ICKLETON PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 18 January 2006 at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall
Present: Robin Driver (Acting Chairman), Tim Pavelin, Terry Sadler, Lewis Duke, Jane Hurst, John Williams (District Councillor) and 4 members of the public.
001/06 Apologies for absence: James Macdonald, Peter Wombwell, Sheila Birch, Mark Stone-Wigg, Timothy Stone (County Councillor) previous engagements.
002/06 To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 14 December 2005: 316/05 Second bullet point should read Chrishall Grange not Ickleton Grange. The minutes were then approved and signed by the Chairman.
003/06 Adjournment for questions from members of the public: Two members of the public had attended this meeting due to an amendment to the Rectory Farm planning application. As this amendment had not been received until this morning, another meeting of the Councillors would have to be held. The two members of the public will be notified of the date of meeting.
Two members of the public left the meeting.
260/05 East of England public examination Nothing further to report
277/05 Village parking Item to be carried forward
296/05 Gt Chesterford bridge Howard Rolfe (Gt Chesterford) said he had spoken to Chris Stoneham of ECC Highways, who wished to undertake a site visit with a bridge expert in the New Year. Action: Clerk
296/05 Abbey Street sign This sign was on order. The other Church Street sign would be put up at the same time as the Abbey Street sign is erected. Action: Clerk
304/05 Picnic Tables (V Mila) Although some other quotations appeared cheaper, it was proposed and seconded that we accept the quotation from Viliami Mila. The costings will be given to James Macdonald and Sheila Birch to give to Wellcome Trust (at their next meeting) to see if they would donate these tables to the village. Action: JM/SB
304/05 Pestwise The Clerk is still trying to obtain these details. Action: Clerk
317/05 Redundant Street furniture carried forward Action: SB
Rail service Letter to be drafted Action: TS
325/05 Wellcome Trust Nothing to report
005/06 Youth Representation: None
SCDC - Local Development Framework
SCDC - Planning Application S/2236/05/F (2 letters)
SCDC - South Cambs Event Guide
CCC - Countryside Events
CCC - Leaflet on the new Historical Resource & Cultural Centre in Cambridge
CCC - County Council Budget for 2006/7
CCC - Parish Newsletter
A Lansley Cambridgeshire Police
Cambs. Police Police Authority Budget 2006/7
Cambs. Police Neighbourhood Police Teams
Cambs Fire Cambs & Peterborough Fire Authority Precept 2006/7
CPRE - Planning Applications Workshop
Cambs Local Local Access Forum meetings and activities
RoSPA - Annual Inspection form
Stop Stansted Donation receipt
BAA Stansted Draft interim Airport Master Plan
CofE - Church of England Table of Parochial Fees from 1/1/06
Ickleton FC Match Fees
IVH - Copy of letter from Ickleton FC
Acre - Village of the Year 2006
Country Grds Parish Grounds Maintenance
CALC - Capping Proposals of SCDC
CALC - Training Days
CALC - The Bulletin
Off Dep PM Standards of Conduct in English Local Government: The Future
C & C Clerks & Council Direct Magazine
CCC Grass Verge Cutting request for grant
Mr R Coulson Quotes (2) for Countax C600H tractor
Mr R Coulson Grass verge cutting/Village Green/Churchyard /litter bin collection
Mr C Frankau Grass cutting-Recreation ground & play area/Cemetery + gravelling of pathway
Herald Grass cutting Recreation ground & play area/Cemetery + gravelling of pathway/Village Green & Churchyard/Pavement verges
MD Landscapes As per Herald Contract
Buchans - As per Herald Contract
007/06 Planning applications:
S/2373/05/F Mr & Mrs D Whittaker 48A Frogge Street Extension Approved
S/2236/05/F Messrs PR Wombwell, LG Duke, RGR Smith & RAGT Seeds Ltd Land at Rectory Farm, Grange Road Amended plans to be discussed at a separate meeting
Consultation on Planning application amendment:
S/2067/05/F The Wellcome Trust Land South of Genome Campus Hinxton & Ickleton Variation of Condition 1 of Planning Permission S/0790/02/0 to Allow a Further Period of 3 Years for the Submission of Reserved Matters and the Commencement of Development for Erection of Buildings for Research and Development Together with Ancillary Facilities and Infrastructure No Action required
District: The South Cambs magazine had not been delivered to all households in the village due to a change of contractor. SCDC have now decided to revert back to their original contractor for the delivery of this magazine. Street Lighting - SCDC will process any details with a contractor that Ickleton Parish Council may use. If necessary, the cost of this can be added to the village precept. Cambridgeshire Housing Society has agreed to look at development on the corners of Birds Close/Coploe Road. John Williams will let the Parish Council know the date of the meeting. Action: JW
County: See Annex 1 (attached to these minutes) for Councillors report.
