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Benington Parish Council Meeting
10 November 2010 8.00 pm
Benington School

Minutes

Present:                      H E L Jones (Chair)
                                    R A Bott
                                    S Mackey                      

In attendance:            P C Harrison (Clerk) and 4 members of the public.


36.     Apologies:    V Robinson, K Grundy and J Presland

37.     Declaration of Interests :  None

38.     Minutes of the last meeting

a)         Acceptance

  • The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 08 September, 2010 were accepted as an accurate record and signed by the Chairman.

b)         Review of Actions

  •    Pot holes in Town Lane. Completed.
  •    Grit on Long Lane, down to Aston crossroads. Completed.
  •    Pot holes on entrance to Three Stiles. Completed.
  •    Pot holes on Church Hill. Completed.
  •    Letter to East Herts Council re New Mead Nursery. Completed.
  •    Letter to East Herts Council re 74 Whempstead Road.  Completed.
  •    Cinder paths in Blacksmiths Hill. Completed
  •    Drainage problems in Three Stiles.  Report obtained from Circle Anglia, Cllr Bott to appraise.

39.     Roads
          Highways to be informed of the following:

  • Pot holes from Cutting Hill Farm towards Whempstead on the right hand side going south.

40.     Planning

40.1     Decisions

LPA Ref: 3/10/1307/FP

Edelweiss 10 Hebing End, Benington, SG2 7DD
Single storey front extension.
BPC no objection.
EHC permission granted.

LPA Ref: 3/10/1562/FP

Lingfields Whempstead Road, Benington SG2 7BX
Detached garage/car port.
BPC no objection.
EHC permission granted.

40.2     Planning Applications

LPA Ref No: 3/10/0308/FP

New Mead Nursery, Walkern Road,
Benington SG2 7LS

The Chairman read out the reply from East Herts Council regarding New Mead Nursery.  The Parish Council will be informed by East Herts Council when the outcome to this application has been determined.

LPA Ref No:  E/10/0338/B                74 Whempstead Road, Benington, SG2 7DE

The Chairman read out the reply from East Herts Council regarding 74 Whempstead Road.  The Clerk to contact East Herts Council for an update.

41.     Recreational Facilities

Cllr Shelagh Mackey informed the meeting that a new Committee has now been formed and officers duly elected.  The Committee held a firework display on Friday, 5 November.

Cllr Richard Bott reported that at a recent meeting the Committee proposed to build a new pavilion, and certain parameters were established.  The proposed building would be 100 sq metres and provide changing facilities, showers, toilets and a small kitchen.  The building would take the shape of a rectangular bungalow, be vandal proof, suitable for sporting activity and fall into a price bracket of £100,000.  Cllr Bott asked that if anybody knows of a similar building locally, the Committee would like to go and have a look.  The Committee would also be grateful for support if anyone in the village feels they can help.  It was agreed to contact Richard Hart as he may still have paperwork and information relating to the legal status of the recreation ground.

41.1     Playground – Nothing to report.

42.     School

Cllr Mackey reported that results for the school were good and the focus was on girls’ attainment.  The school has a new member of staff, a Teaching Assistant, for Class 1.  Repairs are still on-going in the school especially with the heating system.

43.    Finance
43.1     Expenditure 09.09.10 to 10.11.10

Date Paid

Name

Details

Total

28.09.10

R.H. Bott & Son

Gates

£  279.45

28.09.10

Herts County Council

Street Lighting – Energy

£  382.30

28.09.10

Herts County Council

Street Lighting – Energy

£  193.25

28.09.10

Mr Stuart Dudley

Litter Picking

£  120.00

28.09.10

East Herts Council

Annual Playground Inspection

£    52.75

25.10.10

Frank Cooper & Son

Grass Cutting

£  160.98

25.10.10

Peter Kingsnorth

Website Maintenance

£  120.00

30.10.10

Mr Stuart Dudley

Litter Picking

£  120.00

10.11.10

Frank Cooper & Son

Grass Cutting

£  160.98

Income
        Precept for 2nd Quarter £8,250.00
        British Legion £200.00 for memorial board.

44.     Correspondence Received     
         
            a).  HCC Hertfordshire’s Traffic and Transport Data Report 2009.
                  Circulated for information, no action necessary.
            b).  Victim Support in Hertfordshire – 22.10.10
                   It was resolved not to give a donation to Victim Support.
            c).   HCC Waste Development Framework – 1.11.10
                   Cllr Richard Bott to look at Consultation Document.

45.     Members’ Points of Information
The Chairman informed the meeting that it is the time of year to set the precept for 2011/2012. All were in agreement that the precept for next year should not be increased.  The Chairman and Clerk to prepare the budget for the 2011/2012 precept.

46.     Date of next meeting:     Wednesday, 12 January 2011.
The Chairman closed the meeting at 8.30 pm.



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Benington Parish Council Meeting
8 September 2010 8.00 pm
Benington School

Minutes

Present:                      H E L Jones (Chair)
                                    K Grundy
                                    J Presland 
                                    S Mackey                      

In attendance:            P C Harrison (Clerk) and 8 members of the public.


25.     Apologies:    R A Bott, V Robinson.

26.     Declaration of Interests :  None

27.     Minutes of the last meeting
a)         Acceptance

  • The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 14 July, 2010 were accepted as an accurate record and signed by the Chairman.

b)         Review of Actions

  • Notice in Parish Magazine re wheelie bins.  Completed.

c)         Actions Outstanding

  • Notice in Parish Magazine regarding dog fouling village footpaths.
    (See item 33 b Correspondence Received).
  • Letter to East Herts Council re 74 Whempstead Road.
    (See item 29.3 Planning).

28.     Roads
          Highways to be informed of the following:

  • Pot holes in Town Lane.
  • Grit on Long Lane, down to the Aston crossroads.
  • Pot holes on entrance to Three Stiles.
  • Pot holes on Church Hill between St Peter’s Church and Keepers Cottage.

29.     Planning
29.1     Decisions

LPA Ref No: 3/10/1196/FP

17A Hebing End, Benington, SG2 7DD
Single storey rear extension.
BPC no objection.
EHC permission granted.   

29.2     Planning Applications

LPA Ref No: 3/10/0308/FP

New Mead Nursery, Walkern Road,
Benington SG2 7LS

The Chairman explained that the above planning application was for change of use from agricultural to residential, and for a development of houses.  East Herts Council recommended refusal for this development but were overturned by Committee.  The application was subsequently deferred until the applicant has made the necessary arrangements with a housing association or similar.

The Chairman read out an email received from a neighbouring resident, Mr J Grace, regarding this application, and also the letter written by the Parish Council to East Herts Council with its representations.  A discussion ensued to establish full Council agreement on the contents of this letter. All were in agreement that there were no objections to the design of the scheme, but the matter of change of use should rest with East Herts Planning. It was resolved to write to East Herts to enquire whether or not the development would be for key workers.  It was also agreed to write to Mr Grace reiterating that the Parish Council’s decision of no objection was to the design of the development and not to the matter of change of use.  The Chairman also informed the meeting that the site had been advertised for sale in the Farmers Weekly.

29.3
The retrospective planning application for 74 Whempstead Road was discussed, and it was agreed to write to East Herts District Council on this matter.

30.     Recreational Facilities
Cllr Jan Presland reported that a new committee is in the process of being formed, and members will consist of football players and people interested in using the pitch.  The committee would like a member of the Parish Council to be present at meetings.  Cllr Presland also mentioned that Richard Bott has found a plan for the new building. 

It was reported that the portacabin has been mended, and a gate installed at the entrance to the recreation ground which residents are locking and unlocking each day.  The Parish Council expressed their gratitude to Cllr Richard Bott who has erected the gate for £250.00 which is substantially less than quotes received by the Parish Council, some of which amounted to £1,000.00.

30.1     Playground
Cllr Presland reported that safety matting or bark is needed for the playground.  The cost of new equipment which was estimated at £5,000 is now estimated to be at least £9,000.  Cllr Grundy mentioned the addition of picnic tables and seating to the playground, but it was agreed that the buying and placing of equipment needed to be a priority.  It was concluded that the playground would be up and running again by next Easter.

The Clerk reported that an item of playground equipment, the spring train, had been removed as it was deemed unsafe in the annual playground inspection report.  Other items needed chains replacing which has been completed by Cllr Richard Bott, all except one which had not yet arrived through the post.

31.     School
Cllr Ken Grundy reported that term had started with increased numbers, and the new teachers had settled in.  The ‘Breakfast Club’ may be expanding and the ‘Afternoon Club’ was due to start after half term.

32.     Finance

32.1     Expenditure 15.07.10 to 08.09.10

Date Paid

Name

Details

Total

20.07.10

St Peter’s Church

Hire of Parish Hall

£   12.00

03.08.10

Frank Cooper & Son

Grass Cutting

£  108.10

03.08.10

Peter Kingsnorth

Website Maintenance

£  120.00

17.08.10

Herts County Council

Street Lighting - Maintenance

£  260.46

17.08.10

Herts County Council

Street Lighting - Maintenance

£  515.38

17.08.10

Page & Watts Ltd

Repair to Bus Shelter

£2103.25

08.09.10

BDO LLP

Audit for year ended 31.03.10

£  158.63

08.09.10

G L Jones

Spare parts for playground equipment

£   72.40

08.09.10

Frank Cooper & Son

Grass Cutting

£ 160.98

Income
Cheque from insurance company for repairs to bus shelter - £1790.00         

32.2     Annual Return
The Parish Council approved and accepted the audited annual return for the year ended 31 March, 2010.

33.     Correspondence Received     

  1. Andrew Bott 21 July 2010 Single Wind Turbine for Lordship Farm.
    The Council was informed of the above.
  2. East Herts Council, 11.08.10 Dog Fouling Campaign 2010.
    Cllr Jan Presland to put up posters and also item in Parish Magazine on this subject.
  3. Herts County Council, 24.08.10 Waste Procurement.
    Letter circulated, no action necessary.
  4. East Herts Council, 27.08.10 Independent Remuneration Panel.
    No interest was expressed by Councillors to be part of the body that makes recommendations about the allowances paid to councillors.
  5. East Herts Council, 27.08.10 East Herts Core Strategy Issues and Options Consultations.
    Questionnaire to be completed, re ‘Where would YOU put 8,500 homes and supporting infrastructure in East Herts by 2031?”
    Parish Council to complete, Consultation closes on 25 November, 2010.

34.     Members’ Points of Information

Cllr Jan Presland mentioned the state of the cinder paths in Blacksmiths Hill.  The Clerk to report to East Herts Council. The Clerk was also requested to obtain information from the report by Circle Anglia on the drainage problems in Three Stiles.

The Chairman reported that Simon Moss, at The Bell Public House was continuing to obtain costs for works to complete plans for the shop.  No planning approval is required at present.

The Chairman also reported that the litter picker, Mr Stuart Dudley, had started work in the village this week.

35.     Date of next meeting:     Wednesday, 10 November 2010.
The Chairman closed the meeting at 9.10 pm.

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Benington Parish Council Meeting
14 July 2010 8.00 pm
Benington School

Minutes

Present:                      H E L Jones (Chair)
                                    K Grundy
                                    V Robinson                                     

In attendance:            P C Harrison (Clerk) and 6 members of the public.


12.     Apologies:    R A Bott, J Presland and S Mackey

13.     Presentation by Burning Issue Group of Ware

          Opposing Biffa’s plans for an incinerator at Westmill. 
      

14.     Declaration of Interests :  None

15.     Minutes of the last meeting

a)         Acceptance

  • The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 12 May, 2010 were  accepted as an accurate record and signed by the Chairman.
  • The minutes of the Annual Meeting held on 12 May 2010 were accepted as an accurate record and signed by the Chairman.  

b)         Review of Actions

  • Pot holes on Whempstead Road by Lordship Arms. Completed

  • Pot holes on Whempstead Road just past No: 90.  Reported and scheduled by Highways to resolve as soon as road closure authority is given, possibly 6 to 8 weeks.  Road will be closed for half a day.

  • Notice in Parish Magazine regarding dogs fouling village footpath. Cllr Jan Presland to follow up and place article in magazine.    

c)         Actions Outstanding

  • Quotes for works to War Memorial. Chairman to pursue.
  • Clerk to write to Greene King Brewery re overgrown hedge. Completed, Greene King have instructed leaseholder to cut the hedge.
  • Damage to village pond and blocked drain.  This area has been inspected by Highways and is on the list of works to be done.
  • Birch tree root on footway in Town Lane. Reported, but not considered a

      hazard as it is not over the path.

16.     Benington Eleemosynary Trust

          It was proposed by the Chairman and seconded by Cllr Ken Grundy to re-elect Sarah Cotton to stand for a further 4 years as a Trustee of the Benington Eleemosynary Trust. 

17.     Roads: Nothing to report.

18.     Planning

18.1     Decisions

LPA Ref No: 3/10/0721/RP

Alchemist Works, Whempstead Road,
Benington, SG2 7BX
Construction of 5 detached dwelling houses
to replace existing works.
BPC no objection.
EHC permission granted.   

19.     Recreational Facilities:  Nothing to report.

19.1     Playground:   Nothing to report.

20.     School

Cllr Ken Grundy reported that numbers have increased; one of the reasons for this is the introduction of the pre-school which feeds the main school. The numbers leaving for middle school are down this year as children going to Stevenage schools now appear to be getting their first choice.

21.     Finance

21.1     Expenditure 13.05.10 to 14.07.10

Date Paid

Name

Details

Total

25.05.10

Came & Company

Parish Council Insurance

£1274.12

02.06.10

McCash and Hay

Internal Audit

£  113.98

02.06.10

Frank Cooper & Son

Grass Cutting

£  213.85

14.07.10

CPRE

Membership Subscription

£   29.00

14.07.10

Frank Cooper & Son

Grass Cutting

£ 213.85

21.2     Accounts for the first quarter of 2010/11 attached.

22.     Correspondence Received
     

         a)  Police Authority Hertfordshire – Setting Neighbourhood Policing Priorities.
               Circulated.

        b)  East Herts Council - Annual Playground Safety Inspections 2010.
               Clerk responded and playground inspection scheduled.

        c)  East Herts Council LDF Core Strategy Issues and Options Consultation.            
              Circulated.  
 
        d)  East Herts Council, Building Control Consultancy.  The Chairman read out  the above letter concerning the vent pipe on 72 Walkern Road.  This letter  has been copied to Ms Santer and no further action will be taken.

23.     Members’ Points of Information

Cllr Vic Robinson requested a notice be placed in the Parish Magazine asking residents to remove their wheelie bins from the road after rubbish collection.

Cllr Grundy suggested that as the village notice boards were rather full of private advertising, the public be charged a nominal amount for this service.  This suggestion to be discussed when all members of the Council are in attendance.

The Chairman reported that the bus shelter near the village green has now been repaired.  Also, Page & Watts have put a new piece of cedar in the eaves of all bus shelters to reinforce this area which is being damaged by juveniles.

24.     Date of next meeting:    
 Wednesday, 8 September 2010.
The Chairman closed the meeting at 9.15 pm.

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Benington Parish Council Meeting
12 May 2010 8.00 pm
Benington School

Minutes

Present:                      H E L Jones (Chair)                R A Bott
                                    K Grundy                                J Presland 
                                    V Robinson                             S Mackey                                           

In attendance:            P C Harrison (Clerk) and 6 members of the public.


