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Skeffling Parish Council



For meeting to be held on 7th August 2007


 1.   Minutes of meetings held on 10th July 2007

 2.   Matters arising

 3.   Declaration of Interest  -  The Parish Councils (Model Code of Conduct) order 2001.  To record any declarations of interest by any Member in respect of items on this agenda.

 4.   Code of Conduct 2007

 5.   Planning Application - Winsett’s Farm

 6.   Flood Relief - Government Money

 7.   Parish Plan incorporating contingency plan

 8.   Notice Board

 9.   Correspondence

10.   Public Speaking


Skeffling Parish Council



Minutes of Meeting held on 7th August 2007


Those present:  Cllr. M. Turnbull, Chairman

Cllr. P. Payne Vice-Chairman

Cllr. L. Payne

Cllr. S. Rollinson

Cllr. J. F. Robinson

Cllr. R. Newsam


Apologies:         Cllr. J. Sizer


Members of the public:  7


Minutes of meeting held on 10th July 2007


The minutes were accepted as an accurate account.

Proposed:   Cllr. L. Payne

Seconded:  Cllr. S. Rollinson

Vote: carried unanimously


Matters Arising

Speed Reactive Sign

A reply has been received to our letter from Phil Hiscott, regarding speed reactive signs.  Mr. Hiscott will apply for a speed reactive sign to be sited at the eastern end of the village, but this will be considered along with requests from other villages and towns and is subject to funding, which will be at the start of the new financial year in April 2008.   In the meantime Mr. Hiscott will investigate further measures which may help to reduce the speed of vehicles through Skeffling.  A reminder letter will be sent to Mr. Hiscott in February 2008.


Planning Application - Stothard (07/03741/PLF)

The Planning Application for change of use has been refused.


Planning Application - Mr. S. Gray (07/03155/PLF)

The Planning Application for Mr. S. Gray has been refused.


Declaration of Interest

Cllr. R. Newsam declared an interest in Item 5 - the Planning Application at Winsett's Farm.


Code of Conduct 2007

This item to be left until the next meeting so that all Councillors will be present and a decision be made.


(Cllr. J. F. Robinson arrived at the meeting at 7.45pm and apologised for his lateness.)


Planning Application - Winsett's Farm (07/03953/STPLF)

Cllr. R. Newsam did not take part in the discussion and did not vote. It was proposed that the Planning Application be approved without objections.

Proposed:   Cllr. P. Payne

Seconded:  Cllr. S. Rollinson

Vote:  carried unanimously


Flood Relief - Government money

A letter has been received from East Riding of Yorkshire Council informing us that the Government is offering £5,000 for flood relief for each area which was affected by the floods.  This money is to be spent on the Parish.  It cannot be distributed between individual residents.  There is no time limit on applying for this money and ideas should be sought on how it could be spent to benefit the community and help protect against future flooding.

Cllr. J. F. Robinson suggested the Environment Agency be contacted to see if there is anything they can do without the Parish Council having to spend our own money. A site meeting will be organised by Cllr. M. Turnbull between the Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water with the backing of East Riding Council.  Problems highlighted by the flooding can be discussed with the relevant Agencies, and possible solutions be earmarked for future development.


Parish Plan

It is intended to create a Parish Plan which is an up to date survey of everything in  the  village. This will incorporate a contingency plan for emergencies.  Cllr. P. Payne and Cllr. R. Newsam have attended a meeting outlining the purpose of a Parish Plan.  Each Parish will develop a plan of how it will evolve over 5/10 years.  This will then be incorporated into the overall plan by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.  This can include a contingency plan for emergencies, i.e. flooding.  There are grants  available with which the £5,000 Flood Relief money could be used as match funding. A steering group will be formed. This will consist of a total of 5 to 6 people of which 1 or 2 will be councillors.  The rest of the steering group will be made up of parishioners who are interested in the future of the village and put their names forward.  A detailed questionnaire will go to every house in the parish.  The feed back from this will enable the steering group to put together a parish plan which will then be put before the parish council.  On completion it will be presented to East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Karen Wood has offered to help with this.  Cllr. P. Payne and Cllr. R. Newsam has a meeting with her on the 28th August.


Notice Board

Cllr. R. Newsam has sourced a suitable notice board which was discussed at the last meeting. Further quotes are to be obtained before a decision is made.



Leader+ is having an Introduction Event to outline their future plans.

Cllr. J. F. Robinson and Cllr. S. Rollinson will attend the event.


Two cheques were issued.  One in the sum of £138.05p. for Election Expenses, and one in the sum of £44.59p. to Zurich Municipal for the incorporation of the wind turbine into the Public Liability premium.


Emma Jasper is retiring from her job at the Environment Agency.  She recently discovered photographs of Skeffling and the Humber Bank at the Agency offices and has put these into an album for the Parish  Council.  The photos pertaining to Skeffling are between 1947 and 1970.


Public Speaking

Mr. Dosdale denied he said British Gas would leave skips for people to throw away flood damaged goods.  He said they would leave skips if they were asked.

Mr. Dosdale then brought up the subject of the pumps again.  He said that the pumps were in the barn of the address he gave Cllr. M. Turnbull.  Cllr. M. Turnbull said he could not go searching in someone's barn.  When he enquired about the pumps he was told there were no pumps at the address and Cllr. M. Turnbull had to accept this. Cllr. M. Turnbull asked Mr. Dosdale why he didn't go for the pumps himself.

Mr. Dosdale replied that Cllr. M. Turnbull was co-ordinating things and he didn't want to interfere.

Cllr. M. Turnbull said this argument was going over the same ground as at the previous council meeting and it should be left.

Mr. Dosdale said there were a few things in the Newsletter that he objected to and would like to bring up with the Council.  Cllr. M. Turnbull told him the Council had nothing to do with the Newsletter and he should see the Editor.  Mr. Dosdale refused to believe that.  Mrs. Cornford tried to explain that the Newsletter was completely independent from the Council, but Mr. Dosdale just shook his head and laughed.

Mrs. Dosdale brought up the argument that no one offered her help during the flooding.  She became very angry and with Mr. Dosdale said that they didn't know what was happening in the village and how the Council worked.

Cllr. Peter Payne interrupted and said that they were both welcome to go to Council meetings, but since they'd been in the village they hadn't shown any interest in the Council or what they were doing.  It was only since the flooding that they'd begun attending meetings.

Mrs. Dosdale said they would have liked to become more involved but since being in the village they hadn't been made to feel welcome at all.

Mr. Dosdale once again began to argue about the Council's lack of help during the flooding and Cllr. M. Turnbull intervened to try and calm the situation.

Mr. Dosdale then accused the Parish Clerk of being "the tool of the Council" where the Newsletter was concerned, and was "niaive" if she though any different.

Cllr. M. Turnbull said things were getting argumentative and closed the meeting.


The meeting closed at 8.30 p.m.


Date of next meeting:   4th September 2007