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Kirton Parish Council Meeting Minutes
- July 2019

Public Forum

2 residents attended. The first wished to complain about the speeding along Lighton Avenue/Saxon gate. She asked that the community speed watch team be deployed there.

The other resident came regarding planning B/19/0180 – Erection of 7 terraced two storey dwellings at Land off Penny Gardens, Kirton. She gave her concerns regarding the proposed development. Both residents left.

Chairman’s comments

The chairman asked for a vote regarding the co-option of Mr Alex Wilson. Cllr Brotherton abstained as he knows Mr Wilson from his time as Mayor. It was resolved to co-opt Mr Wilson. Mr Wilson accepted the co-option and duly signed the declaration.

The Chairman also reported that he had received a resignation from Sue Ransome.

The Chairman reported that the bench in the park had been moved. It is thought it was by the contractors as the grass had been mown not strimmed around it.

There have been two complaints received from residents regarding trees overhanging onto their properties from the trees owned by the Parish Council. One at the rear of the Town Hall and the remaining along the side of the Old Chapel cemetery. The Clerk and the Chairman had met with the tree surgeon. Members were asked to consider allowing the work to go ahead without the usual 3 quotations as the work was needed asap. It was resolved to get the work done.

Cllr Danby also reported that the ‘Tommy’ had been bent in the War Memorial – he was not sure whether it had been done deliberately or whether it had just been knocked.

Apologies for absence and reason given

Cllr C Sharp and M Brookes sent their apologies and reasons for absence which was accepted by the Council.

Cllrs Welton and Blackman did not attend nor send their apologies prior to the meeting.

Receipt of any declarations of interest in accordance with the requirements of the Localism Act 2011, and to consider any written requests for dispensations in relation to members’ disclosable pecuniary interests

Cllr Bemrose declared a personal interest in Town Hall on the agenda as her mother is Chairman.

She is also a parent governor at the Primary School.

Cllr Watson is on the Boston Borough Planning Committee and will take no part in item 15 on the agenda (planning).

Approval of the minutes of the previous meeting

It was resolved that the notes of the meeting held on the 27th June 2019, previously circulated, should be recorded as the minutes.

Police Matters

No Police attended, however Cllr Turner informed members that there have been issues in the village regarding youths on pushbikes causing a nuisance. The Police are aware of who most of these youths are and will be taking action.

There are some ongoing issues regarding travellers on the LCC site behind Landrover/Sports Bike. These issues are hoped to be resolved soon.

There is a current trend again for cars to be put up for sale on the grass verge next to the roundabout on the A16. Cllr Danby asked the Clerk to chase up the decision previously made about getting low shrubs on the grassed area to stop vehicles parking on the grass. Clerk to chase up.

Viewpoints on questions from members of the public

Members resolved that the Clerk should ask Dave Mitchell at LCC to survey Lighton Avenue as a possible spot for community speed watch.

Matters for the attention of Lincolnshire County Councillors/Boston Borough Councillors

Cllr Austin reported no change in ongoing issues despite the recent meeting held with head of Highways.

Cllr Watson reported that Environmental Health had attended the last bike night and were not concerned with the level of noise from either music nor bikes – this was from the road that the resident last month complained about the noise. It was also reported by Cllr Watson that the speed van was at the last meeting and this could very well account for the reduction in bike noise from/to the site and on the A16. This matter could be ongoing. It was reported by the Clerk further that Environmental health said that the number attending the function was now a matter for Licensing and had referred it.

Accounts for payment/Finance

It was resolved to accept the payments as per payment sheet dated July 2019 4 of 12.

Report from the minutes of the previous meeting/Clerk’s report

Potholes reported on A16 at the roundabout to LCC. Cllr Austin agreed to chase this up.

Uneven pavement reported on the pavement on the Frampton side of Horseshoe Lane, in poor state of repair. Was scheduled to have been done but never carried out. Reported to LCC ref 342401.

LCC report that they need to investigate this matter further

Cllr Austin agreed to chase this up.

Cllr Austin informed members that this work has now been scheduled to be done

Contacted Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership regarding the crossing issues on Station Road, I have asked for their help in enforcing the double yellow lines outside the Kebab shop plus have asked about the possibility of having the columns to the ‘z brites’ changed to illuminated ones.

Road Safety (Accident Investigation) Manager is in talks with Andy Wharf at Highways at the Borough.

He will also ask the parking Enforcement Team to visit the village over the next few months as a priority.

Cllr Austin agreed to chase this up.

Cllr Austin told members that this matter was not deemed high on the priority list by Highways, but it could be looked at again when the evenings get darker. Cllr Hannay will forward a photograph of the columns on the crossing which clearly show that the columns could support being lit.

Overgrown Hedge into the road on Willington Road outside Old Vicarage reported to LCC.

Grass opposite the secondary school where the buses turn has not been cut at all this year. The same applies for the triangle to Edinburgh Crescent hampering vision as you try and leave Edinburgh Crescent. Reported to LCC.

Footpath from A16 towards Skeldyke on Frampton side of the village is so overgrown from the hedge that it is difficult to walk on, or use wheelchair/pushchair. This is annual moan, asked to add to the maintenance schedule. Reported to LCC.

Update from LCC – taking enforcement action

Traffic lights on High Street not working properly, lights working sporadically then not at all – reported to LCC. Update – fault assessed – will continue to monitor

Correspondence received which the Council are invited to resolve on

a) Ashwood Homes development – road names shown on map as agreed by Parish Council previously.

b) Email received from resident regarding overhanging trees at the rear of the Town Hall (area to the left of the gateway which was not cut back last year). Request we also cut this area back as trees massively overhanging her property.

