Holt Community Council – Meeting Minutes – 25th November, 2014

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Holt Community Council - Meeting Minutes - 25th November, 2014

Venue: Holt Community Centre

PRESENT: Councillors – Mrs G. Jones, Mr. J. Evans, Mrs L. Roberts, Mr. D. Roberts,
Mr. J. Pridding, Mr. P. Gaade, Mr. S. Lewis. PCSO D. Jones.

APOLOGIES: Councillors: Mr. J. Cubitt, Mr. P. Lewis, Ms. A. Shone, Michael Morris.

CHAIR: Mrs G. Jones, the Chairperson, opened the meeting with a welcome and a silence was held in respect of the late Mrs Gladys May Rowland.

MINUTES: Mr. Roberts proposed the minutes of the last meeting be signed and proposed as a true record, Mr. Pridding seconded.

Crime statistic reports were handed out and thankfully the figures for Holt were very good. There was 1 domestic incident. 3 Anti social behaviour and 2 burglaries. Residents are asked to report anything suspicious|The anti fracking camp which has been set up for a few months now has been served with disposal papers and has and is being monitored carefully by the police. There is a problem here with parking on the verges and this is being dealt with.Thanks were passed to the PCSO and the police representatives concerned for attending on Remembrance Day and also for placing a wreath.The PCSO was asked to keep a book or time sheet of time spent in Holt as there is still no permanent cover on the Industrial estate therefore our PCSO has to cover!Thanks given to David for attending and as always taking our issues up.

1.    GENERAL MATTERS – Bowling Green : It was agreed not to consider a request by someone to use the Bowling Hut (this would be too costly in insurance and not considered a good idea!) Eric to be asked to treat the path to the Green which is covered in moss. Kenyon Hall – a grant of £1500 had been given but it was proposed to increase this to £1650. Some matters such as rubbish, lights out of order and tree to be looked at. Clerk will deal with these.
This was very well attended and after discussion it was agreed to look into the purchase of a loudspeaker system as people could not hear at the back of the gathering. A thank you letter is to be sent to James Cubitt who played the cornet for the first time and did an excellent job.

3.    HOLT C.P. SCHOOL: Letter received from the head teacher informing us of the changes with regards to the Community Centre now it has become part of the school. Noted.
STREET LIGHTING: Service Level Agreement: Letter received from WCBC regarding the contract for Street Lighting maintenance from 1.4.15. New prices given. Clerk to get other quotes to compare.
MAINTENANCE OF PLAY AREAS: The cost of this was taken over by the Community Council last year but the WCBC still arrange the safety inspections and maintenance. It was agreed to adopt the same contract for this year. All agreed.
4.    PLANNING APPLICATIONS: Bridgewater, Church Street, Holt – remove 1 Norway Maple and one Lawson’s Cypress protected by Holt Conservation Area. No objections.
5.    ALLOTMENTS: Discussion took place regarding the allotments and it was agreed the clerk contact a couple of the tenants. Mr. Gaade proposed this Mr. S. Lewis seconded this.

The tax base for the precept is 815. An increase of 2 from last year.
The Clerk presented the members with a financial sheet she had prepared and after discussion the members agreed the recommendation of only increasing the precept requirements by £1000 to bring the total precept asked to £27500. This means that even on a Band H property it is only an increase of £2-29 on the Community precept. It was agreed to fund any major schemes from the Capital Fund rather than add extra financial burden on residents! Mr. S. Lewis proposed this Mrs G. Jones seconded. All agreed.

9.FORMAL ADOPTION OF STANDING ORDERS, FINANCIAL ORDERS AND RISK ASSESSMENT & INVESTMENT STRATEGY. The risk assessment had been carried out and the above orders considered and formally adopted. Mr. S. Lewis proposed this, Mr. Gaade seconded. All agreed.

10.FARNDON BAND – LANTERN PARADE: A copy of an e.mail was read out suggesting the Holt Community Council had no interest in this which is not true! The clerk thought the misunderstanding may have arisen as she has changed her e.mail address and that any communication may have gone to this. She will look into this! 1
11.COBBYDALE: Some alterations have been made here and the Clerk checked with planning and these had been approved for safety reasons. Noted.
12.WELSH HEADTEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD: Congratulations are to be sent to Mrs Kate Goodwin who received this award. This reflects well on Holt C.P. School and we are very lucky to have Mrs Goodwin as Head teacher!
Mr. Gaade proposed the next meeting be held on Tuesday, 27th January, 2015. Mrs Jones seconded. All agreed. Good wishes were extended to everyone.


2111 HMRC tax clerk £85-15.

2112 Starlight grant £50-00.

2113 K. Rawlinson wages £195-00.

2114 R. Crofts wages £156-00.

2115 J. Pierce salary & expenses. £314-98.

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