The Parish Pump

The Parish Pump is a short summary by the Clerk to the Council of the main discussion and decisions taken at the parish council meeting. It is published in the Stradbroke Monthly and available online. It is not a formal minute of the meeting. Full minutes of all meetings are held in the Library, are posted on the Notice Board and can also be found here on Stradbrokeonline

April 13th 2015

14 members of the public attended the meeting.

Public Forum: Rev Streeter announced he was compiling an entry for the Village of the Year competition

Chairman's Report:
A letter was read out by the chairman concerning important rulings and disciplinary action regarding a parish councillor. Due to the restrictions of purdah we are unable to publish a report in this edition but a full and detailed account will be issued in next month's parish pump.

Planning (further details can be obtained from the Clerk):
Applications for consideration:
4005/14 erection of 54 dwellings together with associated garages, hardstanding, drainage and infrastructure including new accesses Grove Farm, Queen Street.
Prior to discussion the meeting was closed and comments were invited from the floor. The only point made was that a safe crossing point on Queens Street was needed without resorting to urbanisation of the village. The application was discussed at length and four letters were read out. Approval of the application was proposed and seconded; 6 members voted in favour, 5 against and there was one abstention
4006/14 works in order to form two barn conversions Grove Farm, Queen Street
The Council reiterated its previous recommendation of approval
0748/15 erection of one and a half storey new dwelling with detached double garage and construction of footbridge- Land at White Hart, Church Street. The application addressed previous concerns and approval was recommended unanimously

0939/15 installation of solar photo voltaic panels on outbuilding within the curtilage of a listed building.Brooklands Barn, Mill Lane. Approval recommended unanimously.

Other Business:
Library & Couthouse: processing of the results of the consultation on Post Office opening hours continued.
Neighbourhood Plan: the Housing Needs Survey had been evaluated and had resulted in a recommendation for 12 affordable homes for Stradbroke. Further details on stradbrokeonline.org.uk. The various work streams were undertaking research to form the Neighbourhood Plan.
Police Report: since the last meeting there had been 7 crimes: 2 x criminal damage (investigated and concluded); 1 x theft (investigated); 1 x attempted burglary (ongoing) and three crimes that could not be reported as information was not deemed to be in the public interest. PCSO Kane Martin stressed vigilance over postal, telephone and email scams: never divulge your bank details or pin numbers. PCC Tim Passmore would be holding a series of meetings inviting the public to ask questions on Suffolk's policing. The Temporary Chief Constable would also be in attendance. The Mid Suffolk meeting would be held in Eye Community Centre on Wednesday 13 May 2015 commencing at 18.30hrs.
End of Term Reports
Councillor Stuart Gemmill was not standing for election to the District Council in May and so this was his last meeting in that capacity. He thanked the Parish Council for its support and cooperation throughout his 24 years representing Stradbroke.

The Chairman thanked Members for all their hard work over the, at times lively, past four years. He was pleased that so many people had put their names forward for election and wished them all well.