24 April 2018 Annual Parish Meeting : DRAFT Minutes

Avebury Parish Council          

Draft: minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on the 24 April 2018 at the Social Centre, High Street, Avebury SN8 1RF.

In these minutes, ACSReC stands for Avebury Community Sports and Recreation Committee, AHA for Aster Housing Association, AONB for North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, APC for Avebury Parish Council, ASA for Avebury Sportsfield Association, ASSC for Avebury Sports and Social Club, ASSF for Avebury Sacred Sites Forum, BT for British Telecommunications plc, CATG for Community Area Transport Group, EH for English Heritage, FWO for Fyfield and West Overton Parish Council, MAB for Marlborough Area Board, NT for the National Trust, PCSO for Police Community Support Officer, SID for Speed Indicator Device, UNESCO for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, WC for Wiltshire Council and WHS for World Heritage Site.

Time Started: 19:04

Present: Councillors Mr Andrew Williamson (Chairman), Mrs Maggie Lewis (Vice-Chairman), Mrs Lynzey Paradise, Ms Zandria Service and Mr Stephen Stacey, together with 21 members of the public who were present for all or part of the meeting.

Apologies: Councillors Dr Mike Bedford, Mr David Brotheridge and Mr Terence O’Connor, Sir Peter Beale, Betty Cronk, Tony Farthing, Kate Fry, Dianne Gater, Keith and Sally Paradise, Rev Maria Shepherdson, John and Geraldine Wimble, and see last bullet point of item 4 b vii below for an email from Abby George of the National Trust.

In attendance: Wiltshire Councillor Jane Davies, Michele Lomas (Chair of Avebury Community Shop), Helen Miah (WHS Partnership Officer), Jan Polack (Chair of Orchard Group), PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) Emily Sykes to item 4.e.iii, and Miss Liz Moore, Clerk to APC.

