Draft Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the Council held on Tuesday 10th November 2020 at 7.00pm via Zoom as a remote meeting.
Present; Cllrs Ayre, Brooks, Brown, Freeman, Murphy, J Peck, K Peck and Troop
20/68 WELCOME BY CHAIRMAN INCLUDING ANY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Chair asked if anyone other than the clerk was recording the meeting.
Cllrs Murphy and K Peck also recorded the meeting.
20/69 RECEIVE ANY APOLOGIES AND REASONS FOR ABSENCE
Apologies received from Cllr Peacock and Cllr Carlton.
20/70 DISCLOSURES OF INTERESTS BY MEMBERS
Cllr Murphy - allotments
20/71 TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE ORDINARY MEETING OF THE COUNCIL HELD
ON 13th OCTOBER 2020
Cllr Murphy – sentence on agenda item 5 required completing; chair requested that if councillors wish to attend future outdoor meetings to contact the clerk.
20/55 MATTERS ARISING (following NALC guidelines)
20/72 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION, STANDING ORDERS WILL BE SUSPENDED
(FOR THE DURATION OF THIS SECTION
SB (on behalf of Robin Hood Colts) requested permission from the Parish Council for a small non-permanent fence up-to 4ft high in an area to be used by a Goal Keeping academy. Requested that the previous roller shutter invoice to be paid by the Parish Council.
AL (Member of the Public) thanked Cllr K Peck and other councillors for taking up the case for free school meals to NSDC.
20/73 TO RECEIVE QUESTIONS TO COUNCIL FROM MEMBERS
Cllr Freeman - farmer placed water trough across public footpath adjacent to railway line. Does not stop people walking, but would impede cycles and vehicles. Asked for County or NSDC to take up.
Cllr Murphy - dog bin overflowing paddock close.
Cllrs K Peck – Cllrs K Peck and J Peck were working with the clerk to replace the dog bin on paddock close”.
Cllr Ayre - remembrance day on Abbey Rd, well turned out with a Piper organised by Barbara Starbrook. Chair asked that council write to Barbara and express appreciation.
Parish Council acknowledged the excellent remembrance service organised by the British Legion at the Cenotaph.
20/74 TO RECEIVE DRAFT MINUTES AND REPORTS OF THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES, SUB-COMMITTEES AND WORKING GROUPS
Cllr Ayres - a review took place of some parts of the tenancy letting agreement at the allotment committee, October 27th 2020. The following were discussed:
The agreement states that the rental year is from 1st March but payment date is 25th March. We think these should be brought in to line. We propose that both rental and payment date should be from 1st March. We would also like to remind allotment holders that the agreement is an annual one and needs to be renewed each year. This is clearly stated in the existing agreement at section 3.1.The rent will be collected in the same way next year as was introduced this year. A form will be sent to all allotment holders which will require a date, a signature and will state clearly the plot numbers. It will ask for address, email and payment details. This will make sure that we have updated details for all tenants. The completed returned forms will then be attached to the existing agreement documents. A signature is required each year because the agreement as I have already said is an annual one. It might also be the case that by the time the rental agreement goes out at the beginning of February there are still Covid-19 restrictions in place which prevent public access to the office.
We would also like to make two more small adjustments to the tenancy agreement. One is about bonfires. We suggest that between November 6th and February 14th each year bonfires are banned. This is so that neighbouring houses are not subject to smoke and smell from them during short winter daylight hours. The second slight adjustment is to section 2 of the tenancy which deals with the size of plot. These are now between 125 square metres and 500 square metres. The regular one is 250 square metres. The size of the plot will be indicated on each individual agreement form. It was also put forward at the Committee meeting that we might look to identify funding to improve the access road from where it turns right off Robin Hood Court to the gate to the actual allotment site. We could also look at providing a shed for community use as was identified in the original plans for the spending of Section 106 funds. A proposed rise in rents will be looked at for 2022 to cover increases in rent from Thoresby Estates among other things.