01.     Apologies:    None
02.     Declaration of Interests :  None
03.     Minutes of the last meeting

a)         Acceptance

The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 10 March, 2010 were  accepted as an accurate record and signed by the Chairman.
          
b)         Review of Actions

  • Large pot hole in High Elms Lane. Completed.
  • List of pot holes and road problems compiled for Highways. Completed.
  • Chimney Stack on new Page & Watts building. It was agreed that the chimney stack is acceptable. Page & Watts were required by East Herts Listed Buildings to put a chimney in place.
  • Clerk to write to Greene King Brewery re overgrown hedge.  No reply has been received.  The Clerk to pursue this matter.
  • Damage to village pond and blocked drain.  This area has been inspected by   Highways and is on the list of works to be done.  The Clerk to check status.
  • Birch tree root on footway in Town Lane.  Reported but not completed.  Clerk to check status with Highways.         

c)         Actions Outstanding

Quotes for works to War Memorial. The Chairman reported that he had found a company supplying SIKA 31 products which could be useful in the treatment of repairs to the war memorial.  The Chairman to liaise with Robin Mills.

04.     Roads        
          Highways to be informed of the following:

  • Pot holes on Whempstead Road near the bus shelter by the Lordship Arms.
  • Pot holes on Whempstead Road just past No: 90.

05.     Planning
There were no planning applications to be discussed. 
The Chairman raised the question of  74 Whempstead Road where a car port was
boarded in and brought forward 3 metres.  Retrospective planning for this building was dismissed, along with the appeal. The Enforcement Officer requested that the building be reduced to its original length.  The building has been reduced, but not to the original roof line.  It was resolved to write to East Herts about this matter.

06.     Recreational Facilities
Cllr Jan Presland reported that the portacabin had been vandalised once again and arrangements were being made for its removal from site.  The football pitch will no longer be let to visiting football clubs as there will be no changing facilities, therefore no income will be forthcoming.  Funding has not become available to supplement the £70,000 already in place to build the new pavilion. 

06.1     Playground:   A new contractor has been appointed to cut the grass in the
playground, and it will be cut more regularly than in the past.  A meeting took place to discuss the playground project, and it was agreed that there was not enough equipment in the playground for older children.  Cllr Jan Presland reported that the Youth Club were invited to look at brochures for new equipment, but all items were exceedingly expensive.
Mr Trevor Waldock, East Herts Council has offered to look into grants for the playground and Cllr Presland to put together costs for equipment, seating and picnic benches.    

07.     School
Cllr Grundy reported that the 5 year term for the mobile classroom extension has been extended.  The numbers for the school are the highest they have ever been, and the school budget is on target. A vegetable patch is being worked by the children and a wildlife area is being developed.  The walking bus is proving to be a great success and has won an award.  A Maths Challenge was won by a team of four pupils from the school against six other local village schools. The children were allowed to sit their SATs examinations as they were well prepared.  All children leaving the school obtained their first choice for senior school.      

08.     Finance
08.1     Expenditure 10.03.10 to 12.05.10

Date Paid

Name

Details

Total

10.03.10

Mr Cleaver-Dowsett

Emptying of litter bins 04.09 to 03.10

£ 624.00

10.03.10

Mrs P Harrison

Postage and Stationery

£   43.41

10.03.10

River Beane Restoration

Donation

£   25.00

12.04.10

Peter Kingsnorth

Website Maintenance

£ 120.00

 

 

 

 

 

08.2     Accounts for the fourth quarter attached.

09.     Correspondence Received

a). East Herts Council – Changes to frequency of dog bin emptying 2010/2011.  It was agreed that the dog bins would be monitored to see if any were under used

b). East Herts Council – Local Plan ‘Saved Policies’ 6 April, 2010. The Chairman circulated letter

c). Mary Santer, re neighbouring chimney.  The Chairman read out Miss Santer’s letter.  It was agreed to refer this complaint to East Herts with a copy to Miss Santer.

10.     Members’ Points of Information
Cllr Vic Robinson reported that the litter pick on Good Friday was very well attended and 60 bags of rubbish were collected from around the village.

Cllr Jan Presland met the Dog Control Officer regarding the fouling of the footpath in Blacksmiths Hill and Three Stiles.  A note is to be put in the Parish Magazine asking people to report dog owners who allow their dogs to foul the footpath.  Cllr Presland also reported that the cinder path in Blacksmiths Hill and Three Stiles had been cleaned.         

11.     Date of next meeting:     Wednesday, 14 July 2010.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 8.25 pm.


 

Annual Meeting of Benington Parish Council
12 May 2010, 7.30 pm
Benington School

 Minutes

Present:                      H E L Jones (Chair)                J Presland
                                    R A Bott                                 V Robinson
                                    K W Grundy                           S Mackey                                           

In attendance:            P C Harrison (Clerk) 6 members of the public.          
________________________________________________________________________

Apologies:  None
1.  Election of Chairman and signing of Declaration of Acceptance of Office
      Lloyd Jones asked for nominations for the election of Chairman.
      Cllr Ken Grundy nominated Lloyd Jones.
      Cllr Vic Robinson seconded the motion and all present were in favour.  Lloyd Jones                                               was duly elected and signed the declaration of acceptance of office.

2.  Election of Vice-Chairman and signing of Declaration of Acceptance of Office       
      Cllr Ken Grundy nominated Richard Bott for the election of Vice-Chairman.
Cllr Jan Presland seconded the motion and all present were in favour.  Richard Bott                              was duly elected and signed the declaration of acceptance of office.

3.  To fix the amount of the Chairman’s allowance in pursuance of section 15(5) of  
     the Local Government Act 1972
     The Chairman’s allowance was agreed at £50.00.

4.  To fix the dates and times of ordinary meetings of the Council for the ensuing
       year
      It was agreed that the ordinary Parish Council meetings would be held on the 2nd
      Wednesday, every other month, throughout the year.  Dates as follows:

            14 July 2010                8 September 2010                   10 November 2010

           12 January 2011           9 March 2011                          11 May 2011

These dates may be subject to change.
All meetings to be held at 8.00 pm except the Annual Meeting on 11 May, 2011 which will commence at 7.30pm.

The meeting closed at 7.45 pm.

     
     

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Benington Parish Council Meeting
10 March 2010 8.00 pm
Benington School

 Minutes

Present:                      R A Bott (Chair)                     K Grundy
                                    V Robinson                             S Mackey                                           

In attendance:            P C Harrison (Clerk) and 6 members of the public.
MANPAD Project Team -  PC Ben Thomas and PCSO Sarah Jayne Peklivanas.


63.     Apologies:  Apologies received from Lloyd Jones and Jan Presland.

64.     Presentation by MANPAD Project Team

65.     Declaration of Interests :  None.

66.     Minutes of the last meeting

a)       Acceptance

  • The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 13 January, 2010 were accepted as an accurate record and signed by the Chairman. 

b)         Review of Actions

  • Salt bins on Church Hill and Three Stiles to be refilled. Completed

  • Report danger of Church Hill to Highways.  The clerk reported this matter to Highways and their response was that as there had only been 5 reported accidents in the last 3 years, 2 of which were serious, they would not be carrying out an inspection of this area.
  • Playground Meeting.  Cllr Richard Bott has arranged a playground meeting with Trevor Waldock, Jan Presland and interested member of the public who is to be contacted, for Tuesday, 13 April 2010.

  • Notices reference network of volunteers to help parishioners in severe weather conditions. This matter to be dealt with by Lloyd Jones on his return, as the worst of the weather now seems to be over.

c)         Actions Outstanding

  • Quotes for works to War Memorial. Chairman to pursue.

67.     Roads
          Highways to be informed of the following:

  • Large pot hole in High Elms Lane, opposite Cotton Lane.

  • The list of pot holes and road problems compiled for Highways and Cllr Giles Scrivener’s inspection last week to be also reported on the www.hertsdirect.org/highwayfaults hotline.

68.     Planning
68.1   Decisions

LPA Ref: 3/09/1861/FN

Benington JMI School, Walkern Road, Benington,
Stevenage, Herts SG2 7LP
Proposed retention of mobile classroom unit
(3/05/0628/CC).
BPC no objection.
EHC Permission granted.    

68.2     Applications dealt with during the preceding month, but not discussed at the
            Parish Council Meeting.

LPA Ref: 3/08/0387/FP
LPA Ref: 3/08/0553/LB

7 Town Lane, Benington, SG2 7LA
Unauthorised change of material on the flat roof link extension to the rear of this listed dwelling.
Enforcement Action – E/09/0426/B

LPA Ref: E/09/0426/B

Notification of Appeal

68.3     Planning Issues

Concern was expressed with reference to the chimney stack on the new building by Page & Watts on the Walkern Road.  The clerk to re-circulate plans.

69.     Recreational Facilities
Cllr Shelagh Mackey reported that there is still much to discuss regarding the proposed
new pavilion and a new Committee needs to be set up.
The clerk was asked to place a notice in the Benington Parish Magazine for volunteers
to sit on the new Committee.
 
69.1     Playground:  
Meeting arranged for new playground project as stated under review of actions 66(b).
           
70.     School
Cllr Ken Grundy reported that the school has invested in a new sound system, lockers, computers and playground equipment.  The remaining funds have been put aside for the new central heating system which should be installed by this summer.

Cllr Shelagh Mackey reported that there are 16 spaces available for next year and the school has been oversubscribed with 33 applicants.  The children in the village have been offered a place at the school.

71.     Finance
71.1   Expenditure 14.01.10 to 10.03.10

Date Paid

Name

Details

Total

04.02.10

CDA

Subscription

£   30.00

04.02.10

Peter Kingsnorth

Website Maintenance and domain name renewal.

£ 135.00

10.03.10

East Herts Council

Emptying of 6 dog bins.

£1074.42

71.2     Annual Audit risk assessment register.
            A risk assessment register drawn up by the clerk, based on the
            auditor’s recommendations, was presented to Councillors.

71.3     Review of effectiveness of internal audit document.
            A Review of effectiveness of internal audit document drawn up by the clerk,
            based on the auditor’s recommendations, was presented to Councillors.

71.4     Appointment of qualified internal auditor to complete Section 4 of
            the Annual Return.
            It was resolved to appoint Helen McCash of McCash and Hay, Accountants
            as internal auditor.     

72.     Correspondence Received     
a).Hertfordshire Council re Modification Order 2009 The Chairman summarised the above letter to the meeting. No action is necessary.

b).Robin Mills reference World War 2 Memorial Fund
It was resolved to return the funds held by the Parish Council for the World War 2 Memorial Fund so that the British Legion could make a Memorial Board to all those Benington people who served in the 1939-1945 war.

c).Hertfordshire County Council re: Speed Management Strategy
The Chairman read out the above letter and directed anyone interested in the reviewed strategy to view online at www.hertsdirect.org/ltp (scroll        down to ‘Speed Management Strategy’).

d).River Beane Restoration Association – Parish Council Grant
The Chairman explained the work of the River Beane Restoration Association. It was resolved to support this work and unanimously agreed     to grant the £25.00 requested.

73.     Members’ Points of Information

The Clerk was asked to write to Greene King Brewery regarding the overgrown hedge next to The Bell car park.

Cllr Vic Robinson mentioned the problems the building lorries were causing to the kerb and verge opposite Lingfield, Whempstead Road.  The clerk reported that the owners of Lingfield had given their assurance that they would undertake to make good all damage when the building work had finished.

Concern was expressed regarding the state of the fence on the village pond and also the blocked drain in that area, possibly caused by the Weeping Willow tree.  The clerk to report to Highways urgently as the broken fence is a danger to children.

Cllr Robinson reminded the meeting about the annual Litter Pick which is scheduled as usual for Good Friday, 02 April, 2010 meeting at 2.00 pm on The Green. Equipment will be provided for all volunteers, but Cllr Robinson advised people to bring their own gloves.

74.     Public Participation

A member of the public reported a large Birch tree root making the footway hazardous outside 17 Town Lane.  The clerk to report to Highways.

75.     Date of next meeting:
The next meeting will be the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, 12 May 2010 which will start at 7.30 pm in the school, followed by the Parish Council Meeting.
           
The Chairman closed the meeting at 9.30 pm.

 


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Benington Parish Council Meeting
13 January 2010 8.00 pm
Benington School

 Minutes

Present:                      H E L Jones (Chair)                R A Bott
                                    V Robinson                             J Presland
                                    K Grundy                                S Mackey

In attendance:            P C Harrison (Clerk) and 4 members of the public.


52.     Apologies:  

53.     Declaration of Interests :  None.

54.     Minutes of the last meeting

a)       Acceptance

The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 11 November, 2009 were accepted as an accurate record and signed by the Chairman.

b)       Review of Actions

None.

c)        Actions Outstanding

Quotes for works to War Memorial. Chairman to pursue.

55.     Roads        

Highways to be informed of the following:

Salt bins on Church Hill near the new extension to the churchyard and at the entrance to Three Stiles are empty and need to be refilled.

Concern was expressed regarding the danger of Church Hill not only duringsevere weather conditions but also under normal conditions as this road is used by the school bus. It was resolved to ask Highways to come out and inspect the
road to see what could be done to improve this area.

56.     Planning

56.1   Decisions

LPA/3/09/1090/FP

74 Whempstead Road, Benington, Herts SG2 7DE
Single storey front extension to existing outbuilding
BPC object to planning permission.
EHC permission refused.

APP/J1915/D/09/2116789

Appeal Dismissed.

LPA/3/09/1397/FP

Avis Bungalow, Old School Green, Benington, Herts SG2 7LU
Single storey side extension and remodelling of roof.
BPC no objection.
EHC permission granted.

LPA Ref: 3/09/1547/FP

10A Three Stiles, Benington, Herts SG2 7LD
Part two-storey, part single-storey rear extension and first floor side extension.
EHC permission granted.

LPA Ref: 3/09/1790/AD

Ernest Doe and Sons, Whempstead Road, Benington, SG2 7BZ
3 no. non illuminated signs.
EHC permission granted.

LPA Ref: 3/08/0387/FP
LPA Ref: 3/08/0553/LB

7 Town Lane, Benington, SG2 7LA
Unauthorised change of material on the flat roof link extension to the rear of this listed dwelling.
Enforcement Action – E/09/0426/B

56.2     Applications dealt with during the preceding month, but not discussed at the
            Parish Council Meeting.

LPA Ref: 3/09/1861/FN

Benington JMI School, Walkern Road, Benington,
Stevenage, Herts SG2 7LP
Proposed retention of mobile classroom unit
(3/05/0628/CC).
BPC no objection.

57.     Recreational Facilities

Cllr Presland reported that the mobile unit on the recreation ground had been broken into. 

It was suggested that a new Committee be formed to oversee and plan the new building for the Recreation Club.  A notice is to be placed in the Parish Magazine and on the notice boards for members.
 
57.1     Playground

Playground meeting still to be arranged with Mr Trevor Waldock, East Hert Council Environment Inspection Officer, Councillors and members of the public.

58.     School

Cllr Bott reported that new steps and a ramp have been built. The Chairman announced that an application has been submitted to East Herts Council for the retention of the mobile classroom unit.  It was also reported that the playground has been expanded and new play equipment is being put in place.

Cllr Grundy pointed out that the situation at the beginning of term, when it was  discovered that no oil was available and the school had to be closed, was not the fault of the administration staff at the school.  Cllr Presland to put a note on this subject in the Parish Magazine.
         
59.     Finance

59.1     Expenditure 12.11.09 to 13.01.10

Date Paid

Name

Details

Total

02.12.09

SLCC Membership

Subscription

£  72.00

59.2     Presentation of Benington Parish accounts for the 3rd quarter of 2009/10.

59.3
The precept for 2010/2011 was approved and signed at the meeting.
The Chairman explained that the precept had not been increased for three years.  However, due to increased costs, and an additional grant of £500.00 for churchyard maintenance next year, the precept for 2010/2011 has been increased from £15,000 to £16,500.

