ICKLETON PARISH COUNCIL

 

Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 20 June 2007 at 7.30 pm in Ickleton Village Hall

 

Present:  Robin Driver (Chairman), Lewis Duke, Tim Pavelin, Terry Sadler, Liz Goddard, Jane Hurst, Peter Wombwell, Jocelyn Flitton (Parish Clerk).

 

082/07 Apologies for absence:  Sheila Birch, Mark Stone-Wigg, Timothy Stone (County Councillor) and John Williams (District Councillor) – prior engagements

 

083/07 To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 16 May 2007: The minutes of the meeting were approved and signed by the Chairman.

 

084/07 Adjournment for questions from members of the public: None

 

085/07 Matters Arising:

277/05  Village parking – Terry Sadler agreed to lead the Working Group (see May minutes).  Action:  TS

028/06  Headstones – The headstones had felt quite firm when last checked.  It was agreed that we should contact Allianz for advice.                                                                                            Action:  Clerk

Village seats – This work is still outstanding with C Frankau                                            Action:  Clerk

053/06  Land Registry – Coploe pit – A reminder requesting a response was sent to Adams Harrison on 11 June.  Another request for an update will be sent.                                                                      Action:  Clerk

068/06  ‘Brightening up’ village – Planting of bulbs in the autumn was still in hand.            Action:  JH

071/06  Cemetery – retaining board – C Frankau had begun this work.                             Action:  Clerk

154/06  Allotments – Nothing further to report.    The Chairman will speak with the previous Chairman.                                                                                                                                         Action:  RD

190/06  Coploe Pit – grazing – this situation is on going.                                                  Action: PW/SB

008/07  Carillion-URS (Flooding) – Lewis Duke reported that although we had had quite a lot of rain, it had not been necessary to call Carillion.  He will continue to monitor the situation.      Action:  LD

028/07  Tennis Courts - Nothing further to report.  The Chairman will speak with the previous Chairman.

                                                                                                                                    Action:  RD

042/07  Mill Lane – scaffolding – This had now been removed.

045/07  Eastern Tree Surgery – Recreation Ground & Churchyard – They had completed the work but it was pointed out that they had forgotten to remove a branch from the Lime Tree nearest Mowbrays Farm in the Churchyard and on the Horse Chestnut on the Village Green, they had not trimmed the branches which the bus keeps catching.                                                                                                             Action:  Clerk

058/07  Post Box-Butcher’s Hill – The Post Office asked the Parish Council if they would agree to a freestanding lamp pedestal post box on the grass verge on the corner of Butchers Hill.  The Parish Council had no objection but the Clerk would contact John Seager.                       Action: Clerk(2)

M11 Group – Terry Sadler had nothing further to report

073/07 Gypsy Corner – It was agreed to leave the planting of a hedge until the autumn.     Action: TS/LD

Renault car – this car had moved, but was parking again in Abbey Street following repairs.

Potholes – these had now been repaired.

 

086/07 Youth Representation:  None

 

087/07 Correspondence received:

SCDC              -           Consultation with The Travelling & Settled Communities

SCDC              -           Public Consultations

SCDC              -           SCDC Improvement Plan

SCDC              -           Standards Committee Newsletter June 2007

SCDC              -           Increasing Public Involvement in Decision-Making

SCDC              -           Local Development Framework – Public Consultation

SCDC              -           Housing Futures

SCDC              -           Website details

CCC                -           Changes to mobile library routes

CALC              -           Liaison Meeting

Allianz              -           Cemetery Chapel Roof

Hexcel                        -           Planning Application – Response to concerns raised – July Agenda

A Lansley MP  -           Hexcel (Copy of H & Safety Executive report)

A Lansley MP  -           Hexcel

AB Binney        -           Planning Application S/0841/07/F Meteorological mast

IPCC               -           Tree work in Churchyard

T Stone            -           Copy of response to S Williams

C Gordon         -           Copy of letter to A Lansley MP (Closures of Rural Post Offices)