  1. Welcome and introductions: The Chairman opened the meeting by welcoming the public and asked if everyone had an agenda. He said he would ask various people to speak during the meeting. It was noted members of the press were not present. He reported Parish Council members were the same as last year apart from Jon Campbell who had recently resigned to take up a job in the USA and that members included Dr Mike Bedford (Vice-Chairman), Maggie Lewis (Vice-Chairman), David Brotheridge, Terence O’Connor, Lynzey Paradise, Stephen Stacey, Zandria Service and himself. The Chairman introduced Jane Davies (Wiltshire Councillor), Liz Moore (Parish Clerk) and Judy Farthing (Civil Emergency Officer). He said that Kate Fry had done much to update APC’s Website, Ron Dobson gave advice on buildings, David Throup was Editor of UKN and Martin Rendle and John Giles worked as Handymen for the Parish Council. He said he was pleased that Helen Miah (WHS Partnership Officer) was present as Sarah Simmonds (WHS Partnership Manager) was not able to attend and he also welcomed Police Community Support Officer Emily Sykes to the meeting.
  2. Minutes of the annual Parish meeting held on 25 April 2017. (Draft minutes published on Parish Council web site www.aveburyparishcouncil.org). The Chairman asked if the draft minutes were accurate and it was unanimously agreed that they were an accurate record. Chairman to sign the minutes.
  3. Matters arising from the minutes: there were none.
  4. The work of the Parish Council, Transport Group, ASA, Avebury Community Sports and Recreation Committee and other local organisations. The Chairman said that the Parish Council was here to report on its work during the past year. It had met 12 times during the year including extra meetings in January to discuss the Sports Field Lease and in May to discuss ways of improving communications with the National Trust. It was noted the Planning Committee had not met outside of the ordinary Parish Council meetings.
    1. Elections and membership: the Chairman explained that he had been Chairman of Avebury Parish Council for the past seven years and that although he would be standing down as Chairman from 1 May 2018, he was keen to remain a member of the Parish Council. He said he would also be standing down as Chairman of the AWHS Steering Committee. He explained that he had been Chairman for four/five years and rotation of the role was supposed to be every three years.
    2. Transport Group: in the absence of Dr Mike Bedford the Chairman reported:
      1. Members were Dr Mike Bedford, Stephen Stacey and himself from APC and local residents; Kate Fry, Rob Macaire (who had just taken on the role of British Ambassador to Iran), Angela Norman, Tim Lewis, Moya Brannan, Simon Vatcher, Paul Ryder-Morris and there were two new members; Lyn Bennett-Nutt and Helen Ramsay who both worked in the Parish.
      2. The Parish Council was trying to get plans drawn for A4 improvements at West Kennett and Beckhampton in preparation for funding that might become available. The initial study for West Kennett had been partly completed and then halted and the study for Beckhampton was just starting.
      3. Horse crossing at Beckhampton Stables had been improved.
      4. Cyclothon at Red Lion PH had raised £568.92 with thanks to Moya Brannan who had cycled the equivalent of 298 miles.
      5. Parking in Avebury Trusloe: the project depended on the willingness of AHA, Centurion and WC to progress matters. APC was chasing the private company and he would report later in the meeting on the Housing Needs Survey that the Parish Council had commissioned last year.
      6. Footpath Signage: a new group had been set up and included Tim Lewis, Hilary Makins (NT Head Ranger), Steve Leonard (WC Rights of Way Officer), Helen Miah (WHS Partnership Officer) and himself and they would like to get the farmers involved. APC had pledged £1,000 to get the £5,000 project started. The Chairman invited Stephen Stacey to report on the next item.
      7. Transport Group Exhibition held on 7 March 2018 at Red Lion PH. Mr Stacey thanked members of the public for coming to the exhibition and said that many constructive suggestions had been left on 50 Post- it notes in total. He reported that the Transport Group had produced a draft summary report with interim recommendations that was available on the Parish Council’s web-site under Transport Group Meetings. Mr Stacey explained that the Transport Group wanted to achieve a set of deliverable short-term actions so that results could be realised sooner.
        • It was noted further feedback would be collected from members of the public that night and there was also a meeting / exhibition at Kennet Valley Hall in Lockeridge on 16 May between 4-8pm.
        • Ideas for Avebury Trusloe included yellow lines, 20 mph limit and reducing speed on A4361
        • Ideas for Green Street included improving road surface condition, repairing damaged verge, stopping cars turning back and installing clearer signage.
        • Ideas for footpaths included improving signage, stiles, addressing dog fouling, provision of paths on A4361 to Berwick Bassett and resurfacing of footpath 22.
        • Ideas for the High Street included clearer car parking signage and that was going to be picked up the National Trust, yellow lines and better enforcement of Solstice parking permits and that was going to be addressed by WC.
        • Mr Stacey explained that the bigger ticket project involved reducing speeds on the A4 by traffic calming (from Bell to Sanctuary, West Kennett, Silbury Hill, Beckhampton and Knoll Down) and included the future of the Avenue. He said that the Parish Council would push hard to secure the work. The Chairman asked the public if they had any comments and that APC would like to include other villages in the traffic calming scheme for the A4. The following points emerged or questions were asked:
          • parking enforcement in the High Street had been non-existent at Solstice last year and 28 caravans had set up on the nursery site in Avebury Trusloe. It was noted improvements were being planned by WC enforcement and the Police for Solstice that year.
          • when would the speed limit on the A4361 Avebury Trusloe road be reduced from 60 mph to 30 mph? It was noted a 40 mph speed limit was in the pipeline as soon as the Beckhampton traffic calming scheme was implemented. Jane Davies (Wiltshire Councillor) said that she sympathised with members of the public and agreed that the road was intimidating and suggested a short-term solution would be for APC to raise the problem with CATG.
          • parking in Avebury Trusloe had not been addressed since the issue was first raised in 2012 and was wasting Police resources when issues arose. It was noted residents had opposed a car parking scheme at Trusloe Cottages but that there was space for 22 cars on the nursery site furthest from the highway and nearest the houses.
          • residents had been asking for a 30 mph limit in Avebury Trusloe for the past 25 years and was there any reason why the proposed 40 mph limit on the A4361 had to wait for the traffic calming project at Beckhampton? It was noted there was no reason to wait and that APC could talk to MAB’s CATG.
          • why had Speed Indicator Devices (SIDs) been withdrawn? It was noted the SIDs had been withdrawn by WC due to budget cuts. Jane Davies (Wiltshire Councillor) reported that Mildenhall Parish Council had recently bought their own SID for £7,000. It was noted PCs could band together to purchase their own SIDs with funding from CATG however there was the issue of maintaining them and that road users often ignored the SIDs.
          • had the Community done a speed watch? It was noted speed watches had been done informally in the past but there were issues of safety and insurance cover.
          • parking was made worse by the B&Bs in Avebury Trusloe.
          • what had happened to a previous suggestion by Dr Bedford for a 40 mph limit in the whole of the WHS? It was noted speed limits were more likely to be disobeyed but not if the roads were narrowed. A member of the public reported about 10-15 years ago a similar request for a 40 mph speed limit across the WHS had been rejected by WC because 40 mph limits could not be implemented across A-roads but could if the road network consisted of B-roads.
          • the importance of decreasing the speed limit on the A4361 Avebury to Beckhampton road was re-stressed.
          • there used to be double white lines in the middle of the road on the A4361 from the bus layby to New Bridge and they should be re-instated to improve safety. Jane Davies (Wiltshire Councillor) reported that white lines were cheap to implement and cost about 50 pence per metre to put in. She said that if there was previous evidence of them being in the road then WC would put them back again but it would need to be requested via the CATG.                                                                         The Chairman encouraged members of the public to join the Transport Group. He then said he had forgotten to give the NT’s apologies earlier in the meeting and tabled an update that had been emailed to the Clerk the previous day (see appendix 1). He read out the email the Clerk had received from Abby George (Marketing and Communications Officer):

