MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING OF THE STOKE POGES PARISH COUNCIL HELD AT 8PM ON THURSDAY 21 APRIL 2016 IN THE VILLAGE HALL AT THE VILLAGE CENTRE, ROGERS LANE, STOKE POGES, BUCKS, SL2 4LP
Present:- Cllr Bagge. (Chair), Cllr Carter, Cllr Crocker, Cllr Finan, Cllr Fox, Cllr Hoskins, Cllr Lynch & Cllr Taylor.
In attendance:- Mrs J Simmonds (Clerk)
Also present:- 28 members of public.
- Apologies for absence
APOLOGIES were received from Cllr Cox, Cllr Huntley and the Police.
2. RESOLVED to confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 23 April 2015 previously circulated, which were signed by the Chairman.
3. Chairman’s Annual Report.
Cllr Bagge welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked those who attended the lighting of the beacon prior to the meeting for the Queen’s 90 Birthday.
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. This was a year of progress and consolidation, to include the finished pavilion, the re-surfaced drive and car park at Bells Hill Recreation Ground, the land drainage and soak aways near the MUGA and the continuation of the Good Neighbour Scheme.
A slide show was presented alongside the repor
Other items of update from Cllr Bagge:-
In February 2016 Greg Clarke decided that the Khalsa School could stay and so SBDC and the Parish Council are both challenging the decision.
The Carols on the Green is continuing and still successful, and this year there will be a party in the park at Bells Hill for the Queen’s 90th birthday on 12 June.
There was a special edition of the Stoke Poges News for the Thomas Gray Tercentenary, sponsored by Stoke Park. Cllr Bagge thanked them for this.
The website has had an overhaul and been refreshed.
There have been big cuts at BCC. SBDC are developing a new joint local plan with Chiltern District Council. The Litter picking agreed at last year’s meeting was met with challenging restrictions for health and safety and therefore the Parish Council agreed to support the Friends of Stoke Common Clean for the Queen day instead.
The 2016 Precept has been frozen.
On behalf of all parishioners, Cllr Bagge thanked his fellow councillors for their hard work and especially Cllr Carter as his Vice Chairman for all her efforts on the above works and the ongoing campaign against the secondary school, and all councillors and residents involved in the working parties for both the school and the local plan.
Cllr Bagge also thanked the clerk for her hard work and commitment to the Parish.
4. General Discussion and Question Time.
Several questions were asked by members of the public and were satisfactorily answered by Cllr Bagge and other councillors in the room.
Meeting ended at 9.09pm.