Suffolk Village of the Year 2023

Parish Council Meeting

April 26, 2018 @ 19:30
Cockfield Village Hall

Members of the Council:

You are hereby summoned to an Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council which will be held in the Village Hall on Thursday 26 April 2018 at 7.30pm for the purpose of transacting the business below.

Members of the public: are welcome to attend and may address the Council, following item four on the agenda, when the meeting is adjourned.

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1.         To receive any apologies for absence.

2.         To receive, from Members, any declarations of interest in items on the agenda in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct.

3.         To approve the minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council held on 29 March 2018.

4.         ‘Assets of Community Value’/’Community Right to Bid’ Scheme:
Discussion and Questions with Stef Osbourne, Babergh District Council
To review the process and to consider any village assets which the Council might wish to pursue under the scheme.

5.         Adjournment for:
5.1      County Councillor’s report.

5.2       District Councillor’s report.

5.3       Public comment and/or questions.

6.         Planning:

6.1       To note applications received which have been referred to the Planning Consultation Group:

DC/18/01406 – The Threshing Floor, Great Green – erection of two dwellings; and

DC/18/01312 – 4 Windsor Green – erection of two-story rear extension; and erection of front entrance porch.

6.2       To note any applications considered the deadlines for which were in advance of this meeting including:

DC/18/01014 – agricultural building opposite Mill House, Bury Road –  creation of new vehicular access. Council had no objection;

DC/18/01213 – The Abbey, Bury Road – erection of three detached  dwellings and enlargement of an existing vehicular access. Council supported the application on the basis of the type, mix and design of the proposed development, the inclusion of an affordable bungalow and  sufficient off-street parking;
DC/18/01292 – Chapel Cottage, Chapel Road – change of use of arable  land to the rear of Chapel Cottage (formerly Panells) to residential garden (to serve Chapel Cottage). Council had no objection; and

DC/17/05302 – The Croft, Windsor Green – erection of one and a half- storey front extension, single-storey rear extension, insertion of new dormer  to front elevation, detached garage/carport and formation of new vehicular access. The Council was concerned that a non-material amendment proposed was not consistent with the character of the surrounding area.

6.3       To note any Babergh DC planning permissions/refusals received including:

DC/18/00520 – granted – Chapel Road, Green Lane – erection of two semi-detached dwellings.

7.         Finance:
7.1       To receive a financial statement and report, including the final position  with the 2017-2018 Council budget.
7.2       To authorise payments as presented and to note income received.
7.3       To confirm the updated budget for 2018-2019.

8.         General Data Protection Regulation:

To consider the steps necessary to implement and comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (effective 25 May) and to take action as appropriate.

9.         Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL):
To receive clarification on the scope and use of the CIL.

10.       Dukes Meadow:
To consider options for how the Council might wish to deal with the future of the land currently owned by Babergh District Council:
(a) To manage the land on behalf of Babergh District Council through a service level agreement;
(b) To manage the land through a lease or license arrangement; or
(c) To have the land transferred to the Parish Council which would then be responsible for its management.
11.       Defibrillator:

To receive a recommendation, with costs, for the acquisition of a defibrillator.

12.       Telephone Kiosks:

To review the situation with regard to a volunteer to undertake the painting of the kiosks and to consider uses to which they might be put.

13.       Cross Green:

To receive a recommendation, with costs, for work to protect the Green.

14.       Litter-Picking:

Given the withdrawal of dedicated support from Babergh District Council to purchase the necessary kit to enable the Parish Council to take ownership of and provide for the annual litter-pick in the village.


15.      Village Hall Sound System:

To receive information on a proposed system for the Hall, to consider funding options and to take action as appropriate.

16.       Council Meetings:

To review the structure of meetings and how best to deal with both project/initiative reports and those reports of a regular, on-going nature.

17.     Correspondence:
To consider the list of correspondence received and to take action as appropriate.
18.       Working Groups, Representatives to External Bodies, Officers and Portfolio-Holders:

To receive reports from working groups and to take action as appropriate.

18.1    Local Needs Housing/Mackenzie Place Development – Cllr Morley

18.2    Greens Management – Cllr Brinkley

18.3    Pavilion Management – Cllr Southgate

To receive reports from representatives to external bodies and to take action as appropriate, particularly:

18.4    Suffolk Association of Local Councils (SALC) – Cllr Cutting-Keyton

18.5    Emergency Services – Cllr Cutting-Keyton

To receive reports from Council officers and to take action as appropriate, particularly:

18.6    Emergencies – Cllr Morgan

18.7    Highways – Cllr Cutting-Keyton

18.8    Tree Warden – Cllr Morley
To receive reports from Council portfolio-holders and to take action as  appropriate, particularly:

18.9    Earl’s Meadow – Cllr Williams

18.10 Cemetery – Cllr Turner

18.11  Parish Paths – Cllr Turner

18.12  Glebe Land – Cllr Morley

18.13  Play Equipment – Cllr Southgate

18.14  Village Hall Car Park – Cllr Morley

19.       Matters to be brought to the attention of the Council either for information or   for inclusion on the agenda of a future Ordinary Meeting.

20.       Next Meeting:
To note that the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council is scheduled for Thursday 31 May in the Village Hall beginning at 7.30pm.

Parish Clerk: Doug Reed, Proper Officer of the Council

Address:        Second Thoughts, Church Road, Elmswell IP30 9DY

Tel:                 07843850018

Published:     20 April 2018

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