MARHOLM PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON 13th MARCH 2014

COMMENCED AT 7PM AND FINISHED AT 9PM

Present:

T Hawkins (Chair)                                          Peter Hill (Councillor)

P Nuttall (Councillor)                                     G Haythornthwaite (Councillor & Honorary Clerk)

Sue Welch (Councillor)

1. Minutes of the last meeting

These were agreed and signed as a true record of the last meeting

2. Protocols of Marholm Parish Council

The draft was discussed at the meeting. It was agreed in principle but the wording needs to be changed to be more user-friendly. A further draft will be prepared and circulated for approval. It will then be posted on the village website – Gillian Haythornthwaite

3. Marholm Conservation Area Appraisal

Jim Daley Principal Built Environmental Officer from Peterborough City Council (PCC) confirmed by email that he had received 2 comments in respect of the Appraisal:

Peterborough Civic Society – this was in support of the content of the Appraisal.

Milton Estates – this was broadly supportive but raised two specific comments.

(i) Relating to the wording “already extended listed properties to form larger dwellings should be resisted” – Milton felt this was unreasonable

(ii) The requirement to use long straw thatch (properties where reed has already been used can continue to use reed) is felt by Milton to be unreasonable.

Jim Daley will amend the wording of the appraisal slightly to accommodate these comments.

There were no further comments from the MPC. This will be communicated back to Jim Daley – Gillian Haythornthwaite

This will then go to the Planning Committee on 8Th April 2014.

4. Matters Arising

(i) What is Marholm Parish? We have now collected together numerous maps of the village detailing all the different boundaries and who has responsibility for what areas in the village. A draft map to be prepared for the next meeting – Tim Hawkins / Gillian Haythornthwaite.

(ii) Barclays Bank – the new signatories for the bank account are still not set up. This is being chased up as a matter of urgency – Tim Hawkins

(iii) Verges / Footpaths – Following the meeting with members from the PCC it has now been confirmed that:

      • Walton Road footpath repairs have been provisionally booked to be completed early in the programme (May/June) and will be confirmed shortly.
      • A job has been raised to reconstruct the footpath outside 1-11 Walton Road in conjunction with the planned work on the other side of the road
      • The remaining footpaths have been added to the list to be considered for future slurry work
      • Residents should try to avoid parking on the verges as this can cause damage.

(iv) Neighbourhood Watch – this was discussed and it was agreed that we should continue with the informal arrangement that exists amongst the village community.

(v) Slowing down the Traffic – a meeting was held with Councillors Holditch and Lamb and a member of the PCC Highways Agency where a number of proposals were discussed:

      • Re-instating the rumble strips following the re-tarmacking of the road. This is being chased up – Gillian Haythornthwaite
      • Replacing the signs at the entrance to the village which flash “30” to one that flashes the actual speed the driver is doing. This will cost £2,500. The PCC offered £500 towards this cost. However, it is not possible to proceed as the village does not have the funds to make up the difference.
      • The MPC has asked the PCC if we could use the £500 towards something else to reduce the speed through the village – but there has been no reply so far – this is being chased up – Gillian Haythornthwaite
      • There is a scheme that is being started using mobile signs to help reduce the speed through villages. The MPC have confirmed that Marholm would like to participate.
      • Speed survey – it was suggested that a speed survey was carried out to establish how big a problem the village has with cars driving above the speed limit through the village – this to be chased up – Gillian Haythornthwaite

(vi) Litter picking – this is still an issue to the village. We need to encourage villagers to report fly tipping using the Fault Finder app (This can be downloaded from ITunes). This has proved very effective at getting the rubbish removed quickly.

(vii) Village Hall charges – it was proposed to discuss this with the village hall committee  - Sue Welch

5. MPC Finance & Precept

The Clerk reported that the 2014/15 Precept documentation has been submitted to the PCC

The MPC Bank Accounts are as follows:

    • Checking Account - £644.99
    • Savings Account - £402.72
    • Total - £1,047.31

Outstanding Invoices - £84.00

6. Street Lighting Checks

Villagers need to report streetlights that are not working through the Fault Finder app or the Peterborough City Council website on line fault report form.

7. Bus Services

This was discussed and it was agreed that it was not possible to do anything about this at this time.

8. 2014 Elections

The City Council and Parish Council elections will take place on 22nd May 2014. All the Marholm Parish Councillors will be up for re-election at this time. An email to be sent to the PCC election officer to find out how the election process works – Gillian Haythornthwaite.

9. Village Plan

The MPC discussed whether it should put together a Neighbour Plan or a Village Plan. It was agreed that the cost of a Neighbourhood Plan (c£7,000) was prohibitive. A Village Plan would be achievable but would require a lot of work and it wasn’t felt that there would be sufficient benefit to warrant doing this. So the MPC agreed not to go ahead with this.

10. Other Agenda Items

    • The following items were raised at the meeting and to be discussed at the next meeting:
    • Celebration of 100 years since the start of WW1 – should we organise an event?
    • Village Flags – should we fly these on the agreed days?
    • Future projects / ideas – need to look at what we can do for the village

Date of the next meeting is Thursday 29th May 2014 at 7pm in the Village Hall.

If any Marholm Resident has something they would like to raise with the Parish Council,

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or ring the Parish Council Mobile Telephone: 07857 142857