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Annual Parish Meeting Minutes 19 April 2017

Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting of Edwinstowe Parish Council held on Wednesday 19th April 2017 commencing at 7.00 pm in the Council Chamber, Village Hall, Edwinstowe, and concluding at 8.00 pm

Present: 10 members of the public, the Chair, Clerk and Guest Speakers – Simon Parry and Ruan Botes (Mansfield Community First Responders)


Welcome by the Chairman

  1. Approval of minutes
    The minutes were approved by those that had been present at the meeting and signed by the Chair.

  2. Chairman's Report 2016/7
    ‘Can I start by welcoming you all and thanking all the Parish Council workforce. We are a busy and proactive Parish Council and consequently the office staff and amenity workers are kept very busy.

    Things that we take for granted in the village require hard work from our staff.

    The cemetery, play areas, parking areas and allotments all require a considerable amount of effort from both office and amenity workers to keep them well maintained. Bins have been emptied regularly, litter picking carried out across the village and our play areas and other public areas maintained and inspected daily.

    The clerk and administrator have also put a lot of effort over the past year in organising hanging baskets in key areas, sorting out lettings for the allotment sites, organising a highly successful Christmas Fair and are key workers in putting together our newsletter three times a year.

    As I say, these are things we take for granted but help keep our village a pretty, welcoming and interesting place to live.

    Councillors too have worked hard over the past year. All councillors attend committee meetings as well as Parish Council meetings and have worked hard in a number of areas.

    There have been two major developments come to the fore in the past year. The Visitors Centre is in the process of moving site and the redevelopment of Thoresby Colliery site has been started.

    These have both involved Parish Councillors and staff in attending consultation meetings with the public, businesses and other interested parties.

    The planning committee has been very busy with both these and other developments across the village. Edwinstowe is changing and the Parish Council have been keen to ensure the changes are as positive as possible.

    We entertained French visitors including the Mayor from a small village in the south of France and they were very impressed with the hospitality they received and the appearance and facilities offered by our village of Edwinstowe.

    The Parish Council is regularly in communication with community groups across the village and has supported them over the past year in a number of ways. We have also worked closely with agencies from District and County Councils on a number of issues.

    Grants were given to a variety of organisations from sports clubs to schools.

    Over the coming months we shall be looking to maintain and improve our play areas, Henton Road, Jubilee Park and Fourth Avenue. Improvements to the Village Hall and John Benson Pavillion will also be proposed in the near future.

    We shall continue to press for our roads and paths to be kept or put in good repair.

    Our amenity workforce has been reduced from 4 to 3 workers but their diligence and commitment has helped keep our village the very pleasant place to live that it is.’

  3. Responsible Finance Officer's Report 2016/7
    ‘This year the finances have been challenging, but the Parish Council has risen to the challenge and have still provided the level of service expected by Edwinstowe residents despite unexpected large items of expenditure. The year finished within budget

    The amenity team continue to provide a high standard of service within a fairly tight budget and the village always looks fantastic.

    The office team continue to research cheaper overhead costs and negotiate for best value with suppliers when placing orders.

    Main items of expenditure during the year were: -
    2015/16 Audit Fee
    Skatepark Repairs
    By Election Costs
    Employee Severance Pay

    Generous donations have been received during the year including: -
    Thoresby Memorial Fund

    High Street Plants and Planters

    Grant applications have been submitted for much needed improvements to the Village Hall and we’re awaiting the results of the Tesco carrier bag scheme to see if Fourth Avenue Play Area is successful.

    The Parish Council has once again managed to achieve a 0% rise in the precept and it will be challenging, but with the continued dedication of the councillors and staff team, achievable.’

  4. Guest Speakers
    • Simon Parry & Ray Massey
      Community First Responders

      Mansfield Community First Responders started in 2012 with only Simon Parry as a volunteer. A recruitment drive in 2014 raised the total in the area to 21 currently.

      CFRs are volunteers, they are not first aiders, they respond to 999 calls and have the same equipment as front line ambulance service staff.

      The equipment costs £1,800 and it is paid for through fundraising. CFRs are subject to continual stringent monitoring and assessment.

      CFRs visit local groups and organisations including schools, cubs, brownies, youth clubs and businesses to teach CPR free of charge.

      There is a need for more defibrillators in communities – the total cost including the vandal proof cabinet is £999. Edwinstowe currently has two defibrillators – one outside the fire station, the other at the Big House.

      There is also a need for more CFRs to cover all areas 24 hours per day. Full training is given to one interested.

  5. Questions from the floor

    General questions concerning the role of CFRs were asked during the presentation.

    2000hrs - meeting closed

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