Past Parish Council Reports for Barnack, Bainton and Ufford

Parish Council Reports in May 2016

Barnack Parish Council

Meeting Monday 11 April 2016 at 7.00pm.
1)    Outstanding Items: a)     A1 dangerous junction at Barnack Drift. Awaiting report on Highways scheme. Large holes have been spotted in the Burghley wall shortly before the Drift exit due to accident spot. 
b)    Gigaclear. Peter Howard (Head of Projects, Gigaclear) reports that Barnack is 100% built and 74% tested, with the project due to be completed in April.  If you wish to speak to Gigaclear about your connection, please call Tony Heath on 01865 591100.
c)    Defibrillator. Many thanks to Eddie Barker for connecting the defibrillator on the side of the Village Hall. 5 volunteers are interested in the free training session; contact the Clerk at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book.
d)    School grounds Governance. A meeting with the Parish Council, Barnack School & the Head of Schools Infrastructure at the City Council is being organised to discuss ownership & management of the School Grounds.
e)    Chapel Lane/Glebe Woodland. An Inspector from Rospa Play Safety is due to inspect the area during the last week of April. 
f)    Canon Drive, traffic signage. Awaiting a response from Highways.
g)    Roof-mounted solar panels.  Awaiting confirmation of Article 4 Directions within the Conservation Area.
2)    Planning: a) 15/01840/OUT, Land to west of Uffington Road, Planning Committee hearing. Refused.
Harry Brassey spoke to the meeting to say a big thank you to the Parish Councillors who put in so much of their time to help achieve this brilliant result. 
b)    16/00329/CTR, Cricket Club, Tree Works.  Permitted.
c)    16/00629/HHFUL, The Ridings, Station Road, First Floor Side Extension.  No objections.
3)    Reports.
a)    Hills & Holes Committee. A Pasque flower count is to be organised at the end of April.  A waste bin is due to be moved to the Wittering Road entrance so it can be used for dog waste.
b)    Traffic Calming.  Awaiting an amended traffic calming plan from the Consultant.  A map has been produced marking suggested new speed restrictions and highlighting where Barnack stone can be placed at the village entrances to create a visually narrowing effect. 
c)    Police.  Commissioner Sir Graham Bright is standing down. Rural Crime Update. Last winter there were 44 recorded crimes of oil theft and this year only two.  On 5 April a car was broken into at Hills & Holes & a bag stolen.
4)    Village Matters - for the Clerk to address issues raised by Councillors.
Large potholes on School Road and Wittering Road need reporting.  Hole in the hedge on Pilsgate Path could be a hazard for children on bicycles falling into the road.  Sign at the Burghley end of Pilsgate Path has been knocked over.  Investigate possibility of a Community Shop in case the Post Office closes; think of venue possibilities and look into funding.
5)    Other Items: a) Clean for the Queen. See note in Parish News. 
b)    Parish Council Election. Automatic re-election of all Councillors apart from Eddie Barker, who is standing down. There is therefore a vacancy for a councillor.
c)    To agree format for Annual Meetings.  The Council are to approach Natural England to see if someone can speak at the Meeting.  Invitations to be emailed to all local organisations. 
d)    Village Tribune Awards event. It was agreed the Parish Council would support the event.
e)    Barnack Fun Run.  The Council confirmed that volunteers are covered under our insurance for clearing the route of the run.
6)     Open Forum – for the Clerk to address issues raised by Residents.
The Parish Council thanked Robin for all his hard work over the last 3 years & also Eddie for his work as a councillor over the last 8 years.
7)    Date and time of next Meeting
Mon  9 May 2016 at 6.30pm for refreshments, Annual Village Meeting to commence at 7pm, to be followed by Annual Council Meeting.
Read the full minutes at www.barnackparishcouncil.org or by visiting the noticeboards located outside the Post Office, Village Hall, Pilsgate Bus Stop & The Limes.  Or, contact the Clerk on 07595 377236 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Bainton & Ashton Parish Council

