ICKLETON PARISH COUNCIL                     

 

Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 13 December 2006 at 7.30 pm in Ickleton Village Hall

 

Present:  James Macdonald (Chairman), Jocelyn Flitton (Parish Clerk), Lewis Duke, Jane Hurst, Tim Pavelin, Terry Sadler, Mark Stone-Wigg, John Williams (District Councillor), Timothy Stone (County Councillor) and 2 members of the public.

 

195/06 Apologies for absence:  Sheila Birch, Peter Wombwell and Robin Driver (previous engagements)

 

196/06 To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 15 November 2006:  The minutes of the meeting were approved and signed by the Chairman.

 

197/06 Adjournment for questions from members of the public:  None

 

198/06 Matters Arising:

277/05  Village parking -  Timothy Stone has arranged a meeting with Brian Stinton (CCC) and the Parish Council on Friday 5 January 2007 at 10.00am - meet outside Ickleton Church.                                                                                                            Action:  All

028/06  Chapel roof  - in the absence of Robin Driver there was nothing to report.

Action:  RD

Village seats -  C Frankau has yet to complete repairing the village seats.  Action:  Clerk

053/06  Land Registry – The Parish Clerk had been in touch with Mr Marris at Adams Harrison regarding the registering of Coploe pit.                                          Action:  Clerk

068/06  ‘Brightening up’ village – The Parish Clerk was looking into the cost of gates and would report back.  Permission is to be sought regarding the planting of trees in the field in Frogge Street.                                                                                           Action:  Clerk

071/06  Cemetery – retaining board – C Frankau to carry out this work.   Action: Clerk

087/06 Tipped soil – CCC had been to check the progress on the restoration of the paddock at Tyler’s Yard, Brookhampton Street.  Mr Rule has been asked to carry out some further works in order to bring the paddock back to its original condition.  Due to current weather conditions, this may have to be done early spring or sooner if weather permits.  The Parish Council had also reported a second point of chalk piles in a field in Frogge Street.  The land owner has been asked that no more chalk be imported until CCC have ascertained what the purpose of the works are and if planning permission is required or not.

 

Mark Stone-Wigg joined the meeting.

 

134/06 Lime tree – Unfortunately the Tree & Landscape Officer was unable to keep to the appointment that had been arranged.  The Clerk will fix a date in the New Year.   

Action:  Clerk

150/06 Churchyard flint wall – This repair work is currently in progress.   Action:  Clerk

154/06 Allotments – the Chairman had nothing further to report.               Action:  JM

190/06 Coploe Pit – bonfire/grazing – C Frankau had lit the bonfire.  The grazing of sheep, in the pit, has yet to be organised.                                                                      Action:  PW/SB

191/06 Neighbourhood Watch – The Parish Council are pleased to announce that Keith & Tracy Head, 12 Abbey Street have taken on this role.  The can be contacted by phone: 531622 or e-mail: keithhead314@aol.com

 

199/06 Youth Representation:  None

 

200/06 Correspondence received:

SCDC              -           Mutual Exchanges and s106 Restrictions

SCDC              -           Safety Advisory Partnership Group (Licensing of Large Events)

SCDC              -           Changes to the law on small businesses

CCC                 -           Chalk piles

CCC                 -           HCV newsletter

CCC                 -           National Drink Drive Campaign

CCC                 -           Public Footpaths 4 and 11

CCC                 -           New Initiative Ickleton village

CCC                 -           Temporary Signs for Community or Charity Events

CCC                 -           Contracted Bus Service

CALC              -           Quality Council Scheme

Camb Acre       -           Supporting village groups

IWM                -           Duxford Airfield MLC - Minutes

Herald              -           Grass cutting 2007

MD Landscape -           Grass cutting 2007

S Casement      -           Churchyard wall

SCC&D           -           South Cambs Crime & Disorder leaflet

NALC              -           Nat. Assoc. of Local Councils – LCR magazine

Glasdon            -           Leaflets

Uttlesford         -           Life magazine

COPE              -           Magazine

RoSPA             -           2007 Inspection

CPRE               -           Fieldwork

Highways Ag    -           M11/A11 Motorway closures

TCC                 -           Tennis Courts Committee

Hinxton News   -           Special Edition Nov. 06

 

