Bovingdon Parish Council Meeting ___________________________________________________________ Bovingdon Memorial Hall 7 July 2008 starting at 8.00 p.m. Present: Councillor Tony Trigg (Chairman) Councillor John Farrer Councillor Janet Aylward (Vice-Chairman) Councillor Vera Hackett Councillor Betty Attard Councillor Maureen O’Hara Councillor Richard Briden Councillor Diana Smart Councillor Jean Crofts Councillor Julie Steer Also Present: Mike Kember, Parish Clerk Borough Councillors Councillors Gill Chapman and Gbola Adeleke Press Georgina Anderson, Hemel Gazette Representatives from the Village: 3 villagers 1. Apologies for Absence Apologies for absence were received from Borough Councillor Richard Roberts who was on holiday and Maggie Moore, Finance Clerk owing to personal circumstances. 2. Declaration of Interests linked to any of the Resolutions There were no Declarations of Interest. 3. Public Question Time Mrs Dell thanked the Parish Council on behalf of the Fire Action Group for letting them have the use of the former Fire Station as a temporary museum during July. She said that on the first Saturday opening on 5 July they had over 50 people visit. Mrs Ward reported that the hedge on Old Dean was over Councillor grown. Councillor Smart undertook to get this attended Smart to. 4. Crime Report PC Emma Sikora and PCSO Nicki Kyne were welcomed to the meeting and presented the crime figures for June. There had been eight crimes reported in June as compared to 16 in May. Noted that a number of those reported had been committed outside the main settlement. Noted the new ‘informal’ style of uniform for both officers. The Parish Council preferred the previous style as it gave more authority to the officer and asked for this to be reported back to their Inspector. 5. Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council held on 12 May It was agreed by all those present that the minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council Meeting held on 12 May 2008 were a true representation of the meeting and the minutes were signed by Councillor Trigg. 6. Matters arising from the Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council held on 12 May 6.1 Item 14.3.2 - Feedback from the Chairman of the Outdoors Committee on the Meeting held on 8 May and other items Councillor Attard was informed that the Borough Council had confirmed that they were no longer going to issue ‘doggy bags’ free of charge. 7. Parish Clerk’s Report The Parish Clerk gave an update on a number of issues which have been received in the Parish Office since the last meeting. These included: 7.1 NATS – Airspace Change Consultation Document Terminal Control North Luton A number of responses to the consultation document have been received including those from The Chiltern Society and Dacorum Borough Council. The present proposals do not adversely affect the village, but it may be that other consultees who are affected may in their submissions, include suggestions, which may have a ‘knock on’ effect for the village. The Parish Council will continue to monitor the situation. 7.2 Postwatch – Post office closure programme The village post office is not currently one of the 5 post offices being considered for closure within Dacorum. 7.3 Installation of finger guards to doors in Memorial Hall This work will be undertaken on 11 July 2008. 7.4 Workshop in connection with the Local Development Framework to 2031 The Borough Council is working towards drawing up a local development framework for the next 20+ years and needs to bring together information and assess what it means for the borough as a whole, and then to formulate new planning policies to meet those needs. The Borough Council has asked the Parish Council if it can facilitate a workshop in Bovingdon during the late summer, and has asked the Parish Council to submit a list of 25 organisations / people who represent the needs of the village, for instance, retailers, sports clubs, churches, community. 7.5 Closure of Box Lane A section of Box Lane will be closed from 11.30 p.m. on 9 July to 6.00 a.m. on 10 July to allow urgent electric repairs to take place. 7.6 Smith’s Fair Dacorum Borough Council has informed the Parish Council that the fair will take place on Bovingdon Green during the first week of September, 2008. 8. To receive the following Committee Reports 8.1 Minutes of the Finance Committee Meeting held on 24 April 2008 Resolved that the minutes of this meeting as circulated, be received and adopted. 8.1.1 Feedback from the Chairman of the Finance Committee Councillor Trigg reported that the Parish was operating within the agreed budgets for 2008-09. He then went through the minutes of the meeting held on 24 April. 8.1.2 Policy on use of reserves Councillor Trigg introduced the proposed Policy, which was agreed to be implemented without any changes. 8.2 Minutes of the Planning Committee Meetings held on 12 May 2008 and 2 June 2008 Resolved that the minutes of these meetings as circulated, be received and adopted. 