HOLYMOORSIDE: Post office service at village hall on council’s agenda

Members of Holymoorside & Walton Parish Council held their September meeting at Walton Community Development Centre, led by the chairman Martin Thacker.

Under public participation Cllr Thacker, reported as the parish’s NEDDC councillor, in relation to correspondence he had received complaining about the service offered by the Post Office run at the village hall. Cllr Thacker confirmed the parish council’s commitment to offer this valuable service for the community and it was noted that further developments would be reported when known.

Members were pleased to note a very favourable report from the independent H&S advisor following his visit to council facilities.

The parish council formed a working party for the planning of future community events including the forthcoming Halloween disco, a Christmas event and, for 2014, a commemoration to coincide with Derbyshire Lives Through the Wars events. Arrangements for the Remembrance Service, scheduled for Sunday, November 10, at 3pm were confirmed and a collection between those present raised £23 for the purchase of the council’s wreath.

Other matters discussed and decided included the provision of a new notice board at the tennis and bowling facilities, commissioning the gardener to tidy up an allotment before it was re-let, the need to provide new allotment awards in the next few years and administration updates.

Cllr Thacker reported on the recent ‘Proms in the Park’ event. He noted that due to the poor weather the night before, the event was held indoors. It was agreed that the band were excellent and many attendees joined in with hearty signing and flag waving to the rousing tunes.

Cllr Thacker also noted that although attendance was sparse for the first half, members still managed to raise £135 for a local charity with excellent raffle prizes.

Correspondence considered included a question about the village hall, a request from North East Derbyshire District Council’s chairman asking the parish council to support his nominated charity and a request from the public house, adjacent to the village hall, to place a gate in the council’s existing railings, to allow access between the two premises. It was resolved to offer NEDDC free use of the hall for one fund-raising event and not to allow any link between public house and the council’s play area for multiple H&S issues and also to keep the council’s play area boundary secure.

Information issued from the National Joint Council for Local Government Services confirmed that the 2013/2014 pay scales allowed for a 1% increase in the clerk’s salary, the first since 2009.

In confidential business members considered correspondence relating to the use of the village hall toilets by members of the public. Following detailed discussion in which the council shared concerns with the points raised, the council resolved to stand by the decision not to allow the village hall toilets for public use.

The next meeting of the parish council will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at 7.30pm at Holymoorside village hall.