Meeting Minutes: 28th February 2019


MINUTES of the Council meeting held at 7 p.m. on Thursday 28 February 2019 at the Youth & Community Room, Mandeville Hall, Thrapston Rd., Kimbolton.

PRESENT  Councillors P Seabrook (in the Chair);K Hutchinson; Mrs D Hellett; D Poole; Mrs E Milne; Mrs R Lloyd; Mrs S Hawkes; Mrs J Stainer & R Gooderham..

IN ATTENDANCE  County Councillor I Gardener; C L Thatcher, Clerk to the Council and 2 members of the public..

18/19  APOLOGIES were received from Councillors Ms S Mugglestone & L Farrer.

19/19  PUBLIC FORUM  was not used.


Councillor Mrs Hellett declared her ongoing interest in the matter of Mulberry Cottage stables and the planning application regarding the Preparatory School, being a member of Governors of the School, and Councillor Hutchinson declared an interest in the application relating to 12 Main Rd Stonely.


Councillor Gardener introduced Emily Bolton and her colleague, Maddie, who gave an interesting presentation on electric charging points for vehicles.  The Chairman thanked them both and agreed to place the matter on the agenda for the next meeting, for consideration.

Councillor Gardener said that he had spoken with Joe Hudson regarding the oak tree on the Causeway and had been told that the girth of the tree is too large to enable the use of the tomograph.  As a result, the County Council intends just to remove dead branches.

The flooding in Hatchet Lane appears to be due to a collapsed drain.  This will be repaired and the road relaid after 5 April.

He had attended an exhibition on the East/West rail link.  None of the proposed options affect this parish.

The elected Mayor is still doing a bus review as the combined authority is taking over transport co-ordination.

The County Council’s element of Council Tax will be increasing by 2.9%.

There was an unannounced Ofsted inspection of childrens’ services in January and the result was very favourable.  The Fire Authority also had a ‘good’ inspection.

Registration services will in future be operating from the Library

There is a public information event regarding the new Civic Centre at Alconbury, tonight.

22/19  MINUTES of the Council meeting held on 24 January 2019 were read, approved and signed as a true record of that meeting.


  • Neighbourhood Watch.    No report.
  • Hearse House repairs   See below.
  • Causeway Oak Tree.  See above
  • Solar lighting.  Information still awaited.

24/19  CCTV,     

This matter was again discussed at length, particularly considering the recent burglaries in the parish and it was agreed to move forward with CCTV in the centre of Kimbolton.    Clearly, we cannot protect the whole of the parish but it was thought that by covering the roads through the village – particularly if the cameras are of good quality such that vehicle occupants can be recognised – it could be of considerable help in identifying suspects following an offence taking place.

It was therefore proposed by Councillor Mrs Hellett, seconded by Councillor Mrs Milne and agreed by 5 votes in favour, 1 against and 1 abstention, to engage Millennium Security to install cameras and recording equipment at a cost of c£3500.00.    Cameras to be at the George corner end of High St and at the church end, subject to advice from the company and necessary permissions.


  • Applications

19/00108  17 Hatchet Lane, Stonely – part single part 2 storey rear extension including Juliet balcony.

It was proposed by Councillor Mrs Hellett, seconded by Councillor Mrs Milne and recommended for approval.

19/00106  5 East St – south side replace render & boards

It was proposed by Councillor Mrs Lloyd, seconded by Councillor Mrs Hellett & recommended for approval.

19/00113  Hearse House, cemetery  underpin.     Noted.

19/00197  8 Easton Rd Stonely – 2 storey side & single storey rear extension

It was proposed by Councillor Mrs Hawkes, seconded by Councillor Mrs Stainer and recommended for approval.

19/00171 Kimbolton School Preparatory Dept – construct extension for entrance etc.

Councillor Mrs Hellett took no part in the discussion of this item and did not vote.

It was proposed by Councillor Poole, seconded by Councillor Mrs Hawkes and recommended for approval.

19/00251  24 High St – change of use to A2 residential.   Such an application would normally be opposed, since we do not wish to lose retail premises from the High St, but this building lends itself more to residential use than anything else, thus it was proposed by Councillor Mrs Lloyd, seconded by Councillor Poole and recommended for approval.

18/02744  12 Main Rd Stonely – 2 storey rear extension with 1 storey link.

Councillor Hutchinson declared an interest in this matter, left the room and took no part in the discussion or vote.

It was proposed by Councillor Poole, seconded by Councillor Mrs Milne and agreed, with 2 abstentions, to recommend approval.

Councillor Hutchinson re-joined the meeting.

19/00319 TPO. The Old Chapel, Thrapston Rd – prune and shape yew tree.  This late application was looked at and it was agreed to simply note it.

  • Ongoing Matters.     Mulberry Cottage stables.  No report.

26/19    REPORTS

Allotments.  Councillor Mrs Hellett presented her report and highlighted those plots in need of attention.

Councillor Gooderham joined the meeting.

Playpark. The hire of a self-contained pressure washer was being investigated, so that the play equipment might be cleaned.

Pound Lane.    The Working Party will meet at 6pm on 28 March and an invitation will be given to representatives of the Cricket and Football Clubs to attend.

Kimbolton School Governors.

Councillor Mrs Hellett said that the Governors were having their ‘away day’ on 21/22 March at Jesus College.

Mandeville Hall.   Councillor Mrs Lloyd said that she had not been able to attend a recent meeting.


  • HDC seminar on future mobility & energy on 5 March was noted.
  • Request from a resident for the reinstatement of the lamp in Hatchet Lane which is due to be removed was noted and no action agreed.
  • Great British Spring Clean 22 March to 23 April.  Councillor Mrs Hellett offered to organise a litter pick on Sunday 7 April.  The Clerk will ask HDC to provide equipment.
  • Consultation on Huntingdon Neighbourhood Plan was noted.
  • Petition for consecration of new cemetery was duly signed.
  • St Neots Museum events noted and it was agreed to again donate £100 to the museum, thereby ensuring free admission for the residents of this parish.


The Clerk reminded members of the date and time of the meeting and said he hoped all would be able to attend, since there should be a good turnout of residents as our main speaker is the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Councillor Gooderham gave his apologies for that meeting.


Councillor Gooderham said that he hoped that the problem might be solved and did not wish to proceed with his request at the moment.


a)The following were proposed and approved for payment –

PKF Littlejohn            Audit fee                                              360.00 inc VAT

Mick George Ltd        Skip hire                                              201.60        

SJ Rook Ltd      Electrical installation defibrillator Hall           140.00  no  

Grafton Projects         Stationery                                              16.74 inc  

Lightfoot Design         submission of building regs                 180.00     

CGM Group Ltd          Grass cutting Oct 2018                       229.50     

Anglian Water             Allotment water                                     83.77  no 

E-On                        Hearse house/streetlight                          65.57  inc “

D Eades                    Cemetery work                                     538.16   no 

Payroll costs            Pay, PAYE & NIC                                 2108.43      

C L Thatcher Reimburse fuel, stamps, Land Registry fee      160.01  inc “

31/19  DISTRICT COUNCILLOR was unable to be present.

32/19  HIGH STREET CAR PARKING  No report.


Councillor Mrs Hawkes said that it appeared that conmen were calling on local properties.

Councillor Mrs Lloyd referred to the need for parking restrictions on parts of Newtown.



The next normal meeting of Council will be held on Thursday 28 March 2019, commencing at 7pm in the Youth and Community Room at the Mandeville Hall.

The Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Thursday 7 March 2019 commencing at 7.30pm.

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 2150 hours.

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 1915 hours.

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