PAKENHAM PARISH COUNCIL
7.30pm 25th February 2010, Martin Room, St Mary's Church
Present: Cllr H Painter, Cllr D Dorling, Cllr N Farthing, Cllr R Griffin, Cllr M Bryant, County Councillor R Hopfensperger, and Mrs M Gardiner (clerk).
1 - Apologies for absence: Cllr A Kibbel, and Cllr M Sargent Borough Councillor C Spicer
2 - Borough Councillor's report:
Cllr Spicer expressed his regret at being unable to attend.
3 - County Councillor's report:
LGR - period of representation of councils has ended. The Secretary of State has made a decision in the cases of Devon and Norfolk, but has said that there should be a convention of local councils in Suffolk to make a decision. A unitary council is likely, but must be decided between local councils. Various District Councils are expected to merge.
The potholes already reported have been dealt with and gulleys will be jetted. Cllr Hopfensperger was told of other potholes needing attention.
Cllr Hopfensperger is now talking to the Portfolio holder regarding the Grimstone End signs as these have still not been erected.
The Chairman pointed out that the 30mph road signs by Nether Hall entrance are all at different heights. He asked why this was and if SCC can be consistent when erecting such signs.
Cllr Hopfensperger requested a budget breakdown for fencing etc. at Church Wood. She is prepared to allocate £2,500 from her locality budget. She would also like to see quotes for the resurfacing of the Playing Field car park and is prepared to allocate £500 for this work.
A letter requesting that a kerb be raised to avoid flooding of property next to the Village Hall was passed to Cllr Hopfensperger, who will pass it on to the Highways Dept.
4 - Police report: no report available.
5 - Public Forum:
A report from the Parish Council was requested for the parish magazine, together with dates of future meetings. The dates are no problem and someone is welcome to attend the meeting to write a report. If they are unable to do this, the minutes will be forwarded once they are agreed at the next meeting.
Mill Lane is gathering litter and there has been some fly tipping near Old Hall Farm. Cllr Spicer to be informed. Clerk to contact St Edmundsbury.
A letter from a parishioner was read to the meeting. The kerb problem has been passed to Cllr Hopfensperger. Cars park on white lines rather than in the village hall car park. Parking signs will be erected at the village hall and at the entrance to the car park at the church. A sign at the bottom of the hill will direct visitors to the car park behind the church. The possibility of painting double yellow lines in The Street was not popular and would need enforcement. Cllr Hopfensperger will ask the Police to check on people who are parking on the white lines illegally.
The Parish Council will look into the possibility of erecting more signs prohibiting dog fouling.
Footpath leaflet - The proof is now ready for printing. A small run with winter pictures was agreed, with a further run with summer pictures later.
The owners of Pensilva asked about the refusal of their garage application. They stated that they were unaware of the meeting in which this application was discussed. The Chairman told them that all meetings were advertised 7 days ahead. Final decisions on all planning applications were the responsibility of St Edmundsbury Borough Council; the Parish Council is only asked for its opinion.
The owners of Mill View presented their application.
The Chairman convened the meeting.
6 - Declarations of interest:
Cllr Dorling expressed an interest in the planning applications for Strathcona and Mill View and left the meeting while these were discussed.
7 - Approve minutes of meeting held on 21st January 2010:
Councillors agreed that these should be signed as a true record.
8 - Planning applications:
SE/10/0014 - Strathcona, Grimstone End.
Erection of (i) single storey side extension (ii) single storey rear extension as amended by drawing no. 6305/01 Rev A received 4/2/10 (reduction in size of single storey extension)
Councillors agree that they still object to this application.
They acknowledged the fact that this extension has been reduced in size, but feel that it is still out of scale for the area and have asked the planners to visit the area to see the size of nearby properties.
SE/10/0177 - The Broadway, Grimstone End.
(i) Conversion of existing commercial building to dwelling and
(ii) erection of 2 no. dwellings and association car ports.
Councillors carefully considered the plans and agree unanimously that they have no objection to the proposals. They have asked the planners for clarification of the disposal of foul sewage.
SE/10/0210 - Mill View, Mill Road, Pakenham.
Erection of side & rear extensions (following demolition of utility room & conservatory).
Councillors carefully considered this application and agree unanimously that they have no objection to the proposals.
Planning application granted:
SE/09/1504 - Pensilva, Fen Road.
(i)Erection of single storey rear extension (ii) single storey side & rear extension.
Planning application refused:
SE/09/1542 - Pensilva, Fen Road.
Erection of double garage and alteration of vehicular access.
9 - Clerk's report:
A letter has been received from the parochial church council regarding the condition of the footpath from the road up to the front door of the church. This path is part of the village circular walk. Clerk to request further information and quotes, so that they can consider offering a grant.
A grant is available to help villages organise an Open Weekend 23rd/25th of July in 2012 during the Olympics. Details to be sent to the village plan committee and other village groups to gauge their interest in helping to organise such an event.
The clerk and a churchwarden agreed burial plots in the absence of the vicar.
10 - Finance Report:
A Finance Report was circulated and all payments were agreed.
It was agreed to give a grant of £100 towards refurbishment of the windmill.
The PVH & PFA have been asked for their three quotes for the resurfacing of the Playing Field car park before a grant is agreed.
Church Green Wood - A quote for new fencing is to be obtained.
11 - Ixworth Conservation Area:
Part of this report covers a small area of Pakenham parish. Councillors are circulating the papers and will make any comments by 15th March.
12 - Correspondence for circulation:
St Edmundsbury : Boundary Review
Highways Agency : Works on the A14
NHS : Heart Attack Leaflets
SALC : Report to Area meetings; Local Councillor magazines; NALC Legal Topics.
Suffolk Climate Change Partnership
Green Communities : Energy Saving Trust
Optua : News
Age Concern : News
Viking : Tree Services
Marshalls : Paving
13 - Any other business from Councillors:
A letter has been received from the Bell Captain. The village owns a set of handbells that are in need of renovating at a cost of £700. They are used by children and adult groups in the village. A grant of £100 was suggested.
The Chairman suggested that the Parish Council should write to Mr Read at Oak Farm. Although the Councillors were worried about the erection of the chicken unit and the associated temporary dwelling, they feel that landscaping of the site is very good.
Trees in the garden of 2 Manor Garth are the only ones remaining from a former avenue of beautiful trees that led down The Street. The Chairman will contact the Tree Officer to suggest that they are protected.
14 - Dates of next meetings:
Thursday 6th April 2010 in the Martin Room, St Mary's Church.
The Annual Parish Meeting followed by the Parish Council AGM will be held on Thursday 27th May in Pakenham Village Hall, starting at 7.00pm.