Approved Minutes for 2014

Minutes of the April 2014 meeting

ALNMOUTH PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF MEETING

 

TUESDAY 8th April 2014 at 7:30PM in the HINDMARSH HALL

 

Present: Nick Mattlock (Acting Chair), David Denton (DD), Donald Blythe (DB), Nick Naylor (NN).

 

In Attendance: Hazel Eccleston (Clerk).

 

49/14. Apologies for Absence

Apologies were received from Councillors Bill Bourne, John Hobbis, George Ternent, Pat Murphy, Jill Brown, Mac McHugh and County Councillors Gordon Castle and Heather Cairns.

 

50/14 Minutes of the Previous Meeting

DB proposed the minutes of 11th March, seconded by DD. Passed by all as a true record of the meeting.

 

51/14 Matters Arising

  1. Information Strategy

NN reported that the website was up and running. NN had already made some corrections, passed on by BB but asked everyone to check the website and pass any corrections onto him before the April meeting. NM thanked NN for his work on the website and asked him to pass over any billing information, passwords etc to the Clerk.

Action: Clerk to ensure everyone knows the website link.

 

  1. Peases Park Repairs

The Clerk circulated a new quote for the rope ladder on the playframe (minus the cost of installation). Agreed by all that the ladder could be installed in-house. DD proposed accepting the cheaper quote, DB seconded the proposal, agreed by all. The Clerk reported that the Burgage Holders of Alnmouth had donated £900 towards the cost of the fence repair and rope ladder replacement. Agreed by all that this was a very generous donation and a letter of thanks should be sent. DD agreed to make the gap in the fence safe until the fence is properly repaired.

Action: Clerk to order the rope ladder only, from Playdale and arrange delivery to the Post Office. Clerk to write to Burgage Holders to thank them for the donation and to arrange for an item to go in the village newsletter when the fence has been repaired. DD to make the fence safe until it is repaired.

 

  1. Information Boards

BB sent a report to say that the text for the Information Boards had been checked and sent to Helen Holden. BB will organise a quote from Black Wax and report back to the Council.

Action: Clerk to place on May Agenda.

 

  1. Dog Waste Bins

DB noted that there were two bins at the North end of Peases park and no bins at the South end and proposed moving one bin. DD felt that anoher bin should be purchased as it would be used. DB reminded everyone of the email circulated by BB regarding the cost of stickers to alert the public to the fact that waste bins can be used to dispose of dog waste.

Action: Clerk to obtain costs of a waste bin and a dog waste bin and bring to May meeting. Clerk to speak to NCC and establish who pays for bin stickers.

 

52/14 Peases Park Trees

BB had sent a report to say that he had received no reponse from the tree sculptor he had contacted. Agreed by all to investigate further and carry the item forward to the May meeting.

Action: Clerk to place on May Agenda.

 

53/14 Planting and Village Tubs

Clerk informed the Council that Shian Hartshorn had asked how much the budget for village plants would be this year.

Action: Clerk to contact Shian Hartshorn of planting budget and to establish how many tubs the Parish Council is responsible for.

 

54/14 Peases Gardens

NM asked those present if the Parish Council should ask NCC to enforce the covenant on 4 Pease Gardens. DD proposed that the covenant should be enforced, DB seconded the proposal, agreed by all.

Action: Clerk to consult with BB with regard to how to proceed.

55/14 Grass Cutting

The Clerk read out a letter from the Burgage Holders offering to cut the grass and the financial terms and arrangements. Agreed by all that the proposal required careful consideration of all options. BB had sent in notes to suggest that a grass cutting schedule, i.e. no more than once a week in the grass cutting season, should be agreed. DD asked if the question of cutting the grass in Dr Joys Garden and the Roundabout could be discussed at the next meeting.

Action: Clerk to circulate the letter from Burgage Holders to all Parish Councillors not present at the meeting, to establish their views before the next Burgage Holders Meeting. Grass cutting in Dr Joys Garden and roundabout to go on May agenda.

 

56/14 Defibrillator

Clerk to ask JB to check that the Village Tearooms can provide electricity. The cost of the defibrillator and secure box to house it, were dicussed but it was felt a proper decision could only be made with more Councillors present.

Action: Clerk to contact JB and to place the item on the May agenda.

 

57/14 Health and Safety

BB had asked that certain points such as: notices to be put up whilst grass cutting was in progres, mower to be kept at least 5m away from members of the public etc. should be included in any requirements agreed with Burgage Holders or in our own policy, depending on who cuts the grass in future. As no decision had been taken on Item 55/14, the item will be placed on the May agenda.

