Minutes of a Meeting of Gotham Parish Council (04/06/13)

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF GOTHAM PARISH COUNCIL 4th JUNE, 2013 held in the Memorial Hall Weldon Room, COMMENCING AT 7.30 P.M.

Present M.J.Sheppard, (Vice-Chairman), J.M.F.Royce,  R.Davis, K. Steed, G.Clark, C.Dabell,  T.Vennett-Smith, B.J.Walker,  E.Rodgers, J.P.Anderson (8.20 p.m.). In the absence of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman, M.J.Sheppard took the Chair.

13/73: Apologies. R.Muir (Chairman),  D.Bexon    Absent: E.Padden

13/74: Acceptance of Apologies:

PROPOSED: E.Rodgers  SECONDED: K.Steed. Vote: All in favour.

13/75: Declaration of Interest:

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

The Chairman welcomed Notts County Councillor Andrew Brown to the meeting.

PROPOSAL: Suspension of Standing Orders:

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

Mr. Brown thanked the Chairman for his invitation to introduce himself as successor to retired Councillor L. Sykes.

He made the following points:

He was hoping to attend as many local Parish Council meetings as possible as it was the best way to gauge connection with the public. He was always available for help and advice.

He had been elected to serve on Transport and Highways and Planning Committees and had recently completed induction training for both. He had learned of proposals, by the opposition party, If elected,  for a return to reversing the reduced street lighting provision. Current saving on reduced street lighting was £1,500.000 in the first year.

Other Council savings had been implemented, to include cancellation of free lunches during Council meetings.

Councillor Brown said he was not in favour of development on green belt land, especially at Clifton Pastures, as he viewed the area as unique.

He was looking forward to viewing the Gotham SSSI in the near future.

He was awarded a Member’s Divisional Grant of £10,000 per annum. Applications for worthy causes should be applied for in writing.

The Chairman thanked County Councillor Brown for attending the meeting and he left at 7.50 p.m.

PROPOSAL: Re-instatement of Standing Orders:

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

13/76: Minutes of the previous meeting:

Resolved: That the previously circulated Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council held on the 7th May, 2013, be accepted as a true record, with the following amendment:

Pg. 1. 13/73: Appointment of Chairman – reword 6th sentence: ‘B.J.Walker stated she was unable to vote for R.Muir to stand as Chairman for 2013/14 in view of the Chairman’s conduct in public had twice fallen below the standard expected of an elected member of the Council’.

Pg. 2.  13/62: Village Sculpture: 3rd sentence: include word ‘material’ within brackets.

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

J.P.Anderson arrived at the meeting at 8.20 p.m.

Progress from the Minutes:

13/83: Finance Monthly Payments and Receipts:

Last sentence: J.M.F.Royce reported, in view of the current parlous state of the Co-operative Bank, funds had not been transferred into a Short Term Deposit Bond.

13/89: Report on the Focus Meeting with Trustees of the Memorial Hall/ Recreation Ground on 23rd April, 2013:

The Clerk had sent written advice to the Trustees of the Memorial Hall/Recreation Ground of the Parish Council’s financial support in principle, for the new drainage and part funding of car park resurfacing.

PROPOSAL: Appointment of a surveyor to carry out a professional survey of the Memorial Hall car park drainage system.

PROPOSED: R.Davis SECONDED:  J.P.Anderson  Vote: All in favour. (Agenda item for July meeting).

13/77: 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: J.P.Anderson  SECONDED: G.Clark Vote: All in favour.

Council Tax percentage. (e-mail from parishioner)

A query had been received re the increase of Council Tax to 3%. J.M.F.Royce explained, the variation of Council Tax in an area is affected by those parishioners who were financially assisted by RBC necessitating extra payments from full payees. RBC made their own adjustments to the final percentage rate. The Clerk had been assured that no transitional claw back would be implemented during 2013/14.

Clerk’s payment of office allowance:

The Clerk sought Council’s approval to receive her office allowance monthly instead of quarterly to mitigate the affect of Real Time Information, newly implemented by H.M.R.C. All agreed to the new terms.

Railway Walk Insurance. (query from Countryside Trust Committee)

The Clerk had been asked, by Gotham Countryside Trustees, to investigate third party insurance provision for the proposed extension of the Railway Walk. She would make enquiries from Zurich Insurance Brokers.