            ‘Hi Liz,

            Please see attached the National Trust update for the Annual Parish Council Meeting tomorrow. We’re also distributing this at key points throughout the village so that residents can pick up their own copy.

            Very best wishes, Abby’

            Members of the public expressed general disappointment that they had not received a copy of the update and that there were no representatives of the NT at the meeting that night. The Chairman asked the public if they would like him to read out the NT’s newsletter also received by the Clerk the previous day but they declined. A member of the public requested that the Parish Council write to the NT to inform them that if they wanted to best communicate then they should attend meetings. [And also see item 4.i.]

    3. ASA / ACSReC: Mrs Paradise stated the members of ACSReC were herself (Chair), Maggie Lewis, Dr Mike Bedford, Dave Brotheridge, Stephen Stacey, Diane Gater, Bruce Hinder, Dominic Fry and Alan Blake. Mrs Paradise reported that APC had held the Sports Field lease since 1947 and that ASSC had taken over a new, 40 year lease of the Sports Field on 17 April 2018 because the Parish Council was not allowed to raise funds from Charities [e.g. Sport England]. She said that APC wanted to protect the interests of users of the field and had also exchanged a side-agreement with ASSC. The Chairman read out part of the agreement as follows: ‘In consideration of the transfer at no cost by the Council to the Club of the machinery, equipment, furnishings, goods and chattels set out in the first schedule hereto, the Club will for the duration of any tenancy or legal interest that it may hold in Avebury Sports Pavilion and Field (Sports Field):-
      1. Admit any parishioner of Avebury Parish in the County of Wiltshire into membership of the Club.
      2. Ensure that all Avebury parishioners will continue to have the same priority access to the Sports Field for sports and recreation as they have enjoyed since the [Parish] Council first leased the land on 14 May 1947.
      3. Not allow anything to take place at the Sports Field that may be or may become a nuisance, annoyance or inconvenience to the public.
      4. Include a representative of the [Parish] Council as a member of any Club committee which is responsible for the management of the Sports Field.
      5. Procure that any entity to which the Club assigns its interest in any lease of the Sports Field enters into an agreement with the [Parish] Council on the same terms as those included herein as a condition precedent of any such assignment.

      This Agreement will come into force simultaneously with the surrender of the [Parish] Council’s lease of the Sports Field and the Club taking a lease of the Sports Field from the National Trust….’

      Mrs Paradise further reported that the ASA / ACSReC bank accounts were in the process of being transferred to ASSC and that any ideas for the future of the sports field would be gratefully received by herself and Dominic Fry. She explained roof repairs to the Pavilion were in the pipeline and that other work had already been done to prepare for the Cricket Season. In terms of communications all members of ACSReC had agreed to stay together and report to ASSC annually at ASSC’s Annual General Meeting. She said that there would always be a PC member on the Club Committee; the only requirement to be on the Committee was to be a Club Member. Thanks were expressed to ACC for their involvement in refurbishment work at ASSC to improve the quality of services. Mrs Paradise encouraged members of the public to get involved with Avebury Day 2018 on the 8 September and said they could volunteer by leaving their details on the sign-up sheet on the front table. The Chairman thanked Mrs Paradise for her report.