Action: Clerk to place the item on the May agenda.

 

58/14 Insurance and Asset Register

The Clerk reported that the Hindmarsh Hall Committee were willing to accept the Printer and Laptop but did not feel the remaining items were of any use to them.

Action: Clerk to circulate insurance policy, asset register and any relevant information to all councillors for a full discussion at the May meeting.

 

59/14Council Matters 

No report.

 

60/14 Public Contribution

No member of the public attended.

 

61/14. Reports from Sub-Committees

  1. Arts Festival

BB had sent a note to say that were no items to report other than the fact that the Alnmouth Arts Festival had been highly commended in its category in the recent WOW (What’s On Where) Awards, the only category to have a highly commended entry.

  1. Christmas Lights

The Clerk reported that a meeting was to be held the following evening to discuss the forthcoming quz night.

 

  1. Village Maintenance

The Clerk reported that she is still chsing up NCC regarding the Foxton Road subsidence but has had no reponse other than to say they are aware that work needs to be done. NM noted that he had some bunting which could be used by the village; DD suggested storing it with the Marquee as the bunting would most likely be used for events when ithe Marquee was in use.

 

  1. Planning

There were no applications to report. DD noted that he had visited PM and he was still unwell. The Clerk has begun reporting planning applications received on the village noticeboard; DB noted that this had been well received.

 

  1. War Memorial

DD reported that the re-dedication ceremony had been well attended. NN noted that traffic control should be considered for Remebrance Sunday, later in the year. Agreed by all that this was not within the remit of the Parish Council.

 

  1. Senior Citizens’ Christmas Lunch

No report.

 

 

62/14 Finances

The Clerk reported that the books were with the accountants.

 

The following invoices were presented and agreed by all.

Parish Council

Clerk’s Wage & Admin – £205.16

Village Maintenance - £83.16

 

Arts Festival

Clerk’s Wage Contribution - £26.76

Local History Society - £250

 

The Clerk provided a list of transactions to date.

Parish Council

Date

 

£ IN

£ OUT

10/03/14

VAT Reclaim

256.32

 

11/03/14

Aurora D.P.

 

105

11/03/14

Clerk’s Wage and Admin

 

196.40

11/03/14

Stationery

 

4.29

11/03/14

Lawn Mower Storage

 

104

19/03/14

Bailiffgate Museum - Grant

 

100

19/03/14

Alnmouth Parish Church

 

200

24/03/14

Hindmarsh Hall - Meetings

 

144

TOTAL = £6,270.01 Current Account               £6,863.87 Instant Reserve

 

 

Arts Festival

Date

 

£ IN

£ OUT

10/03/14

VAT Reclaim

628.45

 

11/03/14

Clerk’s Wage Contribution

 

26.76

17/03/14

Cash Donation

30

 

17/03/14

Artists Fees

695

 

TOTAL = £8,377.05

 

Christmas Lights

Date

 

£

IN

£

OUT

10/03/14

VAT Reclaim

129.02

 

TOTAL = £2,348.10

 

Senior Citizens Lunch

TOTAL = £1,113.64

 

War Memorial

Date

 

£

IN

£

OUT

10/03/14

VAT Reclaim

469

 

TOTAL = £273.08

 

The above amounts are based on figures available to the Clerk at the time of compilation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

63/14. Council Communications

The Clerk reported the receipt of the following communications:

  • Mary Hollins – Letter regarding the proposed ‘Years to Remember’ Concert to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War. The Chairman had already written to inform Mrs Hollins that the Council had not budgeted for major expenditure in this area but would support events put on by the Royal British Legion and the Western Front Association. This position was agreed by all.
  • CAN News Northumberland Spring Issue 2014
  • CAN Spring Conference Invitation – 9th May, Stannington Village Hall.
  • HAGS SMP Product Brochure - Play Equipment
  • Memorial Bench Request – Ann Hetherington – Clerk to respond – At present there is no capacity to place another bench in the village.

 

64/14. Any Other Business

As there had not been time to add this to the agenda, the Clerk circulated a draft copy of the Boathouse tender document drafted by BB, for consideration and comments by the rest of the Parish Council. This item will go on the May agenda for more careful consideration.

Action: Clerk to circulate the draft tender to the rest of the Parish Council.

