MINUTES OF THE ONLINE MEETING OF MATFEN PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON TUESDAY 26 JANUARY 2021 AT 7.00PM
PRESENT: Cllr Stuart Mills, Chairman of the Council together with Mrs Ann Gregory Smith, Keith Mavin, Frank Robson, Kevin George and Justin Dempsey.
In attendance: Mrs M Senior, Clerk to the Council and County Councillor Mrs V Jones
0121.01 QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC. None.
0121.02 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE – None
0121.03 DECLARATION OF INTEREST. None
0121.04 COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S REPORT – Cllr Mrs Jones gave her verbal report in matters relating to Northumberland County Council and Matfen Parish.
a) Street Lighting. NCC is reviewing the streetlights requested in Ingoe. Cllr Mrs Jones will contact the resident in Ingoe to discuss options. It was reported that the light outside the Village Shop has been out for several weeks. This had been reported to NCC.
b) LTP 2021/22. The road from Fenwick will be resurfaced as part of the LTP 2021/22..
c) Covid-19 response. The vaccine programme is going well with the majority of over 80s already vaccinated and work has started to vaccinate the over 75s .
d) Elections 2021. The elections are still going ahead in May and further information will be available in the next few weeks.
0121.05 MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 24 NOVEMBER 2020. It was proposed by Cllr Mrs A Gregory Smith seconded by Cllr K Mavin and AGREED that the minutes of the meeting held on 24TH NOVEMBER 2020 as an accurate record.
0121.06 ACTIONS ARISING FROM THE MEETING HELD ON 24th NOVEMBER 2020
a) RESURFACING OF THE ROADS. Minute 1120.05a refers. The road through Matfen had been resurfaced however the white lines are still to be reinstated. It was noted that the road from the Great Whittington junction to Standing Stones also needs to be resurfaced.
b) NOTICE BOARDS AND PICNIC BENCHES. Minute 1120.07a refers. Mr J Oliver had agreed to help carry out the work to install the notice board and the seating however as two men are needed it had not been possible due to the current lockdown restrictions. The work will be carried out once lockdown has been lifted.
c) WEBSITE Minute 1120.11a refers. Cllrs S Mills and K George had met to discuss a new Matfen website. It was agreed to progress this with NetWise UK who specialise in Parish/Town Council websites. The website will be accessible and meet current requirements. The cost will be £499 to set up the website and £250 per annum thereafter. The existing domain name www.matfenparish.org will be retained and transferred from the existing registrar. The clerk will make the necessary arrangements to set up the new website.
d) TREE CONDITION REPORT. Minute 1120.11b refers. Unfortunately, Cllr S Mills contractor is unable to carry out the work required therefore the clerk will look into obtaining quotes.
e) BRIDGE REPAIRS. Minute 1120.11c refers. Northumbrian Water had confirmed that they would repair the railings to the bridge in November. This had not been done therefore the clerk will chase this up.
a) ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT. It was proposed by Cllr S Mills, seconded by Cllr Mrs A Gregory Smith and AGREED to approve the expenditure on the list circulated.
- TO ACCEPT AND APPROVE ACCOUNTS UP TO 31ST DECEMBER 2020. It was agreed to accept and approve the accounts up to 31st December 2020. The accounts show a balance of £19,647 with a forecast balance of £16,947 at 31st March 2021
|PAYEE||DESCRIPTION||NET OF VAT||VAT||CHEQUE AMOUNT||CHEQUE NO|
|Mrs A Senior||Clerical Services||469.03||469.03||101148|
|H M Revenue and Customs||PAYE||117.40||117.40||101149|
|Mrs A Senior||Play area inspections||75.00||75.00||101150|
|Corbridge Parish Council||SLCC subscription 2021||41.30||41.30||101151|
|Came and Company||Insurance renewal||500.18||500.18||101152|
|Eventbrite UK Ltd||Councillor training||10.00||10.00||101153|
|Mrs A Senior||Postages and travel||81.07||81.07||101154|
|Barclays Bank||Bank account interest||0.27||0.27||07.12.20|