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Notice of a Meeting of Gotham Parish Council (04/11/14)


Mrs J A Raven
Clerk to the Council
Tel: 0115 983 0863
Email: gothamclerk@yahoo.co.uk


29th October 2014

Dear Councillor,

YOU ARE duly summoned to attend a MEETING OF THE GOTHAM PARISH COUNCIL to be held  on TUESDAY 4th November, 2014 commencing at 7.30 p.m. in the Weldon  Room of the Memorial Hall.

Yours sincerely,
Clerk to the Council

One minute silence in memory of the War Dead.


1/        Apologies
3/        Acceptance of Apologies
4/        Declaration of Interest
5/        Minutes of the of the Parish Council meeting held on the  2nd October, 2014 (attached)
6/       Finance Monthly Accounts and Receipts
Report on Finance Meeting held on the 28th November, 2014
Capital Requests:
Recommendation from the Planning and Development
Committee for Judicial Review Legal fees of £10,000.
Other Capital Requests:
a)  Village Pump                       £   1,000
b)  Railway Walk                       £   1,000
c)  Pavilion Refurbishment          £  1,000
d) Children’s  Play Equipment     £     500
e) Gotham Remembers             £      500
Acceptance of the recommended Revenue Budget: £30,097.07
Paper 2
Acceptance of the recommended Environment Budget:
£3,971.93 (subject to minor mowing alterations) Paper 3
Acceptance of the recommended Recreation Ground Budget
£6,600 Paper 4
7/      Report by Chairman of Planning and Development Committee             Progress on Aligned Core Stategy/RBC Core Strategy
8/      Planning Decisions Received:
9/      Planning Applications Received:
10/   Report by Chairman of Environment Committee                                              C.Dabell)           .
11/   Memorial Hall Report from GPC rep. (K.Steed, G.Clark,                              D.Bexon)
12/   Memorial Hall Report (K.Steed, G.Clark, D.Bexon, G.Hutter)
13/   Policing Matters/Vandalism (D.Bexon and E.Rodgers)
14/   Gotham News & Media  (E.Padden/D.Bexon/M.Sheppard/K. Steed)
15/   Royal British Legion Remembrance Sunday 9/11/14
16/   Electoral Review of Nottinghamshire
17/   Chairman’s Report
18/   Clerk’s Report/Correspondence: see overleaf:
19/   Matters to Report
20/   Items for Next Agenda
21/   Date and Time of Next Meeting (2nd December, 2014)

The Public and Press are cordially invited to attend this meeting.

Minutes of a Public Meeting held on 21 August 2014

Minutes of a public meeting held on the 21st August, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the Main Hall of the Memorial Hall for a discussion on the Planning Application Ref: 14/01417/OUT which would be built on the Clifton Pastures.

Present: Gotham Parish Councillors: M.J.Sheppard, J.P.Anderson, B.J.Walker, G.Hutter, K.Steed, G.Holbrook.

Also in attendance: County Councillor A.Brown, J.Coles, (Barton P.C.) K.Mafham, Planning Adviser, 57 Parishioners.

Apologies: Received From: Borough Councillor T.Vennett-Smith, Gotham Parish Councillors’ J.M.F.Royce, G.Clark.

Notes taken by J.A.Raven, Clerk to Gotham Parish Council.

The Chairman of GPC opened the meeting and thanked everyone for attending this important meeting for a discussion on plans to develop Clifton Pastures. He read out a letter from Borough Councillor T.Vennett-Smith who had attended the Public Hearing together with Councillors B.J.Walker and J.P.Anderson and declared the Parish’s determination to continue the campaign  to save the Green Belt land at Clifton.

Councillor J.P.Anderson presented a power point explanation of the Planning Application from Oxalis for the development of a sustainable urban extension comprising residential development up to a maximum of 3000 dwellings; employment development incorporating a maximum of 100,000 sqm of B1, B2 and B8 floor space; retail development (A1 to A5) up to a maximum of 2500 sqm of floor space; community buildings; leisure uses; schools; gypsy and traveller pitches; access to the site; new roads; footpaths and cycle ways; green infrastructure including new community park; ancillary infrastructure and groundworks on land east and west of Nottingham Road South of Clifton.

The files would be made available to the Public in the Memorial Hall hallway.

J.P.Anderson explained the procedure re the Aligned Core Strategy which is for the development of 35,000 houses  in Nottingham City, Broxtowe and Gedling, a growth point to expand the City with Government finance. The ACS has to be formerly ratified by various Councils and can still be legally challenged. It has been published but not yet formally adopted.

