Pakenham Parish Council Minutes - 28th November 2005

Meeting of

PAKENHAM PARISH COUNCIL

28 NOVEMBER 2005, THE VILLAGE HALL, PAKENHAM

PRESENT: Cllr J Mangnall, Cllr D Dorling, Cllr P Smith, Cllr R Griffin, Cllr L Patterson, Cllr M Sargent, Cllr C Spicer. Pc L Whittaker and Mrs J Brookman (clerk).

APOLOGIES: Cllr H Painter, Pc S Tate and Cllr R Hopfensperger.

1.0 - DECLARATION OF INTERESTS:
Cllr Mangnall declared an interest in all matters relating to the village hall.

2.0 - POLICE REPORT:
The police continue to promote the Police Direct Scheme, full details of how to sign up are in the Neighbourhood Watch newsletter. There have been two crimes since the last meeting; theft of a hubcap from a vehicle in Fen Road and theft of a topiary tree from Grimstone End. The police force structure is currently being reviewed, it was agreed that it would be preferable for Suffolk to stay independent but if amalgamation was the only option then it would be preferable to combine with Norfolk and Essex rather than putting six regions together consisting of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

3.0 - COUNTY COUNCILLOR'S REPORT:
A report from Cllr Hopfensperger was read in her absence.
In order to secure the funding for the two lamp posts from the Locality Budget the parish council are requested to confirm that they will be responsible for the maintenance of the lights. Clerk to clarify maintenance situation with the borough council and St Mary's Church.

4.0 - BOROUGH COUNCILLOR'S REPORT:
Cllr Spicer reported the borough council's decision to close the Manor House Museum. He also confirmed that discussions were continuing regarding the planning application made by Whitwell & Co for a dwelling in Upper Town. The dumping of waste would seem to have ceased alongside the A143, clerk confirmed the Highways Department have contacted the Planning Department to establish if any planning applications are pending regarding this site. Cllr Spicer reported that no agreement had been signed by Shetland Boats to date and therefore enforcement proceedings could not commence. Clerk to write to Patsy Dell; Head of Planning to ask why it is necessary for Shetland Boats to sign the agreement when it is clearly not to their advantage to do so and when the Enforcement Officer will commence action.

5.0 - MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETINGS:
The minutes of the meeting held on 17 October 2005 were amended on page 170, Item 5.0 line three to read A143 and then approved and signed as a true record. The minutes of 14 November 2005 were approved and signed as a true record.

6.0 - CLERK'S REPORT:
Clerk had received confirmation from Borough Council that permission to use Anderson's Pit for digger training extended to 28 days in any calendar year commencing 1 January and they have requested a log of dates and times training has taken place if exceeding the limit. Clerk to write to complainant for further information.
Clerk confirmed she would be meeting Anthony Smith from Suffolk County Council to discuss the possibility of stop signs being placed at the crossroads in Upper Town.
Clerk had contacted Highways Department of Suffolk County Council to request railings on the footpath outside St Mary's Church, a site survey will be carried out and there is the possibility that a short length of railings could be provided if Parish Councillors feel this would offer a solution to the problem. It was agreed that safety was a priority and that railings should be provided by the County Council that were in keeping with the historic building and the area.
Clerk confirmed that a Christmas tree would be sourced and delivered to the Post Office.

The Chairman convened the meeting.

7.0 - PLANNING APPLICATIONS:

OUTCOME OF PLANNING APPLICATONS:
SE/05/02259  Redcastle Farm, Brand Road, Gt Barton.  Applicant - Mrs L Crane.  Erection of detached summerhouse as amended plan and letter received on 3 October 2005 lowering the height of the ridge of the summerhouse reducing the width of the summerhouse and removing the staircase. Granted.

SE/05/02256 The Fox, The Street, Pakenham. Applicant Greene King Pub Partners. Advertisement Application - Provision of
(i) externally illuminated house name, letters and logos,
(ii) externally illuminated hanging sign and
(iii) externally illuminated and non illuminated facility signs (revised scheme). Granted.

SE/05/02273 Listed Building Application. Water Mill Farm, and Pakenham Water Mill, Mill Road, Pakenham.  Applicant - Suffolk Building Reservation Trust. Replacement of 2 no. casement windows on west elevation. Granted.

8.0 - FINANCE REPORT:

Cheques signed since the last meeting:
938
Donation to British Legion
£50.00
939
Mr MD Bleay - Dell meeting
£58.75
940
PVH & PFA (6 month rental of post office fittings)
£750.00
Cheques signed at the meeting
941
D Thrower - Grass cutting for the year
£1640.00
942
Mr AJ Hosken - Nov pay and Oct overtime
£195.85
943
Clerk's wages - Nov
£138.67
Payments received
Interment fee £150.00

A draft precept was presented, amended, agreed and signed by the Chairman.  It was requested that the sums allocated to PHV & PFA, village shop grant and village improvements be placed on the agenda for the next meeting.

9.0 - THE DELL:
It was confirmed that Cllr Painter was pursuing the consent to fell the trees deemed to be in need of attention. A quote for the proposed planting of six trees under planted with bulb had been received. Clerk to enquire what permission is required to plant along the verge opposite The Dell and to inform Mark Bleay.

10.0 - CCTV AND ADDITIONAL LIGHTING AT THE VILLAGE HALL:
Cllr Smith confirmed that he would source and order a CCTV camera. Clerk still awaiting estimate from Borough Council for the lighting, clerk to chase.

11.0 - GRASS CUTTING IN THE PARISH:
Mr Thrower had confirmed that his estimate for the work to be carried out for the coming year would remain at £1,640.00. The Parish Council accepted this estimate, clerk to write to confirm.

12.0 - CORRESPONDENCE:
Letter from Suffolk Preservation Society re "Whose Master's Voice?"  asking the parish council to write and support the society's campaign to ensure that town and parish council's views are properly considered and that town and parish councils are treated as statutory consultees for all planning applications. Agreed letter of support should be signed.
Letter from Suffolk County Council Education Department introducing "Extended Schools" which has been established to meet the needs of the wider community. Clerk has more details, parish plan requested if in existence.
Thurston Community College moving into second phase of bringing ICT into the wider community. Would be happy to set up confidence sessions for 6-12 people if the numbers and a venue can be guaranteed. Cllr Mangnall took correspondence.
Request from Victim Support Suffolk for a donation. Declined.
Extra funding for rural projects - leaflet from St Edmundsbury Borough Council re Rural Area Community Initiatives Grant Scheme. Leaflet for all councillors.
Estimate received from MJ Nunn Surfacing Ltd for resurfacing of main driveway and main access to St Mary's Church. A resolution to accept the estimates was proposed by Cllr Patterson and seconded by Cllr Griffin and agreed by the council.

13.0 - DATE OF NEXT MEETING:
The next meeting will be held on Monday 16 January 2006 at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall, Pakenham and the following meeting will be held on 27 February 2006.

The meeting was closed at 9.30 pm

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