 

65/14. Date & Time Next Meeting

The date of the next meeting was set for, Tuesday 13th May 2014, 7:30pm, The Hindmarsh Hall, this will also be the AGM.

 

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March 2014 Minutes

ALNMOUTH PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF MEETING

 

TUESDAY 11th March 2014 at 7:30PM in the HINDMARSH HALL

 

Present: Bill Bourne (BB) (Chair), David Denton (DD), Donald Blythe (DB), Jill Brown (JB), Mac McHugh (MM), John Hobbis (JH).

 

In Attendance: Hazel Eccleston (Clerk).

 

33/14. Apologies for Absence

Apologies were received from Councillors Nick Naylor, George Ternent, Pat Murphy, Nick Mattlock and County Councillor Gordon Castle.

 

34/14 Minutes of the Previous Meeting

MM proposed the minutes of 11th February, seconded by DD. Passed by all as a true record of the meeting.

 

35/14 Defibrillator Presentation

BB welcomed representatives from the Stephen Carey Fund, Tony and Scott McKewan. Tony and Scott demonstrated a defibrillator which seemed very easy to use. The Stephen Carey Fund will donate a defibrillator and the only purchase required from the Parish Council would be a specialist cabinet to house the defibrillator at a cost of approximately £1,000. Other requirements are that it be housed in an accessible, well lit location and it would require an electricity supply. BB asked about training for, service and warranty of the defibrillator. Tony explained that no training was required, warranty ranges from 7-10 years and pads can be changed every 2 years from £30-90. Tony also explained that all defibrillators need a local guardian, who checks the equipment every 2 weeks with the help of a checklist. JB noted that the Village Tearooms had offered to house the cabinet outside. BB thanked the Tony and Scott McKewan for taking the time to visit the Parish Council and give the demonstration and agreed to contact them with a decision.

Action: Clerk to place item on April Agenda. JB to check if Village Tearooms can provide electricity for cabinet.

 

36/13 Matters Arising out of Minutes

a)     Sewage Pipes – Riverside Road

The Clerk reported a that Northumbrian Water had given her a contact number (0845 7171100) and informed her that it was the responsibility of the residents of Riverside Road to contact them if they wished to discuss blocked sewage pipes and any possible solutions.

b)    Information Management Strategy

No report.

 

37/13 Playpark Fence

The Clerk had previously circulated five tenders for the fence repairs in Peases Park. A discussion followed and it was decided to award the contract to Neil Tait Fencing, proposed by BB, seconded by JH, agreed by all. Work to commence as soon as possible. George Ternent and Pat Murphy were nominated to supervise the work. The Clerk reported that the Burgage Holders of Alnmouth had offered to make a contribution and agreed to show the winning tender to them. The Clerk reported that the cost of replacing the ladder on the playframe would cost £400 for the ladder and installation. BB proposed accepting this quote, seconded by JH, agreed by all.

 

JH announced his retirement from cutting the grass in the park but agreed to assist NM in supervising the play equipment. BB asked for the thanks of the Parish Council to be recorded for JH’s 15 years of hard work.BB reported that the Burgage Holders had offered to take on the grass cutting duties and agreed to speak to them about the financial arragements. DB suggested reaching an agreement regarding ownership of the mower.

Action: Clerk to inform all contractors of the result and the Burgage Holders of the cost with a view to a contribution. BB to speak to Burgage Holders regarding grass cutting; Clerk to ask for the grass cutting to be discussed at the next Burgage Holders meeting.

 

38/14 Peases Park Trees

BB reported that he had heard nothing from the tree sculptor and agreed to contact him again. Agreed by all that a site visit was essential.

Action: Clerk to place on April agenda.

 

 

 

39/14 Information Boards

BB reported that he has the ‘copy’ and will discuss layout etc. with Helen Holden. MM agreed to pass the copy and layout details to ‘Black Wax’ and obtain a quote. BB noted that a new plinth would be required on Peases Park for the new information board there.

Action: BB to speak to Helen Holden. MM to contact Black Wax.

 

40/14 Health and Safety

No report.

 

41/14 Insurance and Asset Register

BB noted that it was important that everything was checked and all details correct by July 2014 when the Insurance was due for renewal. NM was not present and no response had been received from the Hindmarsh Hall as yet.

Action: Clerk to place item on April agenda

 

42/14 Council Matters

Heather Cairns reported that NCC were comitteed to fill all potholes by June 2014. Heather also reported that the Government were looking to cap precepts in future so this might be an item to keep an eye on.

