Minutes: Parish Council Meeting 24th March 2020

This meeting was not held in person due the recent outbreak of the Covid- 19 and following Government guidelines to self-isolate. Items on the published agenda of critical importance to the operation of the Parish Council recorded by email exchange between the Clerk and Councillors. No guidelines available from NALC.

Minutes of the Parish Council conducted by email on Tuesday 24th March 2020.

Part 1

Email Parties
Councillor R Hocknell (RJH) – Chairman
Councillor D Bennett – Vice Chairman
Councillor R Hurst (RH)
Councillor G Morgan
Councillor A Nicol (AN)
Councillor J Swithenbank (JS)
Ms J Mason – Clerk

Declaration of Interest

None declared

Public Forum

Not possible as meeting declared cancelled to the public. 



32/20 Minutes

The minutes had been circulated via email.

Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 25th February 2020 be approved and signed as a true and accurate record.

33/20 Delegation of Authority

Due to the current situation with the Corvid -19 virus the Parish Council considered extending the delegation of Council decisions to the Clerk, in consultation with the Chairman and Vice-Chairman, during any period of restricted activity declared by the Government in respect of the Covid-19 virus, including the authorisation of any revenue spend that is in the approved budget. Such delegation is to enable the Council to fulfil its responsibilities to its residents.

Resolved delegation to the Clerk was accepted with guidance from the Chairman and the Vice Chairman.

34/20 Accounts   

It was noted the balance of account = Leek United £30,721.75 + Natwest £32,546.44 = £63,268.19.


  • Online payment – £1,440.00 RM Installations (installation of boundary signs)
  • £1,708.80 HSF Recycling Ltd (grass cutting)
  • Online payments – £4,122.98 Ms J Mason (Salary from January to March)
  • Online payment – £24.00 Crewe Colour Printers (posters)
  • Cheque no 280 – £953.19 HMRC 
  • Online payments – £240.00 HSF Recycling Ltd (hedge cutting)


  • £2,178.66 VAT HMRC

Resolved the above payments are approved and signed for as a true and accurate record.

35/20 The next meeting would be on the 19th May 2020 @ Cranage Hall Hotel. This would be dependent on advice from Central Government