WTC Meeting – Wednesday 11th September Report Part I

Disclaimer: These observations are not the ‘official’ minutes of the meeting, these are supplied by Whittlesey Town Council, normally (1) month following the meeting and can be viewed on their website.

The inaugural meeting of Whittlesey Town Council at their ‘new’ offices @
Peel House, Queen Street, Whittlesey.

8 members of the public, including ex councillor Ralph Butcher and CCC David Connor.

10 Councillors in attendance (apologies from Cllrs, Munns, Bristow, Lang-Whiston & Wicks)

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The agenda was published on this site on the 05th September …. Click Here to see agenda
A somewhat shorter agenda considering there was no meeting in August.

3 members of the public spoke at the Public Forum.
a) Lighting and Sound issues in the new Council Chamber.
b) Thanks from Ponderbridge for WTC engagement.
c) VJ celebrations for 2020

Under the Police report, several Councillors asking for a Police presence at a future Council meeting, and the Clerk to write to Inspector Lombardo requesting this.

CCC David Connor gave the meeting updates on:-
a) Kings Dyke Crossing/Bridge.
Cambs CC are to publish the Tender Documents by 30th Sept.
It will then be available to interested parties, although at this time it is not known the date that Tenders have to be completed, although 2 to 3 months was mentioned.
Both Cllr Connor and FDC Leader Cllr Boden
commented that Cambs CC Leader Steve Count is very much in control of the project and is ‘keen’ that there are not more ‘slippages’ – Their words not mine!!!

Cllr Connor then gave updates on the (2) Local Highway Improvement applications…
b) The Gravel House Corner safety enhancements was deemed to be over priced/expensive for basically re-lining the short amount of road (Approx £18K)
c) The LHI for Poindersbridge traffic calming is moving forward and Cllr Connor asked whether WTC would contribute £3K towards the LHI (Matching that of Ramsey TC)…this was voted unanimously for.
I asked about the Police and Crime Commissioners contribution, and this was confirmed as a verbal committment only. WTC to write to the PCC. (At July’s meeting indications were that the PCC could grant between £10K – £13K)

Other business….:-
The ‘new’ Council Offices (Peel House) has been formally handed over by the contractors.
There ‘appears’ to be some misconception about this building and why it was purchased.
This was done prior to me being re-elected, although I am in full support – because like renting a house – you’ll pay forever – this is being bought as a community asset to our town. The cost of the building was at a favourable price and the loan was also very low.
There is a lot of potential for rental income, 2 flats which as most now are aware are being rented to 2 Syrian refugee families, the cost is to the ‘tax-payer as the Government are funding this for 5 years, as they do for hundreds/thousands of other refugee’s.
There is a small short-fall in projected income as there has been a short delay in them moving in.

The Bower Tow-Path, both myself and Cllr David Mason, highlighted the concerns over there being little or no maintenance carried out on this extentively used ‘Path’ – no planned maintenance and no long term plan for future maintenance.
Residents complaining and public at large who use this area as leisure or exercise also very unhappy.

Unfortunatley ‘we’ did not receive a great amount of support in persuing whether WTC could do more, it was the concensious of opinion that the 4 or 5 ‘authorities’ who have an interest in the Tow-Path should take the financial responsibility for looking after it.
Cllr Mrs Mayor is kindly contacting these ‘authorities’ in order to get a meeting set up.

Cllr Dorling highlighted the inconsistency of available figures on Re-cycling within Fenland and that target figures for future re-cycling should be made.

This Council meeting ended at approx 21:30 .

The official opening of ‘Peel House’ will take place on Sunday 29th September 2019
There will be a ‘Public Open’ event on Saturday 28th September 2019 10:00- 12:00

These are my observations having personally attended the Council Meeting, I do occasionally make the odd mistake/error and I am more than happy to correct if these are made to me.

Please beware of ‘some’ comments on ‘Social Media’ by person(s) who have not attended these meetings and make remarks/comments, on the basis of hearsay.
If you have any questions about Council business – then please contact YOUR Councillor.

I am Roy Gerstner, Independent Councillor for St. Mary’s Ward South – Whittlesey Town Council.

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