Minutes 14th March 2023
STOGURSEY PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY 14th MARCH 2023.
Held at in the Quantock Room, Victory Hall, Stogursey.
Cllr Chris Morgan (Chair), Cllr Chris Ford, Cllr Susan Jones, Cllr Jenny Ody, Cllr Helga Staddon and Cllr Allan Searle B.E.M.
In attendance: 2 members of the public.
Reverend Alison Waters, Area Dean, outlined the proposed new set up for the area. Due to financial reasons the Quantock area would need to lose 1½ salaried staff but his can be done through parish reorganisation and natural wastage. A consultation period of 6 weeks will be undertaken and details of the proposed new grouping will be nailed to church doors. The parish council suggested that the information should more widely distributed, maybe leaflets through every door. Councillors were reassured that no changes to the pastoral care they currently have would change. Emphasis was placed on the fact that the Glebe Field development was completely separate from the current proposals and that no decision on the current rectory in Stogursey had been made.
Paul Stevens from SCC Civil Contingencies gave a presentation on the decommissioning of Hinkley B and assessing the risk to the local population. Drop-in sessions were being planned so that the local population would have the opportunity to raise any concerns and a local plan would be in place in the event of a nuclear emergency. These presentations will not be to consult but to inform.
Going forward the immediate area 800 metres around the site would be evacuated in the case of a nuclear emergency but not further. The intention is to continue to engage with the local population and the existing 3.5k area would still be able to receive telephone calls and updates. Potassium tablets would no longer be required.
A parish councillor asked if the Operation Harold route signs could be cleared and when, in the event of major road accidents, the alternative routes could be operational. The decommissioning is anticipated to last 3 years.
No issues were raised
22/149 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE:
Cllr Sue Goss, Cllr Scott Nurton, and Cllr Gregor Millar.
22/150 MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING held on 10th January 2023:
The draft minutes of the last parish council meeting had been circulated. They were proposed by Cllr Ford seconded by Cllr Ody and were unanimously AGREED for signature by the Vice Chairman as a true and accurate record of the previous meeting.
22/151 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST AND DISPENSATIONS:
Declarations of Interest and / or dispensations in addition to those already declared and available for public inspection on the Somerset West and Taunton Council website, were made by Cllrs Morgan, Ford and Searle in respect of the Victory Hall.
- CO-OPTION OF PARISH COUNCILLOR
No nominations for consideration.
- UPDATE FROM SOMERSET COUNCILLORS
CCllr Woods and CCllr Davies written updates had been previously circulated to the members were noted. CCllr Woods noted she welcomed the suggestion for County Councillor attendance to be alternate months, shared with her co county councillor, CCllr Hugh Davies.
- UPDATE FROM DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
There Cllr Morgan noted that following the new Unitary Council coming into place in April, this was the last update from a district councillor we would receive. He himself had served 16 years on various committees and wished to pay tribute to Paul, his vice chair Sue Goss and the late Cllr Anthony Trollope-Bellew.
- REVIEW OF LONG-TERM ACTION LIST
Still no further update on Paddons Farms S106 transfer issues, and this is becoming a concerning priority with the change to the Unitary Council.
- HINKLEY POINT POWER STATION
In the absence of the Vice Chairman there was no update.
- The list of invoices for payment and monies received, (Appendix 1) and the Financial Statement (Appendix 2) had been forwarded to members before the meeting and are attached to these minutes.
- The Financial Statement was noted. It was resolved unanimously that the Invoices for payment were to be settled. All payments will all be made online, by cheque, direct debit or by debit card. ACTION: Clerk
- To consider the lengthsman contract for 2023-2024. It was resolved that the increase was reasonable for the current market and using Greenslades would allow continuity. Proposed by Cllr Searle, seconded by Cllr Ford and unanimously agreed. ACTION: Clerk
- To consider the issuing of a commemorative mug or coin to parish primary school children to mark the Coronation of King Charles III. It was agreed by all to follow tradition and give each primary school aged child in the parish a commemorative mug. ACTION: Clerk
- To consider an application to draw down funds from the Rural Car Park Fund. This would be used to create a surface for an extra 10 car parking spaces with sufficient lighting. Proposed by Cllr Jones, seconded by Cllr Staddon and unanimously agreed. ACTION: Clerk
- MEETING REPORTS
a) Unitary Council for Somerset Update: No new information.
- Housing Needs Survey Focus group: There had been no meeting since the last Council meeting.
- NOTIFICATION OF FORTHCOMING MEETINGS
Transport Forum 16.03.23
Community Forum 18.05.23
Main Site Forum 22.06.23
Site Stakeholders Group 30.06.23
- a) Defibrillator Training will be held on 18th April with sessions at St Peters Church, Stolford and Victory Hall, Stogursey.
