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.