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.
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)
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
These minutes are subject to approval at the next meeting