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Finance and General Purposes Committee 15th July 2013

Wheatley Parish Council

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL HELD ON MONDAY 15th JULY 2013 IN THE Parish OFFICE AT 7.30PM

PRESENT: Councillors: RJ Reilly (in the chair) E Stacey, S Coleridge, R Bell & R Old

OFFICER THE CLERK: Gareth Morris

MEMBERS HAD BEEN REMINDED BY MEANS OF THE AGENDA THAT IF THEY   HAD AN INTEREST TO DECLARE IN ANY AGENDA ITEM, THEY SHOULD DO SO IN ADVANCE OF THE MEETING IN THE BOOK PROVIDED FOR THIS PURPOSE

17.   APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from Councillors Birks and Carr

The clerk informed the meeting that Cllr Anderson had resigned from the Parish Council

18.   DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – NONE

19.  MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING HELD 17th June 2013 which had been circulated previously were signed as a correct and accurate record

20.  UPDATE ON ITEMS FROM THE MINUTES 17th June 2013

(i)  Minute 136 Footway around the Roundhouse. Oxfordshire Highways had still not confirmed what Cllr Purse had told the Parish Council at its last meeting that the County Council were going ahead with the scheme

(ii) Minute 138 Sandpit at Cullum Road – Green Scythe were due to remove the sand and the logs later in the week

21.  TO RECEIVE AN UPDATE OF THE YOUTH PROVISION AT THE YOUTH CENTRE.

There had been further ongoing problems between Fusion and the Maple Tree Centre and as a result Cllr Stacey had received a letter from the Governors of Great Milton School stating that the Centre would not be available for use from the 31st August. As the Parish Council has no other premises to hold the club in Cllr Stacey proposed and Cllr Coleridge seconded that the Youth club ceases at 31st August. This was Agreed unanimously. This decision to be ratified by full council on 2nd September.

The payment to Fusion which was to be until 30th September would now be paid only up to 30th August. The clerk to write to Fusion informing them of the Committee’s decision.

The  Committee gave its grateful thanks to Cllrs Stacey, Lamont and Coleridge for all the hard work and time they had committed in trying to make the Youth Club a success

22.  TO CONSIDER THE REQUESTS MADE BY WHEATLEY SCOUT GROUP IN THEIR LETTER OF 30TH JUNE

The Scout’s letter of 30th June had been circulated with the Agenda in which they requested the views of the Parish Council on the use of the Parish Council’s land by the ex police houses at the Holton Playing fields. A letter from Cllr Willmott (Chairman of WPSFMC) was also read out.

After much discussion it was felt that the land identified had too many drawbacks for use as a new scout hut. It was in the ‘Green Belt’, permission from Shotover would have to be sought, it would be difficult to provide a new access road without cutting across one of the rugby pitches and there was a septic tank located under that piece of land.

The committee felt that whilst at the moment the Parish Council did not have any land of their own to offer at the moment, this could change in the future.

The clerk would write to the scouts and send their letter to the WPSFMC.

23.  CLERK UPDATE

i) Refurbishment of Parish Office – the clerk had invited two further companies to quote for the refurbishment but neither had responded It was AGREED to ask Taylor Services to undertake the refurbishment.

ii) Assistant to the Clerk – An advert had been placed on the various notice boards. Should there be no applicants then an advert should be placed in the newsletter

24.  CONSIDERATION OF WRITTEN REQUESTS FROM RESIDENTS

i) Request for bus shelter at the Avenue and more dog bins along London Road

The clerk would make enquiries about the cost of a bus shelter and off providing more litter bins  along London Road

ii) Request to close off access up the cliff in Church Road Recreation Area. The committee did not want ‘fence off’ the cliff but would erect a sign saying ‘Do not climb in this area’. Kavan Ring would be attending to the trees at the top off the cliff.

iii) Request to tidy up the village including removal of bunting by the Roundhouse, tidying up the  Memorial Gardens, seats by ex toilet block

The Clerk would ask Kaven Ring to remove the bunting. A gardener would be engaged to look after the Memorial Gardens and a new surface for the paths would be investigated.

25.  GRANTS, LICENCES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS – None

26.  FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

a) The budget to end of June 2013 was scrutinised & the copy of reconciled bank statement was signed by Chairman & RFO

b) Balances

After the cheques below have been paid the balances on the council’s accounts as at

15 July will be as follows:                                                         Community       £5,424.88

Tracker             £117,866.36

Treasury           £60,465.78

27.                            SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS AUTHORISED

Cheque no. Payee Payment details Amount
Cheques paid
105724-29 GM/SW/JO/OCC/HMR&C June sal/wages/pen/PAYE/NICs 3,830.40
105730 St Mary’s church Grant aid 2012-13 500.00
105731 WPSFMC 2nd Quarter payment 2,000.00
d/d Barclays Bank Bank charges – 13.05 to 12.06 28.08
Total £6,358.48
Cheques to Pay
105732 Society of Local Council Clerks Arnold Baker 9th Edition 63.00
105733 Stanton Hope Weedkiller 327.54
105734 Thames Water Memorial gardens 7.82
105735 Berinsfield Business Community FCR Patio/ Cull Rd rec/verges 806.40
105736 Southern Electric Electricity 29.03.13 – 04.07.13 80.59
105737 Mainstream Digital Ltd Telephone 86.94
105738 Fusion Y&C UK Games and equipment 862.40
105739 The Merry Bells Office rental 1,079.48
105740 Green Scythe Recreation Areas cuts – June 440.00
105742 Fusion Y&C UK Quarterly Costs to 31st Aug only 1,332.84
GM/SW/JF/OCC/HMR&C July sal/wages/pen/PAYE/NICs 3,600.00
Total £8,687.01

INCOME RECEIVED SINCE LAST MEETING

Income details Amount
Interest – Tracker Account 16.95
Newsletter Advertising 1040.00
Photocopies 6.45
Total £1,063.40

28.  PUBLICATIONS & CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED AND NOTED

i)        The Haseleys – June2013*

ii)        Little Milton Newsletter July 2013*

iii)        Great Milton Bulletin June 2103*

iv)        Holton, Waterperry & Waterstock News – July  2013*

v)        URC Newsletter July  2013*

vi)        Clerks and Councils Direct

vii)        SODC – Town and Parish Forum  – Wednesday 6th November (eve)

viii)        Shotover Preservation Society Summer newsletter 2013*

ix)        Thames Valley Police – Neighbourhood Team July 2013 Newsletter*

x)

* On display in Parish Office

29.  DATE OF NEXT MEETING – 23rd September 2013 – NOTED

The meeting closed at 9.10pm