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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.

Notice of a Meeting of the Environment Committee (31/01/17)

GOTHAM PARISH COUNCIL

Mrs J A Raven
Clerk to the Council
33 Leake Road
Gotham
Notts
NG11 0HW
Tel: 0115 9830863
Email: gothamparishclerk@outlook.com

25 January 2017

Dear Councillor,

YOU ARE duly summoned to attend an ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE MEETING to be held on

TUESDAY, 31st January, 2017

commencing at 7.30 p.m. in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall.

Yours sincerely,

J.A.Raven, Clerk to the Council

AGENDA

1. Acceptance of G.May as a member of the Environment Committee.
2. Election of Chairman
3. Election of Vice Chairman
4. Apologies
5. Declaration of Interest
6. Minutes of previous Meeting held on the 15th November, 2016
7. Progress Arising from the Minutes
8. Removal of Elders along the Railway Walk
9. Relocation of 5 Village Seats from the Well House and The Square.
10. Choice of Tree for The Square
11. Matters to Report
12. Date and Time of Next Meeting.

Committee Members: C.Dabell, J.M.F.Royce, G.Hutter, D.Bexon, M.Wilkins, P.Bower, G.May.

Distribution: All Councillors.

Members of the Public and Press are cordially invited to attend.

Minutes of a Meeting of the Environment Committee (15/11/16)

Members present: Councillors,  J.M.F. Royce, M. Wilkins, G.Hutter, P.Bower, C.Dabell.

1/ Election of Chairman:

Nomination for Chairman of this meeting: C.Dabell.

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

C.Dabell accepted the Chair but could not undertake the permanent Chairmanship due to work pressures.

2/ Apologies:  D.Bexon.

Acceptance of Apologies: PROPOSED: J.M.F.Royce, SECONDED: M.Wilkins. Vote: All in favour.

3/ Declaration of Interest: Nil.

4/ Minutes of previous meeting:

RESOLVED:  That the Minutes of the Environment Committee, held on the 18th October, 2016 as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business transacted, with the following amendment: Item 7: Flooding: 2nd paragraph, third sentence. Replace ‘drain underneath’ to ‘open ditch’.

PROPOSED:  M.Wilkins SECONDED:.P.Bower. Vote: All in favour.

5/ Progress From the Minutes:

GPC Tabards: The Clerk had not yet received the GPC high vis tabards back following the Remembrance Day parade. Four, out of ten, went missing after the Heritage Day held on the 18th September, 2016. G.Hutter to contact the Scouts who kindly marshalled during the Heritage Day.

Licenses: Hanging Basket and Christmas Lighting licenses applications submitted to NCC.

6/ Christmas Tree Installation:

C.Dabell reported erection of the Christmas tree to commence on the 2nd December, 2016. A. Howick to assist with the tree lighting with the loan of a cherry picker for C. Dabell to stand in to hang the lights. The tree has been kindly donated by a parishioner.

7/ Well House Refurbishment (Conclusion):

C. Dabell to collect the Well House timer from G.Holbrook and arrange its fitting by A.Howick.

G.Hutter had ordered two black benches from Broxap at a cost £1,437.60, plus VAT. The benches require a central support post. Expected delivery within three to four weeks. Saunders Bros. to be asked to fit them.

8/  Flooding – Up to date progress:

The NCC drain guzzler had been in action on Leake Road last week. G.Hutter had contacted Jim Freeman, of NCC, re the need for a village ditch survey. Jim Freeman progressing with ACL. (Drain clearance Company)

Nottm City Transport had promised to clear the bus drain and had removed trees that had rooted within the drain. Copies of correspondence concerning flooding to be sent to County Councillor A.Brown.

The Clerk had submitted an application to RBC for a supply of sandbags to be stored in the Memorial Hall shed, with the kind permission of the Trustees.

9/ Railway Walk Elder Tree Removal:

The Clerk had obtained a quotation for complete elder tree removal from J.Taylor.

C.Dabell to obtain two more quotations. The amount of elder trees to be removed could be lessened to cut the price. It was suggested, marking the trees to be removed with a painted cross.  C.Dabell to carry out elder inspection.

10/ Planting along Nottingham Road, between Bidwell Cres. and Gotham Garage:

The Clerk was in contact with K.Hourd of NCC who had requested an underground service map to be sent, as soon as possible. To date, no map had appeared. Clerk to progress.

11/ Improvements/Village Noticeboard:

Councillor Bexon progressing.

The Clerk had received details of a company who were able to supply a three compartment noticeboard.

12/ Replacement Seating in The Square using old Well House seats:

J.M.F.Royce reported, four matching seats with RBC logo. Two in The Square (in poor condition), one outside the New Rectory by the bus stop (fair condition) one in front of the Village Sculpture.  J.M.F.Royce offered to inspect all four seats and ask for the help of A.Howick re refurbishment, if possible. Members of the Environment Committee asked to inspect the seats prior to the next meeting, for a final decision on their condition and possible replacement using the redundant Well House seats.

