PCSO Keith Briggs briefly joined the six councillors present at the start of the meeting of East and West Barkwith Parish Council held in the village hall.
Coun Andy Sayers presided and the main item on the agenda was the Localism Bill 2011 and the adoption of a new Code of Conduct with the required Register of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests.
The new regulations applied from July 1 when it became a criminal offence for members not to register or disclose the pecuniary interests of themselves and their spouses with parish councils to adopt a new code as soon as possible after that date. Concern was expressed at the requirement not only to complete a new form after just one year in office but that they had to disclose the pecuniary interests of spouses too and it was suggested that they should be listed as not applicable as they were not members of the council.
It was agreed not to adopt a new code of conduct at this stage as the clerk reported on a discussion with an officer from East Lindsey District Council who had suggested continuing with the existing code as there could yet be further changes. The registers will be published on the district council website. The clerk reported that the Annual Return had been completed and forwarded to the auditor and Coun Pam Flint who had been making investigations into what had been considered a missing name on the war memorial said that there was no evidence to show that the person had been a resident of the parish. It was stated that the possibility of providing a cycle path along the A157 between the village and Wragby which has been on the Parish Council agendas and explored over a long period of time was still ongoing. The clerk had investigated ownership of the two bus shelters in the village which were provided free by the County Council and established that maintenance was also the responsibility of the County. Lincolnshire County Highways gave advance warning notice was given of major works on the A 157 at Hainton in mid September when the road would be closed at night time for two weeks while the work was in progress.