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MINUTES OF SHEVINGTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

HELD THURSDAY 27 JANUARY 2005

7.30 PM SHEVINGTON LIBRARY

Present;

Councillor J Maloney (Acting Chairman), Councillors Ball, Lister, Miles, Shaw, Sudworth (Chairman),V Maloney, Whiteley, the Clerk (Holden), District Councillor Brown. and four members of the public.

244 ) APOLOGIES

Councillors, Parkinson,

245 ) APPOINTMENT OF ACTING CHAIRMAN

‘That the Parish Council welcomes the return of Councillor Sudworth and wishes him continued good health. The Council appreciates Councillor Sudworth’s desire to familiarise himself with Council business and in the interests of Councillor Sudworth’s wellbeing Councillor James Maloney, Vice Chairman, will exercise in full the duties of the Office of Chairman until the earlier of such time as Councillor Sudworth feels able to resume the role or the Annual General Meeting of the Council.’

Proposed. Councillor Whiteley. Seconded. Councillor Ball. Unanimous.

246) MATTERS INTRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

‘That item 9, Financial Aid Request, Shevington Over 60’s be discussed now and the Meeting suspended in accord with Standing Orders.’

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Unanimous.

247 ) FINANCIAL AID REQUEST, SHEVINGTON OVER 60’s CLUB

The Clerk read from the Financial Statement submitted and Mr Arstall, Treasurer of the Shevington Over 60’s Club was invited to expand on the matters of membership and activities undertaken. Presently there are 56 members enjoying 20 meetings with entertainment and speakers and coach trips out together with a Christmas Dinner. There is fund raising by raffle and a meeting subscription of 50p.

The Meeting returned to session

‘That the Parish Council provides financial aid in the sum of £450, to meet some of the ongoing cost of the activities of the Shevington Over 60’s Club.

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Sudworth. Unanimous.

‘That the meeting be suspended in accord with Standing Orders and return to Matters Introduced by Members of the Public.’

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Unanimous.

248 ) MATTERS INTRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

Mr Cliff Brown, Chairman of the St Bernadettes Bowling Club offered to submit a Grant request on behalf of the Bowling Club(s) for the supply of electricity to the Bowling Green. The Clerk advised that the Parish Council had had a request for grant aid declined and for coming financial year had budgeted £1000 as a contribution to grant subsidised expenditure in the region of £6500 of the anticipated cost of the supply. Councillor J Maloney advised that he had had discussions with Trevor Barton, Chairman of the Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust regarding the opportunity for another submission and he was to meet with a representative of the Wigan MBC grant team next week to determine which body was most likely to be empathetic to an approach. Mr Brown advised members of successful approaches in the area and the willingness to submit the application in the name of the Club if the Parish Council would give support.

The Meeting returned to session.

Mr Brown was advised that the Council would welcome his offer which was in tune with the Council’s budget proposals. The Clerk would obtain an updated quotation from the contractors already selected. Mr Brown was thanked for his help.

249) DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ REPORTS

Councillor Brown advised that the proposals for the Cleaner Greener initiative included a knee high fence around the land at the corner of Gathurst Lane and New Miles Lane, one, possibly two, de-luxe litter bins. People and Places are to be approached for funding but the residue of the proposed £1133 could be suggested by the Parish Council. The need for additional parking was being investigated as part of a longer term strategy. In Croooke Village there was nothing further to report on the possible upgrading of the unsurfaced roadway by the Church. In his capacity of Chairman of the Community Association, Councillor Brown mentioned the production of a calendar and quoted the example of that made by Aspull Village. The Association was to have a fund raising event on 12 February at Gathurst Golf Club.

250 ) MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

'That the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting of 16 December be approved as a true and correct record.'

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Whiteley. Agreed.

251 ) MATTERS ARISING

Development of the Community Plan

Wigan Borough partnership was to hold a partnership Convention on 4 February. Councillor Ball offered to attend.

Overhanging trees Whitehall Allotments

A site meeting with Wigan Council tree experts had determined the amount of work that could be undertaken on the oak tree and the hawthorn hedge. The oak could be undercrowned and the hedge taken down to the height of the paling fence. A quotation would follow.

North West Air Ambulance

Letter of thanks received for the Council’s donation of £100.

Photocopier purchase

The copier was now in operation and the account for payment would be presented this evening.

British Legion Flag

This had been received together with a flag flying list of dates for all emblems.

Tsunami

The Council had flow the Union Flag at half mast on the day of the observance of the three minutes silence in memory of all the victims. The Council was mindful of the overwhelming public response to the Disaster Appeal and the national sense of loss at the scale of the tragedy. At a practical level the Council was unable to contribute to appeals for funds outside of the United Kingdom and thus unlawful for a donation from the Council.

Risk Management

There was continuing public nuisance at Randall’s Corner and there were to be increased Police patrols and observations.

Parish Plan

The printed questionnaire would be available on Wednesday and arrangements were in hand for distribution.

Bowling Green

Letter received from Kath Winstanley the Secretary of St Bernadette’s ladies Bowling Team advising of their success last season and their determination to do even better this year. There was a request to use the green on 20 March ahead of the official opening – Agreed. This led to determination of the opening for the season and it was agreed that rather than 1 April the green be opened on Good Friday 28 March. The Clerk would place Fees on the next Council Meeting Agenda.

Freedom of Information Act

Circular received from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in respect of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This effectively confirmed the Clerk as the qualified person under section36 of the Act. Disclosure was therefore vested in the Clerk and in exempting from disclosure where that information was likely to inhibit, the free and frank provision of advice, or the free and frank exchange of views for the purpose of deliberation or the effective conduct of public affairs.

252 ) REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS

 

CHAIRMAN

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MINUTES OF SHEVINGTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

HELD THURSDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2005

7.30 PM SHEVINGTON LIBRARY

Present;

Councillor J Maloney (Acting Chairman), Councillors, Miles, V Maloney, Whiteley, the Clerk (Holden), District Councillor Brown. and five members of the public.

260 ) APOLOGIES

Councillors, Ball, Lister, Parkinson, Shaw, Sudworth (Chairman), District Councillor Crosby.

261 ) MATTERS INTRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

‘That the meeting be suspended in accord with Standing Orders’

Proposed. Councillor Whiteley. Seconded. Councillor Miles. Unanimous.

Mrs K Winstanley spoke on behalf of the members of St Bernadette’s Bowling Club and followed up on the initial approach to the Council to provide alternative pavilion facilities at the Bowling Green. The scheme envisaged removal of the existing smaller pavilion and replacement with a larger building which would contain a kitchen. There would be obstacles to overcome such as the building materials, electrical supply and drainage and the Committee was prepared to investigate these matters and apply for a grant. The new facilities which would be available to all bowlers as a community asset would it was believed encouraged more bowlers to enjoy a healthier lifestyle, enable competitions to take place and generally make the facilities more welcoming. There would be the opportunity to develop links with the schools and youth organisations and indeed more widely in the general community given the enhanced facilities.

The five members sought Council support for the proposals with financial backing and assuming a positive response would take forward a grant application of around £10k in April.

The meeting reconvened.

Councillor J Maloney reiterated the Council’s general support and confirmed that £1000 had been set aside as a pump priming fund for such a grant application and whilst the Council had yet to discuss the matter formally the approach from St Bernadette’s Bowling Club was welcomed. The matter was left for investigation.

262) DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ REPORTS

DistrictCouncillor Brown reported that general nuisance at Randalls Corner had not to date received the Police attention that it warranted and there had also been disturbances at the Off Licence in Shevington. Action was however proposed for Randalls Corner. The repair to the unmade road at Crooke was still being persued but a higher figure was likely and the possibility of a grant was being investigated. The drainage problem at Church Lane was being investigated and a new manhole was to be installed so that a camera could inspect the drains. The Community Association had raised around £1700 from the fund raising Dinner at the Golf Club.

263 ) MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

Oak Tree at Allotments

Work had been completed on undercrowning the oak tree and Mr Dickinson would be cutting back the hedge shortly. One of the trees on the Memorial Park, part of the same contract for felling by WMBC had been blown down and emergency action had been taken to remove it.

Shevington Over 60’s

Letter of thanks received for the Council’s £450 grant of financial aid.

St Anne’s PCC, Churchyard Drainage

Letter of thanks received from St Anne’s PCC for the donation of £1000 towards the cost of draining the Churchyard. A marked reduction had been seen in surface water and with the clearance of some land the life of the graveyard had been extended considerably.

DEFRA

The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill had been introduced on 7 December and the Clerk would circulate Members with the new powers available to Parish Councils. Matters covered included litter, graffiti, fly-posting, dog control, crime and disorder, nuisance, abandoned vehicles, waste and noise.

Tsunami

Councillor J Maloney advised that £25 had been donated to the international Appeal from his Chairman’s Allowance.

264 ) REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS

None

Mr Dickinson advised that there had been no follow up visit by WMBC play area safety inspectors and buffers around the edge of the platform to the slide had not been fitted. Councillor J Maloney would follow up.

265 ) REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES

Youth Club

Councillor Whiteley advised that there had been a meeting with the Football Club to discuss the shortcomings in the facilities and the ned for the draining of the Recreation Ground.

Community Association

As reported earlier by Councillor Brown the event at the Golf Club had been a great success. The Annual General Meeting would be held on 1 March.

266 ) PARISH PLAN

Councillor J Maloney advised that there had been in excess of 250 responses to the questionnaire so far and he intended to distribute some random samples to Councillors. The next step was to send out a similar questionnaire to businesses and organisations in the community. Policing and sheltered accommodation featured highly in the comments. The Annual Meeting of the Parish in June would be an excellent opportunity to produce an initial report.

