PAKENHAM PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 4th MARCH 2002
IN THE PAVILLION AT 7.30p.m.
PRESENT: Cllr D Dorling, Cllr J Mangnall, Cllr H Painter, Cllr L
Couper, Cllr A Cox, Cllr B Chester, Cllr P Smith, Mrs V White (part), Borough & District
Councillor, Mrs J Brookman, Clerk.
The chairman adjourned the formal meeting and welcomed those present
and introduced Helen Smith, Reserves Officer for Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
Helen Smith addressed the Parish Council and the 19 members of thePublic
present. She outlined that with the help of grant from the Heritage
Lottery Fund it was hoped the purchase of the site would soon be completed. The
10 hectare site of mostly water surrounded by grassland would be seen by
Suffolk Wildlife as a local, low key site. They will try to establish
control over water levels, and will carry out a level survey and plan to
reinstate ditches if necessary. There is a proposal to erect one hide,
but the exact location has not been decided. Suffolk Wildlife has
appointed a warden to oversee the project but would be looking to appoint
volunteer wardens. It was confirmed that the site will be known as
Micklemere, Pakenham. Helen welcomed the opportunity to meet with
the residents in the immediate vicinity to the site either on a individual
or group basis.
The Chairman resumed the meeting.
1. APOLOGIES: There were no apologies for absence.
2. MINUTES: The minutes of the meeting held on 21 January 2002
were approved and signed as a true record.
3. MATTERS ARISING:
(i) THE DELL: Cllr Dorling and Cllr Couper carried out a site
inspection. The steps leading down into The Dell were found to be in poor
condition. It was agreed that the entrance leading to the steps would be
sealed off and Cllr Dorling would ask David Thrower to do this and Cllr
Cox agreed to prepare laminated signs to mark the entrance point. As
a result of the site inspection Cllr Couper met with David Carmichael who
gave advice re the condition of the trees. One was found to be badly rotten
and in need of felling, another by the roadside was in need of cutting
back. Clerk to contact BT to ask to look at wires and trim over
hanging branches as a preventative measure Cllr Couper agreed to act
as the contact with BT.
(ii) NEW STREET LIGHTS - THE OWELL: Mrs V White has been able
to secure a locality grant for the new street lights for The
Owell and tabled a plan showing the sites of the new lights.
(iii) COMMUNITY EMERGENCY PLANNING IN SUFFOLK: Cllr Smith had
spoken with the District Planning Officer regarding the Data
Protection Act as some details for the scheme may be covered by this
act and is awaiting a reply.
(iv) SALC COURSE: Cllr Smith requested a volunteer to attend the SALC
course “Shepherd or Sheep” on the 8th March as he is
only able to attend the morning session, if no other volunteer
(v); BUGGY CLUB: Cllr Chester confirmed that discussions
regarding the lease to the Buggy Club had been revived not agreed
as previously stated.
(vi) PICKET FENCING: Cllr Couper reported that following research
into the picket fencing at Thurston she was unable to establish
an estimated cost as the project there had been part of a much larger village
traffic calming scheme.
(vii) THE QUEEN’S GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS ON 3RD JUNE: Cllr
Painter confirmed that enthusiastic talks had taken place with the The
Fox and the matter of insurance had been discussed. Enquiries were
continuing regarding the possibility of fireworks and the insurance cover
for these. It was confirmed that various groups/clubs within the village
had outlined their ideas and plans for the event.
4. PLANNING APPLICATIONS:
(i) 1 Manor Garth, Pakenham - Pollard Horse Chestnut (T1) in front
garden protected by a Preservation Order. There were no objections
to this application.
(ii) (Mulberry House, Pakenham.(a)Fell two Limes (T1), Lime coppiced
stump (T2) and group of Sycamore (T5); (b) crown lift to 4m and crown thin
by 30% four Limes (T3, T4, T6, T7); and (c) crown reduce by 30% Evergreen
Oak (T8) protected by a Tree Preservation Order. There were
no objections to this application.
(iii) The Willows, Bell Corner, Pakenham. Provision of pitched roof
over existing flat roofed garage. There were no objections
to this application.
(iv) Cotswold, Fen Road, Pakenham. Erection of detached three
bedroom annexe (following demolition of existing garage). The
Parish Council objected to certain aspects of the proposed plans
and the clerk to outline these details in reply to the application.
