Saxmundham Town Council
Saxmundham Suffolk IP17 1AF
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Minutes of a meeting of Saxmundham Town Council
held at the Market Hall on Monday 9 FEBRUARY 2015
Present: Cllr J. Fisher – Chairman
Cllr Mrs M. Andrews
Cllr Sir Peter Batho
Cllr Ms L. Hailey
Cllr K. Howe
Cllr Mrs L. Jardine
Cllr R. Plant
Cllr Mrs D. Sculley
Cllr D. Tricker
Cllr D. Willett
In attendance: Ms M. Gallop, Town Clerk
Imogen Green, Clerical Assistant
Cllr Mr M. Gower Suffolk County Councillor arrived at 8.10pm
PC Kevin Stollery
3 members of the Public
Richard Cornwell, EADT
* A litter bin requested in the layby of Rendham Road – Clerk
REPORT FROM THE LOCAL POLICE: PC Kevin Stollery
advised the following:-
11 recorded crimes reported in January, 5 thefts, 2 common assaults,
1 Public order offence, 1 Affray, 1 drunk in charge of young child
and 1 indecent image sent to a minor via Facebook
REPORT FROM THE COUNTY COUNCILLOR: Cllr Gower attending
a previous meeting and will arrive later
REPORT FROM THE DISTRICT COUNCILLORS: The finalisation
for the council tax will be announced at the end of the month. Neither
Cllr Mrs Andrews or Cllr Sir Peter had anything to report on.
4628. TO RECEIVE DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST:
* To Receive Amendments to the Register – None declared
* To Receive Declarations of Pecuniary Interest in Respect of Items
on the Agenda – None declared
* To Receive Declarations of Non Pecuniary Interest in Respect of
Items on the Agenda - Cllr Tricker declared an interest as a volunteer
director of SADCIC who manages the Fromus Centre. Cllr Fisher declared
a personal interest in planning application DC/15/0019/FUL 22 Manor
Gardens as it was his parents’ home for nearly fifty years.
* To Consider Full/Partial Dispensations for Pecuniary Interests
declared – N/A
4629. TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR AND CONSENT TO ABSENCE:
Cllr Ms Trotter-Langlois, maternity leave
4630. TO APPROVE AND SIGN AS A TRUE RECORD THE MINUTES OF
12 JANUARY 2015 TOWN COUNCIL MEETING previously circulated:
After a minor amendment, nutes were unanimously agreed and signed.
4631. TO NOTE THE STATUS OF ACTIONS ARISING FROM THAT MEETING:
Action: 4570 Flag pole - Cllr Fisher
Still awaiting a quotation for installation of flagpole
Action: 4553 – Memorial Field drainage
Cllr Plant/Town Clerk & Clerical Assistant
Tenders sent out for drainage of Memorial Field.
Action: B270 Performance The Keepers Daughter
Clerk has written to the Keepers Daughter – as yet no response
Action: C469 2 spare grit bins Clerk
Highways will purchase the grit bins for £180 each.
Action: C470 Monthly teenage dance named CHILL - Clerk
The Clerk has received a number of emails from Julia Ewart who also
had a meeting with Cllr Tricker. Further investigation required.
Action: 4624 Christmas trees and decorations - Clerk
Clerk has contacted Julian Barclay for a quotation for erection
of large and small Christmas Trees along the High Street. He has
responded requiring further clarification and will get back to us
as soon as possible.
Action: 4620 Production of A2 sized Town Map Cllr Tricker
A meeting has been arranged with Leiston Press, Cllrs Fisher and
Tricker on 18th February at 10am.
