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CHAIRMAN'S ANNUAL REPORT 2021-2022

Sutton Parish Council - AGM 17th May 2022

 

We have all endured an unprecedented period in history around the globe with the impact of the Covid Pandemic. Over 20% of village residents have suffered with Covid and it was heartwarming how the residents of Sutton stepped up to help one another, continuing with the weekly clapping in support of the NHS, to salute Captain Sir Tom Moore and of course our own socially distant drinks at The Sutton Arms kept spirits high. During lockdown we also saw a significant increase in visitors to the village using our wonderful walking routes, recreation field, access to the river or just cycling through. The vast majority respecting what we have and what we have created. We have had the sad passing of resident Miriam Hill and have said goodbye to a number of former residents who have moved elsewhere, which of course gives me the opportunity to officially welcome newcomers to the village in the last couple of years or so. The council has also seen a major change with the retirement of long standing councillor and chairman Peter Lee to whom we are extremely grateful for his contribution to our village life. There have been a few major issues we have been dealing with these include:

A47 Dualling Project 

The A47 Dualling Progress is slow but positive but the effort put in by the former SPC sub committee ACCT has meant many of our initial concerns have been resolved especially moving the route alignment further to the north of the existing A47 avoiding an ancient woodland and lessening the impact on the north end of the County Wildlife site which runs in fields adjacent to the river from the recreation field to just beyond where Wittering Brooke enters the river. We also had success in getting Historic England to move the Scheduled Monument boundary some 9 meters further northwards working alongside the land owner Robbie Reid. This again took the road further out of the County Wildlife site and river valley. We have continued our support to Upton and Wansford with the outstanding matters affecting them and continue to press ahead with 8 of the 9 Designated Fund(DF) applications which are predominantly for environmental and non motorised route improvements. One successful application has been a £10000 grant awarded for window repairs to our own St Michaels & All Angels Church. Today I signed off the Statement of Common Ground for Sutton with National Highways(NH) which basically states the areas of agreement and disagreement with National Highways plans contained within the Development Consent Order(DCO), this should be our final document for examination by the Planning Inspector(PI). We hope. A late change to extend the PI examination timetable by one month has just been received but NH still expect to start construction in late spring 2023 with an 18 month build program for completion in early 2025. This also means we could be seeing The Drift in Sutton being closed to through motorised traffic as early as the middle of next year. As has been the case this last year we will continue to be consulted on any changes and will continue to hold NH feet to the fire as I and others promised when this all began back in 2017. One note of disappointment is that we failed to secure the Station Building for the local community working alongside the Langdyke Trust as NH have awarded the building to Nene Valley Railway. The building will now be dismantled and relocated outside our Parish. We are very unhappy with the decision process, its transparency and robustness, information which NH have to date refused to share. We are awaiting an official information request before deciding our next steps.

Peterborough Cycle West(PCW)

This has been ongoing since 2010 and despite villagers concerns raised during a presentation by PCW in 2019 they submitted a planning application with no amendments of our concerns in early 2021. This application was unanimously rejected by the planning committee with representations against the proposal being made by some residents, our ward councillor Gavin Elsey, with thanks, and myself. Despite our efforts to suggest compromises, which were ignored, PCW went to appeal in March 2022. We have made representation that the appeal be rejected and expect a decision in late June.

John Clare Countryside(JCC) 

Habitat Improvement Project This is a project covered by an area roughly bounded by the A1 to the west, the River Welland to the north, Peterborough City to the east and the River Nene to the south. We have signed up to the project and have identified locations around the parish where we could manage and replant to create more biodiversity in and around the village, we have received grants to support this activity and more will be published in the coming months. Recreation Field In regards to the JCC project Sutton Parish is somewhat ahead of the curve on this having planted the small woodland at the north end of the recreation field over 10 years ago. This has created both further interesting short walk areas as well as encouraging a greater diversity of wildlife. To prevent overcrowding of the trees some were removed earlier this year and oaks trees were donated to the parishes of Marholm, Ailsworth and Wansford. Further thinning work will be carried out this autumn. The number of different wild flower and plant species continues to increase, not as spectacular as we would like but positive improvements. We do have a small subcommittee currently led by Peter Lee, which is coordinating progress and activities for Sutton JCC project and continuing recreation field maintenance and improvements. Anyone wishing to join the small team please contact Peter direct. The football area is well used and the gym equipment usage is satisfactory but it seems more from outside the village use it rather than residents. For me the major disappointment, given the demand for such access, is the use of the river access created by the efforts of Cllr Antony Eager and the access permission given across his land by Mr Mark Bishop. The Sutton Paddlers club will be promoted again this year which gives exclusive use of the access point for residents.

