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					MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE THURMASTON PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON TUESDAY 11th
NOVEMBER 2008 at 7.45 p.m. IN THE MEMORIAL HALL
PRESENT:
Councillors:             M D Lowe (Chairman)
                         S R Brown
                         S Coomb           C. Davies
                         K W Dent          D J Gartside
                         P S Harley        D J Hill
                         S D Hill    D Maguire
                         P Newman          Mrs. A Smith
                         J Smith           A J Willmott
                         C A Wooding

ALSO PRESENT:       The Clerk,    The Deputy Clerk
                    Councillor D Snartt (Charnwood Borough Council)
                    PC Porter     CPSO Roxanne Curtis
                    5 members of the public

APOLOGIES: Councillors:           R Davies           N Bedder
                                  B J Seaton         S R Campbell

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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE HELD IN THE LIBRARY ON TUESDAY
11th NOVEMBER 2008 AT 7.15 PM

PRESENT:            Councillors; M D Lowe (Chairman)
                                 K Dent     N Bedder

ALSO PRESENT:                     The Clerk and the Deputy Clerk

ACCOUNTS: Expenditure: The Clerk presented cheque no.s 108603 - 108628 for invoices
and for petty cash and direct debits totaling £40,606.89 for November.

Income: the Deputy Clerk presented income details for October.

It was proposed and seconded that the Council accepts the accounts
Resolved: the motion was carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:

Pride Alarms
Letter requesting a donation towards Pride help call systems for the elderly.
Resolved: Councillors did not wish to make a donation.

Councillors Chain of Office – Cllr. M D Lowe

Councillor Lowe suggested that two more medallions are purchased with funding from the
Chairman‟s Allowance Budget for the one for Vice Chairman of the Council and one for
the Chairman‟s partner.

Resolved: Councillors agreed with Councillor Lowe‟s suggestion.




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MAIN MEETING

Chairman Councillor M D Lowe welcomed all to the November Meeting of the Parish
Council.

1.   APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE:
Councillors N Bedder, B J Seaton, R Davies, S R Campbell.

Resolved: Reasons given for the apologies were accepted by the Council.

2. DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST (in respect of items on this Agenda):

Councillor Willmott declared an interest in all matters concerning G W Atkinson Ltd.

Councillor P S Harley declared an interest in all matters concerning Leicestershire County
Council and Charnwood Borough Council.

3.      CHARNWOOD BOROUGH COUNCIL CCTV SCHEME
        (Cllr. D Snartt, CBC)

Chairman Councillor Lowe welcomed Cllr. Snartt to the meeting.

Councillor Snartt explained that the Borough Council in conjunction with the Crime and
Safety Partnership would like to work together with Parish and Town Council‟s and deliver
CCTV to the Towns and Parishes. The Partnership aims to work with the Parishes to decide
how the service is delivered and monitored.

Cllr. Snart explained the revised approach to monitoring costs for Parish Councils using
Broadband CCTV.

A fresh assessment has been made of the proposed charges for monitoring.

The original charge per camera of £750 per annum was based on 25% of the cost of
“always on” 24/7 monitoring. It is clear that cannot be provided with the broadband
systems at present.

What can be offered now is:

     1. Regular, programmed “camera patrols” carried out by CCTV operators at a
        frequency etc agreed with each Parish Council. This would be programmed into
        and managed via the Vigilante incident management software already deployed
        within the Council‟s control room.
     2. A responsive service to alerts raised by the Police (and other sources) to an
        incident.
     3. Support to Parishes in recovering evidence from recordings held by the Parishes.

Items 1 and 2 – would be charged on the basis of a scale negotiated with each Parish.
Item 3 – would be subject to a charge per occasion tba

In the future it is hoped that the Council will be able to offer an “always on “ viewing of
images for broadband cameras either via wireless transmission or another solution ( these
are currently being investigated). Once that is available then parishes will be able to


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consider an upgrade of service and at that point a new agreement would be entered
into based on any new service level.

Base cost per site monitored – this provides for up to 4 CCTV cameras at the site.

Assumptions;

        Full site camera patrol of 4 cameras, including dial in and log out = 10 mins
        Based on one full site camera patrol once every two hours ( 12 patrols in 24 hours =
         12x10mins = 120 mins per day )
        7 day a week 365 day per year service ( 120 x 7 = 840 mins = 14 hours per week x 52
         week = 728 hours)
        Applying the discounted per camera charge to each site of 0.31p : .31x 728 = £226
         per annum

£226 per annum gives 12 patrols of up to 4 cameras 7 days a week 52 weeks a year.
Councillor Snartt explained that broadband is available now offering more benefits at less
cost.

Councillor Lowe thanked Councillor Snartt for his presentation.

4.       CHARNWOOD 2026: Cllr. P S Harley

Councillor Harley reminded Councillors that the Council needs to submit its official
response before 5th December.
A lengthy debate followed and it proposed and seconded that a special meeting is
convened for a sub-committee of Councillors with delegated powers to formulate a
response on behalf of the Council.

Resolved: with a majority of Councillors in favour of the proposition the motion was carried.
Councillors who wish to be involved to contact the Clerk, meeting to be arranged for
Tuesday 18th November.

5.       CONFIRMATION OF THE MINUTES OF THE LAST PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON
         TUESDAY 14th October 2008, pages 105 - 112.

It was proposed and seconded that the minutes and resolutions therein be adopted as a
true and correct record.
Resolved: that the minutes and resolutions therein be adopted.


