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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.

Minutes of a Meeting of the Environment Committee (24/03/15)

Members present: Councillors: C. Dabell, (Chairman), G. Clark, , M. J. Sheppard, G.Holbrook. In Attendance: M.Wilkins, H.Taylor, S.Watson.

The Chairman welcomed M.Wilkins, H.Taylor and S.Watson to the meeting.

1)  Apologies:  G. Hutter, K. Steed

2)  Acceptance of Apologies:

PROPOSED: G.Clark SECONDED: M.J.Sheppard

3)  Declaration of Interest:  Nil.

4)  Minutes of Previous Meeting:

RESOLVED:  That the Minutes of the Environment Committee, held on the 16th February, 2015 as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business transacted.PROPOSED: G.Holbrook  SECONDED: G.Clark.  Vote: All in favour.

5)  Progress arising: 

Item: 5) Donations and Costs: Christmas Carols: The Clerk had received and banked all the sponsorship money for the Christmas Carols event. Thanks recorded to Gotham Garage, The Sun Inn and the Cuckoo Bush Inn.

Item:  7) Litter Bin for Cheese Hill: The Clerk confirmed the Broxap litter bin should be delivered on the 1st April, 2015.

Item: 11) Any Other Business: The Clerk had investigated grants available from Nottingham Heritage re replacement stanchions for the village pump. It appeared no finance available, advice only on the extent of the work involved.

Further research re English Heritage progressing.

6)  Railway Walk Replacement Fence Quotations:  G.Holbrook had received two more quotations for the Railway Walk fencing. Together with Streetwise, the three quotations were as follows:

Streetwise: £985.59 plus VAT. RHL: £388.30 inc. VAT Terrier Groundcare: £360 inc. VAT.

PROPOSAL: To instruct Terrier Groundcare to provide fencing alongside the Brickyard Track abutting the Railway Walk at a cost of £360.

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

G.Holbrook to contact Terrier Groundcare.

7)  Replacement Entrance Sign for Kegworth Road:

M.J.Sheppard had approached Steve Douglas re signage contractors and would pass the information to the Clerk to progress. It was agreed, the lozenge containing the Golden Hare should be larger than depicted on the Signs of the Times example.

8) Report on  Litter Pick Saturday, 21st March, 2015 at 10.30 a.m.

The Clerk reported Councillors B.J.Walker, G.Hutter and J.M.F.Royce and eight members of the public, ex. Councillor E. Padden, M. Wilkins, L.Thorp, Mr. and Mrs. C.Lomas, B. Hutchinson and the Clerk had assembled at the Pump in order to carry out a litter pick. Bags of litter were either collected and taken home or deposited at the recycling banks at the Memorial Hall Car Park. Councillors D.Bexon, K.Steed and M.J.Sheppard had offered to carry out a litter pick later in the week. Thanks to all who worked hard on clearing areas of Nottingham Road, Kegworth Road, The Ridgeway, Moor Lane, Stoney Lane, Wood Lane, Railway Walk and the Brickyard Track. Further areas to be cleared are Gypsum Way, Leake Road and continuation of Kegworth Road up to Soldiers Lane.

A blue plastic bag containing hypodermic needles was left in situ on Cheese Hill and a photograph of it sent to P.C.Kelly Warwick for collection.

PROPOSAL: Suspension of Standing Orders.

PROPOSED: C.Dabell  SECONDED: G.Clark  Vote: All in favour.

H.Taylor offered to speak to Elliott’s Haulage Company on Hill Road, re litter dropped by lorry drivers outside the depot on Hill Road.

S.Watson appealed to the Committee re a charge of £60 for clearance of prunings on the Railway Walk. His original verbal estimate had been £30 but, on arriving at the job and working for an hour, he realised the clearance would take up to three hours. He had paid his colleague £20 and was seeking payment of more than £10 for his own three hours’ work.

M.J.Sheppard reminded S.Watson that the verbal estimate had been made to two Councillors and witnessed by a member of the public. He urged S.Watson to survey the work involved properly in future before arriving at a cost. He regretted the misunderstanding over the amount of work had occurred but ordered that the Council stand firm and pay the original estimated cost of £30.

H.Taylor and Councillor G.Clark offered to pay the extra cost at £15 each but S.Watson declined the offer to accept either the cheque made out in his favour for £30 or the combined offers of the payment of £30 from the two persons, as above.

