Parish Council Reports April 2019

Barnack Parish Council met on 11th March. 

To read the full Minutes, please check the village noticeboards or contact the Clerk via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07595 377236 to request a copy. Please note copies of the latest Minutes are not on the website due to a software issue – a new Parish Council website will be launched soon.

Items discussed included:

Barnack War Memorial ­– Brian Palmer has discovered some mistakes and anomalies on the war memorial during the course of his WWI research.  The original stone carvings had deteriorated, so by the early 1980s it was decided to add panels to the base of the cross instead.  It has now been noted that there are three spelling mistakes and one name missed off the list completely. Brian is liaising with the Parish Council to rectify these errors and replace the panels.

Neighbourhood Plan - The neighbourhood area has been designated, the questionnaires have been distributed and responses are being collated. The results will be circulated to all residents.

Barnack Fun Run - There is still more sponsorship to be secured and if anyone else can volunteer time on the day (27th April), please get in touch.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme – Local youngsters Oliver Allport and Alex Spragg volunteered several hours to the community as part of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  The pair have carried out litter picks, taken photographs for the pending Parish Council website and updated the burial record plan to go on the cemetery noticeboard.  BPC would like to thank both boys for their help and wish them all the best in achieving the bronze award.

Hills and Holes – Dog poo bags are being hung in bushes on the footpath leading out of H&H onto Wittering Road adjacent to Maple Cottage.  BPC will request that the bin is placed in a more prominent location for dog walkers.

Residents have concerns regarding the continued grazing and restricted access for dog walkers. A consultation is taking place ‘Barnack Hills and Holes NNR: Consultation on a proposed long-term direction to restrict access under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, case number 2018118766’. More details can be found via https://consult.defra.gov.uk/. There is a lot of misunderstanding around what Natural England are trying to achieve with the grazing and BPC suggested that NE visit the village to hold an information session for residents.  H&H is an internationally important SSSI and the grazing is to preserve a last area of limestone grassland.

Barnack Telephone Kiosk - Refurbishment and installation quotes. A resident has kindly offered to renovate both kiosks and BPC are sourcing a quote from Western Power to reconnect the Barnack kiosk in its new location.

Road Closures – PCC has advised that for future reference all road works on PCC’s network are shown in a live mapping system https://roadworks.org/. ‘This is a useful tool for seeing what road works are going on in the area and will soon have the functionality to show diversion routes and other useful information from scaffolding on the highway to skips on the road.’

Traffic Calming – The latest update from PCC regarding the gateway installation is “the order has been raised (money side of things). Contractor fully briefed and ready. Administrative process proceeding.”   

Planning:

Linden Homes – 18/00377/REM, Land to the West of Uffington Road, Reserved matters approval for 80 dwellings.  It was agreed a meeting with the Linden Homes, along with their Site Manager would be arranged to help improve communication.  PCC Planning are satisfied that the developers are using approved materials and that the view of the brick buildings on the edge of Uffington Road will not be of great impact when the development has been completed.

19/00268/TRE, 25 Bishops Walk, TPO Beech fell. No objections.

Annual Village Meeting, 13th May 

The focus of the meeting will be ‘What’s Happening in Your Village’ – save the date and come and have your say!

Residents are invited to attend the next Parish Council meeting on Monday 8th April at 7.00pm in the Village Hall.

Ufford Parish Council Report

Ufford Parish Council met on 12th March.  To read the full Minutes, please visit www.uffordparishcouncil.org.uk, view them on the Village noticeboards or contact the Clerk via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07595 377236 for a copy.

Items discussed included:

The revised Ufford Heritage publication is progressing steadily.  The content and illustrations have been collated, ready for the designer to take the next step.

The Community Speedwatch Group would still love to have a few more volunteers.  The speed monitoring equipment has been delivered to Peakirk Parish Council to share with Ufford and Barnack.

The mystery mast on Walcot Road is a Telensa Mast, installed to communicate with the new LED streetlights.  More information can be found in the full Minutes.

Network Build Care (Gigaclear) have been in touch and are looking into the complaints regarding the failure to carry out reinstatement works.  The next stage will be to refer the works to PCC.

The leaves on Walcot Road have now been cleared by PCC.

Planning

19/00043/LBC, Old Rectory, Main Street – Heighten an existing stone wall on the front boundary of property by 1.5m. Awaiting Decision.

