The Annual Parish Meeting of Eccleshall Parish Council was held on Wednesday May 22nd, 2019 at the Community Centre, Shaws Lane, Eccleshall at 7.30p.m.

1). Present were:-

Councillor P. Jones (Chairman); Councillor E. Amos ;
Councillor P. Edwards; Councillor C. Marshall;
Councillor L. Dale; Councillor R. Taylor;
Councillor P. Stenning.
Mrs S.J. Worden (Clerk)
10 members of the public

Councillor P. Jones welcomed everyone to the meeting

Apologies were received from:- Councillors Delanchy, Leather, Watson, Langford and J. Jones together with Mrs B. Roe (St Paul’s, Croxton), Dorothy Kirkham (Eccleshall Methodist Church), and Borough and County Councillor Pert.

2). Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on April 25th, 2018:

The minutes, which had been previously ratified by the Council were presented to the meeting and copies were attached to the agendas.

3). Chairman’s welcome and report:-.

Councillor P. Jones presented an overview of the Council’s activities, written by former Chair Graham Garner. 2 councillors had stepped down over the last year and one new councillor was co-opted in November. Reference was made to the success of two major events of 2018 – the Eccleshall Festival and the re-dedication of the War Memorial.

The Council has been involved in the allocation of twenty-three additional car parking spaces for local businesses and work is ongoing. Jointly funded by County Cllr. Pert and the Parish Council, the 8am bus service from Eccleshall has been retained for another year.

Current projects include improvements to Elford pond and its surrounds, and the plan to purchase two portable speed indication devices, to be rotated around several locations within the Parish.

The Chairman referred to ongoing housing developments and recent concerns about related flooding on the Stone Road, and the delays to the opening of the play areas on Sancerre Grange and Overton Manor.

In conclusion, the Chair thanked the councillors for their service and co-operation and Clerk for her tireless work and expertise. Special mention was made of former Councillor Phil Baskerville, for over twenty years of service to the Parish Council.

4). Clerks report and accounts:-

Mrs. Worden presented the receipts and payments accounts which had been adopted by the Council and audited by the Independent Internal Auditor. It was stated that the balance at March 31st, 2019 was more the previous year due to projects yet to be completed but funds are held in the account. This included the Eagle project and the speed indication devices, both of which have received substantial grants. There has been no extraordinary expenditure incurred during the year. A resident asked about the significant amount of grants received during the year and it was confirmed that they were one off funds which had not been factored into future budgets.

5). Reports from County and Borough Councillors and Police:- Councillor Jeremy Pert extended his apologies for not being able to attend the meeting and a brief statement was read out. Cllr. Pert acknowledged strong partnership working between himself and the Parish Council. Thanks were extended to outgoing councillors for their commitment and for their endeavours to make the wider Eccleshall area a better place, with wishes for a long and satisfying retirement. The new Council was encouraged to renew their commitment to the area to see how much of a difference can be made to Eccleshall.

Due to last minute commitments the police representative was unable to attend. However, she wished to highlight that non urgent crimes that are usually reported via 101 can now be reported via Staffordshire Police Facebook and Twitter, by sending a direct message. Reports received in this way will be logged and dealt with in the same way as a 101 call. This information will be added to the Parish website and the upcoming newsletter.

6). Reports from Council Committees:-

Reports were received from the Planning, Traffic Management, Policy and Resources and Enhancements Committees. No Footpaths report was available as there was no current Chair. Copies were available of reports from all the Council Committees.

7). Reports from Organisations in the Parish:-

Reports were received from the following organisations:- Slindon Village Trust, Eccleshall Allotments Association, 1st Eccleshall Scouts, Croxton Independent Methodist Church, Broughton Parish Rooms, Flood Action Group, Eccleshall in Bloom and Eccleshall Community Centre.

The Clerk read letters of thanks from Mrs B. Roe, St. Paul’s Church, Croxton and Mrs Kirkham of Eccleshall Methodist Church.

8). Any matters of Local or Topical Interest:-

No further items were raised.

There being no further business, the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 8.35pm.

Refreshments were served following the meeting.