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Minutes of the Gotham Annual Parish Meeting (29/04/14)

Present:               Twenty seven Parishioners, including Gotham Parish Council members: M.Sheppard (Chairman), J.M.F.Royce,                                                 J.P.Anderson, E.Padden, G.Hutter, K.Steed.

1.             Welcome by Chairman of Gotham Parish Council:  To all Parishioners and Councillors.

2.             One Minute’s Silence:

The Chairman requested that the meeting stand for one minute’s silence in memory of those who had fallen in the Two World Wars and for whom this Recreation Ground and Memorial Hall had been donated in their memory after the 1914-18 war.

3.             Apologies:  D.Power and Councillors E.Rodgers, G.Clark,  B.J.Walker, A.Clayworth.

4.             Report/Questions/ on the Parish Meeting held on the 30th April, 2013.

The Minutes of the Gotham Annual Parish Meeting held 30th April, 2013, were authorised for approval.

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

5.                   Chairman’s Report: (M.J.Sheppard)

Another busy year for the Parish Council. I have been in the Chair for six months following the retirement of Councillor Rebecca Muir.

Resurfacing of the Memorial Hall Car Park: This expensive project was undertaken jointly with the Trustees of the Memorial Hall/Recreation Ground and the Parish Council. Initially, permission was granted by the Planning Authorities following a  drain scan and professional advice from Jeff Jones, Chartered Architectural Technologist. There was some inconvenience to hall and recreation ground users during the work but the result has been pleasing and the car park has enhanced the hall and the new white lines make for easier and more efficient parking.

Village Sculpture: The sculpture was unveiled by Earl Howe on September 29th which turned out to be a sunny day. The afternoon was well attended. A superb letter of thanks was received from the Earl and Countess who had re-organised their trip to Cairo on ministerial business to allow for the visit to Gotham.

Christmas 2013: A magic pantomime put together and performed by Gotham Scouts. A professional performance . The W.I. Party for the Over 70’s which is always enjoyable. The Christmas Tree Carols had improved from last year when it was postponed a day due to rain. This year thanks go to the PCC for their generous offer of mulled wine and mince pies prior to the Carol singing around the Christmas Tree. The event will be repeated this year on the 16th December with the band already booked and the Gotham Primary School Children set to sing more carols. The Parish Council are open to suggestions as to how to add further embellishments to the occasion so please make your comments on the band, etc.

World War 1 Commemorations: The anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1 is on the 4th August, 2014. Suggestions are most welcome as to how we as a parish can commemorate the War. A renewal of the Cemetery Arch as the original or in some other form, such as wrought iron, or an external War Memorial or both. Please let us know your preference.

E.Perrell read from a statement arising from a discussion by the Trustees of the Memorial Hall whereby they were in favour of an external War Memorial within the Memorial Hall grounds.

K.Thorpe spoke in favour of an external Memorial for people to place small wooden crosses in memory of the fallen. This is the year when it might be possible to fund such a project.

Item 10 of the Agenda brought forward:

10. T.Coles, Chairman of The Royal British Legion Gotham and District Branch:

T.Coles spoke of the role of The Royal British Legion during the four year period of commemoration on the Great War which began on the 4th August, 1914. The Centenary of the War will be commemorated at National and Regional level. It is the role of Gotham Branch of the Royal British Legion to advise local groups, especially the young, on how to get involved in various acts of remembrance to understand the sacrifices made by those who served in the forces and other wartime roles during that period. There are Government grants available to fund activities. A ‘Plant the Poppies’ initiative is being introduced by RBL and B & Q whereby every packet of seeds purchased via the Customer Service counter, earns the Royal British Legion a £1 donation. Seeds can be scattered anywhere of choice but not advisable near to farmland.  Some seeds have already been scattered along the front border of the Gotham Royal British Legion building. Church Services will be held on the anniversaries of significant battles. The Royal British Legion Gotham Branch intend to post a diary of major battles on the Welfare noticeboard, adjacent to the Nottingham Road entrance, commencing in June, 2014. The Trustees of the Memorial Hall could display the names of Gotham war dead on the anniversary of a Battle or the time of the individual’s death. Wreaths can be made available from the Gotham Branch of the Royal British Legion on application to M. Green, T.Coles, or P. Riley. Other ideas for commemoration were considered to include village walks, poetry sessions, wartime music/songs, musical evening.