    4. Local initiatives:
      1. Community Shop: Michele Lomas reported that it had been 10 years since the village had met and decided to set up a Community Shop and that the shop had opened in March 2009 and that next March would be its 10th year of being open. She said it had been challenging keeping the shop open in the snowy weather but thanks to volunteers the shop had been able to remain open. Mrs Lomas said the shop had made donations towards a community defibrillator located outside on the Social Centre wall and had given hampers to various organisations. She thanked everyone for all their support as customers and especially thanked her wonderful volunteers and encouraged anyone to volunteer to help with the shop.
      2. Community Orchard: Jan Polack explained that the idea for the Orchard Group had been formed in support of the Queen’s Jubilee in 2012 and that at the event they had auctioned three varieties of apple trees. She said that 13 trees had been planted on the Sports Field including a crab apple tree in memory of Paul Dixon, two trees had been planted in the Church grounds and one tree had been planted in the Community Shop garden. That year the Orchard Group had offered trees for the Community to adopt and seven trees had been supplied for people to nurture in their own gardens. Mrs Polack thanked all volunteers including Fred Gillan and the Farthings who had helped replant the hedge on the north-western boundary of the Sports Field with native trees and edible plants. Thanks were also expressed to the Community Shop for holding apple day celebrations, Avebury Wassail for fund raising to support the Orchard Group and Marlborough Downs Space for Nature farmers for re-introducing wildlife onto the Downs. Mrs Polack said that the Orchard Group was also supporting the Bee Road Project, a project developed to encourage everyone to plant bee friendly plants to extend the pollinating season. The Chairman thanked Mrs Lomas and Mrs Polack and asked the public if they had any comments and there were none.
    5. Reports:
      1. Wiltshire Council: Jane Davies (Wiltshire Councillor) reported that Wiltshire Council had to make 45 million pounds worth of cuts over the next three years and was giving more responsibility to Town and Parish Councils for anything non-statutory and that meant there would more pressure on Avebury Parish Council. She said APC meetings were friendly meetings and she especially thanked the Chairman. Members of the public gave their support by clapping too.
      2. Police: Emily Sykes introduced herself as the new PCSO for Marlborough and rural and said that part-time colleagues included Mark Braithwaite and Lucy Stonestreet. She reported that over the past year there had been a low amount of crime in the Avebury area and only 55 occurrences, mainly road related, but that 16 occurrences had been vehicle crimes especially at beauty spot areas. She said the Police had installed warning notice boards at all beauty spots and they were asking for support from the National Trust and the Parish Council in putting leaflets on tourists’ cars that contained guidance including asking them not to leave satnavs in their cars. PCSO Sykes reassured members of the public that the waiting time limit for 999 emergency calls in the Avebury area was 10 minutes and that for non-emergency calls the Police aimed to respond within one hour. She said members of the public could also contact the Police via their web-site and emails would be received by a Community Co-ordinator and then sent to the appropriate officer. The Chairman thanked PCSO Sykes for her report. [PCSO Sykes left the room].
      3. WHS Partnership Manager and Partnership Officer: the Chairman introduced Helen Miah as the new WHS Partnership Officer. Mrs Miah explained she had joined on the 30 November 2017 and was focussed on improving communications. She asked if everyone had seen the Bee Road activities in the NT Farmyard in Avebury on 18 April to celebrate World Heritage Day however no one was aware of the activities. She reported WHS would be involved in Open Farm Sunday, Avebury Day 2018 and the annual Archaeology Conference taking place in Devizes on 13 May 2018 and had most recently been working on the A303 consultation. Mrs Miah reported WHS was hosted by WC but WHS was looking to move to a more independent way of working. The Chairman stated WHS were very strong in representing Avebury’s messages and had been talking to the NT about the Chapel and how they could say more about World Heritage. Mrs Miah asked if everyone was aware of Megalith magazine and most people were aware of the magazine published by WHS. Members of the public were encouraged to submit any interesting articles. Mrs Miah said she had been asked by Sarah Simmonds (WHS Partnership Manager) to thank the Chairman for chairing the AWHS Committee. A member of the public reported the state of the Avenue and parking was getting worse and asked whether any improvements were planned. She said that she and her husband were against closure of the Avenue and that a weight limit on the Avenue had been suggested. Mrs Miah said she was working with the Transport Group on solutions and Mrs Davies reported that Steve Hind (WC Senior Highways Engineer) was currently working on ways to rebuild the verges on the Avenue. A member of the public asked who would be taking over the Chairman roles and who would pay for the WHS Officers if WHS was moving away from anything non-statutory. Mrs Miah reported that the WHS Co-ordination Unit was only moving towards being more independent and not separate from WC. Mrs Davies stated WC would continue to pay members of staff and that WC was committed to making a thriving economy.
