Members Present: C.Dabell (Chairman), R.Davis (Vice-Chairman), K.Steed, M.J.Sheppard, G.Clark.
1/ Apologies: E.Padden
2/ Acceptance of Apologies:
PROPOSED: R.Davis SECONDED: M.J.Sheppard. Vote: All in favour.
3/ Declaration of Interest: Nil.
4/ Minutes of the Previous Meeting:
RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Environment Committee, held on the 27th August, 2013, as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business transacted. (No meeting held in September. October meeting cancelled due to inquoracy).
PROPOSED: K.Steed SECONDED: M.J.Sheppard. Vote: All in favour.
5/ Progress arising from previous Minutes:
Evergreen bush in The Square border: The Clerk confirmed she had ordered a Cherry Laurel from Six Acre Nurseries who would contact her when in stock.
6/ Village Pump Electricity Supply to the Christmas Tree: Village Boards:
C.Dabell reported, J.M.F.Royce had assisted in the design of a boom to clamp to the Pump stanchion in order to carry an electicity cable across to the top of the Christmas Tree. This would be high enough to deter vandalism. S.Young of NCC had contacted A.Howick re authority to commence the work.
7/ Erection of Christmas Tree:
A.Howick, M.J.Sheppard, K.Steed, G.Clark and C.Dabell would erect the Christmas Tree by the 30th November, 2013. S.Watson would assist in the felling and delivery to A. Howick for pruning.
8/ Christmas Carols in the Square – 10th December, 2013 at 6.00 p.m.
The Clerk reported the PCC had offered to open the Church at 5.00 p.m. for mulled wine and mince pies.
M.J.Sheppard had produced posters advertising the Christmas Carols which would be led by local singer, Jack Griffin. M.J.Sheppard would update the Carol sheet.
9/ Village Sculpture Progress/Heritage Boards/Hedging:
Heritage Board: The Clerk was asked to inform K. Hourd of NCC that the Council had temporarily decided to shelve the installation of a blade-style board in favour of the traditional-style Heritage Board.
Hedging: The Clerk reported, the NCC licence, for the village sculpture, under section 115E of the Highways Act 1980 re installation of a monument on the public highway, did not allow hedging without a cultivation license and with permission of adjacent premises. (pg. 4 section 2.19) Hedging should be of a native species. Should a hedge replace an existing fence, there would be no requirement for a cultivation license. It was agreed to defer the background hedging for further discussion next year.
10/ Environment Budget 2014/15:
The Clerk circulated the Environment Budget for 2014/15. Horizon maintenance contract showed no increase on 2013/14 figures.
PROPOSAL: Acceptance of the Environment Budget 2014/15 – £5,323.00
PROPOSED: R.Davis SECONDED: K.Steed Vote: All in favour.
11/ Cemetery Arch:
C.Dabell reported several requests for the re-instatement of the Cemetery Arch which was destroyed due to a road traffic accident. Application for funding could be made through the Historical Monuments Association. GPC would require the approval of the PCC. Agenda item for Main Parish Council January 2014 meeting.
12/ Railway Walk Sign:
C.Dabell would obtain long screws which would hold the Railway Walk sign in place. He would re-attach the sign as soon as possible.
13/ Any Other Business:
The Clerk had received a complaint from a parishioner re the darkened roads in Gotham due to the switching off of street lights after midnight. She had advised the Parishioner that this was an NCC cost cutting initiative but that some lighting on main roads had been re-stablished.
K.Steed reported a high incidence of heavy lorry traffic along The Ridgeway. Heavy traffic through the village, such as buses, were allowed as they fall under the category of ‘public service’ so do not have to conform to the weight restrictions. Aggregate lorries, licensed by a Traffic Authority could be reported for breaking weight restrictions.
14/ Matters to Report:
The Clerk had reported the loss of the ‘Gotham’ sign on Nottingham Road to K.Hourd of NCC Highways.
The Committee noted with thanks, the hard work carried out by K.Thorpe and A.Howick on the extension to the Railway Walk.
The Clerk had reported cars speeding into the village from the Nottingham direction to K.Hourd of NCC Highways. K.Hourd had emailed that she had noted GPC’s concerns and would help with traffic calming measures at the entrance to the village. She was also aware of GPC’s request for better weight restriction signage.
The Clerk reported, D.Healey had swept the leaves from under the seats outside the old Post Office.
K.Steed asked the Clerk to report steetlight no. 12 on The Ridgeway which had gone out.
R.Davis called for the Police to ticket cars parked inappropriately outside Gotham School.
15/ Date and Time of Next Meeting:
The next meeting of the Environment Committee would be held in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall on the 21st January, 2014 at 8.30 p.m.
Meeting closed at 9.43 p.m.