010/06 Finance (Bank Balances) including receipts and payments to:
Ickleton Village Hall - £39.00
Cambridgeshire Acre - £25.00
Harts - £49.06
JA Flitton - £330.25
HM Revenue & Customs - £72.79
CALC - £186.47
Ickleton Football Club - £51.00
Community Account - £547.10
Business Base Rate Tracker - £13,231.70
Precept James Macdonald had circulated the figures for next years precept. He had included £1,000 in capital expenditure for the cemetery. Although we would have to allow for the future cost of footway lighting (as from 1 April), he suggested that the precept remain at £11,000. Robin Driver expressed concern and felt we should bear in mind the cost of lights when they need replacing. It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed that the precept should remain at £11,000.
011/06 Affordable housing strategy for planning for the future: Nothing to report
012/06 Parish Paths Partnership (P3) 2006/2007: It was unanimously agreed that we sit tight and do nothing.
013/06 Coploe Pit Bonfire Outstanding with C Frankau
Tennis Courts carried forward Action: Chairman
Sycamore Tree The Clerk is obtaining a quote to cut down this and another dead tree.
Football Pitch rolling Outstanding with C Frankau
Tim Pavelin asked if we could obtain quotes (for February Agenda) to re-seed and fertilise the pitch.
015/06 Street Lighting nothing further to report.
016/06 Flooding River Cam Lewis Duke had inspected the river and felt the weeding that had been done was sufficient. He did feel the weeding should be done sooner next year. Frogge Street flooding outside The Old School House had been reported to Highways. It was reported that not all the drains in Frogge Street were lifted, to allow them to be cleaned properly. The Clerk will contact Highways. Action: Clerk
018/06 Adjournment for questions by members of the public
Several notices regarding cycle routes have appeared. This causes concern especially on roads e.g. Ickleton to Catmere End which is a single-track road. The Council wondered who decides these cycle routes, as there appeared to be no consultation with Parish Councils. The Clerk will contact Mike Cooper of CCC Highways. Action: Clerk
019/06 Date and time of next meeting: Wednesday, 15 February 2006 @ 7.30 pm
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.20 pm
County Councillor's Report January 2006
Cambridgeshire County Council is still in the throes of trying to set its budget for next year. The Council is engaged in a consultation exercise, which gives examples of those service cuts, which would be inevitable if Council Tax rose by 4, 5 or 6%.
In practice the Council is budgeting for an increase of 5% because the Government says that if the collectivity of councils increases council tax by more than 5% they will be capped. This is another "consultation" which could be criticised as being a con trick.
There are a number of Budget Surgeries taking place around the county. The nearest to us is to be held in Cambridge Central Library on Saturday 21st January between 10 am and 12 noon. On 24th January the Cabinet will decide on the budget it would like to set.
Cambridgeshire currently has the third lowest council tax of all counties, a position which the current administration has deliberately sought to maintain. This means that percentage increases yield less than they do in counties with higher council tax rates.
Transport Innovation Fund
The County Council has received a grant of £385k from the Government's new Transport Innovation Fund. This will fund a study to explore a package of measures with three main components:
a. Transport improvements, including public transport services, infrastructure and walking/cycling facilities.
b. The road network, tackling current and anticipated congestion points.
c. Demand management, both building on historically successful measures and examining the possibility of new demand management approaches including road user charging. The form of road user charging to be explored is proposed as 'broadly fiscally neutral', i.e. one which does not materially change costs for the average motorist.
The Home Secretary gave police forces up to 23rd December to present merger proposals aimed at securing efficiencies and creating forces able to cover the whole range of crime fighting services. Of the 43 forces involved, 13 said they wanted to remain as they were and less than a third produced full proposals; none of the proposals submitted had the full agreement of the forces involved.
In our part of the world Bedfordshire said it would like to merge with Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire; Hertfordshire would prefer to merge with Bedfordshire but not Cambridgeshire; Norfolk wanted to join Cambridgeshire and Suffolk while Suffolk wanted to go with Essex and Norfolk. Both Essex and Cambridgeshire were inclined towards a federal model with neighbourhood policing remaining with the existing forces while "protective services" such as fraud, drugs and international vice would be run jointly.
Really a matter between the District Council and Parish Councils but I have been watching carefully as Parish Councils reach a decision as to whether to take over footway lights from the District Council on 1st April 2006 or have them permanently turned off. It is worth remembering that the proposal restores the situation to its 1984 position, when the District Council took over Parish Council lights.
Most Parish Councils appear to be prepared to take over all the lights in their villages which, of course, has an impact on the Parish Precept for next year.
The calculation as to the cost of the exercise is first to discover the number of lights involved. That number needs to be multiplied by £15.35 being the indicated cost of power for each light. Then the same number needs to be multiplied by £17.32, being the annual maintenance cost. Third, the cost of insurance needs to be added. This is likely to be in the region of £10 per column if the replacement value is taken as £700.
When those three items are added up it would be prudent to add an amount for administration and perhaps a safety margin in case energy costs go mad and the County adds a supplement onto the electricity bill.