Chair Dawn Hancock,
Cllrs Panton, Page, Arthurs together with Clerk S. Harrison.
Chairman and Counsellors
The Councillors were
welcomed, Cllr Hancock was proposed as Chair by Cllr Panton and seconded by Cllr
Page. Vice Chair Panton was proposed by Chair Hancock and seconded by Cllr
Arthurs. Another clr needs to be co opted.
Acceptance of Office
Acceptance of Office were signed and Disclosure of Pecuniary Interests and Other
Interests forms were also filled in by the Chair and Cllrs.
Minutes of the meeting
held on 4th March 2015.
The minutes were
approved and signed by the Chair Dawn Hancock.
from the previous minutes
New Inn Update
The Clerk has spoken
with William Robinson from Robinson’s Brewery at Stockport and the process of
setting up a marketing plan for the New Inn has begun. He is hoping to be able
to make a site visit in the next month and the Clerk will meet with him to
discuss the plan for the New Inn’s future. They are still looking to recruit new
tenants but obviously work has to be done before they can install a new tenant.
Cllr Arthurs commented
that they need to find a niche market for the New Inn and with a good chef in
place a new menu and dining room and a full refurbishment it could be a very
profitable business, Cllr Arthurs also mentioned the new development which was
due to be built at Leighton Hall which would attract holiday makers to the area.
They would frequent the New Inn. We need to ask Robinsons if they know their
market audience in the area as Chair Hancock said the New Inn is located in an
ideal location with close proximity to the A6, RSPB Leighton Moss and it is on
the Sustrans cycle route. Cllr Arthurs also suggested that we ask Robinsons
Brewery what their budget is.
Accounts 2014 –
The Accounts for the
year 2014 – 2015 were presented. The balance on the 31/03/15 was £195.89
Mr Rothwell did the
internal audit for the Parish Council, his recommendations were:
Cheque stubs should be
initialled by the Counsellors who sign the cheques. This has not always been
The presentation of
the accounts should be made clearer so that it is easier to analyse the
surplus/deficit and compare with the annual return.
The accounts are
available to view via the Clerk and will also be placed on the village website.
The Clerk will write a
report for the Auditors.
The Certificate of
Assurance was approved and signed by the Chair and Clerk.
All employers now need
to offer employees the chance to join a pension scheme. The Clerk can elect to
join the scheme or not and Councils have the option of paying in money. Whether
the Clerk joins or not the Council still have to set the scheme up and elect a
representative by May 31st 2015. Chair asked Thirsk Payroll services
if they would do it but they declined. The staging date for the implementation
of the scheme is 1st November 2016. Any employees will be legally
opted in, but an employee may opt out. The Parish Council have to set up the
scheme regardless as to whether the present Clerk takes the pension or not.
There are two schemes which are available but the SLCC recommends using the NEST
scheme as most appropriate for the salary level.
for the Countryside Stewardship Scheme
The Clerk received an
email from Mary Miller who is carrying out a short piece of work funded by
Morecambe Bay Local Nature Partnership and AONB Partnership to explore the
possibility of a collaborative bid for funding from the new Countryside
Stewardship Scheme. This is to help support groups of landowners and land
managers to maintain and enhance local habitats which for the Council would be
the turlough which is situated by the village hall carpark. A further email from
Mary Miller to say that she had completed the work and that there is a definite
interest in a joint scheme. The next stage is for AONB team to apply for funding
to support an application. The Parish Council will hear from them later in the
year if the bid has been successful.
The Chair said the
Parish Council own the land which surrounds the pond, between the pond and car
park, but the actual pond is owned by Christine Winder .The AONB put the wooden
staging up so all parties would need to work together on this.
Alan Tydlesley is
going to take over from Mike Rothwell running the village newsletter and the
Parish Council will continue to contribute to it each month.
The Chair has been
approached by Yealand School to say could we as the Parish Council sign a
Wayleave re the land that by the MUGA. The B4RN ducting goes through this area.
Chair Hancock signed on behalf of B4RN and Cllr Panton signed the agreement on
behalf of the Parish Council.
Leaving present for
On behalf of the
Parish Council the Chair has bought an Acer tree to thank Cllr Jackson for her
service as a Parish Counsellor. Cllr Panton said we should put a piece in the
village newsletter. The Cllrs would cover the cost of the present.
The Clerk received an
email from Katy Whitaker to say that Historic England is considering Yealand
Conyers war memorial for addition to the List of Buildings of Special
Architectural or Historic Interest as part of their response to the centenary of
the First World War. The government is committed to seeing all the nation’s
memorials placed in a good state of repair by 2018. Initially Historic England
will carry out an assessment of the memorial, once this is completed a copy of
the consultation report will be sent to the Council.. Historic England will
consider all representations made before finalising our assessment and making
final recommendation to the Secretary of State.
£10 Fee for
Allowance. Cheque Book not available at this meeting
A final decision on
the AONB donation will be considered at the next meeting.
Dates of Parish
meetings for 2015 – 2016