6.       QUESTIONS FROM COUNCILLORS: None

7.       BUSINESS ARISING FROM, AND CONFIRMATION OF THE MINUTES OF               COMMITTEE
         MEETINGS:

Page 113 - 117: Minutes of the Meeting of the Memorial Hall and Cemetery Committee
21.10.08
It was proposed and seconded that the minutes and resolutions therein be adopted as a
true and correct record.

Page 116: Complaint about noise Memorial Hall:
Councillor Hill objected to the Committee‟s decision to leave this item in abeyance and
was of the opinion that the committee should respond the complainant concerned as the
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complaint is unfounded. No other complaints have been received and witnesses have
confirmed that there was no noise disturbance on the night in question.

Councillors were in support of the committee‟s decision to leave the item in abeyance.

Resolved: that the minutes and resolutions therein be adopted.

Page 118 - 124: Minutes of the Meeting of the Environmental
Committee 28.10.08
It was proposed and seconded that the minutes and resolutions therein be adopted as a
true and correct record.


Page 119: Pedestrian Crossing Humberstone
Cllr. Harley reported that consultation on the proposed scheme is due to commence
soon.

Resolved: that the minutes and resolutions therein be adopted.

Pages 125-130 Minutes of the Leisure Centres/Parks Committee 04.11.08

It was proposed and seconded that the minutes and resolutions therein be adopted as a
true and correct record.

Resolved: that the minutes and resolutions therein be adopted.

8.    REPORTS FROM THE POLICE

Both members of the Police left the meeting prior to item Police Reports.
The Clerk distributed copies of the Police report to all Councillors.

Councillor S R Brown: Reported that there has been a distraction burglary recently in
Charnwood Avenue, and the Police have issued warning notices to local residents.

Councillor Harley: reported that he has organised „Cold Calling Zones‟ for Charnwood
Avenue and Forest Road.

9.    PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Resident, Barkby Thorpe Lane:
    Reported that he had attended both of the Borough Council‟s 2026 development
      plan consultation events and had observed that the first consultation included
      different options for the location of the proposed development, but the literature at
      the second consultation was biased towards Thurmaston.
    Complained about traffic congestion on Barkby Thorpe Lane and the traffic islands,
      which are regularly gridlocked with traffic from the shopping centre and ASDA. The
      resident expressed that he road layout cannot cope with the volume of traffic, and
      asked the Council to contact the relevant authority. Additionally the resident
      expressed concern about the grass verge area at the entrance to the road leading
      to the goods entrance.

Councillor Lowe suggested that traffic congestion is an Agenda Item for the next meeting
of the Environmental Committee and explained that the council had written to ASDA


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previously about the verges at the entrance to road leading to the goods entrance and
suggested that the Clerk sends a further letter.

Resident, Barkby Thorpe Lane:
Expressed concern about the consultation of Charnwood 2026 Development Plan, that
the six week consultation period between 24th October – 5th December is insufficient.

10.   APPROVAL OF COUNCIL’S RESPONSE TO BYE-LAW CONSULTATION (Prepared by
      Councillor Willmott)

The Clerk issued copies of the proposed response to the Consultation
Document prepared by Councillor Willmott.

It was proposed and seconded that the Council adopts the recommended response
prepared by Councillor Willmott.

Councillors thanked Councillor Wilmot and Councillor Hill commended
Councillor Willmott on the response.

Resolved: with a majority of Councillors in favour of the proposition the
motion was carried. Clerk to submit the recommended response.

11.   ALLOTMENT PROVISION – CLLR P S HARLEY
Item deferred to January meeting.

12.   ALLOCATION OF FUNDING FOR NEW CHAIRS – ELIZABETH PARK CENTRE – The Clerk
The Clerk reported that there is approx £2500 surplus funding in the Leisure Centre Projects
budget as the CCTV project was less expensive than initially anticipated. The Clerk
suggested that consideration is given to replacing the standard plastic chairs in Elizabeth
Park Centre with upholstered chairs which are more suitable for weddings and functions.

Resolved: Councillors agreed with the Clerks suggested. Order to be placed for new
chairs.

13.   BUSINESS ARISING: None

14.   CORRESPONDENCE:

Angela Fielding
Charnwood LPU
Letter informing Councillors that he next meeting of the Youth Facilities Group will be held
on Monday 24th November 2008 at 2pm at the Roundhill Youth Centre at Roundhill
College.

Communities and Local Government
Model Code of Conduct – Consultation
Response required by 24th December.
Resolved: Councillor Gartside offered to examine the document and prepare a response
for consideration.

Raynsway Group
Mr T Watkinson - MD
Letter as follows:


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 I wonder whether it would be worth meeting with the Council just to explain the current
position with regard to Raynsway Properties and our intentions with regard to the various
development sites.
I am happy to come to yourselves or you could attend a meeting at one of the sites if you
feel this is more appropriate. Perhaps you could give me your thoughts.

Resolved: Clerk to invite Mr Watkinson to the January Meeting of the Parish Council.

Clement Keys
Annual Return 2007/2008
Thank you for your assistance in enabling us to perform the audit of the above for
Thurmaston Parish Council. An unqualified audit opinion has been given.

Matters Arising: Certain matters arose relating to the completion of the Annual Return
which, following correspondence from ourselves dated ! September 2008 were dealt with.
Please would you bring that correspondence to the attention of the Council.

Copies of correspondence relating to matters arising were distributed to all Councillors for
information.

Councillor Hill commended the Deputy Clerk on work preparing the Councils Accounts for
Audit.