Field garden allotments - South allotment field

We have embarked on a process towards the possible sale of parish land that over many years has been incorporated into the gardens of numbers 2,4,6,8 and 11a Graeme Road and would have hoped to come to a conclusion before the end of this year. Unfortunately because of historic land registry complications and the speed at which Land Registry is currently working this will be delayed until at least spring next year. Building works in the village We have had a number of build projects going on within the village which I believe have generally added to the quality of building stock in the parish. However, the downside has been the marked increase in heavy lorries damaging the verges and some walls. Despite asking planners to put in place transport controls the best way is to ask all those intending to start build projects to impress upon tradesmen and material suppliers to comply with the 20mph speed limit and properly evaluate the sensible size of vehicles that the village roads can accommodate.

Speeding concerns in the village

A subject high on my personal agenda, what I regularly see from the position of our cottage adjacent to the Nene Way crossroads, speeding is becoming very common both from residents and certainly from couriers and other delivery vehicles. Please encourage all road users to slow down and respect the 20mph limit throughout the village. There have been a number of close calls in the last 18 months and I really don’t want to be the one to rush out to an injured person, child or animal. Village events These have been limited over the last couple of years due to Covid and lockdowns however, we have managed a few Sutton Arms evenings, the January Sutton Quiz, Coffee Mornings are back, Sutton Sinners and Ginners continues to be very popular with the ladies of the village and of course the regular Church services, carol singing and ever popular Christmas drinks. Planning is currently underway for our own Jubilee celebrations ably managed by our 2 Ann/e councillors and others. Look out for further information.

Other continuing issues over the year are:

• Rabbit population control • Barbed wire fencing in Sutton Meadows • Litter and fly tipping, I have to thank our resident “Wombles of Sutton” for the regular clearing of rubbish • Reading Room replacement • Biosolid stockpiles odour issues

Finally, I am still getting over the shock of road resurfacing along Manor and Graeme Road after so long, what about Nene Way you may ask. No answers forthcoming from Peterborough CC as to when other than “it is in the maintenance schedule”. It is over 25 years, so I am told, since the last full resurface!

Enjoy the summer.

Mick Grange

Chair - Sutton Parish Council

SUTTON

Draft Peterborough Local Plan 2016-2036

SUTTON PARISH COUNCIL'S COMMENTS ON THE A47 DUALLING PLANS

Please click here to see Sutton Parish Council's comments on the A47 Dualling Plans



Sutton is a small civil parish - population about 110 - located almost 6 miles to the west of Peterborough in north-west of Cambridgeshire.

Sutton Parish Council comprises five councillors who serve a four year term. The Council normally meets bi-monthly. It holds it’s Annual Parish Council Meeting (at which the Chairman and Vice Chairman are elected) and the Annual Parish Meeting in May.

Parish councils make all manner of decisions on issues that affect the local community. Probably the most common topics that parish councils become involved with are planning matters (they are statutory consultees), crime prevention, managing open spaces and campaigning for, and delivering, better services and facilities.

The schedule of meetings for the coming year are shown on the Agendas & Minutes page. Agendas are posted on village noticeboards and on the website at least three days before each meeting is convened. The venue for all Sutton Parish Council meetings is St. Michael’s Hall (actually the Church nave). The public is welcome, and indeed encouraged, to attend and provision is made at all meetings for public participation.


St Michael & All AngelsSt Michael & All Angels' Church: Nene Way, Sutton, Cambridgeshire, PE5 7XD
This ancient church, dates from the 12th century and was built as a chapel-of-ease to nearby St Kyneburgha’s church, Castor, for the benefit of the villagers of Sutton and to serve Peterborough Abbey’s Grange Farm and manor in the village.

SALE OF ALLOTMENT GARDENS

 

SUTTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 20th July 2021

 

Report on Progress of Requests to Purchase Garden Extension Allotments in the South Field Garden Allotment Field (Item 4h)

 

1                    Your March 2021 meeting decided to obtain valuations for five plots long cultivated by the adjacent house owners and where there had been interest shown in purchasing. The Council wished to see these valuations before deciding to proceed.

