Pakenham Parish Council Minutes - 28th February 2005

Meeting of



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

Cllrs Mangnall and Smith declared interest in all matters relating to the village hall, and Cllr Painter declared an interest in planning application SE/05/1118/P, Site of former nos. 1 & 2 Upper Town, Pakenham.

Mr Stephen Whitwell spoke in support of the planning application SE/05/1118/P relating to the former site of Nos 1 & 2 Upper Town, Pakenham.

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.

Cllr Spicer declared an interest to the Borough Council regarding planning application SE/05/118/P, applicant S R Whitwell & Co.

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.

Details of four 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, Marion Sargent was duly elected as Parish Councillor. Cllr Mangnall thanked all the applicants on behalf of the Parish Council for their interest and support.

The meeting was convened.

The minutes of the meeting held on 12 January 2005 were approved and signed as a correct record.

Cllr White joined the meeting at 8.15 pm.

Cllr Spicer left the meeting at 8.20 pm.

Clerk had received an estimate from Suffolk County Council regarding additional lighting outside the village hall. Cllr Painter outlined the options regarding this proposal, the matter was deferred to the next meeting.

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.

Cllr White confirmed that the Bull Corner ditch has been partly dug out and that grass triangle was still to be attended to.

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.

SE/01/1118/P Site of former nos. 1 & 2 Upper Town, Pakenham. Applicant SR Whitwell & Co. Erection of agricultural workers dwelling. The Parish Council objected to the proposal as it would create a precedent to build outside the housing settlement boundary of the village if approval were given. The Parish Council thinks the application on agricultural grounds are not totally appropriate as other residential properties have been and are available in the village that would be well within walking distance of the stock yard.

Cllr Painter returned to the meeting at 9.05 pm.

TCA05/1112 Adjacent to Compton Cottage, Fen Road, Pakenham. Applicant - Mr John Woodward. Fell one Sycamore tree situated in a Conservation Area. Tree Preservation Order has been placed on this tree.

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.


Cheques signed since the last meeting:

Countryside, Conservation and Trees Services

Cheques signed at the meeting

Clarkes of Walsham (sand bin and broom heads)

897 Inland Revenue £119.41
898 Mr AJ Hosken - February wages £92.95
899 Clerk's wages - February £128.32
900 MJ Nunn - Car Park at St Mary's Church £15,206.72
901 Suffolk ACRE membership £20.00
Deposit Account balance £24,823.52
Current Account balance £3,207.83

Cllrs Patterson and Dorling had very much enjoyed seeing the work involved at Topiary Art Designs. The Parish Council reaffirmed the comments made when the council discussed the revised application on 11 November 2004 but suggested that a way forward may be to approach the planning authority to make enquiries regarding a 106 Agreement which would restrict the use of the site now and in the future but may allow some modest and limited use. Clerk to write to Mr & Mrs Manning of Topiary Art Design.

Letter from Minister for Local and Regional Government enclosing two discussion documents: Citizen Engagement and Public Services: Why Neighbourhoods Matter and Vibrant Local Leadership.

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 . 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, 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:
Details had been received for the Wildflower Awards 2005 competition, Cllr Painter agreed to complete the details.

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.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, 11 April 2005 in the Village Hall, commencing at 7.30 pm.

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