A meeting of the Parish Council was held on Wednesday 8th October 2008 at 7.30pm in the Cator Hall



Mrs M Curry, Mr R Neale, Mr R Howes, Mrs S Wilson, Mr R Brown, L Haslam, Cllr A Stewart & Cllr N Armstrong.



Mr D Brozyna



The minutes of the meeting held on 10th September were read.  It was proposed by Mrs S Wilson, seconded by Mr L Haslam and agreed unanimously that these be signed as a true record.


Matters Arising

  1. Telephone Box  - The Clerk reported that to further the ‘Adopt a Kiosk’ scheme, which the PC approved last month, it was necessary to have a MPAN number as the telephone box had an electricity supply.  The BT web site suggested the annual cost for power was in the region of £17 p.a. (the alternative would be to disconnect the supply).  The PC voted unanimously to contact the local electricity company to obtain a MPAN number and proceed with the ‘Adopt a Kiosk’ application.
  2. The Clerk informed the PC that NCC had been told about the blocked drains on Bilsthorpe Road and Main St on 11th September but to date no action had been taken.  Following on from the speed of this response, Mr Neale and other councillors expressed concern about the speed of work on kerb and tarmac work along Bilsthorpe Road and Main Street.  The poor quality of the road patching along the Caunton Road was also commented upon.
  3. Interpretation Board – Mrs Curry informed the PC that Eakring’s BBC award was the result of a bid by Mrs Brown.  A meeting had been held with Andy Gaunt of NCC who outlined what was on offer.  Mrs Curry and the Clerk attended on behalf of the PC.  The board is to be placed by the ‘Jack Palin’ seat.  Mrs Brown is to co-ordinate ideas for the content of the board.
  4. Refurbishment of street signs – Cllr Armstrong kindly agreed to provide £250 towards this project.  She suggested that the PC contact NSDC first to obtain their permission.  There was some question as to how many street name signs there actually were in the village.  Some Councillors wondered it was proposed to refurbish the fingerpost sign at the same time.  Madame Chairman thought that there would not be enough money on this occasion.  The Clerk was instructed to approach a local tradesman to see if he would quote for the work.
  5. The 30mph sign on Wellow Road has been realigned.


County/District Councillors

  1. Cllr Stewart said he would be happy to accept the PC bid for BBC funding at next month’s meeting.
  2. The advert for the Traffic Regulations to alter the 30mph limits in the village is about to appear in the press.
  3. Cllr Stewart was unsure of the balance between patching/resurfacing proposed by NCC along Main Street and Newark Road in the work about to start.
  4. The PC discussed with the Councillors present the problems being encountered with the fence between the Recreation Ground and Triumph Close garages.



  1. NCC Highway Maintenance 2008: The Clerk to publicise this in the Eakring Echo and on the notice board.
  2. Dukes Wood Oilfield Museum: Appeal for donation to replace plaques.  After discussion it was decided not to make a donation.  The PC heard that when the statue was unveiled a large sum was given for the purpose of the future repair and maintenance of the statues and site. This fund is held in trust by Notts Wildlife Trust.
  3. NSDC Windfarm Planning Appeal 5th/6th Nov 10.00am Kelham Hall.
  4. Planning Inspectorate ‘Windfarm Inspector’ Alan Douglas Robinson
  5. NSDC Planning Appeal Land Rear of Highbank, Kirklington Road.
  6. Tree works, Ryalls Farm
  7. Ollerton CAB re grant for 2008/9
  8. NSDC re Strategic Land Availability Assessment
  9. NSDC Building Regulations Schedule 2 Exemption Enquiry
  10. NCC re proposed extension to 30mph speed limit Eakring village


Items Circulated

  1. NCC Travel and Transport Briefing September
  2. Transport for Communities Course 21 Oct
  3. The Lens
  4. Minerva Roof Trusses flier
  5. NCC Chairman’s Charity Events 2008
  6. Town and Parish Standard Sept 08
  7. Consultation on Making and Enforcement of Bylaws
  8. NALC Countrywise Oct 2008
  9. NSDC Local Development Framework Key Decisions for our Core Strategy



Application Number 08/01767/FUL

Loft conversion

Forest Cottage, School Lane, Eakring

Circulated and returned 12.9.08

For 7, Against 0 (nil)


Application Number 08/01650/FUL

Alterations and extension to Bungalow

Southlands, School Lane, Eakring

Circulated and returned 22.9.08

For 2, Against 5


Cator Hall

A grant of £6,000 has been received from WREN which will go toward the refurbishment of the toilets and cloakroom and the new disabled toilets.


Recreation Ground

Mr Neale agreed to look at the fence to assess if it was possible to replace the vandalised section with a more durable concrete arrangement.


The idea of integrating the playing fields into the whole of village life was discussed and Mrs Curry offered to approach village organisations about the possibility of organising a Summer Fete on the Recreation Ground.



The External Auditors had approved the audit for year ending March 31st 2008. The Clerk read out a letter from the Auditors dated 19 August.

Audit fee                                                         £58.75

CAB grant                                                      £50.00

Sherwood Foresters Donation                    £30.00

Clerk’s Salary                                                £335.00

Clerk’s Expenses                                          £52.53

Cator Hall Rent (Apr – Sept)                        £35.00


It was proposed by Mr R Neale, seconded by Mrs S Wilson with all in agreement that these accounts be paid.


Any Other Business

  1. Mr Howes reported that diesel was being taken out of farm machinery.  It was noted that incidents of theft locally were on the increase.


There being no further business, the meeting closed at 9.00pm.


Next meeting scheduled for 12th November 2008.


Signed: MJ Curry 12.11.08