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Minutes of a Meeting of the Environment Committee (19/01/16)

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

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

1.) Apologies: C.Dabell (Chairman), D Bexon. In attendance: B.J.Walker.

2.) Acceptance of Apologies: Proposed: G.Clark, Seconded: J.M.F.Royce.

3.) Declaration of Interest: None

4.) Minutes of previous meeting:
RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Environment Committee, held on the 17th November, 2015 as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business transacted..
PROPOSED:G.Clark, SECONDED: M.J.Sheppard. Vote: All in favour.

5.) Progress Arising from the Minutes:
Pg. 2.
Item 7. The Clerk had sent an email enquiry to NCC requesting an approximate date for the removal of the seat on Kegworth Road to the verge outside Gotham Primary School. No reply to date. It was suggested that the seat could be placed on slabs to prevent wearing of the grass underfoot.
Item 11: The Clerk reported a banister had been installed, by NCC, at the top of the hillside walk, off the Railway Track (Footpath no. 2).
Item 14: The Clerk reported G. Neill had sited the litter bin at the bottom of Cheese Hill. M.J.Sheppard had received a complaint from a neighbour who did not approve of the bin so near to her driveway entrance.
Item 14: G. Holbrook had asked S. Riley if she would continue to log the flora and fauna at the Gotham Nature Reserve but she had declined.

6.) Well House Refurbishment Progress (Quotations for Work).
G.Holbrook reported, two quotations were already in hand but one was still awaited from Bonsers. Two other contractors had not yet submitted a quotation.
The finial was carved in the 1960’s and had recently been removed for safekeeping, prior to being replaced.

B.J.Walker left the meeting at 9.00 p.m.

The Clerk had printed out a recent notification from NALC that estimates for contracts over £25,000 required advertising on a Contracts Finders Website.( Legal Topic Note 87 and LO5-15.)( Main meeting agenda item.)
An application for £1,000 towards the removal of the dais to enable disability access was being considered by the Dr. Gerrard Gotham Benevolent Fund Trustees.
Other sources of income could be the Logan Trust with the history of the Trust detailed on one of the art boards in the roof.
Treatment of the railings could be undertaken by a local contractor. M.J.Sheppard to make enquiries.
J. Wroughton might be able to supply information as to date of banded tiling. The roof was retiled between 1860 and 1960.

7.) Railway Walk Seating refurbishment of middle seat /Removal of seat – Kegworth Rd. end
Clerk to ask NCC Highways when they plan to remove the Rowan Tree stumps/root ball, (in The Square) and ask for replacement suggestions.

8.) Improvements/Waterproofing Village Noticeboard:
Awaiting D. Urry’s quotation for restoring the noticeboard.
G.Holbrook offered to research the cost of a replacement noticeboard, similar to the one installed at the Gotham Nature Reserve.

9.) Matters to Report:
Environment Warden: The Clerk reported, the Environment Warden would be away from the 24th February for one month. She would undertake litter removal from the Railway Walk/Recreation Ground car park during his absence.

Heritage Day: M.J.Sheppard suggested holding a Heritage Day, linked with South Notts Bus Depot and British Gypsum in celebration of the Depot’s 90th anniversary and the Queen’s 90th Birthday. A beacon could be lit.
The Scouts could be involved. (Environment Agenda).

Bulb Planting: G.Hutter reported, the bulbs she planted on the Ridgeway may have suffered from recent strimming by the Golf Club.

Gotham Heritage Trail: A Gotham Heritage Trail map could be left in the local public houses and other venues for use by local walking groups. The document, originally printed by A. Vickers, suggested a walk starting at The Square to include Nottingham Road, Cheese Hill, Soldiers Lane.

10.) Any Other Business: Nil.

11.) Date and Time of Next Meeting:
The next meeting will be held in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 16th February, 2016 at 7.30 p.m.

Meeting closed: 9.38 p.m.

Notice of a Meeting of the Environment Committee (16/02/16)

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 February 2016

Dear Councillor,

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

TUESDAY, 16th February, 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 19TH January, 2016

4. Progress Arising from the Minutes

5. Well House Refurbishment Progress (Report on HLF application)

6. Rowan Trees Replacement in The Square

7. Village Litter Pick 12th March, 2016

8. Re-siting of Weldon Hill Heritage Board

9. Railway Walk Seating refurbishment of middle seat /Removal of seat – Kegworth Rd. end.

10. Improvements/Weatherproofing Village Noticeboard

11. Matters to Report

12. Date and Time of Next Meeting.

Committee Members: C.Dabell, (Chairman) G.Holbrook (Vice-Chairman) M.Sheppard, J.M.F.Royce, G.Hutter, G.Clark, D.Bexon, M.Wilkins. British Gypsum Representative – A.Gorringe

Distribution: All Councillors.

