SITLINGTON PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the Parish Council held at Middlestown Junior & Infant School on 6th March 2012 at 7.15p.m.
Councillor R Bennett in the Chair
Parish Councillors; R Aspinall, M Bradley, H Kirkpatrick and J Bennett
District Councillors J Colley and I Sanders
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors N Brook, J Newsome, W Newsome, A Shaw and R Morton
Sergeant Day attended for the Police Safe Scheme Reports agenda item
83 members of the public were in attendance
193. Declarations of Interest
There were no declarations of interest.
194. Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 7th February 2012
It was proposed by Councillor Ron Aspinall, seconded by Councillor Helen Kirkpatrick and resolved that the minutes of
the Parish Council meeting held on the 7th February 2012 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
195. Communications Received for Information
The following correspondence had been brought to the attention of Members in the Clerk’s report:-
West Yorkshire NHS Central Services Agency – Request by Mr Shariq Hussain for a further extension on an approved
application for full consent for inclusion in the Pharmaceutical List for premises based at Netherton Pharmacy, 27 Upper
West Yorkshire NHS Central Services Agency – New pharmacy at 27 Upper Lane, Netherton.
Wakefield Council – Major’s Charity Fund Craft Fair.
SLCC – Information on courses and conferences.
West Yorkshire Police – Confirmation of funding 2012/2013
CPRE – Winter 2012 newsletter
Clerk and Councils Direct – March 2012 magazine
Wakefield Council – Invitation to meet the Mayor on 29th March 2012
HMRC – Confirmation of VAT reclaim payment
Wakefield Council – Wakefield Street Design Guide – Notice of Adoption
HMRC – Information for employers
Wakefield Council – Invitation to the Mayor’s Charity Ball 23rd March 2012
YLCA – Vacancy for a Parish Clerk at Thrybergh Parish Council
LCR – Newsletter
Historic Towns Forum – February 2012 e-news
Historic Towns Forum – The Localism Act – how will it impact on our historic towns?
YLCA – Section 137 Expenditure Limit for 2012/2013
Yorkshire Water – Essential water improvements at West Bretton reservoir and traffic impact
Public Sector Efficiency Expo – Details of conference and exhibition
Wakefield Council – Notice of ‘Eco Day’ event
Wakefield Council – Poverty and Prosperity Commission
YLCA – Wakefield Branch Meeting information
YLCA – Advice on prayers at council meetings
Resident of Middlestown – Request for information from the 2010/2011 Parish Council accounts under The Freedom of
Information Act 2000
YLCA – Local Council Precept Increases and Supporting Rationale
YLCA – Queen Elizabeth Fields
YLCA – Information Note 21st February 2012
Wakefield Council – New agenda for Council 1st March 2012
West Yorkshire Police – Invite to Local Policing Authority Committee Meeting
West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive – Public Transport Consultations
LCR Online – News update
West Yorkshire Police – Farmwatch update
The Parking Shop – Equipment information
Plantscape – 2012/2013 brochure
Since the Clerk had prepared her report the following items of correspondence had been received:
SLCC – The Clerk magazine March 2012
Wakefield Council Electoral Services Office – Register of Electors 2012 Monthly Update
Furniture at Work – Office furniture catalogue
Petwise Zoo – New Animalympics display
National Playing Fields Association – Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge – A Celebration for the Diamond Jubilee
DSC e-news – News update
NALC – Employment bulletin: Local Government Pay 2012/13
Vision ICT – Newsletter
Voluntary Action Wakefield District – March 2012 e-bulletin
196. Update Report on the Potential to Site Wind Turbines in the Parish
The Clerk noted that the public consultation meetings held on 1st March 2012 at Netherton and Middlestown J&I schools
had been very well attended and that the comment cards handed out by Origin at the meetings had resulted in some
positive feedback about renewable energy schemes.
It was also noted that a member of the public had contacted the Parish Council to offer support for a phase 2 feasibility
study in order that as much information as possible can be collected before Councillors make a decision about how to
proceed and that an Industrial and Provident Society (IPS) or a Community Renewable Energy Enterprise (CREE) can be
created to decide, democratically, how the community should proceed.
The meeting was then advised that 72 e-mails expressing opposition to wind turbines had been received by the Parish
Council and that the Clerk had been made aware of 30 signatures on a ‘Stop the Coxley Wind Turbine Proposal’ petition.
Finally it was noted that a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act had been received.
Councillor Ron Aspinall asked that the Parish Council consider taking no further action with regards to wind turbines,
given the strength of feeling against them in the Parish. However it was proposed by Councillor Janet Bennett, seconded
by Councillor Helen Kirkpatrick and resolved that the Council should wait for the outcome of the phase 2 feasibility study
(due at the end of March) before making a decision on how to proceed (4 for and 1 against).
34 members of the public left the meeting at this point.
