Notes from the Parish Council November Meeting
Notes from the Parish Council Meeting-12th November 2009 John Covill chaired both meetings with 8 Parish Councillors and 2 members of the Public attending.
Public Participation - new agenda heading as agreed at October meeting. The purpose of this new agenda item is "to allow up to 10 minutes for any members of the Public and Councillors declaring a prejudicial interest to address the meeting in relation to the business to be transacted at that meeting" .
There were no matters raised on this occasion.
CCC: Cllr David Brown reported to the meeting
ECDC: Cllr Allen Alderson reported to the meeting.
- Future Cambridgeshire -Response on the Regional Strategy
- A & B Road Speed Limit Review
- Cambridge Core Traffic Scheme -Stage 4 News
- HCV Issues and Countrywide Advisory Freight Map
- Newsletter -Local Development Framework
- Alan Dover, Principal Development Control Officer -recent changes to planning legislation
- Mobile Play School
- Core Strategy DPD and Proposals Map (Adoption Statement)
- Moore Stephens -signed Annual Audit Return
- CPALC - Autumn 2009 Bulletin
- CPALC -Information pack for AGM on 21/11/09
- Care & Repair East Cambridgeshire Ltd -Home Improvement Agency
- COPE -Newsletter No.61
Matters Arising from Previous Minutes (for information only)
There were no matters arising.
Repairs to the Pound, Cage Hill: Following a meeting with Rosie Burton, Conservation Officer for ECDC, a further report and proposed specification for the work was received from the Structural Engineer. Following discussion it was agreed to obtain quotations for the work as described in the specification. The Clerk was to ask Rosie Burton's advice about suitable contractors for the work. Clearance of Undergrowth from Ditch & Field Bank, Lower End: Andrew Camps reported that the hedgerows and vegetation on the boundary of the field with the ditch were very overgrown and that some clearance work was required. The Clerk was to write to the landowners and ask for this work to be carried out.
Removal of Cedar Tree in Churchyard: A further meeting was held between Parish Councillors and Cathy White, Tree Officer for ECDC. Cathy reiterated that she was not willing to approve any work to the Lime trees but agreed that the smaller 'weedy'Cedar could be removed. The cost of this would be approximately £300- £400 and Cathy White said she was willing to add it to her list of future work but noted that this would not be a priority. It was agreed to accept the foregoing. The Clerk was to write to Cathy White asking that she adds the Cedar to her list for removal in due course and thank her for her help and advice. Consideration of Planning Application for St Cyriacs and St Julitta Church, High Street -new lavatory and tea prep facilities to interior of Church, with new floor finish to south transept and general joinery. Ref: 09/00779/LBC. There were no objections.
Consideration of Draft Budget/Precept for 2010-11: Following discussion the draft Precept figure for submission to ECDC was set at £14,500 with no increase on current year.
Accounts for Payment: These were agreed.
The new grit/salt bin for the Village Car Park has been received and will be placed in the Car Park once the salt has been purchased.
CCC Highways closed a stretch of the Fen road to through traffic on Monday, 16th November for one day for resurfacing work (from Reach crossroads to Chapel). The School confirmed that their working group had cut back branches overhanging the Village Hall roof and tidied the School Garden boundary at the footpath access in the Village Car Park. The Councillors recorded their thanks to the School for their assistance.
The loose bus stop sign at the top of Rogers Road has been refixed by Stagecoach.
Allotment: If anyone is interested in renting the large allotment known as the 'lower allotment'on the B1102, please contact the Clerk for details. Parish Councillors'Reports:
Peter Hart told meeting that he had met with Karen Whymark, CCC Parish Paths Liaison Officer with reference to Footpath No.11 from the village car park. Karen Whymark said she would check on route of footpath and depending on outcome will speak with the landowner.
John Covill confirmed that the new salt/grit bin on Whiteway Drove had been filled ready for use.
Geoffrey Woollard asked about the possibility of a 'Car Service'for village. Open Question Time:
The meeting was asked for clarification of the "Public Participation" agenda item.Meeting told of a suitable contractor for the works to the Pound wall. Further discussion with reference to the issue of the Lime trees in the Churchyard.
If anyone would like further information on any of the above items, please do not hesitate to contact the Clerk.
The next meeting will take place on Thursday, 10th December 2009 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.
All are welcome to attend.