Minutes of Meeting held in the upstairs room of The Wheel on Thursday 30th. November 2017.

Present: Councillor J. Sargeant (Chair).

Councillors T. Beastall, R. Lovell, D. Sargeant, K. Shaw, S. R. Weston.

In Attendance: John Bourne, Clerk to the Council.

55/17. Apologies for Absence.

Apologies for absence were received from District Councillor N. Hawkins.

56/17. Declarations of Interest.

There were no declarations of interest at this point.

57/17. Chairman’s Address.

The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked Councillor Lovell for presenting the Remembrance wreath on Sunday 12th. November 2017.

He also thanked Councillor Weston for bringing to his attention two planning applications.

He reported that he had attended the Staffs. Moorlands Parish Assembly in October where there was a presentation from the County Council which informed delegates that the County Council has no money and is looking to local Councils to assist with tasks that used to be its responsibility, but the County would continue to fulfil its statutory obligations in respect of maintaining the road network. Delegates refuted this claim. A copy of the presentation, covering Highways, Rights of Way, Home Care, Libraries etc, was presented to each Councillor.

There was also a discussion on the Staffs. Moorlands Local Plan – Preferred Options as they relate to smaller villages. This was regarding the possible removal of infill boundaries.

58/17. Public Comments.

There was no business under this item.

59/17. Minutes of Last Meeting.

The minutes of the meeting held on 5th. October 2017 had been circulated. It was agreed that they be signed as a true and correct record.

60/17. Matters Arising.

The invoice received from Thomson Reuters for the purchase of the Parish Councillors’ Guide Books had been amended to show the printed price on the books and this had been paid.

Due to an article in a recent issue of Clerks & Councils Direct it was agreed to investigate the legal ownership of the Memorial Hall.

61/17. Correspondence.

An email had been received from a resident of Gratton Hall Lane who had reported a number of highway issues to the County Council but these had received no action. It was agreed to contact the County Council, with a copy to County Councillor Heath, about the problems.

A report had been received about damage to the front panel of the defibrillator cabinet outside the Memorial Hall. The translucent panel had been broken. Enquiries would be made for the availability of a replacement.

Further dates in January 2018 had been received from Karen Bradley M.P. inviting anyone to meet her for a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament. Poster with details displayed on notice board.

Other information received was:

Staffs. County Council Rights of Way Consultation.

Changes to Subsidised Bus Journeys in Staffordshire.

Civic Voice – Big Conservation Conversation.

Interactive Speed Signs suggestion from Police & Crime Commissioner.

Invitation to enter Best Kept Village Competition 2018 from Community Council of Staffs.- no action.

Invitation to the Opening of the new Samaritans Centre in Leek.

Clerks & Councils Direct – November 17 issue.

62/17. Planning Matters.

The following planning applications had been distributed to Councillors due to the time frame and it had been agreed to forward no objections to:

SMD/2017/0516 Erection of Detached Dwelling at Highfield House, School Lane.

SMD/2017/0647 Proposed Dwelling & Detached Garage on land off Micklea Lane (by a majority decision).

SMD/2017/0657 Demolition of Existing Garage / Store and Construction of New Replacement Garage at Hilwyn Farm, School Lane.

It was agreed to OBJECT to SMD/2017/0613 Outline Planning Application for up to Three Dwellings on land South of Hill Crest, Sutherland Road on the following grounds:

The site is within the Green Belt with no special circumstances.

The proposal cannot be classed as infill.

Extra traffic will cause extra congestion when egressing Sutherland Road onto the A53 main road.

Land remaining at rear of site could possibly be reserved for further future development.

Suggestion that the site should be the subject of a clean up to restore it to former agricultural usage.

The following planning applications were discussed and it was agreed to offer no objections to;

SMD/2017/0674 Removal or Variation of a Condition Ref’ SMD/2014/0748 at Wyndene, Leek Road.

Councillors agreed to OBJECT to the following planning applications:

SMD/2017/0705 Conversion of Existing Redundant Stable into 1 Bedroom Single Storey Dwelling with Extension at The Stable, Mollarts Wood Road, on the grounds that the site is in the Green Belt and the proposal cannot be classed as infill and there are no special circumstances.

*SMD/2017/0694 Outline Planning Permission with all matters reserved for the Erection of a Single Dwelling at High View, Sutherland Road.

on the grounds that the site is in the Green Belt and the proposal cannot be classed as infill and there are no special circumstances. In addition a retrospective application in April 2011 for an additional entrance on the site stated that the land was agricultural.