18/02169/HHFUL, 5 Hillside Close – Erection of two storey annex. Refused.

Residents are invited to attend the next Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 9th April at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

Parish Council Reports March 2019

Barnack Parish Council 

The Parish Council met on 11th February 

To read the full Minutes, please check the village noticeboards or contact the Clerk via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07595 377236 to request a copy. Please note copies of the latest Minutes are not on the website due to a software issue – a new Parish Council website will be launched soon.

Barnack Community Association were invited to present a summary on a project covering  short & long-term maintenance costs and aligning hall hire fees, along with exciting plans for events and fundraising. 

Sereena Davey also presented to BPC advising what changes had been made to the format of this year’s Fun Run on 27th April.  If you are able to help with the organisation of the event, volunteering on the day or can track down a raffle prize or two, please contact the Clerk (contact details above).

Other items discussed included:

Bus shelters – the wooden shelters are due to be installed on their new foundations shortly.

Telephone kiosks – the Barnack kiosk has been removed from outside the former shop, ready for refurbishment prior to being moved to a new location on Main Street.  The Pilsgate kiosk will also be refurbished in due course.

Traffic Calming – Skanska have confirmed they will install the village gateways soon.  BPC are chasing for a definitive date.

Neighbourhood Plan – All residents should have received a questionnaire with the last issue of Parish News.  Please take a few minutes to complete the form and post it through the village hall postbox.  If you require more information, please get in touch with the Clerk.

Planning Applications:

18/00377/REM, Linden Homes Housing Development – the six-week road closure is due to come to an end next week. A LEAP has been designed by Linden Homes and will be submitted to PCC for approval.  The boundary fencing and trellis design has been agreed between residents of Paynes Field, Bainton Road and Linden Homes.

18/01908/HHFUL, The Barton, Pudding Bag Lane, Pilsgate – Proposed single storey front extension, single storey extension to the eastern elevation of the main house, enlargement of garage and new gate. Permitted.

Peterborough Local Plan Examination – BPC will ensure that PCC has the correct designation of protected green space.

Residents are invited to attend the next Parish Council meeting on Monday 11th March at 7.00pm in the Village Hall.

Ufford Parish Council 

The Parish Council met on 12th February 

To read the full Minutes, please visit www.uffordparishcouncil.org.uk, view them on the Village noticeboards or contact the Clerk via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07595 377236 for a copy.

UPC were delighted to welcome two new members – Paul Wilde and Margaret Sargent – co-opted at the meeting. 

Items discussed included the latest planning applications (see below), the resurrection of a Community Speedwatch group for Ufford and Barnack (see note in this edition of the Parish News), the revised edition of the Ufford Heritage publication and outstanding maintenance.  PCC Highways have issued a consultation to enforce a new 40mph speed restriction on Walcot Road coming into the village from the railway bridge – this is due to safety concerns for children crossing the road for the school bus.  Currently cars are overtaking the parked bus at high speed on their way into the village.

A new mast located close to the Post Box on Walcot Road has been installed by BT Openreach for use by the emergency services.

Planning

18/01873/HHFUL, 2 Meadow View, Newport Way, Two storey and single storey front extensions with first floor balcony. Permitted.

18/02056/HHFUL, 3 Hillside Close – Two storey side and rear extensions, single storey side extension and open porch to front elevation – revised (part retrospective). Permitted.

19/00043/LBC, Old Rectory, Main Street – Heighten an existing stone wall on the front boundary of property by 1.5m. Comments were agreed for submission.

19/00099/CTR, Robins Acre, Walcot Road – Fell Mountain Ash to be planted on the opposite side of the gate adjacent to the wall. No objections.

18/02169/HHFUL, 5 Hillside Close – Erection of two storey annex. Comments were agreed for submission.

 

Parish Council Reports for February 2019

News from Bainton& Ashton Parish Council

Bainton &  Ashton Parish Council (BAPC) last met on 8th January.  The agenda included the regular financial, police, neighbourhood watch and speedwatch reporting.  

The official minutes will be approved at the next meeting, but the following highlighted items were discussed and are summarised here:

•In the report from the Ward Councillor, positive feedback was received following the BAPC sponsored village Christmas celebrations and it was noted that discussion relating to activities in the Children & Education Scrutiny Committee including the delivery of the detailed education strategy and performance standards in rural schools will be held in the Ward.

