Minutes of Meeting April 7th 2014

Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on Monday 7 April 2014

Present: Mr Stripp, Mr Ormston, Mrs O’Kane, Mr Kenny, Mrs Bolam.

1 Apologies for absence: none

2 Minutes of previous meeting 3 March 2014: Examined and approved.

3 Matters arising

Mr Stripp and Mr Ormston reported on the NCC core strategy meeting. Key points: plan is for 30 years but will be updated every 2-3 years. Over half of proposed development is in the SE corner of the county. Developers say 30% affordable homes target cannot be reached. Large wind energy schemes are out of favour.

4 Finance

Bank balance £1384.71 (no change). Clerk re-imbursed £6.22 for postage.

For this year’s audit, there is no longer a requirement for a volunteer auditor.

The council decided not to make a donation to Community Action Northumberland but will continue to support NALC.

5 Planning

Application for lodges at Wilkinson Park 14/00069/FUL has been withdrawn.

6 Correspondence

Consultation on Gypsies and Travellers, clerk to send an email saying it is not relevant to this parish.

Consultation on charging for transport for school children attending a different school on religious grounds, Clerk to respond to say the proposals are acceptable.

The council does not wish to take any action on the arrangements for charging for hospital car parks.

Crag End Landslip: the clerk will approach parish councils in Hepple, Alwinton, Thropton and Netherton about a joint representation at the public meeting on the 24th of April and the council will seek some professional advice, with a budget of up to £200.

7 Any other business

The council is happy to renew its insurance on the same terms as last year.

8 Date of next meeting – May 12th 2014 7.30pm. To be preceded by the Annual Parish Meeting

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