4632. TO CONSIDER CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED:
A – CORRESPONDENCE TO BE NOTED AND CIRCULATED:
802 SCC – cheque of £400 received towards promotion
of street market
B – CORRESPONDENCE TO BE DISCUSSED BEFORE REPLY:
C – OTHER CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED TO DATE:
Thank you for donation Circulation
C474 Sax Museum Thank you for donation Circulation
C475 Email Suffolk Police Suffolk Police Community Safety Unit SAFEKey
C476 CIEU Emergency First Aid at work Thursday 14th May
Unanimously agreed for the Town Clerk to attend
C477 Julia Ewart
CHILL – proposed teenage disco
Various emails have been received regarding this new proposed venture
of a disco. Cllr Tricker proposed that the Council respond advising
that until we have clarification regarding DBS and Child Protection
policy together with confirmation of registered people manning the
entrances to the Market Hall the event cannot take place. Security
arrangements and methodology of implementation of the actual running
of the event needs to be confirmed. Part of this methodology is
inclusion of the local secondary schools. We as Trustees are liable
and the above points are totally essential. Seconded by Cllr Plant.
Unanimously agreed. Motion carried.
4633. CHAIRMAN’S/TOWN CLERK’S ANNOUNCEMENTS:
The Clerk informed the Councillors that she is in the process of
compiling a Media policy and circulated a draft for them to study
for approval at the March meeting.
4634. TO RECEIVE A REPORT FROM THE FINANCE COMMITTEE AND
CONSIDER ITS RECOMMENDATIONS:
* To approve the monthly Finance Report to the end of January 2015
- Cllr Plant proposed this as a true record, seconded by Cllr Willett.
Unanimously agreed. Motion carried.
* To approve earmarking reserves – Cllr Plant proposed the
following projects for earmarking reserves:- £28,000 for drainage
of the Memorial Field, £25,000 for the footway Rendham Road,
£30,000 Police Station repairs, £7500 as Benefactors
for the Music Festival, £10,000 for Town Signage, £20,000
for the replacement of play equipment at Seaman Avenue, £5000
for a Market Hall Feasibility Study. Seconded by Cllr Fisher. Unanimously
agreed. Motion carried.
* To receive an update on the Police Station purchase progress –
The proposed purchase of the Police Station is still ongoing. This
is in no way due to the Town Council – it is prevarication
by the Police as Police Stations nationally have allegedly been
offered large sums of money by Central Government to share their
premises with the Fire Stations. The Police and Crime Commissioner
want best value for their community amenity. Cllr Fisher has researched
the history of the site. It was recommended that a ground survey
was done as this site was originally the Town Gas Works. There is
the potential of contamination and Cllr Fisher proposed we have
a survey completed ourselves to investigate. This will cost approximately
£3000 – seconded by Cllr Plant. Unanimously agreed.
* To consider the purchase of a PA system –Cllr Plant advised
that our present system is a complex one and microphones have gone
missing in the past. He proposed that we purchase a portable system
for £219.00 provided the microphones are available separately.
Seconded Cllr Tricker. Unanimously agreed. Motion carried.
County Cllr Michael arrived at 8.10pm.
4635. TO APPROVE AMENDMENT OF THE STANDING ORDERS TO INCORPORATE
RECORDING OF MEETINGS AND THE ADOPTION OF A MEDIA POLICY:
Cllr Fisher thought that this approval should be deferred until
the March meeting as further research needs to be done with regard
to the exact wording. Photography was not allowed in the past and
due to this policy being reversed he proposed that in the interim
we should take the clause out altogether regarding photography,
filming and other media methods. Seconded by Cllr Howe. Unanimously
agreed. Motion carried.
County Cllr Michael Gower was invited to give a report:
Cllr Gower apologised for his lateness due to a previous meeting
at Bramfield. He advised that SCC are meeting this coming Thursday
to agree a budget. They will increase the council tax but obviously
Services will be scrutinised as they have to make savings in the
region 38.2 million pounds to keep the council tax the same.
He has recently given small donations to the Rabble Chorus and the
A short break ensued .
4636. TO REVIEW AND COMMENT ON THE FOLLOWING PLANNING APPLICATIONS:
Cllr Mrs Andrews does not vote due to her position on the
Development Control Committee at SCDC.
Mr D Hiles
22 Manor Gardens, Saxmundham
Extensions & alterations to create additional accommodation.
