Report to Gedney Parish Council
7 Dawesmere Bank, Dawsmere
This is one of a number of private properties across the district which are being allowed by their
owners to fall into disrepair or whose gardens are unkempt and therefore a haven for wildlife
I have discussed the policy with Paul Jackson, the planning manager, and he has advised that if the
owner can be traced, he will arrange for a visit by one of the council’s planning officers to discuss the
condition of the property and if that does not achieve the desired improvement will arrange for the
service of a notice under the Town & Country Planning Acts requiring that the environmental
nuisance is dealt with. If that is ignored, an order enforcing the notice and awarding a fine for non-
compliance can be sought from the magistrates’ court.
However, the key is establishing the identity of the owner so that a meeting with a council planning
officer can be arranged.
This problem is therefore on hold as far as SHDC is concerned until the owner can be traced. Any
help which the parish council is able to give would be appreciated.
The Mill House, Mill and Outbuildings at Gedney Dyke
Following the death of the owner “Buster” Barns, the site has passed into the hands of his executors,
and it believed that his son Stephen Barns is the beneficiary.
The estate has sold the Mill House. I visited the site with Tony Harper the council’s enforcement
officer and we met the new owners and discussed their intentions with regard to the property. They
advised that they intended to restore the house for residential use and would then sell it on. The
first step is to replace the roof and ensure that the walls are secure.
They are in discussion with the SHDC Planning Department and will need listed building consent for
any alterations. The buildings including the wall alongside the road are Grade 2 listed. Therefore
the breach made in the wall could be regarded as a breach of planning legislation.
A major concern is the tree directly in front of the house which is overhanging the front roof. The
new owners consider that they should either remove the tree or have it substantially cut back by a
I have discussed the position with the council’s tree officer ; Diane Fairclough and she will visit the
site to assess the situation. She has already made the point that the removal of the tree would:
1. Significantly alter the street scene, and the Parish Council may wish to comment to her
2. That because of the water drawn from the ground by the tree, its removal might well
destabilise the front of the house.
The new owners have not bought the Mill or the remaining land which amounts to several acres
with a number of outbuildings.
The mill deserves to be restored and put to a new use. It may well be that local charities interested
in mill restoration may be interested to discuss with Gedney Dyke residents ways of restoring the
mill as a mill or as a restaurant.
My discussions with the planning department indicate that they would look favourably on proposals
to build homes on part of the site, the sale proceeds of which could be used to fund the mill
restoration and conversion. Again if the parish council would like to prepare a note of its
preferences and send that to Paul Jackson, it would be appreciated and would advise any future
discussions with the estate executors or Stephen Barns.
The Chequers, Gedney Dyke
As the parish council members will be aware the public house has been bought and is currently
undergoing renovation and conversion to provide a new restaurant. Thus the parish council’s efforts
have been rewarded.
Apart from the above local issues, the Council has merged five backroom services with East Lindsey
District Council. It is developing joint working on the Local Development Framework with Boston
Borough Council and the County Council. Joint procurement is being organised by “Procurement
Lincolnshire” and involves the other District Councils in Lincolnshire, the County Council, Lincoln City
Council and Boston Borough Council.
South Holland District Council is sharing its chief executive with Breckland District Council in Norfolk.
This may or may not develop into a system of merged services.
Merged services are the preferred method of reducing costs to the Council Taxpayer of needed
services. It does not involve frontline services. Thus waste and refuse collection will remain in the
hands of SHDC.
Substantial cuts to the Council’s budget have been notified as necessary as a result of the
government’s Comprehensive Spending Review.
Maintenance of Sea Defences, Flood Protection and the condition of the road infrastructure, remain
matters of major concern, but are all matters with regard to which the District Council can only
speak on behalf of residents but has neither direct responsibility nor a budget.