DRIVERS NEEDED – Rushcliffe Voluntary Transport Scheme

rvtsRushcliffe Voluntary Transport Scheme helps people with no alternative means of transport to get out and about. Journeys include going to the dentist, doctor, optician, shopping, social clubs, and visiting friends or relatives. We are looking for volunteers to join our team of friendly drivers. Expenses are paid for all mileage covered.

For further details please contact the Transport team at Rushcliffe CVS on 0115 969 9060 Weekday mornings between 9.00am – 12.30pm.

Rushcliffe CVS, Level 3a, Bridgford House Pavilion Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 5GJ

Rushcliffe Community and Voluntary Service is a Registered Charity, No. 1079880 and a Company Limited by Guarantee, No. 3867757. Registered in England and Wales.

Village girls who died in factory blast

6194547-largeTwo young women from the same small Nottinghamshire village who died in the Chilwell shell factory blast are remembered on the county’s Roll of Honour.

Louie Chaplin was 19 and lived at Monks Lane, Gotham, with parents Ernest, a gypsum miner, and Margaret, sisters Florence and Nora and brother Joseph.

Fanny Taylor was 21 and lived with parents Joseph, also a gypsum miner, and Sarah Ann, sisters Doris and Elizabeth and brother Arthur at Bag Lane, Gotham.

6194548-largeThey were among more than 130 people killed at the factory in the explosion on July 1, 1918. Another 250 workers were injured.

Read more on the Nottingham Post website

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of Gotham Parish Council (06/05/14)

Present: M.J. Sheppard (Chairman), K.Steed (Vice-Chairman), G.Clark, J.P.Anderson, B.J.Walker, C.Dabell, G.Hutter, J.M.F.Royce (7.09p.m) E.Rodgers (7.20 p.m) E.Padden (7.35p.m.) Absent: D.Bexon

14/93: Appointment of Chairman for the ensuing year: (2014-2015).
It was moved by J.P.Anderson, seconded by G.Clark, that M.J.Sheppard should be appointed Chairman for the ensuing year. Vote: All in favour.
M.J.Sheppard thanked the Council, agreed to serve as Chairman for the ensuing year and signed the Acceptance of Office form.

14/94: Appointment of Vice-Chairman for the ensuing year: (2014-2015).
It was moved by M.J.Sheppard, seconded by G.Clark, and carried by unanimous vote, that K.Steed be appointed Vice-Chairman for the ensuing year. K.Steed thanked the Council and agreed to stand as Vice-Chairman for as long as possible as she was planning a move away from Gotham in the near future.

J.M.F.Royce arrived at the meeting at 7.09 p.m.

14/95: Apologies: A.Clayworth, County Councillor A. Brown and Borough Councillor T.Vennett-Smith.

14/96: Acceptance of Apologies:
PROPOSED:C.Dabell SECONDED: G.Clark. Vote: All in favour.

14/97: Declaration of Interest: The four elected Trustees of the Memorial Hall/Recreation Ground declared an interest in any business concerning the Memorial Hall and Recreation Ground for the forthcoming year.

14/98: Appointment of Committee Members and 4 Trustees to serve on Memorial Hall/Recreation Ground Trust:

Finance Committee Members:
J.M.F.Royce, G.Clark, B.J.Walker, M.Sheppard, J.P.Anderson.
Planning & Development Committee Members:
J.P.Anderson, B.J.Walker, G.Clark, E.Padden, E. Rodgers, M.J.Sheppard, G.Hutter, K.Steed.
Environment Committee Members:
G.Clark, C.Dabell, M.Sheppard, K.Steed, G.Hutter.
Cemetery Sub-Committee:
J.P.Anderson, D.Bexon, C.Dabell, G.Clark. – PCC Representatives: D.Power, A.Farnsworth.

The Chairman and Vice-Chairman are ex officio members of all Committees and sub-Committees of GPC..

Nominees to act as Trustees of the Memorial Hall/Recreation Ground 2014/15
D.Bexon, G.Clark, G.Hutter, K.Steed.

Appointment of Members for Working Parties/Groups:
Sports Arena Management Committee:
J.P.Anderson, M.J.Sheppard.
Gotham News Editorial.
D.Bexon, E.Padden, M.J. Sheppard, K.Steed.
Gotham Website.
K.Steed- website. (Webmaster – S.Butler)
Gotham Countryside Trust:
M.J.Sheppard
Snow Warden:
J.M.F. Royce

Appointment of Delegates/Representatives:
N.A.L.C: B.J.Walker/Clerk
Parish Paths Partnership: C.Dabell, to assist ex Councillor, K.G.Thorpe.
Neighbourhood Watch: B.J.Walker
Police Liaison: D.Bexon, L.Rodgers
C.P.R.E: B.J.Walker, Clerk
PROPOSAL: To accept the list of Councillors to serve as representatives on the aforementioned Committees.
PROPOSED: M.J.Sheppard SECONDED: G.Clark. Vote: All in favour.

The Chairman stated that Committee/Sub-Committee Chairmen would be appointed at the first meeting of the Committee in question.

14/99: Casual Vacancy:
The Chairman had received notice from the Returning Officer that, unless ten applications had been received by him for the Casual Vacancy, held open until the 9th May, GPC could co-opt a new Councillor. To date, one application had been received.

E.Rodgers arrived at the meeting at 7.20 p.m.

14/100: Minutes of the previous meeting held on the 1st April, 2014 and Minutes of the Extraordinary Meeting held on the 22nd April, 2014:
RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on the 1st April, 2014 as circulated, be signed as a true record of the business transacted, with the following amendments: 14/71 Green Belt Review: Penultimate sentence after ‘landowners’ insert ‘including’.
RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Parish Council Extraordinary Meeting held on the 22nd April, 2014 as circulated, be signed as a true record of the business transacted
PROPOSED: B.J.Walker SECONDED: E.Rodgers Vote: All in favour

E.Padden arrived at the meeting at 7.35 p.m.