60.     Correspondence Received
 

a) St Peter’s Church PCC – Churchyard Maintenance 01.12.09
The above letter requested an increase in the grant towards churchyard maintenance.  The Parish Council has increased the budget for 2010/2011 for churchyard maintenance from £2,500 to £3,000.

b) HCC, New Waste Treatment Facility 02.12.09
The above letter and attached newsletter on ‘The Future of Hertfordshire’s Waste was noted and circulated.

c) EHC, Draft Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report 11.12.09
Cllr Bott to look into above report on the East Herts Council website.

61.     Members’ Points of Information

Cllr Shelagh Mackey asked the Parish Council if provision could be made through the Parish Council to help the elderly, infirm and parents with young children who may need help in severe weather conditions. A discussion ensued, and it was resolved to put a notice on the website, notice boards and Parish Magazine to ask for volunteers so that a network of people could be established and reached through contact with the Parish Council.

62.     Date of next meeting:     10 March, 2010.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 8.40 pm.

 


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Benington Parish Council Meeting
11 November 2009 8.00 pm
Benington School

Present:                      H E L Jones (Chair)                R A Bott
                                    V Robinson                             S Mackey
                                    K Grundy

In attendance:            P C Harrison (Clerk)
                                    11 members of the public.
                                    Giles Scrivener, East Herts District Councillor
                                    PC Paul Scott, Buntingford Police Station


39.     Apologies:  Apologies received from Cllr Jan Presland.

40.     The Chairman introduced Giles Scrivener, East Herts District Councillor for Ardeley, Benington and Walkern.

41.     Declaration of Interests :  None.

42.     Minutes of the last meeting

a)       Acceptance

The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 09 September, 2009 were accepted as an accurate record and signed by the Chairman. 

b)        Review of Actions

  • Pot holes in Whempstead Road.  Completed.

  • Pot hole at the Aston crossroads. Completed.

  • Hedge overgrown from school to village hall. Completed.

  • Quotes for works to War Memorial. Not received.

  • Dead wood in gutters throughout the village. Completed

  • Blocked gullies just before Coombs Wood.
    Highways are not getting their jetter for gully cleaning until the new financial year due to funding difficulties, but have added this location to their list. 

  • Contact EHC re rubbish bins in Town Lane.
    EHC have a list of assisted collections in Town Lane and assess the needs of residents on a property by property basis.  Residents should contact EHC, Waste and Re-cycling on: 01279 655261 if they have a problem with placing their black bin in the road.

  • Neighbourhood Watch Scheme contact D. Heyworth. Completed.

  • Meeting with Trevor Waldock re playground.
    Cllr Richard Bott to liaise with Trevor Waldock to arrange meeting.

  • Contact Trevor Waldock re Health & Safety matters in respect of new equipment for the playground.
    There is no Health & Safety legislation for playgrounds, just standards, which the Parish Council are following. Equipment should be bought from a recognised manufacturer. 

c)        Actions Outstanding

  • Litter Picking.
    The Chairman stated that there is approximately £200.00 remaining out of  the litter picking grant to employ somebody to litter pick.  As this is very little, it was resolved to look at increasing this item in the budget for next year’s precept.

    PC Paul Scott informed the meeting that if two people see someone discarding litter, and can get the number of their vehicle, a prosecution could be brought.

43.     Roads

Cllr Grundy suggested that a list be drawn up of roads in a bad state of repair to present to Highways at the beginning of the financial year.

Cllr Bott drew attention to Church Hill where many accidents have taken place, and suggested that if this road were to be re-surfaced it would help to reduce accidents.

44.     Planning

44.1    Decisions

LPA/3/09/1062/FP

70 Whempstead Road, Benington, Herts SG2 7DE
Proposed 2 storey side extension and new pitched roof to form second floor accommodation. Replacement roof to existing garage.  New entrance porch. Extended bay at rear to link with garage.
BPC no objection.
EHC permission granted.

LPA/3/09/1116/FP
LPA/3/09/1117/LB (Listed)

3 Duck Lane, Benington, Herts SG2 7LJ
Erect a single storey timber framed glazed orangery.
BPC no objection.
EHC permission granted.

LPA/3/09/1090/FP

74 Whempstead Road, Benington, Herts SG2 7DE
Single storey front extension to existing outbuilding
(retrospective).
BPC object to planning permission.
EHC permission refused

LPA/3/09/1321/FP

46 Three Stiles, Benington, Herts SG2 7LG
Single storey front extension.
EHC permission granted.

44.2    Applications dealt with during the preceding month, but not discussed at the Parish Council Meeting.

LPA/3/09/1397/FP

Avis Bungalow, Old School Green, Benington,
Herts SG2 7LU
Single storey side extension and remodelling of roof.
BPC no objection.

45.     Recreational Facilities
Cllr Shelagh Mackey reported that the lease situation on part of the recreation ground was still on-going.  The report to the Charity Commission has been completed, and a couple of football clubs are interested in using the pitch.

45.1     Playground:
The Clerk presented the completed annual inspection report to the meeting.  A couple of items are in need of attention, and Mr Trevor Waldock, East Hert Council Environment Inspection Officer has offered to come and show how the equipment can be adjusted.

46.     School
The school has 95 children now enrolled.  Cllr Mackey stated that the Breakfast Club needs more support as only three children are attending at present.  The breakfast club starts at 8.00 am and there is no age limit. Hopefully more children will be recruited in the near future.  The walking bus, which is run by parents, has been a huge success and it is hoped that this will help reduce the parking problems at the school.

The Chairman announced that he is going to see the Headmistress regarding the parking situation, as the road is very dangerous in the morning.PC Scott said that he is unable to help as the cars are legally permitted to park outside the school.  PC Scott advised the Chairman to contact Fiona Ashdown the Dedicated Youth & Schools PCSO as she may be able to help.

47.     Finance

47.1     Expenditure

Date Paid

Name

Details

Total

22.09.09

Page & Watts Ltd

2 Notice Boards

£460.00

26.10.09

Frank Cooper & Son

Grass Cutting

£103.50

26.10.09

East Herts Council

Annual Playground Inspection

£  55.20

26.10.09

Peter Kingsnorth

Website Maintenance

£120.00

11.11.09

Herts County Council

Street Light Maintenance

£257.08

11.11.09

Herts County Council

Street Light Energy

£266.88

11.11.09

Frank Cooper & Son

Grass Cutting

£  51.75

47.2     Income
Precept:           2nd payment of precept £7,500.00.
The Royal British Legion:       Cheque for £75.00 to be added to the War Memorial Fund.

47.3     Presentation of Benington Parish accounts for the 2nd quarter of 2009/10.

48.     Correspondence Received     

a).        East Herts Council, SLAA Call for sites update 28.10.09.

The Chairman summarised the above letter and read out the suggested sites within Benington Parish.  The Chairman stressed that the inclusion of a site in the Call for Sites process is NOT in any way an endorsement of a particular site for development, and at this stage the Council HAS NOT and CANNOT make any comment about the suitability of any site. Copies of the maps of suggested sites are available at the Council’s offices in Bishop Stortford and on the Technical Studies webpages of the Council’s website at www.eastherts.gov.uk/Idf.


b).        HCC Waste Development Framework – Consultation on Waste
            Development Plan Documents 2.11.09.

The above letter was circulated, and it was noted that these documents will be subject to public consultation commencing 2.11.09 to 18.12.09.

c).        Hertfordshire Highways, Future of Street Lighting in Herts 29.10.09.

The Chairman stated that the Parish Council owns almost all the street lights in Benington, and that many would need replacing within the next 10 years. Funds would therefore need to be allocated for this purpose.

d).        Stop Stansted Expansion, Request for Financial Support 19.10.09.

The above letter has been received asking Benington Parish Council to consider making an allocation from next year’s precept to support the Stop Stansted Expansion campaign. The Chairman said that the Parish Council would give this some thought.

e).        HCC (Little Munden16 and Benington 42) Modification Order 6.10.09.

The Chairman summarised the above letter and the Modification Order is available and on public display until 20 November, 2009.

49.     Any Other Business

The Chairman invited Giles Scrivener to present the cheque from East Herts District Council for £250.00 for Benington Youth Club.

The Chairman and the Parish Council thanked Cllr Scrivener.

50.     Public Participation

The Chairman invited Don Heyworth to talk about the local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, as requested at our last meeting.  Mr Heyworth explained how the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme operates, and that the Buntingford Neighbourhood Team Newsletter is on the notice board in the village hall. Mr Heyworth updates the Newsletter when he receives ring master            calls regarding local crime.  An article will also be appearing in the Parish Magazine about Neighbourhood Watch.

PC Paul Scott, Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator from Buntingford Police Station reinforced Don Heyworth’s talk and encouraged residents to get involved. Packs on the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme can be obtained from Jill Dockley, Watch Liaison Officer.  The non-emergency number to ring to report something that has already happened is: 0845 3300222.  The Clerk to contact Peter Kingsnorth to put this number on the website.

PC Scott reported that there had been a 23.6% drop in crime, but asked people to be vigilant and report anything suspicious.  Rural poaching is a current problem and also hare coursing.  Other rural issues include illegal off-roading and fly tipping.

A member of the public Mr Dean Bearpark, expressed concern, as whilst walking  along a footpath with his two year old child and dog which was on a lead, cattle in the same field     stampeded towards him and his family. Cllr Bott, whose family own the cattle, offered to walk across the field with Mr Bearpark to put his mind at rest that the cattle were safe and would not be a danger to people.

The Chairman gave notice that the wind turbine appeal would take place as follows:

Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th December, Wallfields, Hertford.
Monday 14th December, Castle Hall, Hertford.
Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th December, Wallfields, Hertford.
Friday 18th December, Wallfields Hertford.

51.     Date of next meeting:     13 January, 2009.      

The Chairman closed the meeting at 9.20 pm.

   

 

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Benington Parish Council Meeting
09 September, 2009 8.00 pm
Benington School

Minutes

Present:                      H E L Jones (Chair)                J Presland
                                    R A Bott                                 V Robinson
                                    K Grundy                                S Mackey

In attendance:            P C Harrison (Clerk), 9 members of the public.


27.     Apologies:  None

28.     Declaration of Interests :  None

29.     Minutes of the last meeting

a)         Acceptance

The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 08 July, 2009 were accepted as an accurate record and signed by the Chairman.

       
b)         Review of Actions

  • Pot hole outside Finches Farm.  Completed.
  • Broken fence around village pond on the Walkern side. Completed.
  • Pot Hole outside 1 Town Lane. Completed.
  • Uneven path outside Robinson’s Cottage. Completed.
  • Path outside 90-102 Town Lane in bad state of repair.  This item is on Highways list for future funding.

c)       Actions Outstanding

  • Notice Boards.  All erected and in use.
  • Overgrown village pond. Completed.
  • Advertisement in Parish Magazine re litter picking.  The Parish Council to consider this item at a later date.

30.     Roads

Cllr. Richard Bott announced that next year parking for the Chilli Festival will be on the farm.

Highways to be informed of the following:

  • Pot holes in Whempstead Road.
  • Pot hole at the Aston crossroads.

The hedge running from the school to the Village Hall needs cutting.  The owners to be contacted.

31.     Planning

31.1     Decisions

LPA/3/09/0734/FP

77 Town Lane, Benington, Herts SG2 7BT
Single-Storey rear extension and new garage.
EHC Permission granted

LPA/3/09/0046/FP

Lordship Farm, Walkern Road, Benington, Herts, SG2 7LL
Cow Yard – Change of use to business use (B1) and alterations to open sided agricultural building to infill sides and install roller shutter doors.
Retrospective.
Withdrawn

31.2    Applications dealt with during the preceding month, but not discussed at the Parish Council Meeting.

LPA/3/09/0914/FP

70 Whempstead Road, Benington, Herts SG2 7DE
Two Storey extension, raise roof and convert loft
space to form 2 no. bedrooms.
BPC majority decision no objection.
EHC permission granted.

LPA/3/09/0935/LB

Gosmore Farmhouse, 19 Hebing End, Herts SG2. 7DD.
Division of second floor (attic room) to create two bedrooms and insertion of conservation roof lights on inner roof slopes.
BPC no objection.
EHC permision granted

LPA/3/09/1062/FP

70 Whempstead Road, Benington, Herts SG2 7DE
Proposed 2 storey side extension and new pitched roof to form second floor accommodation. Replace ment roof to existing garage.  New entrance porch.
Extended bay at rear to link with garage.
BPC no objection.

LPA/3/09/1116/FP

3 Duck Lane, Benington, Herts SG2 7LJ
Erect a single storey timber framed glazed orangery.
BPC no objection.

LPA/3/09/1090/FP

74 Whempstead Road, Benington, Herts SG2 7DE
Single storey front extension to existing outbuilding
(retrospective).
BPC object to planning permission.

32.     Recreational Facilities:

Nothing to report.

32.1     Playground:

Cllr Richard Bott stated that the playground is inspected weekly and is in good condition.

33.     School

Cllr. Shelagh Mackey reported that 95 children were enrolled this term.  The breakfast club is up and running.  The school is also looking to set up a walking school bus to ease parking.  This will be started once a week on a Thursday, and if successful will increase to two days per week.

34.     Finance

34.1     Expenditure

Date

To Whom Paid

Details

Total

14.07.09

Peter Kingsnorth

Website Maintenance

£  120.00

16.07.09

St Peter’s Church

Hire of Parish Hall

£    12.00

17.07.09

Herts County Council

Street Light Maintenance

£  264.88

20.07.09

Herts County Council

Street Light Energy

£  281.21

31.07.09

Oakleys

Grass Cutting Play Area

£  220.00

31.07.09

Frank Cooper & Son

Grass Cutting

£  103.50

23.08.09

BDO Stoy Hayward LLP

Auditing Annual Return

£  155.25

31.08.09

Frank Cooper & Son

Grass Cutting

£  103.50

01.09.09

SBWF

Grant against Wind Farm appeal

£4000.00

01.09.09

W Crist

Notice Board Metal Work

£  116.00

 

 

 

 

 

 


34.2     Income

VAT Repayment         £669.87

         
34.3     Presentation of audited annual return for the year ended 31 March, 2009.

35.     Correspondence Received

a)  Quotation from Mr B F Parker for works to War Memorial 19.07.09.

The above quotation was discussed and it was agreed that further quotes should
be obtained.

b)  HCC Transport – Annual Progress Report 2008/09.  Circulated to councillors for information.

36.     Any Other Business

Cllr Bott summarised an email received from Mary Walsh, Neighbourhood  Manager, South Anglia Housing Association, regarding 11 Three Stiles which has been designated for shared ownership.  The Harris fencing will be removed, but the window security grills will remain in place.  The garden will be tended  whilst works are in progress and until the property is sold.  No indication was given as to when this work will be undertaken.

Cllr Vic Robinson reported that gutters throughout the village were littered with  dead wood from fallen tree branches.  The Clerk to report this matter to Highways.

It was reported that residents of Town Lane have received notification from East Herts Council to the effect that if they do not place rubbish bins in the road they will not be collected. The Council agreed that this is not acceptable, and the Clerk to ring Jackie Bruce, Environmental Services regarding this matter.

Cllr Presland stated that the equipment in the children’s play area needed to be improved.  The Clerk to contact Trevor Waldock regarding Health and Safety matters in respect of new equipment.  The Clerk also to contact Tony Oakley when in receipt of playground inspection emails from Cllr Bott reporting that the grass needs cutting. 

The Bell Public House is investigating the possibility of having a village shop in one of their outbuildings.  The Parish Council agreed that a shop is much missed in the village and that The Bell would have the Council’s full support in this venture.

Cllr Vic Robinson mentioned the school parking problem in the village, and suggested that parents be allowed to use the Village Hall parking area and a ‘lollipop lady’ be engaged to see children across the road.  Cllr Presland commented that the Afternoon Club now also increases traffic.

37.     Public Participation

A member of the public asked for more seating and perhaps picnic tables in the playground area.  Cllr Presland suggested that a project be put in place to look at the playground to see what could be done to improve this area.  It was agreed  that a meeting with Trevor Waldock, Councillors, and a parent from the village be arranged to look into this matter.

Mrs Fiona  McClure requested that a Neighbourhood Watch item be put on the agenda every few months.  It was suggested that the Council contact Don Heyworth, organiser of the Benington Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, to write an article for the Parish Magazine on this subject as this would be a better way of communicating the scheme rather than through Parish Council Meetings.

Mr Tony Nolan reported that the repairs to the pot holes on the Whempstead Road, just before High Elms Lane, travelling from Benington are still not satisfactory.  This is despite numerous reports to Highways and emails to Raj Goutam of Highways.  Mr Nolan also reported blocked gullies just before Coombs Wood on the Whempstead Road.  The Clerk to report both matters to Highways.

38.     Date of next meeting:     11 November, 2009.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 9.00 pm.

 

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Benington Parish Council Meeting
08 July 2009 8.00 pm
Village Hall

 Minutes

Present:                      H E L Jones (Chair)                J Presland
                                    R A Bott                                 V Robinson            
                                    K Grundy                                S Mackey                               
                                                           

In attendance:            P C Harrison (Clerk), 80 Members of the public approx.


15.     Apologies:  Apologies were given by the Chairman on behalf of Cllr. Jan Presland for late arrival.
         
16.     Declaration of Interests

Cllr. Richard Bott declared an interest in item 24 Wind Farm Application, and confirmed that he would leave the meeting when this item came up for discussion.

17.     Minutes of the last meeting

a)         Acceptance
The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 13 May 2009 were accepted as an accurate record and signed by the Chairman.

Cllr. Ken Grundy asked about the notice boards that were mentioned in the previous minutes.  The Chairman confirmed that these were currently being made at a cost of £300.00 each, and would be erected within the next two weeks.
 
b)         Review of Actions

  • Pot hole outside Finches Farm.  Highways have looked at this problem and have noted that the road is showing signs of sinking, possibly due to a swallow hole.
    An order has been raised by Highways to investigate.

  • Broken fence around village pond on the Walkern side.  The temporary barrieron the pond has been removed and the fence repaired.  The fence on the Walkern side is still in need of repair.  The Clerk to report this matter to Highways.

c)       Actions Outstanding

  • Overgrown village pond.  The Chairman and Cllr. Bott to investigate now that the temporary barrier has been removed.

  • Tiles on bus shelter.  Completed

  • Advertisement in Parish Magazine re litter picking.  The Parish Council to consider this item at a later date.

18.     Roads

Highways to be informed of the following:

  • Pot hole, possibly a Swallow hole, outside No. 1 Town Lane.

  • The path outside Robinson’s Cottage, near the Village Hall needs levelling.

  • The path outside Nos: 90-102 Town Lane is in a bad state of repair.

  • The path in Oak Tree Close in a bad state of repair.

19.     Planning

19.1     Decisions

LPA Ref: 3/09/0497/FP

Whitehall Pumping Station No. 3 Frogmore Hill, Watton at Stone, Herts SG14 3RR
Refurbishment of water borehole to involve the removal of existing brick building and GRP kiosk and replacement with single steel kiosk housing all required equipment.
EHC permission granted.


LPA Ref: 3/09/0490/FP

Poplar Hall Cottage, Burns Green, Benington, Herts SG2 7DB
New equipment store/garage, widening of existing driveway and installation of gas storage tank. Alterations to cottage windows at ground floor level and installation of new French doors.
EHC permission granted.

LPA Ref: 3/09/0533/LB

2 Gosmore Barn, Hebing End, Benington, Herts SG3 7DD
Internal alterations to include creating new opening between kitchen & breakfast area, blocking up of internal door & provision of new doors to replace window. Replacement of velux roof lights with conservation roof lights.
EHC permission granted.

19.2     Applications received.

An application for planning has been received for 70 Whempstead Road.  The Chairman stated that this would be circulated for Councillors’ comments.

19.3    Applications dealt with during the preceding month, but not discussed at the Parish Council Meeting.

LPA/3/09/0734/FP

77 Town Lane, Benington, Herts SG2 7BT
Single-Storey rear extension and new garage.
BPC no objection subject to conditions.

LPA/3/09/0046/FP

Lordship Farm, Walkern Road, Benington,
Herts, SG2 7LL
Cow Yard – Change of use to business use (B1) and alterations to open sided agricultural building to infill sides and install roller shutter doors.
Retrospective.
BPC no objection.

20.     Recreational Facilities  

Cllr. Shelagh Mackey said that there was no news regarding funding, but hoped to have something to report for the next meeting.

The Chairman stated that a fence needs to be put in place to stop children entering the recreation club ground.

20.1     Playground: 
 

The annual playground safety inspection is due to take place this week.       

21.     School
         
The school is pursuing the renewal of the planning application for the temporary    building which currently houses the pre-school.  The current permission expires in May 2010. The school is also pursuing with the County Council a grant for a replacement classroom Cllr. Ken Grundy, however, expressed concern that funds may not be available to go ahead with this project in the current climate.        
         
22.     Finance

Expenditure

Date

To Whom Paid

Details

Total

05.06.09

Frank Cooper & Son

Grass Cutting

£ 103.50

25.06.09

C.P.R.E.

Subscription

£   29.00

25.06.09

St. Peter’s Church

Upkeep of Churchyard

£2500.00

08.07.09

Frank Cooper & Son

Grass Cutting

£  103.50

22.2     Income

1st Payment of precept April 2009      £7,500.00

Litter picking grant 30 June 2009          £877.78

         
22.3     Accounts for the first quarter

The accounts for the first quarter were presented to the meeting.

22.4    
Cllr. Vic Robinson asked the meeting for retrospective approval for an extra  £20.00 to be paid to Tony Oakley for cutting and strimming the grass around the bus shelter and seats.    
It was resolved to pay Tony Oakley £20.00 for this service.

23.     Correspondence Received

The Chairman read out a letter received from Mr Robin Mills regarding the Benington War Memorial. 

Cllr Richard Bott offered to obtain a price for repairing the War Memorial and all agreed that out of respect the War Memorial should be kept in good repair.

It was resolved that a quote be obtained for repairs to the War Memorial.

A letter was received from East Herts Council regarding the Annual Playground Safety Inspections 2009.  The Clerk confirmed that the safety inspection has been arranged.

24.     Wind Farm Application       

An application has been received from the SBWF (Stop Benington Wind Farm) for a sum of money to help fight the wind farm appeal.

The Chairman explained that the Parish Council is empowered under Section 137 of the 1972 Local Government Act to make such donations, grants etc., as it sees fit as long as it is for the benefit of the village and/or its residents.  This is limited in total to £6.15p per person on the electoral roll, year 2009/10.  Last year it was £5.85p. This would make a total of £4,180.00 available for such a grant.

The Parish Council already gives a grant to the Beane Valley Restoration Fund, therefore the greatest sum that could be granted to the SBWF would be £4,000.00.

Members of the public were invited to speak before a vote was taken on this subject. Questions were raised regarding the Parish Council’s position in contributing to fight the appeal of behalf of the residents of Benington.

Mr Keith Luetchford on behalf of the SBWF thanked the Council for their proposal of a grant of £4,000.00 and said that he would be very happy to accept if the Council voted in favour.  Mr Luetchford also answered questions from thefloor regarding the wind farm appeal and on progress made to-date by the SBWF on funding and other matters. 

The Chairman announced that the Public Enquiry is to be held from 8 to 11 December at the Council Offices, Wallfields, Hertford.

It was unanimously resolved to grant £4,000.00 to the SBWF to fight against the wind farm appeal.

25.     Any Other Business

There was no other business.

26.     Date of next meeting:   9 September, 2009 in Benington School.

The Chairman announced that the next meeting would start at 7.00 pm with a briefing by East Herts Council on alternate refuse collections.  An article will be placed in the Parish Magazine, and notices on the notice boards regarding the content of this briefing.
           

The Chairman closed the meeting at 9.15 pm.
 

Benington Parish Council Meeting
13 May 2009 following the Annual Meeting
Benington School

 Minutes

Present:                      H E L Jones (Chair)                J Presland
                                    R A Bott                                 V Robinson            
                                    K Grundy                                S Mackey                               
                                                           

In attendance:            P C Harrison (Clerk) 12 Members of the public approx.
                                    Sgt Duncan Wallace PCSO Jo Alston and Becky Rousell


01.     Apologies:  None
         
02.     Declaration of Interests :   None

03.     Minutes of the last meeting
a)         Acceptance

  •  The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 11 March 2009 were accepted as an accurate record and signed by the Chairman.

    b)         Review of Actions
  • Pot hole outside Finches Farm. Reported but not resolved.
  • Two large pot holes in car park, Blacksmith’s Hill.  Completed.
  • Four pot holes in the entrance to Three Stiles. Completed.
  • Pot Hole in Town Lane outside No. 35. Completed.
  • Gravel and grit in Shummery Lane.  Completed.
  • Pot holes outside 92A Town Lane.  Completed.
  • Recreation Club land held on lease from Benington Park Farm.

               A meeting has been arranged with Peter Leach.

c)   Actions Outstanding

Overgrown village pond, temporary barrier still in place.
Quote from Page & Watts re new notice board. Two notice boards to be erected for the sum of £300.00 each.  One is to be erected next to the bus shelter at the  bottom of Stoopers Hill.  The Methodist Chapel has agreed to allow the other new notice board to be placed on the Chapel wall replacing the old wooden single notice board.
The Chairman apologised for the delay in the repair of tiles to the bus shelter. This will be done as soon as possible.
Advertisement in Parish Magazine re litter picking.  Discussion still ongoing re amount of money available.

04.     Dog Waste Bins

The Chairman read out the attached report on the use of dog waste bins in the village.  It was resolved to keep all the dog bins and review the situation in 3 months.

05.     Roads        

Highways to be informed of the following:

  • The fence around the village pond is broken on the Walkern Road side.
  • The fingers on the Aston crossroad sign are pointing the wrong way.

06.     Planning

The Chairman announced that East Herts Council have received an appeal against the refusal of the wind turbines at the level of public enquiry.  An initial date of November has been suggested, however the inspectorate may require it to be sooner.  Results will be known 10 to 12 weeks after this date.

06.1     Decisions

LPA Ref: 3/09/0141/FP/SD

The Bell P.H., 4 Town Lane, Benington SG2 7LA
Erection of freestanding smoking shelter
(retrospective) EHC permission refused.

LPA Ref: 3/09/0137/LB/MC
LPA Ref: 3/09/0136/FP/MC

Finches Farm, Whempstead Road, Benington.
1no. conservation roof light to the front elevation second floor bathroom, new log store. Rebuild existing flue for new boiler.  Replace 500 gallon oil tank with 200 gallon oil tank.
EHC permission granted.

LPA Ref: 3/09/0152/FP/LP

Land at 85–89 Town Lane, Benington, SG2 7BT
The erection of 6 lamp bollards.
EHC permission granted.

LPA Ref: 3/09/0376/FP

71 Town Lane, Benington, SG2 7BT
First floor side extension.
EHC permission refused.    

06.2    Applications dealt with during the preceding month, but not discussed at the             Parish Council Meeting.

LPA Ref: 3/09/0497/FP

Whitehall Pumping Station No. 3 Frogmore Hill, Watton at Stone, Herts SG14 3RR
Refurbishment of water borehole to involve the removal of existing brick building and GRP kiosk and replacement with single steel kiosk housing all required equipment.
BPC no objection.

LPA Ref: 3/09/0490/FP

Poplar Hall Cottage, Burns Green, Benington, Herts SG2 7DB
New equipment store/garage, widening of existing driveway and installation of gas storage tank. Alterations to cottage windows at ground floor level and installation of new French doors.
BPC no objection.

LPA Ref: 3/09/0533/LB

2 Gosmore Barn, Hebing End, Benington, Herts SG3 7DD
Internal alterations to include creating new opening between kitchen & breakfast area, blocking up of internal door & provision of new doors to replace window.  Replacement of velux roof lights with conservation roof lights.
BPC no objection.

07.     Recreational Facilities           
         
Nothing to report, the Committee is still applying for grants.  The Committee is also still awaiting quotes for fencing.         

07.1     Playground:  
           
Cllr. Richard Bott is inspecting the playground once a week to check that everything is in good order.  It was noted that additional facilities have been requested in the Parish Plan.  

08.     School

The Green Travel Plan is in place and Cllr. Presland requested that the school would appreciate a visit from the Community Police Officers.

09.     Finance

09.1     Expenditure 

Approval was given for the following accounts:

Date

To Whom Paid

Details

Total

11.05.09

McCash and Hay

Internal Auditor

£ 109.25

11.05.09

Herts County Council

Street Lights Maintenance

£ 264.88

11.05.09

Herts County Council

Street Lights Energy

£ 281.21

11.05.09

Peter Kingsnorth

Website Maintenance

£ 120.00

11.05.09

Frank Cooper & Son

Grass Cutting

£   51.75

         

 

 


09.2     Accounts for fourth quarter

The accounts for the fourth quarter were presented to the meeting.

09.3     Annual Return
The annual return for the year ended 31 March, 2009 was approved by the council  and signed at the meeting.

10.     Correspondence Received

            a).  East Herts Rural Parish Conference 27 May 2009 Programme.
            b).  Email from Robin Mills re War Memorial Lawn.
            c).  Equality and Human Rights Commission.
            d).  Email of thanks from RBRA Dave Stimpson for donation.
            e).  Hertfordshire County Council, Transitional Period for the Commons Act
                  2006 1st Oct 2008 – 30 Sept 2009.          

11.     Policing Issues

The Chairman welcomed Sgt Duncan Wallace, PCSO Jo Alston and PCSO Becky Rousell to the meeting.

Cllr. Jan Presland asked if anything could be done about the traffic problem created at drop off and collection times outside the school.  Jo Alston suggested that a police presence at drop off and collection time may help to improve the parking situation. It was also suggested that Martin Hickman, Traffic Management Officer at Buntingford Police Station be asked to look into a designated parking area for the school. The Council was also informed that the school does have a dedicated youth and schools PCSO Fiona Ashdown who is based at Buntingford.

Sgt Wallace gave a report on rural policing issues; reported crime is down for the whole of East Hertfordshire by 20%, Walkern and Benington down by 25%; this is for the period April 2008 to 2009.  Paul Scott is our rural constable dealing with crime in the area and anti-social behaviour.

Residents were encouraged to ring the police if they noticed anything strange in the village, and also if strangers were knocking at doors.  An item is to be put in the Parish Magazine by the police stating the following contact number: 01707 354192 for Jo Alston and her colleagues.  This number is backed up by voicemail and any message will be picked up within 4 hours.

It was suggested in the Parish Plan that Benington should be served by a more local police station, such as Stevenage. The Council was informed that Benington would have to come under the Borough of Stevenage for this to be possible.

The Chairman requested speeding checks in the village and Sgt Wallace agreed to pass on this request to Paul Scott.  It was also agreed that Jo Alston and Becky Rousell would stand out with a police speed gun, and although unable to give tickets, would write to people using excessive speed.

The Council requested a police presence at the annual village fair. The Clerk to give the date to Jo Alston.

The Chairman thanked the police officers for their help over the last 12 months.

12.     Parish Plan

The Parish Council has met and discussed a plan of action to implement the recommendations in the Parish Plan that are the responsibility of the Parish Council.  A plan of action document is attached to these minutes.

13.     Any other business

Drainage in Three Stiles.

The Clerk to contact Martin Hook, Circle Anglia with regard to the results of tests that were carried out on the drainage in Three Stiles and also future plans.

14.     Date of next meeting: 8 July, 2009 at 8.00 pm.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 8.30pm.

 

Annual Parish Meeting
13 May 2009 following the Parish Council Meeting
Benington School

 Minutes

Present:                      H E L Jones (Chair)                J Presland
                                    R A Bott                                 V Robinson            
                                    K Grundy                                S Mackey                               
                                                           

In attendance:            P C Harrison (Clerk) 12 Members of the public approx.
                                   

           
01.     Apologies:  None
         
02.     Annual Parish Report

The Chairman read out the Annual Parish Report for the year 2008/2009, a copy of which is attached to these minutes.

03.     Accounts

The Chairman presented the accounts for the year 2008/2009, a copy of which is also attached to these minutes.

04.     Question Time

Topics discussed:

The Council were asked about their response to the Parish Plan.  The Clerk circulated the Parish Council’s Action Plan which is attached to the Parish Council Meeting Minutes.  Cllr Grundy stated that not all the actions attributed to the Parish Council were necessarily the Parish Council’s responsibility, particularly the request for more adult social activities in the village.

Concern was expressed about the parking problem in Town Lane.  Large vehicles were being parked along this stretch of road making it extremely difficult for drivers to see oncoming traffic.  It was suggested that yellow lines along the beginning of this stretch of road may help to solve the problem. PCSO Jo Alston to be contacted to see if the police could speak to the owners of the large vehicles.

It was requested that more information regarding the work of the Parish Council be published in the Parish Magazine.  The Chairman replied that the minutes of all meetings are sent to the editor and publication is at the editor’s discretion.  Cllr Ken Grundy mentioned that when the new notice boards are erected the minutes would be displayed on the more central one to the village.

Mr Robin Mills asked about the upkeep of the War Memorial in the churchyard, reference his email to the Parish Council.  The Chairman replied that the Council were in contact with the DAC (Diocesan Advisory Committee) to establish whether or not the Parish Council is responsible for the upkeep of the War Memorial.

The Parish Council were asked their intentions regarding future strategy to the appeal against refusal of the wind turbines.  The Chairman responded that the Parish Council had only received information about the appeal that afternoon and consequently nothing had yet been decided.

05.     Any other business

It was announced that the Village Hall has received a grant of £6,000 towards renovations.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 9.15pm.

 

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Benington Parish Council Meeting
11 March, 8.00 pm
Benington School

 Minutes

Present:                      H E L Jones (Chair)                J Presland
                                    R Bott                                     V Robinson            
                                    K Grundy                                S Mackey                               
                                                           

In attendance:            P C Harrison (Clerk)  9 members of the public.
                                    Cllr Giles Scrivener

The Chairman welcomed Cllr Giles Scrivener to the meeting

56.     Apologies:  None.
         
57.     Declaration of Interests :   None

58.     Minutes of the last meeting
a)         Acceptance

  •  The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 27 January, 2009 were accepted as an accurate record and signed by the Chairman.

    b)         Review of Actions
  • Chairman to arrange repair of tiles to bus shelter, Stoopers Hill.  The Chairman hopes to do this work in the near future.
  • Pot hole outside Finches Farm. Reported but not resolved.
  • Flooding near entrance to Parish Hall. Completed.
  • Flooding on Whempstead Road near Coombs Wood. Completed.
  • Flooding on Walkern Road. Completed.
  • The Clerk to write to Highways re gritting Church Hill. Completed.
  • Recreation Club enquiry re land held on lease from Benington Park Farm. Lease has not been signed.  Cllr Mackey to contact Stephen Leach.   
  • The Clerk to write to Nigel Watling re church organ fund. Completed.
  • Jan Presland to reply to Sharon Jones, Sanctuary Hereward. Discussions with Sharon Jones on-going. Sanctuary Hereward will be writing to the Parish Council.
  • 2009 Inter-Parish Conference, Clerk to write to Aston Parish Council. Completed.
  • The Clerk to write to Jenny Cobb re PC’s decision to apply on behalf of Parish Hall for Grass Roots funding, and also PC’s contribution towards the re-surfacing of the car park. Completed.
  • Note in Parish Magazine regarding dogs fouling pavements. Completed.
  • Advertisement in Parish Magazine re litter picking.  To be placed in April edition of Parish Magazine.

c)   Actions Outstanding

Overgrown village pond, temporary barrier still in place.
Quote from Page & Watts re new notice board. Two notice boards to be erected for the sum of £300.00 each.  One next to the bus shelter at the bottom of Stoopers Hill.  One near the Chapel and Lordship Arms, exact area to be decided.
Playground – attention needed to spring train. Trevor Waldock to repair as soon as possible.

59.     Benington Website

Ernest Doe paid approximately £2000.00 for the Benington Village Website to be set up. The Parish Council has decided to invite people to advertise on the website for the sum of £52.00 per year.  Cllr. Richard Bott has signed four people to advertise at present, and the Parish Council intend to try and increase this number.
           
Peter Kingsnorth currently maintains the website and has suggested a nominal fee of £40.00 per month for general updating and maintenance.  The website name is paid up until 2010.  The budgeted figure for the website is currently £200.00 p.a., but a more realistic figure is £500.00 p.a.  The Chairman stated that the extra revenue from advertising would, hopefully, help to cover costs.

It was resolved to pay Peter Kingsnorth £40.00 per month for general updating  and maintenance of the website.          

60.     Roads

Highways to be informed of the following:

  • Two large pot holes in the last car park at Blacksmith’s Hill.
  • Four pot holes in the entrance to Three Stiles.
  • One pot hole in Town Lane just before Three Stiles outside 35 Town Lane.
  • Gravel and grit in Shummery Lane, down towards the T junction.

The result of recent flooding.

  • Pot holes outside 92A Town Lane.
  • Pot holes outside Finches Farm.

61.     Planning

61.1    Applications dealt with during the preceding month, but not discussed at the             Parish Council Meeting

LPA Ref: 3/09/0141/FP/SD

The Bell P.H., 4 Town Lane, Benington SG2 7LA
Erection of freestanding smoking shelter                    
(retrospective).  BPC object to planning                      
permission.

LPA Ref: 3/09/0137/LB/MC
LPA Ref: 3/09/0136/FP/MC

Finches Farm, Whempstead Road, Benington.
1no. conservation roof light to the front elevation
second floor bathroom, new log store. Rebuild          
existing flue for new boiler.  Replace 500 gallon oil
tank with 200 gallon oil tank.
BPC no objection.

LPA Ref: 3/09/0152/FP/LP

Land at 85–89 Town Lane, Benington, SG2 7BT
The erection of 6 lamp bollards.
BPC no objection.       

62.     Recreational Facilities

          Nothing to report.

62.1     Playground:   Nothing to report.

63.     School

It was reported that out of nine school leavers eight got their first choice and one his/her second choice.  JAR (Joint Area Review) is due next month on the financial audit. A questionnaire sent out to parents by the school received a very good response.

            No news has been received as yet on the replacement for the mobile classroom.

64.     Finance

64.1      Expenditure 

Approval was given for the following accounts:

Date

To Whom Paid

Details

Total

21.01.09

Seasons Groundscare

Vertidraining Rec. Ground

£ 805.00

25.02.09

East Herts Council

Dog Bin Emptying

£ 968.76

11.03.09

P. Harrison (Clerk)

Expenses for period 1.08.07 to 3.11.09

£   89.97

11.03.09

P. Harrison (Clerk)

Salary, Telephone/Broadband
for period 1.04.08 - 31.03.09

£2320.00

         

 

 


64.2     Annual Audit risk assessment register.
            A risk assessment register drawn up by the Clerk, based on the
            auditor’s recommendations, was given to Councillors for review and
            consideration.

64.3     Review of effectiveness of internal audit document.
            A Review of effectiveness of internal audit document drawn up by the Clerk,
            based on the auditor’s recommendations, was given to Councillors for
            review and consideration.

64.4     Appointment of qualified internal auditor to complete Section 4 of
            the Annual Return.
            It was resolved to appoint Helen McCash of McCash and Hay, Accountants
            as internal auditor.
           
65.     Correspondence Received

a)         BDO Stoy Hayward LLP 7.02.09 – Annual Audit Return 2009
            Local Council Briefing (see Finance 65.2 to 65.4).
b).        River Beane Restoration Association
            The Council agreed to donate £25.00 for environmental improvement to the
            River Beane Restoration Association.
c)         Nigel Watling (Email) 15.02.09 – Churchyard Maintenance
            The Chairman read out an email from Nigel Watling requesting an increase in
            the Parish Council’s contribution towards churchyard maintenance.  It was
            agreed to increase the precept next year to cover a larger contribution towards
            churchyard maintenance.
d)         East Herts Rural Parish Conference 27.05.09 – 20.02.09
            The Chairman has attended this meeting in the past and encouraged other
            Councillors to attend.  Agenda and details to follow.
e)         Jenny Cobb, Benington Parish Hall – 23.02.09
            The Chairman read out a letter from Jenny Cobb reference the cost of re-surfacing
            the Parish Hall Car Park.  Tony Nolan was invited to give his opinion on the cost
            and type of material proposed to re-surface the car park.
            It was resolved to grant the full amount requested of £776.25.
f)         East Herts Council – Annual Charge for dog bin emptying 25.02.09

Concern was expressed re the high increase in the charge for dog bin emptying. Cllr Richard Bott proposed that the Parish Council ask for the dog bins to be removed from the village.  The Clerk to contact Ian Sharratt to see if this is a possibility.  This item to be put on the agenda for the next meeting.

 
g)         Raj Goutam – Gritting of Church Hill 03.03.09

The Clerk read out an email in response to the Parish Council’s request for Church Hill to be gritted.  Raj Goutam to pass our request on to colleagues who deal with the salting routes. Cllr Giles Scrivener offered to look into this on behalf of the Parish Council.

66.     Any other business

Cllr Presland reported that she has received complaints regarding the parking situation in the village on the Snowdrop weekends. Concern was expressed that the amount of cars parked may cause an accident to occur with cars trying to get in and out of the Village.  Cllr Bott suggested that cones be placed along the road from The Bell Public House to Three Stiles. It was also suggested that the school car park could be hired for the weekends in question, particularly the three Sundays.  It was recognised that the Snowdrop weekends generate business for The Bell Public House and the Church, but safety was in question and needed to be addressed.

A proposal has been put forward by the Governors of Benington Primary School to try and reduce the congestion that occurs in the vicinity of the school in the mornings and afternoons. The Chairman explained the proposal in brief to the meeting, and invited the general public to give their opinion.  A discussion ensued and the Parish Council agreed to consider this proposal in more depth. The Chairman stated that the Parish Council would not be able to grant this proposal, but could put it forward for consideration to Highways. (Full details of the proposal can be found here ).

67.     Date of next meeting:

The next meeting will be the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, 13 May 2009 at 7.30 pm in the school, followed by the Parish Council Meeting.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 9.20 pm.

 

 

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Benington Parish Council Meeting
27 January 2009, 8.00 pm
Benington School

 Minutes

Present:                     H E L Jones (Chair)              J Presland
                                   R H Bott                                S Mackey
                                   K Grundy                                                                   
                                   A V Robinson

In attendance:            P C Harrison (Clerk)  9 members of the public approx.

42.     Apologies
          Apologies for absence were received from Cllr Richard Bott.

43.     Declaration of Interests :   None

44.     Minutes of the last meeting
a)         Acceptance

  • Page 2 Item 37. School second paragraph reads:

      The application for the portable building at the back of the school, currently the                 pre-school, to become a permanent structure has now been sent to planning.
      This should read:
      The application for the portable building at the back of the school, currently the
      pre-school, to become a permanent structure has now been sent to Herts County
      Council for an allocation for a grant to build.

  • The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 12 November, 2008 were amended and accepted as an accurate record signed by the Chairman.

b)         Review of Actions

  • Follow up reported pot holes Three Stiles: completed.
  • Report on playground, attention needed to spring train: Cllr Robinson reported that Trevor Waldock would be attending to this item in the Spring.   
  • The clerk to write to Barbara Follett re mobile post office: completed.
  • Overgrown village pond to be inspected by Council.  Council to inspect when temporary barrier is removed, and fencing repaired by Highways.
  • The clerk to contact insurance company re BMX ramp: completed.  Email received from Allianz insurance outlining their rules and regulations for installation of BMX ramp.  Passed to Cllr Richard Bott for consideration.
  • Chairman to arrange repair of tiles to bus shelter: completed. Tiles

      are now missing from the bus shelter at the bottom of Stoopers Hill.  The                                        Chairman to arrange repair.

  • Pursue quote from Page & Watts re notice board. Formal quotation not yet received.
  • Follow up reported street light out on bus stop at Church Green: completed.
  • Follow up leaves on path from school to duck pond: completed.
  • Owner of The Old Rectory to be contacted re overgrown hedge: completed.
  •    The Chairman to speak to Jenny Cobb re Grass Roots Funding grant.  Refer to item 50 h).

45.     Freedom of Information Act – Model Publication Scheme

It was resolved to adopt the Model Publication Scheme.
The Guide to Information for Benington Parish Council available under the Model                   Publication Scheme was also agreed.       

46.     Eleemosynary Trust

It was resolved to nominate Harry Bott as a trustee of the Eleemosynary Trust to serve for a further 4 years of office. 

47.     Roads

Highways to be informed of the following:

  • Large pot hole outside Finches Farm, opposite No: 5 Town Lane.
  • Flooding near the entrance to the Parish Hall on the Walkern Road.
  • Flooding on the Whempstead Road just before Coombs Wood.
  • Flooding on the Walkern Road (Shummery Lane) due to blocked gullies.

      
Concern was expressed about the lack of gritting on Church Hill.  This road
is used by the Buntingford School Bus which collects children from Aston village as well as Benington.  It was resolved to write to Raj Goutam at Highways, copy to Aston Parish Council, about this situation.
         
48.     Planning

48.1    Decisions 

App No: 3/08/1492/FP
App No: 3/08/1493/LB

Finches Farm, Whempstead Road, Benington
New log store, addition of chimney and door in existing shed for biomass boiler.
East Herts Council permission refused.   

App No: 3/08/1288/FP

55 Town Lane, Benington, Herts. SG2 7LB
Proposed 9m wind turbine.
East Herts Council permission refused.

App/J1915/A/08/2085165

63 and 65 Town Lane, Benington, SG2 7BT
Crossover and bridge to facilitate off-road parking.
Appeal allowed and planning permission granted.

App No: 3/08/1894/FP

Lingfields, Whempstead Road, Benington
Single storey side extension, single and two storey
rear extension and first floor extension.
East Herts Council permission granted.

App No: 3/08/0889/FP

Mr Andrew Bott, R H Bott & Son
3 No. Wind Turbines of up to 119m in height, a
Permanent meteorological mast, substation, access
tracks and ancillary infrastructure.
Land east of Walkern Road and north and, West of
High Elms Lane, Benington.
East Herts Council permission refused.                    



