PAKENHAM PARISH COUNCIL
7.30pm 26th February 2009, The Martin Room, St Mary's Church
Present: Cllr H Painter (Chairman), Cllr N Farthing, Cllr M Sargent, Cllr A Kibbel, Cllr M Bryant, Cllr R Griffin, Cllr D Dorling & County Cllr R Hopfensperger.
Several members of the public and Mrs M Gardiner (clerk) were also in attendance.
1 - Apologies for absence: Borough Cllr C Spicer & PCSO Burke.
2 - Borough Councillor's report:
Cllr Spicer was unable to attend, but sent a report covering current issues.
3 - County Councillor's report:
Local Government Review - Due to a judicial review in Devon (where a similar review is taking place) more options are required for consultation. Consultations will take place until 19th May, after which the options will be sent to the Secretary of State. It will go to Parliament in September for implementation in 2011.
The Council discussed their budget and have put extra money into safeguarding children. The money will be spent on extra social workers and recruiting foster parents. Social workers at present have far too high a case-load.
The County Council's Children's Services are being reviewed following the Baby P case.
Grimstone End signs should be erected shortly.
Site at the end of Mill Lane - Cllr Hopfensperger has spoken to Suffolk County Council about the environmental issue.
Potholes - Clerk to collate list of pot-holes around the village and to send the list to Cllr Hopfensperger.
Borough Councillor Spicer has asked whether signs can be erected warning of deer on the roads. Residents asked to monitor their sightings.
A member of the public suggested that more social workers might be recruited if their pay was increased. Cllr Hopfensperger spoke of the national agreement.
4 - Police report:
No-one was able to attend but PCSO Burke sent the following report:
1 crime reported between 15/01/09 - 25/02/09.
16/01/09 - Fraud by false representation - Manor Garth, Pakenham. - Company is being investigated into a possible fraud for doing work on a house, which was potentially overpriced. - Enquiries still ongoing.
If there is anything you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact us. I believe that one resident complained last meeting regarding the parking of builders vans. We have spoken to the building firm who have in turn spoken to the workmen to ask them to park more considerately. I hope that this situation has now been rectified. If not, please let me know.
5 - Public Forum:
Site at end of Mill Road - The owner has appealed against the Enforcement Order and told St Edmundsbury that a Parish Councillor will sign an affidavit to support his statement that the trees & hedges were removed more than 4 years ago. He visited the Councillor with the document, but the Councillor refused to sign. The Chairman will speak to the Enforcement Officer and arrange a meeting to discuss the issue.
Shetland Boats - Mr Reinman attended the meeting. He confirmed that the planning permission sought for fitting out boats was only temporary. He still intends building on the site if he can get planning permission for two houses. The original permission for houses lapsed.
.Quad bikes have been reported using the old pit site. Cllr Dorling will inform the owner.
6 - Declaration of interest:
Cllr Painter expressed an interest in the planning items concerning Wheelwrights Cottage and Greenwoods Farm and left the room during these discussions.
The Chairman convened the meeting.
7 - Approve minutes of the meeting held on 15th January 2009.
Councillors agreed that these should be signed as true records.
8 - Planning applications:
SE/09/0092 - The Broadway, Grimstone End.
Continued use of former builders yard for joinery work and soft furnishings in connection with fitting out moulded glass fibre boats for a temporary period.
Councillors have no objection to a further six months with current conditions applied.
SE/09/0100 - Wheelwrights Cottage, Fen Road
Erection of two-storey rear extension
(ii) alteration to roof pitch on North elevation
(iii) alterations to fenestration.
Councillors have no objection to this proposal.
SE/09/0153 - Bunbury Barn, Brand Road, Gt Barton
Erection of single storey extension incorporating dormer to accommodate stairwell
Councillors have no objection to the plans.
SE/09/0158 - Bridge House, The Street, Pakenham
Replacement of rotten sole plates
Councillors have no objection to this work to make the building safe.
SE/09/0190 - Greenwoods Farm, off Fen Road, Pakenham
Erection of part single part two storey side extension incorporating balcony & covered way (following demolition of existing single storey extension.
Councillors have no objection to this proposal.
SE/09/185 & 186 - Linden House, Church Hill
Erection of conservatory to rear elevation.
After careful consideration of the plans, Councillors agree that they have no objection to this application.
2 Micklemere - Appeal decision: appeal allowed & planning permission granted for the separation of the existing cottage & annexe into two dwellings. Conditions are applied, particularly as regards parking of vehicles.
SE/08/1686 - Erection of single storey extension to front elevation
Dell House, The Street
9 - Heritage Trail:
Cllr Painter reported that he had only been approached by 7 or 8 people who were interested in including their homes in the trail. He will draw up a specimen item to show residents and advertise it around the village and at the Annual Parish Meeting.
10 - Clerk's report:
Land at Church Wood - St Edmundsbury Borough Council have assumed responsibility for the site. The use as a villageorchard was discussed and will be considered further.
SALC trainings available were discussed. Councillors agreed not to take these up at present.
Application for full consent for inclusion in the pharmaceutical list at Thurston. The application has been granted at 9 Barton Road,Thurston.
11 - Finance Report - attached.
Councillors agreed specified payments should be made.
Estimated cost of renovations to the windmill was £5557.00 plus VAT. The Parish Council may be able to help but will need an official letter giving details of charity status and any other funding.
After reviewing the effectiveness of the internal audit it was agreed unanimously to appoint M Saunders as Internal Auditor for the year 2008-9.
Risk Assessment: CCAS are carrying this out at present. The PVH & PFA have asked for the village hall and recreation ground to be included in this. Parish councillors unanimously agreed to pay for the Assessment.
12 - Correspondence circulated to Councillors:
St Edmundsbury BC : Boundary changes circular
Suffolk Preservation Society : 2009 Programme
SALC : Local Councillor magazine.
St Edmundsbury's Rural Action Plan -Rural Villages
Rural Services Network
13 - Any Other Business:
Telephone box in Fen Road, Grimstone End: the Chairman suggested that this might become a lantern when it is no longer in use as a telephone box. Councillors agreed that this might be a good idea.
Hedge at Upper Town crossroads - Chairman to approach owner to point out that it restricts visibility at the crossroads.
Councillor A Kibbel gave details of his change of address and telephone number.
Map of Pakenham Circular Walk: A draft was given to Councillors. Comments to be made within the next two weeks.
14 - Date of next meetings:
7.30pm Thursday 16th April 2009, The Martin Room, St Mary's Church.
Annual Parish meeting & Parish Council AGM Thursday 21st May 2009 (clerk to check availability of the village hall).