The Chairman thanked T. Coles for his report and called on those present to form a working group committee to discuss the possibility of commemorating the Great War. This should be a Community exercise and not just a Parish Council one.

Volunteers to form a Discussion Group to plan a village Commemoration of WW1: G.Hutter, Rev. R.Coleman, T.Coles, B.Dabell and K.Thorpe.

T.Coles added funding from the Heritage Lottery will not be available throughout the whole four years of the commemoration period. Funds are running down as only £6 million left.

6. Finance Officer’s Report: (J.Raven)

Gotham Parish Council Financial Report:  Year Ending 31st March 2014

Full income and expenditure accounts for the year ending 31st March, 2014 will be available for inspection from the 14th July, 2014.

Capital Projects:

Memorial Hall Car Park: The Parish Council, in conjunction with the Trustees of the Memorial Hall, with costs shared to re-surface most of the car park and renew drains was £36,000.

Village Sculpture: The Village Sculpture was eventually unveiled with great fanfare on the 29th September, 2013 at a cost this year of £12,355.94. The accompanying unveiling ceremony costs amounted to  £1,820.84.

Cemetery Development: Ongoing improvements to the Cemetery have included regular gardening tidying of the front border by Mr and Mrs Hand at an annual cost of £400 (commenced mid year) Spring bulbs have been planted. The front railings were de-rusted and painted by G.Neill who also cleared ground shrubbery and ivy at a cost of £650.

Green Belt Campaign: Our ongoing fight to save Clifton Pastures has continued in conjunction with Barton, Clifton and Thrumpton with costs shared. Gotham’s share last year is £845. The Parish Council voted to continue the fight with resort to Judicial Review, if necessary. The sum of £10,000 has been set aside for Gotham’s share of appointing legal help.

Pump Maintenance Reserve: An electrical transformer was affixed to the Pump stanchions to allow electricity to run safely to the Christmas Tree lights at a cost of £180. The Capital set aside for eventual renewal of the roof tiling and stanchions stands at £5,000.

Railway Walk Maintenance: Renewed picnic benches have been supplied and other shrubbery maintenance costs on the Railway Walk £959.

The Recreation Playground Reserve:  A new sputnik in the toddler playground was supplied at a cost of £3,210.90.

Church Clock annual service £179  plus extra funds of £230 were donated towards other maintenance costs.

Good causes supported:

Royal British Legion civic wreath:  £250.00.

Ruddington Cadets – support for their pilgrimage to the War Graves – £200

C.P.R.E. Subscription – £29.

Notts Wildlife Trust – £33.

DARE T Shirts – £135.00

Society of Local Council Clerks-  membership: £101

7. Report from County Councilor Andrew Brown:

I am approaching the end of my first year in office as a County Councillor and a very busy year it has been. First of all, I kept to my election pledge which was to give up my full time occupation as an international service engineer and concentrate on council work. I thought that having a rural division my workload would be far less than my colleagues serving large towns. How wrong I was, I have eleven villages and they keep me very busy. My first few months saw me fighting with the Highways Agency for a crossing by the school. With the help of your Parish Council, we succeeded. However, I can see that once the A453 widening is completed we could still have a problem with rat runners. I have had discussions with Highways on this matter and will continue to monitor the situation at County Hall.

I sit on the Highways and Transport Committee as well as Planning and Licensing. Two very busy and interesting committees. I am also the NCC representative on the East Midland Airport ICC Committee.

From my Councillor’s Divisional Fund, I have provided funds for various organisations and have been able to contribute to the purchase of items required by individual villages. I was delighted to provide funds towards your Tales of Gotham and also help pay for the repair of the church clock and latterly the defibrillator. Unfortunately, the Divisional Fund has been cut by 50% by the ruling Labour administration. My side in our alternative budget would have kept it as it was by reducing extra responsibility allowances paid to committee chairpersons and their deputies. Labour rejected this idea. There are Council funds available for the commemoration of WW1.

