Draft Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the Council held on 10 January 2012 in the Council Chamber, Village Hall, Edwinstowe
Present: Cllrs Brooks, Cocking, Ayre, Tattersall, Starbrook, J Peck, K Peck, Benson, George, Boughey
Cllr Freeman did not attend and did not offer any apologies.
3 Members of the Public.
11/115 WELCOME BY CHAIRMAN INCLUDING ANY ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Chairman welcomed the meeting and wished all present a Happy New Year. The Chair then reminded the meeting rules for the Public and Members question time - copy of regulations will be displayed in the noticeboard and are available on request.
11/116 RECEIVE ANY APOLOGIES AND REASONS FOR ABSENCE
No apologies received.
11/117 DISCLOSURES OF INTERESTS BY MEMBERS (AND EMPLOYEES) IN ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
11/118 TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE ORDINARY MEETING OF THE COUNCIL HELD
ON 8th November 2011
Minutes were approved and signed as accurate.
11/119 MATTERS ARISING FROM LAST MEETING
11/104 Cllr Cocking stated that although minuted correctly, the request for better lighting on East Lane should have been the column near the Hammer & Wedge and not on the blind bend. Action - Clerk to report.
Cllr J Peck had attended a Fire Authority meeting on 16th December where the authority approved the proposal to turn Edwinstowe into a full-time station. Although this means losing the Retained Officers, it is the correct decision for Edwinstowe and the local area. This decision also vindicates the tireless campaign by the Parish Council to save the fire station.
11/120 TO RECEIVE QUESTIONS AND PETITIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC (20 MINUTES)
The Landlord from the Hammer & Wedge spoke to the meeting about a complaint received by N&SDC concerning an afternoon event on New Year's Day that he reported ended at 8.04pm.
D/Cllr Brooks responded as she had spoken to officers at N&SDC and to the Police, it was thought that no violation of the license had incurred. A noise abatement notice had been served last year and no complaints had been received between August and December.
11/121 TO RECEIVE QUESTIONS FROM COUNCILLORS (20 MINUTES) - commenced 1922hrs
Cllr Cocking distributed information to the meeting concerning the Localism Bill for information. This is an important piece of legislation as it is defending local democracy.
Cllr Starbrook has been approached by the Manager from the Co-op as they would like to support the Parish Council with the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The Landlords from the Hammer & Wedge and Royal Oak would also like to help. Invitation to next Events Working Group
Cllr Tattersall had seen a report in the Chad concerning improvement works at the Mansfield Road allotments. The improvements had been carried out by Nottinghamshire County Council. Cllr Tattersall expressed surprise that the Chairman of Edwinstowe Parish Council had not been invited to the presentation - especially as the Parish Council leases the land to the Allotment Association. Clerk to investigate
Cllr Tattersall reported cigarette ends on the pavements outside several village pubs. This is unsightly. Clerk to send letter to all village pubs
Cllr J Peck has arranged for the youth bus to visit Edwinstowe on Friday 20th January at 7.00pm in the Fourth Avenue Car Park. Please let Cllr J Peck know if you are interested in viewing the bus.