As approved at the January meeting the Clerk had responded to SCDC
due to the time limitations having circulated all documents to the
Councillors for their views beforehand. Our response was that we
had no objections. Cllr Fisher had declared an interest. Motion
Mr A Good
Church House, Church Hill, Saxmundham
Replacement of rear conservatory, conversion of barn to family room,
rebuild workshop, internal alterations. Listed building .The Town
Council unanimously supported this. Motion carried.
Mr P Morphy
Beech House, 5 North Entrance, Sax
Erection of single-storey dwelling. A neighbour had sent in an objection.
This application was thought to cause overcrowding and would cause
unsuitable increase in traffic on an already dangerous exit. Cllr
Sir Peter proposed that we object to this application. Seconded
by Cllr Mrs Sculley. Unanimously agreed. Motion carried.
Mr & Mrs A Pipe
7 Chapel Road, Sax
Erection of single-storey rear extension (existing extension to
be removed) – previously circulated to all Councillors due
to time constraints. No objections given. Motion carried
Mr Ben French
20 High Street, Saxmundham
Existing ATM to be replaced with new DDA height ATM. Cllr Willett
proposed support, seconded by Cllr Fisher. Unanimously agreed. Motion
Land west of 10 Henley Close, Saxmundham
Erection of two storey dwelling with attached garage. Cllr Willett
proposed agreement, seconded by Cllr Plant. Unanimously agreed.
4637. TO CONSIDER THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR ST. GEORGES’
WEEKEND 25/26 APRIL 2015 : Cllr Mrs Jardine and the Town
Clerk have cancelled all the Sunday 26th April arrangements as previously
agreed due to the important event being held in Theberton of the
centenary of Col Charles Doughty-Whlie being awarded the Victoria
Cross. She advised that the WI have been requested to provide tea,
coffee and cakes on Saturday morning for the Food Fayre. However
the WI will not get back to us with a response until after their
next meeting. The Rabble Chorus will be singing and the Morris Dances
will confirm whether they will be able to attend by the end of this
month. Saturday afternoon will be for the children: - Punch &
Judy, Storytelling by the Library and the disco is booked and all
children will have to be accompanied by a responsible adult. A small
group of students with a soloist from the Free School are hoping
to perform and we ae waiting for confirmation from their Music teacher.
Cllr Mrs Jardine has visited all the shopkeepers and business owners
regarding the Best Dressed Window and the Odd Object competitions
and has received a reasonable response. She has counted all buildings
that have flag holders and advised that 62 flags will need to be
purchased. Cllr Mrs Jardine has enquired about the purchase of polyester
bunting and is expecting to receive a quotation from Bulstrodes
of Framlingham shortly. A meeting of the working party will occur
next Tuesday, 17th February.
4638. TO RECEIVE REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES OF VARIOUS
OTHER BODIES INCLUDING WORKING PARTIES:
Cllr Miss Hailey gave an update on the Three Communities Cycling
project. They have held Rights of Way meeting, Impact Survey meeting
and Route meeting. They have received £150 from both Benhall
and Kelsale Parish Councils. An article will appear in Sax News
Cllr Mrs Jardine advised that following the various meetings regarding
development plans for housing in Suffolk Coastal the Consultation
period will end on the 27th February and all comments need to be
sent by email via the website before then.
Cllr Howe attended the AGM of BOS and no-one volunteered to stand
for either the Chairman or Vice Chairman positions. This will be
deferred for a further six weeks in the hope that someone will volunteer
for these vacancies.
Cllr Mrs Andrews advised ESTA would like input regarding the new
rail franchise from 2016 as they would like to see improved services
on top of those already in situ and a report will be printed in
Saxmundham News. There has been no news about the availability of
a bus service from Framlingham to Saxmundham as at present you can
travel to Framlingham but you cannot return! Cllr Willett advised
that a bus replacement service, in the event of a train breakdown,
has been implemented.
4639. DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING: 9 March 2015
Meeting ended at 9.10pm.