The very popular Local Improvement Scheme has also been cut from £3m to £500k. Not a lot to go all around the County on community projects. The County budget was debated in February and the Conservatives offered an alternative budget. At the Nottinghamshire County Council Budget meeting on Thursday, 27th February, 2014, I joined my Conservative colleagues in voting against the budget recommended by the Council’s Labour administration which also proposed a 1.99% Council Tax increase. I voted for a Conservative Amendment which proposed to freeze Council Tax and save children’s centres, youth centres, day centres, respite care accommodation, waste recycling centres and bus services from closure and cuts.

Following a five hour debate, the Conservative amendment was defeated and the budget proposal for the Labour group was carried with 34 votes in favour and 30 against.

As always, I am available at any time and my contact details can be found on either the NCC or RBC website. I shall also continue to hold my quarterly surgeries at East Leake library, dates of which are published in the local press and the website.

8. Report from Rushcliffe Borough Councillor, Trevor Vennett-Smith:

T.Vennett-Smith reported a year of change having retired from his business. His time as a Borough Councillor was now thirty two years. He thanked everyone for their loyal support over that time. He did not intend to stand in the Borough Elections next May.  I would like to thank County Councillor Andrew Brown who has done a very good job and worked hard for this area. Thanks also to Gotham Parish Council Chairman, Michael Sheppard who has brought the Council into a new era of light. I resigned from the Parish Council earlier this year.

We are moving forward with the RBC Plan. I attended the Council meeting on the 12th December, 2013 which could be viewed via podcast. Everyone voted for adoption of the Core Strategy and it went on to a Public Inquiry. John Anderson has led the Fight to Save the Green Belt along with Julian Coles of Barton, assisted by Ken Mafham who has offered invaluable advice on the correct procedures. There are people willing to fight and it is  a ‘War of Attrition’ and some people are saying development is a ‘fait accomplish’.

The A453 widening continues and will for a long time yet. Rat running through Gotham will be a problem both now and in the future. We must get the builders and the A453 contractors to come up with some conclusion. The traffic was held up as far back as Hardstaffs at New Kingston to the Crusader Roundabout at Clifton the other day. I asked the tram workers for help with an alteration to the traffic lights at Farnborough Road.

Well, 32 years, time for a younger person with vigour and fire to fight for this area. Ratcliffe and Kingston are coming into the Ward. There is plenty of time to get a new candidate. I am now on the road a great deal and have a new consultancy job based in Reading and still plenty of trips to Wales. Thanks to Fraser Royce who keeps a very tight reign on the Parish Council finances.

9. Planning Developments in Gotham (Councillor J.P.Anderson):

J.P.Anderson reported that he had attended the public consultation by Oxalis Developers held in the Memorial Hall on the 24th April, 2014.The Aligned Core Strategy – the local plan for the City, Broxtowe and Gedling consultation period on amendments runs until tomorrow, the 30th April, 2014. Ken Mafham has submitted a response for us and makes a strong case that it should be abandoned. He sites points of reference to more building on available brown field sites, which he has identified in and around the city. He has listed down, the fact that there has been no green belt review which is a huge omission on the part of the Inspector. Ken has taken legal advice from the Landmark Chambers in London re calling a Judicial Review. After tomorrow, we await the publication of the Inspector’s Report, unless someone goes to court for a Judicial Review. The Home Builders’ Federation might go to Judicial Review as they want more housing. If we lose the Judicial Review, houses will be developed.

Regarding the RBC consultation, its work has been very shoddy and we will try to battle on and fight for less intrusive building, especially warehousing. RBC have washed its hands on the traffic problems and say ‘it’s up to Oxalis to carry out traffic modelling’. We are lucky to have David Prior to help us. We will have to provide traffic numbers to back up our concerns. Computer modelling can be skewed by developers. A large housing development at Clifton will mean extra people using our excellent sports facilities. The question is will the village support a by-pass which would probably run through the Recreation Ground and the SSSI?

Our aim is to derail the Nottingham City plans, remove the plan to build large warehouses along the A453 and work on traffic issues through Gotham.

The Chairman thanked  J.P.Anderson, B.J.Walker and D.Prior for their tremendous work on Planning issues.

