Parish Council Report October 2019

 A short message from your local Barnack Ward Councillor 

I am unsure whether to wish you all a Happy Autumn, but harvests are in and my central heating clicked on at 7:00 am.  I was downstairs in seconds to switch it off. My old school used to only put on the heat on November 10th.  We all shivered in layers of jumpers for a month. I am never going to get away with that with Jackie, my wife. 

After a somewhat quiet August, events sprang to life in September.  The first issue related to planning but also highlighted a economic development. It appears that holiday accommodation, ‘Bed and Breakfast’ and Air BnB are becoming increasingly common in the Ward. Planning permission is not always required and it fits in with the City Council’s policy for leisure and tourism. More recreational opportunities will arrive because accommodation is available and more accommodation might spring up because of the increase in tourist and leisure events and opportunities. 

With any development, tourism, housing, events, brings with it increased traffic. There has been a huge increase in commuter traffic from south Lincolnshire.  Villagers, both new and established, often have three or four cars. One village has seen it’s population increase by 50% in eight years. 

Only last week I saw a car drive straight into a ditch at Bainton Green and going to Bainton Parish Council I saw a car overtake on two bends and nearly crash into a motorbike.  The combined speed would have to be 90 mph at a conservative estimate. 

Most of the parish councils have discussed how traffic needs to be calmed and safe as possible. They are making steady progress. You can see the 20 mph limit and repeater signs in Southorpe for example. It looks as if most villages will have made significant changes in the next few months. One idea, which was proposed in Government was a standard 50 mph on all de-restricted rural roads. I did try this four years ago and many counties have done it. Maybe the time is right now? 

I am pleased to see the Conservative council’s ‘Local Plan’ has been accepted. This has safeguarded most of the villages from exceptional house building. Helpston is to have some more houses but extra proposals on two sites have been refused.  

Finally, I am very pleased to say that the local Conservative Party has adopted me as their prospective candidate for the local elections, standing for Barnack Ward. This will be my eighth election.  Please look at ‘Barnack Conservatives’ on Facebook. It will give you some idea about what I am doing to represent you.  

Cllr David Over, Barnack Ward, Peterborough City Councillor

Bainton & Ashton Parish Council

Way Warden and Good Neighbours Scheme

On 3 September approximately 25 residents attended an an open public meeting in the Reading Room, where Neil Boyce (Chair of Castor PC and Project Lead) and Cate Harding (Community Capacity Manager at Peterborough City Council) presented on “Way Warden and Good Neighbours Scheme”. We have had much positive feedback and intend to report separately on this topic in a future issue. A Rural North West Peterborough group has already been established and BAPC chair Susie Lucas has been appointed a trustee.

The Parish Council met on 17 September in the Reading Room with four parishioners present. Much of the business was routine and the official minutes will be available in due course and as usual on village notice boards and on the website.

In the meantime we report:

Rural matters

We welcomed local resident and Peterborough City Councillor Irene Walsh to the meeting in her capacity as Rural Champion. Irene explained that this role is conferred, along with other champions, by the Leader of the Council and that it dovetails with her role as Cabinet Member for Communities. Irene’s main aim is to ensure that the interests of rural communities are represented in local authority policy-making. This is currently carried out through her Cabinet role, her position as the Chair of Peterborough City Council (PCC) Parish Council Liaison meetings and Board Member of Natural Cambridgeshire.

Parish Project updates

Traffic calming: the mobile vehicle activated sign (MVAS) is now in place. Regular speed watch sessions continue. With MVAS and regular Bainton, Helpston and Barnack sessions we hope that we can make a real contribution to speed reduction within our villages. We have started preliminary discussions about village gates as a further speed reduction measure and Ward Cllr David Over informed us that the national speed limit was being reduced to 50mph throughout the ward.

Bainton in Bloom: preparations are going to plan and following submission of the business plan monies have been received from the PCC Communities Fund. Organiser David Hare presented updated detailed plans and flyers and notices have been distributed around the Bainton and Ashton. Order have been placed and planting is scheduled  for Saturdays October 12 and if necessary 19th.

Village maintenance

Some progress in reduction of vegetation overgrowth along the north side of the B1443 was noted but the wall remains in a state of disrepair. This is an ongoing issue being pursued with PCC.

