Wednesday 8 March 2006 in the Old Village Hall at 7.30pm
Mr A Bailey
Dr C Chambers
Mr D Charge
Mr D Coulson
Mr A Hollick
Mrs S Hyde
Dr J McCabe
Mrs D Morison
Dr H Roscoe
Mr R Rowlands
Miss C Westgarth (Chairman)
In attendance: Cllr S Harangozo (District Cllr), Cllr D Baldwin (County Cllr), Mrs G Stoehr (Clerk) and six members of the public.
H Roscoe - item 8.3 Groundsman -contracts
· Miss Westgarth and Mrs Morison – Governors at the School
· Mrs Morison – item 3.2 – lives in The Valley.
· Dr C Chambers – item 3.4, Recreation Ground Extension - lives adjacent to the Recreation Ground.
Consideration was given to an email from Colin Tucker, Monitoring Officer to another parish council on personal and prejudicial interests. In brief the guidance was that a member has a personal and prejudicial interest in any matter in their road/street and should leave the meeting. It was agreed to progress this matter to the Standards Board.
2. To approve the minutes of the last meeting on 8 February 2006
On a proposition by Mrs Morison,
seconded by Dr J McCabe the minutes of the meeting were approved as a true
record and signed by the Chairman after the one amendment on page 378 – item 7.
3. Matters arising or carried forward from the meeting for discussion/decision including
There were two candidates for the casual vacancy:
· Mr David Ellis, Baker Close.
result of the secret ballot held Mr David Coulson of
Mr Coulson, present, signed his declaration of acceptance of office and joined the meeting.
On a proposition by Miss Westgarth, seconded by Dr McCabe it was resolved, having noted the resignation of Mr Bennett, to co-opt Mr Ellis on to the Parish Council if no election is called and the Parish Council is notified that they may fill the vacancy by co-option.
The Tree Warden’s report was considered and Mrs Winney, a member of the Tree Group was invited to address the meeting. She reiterated the Group’s views. It was agreed to seek Robert Cook’s advice on root and crown pruning and if appropriate obtain quotes from Peter Oakes. It was agreed that this matter should be carried forward to the next meeting and that Mr Lambert should be informed.
3.3 (3.3) Footway lighting – to consider the correspondence from SCDC
The following items of correspondence were noted:
· Email dated 27 February 2006 between Mr P Quigley, Cllr Mrs D Spink, Environmental Health Portfolio Holder and Cllr Harangozo
On a proposition by Mrs Morison, seconded by Dr Chambers it was agreed that:
The Parish Council will take over the running and
maintenance costs of the one light in
· Given the current new building hall work the two lights in Green End will no longer be required and therefore the Parish Council will not take these on.
· The Parish Council will defer its decision on the remaining seven lights on sheltered housing areas in Nursery Way and Swaynes Lane until it has received a reply to its previous letter regarding 'duty of care'.
· Paul Quigley is to be asked if the Parish Council could install if it chose solar power lighting on the sheltered housing land
· Cllr Mrs Spink is to be invited to meet with the Parish Council Chairman.
3.4 (3.4) Recreation ground extension purchase – sports fields
A recent e-mail from David Stead, Mills & Reeve confirming the current position was noted. As Mr Catley had not as yet prepared his report it was agreed to carry this item forward to the next meeting.
3.5 (6.2) Cricket Club boundary – reply from Mel Pooley, ECB Cricket Advisor
A reply from Mel Pooley detailing boundary lengths was noted. A meeting is being arranged.
3.6 (8) Kebab van licensing – to consider letters received
A letter dated 6 March 2006 from Miss Stallabrass at SCDC and from residents and the Commercial Centre tenants were considered. Generally the current two days trading appeared to be working reasonably well although this has been during the colder months. The Commercial Centre tenants still had concerns about the van’s positioning by their premises. On a proposition by agreed that it would recommend that:
· The trading is to be two days (Wednesday’s and Friday’s only).
Trading hours to be
· All other current conditions to apply.
· To monitor the antisocial behaviour by others and involve the police where appropriate
Miss Stallabrass is to be asked to get the unauthorised sign near the cross roads removed.
3.7 (9.2) 2nd Parish Council Village Hall representative – to fill the vacancy
On a proposition by Miss Westgarth, seconded by Mr Hollick it was agreed that either Mr Coulson or Mr Ellis (if co-opted) should represent the Parish Council as its second representative and that the gentlemen should decide between them which of them it would be.
It was agreed to vary the order of the agenda and take items: 8.4 and 8.5 here.
8.4 The Valley Parking
A report from the Transport Working Group (TWG) regarding parking in The Valley parking was considered. The following options were considered:
1. Do nothing.
2. Park on Public Open Space.
3. Remove the pavement.
was agreed that a letter should be sent to Mr Vacher inviting him to meet with
the Transport Working Group representatives on site to explore the options and
the cost implications. It was also
agreed to include the problems in
8.5 South Cambs Area Joint Committee meeting – CVC traffic calming
Mrs Morison reported on the meeting that she and Dr Wright had attended. It was noted that the matter had been deferred to the next meeting pending a speed check being arranged.
It was agreed that Mrs Morison, or Dr Wright in her absence is to attend the next AJC meeting.
4.2 Cllr Harangozo requested patience and forbearance in any dealings with the District Council and its officers during this transition time due to the restructuring of the Council.
