Pakenham Parish Council Minutes - 23rd November 2004

Meeting of

PAKENHAM PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 23 NOVEMBER 2004

THE VILLAGE HALL, PAKENHAM

PRESENT: Cllr J Mangnall, Cllr H Painter, Cllr D Dorling, Cllr L Couper, Cllr P Smith, Cllr R Griffin, Cllr C Spicer, Pc S Chapman, Mrs L Patterson, Mrs B Rowles and Mrs J Brookman (clerk).

APOLOGIES: Cllr V White.

1.0 - DECLARATION OF INTERESTS:
Cllrs Mangnall and Smith declared interests in any items relating to the village hall.

2.0 - BOROUGH COUNCILLOR'S REPORT:
Cllr Spicer updated the parish council regarding planning matters including Topiary Designs, Grimstone End; Shetland Boats, confirmed that the Director or Planning Patsy Dell would be following through the conditions outlined in granting the planning permission. Cllr Spicer confirmed that he was now a member of the Licensing Committee. It was confirmed that Parish Councils would be consulted regarding the Cattle Market Development, it has been acknowledged that consultation has not been adequate to date. Confirmed that the Parish Conference would be held on 2 December 2004.

3.0 - POLICE REPORT:
Pc Chapman reported that there had been three crimes since the last meeting; a car fire at Pakenham Wood, hare coursing at Queach Farm, offenders apprehended and a burglary at The Pavilion.

Cllr Spicer and Pc Chapman left the meeting.

4.0 - COUNTY COUNCILLOR'S REPORT:
A report from Cllr White was given in her absence. Residents in Grimstone End have contacted Cllr White for support regarding Shetland Boats as delivery vehicles appear to not be complying with the details of the planning permission. Cllr White is requesting urgent attention to potholes on Church Hill and Fen Road.

5.0 - CO-OPTION OF PARISH COUNCILLOR:
Details of three applicants for the vacancy of Parish Councillor had been circulated to the members of the parish council prior to the meeting. Following the voting process, Mrs Lynn Patterson was duly elected as Parish Councillor. Cllr Mangnall thanked all the applicants on behalf of the Parish Council for their interest and support.

6.0 - MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:
The minutes of the meetings held on 12 October, item 14.0 amended to read 20 mm, 28 October and 11 November 2004 were approved and signed as a true record.

7.0 - CLERK'S REPORT:
The clerk reported that the grit bins were waiting to be sited around the village. It was reported that volunteers could grit the roads as long as the parish held a record of those involved, notice to be placed in the Parish News.
Clerk had contacted Trevor Newton regarding the white lines and "school signs" to be placed in The Street, he was unable to confirm a date when the work would be carried out. Clerk to request the support of Cllr White.

8.0 - PLANNING APPLICATIONS:

SE/04/3782/P Redcastle Farm, Brand Road, Gt Barton
Applicant - Ms L Crane. Erection of replacement porch. No objections.

SE/04/3803/P Queach Farm, Gt Barton.
Applicant - S R Whitwell & Co. Construction of menage arena and 8 no. 4.6m high lighting columns and associated 1.8m high bund and car parking area. No objections.

OUTCOME OF PLANNING APPLICATIONS

SE/04/2923/LB Newe House, Fen Road, Pakenham. Granted.

SE/04/3329/P Fen House, Fen Road, Pakenham. Granted.

9.0 - FINANCE REPORT AND PRECEPT:
The Statement of Accounts and Statement of Assurance from the Annual Return for year ending 31 March 2004 were presented to the meeting and signed by Cllr Mangnall and the clerk.

