Minutes 11th February 2013



Clerk: Wendy Gray

25 Windsurf Bank, Tallington

Tel: 01778 341496






Present:                       Cllr Tracy Sortwell – Vice Chair

Cllr John Stannage – Chair

Cllr Graham Stevens

In Attendance:             Wendy Gray (Parish Clerk), Cllr D Lamb, Mr and Mrs Cox

Mr M Rooney, Anita Hollinshead and Barry Nicholls


  1. 1.   Apologies for Absence:  Cllrs Burrows, Clarke, Forward and Pearson


  1. 2.   Declaration of Interest:  None


  1. 3.     Sacrewell Watermill Restoration Project:

Anita Hollinshead a freelance museum consultant and a member of the project team commissioned by the William Scott Abbott Trust talked about an Activity Plan to support a stage 2 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Sacrewell Watermill Restoration Project. The project team is led by Ian Parkin of Parkin Heritage and Tourism and the deadline for completing the Activity Plan is the end of April.

Sacrewell Watermill is part of a nationally significant Grade II* listed mill complex, which also includes a mill house and old bakery and one of the few remaining fully functioning water mills. This project will restore the buildings in the mill complex to their former glory and create a centre of excellence for watermill based training. The project will raise awareness of the significance of the mill both locally and nationally, whilst ensuring that it continues to have a pivotal role within the local community. The project will encourage schoolchildren and other visitors to discover the past, present and future of farming practices and how the heritage of the mill relates to agriculture, environmental sustainability, food production and farming. Further research will be undertaken into the history of the building and the stories of the people who lived and worked there. These stories will be brought to life through an imaginative new interpretation scheme for the mill.

The Activity Plan is a significant element of the Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Fund application and will include all the elements of the project that are not capital (building) works. The Activity Plan must be developed through extensive consultations with the local community, key agencies, organisations, attractions and relevant businesses.

It is very important to establish what people think of the Watermill as it is today; about the proposed plans for the future and what improvements and activities they would like to see on site.

Some good ideas were put forward for Anita to take away from meeting.


  1. 4.   Planning: Wansford Site Proposal (Social Housing) – Barry Nicholls from Architectural and Surveying services in Peterborough came along to advise the Parish Council about a proposed site for 5-8 social units.

The land owners and a social housing organisation are in agreement so it is now looking to implement the site.  The site is not in flood plain.  The next stage is to forward proposals to PCC for consideration.  Mr Nicholls will keep the Parish Council informed of progress.


Mr and Mrs Cox attended meeting asking for some advice from the Parish Council regarding planning.  The council explained the process of how the Parish Council receive and respond on planning applications.


  1. 5.   Minutes of the meeting held on 10th December 2012: the minutes of 10th December 2012 were approved.  The minutes of 14th January will be carried over to March meeting.


  1. 6.   Matters Arising from the Minutes of the meeting held on 10th December: No matters arising.


  1. 7.   Precept 2013/2014: The Budget and Receipts & Expenditure documents had been circulated to all Councillors.  It was unanimously agreed that the precept remain the same as last year i.e. £11,485.  The Parish Clerk will forward the completed forms to PCC.


  1. 8.   Accounts: Internal Risk Management Control, document to be circulated to all Councillors, agenda item for next meeting.


  1. 9.   Finance: 

The following invoices were approved for payment.

Wendy Gray – Parish Clerk Salary (December and January) – £307.44

Wendy Gray – Expenses – £55.96

Wendy Gray – Tax payment – £111.02

Zurich Insurance renewal – £225.00

Christie Hall donation – £1,010.00

Community Hall donation – £350.00

  1. 10.  Leasing of Land – Nene Close: Cllr Stannage had received a report from Cllr Burrows, Laura Almond meeting with Enterprise Peterborough this week, Cllr Burrows will keep in contact with Laura for progress.  Management Plan requires further information from PC and can then be presented.  Cllr Lamb requested a copy of plan when complete.


  1. 11.  Toddlers Play Area: as above


  1. 12.  Village Notice Board/Map: Cllr Sortwell reported had not progressed any further, when map drawn, thought could launch when we have play area.  Cllr Sortwell has spent more time looking into graphic design on it; cost could be around £2,000.  Cllr Lamb was asked if PCC have a supplier re graphics!  A request was also made to Cllr Lamb for a contribution from PCC’s Community Account of £500 towards the noticeboard.  Parish Clerk to forward invoice to Cllr Lamb for consideration.


This project is on-going – agenda item for next meeting.


  1. 13.  Correspondence:  No new correspondence.


  1. 14.  Matters for Consideration:  None.


  1. 15.  Reports from Councillors: Cllr Stannage will submit article for the February edition of Living Villages, Cllr Sortwell will submit article for March edition.


  1. 16.  Date of next meetings in the Community Hall:

Monday 11th March 2013  Monday 8th April 2013

     Apologies received in advance from Cllrs Sortwell and Stevens who will not be available for

8th April meeting.


The meeting closed at 9.30p.m.