Minutes 11th November 2013



Clerk: Wendy Gray

13 Dovecote, Rippingale, Bourne PE10 0SY

Tel: 01778 441312






Present:           Cllr Laura Fox-Clipsham

Cllr Nick Meredith

Cllr Tim Pearson

Cllr John Stannage – Chair

In Attendance:  Wendy Gray (Parish Clerk),  Cllr D Lamb and 10 members of the public


1. Apologies for Absence: Cllr R Clarke, Cllr S Forward, Cllr G Stevens, Cllr J Holdich  
2. Declaration of Interest: None  
3. Affordable Housing:

Unfortunately Mike Lee sent his apologies – had to attend funeral.  Agenda item for next meeting.

Parish Clerk


4. Planning:

13/01631/TRE Consultation on Preserved Trees Application.  Remove lower branches of two Lime Trees – T2 and T3 TPO 13_1994 Land North of 37 Old North Road, Wansford, PE8 6LB – this application has just come in and was not therefore on the agenda, it was agreed by all councillors present that in this instance we would be guided by the Tree Officer’s recommendations.


Parish Clerk

5. Minutes of the meeting held on 14th October 2013:

All Councillors in agreement for minutes to be signed.

6. Matters arising from the Minutes:

Hedgerow Act – copy to be forwarded to all Councillors.

Parish Clerk
7. Finance:

Invoice Parish Clerk – Salary October – £216.66

Invoice Parish Clerk – Expenses – £77.37

All Councillors approved for payments to be made.

8. Leasing of Land – Nene Close:

Parish Clerk to pursue Legal Department at PCC to ascertain what latest situation is.

Parish Clerk
9. Toddlers Play Area:

As above – will be pushed by Parish Council until in place.  Parish Clerk to pursue funding possibilities with TEA Grantscape.

Parish Clerk
10. Village Notice Board/Map:

Still progressing.

Cllr Stannage
11. Overgrown Verges:

Greens – Parish Clerk to check archives as advised that Parish Council own the greens.


Cllr Stannage will walk around village – will speak with residents if any areas of overgrown vegetation needs to be cut back.


Parish Clerk

Cllr Stannage

12. Correspondence:

Worthy Projects – TEA Grantscape

Forest for Peterborough – Grange Farm Wittering



13. Matters for Consideration:

Nene Close Residents came along to discuss plans they had received re parking issues – Cllr Lamb will arrange further meeting with PCC (Brian Rowcroft), Parish Cllrs and available residents of Nene Close to discuss these plans.  Parking, dropped kerbs, yellow lines could be possibilities.  At meeting may be possible to look at other areas within the village.


Footpath into Nene Close from Peterborough Road – overgrown verges, vegetation growing through tarmac.  PCC had been out and sprayed weeds but has not resolved problem.  Overgrown vegetation from private property (when attended to spray weeds) PCC said could not deal with overgrown vegetation from private property.  Parish Clerk to report.


No lighting along footpath into Nene Close from Peterborough Road – very dangerous particularly in the winter.  Could we make a request of PCC that this is looked into.  Parish Clerk to request.


Grit Bin – could we request larger grit bin complete with grit.  Parish Clerk to request.


Street light outage – lights on bridge on during day, light out on pedestrian crossing, light on Church Cottage flicks on and off.  Parish Clerk to report.


Light outside Doctors Surgery – request to be made to ENC to see if possibility of having street light here.  Parish Clerk to write to ENC with request.


Little Chef – this property has been bought by William McCormick and Simon Harris (Architects) currently based in Stamford.  Maintaining existing structure of Little Chef – first floor of building will be new office space for themselves.  Converting ground floor to office space (may let out).  They have a proposal to develop land outside of property, do not know how many houses are planned, but described as 2/3 bedroom.  Also possibility of designing in some lower cost properties.  This is only at proposal stage.  Mr McCormick and Mr Harris will attend Parish Council Meeting in December to advise on how work with renovating inside is progressing and discuss proposals they have for the land.  Agenda item for next meeting.


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14. Reports from Councillors:

No reports from Councillors.

15. Dates of next meetings in the Community Hall:

Monday 9th December 2013

Monday 13th January 2014


The meeting closed at 8.40 p.m.