Progress from the Last Minutes:
14/71: Planning Report: Green Belt Review: J.M.F.Royce queried the process by which Gotham residents would participate in the reappraisal of the forthcoming change in green belt status, either ‘inset’ or ‘washed’. J.P. Anderson reported the RBC Green Belt Review was currently in process as part of the Local Plan Phase 2 will decide the new status of Gotham in approximately two years’ time. A meeting with St.Gobain would be arranged to talk about inset land boundaries and to present a united front to RBC. Other Gotham landowners are at liberty to submit their wishes to RBC re boundary issues.
14/74: Environmental Matters: Village Noticeboard repair: The Clerk reported D.Healey had repaired the public noticeboard.
Laurel planting in The Square bay: The Clerk reported she, and J.M.F.Royce, had studied the utility map and discovered a disused water pipe and sewage pipe ran below ground adjacent to the front border in The Square which could preclude mechanical excavation. C.Dabell and G.Clark would plant the laurel bush, to replace the dead fir tree, by hand, taking care not to disturb the underlying water pipes.

14/102: 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: M.J.Sheppard SECONDED: E.Padden Vote: All in favour.

Acceptance by the Parish Council of the Audit for Year end 2013/14:
The Chairman read out the financial conditions that the Council had adhered to during the year 2013/14.
PROPOSAL: To accept the Audit of the Accounts for the year 2013/14.
PROPOSED: M.J.Sheppard SECONDED: J.M.F.Royce. Vote: All in favour.
The Chairman and Clerk signed the Audit sheet. The Clerk would forward the accounts to the Internal Auditor, Mr.G.Stafford for his inspection and approval.

Closure of Co-operative Bank Account:
J.M.F.Royce reported that a change of GPC Banking arrangements would be prudent due to the recent news of serious debt problems of the Co-operative Group, part owners of the Co-op Bank and the consequent knock-on effects of the existing problems of the Co-op Bank. Enquiries of the FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme), confirmed that U.K. Local Authority Accounts are not protected under the U.K. Compensation Scheme. E.Padden suggested investigating the Localism Bill re personal banking risk.
Opening of new Bank Current Account update:
A meeting had taken place on Thursday, 1st May, 2014 at Curzon House attended by M.J.Sheppard, B.J.Walker, J.M.F.Royce and the Clerk with Richard Altoft and Angela Squires the Manager and banking assistant of, Handelsbanken, Centrepoint. West Bridgford, with a view to opening a new current account.
Handelsbanken had previously confirmed in writing that U.K.Local Authority Accounts are protected under the Swedish Government’s Compensation Scheme up to 100,000 euros per Account.
No bank operating under the U.K. Financial Services Compensation Scheme can afford protection to Local Authority Bank Acoounts.
Account opening procedures were instigated to set up a current account which would pay an annual interest rate of 0.35% on the entire balance therein. Transaction charges will be incurred at Handelsbanken. It was decided, therefore, to retain the existing Co-operative Bank current account at a minimal banking level to mitigate these charges. Monies will be drip fed to this account on a monthly basis from the new Handelsbanken account.
Santander Bond investment confirmation:
At the present time, the Capital monies in the Santander Bond were deposited in a 28 day default account and would be transferred to Handelsbanken as soon as practicable.
J.M.F.Royce recorded thanks to M.F.Raven for his assistance re the search for a suitable new bank account.
Barton Invoice for Green Belt Costs:
The Clerk had not yet received an invoice for green belt costs, attributable to GPC, from the Barton in Fabis clerk.

The Clerk reported a possible change in GPC insurers from Zurich to Aon due to a reduced fee for the year 2014/15. The Village Pump would be insured for £40,000 and added to the policy.

14/103: Chairman’s Report: Planning & Development Committee: (J.P.Anderson)
J.P.Anderson reported no April GPC Planning meeting been held.
Aligned and RBC Core Strategy: J.P.Anderson reported K.Mafham had commented on the Nottingham City Aligned Core Strategy on GPC’s behalf. He had identified suitable brown field sites within Nottingham and criticised the lack of a green belt review as a ‘lack of procedure’. The next stage was to await the Inspector’s Report and decide on whether to hold a Judicial Review.
J.P.Anderson had attended the Oxalis Developer’s Consultation held at the Gotham Memorial Hall on the 24th April, 2014. The Consultation in Gotham had been better attended than those held in Barton and Clifton. Part of the Oxalis traffic management included a tortuous route from the Crusader roundabout to Gotham involving traffic exiting at the Mill Hill roundabout to join a new road to Nottingham Road abutting the tram car park. The line of the old Nottingham Road would be retained only as a cycle track. This re-routing would result in a significant detour for Gotham parishioners to and from Nottingham.
B.J.Walker reported she understood that the Sharphill development had not been started due to expensive building restrictions imposed on the Developers by RBC, including Section106 concessions, making the development financially unsustainable at present.

14/104: Planning Decisions Received:
14/4 (ref: 14/00372/FUL) 6 Monks Lane – Porch to front elevation – GRANTED
14/6: (ref: 14/00214/FUL) Manor Barn – Use of former storage building for ancillary residential use to create a hobby, craft room, install new windows roof lights and external landscaping. GRANTED

14/105: Planning Applications Received:

14/7: (ref: 14/00769/FUL) 24 Bidwell Crescent – Two storey side and front extension. Re-submission.
The applicant had narrowed the frontage to leave a distance between the hedgerow abutting the Bidwell Crescent twitchell and lowered the ridge height. A back up letter of explanation for the new application had been received from the householder.
PROPOSAL: NO OBJECTION
PROPOSED: J.P.Anderson SECONDED: G.Hutter. Vote: seven in favour, two abstentions, one against.
Comment: This extension will be beyond the building line. Does a building line still need to be adhered to?

14/106: Environmental Matters: new bus shelter on Leake Road (request from parishioner)
No Environment meeting held in April.
The Clerk had been asked by a parishioner for a bus shelter to be provided on Leake Road ( bus stop before and opposite to Hill Road). It was agreed the bus stop was very exposed but that the verge would be too narrow to allow room for a bus shelter. The Clerk would seek further advice from the South Notts Transport Group.

The Clerk had researched replacement signage for the stolen ‘Gotham’ boundary sign on Nottingham Road. Some sign makers had made contact via the Gotham website on hearing about the continued theft of ‘Gotham’ signage perhaps by Batman enthusiasts. The Clerk would make further enquiries re the cost of manufacture of a replacement. It was considered it may be too near to the road to fashion a boulder style boundary sign from gypsum as the Council authorities would deem it an accident risk to motorists. Clerk/Chairman to investigate further.

