DRAFT MINUTES: CORBY GLEN PARISH COUNCIL
Draft Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday June 8th 2022 at 7.30pm in the Church Street Rooms, Corby Glen.
Present: Cllrs Lamming (Chair), Andrew, Clink, Cook, Evans, Fowler, Harwood, Silabon & Walsingham.
In attendance: Cllr Robins, Mrs. S. Woodman (Parish Clerk) & 1 resident
It was reported that the Parish Council web site has been unavailable for most of the day, and although now available, it is out of date.
A resident reported issues with the quality of the mowing recently. The chairman explained that the contractor had had problems with a staff member on long term sick.
It was reported that the resident on St John’s Drive had expressed his disappointment that comments have been made about his hedge although other hedges elsewhere in the village are equally overgrown. A councillor suggested that in future resident with complaints about hedges should be referred to LCC Highways. In order to protect nesting birds, it is recommended that hedges are not cut between March & September.
- Apologies for absence: Cllr Evans. Reasons noted and accepted.
- District and County Councillors’ Reports: Cllr Robins reported that despite budget cuts, the Community Fund is still available. Other items are already covered by the agenda
- The minutes of the meeting of the Council held on Wednesday May 11th 2022 were approved by all those present at thar meeting (6 for, 2 abstentions) and signed by the chairman as an accurate record.
- Councillors’ Declarations of Interest: None.
- Review of Action Log:
22/04 Bank Account Signatories: Forms completed; awaiting response from bank.
- Clerk’s & Chairman’s reports on matters outstanding:
75/20 Superfast Broadband: Cllr Cook was pleased to report that the scheme has now been signed off by the government and those interested have been informed. He explained the process from here. The possibility of waiting for the new houses was discussed, but it was felt advisable not to introduce any further complications / delays.
25/21 Fighting Cocks – Asset of Community Value: Response from SKDC – under consideration.
55/20 Speeding in the village: 2 new volunteers have joined as a result of the leaflet drop. They are now awaiting training as the process has been changed without notice. Weekly monitoring sessions continue. The equipment is on loan from Colsterworth on a long-term basis. It was suggested that a ‘mock’ speed gun could be used as a deterrent, but the legality and advisability of this undermining the village CSW was questioned.
09/16 Neighbourhood Planning: Continuing funding has been applied for. The consultant advisor will continue to support the group. The group are still trying to resolve areas of disagreement with SKDC. It is hoped to link the referendum to the local elections in May 2023.
- Matters to be resolved:
18/22 Road Names for Swinstead Road development: After much discussion it was agreed unanimously to propose West Glen Way for the primary road, and Round House View and Valley Close for the subsidiary roads, reflecting the geographical location on the edge of the Glen valley and the historic Round House nearby.
It was suggested that the council consider a list of 10 names for future developments to minimise delays in future.
15/22 Provision of IT support – Demonstration: No demonstration available because of the lack of internet connection. The recent unavailability of the current web site was considered to demonstrate that something more robust is required. Additionally, the current web site is not easy to view on a phone.
It was deemed important that the council should have a web site which is robust, flexible, and fit for purpose as the role of a web site in promoting the village and its businesses is increasing in the current climate. Anyone accessing either of the old sites would be automatically connected to the new site.
Concern was expressed and noted that there is no provision in the current budget for the significant cost of redeveloping the site. However, it was considered of sufficient significance to justify using the council’s reserves. The next budget should include £150/year for hosting the web site on a commercial server.
It was agreed by a majority (7 for, 1 against) that Cllr Cook should arrange for the consultant to re-develop the council’s web site as soon as possible at a cost of £960 (including VAT). Cllr Cook will work with the consultant to agree the structure and material to be included, and the price includes basic training for the clerk (and other councillors if required) in limited routine maintenance.
26/22 Clerk’s routine salary increase for 2021/22 & 2022 appraisal: It was agreed unanimously to increase the clerk’s salary to £10.21/hour, backdated to April 2021, in line with the National Pay Scales agreed in February 2022. This equates to a 2% increase.
Clerk’s appraisal to be carried out with Cllrs Walsingham & Silabon.
- Reports from:
Planning: to consider planning applications received prior to & after publication of the agenda:
S22/1002 M Hamblin – The Presbytery, 32 High Street, New dwelling in garden:
Councillors were surprised that no residents had reported concerns regarding the project, although it was noted that the yellow signs had been placed some distance away.
