Minutes of a Meeting of Gotham Parish Council (02/07/13)


Present M.J.Sheppard, (Vice-Chairman), J.M.F.Royce,  R.Davis,  G.Clark,  B.J.Walker,   D.Bexon,    E.Padden, J.P.Anderson.

In the absence of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman, M.J.Sheppard took the Chair.

13/90: Apologies. R.Muir (Chairman)  K. Steed, C.Dabell,  T.Vennett-Smith, E.Rodgers.

13/91: Acceptance of Apologies:

PROPOSED: J.P.Anderson  SECONDED: G.Clark Vote: All in favour.

13/92: Declaration of Interest:

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

13/93: Minutes of the previous meeting:

Resolved: That the previously circulated Minutes of the Parish Council held on the 4th June, 2013, be accepted as a true record of the business transacted.

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

Progress from the Minutes:

Pg. 1: B.J. Walker reported, County Councillor A.Brown had advised early application for the next round of NCC Local Improvement funds as the future of the scheme was doubtful. He had confirmed that street lighting would be extended in areas identified and on application to NCC.

R.Davis had made Councillor Brown aware of the ongoing problem of untidy verges, adjacent to Gotham Garage, on Nottingham Road.

The Clerk would email GPC minutes and agendas and Councillor Brown would attend meetings when appropriate.

13/77: Railway Walk Insurance. (query from Countryside Trust Committee) The Clerk had ascertained from Zurich Insurance Company, that the Railway Walk proposed extension would fall under the present Parish Council insurance cover. P.R.Dines Countryside Trust Committee Treasurer,  had been informed.

13/81: Village Pump Hanging Baskets: R.Davis commented, that since the last meeting, the Pump hanging baskets had been taken down. The reason was probably summer re-planting.

13/94: 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 explained, cheque no. 303348 to Caine Douglas had been cancelled, presumed lost. A replacement cheque had been submitted to M.Frazer (debt collectors).

PROPOSED: J.P.Anderson SECONDED: D.Bexon Vote: All in favour.

13/95: Finance Monthly Payments and Receipts:

Payment of Cheques during August Holidays:

PROPOSAL: The Clerk and J.M.F.Royce be given authority to deal with routine payments during the month of August, 2013.

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

Budget for purchase of De-Fibrillator – cost £1,700: E.Padden progressing with funding applications towards the cost of a de-fibrillator. There was a ten week delivery time for the equipment.

PROPOSAL: Agreement with the Trustees preference for  the de-fibrillator to be sited outside the Moonrakers’ room at the Memorial Hall.

PROPOSED: B.J.Walker  SECONDED: J.P.Anderson. Vote: seven in favour, one against.

Resolution: E.Padden to be given authority to order the de-fibrillator equipment having progressed outside funding.

PROPOSED: R.Davis  SECONDED: J.P.Anderson. Vote: All in favour.

DARE T.Shirts – cost £135.50 PROPOSAL: To fund the 2013 DARE T.Shirts. PROPOSED: J.M.F.Royce, SECONDED: E.Padden. Vote: All in favour.

Sputnik Payment – £3,058: The Clerk had ordered a replacement Sputnik funded from the Recreation Ground Play Equipment fund and Play Equipment underspend from year 2012/13.

Gotham News Receipts: The Clerk had posted invoices to advertisers amounting to £1,178. J.P.Anderson suggested a review of advertising costs.

Memorial Hall Car Park Drainage/Resurfacing- Trustee Negotiations: A letter had been received from the Trustees of the Memorial Hall/Recreation Ground agreeing to contribute 50% of the cost of the car park re-surfacing, subject to their share being a maximum of £10,000 and agreement of the final contract/contractor before acceptance by GPC.

J.M.F.Royce would discuss financial negotiations with MH treasurer, P.R. Dines.

Gift for internal auditor: PROPOSAL: B.J.Walker would purchase a gift for G.Stafford. PROPOSED: B.J.Walker, SECONDED: J.P.Anderson. Vote: All in favour. The Clerk would supply a letter of thanks.

13/96: Report by Chairman of Planning and Development Committee: (Chairman J.P.Anderson)

J.P.Anderson reported, B.J.Walker, J.P.Anderson, E.Padden and the Clerk, had attended a Workshop at Thrumpton Village Hall on the 18th June, 2013. An RBC Consultation on the reviewed Core Strategy would be held in the Memorial Hall on the 4th July from 3-8 p.m. G. Kingaby had been appointed Inspector which was unfortunate due to her regard for high housing numbers. She had requested RBC to draw up a green belt review which had been received. Gedling and Broxtowe had not run a green belt review which she might insist on and which might delay their presentation of a Core Strategy.  The first Examination will be with Nottingham City when housing numbers will be finally decided and when RBC might be forced to build. Following the 6th July, consultation, a mass letter writing campaign would be initiated against the loss of the green belt at Clifton. A planning application from a developer might be submitted as early as April, 2014 before a decision on the RBC Core Strategy. The National Planning Policy Framework decided planning application process in order to speed up housing development. The basic argument against the Core Strategy is: Housing numbers, Clifton South should not be used as an extension of Nottingham City although it was likely the landowners would press for it. A Development Brief should be drawn up to protect housing design. Employment proposals need to get excess development overturned.