14/107: Memorial Hall Report:
The planning application for the planned extension to the bar area for beer storage had been submitted.

14/108 Policing Matters/Vandalism:
E.Rodgers reported the April crime figures. Damage to the cricket cover by Clifton youths and the theft of a bicycle from Wodehouse Avenue.

14/109: Gotham News/Media:
M.J.Sheppard reminded Council that ex Councillor, R.Muir had offered to produce the next edition of Gotham News for a fee of £200, plus printing costs. He was in the process of acquiring two more quotations. Gotham News would consist of three twelve page editions annually. Copy date was the 20th June, 2014. The Clerk would advise K.Steed of the webmaster’s contact details.

14/110: Village De-fibrillator:
E.Padden confirmed she was pursuing quotations from electricians to install the defibrillator outside Frydays. County Councillor Andrew Brown had donated £500 towards the equipment Borough Councillor T.Vennett-Smith had previously donated £325 from the Divisional Fund. GPC had pledged £250.The remaining cost to be raised by fund raising efforts.

14/111: Annual Parish Meeting held on the 29th April, 2014:
The Clerk reported 27 parishioners and Councillors attended the Annual Parish Meeting. This was a disappointing turn-out especially as important Planning information was on the Agenda. Every householder had been informed of the Meeting via an advertisement on the front page of the Gotham News and various posters around the village. The meeting also contained an interesting demonstration of a shed alarm padlock. Notts Watch Website contact details would be entered into the next Gotham News. T.Coles, Chairman of the Royal British Legion Gotham and District Branch had explained the role of the Royal British Legion during the 2014-18 commemoration years of World War One. Reports had been given by County Councillor Andrew Brown and Borough Council Trevor Vennett-Smith.
The Chairman read out an email from A.Farnsworth re her disappointment at the lack of information re future GPC financial budgetary plans and the dearth of village organisations’ reports. The Clerk had responded to A.Farnsworth that all financial information was available via Parish Council Minutes on the Gotham website. All Parish Council meetings were advertised and open to the public.
K. Steed would present some alternative ideas on the Parish Meeting format. Display boards at the back of the hall could contain information about the various village clubs and societies for the audience to view during the refreshments period.

14/112: Chairman’s Report:
The Chairman had received the following correspondence:
Advice from Gotham Countryside Trust re its refusal to continue maintenance on the Cuckoo Bush Mound due to the felling of trees at the site. C.Dabell would pursue the matter with Claire North, Secretary to the Trust.
Notts County Council – Supporting Local Communities Fund: Letter to advise GPC that its application for funding towards the cost of the village sculpture had been unsuccessful.

14/113: Clerk’s Report:
The Clerk reported she would be out of the office from the 13th – 21st May, 2014.
B.J.Walker offered to minute the Planning and Development meeting due to take place on the 20th May should the Chairman call a meeting. To date, there had been no planning applications for consideration.

The Clerk had attended the SLCC AGM held in Southwell on the 8th April, 2014. The Society had been in danger of closing due to lack of attendance at Meetings. Future meetings would be booked and advertised to Clerks well in advance for diary entry. A new Committee had been appointed.

14/114: Matters to Report:
K.Steed reported prowlers leaving footprints and tampering with gates on The Ridgeway.
B.J.Walker reported Paddy Tipping, Notts Police Commissioner, had abolished the use of mounted police in Notts.
It was reported that some parishioners thought there was a need for a tetra pack recycling unit at the Memorial Hall car park.

14/115: Date and Time of Next Meeting: Tuesday, 3rd June, 2014 at 7.30 p.m. in the Weldon Room.

Meeting closed at 9.40 p.m.

Minutes of a Meeting of Gotham Parish Council (01/04/14)

Present: M.J.Sheppard, (Chairman) K. Steed (Vice-Chairman) J.M.F.Royce, B.J.Walker, G.Clark, J.P.Anderson, G.Hutter, E.Padden (8.05 p.m.) R.Muir, (8.30 p.m.) C.Dabell, (9.07 p.m.)

In attendance: A. Clayworth, County Councillor A. Brown.(8.10 p.m.) Borough Councillor,T.Vennett-Smith (8.40 p.m.)

The Chairman welcomed Mr. A. Clayworth to the meeting.

14/66: Apologies: E.Rodgers, D.Bexon. (M.J.Sheppard reported that R.Muir and C.Dabell would be late arriving at the meeting).

14/67: Acceptance of Apologies:
PROPOSED: B.J.Walker SECONDED: J.P.Anderson Vote: All in favour.

14/68: Declaration of Interest:
Trustees, G.Clark, K.Steed, G.Hutter in matters relevant to the Memorial Hall/Recreation Ground.
M.J.Sheppard in planning application: (ref: 14/00214/FUL) Manor Barn, Moor Lane.

14/69: Minutes of the previous meeting:
Resolved: That the previously circulated Minutes of the Parish Council held on the 4th March, 2014, be accepted as a true record of the business transacted, with the following amendment: Pg. 2. 14/52: Planning Report. Alter name from ‘Gurney’ to ‘Turney’ alter ‘Q.C.’ to ‘barrister from the Landmark Chambers’. Pg. 3. 14/62: Clerk’s Report: reword Proposal to ‘Funding of £200 to cover the cost of one member of the Ruddington Cadet Band to play at the French and Belgian war graves.’
PROPOSED: J.P.Anderson SECONDED: J.M.F. Royce. Vote: All in favour.

Progress from the Minutes:
Pg. 2: 14/51: J.M.F.Royce queried the rule regarding a Parish Council not being allowed to erect an external war memorial. The Clerk confirmed a conversation with NALC and SLCC representatives who had explained that a Parish Council had no Power other than to maintain or repair a War Memorial. The Clerk would seek further clarification from Paul Cox, solicitor at RBC and the War Memorial Trust.
14/56: Memorial Hall Report from GPC representatives: The Clerk had checked with P.Dines who had confirmed that there was no requirement for removal of Parish Council files from the store room at the present time.

The Chairman announced that Item 5 on the Agenda (Casual Vacancy) should be moved to the end of the Agenda to allow Mr. Clayworth (applicant for the casual vacancy) more time to experience Parish Council discussion.

