proposing in the normal business meeting that the Council matches the donations received, then the council would be in a position to pay the invoice for the re-building and start repayment of the loans.  The village had come third in the Best Kept Village Competition and progress has been made concerning the registration of parish property and a start has been made on the Trentside Meadow project.


Finances appear to be in good shape and the council is in a position to meet its financial commitments during the next year.


Significant flooding was experienced during the summer of 2007, but although this caused substantial inconvenience there was no reported property damage.  The water was very close to a property on Dunham Road and the owners of this property have volunteered to be the keepers of a “flood emergency kit” that is available from BDC.


The council had signed up to the New Code of Conduct.  Section 12 was not relevant, as members of the public do not participate in our meetings.


There are a number of challenges in front of us for the forth-coming year.  There is likely to be a significant increase in the residents of the Parish due to various property developments.  We may have little influence over specific planning decisions but we can and should welcome the new residents and help them become active members of the community.  Facilities are continuing to be eroded with the closure of Butcher’s Arms and ways need to be explored to reverse this trend.  There is also an obligation of continue fund raising activities to repay the bus shelter loans by sponsored walks, auction etc.  The next challenge should be the Playing Field.  The number of children in the village seems to have increased substantially.   Thanks were also extended to the footpath sweeper for her efforts, to all who helped with the litter pick, John Smith for the internal audit and all the residents for their continued efforts in keeping the village tidy.


Cllr Mrs. B. Barber thanked the Chairman, on behalf of the other councillors for his leadership and work over the last year



Poor Close Trustees –  Cllr. F. Clark reported that the Poor Close would soon need the hedge cutting and possibly feeding.  He also stated that future grants might have to be reduced due to the reduction in income of the Poor Close.



There was no other matters raised and the Annual Parish Meeting closed at 7.14 p.m.