Annual Parish Meeting: Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Key information

Meeting location: Church of St James, Avonwick

Meeting time: 7.30 pm

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PDF of the Agenda for the Annual Parish Meeting on Tuesday, 7 May 2019

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Approved Minutes

Approved Minutes for the Annual Parish Meeting on Tuesday, 7 May 2019

These minutes were approved on 4 May 2021

Please noteEvery care has been taken to present this accessible copy of the minutes with accuracy, but the formal record of the meeting remains the signed paper copy of the minutes.

Chairman’s Report:

Councillor Gabriel reported on the progress of the Parish over the preceding twelve months. He said that the year had not been marked by many major events in the parish.

Councillor Gabriel noted that quite a few properties had changed hands and that there had been the sad loss of some of our older parishioners.

The issue of the play park continued to exercise the attention of the council. SHDC monthly inspections and recommendations seem to have been neglected over the last year and whether we should pay for a service that we have not received has yet to be resolved. Ongoing into the next year the indemnity of the park will be covered by the Parish Council’s insurance policy.

Councillors will be responsible for the monthly health and safety checks on a rotational basis. This will save the parish money and the PC can contract any repairs required giving us more direct control.

Unfortunately there have been instances of inappropriate use of the park by persons unknown. There has been evidence of drug and alcohol use in the area and litter and human waste has been left behind.

The Parish Clerk and Councillors have kindly cleaned up the toxic and dangerous waste but it is difficult to know how the area can be policed in the future.

Thanks are extended to John Widdicombe for his diligent work in buddle hole and general highways maintenance.

Thanks also to Rob Northmore for grass/hedge maintenance in the Play Park.

Councillor Gabriel wished to acknowledge the contributions of County Councillor Hosking and District Councillor Steer in keeping us up to date with developments at County and District level.

The Avonwick defibrillator was pressed into service this year. Sadly the outcome was unsuccessful but it emphasised the fact that the investment made by the parishioners and especially patrons of the Avon Inn was very worthwhile. The Parish Council will continue to financially support this facility and have an ongoing project to secure a second defibrillator for North Huish.

Thanks as usual were given to the Clerk for his tireless efforts on behalf of the Council and the Parish that he undertakes without remuneration. It should be noted that we have to make provision by way of the precept for the clerk’s salary should Tony be unable or unwilling for any reason to continue to fulfil his duties.

Thanks also to Councillors for their work over the past year and indeed over the past 4 year term.

It has become fashionable in some quarters to be rather sneery about the work of Parish Councils and to imply that they are unaccountable and out of touch. Councillor Gabriel is pleased to say that it is his experience that as a group of people they give up their time and effort for no personal gain and try to improve the parish with little or no direction from the parish at large.

Feoffees Report.

Councillor Luscombe reported that the trustees of North Huish Feofees, Bowden and Perring Charity – Mrs M Luscombe Chairman, Mr J Bell Secretary/Treasurer, Mr A Mitchell, Mrs V Pearse and Mrs M Seager-Berry met twice in 2018.

The rent and conditions for Mary Park field have been updated as the rent had not been increased for many years. The lack of water during the summer was being investigated.

The Pemberton Trust now gives the proceeds as a gift to any child baptised in the Parish. Money from the Feoffees was given to two residents at Christmas.

The Feoffees are always open to receiving notification of anyone in need of a small grant to help in difficult times.

Flood Group Report.

The flood group has met twice a year since 2012. It continues to monitor the situation.

Parish Tree Warden.

Councillor Bell reported that there are three tree wardens within the parish. A major concern for them at the moment is the presence of Ash die back.