April 2015


          WOODDITTON PARISH COUNCIL      draft 01/16

    

The Council met in the Methodist Hall Saxon Street  on  Thursday  16th April 2015   at 7.30 pm.

1.Present were  Chairman Mr  Cliff Pettitt & Councillors 

Messrs   Peter Powney- Jones , June Surrage, Robin Sharp , Eileen Bullock,Jill Newton-Livens ) ,Carole Good and Steve Cleary ( from 7.55 ) and  John Theobald ( Parish Clerk )

Apologies and absences  ) 

Terry Webb   ( prior engagements )              

   2  Declarations of Interest   

          Chairman and Carole Good in planning application 

         15/00294/FUL .Football Field, Cricketfield  Road, Newmarket.        

3        Minutes. The draft  minutes  of  the  previous  meeting  on  

   19th March    were  sent previously to all  Councillors, and these 

     were approved unanimously and signed by the Chairman.

4      Matters arising.    The Chairman had delivered Nomination   

        Papers to ECDC Electoral Services ,and after a few amendments these had all been accepted as correct.There would  

 be an actual vote in the Rural Ward  ( 5 candidates for 4 places ).                                   

5  Public  Forum    

     Carole Good spoke about planning application 15/00294/FULin which she had a personal interest. She had no problems with the main proposals for a synthetic pitch but had concerns about a wooden fence along the rear of the New Cheveley Road houses and bungalows. This would adjoin the training area and it was important to ascertain who owned it and was responsible for repairs. Also  there was some concern about the proposed parking spaces, how did these fit in with the areas of land to be sold and the parts covered by top soil. Cliff Pettitt also spoke and concerns were raised about the soak away system, only one outlet, could it cope with an exceptional rain storm.

6 Planning Applications  

15/002944FUL   FOOTBALL FIELD SYNTHETIC PITCH CRICKETFIELD ROAD.

       COUNCILLORS PETTITT AND GOOD WITHDREW.THE REMAINING COUNCILLORS EXAMINED THE PLANS AND TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE ORIGINAL SCHEME AND THE AMENDED ONE WHERE THE PITCH SIZE WAS REDUCED BY 1.48 M. THE COUNCIL  RESOLVED THAT THERE WERE NO OBJECTIONS BUT RAISED CONCERNS ABOUT : ADEQUATE SOAK AWAY PROVISIONS, PARKING SPACES AND TOP SOIL TIPPING, AND OWNERSHIP AND REPAIR RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE WOODDEN FENCE BACKING ONTO THE HOUSES AND BUNGALOWS IN NEW CHEVELEY ROAD.      

 15/00397/FUL 43 NEW CHEVELEY ROAD .DROPPED KERB. NO OBJECTIONS OR CONCERNS.    

Signed………………………………..Chairman Date………………..

                                                                                     2/16                                   

ANNUAL ACCOUNTS & RETURN.    

DETAILED ACCOUNTS FOR YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2015 WERE CIRCULATED   AND THESE WERE FORMALLY APPROVED  (PROPOSED PETER POWNEY-JONES, SECONDED ROBIN SHARP, CARRIED  UNANIMOUSLY) 

THE  FINANCIAL GOVERNANCE STATEMENTS IN THE ANNUAL RETURN WERE  CONSIDERED ITEM BY ITEM AND THE COUNCIL RESOLVED THAT ALL CONTROLS WERE MET.THE CHAIRMAN AND RESPONSIBLE OFFICER THEN SIGNED THE RELEVANT SECTIONS OF THE RETURN.                                                                                                                                              

Jubilee Field & Play Areas .                                                                                                                      

Kings Drive .  The  new safety surfaces  were installed by  Abacus Playgrounds on 26 and 27 March . Councillors Pettitt and Good had inspected them and thought them very good &

 quite flexible. Some firming down of the wooden  surrounds may be needed later.  Carol Good may request the Community Pay Back Scheme to clean two play area springies  Peter Powney-Jones will lend his Weed Killer Back Pack Spray to Charles Surrage to use in the Saxon Street play area. After treatment a new delivery of ground covering bark can be ordered.                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                              

  9   Highways and Maintenance.

           The Council will ask the PCSO to check the safety position re traffic being directed to the narrow Maypole Lane for events at Granary Barn.

 The Clerk will remind Cambs Highways about the broken surfaces of the footway in Saxon Street.

  The Council will reimburse June Surrage for cleaning materials and paint for 2 public seats near the village sign. 

  The Clerk reported a new survey of  Churchyard trees  has been obtained from Urban Forestry. Nothing immediate but review suggested in  3 or 4 months time when the trees are in leaf.   

10   Parish Conference         

       Cliff Pettit and John Theobald reported back on the conference held on 2 April. This was quite useful with useful information about :

  increasing  demands for burial grounds and crematoria, the role of the Police , Councils and Voluntary Bodies in identifying and helping vulnerable people  plus good Google search engines to see sources of Grants for small public works.                                                                                 

    11    Accounts and Payments                                                                    

        The Council approved : 

             METHODIST  CHURCH( HALL RENT )           £20.00  ( S134 LGA 72 )    

             CAROL COPSEY  (CARETAKER )                       103.00  ( PHA 90 s41) 

             SCOTT PEARSON  DITTO                                   150.00      DITTO 

              IVAN DAINES  ( GRASS CUTTING )                 125.00    (LGA72 sch14)

         Signed……………………………Chairman Date……………….

                                                                                         3/16

             LCPAS ( TRAINING COURSES )                           40.00    (LGA s194)

              CAPALC  ( ANNUAL SUB )                                   339.49    (LGA72 s142)

              BALFOUR BEATTY ( STREETLIGHT MTCE )        345.23   PCA57 s3)

              ABACUS PLAYGROUNDS ( SAFETY SURFACES )5791.20 (LG 76 s19)

              URBAN FORESTRY ( TREE SURVEY )                   300.00   (LGA72 s215)

               CGM LANDSCAPES    ( GRASSCUT 1 )                  42.24 (LGA72 sch14)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

LATEST CORRES. AND PUBLICATIONS  

The Council were pleased to receive letters of thanks from nearly all the organisations it had awarded grants at the March meeting.                                                                                      An Email with attachments about a proposed reorganisation of the Streetlightimg system by Cambs CC 

was received the previous day and was now circulated. The Council will examine the information and discuss at the May meeting.

Date  and  Business of next meeting 

The Annual Parish Meeting, Council AGM and Council  Ordinary Meeting will be held on Thursday 21st May in the Methodist Hall Saxon Street commencing at 7.00pm.         

           

                            Meeting closed 9.40 pm       

                

             Signed………………………………Chairman Date………….                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                   

                               

                           

                These minutes are subject to approval at the next meeting 

   

                                       

 

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2 thoughts on “April 2015

  1. It was Sir Noel who christened the property Woodditton Stud, and he continued the practice of standing stallions there, including the top-class racehorses Connaught and Welsh Pageant, both of whom are buried at the stud along with Pinza.

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