Rushcliffe Core Strategy has gone to Public Enquiry in July, 2014. Thanks to B.J.Walker, C.Raynor, J.Coles, J.Potter and K.Mafham for their attendance. Now we await the Inspector’s report. In theory, the Oxalis planning application should follow the Public Enquiry and was probably brought forward to influence the Inspector with a ‘done deal’. RBC could have refused it as the land had not been pronounced available and the application was premature. No developer is signed up yet so outline planning permission sought to cover landscaping, wildlife, drainage, traffic layout, etc.  The development will cover 140 acres with 3000 houses, 50 acres of warehousing, factories and an area of land for a permanent gypsy/traveller site. In the beginning, the size of the land to be built on was smaller than the planning application which has taken up considerably more land than expected, nearer to Gotham. There were only a total of 51 responses to the last consultation which contained such loaded questions that RBC could have taken as meaning, merely by answering the questions, meant the population were in favour of the development. The CPRE and Ruddington Parish Council have submitted their objections.

We now have the opportunity to respond with a legal challenge to the Aligned Core Strategy and the RBC Core Strategy.

Ken Mafham, Planning Adviser, explained that there is much at stake for the landowners who stand to make huge gains in the region of 100 million pounds for the sale of the land. They will obviously fight for development. Nottingham City, Gedling and Broxtowe have underestimated the overspill of houses by 6,000. The Government Policy is a balancing act to form a housing policy to meet these numbers. There are environmental issues and over the last five years the balancing act has got skewered. The Court of Appeal support ‘balancing’ which is not what is happening in Nottingham. Legal advice has been taken from Landmark Chambers which has resulted in support for a legal challenge on two grounds, i.e. No green belt review carried out and housing figures not in accordance with the Legal Challenge in won in 2007.

In principle, unless the Core Strategy is challenged, it will go ahead. The Gypsy/Traveller site might have been ‘put in’ in order to be ‘taken out’ as a concession but this does not appear to be the case. There are plenty of brown field sites within Nottingham available for building, i.e. boarded up public houses, garage forecourts, vacant offices. More student housing could be accommodated on the University campus. Clifton and Sutton Bonington campus’s have scruffy unused car parking areas, R.A.F. Newton and Cotgrave have been submitted to RBC but not looked at properly. The agricultural land aspect, CO2 emissions, global warming and light pollution are factors growing in importance. The warehousing might not be built due to the massive rail hub at Castle Donington and junction 28 which would be more warehousing sites. In this case, 600 more houses could be developed.

Legal Challenge: Firstly goes to the High Court, say on the grounds that the Core Strategies are not in accordance with the Government National Planning Policy Framework. If the case is lost, the losers pay the other party’s costs which is limited to £10,000 under the AAHUS Convention. K.Mafham offered to work pro bono. The legal challenge has to be brought within six weeks, i.e. mid September, 2014. If the Judicial Review is successful, the Core Strategy would have to be begun again and another enquiry undertaken which might convince the Councils to consider developing brown field sites.

Traffic: Gotham is vulnerable as the limits on the A453 are exceeded. Traffic lights at Junction 24 will mean traffic backs up with the likelihood of rat running through Gotham. RBC have stated, the traffic flow will be the responsibility of the developers. A proper and realistic traffic model must be submitted. The present traffic study is flawed and full of discrepancies, i.e. mention of a secondary school which is not part of the development meaning children will need to travel to school. If we lose the Judicial Review, we must make a play for Section 106 monies to improve the villages amenities which might be heavily used by the new population.

Pylons: H.Taylor explained the dangers of housing near to pylons which can result in long term health concerns. He will submit a written report to be included in Gotham News.

Sand and Gravel Quarry at Barton in Fabis: J.Coles thanked Gotham for its support in the objection to a proposed sand and gravel quarry adjacent to Barton. Eighty 28 ton lorry movements per day would lead to extra traffic burden on the A453. Barton Parish Council had submitted an excellent document in objection to the proposal.

M.J.Sheppard thanked the panel and audience and the meeting closed at 8.40 p.m.

Minutes of a Meeting of the Planning & Development Committee (20/05/14)

In the absence of the Clerk, notes taken by BJW

Present: J.P.Anderson (Chairman)  E.Rodgers (Vice-Chairman) G. Hutter,K.Steed, E.Padden, B.J.Walker  M.J.Sheppard (7.40pm) G.Clark (7.40pm)

In attendance Andrew Clayworth

1/ Election of Chairman: It was moved by E.Rodgers and seconded by K.Steed that John Anderson be appointed as Chairman and duly carried by unanimous vote

2/Election of Vice Chairman: Deferred to later in the meeting

3/ Apologies: Nil

4/Declaration of Interest: Nil

5/ Minutes of the previous meeting:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 18th March 2014 as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business transacted.