8.2.1 Feedback from the Chairman of the Planning Committee Councillor Briden reported on the Planning Committee Meeting which, had been held prior to this meeting. He referred to the amended planning application received in respect of 22 Hyde Lane and confirmed that the Council were opposed to the revised scheme to build two new houses at the rear of the existing property. Councillor Briden also referred to a planning application to build two chalet bungalows on the former showman’s quarters at the Timber Yard in Water Lane and the Council was also opposed to the proposal as it was on Metropolitan Green Belt. He also said that Tesco had not made any formal planning application to build a Tesco Express on the former Chiltern Jaguar site. 8.3 Minutes of the Memorial Hall Management Committee Meeting held on 10 April 2008 Resolved that the minutes of this meeting as circulated, be received and adopted. 8.3.1 Feedback from the Chairman of the Memorial Hall Management Committee Councillor Steer gave a brief update on the meeting of the Memorial Hall Management Committee held on 10 June. 8.3.2 Resolutions to be considered from the Memorial Hall Management Committee 8.3.2 That the Parish Council agrees to erect secure (a) fencing, remove the concrete base and lay topsoil ready for grassing following demolition of the firemen’s hut at a cost not exceeding £3,700. It was resolved that the Parish Council agrees to erect secure fencing, remove the concrete base and lay topsoil ready for grassing following demolition of the firemen’s hut at a cost not exceeding £3,700. 8.3.2 That the Parish Council agrees to install a doorway (b) into the fire station together with a partially raised floor at a cost not exceeding £4,000. It was resolved that the Parish Council agrees to install a doorway into the fire station together with a partially raised floor at a cost not exceeding £4,000. 8.4 Feedback from the Chairman of the Outdoors Committee Councillor Smart reported on the following: 8.4.1 Well A new fence has been erected around the Well. Several comments of approval have been received. 8.4.2 Janet Bell seat The seat has now been repaired and returned to its site in the High Street. 8.4.3 King George V Playing Field A sign has been provided by Hertfordshire County Council to indicate the new footpath into the playing field from Vicarage Lane. 8.4.4 Summer bedding The flower beds in front of the Memorial Hall and around the Millennium Memorial have been planted with summer bedding plants and are looking very colourful. 8.4.5 Bovingdon Green Pond The Parish Council is working in conjunction with the Borough Council and the Countryside Management Services, to look into the possibility of restoring the pond on Bovingdon Green. 8.4.6 Restoration of The Ryder Memorial In reply to a question from Councillor Farrer, the Parish Clerk reported that the application for Listed Building Consent is currently being considered by the Borough Council. 9. Feedback from Councillor representative on Bovingdon Primary School Councillor Aylward gave an update on the transfer to secondary school process. Following the appeal process, two children had been given places at Hemel Hempstead School and no children would be going to Adeyfield School. The remaining families had made alternative arrangements for their children, such as, going into the middle school system in Berkhamsted or sending them to private school. The Action Group continues to meet with Jim Dalton, HCC and is to make a submission to the Office of the School Adjudicator. Any changes will not take effect until 2010. The distance criteria penalises children from Bovingdon. Councillor Aylward reported that the school had received a very good report following the Ofsted inspection. She also said that the school fete had raised in the region of £4,000. 10. Nomination for Town / Parish representative on the Local Strategic Partnership Board There is no nomination. Councillor Briden expressed his concern at the cost and ineffectiveness of this bureaucracy. 11. Woottens -The Launch of Tiger Line The Parish Clerk reported that Woottens, the coach operator in Buckinghamshire is launching the Tiger Line T1 service on 28 July 2008, which will link Aylesbury to Hemel Hempstead via Stoke Mandeville, Wendover, Great Missenden, Chesham and Bovingdon. Councillor Crofts reported that the Arriva 52 bus will now go past the hospital in Amersham. 12. Buckinghamshire Minerals & Waste Local development Framework: Adopted Statement of Community Involvement – for information Document will be available in the Parish Office. 13. Bovingdon News Councillor Steer said that the last date for articles to be submitted for the next edition of the Bovingdon News is 31 August 2008. 14. Date of next meeting Monday 1 September 2008 at 8.00 p.m. PART II EXCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC It was proposed, seconded and resolved that, under s.100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12A Part 1 as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006 the press and public be excluded during the items in Part II of the Agenda for this meeting, because it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted, that if members of the public were present during this item there would be disclosure to them of exempt information relating to individual employees of the Parish Council. 15. Feedback from the Chairman of the Personnel Committee There was no feedback from this Committee. The meeting closed at 8.55 p.m.
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