Thorney Parish Council – August meeting
The Parish Council has been quoted almost £1,000 by Peterborough City Council for installing a bench in Thorney Park. The sum was considered too high, although it was felt some benches were needed for old people. It was decided to ask local craftsmen to quote for building a suitable bench.
The abandoned tipper truck on Wisbech Road will be removed. City Councillor Steve Allen said because of the poor state of the vehicle, the council had agreed to put a seven-day notice on it. If it’s not removed during that time, it will be towed away.
The Parish Council has asked for the 30mph speed limit along Whittlesey Road to be extended as far as the cemetery. They are waiting for a response from the City Council.
Woburn Drive and Sandpit Road may be included in speed surveys undertaken by the village’s SpeedWatch team in future.
Organiser Samantha Godley told the Parish Council that Cambs Police hadn’t surveyed those roads yet, but as soon as they had, checks would be carried out.
Three sessions had been undertaken on Whittlesey Road and Wisbech Road so far and there had been a marked slowing of traffic during the survey period. Four drivers had been found to be speeding. There are another six volunteers and a training session for these will take place on September 8.
Repairs to Woburn Drive will be made by Larkfleet Homes, developers of the Thorney Meadows estate, but not until work is finished on the site.
There will also be a traffic survey to determine whether traffic calming obstacles should be installed.
The Parish Council is to consider how community fund cash from the Park Farm housing estate might be spent in the village.
For new developments over a handful of homes, the developers has to pay a levy to the City Council to help pay for new infrastructure, such as schools, play areas, etc.
Fifteen per cent of the money goes to the community, but it can only be spent on an agreed scheme. Russ Bevington said the council should be considering how the money might be spent in the village and asked other members for suggestions.
The levy is about £4,000 per ‘roof’ and could amount to over £50,000 for the 90 homes.
Mr Bevington was also concerned about the cost of maintaining the access road and green spaces. This cost would fall on residents, but he’d read reports about people living on new developments being charged large sums.
“What happens when the road is full of pot-holes and people start fly-tipping on the green spaces? They will be liable for repairs and cleaning up,” he said.
The area around Thorney Abbey and The Green is to get “heritage” street lights paid for by the Parish Council. Now there’s a proposal to install “heritage” street names as well.
Samantha Godley had surveyed over 40 homes and 27 had been in favour of the idea. The street names would be white on either dark blue or dark green and there was also an option to provide cast-iron name plates.
The Parish Council would have to pay for them and pay for the city council to install them.
Ms Godley will complete the residents’ survey, also provide costings for the next meeting.
Residents in new houses in Goodman’s Close (off Station Road) are having to bring their bins to the main road because refuse trucks can’t access the site.
The developer has not yet made the connection between the estate road and Station Road and is in dispute with the City Council, which wants a wider junction than originally required.
Russ Bevington said the pavement looked a mess and was a potential trip hazard.
There are only four vacant plots on the village allotment site off Gas Lane. Clerk Tony Hovell said the allotments were looking better than at any time in the recent past.
The bungalow at 3 Laurel Close has been sold, subject to contract, it was reported. It had been the subject of concern due to the overgrown state of the garden.
There have been complaints about there being just one swing in the children’s play area.
Nathan Potts said he’d asked about this and been told the frame was now judged too narrow for two swings, it was not set deep enough into the ground and the soft matting had to be larger.
The Parish Council has asked the city council to sort it out.