CWC/CEN      -           Cambridge Water Village Life Fund 2007

CWC/CEN      -           Watercolour Painting Competition 2007

CCVS              -           South Cambs. Voluntary Sector Networking Project

COPE              -           Newsletter

CC                   -           Cambs. Constabulary newsletter

CDRP              -           Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership Newsletter

SSE                 -           Stop Stansted Expansion Newsletter/Invitation

Broxted PC      -           Stansted Airport – public inquiry

BAA Stansted  -           Stansted Generation 2 – Rail Schemes Consultation

CPRE              -           Fieldwork

DV                   -           Domestic Violence Contact details

BE                   -           Arts News

PPI                  -           Forums

RHT                 -           Open House Newport “Affordable Housing”

SLCC              -           CiLCA

Glasdon            -           Leaflets

Cambs Acre     -           Magazine Summer 2007

A-M Hoare      -           Cable box

Sizzler Grp       -           Summer Sizzler  - July Agenda

Correspondence sent:

CCC                -           NTL cable box

Allianz              -           Cemetery Chapel

A Sheppard      -           Website

J Harding          -           Scaffolding Mill Lane

G Igglesden      -           Duxford Airfield Management Liaison Committee

G Phillips          -           Village activities on Recreation Ground

S Jenkins          -           Village activities on Recreation Ground

K Worthing      -           Internal Auditor

L Frost             -           Annual Parish Meeting leaflets

Barclays           -           Change of signatories

Willmott           -           Ickleton Cemetery

 

088/07 Planning applications received from SCDC:

S/0749/07/F – Extension & Replacement Garage/Workshop – 7 Church Street – Mrs & Mrs Cheney – Approve.

S/0794/07/F – Installation of Awning – 9 Abbey Street – Ickleton Lion – Greene King Pub Partners – Approve.

S/0896/07/LB – Alterations-Block window in Utility room, Install doorway in existing kitchen.  Remove window/Rear wall and construct rendered and slate roofed extension with 2 roof lights for new kitchen – 5/7 Church Street – Mr & Mrs Cheney  - Approve

S/0929/07/LB – Alteration and Extension comprising attached fabric awning to provide covered drinking/dining/smoking area – 9 Abbey Street – Ickleton Lion – Green King Pub Partners – Approve.

S/0729/07/F – Conservatory (removing the decorative crested ridge)  – 29 Frogge Street – C Warwick – Information only.

Planning Applications granted by SCDC:

S/0729/07/F – Conservatory – 29 Frogge Street – C Warwick

S/0697/07/F – Extension to Outbuilding to form Annexe (Amended Design) - 26 Abbey Street - Mr & Mrs Olds

S/0696/07/LB – Alteration Enlargement & Reconstruction of Outbuildings with Pitched roof & Extension for use as Annexe – 26 Abbey Street – Mr & Mrs Olds

Tree works subject to a tree preservation order or situated within a Conservation area:

C/11/40/054 – Mrs B Garth – 25 Mill Lane – Maintenance of trees and hedge to make garden safe and more manageable – Approve

Cambridgeshire County Council – Town and Country Planning Act 1990

S/00908/07/CW – The importation of topsoil to raise levels by approx. 1 metre – OS Parcel 130 Frogge Street – Mr D and Mrs C Plumb – Object.   

 

The Parish Council had concerns that this was:

·         On a secondary flood plain

·         Raising the ground level by importing soil would increase the flood risk to neighbouring properties that remain at their original levels.

·         South Cambs Biodiversity Strategy (published 2006) identifies the Upper River Cam Corridor as a Countryside Enhancement Area.  Development adjacent to watercourses should be ecologically sensitive and take account of floodplain habitats.

