MOBBERLEY PARISH PLAN STEERING COMMITTEE
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD AT NUT TREE COTTAGE, HALL LANE ON
26 JUNE 2007, 7.30pm
Present: Stuart Nixon (Chairman)
Gary Baron (Treasurer), Penny Braham (Secretary), Roger Gittins, Ken Chantler, Eileen Toon, Janet Cookson
- APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
- Apologies had been received from Georgia Hoult due to illness.
- 2. MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING AND MATTERS ARISING
- The Minutes were agreed as a correct record. For ‘Matters Arising’ see below.
- 3. QUESTIONNAIRE
- The Chairman reported that feedback on the draft questionnaire had not been extensive. However, he had now prepared a shortened version of this draft questionnaire and requested feedback on this from Committee members by Friday 6 July. After this time it was proposed that 20 people not on the Steering Committee should be asked to complete the questionnaire and comment on it. The Steering Committee members could each ask 3 people of differing ages and organisations to fill it in.
- RG had a village map on the website and it was thought this could form the front cover of the final Plan along with advertising on the back page. This advertising to be different from current Newsletter advertisers – ideas/suggestions were now requested.
- It was quite obvious that extra help was needed on the Steering Committee, as some of the original members were now not attending the meetings. It was thought that 6 extra members were required. PB would contact the Chair of the School Governors so that hopefully local Governors could be approached for assistance, and she would also contact Mr Terry Mitchell.
- Flyers to be put on the village noticeboards and caravan sites, the Cricket Club, Churches and Sunrise Senior Citizens’ home. Current Committee members were requested to think of other Parishioners who could be approached for help.
- BUDGETING & FINANCE GENERALLY
- GB reported that feedback from Ms Bron Kerrigan at Cheshire Community Council, following the application for an initial grant for the Plan, had not been good. In spite of her previous advice and presentations, she now requested evidence of local support for the formation of the Plan. Presentation and presence by members of the Steering Committee had already been shown at the Annual Open Parish Meeting, the Farmers’ Market, the Open Gardens Day and the Rose Queen festival. GB proposed that Chairs of local organisations be asked to sign a petition in support of the Plan’s formation – SN would pass GB his explanation note for the Plan as used for the Farmers’ Market.
- Ms Kerrigan had also now reported that there was an expectation that Parish Councils would forward 10% of the grant for the Plan. GB would write to Jim Shepherd, Chairman of the Parish Council, with copy to Chris Kerr, the Responsible Financial Officer, before the following Monday’s Parish Council meeting, to ask them for some grant money.
- SN had received a copy of the completed grant application form from Rainow Parish Council. KC and RG would help GB to complete the forms/budget. It was hoped that Georgia Hoult could be involved with the costings.
- It was not yet known how much the production of the Plan would cost, and where all the funding would come from. PB would contact Community Relations at Manchester Airport for a copy of their grant application pack. It was suggested that Egertons also might be approached.
- 5. PROGRAMME
- SN was of the opinion that the Committee would still be on target to distribute the official questionnaire in September. It was hoped to have received the ‘starter’ grant by then, but more funding would be needed to produce the questionnaire so the subject of the funding was now critical.
- TO CONSIDER HOW WE CONSULT WITH THE VARIOUS RESIDENTS,
- COMMERCIAL, SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY BODIES
When the questionnaire was out it would be necessary to target people. SN had prepared a separate sheet within the current ‘cut down’ questionnaire for commercial bodies. The Committee already had the contact details for the community organisations. Business contacts were still to be completed.
KC suggested the Committee hold a community barbecue on the Town Lane Nature Reserve to draw people in. PB suggested a series of coffee/biscuit evenings at the Rajar building to target different areas of the village.
RG had produced a box to hold the questionnaires for the various sites, but it was felt this was too big. If the questionnaire was being reduced to A5 size a smaller box could be used – plastic box files cut out were suggested – it was hoped that Georgia would be able to source these. Such boxes should remain in situ for 2 editions of the Newsletter.
7. TO ESTABLISH LINKS FOR CONSULTATION
The poorer the information gleaned from the questionnaire, the more necessary it would be to gather information from Focus Groups. Main Focus Groups were thought to have to cover Traffic, Planning and Noise and it was important to get everyone interested in these issues to be involved in the Focus Groups.
Information on households could be gathered from the last Census, and the Electoral Roll was also suggested as a source if this information could be released by the Parish Council.
In 6 to 8 weeks’ time it would be necessary to contact the organisations already known – however, contact names should not be included on the website.
8. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
- RG proposed that the Mobberley Emergency Plan be incorporated and included on the questionnaire.
9. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
This would be held on Tuesday 31 July, 7.30pm at the Rajar Building, Town Lane.
The meeting closed at 22.20 hours.