- Cllr Staddon reported that Cllr Staddon reported that she has a number of plants ready and is sourcing some geranium plants. A date was imminent for the delivery of the new planters to Stolford. An email to offer the new raised beds to existing allotment holds was needed before being opened to the general parish. ACTION CLERK
- Parish Welcome Pack; sub group will be set up to look at a new format. Cllr Searle and Cllr Jones volunteered.
- HIGHWAYS ISSUES
Members highlighted Issues at Wick Culver Street and of fly parking in Stolford have been reported to Highways. Cllr Jones reported concerns from Stolford resident about speeding and an accident at Stolford corner.
- PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY
Cllr Jones reported no issues of concern had been raised.
- PLANNING APPLICATIONS AND DECISIONS:
Cllr Ody reported on current matters:
- i) Ongoing matters
Appendix B to the agenda was noted
- ii) New Applications;
No new applications had been notified.
- DATE AND TIME OF THE NEXT MEETING:
Tuesday 11th April 2023 at 7.00pm meeting at the Victory Hall, Stogursey, commencing with the Annual Assembly, followed by the Parish Council meeting.
The meeting closed at 20:33.
Signed: …..………………………………………….….. (Chairman) Date: ……………………………………
APPENDIX 1 SPC Minutes 14th MARCH 2023
Schedule of Receipts and Invoices for Payment 14th March 2023
Payments made since the last meeting on 14.2.23
|R Wand||650.51||BP||Clerk Salary Jan 23 (includes allowances, less PAYE & Pension contributions)|
|HMRC||181.40||BP||Employee tax & NIC (PAYE) & Employers NIC Jan 23|
|NEST||93.10||DD||Employee & Employer Pension Contribution Jan 23|
|Microsoft||11.28||DC||Business 365 monthly fee|
|IONOS||5.99||DC||Website hosting February 2023 (due 25.2.23)|
Payments due 14.3.2023
|R Wand||650.51||BP||Clerk Salary Feb 23 (includes allowances, less PAYE & Pension contributions)|
|HMRC||181.40||BP||Employee tax & NIC (PAYE) & Employers NIC Feb 23|
|NEST||93.10||DD||Employee & Employer Pension Contribution Feb 23|
|Victory Hall||550.00||BP||Hall Hire 1st April 2022 to 31st March 2023|
|GWB Services||85.20||BP||BRPA maintenance|
|Amberol Ltd||1795.52||BP||Planters for Parish (Ex Grant)|
|Microsoft||11.28||DC||Business 365 monthly fee|
|IONOS||5.99||DC||Website hosting March 2023 (due 28.3.23)|
Receipts since last meeting
Bank Interest – February 2023 £ 63.82p
APPENDIX 2 SPC Minutes 14th MARCH 2023
|STOGURSEY PARISH COUNCIL|
|FINANCIAL STATEMENT – AS AT 28th February 2023|
|Balances as per bank accounts 31.1.23|
|Reserves & Grants Account||£114,672.78||£127,835.87|
|Plus Receipts – February 2023|
|Reserves & Grants Account||£57.83||£4,663.82|
|Less Payments – February 2023|
|Reserves & Grants Account||£4,600.00||-£5,472.47|
|Balances as per bank accounts 28.2.23|
|Reserves & Grants Account||£110,130.61|
|Less unpresented cheques||£0.00|
|Plus uncleared credits||£0.00|
|Available Funds at 28.2.2023||£122,363.40|
|Balance as per cash book|
|Reserves & Grants Account||£110,130.61|
|Summary of Reserve Bank Account @ 28.2.2023|
|1621.89||Ext Grant – Stogursey Oral History Project||]|
|3859.27||Ext Grant – Castle St Flood Scheme||]|
|226.84||Ext Grant – Castle St Flood Scheme Contingency||]|
|52417.00||Ext Grant – (from HPC) – Lenghtsman Scheme||] Not PC Funds|
|1305.37||Fingerposts project grants||]|
|2979.48||Ext Grant – Growing for Health and Wellbeing||]|
|0.00||Ext Grant – Re-Opening Safely & Reconnecting Communities]|
|90.00||Allotment Refundable Deposits||]|
|62499.85||Total External Grants||]|
|275.75||Interest to 28.2.23||Reserves a/c only|
|4500.00||Multi Sports Area|
|2000.00||SWTC Election Costs 2022/2027|
|4000.00||BRPA essential maintenance|
|2000.00||Refurbish the Pound|
|5000.00||Grounds and maintenance|
|3600.00||Defibrillator (annual build-up of funds)|
|1175.00||Reopening Grant – Bench on The Gravel|
|47630.76||Total PC funds|
|110130.61||TOTAL IN RESERVES’ ACCOUNT|