Present: M.J.Sheppard, (Chairman) K. Steed (Vice-Chairman) J.M.F.Royce, R.Davis, B.J.Walker, R.Muir, G.Clark, E.Rodgers.
14/1: Apologies: J.P.Anderson, C.Dabell, D.Bexon, Notts County Councillor A.Brown, E.Padden.
14/2: Acceptance of Apologies:
PROPOSED: R.Davis SECONDED: E.Rodgers Vote: All in favour.
14/3: Declaration of Interest:
Trustees, D.Bexon, G.Clark, K.Steed, in matters relevant to the Memorial Hall/Recreation Ground.
J.M.F.Royce in item 5, Support for the British Legion (Gotham Branch).
14/4: Minutes of the previous meeting:
Resolved: That the previously circulated Minutes of the Parish Council held on the 3rd December, 2014, be accepted as a true record of the business transacted with the following amendment:. 13/189 : Finance Monthly Payments and Receipts:
Acceptance of the recommended Revenue Budget: after ‘negotiations’ add ‘with the Trustees of the Memorial Hall/Recreation Ground’.
PROPOSED: J.M.F.Royce SECONDED: K.Steed Vote: All in favour.
Progress from the Minutes:
13/203: Matters to Report: The Clerk reported she had drawn the attention of A.Howick to the deterioration of the Public Noticeboard. A. Howick would advise D.Howick.
13/167: Traffic Lights: A member of the public had complained to the Clerk re the installation of temporary crossing lights opposite to her house. The complainant had suggested the lights would be more often used if sited at the bottom of Kegworth Road.
14/5: Finance Monthly Payments and Receipts:
Receipts and Payments: RESOLVED: That the receipts, since the last meeting, are noted and the Accounts in Appendix F1 be confirmed and authorised for payment.
PROPOSED: J.M.F.Royce SECONDED: R.Davis Vote: All in favour.
Support for the British Legion (Gotham Branch):
The Chairman reminded Council that previous donations to the Gotham Branch of the Royal British Legion to defray the cost of the wreath, had stood at £250 for many years. The 2013 donation had dropped to £100. He suggested the re-instatement of the original amount.
PROPOSAL: To revisit the issue if the funds at the financial year end support the proposal to donate a further £150 to the Gotham Branch of the Royal British Legion.
PROPOSED: B.J.Walker SECONDED: R.Davis. Vote: Six in favour, two abstentions.
The Clerk had purchased a replacement dustbin for the Memorial Hall Car Park. J.M.F.Royce requested that a future dustbin purchase should be re-imbursed from the Trustees of the Memorial Hall/Recreation Ground.
Proposal for Annual Donation to Dr. Gerrard Charitable fund for the Elderly of Gotham:
The Chairman sought deferral of this item until the February meeting.
The next GPC Finance Meeting to be held on Tuesday, 28th January, 2014.
14/6: Report by Chairman of Planning and Development Committee: (Chairman J.P.Anderson)
In the absence of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman E.Rodgers reported the following Planning information:
There had been no planning meeting held during December, 2013.
Progress on Consultation re RBC Core Strategy/Steering Group Meeting: E.Rodgers read a report submitted by K.Mafham re his latest findings following the Examination in Public of the Aligned Core Strategy. K.Mafham is persuaded that there might be the case for a Judicial Review due to the lack of proper consultation and the identificatiion of more building sites within Nottingham, including brown field. He had expressed his surprise and disappointment that the Inspector, Ms. Kingaby, had increased the housing numbers prior to hearing all the evidence. This oversight is a procedural issue.E.Rodgers advised Council that a Judicial Review invairably resulted in a simple delay in the process and that building would not necessarily be blocked.
14/7: Planning Decisions Received:
13/15: (ref: 13/01943/VAR) British Gypsum – Vary condition 2,7 and 9 of planning permission 10/01186/FUL to permit the open storage of desulphurised gypsum for a temporary period (up to 5 years) at land south of Leake Road, Gotham. – GRANTED
14/8: Planning Applications Received:
13/16: (ref: 13/02092/FUL) 22 Curzon Street – Garden store building (retrospective plan)
PROPOSED: R.Muir SECONDED: G.Clark Vote: All in favour.
Reason for objection: Out of keeping, over bearing and out of character with surrounding buildings. Excessive building for the purpose stated. The plan submitted is inadequate to allow for sound judgement.
14/1: (ref: 13/02467/FUL) The Birches, 333 Leake Rd – Retention of garage/workshop as constructed and amendments to bungalow extension approved under planning permission ref: 02/01470/FUL
PROPOSAL: NO OBJECTION
PROPOSED: E.Rodgers SECONDED: R.Muir Vote: All in favour.
Dog Boarding on The Ridgeway: The Chairman had received a letter of objection re an application for the boarding of two dogs at 327 The Ridgeway. The complainant highlighted several issues pertaining to the unsuitability of the applicant/premises for such a purpose.
