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held on Monday 12th May 2008 in the Parish Hall

commencing at 8.05 p.m.


PRESENT   Mr. D. Haywood (Chairman), Mr P. Horsfall, Mr. P. Kirton, Mr. A Longdon, Mrs. M. Wilkinson, Mr. K. Walton, Mr. P. Preece and Mrs. J. Burgess (Clerk)

Also in attendance Mrs. M. Shineton,  Mr. P. Martin and 3 Parishioners.

  1. APOLOGIES were received from Mr. D. Dixon, Mrs. M. Lee, Mrs. A. Elwell and Mr. D. Thomas.
  2. MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL MEETING 2007.These were read by the Clerk, approved and signed.  (Proposed by Mr. A. Longdon and seconded by Mr. K. Walton).

This was read by the Clerk and outlined the various matters with which the Parish Council had been concerned over the past year.

  2. Women’s Institute.

Mrs. Lee’s report advised that the WI continued to thrive with 18 members, although it would be good to attract new members from new comers to the neighbourhood. Speakers each month had ranged from the last pearl button maker in Birmingham to Indian head massage, an amazing clock collector and other subjects.   Additional activities had included fund raising  and outings.

  1. Parish Hall.

Mr. Haywood reported on another busy year with the usual skittles, quiz, talks, dances and beetle drive.   Work on the hall had been ongoing during the last year – the steps had been repaired, new kitchen window provided and 100 new chairs provided.  Use of the hall had increased and the 150 Club now had 150 members so 2 more prizes had been provided.  He thanked Mike Southall (who had resigned from the committee) and Caroline for all their hard work over the years and expressed the hope that younger people would join the committee.

3 .School.

Mrs. Wilkinson was pleased to report that the school now had 40 children and everyone was very pleased that the imminent threat of closure had passed. Two school action groups had been formed to provide out of hours activities and promote the school in the wider community.  An E-Co programme had also been included.  Various outings had been provided and there was an increasing sports input from various outside bodies.

  1. Kinlet Plan.

Mr. Engleheart updated the progress relating to the appropriate elements in the plan and thanked the Parish Council for their continuing interest and assistance.   There were new targets to be met during the forthcoming year and these would be published shortly.

5 Playgroup.

Another successful year had been achieved with 22 children registered who attend between 1 and 6 sessions per week and the  facility to accommodate a maximum of 20 children per session, with full day care on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays  available.  The staff and children had settled into their new building very well and enjoying the new secure outdoor play area.   A number of topics had been looked at during the year including fruit and vegetables, transport, senses and festivals.  Successful fundraising events included the annual sponsored walk, a Christmas evening and Easter raffle and bonnet parade.

  1. Countryside Group.

Mr. Engleheart reported a successful year with 9 members active as volunteers.  A formal partnership agreement had been entered into with the County Council and training undertaken on basis construction techniques.   Various walks had been arranged around the Parish which had been most enjoyable.

  1. Parish Watch.

Mr. Walton advised that there were 12 area contacts as well as the co-ordinator.   Parish Watch signs had been erected on roadside locations around the Parish.   Fortunately crime was very low in the parish compared to national and more urban statistics. Although the main problem had been a lack of co-operation and input from the Police regarding statistics and information about crime patterns in the parish and surrounding areas.   This was not an isolated problem to Kinlet and the Police, although keen initially to set up Parish Watch Schemes, were not so supportive  now and this problem was being raised through the Bridgnorth and Shifnal Area Committee, of which Kinlet Parish Council is a member.


The question of the speed limit implementation was raised by Mr. Martin and it was anticipated now that the work would be carried out in 3/4 weeks time.   He mentioned the Disabled Forums which aimed to help with movement out of the villages and enable disabled people to get back into the workplace.   Work was always required on the highways and this was an ongoing problem to balance the budget available with the urgency of the work.


Mrs Shineton talked about the numerous applications for holiday Chalets which had caused some confusion as to their usage.   The District Council had provided a planning training session for all Parish Councillors which included information on the Local Development Framework which would replace the Local Plan and Structure Plan policies.

She advised that the new County Waste Partnership was now in place and it was hoped that the majority of rural areas would have wheelie bins by July/August this year and a method of cardboard disposal soon. Plastics would take longer.

New concessionary bus fares started on April 1st and the Explorer Bus will at long last start on June 6th.  It is hoped that there will be a stop at the Eagle and Serpent – more details to follow.

The Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal Hospitals have applied for Foundation Trust status which would allow them to tailor needs to more local requirements.   Members of the public could become members of the Trust which meant a say in senior staff and Board member appointments


The ‘Give Way’ sign at Little Stocks Close was explained and another escourted visit to the Wyre Forest would be arranged for July.


The Chairman closed the meeting at 9.00 p.m. and thanked everyone for attending and also expressed thanks to the Clerk for her work during the year and Mr. Longdon for deputising for him when required.