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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.

Minutes of a Meeting of the Environment Committee (21/06/16)

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

In Attendance: Councillor, P.Bower, K.Smith.

PROPOSAL:Suspension of Standing Orders.

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

Councillor, G.Hutter introduced Kevin Smith of 38 Leake Road who had recently suffered flash flooding to his home.

Mr. Smith described events during the previous week when he had tried, in vain, to obtain help from Notts County Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council. During a perilous weekend, Mr. Smith and his partner had made many telphone calls to the Emergency lines to both Councils and only received assistance after four or five days’. County Councillor Andrew Brown had intervened on his behalf and Severn Trent had supplied crystal filled black bags, resembling sand bags, which had eased the situation. There were two minor car accidents on Leake Road due to flooding.

Mr. Smith had subsequently discovered the drainage channels leading down Leake Road and across the fields to Fairham Brook were severely clogged with silt, debris and weeds. The drainage system required urgent attention.

It was agreed, to post up flood emergency telephone numbers and websites for access via the website and Facebook page for future reference.

M.J.Sheppard had met Kate Emery from the Councils’ Emergency Response Team who will survey the drainage system in Gotham. The culverts under the roads are the responsibility of NCC whereas the ditches in front of properties is the responsibility of the homeowner.

M.J.Sheppard thanked Mr. Smith for his attendance at the meeting and he left at 9.10 p.m.

PROPOSAL:Re-instatement of Standing Orders.

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

G.Hutter criticised the Clerk for not reporting Mr. Smith’s plight when he had called at her house during the flooding.

The Clerk replied, she had not been home at the time and her husband had reported the incident to her on her return. Mr. Smith had not indicated it had been a Parish Council issue but was calling as a neighbour.

1.     Election of Chairman:

It was moved by M.J.Sheppard, seconded by M.Wilkins and duly carried by five votes in favour and one against:

That  G.Holbrook be appointed Chairman for the ensuing year.

G.Holbrook accepted the position of Chairman and thanked the Committee.

2.     Election of Vice-Chairman:

It was moved by G.Hutter, seconded by D.Bexon and duly carried by five votes in favour and one against:

That  C.Dabell be appointed Vice-Chairman for the ensuing year.

3.    Apologies: C.Dabell, G.Clark

4.       Declaration of Interest: Nil.

5.       Minutes of previous meeting:

RESOLVED:  That the Minutes of the Environment Committee, held on the 19th April, 2016 as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business transacted:

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

Progress: Nil to report.

6.       Well House Refurbishment Progress:

G.Hutter reported, roof bonnets can be included in the refurbishment, under the Heritage Lottery contingency fund of £2,000. (Cost of the bonnets – £1,070).

The electricity supply for the Heritage Day to be confirmed with Scott Young of NCC.

The next meeting of the Project Team Sub-Committee will be held on the 28th June, 2016 at 7.30 p.m in the Weldon Room.

7.       Choice of Tree Replacements in The Square:

M.J.Sheppard had consulted Six Acre Nurseries for advice re suitable tree replacements. It was agreed, English varieties would be preferable.

8.       Improvements/Weatherproofing Village Noticeboard:

The Clerk to price two noticeboards from Arien signs. A double for public use and a single for Parish Council use.

9.       Cuckoo Bush Mound:

G.Hutter to ask the Countryside Trust to tidy the Cuckoo Bush Mound, prior to the Heritage Day Walk on the 18th September, 2016. D.Bexon to inspect the area.

The Heritage Trail maps and information need re-jigging. They will be available from Spar and via PDF to mobile telephones.

10.   Flooding Information for website re sandbags, etc.

It was agreed, RBC and NCC had not performed well during the recent flash flooding which affected over forty homes in Gotham. Information, re sand bag provision and emergency telephone numbers, as previously discussed, will be available both on the Website and Facebook page. County Councillor A.Brown had written an article on flooding for Gotham News. S.Plowright had inspected the dyke, alongside the Railway Walk and would estimate the cost of clearance with a digger. J.M.F.Royce would walk with an RBC representative, explaining the layout of the village drainage system.

11.  Matters to Report:

M.Wilkins had reported flytipping at the Nottingham Road layby, opposite to the junction with Barton Lane, to RBC.

G.Hutter reported, the Weldon Spring Heritage Board required repair to the frame, plus cleaning. She would seek advice from K.Thorpe or A.Vickers. D.Bexon to inspect the Board.

G.Hutter reported the Cheese Hill public seat had become overgrown and the area requred pruning to open up the vista. G.Holbrook has asked A.Urry to carry out the work.

M.J.Sheppard reported, the slabs around the Sculpture seat had been installed but were less than expected. The site was difficult to work with due to a manhole cover and sloping ground.

The public seat, removed from Kegworth Road to outside Gotham Primary School, was acceptable.

The Clerk had reminded K.Hourd to research the possibility of planting trees along the verges of Nottingham Road, between Bidwell Crescent and Gotham Garage.

12.  Date and Time of Next Meeting:

The next meeting will be held in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 19th  July, 2016 at  8.30 p.m.

Meeting closed: 10.15 p.m.