13/ Choice of Tree Replacements in The Square:

J.Taylor had removed the dead Rowan Trees root balls.

A third quotation for removing the root balls had been received from J. Taylor totalling £425 plus VAT.

PROPOSAL: Purchase of one white beam and one sweet chestnut from Six Acre Nurseries.

PROPOSED: M.Wilkins SECONDED: J.M.F.Royce. Vote: Four in favour, one abstention.

C.Dabell to enquire correct soil medium for best planting.

14/ NCC Community Improvement Scheme. (New scheme suggestions)

The previously suggested kissing gate at the Railway Walk, Brickyard track was considered unnecessary due to it preventing easy passage for wheelchair users.

G.Hutter to refer this item to the Trustees of the Memorial Hall for the benefit of new playground equipment..

15/  Matters to Report:

Hill Road Litter etc.: H. Taylor had reported, no police presence to the reported site of possible drug dealing, opposite to Elliott’s Transport garage.

Chairmanship. J.M.F.Royce suggested it is perhaps time to wind Environment Committee meetings down if no one is prepared to take on the Chairmanship. Environment matters would be covered during main GPC meetings.

Broadband: M.Wilkins reported Broadband offers, sent recently via email from Steven Adams, new Broadband Engagement Officer for the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire programme being run by Nottinghamshire County Council, did not benefit parts of the village, including Kegworth Road as these areas are not activated. Clerk to alert S.Adams of the situation.

Fracking: Today’s meeting of the County Council had voted to approve drilling exploration at Misson.

Centenarian: The Clerk reported a parishioner is due to celebrate her 100th birthday on the 20th November, 2016. As it is customary for GPC to mark the event, she had purchased a plant and card for presentation on the day, by G.Hutter, Vice Chairman.

December Main Meeting: The Clerk suggested a small pre meeting drink and refreshment at the December meeting. Councillors invited to donate a plate of nibbles. Clerk and G. Hutter to bring wine, beer and nibbles. Clerk to supply glasses.

16/  Date and Time of Next Meeting:

The next meeting will be held in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 17th January, 2017 at  8.30 p.m.

Meeting closed: 10.00 p.m.

Minutes of a Meeting of the Environment Committee (18/10/16)

Members present: Councillors, G.Holbrook,  J.M.F. Royce, M. Wilkins, M.J.Sheppard.

In Attendance: Councillors, B.J.Walker, P.Bower.

1/ Apologies:  D.Bexon, C.Dabell, G.Hutter.

2/ Declaration of Interest: Nil.

3/ Minutes of previous meeting:

RESOLVED:  That the Minutes of the Environment Committee, held on the 20th September, 2016 as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business transacted:

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

4/ Progress From the Minutes:

Item 4: Cuckoo Bush Mound: K.Thorpe had reported that A.Urry had carried out an excellent job in clearing and tidying the Cuckoo Bush Mound.

5/ Well House Refurbishment (Conclusion): deferred until the next meeting.

6/  Choice of Tree Replacements in The Square: deferred until next meeting.

A third quotation for removing the root balls had been received from J. Taylor totalling £425 plus VAT.

PROPOSAL: Acceptance of J.Taylor’s quotation to remove Rowan Trees root balls leaving a space for new trees one cubic metre in size and infilled with topsoil. PROPOSED: M.Wilkins SECONDED: M.J.Sheppard. Vote: All in favour..

7/ Flooding – Report on Flooding Meeting held on the 13th October, 2016:

M.J.Sheppard reported, 38 parishioners had attended, including Councillors and guests. A very informative meeting. The County/Borough Councils are aiming to write informing homeowners detailing their responsibilities re riparian* (Riparian landowner – one through whose land a natural or manmade watercourse runs).

The Village Flood Survey resulted in a slow response over six weeks which was unhelpful in planning the next step. A. Howick and C. Taylor of NCC, had inspected the village drainage systems today and will circulate a report to affected homeowners. The Diocese own the farm land off Leake Road and would be responsible for the open ditch. Chris Wright of 70 Leake Road offered to help on a village flood committee. It was suggested that each affected sector should elect an inspection team to regularly check numbered gulleys on a map, recording their findings to keep an up to date  observation diary. There are currently only two Council gulley guzzlers in the County. M.J.Sheppard to speak to British Gypsum about this and ask if they would clean out the Gotham gulleys with their equipment. Another approach would be to obtain quotations from private drainage clearance contractors and ask the Council to pay for it, if they are unable to carry out the work themselves. M.J.Sheppard offered to produce a map of village gulleys as a first step.

8/ Budget 2017/18:

The Clerk circulated the current budget for 2016/17 showing up to date spending. It was agreed an added item of two strims of the Railway Walk ditch in April and October should be incorporated into the 2017/18 budget. The Railway Walk needs the removal of elders. J.Taylor to be asked to quote. He had already calculated it would take two days’ work.

The Clerk reported Horizon Contractors were not increasing mowing charges for 2017/18.

PROPOSAL: 2017/18 Environment Budget to be similar to 2016/17 i.e. £4,050. PROPOSED: J.M.F.Royce      SECONDED: M.Wilkins. Vote: All in favour.

