Pakenham Parish Council Minutes - 11th August 2004

Meeting of

PAKENHAM PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 11 AUGUST 2004

THE VILLAGE HALL, PAKENHAM AT 7.30 PM

PRESENT: Cllr J Mangnall, Cllr H Painter, Cllr D Dorling, Cllr L Couper, Cllr R Griffin, PC Sarah Chapman, Mr & Mrs A Jacobi, Mr & Mrs M Wright, Mrs A Curtis, Mr C Blanchard, Mr F Munford, Mr S Brown, Mr R Wingfield, Mr C Wiseman and Mrs J Brookman (clerk).

APOLOGIES: Cllr J Speare, Cllr V White and Cllr C Spicer.

1.0 - DECLARATION OF INTERESTS:
Cllrs Mangnall and Painter declared an interest in all matters relating to the Village Hall.

2.0 - PUBLIC FORUM:
A number of Pakenham residents attended the meeting to voice their concerns regarding the planning application submitted by Shetland Boats, Grimstone End. Mr Wright was the spokesman and outlined issues relating to this application. The residents have many concerns relating to environment issues, access for emergency services, highway queries regarding the use of The Broadway/Thieves Lane and HGV lorries attempting to use these roads. These objections have been placed before the Borough Council in writing and by representation at the planning meeting. It was confirmed that a site meeting was to be held by the Borough on 19 August 2004. The overall consensus was that the residents felt they were being "cut out of the democratic process".

All members of the public left the meeting.

3.0 - POLICE REPORT:
Pc Sarah Chapman confirmed that since the last meeting of the Parish Council there had been one attempted theft of a motor vehicle. A speed survey had been carried out in Fen Road, which did not result in the area being deemed as a problem area. Pc Chapman confirmed that horse-warning signs were to be erected in Fen Road.

Pc Chapman left the meeting.

The meeting was convened.

4.0 - MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETINGS:
The minutes of 29 June and 15 July 2004 were approved and signed as a true record.

5.0 - PARISH CAR PARK AT ST MARY'S CHURCH:
The Parish Council voted unanimously to accept the tender from Mr Mike Nunn for the car park at St Mary's Church, clerk to confirm that the same size stone be used as on the village hall car park.

6.0 - THE DELL:
It was agreed that Ray Keeley, the Landscape Officer be invited to attend a site meeting at The Dell and that Mr Mark Bleay would be asked to attend on a paid basis if necessary.

7.0 - SHETLAND BOATS:
It was agreed that the Parish Council would write to the Borough Council regarding the planning application in relation to Shetland Boats raising the following questions:-

How will the use of the site be monitored especially heavy vehicles to and from the site? There is a significant difference between this site as a builders' yard and its use as an industrial activity in terms of heavy lorry deliveries. Builders will normally have materials delivered to the site they are working on rather than their yard to avoid double handling. There appears to be a dichotomy between the applicants statement regarding supplies being delivered via a 15 tonne lorry and the Highways Authorities recommendation that "all goods in/out movements shall be to and from the Northwest using the Broadway/Thieves Lane" along which the bridge has a 10 tonne weight restriction. How will this be resolved?

The water table is very high, just below the surface of the gravel pit, how will contamination of surface water be avoided? We feel this is especially important because we understand there may be great crested newts on the site and we would ask that English Nature be consulted.

Has the Environmental Health Officer considered the noise from the AC and ventilation plant which will be required if windows are to be kept shut (as per suggested condition) and toxic materials are being used on the site?

In the event of emergency services being required at the site, have enquiries been made to ensure that the Fire Service can gain access, given that chemicals are being used on this site and their services may be required for explosion or spillage?

Have Anglian Water, Environment Agency and Health & Safety been consulted regarding spillage and waste?

Will bunding be compulsory to ensure safe keeping of chemicals and waste?

The Parish Council cannot speak at the site meeting on 19 August; however, a number of parishioners felt they are being "cut out of the democratic process". The Environmental Health and Highway officers will attend the meeting. Inevitably points will be raised which may not be in accordance with local knowledge.

The Parish Council agreed to request that the Planning Committee Chairman considers allowing a member of the residents the opportunity to speak briefly to ensure balance.

8.0 - BOROUGH COUNCILLOR'S REPORT:
A report from Cllr Spicer was read in his absence.

Cllr Spicer confirmed that a decision regarding the planning application for Shetland Boats had been deferred until the 19 August.

The application for Manor Farm, Upper Town has been deferred.

The topiary site opposite the watermill now has two caravans parked on the land.

River Close remains unsatisfactory for some of the residents. Matters have been reported to the Director of Havebury.

Deborah Cadman, Chief Executive of the Borough Council visited Pakenham on 2 August and met members of the Monday Club and was shown around the parish by Cllr Spicer.

9.0 - CLERK'S REPORT:
An application for additional inscription had been received from Hanchets regarding an existing memorial in the name of Sylvia Irene May, permission was granted.

Clerk confirmed that Mr Hosken had been asked to clear the watercress from the drainage area by the bridge in The Street.

Clerk had obtained guidelines from the planning department regarding the conversion of garages.

