Councillors - Mr Wayne Swiffin (Chair), Mr Gary Adams, Mrs Barbara Brownley, Mr Mark Dabbs, Mr Terry Harkess, Mrs Rebecca Power, Mrs Sheila Soar, Mr Dave Thompson, Mr John Peck (part)
1 member of the public and 2 members of the Police force
Chair welcomed PC Appleby and PCSO Childs and invited them to talk to the meeting.
An update was given as to incidents reported in past month. It was explained the situation in both Clipstone and Edwinstowe had been relatively quiet, particularly in comparison with Newark. Reasons for this were suggested.
Questions were posed by members of the Council regarding the effectiveness of CCTV coverage in the Village, drug dealing activity and how reports from members of the public were dealt with. Responses given. Support requested for the reduction and thinning of trees on Mansfield Road to improve the coverage of CCTV cameras.
Incidents of cars gathering at night in one location were reported. It was agreed this would be investigated.
Similarly incidents of young people riding motorcycles whilst under the influence of drink or drugs were reported. Options outlined as to how this could be dealt with by the police. Members were encouraged to provide timely information about the offenders.
Problem of obstruction of pavements by inconsiderate parking, particularly on Church Road and Third Avenue, was again raised. It was agreed this would be monitored and actioned when police were in the area.
Minutes agreed as a true and accurate record.
Response to application for adverse possession drafted and approval given for purchase of aerial photographs for evidential purposes.
Council's solicitor to attend next meeting to advise on options.
Further notice received from Land Registry extending deadline for response to 27 March 2013.
Amended plan of land to be transferred to Parish Council omitting the section of land enclosed by the new fencing installed by owner of 1 Forest Road received from Bovis.
Concerns were raised regarding the possible development intentions of 1 Forest Road, particularly as Council had objected to previous planning applications on this site. It was also felt that the new fenced enclosure could restrict access to the culvert and the style of fencing would attract graffiti.
Meeting requested with Bovis Homes.
Agreed by District Council. Plan of cemetery to be amended to include new section.
No progress since last meeting.
Letter sent to NCHA advising of Council's response to proposals.
Clarification sought and provided regarding rationale for decision. Reminder given of the need for careful consideration, particularly with regard to easements and rights of way over land at entrances to allotment site.
Clerk to request meeting with NCHA to discuss matter further.
Clerk meeting with preferred contractor on 10 January.
Contractor appointed and to start survey as soon as possible.
Letter sent to District Council asking for provision to be included in Cavendish Park section 106 agreement.
Report made of activities of unofficial car sales business and its impact. Planning Enforcement Officer to be informed.
Minutes circulated and noted.
Proposed budget for 2013/14, as recommended by Finance and Strategy Committee, circulated. It was advised this would mean levying a precept of £80,678. Taking into account the reduced tax base and the indicative support payment offered by the District Council, this represents an increase of 1.9% for residents.
Budget and precept approved.
Schedule of expenditure during December considered. Expenditure of £9,537.31 approved.
Approval sought to appoint WR Leivers to repair the village hall roof and prevent damage to new insulation. Quotation of £1,132 for removal and replacement of existing fittings accepted.
Approval for installation of security fencing at Health Centre noted.
Approval requested for purchase of burial rights by Mrs Crump. Agreed
Approval requested for reservation of plot for Mr and Mrs Rawlinson. Agreed
Application for memorial for Mrs Cardwell approved by Clerk. Noted
Nothing of significance received.
Open day arranged to provide information and gather views about the proposed new health centre arranged for Thursday 24 January between 9am and 6pm. Attendance encouraged.
District Council advised they have insufficient numbers of staff to satisfactorily fulfil this role. Training could be provided to others if sufficient interest expressed. It was agreed Parish Workers would be consulted as to their views.
Matter continuing to be discussed by District Council.
Feedback from surgery (also attended by members of parish and district council) given.
Monitoring undertaken of speed of vehicles entering Village on Mansfield Road. No feedback on results of this exercise yet received.
Potholes reported have been repaired. Concerns expressed at the standard of work and the value for money of repeatedly filling these as opposed to resurfacing road. Advice as to assessment procedure and specification will be sought when meeting at new depot.
Pressing for information on plans to re-surface Forest Road.
Concern expressed regarding the volume of personal mementos on some graves in new section. Clerk asked to write to grave owners reminding them of cemetery rules.
Thanks given to those who helped with this event. Feedback and lessons learned outlined.
Concerns were raised regarding the lack of clarity about remit of Village Hall Management Committee, with members feeling they have little influence. There was also a need to develop a vision for the Village Hall and plan accordingly.
It was agreed to include an agenda item at Parish Council meeting in March.
Request received for hire of Village Hall to provide computing lessons. Clerk to supply information regarding conditions of hire and broadband capacity.
The content and design of Council’s existing website were discussed and it was agreed further development was urgently needed. It was suggested an approach be made to Stephen Bishop, PC Medic, to see if he could assist in this endeavour. Edwinstowe Parish Council has recently appointed someone to maintain and update its website, the contact details of whom can be obtained from County Councillor.
The activities of both businesses at junction of Central Drive and Mansfield Road are continuing to cause problems for local residents with neither appearing to be willing to comply with their planning conditions ie making inadequate parking provision for visitors, operating seven days a week.
It was agreed to check the conditions attached to the Planning Inspectorate's decision to give consent for change of use at the former Squinting Cat and the timescale for these.
There also continued to be confusion regarding the responsibilities of different agencies with conflicting advice being given to residents. It was agreed there was an urgent need for co-ordination between the agencies so that effective action could be taken. Assistance offered in dealing with the Highways department of County Council.
Information provided regarding the timescale of possible decisions about the future of the colliery site and the remaining buildings.
Meeting closed at 8.30pm
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