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Present: Councillors Mr John Jordan (Chairman), Mrs Pauline Hill, Mr Graham Higgs, Mrs Diane Bird, Mrs Hilary Baxter, Mrs Jane Lacey & Mrs Fiona Lawson-Hughes.

In attendance: Mr S Clee (Clerk)

Apologies: Councillors Mr Derek Killingworth, Mr Richard Wignall, County Cllr Hart, District Councillor Ian Hardiman.

244 Confirmation of the Minutes:

The minutes of the last meeting held on 10th March 2020 as previously circulated were approved and signed by the Chairman.

245 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.

246 Chairman’s Opening Remarks & Co-option of Councillors:

The Chairman welcomes all members to this first ever virtual meeting of Stone Parish Council. An extended welcome was given to Mrs Fiona Lawson-Hughes and Mrs Jane Lacey who had both previously agreed to accept an invitation to join the Parish Council.

The Chairman proposed and Councillor Mrs Hilary Baxter seconded the recommendation that both Mrs Fiona Lawson-Hughes and Mrs Jane Lacey be co-opted to the vacant seats. It was Unanimously agreed that they be co-opted both Councillors duly signed their Declaration of Acceptance of Office forms and would return them to the clerk.

247 Emergency Delegation of Authority: 

Council RESOLVED to approve the following resolution “extending the delegation of Council decisions to the Clerk, in conjunction with the Chairman or Vice Chairman during any period of restricted activity declared by the Government in respect of the Covid-19 virus” It was noted this delegation would be rescinded once operational matters resumed to normal after this covid-19 pandemic.

248 Planning Matters: 

The Council noted the current list of Planning Applications approved and pending by WFDC.

249 Correspondence & Progress Reports:

Council noted the written report from both County & District representatives. 

250 Finances:

It was noted the Bank Balance currently stands at £17, 946.23 which includes earmarked reserves and grants for specific works.

a) Accounts payable amounting to £597.60 made retrospectively were approved.

251 Date of the next Meeting:

There being no other business the meeting ended at 4.25pm. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 14th July 2020.

Chairman……………………14th July 2020

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