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Minutes of a Meeting of the Environment Committee (18/07/17)

Members present: Councillors, C. Dabell,  G. May, J.M.F. Royce, P. Bower, S. Kent, J.P. Anderson (ex officio)

The election of Chairman of the Environment Committee had become vacant following G. May’s resignation in June, 2017. G. May explained, she is now in a position to re-stand for the Chairmanship.

1.    Election of Chairman:

Nomination: G. May.

PROPOSED: J.M.F. Royce  SECONDED: J.P. Anderson

G. May thanked the Committee and accepted the position of Chairman and said it is time ‘to drive this Committee forward’.

2.    Election of Vice-Chairman:

Nomination: P. Bower.

PROPOSED: J.M.F. Royce  SECONDED: J.P. Anderson . All in favour.

3.    Apologies: D. Bexon, J. Youatt, A. Clayworth.

Reminder: Apologies should be sent to the Clerk prior to the meeting.

Acceptance of Apologies: PROPOSED: J.P. Anderson SECONDED: P. Bower.

4.  Declaration of Interest: Nil.

5.   Minutes of previous meeting:

RESOLVED:  That the Minutes of the Environment Committee, held on the 16th May, 2017 as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business transacted..

PROPOSED: G. May SECONDED: P. Bower       Vote: All in favour.

6.  Progress Arising from the Minutes:

Item 5. Dog Mess – Progress on signage: The Clerk had laminated ten signs warning the public to collect dog mess from the pavements. These signs to be pinned up around the village.

Item 8: CPRE Best Kept Village Competition 2017: The Clerk reported, the Well House had not been awarded a position in the second round of the competition.

The Well House Heritage Lottery Grant final payment of £2,610 had been received.

7.  Flooding – Up to date progress: (This item to be on the main agenda in future).

The Clerk had requested payment of the £1,050 grant money as, to date, it had not been paid into the bank by RBC. The amount of sandbags and their storage is to be debated by the Flood Committee. Storage might be preferable in the Tithe Barn, with the consent of NCT.

The Parish Council is the liaison body between Notts County Council and RBC, in order to progress drainage improvements. Monks Lane and Leake Road still have blockages. J.M.F. Royce to check sequel arising from the initial inspections.

8.   Railway Walk – Long term planning – revised date of site meeting:

G. May had drawn up a tender of clearance jobs to be undertaken on the Railway Walk. The Clerk to seek three quotations for the work.

9.  Traffic Calming Interactive Speed Sign:

J.P. Anderson had retrieved the speed monitoring sign, initially for testing, to be set up between 34 Leake Road and Hill Road.

PROPOSAL: Purchase of replacement battery for the speed monitoring sign – Cost £100.

PROPOSED: G. May SECONDED: P. Bower Vote: All in favour.

10.  Village Seat repairs – progress

J.M.F. Royce reported, all village seats, except for the Railway Walk ones, had been refurbished by D. Healey.

Clerk to ask D. Healey to refurbish Railway Walk seats.

The Cheese Hill seat is not worth refurbishing unless the shrubbery in front of it is cut down to allow visibility. The quotation to cut the shrubbery is £200. It was agreed, to leave this seat for the present time.

11.  Litter:

The litter situation in the village has improved, probably due to longer grass concealing it.

12.  Progress  on Noticeboard Improvements:

G. May had asked D. Howick to draw up a specification for village sign renovation. This is to replace the display cabinet only.

P. Bower to progress other contractors.

13.   Village Verges:

G. May has spoken to County Councillor A. Brown re the state of the village verges. Cost cutting by NCC and a bid to attract more wildlife had prevented more mowing. G. May suggested a meeting with K. Hourd, or other representative from the Council, to draw up a map to identify important areas of the village where more grass cutting is required. K. Thorpe interested in attending the meeting.

14. Matters to Report:

Cuckoo Bush Mound: Requires brush cutting back. Clerk to ask A. Urry for a quotation.

The Square bollard: The bollard knocked over in the Spring had still not been replaced by NCC.

15.   Date and Time of Next Meeting:

The next meeting will be held in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 19th September, 2017 at 8.30 p.m.

Meeting closed: 9.00 p.m.

Apply and Join The Sensory Team At Sutton Bonington Campus

University of Nottingham is looking for beer tasters


Do you want to taste beer and get paid for it? At the Sensory Science centre of the University of Nottingham (UoN), scientists are looking for professional beer tasters to join their current beer tasting group. The job involves evaluating different types of beer and ingredients to help our researchers understand the science behind brewing and answer research questions such as ‘How does the aroma and flavour change if the alcohol content is altered?’ and ‘How does the flavour of a beer change over time?’.

Is this you?

  • You like to try new food and beverages, particularly beer
  • You have a curious nature and enjoy experiencing new sensations
  • You have good sense of smell, taste, texture, sight and hearing
  • You are a good communicator and keen to take part in group discussions
  • You have a general good health, no allergies or dietary restrictions
  • You are willing to consume alcohol your role as a taster (less than 1 unit per session)

What you can expect!

  • Taste different kinds of beers
  • Up to 2 training or test sessions per week (2 hours)
  • Opportunity to be a professional taster in a long term research project (3-4 years)
  • Disturbance allowance after each training and test session!

Please contact Christina

to request an application form by 20th September 2017!


We are also looking for people who want to join our database of consumers and take part in our studies. This involves a range of food and beverages. You will be invited to take part in studies every few months but this can vary and depends on how busy we are. Just send us an email sensoryconsumers@nottingham.ac.uk to express your interest!

We are looking forward to hearing from you!


Shopmobility – not just shopping any more…

West Bridgford Shopmobility is a charity which helps people with mobility problems to enhance their quality of life; for an annual fee of just £10, it provides mobility aids (wheelchairs, walkers and scooters) to enable them to visit shops and places of interest in the central West Bridgford area.

However, over their 14 years of operation, needs have changed, and Shopmobility has broadened its range of services to operate a short-term hire scheme (payable weekly), so it’s now possible to take a scooter or wheelchair home with you.  Or indeed, away with you…

Look at the many benefits this provides:

Going on holiday in the UK?

You can hire a collapsible scooter, which can fit in the boot of a car (or the luggage compartment of a bus), so you can get around easily while you’re away.

Guest with mobility problems?

If you have a visitor with mobility problems, we can provide you with a wheelchair or scooter for as long as you need it.

Been poorly, or just out of hospital?

If you’ve been ill, or broken a leg, or are recuperating after a hospital stay, we can get you out and about again.

Blue badges? You don’t have to be registered as disabled to take advantage of the Shopmobility service; scooters are fully insured, and you’ll be given full training on how to use them.

The typical cost for the weekly hire of a lightweight scooter is just £30 for members, plus a refundable deposit.

West Bridgford Shopmobility is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 2pm, and you’re welcome to drop in to their office behind West Bridgford Library and chat to one of the volunteers.  Alternatively, call them on 0115 981 5451, or go online at www.wbshopmobility.co.uk