Pakenham Parish Council 8th January 2014


Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday, 8th January, 2014 at 7.30pm
Pakenham Village Hall

Present: Cllr H Painter (Chairman), Cllr M Sargent (Vice-Chairman), Cllr C Palfrey,Cllr R Griffin, Cllr M Bagnell
Six Members of the public attended, Mrs S Brown (clerk) took the minutes.

1 - Apologies for absence: Apologies received and accepted for Cllr Brookman.

2 - Declarations of interest: No declarations of interest received.

3 - Public Forum:-
A member of the public asked if there were any further developments with The Fox: nothing had been received.
The weight limit posts had been knocked down at the end of Mill Lane. Clerk to inform SCC.

4 - County Councillor’s Report:-
Cllr R Hopfensperger advised SCC had invested £1.5 million in an apprenticeship scheme mainly 18–24 year olds particularly targeting ‘NEETS’.
A letter of intent had been signed with Norfolk CC covering services they can share although sovereignty will be kept. One area for cross border partnership was mental health and some NHS work. SCC had received £960,000 from Government for people with dementia: helping them to live independently and helping with social activities within nursing homes. It was asked how they apportion cost between councils. Some is 50/50 split e.g. Gypsy and Traveller, other areas it depends on how much time/work is needed rather than population.
Cllr Palfrey advised the gulley outside Woodstock had still not been cleared.
Cllr Sargent advised a large deep pot hole was causing a problem on Fen Road between the Water Mill and the main road.
A member of the public asked if the signage on Church Hill could be cleaned.

5 - Borough Councillor’s Report:-
B Cllr Spicer did not attend and no report had been received.

6 - Police report:-
The Police were unable to attend but had sent a report which was read out. There had been no crime of interest in the Parish since the last meeting.

7 - To Consider the approval of the minutes of the last meeting:-
The minutes of the meeting held on 27th November were approved and signed as a true record.

8 - Reports from previous meeting:-
Overgrown Hedgerow
Cllr Painter reported the hedgerow had encroached the playing field. Cllr Painter to speak to Cllr Dorling about the cost to clear - put on next agenda.
The Chair of the PVH &PFA reported 2 football games had been held on the playing field and this may become a regular occurrence.
Thanks given to the Chair of PVH & PFA and all those that helped with the Christmas tree display.

9 - Clerks Report:-
Highways had been informed of foliage covering 30mile signs on Fen Road & the gulley put back incorrectly.
Bull Road, a broken footpath sign and a telegraph pole which had been left with a dangerous ragged top had been reported to SCC.
A notification needed to be placed on the website about use of cookies. Clerk to use wording recommended by OneSuffolk.
A case of fly tipping at the top of Mill Lane had been reported to B.Cllr Spicer.
Someone was interested in taking over an allotment plot. It was asked if a map of the plots existed. Clerk to contact the Chair of the allotment association.
It had been reported soil being found on grave Row C 29 without authorisation by the family. The church warden and PCC had no knowledge of this nor had any members of the Council.

10 - Planning Applications:-
DC/13/0596/TCA The Old Brick House, 8 The Street
Council discussed. Cllr Bagnell proposed supporting application & seconded by Cllr Sargent.

DC/13/0846/HH 33 The Owell
Council discussed. Cllr Bagnell proposed supporting application & seconded by Cllr Griffin.

DC/13/0838/LB Pakenham Water Mill, Mill Road
Council discussed. Cllr Sargent proposed & Cllr Bagnell seconded supporting application

11 - BT Kiosk:-
To put on next agenda.

12 - Land ownership – allotments:-
To go on next agenda.

13 - Standing Orders review:-
Council agreed to adopt the new standing orders.

14 – Correspondence:-
a.    PC Workshop – new scheme of delegation. Clerk read out e-mail received from St Edmundsbury. Council expressed their concerns about the loss of democracy.
Cllr Hopfensperger echoed this but thought this should not affect planning that has a major impact on villages. She advised a number of Councillors were taking this to the Chief Executive with their concerns at the loss of democracy. Clerk to write to St Edmundsbury expressing Councils concerns. Clerk and Cllr Bagnell to attend the workshop on January 13th.
b.    Strategic Environmental Assessment addendum consultation – Council agreed no comment
c.    Neighbourhood planning event – no councillors wished to attend
d.    Buckingham Palace Garden Parties – Council nominated Chairman Cllr Painter to attend with guest
e.    Clerks & Councils direct, The Local Councillor and a copy of the informal town and parish liaison group meeting held on 29 November was distributed.

15 - Finance Report & consider payments to be made:-
Deposit account cleared balance at 24/9/13 - £6656.12
Current account cleared balance at 24/9/13 - £10,876.46
Current account uncleared balance at 8/1/14 - £7556.43
(does not include invoices below)
Budget 2014/15 – Precept – Clerk read out email received from Cllr Brookman. Council studied budget and agreed on precept for 2014/15.

Cheques raised:-
C.Spicer - Christmas tree
Ipswich Insulations invoice 9790
Clerk’s salary period ending 31/12/13
Clerks expenses to 31/12/13
Excell Building Services Ltd invoice 769

16 - Dates for next year’s meetings:-
Council agreed dates for the next year’s meetings. The clerk to email all dates to Councillors, Cllr Hopfensperger, Cllr Spicer, police, Chair of PVH &PFA and Holly Weaver.

17 - Councillors’ reports and items for future agenda:-
Cllr Palfrey advised approximately 6-8 feet of chestnut railing was needed by The Dell just before the drive up to the telephone exchange. Clerk to ask Cllr Dorling who to contact and put on next agenda.

18 - Date of next meeting:-
Wednesday, 19th February, 2014 in the Village Hall at 7.30pm

There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.50pm.

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