Draft Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the Council held on 13 November 2012 in the Council Chamber, Village Hall, Edwinstowe
Present: Cllrs Freeman, Boughey, Benson, Brooks, Cocking, J Peck, Starbrook, Ayre, Tattersall, K Peck. Cllr George arrived at 1910hrs
12/092 WELCOME BY CHAIRMAN INCLUDING ANY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Discover Robin Hood are very keen to build links with Edwinstowe Business Forum and the local Community. The Parish Council will be the liaison point for information. Any queries contact Alice.
Representatives from Discover Robin Hood will be attending the Christmas Light Switch On Event to listen to views from the local community.
Cllr J Peck and Brooks are Edwinstowe's District Councillors and will be the link with the District Council Planning Department. Cllr J Peck is also the County Councillor for Edwinstowe.
The new Visitor Centre is a very exciting project which will bring real economic benefit to local businesses and extra jobs to the area. However consideration will need to be given traffic management including improvements to the top of Swinecote Road and Ollerton roundabout.
1940hrs Standing Orders reinstated
12/093 RECEIVE ANY APOLOGIES AND REASONS FOR ABSENCE
12/094 DISCLOSURES OF INTERESTS BY MEMBERS (AND EMPLOYEES) IN ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
The Department of Communities and Local Government has expressed the informal view that members of a Parish Council do not have a disclosable interest (DPI) in the precept. However, NALC (National Association of Local Councils) advises that because it is now a criminal offence to participate and vote on a matter in which he or she has a DPI, the safest course of action is to obtain a dispensation. Clerk to organise dispensation.
All Councillors declared an interest in item 12/103(ii)
12/095 TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE ORDINARY MEETING OF THE COUNCIL HELD
ON 9th October 2012
Minutes were approved and signed.
12/096 MATTERS ARISING FROM LAST MEETING
The Chair has submitted the entry forms for this year's Citizen of the Year nomination - Mr Frettsome. Mrs Frettsome requested she was not nominated and Mr Frettsome was nominated instead because of the work they both do for the community.
12/097 TO RECEIVE QUESTIONS AND PETITIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC (20 MINUTES)
A resident reported the pavement outside the Co-op is uneven. This has previously been reported but will be followed up. Clerk to action.
12/098 TO RECEIVE QUESTIONS FROM COUNCILLORS (20 MINUTES)
Cllr Cocking reported that next year the government is stopping the ability for communities to nominate areas to be given Village Green status which prevents development. Cllr Cocking requested that the Clerk investigate whether Edwinstowe Cricket Pitch and the Fun Park Field qualify for Village Green status. Clerk to investigate.
Cllr Cocking reported that an accident had occurred at the bottom of East Lane which had resulted in East Lane being blocked off at both ends for some considerable time. This adds more weight to getting the one way section in place.
Cllr Ayre has received numerous complaints concerning the decision to withdraw funding to the community bus especially as the company had not informed residents that used the service. Cllr Ayre is trying to arrange a meeting with a company about the possibility of using volunteer drivers instead.
12/099 TO RECEIVE AND CONSIDER REPORTS AND MINUTES OF ANY COMMITTEE, WORKING GROUP OR SUB-COMMITTEE
12/101 Correspondence(COPIES ARE AVAILABLE TO VIEW IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS)
|Notts County Council||New customer service number - 0300 500 8080||Noted and new posters put in noticeboards|
|Notts County Council||Local improvement scheme bid||Noted|
|M Jones (Resident)||Complaint re fireworks||The Parish Council has no powers with regard to fireworks however, if there was a village display it might deter residents to hold their own. Maybe Discover Robin Hood, the new Visitor Centre might hold an annual event. Agenda item February.|
12/102 ANY APPOINTMENTS TO COMMITTEES, WORKING GROUPS OR SUB-COMMITTEES OR OTHER BODIES
12/103 FINANCIAL MATTERS (TO BE REFERRED TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE, if necessary)
12/104 CHEQUES/INVOICES FOR APPROVAL
|DATE||PAYEE||DESCRIPTION||AMOUNT inc VAT|
|16.10.12||Town & Country||Village Cut||£1,342.80|
|25.10.12||pHs Group||Mansfield Road Toilets||£535.32|
|25.10.12||Oak Industrial Supplies||Equipment||£178.63|
|15.10.12||B&Q||Equipment (incl Shed Roof Repairs)||£197.38|
Cheques approved and signed by Chairman.
12/105 GRANT APPLICATIONS
12/106 PLANNING MATTERS November 2012
12/107 REPORTS FROM COUNTY AND DISTRICT COUNCILLORS (VERBAL REPORT AT MEETING; COPY OF REPORT TO CLERK)
District Councillors Report - November 2012.
Both District Councillors continue to work on individual case work.
Cllr Brooks has, over the last few weeks worked on a Food Safety Commissioning Group at N&SDC as well as on the other Committees, Services, General Purposes and Licensing.
The Services Committee are looking at the introduction of 'brown bins' for garden waste into our area. We are keen to encourage these for those people who would wish to have one. There is an annual charge for the services but this would be kept as low as possible.
Cllr Peck continues to work on the Planning and Policy Overview Committees. He is also working alongside Newark & Sherwood Homes in support of local tenants. There are very few planning issues for the village at the moment. The Government Inspector has yet to report on the Local Development Framework and plans for the new visitor attraction have not been submitted to date. We should, of course, be pressing that local considerations such as privacy and traffic are fully considered once plans are submitted.
Cllr Brooks has received very positive feedback from the latest edition of the newsletter.
County Councillors Report - November 2012.
C/Cllr Peck has attended several meetings concerning the New Visitor Centre and Sherwood Forest Regional Park. He is also a member of the Tourism Working Party and is constantly promoting Edwinstowe as the Gateway to Sherwood Forest. Looking longer term there is the potential of bringing the Robin Hood Line into the village.
Initially, recent maintenance works on Mansfield Road caused major traffic congestion however; C/Cllr Peck contacted Highways Department and asked them not to start work until 9.30am (as stated) and also to ensure the temporary traffic lights were synchronised properly.
At a recent meeting C/Cllr Peck suggested that the Welfare could be used for Youth Provision. This was turned down due to financial implications. However, NCC will be sending a larger Youth Bus to the Village instead of the current minibus.
The Parish Council formally requested that Cllr Peck use some of his divisional fund for trees on Ollerton Road. Cllr K Peck proposed, Cllr Cocking seconded - agreed unanimously
At a recent meeting, Cllr Peck spoke against NCC spending £900k on an electronic scoreboard at Nottinghamshire Cricket Club. He considered it a waste of money especially when services are being cut and people are losing their jobs.
Over the last two years during periods of snow, Henton Road has never been gritted even though it is a bus route. C/Cllr Peck has formally requested that it be added to the gritting schedule.
12/108 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
No December Meeting - next meeting will be 8th January 2013
Meeting closed at 2035hrs
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