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

MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL 12th September 2016

Planning Applications rejected:
3408/16 Queen's Head Inn, Queens Street IP21 5HG – replacement signage. Councillors discussed the proposed sign and change of name in depth. Councillors voted unanimously not to support this application as they felt strongly that the name Queens Head should be preserved in connection with this historic building.
Other Planning matters:
3074/16 Cushion Farm Barn IP21 5JJ – no plans were available to review. Comments were passed to Planning.
2681/16 Chestnut House – application withdrawn
There were no further updates on outstanding planning applications.

Improvements to Playparks – Ellie Wharton and Oliver Last updated the meeting on the progress of the replacement of the play equipment in both play parks.
• An open day is scheduled for 22nd October 2016 for villagers to view and vote on their preferred equipment.
• The application to Tesco has been unsuccessful but a further application will be submitted.
• Local companies have promised support and this will be reported once finalised.
• The Stradbroke All Stars have also pledged £1800, the Councillors expressed their thanks for this.
• Ellie Wharton has set up a fundraising group within the village and they have already raised in excess of £900 with a number of other fundraising activities taking place over the coming months; family disco, bake sale and a village calendar. BBC Radio Suffolk came along to interview villagers to help raise the profile of the fundraising for the play equipment.
• Councillors were asked to consider how much the Parish Council could contribute to this. Councillors voted unanimously to reserve at least £15,000.

Other
• Westhall – the new goal posts have been installed and the broken slat replaced. New toddler swings are on order.
• Councillors reviewed and approved Risk Assessment Policy and associated documentation.
• A new schedule of grass cutting was agreed.
• Councillors agreed to investigate the possibility of placing a defibrillator cabinet in the phone box. The cost would be approximately £600 plus installation. The Clerk will also investigate the cost of an emergency phone.
• SCC carried out an inspection of the pavement but could find no noticeable hazard.
• A schedule of works will be completed for quotes to repair the brick work on the Chapel at the cemetery.
• The Stradbroke Charitable Trust reported on works being carried out at the Drs surgery.
• Due to damage to a lock being a health and safety risk the Clerk will be solely responsible for placing items in the noticeboard. Posters can be left in the library and will be added (space permitting).

Report received from Cllr Flatman
Cllr Flatman reminded Councillors of the outstanding S106 money available as follows:
Community Centre £27,907.37
Sports facilities/pitches £997.29 (Councillors noted this could not be used for equipment)
Dementia friendly film screenings are being offered at the Regal in Stowmarket and other groups offering help for carers of people with dementia are being established.
Councillors raised concerns with Cllr Flatman concerning the recent planning decision made in connection with the Queens Head Inn. Cllr Flatman will raise these.

Parish Council drop in clinic
The Clerk will be working out of the library on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 2.15pm till 3.15pm. Members of the public are welcome to come along to raise any concerns they may have. If available Parish Councillors may also be present. The first session will be on Tuesday, 18th October @2.15pm in the library.