Minutes from the September 2005 meeting of the Eaton Bray Parish Council.
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Eaton Bray Parish Council

Below is a summary of the minutes of the Eaton Bray Parish Council Meeting of 5th September 2005.

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Summary of Minutes - Monday 5th September 2005

Chairman's Comments & Correspondence

The Chairman read an email from a local resident who expressed concern that a rool of honour of those killed in the War, that is on display in the Parish Church has been allowed to fade and become barely legible. He asked the PC to take up this matter with the Church. The Church Guide has written to the Parochial Church Council asking for this to be reframes and hung in a more appropriate place.

A resident of The Nurseries emailed their concern that golf balls from School Lane Rec. were landing in pedestrian areas and around parked cars. Also trees on the park were beginning to overshadow their property.

Carnival Committee - Gave thanks to the PC for their help and support with this year's very successful event.

Letter of resignation received from Maria Sinclair Youth Club Worker. PC expressed their appreciation and wished her well.

Ringmaster - Informed PC that two white male offenders had stolen a purse from a resident in The Rye.

A Neighbourhood Policing Evening will be held at The White House Leighton Buzzard on 15 September at 6.30pm. Local residents are invited to attend.

Beds Police have conducted overt and covert speed chekcs within the Parish. The results have been passed to the Traffice Management Department. The Village will continue to recieve their periodic attention.

District & County Representatives

Cllr Janes reported from SBDC that contracts have now been signed, and work on the new Theatre will commence shortly.

County Cllr Piggott informed the PC that the Current Highways Contract ends on 1st October and that current commitments will be met.

Matters Arising: July


Now delivered and will be installed shortly by Cllr Pearson.

School Lane Rec

Wicksteed to be contacted to repair one of the swings.

Height Barrier The Rye

New quotes to be obtained.

Security Coffee Tavern

Cllr Pearson has installed new locks; a bell has also been installed.

Memorial Bed Cemetery

Grounds Maintenance Contractor has now completed this work.

HGV Learner Drivers

Cllr Piggott will provide an address for the Testing Station in Rugby to ask for a change of route. Clerk to write.

Matters Arising: August

Sports & Social Club

Accounts: A proforma for accounts has been prepared by Cllrs Marriage & Tribbick and will shortly be implemented.
Dilapidation: A progress report on dilapidation has now been promised for the October PC meeting.

Happy Valley Sign

SBDC have informed the PC that Advertisement consent was not needed for this sign, and that it is not inside a Conservation Area.

Sports & Social Club

It was agreed that a new standard basic lease be drawn up by the Solicitor, followed by a meeting of the two parties to agree all points. This will be accompanied by a list of operational rules.

Litter Bin Wallace Drive

The bin was recently destroyed by fire, Clerk to investigate an Insurance claim. Any replacement to be more robust.

Church Lane Wall

A wall in Church Lane appears to be damaged and may present a hazard to pedestrians. Cllr Janes advised that it be reported to the Building Control Officer at SBDC.


Sue Hounslow (Lower School Head), M Griffiths, & S Hayden representatives of the Schools Governing body gave the PC a copy of the Excellence and Enjoyment Partnership beyond the classroom report.

Mrs Hounslow reported that the School had had a very successful year even though they had no permanent Head teacher, and received an excellent Ofsted report.

The early year's class is full with 26 pupils who are now learning in a new invironment at the rear of the school with its own designated outside play area which is much safer for them.

Future plans include working closely with the playgroup with a view to providing nursery provision within 5 years. Fundraising will be necessary to facilitate this.

The Government has also changed provisions and would hopefully in the future like to see wrap around care between 8am & 6pm for 4 year olds and upwards. This should also ease the traffic problems in School Lane.

Community Police Liaison

PC Neville Johnson reported that there had been a couple of Harvest fires within the Parish and several failed rear entry night time burglaries, also damage to cars on the High Street.

Armed Police attended a gun incident that turned out to be a false alarm.

The Village recently benefitied from an Environmental action day when abandoned vehicles were removed and untaxed cars identified.

The Chairman thanked Neville for this continuing support.

Wallace Drive Parking & Nurseries Street Signs

SBDC have informed the PC that no action can be taken on these issues as it would set precedents.

Next Council Meeting

Monday 3rd October 2005, 7.30pm, in the Coffee Tavern.