(i) Barfield, The Street, Pakenham Conservation Area Application – Demolition
of bungalow and garage (to allow residential re-development – planning
application) has been granted.
(ii) Adjacent Willowdene, The Street, Pakenham. Erection of
three dwellings, garaging and construction of vehicular access (following
demolition of bungalow (Barfield), garage and part of Willowdene) as amended
by letter 19/10/01 deleting garage to plot 1 has been granted.
(iii) Strathcona, Grimstone End, Pakenham. Erection of replacement
two storey dwelling with double garage, this application had been withdrawn.
5 FINANCE REPORT:
In order to formalise the banking business for the Parish Council
it was proposed that the clerk be the responsible financial officer,
this proposal was made by Cllr J Mangnall and seconded by Cllr T Cox.
Cheques signed since the last meeting:
| Mr Hosken wages for February
to be signed:
| Clerk’s wages for February
| Village Hall Fund, precept for upkeep of village hall (post
| Cllr D Dorling for expenses
| Mr D Thrower – cutting footpath
| SARS donation
6 ROAD RELATED ISSUES:
(i) Cllr Dorling had received comments that the roadside hedge
Pelambech, Fen Road, Pakenham was beginning to cause concern regarding
visibility. Cllr Dorling agreed to speak with the residents
of the property.
(ii) Concern was expressed regarding the verges in Fen Road
but it was agreed that this would be very low priority by the Council
and so rather than request attention at this stage the condition
would be monitored.
(iii) Fly tipping had taken place at Andersons Field, it was
agreed the clerk should write to Mr Trevor Anderson and request he
take steps to avoid this happening.
· A copy of a letter from Thurston Parish Council to Mid
Suffolk Council regarding the Vehicle Dismantling Centre adjacent to
Thurston Sewage Treatment Plant, off Pakenham Road, Thurston “spilling
over” into surrounding fields and encroaching on Pakenham FP15. Cllr
Dorling agreed to visit the site.
· Letter from SCC re: Winter Maintenance 2001/2002 enclosing
a leaflet “Dealing with ice and snow on the roads footways and
cycle tracks” a guide for the public provided by SCC.
· Copies of letters sent to the Highways Manager and Director
of Construction & Works by Mrs V White, County Councillor re: Footway
Lighting – The Owell, Pakenham, requesting re-assessment and
improvement of lighting around The Owell.
· Letter from Suffolk Police Authority currently seeking
to recruit volunteers aged between 18 and 66 to be Independent Custody
visitors, no previous experience necessary, full training provided.
· Letter from Suffolk Accident Rescue Service asking for
a donation.It was agreed that a donation of £50 be sent.
· Letter from Pakenham PCC regarding the Church drive and
also requesting a resume of the Parish Council meetings be placed in
the parish magazine. Cllr Painter agreed to make enquires regarding
the cost of Tetrax and a sub committee of Cllrs Chester and Painter
agreed to look into the possibilities for the church drive.
· It was agreed that whilst a resume of the Parish Council
Meeting could not be provided for the magazine, as the meetings are
open to the public there was no reason why a member of the PCC could
not attend and make notes regarding salient points and place them in
the magazine. Clerk to reply to PCC accordingly.
· Letter form St Edmundsbury Borough Council with details
of the Essex Flood Fair to be held on Sunday 24 February 2002. Cllr
Dorling had attended this event.
· Application for an Occasional Public Entertainment Licence
for The Barn, Manor Farm, Pakenham on 6th July, 2002 from 7.30 pm to
11.30 pm. There were no objections to this application.
· Letter from H L Perfitt, Stonemasons requesting permission
to erect a memorial for Jack and Iris Hale deceased in Pakenham cemetery.
The details of the memorial were approved, clerk to confirm to the
· St Edmundsbury Borough Council February Bulletin included
details of organising Queen’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations and
The Countryside Agency, Vital Villages – What funding is available?
· Letter from Suffolk Village of the Year Awards re Village
of the Year 2002, it was decided not to pursue this on this occasion.
8 MATTERS OF REPORT:
It was reported that there was a large pothole on the Owell Estate
and also potholes on Bull Road, clerk to write to Mr Nunn.
Cllr Smith raised the issue of the discrepancy of internet charges
and the effect on rural businesses.
9 DATE OF NEXT MEETING:
It was agreed that the next meeting would be held on Monday 15th
April 2002 in The Pavilion at 7.30 pm.
The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council will be held on 13th May,
2002 in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm