PARISH CLERK: Sara Archer, 204 Monkton St, Monkton, Ramsgate, Kent CT12 4JN
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Monkton Parish Council
Minutes of the meeting held on 24 September 2012 at 6.30pm at Monkton Village Hall.
Present Parish Councillors John Way (Chairman) [JW], Nick Cole (Vice Chairman) [NC], Gilly Brown [GB], Graham Constable [GC]
In Attendance Sara Archer (Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer) [SA], David & Dawn Mills (MYFC)
36/12-13 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
37/12-13 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
38/12-13 MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING
It was resolved to accept the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 16th July 2012, which were signed by the Chairman as a true record subject to the amendment that Rev Gausden was going to investigate the signage for the Church and not Cllrs Brown/Constable.
It was also acknowledged that the Foxhunter planning application had been omitted from the Agenda.
39/12-13 CHAIRMANS REPORT
– Cllr Way reported that the lack of Police presence in the local villages had been raised at various meetings. Villagers are urged to report all incidents direct to the Police in order that they can be recorded appropriately.
40/12-13 KENT MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT
It was proposed and agreed to adopt Thanet District Council’s model Code of Conduct in order to maintain uniformity when dealing with issues such as pecuniary interests.
41/12-13 FINANCIAL MATTERS
a) Members resolved to approve the Schedule of Payments. Cheques signed as appropriate.
b) The accrued funds amounting to £11,676 from Agency payments were noted. It was agreed that these funds were set aside for the maintenance of the Recreation Ground as a whole including the Play Area.
a) Foxhunter– F/TH/12/0111
Cllr Cole requested that a copy of the planning permission granted to change the use of agricultural land to a sports field was obtained. Action SA
Royal Exchange – OL/TH/12/0333
It was confirmed that the planning application had been refused.
b) It was noted that after investigation it appeared that the triangular piece of land opposite The Royal Exchange had not been registered as Common land, enquiries were being made to establish the actual owner of the land. Action SA
– Cllr Cole requested that the Planning Department were informed that the quadbike users had exceeded the number of times they were permitted to use the farm land, thus breaching the regulations originally granted. Action SA
43/12-13 RECREATIONAL GROUND
As David and Dawn Mills from MYFC were in attendance at the meeting, it was agreed to bring item e) forward on the Agenda to be discussed.
e) David expressed his concern with regard to the rental charge for MYFC being backdated to April 1st as this would result in the club having to pay two invoices in this financial year. He explained that MYFC’s financial year runs from 1st July – 31st June to coincide with the football season, and although membership fees had been increased to help cover the rental payment, it would still cause them financial difficulty. After consideration it was agreed that a separate invoice would be raised for the period 1st April – 1st July, then yearly from 1st July – 31st June thereafter.
Dawn confirmed that they had requested copies of the building insurance documents and will forward to the Clerk as soon as they were to hand.
Cllr Cole also requested that a copy of MYFC year end accounts were forwarded to the Clerk as per the Users Agreement.
David enquired whether the maintenance of the Sports Pavilion would remain the responsibility of MYFC in view of the payment of rent to MPC. It was suggested that MYFC maintained responsibility for the building, however, if they required financial help, to approach the Parish Council who would assist where possible and help with any grant applications that may be necessary. The amendment to the Users Agreement was signed by both David Mills and Cllr John Way and an initial payment of £1500 was received.
Cllr Constable was invited to attend the next MYFC Committee meeting.
a) It was confirmed that after some initial repairs to the equipment in the play area, it had been discovered that the safety flooring was inadequate and needed replacing as a matter of urgency. Thus, the budget of £3000 agreed at the last meeting was no longer sufficient. Cllr Way had made enquiries and the most competitive company to carry out the works to the surfacing of the play area was Abacus who would remove the existing safety mats, lay a resin/rubber surface and replace the wooden surround. A riding school had been contacted who was willing to buy the old mats. It was agreed to go ahead and instruct Abacus to carry out the work.
The ROSPA report suggested removing the chain cargo net on the multi gym, and replacing it with a rope net. After inspection and an informal risk assessment by Cllrs it was agreed that the cost of replacement (£1000) was excessive and that the existing chain net was in good repair and did not appear to represent a significant level of risk to justify its replacement.