Leicestershire Constabulary
Community Consultative Meeting
I write to invite you to a Community Consultative meeting with the Leicestershire
Constabulary and a representative from the Leicester Police Authority on Wednesday, 19th
November 2008 at 7.00pm at the Village hall, off Long furrow, East Goscote.
I am enclosing a copy of the Agenda for the evening. You will note that Mr Bernard
greaves, a member of the Leicestershire police authority, Inspector Cathy Yallop,
Commander of the Charnwood Local Policing Unit, and I will be present.

Thurmaston Community Centre
Request for donation
Councillor J Smith declared an interest.

Letter as follows:
To continue in our quest to lift the profile of the Thurmaston Community Centre, we would
like the A3 posters advertising our Christmas Bazaar to be professionally printed this year.
The Committees would therefore like to ask the Thurmaston Parish Council if they could
see their way clear to either paying for this printing or to offer a partial
contribution/donation.
The cast of printing 50-off A3 colour posters will be £25.00.
We trust that you will look favorably upon our request and we look forward to hearing from
you.
Resolved: Councillors agreed to donate £25.000 as requested

15.   PLANNING APPLICATIONS

P/08/2867/2
14 Ferndale Road, Thurmaston
Erection of replacement porch to front of dwelling
Resolved: No comment


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P/08/2894/2
McDonalds, Barkby Thorpe Lane
Display of internally illuminated 4 fascia signs, 6 internally illuminated free standing signs
and various non-illuminated sign boards.

Resolved: Council to submit following comments:
Thurmaston Parish Council would like to request that the original landscaping and
shrubs/bushes are retained, also, that no further signs are erected on the border of Barkby
Thorpe Lane or the A607.

P/08/2864/2
74 Humberstone Lane
Site for the erection of 9 dwelling houses with access off Humberstone Lane

Resolved: Council to object to application as follows:
Thurmaston Parish Council would like to object to this application for the following reasons:

         Impact of increased traffic on Humberstone Lane which is already over burdened
          with traffic.
         The access road is very narrow and visibility at the junction with Humberstone Lane
          is very poor. Humberstone Lane is a very busy road, heavily congested with cars
          and HGV‟s.
         In adequate facilities and services in the local community to sustain the proposed
          development.
         Lack of affordable housing provision within this development.

P/08/2892/2
MacDonald‟s restaurant
Alterations to elevations
Resolved: No comment

16.       REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS AND THE CLERK:

The Clerk:
The Clerk reported that she proposes to arrange the December meeting of the Council to
commence at 7pm, and a brief meeting of the finance committee at 6.45 in order that
she can arrange for the bus to pick up those attending the Christmas dinner at 8.15.
Once arrangements are in place Clerk will confirm to everyone in writing.
The plaques are in place on the benches on the Memorial field, commemorated to
deceased Cllr. Mc Combe and Janice Harriman, former Clerk to the Council.

Cllr. D J Hill:
Reported the A607 Traffic island is no longer sponsored which is unfortunate as sponsor
had ensured that the landscaping was maintained to a high standard.

Cllr. K Dent:
Reported that he had noted from a newspaper article reporting on number of parking
tickets by Street Wardens, that there were substantially less tickets issued in Thurmaston
than neighboring villages. The report would suggest that Street Warden presence is less
frequent in Thurmaston than the other villages listed: Barrow on Soar, Rothley, Shepshed.



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Cllr. D Gartside:
Expressed concern about parking on Silverdale Drive near to the shops, vehicles parked
on both sides of the road. Agenda item for the next meeting of the Environmental
Committee.

Cllr. C Davies:
Expressed concern about parking Colby Drive, vehicles parked on both sides of the road.

Cllr. Willmott:
Reported that he had noted from a newspaper article possible closure of more Post
Offices. Cllr. Willmott would like to see Thurmaston Post Office retained and provide a
wider range of services.

Cllr. J Smith:
Reported that the Village Action Group will be meeting on Wednesday to discuss
Charnwood 2026 Development Plan, ideas for inclusion in the response are welcomed.

Cllr. Wooding:
Expressed concern about vehicles parked dangerously near the car sales business on Earls
Way.

17.    REPORTS FROM THE COUNTY COUNCILLOR AND BOROUGH COUNCILLORS

Councillor Harley reported as follows:

      Business at the corner of Earls Way is in breach of planning conditions which is
       currently being addressed but difficult to monitor.
      At the last meeting concern was raised about graffiti in the subway of Wayside
       Drive, I subsequently reported this to LCC and it has since been painted.
      Have been dealing with a complaint about parking on Sandi care Drove related to
       the development on the Merriman's site, however, as the vehicles are not illegally
       parked, there are not powers of enforcement.
      Received an email forma resident of Barky Thorpe Lane requesting information
       about proposed traffic calming for Barky Thorpe Lane. Have forwarded details of
       the proposed scheme to the resident.

The Chairman welcomed thanked all present for attending and closed the meeting.

18.    AGENDA – The Clerk
 The Clerk reported that she has received a request from Cllr. Gartside that provision is
made in the meeting for the opportunity to ask questions or comment on reports. Cllr.
Gartside has suggested that the Council considers allocation of a timed slot following
reports from the Police and reports from the County/Borough Councillors to
accommodate any questions/comments. Cllr. Gartside also suggested that reports are
submitted in writing prior to the meeting and copies issued with the Agenda for
consideration.

Councillor Harley was not in favour of providing a full written report prior to the meeting,
and felt that this would be quite difficult to do, but suggested bullet point reports could be
submitted. Councillor Harley suggested that a verbal report is given, followed by
questions/comments.




