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- 5980 MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF TRING TOWN COUNCIL HELD IN THE
COUNCIL CHAMBER, THE MARKET HOUSE, HIGH STREET, TRING
ON MONDAY 15th DECEMBER 2014 AT 7.30 p.m.
Present: Councillors: S. Hearn
Mrs P. Hearn
N. A. Hollinghurst
Mrs R. Ransley
Mrs D. Rance
Also Present: Mr M. Curry, Town Clerk 16 members of the public
17594. TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs Ms G Roberts and J. Allan (prior commitments).
RESOLVED: That the Council accept the apologies for the reasons given
17595. TO MAKE DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST Cllr Mrs P. Hearn & Cllr S Hearn had declarable pecuniary interests with regard to item 15 Precept & Budget 2015/16 should the discussion consider specifics of the Council’s property income.
17596. TO CONFIRM THE MINUTES OF THE COUNCIL MEETING HELDON 17th NOVEMBER 2014 RESOLVED: To accept the Minutes and for the Mayor to sign them.
17597. MATTERS OF REPORT FROM THE MINUTES There were no matters of report not covered by agenda items.
17598. TO RECEIVE SUCH COMMUNICATIONS AS THE TOWN MAYOR
MAY DESIRE TO LAY BEFORE THE MEETING OF THE COUNCIL
Cllr S. Hearn attended, in his role as Mayor, the following events:
18 November Community Action Dacorum AGM 21 November Charity Quiz Night – Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead 23 November Fundraising event for autistic children John Colet School, Hemel Hempstead 28 November Tring Christmas Festival 2 December Natural History Museum, Akeman Street, Tring Wildlife Photographer event 5 December Dacorum Community Trust Xmas Lunch, Pendley Manor Hotel, Tring
- 5981 December Justice & Peace Group Christmas Community Concert,Victoria Hall, Tring 7 December Rennie Grove Hospice - Light up a life Tring Church (St Peter and Paul) 8 December Dementia Friendly Café, Community Centre, Tring
The Mayor had received the following correspondence:
A letter of thanks fromthe Forget-Me-Not Nursery. It was agreed that the Clerk should write to Dacorum Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council in support of the nursery school A letter, which he passed on to Cllr Hollinghurst in his capacity as County Councillor, concerning parking in Park Rd and Akeman St
17599. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION Standing Orders were suspended by resolution at 7:41 pm so that Members of the Public present at the meeting might speak, in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order 67.
The applicants (4/03457/14/FHA & 4/03458/14/FHA) outlined the background to their proposed development. Similarly the applicant (4/03563/14/FHA) spoke with regard to his application.
A resident asked for confirmation on the status of the employment land in the Icknield Way Local Allocation (LA5). The Mayor was able to confirm that the use of the new employment land was restricted to class B1 that covers offices, research and development and light industrial uses. In addition there be no waste handling on the existing industrial estate until a redevelopment takes place to make room for it, but even if that happened, the activity would be restricted to dry recyclates only. The outcome of the consultation is not expected to be put to the Dacorum Cabinet until July 2015.
Standing Orders were restored by resolution at 07.47 pm
The Atkins Cup was presented to volunteers Anne Ogie & Catherine Anderson from Iain Rennie Hospice Shop.
17601. PLANNING APPLICATIONS The Council considered planning applications which had been referred by Dacorum Borough Council for observation of this authority. It was decided to request the
- 5982 Local Planning Authority to take the following comments into consideration when determining the under-mentioned applications.
PLAN REF. NO.
LIST OF DECISIONS BY DACORUM BOROUGH COUNCIL IN
RESPECT OF RECENT PLANNING APPLICATIONSThe Council noted the following decisions by Dacorum Borough Council.
PLAN REF. NO.
* This determination was contrary to the Town Council’s comment that it had no objection to the application. The Planning Officer felt that the proposed development was of a scale and height disproportionate to the parent dwelling and would detract from the character and appearance of the street scene.
Therefore it would be contrary to CS12 and the Area-based policy for HCA18 Grove Park RESOLVED: To note the planning decisions of Dacorum Borough Council
17602. MOBILE PHONE BASE STATION UPGRADE, ICKNIELD WAY PRE
APPLICATION CONSULTATIONThe Town Council, in accordance with planning policy guidance and Best Practice Commitments, was invited to enter into pre-application discussions with regard to the proposed base station upgrade.
