Minutes Thursday 20th January 2022

Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 20th January 2022 at 7.15pm

Present:
Cllr Barbara Cooper (Chairperson)
Cllr Will Bevan
Cllr Geoff Hemmins
Cllr Ben Holland
Cllr Peter White
Sharon Brown (Clerk)

Also present: Cllr Tumi Hawkins, Mrs Bobbie Coe.

OPEN MEETING
Defibrillator: further discussion on siting of a defibrillator in the village. Points to research: where the electricity runs underground through the village; possible use of solar panel for electricity; mobile phone signals at potential defibrillator locations.

Flooding in village: Cllr Hemmins raised the issue of the latest flooding in the village, which occurred around Christmas, near St. John’s Farm. Agreed that another review of all the gullies through the village is needed, as a basis for a further works request.

E-W Rail Local Representatives Group: Cllr Cooper will attend.

Queen’s Jubilee: Possible activities and residents involvement discussed.

84 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllr Mark Howell and Mrs Chris Morton.

85 TO SIGN AND APPROVE MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Minutes of 16th December 2021 were agreed for signature.

86 REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS AND PCSO
Cllr Howell, CCC: Cllr Cooper provided a summary of the report.

Cllr Hawkins, SCDC: highlighted: a) the forthcoming Planning and Drainage Meeting, b) new direct number for SCDC, c) the District covid situation, d) Water Resources East consultation to 28/2/22, e) new business grants from SCDC.

87 MATTERS ARISING/TO REPORT FROM PREVIOUS MINUTES (FOR INFORMATION ONLY) – COUNCIL TO REPORT THE FOLLOWING
a) Neighbourhood Planning: decision to hold an Open Village Meeting on 22nd February 2022 and to form a working group at that meeting.

88 MEMBERS’ DECLARATION OF INTEREST FOR ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
None.

89 FINANCE
a) Precept 2022-2023 – consultation: as agreed, application has been made for a 10% increase (an additional £525.00).
b) M. Murden: cleaning bus shelters and cleaning products, annual invoice: £135.00. Agreed.

90 TO CONSIDER PLANNING APPLICATIONS RECEIVED
None

91 TO CONSIDER OTHER MATTERS
Village Hall update: on-going maintenance continues. Bookings are low. No Afternoon Tea in January. A return of the village fete and jubilee events are being discussed. The S106 monies for village hall improvement (obtained in respect of a planning approval) are available until end Sept 2023. Both amounts, one small and one larger, can be used for disabled toilets redevelopment.
Village Halls week information will be circulated to the VH committee.

92 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.

Item 92 p) Cllrs Cooper and Holland will attend the online meeting on Planning and Drainage on 10/2/22.

93 SYKLARK – TO CONSIDER ANY EDITORIAL ISSUES
The editor’s short report was noted. For inclusion in the March issue: another appeal for siting the proposed defibrillator at the edge of a property; Neighbourhood Plan – notes of the inaugural meeting.

94 DATE OF NEXT MEETING: TUESDAY 22ND FEBRUARY 2022 AT 7.15 PM, AT LONGSTOWE VILLAGE HALL.

Signed by Date 2022

Chair