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The Clerk reported that she has spoken to other Clerks about their council's procedure
regarding responses/question on reports, and they have been quite helpful.

Anstey: allocate 5 mins to reports from the Police and reports from Borough and County
Councillors and then allow questions/ responses at chairman's discretion. Any reports must
be specific to Anstey.

 Syston: no time limit allocated to the reports and questions/comments are permitted at
the discretion of the Chairman (Clerk confirmed that this depends upon how the meeting
is progressing, if there is a small agenda more time is allowed for questions, but if the
meeting is long the chairman will draw item to close. Questions/comments are at the
discretion of the Chairman.

Sileby: there is a 15 minute session for questions about existing council business before the
meeting, but new items need to go on Agenda. They do not allow questions/responses to
reports. Additionally, the Borough Councillors submit a joint report.



All of the above Council Clerks confirmed that any item which requires discussion at
length must be an agenda item.

Chairman Councillor Lowe expressed that he would allow questions following the Police
report dependant on the length of the Agenda. With reference to reports form Borough
and County Councillors, Councillor Lowe is happy to accept questions but asked
Councillors to remember that this is a Parish Council Meeting.

Councillor Willmott was of the opinion that reports should be submitted in writing and
accompanies the minutes.

Councillor
Gartside thanked the Chairman and the Clerks for meeting with him, and suggested that
there should be opportunity to give informal feedback on issues raised in the reports. It is
an opportunity to ask questions from the District and County Councillors. Councillor
Gartside was mindful that any issues requiring a debate should be an Agenda item at a
future meeting. Cllr. Gartside was of the opinion that a written report, if only bullet points
should be submitted.

Councillor Hill was of the opinion that paper work should not be increased, and felt that
there should be opportunities for questions following Police reports and Borough and
County Councillors reports, but this should be restricted to items raised in the reports and
at the Chairman‟s discretion.

Councillor Wooding was of the opinion that any questions/comments should be allowed
at the discretion of the chairman.

Resolved: Councillor Lowe agreed to allow time for questions/comments following Police
and Borough and County Councillors reports.

Police Reports:
It was agreed that the Police Report should be placed near to the start of the Agenda.




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Confirmed and signed this   day of     2008

                            Chairman




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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE MEMORIAL HALL AND CEMETERY COMMITTEE HELD ON
TUESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER 2008 AT 7pm AT ELIZABETH PARK

Present:              Councillors:        K Dent (Chairman)
                                          M D Lowe          N Bedder
                                          C Davies          Mrs. S Coomb
                                          Mrs. A Smith

Also Present: The Clerk

1.       APOLOGIES: The Deputy Clerk, Lisa Handy

Resolved: Reasons given for the apologies were accepted by the Council.

2.       DECLARATION OF INTEREST None

3.    LISA HANDY – CEMETERY H&S AND DESIGN FOR NATURAL BURIAL GROUND FOR
      CEMETERY EXTENSION
The Clerk reported that unfortunately, Lisa Handy could not attend tonight, but will attend
the January meeting.

Lisa Handy (Cemetery Advisor) has informed the Clerk that she has reviewed the
cemetery fees/charges, prepared a relevant risk assessment and has some information
regarding the design for the cemetery extension, However she will send the relevant
information to the Clerk, as soon as possible, and will attend the next meeting.
Resolved:     Agenda Item for January Meeting.

4.       BUSINESS ARISING OUT OF THE MINUTES

Page: 113 CEMETERY INSPECTION – Councillors : K Dent, C Davies, Mrs. A Smith, N Bedder
and D Maguire inspected the Cemetery on Thursday 23rd October and reported as
follows:

        Several of the boards edging the grass sections are broken or missing.
         Resolved:     Clerk to ask the Groundsman to replace or repair as necessary.

        The store room door in the chapel has fallen into disrepair.
         Resolved: Clerk to obtain a quote for a new wooden door from Stephen Hall.
        The seat at the entrance to Cemetery Drive has fallen into disrepair
         Resolved: Consideration to be given to replacing the seat pending sufficient
         funding.

Page: 114
New Benches Mem Hall Field
The Clerk reported that the plaques in Memory of Janice and Bill are now in place on the
benches.

Page: 114 Community Facilities Grant:
The Clerk reported that she has completed the Grant application form, and submitted the
form to Charnwood Borough Council for consideration.
The closing date for applications is 30th November and once that date has passed the
assessments will made in preparation for the Charnwood Grants Panel to make their


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decision. Part of the assessment process includes comments from our local area forum
that are due to meet early in the New Year.

5.       PRECEPT 2009/2010

The Clerk presented the suggested precept which includes an allocation of £8000 for
projects.
Councillor Hill recommended that he Council are vigilant when setting the precept, in light
of the current financial climate.
It was proposed and seconded that the allocation of £3500 to cemetery repairs is
reduced to £2000.
Resolved: with the above amendment the precept was approved for recommendation
to the Full Council.

The Clerk reminded Councillors of the suggested projects as follows:
Cemetery Chapel:

    Refurbishment of woodwork on fireplace and edging in the Chapel.
Councillor Dent agreed to investigate. The Clerk reminded Councilors that there is £1000
available in the current chapel budget.

Resolved:      to be funded from the current budget.

The Cemetery:

    Memorial Management course £100 per delegate (min 3)
   Estimated cost: £300.00
Resolved:    to be included in projects for 2009/2010 precept.

     Cemetery Consultancy Fees; Preparation of Risk Assessment and Design for
      Cemetery Extension.
      Estimated cost: £1000.00
Resolved:    to be included in projects for 2009/2010 precept.


