Minutes of a meeting of the Parish Council held on

 Wednesday 8th June 2016 at 7.30p.m in the Cator Hall

Present:Mrs M Curry, Mr R Brown, Mrs S Wilson, Mr T White, Cllr R Jackson, Cllr L Tift and 5 Parishoners.

Apologies:Mrs N Kirk, Mr J Sweeney.

1.Councillors’Declarations of Interest:

1.1: Mrs Wilson and Mr Brown wished to record interests in any business related to the proposed purchase of the Cator Hall.


2.1: The minutes of the meeting held on 11th May were circulated prior to the meeting.It was proposed by Mrs S Wilson, seconded by Mr R Brown and agreed unanimously that they be signed as a true record.

3.Mattera Arising:

3.1:Bilsthorpe Incinerator Planning Appeal Update: Mrs Curry said that the planning application had been passed which was to say the least disappointing considering all the work that had gone into the objections.It was thought that it made a mockery of the policy of ‘localism’. Mrs Curry explained the fight would go on with the environmental permit being the next thing to challenge. She said that RAGE needed new blood and asked Councillors to encourage people to join.

3.2:Wind Farm update: The monitoring equipment has been in position for a month now.

3.3: Dukes Wood Oil Museum future: Mrs Curry said certain Eakring based ideas were under consideration but it would be unfair to voice them until they had all been investigated.

4.Public Questions and Comments:

4.1: Nothing raised.However: later in the meeting mention was made of flytipping on Stonish Hill and Swish Lane.

5.County/District Councillors:

5.1:Cllr Taft expressed her disappointment at the Incinerator decision.

5.2:Cllr Jackson explained that he was still pursuing  the Rights of Way Officer about the state of FP15 through the Playing Field.

5.3: Cllr Jackson said he had been unable to ascertain any information regarding future plans for Rufford Abbey.

5.4: Those present noted to Cllr Jackson that the state of Kirklington Road beyond National Grid remained poor. He said he would be going home in that direction.


6.1:The Clerk said there was nothing specific to mention but reminded Councillors that they had been circulated regarding the Kirklington Road closure 18th-19th June and Cycle Live Event 26th June.The Clerk also revealed he had been in touch with Lightsource who confirmed they had deposited this year’s Community Benefit payment in the Parish Council Bank Account this week.

6.2:Items Circulated:

a.NCC:Connecting Nottinghamshire Digital Champions.

b.NCC:County Council Civic Service 26 June.

c.NALC: Survey on Devolution of Services.

d.NSDC: Fly the Flag for Armed Services Day 25 June.

e.Police and Crime Comm: Volunteer to be an Independent Custody Visitor poster.

f.NSDC: Apprenticeship Opportunities poster.

g.Beaumond House; Community Hospice events.

h.NCC: NCC’s new contract with VIA East Midlands Ltd to deliver Highways Services.

i.Citizens Advice: poster.

j. NSDC:Planning Committee Agenda meeting 7 June.

k. Playquest Adventure Play Ltd details.

l.HAGS Brochure

m.Centenary Fields Programme details.

n.Glasdon Brochure.


7.1:The Parish Council considered the following planning applications:


   Application to vary Condition 7 of planning permission 15/01413/FUL to allow

   for the provision of bat boxes and bird nest boxes to be on a plot by plot basis.

   Pond Farm, Kirklington Road, Eakring.

   For 4 Against Nil.


   Construction of a digestate storage lagoon for an Anaerobic Digestion Plant

   Stud Farm, Rufford.

   For 4 Against Nil.

7.2: The following planning application was received and returned.


     Erection of two bedroom bungalow

     Land off Mill Lane, Eakring.

     Returned 31.5.16

     For 5, Against 1, Absent 1.

8. Cator Hall:

8.1:Report from Cator Hall Committee Representative: Mr Brown explained there was £7,000 in the Bank but the Committee were waiting to commence large projects until the future of the Hall had been sorted.

8.2: Mrs Wilson asked if anything had been heard from the Southwell Diocese and was told no.

9.Recreation Ground:

9.1: As the Chairman of the Playing Field Committee was absent he could not present an update.

9.2: Mrs Curry revealed she had been in touch with Groundworks and was talking tomorrow to arrange a meeting. The intention was to prepare a plan that could be implemented in stages.She also had been in touch with National Grid who wanted to issue a press release which would tell people of the proposed development and hopefully have the effect of attracting other funding.

9.3:Discussion took place on the number of times the field needed to be cut.It was agreed unanimously to increase the frequency from two cuts a month to four cuts a month in July and August. It was also agreed unanimously to order a one hour X one session of strimming round the perimeter of the field in each of June, July and August.

10.Mompesson Cross:

10.1:Mr Brown said a descendent of William Mompesson from Australia had been in Eakring.Mr Brown also told the meeting that in spite of improvements to the bridge to the Cross site with the hand rail and the non slip strips it had been reported that a dog had slipped from the bridge.


11.1:The Parish Council considered the Annual Governance Statement 2015/2016 and it was signed on their behalf by the Chairman and the Clerk.

11.2:The Parish Council were presented with the Accounting Statements for 2015/2016. It was proposed by Mrs S Wilson, seconded by Mr R brown and agreed unanimously that these be signed as a true record. They were signed by the Chairman on behalf of the Parish Council and the Clerk as the Responsible Financial Officer.

11.3:Account for payment: Clerk’s Salary (Apr-Jun)                                           £ 265.29

It was proposed by Mr T White, seconded by Mrs S Wilson and agreed unanimously that the account be paid.

12. Other Agenda Items:

12.1:Maintenance issues in the village: The Clerk told the Parish Council that Mrs Angela Davey would be leaving the village and had informed him that therefore she would no longer be able to be able to clean the telephone box. Everyone agreed that she had carried out this voluntary act on behalf of the Community in a brilliant manner for a number of years. The Clerk was instructed to write to Mrs Davey to thank her for her efforts and Mrs Curry agreed to buy a small token of appreciation. An appeal for a new volunteer will be placed in the Eakring Echo. Mrs Curry pointed out the notice board required attention and Councillors agreed to seek quotes for the required work.

13.Next Meeting:

13.1: There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.15p.m.

13.2: The next meeting is due to take place on Wednesday 13th july at 7.30p.m in the Cator Hall.


David Ottewell