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									PARISH COUNCIL                                                                  Village Hall, High Street
                                                                                              Heckington
                                                                                       25th January 2010
                                                Present:
                   The Chairman of the Council (Councillor R C Higgs), in the Chair.
                               Councillor Jan Palmer (Vice Chairman).
                             Councillors T M Atkinson, A Garlick, A H Israel,
                             P J Little, P Marshall, Mrs L Mastenbroek-Andrew
                                  Mr T S Page (Clerk to the Council.)
                           District Councillors D S Ogden and D Roberts.
                                      Five members of the public.

164. WELCOME BY CHAIRMAN.

The Chairman opened the meeting and welcomed those present.

165. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors P Banister and M West and County Councillor B
Young.

166. POLICE AND PUBLIC MATTERS.

(1) Sleaford Bowls Club.
A member of the public expressed appreciation for the assistance given by District Councillor Roberts
in relation to the extension of the free parking period at the East Banks Car Park which now allows users
of the Sleaford Bowls Club to attend the Bowls Club for up to three hours without incurring parking
fees.

(2) Postal service.
Councillor Jan Palmer reported on the current failure of regular postal delivery services in the Kyme
Road, Foster Street area of the Village and the area of Heckington Fen.
RESOLVED that the Clerk be requested to write to the Post Office to draw attention to the Council’s
concern at the situation.

167. POSSIBLE CLOSURE OF BONNER HOUSE, SLEAFORD.

The Clerk submitted letters dated the 9th December 2009 –
    (1) From Lincolnshire County Council stating that –
(a) It had been agreed to undertake a formal consultation process around the future of the eight County
Council owned Care Homes in view of many having been built more than thirty years ago and needing
considerable investment in order for them to be able to offer the range of facilities which their customers
now expect; but
(b) Emphasising that they have a public commitment that if any home is to close, such would not happen
until there was a new service in place to which people could transfer; and
   (2) From North Kesteven District Council stating that –
(a) They would discuss with the County Council any proposed closure of Bonner House and that they
would be looking at any proposals to safe-guard the welfare of the existing residents and service users as
well as plans for ensuring adequate levels of care for the older population; and
(b) They had established an older persons working group made up from representatives from a range of
different service providers who, at their next meeting, would give consideration to this matter.

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168. ALCOHOL-FREE ORDER.

The Clerk submitted a letter dated the 17th December 2009 from North Kesteven District Council in
response to the request by the Parish Council for the introduction, for a central public area of the
Village, of an alcohol-free Order, that their Scrutiny Panel had agreed to keep the issue on the agenda of
their Progress Schedule.

RESOLVED that the matter be considered further at a future meeting of the Council.

169. ANNUAL MONITORING REPORT.

The Clerk submitted a letter dated the 12th January 2010 from North Kesteven District Council referring to
their Fifth Annual Monitoring Report for 2008-09 which is available to be found on their website by
searching AMR at www.n-kesteven.gov.uk

170. CODE OF CONDUCT.

(1) North Kesteven District Council.
The Clerk submitted a letter dated the 13th January 2010 from North Kesteven District Council confirming
the terms of the sanctions under the suspension of Councillor Banister and proposing that Members, and
the Clerk, be shown a DVD relating to the work of Assessment Panels and containing examples of
action which amount to breaches of the Code of Conduct.
Members considered that it would be adequate for the DVD to be forwarded to the Parish Office in order
that those Members who considered it necessary might view the DVD there.

RESOLVED that the Clerk be requested to write to the District Council to request that action.

(2) Councillor Banister.
The Clerk submitted a report by Councillor Banister giving his views on what he considered to be most
unsatisfactory proceedings at the Hearing preferentially bearing on the side of the complainant and
particularly with the submission of undisclosed advanced correspondence and the absence of an advance
invitation for him to produce character witnesses.
The Chairman referred to the standard of communications between the District Council and the Parish
Council in allegedly their being factually incorrect in lacking in correct grammar and spelling and that
he and the Vice-Chairman were awaiting a possible meeting with the Chief Executive of the District
Council in order to draw attention to their concern at such standards.

171. AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

The Chairman reported on a matter which had come to light, without proper advance notification to the
Parish Council of proposals by North Kesteven District Council to develop the open grassed area of land
in Willow Close for housing redevelopment (including affordable housing).

172. TOURISM.

District Councillor Roberts reported on proposals being considered by North Kesteven District Council
for the re-organisation of the work of their Tourism Centre to be spread more widely throughout the
District – including the extended use of Community Access Centres.



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173. MINUTES.
The minutes of the meeting of the Council held on the 30th November 2009 were signed by the
Chairman.

174. HECKINGTON AREA VOLUNTARY CAR SERVICE.

The Clerk submitted a report by Councillor Banister on the Annual General Meeting of the Heckington
Area Voluntary Car Service held on the 25th November 2009 the proceedings of which showed a very
satisfactory state of affairs with a great debt of appreciation being expressed to the volunteers involved in
such a worthwhile service.

175. HIGHWAYS SNOW CLEARANCE.

The Clerk submitted a letter from Mr G Grant of Wellington Close complaining about the state of the
footways in the Village during the recent weather of snow and suggesting the purchase of an appropriate
vehicle which could be used to spread grit/salt during the winter months.

RESOLVED that the Clerk be requested to ascertain from the highways authority whether they would
reimburse the Parish Council in the event of their purchase of such equipment.

176. LINCOLNSHIRE RAIL STRATEGY.

The Clerk submitted a letter dated the 1st December 2009 from Lincolnshire County Council referring to their
consultation (observations by e-mail to Accessibility and Policy@lincolnshire.gov.uk)” quoting the subject
Rail consultation”
Councillor Marshall reported on proposals in the Strategy, which did not include works for Heckington
Railway Station, but that it was proposed to assess each station.

