Pakenham Parish Council Minutes - 23rd July 2009

Meeting of


7.30pm 23rd July 2009, Pakenham Village Hall

Present: Cllr H Painter, Cllr N Farthing, Cllr D Dorling, Cllr R Griffin, Cllr M Sargent, Cllr A Kibbel, Cllr M Bryant and Mrs M Gardiner (clerk).

1 - Apologies for absence: Borough Cllr C Spicer

2 - Borough Councillor's report:
Local Government Review - There is a delay, due to the Judicial Review, in knowing if St.Edmundsbury will join a Unitary Authority in 2011 (i.e. all Borough and County services merging ).
Local Development Review - Pakenham is confirmed as an Infill Village but we shall not know the result of our responses to the Pakenham sites offered until next March.
Church Green Wood - Cllr Spicer advised caution before buying the land behind Church Green Cottages
Road signs - Bull Road "Village of Two Mills" sign has disappeared.
Gates -The egg unit gates have been stolen.
Planning - Topiary Art Designs are applying to build a two storey house.
Thurston crossroads - the hedge has not yet been cut. Perhaps the signpost could be moved to another corner?
Playing field -the ivy needs cutting back beside the pavement from the Owell to the Playing Field

3 - County Councillor's report:
No report has been received from Cllr R Hopfensperger.
Clerk to write to SCC & Cllr Hopfensperger about the non-appearance of the Grimstone End signs.

4 - Police report:
PCSO Burke reported as follows:
3 Crimes recorded between 22nd May and 23rd July 2009.
28th May - Attempted Burglary Dwelling - Lodge Cottage, The Street, Pakenham
During daylight hours the far side of the lodge where it is least likely to be seen, a garden bench has been dragged to the living room window and a small pane of glass has been smashed over the main window catch but no entry gained to the property.
1st July - Attempted Burglary dwelling - Home Farm, Bull Road, Pakenham
In the hours of darkness offenders have forced entry to the garage block in the grounds of the property by removing the lock from the brick wall and have proceeded to steal a trailer from are believed to of been scared off by the burglar alarm being activated.
18/19th July - Theft other - Oak Farm, A143 road, Pakenham
Offenders have removed to large wooden gates from the entrance of the new farm development.
Theft of road signs...
Please be aware that western Suffolk is experiencing a high amount of road sign thefts, mainly in the Mid Suffolk and St Edmundsbury area. We ask residents to keep vigilant and report any suspicious activity including persons and vehicles to the Police.
(The theft of the sign in Bull Road was reported at this point)
Change of staff
Inspector Ady Calton has been replaced by Inspector Jane Hertzog from Sudbury
Sgt Clare Mowson has been replaced by Sgt Kevin Jay from Newmarket
PC Lindsey Whittaker has been replaced by PC Tina Fairness from Stowmarket
Policing Pledge
Please may I also bring to the attention of the Parish Council the new Suffolk Constabulary Policing pledge which can be viewed on the Suffolk Police website.

5 - Public Forum:
It was reported that a log cabin was being connected to the services and another base was being laid behind an existing dwelling. Clerk to check whether planning permission is necessary.
A hedge along Fen Road is very overgrown. Cllr Dorling to contact the owner.

The Chairman convened the meeting.

6 - Declaration of interest: Cllr D Dorling expressed an interest in planning application SE/09/0791and abstained from the discussion and vote.

7 - Approve minutes of the meeting held on 28th May 2009.
Councillors agreed that these should be signed as a true record.

8 - Planning applications:

SE/09/0767 - Maulkins Hall Farm.
Erection of Orangery (following demolition of glazed lean-to).
The applicants explained the proposed plans. Councillors then considered the application and agreed unanimously that they have no objection.

SE/09/0791 - Millars Meadow, Grimstone End.
Erection of two storey occupational workers dwelling.
The applicants explained why they had put in the application. A long discussion took place between the Councillors, particularly in view of the recent application for a dwelling for security reasons. Due to the nature of the business, Councillors agreed, by majority vote, not to object to the application.

29th/30th July - Land at Mill Road, Pakenham.
Several residents will attend the appeal. Mr Barty is still working at the site. Jane Stanley has visited.

SE/09/0525 - Bridge House, The Street

SE/09/0457 - Hill House, Fen Road
SE/09/0456 - Walnut Tree Cottage, Fen Road
SE/09/0422 - Temporary accommodation, part of Mere Farm, Pakenham Road, Gt Barton

9 - Village Gates:
Cllr Sargent reminded the Council that the erection of village gates had been suggested some time ago. Discussion took place as to how many gates were required and where. Councillors unanimously agreed that one at Upper Town should be erected at the Gt Barton side of the crossroads. This should alert drivers to the fact that they are entering a village and need to slow down. Clerk to contact Cllr Hopfensperger to see if a grant might be available.

10 - Church Wood:
Following the Chairman's meeting with St Edmundsbury Valuation & Estates Manager at the site, a purchase price of £3,000 was suggested, or a ten year lease at £300 a year. It is estimated that the site could be purchased and fenced for about £5,000. A grant might be available through Cllr Hopfensperger's budget. Clerk to write. The Council's Arboricultural Officer will advise regarding the status of the trees. Planning consent for any changes will be required as the site is within the conservation area.
The Parish Plan Group should be part of discussions.

11 - Clerk's report:
Mr Ballard replied to the Clerk's letter saying that, after consultation with Natural England, he will cut back the hedge at the Thurston Road crossroads at the beginning of August.
The East Anglian Daily Press has asked that minutes of meetings be sent to them for publication. Councillors agreed that this should be done.

12 - .Finance Report:
A Finance Report was circulated and all payments were agreed.
The Parish Plan budget was presented to the Council.
Clerk to write to PVH & PFA regarding the cost of hiring the village hall for public meetings.

13 - Correspondence circulated to Councillors:
SCC - Passenger Transport newsletter; SuffolkLink - Local Involvement Network
EDF & public lighting
St Edmundsbury - LDF Timetable & Update; Parish Grant Scheme; Impact of recession on rural housing; Countryside Forum; Local Policing summary; Rural news; Standards Committee
SALC - Ipswich Hospital; Trainings; Newsletter of the year
CPRE - Fieldwork magazine
Age Concern; Vitalise; Support our students' choice
Village SOS; Bright ideas needed; Bus shelters

14 - Any other business:
Bus shelter roof - the tiles need lifting and nailing, although they are safe at present. Estimated cost of repair £100 + VAT.
Marathon - On Sunday 11th July 2010 a marathon celebrating the 125th anniversary of SSAFA will take place. It will start on Angel Hill and the route passes through Pakenham from Gt Barton and up Church hill. Encouragement from onlookers is requested, and possibly a water stop. Further details will follow.

15 - Dates of next meetings:
Thursday 17th September and 22nd October 2009 in the Martin Room, St Mary's Church.
Councillors will meet at the Dell at 6.00pm on Monday night to consider any necessary works.

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