Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on Tuesday 31st July 2007 at 7.30pm in The Nelson Room of the Village Hall.





D Hook (Vice Chairman), D Ashford (Minute Taker) , R Delf, P Workman, D Pointer, H Rose.



Members of the public present                                                                                                         

Sue Beare, Rachel Hyde-Smith, Julie Parker, Diane Freeman, Roy Burfoot, Carl Gosling (Chair of School Gov.), Richard Benjamin, Kirstin Gunther.




Apologies were received from Ian Nelson, Geoff Moulton, Liz Allen, Kevin Cunningham.



Public Participation


Plans for telecommunications mast in Hempnall


Rachel Hyde-Smith, Hempnall School Governor asked why T Mobile were submitting a new planning application when the proposed site was obviously not the right place to be. She also pointed out that they had not approached the school to let them know a new application was being made.  There are 57 children currently on the school register and she pointed out that around 25% of her child’s Year 2 class had already expressed that they would leave due to delayed plans for expansion and the school cannot afford to lose any pupils.


Sue Beare said that it is not known if there are any long-term health risks to young brains but that it is the perception of health risks. Peter Workman pointed out that it is the phones that were proved to emit radiation rather than the masts but accepted the objections made on the above grounds. It was also argued that many children own mobile phones but Richard Benjamin stated that no children at Hempnall school had  phones at school and seconded the perception of possible risks comments.


David Hook told the forum that a number of sites had been considered and dismissed for various reasons, including the church, and read out the list. He also wondered if there was an intention to put forward the new plans whilst the schools were on holiday as the timing was so bad. Paul Witham was approached to see if the date of application could be changed but was told that there was an 8 week window and automatic approval could be given. The application meeting would be 11/9, hence the hurried PC meeting.


Julie Parker commented that the signal is currently bad, therefore if there was no mast the children would be less likely to need phones!


Other concerns raised were the possible impacts for industry in Hempnall in the future and more traffic in the village if local children left the school and children from other areas attended.


Rachel Hyde-Smith asked it to be shown in the minutes that the school had not been consulted by T Mobile and a copy of the statement would be required.


Given that the school is already suffering due to problems with building expansion it was felt that it would have a detrimental effect on the whole community and would be prejudicial to the well-being and future of the school because of the perception of possible health risks.




Planning Applications


New applications since the last meeting are:

T-Mobile (UK) Ltd, Manor Farm, The Street, Hempnall - Installation of a new 12m high replica telegraph pole and associated equipment cabinets – Recommended rejection unanimously.







Wind farm Photomontage

David Hook referred to a letter from Enertrag read out at the previous meeting concerning a photo montage of vantage points for the proposed Wind farm.  He suggested that members of the PC meet with a view to walking around the village with an OS map and showing points, combined with photo viewing points where the wind farm was likely to be most visible. The deadline for this is 31st August and it was suggested and agreed that this exercise be carried out on 25th August when the Blimp will be re-launched. Peter suggested that all approaches should be considered with a maximum of about 15-16 points and regardless of the opinions of either Enertrag or SHOWT. David Pointer felt that photo montages were potentially misleading. Julie Pointer said that a montage had been carried out from the churchyard by Enertrag  and very small print showed that 125m turbines had been used for the exercise.














Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 19th September at 7.30pm in The Loft of the Village Hall.





There being no further business, the meeting was closed at approximately 8.30pm








Signed _____________________________________________Date 19th September 2007