Notice of a Meeting of the Environment Committee (19/07/16)

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

12 July 2016

Dear Councillor,

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

TUESDAY, 19th July, 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 Vice-Chairman

2. Apologies

3. Declaration of Interest

4. Minutes of previous Meeting held on the 21st June, 2016

5. Progress Arising from the Minutes

6. Well House Refurbishment Update

7. Choice of Tree Replacements in The Square

8. Flooding – Progress on drainage issues.

9. Cuckoo Bush Mound Working Party

10. Improvements/ Village Noticeboard

11. Matters to Report

12. Date and Time of Next Meeting.

Committee Members: C.Dabell, G.Holbrook, M.J.Sheppard, J.M.F.Royce, G.Hutter, G.Clark, 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 (21/06/16)

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

12 April 2016

Dear Councillor,

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

TUESDAY, 21st June, 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. Election of Vice-Chairman

3. Apologies

4. Declaration of Interest

5. Minutes of previous Meeting held on the 19TH April, 2016

6. Progress Arising from the Minutes

7. Well House Refurbishment Update

8. Choice of Tree Replacements in The Square

9. Improvements/Weatherproofing Village Noticeboard

10. Cuckoo Bush Mound Working Party

11. Flooding – Information for website re sandbags, etc.

12. Matters to Report

13. Date and Time of Next Meeting.

Committee Members: C.Dabell, G.Holbrook, M.J.Sheppard, J.M.F.Royce, G.Hutter, G.Clark, D.Bexon, M.Wilkins.

Distribution: All Councillors.

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

Minutes of a Meeting of the Environment Committee (15/03/16)

Members present: Councillors, C.Dabell (Chairman) G.Holbrook, (Vice-Chairman) G. Hutter, J.M.F. Royce, M. Wilkins, G.Clark.

1.) Apologies: D Bexon. M.J. Sheppard

2.) Declaration of Interest: None

3.) Minutes of previous meeting:
RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Environment Committee, held on the 16th February, 2016 as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business transacted.
PROPOSED: G.Holbrook SECONDED: M.Wilkins. Vote: All in favour.

Progress Arising from the Minutes:
9.) Railway Walk Seating refurbishment of middle seat/Removal of seat – Kegworth Road end: The Clerk had written to A. Howick thanking him for removing the dilapidated seat from the Railway Walk.

4.) Well House Refurbishment Progress:
The Clerk reported a £300 donation towards the Well House refurbishment had been received from S. Hudson. A. letter of thanks had been sent.
G.Hutter reported, the Countryside Trust had pledged to cover the entire cost of £550 for the replacement finial and coronet. Clerk to ask for the pledge to be put in writing to allow the order to be progressed.

5.) Rowan Trees Replacement in The Square:
The Clerk confirmed the cost of Notts County Council removing the two Rowan Tree stumps and root balls would be £1,200. The work can be carried out by GPC independently with regulation highway health and safety procedure. Two more quotations to be sought by C. Dabell and G. Hutter.
The specification for the work, as follows:
Total removal of stumps and root balls – one cubic metre square, replace with good quality top soil.
PROPOSAL: Recommendation to main Council to retain the 2015/16 improvement grant of £1,000 as an underspend due to the delayed start of NCC contract to slab the area around the village seat, in front of the Sculpture.
PROPOSED: C.Dabell SECONDED: G.Holbrook. Vote: All in favour.

6.) Report on Village Litter Pick 12th March, 2016:
M.Wilkins reported, Councillors B.J.Walker, M.Wilkins, G.Hutter, the Clerk (J.Raven) and twelve parishioners attended the litter pick. Approximately seventy black bags of litter were collected within two hours, together with an assortment of larger items. The Clerk had arranged for RBC to collect the rubbish bags from the Memorial Hall car park. She has written letters of thanks to the parishioners for their participation. Considering the event had been advertised on the Village Facebook page, it was a disappointing turn out. Thanks to B.J.Walker who transported the rubbish bags from the roadside to the car park. Next year, high visible jackets will be available for litter pickers.
The Clerk had reported to RBC the presence of a dumped car, at the entrance to the Logan Trail on Leake Road.

8.) Re-siting of Weldon Hill Heritage Board:
The Clerk reported, she had asked Messrs. Fisher German, agents for the field overlooking Trent Valley, to seek the owner’s permission to move the Heritage Board to a safer location in their field. Fisher German agreed to ask the owner at a meeting due to take place on the 23rd March, 2016. The Clerk had asked Jim Taylor to estimate the cost of resiting the Heritage Board.

10.) Railway Walk Seating refurbishment of middle seat:
D.Healey to refurbish the middle seat when the weather improves and he returns from his holiday.
C.Dabell instructed the Clerk to write to D.Healey asking him to clearly list down jobs he has undertaken during the month prior to the date of his invoice. This will assist the Environment Committee in planning the annual rota of jobs.

11.) Improvements/Weatherproofing Village Noticeboard:
The Clerk had received a catalogue of Arien noticeboards. Prices range from £1,295 up to £1,749. None of the listed signs were large enough to replace the present noticeboard. The Clerk will contact Arien to ask if a three door style with opening doors is available. The gas doors, as illustrated, would be prone to breakdown.

12.) Best Kept Village Competition 2016:
It was agreed to enter the Well House into the Best Kept Village Competition in 2017.

13.) Matters to Report:
M.Wilkins asked the Clerk to contact NCC Street Lighting Dept. to enquire if there is a rolling plan to replace worn out bulbs on street lights with LED style bulbs. The street lighting should be kept on until the last bus has run through the village.
The Clerk had received notice that Section 137 has now increased to £7.42 per head of electorate.

14.) Date and Time of Next Meeting:
The next meeting will be held in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 19th April, 2016 at 8.30 p.m.

Meeting closed: 10.00 p.m.