*Councillor Shaw abstained from voting on this application.

63/17. Finance Matters.

Notice had been received from Leek United Building Society that the Council Fixed Rate Bond would mature on 29th. December 2017. It was agreed to re-invest the maturing balance together with a further £1,000 – 00 in to a new One Year Member Only Fixed Rate Fixed Term Bond. Signatories to be Councillors J Sargeant, T Beastall and R. Lovell.

Notification had been received that Mazars LLP had been appointed as the Council’s External Auditor. It was agreed to inform Mazars that Longsdon Parish Council is an Exempt Authority for the purposes of the Local Audit Regulations.

64/17. Orders for Payment.

The following accounts had already been paid due to the time scale:

Thomson Reuters. £ 31 – 90. Councillors Guide Books (amended invoice).

Getmapping plc. £ 33 – 60. Parish Online Fee.

These payments were sanctioned.

It was unanimously agreed that the following items be paid:-

Recipient Amount Reason
The Wheel. £25.00 Room Hire.
A. Bridgwood. £93.50 Agency Work.
British Legion. £20.00 Remembrance Day Poppy Wreath.
Leek United Bldg. Soc. £1,000.00 Transfer.

65/17. Public Comment.

There was no business under this item.

66/17. Any Other Business.

Items for report included:

blocked road gully on the A53 opposite Nether Stanlow Farm - Repeat ) Staffs. County Council.

deep pothole in Honeysuckle Lane. ) Fly Tipping in Devils Lane – Staffs. Moorlands District Council.

The benches in Micklea Lane and Sutherland Road were in need of some attention but these to be left until the Spring.

The information board on the A53 opposite the New Inn was reported to be in need of attention. This would be inspected.

67/17. Date of Next Meeting.

The next meeting of the Council will be held at 7 - 00p.m. on Thursday 25th. January 2018 in the upstairs room of The Wheel public house, Leek Road, Longsdon.

  

Minutes of Meeting held in the upstairs room of The Wheel on Thursday 5th. October 2017.

Present: Councillor J. Sargeant (Chair).

Councillors T. Beastall, R. Lovell, K. Shaw, C. Taylor & S. R. Weston.

District Councillor N. Hawkins.

In Attendance: John Bourne, Clerk to the Council.

42/17. Apologies for Absence.

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor D. Sargeant.

43/17. Declarations of Interest.

There were no declarations of interest at this point.

44/17. Chairman’s Address.

The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.

45/17. Public Comments.

District Councillor Hawkins gave details of the new telephone system at Staffs, Moorlands District Council which was now in operation. The initial contact number is (01538) 395400.

46/17. Minutes of Last Meeting.

The minutes of the meeting held on 17th. August 2017 had been circulated. It was agreed that they be signed as a true and correct record.

47/17. Matters Arising.

A reply had been received, via District Councillor Hawkins, from Staffs. Moorlands District Council giving details which stated that a Council meeting which could possibly have many members of the public present would constitute an “event” which would be in breach of planning restrictions imposed on Dunwood Hall, the suggested venue for future meetings. It suggested that the owners of the hall should apply for planning permission for an increased number of events. Councillors felt that this was unfair and agreed to continue to meet in the upstairs room of the Wheel until further notice.

The owners of old New Inn had been contacted regarding the complaints about the solid board safety fencing which had been erected on the site obstructing vision for drivers entering or leaving Denford Road and also causing a hazard for pedestrians, and asking for some adjustments to the hoardings. No reply had been received.

The collapsed stone wall at Bridge No 6 Sutherland Road had been reported to the Canal & River Trust which said that the wall may not be its responsibility, but enquiries were continuing.

The Council’s choice of option on the consultation on Staffordshire Subsidised Bus Review had been forwarded. It was reported, however, that any changes had been put on hold.

The Council’s choice of option on the consultation on a Business Plan for the Future Joint Governance of the Police and the Fire and Rescue Services in Staffordshire had been forwarded. It was reported, however, that there would be no change to the current Governance.

It was reported that:

the Electoral Office had been informed of the co-option of Councillor Shaw.

that the owners of the private Wood Road had resurfaced the road themselves.

overgrowth over footpath on North West side of the A53 from Stonelow Hall to the “new cutting” – done.

48/17. Correspondence.

A letter and poster had been received from Karen Bradley MP giving information and dates of her constituency surgeries. Poster displayed on notice board.