•Following enquiries BAPC has received a pothole and resurfacing update from Peterborough City Council (PCC) where the responsibility rests and the programme is now uploaded on the website. Dialogue with PCC continues regarding outstanding issues. An update on traffic calming was also noted. The Parish Council also updated on its own maintenance responsibilities.

•Litter is identified as an issue and options for picking are being investigated.

•Noted that PCC has funding for an Integrated Community Strategy to facilitate communities working together. BAPC has agreed to develop a proposal. 

Minutes of each meeting and councillor details can be found on village notice boards and the village website www.baintonandashtonlocalcouncil.org.uk .The Clerk welcomes all enquiries, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

The next meeting of BAPC will be held in Bainton Reading Room on Tuesday 5th March from 7.30pm.

 

January 2019: A note from Barnack & Ufford Parish Council

The copy deadline for December is slightly earlier due to Christmas, so there are no meeting summaries from Barnack or Ufford this month.  To read the meeting Minutes please visit the Parish Council websites or look on your local noticeboards.

 For those of you who may not know what role the Parish Council plays within your community, and are interested in finding out more, here is a snippet of information:

A ‘parish’ is the smallest area of civil administration in England and provides the statutory tier of local government closest to the community.  Sometimes Parish Councils can be confused with the Parochial Church Council, due to the term ‘parish’ in the title, but it simply refers to the geographical area or civil parish.

The Parish Council is a statutory local authority set up under the Local Government Act 1972.  It operates in the area of a defined civil parish or group of parishes.  In Peterborough there are two tiers of local government – Peterborough City Council and local Parish Councils.  Parish Councils are an essential part of the structure of local democracy and have a vital role in acting on behalf of the communities they represent.

The Parish Council gives views on behalf of the community, on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish; undertakes projects and schemes that benefit local residents; works in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish; alerts relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken (such as potholes and fly tipping); and helps the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local communities.

Parish Councils have the same powers as Town Councils.  These are wide ranging but essentially relate to local matters, such as looking after community open spaces, burial grounds, bus shelters, footpaths and much more.  The Council also has the power to raise money through taxation - the precept which is made up from the Parish Council’s share of council tax.  The precept demand goes to the billing authority (Peterborough City Council), which collects the tax for the Parish Council.

Residents are welcome to attend Parish Council meetings, these are held on the second Monday of every month for Barnack and the second Tuesday of every month (except August) for Ufford.  The meetings are held in the villages respective Village Halls, and the agenda can be viewed on the Parish Council website or local noticeboards three days before the meeting.  There is an opportunity for residents to speak during open forum.  Bring your ideas, thoughts, questions – remember it is your community and your opinions and thoughts matter

If you are interested in joining your local Parish Council, please get in touch for more information on what this may entail.   Currently Ufford Parish Council are seeking two councillors.

The Clerk can be contacted on 07595 377236 or by email to either:

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 Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year 

Parish Council Reports December 2018

Barnack Parish Council 

Barnack Parish Council met on 12th November.  To read the full Minutes, please visit www.barnackparishcouncil.org, view them on the Village noticeboards or request a copy from the clerk. Note the following are a selection of items discussed:

Planning

Linden Homes – 18/00377/REM, Land to the West of Uffington Road, Reserved matters approval for 80 dwellings –The name for the development is to be Sissons Close.  The history behind the name is former Barnack Schoolmaster and farmer Moses Sisson.  Moses Sisson’s Home Close is marked on the east side of Uffington Road on the 1773 map, and he also farmed land elsewhere in the village. There are memorial slabs to the Sisson family in the church. Moses was Barnack Schoolmaster in the late 1700s and up to his death (aged 65) in 1806. 

18/01619/LBC, 18/01621/LBC, 18/01618/HHFUL and 18/01620/HHFUL, 2 Kingsley House, Bishops Walk, Single storey side extension, internal alterations & barn conversion. Awaiting Decision.

18/01591/HHFUL, 4 Bainton Road, Demolition of single storey extension and construction of single storey and two storey rear extensions and alterations to side and front windows. Permitted.

18/01590/FUL, Sandall House, Stamford Road, Convert barn into Tourism Annex – retrospective. Permitted.

