Agenda and Minutes May 2020
BRIZLINCOTE PARISH COUNCIL
NOTICE OF MEETING
YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to attend a MEETING of the BRIZLINCOTE PARISH
COUNCIL, which will be held via zoom conferencing on Thursday 21st May 2020 at 19.00.
Clerk of the Council
5th May 2020
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING to be held at 6pm followed by the monthly meeting.
1. Election of Chairman
2. Election of Vice Chairman
3. Election of other posts – Working Parties.
4. Agree meeting dates for the next twelve months. (No meeting in December?)
MAY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
PUBLIC SESSION Members of the Public are welcome to attend Meetings of the Council.
Questions may be put to the Council during the Public Session which will follow on from the AGM for 15 minutes. Members of the public who wish to join this part of the meeting should email the clerk on firstname.lastname@example.org for joining instructions.
AGENDA ITEM 1 – Apologies
AGENDA ITEM 2 – Declarations of Interest – Members are invited to declare any interests they may have in any matter identified for discussion at the Meeting.
AGENDA ITEM 3 – Minutes of the previous Council Meeting (20th February 2020) – To approve, as a correct record, the Minutes of the February Parish Council Meeting, held on 20th February 2020.
AGENDA ITEM 4 – Chairman’s Address
AGENDA ITEM 5 – Report by County Councillor
AGENDA ITEM 6 – Report by the Borough Councillors
AGENDA ITEM 7 – Temporary clerk. – Arrangements to cover Barbara’s sick leave.
AGENDA ITEM 8 – Grant Aid for Edge Hill School
AGENDA ITEM 9 – Replacement of Bench outside of Stapenhill Post Office – The Parish Council approves the purchase of a replacement bench adjacent to Stapenhill post office for a sum of £850 plus fitting.
AGENDA ITEM 10 – Facebook Page – Update from Councillor Moss
AGENDA ITEM 11 – New Parish Website – Update from Councillor Moss
AGENDA ITEM 12 – Planning
AGENDA ITEM 13 – Finance
MONTHLY INCOME AND EXPENDITURE FOR MARCH 2020/APRIL 2020
Receipts Expenditure Details
Net VAT Gross
555.46 555.46 Clerk’s salary paid into bank
151.66 151.66 Clerk’s expenses
138.80 138.80 PAYE for Clerk Paid via direct debit
157.05 157.05 Stationery purchased on Council’s debit card*
143.88 143.88 Purchase of Zoom
71.50 71.50 Expenditure by Councillor Campion
Final Total 1218.35 1218.35
Breakdown of Clerk’s Expenses 40.00 Utilities
52.04 Ink cartridges
55.96 Microsoft 365
*In anticipation of receiving requests for copies of the Newsletter I purchased extra paper and ink
cartridges – so far I have not received any requests.
Breakdown of Councillor Campion’s Expenditure: Easter Egg Hunt 36.50
Flowers for Barbara 35.00
AGENDA ITEM 14 – Nature Walk – update from Councillor Ludford-Brooks
AGENDA ITEM 15 – Date of Next Meeting
AGENDA ITEM 16 – Clerk and Members Reports
To receive Clerk and Members’ reports – if any Member has any general questions about the Meeting or the associated agenda papers, or is unable to attend, he/she is asked to contact the Clerk of the Council by noon on the date of the meeting.
All Members of Brizlincote Parish Council, Borough and County Councillors as appropriate and
Chairman, Councillor Lynne Campion, Vice Chairman, Councillor Adrian Cowan, Councillors, Bob Bidgood, Karen Hyde, Brian Judd, Robin Ludford-Brooks, Barry Marsden, Peter Marston, Sarah Moss, Rita Page and Walid Qneibi.
County Councillor Conor Wileman (part), Borough Councillor Bernard Peters (part)
Councillor Cowan proposed that we should record a change in standing orders for the meeting to end by 8pm as we are starting at 6pm. Unanimous vote in favour.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Outgoing Chair Robin Ludford Brooks welcomed everybody to the first full meeting by Zoom.
- Election of Chair – Councillor Lynne Campion was proposed by Councillor Qneibi, seconded by Councillor Moss and agreed by all. No other nominations.
- Election of Vice Chair – Councillor Cowan was proposed by Councillor Marston, seconded by Councillor Hyde and agreed by all. No other nominations.
- Election of other posts – working parties – Proposed by Councillor Ludford-Brooks and seconded by Councillor Cowan that, due to the changed circumstances, the working parties be reviewed and councillors to advise the Chair of any changes prior to the next meeting when they would be agreed.
Councillor P. Marston stood down from all working parties apart from speed related
Councillor Campion stood down from the Facebook page.
Councillor Hyde said that to clarify, she had not stepped down from the Parish plan working party.
- Agree meeting dates for the next twelve months – Proposed by Councillor Cowan, seconded by Councillor Judd that meetings would be held on the third Thursday of every month unless cancelled if as there was nothing pressing on the agenda. Agreed by all.
Meeting closed before moving on to the May Parish meeting.
MAY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
No members of the public were in attendance.
No apologies were received.
2/20 Declarations of Interest
There were no declarations of interest.
3/20 Minutes of previous Council Meeting (20th February 2020)
Approval of the Minutes (20th February 2020) was proposed by Councillor Ludford-Brooks, seconded by Councillor Cowan, and approved by all except Councillor Hyde who abstained as she was not present at that meeting.
