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Skeffling Parish Council
For meeting to be held on 2nd June 2009
1. Minutes of meetings held on 5th May 2009
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. Play Area
5. Parish Plan
6. Flood Defences
8. Public Speaking
Skeffling Parish Council
Those present: Cllr. M. Turnbull, Chairman
Cllr. S. Rollinson, Vice Chairman
Cllr. R. Newsam
Cllr. L. Payne
Cllr. J. F. Robinson
Cllr. J. Sizer
Apologies: Cllr. P. Payne
Members of the public: 2
Minutes of meeting held on 5th May 2009
The minutes were accepted as accurate.
Proposed: Cllr. M. Turnbull
Seconded: Cllr. S. Rollinson
Vote: carried unanimously
The Annual Audit has been approved by the Audit Commission. They suggested that the Risk Assessment be reviewed and updated where necessary.
The paint which Doug Mussell offered to the Council was £75 per tin, and he has now decided to keep it.
Declaration of Interest
There were no declaration of interests.
Cllr. M. Turnbull said the Council will have to spend some money on the Play Area. It was agreed that the side of the container in the car park be turned into a goal post.
Some of the fencing around the Play Area needs to be replaced. It was decided to replace the wooden posts with concrete.
The children who took part in the Parish Plan open day said they would like a see-saw. It was agreed that plans for a see-saw be researched to comply with EU regulations. Cllr. M. Turnbull will ring ROSPA for specifications.
Improvements will be made to the slide.
The container will be boarded on the side and the children can be involved in deciding the type of goal posts and colours. It is anticipated that a lot of the work be done by the school summer holidays. Volunteers from the village will be invited to help with the work. Cllr. M. Turnbull will source the necessary materials and children from the village will be asked for their opinions.
Cllr. J. Sizer will source plans for the see-saw from the Internet.
A meeting of the Steering Group will be convened in the next 3 to 4 weeks to discuss the possibility of taking any of the actions forward. On Thursday, 11th June Cllr. P. Payne and
Cllr. R. Newsam will give a presentation on the Parish Plan at the meeting in Beverley. They were asked to do this as the Parish Plan has been highly commended for its professionalism, and it was felt they could help other councils in the production of their own plans.
Cllr. R. Newsam said he felt the Environment Agency has made a small U-turn on the question of flood defences in the area. They are now looking at future plans more carefully. With regard to the sluice gate it was felt the Environment Agency are not doing what they promised. The Council will, therefore, keep checking the sluice gate themselves to make sure it is working properly. It was also felt the Council could not trust the Environment Agency to do the job effectively.
A reply to our letter has been received from Andrew Baron but the questions we put to him have not been answered firmly enough. Cllr. M. Turnbull will ring him regarding the service schedule. Depending on his response this can then be followed up with a letter.
A letter has been received from Customs and Excise agreeing to refund the £1,072.05 VAT payment on the flood prevention work. They have also sent a Form 126 for our next claim.
Yorkshire Water has agreed our Invoice of £344.24 which will be paid in July.
Cllr. J. F. Robinson has asked East Riding of Yorkshire Council about their policy for the collection of used household batteries. He was told they had no policy, and to put the batteries in the normal household waste bin. Upon further research Cllr. J. F. Robinson discovered that legislation is being passed to stop this happening.
He has contacted a company on the Internet who collect used household batteries and they are sending him a 5 litre recycling container. The company will collect them free of charge.
The meeting closed at 8.50pm.
Date of next meeting: 7th July 2009
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