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Parish Council Minutes - May 2015

Minutes of the Yealand Conyers Parish Council Meeting held on Wednesday 20th May 2015 at the Quaker Old School, Yealand Conyers.


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Present

Chair Dawn Hancock, Cllrs Panton, Page, Arthurs together with Clerk S. Harrison.

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Election of 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.

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Declaration of Acceptance of Office

Declarations of Acceptance of Office were signed and Disclosure of Pecuniary Interests and Other Interests forms were also filled in by the Chair and Cllrs.

1313

Apologies

None received.

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Minutes of the meeting held on 4th March 2015.

The minutes were approved and signed by the Chair Dawn Hancock.

1315

Matters arising 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.

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Accounts 2014 – 2015

The Accounts for the year 2014 – 2015 were presented. The balance on the 31/03/15 was £195.89

Income                      £2090.46

Total Expenditure       £1874.57

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 done.

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.

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Clerk Pension

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.

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Potential funding 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.

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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.

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The Yealand’s Newsletter

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.

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Wayleave Agreement B4RN

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.

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Leaving present for Cllr Jackson

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.

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War Memorial

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.

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Finance

£10      Fee for Pension seminar

£16      Fuel Allowance. Cheque Book not available at this meeting

AONB Donation

A final decision on the AONB donation will be considered at the next meeting. 

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Dates of Parish meetings for 2015 – 2016

14th  July2015

2nd  September 2015

4th  November

6th  January 2016

9th  March 2016

4th  May 2016



 

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