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|MINUTES of the meeting of HARPOLE PARISH COUNCIL held on |
20th April 2009
at the Methodist Chapel, School Lane, Harpole at 7.45 pm.
1.APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE. Mrs J Knight, Mr S. Cordingley. (Detained by unavoidable family considerations or illness. Apologies accepted by Council.) Cllr A Addison (SNC) Cllr J. Eliot.(SNC)
2. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST. Mr J. Calderwood regarding Scarecrow Weekend and Churchyard. Mr E J Church regarding Low cost housing and Scarecrow weekend, Mr J Gibbins regarding Low cost housing scheme and allotments.
3. PUBLIC DISCUSSION.
Martin Mills addressed Council on behalf of the Harpole Football Club. The club has enjoyed remarkable success in recent years, having won their league for three consecutive seasons. It is felt that in order to progress that they need to improve their facilities and create at least one more senior pitch. Heygates have been approached about adjacent land but would not agree to sell. The club have been advised that a compulsory purchase might be the way forward , but that they would need the support of the Parish Council to proceed. Some funding would be available from the Football Foundation, on application.
Mr B Gibbins felt that support should be forthcoming and commended the achievements of the football club. Mrs Burt felt that the builders, Redrow, had an option on the land in question. Mr Church wondered about the grounds for a compulsory purchase. Mr Calderwood felt that such a scheme would provide an useful buffer against overdevelopment.
Cllr Kirkbride suggested that the football club should make an approach to SNC legal department to investigate the feasibility, as soon as possible. Clerk to contact Cllr Curtis (SNC) for guidance.
4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES of the meeting of 9th March 2009.
Miss Eason proposed, and Mr Burt seconded that the minutes were accepted as a true record. Unanimous. The Chairman duly signed the February agenda and minutes.