Recommendation Capital Proposals: a/ Pump Sinking Fund – £1,000.

b/ The Square Furniture Maintenance £2,000.

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

9/ Tree Planning along Nottingham Road, between Bidwell Cres. and Gotham Garage:

Clerk to obtain Services Map before proceeding further.

10/ Improvements/Village Noticeboard:

The Clerk had obtained confirmation from Councillor Bexon that she would progress this item with the parent at Gotham School re his interest in refurbishing the noticeboard.

J.M.F.Royce had attempted a repair to the locks on the noticeboard but they do not work under load.

There are too many long term notices left in the noticeboard. The back board is too difficult to insert drawing pins into.

11/ Replacement Seating in The Square using old Well House seats:

J.M.F.Royce to ask A. Howick to cost  removal of the two damaged seats in The Square and the seat outside the New Rectory to be replaced by the seats removed from the Well House.

12/ NCC Community Improvement Scheme. (New scheme suggestions)

G.Holbrook to ask A. Copson to quote for improving the winged fencing at the Brick Yard entrance to the Railway Walk with the installation of a kissing gate in the middle.

13/  Matters to Report:

Remembrance Day: M.J.Sheppard to organise the appropriate road closure during the Remembrance Day march. J.M.F.Royce offered to steward on Remembrance Day. The march will not extend to Bidwell Crescent as there will not be a police presence.

Arrangements for Remembrance Day to be a main agenda item.

Hanging Baskets: The Clerk is currently progressing the NCC  Hanging Basket licence.

Well House Timer: G.Holbrook not yet fixed the new timer.

New Environment Committee Member: G.Holbrook nominated P. Bower to join the Environment Committee.

Seconded: M.Wilkins. P. Bower accepted.

14/  Date and Time of Next Meeting:

The next meeting will be held in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 15th  November, 2016 at  8.30 p.m.

Meeting closed: 10.10 p.m.

Notice of a Meeting of the Environment Committee (15/11/16)

GOTHAM PARISH COUNCIL

Mrs J A Raven
Clerk to the Council
33 Leake Road
Gotham
Notts
NG11 0HW
Tel: 0115 9830863
Email: gothamclerk@yahoo.co.uk

10 November 2016

Dear Councillor,

YOU ARE duly summoned to attend an ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE MEETING to be held on

TUESDAY, 15th November, 2016

commencing at 8.30 p.m. in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall.

Yours sincerely,

J.A.Raven, Clerk to the Council

AGENDA

1. Election of Chairman
2. Apologies
3. Declaration of Interest
4. Minutes of previous Meeting held on the 18th October, 2016
5. Progress Arising from the Minutes
6. Christmas Tree Installation
7. Well House Refurbishment. (Conclusion) New Timer
8. Flooding – Up to date progress
9. Railway Walk ElderTree Removal
10 Planting along Nottingham Road, between Bidwell Cres. and Gotham Garage (email – K.Hourd)
11. Improvements/ Village Noticeboard
12. Replacement Seating in The Square and outside New Rectory
13. Choice of Tree Replacements in The Square – Progress
14. NCC Community Improvement Scheme. (Kissing Gate at entrance to Railway Walk)
15. Matters to Report
16. Date and Time of Next Meeting.

Committee Members: C.Dabell (Vice Chairman), P.Bower, J.M.F.Royce, G.Hutter, D.Bexon, M.Wilkins.

Distribution: All Councillors.

Members of the Public and Press are cordially invited to attend.

Notice of a Meeting of the Environment Committee (18/10/16)

GOTHAM PARISH COUNCIL

Mrs J A Raven
Clerk to the Council
33 Leake Road
Gotham
Notts
NG11 0HW
Tel: 0115 9830863
Email: gothamclerk@yahoo.co.uk

11 October 2016

Dear Councillor,

YOU ARE duly summoned to attend an ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE MEETING to be held on

TUESDAY, 18th October, 2016

commencing at 8.30 p.m. in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall.

Yours sincerely,

J.A.Raven, Clerk to the Council

AGENDA

1. Apologies
2. Declaration of Interest
3. Minutes of previous Meeting held on the 20TH September, 2016
4. Progress Arising from the Minutes
5. Well House Refurbishment. (Conclusion)
6. Flooding – Report on Flooding meeting held on the 13th October, 2016
7. Budget for 2017/18
8. Tree Planting along Nottingham Road, between Bidwell Cres. and Gotham Garage (email – K.Hourd)
9. Improvements/ Village Noticeboard
10. Replacement Seating in The Square using old Well House seats
11. NCC Community Improvement Scheme. (New scheme suggestions)
12. Choice of Tree Replacements in The Square
13. Matters to Report
14. Date and Time of Next Meeting.

Committee Members: G.Holbrook (Chairman), C.Dabell (Vice Chairman) M.J. Sheppard, J.M.F.Royce, G.Hutter, D.Bexon, M.Wilkins.

Distribution: All Councillors.

Members of the Public and Press are cordially invited to attend.