276 ) PLANNING APPLICATIONS

Plough and Harrow

Application received to extend the rear of the premises to form an entrance whilst at the same time demolishing an outbuilding. Generally found favour with Members and no objections raised.

277 ) ACCOUNTS

Post Office

Redirection of Mail

£ 44.00

M Holden

Salary

£ 291.11

M Holden

Post, Mileage,

£ 8.16

Inland Revenue

Tax and NI

£ 434.68

A J Sudworth

Chairman’s Allowance Aug/Sep

£ 80.00

Groundwork Wigan

Footpath repair

£ 6448.06

OPSTA

Membership fee

£ 10.00

Ainscough Ltd

Materials

£ 98.25

WMBC

Allotment rent

£ 72.50

G&S Dickinson

Bowling Green, normal hours and materials

£ 2111.71

Shev Rec Ground Trustees

Car park rent

£ 50.00

St Anne’s Churchyard Fd

Donation

£ 600.00

C Horridge

War Memorial cleaning

£ 168.00

Bewley’s

Materials

£ 51.65

 

Total

£ 3611.00

Parish Council Statement Balances prior to Meeting date

Capital Res.

 

£ 25771.72

Business Res

 

£ 46065.70

Current

 

£ 500.00

 

TOTAL

£ 72337.42

‘That the Accounts be approved and cheques signed in payment, due note given to Statements exhibited.’

Proposed. Councillor V Maloney. Seconded. Councillor Miles. Unanimous.

229 ) CLERK’S REPORT

All Planning Applications requiring members’ attention had been brought to their notice.

CHAIRMAN

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MINUTES OF SHEVINGTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

HELD ON THURSDAY 24 MARCH 2005

7.30PM SHEVINGTON LIBRARY

Present:

Cllrs. J. Maloney (acting chairman), A. Lister, V. Maloney, C Miles

280) APOLOGIES

Cllrs.: J. Ball, T. Parkinson, A. Sudworth, I. Whiteley; Borough Cllrs. D. Brown, M. Crosby, J. O’Neill; M. N. Holden, Clerk to the Council

281) MATTERS INTRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

‘That the meeting be suspended in accordance with Standing Orders’

Proposed Cllr A. Lister, seconded Cllr V. Maloney. Unanimous.

Gareth Dickinson reported that he had received a complaint that the brook running under Finch Mill Avenue and out into the open alongside the footpath running from Finch Mill Avenue to Mill Lane had been made unsightly by builders’ waste from the renovation work being done to 16 Finch Mill Avenue. The Council requested that a letter be sent to the occupants of the house asking them to ensure that the waste was cleared as soon as possible, and certainly upon completion of the work.

He further reported that an item of play equipment from the Memorial Park had been removed for repair: the seesaw needed the ends of the seats to be made safe.

His final report was that the footpath repairs seem to have weathered the winter.

The meeting reconvened

282) DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ REPORT

Covert surveillance of some of the youth nuisance hotspots was continuing; outcomes would be reported to future meetings of the council. There would be work done on the motorcycle nuisance reported throughout the area. Brighter Borough funds had provided for the low decorative railings around some of the open green spaces throughout the village and the tree planting along Miles Lane and New Miles Lane. A new waste disposal service for the Borough would operate from April 1 st; Gareth Dickinson had been informed that his licence to take waste to designated borough sites would no longer be valid. The Chairman agreed to contact Cllr Brown as a matter of urgency to take this up, the Parish Council’s argument being that a minor authority was working with the Borough to make the whole of Shevington as tidy and pleasant as possible: to make Mr Dickinson contract another company to take away the waste he gathered on the Council’s behalf was an unlooked for and unnecessary cost.

283) MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

‘That the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting of 24 February be approved as at rue and correct record.’

Proposed. Cllr. A. Lister. Seconded Cllr. C. Miles. Unanimous

284) MATTERS ARISING

WMBC Standards Committee

The Standards Committee had acknowledged the appointment of Cllr. J. Ball to the committee.

Minute 261

The Parish Council wished to indicate that whilst welcoming the work that was being done by volunteers to obtain grants to bring mains electricity to the bowling green, it would remain a facility maintained by the Council for the use of all subscribing members

285) REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS

Recreation Ground Licence Agreement

The Acting Chairman had met with Rev. Philip Dennison, the Vicar of St. Anne’s, to discuss the contract by which the trustees would ask the Council to take on the maintenance and management of the Recreation Ground. The terms of the contract were discussed and the draft would be prepared for a meeting of the Trustees called for the purpose of agreeing the transfer.

286) REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES

Shevington Youth Club

Cllr C. Miles brought on behalf of Cllr. Whiteley a letter from Shevington Youth Club re a donation. The letter would be discussed at a Policy meeting, but it was suggested and supported that since it was for a piece of games equipment for the use of members it might be appropriate to make any grant balance, pound for pound up to a determined amount, funds raised by the club members.

287) THE PARISH PLAN

Slightly more than 10% of questionnaires sent to residents’ homes had been returned; those to businesses and public bodies were about to be distributed.

288) PLANNING APPLICATIONS

There were no relevant applications on file.

289)ACCOUNTS

M Holden

Salary

£ 301.03

M Holden

Post, Mileage, Stationery

£ 104.08

Inland Revenue

Tax and NI

£ 434.76

J Maloney

Chairman’s Allowance

£ 80.00

WMBC

Xmas tree lights electricity

£ 393.11

WMBC

Tree surgery

£ 646.25

Ainscough Ltd

Materials

£ 23.68

G&S Dickinson

Bowling Green, normal hours and materials

£ 2209.93

 

Total

£ 4192.84

Parish Council Statement Balances prior to Meeting date

Capital Res.

 

£ 25921.13

Business Res

 

£ 19640.29

Current

 

£ 500.00

 

TOTAL

£ 46061.42

‘That the Accounts be approved and the cheques signed in payment, due note given to Statements exhibited.’

Proposed Cllr. V Maloney. Seconded. Cllr. A. Lister. Unanimous

290) CLERK’S REPORT

All Planning Applications requiring Members’ notice have been brought to their attention.

Preliminary notice of the LAPTC Summer Conference was reported.

291) POLICY COMMITTEE APRIL 7 TH, 2005 AND DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Because of a number of other engagements that Members of the Council had to undertake on the evening of April 7 th it seemed unlikely that there would be a quorum. Proposed by Cllr V. Maloney and seconded by Cllr. C. Miles that the Meeting be cancelled and that any urgent business be dealt with at the full meeting of the Council on Thursday April 28 th. Unanimous.

There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.55pm

CHAIRMAN

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MINUTES OF SHEVINGTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

HELD ON THURSDAY 28 APRIL 2005

7.30PM SHEVINGTON LIBRARY

Present:

Councillors J. Maloney (acting Chairman), Lister, V. Maloney, Whiteley, the Clerk (Holden), and two members of the public.

292) APOLOGIES

Councillor Miles, District Councillors Brown, Crosby,

293) MATTERS INTRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

None

294) DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ REPORTS

None

295) MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

‘That the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting of 24 March be approved as at true and correct record.’

Proposed. Councillor Lister. Seconded. Councillor Miles. Agreed

296) MATTERS ARISING

Standards Board for England. Complaint reference SBE 10691.05

Letter received detailing a complaint made against Councillor Ball by a District Councillor. In the opinion of the Standards Board, the allegation, (even if it were found to have occurred) is not of such significance of itself to justify investigation and any subsequent action. Accordingly, the decision was that this allegation should not be investigated. Noted.

Audit of Accounts

Notice of Audit had been received from HLB AV Audit and the Clerk had sought a revised date so as to align the schedule to a time when he would be available to provide members of the public, should they wish to exercise their rights, access to the accounts for the year ended 31 March 2005. The revised date would be

30 September with Accounts available for inspection from 26 August to 23 September, with previous advertisement of auditing procedure from 12 August. The Clerk would make arrangements for the Internal Auditor and Councillor J Maloney to undertake the Internal Audit.

LAPTC leaflet ‘Becoming a Local Parish Councillor’

Circular received from LAPTC advertising this free publication produced with the aim of giving more of an insight into the role. Members were of the view that all Councillors should have copies available to pass on to potential Councillors and the Clerk was requested to order copies.

CPRE

Circular received concerning the implications of section 251 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 since the Clean and Neighbourhoods and Environment Act was enacted shortly before the closure of the present Parliament. Essentially it allowed Local Authorities to bundle multiple urban pathway closures by gating orders on grounds of reducing crime and anti-social behaviour. So far this had not impacted footpath ‘rights of way’ as they appear on the Definitive Map but urban paths have nevertheless been in use for many years and thus closure does provide inconvenience to legitimate users. The request for donations to campaign for urban paths and lobby for changes in the law. Noted.

Mayor Elects Morning Service 22 May

Invitation extended to the Chairman to attend the service at Leigh Parish Church. Councillor J Maloney would not be attending.

Insurance, Accident Damage Claim

Letter received from Simpson Millar Solicitors acting for a claimant in respect of injury caused in a fall alleged to have taken place outside 2 Gathurst Lane Shevington on 18 May 2002. Previous notification had been received and the papers would be forwarded to the Council’s Insurers.

LAPTC Conference

Notification received of the Conference to be held at Park Hall Hotel on 10/12 June. On this occasion the Council would not be represented.

Quality Parishes and Parish Plans

Circular received from DEFRA regarding Quality Parish accreditation and confirming the already published change to Parish Plan administration. In respect of Quality Parish Status the Council had previously been of a mind to investigate the activity involved and without vote it was agreed that the matter be placed on the next Policy Committee Agenda.

