Town Council Meeting
To: All Members of Winsford Town Council
MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THIS MEETING
You are summoned to attend a meeting of Winsford Town Council to be held in the Winsford Town Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, Wyvern House, The Drumber, Winsford CW7 1AH on Monday 17th July 2017 immediately following the meeting of the Finance Committee but not before 6.45pm.
Town Clerk/Finance Officer
- PRAYERS, at the discretion of the Town Mayor
Members must provide apologies to the Town Clerk before 5.00pm on the day of the meeting, together with reasons for their absence.
- DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Members to declare any interest under the following categories:
- Disclosable Pecuniary Interest
- Outside Bodies Interest
- Family, Friend or Close Associate Interest
- OPEN FORUM
An open forum will be held when Members of the public will be invited to speak for a maximum total duration of 15 minutes on items included in the Part A agenda, copies of which will be available at the meeting.
- POLICE UPDATE
Cheshire Constabulary will be invited to attend the meeting to provide an update to Members and also to answer any questions.
- MAYOR’S REMARKS AND COMMUNICATIONS
A list of Civic engagements since the last meeting is attached (‘A’)
To sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Town Council held on 19th June 2017 (‘B’)
To discuss any points arising from the above minutes.
- FINANCE COMMITTEE
To ratify the minutes of the Finance Committee held on 19th June 2017 (approved by the Finance Committee at its meeting held earlier). (‘C’)
- PLANNING COMMITTEE
- SALT FAIR COMMITTEE
The minutes of the meeting of the Salt Fair Committee held on 28th June 2016 are attached for ratification. (‘F’)
12. MEMBERS REVIEW AND PLANNING SESSION
To report the outputs from the Members ‘Review and Planning’ session which was held at the Dingle Centre between 4pm and 6pm on Thursday 22nd June 2017. (‘G’)
13. WELL BEING UPDATE
Cllr Gaskill-Jones to provide a verbal update on the work of the Well Being Group in Winsford.
14. GRANGE LANE, WINSFORD – PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY
Following complaints from residents, an application was made to Cheshire West and Chester Council in 2011 under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to add a public right of way to the definitive map and statement of public rights of way. The claim was to add a byway open to all traffic between Mill Lane Whitegate to White Cottage Winsford. This application was supported by Winsford Town Council at its meeting on 19th December 2011.
The complaints resulted from the stopping up of a right of way via the gating of a section of Grange Lane in
A decision is due to be made by CWAC in the near future and Members are asked to note this development.
15. WINSFORD TOWN CRIER – UPDATE
Members will recall that the Town Council at its meeting in June 2017 endorsed the return of a Town Crier for Winsford and also endorsed the appointment of Ben Booth as the Town Crier for the area.
In addition to these endorsements, however, there were a number of issues which need to be explored around the function of the role.
In order to address a number of these issues, the following steps have been taken: –
- Ben Booth has been asked to join the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers. This will allow him to receive advice and assistance on the role, as well as providing public liability insurance (up to £5,000,000) for him to carry out his duties. The cost of membership will be established prior to the meeting. It is suggested that the Town Council reimburse the Town Crier for this sum on this occasion.
- In order to join the Guild, a Town Crier must be recognised by – amongst other things – the local Town Council
- The role of Town Crier will be a voluntary one and will, therefore not be an employee of the Town Council. Advice from the Guild is that Town Criers should be asked to attend events by organisers. The Guild also advises that organisers of events where the Town Crier is invited should be responsible for covering out of pocket expenses for the Town Crier. The Town Crier may also wish to charge for his/her services, but that is a matter for him/her
- In terms of the Town Crier undergoing a DBS check, a standard DBS is not likely to be required. For the standard check to be carried out, the post in question must meet with children/vulnerable groups at least four times each month and this is not the case here. Instead, the post can be covered by the basic disclosure system – this is completed by the individual themselves and requires basic information about him/her
- Finally, in relation to clothing – a number of quotes are being considered and more information will be provided at the meeting under Part B of the agenda.
RECOMMENDATION: Members are asked to note the developments outlined above and to approve the reimbursement of the membership fee for the Town Crier to join the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers for 2017/18
16. MARCHFEST UPDATE
Cllr Smith to provide a verbal update on the future of the Marchfest event in Winsford.
17. ANNUAL REPORT & ACCOUNTS 2016/17
The Town Council’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2016/17 will be circulated for information. (‘H’)
18. WINSFORD TOWN COUNCIL BUSINESS PLAN: 2017 AND BEYOND
An updated version of the Town Council’s Business Plan will be circulated for information and comment. (‘I’)
19. DELAMERE STREET MONUMENT – OVER CROSS
Members will be aware of the stone cross located on Delamere Street in Winsford – the Over Cross. The Cross was built in the nineteenth century and includes a lock-up where people who cheated, robbed or were drunk at the market could be held awaiting trial.
In September 2013, the Town Council considered the condition of the Cross and asked that investigations be carried out into it being restored.
This matter was then put to CWAC, who stated that they were examining the situation.
A Member of the Town Council has now asked for the matter to be revisited and for representations to be made to CWAC to re-address the question of restoration of the Cross.
20. EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC
Due to their confidential nature, Members may decide to exclude the press and public from the meeting during consideration of the following matters in accordance with section 1 (2) of the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960. Reports relating to these items have been withheld from public circulation and deposit.
21. TRAINING PLANS
Members are asked to consider a report from the Town Clerk on the above matter. (‘J’ – exempt)
17th July 2017