MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING OF THE STOKE POGES PARISH COUNCIL HELD AT 8PM ON THURSDAY 23 APRIL 2015
IN THE VILLAGE HALL AT THE VILLAGE CENTRE, ROGERS LANE, STOKE POGES, BUCKS, SL2 4LP
Present:- Cllr Bagge (Chair), Cllr Carter, Cllr Finan, Cllr Fox, Cllr Huntley & Cllr Lynch.
In Attendance:- Mrs J Simmonds (Clerk)
Also Present:- Cllr Egleton and 12 members of public
1 Apologies for absence
APOLOGIES were received from Cllr Crocker, Cllr Kidby, Cllr Matthews, Cllr Taylor, Cllr Smith & Mr Askew.
2 RESOLVED to confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 10 April 2014 which were signed by the Chairman.
3 Chairman’s Annual Report.
Cllr Bagge welcomed everyone and started off by congratulating and thanking Cllr Carter and Cllr Egleton and the Keep Our Village a Village Campaign group on their success and significant achievement in their ongoing fight against the Secretary of State.
Cllr Bagge gave an extensive report of the Parish Council’s priorities and work over the past twelve months, showing the main items of expenditure and achievements. These included the finished and popular MUGA installation and the grand opening by Sir Matthew Pinsent, the almost completed pavilion, Bells Hill Green, Stoke Poges News, attendance at the fete, Carols on the Green and much more which was all accompanied by a comprehensive presentation shown on screen, which can be seen on the council’s website.
Cllr Bagge updated everyone on the ongoing issues regarding parking on the verges which the Parish Council are working hard to try to overcome, Bolds Court which L & Q are considering its closure and again the Parish Council will do what it can to prevent this happening. The Planning Core Strategy which is to be updated by SBDC will have a request from Cllr Bagge to include an item to cover senior independent living in Stoke Poges.
The Stoke Poges Society’s Thomas Gray 2016 tercentenary project is holding a poetry competition, entries welcome.
The precept has been frozen again and the loan which the Parish Council took out to finance the Pavilion will be paid back over 3 years.
Cllr Bagge asked for it to be minuted that the Parish Council said farewell to two councillors at this election, Cllr Kidby and Cllr Matthews, whom he thanked for their considerable contributions during their terms of office.
Cllr Bagge then welcomed two new councillors, David Hoskins and Geoff Cox who will officially become councillors on 11 May 2015.
4. General Discussion and Question Time.
Several questions were asked by members of the public and were satisfactorily answered by Cllr Bagge or other councillors in the room.
One particular question about litter picking was asked and a proposal to hold regular litter picking days for volunteers was put forward by Mr Chown, this was seconded by Mrs Tulloch and RESOLVED to agree, all in favour. The Parish Council will help to organise this over the coming months.
Cllr Bagge finished off by expressing his thanks to all of the other Parish Councillors and particularly to Julie Simmonds the Clerk for all of their hard work.
Meeting ended at 9.05pm.