Cllr Jane Marsden chaired the March meeting of Outseats Parish Council.
PCSO Anthony Boswell gave a brief report on crimes in the village. In the first quarter of the year, there had been three burglaries from sheds, garages etc. one criminal damage, one drugs offence, 11 thefts and two anti-social behaviour offences. This was largely the same level of crime as had been seen in the last quarter of 2012. The officer said it was very important that residents address security of their outbuildings which could be done with shed alarms, better locks, better exterior lighting and marking items with ‘smartwater’. He said that the council was hoping to install a new CCTV system in the village and he was currently speaking to local shops and other businesses to see if they were willing to contribute to the cost.
District councillor Jean Monks sent a report, including a request that as many people in the village as possible sign up to the increased broadband speeds at a website set up by Derbyshire County Council www.derbyshire.gov.uk/business/community broadband/default asp.
The following payments were made to Hathersage Parish Council as contributions towards costs incurred jointly: £3,150 for the swimming pool, £1,283 for the village caretaker, £970 for the upkeep of the playing field, £123 for the millennium garden, £66 for the new commemorative windows at the memorial hall, £60 for the village
website. Donations were also made: £400 to Bakewell & Eyam Community Transport, £260 for the upkeep of the churchyard and £50 to Hathersage Luncheon Centre.
The clerk reported that following interviews for the role of clerk and responsible financial officer, the job had been offered to Peter Leppard who would take up his position on April 1,
There was now a vacancy for a new councillor after the resignation of Cllr Anne Claxton. Anyone interested should contact the chairman, Jane Marsden, or the new clerk.
Cllr Pauline Whitney said that the opening day of the pool had been very successful. A lot of people had cleared snow so that it could go ahead.
Cllr Simon Taylor reported that a grant of £1,000 had been received from the National Allotments Association to pay for rabbit-proof fencing and a blackthorn hedge at the new allotments.