Minutes of a Meeting of Gotham Parish Council (06/09/16)

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, D.Bexon, H.Taylor, C.Dabell.

16/185: Apologies: Councillors M.Wilkins, G.Clark, County Councillor A. Brown, Borough Councillor, S.Matthews.

16/186: Acceptance of Apologies:

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

16/187: Minutes of the previous meeting:

Resolved: That the previously circulated Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on the 5th July, 2016, be accepted and signed as a true record of the business transacted.

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

Progress: Standing Orders: B.J.Walker, J.P.Anderson, J.M.F.Royce and P.R.Dines had inspected the current Standing Orders and would draw up an updated and more transparent copy in conjunction with the Clerk.

J.M.F.Royce had researched the item on pg.4 16/171.Matters to report: According to Highways Code rule 54 ‘Horses are allowed on the public highway but forbidden on the pavement and constitute a trespass to the owner of the pavement’.

Resolved: That the previously circulated Minutes of the Extraordinary Parish Council meeting held on the 19th August, 2016 be accepted and signed as a true record of the business transacted, with the following amendments: pg 1. 16/127:Inscribed Stone to Well House: delete ‘G.Hutter’ from named vote for ‘against’. 3rd para, 3rd sentence replace word ‘restored’ with ‘saved’. Pg 2. correct spelling to read Heritage Lottery ‘grantees’ Bells ringing on Heritage Day at 12 noon and 1.50 p.m. delete wording ‘following the unveiling ceremony’ and replace with ‘prior to the unveiling ceremony’.

PROPOSED: G.Hutter  SECONDED: M.J.Sheppard. Vote: All in favour.

Progress: Well House Threshold Stone:

PROPOSAL: The threshold stone should read:

1862 Gifted by the 1st Earl Howe

1965 Saved by the Village, 2016 Restored:

Unveiled by the 7th Earl Howe

Proposed: G. Hutter. Seconded: M.J.Sheppard. Vote: nine in favour, two against.

G.Holbrook offered the £30 cost to infill the lettering in black to enhance the wording. The Chairman thanked G. Holbrook for his generous offer but it was agreed to retain the lettering in plain stone.

16/188: County Councillor A. Brown: (apologies received)

16/189: Borough Councillor S. Mathews: (apologies received)

16/190: Declaration of Interest: Nil.

16/191:  Finance:

a/ Monthly Payments and Receipts:

PROPOSAL: Acceptance of Payment and Receipts for August, 2016

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

PROPOSAL: Acceptance of Payment and Receipts for September, 2016

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

b/ Recommendation from the Cemetery Sub-Committee re mowing and maintenance.

J.P.Anderson reported the following recommendations from the Cemetery Sub-Committee Meeting held on the 28th July, 2016:

PROPOSAL: Rear of Cemetery to allow Horizon to clear weeds/pots from last four rows of graves during October on an annual basis – Cost £295.

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

c/ Finance – quarterly update:

The Clerk reported, revenue payments in line for the third quarter of the year. The Heritage Day costs are within budget.

d/ Handelsbanken reduction of interest to 0.00%

The Clerk had received an advice note from Handelsbanken re a reduction in interest rate on deposits to 0.00%.

The Co-operative Bank offer the following bank interest rates:

14 day – 0.09% Fixed rate: 3 months – 0.34%  6 months – 0.50%  9 months 0.97%.

Decision on banking deposit to be discussed at the next meeting.

16/192: Chairman of Planning and Development Committee: (J.P.Anderson)

J.P.Anderson reported the last planning meeting took place on the 19th July, 2016.

There are still no plans for development on the Clifton pastures. In his opinion, the RBC Local Plan is unworkable.

K.Mafham has reported that the Church Commissioners are negative to the suggestion of affordable housing on the Glebe Land, off Leake Road. There has been no news concerning the future of the RBL site.

16/193: Planning Applications Received:

16/11: (ref:16/02092/FUL) 329 Leake Rd – First floor side extension; single storey rear extension; loft conversion.


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

Reasons for objection: Over intensification of the plot considering it is a matched semi-detached house. The double garage is in front of the building line.