Library Health and Safety procedures

For the future it would be a requirement for the Clerk to sign the number of Meeting attendees into the Library and record the time of departure, as well as record any accidents. Noted.

Library Rent

The hourly rate for Library hire had been increased to £6 per hour. Noted.

Play equipment, Memorial Park

The see-saw removed for repair had not yet been replaced but was promised for during the week.

WMBC Permit to tip waste.

The new regulations governing the disposal of waste of an apparent commercial nature had caused problems for Mr Dickinson in respect of his licence to carry waste and in respect of a ‘jobsworth’ mentality incident regarding the Parish Council’s continuing role of assisting the Borough in maintaining a ‘clean’ Shevington. The ‘jobsworth’ incident had been reported and action taken concerning the individual involved. In respect of a renewed free permit, District Councillor Brown was taking the matter forward.

Trustees of Shevington Recreation Ground.

The Chairman reported on a meeting with the Chairman of the Recreation Ground Trustees concerning a licensing agreement by which the Council would assume maintenance of the Recreation Ground as a quid quo pro for the Trustees utilising their capital resources to drain the Ground, likely with some grant assistance. The object was not to denude the Trustees of all capital resources but would allow for a dilution of capital and a transfer of maintenance. The Trustees would retain responsibility for administering the Trust. The licensing agreement needed further legal work and ultimately submission to the Charity Commission for approval.

297) REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS

Councillor J Maloney reported on the use by horse riders of the unadopted pathway that runs from Central Drive to Old Lane. This had presented problems for pedestrian users. The WMBC Rights of Way Officer had been contacted regarding restricting access, which in itself creates difficulties for those with wheelchairs and prams.

Councillor J Maloney advised that he had discussed the construction of a new bowling green pavilion, the Planning Application for which would be submitted to the Meeting later in the Agenda. The point he wished to bring to Members attention was the submission for grant assistance by those who had volunteered to be involved, would be in the name of a newly formed club ‘Shevington Village Bowling Club’,. Those involved fully appreciated that the facility would be open to all bowlers who in effect would automatically become Members of the Club. The Planning Application would be submitted in the name of the Parish Council.

298 ) REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES

Youth Club

Councillor Whiteley advised that a tiled mosaic within a frame would be placed above the door to the Youth Club. The 40 children who had participated in its construction had been recognised by the Wigan Leisure and Cultural Trust at a presentation for 6 representatives at the JJB Stadium earlier in the evening.

Community Association

Councillor Whiteley advised that she had received notification from Darren Barton of the status of several planned environmental initiatives within the Township. In the village centre there were proposals to remove old hawthorn hedging and dilapidated fencing around the Youth Club and replace with a low fence. More hawthorn would be removed from the side of the Methodist Church and additionally the concrete posts at the front of the Methodist Church grassed area would be removed. Another initiative was looking at the maintenance aspects of Elnup Wood.

School Governing Bodies.

Representation by Councillors, welcome appointees as Community Governors, would continue on the Governing Bodies of Shevington Vale and Millbrook School. Parish Council representation would cease on the Governing Body of St Bernadette’s RC School. The legislation removing the right of Parish Councils to appoint Governors was now effective, a considerable disappointment to many after so many years of valued service.

299 ) FINANCIAL AID REQUEST; SHEVINGTON YOUTH CLUB

Councillor Whiteley wished her interest as Chairman of the Youth Club to be noted.

The Chairman invited Councillor Whiteley to remain and provide additional background to the written request for financial aid to purchase a new pool table, which she did.

Members were of the view that in this case matched funding would be appropriate and that the youth at the club should be encouraged to fund raise for the proposed purchase.

‘That the Parish Council provides Shevington Youth Club with matched funding to a maximum of £250 towards the purchase of a pool table.’

Proposed. Councillor V Maloney. Seconded. Councillor Lister. Unanimous.

Councillor Whiteley took no part in the discussion or vote.

300 ) PARISH PLAN UPDATE

The Chairman provided an update on the numbers of responses received, 375, and the survey to businesses would go out after the May Bank Holiday. Analysis of the responses would be ready for discussion, of say the top 5 issues, at the Annual meeting of the Parish on 9 June. The background to the Plan, the history of the Parish including information from past Census was being gathered for compilation of the final report/Plan. A variety of topics had been raised on day to day issues of traffic management, parking, community safety and the wider strategic management of traffic routing. In respect of community matters, affordable Sheltered Housing for an aging population was a concern to many and there was a level of support for a Community Building. At a less tangible level was a desire for a more visible ‘community spirit’.

301 ) BOWLING GREEN PAVILLION PLANNING APPLICATION

The purpose of this Agenda item was to consolidate discussion and some already agreed policy in the matter of the provision of an additional pavilion and electricity supply at the Bowling Green. The Council was prepared to see an application for planning consent in its own name on behalf of a user described as ‘Shevington Village Bowling Club’, in effect on behalf of every bowler registered to play. The ‘Club’ would submit applications for grant assistance for the purchase of the pavilion and installation of electricity and the Council would recognise the ‘Club’ with funding of £1000 towards the purchase which would include payment of planning fees of £135. The Parish Council would be the owner of the building and be responsible for its upkeep and insurance. The building would be open to the public as a community asset. The Parish Council would seek the landlords consent (from WMBC) to the submission of the Planning Application. Other matters such as estimating or tendering for works following a successful Planning Application would be a subject of further discussion.

‘That the Parish Council submits a Planning Application to WMBC for permission to erect a new bowling green pavilion, the full description for which will be available for public inspection in due course’.

Proposed. Councillor Whiteley. Seconded. Councillor V Maloney. Unanimous.

302 ) PLANNING APPLICATIONS

A/05/63644 Detached bungalow rear of 7/7a Miles Lane

The proposal was for a new bungalow to be erected in a garden area to the rear of properties in Miles Lane, continuing a theme of such development in the vicinity over the years. Entry would be between number 9 and 11 Miles Lane. Members had no views that would lead to an objection.

The Clerk was however requested to discuss with WMBC Planning Department their interpretation of planning guidelines when it came to this type of infill development and to provide an update for Councillors.

303 ) ACCOUNTS

M Holden

Salary

£ 391.85

M Holden

Post, Mileage,

£ 46.50

Inland Revenue

Tax and NI

£ 355.25

J Maloney

Chairman’s Allowance

£ 80.00

Royal Mail PLC

Mail redirection charge

£ 22.40

LAPTC

Membership

£ 799.82

Lanier UK

Photocopier maintenance

£ 59.93

United Utilities

Water Rate, half year

£ 83.77

Ainscough Ltd

Materials

£ 284.67

WMBC

Rates

£ 141.10

Henry Alty Ltd

Fertilizers

£ 68.50

WMBC

Allotment/Bowling Green Lease

£ 72.50

G&S Dickinson Ltd

Bowling Green, normal hours and materials

£ 2147.45

WMBC

Planning Fee

£ 135.00

Bewley’s

Materials

£ 64.96

WMBC

Library rent

£ 70.00

 

Total

£4823.70

Parish Council Statement Balances prior to Meeting date

Capital Res.

 

£

Business Res

 

£

Current

 

£ 500.00

 

TOTAL

£

‘That the Accounts be approved and cheques signed in payment, due note given to Statements exhibited.’

Proposed. Councillor V Maloney. Seconded. Councillor Lister Unanimous.

303 ) CLERK’S REPORT

All Planning Applications requiring Members’ attention had been brought to their notice.

OPSTA AGM would take place 20 April. Of interest in their Connexion publication was an article celebrating 150 years of the Wigan Southport railway Line.

The swing bridge on the Canal at Appley Bridge was under construction, at long last.

Organisation of the August Bank Holiday Walk would be taken up by Councillor J Maloney

304 ) DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Finance and General Purposes Committee 12 May

Parish Council 26 May

There being no further business the Chairman closed the Meeting at 9.15pm

CHAIRMAN

CHAIRMAN

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MINUTES OF SHEVINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

HELD THURSDAY 25 MAY 2005

7.30PM SHEVINGTON LIBRARY

Present;

Councillors. J Maloney (Chairman), Ball, V Maloney, Sudworth, Whiteley, the Clerk (Holden) and one members of the public.

305 ) APOLOGIES

Councillors, Lister, Miles, Parkinson, Shaw.

306 ) ELECTION OF A CHAIRMAN

'Councillor J Maloney.'

Proposed. Councillor Sudworth. Seconded. Councillor Whiteley. Unanimous

Councillor J Maloney paid tribute to the sixteen years of service of Councillor Sudworth as Chairman and felt that it would be more appropriate to save more wholesome tribute at a social evening at a date to be arranged.

307 ) CHAIRMAN'S DECLARATION OF ACCCEPTANCE OF OFFICE

Councillor J Maloney duly gave and signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office of Chairman.

308 ) ELECTION OF A VICE CHAIRMAN

'Councillor Ball'

Proposed. Councillor V Maloney. Seconded. Councillor Whiteley. Unanimous

309) NOMINATION OF MEMBERS TO REPRESENT THE COUNCIL ON OUTSIDE BODIES

None required. Councillor Whiteley indicated that Councillor Lister would continue as LAPTC representative.

310 ) MATTERS INTRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

None

311 ) DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ REPORTS

None

312 ) MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

‘That the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting of 28 April be approved as a true and correct record.’

Proposed. Councillor V Maloney. Seconded. Councillor Whiteley. Agreed.

