Minutes of a meeting of Milton Ernest Parish Council held on Thursday 27th November 2014 at 8.00pm in the Village Hall.

Present: Cllrs Atkinson, Dilley, Newman, Winter, Williams, Snowball, the Clerk, Mrs Sue Bottoms and 15 members of the public.

  1. Apologies for Absence: Cllrs Sharman, McMurdo.
  2. 2. Declarations of interest in items on the agenda:
    1. To receive written requests for a dispensation: None.

ii.  To consider any requests for a dispensation: None.

  1. Minutes of the last meeting: The minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 30th October 2014 were accepted with an amendment regarding the amount of grant that was being applied for under 8 vii.  The meeting then closed for Item 4.
  2. 4. Public Open Session (15 mins):

Residents had attended the meeting to register their objections to the application by Majesticare regarding land at Milton Ernest Hall.  Discussion took place regarding suggested inconsistencies regarding boundaries and ownership issues.  A resident suggested there had been an earlier application regarding the Hall and would attempt to identify it and pass details to the Parish Council.

The meeting then re-opened for item 5.

  1. 5. Planning:

Applications Received:

14/02261/S73WM Oakley Little Wood, Twinwood Road, Clapham. Variation of conditions, 2, 7 and 10 of planning permission 12/00591 to allow an increase in the annual throughput of food waste from 35,000tpa to 40,000tpa, amendment to the approved floodlighting/CCTV scheme and extension time period for deliveries until 18:00 Monday – Friday.  No objections.

14/02779/FUL The Beaver Woodchip Co Radwell Road, Milton Ernest MK44 1RY Change of use of lane to B2 (general industrial) with B1 (business) uses, and extension of existing building, hardstanding, landscaping and associated works.  No objections.

Applications Approved:  none.

Other: To receive an update regarding a response re: Milton Ernest Nursing Home proposal. Cllr Atkinson read out the objection letter sent to Majesticare.  She explained that it had been decided to send a brief explanation for the objection at this stage.

  1. Village Welfare:

i)        Bulb Planting along the A6: It was resolved to thank Chris Lewis for purchasing and planting additional bulbs.

ii)      To receive an update on the Christmas Evening: The Clerk reported that she had applied for a temporary license.  Cllr Newman gave out lists of tasks to be undertaken and flyers for delivery. Neil Roy would be doing a raffle. It was resolved that Cllr Snowball purchase 480 lights at a cost of £55.  If this was not enough, he was to purchase an additional set.  Action: Cllr Snowball

iii)    To agree action regarding a 20mph buffer for Thurleigh Road and Radwell Road: It was resolved that the Clerk should write to Andy Prigmore at the Borough Council requesting this.              Action: The Clerk

iv)    To agree action re: maintenance of benches in Marsh Lane, Radwell Road and the A6: It was resolved that the Clerk should seek quotes with the intention that the work be done in Spring.                     Action: The Clerk

  1. 7. New Village Welfare Issues:

i)        Bottlebank at ME Garden Centre: It was resolved that Cllr Williams would suggest the wording and Cllr Atkinson would discuss with the Garden Centre.  In essence the suggestion was to locate a sign informing the public that the bottlebank was not the responsibility of the Garden Centre and should it be found full to report using the number on the side. Action: Cllrs Williams and Atkinson

ii)      Oak Tree/Village Green: It was resolved that the issue of a plaque would be placed on the January agenda.                 Action: The Clerk

iii)    Tree adjacent to the footpath/garages Huntsman’s Way: Cllr Dilley agreed to inspect and lop back if necessary. Action: Cllr Dilley

iv)    Dog Fouling/Radwell Road and Huntsman’s Way: It was resolved that the Clerk should report this again to the Borough Council. Action: The Clerk

v)      Anti-Social Issues in Church Green/Marsh Lane: a request had been made for the street lighting to be kept on overnight.  It was resolved that the PCSO be asked for further information as requesting the street lighting be kept on would involve a change of policy.  Action: The Clerk

8.  Finance:

i)        It was decided: to accept the monthly reconciliation presentation.

Cheque No To Whom For Amount (£)
DD BBC Salaries 230.14
424 Maroon Planning NDP Consultancy 159.00
425 Deepdale Trees Ltd Oak Tree 270.00
426 Warners Grass Cutting 14/11 276.00
427 Wildmans Glass Collection 66.00
428 S Bottoms Expenses 25.04
429 S Bottoms Expenses 10.40
430 M Towler Riverside Cut 528.00
431 Rosetta Publishing Neighbourhood Watch 82.00
433 R Atkinson Wreath/NDP room hire 57.50

ii)      It was decided: to agree payments to be made.

iii)    To consider the proposed budget for 2015-16: It was resolved that Cllr Williams would ascertain the tax base and the current charges per household.  The final budget and precept figure to be agreed at the January meeting.  The Clerk would request an extension from the Borough Council.  Action: Cllr Williams and the Clerk.

9.   To receive E-mailed questions from members of the public and to agree action: None.

10. Reports by Representatives:

NDP Steering Group: Cllr Dilley reported that a meeting had taken place.  He and the Vice Chairman had swopped roles. It had been agreed to continue with the current timeline of the NDP.  The aims and objectives of the Group had been put on the website.  The next area to be worked on was the questionnaire.  The next meeting was to be Tuesday 2nd December.

Playing Field Committee: Changes were being made to the Terms of Reference with regards composition and voting rights of members.  The latest would be circulated for agreement at the next PC meeting in January.

P3 Working Group: Nothing to report.

11.  Dates for 2015: 29th Jan, 26th Feb, 26th March, 30th April, Monday 18th May ( APM              and  Annual Meeting of the PC), 25th June, 30th July, 24th September, 29th October, 26th November.

12.  Review of Actions Summary from Last Meeting: This was reviewed.

13. Date of the Next Meeting: Thursday 29th January 2015, 8.00pm, Village Hall. 


Cllr Atkinson,  Chairman     29th January 2015