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FULL COUNCIL MINUTES - 15th April 2019

Those present

 

Chairman:  Cllr H Hendry.

 

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

 

Officer:  Mrs K Woods.

 

In attendance: Dave Dixon - Sight and Sound.

 

1.  Apologies.

Apologies were received from Cllr M Rashid.

 

2.  Minutes of the Previous Full Council Meeting.

It was RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Full Council Meeting held on Monday 18th March 2019 be approved as a true and correct record.

 

3.  Matters Arising.

a.)  Minute number 4.c.) Unsolicited parcels from Amazon.

Cllr Mrs Harrison informed members that she had been contacted by Rip Off Britain last week and asked to forward her correspondence to and from Amazon and these would be passed onto Action Fraud.

 

b.)  Minute number 8.a.) Broadband Contract.

It was agreed that the Clerk seek the best contract for the Parish Council.

 

c.)  Minute number 9.a.) Pond at junction of Arran Way and Windward Way.

Cllr Mrs Harrison informed members that a site meeting had taken place on Wednesday 10th April regarding the pond.  Cllr Mrs Harrison informed members that a reporter from the Birmingham Mail was in attendance and that Cllr Jean Hamilton and Cllr Mark Wilson of the Green Party were present along with the designer of the pond.  Discussion where had  regarding the safety of the local children, the aesthetics of the pond and anti-social behaviour.  It was agreed that the Clerk send a letter to Cllr Ian Courts stating that the Parish Council have grave concerns regarding the safety of local children, etc.

 

4.  Public Participation.

There were no members of the public present.

 

5.  Correspondence.

a.)  PKF Littlejohn - Re: Annual Audit of Accounts for 2018/2019 set for Monday 1st July 2019.

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

 

b.)  Solihull MBC - Re: Statement of Persons Nominated - Smith’s Wood Parish Council.

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

 

c.)  Joseph Bright (Solihull MBC) - Re: Update from HS2 Ltd.

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

 

d.)  Nick Cuming (Balfour Beatty) - Re: M6 Closure Programme - 15th April to 21st April.

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

 

e.)  Dave Dixon - Re: Invitation for Parish Councillors to sign the following petition: ‘Michael Gove - Save Our Butterflies, Bees and Wildflowers by Protecting British Meadows’.

It was RESOLVED: That this item be received and noted.  A copy to be forwarded to Cllr Craig.

 

f.)  Andy Holding (Birmingham Airport) - Re: CAA Approval of Airspace Change Proposal.

It was RESOLVED: That this item be received and noted.  A copy to be forwarded to Cllr Craig.

 

g.)  Lee Stephenson (Solihull MBC) - Re: Notification of Temporary Traffic Restrictions - Velo 2019 Cycling Event - 12 May 2019.

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

 

h.)  Sue Watson (Unity Trust) - Re: Community Hubs Newsletter.

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

 

6.  Reports From Outside Bodies.

a.)  Big Local.

Cllr Craig informed members that he had been contacted by Aimee Mallinson.  Aimee had informed Cllr Craig that the Big Local group would like to use the Excellence in the Community Room at Elmwood Place, but had been informed that the room is only available until 5pm. 

It was RESOLVED: That the Clerk contact Unity and ask for the opening times of the Excom Room and what is the specification of the Excom Rooms.

 

7.  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 1st April 2019 be received and the recommendations contained therein be adopted.

 

8.  Members Requests at the Chairman’s Discretion.

a.)  Power Plate.

Members were informed that it would not be possible to sell the power plate for £500.00 as research had shown the last three power plates sold where for approximately £150.00.  It was agreed that the power plate be advertised for sale on the internet and see what offers are received.

 

b.)  Change in Legislation.

Cllr Churchill informed members of staff that he had recently been mugged while taking a large amount of social club takings to the bank.  He had been informed that there were now new legislation regarding depositing and withdrawing funds from bank accounts.  The new legislation is to prevent money laundering.

 

c.)  Lift in Elmwood Place.

Members asked the Clerk to enquire when the lift is to be repaired.

 

9.  Dates of the Next Meeting

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

Annual Parish Meeting: Monday 13th May 2019 at 4.3pm.

Annual General Meeting: Monday 13th May 2019 at 4.45pm.

Finance and General Purposes Committee Meeting: Monday 13th May 2019 at 5.00pm.

 

10.  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.