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 10 March 2014
Cllr J. Fisher –
Cllr Mrs M. Andrews (attended
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 Ms C. Trotter-Langlois
Cllr D Willett
In attendance: Ms M. Gallop, Town Clerk
4 members of the Public
Richard Cornwell, EADT
Rubbish bins from the Bell Hotel - tubs are unable to be seen and
rubbish has been thrown on top of the tubs. It was suggested that
The Bell Hotel provide space for their own bins on their property.
The previous owner was requested to do this but unfortunately this
did not happen.
The proposal for the Railway Station building is on the agenda and
will be discussed later in the meeting. Cllr Mrs Jardine had sent
out the outline business plan – Friends of Saxmundham Station
(FOSS) are looking for the Railway Station to be a community hub.
If the proposal is accepted, and there is a time limit here, it
will take about three years. The library have shown an interest
in the building. The hourly service means the station is being used
more. It was recommended that we look at this but FOSS would like
the support of the Council, not financial. The Town Council have
budgeted £15000 towards supporting this if the business case
The pavement near the Memorial Field – Anyone who is in a
wheelchair are unable to access the new development. Negotiations
are ongoing with the County, Builders and District Council. We understand
that the Developers are contributing £4000 towards the surfacing
of the footpath by the Fire Station. The Head of Planning will write
to Highways on our behalf to explain to them that everyone is very
worried about the lack of a footpath and lack of pedestrian access
to this site in a safe manner. The 106 agreements are completed
and it is too late for any changes. Highways looked at this but
decided that a bollard in the middle of the road was adequate. It
is not fair to blame the last Contractor as Highways should look
at this far more closely. We are waiting to hear from the Head of
Planning and Cllr Mrs Andrews will continue to raise this problem
at every planning meeting at Woodbridge. There is no way that someone
in a wheelchair can get down the road. There is one house in Rendham
Road where the front garden sticks out so only one person can get
past at a time. There should be a pathway all along that side and
negotiations were held but it is not wide enough for a standard
REPORT FROM THE LOCAL POLICE: The Police sent their
apologies for non- attendance due to numerous commitments. The Police
sent a report which the Clerk read out. (attached) 10 crimes reported.
Cllr Plant advised that despite numerous requests we have not received
any parking statistics and Cllr Tricker suggested we write to the
Chief Inspector for them.
REPORT FROM THE COUNTY COUNCILLOR: County Cllr
M. Gower sent his apologies and had sent a report which was read
out as detailed below.
Extra broadband funding confirmed for Suffolk
Suffolk is being given an extra £5million from the government
to help make high-speed fibre broadband available to the hardest-to-reach
Last month’s announcement means that the Better Broadband
for Suffolk programme, currently working to make superfast speeds
(24 megabits per second (mbps) or more) available to 85% of the
county, can start working towards a higher coverage target of up
to 95%. At present, all properties in Suffolk have been promised
speeds of at least 2 mbps by the end of 2015. A procurement
exercise is underway. The aim will be to complete the tendering
process by the summer of 2014, and for works to start by the end
of 2014 - in parallel with the on-going Better Broadband for Suffolk
This extra funding will ensure that genuine super-fast speeds are
available to more of Suffolk’s hardest-to-reach communities.
SCC council tax freeze pledge
SCC’s portion of council tax will be frozen at its 2010/11
level for the fourth year in a row, after the council voted through
its budget proposals for 2014/15.
The council will be saving £38.6million over the next year
to meet a budget gap caused by on-going reductions in government
grant and increased demand for services. This is the first
part of plans to save £156million over four years. Despite
the tough financial climate, the council will be pushing ahead with
important projects, such as ‘Raising the Bar (driving up attainment
levels in education), the roll-out of super-fast broadband across
the whole of Suffolk, investing in apprenticeships, and supporting
the development of 10 new, state-of-the-art care homes for older
people. At the same time, the road maintenance budget –
used for fixing potholes - has been protected from cuts. With
plans to freeze council tax each year up to 2017, this will mean
seven years with no increase.
SCC, in partnership with the National Apprenticeship Service, is
offering £1,500 to employers who employ 16-24 year-olds through
the Apprenticeship programme.
Any business that has fewer than 1,000 employees and hasn't
had an apprentice within the last 12 months could be eligible for
the grant. Young people aged 16 - 24 are eligible under the scheme.
To find out how to take advantage of these opportunities please
contact the Apprenticeships Team on 01473 260922 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Travel bus passes
The deadline is approaching for the renewal of travel passes, and
SCC Passenger Transport is urging residents to take time to note
the renewal process for free-travel bus passes or travel vouchers
that expire on 31 March 2014.
