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- 6074 MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF TRING TOWN COUNCIL HELD IN THE
COUNCIL CHAMBER, THE MARKET HOUSE, HIGH STREET, TRING ON
MONDAY 20nd JULY 2015 AT 7.30 p.m.
Present: Councillors: S. Hearn
Mrs O. Conway
Mrs P. Hearn
N. A. Hollinghurst
Mrs R. Ransley
Also Present: Mr M. Curry, Town Clerk Ms C Hill, Deputy Clerk 1 member of the public
17877. TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE Apologies were received from Cllr C. Townsend (illness) RESOLVED: That the Council accept the apologies for the reasons given
17878. TO MAKE DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST None
17879. TO CONFIRM THE MINUTES OF THE COUNCIL MEETING HELDON 22nd JUNE 2015 RESOLVED: To accept the Minutes and for the Mayor to sign them.
17880. MATTERS OF REPORT FROM THE MINUTES
Those matters not covered by items on the agenda:
a) A letter was sent 26th June to the Police & Crime Commissioner as directed.
No response received to date.
b) The Council’s response to the Car Park’s Review was sent to Dacorum Borough Council
c) A letter of thanks was sent to Elaine Winter, Tring Charities
17881. TO RECEIVE SUCH COMMUNICATIONS AS THE TOWN MAYOR
MAY DESIRE TO LAY BEFORE THE MEETING OF THE COUNCIL
Functions that were attended in the civic role as Mayor:
22nd June – Fly the Flag for Armed Forces Day, Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead 27th June – Tring Carnival 29th June – Charter 700 – visit to all schools during the day, evening events at Council Chamber and St Peter and Paul Church
- 6075 th June – Charter 700 – Tring School trek – attended as Mayor along with 3000 school children for aerial photo 1st July – Tring Local History Society - speaker evening event The speaker was Julian Hunt, and the subject, “Aylesbury, Tring, Berkhamsted- Three Medieval market towns” to support Charter 700 The Herts County Council & HAPTC Conference Papers - the intended papers for the conference that was cancelled were circulated prior to the meeting.
Copies of the following were circulated to member
An update on the progress of the Site Allocations document was received from Laura Wood, Team Leader – Strategic Planning & Regeneration at Dacorum Borough Council.
The original the intention had been to report the results of consultation held at the end of 2014 to Cabinet in July 2015, with a referral to full Council in September.
Provided this report was agreed, the Site Allocations DPD would be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in October, with the examination itself probably taking place in early 2016.
Now on the advice of external legal advisor changes have had to be made to the document which will necessitate an additional round of consultation, adding 3 months approx. to the adoption process.
The change to the draft relating to Tring that caused the extra consultation is the proposed removal of the cemetery extension land and adjacent gypsy and traveller site from the Green Belt. The reasons for this amendment is due to legal advice received based on a recent High Court decision. There is no actual change to what is proposed on the ground in terms of development.
Consideration of the comments received on the draft masterplans for LA5 and the other Local Allocations has been added to the Cabinet agenda for September RESOLVED: To hold an extra-ordinary Council meeting to consider just the modifications to the Site Allocation Draft
17882. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION Standing orders were suspended by resolution at 7:48 to allow members of the public present to speak.
3) Not in keeping with street scene - The over bearing number of velux windows draw attention to what is already a large expanse of roof. Velux windows do not feature significantly in the area, and particularly not on the street elevation
4) Number 5 sits forward of numbers 1-4, so is the first property to expose its flank elevation. The extent of brickwork in a relatively blank elevation, is dramatically magnified. Perfect matching of the bricks and mortar would be critical
5) Object to the additional chimney stack on the rear of the property.
Standing orders were resumed by resolution at 7:52
17883. 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 Local Planning Authority to take the following comments into consideration when determining the under-mentioned applications.
(*) These decisions were contrary to the Town Council’s recommendation. The Clerk gave details of the Case Officer’s Report and Conditions of permission
17884. LICENSING ACT 2003 No applications received
17885. TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDERS No orders received
17886. STANDING COMMITTEES
The minutes of the following meetings were considered:
(i) Building & Assets Committee held on 6th July 2015 (ii) Planning Committee held on 6th July 2015 RESOLVED: To receive and adopt the minutes listed above 17887. ‘MEET YOUR COUNCIL’ AT TRING CARNIVAL:
Members reviewed the list of points raised at the Council’s Carnival stall circulated prior to the meeting. Two further comments were added to the list, made to members whilst attending the Carnival: (i) concern over the ownership/use of parking bays between the Church and Dolphin Square (ii) additional play equipment at Pond Close (this will be raised at a focus group of mothers with young children to be held by the Town Plan & Infrastructure Committee).
- 6080 OUTSIDE BODIES
Members gave reports of meetings attended when representing the Council:
17889. TRING YOUTH TOWN COUNCIL The Council received the minutes of Youth Town Council meeting held on the 24th June 2015. The request for an honours board was approved and a suggestion made that Russell Able would be a suitable person to perform an unveiling ceremony.
The Working Party will continue to meet until the obligations to the Heritage Lottery Fund have been fulfilled.
The Council expressed their gratitude to Cllr Mrs Ransley for her vision for the Charter 700th anniversary, her work in bringing everyone together and the overwhelming success of the celebrations. The Council extended their thanks to all those involved in Charter 700, especially Tring Together and Vivianne Child, in particular, for pulling everything together and promoting the concept.
Their input was vital for the celebrations to take place.
17891. TO CONSIDER THE CLERK’S FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND TO
CERTIFY THE ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENTThe Clerk outlined the financial position for the first quarter relative to the budget, explaining any variances. The exception item for surveyor’s fees was effectively an accrual because of the project’s over-run.
Members reviewed the circulated schedule of payments, noting the payment of annual grants.
17892. REPORT FROM THE TOWN PLAN & INFRASTRUCTURE
(i) To receive a report of the audit of the Christmas Lighting Infrastructure The Clerk explained the background to the report circulated prior to the meeting. Members agreed the necessity of having a display that worked and was of a quality befitting a town the size of Tring.
of a link to the canal with the new footpath was also considered, subject to suitable crossing facilities. The need for detailed, accurate maps was noted.
17893. HERTFORDSHIRE RAIL STRATEGY PUBLIC CONSULTATION:
Cllr Townsend’s brief on the Council’s response to this consultation was circulated prior to the meeting. The Mayor thanked Cllr Townsend for his work.
Councillor Hollinghurst, in his role as County Councillor, outlined delays to aspects of the strategy as a consequence of the Government’s recent announcement on railway funding, notably the Croxley Link (Easter 2020 completion) and the possible Cross Rail Extension (from 2020). He also explained the £25 million Government grant to London Midland for infrastructure upgrades was timed constrained (the end of the franchise period) and fines would be levied if not used. Tring is on the list for upgrading including disabled access, a waiting area and safety on the stairs.
17895. TO CONSIDER A REQUEST FROM THE ATC WITH REGARD TO