MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING OF ELECTORS
HELD ON THURSDAY 28TH APRIL 2016 AT 1930 HOURS
IN BACKWELL PARISH HALL, BACKWELL
PRESENT: Parish Cllrs M Gibbons-Price (Chairman), R Barclay, M Bowerman, C Cole, S Edwards,
J Llewellyn, R MacLeavy, S Mitchell, S Ould, J Sear and D Seddon plus approximately 30 members of the public and Mrs J Stone (Clerk to the Council).
The Chairman welcomed the electors to the 121st 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 R Day, H Power, G Simmonite and R Taylor. District Cllr K Barclay. North Somerset Council Parish Liaison Officers Natalie Field and Natalie Sims
002 The Minutes of the Annual Parishioners Meeting held on Thursday 9th April 2015 were unanimously confirmed as a correct record by those present at that meeting.
3) PUBLIC COMMENTS
003 Mr D Ratcliffe asked a question regarding buses on Station Road. The Clerk to obtain further details and take the appropriate action.
4) BACKWELL PLAYING FIELDS CHARITY
004 Ms K Freeman, Administrator of Backwell Playing Fields Charity, read out a report (see Appendix 1). The Chairman thanked Ms Freeman for her report.
5) BACKWELL ALLOTMENTS ASSOCIATION
005 Mr G Wells, Chairman of the Allotment Advisory Group, read out a report (see Appendix 2). The Chairman thanked Mr Wells for his report.
6) BACKWELL RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION
006 Mr K Riches, Chairman, Backwell Residents Association, read out a report (see Appendix 3). The Chairman thanked Mr Riches for his report.
7) BACKWELL CHARITIES – THE BACKWELL FOUNDATION AND THE BACKWELL EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
007 Mr D Pike, Chairman, read out a report and presented the accounts for the year ended 31st December 2015 (see Appendix 4). The Chairman thanked Mr Pike for his report.
8) BACKWELL PARISH HALL
008 a) To appoint 4 Trustees
It was unanimously resolved to re-elect Patricia Walker, Terry Merrett-Smith and Michael Plas as Trustees for a period of one year. No other applications had been received. One vacancy remains.
009 b) Report from the Parish Hall Management Committee
Mrs S Ould, Chairman of the Parish Hall Management Committee, read out a report (see Appendix 5). The Chairman thanked Mrs S Ould for her report.
010 c) Parish Hall Accounts
The Parish Hall accounts are appended to the Minutes (see Appendix 6).
9) BACKWELL YOUTH CLUB, BACKWELL RECREATION GROUND
011 Mr M Pratt, Chair & Treasurer of Backwell Youth Club, read out a report (see Appendix 7). The Chairman thanked Mr Pratt for his report. Mr Pratt also paid tribute to Mr J Mason who worked tirelessly as a volunteer for many years at the Playing Fields.
10) BACKWELL PARISH COUNCIL – CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
012 Cllr M Gibbons-Price, on behalf of the Parish Council Chairman Cllr R Taylor, read out a report prepared by him (see Appendix 8).
11) BACKWELL PARISH COUNCIL – The Chairman advised the Financial Report for the year
013 ending 31st March 2016 was available for inspection at the meeting (see Appendix 9). She outlined the current financial position of the Parish Council
014 The meeting closed at 2010 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 2016/2017 financial year.