The ROSPA report highlighted the poor quality of the springer motorbike and suggested it was either replaced or refurbished. After consideration, Cllrs agreed on refurbishment.
Cllrs agreed to replace all three of the springer platforms and ask Derek Smith to install them. It was also suggested and agreed that the remainder of the material used for the platforms was used to replace the ladder steps to the multi-gym.
Derek would also be asked to fit the sleeper wood to the bench which is currently broken. However, it was proposed to defer the purchase of the picnic bench until Spring next year.
Cllrs agreed for the works outlined above to go ahead, costing approximately £7500 + £1500 already spent on repairs to swings etc.. A grant of £3000 would be applied for to assist with the cost of the resurfacing. Action GB
b) The fir trees at the rear of the Sports Pavilion were discussed. After assessment by a tree surgeon it was established that the roots and debris from the trees were causing damage to the building. It was proposed to remove nine of the trees and fell the remainder of the trees by a third. A quote had been obtained for the works to be carried out costing £2400 inc VAT. Cllrs agreed for the company to be instructed to carry out the works without delay.
c) The installation of CCTV cameras was discussed. Quotes had been gathered for a security system to be put in place, however, it was felt that a decision to go ahead should be deferred to a later date. It was felt that the damage and attempted break-ins to the Pavilion should be taken into account when making a decision, and the representatives from MYFC were asked to consider contributing to the cost of the installation by way of a grant. Cllr Brown offered to assist with the grant application. It was therefore proposed that if the grant application by MYFC was successful, MPC would match the funding to enable the system to be installed. It was confirmed that any financial agreement would be deferred to the next meeting.
Cllr Cole enquired whether the play area equipment was insured against vandalism. The Clerk would contact the insurance company to confirm. Action SA
d) Cllr Way confirmed that a number of complaints regarding vehicular activity and inappropriate behaviour at night at the Recreation Ground had been received. The possibility of installing a barrier to deter such activity was being explored. It was suggested that clear signage would need to be put in place, and the owner of the land should be advised of the proposal. It was also suggested that the relocation of the existing farm gate was considered. Enquiries would be made and reported at the next meeting. Action JW/SA
e) As previously discussed.
f) Cllr Brown suggested that another more assertive letter was sent to TDC with regard to the FIT application. The closing date of Dec 31st was approaching rapidly and there was concern that the opportunity to protect the Recreation Ground would be lost. Action SA
Cllr Brown also advised that unfortunately the closing date for the village SOS scheme had passed, however, TDC had agreed in principle that MPC could buy the Recreation Ground and the matter had been referred to Cabinet for approval.
a) A new sign had been erected by the Highways department who had removed the original cast iron post and replaced with an aluminium pole. Although unhappy with the new sign, unfortunately it would have to be accepted. Cllr Constable would contact Highways to enquire whether the original post could be returned to MPC. Action GC
b) TDC had confirmed that the damaged signs at Willets Hill and Parsonage Fields would be replaced within the next two weeks.
45/12-13 INDIVIDUAL COMMITTEE REPORTS
a) It was confirmed that the last Village Hall Committee meeting had been cancelled therefore there was no update, however, the bookings officer was present and reported that works to the doors had been carried out to enable easier disabled access.
b) TRRG: Cllr Way reported that there was rising concern regarding the lack of speedwatch. Police had advised that it was a difficult area to speedtrap however, attempts would be made. The flashing repeater speed sign at Minster was noted and enquiries would be made with the Clerk for Minster Parish Council with regard to the permission of it’s installation.
c) As above
d) Cllrs Brown and Way agreed to attend the Parish Council Forum Meeting on 25th Oct.
There was no update from KIACC.
47/12-13 CLERKS REPORT
The Clerks report had been circulated and read prior to the meeting.
There was nothing further to report, however the Clerk advised that Serco had been contacted with regard to the possibility of outstanding monies owed who had confirmed the account was up to date.
48/12-13 DATE/TIME OF FUTURE MEETINGS
The next meeting had been arranged for 19th November, however Cllr Cole advised it was not possible for him to attend the meeting and requested a change of date to 12th November, and Cllr Brown advised she would not be able to attend January’s meeting and also requested a change of date. The Clerk would contact the bookings officer to confirm availability of the Village Hall and new dates would be circulated.
The meeting closed at approximately 20:30hrs.