Minutes of a Meeting of Gotham Parish Council (02/09/14)

Present:   M.J.Sheppard, (Chairman) J.M.F.Royce, G.Clark, G.Hutter, B.J.Walker, G.Holbrook,  A.Clayworth,  D.Bexon

In attendance: County Councillor A.Brown

14/175: Apologies:  K. Steed (Vice-Chairman) C.Dabell, J.P.Anderson, E.Padden, E.Rodgers, Borough Councillor T.Vennett-Smith.

14/176: Acceptance of Apologies:

PROPOSED: G.Clark SECONDED: B.J.Walker.  Vote: All in favour.

14/177: Declaration of Interest:

Trustees, G.Clark, G.Hutter, D.Bexon in matters relevant to the Memorial Hall/Recreation Ground.

14/178: Minutes of the previous meeting:

Resolved: That the previously circulated Minutes of the Parish Council held on the 29th July, 2014, be accepted and signed as a true record of the business transacted, with the following amendment:

14/161: Report by Chairman of Planning and Development Committee: RBC/Aligned Core Strategy progress/Traffic Discussion 15/7/2014: 3rd paragraph: alter ‘consultations’ to ‘responses’.

PROPOSED: J.M.F.Royce. SECONDED: G.Clark. Vote: All in favour.

Progress from the Minutes:

14/160: Finance Monthly Payments and Receipts: The Clerk reported a bank credit of £1,820 had been a bank error and had been debited. During the month of August, a cheque had been returned unpaid due to lack of funds in the account. The Clerk had transferred a sum of money from her personal account for quick access to prevent a further debit. Owing to the previous bank error, the £30 bank fee, for an unpaid cheque, had been refunded.

14/106: Environmental Matters: new bus shelter on Leake Road (May Minutes) The Clerk had received a letter from Notts County Council refusing to install a bus shelter on Leake Road due to insufficient passengers using the bus stop. The letter was passed to County Councillor A. Brown who would take the matter further due to the amount of schoolchildren regularly using the stop.

14/161: Report by Chairman of Planning and Development Committee: J.P.Anderson reported the meeting with Barton Councillors at a special planning meeting, had arrived at a decision to go forward with a Judicial Review to save Clifton Pastures from development.

14/169: RBC Review of Parliamentary Polling Districts and Polling Places: The Clerk had ascertained from RBC electoral office, that Gotham Polling Station would continue unchanged in the Memorial Hall.

14/179: 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: G.Clark  SECONDED: J.M.F.Royce. Vote: All in favour.

Budgets for 2015/16:

J.M.F.Royce asked members’ of committees to consider their Budget requests for 2015/16.

14/180: Report by Chairman of Planning and Development Committee: (Chairman J.P.Anderson)

M.J.Sheppard reported J.P.Anderson, together with J.Coles and K.Mafham had written a sixteen page response to the Oxalis Planning Application14/01417/OUT: Land East and West of Nottingham Road, South of Clifton. Councillors were asked to inspect the document and email any pertinent changes to the Clerk who would delay sending it until Thursday, 4th September p.m. The Clerk would deliver the response by hand to RBC.

PROPOSAL: That GPC’s response to the Oxalis Planning Application 14/01417/OUT be accepted, subject to minor alterations.

PROPOSED: M.J.Sheppard  SECONDED: G.Clark  Vote: All in favour.

Hardstaffs Expansion – New Kingston: J.P. Anderson had brought the Hardstaff’s expansion plans to the attention of the Public Meeting, held in Gotham on the 21st August, 2014. The expansion is not in the Parish of Gotham and is being dealt with by Kingston on Soar Parish Council who are welcoming the improvements.. M.J.Sheppard had inspected the large box of plans and declared it ‘futuristic’ with a training college, residential facilities for trainee engineers from around the globe.

14/181: Planning Decisions Received: Nil.

14/182: Planning Applications Received: Nil.

