Pakenham Parish Council Minutes - 3rd December 2009

Meeting of


7.30pm 3rd December 2009, Martin Room, St Mary's Church

Present: Cllr H Painter, Cllr N Farthing, Cllr M Bryant, Borough Councillor C Spicer and Mrs M Gardiner (clerk).

1 - Apologies for absence: Cllr D Dorling, Cllr R Griffin, Cllr A Kibbel, and Cllr M Sargent and County Councillor R Hopfensperger

2 - .Borough Councillor's report:
Local Government Review - Recommendations will be known next Tuesday.
Village matters - Cllr Spicer remembers a beautiful avenue of chestnuts along The Street and would like to see them replaced. The Chairman voiced the opinion of all the Parish Councillors when he reminded Cllr Spicer that much of the land he remembers is now taken up by gardens of residential dwellings who would not welcome such large trees on their land. Smaller trees, if grant aided, might be possible. The Chairman will speak to the Parks Manager about this.
PVH & PFA thanks the Parish Council for maintaining the fencing around The Dell.
Quotes have been received for resurfacing the car park at the Recreation Ground. Grants are being applied for.
Cllr Spicer has attended a session on The Power of Well-Being.
He is requesting the retention of the telephone in The Street.
Cllr Spicer will chase the Borough Council about the purchase of Church Green Wood.
The white line outside the village hall needs repainting. Clerk to contact SCC.
Land in Mill Road - gates have now been erected. Neighbours have contacted the Enforcement Officer. Cllr Spicer had contacted the Chief Executive of St Edmundsbury and a local resident has been in touch with David Ruffley MP.

3 - County Councillor's report (received later that evening):
Grimstone End Signs - I have received the following e-mail from Kevin Shipp: Job card has been issued and the sign is on order. It is likely that the works will take place early January as I know the contractors are fairly booked up until Christmas. I imagine much like myself you are most disappointed by this.
Boundary Committee Local Government Review - Yesterday we heard that the Court of Appeal has allowed the Boundary Committee's (BC) appeal against the District Council's challenge that it failed to properly consider the district council proposals and acted unfairly. The court considered that the High court gave too much weight to the word "dialogue" in the Secretary of State's guidance. The court ruled that it meant seeking views of local authorities not offering them the opportunity to discuss alternative proposals and put them forward for consultation. The BC was not obliged to limit itself to proposals put forward by local authorities. The court saw no unfairness in the consultation process.
Today we heard that the Secretary of State says that the Boundary Committee must provide their advice on the structure of local government in Suffolk by Tuesday, 8 December.
Locality Monies - I am still awaiting details of the project which you would like me to put money towards which I am quite happy to do. All I need is a brief description of what the project is and then a budgetary break down. I will also be putting money towards the hard surface area of the entrance to playing field

4 - Police report:
PCSO Bob Bailey attended the meeting and gave the following report:
4 Crimes recorded between 23/07/09 and 03/12/09.
12/08/09 - Theft of Motor vehicle - NO PUBLICITY
18/08/09 - Attempted Burglary, Dwelling - The Lodge, Nether Hall, Pakenham
During daylight hours offenders have moved a garden bench to a window at the rear of the property with the possible intention of trying the gain entry.
28/08/09 - Burglary, Dwelling - Manor Garth, Mill Road, Pakenham
During daylight hours unknown offenders have gained entry via an UPVC patio door and stolen jewellery and antique items from the property.
03/10/09 - Criminal Damage, Motor Vehicle - In the Street, Pakenham
During evening hours an unknown offender has smashed the drivers' side front window of a Red Vauxhall Corsa parked secure and unattended in the street opposite the Fox Public House.
Councillor Spicer told PCSO Bailey that Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators had very little contact with the police recently and they would appreciate more information on local activities. PCSO Bailey explained that Bury Rural North covered 53 villages and it was very difficult to cover them all adequately.

5 - Public Forum:
Grimstone End signs - had been ongoing for over two years - Clerk to chase again.
Shetland Boats - are still working on the site. We were told that a planning application for three dwellings was imminent several months ago. Please inform Parish Council of any problems.

The Chairman convened the meeting.

6 - Declarations of interest: none.

7 - Approve minutes of meeting held on 17th November 2009:
Councillors agreed that these should be signed as a true record.

8 - Planning applications granted:
SE/09/1173 - 4 Church Green, Pakenham
TCA09/1831 - Tree works at The Fox Public House.
9 - Clerk's report: nothing to report.

10 - Finance Report:
A Finance Report was circulated and all payments were agreed.
Budget for 2010-11 - Councillors were given budget sheets to look at before the next meeting, when the budget will be discussed and the precept request agreed.
Tenders will be requested for grass-cutting in the village, to include the new play area.
It was agreed to help with the cost of resurfacing the Recreation Ground car park.
It was agreed to increase the allotment rents to £10 per plot and £7.50 for half plots from next renewal.

11 - Correspondence for circulation:
SCC - Environment Monitoring report
Government consultation - possible new nuclear power station at Sizewell.
CPRE - Countryside Voice
Suffolk ACRE Update
Viking Tree Services; CGM - Grounds maintenance service
Playground inspections      

12 - Any other business from Councillors:
.Cllr Farthing had written to the Ixworth councillor explaining the loss of water from the mere, as he knew it.

13 - Dates of next meeting:
Thursday 21st January in the Martin Room, St Mary's Church.

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