RESOLVED that the Clerk be requested to write to the County Council to ask for advance notification of
any assessment inspection which they might make of Heckington Railway Station in order that
representatives of the Parish Council could meet on site to press for consideration to be given to the
upgrading of facilities there.

177. EAST MIDLANDS FIRE AND RESCUE CONTROL CENTRE.

The Clerk submitted a letter dated January 2010 from East Midlands Fire and Rescue Control Centre
Limited referring to the proposals to provide at Castle Donington, Leicestershire, an emergency call-
handing facility for the five counties, including Lincolnshire, and initially to transfer in the summer of
2011 and complete in 2012 – observations to elisabeth.reeson@notts-fire.gov.uk

178. PLANNING APPLICATIONS.

(1) Planning applications.
The Clerk submitted the following planning applications:-
         Plan No. and Applicant            Details of proposals
   (i) 09/0984/FULL                 111 High Street. Demolition of existing bungalow and erection
         Millcross Property           of a pair of semi-detached dwellings and garages.
   (ii) 09/0989/OUT                 88 High Street. Erection of dormer-style dwelling.
         Mr and Mrs Lee
    (iii) 09/0873/PNAGR             Vine Farm, Kyme Road. Erection of building for storage of crops
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        Mr E Lamb.                     and machinery.
   (iv) CA31/89                      27 High Street. Felling of Eucalyptus tree and Large Shrub tree
        Mrs Woodward
   (v) 09/1032/FULL                    April Lodge, Boston Road. Demolition of existing dwelling and
        Mr and Mrs M Robinson            construction of replacement house.
   (vi) 09/1067/S36                    Six Hundred Farm, East Heckington. Construction of Wind Energy
       Next Generation Ltd               Electricity Generating Station.
                                              www.ecotricity.co.uk – heckington.fen@ecotricity.co.uk
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The Clerk submitted a report dated the 18 January 2010 by Councillor West setting out his reasons for
his objection to the planning application.

RESOLVED
   (a) That in connection with application 09/0989/OUT objection be made to the proposals in view of
the unsuitable size and location of the site (within the conservation area) and such development being
contrary to the ambience of the area;
   (b) That in connection with application 1067/S36 objection be made to the proposals in view of the
absence of any details of specifications of any proposed constructions on the site and any report on the
results of the trial mast proposed to be erected to determine the suitability of the site; and
   (c) That no objection be made to the remaining applications.

(2) Application for discharge of conditions.
The Clerk submitted the following application for the discharge of conditions attached to the granting of
the following planning application:-
        Plan No. and Applicant               Details of proposals
     09/0801/DISCON                  6 Station Road. Change of use to hot food take-away.
        Mr F Haque

RESOLVED that objection be made to the removal of any conditions in view of the objection by the
Parish Council to the proposals which are considered to be likely to create a dangerous traffic situation at
the junction of High Street and Station Road. Resolved

(3) Refusal and Appeal.
The Clerk submitted a letter dated the 20th January 2010 from North Kesteven District Council stating that
an Appeal had been made in respect of the following application which had been refused planning
permission:-

       Plan No. and Applicant              Details of proposals
    09/0678/OUT                      42 Kyme Road. Residential development (one plot).
        Mrs Griffin.

RESOLVED that the Clerk be requested to affirm the previous objection by the Parish Council to the
proposals in view of the land to be developed being back land and because of the creation of a dangerous
traffic situation on a severe bend.

(3) The Clerk submitted notice of decisions on the following planning applications
      (a) Approvals.
        Plan No. and Applicant             Details of proposals
    (i) 09/0775/FULL                77 Sleaford Road. Erection of single-storey three bedroom annexe.
        Kismul Group Ltd.
    (ii) 09/0758/FULL               Council Chambers. Replacement of external door.
        Parish Council.

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    (iii) 09/0873/PNAGR              Vine Farm, Kyme Road. Erection of agricultural building for
        Mr E Lamb.                      storage.
     (iv) CA31/88                    15 Church Street. Removal of tree.
        Mrs Rush.
     (v) 09/0825/FULL                Winkhill, Kyme Road. Erection of free range poultry unit
         Mr E Cullen                    (revised position).
   (vi) 09/0984/FULL                 111 High Street. Demolition of bungalow and erection of pair
        Millcross Property              of semi-detached dwellings and garages.

   (b) Refusal
      Plan No. and Applicant                Details of proposals
       09/0989/OUT                   88 High Street. Erection of dwelling.
       Mr and Mrs Lee

                 (Councillor Little declared an interest in that part of Minute 178(1)
               which refers to application 09/0984/FULL, but remained in the meeting.)

179. REPORTS BY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES.

(1) The Chairman reported on meeting of the following organisations:-
Community Panel.
Swimming Pool Committee.
South of Sleaford Parishes Cluster Meeting.

RESOLVED that consideration be given at a future meeting of the Council to arrangements for the
provision of generator facilities at the Village Hall and advance publicity to be given for Preparing for
Winter activities.

(2) Playing Fields.
Councillor Marshall submitted the minutes of a meeting of the Heckington Playing Fields Management
Committee held on the 14th January 2010.

180. HECKINGTON SHOW.

The Chairman reported on a request by Heckington Show Committee to be provided with a water
supply from the Cemetery to the adjoining grass field which it was proposed to be used in connection
with the stationing of caravans during the Show.

RESOLVED that the request be granted for a trial period of one year, subject to the reimbursement of
any costs incurred by the Council.

181. DATES OF MEETINGS.

RESOLVED that the next meeting of the Council be held on the 22nd February 2010.

182. EXCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC.

RESOLVED that the public be excluded from the meeting for the consideration of the following
confidential items of business.


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