- Sale of lawnmowers - noted.

- New potholes on Tallington Road - noted.

Planning notices and items noted and reviewed

19/00953/HHFUL, 19/00954/LBC: Poplar Farm, Ashton - ….side and rear extensions, erection of pergola, demolition of barn

19/00925/FUL and 1900926/LBC: Poplar Farm, Ashton – Proposed change of use of land for leisure comprising the keeping of horses with associated menage and stable block

19/001191/LBC: Willow Cottage, Bainton – replace two windows…

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Local Transport Plan

Local List of Heritage Assets in Peterborough 

Parish Clerk Vacancy

Our clerk Catherine Franks has given notice of her intended leaving. We shall be very disappointed to lose Catherine but in the meantime she is leading the process to appoint a new clerk. Although we are advertising through the usual channels if anyone reading is this is interested in the role or knows anyone who might be, please contact Catherine or any of the BAPC councillors.

BAPC welcomes input from parishioners whether in writing, in person directly to councillors and you are very welcome in fact positively encouraged, to attend our regular meetings. At each meeting there is an opportunity for residents to speak. 

The next BAPC meeting is on Tuesday 5 November at 7.30pm in Bainton Reading Room.

Agendas and Minutes of each meeting and councillor details can be found on village notice boards and the 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. .

Ufford Parish Council

Ufford Parish Council met on 10th 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. or 07595 377236 for a copy.

Items discussed included:

Highways and Traffic – UPC have been talking to Highways to ensure safe parking during busy events in the village and are looking at ways to keep junctions clear with the use of an enforcement order and traffic cones.

Footpaths - There are several areas where shrubs/trees from private front gardens are encroaching onto footpaths. Please would residents ensure they are trimmed back regularly so pedestrians don’t have to step into the road, or risk being caught in the face with a rogue branch.

Ufford Heritage publication – the beautiful ‘coffee table’ style history book has been produced in draft and is now at the editing stage.  There are sponsorship opportunities for local businesses - for more information please contact the parish clerk or Frieda.

Barnack Ward Group - The BWG has funding available for community groups or special projects. If you would like to apply, please contact the parish clerk or Ward Cllr Over.

Current planning applications:

19/00734/HHFUL, Thorne, Newport Way – Render existing front elevation and alter dormer window.  Proposed single storey extension to rear. Permitted.

19/01111/CTR, Annagh House, Main Street – Eucalyptus reduction. Permitted.

19/01113/CTR, Hightrees, 2 Walcot Road – Beech crown reduction. Permitted.

19/00969/HHFUL & 19/00970/LBC, Ufford Hall – Minor demolition to part of existing boundary wall and addition of double gates (part retrospective). Permitted.

19/00992/HHFUL, 12 Newport Way – Demolition of existing rear projection and construction of two storey and single storey rear extension. Awaiting Decision.

19/01014/LBC, Clarendon Cottage, Main Street – To replace windows with traditional flush casement windows.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 8th October Annual Village Meeting, open to all residents, on Tuesday 14th May.

Barnack Parish Council report

The parish council met on 9th September.

Items discussed included:

The Neighbourhood Plan – The latest two draft policies covering the protection of built heritage and conservation area and renewable energy generation were approved by BPC.  The Working Group plan to hold a Workshop in November with local stakeholders and members of BPC to write the ‘vision’ for the Plan.

Barnack Cemetery – BPC approved a new fee schedule which includes a third band of criteria for historic deed holders that do not live within Southorpe, Barnack or Pilsgate.

Telephone Kiosk – The Barnack kiosk is now installed on Main Street and will be reconnected by Western Power in the next few weeks.  Once connected, a second village defibrillator will be installed within it.

Hills & Holes – There had been reports of overflowing dog poo bins.  Natural England are aware and reported that they were short staffed and would benefit from more volunteers to help with maintenance.  BPC will get in touch to advise the bins are their responsibility and need to be managed within Natural England’s schedule.

