Minutes of a Meeting of Gotham Parish Council (04/10/16)

Present: Councillors, M.J. Sheppard, (Chairman) G.Hutter, (Vice-Chairman),  J.P.Anderson, G.Holbrook,  J.M.F.Royce,  B.J.Walker, P.Bower, A.Clayworth, H.Taylor, C.Dabell, M.Wilkins.

In attendance: County Councillor A. Brown, Borough Councillor S.Matthews.

16/206: Apologies: D.Bexon

16/207: Acceptance of Apologies:

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

16/208: County Councillor A. Brown:

County Councillor A. Brown reported the following:

Shale Gas: The County Council meeting, on the 5th October, 2016, will discuss shale gas drilling and is expected to attract 2,000 protestors. The applicant is Island Gas. A.Brown to keep an open mind until all the evidence has been heard.

Barton Lane: – It is doubtful this lane will be re-adopted as it was purposefully planned too narrow to become a through road. Users of the lane could be prosecuted and are not insured. At the Public consultation, it was agreed Barton Lane would become a bridleway.

Stanford Hall Rehabilitation Centre – Sewage works for the new rehabilitation centre at East Leake causing sink holes in adjacent fields.

NCC Community Improvement Scheme available. (Environment Agenda)

Yellow Lines: Yellow lines to be repainted on Nottingham Road from the junction with Kegworth Road up to the allotments.

Flood Meeting: A.Brown to attend the public meeting on the 13th October, 2016.

16/209: Borough Councillor S. Mathews:

Borough Councillor S. Mathews reported the following:

RBC Civic Centre: Recently sold for £7,000,000. Contracts to be exchanged in March, 2017.

RBC have appointed three Business Commissioners.

Waitrose at Sharphill – decision to build on hold.

Brookside School, East Leake, to be extended by a third. Lantern Lane School has opened a two class annexe.

If the Clifton Pastures building goes ahead, East Leake Academy will double in size. Currently, parking issues near to the Academy proving difficult for adjacent dwellings.

The Chairman thanked Councillors Brown and Matthews for their attendance. They left the meeting at 8.07 p.m.

16/210: Declaration of Interest: Nil.

16/211: Minutes of the previous meeting:

Resolved: That the previously circulated Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on the 6th September, 2016, be accepted and signed as a true record of the business transacted, with the following amendment: 16/187: Progress: Standing Orders: add J.M.F.Royce to the list of Councillors updating Standing Orders.

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

Progress: 16/204: Matters to Report: J.P.Anderson in contact with a Company who provide software aimed to improve Council financial record keeping.

16/212: Casual Vacancy:

The Chairman accepted, with regret, the resignation of Councillor G. Clark. G.Clark had made very useful contributions to GPC, especially during negotiations on the Gotham Community Hub. He had taken over the traffic calming gun and arranged a rota of users over a lengthy period of time. He has helped with the Gotham News distribution and has kindly offered to continue with Parish work, if required.

The Clerk will write a letter of thanks.

Two letters of application to serve on GPC had been received and will be forwarded to Council prior to the November meeting. The Casual Vacancy notice will expire on the 10th October, 2016 having been advertised for fourteen working days.

It had been reported that the public noticeboard had been tampered with and the Casual Vacancy notice removed over a period of two days’. J.M.F.Royce had notified the Electoral and Democratic Engagement Manager, J.Saxby, who advised replacing the notice. J.M.F.Royce had attempted a repair to the worn out lock on the Parish Council section of the noticeboard.

16/213:  Finance:

a/ Monthly Payments and Receipts:

The Clerk reported a refund of £284 had been received from Romano’s ice cream. A letter of thanks to be sent.

PROPOSAL: Acceptance of Payment and Receipts.

PROPOSED: J.P.Anderson  SECONDED: P.Bower Vote: All in favour.

b/ Purchase of Dictaphone for Recording Meetings:

M.Wilkins had purchased a dictaphone at a cost of £29.68. G.Hutter to investigate other Parish Councils’ policy on the recording of meetings and storage of the information.

c/ Application from Gotham Rangers for a donation towards new goal posts.

The Chairman read out a letter from C.North, Secretary to Gotham Rangers, asking for a donation towards lightweight goal posts which would cost £2,000.

PROPOSAL: A donation of the maximum amount payable to an established group in one financial year, £500, to be made to Gotham Rangers towards the purchase of lightweight goal posts.

PROPOSED: B.J.Walker  SECONDED: J.P.Anderson  All in favour.

d/ Date of Finance Meeting:

The Finance Meeting to be held on the 25th October, 2016 at 7.30 p.m.

16/214: Chairman of Planning and Development Committee: (J.P.Anderson)

J.P.Anderson reported the last planning meeting took place on the 20th September, 2016 when green belt issues were discussed. A planning application for Clifton Pastures expected any day now.

16/215: Planning Applications Received:

16/13: (ref:16/02308/FUL) 8 St.Andrew Close – Single storey side extension.


PROPOSED: J.P.Anderson  SECONDED: M.J. Sheppard. Vote: All in favour.

