MINUTES OF THE EXTRAORDINARY MEETING OF BARLEY PARISH COUNCIL
HELD AT THE TOWN HOUSE ON MONDAY 15TH JULY 2013 AT 8PM
Present: Cllr Jeremy Carlisle (Chairman), Cllr Ian Turner, Cllr Tony Slater, Cllr Graham Clark,
Cllr Mark O’Brien, Mrs Laura Childs (Clerk), and 3 members of the public
Councillor’s Declaration of Interest
Cllr Turner declared an interest in the software that he has developed to assist the input of data for Speedwatch. This software may shortly be sold to other police authorities.
Mr Brian Haughey spoke on behalf of the Speedwatch team. He explained that it appears that the ‘Blues & Twos’ training appears to have restarted and coming through the village at speed on occasions. This is in contravention to a previous agreement that undertook not to speed through the village. Mr Haughey has started communications again with the Metropolitan Police driver training school in Hendon and is arranging to meet with them shortly.
With regard to the recent issues that have arisen between the Speedwatch team and the police, there is still progress to be made in order for Speedwatch to resume operating within the village. Mr Haughey and the Speedwatch team are looking to explore all avenues in which to reduce speeding through the village and asked the Parish Council for its support. Cllr Slater suggested that Mr Haughey write to Mr David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner and C.C. County Council Tony Hunter, District Councillor Gerald Morris and MP Mr Oliver Heald outlining the recent issues experienced and requesting some answers to queries as yet unresolved. Mr Haughey and Cllr Turner agreed to produce a draft letter.
Mr Haughey asked how the Parish Council felt about erecting some signs at the entrance to the village stating that Barley is a Speedwatch Village. Cllr Carlisle asked Mr Haughey if he could look into the costs of such signs. Cllr Clark suggested that the ‘countdown’ signs (as those erected as you come into the village of Fowlmere) were particularly effective and these perhaps should also be considered.
Mr Haughey reported that he had investigated getting the Camera Safety Van located in the village and has found that this is operated by the Bedfordshire Police Authority. He has attempted to make contact with them and is awaiting a return phone call.
Mr Haughey has also found that it is possible to ‘rent’ a policeman for a day and that the officer would be able to undertake radar sessions. Following conversation with the Barkway Speedwatch team, Mr Haughey said that they have also expressed an interest in this option and that it might be an idea to share the costs. Following discussions this was a popular option amongst the meeting and it was felt that this might have the most impact in combination with some new signage. Mr Haughey agreed to arrange a meeting with the Barkway Speedwatch team and Sgt John Vine to take this matter forward.
It was suggested that perhaps there might be some funding available through County Cllr Hunter or Dst Cllr Morris allocations and Mr Haughey said that he would approach them to enquire. The Clerk agreed to supply all the Councillors email addresses to Mr Haughey so he could forward all email communications to everyone.
13/01566/1LB ~ White Posts, High Street, Barley, SG8 8HY Replacement Windows
Following discussions it was unanimously agreed that there were no objections to this application.
Following on from a meeting held earlier in the month, a leaflet is to be distributed to all of the households in the village, stating the view of the Parish Council and asking villagers to register their opinion on the proposed allocation of the land now known as Site 204 off Pudding Lane in NHDC’s latest consultation document and which is an enlargement of the site previously put forward and then known as Site 27.
Cllr Carlisle reminded everyone of the comments made by the Parish Council previously against Site 27 (the previous designation for Site 204), and the meeting unanimously agreed that at the very least the same objections should be expressed but reinforced with the concerns raised at the earlier meeting over the substantially increased site area and the increase in traffic to Shaftenhoe End Road and Church End and the dangers that would result due to the blind junctions at either end of Shaftenhoe End Road.
It was agreed that Cllr O’Brien and Cllr Carlisle would draft the Parish Councils response and forward via email for approval by the rest of the Councillors. The Clerk agreed to ensure it was registered with NHDC before the 2nd August deadline.
The meeting closed at 9.40pm