Cllr J Peck has received information from NCC Highways concerning the temporary interactive speed sign on Mill Lane. The volume and speed of traffic using Mill Lane does not qualify it for a permanent interactive speed sign. Cllr J Peck feels there is a need for some traffic calming measures especially since the latest incident that occurred the previous week. Clerk to contact NCC Highways for options available, Agenda item in February - Roads in Edwinstowe
11/122 TO RECEIVE AND CONSIDER REPORTS AND MINUTES OF ANY COMMITTEE,
WORKING GROUP OR SUB-COMMITTEE
11/124 Correspondence(COPIES ARE AVAILABLE TO VIEW IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS)
Newark & Sherwood Local Strategic Partnership Funding Application Response Noted
Big Lottery Fund Funding Application Response Noted
Bassetlaw Newark & Sherwood Community Safety Partnership News Letter Noted
The University of Nottingham Sherwood Forest Research Noted
BBC Details of how to sign up to the "Things to do" website Noted
Groundwork, Cresswell, Ashfield & Mansfield Information Pack Noted
N&SDC Voice Magazine Noted
Sherwood Forest Ploughing Match Thank You Letter Noted
N&SDC Invitation to Charity Event in aid of NSPCC 24th February 2012 Kelham Hall Noted
11/125 ANY APPOINTMENTS TO COMMITTEES, WORKING GROUPS OR SUB-COMMITTEES OR
11/126 FINANCIAL MATTERS (TO BE REFERRED TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE, if necessary)
11/127 CHEQUES/INVOICES FOR APPROVAL
|DATE||PAYEE||DESCRIPTION||AMOUNT inc VAT|
|28.11.2011||Top Banana||Christmas Leaflets||£99.00|
|01.12.2011||Elite Design Group||Magazine Printing||£1,1850.00|
|14.12.2011||Gavin Kenning||Christmas Stalls||£303.60|
|14.12.2011||Intervend Water||M/C Rental||£6.00|
|14.12.2011||Universal Fabrications||Mower Repair||£24.00|
|14.12.2011||SAS Trade & DIY||Key Cut||£6.00|
|14.12.2011||Hall Fast||Boots - KR||£22.20|
Cheques approved and signed.
11/128 GRANT APPLICATIONS
11/129 PLANNING MATTERS
Thoresby Colliery Waste Disposal Scheme
Cllr Brooks has received a letter from a resident concerning the above proposal which was read to the meeting and is available to view in the Council Chambers. Information concerning the proposal, was received from NCC on 21st December; because of the short response time, an email has already been sent to NCC stating; Edwinstowe Parish Council are concerned that the proposed extension could create a potential negative visual impact on the site of the new Sherwood forest visitor centre.
Standing Orders were suspended to allow a member of the public to speak on the matter.
The resident felt that not all available options had been explored and the extension would have a massive impact on Edwinstowe, the surrounding area and the wildlife that inhabitants the area.
Standing Orders were reinstated.
After a discussion, the meeting agreed to send a further letter, expressing concerns over the height of the proposed extension and proximity to the site of the new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre. Clerk to write letter.
11/130 REPORTS FROM COUNTY AND DISTRICT COUNCILLORS
(VERBAL REPORT AT MEETING; COPY OF REPORT TO CLERK)
Both Councillors continue to work on individual case work both with Newark and Sherwood Homes and with Newark and Sherwood District Council.
We work within the Committee system on issues affecting Edwinstowe, in particular on planning, licensing and tourism.
We have worked closely with officers from the Council and the police to re-establish an effective Safer Neighbourhood Group (SNG) which will work closely with representatives from the various community groups in the village and the police to make our village a safe and secure place in which to live. The terms of reference for this group, published by the Bassetlaw and Newark and Sherwood Community Safety Partnership, are available in the Parish Council Office for anyone who wishes to see them.
The last meeting of the SNG was on January 5th. At this meeting it was agreed that the next meeting, the AGM would be on March 15th in the Village Hall and all community groups would be invited to send a representative should they so wish. This is not an open meeting as such, opportunities for members of the public to talk with police officers about issues of concern to them, will be advertised in the Parish Council notice boards and other prominent places around the Village.
Both Councillors are concerned about road safety issues in Edwinstowe and are currently concentrating their efforts on improving safety on East Lane and Mill Lane. Councillor Peck accompanied a senior Notts County Council Highways Officer around Edwinstowe to look at potential trouble spots.
Together we have begun a door to door survey of the East Lane area to see what residents feel about pressing for the road to become one-way. So far the residents are overwhelmingly in favour but the survey is by no means complete.
11/131 DATE OF NEXT MEETING: 14 February 2012
Meeting Closed at 2035hrs
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