 

Heather Reported that the next Area North Committee meeting will be held at the Hindmarsh Hall on 14th April at 6pm; Parishioners were encouraged to turn up and to give questions to Mike Bird in advance so that the appropriate staff could be present. BB noted that there was a consultation ongoing regarding the relationship between the County Council and Parish Councils.

 

43/14 Public Contribution

No member of the public attended.

 

44/14. Reports from Sub-Committees

a)     Arts Festival

BB reported that he had nominated the Arts Festival for the ‘WOW’ awards in the ‘Community Events’ section and it has reached the last three. The social evening for Festival helpers had gone very well.

 

b)    Christmas Lights

No report.

 

c)     Village Maintenance

DB reported that the dog waste bins on Coach Road and next to the Foutain were in a terrible state. DB noted that some other communities have considerably more bins and signage. BB agreed the matter required looking into. DB suggested that more waste bins were required. DD noted that there was a list of bins and their locations. DB to check the state of bins andwhere they were located.

Action: Clerk to raise the issue with the Burgage Holders and to contact NCC and AONB regarding signs. Clerk to obtain cost of new waste bins.

 

d)    Planning

No report due to PM’s absence but the following applications/notifications had been received.

 

Notification from NCC

13/03013/FUL

Single storey rear and side extensions and alterations to the front elevation

Permission granted.

 

e)     War Memorial

BB noted that there would be a re-dedication of the war memorial in April and the Local History group are preparing a set of information boards to go on display in the Working Mems Club.

 

f)      Senior Citizens’ Christmas Lunch

No report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

45/14 Finances

The following invoices were presented and agreed by all.

Parish Council

Clerk’s Wage & Adimn – £196.40

Aurora Digital Print - £105

John Pearce – Lawn Mower Storage - £104

H. Eccleston – Stationery - £4.29

 

Arts Festival

Clerk’s Wage Contribution - £26.76

 

The Clerk provided a list of transactions to date.

Parish Council

Date

 

£ IN

£ OUT

11/02/14

Clerk’s Wage & Admin

 

196.40

11/02/14

Aurora Digital Print

 

105

11/02/14

National Allotment Society

 

66.00

3/03/14

Greg Galeski

85

 

TOTAL = £6,867.38 Current Account               £6,863.87 Instant Reserve

 

Walks Brochures

Date

 

£ IN

£ OUT

27/02/14

Cash Deposit

80

 

TOTAL = £891

 

Arts Festival

Date

 

£ IN

£ OUT

27/02/14

Artist Fees

800

 

11/02/14

Clerk’s Wage Contribution

 

26.76

TOTAL = £6,277.12

 

Christmas Lights

TOTAL = £2,248.92

 

Senior Citizens Lunch

Date

 

£

IN

£

OUT

27/02/14

Cash Deposit

170

 

TOTAL = £1,113.64

 

War Memorial

TOTAL = - £195.17

 

The above amounts are based on figures available to the Clerk at the time of compilation.

 

46/14. Council Communications

The Clerk reported the receipt of the following communications:

  • Email response from Bill Pringle at NCC to a request from the Clerk to examine subsidence on Foxton Road. NCC agreed there was work to be done and will pass on contact details for the manager in charge of the work.
  • Clerk’s and Councils Direct – March issue
  • Wicksteed Play Equipment
  • Post Office – what do you want from your Post Office questionnaire.
  • Greenbarnes Noticeboards - Flyer
  • Zone Outdoor fitness – flyer
  • Toma Fund – request for donations – agreed by all not to donate.
  • Carers Northumberland – request for donations – agreed by all not to donate.
  • North East Marathon Club – informing the Parish Council that they have permission to hold their annual Northumberland Coast Marathon on 24th August.
  • Bettess Collection – The local history group have written to ask for fund to assist in the storge of the ‘Fred Bettess Collection’ which has been donated to them. Storage would cost approximately £600

 

 

47/14. Any Other Business

DD noted that it was 150 years since the building of the Duchess Bridge and asked if a ceremony should be held to mark this milestone. Ageed by all to think about this.

 

48/14. Date & Time Next Meeting

The date of the next meeting was set for, Tuesday 8th April 2014, 7:30pm, The Hindmarsh Hall.

