Present: Cllr Benton, Cllr Clayden-Smith, Cllr Murdoch, Cllr Walne and Cllr Waples.
In attendance: Mrs J Pettitt (parish clerk)
The chairman opened the meeting at 7:30 pm
1. To receive and accept apologies for absence. Cllr Muller sent apologies.
2. To receive declarations of interest. None.
3. To confirm the minutes of the Albury Parish Council Annual meeting held on Tuesday 3rd May 2016. Resolved that these minutes be agreed as a true and accurate record of the proceedings and be duly signed by the chairman. Unanimously agreed.
4. To receive reports on actions agreed at the last council meeting
These will be reported in specific agenda points.
5. To receive petitions, comments and questions from the public.
6. To consider planning applications
3/16/1071/HH. The Old Post Office Cottage, Clapgate, Albury. Two storey rear extension. No comments.
7. To receive bank statements, bank reconciliation and financial summary
These were received by the Council and found to be satisfactory.
Balance at 30/4/16, £30,277.62
Outgoings: As agreed 3/5/16, £473.12
Balance at 31/5/16, £29,804.05
8. To agree payments due
Grasscutters & Co (allotment mowing) £65, Magi Associates (internal audit) £150, Total £215.00
Resolved, proposed by Cllr Benton, seconded by Cllr Waples, that these payments be made. Unanimously agreed.
9. To receive the clerk’s report (for information only)
The playground inspection is to be carried out from 4th July @ £41.50
A resident reported that the area in front of the Itch Lane/Albury Road noticeboard is very muddy at times.
The Catherine Wheel’s landlady and landlord reported that the number of HGVs passing through the village seems higher. They have offered the use of their patio for speed checks.
10. To discuss fibre broadband and compare services on offer
Cllr Clayden-Smith has contacted BT and Gigaclear. He has been informed that BT will not supply Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), only to the street cabinets (FTTC). They intend to offer BT Infinity 1, which gives a maximum 38mbps upload speed and 10mbps download speed. Gigaclear are offering FTTP and a range of packages from 50mbps up/download speeds, to 1GB upload/download speeds. For a copy of the full details please contact the clerk or see the file albury_exchange_broadband_options which has been uploaded to https://www.facebook.com/groups/AlburyVillage/
11. To discuss the newly installed defibrillator, training and VETS
Cllr Murdoch has completed the first monthly check of the defibrillator. Community Heartbeat Trust has asked for a selection of dates on which to hold a training session. APC has suggested 28th June, 5th July or 26th July. When a date is agreed it will be advertised to the village.
Resolved, proposed by Cllr Benton, seconded by Cllr Waples, that a budget of £150 be allowed to provide refreshments at the defibrillator training event. Unanimously agreed.
12. To discuss the pause in the planning application process for the A120 Little Hadham Bypass
The applicant is to survey the movement of Barbastelle bats along parts of the planned route throughout the summer, with a view to updating the planning application as necessary. The planning authority will then open a further consultation period, asking for views on any additional information submitted. At this point people will be able to provide further comments to the planning authority.
13. To discuss the progress of the Albury Parish walking leaflet
This is on-going.
14. To discuss the progress of the village hall playground refurbishment
The village tuck shop has so far raised £588 for this project. APC has received donations totalling £776 from the Albury Antiques Fairs organised by Brigitte Webster. Cllr Benton is currently filling in funding applications.
15. To discuss the progress of the community bus petition
Cllr Walne agreed to call County Hall to establish who the petition should be submitted to.
16. To discuss the possibility of installing a tall village sign on the verge near the River Ash, subject to establishing who owns the land
The clerk informed APC that East Herts County Council owns the land where Clapgate pumping station is sited and agreed to contact them to ask if it is possible to install such a signpost on the verge adjacent to this.
17. To suggest agenda items for the Parish Council Meeting to be held Tuesday 5th July 2016 at 7.15pm at the Village Hall
Bus petition, village sign, playground, defibrillator training, future community events, allotment tenancy agreements.
The chairman closed the meeting at 8.45 pm