PAKENHAM PARISH COUNCIL
28 FEBRUARY 2005, THE VILLAGE HALL, PAKENHAM
PRESENT: Cllr J Mangnall, Cllr H Painter, Cllr D Dorling, Cllr P Smith, Cllr L Patterson, Cllr C Spicer, Cllr V White, Mr S Whitwell, Mr C Whitwell, Mr M Nunn, Mr & Mrs S Manning, Mr P Wilson and Mrs J Brookman (clerk).
APOLOGIES: Cllr R Griffin
1.0 - DECLARATION OF INTERESTS:
2.0 - PUBLIC FORUM:
Mr Mike Nunn confirmed that he had contacted the police regarding recent crimes in the area as he had CCTV footage he believed would be helpful, but to date the police had not responded. Cllr Spicer to contact Ixworth Police to request this be followed up, Clerk to enquire if PC Chapman is still the officer responsible for Pakenham and request an officer attend the next Parish Council meeting.
Mr Steve Manning asked if the decision regarding his planning application for Topiary Art Designs would be reconsidered, the matter would be discussed later in the meeting.
3.0 - BOROUGH COUNCILLOR'S REPORT:
Cllr Spicer advised that all was peaceful at River Close and that Mr Dunsdon , the Housing Officer for The Havebury was aware the situation.
Cllr Spicer confirmed that the 106 Agreement for the Shetland Boat planning application was still pending with the Legal Department of the Borough Council as the second application now being considered for the same site was to be subject to the same conditions.
The Cattle Market Scheme has now been approved with 43 conditions which are to be dealt with over the next 5 years.
4.0 - CO-OPTION OF PARISH COUNCILLOR:
The meeting was convened.
5.0 - MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING:
Cllr White joined the meeting at 8.15 pm.
Cllr Spicer left the meeting at 8.20 pm.
6.0 - CLERK'S REPORT:
Letter from the PCC of St Mary's Church thanking the Parish Council for the improvements to the car park at the Parish Cemetery.
Estimate received from Mr Mike Nunn regarding additional work at St Mary's Church to resurface a path linking the car park to the church. It was agreed that the estimate should be accepted.
Cllr Dorling thanked Mr Nunn on behalf of the Parish Council for the excellent work in installing the car park at St Mary's Church.
Request from Hanchetts for the approval of the wording and colour of a headstone for Mrs Foreman deceased. Wording approved, clerk to make enquires as to exact colour of stone.
The Chairman suspended the meeting.
7.0 - COUNTY COUNCILLOR'S REPORT:
Thieves Lane has now been swept by the Borough Council.
Cllr White had observed that the finger post at the cross roads at Upper Town still needed attention. Cllr Painter outlined the accident that had occurred when the damage had been caused to the sign and proposed that the Parish Council request the junction be changed from "give way" to "stop". Clerk to write to highways with a copy to Cllr White.
Cllr White confirmed that she would not be standing as County Councillor at the forthcoming May elections. The Chairman thanked Cllr White on behalf of the Parish Councillors and the village residents for all that she had achieved for the village.
Cllr White left the meeting at 8.50 pm.
The meeting was reconvened.
Cllr Painter left the meeting at 8.52 pm.
8.0 - PLANNING APPLICATIONS:
Cllr Painter returned to the meeting at 9.05 pm.
OUTCOME OF PLANNING APPLICATIONS:
SE/05/1005/LB Pips Cottage and The Cottage, The Street, Pakenham. Listed Building Consent - Repaint exterior with lime wash and pine tar. Granted.
SE/04/4115/P The Old Factory Site, Home Farm Lane, Pakenham. Outline Planning Application - dwelling. Refused.
9.0 - FINANCE REPORT:
10.0 - TOPIARY ART DESIGNS:
11.0 - CORRESPONDENCE:
Letter from M & TJ's of Great Barton who offer a range of services from grass cutting, ground care, tree cropping, hedge cutting to general garden maintenance work offering to tender for any parish work currently or in the future. Details to be kept on file.
Letter from Suffolk CC, in order to raise the profile of Public Rights of Way all signposts from metalled roads are to be replaced with a wooden post and plastic finger in the forthcoming months.
Letter from the Home-Start Scheme which is being developed by Suffolk West Primary Care Trust and supported by a number of further local centres. A public meeting will be held on Wednesday 2 March at The Athenaeum, Bury St Edmunds from 6 - 8 pm for other agencies/members of the public who would like to become involved in the development of a scheme in the local area. Home-Start offers - Support, Friendship and Practical help to parents. Poster placed on notice board.
Letter from Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, confirming details of primary and secondary authorisation for Parish Councils under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Letter form St Edmundsbury BC re Redeposit Draft Replacement St Edmundsbury Borough Local Plan - Consultation Arrangements. A 6 week consultation period on this plan starts on 1 March 2005. The main change close to Pakenham is that the Ixworth allocation has been amended in light of community planning exercises that took place last October. Complimentary copy of local plan to be sent out shortly but can view on Council's website www.stedmundsbury.gov.uk . Exhibitions are being arranged during the consultation period and will be published in the local press and will be open to all to attend. In addition officers from the Planning Policy Service are willing to give a short presentation to Parish Council members - if this parish council is interested we may be able to link in with other local councils. Details given to Cllr Smith.
Confirmation from Mark Bleay that he hopes to have the management plan prepared by the end of April.
Letter from Suffolk Preservation Society enclosing their first draft on the Draft Regional Spatial Strategy 14 for the East of England Region. The Society invites you to a seminar "Change and Challenge" for Suffolk Amenity Societies and other interested parties on Saturday, 9 April 2005 from 10 am to 3.30 pm at Haughley Park Barn, Haughley. If you would like details of this seminar please contact the Society on 01787 247179 and they will send you details.
Clerk has full copy of the East of England Plan issued by the East of England Regional Assembly.
Letter from Alun Michael MP, Defra, the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill was formally introduced on 7 December 2004. This Bill increases parish council powers so that they can issue fixed penalty notices for litter, dog control, graffiti and fly posting. Not all parish councils will want to use these extra powers, but they are powers, rather than duties, so the council is under no obligation to use them. Full detail are available on http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/pabills.htm, clerk has summary of the Bill's measures.
Details from St Edmundsbury BC of Suffolk Energy Action Link's solar water heating scheme they are running offering community groups the chance to win a solar water heating system.
Details from Suffolk CC regarding road works in Great Barton and Pakenham to commence on 14 March 2005 and the speed limits to be enforced during this work.
12.0 - OPEN FORUM:
It was agreed that a meeting would be arranged with Patsy Dell, Head of Planning and Engineering, St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Mr James Reinman of Shetland Boats and the Parish Council to discuss the current situation regarding the planning application for Shetland Boats.
13.0 - DATE OF NEXT MEETING: