11th April 2016

A working party will be at the cemetery on 8th May from 10am to carry out a tidy up, any members of the public who wish to come along and help are more than welcome to turn up on the day.

5 members of the public attended the meeting.   

Public forum: A member of the public addressed the council and offered to sponsor a bench on the playing field.  Councillors thanked him for his generous offer.

Planning Applications supported:
1039/16 Havensfield Farm, Fressingfield Road IP13 8EN – erection of extension to cattle building (retrospective)
0205/16 Stradbroke Farm Barn, Laxfield Road IP21 5NL – installation of 4no. roof lights
0683/16 Penny Cottage, Pixey Green, IP21 5NH – a revised application was received with a slight change in the size. 

Results of planning applications considered by MSDC since the PC last met:
0552/16 62 Westhall IP21 5HP: Refused by MSDC
0683/16  Penny Cottage, Pixey Green, IP21 5NH: Revised app. Received above
0645/16 Chestnut House, Wilby Road IP21 5JP: No update at time of meeting
Further details on planning can be obtained from the Clerk.

Finance: the accounts for year ended 31st March 2016 were approved together with a new reserve schedule for the coming year.

Highways working party:  Councillors discussed how to progress the improvements to traffic/parking within the village.  It was proposed that the VAS sign should be progressed immediately, this was agreed unanimously.

Clerk’s report:
The Clerk informed Councillors that the AGM for the Parish Council will take place prior to the start of usual business in May. 

The Clerk has received two offers to sponsor benches at the playing field. Locations will need to be identified together with a decision for the surface they are to stand on.  This will be added to the agenda for the May meeting. Councillors expressed their thanks for these generous offers.

The Clerk has received two complaints about potholes in Doctors Lane and has reported them using Fix My Street – this is an online reporting tool that anyone can use to report highways issues. Suffolk County Council have since replied that these potholes are not considered large enough to cause a problem but they will be monitored.

Update from County and District Councillors:
Cllr Flatman addressed the meeting and updated the Parish Council on the following areas:
Cllr Flatman’s congratulated the council on the Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire
Grove Farm S106 has been granted and is with the owner’s solicitor.

Cllr McGregor addressed the meeting and updated the Parish Council on the following areas:
Cllr McGregor confirmed that his department will be able to contribute to the VAS sign
Congratulations were passed to Maureen John for her interview on the Today programme on Radio 4.
The county council are looking at long term fixes for potholes rather than short term hole filling.
Fire & Rescue consultation period is over and is being reviewed.
Trading Standards within Norfolk and Suffolk have been combined into one department
Broadband discussions still ongoing
Cllr McGregor will chase up the white lines at the junction of Queens Street and Church Street.

Members of the public and press are very welcome to attend meetings of the Parish Council and to bring matters of concern or information to the attention to Members in the time allocated to the Public Forum.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held in the Community Centre at 7.30pm on Monday, 9th May 2016.