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PRESENT:
Mrs L. Smetham in the Chair,
Mesdames A. Hindson and D. Russell,
Messrs. J. P. Burgess, T. M. Leaver, N. Phillips and T. R. Richards.
Cllr. Mrs J Palmer (Borough Council representative).

76. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
    Mr P. Briercliffe, Mr G. Parks and Cllr. Mr B Hardern (County Council representative).

77. MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 30TH NOVEMBER 2004
   RESOLVED:- That the Minutes of the Meeting as now presented be approved and
   signed.

78. MATTERS ARISING
   78.1. Objection to Goods Vehicle Licence (GVL)
         The Clerk has been informed that Macclesfield Borough Council did consider raising
         an objection to the Deans Farm, Gawsworth GVL application; however, following a
         site visit, they ultimately decided not to do so. In making their judgment
         consideration was given to the good access to the site off Congleton Road, the
         proximity to residential properties and the nature of the existing workshop which
         already generates a degree of vehicular traffic from the site.

   78.2. ‘Retirement of Clerk’ Press Release
         The previous clerk did not relish the fuss of being photographed or interviewed by
         the local press and hence she has declined the council’s proposal. Her wish had
         simply been for the council to approve & submit her press release. Note though that
         she is happy for a photograph to be taken of herself with the Chair for the council’s
         archives.

   78.3. Invitation to CCC Annual Town & Parish Councils’ Conference
         The Chair, Mrs L. Smetham will represent the council at this conference being held
         on 3rd February 2005 at Nantwich Civic Hall and, on behalf of the council, she will
         ask when we are likely to see a standardisation of speed limits?


79. DECLARATION OF INTERESTS AND REGISTER OF INTERESTS
   The members present of G.R.E.A.T. declared their interest in the Playing Field
   development i.e. Mesdames A. Hindson, D, Russell and L. Smetham. Messrs. J. P.
   Burgess, and T. M. Leaver. Additionally all of the members present, as trustees, declared
   their interest in the John Upton Charity.
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80. PLANNING MATTERS
  80.1. Decisions and Prior Notifications
       No decisions have been received since the last council meeting and there was just
       a single notification during that period.
       04 / 2894P The Warren, Church Lane, Gawsworth. Detached double garage and
       changed egress & ingress. The council gave their approval to this application
       subject to care being taken as manoeuvering in and out will now be closer to the
       bend. A condition for no parking on the verge or road near to the crossroads was
       also requested.
       RESOLVED:-
       - That the comments of Gawsworth Planning Sub-committee be noted.
       - That the Clerk adds a standard footnote to council decision returns requesting
         planning conditions that mitigate road safety issues & contractor damage (but
         note that the final paragraph of 80.3 below contradicts this latter proposal).

  80.2. Over-sized Christmas Trees Sign in field near to the Rising Sun
       The legality of this over-sized sign was questioned. It follows that, on behalf of the
       correspondents, the Clerk queried with MBC if planning permission ought to have
       first been obtained and whether or not, as is believed by a local resident, it had
       been sited on a public right of way. The Clerk didn’t receive a straight answer as
       such. He was simply informed that the MBC had written to the owners of the sign
       requesting its immediate removal otherwise prosecution proceedings would follow. It
       was due to have been removed on 21st December 2004.

  80.3. Grass Verge damage at Penningtons Lane, Gawsworth
       With reference to a letter received from a local resident regarding widespread grass
       verge damage near to his home in Penningtons Lane caused by contractors
       working on home improvements in the area. This land does not fall under the parish
       council’s jurisdiction; however, and as a consequence, Cllr J. Palmer has made
       representations to the appropriate authorities on the resident’s behalf. The grass
       verges are actually the responsibility of the CCC Highways department and Cllr
       Palmer has requested that they restore the damaged verges at the earliest
       opportunity. Obviously it is the wrong time of year for re-seeding at the moment but
       Cllr Palmer has pledged to monitor the situation and to ensure that it does happen.
       Mr T. Leaver, who also resides in Penningtons Lane, did state that CCC Highways
       have responded well in the past to such requests and indeed have previously done
       excellent restoration jobs.
       One point of interest that did arise is the absence of a grass verge restoration
       condition in approved planning applications and it has since been confirmed that the
       MBC are not empowered to apply such a condition hence why our past
       recommendations for such a condition have seemingly been ignored.
       RESOLVED:- That, out of courtesy, the Clerk writes to the resident concerned to
       appraise him of the above.
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81. FINANCE
  81.1. Budget Estimates for 2005/06
       It has been confirmed that VAT refunds are treated as income in a ‘Receipts &
       Payments’ accounting situation. It follows that the budget figure for Audit Fees has
       been increased accordingly as it is known that forthcoming VAT refunds will push us
       into a higher income bracket.
       On the plus side it transpires that the CCC do provide free website creation facilities
       for parish councils as intimated by Cllr B. Hardern at the last meeting. This includes
       free webspace and free software although the latter is fairly limited & a little
       primitive. This means that the budget figure for computer running costs has been
       reduced accordingly and that we no longer need to purchase our own website
       creation software. To ascertain if the provided tools were adequate the Clerk has
       constructed an experimental Gawsworth Parish Council website for the council to
       peruse and comment on.
       Finally, and as instructed at the last meeting, there is now a budget figure of £500
       set aside for the Recreation (previously Play) Area.
       RESOLVED:-
       -   That the revised draft budget estimates for 2005/06 in Appendix A be accepted
           and also that the Precept amount for the coming fiscal year remains unchanged
           at £20,500.
       -   That the Clerk returns a 2005/06 Precept amount of £20,500 to the MBC, duly
           endorsed by the Chair, by their deadline of 14th January 2005.
       -   That the members visit the draft website in order to decide at the next meeting
           whether or not they want this facility taken forward.

