The Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council was held in the village hall on Monday May 14th immediately following the Annual Parish Meeting.
The meeting proceeded with a Democratic half hour. There were no items raised as they had previously been covered in the Parish Meeting.
There were no apologies for absence.
Mr.D Wareham Vice Chairman took the Chair for the election of Chairman.
It was proposed by Mr. D Wareham seconded by Mrs L. Percy that Mr C Legg be elected Chairman, carried unanimously. It was proposed by Mr. C Legg, seconded by Mrs P Davies that Mr. Wareham be elected vice chairman, carried unanimously. The chairman proposed that the following be elected en block as last year, seconded by Mr D Wareham, carried unanimously.They were;
Rights of Way officers..Mrs L. Percy and Mrs D Tucker
Grass Cutting Co-ordinator.. Mr. C Fowler.
Tree Warden.. Mr D Barton
Neighbourhood/Farm Watch.. Mrs. P Davies and Mr D Wareham
Flood Wardens..Mr D Wareham, Mr C Legg, Mr a Newman and ancillary Mrs. P Davies.
Village Hall representative ..Mrs. D Tucker
Play Area Representative .. Mr D Barton
D.A.PT.Co. representative… Mrs .P Davies.
Mr D Barton stated that he had recently sold his house, but would carry on for the time being as a Parish Councillor. The Chairman thanked Mr. Barton for his commitment to the village and the Parish Council , particularly regarding the work to the play area .Mr. Fowler volunteered to do the regular inspections of the play area when Mr Barton had left the village.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and signed by the Chairman.
From the minutes;
The clerk would give the invoice to Mr Barton re the Zip Wire in the play area which had been chewed..It was noted that the filling from the pot holes which had been filled in near Magiston had come out .The clerk would write, also regarding those further down the valley. The clerk would also write and thank Mr D Buckland for his interest in preserving the telephone box.The Parish Council were very concerned regarding the poor mobile reception in the village and felt that the telephone box was important for 999 calls, but would suggest to BT. that they would be prepared to paint the box if needed. Several people had attended the litter pick and litter was collected. The minutes were signed by the Chairman.
The clerk had received a telephone call from the Chairman of Frampton Parish Council regarding a planning application for extensions to no.3 and 4 Magiston Cottages. A letter had been received from Mr. Herd owner of the watercress beds who was concerned with effluent pollution from the properties if they were enlarged. The clerk would write expressing the Parish Councils concerns about the drainage , and that they were in agreement with the owners of the watercress beds who are dependant on pure water. There were no objections to the plans.
It was noted that a planning application for photovoltaic panels in field ..Upper Sydling House was refused.
The parish Council had received an application for a public path diversion order No.13/33 ..pre application consultation from James Fitzharris . MrC. Fowler was concerned that if this was granted it would not be maintained and would grow over .The parish Council’s reply would be that there were no objections, with one exception . As a Parish Council they would be keeping a keen eye on this as in the past, paths have not been maintained.
The Accounts for the year 2011/2012 were presented and each parish Councillor given a copy.Cheques signed at the meeting were ; D.A.P.T.Co. affiliation fees.£121.20. D A.P.T.Co. clerk’s training £20.00. Sydling village hall £18.00… £825.60.A.O.N Insce..[.public liability etc].proposed by Mr. D Barton, seconded by Mr.C. Legg. Carried unanimously.
Jubilee …Hopefully any surplus money would be used for a form of permanent memorial to commemorate the occasion.The committee were purchasing a marquee which would be donated to the village after the event and hired out.
The Chairman declared an interest in the following item. There had been an accident in the village and the Parish Council asked the position regarding Sydling’s previous application for a speed limit through the village.The clerk explained that she had contacted the Co. Council and due to present finances there would only be one new speed limit introduced in Dorset per annum. The parish Counci lwould write and request a speed limit through the village.
Any Other Business;
There had been several incidents on the green regarding balls being kicked and damaging cars and
properties. It . was decided that there should be no football boots allowed on the green. A notice to
this effect would be placed in the chalk stream. The clerk would again write to Co Council regarding the eroding river bank and ask for a site visit .Grass cuttings were still being tipped out at Chalky Knapp which was of concern.
The next meeting of the Parish Council would be held on June 6th. This would primarily be for Audit purposes. There would be another meeting on July 9th. both starting at 7pm.