313 ) MATTERS ARISING

Standards Board for England reference SBE10691.05

Councillor Ball advised that the WMBC Standards Board will review the decision of the case at their Meeting of 7 June.

Tree Felling

Yet another memorial Park tree had needed to be felled after it had fallen near the gateway to the Memorial Garden. Wigan Metro had reacted quickly to the Chairman’s request for assistance in removal and the payment would be £345.

Lancashire County Council Minerals and Waste Development Framework

The Councils of Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool Borough are jointly preparing a Minerals and Waste Development Framework to replace the Lancashire Minerals and Waste Local Plan. A draft statement sets out ways in which the Joint Authorities propose engaging with local communities and interested parties. The document is available from Planning Offices and internet www.lancsmwdf.com . Questionnaires and comments can be made by Thursday 30 June. The Parish Council as a neighbouring Authority has a right to be included in consultations. The Clerk would research.

Wigan Local Development Framework

Letter received from Wigan Council Planning and Regeneration Dept

Similar to the above but embracing all Planning Applications and leading to the production of a Local Development Framework the draft of which will be available from the end of June for six weeks.

Parish Plan Administration of Claims for Grants

Letter received from Community Futures that they are responsible for grant administration and DEFRA apologise for any confusion recently caused.

Memorial Park Play Equipment

The Play equipment had been returned and the matter would be discussed further at the next Policy Committee Meeting.

Waste tip permit

Mr Dickinson was still experiencing difficulty in tipping, albeit he had not tried recently having found a temporary means of disposal. The matter of his Carriers Licence renewal was still in abeyance given the change from partnership to Limited Company status. Whilst the matter had been raised by the Chairman with Wigan Council, Mr Saunders, it was felt appropriate for the Clerk to write to Peter Taylor and state the Councils case for continued free tipping and the use of the Parish Council’s own carrier Mr Dickinson rather than employ one of Wigan Borough’s preferred carriers. Assuming permission Mr Dickinson would then renew his Carriers Licence.

Recreation Ground Licence for maintenance agreement

Councillor Maloney had discussed the potential for Wigan Council to draw up a draft licensing agreement between the Recreation Ground Trustees and the Parish Council with Darren Barton, Township Manager. Matters were in abeyance.

Bowling Green Pavilion

Following a slight delay regarding signatures to the Application, the notification for the erection of a Bowling Green Pavilion at Miles Lane Park would be published shortly.

314 ) REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS

Councillor Sudworth drew attention to a new Local Authority Bye-Law enacted at Morecambe which sought to put an end to cold calling at domestic premises as a public safety measure. Members noted this development generally wishing that it extended to telephone call intrusion as well.

315 ) REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES

Township Review

Councillor J Maloney advised that he had undertaken a Township presentation at the Wigan Borough Partnership. During discussion it was clear that community safety was the number one priority.

Youth Club

Councillor Whiteley advised that the AGM would be held 23 rd June at 7.00pm.

316 ) TO REVIEW THE COUNCIL’S INSURANCE

The Clerk read from the Schedule of Insurance cover provided by the Council’s insurer and advised Members of the increased premium of £2469.19.

‘That the Schedule of Insurance is accepted and the premium of £2469.19 paid.’

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Whiteley. Unanimous.

317 ) TO REVIEW THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE CLERK’S EMPLOYMENT

The Clerk advised that he was satisfied with the overall Terms and Conditions of his employment and that the agreed salary implementation had taken effect from 1 April. However the full details of the new benchmarking scheme had yet to be received and the Clerk would seek assistance from LAPTC to obtain a copy of the guidelines. This would be appropriate when drawing up a Contract of Employment for a new Clerk early next year.

That the Parish Council confirms that the Clerks salary be increased by the published recommendations agreed last year between Local Authorities, NALC and SLCC.

Proposed. Councillor Maloney. Seconded Councillor Sudworth. Unanimous.

Given the increasing number of claims and the Parish Council’s agreement to maintain a register of maintenance and preventative activity the Clerk had requested Mr Dickinson to produce a record for the Meeting to receive and for the Chairman to sign.

‘That the record of recorded maintenance and preventative activity from 21 March 2004 to 18 May be accepted and signed as a true and correct record by the Chairman with a copy retained with the Minutes.’

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor V Maloney. Unanimous.

318) PLANNING APPLICATIONS

None

319 ) REGISTER OF INTERESTS

The Clerk reminded Councillors of their obligation to declare matters of Interest in the Council’s Register, a revised copy of which would shortly be lodged with the Wigan Council Solicitor.

320 ) ACCOUNTS

M Holden

Salary

£ 291.85

M Holden

Post, Mileage,

£ 18.15

Inland Revenue

Tax and NI

£ 355.25

J Maloney

Chairman’s Allowance

£ 80.00

Ainscough Ltd

Materials

£ 8.32

WMBC

Skip hire and landfill

£ 130.37

WMBC

Tree felling

£ 2143.79

OPSTA

Membership fee

£ 10.00

Allianz Cornhill PLC

Insurance premium

£ 2469.19

G&S Dickinson Ltd

Bowling Green, normal hours and materials

£ 2118.74

 

Total

£ 7625.66

Parish Council Statement Balances prior to Meeting date

Capital Res.

 

£ 25921.13

Business Res

 

£ 69797.72

Current

 

£ 1439.10

 

TOTAL

£ 97157.95

‘That the Accounts be approved and cheques signed in payment, due note given to Statements exhibited.’

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Sudworth Unanimous.

321 ) CLERK’S REPORT

All Planning Applications requiring Members’ attention had been brought to their notice.

CPRE Lancashire branch were appealing for volunteers

VE/VJ commemoration would be celebrated with a tea dance in the Methodist Hall

The August Bank Holiday Walk would be in memory of Barbara Rigby and would be sponsored for Wigan Hospice.

Age partnership newsletter received

Friendly Focus Mentoring Project literature received in respect of welcoming immigrants and families.

Bus shelter on Church Lane could be removed by contact with GMPTE, Anita Boothman

Councillor J Maloney was to enquire of the latest update on the notice board promised for location by the Library.

322 ) DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Parish Council 16 June, one week earlier than usual

Policy Committee 2 June

Annual Parish Meeting 9 June

There being no further business the Chairman closed the Meeting at 9.20pm.

 

CHAIRMAN

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MINUTES OF SHEVINGTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

HELD ON THURSDAY 16 JUNE 2005

7.30PM SHEVINGTON LIBRARY

Present:

Councillor J. Maloney (Chairman), Councillors, Ball, Lister, V Maloney, Sudworth, Whiteley, the Clerk (Holden), District Councillor Crosby and two members of the public.

323) APOLOGIES

Councillors Miles, Parkinson, Shaw and District Councillors Brown and O’Neill.

324) MATTERS INTRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

None

325) DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ REPORTS

Councillor Crosby gave a short summary of the Township Forum crime statistics indicating that crime overall had fallen 20.8%, with burglaries down 70% and theft 61%. There would be visits to the village centre for parking enforcement with on the spot fines. The Shevington in Bloom would be organised by the Community Association.

326) MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

‘That the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of 25 May be approved as at true and correct record.’

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Sudworth. Agreed

327) MATTERS ARISING

Councillor Miles

Members expressed their best wishes to Councillor Miles for a speedy recovery following upon an operation.

August Bank Holiday Walk

The mayor of Wigan would attend and start the Walk.

Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005

The Act is now in force but will be subject to some final redrafting and become operative in Spring 2006. Included in the Act are powers for fixed penalties notices for such as litter, graffiti, fly posting and dog fouling.

Audit

The Audit date has now been fixed and arrangements made to display appropriate public notices from 12 Aug. The Clerk will arrange with the Chairman and Internal Auditor for the undertaking of the Internal Audit.

Allotment Plot 15

A notice in respect of tidying up within 28 days was required. Noted.

Lancashire Mineral and Waste Development Plan

The Clerk had investigated the web filed documents and passed details on to the Chairman. There were no sites identifiable with waste sorting in our immediate area, particularly in Appley Bridge.

Parish Plan

Communication received from Countryside Agency that the grant should be spent by end of September. This would fit with the Parish Council proposed schedule of printing and distribution.

Recreation Ground Licence Agreement for maintenance

The Chairman advised that Wigan Borough Council Legal Council would provide assistance in drafting the proposed maintenance agreement.

Bowling Green Pavilion

Planning Application Notice for the new pavilion was on public display.

Notice Board outside Library

The Chairman advised that there should be progress shortly in the provision of the long promised notice board outside the Library.

329) TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE PARISH

‘That the Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting of 9 June 2005 be noted.’

Proposed. Councillor Sudworth. Seconded. Councillor V Maloney. Agreed.

330) REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS

Councillor Sudworth reported that the overall level of disturbance on the Council Estate has eased following the removal of two tenants.

Councillor J Maloney advised that there had been some developments in respect of the old school building on Miles Lane and the Councils long standing interest remained noted. The property will be sold by sealed tender and prior notice will have been given regarding conditions of sale. The Diocese of Blackburn had been approached to renounce any meeting rights exercisable by the Rector of Standish or Vicar of Shevington.

331) REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES

Wigan Council Standards Committee

Councillor Ball had attended the last Meeting and declared a prejudicial interest in respect of the report on the complaints laid against him. The Meeting had discussed a proposed review of the ‘Code of Conduct’ which would remove a lot of the trivial cases from the Standards Board.

Youth Club

Councillor Whiteley reported that the AGM would take place on 23 rd June at 7.30pm. The new mosaic sign was now in place above the front door of the building.