4/20 Chair’s Address
The Chair, Councillor Lynne Campion thanked everyone for her election and summarised the work done last year before saying that it would be good to encourage more community involvement from within the Parish. Councillor Campion expects a busy and challenging year as also experienced during the previous year.
5/20 Report by the County Councillor
Councillor Conor Wileman reported that the pedestrian crossing across Stapenhill Road at the Hollows was now fully operational.
He also explained the problems of getting the remedial work on the flood control systems in the Grafton Road area done during this period of pandemic.
Councillor Wileman also advised that letters had been sent to residents about overhanging branches/hedges. He thanked Councillor Marston for his assistance with this.
He also briefed the council on other matters in the parish and county and agreed to provide a written copy of his report which also covered Covid 19, support and volunteer groups etc.
Action: Councillor Conor Wileman.
6/20 Report by the Borough Councillors
As Councillor Colin Wileman was not present, Councillor Peters gave a report for both. Following on from a conference call between councillors and their MPs’, it was advised that a letter will be sent to ask for feedback and reports on issues and complaints not being acted on in timely manner.
He reported that councillors are working alongside charities like BACT making sure vulnerable access food and medication, and mental health support for those isolated. Councillor Peters commented that North Stapenhill allotments are looking wonderful. He agreed to submit a written summary.
Action: Councillor Peters.
7/20 Temporary Clerk
Councillor Ludford-Brooks reported that following discussions with the Chair of Stapenhill Parish Council, Bill Turton, and with the agreement of Stapenhill Council, it had been established that their clerk, David Briggs could be approached to cover for The Clerk.
This approach had been made and David Briggs was willing to cover up to four or five hours per week. This would be at a similar cost to our absent Clerk (Barbara Roe) who is unwell.
After some discussion it was unanimously agreed that David Briggs, the Clerk to the Stapenhill Parish Council, be invited to act in lieu of Barbara whilst she recovers from her illness.
Proposed: Councillor Ludford-Brooks, Seconded: Councillor Judd. Approved by all.
To keep David’s workload as low as possible, routine duties (such as minutes, agendas, reports and payments) will be distributed amongst the parish councillors so that a clear remit can be agreed with David.
It is anticipated that the remit for the temporary clerk will include sifting official e-mails ( such as NALC) in order to advise any actions required, preparation of accounts for audits and accountants- this will be discussed between David Briggs and Councillor Ludford -Brooks.
Action: Councillor Ludford- Brooks and Councillor Campion
8/20 Grant Aid Application from Edge Hill School
Proposed by Councillor Cowan, seconded by Councillor Judd, it was unanimously agreed to make a grant of £440 for the provision of two hen houses.
Action: Councillor Ludford- Brooks and Councillor Cowan
9/20 Replacement of the Bench Outside of the Post Office
It was agreed unanimously to defer replacement whilst further investigations be made as to refurbishment and repair of the existing bench.
Proposed Councillor Cowan and seconded by Councillor Marston.
Action: Councillor Campion and Councillor Cowan
10/20 Facebook Page
Councillor Moss updated the Council on the Facebook page development and councillors were asked to share the page to increase awareness.
Action: All councillors.
11/20 New Parish Website
Councillor Moss updated the Council on the new website development and appealed for more photos of the parish for inclusion. Stafford will complete and a draft will be forwarded to councillors for comment in June.
Councillor Page advised that all the latest Planning Applications/Approvals had been circulated prior to the meeting and no comments were received.
The application to develop the farm site on Stanton road to residential use whilst welcomed, councillors stressed the need for them to be involved in the naming of the roadways in the development and disbursement of any S106 funding.
Councillor Cowan suggested that a member of the Planning department be invited to give a presentation on S106 grants and street naming. All councillors agreed with this action.
Action: Councillor Campion
Proposed by Councillor Judd, seconded by Councillor Page that the expenditure and income for March and April be accepted; this was agreed by all.
Proposed by Councillor Marsden, seconded by Councillor Marston that the expenditure of £71.50 on the Easter Egg Hunt and flowers for the clerk incurred by Councillor Campion be refunded, was agreed by all.
Action: Councillor Ludford-Brooks and Councillor Cowan
14/20 Nature Walk
Councillor Ludford-Brooks reported that the Grafton Road section of the walk was now open but the work to mitigate the flooding in the area was held up due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Also, the bridge at the other end of the section was in urgent need of repair or replacement. Warning notices as to its condition needed to be placed.
15/20 Clerks and Members Report
Brizlincote in Bloom Competition can go ahead as social distancing can be observed. Entries for last years’ event were very few and the event needed to be promoted. Also, the Art Competition would be over the school Summer Holidays this year assuming that schools support this.
Councillor Cowan reminded Councillors that we didn’t have the usual Annual Parish meeting and requested that the outgoing chair prepare a summary of the year, the last set of accounts and publish on the Facebook page and website with apologies that due to Covid-19 this had not occurred. We should then invite feedback from parishioners. Councillor Hyde seconded Councillor Cowan’s proposal.
Action: Councillor Ludford-Brookes.
16/20 Date of Next Meeting
The next Parish Council meeting would be on Thursday 18th June 2020. The meeting closed at 19.50.
All members of Brizlincote Parish Council, Borough and County Councillors as appropriate and the Burton Mail.
Action: Temporary clerk