Pakenham Parish Council Minutes - 30th June 2011

Meeting of


7.30pm 30th June 2011, The Martin Room

Present:  Cllr H Painter, Cllr R Griffin, Cllr M Sargent, Cllr A Kibbel, Cllr D Dorling, Cllr C Palfrey.  Mrs M Gardiner (clerk).

1 - Apologies for absence: Borough Councillor C Spicer.
2 - Declarations of interest: none.

3 - Public Forum:-
Land at Mill Road - Neighbours and Councillors continue to monitor the situation and to keep the Borough Council informed. No action appears to have been taken yet.
Hedges and verges - Complaints have been received from visitors and residents about the fact that trees and verges along Fen Road are not being looked after. Some trees have been allowed to grow very tall and restrict sunlight; hedges are scratching cars using the road and the whole effect is not aesthetically pleasing at all. Care of hedges and trees is the responsibility of the land-owner. Councillors to visit and contact residents where necessary.
The hedges at Upper Town crossroads are also becoming dangerous and should be cut back soon.

4 - County Councillor's Report: no report available.

5 - Borough Councillor's Report: no report available.

6 - Police report: this report was received too late for the meeting:-
01/06/11 - Theft other - Fen Road.
Theft of flower pots and hanging baskets.
17-18/06/11 - Theft from Motor Vehicle - Upper Town.
Vehicle parked on driveway, overnight front and rear number plates taken.
23-24/06/11 - Criminal Damage to Vehicle - River Close.
Unknown offender has thrown a wooden sign at the windscreen of the vehicle causing the screen to smash.
24/06/11 - Theft other - Barton Road.
Eggs taken from kiosk, offender has been identified.
26-27/06/11 - Theft of Motor Vehicle - Manor Farm.
A Caterpillar Digger has been stolen from near to the pig units; whilst offender was taking the vehicle it was driven through a fence.
Please note that there has been an increase in thefts from motor vehicles, if we could please advise the local residents, friends & families to start protecting their vehicles from being targets of crime just by removing all valuable objects when vehicles are left at any length of time unattended.
We hold regular Community Priority Setting meetings, which are attended by the police, county, district and parish councillors, as well as our partners from health and educational organisations.
The aim is to:-
Discuss issues put forward by the local community;
Discuss the top three priorities chosen by members of the public and decide how these shoud be addressed and how we are going to tackle them;
Arrange feedback to local people about progress.
These meetings are open to the public, so if you would like to come along and raise any issues with us, the next Community Priority Setting meeting will be held on at 7pm on 8th September 2011 at the Erskine Centre, Chedburgh IP29 4UL. The meeting will last approximately 2 hours.

The Chairman convened the meeting.

7 - Approve minutes of meeting held 19th May 2011:-
These were approved and signed as a true record.

8 - Clerk's report:-
SALC have invited Councillors to their AGM at Kesgrave, but no Councillor is available to attend.
Atkins advise that they will be doing resurfacing work on the A14 westbound from Haughley. The road will be closed overnight for about two weeks sometime in September or October 2011.

9 - Planning applications: none.
Planning applications received after publication of the agenda:-
SE/10/0580 - Nether Hall
Minor alteration to plans not requiring further permission.
Outcome of planning applications
TPO237(1973)4 - The Cottage, Nether Hall Lodge
SE/10/0756 - Bridge House, The Street
SE/11/0528 - The Old Royal Oak, Fen Road

10 - Finance Report:-
A Finance Report was circulated and payments agreed. Clerk to chase paperwork necessary to appoint a new signatory.

11 - Church Wood:-
The contractor has fenced the northern boundary of the wood, where the boundary is clear. A digger will be needed to clarify the boundary in some places. Some residents' fencing may be erected over the boundary into the wood. Councillors to hold a site meeting directly after the Parish Council meeting to ascertain where the fencing should be positioned.

12 - Parish Plan and its Recommendations:-
A £350 cheque was returned to the Parish Council as unused money from the initial grant received.
The main comments from residents were regarding lack of housing, so a housing needs survey is the next task to be undertaken.
The possible availability of a gas supply in the village will be investigated at a later date.
A village newsletter was also suggested and a meeting is planned for August, when ideas and suggestions will be discussed. A flyer will be circulated to all village residents notifying them of the meeting.

13 - Ixworth Pumping Station:-
Anglian Water let the pumping station without stripping out the interior. Valves were tampered with causing a break in the water supply to several villages. Clerk to write to Anglian Water.

14 - Fen Road - danger signs:-
The verges along Fen Road are becoming dangerous. Vehicles easily drop off the side of the road, where the road surface is breaking away. Councillors to undertake a site visit.

15 - Correspondence for circulation:-
Very little correspondence has been received since last month.

16 - Councillor's reports:-
Cllr Painter attended the recent Parish Conference and told the Parish Council about possible future alterations in housing policy.
A by-election will take place on Thursday 4th August for a Parish Councillor.

17 - Date of next meeting:-
Thursday 18th August at 7.30pm in Pakenham Village Hall.

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