6th September 2005
58. Cllr Sherri Green – Dinsdale Road Public Conveniences. The Chairman welcomed Cllr Sherri Green, Suffolk
Coastal District Council and Mr Richard Vest, Suffolk Coastal Services Limited, who were present to address
members on the situation facing Dinsdale Road Public Conveniences. Mr Vest re-iterated the reasons why SCDC
were considering no longer providing Public Conveniences in certain locations in Suffolk Coastal. The Dinsdale
Road facilities were on that list. He explained the methodology behind the decision and responded to the many
questions put by members as to the validity of the “marking system” used that condemned Dinsdale to be
demolished. In the discussion that followed members raised some very good points and put forward very strong
arguments for retaining some sort of facility in the area currently served by the Dinsdale WCs. Cllr Green explained
that SCDC were willing to give £18,000 to Leiston TC in part funding of a new facility on the site but would then
expect Leiston to “own” it. This was made up of the £8,000 SCDC had put aside to demolish the WCs and £10,000
earmarked for an upgrade to Sizewell Road WCs. Mr Vest explained that this would not be detrimental to the future
condition of Sizewell Road WCs as he would set aside more funds in the future to achieve the upgrade. Members
were rather surprised at this offer and were not immediately inclined to consider a proposition which put much more
pressure on the Town Precept than would be the case if SCDC actually tailored their Council Tax to keep the toilets
open themselves. In fact members felt that it was the moral duty of the District Council to provide WCs even though
it was not a statutory duty. After some time the Chairman explained that he thought that nothing would be achieved
by further discussion without some considered reflection on what had been already said. It was agreed that the Clerk
would contact Mr Vest and Cllr Green with a view to them meeting a small working party to continue discussions
on the future of the site – in particular the timescales of any decision. Mr Briggs asked a question from the floor
about how long the closure of the WCs had been planned before it was discussed and decided at Cabinet. It appeared
that although various District Councillors were aware of Public Toilets coming under scrutiny as a general item
none of them were aware that WCs in their wards were earmarked for closure until it was announced at Cabinet.
This just emphasised members concerns, made earlier in the meeting, that there had been very little, in fact no
consultation before the event. It was felt imperative for SCDC to delay closure to allow proper considered
consultation to take place.
59. Police Report. The Chairman welcomed Sergeant Guppy, Suffolk Constabulary, who addressed the meeting with a
short report on criminal activity over the summer. There had been 50 crimes over the summer period which was a
substantial decrease compared to a similar period last year when there had been 68. There was even a rise in
detection rate. Sgt Guppy explained how the new Drinking Bye-Law would work in the town and informed
members that Op EUBANK was still ongoing to counter anti social use of motor vehicles.
60. District Report. Cllr Hawkins informed members that since the District Council had refused the Planning
Application put in for 7 Kitchener Road this had now been taken to appeal by the developer.
During the above reports, the time reaching 7.30pm, it was proposed by Cllr Huxley, seconded by Cllr Hawkins and
agreed that Standing Orders be suspended to allow the reports to be completed.
At a meeting of the LEISTON-cum-SIZEWELL TOWN COUNCIL
held in the COMMUNITY CENTRE, King Georges Avenue, Leiston, on TUESDAY,
6th SEPTEMBER 2005, at 7:59p.m.
Councillor W. H Howard (in the chair)
Councillor D. E. Bailey
Councillor B. A. Barnes
Councillor J. L. Geater
Councillor C.S. Ginger
Councillor Mrs J. I. Girling
Councillor T. J. Hawkins
Councillor T. E. Hodgson
Councillor F. R. Huxley
Councillor Mrs D. Y. May
Councillor Mrs A.V. Nunn
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61. Minutes. It was proposed by Cllr Huxley, seconded by Cllr Hawkins and agreed that the minutes of the meeting
held on 5th July 2005 be signed as a true record. The Clerk had already corrected an omission that now detailed Cllr
Ginger as declaring an interest in minute 54b.
