Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 16th January 2020 at 7.15pm
in Longstowe Village Hall
Present: Cllr Barbara Cooper (Chairperson)
Cllr Will Bevan
Cllr Ben Holland
Cllr Peter White
Sharon Brown – Clerk
Also present: Mrs Bobbie Coe and Dick Murden, who were welcomed.
Concern was raised about the overgrown hedge at Beaconsfield House. Cllr Cooper went over to speak to the owners about this, earlier in the winter, but it is now considered that a formal letter from the Parish Council would be the next step. Cllr Cooper to action.
The issue of lack of any meaningful bus service was also raised by Mr Dick Murden. It was noted that Dial-a-Ride is in place, but that there would need to be evidence of a high level of usage before an increase in ordinary bus services would be considered by SCDC / CCC. The need for subsidised bus services in rural areas was put forward. A way forward can be seen in creation of foot / cycle path with Bourn, from where there is a bus in both directions every half hour.
Neighbourhood Watch signs: 3-4 new required. Cllr Cooper will look at this.
79 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllr Tumi Hawkins (SCDC) and Cllr Geoff Hemmins.
80 THE MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The Minutes of 19th December 2019 were agreed and signed.
81 REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS AND PCSO
Cllr Tumi Hawkins, SCDC:
Greater Cambridge Planning Service (GCPS). Performance of Planning Service can be seen at http://bit.ly/Dec2019PlanningRpt.
Greater Cambridge Local Plan – Issues and Options Consultation. The First Conversation is from Monday 13th January 2020 to Monday 24th February 2020. www.greatercambridgeplanning.org/localplan.
New Village at Bourn Airfield. Countryside Properties submitted a revision to their planning application for developing the new village in December 2019. The Council adopted the Bourn Airfield New Village SPD on 2 October 2019 and the revisions were made based on content of the SPD. Application ref number: S/3440/18/OL.
Council Housing. The Council continues to increase, by a small number, the affordable houses in the district.
Fly Tipping campaign. #ScrapFlyTipping. https://www.scambs.gov.uk/council-asks-fly-tippers-if-their-mum-still-cleans-up-after-them/ and lots of new posters.
Household Blue bins and Recycling. Householders can apply for up to four (4) blue bins from the District Council.
Grants available: Community Chest, Mobile Warden scheme. Three Free Trees.
Letter from Fews Lane Consortium: alleging that the Council was changing the way in which decisions were made about requests for an application to go to planning committee. This is not the case. The process remains the same as it is now. The council had received a challenge on wording in the constitution which could be open to interpretation, so this was under review.
Parish Council Liaison Meeting. Tuesday 28 January 2020.
Network Rail – new Cambridge South Station. Public consultation starting 20 January 2020.
Cllr Mark Howell, CCC.
Budget. Major savings agenda continues with £75m of savings required across the Council between 2019 and 2024.
Climate Change. The Council has responded directly to Extinction Rebellion.
Courier Fraud. Major concerns raised.
Homelessness. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will receive around £230,000 to help develop a ground-breaking homeless approach.
Changes to the Adult Social Care Charging Policy. CCC is listening to consultations.
New Cambridge parking charge to be discussed; Tuesday 21 January.
82 MATTERS ARISING/TO REPORT FROM PREVIOUS MINUTES
a) Rights of Way Map. Noted that further contact was needed concerning the recent email sent to SCDC.
b) Street Lighting. It was agreed that we could now go forward with a formal contract with Utility Aid, as the checking of lamps and costs by Cllrs White and Holland showed that previous charges were reasonable. It was not thought that there would be any increase in costs, especially with low energy lamps. In this respect, the Longstowe Parish Precept request, for 2020/21, to SCDC would remain the same.
c) CCC. Climate Strategy Consultation 20 Dec 2019 to 31 Jan 2020. It was considered that individuals should respond with their own comments.
d) Hedges along field / roadsides: Cllr Bevan reports that these will be cut back further along roadsides.
83 MEMBERS’ DECLARATION OF INTEREST FOR ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
a) Transfer of funds of £8,333.89 from Reading Room (RR) Trust to Longstowe PC: Noted. Discussion was had on the need to invest and ‘ring-fence’ the RR Fund. Noted that these monies will affect the PC annual accounts. Advice to be sought from SCDC / CCC Councillors / Charity Commissioners. Cllr Cooper will research.
b) Invoice from Victoire Press. Increase in invoice from £63 to £69, equivalent to a new cost of 60p per copy of the Skylark. Agreed the increased cost.
c) Invoice (annual) from M. Murden for bus shelter cleaning and cleaning products. Payment agreed.
d) Payment to Longstowe PC account from Openreach, of £10, for wayleave. Noted.
85 TO CONSIDER/REPORT ON PLANNING APPLICATIONS RECEIVED
86 TO CONSIDER OTHER MATTERS
a) Village Hall update: Better communications are now in place with regular hirers of the Hall. The VH bank account is now on-line. The new water main has been put in place and the drive at the road end resurfaced, making good the digging for the trench. There has been a concern that too many people have access to the Hall and the locks have therefore been replaced. The keys will now all be signed for and numbered. Caretaking will now be more diligent, this currently being undertaken by John Murden and Peter White. There was a brief discussion about possible need for a paid caretaker. The biggest necessity, however, is for increased cleaning. The VH Committee is looking into this, with a possible option being a minimum deposit, +/- refundable.
b) Cambs Wifi leaflet. There is a possibility that wifi could be free for the Village Hall. Bobbie Coe will follow up her correspondence on the matter.
c) Few Lanes Consortium Ltd re: proposed changes to planning decision making in SCDC. Item to be put on February Agenda for discussion.
87 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.
Items highlighted from list.
f) CT&PC: Funding opportunities for your community 8th Jan 2020
r) SCDC / CC: Greater Cambridge Local Plan Issues and Options?consultation 13th Jan – 24th Feb 2020
88 SKYLARK – TO CONSIDER ANY EDITORIAL ISSUES
Next issue mid-March. Bobbie Coe will continue as Editor for the time being.
89 DATE OF NEXT MEETING THURSDAY 27TH FEBRUARY 2020
Signed by: …………………………………………Chairperson Date: ………………..