Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 18th May 2017 at 7.15pm in Longstowe Village Hall
Cllr Barbara Cooper (Chairperson)
Cllr Will Bevan
Cllr Geoff Hemmins
Cllr Peter White
Bobbie Coe – Clerk
Also present: Cllr Sebastian Kindersley and members of the public.
Members of he Parish raised the following problems: the overgrowth of the hedge at the entrance/exit to the Church; the overgrowth of the hedge at the crossroads; the overgrowth of the hedge on the High Street footpath to the Village Hall; earth of the pavement from Middle Farm to St John’s House. Also raised was the impact of planning applications S/1411/17/FL and S/1229/17/FL on the amenity of the neighbours: it was noted that the plans are inaccurate (they don’t show other buildings on the site); there were concerns about possible commercial use of the site.
1 ELECTION OF CHAIRPERSON; DECLARATION OF ACCEPTANCE OF OFFICE Cllr Barbara Cooper was re-elected as Chairperson.
2 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllr Ben Holland, Cllr Bridget Smith.
3 THE MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Minutes of 20th April 2017 were agreed and signed. Also the Minutes of the Parish Open Meeting of 20th April 2017 were agreed and signed.
4 REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS AND PCSO
Cllr Sebastian Kindersley reported that there was no overall control at CCC so the next four years may be difficult. He also reported that SCDC Local Plan hearings are continuing. The National Trust is currently planning a 9k, 2.5m wide, all-purpose track around Wimpole Hall. Arrington and Wimpole Parishes are objecting. It was noted that the Queen Adelaide public house in Croydon has now been leased.
5 MATTERS ARISING/TO REPORT FROM PREVIOUS MINUTES
a) Dene Brook, A1198: CCC: the work has started and is looking excellent.
6 MEMBERS’ DECLARATION OF INTEREST FOR ITEMS ON THE AGENDA None received.
a) Risk Management: agreed.
b) Financial Regulations: agreed.
c) Annual accounts: 2016/17 audit Section 1, Annual governance statement: agreed.
d) Annual accounts: 2016/17 audit Section 2, Accounting statements: agreed.
e) SCDC: annual payment by Direct Debit: Longstowe web pages: £100.
f) Precept 17/18 A received: £2,250.
g) CAPALC Membership Fees 2017–2018: £129.65 (reduction refused).
h) Village Hall: Hire charges for Parish Council meetings, 2017–2018: £144.00.
i) Community Action Suffolk: Zurich Municipal Insurance renewal: £ waiting for figures.
8 TO CONSIDER PLANNING APPLICATIONS RECEIVED
a) S/1411/17/FL: To raise the roofs on 2 outbuildings that are joined together: 28 Old North Road. The considered response to this application takes into account the comments made earlier: Longstowe Parish Council has concerns on the impact of amenity of neighbour. Any commercial use of the site to be prohibited as entrance is very close to the Fox crossroads, a well-known accident black-spot. The plans are inaccurate as they do not show the other buildings on the site: LPC recommends that this goes to committee. S/1229/17/FL: Single storey extension to the rear of 28 Old North Road. The Parish Council supported the application but now considers that this is also inconsiderate to the neighbours and should be reviewed.
b) S/1366/17/FL: Two-storey extension to the side/rear and detached double garage to the front: 49 High Street. There is an issue with this application and the track that runs beside the property: the track appears to be getting narrower. Cllr B Cooper to contact owner for further discussion.
9 TO CONSIDER OTHER MATTERS
a) Village Hall update: building work is continuing and decisions have been made regarding the flooring and lighting.
b) High Street footpath from Rushbrook Close to 49 High Street: the council thought that a footpath was not practical and that the school children should be collected from the bus stop.
c) Defibrillator: Cllr B Cooper to look at possible grants.
d) Litter-picking: the Clerk is still waiting for list of possible dates from parishioners.
10 CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED
A list of correspondence received is printed in the Agenda which is placed on the notice boards and on the web page prior to the Parish Council meeting; details are available from the Clerk.
11 SKYLARK – TO CONSIDER ANY EDITORIAL ISSUES
12 DATE OF NEXT MEETING Thursday 15th June 2017 at 7.15pm