A meeting of the Parish Council was held on Wednesday 12th November 2008 at 7.30pm in the Cator Hall



Mrs M Curry, Mr R Neale, Mr D Brozyna, Mr R Howes, Mr L Haslam, Mr R Brown, Mrs S Wilson, Cllr A Stewart, Cllr B Laughton and 2 parishioners.



The minutes of the meeting held on 8th October were read.  It was proposed by Mr R Brown, seconded by Mrs S Wilson and agreed unanimously that these be signed as a true record.


Matters Arising

  1. Refurbishment of street signs: The NSDC Clerk of Works has been contacted and permission is not required to undertake refurbishment.  They have used SPG Construction in the past.  The PC heard an unofficial estimate for work on 10 street signs and decided to contact SPG Construction for an official estimate.  An estimate from a local tradesman is awaited.  Meanwhile councillors will prioritise which signs need attention.
  2. An application to ‘Adopt the Telephone Kiosk’ was submitted on 17th October to BT.
  3. The drains on Bilsthorpe Road and Main Street were cleared prior to the road resurfacing.
  4. There is no further news on the interpretation board.
  5. Mrs Curry and Mr Howes reported on the wind farm appeal which they considered to be very thorough, fair and even handed.
  6. Mr Neale had examined the playing field fence but is of the opinion that a concrete replacement, at the trouble spot by the garages, would be inappropriate.  Mr Brozyna said that he believed an entrance should be made at this point but Mrs Curry pointed out that this could not be done without official approval. Mr Neale suggested a group of councillors visit the site.
  7. Summer Fete – Mrs Curry said that local organisations consulted about the possibility of such an event were responding positively.  A committee would be formed to organise it and ensure it did not clash with other events planned for the summer.  There was some discussion as to what funds raised from the event might be donated to.


County/District Councillors

  1. Cllr Stewart said he had received a BBC application for the playing field equipment from Mr Brozyna and had passed it on.
  2. The present road resurfacing in the village was discussed and the work about to be completed on the Caunton Road.  Some comments were made about the choice of colour of flagstones at the lowered kerb sections especially in view of Eakring being a conservation area.  It was felt consultation should be undertaken with local communities before such changes are made.
  3. Cllr Laughton was concerned about recent flooding/surface water on Kirklington Road (just up from Brail Farm).  Two other areas where surface water gathered were also mentioned to him.
  4. Cllr Laughton announced that the County Council Elections would be held on the same day as the European Elections next year – 4th June.
  5. Mr Neale asked if councillors could act on the state of hedges on Wellow Road which were overgrown and meant that when a car pulled over to avoid large oncoming traffic it scratched paint.  Mr Laughton replied that in the first instance the Clerk should contact the relevant landowner.



  1. Ollerton CAB: thank you for your donation.
  2. Sherwood Foresters: thank you for your donation.
  3. NSDC Supply of Register of Electors 2008-9. PC agreed to apply for free copy of Register of Electors.
  4. NCC Notice of granting of planning application – drilling of a borehole for exploration of oil – Whip Ridding Farm, Kirklington.
  5. NSDC Community Risk and Resilience Building Form
  6. National Grid Tenant Hand Book
  7. Payphones@bt.com Acknowledgement of application for ‘Adopt a Kiosk’ Scheme.
  8. NCC Mobile Rural Contact Point poster for 14th Nov visit
  9. NSDC Agenda for Parish Conference 10 Nov.


Items Circulated

  1. Rural Community Action AGM (Annual Report)
  2. Rural Community Action Rural Voice No.6
  3. NCC Planning and Landscape Briefing Oct 08
  4. NCC Countylink Oct 08
  5. Wickstead brochure
  6. East Midland Regional Plan Partial Review
  7. NCC Road Bulletin – Newark and Sherwood Area
  8. Letter from Andy Stewart re road patching/re-surfacing
  9. Communities and Local Government: Communities in Control Consultation.
  10. NSDC Visible Brochure
  11. Clerks and Councils Direct Nov 08



Application Number 08/1895/OUT

New detached dwelling

Land adjacent Ivy Cottage, Kirklington Road

Circulated – to be returned 6th November


The following decision notices were received:

Application Number 08/01768/FUL


Ashlea, Main Street, Eakring

Approve full planning permission 29.9.08


Application Number 08/01707/FUL

Placing of resilience store

National Grid Transco Plc, Kirklington Road

Approve full planning permission 9.10.08


Application Number 08/01767/FUL

Loft conversion

Forest Cottage, School Lane, Eakring

Approve full planning permission 21.10.08


Application Number 08/10650/FUL

Alterations and extension to bungalow

Southlands, School Lane, Eakring

Refuse full planning permission 24.10.08


Cator Hall

Mr Brown reported an increase in bookings for the hall.


Recreation Ground

After the news that the BBC bid had been made, Mr Brozyna said that he hoped to arrange in the near future for a presentation to be made to the PC of the proposals for the playground development.  This could include his investigations into the insurance implications.


A 5 metre section of fence to the southern edge of the recreation ground is down.  There has been some fly tipping of branches.


Mr Brozyna asked if the PC are still trying to dispose of the roller.



Churchyard Maintenance grant £180.00

It was proposed by Mr R Neale, seconded by Mr D Brozyna with all in agreement that this account be paid.


Any Other Business

  1. The Resilience Store is now in place and is mostly equipped with sand and sandbags awaited.  Of the 3 sets of keys one was lodged with National Grid and it was agreed that Mr Haslam and Mr Brown should hold the others.  Their names are to be publicised in the Eakring Echo and on the notice board.  Mr Haslam is to recover the £85 owing to the PC from NSDC in the near future.
  2. Madame Chairman reported on the Parish Conference which took place at Kelham Hall 10 Nov 2008.
  3. A parishioner had contacted the PC about a Transco van speeding through the village at 9.32am (Tuesday 11 Nov).  Although it was agreed that National Grid try very hard to get their employees to obey the speed limits, a letter from the PC to National Grid would be appropriate.
  4. FP4 by the allotments has now got a layer of stone on its first section from Back Lane.  The wooden bridge over the dyke on FP8 has been repaired.  The overhanging branches on FP23 have been cut back.  The leaves on the tarmac on FP23 are still a hazard but the Area Rights of Way Officer suggests this is a Highways Department issue.  Cllr Laughton suggested to the PC that they contact Jo Horton and ask for the Highways Action Team.
  5. Concern was expressed about large stones appearing on verges.  It was decided to place a note in the Eakring Echo.


There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8.50pm.


Next meeting scheduled for 10th December 2008.


Signed:  M Curry 10.12.08