MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING OF ELECTORS
HELD ON THURSDAY 22ND APRIL 2010 AT 1930 HOURS
IN BACKWELL PARISH HALL, BACKWELL
PRESENT: Parish Councillors R Taylor (Chairman), B Bucknell, M Gibbons-Price, B Huggins,
J Llewellyn, R Mason, K Merryweather, C Perry, D Sparks, G Wills plus approximately 40 members of the public and Mrs J Stone (Clerk to the Council).
The Chairman welcomed the electors to the 115th Annual Parish Meeting of Electors of Backwell Parish and confirmed that Notice convening the meeting had been displayed in the Parish for more than 7 days as required by legislation.
001 Cllrs C Pope, S Pope, M Bowerman and S Ould.
002 The Minutes of the Annual Parishioners Meeting held on Friday 24th April 2009 were unanimously confirmed as a correct record by those present at that meeting.
3) BACKWELL PARISH COUNCIL – CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
003 Cllr R Taylor (on behalf of the Chairman Cllr C Pope) read out the Chairman of the Parish Council’s report (see Appendix 1).
4) PRESENTATION BY MR IAN CHAMBERS, TRUSTEE OF BACKWELL ENVIRONMENT TRUST
004 Mr I Chambers, Woodland Management Team Leader and Trustee of BET, gave a presentation outlining the progress made since BET was formed approximately 5 years ago. He spoke about the flora, fauna and wildlife found at the Jubilee Stone Nature Reserve, and of the hard work undertaken by volunteers and the effect that this has had in enhancing the habitat. He also spoke of BET’s recent acquisition of Badger Wood Nature Reserve. The Chairman thanked him for his presentation.
5) BACKWELL PARISH COUNCIL – The Chairman read out the Financial Report for the year
005 ending 31 March 2010 (see Appendix 2).
6) PUBLIC COMMENTS
7) WEST OF ENGLAND MS THERAPY CENTRE
007 Mr J Withers, Fundraising Manager of the West of England MS Therapy Centre, read out
a report (see Appendix 3). The Chairman thanked Mr Withers for his report.
8) MR GEOFF COOMBS, CHAIRMAN OF BARROW GURNEY PARISH COUNCIL
008 Mr G Coombs thanked Backwell Parish Council and the Backwell Residents Association
for the support they had received in connection with the infrastructure problems re proposed extension of Bristol Airport. The Chairman thanked Mr Coombs for his speech.
9) BACKWELL ALLOTMENTS ASSOCIATION
009 Mr G Wells was unable to attend. The Chairman read out a report prepared by Mr Wells (see
10) BACKWELL CHARITIES – THE BACKWELL FOUNDATION AND THE BACKWELL EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
010 Mr D Pike, Trustee and Secretary, read out a report and presented the accounts for the year
ended 31st December 2009 (see Appendix 5). The Chairman thanked Mr Pike for his report.
11) BACKWELL PLAYING FIELDS CHARITY
011 Mr P Lamb, a Trustee of the Backwell Playing Fields Charity, read out a report (see Appendix 6). The Chairman thanked Mr Lamb for his report.
12) BACKWELL YOUTH CLUB, BACKWELL RECREATION GROUND
012 The Chairman of Backwell Youth Club, Mr G Smith, was unable to attend. The Chairman read out a report prepared by Mr Smith (see Appendix 7).
13) BACKWELL PARISH HALL
013 Report of the Parish Hall Chairman
Mr B Huggins, Chairman of the Parish Hall Management Committee read a report (see
014 Parish Hall Accounts
Mr Huggins presented the Parish Hall Accounts for the year ended 31st December 2009
(see Appendix 9). The Chairman thanked Mr Huggins for his reports.
14) BACKWELL RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION
015 Mr B Stewart, Secretary to Backwell Residents Association, gave a report on behalf of the
Backwell Residents Association (see Appendix 10). The Chairman thanked Mr Stewart
for his report.
15) BACKWELL COMMUNITY PLAN
016 Mr Doug Minter, Chairman of Backwell Community Plan, gave a report on the Backwell Community Plan (see Appendix 11). The Chairman thanked Mr Minter for his report.
The meeting closed at 2105 hours.
Following the formal business of the meeting the Chairman presented cheques to local organisations who were awarded grants by Backwell Parish Council for the 2010/2011 financial
Dated this day of 2011