02 September 2020

Minutes of the remote meeting held on Tuesday 01 September 2020 at 7.35pm

1.             Apologies for absence

Apologies:  Apologies were accepted from Cllrs Wrisdale and Ashton

Present:  Cllrs Edwards, Featherstone, and Danby (Chairman)

Also present:  County Cllr Skinner

2.             To receive reports from representatives on outside bodies

a.       The PCSO reported incidents from 09 June to 07 July, by email:

b.      Borough Cllr Ashton reported by email:

i.                    The alliance with ELDC is continuing to develop well.

ii.                  Committee business has resumed with Boston becoming the first Licensing Authority to revoke an alcohol licence for premises in breach of Covid restrictions.

iii.                The Borough Council draft Corporate Strategy will be out for public consultation following the scrutiny process.

c.       County Cllr Skinner reported:

i.                    Highways Officers have met with the residents at Main Road regarding the vibration from the traffic on the A52.  Works will be carried out in March 2021 to try and alleviate the situation.

ii.                  The request for an advisory speed limit of 40mph has been sent to Highways.

3.       To receive declarations of interest in accordance with the Localism Act 2011

a.       Cllrs Bowles and Edwards have declared an interest, by email, in planning application B/20/0304.

b.      Cllr Bowles is not present.  A dispensation will be considered for Cllr Edwards at the time the item is discussed.

4.       Notes of the remote meeting held on 07 July to be signed as the minutes

The notes, previously circulated, were approved as the minutes, they will be signed by the Chairman in due course.

5.       Clerk’s report

a.      The Clerk explained about the maintenance of the new website and the amount of work now involved.  Information received from LCC about this work has been sent to all the Councillors.

19.55  Cllr Bowles arrived

b.      The new NALC salary scales have been received and Councillors have been sent details prior to the meeting.  It was resolved to increase the Clerk’s hours to 10 hours per week on SCP 10.

6.       To receive report from the Chairman 

The Chairman had nothing to report, all items are covered on the agenda

7.       Finance report

a.     To approve the following payments:


Salaries (August)                                                                      389.32

E L Arnold (Locks for play area x 2)                                           19.98

E L Arnold (Lock for play area x 1)                                               6.50

K & P Services (Handyman)                                                    120.00          

Bolingbroke Deanery (August/September magazine)             100.00

E-on (pavilion)                                                                            42.92

8.00pm   Cllr Seymour arrived

b.      Payments made in August:    

Salaries                                                                                     389.32

K & P Services (Handyman)                                                     120.00

Malc Firth Landscapes (grass cuts x 4 months)                     1344.00

Intellitech Services Ltd (website)                                              250.00

Bolingbroke Deanery (August/September magazine)               70.00

c.       To be paid in September:

Evelyn Sands (PAYE)                                                                45.00

T J W Services (footpath cuts)                                                    TBA

Malc Firth Landscapes (grass cutting)                                        TBA

d.     Balances in bank at 15 June:  Current account    £5,054.18, reconciled £3,420.18

                                                        Deposit account  £27,114.63

                                                        Map account            £636.54

8.      To discuss s137 payments – no requests received

a.         Following discussion it was resolved to check on the situation with the ‘fog machine’ offer.

b.         The Clerk will check on the situation with the Bowls Club regarding the S137 grant.

9.      Recreation field

a.           Play Area – to re-open or not?

i.               Following discussion it was resolved that the play area be unlocked, the trees will be checked beforehand since a branch fell off one on a windy day.

ii.             Signs will be put up stating that the play area is to be used at ‘your own risk’ with instructions regarding use of users own hand sanitiser etc.

b.           Fly-tipping and glass banks

i.               A lot of fly-tipping is taking place in the recreation field.  The phone number to report this is on the pavilion wall.

ii.             Glass can be mixed in the glass banks when the required one is full.  Notices will be made and put up at the recycling area.

c.           Any other matters

i.               Branches have fall off some trees in the area of the outdoor gym and one in the play area.

ii.             The trees will be looked at before the play area is re-opened.

10.    To discuss the litter bin by the bus stop opposite the Angel Inn

a.      The bin has rusted at the base and is no longer secured to the ground.  The handyman has looked at it and reported that it cannot be repaired.

b.      It was resolved to replace this bin with a new one.

11.     To receive comments regarding the Statement Of Licensing Policy

There were no comments regarding the Statement of Licensing Policy

12.    Planning applications received

Cllrs Edwards and Bowles were put in the ‘waiting room’.  Cllr Seymour made the Parish Council quorate so there was no requirement for a dispensation.

The Parish Council looked at and supported the following application:

B/20/0304       Mr & Mrs Perowne     Single Storey extension including alteration to existing fenestration at Auraceria House Farm, Mill Lane

In August the Parish Council supported the following applications:

B/20/0209       Mr J Bray                    Outline application with all matters reserved for the erection of a dwelling at land adjacent to The Cherries, Church End

B/20/0232       Mr & Mrs Brown        Erection of a two storey detached dwelling with parking, turning and amenity space at land adjacent to Doverhay, Broadgate.  (Cllr Wrisdale declared an interest in this application and did not submit any comments)

13.    Planning decisions received from the Borough Council

Full planning permission has been received for:

B/20/00151     Mr R Mumford           Proposed extensions and alterations to form Orangery, rear porch with accessible WC, front entrance porch, extended decking area with veranda. Build up ground levels of beer garden to surrounding field levels at The Bricklayers Arms.

14.    Highways:

a.       To receive report regarding the request for reduced speed limit at Lade Bank.

County Cllr Skinner confirmed that he had just put in the request to Highways.

b.      Update regarding the drain covers at Main Road

i.                    There is a pothole across the whole of the road at Sea Lane, this has been reported on Fix my Street.

ii.                  There have been two burst water pipes at Gold Fen Bank.  Following discussion it was resolved to ask Anglian Water if there are any plans to update the infrastructure of the water supply.

15.   Any other business – matters for next agenda

a.       S137 grants

b.      ‘Fog machine’

c.       Update regarding the finger post.

16.   Date and time of next meeting

The next meeting will be a remote meeting to be held on 06 October 2020 at 7.30pm

There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.35pm