Minutes of a Meeting of the Planning & Development Committee (19/01/16)

Present: Councillors, J.P.Anderson (Chairman) G.Hutter, M.J.Sheppard, H.Taylor, M.Wilkins, J.M.F.Royce, B.J.Walker, A.Clayworth, G.Clark.

1/ Apologies: Nil.

2/ Declaration on Interest: Nil.

3/ Minutes of the Meeting held on Tuesday, 17th November, 2015.
RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Planning & Development Committee, held on the 17TH November, 2015 as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business.
PROPOSED: B.J.Walker SECONDED: M.J.Sheppard Vote: All in favour.

4/ Progress from the Minutes, not on the Agenda. Nil to report.

5/ Green Belt Envelope:
J.P.Anderson reported that K.Mafham had been authorised by GPC to prepare a submission to RBC for the designation of the whole of Gotham Parish as an area for which a Neighbourhood Plan should be drawn up.
He would also make a submission for a grant to the agents for Government Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning and Community Buildings Programme.

Neighbourhood Plan: Grants of up to £8,000 are available to fund the drawing up of a Neighbourhood Plan. Two dedicated people are required to take on the production of a Neighbourhood Plan, with assistance from Ken Mafham. J.P.Anderson stated he did not want to be involved in its production due to already producing a Parish Plan in 2005 and having other village issues on hand at the present time. M.J.Sheppard, B.J. Walker and A.Clayworth offered to form a team but would welcome any help from another parishioner, not necessarily a Councillor. If someone outside of the Council assisted, it might lead to them joining the Parish Council in the future.
The Housing Survey forms, drawn up by Midland Homes, are due to be delivered to J.P.Anderson’s house and will be distributed to every house in the village and will include a return envelope to Midland Homes to be collated. J.P.Anderson will hold Advice Forums at the Friday morning coffee mornings on the 3rd and 10th February, 2016 in the Memorial Hall, to offer assistance on issues relating to the Housing Survey forms and acquisition of the former Royal British Legion site. M.J.Sheppard suggested posters to advertise the Forum Days could be distributed around the village.

Item 7 to be discussed next.

7/ Planning Decisions Received:
(ref: BSU/CB/11/01/2016) RBC list of Community Assets Formal Decision – Cuckoo Bush Public House – GRANTED
15/14 – (ref: 15/02717/FUL) 21 Gladstone Ave.– Sub division of property to create self contained unit on 1st floor – GRANTED
8/ Planning Applications Received:
16/1: (ref: 16/00046/CMA) Severn Trent Water Ltd, Moor Lane – Installation of 1 No. (GRP) kiosk at
Gotham Sewage Treatment Works.
The structure is to be sited at the back of the sewage works so will not be seen from Moor Lane. It is a single glass reinforced plastic kiosk 4.7 m in length x 4 ms wide x 2.7m high in a holly green colour. It has chemical dosing equipment inside to control phosperous levels.

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

6. British Legion Site:
J.P. Anderson outlined the funding propositions to date. A proposal will be made at the Finance Meeting on the 26th January, 2016 to decide GPC’s funding for the acquisition of the RBL site.
The Steering Group had requested a loan from the Parish Council for a period of 25 years. J.M.F.Royce thought this timescale too long and could be reduced to ten years.
GPC can make a grant out of money already in the bank, plus an amount borrowed from the Public Works Board.
Councillors are not personally liable for a debt undertaken by a Parish Council if the Council in question acts in good faith. No one disagrees that the project is for the good of the village.
The cost to the Precept is nil.
A share offer has been offered and will be explained in full at the Public Meeting.
A planning application has been submitted to RBC for change of use of the building. The outcome is expected shortly. The enterprise will consist of two tenants. i.e. one shop containing a post office and one café.
A Community Benefit Society has been set up. A financial business plan will be made public at the meeting on the 28th January, 2016.

9/ Matters to Report:
H.Taylor called for the reinstatement of street lighting along Leake Road. He had experienced a hazardous walk home on New Years Eve and thought it dangerously dark. A. Clayworth had spoken to Steve Calvert of NCC Highways who confirmed the need for signatures from parishioners who wish to reinstate nightime street lighting needs to be submitted to NCC who will consider the matter. B.J.Walker pointed out that she was in favour of saving energy and that key areas of the village were lit all night. The expense of turning lights on and off was more than keeping them on all night. M. Wilkins suggested LED lights saved the cost of power.

10/ Date & Time of Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Planning Committee will be held in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 16th February, 2016 at 7.30 p.m. Meeting closed at 8.30 p.m.

Rushcliffe Carers get a Chance to Make a Music Oasis

According to Carers Trust, the definition of a carer is “anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.”

There are 6.5 million Carers in the UK and the work taken on by Carers saves the UK Economy a staggering £119 billion on an annual basis but it is taking its toll. 61% of carers surveyed have suffered depression as a result of their caring role and 92% feel more stressed. So who is taking care of the Carers?

Following on from a successful workshop in October 2015, NHS Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group have commissioned three more workshops for Carers to learn about using the power of music to enhance their quality of life and providing them with a specially designed toolkit “My Music Oasis” from Nottinghamshire charity, musicworks. The workshops are FREE for Carers and are part of a series of workshops happening all over the county.

The “My Music Oasis” workshop is designed for people caring for others, and aims to recognise and celebrate the vital role they play, often at a significant cost to themselves.

The fun and interactive workshop, run by musicworks’ training partner, JoCo Learning and Development, looks at how the “My Music Oasis” toolkit is used to capture personalised music and make beneficial use of it in the daily life of a Carer. It will be an opportunity to meet other Carers and socialise whilst creating their own personalised playlists. Participants will receive the toolkit free of charge to keep and use.

The “My Music Oasis” toolkit, designed by Nottinghamshire based charity, musicworks enables Carers to draw together pieces of music and memories that are significant to them and can be used to aid rest and relaxation, and focus the mind on the good times that they have shared with the person they care for.

John Osborne, Chair and Artistic Director of musicworks said, “Understanding the power of music, and how to use it, is a profound way to empower your health and enrich your life. Music has been shown to ease physical discomfort and pain, ease emotional distress, promote spiritual awareness, aid relaxation, enhance relationships, improve quality of life, support life review and bring joy and positivity which are all vital to allow Carers to continue their support of others on a day to day basis. The previous workshop was an inspiring experience – a real privilege to meet such wonderful people and to support them in their role as a Carer”.

Marie Smith, a carer who attended a previous workshop at West Bridgford said “When I attended ‘My Music Oasis’ for Carers, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I needn’t have worried, the welcome was warm and friendly. We spent a lovely afternoon sharing favourite tunes and recounting the memories they evoked. There were lots of smiles and laughter with a few tears in between. At the end of the workshop there was a real buzz. We left with new found friendships and our spirits high. I love playing my playlist, it encourages me to take time out for myself. The workshop was a really enjoyable experience, one I would recommend to other Carers.”
The workshops available in Rushcliffe are:
5th April 2016 (1pm – 4pm) at East Leake Village Hall
13th May 2016 (1pm – 4pm) at Bingham Library
10th June 2016 (1pm – 4pm) at West Bridgford Library

Carers who are interested in taking part in one of the sessions should call 0115 9145879 or 07955016377, email info@joco.gb.net or book online at www.joco.gb.net/shop to book a space. The workshop is free of charge.

Places are limited to 12 participants per workshop. To be eligible for a FREE place, carers must be registered with a GP practice in Rushcliffe. Facilities for the cared for person are not available at the workshop but replacement care costs will be refunded.

For more information about the workshop please contact Kate Williams on the numbers above.