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THORNHAUGH PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of the Second Meeting of the 2012/2013 Parish Council held at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 9th October 2012 In St Andrew’s Church

PRESENT
William Rogers (Chairman)
Liam Higgins
Ian Molesworth
Brian Watts

IN ATTENDANCE
Aimee Hunter, PCSO
1 Member of the Public
Deirdre McCumiskey, Clerk to the Council

Aimee Hunter, PCSO was welcomed to the meeting. She introduced herself and explained she covers the Glinton & Wittering Ward. She is currently based at Bretton Police Station but there are plans to move to Thorpe Wood Police Station in the New Year. She can be contacted on Mobile Phone Number: 07525227398 or e-mail: aimee.hunter@cambs.pnn.police.uk.

She had checked whether there had been any incidents or reported crimes in the past three months in Thornhaugh. There had been a theft of a vehicle in August.

She talked about e-cops (accessed via Cambridgeshire Constabulary Website). If you sign up to e-cops you receive email updates from your local neighbourhood policing team. As a subscriber you will receive regular updates about crime and anti-social behaviour in your area, as well as feedback from your team about what they’re doing to tackle it. It’s a way of staying in touch with community issues, which can also be shared with family, friends and colleagues. You can also email your policing team through e-cops to share any concerns you have or help local officers with their enquiries, providing feedback on incidents or appeals for information. e-cops is a free service that gives you direct and easy access to your neighbourhood policing team at a time convenient to you. If you live or work in Cambridgeshire, why not sign up? All you need to join is an email address. Subscribe today and join the online network to learn more about policing where you live.

She hopes to attend as many Parish Council Meetings as possible.

1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

There were apologies for absence from Martin Witherington and John Holdich (Ward Councillor).

2. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

There were no Declarations of Interest in any items on the Agenda.

3. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

The Member of the Public raised the following issue:-

The appointment of Mr R Reeve to replace Mr A Tresadern as the Thornhaugh Representative and the appointment of Mr T Pearson to replace Mr Tresadern as Chairman the Thornhaugh & Wansford Burial Ground Committee. This was agreed by all present.

4. MINUTES of the Inaugural Meeting of the 2012/2013 Parish Council held on Tuesday 17th July 2012 were reviewed, approved and signed by the Chairman.

Proposed by:- William Rogers
Seconded by:- Brian Watts
CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

5. MATTERS ARISING

i) Home Farm Matters

As Martin Witherington was absent, Home Farm Matters were not discussed.

ii) Speeding in the Village

Thornhaugh, like many other local villages has episodes where motorists exceed the speed limit in the village. It was agreed to request that Ms George, Road Safety Officer attends the next Parish Council Meeting to update the Parish Council regarding a “SLOW” marking on the road and moving the national speed limit sign to behind the bend.

iii) Village Sign

Brian Watts confirmed he had met with the local wood-carver to discuss possible design and cost. He will e-mail a report of his meeting to the Parish Councillors.

iv) Bell Ringing

It was noted that there had been no further concerns about the time in the evening that bell ringing practice finishes at St Andrew’s Church

6. CORRESPONDENCE

PCC – Electric Bicycles for Rural Communities (Noted)

PCC – Notification to carry out work to trees within a Conservation Area(Noted)

The Planning Inspectorate – The proposed East Northamptonshire Resource Management Facility (Noted)

PCC – Minerals/Waste Application re Continued Operation and Restoration of Thornhaugh Landfill (Noted)

PCC – Consultation re Minerals/Waste Application re Proposed Relocation of Site Offices and Weighbridge at Cooks Hole Quarry (Noted)

PCC – Appeal re Minerals/Waste Application re Importation of inert material for recycling and to achieve a beneficial restoration to agricultural land at Thornhaugh Quarry (Noted)

PCC – Consultation re Planning Application re Addition of second storey to existing property and two storey extension with underlying cellar at The Retreat (Noted)

PCC – Code of Conduct (Noted)

PCC – Parish Conference (The Clerk will send details to Martin Witherington to see if he is able to attend as no other Parish Councillors will be able to attend.)

7. FINANCE

i) Statement and Bank Reconciliation at 30th September 2012 was reviewed and approved as presented

Proposed by:- William Rogers
Seconded by:- Brian Watts
CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

ADJOURNMENT

It was noted that Alan Tresadern, past Thornhaugh Parish Council Chairman, is leaving the village on 1st November 2012. The Parish Councillors thanked him for all his hard work and commitment to the Parish Council, the Thornhaugh & Wansford Burial Ground Committee and to the village in general.

It was noted that there is no road sign on the A1 South to indicate where motorists should turn off for access to Thornhaugh. The Clerk will contact Highways Division to request that a sign is erected.

It was noted that the hedges are very overgrown on the right hand-side of Russell Hill towards the junction of the A47. The Clerk will contact Matthew, Head Groundsman at Thornhaugh Hall to request that the hedges are cut back.

It was agreed to purchase a Jubilee Photograph Book for the Telephone Box Library and to put some of the Jubilee Photographs on the Noticeboard.

It was agreed that the Clerk will contact Highways Division to ensure the grit-bins are filled up for winter.

It was noted that some of the street lights are overgrown with foliage which is reducing the brightness of them. The Clerk will contact Peterborough City Council to request that the foliage is cut away from the street lights.

9. DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The Third Meeting of the 2012/2013 Council will take place on Tuesday 4th December 2012 at 7.00 pm on in St Andrew’s Church.

10. CLOSURE

There being no further business to discuss, the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.15 pm

SIGNED _________________________________ DATE 04/12/12

Chairman