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Skeffling Parish Council



For meeting to be held on 5th June 2007


 1.   Minutes of meetings held on 1st May 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.   Annual Audit

 5.   Village Hall Lease

 6.   Wind Turbine Insurance

 7.   Local Paths Partnership Guidelines

 8.   Flashing 30 mph sign/Signage at Bingley Hill

 9.   New Notice Board

10.   Correspondence

11.   Public Speaking


Skeffling Parish Council



Minutes of Meeting held on 5th June 2007


Those present:  Cllr. M. Turnbull, Chairman

Cllr. P. Payne Vice-Chairman

Cllr. L. Payne

Cllr. S. Rollinson

Cllr. J. Sizer

Cllr. J. F. Robinson

Cllr. R. Newsam


Members of the public:  5


Minutes of meeting held on 1st May 2007


The minutes were accepted as an accurate account.

Proposed:   Cllr. J. Sizer

Seconded:  Cllr. S. Rollinson

Vote: carried unanimously


Matters Arising

Refurbishment Grant

The refurbishment grant for the Village Hall which Cllr. P. Payne presented has not been granted on this occasion.  The letter informing us of the decision also said that the application was of a high standard and if we wish to seek alternative funding for this project to contact the Funding Development Officer at ERVAS. Cllr. P. Payne is to pursue this.


Play Equipment

Several councillors went to view the play equipment at Withernsea.  Most of the items were not suitable, but there is a large amount of matting and two swings which could be of use in the future.  Arrangements are being made to collect these items.


Declaration of Interest

There were no declarations of interest.


Annual Audit

The figures to be presented to the Auditors were discussed and agreed as being correct.

Proposed:   Cllr. M. Turnbull

Seconded:  Cllr. S. Rollinson

Vote:  carried unanimously


Village Hall Lease

There was a detailed discussion on the contents of the proposed Lease.  This followed in depth talks with Graham Betts on the best way to proceed. His feelings were that the building, play area and wind turbine all be leased to the Village Hall.  With regard to the play area and wind turbine it was suggested that two members of the Council be co-opted onto the Village Hall committee, on a temporary basis, to be responsible to deal with their area of expertise, namely, the play area and wind turbine.  They would have no other responsibilities on the Village Hall Committee.  If, for any reason, the Village Hall Committee ceases to function everything will revert back to the control of the Council.  This will be written into the Lease.  The land will remain the property of the Council, therefore, the Council will still be responsible for the insurance cover for the Village Hall and Public Liability.

Proposed:   Cllr. M. Turnbull

Seconded:  Cllr. J. Sizer

Vote:  carried unanimously


Each party will have their own solicitor.  When the Lease is drawn up it will itemise the areas and assets of each party.


Wind Turbine Insurance

Cllr. M. Turnbull has contact Zurich regarding insurance for the Wind Turbine.  It has been agreed that cover will be added to the Council insurance in the sum of £52. This will be paid when the Invoice is received from Zurich.


Local Paths Partnership Guidelines

The scheme for this year has been oversubscribed and grants of only £470 per annum will be allocated to each Council who agrees to the scheme.  The idea of the scheme is to make local Councils responsible  for the countryside in their area using local volunteers to do the work. These volunteers will have to be trained in the use of any machinery, and Health and Safety Regulations will apply.

After a long discussion it was decided that with a small parish like Skeffling it would not be viable as the costs would far exceed £470 pr annum.  As the scheme has been oversubscribed for this year it was agreed to do nothing, and to look at the idea again next year.


Flashing 30mph sign/Signage at Bingley Hill

Following telephone conversations with Paula Danby by Cllr. M. Turnbull and Cllr. J. F. Robinson, the clerk was instructed to write to her asking for a suitability study to be made on the viability of erecting these signs in the village. The cost of these signs is in the region of £5,000, and the connection charge, electricity costs and maintenance must be borne by the Council.  The Council would also have to insure these lights.  It was proposed that we fully investigate the costs of these lights. Proposed:   Cllr. L. Payne

Seconded:  Cllr. J. F. Robinson

Vote:  carried unanimously

Regarding the signage at Bingley Hill, Cllr. J. F. Robinson has spoken to Mike Peeke of Highways. Mr. Peeke has spoken to the appropriate people on the matter and currently there is no intention to put a warning sign on this bend as they do not agree it is dangerous.  Cllr. J. F. Robinson pressed the  point  that  there have been some serious accidents on this stretch of road, and Mr. Peeke has agreed to look into the matter further.


Land Registration

Cllr. J. F. Robinson has  mentioned  this  to  Mr.  Brian  Meadley,  and  is  waiting for details of Mr. Meadley's land agent so that we can proceed with registering the land.


New Notice Board

Cllr. M. Turnbull is to get quotes for a new notice board.  It was agreed that this be sited outside the Village Hall.  This item will be placed on the next Agenda.



Letters have been received from Phil Milnes Renaissance Coordinator regarding a training day to be held on Tuesday, 26th June at the Shores Centre in Withernsea.  Up to 3 representatives can attend.  These will be Cllr. P. Payne, Cllr. R. Newsam, and one other.


Code of Conduct

A follow up letter has been received from ERYC asking that consent to the Code of Conduct 2007 be sent to them by September 2007.  All Councillors now have copies of the Code of Conduct and in order to discuss their views on any local changes this item will be put on every Agenda until a decision has been reached and a final vote taken.


Public Speaking

Mrs. Beadle said that the bridge over the sink dyke needs attention.  Cllr. M. Turnbull said that the Environment Agency, Highways, and all other Agencies involved will not take responsibility for this bridge.  He will talk to Mike Peeke of Highways to ask if anything can be done to strengthen the bridge.  It was agreed that this be put on the Streetscene inspection which is due in August/September 2007.


Mr. Watts has asked the Council for more wood preservative to finish painting the fence around the play area.  This was agreed.  He will be reimbursed from the Council funds.


The meeting closed at 8.55 p.m.


Date of next meeting:  3rd July 2007