14/183: Environmental Matters:

Autumn Bulb Planting: G.Holbrook reported, it was difficult to assess the need for new bulb planting until Spring when the existing bulbs appear. It would be a good idea to plant crocus around the base of the Village Sculpture. More bulbs could be planted around the seat, adjacent to Gotham School and facing up Kegworth Road, the roundabout and in the bay by the Village Pump. G.Holbrook to draw up a ‘plan of action’ re bulb requirements.

Damaged Picnic table/fence/bin on The Railway Walk: A. Urry had quoted £490 for a replacement hard wood picnic table top. The Clerk would ask him to submit a quotation for a treated soft wood table top.

14/184: Memorial Hall Report from GPC representatives:

Pavilions: G.Clark reported, the pavilions were undergoing refurbishment during the month of August. B.J.Walker suggested asking the Trustees whether they would consider investing in a projector. County Councillor A.Brown suggested a contribution might be possible from his Councillor fund on written application.

DSC_0125Village De-Fibrillator: The de-fibrillator cabinet had been installed next to the front door of the Memorial Hall.

14/185: Policing Matters/Vandalism:

D.Bexon reported no crime figures for August had been received.

G.Hutter reported recent fence damage resulting in sheep straying on land adjacent to Kegworth Road. Two sheep had been attacked by dogs and later found dead with slit throats. Hare coursing had also been taking place in the same area.

14/186: Gotham News & Media:  

Editorial Team: M.J.Sheppard, E.Padden, K.Steed and D.Bexon.

M.J.Sheppard had spoken to S.Douglas (printer) who will provide redesigns of the masthead for future copies of Gotham News. He will ‘tweak’ current advertisements. J.M.F.Royce offered an old copy of Gotham News to study the masthead from a previous era.  Next edition copy date – 10th October, 2014 to include details of the Armistice Day Service.

The Clerk reported that two invoices to advertisers in Gotham News were outstanding.

14/187: Chairman’s Report:

DSC_0073The Chairman reported the temporary traffic lights on Kegworth Road had been re-instated in time for the new school term. This move had been supported by County Councillor A.Brown but was unpopular with Notts County Council due to costs. Ms Lymn-Brewin and the school Governors had supported the need for the traffic lights. An email from P.Goode from NCC, stated the lights were often checked and seemed underused. There had been agreement by the Council to keep them in situ until completion of the A 453 work.

G.Holbrook suggested raising the traffic lights to be visible above parked cars. They are currently sited too low and dazzle oncoming traffic.

The Chairman reported, he had personally delivered four hundred and twelve letter of objection to the Oxalis development to the RBC Planning and Development Department.

14/188: Clerk’s report:

The Clerk reported the NALC A.G.M. would take place at Epperstone Village Hall on the 15th November, 2014 at 10.30 a.m.. She and B.J.Walker to attend.

Notts Minerals Local Plan – Confirmation of GPC’s comments.

Confirmation of Government Legal Topic Notice – re permission for the public to film/record Council meetings.

14/189: Matters to Report:

G.Hutter and K.Steed reported complaints from Ridgeway residents re speeding. A temporary speed camera had been in place but was faulty and required continual battery re-charging. Many horse riders use the Ridgeway and there was a call for a reduction in speed allowance to 30 m.p.h. with improved warning signage for horse riding and reminders re dog fouling offences. County Councillor A.Brown to progress these suggestions.

G.Hutter reported direction signs to the village defibrillator to be placed in various village locations, including shop and pubs. She will be available to talk to village groups on the defibrillator.

B.J.Walker asked the Clerk to remind D.Healey to clear debris from under the old Post Office public seat.

M.J.Sheppard suggested installing dog fouling notices along the Railway Track – litter and dog fouling article in next Gotham News.

14/190: Items for Next Agenda: (Budgets 2015/16, Armistice Day arrangements, Cemetery sub committee meeting).

14/191: Date of Next Meeting: The next Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 7th October, 2014 at 7.30 p.m.

Meeting concluded at 9.30 pm.