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

Minutes of a Meeting of the Environment Committee (17/11/15)

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

1.)         Apologies: D. Bexon.

2.)         Acceptance of Apologies: Proposed: J.M.F.Royce, Seconded: C.Dabell.

3.)         Declaration of Interest: None

4.)         Minutes of previous meeting:

RESOLVED:  That the Minutes of the Environment Committee, held on the 20th October, 2015 as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business transacted..

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

5.)         Progress Arising from the Minutes: Nil to report.

6.)         Well House Refurbishment:

G.Hutter had received three quotations from Designers for the artwork boards to be installed in the Well House roof. The Samfire quotation for £800 seemed the most favourable due to the interest the company took in visiting the Well House to view the project.

G. Hutter asked if the Heritage Capital fund could be used towards the funding of Pump refurbishment if the end cost is above £16,000. J.M.F.Royce confirmed this fund was in place for new or replacement heritage boards. He confirmed, GPC would top up any shortfall of funding the refurbishment.

A copy of the successful application for the Heritage Lottery, in favour of Newark Parish Council, had been received by G. Hutter for referral and to provide an idea of the process, when filling out the GPC application form. If successful, the grant money could be through by February, 2016. The art boards would contribute towards the criteria for the Heritage Lottery grant due to the community appeal. G. Hutter had received eight letters of support from parishioners for the refurbishment work on the Well House. A petition will be circulated during the Carol Singing event to gain more support for the project.  The Clerk had written a letter of acceptance to M. Goodwill-Hodgson for him to project manage the work. She had written letters of thanks to the unsuccessful technical architects.  A meeting with M. Goodwill-Hodgson and J. Bate (RBC Building Restoration representative) had taken place, at the Well House, on the 9th November with Councillors G. Hutter, C.Dabell, G. Holbrook in attendance. M.Goodwill-Hodgson will draw up a specification of the work to be discussed at the next GPC meeting on the 1st December, 2015.

Thanks to G. Hutter for her continued work on applications for grant funding.

7.)    Railway Walk Seating refurbishment of middle seat /Removal of seat – Kegworth Rd. end

The Clerk had asked D. Healey to improve the seat in the middle of the Railway Walk by replacing the three shabby back slats. D. Healey had agreed to carry out the work, as soon as possible.

The seat at the Kegworth Road end of the Railway Walk would be removed by A. Howick, as arranged by J.M.F.Royce.

8.)     Rowan Trees in Square (report on die back):

The Clerk had sought the advice of NCC Forestry Officer, Monty Haw, re the state and possible removal of the dying Rowan trees in The Square. He advised that NCC  have marked them for felling to retain a 1.4m stump.

It would seem that both of them are affected by a disease called Fireblight(Amelanchlor). which is frequently affecting Rowan trees in the county.

NCC usually remove the stump and replace at the same time, once finance permits. GPC have been given the option to remove the stumps and replace the trees at its own cost. The Clerk would seek advice re the cost of earlier stump removal by NCC and choice of hardy species of trees for replacement.

9.)         Improvements/Waterproofing Village Noticeboard:

C. Dabell had spoken to D. Urry, and is still awaiting recommendation and quote.

10.)     Village Seat on Kegworth Road relocation/plaque:

The Clerk reported the cost of removing the Kegworth Road seat, to the verge outside Gotham School, would be £150. She would ask NCC to replace the seat’s front slat, prior to re-siting, as it could pose a risk of snagging clothing.

11.)     Request from Parishioner for banister at top of hillside walk, off Railway Track:

The Clerk had been asked by a parishioner for a banister, similar to the NCC type on the Railway Track, to be provided at the stile and steps leading downhill to the Railway Track.(Footpath No. 2)  The Clerk will ask Jane Baines of NCC PPP (with copy to K. Thorpe. PPP village representative).

12.)     Bulb Planting Progress:

C. Dabell confirmed, 600 daffodil bulbs have been planted around the identified sites in the village.

Thanks to G. Hutter and J.M.F. Royce for their help. A. Urry, who had assisted had invoiced GPC for £50.

14.)   Matters to Report:

Litter Bin at Cheese Hill: G. Neill had collected the litter bin from the Clerk’s home but had not yet put it in place. Clerk to enquire when it will be sited.

Horizon Mowing: Horizon had overcharged GPC for mowing the verge under the Village Sculpture twice more than the contracted number of mowings. i.e. ten not eight. The Clerk had queried this matter with Horizon.

M.J.Sheppard thought the verge required another mowing and asked the Clerk to contact A. Urry to ask him to carry out a ‘one off’ mow.

SSSI Flora and Fauna: B.J. Walker had received a list of flora and fauna at the SSSI, drawn up by S. Riley, forty years’ ago. The list was passed to G. Holbrook to give to the GNR committee.

