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Kirton Parish Council Meeting Minutes
The Chairman wished all a Happy New Year and welcomed everyone to the meeting.
The Chairman updated members regarding the upcoming centenary commemoration of the award of a Victoria Cross to Sjt Harold Jackson. This will be marked by a paving stone laid in the War Memorial.
The Chairman informed members that a suggestion had been made to hold a regular farmers market in the village, although interest in whether this would be viable was still not certain.
The Chairman thanked Cllr Foster for providing a trailer to collect the wreaths from the Cemetery. He asked if anyone could give an hour to remove the wreaths on the 19th.
Apologies for absence and reason given
Cllrs D Danby and J Edwards sent their apologies and reasons for absence which were accepted by the Council.
Receipt of any declarations of interest in accordance with the requirements of the Localism Act 2011, and to consider any written requests for dispensations in relation to members’ disclosable pecuniary interests.
Cllr Bemrose declared a personal interest in item 12. Town Hall on the agenda as her mother is Chairman.
Cllr Ransome declared an interest in Planning as she is on the planning committee at the Borough.
Approval of the minutes of the previous meeting
It was resolved that the notes of the meeting held on the 21st December 2017, previously circulated, should be recorded as the minutes. Proposed by Cllr Ransome, seconded by Cllr Smith agreed by the remainder.
No Police attended.
Cllr Turner reported that he had received complaints and also experienced youths within the village that are going out on mass and intimidating people. He will catch up with the police when he next sees them in the Police office. Cllr Bemrose also confirmed that she had knowledge of other incidents in the village concerning the same youths.
Viewpoints on questions from members of the public
No members of the public attended.
Report from the minutes of the previous meeting/Clerk’s report
a) Potholes on Station Road reported to LCC ref 10100248307
b) Edge damage on Bungley Lane reported to LCC ref 101000250856
c) Overgrown hedges on Princess Road reported to LCC ref 101000250860
Correspondence received which the Council are invited to resolve on
a) Request from the new Youth Club leader for the Parish Council to begin paying for one session per month again, now that the Youth Club is back up and running.
It was proposed by Cllr Bemrose, seconded by Cllr Smith and agreed by the remainder that the payment should begin again from February.
b) Lincolnshire County Council – temporary road closure on Bungley Lane for 3 days between 4.02.18 and 09.02.18.
Matters for the attention of Lincolnshire County Councillors/Boston Borough Councillors
Cllr Brookes reported that Sykemouth Drove pot holes will be filled, but they are not deemed as urgent.
Cllr Brookes also reported that the proposed council tax increase is out for consultation now.
Cllr Smith asked whether there was any further progress with the brown tourist sign on the A52 being replaced (it is battered and bent), as it is not a good advert for the visitors coming to Boston. Cllr Rylott updated members informing them that she had been chasing this for 18 months and was recently informed that the hold up now is that approval needs to be given by Network Rail as the sign is within an certain radius of a trainline which means Network Rail need to approve it.
Change of use to convert existing brick barn into 2-bedroom self-catering accommodation at Manor Farm, Manor Road, Kirton – NO OBJECTIONS
Outline application for 4 no. dwellings with all matters (layout, scale, appearance, landscaping and access) reserved for later consideration at Land to the rear of 84 Boston Road, Kirton – FULLY SUPPORT
Cllr Ransome reported back on the query regarding why Planning Officers don’t wait for comments from the Parish Council. It was resolved that the 2nd Tuesday of the month will be planned for a planning meeting committee in the office from 9am to enable the Council to be fully up to date with any applications not seen at full council. Cllrs Foster, Bemrose, Turner and Smith said they would attend, but other councillors could make up the recommended 4 members of the committee. Clerk to ensure all members not at tonight’s meeting are informed.
Accounts for payment
Cllr Foster proposed that the accounts as per payment sheet 10/12 dated 18th January 2018 be paid, this was seconded by Cllr Smith and agreed by the remainder.
Cllr Bemrose has done a light check with the Chairman of the Town Hall Committee. They have worked out all the switches for the outside lights and which lights don’t work within/out the building.
It was resolved that the Clerk should instruct the Electrician to fix the lamp on the right hand side of the car park. The light to the rear in the grass is also faulty, Clerk to get him to look at that one to.
It was resolved, that when there is a function/halls/building on then all the outside lights should be turned on by the caretaker to ensure the carpark and path is lit up as well as it can be.
Some branches had come down in the Churchyard in the wind, but have been cleared away.
Reports for Various Bodies
Cllr Bemrose thanked those members who helped take the Xmas lights and tree down.
Cllr Foster reported a pothole on Donington Road, he will photograph it and send to the Clerk for report to LCC.
He also reported that 2-3 tonnes of black bags have been dumped on the corner area of Dances Bank and Fishmere Lane End – Clerk to report to Fly tipping team.
Cllr Smith reported that the length of the A52 from Hubberts Bridge turning to Tesco has lots of standing water – grips need cutting into the banks to allow the rainwater to flow away.
Cllr Rylott reported that there is standing water on Holme Road too due to where the roads have been swept after mud been put on by farm vehicles. Verges now higher and water has no where to go to. Grips need cutting in the verge.
The dyke on Dame Sarah Swift park has not been cleaned. It was resolved that the Clerk should chase this with Black Sluice.
a) Inspection Rota: Cllr Foster handed Cllr Rylott the book.
b) War Memorial area – consider cleaning prior to VC stone laying: Cllr Bemrose will contact the Army cadets and ask whether they could clean the slabbed area.
c) Reports from committee meetings held since last Council meeting. None held
d) To consider going into closed session to decide contractor for grass cutting/hedge maintenance.
The Next meeting of
Thursday 19th April
Contact details for your local Councillors:
Village Ward Members:
Cllr David Danby
Cllr Richard Foster
Cllr Marcus Hannay
Cllr Sue Ransome
Cllr Ian Turner
Cllr Peter Watson
Cllr Rebecca Bemrose
Holme Ward Members:
Cllr David Smith
Cllr Claire Rylott (and Borough)
Mrs Belinda Buttery
Cllr Michael Brookes (County)
Cllr Alison Austin (County)
Cllr James Edwards (Borough)
The Parish Council office is open on Tuesday mornings between 9 and 11 am every week except for August when it is closed for the whole month. The office is in the Town Hall (entry via door next to the car park entrance).