Minutes of the Meeting held virtually on Thursday 18th March 2021 at 7.15pm.
Present: Cllr Barbara Cooper (Chairperson)
Cllr Will Bevan
Cllr Ben Holland
Cllr Peter White
Sharon Brown – Clerk
Also present: Cllr Tumi Hawkins, Cllr Mark Howell, Mrs Bobbie Coe and Mrs Chris Morton who were welcomed.
101 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllr Geoff Hemmins.
102 THE MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The Minutes of 18th February 2021 were agreed and approved for signing.
103 REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS AND PCSO
Cllr Tumi Hawkins, SCDC: December Report. There was discussion on the forthcoming Traveller workshop, and the SCDC Affordable Housing and Affordable Rent survey.
Cllr Mark Howell, CCC: highlighted, a) the new Highways Road Verges Policy, b) support for transport to vaccination centres, c) laptops purchased by CCC and others donated for home schooling.
104 MATTERS ARISING/TO REPORT FROM PREVIOUS MINUTES
a) Pathway to Bourn: Cllr Bevan has been in further discussion concerning possible next steps.
b) Pathway along A1198: Noted the estimation of the Local Highways Officer that the path does not yet require resurfacing. Concern is to be expressed that people with walking disabilities find the path difficult and ask that a reassessment be made.
c) Drainage: sewers, road gullies and flooding: Noted that the blocked drain in School Lane causes water to flow back into Park Lane and additionally causes the start of the bridleway there to be very boggy.
d) Letter from Cambourne Town Council 12/1/2021 re. East-West Rail route: Barbara Cooper, Chairperson, has replied expressing the concerns of LPC about this project. In return Cambourne Town Council have noted that the second consultation is now awaiting responses and that all concerned should make representation, including individuals.
e) GCSPS, Greater Cambridge Local Plan site information, Survey of information and opinions, by 1/3/2021. Information gathering about sites to continue.
f) SCDC, Consultation on new housing policies relating to Build to Rent, Clustering and Distribution of Affordable Housing and Affordable Rent Setting, by 23/3/2021: Discussion about need to support such social initiatives. Clerk to respond to survey.
g) Repair and painting of wooden village signboard: Quotes have been sought for replacement or repair.
h) Village and Village Hall fibre broadband connection: Agreed County Broadband can advertise in Skylark at the usual rate. A query will also be made as to where the fibre cable will actually run through the village.
i) Footpath map – availability: Skylark to carry information on where to obtain the Ordnance Survey map.
j) South Cambs magazine – non-delivery: Spring magazine, partial delivery, but one month late.
k) Street Lighting – Letter of Authority: Agreed signature of the 3-year term.
105 MEMBERS’ DECLARATION OF INTEREST FOR ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
a) Victoire Press: printing of March Skylark, £69.00. Agreed.
b) Clerk’s Pay and Expenses: Jan – March 2021 £775.49, HMRC £193.80. Agreed.
c) Bobbie Coe, RFO / Web Pay and Expenses £629.59 HMRC £154.03. Agreed.
d) Accounts update: Mrs Coe, RFO gave an update. There was discussion on how to manage the Reading Room Trust Fund monies.
107 TO CONSIDER/REPORT ON PLANNING APPLICATIONS RECEIVED
108 TO CONSIDER OTHER MATTERS
a) Village Hall update: Cricket fixtures have been made for the summer. The only indoor facilities available will be the toilets. The VH is booked for voting on 6th May. Concern has been expressed about the safety of the battery recycling tube attached to the side of the VH. Agreed that the tube be moved to a post by the gate. Thanks were given to Cllr Bevan who will provide the post and Cllr White for the work involved. Appreciation was also voiced for all the mowing undertaken by John Murden.
b) Covid-19 village update: The LPC noted that it had found online meetings successful and environmentally friendly, reducing travel for our County and District Councillors. It was considered that a mix of virtual and in-person meetings would be useful for the future.
c) With the extension of SCDC Community Chest grant scheme, it is proposed to pursue some outstanding projects such as a speed indictor on the A1198 and a defibrillator.
109 CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED
A list of correspondence received is printed in the Agenda which is placed on the noticeboards and on the web page prior to the Parish Council meeting; details are available from the Clerk.
110 SKYLARK – TO CONSIDER ANY EDITORIAL ISSUES
Agreed another Supplement to be printed before Easter. Items to include:
i) Action Fraud information.
ii) County Broadband – possible advert.
iii) OS footpath maps.
iv) transport to vaccination centres.
111 DATE OF NEXT MEETING THURSDAY 15TH APRIL 2021
Signed by: …………………………………………Chairperson Date: …………………