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Minutes February 2009


Present: Cllr C Bense
Cllr R Elvin (Chairman)
Cllr J Burgess
Cllr R Hidderley
Cllr I Kirk (Vice Chairman)
Cllr M Porter
Cllr R Rankmore

In Attendance: Mrs W Gray (Parish Clerk)
Mrs L Porter
PCSO B Chamberlain

1. Apologies for Absence
Cllr W Hensley
Cllr M McGuire
Cllr Dalgleish
Cllr Nicholson
Cllr Truman

2. Declaration of Interest
Cllr Bense – Erosion of Greens and Verges

3. Minutes of 20th January 2009
Proposed Cllr Rankmore, seconded Cllr Kirk, all in favour

4. Authorisation of Payments

MHB Services – Lighting Maint February 2009 £45.05
Lambe’s Lawnmowers – Inv No. 100056883 £51.41
Shaw & Sons Ltd – (£61.86) to be claimed from WPC £123.72
Shanks Waste Management Ltd – Inv No. TM1069078 £275.87
Wendy Gray – Parish Clerk – Wages & Exp Jan/Feb 09 £200.00 – Annual Hosting Account £57.50
Elton Society (replacement cheque) £100.00
TOTAL: £853.55

All above invoices agreed for payment – proposed Cllr Shrive, seconded Cllr Porter, all in favour.

5. Highways
Overend scheme – still waiting to be notified of start date.

6. Trees
Nothing to report.

7. Planning
0900114FUL – 6 Highgate Green, Extensions to dwelling – approved.

8. Composting
Skip now removed.

9. Street Lighting
All lights checked and quotes awaited following recent spate of vandalism.

10. Erosion of Greens and Verges
Cllr Elvin reported work should commence on 2nd March. Still waiting for additional posts to be put in.

Cllr Bense reported further damage to greens by HDC Refuse Collection vehicle. Letter to be sent to HDC.

11. Invitations and Requests
Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 – Cllr Bense will report back at next meeting.

12. Sibson – Aircraft Noise
Cllr Elvin reported still some minor infringements – requested that these continue to
be reported.

13. Annual Litter Pick
Cllr Rankmore confirmed Mr Harris has everything in hand. Cllr Kirk suggested that this should perhaps be the last year that the litter pick is sponsored by the Parish Council. Cllr Bense made the suggestion that perhaps this should be an agenda item at meeting later in the year. At this point Cllr Rankmore left the meeting.

14. Footpath by Highgate Hall
This has become totally overgrown, verges have grown over edges of path. CCC have been notified and this has been put on their list. Cllr Elvin asked if Councillors would make a note of any paths around the village where work is required (paths disappearing under vegetation) – perhaps make this PC’s next project.

15. Reports from Councillors
Linda Porter had completed all paperwork in respect of Public Rights of Way and it was proposed by Cllr Elvin, seconded by Cllr Kirk, all in favour, for application to be sent off.

PCSO Barry Chamberlain talked us through list of Crimes/Incidents that had taken place between 18th December 2008 and 17th February 2009 in our area.

Cllr Bense – East Northants Planning Committee – Consultation on minor updates – will report back at next meeting.

Cllr Shrive – road around Highgate Green in state of disrepair – HDC to be advised.

Cllr Burgess reported to Cllr Porter re footpath near Mr Waterworth’s farm.

Cllr Elvin – Grass Cutting – agenda item for next meeting.

Cllr Elvin – School Lane car park – agenda item for next meeting.

16. Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 17th March 2009

The meeting closed at approx. 9.50 p.m.


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