Minutes from the December 2004 meeting of the Eaton Bray Parish Council.
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Below is a summary of the minutes of the Eaton Bray Parish Council Meeting of 6th December 2004.

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Summary of Minutes - Monday 6th December 2004

Chairman's Comments

An invitation from Eaton Bray Lower School to attend their Christmas Concert.

Beds County Council - notification that planning was refused for Goswell Yard, Billington Road. An appeal is to be sought. Any further comments should be directed to the Planning Inspectorate.


PC Neville Johnson, Inspector Steve Barrett and Community Support Office Faye Matthews attended the meeting.

In the last month 6 crimes have been reported within the village. These are mainly to do with vehicles.

Concerns were raised by the PC with regards to speeding motorists. PC Johnson informed the Cllrs that complaints of this nature should be directed to Richard Bratton, Casualty Reduction Officer, who will instruct the mobile speed camera to attende the village at a prominent time.

To assist the PC in their complaints a mobile speed unit could be loaned to the council on a 48 hour basis whereupon data could be recorded, detailing speeds and frequency of offenders. G.P. Committee to look at organising volunteers and arrangin a suitable date and timings.

The Cllrs thanked PC Johnson for organising Police attendance at the Remembrance day service, but told of their disappointment that the traffic had not been slowed/stopped. Cllrs suggested that theu inform the Police prior to the next Eaton Bray service of their exact requirements.

Cllr Heyland reported of a growing disappointment with response of officers to attend incidances and reduced visits to Home Watch groups, and as a result these groups are disbanding. The officers explained that over the years PO's have to cover a wider area and more groups have formed making it difficult to retain the level of service.

Report from the Finance Committee Meeting - 16 & 18-November-04

The budgets for 2005/6 and 2006/7 have been completed with 2007/8 forecast. This will enable the P.C. to plan future projects more accurately.

A precept of £35k equates to 50p per week council tax on a 'C' banding. Due to recent financial outlays, current reserves, plans to redecorate the Coffee Tavern and other necessary requirements it is anticipated that a precept of £45k will be required. Cllr Heyland proposed that the precept be set to £45k, seconded by Cllr Hayes, unanimous.

Next Council Meeting

Monday 10th January 2005, 7.30pm, in the Coffee Tavern.