49.     Recreational Facilities

The Recreation Club’s application for a grant from the CFA is still on-going but offers have been received from Youth Grants.

It was reported that problems are being caused by people driving over the football pitch.  To resolve this problem quotes are being received to erect a fence around the football pitch incorporating a lockable gate with disabled access.  One quote received is in the region of £1000.00. It was agreed that the football team is providing the only source of income for the Recreation Club at the present time, so keeping the football pitch in good condition is essential.  Concern was also expressed regarding drainage, as games had been cancelled due to a water logged pitch. Cllr Presland requested that the Parish Council grant payment for an invoice received from Seasons Groundscare for vertidraining the pitch for the sum of £700.00 plus VAT. 

It was resolved to grant the Recreation Club a maximum of £1800.00 exclusive of
VAT for fencing and vertidraining.

A question was raised as to whether part of the land used by the Recreation Club
was held on lease from Benington Park Farm.  It was resolved to enquire into this  matter.

49.1     Playground:   Nothing to report.

50.     School

The Pre-school is under new management, but personnel remain the same.

51.     Finance

51.1      Expenditure 

Approval was given for the following accounts:

Date

To Whom Paid

Details

Total

11.12.08

Oakleys Farming

Grass Cutting Play Area

£ 480.00

11.12.08

SLCC

Membership Subscription

£   72.00

13.01.09

Triographics Printers

Windfarm Questionnaire

£   38.18

27.01.09

Herts County Council

Street Lighting – Energy

£ 281.21

27.01.09

Herts County Council

Street Lighting – Maintenance

£ 264.88


51.2     Accounts

          Benington Parish Council Accounts for the 3rd Quarter of 2008/2009 attached.

51.3     Precept for 2009/2010

            The precept for 2009/2010 was approved and signed at the meeting.
           
52.     Correspondence Received

a)         St Peter’s Church, Nigel Watling 18.11.08 – Church Organ.
            The Chairman stated that the Parish Council’s responsibility is for the churchyard
            and not the fixtures and fittings inside the church.  It was agreed, therefore, not
            to make a contribution towards the church organ .  The Clerk to write to
            Nigel Watling.

b).        Sanctuary Hereward 24.11.08 – Oak Tree Close.
            Letter passed to Richard Bott, copies also to be given to Peter Kingsnorth for
            posting on the Benington Village website and Jan Presland for reply to Sharon
            Jones, Area Housing Manager.
           Click here to view letter

c)         Sustainable Community Strategy Consultation Event on 21.01.09 letter dated
            22.12.08. 
            Councillors did not attend this event, therefore nothing to report.

d)         Barbara Follett 09.01.09 – Mobile Post Office.
            Letter stating that there are no further plans to establish an Outreach Service Point
            in Benington.  No further action.

e)         Grassroots Maintenance – 07.01.09.
            Passed to Cllr Jan Presland, as this Company may be of interest with reference
            to obtaining a quote for the fencing of the football pitch.

f)         East Herts Council – Chairman of East Herts Council Civic Awards Nominations
            13.01.09.  It was agreed to nominate Mrs Rita Plumb for this award.

g)         Aston Parish Council – 2009 Inter Parish Conference
            Decision to be made in due course as to numbers attending this Conference.
           Clerk to reply to Aston Parish Council by 2 March, 2009.

h)         Benington Parish Hall Committee – Jenny Cobb re funding for the Parish Hall
            Car Park and the Grass Roots funding scheme.
            The Parish Council resolved to apply on behalf of the Parish Hall for Grass  Roots            funding. 
            The Parish Council resolved to make a contribution towards the re-surfacing of
            the Parish Hall car park.

53.     Any other business

Cllr Vic Robinson informed the meeting that a new litter bin has been installed near the Lordship Arms, by Mr Trevor Waldock, East Herts. Council. Also, the street light opposite High Elms Lane has now been replaced.

Complaints have been received regarding dogs fouling pavements and pathways throughout the village.  It was agreed to put a note in the next issue of the Parish Magazine about this problem.

Cllr Robinson has all the equipment for the annual Good Friday litter pick. Notices will be in the Parish Magazine and displayed on the notice boards giving times and meeting place.

The Parish Council has arranged a meeting to discuss the Parish Plan.  Councillors will be meeting to discuss action points designated as the responsibility of the Parish Council.

Concern was expressed with reference to the amount of litter throughout the village.  It was agreed to put an advertisement in the Parish Magazine to see if anybody would be willing to pick up litter for a small remuneration.

It was reported that Cllr Richard Bott has signed up four people to advertise on the village website.

54.     Date of next meeting:

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, 11 March, 2009 at 8.00 pm in the school.

55.     Public Participation

Nothing to report.
         

The Chairman closed the meeting at 9.20 pm.

 

 


Benington Parish Council Meeting
12 November 2008, 8.00 pm
Benington School

 Minutes

Present:                      H E L Jones (Chair)                Apologies:   J Presland
                                   R H Bott                                                S Mackey
                                   K Grundy                                                                   
                                   A V Robinson
                                   

In attendance:            P C Harrison (Clerk)  9 members of the public approx.

32.     Minutes

The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on10 September, 2008 were accepted as an accurate record and signed by the Chairman.

It was agreed that in future a review of actions should be listed on the agenda, under minutes of the last meeting, to ensure continuity.

33.     Declaration of Interests :    None

34.     Roads

The Chairman reported on the recent meeting with Highways.  Burns Green was of particular concern due to the number of pot holes in that area.  At the present time Highways do not have the funds available, unless there is a priority due to health and safety reasons, to cover general road repairs. Cost is prohibitive, as the road being worked on would have to be closed and traffic lights erected. 

The Parish Council were informed of pot holes at the entrance to Three Stiles.  The Clerk confirmed that these have been reported and would be followed up.

35.     Planning

35.1    A Planning application for Lingfields, Whempstead Road was received.  The Chairman stated that this would be circulated to each Councillor for reading.

35.2     Decisions

App No: 3/08/1301FP

Cuttings, Whempstead Road, Benington SG2 7DH
Demolition of single garage and construction of detached double garage with study above. 
East Herts Council permission refused.

App No: 3/08/1509/FP

Edelweiss, 10 Hebing End, Benington SG2 7DD
Fully glazed rear conservatory.
East Herts Council permission granted.

36.1     Playground

The Clerk circulated the annual playground inspection report, the only item in need of attention is the spring train, which has a loose foot and also the paint is flaking.  The report was passed to Cllr. Robinson for action.

37.     School

It was reported that Foundation and Class 1 are full to capacity.  A diocesan inspection was carried out on 6 October to assess the Christian character of the school. The Church of England graded the school as outstanding.

The application for the portable building at the back of the school, currently the pre-school, to become a permanent structure has now been sent to planning.  Grants are needed for a new classroom for the pre-school. Cllr. Grundy stated that the pre-school is an important aspect of the school with regard to keeping numbers high, and therefore ensuring finance from Hertfordshire County Council.

38.     Finance

38.1      Expenditure 

Approval was given for the following accounts:     


Date

To Whom Paid

Details

Total

30.09.08

Dragon Print & Design

Printing of Parish Plan

£3,178.00

04.10.08

Frank Cooper & Son

Grass Cutting

£    98.70

27.10.08

East Herts Council

Playground Inspection

£    56.39

30.10.08

C.D.A.

Subscription

£    30.00

31.10.08

BDO Stoy Haywards

Auditing Annual Return

£  193.88

01.11.08

Frank Cooper & Son

Grass Cutting

£    98.70

12.11.08

Herts County Council

Maintenance - Street Lights

£  249.06

12.11.08

Herts County Council

Energy – Street Lights

£  175.91

 

         

 

 

 

 

38.2     Accounts

Benington Parish Council Accounts for the 2nd Quarter of 2008/2009 attached.

38.3     Audit for the year ended 31 March, 2008

A copy of the Audited Annual Return for the year ended 31 March, 2008 was received and noted.
Issues arising:  Comparatives Restated. No further action needed.

The Chairman announced that the accounts were now open for inspection by appointment with the Clerk.

39.     Any other business

The question of Benington having a mobile post office was raised.  The Clerk is awaiting a reply from the Post Office Consultation Team on this subject.  The Clerk also referred to a letter received from the Post Office Consultation Team, which stated that the Benington Post Office was closed because it was underused.  A discussion ensued as to whether it would be possible or feasible for a hosted post office to be available in the village.  It was resolved that this was not feasible as pensions could not be received from a hosted post office. The Clerk to write to Barbara Follett MP for her support regarding a mobile post office.

The overgrown village pond to be inspected by the Council during the next few days.

Cllr. Bott has been approached regarding the provision of a BMX ramp on the recreation ground.  Whilst Cllr. Bott, whose family own the piece of land in question, is happy for this to go ahead the question of insurance and liability was raised if an accident should occur.  The Clerk to contact the Parish Council’s insurance company on this matter, and Cllr. Bott to provide a map specifying the area concerned. It was also agreed that information should be sought from the insurance policy covering the Recreation Club and Ground.

It was reported that tiles were missing from the roof of one of the wooden bus shelters. The Chairman agreed to arrange for a repair to be carried out during the next few weeks.

Quotes have now been received for a new notice board to be installed next to the wooden bus shelter at the bottom of Stoopers Hill.  This notice board will be supported on posts with lockable double glass doors taking eight sheets of A4 paper.  Page & Watts have come in with the lowest quote of approx., £300.00. Other quotes ranged from £700.00 to £1,000.00.  It was resolved to pursue the quote from Page & Watts.

The Chairman also suggested that a new notice board be placed on the Methodist Chapel to replace the old one.  A more suitable place for this notice board would be on posts near the post box outside the Lordship Arms.  No definite decision was reached.

The East Herts Planning Committee has re-scheduled the date for the wind farm application.  The new unconfirmed date is 14 January, 2009.

The Parochial Church Council is in the process of purchasing the organ in St Peter’s Church which is on loan from the diocese. The Parish Council is considering the possibility of making a donation towards the new organ, and a letter has been sent to Nigel Watling, Secretary of the PCC to this effect.  The Chairman invited Revd Norman Plumb to give details of this purchase.  Revd Plumb explained that the new organ would cost £9,000 as it stands, but will need work done to put it in good condition.  The cost of repairs would be in the region of £1,000 to £2,000, but when in good order would be worth twice as much so therefore a good investment.  The Chairman asked if other avenues had been explored, and a discussion ensued on the possibility of purchasing a new electronic organ.  The donation from the Parish Council would not need to be made until June 2009, therefore it was resolved to defer a decision until next year by which time an agreed amount could be allocated in the budget.

40.     Date of next meeting:

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, 14 January, 2009 at 8.00 pm in the school.

41.     Public Participation

Parishioners asked that Highways be informed of the following:

Street light out on the bus stop at Church Green.

Leaves on the path from Benington School to the Duck Pond making the pavement very slippery and dangerous.

The Clerk stated that the above items had been reported, but would follow up.

Concern was expressed regarding the overgrown hedge belonging to The Old Rectory, 2 Walkern Road.  The owner to be contacted about this problem.

Revd Plumb informed the Council that Jenny Cobb, Parish Hall Committee, may have the possibility of a grant for the renovations to the Village Hall from Grass Roots Funding.  The Parish Hall is owned by the Church of England, therefore it is not possible for the Parish Hall Committee to apply for the grant as overall turnover needs to be less than £25,000 to be eligible.  It was suggested that application could be made through one of the clubs that use the hall, such as the Badminton Club or alternatively the Parish Council could apply on behalf of the Parish Hall.  The Chairman to speak to Jenny Cobb on this matter.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 8.55 pm.

 

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Benington Parish Council Meeting
10 September 2008, 8.00 pm
Benington School

 Minutes

Present:                      H E L Jones (Chair)                Apologies:   Jan Presland
                                    R H Bott
                                    K Grundy                               
                                    A V Robinson
                                    S Mackey                   
                                   

In attendance:            P C Harrison (Clerk) 16 members of the public approx.
________________________________________________________________________

20.     Chairman’s Report

The Chairman welcomed everybody to the meeting and gave a brief account of the stakeholder briefing meeting held by East Herts Council on 1st September, 2008 for the proposed wind farm application.  A decision on this planning application by East Herts Council will be made by 19 November, 2008.

The Chairman also informed the meeting that quotes were being received for a new notice board to be installed near the bus shelter at the bottom of Stoopers Hill.

 21.    Minutes

The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 9 July, 2008 were accepted as an accurate record and signed by the Chairman.

22.     Matters Arising

Cllr. Shelagh Mackey raised the question of a mobile post office for the village.  The clerk has not yet received a reply to the Parish Council’s letter requesting the option of a post office in a new village shop. When this option has been formally turned down the clerk will write regarding the option of a mobile post office.

23.     Declaration of Interests :        None

24.     Roads

The Parish Council to organise a meeting with Highways to discuss the poor condition of the roads in Benington, particularly Whempstead Road and Burns Green.

25.     Planning

25.1   Decisions


LPA Ref: 3/98/1065/FP/HS
LPA Ref: 3/08/1066/LB/HS

7 Church Green, Benington SG2 7LH.
Rear extension – part two storey, and part single- storey.  General Building and Listed Building.
East Herts Council permission granted.
East Herts Council listed building permission granted.

LPA Ref: 3/08/1190/LB/JS

5 Church Green, Benington SG2 7LH
Two storey side extension with dormer window  to rear elevation providing a larger kitchen and new bedroom.
BPC majority decision objecting to planning permission.
East Herts Council permission granted subject to conditions.  

LPA Ref: 3/08/1072FP/HS

20 Hebing End, Benington, Herts SG2 7DD
Two storey side and rear extensions to create residential annexe with single storey front and rear lean-to extensions.
BPC majority decision objecting to planning permission.
East Herts Council permission granted.

LPA Ref: 3/08/1289/FP/SD

Elstow House, Whempstead Road, Benington, SG2 7DE. 
Single storey side extension, change
of rear window to double doors at ground and first floor level with Juliet balcony.
BPC no objection to planning permission.
East Herts Council permission granted.

25.2 The following applications were discussed at the meeting:

LPA Ref: 3/08/1490/FP/JS

Lingfields, Whempstead Road, Benington, SG2 7BX.
Two storey and single storey side and rear
extensions with rear pergola.
BPC no objection to planning permission.

LPA Ref: 3/08/1288/FP/MC

55 Town Lane, Benington, SG2 7LB
Erection of 6kw wind turbine on a 9m tower in rear garden.
BPC object to planning permission as this turbine will be visually intrusive to neighbouring properties, and there will possibly be a noise
problem.         

26.     Recreational Facilities

Stevenage Borough Girls’ Football Team are now playing at Benington.  On the question of funding, the Recreation Club are putting in a bid to the Football Foundation. The Chairman suggested that Cllr. Mackey telephone Giles Scrivener, District Councillor, who may be able to help with funding.

Giles Scrivener will be donating £250.00 to the Youth Club on behalf of East Herts District Council.  This will be given at a presentation evening with Jan Presland and some of the Youth Club in attendance.

Concern was expressed over the amount of litter left on the recreation field after matches.  It was decided to request that the football teams who use the field take their rubbish away with them after matches.  It was also agreed to look into the possibility of having a proper lockable bin on the recreation ground.

26.1     Playground:        Nothing to report.

27.     School

The formal report from Ofsted is excellent.  The maximum score of outstanding has been received in all sections.  Cllr. Ken Grundy paid tribute to Gill Hollingsworth, former head teacher, for all her work.  Mrs J Munn, Acting Head has one more course to complete before she formally takes over as Head Teacher.

