March 2020 Minutes


                                                             MONDAY 9th March 2020


Present:               Cllr D Durrant – Chairman

                             Cllrs: Mrs J Moore, Mr D Horwat, Mr N White, Mrs J Self-Shutts, Mrs J Moore, Mr N Chandler,

                             Mrs C Anderton – Clerk of the Council


Absent:                Mrs J Welbourn (and Borough)

Public Forum

There were 2 members of the public present to present their objections to the planning application detailed in item 10 of the agenda.

20/25     Apologies

The Parish Clerk advised that apologies for absence (with acceptable reasons) had been received from Cllr J Welborn.

It was proposed, seconded and

RESOLVED:  that the Council note the absences of Cllr J Welbourn and approve the reasons given.


20/26     Police Matters

The following incidents were reported to the Clerk in the absence of PCSO Kym Rayment:

1 x abandoned vehicle – Main A52

1 x suspicious circumstance – Main A52

1 x wildlife incident – Main A52


20/27     To receive any declarations of interest in accordance with the requirements of the Localism Act 2011 – being any pecuniary or non-pecuniary interests on agenda items not previously recorded on Members Register of Interests.

There were no declarations received.


20/28     Approval of the minutes of the previous meeting

It was proposed, seconded and

RESOLVED: that the notes of the meeting held 10th February 2020 be approved as a correct record of the meeting and be signed by the Chairman


20/29     Clerk’s report



Action Taken















Clerk to contact Chris Chandler re: footpath on A52 overgrown from opposite the shop to the church.

Email sent to Chris Chandler asking if this needs to be reported again as a job was raised and actioned on FixMyStreet with reference 357458 in November 2019.


Spoke to Chris Chandler regarding this issue – Chris to send inspector out to investigate
















Clerk to contact T H Clements regarding dyke opposite pull in on Main A52

Spoke to Neil Sharpe who will look into the dyke issue


Further phone call made to highlight the issue again







Clerk to contact Christian Allen regarding the issue of the lay-by bins

Email to C Allen to highlight the issues




Clerk to order dog fouling signage

Email to Boston Borough Council to order signs – advised to contact Boston Sign Company as this is the company who supply BBC







20/30    Reports on the Parish Environment


Playing Fields  

The Chairman suggested that the Council approach a local Grounds Maintenance company to discuss the provision of turf in the goal mouth areas instead of an artificial surface. The clerk agreed to contact those who have placed adverts in the Parish Magazine. The clerk also confirmed that in order to keep the insurance valid for the playing fields it was necessary to complete an inspection on a regular basis and to keep records of this. She confirmed that there was a course provided by LALC and volunteered to attend this and to also carry out the inspections with immediate effect.


Parish Roads

The Chairman stated that it was hoped that the potholes in the parish would be addressed before the Boston Marathon on 19th April 2020.


20/31     Reports from Lincolnshire County Council/Boston Borough Council

Cllr P Skinner had provided a report to the council however, there were no matters within it to discuss.


20/32     Finance

It was proposed, seconded and

RESOLVED: to accept the payments as per the payment sheet 2020/03.

Members were given a report from the RFO which updated all members present on the current financial situation. The bank account balance as at close of business on 31st January 2020 was £27,947.07 with BACS payments of £602.70 due to be made after approval at the meeting. The VAT reclaim would now be submitted.


Payments were as follows:

S D Moore                                           Leverton PCC Lawn Mower Service          £306.28

Leverton PCC                                     Donation                                                             £193.72

M Peto                                                 Grass Cutting                                                     £150.00

D Horwat                                             Grass cutting                                                      £150.00

Guardian Press                                  Newsletter donation                                      £100.00

Wrangle with Old Leake

Methodist Church                            Donation                                                             £100.00

C Anderton/HMRC                          Staff Costs                                                           £350.98


20/33     Correspondence received which the Council are invited to resolve upon

  1. LALC E-News Update 17th February – circulated to all members
  2. Parish Council Newsletter - circulated to all members
  3. Boston Town Deal information – circulated to all members


20/34     Planning

Application No. B/20/0061 Change of use to create a conference and wedding venue with the formation of a new car park, erection of a single storey rear extension and two storey side extension at The Grange, Highgate, Leverton, Boston, PE22 0AW.


The council reviewed the application and considered the views of the attendees in the Public Forum. The Members of the Council also noted that there was insufficient information in the application at the present stage.

Therefore, the Parish Council:

 RESOLVED to object to this application on this basis and also the following material planning consideration:

  • Noise and disturbance from the development on the surrounding neighbours.



20/34     Matters for discussion or to be added to the next agenda

Mrs Moore reported that she had spoken with the caretaker of the Village Hall who had confirmed that there were repairs needed to the floor/skirting boards and there was a reluctance for the funds to be made available for further repairs. Mr White asked if the Hall was something the Parish Council could take on the responsibility for and the clerk confirmed she would ask Leverton PCC what their position was in this respect.


20/35     Date and Time of the next Parish Council Meeting

The next Meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Monday 20th April 2020 beginning at 7.00pm. There being no further business to discuss, the Chairman thanked those in attendance and declared the meeting closed at 7.50 pm.