A meeting of the Parish Council was held on Wednesday 13th April 2011 at 7.30pm in the Cator Hall



Mrs M Curry, Mr R Neale, Mr R Howes, Mr D Brozyna, Mr R Brown, Mrs S Wilson, Mr L Haslam, Cllr B Laughton, 4 parishioners and Mr Michael Evans.



Cllr N Armstrong



The minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 9th March were read.  It was proposed by Mr D Brozyna, seconded by Mr R Neale and agreed unanimously that these be signed as a true record. 


Matters Arising


  1. Royal Wedding Street Party Grant – Mrs Curry said she had been in contact with Mrs Anna Woods and understood 140 people would be attending the event.  She had already acquired equipment such as bunting and insurance was being arranged.  Mr Brown said that the Art Group had promised a contribution of £96.  Mrs Wilson added that individual donations of food, drink etc had been made.  The PC discussed their grant.  Mr Brozyna was in favour of paying for the insurance whilst other councillors favoured a cash donation.  Mrs Curry suggested a figure of £100 and called for a vote.  For:6, Against 1 (Mr Brozyna said was voting against as he believed in paying for the insurance).
  2. Community Litter Pick – Mrs Curry said it was a successful event with 40 bags of rubbish taken to the tip, and thanked all those who took part.
  3. Smell from chicken farm – after contacting NSDC Environmental Health Dept the PC were informed that the premises were under the supervision of the Environment Agency.  Neil Ratcliffe from EA said they had not received any complaints from other people.  He provided the number of their 24 hour pollution hotline (0800 80 70 60) and suggested it be placed in the village newsletter.  If concerned residents could contact the number each time there was an incident they could monitor the situation and build up a record.
  4. Lorries using new Highways Dept – a letter from Jo Horton (NCC Highways North) states that NCC vehicles going to and from the new Bilsthorpe Depot will use the A614/Eakring Road junction.
  5. Parish Council Clerk’s PAYE Implementation – Mrs Curry reported that both HMRC and NALC had been contacted but clarification was still awaited as to how the new rules would apply to Parish Councils like Eakring.
  6. Water Seepage on Main Street – the Clerk reported that this had been dealt with by NCC Highways.
  7. Broken Light on FP23 – the Clerk reported this was still out (first reported on 10.2.11) Cllr Laughton provided a direct access number to Kevin Aldridge (NCC).


County/District Councillors

  1. Cllr Laughton said he believed the playing field project would be an ideal scheme to bid for funding under the LIS.  He believed that one large bid stood more chance of success than two smaller ones.
  2. Cllr Laughton accepted that some vulnerable sections of the community might be affected by the recent Council Budget changes.  He asked that if any PCs became aware of any such cases they refer them to him so that he could help.



  1. Outlaw Triathlon – a letter from the organiser Ian Hamilton outlining the selected route which did not include Eakring – Cllr Laughton believed that things are not yet fixed.
  2. NCC Mobile Libraries – the service to Eakring will now be monthly on Mondays beginning 18th April.


Items Circulated

  1. NHS Public Board Meeting 24.3.11 poster
  2. Clerk and Councils Direct March 11
  3. CPRE Valerie Gillespie Aware 2011
  4. NALC Parish/Town Elections 2011 poster.
  5. NALC All about local councils
  6. NALC it takes all sorts
  7. HM Revenue and Customs Parish Council and Community Council Clerks PAYE Implementation
  8. Newark Town Council – grave diggers course 16th March
  9. NHS Newark’s Healthcare Review

(Items 1 – 9 included last month)

  1. Groundwork Cresswell, Mansfield, Ashfield brochure
  2. Notts Fire and Rescue Response magazine Spring 2011
  3. NSDC Armed Forces Day 25th June fly a flag
  4. NSDC Adoption of the Newark and Sherwood Core Strategy Development Plan Document with CD
  5. NHS Public Board Meeting 26.5.11 poster



Application Number 11/00363/FUL

Householder application to approved first floor extension to existing dwelling, to change roof lights for windows in wall, including raised eaves level and additional brickwork.

Jasmine Cottage, Kirklington Road, Eakring

Circulated to be returned 14.4.11

For 7, Against Nil


Application Number 11/00373/FUL

Householder application for erection of conservatory to rear elevation

Hogwin House, Church Lane, Eakring

Circulated to be returned 18.4.11

For 7, Against Nil


Mrs Curry announced a late agenda item – a planning application received


Application Number 10/01679/FUL

Construction of 4 new houses and extension of existing property

(amendments to access and design of plot 2)

Highbury, Kirklington Road, Eakring


Mr Michael Evans asked for permission to address the Parish Council on behalf of the applicant.  A full discussion of the scheme followed with Mr Evans outlining what he saw as the benefits of the revised scheme and the Parish Council, whilst noting that they were pleased to see that Highbury was to be retained, believed the same concerns they had submitted about the original proposal remained.  The Parish Council believed that if the village was to have new houses the need was not for more 5 bedroomed houses but smaller bungalows.  Mrs Curry called for a vote.  For: Nil, Against 7.


Cator Hall

Amanda Redgate (Solicitor) of Rothera Dowson contacted the Parish Council asking for details, agreed with the Southwell and Nottingham Board of Finance in February 2010 for the new Cator Hall lease.  Mr Brown reported a profit of £2596.85 on the pantomime of which £1500 would go to the Cator Hall.


Recreation Ground

Mrs Curry told the meeting that STW had found a sewer crossing the playing field which did not belong to them but was privately owned. This matter was being followed up by Phil Beard.



Clerks Salary                         £371.70

Clerks Expenses                   £68.98

Cator Hall Rent (Oct-Mar)    £42.50

Royal Wedding Street

Party Grant                             £100.00


It was proposed by Mrs S Wilson, seconded by Mr R Neale will all in agreement that these accounts be paid (although Mr Brozyna asked note to be made of his vote on the Royal Wedding Street Party Grant).


Any Other Business

  1. National Grid Road Signage – it was noted how an increasing number of vehicles, lorries as well as cars bound for National Grid are being misdirected by Sat Navs down Triumph Road.  It was agreed to contact National Grid pointing out the problem and asking if they could arrange for a sign to be erected at the Triumph Road/Kirklington Road junction.  Whilst writing Mr Neale asked if mention could be made of vehicles abiding by National Speed Limited in all areas as there had been instances noted of speeding vehicles particularly on the Eakring/Wellow Road.
  2. Footpath Issues – a leaning post on FP18 and overhanging branches on FP19.  It was agreed to place a general reminder in the Eakring Echo.
  3. Mrs Wilson asked if the anti-dog fouling signs could go up and highlighted particular areas of concern including by the allotments.
  4. Wellow Road Resurfacing – Mr Neale praised the work done by NCC and its contractors and it was agreed unanimously to send a letter of thanks.  Whilst writing Mrs Curry asked to point out to NCC Highways that the Task Force from the Parish Walkabout (October 2010) had still not visited Eakring.
  5. Accounts – Mr Brown asked if it would be appropriate to show appreciation to the Internal Auditor for his work on the annual accounts.  It was proposed by Mr R Brown seconded by Mrs Sue Wilson and agreed unanimously to buy 2 bottles of wine for Mr Walker.


There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.10pm.


Signed: M Curry 11.05.11