REPORT FROM THE DISTRICT COUNCILLORS:
Cllr Mrs Andrews reported the following: Community Enabling Budgets
– District councillors have been given a pot of money to give
to their communities for any new venture. e.g. Music Festival. Both
District Councillors have had an application from the Music Committee
but the application appears to have been lost at SCDC Woodbridge.
Two applications – agreed and signed but money has not been
forthcoming at present. Leiston Press need more advertising before
they can increase the size of Sax News.
Cllr Sir Peter – Council Tax for SCDC will be at the same
level as last year
On the 28th March there will be a planning meeting to discuss the
new Planning System. Cllr Fisher to attend.
4465. TO RECEIVE DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST:
* 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 managing the Fromus Centre on behalf of SCC.
Cllr Fisher declared an interest as secretary of Friends of Saxmundham
Station. Cllr Mrs Jardine declared an interest in Friends of Saxmundham
Station as a proposed Trustee of the Charity that is proposing to
lease the Station building.
* Consider Full/Partial Dispensations for Pecuniary Interests -
* To Receive Amendments to the Register – None declared
4466. TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR AND CONSENT TO ABSENCE:
All present. Cllr Mrs Andrews will have to leave at 9.15pm this
4467. TO APPROVE AND SIGN AS A TRUE RECORD THE MINUTES OF
10 FEBRUARY 2014 TOWN COUNCIL MEETING previously circulated:
Unanimously agreed and signed as a true record. Motion carried.
4468. TO NOTE THE STATUS OF ACTIONS ARISING FROM THAT MEETING:
To be circulated
Action: B243 Transport Seminar – to be booked
Action: B244 Letter from Canon Stiff – Response
A number of queries to be investigated.
Action: C 413 Letter regarding Tributary to the River –
This has been dealt with.
Action: 4451 Review Standing & Financial Orders &
Cllr Plant & Town Clerk
Reviewed – discussed at the Finance Meeting – recommendation
to the Town Council on the 10th March 2014
Action: Application for loan to purchase the Police Station
Town Clerk to complete and send to the Secretary of State
Action: 4457 Heating of the Webster Room. Quotation for
a pressurised system to be accepted
4469. TO CONSIDER CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED:
A – CORRESPONDENCE TO BE NOTED AND CIRCULATED:
717 Emails regarding Saxmundham Market Charter
718 email Chris Burslem regarding skate ramps
719 Saxmundham Station Plan – no bank account yet for FOSS
720 Suffolk Coastal Area Meeting 9 December minutes
721 SPLG General Meeting agenda 11 March 2014
722 SALC Area Meeting agenda 17 March 2014
723 email SALC Precept Grant
724 CATS thank you letter for £200 donation
725 1st Sax Scout Group – request for a donation – refer
to Finance Committee
726 email Russell Palmer – enquiry for job vacancy
727 Woodberry catalogue
728 Todd Christian – confirmation of circus on Memorial Field,
same animals as last year
729 Dept of Communities & Local Government – Localising
council tax support grant
B – CORRESPONDENCE TO BE DISCUSSED BEFORE REPLY:
245 The Local Government Boundary Commission – draft recommendations
of Electoral Review of Suffolk
Coastal – Their proposal is that Saxmundham be part of a 2
member ward as recommended by our MP. Councillors were encouraged
to look at this – web address available
246 Hadyn Morris – Scout Community Week – River Fromus
clear up 7 or 8th June – Cllr Plant wished to make them aware
of our birds nesting along the river. Clerk gave thanks to the Scouts.
C – OTHER CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED TO DATE:
Planned introduction of part night lighting Noted
C415 Dr Coffey MP Moved office within the constituency to Felixstowe
C416 Morphy Lawrence Ltd Saxmundham Police Building Survey
C417 Suffolk Preservation Society - Would like a working relationship
with the TC regarding planning
Refer to Finance Committee
C418 Email Chris Burslem Request for £250.00 towards a survey
Refer to Market Hall & Finance Committee
C419 SCDC Invite to event – Introduction of New Public Access
System 24th March
Cllr Fisher to attend
C420 Emails Haydn Morris Drainage problems on the Memorial Field
Cllr Fisher looking into
C421 Email Nikki Palmer Sizewell C community Forum Members Cllr
Plant to attend
C422 SCDC DC/14/0648/TCA Observations required regarding re-pollarding
holly tree next to access drive to farmyard.
Proposal incorrect – Quercus Ilex – not holly –
no objections given
4470. CHAIRMAN’S/TOWN CLERK’S ANNOUNCEMENTS:
4471. TO RECEIVE A REPORT FROM THE FINANCE COMMITTEE AND
CONSIDER ITS RECOMMENDATIONS: Cllr Plant reported.
* To approve monthly Finance Report to the end of February 2014:
Unanimously agreed. Motion carried.
* To review the Standing Orders – NALC amended these in November
– Cllr Fisher proposed to go through it page by page . After
this was completed he proposed we adopt the Model Standing Orders
with the amendments, seconded by Cllr Willett. Unanimously agreed.
