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Skeffling Parish Council



For meeting to be held on 1st December 2009


 1.   Minutes of meetings held on 6th October 2009

 2.   Matters arising

 3.   Declaration of Interest  -  The Parish Councils (Model Code of Conduct) order 2001.  To record any declarations of interest by any Member in respect of items on this agenda.

 4.   Precept

 5.   Wind Turbine Farm, Easington

 6.   Parking outside Village Hall

 7.   Streetscene

 8.   Flood Defences

 9.   Correspondence

10.  Planning Application  -  7 West View, Chapel Lane, Skeffling.

11.  Planning Application  -  Annexe to Sun House, Skeffling.

12.  Public Speaking


Skeffling Parish Council



Those present:  Cllr. M. Turnbull, Chairman

Cllr. S. Rollinson, Vice Chairman

Cllr. R. Newsam

Cllr. J. F. Robinson

Cllr. P. Payne

Cllr. L. Payne


Apologies: Cllr. J. Sizer


Members of the public: 2


Minutes of meeting held on 6th October 2009

The minutes were accepted as accurate.

Proposed:   Cllr. M. Turnbull

Seconded:  Cllr. P. Payne

Vote: carried unanimously


Matters Arising

Road Watch

Since the scheme began there have been 3 Road Watch sessions with two members of the public assisting the police.  The incidents of speeding have been quite high for a small village.  This shows that the complaints of residents about speeding have been correct.  Because of these results the police are thinking of introducing a speed camera at certain times of the day, which will give them the authority to prosecute speeding motorists and not just caution them as at present.


Play Area

Cllr. J. F. Robinson felt he could not build the seesaw himself as he did not want to risk any child being hurt.  Cllr. R. Newsam and Cllr. P. Payne suggested the council could make a seesaw as long as it was built to the correct standards, and the children used it for the correct purpose. The cost of a readymade seesaw was very expensive.  Cllr. M. Turnbull and Cllr. J. F. Robinson will get plans for the seesaw and discuss the project at the January meeting. Bird deterrent strips have been put on top of the swings. Cllr. J. F. Robinson reported that fungus is growing through the bark in the play area.  He has sought expert advice on how to get rid of this which is to spray the area.  This is not advisable as it is a children's playground.  After a discussion is was agreed the best way to deal with this is to use salt.  If this doesn't work another method will be sought.


Declaration of Interest

Cllr. M. Turnbull declared an interest in Item 11 on the Agenda.



After a detailed discussed it was agreed that due to the present economic climate the Precept for 2010/11 will remain unchanged at £1,320.

Proposed:   Cllr. P. Payne

Seconded:  Cllr. M. Turnbull

Vote:  Carried unanimously


Wind Turbines, Skeffliing

Cllr. M. Turnbull and Cllr. P. Payne attended the joint meeting at Easington with BT, Liddell Thomson and members of Easington Parish Council.  Minutes were taken by Jan  Crowther,  Clerk to Easington Parish Council and distributed to all councillors.

A copy was sent to Liddell Thomson.  Strong feelings regarding the proposed 5 wind turbines were expressed and Lisa Wore of Liddell Thomson promised to pass them on to BT.  We are now waiting for their response.


Parking outside Village Hall

Mr. John Branton has asked if a notice could be put up to discourage motorists from parking on the road outside the Village Hall as this restricts access down Winsetts Road.  He has offered to pay up to £200 towards the cost of any notice. After a detailed discussion it was decided that other ways could be found to eliminate the problem.  It could be put on the Village Hall booking form that any parking must be in the car park, and whoever is in charge of any event at the Village Hall could ensure no one parked on the road.  After a trial period, If the problem still persisted, the matter would be looked at again.



Cllr. J. F. Robinson has spoken to the Streetscene team and outlined a few problems. He spoke to Keith Woodall regarding the need to cut the hedges between the crossroads and the old blacksmith shop.  The hedge between Rustic Lodge and Laurel Farm is also overgrown and needs attention.  The two gullies on the Z-bend opposite Old Hall have collapsed because they have been driven over.  This work is still outstanding and Cllr. J. F. Robinson will continue to follow this up.


Flood Defences

The pen stock at Skeffling Humber Bank has been wound up to the top and back down again, and it must be assumed this was done by the Environment Agency as agreed with them should be done of a regular basis, e.g. Monthly.

Cllr. M. Turnbull and Cllr. J. F. Robinson attended a meeting at Easington to discuss the problem of drainage at Easington and its effect on Skeffling in the 2007 floods.  All the water from the gas sites works its way down to Skeffling.  Although complaints have been made about this in the past the gas site insist on proof being obtained before they will take any action.  The excess water is overwhelming Easington's infra-structure.  Yorkshire Water has agreed to do a survey, as  have  East  Riding  of  Yorkshire  Council.   Although Cllr. M. Turnbull and Cllr. J. F. Robinson put their views forward and suggested all rainwater from the gas sites be directed over the cliff into the North Sea.  However, it is unlikely anything will be decided in the near future.



All correspondence was for information only and put into the folder.


Planning Application - 7 West View, Chapel Lane, Skeffling (09/04107/PLF)

This application appears to be the same as the last one which was refused.  It contains applications for multiple projects, which appear to be two new masts and a self-build wind turbine.  Since the refusal of previous planning applications some of the work has been completed.  This is in breach of planning laws and East Riding of Yorkshire Council has requested this  be  demolished  until  planning  has  been  approved.     This   has   not    yet   been  done.

Cllr. M. Turnbull will contact Malcolm Jackson at Planning to try and clarify the matter before a decision can be made by Skeffling Parish Council.


Winsett's Track

A final decision on this should have been made in November.  This has now been delayed until February.


Cllr. M. Turnbull left the meeting in accordance with the Members Interest ruling.


Planning Application - Annexe to Sun House, Skeffling (09/01999/OUT)

Cllr. J. F. Robinson has been petitioned by Kate Turnbull to help her in her recent planning application.  A long discussion took place on Clause 13 of the approval restrictions.  Clause 13 states:  The occupation of the dwelling thereafter shall be limited to a person who has last lived in the Parish of Skeffling or the adjacent parishes of Holmpton, Welwick or Easington for at least ten years or a widow or widower of such a person and to any resident dependant.  This condition is imposed in order to secure the continued occupation of the dwelling to meet a local need as intended.  If this clause is allowed to stay it will create a restrictive precedent and affect other planning applications in the area.  It was suggested a letter  be  written  to  Alan Menzies  of  the  Planning  Department  with a c.c. To Cllr. C. Hunter, Chair of the full planning committee,  asking for an explanation as to why this clause was included and is so restrictive. The Clerk will liaise with Miss Turnbull before writing the letter and Councillors will approve the letter before it is sent.


Public Speaking

There was no public speaking.


The meeting closed at 9.05pm.


Date of next meeting:   5th January 2010