It was agreed by a majority (6 for, 1 against, 1 abstention) that the council would raise no objection in principle. However, the clerk was requested to express the council’s concern about the height of the dwelling, that it is to be built so close to the High Street, set forward to the building line and that the blank gable end facing the road will detract from the aesthetic appearance of this area. Clerk to respond accordingly.
S22/0605 R Baines – 2 Church St, Replace chimneys: No objection.
S22/1005 Swinstead Road Housing development – Reserved Matters: Cllr Robins explained that the application was for detailed design issues. The council did not wish to comment.
S22/0899 10 Coronation Road – Construction of garage / accommodation in garden: No objection, but the council believes that planning approval should be subject to the condition that the accommodation can only be occupied by residents of the property in whose grounds it is built ie 10 Coronation Road.
S21/1841 David Wilson Homes Development (199 dwellings) – S106 funds (bus stops): Bus stops are to be sited near this development. The developers were prepared to construct bus shelters, subject to the council taking on their maintenance. The council believes that bus shelters are unnecessary due to lack of bus services in the village. Councillors agreed unanimously that they are not prepared to undertake to maintain them.
Greens Working Group:
07/21 Playground Equipment Maintenance (notably the state of the seesaw):
Cllr Cook noted that much of the wood is varnished. Therefore, the varnish would need to be removed before further maintenance. To be discussed further at the next meeting. In the meantime, Cllr Walsingham will investigate the options for putting the stepping post back. The possibility of sponsorship of items of equipment should be considered.
- Payments and Accounts
(i) Bank balances – monthly update approved unanimously as set out below.
(ii) Invoices for payment – Councillors resolved unanimously to approve payments as set out in schedule below.
|Opening Bank balance from 1st May 2022||£23,751.94|
|Income received on bank statement:|
|Invoices cleared on bank statement|
S. Woodman – clerk’s wages
S. Woodman – clerk’s expenses
HMRC – clerk’s PAYE
CDPC – Community cleaner
MCS – Grass Cutting)
Cllr Cook – Ukraine Flag
Data Protection Fee (ICO)
|Closing Bank Balance 31st May 2022||£22,891.58|
|Cheques to be authorised/cleared:|
Corby Glen Bowls Club (cheque not yet presented)
S. Woodman – clerk’s wages
S. Woodman – clerk’s expenses
HMRC – clerk’s PAYE
CDPC – Community cleaner
MCS – Grass Cutting)
Cllr Clink – Jubilee Banner
Additions Accounting – Audit
Easyspace – Domain renewal
Fieldpaths Assoc’n – subscription renewal
|Estimated remaining NatWest bank balance|
(excluding Neighbourhood Plan Funds)
|Neighbourhood Plan Costs |
Previous costs to date
Total costs against grant
Unused Grant repayment
- 10. Matters to be further discussed at this meeting:
46/21 Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Events considered to be a great success – despite the inclement weather on Sunday. The chairman thanked all concerned, especially Cllrs Clink and Andrew for their hard work. The clerk was requested to write and thank all those concerned for their contribution, notably the Bowls Club, WI, Ron Dawson Committee, the Woodhouse and named individuals.
It was noted that the beacon will need sanding and re-painting before it is used again.
A book of photos was produced for the Diamond Jubilee. All were requested to email any photos to Cllr Clink for collating.
01/22 Consider replacing Christmas Tree Lights: Cllr Cook has looked into this further and believes that a real tree could be erected and new, less heavy, lights added safely (estimated cost £260), but the issue of power remains. Western Power have quoted £2,913 to connect power to the Market Cross area. This may need to be considered next year along with options for funding. If purchased, flagpole lights could be put up near the A151 (possibly in Cllr Harwood’s paddock near No.10).
05/22 Reason for new footbridge (rear of St John’s Drive): Awaiting further feedback from Cllr Hill
12/22 Consider state of benches, bins, phone box, noticeboards & options to fix: In progress with Cllrs Andrew & Silabon.
13/22 State of Trees, (especially trees by beacon, new trees, future trees): Councillors were requested to each take responsibility for several of the new trees and water them over the summer. Cllr Walsingham will allocate trees to councillors & inform the clerk. Clerk to issue regular reminders.