Community Association

A working party had met to discuss minor ‘Cleaner Greener’ initiative enhancements to the frontage of the Club and nearby boundary of the Methodist Church. Mr Barton, the Township Manager, would attend the next Meeting to advise on progress.

Tenants and Residents Association

The Association had met on 15 June at the Methodist Church. There had been an attendance of around 30 residents and there had been two representatives from Wigan Council. Discussions had taken place about housing, drugs and alcohol.

332) VE/VJ DAY COMMEMORATION

Members discussed the proposed Service of Thanksgiving on 10 July at 11am at the War Memorial. Councillor Shaw would publicise in the local press and posters would be prepared by Councillor Whiteley. The Church choir would attend, a bugler would play Reveille and a wreath would also be laid in remembrance.

‘That the Parish Council donates the sum of £50 to St Wilfred’s CLB and £110 to the Royal British Legion’

Proposed. Councillor Sudworth. Seconded. Councillor V Maloney. Unanimous.

333) ACCOUNTS

M Holden

Salary

£ 391.85

M Holden

Post, Mileage,

£ 20.98

Inland Revenue

Tax and NI

£ 355.25

J Maloney

Chairman’s Allowance

£ 80.00

WMBC

Repair to floodlight

£ 34.69

Ainscough Ltd

Materials

£ 8.32

WMBC

Skip hire and landfill

£ 100.46

WMBC

Tree felling

£ 405.38

Henry Alty Ltd

Fertilizers

£ 94.81

OPSTA

Membership fee

£ 10.00

G&S Dickinson Ltd

Bowling Green, normal hours and materials

£ 2265.00

Bewley’s

Materials

£ 119.40

Royal British Legion

Donation

£ 110.00

Standish CLB

Donation

£ 50.00

 

Total

£ 4046.14

Parish Council Statement Balances prior to Meeting date

Capital Res.

 

£ 26068.14

Business Res

 

£ 67952.83

Current

 

£ 500.00

 

TOTAL

£ 94520.97

‘That the Accounts be approved and cheques signed in payment, due note given to Statements exhibited.’

Proposed. Councillor Whiteley. Seconded. Councillor Lister. Unanimous.

334) CLERK’S REPORT

All Planning Applications requiring Members’ attention had been brought to their notice.

Annual Report from Open Spaces Society received.

‘Countryside Voice’ received.

The September Meeting should consider a donation to WCLCT Ltd towards the production of ‘Past Forward.’

335) DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Parish Council 25 August

Policy Committee, Annual Inspection of Council Property 4 August 7.00pm

There being no further business the Chairman closed the Meeting at 9.05pm

 

CHAIRMAN

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MINUTES OF SHEVINGTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

HELD ON THURSDAY 25 AUGUST 2005

7.30PM SHEVINGTON LIBRARY

Present:

Councillor J. Maloney (Chairman), Councillors, Ball, Lister, V Maloney, Sudworth, Whiteley, the Clerk (Holden), and two members of the public.

336) APOLOGIES

Councillors Miles, Parkinson, Shaw and District Councillor Brown

  • MATTERS INTRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

‘That the Meeting be suspended in accord with Standing Orders’

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Lister. Unanimous.

The owner and two staff of a local business raised the issue of the shortage of parking in the village in general and more specifically questioned the receipt of notices from the Parish Council requesting them not to park all day in the Broad o’th’ Lane. The representation was a follow up to a telephone conversation with Councillor V Maloney during which the Council’s policy of trying to free up spaces to enable customer visits to local businesses had been explained. The Chairman explained the current position and discussions within the Township Forum and re-iterated that whilst both the Methodist Church and Recreation Ground car parks were also for public use the overall shortage of space was a continuing problem. There was a possibility that the redevelopment of the Recreation Ground may create a few more spaces and the potential for re-designing some of the existing parking arrangements might be a possibility. In the meanwhile the Council would continue to remind users of the short term nature of the parking. The Chairman thanked the visitors for the raising the issue so responsibly. Consideration would be given to writing a letter to local businesses to explore the issues of staff parking.

The Meeting returned to session

338) DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ REPORTS

None

339) MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

‘That the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting of 16 June be approved as at true and correct record.’

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Sudworth. Agreed

340) MATTERS ARISING

Parish Plan

Letter received from Community Futures expressing concern that the completion date for the Parish Plan was behind schedule. The Clerk had responded to the effect that the schedule was linked to the development of the Township Forum Plan and that the Parish Plan timetable had not been viewed as pressing

Shevington Allotment and Horticultural Society

Letter received from the Secretary on two matters. The Judging of the Best Kept Allotment had taken place on 5 July and the Judges fee and winner’s prize would be required in due course. The second matter was the Annual Show to be held 6 August and requesting a donation. The letter had been received without the benefit of having a July Parish Council Meeting to discuss and the Clerk advised that a retrospective donation by resolution moved without prior notice would be appropriate should Members have a mind to continue their support of this Annual event.

‘That the Parish Council donates the sum of £75 towards the general costs of Annual Show of the Shevington Allotment and Horticultural Society’.

Proposed. Councillor V Maloney. Seconded. Councillor Lister.

An amendment was proposed in the sum of £100. On being put to the vote the amendment was lost. The substantive resolution was then put;

‘That the Parish Council donates the sum of £75 towards the general costs of Annual Show of the Shevington Allotment and Horticultural Society’.

Proposed. Councillor V Maloney. Seconded. Councillor Lister. Unanimous.

Meeting with Chief Executive

A date for the Meeting between the Parish Council and the Chief Executive of Wigan Council was agreed for 26 th September at 2pm and the Clerk would confirm arrangements.

LAPTC AGM

The Annual General Meeting would be held on 5 November and attendance together with any Resolutions for discussion would need to be advised by 14 October.

Allotment Plot 15

Letter received from the tenants advising of ill health which had led to neglect of their plot. Since the Council had sent the usual request for tidy up fellow tenants had lent a hand in tidying up the plot. Noted.

Parish Council rubbish tipping

The impasse regarding the Parish Council’s inability to access the Wigan Council tips following a change in policy had been resolved without incurring additional costs to the Council. An 1100 litre ‘Eurobin’ had been rented for £40p.a. with weekly uplifts each costing of £6. Indications were that a second bin was needed, which would still be financially viable and allow for more pressing work to be undertaken by Mr Dickinson rather than loading trailers and visiting the tip. Noted.

Car Park usage

A notice had been attached to windscreens of cars regularly parked for prolonged periods (see earlier Matters Introduced by Members of the Public). Whilst there had been some success there were still persistent users, not all of whom are working locally. The Council would need to further consider policy.

LAPTC fees payment calculations

The Clerk advised of receipt of a paper from the LAPTC Treasurer providing six alternative annual fees calculation models, one of which was recommended. Councillor Lister undertook to study the report and provide comment for Members.

Wigan Council Consultations on Planning

Three consultation documents had been received; an Introduction to the Planning Consultation process; Planning for Residential Development; Shop Front Design Guide. Councillor Lister and the Chairman would review the latter two documents.

VE and VJ Day Commemoration

The Service of Commemoration had been moving civic event. The stolen Union Flag had subsequently been returned only slightly damaged. The damaged flagpole cord would need replacement.

Recreation Ground Licence Agreement

Wigan MBC Solicitor’s Department had responded positively and raised questions as to the underlying circumstances of the request for a Licence agreement between the Parish Council and the Recreation Ground Trustees. The Chairman would provide appropriate answers and in due course arrange a meeting for the Trustees to discuss the final document. Arrangements would then need to be made for payment of the drainage costs and the handover for Parish Council take on of the subsequent field maintenance.

341 ) TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL INSPECTION OF PARISH COUNCIL PROPERTY

‘That the Minutes of the Annual Inspection Meeting of 4 August be approved as a true and correct record.’

Proposed. Councillor Whiteley. Seconded. Councillor V Maloney. Agreed.

Of particular note were instances of paving flags on the main pathway in the park slipping out of position and the pathway adjacent to the car park required repair. These would have Mr Dickinson’s attention. In respect of the Allotments it was felt that generally these were in better order than seen over a period of years albeit the holder of Plot 6 would need a reminder sent about its poor condition.

The Clerk had received both letters and a telephone call from two householders regarding overhanging trees in the Memorial Park. These trees would be need to looked at and as indications were that an oak tree would also require some attention and the Chairman would arrange a site meeting with Wigan Council’s aboriculturist.

342 ) REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS

Councillor J Maloney advised that a resident from Broadlands had reported the sighting of a Deutzia bush dragonfly, a very rare occurrence in the North of England.

Councillor J Maloney reported that all was arrangements wee in hand for the Parish Council’s August Bank Holiday Annual Footpath Walk.

343 ) REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES

Shevington Youth Club

Councillor Whiteley advised that arrangements were being made to repaint the main hall of the Youth Club as a background for murals to be painted by a Community artist. Members of the Club had raised £400 towards the costs by packing bags at Asda. As the Parish Council had promised to match funding up to £250 towards a determined need provided that the club members raised funds it would perhaps be appropriate for the Council to support this particular initiative.

‘That the Parish Council donates the sum of £250 pounds towards the painting of the Youth Club main hall.’

Proposed. Councillor V Maloney. Seconded. Councillor Ball. Agreed. ( Councillor Whiteley did not vote).

Shevington Tenants and residents Association

Councillor Ball advised that the Association was supporting the Victims Support ‘Mirrors and Chains’ initiative which supplied locks for windows and mirrors and chains for doors, to vulnerable householders.

344 ) PLANNING APPLICATIONS

A/05/64746 The Glen Back Lane, barn conversion to dwelling and garage.