An invitation had been received from Karen Bradley M.P. inviting anyone to meet her for a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament on Thursday 16th. November 2017. Poster with details displayed on notice board.

Other information received was:

Smith of Derby had sent details of an Annual Clock Service Plan offer – no action.

N. H. S. Designing Your Local Health Service – dates of events.

T.S.B. Bank – Changes to Business Terms.

Clerks & Councils Direct – September issue.

49/17. Planning Matters.

The Chairman had been in contact with Staffs. Moorlands District Council to clarify an item on the Local Plan regarding infill boundaries. A satisfactory response had been received.

The following planning application was discussed:

SMD/2017/0578 Outline Permission for a Single Dwelling at Proctor’s Nursery, Leek Road, Endon.

It was agreed to OBJECT strongly to this proposal on the following grounds:

The site is within the Green Belt. This green belt is a buffer zone between Endon and Longsdon.

Permission has already been obtained for a temporary dwelling. This can be moved around the site to suit varying conditions and no advantage would be gained by having a fixed dwelling.

The dwelling on the site should have an agricultural tie restriction.

50/17. Finance Matters.

A quarterly update statement of account was distributed to Councillors.

It was agreed that the T.S.B. Bank signatory mandate be updated.

The refund of V. A. T. for last year amounting to £64 – 31 had been received.

51/17. Orders for Payment.

It was unanimously agreed that the following items be paid:-

Recipient Amount Reason
The Wheel. £25.00 Room Hire.
A. Bridgwood. £89.25 Agency Work.
1 + 1 Website. £1.19 Internet Charge.
John Bourne. £281.44 Clerk’s Salary & Expenses.
H. M. Revenue & Customs. £58.00 P. A. Y. E.

An account had been received from Thomson Reuters for the purchase of two copies of The Parish Councillors’ Guide. This showed a total sum due of £54 – 00 but it was noted that this did not match the price printed on the books. The firm in question would be contacted.

52/17. Public Comment.

There was no business under this item.

53/17. Any Other Business.

Items for report included:

the overgrown grass over the footpath in Sutherland Road had again been reported to the lengthsman who had apologised for the delay in carrying out the work.

blocked road gully on the A53 opposite Nether Stanlow Farm - Staffs. County Council.

the entrance to the Common land – lengthsman.

Councillor Lovell, the Council’s representative, gave a brief report on the Memorial Hall Management Committee which, he reported, was investigating the idea of installing mirrors opposite the entrance to the hall to assist traffic leaving the car park.

He also reported that it was proposing to hold an event to celebrate the Centenary of the Memorial Hall in 2020. Any information on the founding of the hall would be appreciated.

Legislation on the ownership of the hall was also to be perused.

It was also agreed to purchase the usual British Legion wreath for the Remembrance Day service at St. Chad’s Church.

54/17. Date of Next Meeting.

The next meeting of the Council will be held at 7 - 00p.m. on Thursday 30th. November 2017 in the upstairs room of The Wheel public house, Leek Road, Longsdon

 

Minutes of Meeting held in St. Chad’s Church Room on Thursday 29th. June 2017.

Present: Councillor J. Sargeant (Chair).

Councillors T. Beastall, C. Taylor & S. R. Weston.

District Councillor N. Hawkins.

One Member of the Public.

In Attendance: John Bourne, Clerk to the Council.

16/17. Apologies for Absence.

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors R. Lovell and D. Sargeant.

17/17. Declarations of Interest.

There were no declarations of interest at this point.

18/17. Chairman’s Address.

The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and apologised to Councillor Taylor for not being able to attend the last Parish Assembly meeting but thanked him for his attendance.

19/17. Public Comments.

District Councillor Hawkins gave some details of the timetable for the next stage of the Local Plan process.

She was not able to disclose the actual details being put forward but these would be published on 4th. July 2017 and asked for the Council’s comments before the next meeting under the process on 12th. July 2017.

Various comments were given on items of the plan discussed at the Parish Assembly.

20/17. Minutes of Last Meeting.

The minutes of the meeting held on 3rd. May 2017 had been circulated. It was agreed that they be signed as a true and correct record.

21/17. Matters Arising.

A letter of thanks had been sent to former Councillor Lorna Bills for her service on the Council. The Electoral Office had been informed of the resultant vacancy and the usual notices displayed. Confirmation had now been received that the Parish Council could now co-opt a new member of the Council. It was agreed to publicise the vacancy on the Council’s website and notice boards.

