Minutes of a meeting of the Parish Council held on

Wednesday 11th October 2017 at 7.30 p.m. in the Cator Hall.

Present:Mrs M Curry, Mr J Sweeney, Mr R Howes, Mr J Pennicott, Mr R Ford, Cllr J Peck (NCC) and 2 Parishoners.

Apologies:Mr R Brown, Mr T White.

1.Councillors’Declarations of Interest:


2.1: The minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 13th September 2017 were circulated prior to the meeting. It was proposed by Mr J Sweeney, seconded by Mr J Pennicott and agreed unanimously that they be signed as a true record.

3.Matters Arising:

3.1:Bilsthorpe Incinerator: Nothing happening at present.

3.2:Wind Farm update: Need to contact Company to formalise Community Benefit Payments: Mrs Curry told Councillors that she had received communications from the Company by Email but that it was with a different employee as the original contact no longer worked there.An agreement was in place for a grant towards work on the playing field but we need to clarify this in writing supplying an up to date plan with quotes.Regarding the issue of noise: at their last Board meeting they agreed to alter the angle of the turbine blades in order to mitigate the sound generated.

3.3:Response from Southwell Diocese re Wall between Cator Hall and Rectory Grounds and being in a position to sell the Cator Hall. The Parish Council heard that the Chief Executive had again not responded to the Parish Council’s letter. Councillor’s discussed ways to move forward. They took advice and decided to contact The Bishop of Southwell, The local M P and Andy Statham (Director of Place NSDC). They also thought that with the Hall lease due to run out in 2020 they must turn their attention to possible alternatives.(See 4.1)

3.4:New Parish Council Solicitor: Mrs Curry explained that herself, Mr Brown and the Clerk had an appointment with Mrs Tilcock on 25th October.

3.5:Responses to proposed First Aid Course: The Clerk revealed that 3 people had expressed an interest to date. It was agreed to book an evening.

4.Public Questions and Comments:

4.1:A parishioner present said he had listened to the Meeting so far and wished to express an opinion.He had seen other new, modern village halls locally and if it was proving difficult to buy the Cator Hall instead of buying an old building with its in built problems couldn’t you look upon this as an opportunity to use the money to get a 21st Century building that was state of the art, energy efficient and could even have parking, surely it would attract all sorts of grants?

5.County/ District Councillors:

5.1:Cllr Peck said that seismic testing had begun in the County which was the first step to fracking. A close eye would be kept on what was going on.

5.2: The ongoing issue of potholes was discussed. Cllr Peck explained that he regularly took walks around villages under his care. Councillors again mentioned Kirklington Road beyond National Grid and Mrs Curry said she knew Kirklington PC had similar concerns about the same road which eventually reached their parish. Mr Howes said the end of Swish Lane also needed attention.

5.3:Cllr Peck confirmed that Ollerton island would receive upgrading work helped by the upcoming development of the former Thoresby Colliery site.


6.1:Correspondence at Meeting:

a..Status of Custody Suite at Newark Police Station: Reply received from Police Commissioner to Parish Council opposition to proposed closure.

b.NCC: Offers of Winter Assistance: The Parish Council agreed to take up the offer of 5 free bags of salt.

c.Tree Works: Saville Court, Wellow Road.

6.2: Items Circulated:

a.NSDC: Planning Committee Agenda 3.10.17.

b.PC Websites: Applying For Funding.

c.Can You Commemmorate Holocaust Memorial Day?

d.Shaping Mental Health Enjoyment Days.

e. NALC: DCLA Consultation on Planning for Homes.

f. Health and Welbeing Strategy Refresh Consultation

g. Countryside Alliance:Nominate now for the Rural Oscars.

h.WDS Signs Ltd: Brochure.

i.Police Commissioner: The Beat- Oct 17.

j.NALC: Latest News on GDP Regulations.

k.NSDC: Planning Committee Agenda 19.19.17.



      Construction of 60m x 35m Manege, change of use from grazing to recreational.

      Lynton Cottage, Brail Lane, Eakring.

The Parish Council considered the above planning application and a vote was called. For 5 Against Nil Absent 2.


      Amendments to the layout of the new dwelling to be retained

      Detached House Tenters Cottages, I Tenters Cottages Tenters Lane.