16/12: (ref: 16/02053/FUL)  10 Hill Rd     – Dormer window to front. (retrospective planning application)

The Enforcement Officer had inspected the installation of a dormer window which had provoked the required retrospective planning application. GPC has NO OBJECTION  to the front dormer window.

However, other work consisting of roof lights facing no. 12 and two larger ones facing no. 8 were built following verbal advice from RBC, according to the houseowner.

PROPOSAL: GPC to send a letter to the Planning Authority re lack of planning application for the roof lights.

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

16/194: Planning Decisions Received:

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

16/195: Tithe Barn offer from Notts Bus Co. re GPC adoption of Barn.

The Clerk had received an email from Mark Fowles, Managing Director of Nottingham City Transport re the Tithe Barn (English Heritage Building ID: 441385 at the bus garage on Leake Road, suggesting the possible adoption by GPC of the building, should it become available if the bus company cease operating from the site.

G.Hutter offered to speak to RBC Conservation Officer, J.Bate, re a tour of the barn to assess its condition and possible need for a structural survey. The barn is due to be open on Heritage Day on the 18th September, 2016.

PROPOSAL: To register an interest in the Tithe Barn if and when it is formally offered.

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

16/196: Report by Chairman of the Environment Committee: (G.Holbrook)

G.Holbrook reported that the Environment meeting on the 19th July, 2016 was inquorate. A discussion was held.

Cuckoo Bush Mound:  Cost to clear the mound, prior to Heritage Day is £300.

PROPOSAL: Acceptance of quotation of £300 for Cuckoo Bush Mound clearance.

PROPOSED: G.Holbrook  SECONDED: G.Hutter. Vote: All in favour.

Environment Budget: In the light of the NCC removal of the Small Improvement Grant, the environment maintenance budget will require revising at the next finance meeting budget proposals.

The Square Bollards: G.Hutter reported, Saunders Bros. had quoted £448 to repaint sixteen bollards and one lamppost. It was agreed not to incur this extra expense for the time being.

The Square street lighting: B.J.Walker reported two street lights are on all day and night. Clerk to report to NCC.

The Square trees: M.J.Sheppard had sought the advice of J.Morris of Six Hills Nursery re replacement trees. There is time until Christmas for new trees to be planted but the root ball from the dead trees must be removed completely and the hole cleared of tarmac as far as possible.

Public Noticeboard: D.Bexon reported, a Gotham School parent had an interest in the refurbishment of the noticeboard with the intention of introducing some heritage content into the design and to refurbish the existing sturdy frame. – Progressing. Enquire Cost.

Heritage Boards repairs:

PROPOSAL: The Clerk to write a letter of thanks to J. Turner and K. Thorpe for their work in repairing and improving the broken Heritage Boards.

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

The Square Public Seats: G.Hutter suggested removal of the public seats in the Square, currently requiring renovation, to be replaced with the redundant Well House seating. For further discussion at next Environment meeting.

Well House Refurbishment: G.Hutter had received a letter from M. Goodwill-Hodgson re the re-installation of the front gates opening inwards. As this would impinge on the size of the interior space it was PROPOSED: by G.Hutter and SECONDED by A.Clayworth: That if gates were installed they should open outwards – Vote 6 in favour. That the gates should open inwards -: Vote 0 in favour. The gates should not be replaced: –  Vote 3 in favour.

Motion carried to install outward opening gates to the Well House.

Heritage Day – 18th September, 2016 – Arrangements:

Lavatories: G.Hutter reported, D.Smith had kindly offered the loan of four public lavatories to be sited outside the Church Hall at a cost of £35 each. It was decided to decline the offer due to sufficient access to lavatories at the Church Hall, Public Houses and Church.

Car Parking: M.J.Sheppard had sought the permission of both the Royal British Legion and St. Gobain re access to car parking facilities in and at the back of the former RBL site on Heritage Day. Russ Jones of RBL had responded that the RBL car park could be made available by removal of the concrete blocks but would need to be closed again by evening. This could present a problem if cars were left until late at night . St. Gobain had responded with a list of insurance requirements which the Clerk would check with Aon insurers.