No progress had been made regarding the replacement litter bin to be sited by the canal bridge in Sutherland Road. The Canal & River Trust had offered to install a new bin if the Parish Council purchased one. However, Staffs Moorlands District Council would need to service the bin otherwise it would be removed. At this point it was agreed that no further progress could be made.

A list of the village plant tubs which needed to be replaced had been forwarded to Proctor’s Nursery and these had been replaced. All the tubs had also now been replanted.

The complaints about the solid board safety fencing which had been erected on the old New Inn site which was now obstructing vision for drivers entering or leaving Denford Road and also causing a hazard for pedestrians had been forwarded to Staffs County Council Highways and an acknowledgement received. No further details had been received and it was agreed to contact the County Council again.

A telephone call had been received from St. Chad’s Parochial Church Council, followed by a confirmation letter, that the Church Room would no longer be available for meetings etc. from 30th. June 2017. Enquiries had been made with the Memorial Hall Management Committee but they could not accommodate the Council’s meetings. A further suggestion was to hold meetings at Dunwood Hall and this was agreeable with the owners but they were concerned about the number of events which they could hold at the venue due to planning restrictions.

It was agreed to contact the Planning Department to ascertain whether a small Council meeting would constitute an “event”.

The Wheel public house had a room available but meetings should not take place in licensed premises unless there was no other venue available. It was agreed to hold the next meeting of the Council in the upstairs room at that venue while further negotiations took place.

The starting time of future meetings was discussed and it was agreed to continue with the 7-00p.m. start.

It was reported that:

a reply had been sent to the correspondent regarding the litter bin and the safety fencing at the old New Inn.

the reported damaged Chevron signs on the A53 had been replaced.

22/17. Correspondence.

A letter, together with literature, had been received from the Police & Crime Commissioner regarding the Cyber Security and Cyber Crime Survey. Notices received giving advice on the subject would be displayed on the notice boards.

Other information received was:

Invitation to a Special Event at the National Arboretum on Wednesday 2nd. August 2017.

Invitation to fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day on Sunday 3rd. September 2017.

23/17. Planning Matters.

There was nothing to report under this item.

24/17. Finance Matters.

It was confirmed that the Council insurance policy had been renewed with Zurich Insurance.

The Annual Governance Statement and the Annual Accounting Statement had been submitted to the Council’s external Auditor.

The Risk Assessment Statement, which the Chairman had produced, was discussed and it was agreed to accept all the details. It was also agreed that the Statement should be reviewed every year.

25/17. Orders for Payment.

It was unanimously agreed that the following items be paid:-

Recipient Amount Reason
P.C.C.of St. Chad’s Church. £25.00 Room Hire.
Proctor’s Nursery. £420.16 New Village Tubs and Planting All the Tubs.
D. Ingman. £58.00 Internal Audit Fee.
John Bourne. £346.05 Clerk’s Salary & Expenses etc.
H. M. Revenue & Customs. £58.00 P. A. Y. E.

26/17. Public Comment.

There was no business under this item.

27/17. Any Other Business.

Councillor Taylor informed the meeting that he was planning to leave the area in the near future which would mean him relinquishing his seat on the Council.

Items for report included:

Overgrown grass obstructing vision at the Denford Road junction with A53 – Staffs. County Council.

Overgrown grass over the footpath in Sutherland Road – the lengthsman.

28/17. Date of Next Meeting.

The next meeting of the Council will be held at 7 - 00p.m. on Thursday 17th. August 2017 in the Upstairs Room of the Wheel Public House, Leek Road, Longsdon.

 

Minutes of Meeting held in the upstairs room of The Wheel on Thursday 17th. August 2017.

Present: Councillor J. Sargeant (Chair).

Councillors T. Beastall, R. Lovell, D. Sargeant, C. Taylor & S. R. Weston.

District Councillor N. Hawkins.

One Member of the Public.

In Attendance: John Bourne, Clerk to the Council.

29/17. Apologies for Absence.

There were no apologies for absence.

30/17. Declarations of Interest.

There were no declarations of interest at this point.

31/17. Chairman’s Address.

The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.

32/17. Public Comments.

District Councillor Hawkins gave further up date details of the Local Plan process. The infill boundaries in the village had been removed from the plan and there was no number mentioned for housing requirement.

Any comments on the proposals would need to be submitted by 22nd. September 2017.

