Pakenham Parish Council Minutes - 11th December 2006

Meeting of

PAKENHAM PARISH COUNCIL

11 December 2006 in Pakenham Village Hall at 7.00pm

PRESENT: Cllr J Mangnall, Cllr H Painter, Cllr R Griffin, Cllr L Patterson, Cllr D Dorling,
Mrs M Gardiner (clerk).

1 - APOLOGIES: Cllr M Sargent, Cllr P Smith.
INTERVIEW FOR STREET CLEANER / ODD JOB MAN
Mr Simon Taylor, 50 The Owell, Pakenham was interviewed by Councillors and it was unanimously agreed to offer him the position, subject to receipt of a satisfactory reference, to start on 1.1.07 He is to inform the Council of any equipment he requires. Clerk to send confirmatory letter and contract and apply for a reference.
Mr Taylor left the meeting.

2 - DECLARATION OF INTERESTS: none declared.

3 - PUBLIC FORUM: no public were present.
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The Chairman convened the meeting.

4 - PLANNING APPLICATIONS:
SE/06/2764 - Queach Farm, Gt Barton
Erection of stable block to provide 6 stables & 1 tack room.
The council agreed unanimously that they had no objection to this application. Clerk to comment to Planning Dept on intrusive lighting over the ménage, which is visible from the A143 several miles away. This is not in keeping with the rural surroundings. The council request that the owners be asked to direct the lights downwards and shade them

TCA06/1390 - Newe House, Fen Road.
Trees in conservation area felling & reducing.
This application was looked at closely due to the large number of trees to be felled. As most were self-seeded the council agreed unanimously not to object. Clerk to ask Planning Dept for sight of an overall plan for this site, due to the large number of planning applications being made. Repair of the boundary wall is a particular concern of councillors.

5 - LETTER FROM ST EDMUNDSBURY RE PLANNING APPLICATIONS:
A letter had been received stating that if the council objected to a planning application, a member of the council should be prepared to speak for up to 3 minutes at the Development Control Committee to lodge the objection.
Formerly our Borough Councillors did this.

6 - SHETLAND BOATS:
A letter had been received from the Planning enforcement officer to say that he had been investigating the council's complaints and had visited the site. He had found no evidence of contravention of planning conditions.
Letter to be circulated to councillors.

7 - GT BARTON BY-PASS:
A letter had been received from the Corporate Director of St Edmundsbury Borough Council enclosing their findings. They have investigated various proposals, all of which are too costly at present.

8 - CCTV & ADDITIONAL LIGHTING OUTSIDE VILLAGE HALL:
The lighting is now in place, but unfortunately the camera we have is not suitable for mounting on the pole available. Cllr Painter will contact a CCTV expert for advice on the purchase of a suitable camera.

9 - CORRESPONDENCE:
A letter had been received from Mrs Kibbel of Fen Road. She is concerned about the level and frequency of pheasant shooting in the area, which is becoming increasing dangerous for horse-riders. Councillors agree with her comments and will contact police for advice on firearm laws and noise nuisance.  Clerk to contact police & reply to Mrs Kibbel.

The meeting closed at 8.30pm.

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