10.   T.Coles, see above.

11.    PCSO T.Davies (demonstration of new-style burglar alarms):

PCSO T.Davies demonstrated the latest in padlocks for use on garden sheds and outbuildings. The device lets off a loud alarm when tampered with. A list of crime prevention items is available on request. ‘Nottinghamshire Alert’ provides a list of recent crimes and allows the public to email their ideas and concerns to the Police.

12.   Village Organisations – an opportunity to report on recent events:

The Chairman reminded attendees that the most advantageous method of publicising local organisations was in the Gotham News or via the Gotham Website.

Royal British Legion: (T.Coles) (continued).

T. Coles agreed with the idea by Gotham Parish Council to provide an external war memorial in the village if it was with the will of the citizens of Gotham. If the memorial was within the Cemetery grounds, road closure might be a consideration during the wreath laying ceremony. The RBL would reserve its views on the venue for an external war memorial until any serious intention has been agreed and supported by the citizens of Gotham. Some site suggestions could be within the Memorial Hall grounds, in the border next to the flagpole, the cemetery or church hall.

Gotham Nature Reserve (R.Stentiford)

R.Stentiford outlined the progress of the Gotham Nature Reserve, as follows:

2012 – Eleven Gotham residents formed Gotham Nature Reserve. A 99 year lease was signed in December 2012 with British Gypsum. To date there have been 41 work parties with 636 man hours worked on site. To date, there are 73 members. Tremendous progress has been achieved transforming the site. There are 76 species of flowers on site which has been nominated by Gordon Dyne for a Rushcliffe Community Organisation Achievement prize but Sharphill won. GNR are working in conjunction with Natural England. The site is split into a grassland  and woodland and is surrounded by 400 metres of fencing, 4 field gates and 2 kissing gates together with information board and signage. Money has been granted from Natural England for equipment such as fencing and kissing gates. Fundraising has taken place with quiz nights, bird walks, open gardens and strawberry teas to pay for items such as insurance and equipment. We are building links with local schools with children visiting the Nature Reserve. The site has now gained Charitable Status and I would like to thank Gotham Parish Council for their ongoing support. Thanks to all the volunteers for their hard work. The next stage is to control grass growth with sheep grazing. We still need 140 metres of fencing between the site and the farmer’s field and a water trough. If anyone spots vandalism to the site please contact Gill May.

This is a Local Project for Local People.

Gotham Countryside Trust: (K.Thorpe)

K.Thorpe reported the Trust is now 18 months’ old. A new trail has been added to extend the Railway Walk.

Tennis Club: (K.Thorpe)

K.Thorpe reported the Tennis Club holds five playing sessions a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sunday morning. There are 30 playing members.

Parish Paths Partnership: (K.Thorpe)

K.Thorpe has been a Warden since 1996. I still oversee the footpaths. We are now connected up to Ruddington Moor.

History Society: (B.Dabell)

B.Dabell reported the History Society has been running since 1972 and holds meetings on the 3rd Thursday of the month.  Meetings are well attended partly due to the residents of Larkhill expressing interest. We held the AGM last week. Average numbers at meetings are 41. Many people in Gotham and East Leake are descended from Lord Admiral Nelson due to him fathering many children in this area. We have some very interesting and varied talks. C.Essex looks after the History website. We have received an offer from a University Lecturer to help with the historical archeology of Gotham and surrounding area. A visit to Bromley House library is planned in July.

Cricket Club (A.Pearson)

A.Pearson reported 20 – 30 youngsters attended Quick Cricket in East Leake and in Gotham. During the summer League Cricket has two teams on Saturday and one on Sunday. We are playing in the Loughborough League Cricket competing now in C Section. Recent vandalism caught on CCTV showed youths jumping on the Cricket Square.

13. Other Parish Issues:

De-Fibrillator.(Councillor E.Padden)

E.Padden reported good progress on the installation of the village de-fibrillator on Frydays, Nottingham Road. The project was estimated to cost up to £2,500. This is an important piece of equipment that many surrounding villages have also supplied. I am in the process of contacting local electricians for an installation quote to include lighting for easy viewing of the code number dial. Thanks to Borough Council T.Vennett Smith for his donation of £325 and to County Councillor A.Brown for £500. Gotham Parish Council will contribute £250. This means that, as a village, we need to raise another £1,479 through fundraising projects. A recipe book of heart friendly meals might be an idea.

