Meeting Minutes: 15th April 2021


MINUTES of the Council meeting held at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 15 April 2021 by means of video conferencing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

PRESENT  Councillors P Seabrook; K Hutchinson; D Poole; Mrs C Jessup; L Farrer ; Mrs D Hellett; Mrs R Lloyd ; Ms S Mugglestone;; 

IN ATTENDANCE  C L Thatcher, Clerk to the Council.

The Chairman called for a minute’s silence to the memory of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

52/21  APOLOGIES  were received from Councillors Mrs E Milne and Mrs J Stainer..

53/21  PUBLIC FORUM  was not used.


None were made.



21/00271  Bigrams Cottage, Easton Rd.,Stonely – 2 storey & single storey side extension.

  Members commented upon the size of the extension, which is more than the area of the original building, but recognised that the original was itself, quite small.

It was proposed by Councillor Mrs Hellett, seconded by Councillor Poole and unanimously agreed to recommend approval as appropriate development.

21/00531  Cobwebs, Station Rd, Kimbolton – double storey 4m rear extension.

It was proposed by Councillor Poole, seconded by Councillor Mrs Hellett and unanimously agreed to recommend approval as appropriate development.


The Clerk reported having received an enquiry from a band asking whether they could organise an event in the village to mark the end of covid restrictions.

This was discussed and it was thought that as yet there is no certainty of an end to restrictions and worldwide they could continue for a long time.

Councillor Mrs Hellett pointed out that next year is the Queen’s platinum anniversary and perhaps we should leave any event until then.    It was agreed to defer consideration until next year.


Councillor Mrs Hellett said that she has spoken with the School and asked whether we could make use of the roadway from the High St to the School gate to the swimming pool area which, it is understood , is in the ownership of the School.   They have agreed in principle subject, of course, to the dates chosen not interfering with school activities.  It may also be possible for cars to be parked on School grounds if any are displaced from the High St by stalls.

She has also spoken with a stall holder who has contacts with other artisans who would be interested in attending a street market here.     It was agreed to investigate further with a view to a trial towards summer, perhaps on a monthly basis initially.


The Clerk reminded members of the sad occasion when a pupil at the School was killed in a road accident and his mother never recovered from the shock, resulting in her dying and her ashes being buried with her son in the cemetery.  The family was charged the rate for non-residents at that time i.e. quadruple fees, but now the father has also died and relatives have asked that a concession be made whereby the charge made is the parishioners’ rate.   Members offered their sympathies and after some discussion it was proposed by Councillor Mrs Lloyd, seconded by Councillor Ms Mugglestone and unanimously agreed to permit the burial at the lower rate.



Councillor Poole said that Aragon Place area has a rat problem and there seems to be a nest in the ditch on Station Road where rubbish has been dumped.

Councillor Mrs Hellett reported that where the Tollfield footpath has been reinstated an earth bank has been left and restricts the pavement width, preventing wheelchairs from passing.

She also wished to record her thanks and the thanks of this Council to Rotary and the two Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme youngsters who had put in so much effort to collect littler, resulting in 45 bags of rubbish.

Councillor Ms Mugglestone said that parents attending the School were still parking over her access and Councillor Farrer commented that some staff are parking in High St, rather than on the school grounds.

He also referred to the work done by Anglian Water in London Road and the fact that the footpath had not been reinstated.

Councillor Ms Jessup said that the gutters and drains in East St were in a poor state and rarely got cleared.

The Chairman reminded members that the next meeting is on 29 April and that a planning application is to be considered relating to Stonely House.  He urged members to view this on HDC’s website before the meeting.


The next normal meeting of Council  will be held on Thursday 29 April 2021 by means of Zoom, commencing at 7pm..

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 2010 hours.

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