Application noted. No comment.

345 ) ACCOUNTS

G&S Dickinson Ltd

Bowling Green, normal hours and materials July

£ 2354.00

Kiwi Nurseries

Plants July

£ 93.50

J Maloney

Chairman’s Allowance July

£ 80.00

M Holden

Salary July and August

£ 817.90

M Holden

Post, Mileage, stationery, Telephone

£ 64.58

Inland Revenue

Tax and NI

£ 637.64

J Maloney

Chairman’s Allowance

£ 80.00

WMBC

Allotment rentl

£ 72.50

WL&CT Ltd

Library Rent

£ 60.00

Ainscough Ltd

Materials

£ 29.40

Lanier UK Ltd

Photocopy maintenance

£ 59.93

CommuniCorp

Clerks and Councils Direct publication

£ 81.00

Open Spaces Society

Membership fee

£ 30.00

Royal Mail Group

Mail re-direction 3 months

£ 22.40

G&S Dickinson Ltd

Bowling Green, normal hours and materials

£ 2350.83

Bewley’s

Materials

£ 62.94

Shev Allot & Hort Soc

Show donation

£ 75.00

Shevington YC

Donation

£ 250.00

V Maloney

Reimbursement Bank Holiday Walk refreshments

£ 22.71

 

Total

£ 7244.33

Parish Council Statement Balances prior to Meeting date

Capital Res.

 

£ 26216.55

Business Res

 

£ 57216.30

Current

 

£ 500.00

 

TOTAL

£ 83932.85

‘That the Accounts for July be approved in retrospect and those for August be approved and cheques signed in payment due note given to Statements exhibited.’

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Whiteley. Unanimous.

346 ) CLERK’S REPORT

All Planning Applications requiring Members’ attention had been brought to their notice.

NALC Guide to Good Practice had been received.

NALC Circular advises of an OFCOM consultation on BT universal service obligations.

CPRE newsletter received.

Opsta newsletter received.

LAPTC newsletter received.

Advice received of Age Concern thanksgiving service on 16 September at the Wigan Parish Church.

Early Day Motion publicity received in respect of ‘Ghost Town centres’ – objection to Government changes to Planning Policy.

347 ) DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Finance and General Purposes Committee 1 September

Parish Council 22 September

There being no further business the Chairman closed the Meeting at 9.35pm.

 

CHAIRMAN

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MINUTES OF SHEVINGTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

HELD ON THURSDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2005

7.30PM SHEVINGTON LIBRARY

Present:

Councillor J. Maloney (Chairman), Councillors, Ball, Lister, Miles, V Maloney, Sudworth, Whiteley, the Clerk (Holden), and one member of the public.

348) APOLOGIES

Councillors, Parkinson, Shaw.

349) MATTERS INTRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

None

350) DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ REPORTS

None

351) MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

‘That the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting of 25 August be approved as at true and correct record.’

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Sudworth. Agreed

352) MATTERS ARISING

Tree surgery, Memorial Park

An estimate for tree surgery had been received from Wigan Leisure and Culture Enterprises Ltd in respect of three specifically identified trees, two of which required felling and the other crowning, together with some more unspecified work. It was not clear whether the unspecified work included cutting back the sycamore tree overhang on the property on Shevington Lane adjacent to the Park. Total cost of the works ex vat is £1664.50, largely unbudgeted and the monies found from balances, the Risk budget having already been utilised on earlier felling works. The Clerk was of the view that the urgency of the work would allow for a Resolution to be put forward without prior notice for this expenditure.

‘That the Parish Council accepts the Wigan Leisure and Culture Enterprises Ltd estimate of £1664.50 for tree surgery works and that the Clerk is instructed to request the company to carry out the required work as a matter of urgency.’

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Lister. Unanimous.

Allotments

Three allotment holders were in arrears for plot rent, a total of £167, and Plot 6 required a notice to bring into acceptable cultivation. The Clerk would seek payment of the arrears and send an appropriate reminder to the holder of plot 6.

LAPTC

The Annual General Meeting of LAPTC would take place on Saturday 5 November at 10.30 am. County Hall Preston. Response required by 14 October. The Council would not be represented.

Meeting with Wigan Council Chief Executive.

The Meeting with the chief Executive would take place at 2pm on 26 September. Matters for discussion were;

Local Township/ Shevington Parish Plan

Township Forum engagement

Car parking shortage and warden enforcement in the Parish

Grant Access, given the relative prosperity of the Parish

Housing for the elderly, specifically the lack of and how this issue is tackled over time

Recycling Bank and the service provided

Planning and the infill developments seen in the Borough and the Parish

Manor Wines

Letter received from Solicitors, Fieldings Porter, advising that their client Vinod Nanji Hirani was applying for a Protection Order and Transfer for the Manor Wines Off Licence. The application would be heard on 15 th September to be effective 18 October. Noted.

Best Kept Allotment

Whilst it was understood that judging had taken place the Council had not yet been made aware of the winners or the amount of the Judge’s fee.

Parish Plan

The proposed meeting between the Chairman and Community Futures had not taken place and was to be re-arranged.

Councillor Lister, on behalf of Members, congratulated Councillor J Maloney on the composition of the wording to the draft of the Plan.

Council rubbish disposal

The Council now had two Euro 1000 litre bins from which rubbish was collected weekly. In the interim the Clerk had received formal notification of the changes in Wigan Council tip concessions for which a permit for a monthly visit could be obtained.

‘Supplementary Design Guide for Residential Property’

Councillor J Maloney had reviewed this Wigan Council guidance document which provides a focus for what is desirable and the controls for what is not acceptable. Of particular interest was the subject of infill, but which was not particularly well explained in relation to examples being seen within the Parish, particularly garden segmentation. The subject of infill would be raised at the meeting with the Chief Executive.

Recreation Ground maintenance Licence Agreement

There would be a meeting between the Council and the Recreation Ground Trustees on 10 th October to discuss the draft of the Licence by which the Parish Council would assume responsibility for the maintenance of the field. The funds of the Recreation Ground would then be mostly utilised in paying for the drainage proposals.

Meeting with Township Management and other parties.

The proposals for the Recreation ground enhancement had been presented at a meeting on the 8 September. Those present were representatives of the Township management, Groundwork Wigan, Youth Club, Methodist Church and the Parish Council. The overall impression was good and incorporated a full size football pitch, a smaller pitch, a MUGA (multi use games area) combined, re-surfaced car parking area and pathways to divide up the field into segments. The question that needed answering is ‘who has ownership of the scheme’ and the assumption is that for the ‘go ahead’ the Recreation ground Trustees would take the lead.

St Anne’s Parish Church

It is understood that the St Anne’s Parochial Church Council or the Diocese of Blackburn would be submitting a Planning Application for the building of a new Church Hall either adjacent or conjoined with the Church. Councillor J Maloney undertook to meet with Reverend Dennison to discuss the proposals.

354) REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS

Councillor Miles reported that she had contacted Wigan Council Play officer regarding the outstanding repairs to the play equipment in the Memorial Park. There had been no response.

Councillor J Maloney advised that sponsorship for the Footpath Walk was about £300 and would be donated to Wigan Hospice.

355) REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES

Youth Club

Councillor Whiteley advised that at the last Meeting of the Committee the parish Council had been thanked for the donation of £300 towards the painting of the main hall walls. As a result the art project for murals was now going ahead. Club activity was encouraging and behaviour had improved. The contract for the retention of the Leaders was being reviewed.

Community Association

The Association had met and the focus was on activities for the forthcoming months and the drainage of the field and improvements to the surrounding areas of the Recreation Ground.

356) APPROVAL OF ACCOUNTS

The Clerk provided members with an Income and Expenditure Account for the year to 31 March 2005 complete with explanations for variances to the comparable period to March 2004. The Clerk sought the Council’s affirmation to evidence elements of financial control as required by Audit and acknowledgement of the Internal Audit carried out by Mr S Richards.

‘That the Paish Council accepts the Accounts to 31 march 2005 as presented and affirms its belief that it has exercised adequate controls of the financial affairs of the Council as required by Audit regulations.’

Proposed. Councillor Sudworth. Seconded. Councillor Whiteley. Unanimous.

The Chairman and the Clerk signed the Accounts and Audit submission.

The Clerk was thanked for the presentation of the Accounts to Members.

M Holden

Salary

£ 391.85

M Holden

Post, Mileage,

£ 17.35

Inland Revenue

Tax and NI

£ 355.25

J Maloney

Chairman’s Allowance

£ 80.00

WMBC

Rubbish emptying and bin hire (10 weeks)

£ 82.42

Henry Alty Ltd

Fertilizers

£ 77.20

United Utilities

Half year Water Rates Bowling Green and Allot

£ 83.76

Jacquard Weaving

Badges for Footpath Walk

£ 49.20

Kiwi Nurseries

Plants

£ 112.50

Shev Allot and Hort Soc

Weed killer and fertilzer

£ 45.00

G&S Dickinson Ltd

Bowling Green, normal hours and materials

£ 2442.00

 

Total

£ 3737.87

Parish Council Statement Balances prior to Meeting date

Capital Res.

 

£ 26216.55

Business Res

 

£ 53266.64

Current

 

£ 500.00

 

TOTAL

£ 79483.19

‘That the Accounts be approved and cheques signed in payment, due note given to Statements exhibited.’

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Lister. Unanimous.

357) CLERK’S REPORT

All Planning Applications requiring Members’ attention had been brought to their notice.

Literature received from the Boroughwide Faith Network.

Wigan Childrens’ and young Peoples’ Plan 2006 -2009 received.