17/22 State of the Speed Record Panel on the Green: The Speed Panel on the Green is still not working.
19/22 Use of S106 funds from DWH development / residents’ consultation: It was suggested that 5 options should be drafted for presenting to residents, possibly at a special meeting. It was noted that the DWH development is likely to take over 3 years to complete.
22/22 Best Kept Village Competition: Corby Glen would come under the Medium Village category. The competition is judged in July and there is a cash prize. Judges would be considering the main road and the centre of the village. Cllr Clink has contacted the organisation for feedback from last year, and suggested a campaign with notices around the village. It was noted that the footpaths are very weedy – it is believed that these are SKDC (or LCC?) responsibility. Cllr Robins offered to look into what could be done & communicate with the clerk.
23/22 Mussons Close Land – purchase options: Bids from residents have been collected anonymously and collated by the clerk. A letter to the owner explaining the situation regarding any potential purchase will be drafted on behalf of the residents – contents of the letter to be agreed by email. Cllr Clink assured councillors that no public or Parish Council funds would be requested as it is not appropriate to use public monies in this situation.
24/22 Kerbs on Swinstead Road by Ron Dawson Hall: To be raised during the site visit on June 24th.
25/22 Deer problem/s: The clerk had contacted all other clerks in the local area, and none reported any particular problems. Although the problem seems to be increasing, it is believed that it is not deer escaping from managed herds that are causing the problem, but there does not seem to be any action open to the parish council.
27/22 Cut back foliage around speed signs on A151: Cllr Fowler had obtained a quote of £60 to rectify the problem. Accepted unanimously.
- Next meeting:
The next regular meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday July 13th 2022 at the Willoughby Gallery.
Meeting closed at 9.38pm. Mrs. Sue Woodman – Parish Clerk
Action Log 8th June 2022
|07/21||Playground Equipment Maintenance|
Fix a rubber covering to the bottom edges of the rocking horse
Ask Mr Brian Walsingham to quote for repairing the benches.
Investigate the options for putting the stepping post back.
|25/21||Fighting Cocks – Asset of Community Value: Continue to chase.||Clerk||13/7/22|
|33/21||Re-wilding / areas of grass to be cut & by whom / standard of grass cutting: Add to September agenda||Clerk||1/9/22|
|46/21||Queen’s Platinum Jubilee:|
Thank all those involved (notably the Bowls Club, WI, Ron Dawson Committee, the Woodhouse and named individuals)
Email photos to Cllr Clink
|67/21||Consider using the July or Sept meeting to agree arrangements for village events: Add to July agenda||Clerk||1/7/22|
|01/22||Consider replacing Christmas Tree Lights: Research options, including battery or solar powered.||Cllr Cook||13/7/22|
|05/22||Reason for new footbridge (rear of St John’s Drive): Investigate the matter further and establish the source of the complaints and the veracity of the landowner consultation||Cllr Hill||11/5/22|
|12/22||Consider state of benches, bins, phone box, noticeboards & options to fix:|
Apply to NISA for a grant to improve that area
Ask Alan for a quote to repair the glass in the noticeboard
|13/22||State of Trees, (especially trees by beacon, new trees, future trees): Designate trees to councillors|
Water trees over the summer
Remind councillors via Whatsapp weekly.
|15/22||Council web site:|
Arrange for development of new web site
Add provision for hosting the web site on a commercial server to next year’s budget.
|22/04||Review Signatories on Bank Account: Inform Nat West of the following as official signatories on the council’s bank account: Cllrs Lamming, Adam, Harwood & Andrew; Remove all other signatories.|
Request on-line access Cllrs Lamming and Harwood.
|18/22||Road Names for Swinstead Road development: Communicate to developer|
Add discussion of a list for future use to next agenda
|22/22||Best Kept Village Competition: Look into options to clean footpaths & communicate with the clerk.|
Consider notices around the village
|23/22||Mussons Close Land – purchase options: Draft and agree letter.||Cllr Clink||13/7/22|
|24/22||Kerbs on Swinstead Road by Ron Dawson Hall: Raise during the site visit.||Cllr Lamming||24/6/22|
|26/22||Clerk’s appraisal: Carry out appraisal.||Cllrs Walsingham & Silabon / Clerk||13/7/22|
|27/22||Cut back foliage around speed signs on A151: Accept quote & arrange work||Cllr Fowler||13/7/22|