Christmas Star: C. Dabell is in the process of manufacturing an aluminium star to atop the Christmas Tree.

Remembrance Day Wreath: The Clerk read out a letter of thanks from RBL Chairman, T.Coles, for the GPC donation of £250 to offset the cost of the Remembrance Day wreath.

15.)       Date and Time of Next Meeting:

It was Proposed by M.J.Sheppard and Seconded by C.Dabell to hold the next Environment Meeting on Tuesday 8th December, 2015 at 7.00 . p.m. All in favour.

Meeting closed: 8.00 p.m.

Minutes of a Meeting of the Environment Committee (20/10/15)

Meeting commenced at 8.15 p.m.

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

1.)      Apologies: D. Bexon,  G.Clark.

2.)      Acceptance of Apologies: Proposed: J.M.F.Royce, Seconded: G.Holbrook.

3.)      Declaration of Interest: None

4.)      Minutes of previous meeting:

RESOLVED:  That the Minutes of the Environment Committee, held on the 15TH September, 2015 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.

5.)      Progress Arising from the Minutes:

Pg. 2. Village Seat Count (Clerk) C.Dabell reported village seat identity tabs in the process of being manufactured.

Pg. 2. Item 15: Autumn Bulb Planting: The Clerk had purchased six hundred daffodil bulbs (cost £78), for C.Dabell and G. Holbrook to plant around identified sites in the village. G. Hutter offered to plant bulbs on The Ridgeway.

6.)      Well House Refurbishment:

The Chairman reported, three quotations had been obtained from architectural technologists.

PROPOSAL: In view of punctuality and professionalism, including his specialist qualification in the restoration of ecclesiastical buildings, the quotation from M. Goodwill-Hodgson to supervise the refurbishment of the Well House, at a cost of £1,540, to be recommended to main Council. PROPOSED: G.Holbrook  SECONDED: M.J.Sheppard. Vote: five in favour, one against.

G. Hutter researching the NCC Supporting Local Communities Fund 2016/17 for a contribution towards the costs.

G. Hutter reported East Midlands Airport application or funds had been turned down. A contribution had been received from County Councillor A. Brown for £200 and a further contribution from British Gypsum for £100. Further outstanding applications had been made to Parkway, Biffa, Wren, Eon and Borough Councillor S. Matthews. G. Hutter suggested the art work planned for the roof of the Well House could be part funded by the left over Heritage Committee funds of £3,374.34.The Chairman thanked G. Hutter for her continued hard work.

G.Holbrook suggested removal of the Well House seats to other sites within the village to be replaced by original style seats, i.e. slat benches. (should future finances allow).

7.)      Railway Walk Seating (G.Hutter)

J.M.F.Royce reported, he had spoken to D. Howick re removal of the Kegworth Road seat to the verge outside school, opposite to the entrance to the Railway Walk, on Kegworth Road.

The middle seat on the Railway Walk is in poor repair and the Clerk would ask D. Healey to make improvements.

8.)      Solar Lighting/Meeting NCC Officer re Christmas Lights in lights in the two Rowan trees.

Having researched the Lights4Fun solar lights, it had been agreed that they would be too small to make any impact.

G.Holbrook suggested running Christmas lights to the Rowan trees from the same source as the Christmas tree, i.e. Well House. Street lighting source would require a terminal box.

9.)      Improvements/Waterproofing Village Noticeboard:

C. Dabell had spoken to D. Urry, and is still awaiting recommendation and quote.

10.)    Slabs at the Side and in front of the Village Sculpture Seat:

The Chairman reported, NCC had provided an estimate of £575.23 plus VAT to slab the area around the village sculpture seat.

PROPOSAL: To recommend to main Council the acceptance of the NCC Estimates’ Team quotation of £575.23 + VAT to slab the area around the seat in front of the village sculpture. In view of the extenuating circumstances of this project, and its location, we obviate the need for three quotations.

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

11.)    Environment Budget for year 2016/17: (£4,043).

The Clerk circulated the draft Environment Budget for 2016/17. The Horizon mowing contract had been increased by 2%. The previous increase had been 3% in the year 2015/16.

PROPOSAL: A recommendation to the Main Council for the Draft Environment Budget 2016/17 – £4,043. showing provision of an increase to the living wage for maintenance/litter clearance.

PROPOSED: M.J.Sheppard  SECONDED: C.Dabell Vote: All in favour.

12.)    Village Seat on Kegworth Road relocation/plaque:

J.M.F.Royce suggested the seat on Kegworth Road, too dangerously near to the road to sit on, should be removed to outside the primary school. The Clerk to ask for an estimate from NCC estimates team with a view to the work being undertaken during the scabbing of the village sculpture seat area.

13.)   Litter Sign for Hill Road.

The Clerk had been advised by K. Hourd of NCC to approach RBC for a litter sign on Hill Road, opposite to Eric Elliott’s Transport Garage. (progressing).

