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Skeffling Parish Council



For meeting to be held on 10th June 2008


 1.   Minutes of meetings held on 13th May 2008

 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.   Wayleave payment for pipework

 5.   Sluice gate flapper door

 6.   Gully outside Stamp House

 7.   Village Hall lease

 8.   Planning Application - Mr A. Hall 2, West View

 9.   Planning Application - Humber Gateway Wind Farm

10.   Flood Defences

11.   Parish Plan

12.   Correspondence

13.   Public Speaking


Skeffling Parish Council



Minutes of Meeting held on 10th June 2008


Those present:  Cllr. M. Turnbull, Chairman

Cllr. L. Payne, Vice-Chairman

Cllr. P. Payne

Cllr. S. Rollinson

Cllr. R. Newsam

Cllr. J. Sizer

Cllr. J. F. Robinson


Members of the public:  1


Minutes of meeting held on 13th May 2008


The minutes were accepted as accurate.

Proposed:   Cllr. S. Rollinson

Seconded:  Cllr. M. Turnbull

Vote: carried unanimously


Matters Arising

Planning Application - Ings Lodge (08/01778/PLF)

Cllr. M. Turnbull has spoken to Sue Allen about the Wind Turbine planning application. He explained that the Council had studied the specifications for the wind turbine she had planned and felt it was too noisy for the site. The Council was also concerned that it was to be situated close to their neighbours who would be affected by the noise.  It was suggested the wind turbine chosen may not be the best product for her needs.  The Council discussed the matter fully and agreed that the principle of wind power, although admirable, the actual product would be too noisy and could cause a nuisance to neighbours.  Cllr. M. Turnbull proposed that the planning application be refused for two reasons, the noise levels and the close proximity to neighbours.

Seconded:  Cllr. J. F. Robinson

Vote:  carried unanimously


Speed Sign

Cllr. R. Newsam is to contact Phil Hiscott again to arrange a meeting on site to discuss the speed sign.


Village Hall Grant

Cllr. Payne has presented our application for a grant to landscape and improve the exterior of the Village Hall.  This was approved, and we were awarded £2,500. This was the maximum amount we could expect.  We should receive the cheque within 7 to 10 days, and the money must be spent by the end of July.  We are not expected to match fund the grant with money, it can be in volunteer hours. Cllr. Payne estimated that with 9 people working during 2 weekends our match funding in labour would amount to £2,900, which exceeds the grant.  The work will be put in hand as soon as possible.


Zurich Insurance

As the Insurance policy is now a combined policy to cover the Village Hall and the wind turbine, Cllr. M. Turnbull proposed we work out the percentage of the premium which covered the wind turbine and invoice the Village Hall Committee for this sum.  It was always anticipated that the wind turbine would pay for itself and it was felt this included its proportion of the insurance cover.

Seconded:  Cllr. J. Sizer

Vote:  carried unanimously



We have received a cheque in the sum of £6,126 from East Riding of Yorkshire Council to cover the cost of the new pipe work.  A cheque was raised in the sum of £7198.05 and paid to Wilkin Partners in final settlement of their Invoice for the work done.  This left a shortfall of £1,072.05 being the VAT payment.  The Parish Council will have to find this money, as the East Riding grant will not cover VAT payments.  Councillors agreed that it was not fair for the Government to give these payments to cover projects following the flooding, and then to ask Parish Councils to pay VAT.  In a lot of cases the VAT on big projects of this type can be higher than the Precept. Other small parishes are in a similar position and it has been widely covered in the press that it is an unfair tax.  Graham Stuart MP is hoping to bring this before Parliament and, hopefully, have the VAT payments refunded.


Declaration of Interest

Cllr. J. F. Robinson declared an interest in Item 9 on the Agenda - Planning Application for The Humber Gateway Wind Farm.

Cllr. J. Sizer declared an interest in Item 8 on the Agenda - Planning application by Mr. A. Hall, 2 West View.


Wayleave Payment

Cllr. M. Turnbull has had a discussion with Mr. Brian Meadley regarding a Wayleave Payment for the use of his land to lay the pipe work to prevent any future flooding across his field.  They agreed that a payment of £150 per annum, to be paid in advance, be made to Mr. Meadley, this will be paid annually at each Annual General Meeting of the Council.  The Council agreed that this payment be index linked.  It was proposed that the precept be raised by £150 next year to include this annual payment.

