Minutes 11th April 2019
Minutes of the meeting of Baston Parish Council held on Thursday 11th April 2019 at The Barn following Annual Parish Meeting
Present: Cllrs: A Hutchins B Easey J Kelly
P Fidler L Gilliatt
Cllr R Trollope-bellew
Cllr K Cooke
3 members of the public in attendance.
Open Forum – None.
1/19 Chairman’s Remarks – The Vice Chairman welcomed everyone to meeting.
2/19 Apologies for absence & reasons given – Cllr Affleck – resignation.
3/19 Disclosure of Interests – None.
4/19 Minutes of the last meeting – It was resolved that the minutes of the last meeting held 14th March 2019 be approved and signed as a true and accurate record. Proposed Cllr Kelly, seconded Cllr Easey – (AH/LG/PF) all in favour.
5/19 Clerks report on matters outstanding –
Driveway (over culvert) – Enforcement Officer responded to our emails – will be making a further visit to property and report back.
S15/0111 Outgang Road – Enforcement Officer asked to report on latest situation.
S19/0139 – permission granted.
S19/0119 – permission granted.
Erection of Fence (Main Street)
6/19 Planning –
S19/0546 – no observations to make.
S19/0500 – no observations to make.
S19/0512 – no observations to make.
S19/0465 - Baston Parish Council wish to make representations re the above application on the following grounds:
1. Density of the proposed housing development. We believe that 4 new houses would be more appropriate to the existing neighbouring residences than the 6 houses as proposed.
2. Privacy. The close proximity of proposed houses C and D to No. 3 Rous Court would undoubtedly create privacy issues for the existing residents. Similarly, house E would create privacy issues for No.40 Main Street.
3. Japanese Knot weed. This highly persistent and invasive plant may not have been completely eradicated from the proposed building plot of house E.
4. Additional traffic volume created by vehicles owned by the residents of the new build (typically 2 vehicles per household) would add to the existing congestion already experienced on Main Street at Baston crossroads particularly at peak periods during the day.
5. Probability of additional primary school-aged children further stretching the already over-stretched capacity of Baston CE Primary School.
6. We would request application is put before a full planning committee.
7/19 Finance –
a) Report on balances and quarterly update. Bank Reconciliation in line with Bank Statements.
b) Payments to be made:
i) Wendy Gray, Parish Clerk – April - £346.63
ii) Abbie Burt – Community Cleaner March - £78.30
iii) D Knibbs – Allotment Clearance/removal of rubbish - £330.00
iv) BPFMC – 1st Quarter Rubbish - £86.45
v) BPFMC – Hire of Barn (meetings) - £100.00
vi) Community Heartbeat Support Costs - £324.00
vii) Community Heartbeat 2 Defibs - £4,575.00
viii) Abbie Burt (re-issue cheque) January - £78.30
It was resolved that items (i) to (viii) be approved for payment.
8/19 BPFMC Precept Payment – at December meeting voted in favour of adding £1100 to the precept (benefit of BPFMC re management costs etc). Would not pay it to BPFMC but accrue on BPFMC behalf – BPFMC does not have sufficient funding to accrue anything. Cllr Hutchins proposed BPFMC payment is made in line i.e. payable to BPFMC, seconded Cllr Fidler all in favour once precept is received.
9/19 Proposal to acquire new defibrillator cabinet and equipment for the village – done. What is happening with old one? Signs to say where defibs are?
10/19 – Speed Sign (Ladder) - quotation £331.20 – Cllr Hutchins proposed quotation is accepted, seconded Cllr Kelly, all in favour. Question from the floor – Is Ladder Course required?
11/19 Highways – None.
12/19 Grasscutting – we are not happy with outcome – we have £1900 in reserves which could be used towards some cutting for this next financial year. Cllr Hutchins proposed we ask our contractor to cut the verges in Main Street and up at the crossroads, seconded Cllr Kelly, all in favour.
13/19 Village Concerns –
Bede Road grass area well overgrown – SKDC cut 2 days ago – not now done by the Parish Council.
Trees at Manor Drive – previously reported – Cllr Hutchins will check on website.
Trees facing onto A15 – 3-11 re access off of Main Street – arrangements made some years ago between SKDC
14/19 Street Furniture – Parish Clerk to request brochures again from Cllr K Cooke.
15/19 Allotments – cleaning up works completed, good job done, only one half allotment available but due to be taken in next couple of weeks.
16/19 Correspondence –
Service Level Agreement - LALC
17/19 Reports from Outside Bodies –
County Councillor – as reported at APM.
District Councillor – as reported at APM
BPFMC – obtaining quotes for resurfacing driveway – one received £17,000.
Neighbourhood Panel – No meeting.
South Lincs – nothing to report.
18/19 To agree items for the press release –
AGM coming up
Verges being kept tidy
19/19 To resolve whether the Council move into Closed Session – None.
20/19 Any Other Business –
18 ton vehicle parking in Church Road, left over weekend – Parish Clerk to report.
New development coming from Main Street – cars parked along Main Street, other cars driving along – another hazard looking both ways.
Do we have software with Speeding Signs – AH has.
Tree bases along main street, when very high – if one steps on them – dangerous.
21/19 Date of next meeting – The next meeting of the Parish Council (Annual General Meeting followed by normal Parish Council meeting will take place on Thursday 9th May 2019 at The Barn at 8 pm. The meeting closed at 9.20 pm.