Gotham Fool History

Last year I did a literary walk of Nottingham with Michael Eaton as part of the Festival of Words and was shocked at how little people knew about their local history. Yes, they knew who Byron, Lawrence and Sillitoe were but they had no knowledge of other figures such as Slavomir Rawicz, Alma Reville and the eccentric 5th Duke of Portland.

DOTU on IpadNottingham may have a long history of rebellion and standing up to authority but it would appear we’re not so good at celebrating our own history and standing up for ourselves, so I decided to do something about this and resurrected 12 writers from the grave for a digital graphic novel called Dawn of the Unread. This can be read online and will soon be available as an App for iPhone, Android and the iPad. Reading habits are changing and so if I want Nottingham history to be celebrated then it has to be made accessible in as many formats as possible for a new generation of reader.

The project started on 8 February 2014 (National Libraries’ Day) and finishes on 8 April 2015 when a physical copy of the graphic novel will be presented to every school and library in Nottinghamshire.

Little Boxes 2On the 8th of each month a new chapter is released and is written and drawn by a different writer and artist. The 4th chapter ‘Little Boxes’ tells the tale of the Gotham Fool and how this led to Gotham becoming the mythical home of Batman. It is written by Adrian Reynolds and drawn by Francis Lowe and deals with perceptions of reality and mental health.

The graphic novel includes lots of embedded content which gives further context to the story in the form of videos, photographs and extended essays for readers who want to go deeper into the topic. To access these, just look out for a round circle with a star and click on it.

There is also a Twitter account called @GothamFool where every day a line is tweeted from the many tales of the Merry Men of Gotham as well as photographs that relate to the story to help build up a digital archive of this incredible story of local folklore.

DOTU ChallengeDawn of the Unread can either be ‘read’ as you would any story or you can ‘play’ it. To ‘play’ users are encouraged to answer questions, loan books from the library, visit locations related to the chapter and upload their own interpretations of the story which can be viewed on a screen outside Broadway Cinema, Nottingham. They get points for completing tasks and the person who scores the highest will feature as a character in the last chapter. Information packs are being sent out to all schools and colleges in Nottinghamshire, so please encourage fellow Gothamites to get involved and prove they are anything but fools!

James Walker Editor, Dawn of the Unread

Website www.dawnoftheunread.com

Twitter @dawnoftheunread

Notice of a Meeting of Gotham Parish Council (07/10/14)

Tel : 0115 9830863
Email: gothamclerk@yahoo.co.uk

27th September 2014

Dear Councillor,

YOU ARE duly summoned to attend a MEETING OF THE GOTHAM PARISH COUNCIL to be on TUESDAY 7th October, 2014 commencing at 7.30 p.m. in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall.

Yours sincerely,
Clerk to the Council

1/ Apologies
2/ Acceptance of Apologies
3/ Declaration of Interest
4/ Minutes of the of the Parish Council meeting held on the 2nd September, 2014 (attached)
5/ Finance Monthly Payment and Receipts:
Budgets for 2015/16 (Date for finance meeting)
Remembrance Day wreath

6/ Gotham Remembers (MJS)

7/ Planning Report (J.P.Anderson)
RBC/Aligned Core Strategy progress

8/ Planning Applications
9/ Planning Decisions

10/ Environment Report (C.Dabell)
Autumn Bulb Planting
Damaged picnic table/fence/bin on The Railway Walk
Order for Gritting Salt from RBC

11/ Memorial Hall Report from GPC rep: (K.Steed, G.Clark, D.Bexon, G.Hutter)
12/ Policing Matters/Vandalism (D.Bexon and E.Rodgers)
13/ Gotham News & Media (E.Padden/D.Bexon/M.Sheppard/K.Steed)
14/ Chairman’s Report
15/ Clerk’s Report/Correspondence:
16/ Matters to Report
17/ Items for Next Agenda (Budget Papers, Remembrance Day Arrangements.
18/ Date and Time of Next Meeting (4th November, 2014)

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

Minutes of a Meeting of Gotham Parish Council (29/07/14)

Present: M.J.Sheppard, (Chairman) K. Steed (Vice-Chairman) J.M.F.Royce, G.Clark, J.P.Anderson, G.Hutter, B.J.Walker, G.Holbrook, E.Rodgers, A.Clayworth

In attendance: County Councillor A.Brown (from 8.p.m.)

