Pakenham Parish Council Minutes - 14th April 2003

Meeting of

PAKENHAM PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 14 APRIL 2003

IN THE PAVILION AT 7.30 PM

PRESENT : Cllr D Dorling, Cllr J Mangnall, Cllr B Chester, Cllr H Painter, Mrs V White, Mrs P Hunt, Mr D Rolfe, Mr M Bryant and Mrs J Brookman (Clerk).

APOLOGIES : Cllr T Cox and Cllr P Smith.

1.0 - DECLARATION OF INTERESTS :
There were no declarations of interest at this point.

2.0 - MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING :
The minutes of the meeting held on 3 March 2003 were approved and signed as a true record.

3.0 - CLERK'S REPORT :
The clerk circulated a breakdown explaining the reasons for the increase in council tax for the parish.

4.0 - PLANNING APPLICATIONS :

NEW APPLICATIONS :

TP0236(1997)3 6 The Greenwoods, The Street, Pakenham
Reduce height to 8 metres to 9 Sycamore trees (1-9) and 1 ash (10) ; 20% crown deduction and remove limb on west side of horse chestnut (12) ; crown lift and remove overhanging limb on sycamore (13) protected by a Preservation Order.
The Parish Council agreed it would ideally like the trees to be kept as they are unless they are unsafe or dangerous. The members were also concerned regarding a brick wall being built on the boundary and anxious this would not damage the nearby tree. Concerns to be notified to the planning department.

INFORMAL APPLICATION :
Proposed extension of 3 Upper Town, Pakenham
Clerk to notify agent that the Parish Council will be happy to comment on formal application but not policy to comment on informal proposals.

5.0 - CCTV CAMERA :
It was reported that Cllr Smith had spoken to Max Bacon who had confirmed that the post office might only be in the present position for 6 months and that a compromise might be to install the CCTV inside the shop. The council agreed that Cllr Smith should proceed to purchase the equipment and that Cllr Painter would also confirm the suitability for the new premises. It was agreed that up to £1,500 could be spent at this stage. CCTV details are being sent to clerk who will forward to Cllr Painter in the absence of Cllr Smith.

6.0 - FINANCE REPORT AND FINANCIAL STANDING ORDERS :
It was agreed that the implementation of new Financial Standing Orders should be deferred until the the new Parish Council is formed.
The clerk confirmed that in keeping with advice from the Borough Council that government stock had been sold for the sum of £71.31.

Cheques signed at the meeting held 3rd March:
769
Mr A J Hosken - Feburary wages
£84.57
770
Cancelled
771
Clerk's wages - Feburary
£94.24
772
Cancelled
773
PVH & PFA - Hall hire
£10.00
774
Cllr H Painter - reimbursement re Stationary office
£5.63
Cheques signed at the meeting held on 20th March
775
Clarkes of Walsham - Invoice no 301150
£13.40
776
N Rayson & Son - hedge cutting
£293.75
777
Mr A J Hosken - March wages
£84.57
778
Clerk's wages - March
£94.24
779
Mr D Thrower - Fence around Dell
£750.00
Cheques signed at the meeting
780
Mr A J Hosken - April wages (30/4)
£84.57
781
Clerk's wages - April (30/4)
£94.24
782
Allianz Cornhill Insurance
£414.52
783
Inland Revenue
£150.48
784
Mr D Thrower - interest
£10.00

7.0 - THE DELL AND SURVEY REPORT :
Mrs White agreed to make enquiries with the Borough Council with regard to assessment and risk assessment of The Dell. It was suggested that a Rural Iniative Grant or Conservation and Heritage Grant might be available.

8.0 - BURIAL GUIDELINE REVIEW :
Clerk advised that she had been unable to locate suitable wording for guidelines as per discussions previously held. Cllr Couper suggested contacting Staffordshire as windchimes and the like had been prohibited in that area.
Clerk to follow up.

9.0 - CHURCH CAR PARK :
Following discussion it was agreed that this matter should be deferred until the autumn when appropriate monies could be allocated in the precept if it is decided to go ahead with any improvements. Clerk to reply to Max Bacon's earlier letter.

10.0 - BUS SHELTER :
Cllr Mangnall confirmed that the misplaced and missing tiles on the bus shelter roof had been rectified.

11.0 - COUNTY COUNCILLOR'S REPORT :
Mrs White informed the meeting that from 12 noon to 7.30 pm on 22 April Inspector Mayhew would be available at Ixworth Police Station to discuss local policing issues.
It was reported that an assessment is to be carried out regarding a non slip surface at the Bunbury crossroads, Gt Barton.
IKEA plans are at present on hold because of Health and Safety regarding gas installation.

12.0 - BOROUGH COUNCILLOR'S REPORT :
Mrs White confirmed that she had contacted Mr Cook regarding the sign for the playing field. Clerk has followed up by email.
Advised possible availability of money (a) Recreation and Village Hall Grant and (b) Rural Initiative.

The Chairman thanked Mrs White for all her efforts whilst being the Borough Councillor for Pakenham.

13.0 - POLICE REPORT :
The meeting was informed that the recently appointed police officer for Pakenham was pregnant. There was no police representative at the meeting.

14.0 - OPEN FORUM :
The Chairman reported that five councillors had stood for the parish and that there were two vacancies. The Parish Council are able to co-opt a further two members and at the present time three parties had declared an interest. It was agreed that the vacancies would be discussed in private at the next meeting.

15.0 - CORRESPONDENCE :
Clerk to reply to the Pakenham Bell Ringers confirming that the grass at the field behind the Church is cut regularly during the summer.

16.0 - OPEN FORUM :
The Chairman thanked the two retiring members of the Parish Council, Cllr Barrie Chester and Cllr Tony Cox for all their dedication and hard work.

17.0 - DATE OF NEXT MEETING :
The date of the next meeting will be Monday, 19 May 2003, following the Annual Parish Meeting. The following meeting will be held on Monday, 30 June, 2003.

The meetng closed at 8.45 pm.

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