Welcome to the Kimbolton & Stonely Parish Council
This is the official Website of Kimbolton & Stonely Parish Council. The website has been designed and constructed to provide what we hope will be a valuable resource of information to all residents of the village and act as a vehicle to find out more about what is happening within the Council and the wider Kimbolton & Stonely community.
We wish for the site to be as proactive as possible and to be a two way channel of advice, assistance and information between residents and the Parish Council.
It will be achieved by:
- involving local people more in what is happening in the village
- improving communication
- engaging everyone in local issues
CLOSURE OF BARCLAYS BANK
You may be aware that Barclays has decided to close their Kimbolton branch permanently. This decision will cause considerable hardship and cost to users of the bank as a round trip of some 20 miles will now be entailed in order to visit a branch.
There is the further concern that this closure will reduce the footfall of people in Kimbolton High St to the detriment of other retail businesses and we could soon see no retail outlets in Kimbolton.
A petition to Barclays opposing closure has in two weeks generated 898 signatures and a protest was held on 30 March when it became known that the Barclays Community Banking Manager was visiting Kimbolton School, probably Barclays largest customer locally.
The Parish Council is helping to co-ordinate future action and a Working |Party will be meeting next week to discuss options. Meantime, the Parish Council has applied to Huntingdonshire District Council for the bank building to be listed as an Asset of Community Value. This could, if granted, make it more difficult to obtain a change of use of the building from a bank and there would be restrictions upon the building being offered for sale, in that for six months there would be a moratorium during which only community interest groups, such as the Parish Council, might bid for it.
Should you not be aware, the Parish Council offers allotments to rent at Rookery Lane. At present, there are two half plots available at an annual rent of £17.50. Anyone interested please contact the Parish Clerk.
KIMBOLTON & STONELY PARISH COUNCIL Thursday 30th March 2017
(Readers are reminded that this is an unapproved record of proceedings – should parishioners be interested in a particular issue there is no substitute for personal attendance. Some items discussed during the meeting may not be fully reported or even omitted)
17/00231 40 Hatchet Lane Stonely – replace render – approved
17/00508 8 Grass Yard – allow residential use until May 2019 – approved
Mulberry Cottage stables – Stonely – Enforcement Officer’s comments reference removal of certain features noted
Land at 23 Stow Road – notification of appeal noted
Outdoor Fitness Equipment – Pound Lane
A request for use of the equipment for a fitness class was agreed subject to a charitable donation
The PCC had agreed to consider contributing to the cost of replacing the cobbled path from the kissing gate in St. Andrew’s Lane when the Council is able to include this expenditure in its budget. The site would be inspected at the village walkabout in June
Kimbolton Entrance Sign – West
After representations from several parishioners it was decided not to consider removing the painted sign from the centre of the village, but to instead go ahead with ordering a second green heritage sign for the western entrance to the village, the siting to be agreed during the Walkabout in June
Working Party Reports
The monthly report was submitted, the majority of plots being reported as in good order. In particular two plots were not being satisfactorily worked and the Clerk was asked to send letters to the people concerned. Notice Board keys would be allocated.
The structural damage to the Hearse House was now in the hands of insurers
(c) Mandeville Hall
It was reported that the Hall had achieved Hallmark accreditation – the first in the country this year, and that bookings and finances were continuing to be healthy
Huntingdonshire District Council – Local Highway Initiative
Official notification had been received of the success of the PC’s bid for lowered kerbs in certain areas in order to help with mobility and pushchairs
Barclays Bank – Closure
The official letter from Barclays Bank had been received notifying that following the attempted theft of the cash machine some months ago and extensive damage the bank would not be re-opening. A small demonstration had been held on the Castle Green to greet the arrival of a senior Barclays official to visit Kimbolton School and a petition was circulating. It was decided to set up a Working Party made up of councillors and parishioners to try to drive something forward and one or two ideas were discussed. The District Councillor, Jonathan Gray, who was present at the meeting, agreed to help
A quotation had been received for the next stage of the extension to the cemetery, being groundworks, drainage, pathways etc. Another quotation was awaited and it was expected this part of the works could be put in hand soon.
Date of next meeting: Thursday 27th April 2017
Meetings of the Parish Council are normally held on the last Thursday of the month at 7.00pm in the Fire Station. Because of statutory obligations regarding the length of time given for decisions on planning applications extra meetings may have to be held. Agendas for Council Meetings are displayed on the Parish notice boards and website at least three days before any meeting. If a parishioner has an interest in a particular planning application or other matter it is advisable to contact the Clerk to ascertain the exact date it will be discussed. Members of the public are welcome to attend and may raise particular items of interest or concern at the Public Forum at the start of meetings