 

County Councillor Timothy Stone supports the Parish Council in their objection.                 Action: Clerk

 

Appeal – S/0048/070/0 – Rowe Build & Developments – Land rear of 9-17 Grange Road:

 

The Parish Council would re-submit their objection comments and ask our District Councillor to support our views.  It was agreed we should contact the residents to make sure they were aware of the appeal.                                                                                                                                              Action:  Clerk

 

Ickleton Riverside Barns/Grange Road – update by Cllr John Williams – See Appendix I

 

089/07 Reports from Councillors:

 

Liz Goddard reported that there were overhanging branches in Butchers Hill.                    Action:  Clerk

Lewis Duke reported that the Village Hall had been broken into twice over the last May Bank Holiday weekend.  There appeared to be no damage inside the hall.  It was reported that Keith Head (Neighbourhood Watch) had spoken to some lads from Duxford regarding this incident.  Following this incident rubbish was being thrown outside his house.  The Clerk will contact Mr Head to see if the Parish Council can help in any way.                                                                                              Action:  Clerk

Tim Pavelin asked if permission had been granted to repair the boundary wall between Mr Worthing and Mr Maynard’s properties.                                                                                                Action:  Clerk

 

090/07 Reports from District and County Councillors:

 

District – see Appendix I

County – see Appendix II

 

091/07 Finance (Bank Balances) including payments to:

 

Allianz                          £1503.68 (paid 5/6/07)               Harts                            £73.28 

D Odedra                     £58.68                                      H Igglesden                  £24.08

Wicksteed Leisure         £1321.18                                   Ryecroft Data               £12.00

SCDC                          £86.48                                      Eastern Tree Surgery £2267.75

 

Receipts:  CCC £250 (Footpaths), Allianz £1030.30 (Spring Mobiles)

 

Bank Balances:

Community Account:                                         £696.94

Business Base Rate Tracker Account:                £13,763.37

 

Barclays Bank – Change of signatories’ forms –the forms will be returned to the bank once all signatories have been obtained.                                                                                                Action:  Clerk

 

092/07 Recreation Field and Play Area:

 

Spring Mobiles – these had now been installed.
New Trees for the Play Area – a decision needs to be made before the autumn.  The Council agreed that the Clerk could ask a tree expert to get an independent view as to what should be planted.      Action:  Clerk
RoSPA Report – Nothing to report in the absence of Mark Stone- Wigg.  Liz Goddard asked if the sign ‘Stranger Danger’ that had been mentioned,  was going to be erected.                                    Action:  M S-W

 

093/07 Cemetery:

 

Reserved Plots – this situation had now been resolved and the relevant parties written to.

Weeds / Rabbits – this situation is ongoing.

 

094/07   Code of Conduct:

 

Information relating to the new Code of Conduct had been circulated to members prior to the meeting.  On the recommendation of CALC, the Parish Council voted unanimously to adopt the Model Code including paragraph 12(2) and put in place light touch rules of operation.  The New Code to take effect from September 1 2007.  It is the duty of the Council to notify both the Standards Board for England and the relevant Monitoring Officer of the Code adopted by the Council.  An advertisement must also be placed in a local newspaper.  It was agreed that we would instruct CALC to carry these out on our behalf at a cost of £24.     Councillors are required to complete new Register of Members Interests forms, which are then sent to SCDC.                                                                                                                      Action:  Clerk

 

094/07 Police Neighbourhood Panel Meeting:

 

The next meeting is on 3 July 2007.  If anyone has any issues that they would like raised, they should contact Lewis Duke.                                                                                                 Action:  LD

 

095/07 Adjournment for questions by members of the public:  None

 

096/07 Date and time of next meeting:  18 July 2007at 7.30 pm

 

There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.40 pm.

 

Chairman:

 

Date:

Appendix I                  District Councillor’s report                            20 June 2007

 

1.         Grange Road – Appeal

 

This is not entirely unexpected.  The stated grounds for appealing are (so far) as follows:

 

“The development would not be out of keeping with the character of the area nor             contrary

to policyHG11(4)…. and even if it were the appeal should still granted”.