     Wall to put plaques on in scattering section
Estimated cost:     £3895.00
Resolved: Project to be filed for consideration in the future.

    Tarmac path between „F‟ Section and the Scattering Section
Quote received from P J Brooks: £960.00
Resolved:    to be included in projects for 2009/2010 precept.

     Two new rows of slabs in G of R
Estimated cost: £2000.00
Resolved: Project to be filed for consideration in the future.

    New concrete strip
Quote received from S Hall: £1376.00
Resolved:    to be included in projects for 2009/2010 precept.

    Preparation for woodland walk - tree planting to edge of field.
Resolved: Awaiting advice from Lisa Handy. Councillor Lowe suggested that grant
funding may be applicable to this project.
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The Memorial Hall:

        Plastic down pipes and guttering to be replaced with cast iron fixtures.
         Councilor Dent reported that there is a metal covering available for plastic drains
         and fixtures, and suggested that this may be a cheaper alternative to replacing
         with cast iron fittings.

    Clear bramble area at the rear of the Hall (Quotes to hand)
Quote received from Barry Agger : £430.00
Resolved:    to be included in projects for 2009/2010 precept.

Clerk to arrange for Councillor R Davies to meet with the Groundsman re boundary mem
hall field/ old school field.

    Chairs for the Memorial Hall:
 Councillor Bedder reported that chairs have fallen into disrepair and need to be
replaced.
Quote received: Upholstered chairs £24 each: 130 @ 24 = £3120.00

Resolved:       to be included in projects for 2009/2010 precept.

     New external doors for Memorial
Estimated cost: £5690.00
Resolved: Councillor Lowe agreed to investigate the cost of new wooden front doors. For
inclusion within the projects budget pending sufficient funding.

    Lights to be cleaned in the main hall
Resolved: Work completed within current budget

     Flagpole service
Resolved: Voltage Company to examine the flagpoles during installation of the Christmas
lights.

Total estimated cost of projects allocated to date: £6886

6.       CORRESPONDENCE None

7.       ANY OTHER BUSINESS None

8.       DATE OF NEXT MEETING: 20th January 2009

Confirmed and signed this                   day of                      2008

                                           Chairman




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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF LDF SUB-COMMITTEE HELD ON TUESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER 2008
AT 7pm AT ELIZABETH PARK

Present:             Councillors:         M D Lowe (Chairman)
                                          S R Brown        S Coomb
                                          P S Harley       D J Hill
                                          P Newman         C Davies
                                          S Hill           A J Willmott

Also Present: The Clerk

1.      APOLOGIES: Councillors:           R. Davies     D Maguire
                                          J Smith      N Bedder
                                          K W Dent     D Gartside
                                          Mrs B J Seaton
                                          The Deputy Clerk

2.      DECLARATION OF INTEREST – None

3.      The Clerk presented copies of letters from residents and suggested responses.

Councillors suggested that the Council requests
   That Location A: East of Thurmaston/North of Hamilton is rejected from the
     Charnwood Local Development Framework Core Strategy as a site allocation for
     5,000 dwellings.
   That the alternative Option D: North of Birstall is be more thoroughly investigated,
     and recommended as a more suitable option.

The following suggestions/observations were submitted to support the recommendation of
Option D: North of Birstall.

     1) Will not destroy the existing separation of Charnwood Borough villages from the city
        but the Thurmaston/Hamilton option would

     2) Does not present an Air Quality Management problem being at a far higher level
        than the Thurmaston/Hamilton proposal.

     3) Would have less impact on Thurmaston, Syston and Barkby as planners have failed
        to demonstrate that they have a highway solution to the proposed growth east of
        Thurmaston/north of Hamilton

     4) Has the most potential to reduce the need to travel by car

     5) Offers the possibility of being connected to the nearby Great Central Railway
        network which could be a very significant means of transport in the future

     6) Already has a high frequency bus service offering easy access to employment,
        healthcare, retail provision and a range of cultural, media and sports activities in
        the city centre, Birstall and Loughborough

     7) Already has planning consent for a Park and Ride facility for 1,000 vehicles which
        will be completed within the plan period


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8) Is connected to the national cycle route 6

9) Has excellent access to the A46 and A6 strategic road network

10) Offers easy access to the national motorway network and so would be attractive
    for investors and innovative companies

11) Challenges the assertion that the building of 5,000 dwellings in Thurmaston will help
    the most deprived communities when residents have been told that only a few
    Thurmaston streets are classed as being in a deprived area

12) Also challenges the assertion that there is a constraint on the scale of development
    that could be accommodated in this location due to the proximity of other
    settlements when there is such a large land mass between settlements. It also
    seems an odd comment from planners when the Thurmaston/Hamilton option
    proposes to join up two settlements.

13) Because of its proximity to Birstall it offers scope to tackle social exclusion

14) Is no more detached than the Thurmaston/Hamilton proposal as a dual
    carriageway separates Thurmaston village centre from the proposed 5,000
    dwellings. A design competition could be held to show how pedestrians could
    cross over, or under, the A46 and safely access Birstall

15) Has better access to Watermead Country Park than the Thurmaston/Hamilton
    proposal

16) Already has a nearby Leisure Centre - Soar Valley Leisure Centre

17) Has no flooding issues as it‟s located in Flood Zone 1

18) Will not give rise to any significant harm to historic or archaeological interests

19) Has the opportunity to be better designed to reduce the impact on the landscape
    and townscape character. Particularly in comparison to the recently built hotel,
    garage, fast food outlet, and soon to be built fire station, at the A46/A6 junction.