Following discussion of the proposal it was agreed that:
The proposed mast does not look to be any larger than existing The existing mast is surprisingly well screened from the road In the location, such masts did not impact on health The upgrade would improve access to technology Consequently the proposal would not have an additional negative effect And the Council, therefore, had no objection RESOLVED: For the Clerk to pass these views to Dacorum Borough Council
17603. LICENSING ACT 2003:
No applications received
17604. TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDERS No applications received
17605. STANDING COMMITTEES
The minutes of the following meetings were considered:
(i) Finance & Policy Committee held on 24th November 2014 (ii) Planning Committee held on 1st December 2014 (iii) Allotments & Environment Committee held on 1st December 2014 RESOLVED: To receive and adopt the minutes listed above.
17606. OUTSIDE BODIES
Members gave reports of meetings attended when representing the Council:
Cllr Mrs R Ransley also attended the Christmas Festival and she attended a Multiple Sclerosis concert at Halton.
Cllr Rance asked the Clerk to write to the Wendover Arm Trust with regard to council representation.
Cllr B. Batchelor attended a meeting of the Old Church House Management Committee. The new administrator and treasurer are now both in post and a caretaker is being recruited. A project to replace part of the heating system has been started.
In Cllr J. Allan’s absence the Clerk reported on the meeting of the Dementiafriendly Tring Group on 2nd December 2014. The Group now has a network of 15 members. The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss the use of the grant funding received.
17607. TRING YOUTH TOWN COUNCIL The minutes of the Youth Town Council meetings held in September 2014 through to November 2014 were circulated prior to the meeting.
RESOLVED: To note the minutes circulated
17608. PRECEPT & BUDGET 2015/16 The Finance & Policy Committees recommendations for the Precept and the budget for the coming financial year were circulated prior to the meeting. Cllr Alison, Chair of the Committee, outlined the considerations leading to the recommendation The actual sum of the precept is subject to confirmation by Dacorum Borough Council of the tax base.
17609. CLERK’S FINANCIAL STATEMENT Members reviewed the Clerk’s Report and the circulated reports.
RESOLVED: To confirm and certify the schedule of payments as presented.
17610. TO RECEIVE A REPORT ON DACORUM BOROUGH COUNCIL’S
TOWN & PARISH CONFERENCECllr Mrs Ransley & the Clerk attended this meeting. The Clerk’s notes of the conference have been circulated and electronic copies of the presentations are available.
Cllr Mrs Ransley reported the value of the conference as a networking opportunity as well as the presentations. She also welcomed the comment made by a parish delegate reminding Dacorum Members and Officers that there was life beyond Hemel Hempstead. She highlighted the need to be prepared for the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy and how this linked to the progression of the Town Plan (item 18 on the agenda)
17611. THE TRING TOWN PLAN Cllr Mrs Hearn & the Clerk had a meeting with Cllr Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Transport at Herts County Council and Cllr Julie Laws, Executive Member for Clean, Safe & Green Dacorum Borough Council. The purpose of the meeting was to brief them on the Town Plan and explore ways of cooperating, especially with respect to improving the High St.
Cllr Mrs Hearn recommended that the implementation of the Town Plan together with the use of Community Infrastructure funds should be taken forward by a Council Committee.
17613. NEW MILL NEW COMMUNITY FACILITY The Clerk has commissioned some preliminary work by a surveyor ( to explore possible options within the allotment site. Because of access and parking needs, with a small terrace of three dwellings to provide finance, there is only enough room for a very small hall.
The resident’s committee have been asked to provide a business plan to support their aspirations. This has proved difficult for them. Consequently the Clerk has asked whether some of the section 106 funding available to progress this project could be used to commission a consultant to develop business plans for three options of hall size.
The need to give some definition in order to break the circle of hall viability/hall need, the land needed, and finance was recognised by Members.
Cllr Hollinghurst reported that he had identified a volunteer to act as a ‘business angel’ to progress the business plan. It was agreed that he and the Clerk would meet the volunteer as soon as possible.