The Police had been informed of the event. Letters to households re the temporary closure of The Square, prior to Heritage Day, had been circulated. Mr. Goode of NCC attending to traffic procedure and restrictions. There would be no parking on Leake Road, between the bus station and the Cuckoo Bush during Heritage Day. A large sign would be posted up directing traffic to available parking sites. Barriers of ropes and cones to be provided to protect access to The Square.

Litter Bins: G. Hutter to ask P.Humphries for the loan of the oil drums used at the recent Gotham Festival.

Heritage Day Marshalls: The Clerk had acquired ten high vis tabards for the marshalls to wear. She had enquired whether the Gotham Scouts would be available to marshall but, to date, received no response. Four marshalls were already booked but there needs to be at least ten.

Publicity: M.J.Sheppard had distributed posters to surrounding villages and M. Elliott of Keyworth had received 20 for posting up in other parishes.

Staging: Memorial Hall staging to be erected for the use of Earl Howe during the opening ceremony.

Sound System: M.Lowe organising.

Gazebos: Loaned from various parishioners.

Electrical Supply: Arranged via St. Lawrence Church.

First Aid: G.Whitehead.

16/197: Memorial Hall Report:

A.Clayworth reported the lighting outside the Memorial Hall had been suitably dimmed at the request of adjacent households.

Councillor H. Taylor had resigned from the Trustees. The Chairman thanked him for his past work.

The next meeting of the Trustees would be held during November.

16/198: Defibrillator:

G.Hutter reported, the Memorial Hall defibrillator requires new pads. An annual contract for defibrillator maintenance costs £126 and is carried out by Community Heartbeat Trust.

PROPOSAL: To take out an annual maintenance contract with Community Heartbeat Trust at a cost of £126.

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

The Chairman thanked G.Hutter for her continued inspection of the defibrillator.

16/199: Policing Matters/Vandalism::

M.J.Sheppard had responded positively, to a request from Hilary Gibbons of NALC, to provide evidence of the need for Police Priority Setting Meetings. She had thanked him for his comprehensive reply and will use it to report to the Notts Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping.

PROPOSAL: Extension of this meeting beyond 9.30 p.m..

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

16/200: Gotham News and Media:

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

16/201: Parish Council Image: (J.P.Anderson). Nil to report.

16/202: Chairman’s Report:

M.J.Sheppard had received a letter from the Long Eaton Sea Cadets who will  visit Gotham Memorial Hall on the 27th September, 2016. Clerk to contact L.Bramley to alert her to their visit.

A. letter had been received from A. Hind re parking in The Square during her wedding on the 17th September, 2016.

16/203: Clerk’s Report:

The Clerk had received notice of the SLCC A.G.M. on the 14th October, 2016 at the Jurys Inn Hinkley Island Hotel.

B.J.Walker had informed the Clerk she would be willing to attend the RBC Parish Forum on the 6th October, 2016.

The Clerk had received confirmation that GPC would receive £300 funding for Gotham Remembers from the NCC Community Commemoration Fund following her application submitted during May, 2016.

The Clerk will be away on holiday from the 9th to the 16th September, 2016. GPC mail to be diverted to Chairman, M.J.Sheppard. Urgent bills to be paid by J.M.F.Royce.

16/204: Matters to Report:

C.Dabell had received complaints re lack of action following the June floods. M.J.Sheppard to arrange a meeting with Bruce Laughton of Southwell who had drawn up a flood management manual. The Clerk to seek A. Howick’s permission to store flood prevention items at his farm.

M.Wilkins had asked M.J.Sheppard to make a decision re the acquisition of a dictaphone. This would be discussed at the next meeting as time had been short due to the arrangements for Heritage Day, etc.

J.P.Anderson had viewed the Kegworth Parish Council financial software with a view to purchasing similar for Gotham P.C. No decision yet.

16/205: Date of Next Meeting: The next Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 4th October, 2016 at 7.30 p.m.

Meeting closed at 10.40 p.m.