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FULL COUNCIL MINUTES - 18th Febraury 2019

Those present

 

Chairman:  Cllr M Rashid (Vice-Chairman).

 

Councillors:  Cllr D Cornock, Cllr G Craig, Cllr A Duffen, Cllr Mrs G Harrison, Cllr H Hendry, Cllr Mrs J Lloyd, Cllr J Wilson.

 

Officer:  Mrs K Woods.

 

1.  Apologies.

Apologies were received and accepted from Cllr F Churchill.

 

2.  Minutes of the Previous Full Council Meeting.

It was RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Full Council Meeting held on Monday 21st January 2019 be approved as a true and correct record.

 

3.  Matters Arising.

a.)  Minute number 5.a.) Jasmine Hanlon - Request to hire hall.

Members were informed that Jasmine Hanlon would not be hiring the hall as the fees were too high.

 

b.)  Minute number 5.e.) West Midlands Police - Invitation to attend meeting.

Members were informed that the Police would attend either 4th March or 1st April meeting.

 

c.)  Minute number 5.f.) Solihull MBC - Auckland Education Centre.

Cllr Hendry informed members that he had completed the consultation form and stated that he had objected to the proposals.  He added that the proposals state that there would be alternative plans for the pupils, but these were not clear.  It is the opinion of Cllr Hendry that Solihull MBC require the land for housing.

 

d.)  Minute number 6.a.) Big Local Meeting.

Cllr Craig informed members that he had attended the Big Local meeting and they had agreed that he would be the Parish Council’s representative at further meetings.  Cllr Craig asked the Clerk to contact Big Local and obtain copies of the minutes of previous meetings.

 

4.  Public Participation.

There were no members of the public present.

 

5.  Correspondence.

a.)  Ashley Prior (Solihull MBC) - Re: Temporary Road Closures - Resurfacing works.

It was RESOLVED: That this item be received and noted.

 

b.)  Ashley Prior - Re: Temporary Road Closures - Carriageway repairs.

It was RESOLVED: That this item be received and noted.

 

c.)  Helen du Bois (Clerk to Greatworth and Halse Parish Council) - Re: HS2 - the slow train to Old Oak Common.

It was RESOLVED: That this item be received and noted.

 

d.)  Solihull-Sustain - Re: Colebridge Alert 08/02/2019.

It was RESOLVED: That this item be received and noted.

 

e.)  Velo Birmingham & Midlands Event Updates.

It was RESOLVED: That this item be received and noted.

 

f.)  Dave Rayner (Scope) - Re: Textile Recycling banks.

It was RESOLVED: That this item be received and noted.

 

g.)   Jason Smith (Solutions) - Re: Parish Map.

It was RESOLVED: That this item be received and noted.

 

h.)  Derek Binder - Re: Field on corner of Buckingham Road and Windward Way.

The Clerk informed members that she had contacted Solihull MBC regarding the fly tipping in the woods.

It was RESOLVED: That this item be received and noted. 

 

i.)  Natalie O’Dwyer (Balfour Beatty) - Re: Combined TM logs 18th February to 24th February M6 Corridor.

It was RESOLVED: That this item be received and noted.

 

j.)  Solihull MBC - Re: Solihull Local Plan - more drop-in sessions in February.

It was RESOLVED: That this item be received and noted.

 

k.)  Rosie Weaver (SAC) - Re: Parish and Town Council Conference - Tuesday 19th March 2019.

It was RESOLVED: That this item be passed to Cllr M Rashid.

 

l.)  Solihull MBC - Re: Planning Application - 65 Tamar Drive - two storey rear extension.

It was RESOLVED: That the Parish Council have no objections to this application subject to the views of local residents.

 

m.)  Solihull MBC - Re: Planning Application - Toby Jug - Erect smoker’s shelter to the east elevation.

It was RESOLVED: That the Parish Council have no objections to this application subject to the views of local residents.

 

n.)  West Midlands Police - Re: Neighbourhood Alerts: Lonely Hearts Romance Fraudster Alert.