 

In the hearing, whenever this is, the Appeals Officer would present the Committee’s decision and reasons for it. He is not obliged to present the officers’ original recommendation - which            was for approval.

 

I would have a right to be make representations, to speak at the hearing, to attend the site             visit.

There is a backlog of appeals and the hearing/site visit is unlikely until probably late autumn. Meanwhile any representations should be submitted by 12th July

 

Re Lewis’s question about the sprinkler system for fire safety: I have a copy of a letter from Cambs Fire Service to SCDC to show him.

 

 2.        Planning Committee new procedure – Public Speaking 

 

A new procedure is being introduced, which closely follows that operated by East Cambs DC. The details are about to be finalized and agreed, and the procedure will probably start at the next meeting in July. Meanwhile on the attached sheet are extracts of an unpublished draft with the essential features.

 

The big difference is that the applicant or his agent has the opportunity to present the case, and likewise any one member of the public - who objects to the application - acting as spokesman for other objectors.

 

The Parish Council, as before, may also speak, and as before - the local member, before the debate is undertaken by the Committee.

 

The committee is now 14 in number, and politically proportional. This is a complete change from before.

 

3.         Ickleton Riverside Barns

 

The application for this is now very likely to be scheduled for August Planning Committee meeting.  Consequently the new procedure will apply for this.

 

Otherwise there is little change in the situation as outlined in my January report – but to     recap:

Flood Risk

The Environment Agency’s response (and subsequent correspondence) provided the officers with the conclusion that the flood risk is acceptable.

Traffic considerations

County recommends refusal because the road is 60 mph, and that retail units over 8 in number should therefore be refused because of manoeuvring, access and visibility.

The possibility of changing the speed limit is of course another possibility but is a separate matter. The current limit is consistent with County policy, but may well be reviewed with new guidance from Dept of Transport. But this is the possible future.

Planning application v. enforcement

Just to recap. At present the Lawful Development Certificate covers 8 units, which was granted because the buildings had been occupied/used for 4 years previously and because of the history of retail activity at the site. The Calor gas had been allowed under a long previous planning permission.

The planning application is for a further 11 units in total – 7 of which are existing and in use, and 4 more. The use of these 7 units is “not lawful”, but it is not a criminal offence as there            is no enforcement notice, and while a planning application is under consideration, no such notice is served.


Appendix II                County Councillor’s Report                                             June 2007

 

 

Travel Behaviour Survey

 

The County, through a company called BMG Research, will shortly be carrying out a survey on people's attitudes to transport and their travel behaviour.  3000 households will be selected at random.  A letter will be sent to people selected and that will be followed by a visit.  There is ample provision to opt out and the company is aiming to get 1000 surveys completed.

 

As is usual in these cases there will be no general publicity in case criminals try to use this as an opportunity to get into people's houses.  But at least you are aware should any parishioner receive a request.

 

Mobile Library

 

You should by now have received details of proposed Mobile Library services.  This results from the withdrawal of two mobile libraries from the County's fleet.  As far as I can discover, this means that the Back Lane service will be cancelled altogether because there are only two regular users.  For the other route covering Church Street and Brookhampton Street the proposal is to extend the Church Street stop by five minutes.  Please let me know if you have not received this information or would like any help.

 

Frogge Street Topsoil

 

I shall be objecting to Application S/00908/07/CW on the grounds specified by your Chairman.  I shall send you a copy of my objection within the next couple of days.

 

Long Road, Cambridge

 

In case it is of interest, Long Road in Cambridge will be closed at the old railway bridge from Wednesday 18th July to Sunday 2nd September to allow construction of the guided bus way between Trumpington Park and Ride and Cambridge Station.  I should imagine that residents of Ickleton can work out for themselves how to get round the blockage but leaflets will be soon be available with helpful maps on them.