Minutes – July 2022

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PRESENT: – Cllrs Skittrall [Chairman]; Docker; Duckles; Morris; Pollard and Pritchard.


PUBLIC: – Neil Saunders, Operations Manager of Santa Pod, was present at the meeting.



  • Santa Pod, noise and traffic impact on Bozeat.


It was resolved to accept apologies received from Cllrs Brown; Cooke; Dudley-Smith; Foward and Gibbins.

  1. Declarations of interest.

No new declarations of interest were reported.


Cllr Morris proposed that the minutes of the meeting of Bozeat Parish Council held on 20th June 2022 be accepted as a correct record, this was seconded by Cllr Skittrall and a vote taken = 3 for with 3 abstentions, motion carried.


  1. Matters arising: –
  2. Circulating documents – it was noted that only one pack is currently circulating.
  3. Website migration – it was reported that the uploading of content on the new website is underway, thanks were recorded to the Clerk for her work on this.
  4. Emergency Plan review – noted that this project is on hold.
  5. Santa Pod – Neil Saunders, Operations Manager of Santa Pod, had attended the public part of the meeting. He had agreed to provide two marshals to monitor traffic passing through Bozeat for an event the first weekend in August and it was agreed that two volunteers would join in the monitoring, Cllr Duckles to take part.  Mr Saunders also agreed to provide additional signage and amend the Santa Pod website advising customers that antisocial driving would lead to refusal of entry to the event. Cllr Docker to raise traffic issues at the next JAG/Police Liaison meeting.
  6. Laptop/software – Cllr Skittrall reported that the purchase of software will be pursued shortly.
  7. Training – it was reported that the play equipment inspection training has been completed.
  8. Community assets – the Clerk to chase up the application for the Red Lion to be included on the list.
  9. Skate ramp resurfacing – it was noted that the ramp has been resurfaced, the contractor is to visit to make adjustments now the surface has bedded in, Cllr Skittrall will meet with the contractor on the day.
  10. Audit of local council adopted policies and procedures – noted that this project is on hold.
  11. Play area inspection – it was resolved to check what action has been taken as a result of the inspection.


  1. Council services.
  2. Cemetery – Cllr Docker reported that a number of complaints have been received about goats being able to get through the perimeter railings and enter the cemetery, causing damage to floral tributes. It was resolved to send a follow-up letter to the person thought to be responsible for the animals and to undertake a full inspection of the perimeter fence.



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  1. Cemetery – one application for permission to add an inscription to an existing memorial has been received and it was resolved to approve this application.
  2. Cemetery – update on maintenance works [purchase of noticeboards; war memorial cleaning; tree safety assessments]. It was noted that the tree safety assessments will take place during the winter months.
  3. Cemetery – purchase of land in order to extend the cemetery – no news.
  4. Cemetery – extension to the Garden of Remembrance on section C – no news.
  5. Cemetery – memorial inspections – it was noted that inspections are in progress and letters are being sent to known relatives.
  6. Allotments – Cllr Pollard proposed that a report [Appendix A] be accepted, this was seconded by Cllr Morris and agreed. Cllr Duckles noted that new tenants don’t seem to be doing enough work on their plots and suggested that a FAQ sheet be produced as new tenants may not be aware of how much work is required to look after an allotment.  It was agreed that Cllr Duckles should produce a sheet.
  7. Allotments – update on maintenance works [replacement noticeboards; fence repairs; hedge planting]. Cllr Skittrall reported that he and Cllr Brown had met and agreed a way forward for the noticeboard.


