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September 29, 2011

Nocton Parish Council Minutes - 19 July 2011

Minutes of Nocton Parish Council held on 19th July 2011 in the Village Hall

Present:
Councillor D. Wilson (Chair)
Councillor I. Goldsworthy (Vice-Chair)
Councillor P. Askew
Councillor N. Faulkner
Councillor K. Tyler
Councillor M. Williams

Also present:
District Councillor Money
Mr A. Brown (LCC Highways)
Mr D. Bates (NKDC Planning)
Mrs J. Hill (Dog Warden)
Mrs D. Green (Parish Clerk)

8 members of the public were in attendance

1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received from PCSO Flannigan, District Councillor R. Kendrick and County Councillor M. Overton

2. ACCEPTANCE OF OFFICE
Councillor Neil Faulkner signed the Acceptance of Office which was counter-signed by the Clerk

3. DECLARATION OF PREJUDICIAL INTEREST IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ETHICAL CODE OF CONDUCT
The Chair and Councillor Faulkner declared a personal interest in Item Nos. 8 and 9 "Issues Concerning Nocton Park".

4. PUBLIC QUESTIONS
The Planning Officer was asked if any thing was known regarding the sale of the Nocton Ltd. Site and if Nocton Dairies had approached the Council again.

Mr. Brown was asked about a permanent flashing speed indicator for the village. There is a scheme of 'fixed' signs and he suggested get support from County Councillor Overton. The Parish Council could purchase a device for approximately £5000 plus £1500 for all future maintenance.

Traffic through the village - between 8am and 9.30 a.m. on a Sunday six 'chicken' lorries went through. Councillor Rumbelow reported that the manager of the chicken company has said that when an order comes in it has to go out immediately. 40ft lorries use the village so is there any was to get this rout off the GPS? Mr. Brown said that was not possible.

The general state of the village looks untidy. Does the Parish Council have the power to do anything? Hedges are cut by LCC Highways on what is termed 'an area of reasonableness'. After a very long wait the hedges by the Hall grounds are to be cut next week. Parish Councillors are to walk around the village to make a comprehensive list of those items requiring attention. Households with overgrown hedges will be approached.

5. POLICE MATTERS
No report. A parishioner had been unable to contact a PCSO on a Sunday. Councillor Askew will raise the matter at the Police Forum meeting on Thursday 21st July.

Mini-scooters are a regular nuisance around the village. Parishioners had previously been advised to report details of drivers/number plates to the police.

The barrier has been removed from the former Nocton Ltd. Road but it is due to be replaced, and a new path created into the hospital site.

6. LITTER
No report. Mr.Sidney was paid prior to the meeting.

7. DOG WARDEN
Mrs Hill gave her report. She had issued a ticket and the £50 fine paid. A request received for a dog waste bin on The Green by the path to the Hall grounds, and one on the Rostrop Road footpath. These requests were agreed. Mrs. Hill's contract is up for renewal next month. This will be discussed in private session. Councillor Rumbelow said he would ask Mr. Hewitt to put an item in the parish magazine on dog fowling.

8. ALAN BROWN - LCC HIGHWAYS OFFICER
Mr Brown said work on trees on Potterhanworth Road would be carried out shortly. On the HGV problem, LCC have done a lot of traffic surveys, the last in 2007, need a suitable alternative route. Not practical to put time restrictions on HGVs. LCC will do a traffic survey on a day/date of the Parish Council's choosing. Councillor Rumbelow pointed out that this is the only way to Southery. A routing plan is a planning matter. Traffic calming humps make too much noise. Councillor Faulkner said in Cambridge they have single lane entry into villages and incoming traffic has to give-way to outgoing. This wasn't considered appropriate for Nocton. The suggested 20mph and "Not suitable for HGVs" signs are not recommended. Moving the 30mph signs further out would require a formal application and consultation but Mr. Brown agreed to look into it. Signs are only replaced if badly bent or very rusty, not if only faded.

Councillor Tyler reported a pothole at the B1188/B1202 junction has not been filled in. Mr. Brown will investigate.

Councillor Faulkner said the 'cats eyes' had been removed, the road surface dressed and 'cats eyes' replaced, on Potterhanworth Road, but not done to the Fen Road. The yellow markings on the footways are to mark where dropped kerbs are to be installed.

Councillor Askew asked if a footway to the top of Wellhead Lane could be laid. This would make it much safer for the primary school children, and parents, walking to school. Mr. Brown said write to LCC and seek support from County Councillor Overton.

Nocton Park issues: LCC are ready to go if Mr. Sowerby will comply with LCC Highways Section 38 Notice for Phase 1. All phase 3 drawings are ready. The Nocton Park "New Road Layout" sign can now go. The Nocton Park name sign needs to be sited closer to the junction - the Clerk to write to Peter Sowerby. A meeting between Mr. Brown, Peter Sowerby and Nocton Park Committee was suggested.

9. DAVID BATES - NKDC PLANNING OFFICER
Mr Bates was not aware that anything has been heard by NKDC regarding the sale of Nocton Ltd. yard and buildings. Not heard that anything more has come in from Nocton Dairies Ltd.

Nocton Hall - nothing to report. District .Councillors have met with Karen Bradford and Andrew McDonagh regarding the Options Appraisal which is now at the discussion stage. The Chair said a new asbestos test is needed on the former hospital- Mr. Bates will pass on this request.

Councillor Williams asked who owns the land which the Peter Sowerby compound stands on. Mr.Clarke. The compound can be used for this development until it is completed. Mr. Sowerby is using the compound but not developing Nocton Park. Mr Bates will chase up letter from Michelle Hyles NKDC Enforcement Officer.

