Minutes of the Meeting of Milton Ernest Parish Council held on Thursday 25th February 2016 at 8.00pm in the Village Hall

Present: Cllrs Dilley (Chairman), Williams, Reddington, Newman, Winter, Snowball and Sharman, the Clerk (Sue Bottoms), Borough Councillor McMurdo and 3 members of the public.

  1. Apologies for Absence: None.
  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. To approve the minutes of the meeting held on the 28th January  2016: These were signed as a true record of the meeting.
  4. Public Open Session (15 mins):

i)        Marsh Lane: A resident reported a car business being carried on from the garage by a relative of a person who had recently passed away. This was causing congestion in the road.  The parish council agreed to investigate if he had permission to do so.

ii)      State of the footpath in Marsh Lane: This had already been raised with the Borough Council by Cllr McMurdo.

iii)    Walking along the river at Milton Ernest: a resident complained that unlike further up the river it was not possible to walk along the edge because of the state of it.  Cllr Dilley noted the fact that it was private land but that as part of the NDP process this would be considered.

iv)    Thurleigh Road/HGV Weight Limit Sign: the Borough Council had already told the parish council that it was not possible to change the angle of the sign.  Cllr McMurdo agreed to investigate further.  Action:  Cllr McMurdo

v)      HGV use of Thurleigh Road: This was getting worse and increasingly dangerous.  Cllr McMurdo said that the possibility of ANPR or average speed cameras were not an option not because of the capital cost but ongoing maintenance.  One option was a dummy camera at a cost of £1000 possibly funded from ward funding.  Cllr Dilley said that it was an enforcement matter and possibly Operation Salcoats would help here.  Cllr McMurdo reported that the Borough Council had liaised with the police but he had now contacted the police directly and having received an inadequate response had contacted the Chief Officer in the Control Room.

  1. Planning:

Applications Received:

16/00324/FUL 22 Riverside View, MK44 1SG. Single storey side extension.  The parish council had no objections.

Applications Approved by Bedford Borough Council:

14/02942/FUL 28 Huntsmans Way, MK44 1SA. Single storey front extension.

6. Village Welfare: To consider and agree action regarding the following:

i)        To receive an update re: NGV vehicles/Thurleigh Road: see above under 4v.

ii)      To receive an update re: narrow footpath Church Walk/Flewton End: It was agreed that Cllr McMurdo and Cllr Reddington would take another walk around the village to look at the state of the paths.  Action:  Cllrs McMurdo and Reddington.

iii)    Gate/Huntsman’s Way: The Clerk had written to Ian Rudge. She had also heard from the media officer at Bedfordia who would follow up our letter regarding a contribution to the play area safety surface.

iv)    To receive an update regarding the intended purchase of land in Huntsmans Way: Cllr Dilley reported that he had been informed by Geoff Atkinson that the Crown Solicitors had recognised the consultation undertaken by the parish council as valid and true.  He was now waiting for a figure from the Crown Solicitors for the purchase of the land and additional expenses.

v)      To consider and agree the new contractor for the Grass Cutting Contract for 2016-18: It was agreed based on the price and also experience of being the current contractor to give the contract to Warners.  Clerk to arrange contract for signing.  Action: the Clerk.

7.  New Village Welfare Issues:

i)        To receive an update re: Operation Salcoats: Cllr Snowball reported attending Maulden to see it in operation.  He had received apologies that the parish council had not been invited but there was willingness to provide a personal briefing if required. The aim was to make rural policing visible again.  There would be parish constables recruited which were similar to special constables ie with arresting rights. There were 250 specials currently and the aim was to double the number.  The aim would be for 10 parish constables based in Riseley.  He discussed Speedwatch and said that this could be used in Thurleigh Road and Streetwatch in which volunteers in high-vis jackets patrolled the streets in pairs.

8.  Finance:

i)        Decision: to accept the monthly reconciliation presentation: It was agreed to accept this.

ii)      Decision: to agree payments to be made: It was agreed to accept these (See below).

iii)    Decision: To formally confirm the Grant Application Form and Criteria: This was agreed and it was further agreed to send a copy to the Milton Ernest Lower School for completion.  She would also arrange to put it on the website.  Action: the Clerk.

iv)    Decision: To consider and agree action regarding a request for funding for equipment for the local Community First Responders: A copy of the completed grant application form was circulated.  It was agreed to give £250.  The Clerk would contact the applicant.   Action: The Clerk.


Cheque No Who To Cost (£) VAT (£) Amount (£)
DD BBC Salaries – Feb 293.33 293.33
503 S Dilley NDP Room hire 20.00 20.00
504 CPRE Subs 36.00 36.00
505 Warners Cut off Marsh Lane 325.00 65.00 390.00
506 Groundwork UK NDP Grant 3,042.50 3,042.50
507 S Dilley NDP Room Hire 40.00 40.00

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

10.  Reports by Representatives:-

i.  NDP Steering Group: Cllr Dilley reported that Groundwork UK had requested the remaining grant monies be returned.  The next NDP meeting was the following week at which the sites submitted in the Call for Sites by the Borough Council would be checked against the Borough criteria.  Three members of the Steering Group would be attending the briefing at the Borough Council on the 7th March.  They will be looking at what needs to be in the NDP to be accepted by the Borough Council.

ii. Playing Field Committee: Cllr Williams reported that a number of maintenance issues had been undertaken and planned.  She was continuing to look at funding possibilities for replacing the surface included The Lottery Fund, Bedfordia and Ward funding.

11. Review of Actions Summary from Last Meeting:

12. Date of the Next Meeting: Thursday 31st March 2016 at 8pm in the Village Hall.    

…………………………………………………………………………………….  Chairman  31st March 2016