KINLET PARISH COUNCIL.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
held on Monday 11th May 2015 in the Parish Hall
commencing at 8.00p.m.
PRESENT:- Mr D. Dixon (Chairman), Mr. D. Haywood, Mrs M. Wilkinson, Mr. P. Horsfall, Mr. P. Kirton, Mr. D. Dixon, Mrs J. Barnes and Mrs. J. Burgess (Clerk).
Also in attendance Mrs. M. Shineton and 5 Parishioners.
- APOLOGIES were received from Mr G. Butler, Mr K. Walton, Mr. R. Crawford, Mrs. R. Smith and Mrs Tracy Ward.
- MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING 2014.
These were read by the Clerk approved and signed. (Proposed by Mr. D. Haywood and seconded by Mr. P. Kirton).
- MATTERS ARISING. There were no matters arising.
- ANNUAL REPORT 2014/2015. This was read by the Clerk and outlined the activities
and work of the Parish Council during the year.
- ORGANISATIONSÕ REPORTS.
- Parish Hall. Mr. Haywood reported another successful year with events such as Lady and Sax, Quizzes, Bingo and Skittles events all being well attended. Work was currently taking place on the car park with the entrance due to be tarmacked shortly. Plans were in hand for a new access, bar area and disabled toilets as soon as funds were available. Costs for this were currently estimated at over £25,000 of which about £9,000 was currently available at the moment. They were always looking for new members to join the committee and bring new ideas.
- Local Joint Committee. Mr. Haywood advised that during the past year the L.J.C. had met three times. A small budget had rolled over from the previous year which had been given to the Youth Partnership. No funding was available from Shropshire Council at the present time however the L.J.C. had decided to continue to meet to keep in touch with the Parishes.
- Women’s Institute. The W.I. SecretaryÕs Report was read by the clerk and reported an increase of one new member for the committee. Talks during the year had included such interesting items as Fish Cookery, Flora and Fauna of the Wyre Forest, Shropshire Fire and Rescue to mention a few. Group meetings with the Severn Group of W.I.s had taken place during the year. There were 13 members on the register with an average monthly attendance of 11 members and they were looking forward to enjoying another year of each otherÕs company at the monthly meetings.
- School. Mr. Engleheart reported that there were 67 pupils on the roll at the start of the summer term which was the highest number since the mid-1990Õs The rising nos. had allowed the school to move back up to 3-class organisation and as well as having 3 teachers, the school was also fortunate to be supported by a very effective and cohesive team of classroom assistants. Regular trips were enjoyed by the children (including residential) as well as specialists visiting the school. Community links remained strong – by taking the pupils out into the community and also the school welcoming in the community for events such as the annual fete and school productions. They were looking forward to an extension of the main school building during the year which would allow various teaching and tuition needs to be better accommodated.
Kinlet and Farlow Schools had a single governing body for 2 years which had allowed them to manage resources for the benefit of nearly 120 pupils, occasionally share staff and develop a shared focus on school improvement and pupil progress.
- Playgroup. The report from the Playgroup read by the clerk reported that the past year had seen some changes and with an increase in the number of children attending (17 on the register at present) an extra member of staff had been taken on to cover certain sessions .They were now open for 3 full days each week, with the toddler group meeting on Thursday mornings. In December Ofsted carried out an unannounced inspection which gave the Playgroup an overall rating of ÔgoodÕ. Activities had been carried out linked to various themes and special events/festivals were celebrated throughout the year to further develop the childrenÕs leaning. At the present time the children were growing peas for the Cleobury in Bloom pre-school competition and an end of summer term outing was being planned.
- Countryside Group. Mr. M. Cartledge advised that volunteer time in the year was 215 hours – spread over 20 group sessions plus individual work outside these and time spent training. Clearance and furniture upgrades on a number of routes in the parish had been undertaken and over the past 7 years the majority of footpaths and bridleways in the parish had been brought up to a good standard by way of restoring, upgrading or replacing about 60 stiles as well as a handful of gates and a large number of waymark posts.
A full condition survey of all public rights of way was planned and the three local walk leaflets had proved to be very poplar with a re-print imminent. They generally had a very helpful and collaborative relationship with landowners and occupiers and the work in the open air made their activity very enjoyable. Their expenses averaged less than £5.00 per month (taking out the cost of design and printing of the leaflets) and there was a balance of funds in the bank of £533.00
- Kinlet Parish Neighbourhood Watch. The Clerk read Mr. CrawfordÕs report which advised that Kinlet Parish continued to be a low crime area with a total of 15 assorted crimes for the 12 month period ending Feb.2015 – all crimes showing the investigations as complete.