Proposed:   Cllr. M. Turnbull

Seconded:  Cllr. S. Rollinson

Vote:  carried unanimously


Sluice Gate and Flapper Door

Cllr. J. F. Robinson has met with Mr. Connor, Mr. Andrew Baron and Mr. Neal Oxley of the Environment Agency.  They are going to renew the penstock and the flapper door.  It is hoped the work will begin soon.


Gully outside Stamp House

Cllr. J. F. Robinson has discussed an idea with Mike Peeke of Highways regarding a gully outside Stamp House.  He suggested that a gully be sited across the road into the 12" pipe.  This would mean there is nothing to restrict surplus water getting away, and so alleviate the flooding seen last year in this part of Church Road.  Mike Peeke saw no reason why it could not be done.  As a result of this conversation Cllr. J. F. Robinson is to meet Keith Woodall sometime after the 17th June to see if his plan is feasible.


Village Hall Lease

Cllr. J. F. Robinson has spoken with Andrew Cooney of Lockings regarding the proposed lease for the Village Hall.  Mr. Cooney has agreed to study the lease and give his opinion.  Things are moving forward on both the Lease and Trust Deed.


Planning Application - 2 West View, Chapel Lane  (08/02312/PLF)

Cllr. J. Sizer did not take part in the discussion or the decision. Mr. Hall has reapplied for planning permission to build a porch at the front of 2 West View, Chapel Lane. Regulations state that he can build the porch without planning permission providing it is no higher than 3 metres, which means having a flat roof.  He has requested planning permission as he wants a sloping roof to the porch to make it more aesthetically pleasing.  It was agreed to approve the plans.

Proposed:   Cllr. M. Turnbull

Seconded:  Cllr. R. Newsam

Vote:  carried unanimously


Planning Application - Humber Gateway Wind Farm (08/01993/STPLFE)

Cllr. J. F. Robinson did not take part in the discussion or the decision. The planning application concerns the siting and laying of the cable from Easington to Salt End which goes through parts of Skeffling. It was agreed the plans be approved.

Proposed:  Cllr. P. Payne

Seconded: Cllr. R. Newsam

Vote:  carried unanimously


Flood Defences

Cllr. M. Turnbull and Cllr. S. Rollinson attended a meeting of the Holderness Flood Defence Group on the 3rd June at Hedon.  Nothing was discussed in depth as villages in the Holderness area have more urgent matters to sort out at the moment.  The Environment Agency are trying to move into two committees, one to pursue the idea of doing nothing on defences in the estuary. The Withernsea Regeneration Committee are still determined to fight this.  They want to put one or two representatives from the Regeneration Committee onto the Environment Agency committee.  There is a meeting on 19th June with Withernsea Regeneration Committee to further outline future plans.  Similar moves are taking place on the South Bank.


Parish Plan

Members of the Steering Group have had two meetings with the printer and have seen a rough proof.  Mistakes have been amended.  The draw number for the £50 prize can be perforated during the print run.  The final proof will be ready at the end of this week and a meeting of the Steering Group will be convened next week to finalise the Questionnaire.  The final printed Questionnaires should be delivered early in July.



The only letter was from Withernsea Town Council informing us of the new Mayor and Mayoress. These  are  now:  Cllr. Gordon  Hodgson  has  been  elected the Town Mayor for Withernsea with

Mrs. Anne Blake as the Mayoress.  Also elected were Cllr. Kevan Hough as Deputy Mayor with Mrs. Win House as Deputy Mayoress.


Public Speaking

Mrs. Dosdale said that, like a lot of people, she felt the pipe work should be paid for by Yorkshire Water and not the people of Skeffling.  That, once again, Yorkshire Water had got away with it. It was great news that the sluice gate was being repaired, but these costs should also have been met by Yorkshire Water.  It was also good that the gully outside Stamp House was being looked at. Mrs. Dosdale mentioned the letter from the Vicar regarding funding for the Church repairs.    She   wondered   if   the   Council   could  fund  raise  for  the  Church.

Cllr. M. Turnbull told her that the Village Hall Committee raised funds for the Church every year. That all proceeds from the Xmas Fayre was in aid of the Fabric of the Church.


The meeting closed at 9.20 pm


Date of next meeting:  1st July 2008