10.0 - PLANNING APPLICATIONS:

SE/04/2814/P Old Hall Farm, Thurston Road, Pakenham, applicant Hardwick Farms.
(i)Change of use and conversion of redundant farm buildings to form offices (Class B1) with associated parking and
(ii) alterations to vehicular access.
The Parish Council made the observation that vehicles leaving Old Hall Farm would be joining an unrestricted road

SE/04/2726/P Redcastle Farm, Brand Road, Gt Barton, applicant Mr & Mrs Crane.
(i)Change of use of agricultural land to garden curtilage;
(ii) temporary stationing of mobile home;
(iii) construction of vehicular and pedestrian access and gates and walling;
(iv) erection of three bay cart lodge;
(v) erection of replacement chimney, garden room, enlargement of porch and rebuilding of two dormer windows to main house.
No observations.

SE/04/2727/LB Redcastle Farm, Brand Road, Gt Barton
(A)Internal and external alterations to main house including erection of replacement chimney, garden room, enlargement of porch and rebuilding of two dormer windows and
(B) works to barn including recladding and reroofing.
No observations.

SE/04/2923/LB Newe House, Fen Road, Pakenham
Applicant Mr C Spicer
(A) Internal alterations including (i) removal of modern partitions and insertion of new partitions and blocking-up exiting doorway and creation of new doorway to create bathroom and bedroom and (ii) removal of partition on landing and
(B) Re-instatement of window.
No observations.

SE/04/2924/LB Newe House, Fen Road, Pakenham
Applicant Mr C Spicer
Provision of stairs to provide access to cellar.
No observations.

OUTCOME OF PLANNING APPLICATIONS:

SE/04/2213/P Topiary Art Designs, Mill Road, Grimestone End, Pakenham.
Withdrawn.

SE/04/2317/P, SE/04/2183/LB and SE/04/2103/LB Newe House, Fen Road, Pakenham.
Granted.

SE/04/2624/P The Cottage, Mill Road, Pakenham.
Granted.

SE/04/2609/P 4 St Mary's View, Pakenham.
Granted.

SE/04/2650/AN Queach Farm, Gt Barton.
Prior approval of the Authority to the works described in the application will not required.

11.0 - FINANCE REPORT:

Cheques signed since the last meeting:
858
Environment Agency - Floodplain report
£25.00
859
W Jarvis - Tree surgery work
£217.38
860
Mr AJ Hosken - June wages
£92.95
861
Clerk's wages - June
£124.80
862
Mr AJ Hosken - July wages
£92.98
863
Clerk's wages - July
£124.80
864
Lubbock Fine audit fee 2003
£141.00
865
Inland Revenue
£80.85

12.0 - BRITISH LEGION PARADE:
The Royal British Legion who organise the parade along The Street to St Mary's Church have decided not to provide insurance cover for this event this year and the Parish Council have been asked to take on the responsibility. The Parish Council felt that as they have no experience of organising such an event and in today's climate of risk assessment if the Royal British Legion would not take on the responsibility neither could the Parish Council. Clerk to reply via Mr C Palfrey.

13.0 - CORRESPONDENCE:
Details of three Suffolk Wildlife Trust courses circulated to Cllrs Dorling and Griffin.

Suffolk Scene, Suffolk Acre bulletin.

Havebury News.

St Edmundsbury BC Drinking Water Quality Report 2003 has now been published and is available upon request.

Thurston Community College, now an outreach college for West Suffolk College will be running an Access course.

Letter from Jim Nunn, West Area Highways Manager regarding a request from Mrs Kibbel, Fen Road, Pakenham for horse warning signs to be erected in the Fen Road area, this is due to take place shortly.

Letter from Suffolk County Council re Local Safety Scheme for A143 junction with U6323 and U63224 Pakenham. Clerk to enquire re anti skid surface appropriate to horse use as this is part of a bridleway.

Copy of Suffolk Local Transport Plan Annual Progress Report 2004.

St Edmundsbury BC Standards Committee minutes of 26 May 2004 and agenda for 11 August 2004.

Copy letter from Cllr Spicer regarding Shetland Boats planning application and details to be presented to the Development Control Committee 5 August 2004.

Letter from League of Friends of the Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust requesting a link person to act on their behalf to ensure that their news and events are brought before the community.

Suffolk County Council questionnaire to be completed concerning Rights of Way Improvement Plan.

Letter from Suffolk Drug Action offering drugs awareness training for local community groups.

Letter from Mrs Sandy Jackson regarding Shetland Boats planning application. Clerk to reply.

Letter from Mrs Sandy Jackson, Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator enquiring when the security lights and additional security camera would be installed at the post office. Clerk to reply.

14.0 - QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR:
Cllr Couper confirmed that as far as the Rural Transport Initiative was concerned she had not received any correspondence and her calls making enquiries about this had not been returned.

Cllr Mangnall had attended a Focus Group regarding the new surgery at Thurston on 29 July; the project should commence in 2006.

Cllr Mangnall had been approached by Ben Wincott and resident of Pakenham to enquire whether it would be possible to start a tennis club and has been asked to draw plans up for the next parish council meeting.

15.0 - DATE OF NEXT MEETING:
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 12 October 2004 in the Village Hall commencing at 7.30 pm.

The meeting was closed at 10.15 pm.

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