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THORNHAUGH PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of the Inaugural Meeting of the 2011/2012 Parish Council
held at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 17th May 2011
In St Andrew’s Church


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

IN ATTENDANCE
Cllr Diane Lamb (Ward Councillor)
Seven Members of the Public
Deirdre McCumiskey, Clerk to the Council

1.    APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
There were apologies for absence from Cllr John Holdich (Ward Councillor).

2.    DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Ian Molesworth declared a personal interest in Planning Application 11/00566/FUL – Demolition of existing conservatory and construction of rear and side extensions at 2 Russell Hill, Thornhaugh.

Liam Molesworth and Brian Watts declared personal interests in Planning Application 11/00256/FUL – Replacement four-bed dwelling and detached garage with store/games room above at Seven Summers Russell Hill Thornhaugh Peterborough PE8 6HL

3.    ELECTION OF PARISH COUNCIL VICE CHAIRMAN AND REPRESENTATIVES

i.    Vice Chairman
Cllr Ian Molesworth (no change)

ii.    Thornhaugh & Wansford Parish Burial Ground Committee
Mr A Tresadern and Mr H Warren (no change).  It was agreed to include the T&W Parish Burial Ground Committee Minutes onto the Parish Council’s Website.

iii.    Representative on Thornhaugh Environmental Association
Cllr Liam Higgins (no change)

iv.    Representative on Augean Community Liaison
Cllr Martin Witherington (no change)

v.    Representative on Christie Hall Management Committee
Cllr Brian Watts (no change)

4.    PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

The members of the public present were concerned about the inappropriate use of the access slip in front of the four houses on the A1 South opposite the Thornhaugh Gap.  They were experiencing problems with motorists using the access slip as a lay-by thus blocking their driveways.  They were also experiencing anti-social behaviour with litter being deposited in the access slip and motorists urinating in the bushes.  The members of the public had been in liaison with Wendy Gray, Highways Division Route Performance Administrator regarding their concerns but had been informed that, due to financial restraints, there were no funds available to try and alleviate the problems.

The Parish Councillors agreed to pursue this on behalf of the members of the public.  It was suggested that the “Lay-By” sign before the access slip could be moved nearer to the actual lay-by and that a “No Parking” sign and double yellow lines may deter some motorists.  Diane Lamb indicated that funds for these options may be available from the Community Leadership Fund.

The members of the public present were also concerned about the overgrowth on the bridle path next to the four houses on the A1 South opposite the Thornhaugh Gap.  The Clerk will contact Mr B Rowcroft, PCC, to establish who is liable for keeping the overgrowth down.

The members of the public present requested that there is still access for pedestrians to cross over the A1 to enter Thornhaugh village once the Thornhaugh Gap is permanently closed to vehicles later on in the year.

The members of the public present were concerned about speeding motorists in the village.  A recent Speedwatch Session had not revealed any speeding motorists.  Several ideas were discussed regarding how to discourage speeding motorists including road signs, interactive road signs and speed bumps.  The Clerk will contact Highways Division to see what options may be possible

5.    MINUTES of the Sixth Meeting of the 2010/2011 Parish Council held on Tuesday 8th March 2011 were reviewed, approved and signed by the Chairman.

Proposed by:-        William Rogers
Seconded by:-        Liam Higgins
CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

MINUTES of the Seventh Meeting of the 2010/2011 Parish Council held on Tuesday 5th April 2011 were reviewed, approved and signed by the Chairman.

Proposed by:-        William Rogers
Seconded by:-        Liam Higgins
CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

6.    MATTERS ARISING

i)    Thornhaugh Landfill Site
Planning Applications 03/01171/RMP, 10/01440/MMFUL, 10/01441/MMFUL and 10/01442/MMFUL at Cooks Hole Quarry, Leicester Road, Thornhaugh have all been granted Planning Permission.  Martin Withering gave a report about his recent interview about the Planning Applications on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

ii)    Home Farm Matters
Martin Witherington had no new issues to raise regarding Home Farm matters.

iii)    A1/Thornhaugh Gap Issues
The Clerk had circulated an update from Wendy Gray, Route Performance Administrator, who confirmed that funding has been allocated in 2011/12 to permanently close the A1 Thornhaugh Gap.  The Clerk had been contacted by William Jones of Atkins, the contractors for the work, to arrange a Site Visit.  All the Parish Councillors indicated they would wish to attend.  Liam Higgins asked the Clerk to contact Wendy Gray to ascertain whether any funding had been allocated to improvement work on the slip road onto the A1 North at Thornhaugh.