14/70: 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.P.Anderson SECONDED: J.M.F.Royce Vote: All in favour.

Appointment of internal auditor (G.Stafford)
PROPOSAL: To appoint G.Stafford as internal auditor for the year end accounts.
PROPOSED: J.M.F.Royce SECONDED: J.P.Anderson. Vote: All in favour.
G.Clark remarked that various public limited companies do not continue to employ the same auditor on a regular basis and GPC should consider a change of internal auditor next year.

E.Padden arrived at the meeting at 8.05 p.m.

Gotham Heritage Group Funds:
The Chairman had received notice of the dissolution of the Gotham Heritage Committee as from 31st March, 2014. A cheque for £5,183.34, remaining funds, was passed to the Clerk to cover the maintenance cost of the village Heritage Boards. One board was in the process of manufacture for installation adjacent to the Village Sculpture. Estimated cost: £1,800 plus installation.
PROPOSAL: Acceptance of the document of Dissolution of Gotham Heritage Committee.
PROPOSED: J.P.Anderson SECONDED: B.J.Walker Vote: All in favour.

County Councillor A.Brown arrived at the meeting at 8.10 p.m.

Planning & Development Recommendation re Judicial Review Funding – JPA.
J.P.Anderson reported the probability of a Judicial Review within fourteen days following the publication of the Inspector’s report on the Aligned Core Strategy which was likely to follow 4 weeks after the end of the consultation period of the Aligned Core Strategy due to close on the 30th April, 2014. K.Mafham, planning adviser, had estimated a budget of £20,000 would be adequate with Gotham Parish Council share amounting to £10,000 at this stage. With Barton Parish Council putting forward the same amount the total could be acheived: any contributions from other parties eg Thrumpton PM, Calverton PC or national bodies such as CPRE would reduce our overall liability. Ken Mafham was in consultation with R.Turney from the Landmark Chambers who was likely to represent us.
PROPOSAL: Allocation of £10,000 towards the cost of a Judicial Review of the Aligned Core Strategies with the commission of R.Turney, barrister for Landmark Chambers.
PROPOSED: J.P.Anderson SECONDED: J.M.F. Royce. Vote: All in favour.

Bank Signatory: The Clerk sought a fourth bank signatory following the recent resignation of Councillor T.Vennett-Smith.
B.J.Walker offered to stand as a bank signatory.

Gotham Nature Reserve: J.M.F.Royce had received a request from D.Power of Gotham Nature Reserve Trust to raise a cheque in payment of an expected invoice £1,981.08 for fencing and kissing gate at the Gotham Nature Reserve.
PROPOSAL: Authorisation to sign a cheque on receipt of invoice for fencing work to GNR.
PROPOSED: J.M.F.Royce SECONDED: B.J.Walker Vote: six in favour, three abstentions. (K.Steed, M.J.Sheppard and E.Padden declared an interest as members of GNR).

14/71: Report by Chairman of Planning and Development Committee: (Chairman J.P.Anderson)
Progress on Consultation re RBC/Aligned Core Strategy Development Plan Document response by 8/4/14)
J.P.Anderson reported on the modification to the RBC Core Strategy. D.Prior had studied the Traffic Model and submitted a written report detailing concerns with potential rat running through Gotham. There was a nonsensical section included in the RBC comments on the Traffic Model based on the ‘A452’ a mix re ‘A52’ and ‘A453’. RBC had also ignored the problem of rat running which is tantamount to an insult to Gotham. Its only interest is in the villages around the A52, i.e. Gamston, Tollerton, West Bridgford, etc. RBC had admitted that housing numbers in the Borough are ‘aspirational’ as not revised since 2008 prior to the financial downturn. K.Mafham will respond to RBC Modifications to the Core Strategy on behalf of GPC, Thrumpton, Clifton and Barton, J.P.Anderson would add further comments on behalf of GPC. K.Mafham would respond also to the ACS by the deadline of 30th April.

R.Muir arrived at the meeting at 8.30 p.m.

The Oxalis Public meeting would be held on the 24th April, 2014 in the Memorial Hall from 2 – 8 p.m.

Green Belt Review: J.P.Anderson explained the significance of a Green Belt Review. At the present time, Gotham is green washed which only allows brown field or in-fill development within the village. The process of deciding whether Gotham changes to inset status is not subject to consultation but part of the Local Plan (phase 2). RBC will ultimately decide Gotham’s status according to its own timetable and would not wait for a village Neighbourhood Plan. To draw up a Neighbourhood Plan would be a village decision and could prevent future undesirable development. It is important to work with village landowners including, British Gypsum being a major landowner in Gotham, to decide on boundaries for the inset.

Borough Councillor T.Vennett-Smith arrived at the meeting at 8.40 p.m.

PROPOSAL: GPC expresses an interest in the proposal of becoming ‘inset’ and wishes to be fully involved in the process of deciding on the location of an inset boundary of Gotham Village.
PROPOSED: J.P.Anderson SECONDED: E.Padden Vote: six in favour, three against.

British Gypsum – stockpile of synthetic material:
J.P.Anderson had received an e-mail from Allen Gorringe, Estates Manager for Saint Gobain, informing him of the commencement of the building of a strategic stockpile of synthetic gypsum on the former Gotham site. As per the planning application, this material will be stored on the concrete hard standing and once completed covered with a geo membrane to prevent dust emissions.

14/72: Planning Decisions Received: Nil.

14/73: Planning Applications Received:

14/6: (ref: 14/00214/FUL) Manor Barn – Use of former storage building for ancillary residential use to create a hobby, craft room, install new windows roof lights and external landscaping. Revised plan to use building materials in line with a Grade 2 listed building.
PROPOSAL: NO OBJECTION.
PROPOSED: J.P.Anderson SECONDED: G.Clark Vote: eight in favour, one objection, one abstention.

County Councillor A.Brown reported he had passed the information regarding the need for repairs to the path in front of 111 Nottingham Road, to K. Hourd of NCC Highways.

14/74: Environmental Matters: (Chairman C.Dabell absent)
Village Litter Pick report: The Clerk thanked Councillors G.Hutter, K.Steed, B.J.Walker, G.Clark and E.Rodgers who had offered to undertake litter picking. Thanks also to Mr. and Mrs. A. Vickers for litter clearance on the Recreation Ground and S. Sparke and C. Swallow who assisted E.Rodgers clear the verges on Nottingham Road up to Bidwell Crescent. .
Litter is often dropped by lorry and van drivers. Clerk to write to British Gypsum Transport Manager seeking help with this problem.