28.     Finance

28.1    Expenditure
           
The Parish Council receive an annual grant for litter picking in the parish, and on this basis have arranged for the litter bins in the village to be emptied each week.  A new bin is also to be provided by East Herts Council near to the Lordship Arms Public House.

Approval was given for the following accounts:     


Date

To Whom Paid

Details

Total

05.08.08

Herts County Council

Street Lighting Energy

£175.91

05.08.08

Herts County Council

Street Lighting Maintenance

£249.06

11.08.08

Frank Cooper & Son

Grass Cutting

£148.05

18.08.08

St Peter’s Church

Upkeep of churchyard grant

£500.00

10.09.08

Fred Burnell

Pest Control – Moles

£188.00

10.09.08

Frank Cooper & Son

Grass Cutting

£49.35

 

         

 

 

 

28.2   Accounts

Benington Parish Council Accounts for the 1st Quarter of 2008/2009 attached.

29.     Any other business

Cllr. Richard Bott reported that the blocked gulley in High Elms Lane has not yet been repaired by Highways.  The Clerk to add this to the list of road problems to be discussed at the forthcoming meeting with Highways.

The Chairman stated that he had received a complaint about the overgrown perimeter of the village pond.  The Parish Council agreed to have a look at the pond to see what needed to be done.

The Parish Council has also received a complaint about the overflowing main sewer, adjacent to 90 Town Lane, at the bottom of Stoopers Hill. It was reported that this happens approximately twice a year, particularly when there is a heavy downpour.  The Clerk to contact Thames Water Authority regarding this problem. 

Flooding was also reported, due to a leaking stopcock, outside 96 Town Lane. The Clerk to inform Three Valleys Water.

The Parish Council has received copies of correspondence regarding a situation that has arisen concerning No 1 Oak Tree Close, Benington.  Cllr. Richard Bott explained the background to the situation in Oak Tree Close, and emphasised the importance of these houses to the village. Also, the fact that they were built as affordable houses to be made available to Benington people.  The Parish Council agreed to write to Sanctuary Housing  to ensure that the situation that has arisen with No 1 Oak Tree Close does not happen again, copies to be sent to East Herts Council, Barbara Follett MP and the local press.

30.     Date of next meeting:

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, 12 November at 8.00 pm in the school.

31.     Public Participation

Mr Ken Pomfret reminded the Council of a motion that had been proposed by Mr Ken Crofton at the extraordinary meeting on 25 June, for the removal of Cllr Richard Bott from the Parish Council.  The Chairman stated that he had received a reply from East Herts Council, Democratic Services to the effect that Richard Bott, as an elected Parish Councillor, cannot be removed for the reasons proposed.  The Chairman also confirmed that the Parish Council would not ask Richard Bott to resign, as he is a very useful member of the Parish Council.

Concern was expressed by a parishioner of the situation in Oak Tree Close. The Parish Council was asked to look into the archives, and the Parish Council Minutes, to see if there is any paperwork, or a record of the fact that these houses were built specifically for Benington people.  It was also suggested that East Herts Planning would have a record of Oak Tree Close, and the conditions under which they were built.

Parishioners asked that Highways be informed of the following problems:

Kerb dropped 3” in the car park at the bottom of 3 Stiles.

Pot holes in Blacksmiths Hill.

Pot holes outside ‘The Old House’, opposite 150 Town Lane.

Pot holes in Burns Green.

A question was raised reference the possibility of weight restrictions throughout the village.  The Chairman thought that this would not be possible because of Ernest Doe, Alchemy and farming vehicles that need access through the village.

Concern was expressed regarding the cars parked by the high grass bank in the centre of the village, especially vans, as they obstruct the view of oncoming traffic.  The Chairman suggested that the parishioner speak to the owners of the vans to see if it would be possible for them to move their vehicles further along the road so as not to obstruct the view.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 9.00 pm.

 

 

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9 July 2008, 8.00 pm
Benington School

Minutes

Present: H E L Jones (Chair), A V Robinson, S Mackey

Apologies: R H Bott, K Grundy, J Presland

In attendance: P C Harrison (Clerk) 12 members of the public approx.

________________________________________________________________________

1. Minutes

The minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting and the previous Parish Council Meeting held on 14 May, 2008 were accepted as an accurate record and signed by the Chairman.

The minutes of the extraordinary meeting held on 25 June, 2008 were accepted as an accurate record and signed by the Chairman.

2. Declaration of Interests : None

3. Roads

Hertfordshire Highways to be informed of the following:

• Pot Holes 6” dia. outside nos. 29 to 41 Town Lane, south side.
• Pot Hole just past Willow Farm, Whempstead Road on the
right hand side going towards Hertford.

4. Footway – Town Lane

It was reported that the tarmac surface is cracking on the footpath outside nos. 29 to 55 Town Lane. Also, the hedging is hanging over the path making it difficult for people to walk along. Circle Anglia and Highways to be informed of this matter.

The badly damaged pavement on Stoopers Hill, reported three weeks ago and again today 09.07.08, is still in a dangerous condition. An email has been received from Raj Goutam, Hertfordshire Highways, stating that this work is programmed for early autumn.

5. Planning

5.1 Decisions

LPA Ref: 3/08/0796/FP 156 Town Lane, Benington SG2 7BT. New double garage and store to replace existing double garage.
East Herts Council permission granted.

LPA Ref: 3/08/0387/FP 7 Town Lane, Benington, SG2 7LA. Extension to the rear of no 7 & proposed new building replacing dilapidated timber building.
East Herts Council permission granted.

LPA Ref: 3/08/0553/LB 7 Town Lane, Benington, SG2 7LA. Extension to the rear of no 7 & proposed new building replacing dilapidated timber building.
East Herts Council listed building permission granted.

LPA Ref: 3/08/0531/FP/MC Village Hall, Walkern Road, Benington, SG2 7LN. Demolition of timber annex and construction of extension.
East Herts Council permission granted.

LPA Ref: 3/08/0532/LC Village Hall, Walkern Road, Benington, SG2 7LN Demolition of timber annex and construction of extension.
East Herts Council Conservation Area permission granted.

LPA Ref: 3/08/0600/FP The Croft, 2 Town Lane, Benington SG2 7LA. Erection of timber frame and clad building incorporating a stable and storage area.
East Herts Council permission granted.

LPA Ref: 3/08/0762/LB Benington Park, Benington SG2 7BU.
Construction of new double doors at raised ground floor level on the SE side of the house opening onto a new terrace.
East Herts Council listed building permission granted.

5.2 Applications dealt with during the preceding month, but not discussed at the Parish Council Meeting.

LPA Ref: 3/98/1065/FP/HS
LPA Ref: 3/08/1066/LB/HS 7 Church Green, Benington SG2 7LH
Rear extension – part two storey, and part single-storey. General Building and Listed Building.
BPC no objection.

6. Recreational Facilities

The Stevenage Borough Girls Football Team have started an after school football club which is proving to be very popular, and will help to raise funds for the new pavilion.

6.2 Playground

The grass has now been cut in the playground area. The Chairman stated that East Herts Council are doing less grass cutting in the village, and the Parish Council would need to increase the precept next year to pay for grass cutting in the village.

7. School

Ofsted have been to inspect the school, but have not yet released their report. Cllr Shelagh Mackey said that she had heard through the Governors and the feedback system that the report would be good. The new Headmistress, Mrs J Munn has now taken over from Mrs G Hollingsworth.

8. Finance

8.1 Expenditure

An invoice from Bridletree (1984) for £275.00 was approved for payment. The Chairman explained that this account was for a structural engineer plus disbursements for the proposed pavilion at Benington Recreation Ground. The Parish Council has set aside £3000.00 per year to help with the pavilion.

Approval was also given for the following accounts:

Date To Whom Paid Details

Total

27.06.08 St Peter’s Church Hire of Parish Hall £80.00
30.06.08 Frank Cooper & Son Grass Cutting £98.70

9. Any other business

The Chairman drew attention to a letter received from Hertfordshire County Council reference Post Office Closures in Hertfordshire. Negotiations are still ongoing to try and re-open a village shop, and it would benefit the village to have the option of a Post Office. The Chairman agreed to write to Hertfordshire County Council with regard to a scheme where District Councils are buying local Post Offices. Benington’s nearest Post Offices are Dane End, Walkern and Watton-at-Stone. Residents wishing to write to the Post Office about the proposed Benington closure will find details on the village notice boards.

The Clerk was asked to look into a possible government ruling that all urban and rural areas should have a Post Office within one mile.

10. Date of next meeting:

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, 10 September at 8.00 pm in the school.


11. Public Participation

The Chairman invited questions from the floor.

It was suggested from the floor that a mobile post office could be an option. The Clerk to look into this suggestion.

A question was asked about whether or not a village shop would be re-opened and if so where. The Chairman explained the various options that had been put forward, although nothing has been decided.

Mr Tony Nolan expressed concern about the state of the roads in Benington. Mr Nolan was particularly concerned about the area of road outside his own house on the Whempstead Road. This area of road is uneven due to the repair of many small pot holes, and the noise in the early hours of the morning of lorries going over this area is proving to be a nuisance. A resident of Burns Green reported the appearance of large pot holes at the end of Burns Green.

It was reported that there is no drain cover outside no. 88 Town Lane making it positively dangerous for motorists.

In view of the many complaints about the state of the roads, the Chairman asked the Clerk to arrange a meeting with Highways, on site, to try and resolve these problems.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 8.35 pm.

 

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Extraordinary Meeting
25 June 2008, 8.00 pm
Benington School

 Minutes

Present:                      H E L Jones (Chair)                Apologies:   R H Bott
                                   K W Grundy                                             
                                   J R Presland
                                   A V Robinson
                                   S Mackey

In attendance:            P C Harrison (Clerk)    60 members of the public approx.
________________________________________________________________________

The Chairman welcomed everybody to the meeting.

1.    Apologies were received from the Chair for Richard Bott, due to a personal and prejudicial interest.

2.    Results of the Wind Farm Questionnaire

The Chairman announced the results of the Benington Wind Farm Questionnaire:-

Number of people on electoral roll                           680

Number of people completing questionnaire              444      (66%)

Number in favour of turbines                                     80      (18%)

Number against turbines                                         352      (80%)

Number who don’t know                                          12      (2%)

3.         The Chairman confirmed that the Parish Council, in accordance with the results of the questionnaire, would strongly oppose the wind farm planning application.  The Chairman asked for suggestions from the floor to reinforce the Council’s objection to the wind farm.

3.1  Points raised from the floor

(a)  The Council was asked if they knew the results of the anemometer readings, and whether or not they showed the turbines to be a viable proposition. The Council responded that they had no knowledge of the anemometer readings.

(b)  It was reported that during the 1970s a scheme to run pylons across the Beane Valley was opposed by Harry Bott.  The focus of the argument against pylons was on the beauty of the landscape.  The question was raised as to whether or not there is documentation relating to why this scheme was refused.

(c)  It was suggested from the floor that the Stop Benington Wind Farm committee and the Parish Council, work together on the response to East Herts Council to oppose the wind farm application.  The Chairman reported that it had been proposed, representatives from the Parish Councils of Benington, Aston, Watton at Stone and Datchworth meet to discuss various points of view.  The Chairman stated that Watton at Stone are holding a Special Meeting on 14th July with reference to the wind farm. Aston have sent out a questionnaire to be completed by 29th June, and are holding a meeting on Monday, 30 June.   

(d) Carol Pomfret (co-compiler of the Parish Plan), reported that information gathered for the Parish Plan showed a very strong view for Benington to remain as it is, a rural village. Carol to provide the Council with relevant points from the Plan.

(e)  The Parish Council was asked if an expert in examining wind farm applications would be involved in looking at the application.  The Chairman responded that he and the other Councillors were all reading the application. Julian Godlee from the Stop Benington Wind Farm committee stated that he had been looking at the application very carefully, along with an expert used to looking at wind farm applications.

(f)   Concern was raised regarding the large vehicles that will be used to transport the wind turbines.  The Chairman explained the route the vehicles would take, and a discussion ensued on the disruption that would be caused during the construction process.  The road safety aspect of transportation along narrow lanes was also emphasized.

(g)  Points were made reference the building of a sub-station to generate electricity.

(h)  It was reported that the actual type of turbine to be used, had not yet been established.

(i)  Questions were raised on the health impact of the wind farm, particularly on young babies and the elderly.

(j)  Concern was expressed with reference to the distance of family housing from the turbines.  Some residents were only 600 meters from the proposed site of the turbines.

(k)  It was reported that an estimated 243 houses, would no longer be able to receive terrestrial TV through a conventional aerial.

(l)  MOD security issues were raised.  There had been no objections from the CAA with reference to radar.

(m)       The question of noise from the wind turbines was discussed.  Keith Luetchford  reported that a public environment law company in Cambridge, who deal with many wind farms, have confirmed that it is quite common to get a noise problem.  Keith agreed to write to the Parish Council with details of the company in Cambridge, and information on the noise problem.

4. Letters to East Herts Council

The Chairman reminded the meeting that letters to East Herts Council regarding the wind farm application should be sent before 3 July 2008.  However, the Chairman has received verbal notification by East Herts Council that letters received before 29 August 2008 will be considered.  The Chairman also reminded residents to not only write or email the Parish Council, but ensure their letters are sent to East Herts Planning Department.   A discussion ensued reference the content of an objection letter, and it was pointed out that the Stop Benington Wind Farm committee have circulated a leaflet containing access to information on ‘How to Write an Objection Letter’ on their website.

5.  Planning Application

The Chairman confirmed that the full planning application for the wind farm would be made available, if residents would like to have another opportunity to look at the contents.

6.  Datchworth Wind Farm Meeting

It was requested that the clerk look into the time and place of the Datchworth wind farm meeting, and pass on details to Peter Kingsnorth.

7. Noise Consultant

Cllr Shelagh Mackey asked if the Parish Council should consider employing a noise consultant to look into the problem of wind farm noise. The Chairman expressed concern as to whether it would be right for the Council to spend money on this matter. The Stop Benington Wind Farm committee to give the Parish Council an indication of cost.

8. Letter to R H Bott & Son

The Parish Council was asked to write to R H Bott & Son, requesting that they withdraw their wind farm application in view of the strength of feeling in the village against the application.  The Chairman agreed to write to R H Bott & Son.

9.  Vote of no confidence   

Ken Crofton, as a representative of the Stop Benington Wind Farm committee, proposed a vote of no confidence in Cllr Richard Bott.  Ken Crofton asked that Cllr Bott stand down from the Parish Council, as his involvement in the wind farm application meant that he was out of step with the village. A debate ensued regarding Cllr Bott’s position on the Parish Council.

A proposal was put forward from the floor of the meeting that Cllr Richard Bott resign from the Parish Council.  This was not seconded.  A show of hands, which was not counted, showed the majority of the floor in favour of Cllr Bott’s permanent removal from the Parish Council.  The Chairman agreed to write to Cllr Bott, outlining the feelings of the meeting.
           
The legalities of this situation were then brought into question.  The Chairman stated that he would need to check with Democratic Services at E.H.D.C. regarding the Parish Council’s legal position concerning this proposal, and nothing more would be done until clarification is received.

10.  Future Matters    

Concern was expressed regarding other landowners in the surrounding area erecting wind farms, if the Benington wind farm goes ahead.  Concern over the appeal process, if R H Bott & Son decided to appeal, was also expressed. The Chairman stated that a discussion on the appeal process would take place in a future meeting, should this matter arise.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 9.10 pm

 

 

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14 May, 2008, 8.00 pm
Benington School

Minutes

Present:                      H E L Jones (Chair)                Apologies:   None
                                    R H Bott
                                    K W Grundy                                             
                                    J R Presland
                                    A V Robinson
                                    S Mackey

In attendance:            P C Harrison (Clerk)    25 members of the public approx.
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1.       Minutes

The minutes of the meeting held on 05 March, 2008 were accepted as an accurate record and signed by the Chairman.