33/17. Minutes of Last Meeting.

The minutes of the meeting held on 29th. June 2017 had been circulated. It was agreed that they be signed as a true and correct record.

34/17. Matters Arising.

Staffs. Moorlands District Council had been contacted twice to ascertain whether a small Council meeting would constitute an “event” which would be in breach of planning restrictions imposed on Dunwood Hall, the suggested venue for future meetings, but no reply had been received. District Councillor Hawkins was asked to take up the matter on behalf of the Parish Council.

She intimated that a possible meeting venue could be Horton Village Hall.

The County Council had been contacted again regarding the complaints about the solid board safety fencing which had been erected on the old New Inn site obstructing vision for drivers entering or leaving Denford Road and also causing a hazard for pedestrians. A reply stated that the fencing was on private property so there could not be a request for it to be removed. The company involved had been contacted by the County Council but no reply had been received. The County Council suggested that the Parish Council contact the owners. This was agreed.

No requests for co-option onto the Council had been received but the member of the public, Keith Shaw, present at the meeting, volunteered to be co-opted onto the Council. Mr Shaw did not live in the parish but qualified by living within three miles of the parish boundary and was also owner of land in the parish. This offer was unanimously accepted and the Electoral Office would be informed. Councillor Shaw duly signed the Declaration of Office document.

It was reported that:

the overgrown grass obstructing vision at the Denford Road junction with A53 had been cut.

overgrown grass over the footpath in Sutherland Road was again reported – the lengthsman to be told.

35/17. Correspondence.

A consultation on Staffordshire Subsidised Bus Review had been received. After studying the document it was agreed to support Option 1 which maintained priority routes etc but with Dial-a-Ride services not maintained.

A consultation on a Business Plan for the Future Joint Governance of the Police and the Fire and Rescue Services in Staffordshire had been received. It was agreed to support the option of No Change to the Current Governance.

Other information received was:

details of Staffordshire Road Safety Grant Fund.

request for details of the annual budget of the Council from Leek United Building Society – sent in.

details for submissions of invoices etc. to Staffs. County Council.

36/17. Planning Matters.

The implications regarding the current site options etc on the Local Plan, which was now subject to consultation, were discussed. It was agreed that, as there were no major concerns with the proposals, as the infill boundaries had been removed and there was no figure for housing requirement, no comments be submitted.

The following two planning applications had been forwarded to Councillors due to the time scale and all agreed to forward no objections, subject to normal planning guidelines, to:

SMD/2017/0394 Siting of One Polytunnel at Proctor’s Nursery, Leek Road, Endon.

SMD/2017/0405 Lawful Development for Use as a Single Dwelling at Lyme House, Devils Lane, Longsdon

37/17. Finance Matters.

A quarterly update statement of account was distributed to Councillors.

The Annual Governance Statement and the Annual Accounting Statement had been returned by the Council’s external Auditor with no adverse comments.

38/17. Orders for Payment.

It was unanimously agreed that the following items be paid:-

Recipient Amount Reason
The Wheel. £25.00 Room Hire.
A. Bridgwood. £118.13 Agency Work.
1 + 1 Website. £1.19 Internet Charge.

39/17. Public Comment.

There was no business under this item.

40/17. Any Other Business.

Items for report included:

Collapsed stone wall at Bridge No 6 Sutherland Road – Canal & River Trust.

Overgrowth over footpath on North West side of the A53 from Stonelow Hall to new cutting – Staffs. C. C.

Councillor Lovell, the Council’s representative, gave a brief report on the Memorial Hall Management Committee which, he reported, did not have a Chairman in office at present.

41/17. Date of Next Meeting.

The next meeting of the Council will be held at 7 - 00p.m. on Thursday 5th. October 2017. The venue to be determined by the Chairman and the Clerk after the further information is received from Staffs. Moorlands District Council regarding Dunwood Hall.

 

Minutes of Meeting held in St. Chad’s Church Room on Wednesday 3rd. May 2017.

Present: Councillor J. Sargeant (Chair).

Councillors T. Beastall, D. Sargeant, C. Taylor & S. R. Weston.

District Councillor N. Hawkins.

One Member of the Public.

In Attendance: John Bourne, Clerk to the Council.

1/17. Apologies for Absence.

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor R. Lovell.

A letter had been received from Councillor Bills stating that she wished to step down from the position of Parish Councillor due to work commitments taking her away from home and not being able to attend Council meetings. She wished the Council well in the future. It was agreed to accept her decision with some regret and to write a letter of thanks for her service to the Council, especially as Vice Chair and the Council’s representative on the Memorial Hall Management Committee.