It was RESOLVED: That this item be received and noted.

 

6.  Reports From Outside Bodies.

Birmingham Airport.

Cllr Wilson informed members that he had attended the latest Birmingham Airport meeting.  He stated that the new CEO was Nick Barton.  That £500 million was set aside to upgrade and expand the terminal over the next 15 years, with passenger growth from 13 million to 18 million by 2033.  The ‘Midnight Runway’ run took place with 120 people taking part raising £15,663.37 for the Acorns Children’s Hospice.  Aircraft movement prediction of 130,000 by 2025 from 110,000.  Possible portable noise monitors to be installed in areas for case studies.  Flightpaths can not be changed as they are set by the CAA.

 

7.  Minutes of an Extraordinary Meeting.

It was RESOLVED: That the Minutes of an Extraordinary Meeting held on Tuesday 29th January 2019 be received and the recommendations contained therein be adopted.

 

a.)  Minute number 2.a.) Gym Figures.

Members were presented with the gym figures for the month of January and also other figures for a period of one week, one month and gym members.  Members stated that they wanted to know how often a membership was used so that they could make an informed decision on pricing at the next precept meeting.

 

b.)  Minute number 2 .c ) Signage for Gym.

Members were presented with an updated version of the signage on the outside of the school building.

 

c.)  Minute number 3.a.) Volunteers.

Members were presented with a draft leaflet for volunteers for the fun day.

 

d.)  Minute number 3.c.) Medical Centre Opening Day.

Members were informed that Solihull MBC did not know what day the medical centre was opening.  The Clerk informed members that two doctor surgeries, a baby clinic and dentist were moving into the new building.

 

8.  Minutes of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

It was RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Finance and General Purposes Committee meeting held on Monday 4th February 2019 be received and the recommendations contained therein be adopted.

 

a.)  Minute number 4.d.) Solihull MBC - Temporary Road Closures - Burton’s Way.

Members requested that the Clerk find out which part of the road will be closed and if it affects staff getting to work.

 

b.)  Minute number 7.a.) HM Courts & Tribunal Services.

Members were informed that the Courts had sent the Parish Council’s claim to Miss Lal and were awaiting her response.

 

9.  Members Requests at the Chairman’s Discretion.

a.)  Unsolicited Parcels from Amazon.

Cllr Mrs Harrison that she had received two parcels from Amazon that she had not ordered.  She stated that she had contacted Amazon.  She added that she also contact Rip Off Britain and was invited to attend a recording of the programme in Manchester.  She stated that she had spoken to a man called Aaron, who was a solicitor from Birmingham and he informed her that Chinese companies were sending out parcels to inflate their sales figures and this was called ‘Brushing’.  Members agreed that this, and other fraudulent issues other Councillors have experienced should be raised with the police when they attend a Parish Council meeting.

 

b.)  Gym Equipment.

Cllr Cornock informed members that one item of gym membership needs replacing as a matter of urgency.  It was agreed that the quotation received from D & M Gym Services be accepted and the equipment purchased immediately.

 

c.)  Wheatfield Close.

Cllr Wilson stated that the grass verge in Wheatfield Close has not been completed and families had already moved into the new housing.  It was agreed that the Clerk contact Solihull MBC regarding this issue.

 

d.)  Public Noticeboard.

Cllr Craig asked if the Clerk could obtain a copy of the key to the public noticeboard outside the school.

 

e.)  Fitness Class for under 18's.

Cllr Cornock stated that all members of staff had completed and passed their Safeguarding courses and that a date needs to be set for the start of the classes.  It was agreed that a formal parental consent form be drafted and the classes to start on the first Friday in April 2019.

 

10.  Dates of the Next Meeting

It was RESOLVED: That the dates for the next meetings are as follows:

Finance and General Purposes Committee Meeting: Monday 4th March 2019 at 4.30pm.

Full Council Meeting: Monday 18th March 2019 at 4.30pm.

 

11.  Exclusion of Public and Press.

It was RESOLVED: That in accordance with Schedule 12a of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the following Agenda item: Private Section of Minutes.