In 2014 KPNW published an awareness flyer which was posted on various sites throughout Kinlet and feedback on this was positive and therefore a new poster would be produced for 2015. Co-ordinator meetings were held on a quarterly basis – usually on the third Monday of the month – and all were welcome as the more co-ordinators there were the more effective they could be. The Parish Council was thanked for their support and The Eagle and Serpent for allowing their meetings to be held there.
- Bridge Club. Mr. Haywood reported that the Bridge Club met every other Monday, including Bank Holidays usually averaging 16 members who came for a friendly game of Bridge, cup of tea, biscuits and chat. They were always looking for new members of any standard and at a cost of £1.50 per person per session to cover costs a rent of over £200 per annum was generated for the Village Hall.
- Cleobury Mortimer Youth Partnership. Mr. Haywood said that the Partnership meets every other month at Lacon Childe School on a Monday morning with Councillor Shineton as chairperson and other interested personnel. The discussion was mainly about the Skate Park in Cleobury Mortimer, football, youth behaviour and of course funding – or the lack of it – and other youth matters.
- SHROPSHIRE COUNCILLORSÕ REPORTS.
Mrs M. Shineton reported a very busy and changeable year for Shropshire Council with £80million having to be saved by 2016/2017 of which they hope to have saved £59million by the end of 15/16 leaving £21.5million for the final year. There was £16.948million in the budget for this coming year for Road Repairs which included all urgent and planned maintenance.
The winter of 14/15 proved especially difficult for the Ambulance Service as turnaround times were often long because of shortage of beds, not enough help in the community and cases which could have been treated in the Community Hospitals if the skills had been available or elsewhere. A new telephone service no. 0845 6789044 was proving very successful – the operators being widely trained to deal with many problems immediately or signpost the caller to the appropriate service. There was a shortage of rented property, especially bungalows, in the area and it was important that people registered their need on the Homepoint Register – 01588676246 or registered on line. In relation to housing, the policy of allowing local people to apply for ÔAffordable Housing on an Exception SiteÕ had proved very successful and a number of properties had been built in the area. The County Plan for any future development called SamDev was in the final stages of being examined by Planning Inspectors with the final report out by June 2015 hopefully.
A considerable amount of work was being carried out to streamline help for new and existing businesses when they needed to contact Shropshire Council. The new Leader Grant provided grant funding very much attached to Rural Enterprises – full information on line. The difficulties with reception for mobile and broadband, which was so important for everyone, was being emphasised in all public sectors and the pressure needed to be kept up.
Mr. G. Butler’s report was read by Mrs. Shineton which reported the past year had again been very challenging with a further £40million of cuts to be delivered. It had been a year which had seen many staff leave under voluntary redundancies, which in turn has created pressure on the delivery of services as departments were merged or abolished. Severe pressure was experienced on Adult Social care and this had been compounded by the governmentÕs increase in the allowance people were allowed to hold in assets before having to make payment. This had resulted in the Council having to pay for more people already in the care system and created a £5million black hole in this department which, with other adjustments, had been covered. The forward plan on Adult social care was to endeavour to keep more people out of care and in their own homes as it was better for the client and cheaper for the tax payer. Major problems had been experienced with the state of the roads and this had not been helped by the withdrawal of funding from central government to help cut the deficit, although a trickle of funding was now coming through. The Library service was under review with a third of its budget projected to be withdrawn but no decision regarding the future of delivering this service would be made without a full public consultation. There were issues with local bus services, the state of the roads, large solar panel farms, education funding in the rural areas to name just a few. All of which they would keep lobbying to obtain their share of the spend.
- ANY OTHER BUSINESS. Discussion took place in relation to the current questionnaire circulated to all parishioners in relation to the speeding through Button Oak. As the return date was not until the 1st June no analysis of the results was yet available but it was anticipated that such information would be discussed at the July Parish Council meeting. Mr. Engleheart reminded that the Parish Plan was 10 years old in 2015 and discussions should perhaps take place later in the year re its updating. The question of the forthcoming road closure at Furness Mill/Silligrove and its impact on the surrounding roads was raised and Mrs. Shineton would take this matter up as appropriate.
- CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS. Mr. Dixon thanked everyone for attending and for the continued support of our County Councillors. He also expressed thanks to Mr. Alan Longdon who had recently retired for his time on the Parish Council and to the Clerk for her hard work over the past year The meeting closed at approximately 9.00 p.m.