5. Parish Plan
As previously agreed
in December 2005 (item 5.
6. Finance & procedural matters
On a proposition by Miss Westgarth, seconded by Dr McCabe it was agreed that the Clerk could carry forward ten days from her unused holiday entitlement from period 9 October 2000 to 9 October 2005.
6.1 To receive the financial report and to approve the payment of bills
The financial report was received and considered by the Council and checked by a member against the invoices.
On a proposition by Miss Westgarth, seconded by Mrs Morison it was agreed that the following payments be paid:
Intruder alarm repair
Connections Bus project
Admin support & expenses
It was noted that a VAT claim had been submitted and paid by HMCE. This will appear on the next statement.
7. To consider matters arising out of correspondence/communications received including
7.1 43 Long Rd - application for permission to
construct an entrance & driveway from
Consideration was given to a letter dated 28 February 2006 from A.W.J Macroff. On a proposition by Miss Westgarth, seconded by Mrs. Morison it was agreed that as nothing had changed the Parish Council stood by its previous decision that it will not sell lease or grant right of access across its public open space. The vote was recorded as 9 votes in favour of the motion and one abstention.
7.2 Mr Patel –
An e-mail dated 28 February 2006 from Mr Patel informing the Parish Council that he has been looking to renovate the above property for some time and requesting a meeting. It was agreed that he should attend a Planning Committee meeting on 22 March.
7.3 Cambs County Council – Rights of Way Improvement Plan
It was noted that this document is to be circulated.
7.4 Cambs ACRE –
e-mail dated 23 February 2006 from Julie Weeks, ACRE
including details of
7.5 Jan Lupton - Farmers Market
In response to the e-mail dated 23 February 2006 from Jan Lupton providing details of Farmers Market which are to be held monthly at the Village College it was agreed that this would be a nice amenity to have in the village and to provide contact details of the primary School and Horizon Park who may be able to help with a suitable venue when the Village College was not available.
7.6 Standards Board – appointment of parish council members
7.7 Connections bus
It was agreed to take item 8.8 here.
8.8 The Chairman reported on her attendance at the recent new Connections Bus launch.
8. To receive reports and members proposals and to consider recommendations
The planning report was taken as read.
It was noted that the Village Design Statement draft for consultation is proceeding and will be ready after Easter.
The Planning Committees response on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Minerals Consultation response was supported by the Parish Council.
8.2 Village Hall
Mr Hollick reported that:
· The village fundraising gift day is due to take place on Saturday.
· The Trustees were considering provision for a stair lift for wheelchairs.
8.3 Groundsman meeting
The Chairman and Vice-Chairman reported on their meeting with Mr Gristwood to discuss the new contract and Mr Gristwood’s letter in response to the contract offered requesting an increased hourly rate which would include petrol and use of his equipment and its wear and tear were considered. On a proposition by Miss Westgarth, seconded by Dr McCabe the Parish Council resolved that as already agreed, because of the budget restrictions that it currently faces and also because it believes that the contract that has been issued for reduced hours and supporting receipts is the right one for the village if Mr. Gristwood wished to continue with the Groundsman/Handyman work for the Council when the existing contract ends on 2 May, that he should sign the contract not later than Wednesday 22 March.
It was also agreed that if Mr. Gristwood did not renew his contract the Clerk in consultation with the Chairman, as previously agreed last October, could allocate the work to other contractors within the approved budget.
8.6 Further action about the exit from the new estate to Comberton’s mini roundabout
Recent correspondence between Dr Roscoe and Mr Lines regarding the above was noted. It was agreed that the Council still maintained that the junction was unsafe and that this should be addressed by the County Council without further delay. It was agreed that a letter should be sent to Sue Reynolds pointing out the dangers of the roundabout and to request that she responds to previous letters sent to her from the Parish Council.
8.7 Report from TWG of Comberton Parish Plan Implementation Committee
8.9 Mrs Meek land in Green End adjacent to the Commercial Centre
In response to the email from Mrs Meek dated 6 March explaining that Browns Garage had been sold and that she was seeking to discuss the future use and development of the land adjacent to the Commercial Centre with the Parish Council it was agreed to delegate this to the Planning Committee to discuss with her in the first instance.
9. Annual Parish Meeting – to agree a date and topic
The APM is to be
Closure of meeting
There was no further business and the meeting
 Tree Wardens Report.
 E-mail dated
 Correspondence dated
 E-mail from David Stead, Mills & Reeve providing update on position.
 Reply from Mel Pooley detailing boundary lengths.
 A letter dated 6/3/06 from Miss Stallibrass - Kebab Van licensing.
 S Tunstall, Browns Garage, Jefferys, Houghton & Co, I Spence -Kebab Van licensing.
 Report from (TWG) - Parking in The Valley.
 Letter from Cemex
 Financial Report
 Letter dated
E-mail dated 28/2/06 from Mr Patel re: Renovation of 3 West Street (Ex-United News)
 E-mail dated 23/2/06 from Jan Lupton re: Farmers Market
 E-mail dated
 The planning report
 Correspondence between Dr H Roscoe and Mr D Lines re: exit from the new estate to Comberton’s mini roundabout
 Report from TWG of Comberton Parish Plan Implementation Committee
 Mrs Meek land in Green End adjacent to the Commercial Centre
 Race Equality Scheme Consultation