BRANDON TOWN COUNCIL
Minutes of the Meeting of the Full Brandon Town Council
Held on Monday 7th February 2005
At the Church Institute, London Road, Brandon

Present: The Chairman Ms J S Bourton, The Vice Chairman Cllr. Mrs E Milner, Cllr. V E Ashley, Cllr. S Edwards, Cllr. Mrs S Jureko, Cllr. S Newbon, Cllr. P R Ridgwell,
Cllr. R Silvester and Cllr. N A Vant.

Also present: The Temporary Clerk Mrs C Mason, 1 member of the press, 3 members of the public, Squadron Leader Jo Daniels
The meeting commenced at 7.00 pm

1.  APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllr. P Baldwin due to illness, Cllr. Mrs C M Silvester due to an alternative meeting,
Cllr. P MacLoughin due to holiday

2.  DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS AND ADDITIONS TO REGISTER OF MEMBERS INTERESS
(PCC OF C2001/LGA 2000)
Cllr. Mrs E Milner declared an interest in Agenda Item 20 of the Confidential Minutes and duly signed the Members Book of Interests.

3.  TO RECEIVE, CONFIRM AND SIGN MINUTES
Of the Brandon Town Council Full Meeting on Monday 17th January 2005 (Public Items ) (LGA 1972 Sch12)
Item 5 Horticultural Costs should read…Cllr P Ridgewell questioned the increase in Horticultural costs.
Resolution Record No. BTC/195/07/Feb/05
Proposed by Cllr. Mrs S Jureko and seconded by Cllr. S Newbon
CARRIED : 7 for 0 against 1 abstentioN.
THAT THE AMENDED MINUTES OF THE BRANDON TOWN COUNCIL MEETING OF THE 17TH JANAUARY 2005 BE ACCEPTEDAND SIGNED AS A TRUE RECORD
4.  MATTERS ARISING
From the Brandon Town Council Full Meeting of Monday 17th January 2005.
Due to an administrative oversight it was necessary to defer discussion on the donation to the Brandon Remembrance Playing Fields until the next Town Council meeting.

5.  PUBLIC FORUM
Resolution Record No. BTC/196/07/Feb/05
Proposed by the Chairman Cllr. Ms J S Bourton and seconded by Cllr. Mrs S Jureko
CARRIED : Unanimous
THAT THE MEETING BE ADJOURNED FOR THE PUBLIC FORUM AND REPORTS
A member of the public expressed her concern at the amount of litter at the Thetford Road bus stop. In response Cllr. Mrs Jureko said a request for an additional litter bin will be sent to Forest Heath District Council directly.

With regards to the signage and roadway at the Coulson Lane, London Road junction, Mr & Mrs Flagg of Suffolk Court asked the Council if they would keep the pressure on Highways to implement safety improvements in this problematic locality. A letter of complaint to be sent to the appropriate authority to include all issues raised: overgrown trees, splay and poor signage.

Cllr. Mrs Milner, speaking as a member of the public, asked if it were possible to have the dangerous yellow box junction on London Road removed. The Highways Agency to be contacted.

7.  TO RECEIVE A REPORT FROM RAF LAKENHEATH
Key topics in Squadron Leader Jo Daniels report included:
Gate 8 - Large vehicle configuration changed
Driver Training – Practical driving tests are to be extended to selected personnel at both Lakenheath and Mildenhall bases.
LVIS area and the A1065 road improvement plans
SCC Travel Plan – commuter patterns at both USAF bases. To include support for the cycle path
The Community Appreciation Day at RAF Mildenhall on the 4th June 2005.

8.  TO RECEIVE REPORTS (if any) from County and/or District Councillors
District Councillor S Edwards reported final budget figures from Forest Heath District Council are due to be finalised during the next two weeks. It is anticipated Council Tax payable for a Band D property will be down by 2.5%.

