Parish Council Reports July 2019

Barnack Parish Council

The Parish Council met on 10th June.  Archie Dennis attended the meeting to show his proposal for a woodland play area on land off Sutton Heath Road, lots of questions were answered and ideas discussed. An application will be submitted to PCC in due course.

BPC were updated on the latest work of the Neighbourhood Plan group which is already over half-way written with the aim of a draft being completed and ready to submit later this year.

BPC agreed to donate funds to refurbish the church clock and install an automatic winding device.  They will also help investigate how to secure additional funds for the new heating project.

Unfortunately, a Lottery Fund for the new defibrillators has not been awarded, but this will not stop the project proceeding.  The newly painted phone kiosk will be reinstalled on Main Street within the next few weeks and Western Power will hook it up ready to house a defibrillator.  The refurbishment of the Pilsgate kiosk will begin shortly.

It is hoped that Burghley will attend the next meeting in July to discuss the possibility of supporting a village shop.  Please do come along to the meeting or contact the Clerk with any ideas.

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

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 until the new site is launched.

Ufford Parish Council

The Parish Council met on 11th June. Items discussed included the recent public consultation at Walcot regarding a woodland play area in Southorpe which was attended by members.

The Langdyke Trust have shared their vision document for the Countryside West of Peterborough, which is supported by UPC. (For more information please contact the Clerk).

There are several outstanding maintenance items that have been followed up with PCC but not yet completed – Newport Way drainage, Highways signage and maintenance.  Highways are also looking at how to ensure cars do not park up to the Walcot Road junction when events take place in the village.  This safety issue became particularly apparent after a recent accident, and we need to prevent any further incidents. 

The Ufford Heritage publication (coffee table book) is close to completion and the working group will be sharing more details ahead of seeking sponsorship from local businesses and individuals.  

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 9th July at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Residents are welcome to attend.

Full minutes can be found on the noticeboards or on the website www.uffordparishcouncil.org.uk

 

Parish Council Reports June 2019

News from Bainton & Ashton Parish Council

Meetings: Bainton and Ashton Parish Council (BAPC) met on 8 May in the Reading Room with 16 parishioners present. Refreshments were provided and we began with the Annual Villages Meeting where reports from BAPC, Allotment Association, Buttercross Club, Bainton Reading Room, Neighbourhood Watch and Speedwatch were presented. Detail of the reports will be available in due course and as usual on notice boards and on the website as will the minutes of the ordinary BAPC meeting that followed.

In the meantime we report:

The retirement of Graham Fletcher as chair of BAPC. At the end of the Annual Meeting Graham announced his retirement and resignation as chair and as a councillor. This marks the end of 10 years of dedicated, solid, distinguished, unfaltering service to our community in the BAPC chair during which time Graham missed just one council meeting. Outside the regular statutory meetings, Graham’s incredible personal contribution utilising sizeable portions of his own time, thought, energy and his sheer physical effort cannot be overstated. We thank him most sincerely on behalf of all parishioners for having our villages at the very top of his priority list all these years. Graham, BAPC will miss you but we wish you a long and happy future life in Bainton.

Bainton and Ashton in Bloom

We are delighted to learn that our bid to the Communites Fund at Peterborough City Council has been reviewed and approved. We are one of only five community projects awarded in the first round of competitive bid assessments by the Peterborough Together Partnership Board. 

The full official summary description states:

“Bainton and Ashton Parish Council - £1,637.86 to bring together young and old residents to create a colourful spring bloom for all local people and walkers/cyclists.  The project will specifically seek to involve families with children, elderly residents at risk of isolation/loneliness and social housing residents not already involved in village activity. Plantings will be on show and a series of village open days will take place in spring 2020 to establish a wider community partnership and enable local people, invited groups and passing walkers/cyclists to enjoy some colour at a usually grey time of year.” 

We thank Bainton resident David Hare for the idea and his detailed plans that formed the basis of the bid. Watch out for further information from David and BAPC in the next Parish News.