The Parish Council received notification from the Planning Officer (NSDC) that the wrong plan  had been posted on the NSDC web site and extra time was allocated to submit comments. The Parish Council discussed the application in light of the new information and a vote was called For 4 Against 1(RH) Absent 2.

7.3: A late planning application was received and it was agreed to consider it.


       Demolition of No.2 Tenters Cottage and Erection of Replacement Dwelling

       Erection of Extension to No. 1 Tenters Cottage; and Erection of Two Dwellings

       ( Re-submission )

The Parish Council decided they needed further time to come to any conclusions and it was agreed to circulate the plans.

7.4: The following decision notices have been received:

   a.  No.17/01340/FUL

        Erection of Extension to Live/ Work Unit

        Chestnut Farm, Wellow Road, Eakring.

        Permitted Full Planning Permission 28.9.17.

   b.  No.17/01366/FUL

        Application for Removal/ Variation of Conditions 2 and 4

        Attached to application to Redesign and Siting of Approved

        Dwelling ( under File Ref: FUL/960176)

        Land at Hungerhills, Wellow Road Eakring.

        Permitted Full Planning Permission 28.9.17.

8.Cator Hall:

8.1:Report from Cator Hall Representative: Mr Brown being absent there was no report.

9.Recreation Ground:

9.1: Discussion on future direction of Playing Field Committee was led by Mr Sweeney the Chairman of the Playing Field Committee who said he planned to have a meeting of the newly constituted committee in the next two weeks. There was a copy of the Committee’s Constitution which would be available for the next meeting. Although he was still sorting out who would take the role of Secretary, Mr Ford had agreed to become Treasurer.


10.1:The Clerk reported that as yet the bridge had not been widened.


11.1: Accounts for payment

         Grant Thornton-  Audit Fee                                                                  £ 120.00

         CHMC   -  Cator Hall Rent (Apr-Sept)                                                £   48.75

It was proposed by Mr J Sweeney, seconded by Mr R Ford and agreed unanimously that these accounts be paid.

11.2: The Clerk presented up to date Bank balances as at 11.10.2017. He suggested to the Parish Council that as the Skipton BS a/c was now open this was an opportune moment to transfer the Community Benefit funds to that account. They agreed and he presented the Parish Council with Bank account balances to show what each account balance would be once this was done.

12.Other Agenda Items:

12.1:Consideration of amendment to 106 Agreement on Eco Homes, Eakring- To remove Bilsthorpe qualifying as an adjacent Parish. The Clerk read out an explanation he had received from Clare Walker (Planning Officer, NSDC), to explain why they proposed the removal of Bilsthorpe from the original document. In light of this explanation and subsequent discussion it was propsed by Mr J Sweeney, seconded by Mr J Pennicott that the Parish Council accept the amendment to the 106. For 4 Against 1(RH) Absent 2

12.2:The Parish Council discussed the Road Safety dangers on Church  Lane and Back Lane and decided that they must press for 20m. p/h. speed limits on these roads. They asked the Clerk to make the case to the County Councillor so he could pass the matter on to the relevant Officers at NCC.

12.3: Discussion on need for Long term Plan. Mr Ford said that as a new Councillor it struck him that it would be beneficial to have a plan. He said he had seen for example the village plan drawn up in 2005. Mrs Curry said that the 2005 document took a lot of time and people to produce and involved quite a lot of cost for which a grant had been available. Mr Ford said he still believed it was necessary to set down ‘What do we want to achieve for Eakring?’ He went on to explain that he thought the Parish Council should then produce a quarterly update to review what is happening and with points of interest. Councillors contributed differing views on the proposed scheme but agreed to Mr Ford’s proposal to trial it for at least the next two quarters beginning with producing the first newsletter after the next Parish Council meeting. Mr Ford volunteered to co-ordinate the newsletter.He pointed out that one topic could be asking people’s opinion of the need for a plan

12.4An appropriate day was chosen for the Christmas Tree lighting up Ceremony.- First Choice :Friday 1st December 6.00p.m.

12.5: It was agreed that a new Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator was needed for Eakring and an appeal should be placed in the Eakring Echo.

13.Next Meeting:

13.1: There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.25 p.m.

13.2: The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 8th November 2017 at 7.30 p.m. in the Cator Hall.


David Ottewell