14.)   Matters to Report:

Street lights: M. Wilkins to enquire whether LED lights should replace street lights as so many are out.

Police report: A report from the Police has highlighted a recent spate of cars broken into. The Clerk had recovered a stolen black beauty case and girl’s clothing and reported it to the Police. PCSO had since collected the items as they had been identified as those stolen from a car parked outside a house on Leake Road.

Heritage Board: C. Dabell to ask K. Towers if he would restore the broken Heritage Board at Strawberry Hill. The Board needs to be relocated away from cows who rub against it and knock it over.

Ridgeway Trees: The Clerk had reported overhanging trees on The Ridgeway to NCC Highways. They had since reassured the Clerk that their maintenance team could see no problem.

Kegworth Road path: K.Hourd had contacted the Clerk, re the narrowness of the pathway from Wood Lane to the mini roundabout on Kegworth Road. The NCC maintenance team to inspect.

Ridgeway Ditch: G. Hutter reported, the Rushcliffe Golf Club had pledged to clean out the ditch by the seat opposite the entrance to Bunny Lane.

Well House Stanchions: J.M.F. Royce had probed the stanchions at the Well House to test their strength.

Pharmacy at Keyworth: The Clerk circulated a letter from K.M.P. pharmacy which is opening shortly at Keyworth and will be available for night time prescriptions.

15.)     A.O.B. (delete)

16.)     Date and Time of Next Meeting:

Tuesday 17th November, 2015 at 8.30 pm (since changed to 7. p.m.)

Meeting closed: 10.05 p.m.

Notice of a Meeting of the Environment Committee (20/10/15)

GOTHAM       PARISH      COUNCIL

Mrs J.A.RAVEN

CLERK TO THE COUNCIL

33, LEAKE RD                                                                                                                         GOTHAM                                                                                                                                 NOTTS
NG11  OHW

Tel :  0115 9830863

Email: gothamclerk@yahoo.co.uk

13th OCTOBER, 2015

YOU ARE DULY SUMMONED to attend an ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE MEETING to be held in the Weldon Room on TUESDAY, 20TH OCTOBER, 2015  at 8.00 p.m.

Yours sincerely,

J.A. Raven

Clerk to the Council

AGENDA:

1.         Apologies

2.         Acceptance of Apologies

3.         Declaration of Interest

4          Minutes of previous Meeting held on the 15th September, 2015

5.         Progress Arising from the Minutes

6.         Well House Refurbishment – Technical Architect.

7.         Railway Walk Seating (G.Hutter)

8.         Solar lighting/Meeting with NCC Officer re Christmas Fairy Lighting in Rowan Trees in Square

9.         Improvements/Weatherproofing Village Noticeboard

10.        Slabs at the side and in front of the Village Sculpture seat. (Estimate from NCC).

11.        Environment Budget for year 2016/17 (Capital recommendations)

12.        Village Seat on Kegworth Road relocation/placque

13.        Litter Sign for Hill Road (opposite to Elliott’s Transport Depot).

14.        Matters to Report

15.        Any Other Business

16.        Date and Time of Next Meeting

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

British Gypsum Representative – A.Gorringe

Distribution: All Councillors.

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

Notice of Environment Committee Meeting (15/09/15)

GOTHAM       PARISH      COUNCIL

Mrs J.A.RAVEN
CLERK TO THE COUNCIL
33, LEAKE RD                                                                                                                         GOTHAM                                                                                                                                 NOTTS
NG11  OHW

Tel :  0115 9830863
Email: gothamclerk@yahoo.co.uk
10th September, 2015

YOU ARE DULY SUMMONED to attend an ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE MEETING to be held in the Weldon Room on TUESDAY, 15TH SEPTEMBER at 7.30 p.m.

Yours sincerely,
J.A. Raven
Clerk to the Council

AGENDA:

1.         Apologies

2.         Acceptance of Apologies

3.         Declaration of Interest

4          Minutes of previous Meeting held on the 16th June, 2015

5.         Progress Arising from the Minutes

6.         Village Pump replacement stanchions

7.         Railway Walk Seating (G.Hutter)

8.         Meeting with NCC Officer re Christmas Fairy Lighting in Rowan Trees in Square

9.         Christmas Tree/Carol Singing arrangements (16th December 2015)

10.        Improvements/Weatherproofing Village Noticeboard

11.        Broxap Bin fixing at Cheese Hill.

12.        Slabs at the side and in front of the Village Sculpture seat.

13.        Environment Budget for year 2016/17

14.        Village Seat Count (Clerk)

15.        Autumn Bulb Planting

16.        Matters to Report

17.        Any Other Business

18.        Date and Time of Next Meeting

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

British Gypsum Representative – A.Gorringe

Distribution: All Councillors.

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