A meeting of Odstock Parish Council was
held at 7.30 pm on 2nd July 2003 in The Radnor Hall,
Present: Rod Poynting (Chairman), Cliff
Whitley (Vice-Chairman), Sue Nicholls, Brian Clake, Colin
Berry, District Cllr Bryan Rycroft, County Cllr Julian
Johnson, Richard Parsons (Clerk) and three members of the
public. Apologies were received from Simon Martin and
26/03 Comments from the Public: * None.
* Cllr Poynting propose a vote of thanks to Sherwood
Elcock and Robert Underhill for their service on the
Parish Council and this was endorsed by all the members.
27/03 Declaration of Interest: None.
28/03 Minutes of the annual meeting on
13th May 2003 were agreed and signed by the Chairman.
29/03 Matters Arising:
* Cllr Whitley reported that interest in operating a
Neighbourhood Watch scheme had proved to be difficult to
sustain in the past. It was agreed to canvass villagers
on this subject at the forthcoming Nunton Fête.
* Four Skips had been filled and removed from the
villages during June.
* The removal of abandoned cars and the problems of
parking on the Odstock road are in hand.
* Bus shelter maintenance is in hand and the installation
of the new noticeboards is still awaited.
* Cllr Nicholls agreed to liaise with the WCC Youth
30/03 Use of Nunton Field: Cllr Clake
reported that there was a general lack of care by the
users of the field. The gang mowers provided by a
parishioner had deteriorated and were in need of
maintenance. The Pavilion is frequently left in an untidy
state. Cllr Whitley was insistent that a proper
management scheme needed to be implemented. Action:
Cllr Clake agreed to have the locks changed on the
Pavilion and equipment shed and the Clerk agreed to
obtain a quotation for cutting the grass regularly.
31/03 The PC at Nunton Fête: Cllr
Whitley and Cllr Nicholls agreed to represent the Parish
Council at the Nunton Fête. Feedback will be obtained on
the proposals for developing the Nunton field.
32/03 Reports: There were no reports
from WCC, SDC or the Police.
* The Wiltshire Association of Local Councils AGM is on
17th July and is being chaired by Robert Key MP.
* The Standards Board has provided a video that shows the
Code of Conduct in action.
33/03 Finance: * The Clerk reported that
the Insurance quote from Community First had offered a
saving of nearly £100 against the offer from Cornhill to
renew. Since the PC had agreed to accept the lowest quote
for comparable cover, the policy underwritten by Zurich
Municipal had been accepted. * Membership of the
Wiltshire Association of Local Councils for the remainder
of the year amounted to £93.80p. * There was some
concern that the Clerk's contract of employment had still
not been resolved. * The following payments were approved:
Wiltshire Association of Local Councils - Subscription
Community First - Insurance Policy 127 £265.13p
R V Maidment Ltd - Skip hire 128 £258.52p
Salisbury District Council - Election Expenses 129 £296.75p
R Parsons - Clerk's fee on account 130 £400.00p
34/03 Transport, Roads and Footpaths: *
A report of the visit by the SID unit revealed that
between 300 and 500 cars per day are exceeding the 30mph
speed limit through the villages. Action:
Ask Alderbury Police to conduct speed checks. * Roadside
hedgerows and verges are in need of maintenance. Action:
The Clerk to make direct contact with the owners
responsible. * The next lengthsmen's visit is scheduled
for 13th/14th August.
* S/2003/1240 - CONSTRUCTION OF CONSERVATORY at 7 THE OLD
DAIRY NUNTON. No Objection.
* Cllr Nicholls reported that she had studied the
Countryside Agency's Parish Plans Publication. Initially,
a Steering Committee of up to 12 people would be needed
and the production of a Parish Plan was likely to take 12-18
months. It was thought unlikely that enough volunteers
would be found to begin a project of this type and so,
unless significant interest was received at the Nunton Fête,
it was agreed that to start a project now might be
36/03 Correspondence: Monthly circulars
37/03 The next Parish Council meeting is
scheduled for Wednesday, 10th September 2003.
The meeting closed at 9:40pm
Signed without amendment by Cllr Rod Poynting, the PC
Chairman, on 10th September 2003.
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