Other items

Planning notices reviewed:

Poplar Farm, Bainton Green Road, Ashton. 19/00416/HHFUL and 19/00416/HHFUL. Two storey and single storey rear extensions, erection of a pergola at the rear and demolition of barn.

Swallows’ Rest, Ufford Road, Bainton.19/00446/CTR Sycamore tree - fell

1 St Marys Close, Bainton. 19/00581/HHFUL. First floor extension over attached garage, single storey front extension and erection of detached garage

A further vacancy arises following the resignation Graham Fletcher. Notices will be posted but if anyone is interested in joining BAPC please do not hesitate to contact Catherine (clerk) or councillors Susie Lucas, Cliff Stanton and/or Chris Womack who will be happy to provide you with more information and answer any queries.

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 and the next meeting is on Tuesday 2 July 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.

Barnack Parish Council

The Annual Village meeting and parish council meeting took place on 13th May with the local organisations reporting on their year and future plans.  Chris Evans, Natural England’s Senior Reserve Manager, attended the meeting to answer questions regarding Hills & Holes following queries on grazing and the management of the site.  The ponies are no longer on the site and it is hoped that the sheep will be able to ‘keep on top of’ the grazing for the time being. Grazing the site is a requirement in the management of this internationally important SSSI to keep back scrub and preserve the last areas of limestone grasslands.  Residents were reminded that dogs must be kept ‘close and under control’ at Hills & Holes and on a lead when there are livestock nearby.  

Harry Brassey and Margaret Palmer were elected once again for the roles of Chair and Vice-Chair respectively. The whole parish council will be up for election in 2020 - if anyone is interested in standing for election please contact the clerk.

Items discussed included the adoption of the regulatory documents, appointment of council representatives and village maintenance.  Advance warnings have been given for road works from 3/6/19 on Uffington Road outside the Linden Homes site entrance.  This is likely to be 2 weeks of two-way traffic lights, followed by a one week road closure.

Current planning applications are:

19/00440/DISCHG – Public Open Space, Uffington Road, Linden Homes’ LEAP design.

19/00656/CTR – The Maltings, The Square – Tree works.

19/00628/CTR – 29 School Road – Tree works.

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

Residents are invited to attend the next Parish Council meeting on Monday 10th June at 7.00pm in the Village Hall.

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 until the new site is launched.

Ufford Parish council

The Ufford Annual Village Meeting and Annual Parish Council Meeting took place on Tuesday 14th May. 

Residents were invited to attend the village meeting, with local organisations including the Village Hall Committee, Cricket Club and Friends of St Andrew’s Church reporting on their past year and future plans.

Paul Gibbons, MD of Messenger Construction, visited the meeting and gave an informative presentation on the history and process of mining and producing Collyweston tiles.  The Collyweston Heritage Centre Museum is due to be opened soon and will offer a virtual reality tour of the mine and a look at the history of Collyweston slate.

At the Parish Council meeting Keith Lievesley was once again elected as Chairman and items discussed included adoption of the regulatory documents, appointment of council representatives, financial reports and village maintenance.  

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 11th June at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

Full minutes can be found on the noticeboards or on the website www.uffordparishcouncil.org.uk

 

Parish Council Report May 2019

Ufford Parish Council 

The PC met on 9th April.  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 Annual Governance and Accountability Return for the year 2018-19 was approved and signed.

The design of the Ufford Heritage book is underway and looking superb – watch this space!

The Chair of UPC is writing to Highways and Councillor Hiller to request action on the outstanding traffic calming and maintenance items that have been pending for almost two years.  UPC hopes to update residents at the Annual Meeting of progress.

Ward Councillor Over reported that finances are looking good at PCC with government grants coming in for specific areas.  The Combined Authority has plans to find a partner university for University Centre Peterborough, and Cambridge University is thought to be interested.  Councillor Over has recently taken on the role of Chair of the Fire Authority.

Unfortunately, there is a rise in car crime with thefts from drives where criminals can access vehicles via keyless entry, and thefts of licence plates.  