62. Apologies. Apologies were received on behalf of Cllr Mrs Geater, Cllr Mr Nunn and Cllr Blowers.
63. Chairman’s Communications. The Chairman reported details of recent engagements he had attended including the
AGM of the Ipswich Alzheimers Society, a presentation of the work carried out by the Elizabeth Finn Trust and a
celebration to mark the completion of the new tower at Bury St Edmunds Cathedral. He had also attended a Sizewell
residents meeting at which he had heard how there was increasing concern about the presence of armed officers
patrolling along the beach. It was felt that children shouldn’t have to be exposed to such a sight and it was agreed to
hold a further meeting to take that particular matter further. Other events attended included a birthday celebration for
the Volunteer Centre and a packed public meeting to discuss the proposed closure of 16 beds at Aldeburgh Hospital.
64. Sizewell Stakeholder Group – Agenda for 9th September. Members noted the Agenda for the forthcoming
meeting and gave their representatives, Cllr Andrew Nunn and the Clerk, a good steer on how to vote on the various
issues that might require one.
65. Footpath 12. The Clerk informed members that, although he had not received any written confirmation, he had
spoken with Mr Pearse (East Area Highways Manager) who was investigating the best way ahead for this path.
66. Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership. Members noted the minutes from the meeting of the 20 th July.
67. Community Centre Management Committee. Members noted the minutes of the Management Committee
meeting held on 26th July. There were various discussions on the items raised with the following outcomes;
a) That £2,000 be put into the estimates for 2006/2007 for the roof reserve rather than the £1,000 a year
currently being set aside.
b) That the Clerk investigates upgrading the current toilets before considering a new facility.
c) That the Clerk writes to County Cllr Ward to request help from his locality budget to buy new window
blinds for the two Fire Doors.
d) That the Clerk get costs for and ask County Cllr Ward for help in purchasing 12 new light fittings for the
ceiling of the Centre.
e) That the Clerk get a report and a quote for altering the counter in a manner which might be acceptable to all
68. Highways Working Party. Members noted the minutes from the Highways Working Party meeting held on 27 th
July. They were particularly concerned at the apparent about face with regard to the priority put on rural footways by
the County Council. It was discussed as to whether to ask Cllr Guy McGregor to come and talk to members or not
about the new priorities and how rural footways might now be able to be accommodated within them. It was
eventually agreed not to. It was agreed however, after a proposition from Cllr Huxley and seconded by Cllr Ginger,
for the Clerk to write to Mr Lord at the County Council to request that a speed limit be introduced in the vicinity of
the Household Waste Site in Lovers Lane.
69. Road Safety Quiz. Cllr Girling updated members on how the arrangements were progressing for the Road Safety
Quiz scheduled for 12 October. Inspector Bradford had agreed to open the evening, Guy Pearse had agreed to present
the prizes and news was awaited as to whether Mr Flintoff would be the question master or whether Cllr Huxley
would be press ganged into the seat once more! Miss Oliver was competition secretary again and Mr Taylor would
be the adjudicator.
70. Skatepark. The Clerk informed members of a minor setback with the construction of the base of the park and
explained why the insurance was going to be higher than anticipated. It was still hoped that the insurance could
eventually be placed with SCS ltd. As they would be inspecting and maintaining it.
71. Newsletter. It was agreed that a good publication date to aim for was the middle of November (to be delivered in the
Community News at the end of November). All members were encouraged to put their ideas onto paper and the
working party agreed to fix a date for their next meeting.
72. Leiston and District Community Partnership. Members noted the progress of the newly formed LDCP as they
progressed toward forming a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee. It was hoped that they might wish to co-opt
a Town Councillor onto the management team in due course to keep a good link with the TC. However this would be
their decision as the organisation matured.
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a) Accounts for Payment. On a proposition from Cllr Huxley, seconded by Cllr Hawkins, it was agreed that
accounts presented in the sum of £5,028.19p along with £105,402.28p paid since the last meeting be approved for
b) Audit update. The Clerk informed members that the external auditors had contacted him with a couple of minor
queries in August and that everything appeared to be satisfactory.
