|The Chairwoman opened the Meeting at 7.30 pm.
Declaration of Members’ Interests
Cllr Gallop and Cllr Moss declared an interest in relation to Wrington Sports & Social Club.
Mr Graham Fiddler, Chair of the Governors of Wrington Primary School, addressed the Council on the subject of the proposed new school building. He stated that both the recent OFSTED and Diocesan reports had been very good, and indeed the school’s performance was rated as outstanding in many areas. However, both had made reference to the restrictions imposed by the existing Victorian building.
It is understood that money may now be available for a new school building, and the governors are therefore in discussion with North Somerset Council. The governors feel that it will help their case if they are seen to be helping themselves, and are seeking support in principle from the Parish Council for the project.
Following Mr Fiddler’s presentation, there was a short discussion regarding the issue of the school travel plan, and how a new building could potentially benefit the whole community. It was noted that the existing building is Listed, and the old School House is owned by the Diocese.
It was agreed that at this early stage of the process, the Parish Council would write a letter of support to the school governors to help promote progress with the project.
The Minutes of the Meeting held on 21st August were adopted and signed without amendment.
a. Police Community Support Officer
A written report was provided by Yvette Jordan, PCSO. This showed six offences between 13th August and 7th September, half of which related to the airport. The recent road traffic accident in Station Road had been dealt with and the driver reported for offences. Investigations were ongoing into graffiti at the skate park, and fire damage to a waste bin in the Church Walk play area one young man has been given a caution.
b. Clerk’s Report and Finance Report
General ‘housekeeping’ items since last meeting:
* 5 non-working street lights reported and repaired 1 still outstanding in the Glebe
complete replacement required due mid-September.
* 4 damaged street signs reported repairs awaited.
* Wasp’s nest removed from footpath between The Glebe and Surgery
* Tree trunk removed from river near Beam Bridge.
* Site meeting set up between NSC officer and Mr N Burnett regarding complaints of
Footpath 30/5 being impassable.
* Fly-tipping of builder’s rubble at Allotments car park on 5th September our Area
Officer at NSC has now arranged for this to be removed.
Improvements to facilities at John Locke Room are in progress these include:
* Installation of cupboard/shelves in alcove next to fireplace
* Repair and re-painting of outer door
* Signage to indicate location of Parish Office and times of opening
* Potential replacement of existing meeting tables with a modular system price
obtained of £550 for a set of tables to seat 14 when put together or could be used
* Replacement of existing computer system to provide improved accounting
Inspection Report on Children’s Play Areas:
The inspection of both children’s play areas was carried out in April/May 2007. A report on the safety and state of repair of the equipment and facilities has now been received and reviewed with Mr Don Guy, who carries out day to day repairs at the play areas. The report is very comprehensive, and mentions many minor points, some of which are practical to address, and others are not, due to the design or age of equipment.
The main points to note are:
* There are no items of equipment or areas which are considered in need of immediate
attention or are a high risk of causing accident or injury. In most cases, minor repairs
and monitoring will be sufficient.
* Much of the equipment dates from before 01.01.99 when the new European standard
EN1176 came into force.
* The junior multi-play at Church Walk has a limited life of about 2 years, due to its
condition, and consideration should be given to budgeting for a replacement.
* The Church Walk play area has a large number of trees and shrubs which are rather
overgrown it is suggested that these should be controlled.
* At the Recreation Field, the wooden benches are rotting consider replacing these as
and when necessary with metal benches.
* The Carousel, although not causing any problem, is in need of repair but it is
recommended that this is not economic. Therefore a replacement of some kind
should be considered and budgeted for.