Chair asked councillors to accept report.
Chair requested a vote on payment date change to be the same as the rental date on 1st March. Notices will go out to tenants beginning February, and if tenants have not completed the agreement with signature and payment beginning of March they will forfeit their plot.
A discussion took place on restricting bonfires between bonfire night and middle February. November 6th – February 14th
Cllr K Peck - remembrance day was a very meaningful event, garden looked lovely, thank Administrator for placing poppies in the village hall windows. Like to thank Cllr J Peck for providing £1000 from County Council divisional fund towards purchasing additional lights and decorations. A massive team effort for the high street to be ready by the 19th November. There will be a film of the Christmas lights and Christmas lighting up, working closely with the businesses. May have a surprise visitor to the high street. Will place the video on YouTube, contact the Chad, place on Face book, Radio Mansfield.
Chair- Robin Hood statue will be replaced by crane on the 18/19th November 2020.
Cllr Ayre – thanked Amenity Supervisor, Chair and Cllr K Peck for visiting Abbey Rd Community Centre to arrange decorations.
Cllr Troop - the clerk and Cllr Troop speaking weekly to update the COVID risk assessments. Went from Tier 2, to Tier 3 and lockdown quite quickly, notices have been placed on parks and cemetery. Will be updating the mental health part, like to thank the Chair for attending the mental health conference.
Chair – attended a mental health conference with 47 participants including speakers from Mind and a legal team.
Discussion took place on cemetery notices.
Cllr Peck - tree high street bottom is diseased and will be replaced.
A discussion took place on the Gateway Signs, a proposal was put forward to include design number 2 along with strapline “Robin Hoods Village”. Artwork to include NCC logo. Following debate the proposal was withdrawn, to be discussed again at December’s full council meeting.
Cllr J Peck - Highways had turned down 3 of the 4 Parish Council locations for Gateway signs.
Clerk to arrange a meeting with Shaun Brown of VIA.
Nothing to report back from Cllr J Peck.
Robin Hood Colts temporary fence
Cllr J Peck proposed that Robin Hood Colts submit a formal application to the Parish Council to pay for the Roller Shutters from Section 106 monies, but with clarity on future maintenance. Seconded by K Peck.
Chair – the bill from last year’s Parish Council election is being debated, not yet paid.
Chair – Harworth Group drawing up “heads of terms” contract, copies to be sent to RSPB and Parish Council for the winding wheel and associated furniture. Invoices generated by Parish Council and NSDC to release 106 monies and donations from the Harworth group.
Signage manufacturer has been contacted by Clerk for the interpretation lectern.
Cllr K Peck – stickers and banners arrived from NSDC. Banner placed outside Royal Oak pub. A discussion took place on the banner remaining up during lockdown.
Parish Council agreed to leave the banner up.
Cllr Brown gave update on the Ollerton traffic roundabout and processes to trigger release of 106 monies, dependent on housing occupation.
Chair – awaiting to hear back from NSDC officer
Cllr Brown – asked for a letter to be sent to the Royal British Legion thanking them for the remembrance service.
Cllr K Peck – reported on Edwinstowe Community Volunteers. Food parcels provided by St Mary’s church were aided by a £5000 donation. The government is providing free school meals.
Chair and Cllr Troop thanked the work of the community volunteers.
Due to a third party involvement, not up for discussion
Chair - the village hall management committee not yet received official notification from the NCC LIS grant.
Chair responded to a resident regarding the locked gates at Trinity Park. Clerk will look into the original development when time is available.
Clerk will look into improving cemetery signage from the highway
Clerk to invite Mill Lane residents to Parish Council ordinary meeting.
20/78 FINANCIAL MATTERS (TO BE REFERRED TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE, if necessary)
Chair – the AGAR has been returned and approved from the external auditor.
Chair thanked the clerk as no further comments or actions are required from the auditor.
Notices will be posted on website and notice board received from the external auditor in due course.