 

Minutes for February 2014

ALNMOUTH PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF MEETING

 

TUESDAY 11th February 2014 at 7:30PM in the HINDMARSH HALL

 

Present: Bill Bourne (BB) (Chair), Pat Murphy (PM), Nick Matlock (NM) (Vice Chair), David Denton (DD), Donald Blythe (DB), Jill Brown (JB), Mac McHugh (MM), George Ternent (GT), John Hobbis (JH).

 

In Attendance: Hazel Eccleston (Clerk).

 

18/2014. Apologies for Absence

Apologies were received from Councillor Nick Naylor and County Councillors Heather Cairns and Gordon Castle.

 

19/14 Minutes of the Previous Meeting

PM proposed the minutes of 14th January, seconded by MM. Passed by all as a true record of the meeting.

 

20/14. Matters Arising out of Minutes

a)     Neighbourhood Plan

The Clerk reported a response from Lesbury PC to say they were awaiting publication of the NCC Core Strategy and the NDP for Alnwick Town Council.

b)    Coastal Community Fund

This matter was placed on hold.

c)     Removal of Aggie Taylor Bench

DD to provide contact details to the Clerk so that a letter could be sent to the relatives of Aggie Taylor.

d)    Bus Shelter – Letter to NCC

This matter was placed on hold.

 

21/13 Playpark

The Clerk had previously circulated two tenders for the fence repairs in Peases Park. A discussion followed and it was decided that, as the work involved would cost in excess of £500, in accordance with the Parish Council Standing Order, three quotes would be required for consideration at the next meeting.

Action: JB, PM and Clerk to obtain three quotes for fence/park repairs.

 

22/14 Flood Response – Gulleys and Sewage Pipe

JB reported that some residents of Riverside Road had asked if the Parish Council could speak to Northumbrian Water regarding possible action to prevent future problems regarding sewage and backing-up of drains should any further flooding occur. It was agreed by all that the response of NCC had been both late and poor. PM noted that the gulleys had been cleaned recently by NCC. DD noted that a solution to the backing-up of drains would be the installation of a ‘non-return valve’. It was generally agreed that this was something the residents of Riverside Road would have to request from Northumbrian Water. BB noted that the Castle were in the process of applying for funding to repair the Harbour Wall.

Action: PM to provide Clerk with details of Riverside Road who suffered problems with blocked drains. Clerk to check corrrect procedure with Northumbrian Water and inform residents.

 

23/14 Health and Safety

BB noted that it was important that Health and Safety rules were followed. The Marquee erection has been covered by NM and both NM and BB had produced a document covering risk assessment and the operating procedure for use of the lawn mower.

Action: All to look at Lawn Mower operating procedure and make a decision at March meeting.

 

24/14 Insurance and Asset Register

The Clerk noted that no change had been made to the coverage of the insurance policy or the Asset Register for some time and she felt it was necessary to examine both documents and see what should be removed or added. A discussion followed regarding potential items for removal and addition. NM and DD agreed to provide an inventory of bins and benches in the parish. BB suggested donating the scanner, portable screen, PC and projector, to the Hindmarsh Hall. BB noted that none of the Christmas Lights displays were insured or listed in the Asset Register. PM noted that the Parish Council had a bus shelter which should be insured and BB noted that there were actually two stone bus shelters, one outside the Hindmarsh Hall and one at High Buston.

Action: Clerk to write to Hindmarsh Hall chairman regarding donation of items. Clerk to contact Christmas Lights Committee to establish a value for the displays. Clerk to establish a value for the stone bus shelters.

 

 

 

25/14 Information Management Strategy

NN was unable to attend the meeting and so the Clerk reported on an email from NN requesting permission for the Parish website to go live in order to allow the Councillors to examine the contents and provide feedback. Agreed by all to allow this for a one week period commencing 17th February and finishing on 21st February.

Action: Clerk to contact NN and inform him of the Parish Council decision.

 

26/14 Council Matters

No County Councillors were present.

 

27/14 Public Contribution

No member of the public attended.

 

28/14. Reports from Sub-Committees

a)     Arts Festival

Good progress is being made with the 2014 Festival preparations. BB reported that the next event was a social event on Thursday 13th February for the 2013 Festival volunteers.

 

b)    Christmas Lights

The Clerk reported that the next event for the Committee was the quiz night on 9th May. The switch on date was provisionally set for 29th November and a coffee morning would be held on 18th October. A discussion followed about the possible organisation of a Christmas fair event on the same night as the switch on – JB agreed to progress this idea.

Action: Clerk to book the Hindmarsh Hall for 29th November.