      4. APC Website: in the absence of Kate Fry, the Clerk reported that improvements to the website would soon include photographs of Councillors and a new detailed calendar for local events.
    6. Planning: the Chairman reported that APC had supported all planning applications received, being 25 applications from 29 April 2017 to 24 April 2018, some with suggested conditions. The PC had made observations on an application for a mobile ‘phone mast behind the Bell PH in West Overton.
    7. Local issues and Parish Council decisions:
      1. Defibrillator: Mrs Lewis reported the defibrillator on the Social Centre had been part funded by the Henge Shop, the Community Shop and the Parish Council and that a second defibrillator had been purchased at a reduced price for Avebury Trusloe and had been part funded by local residents who wished to remain anonymous and again the Parish Council. She explained the defibrillator would be housed in a heated cabinet inside the BT telephone kiosk because the pads needed to be kept warm to work efficiently and that Mrs Paradise would be looking for a volunteer to look after the defibrillator / check the kit and send a monthly report to SW Ambulance Service via email. Mrs Lewis reported that the next defibrillator training session was taking place at 7pm on 9 July in the Social Centre, all welcome. A member of the public asked if the kiosk would be straightened as it had been leaning for years. It was noted the Parish Council had considered straightening the kiosk but would not be doing so due to electricity supply being located underneath the concrete foundations. A member of the public asked what the procedure was if a tourist became ill. It was noted that in an emergency the public should call 999 for an ambulance and if an ill person was within 200 metres of a defibrillator then it could be used by a member of the public. The emergency services were aware of the location of all defibrillators. The Chairman thanked Mrs Lewis for her report.
      2. Flood Group: there was nothing to report.
      3. Civil Emergency Plan: Mrs Lewis and Judy Farthing were working on updating the document.
      4. Great West Way: the Chairman explained Visit Wiltshire had set up a one million pound project called The Great West Way to encourage foreign, internet based travel agents to bundle holidays for two nights or more and bring tourists to areas of interest along the A4, Great Western Railway, Kennet and Avon Canal and River Thames by all means of transport. It was noted Avebury had about 18 bed spaces for tourists. The Chairman said Visit Wiltshire recognised some places would be able to get huge community returns but that other places such as Avebury were fragile and wouldn’t be able to cope with too many tourists. It was additionally noted with satisfaction that the WHS icon on a Great West Way map was on Stonehenge and not Avebury.
      5. Ridgeway: the Chairman reported WHS had sent a letter in October 2016 to Jane Scott (Leader, WC) requesting that the Ridgeway be closed all year round and had yet to receive a response. APC had included: There should be a plan to ensure that displacement of vehicles particularly at summer solstice does not impact on other visitors, residents, farmers and landowners and the wider WHS. Mrs Davies (Wiltshire Councillor) reported that WC did not want to get involved in litigation with byway users such as the 4×4 Club. Mrs Miah (WHS Partnership Officer) said she was meeting with Sarah Wright (Ridgeway National Trail Officer) because preserving underlying archaeology was a legal reason to close the Ridgeway.
      6. Housing Needs Survey: the Chairman stated that the results of the survey were accessible via the Parish Council web-site and showed there were six households in need. This was not, however, likely to be a good representation as the response rate had been 34% and demand was likely to be higher.
      7. URC Chapel: noted further information in the NT update (see appendix 1).
      8. High Speed broadband: there were various requests by members of the public for assistance in improving broadband and the Chairman said that the PC would continue to try to help.
      9. APC Donations and contributions: the Chairman reported the Parish Council had donated £500 for Avebury Day, agreed to contribute £900 for defibrillators in the High Street and at Trusloe, pledged £1,000 for footpath signage scheme and £250 for HLF fund application for new WHS Trust.
    8. A303 consultations: the Chairman stated APC had written to Chris Grayling (Secretary of State) and responded to the Highways England Consultation. He said it was important to avoid UNESCO taking action that might put Stonehenge and Avebury’s WHS status at risk and that a bypass or longer tunnel would solve the problem.
