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Wrentham Parish Council Minutes (current ratified minutes)           see previous minutes

Minutes of the Meeting of Wrentham Parish Council

held at the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Monday 17th September 2018

Present:       The Chairman – Mr Ian Watson

Councillors – Mr Mark Buxton, Mr David Fletcher, Mrs Caroline Grantham, Mr Roger Middleditch, Mr Keith Perry, Mr David Reeves, Mrs Nuala Wilson

The Clerk – Mrs Frances Bullard

Suffolk County Council – not present

Waveney District Council – Cllr Craig Rivett

4 members of public


The Chairman welcomed all & invited members of public to speak.

Question regarding Meadowlands development and affordable housing provider.  The Chairman advised that all details were in previous minutes.

Mrs Wynn advised she has started a petition to ask for an additional crossing on the A12.  Mrs Wynn spoke of near misses at existing crossing.  Mr Reeves spoke of previous plans (in the 90s) to redesign the crossroads and provide crossings, however these were not supported by residents.  The Chairman said the PC fully support the idea of a further crossing but funding is be a major issue.  PC would be prepared to ringfence some CIL money to support the project.  

Mr Joe Ventura spoke about the overgrown verges near the Crossways bus shelter – The Clerk will ask Waveney Norse to attend to the area.

Discussion regarding youths causing problems at the Village Hall, criminal damage and anti social use of mopeds etc.  Will be discussed later in the meeting.  


Apologies were received and accepted from Mr Kevin Cross, Miss Alison Evans, Mrs Lucinda Hutson & Cllr Tony Goldson.



 All as Sole Trustee of Village Hall.


The minutes of the PC Meeting held on 16th July 2018, having previously been circulated, were proposed as a true record by Mr Reeves & seconded by Mrs Grantham - All in favour – a copy was signed by The Chairman.



  5.1  VAS Monthly Data – Mr Buxton has circulated data.  Mr Buxton shares frustration of Mr Robinson that data is obtained but nothing else happens with it.  It was agreed that the Clerk would share email addresses with Mr Buxton so he can share data with the Police & Crime Commissioners Office and the local Police Inspector.  He will also link with Mr Vere Nicoll who has offered to raise any issues through the Police Liaison Board he sits on.


  6.1 Any further Planning Applications Received – none.


   7.2  Account received from Bus Shelter Cleaner - £55

  7.3  Clerks salary & Clerks expenses of £62.39

   7.4  HMRC payment – Nil

   7.5  CAS – PC Insurance Renewal - £437.00

   7.6  Any other accounts received –

      7.6.1  Invoice from Mr Buckingham for VH grass cutting - £320.00

      7.6.2  Invoice from Suffolk Preservation Society for Membership - £30.00

Above payments 7.2 to 7.6.2 proposed by The Chairman & seconded by Mr Perry.  All in favour.  Cheques signed by The Chairman & Mr Reeves.

  7.7  GDPR/Audit – The Clerk confirmed that she has contacted PFK Littlejohn who have confirmed the exemption has been completed.  She awaits paperwork and will publish on website in due course.

   7.8  To set a date for Finance Committee Meeting – 6.30pm prior to PC meeting on 19th November 2018 agreed.


  8.1  Email from WDC re Councillors Register of Interests – Mr Middleditch and Mrs Wilson confirmed they have submitted new entries for the register,  The Clerk raised the tone of the letter and suggested it could have been worded differently.  Cllr Rivett asked for a copy to allow him to feedback.  The Clerk will scan to him.

  8.2  Letter from Barclays re closure of Halesworth Branch 30.11.18 – noted.

  8.3  Email from Mrs Wilson re village parking -  Mrs Wilson spoke re general lack of parking within the village.  The Chairman said this remains a big issue – Mr Cross conducted a very comprehensive survey a couple of years ago.  The Village Hall car park is now being locked overnight due to recent anti social behaviour but this will also impact on parking options.  CCTV is being considered, quotation received by VHMC was excessive but Mr Ed Vere Nicoll has offered the loan of a system.

  8.4  Letter from SCC re Lake Lothing Third Crossing – Cllr Rivett advised completion of scheme is expected to be 2020/21.

  8.5  Email from Dr Drane re VH Caretaker – Dr Drane suggested that Joe should be added to the PC payroll – having considered options it has been agreed that Joe will submit invoices for his work in the same way as the Bus Shelter Cleaner and Gardener currently do.  Mrs Reeves has drafted a proforma which she will collate.

  8.6  Village Litter Pick – agreed for 27th October – The Clerk will progress.

  8.7  Any Further correspondence received –

    8.7.1  Email from Denise Mortimer (Highways) re Guildhall Lane – complaint from a resident re speeding.  Discussion took place – this is the only route for HGVs at present but it is hoped the new Beccles Relief Road will help to alleviate the problem.  The Clerk will respond to Denise.

    8.7.2  Email from Mr Vere Nicoll re parking at Village Hall – discussed under item 8.3

    8.7.3  Invitation to East Suffolk Partnership Forum – The Clerk shared details.


  9.1  Mr Perry reminded all of the VH Cinema Club -  last Saturday of the month – next showing is ‘The Post’ – leaflets in foyer of VH.


Monday 15th October 2018 – 7.30pm

There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.15pm.