NEWBROUGH PARISH COUNCIL
Annual Meeting of the Council 9th May 2007
Present: MW Gibson, EL Dixon, PJ Johnston, RS Robson Mr JR Wood, Mrs H Brooks, Clerk: R Macfarlane
Apologies: Cllr H Forster & Cllr A Kerr
Election of Chairman: Mr JR Wood proposed Mr MW Gibson, seconded by Mrs H Brooks and all agreed
Election of Vice-Chairman: Mrs H Brooks proposed Mr JR Wood, seconded by EL Dixon and all agreed.
Vacancy and Co-option: At this point PJ Johnston left the room. JR Wood proposed PJ Johnston to fill the vacant position of councillor. Mrs H Brooks seconded the proposal and the vote in favour was unanimous.
Election of Representatives
Town Hall Management Committee PJ Johnston
Sportsfield Association EL Dixon
Village Society RS Robson
Churchyard Maintenance Committee MW Gibson
Mid Tyne Community Trust JR Wood
Newbrough C of E First School MW Gibson
NB As the new arrangements for Governors come into place there will not be a representative from the Parish Council for the local First School.
Minutes: The Minutes of the meeting of NPC which was held on 7th March 2007 were approved and signed.
Newbrough War Memorial: The Clerk has been asked by the War Memorial Trust to acquire two more estimates for work on the memorial. All new councillors will be given a copy of the report compiled by Holden Conservation Ltd. Clerk to apply for grant aid from TDC and MTCT.
Notice Board: The dilapidated notice board at Sidgate has finally been taken down. JR Wood to explore possible sites for a new board at the east end of Newbrough
K Forte Home Housing Elections 3rd May
War Memorial Martin Holden Address Swallows Oakridge Barns
Environment Clean Up NNPA Grant Panel Members
NALC Training Events NALC Model Contract
Selefest Donation Thanks BDO Local Council Briefing
District Council Unitary Bid NCC Unitary Bid
Allianz Cornhill Insurance RSPP Newsletter
Dca Memorial Safety defra NPA Appointees
CAN Spring Meeting 10th May CAN The Consortium
NE War Memorial Project TDC Unitary Authority
TDC Minutes NCC Tynedale Area Committee
CAN Newsletter Home truths
ADAPT Newsletter NCC Unitary Authority
NNPA – The Park Authority will consider funding Stone Wall Town Sign if the Council will incorporate NNPA logo or other information. H Brooks will explore possible sites.
NNPA – Defra and NALC have asked for nominations to serve on the Park’s Committee. NPC will support Warden’s nominee (Cllr PH Straker).
Local Authority Code of Conduct 2007 – The Council agreed to adopt the model code.
NALC Model Contract – The Council agreed to adopt the model contract additions.
Roads: Many of the roads in the district have had new white lines painted on them. It was thought that this work was unnecessary.
Footpaths: The footpath from Crossgates to River Cottage has been severely eroded. As the “Fishing Club” has that stretch of the river they might take charge of repairs. E Dixon will monitor developments.
Planning: 20070086 Construction of MUGA 20x43m & installing 3m high fencing, play equipment to foundation area & extension of playground to 20x25m Newbrough CofE Aided First School NE47 5AQ Reconsultation and the application will be considered by Planning Committee on 23rd May
Town Hall: No report
Village Society: A “Gardener’s Question Time” was very successful.
MTCT: No report
Sportsfield Association: No report
Newbrough CofE First School: The school has recently had an excellent Ofsted inspection
NCC: No report
Tynedale Council: No report.
Unitary Authority – Stakeholder Consultation
NPC wish to support the submission from the District Councils for two unitary authorities in Northumberland. Clerk to relay this information to the Unitary Structures Consultation Team
Adoption of Annual Accounts: They were agreed and signed by the Chairman.
The Audit BDO Stoy Hayward:
Statement of Assurance was Approved
- In order to exercise the Elector’s Rights
Display Notice of Audit from 1st May to 14th May
Make the Records Available from 15th May to 12th June
Complete the Audit pack and send it to HLB AV Audit before 18th June
Internal Auditor: It was agreed to re-appoint Mrs D Dodd
Risk assessment: It was proposed to have a photographic (digital) record of the parish’s assets. When this is accomplished the Council will decide whether to insure individual seats and other fixtures (replacement value if damaged).
Bank Accounts Treasurer’s Account £403.46, BMM £12464.55
Signatories: It was resolved that the new Members become signatories.
Income: Precept £8500 and £311.44 vat returned
The following were approved:
Clerk’s Part Salary £417, Clerk’s Expenses £56.70, Meeting Room Rental £25 (May), Allianz Cornhill Insurance £301.50, NALC £77.15, NALC Training £6
Next Meeting: 7.00 pm on July 4th 2007
Dates of Meetings: July 4th, September 5th, November 7th, January 9th March 5th
The meeting was closed at 10.05 pm.