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.