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Ilmington Annual parish meeting
8:00am Thursday 31st May 2012 in Grassroots
THE meeting held on Wednesday, May 9, was chaired by Coun Tony Wilkins and attended by some 16 parishioners.
The meeting heard a report on the village defibrillator from Coun Taylor. He had been contacted by Deborah Williams of Armscote Manor and Trudy Lobban, an expert in heart attacks who has led a campaign to get defib machines all over the country. They felt the parish’s defibrillator was not all that accessible in its present position so there should be one in a wallmounted box.
Andrew Gunn reported again that Charingworth Road from Redlands Barn towards Ebrington was still in a bad state of repair. Since this was the responsibility of the county council there was nothing that the parish council could do about it, other than report it to Gloucestershire Highways.
David Derrington, treasurer of the village hall, said income was down by about 30 per cent and expenditure and insurance had both gone up. Bookings had held up during the year, but the hall was receiving nothing from the outreach Post Office.
Sheila Ribbans reported that they hoped to have raised £20,000 by the end of the year for a new kitchen and storage space, and they were grateful to the parish council for their grant of £3,000. Planning permission had been given for the work, a new noticeboard had been made by David Greenwood, and stage equipment had been made, thanks to the sponsorship of the 20-20 Group.
David Sabin gave an account of the finances of the Sports & Social Club. The total costs over the year were £13,645.83, and the total income, including £10,976.37 from the bar and £1,669.23 in donations and subscriptions, was £14,518, making a small profit of £872.76. This was good as the above figures included works carried out refurbishing the kitchen and work in the main club area.
Richard Leadbeater gave an account of the activities of the Tennis & Multi Sports Club. There had been a surplus of £7,000 which was similar to last year, but membership was down by 61.
The total membership was 288. There were 86 footballers in 16 teams, some doing better than others. The court resurfacing was due to start this week, so the courts will be out of action for about two weeks.
Richard Law gave an account of the finances of the playing field committee. He said that there was an extra children’s team in place of the Ilmington Revolutions, which had folded.
The proposed affordable housing in Armscote Road was discussed. The clerk reported the county council had finally agreed to the disposal of the land, and that an archaeological survey would be carried out.
Coun Fred Edmunds then gave a report on the plans for the Jubilee celebrations.
A programme of events had been circulated in the village, and there were sufficient funds to give everyone a free weekend, with the exception of drink.
Mark Robinson said there was a need for affordable housing in Ilmington, otherwise it would be in danger of becoming a retirement village. The parish council should now be thinking of the next phase of affordable house building.