  81.2. Direct Debit for Street Lighting
       RESOLVED:- That the monthly payment method for the unmetered street light
       supply of electricity from E.ON Energy by switched from cheque to direct debit.

  81.3. Income Received and Accounts for Payment
       RESOLVED:- That the creditor accounts listed in Appendix B be approved for
       payment.

  81.4. Transfer of funds from the Instant Gold Account to the Current Account.
       RESOLVED:- That the transfer of £1,351.80 be approved to cover these payments.
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82. HIGHWAYS
  82.1. Parking at Barn Conversion at the Warren
       In spite of a letter from the Clerk to the property owners, to which no response was
       received, it would seem that the workers at the site are still parking their vehicles
       inconsiderately and hence there is still a visibility impairment issue at the
       crossroads.
       RESOLVED:
       - That Cllr. Jane Palmer speaks to the MBC Planning Officer to request his
          intervention in the matter.
       - That the Clerk writes a further letter to the property owners, copying Cheshire
          Police and the property agents, to re-iterate the road safety concern and to also
          request a copy of the standard instructions that should have been included with
          the specification given to the contractor by the developer when the contract was
          awarded.
       - That the Clerk adds this issue to the Policing Agenda scheduled for discussion
          at the council’s next meeting in March 2005.


  82.2. Street Lighting
       With reference to the street light at Gawsworth crossroads. Last December it was
       reported to the Clerk that the street light at the corner of Church Lane and
       Congleton Road at Gawsworth crossroads wasn't working. The Clerk duly contacted
       an electrical contractor, Mr R. Bayley of Macclesfield, who went out fully expecting
       to just have to change a bulb. However he reported back that the lamp was only
       being held in place by tape and that, most worryingly, we had a health & safety
       issue as the lamp was in danger of falling off! The Clerk authorised the immediate
       repair of the street light in order to avert the possibility of an accident and it is now
       fully restored & functioning. The cost of this repair amounted to £319.50 plus VAT.
       Note that there was sufficient unused monies in the pertinent Repairs &
       Maintenance budget to cover this payment.
       At the time we couldn’t understand how the lamp had come to be in this condition;
       however at the meeting the council was informed by one of its members that the
       lamp had actually been struck with scaffolding being erected at the barn conversion
       site and that there was a witness to this incident.
       RESOLVED:- That the Clerk writes to the property owner in order to seek
       recompense for the damage caused to parish council property by their site workers
       at the Warren, Church Lane, Gawsworth.
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  82.3. “Set the Pace” a community anti-speeding campaign
        The Clerk made an information pack on this new CCC road safety initiative available
        to council members. The campaign is about asking local motorists to make a
        personal commitment to drive at an appropriate speed for the environment & road
        conditions and always within the legal speed limit. The idea is that each signed up
        person will ‘set the pace’ of other motorists by, in effect, becoming a mobile traffic
        calmer.
        RESOLVED:- That Mrs Anne Hindson studies the information pack in order to
        consider the merits, or otherwise, of the council spearheading such a campaign in
        Gawsworth with a view to her submitting her report at the next council meeting.

83. PLAYING FIELD
  Mr P. Burgess informed the meeting that the project was going well and that good
  progress was being made. He further stated that the contractors had adjourned work over
  the Christmas period with the next GREAT meeting scheduled for 17th January 2005. It
  also transpired that there had been local media interest in the project prompted by the fact
  that that the Government had released monthly figures showing Gawsworth’s £100,000
  living spaces grant to be the largest given.
  Finally, Mr Burgess requested that the members now turn their attention to the production
  of a suitable logo for Gawsworth Parish Council prior to the next council meeting.
  RESOLVED: That the members each present their ideas for a Gawsworth Parish Council
  logo at the next council meeting.



