Minutes 13th February 2020

2020-02-13 Minutes
Minutes of the meeting of Baston Parish Council held on Thursday 13th February 2020 commencing at 8 pm
Present:    Cllrs:      A Hutchins, B Easey, P Fidler, J Kelly, D Morgan, D Moss, D Plant, PHearne
    
4 members of the public in attendance.
                    
Open Forum – Concern raised about no apparent action on application for parking restrictions on Deeping Road.  
191/19 Chairman’s Remarks – Cllr Hutchins welcomed everyone to the meeting.
 
192/19 Apologies for absence & reasons given – Apologies from Parish Clerk, District Cllrs R Trollope-bellew and K Cooke.
 
193/19Disclosure of Interests – None.
 
194/19 Co-option of Councillor(s) – None
 
195/19 Minutes of the last meeting – It was resolved that the minutes of the last meeting held 9th January 2020 be approved and signed as a true and accurate record.  Proposed Cllr Kelly, seconded Cllr Morgan – all in agreement.  
 
196/19 Clerks report on matters outstanding – With no clerk, there was no report. However, Cllr Hutchins confirmed that an acknowledgment had been received from Cllr Trollop-Bellew about the Deeping Road Yellow Lines parking issue. He requested that the PC Clerk make sure that the acknowledgment was on the website.
 
197/19 Planning –
S19/1700 – Cllr Hutchins acknowledged receipt of a letter of complaint from Simon Roberts, a neighbour of the Black Horse public house, regarding the noise of children and the height of recreation climbing frames in the Black Horse garden. It was proposed that the four residents most affected should approach the landlord of the Black Horse to resolve the issues and, if they do not obtain satisfaction that they contact the Planning Department to ensure that the 9pm curfew already in placed be respected and seek planning permission to reduce the height of the climbing frames.  Proposed Cllr Hutchins, seconded Cllr Kelly – all in agreement.
 
198/19 Finance – With no clerk, there was no report – Income and Expenditure update had been sent to all Cllrs prior to meeting.
 
199/19 Old Defibrillator – Cllr Hutchins was pleased to report that the old defibrillator had been sold for £291.   Item can be removed from agenda.
 
200/19 Highways –
a.    Cllr Hutchins confirmed that LCC has proposed a Prohibition of Waiting Order at the Baston CE School, Main Street/Cardyke Drive junction. The consultation period will end on 12 March 2020.
b.    Cllr Plant requested action over a blocked drain at 45/47 Main St, causing flooding.  Cllr Hutchins said that a report should be placed on the SKDC website for their action.
c.    Cllr Hutchins informed the meeting that the flashing speed signs were now dismounted for 30 days.
d.    Cllr Moss asked if a ‘sleeping policeman’ could be purchased for Main St, at the junction with the woodland path. Cllr Hutchins felt that the expense would not merit it.
e.    Cllr Fidler mentioned that a tree was blocking the woodland path. A report would be made to the SKDC website.
f.    Cllr Kelly asked where the footpath, currently being built on the A15 layby, was going. He was informed that it would eventually connect with the Main Street junction and bus stop.
 
201/19 Grass cutting – Cllr Hutchins confirmed that the new agreement for the fortnightly cutting of the grass in the village had been signed.
 
202/19 Village Wild Flower Reservation – Cllr Kelly reported that the project was moving forward satisfactorily under the new name of ‘Baston Naturehood’. He submitted its first report which is attached below these minutes. Cllr Hutchins reported that he had been unsuccessful with a grant application from the National Lottery, but he would try again in coming funding rounds.
 
203/19 Village Concerns – Cllr Hutchins reported that there was no response yet from Planning Application S19/1270 ref. 5 Outgang Rd.
 
204/19 Street Furniture –
a.    Cllr Debbie Moss asked if a dog bin could be sited at the top of Thetford Avenue. She has agreed to research the cost of the bin after which a decision will be made with regard to the viability of supporting the cost of emptying it.
b.    Cllr Hutchins reported that bench on the Hadrian’s Drive/Main St junction has been removed for refurbishment, after which the village noticeboards on the BPFMC fields will be refurbished.  
 
205/19 Allotments – Nothing to report.
 
206/19 Correspondence – No external correspondence received.
 
207/19 Reports from Outside Bodies –
BPFMC – New driveway and Car Park now complete, lighting is to follow. BPFMC is happy to incorporate Baston Naturehood ideas where practicable.
Neighbourhood Panel – Cllr Kelly reported that, at the recent meeting, there was currently little support from the police for this liaison body.
South Lincs – Fenland Partnership representative – No meetings recently.
 
208/19 To agree items for the press release –
Street furniture refurbishments
Liaison with Baston Naturehood
 
209/19 To resolve whether the Council move into Closed Session – None.
 
210/19 Any Other Business – None.
 
211/19 Date of next meeting – The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Thursday 12th March 2020 at The Barn at 8 pm.  The meeting closed at 9.30 pm.
 
 
Baston Naturehood
A report by Cllr Jim Kelly
 
The Parish Council along with South Lincs Fens Partners, Mayfield Gardens Residents, St Johns Church, the Village Schools, local farmers, SKDC, BPFMC, and several interested individuals are in the early stages of a project.
ln this time of concern about climate change its aims are to look at biodiversity, being Carbon Neutral, and helping nature where possible.
Mayfield Gardens already have built bug hotels, a pollinator and planted an orchard.
The Parish Council are considering sites for wildflower meadows.
Groups are looking at linking up different areas, schoolchildren have already leaflet homes in the village and year 5 are mapping green routes.
Creation of a Naturehood Action Plan has been suggested, starting with an open meeting in the village hall, probably June, inviting residents and interested parties to discuss different ways to take this forward.