Moving the red BT telephone kiosk from Wasps Nest to the village: Mr. Bates will speak to BT and then to planning.

Mr. Bates and Mr. Brown were thanked for attending and their reports.

10. MINUTES
The Minutes of the meeting held on 6th June 2011 were proposed as correct by Councillor Goldsworthy, seconded by Councillor Askew and signed by the Chair.

11. VILLAGE HALL
Nothing more heard from the Blood Transfusion Service. Councillor Williams has a list of questions about the use of the hall and its management arrangements which she will give to Councillor Askew.

12. NOCTON HALL
Nothing to report.

13. QUEEN'S DIAMOND JUBILEE
Will now be called "The Nocton Festival". Every group in the village is represented and will do something. Have got flower bulbs from Mr.Clarke. Harvest Produce Show is on 4th September. It had been agreed by the group to enter the Best Kept Village competition next year.

14. THE VILLAGE GREEN
Suggested the repaired Coronation bench be placed on The Green with a notice board. The precise location to be agreed on the village "walkabout".

15. NOCTON PLAN
Another meeting had been held. Councillors were told there would be a new look to the parish magazine. Seeking funding from the Co-op and "Awards for All". The Chair suggested Rev. Parkin be contacted regarding youth issues.

A letter from Mrs. Kania requested a second Parish Councillor join the Steering Committee. Councillor Goldsworthy proposed and Councillor Askew seconded that Councillor Williams be the Parish Council representative, majority agreed. Councillor Tyler felt strongly that a second Parish Councillor on the committee would be advisable. This will be considered further in private session.

16. CORRESPONDENCE
(a) E-mail from Paul Yelland re Fly tipped asbestos (removed).
(b) LCC Minerals and Waste Local Development Framework: Development Management Policies, Draft Waste Policy DM19 consultation.
(c) NKDC Karen Bradford reply re asbestos.
(d) NKDC re Parish Councils in NK details.
(e) John Rose thank you letter for the retirement presentation.
(f) NKDC (Marcella Heath) re forthcoming events.
(g) Robert Howard reply re traffic using the track from the B1188 to Wasps Nest.
(h) NKDC reply re Peter Sowerby compound.
(i) Open Spaces Society.
(j) NKDC Cluster Agenda/Minutes for the meeting on 20th July 2011.
(k) LALC news.
(l) NKDC Karen Bradford unable to attend July meeting.
(m) NKDC Sharon Bark re over 60s type clubs in the village.
(n) Clerks and Councils Direct.
(o) LCC re Community Wildlife Grants available.
(p) NKDC re Standards Committee.
(q) E-ON re energy saving scheme. The Clerk had worked out draft costings. Councillor Goldsworthy agreed to carry out a "cost/benefit" analysis to see whether the Parish Council should participate in the scheme and report to the next meeting.
(r) LEDA Properties reply to invitation - cannot attend (The Chair to contact Nick Hardcastle).
(s) LCC - Thanks for participating in the Flood Risk Assessment.
(t) Notes requesting a dog waste bin for The Green and Rostrop Road.

17. PLANNING MATTERS
(a) NKDC Refusal N/155/02 to fell Ash tree at Garden Cottage
(b) NKDC application CA42/51 to prune Ash tree at The Garden Cottage (comments sent)
(c) NKDC application to fell Apple tree Nocton Community Primary School (comments sent)
(d) NKDC application 11/0674/OHL rebuild overhead power line
(e) NKDC application 11/0633/FUL re-submitted application 1/0176/FUL The Pheasantry
(f) NKDC street numbering Nocton Wood House, Lincoln Road, (formerly Mr.Clarke's) (no comments needed)

18. FINANCIAL MATTERS
(a) Lloyds statements (21) £16,743.50 & (22) £1,104.72.
(b) Invoice from Mrs. Morris for District Councillors' presentation expenses £53.44 (cheque signed).
(c) E-ON invoice for power £161.65 (cheque signed).
(d) Nocton Festival Committee request for funding of £250 start up, all agreed to set aside this amount.
(e) Request from Mrs. Kania for funding of £250 for Community Plan Steering Committee, agreed.
(f) M. Sidney £40 for litter picking June (cheque signed).
(g) Mrs. J. Hill Dog Warden June £112.70 (cheque signed).
(h) LCC £48 for Localism Conference attended by Councillor Williams (cheque signed).
(i) Post Office Counters £134.98 (cheque signed).
(j) Clerk's salary May/June. £202.46 expenses £14.24 = £216.70 (cheque signed).
(k) Clerk's reimbursement for personal cheque made payable to the dog warden for April £68.00 (cheque signed).

19. AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS
The Audit of Accounts form for 2010/2011 was completed and approved at an extra-ordinary meeting on 29th June 2011 and forwarded to Clement Keys.

20. LOCALISM
Councillor Williams gave a report on the conference she had attended.

21. NOCTON PARK
Councillor Faulkner informed the Council that the management committee is looking into erecting a wind turbine. A feasibility study to take place in the next six weeks on a 300kw turbine, to be sited in the back of The Park and will provide power for The Park.

22. PARISH COUNCILLORS WALK AROUND THE VILLAGE
Date set for Thursday 4th August 2011 at 5.00 p.m. Meet at the Nocton Park notice board. Outstanding business from this evening's meeting to be completed following this walk.

23. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Tuesday, 6th September 2011 at 7.00 p.m. in the Village Hall.

The meeting closed at 10.20 p.m.