Cheques to be signed:
879
Mr AJ Hosken - Nov wages and
Oct overtime post-dated 1/12/04
£193.08
880
Mrs J Brookman - Nov wages
post-dated 1/12/04
£128.32
881
Pakenham Bowls Club donation
£75.00
882
Clarkes of Walsham - grit bins x5
£334.88
884
D Thrower - hedge & grass cutting
£1,660.00
Payments received
Interment Fee £250.00
Interment Fee £110.00
Pakenham Bowls Club £150.00

10.0 - CATTLE MARKET SITE:
The new plans for the cattle market site will be discussed at the Parish Meeting on 2 December, Cllrs Mangnall and Painter agreed to attend this meeting.

11.0 - THE DELL:
No reply had been received from Mark Bleay, clerk to follow up.

12.0 - CCTV CAMERA AND SECURITY LIGHTS:
Cllr Painter confirmed that the second CCTV camera had been purchased and that an electrician had visited the site and advised accordingly. At the present time Cllr Painter is investigating the possibility of the erection of a street light to enhance the lighting in the post office area.

13.0 - LOCAL TRANSPORT PLAN:
Clerk reported that there was a meeting taking place this evening, apologies had been sent. Cllr Couper confirmed that she wished to stand down as the parish council representative but also advised that at the present time there were no grants available for this project at the present time. The council was advised that a 306 service was now running via Pakenham and offered additional services, details of these to be included in the Church News and on the village web site and displayed on the notice board.

14.0 - PRECEPT:
The precept as agreed at the last meeting was presented to the meeting and signed.

15.0 - CORRESPONDENCE:
The Local Councillor, copies circulated to parish councillors with amended page 6.

Letter from Environment Agency re Flood Awareness Campaign and this year will focus on targeting older people who they have identified as being especially at risk in times of flooding, poster had been placed on village notice board.

Letter from David Ruffley MP regarding mobile phone masts. In the Conservative Opposition's recent consultation paper on mobile phone masts all mast developments would require full planning permission, therefore the voice of parish councils would be heard when such applications are submitted.

West Suffolk NHS Annual Report for 2003-2004.

Suffolk Scene from Suffolk Acre, Autumn edition.

Parish Conference will be held on 2 December 2004, 4-6pm, Council Chamber, Borough Offices, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds. The conference is intended as an opportunity for the Borough and Parish Councils to exchange information and update each other on important current issues. Cllrs Mangnall and Painter to attend.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Draft of Empty Homes and Wasted Space Strategy.

Suffolk Constabulary, feedback from recent Police Forum.

Booklet from The Countryside Agency, "A Guide to becoming a Quality Council", copies distributed.

St Edmundsbury Rural Action Plan has now been approved by the Cabinet.

Leisure and Environment workshop on 30 November 2004.

NALC video "What's on the Agenda" training session available. Clerk to contact neighbouring parishes to arrange a joint meeting.

Letter from SALC advising Margaret Fish would be retiring from the SALC officer.

Mr M Bryant had submitted the outstanding documents from 1997 on behalf of the Friends of Pakenham Mill. The Parish Council agreed that the £500 donation could now be made.

16.0 - OPEN FORUM:
Cllr Mangnall confirmed that co-opted members of the council could at the present time receive travelling expenses but not subsistence.

17.0 - QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR:
Cllr Couper delivered her letter of resignation to the chairman as she would be moving from the village later in the week. Cllr Mangnall thanked Cllr Couper for her work on behalf of the parish. The co-option procedure for the vacancy would now commence.
Cllr Smith confirmed that he was unable to attend the next SALC Area Committee Meeting and would send his apologies.
Cllr Dorling confirmed that Mr D Thrower had offered a quote for grass cutting services for 2005 with an increase of £20, for the sum of £1,640.00. The Parish Council accepted this quote, clerk to confirm acceptance in writing.
Cllr Painter suggested organising a cinema scheme to be held in the village hall to show popular films and offer a social evening for local residents. It was agreed that Cllr Smith would obtain details of equipment hire.

18.0 - DATE OF NEXT MEETING:
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 12 January 2005 in the Village Hall commencing at 7.30 pm.

The meeting was closed at 9.35 pm.

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