Prior to commencement of the Business of the Meeting the Chairman invited PC Chris
Lord to address the Council, who gave an update on recent crime activity in the area.
The Chairman then invited Electors present to address the Council and the following
points were raised:-
Chairman of the History Society asked for a grant from the Parish Council towards
digitalisation of microfilm of the John Amphlett’s diaries from Worcester College
Oxford. The Parish Council applauded him for his attitude towards Clent and this item
is to be dealt with under Finance in the main part of the Meeting.
An Elector asked “What is the latest thing with the Cricket Pitch; it is my understanding due to the grant it has to have a pavilion? We do not have to have a pavilion as we never applied for a grant. If a grant is something somebody proposes later on we
would look at it.
Another Elector asked a question on Affordable Housing “Has the Valuer yet been chosen and appointed? On the advice of our Solicitors we have appointed Scriven
and Company from Quinton but the Valuation has not yet taken place as they are
awaiting guidance from the Royal Institution of Surveyors on Social Housing.
thMinutes of Clent Parish Council held on Monday 20 July 2009 at the Parish Hall, Clent
2009/375 APOLOGIES/ATTENDANCE REGISTER
Present – Chairman, Cllr Malek, Cllr Muggeridge, Cllr Mrs Hobbis, Cllr
Skelding, Cllr Faraday, Cllr E Moore and Cllr Waldron.
Also Present – Ruth Mullett, Clerk and Peter Harris, Asst. Clerk.
The Councillors present signed the Attendance Register. An Apology
was received from Cllr Mrs Sherrey and this was accepted.
2009/376 DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS
Councillor Moore, Agenda Item 9.2 – personal interest.
2009/377 MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS
It was unanimously RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Meeting held on th Monday, 15June be signed as a correct record. The Chairman duly
signed and initialled each page.
2009/378 ITEMS FOR PARISH MAGAZINE AND HAGLEY VILLAGE NEWS
Members suggested various items to be included from the approved thMinutes held on Monday 15 June 2009.
1. Cash Flow and Bank Reconciliation - reports circulated. Bank
Statements scrutinised by the Chairman.
2. Accounts for Payment.
Cheque Payee Detail Sum
189 Ruth Mullett Salary and expenses/refund 951.39
190 Mr G Hill Lengthsman 394.17
191 Peter Harris Salary and Expenses 304.80
192 NALC LCR Subscription 108.00
193 Ellteve Lighting Maintenance 65.45
194 SLCC Books 55.60
195 Countrywide Grounds Maintenance June 799.62
196 Viking Direct Printer Ink/Stationery 105.98
197 CH Systems Computer Set-up 103.50
198 Vision ICT Hosting Website 112.70
199 G Collingwood Maintenance 140.00
200 E Sheppard Travel Expenses 54.69
201 NPower Street Lighting 1628.18
202 Clent History Donation 796.00
203 Pearson Rowe Centenary Field 747.50
It was RESOLVED that Cllr Moore and Cllr Malek sign the cheques.
3. It was RESOLVED that the Council, in accordance with its powers
under Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972, should incur
the following expenditure, which, in the opinion of the Council, is in
the interests of the area or is inhabitants and will benefit them in a
manner commensurate with the expenditure - ?796.00 to Clent
History Society for digitalisation of Microfilm of John Amphlett’s
diaries from Worcester College Oxford.
4. It was unanimously RESOLVED to agree the reinvestment of Bank of
2009/380 PLANNING MATTERS
District Council Decisions
09/0323 – 4 Summerfield Avenue, single storey extension Granted
09/0318 – 37 Western Avenue, approval of reserved matters Granted
Parish Council Comments
09/0468 104 Kidderminster Road South, No Objections
2 storey side extension
09/0325 22 Summerfield Road, No Objections
Alteration to flat roof
APP/P1805/A/09/2104240/WF – 26 Newfield Road, Hagley – detached
APP/P1805/A/09/2106740WF – Clent Hill Lodge – Tow storey extension
2009/381 PUBLIC AREAS
Cllr Waldron had acquired 100 packets of wildflower seeds from
Jordan’s Cereals on the understanding that once planted, we send in
photographs of them. It was agreed that Cllr. Malek and Cllr. Waldron
would drive around the Parish to ascertain the best locations for planting
the seeds and the Chairman thanked Cllr. Waldron for obtaining them.
2009/382 PLAYING FIELD/RECREATION AREA It was unanimously RESOLVED to agree the quotation from PD Hughes for top-up of play bark on the recreation area of ?1,485.00. Clerk to
instruct PD Hughes.
2009/383 CENTENARY FIELD
1. The Chairman gave an update on the project to date.
2. We have received confirmation from our Solicitors that Mitchells and
Butlers have looked through our agreement and have agreed to
waive the clause in the lease at a cost of ?650 plus VAT. It was
unanimously RESOLVED to pay this amount and the Cricket Club
have agreed to reimburse the Parish Council by form of a donation.
3. It was unanimously RESOLVED that the Parish Council would pay
for the civil works, hardware and connection charges relating to the
water supply to the site and the Cricket Club have agreed to
reimburse the Parish Council by form of a donation.
4. It was unanimously RESOLVED to agree the grass cutting quote
from Countrywide items 1 and 5 to be a regular cut, and items 2 and
3 as and when requested. Clerk to inform Countrywide.
5. It was agreed that David Lally would get a working party to remove
the orange perimeter fence around the Cricket Pitch. It was agreed
that the fence between the pool area and that cricket pitch was to be
removed. Clerk to obtain a quote on put on next month’s Agenda.
The Cricket Pitch have asked if a sign could be erected advertising
the new home of Clent Cricket Pitch. This was agreed in principle
but would agree a location and terminology later.
Worcestershire County Council have now confirmed responsibility for the
footpath to the rear of the pool.
Proposal for Flashing Speed Sign – ongoing. Cllr. Mrs Hobbis had asked the School Governors whether they would be
prepared to turn the flashing school signs on and off if they were
installed but they had confirmed that it would not be possible for them to
Clerk was instructed to ask the Lengthsman to cut the hedge in Holy
Cross, opposite the Hairdressers.
The drains in Adams Hill, Violet Lane and Woodman Lane were getting
blocked, Cllr Moore to contact Highways.
2009/386 STREET LIGHTING /SIGNS
It was agreed that the Parish Council would obtain the Police Report
from Redditch Police Station at a cost of ?75.00.
2009/387 PARISH MAINTENANCE/LENGTHMAN
Nothing to report.
2009/388 AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Parish Council are still awaiting valuation report from Scriven and
Company which is to be delayed, awaiting guidance from the Royal
Institution of Chartered Surveyors on Social Housing.
2009/389 OUTSIDE MEETINGS
Nothing to report.
2009/390 INTERNAL AUDITOR
It was unanimously RESOLVED to appoint John Benner Accounting
Services as our Internal Auditor for 2009/10. Clerk to instruct.
2009/391 TO RECEIVE CLERK’S PROGRESS REPORT
1. Clerk had received a telephone call from a parishioner in
Belbroughton Road, Holy Cross thanking the Parish Council for
cutting the right of way adjacent to his property.
2. Clerk had received a letter from Clent Primary School confirming they
would discuss with Governors and staff the using of the Trim Trail
and would reply in the Autumn term.
2009/392 CHEQUE SIGNING
Cheques signed as approved under Minute No. 2009/379.
West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy – Final Project Plan
Charity Commission News
Bromsgrove District Council Review of Gambling Act 2005
2009/394 DATE FOR NEXT MEETING OF THE COUNCIL thTo be held on Monday, 17 August 2009 at 7.30p.m.
Chairman of the Council