Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting 16th May 2018

Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Wednesday 16th May 2018 at 8.00pm at Longtown Village Hall.

IN THE CHAIR: Cllr Judy Cecil.

PRESENT: 8 members of the community.

OFFICER PRESENT: Paul Russell, (Administration Support/Locum Clerk).

1. ACCEPT APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies were received and accepted from Cllrs G Watkins and J Hardy.

2. ADOPT MINUTES OF PREVIOUS ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
It was agreed to accept the minutes of the Longtown Annual Parish meeting held on 17th May 2017.

3. OPEN DISCUSSION FOR THE PARISH OF LONGTOWN
The Chair gave an update on progress regarding the issues raised in 2017 regarding the school. With support from the Locality Steward new signs had now been ordered at a cost of £138. The costs would be met by the School PTFO. The signs will be on a yellow background. School opening times have been changed as well so parents can stagger arrivals. It was hoped that these actions would help mitigate future issues.

A resident informed the meeting that there was an initiative being developed to help improve the existing bridleways and footpaths. The recently formed Bridleway Group and the Golden Valley Tourism Group would be involved. It was acknowledged that a number of footpaths ran through private land as well as farms and farmyards which sometimes compromised people’s privacy.

The Parish Council was asked whether it would support the initiative to put together an overall plan of the footpaths and support the rerouting of some footpaths with the ultimate aim of improving security and the quality of the footpath network.

It was noted that the budget cost of closing and rerouting a footpath was approximately £2,500. This cost could potentially be reduced if there was a coherent plan developed by users and landowners.

It was agreed to place this on the next appropriate Council agenda to discuss and investigate the matter. Previous consultations had indicated a high level of support for opening up footpaths. However, priorities would need to be developed and agreed.

There being no other business the Chair closed the meeting at 8.21pm.