Parish Council Minutes 6th November 2017
Greetham Parish Council minutes Monday 6th November 2017
Greetham Community Centre @7.30 pm
Members present: Mr K. Edward (Chair); Mrs J. Denyer (Vice- Chair) Mr P. Hitchcox; Mr D Hodson;
Dr R. Oakes; Mrs Ann Jenkins; Mrs S. Begy; Mrs R. Marshall.
In attendance: N.Begy. Ward Member
Number of members of public present: 5
Lamp Post Poppies
Church Street traffic questionnaire
Thistleton Road drains
1. Apologies for absence Chair
2 Disclosure of interests in items on the agenda Chair
3. Approval of minutes from October 2nd 2017 Chair
Proposed: AJ Seconded: JD Carried unanimously
4. Matters arising Chair
Grass/ verge cutting 2018. No response has been received from the email sent.
Ward member to chase.
Bench permits. Finance item.
RCC Waste disposal service (Dog waste) A request to place an additional bin
(emptied by RCC) is awaiting a response.
From September meeting
RCC response to request to intervene with Environmental Agency (smoke
emissions). Ward Member feedback. Action taken to date has been outlined.
An initial issue with the burning of unsuitable wood has now been resolved.
Monitoring will continue.
Western Power response to request for information. No further update.
5. Finance Chair
Grant agreement update. RCC request for confirmation that Chair and Vice
Chair are empowered to sign. The appropriate section of Standing orders and
Minute reference from October forwarded
Quarterly audit. Bank statement received and audit will be completed for the
Bench permit £172 Proposed: PH Seconded : JD Carried unanimously
Poppies. Purchased for £150. Sponsorship money received £235 (including a
pledged donation from Lovells). Cost for placement: to be notified
Replacement dog waste bags £37.75 plus VAT per 800 (5% discount in
November). Ongoing annual agreement for purchase £200. Proposed: KE
Seconded:PH Carried unanimously
CAB – request for donation. £200 suggested. Proposed: KE Seconded: PH
Church clock donation request towards annual service (£126) Amount agreed
£126. The payment of the full amount of the invoice is specific to this financial
year and will be reviewed annually.
Proposed: KE Seconded: PH Carried unanimously
6. Planning – all planning applications can be accessed on the RCC website Chair
6.1 Update from Planning Enforcement Officer regarding:
Old Post Office, Main Street. The first meeting arranged for September was
cancelled until October. This has also been cancelled and was rearranged for
November 3rd. This third meeting was also cancelled. The planning application
received for the fence was retrospective. RCC refused permission and an
appeal was lodged. The appeal was refused and that is now the final decision.
The enforcement officer has advised he will visit the site to determine the
status of the opaque glazing to the rear of the property and the status of the
66a Main Street. Revised plans have been submitted but not active as unpaid
Hooby Lane Quarry is reported to have one pile over height which is continuing
to be reduced. GPC informed RCC of their continued concerns. The
Enforcement Officer is satisfied that this is now acceptable.
PROPOSAL: Rear extension to form new utility area and new summer room.
3, Main Street, Greetham, OAKHAM, Rutland, LE15 7NJ
GPC has no comment to make on this application.
Crown reduction of 1 No. Ash tree by 5 metres.
Pennybrook, 54, Main Street, Greetham, OAKHAM, Rutland, LE15 7NL
Ash tree, crown removal by 5 metres.
GPC has no comment to make on this application
2017/0561/FUL Greetham Lodge farm – approved with condition that no slurry
is ‘bought in’.
Outcome of Communication regarding darkness of mortar used at the Lovells
development reported to RCC. (GPC to seek confirmation that all properties on site
have appropriate coloured mortar.) The company are advised by RCC that the
mortar used is incorrect and RCC will continue to monitor until this is rectified.
7 Focus groups. Chair
Traffic Focus Group – proposed format of consultation letter to residents of
Church Lane. PH
It is confirmed that this will be presented in a tick box format. All residents who
access properties via Church Lane will receive an anonymous copy to complete.
These will be numbered randomly.
Update of traffic issues. Ward Member. Following lengthy communications with
RCC and the police GPC would like to ascertain what positive action can be
taken regarding speed, parking, and HGV restrictions.
Planning Focus Group meeting report. A strategy to keep pressure on RCC to
take notice of Greetham residents’ views on the Local Plan Review was presented.
This includes: attending a meeting with the RCC Councillor on the cabinet;
contact with LRALC regarding RCC’s consideration of the Greetham
Neighbourhood Plan in respect of the Local Plan review; submission of a
further FOI request regarding inclusion of the quarry as a proposed site as
restricted conditions are still in place; a request that RCC Scrutiny Panel review
the process by which sites were selected after the appraisal process.
Ward member suggested GPC writes to Police, Road Policing Unit, asking them
to enforce a weight ban if RCC Highways approved one.
Cycle path. Ward member. GPC are in favour of the cycle path from Greetham
to Stretton in principle but are unable to commit financially.
8. Playground Project Chair
The plans have been presented to the Community Centre Committee and their
agreement is minuted. GPC will now inform RCC that these plans are accepted.
Ground preparation is due to start in February (volunteers are being recruited)
Grant applications are submitted
9 Floods, sewers and surface water / Conservation and environmental issues Chair
10 Community Centre Update Chair
Quotes are being sought for the upgrade of the heating system.
11 Welcome Visit Chair
SB and RM are completing these.
12 Village Clean Up Chair
Feedback. This was a successful event with a minimal amount of rubbish
A report of rubbish at Lovell’s site (open skip/ food waste) has been reported to
13 Correspondence and Communication Chair
Residents regarding Northbrook Close. Action: RCC contacted and appropriate
investigations are underway.
Quarry (road cleaning). Following complaints received Stamford Stone
contacted. Response received stated that the road is cleaned twice a day.
Allotment request. A reply would be sent by the clerk stating that at the
present time we do not have the needed numbers to take this further. Suggest
the person asks in the Village Newsletter and on face Book if anyone has land
available to offer individuals.
Residents – roads and parking. This is being considered alongside all traffic
Residents – request for mirror at end of Pond Lane. Clerk to contact RCC
highways and request one.
Resident – correspondence addressed to all Councillors personally regarding
fence at Old post Office. Response from RCC enforcement shows the current
position. GPC have no further part in this dispute between the owner and RCC.
Resident – correspondence regarding the slope created to the footpath behind
The Wheatsheaf and the debris in the stream. Action: relevant agencies to be
14 Reports from outside bodies Chair
15 Items for a future agenda Chair
Budget setting 2018. Focus Groups to identify potential projects and present
for financial consideration at the December meeting.
Risk assessment for volunteers.
16. Date of next meeting – Monday December 4th 2017
Meeting closed at 21.30
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