Minutes of a Meeting of the Environment Committee (21/02/17)

The Meeting Commenced at 8.40 p.m.

Members present: Councillors G. May, (Vice-Chairman) G. Hutter, J.M.F. Royce, M. Wilkins, P. Bower.

In the absence of the Chairman, G. May chaired the meeting.

1. Apologies: C.Dabell (Chairman), D Bexon

2. Declaration of Interest: None

3. Minutes of previous meeting:
RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Environment Committee, held on the 17th January, 2017 as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business transacted..
PROPOSED: M. Wilkins SECONDED: P. Bower. Vote: All in favour.

4. Progress Arising from the Minutes:
Pg. 1 Item 4. The Clerk had sent an email enquiry to NCC K. Hourd re the long awaited improvements to Kegworth Road paths and road surface.

5. Flooding – Up to date progress:
M.Wilkins reported, the ditch on the left of Kegworth Road is very blocked. G.Hutter and P.Bower reported similar problems with blocked ditches alongside Leake Road, up to the mini roundabout. This matter had also been reported to County Councillor, A. Brown and Graham Taylor, of NCC Highways.
M.Wilkins reported, the ditch alongside Gypsum Way, is full of rubbish and fly tipped car wheels and tyres.

6. Well House Refurbishment (Conclusion)
G. Hutter and J.M.F.Royce had met M.Goodwill-Hodgson, (Well House technical architect) to discuss remedial work to be presented to Saunders Bros. The project should be completed for final payment by April, 2017 under contractural terms. There is £1,948 left in the Well House budget.

7. Planting along Nottingham Road, between Bidwell Crescent and Gotham Garage:
The verges alongside Nottingham Road are only mown twice a year by NCC. It was decided to defer a decision over planting until C. Dabell present.

8. Railway Walk:
J. Taylor had removed all the elder trees identified at the site meeting, held on the 5th February, along with scrub and bramble. Eco piles left for wildlife and insects.
PROPOSAL: To pay J. Taylor £1,750 for the work undertaken with the proviso that he rakes the piles of chippings to prevent them killing the spring growth of vegetation beneath.
PROPOSED: M. Wilkins SECONDED: G. May Vote: Four in favour, one against. (G.May to contact J. Taylor re bark chippings).

9. Replacement Seating in The Square/Rec. Ground/Cheese Hill. (Parishioner suggestion – SSSI)
A site meeting had been held to ascertain the best siting of the redundant Well House seats. It had been agreed, two seats should be placed alongside the Church Wall. J.M.F.Royce suggested there may be room for the third seat alongside the bicycle racks and would take measurements. He would ask A. Howick to fix the seats in place.
G. Hutter and J.M.F. Royce had inspected the wooden seat on Cheese Hill to find it in a dilapidated state. The Clerk had been asked, by a parishioner, for a seat at the SSSI. G. May reported, Natural England would not allow a seat to be sited within the SSSI as it is against the HLS agreement.

10. Choice of Tree Replacements in The Square – Liquidambar. Progress re purchase/planting:
G.May had ordered two Liquidambar trees from Six Acre Nurseries at a cost of, approximately, £70 each. Compost, stakes and root protector compound, approximately £25. The trees could be delivered to the home of J.M.F.Royce.
Planting arrangements to be made.

11. Dog Mess – Progress on signage:
The Clerk had asked RBC to display dog mess warning signs on suitable lamp posts around the major roads within the village. These signs were too small and fixed too high to be clearly visible. M. Wilkins reported, Keep Britain Tidy produce a Glow in the Dark warning sign at a cost of £25 each. He had designed his own version of a glow in the dark, batman themed sign which would be far more noticeable. He will produce some signage, as soon as possible and put an item, including a new-style sign in Gotham News.
There had been a report of a professional dog walker frequently letting loose a number of dogs on the Brick Yard. M. Wilkins suggested obtaining the number plate of the vehicle used for transport and report it to RBC.
The Dogs Trust have produced a film highlighting the national problem of dog mess and giving suggestions on how to improve matters.

12. Village Noticeboard Improvements:
The Clerk to obtain three quotations for a three compartment replacement noticeboard.

13. Matters to Report:
The Clerk had ordered ten large high viz vests for use during the Village Litter Pick on the 18th March, 2017. (Cost £44.37).
The Clerk reported, NCC had provided a new bus shelter on Leake Road (approximately opposite to the entrance to Eyres Lane).
A letter had been received from St. Lawrence PCC requesting financial assistance with the repairs to the Church Clock chimes. Cost £2,760 plus VAT. (Main agenda item).

14. Date and Time of Next Meeting:
The next meeting will be held in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 21st March, 2017 at 8.30 p.m.

Meeting closed: 10.00 p.m.