ICKLETON PARISH COUNCIL                     


Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 21 September 2005 at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall


Present:  James Macdonald (Chairman), Lewis Duke, Jane Hurst, Tim Pavelin, Jocelyn Flitton (Clerk), Timothy Stone (County Councillor) and three members of the public.


252/05                Apologies for absence

Peter Wombwell, Sheila Birch, Robin Driver (prior engagements), Mark Stone-Wigg (working abroad), Terry Sadler (unwell), John Williams  (District Councillor) (on stage)


253/05   To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 17 August 2005

The minutes were approved and signed by the Chairman


254/05                Adjournment for questions from members of the public

A member of the public asked why there were several pedestrian signs situated in the village.   These were due to the road/footpath being closed between Duxford and Hinxton.


255/05   Matters Arising:

                143/05 Coploe Pit – bonfireC Frankau is aware this is still outstanding                Action: Clerk

                203/05 PC I PerryThe availability and response are being monitored and reported on again next month.

                                                                                                                                                                Action: Clerk

210/05 Play Area - RoSPA report inc. fixing of 2 boltsC Frankau is currently completing these tasks

222/05 Picnic tables enquire with RoSPA – still outstanding                                          Action: Mark Stone-Wigg

                240/05 CATV boxMike Cooper (Highways) was dealing with this, and would chase the company again.

                                                                                                                                                                Action: Clerk

Wooden fence 24 Brookhampton StreetFollowing discussions with the Planning Dept. the owner has agreed to lower the fence to one metre within the next month.  This height would be permitted development and would not need planning permission.  The owner is intending to carry out some replanting in the autumn so the fence can be removed once the hedge has established itself.

Ickleton LionFollowing an error by Greene King, who originally applied to Uttlesford District Council instead of South Cambs District Council, a new notice is now being displayed on the door to extend the licensing hours.  Some individual representations have already been sent and must be received by 17 October 2005.  After much discussion, where lack of police seems to be a relevant factor (based on previous experiences), it was agreed that a letter would be sent.                                  Action: Chairman/Clerk

Church Street signThe posts to be used for this sign are now black recycleable plastic, examples of which can be seen in Duxford.

                246/05 Recreation Ground – 3 new posts C Frankau is aware this is still outstanding.

256/05   Youth Representation



257/05                Correspondence received:

            SCDC                -                Community Strategy Newsletter

                SCDC                -                War Memorial Gazetteer

                SCDC                -                Register of Members’ Interests

                SCDC                -                Application to carry out work to trees subject to Tree Preservation Order

                SCDC                -                Magazine/Distribution

                SCDC                -                Debating Competition for Young People

                CCC                -                Hinxton For Footbridge Replacement

                CCC                -                Richmond’s 334 service

                CCC                -                Jointly Funded Minor Highways Improvement Bids

                CCC                -                The Family Link Service

                CCC                -                Parish Paths Partnership

                CCC                -                Changes to Cycling in the city centre

                CCC                -                RECAP waste consultation

                CCC                -                Priorities & Budget Strategy 2006-10

                Age Concern Leaflets – Money Maze/Cambs Registered Trader Scheme

                CALC                -                Notice AGM

                Stop Stansted                Guidance of responding to latest consultation

                Stop Stansted                Health Impact Assessment and greater use of the existing Runway

                Mrs C Gordon   Ickleton Lion

Clerks&Council  Direct Magazine

CPRE                      Fieldwork/Info.on examination in public of the Government’s East of England Plan

Cambs Acre                Magazine/Annual Review 2004/05

Local Works                Campaign The Sustainable Communities Bill

Wellcome              Green Travel Plan

Wellcome              Geese cull

SMP                -                Seminar (6/10/05): Play and Leisure Provision

                East Herts      What’s On


Correspondence sent:

Mr Mark Pendlington, BAA Stansted


258/05                Planning applications:

                S/1628/05/F – Mr & Mrs I Vincent, 3 Coploe Road – Conservatory.  Lewis Duke declared an interest.

                No Recommendation.                                                               

S/1749/05/LB – Clare College, Mowbrays Farmhouse – Alterations – size of kitchen window & insert Opening Casement. Replacement of PVC-U Rainwater Goods with Black Painted Cast Iron.  Tim Pavelin declared an interest.

No Recommendation                                                                                                                Action: Clerk (2)


            Planning Appeal :

S/0750/05/F(APP/W0530/A/05/1187162)–Mr & Mrs R Maynard –Land adj. Gurner House, 20 Church Street.  The Parish Council agreed to send a representation by 11 October 2005.                Action: Chairman/Clerk


                Applications to carry out Tree works subject to a Tree Preservation Order:

                C/11/40/54 Mr P Owen, Norman Hall, 21 Church Street – Sycamore saplings/young trees near inside wall.

