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Stourbridge Township Council - The Neighbourhood Council of Stourbridge established 1979

MINUTES OF THE 407th MEETING OF STOURBRIDGE TOWNSHIP COUNCIL
HELD IN THE TOWN HALL STOURBRIDGE ON THURSDAY 14th JANUARY 2016

PRESENT: Mr BS Craddock (Vice-Chairman), Ms R Adams, Mr IJ Hackett, Mrs JD Hackett, Mr P Miles,
Mrs W Packer, Mr D Price, Mrs EM Taylor, Mr JH Taylor and Mrs M Wakelam.

Visitors: Ms D Merrick

T.C. 1831

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SESSION
No matters were raised under this item.

ACTION

T.C. 1832

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Members: Mrs EE Fellows, Miss A Green, Mrs EMD Scott and Mrs KC Shepherd.
 Mr A Dawes, Mr D Pope and Ms S Turner – received by email.

 

T.C.1833

POLICE MATTERS
Details regarding forthcoming PACT meetings circulated by email and post.
There was no representative from Stourbridge Police present.  

 

T.C. 1834

UPDATE ON WORK AT MARY STEVENS PARK- update given by Deborah Merrick (Snr Heritage Park Ranger).
Contract 1 (Bandstand, War Memorial, Tea gardens and Gates) and Contract 2 (Cafe, toilets and improvement to bowls/ croquet huts) are almost complete - cycle racks to be installed outside the cafe and minor issues to be resolved.
Contract 3 (Heath Pool) - Pool area and paths are closed to the public, work due to be complete by the end of April 2016. Work consists of: Dredging/ removal and drying of silt before recycling/ reusing - 10 week process; Wall on Norton Road and  retaining wall between pool and pathway is structurally worse than originally thought, which will require further work - a contingency fund was built in to the original costing to allow for  additional work.
Improvements to all paths and entrance areas are being made. Main entrance will be closed 22/23 January to allow for work to tarmac and car park to be carried out – side entrances will remain open.
At night the entrances to MSP will remain open - given the boundaries to the park it would be practically impossible to secure, persons able to walk through hedgerow, over fencing, etc. The rangers work closely with Stourbridge police to minimise any anti social behaviour.
Vice- Chairman congratulated the project team and workers on the improvements, restoration work and consideration given to visitors whilst work is in progress, the cafe being highly successful and looks forward to walking around Heath Pool when work is finished.

DM – In the future; Looking to create a duck feeding zone at pool area – to encourage people to use duck food, which will be available rather than bread which is harmful to ducks. Signage and information boards around pool illustrating facts about the birds/ trees , environment and history, etc.  
Activities and events for all to discover the wildlife and heritage of MSP as well as various physical activities arranged at by the rangers at the Healthy Hub. Ranger groups and school visits are planned to get children involved – also Bird Watch, Wildlife Walk, Frank Foley walks for all. Dates and details handed out. Further events planned over the summer months- details available from DM, online and will be advertised locally.
MSP will be applying to Keep Britain Tidy for green flag award. Note KBT national campaign ‘Clean for the Queen’ litter pick weekend is 4-6th March 16.
Small community orchard and wild flower area is planned along Love Lane DM is in discussion with Transition Stourbridge and other local groups to plant and maintain. History project, archive group for research and memories of the park is being set up.
Lots of volunteer opportunities within the park, both for individuals and groups, anyone interested should contact DM. Contact list circulated.
A celebration weekend is planned for mid July 16 to celebrate completion of the project.

 

T.C. 1835

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING
The minutes of the 406th meeting of the Stourbridge Township Council held on 10th December 2015 were noted as a correct record and signed by Mr BS Craddock, Vice Chairman accordingly.

 

T.C.1836

MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
With regard to Item T.C.1823 – amendment to the Agenda. Vice Chairman commented that it would be useful to continue to have a report from the Clerk in addition to feedback on actions.
ACTION: To be discussed – together with a revised Agenda at the AGM.

 

 

ALL

T.C.1837

CHAIRMAN’S COMMUNICATIONS
No issues raised by Chairman or Vice- Chairman.
Chairman, Mrs EMD Scott sent her apologies as she presently in Russell’s Hall hospital.

 

T.C.1838

 REPORT FROM THE CLERK/ ACTION UPDATES
No updates -Clerk was absent due to illness.

 

T.C.1839

ITEMS RAISED UNDER STANDING ORDER NO 13
No matters were raised under this issue

 

 

T.C. 1840

MATTERS RELATING TO PERSONAL SERVICES
No matters were raised under this issue

 

T.C. 1841

MATTERS RELATING TO TECHNICAL SERVICES
No matters were raised under this issue

 

T.C. 1842

FINANCIAL, CIVIC AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT MATTERS
Current balance £809.10.

Finance clerk reported that the Amblecote Room, Town Hall, Stourbridge has been booked for future Township Council meetings in 2016, subject to a review in March (AGM) if there is any increase in cost.

 

T.C. 1843

CHAIRMAN’S OTHER BUSINESS
Further to earlier discussion regarding meetings and costs the Vice- Chairman suggested the option of reducing the number of meetings to 10 per year and not holding one in January – using this one as an example; low attendance: short period of time to carry out actions and receive replies due to Christmas/ New Year period; hire of Amblecote Room is for 3 hours – so future meetings could be extended if necessary.
ACTION: to be discussed and voted on at the AGM in March.
Meeting was closed at 8.10pm

 

 

 

 

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Signed

Mrs EMD Scott - Chairman
11th February 2016

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