Minutes of the Alburgh Parish Council meeting held on Thursday, 4th February, 2021 at 7.30pm by video conferencing.


Parish Councillors present:

Mr. Soanes: Chairman, Mr. Denny, Mrs. Stewart, Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Gladden-Fenn, Mrs. Hair

Also attending:  Jackie Ellis: Clerk, Margaret Stone: County Councillor, 9 members of the public


  1. Welcome by the Chairman

Mr. Soanes welcomed everyone to the meeting


  1. To receive apologies for absence – None


  1. To receive declarations of interest in items on the agenda – Mr. Soanes declared an interest in Item 10, planning application 2021/0164.


  1. To approve and sign the minutes of the meetings held on 7th January 2021 and 14th January 2021 – These were approved and signed by Mr. Soanes, the chairman as a correct record.


  1. Open Forum for Public Participation: an opportunity to hear from members of the public

A member of the public asked about a 30mph restriction for the whole of the village.  It was explained by our chairman that we have tried for this on many occasions and Margaret Stone, County Councillor explained the national criteria and that unfortunately we do not come into this.

There are a lot of lorries travelling through the village that shouldn’t be.  This was also discussed and the fact that the weight limit needs tightening up. It was asked if additional signs could be put up and also that the sign at the bottom of Dove Hill looks like it means going to Denton Road.  Cllr Stewart said that they would take down the details of the lorries when they next start doing speed watch.  It was agreed that we would write to Highways.


  1. To receive inspection report on the Playing Field and to record any issues

Mr. Soanes did inspection and all was in good order.


  1. To discuss playing field grass cutting and condition of picnic site following recent flooding

We have obtained two quotations for grass cutting and strimming of the playing field and other areas.  After discussion it was agreed to give the work to LHF Services who also carried out  the work last year. It was decided that Mr. Soanes will have a discussion with Mr. Farrow about the cutting as it was felt that last year the work was not completely satisfactory.  The work will be reviewed regularly at our meetings.

The picnic site has suffered badly with the recent flooding.  It was noted that there may be some work needed to be carried out in the better weather.


  1. Discussion on how the parish council communicates with the parish, i.e. sending out district and county councillor reports, etc.

It has been noted that the website is not getting much interest and it was agreed that we would put important documents, information on Alburgh talk.


  1. To receive reports from District and County Councillors

Margaret Stone, County Councillor spoke on the following:

Budget proposals – The county council will only increase the council tax precept by 4% for the coming year; 2% general increase plus 2% for adult social care.  Adult social care is increasing at an alarming rate from £355m in 2016 to £448m in 2020.

Flooding –The council are looking at the issue of flooding and how they can improve a coordinated strategy for this.  Communities have worked hard to support this with sand bags, etc.

Vaccinations – these are being organised locally at specific centres.  The majority of 70 year olds should be vaccinated by the middle of February.


No District Councillor was in attendance.


  1. To discuss Planning Applications received since last meeting

Ref:  2021/0164 – Barn South of Station Road, Alburgh. Proposal:  conversion of existing barn to one bedroom dwelling.  (Mr. Soanes took no part in this discussion or voting but obviously could not leave the room on a zoom meeting – All councillors were happy with this).

All remaining parish councillors were happy to support this application and agreed that it would be nice to see this restored and would be a sympathetic development to have in the village.


  1. To discuss lorries coming through the village and the possibility of getting some signs – request by Cllr Stewart – This was discussed earlier in public participation. (not planned).


  1. Discussion on litter especially at the top of the footpath/bridleway coming from the bottom of Stony Lane on to Low Ditch – request by Cllr Stewart

There is a lot of litter been left around the village but the above area has been particularly bad.  Cllr Stewart asked what could be done about this.  It was agreed that we would ask County Council for any advice.  It was asked if we could put a camera up?


  1. Payments to be made since last meeting and record money received

Clerk salary £156.00, allowance £26.00


  1. To agree items for the next meeting

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, 4th March 2021 at 7.30pm via Zoom in line with Covid 19 regulations. Nobody had any items for this meeting.


  1. Close of Meeting

Mr. Soanes thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting at 8.05pm.




Mr. Soanes, Chairman – 4th March, 2021.