Notes from the Parish Council April Meeting
John Covill chaired the meeting with 4 Parish Councillors and 1 member of the Public in attendance.
Public Participation: There were no matters raised.
CCC: Cllr David Brown reported. Peter Hart asked Cllr Brown to make CCC/County Farms aware of fly tipping on their land to the rear of properties on Pulpit Corner and Mill Hill.
ECDC: Cllr Allen Alderson reported.
Correspondence Received: The Clerk reported on correspondence.
Passenger Services - changes to bus service from 4/4/10
Street naming and numbering - Land adj Water Tower, Mill Hill. The Parish Council was asked for its views on two names put forward for the new development. These were "Orchard Close" & "Fen View" . The PC considered that neither name was relevant to the site and referred to their earlier suggestion of "Tower Close" .
Removal of plastic bottle recycling.
Approval for Tree works in Conservation area - 25 High Street
Approval for Tree works in Conservation area - 46 High Street.
Refusal of Outline Planning Permission - 24 Fairview Grove - construction of a single detached 4No bedrooms dwelling and garage.
Notification of amendments for Land adjacent to Water Tower, Mill Hill - amendments to plot 3 & site layout from reserved matters consent Ref: 09/00449/RMA, including entrance gates to private drive.
Planning Permission - Land adjacent to Water Tower, Mill Hill - as above.
Request to remove tree on allotments.
School - Newsletter
Matters Arising from Previous Minutes (for information only)
Peter Hart confirmed he had emailed the Chairman of the VHMC about the lack of lighting for the village car park as reported at the March meeting and that he was waiting a reply.
Steve Kent-Phillips said he would prepare an end-of-year financial statement for the next PC meeting.The Clerk reported an email received from CCC‟s Engineer confirming that Anglian Water had completed and inspected repairs to leaking pipework over the old railway bridge. Councillors noted that CCC had not revisited the bridge and inspected its structure following these repairs and agreed that this was essential. The Clerk was asked to contact CCC and ask that an inspection be carried out and a written report provided.
Repairs to the Pound, Cage Hill: Although grant funding had been cut by ECDC, as costs had already been incurred by the Parish Council for this project, Cllr Alderson was able to secure a grant of £450. The PC thanked Cllr Alderson for his help.The Clerk spoke with Rosie Burton, Conservation Officer for ECDC about the possibility of reducing the height of the wall to the level of the gate and she confirmed that this might be possible but would require Listed Building Consent. Following discussion the Clerk was asked to complete an application form and submit for LBC and obtain revised quotations to take down and rebuild the left hand side of the wall to the reduced height.
Provision of Dog Bins in the Village: Following a meeting with ECDC‟s Dog Warden, the following locations were agreed:
- Lower End - approx 4ft from 30mph flashing speed sign
- Top of Fairview Grove - grass „island‟
- Top of Cage Hill - opposite Green Head Road junction
- Top of Station Road - close to give way sign (facing inwards)
Village Car Park - Request for Disabled Parking Bay & Surface Work: It was agreed that to resurface the car park would be too costly and not practical but that a sign would be erected for disabled parking close to the side doors of the Village Hall.
Accounts for Payment: These were agreed.
Further to the notification from BT about the removal of the phone box on the High Street, it was brought to the Clerk's attention that the phone box was listed. Upon research of the Parish Council minutes, the Clerk found confirmation that the phone box was listed by the Department of National Heritage on the 9th March 1993. The Clerk was asked to inform BT.
The Clerk confirmed that she had successfully completed the Certificate in Local Council Administration.Parish Councillors' Reports:
Geoffrey Woollard said he had attended the Neighbourhood Panel meeting on the 31st March at Kirtling and found it to be a positive meeting.
Open Question Time:
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, 13th May 2010 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.
All are welcome to attend.