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.

 

Parish Council Reports Nov 2018

Barnack Parish Council 

Met on 8th October.  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.  Residents affected directly by the development were invited to view planting plans and raise any queries to be discussed with Linden Homes. Work on site is underway and concerns have already been raised about the deep gulleys forming in the verges of Uffington Road close to the entrance of the development.  BPC will contact Highways and the Planning Officer.

18/01619/LBC and 18/01618/HHFUL, 2 Kingsley House, Bishops Walk, Single storey side extension and internal alterations.18/01621/LBC and 18/01620/HHFUL, 2 Kingsley House, Bishops Walk, Barn conversion.No objections.

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.No objections.

18/01590/FUL, Sandall House, Stamford Road, Convert barn into Tourism Annex – retrospective. No objections.

18/01414/LBC, Church Cottage, Main Street, Replace roof timber work to small outbuilding.No objections.

18/01667/R3FUL, Barnack CE Primary School, Proposed alterations/improvements to existing vehicular and pedestrian access.No objections.

Other Items

Neighbourhood Plan –The membership of a Core Group of 8 members has been agreed with Margaret Palmer as Chair and June Woollard as Vice-Chair.  An information flyer will be distributed with this issue of the Parish News and a questionnaire for residents is currently being compiled by the Group.

Cemetery Renovation – Richard Harding & Son Landscaping are making progress on the cemetery renovation in time for the commemorative poppies being laid on WWI graves.

WWI Commemoration – The schedule of events for the weekend of 10/11 November will be posted on village noticeboards and on social media.  

Hills and Holes – The signs at the entrance gates have been made clearer by Natural England.  There is now a prohibition on dogs in the compartment where animals are grazing (a quarter of the site at any one time) due to the horses being chased and several incidents of sheep being worried by dogs, including one in which a lamb was badly injured and almost died.  The grazing animals are there to do their job to ensure the future of H&H.

Neighbourhood Watch Scheme – The Police are encouraging villages to setup (if they haven’t already) a NWScheme.  BPC have requested an information pack and would like to hear from any residents interested in setting a scheme up.  Our local PCSO will then liaise with the NHW Group over local issues and concerns.  

Friends Against Scams – Cambs Police have advised that residents can become a ‘Friend Against Scams’ by attending a short awareness session in person or completing online training (https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/elearning/Cambridgeshire) to raise awareness in all neighbourhoods and help protect the elderly and vulnerable against being targeted by scammers.  The 4th edition of the ‘Little Book of Big Scams’ has been published by the Met Police. For the link to download the publication please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  A print-out will shortly be made available in the Village Hall.

A47 Wansford to Sutton Dualling Scheme - Highways England are consulting on their proposal to upgrade the A47 between Wansford and Sutton. The proposals will create a new dual carriageway that will relieve congestion, provide extra road space, improve safety and help provide a free-flowing network.  For more information visit https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/a47-wansford-to-sutton-statutory-consultation/The consultation closes on 12th November 2018.

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Monday 12thNovemberat 7pm in the Village Hall.  All welcome.

Ufford Parish Council

The council met on 9th October.  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

18/00957/HHFUL, Honeysuckle Cottage, Main Street - Single storey rear extension, conversion of existing garage and creation of new garage with new vehicular access. Permitted.

18/01364/LBC, Walnut House, Main Street – Replacement of all windows, single door to rear elevation and french doors to front. Permitted with Conditions.

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

Other Items

Ufford Heritage Publication – Residents were invited to attend a meeting on 18th September to find out more about the Our Ufford Heritage publication and to decide whether it ought to be updated. The consensus was that it should be revised and reprinted.  If you were unable to attend the meeting and would like to be involved, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Gigaclear – The promise from Mike Quinn that Gigaclear would come out for a site visit to look at the poor works to footpaths etc has still come to nothing.  The Clerk will continue to follow up with Gigaclear.

Traffic Calming – 30mph bin stickers have been sourced, pending approval of costs.  UPC are waiting for an update from Peter Tebb on whether Highways will put measures in place on Walcot Road to slow traffic, particularly where children cross the road for the school bus.

Village Bins – Amey have now emptied the overflowing bins outside the Village Hall.  It seems a glitch on their system meant they had been missed out for several weeks.  If you notice the bins are being missed off again, please let the Parish Council know.

Friends Against Scams – Cambs Police have advised that residents can become a ‘Friend Against Scams’ byattending a short awareness session in person or completing online training

(https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/elearning/Cambridgeshire) to raise awareness in all neighbourhoods and help protect the elderly and vulnerable against being targeted by scammers. The 4th edition of the ‘Little Book of Big Scams’ has been published by the Met Police. For the link to downloadthe publication please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . A print-out will shortly be made available in Ufford Village Hall.

A47 Wansford to Sutton Dualling Scheme - Highways England are consulting on their proposal to upgradethe A47 between Wansford and Sutton. The proposals will create a new dual carriageway that will relievecongestion, provide extra road space, improve safety and help provide a free-flowing network. For moreinformation visit https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/a47-wansford-to-sutton-statutory-consultation/ The consultation closes on 12thNovember 2018.