The council held its last meeting before the local elections, on 5th April.  The main focus of this meeting was to close off the 2015/16 accounts.  Vice-Chairman Richard Harris took the chair as Graham Fletcher was away.
•    Finance:  Accounts for the last month of 2015/16 were approved and a summary of the end-of-year position was received.
•    Village maintenance: 
o    Councillors continue to be disappointed with the lack of response from Peterborough City Council on several outstanding issues, and some further ones were noted and will be reported.  Work continues to persuade PCC and relevant landowners to co-operate.
•    Lolham Bridges Railway Crossings:  In co-peration with other parishes, a joint letter had been sent to PCC and to the Police expressing concern at the lack of enforcement and the risk to safety.  Councillors noted that a joint meeting of the relevant authorities was being held but communication with local communities is poor and the issue doesn’t appear to be receiving any level of priority.  Lobbying of the relevant authorities continues.   
•    Wildlife:  Councillors were interested to hear that the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust had designated the fields around Ashton as a County Wildlife Site, the hedgerows and pollarded willows being an uncommon habitat supporting a number of rare species.  A survey of the area had recently been carried out and the Clerk will soon have a copy of the report should anyone wish to see it.
Full minutes of each meeting and councillor contact details can be found on village notice boards and any comments can be sent to the Parish Clerk via the council’s post box at the rear of Bainton Reading Room (PE9 3AE) or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  The Parish Council’s annual meeting will be held in Bainton Reading Room on Tuesday 17th May 2016 at 7.30pm.  Please note the later date than normal, due to local elections.   Residents are encouraged to attend.
Date for your Diary – Community Defibrillator Seminar Tuesday 3rd May, 7.00pm, Bainton Reading Room
If you live in Bainton or Ashton, the Parish Council would very much like you to attend a free seminar run by the Community Heartbeat Trust, provider of the defibrillator that has recently been installed at Bainton Reading Room. Learn how a defibrillator works, why it is so important to have one available and find out what to do in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.
The event will last two hours and you need no special skills or knowledge.  The more people who feel confident in using the equipment and who know what to do, the more chance there is of saving a life in an emergency.  Everyone is welcome, not just residents of Bainton & Ashton. Just turn up, there’s no need to book – just don’t forget – we want you there!
Date for your Diary – Bainton & Ashton Annual Villages Meeting Tuesday, 17th May, 7.00pm, Bainton Reading Room
Bainton & Ashton Parish Council will host the villages’ annual meeting at Bainton Reading Room and all residents are invited, with drinks, nibbles  and time for an informal chat beforehand, from 6.30pm.
Local organisations from the villages will report on their activity over the last year and be on hand to talk about what they do and how you can get involved.   Residents are invited to stay on for the Parish Council’s annual meeting which will follows at approximately 7.30pm.
The council will be looking for two more councillors so the evening is a great time to find out more about what’s really involved and to express an interest in being co-opted.  Graham Fletcher, Richard Harris and Helen Raymond’s nominations were uncontested and they are duly elected.
For more information on these events and all Bainton & Ashton Parish Council activity please contact the Clerk, Catherine Franks on 01780 765984 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Ufford Annual Parish Meeting - Tuesday 10th May

at 7.00pm, commencing with wine and ‘nibbles’  from 6.30. All welcome  - come and meet your parish councillors  and fellow residents and discover what’s going on in the village.
Ufford Parish Council Report on Meeting 12th April
Councillors discussed two recently submitted planning applications:
Ye Old White Hart: 16/00517/FUL  - Two storey and single storey side extensions to form two letting bedrooms, entrance foyer and veranda.
Compass Barn: 16/00619/FUL - Change of use of part of paddock to garden and retrospective permission for skateboard ramp..
Other matters under disussion included road re-surfacing and pothole repairs, vandalism to the village noticeboard at the corner of Newport Way, progress on the Village Play Park equipment and the location of dog waste bins. Full details on http://www.uffordparishcouncil.org.uk/meetings/meeting-minutes/
After 11 years of dedicated service Marian Browne has decided to step down from her role as Ufford Parish Councillor. Chairman Keith Lievesley thanked her on behalf of the village for her hard work, diligence and commitment..