Meeting Minutes: 28th July 2022


MINUTES of the Council meeting held at 7 p.m. on Thursday 28 July 2022 in the Youth Hall at the Mandeville Hall, Kimbolton.

PRESENT  Councillors  K Hutchinson; R Gooderham;  Mrs D Hellett; Ms C Jessup; Mrs R Lloyd; J Gray and Ms H Bradbury

IN ATTENDANCE  County Councillor I Gardener;  Lionel Thatcher, Clerk to the Council and 1 member of the public.

Vice Chairman Keith Hutchinson took the Chair in the absence of the Chairman

104/22      APOLOGIES  were received from Councillors Mrs E Milne; Mrs J Stainer; L Farrer and P Seabrook. and District Councillor J Gray.

105/22     PUBLIC FORUM  was not used  


  None were reported..

107/22     COUNTY COUNCILLOR Ian Gardener said that the pedestrian crossing is to be installed next month.  It has been noted that a tree, which has a TPO, in the grounds of Beacon Wealth could interfere with the positioning of signage and needs trimming.  The County Council will contact Beacon Wealth.

He said that he attempted to put in an amendment to the committee determining the amount payable to this council for the works asking that the amount be increased to cover the £10716 shortfall.  This was refused, but will be reviewed and he will let us know if we need to take action to request this formally.

£60million is being spent on children in St Neots, with two new schools being built.

Councillor Mrs Hellett asked about the Flood Action Bus and Councillor Gardener said he would try to get it to come to Kimbolton.

108/22    MINUTES of the Council meeting of 30 June 2022 were read, approved and signed as a true record of that meeting other than changing minute 92/22 third paragraph from 2.6% to 26%.


  • Neighbourhood Watch. No report
  • Hearse House.  No action required at present
  • Pound Lane  The Clerk reported that the Planning Department were minded to refuse our application unless hedging was included.   It was thought that this is unnecessary and Councillor Hutchinson will speak with the Planning Officer in an effort to reach an agreement.
  • Pedestrian Crossing  Work is due to commence on 15 August
  • Cemetery Wall repairs.  No action as yet
  • Twinning.   No action to be taken during the pandemic.
  • MVAS signs     Due to Councillor Farrer being unable to spare the time, it was agreed that Councillor Gooderham would liaise with Councillor Gray and together erect the signs.

h)    Street Market.  Councillor Mrs Hellett said that she now has 21 stalls for 20 August.

 I  Mandeville Hall charges.    It was agreed to offer a donation rather than pay a rent and that this should be £500 per annum.

j.  Allotments Rubbish.   The problem of waste being dumped on the former bonfire site continues and it was agreed that the only way of preventing it was to completely clear the bonfire area.  It was agreed that the Clerk will obtain quotes for a JCB and skip and once a price is received a letter will be sent to allotment tenants warning them that if it is necessary to clear the area again, the cost will be levied on the tenants.

k  Councillor Gooderham said that the quote received for traffic management was £1800 to £1900 and the Showman’s Guild were seeing if they can cover the additional cost.

Councillor Gooderham and County Councillor Gardener left the meeting.

110/22    PLANNING

a)The following applications were considered –

20/01125/OUT  Land SE of 73 Main Rd Stonely – appeal against decision.

Councillor Hutchinson pointed out that HDC should have posted the appellant’s statement of case on their website, but this had not been done.  The Clerk will write and remind them.

It was proposed by Councillor Mrs Lloyd, seconded by Councillor Mrs Hellett and unanimously agreed to reiterate to the Planning Inspectorate our previous decision to refuse the application on the grounds that it contravened the 2019 Local Plan.

22/01554   52 High St Kimbolton – change 1st and 2nd floors from residential to dental consulting room etc.

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

22/01474  5 Main Rd Stonely – erect greenhouse

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

111/22  REPORTS

Allotments.     Councillors Mrs Hellett and Mrs Lloyd presented their allotments report.  Generally the plots are looking good, but the weeds on vacant plot 7 badly need cutting, as do the blackthorn near the vehicle gate.

Dog Fouling is noticeably worse and it was suggested that a note reminding dog owners to clear up be placed on Facebook.

Playground.   A response from Wicksteed is still awaited regarding repairs to the roundabout.

Personnel  Councillor Mrs Hellett asked about replacing the member of staff who primarily maintained the cemetery.  It was agreed to call a meeting of the committee to consider this.

Village Maintenance

The entrance to Halls Meadow needs widening .

The hedge at Valentine Gardens needs cutting back again.  The Clerk will contact Chorus.

The algae on Carnaby bridge needs removing

Leaves and branches dropping from the willow tree at Hellett’s corner need clearing, as does the area around the drain on the opposite side of the road.

Outside Bodies

Mandeville Hall – Councillor Hutchinson attended a recent meeting

Kimbolton Trust.  No report

Kimbolton School Governors.  The school is now on holiday and work is underway to refurbish the tennis courts.

112/22  FLOOD ACTION  Councillor Mrs Hellett said that she had asked for this as an agenda item as a reminder to monitor progress.

113/22  CHRISTMAS LIGHTS switch-on.    Councillor Ms Bradbury said that as an alternative to closing the road, it is possible to have stalls in the courtyard and she would be happy to help organise these.


  • A letter from Mr C Robinson regarding the pedestrian crossing and parking was read and noted.
  • An email received from Mr Stan Rhodes of the Mandeville Hall Committee said that there were ‘inaccuracies and omissions’ in regard to our claim for payment of the £500 due to this council from the Mandeville Hall Committee.     He has not elaborated on this statement and an email has subsequently been found from Robert Oliver, then Chairman of the Mandeville Hall Committee to the Clerk in which the debt was mentioned and clearly acknowledged.

Our representative to the Hall Committee, Councillor Hutchinson, will bring this to the attention of the Hall Committee when they next meet and suggest that the donation of £500 per annum suggested above, should commence after 12 months, in lieu of payment.

115/22  ACCOUNTS

  • The following were approved for payment –

K & M Lighting             streetlight maintenance               128.15

Mandeville Hall            Meeting hire                                  31.50

VisionICT Ltd              2 x email addresses                       43.20

J Whitehead                 Allotment work                              50.00

Fishers                          Sundries                                      33.49

C L Thatcher    reimbursement re printer repairs & gift   174.00

Payroll costs         Pay, PAYE & NIC                             2726.79

116/22  DISTRICT COUNCILLOR was unable to be present

117/22  HIGH ST CAR PARKING  no report


Councillor Mrs Lloyd referred to tyres having been left on Rookery Lane

Councillor Mrs Hellett said that advertising signs were being placed on railings and the Easton Rd roadsign was broken.

Councillor Ms Jessup said the ‘give way’ sign at Park Lane was damaged.   Children are making dams in the river and she suggested that the ivy on trees be cut to prevent it overwhelming the trees.

Councillor Hutchinson asked that an item be placed on the agenda for the next meeting in order to express this council’s support for High Street businesses.

119/22  NEXT MEETING   

It was agreed that the next normal meeting of Council will be held in the Youth Room at the Mandeville Hall on Thursday 25 August 2022 commencing at 7pm.

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 2145 hours.

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