84. PARISH MATTERS
  84.1. ‘Out of School Club’
        The council readily approved the Parish Hall Committee’s decision to adopt the
        standard ACRE Hire Agreement (see Appendix C) for all hire agreements following
        their receipt of the Clerk’s letter requesting that they consider employing it to re-
        vamp the ‘Out of School’ agreement as strongly recommended by the council’s
        solicitor. One member also suggested that it would be prudent for them to double-
        check that the conditions in the original ‘Out of School Club’ agreement were indeed
        all covered by the standard ACRE agreement.
        RESOLVED:- That the Clerk writes to the Chairman of the Parish Hall Committee to
        inform them of the council’s approval of their adoption of the standard ACRE Hire
        Agreement for all village hall hire agreements, to ask them to double-check that all
        of their original ‘Out of School Club’ conditions are still covered and to request that
        they confirm when existing agreements, in particular the one for the ‘Out of School
        Club’, have been re-established.
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  84.2. Police Representation
       As a consequence of recent communications the Macclesfield Division of the
       Cheshire Police have agreed to attend our council meeting on 1st March 2005 at
       7:00 pm in the Church Hall for a 30 minute guest spot to respond to a pre-notified,
       local policing issues agenda. They are due to be represented by Chief Inspector
       Darren Martland and Inspector Gary Simpson (who is responsible for policing in
       Gawsworth). It was agreed that the policing agenda’s original content should be
       enhanced in the following manner:
        - Addition of the visibility impairment issue at the crossroads.
        - Insertion of a request for details of speeding conviction & notifiable accident
           statistics relating to the A536 at Gawsworth from the last 5 years.
        - Ask why there is a speed camera on the A536 near to Penningtons Lane and
           not in the vicinity of Gawsworth crossroads given that the latter is locally
           considered to be a more dangerous spot?
        - Ask how the police can help us mitigate road safety on the A536 through the
           village rather than simply soliciting their view on the matter.
       RESOLVED: That the Clerk forwards the revised Gawsworth policing issues
       agenda (see Appendix D) to Chief Inspector Martland well in advance of the next
       meeting together a reminder of that meeting’s date, time & whereabouts.

  84.3. Waste
       It was noted that within the planning applications section in the December issue of
       Cheshire Matters was the approval for the re-profiling of the southern slope of
       Danes Moss Landfill that is required to provide additional void space and to extend
       the operational life of the site at Danes Moss Landfill Site, Congleton Road,
       Gawsworth.



85. LAND AT MOSS TERRACE COTTAGES, OFF PENNINGTONS LANE, GAWSWORTH.
  Mr N. Phillips informed the members that, as a consequence of comments received from
  their solicitor, the trustees need to meet on 31st January 2005 at 7:00 pm to discuss and
  determine the way forward for the John Upton Charity and its relationship with the parish
  council.
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86. CORRESPONDENCE & REPORTS RECEIVED SINCE THE LAST MEETING
  86.1.      The following correspondence was received and noted:
          o Letter from 10 Downing Street stating that our ‘South Macclesfield Development
            Plan’ comments had been passed to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister as
            they, rather than the Prime Minister, are responsible for the matters raised.
          o Letter from a local resident regarding a multiplicity of problems needing to be
            brought to the attention of the CCC Highways Department plus a
            communication on a similar theme from the Chair. Following the receipt of these
            communications the Clerk reported all of the issues to the CCC via their online
            reporting mechanism and he has since been notified of their reference
            numbers.
          o Additional letter from the same resident detailing further local issues. Following
            the receipt of this letter the Clerk formally reported the CCC-related issues
            contained therein and contacted the handy man to ensure that the noted jobs
            were in hand. The letter also contained the notification of a road accident just
            prior to Christmas that had resulted in a road sign (near to Forge Close) being
            flattened by a drunken driver. The letter further reported that a Bostocks coach
            had used Gawsworth Road where there is an imposed weight limit; however it
            was noted at the meeting that Bostocks do actually have permission to use this
            road but only when they are carrying passengers.

          RESOLVED:-
          - That the Clerk provides Cllr Jane Palmer with all of the CCC reference numbers
            so that she can chase them up when she is next in Macclesfield Town Hall.
          - That the Chair makes relevant parties aware of the Bostocks coach ruling.
          - That the Clerk reports, to the CCC, the cracking up of the footpath situated on
            the A536 just past Maggoty Lane (left hand side as you travel from Macclesfield
            to Congleton). This additional issue was raised during the discussion of the
            other reported CCC-related issues.


  86.2.      The following reports and publications were received and distributed:
          o Cheshire Matters – December 2005 issue.
          o Cheshire Association of Local Councils newsletter – December 2005 issue.
          o ‘New Terms & Conditions Agreement for Clerks’ (effective from 1 st January
            2005) SLCC publication.

          RESOLVED:- That the Clerk, as a consequence of the publication immediately
          above, further reviews & revises his draft contract of employment (with integrated
          job description) and forwards it to Mr P. Burgess with a view to the document’s
          content being mutually agreed by the Clerk & Mr Burgess, on behalf of the council.
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87. DATES OF THE NEXT AND SUBSEQUENT MEETINGS

  Please note that all of the below bookings have now all been confirmed in writing and,
  except where indicated, they are scheduled to take place in the Village Hall at 7:30 pm.

     11th January 2005
     1st March 2005 (Church Hall) – 7:00 pm start.
     12th April 2005
     24th May 2005 – Annual Parish meeting (7:00 pm Main Hall) + Gawsworth Parish
      Council AGM (7:30 pm).
     21st June 2005
     26th July 2005
     6th September 2005 (Church Hall)
     18th October 2005
     29th November 2005

								
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