It was resolved to have the work necessary carried out.

c) Lincolnshire County Council – Re flood Investigation for flooding at King Street – request for information

d) Request from resident at Kirton End to put up a bus stop at the top of Willington Road.

It was resolved for the Clerk to get prices for a shelter to present to council at the next meeting.

e) Request from resident for a bench to be erected on the Lighton Avenue triangle grassed area

It was resolved that this would not be done.

f) Lincolnshire Mobile Library Service – in process of renewing arrangements for provision of vehicles. The large ones currently used will be replaced by smaller ones, which although means some areas will be more accessible, they won’t be able to carry as many books. They are going to be in touch again in the future regarding provision of book collections.

g) Email received from parishioner wanting help to find land to make a memorial garden.

Cllr Sharp had previously contacted the parishioner and suggested the Boston Woods

Trust. Members agreed with Cllr Sharp’s suggestion.

Town Hall

The work to the storage room in the Town Hall had been completed plus the outside remedial work had also been done. The Clerk has received a cheque from the Town Hall Management Committee for half the fee of the work done in the storage room. This was received with thanks.

Cllr Brotherton had attended the last meeting of the Management Committee. The committee has offered to increase their contribution to all internal repairs to £200 from £150. This was also appreciated by members.

It was resolved to get a price to do the rest of the work to protect the building by taking the tarmac away from the edge of the building. Clerk to ask contractor for price to do the work.


Cllrs Sharp and Brotherton are going to be having a meeting next week.

Mr Pete Booth is refurbishing the bench in the cemetery.

Cllr Turner mentioned that the annual test of the memorials was due this Autumn. Cllrs Danby and Turner will do this in the Autumn.

Parish matters

1) Reports from committee meetings held since last Council meeting.

The Neighbourhood plan group have produced an initial document. Clerk to forward to all.

In addition, Cllr Sharp has done a comprehensive document which is like an emergency plan. It was resolved to update the councillor information then have one copy in the library and one in the Town Hall.

2) Update on Park Inspections

The chain link fence needs replacing next to the gate. Clerk to arrange for it to be done. Also the side gate needs fixing. Clerk to arrange for this to be done too.

Reports for Various Bodies

Cllr Danby would like to propose that the War Memorial is refurbished in time for the 75th Anniversary of VE day next year. He suggested a simple ceremony marking the occasion. Also plaques to commemorate the fallen along with moving ‘Tommy’ so it doesn’t get damaged again.

Cllr Bemrose would like to have another village day to commemorate the 75th anniversary, but will need to think of suitable timing due to weather unpredictability.Suggestions are ongoing.

Planning applications:

Retention of front entrance door at 46 Willington Road, Kirton - no objections.

Erection of detached garage block at Croft House, Skeldyke Road, Kirton - no objections.

Timber barn to use as a stable for private use at Holly Cottage, Drainside North, Kirton– members felt this could not be for private use when they are advertising livery services at this premises. the current barn is not shown on the plans – plans inaccurate.

Erection of 7 terraced two storey dwellings at Land off Penny Gardens, Kirton – this area is not on the development plan; highways issue with more cars parking on bend/road; not in keeping with the surrounding development; overdevelopment of the plot.

Infill straw store at The Holmes, Holmes Road, Kirton - no objections.

Erection of a single storey dwelling at Land at Kelvyn, Wash Road, Kirton – not in keeping with the area.

Advertisement consent for installation and display of 1 non-illuminated fascia sign and 1 non-illuminated hanging sign at The Dairy House, High Street, Kirton - no objections.

Planning Decisions:

Prior approval for a proposed single storey rear extension tied in with existing part retained extension following partial removal of existing single storey extension at 62 Willington Road, Kirton – refused.

Erection of 2 detached dwellings (1 two storeys with integral garage and 1 bungalow) and new vehicular access at 52 Station Road, Kirton – grant.



The Next meeting of
Kirton Parish Council is:-

Thursday 17th October
at The Upsall Room, Kirton Town Hall


Contact details for your local Councillors:

Cllr Ian Turner
Tel: 01205 723986

Vice Chairman:
Cllr David Danby
Tel: 01205 724650

Village Ward Members:

Cllr David Danby
Tel: 01205 724650
Email: danbydavid@yahoo.co.uk

Cllr Richard Foster
Tel: 01205 722306

Cllr Marcus Hannay
Tel: 0780 1986348
Email: m.hannay1@btinternet.com

Cllr Sue Ransome
Tel: 01205 311373
Email: sueransome@dransome.plus.com

Cllr Ian Turner
Tel: 01205 723986
Email: patrick1@patrick1.plus.com

Cllr Peter Watson
Tel: 01205 619885
Email: pmfwatson@talktalk.net

Cllr Rebecca Bemrose
Tel: 01205 624396
Email: rebecca.bemrose@aol.com


Holme Ward Members:

Cllr David Smith
Tel: 01205 290809
Email: smithsutton1@btinternet.com

Cllr Claire Rylott (and Borough)
Tel: 01205 290386
Email: claire.rylott@boston.gov.uk


Mrs Belinda Buttery
Tel: 01205 460618
Email: belindabuttery@hotmail.com

Cllr Michael Brookes (County)
Tel: 01205 820616
Email: cllrm.brookes@lincolnshire.gov.uk

Cllr Alison Austin (County)
Email: cllra.austin@lincolnshire.gov.uk

Cllr James Edwards (Borough)
Email: james.edwards@boston.gov.uk

Cemetery Manager:
Geoff Sharp
Tel: 01205 361634

The Parish Council office is open on Tuesday mornings between 9 and 11 am every week except for August when it is closed for the whole month. The office is in the Town Hall (entry via door next to the car park entrance).