A meeting of the LEISURE AND AMENITIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE was held

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					                           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.

367. MINUTES

     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
     SCHOOL

     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
     ten years.
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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.
    It was

         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
         adopted.

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
     COMMITTEE

    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
     EXPANSION

    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
         the expenditure.

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
    Musley School.

    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
         time.

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
     WITH CORMEILLES-EN-PARISIS

    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.


                                                               Town Mayor




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