Councillors - Mr Dave Thompson (Chair), Mr Robert Vilinskis, Mr Mark Dabbs, Mrs Barbara Brownley, Mrs Rose Keeton, Mr Gary Adams, Mrs Rebecca Power.
6 members of the public & press
In attendance: Phil Burgess
Mrs Sheila Soar.
Agenda Item 20 to be discussed after exclusion of press and public.
Cllr John Peck joined the meeting at 7.05.
Proposed Gary Adams, seconded Barbara Brownley, approved unanimously.
Matters arising January referred to failure to attend by Matt Lamb (Planning at NSDC) at December meeting. Formal letter of complaint and e-mail reminder from clerk brought no response. Contact was made with Julia Lockwood who would bring this to Matt's attention on his return from sick leave. Mark Dabbs asked why NSDC rarely respond to contact. Dave Thomas stated that staff were very stretched.
Update was given by clerk on the Third Avenue bay on Forest Rd (Item 19 December and matters arising January refer. The bay would cost £4,000 to repair and raise to usable standard. NCHA are considering a response to this information.
John Peck reported the following:
He had objected to the reduction in bus service in Clipstone and no decision has been made as yet but a favourable outcome is unlikely. Dave Thomas reported that Doyle's coaches who had provided a replacement to scheduled services in the past had recently gone bust.
Accepted that both Mansfield Rd and Forest Rd were bad and a request had gone in to address this.
The meeting had taken place between county and district officials and an agreement for increased liaison had been reached.
If knee rail on Davis Close does not go ahead, the funds will be directed to Clipstone to go towards the skate park project.
Due 27th February to finalise the 14/15 budget and decide where savings must be made to meet spending targets for NCC.
Flooding issues reported from blocked storm drains on Mansfield Rd and Third Avenue. Action: Clerk will check and report through NCC website.
There is a full council meeting at District level w/c 17.02.14 regarding budgets. A new leisure centre has been approved in Newark.
Cllr Peck left the meeting at 7.30.
Denise Barraclough raised the issue of the headstocks and felt the council was hearing a one-sided view. She was assured by Robert Vilinskis that the council would hear all viewpoints. Item 14 refers. She also offered help finding funding for the skate park. Mark Dabbs pointed out the lack of information on skate park project. The subject would be added to the next agenda.
Jim Gibson raised the issue of damage to the manhole covers Mansfield Rd at the junction with First Avenue. This had been made a lot worse by the road restrictions caused by recent sewer work. Also pointed out that resurfacing work was to begin on the area between Whitegates and Forest Town although the surface there was much better than that of Mansfield Rd. Action: Clerk to investigate.
Minutes of Village Hall Working party previously circulated. Clerk reported that acoustic panels could be constructed cheaply by Parish Workers. Cost would be around £500 for a dozen panels to be fitted to ends of the hall and ceiling if required. Quotes from acoustic companies had exceeded £20,000. Approval was given for Parish Workers to construct panels.
Decisions by NSDC Planning
All decisions noted by council.
Mediation date 18.02.14
Deeds approved in respect of Mr Terence Hays and Mr Gary Jones.
Denise Barraclough of the Clipstone Colliery Regeneration Group had made a request to address the council regarding the future of the headstocks. The council agreed unanimously that a presentation could be made at the March meeting. Denise was confident that funding could be found for restoration work and would provide leaflets in advance of the meeting to support her case. Action: clerk to distribute leaflets with next agenda.
Application received from Mr Kevin Halfpenny to join the council. Residency conditions satisfied. Vote resulted in 6 in favour, 1 abstention. Mr Halfpenny appointed.
The recent storms had brought down 2 boughs of a large Cypress tree which had fallen into the cemetery area. No gravestones were damaged. Emergency work was carried out to fell the tree the following day as it was a risk to the public and staff.
The newsletter had been delivered to the majority of homes. Reports of non-delivery to following: Portland Rd, Mansfield Rd, Forest Rd, Third Avenue. Clerk to check - still some areas to deliver. Ken Weaver offered to deliver some if we dropped them at his house.
Item 7 January minutes. Clerk reported that an e-mail has been sent to Jo Horton at Highways NCC detailing work required on the trees.
Correspondence tabled and noted.
Mark Dabbs reported fly tipping in the Baulker lane, Greendale Crescent area near the former garage site. Bollards need to be erected to prevent this. Action: Clerk to arrange
Barbara Brownley reported a problem with the chain link fence to rear of the flats at 122 Highfield. Repair required Action: Clerk to pursue
Resident request for a bus shelter near Gorseway on Highfield Rd. Mark Dabbs advised that the pavement width would not be sufficient to take a shelter in that position.
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