PROPOSED: B J Walker SECONDED K.Steed. Vote all in favour

6/Progress from the minutes, not on the Agenda: Item 8. This planning application was reconsidered at the Main meeting and the objection withdrawn

7/Progress re RBC Core Strategy/Aligned core strategy: Still awaiting Inspector’s report on the ACS which is due at the end of May giving a short time for appraisal before going for a Judicial Review.

John Anderson gave an overview of the timetable of Rushcliffe’s Examination in Public commencing 1st July for two weeks indicating when Ken Mafham would appear. Councillors queried whether the villagers would be notified of the issues and various suggestions were put forward as the best way to do this including information going on to the GPC website.

8/Minerals Plan at Barton: John Anderson circulated a plan showing the affected area (approx 190 acres). An open meeting will take place at Barton Village Hall on Tuesday 27th May at 7.30pm. Once established this proposal would spread up to Thrumpton and generate approximately 60 Lorries a day.  JA had emailed Oxalis and Richard Mapletoft RBC planner as to the implications for our area. The planning consideration is in the hands of Nottinghamshire County Council with input from the Highways Authority It was agreed we should help Barton and respond to their lead. A small working group comprising of M. Sheppard, G.Clark and B.Walker would look at this.

9/ Traffic working Party: M.J.Sheppard reported that County Councillor Andrew Brown had contacted him re the removal of the traffic lights outside the school. JA was still awaiting the traffic details from Oxalis and the implications for rat running through Gotham. Dave Prior will give us his professional opinion. It was agreed that a working party including Sue Lymn-Brewin, JA, GH, EP, MS, ER and other interested parties should be assembled to discuss the implications.

10/Planning Decisions Received – Nil

11/Planning Applications Received – Nil

12/ Any Other Business

Item 2 Election of Vice Chairman

It was moved by B.Walker and seconded by John Anderson that G.Clark be appointed as Vice Chairman for the ensuing year. All in favour.

BJW sought permission to draft a response to the East Midlands Airport’s Development Plan for the Clerk to respond to on behalf of Council. E. Rodgers highlighted the problem of noisy training flights. The closing date is 24th May 2014.

13/Matters to report: nil

14/ Date and time of next meeting: Tuesday 17th June 2014. E.Rodgers gave her apologies as she will be on holiday.

Minutes of a Meeting of Gotham Parish Council (02/09/14)

Present:   M.J.Sheppard, (Chairman) J.M.F.Royce, G.Clark, G.Hutter, B.J.Walker, G.Holbrook,  A.Clayworth,  D.Bexon

In attendance: County Councillor A.Brown

14/175: Apologies:  K. Steed (Vice-Chairman) C.Dabell, J.P.Anderson, E.Padden, E.Rodgers, Borough Councillor T.Vennett-Smith.

14/176: Acceptance of Apologies:

PROPOSED: G.Clark SECONDED: B.J.Walker.  Vote: All in favour.

14/177: Declaration of Interest:

Trustees, G.Clark, G.Hutter, D.Bexon in matters relevant to the Memorial Hall/Recreation Ground.

14/178: Minutes of the previous meeting:

Resolved: That the previously circulated Minutes of the Parish Council held on the 29th July, 2014, be accepted and signed as a true record of the business transacted, with the following amendment:

14/161: Report by Chairman of Planning and Development Committee: RBC/Aligned Core Strategy progress/Traffic Discussion 15/7/2014: 3rd paragraph: alter ‘consultations’ to ‘responses’.

PROPOSED: J.M.F.Royce. SECONDED: G.Clark. Vote: All in favour.

Progress from the Minutes:

14/160: Finance Monthly Payments and Receipts: The Clerk reported a bank credit of £1,820 had been a bank error and had been debited. During the month of August, a cheque had been returned unpaid due to lack of funds in the account. The Clerk had transferred a sum of money from her personal account for quick access to prevent a further debit. Owing to the previous bank error, the £30 bank fee, for an unpaid cheque, had been refunded.

14/106: Environmental Matters: new bus shelter on Leake Road (May Minutes) The Clerk had received a letter from Notts County Council refusing to install a bus shelter on Leake Road due to insufficient passengers using the bus stop. The letter was passed to County Councillor A. Brown who would take the matter further due to the amount of schoolchildren regularly using the stop.

14/161: Report by Chairman of Planning and Development Committee: J.P.Anderson reported the meeting with Barton Councillors at a special planning meeting, had arrived at a decision to go forward with a Judicial Review to save Clifton Pastures from development.

