Council Meeting 18 April by JDBmSR3

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									               LYMINGTON AND PENNINGTON TOWN COUNCIL
               Town Council Offices, Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington
               Tel: Lymington (01590) 676009
               Town Mayor – Councillor Anna Rostand


  Minutes of a meeting of LYMINGTON AND PENNINGTON TOWN COUNCIL
             held in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Lymington
                    on Wednesday 18 April 2012 at 6.00pm

      PRESENT: Councillors: J England
                            P Hickman
                            M Humber
                            J Olliff-Cooper
                            A Penson
                            A Rostand – Mayor and Chairman
                            A Swain
                            C Thomson
                            J Turnage
                            B Vincent
                            M White

                   Also in     S Cridland (Town Clerk)
                   attendance: L Kerrigan (Minutes Secretary)
                               J Waller (A&T Press)
                               C Yandall (Echo)
                               8 Members of the public


113. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
     Apologies were received from Cllrs Kilgour, Jackman, Jearrad and May.

114. ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE MAYOR
     I attended the funeral of a former Mayor Mr Cyril Bennett on behalf of the
     Council at which Mr Thorp gave a moving speech.

      I had a lunch with the Principal of Brockenhurst College in their restaurant
      served by the students which was brilliant and I can heartily recommend it for
      lunch as for value and service it compares favourably with local five-star
      establishments.

      We are having more and more meetings for the Olympic Torch Procession
      which is all in progress. I apologize to people in the Town who wish to have
      more involvement but unfortunately it is not going to happen.

      I attended the Lymington Society AGM where I gave them an update on what
      we at the Council were trying to achieve. In conclusion we agreed that we
      would try to work closer together as we share the same aims for the
      betterment of the Town.

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      I visited Lymington Library but unfortunately missed the party to celebrate
      their tenth year birthday. It is all going very well and now births and deaths
      can be registered at the Library which bodes well for the future.

      I attended the official opening of the Lymington Rail Partnership where there
      was a good turn-out from all those who contributed from the various
      organisations led by Cllr Mel Kendal. This is a controversial project but as a
      Council we try to support anything that encourages visitors to Lymington,
      particularly by rail given our parking problems.

      I attended a dinner at Shorefields hosted by the Lions Club of Lymington and
      New Milton. This was a delightful evening as a guest of Peter Steeples and
      his wife who made my husband and I very welcome.

      The Town Clerk and I attended a conference for Town Clerks which I found
      very interesting. We shared ideas on the new Localism Bill and some of the
      implications for local communities and it was an extremely worthwhile
      exchange of information.

115. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST ON ANY ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
     There were no declarations of interest.

116. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
     One member of the public expressed the concerns of the new Woodside
     Association regarding Poles Lane. The Town Clerk responded that Lucy
     Green, of HCC – Highways, is aware and had intended to visit the location on
     Tuesday but the weather had prevented her. However it is ongoing and
     should soon be settled. Another member raised points on wild flowers,
     Howards Mead play area and Pennington cricket square.

117. MINUTES OF COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 7 MARCH 2012 AND EXTRA-
     ORDINARY MEETING HELD ON 19 MARCH 2012

      RESOLVED:
      To accept the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 7 March 2012 and the
      Extraordinary Meeting held on 19 March.
      Proposed: Cllr Swain, seconded by Cllr Hickman, unanimous

118. TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES OF THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES AND
     APPROVE THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS

      Planning – 14 March 2012
      Cllr Thomson presented the Planning Minutes and said he did not believe
      there was anything contentious in the Minutes.

      RESOLVED:
      To accept the Minutes of the Planning Meeting held on 14 March 2012.
      Proposed: Cllr White, seconded by Cllr Humber, unanimous.

      Amenities – 2 April 2012
      Cllr Olliff-Cooper presented the Amenities Minutes for 2 April 2012 and briefly
      covered the items therein.

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      RESOLVED:
      To accept the Minutes of the Amenities Meeting held on 2 April 2012
      Proposed: Cllr Hickman, seconded by Cllr Turnage, unanimous.

      Policy and Resources – 10 April 2012
      Cllr Penson presented the Minutes of the Policy and Resources Meeting held
      on 10 April 2012. Cllr Pension mentioned the discussion about the
      Speedwatch and that two Councillors had received an email from the
      Chairman of the Pennington Residents Association expressing his
      dissatisfaction that the Council were not prepared to spend any money on
      this. However it was agreed at the meeting that this was a police matter and
      Cllr Penson said he was speaking to our County Councillor, Cllr Evans, who
      was going to approach Hampshire County Council and NFDC regarding this.
      Pending the response from Cllr Evans, Cllr Penson said he would write to the
      Chief Constable.

      RESOLVED:
      To accept the Minutes of the Policies and Resources Meeting held on 10
      April 2012
      Proposed: Cllr Olliff-Cooper, seconded by Cllr White, unanimous.

119. QUESTIONS UNDER STANDING ORDER 8
     There were no questions received under Standing Order 8.

120. TO RECEIVE VERBAL REPORTS FROM DISTRICT COUNCILLORS
     Cllr Lewis spoke regarding planning permission for an establishment in St
     Thomas Street that previously obtained permission for a pizza takeaway but
     has since amended this for a restaurant with permission for music, to be open
     from 10am until 11pm and to serve alcohol. Despite local objections NFDC
     felt it promoted the vitality of the street to grant permission rather than leave
     empty shops.

      Lymington bus station has fewer buses using it so Cllr Lewis said NFDC
      hoped that coaches might be allowed to park there.

      Cllr Rostand thanked Cllr Lewis and said it was good news about the possible
      coach park.

      Cllr Swain then said a regular complaint at NFDC was dog fouling and NFDC
      are at loss to know what to do about it as they only have one dog warden who
      is solely engaged on rounding up strays. Environmental Health have been
      tasked with issuing fixed penalty notices. Cllr Swain mentioned that on a
      recent visit to Sidmouth he was impressed with the cleanliness which is
      managed by East Devon Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment R.E.A.C.T
      (Respond, Enforce and Clean Team). Cllr Swain thought that perhaps NFDC
      could liaise with East Devon District Council. Cllr Penson added that the
      problem of dog fouling, particularly on the coastal path, is disgusting and
      something NFDC needs to deal with.

121. FORTHCOMING MEETINGS

      Annual Meeting           -   8 May 2012

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      Planning              -   16 and 30 May 2012

      Amenities             -   21 May 2012

      Policy & Resources    -   28 May 2012

      Council               -   6 June 2012

To confirm that the Annual Meeting will take place on Tuesday 8 May 2012 at
6pm and the next meeting of the full Council will be held on Wednesday 6 June
2012 at 6pm.

The meeting closed at 6.35pm.




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