S.Watson left the meeting at 8.15 p.m.

PROPOSAL: Re-instatement of Standing Orders.

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

9)   Railway Walk installation of steps to back of Old School House Path:

C.Dabell had received a complaint from a parishioner re the slippery slope from the School House track down to the Railway Walk. G.Holbrook offered to speak to Terrier Groundcare for advice and a price of installing wooden plank style steps. The work could be carried out on the same day as the fencing.

10)   Meeting with NCC Officer re Christmas Fairy Lighting in Rowan Trees in Square:

The Clerk had contacted Jim Freeman of Notts County Council Highways Department re installing low voltage electric Christmas Lighting in the Rowan trees in The Square during the Christmas period. Mr. Freeman had emailed that the Clerk should complete the Seasonal Decoration Licence application form and highlight the question of electricity supply from the nearby street light.

11)   Improvements/Weatherproofing Village Noticeboard:

C.Dabell progressing. No word from D.Urry, to date, re advice on weatherproofing the village noticeboard. With the amount of notices, it was agreed the noticeboard could be extended to four panels if a new one was purchased. The Clerk had laminated the GPC members contact list to protect it from condensation.

The Clerk had obtained the cost of an Arien three panelled noticeboard with each panel considerably wider  was £1,290 (with an extra cost of £330 for a routed engraved header and three 100mm oak posts). There did not appear to be a four panel noticeboard available.

12)  Matters to Report:

M.J.Sheppard reported the verdict on the Judicial Review submitted by Gotham, Barton, Thrumpton and Calverton on the Nottingham City, Gedling and Broxtowe Aligned Core Strategy would be available on Friday, 27th March, 2015. B.J.Walker and J.P. Anderson had attended the Hearing on behalf of Gotham Parish Council.

13) Any Other Business:

The Chairman had received an application form for the Best Kept Village Competition for 2015 sponsored by Wilkinson. Last date for entry, 29th May, 2015. (Section Community Effort).

PROPOSAL: To enter the Village Sculpture for the Best Kept Village Competition 2015.

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

14) Date / time next meeting: 

The next meeting of the Environment Committee would be held in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 21st April, 2015 at  8.30 p.m.

Meeting closed at 9.45 p.m.

Minutes of a Meeting of the Environment Committee (20/01/15)

Members present: G. Clark, G. Hutter, K. Steed, M. J. Sheppard,

Due to the previous meeting over running, the Meeting commenced at 8.50 pm)

In the absence of the Chairman, it was PROPOSED by M.J.Sheppard, SECONDED by K.Steed, that G.Clark Chair the meeting. All in favour.

1)  Apologies:  C. Dabell, G.Holbrook.

2)  Acceptance of Apologies:

PROPOSED: G. Clark    SECONDED: K.Steed.

3)  Declaration of Interest:  Nil.

4)  Minutes of Previous Meeting:

RESOLVED:  That the Minutes of the Environment Committee, held on the 18TH November, 2014 as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business transacted..

PROPOSED: G.Clark.  SECONDED:  K.Steed.      Vote: All in favour.

5)  Progress arising: 

Item 7) Donations and Costs: Christmas Carols: The Clerk reported three sponsors’ money for the Christmas Carols still outstanding. She had written reminder letters to two and C.Dabell to contact the third. She had written a letter of thanks to A.Gilman for his donation of selection boxes.

6)  Railway Walk replacement fence:  Clerk to contact C.Dabell re specification, as per the two quotations already received, to submit to Streetwise and the GNR fencers for quotations.

  • Litter Bin for Cheese Hill:

The Clerk would seek the price of a Streetwise bin before ordering the previously chosen bin from Broxap. (Derby E Price £195)

8)  Replacement Entrance Sign for Kegworth Road:

The Clerk had obtained the ‘Sign of the Times’ catalogue re replacement village entrance signs. After careful consideration, a metal sign with illustration was chosen. M.J.Sheppard would provide the Clerk with a picture of the golden hare, depicted on the Village Sculpture, for her to forward to Sign of the Times for a price of one sign on Kegworth Road to read, ‘Gothman, Village of Legends’. The sign could be manufactured in polyurethane as a metal one might be stolen. Budget in place of £1,500 for three replacement signs, depending on individual price.