Planning

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

19/00449/CTR, Honeysuckle Cottage, Main Street – Fell apple tree.

18/00570/HHFUL, Hightrees, 2 Walcot Road – Clarification of Discharge of Conditions (C3), Materials.

The next meeting is the Annual Village Meeting, open to all residents, on Tuesday 14th May.

DIARY DATE – THE ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING

on Tuesday 14th May in the Village Hall

Refreshments will be served from 6.30pm with the meeting due to commence from 7.00pm.

Your Village. Your Community. Your Council.

Barnack Parish Council 

The PC met on 8th April. 

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 CE School - Chair of the Governors, Clare Duffy, attended the meeting to update the parish council on news from the School and plans for improvement following the recent Ofsted inspection.

Bus shelters – the new Barnack bus shelters have been installed and a request was made at the meeting by residents of Pilsgate to replace the former Pilsgate bus shelter.  

Hills and Holes – Natural England’s Chris Evans is visiting the village for the Annual Village Meeting on Monday 13th May to talk about the site and answer any questions from residents.

Neighbourhood Plan –The results from the recent questionnaire have been published on a leaflet within this issue of Parish News. 

Traffic Calming – The entrance gateways to Barnack and Pilsgate have been installed and the parish council are following up with Highways to progress the installation of speed cushions and vehicle activated signs.

Bulk Waste Collection – Once again there will be a village bulk waste collection organised.  Further information will be circulated to residents shortly.

Latest planning:

Linden Homes – 18/00377/REM, Land to the West of Uffington Road, Reserved matters approval for 80 dwellings.   Members of the parish council and village representatives are due to meet with Linden Homes this week to help improve communication.

19/00354/HHFUL & 19/00355/LBC, Pilsgate House, Stamford Road – Listed building consent and planning permission for single storey infill extension and internal alterations.

DIARY DATE – THE ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING

Monday 13th May – “What’s happening in YOUR Village?” Refreshments will be served in the Village Hall from 6.30pm with the meeting due to commence from 7.00pm.

Bring your ideas, questions and thoughts!

News from Bainton & Ashton Parish Council

Bainton and Ashton Parish Council (BAPC) met on 9 April in the Reading Room with 5 parishioners present. Much of the business was routine and the official minutes will be available in due course and as usual on notice boards and on the website.

In the meantime we can report: 

A recent reduction in the number of speeding vehicles has been recorded by the Community Speed Watch Team and we are hoping this is sustained. The council also approved purchase of an MVAS (Mobile Vehicle Activated Sign) to replace and upgrade the old devices one of which on the approach from Barnack, no longer works and is beyond economic repair. There is evidence that MVAS are more effective at speed reduction than static devices and will be able to be located on rotation at one of four locations. MVAS also offers data recording which can be useful to the speed watch team.

The MVAS is part of on going speed reduction activities which include the imminent introduction of a 20 mph speed limit through Ashton.

There has been a recent spate of thefts from vehicles particularly from cars parked at local beauty spots. Please make others aware and take extra care not to leave items visible and report any suspicious behaviour.  

Plans have also been initiated for the Apple Day which will be on Sunday 22 September - watch out for further details and PLEASE NOTE THE DATE IN YOUR DIARIES.

A bid has been made to the Communities Fund for a bulb and tree planting project we are calling “Bainton and Ashton in Bloom”. Watch out for more information if the bid is successful.

After more than 10 years serving as a parish councillor latterly as vice chairman, Richard Harris has decided to retire. Richard’s contribution to the working council has been absolutely tremendous and is much appreciated. We thank him wholeheartedly and wish him a happy “council retirement”.

Vacancy notices will be posted but if anyone is interested in joining BAPC please do not hesitate to contact Catherine (clerk) or Graham (chairman) or any of the councillors whose contact details are on the website

Annual Villages Meeting

Please also note that the Meeting will be held in Bainton Reading Room on Tuesday 7th May from 6.30 pm with refreshments followed by the BAPC AGM at 7.30pm. 

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.

 

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.