Resolution Record No. BTC/197/07/Feb/05
Proposed by the Chairman and seconded by Cllr. S Newbon
CARRIED : Unanimous
THAT THE MEETING RECONVENES
8.  URGENT BUSINESS – any items the Chairman considers a matter of urgent business (pursuant to Section 100B (4) (16) LGA 1972)
The Chairman Cllr. Ms J Bourton read out a letter received from Forest Heath District Council’s standard committee informing the Town Council of the one month’s suspension incurred by Cllr. Mrs J Ahern for bringing her office into disrepute by drink-driving. The ban is effective from the 1st February 2005.
The Standards Committee further recommended all Councillors receive extra training on their codes of conduct.
Resolution Record No. BTC/198/07/Feb/05
Proposed by Cllr. N Vant and seconded by Cllr. Mrs E Milner
CARRIED: 7 for 0 against 2 abstentions
THAT BRANDON TOWN COUNCIL DECLINE THE RECOMMENDATIONS PUT FORWARD BY THE STANDARDS COMMITTEE
Letters received for information only:
Suffolk County Council Draft Statement of Community Involvement – The document sets out how the Council will carry out its consultations on the new Development Plan making system.
Forest Heath District Council Environment Agency Policy – Provision of Sandbags
and the Forest Heath Flood Policy.

9.  PLANNING APPLICATIONS: Notifications circulated: plans at meeting
9.1 Resolution Record No. BTC/199/07/Feb/05
Proposed by Cllr. N Vant and seconded by Cllr. Mrs E Milner
CARRIED: 6 for 0 against 3 abstentions
THAT BRANDON TOWN COUNCIL OBJECTS TO PLANNINGAPPLICATION F/2005/0067/OUT OUTLINE APPLICATION: ERECTION OF ONE DWELLING. (DEVELOPMENT AFFECTING A RIGHT OF WAY). LAND AT COULSON COTTAGE, COULSON LANE, BRANDON, ON THE GROUNDS OF INADEQUATE ACCESS
Resolution Record No. BTC/200/07/Feb/05
Proposed by the Vice Chairman Mrs E Milner and seconded by Cllr. Mrs S Jureko
CARRIED: Unanimous
THAT BRANDON TOWN COUNCIL RESOLVES NO OBJECTIONTO THE PLANNING APPLICATIONS HEREUNDER DESCRIBED
F/2004/1073/FUL  Erection of front/side extension
19 Falcon Drive, Brandon  NO OBJECTION

F/2005/0005/TPO  Felling of 6 Birch Trees
2 and 4 Walton Way, Brandon  NO OBJECTION

F/2005/0016/FUL  Erection of single storey front extension
11 The Street, Brandon  NO OBJECTION

F/2005/0029/FUL  Resubmission: erection of side conservatory and front porch
35 The Rookery, Brandon  NO OBJECTION

F/2005/0049/FUL  Erection of an attached replacement garage (demolition of existing attached garage). (Development Affecting a Public Right of Way)
1 Lingheath Road, Brandon  NO OBJECTION

F/2005/0062/FUL  Erection of a carport
Heathcote HouseDay Centre, Warren Road, Brandon  NO OBJECTION

F/2005/0066/TPO  Felling of 2 Beech Trees and pollarding of 8 Beech Trees
23 Bracken Rise, Brandon  NO OBJECTION

F/2005/0039/FUL  Erection of a two storey dwelling
Land adjacent to 122 Seymour Avenue, Brandon  NO OBJECTION


9.2 DECISIONS and other information from FHDC since 6th January 2005

9.2.1 Planning Applications GRANTED

F/2004/0971/FUL  Erection of single storey rear extension and new vehicular access
208 Park View, Brandon.  Approve with conditions
F/2004/1012/COU  Change of use from dog grooming parlour to digital/laser printing office.  Approve with conditions
F/2004/1000/CAT  Felling of 1 Sweet Chestnut, 2 Cherry trees and 4 Conifers and repollarding of 3 limes
Hellsdon House, 59 High Street, Brandon. No objections

10.2.2 Planning Applications
F/2004/0958/FUL  Outline Application: Erection of one house with integral garage
Land adjacent 182 London Road, BrandonREFUSED