Village Noticeboard repair: The Clerk reported D.Howick too busy to repair the noticeboard. She would seek quotations from other joiners.

Laurel planting in The Square bay: M.J.Sheppard will pass the utility map to the Clerk for inspection before the planting of the Laurel bush to ensure no disturbance of underground pipes. S.Watson may be able to help bore down through existing tarmac to allow root growth.

C.Dabell arrived at the meeting at 9.07 p.m.

Cemetery Maintenance: J.P.Anderson reported work required on the South side wall. The North West corner had been tidied. Agreed: Poppies to be planted in the front border to commemorate the WW1 centenary. A quotation from Horizon would be sought for grass treatment.
PROPOSAL: Budget for annual maintenance of the Cemetery front border of £400. (£250 to be added to the existing annual maintenance budget of £150).
PROPOSED: J.M.F.Royce SECONDED: J.P.Anderson Vote: Nine in favour, one abstention.

14/75: Memorial Hall Report from GPC representatives:
G.Hutter reported the following items:
The Trustees had agreed that Gotham Scouts should not assist with the litter pick due to the danger of exposure to dog faeces on the Recreation Ground.
The Trustees looking into the cost of maintaining the security lighting around the Memorial Hall complex.

14/76: Village De-Fibrillator:
E.Padden progressing the installation of a village de-fibrillator on Frydays outside wall. The Clerk had emailed three potential electricians seeking quotations. Cost of the defibrillator with electricity supply, including lighting, approximately £2,500.
PROPOSAL: Commitment that GPC supply ten per cent of funding towards the cost of the defibrillator equipment. i.e. £250.
PROPOSED: E.Padden SECONDED: R.Muir. Vote: All in favour.
The Chairman thanked Borough Councillor T.Vennett-Smith for his generous donation of £325 from electoral division funds towards the defibrillator. County Councillor A.Brown would support the application from GPC for funding in the current financial year.

County Councillor A.Brown left the meeting at 8.55 p.m.

14/77: Policing Matters/Vandalism:
E.Padden reported she is unable to attend the next Police Priority Setting Meeting on the 16th April, 2014. Borough Councillor T. Vennett-Smith reported an interesting demonstration of special alarm locks by a local Policeman. The Clerk would ask P.C. Kelly Warwick for contact details re invitation to attend the Annual Village Meeting in Gotham to demonstrate the alarm locks. Two male suspects had been apprehended for shed break-ins as a result of the locks. B.J.Walker reported a recent incident when a female walker was harassed by a male on Gotham Hills. Vandalism had occurred to a parked car on The Rushes. K.Steed reported recent sighting of a horserider on The Ridgeway wearing a similar helmet to those worn by the Police.

14/78: Casual Vacancy:
A vacancy had arisen following the resignation of Councillor R.Davis. The Chairman had received two applications for the position. A paper ballot was held which showed a majority in favour of the election of Mr. Andrew Clayworth to stand as a Councillor on Gotham Parish Council. Mr. Clayworth thanked the Council and accepted the position. The Clerk would send Mr. Clayworth papers including Declaration of Interest forms to be forwarded to Mr. A. Graham Returning Officer at RBC. The Clerk would inform the other applicant of the outcome of the ballot.

4/79: Gotham News & Media:
Editorial Team: Editorial Team: M.J.Sheppard, R.Muir, K.Steed and D.Bexon. The Chairman complimented the Editorial Team on an excellent edition of Gotham News. R.Muir would charge £200 for the production of Gotham News following her resignation from the Parish Council to cover its preparation over two days. The Chairman thought it necessary to pursue two other quotations. R. Muir had researched advertising revenue in similar magazines with a view to an increase in the cost of advertising in Gotham News. The next issue would be printed in July, 2014. The Chairman envisaged three editions of a twelve page Gotham News per annum. He thanked R.Muir for her outstanding contribution to the production of Gotham News during her presence on Gotham Parish Council. Borough Councillor T.Vennett-Smith thanked the Chairman for his kind and courteous remarks in Gotham News following his recent resignation from Gotham Parish Council.

14/80: Gotham Countryside Trust – 2 GPC Representatives:
M.J.Sheppard confirmed he would represent Gotham Parish Council on Gotham Countryside Trust for one year.
The continuation of the Logan Trail along the old Railway Track had met opposition from residents of Pygall Avenue and also the residents of Eyres Lane who feared the public would use this lane as a short cut. The Chairman had met those concerned to allay their fears and referred them to Gotham Countryside Trust representatives. K.Thorpe and A. Howick would divert the Logan Trail around privately owned land on Eyres Lane. The Chairman pointed out that the Gotham Parish Council had no powers over the land in question as it had legally reverted back into ownership of The Rt.Hon. the Earl Howe upon it ceasing to be a railway track.

14/81: Annual Parish Meeting Tuesday 29th April 2014
Ideas for Agenda:
T.Coles – Chairman of Royal British Legion – WW1 commemoration, Cemetery Arch, External War Memorial.
County Councillor A.Brown report.
Borough Councillor T.Vennett-Smith report. (written report if unable to attend)
Police report – new style alarm.
Village Defibrillator (E.Padden)
Village organisations written reports.

14/82: Chairman’s Report:
The Chairman had received the following correspondence:
PCC letter offering refreshments in St. Lawrence Church prior to the Christmas Carols in The Square.

14/83: Clerk’s report:
The Clerk reported she had attended a Clerks’ Workshop in Cropwell Bishop on Thursday, 27th March, 2014. Matters discussed were agendas, minute taking, etc. She would advertise main meeting agendas on the website in future.
The Clerk circulated postcard style information from CPRE re details of its campaign to Save the Green Belt throughout Great Britain.

14/84: Matters to Report: Nil.

14/85: Items for Next Agenda: AGM.

14/86: Date of Next Meeting: The Annual General Meeting will be held on the 6th May, 2014 at 7.00 p.m.

Meeting concluded at 10.20 pm.

Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting (30/04/13)

Present: Thirty three Parishioners, including Gotham Parish Council members: R.Muir (Chairman) M.Sheppard (Vice-Chairman), T.Vennett-Smith, J.M.F.Royce, J.P.Anderson, B.J.Walker, E.Padden, E.Rodgers, K.Steed.

1. Welcome by Chairman of Gotham Parish Council: To all Parishioners and Councillors.

2. One Minute’s Silence:
The Chairman requested that the meeting stand for one minute’s silence in memory of those who had fallen in the Two World Wars and for whom this Recreation Ground and Memorial Hall had been donated in their memory after the 1914-18 war.

3. Apologies: D.Smith, County Councillor L.Sykes.

4. Report/Questions/ on the Parish Meeting held on the 24th April, 2012.
The Minutes of the Gotham Annual Parish Meeting held 24th April, 2012, were authorised for approval.
PROPOSED: J.M.F.Royce SECONDED: E.Rodgers Vote: All in favour

5. Chairman’s Report: (R.Muir)

During this meeting you will be hearing from other Parish Council members on Planning & Finance matters. My report contains other projects that we are getting off the ground or have achieved over the last 12 months’.

Village Sculpture
As you will have read in the Gotham News, for the last couple of years we have been attempting to get the Village Sculpture project finally off the ground. Initially, this project was on the agenda to celebrate the Millennium and provide the village with a heritage sign depicting our history of world famous tales. Following years’ of hard work and, with the passing of the Golden Jubilee and then the Diamond Jubilee, the Parish Council have overcome many hurdles to finally reach the point of placing an actual order for a magnificent sculpture worthy of the history of Gotham. Councillors and Chairmen have debated this project at countless meetings of the Environment Committee and Main Meetings. After so long, I am delighted to report it will soon be installed. After discussing several different options available to us, it was democratically decided by a named vote, to proceed with finally placing the order with the manufacturer. We plan to unveil the sculpture on Sunday 29th September, 2013. I feel especially pleased to remember Greg Farnsworth’s wonderful play acting as King John and I think this Sculpture will be a lasting legacy to a much loved past Parish Chairman. I know Greg was looking forward to the re-enactment of the Tales when the Village Sculpture finally came to fruition. To bring the re-enactment of the Tales to pass, I have formed a small group to include myself, Mike Sheppard, Andrew Vickers, Gary Trickett and Sue Lymn-Brewin to form a ‘Tales’ sub-committee. Following the unveiling ceremony and Tales, there will be a finale celebration at the Memorial Hall. Please look out for posters giving the details of the 29th September celebrations.

Christmas Tree:
Our Environment Committee have worked very hard for the village to have its own Christmas tree in The Square and very magnificent it looked. Mike Sheppard and Chris Dabell put a lot of hard work into its planning. We encountered a few minor teething problems which were quickly and efficiently sorted out. I would personally like to thank everybody who worked on the project but, especially thanks to Arthur Howick and his family, as once again they worked relentlessly to get a beautifully lit tree in place in time for a much enjoyed Carol Singing session.

Environmental Trusts in the village:
There are two Trusts that have been established over the last 12 months:-
Gotham Nature Reserve – focuses on our SSSI land situated past the Royal British Legion on the left towards the hills.

The Environmental Trust – which is initially funded by David Logan who was a resident of our village. This Trust has lots of work to do to keep searching for further grants to enable them to focus on other projects in and around our village. I believe it is currently working very hard to secure the second part of the old railway walk from Earl Howe to extend the walk. I have recently inspected the newly cleared ancient burial mound at the Cuckoo Bush and was impressed by its appearance. Thanks to Stan Watson, Andrew Vickers and Allen Gorringe for their hard work.

I would like to make the village aware that your Parish Council has done a lot of hard work beforehand to get both these Trusts established. You may remember that it was the Parish Council that held a very successful village meeting in this hall to generate interest amongst the public in order to the form two separate groups to get the Trusts established. We also worked on the setting up of the bank accounts and the basics for the constitutions (Elaine Padden, Mike Sheppard, Chris Dabell & Barbara Walker worked hard on the initial stages for which I thank them.

Village Post Box:
I have progressed this last week with Peter Benner who promised to get back to me for tonight’s meeting. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened so I phoned him again today and he told me that he was awaiting information from the installation engineer to give him a date. I said that this wasn’t good enough as the post box had been missing since last September and, given the number of businesses in the village, the fact that the postage keeps increasing and we don’t have a pillar box capable of taking an A4 envelope, this was now completely unacceptable. I have insisted that they get back with a date of installation by tonight or I would be putting it back on our agenda to discuss taking it higher up the ladder to an ombudsman.

By law, Parish Council agendas have to be posted up in the Parish notice board, three clear days before the meeting date. This is to inform you of the topics that will be debated at the next meeting. At the bottom of all our agendas it will say:-

‘The Public and Press are cordially invited to attend this meeting’.

This is your opportunity to attend the meetings and have your say, if you have a view you would like to put forward. You can also e-mail your views to the Parish Council Clerk and we will read them out but please make sure that you tell us who you are or which group you represent. The Parish Council is always pleased to hear from the public as it is you who we represent. It would help us tremendously if you were to let us have some constructive feedback. It is lovely to see you here tonight for a report of what we have achieved or are tying to achieve, but it would be even better if you helped us at the planning stage and came to our meetings, as members of the public, if there is anything on the agenda on which you would like to comment.

You are going to hear next about the Police work which will allow P.C.S.O Lucock to leave the meeting and get back to work.

Police Report by PCSO Kathy Lucock:
Apologies from Beat Manager, P.C. Kelly Warwick.
PCSO Kathy Lucock reported, East Leake Police Station was closed with Police teams now working from the Keyworth Police Station. Tony Davis had been appointed as a new PCSO.
Thankfully, there had not been a great deal of crime to report over the past year. Extra police patrols might have been effective in the reduction of crime. The most reported crime was damage and theft to cars with an increase in the theft of catalytic converters from 4×4 vehicles.. Door stop crime by peddlers was on the increase and the public should check that doorstop callers had an up to date peddlers’ licence. Many young men deliver a sob story to the elderly who sometimes suffer burglary as a result of trusting the caller. Ring the police on 101 if in doubt about a caller’s legal status.