14/169: RBC Review of Parliamentary Polling Districts and Polling Places: The Clerk had ascertained from RBC electoral office, that Gotham Polling Station would continue unchanged in the Memorial Hall.

14/179: 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: G.Clark  SECONDED: J.M.F.Royce. Vote: All in favour.

Budgets for 2015/16:

J.M.F.Royce asked members’ of committees to consider their Budget requests for 2015/16.

14/180: Report by Chairman of Planning and Development Committee: (Chairman J.P.Anderson)

M.J.Sheppard reported J.P.Anderson, together with J.Coles and K.Mafham had written a sixteen page response to the Oxalis Planning Application14/01417/OUT: Land East and West of Nottingham Road, South of Clifton. Councillors were asked to inspect the document and email any pertinent changes to the Clerk who would delay sending it until Thursday, 4th September p.m. The Clerk would deliver the response by hand to RBC.

PROPOSAL: That GPC’s response to the Oxalis Planning Application 14/01417/OUT be accepted, subject to minor alterations.

PROPOSED: M.J.Sheppard  SECONDED: G.Clark  Vote: All in favour.

Hardstaffs Expansion – New Kingston: J.P. Anderson had brought the Hardstaff’s expansion plans to the attention of the Public Meeting, held in Gotham on the 21st August, 2014. The expansion is not in the Parish of Gotham and is being dealt with by Kingston on Soar Parish Council who are welcoming the improvements.. M.J.Sheppard had inspected the large box of plans and declared it ‘futuristic’ with a training college, residential facilities for trainee engineers from around the globe.

14/181: Planning Decisions Received: Nil.

14/182: Planning Applications Received: Nil.

14/183: Environmental Matters:

Autumn Bulb Planting: G.Holbrook reported, it was difficult to assess the need for new bulb planting until Spring when the existing bulbs appear. It would be a good idea to plant crocus around the base of the Village Sculpture. More bulbs could be planted around the seat, adjacent to Gotham School and facing up Kegworth Road, the roundabout and in the bay by the Village Pump. G.Holbrook to draw up a ‘plan of action’ re bulb requirements.

Damaged Picnic table/fence/bin on The Railway Walk: A. Urry had quoted £490 for a replacement hard wood picnic table top. The Clerk would ask him to submit a quotation for a treated soft wood table top.

14/184: Memorial Hall Report from GPC representatives:

Pavilions: G.Clark reported, the pavilions were undergoing refurbishment during the month of August. B.J.Walker suggested asking the Trustees whether they would consider investing in a projector. County Councillor A.Brown suggested a contribution might be possible from his Councillor fund on written application.

DSC_0125Village De-Fibrillator: The de-fibrillator cabinet had been installed next to the front door of the Memorial Hall.

14/185: Policing Matters/Vandalism:

D.Bexon reported no crime figures for August had been received.

G.Hutter reported recent fence damage resulting in sheep straying on land adjacent to Kegworth Road. Two sheep had been attacked by dogs and later found dead with slit throats. Hare coursing had also been taking place in the same area.

14/186: Gotham News & Media:  

Editorial Team: M.J.Sheppard, E.Padden, K.Steed and D.Bexon.

M.J.Sheppard had spoken to S.Douglas (printer) who will provide redesigns of the masthead for future copies of Gotham News. He will ‘tweak’ current advertisements. J.M.F.Royce offered an old copy of Gotham News to study the masthead from a previous era.  Next edition copy date – 10th October, 2014 to include details of the Armistice Day Service.

The Clerk reported that two invoices to advertisers in Gotham News were outstanding.

14/187: Chairman’s Report:

DSC_0073The Chairman reported the temporary traffic lights on Kegworth Road had been re-instated in time for the new school term. This move had been supported by County Councillor A.Brown but was unpopular with Notts County Council due to costs. Ms Lymn-Brewin and the school Governors had supported the need for the traffic lights. An email from P.Goode from NCC, stated the lights were often checked and seemed underused. There had been agreement by the Council to keep them in situ until completion of the A 453 work.

G.Holbrook suggested raising the traffic lights to be visible above parked cars. They are currently sited too low and dazzle oncoming traffic.

The Chairman reported, he had personally delivered four hundred and twelve letter of objection to the Oxalis development to the RBC Planning and Development Department.

14/188: Clerk’s report:

The Clerk reported the NALC A.G.M. would take place at Epperstone Village Hall on the 15th November, 2014 at 10.30 a.m.. She and B.J.Walker to attend.

Notts Minerals Local Plan – Confirmation of GPC’s comments.