20) Is a Greenfield site the same as the Thurmaston/Hamilton location.

21) Even though this would involve Grade 11 agricultural land, country-wide some
    farmers are being paid not to farm their land.
    Land in this area is already being used for non-agricultural purposes, for example
    the commercial display and sale of garden sheds and conservatories.

22) Given a new woodland plantation a natural landscaped forestry screen could be
    formed to reduce the impact on settlement identity and improve the visual
    separation from Rothley.
    Rothley Lodge Commercial Park and Wyevale Garden Centre demonstrate that it‟s
    possible to screen developments satisfactorily

23) Is adjacent to existing gas, electrical, telephonic, water, drainage and sewage
    infrastructure



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   24) Offers the opportunity to remedy deficiencies in open space provision funded by
       developer contributions under S106 agreements

   25) Presents the opportunity to protect the Biodiversity Action Plan species, which in this
       area are associated with the woodland landscape along the Rothley Brook, after a
       Biodiversity Impact Assessment Plan identifies the detailed requirements

   26) Would provide affordable housing as this is a condition of all new sizable residential
       developments.

   27) Would offer new Community facilities including schools infrastructure

   28) Would be able to support and deliver a far greater range of services and facilities
       than the Thurmaston/Hamilton option

The following suggestions/observations were submitted to support the recommendation
for the rejection of Location A: East of Thurmaston/North of Hamilton:

   1) Will destroy the existing separation of Charnwood Borough villages from the city.

   2) Will increase the existing Air Quality Management problems in Thurmaston.
      Particularly Humberstone Lane which has sophisticated air quality management
      monitoring equipment installed.

   3) Planners have failed to demonstrate that they have a highway solution to the
      proposed growth east of Thurmaston/north of Hamilton

   4) The development of Thurmaston shopping centre has created grid-lock conditions
      at certain times of the day. Traffic congestion will be exacerbated with the
      development proposed.

   5) The Colby Drive/Colby Road/Humberstone Lane areas are already over burdened
      with traffic and traffic problems will be exacerbated with a development of the size
      proposed.

   6) Insufficient Public transport serving the proposed area. Lack of bus routes and no
      rail service.

   7) Thurmaston is surrounded by open countryside which will be lost to the detriment of
      the village.

   8) Will have an adverse impact on Thurmaston‟s identity.

   9) Could affect the capacity of the Thurmaston Dyke which runs under the railway
      cause a potential drainage problem?




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10)   Flooding of the proposed area with loss of wildlife habitat.

11)   The Core Strategy does not contain a traffic assessment.

12)   According to a recent survey conducted by DEFRA, the A607 through Thurmaston
      has noise levels of 70 – 74 decibels; increased traffic will further increase noise levels.


Councillors agreed to address all points and issues identified in the Charnwood 2026
consultation document individually and return to the Clerk with observations/comments
for inclusion in the Council‟s response.

Resolved: Further meeting to be arranged for Tuesday 25th November to approve
suggested inclusions and formulate the Council‟s response.


Confirmed and signed this                  day of                        2008

                                          Chairman




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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE, TUESDAY 25TH NOVEMBER AT
7PM AT ELIZABETH PARK CENTRE

Present:             Councillors:   Mrs B J Seaton (Chairman)
                                    D J Hill     M D Lowe
                                    B J Seaton         P S Harley
                                    R Davies           Mrs A Smith
                                    P Newman

Also Present: The Clerk and the Deputy Clerk

1.     APOLOGIES: Councillors:            C. Davies, J Smith

2.     DECLARATION OF INTEREST

Cllr R Davies declared an interest in business concerning St.Michaels and all All Angels and
the Old School.

3.     BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES

Page: 119     REQUEST FOR ALLOTMENT PROVISION

At the September meeting it was agreed that the Clerk should contact the County
Council to enquire about the land adjoining the Memorial Hall field for the provision of
allotments.
Reply received as follows:

Dear Tracey,
Following a meeting this morning, I am writing to confirm that the County Council would be
happy in principle to sell or lease the land at Melton Road, Thurmaston for use as allotments.
I am aware that you will now liaise with the Allotment Society to obtain their advice on the
amount of land required and whether it is suitable for cultivation.
I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Resolved: Clerk to contact the Allotment Society to obtain their advice on the amount of
land required and whether it is suitable for cultivation.


Page : 119: PEDESTRIAN CROSSING HUMBERSTONE LANE/MELTON ROAD
At the last meeting of the Parish Council, Cllr. Harley reported that consultation on the
proposed scheme is due to commence soon.

Page 124: Increased vermin, Councillor Willmott:
At the last meeting, Cllr Willmott reported that he had read an article concerning the
increase in no of vermin due to the reduced frequency of bin collections. Councillor
Willmott would be interested in Borough Council‟s records/statistics re vermin control.
Councillor Harley offered to investigate the statistics at a meeting which he is due to
attend in January with Environmental Health Officers.

4.     PRECEPT 2009/2010



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The Deputy Clerk presented the suggested budget for 2009/2010 and explained that
provision needs to be included for Christmas lights, maintenance of Gateway to
Thurmaston. Additionally, suggested projects are: Allotments (which may require Paths to
meet requirements of DDA, access and fencing/gates?) and CCTV.

Councillors were of the opinion that funding for the provision of allotments is not required
at present and suggested that grant funding may be available for this project.