 

2                    Eddisons (formerly Barker Storey Matthews) were instructed accordingly and have produced separate reports for the plots adjoining Nos 2, 4, 6, 10 and 11a Graeme Road. Each value is expressed as a range and the sum of all these could yield an income of £67,500 for the Parish Council.

 

3                    Eddisons have also recommended that if sale proceeds, that Lawful Development Certificates should be obtained to provide a clarified planning position for each plot. The planning fee for each application would be of the order of £230.

 

4                    Solicitors (Hegarty’s) have also been instructed to register the land in the name of Sutton Parish Council.  Irrespective of whether the allotment plots are sold this is considered a desirable step to take for the Parish Council as, currently, its only evidence of ownership lies in the original Inclosure documents of 1903.

 

5               Financial Implications

a)    Eddison’s fees for valuation: £1,250 plus VAT

b)    Hegarty’s fees for registering with the Land Registry: £1,350-£1,750 plus VAT.

c)    Planning fees for Lawful Development Certificates: £1,150 in total.

d)   Solicitor’s fee for conveyancing: £750 plus VAT for each plot (but could be less if purchasers all agree to use the same solicitor as each other).

 

Recommendations

 

1                    That the Council decides, on the basis of the valuations obtained whether or not to proceed to offer the plots for sale to the adjacent owners.

 

2                    That if sale is the chosen course of action, the Parish Council submit applications  for Lawful Development Certificates on each plot.

 

3                    That, if necessary, steps be taken to terminate the annual tenancy agreement with No 4 Graeme Road over the land rear of No 2.

 

4                    That, if sales are to proceed, that the costs at 5a, b, and c above be borne by the Parish Council and that the conveyancing fees in 5d be added to the agreed sale  price and be met by the purchasers.

 

5                    That should addition expenditure need to be incurred it be in accordance with the Council’s Financial Regulations.

 

 

Deirdre McCumiskey

Sutton Parish Clerk

 

SUTTON TOWNLANDS CHARITY

THE SUTTON TOWNLANDS CHARITY A report to the Sutton Parish Council – May 2021. The Sutton Townlands Charity (“the Charity”) is registered with the Charity Commission (registration number 204122) and was formed in the first half of the 19th century “for the benefit of the Poor in Sutton”. Its current charitable purpose is recorded by way of a Notice under the Charities Act of 1985: - “The relief of persons normally resident in the Parish of Sutton who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress….”. The Charity has two trustees (“the Trustees”) Simon Scriven and Anne Grange. The Parish Council appoints each trustee, and his or her re-appointment is subject to Council approval every three years. The fixed assets of the Charity consist of a parcel of land, of approximately 6 acres, to the north of the village adjoining the boundary of Willowhayne. The land is farmed and provides an annual rent to the Charity which is paid in two half-yearly instalments. The financial assets of the Charity comprise: - 1. 1275.13 Units in the COIF Charities Income Fund. The bid market value of one unit as at 31.3.21 was 1790p, giving the Charity’s investment a bid market value at that date of £22,814. 2. The balance of £26,334. (as at 31.3.21) held in a COIF Charities Deposit Fund. 3. A cash balance held with HSBC, standing at £657 at 1.5.21. Dividends from the Income Fund are transferred quarterly to the Deposit Fund. The COIF Income and Deposit funds are managed by CCLA Investment Management Ltd, which is one of the UK’s largest charity fund managers. It is the intention of the Trustees to transfer the Charity’s investment in the Income Fund to the CCLA’s Ethical Investment Fund at the end of May 2021. As its name suggests, the Ethical Fund restricts the scope for investment, for example limiting the amount of investment in companies extracting non-renewable sources of energy. There have been few calls on the Charity’s resources in recent years as, fortunately, there are few residents of Sutton who have suffered genuine need, hardship or distress, but the Charity has each year bought a supply of coal for one resident to provide warmth over winter. There are tight restrictions in the application of the Charity’s funds which need to be observed, and the Trustees hope that given the small size of the village they will become aware of any qualifying causes as they arise. However, they would welcome any information in that respect that the Council may gather from time to time

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LINK TO REGISTER OF INTERESTS OF PARISH COUNCILLORS

 

https://democracy.peterborough.gov.uk/mgParishCouncilDetails.aspx?bcr=1