74. Planning Matters
a) Members noted the minutes of the Planning Meeting held 25 th July 2005.
b) Members noted the minutes of the Planning Meeting held 22 nd August 2005.
c) C05/1528/FUL – Two x two storey extensions to existing dwelling at 1A Haylings Grove, Leiston.
b) C05/1556/FUL – Erection of first floor rear extension on 24 Paradise Place, Leiston.
c) C05/1578/FUL – Erection of two storey and single storey extensions and detached double garage and
construction of vehicular access from Valley Road at 5 Valley Terrace, Leiston.
d) C05/1590/FUL – Erection of 2 metre high close boarded fence at boundary of 34 Quakers Way, Leiston.
There is believed to be a covenant on the whole estate whereby the open plan element is encouraged and
regulated. This may or may not be still relevant but members considered, in this case, that the corner around the
house should remain open and that a fence would be a serious eyesore. The erection of a close board fence on the
eastern and north eastern boundary of this property would seriously impair the visual amenity of that whole area
and should be roundly refused.
e) C05/1612/FUL – Erection of a two storey side extension and single storey extension to provide double
garage at Fieldway, Leiston Road, Aldringham, Leiston. This was considered to be too far into the
neighbouring Parish to offer comment.
f) C0/1624/FUL – Erection of single storey rear extension on 69 High Street, Leiston.
75. County Matters
a) Cllr Ginger sought members support in writing to Mr Guy Pearse to request whether it would be possible to erect
a motorcycle proof stile at the entrance to Footpath 16 alongside Kiln Bungalow. As the County Council owned
the land it was agreed that this would be the best course of action for an initial inquiry.
b) SALC. Cllr Huxley gave a brief report of the recent SALC AGM and reminded members of the area meeting
scheduled for 12th September. Members asked him to raise the issue of Public Toilets at that meeting as members
were distressed that there was not a statutory requirement to provide public conveniences and that this ought to
76. District Matters
a) Members asked the Clerk to try and arrange a management meeting with SCDC and Suffolk Wildlife Trust on
Sizewell Beach for later in September to discuss litter bins, horses and any other issues that might need revisiting
after last years on site discussions.
b) Dinsdale Public Conveniences. Members discussed the item heard earlier and agreed to form a working party to
work with the District Council to progress the consultation on the imminent closure of the Dinsdale Road Public
Conveniences. The Clerk was asked to write and organise a meeting with Cllr Green and Mr Vest again to
discuss the issues further, especially the timescales for closure. The working Party was agreed to be Cllr’s
Girling, May, Ginger, Bailey and Mrs Nunn.
The time reaching 10:00pm it was proposed by Cllr Huxley, seconded by Cllr Hawkins and agreed that Standing Orders
be suspended to allow business to be completed.
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a) Aldeburgh Cottage Hospital. Members agreed to put this on the Agenda for October so they could more fully
discuss the Public Consultation document recently received from the PCT.
b) Allotments. Members noted the letter from the Allotment Association expressing concern about the shredder’s
operational area and other issues. It was agreed to organise a site visit in the coming week to view the problems
and then, in October, meet with the Association to resolve any outstanding items.
c) Play Equipment. Members noted the letter from Emily Harle (13) who was concerned at the lack of play
equipment on Victory Road Recreation Ground. The clerk was asked to explain the situation to her and members
considered reviewing the whole strategy toward play equipment on the Recreation Ground at a future meeting
once the Skatepark was up and running.
d) Community Warden scheme. Members agreed to allow Cllr Hodgson and the Clerk to attend the forthcoming
information day on how the County Council intends to introduce Community wardens into various parishes.
78. Questions to the Chairman.
a) Cllr Hawkins asked the Chair to allow him to inform members of the forthcoming Public Meeting in Aldeburgh
to debate the future of Aldeburgh Community Hospital. Both Rt Hon John Gummer MP and Carole Taylor
Brown, CE of East Suffolk PCT would be in attendance.
b) Members asked the Chairman whether he had heard any more from either the Learning and Skills Council or
Otley College with regard to new IT courses in this area. It appeared their promises had not come to much.
There being no more business the Meeting closed at 10.25 pm.
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