Councillors agreed the following inclusions:

        £1000 for Bus shelter & Sign repairs and maintenance
        £11,150 Environmental Improvements: Inc £10K Xmas lights, £550.00 Hanging
         Baskets, £600.00 ground maintenance - Gateway to Thurmaston.
        Provision of CCTV £11.5K

Resolved: the precept was approved for recommendation to the Full Council.

5.       TRAFFIC CONGESTION – BARKBY THORPE LANE/TRAFFIC ISLAND – Cllr M D Lowe

At the last meeting of the Parish Council, a resident expressed concern about traffic
congestion on Barkby Thorpe Lane and the A607 traffic island. The area is gridlocked with
traffic, especially in around ASDA store and the shopping centre. The resident concerned
asked the Parish Council to contact the relevant authorities responsible for congested
highways.

Resolved: Clerk to write to ASDA requesting and update on proposed measures to
address the congestion problems and write to LCC expressing the Council‟s concerns and
requesting that a Traffic survey is carried out at peak times before Christmas to identify the
reasons for the congestion problems.

6.       PARKING SILVERDALE DRIVE

At the last meeting of the Council, Councillor Gartside expressed concern about vehicles
parked on Silverdale Drive near to the shops; vehicles are regularly double parked,
especially at peak times.

Resolved: Clerk to report this matter to the Police.

8.       PLANNING: APPLICATIONS:

P/08/2749/2
850 Melton Rd, Thurmaston
Installation of compactor system to include Rota-Sep outlet unit and ducting.

Councillor Seaton reported that she has received complaints from residents of Oldhall
about noise emanating from compacter which is particularly evident at night (quieter/ off
peak times).
Resolved: Clerk to write to CBC and request that a noise survey is carried out at night/off
peak time.

P/08/2922/2
1 Hadrian Road, Thurmaston
Display of non-illuminated fascia sign


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P/08/3002/2
20 Westdown Drive, Thurmaston
Erection of single storey extension to rear of dwelling.

P/08/2999/2
Asda Supermarket, Barkby Thorpe Lane, Thurmaston
Display of various signs

Resolved: Clerk to write to the Borough Council that signs which are visible from the
highway, particularly illuminated signs, are a distraction to motorists and requesting that
no further signs are erected facing the highway.

9.     HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE ISSUES

Councillor Mrs A Smith reported that a tree near to the footbridge on Wayside Drive has
been pruned, but the debris has been left. Additionally, Cllr Smith is of the opinion that
many of trees and hedges in the area of the footbridge, Melton Road side and Wayside
Drive are overgrown and in need of attention.

10.    CORRESPONDENCE:        .

CPRE Magazine – Autumn 2008
Countryside Voice
Resolved: filed for information.

Leicestershire County Council
Connect 2 Steering Group Meeting – Wednesday 26th November
Resolved: Councillor Harley and Cllr Mrs Seaton agreed to attend.

11.    ANY OTHER BUSINESS - None

12.    DATE OF NEXT MEETING - 27th JANUARY 2008

Confirmed and signed this                  day of                     2008

                                          Chairman




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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF LDF SUB-COMMITTEE HELD ON TUESDAY 25TH NOVEMBER 2008
AT 7pm AT ELIZABETH PARK

Present:            Councillors:         M D Lowe (Chairman)
                                         S R Brown          S Coomb
                                         D J Hill
                                         P Newman           R. Davies
                                   D J Gartside     A J Willmott

Also Present: The Clerk

1.    APOLOGIES: Councillors:            C Davies            J Smith
                                         P S Harley          Mrs B J Seaton


The Clerk presented suggested comments and observations for inclusion in the Councils
response, submitted by Cllr Harley , Cllr Willmott, members of the public and the Clerks
own notes from meetings relating to the consultation document.

It was proposed and seconded that the Clerk prepares and response based on notes
from the meetings and the comments and suggestions submitted by Councillors and
members of the public.

Resolved: the motion was carried.


Confirmed and signed this                day of                     2008

                                         Chairman




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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE LEISURE CENTRES/PARKS COMMITTEE ON TUESDAY 2nd
DECEMBER AT 7PM IN THE MEETING ROOM AT ELIZABETH PARK

Present:              Councillors:         D J Hill (Chairman)
                                           M D Lowe            S D Hill
                                           C Davies            C A Wooding
                                           S R Brown           D J Gartside
                                           Mrs B J Seaton

Also Present: The Clerk and the Deputy Clerk
                    Fenella Bellinger – Bellinger Design
                    Julie Robinson – Charnwood Borough Council
                    Robert Potts – Centre Manager, Elizabeth Park Centre

1.       APOLOGIES:     None

2.       DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST          -           None

3.       FENELLA BELLINGER (Bellinger Design) – Sports Court Poject
         JULIE ROBINSON (CBC) - 106 Funding Availability and criteria

At the last meeting it was agreed that Fenella Bellinger and Julie Robinson are invited to
the meeting to discuss surface options for the tennis courts and appropriate grants.

Fenella Bellinger presented drawings and explained surface Options which include:

        3G Astro-turf for football and Rugby.
        Tarmac surface for multi-sport
        Sandfield Synthetic turf
        Polymac

Fenella explained that the tennis court area could accommodate two 5 a side football
pitches (these could be separated by a mesh curtain or cones), or one large pitch. There
is sufficient space near to the existing court to accommodate the creation of new tennis
court facility if required. Tarmac surface is the least expensive option, but this would be
replacing „like for like‟ and tarmac is widely considered unsuitable. The recommended
fencing is weldmesh, with perimeter kickwall and recess goals. Floodlighting and drainage
is sufficient.
Fenella explained that consideration should be given to maintenance.

