Over sixty voting delegates attended the 67th Annual General Meeting of the Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils (Northants CALC) on Saturday 18 October 2014 at the Saxon Hall in Raunds. In all, approximately 100 attendees participated in the annual business and heard an illuminating keynote address from local government academic Professor Colin Copus from De Montfort University on Localism and what it means for parish councils.
During the business items there was overwhelming support for a one-off structural change in membership fees from 2015. The Association's board had recommended a significant increase that would put the Association on a sound financial footing for the future and after a lively debate the motion was carried with 52 votes in favour, 7 against and 2 abstentions. An earlier amendment that the change be phased in over three years was heavily defeated. Chief Executive, Danny Moody, promised that the Association would work hard to deliver value for money and would listen to the smallest parishes to ensure that services were fit for purpose for all.
A motion from Deanshanger Parish Council that government be lobbied to "protect all pubs from the threat of conversion to supermarkets, betting shops and pay-day loan stores by ensuring the need for planning permission and community consultation, which is not presently required under change of use legislation" was carried unanimously with a suggestion that similar protection be sought for community post offices and banks.
Two directors, Kath Bonner Dunham and Gwen Radcliffe, retired from the board at the AGM and a presentation was made to Gwen in appreciation for her nearly thirty years of service to the Association. The AGM also elected her as a new Vice President. The two directors joining the board to fill the vacancies are Linda Carter from Brackley Town Council and Lynn Lavender from Duston Parish Council.
The Came & Co Northamptonshire Council of the Year 2014 award went to Brackley Town Council for its WWI centenary commemoration project, which included the cleaning of the community's war memorial, involving local children and conducting a trawl of the council's archives to find relevant information. A community service was held on 4 August 2014 in Brackley, which will go down as a special day in the history of the council and the community. The award was presented to Town Clerk, Linda Carter, by Vice President, Jeffrey Greenwell.
A prize draw for a set of 640 Christmas lights donated by Blachere Illuminations was won by Billing Parish Council.
In his closing remarks Jeffrey Greenwell said "This is your Association. It is run for you, the member councils. By attending this meeting you control the Association and today you have voted to make it a strong Association for the future".
Next year's AGM will take place on Saturday 17 October 2015 and all member councils are encouraged to attend.
Posted: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:01 by Danny Moody