16/216: Planning Decisions Received:

16/6 (ref: 16/01384/VAR) British Gypsum:   Vary condition 3 of planning permission 15/01353/VAR to permit the             open storage of natural gypsum material in addition to desulpherised gypsum.- GRANTED

16/8:  (ref: 16/)1502/ADV) Sun Inn: Display illuminated/non-illuminated signage on exterior of building.GRANTED

16/9:  (ref: 16/01543/FUL) 1 Gladstone Ave: Single storey side extension –GRANTED

16/10: (ref:16/01533/FUL) Fairholme, The Rushes – Side and rear extension.- GRANTED

16/217: Report by Chairman of the Environment Committee: (G.Holbrook)

G.Holbrook reported that the last Environment meeting took place on the 20th September, 2016

Well House: The list of defects had been forwarded to the builder and architect. Awaiting their response.

Two defects, i.e. the loose railing had been welded. External paving blocks had been filled in. G.Holbrook to fit a new timer.

PROPOSAL: To formerly disband the Well House Management Sub-Committee.

PROPOSED: G.Hutter  SECONDED: M.Wilkins  Vote: All in favour.

Well House benches: G.Hutter had researched suitable replacement benches. Approximate cost – £450 each. J.M.F.Royce to take exact measurements required. Two benches might be sufficient to allow more room for pushchair/wheelchair access.

PROPOSAL: Acceptance of Saunders Bros (Builders) Ltd. Contract

PROPOSED: G.Holbrook  SECONDED: M.J.Sheppard.. Vote: Nine in favour, two abstentions.

A 5% retention fee payable after six months. (i.e. £1,400) should be retained until snags made good. J.P.Anderson reported, M.Goodwill-Hodgson had verbally confirmed Saunders would carry out work to put right the noted defects.

Thanks to G.Hutter for her continued work on the Well House and bench research.

Flooding Public Meeting – 13th October, 2016:

M.J.Sheppard confirmed that the following advisors would attend the meeting:

D.Banks (NCC)

County Councillor A.Brown.

K.Emery (NCC)

Caunton and Southwell Councillor Bruce Laughton. (Flood prevention expert)

Posters circulated to all parishioners and advertised around the village.

Available GPC members to set up the main hall at 6.00 p.m. Meeting commences at 7.00 p.m.

C.Dabell left the meeting at 9.30 p.m.

PROPOSAL: Extension of this meeting to complete the business as per the agenda.

PROPOSED: A.Clayworth  SECONDED: M.J.Sheppard. Vote: All in favour.

Fracking – Government Shale Gas Wealth Consultation. (M.Wilkins).

M.Wilkins explained the survey was mainly concerned with the question of affected neighbourhoods agreeing to financial compensation. M.Wilkins to fill in the consultation paper and submit.

16/218: Memorial Hall Report: Next meeting to be held in November, 2016.

16/219: Parish Council Image: (J.P.Anderson)

J.P.Anderson reported, positive feedback following Heritage Day which should have boosted PC image. An article in Gotham News asking for parishioners’ view of GPC and how they assessed Heritage Day might be beneficial. M.Wilkins urged Councillors to attend other Gotham activities such as the Gotham Fest.

M. Wilkins offered to post GPC minutes and agendas on the Village Facebook page. (Agenda item main meeting).

The process to reduce the number of Councillors on GPC takes twelve months and is at the behest of RBC. Cost is £10,000 for an election. A village the size of Gotham would normally have nine councillors serving. This should be considered.

16/220: Policing Matters/Vandalism::

No crime figures to date.

Police Priority Setting Meeting in Memorial Hall on the 19th October, 2016 in Moonrakers’ Room.

16/221: Gotham News and Media:

Official copy date – 17th October, 2016 for November issue. The Clerk reported two advertisements still unpaid.

Suggestion – ask Earl Howe, J.Everitt (of Heritage Lottery Fund) and D.Logan to write an article on their Heritage Day experience. A centre spread of assorted happy photographs of the Heritage Day.

16/222: Chairman’s Report:

M.J.Sheppard reported the Christmas Committee to hold a meeting on the 24th October, 2016.

Photographs of Heritage Day to be sent to Earl Howe.

Letters of thanks from the Chairman sent to P.Dines, A. and M. Howick for their help during Heritage Day. The reception, catered for by M. Howick, had been a delicious spread.

Remembrance Day Parade to be held on the 13th November, 2016.

16/223: Clerk’s Report:

The Clerk thanked B.J.Walker for agreeing to attend the RBC Town and Parish Forum on the 5th October, 2016.

16/224: Matters to Report:

J.P.Anderson reported the Gotham Community Benefit Society would be formally wound up in November, 2016.

P.Bower suggested the bollard, adjacent to the Well House, needed moving aside to allow easier access.

16/225: Date of Next Meeting: The next Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 1st November, 2016 at 7.30 p.m.

A Clayworth tendered his apologies for the November meeting.

Meeting closed at 10.10 p.m.