Potholes – It has been noted that not all potholes have been repaired on the road leading to Bainton, despite PCC carrying out a number of fixes.  UPC will raise this with Highways and find out why they were not repaired at the same time.  

WWI Commemoration - The Village Hall Committee have made contact with the British Legion and have gained sponsorship so that poppies may be bought and displayed in Ufford. 

Residents are invited to attend the next Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 13th November at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

 

Parish Council Reports October 2018

Ufford Parish Council

The council met on 11th September.  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. :

Items discussed under Open Forum and Village Matters:

Ufford Playing Field – Residents requested that trees such as birch could be planted on the playing field to create areas of shade for young children during the Summer months.  UPC agreed to look into a structure, such as a sail for a larger area of shade, which may meet funding criteria.

Dog Fouling – There seem to be more instances of dog fouling along the verges and footpaths around the village.  Please could dog owners be reminded that it is their responsibility to clear up after their dogs.

Village litter and dog waste bins - The two litter bins on the hill outside the Village Hall have not been emptied in many weeks.  This has been chased up by UPC.  It was suggested that UPC request additional dog waste bins from PCC (on the hill and at the bottom of the village).

Traffic Calming – It was suggested residents obtain 30mph stickers to put on their wheelie bins to remind drivers to slow their speed through the village.  UPC will speak to Highways and find out who supplies these. 

Defibrillator Training Sessions - A provisional date for the session is 3rd October at 7pm, more details will be advertised shortly.

Noticeboards – A replacement village noticeboard has been installed outside the Village Hall.  To gain access there are two screws on the right-hand side.  These have been left loose, so they can be unscrewed, and the door can then be pulled open and accessed by residents.

Ward Councillor David Over reported - The new council offices at Sandmartin House (Fletton Quays) are superb and only ten minutes’ walk from the Town Hall.  

The Chief Executive of the Devolved Authority has resigned so Gillian Beasley (Peterborough and Cambs Council Chief Executive) has stepped in as temporary CEO. 

Ufford Heritage Publication - Frieda presented ideas on how to take the publication forward and gave suggestions on how funds could be raised to cover print costs.  The working group will be meeting on Tuesday 18th Sept at 7.30pm, but if you were not able to make the meeting and would like to find out more, please contact the Clerk.

Planning Matters:

18/00957/HHFUL, Honeysuckle Cottage, Main Street - Awaiting Decision.

18/01147/HHFUL, 3 Hillside Close – Permitted.

18/01364/LBC, Walnut House, Main Street – Comments were discussed and agreed for submission.

Peterborough Local Plan -The Local Plan is now in its second stage of examination.  All examination documents can be found at www.peterborough.gov.uk/council/planning-and-development/planning-policies/local-plan-examination/

CAPALC CEO Ian Dewar wrote an update to Parish Councils: ‘Responding to Planning Applications.’  This has been shared with all members to ensure the Parish Council always follows the correct process.

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

Barnack Parish Council 

The Parish Council met on 10th September.  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:

Outstanding Items

Post Box – The new post box has been installed by Royal Mail outside the rear gates to the church.  The box is due to be in commission from this week.

Telephone Kiosks – The Barnack box is due to be disconnected from the mains on 14th September, which will enable the PC to relocate the box.

Bus Shelters – The installations have been delayed until late November, and as a result of these delays, PCC have waived the Parish Council’s contribution and will fund both shelters.

Planning

Linden Homes – 18/00377/REM, Land to the West of Uffington Road, Reserved matters approval for 80 dwellings – Linden Homes confirmed a start date for works of 10th September. BPC have received the latest set of plans showing landscaping and planting along the boundary.  Those properties due to be affected will be able to view the plans over the next week or two. 

Further name suggestions for the new estate were passed on to BPC ahead of the meeting.  These were discussed, and it was agreed the street name would be most suited to the history of the land/field the development is situated on.  PCC will consult on their preferred choice in due course.

18/01284/HHFUL, 37 Uffington Road, Barnack, Installation of a vehicle crossing. Permitted. 

Peterborough Local Plan – The Local Plan is at Stage 2 of the examination process.

Other Items

Hills and Holes Grazing – BPC are clarifying with Natural England the inconsistent signage and confusion over where you can walk dogs on the nature reserve.  Concerns around aggression from the ponies will also be registered with Natural England.

Neighbourhood Plan – The working group met earlier this month and are in the process of agreeing the neighbourhood area. 

Christmas Tree Light Switch-on – The date for your diaries for this event is Saturday 8th December. More details to follow soon in the Parish News.

Barnack Primary School – Over the Summer an active group of volunteers have been busy carrying out maintenance work, gardening and tidying on the School grounds.  Thank you to all those involved! BPC continues to support the School in pursuit of Section 106 funds that were allocated to the School.  

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Monday 8th October at 7pm in the Village Hall.  All welcome.