14/156: Apologies: C.Dabell, D.Bexon, Borough Councillor T.Vennett-Smith Absent: E.Padden.

14/157: Acceptance of Apologies:
PROPOSED: E.Rodgers SECONDED: K.Steed. Vote: All in favour.

14/158: Declaration of Interest:
Trustees, G.Clark, K.Steed, G.Hutter, D.Bexon in matters relevant to the Memorial Hall/Recreation Ground.

14/159: Minutes of the previous meeting:
Resolved: That the previously circulated Minutes of the Parish Council held on the 1st July, 2014, be accepted and signed as a true record of the business transacted, with the following amendments:
14/142: Report by Chairman of Planning and Development Committee: (Chairman J.P.Anderson)
RBC/Aligned Core Strategy progress: First sentence alter ‘Appeal’ to ‘Report had been delayed until August’. 2nd sentence add ‘RBC Core Strategy’ before Hearing.
14/150: WW1 Commemoration Meeting on 17/6/2014. Add ‘G.Hutter’ to list of attendees.
PROPOSED: J.P.Anderson SECONDED: G.Hutter. Vote: All in favour.

Progress from the Minutes: Nil to report.

14/160: 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.
The Clerk had contacted the Co-operative Bank re an unexplained credit in the Council’s favour for £1,820. This was the same amount paid out to Barton in Fabis Parish Council for Gotham’s share of cost of the Green Belt fight. The Bank was insistant that the credit was due to GPC. The Clerk would check with the Barton Clerk re the payment of the funds and report to the next meeting.
PROPOSED: J.M.F.Royce SECONDED: K.Steed. Vote: All in favour.
Bond Progress Report: J.M.F.Royce explained the Santander Bond funds had been paid into Handelsbanken until the bank application forms for a new one year fixed Bond could be completed. Interest rates currently 1.20%.
PROPOSAL: To determine a sum, up to £27,000, to be invested into a one year Bond with Santander at an interest rate of 1.20%.
PROPOSED: J.M.F.Royce SECONDED: J.P.Anderson. Vote: 2 in favour, seven against, one abstention.
The funds would remain in Handelsbanken which is covered by the Swedish Financial Compensation Scheme.
Financial Arrangements during Clerk’s Holiday: It was agreed, that J.M.F.Royce would undertake any necessary financial
transactions on behalf of GPC during the Clerk’s holiday.

The Chairman invited County Councillor Andrew Brown, who had to leave the meeting early, to comment on Notts County Council issues.
Councillor A.Brown reported two bus services had been suspended, i.e. nos. 63 and 65. A new bus service to be run by Notts County Council, will be the 863 and travel from East Leake to Gamston.
The medi link bus could serve the Clifton Tram when it opens next year.
Notts County Council faces a further one million pounds in cuts during the current financial year.
NCC had removed the temporary traffic lights on Kegworth Road during the school holidays. GPC to write to Jim Freeman to request they be re-instated next term.

Councillor A.Brown left the meeting at 8.15 p.m.