20/79 INVOICES FOR APPROVAL
|DATE||PAYEE||DESCRIPTION||AMOUNT inc VAT (if applicable)|
|08.10.2020||Trade UK||Amenity materials||£58.95|
|08.10.2020||National Society Allotments||Magazine subscription||£67.00|
|08.10.2020||Platts Harris||Strimmer Parts||£14.40|
|09.10.2020||Visar Pro||Sneeze screen||£131.00|
|16.10.2020||HMRC||PAYE / NIC||£1,489.80|
|21.10.2020||Morris Cast Iron Signs||Gateway Signs||£6,613.20|
|28.10.2020||Town & Country||Grass cutting||£1,072.80|
|28.10.2020||British Legion Poppy||5 x Poppy Wreaths||£85.00|
|02.11.2020||Trade UK||Amenity Materials||£27.40|
20/80 DIRECT DEBITS FOR APPROVAL
|DATE||PAYEE||DESCRIPTION||AMOUNT inc VAT (if applicable)|
|14.10.2020||UK Fuels Ltd||Petrol/Diesel||£93.46|
|16.10.2020||Sage Software Ltd||Payroll Software||£20.40|
|02.10.2020||NSDC||East Lane Car Park||£58.00|
|02.10.2020||NSDC||West Lane Car Park||£49.00|
|04.10.2020||UK Fuels Ltd||Petrol / Diesel||£70.39|
|DATE||DESCRIPTION||AMOUNT inc VAT|
|12.10.2020||Cemetery - Memorial||£60.00|
|12.10.2020||Cemetery - Memorial||£60.00|
|12.10.2020||Cemetery - Memorial||£160.00|
|16.10.2020||Cemetery - Burial||£370.00|
|16.10.2020||Cemetery - Plot Reservation||£460.00|
|21.10.2020||Cemetery - Burial||£130.00|
|04.11.2020||Cemetery - Burial||£160.00|
20/82 REPORTS FROM COUNTY AND DISTRICT COUNCILLORS
(VERBAL REPORT AT MEETING; BULLET POINTS TO CLERK)
Report from County Councillor J Peck
The Secretary of State has rejected the County Council’s application to go ahead with abolishing the District and County Councils and creating a unitary authority. As the Government declined to fund free school meals for children during the recent half term break, the County Council took a decision to do so with the support of all political parties. Merryweather Close has now been resurfaced. The resurfacing of the pavement on Church Street is underway. It is intended to resurface the road during February half term. Revised plans for the A614 improvements are out for consultation but there are no changes to the proposed design for Ollerton Roundabout. I have written again about my concerns that the proposed traffic lights at both the Deerdale Lane and Mickledale Lane junctions in addition to the existing Rose Cottage lights, could lead to very lengthy tailbacks at peak times. I have decided not to stand again as a County Councillor in the County Council elections next May. It’s been a privilege to represent my home village and the other five villages in my division, but after nearly nine years, it’s time to take a rest! I will of course still be contributing as a Parish Council member.
Report from District Councillor M Brown
Business support grant re-opened by NSDC. Isolation grants are available of up to £500 from NSDC.
Fly-tipping action plan, since lockdown going through the roof with strategies in place. Heather Sutton attending homes and community meeting next week.
NSDC doing free trees again, which will be open to local authorities. HART team set up for vulnerable people in the community by NSDC. Community engagement ambassadors will be available in areas along high streets, dependent on number of officers and people.
Bassetlaw and NSDC community safety partnership established priority in tackling anti-social behaviour in rural areas.
District Council are engaging with tenants, an advisory group, split between officers, councillors and tenants to improve engagement now back in house. Properties getting painted and done up again.
20/83 CONFIDENTIAL MATTERS
To resolve to exclude the Press and public from the following item(s) in accordance with The Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960.
20/84 DATE OF NEXT MEETING:
Tuesday 8th December 2020.
Meeting ended at: 9.00 pm
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