2.       Declaration of Interests :        None

3.       Roads

Circle Anglia to be informed of the following.

  • Pot holes in Blacksmiths Hill.
  • Pot holes along the road to garages in 3 Stiles.
  • Drain cover missing near the garages in 3 Stiles.

Hertfordshire Highways to be informed of the following:

  • Reported road sinking outside Finches Farm still not repaired.
  • Pot holes outside No. 90 have been repaired, but the road is

still very uneven and patchy.

4.       Planning

4.1     Decisions

The Certificate of Lawful Use or Development reference: Land at Brandsmead,
1 Whempstead Road, Benington, Herts. SG2 7BX.  East Herts Council – Certificate issued.

LPA Ref: 3/08/0239/FP/CT

Hillside Cottage, 79 Town Lane, Benington,
Herts SG2 7BT. Installation of solar panels Retrospective.
East Herts Council permission granted.

LPA Ref: 3/08/0104/FP/JS

63 & 65 Town Lane, Benington, Herts.
Construction of a cross-over and a bridge to
facilitate off-road parking. East Herts Council
permission refused.

LPA Ref: 3/07/2515/ON

Renewal of outline planning permission for
5 detached houses, Alchemist Works Site,
Whempstead Road, Benington, SG2 7BX. East Herts Council permission granted.

LPA Ref: 3/08/0429/FP/JS

75A Town Lane, Benington, SG2 7BT. Ground
floor rear kitchen and first bedroom extension.
East Herts Council permission granted.

4.3       Applications dealt with during the preceding month, but not discussed at the Parish Council Meeting.

LPA Ref: 3/08/0429/FP/JS

75A Town Lane, Benington, SG2 7BT. Ground floor rear kitchen and first bedroom extension.
BPC majority decision objecting to planning permission. 

LPA Ref: 3/08/0387/FP/SD

7 Town Lane, Benington, SG2 7LA. Extension to the rear of no 7 & proposed new building replacing dilapidated timber building. 
BPC majority  decision objecting to planning permission.

LPA Ref: 3/08/0531/FP/MC

Village Hall, Walkern Road, Benington, SG2 7LN
Demolition of timber annex and construction of extension.
BPC no objection.

 

 

5.       Recreational Facilities

5.1       Brick Building

Cllr Jan Presland asked about progress of work on the brick building.  Cllr Richard
Bott replied that he should be able to make a start on the work this month.

5.2       Pavilion

Councillors Jan Presland and Shelagh Mackey are meeting on 15 May, 2008 to discuss the pavilion.  It was reported that the football pitches will be used by one club only Stevenage Borough Girls Football Team.  This team have offered to help complete a grant form to be sent to the Football Association.  Stevenage Borough Girls have also agreed to a proviso that if there is a  Benington Football Team in the future, they will also be able to use the ground.

Three quotes have now been received for the re-building of the new pavilion.

It was reported that the portacabin has been broken into again, and somebody has offered to repair it.

5.3       Playground:   Nothing to report.

6.       School

The Headmistress, Mrs G Hollingsworth is retiring at the end of the summer term. Mrs J Munn will takeover as Acting Head.

7.       Finance

7.1        Expenditure

Approval was given for the following accounts:     


Date

To Whom Paid

Details

Total

14.05.08

St Peter’s Church

Upkeep of Churchyard and
Installation of tap.

£2,200.00

14.05.08

Frank Cooper & Son

Grass Cutting

£     49.35

14.05.08

McCash and Hay

Internal Audit

£   129.25

 

         

 

 

7.2     Annual Return

The annual return for the year ended 31 March, 2008 was approved by the council and signed at the meeting.

8.       Any other business

It was brought to the Parish Council’s attention that grass cuttings in 3 Stiles were left in the road.  It was thought that this was the responsibility of Highways, therefore the clerk  to write to Highways about this matter.

It was reported that safety fencing has been erected around the site for the new bungalows in Three Stiles.

A letter has been received from South Anglia Housing, in reply to a letter from the Parish Council regarding high rental charges for garages in Blacksmiths Hill and Three Stiles. South Anglia has agreed to review these charges, but unfortunately any changes or decisions will not come into effect until April 2009.  Mr R White, who has a garage in Blacksmiths Hill, and who has campaigned against these high rental charges, has written to South Anglia stating his dissatisfaction with this decision.  The Parish Council proposed to wait and see Mr White’s reply from South Anglia before taking further action. Cllr Presland  reported that the garages in Three Stiles were in a bad state of repair.  

The problem of drainage in Blacksmiths Hill and Three Stiles was raised. It was agreed that the Clerk should write to South Anglia, requesting a representative meet with Cllr Presland and Cllr Bott on site to discuss this situation.  The Clerk was asked to send a copy of all correspondence relating to this problem to Mrs K Jackson, Three Stiles.

The Chairman summarised the contents of a letter received on 30 April, 2008 from Three Valleys Water, regarding its Draft Water Resources Management Plan (2010-2035), which sets out how the Company will balance the supply of and demand for water over the next 25 years.   The Chairman read out the date, time and place of a number of regional presentations should a representative of the Parish Council wish to attend.  After a brief discussion, it was suggested that the letter should be copied to the Beane Valley Restoration Association with a view to one of their representatives attending a presentation.

The East Herts Rural Parish Conference is due to take place on Thursday, 29 May 2008.  The Chairman stated that he would attend, and asked if any other Councillors were able to attend the Conference. Councillors Grundy and Robinson expressed a wish to attend, time and diary commitments permitting.

The Chairman confirmed that the application for the wind farm will be going in very shortly.  The Parish Council have decided, once it is in, to circulate a questionnaire around the village.  All residents over the age of 18 are eligible to complete this questionnaire.  The Village Hall will be opened from 9 am to 12 noon on a Sunday, exact date to be arranged, for residents to deliver their completed questionnaire for counting.  The Parish Council will hold a meeting on the following Wednesday to discuss the result.  The Chairman reiterated that the Parish Council would like the residents of Benington to decide on this issue and the Parish Council would be guided by the results of the questionnaire.  It was agreed that transport would be arranged for any resident with a problem getting to the Village Hall on the Sunday in question. 

The Chairman thanked Pam Harrison, on behalf of the Parish Council, for her work on completion of her first year as Clerk.

Date of next meeting:            9 July, 2008 at 8.00 pm.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 8.15 pm.

 

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Annual Meeting of Benington Parish Council
14 May, 2008,
7.30 pm
Benington School

 Minutes

Present:                      H E L Jones (Chair)                Apologies:   None
                                    R H Bott
                                    K W Grundy                                             
                                    J R Presland
                                    A V Robinson
                                    S Mackey

In attendance:            P C Harrison (Clerk)    25 members of the public approx.
________________________________________________________________________

1.  Election of Chairman and signing of Declaration of Acceptance of Office

Lloyd Jones asked for nominations for the election of Chairman.

Ken Grundy nominated Lloyd Jones.

Richard Bott and Mrs Jan Presland seconded the motion and all present were in favour.  Lloyd Jones was duly elected and signed the declaration of acceptance of office.

2.  Election of Vice-Chairman and signing of Declaration of Acceptance of Office
       
Ken Grundy nominated Mr Richard Bott for the election of Vice-Chairman.

Mrs Jan Presland seconded the motion and all present were in favour.  Richard Bott      was duly elected and signed the declaration of acceptance of office.

3.  To fix the amount of the Chairman’s allowance in pursuance of section 15(5) of        
     the Local Government Act 1972

The Chairman’s allowance was agreed at £50.00.

4.  To fix the dates and times of ordinary meetings of the Council for the ensuing
       year

It was agreed that the ordinary Parish Council meetings would be held on the 2nd
Wednesday, every other month, throughout the year.  Dates as follows:

            9 July, 2008                 10 September, 2008                12 November, 2008

           14 January, 2009          11 March, 2009                       13 May, 2009

       These dates may be subject to change.

5.  Appointment of Representatives to other Organisations

      Benington School

      Mr Ken Grundy
      Mrs Jan Presland
      Mrs Shelagh Mackey

      Recreation Committee

      Mrs Jan Presland
      Mrs Shelagh Mackey

6.  Any other business
 
      None.

      The meeting closed at 7.45 pm.

 

   
   
   

February 2005 Report

There has not been a Parish Council meeting this month; however, there are a few items of news worth reporting.

The following planning application has been received:
The Croft, Town Lane, Benington – Listed building consent for the conversion of existing stable block to form a single dwelling.

• The schedule of works for the rebuilding of the pavilion at the recreation ground will be with the insurance assessors by the end of this month when it is hoped they will guarantee the sum assured for the rebuilding costs. There may well be a public meeting to decide how to proceed with the rebuilding, for now is surely the time to alter, enlarge, or change the building to render it more useful for the whole community.

• The second Parish Plan meeting took place on 26 January, which again was well supported, and from this meeting Carole Pomfret was elected to chair the steering committee with Michael Spicer as vice chair and Richard Reedy as treasurer. Other members of the steering committee are:

Harry Bott, Ken Grundy, Alison Wood, Sylvia Reedy, William Hill, Roger Melbourne, Bob Morcom.

Carole and Michael have already had two meetings with Susan Clarke from the Rural Enterprise Project to move the plan forward.

• The Parish Council wrote to Watton Place Clinic asking various questions concerning Oak Tree Surgery. They, in their response, admit that they are a doctor short but wish to recruit a female doctor due to patient demand, but there is a national shortage of GPs. Their answers are printed below:

  1. As you know, we are now looking after five thousand patients which is considerably more than the national average. This means that we are extremely busy and may not always arrive at the surgery promptly.
  2. GP hours have now changed to enable us to have some time with our families – like the rest of the population and in line with dentists, lawyers, accountants and other professionals. Anyone needing to see a doctor will either be off work already because they are sick or for routine matters will have to take time off.
  3. People travel from Watton to Benington if there are vacant spaces at Benington as often Benington patients do not fill the appointment slots. In the past we have had to cancel nursing sessions at Benington because of poor uptake.
  4. Our records show that very few people change from Stevenage surgeries to Watton.
    (taken from letter dated 11 January 2005, signed by Dr David Haslam)

• Several people have asked to see the written results of the Benington Housing Needs Survey. To print it in this magazine would make it rather bulky, therefore, it will be posted on the village website at www.benington-herts.co.uk as well as being available to view at Vic Robinson’s house by appointment only.

• As was mentioned in Januarys report the East of England Area Plan has reared it ugly head. Ken Grundy, representing the Parish Council, attended a meeting on this subject which was addressed by Mike Carver, Leader of East Herts District Council. Ken’s report, ‘Planning an Emotive Subject’ follows this Parish Council report.

• Also in January’s report it was stated that the new bus shelter had received many favourable comments, this obviously spurred some mindless individual or individuals, to realise that there was obviously something that had not been vandalised: it has now! Words fail me on this totally inane act of vandalism and of course once it starts the rest of the mindless flock follow. The Parish Council will of course try to restore the shelter to its former glory but there are people who know who is responsible for this, examine your conscience.

Next Parish Council Meeting 9 March 2005, 8pm at the school

   

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January 12 2005

• The following planning application has been received:
- The Croft, Town Lane, Benington – Erection of new agricultural building, storage hay and implements for maintenance of garden and field

• The year has started badly for the village with the fire at the pavilion, caused by an electrical fault, which has completely destroyed the building. The insurance assessors are due to inspect the building on 18 January.

• The football club and the youth club have lost their meeting place and moves are afoot to overcome theses problems. The youth club is moving to the Parish Hall and the Parish Council has donated £50 to them to replace vital equipment.

• The Parish Council has received a reply to its letter to Watton Place Clinic but it arrived too late for any comment to be made in this publication.

• The website for the village is up and running and can be found at www.benington-herts.co.uk

• The footpath from the Green to the school has been cut back by the Highways Partnership, so at least we know that they do exist!

• Last year the Parish Council gained planning permission to build a new bus shelter at the bottom of Stoopers Hill. It was intended to build a brick shelter with voluntary labour and donations etc. However, the number of so many favourable comments regarding the replacement shelter on the Green has prompted the Parish Council to place a replica one at the bottom of Stoopers Hill. This will not involve any increase in the precept and will serve passengers going to Stevenage.

• There is the second Parish Plan Meeting on 26 January at the Parish Hall at 8pm, when it is hoped that a chairperson, secretary and treasurer will be found. If you would like to volunteer for any of these posts please telephone me.

• There are various meetings in January and February when the leader of East Herts District Council will endeavour to explain the East of England Area Plan. Parish Councillors will be attending and reports will be made.

• The Parish Council is to pursue Stort Valley Housing Association with regards to vacant garage sites, the Rebecca bungalows opposite the shop and any other proposal it has for the village.

• The Parish Council is to strongly oppose the latest application for the proposed agricultural building with the grounds of The Croft.

• Finally if you see a missed call on your mobile phone beginning 0709 do not return the call unless you are certain who it is, otherwise it will cost you £50 per minute!

Thank you for so many people turning up to the last Parish Council meeting. It shows that people are interested in the village and makes the Parish Council’s work seem all the more worthwhile.

Next meeting – 9 March 2005, 8pm at the school.

   
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November 10 2004

• The following planning applications have been received:
- The Croft – change of use from stabling to dwelling, more detailed than original application
- Alchemy Metals – change of use from metal recycling site to residential

• Complaints have been received from residents about the use or lack of use of the surgery in Oak Tree Close and the hours it operates. The Parish Council has written to Watton Place Clinic pointing out these problems and invited the Practice to respond along with an indication for its future plans. No response has been received to date.

• The footpath from The Green to the school was also the subject of complaints and immediately after the last Parish Council meeting both householders whose gardens front the footpath, clearedtheir grass and overhanging hedges, etc., and a small parish working party cleared the leaves. On 9 December 2004 a meeting was held with Ed Fisher of the Highways partnership who has promised to cut back the encroaching soil to restore the path to its full width. He pointed out however, that the manhole covers in the bank could not be moved and therefore would protrude.

• On the subject of the above path, the Parish Council has received a letter from the owners of The Old Rectory complaining about car parking at school times, litter in the hedges along the path and generally making one or two very interesting suggestions. The letter will be passed on to the school governors.

• The Parish Council is in the process of setting up a website for Benington village. The set-up costs are very kindly being sponsored by Ernest Doe & Sons of Benington and the Parish Council would like to thank the company very much for its generosity. There will be more information about the website in the next issue of the Parish Magazine.

• The Parish Council now has an email address, beningtonparishcouncil@yahoo.co.uk.

• A very successful Benington Parish Plan Meeting was held on the 1 December 2004 at the Parish Hall where some 70 people attended. How to set up the Plan and how it works was explained by representatives of East Herts District Council and the Rural Enterprise Project. A general question and answers session followed and after the meeting refreshments were served by Friends of Benington School whom we are grateful to. Thirty people expressed their interest in becoming involved with the creation of the Plan and a meeting in January will be held for these people to take the project further. Thank you to all who attended and helped out – it all made for a worthwhile and interesting evening.

• Over the next few weeks the Parish Council will be conducting a survey to find out if residents between Stoopers Hill and the junction of Three Stiles would use a car park if it was provided.

Next Parish Council Meeting
Wednesday 12 January 2005, 8pm, at the school.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 















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