Minutes of the Offley Parish Council Meeting
Incorporating Offley – Cockernhoe – Tea Green – Mangrove Green
Wednesday 7th April 2021 7.30pm
Due to the Government restrictions this meeting was Virtual and held via Zoom
Present: Cllr. Mrs Balfour Lynn
Cllr. Mrs B. Dyer
Cllr. A. Forsyth
Cllr. N. Jay
Cllr. Mrs S Miller
Cllr. S. Patmore
Cllr. R. Piepenstock
Cllr. Mrs N. Roberts
In attendance: Cllr. David Barnard
Cllr. Mrs C Strong
David Sample – Clerk
Members of the Public
|1||APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE|
|2||DECLARATION OF INTEREST
Any Councillor required to make a declaration of interest in accordance with the Code of Conduct adopted in March 2021 must declare such interest at the start of the meeting.
|3||APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING
It was proposed and resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 3rd March 2021 are approved as an accurate record of the meeting.
The minutes were approved.
|4||MATTERS ARISING FROM THE LAST MINUTES NOT ON THE AGENDA||CLERK|
|8||HERTFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL The council was now in purdah due to the forth coming elections on May 6th.||DB|
|9||NORTH HERTS DISTRICT Cllr Strong reported that the Local plan was on the Cabinet agenda. This would be followed by a public consultation period.||CS|
Planning Consultation 21/00829/LBC at 3 Home Farm Court
Planning Consultation 21/00231/LBC at 4 Home Farm Court
Planning Consultation 21/00526/FPH at 7 John Hall Court
Planning Consultation 21/00425/FPH at 6 Claypit Cottages
Planning Consultation 20/02577/FP at The Green Man revised
Planning Consultation 20/02578/LBC at The Green Man revised
Other planning applications – outstanding
20/00594/OP at School House Offley
Local Plan – see District Council report above.
London Luton Airport
Report on Payments and Income All payments are up to date.
The clerk reported that the Precept part one was due beginning of April
The clerk reported that the funding from Southern Rural had been received.
OFFLEY RECREATION CENTRE (ORC)
Offley Green (Village Green) work in progress
Offley Allotment Association (OAA). Cllr N. Jay gave a short presentation on the newly formed OAA. A request was made for support with funding to help get the OAA of the ground. A grant of £500.00 was agreed subject to the OAA meeting the criteria. (Bank Account and Constitution)
COCKERNHOE – MANGROVE – TEA GREEN
Dancote Development – on hold pending the local plan outcome
Dormer Glade – on hold pending the Local plan outcome
Police Report – Published in the Village Voice
Community Library – in the Green Man. Now closed for lockdown
Repair of Old Stone Benches The clerk reported that we had found craftsman will to repair the benches. The cost would be £620.00 each. This below the cost of buying new for a similar quality product. The expenditure was approved.
Dog Poo in and around the villages. The clerk reported that new signs had been purchased and would be installed over the coming weeks.
During the meeting we had a request put forward by a member of the public that the PC should consider offering FREE dog poo bags to all and sundry. This matter was discussed and it was found to be unmanageable.
1. Where to place the dispensers?
2. Who would refill the dispensers?
3. Why should all residents pay for something that the dog owners should provide as a matter of course? The onus is on the dog owner to pick up after the dog has done its business.
4. Is the cost justifiable given the points above?
Stop Mowing parts of the village greens as part of a biodiversity program. A short presentation was made by a member of the pubic as to why it should be considered. After much debate and discussion, it was agreed that we would not be adopting this request. It was however considered worth investigating further how we could help the biodiversity around Cockernhoe Pond. Reasons why we should not consider at present.
Unmown areas would need to be cut twice a year and the hay gathered.
Long grass may give off more pollen.
Difficult to see and collect litter and Dog Poo in long grass.
Unsightly particularly as the greens have never looked better.
From a straw poll in Cockernhoe and Mangrove the idea was not accepted.
The A505 Offley off Slip see below
Kings Walden Road to Offley Hoo see below.
Harris Lane White Lining.
The clerk reported that Cllr Barnard after his meeting with Highways indicated that funding for signs may be available.
|14||RIGHTS OF WAY|
|Parish Play Areas – The clerk reported that the order for new equipment in Elmtree has been ordered.
CLERKS REPORT Copy Date for the May 2021 issue of the village voice 15th April 2021.
|17||ITEMS FOR THE NEXT AGENDA none requested||CLERK|
|18||DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Wednesday 5th May 2021 at 7.30pm. plus, Annual Parish Meeting
This will be another Zoom meeting – details on the Agenda
|19||The zoom meeting closed at 9.10pm|