J.M.F.Royce confirmed that funds of £35,377.29 had been moved, from the  Co-operative Bank 14 day account to the current account, in order to take advantage of an improved rate of interest.

13/78: Report by Chairman of Planning and Development Committee: (Chairman J.P.Anderson)

J.P.Anderson reported, Barton Lane would close on the 17th June, 2013. A follow up village traffic count would be arranged in due course to gauge traffic flow through Gotham.

Affordable Housing: Nil to report.

RBC Core Strategy: J.P.Anderson reported, notice had been received from Mr. R.Mapletoft of RBC Planning Department, of Consultation Workshops organised to take place in Gotham Memorial Hall on the 4th July, 2013. J.P.Anderson had written a reply to Mr. Mapletoft with detailed questions as to the sustainability of development at Clifton and including an alternative workshop agenda.

K. Mafham was progressing a 3D image of a development of 3,500 houses at Clifton.

No information had been received from B.Lange of CPRE, re the green belt review.

C.Raynor was continuing valuable work on student housing numbers in Nottingham City.

A Workshop at Thrumpton Village Hall on the 18th June, 2013 would be attended by B.J.Walker, J.P.Anderson, T.Vennett-Smith, M.J.Sheppard and the Clerk, (J. Raven).

13/79: Planning Applications Received: Nil.

13/80: Planning Decisions Received:  Nil.

13/81: Environmental Matters: (C.Dabell).

Village Sculpture: M.J.Sheppard reported, plans for the unveiling ceremony moved forward with contact with Earl Howe’s agent re an invitation to Earl and Countess Howe to unveil the Sculpture.

An invitation to Village groups to participate in the re-enactment of the village tales had been emailed. C.Dabell offered to take an active part.

Village Pump Lighting: M.J.Sheppard had received an apology from the electrician re lack of a response to a request to install a transformer in the Village Pump. Another contractor would be appointed, in due course, if the first electrician was unavailable to proceed with the work.

Village Post Box: C.Dabell reported a successful campaign for re-instatement of the village post box.

Village Pump Hanging Baskets: C.Dabell would thank D.Howick for his continued hanging basket display.

13/82: Memorial Hall Report from GPC representatives:

G.Clark reported agreement that a de-fibrillator cabinet could be attached to the wall of the Moonrakers’ Room. (item for July main meeting agenda). The Clerk would enquire from E.Padden, progress on application for grants.

Non slip flooring was to be laid in the Cheeserollers’ Bar.

A campaign to attract more Hall lettings was underway.

R.Davis reported, a campaign by the Sports Clubs had raised £1,500 towards the pavilion sinking fund. He queried a historical commitment by GPC to matchfund. K.Steed suggested an application to the Olympic Fund for Sporting Facilities.

13/83: Policing Matters/Vandalism: (E.Rodgers)

E.Rodgers reported no crime in April. The May crime figures had not yet been received.

13/84: Gotham News & Media:    

Next copy date – 10th June, 2013. Copy should be forwarded to R.Muir.

R.Muir currently raising invoices to advertisers’.

J.P.Anderson was no longer editor of Gotham News.

13/85: Chairman’s Report:            

The Chairman had received the following correspondence:

Invitation to a Civic Service at Southwell Minster on 3rd June, 2013 at 3.p.m.

NCC Local Small Improvement Grant – Successful application for disabled access to the Spar Shop.

RCAN – invitation to subscribe. Agreed, no interest at the present time.

13/86: Clerk’s report:

The Clerk had reported overflowing litter bin at the top of Hill Road/Gypsum Way to Streetwise.

13/87: Matters to Report:

K.Steed reported broken drains along Leake Road had been repaired and tarmacced.

J.P.Anderson called for a Finance Committee Meeting on the 25th June, 2013.

J.P.Anderson sought a decision to cancel the Planning and Environment Meetings on the 18th June, 2013 in order to allow Councillors’ attendance at the Thrumpton Meeting re the Core Strategy.

13/88: Items for Next Agenda. De-Fibrillator. Memorial Hall Car Park.

13/89: Date of Next Meeting: The next  meeting would be held on the 2nd July, 2013.    Meeting concluded at  9.56 pm.

K.Steed and E.Rodgers tendered their apologies for the next meeting.