The draft Green Belt Review had been received for consultation and explained the value of the land.  The five reasons to keep the green belt did not include its agricultural worth.

The cost of a 3D model of a large scale development at Clifton was £1,250. This would demonstrate the impact of the proposed green belt loss. Cost shared by Thrumpton and Barton and funded from the Green Belt budget.

The report from C.P.R.E. re the green belt review included: Pylons not a definite barrier to building. The Gotham, Bradmore and Bunny green belt status might be altered to ‘envelope’ from ‘wash’. If an envelope drawn over the village, all the land inside the envelope could be developed. It is therefore important for Gotham to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan which would ultimately protect the village from inappropriate development.

B.J.Walker urged a campaign against B8 storage sheds alongside the A453.

J.P.Anderson would formulate a template letter of complaint re development on green belt land to encourage parishioners to write to RBC.

Traffic Count: To demonstrate an increase in traffic following the Barton Lane closure, a repeat traffic count, outside Gotham Primary School, would take place on Tuesday, 9th and Thursday, 11th July, 2013. A rota of volunteers was drawn up. M.J.Sheppard would print and distribute forms.

13/97: Planning Applications Received: Nil.

13/98: Planning Decisions Received: 

                13/4: (ref: 13/00582FUL) Sunnydale Farm, Moor Lane – Installation of external flue. – GRANTED

13/5:  (ref: 13/00705/FUL)  18 Leake Road – Single storey side and rear extension (demolish existing rear                                                                                                                     single storey lean-to) – GRANTED

                13/6:  (ref: 13/00707/FUL)  8 Fairham Avenue – Single storey side and rear extensions – GRANTED

13/99: Environmental Matters:

Bus Depot: It was reported that there were no plans to close the Gotham Bus Depot.

Village Pump Lighting: M.J.Sheppard had received a quotation from the electrician for improved pump lighting at a cost of £150. (to include two previous site visits)

PROPOSAL: Acceptance of a quotation to install a transformer in the Village Pump at a cost of £150. re lack of a response to a request to install a transformer in the Village Pump.

PROPOSED: M.J. Sheppard  SECONDED: G.Clark.

Village Sculpture: M.J.Sheppard had received a letter from the Royal British Legion opposing the siting of a background hedgerow to the Sculpture. PROPOSAL:  Objection noted, decision deferred. PROPOSED: R.Davis SECONDED: M.J.Sheppard. Vote: Five in favour, one abstention, two against.

The Clerk had received an email from DC Comics re their ongoing debate re a batman figure on the Sculpture.

The Chairman had not yet received confirmation from Earl and Countess Howe re their attendance at the unveiling ceremony.

13/100: Memorial Hall Report from GPC representatives: Nil to report.

13/101: Policing Matters/Vandalism: Nil to report.

13/102: Gotham News & Media:  

J..P.Anderson had agreed to put together the next copy of Gotham News during R.Muir’s absence.

13/103: Chairman’s Report:         

The Chairman had received the following correspondence:

Gotham Surgery – a letter re difficulty in locating the surgery behind the Memorial Hall. A Partners’ meeting had decided there was no need for additional signage.

13/104: Clerk’s report:

The Clerk had received a report of lorries over the weight restrictions travelling through the village. She would check with NCC Highways and NET 2 contractors.

The overflowing litter bin at the top of Hill Road/Gypsum Way had been reported to Streetwise on two occasions but was still uncollected.

The RBC transitional claw back of Precept funds had been cancelled. (as confirmed by Peter Linford of RBC Finance Dept.)

13/105: Matters to Report:

B.J.Walker and the Clerk had attended a Town and Parish Conference at Cotgrave Golf Club on the 25th June, 2013. Items discussed were:

Better quality broadband in Notts villages, firstly supplied to businesses. New cable boxes to be installed.

Nigel Carter of Streetwise – expanding business to include mowing, playground inspections, cemetery maintenance, etc.

Update on Neighbourhood Planning which will carry the same weight as the Local Authority Plan. Grants available for                 Neighbourhood Plan Document.

St.Gobain – Kirsty Greggs re: Corporate Social Responsibilities.

B.J.Walker reported overhanging elders on the Railway Walk and an untidy front border in the Cemetery. J.P.Anderson awaiting a price from G.Neil re the Cemetery border gardening.

E.Padden reported a parishioner’s complaint over infrequent buses through the village.

R.Davis reported fly tipping on Nottingham Road adjacent to Cheese Hill.

R.Davis reported Monks Lane no.2 street light had gone out. The Clerk would contact S.Young of NCC Highways.

R.Davis reported, D.Logan had been unable to attend the presentation of funds to the Environment Trust using the large sized cheque.

13/106: Items for Next Agenda. Village Sculpture Unveiling Ceremony.

13/107: Date of Next Meeting: The next  meeting would be held on the 3rd September, 2013.    Meeting concluded at  9.50 pm.