  1. Local environment.
  2. Highways – Cllr Skittrall proposed that a report [Appendix B] be accepted, this was seconded by Cllr Morris and agreed. Damage caused by extreme temperatures on the road between Grendon and Easton Maudit was noted.
  3. Street lights – no faulty lights were noted. The Clerk reported that the change of provider for unmetered supply to the lights remaining the responsibility of the Parish Council had not taken place because a revised quote produced higher costs than currently being paid.  It was resolved to monitor the costs.
  4. Parish Paths Warden/Rights of Way – it was noted that TA10 is overgrown. The Clerk reported that a pothole in the path in the churchyard had been reported on Street Doctor.  The position of a no cycling sign in Court Lane was noted, resolved to investigate if it has been placed on private land.
  5. Village Warden – Cllr Skittrall proposed that a report [Appendix C] be accepted, this was seconded by Cllr Pritchard and agreed.
  6. Verge mowing – no issues were reported.
  7. Village Green – project to install bollards in order to prevent unauthorised parking – the Chairman noted that a quote had been received some time ago.
  8. Village Green – to consider the provision of CCTV and two planters – it was resolved that more information is needed.
  9. Climate Emergency and wildlife conservation [BEES Group] – Cllr Morris proposed that his report [Appendix D] be accepted, this was seconded by Cllr Duckles and agreed.
  10. New litter bin for outside the village shop – Cllr Docker reported that she felt that the cost of the new bin should be covered by either the shop owner or his suppliers.


  1. Planning.
  2. Current/new planning applications – Cllr Skittrall proposed that his report [Appendix E] be accepted, this was seconded by Cllr Pritchard and agreed. It was further resolved to approve the draft comments prepared in response to planning application NW/22/0321.


  1. Representative’s reports.
  2. Bozeat Playing Field Association – car park extension and resurfacing – it was noted that grant-funding is being investigated.
  3. Bozeat Primary School – it was noted that the school is now closed for the summer break.
  4. JAG meetings – Cllr Docker reported that it appears that the JAG and Police Liaison meetings may have been amalgamated, she is booked to attend a meeting via Zoom.

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  1. Police Liaison – see agenda item 8c.
  2. Public transport – it was noted that the services continued to run throughout the extreme temperatures experienced last week.
  3. NNC parish and ward meetings – Cllr Morris reported that he and the Clerk had attended a recent ward meeting and this seemed to be a good meeting, where all three North Northants Councillors and representatives from Grendon, Irchester and Wollaston attended. No issues were reported with Santa Pod traffic which was interesting to note and parishes shared their Jubilee celebrations.  Proposals to charge for brown bins to be emptied were deferred.
  4. Santa Pod Liaison – Cllr Skittrall to attend a meeting with Northants Police and Santa Pod to discuss traffic and noise issues.


  1. Crimes – crimes were reported in Wollaston and Irchester but nothing in Bozeat.
  2. Local events.
    1. 27th August 2022 – Summer Fete – Cllr Skittrall proposed that a report [Appendix F] be accepted and this was agreed. Volunteers are needed to help setting up and clearing away as well as delivering flyers prior to the event.
    2. 3rd December 2022 – Christmas Tree/Lights – it was agreed to switch on the Christmas lights on 3rd December 2022. Cllr Pritchard suggested that a bigger event be organised this year, with mulled wine/beer, carols etc and it was resolved that the Village Events Group should meet to discuss.

The Clerk reported that the cost of Jubilee events in Bozeat was less than £600.

The Clerk reported that she had attended an afternoon tea for Waendel Walk volunteers and preparations are underway for next years’ event.  Road routes will be available again and it is hoped that more people will take part, including marching groups.


  1. Payments – Cllr Skittrall proposed that a report [Appendix G] and the payments listed on it be accepted and this was agreed. Cllr Docker suggested that the grounds maintenance contract be reviewed at the end of the year.
  2. Audit of 2021-2022 accounts – the Clerk reported that the period for public rights ended on 22nd


It was resolved to acknowledge receipt of correspondence received since the last meeting, as listed on Appendix H.

  1. Items for the next agenda.

It was noted that the August meeting is usually shortened, however it was agreed to set a normal agenda but defer items that can wait until the September meeting.

  1. Date and time of next meeting.

It was noted that the next meeting of Bozeat Parish Council will take place on Monday, 15th August 2022 at TLC, Dychurch Lane, Bozeat following Public Participation at 7pm.



Signed by the Chairman, 15th August 2022