Cllrs Robinson (Chairman), Bevan, B O’Meara, C O’Meara, Chown, Freeman, Hailstone
Mr D Burley – Parish council caretaker/groundsman

22.43 Chairman’s Report

Cllr Robinson explained the purpose of the meeting was to approve the purchase of a van to enable the caretakers/groundsmen to carry out their duties around the village, particularly the watering of the planters.

22.44   Apologies for absence and reason given

Cllr Rees – family commitments

22.45   Declaration of interests and requests for dispensation items to be discussed.                             

No declarations had been received.

22.46   To consider and agree the purchase of a van from the list circulated to members.

The clerk had circulated the list of vans to members prior to the meeting.

It included four options.  The clerk had been to view one vehicle.  It was decided one was too expensive and another not suitable.   As Mr Danny Burley would be using the van, he had accompanied the clerk to look at another two on the list.  He gave his report to the council and offered his opinion on which one he considered to be suitable.  This was the Renault Kangoo, registered in 2013. 12 months MOT. Cost £5000

Cllr Freeman also gave details to members on two alternative options.  Theses were a pedestrian pulled cart and an electric version.  After some discussion it was agreed that neither of these options would be suitable.  The pedestrian cart would be impractical for the men to use and the electric cart was over the agreed limit the council were prepared to spend.

It was agreed to accept Mr Burleys recommendation. The vehicle to be checked by an independent garage and if the van required repairs which were not covered by the MOT, then the clerk would exercise the customer statutory right and return the van within the 14 day cooling off period and request a full refund.

After further discussion it was proposed by Cllr Chown, seconded by Cllr B O’Meara, approved by 7 councillors, Cllr Freeman abstained, to purchase the Renault Kangoo for £5000 and carry out the agreed check.