Julie Robinson, Recreational Services Manager (CBC) confirmed that there is a strategic
need for all weather football facilities in the area and that there is grant funding available.

This proposed facility meets the criteria for 106 funding for youth/adult recreation, and
there is currently £57,673.75 unallocated and available, with a further £23,525 available in
the future. Julie advised that Football Foundation grants are available up to 50% matched
funding. The FA has stringent guidelines which stipulate a 3G surface to their required
specification.

Julie explained that a Technical Analysis, Demand analysis and Football Development
Plan and Business Plan will be required. Technical expertise will be required in relation to
the specification supplied by Sports Courts UK, the specification will need to meet the
required standard in relation to sub-base, floodlighting level etc. Charnwood Borough
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Council are able to recommend professional sources of advice.

Julie was of the opinion that Elizabeth Park is a suitable location for the facility as the
Centre is fully staffed with good car park facilities, changing room provision and a central
location.

Councillor Hill thanked Fenella and Julie for attending the meeting and they left at this
point.

Councillors were in support of development of a 3G Astro-turf facility for Football and
Rugby and it was proposed and seconded that the council proceed with this project
pending it meets the requirements of the Technical Analysis, Demand analysis and grant
funding. 106 funding to be allocated to the project for matched funding for the grants.

Resolved: the motion was carried.

4.       PROGRESS UPDATE - Robert Potts Centre Manager

Centre Manager reported that forthcoming new groups:

        Aerobics Group is due to start on 12th January between 10 – 11 in the main hall,
        Art Course Mondays in the meeting room.
        First aid courses Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting January.
        Aerobics Monday s 6.30 - 8pm in Meeting Room starting 26th Jan.
        Youth Club – 10 week course – CBC

The Centre Manager, Robert Potts, reported that he frequently receives requests/enquiries
about Astro-turf football pitches, and emphasised the need for this facility. Robert was of
the opinion that the facility would be very popular and that users were likely to come into
the bar after using the facilities. Robert reported that the bar is popular with the
footballers at weekends, but is infrequently busy Monday – Thursday evenings.

The Centre Manager reported that he has received several enquiries about the drapes,
but expressed concern that the centre proved to be unsuitable for several potential hirers
as the kitchen facilities are inadequate. The drapes will be erected at the weekend for a
wedding, and will be available for viewing Friday afternoon and evening.

Councillor Mrs Seaton suggested that a leaflet is produced advertising the drapes, which
could be distributed and available in the Memorial Hall for potential Hirers. Also suggested
that the Centre Manager could arrange a Valentines tea dance could be arranged for
Sunday 15th Feb, as the drapes could remain in place following the Saturday wedding.

Councillor Lowe suggested that the Bar Manager investigates the possibility of reducing
he price of drinks from the bar and considers closing the vending machines whilst the bar
is open.

Councillor S R Brown suggested that the Centre Manager could organise car boot sales or
rummage sales to generate revenue and business for the centre.

5.       FOOD AND CATERING PROVISION - Cllr Mrs Seaton and Robert Potts Centre
         Manager

Centre Manager explained that he is continually having to refuse bookings for weddings
and functions where hot food is required, due to lack of a suitable kitchen facility.
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Councillors were in support of the Centre Managers concerns, but suggested that
clarification is sought regarding H&S legislation applicable to food preparation.

6.      PRECEPT 2009/2010

At the last meeting, the Deputy Clerk presented the suggested budget for 2009/2010
which included an allowance of £10,000 for projects as previously.

Suggestions for the projects budget
    Extension of CCTV to cover new office (check Parish Office budget)
    New or refurbished Kitchen facilities
    Cleaning/lock ups/staff provision for ASDA Pavilion - £5k contingency in ASDA
     pavilion allocation.

It was proposed and seconded that the precept is approved for recommendation to the
Full Council.

Resolved: with a majority of Councillors in favour of the proposition, the motion was
carried.

Councillor S R Brown voted against the proposition.

7.      BUSINESS ARISING OUT OF THE MINUTES

Page : ASDA SPORTS PITCH
The Clerk reported that she contacted the Borough Council for an update and has
received the following reply today from Helen Robinson:

I understand they are still consulting on this matter with the various parties involved within
Asda. We are still contacting them regularly. I am hoping no news is good news at this
stage since they have not dismissed our proposal out of hand. I have asked Legal to
check with them again today and will let you know if we hear anything. Sorry for the
delay.

Councillors felt that the lack of progress is unacceptable and Councillor Seaton offered to
chase up proceedings in her capacity as Borough Councillor.

Page:         GATES – BALL COURT, ELIZABETH PARK - Cllr D J Hill

Cllr. Hill met with the supplier of the sports court previously and they agreed to submit
options/quotes for consideration.

Quote received as follows:
To follow on from you email below, the cost to supply and install a RHS box post galvanised and
PPC Green would be £450.00 + VAT. It should take about two weeks to be made. This post will
allow you the slide bolt the gate into a anchor for you to then lock.

Resolved: Councillors were of the opinion that the gate should not be replaced and
asked the Clerk to arrange for it to be placed in storage.

8.      SKATEBOARD PARK - Agenda item cancelled
        – deferred to next meeting.


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9.    CORRESPONDENCE:

The Playing Field – newsletter Autumn 2008
Councillor Hill took document for information.

10.   ANY OTHER BUSINESS (For Information and Agenda Items Only)

11.   DATE OF NEXT MEETING: Tuesday 6th January 2009


Confirmed and signed this                day of                2008

                                         chairman




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