2/17. Declarations of Interest.

There were no declarations of interest at this point.

3/17. Chairman’s Address.

The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.

4/17. Public Comments.

An issue arose with the Council’s decision by a majority vote to object to the Outline Planning Application for the Erection of a Single Dwelling on land adjacent to High View, Sutherland Road, Longsdon. The member of the public asked for an explanation on why this objection had been lodged since the Council had no objection to a previous application on the site. The Chairman explained that the site was in the green belt and was not in a designated in-fill area. District Councillor Hawkins offered to follow this up with the Moorlands Council.

District Councillor Hawkins discussed the reply received from Staffs. Moorlands District Council regarding the partly completed extension at a property in Denford Road after an officer had visited the site. There still appeared to be some grey areas which could not be totally explained. Councillor Hawkins offered to take up the matter again with the Planning Department.

5/17. Minutes of Last Meeting.

The minutes of the meeting held on 30th. March 2017 had been circulated. It was agreed that they be signed as a true and correct record.

6/17. Matters Arising.

The Canal & River Trust had been contacted about a replacement litter bin to be sited by the canal bridge in Sutherland Road. A reply stated that the Trust had an agreement with the local Council that if the Trust provided a bin the local Council would empty it but current funding was not available for a replacement. It was agreed to write to the Trust and offer to buy a replacement bin if it could arrange for the servicing.

County Councillor Heath had been contacted about the erosion of the entrance to the private Wood Road by storm water from Sutherland Road. She had replied that she would recommend some remedial work.

It was reported that:

the list of the village plant tubs to be replaced with new was being arranged.

7/17. Correspondence.

An email had been received from a parishioner raising two points:

1. Commenting on the ongoing saga of who is responsible for providing / emptying the dog waste bin which has been removed from the canal tow path near to Sutherland Road.

2. The solid board safety fencing which had been erected on the old New Inn site was now obstructing vision for drivers entering or leaving Denford Road and also causing a hazard for pedestrians.

The comments were noted. Item 1 was already ongoing and it was agreed to report Item 2 to Staffs. County Council’s Highways Department.

An acknowledgement reply would be sent to the correspondent.

8/17. Planning Matters.

There was nothing to report under this item.

9/17. Finance Matters.

End of year invoices for the Staffs. County Council’s and Staffs. Moorlands District Council’s lengthsman schemes had been forwarded and payments received.

The Chairman had prepared a renewed Risk Assessment Statement. A copy was handed to each Councillor and this would be discussed at the next meeting.

The Council insurance policy renewal was due on 1st. June 2017. Two quotations had been received and after these were perused it was agreed to renew with the current insurers Zurich in the sum of £325 – 84. This was the dearer of the two quotes but Zurich offered a more beneficial schedule.

The Annual Accounts had been audited by the usual Internal Auditor after agreement of the Chairman due to the time scale. This action was sanctioned.

The internal auditor had reported that he had worked to the requirements outlined in Section 4 of the Annual Return. He had also had regard to the suggested approach in the Governance and Accountability Practitioner’s Guide and had found that the Council’s internal checking and control systems in place are effective. The records and accounts maintained are kept to a high standard and in good order. There were no matters which needed to be brought to the attention of the Council.

10/17. Section 1. Annual Governance Statement 2016/2017.

The Annual Governance Statement for the year was perused and approved unanimously.

11/17. Section 2. Accounting Statement 2016/2017.

The Accounting Statement for the year was perused and approved unanimously.

12/17. Orders for Payment.

It was unanimously agreed that the following items be paid:-

Recipient Amount Reason
P.C.C.of St. Chad’s Church. £25.00 Room Hire.
1 + 1 Internet Ltd. £17.96 Website Charge.
Zurich Insurance. £325.84 Insurance Renewal Premium.

13/17. Public Comment.

There was no business under this item.

14/17. Any Other Business.

Items for report included:

Chevron signs on the A53 damaged by accident – Staffs. County Council.

Crumbling tarmac edging washed away in Denford Road – Staffs. County Council.

New seat in Denford Road becoming overgrown – the lengthsman.

15/17. Date of Next Meeting.

The next meeting of the Council will be held at 7 - 00p.m. on Thursday 29th. June 2017 at St. Chad’s Church Room, Leek Road, Longsdon.