Traffic Calming – PCC Highways have drafted a consultation letter for residents regarding a scheme of speed cushions along Stamford Road, Wittering Road and Walcot Road.  It is hoped this will be issued within the next week or two.  The consultation period will last for three weeks.  The Community Speedwatch continue to record speeding vehicles and submit readings to the police - the latest findings were that in a one-hour period (9am - 10am) 71% of vehicles were driving above the 20mph speed limit at the back of the primary school.

Footpaths – Many village footpaths are in need of maintenance, including the path up to Pilsgate.  This will be followed up with PCC.

Village benches – BPC would like to thank Paul Dawson for his handiwork sprucing up the village benches, from Paul Pargeter’s memorial bench on Uffington Road, to the cemetery bus stop and war memorial.  It takes a community to keep the village looking tidy – thank you Paul.

Memorial Tree – It was agreed a memorial tree for the late Charles Clarke would be fitting, but a suitable location will need to be agreed.

Christmas Event – Please put Saturday 7th December on your calendar.  It will be the third annual Christmas Tree light switch-on event.  A perfect opportunity to welcome new families to the village. 

Current planning applications:

Linden Homes – 18/00377/REM, Land to the West of Uffington Road, Reserved matters approval for 80 dwellings.

Streetlighting plans – The Planning Officer has confirmed that the street lighting plans have been approved, but BPC will continue to push for a revision of the plans for a more suitable solution.

19/00553/ADV, The Millstone Inn, Millstone Lane – Externally illuminated fascia sign and directional signs. Awaiting Decision.

19/00824/HHFUL, Aberfoyle, Main Street – Single storey front and rear extensions. Permitted.

19/00816/HHFUL, 2 Kingsley Close – Single storey side extension and front extension to porch and proposed alterations to existing elevations. Awaiting Decision.

19/01117/HHFUL, 4 Owen Close – Construction of porch. Awaiting Decision.

19/01008/FUL, 32 Uffington Road – Creation of new vehicular access to serve 31 and 32 Uffington Road. Awaiting Decision.

19/01269/CTR, 3 Linden Close – Tree works to fell cherry tree. No objections.

19/01320/CTR, 4 Owen Close – Tree works to fell Elm and Cherry. No objections.

The next parish council meeting is Monday 14th October at 7pm in the Village Hall.  All welcome.

 

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 077595 377236 for a copy.

 
 

Parish Council Reports for September 2019

Barnack Parish Council

The parish council met on 12th August.

Items discussed included:

Defibrillator – the cabinet on the village hall has been repaired and the ambulance service have ensured the pin code is up-to-date and registered with 999. 

Telephone kiosk - thanks to Will Aldwinckle, Brian Pearsall and Harry Brassey for installing the phone kiosk in its new position on Main Street following a refurbishment.

Grit Bins - the grit bin outside the former village shop has now been relocated to the Wittering crossroads.

Hills and Holes – work has begun on the footpath opposite the cricket club to improve the path and put in a boundary fence to allow access when livestock are grazing.

Finance - a contribution to local charity MAGPAS air ambulance was agreed by members and a request for support from Barnack Pre-School has been approved by members pending a site visit later this month.

Current planning

Linden Homes – 18/00377/REM, Land to the West of Uffington Road, Reserved matters approval for 80 dwellings - There has been concern over the lighting plan approved by PCC for the footpaths.  BPC agreed to contact PCC and ask for a revision of the plans.

19/00553/ADV, The Millstone Inn, Millstone Lane – Externally illuminated fascia sign and directional signs. Awaiting Decision.

19/00824/HHFUL, Aberfoyle, Main Street – Single storey front and rear extensions. Permitted.

19/00816/HHFUL, 2 Kingsley Close – Single storey side extension and front extension to porch and proposed alterations to existing elevations. Awaiting Decision.

19/01117/HHFUL, 4 Owen Close – Construction of porch. No objections.

19/01008/FUL, 32 Uffington Road – Creation of new vehicular access to serve 31 and 32 Uffington Road. No objections.

Adoption of Peterborough Local Plan. The Local Plan was adopted in July at a meeting of the full council.

Neighbourhood Plan - the latest policies were discussed and approved by BPC and the working group were thanked for their hard work.  The draft Neighbourhood Plan should be ready for consultation by the end of the year.

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 077595 377236 for a copy.