14/161: Report by Chairman of Planning and Development Committee: (Chairman J.P.Anderson)
RBC/Aligned Core Strategy progress/Traffic Discussion 15/7/2014:
J.P.Anderson reported Barton P.C. had submitted an impressive document of objection to the proposed sand and gravel quarry at Barton in Fabis. The Clerk was handed a copy to keep on file. GPC was thanked by Barton P.C. for its support during the consultation period.
The Public Inquiry for the RBC Core Strategy had been attended by Borough Councillor T.Vennett-Smith, B.J.Walker and K.Mafham. B.J.Walker and T.Vennett-Smith had made impressive remarks and the Report is due in September/October. It was surprising that Oxalis had submitted a planning application for Clifton Pastures prior to the closure of the Inquiry.
The traffic report, submitted by K.Mafham, with input by D.Prior, had been overlooked by the Traffic Model submitted by Lawrence Walker which glossed over the affects of development of the Clifton Pastures on traffic through Gotham.
The Aligned Core Strategy Report came out last week. The Inspector appears to have conceded on most aspects but had offered a review of housing numbers probably to head off a potential Judicial Review by the House Builders who were calling for more houses.
B.J.Walker deplored the fact that all the responses undertaken by the A453 villages had been totally ignored.
K.Mafham has submitted a report to barrister R.Turney for his advice re recourse to a Judicial Review. As there is only a small window of opportunity for consultation on the Aligned Core Strategy, a meeting will be held with Barton and Thrumpton to make a decision on the way forward and whether to go to Judicial Review following legal advice.
PROPOSAL: J.P.Anderson, B.J.Walker, M.J.Sheppard and J.M.F.Royce to be delegated to attend a meeting with K.Mafham, with Barton and Thrumpton Parish Councillors to decide whether or not to go to Judicial Review to save the Clifton Pastures from development.
PROPOSED: J.P. Anderson SECONDED: E.Rodgers. Vote: All in favour.
The Chairman thanked J.P.Anderson and B.J.Walker for their stalwart efforts over recent years to save Clifton Pastures.

Traffic Discussion 15/7/2014: M.J.Sheppard reported a Traffic Discussion attended by, Councilors M.J.Sheppard, G.Clark, J.P.Anderson, E.Rodgers, Councillor Gill Aldridge, representing Kingston, D.Prior, and County Councillor A.Brown had taken place on the 15th July, 2014.
The missing weight restriction sign at the Crusader roundabout had been reported to K.Hourd of NCC who reported the matter to Nottingham City Council, as they are responsible for erecting a replacement. Heavy lorries may continue to travel through Gotham until the sign is displayed. Ms Hourd was givrn a job no: by Nott’m City Council.
The proposed rail hub at Kegworth will not go through standard planning procedure but through the Government to prevent it being held up at local planning level.
GPC to outline traffic problems in Gotham in a letter to the Highways Agency. Ms Lynm Brewin, headmistress of Gotham School to be contacted re her preference for the temporary traffic lights on Kegworth Road.

Hardstaffs Expansion – New Kingston: GPC had received a large amount of detailed documentation on a proposal to expand Hardstaffs to include accommodation for visitors to the site. No planning application to date.

14/162: Planning Decisions Received: Nil.

14/163: Planning Applications Received: (see below)

Ref: 14/01417/OUT: The Oxalis Outline Planning Application for the development of a sustainable urban extension comprising residential development up to a maximum of 3000 dwellings; employment development incorporating a maximum of 100,000 sqm of B1, B2 and B8 floorspace; retail development (A1 to A5) up to a maximum of 2500 sqm of floorspace; community buildings; leisure uses; schools; gypsy and traveller pitches; access to the site; new roads; footpaths and cycleways; green infrastructure including new community park; ancillary infrastructure and groundworks on land east and west of Nottingham Road South of Clifton had been received with a comment window of time until 26th August, 2014.
J.P.Anderson reported, K.Mafham might seek that the plan be ‘taken in by the Government’ and out of RBC’s hands. It was extremely difficult to respond to such a huge planning applicatioin in the time allowed, especially during the holiday period. RBC are unable to produce their local plan until Nottingham City plans have been decided. A special edition of Gotham News might need producing to keep the Gotham parishioners informed of these events.

