Monday 27 October 2008

MPC Minutes of the meeting Tuesday October 27th 2008


Minutes of the meeting held in the Village Hall on Tuesday October 27th 2008 at 7.30 p.m.

Present were Mr R Disson (Chairman), Mr. D. Lombardo, Mr J Goddard, Mrs. M. Rusbridge, Mrs I Neill, the Clerk Mrs. E Berry and two members of the public.

Apologies were received from Mr J Ormrod and Mr S Sawyer.

Declarations of interest: Mrs Rusbridge noted an interest on the matter relating to Dr Markham.

Minutes: The minutes of the previous meeting were read approved and signed.

Matters arising: Meeting with WBC re Nursery Copse arranged for 26 November at 16.30. Mr Disson and Mrs Rusbridge to attend.

Public Time – No comments but thanks to Miss Hibberd for sawing up the old bench.

District Councillor’s Report: Mrs Neill reported that Shaw House has now been opened to the public.
Parish conference took place last week. Mr Disson, Mrs Rusbridge, and Mrs Berry had attended but did not feel that the matters discussed were particularly interesting or relevant.

Village Hall - A flier had been sent to all village residents asking for volunteers to help run the hall, but unfortunately only one person expressed an interest. Mr Lombardo volunteered to personally contact all residents of Birds Lane to see if anyone felt able to help. Mrs Rusbridge had attended the Village Hall conference and reported that other villages seem to make more use their halls and she felt that some people may be reluctant to get involved due to the increasing number of regulations surrounding risk assessments and health and safety matters. It may be necessary to employ someone to clean the hall between lettings.

Meeting with Dr Markham – Mr Disson circulated a suggested draft of a response to Dr Markham’s complaint. The document was discussed and formally adopted. Councillors noted that there is a difference between comments made by a Parish Council, and comments made by an individual on their own behalf.

Clerk’s report:
Financial statement: c/a £199.19 d/a £19122.69 includes parish precept £3,750

Bills to be paid: £66.00 reimbursement to clerk for new cabinets
£3.00 reimbursement to Mrs Rusbridge
The Councillors present approved this amount for payment and also an amount to renew the Midgham Parish domain.


New applications: 08/01877FULD The Barn, Old Acre

Decisions:08/01575/HOUSE Toad Hall – Approved but with conditions attached to access over Midgham Green for construction vehicles and material.
08/01599/LBC2 Water Oak - Approved
08/01295/FULD Hallcourt Farm – Approved


BT Adopt a Kiosk programme – not appropriate to Midgham.
BALC AGM 8th November 2008 Theale.
South East Plan Gypsies, Travellers, & Travelling people Consultation – circulated for consideration.
Royal Berkshire Fire Authority Plan – circulated for comment.

Allotments – Clerk had received two enquiries about allotments and had referred the applicants to Woolhampton, who had advised them that they only consider Woolhampton residents. On further investigation, it seems that following a boundary review in 1991, the parish boundary was moved, and Woolhampton Village Hall and the allotments which used to be in Midgham, were ceded to Woolhampton. Clerk to write to Woolhampton parish to check on what arrangements were put in place at that time to ensure that some of the allotments could remain available, and to see if any new allotments could be created west of the current ones.
Play Area – No problems to report.

Midgham Green: Various quotes had been received for logs and for maintenance work. The details are to be circulated for consideration by all the councillors. Mrs Rusbridge will also obtain a further quote to add the cutting of grass in the churchyard and at the front of the village hall.

Parish Plan: 9 volunteers attended a meeting on Monday 27th October and are starting a launch group which will meet next on 10th November.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 9.10 p.m.
The next meeting will be held in the Village Hall on Tuesday 25th November 2008 at 7.30 p.m


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