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Skeffling Parish Council



For meeting to be held on 7th August 2001


 1.   Minutes of meeting held on 3rd July 2001

 2.   Matters Arising

 3.   Finance

 4.   Miscellaneous Correspondence

 5.   Report of Village Hall meeting on 31st July

 6.   Any Other Business


Skeffling Parish Council



Minutes of Meeting held on 7th August 2001


Those present:  Cllr. M. Turnbull Chairman

Cllr. M. Hall Vice Chairman

Cllr. J. F. Robinson

Cllr. R. Newsam

Cllr. S. Rollinson

Cllr. P. A. Payne


Also present members of the public:  1


Minutes of meeting held on 3rd July 2001


The minutes of the meeting were agreed as being an accurate account.

Proposed:   Cllr. S. Rollinson

Seconded:  Cllr. R. Newsam

Vote: Carried unanimously


Matters Arising

There were no matters arising.



A letter has been received from Mr Colin O'Connor informing the Council he is looking into the election expenses.


Village Hall Meeting

Cllr. M. Turnbull presented a brief outline of the talk given by Alan Barker on the possible future of the Village Hall.  This was as follows:


"At the beginning of the meeting Alan Barker of the Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council outlined grants and help available to parishes.  As Skeffling is classed as 'deep rural' the needs of the parishioners is paramount.  If there is found to be a need for a Village Hall to accommodate various activities by the residents of the village, this will be looked on very favourably when applying for grants.


Option 1

If the Parish Council retains control of the land and property the maximum amount of grants available is between £15,000/£20,000.


Option 2

The land and property will be leased to the Village Hall Charitable Trust by the Parish Council for a minimum of 25 years.  The maximum amount available would be £250,000/£300,000.


Option 1 would provide a revamp of the existing building.


Option 2 would provide complete rebuilding of the existing building and surrounding area.



The project will need total commitment on the part of the Village Hall committee for a minimum period of one year.  This is just to obtain the funding.  This process involves a vast amount of paperwork and dedication from all those concerned with the project.


Once the work has been completed and the Village Hall is operational, it will require running to its full potential.  This, again, means a dedicated committee prepared to do the work in perpetuity.



Should the committee fail in their duty to this project, the whole of the property and land will be passed to the Charities Commission until the lease expires, i.e. 25 years.  Should this happen the Charities Commission will be within their rights to lease the property and land to a third party to recoup their assets.






Option 1

A revamp will mean tidying up the existing building, but it will still leave it with a limited lifespan. In 10/15 years this work would need redoing, and constant fund raising needed to maintain the building.


Option 2

This will mean having a completely new Village Hall, professionally built to the highest specifications, including environmentally friendly heating, etc., and will have a lifespan future generations can enjoy.  As well as the main building there will be a recreational area, children's play area, car park, disabled facilities, low maintenance and running costs.  The property will have a good security system and IT access.



If we are successful with either Option, the costs to each parishioner will be nil. There will be a slight increase in the precept in line with inflation, which would be charged in any case."


The two options were discussed at length.  It was generally felt that Option 1 would only be a part term measure, and would not give the Village Hall a satisfactory lifespan.  Whereas Option 2 would provide a legacy for future generations to use and enjoy.  With up to date facilities catering for all age groups, maintenance costs would be minimal, giving the Village Hall time to develop and flourish as an attractive and integral part of Skeffling.


It was finally agreed to wait for the detailed paperwork from Alan Barker, after which serious consideration could be given to the project before a final decision was made.  As the project would affect the whole village, it was suggested an open meeting be held on 3rd September to gauge parishioners views.  The final decision on which option to apply for will be taken at the next Council meeting on 4th September.


Any Other Business

Speed Limit

There is a lot of concern in the village regarding speeding traffic, especially as schools are closed and children are using the roads more frequently.  HGVs delivering goods to the wind turbine site are a particular nuisance.  They show little regard when negotiating sharp bends and their speed through the village is excessive.  It was agreed to contact PC Swan once again to urge that the speed census be instituted as soon as possible.


Cllr. M. Turnbull has received various complaints from residents of cars joyriding in the village during the early hours of the morning.  He has reported this to the local police, and they have asked for registration numbers to be taken where possible so that action can be taken against the drivers.


It has been noted that tiles on the roof of the building behind the bus stop on Main Road are loose and some have fallen off.  Cllr. J. F. Robinson has agreed to talk to Brian Meadley and ask that the tiles be secured.


Cllrs. M. Turnbull and J. F. Robinson are to chase up the Environment Agency and the ERYC with regard to repairs to drains.  With winter approaching it was felt this work is now a matter of priority and must be attended to immediately to avoid the problems experienced by villagers during the extremely bad weather of last winter.


The meeting closed at 9.25 p.m.


Date of next meeting:   4th September 2001