Pakenham Parish Council Minutes - 8th April 2010

Meeting of

PAKENHAM PARISH COUNCIL

7.30pm 8th April 2010, Martin Room, St Mary's Church

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

1 - Apologies for absence: Cllr N Farthing, Cllr M Sargent, Cllr M Bryant, County Councillor R Hopfensperger and the Police.

2 - Borough Councillor's report:
Cllr Spicer reported that the white lines outside the village hall car park have been repainted as requested. He has also reported a blocked gulley, which has now been cleared.
Councillors were encouraged to enter the Village of the Year competition. Councillors agreed that the Clerk should return the completed application form.
Planning application for The Broadway will go to committee.
Land at Mill Lane - The Borough Council is planning to take the owners to court if they do not restore the site to its previous condition by 13th May. The Clerk will write to St Edmundsbury to confirm the Parish Council's support for this action.

3 - County Councillor's report:
Cllr Hopfensperger was unable to attend the meeting but sent the following notes.
Grimstone End signs - The contractors say that the signs should be in place late April / early May. As suspected there is quite a backlog due to the Winter maintenance works which have been a high priority. The result is that all the signing type works have been put on hold. These signs should be given high priority - but cannot guarantee it.
Highways will be out in April to look at the flooding problem with the house next to the village hall.
Cllr Hopfensperger has also reported the problem with parking outside the village hall to the police to monitor.
Both the locality grant applications for the car park and the woods have been submitted and received in time.

4 - Police report: the following report was read to the meeting.
St Edmundsbury Rural North SNT Crime Report 21/01/10 - 08/04/10.
Between the two above dates there have been no crimes of note in Pakenham.
Suffolk Safekey is available for both residential and business properties for a small fee per year. It is a service in which you provide a nominated keyholder and in the event of an incident when you are not there, the Police can contact somebody with access to the property. For any further information on this please contact a member of the team.
Suffolk Police are trying to crack down on Rogue Traders. These people con an awful lot of people out of an awful lot of money each year, and unfortunately they seem to prey on the elderly and disabled. We urge you all to check the credentials of anybody that knocks on your door that you do not know. First and foremost, if they say they are calling from a company, they should not mind showing you some form of identification if they are legitimate. Secondly, if they do not have ID and you are still not happy, phone the company they say they are from and ask them if they have people in the area. Most importantly, if you are not happy with the situation at all, phone Suffolk Police and tell us as much detail as possible, i.e. Descriptions and vehicles etc.
Your SNT consists of: Inspector Jane Hertzog, PS 696 Kevin Jay, PC 161 Sheena Tate, PC 1251 Simon Collins, PCSO 3123 Jonathan Burke, PCSO 3199 Krista Wilding, PCSO 3200 Amy Ling and PCSO 3215 Gemma Robinson.

At the surgery held at the Post Office the Police were asked about a possible speed restriction around the area of the windmill to extend beyond the Hall Farm entrance. The Police are in favour of this application. When the Parish Council applied previously the request was refused. Clerk to contact Highways Dept.

5 - Public Forum: issues were covered during the Borough Councillor's report.

The Chairman convened the meeting.

6 - Declarations of interest: none.

7 - Approve minutes of meeting held on 18th March 2010:
Councillors agreed that these should be signed as a true record.

8 - Planning applications:
SE/10/0014 - Strathcona, Grimstone End
This application went to committee on 1st April..

TPO68(1966)7 - 13 Manor Garth, Pakenham
Fell one willow tree.
Councillors discussed this application carefully and agreed unanimously that they had no objection.

Planning applications granted:
Mill View, Mill Road, Pakenham.
Pensilva, Fen Road - erection of front extension to provide single garage.

Acorn Cottage - erection of log cabin/summerhouse. St Edmundsbury have stated that the owners have been told that the log cabin requires planning permission. However, if planning permission is not applied for, the Planning Dept is unlikely to recommend formal enforcement action.

9 - Website:
At the recent Parish Plan meeting a village website with space for news from village groups and also a Forum to encourage inter-action with villagers was suggested. A village resident has offered to host this website at no cost and invited us to visit pakenhamforum.co.uk Councillors thought this sounded a very good idea and will be happy to include a link to the Parish Council website. Local businesses will be able to advertise and private adverts may be included.

10 - Ordnance Survey map:
At the recent Parish Plan meeting it was agreed to send a flyer to all village residents advertising all groups and clubs that meet in the village. Eventually a full survey will be held within the village. To facilitate this, the Parish Plan Committee requested a copy of the local Ordnance Survey map. The Chairman will read, sign and then return the licence required by St Edmundsbury.

11 - The Dell:
Treecare will start work at The Dell on 29th April. Councillor Dorling will meet them at the Dell and ask them to look at the trees in Church Wood too.

12 - BT Payphones:
A further letter has been received from BT about adopting the kiosk in Fen Road. After further discussion, a motion to formally adopt the kiosk was carried unanimously. Clerk to contact BT.

13 - Clerk's report:
Open Weekend 23rd/25th July in 2012 during the Olympics - Clerk to return completed form on behalf of the village.
LDF - Councillors hope to attend a meeting on 12th May at Gt Barton to discuss the proposals.

14 - Finance Report:
A Finance Report was circulated and all payments were agreed.
It was agreed that the Parish Council will apply for the grant for the resurfacing of the Playing Field car park.
Church Green Wood - The Locality Budget grant has been allocated for this purpose. Clerk to contact St Edmundsbury to complete the purchase of this area. Councillors agreed that D Thrower's tender to erect fencing round the site should be accepted. Clerk to notify.

15 - Correspondence for circulation:
SCC : Draft Fire Action Plan 2010-2011; Biodiversity Duty; Bury Library Project.
St Edmundsbury: LDF - Rural Site Allocations Preferred Options Document; Village of the Year Awards.
SALC: Trainings; Local Associations Information; Service/Planning Issues.
Suffolk Acre: Update magazine.
Royal British Legion, Green Communities.

16 - Any other business from Councillors:
A suggestion was made that the status of The Fox be investigated. The Chairman will follow this up.

17 - Date of next meeting:
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

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