9.2.3 Planning Applications
F/2004/0984/FUL  Erection of side conservatory
35 The Rookery, BrandonWITHDRAWN

9.3 TREE PRESERVATION ORDERS/ TREE REDUCTION AND
REMOVAL

None to date

9.4 STREET NAMING AND NUMBERING
None to date

9.5 DELEGATION PLANNING MEETING and Case Officer Recommendations
None to date

9.6 NOTICES OF PLANNING APPEALS SINCE 6th January 2005
None to date

9.7 AGENDAS / MINUTES FROM FHDC SINCE 6th January 2005
None to date

10.  ACCOUNTS
To receive and approve January 2005 payments
10.1    Public Items – January 2005
Resolution Record No. BTC/201/07/Feb/05
Proposed by Cllr. Mrs E Milner and seconded by Cllr. S Newbon
CARRIED: Unanimous
THAT THE PAYMENTS ON THE LISTS SUBMITTED FOR JANUARY 2005 (PUBLIC ITEMS) AND PRODUCED HEREUNDERARE APPROVED


Date

Jan-05
Jan-05
Jan-05
Jan-05
Jan-05
Jan-05
Jan-05



TOTALS


DD
DD
SO
DD
DD
DD
DD
DD
DD
DD
DD

TOTALS
Amount

77.19
75.74
103.64
5.80
6.00
2,775.94
63.27



3,107.58


 197.64
98.75
538.54
   quarterly
   quarterly
   quarterly
51.65
59.82
 22.00
 24.00
223.00

 1,215.40
Supplier

Finevale Service Station
Finevale Service Station
Pearsons
Tindalls
J & D Green
S P Landscapes
Border Building Supplies






British Gas
Anglian Water
A M Government Services Ltd
Powergen - 20/2 OSH Box
Powergen -no 27 Street Lights
Powergen -no 49 OSH
Powergen -no 51 Cemetery
Unicom tel/fax/internet
FHDC garage rent
FHDC Rates Cem
FHDC Rates OSH


Net Total

68.67
67.44
88.20
5.80
6.00
2,362.50
63.27



2,661.88


 188.23
98.74
 458.33
quarterly
quarterly
quarterly
49.19
50.91
 18.15
 24.00
 223.00

 1,110.55
VAT

8.52
8.30
15.44


413.44




445.70


9.41

80.21
quarterly
quarterly
quarterly
2.46
8.91
3.85
0.00
0.00

104.84


10.1    Confidential – January 2005 (Staff Salaries/Loc Gov.Pension)
Approval of these payments was deferred until the next Brandon Town Council meeting.

11.  REPORTS FROM WEST AND EAST WARD LIGHTING COMMITTEES
REFERENCE REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL STREET LIGHTING

A meeting of the East and West Ward Lighting committees has yet to be arranged.
Cllr. P Ridgewell raised the issue of the lack of street lighting in St. Benedicts Drive and St Nicholas Drive.
Cllr. Mrs S Jureko asked if an additional street light could be installed at George Street.
Cllr. S Newbon asked if consideration could be given to improve the street lighting along Church Road / Manor Road.
The relevant street lighting committees to look into points raised.
Resolution Record No. BTC/202/07/Feb/05
Proposed by the Chairman Cllr. Ms J Bourton and seconded by Cllr. Mrs S Jureko
CARRIED: Unanimous
THAT BRANDON TOWN COUNCIL APPOINT CLLR. S NEWBONTO SERVE ON THE WEST WARD LIGHTING COMMITTEE
Resolution Record No. BTC/203/07/Feb/05
Proposed by Cllr. R Silvester and seconded by Cllr. S Newbon
CARRIED: Unanimous
THAT BRANDON TOWN COUNCIL AGREE TO THE REPLACEMENTOF THE COMPLETE COLUMN OF THE ST MARGARETS DRIVE STREET LIGHT. COST TO BE RECOVERED FROM INSURERS
Resolution Record No. BTC/204/07/Feb/05
Proposed by Cllr. R Silvester and Seconded by Cllr. S Newbon
CARRIED: Unanimous
THAT BRANDON TOWN COUNCIL AGREE TO THE REPLACEMENTOF THE LANTERN HEAD IN CEDAR WAY
12.  OLD SCHOOL HOUSE – DDA COMPLIANCY AND STRUCTURAL ALTERATIONS
RESOLUTION from Brandon Town Council Old School House Working Party at the Meeting held on Monday 17th January 2005.
Resolution Record No: BTC/205/07/Feb/05
Proposed by Cllr. Mrs E Milner and seconded by Cllr. N Vant
CARRIED: 8 for 1 against 0 abstention.
THAT BRANDON TOWN COUNCIL ADOPTS THE ARCHITECTS SCHEME 4/4A TOGETHER WITH THE RENOVATIONS OF THE GROUND FLOOR, TAKING THE OFFICE WALL OUT, REMOVING THE ALLEYWAY AND PROCEEDING WITH THE RENOVATIONS TO COMPLY WITH THE DDA REQUIREMENTS
13.  A1065 IMPROVEMENTS
Resolution Record No. BTC/206/07/Feb/05
Proposed by Cllr. S Newbon and seconded by Cllr. Mrs E Milner
CARRIED:  8 for 0 against 1 abstention.
THAT BRANDON TOWN COUNCIL APPROVE, WITH COMMENTS THE
SUBMITTED A1065 IMPROVEMENT PLANS
14.  RESOLUTION TO EXCLUDE THE PUBLIC AND PRESS:
Resolution Record No. BTC/207/07/Feb/05
Proposed by the Chairman Ms J S Bourton and seconded by Cllr. Mrs S Jureko
CARRIED: Unanimous
THAT IN VIEW OF THE CONFIDENTIAL NATURE OF THEBUSINESS ABOUT TO BE TRANSACTED IT IS ADVISABLE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST THAT THE PUBLIC AND PRESS BE TEMPORARILY EXCLUDED AND THEY ARE INSTRUCTED TO WITHDRAW FOR THE FOLLOWING  REASONS : CONFIDENTIAL MINUTES; STAFFING ISSUES; QUOTATIONS.(Section 100(A)(4) LGA 1972)