Tim Pavelin joined the meeting

Correspondence sent:

CCC                 -           New Initiative – wooden gates

CCC                 -           Grass cutting 2006

SCDC              -           Listed Buildings

SCDC              -           Christmas waste & recycling arrangements

Highways Ag    -           M11/A11 Motorway

AMA Bldg        -           Churchyard wall

S Casement      -           Churchyard wall

Mr & Mrs Head                        Neighbourhood Watch

Stagecoach       -           Wooden bollard – Village green

Env. Agency     -           Field – Frogge Street

Mr P Cooke      -           Dogs

Mr B Churchman          Dogs

 

201/06 Planning applications:

No new applications were received this month.

S/1749/06/O - Hexcel Composites, Duxford.  The Chairman had received several calls expressing concern about this application and especially regarding the use of the chemical Acrylonitrile.  A lengthy discussion took place between the Parish Council, District & County Councillors expressing their views.   The Chairman asked our District Councillor to report back on any views/findings that SCDC and others may have.  The Chairman felt it prudent to wait for the reports from the Environment Agency and Health & Safety Executive before deciding what action the Parish Council would take.  This application is unlikely to go to the Planning Committee before February 2007 at the earliest; so comments can still be sent to SCDC.

                                                                                                Action: JM/Clerk/JW

 

Planning application granted by SCDC:

S/1810/06/F – Extension to Outbuilding to Form Annexe – 26 Abbey Street – Mr & Mrs Olds

 

SCDC Conservation Officer:  Nick Grimshaw has agreed to attend the January Parish Council meeting to talk about listed buildings.

 

202/06 Reports from Councillors:

Jane Hurst reported a pothole outside 36 Abbey Street.                           Action:  Clerk

Lewis Duke asked if the Parish Clerk could get an update from the police following a few low-grade crimes in the village.  Also to find out when the next Police Meeting was being held.                                                                                                            Action:  Clerk

Terry Sadler reported that around 8 tyres had been dumped in Coploe Road, on the right hand side just over the M11 bridge.                                                                       Action:  Clerk

Duxford Road was flooding near Abbey Farm at the angular grip.  Also flooding was taking place at the top of Mill Lane.                                                               Action:  Clerk

James Macdonald reported congestion of traffic in Abbey Street on the evening of 5 December.  Mr M Rule was present at the meeting and explained what had occurred.

 

203/06 Reports from District and County Councillors:

District - John Williams reminded us about the disposal of dumped tyres and refuse collections.

County – see Annex 1

 

204/06 Finance (Bank Balances) including payments to:

Harts                -           £46.01             Cambs. Conservation Vol.         -           £60.00

Cambs. Acre    -           £25.00              Royal British Legion                  -           £40.00

 

Community Account:                                                     £524.33

Business Base Rate Tracker Account:                            £16,561.99

 

Risk Assessment:  The Chairman had circulated the draft risk assessment.  Any further comments regarding this document should be sent to the Chairman, who with the Parish Clerk will complete the document.                                          Action:  JM/Clerk

 

205/06 Recreation Field and Play Area

RoSPA report & repairs – C Frankau was still in the progress of completing these tasks.

                                                                                                            Action:  Clerk

Spring bird & horse – these had now been ‘taped off’.  Mark Stone-Wigg had obtained two quotations as required for the insurance claim.  This would now be completed and returned.

                                                                                                            Action:  Clerk

Tennis Courts – Mark Stone-Wigg reported that a meeting had been held last week.  The main topic of discussion was what type of facility it should be.  It was felt that something, which was multi use, would make sense and be more beneficial to the village.