    9. National Trust: representations on issues and planned improvements in dialogue. [The Clerk temporarily left the room]. The Chairman reported that APC had included NT update as a standing item on its agenda from June 2016. He said that the NT (Jan Tomlin and Catherine Hosie) had attended one meeting of the PC in the past 12 months on 4 July and since then they had attended no meetings. Councillor James Sheppard (Vice-Chairman WC) had attended four PC meetings (2 May – 5 Sept inclusive) and Jane Davies (Wiltshire Councillor) had attended seven meetings. He reported the Coach House toilets were opening more frequently when the bookshop was open and Emma’s Pantry mobile food van for the High Street Car Park would not be proceeding for the time being as reported in July 2017 PC minutes. In discussion, members of the public expressed discontent and felt that the NT did not recognise that Avebury was an independent village and not the same as Lacock. Mrs Davies (Wiltshire Councillor) proposed that APC write to the new Director General at the National Trust about the need to improve communications and the public asked that APC include that the village also recognised the valuable contributions made by the NT. Proposed by Mrs Davies (Wiltshire Councillor), seconded by Mr Butler and unanimously agreed by those present.
    10. Civil Emergency Plan: covered under item 4.g.iii.
    11. Flood Group: covered under item 4.g.ii.
    12. Arrangements for Summer Solstice 2018: not covered.
    13. Local improvements and works including: the Chairman reported:
      1. High Street planters had been damaged and re-instated.
      2. Litter picking had been postponed twice due to adverse weather and a new date would be announced by the PC very soon.
      3. The PC had made various requests for leaf clearance, street cleaning, potholes, street lamps, salt, strimming verges and some potholes had been filled in including The Avenue, Green Street, Church Walk and Footpath 22.
    14. Precept, finance and administration: the Chairman reported:
      1. The precept had been set at £12,100 in 2017/18 and had remained the same for 2018/19. Expenditure had been budgeted at £16,694, using £4,194 of reserves after allowing for VAT refund of about £400.
      2. The bank balance at 31 March 2018 was £19,861 and compared with about £16,262 on the 31 March last year and that APC’s actual position was more like £6,300 because of £13,500 pledges outstanding. A member of the public asked if the precept might be increased to pay for more services and the Chairman said that if APC didn’t need the money then the precept would not be increased.
      3. APC policy on disposals of assets had been adopted.
      4. The audited accounts for 2016 – 2017 were available for inspection.
      5. Asset register and risk assessments had been reviewed and updated.
      6. Insurance cover had been renewed at a lower rate of £745 for three years until June 2020, but the cost would further decrease to about £360 because the PC would not be insuring the Pavilion.
      7. Annual accounts inspection and internal audit carried out twice a year.
      8. Annual inspection of the Play Area at Avebury Trusloe was carried out by RoSPA.
      9. APC had leased two defibrillators.
  5. Local issues from the public:
    1. A member of the public reported that Thames Water had been carrying out pumping work at the sewage works in Beckhampton until 9pm at night and asked if anyone knew the length of time it would go on for. A member of the public said that tankers had been going through the High Street to get to the pumping station at the end of Church Walk at 4am in the morning. It was noted there were difficulties keeping the pumping station at Avebury going, the sewer systems were connected and that might be the reason why Thames Water were pumping at Beckhampton. Mrs Lewis offered to investigate.
    2. A member of the pubic reported potholes on Green Street needed urgent attention. Mr Stacey said they were on the PC’s list and they would pursue the issue.
    3. A member of the public reported two lamps on Church Walk and two more down by the pumping station needed fixing, one of which had been out for a long time. Clerk to log issue on WC on-line reporting tool.
  6. Local issues from the Parish Council: there were no issues.
  7. Any other business: none declared.
  8. Thanks: the Chairman thanked all those who supported the Parish Council:
    • Litter pickers and those who cleared up after their dogs especially on the recreation ground, Circle and on footpath paths.
    • Trustees, Secretaries and Treasurers of local voluntary organisations and especially ACSReC members.
    • Jane Davies (Wiltshire Councillor), Police, the National Trust, Sarah Simmonds and Helen Miah and Wiltshire Council.
    • the Parish Council’s wider team of Judy Farthing (Civil Emergency Officer), Kate Fry (APC web site), Ron Dobson (advice on buildings), Martin Rendle (small works), John Giles, David Throup (Editor, UKN) and the farmers for fixing stiles and many other small works.
    • Liz Moore (APC’s Clerk).
    • Colleagues on the Parish Council.
    • All those attending the meeting.

    Mrs Lewis proposed a vote of thanks to Andrew Williamson for his dedication and hard work as Chairman of Avebury Parish Council for the past 7 years and presented him with a gift from fellow members and the Clerk. The Chairman sincerely thanked everyone.

    The meeting closed at 21:15

    Appendices (included in the book of Parish Council papers):

    1. National Trust update                                                                             Documents available for inspection were the APC’s minute book, audit reports, bank statements and books of account. The accounts were not inspected.