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Minutes of the Stone Parish Council Meeting held in Stone Parish Rooms on Tuesday 8th January 2019 commencing at 7.00pm.

Present: Councillors Mr J Jordan (Chairman), Mr G Higgs, Mrs P Hill, Mrs Diane Bird, Mrs P Hart & Mrs Hilary Baxter.

In attendance: Mr S Clee Clerk, District Cllr Ian Hardiman, Bill Waldron Lengthsman & PCSO Becky Rushton.

Apologies: Councillor Richard Wignall & County Cllr Hart.

162 Confirmation of the Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting held on 13th November 2018 as previously circulated were approved and signed by the Chairman.

163 Declaration of Interest for a) The Meeting and b) Any Changes to be notified to the Registers of Interests and Gifts & Hospitality;

a) None declared. b) There were none.

164 Public Speakers:

CPSO Becky Rushton informed Council there had been only 1 minor incident within the Parish since our last meeting. At this point the Chairman thanked Bill Waldron our Lengthsman for his efforts during 2018. His work around the Parish was noted by many residents with thanks and appreciation.

165 Planning Matters: The Council noted the current list of Planning Applications approved and pending by WFDC. Following the public session and discussions around “the apartment” at Bissell Park Farm Cottage

166 Councillors Reports

A written report had been received from County Cllr Hart. District Councillor Hardiman referred to the forthcoming Budget and the Districts proposals to increase the Precept for a Band D property by £5.00pa or 2.39%. He confirmed an additional Enforcement Officer would be employed as all parishes were complaining about the lack of enforcement activity on behalf of the District Council.

167 Correspondence & Progress Reports

There was none.

168 Highway Issues

The Council expressed its concern that after having various meeting with District & County Councillors together with a meeting in November 2018 with Mr Paul Green no progress was being made on the various Highway Matters captured in the Clerks Email to Mr Green dated 21st November 2018. The Clerk would speak to Mr Green and reaffirm the Parish Councils displeasure.

169 Finances

a) It was noted the Bank Balance currently stands at £11,379.14 which includes earmarked reserves and grants for specific works.

b) Accounts amounting to £1,362.49 made retrospectively were approved.

c) The Council noted the Income & Expenditure Spreadsheets circulated with the agenda for the new Municipal Year 2018-2019.

d) The Council approved the revised Asset Register.

e) The Council considered the Precept for 2019-2020. The Clerk introduced the draft budget proposal and it was resolved to set the Precept for 2019-2020 Municipal Year at £12,000.

170 Date of the next Meeting

There being no other business the meeting ended at 20.30pm. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 12th March 2019 commencing at 7.30pm.

12th March 2019

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