 

206/06 Grange Road – Fencing off old roadway.  Lewis Duke declared an interest.  The Parish Clerk had been in contact with Mike Cooper of Highways. He had suggested that a site meeting be held to discuss this further.  It was agreed to do this in the New Year and to invite Sarah Robinson also to attend the meeting.                                             Action:  Clerk

 

207/06 Footpaths.  A letter had been received from CCC regarding public footpath 11. Tim Stone agreed to speak to John Sargeant regarding the realignment of entry/exit in Brookhampton Street, which the Parish Council feel is unnecessary.  Action:  TS

 

208/06  Cemetery – Guidelines/Markers.  It was agreed to write to Mr Holdgate giving permission providing it is as unobtrusive as it can be within the cemetery, and is in keeping with the peace and quiet of the surroundings.  The Parish Clerk had written to the Vicar regarding guidelines for the Cemetery, but had not yet received a reply.  Jane Hurst and the Parish Clerk will put together some draft guidelines to be agreed by the Parish Council. Nothing had been heard from Mr D Skeates regarding grave markers; however, the Parish Clerk had sent an e-mail to Bassingbourn where they were advertising some free.                                                                                                                            Action: JH/Clerk

 

209/06 Adjournment for questions by members of the public:  None

 

210/06 Date and time of next meeting:  Wednesday, 17 January 2007 at 7.30 pm.

 

There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.45 pm.

 

Chairman:

 

Date:

 


Annex 1 - County Councillor's Report                                                          13th December 2006

 

Stansted Petition

You may have seen mention of an e-mail petition to the Prime Minister opposing the second runway at Stansted.  As I believe I have reported before, the County Council opposes the second runway: the Conservatives generally on the basis that cheap travel diverts too much money abroad and the Lib Dems essentially on environmental grounds.  If you would like more detail on the petition or to sign up please see http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Stansted

 

Unwanted Mail

This season has witnessed a torrent of junk mail.

 

Cambridgeshire produced almost 300,000 tonnes of waste in 2005, costing the County Council £7.3 million in disposal fees. Estimates suggest that junk mail accounted for about 10,500 tonnes of waste in Cambridgeshire – that’s equivalent to more than two full sacks of mail a year for every household.

 

By registering for the Mail Preference Service it is estimated that each resident could see a reduction of over 30% in the amount of unwanted mail they receive.

 

· Unwanted addressed mail can be stopped by registering with the Mail Preference Service on 0845 7034599 or visiting www.mpsonline.org.uk.

· Unwanted unaddressed mail can be stopped by emailing the Royal Mail Opt-Out service on optout@royalmail.com.

· Hand-delivered unwanted mail can be stopped by placing a note or sticker on your door or letterbox. Stickers are available on request, email wmt@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or phone 0845 045 5207.

 

If you use the e-mail opt-out address you will get dire warnings about losing local authority unaddressed deliveries.  I understand that neither the County nor the District Council very rarely sends out items through the Royal Mail, so that should not be a problem.  But nothing is ever as simple as it seems!

 

Budget 2007/08

This will be a recurring theme.  The County now knows how much it is to get from Westminster, which, as predicted, is a 2.9% increase over last year's figure.  This excludes ring-fenced schools funding.  Now we have to decide which services to cut to make ends meet.

 

Meanwhile the overspend in this year's budget continues to cause waves.  £1.3 million is to be cut from Adult Social Care, £500,000 from Highways and more cuts from the Libraries' book fund.

 

Added to the woes of Adult Social Care, the service has just received a one star (out of four) report from the government inspector, putting it at the bottom layer of all local authorities in England and Wales.  Not that all is bad: the In Control project, which gives vulnerable adults more control of their own care, has been singled out for praise and is being used as an example for other authorities.  It's a problem of good people with not enough cash; Cambridgeshire spends much less than the national average on social care and the results are there for all to see.

 

Citizen Priorities

The County Council is obliged to carry out a survey of what residents think about the council's priorities.  A survey has therefore been carried out showing the top priorities to be:

 

·         Support for older people especially to enable them to remain in their own home.

·          Primary schools.

·          Secondary schools.

·          Supporting adults with disabilities and those with mental health problems.

·          Maintenance of roads, bus lanes, cycle and footways.

·          Waste disposal and recycling schemes.

 

The survey also identified low priority areas for spending. The bottom six were:

 

·          Road safety education and traffic management.

·          Youth work including working with young offenders.

·          Libraries

·          Countryside services and rights of way.

·          Trading Standards and consumer advice.

·          Archives, arts and museums.

 

The County will bear the results in mind but this kind of survey is not the be all and end all of priority setting.

 

Tim Stone