WARE TOWN COUNCIL
A meeting of WARE TOWN COUNCIL was held on Monday, 25 February
2008 at 7.30 p.m. in the Council Chamber, The Priory, Ware when the
following business was transacted.
Present: Cllrs. G. Powell (Mayor), E. Bailey, P. Ballam,
T. Bedford, D. Day, K. Little, A. Mills, T. Milner,
M. Pope, J. Wing
Attending: M. Kennedy (Town Clerk), County Cllr Dr M Tucker,
D O’Sullivan, Headteacher Chauncy School, S Walton, Deputy
Headteacher Chauncy School, 1 member of the public and 1
member of the press
The Mayor’s Chaplain Reverend D. Peel opened proceedings with prayers.
366. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
An apology for absence was received from Cllr R Lester.
The Minutes of the meeting of the Ware Town Council held on 10
December, 2007 copy having been issued were approved and signed by
the Mayor as a correct record.
368. CHANGE OF STATUS OF CHAUNCY SCHOOL TO A FOUNDATION
The Town Mayor introduced and welcomed Dennis O’Sullivan and Steve
Walton to the meeting. Members had before them a briefing paper on
foundation schools prepared by Cllr M Pope and the consultation letter
issued by Chauncy School on their application for foundation status. The
Mayor invited Dennis O’Sullivan to address the Council.
Mr O’Sullivan explained the key differences between a foundation school
and a community school. In a foundation school the governing body has
formal ownership of the land and buildings, takes control over its
admissions policy and is the employer of the staff. The Headteacher
outlined the School’s recent achievements, its growth in student numbers
and significant improvement in public examination results over the last
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The Mayor invited questions from Members and the Head and Deputy
Head responded, whereupon the Mayor thanked Messrs O’Sullivan and
Walton for their attendance and invited them to remain while the Council
considered its response.
Messrs O’Sullivan and Walton left the meeting at 8.15pm.
The Council proceeded to consider its response to the application by
Chauncy School to change its status to a foundation school. It was
RESOLVED that the application submitted by the governing body
by Chauncy School to change its status and to become a
foundation school be supported.
369. TOWN MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS
Members had before them the list of mayoral engagements to 25
February 2008. The Town Mayor reported his attendance at the
sponsored ice skating rink in Ware Priory grounds on Saturday 23
February which had been well supported. He further reported that the
facility was not available to the public on Sunday 24 February as intended
due to mindless vandalism overnight.
A member congratulated the Mayor on the success of the Animals
concert in the Drill Hall on Saturday 16 February. In response to
numerous requests for more concerts of this nature, the Mayor indicated
that he intended to pursue this opportunity as a private venture. It was
RESOLVED that the report be received and noted.
370. REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES ON OUTSIDE BODIES
Members had before them reports from the Council’s appointed
representatives on the Drill Hall and Ware Active Skate Board Scheme,
and Ware Transportation Forum, copies having been circulated at the
meeting. It was
RESOLVED that the reports be received and noted.
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371. PLANNING COMMITTEE
The minutes of the meetings of the Planning Committee held on 3
December 2007, 7 January and 4 February 2008 were before the Council.
RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meetings of the Planning
Committee held on 3 December 2007, 7 January and 4 February
2008 and the recommendations therein be received, approved and
372. TOURISM, LEISURE AND AMENITIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Minutes of the meeting of the Tourism, Leisure and Amenities
Advisory Committee meeting held on 28 January 2008 were before the
Council. It was
RESOLVED that the minutes of meeting of the Tourism, Leisure
and Amenities Advisory Committee held on 28 January 2008 and
the recommendations therein be received, approved and adopted.
373. FINANCE AND RESOURCES, CHARITIES AND CEMETERY
The Minutes of the meeting of the Finance and Resources, Charities and
Cemetery Committee meeting held on 11 February 2008 were before the
Council. It was
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of the Finance and
Resources, Charities and Cemetery Committee meeting held on 11
February 2008 and the recommendations therein be received,
approved and adopted.
374. FINANCIAL REPORT FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 31 JANUARY 2008
Financial details of Accounts and Investment Holdings as at 31 January
2008 including an internal checklist signed by the Chairman of the
Finance and Resources Committee were received and noted. It was
RESOLVED that Accounts, Investment Holdings and Orders of
Payment Nos. 19-08 to 24-08 inclusive, be received and approved.
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375. REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM STOP STANSTED
Members considered an application from Stop Stansted Expansion which
had been referred to Council by the Tourism, Leisure and Amenities
Committee. Having regard to the Council’s criteria for awarding grants
and in noting that the balance available for distribution in 2007/08 is
£100, it was
RESOLVED that the Council awards a donation of £100 to the Stop
Stansted Expansion in accordance with its powers under Sections
137 and 139 of the Local Government Act 1972 which, in the
opinion of the Council, is in the interests of its area and its
inhabitants and will benefit them in a manner commensurate with
376. MUSLEY SCHOOL
Members had before them the responses of the Hertford Regional
College and Hertfordshire County Council to representations made to
them by the Council on the proposed redevelopment of the former
In noting that Herts CC confirms there is agreement with the College on
the way forward and that lawyers have been instructed to prepare legal
agreements, it was
RESOLVED that no further action be taken in this matter at this
377. HERTFORDSHIRE’S POLICING PLAN 2008-11
Members considered the appointment of a Council representative to
attend the launch of the Hertfordshire Policing Plan for 2008-11 at The
Fielder Centre, Hatfield on 31 March 2008.
The Clerk reported receipt of a further invitation from Hertfordshire
Constabulary to attend a seminar on Protecting Against Terrorist Attack
at Hertford Fire Station on 11 March. It was
RESOLVED that Cllr G Powell shall attend the launch of the
Hertfordshire Policing Plan and that Cllrs D Day and G Powell shall
attend the seminar on Protecting Against Terrorist Attack.
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378. RENEWAL OF THE SIGNING OF THE PLEDGE OF FRIENDSHIP
Members considered an invitation from its twin town in Cormeilles-en-
Parisis to renew the signing of the pledge of friendship between the two
towns. Two possible weekend dates were suggested. In noting that the
weekend of 13-14 September is Heritage Weekend, it was
RESOLVED that the invitation to attend the signing of the pledge
of friendship on the weekend of 20-21 September be accepted.
Arising from the foregoing, Members were encouraged to confirm their
attendance to the Town Clerk as soon as possible.
379. CLOSE OF MEETING
The meeting closed at 8.35 pm.
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