* To review the Financial Standing Orders – Cllr Fisher proposed
we accept the ones that we have at present and review when the new
recommendations come from NALC. Unanimously agreed. Motion carried.
* To review the Risk Assessment and Risk Register –Cllr Plant
thought this item should be placed on the agenda once every 3 months
to ensure nothing has changed. Cllr Fisher proposed we accept these
and thank Cllr Plant for preparing them and to review them quarterly,
seconded by Cllr Cheleigh Trotter-Langlois. Unanimously agreed.
4472. TO CONSIDER A CONTRIBUTION TO THE COST OF A TRAFFIC
REGULATION ORDER (TRO) IN BROOK FARM ROAD: We have been
asked to contribute £1000 by Highways . Cllr Sir Peter thought
the residents have made a full contribution to SCC Highways and
he thinks that it is completely wrong to come back to Parish and
Town Councils to get further contributions. Cllr Peter proposed
that we do not make a contribution and ask SCC to expedite the work.
Cllr Willett seconded this proposal. Unanimously agreed. Motion
Action: Clerk to write to Highways.
A short break ensued. Cllr Mrs Andrews left.
4473. TO REVIEW AND COMMENT ON THE FOLLOWING PLANNING APPLICATION:
Mr J Bolton
Brook Cottage,26 North Entrance, Saxmundham
To fell a Spruce inappropriate to setting & obstructing views
The Town Council supported this on majority. One against.
Byways House, 55 Rendham Road, Saxmundham
Single-storey rear extension & addition of new storey on existing
rear single storey element
SCDC invalidated application 03.03.14 Applicant will re-submit
Copeland Homes Ltd
32 High Street, Saxmundham
Erection of replacement building to provide two ground floor shop
units with 2 first floor apartments above (existing vacant former
shop building to be demolished) previous consents refs C10/2793
& C10 2794
The Town Council supported this.
To note Planning Decisions received
DC/13/3364 – Police Station – erection of 4 houses –
DC/13/3325 – Hurts Hall, South Entrance, Saxmundham –
Erection of outbuilding for storage of
grounds maintenance equipment. – SCDC approval 17 February
DC/13/3685 – 18 Manor Gardens, Saxmundham – Erection
of extension – SCDC approval 10 February 2014
4474. TO CONFIRM TOWN COUNCIL SUPPORT FOR THE FOSS PROPOSAL
TO GREATER ANGLIA FOR COMMUNITY USE OF THE SAXMUNDHAM RAILWAY STATION
BUILDING: Cllr Mrs Jardine proposed we support this, albeit
not financially. £15,000 has been put aside for the possibility
of supporting it. Cllr Willett seconded this. One abstention. Motion
carried on majority.
4475. TO CONSIDER THE BUS SERVICE BETWEEN SAXMUNDHAM AND
FRAMLINGHAM: Cllr Mrs Andrews and Willett asked about this
demand responsive system. This is run locally by Community Action
Suffolk from the old Fram volunteer Centre in Framlingham.
4476. TO RECEIVE A REPORT ON THE LOCAL BUS SERVICES:
Cllr Willett advised ESTA are working with local bus services and
there has been an article placed in the East Anglian Daily Times
within the last few days.
4477. TO CONSIDER THE FUTURE OF ST. GEORGE’S CELEBRATIONS:
Cllr Howe advised that to ensure that the celebrations are successful
much assistance is needed for Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday
27th April and requested Councillors to assist with our three day
event. Cllr Howe advised that he would not be able to continue with
the proposed Carnival celebrations. Cllr Plant proposed that to
make this a professional event we need to obtain professional assistance
up to £1000 to set up for the Parade and put everything away.
Seconded by Cllr Ms Trotter-Langlois. Unanimously agreed. Motion
4478. TO RECEIVE REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES OF VARIOUS
OTHER BODIES INCLUDING WORKING PARTIES:
Cllr Fisher attended SCDC Enabling Communities Launch and Cllr Fisher
has spoken to the Enabler to arrange a meeting.
Cllr Mrs Andrews will be attending the Sizewell Liaison Committee
Cllr Willett attended the Transport meeting.
4479. DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING: 14 APRIL 2014
4480. To exclude the public under the Public Bodies (admission
to meetings) Act 1960 on the grounds that publicity would be prejudicial
to public interest by reasons of the confidential nature of the
following business being transacted.
4481. Cllr Plant advised the Personnel Committee
recommended a candidate for the vacancy of Clerical Assistant to
the Clerk should be employed for 20 hours per week. Unanimously
agreed. Motion carried. They also recommended that the Town Clerk
should be a salaried position instead of an hourly rate. Unanimously
agreed. Motion carried.
Meeting ended at 10.15pm
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