Minutes of a meeting of the Parish  Council held on

Wednesday 8th. November 2017 at 7.30 p.m in the Cator Hall.

Present:Mrs M Curry, Mr R Brown, Mr R Howes, Mr T White, Mr J Sweeney, Mr J Pennicott, Mr R Ford, Cllr J Peck (NCC), Cllr L Tift (NSDC) and 3 Parishoners.

1.Councillors’Declarations of Interest:

1.1:Mr Brown  in items 8.2 and 11.1

1.2:Mr Ford requested a new Members Interests Form.


2.1: The Minutes of the meeting held on 11th October 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:No new news.

3.2:Wind Farm update: Mrs Curry reported that she had elicted a response from the new contact from the Wind Farm Company who apparently were now called HCP. Using a copy of the original agreement supplied by Mr Parsons of Eakring Farming to support her dealings with HCP Mrs Curry was told that the Parish Council needed to raise an invoice to access the Community Grant.  We just need to establish which year it commences.

3.3:Mr Brown told  of a meeting he, Mrs Curry and the Clerk had with Mrs Tilcock of Dean, Thomas & Co of Worksop who is the new Parish Council Solicitor. Issues discussed were (1)The need to register an interest at Land Registry  on Green Lane documents (2) The Parish Council’s proposed purchase of Cator Hall.

3.4:Philip Jessop( Newark First Aid) confirmed he would be willing to organise an evening course in the Cator Hall during one night in the early part of 2018.

3.5:The Clerk revealed the disappointing news that no one had come forward from the village to take on the role of Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator.

4.Public Questions and Comments:

4.1: No one wished to raise any issues.

5.County/District councillors:

5.1:The Parish Council raised with Cllr Peck (NCC) their desire to see a 20 mph speed limit on Church Lane, Back Lane and Side Lane. They had sent a list of reasons in writing. Cllr Peck explained that very few mandatory limits were placed each year because it involved a statutory process which was long winded, and expensive. In addition he pointed out that the capital works programme for next year had already gone to Committee. The Parish Council asked about non-mandatory signage but learnt about the problems of this. Other methods of encouraging speed reduction were discussed (some with their own inherent problems) and signage received favourable comments. In spite of sounding discouraging  notes Cllr Peck agreed to forward a request.

5.2: Cllr Peck said gritting was about to commence for the season and NCC had ‘good stocks’

5.3:Cllr Peck noted that the PC were launching their own newsletter and suggested looking at the one in Wellow which he held up as a good example.

5.4:LIS or latest format about to be launched- Suggested that Eakring apply and Cllr Peck will support the bid especially as The village have funds to go with the scheme.

5.5: Aspects of the Eco Homes appeal were discussed.


6.1: Correspondence at Meeting:

a.Centre Parcs:Information on Fireworks Displays 1st Nov- 20th Dec.

b.NALC: Direct Election to NALC Smaller Councils Committee Form

c.NSDC:Enforcement Officer: Notice of Receipt of Enquiry. 6.11.17

d.Notts Fire & Rescue Service:Consultation on the Introduction of Mixed Crewing and Alternative Crewing- Close 17.12.17- Councillors can discuss at next meeting if request- will be circulated.

e.Tree Works: School House, Main Street.

                        Walnut Tree Cottage, Main Street.

6.2:Correspondence Circulated:

a.NCC: Notts Minerals Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation.

b.NCC:Notice of Public Participation- Statement of Community Involvement- Second Review.


d.NSDC: Planning Committee Agenda 7.11.17.

e.Clerks and Councils Direct-Nov 17


7.1:The following planning applications were considered at the meeting:


   Erection of two dwellings

   Land Adjacent Savile Court, Bilsthorpe, Eakring

The application was discussed and a vote called. For Nil Against 7. The reasons given were: That although the scheme met the Village’s needs for two bed-roomed houses it was felt that the location would have an adverse impact on the Conservation Area and is on a dangerous area of the road with farm traffic and HGV’s going into the farm. The buildings on the south side of Bilsthorpe Road at this area are all agricultural and not residential. The metal barns on that side of the road behind the proposed site are also very noisy for a large portion of the year.


   Variation of Condition 14 attached to planning permission 16/01618/OUTM to

    allow an increase of the number of dwellings being accessed off each access

    (from 10 to 12 in each case )

    Land at Oldbridge Way, Bilsthorpe.

The application was discussed and a vote called For 7 Against Nil. Reasons stated:The PC could see no objection as the proposal involves no increase in the number of properties.

7.2: The following planning application had been received and considered:


     Demolition of No.2 Tenters Cottage and erection of Replacemenr Dwelling

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

     (Re-submission to make all 3 bedrooms)

     For 2 Against 5

     Returned 28.10.17.

7.3:The following Decision notices were received:


   Construction of 60m x 35m Manege, Change of Land Use Grazing to Recreational.

   Lynton Cottage, Brail Lane, Eakring.

   Permitted Full Planning Permission 25.10.17.


   Variation of Condition 3 attached to planning permission 16/00883/FUL

    To allow amendments to the layout of the new dwelling to be retained

    New House/1 Tenters Cottages, Tenters Lane

    Permitted Full Planning Permission 20.10.17.

8.Cator Hall:

8.1Mr Brown, as the Cator Hall Representative, reported that the CHMC had approximately £10,000 in funds.At present it needed a new cleaner, as the person who had held that position on a voluntary basic for a number of years was reluctantly giving up the role.

8.2: A letter had been received from the Chief Executive of Southwell and Nottingham Diocese which explained that their position regarding the wall between the Cator Hall Land and the Rectory Land and they were not able to do anything further. The Parish Council discussed the Diocese’s stance and how it would affect the Parish Council’s proposal to buy the Cator Hall. The Parish Council came to the conclusion that they could not continue with the proposed purchase of the Cator Hall as the position had not been resolved.

9.Recreation Ground:

9.1:Mr Sweeney said a meeting of the Playing Field Committee had taken place last week and all the officer positions were now fitted and a Constitution drawn up.He was pleased to announce that a donation had been received from Eakring Farming.Groundworks were submitting a quote for an all-weather pitch which was to be phase 1 of the development.

9.2: Marc Hazard has completed a final cut on the field. Disturbingly he reported finding evidence of drug taking at the entrance to the field.

10.Mompesson Cross:

10.1:Evidence of vandalism and other anti-social activities have been found up at the site.


11.1:Accounts for payment:

      St Andrews’ Churchyard Maintenance Grant                                             £ 180.00

It was proposed by Mr R Howes, seconded by Mr J Sweeney and agreed unanimously that this account be paid.

12.Other Agenda Items:

12.1:On the subject of the need for the Parish Council to have a Long Term Plan, Mr Ford suggested that an item in the forthcoming newsletter should be an invitation to Parishoners to offer suggestions for items for inclusion in any future plan.

12.2:Mr Ford proposed that if he sent a draft of the fist Parish Council Newsletter round to Councillors they could make suggestions for additions/amendments over a period of a week before Mr Sweeney arranged printing.

12.3: The Christmas Tree Lights event is Saturday 2nd December: 6.00p.m Mrs Curry outlined the type of assistance required.

12.4:The Parish Council acknowledged the work done by Julie Liposits of Sikey Cottage in refurbishing the telephone box and agreed she would be the first Unsung Hero in the Newsletter.

13.Next Meeting:

13.1: There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.00 p.m.

13.1: The next meeting will take pace on Wednesday 13th December 2017 at 7.30 p.m. in the Cator Hall.


David Ottewell