Confirmation of Government Legal Topic Notice – re permission for the public to film/record Council meetings.

14/189: Matters to Report:

G.Hutter and K.Steed reported complaints from Ridgeway residents re speeding. A temporary speed camera had been in place but was faulty and required continual battery re-charging. Many horse riders use the Ridgeway and there was a call for a reduction in speed allowance to 30 m.p.h. with improved warning signage for horse riding and reminders re dog fouling offences. County Councillor A.Brown to progress these suggestions.

G.Hutter reported direction signs to the village defibrillator to be placed in various village locations, including shop and pubs. She will be available to talk to village groups on the defibrillator.

B.J.Walker asked the Clerk to remind D.Healey to clear debris from under the old Post Office public seat.

M.J.Sheppard suggested installing dog fouling notices along the Railway Track – litter and dog fouling article in next Gotham News.

14/190: Items for Next Agenda: (Budgets 2015/16, Armistice Day arrangements, Cemetery sub committee meeting).

14/191: Date of Next Meeting: The next Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 7th October, 2014 at 7.30 p.m.

Meeting concluded at 9.30 pm.

Notice of a Meeting of Gotham Parish Council (07/10/14)

Tel : 0115 9830863
Email: gothamclerk@yahoo.co.uk

27th September 2014

Dear Councillor,

YOU ARE duly summoned to attend a MEETING OF THE GOTHAM PARISH COUNCIL to be on TUESDAY 7th October, 2014 commencing at 7.30 p.m. in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall.

Yours sincerely,
Clerk to the Council

1/ Apologies
2/ Acceptance of Apologies
3/ Declaration of Interest
4/ Minutes of the of the Parish Council meeting held on the 2nd September, 2014 (attached)
5/ Finance Monthly Payment and Receipts:
Budgets for 2015/16 (Date for finance meeting)
Remembrance Day wreath

6/ Gotham Remembers (MJS)

7/ Planning Report (J.P.Anderson)
RBC/Aligned Core Strategy progress

8/ Planning Applications
9/ Planning Decisions

10/ Environment Report (C.Dabell)
Autumn Bulb Planting
Damaged picnic table/fence/bin on The Railway Walk
Order for Gritting Salt from RBC

11/ Memorial Hall Report from GPC rep: (K.Steed, G.Clark, D.Bexon, G.Hutter)
12/ Policing Matters/Vandalism (D.Bexon and E.Rodgers)
13/ Gotham News & Media (E.Padden/D.Bexon/M.Sheppard/K.Steed)
14/ Chairman’s Report
15/ Clerk’s Report/Correspondence:
16/ Matters to Report
17/ Items for Next Agenda (Budget Papers, Remembrance Day Arrangements.
18/ Date and Time of Next Meeting (4th November, 2014)

The Public and Press are cordially invited to attend this meeting.

Notice of a Meeting of Gotham Parish Council (02/09/14)


Tel : 0115 9830863
Email: gothamclerk@yahoo.co.uk

27th August, 2014

Dear Councillor,

YOU ARE duly summoned to attend a MEETING OF THE GOTHAM PARISH COUNCIL to be on TUESDAY 2nd September, 2014 commencing at 7.30 p.m. in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall.
Yours sincerely,
Clerk to the Council

1/ Apologies
2/ Acceptance of Apologies
3/ Declaration of Interest
4/ Minutes of the of the Parish Council meeting held on the 29th July, 2014 (attached)
5/ Finance Monthly Payment and Receipts:
Budgets for 2015/16

6/ Planning Report (J.P.Anderson)
RBC/Aligned Core Strategy progress/Public Meeting held on the 21st August, 2014
Oxalis Ref: 14/01417/OUT: Development on Clifton Pastures
Hardstaff’s expansion at Kingston on Soar.

7/ Planning Applications
8/ Planning Decisions

9/ Environment Report (C.Dabell)
Autumn Bulb Planting
Damaged picnic table/fence/bin on The Railway Walk

10/ Memorial Hall Report from GPC rep: (K.Steed, G.Clark, D.Bexon, G.Hutter)
11/ Policing Matters/Vandalism (D.Bexon and E.Rodgers)
12/ Gotham News & Media (E.Padden/D.Bexon/M.Sheppard/K.Steed)
13/ Chairman’s Report
14/ Clerk’s Report/Correspondence:
Legal Topic Notice 5 re Parish Council meetings 1960 Act (updated August 2014)
15/ Matters to Report
16/ Items for Next Agenda (Budget Papers, Remembrance Day Arrangements.
17/ Date and Time of Next Meeting (7th October, 2014)

The Public and Press are cordially invited to attend this meeting.