Pakenham Parish Council Minutes - 21st January 2010

Meeting of


7.30pm 21st January 2010, Martin Room, St Mary's Church

Present: Cllr H Painter, Cllr D Dorling, Cllr A Kibbel, and Cllr M Sargent, County Councillor R Hopfensperger, Borough Councillor C Spicer and Mrs M Gardiner (clerk).

1 - Apologies for absence: Cllr N Farthing, Cllr R Griffin, Cllr M Bryant

The Chairman welcomed the public and Councillors and wished everyone a very happy new year.

2 - Borough Councillor's report:
Cllr Spicer has been approached regarding a planning decision made by the Parish Council. He suggested that applicants could be informed when their application was coming before the Parish Council. (The Chairman replied that there were notices on two village notice boards and on the website giving notice of meetings). Cllr Spicer suggested that the Parish magazine might be a good place to advertise meetings. Councillors agreed.
Church Green Wood - Councillor Spicer has been told by the Borough Council that the Parish Council could purchase the wood for £1500. Details of the offer will be sent to the clerk.
Parish Conference - Thursday 29th April, 4.00pm at Gt Whelnetham Village Hall.
Youth Facilities - There are few facilities for the youth of the village - The Fox football club, Pakenham Players and the Youth Shelter. Councillors agreed that what the youth would really like is a reliable evening bus service.
Cllr Spicer is chasing the Highways Dept to refresh the white lines by the village hall and is putting pressure on for the erection of the Grimstone End signs.

3 - County Councillor's report:
LGR - period of representation of councils has ended. The Secretary of State will now make a decision, possibly by Easter. Some local leaders are in favour of an east-west split and some in favour of one-suffolk. A decision could be made by Easter. The election would then be held in May. SCC would prefer County elections to be deferred until 2011.
The Grimstone End signs are ready for erection.
Cllr Hopfensperger was told of two large potholes near the Sixth Form Centre in Thurston.

4 - Police report:
PC Sheena Tate attended the meeting and gave the following report:-
There have been no crimes reported since the last meeting.
PCSO Jonathan Burke is our contact and he will hold a surgery between 11.00-12.00 noon at the Village Hall on 4th February. PC Tate will be there on 11th March at the same time.
PC Tate left some notices for the village notice boards and copies of the quarterly newsletter to be held in the Post Office.
She warned that there have been thefts of heating oil again in the area. Alarms are available and can be fitted to oil tanks.
Cllr Dorling had received complaints of motorcycles using Andersons pit. If informed at the time, the Police will attend and ask the riders if they have permission to do this.

5 - Public Forum:
Footpath leaflet - The proof is now ready for printing. Councillors agreed to 250 being printed.

The Chairman convened the meeting.

6 - Declarations of interest: none.

7 - Approve minutes of meetings held on 3rd & 23rd December 2009:
Councillors agreed that these should be signed as true records.

8 - Planning application:
SE/10/0014 - Strathcona, Fen Road.
Councillors studied the plans carefully and unanimously agreed to object to this application.
They feel that this is totally out of scale with the area and an overdevelopment of this site.
We strongly object to the buildings stretching from boundary to boundary across the whole frontage of this site. The building will completely dominate this end of the village and is not in keeping with the other properties.

Planning application granted:
Gardeners Lodge - granted.
9 - Clerk's report:
The white lines outside the village hall should be refreshed in the Spring.
An invitation from Thurston Parish Council to attend a training on the power of wellbeing was read out. Unfortunately no Councillors are available to attend.
A Suffolk Acre questionnaire on Post Office services was completed.
A questionnaire from Suffolk Constabulary was also completed

10 - Finance Report:
A Finance Report was circulated and all payments were agreed.
The cost of resurfacing the Recreation Ground car park will be approx £4000. The PVH & PFA will pay £1250 and are requesting grants of £1250 from the Parish Council, £500 from SCC and £1000 from St Edmundsbury BC. The Chairman requested 3 written quotes from the PVH & PFA, after which the Parish Council will make their decision.
Church Green Wood - Councillors asked Borough Cllr Hopfensperger for a grant of £5,000 to cover the purchase of the wood, new fencing to secure the site and any necessary tree surgery.
Cllr Farthing is preparing a plan for grass-cutting in the village. Councillors agreed to continue with Mr Thrower. M & T J's will continue to cut the play area.
Councillors agreed to a grant of £1000 towards repairs and maintenance of the village hall and £300 towards grass-cutting in the play area. The Parish Council will pay M & T J's until the end of March.

11 - Correspondence for circulation:
Boundary Committee - Structural Review
SCC : Mobile Library Timetable; Open Weekend; Library project
St Edmundsbury : Car parking charges 2010-11; Litter campaign; LDF ; Core Strategy Submission Development Plan Document
Rural Services Network
SALC Notices
CPRE Fieldwork
Suffolk Preservation Society : Suffolk View
Suffolk ACRE

12 - Any other business from Councillors:

There is evidence of fly-tipping at Anderson's pit. Borough Cllr Spicer to report it to St Edmundsbury B.C. and ask them to remove it. Perhaps a warning notice could be erected.
The hedge by the notice board at Grimstone End is overhanging the notice board and restricting the view for drivers. Cllr Dorling will contact nearby residents and request that they trim the hedges.
Streetlights - one at Grimstone End is permanently lit. Clerk to report it again.

13 - Dates of next meeting:
Thursday 25th February 2010 in the Martin Room, St Mary's Church.
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