Present: M.J.Sheppard, (Chairman) K. Steed (Vice-Chairman) J.M.F.Royce, R.Davis, B.J.Walker, R.Muir, G.Clark, E.Rodgers, J.P.Anderson, G.Hutter.
In attendance:, Borough Councillor T.Vennett-Smith, Notts County Councillor A.Brown (8.25 p.m.)
14/21 Welcome to new Councillor, Mrs. G. Hutter.
The Chairman welcomed Gill Hutter to the meeting in her new role as Councillor. The Declaration of Acceptance of the Code of Conduct was passed to the Clerk.
The Chairman welcomed Borough Councillor T. Vennett-Smith to the meeting.
14/22: Apologies: C.Dabell, D.Bexon Absent: E.Padden.
14/23: Acceptance of Apologies:
PROPOSED: R.Muir SECONDED: J.P.Anderson Vote: All in favour.
14/24: Declaration of Interest:
Trustees, G.Clark, K.Steed, in matters relevant to the Memorial Hall/Recreation Ground.
14/25: Minutes of the previous meeting:
Resolved: That the previously circulated Minutes of the Parish Council held on the 7th January, 2014, be accepted as a true record of the business transacted with the following amendment:. 14/7: Planning Decisions Received: 13/15: (ref: 13/01943/VAR) British Gypsum – 2nd sentence remove name ‘Clifton’.
PROPOSED: J.M.F.Royce SECONDED: B.J.Walker Vote: All in favour.
Progress from the Minutes:
13/203: Matters to Report: The Clerk had not yet heard from D.Howick re her request to refurbish the public noticeboard.
The Chairman asked that Agenda item 9 be taken next to allow time for County Councillor Andrew Brown to arrive prior to the discussion on items 6,7 and 8.
14/26: Finance Monthly Payments and Receipts:
Receipts and Payments: RESOLVED: That the receipts, since the last meeting, are noted and the Accounts in Appendix F1 be confirmed and authorised for payment.
PROPOSED: J.M.F.Royce SECONDED: B.J.Walker Vote: All in favour.
Recommendations: Acceptance of Budget Papers for 2014/15
Paper 2: Recreation Ground £ 7,900
Paper 3: Revenue £ 29,478
PROPOSAL to accept budget Paper 2 and Paper 3 as above, and after some discussion, accept the Finance Committee’s
recommendation to increase the Precept (Paper 4) by 2%. i.e. £37,568 in line with the Government cap on Borough and County Councils.
PROPOSED: J.M.F.Royce SECONDED: J.P.Anderson Vote: eight in favour, one against, one abstention
Additional Capital Requests: Green Belt, Railway Walk. – deferred.
Play Equipment Sinking Fund – £500.
PROPOSAL: GPC agree to restart the play equipment sinking fund with a deposit of £500
PROPOSED: J.M.F.Royce SECONDED: R.Davis Vote: seven in favour, three abstentions.
14/27: Report by Chairman of Planning and Development Committee: (Chairman J.P.Anderson)
Progress on Consultation re RBC Core Strategy: J.P.Anderson thanked Borough Councillor T.Vennett-Smith for his representation at the RBC Full Members’ Meeting held on the 12th December, 2013. T.Vennett-Smith had put forward several questions re the need for building on Clifton Pastures. It was unfortunate that more parishioners from Gotham and neighbouring villages could not be present to lend support. The meeting was available to view via pod cast. If the housing numbers for Nottingham City, Broxtowe and Gedling are accepted, there will be a greater threat to the Clifton Pastures to take a significant number of houses. There are three more days of hearings due to the House Builders Federation challenge on housing numbers.
County Councillor A.Brown arrived at the meeting at 8.25 p.m.
J.P.Anderson reported, RBC is still working onTraffic Modelling as part of the modifications to the Core Strategy with the results yet to be published. As there is an opportunity for GPC to comment on the Traffic Model, J.P.Anderson had again asked R.Mapletoft for the results which, so far, had been unforthcoming.
Meetings have been held between RBC and Oxalis Developers without Minutes being recorded which is out of order and could be perceived to be ‘pre application discussions’. J.P.Anderson had drafted a letter to the Rt. Hon.K.Clarke seeking his assistance over the Government’s dilemma re a balance between more house development versus protection of green belt land.
K.Mafham has contacted a suitable barrister who might act on our behalf if the whole Aligned Core Strategy results in a Judicial Review. Legal costs could be shared by affected parishes. K.Mafham believes there is a case to answer over the Planning Authorities appalling lack of consultation, unproven arguments over housing numbers and missing information. He is continuing his work with a fiery crusade to urge more building on brown field sites, of which there are plenty in Nottingham City, but not so in Rushcliffe, apart from Tollerton aerodrome and Cotgrave Colliery.
Borough Councillor T.Vennett-Smith thanked J.P.Anderson for his kind words over his representation at the RBC meeting on the 12th December. He thinks it will be a very hard battle to save the Clifton Pastures.
He confirmed he will not be standing in the Borough Election in 2015.