9) New Notice Board:

The village noticeboard was suffering damp and condensation with notices difficult to read through cloudy glass. One possibility was to supply double glazed windows to the front doors, which would not necessarily prevent condensation. The Clerk would  laminate GPC members’ list. She would ask C.Dabell re progress on his suggestion to ask D.Urry’s advice.

10) Matters to Report:

M.J.Sheppard reported two overflowing litter bins on the Gas and at the old Post Office. Clerk to contact Streetwise.

K.Steed reported work to the ditches on the Ridgeway had taken place to improve drainage.

11) Any Other Business: Nil

12) Date / time next meeting:

The next meeting of the Environment Committee would be held in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 17th February, 2015 at  8.30 p.m.

Minutes of a Meeting of the Environment Committee (18/11/14)

Members present: C. Dabell, G, Clark, G. Hutter, K. Steed, M. Sheppard

(Meeting commenced at 8 pm)

1)  Apologies:  G. Holbrook.

2)  Acceptance of Apologies:

PROPOSED: G. Clark    SECONDED: G. Hutter.

3)  Declaration of Interest:  Nil.

4)  Minutes of Previous Meeting:  Discussion of minutes of two previous meetings revealed uncertainty of dates as to which meeting minutes applied to.

5)  Progress arising:   It was agreed to work to this meeting agenda,

PROPOSED: C . Dabell   SECONDED: G.Clark  All in favour.

6)  Christmas tree arrangements, lights etc:  C. Dabell confirmed that this year’s Christmas tree had been generously donated by a member of our community, who wished to remain anonymous. Agreed to arrange delivery to Arthur Howick early week commencing 24th November. Then the tree will be put in position during that week. The six members of the Env. Comm. will meet and put the lights on the tree on Sunday 30th November at 9.30 am.

This year, there would be lights around the pelmet of the Pump, kindly donated by Mr & Mrs G. Holbrook.

7)  Donations and costs: M. Sheppard reported that he had agreed to pay the band £5 each more this year. He would discuss with Jack Griffin a payment for the use of his amplification system, an essential for this year’s performance by the school choir. The Sun Inn have generously agreed to provide the surprise gifts for the children this year. The Cuckoo Bush Inn donated £50. The Coffee Shop organised a raffle and donated the proceeds of £51. 50 to the carol sing-song. C. Dabell reported that Mr J. Pinder and the Gotham Garden Club have each donated £30 and M. Sheppard has received anonymous cash gifts of £30.

Acknowledgement and thanks will be printed on the front of the carol sheet.

The committee has searched the net for a star to top the tree, sadly without success, as all stars have flashing attachments which couldn’t be removed; it was decided the flashing would be a distraction to passing motorists. G. Clark suggested making a metal frame around which LED lights could be entwined. C. Dabell will contact Arthur Howick about this, as he has arranged to get one made, when we supply a cardboard template.

8)   Bulb planting:  C. Dabell and G.Holbrook have completed crocus planting round Sculpture, daffodil planting will be completed shortly.

9)  Railway Walk replacement fence:  Two quotes already received. Great difference in price, possibly due to different timber. It was agreed to issue a tighter specification and get all three quotes for same spec.

10)  Litter bin on Cheese Hill: The committee examined catalogue supplied by Judy Raven, and preferred £195 version, as it was similar to others in the village.

11)  Matters to report:  K. Steed reported large puddle collecting on the Ridgeway on right hand side of road leaving Gotham opposite house no: 319; gulleys and ditch require clearing. C. Dabell reported the street light (no number) at the junction of Hill Road /Leake Road is not working; it has been reported previously.

12)  A O B: Nil

13)  Date / time next meeting:  To be agreed, as 16/12/2014 clashes with Carol sing-song.

Minutes of a Meeting of the Environment Committee (19/11/13)

Members Present:   C.Dabell (Chairman), R.Davis (Vice-Chairman), K.Steed, M.J.Sheppard, G.Clark.

1/    Apologies: E.Padden

2/    Acceptance of Apologies:

PROPOSED: R.Davis  SECONDED: M.J.Sheppard.  Vote:  All in favour.

3/   Declaration of Interest: Nil.

4/ Minutes of the Previous Meeting:

RESOLVED:  That the Minutes of the Environment Committee, held on the 27th August, 2013, as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business transacted. (No meeting held in September. October meeting cancelled due to inquoracy).

