Minutes of the Meeting of Stainforth Parish Council held in the Village Hall, Stainforth on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 at 7.30pm. The public and press were invited and Parishioner Participation was at 7.30pm.
Present: Cllrs Bob Fairweather, (Deputy Chairman), Asher and Warren. Also the Clerk and Pc Harry Carpenter.
In the absence of Cllr Chris Maudsley, Chairman, Cllr Fairweather acted as Chairman of this meeting and his Declaration of Office was received.
1 Apologies – Cllrs Maudsley & Sharp.
2 Police Report
Pc Carpenter had little to report from the last month other than that in conjunction with the Yorkshire Dales National Park, a successful day had been held for off-roaders.
3 Code of Conduct - Localism Act 2011 - to record any Councillor’s Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (DPI) in relation to items on this agenda
a) Councillors are to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests (DPI) that they may have in items appearing on this Agenda (S 30 (3)), Appendices A & B - none
b) To receive, consider, decide and record Members’ requests for DPI dispensations (S 31) in connection with items on this Agenda - none
c) Register of Interests – to receive from Members any DPI/Register of Members’ Interests or updated Register of Members’ Interests (S29 (1) for transmission to the Monitoring Officer, Craven DC - none
4 To approve the Minutes of the Meeting held on Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Resolved: That the Minutes be approved and signed by the Chairman of the meeting as a true and correct record.
5 Matters A rising
i) Dog Hill Brow – highway matters reported for action.
ii) Stepping Stones – repairs still outstanding. The Clerk reported that he had recently seen a YDNPA local ranger and had mentioned it, the Council being concerned in case of accident – Clerk to chase.
a) To consider applications received - none
b) To note any decisions received - none
c) To receive any planning correspondence and to decide on action as appropriate
i) YDNPA – Letter ref EC/64/13D re planning permission C/64/3F. This referred to a local property which had been subdivided. It was considered that subsequent occupancy was not in accordance with planning approval and hence had been reported to the relevant planning authority which was looking into the case.
ii) YDNPA – Planning Forums – reminder of those to be held on 19 & 26 November 2012 – received.
a) To authorise payment of accounts as per schedule. The Clerk reported that as he had experienced a computer breakdown, he had not been able to produce the usual finance schedule. A bill in the sum of £356.04 had been received from Mr Noel Barker, the Council’s electrical contractor, in respect of work on the village’s street lights. The Clerk confirmed that there were sufficient available funds for it to be paid.
Resolved: That the account be paid.
b) Street lights – conversion to control by time clocks - to consider quotation received – not available – Clerk to expedite.
c) HMRC - PAYE Real Time Information – change in reporting from April 2013 – received and to be passed to Council’s payroll agent.
8 Electricity North West – to respond to consultation on investment in the local electricity network over the next 10 years.
Resolved: That this be completed by the Council.
9 Street Lights
a) To receive reports of defects for action and any other relevant information – none
10 Localism Act 2011 - Code of Conduct
i) To consider report of the Strategic Manager for Legal & Democratic Services, Craven DC as circulated prior to the meeting – received.
ii) Code of Conduct - to discuss adoption of the revised Code of Conduct as forwarded by the Strategic Manager, CDC and amended for the purposes of the Parish Council
Resolved: That this be approved and adopted.
iii) Standing Orders – pages 12 & 13, Sections 61 - 66 - Interests – to consider amendment as follows:-
1 Where a matter arises at a meeting which relates to an interest in Appendix A (and in the absence of the grant of a dispensation to participate and vote), the member shall:
a) declare what his/her interest is (if not already entered into his/her Register);
b) not participate in a discussion or vote on the matter;
c) leave the room entirely while the matter is discussed and voted upon.
2 Subject to paragraph 1 above, where a matter arises at a meeting which relates to an interest in Appendix A which is a sensitive interest, the member shall disclose that he/she has an interest but not the nature of it.
3 Where a matter arises at a meeting which relates to an interest in Appendix B, (and in the absence of the grant of a dispensation to participate and vote), the member shall:
a) declare what his/her interest is (if not already entered into his/her Register or if he/she speaks on the matter);
b) may speak on the matter only if members of the public are also allowed to speak at the meeting;
c) shall not vote on the matter.
4 Subject to paragraph 3 above, where a matter arises at a meeting which relates to an interest in Appendix B which is a sensitive interest, the member shall disclose he/she has an interest but not the nature of it.
5 Where a matter arises at a meeting which relates to a financial interest of a friend, relative or close associate (other than an interest in Appendix A), the member:
a) shall disclose the nature of the interest
b) may speak on the matter only if members of the public are also allowed to speak at the meeting
c) shall not vote on the matter.
If it is a ‘sensitive interest’ the member shall declare the interest but not the nature of the interest.
Resolved: That the amendment be approved and Standing Orders amended accordingly.
a) To receive any reports for action
i) Sign on main road, B6479, opposite junction to village – broken. Cllr Fairweather said that the nearby wall was also damaged and as he was arranging for the wall to be repaired, he would request re-instatement of the sign.
12 Repairs and Maintenance
a) To receive any reports for action - none
13 To respond to correspondence received
i) YDNPA – National Park Management Plan & Local Plan – revisions underway. Advice circulated and Council invited to respond.
ii) Settle Area Swimming Pool – request for support
Resolved: That the correspondence be received.
14 To receive items of information - none
15 To arrange the next meeting of the Parish Council and those to be held during 2013
Resolved: That the next meeting of the Parish Council be held in Stainforth Village Hall on Tuesday, 11 December 2012 at 7.30pm and that those to be held during 2013 be agreed at the Council’s meeting in January, 2013.
There being no further business, the meeting was closed at 8.45pm.