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Minutes of Town Council Meeting 1st December 2020

12-01-20 TC MINS





Present                                        The Mayor, Cllr. D. Hobson (DH) (in the chair).



Councillors:      Mrs. E. Ballard (EB), J. Baskett (JB), M. Bellwood (MB), L. Cooney (LMC), A. Cox (AC), S. Crew (SC), D. Ford (DF), H. Filer (HF), J. Garrett (JG), D.J.E. Hall (DJEH), G.E. Horton (GEH), A. Leonard (AL), Mrs. S.E. Locking (SEL), Mrs. J. Makinson-Sanders (JMS), J. Simmons (JS), F.W.P. Treanor (FWPT), Mrs. P.F. Watson (PFW) and D. Wing (DEW).


Councillors not present: K. Norman (KN) and D. Jackman (DJ)



The Town Clerk, Mrs. L.M. Phillips, the Town Clerk’s Assistant, Mrs. M.C. Vincent were also present.



185.           Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence was received from Councillor: KN.


186.           Declarations of Interest / Dispensations


187.           Council Minutes

It was RESOLVED to approve as a correct record, the notes of the Council Meetings held on the: 22nd September 2020 and 3rd November 2020 with the correction that Cllr. DF arrived at 7:32pm and not 8:32pm.


188.           Committee Minutes

It was RESOLVED to confirm receipt of the minutes and adopt the resolutions contained therein of the following meetings: Planning Committee 20th October 2020, Governance and Finance Committee 8th September 2020, Planning Committee 28th July 2020, Community Resource Committee 25th February 2020 and Community Resources Committee 30th June 2020.


189.           Town Clerks Report/Update
The Clerk drew Councillor’s attention to the tabled report. GEH enquired whether there had been any correspondence regarding Magna Vitae, the Clerk reported that this had been emailed to Councillors previously.


190.           Environment Agency Letter
The Council noted the contents of a letter which the Environment Agency are to send to residents of Louth who live at the side of the Lud/Stewton Beck.  Cllr. DH reported that the Team Leader of the Environment Agency had contacted him, and that the letter was to remind residents of their responsibility regarding the riverbank and garden waste. The letter was due to be sent out in the following two weeks.


191.           Renewal of Parish Agreement with LCC re. Grass Cutting
It was RESOLVED to renew Louth Town Council’s agreement with Lincolnshire County Council re. grass cutting for 2021/22. The Clerk would request that the contractors look at issues with wet grass falling onto the pathways and grass growing in the gutters to see if there was a solution to these problems.



192.           Speed Awareness Group
The Council received a written report from the first meeting of the Speed Awareness Group. Cllr. GEH apologised that not all members of the group had received an invite to the meeting due to email issues. Cllr. JS requested that Eastfield Road be added to the list of problem areas that the group considered. It was RESOLVED as follows:

a.    That letters be sent on behalf of residents to the two County Councillors, with a view to their being passed on to the Portfolio Holder for Highways at LCC.  Letters to confirm the perceived problem areas and ask if there is anything that can be done.

b.    That Cllr. D. Hobson approach the Town Clerk and request that an amount be placed into the draft budget for the purchase of new signs or equipment (the figure obviously to be agreed/ adjusted as the Council deems appropriate).

c.     That the Council write to each of the town district Councillors and both the County Councillors, to enquire if they have any funds left in their community funds, and if so, would they be prepared to make a contribution to the cost of any equipment the Council might wish to purchase.

d.    That an informal meeting be organised (which all Councillors could attend) and that a representative from the Louth Police Team, the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership and Community Speed Watch scheme also be invited.

e.     That the formation of a formal Speed Awareness Working Group be put onto a future agenda.


193.           Tidy Louth Working Group
The Council received a verbal report from the Tidy Louth Working Group and RESOLVED that the Council write to LCC regarding the convoluted process involved for residents wishing to take rubbish to the Louth waste tip. Further, to express concern that the process resulted in users often having to make more trips per load of rubbish to the tip (due to certain types of waste only allowed on certain days). There was also a concern that the process could lead to further fly tipping.


194.           Next Meeting
The Council noted that the date of the next scheduled Council Meeting was 19th January 2021.



The Meeting Closed at 7:46pm.




Signed_______________________ (Chairman)          Dated_________________________