18/01414/LBC, Church Cottage, Main Street, Replace roof timber work to small outbuilding. Permitted.

18/01667/R3FUL, Barnack CE Primary School, Proposed alterations/improvements to existing vehicular and pedestrian access. Awaiting Decision.

18/01812/CTR, 2 Linden Close, Barnack, Tree works. No objections.

18/01693/TRE, 25 Bishops Walk, Barnack, Tree works. No objections.

18/01796/CTR, The Old Chapel, Main Street, Tree works. No objections.

18/01846/CTR, 11 Whitman Close, Barnack, Tree works. Comments were agreed for submission to the Tree Officer.

18/01749/CTR, Ragstone House, Stamford Road, Pilsgate, Tree works. No objections.

18/01844/HHFUL, 1 Pudding Bag Lane Pilsgate, Loft conversion with roof lights to front and rear. No objections.

18/01882/CTR, Hillside, Wittering Road, Tree works. No objections. 

Other Items

Neighbourhood Plan – The Working Group have drafted a questionnaire which will be distributed to all households in due course.  BPC approved the recommendation of the Neighbourhood Area by the Working Group. 

Cemetery Renovation – The cemetery is still work in progress, but Richard Harding and Son worked extremely hard in time for the WWI Commemoration weekend.

WWI Commemoration – The events of the weekend were a great success and the Chair read out a note of thanks (copy in this issue of Parish News).  

Barnack Primary School - Linden Homes have kindly agreed to help the School complete the unfinished play structure on the field.  

Christmas Tree Village Event – Look out for posters being displayed around the village.

Traffic Calming – BPC is leaning on the local Highways Authority to confirm a date for the installation of the gateways (which have been purchased and are ready to go) and other areas for traffic calming. It was agreed that a letter would be written to the Gillian Beasley to ask for action.

Uffington Road repairs and Pot holes - Martin Benn from PCC Highways attended a site visit on 25 October to see the state of Uffington Road and the many potholes throughout the village.  He advised that an order would be raised as soon as possible to repair the roads.

Fly tipping and footpaths – The recent fly-tipping by the A1 has been reported and the state of the footpaths ankle deep in leaves will also be followed up with PCC.

Bus Stops – PCC gave an installation estimate of the end of November but have not yet confirmed a date.

Telephone Kiosk – After an inspection by a local electrician, it is dubious whether BT have disconnected the kiosk as per the usual protocol.  BPC will follow up with BT for documentation/proof that the power cable has been cut.

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Monday 10th December at 7pm in the Village Hall.  All welcome.

Ufford Parish Council

The council met on 13th November.  To read the full Minutes, please visit www.uffordparishcouncil.org.uk, view them on the Village noticeboards or contact the Clerk via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. :

Planning:  18/01632/CTR, Ufford Hall, Main Street – Tree works. Permitted.

18/01881/CTR, The White Hart, Main Street – Ash tree fell, Maple tree fell, wall reinstatement works to be carried out. Comments were agreed for submission.

18/01707/LBC, Clarendon Cottage Main Street, Replacement Windows. No objections.

Other Items

WWI Commemoration – UPC noted the Village Hall Committee kindly organised a number of poppies and arranged tea and cakes to be served at the hall after the church bells were rung in Remembrance.  UPC assisted the British Legion with poppies outside the houses where the fallen soldiers once lived.

Casual Vacancy – UPC will be advertising a casual vacancy due to Graham moving away from the village.  For more information and how to get involved with your Parish Council please contact the Clerk.

Ufford Heritage Publication – Members of the working group met with a talented local designer, Julian Cooke, who will be taking the project forward.  Content is being submitted to Frieda by residents and a budget is to be agreed.  The Clerk will look into options for opening a community bank account for the group. 

Traffic Calming – Whilst waiting for an answer from the Highways Authority, UPC have agreed to purchase a number of 30mph bin stickers for residents.  Please get in touch with the Clerk if you would like one.

Pot holes – Martin Benn (PCC Highways) visited the village on 25 October and advised he would chase up the outstanding road repair works immediately.  UPC will continue to follow this up. 

Street Lighting Upgrade – The team will be back on site to continue the upgrade project and ensure lights are off during daylight hours.

Langdyke Trust – Please check the village noticeboards for the latest schedule of events.

Residents are invited to attend the next Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 11th December at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.