6. De-Fibrillator – Presentation by Mr. G.Whitehead:

The Chairman introduced Mr. Graham Whitehead to the meeting who talked about a de-fibrillator machine. A village de-fibrillator which, could be obtained for £1,700 and kept in an easily accessible location to be available to parishioners in the case of an emergency when a heart attack was suspected. Mr. Whitehead, is a member of the Notts Community First Response, formed to support people in the locality. It provides the fastest possible response to an emergency call using any of its resources, including ambulances, fast response vehicles, etc.. The Automatic External De-Fibrillator is the best on the market. Simple to use and unworkable on a person not suffering a heart attack as the equipment is designed only to activate if the heart is failing. Three to four hundred people daily die of a heart attack in this country.There is only a 6% chance of survival following a heart attack if not treated by a de-fibrillator. Survival rate is 60% if equipment is used on a patient with a suspected heart attack within three minutes. The storage cabinet contains high visibility jackets and torch inside. Instructions as per use of the equipment is related from a recording enclosed with the de-fibrillator. To open the equipment, a call to 999 alerts the operator who gives the code for unlocking the cabinet. The cabinet contains a small heater for cold weather protection and telephone numbers of first responder parishioners. Several villages, including West Leake, Thrumpton and Barton have purchased their own de-fibrillator. A red telephone box now available for £1 would be an ideal storage place for the equipment. Annual running costs were £16. New battery – £120.
The idea is to try and achieve two de-fibrillators in the village. The Bus Garage de-fibrillator would best be housed outside the premises for quicker access and probably one other outside the Memorial Hall.

Mr. Whitehead introduced Chris Nesbitt an employee of Gotham Bus Garage and a first responder with East Midlands Ambulance Service. When Chris was working, the village would be covered by a Community Responder. There were currently nine responders in the group covering nearby villages on a voluntary basis.

Chris Nesbit announced a fund raising challenge to climb the three Peaks on the weekend of the 25th May, 2013 in aid of ‘Wish Upon a Star. Donations to the cause can be sent to Gotham Garage.

The Chairman thanked Mr. Whitehead and Mr. Nesbitt for their attendance at the meeting.

Gotham Parish Council Financial Report: Year Ending 31st March 2013

Full income and expenditure accounts for the year ending 31st March, 2013 will be available for inspection from the 14th July, 2013.

Capital Projects:
Village Sculpture: The Village Sculpture has been an ongoing project since the millennium. The project has now been re-evaluated and a deposit of £4,750 has been paid to engineer, Fred Lunn, for him to make progress with production. NCC have been paid £911 to provide a suitable lamp post base to support the sculpture. The Parish Council are still seeking private support for this project with a fundraising campaign underway. Funds still in budget stand at £14,141.
Cemetery Development: PCC Burial Funds have been received of £1,072 This will be added to existing funds of £1,834 to provide undergrowth clearance, treatment to West and North fencing and re-painting of the front fencing. £280 was spent on weed clearance and general tidying in September. Larger improvements, such as a new pathway/boundary walls/fencing etc. have an existing capital budget currently standing at £7,599.23.
Green Belt Campaign: Our ongoing fight to save Clifton Pastures has been costly this year. Barton and Thrumpton are sharing the costs of funding expert planning advice. Funds from Gotham Parish Council have amounted to £2,467.59.
Pump Maintenance Reserve It has been decided to add £500 to make £4,500 in total fund for roof re-tiling and repairs to the Pump stanchions.
Recreation Ground Car Park: £2000 added to the resurfacing fund now making £2,500.
Some Capital Expenses during 2012/13.
The Recreation Ground Reserve: £493.95 spent on dog fouling signs displayed around the Recreation Ground.
SSSI: Re-instated Capital of £500 to fund valuable restorative work.
Parish Paths: Maintenance work to the footpaths this year totalled £392.16
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration: A party in the park – 795.56
Improvements around the village:
Christmas Tree Planter: A Christmas Tree Planter in the Square cost £895.81. This will be of long term use either to support a Christmas Tree or all year round flower planter.
Church Clock annual service £174
Recreation Ground Turf Treatment: £320.
Cricket Pavilion Repairs: £934.
Play Equipment Maintenance: £155.20.
Tree Planting: New lime trees to continue the avenue of trees up to The Ridgeway cost £97.50
and were expertly planted out by Councillors Elaine Padden and Geoff Clark.
Good causes supported:
Royal British Legion civic wreath: £250.00.
Ruddington Cadets – support for their pilgrimage to the War Graves – £125
C.P.R.E. Subscription – £29.
Notts Wildlife Trust – £33.
Netball Club – new equipment: £166.67
Society of Local Council Clerks membership: £100
W.I. Over 70’s Christmas Party: £25 for raffle prizes.
Notts Footpath Preservation Society. £5

A.Farnsworth queried the reason for a 3% increase in the Parish Precept for the year 2013/14. J.M.F.Royce, Chairman of the Finance Committee, explained that an agreed 2.5% rise was in order to keep inflation in check. In the light of Government cuts, if no increase had been implemented this year and a cap due next year, further increases would be severely restricted and funds would not keep up with inflation. A Government transitional protection claw back meant money would be taken back from the year 2013/14 Precept. The Clerk would make enquiries into the reason for a 3% increase when only 2.5% was requested.

8. Report from Rushcliffe Borough Councillor, Trevor Vennett-Smith:
T.Vennett-Smith reported his time as a Borough Councillor was now thirty years. He thanked everyone for their loyal support over that time.
The main issue to be worried about is the proposed building on the green belt at Clifton. RBC was not bound to await a hearing in public re the housing numbers as the City of Nottingham are the drivers regarding housing requirements. RBC produced its Core Strategy two or three weeks’ before the Government National Planning Policy was published. The Inspector was unhappy with the plan saying it was ‘unsound’ and must be revisited. The Regional Spatial Strategy has now been removed. Now there is an assumed need for three and a half thousand houses in the Sustainable Urban Development for which RBC have to produce a new plan. This could mean an extra five hundred houses at Clifton on the original piece of land which will mean the houses built to a higher density. The Borough has to carry out a green belt review and more consultations will follow. The Government is pressurising every Inspector to build more houses as a solution to climbing out of the recession.

