MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE
HELD ON TUESDAY 26th MARCH 2013
COMMENCING AT 7.30 P.M. IN THE MOONRAKERS’ ROOM
Members Present: C.Dabell (Chairman), R.Davis, (Vice-Chairman) E.Padden, G.Clark, B.J.Walker, M.J.Sheppard, R.Muir, K.Steed.
1/ Apologies: British Gypsum Representative – A.Gorringe.
2/ Acceptance of Apologies:
PROPOSED: K.Steed SECONDED: R.Davis 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 29th January, 2013, as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business transacted, with the following alterations:
6/ Village Sculpture Progress Report: reword first sentence: ‘E.Padden provided a breakdown of the cost of the sculpture based on the available evidence’. Alter figure in second sentence from £1,790 to £1,923 and fourth sentence £4,511 to £4,964. (these figures allowed for the cost of a possible licence fee of £320).
11/ Any Other Business: Delete last sentence.
PROPOSED: G.Clark SECONDED: M.J.Sheppard Vote: All in favour.
5/ Progress arising from previous Minutes:
7/ Ditch drainage quotations for work adjacent to Railway Walk/BT Exchange:
The Clerk reported that the Railway Walk ditch digging had been carried out satisfactorily.
6/ Village Sculpture/Background Hedgerow:
G.Clark had brought a selection of evergreen hedgerow cuttings suitable for a planted hedgerow background to the Sculpture. Specimens included Laurel, Leylandii, Privet and Cherry. G.Clark would make further enquiries from an expert re the best choice of hedging with the least amount of pruning needs. M.J.Sheppard would contact T.Coles, of the Royal British Legion, in order to inform him of hedge planting proposals beyond the Royal British Legion fence on Nottingham Road.
R.Muir, G.Clark and engineering consultant, M.Raven, had visited Lunn Engineering on the 12th March, 2013 for a meeting with D.Charlesworth and F.Lunn to iron out final details of the manufacture of the Sculpture. The golden hare, supplied free of charge by D.Charlesworth, would be finished in gold leaf financed by Colbeck Photography and G.Clark. The Clerk had sought permission from to D.C. Comics, U.S.A. for the use of the batman figure on the Sculpture.
A simple circular surround of Gypsum material, flush with the ground and surrounded by a circle of grass, was planned around the base of the post. The transportation of the Sculpture might be sponsored by a local contractor, such as Hardstaff’s or the Power Station.
R.Muir had contacted A.Vickers, re the offer of a Heritage sign detailing the Tales which could be placed back to back and sharing a post with a similar sized sign to list the names of the sponsors of the Sculpture.
The chevrons, sited on the British Legion corner, had already been moved aside by NCC to accommodate the sculpture. Unfortunately, NCC were not prepared to re-site the village seat which would remain in place in front of the sculpture. D.Charlesworth would contact K.Hourd of NCC re this matter.
The Village Sculpture Opening Ceremony was planned for the 29th September, 2013. A Launch Group would be formed to arrange the re-enactment of up to six Tales of Gotham by Gotham Primary School and other interested village groups. A V.I.P. would be invited to officially unveil the Sculpture. The Clerk had established the cost of insurance was £300 but would seek another price from Zurich.
7/ Progress re Village Pump Electricity Supply:
M.J.Sheppard and G. Clark had met Mr. Freeman of NCC at the Village Pump for an inspection of equipment required to establish an electricity supply for future Christmas Tree lighting. The electrician, P.Smith had been equipped with an official manual for the correct electricity supply to meet NCC guidelines. P.Smith had produced a suitable box to enclose the transformer equipment. C.Dabell and G.Clark would meet a representative from English Heritage for approval of the equipment in the Grade 2 listed building. A.Howick was to be kept updated with progress. An NCC seasonal decoration application form would be submitted prior to the installation of the Christmas Tree.
R.Muir left the meeting at 8.45 p.m.
8/ Environment Finance Report:
The Clerk circulated the end of year Environment Spreadsheet for 2012/13 which showed unspent money totalling £111.14. This amount was not carried forward to 2013/14.
9/ Tithe Barn:
C.Dabell suggested a meeting with the Managing Director of Notts City Transport re plans for the Tithe Barn, dating back to the 1500’s, as and when the Bus Depot closed. He hoped it might become a village museum. G.Clark suggested the Bus Depot was possibly owned by a Holding Company.
10/ Complaint re Dog Mess in Village:
The Clerk had been alerted by the Webmaster to a complaint from a parishioner re the recent increase of dog mess on the village pavements. She had replied to the correspondent, pointing out the reason might be related to the recent wet conditions making off pavement walking unpleasant as the country tracks were too muddy. She had written an article for Gotham News urging dog owners to clear up after their dogs. GPC had increased the amount of available dog bins around the village. E.Padden suggested a poster campaign drawn up and displayed around the village by the Gotham Schoolchildren might help.
11/ Village Litter Pick:
Fly tipping on Soldiers’ Lane had been reported to the Clerk who had alerted Streetwise. It was agreed, the village was in a dirty state, especially the ditches alongside The Ridgeway, Kegworth and Leake Roads. R.Davis suggested a litter pick in April advertised to the village groups, such as GNR and Scout members for an official litter pick day. RBC would supply bags, pickers and rubbish bag collection.
12/ E-mail from Parishioner re speeding traffic/lack of street lighting on Nottingham Road.
The Clerk had received an e-mail from a parishioner who deplored the lack of lighting at Cheese Hill. The 30 m.p.h. was not in force at this location resulting in a dangerous situation for parishioners’ waiting at the bus stop. The Clerk had advised the correspondent that help might be available from County Councillor L. Sykes or NCC Highways. GPC were not in a position to change speed limits or extend street lighting.
13/ Any Other Business:
The Clerk had written another letter to Royal Mail re the re-installation of the village post box. An article in Gotham News to update parishioners on the provision of the A4 sized box would be included.
E.Padden reported an ambulance’s difficulty in locating the Surgery behind the Memorial Hall. The Clerk would alert the Practice Manager to the problem.
The Clerk reminded Councillors that the main meeting of GPC would take place on Easter Tuesday, 2nd April, 2013 as this date had been agreed to be convenient to the majority of members as the 9th April would clash with the meeting of the Trustees of the Memorial Hall/Recreation Ground.
14/ 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 16th April, 2013. at 8.30 p.m.
Meeting closed at 9.30 p.m.