COMBERTON PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held in
the Old Village Hall on
Mr A Bailey
Mr M Bennett
Mr D Charge
Dr C Chambers
Mr A Hollick
Mrs S Hyde
Dr J McCabe,
Mrs D Morison
Dr H Roscoe
Mr R Rowlands
Mrs A Webb
Miss C Westgarth (Chairman)
In attendance: Cllr R Martlew, Cllr S Harangozo, Mrs G Stoehr (Clerk) and 4 members of the public.
Apologies were received from, Dr F Hughes (ill).
2. To approve the minutes of the last meeting on
On a proposition by Mrs Morison, seconded by Mr Bennett, the minutes were approved as a true record and were signed by the Chairman.
3. Matters arising from the meeting
Charge reported on the meeting with Mr Lines on 8 February and that Mr Lines
had indicated that he was unable to do anything about the traffic calming in
Long Road or the roundabout in
On a more positive note Mr Lines had said that the interactive sign was not necessary.
On a proposition by Miss Westgarth, seconded by Mr Bennett it was agreed to write to Mr Lines requesting
· written confirmation that the interactive sign was not now required.
to discuss firstly the traffic calming outside
Gated entrances were briefly considered and it was noted that Barton had obtained theirs as a result of the A603 scheme.
3.2 CCC outstanding matters – reply M Oakman
reply dated 26 January from Mr Oakman was
received and considered. It was agreed to write again regarding the blocked
It was agreed that a letter from residents in Long Road complaining that yet another car had hit the telegraph pole and asking that the traffic calming scheme in Long Road is removed should be passed to Mr Oakman for reply.
A letter from Mr Lansley to the Secretary of State dated 20 January complaining about the delays to the proposed A428 dualling were noted.
It was noted that pavements in the Valley had been dug up and the grass damaged. It agreed to find out why this work was necessary.
3.3 Website and community access point
Miss Westgarth and Mr Bennett reported on the recent meeting to discuss the website and also their visit to the community access point. On a proposition by Miss Westgarth, seconded by Mr Bennett it was agreed to accept Miss Westgarth’s kind offer to transfer all the material on the website to the new software on offer to the Parish Council free of charge from Mr Crichton. Once completed a public meeting and training would then be arranged.
It was reported that the new community access points had not been so easy to use. In particular although there is a high speed ADSL link the access points are restricted so that the home page is very slow to load up. This had led to confusion about what was happening and how the site could be accessed. It was also suggested that there could be quick links to other public service sites such as the citizen’s advice bureau, Parish Council's web site etc. It was agreed to write to Mr Caerns at the District Council letting him know.
3.4 Equity share housing
Concern was expressed at the high value of the properties and the very basic fixtures and fittings therein. Also at that the properties had been advertised and allocated to those outside the village before the Parish Council had been contacted. Given that there would be future housing in the village and so that the Parish Council could learn more about affordable housing and to also help to negotiate suitable housing for the village it was agreed to invite a representative from a housing society and from Shire Homes to a future meeting.
3.5 East of
The letter from CALC urging parish councils to respond highlighting a need for a commitment to infrastructure was noted. It was agreed that the Planning Committee would consider this further when it next met.
Cllr Harangozo’s report on street cleaning was noted as was the letter from Cllr Harangozo to Mr Lansley MP regarding the future bus service. On a proposition by Mr Bennett, seconded by Mr Charge it was agreed that the Parish Council supported wholeheartedly the sentiments expressed.
5. Parish Plan
Mr Bennett’s report was considered. This reported on the Connections bus visits, the proposed recruitment of two youth workers, use of the skateboard park and damage to the recreation ground car park by the additional traffic generated by the plastics recycling facility. It was noted that the Connections Bus had kindly made two visits at no cost to the Council and that Ms Di Cook had kindly offered to assist with the recruitment of two youth workers.
On a proposition by Mr Bennett, seconded by Mrs Morison it was resolved that the Connections bus should be contracted for a further six week period, reviewable at the next meeting to enable continuity and increase the chances of success of the youth project.
The invoices and bank statements were checked. On a
proposition by Mrs Morison, seconded by Miss Westgarth, the expenditure as
listed in the financial report and monthly financial statement plus Ridgeons
Cambs Countryside Watch (affiliation fee)
Information Commissioner (Data Protection Act)
LG Stoehr (salary)
LGS Services (clerking support & expenses)
6.2 To approve the P3 Grant application
Miss Westgarth’s report was noted. On a proposition by Miss Westgarth, seconded by Dr McCabe it was resolved that a grant application be made to the Parish Paths Partnership for proposed work including the care and maintenance of Footpath 5 (between Barton Road and Swaynes Lane), The Causeway (F8) Herringfield Drift (BW7) and sign maintenance. It was noted that if outstanding works could not be completed before the end of March they would be carried forward.
6.3 Annual review of Groundsman and Clerk’s terms and conditions
On a proposition by Miss Westgarth, seconded by Mr Bennett it was resolved that the following members should meet to discuss this matter and bring a recommendation to a future meeting:
· Groundsman’s review – Dr Chambers, Miss Westgarth and Mr Rowlands
· Clerk’s review – Dr McCabe, Mrs Webb and Mrs Morison
7. To receive reports and consider recommendations contained in the reports
7.2 Village Hall representative and Steering Group representatives
7.2.2 A letter dated 3 February from Mr Cook was received and considered. It was noted that:
· he had not been able to find out information regarding the heads of terms from the Lottery,
· the Trustees had agreed to spend the sum of £5,00.00 for the preparation of specifications and working drawings
· and asking if the Parish Council had any objections or comments to make on the new plan
7.2.3 It was noted that The Parish Council had had an opportunity to see the plans for the proposed new hall last November however it would welcome an opportunity to take one more look at the next planning meeting which was scheduled for 23 February.