No objections

                C/11/40/54 Mr P Hoskins, 1-3 Frogge Street – Removal of Willow tree at 20 Brookhampton Street.  Oppose

The Parish Council felt that if it is the intention to apply for planning permission for a house on the site, permission to remove the tree should be included in the application for building a house. If permission for a house were not granted, there would not be the need to remove the tree.                  Action: Clerk (2)


259/05   Reports from Councillors

Lewis Duke mentioned East of England plan and the increased use at the Pet Crematorium.  Timothy Stone would cover these in his report.

Tim Pavelin suggested that rabbits needed to be culled again.  There are many areas which are affected, especially the Cemetery.  This topic would be raised at the meeting with Duncan Parlsey of Wellcome in November.

James Macdonald said a parishioner had requested another streetlight in Butcher’s Hill.  It was reported that this has been opposed in the past, and after discussion, it was still felt unnecessary. 


260/05   Reports from District and County Councillors

            District – None

County – Timothy Stone reported that it had been decided on 12/9/05 that the Pet Crematorium could (a) install a large piece of equipment for autoclaving, which would reduce emissions and (b) approve disposal of medical waste.  The Clerk is to write to CCC asking for Ickleton Parish Council to be included to the mailing lists.  Currently only Duxford, Fowlmere and Thriplow Parish Councils are notified of any planning applications.

                                                                                                                                                                Action: Clerk

The examination in public of the East of England’s Plan starts on 1 Nov – 13 December at The Maltings, Ely, 17 Dec – 3 March in Letchworth.  The sub regional meetings begin 31 Jan – 1 Feb.  Hanley Grange had not been mentioned/include in the EEP, so it is unclear whether it will be discussed at the sub regional meetings.

CALC have organised 2 hot seats for Parish Councils.  The clerk is to make enquiries.                Action: Clerk

ESPO – bulk buys for Parish Councils especially play equipment.  SMART card solutions for the sector are being introduced/trialled.  There will be a patient led NHS instead of PCT, which will be reduced.


261/05   Finance (Bank Balances) including receipts and payments to: 

Payments:             Herald Contract Services                -                £176.25

Aimprint - £53.16

Receipts:   SCDC Preceipts                                -                £5500.00


Community Account                           -                £609.16

Business Base Rate Tracker   -                £17,188.27




Cemetery Chapel – The Chairman had spoken to Listed Buildings regarding our options.  The Parish Council need to discuss the future of the chapel and a suggestion that the building be de-listed will be investigated.  There are other items which it was felt need not be covered by insurance. The Chairman will present a list and confirm the savings which can be made.

Churchyard wall - We have still not been able to establish who owns its, but it will be covered by the Church’s insurance it they own it.                                                                                    Action:  Chairman


262/05                Affordable housing – strategy for planning for the future

            No report


263/05                Footpaths maintenance Grassy Lane

                This will  be discussed at the November meeting with Duncan Parsley.


264/05                Recreation Field and Play Area

Litter – No more comments had been received.

Tennis Courts – The Chairman had had a meeting with a South Cambs. Officer and she had made some interesting points.  We should consider a multisports court so that, for example, netball could also be played on it.  Grants are available from SCDC for up to 25% of costs but it is feasible to get up to 50% of cost.  The possibility of reviving the cricket team in the village was also mentioned.  A survey would be sent around the village.                                                                                                   Action: Chairman/Mark Stone-Wigg


265/05                Wellcome Trust

James Macdonald and Sheila Birch had a meeting with Duncan Parsley, who is replacing Phillipa Towlson.  These meetings will continue to be held every other month with the next one due in November.  They will be applying to renew some of their current planning applications.  The Parish Council has been invited to the opening of the extended Genome Campus by HRH The Princess Royal, on 14 October 2005.


266/05   BAA Stansted

The Interim Master Plan had been circulated and was discussed.  Neil McKillen reported to the Parish Council that traffic would affect us, also stacking of planes, which had not been addressed in the document.  Car parking facilities at the airport had also not been correctly addressed.  He wants to compare this to other Master Plans e.g. Luton.  BBC news reported today that action was needed if the government aim of reducing emissions by 60% before 2050 is to be met, due to rapid growth in air travel.  No response from letter sent to BAA has been received.  The Clerk was asked to chase this.  This item is to be put on next month’s Agenda in order that a response can be sent (following circulation of documents) by 31 October 2005.

                                                                                                                                                                Action: Clerk

267/05   South Cambs Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership Conference

Lewis Duke attended this conference on 31 August 2005.  First point was to report on what crime is going on and targets.  Documents  ‘Working together for a safer South Cambridgeshire’ and ‘Anti-social Behaviour Strategy for South Cambridgeshire’ will be circulated.  The second point was on neighbourhood policing, which will have neighbourhood panels.  At the moment it is unclear who will sit on them, but it was felt at least one parish council should be represented.


268/05                Adjournment for questions by members of the public



269/05   Date and time of next meeting

                19 October 2005 @ 7.30 pm


The meeting closed at 9.52 pm