CPRE Fieldwork report received

358) DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Policy Committee 6 October

Parish Council 27 October

There being no further business the Chairman closed the Meeting at 9.00pm

 

CHAIRMAN

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MINUTES OF SHEVINGTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

HELD ON THURSDAY 27 OCTOBER 2005

7.30PM SHEVINGTON LIBRARY

Present:

Councillor J. Maloney (Chairman), Councillors, Ball, Lister, V Maloney, Shaw, Sudworth, the Clerk (Holden), and two member of the public.

359) APOLOGIES

Councillors, Miles, Parkinson, Whiteley.

360) MATTERS INTRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

Mr Dickinson advised that he was having difficulty in obtaining bulbs for the Christmas trees. Councillor Shaw would investigate fresh sources of supplies. Mr Dickinson advised that there had been dumping of tree cuttings in The Slacks and Councillor Shaw undertook to investigate. Mr Dickinson also advised that the promised skip for allotment refuse had not been delivered and Councillor J Maloney undertook to chase.

361) DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ REPORTS

None

362 ) MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

‘That the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting of 22 September be approved as at true and correct record.’

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Sudworth. Agreed

363 ) MATTERS ARISING

Rubbish disposal

The removal of rubbish from the two euro bins was now to be undertaken by Viridor Waste Management Ltd.

Allotment arrears

These remain outstanding

Pension arrangements

H M Revenue and Customs had issued a pensions bulletin which would be useful advice for the employment of a new Clerk during 2006.

Audit of Accounts

The Annual Audit had been undertaken for the year ended 31 March 2005 and there were no adverse comments from Auditors BDO Stoy Hayward. In due course the Annual Return and the Notice of Conclusion of Audit would be displayed in the Library. Noted.

North West Air Ambulance

Letter received from the charity seeking financial aid toward the incremental cost arising from the purchase of a new helicopter. The Clerk advised that in the likelihood of a relatively small donation being made a Resolution without prior notice would be acceptable.

‘That the Parish Council donates the sum of £100 towards the valued work of the North West Air Ambulance.’

Proposed. Councillor V Maloney. Seconded. Councillor Ball. Unanimous.

Freepost Licence

The Royal Mail Freepost Licence had expired and the bill for usage in relation to the Parish Plan responses was £38.80.

Wigan Local Development Framework -Council Draft Statement of Community Involvement

Wigan Council advises that the draft Statement of Community Involvement has now been submitted to the Secretary of State. Any representations should be made to the Planning Policy Team.

Wigan Local Development Framework Consultation on two draft Supplementary Planning Documents

Wigan Council advises of two new draft Supplementary Planning Documents

Re-use of Employment Land and Buildings for Non Employment Uses

Affordable Housing Provision in new Residential Developments

Councillor J Maloney would respond in respect of the latter.

Lancashire Minerals and Waste Development Framework

Lancashire County Council has submitted their plan to the Secretary of State.

Tree Surgery

Some of the required work to the trees in the Memorial Park has been undertaken.

364 ) REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS

Councillor Sudworth advised that he was in contact with the sign writer in respect of the Parish Council’s record of Chairman on display in the Library committee room, with a view to updating the names.

Councillor J Maloney advised that the meeting with the Wigan Council Chief Executive had been excellent. Matters discussed had been the Parish Plan, the relationship with the Township, car parking in the village, access to grant funding, sheltered housing and isolationism/loneliness and actual need, waste re-cycling and an invitation to test initiatives within the Parish and planning issues. A new contact had been obtained for play equipment matters.

Councillor J Maloney had been making investigations regarding the old school building at Miles Lane. The Planning Officer had no objections to some element of demolition of the non Listed part of the building and had suggested uses for the remainder – nursery, licensed premises, café – but not for residential purposes. Councillor Maloney had subsequently contacted the Heritage Fund for their views as to grant availability.

Councillor Maloney recorded an insight into allotment use linked to schools, particularly in the growing of vegetables and fruits from the Caribbean and S E Asia.

Councillor Sudworth advised of safety road markings being applied to roads on the Council estate.

365 ) REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES

Community Association

The last meeting of the Association had discussed the provision of Christmas trees to the frontages to a few of shops in the village as a first step to a larger display in future years. There would be a sum of around £8000 from Township funds available for improvement to the village centre. The draft plan for the Recreation Ground enhancements was being revised in the light of comments.

366 ) ST ANNE’S CHURCHYARD DONATION

‘That the Parish Council donates the sum of £600 towards the costs of maintenance of the St Anne’s Churchyard.’

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Sudworth. Unanimous.

367 ) REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

Remembrance Sunday would be 13 November and all arrangements were in hand for the service.

‘That the Parish Council donates the sum of £110 to the Royal British Legion.’

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Sudworth. Unanimous.

‘That the Parish Council donates the sum of £50 to the Standish St Wilfred’s Church Lads Brigade.’

Proposed. Councillor Shaw. Seconded Councillor Sudworth. Unanimous.

368 ) ACCOUNTS

M Holden

Salary

£ 391.85

M Holden

Post, Mileage, telephone

£ 44.26

Inland Revenue

Tax and NI

£ 355.25

J Maloney

Chairman’s Allowance

£ 80.00

WMBC

Rubbish emptying and bin hire (2 weeks)

£ 16.48

WMBC

Lease of Allotment land

£ 72.50

St Anne’s PCC

Churchyard donation

£ 600.00

Shev.Rec. Grnd. Trust

Car park lease

£ 50.00

BDO Stoy Hayward

Audit fee

£ 411.25

Shev Allot and Hort Soc

Judge fee for Best Kept Allotment

£ 30.00

H Dickinson

Best Kept Allotment

£ 30.00

Royal British Legion

Donation

£ 110.00

Standish CLB

Donation

£ 50.00

G&S Dickinson Ltd

Bowling Green, normal hours and materials

£ 2410.00

N W Air Ambulance

Donation

£ 100.00

Royal Mail Group

Freepost cost

£ 30.80

Get On Line

Web site rental

£ 188.00

 

Total

£ 4970.39

Parish Council Statement Balances prior to Meeting date

Capital Res.

 

£ 26343.75

Business Res

 

£ 49277.42

Current

 

£ 500.00

 

TOTAL

£ 76121.17

‘That the Accounts be approved and cheques signed in payment, due note given to Statements exhibited.’

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Sudworth. Unanimous.

369 ) PLANNING APPLICATIONS

370) CLERK’S REPORT

All Planning Applications requiring Members’ attention had been brought to their notice.

CPRE newsletter received.

City of Salford Unitary Development plan has been submitted.

LAPTC Newsletter received.

NALC circular received concerning the completion of the last round of Electoral Reviews.

WMBC ‘Borough Life’ received

371) DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Finance and General Purposes Committee 3 November

Parish Council 24 November

There being no further business the Chairman closed the Meeting at 9.30pm

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MINUTES OF SHEVINGTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

HELD ON THURSDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2005

7.30PM SHEVINGTON LIBRARY

Present: Councillor J. Maloney (Chairman), Councillors, Ball, V Maloney, Shaw, Sudworth, the Clerk (Holden), and two members of the public.

372) APOLOGIES

Councillors, Lister, Miles, Whiteley.

373) MATTERS INTRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

Councillor Shaw advised that he was still looking for Christmas tree lights.

374) DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ REPORTS

None

375 ) MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

‘That the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting of 27October be approved as at true and correct record.’

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Sudworth. Agreed

376 ) MATTERS ARISING

Viridor Waste Management

Problems had been experienced with erratic collections. and in addition a lock to one of the bins had been damaged. Letter to be written to Wigan Council refuse collection regarding the poor quality of service.

Miles Lane ‘old School’ building.

Following discussion members were of the view that to progress matters in respect of grant exploration for possible purchase a Charitable Trust should be formed and the Trustees appointed from the Parish Council and friends of the ‘old school’. Suitable Resolutions should be prepared by the Clerk for the December Parish Council Meeting covering appointment of initial Parish Council representative Trustees, a nominal donation and the opening of a Bank current account.

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Shaw. Unanimous.

Parish Plan

Councillor J Maloney provided a summary of the flyer that would be used for delivery of the Plan ‘message’ to every household in the Parish.

Flag pole repairs

Following the vandalism ahead of the Remembrance service when a flag was stolen repairs to the halliards had proved difficult and the plastic covered rope was unobtainable locally. The Clerk would contact the manufacturers.

Christmas Trees

The three Christmas trees would be delivered on 2 December.

Age Concern

Letter received from Age Concern detailing their continuing service to the residents of Shevington. The Clerk would place the item on the Agenda for December.

Supplementary Planning Document; Access for All

Planning document received from Wigan Council highlighting the Access for All policies of the Council. Noted.

North West Air Ambulance

Letter of thanks received for the Councils donation of £100

St Anne’s Church building development

The Clerk read from a response, from Reverend Dennison, to a letter written by the Clerk that had sought clarification of the Parochial Church Council’s proposals for extending the Church and demolishing the existing hall. The response was full in setting out the reasons for redevelopment, and frank, in that it advised that no firm decision had yet been taken because of a divergence of views on the PCC which had led to the first set of proposals being rejected. It would be a while before further plans were drawn up and there would be full public discussion when the Planning Application was available. It was the latter issue which had prompted the Council to write and Member’s were appreciative of the response and would be able to respond knowledgeably to any further public enquiries.

377 ) REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS

Remembrance Sunday

The Memorial Service had again been very well attended, probably the largest number seen. The Chairman wished to thank Councillor Shaw for setting up of the microphone system.