Recommendation: To seek Counsel’s opinion on supporting K. Mafham in his representations to the extended Aligned Core Strategy Hearings in February 2014.
PROPOSED: J.P. Anderson SECONDED: E.Rodgers. Vote: All in favour.
14/28: Planning Decisions Received: Nil.
14/29: Planning Applications Received: Nil.
14/30: Possible Removal of Street Lighting on Hill Road:
The Chairman had received notice of a possible removal of street lighting on Hill Road due to removal of old poles, owned by Western Power, supporting lamp brackets supplied by Notts County Council. NCC had hinted that it wished to remove the street lighting to save money. County Councillor A. Brown confirmed that Western Power would replace the poles with NCC continuing to provide brackets. LED bulbs to be used in future.
14/31: Cemetery Arch:
The Chairman circulated photographs of the original Cemetery Arch along with a copy of the RBL monthly magazine featuring an article on new memorials as part of the commemoration of the centenary of World War 1and put forward the suggestion of a refurbishing this Arch to commemorate the centenary of WW1. He had consulted David Power and the Parochial Church Council, as it is Church property. Ken Anstey who had drawn up plans years ago to re-build it; he felt that our community should be invited to discuss it and come up with suggestions.
14/32: External War Memorial:
The Chairman also outlined his suggestion for an external war memorial with commemorative plaques possibly incorporated into the Cemetery pillars or any other suitable venue agreed. He had approached the Trustees of the Memorial Hall for their opinion on an external War Memorial and it will be debated at their next meeting, and also Andrew Vickers who produced the Roll of Honour in the Memorial Hall. A committee to include representatives from the Memorial Hall Trustees, GPC, Royal British Legion and members of our community could be formed to work on the project. Other suggestions included an external war memorial in the grounds of the Memorial Hall. This memorial could be the site for wreath-laying during the Service of Rememberance when it takes place in Gotham.The Chairman would write an article in Gotham News on both these items inviting comments and suggestions to gauge public opinion on the projects.
County Councillor A.Brown offered financial support for both of the above items but advised the amount of his Divisional Fund would be cut by fifty per cent next year.
Borough Councillor, T.Vennett-Smith left the meeting at 9.40 p.m.
14/33: Environmental Matters: (Chairman C.Dabell absent) Nil to report. (No meeting held during January).
14/34: Memorial Hall Report from GPC representatives:
G.Clark reported the following items:
The Scope clothing bin is to be removed due to poor quality donations.
Car park lighting behind the Bowls Club is being progressed.
Vandalism to some trees on the Recreation Ground occurred, whereby branches had been cut and left strewn around the base.
Motorbike damage to some of the football pitches.
A fund raising St. Valentine’s Dance will be held on the 14th February, 2014.
Election of one more representative to serve as Trustee.
PROPOSAL: G.Hutter nominated to serve as a GPC representative on the Memorial Hall/Recreation Ground Committee.
PROPOSED: R.Muir SECONDED: J.P.Anderson. Vote: All in favour.
14/35: Village De-Fibrillator:
County Councillor, A.Brown confirmed he is still willing to support the project financially. The Clerk will write formally to both Councillor Brown and Borough Councillor Trevor Vennett-Smith requesting support.The Chairman and Clerk will approach local businesses to seek extra funding donations.
14/36: Policing Matters/Vandalism:
E.Rodgers reported one crime in Gotham during January. An assault had taken place in the Cuckoo Bush during January which had not been added to the crime list. E.Rodgers to query this omission with P.C. Kelly Warwick.
There had been a 21.4% drop in crime in Gotham during 2013.
County Councillor, A.Brown warned of late night scrap metal dealers thieving such items as children’s bicycles and other metal objects from gardens in East Leake and surrounding areas.
14/37: Gotham News & Media:
Editorial Team: Editorial Team: M.J.Sheppard, R.Muir, K.Steed and D.Bexon. R.Muir appealed for copy for the next edition of Gotham News to be received by Friday, 21st February for delivery by the 10th March, 2014. She would draw up advertisers’ invoices for the year 2014. K.Steed to proof read. J.P.Anderson offered to chase up an unpaid advertising invoice.
14/38: Gotham Countryside Trust – 2 GPC Representatives: Deferred.
14/39: Chairman’s Report:
The Chairman had received an invitation to a Great War Hidden Treasures Event Family Day on Saturday 22nd February, 2014 at County Hall from 10.a.m. – 3.p.m.
14/40: Clerk’s report:
The Clerk had received the following correspondence:
The Clerk had received the first draft of East Leake Neighbourhood Plan – passed to J.P.Anderson.
East Midlands Community Flyer detailing a sustainable development plan.
14/41: Matters to Report: Nil.
14/19: Items for Next Agenda. De-Fibrillator.
Annual Parish Meeting Tuesday 29th April 2014
14/20: Date of Next Meeting: The next meeting would be held on the 4th March, 2014 at 7.30 p.m.
Meeting concluded at 10.00 pm.