Minutes of a meeting of Milton Ernest Parish Council held on Thursday 25th September 2014 at 8.00pm in the Village Hall.

Present: Cllrs Atkinson, Dilley, Newman, Winter and Sharman, the Clerk, Mrs Sue Bottoms and three members of the public.

  1. Apologies for Absence: Cllrs Williams, Snowball and McMurdo.
  2. Declarations of interest in items on the agenda:
    1. i.            To receive written requests for a dispensation: None.
    2. ii.            To consider any requests for a dispensation: None.
  3. Minutes of the last meeting: The minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 31st July 2014 were accepted and signed by Cllr Atkinson as a true record of the meeting. The meeting then closed for Item 4.
  4. Public Open Session (15 mins):

i)        Village Hall/Planning Permission:  It was reported that the Village Hall Committee were putting in an application for a new kitchen.

ii)      Youth Club:  It was noted that the current Committee were standing down in October and new adults were needed to keep the club running.  Discussion took place as to whether a paid youth leader was a possibility.

The meeting then re-opened for item 5.

  1. Planning:

Applications Received:

i)        14/01935/LBC Queens Head, 1 Rushden Rd,  MK44 1RU. New signage and lighting to replace existing.  No objections.

ii)      14/01977/FUL 13 Arkwright Rd, MK44 1SE. Two storey side extension to form annexe.  No objections.

Applications Approved:

i)        14/01760/TELLN Land at Thurleigh Rd. Installation of DSLAM equipment cabinet.

ii)      14/01452/FUL The Old Rectory, 15 Thurleigh Rd, MK44 1RF. Installation of new 1.9m max wooden gates set back from road & 1m high post & rail fence.

iii)    14/02063/AOC 41 Rushden Rd, MK44 1RU. 14/00515/FUL – Condition2 – Tree protection measures (change of use of land from agricultural/paddock land to B8 (open storage) as an extension to an existing commercial private car park serving a local motor trade business).

  1. Village Welfare:

i)        Future of the sign at the entrance to Riverside Meadow: The Clerk reported that she had consulted with the affected residents and a majority were in favour of having a sign and preferred the green sign suggested by another resident to the existing one purchased by the Parish Council.  It was agreed that the Clerk write to the resident who had offered to pay for the replacement sign informing them that provided they were willing to meet the cost and installation of the replacement sign and were further willing to allow the adoption of the replacement sign by the Parish Council that the resident concerned could go ahead and arrange the work to be done.

Action: The Clerk

7.   New Village Welfare Issues:

i)        To agree a donation re: defibrillator training: It was agreed that the Clerk contact Cllr Snowball and establish the background to the organisation providing the training.                Action: The Clerk

ii)      To consider and agree action regarding the planting of an oak tree to commemorate the WW1: A resident had suggested riverside meadow as a possible site.  The parish councillors felt that a more central location would be preferable.  It was resolved that the parish councillors look at the village green as a possible location and report back at the next meeting.            Action: Parish Councillors

iii)    To consider a litter pick in NovemberIt was decided that the parish council would prefer an annual litter pick in the Spring.  The Clerk to contact Debbie Shrimpton at the Borough.    Action: The Clerk

iv)    Conifer removal/Garage: It was noted that the removal of the conifer in Radwell Rd had exposed a missing tile in an adjacent garage.  It was agreed that Cllr Sharman would attempt to locate the owner.  Action: Cllr Sharman

v)      Dog mess on footpaths in Radwell Road: it was agreed that residents be encouraged to forward details about possible dog owners to the Clerk who will forward to the Borough Council.

vi)    Overgrown trees on the left hand side of River Lane: it was agreed that the Clerk should report these to highways at the Borough Council.  Action: the Clerk

8.  Finance:

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

Chq No To Who For Amount (£)
404 Shaping Communities Consultancy NDP 535.55
DD BBC Salaries (July) 230.14
405 Metrosigns Riverside Meadow Sign 226.80
406 Warners Grass Cutting 582.00
407 S Bottoms Expenses 14.78
DD BBC Salaries/Office allowance Aug 410.14
DD BBC Salaries (Sept) 230.14
408 Express Monitoring Annual Charge Website 117.60
409 Warners Grass Cutting 276.00
410 BATPC Chairman’s Course 30.00
411 Tree Specific Conifer removal 190.00
412 Warners Grass Cutting 552.00
413 Wildman’s Glass Collection 264.00
414 All Saints PCC Clock and 1 edition of the Villager 1,150.00
415 S Bottoms Expenses 28.50
416 BDO Annual Audit 240.00
417 Warners Weed kill and grass cutting 516.00
418 Wildlife Trust Biodiversity map 150.00
419 R Atkinson Expenses re: NDP 72.00

ii)      It was decided: to agree payments to be made: (list above includes payments agreed at the July meeting but not listed in the minutes).  It was noted that a cheque for £943.82 had been received from the Village Fete Committee which was to be ring-fenced for the playing field.  It was agreed that the Clerk write to the Committee thanking them.    Action: the Clerk

iii)    It was decided: to agree the expenditure relating to NDP (£72 above).

iv)    It was decided: to accept the report by BDO for 2013-14.  There had been no issues arising.

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

10. Reports by Representatives:

NDP Steering Group: Cllr Atkinson summed up the contents of the minutes and discussed the recent meeting with the consultants. It was decided to accept the NDP minutes of the August which had been circulated.

Decision: to accept the minutes of the NDP Steering Group of 3rd June.

Playing Field Committee: Cllr Williams reported the basketball net and the fly tipping had been removed.  It was agreed to ask Cllr Williams if the regular checks were being done of the equipment and recorded and to put a note in the Villager asking for volunteers to join the Committee.

P3 Working Group: Nothing to report.

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

i)        Buffer zone in Thurleigh Rd: following receipt of speed data and the justification of a short length of buffer zone, it was agreed that the Clerk write to Andy Prigmore of the Borough Council agreeing to the implementation of a buffer zone.      Action: the Clerk

12.  Date of the Next Meeting: Thursday 30th October at 8.00pm in the Village Hall.


Cllr Atkinson  Chairman

30th October 2014