THIS PAGE IS CONFIDENTIAL
ONLY THE RESOLUTIONS MAY BE DISPLAYED
AS A MATTER OF PUBLIC RECORD

15.  TO RECEIVE, CONFIRM AND SIGN CONFIDENTIAL MINUTES
Of the Full Brandon Town Council Meeting of Monday 17th January 2005
Resolution Record No. BTC/208/07/Feb/05
Proposed by the Vice Chairman Cllr. Mrs E Milner and seconded by Cllr. Mrs S Jureko
CARRIED: 8 for 0 against 1 abstention
THAT THE CONFIDENTIAL MINUTES OF THE BRANDON TOWNCOUNCIL MEETING ON MONDAY 17th JANUARY 2005 BE   APPROVED
16.  MATTERS ARISING FROM THE CONFIDENTIAL MINUTES

CONFIDENTIAL

17.  EMPLOYMENT MATTER TOWN KEEPER – LODE   

CONFIDENTIAL

18.  BRANDON TOWN COUNCIL STREET LIGHTING CONTACT RENEWAL WITH EON ENERGY 

CONFIDENTIAL

19.  THE ORCHARD, COULSON LANE, BRANDON

CONFIDENTIAL

20.  TO DISCUSS ACQUISITION OF LAND: NEW CEMETRY PURCHASE RESOLUTION from Brandon Town Council New Cemetery working Party at the meeting held on Monday 15th November 2004.
Vice Chairman Mrs E Milner declared an interest in this item and duly left the room.

Resolution Record No: BTC/209/07/Feb/05
Proposed by The Chairman Ms J Bourton and seconded by Cllr. N Vant
CARRIED: 7 for 1 against 0 abstention
THAT BRANDON TOWN COUNCIL INSTRUCTS THE COUNTYSOLICITOR TO PROCEED WITH THE COMPULSARY PURCHASEOF LAND OF MANOR ROAD 
21.  HORTICULTURAL COSTS FOR THE FORTHCOMING FINANCIAL YEAR
Resolution Record No: BTC/210/07/Feb/05
Proposed by Cllr. R Silvester and seconded by Cllr. Mrs E Milner
CARRIED: 5 for 2 against 2 abstentions
THAT BRANDON TOWN COUNCIL DOES NOT RENEW S & P LANSCAPES’S CONTRACT AND REVERTS TO IN HOUSE TOWN MAINTENANCE
22.  VICTORIA AVENUE
Resolution Record No: BTC/211/07/Feb/05
Proposed by Cllr. E Ashley and seconded by Cllr. N Vant
CARRIED: Unanimous
THAT BRANDON TOWN COUNCILL GO AHEAD WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS OUTLINED IN A LETTER FROM THE COUNCIL’S SOLICITORS
The Meeting terminated at 9.50 pm.



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