Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 16th December 2021 at 7.15pm
Present: Cllr Will Bevan (Chairperson)
Cllr Barbara Cooper (Acting Clerk)
Cllr Ben Holland
Cllr Peter White
Also present: Cllr Mark Howell, Mrs Bobbie Coe, Mrs Chris Morton.
73 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllr Tumi Hawkins, Cllr Geoff Hemmins and Sharon Brown (Clerk).
74 TO SIGN AND APPROVE MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Minutes of 18th November were signed and approved as an accurate record of the last meeting. Proposed by Peter White and seconded by Barbara Cooper.
75 REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS AND PCSO
Cllr Howell, CCC – A report was presented by Cllr Howell who confirmed that Covid numbers were rising and that people should be cautious. The new variant has resulted in Cambridgeshire County Council cancelling their meetings and having these virtually. At the current time parishes will need to continue to meet face to face.
There are concerns about adult social care, carers are leaving before March 22nd deadline when they have to be vaccinated. Hospitality and farming are also hit hard by Brexit and Covid.
76 MATTERS ARISING/TO REPORT FROM PREVIOUS MINUTES (FOR INFORMATION ONLY) – COUNCIL TO REPORT THE FOLLOWING
a) Defibrillator: To note that the application for a defibrillator with the Community Chest requires a Safeguarding Policy. A draft of this had been circulated prior to the meeting. Comments were sought from Counsellors with view to submitting this as Longstowe’s Safeguarding Policy; accepted as read. To note that Lillian and Barrie Dench have provided a cheque for £30 towards the defibrillator and have proposed that the bus stop might be a useful place for its location. Arrangements to be established regarding an electricity source. Cllr Cooper
b) Greater Cambridge Local Plan – First Proposals: consultation 1/11 – 13/12/21. Cllr Cooper has submitted Longstowe’s views on the first proposals for the Greater Cambridge Local Plan.
c) Making Connections – greener travel in Greater Cambridge: Counsellor’s attention was drawn to the Greener Travel in Cambridge and the fact that the consultation was due to close on Monday 20th December 2021.
d) Neighbourhood Planning: This will be put on the Agenda for the next meeting so that a comprehensive discussion can take place with a working group and to consider the draft survey that had drawn up by Counsellor Cooper. Cllr Cooper.
e) Drainage: blocked gullies A1198, by & near houses 80-86: A second Highways Report for the blocked gulleys has been submitted. Pauline Peachey and Mark Howell had been provided with the information. Subsequent communication has been received suggesting that the pictures provided were not of the gulleys in question.
f) A1198: request for 30 mph in village: action deferred.
77 MEMBERS’ DECLARATION OF INTEREST FOR ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
a) Precept 2022-2023 – consultation: The precept for 2022/23 will need to be put up slightly on the basis of 10%. This will enable Longstowe to keep 1 year’s funds as a safety net. It was noted that both CAPALC and Microsoft fees have gone up slightly, additional costs were also noted for the printing of Skylark.
b) Victoire Press: printing of December Skylark (colour) £120.00: Agreed. The Council agreed that the Parish would support the Skylark being printed twice a year in colour.
c) Clerk: salary and expenses: mid-September – mid-December 2021 £588.58, HMRC £142.95. Agreed. Actual slight differences with the salary and expenses and tax were noted, these being due to the HMRC method of monthly calculation.
d) Accounts update: Bobbie Coe presented the accounts and these were accepted.
79 TO CONSIDER PLANNING APPLICATIONS RECEIVED
80 TO CONSIDER OTHER MATTERS
Village Hall update: To note that there have been minimal bookings although dog training continues to be held in the Village Hall alongside Pilates. The Parish Counsellors agreed that they were happy to hold their meetings in the Church to enable the Pilates to continue to be held in the Village Hall as an additional source of income.
A successful afternoon tea was held in the village hall which covered costs. There were 32 people in attendance. Restrictions permitting, another event will be held in January ‘22. It is hoped that next year’s Fete will run.
Maintenance carries on at the Village Hall with gutters needing to be replaced. The side door also needs to be replaced.
The grant available for 48 – 50 Old North Road expires in October 2023. It was noted that it might be possible to use the funds for this for a disabled toilet in the Village Hall. The difficulty will be in finding builders for any planned work.
81 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.
Cllr Tumi Hawkins’ report had been circulated prior to the meeting. There were no issues raised from this.
To Note: Green bin collections suspended from Monday 13th December to 12th January 2022.
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be a year-long celebration including a bank holiday from 2nd – 5th June. Council are encouraged to look at what they might do during the Queen’s Jubilee e.g. tree planting (Queen’s Green Canopy), Cambridge County Day 23rd June. Logo to celebrate the Jubilee can be used on our own events. Street party, community tea party, BBQ, concert. Lord Lieutenant and Deputies will support any events that are held by parish councils.
Longstowe Carol Service is taking place on the 19th December at 10.30 am.
On Friday 14th January from 9am – 4pm the 2022 County Conference will be taking place virtually. Parish Counsellors are encouraged to attend.
Cambourne Community Hub have extended their opening hours for lateral flow testing.
82 SYKLARK – TO CONSIDER ANY EDITORIAL ISSUES
Printing of Skylark in colour agreed as above, 78b).
83 DATE OF NEXT MEETING: 20TH JANUARY 2022 AT 7.15 PM, AT ST. MARY’S CHURCH, LONGSTOWE.
Signed by Date 2022