Pakenham Parish Council Minutes - 24th June 2002

Meeting of

PAKENHAM PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 24 JUNE 2002

IN THE PAVILION AT 7.30 PM

PRESENT: Cllr D Dorling, Cllr J Mangnall, Cllr H Painter, Cllr P Smith (part), Cllr A Cox, Cllr L Couper, Mrs V White, Mrs J Brookman (Clerk).

APOLOGIES: Apologies were received from Cllr B Chester.

1 - MINUTES:
The minutes of the meeting held on 13 May 2002 were approved and signed as a true record.
The minutes of the additional meeting held on 13 June 2002 were approved and signed as a true record.

2 - MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES:

THE DELL: Cllr Dorling reported that the tree had been felled and that he would follow up the request regarding the fencing.

CHURCH DRIVE: Cllr Dorling agreed to arrange a meeting with Cllrs Painter and Chester, the working party, to discuss the church drive.

THE QUEEN’S GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS:
A letter from Mr J Culley was read to the meeting regarding the money raised as a result of the Jubilee Celebrations. After discussion the clerk was asked to reply to Mr Culley explaining that the original float of £500 would be converted into a donation and the council would bear the insurance premium of £146, leaving the Village Hall Fund with a boost of £1,040 from the day which was primarily intended to be a celebration of the Jubilee. The Chairman thanked all the Parish Council members and others who had worked so hard to ensure that this was a first class event.

3 - BOROUGH AND COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S REPORT:

a) Mrs White advised the Parish Council that the £5,000 for the additional lighting in The Owell area of the village was still allocated but not yet available. It was agreed that the siting of the lights should be as the previous site plan.

b) On 26 September the Chief Executive, Deborah Cadman would be visiting the village. The Parish Council requested the tour should include the land behind Church Green with regard to maintenance of the wildlife area, the Water Mill and the Micklemere site to be managed by Suffolk Wildlife.

c) Mrs White agreed to look into the matter relating to the land behind 17 The Owell now the responsibility of the Havebury Housing Association.

d) It was reported that the IKEA planning application would not be heard in July and that an action committee for a relief road had been set up in Great Barton.

e) Mr J Nunn of the Highways Department is to visit the area on the 8th July and Cllr Cox agreed to notify Mrs White of any relevant problem areas around the village. It was requested that Mrs White enquire as to the possibility of double lines/ hatching on the bends before the dip in the road in the Hungry Hill area.

f) VILLAGE HALL SITE: It was confirmed that the willow trees had been trimmed today and that felling would commence tomorrow.

g) PARISH TRANSPORT GRANT: Correspondence had been received regarding the possibility of an evening and day time bus service 339. Clerk to request more details from the Community Transport Officer.

4 - PLANNING APPLICATIONS:

NEW APPLICATION:

Cllr Painter left the meeting before the following application was discussed.

SE/02/2399/P Upper House (formerly Denholme), Upper Town, Pakenham. Erection of (i) rear extension; (ii) detached cartlodge and (iii) outbuilding incorporating garden store and workshop; and alteration of existing vehicular access and erection of boundary wall and piers to entrance. There were no objections but the Parish Council asked that comment be made stating that they found the large solid wooden gates imposing.

Cllr Painter returned to the meeting.

OUTCOME OF PLANNING APPLICATION:

SE/02/1759/P Oakdene, Mill Road, Pakenham
Application for retention of detached double garage and erection of replacement store has been granted.

5 - FINANCE REPORT:

Cheques signed since the last meeting:
722
PVH & PFA hall hire
£34.00
723
Cornhill Insurance
£348.12
724
Mr A J Hosken wages for June
£97.50
725
Clerk’s wages for June
£89.66
726
Mrs J Brookman – Insurance For Jubilee Celebrations
£146.00

6 - CLERK’S JOB DESCRIPTION AND CONTRACT:
Cllr Mangnall proposed that the Clerk’s hourly rate should be increased to £6.693 per hour and that when the rate for April 2002 has been agreed by the union then the difference be back dated to that time and that this item be placed on the agenda for review annually in April. This was seconded by Cllr Painter. This was agreed by the council.

7 - CORRESPONDENCE:

a) A letter had been received from Mr & Mrs T Finch expressing how much they had enjoyed the Jubilee Celebrations.

b) Nominations were requested by the Education Department regarding Norton Primary School and the vacancy for an additional co-opted governor. No nominations forthcoming, Clerk to write and inform.

c) A request from Pyramids, the rural playbus, for a donation, it was agreed that a donation be sent in the sum of £50.

d) It was confirmed that the lottery grant has been offered and accepted for the new village hall. The present hall will “close” on 21 October 2002 and the completion date for the new hall is due May 2003 to be opened in June that year.

e) A number of matters were discussed regarding funding and fittings for the post office/shop when it is housed in the new village hall. Clerk to ensure matter raised when setting precepts for 2003.

f) Correspondence had been received from the Suffolk Drug Action Team offering to visit local community groups to provide information concerning drug and alcohol abuse. The matter was discussed and it was agreed that an open meeting be planned for in the future. Clerk to contact Drug Action and request possible dates for a meeting in the village.

8 - DATE OF NEXT MEETING:
It was agreed that the next meeting would be held on Monday 9 September, 2002 in The Pavilion at 7.30 pm and that the following meeting would be held on Monday 21 October 2002 also in The Pavilion at 7.30 pm when the precept would be discussed.

Cllr A Cox requested his apologies be given at the meeting on the 9 September.

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