There being no more business, the Chairman thanked the attendees and speakers and the meeting closed at 10.00 p.m.

Annual Parish Meeting (29/04/14)

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TO ALL PARISHIONERS OF GOTHAM

You are invited to attend the

ANNUAL   PARISH  MEETING

To be held in the Memorial Hall Moonrakers’ Room at

7.30 p.m.

 TUESDAY  29th APRIL 2014

AGENDA:

1.      Welcome

2.     One Minute’s Silence

3.     Apologies

4.     Acceptance of Minutes of the Parish Meeting held on 30th April 2013

5.     Chairman’s Report:     Gotham Parish Council

6.     Finance Officer’s Report

7.     Report from County Councillor A.Brown

8.     Report from Rushcliffe Borough Councillor T.Vennett-Smith

9.     Planning Developments in Gotham (Councillor J.P.Anderson)

10.    T.Coles, Chairman of The Royal British Legion (Gotham/District Branch)

11.    PCSO T. Davies (demonstration of new-style burglar alarms)

BREAK FOR REFRESHMENTS

12.    Village Organisations – an opportunity to report on recent events.

13.    Other Parish Issues (defibrillator update: Councillor E.Padden)

PLEASE USE THIS MEETING TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON VILLAGE MATTERS AND ENJOY A GLASS OF WINE AND SOME NIBBLES.

Issued by Councillor Michael Sheppard – Chairman of Gotham Parish Council

(9th April, 2014)

Minutes of a Meeting of the Planning & Development Committee (18/02/14)

Present:  J.P.Anderson (Chairman)    B.J.Walker,   M.J.Sheppard,  G.Clark,  E.Padden.

1/    Apologies:   E. Rodgers, (Vice-Chairman), K.Steed.

PROPOSED acceptance of apologies: G.Clark SECONDED: B.J.Walker. All in favour.

2/    Declaration of Interest:

M.J.Sheppard declared an interest in: 14/1: (ref: 14/00214/FUL)    Manor Barn, Moor Lane.

3/    Minutes of the Previous Meeting: 

RESOLVED:  That the Minutes of the Planning & Development Committee, held on the 21st January, 2014 as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business transacted.

PROPOSED: M.J.Sheppard SECONDED: B.J.Walker. Vote: All in favour.

4/    Progress from the last Minutes, not on the Agenda: Nil.

5/   Progress re  Aligned Core Strategy/Clifton Pastures:

J.P.Anderson reported the three extra days of the Inquiry, in response to a legal opinion from the Home Builders Federation, had been held to deal with the housing numbers. Q.C’s had attended. K.Mafham had sent a report on the meeting which he considered ‘unusually complex’.

GPC awaiting Counsel’s legal opinion on the Aligned Core Strategy Hearings held in February, 2014.

K.Mafham and C.Raynor still working on the Freedom of Information over questions re meetings within the Government on housing numbers.

J.P.Anderson had met R.Mapletoft and was still pressing him for a response from RBC on the traffic model to allow GPC adequate time to consider and respond.

J.P.Anderson had queried the type of meeting held between RBC and Oxalis which was held in private without minutes.

7/    Planning Decisions Received:

13/16: (ref: 13/02092/FUL) 22 Curzon Street – Garden store building (retrospective plan) GRANTED

Clerk to register GPC’s disappointment and seek assurance that this type of structure does not set a precedent for unsightly buildings.

8/    Planning Applications Received:

14/1: (ref: 14/00214/FUL)           Manor Barn, Moor Lane – Use of former storage building for ancillary residential use to create a hobby, craft and games room; install new windows, roof lights and external landscaping.

PROPOSAL: NO OBJECTION

PROPOSED: J.P. Anderson SECONDED: E.Padden. Vote: All in favour.

9/  Any Other Business:

M.J.Sheppard had received a letter from the Post Office confirming results of its recent consultation re Post Office services.

