The parish annual meeting of Hartington Nether Quarter was held on Monday 23rd May 2016 at 7.00 pm prior to the annual parish council meeting.

Present: Three members of Hartington Nether Quarter Parish Council, the clerk to Hartington Nether Quarter Parish Council. There was one member of the parish in attendance.

    1. The minutes of the previous parish annual meeting were read aloud by the clerk
    2. Brief report from the retiring chairman of Hartington Nether Quarter Parish Council

The retiring chairman of Hartington Nether Quarter Parish Council thanked members of the parish council and the clerk for their support during the previous year.

Mrs Brindley’s report said generally speaking, the past year has moved on pretty much the same as previous years with the usual concerns arising in a relatively small parish which has little authority when it comes to voicing its concerns. These concerns usually revolve around planning issues, allocation of local housing, condition of surrounding roads and pavements, the upkeep of the cemetery and also the grassed areas in the village and at Heathcote Mere. The condition of the pavements also continues to be an issue.

During the year the parish council has authorised a hearing loop for the village hall and also for a parish council member who has a hearing problem. A new noticeboard has been authorised and is now in position. A new parish council website is now active.

Donations have been made to the new village playground and the parish council continues to pay for the hire of the village hall meeting room for parish council meetings.

3. Public speaking on parish issues not covered by the parish council agenda following this meeting

There was one member of the public in attendance. He thought a village entrance would be a good idea such as gates as in the village of Hope to give the impression of a narrowing road. He stated that the school signs are the only original signs and he suggested more prominent ones would be a good idea volunteering to have one erected in the corner of his garden to warn motorists approaching the village from the A515.

In his opinion, Hartington Nether Quarter Parish Council is the only parish council he is aware of having monthly meetings. He suggested reducing meeting commitments by reducing meeting frequency. (Hartington Nether Quarter Parish Council meets 10 times a year. There are numerous parish councils who meet monthly). He had also searched for public speaking to take place at the beginning of the meeting and requested changing the meeting agenda to allow public feedback at the end of the meeting. (The rationale behind public speaking being placed at the beginning of the meeting allows the public to leave after this section if they choose to do so rather than waiting for long periods of time for the public speaking section. Also, resolutions can only be made on published agenda items.) He also advised members of the parish council of the women’s cycle tour coming through the area shortly. The clerk advised that there was no scheduled food stop in Hartington this year for the L’Eroica cycle race. The parishioner was thanked for his input

The meeting was declared closed at 7.15 pm to be followed by the annual parish council meeting.

Prepared by Mrs S Hampson
Clerk to Hartington Nether Quarter Parish Council
30th May 2016