T. Vennett-Smith thanked the Parish Council Chairman and Clerk for their efforts during a difficult year. Thanks to County Councillor Lyn Sykes for her hard work. She is not standing for re-election on the 2nd May which is sad as she has been a very able Councillor.

Finally, the Borough Council has increased the Borough Councillor allowance to be awarded to village groups. Applications should be sent in writing to T.Vennett-Smith.

9/ Planning Developments in Gotham (J.P.Anderson):
J.P.Anderson explained the work of the Planning Committee which mostly considered house extension planning applications.
Affordable Housing: GPC were awaiting a decision on a piece of land, behind the Royal British Legion, owned by St.Gobain and which might become available for ten affordable homes, a need highlighted at the last Village Housing Survey.
A453: A traffic survey, run by hardy Councillors, had been conducted outside Gotham Primary School and will be used to gauge the increase in traffic after the planned closure of Barton Lane.
Core Strategy: The Battle continues to save the green belt land at Clifton. RBC carried out an inconsistent study with too few houses. No consultation was run in Clifton which was a huge omission and could result in a court case. If the City of Nottingham get their housing numbers, it will be inevitable that Clifton will be built on. A result should be known in October, 2013. C.P.R.E. would draw up a report from GPC to be given in time for the green belt review. Traffic modelling was crucial to prove a huge traffic increase if the new houses were built. Government housing numbers dating back to 2008, pre-recession, are not viable in the present financial downturn but are still being used. Planning Consultant, K.Mafham, was attacking the housing numbers through the Freedom of Information link and his findings could result in a court case to prove the housing numbers were unsustainable. Should in prove necessary, a Judicial Review would prove very expensive. A.Howick stated a yield of one thousand tons of grain is produced from the agricultural land at Clifton now destined for development. It was important to stress the need to save such land for future food production before it was too late. There would be food shortages within the next twenty years.

The Chairman thanked J.P.Anderson, B.J.Walker and D.Prior for their tremendous work on Planning issues.

10/ Village Organisations – an opportunity to report on recent events:
The Chairman reminded attendees that the most advantageous method of publicising local organisations was in the Gotham News or via the Gotham Website.

Memorial Hall/Recreation Ground: (A.Vickers):
A.Vickers reported the Memorial Hall complex was run by a team of volunteers who are ‘doing all right’.

Cricket Club (A.Pearson):
The Cricket Club has been promoted to South Notts Cricket League and was competing this year. A new electronic scoreboard was in use. Cricket Club news regularly submitted to Gotham News. A festival week was arranged for the end of July, 2013.

History Society: (B.Dabell)
B.Dabell reported well attended monthly meetings. AGM held in early April. It had been impossible to find a replacement Secretary, despite offering payment. He paid tribute to Gotham and its wonderful facilities. The History Society helps the village in the following ways:
1. Worldwide family inquiries.
2. Enclosure Act enquiries.
3. Letters from grandchildren of War time evacuees.
4. Information regarding the 1981 tornado.
5. Request for a CD of St. Lawrence Church bell ringing.
Other interesting stories include an ex teacher from Gotham, now resident in Canada, had requested a party in the village hall for old friends.
Stanton Hall, the son of retired Vicar of St. Lawrence, still received copies of Gotham News.
Requests on whereabouts of war time decoy sites and pill boxes.
Past German prisoner of War wanting news of family in Gotham.
The list continues to grow and keeps the History Society extremely busy.

11. Other Parish Issues:
Mr.Terry Priestley reported extreme difficulty in safely accessing Leake Road from Church Street due to inappropriate parking either side of the entrance.A blocked view of Leake Road, due to parking, occurred mostly during busy Church or Church hall sessions but was causing residents of Foredrift Close and Church Street a great deal of concern that a serious accident could result. He therefore proposed to submit a application to NCC Highways Department for traffic restrictions on either side of the Church Street entrance. Yellow lines restricting six cars from parking on both sides of the entrance, would allow a clear view of the road. He called for GPC’s support for the application.
Agenda item for the next main meeting.

There being no more business, the Chairman thanked the attendees and speakers and the meeting closed at 10.00 p.m.

Notice of a Meeting of the Gotham Parish Council (03/06/14)

GOTHAM PARISH COUNCIL

Mrs J.A.RAVEN
CLERK TO THE COUNCIL
Tel : 0115 9830863
Email: gothamclerk@yahoo.co.uk
26th May, 2014

Dear Councillor,

YOU ARE duly summoned to attend a MEETING OF THE GOTHAM PARISH COUNCIL to be held on TUESDAY 3rd June, 2014 commencing at 7.30 p.m. in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall.

Yours sincerely,
J.A.Raven (Clerk to the Council)

AGENDA:
1/ Apologies
2/ Acceptance of Apologies
3/ Declaration of Interest
4/ Minutes of the of the Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council held on the 6th May, 2014 (attached)
Accuracy/Progress
5/ Casual Vacancy
6/ Finance Monthly Accounts and Receipts
Bond Re-investment Update
Handelsbanken new Current Account update
7/ Notts County Council: Ref: Bidwell Crescent/Railway Walk Footpaths
8/ Report by Chairman of Planning and Development Committee
Meeting re Gravel Extracting at Barton on 27th May, 2014.(consultation deadline 11th July, 2014)
RBC/Aligned Core Strategy progress
9/ Planning Decisions Received:
10/ 14/6: (ref: 14/00214/FUL) Manor Barn – Use of former storage building for ancillary residential use to create a hobby, craft room, install new windows roof lights and external landscaping. GRANTED
11/ Planning Applications Received:
12/ Report by Chairman of Environment Committee (C.Dabell)
Village Boundary signs
13/ Memorial Hall Report from GPC rep: (K.Steed, G.Clark, D.Bexon, G.Hutter)
Solar Panels
14/ Village De-Fibrillator
15/ Policing Matters/Vandalism (D.Bexon and E.Rodgers)
16/ Gotham News & Media (R.Muir/D.Bexon/M.Sheppard/K.Steed)
17/ School Parking Safety issues (Email from Mr and Mrs S.Watson)
18/ Chairman’s Report
19/ Clerk’s Report/Correspondence: see overleaf:
20/ Matters to Report
21/ Items for Next Agenda
22/ Date and Time of Next Meeting (1st July, 2014)

The Public and Press are cordially invited to attend this meeting.