Ponsonby Parish Council Minutes - June 2013

  • Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held at 7.00pm in Calderbridge Village Hall on 11 th June 2013.


    Present: Mr R Stewart, Mr D Birks, Mr A Rigg, Mr G Crayston, DA Polhill (Clerk)



    38/13Apologies: Mr R Jones, Declarations of Interest. None.


    39/13Minutes of the previous meeting. These were approved.


    40/13 Actions and Matters arisingfrom the Minutes.


    a) Flooding & Traffic Management issues. The Clerk said that he had spoken to Mr Clarkson about the lack of contact from County Council officers. He had agreed to progress the matter and later rang The Clerk with details of who the relevant officer was (for flooding matters) and that he would be contacted by telephone. No contact was made. Subsequently both The Chairman and The Clerk had raised the matter again with Mr Clarkson. The Clerk said that he would again try to contact Mr Cosgrove to get him to outline his proposals for improved traffic controls at Calderbridge.


    b) Annual Return. The Clerk said that following the submission of the Annual Return to the District auditor he had received a query asking why the amount of reserves held was so high. After consultation with the Chairman and Vice-chairman a reply had been sent back stating that the main reasons were to provide resources toward the development of the Parish/Community Plan and also fund repairs to the assets inherited from St Bridget’s PC when the parish boundaries were changed.


    c) Response to DECC ‘Call for Evidence’. Shortly after the last meeting The Clerk learned that HMG (via DECC) had published a ‘Call for Evidence’ on what went wrong with the previous MRWS process and what lessons could be learned. The documentation also revealed that this information would be used to frame a second round of consultation later in 2013. Since DECC were present at all the meetings of the MRWS Partnership, and had access to all the comments submitted by all parties on the MRWS Partnership final report, together with the detailed reasons by the County Council (and others including CALC, and the two Parish Councils of Gosforth and Ponsonby) on why it did not support moving forward, this demand for information was perplexing, particularly as the request for information was not publicised but merely placed on the DECC web-site. As a consequence a meeting of the joint parishes Nuclear Group was called and a response to the request for evidence generated and submitted. A copy of the document would be made available to all members.


    41/13 Parish Council Representation Reports.






    42/13 Correspondence


    43/13 Finance


    Payments of:






    were approved.


    44/13 Public Participation. There were no members of the public present.


    45/13 Questions councillors may wish to raise.


    Mr Rigg – Said that the seat beside the telephone box was in need of repainting. It was agreed that The Clerk would make arrangements to get it treated. In response to a further question about the village bus-shelter The Clerk said that arrangements were in hand to get the guttering repaired and the ivy removed. When this was done arrangements could be made to get it repainted. This raised the question of the state of the other bus shelter at Ponsonby Lane end and Mr Birks offered to look at this and report back.


    Note: After the meeting the other two seats in the grassed area by the river were examined and it was considered sensible to have all three seats treated at the same time.



    Mr Birks reported back on the condition of the bus shelter which was in need of similar repairs to the one in the village. The Clerk has subsequently arranged to have both shelters repaired at the same time.



    46/13 Date of next meeting . Tuesday 9 th July 2013



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