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SYDLING ST NICHOLAS PARISH COUNCIL
Members Present: Mr C Legg (Chairman), Mrs P Davies (Vice Chairman), Mr C Fowler, Mrs D Tucker
County councillor, Mrs J Haynes, district councillor, Mrs M Penfold and Mrs H Baird were also present.
Mrs Haynes gave a summary of some of the major developments for the County Council. Due to a budget reduction and increasing costs for children in care, the council was undertaking a review of the Youth Service, including youth clubs. These were currently underused and it was felt that it would be more effective to place youth workers within schools, as well as taking other initiatives that would be a more productive use of money.
Mrs Haynes also referred to the shortage of care workers for older people, which meant that there were severe delays in discharging people from hospital, who required assistance at home. The council was looking at ways in which more people could be attracted into care work, including providing a career path for school leavers.
Finally, Mrs Haynes explained that work was ongoing with other local authorities within the county of Dorset to see if services could be provided more efficiently and effectively through more joint working arrangements.
Mrs Penfold advised the meeting that the district council had received a grant of £1.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the costs of the Shire Hall refurbishments. Once the work is completed the visitor attraction will be operated by a trust.
Mrs Baird attended the meeting to give an update on the defibrillator. She said that it had now arrived and would shortly be installed outside the village hall, just to the right of the bench. A training session had been arranged for 2.00pm on Saturday, 12 December, which anyone was welcome to attend. The parish councillors voiced their appreciation for all the hard work undertaken by the Bairds. Including a donation from Sharp, the fund now stood at nearly £4,000, which would more than cover the cost of the equipment and associated training and would provide for a replacement in four years time.
Apologies for absence
Apologies were received from Mrs Letten.
Declarations of interest
There were no declarations of interest.
Minutes of last meeting
The minutes of the meeting held on 21/9/15 were agreed subject to the inclusion of an item under Any Other Business regarding the necessity of clearing the river in East Street.
Matters arising from the minutes
(item 4) Discussions were ongoing with regard to cutting the hedge adjacent to the play area.
(item 4) Village website: the clerk was asked to arrange a meeting with interested parties to move this matter forward.
(item 6) Telephone box: the clerk had contacted BT who agreed to paint the telephone box next year.
5.1 Bank balances
Treasurers Account (including £3790 for defibrillator account): £13763
Play Area account: £689
5.2 Invoices and receipts
Cheques for the following were signed at the meeting:
5.3 Budget 2016/17
A spreadsheet showing income and expenditure for 2015/16 and projected spend for 2016/17 had previously been circulated. Following some discussion, it was agreed to keep the precept at the same level as this year, for 2016/17.
Whilst discussing any required repairs or projects for next year, it was agreed some money should be set aside for the provision of some picnic benches and suitable hardstanding within the Spinney.
6.1 WD/CA/15/00361, 1 Burnt Barn: fell 1 field maple. The council was advised that this application had been withdrawn.
6.2 WD/D/15/002517, 24, Three Acres: replace conservatory with extension. No objection.
7.1 The grit bin going up the hill towards the A37 had recently been damaged by the council, whilst trimming the verges. The clerk was asked to contact the council to seek compensation for a replacement bin.
7.2 There had been a number of complaints about excessive mud being deposited on the Dorchester Road by farm vehicles. The chairman would speak to those responsible.
7.3 Large sign at Marrs Cross inscribed ‘Sydling”. It was not known the purpose of this new sign and who had erected it. The chairman agreed to make enquiries.
7.4 It was noted the pothole in the High Street outside Palmers Cottage had still not been filled. The clerk was asked to follow this up with the council.
Date of next meeting
The next meeting of the parish council will be held on Monday 1 February 2016, at 7.00pm, in the village hall.
The final meeting of the calendar year on 8 December took in a festive spirit when, in addition to mulled wine and mince pies (courtesy of, respectively, Nick Hopkin and Suzanne Legg) and a seasonal raffle, Lele Wade, one of our long serving members, had kindly agreed to show members how to make floral Christmas decorations using readily available foliage, flowers and fruit. On arrival we were greeted by a display of several . . . → READ MORE: SYDLING & DISTRICT GARDEN SOCIETY – 8th December