Town Council – Monday 17th September 2018, following Finance Committee
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 September 2018 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.
A representative will be attending the meeting to talk about the new Brightlife-funded ‘Bright Memories’ Dementia Service which is being launched in Winsford on Friday 21 September 2018.
- 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 16th July 2018 (‘B’)
To discuss any points arising from the above minutes. For report, not for resolution.
- FINANCE COMMITTEE
To ratify the minutes of the Finance Committee held on 16th July 2018 (approved by the Finance Committee at its meeting held earlier). (‘C’)
- ALLOTMENTS SUB-COMMITTEE
The minutes of the Allotments Sub-Committee meeting held on Tuesday 31 July 2018 (‘D’) and Tuesday 11 September 2018 (Inquorate) are attached for comment and/or information.
- BRUNNER GUILDHALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
The minutes of the Brunner Guildhall Management Committee meeting held on 26 July 2018 (‘F’) and 17 September 2018 (‘G’ – to follow) are attached for information.
The Clerk to provide Members with an update on the Project Viability report due to be submitted to the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) on 21st September 2018.
Also, to receive feedback on the Heritage Open days which were held on 15th and 16th September 2018.
- PLANNING COMMITTEE
The minutes of the Planning Committee meetings held on 19th June 2018 (‘H’), 17th July 2018 (‘I’), 30 July 2018 (‘J’), 13 August 2018 (‘K’), 11 September 2018 (‘L’ – to follow) are attached for ratification.
- ROAD SAFETY OUTSIDE SCHOOLS
To consider the need for vehicle activated signs/speed humps outside schools in Winsford and to introduce 20 mph speed limits outside schools. The 20 mph speed limits should be enforced and adhered to outside all of the schools in Winsford.
RECOMMENDATION: Members are asked to consider the introduction of traffic calming measures outside schools in Winsford.
- NOTICE OF PROPOSED APPLICATION FOR STOPPING UP AND DIVERSION OF HIGHWAYS UNDER SECTION 116 OF THE HIGHWAYS ACT 1980 RESTRICTED BYWAY 15, WINSFORD.
Correspondence and plans have been received (‘M’) from Cheshire West and Chester Council regarding proposals to apply to the Magistrates’ Court for an Order under Section 116 of the Highways Act 1980 and to seek Winsford Town council’s consent to the making of such an application.
RECOMMENDATION: Members are asked to note the contents of the attached correspondence and approve or otherwise.
- FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY EVENTS – 2ND NOVEMBER 2018
It is proposed to hold a series of events on 2nd November 2018 – the 100th anniversary of James Clarke being awarded the VC. These events will also be a part of the town commemorating the end of the First World War. It is proposed that the day itself consists of the following elements: –
James Clarke VC Ceremony
As said, it will be 100 years since James Clarke was awarded his VC on 2nd November 1918. To commemorate this, a ceremony is to be held to commemorate this and a commemorative paving slab is to be laid in his honour. Members are asked to discuss the format of this commemorative ceremony.
After an application to the charitable organisation, ‘Remembered’, the Town Council have been awarded ten silhouettes which it can place in appropriate locations in the town. The silhouettes themselves represent the concept of ‘There But Not There’ and represent outlines of First World War soldiers. The idea is to commemorate and remember those who were lost in the War. It is proposed that the unveiling of the silhouettes should take place during the events on 2nd November 2018. Members are asked to propose sites for the silhouettes and also how the unveiling fits in with the schedule of the day itself.
Members will be aware that a street on the new Oakmere development was named for James Clarke as James Clarke Road. Following requests from Members, a special street sign has been ordered which commemorates the awarding of the VC to James Clarke. It is proposed that this special sign replaces the existing street sign. Cheshire West and Chester Council has been made aware of this. Again, Members are asked to comment on how the unveiling ceremony will fit in with the day’s events on 2nd November 2018.
Members will recall that, at the last meeting of the Finance Committee of the Town Council, it was agreed to purchase a memorial bench for the town in conjunction with the Royal British Legion. This has now been done, together with an additional bench which will be funded by the Legion. It is proposed that an unveiling of the benches forms part of the events on 2nd November 2018.
As an initial suggestion, it is proposed that the following schedule is followed: –
- 10.30am – gathering at Wyvern House
- 10.55am – unveiling of slab next to Winsford Lifestyle Centre
- 11.00am – service of remembrance
- 11.30am – journey to James Clarke Road
- 11.45am – unveiling of new VC street sign on James Clarke Road
- 12.00pm – journey to Guildhall
- 12.15pm – unveiling of silhouettes at Guildhall
- 12.30pm – unveiling of memorial benches
- 1.00pm – refreshments
An offer has been made by the Lancashire Fusiliers (Sgt. Clarke’s regiment) to provide the following on the day: –
- 2 x Standards (Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and Lancashire Fusiliers)
- 2 x Pioneers and Axes
- A bugler
- 3-4 Association Members
- Lancashire Fusiliers flag to drape the stone before unveiling
- The VC holder’s citation, framed, for presentation to the relatives
It is proposed that the Town Council accept this offer.
In addition, correspondence has been exchange with members of James Clarke’s family, who plan to attend on the day.
RECOMMENDATION: Members are asked to note the points made above and make any suggestions in terms of the day and its events
- TOWN PARK STEERING GROUP
The minutes of the meeting of the Town Park Steering group held on 10 September 2018 are attached for information (‘N’ – to follow)
Members are asked to note that the Friends of Winsford Town Park will meet on 20th September 2018 at the Dingle Centre. This will be to elect a committee for the Group and agree a constitution for the Group.
The Town Council has been asked to nominate a representative to sit on the committee of the Friends Group.
RECOMMENDATION: Members are asked to nominate a representative as outlined above
- YOUTH FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT/FOOTBALL FESTIVAL
A request has been made to use the Verdin Fields on Saturday 20th July 2019 and Saturday 27th July 2019 for a football festival. Any money raised will go towards the local youth football development scheme.
RECOMMENDATION: Members are asked to consider this application and approve or otherwise.
- THE FORMER LIQUID LOUNGE
Members should note that a notice has been served on the two owners of the Liquid Lounge building under section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as amended. The effective date on the notice is 21st September 2018.
- WINSFORD SALT FAIR 2018 FEEDBACK
For Members to receive feedback on the Winsford Salt Fair 2018 event held in Winsford from 12-16 September 2018.
- WELL BEING WINSFORD – UPDATE
To receive a report on the work of the Well-Being Winsford Group from Cllr Ailsa Gaskill-Jones (‘P’ – to follow).
- MEMBERS REVIEW AND PLANNING SESSION
To agree a date and time for a Members’ Review and Planning Session to set the strategic and operational direction of the Town Council in the 2018/19 year.
- 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.
- FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND SUBJECT ACCESS REQUESTS
Members will receive a verbal report from the Town Clerk on this issue.
- STAFFING COMMITTEE
The minutes of the Staffing committee meeting held on the 1 August 2018 are attached for comment and/or information. (‘Q’ – to follow)