Minutes of a meeting of the Parish Council held on

                      Wednesday 8th July 2015 in the Cator Hall

Present:Mrs M Curry, Mr R Brown, Mr T White, Mr J Sweeney, Mrs N Kirk, Cllr R Jackson(NCC) and 1 Parishoner.

Apologies:Mrs S Wilson, Mr R Howes.

1.Councillor’s Declarations of Interest:

The Clerk pointed out that if there were items on the agenda that Councillor’s needed to declare a conflict of interest this was the appropriate time to do so. No interests declared.


2.1: The Minutes of the meeting held on 10th June were circulated prior to the meeting. It was proposed byMrs Kirk, seconded by Mr White and agreed unanimously that they be signed as a true record.

3. Matters Arising:

a. Mrs Curry said that she was not at the last meeting but on reading the Minutes of the last meeting point 4.3 she would like to clarify that although the Parish Council had talked about purchasing the Cator Hall at the offer price of £50,000 they had not as yet formally agreed to go ahead and engage in the purchasing process.

3.1:Bilsthorpe Incinerator Planning Appeal update: Mrs Curry explained that she had attended the Pre Enquiry meeting at the NCC Bilsthorpe Highways Depot where the inspector had met interested parties. The Enquiry would be at South Forest commencing 3rd November and was set to last 8 days but more if necessary. There would be an evening session on 4th November when residents could speak ( They need to notify intension by 6th October- will not be cross examined).

Peel will be represented by a QC and a group of experts. The opponents will have Shlomo Dolmon, Dr Chow( on Emissions into the air and the water table, RAGE(4 people), Mrs Curry (Eakring PC), John Pearce(Rufford). Bilsthorpe PC are also expected to have a representative and Kirklington and Farnsfield PC’s are being approached to supply speakers. Submissions have to be in by 6th October.

3.2:Defibrillator update: It  is hoped the defibrillator will be placed in the telephone box shortly. As there have been few people signing up for the defibrillator familiarisation courses on 16th July it was agreed to combine the two courses into one.

4. Public Questions and Comments:


5.County/ District Councillors:

5.1:Cllr Jackson pointed out the Boundary Commission proposals would have an impact on County Council areas. He said that individual responses would carry more weight than Parish Council responses.

5.2:Cllr Jackson discussed the proposed extension of improved Broardband  provision but pointed out that you would still have to pay your provider for improved service if it was available.

5.3: Mrs Kirk pointed out the continued poor state of the road from National Grid to the A617. Cllr Jackson said he would look into the matter on his way home.

5.4: Our NSDC councillors were not present.


6.1:Local Government Boundary Commission: Electoral Review of Nottinghamshire: Draft Recommendations: It was pointed out that Eakring would be placed in an area ‘Sherwood Forest’ including Clipstone and Edwinstowe. Information of how to look on computer at details would be circulated: Individual representations must be sent by 10 August. If you wish a PC response return by 6 August.

6.2: NSDC: Election Expense Returns- Councillors reminded of obligations

6.3:Tree Works: Orchard Cottage:

6.4:Items Circulated:

a.Clerks and Councils Direct –July

b.Heather Wicker Newark General Hospital: Choose Newark General Hospital.

c.Prepared Medic Ltd: What New in Public Sector Today.

d.NALC: New Councillor Training Cource-29.7.15

e.NCC: Extended Countywide Coverage of the Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme.

f. Crime Commissioner: The Beat-July

g.NSDC: Planning Committee agenda.

h.CHMC: Minutes of Meeting-23 June.

i. NALC: Play Inspection Training.


7.1The following planning application was received and returned:


     Householder application to remove existing shed and erect brick built garden room with

     Workshop and store

      Forest Cottage School Lane

      For 4  Against 2  Absent 1

7.2:The following planning application was discussed at the meeting:


      Conversion of existing garage and new roof and rooflights over to replace existing flat

      roof. Erection of new garage and landscaping works including removal of trees and

      shrubs, erection of new fence, brick piers and gates.

      Santana, Back Lane.

After discussion a vote was called for with Mr Brown (1) in favour and 4 against. The main objections being that the garage would be situated in front of the established building line and the removal of the hedge and trees would have a detrimental effect on wildlife ( birds and hedgehogs etc) due to loss of habitat.

8. Cator Hall:

8.1:The Cator Hall Representative, Mr Brown, reported that funds stood at a healthy £5000+ after the roof repairs had been paid for. The next task to be tackled was the lights. A neighbour had contacted the CHMC about overhanging trees and quotes were being sought to carry out work but the Committee were mindful that they might need NSDC permission.

8.2:Proposal that the Parish Council Purchase the Cator Hall: The Chairman said the Parish Council knew the situation regarding the Cator Hall, the Parochial Church Council and Mr Brown’s position i.e. that he personally would make no monetary gain. If other Councillors were happy Mr Brown could continue to participate in discussions and voting. It was agreed unanimously.

Mrs Curry said she would like to propose the Parish Council in principle buy the Cator Hall subject to the following provisos: 1) That the Parish Council see the Deeds and all the legalities are correct 2) A guarantee of the money from Lightsource is forthcoming. Mr White seconded the proposal. All other Councillors voted in favour.

9.Recreation Ground:

9.1: The Clerk told the meeting that he believed the field was again in need of cutting and that there was extensive weedy growth on all four sides of the field. Mr White agreed. The Clerk suggested that Councillors made an inspection. Mrs Curry said maybe it was necessary to get a firm in on a one off basis to do a thorough clear up.

10. Mompesson Cross:

10.1:Mr Brown was thanked for taking a strimmer and clearing the path through the plot. Mr Sweeney volunteered to help next time the work was needed. Mrs Curry said if necessary this was another task where a quote could be obtained from a grounds maintenance company.

10.2: Mrs Curry suggested that NCC Rights of Way Officer should be contacted to find out when the work on the bridge and steps would be carried out as it had been promised some time ago.

11. Accounts:

11.1: There were no Accounts.

12.Other Agenda Items:

12.1: Karen Tarburton of RCAN was welcomed to the meeting.She explained that there were a number of ways she could help the Village develop the Recreation Ground from conception to obtaining funding to implementation. All her services would be free. It was agreed that Mr Sweeney and Mrs Kirk would be contact points with Mrs Tarburton.

13.Next Meeting:

13.1: The Clerk was requested to organise a meeting as soon as possible with a suggested date of Thursday 16th July 7.30 p.m.

13.2: There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.50 p.m.


David Ottewell