Minutes Thursday 17th March 2022

Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 17th March 2022 at 7.15pm

Present: Cllr Barbara Cooper (Chairperson)
Cllr Geoff Hemmins
Cllr Peter White
Sharon Brown (Clerk)

Also present: Cllr Tumi Hawkins, Mrs Bobbie Coe and Mrs Christine Morton.

106 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllr Will Bevan and Cllr Ben Holland.
107 TO SIGN AND APPROVE MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The Minutes of 22nd February were agreed and signed.
108 REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS AND PCSO
Cllr Tumi Hawkins: noted that this meeting would be the last opportunity for her to meet with LPC before the May council elections. Highlighted from Cllr Hawkins March Report: a) the current high covid rates in South Cambs, b) recommended the recently adopted Greater Cambridge Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Document (SPD February 2022) for consideration if developing a Neighbourhood Plan, c) SCDC budget for 2022-23 now adopted. A council tax rebate is available to those who qualify.

Cllr Howell: received; information concerning road verges and speed limits on the Old North Road in Longstowe.
109 MATTERS ARISING/TO REPORT FROM PREVIOUS MINUTES (FOR INFORMATION ONLY) – COUNCIL TO REPORT THE FOLLOWING
a) Neighbourhood Planning: The Open Meeting was a great success and a Steering Group formed. Mrs Christine Morton, gave a resumé of the first Steering Group Meeting, having been elected chairperson. The Steering Group now plans to hold a Village Consultation, with an interactive style, during the last Friday and Saturday in March.
b) Defibrillator: Unfortunately, a defibrillator does not now come within the SCDC Community Chest Grant criteria. It is hoped that this point will be reconsidered at the next SCDC Grants Committee Meeting.
c) Gullies through the village: Cllr White and the Clerk have arranged to walk the length of the village to provide the information needed to make a further request for gully cleaning to CCC Highways.
d) Verge problems between Longstowe Hall and Wayside: Cllr Howell has provided information from the Local Highways Officer. The clerk to take forward the use of planings at the edges of this problem section of road.
e) Speed measures on the Old North Road through Longstowe: It is considered that a reduction in the speed limit is also warranted on the section of road, from the current 40 mph, sign north to the Hall Farm entrance. Cllr Cooper will take up the matter with Cllr Howell, CCC.
f) Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations: 2nd June was agreed as the best day for Longstowe’s celebrations. Further possible events were discussed.

110 MEMBERS’ DECLARATION OF INTEREST for items on the agenda
None.

111 FINANCE
a) Openreach Wayleave – annual payment received, £10.00: noted.
b) Donation – defibrillator £30.00: noted.
c) CAPALC membership 2022/23 & Data Protection Officer membership scheme (£50.00) £216.78: Agreed.
d) Victoire Press – Skylark printing of March issue £139.00: The Clerk to query the sum as black / white had been ordered, but colour was printed.
e) Parish Online subscription £ 44.00: Not considered essential at present.
f) Hire of village hall for Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group @ £12 / hr: The possibility of applying for grant aid was noted
g) Clerk’s Pay and Expenses £546.92 HMRC £136.73: Agreed.
h) Accounts Update: The Clerk made a quarterly statement to the meeting.
112 TO CONSIDER PLANNING APPLICATIONS RECEIVED
None
113 TO CONSIDER OTHER MATTERS
a) Village Hall update: The new back door and combination lock will be replaced just before Easter. The curtains are to be replaced with roller blinds. Cllr Hemmins questioned the progress on the rebuilding the toilets etc. Cllr White noted that further grant funding is currently being sought for this project. The usual weekly bookings continue and there has also been a christening party. The discoloured water (whole village) and dirty floors have been noted. There is now also a broken latch on an inner door. Cllr White is proposing that his fundraising quiz would be for Ukraine this year. There was discussion as to whether this could be during the Jubilee weekend.

b) Annual Clerk’s Appraisal / Review: Funding for the Clerk to undertake the local government CiLCA training was put to the meeting. This was proposed by Cllr White and seconded by Cllr Hemmins. Noted that the local government pay review for 2021-22 has concluded and is now in place.
114 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.

i) Attention was drawn to the CAPALC training schedule available to both councillors and the clerk.
ii) Noted that the proposed road surfacing had been postponed as the road surface now deemed to need complete relaying.
115 SYKLARK – TO CONSIDER ANY EDITORIAL ISSUES
The next Skylark is the beginning of June. Contributions need to be in early, the first week in May, due to the Jubilee week at the end of May.
116 DATE OF NEXT MEETING: THURSDAY 21ST APRIL 2022 AT 7.15 PM, AT LONGSTOWE VILLAGE HALL.

Signed by Date

Chair