MINUTES OF ASTON INGHAM PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 2009 AT 7.30P.M. IN THE VILLAGE HALL
Mr J. Harding (chairman), Mr E. Green, Mrs R. Tree, Mr C. Tormey, Mr S. Burns, Mr J. Whatley (councillors)
Mr Paul Leighton (CSO)
MINUTES OF OCTOBER MEETING were read, approved and signed with one amendment.
1. Email from Ray Wallace to Andrew Lee-Jones, forwarded by Harry Bramer, was read regarding progress in road issues. Clerk to contact Harry Bramer and Ray Wallace with information about placement of horse warning signs, of which Ray Wallace claimed no knowledge, although the map has now been sent to him on two occasions.
2. 30m.p.h. sign at Oaks Lane has now been replaced.
3. Clerk to send copies of letters from Juliet Whatley and Christine Dennis about dangers of horse riding in village to Mr Wallace and Mr Bramer.
4. Road defects and programme of works forwarded by Harry Bramer.
5. Response from Joe Neil regarding letter about flooding at Knightshill.
6. Smartwater. Mr Harding proposed that bill for Smartwater signage be paid straight away when invoice is received, without needing to be agreed again at subsequent meeting. Mrs Tree seconded. All in favour. Mr Whatley and Mr Burns volunteered to erect the signs.
7. Firesafe – safe which could accommodate necessary documents would cost £588 plus v.a.t. Mr Harding to check suitability of former church safe. Mr Whatley to check other possible purchases on Internet. Archive fees to be checked.
8. Litter picking eventually carried out when equipment arrived.
9. Recycling bins don’t all seem to have been delivered.
10. Copies of Amey contacts to be forwarded by email or photocopied for councillors.
REPORT FROM CSO
Distraction burglaries are still main concern. Vehicles used are good quality and smart dress to allay suspicion. Often plausible ID cards are used and vulnerable/elderly people, who have lost trust in financial institutions and are keeping cash at home, are likely targets. Not all thefts are being reported. The public were warned not to let anyone into their home unless by appointment, and to report any suspicious activity.
With the rise in oil prices, more thefts of oil were anticipated.
Christmas shoppers were warned to keep goods bought out of sight in vehicles and in homes.
Lea cashpoint was recently raided.
Mrs Tree asked about the possibility of Herefordshire supplying Horsewatch signs. Mr Leighton to check this out.
1. Rose Cottage DCSE00009/1737/F Permission. Conditions read and noted.
2. Reslaw Cottage DMSE/092187/F Permission. Conditions read and noted.
3. Five Wells SE0922101/F. Permission. Conditions read and noted.
4. Point Cottage DMSE/092395/FH Erection of garage with office over. No objection, but observations made.
5. Goldcliff, Oaks Lane Proposed replacement dwelling. DMSE/092493/0 No objections
FINANCE C.A.£2211.89 A.I.P.C.H.F. £7.63 P.C. £4.20
i. Audit fee and conclusion of audit. Parish Council had been charged for late payment although clerk had emailed to advise. Lynda Wilcox (H.A.L.C.) to be contacted. Clerk to check on point raised regarding internal audit work.
ii. Invoice for Village Hall hire £78.00. Mr Tormey proposed this be paid. Mrs Tree seconded. All in favour.
ANY OTHER MATTERS – none
DATE OF NEXT MEETING – Monday 14th December
MEETING CLOSED at 9.40 p.m.