MOBBERLEY PARISH PLAN STEERING COMMITTEE
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD AT THE VICTORY HALL ON
24 APRIL 2007, 7.45pm
Present: Stuart Nixon (Chairman)
Gary Baron (Treasurer), Ken Chantler, Roger Gittins, John Parkes, Eileen Toon,
Susan Alboutany, Penny Braham
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
- Apologies had been received from Janet Cookson. Dave Dixon had tendered his resignation.
- MATTERS ARISING FROM THE OPENING MEETING
- RG had set up the web site, with an option for comments. The Chairman had forwarded the application form for a start up grant to GB for completion.
- TO COMPLETE OFFICERS OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE
- Committee members agreed to serve as follows:
- Chairman Stuart Nixon
- Vice Chairman Ken Chantler
- Secretary Penny Braham
- Treasurer Gary Baron
- Publicity Officer Stuart Nixon (who had already put an item in the Newsletter)
- Web site Manager Roger Gittins
- TO COMPLETE AND SIGN THE CONSTITUTION
- It was agreed to accept the Draft Constitution as a starting point, and amend/take this forward as necessary. The Chairman signed this and passed it around the meeting for the others present to also sign.
- TO DISCUSS WHETHER THE 10 X 10 METHOD OF ESTABLISHING A LIST OF
- WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO THE PEOPLE OF MOBBERLEY WAS THE BEST
- STARTING POINT
- It was agreed that each member of the Steering Committee would ask 10 friends, neighbours or other contacts what they like most about living/working in Mobberley, what they like least, and what they would most like to see introduced. This could embrace any social, economic or environmental factors and would provide about 360 pieces of information upon which to base any wider consultation. It was hoped that a broad spectrum/cross section of ages could be approached. The information from each Committee member was to be handed in at ET’s home, 9 Hall Bank, by 11 May and would be collated by ET and the Chairman. The Chairman would contact Committee members not present to inform them of this decision.
- TO CONSIDER HOW TO CONSULT WITH THE VARIOUS RESIDENTS,
- COMMERCIAL, SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY BODIES
- RG would identify commercial firms in the village. PB would prepare a list of social groups with contact names by the next meeting.
- TO ESTABLISH LINKS FOR CONSULTATION
- Businesses could be contacted by letter. JP would ask the manager of the Co-op Welcome Store whether it would be possible to use the store as a ‘receiving point’ for business responses.
- Residents could be contacted via the monthly Parish Newsletter. Also, JP would find out the cost of flyers distributed by the Royal Mail in the hope that he could obtain a discount.
- TO ESTABLISH A PROTOCOL FOR MANAGING THE CONSULTATION AND
- ASSESSING THE RESPONSES
- Residents could be divided into the following age groups : 0-11 years, 12-20 years, 20-40 years, 40-60 years and over 60 years.
- Once questionnaires had been returned and interests expressed, focus group meetings could be organised. Workload should be spread as much as possible throughout the Steering Committee.
- TO CONSIDER INVITING REPRESENTATIVES FROM OTHER PARISH PLANS
- TO BRIEF US ON THEIR EXPERIENCES
- It was agreed this would be useful. The Chairman would ask representatives from Audlem and Antrobus to attend the next Steering Committee meeting. PB would try to obtain extra copies of the Parish Plans.
- TO LOOK AT PROGRAMME AND BUDGET
- GB had researched applying for a ‘starter grant’ through Cheshire Community Council, to be supplied by Cheshire County Council. It was necessary for 2 applicants to apply, both being on the Parish Council and both having been nominated as applicants. The grant would be sent to the Clerk to the Parish Council, with the Council acting as Parish Plan banker and conduit, as the Steering Committee would not have a bank account. Current members of the Parish Council on the Steering Committee were Councillors Toon, Cookson and Williamson. GB would complete the grant form in consultation with the Chairman and send it off asap.
- RG had generated Mobberley information onto the directory ‘Mobberley.info/pp’. It was agreed to use RG’s site at present, with own domaine name, and if this expanded to move onto our own site. The public could be asked on the questionnaire what they would like the Mobberley Parish Plan to be called.
- The Chairman would incorporate all information on the programme onto a flow chart so everyone could see the time scale involved. It was estimated that the process to produce the Parish Plan would take 18 months to 2 years. It would be necessary to ascertain how the Parish Council intended to monitor everything once the Plan had been completed.
- Summary : a. initial 10x10 questionnaires to be handed in by 11 May
- b. detailed questionnaires to be sent to everyone in village
- c. Draft Plan to be produced for consultation/comment
- d. Final Plan to be produced
- TO TAKE ANY OTHER BUSINESS
The Chairman and RG would work on page format and presentation.
- It was thought that grants would total about £5000. If extra funding was needed either the Parish Council could be asked to contribute, or donations requested or fundraising events be run.
- A Village Design Statement might have to be included within the Parish Plan, but it might be deemed necessary to produce a separate one.
- The Chairman asked everyone to complete the ‘Skills Audit’ form and return to him.
- PB would contact Brendan O’Brien, one of the original Parish Plan volunteers, to ascertain whether he was still interested in joining the Steering Committee.
The next meeting would be held on 29 May 2007, 7.30pm – venue of either the Victory Hall or the Rajar building to be confirmed on agenda.
The meeting closed at 21.35 hours.