Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 21 April 2004

in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm


Present: James Macdonald (Chairman), Peter Wombwell (Vice-Chairman), Jane Hurst, Tim Pavelin, Terry Sadler, Jackie Casement (Clerk) and four members of the public


147/04 Apologies for absence

Apologies were received from Sheila Birch, Lewis Duke, Robin Driver and Mark Stone-Wigg


148/04 To approve the minutes of the meetings held on 17 March and 1 April 04

Meeting on 17 March, Item 145/05 Coploe Pit, second sentence, should read “She had had a meeting on site with Ned Tozer, the adjoining landowner …”  The minutes of both meetings were then approved and signed by the Chairman.


149/04 Adjournment for questions from members of the public

Graham Igglesden mentioned the Z bend sign on Duxford Road had been reversed.  The Clerk to inform Highways.


150/04 Matters Arising

135/04 Matters Arising.  The Clerk reported that work on repairing the brickwork on Brookhampton Street bridge will start in 6-8 week’s time.

137/04 Correspondence.  Kitchen waste bins – SCDC not ready to proceed with this yet.

Monica Lilley has also asked if a marquee can be put on the field for a school reunion at the church fete.  All agreed.

139/04 Reports from Councillors.  Proposed Charity Ball.  The Clerk had emailed Mr Broughton but the reply received was not very informative.  Further information required.

141/04 Hedging.  The Clerk had obtained and Charlie Frankau had installed the rabbit guards and canes at Gypsy Corner.


151/04 Football Clubs

Steve Jenkins (Ickleton), Perry Francis and Kevin Muir (Crocus) were thanked for attending the meeting.  It was agreed that the clubs would undertake the reseeding of the goal mouths as soon as the last match (1 May) has been played.  They will use some of the topsoil left by the skatepark and buy suitable seed, for which the Parish Council will pay.  They may have to water the area regularly if the weather is dry.  It was also agreed that the rates for the 2004/05 season should remain at the same level, (Ickleton £5.10 per match, Crocus £10.20 per match). The Parish Council was thanked for its help and support.


152/04 Youth Representation

There was no one present.


153/04 Correspondence received

CCC, minor alterations to Sunday bus service

CCC Local Highways re bridge in Brookhampton Street and potholes

CCC re periodic electoral review of Cambridgeshire

CCC re school governors appointed by town or parish councils

CCC Highways, survey of Highways and Engineering Division Services – to be completed

SCDC poster for forthcoming District Council elections

SCDC South Cambs magazine

SCDC Community Development Strategy 2003-05, booklet

SCDC South Cambridgeshire Local Development Framework

SCDC Community Awards poster

S Cambridgeshire NHS Primary Care Trust, Bulletin

Little Shelford Parish Council re M11 widening

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service re Arson Reduction Group

Cambridgeshire ACRE re Cambridgeshire Village of the Year 2004, Harvest Bulletin

CALC, bulletin, training for AQA

CPRE, information on planning, transport campaign group and rural matters

East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust, reply to questions raised

Duxford Airfield Management Liaison Committee, minutes

Duxford Primary School, request for donation for library books (As this follows a request last month, it was agreed to discuss both under Donations, agenda May meeting).

Stop Stansted Expansion, update and appeal for funds

Andrew Lansley MP re discontinued sale of electricity pre-payment tokens from post offices

Flood Action – leaflet from Environment Agency

Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Sawston Newsbeat

Wellcome Trust, April bulletin on the South Field Site and report on off-site Highways works


154/04 Planning

Decisions received from South Cambridgeshire District Council

S/0025/04/LB internal alterations, Abbey Barns, Duxford Road.  Permission granted.

Plans for comment by the Parish Council

S/0721/04/LDC Certificate of Lawfulness for proposed use, Units 1 & 2 Abbey Barns.  No recommendation.

S/0723/04/F extensions, River House, Church Street.  Recommend approval.


155/04 Reports from Councillors

Tim Pavelin mentioned potholes at the level crossing.

James Macdonald mentioned that Broadband will be going live on 2 June (for Icene).  Peter Wombwell queried that those living more than 3miles for the Great Chesterford exchange will not be able to receive it.  James to enquire further.

Peter Wombwell reported incidents of crime in Grange Road over the previous weekend.


Graham Igglesden (Duxford Airfield Representative) gave a report on recent liaison meetings.  Since the incidents last summer and following the public meeting in October, various procedures have been tightened up with a view to improving safety and much has been done to repair relations with airfield neighbours.  Graham was thanked for his information.


156/04 Finance

The following cheques were signed:-

CALC for Health and Safety Checklist                                                            £10.00

W Hart & Son, for April Icene                                                              £51.94

Eastern Tree Surgery, for trimming field maples on recreation ground  £105.75

Clever Curves, final payment held until painting finished                         £500.00

J Casement, 3 months salary and expenses                                        £521.47

Monies received since last meeting

South Cambridgeshire District Council, £5,500.00, first half of precept.


157/04 Recreation Field, Play Area and Skate Park

Reseeding of the football pitch already agreed upon.  Litter in the play area had been bad over the Easter holidays, but families had organised a clean up. The painting of the skate park is finished and it is being well used.  The Clerk reported that a similar skate park, being installed in a nearby village, was in need of topsoil.  Peter Wombwell had agreed that if they supplied the transport, Peter would supply a man with a tractor and bucket to load the soil (leaving behind enough to repair the goal mouths).  These plans await confirmation.




158/04 Cemetery Gate

The Clerk reported that the gate now leans so heavily on the ground that it is difficult to open.  It was agreed to get quotations for the rebuilding of the brick piers and re-hanging of the gates.


159/04 Flooding.

Lewis Duke had reported that he had had a meeting with a representative from the Highways organisation for motorway maintenance to consider the possibility of a holding facility upstream from the motorway.  There seemed to be some optimism that such a scheme was feasible.  The Clerk reported that the County Council Legal Department had instructed the local Highways Office to submit a plan of works to be carried out to unblock the surface water drain on Caldrees land, at Highways expense.   They are to agree with the owner a time and date for the work to commence.


160/04 Wellcome Trust.

James reported a constructive liaison meeting in March, with a tour of the site and wetlands.  The wetlands are still under the contractors’ responsibility and will not be open for public use until next year.  Sheila had reported seven people interested in joining a management committee.  No reply had been received from the County Council about the cycle path, work on which was due to start on 19 April. The next liaison meeting is on Friday 23 April.


161/04 Arrangements for Parish Meeting and for AGM and Parish Council meeting

Parish Meeting, 19 May.  It was agreed to offer parishioners a glass of wine, beer or soft drinks at 7.30pm, and to start the meeting at 8.00pm, with short reports from village organisations etc., before opening the meeting to the public.  Publicity to encourage people to attend in Icene, posters and letters.

AGM and Parish Council meeting, Thursday 13 May at 7.30 in the village hall.