 

c)     Village Maintenance

GT noted that the two tree stumps in the playpark needed to be cut down. BB noted that the Arts Festival Committee were looking into a possible wood sculpture from the tree stumps. GT suggested planting two new trees to replace the fallen trees. Ageed by all to look into this at the next meeting.

Action: Clerk to place item on March agenda.

 

DD noted that the subsidence on Foxton Road was getting worse and posed a danger to drivers.

Action: Clerk to correspond with NCC and emphasis the danger to drivers.

 

The Clerk suggested placing an item in the Newsletter to alert parishioners as to the methods to use to report potholes and broken street lighths to NCC.

Action: BB to give the details to Terry Collinson.

 

d)    Planning

PM reported on two applications:

 

Application: 13/03859/FELTPO

Proposal: Trees in a conservation area – removal of Sycamore Tree

Mr Edwards

 

Application: 13/03861/FELTPO

Proposal: Trees in a conservation area – removal of Elm Trees

Applicant: Mr Blyth

 

GT asked if the suggestion that replacement trees should be planted could be made.

Action: PM to respond accordingly.

 

e)     War Memorial

Clerk reported that she had requested information on WWI centenery events from the contact given in the Northumberland Gazette but had heard nothing.

 

f)      Senior Citizens’ Christmas Lunch

No report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29/14. Council Communications

The Clerk reported the receipt of the following communications:

 

  • WDS Signs Ltd – Brochure
  • Grace House – Rape Crisis Hotline Poster and Leaflets
  • Glasdon UK – Discount Leaflet
  • Lesbury PC – email regarding Neighbourhood Development Plan

 

30/14 Finances

The following invoices were presented and agreed by all.

 

Parish Council

Clerk’s Wage – 196.40

Aurora Digital Print - £105

 

Arts Festival

Clerk’s Wage Contribution - £26.76

 

The Clerk provided a list of transactions to date.

Parish Council

Date

 

£ IN

£ OUT

14/01/14

NEED Subscription

 

18.00

14/01/14

Northumberland CC – Removal of Bus Shelter

 

555.88

14/01/14

Clerk’s Wage and Admin

 

196.40

22/01/14

Aurora Digital Print

 

105.00

22/10/14

T&W Play Inspection Course

 

250.00

3/02/14

Greg Galeski

85.00

 

TOTAL = £7,642.30 Current Account              £6,863.87 Instant Reserve

 

Walks Brochures

Date

 

£ IN

£ OUT

14/01/14

Cash Deposit

40.00

 

TOTAL = £851

 

Arts Festival

Date

 

£ IN

£ OUT

7/02/14

Artists Fees

610.00

 

11/02/14

Clerk’s Wage Contribution

 

26.76

TOTAL = £6,277.12

 

Christmas Lights

Date

 

£ IN

£ OUT

10/01/14

Switch On Collection/White Gardenias Donation and Collection Tins

368.99

 

14/01/14

John Hall - Miscellaneous

 

10.00

TOTAL = £2,248.97

 

Senior Citizens Lunch

Date

 

£

IN

£

OUT

24/01/14

Sun Inn

 

1,290.00

TOTAL = £943.64

 

War Memorial

TOTAL = - £195.17

 

The above amounts are based on figures available to the Clerk at the time of compilation.

 

 

31/14. Any Other Business

GT asked for progress on the Information Boards. BB noted that no progress had been made as there were some problems getting the artwork made into boards. MM noted that he had details of a suitable contractor and agreed to put him in touch with the Parish Council. BB noted that four, possibly five, boards were required. Some discussion followed regarding funding. BB noted that as the family of Fred Bettess had wanted a memorial of some kind for Fred and he had provided much of the wording for the boards, perhaps a notice board in Playpark would be a suitable memorial.

Action: BB to approach AONB and Gordon Castle regarding funding. Clerk to place on the agenda for March meeting.

 

GT noted that he had been approached about placing a defibrillator in the village. The Clerk noted it had been discussed at a previous meeting and the decision taken not to purchase one as there is a defibrillator at Hipsburn First School. Agreed by all that a defibrillator in the village would be a good idea and a discussion followed regarding potential locations.

Action: GT and MM agreed to investigate potential locations in the village. JB agreed to approach Hipsburn First School regarding training and operating procedure. Clerk to place item on March agenda.

 

32/14. Date & Time Next Meeting

The date of the next meeting was set for, Tuesday 11th March 2014, 7:30pm, The Hindmarsh Hall.

 

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