Minutes 21st May 2014

LONGTOWN GROUP PARISH COUNCIL
Craswall, Llanveynoe, Longtown and Walterstone

Minutes of Longtown Group Annual Parish Council meeting held on Wednesday 21st May 2014 at 8.00pm in Longtown Village Hall.

PRESENT
Mr N Cowles, Mrs L Watkins, Miss R Goodwin, Mrs R Pritchard, Mr N Powell, Mr D Freeman, Mrs P Tribe, Mr P Hope and Mr J Hardy.

IN ATTENDANCE – Mrs L Cowles (Clerk), Ward Councillor Graham Powell and three members of the public.

1. ACCEPT APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE – Mrs J Probert and PCSO Fiona Witcher.

2. ELECTION OF OFFICERS
In the absence of a current Chairman Mr D Freeman took the Chair.
To receive nominations and agree appointments for the office of:-
2.1 Chairman – Mr N Cowles proposed by Mr D Freeman and seconded by Mr N Powell. Mr J Hardy proposed by Mrs L Watkins and seconded by Mr P Hope. By a majority of six to three Mr N Cowles was elected as Chairman and signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office.
Mr N Cowles took the Chair.
2.2 Vice-Chairman – Mr J Hardy proposed By Mr N Powell and seconded by Mr D Freeman. There were no other nominations and the proposal was carried. Mr Hardy signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office.
2.3 Longtown Village Hall Representative – Mrs L Watkins – All Agreed.
2.4 Craswall Village Hall Representative – Mr N Powell – All Agreed.
2.5 Walterstone Village Hall Representative – Ms D Palmer (to be confirmed) – All Agreed.
2.6 Lewis, Gilbert & Thomas George Charity and Meredith Maddy Charity Representative – Mrs P Tribe – All Agreed.
2.7 Footpaths Officer for Craswall, Llanveynoe, Walterstone & Longtown – Mr N Powell and Miss R Goodwin (Craswall), Mr D Freeman (Longtown and Walterstone), Ms J Jones (Llanveynoe – to be confirmed).

3. RECEIVE REPORTS FROM:
3.1 Parish Council Chairman – See attached, a full report is available, on request, from the Clerk.
3.2 Ward Councillor – See attached, a full report is available, on request, from the Clerk.

4. ANNUAL REVIEW OF PARISH COUNCIL INSURANCE – A renewal quote had been received from Came & Company for £278.95, which was a saving on the previous year. It was agreed to renew with Came & Company.

5. ACCOUNTS 2013/14
Review statement of accounts for year end 2013/14 and approve Annual Return for financial year ended 31st March 2014. – All Agreed.
Ward Councillor Powell raised concerns that the balance showed a large increase in funds over the financial year 2013/14. It was agreed by Parish Councillors to consider increase spending over the current financial year.