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Skeffling Parish Council



For meeting to be held on 1st May 2007


 1.   Minutes of meetings held on 3rd April 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.   Finances

 5.   Parish Election

 6.   Local Paths Partnership Guidelines

 7.   Correspondence

 8.   Public Speaking


Skeffling Parish Council



Minutes of Meeting held on 1st May 2007


Those present:  Cllr. M. Turnbull, Chairman

Cllr. L. Payne

Cllr. S. Rollinson

Cllr. J. Sizer

Cllr. J. F. Robinson

Cllr. R. Newsam


Apologies:         Cllr. P. Payne

Cllr. J. F. Robinson will be arriving late.


Members of the public:  2


Minutes of meeting held on 3rd April 2007


The minutes were accepted as an accurate account.

Proposed:   Cllr. J. Sizer

Seconded:  Cllr. S. Rollinson

Vote: carried unanimously


Matters Arising


Mike Metcalfe has made a start on the bus shelters, nothing has yet been done regarding the paths.  Cllr. J. Sizer has emailed Mr. Metcalfe regarding a list of remedial work, but has not received a reply.


Zurich Insurance

The annual premium for the wind turbine is too high. It was generally felt that more quotes were needed before a decision could be made.  The annual premium of £349.91p. for the Village Hall is to be paid.


Village Hall Refurbishment Grant

Cllr. L. Payne has prepared the  form for the grant to cover additional work at the Village Hall. We are waiting for a decision.


Declaration of Interest

There were no Declarations of Interest.



The Clerk claimed expenses for the year 2006/2007.  This amounted to £45.73p. and covered postage, telephone and stationary.  It was agreed this should be paid.   It was also agreed that the clerk's annual wage of £120 be paid.

Proposed:   Cllr. M. Turnbull

Seconded:  Cllr. J. Sizer

Vote:  carried unanimously


A cheque was raised in the sum of £349.91p. in respect of the annual insurance premium for the Village Hall.

Proposed:   Cllr. M. Turnbull

Seconded:  Cllr. J. Sizer

Vote:  carried unanimously


(At this point Cllr. J. F. Robinson arrived at the meeting.)


Parish Elections

The Council were re-elected uncontested.  There were two candidates whose forms were rejected because they were not filled in correctly and were too late for inclusion in the Election. It was agreed that the Annual General Meeting be held on Tuesday, 8th May at 7.30pm at the Village Hall.


Local Paths Partnership Guidelines

Cllr. M. Turnbull will read the Guidelines and then circulate it amongst other Councillors.  This item will be placed on the June agenda for a detailed discussion.



Play Equipment

A letter has been received from Mrs. Jane Moxon, Clerk to Withernsea Town Council.  They are updating their play equipment and have offered us the old equipment if we can make use of it.  It was agreed to arrange to see the equipment.


Code of Conduct 2007

The Code of Conduct has been updated and Councils are required to accept the new code by 1st October 2007.  The papers are being circulated amongst Councillors and will be put on the agenda later in the year for a full discussion.


Public Speaking

Mrs. Meadley asked if Skeffling can have a flashing 30mph sign.  Traffic is still ignoring the speed restrictions through the village, and Mrs. Meadley felt that a flashing sign might be the answer. Cllr. M. Turnbull suggested this item be put on the agenda for the next meeting.  In the meantime enquiries will be made as to the feasibility of a flashing sign and any costs involved.


Mr. Alec Beadle asked why Council road sweepers did not clean the road along Humber Way.  He argued that it wasn't done often enough.  When it was pointed out to him that ERYC did not have the money to do it more frequently, Mr. Beadle said it had nothing to do with money, it was simply that they couldn't be bothered. It was pointed out that the road had been swept that day.  It had also been swept three times recently following the repair work which had been done to the road.


Following this discussion Mr. Beadle became very angry and abusive to everyone present.  His behaviour was not acceptable at a public meeting and, after a warning, Cllr. M. Turnbull asked him to leave the meeting.  This had no affect and the abuse continued.  Cllr. M. Turnbull again asked Mr. Beadle to leave the meeting, and this time he complied.


It was decided by the Councillors that a full report of this incident be attached to these minutes.


The meeting closed at 8.05 p.m.


Date of next meeting:  5th June 2007




Following Mr. Beadle's complaint about road cleaning, he was asked if there was anything else he wanted to say.


He  approached the Council table and said that he was disgusted at the way the whole Council had cheated their way through the election, to make sure they were re-elected unopposed. Because of this 'fiddling' no one else had a chance to put themselves up for election because it was too late.  He insisted he hadn't seen any advertising in the Gazette or the Hull Daily Mail, and did not know that a poster advising of the election and the procedures was in the Post Office.


He then became very abusive at this point and said that the Clerk had managed to put a poster in the Post Office, but had been "too ill" to put one in the Notice Board.


The Chairman pointed out that the Notice Board was too small to accommodate the poster and Mr. Beadle pooh poohed it.  He then called the Clerk a liar and accused her of 'keeping the election quiet' so that no one would find out about it.


He proceeded to call all the Councillors "a bunch of wankers", and refused to listen to anything the Councillors had to say.


When asked if he'd like to be a Councillor he replied that 10 years ago he wanted to go on the Council but he was told by Cllr. M. Turnbull and Cllr. J. F. Robinson that he was  "a shit-stirrer". This  was  blatantly  untrue  as  neither  Cllr.  M. Turnbull  nor Cllr. J. F. Robinson were Councillors 10 years ago.


He then turned on Cllr. R. Newsam, again accusing the Councillors of "fiddling the election". Richard Newsam objected to his attitude and said: "You have no grounds for your accusations and no evidence.  I take offence at what you're saying".


At this point Mr. Beadle again became very abusive towards all the Council and began using foul language.  He jabbed his finger aggressively at Cllr. M. Turnbull and said: "I haven't finished with you.  I've only just started".


Cllr. M. Turnbull asked Mr. Beadle to leave the meeting as his behaviour and attitude were unacceptable.  Mr. Beadle continued to abuse Councillors, his language still very offensive.


Again Cllr. M. Turnbull asked him to leave the meeting, and this time he complied.