10/  Matters to Report:

The Clerk was asked to report the following faulty street lights:- Meadow End no. 3  The Square no. 5 and Moor Lane – 2a.

One hundred and fifty houses, extra to the already planned four hundred, to be built at East Leake on the land behind Manor Farm.

E.Padden reported the Spa shop had received a few complaints re the shelving layout.

11/  Date & Time of Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Planning and Development Committee will be held in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 18th March, 2014 at 7.30 p.m

Meeting closed at 8.20 p.m.

Minutes of a Meeting of Gotham Parish Council (04/02/14)

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.

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.

Minutes of a Meeting of the Planning & Development Committee (21/01/14)

Present:  J.P.Anderson (Chairman)   E. Rodgers, (Vice-Chairman) B.J.Walker,   M.J.Sheppard,  G.Clark, K. Steed

1/    Apologies:   Nil  Absent:  E.Padden

2/    Declaration of Interest: Nil.

3/    Minutes of the Previous Meeting: 

RESOLVED:  That the Minutes of the Planning & Development Committee, held on the 22nd October, 2013, as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business transacted.

PROPOSED: E.Rodgers SECONDED: M.J.Sheppard. Vote: All in favour.

4/    Progress from the last Minutes, not on the Agenda:

Progress: Pg. 2 Item 7/  Traffic Count – J.P.Anderson reported, there had been one complaint re the pedestrian crossing lights on Kegworth Road, adjacent to Gotham School, implemented due to the large amount of traffic during rush hour. The complainant had suggested removal of the temporary pedestrian crossing lights to the bottom of Kegworth Road where they would be more often used. M.J.Sheppard had approached P.Goode of Notts Highways who had confirmed the Highways Authority had the final say on the installation site. The temporary lights are on loan from Laing O’Rourke and will only be in place during school term times. It was agreed, the lights provide a solution to the dangerous crossing over to the School and provide a safe option for parents wishing to use them.

5/   Progress re  Aligned Core Strategy/Clifton Pastures:

J.P.Anderson reported, Councillor,T.Vennett-Smith had represented Gotham, Barton, Thrumpton and Clifton at the RBC Council Meeting held on the 12th December, 2013. He had made two passionate speeches on the importance of saving the green belt land around Nottingham. He put his points very well but his questions went unanswered. The Hearings on the Aligned Core Strategies had now finished and the Inspector is making her decision. Anna Soubry is active at M.P.level about the lack of consultation re the Aligned Core Strategies and the failure of the Examiner Ms. Kingaby to properly hear the evidence at the Public Inquiry before making her decision to accept large housing numbers. The House Building Federation have published a ‘Counsel’s Opinion’ which has been sent to Ms. Kingaby. E.Rodgers is studying the document and GPC can make its comments by the 7th February. If  Legal advice is necessary, it could cost up to £2,500.  K.Mafham had written a report of his findings and will attend more Hearings on the 11th/13th February when he will argue the point of unwarranted large housing numbers. University strategy to build student accommodation around Nottingham will ultimately free up student accupied privately owned houses for families. J.P.Anderson suggested seeking support from the Rt. Hon. Kenneth Clark on the fight to save the green belt. J.P.Anderson, J.Coles and K.Mafham meeting to discuss details of the timescale for representations.

K.Mafham is under the impression that the best way to save Clifton green belt is to undertake a Judicial Review. This could be in conjunction with other  affected Councils to present a united front and to share costs.

PROPOSAL: To seek Counsel’s opinion on supporting K. Mafham in his representations to the extended Aligned Core Strategy Hearings in February.

PROPOSED: J.P.Anderson SECONDED: E.Rodgers. Vote: All in favour.

7/    Planning Decisions Received: Nil.

8/    Planning Applications Received: Nil.

9/  Any Other Business: Nil.

10/  Matters to Report:

B.J.Walker had noted an article on the A453 widening work which is ahead of schedule due to the fine weather.

The Clerk had been advised by the Trustees of the Memorial Hall/Recreation Ground, that the Scope Bin and Paper Recycling Bins are to be removed due to a drop in donations.

11/  Date & Time of Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Planning and Development Committee will be held in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 18th February, 2014 at 7.30 p.m

Meeting closed at 8.20 p.m.