197. Review of Risk Management and Assessment Policy
It was proposed by Councillor Helen Kirkpatrick, seconded by Councillor Margaret Bradley and resolved that the Risk
Management and Assessment Policy should be accepted without amendment (all in favour).
198. Review of Standing Orders
It was proposed by Councillor Helen Kirkpatrick, seconded by Councillor Janet Bennett and resolved that the Standing
Orders be accepted with one amendment; paragraph 68 “Rural division” should read “Rural ward” (all in favour).
199. Planning Applications
The Clerk reported that since she had written his report the following new applications had been received:-
Application Name of Location Description of Application Type of
Number Applicant Application
12/00291/FUL Lee Ellis Blacker Construction of single stable block Full Planning
Lane/Denby Dale for 3 x horses (retrospective)
All planning applications were noted by the meeting.
1 member of the public left the meeting at this point.
200. Planning Decisions
The Clerk reported that since he had written his report the following notifications of Planning Decisions had been
Application Name of Location Description of Application Type of Decision of
Number Applicant Application Planning Auth
11/02093/FUL Mr C Bakes Plot 5, Demolition of barn & erect of 1 Full Application
Whitley Farm, no det dwell (replace of plot 5 Planning Approved
Green Lane, of approved app
11/02629/FUL Mr Chris 187 Blacker Dormers to rear Full Application
Cawthorne Lane, planning Approved
All Planning Decisions were noted by the meeting.
201. Applications for Memorials
The Clerk informed the meeting that the following application for a memorial had been received:
Lawnstone – Middlestown Cemetery Section I grave no 022 – Michael Roland Bettney
It was proposed by Councillor Helen Kirkpatrick, seconded by Councillor Roger Bennett and resolved that the
application be approved.
202. The Albert Barlow Memorial Garden
It was proposed by Councillor Roger Bennett, seconded by Councillor Helen Kirkpatrick and resolved that a stone and
plaque be purchased for the memorial that the family of Mr Barlow be contacted about this decision and invited to attend
a short dedication service and that Wakefield Council be advised that the memorial is to be erected.
203. Update Report on the Purchase of Netherton Sports and Social Club
The Clerk advised the meeting that the purchase of Netherton Sports and Social Club had been completed that day and
that the Parish Council were now the owners of the Club. It was proposed by Councillor Helen Kirkpatrick, seconded by
Councillor Ron Aspinall and resolved that the Chair and Vice Chair be appointed to represent the Parish Council when
signing legal documentation related to the purchase of the Club.
An invitation was made to the members of the public present to get involved in a Club Committee to develop the Club as
a community facility.
204. Report from the Finance Committee Meeting held on 24th February 2012
The report from the Finance Committee meeting held on 24th February 2012 was noted by the meeting. It was proposed
by Councillor Janet Bennett, seconded by Councillor Roger Bennett and resolved that the recommendations of the
Finance Committee on the 2011/2012 Financial Report and Update, update of authorized signatories for Parish Council
banking and update on creation of a parish office be accepted (all in favour).
205. Approval of Payments Schedule
The Payments Schedule for February 2012 was presented to the meeting by the Clerk. It was proposed by Councillor
Helen Kirkpatrick, seconded by Councillor Janet Bennett and resolved that the Payments Schedule be approved (all in
206. Update on Allotments
The update on allotments was noted by the meeting.
207. Councillor Vacancy for Middlestown Ward
It was proposed by Councillor Roger Bennett, seconded by Councillor Helen Kirkpatrick and resolved that a separate
meeting be arranged for a representative panel of six Parish Councillors to meet with the four applicants with a view to
appointing the successful candidate at the Parish Council meeting on 3rd April (all in favour).
208. Report from the Recreation & Amenities Committee
It was proposed by Councillor Helen Kirkpatrick, seconded by Councillor Janet Bennett and resolved that the report from
the Recreation and amenities Committee be noted (all in favour).
District Councillor Sanders and 2 members of the public left the meeting at this point.
209. Report from the Parish Plan Working Group
It was proposed by Councillor Roger Bennett, seconded by Councillor Margaret Bradley and resolved that the report
from the Parish Plan Working Group be noted and its recommendations approved (all in favour).
210. Use of Middlestown Working Men’s Club as a Community Facility
It was proposed by Councillor Helen Kirkpatrick, seconded by Councillor Janet Bennett and resolved that this item be
delegated to the Recreation and Amenities Committee and that a meeting should be arranged with representatives of
Middlestown Working Mens Club.
211. Police Safe Scheme Reports
Sergeant Day informed the meeting of incidents of crime that had occurred in Sitlington in the month of February. The
meeting was also advised on the comparison of crime figures between the last quarter of 2010/11 and the same period
11/12. It was noted that in the 2010/11 period the number of crimes relating to burglary, drugs and car theft had dropped
from 111 - 60.