Town Council Meeting
- 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.
- MEN IN SHEDS (‘A’)
The ‘Men in Sheds’ project is operated by Age UK in Cheshire and provides support for men over 50 who might be suffering from loneliness and isolation by offering them the chance to meet with other people and pursue a range of different activities.
Age UK has now secured funding from Brightlife and is to operate new Men in Shed facilities in Winsford over the next two years.
This initiative has had considerable success in a number of locations around the country and the Town Council is asked to support the proposals. A representative from Age UK Cheshire has approached the Town Council with a view to attending 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 (‘B’ – to follow)
To sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Town Council held on 19th February 2018. (‘C’)
To discuss any points arising from the above minutes.
- FINANCE COMMITTEE (‘D’)
To ratify the minutes of the Finance Committee held on 19th February 2018 (approved by the Finance Committee at its meeting held earlier).
- PLANNING COMMITTEE
- SALT FAIR COMMITTEE
The minutes of the Salt Fair Committee meeting held on 14th March 2018 (‘H’) are attached for ratification.
- BRUNNER GUILDHALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
The minutes of the Brunner Guildhall Management Committee meeting held on 8th March 2018 (‘I’) are attached for note.
Members are also requested to note the proposal, now agreed by the Management Committee, to hold an open day in the Guildhall on Saturday 14th April 2018 with a view to engaging with the local community of Winsford about the future of the building.
- WELL BEING UPDATE
Cllr Gaskill-Jones to provide a verbal update on the work of the Well Being Group in Winsford.
- INVESTMENT IN WINSFORD TOWN CENTRE
This item has been included at the request of a Town Council and is for Members to consider any investment proposals for Winsford town centre.
- MAYORAL CONVENTIONS
For Members to consider the attached draft Mayoral Conventions. (‘J’)
That Members approve or otherwise the attached draft Mayoral Conventions.
- TENANCY AGREEMENTS 2018/19
For Members to consider the attached draft Tenancy Agreements which will apply to Over Allotments and Wharton Allotments for the 2018/19 municipal year. (‘K’)
That Members approve or otherwise the attached draft Tenancy Agreements for the year 2018/19.
- VERDIN FIELDS
An application has been made to use the Verdin Fields from 16th April-30th April 2018 (inclusive). The application made is to hold a fun fair on the land, which is operated by Winsford Town Council on licence from Cheshire West and Chester Council.
Members are asked to approve or otherwise the application.
- WHARTON/OVER BOWLING CLUBS
Members will be aware that requests have been received from both of the bowling clubs located at the Town Council’s two main recreation grounds at Over and Wharton for updates to floodlighting.
In the case of Wharton Bowling Club, a request has been made to alter the position of the floodlights in order to avoid possible issues during matches. In the case of the Over Bowling Club, the request is for new lights at the Recreation Ground.
Members are asked to take a view on these requests and whether the Town Council is prepared to fund this work at this particular time.
- WINSFORD MARINA
Members will be aware that a number of pieces of work have been carried out in recent years at the Marina. Although owned by Cheshire West and Chester Council, Winsford Town Council has taken a close interest in this work and has provided resources in the past through the ‘New Dawn for Winsford’ group.
An approach has been made to the Town Council by a member of the River Weaver Navigation Society – who have played a prominent role in the New Dawn group – regarding the possibility of establishing winter moorings at the Marina. In doing so, it is argued that such a move (which would be in place between November and March each winter) would potentially create some income. A similar arrangement has been established in Northwich.
Members are asked to consider the proposal at least in principle and ask that more detail is provided prior to approaching Cheshire West and Chester Council.
- 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 matter in accordance with section 1 (2) of the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960.
The reports relating to this item has been withheld from public circulation and deposit.
- LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS IN WINSFORD
This item has been included on the agenda at the request of a Town Councillor to consider the future of various community groups in Winsford.
An update report will be circulated to Members on a complaint which has been received under the provisions of the Council’s Complaints Procedure. (‘L’ – to follow)
Members are asked note the nature and details of the complaint and decide on what further action, if any, needs to be taken.
19th March 2018