PROPOSED: K.Steed SECONDED: M.J.Sheppard. Vote: All in favour.

5/  Progress arising from previous Minutes:

Evergreen bush in The Square border: The Clerk confirmed she had ordered a Cherry Laurel from Six Acre Nurseries who would contact her when in stock.

6/  Village Pump Electricity Supply to the Christmas Tree: Village Boards:

C.Dabell reported, J.M.F.Royce had assisted in the design of a boom to clamp to the Pump stanchion in order to carry an electicity cable across to the top of the Christmas Tree. This would be high enough to deter vandalism. S.Young of NCC had contacted A.Howick re authority to commence the work.

7/ Erection of Christmas Tree:

A.Howick, M.J.Sheppard, K.Steed, G.Clark and C.Dabell would erect the Christmas Tree by the 30th November, 2013. S.Watson would assist in the felling and delivery to A. Howick for pruning.

8/ Christmas Carols in the Square – 10th December, 2013 at 6.00 p.m.

The Clerk reported the PCC had offered to open the Church at 5.00 p.m. for mulled wine and mince pies.

M.J.Sheppard had produced posters advertising the Christmas Carols which would be led by local singer, Jack Griffin. M.J.Sheppard would update the Carol sheet.

9/ Village Sculpture Progress/Heritage Boards/Hedging:

Heritage Board: The Clerk was asked to inform K. Hourd of NCC that the Council had temporarily decided to shelve the installation of a blade-style board in favour of the traditional-style Heritage Board.

Hedging: The Clerk reported, the NCC licence, for the village sculpture,  under section 115E of the Highways Act 1980 re installation of a monument on the public highway, did not allow hedging without a cultivation license and with permission of adjacent premises. (pg. 4 section 2.19) Hedging should be of a native species. Should a hedge replace an existing fence, there would be no requirement for a cultivation license. It was agreed to defer the background hedging for further discussion next year.

10/  Environment Budget 2014/15:

The Clerk circulated the Environment Budget for 2014/15. Horizon maintenance contract showed no increase on 2013/14 figures.

PROPOSAL: Acceptance of the Environment Budget 2014/15 – £5,323.00

PROPOSED: R.Davis  SECONDED: K.Steed Vote: All in favour.

11/  Cemetery Arch:

C.Dabell reported several requests for the re-instatement of the Cemetery Arch which was destroyed due to a road traffic accident. Application for funding could be made through the Historical Monuments Association. GPC would require the approval of the PCC. Agenda item for Main Parish Council January 2014 meeting.

12/  Railway Walk Sign:

C.Dabell would obtain long screws which would hold the Railway Walk sign in place. He would re-attach the sign as soon as possible.

13/ Any Other Business:

The Clerk had received a complaint from a parishioner re the darkened roads in Gotham due to the switching off of street lights after midnight. She had advised the Parishioner that this was an NCC cost cutting initiative but that some lighting on main roads had been re-stablished.

K.Steed reported a high incidence of heavy lorry traffic along The Ridgeway. Heavy traffic through the village, such as buses, were allowed as they fall under the category of ‘public service’ so do not have to conform to the weight restrictions. Aggregate lorries, licensed by a Traffic Authority could be reported for breaking weight restrictions.

14/ Matters to Report:

The Clerk had reported the loss of the ‘Gotham’ sign on Nottingham Road to K.Hourd of NCC Highways.

The Committee noted with thanks, the hard work carried out by K.Thorpe and A.Howick on the extension to the Railway Walk.

The Clerk had reported cars speeding into the village from the Nottingham direction to K.Hourd of NCC Highways. K.Hourd had emailed that she had noted GPC’s concerns and would help with traffic calming measures at the entrance to the village. She was also aware of GPC’s request for better weight restriction signage.

The Clerk reported, D.Healey had swept the leaves from under the seats outside the old Post Office.

K.Steed asked the Clerk to report steetlight no. 12 on The Ridgeway which had gone out.

R.Davis called for the Police to ticket cars parked inappropriately outside Gotham School.

15/  Date and Time of Next Meeting:

The next meeting of the Environment Committee would be held in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall on the 21st January, 2014  at 8.30 p.m.

Meeting closed at  9.43 p.m.