14/164: Environmental Matters:
Christmas Tree: Despite GPC’s rather hasty decision to accept the fir tree in the Churchyard as suitable for this years Christmas Tree, members of GPC Environment Committee had further inspected it and decided that, as it had been topped in the past leading to the growth of three leader branches, it was unsuitable for this purpose.
PROPOSAL: To thank the St. Lawrence PCC for their offer of the fir tree in the Churchyard to serve as a Christmas Tree but to turn it down as unsuitable. M.J.Sheppard will price a tree from Costock.
PROPOSED: G.Clark SECONDED: K.Steed. Vote: All in favour.
Autumn Bulb Planting: G.Holbrook and C.Dabell to survey the village re requirements for bulb planting in the Autumn.
Damaged Picnic table/fence/bin on The Railway Walk: A site meeting had taken place on the 28th July, to inspect recent vandalism to the picnic table, bin and fence on The Railway Walk. Youths had been seen loitering in the area and substantial damage had been carried out to destroy the picnic table, remove slats from the litter bin and remove sections of the boundary fencing. M.J.Sheppard had instigated removal of a cable spool, left by electricity contractors and used to break the picnic table off its supports. A.Urry had been asked to provide a quotation for a replacement table. S.Watson had cut down some shrubbery to improve the view of the Weldon Hill from the village seat adjacent to the Brickyard Track. Further shrubbery removal from behind the picnic table would open up the area and make it less attractive to vandals. Two other seats further along The Railway Walk require attention and could be replaced by, possibly by NCC. The Kegworth Road public seat, which is too near to the edge of the road, could be relocated to replace the broken seat on The Railway Walk. GNR had suffered similar vandalism which had been reported to the Police who had been provided with a key to the Brickyard Gate to enable them to inspect the area which could include the Railway Walk, if requested.

14/165: Memorial Hall Report from GPC representatives:
Public Address System: Trustees looking into the provision of a public address system to use at the Remembrance Day Service at the Memorial Hall. E.Perrell and T.Coles discussing slabs and external war memorial plaque.
Pavilions: J.M.F.Royce meeting Trustees for a discussion on matchfunding for pavilion repairs.

14/166: Village De-Fibrillator: The Clerk had received the defibrillator, minus the cabinet, and passed it over to P.R.Dines. G.Hutter had met P.R.Dines to decide the best location for the defibrillator. A decision had been made for the equipment to be attached, at a height of 1.3metres, adjacent to the doorway to the Memorial Hall, opposite to the Bowls Club. The new lights outside the Memorial Hall, when fitted, should provide enough light for the defibrillator cabinet.. Direction signs would be posted around the village. G.Whitehad offered training in its use for up to 100 people.
Thanks to G.Hutter for progressing the installation of the defibrillator.

14/167: Policing Matters/Vandalism:
E.Rodgers had forwarded the June crime figures which showed an increase, especially in the theft of garden equipment and bicycles.
J.M.F.Royce reported a good police response re his recent burglary of three laptops.

14/168: Gotham News & Media:
Editorial Team: Editorial Team: M.J.Sheppard, E.Padden, K.Steed and D.Bexon.
The Chairman conducted a count of Gotham News magazines allocated to each Councillor. Seven hundred and ninety copies required.

14/169: RBC Review of Parliamentary Polling Districts and Polling Places:
The Chairman read out a letter received re the Council undertaking a review of polling districts and polling places in the Borough. Consultation from 14th July until 15th August. Clerk to enquire whether the Council is to keep Gotham as a Polling District. All agreed the Polling station at the Memorial Hall is acceptable.

14/170: Chairman’s Report:
The Chairman had discussed the provison and siting of gypsum, to form boundary signs to the three entrances to Gotham, with Jim Freeman of Notts Highways.

14/171: Clerk’s report:
The Clerk would be on holiday from the 2nd August for approximately a fortnight.

14/172: Matters to Report:
M.J.Sheppard had received a further verbal complaint re poor parking on Kegworth Road by parents of Gotham schoolchildren. He had reiterated GPC’s efforts to improve matters with temporary traffic lights and letters to NCC and RBC re the ongoing problem of rat running during rush hour.

14/173: Items for Next Agenda:

14/174: Date of Next Meeting: The next Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 2nd September, 2014 at 7.30 p.m. E.Rodgers gave apolgies.

Meeting concluded at 9.20 pm.