The Clerk had checked with Rushcliffe Planning Department re the issue of a licence and was informed that a dog boarding licence had already been allowed and that the Parish Council was powerless in such a case.
14/9: Environmental Matters: (Chairman C.Dabell absent)
Report on Christmas Tree in The Square/Carol Singing – 10th December 2013/Cemetery Arch.
M.J.Sheppard reported that the Christmas Tree had been successfully removed on the 6th January, 2014. Thanks to A.Howick and family for their generous assistance. R.Muir suggested improved barriers next year as the standard orange barriers detracted from the beauty of the Christmas tree. High winds and storms had caused the tree to list to one side. A smaller tree would have been easier to erect and keep upright. Thanks recorded to Reverend Coleman and the PCC for their generous provision of mulled wine and mince pies prior to the Carol singing. The Chairman had booked the band and asked Jack Griffin to perform next Christmas on Tuesday 9th December. An improved sound system could be loaned by J. Griffin. Extra non-alcoholic refreshments could be offered under cover of a gazebo. Thanks to the Sun and Cuckoo Bush for their generous sponsorship and to Gotham School for an excellent performance.
Cemetery Arch: The Clerk and Chairman had brought photographs of the original Cemetery Arch. The re-building of the arch and the pillars could serve as an external war memorial with plaques for the fallen of Great War on one and second World War on the other; Remembernce Day Service could be held and wreathes laid there;it could also serve as a celebration in 2018 of one hundred years since Armistice Day and listing the dead from Gotham in both World Wars.. An article would appear in Gotham News to appeal to Parishioners to give their thoughts on the project. (Environment Committee Agenda item).
Railway Walk: The Clerk reported, C.Dabell had successfully re-attached the Railway Walk Signage at the Kegworth Road entrance.
14/10: Memorial Hall Report from GPC representatives:
K.Steed reported some recent unofficial tree pruning on the Recreation Ground, probably for Christmas decorations or firewood.
More dog signs to be displayed due to dogs being exercised after dark and fouling the grounds.
Election of one more representative to serve as Trustee. Deferred.
14/11: Casual Vacancy:
The Chairman had received an application from Mrs. Gill Hutter to serve on Gotham Parish Council.
PROPOSAL: Acceptance of Mrs. Hutters application to serve as a Councillor on Gotham Parish Council.
PROPOSED: R.Davis SECONDED: K.Steed. Vote: All in favour.
14/12: Village De-Fibrillator:
In the absence of E.Padden who had undertaken to progress this item, the Clerk reported that E.Padden was continuing her search for the most appropriate equipment and had suggested an article in Gotham News to gain the approval of parishioners re the purchase of such an expensive item. Council were in favour of progressing G.Whithead’s approved equipment, after May 2014.The Chairman has already received approval from Frydays to fix the equipment to the wall of their premises, and would supply the electricity required which GPC would pay for.
14/13: Policing Matters/Vandalism:
E.Rodgers reported one crime of the theft of a number plate during December.
B.J.Walker reported a Police Priority Setting Meeting was booked in the Moonrakers’ Room for the 15th January, 2014 at 2.p.m. M.J.Sheppard and B.J.Walker to attend.
14/14: Gotham News & Media:
Editorial Team: Editorial Team: M.J.Sheppard, R.Muir, K.Steed and D.Bexon. R.Muir appealed for copy for the next edition of Gotham News to be received by Friday, 21st February for delivery by the 10th March, 2014. She would draw up advertisers’ invoices for the year 2014.
14/15: Gotham Countryside Trust – 2 GPC Representatives: Deferred.
14/16: Chairman’s Report:
The Chairman had received a consultation letter from the Post Office. He asked the Clerk to acknowledge and approve the new business plan for the Spar Shop.
14/17: Clerk’s report:
The Clerk had received the following correspondence:
An invitation to Clerks’ Workshops to be held on the 20th February and 27th March 2014. She would endeavour to attend both sessions.
RBC Parish Forum to consider Transport and Environmental issues on the 5th February, 2014. B.J.Walker to attend.
14/18: Matters to Report:
K.Steed reported, a chevron had blown down at the top of Leake Road before The Ridgeway. Clerk to report to Highways.
J.M.F.Royce reported, no further information re the possible funding clawback would be received until the next meeting of RBC Cabinet on the 14th January, 2014.
E.Rodgers reported a complaint, re lack of street lighting after midnight, on Wodehouse Avenue.
E. Rodgers reported a favourable publication on Gotham Village had appeared on Twitter and Facebook.
14/19: Items for Next Agenda. De-Fibrillator.
14/20: Date of Next Meeting: The next meeting would be held on the 4th February, 2014 at 7.30 p.m.. Meeting concluded at 9.43 pm.