Hollick asked if the Lease could be progressed now. It was agreed that
the Parish Council wanted to reassure the Trustees that as per its letter of
'2.c Process to establish a formal lease
i. An agreement for lease will be entered into when all conditions identified in 2.b. have been satisfied
i. the Leaseholder has obtained all necessary consents and funding necessary to build the Proposed New Village Hall; and,
ii. the Leaseholder has established a contract to build the proposed New Village Hall; and,
iii. the Leaseholder has provided evidence that the Charity Commission are satisfied that the Leaseholder is permitted to build and construct the proposed New Village Hall (if the Leaseholder is a registered charity); and,
iv. the Leaseholder has satisfied the Landlord that the Leaseholder’s organisation and management structure are able to manage and operate a new building over the duration of the lease.'
7.3 Tree Group
7.3.2 A letter from a resident complaining about the southern boundary hedge on the Leach Homes development was noted. It was agreed that it should be established clearly who would have the long term ownership and maintenance responsibility for the hedge.
8. Recreation ground including
The reply dated 3 February from Bidwells
indicating that unless the Parish Council paid the vendors fees the sale would
not progress was considered. It was noted that a letter had already been sent
to Bidwells asking for a detailed breakdown of what the fees were and how much
however a reply had not as yet been received. It was noted from the letter
received from Mills and Reeve dated
In order to progress this on a proposition by Mr Bennett, seconded
by Mr Hollick it was agreed the
Parish Council would welcome an opportunity for its Chairman, Miss
8.2 Proposal for recreation Trust
Further to the last meeting the Group’s report was received and considered. On a proposition by Miss Westgarth, seconded by Mrs Morison it was resolved in principle that a charitable trust should be formed along the lines of the trusts at Histon and Milton to co-ordinate the development of recreational provision in Comberton. The members selected at the last meeting were asked to progress this matter and to bring a report to the next meeting.
9. To consider matters arising out of correspondence/communications received including
Minor correspondence for information is to be circulated.
consultation had now been undertaken and a letter sent to homes in
On a proposition by Mr Bennett, seconded by Mrs Morison in recognition that the proposed bus shelter came about as a result of the Comberton Parish Plan and requests from residents it was resolved that the Parish Council would install a bus shelter in West Street as proposed and was hopeful concerns about the proposed site could be overcome by fine tuning the final location of the shelter.
It was agreed that the residents who had raised concerns should be invite to attend a site meeting with the Chairman, and a representative from the County Council to check visibility splays and to see if a suitable location can be achieved.
Quotations for the bus shelter and Dr Wright’s letter regarding the design were considered. On a proposition by Dr Chambers, seconded by Mr Bennett it was agreed to accept the quotation from Phil Smith Carpentry for £2500 for design 2 and that a base should be installed at a cost of up to £500 maximum.
9.2 AJC speed reduction scheme
It was noted that approximately seventy-five signatures supporting the petition had been obtained and that some residents had contacted the Council to say that they thought that thirty miles per hour was too low. The petition would now be sent to the South Cambs Environment and Transport Area Joint Committee meeting on 7 March. Cllrs Harangozo and Martlew were both asked for their support.
9.3 SCDC – Comberton Bowls Club grant application
The Bowls Club’s application to the District Council was received and considered. On a proposition by Miss Westgarth, seconded by Mr Bailey it was agreed that the Parish Council supported the grant application for funding to aerate the green.
9.4 CALC & Haslingfield – invitation to meeting on Quality Councils etc
Details of proposed meetings to discuss the quality council initiative were noted. It was agreed that any member who wished to attend could do so.
Morden Parish Council – Operation
9.6 Russell Residential dated 3 February – complaint about the boundary fencing. It was noted that the wooden fencing was the other side of the boundary marking posts and therefore agreed that this was the responsibility of Russell Residential’s client. It was agreed that the chain link fencing should be repaired by the Groundsman and that the hedge should be trimmed.
9.7 Cambs Fire and Rescue – sticky posters for the parish bins. It was agreed that these should not be put on the parish bins.
There was no further business and the meeting closed at
 Letter dated 26 Jan from M Oakman
 Letter from residents in Long Road
 Letter from Andrew Lansley MP to
 CALC letter dated 24 January re. East of England consultation
 Cllr Harangozo’s report on street cleaning
 Cllr Harangozo to Mr Lansley MP regarding the future bus service
 Parish Plan report
 P3 report
 Planning report
 Village Hall representative and Steering Group representatives’ report
 Letter from B Cook dated 3 February
 Letter dated 3 February from Bidwells
 Mills and Reeve dated
 Proposal for Recreation Trust
 Responses on the proposed bus shelter in
 Bus shelter quotations
 The Bowls Club’s application to the District Council
 CALC & Haslingfield – invitation to meeting on Quality Councils etc
 Guilden Morden Parish Council – Operation
 Russell Residential dated 3 February re VH fencing