iv)    Village Seat
William Rogers confirmed he had obtained two quotations for an oak seat which had been forwarded to John Holdich for consideration for financial support from the Community Leadership Fund.

v)    Planning Application 11/00256/FUL – Seven Summers, Russell Hill, Thornhaugh
This had been discussed at Site Visit made by the Parish Councillors on 5th April 2011 and their objections had been submitted to PCC Planning Department.  A revised Planning Application had been received and was discussed.  The Parish Councillors had objections to the revised Planning Application and it was agreed that Liam Higgins will send the Clerk these objections to be submitted to PCC.

vi)      Thornhaugh Parish Council Precept
Liam Higgins had been approached by a resident who wanted to know why Thornhaugh had the highest Council Tax in the Peterborough City Council area.  The Clerk had asked Hubert Warren, the previous Clerk for an explanation.  Hubert Warren stated this has been the case for many years and, he had always believed, is because of the number of houses in the higher categories of bands (D-H) and the comparatively small size of the village. He also stated the actual small monetary amounts involved have not significantly changed over the years.  Liam will pursue this with PCC.

7.    CORRESPONDENCE

•    Local Resident – Dog Fouling/Dogs off the Lead – (the Clerk had circulated a complaint from a resident about these issues in March 2011 and a Notice had been put onto the Parish Council Website and included in Living Villages )
•    Planning Application 11/00256/FUL – Replacement four-bed dwelling and detached garage with store/games room above at Seven Summers Russell Hill Thornhaugh Peterborough PE8 6HL (See under Matters Arising)
•    CPALC – Affiliation Fee Invoice and Publications List (Noted)
•    Planning Application 11/00566/FUL – Demolition of existing conservatory and construction of rear and side extensions at 2 Russell Hill, Thornhaugh (Noted)
•    Planning Applications 03/01171/RMP, 10/01440/MMFUL, 10/01441/MMFUL and 10/01442/MMFUL at Cooks Hole Quarry, Leicester Road, Thornhaugh – Granted (Noted)
•    PCC – Peterborough Site Allocations Devt Plan Document (Note and taken by Martin Witherington)
•    Planning Application 11/00256/FUL (revised) – Replacement four-bed dwelling and detached garage with store/games room above at Seven Summers Russell Hill Thornhaugh Peterborough PE8 6HL (See under Matters Arising)

8.    FINANCE

i)    Statement and Bank Reconciliation at 17th May 2011 was reviewed and approved as presented

Proposed by:-        William Rogers
Seconded by:-        Martin Witherington
CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

On 1st April 2011, the Parish Council appointed Karen Jones as Internal Auditor for the Financial Year Ended 31st March 2011.  She is a retired ex-Bank Official, having spent 27 years working at Barclays Bank.

Karen Jones is a local resident but is not a Parish Councillor, is not related to any of the Parish Councillors or the Parish Clerk and has not attended any Parish Council Meetings.  She has had no involvement with the Parish Council’s finances or with the preparation of the Annual Return.

Karen Jones had submitted an Internal Auditor’s Report to the Parish Council which was noted by the Parish Councillors.  There were no action points to be implemented.

Annual Return for the Financial Year Ended 31st March 2011 was reviewed and approved as presented

Proposed by:-        William Rogers
Seconded by:-        Martin Witherington
CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

9.    ADJOURNMENT

Brian Watts asked if there was any news about changing the signage at the bottom of Russell Hill.  He was informed that this was being dealt with.

Liam Higgins stated there were large pot holes in the back lane.  Brian Watts agreed to spread garden rubble in the pot holes to fill them up.

The Clerk was asked to put information about the Village Website and the Parish Council’s concerns about speeding motorists in the village in Living Villages.

10.    DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Second Meeting of the 2011/2012 Council will take place at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 12th July 2011 in St Andrew’s Church.   Kirsten Bennett (Cambridgeshire ACRE) will speak on Affordable Rural Housing.

11.    CLOSURE

There being no further business to discuss, the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.40 pm

SIGNED    _________________________________        DATE        12/07/11
Chairman