The Clerk arrived at this time 8.15pm and after Reports from Representatives, the Chairman returned the Meeting to the discussion of further Matters Arising.

378 ) REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES

Wigan Council Standards Committee

Councillor Ball reported on the Standards board for England’s distaste for trivial complaints and was seeking local action, the dichotomy being that at local level the present issues would be too trivial and time wasting. There needs to be a solution that can remove the trivia to allow time for enhancing standards. The Members would welcome a meeting with the Borough Solicitor, Mrs S Lowe, and the Clerk was requested to seek her attendance at 7.00pm on 26 January.

379 ) PLANNING APPLICATIONS

None

380 ) ACCOUNTS

M Holden

Salary

£ 391.85

M Holden

Post, Mileage, Stationery

£ 59.76

Inland Revenue

Tax and NI

£ 355.25

J Maloney

Chairman’s Allowance

£ 80.00

WL&CT Ltd

Tree surgery

£ 2308.29

Jacquard Weaving

Badges (residue)

£ 11.05

Ainscough Ltd

Materials

£ 55.21

Viridor Ltd

Waste collection

£ 213.24

G&S Dickinson Ltd

Bowling Green, normal hours and materials

£ 2260.38

Total

£ 5753.03

Parish Council Statement Balances prior to Meeting date

Capital Res.

£ 26343.75

Business Res

£ 45990.56

Current

£ 542.00

TOTAL

£ 72876.31

‘That the Accounts be approved and cheques signed in payment, due note given to Statements exhibited.’

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Shaw. Un animous.

381) CLERK’S REPORT

All Planning Applications requiring Members attention have been drawn to their attention

LAPTC Annual Report received

West Lancs. CVS newsletter received

Draft Guidance in respect of the Clean Neighbourhood Act received

NALC National Conference will be held 23/25 September 2006

OPSTA Newsletter, ‘Connexion’ received

382) DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Policy Committee 1 December

Parish Council 15 December

There being no further business the Chairman closed the Meeting at 9.15.

CHAIRMAN

 

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 MINUTES OF SHEVINGTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

HELD ON THURSDAY 15 DECEMBER 2005

7.30PM SHEVINGTON LIBRARY

 

Present:

Councillor J. Maloney (Chairman), Councillors, Ball, Lister, Miles, Shaw, Sudworth, Whiteley.

the Clerk (Holden), District Councillor Crosby, and two members of the public.

 

383)  APOLOGIES

 

Councillors, V Maloney, Parkinson. District Councillor Brown, Mr C Horridge.

 

384)  MATTERS INTRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

 

Mr Dickinson advised that the Christmas trees were now lit and in speaking with the Wigan Council electrician had obtained the details for acceptable transformers that would provide for 24 volt usage.  Further enquiries would be made regarding price.

 

385)  DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ REPORTS

 

Councillor Crosby advised that all the shop front Christmas trees were now lit and subsequently there had been a couple more requests to join in, but too late for this year.  The Fire Brigade was undertaking free home visits for risk assessment as part of a campaign to reduce fire deaths.  Wigan Council had received a four star rating from the CPA confirming its ranking as one of the most cost effective Councils in the Country.  At the request of Councillor Ball and Members, Councillor Crosby was asked to convey the appreciation of the Parish Council to the Wigan Council.

 

386 )  MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

 

‘That the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting of 27 October and 24 November be approved as true and correct records.’

 

Proposed.  Councillor Ball.  Seconded.  Councillor Sudworth.  Agreed

 

387 )  MATTERS ARISING ( excluding Minutes of 27 October)

 

Parish Plan

Councillor J Maloney provided all members with copies of the Parish plan and the flyer that would be distributed to all households in the Parish.  The £3400 cost would be presented under ‘Accounts’ later in the Meeting.  The quality of the production was excellent and Councillor Maloney was congratulated on the content and the overall presentation. 

 

Community Futures – Parish Plan

Letter received advising that all expenditure must be accounted for by 20 February if the residue of grant monies was to be received.  Noted.

 

Open Spaces Society

Letter received from the Society seeking donations towards support for improvements to the ‘Commons Bill’ legislation presently before Parliament.

 

‘That the Parish Council donates the sum of £25 to the open Spaces Society in support of its work in seeking to improve the ‘Commons Bill’ legislation.’

 

Proposed.  Councillor Ball.  Seconded.  Councillor Sudworth.  Unanimous.

 

Waste disposal – Viridor.

The Clerk had spoken with a representative of Viridor and complained at the lack of care and damage caused to the eurobins by drivers forcing the locks and bending the lids.  The Clerk was advised that all drivers should have keys and that the damaged bins would be replaced.

 

Budget

The Clerk provided members with a revised Budget schedule for 2006/7 which amendments he would be recommending at the Policy Committee Meeting of 5 January.  A brief discussion followed for clarification on a few matters.

 

 

388 )  REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS

 

Councillor J Maloney advised that Copies of the Plan would be distributed and arrangements made for the flyer to be delivered by the same charitable organisation that had delivered the questionnaire.

 

389 )  REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES

 

Community Association

Mr Dickinson advised that only 6 members had attended the last meeting and there had been some disappointment expressed at the lack of progress, particularly on the drainage as it was thought that Trustees of the Recreation Ground had the bulk of this money available.  It had been explained that any money spent in advance of a confirmed grant for the whole scheme would be void as a contribution.

 

Youth Club

The Youth Club was concerned regarding the new arrangements for waste collection by Viridor in that the Club was to be classed as a business and would have to pay for the waste collections.  It was believed that the Methodist Church and the Charity Shop were similarly affected.  The Clerk undertook to make enquiries of Wigan Council.

 

Wigan Council Standards Committee

Councillor Ball advised that there would be a training day on the 23 January with a view to improving dialogue between elected Members and Officers.

 

Tenants and Residents Association

Councillor Sudworth reported on the Chairman’s summary of activity and some certificates had been presented to Committee Members for their service.  The overall impression was that the quality of daily life on the Council estate had improved since the inception of the Association and its co-operation with various agencies and the Police.

 

Councillor J Shaw left at this time 8.15pm

 

390 )  TO PROPOSE REPRESENTATIVE TRUSTEES TO A CHARITABLE TRUST IN RESPECT OF MILES LANE OLD SCHOOL BUILDING

 

Councillor J Maloney outlined the requirements for the setting up of a Trust to facilitate the initial purchase of the old school building with grant support from the Heritage Fund.  Subsequently, if successful, the Trustees would administer the work and finance required to refurbish and then maintain the building for public use.  The intention was to seek four nominations from Parish Councillors and Councillor J Maloney was seeking to enlist three other Trustees having made initial approaches.

 

‘That Councillors J Maloney, C Miles, J Ball and I Whiteley are appointed as representative Trustees to the Shevington School House Building Preservation Trust.’

 

Proposed.  Councillor Sudworth.  Seconded.  Councillor Lister.  Unanimous.

 

391 )  TO PROPOSE THE DONATION OF £1 TO THE SHEVINGTON SCHOOL HOUSE BUILDING PRESERVATION TRUST

 

‘That the Parish Council donates the sum of £1 as an initial contribution to the Shevington School House Building Preservation Trust.’

 

Proposed.  Councillor Ball.  Seconded.  Councillor Whiteley.  Unanimous.

 

392 )  DONATION TO AGE CONCERN

 

Councillor J Maloney declared his non pecuniary interest as a Director of Age Concern and took no part in the vote.

 

‘That the Parish Council donates the sum of £450 to Age Concern in continuing recognition of the outstanding outreach service support provided to local residents.’

 

Proposed.  Councillor Whiteley.  Seconded.  Councillor Lister.  Agreed.

 

393 )  ACCOUNTS

 

J Shaw

Reimbursement of Christmas light bulbs purchase

 £   176.24

M Holden

Salary

 £   391.85

M Holden

Post, Mileage, Telephone

 £     21.29

Inland Revenue

Tax and NI

 £   355.25

J Maloney

Chairman’s Allowance

 £     80.00

NRG UK Ltd

Photocopier maintenance and use cost

 £     59.93

Viridor Ltd

Skip hire and collection

 £   117.50

Communicorp

Publication

 £     60.00

Soc Local Council Clerk

Subscription

 £     93.00

Age Concern

Donation

 £   450.00

J Shaw

Mileage reimbursement

 £     70.62

G&S Dickinson Ltd

Bowling Green, normal hours and materials

 £ 2311.36

Kiwi Plants

Plants

 £     96.00

Bewleys

Materials

 £     36.38

Common Eye

Parish Plan printing

 £ 3400.00

Open Spaces Society

Donation

 £     25.00

Shev Sch Hse BPT

Donation

 £       1.00

 

                                  Total

 £ 7745.42

 

Parish Council Statement Balances prior to Meeting date

Capital Res.

 

£    26343.75

Business Res

 

£    41523.78

Current

 

£        500.00

 

TOTAL

£    68367.53

 

‘That the Accounts be approved and cheques signed in payment, due note given to Statements exhibited.’

 

Proposed.  Councillor Ball.  Seconded.  Councillor Sudworth.  Unanimous.

 

394)  CLERK’S REPORT

 

All Planning Applications requiring Members attention have been drawn to their notice

NALC communications Survey received for completion on-line

LAPTC Newsletter received.

 

395 )  DATE OF NEXT MEETING

 

Finance and General Purposes Committee         5 January 2006

Parish Council                                                      26 January

 

 

There being no further business the Chairman wished all Councillors and Members the Compliments of the Season and closed the Meeting at 8.50 pm.

 

 

                                                                                                CHAIRMAN

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