Agenda and minutes

Moorlands Partnership Board - Wednesday, 30th March, 2022 2.00 pm

Venue: The Council Chamber, Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek

Contact: Sally Hampton - Democratic Services Officer  Tel: 01538 395429 Email:

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To Approve the Minutes from the Previous Meeting. pdf icon PDF 198 KB


RESOLVED:That the minutes of the meeting held on 1 December 2021 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.



Disclosure of Interests:

·         Disclosable Pecuniary Interests:

·         Other Interests



Agenda No.

Member Declaring Interest

Nature of Interest



Agenda Item 4 – Summary of Projects (St Edward’s Summer Houses)


Cllr Wales

Other – A member of the St Edward’s Park Management Company and Leek Town Council.

Not specified

Cllr Hart

Other – A member of Biddulph Town Council.

Agenda Item 5 – Proposed Grant Awards

Cllr Malyon

Other – Applications for St Mark’s Church, Foxt, St Leonard’s Church, Ipstones and Ipstones Boundary Post were in her Ward and the applicants were known to her.

Agenda Item 5 – Proposed Grant Awards

Cllr Gledhill

Other – Application for 19 Hugo Street was opposite his house.

Not specified

Cllr Emery

Other – A member of Leek Town Council.



Summary of Projects pdf icon PDF 128 KB


The Board received a report which provided an update and reviewed progress on the grants already approved (in previous years) under the Moorlands Partnership Board.


Project updates and progress


2016/17 OFFERS:


Biddulph Town Council Projects

The Trough, Gillow Heath Station and Halls Road Community Notice Board. The noticeboard would be erected in April. Licences were being obtained to do the work at Gillow Heath Station. The Trough repair was delayed slightly waiting confirmation of a contractor.


2017/2018 OFFERS:

Funerary Monuments

All repairs to the funerary monuments were now complete. The Genders Memorial in Biddulph was the last to complete. The grant had been paid and the project was now complete.


2019/2020 OFFERS:

42 Compton, Leek

No further update to report.


Leekbrook Rail Track

No project update


2020/2021 OFFERS:

St Edward’s Summerhouses

Specification being prepared prior to making grant award.


2021/2022 OFFERS:

Endon Village Well

Two new water pipes had been installed, one of which has now been connected to the well head and so water was once again running to the main well head in the village through a new pipe.



Former garage/barn – Ipstones

69 – 71 Derby Street – New Shopfront and upper floor window repairs

The Plough Endon – Redecoration of Mural


Financial Summary and Proposed Grant Awards pdf icon PDF 192 KB


The Board considered a report which sought Member’s approval for the allocation of grant funding from the Moorlands Partnership Board (MPB) in 2021/22. The budget for this year was £60,350.


This report allows members to consider applications for environmental enhancement and heritage grants under the MPB for funding toward suitable projects within the district.


Members would recall that given the extraordinary circumstances of last year, the Finance Team agreed to roll forward any unallocated funds to the subsequent 4 years funding of the MPB. This resulted in an enhanced budget of £60,350 in 2021/22 followed by a further 3 years with a £60,000 budget. Members noted however, that the usual budget rules applied and there was no ability to carry forward any unused allocation. If members recommended approval of the grant applications on this report then the table below represented the current financial position this year.



Budget £60,350 2021/22

Grant offers to date:


6 Russell Street additional grant


St Edward’s summer houses


Endon Village Well


Remaining funds




Potential grant offers from this report:


St Marks Church - Foxt


Heaton House – Rushton Spencer


Hales Hall Pool Lectern - Cheadle


Funerary Monuments - Cheadle


St Leonards Church - Ipstones


Heritage Trail – Upper Tean


Guildhall - Alton Castle


19 Hugo Street – Leek


Boundary Post - Ipstones


Foxlowe - Leek


Biddulph planters


Den Engel - Leek


Christ Church – Biddulph


Total of potential grant offers from this report


Remaining grant budget for 2021/22


Advanced allocation from 2022/23


Remaining budget for 2022/23































There was a remaining budget of £50,830 to be awarded this year. After the circulation of a revised grant leaflet and publicity within the local press a significant number of grant applications have been received (13). As a result, there were insufficient funds to offer grants to all these from within this financial year. However, in agreement with the Council’s Finance Section, the Board could offer grants to all, with any overspend being met from next year’s budget of £60,000. This meant that when the Board held its first meeting of the year (July 2022) £18,613 would have already been allocated.  Given previous difficulties in allocating grants this would prove a significant step in grant allocation for 2022/23.



1)             The Board NOTED the financial summary in 3.1 of the report.


2)             Members APPROVED a 75% grant of £5250 towards the roof repairs to St Mark’s Church, Foxt. Subject to the standard grant scheme conditions and the following technical conditions:-

·       Relevant approvals obtained from the Diocese of Lichfield;

·       Given the listed status of the Church, all new materials bought to site match the existing and approved by the Regeneration Officer, prior to installation.


3)             Members APPROVED a maximum grant of £8,000 towards the restoration of a historic stone boundary wall to Heaton House, Rushton Spencer. The work would be subject to the standard grant scheme conditions and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 82.