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Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Monday 15th March 2010

7546. Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Monday 16th March 2009 were circulated and approved.

Approximately 50 members of the public attended the meeting, which was chaired by Cllr.Stuart Moody, Chairman of Warsop Parish Council, he welcomed everyone to the meeting and opened it by introducing the representatives of MDC: The Mayor, Tony Egginton, MD Ruth Marlow, Cllr Eddie Smith, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Cllr Roger Sutcliffe.

Also Present: John Mann MP & Sally Higgins on behalf of Alan Meale MP.

Parish Councillors: S. Moody, E. Hill, M. Kavanagh, D. Priest, B. Smith, J. Allin (also NCC), A. Wetton. S. Shields, P. Crawford, J, Kerr & Bev Lilley (also MDC Councillors).
The Clerk: Tania Barlow.

Police Team: PC Wayne Bennett, PC Dave Booler and Warden Geoff Lomas.

Apologies: J. Heald

7547. The Chairman gave his report:
This has been a highly charged year for the Parish council with the council leading two high profile campaigns to protect the services and amenities in Warsop. Nottinghamshire County Council has widely publicised large scale cuts to services and for this reason we knew it was vital that we protect the services that we do have. The town hall is a venue that provides many of these drop-in and council information services. The Parish Council have agreed to take over the running of this building and as this report is being written, we are awaiting final confirmation and the handover of the building’s deeds.
We have lead another campaign to save the Meden Swimming Baths and this is still ongoing. This is a vital service that the community needs. Mansfield District Council are proposing to close the pool as one method to balance their budget. We acknowledge that the swimming pool does not make a profit, however, as a service it shouldn’t have to. The campaign continues.
During the 2009-10 financial year, I am pleased to report that we were able to set the council’s budget without having to increase the precept. This is the fourth consecutive year in which the precept hasn’t been raised. In real terms this is actually a decrease due to inflation over the course of the years. Yet the council has still been able to support many local groups with funding.
Organisations that we have funded this year include Warsop Carnival and the 2009 event was one of the biggest to date with a fly past of the Red Arrows and a free to enter circus. The Royal British Legion have also received support, both for the annual service of remembrance parade and the council contributed to their project that sent out shoe boxes full of useful products and treats to serving soldiers abroad.
A full list of all the section 137 payments the council have made is available via the Parish Clerk.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers who worked in partnership with the Parish council to revitalise the Christmas Market event. The feedback from the event last December has been overwhelmingly positive and we shall certainly be continuing with future events.
For me personally it has been a great privilege to serve as Chairman of the Parish Council. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the opportunities presented to me to serve the people of Warsop. All parish councillors are volunteers, elected to serve. I would like to thank all the parish councillors who have all united in the service of our great community.
And finally I would like to thank Tania Barlow, our Clerk to the council, for another smooth running year. She works tirelessly not only for the Parish Council but also editing the fantastic Warsop and District News. This is in addition to volunteering for the many other events that take place in Warsop from the carnival to the pantomime. Thank you Tania.
Cllr Stuart Moody , Chairman
Warsop Parish Council.

7548. Meden Baths
Lengthy discussion took place with Councillors, MDC representatives and the public, figures were also discussed (70K is needed to keep the pool open) and the Mayor Tony Egginton and MD Ruth Marlow of MDC pledged their support to help prevent the pool closure. They offered to give technical support and advice, working alongside community volunteers in the form of a working party. With less than 6 months to achieve this, it is of the utmost importance that we act quickly. The working party will include Parish Councillors and residents who will try to find funding streams for MDC officers to apply for on our behalf. The Chairman asked that anyone interested in joining the working party to get in touch with The Clerk so that she can arrange a meeting.

John Mann MP also pledged his support even though he won’t be our MP for much longer. He gave a short talk on the achievements of Valley School, who have a swimming pool incorporated within the school. A meeting has been arranged for the Mayor and councillors to visit Valley Comprehensive school on Friday.

Cllr. Allin announced that NCC have agreed that a swimming pool could be included in the new school build but there will be no funding available for it under BSF.


7549. Town Hall
The Parish Council have officially agreed to purchase the building and hope to take over the building at the beginning of April they have agreed terms, a solicitor has been appointed and the Steering Group are looking at moving more services in, a list of which will be in the April edition of the Warsop News.

7550. Any other Local Issues
A member of the public asked what is being done about the recent spate of fires.
PC Wayne Bennett & Dave Booler replied that they were doing everything they can do to combat this problem and are working closely with MDC. Operation Animism is now running in Warsop to combat ASB on Friday night.

The Chairman closed the meeting, thanking everyone for coming and for the positive response to keeping the Swimming Pool and Town Hall open.

Signed …………………………………… date ……………………………….
S. Moody
Chairman of Warsop Parish Council

These minutes will not be signed as a true record until the next Annual Parish Meeting.

 

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