Minutes from the November 2007 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 6th November 2007.

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Summary of Minutes - Tuesday 6th November 2007

Theo Gray

Theo gave a talk about the Eaton Bray Website which he populates and maintains. If anyone wants anything added to the site, contact Theo by email to [email protected].

Public Forum

Alan Woolridge requested an update on Mill End Close and the Ransom Strip. The chairman advised:

  • the fencing is still in a state of disrepair and we are now looking at erecting a different type of fence. Mr Woolridge advised more fencing broken down near the bridge area.
  • The River Ouzel Internal Drainage Board are due to commence dredging work and will access through the broken fence area Mr Woolridge asked what was happening regarding the Youth Shelter, the Chairman advised we are liaising with PC Viv Dady, still awaiting response and as yet no decision has been made.

Mr Woolridge also advised more clearing up had been done in this area and recommended EBPC liaise with Edlesborough Parish Council and work together on this. The state of the fencing is a Health and Safety Issue. Cllrs Crace and Gallagher to talk with Edlesborough Parish Council.

Chairman’s comments and correspondence

Poppy Appeal, Cllr Heyland proposed we increase donation to £100, Cllr Marriage seconded, all in favour, cheque raised at end of meeting to this effect.

Leaf clearing at the memorial will be carried out at 10am on Saturday morning.

Ms Hounslow, Eaton Bray Lower School

Ms Hounslow and two school governors gave a brief presentation on "Why Have A Nursery" and distributed the latest Ofsted Report. Building work commenced on the new building this week and a copy of the plans will be made available to the Parish Council. The cost is £335,000, for the building work, but not fitting out, existing fitments will be used. Funding is in place for £300,000 and looking to raise the remainder by either donation or loan. The Parish Council will consider gift or loan to be addressed at a separate meeting. The Chairman congratulated Ms Hounslow on their fantastic achievements and Ofsted Report.

The clerk confirmed the Parish Council representatives will meet with the School Council on Friday 30 November at the school.

District and County Representatives

County Councillor B Piggott gave a talk on the two current task forces he is currently involved in, these being transport and Unitary Council for Bedfordshire.

Youth Club Accounts

The accounts were distributed prior to the meeting for consideration. The chairman advised still no success in recruiting a Youth Club Leader and will advertise this post again. To consider using Post Office, Public Houses and Garage along with media sources. If this vacancy cannot be filled the Youth Club Constitution regulations are the money must be used for youths.

Bus Shelter

Three quotations have now been received.

The chairman recommended we replace the roof, not make do with repairs due to the state of disrepair. The clerk to advise Alan Barnard.

Christmas Decorations

The Parish Council would like to buy trees and lights at a cost of £100. Cllr Beal proposed budget of £100, Cllr Crace seconded. All in favour.


The following planning applications were considered:

  • TP/07/1108 - Grasmere, Wellhead, Dunstable
    Erection of Replacement Garage
  • TP/07/1214 – 44 Wallace Drive, Eaton Bray
    Erection of new chimney breast

No objections were received.

Items for the December agenda to be requested no later than Friday 24 November 2007.

The meeting closed at 22:05.

The Parish Clerk can be contacted using the details shown on the Eaton Bray Parish Council home page.

Next Council Meeting

Monday 3rd December 2007, 7.30pm, in the Coffee Tavern.