††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† EAKRING PARISH COUNCIL
††††††††† Minutes of a meeting of the Parish Council held on
†††††††††† Wednesday 10th December 2014 in the Cator Hall
Present: Mr R Howes, Mrs J Chow, Mrs M Curry, Mr L Haslam, Mrs S Wilson, Mr R Brown, Mr T White, and one Parishoner.
Apologies:Cllr F Taylor (NSDC).
1.Councillorís Declarations of Interest.
2.1: The Minutes of the meeting held on 12th. November were circulated prior to the meeting. It was proposed by Mrs S Wilson, Seconded by Mrs J Chow and agreed unanimously that these be signed as a true record.
3. Matters Arising:
3.1: By Way 25: The Clerk reported that as requested at last monthís meeting he had investigated the legality of the gates on the By-Way. Following Cllr Laughtonís advice he had contacted Mr Steven Eastwood at NCC Legal Department. An Email had been received back to say that the matter would be considered and a reply is awaited.
3.2: Bilsthorpe Incinerator update: The Parish Council heard that the Government had replied that they had received representations to ĎCall iní the decision. There is a possibility that there might be an investigation to see if the NCC Planning Meeting followed correct procedure.
3.3: Community Fund consultation: A proposed letter for circulation was scrutinised, commented on, slight amendments made, and agreed. Collection points were agreed. It is planned to distribute the letter with the next Eakring Echo with replies back by the end of January.
3.4:Transfer of Land around Mompessonís Cross to Parish Council ownership. Mr Howes and Mrs Chow told the meeting they had attended the Solicitors ( Turner, Atkinson and Ward) and had signed the transfer documents on behalf of the Parish Council. A nominal valuation of £5,000.00 had been agreed for the land.
The Clerk said that he had contacted NSDC Insurance Officer and had registered ownership of the area so that it was covered for Public Liability subject to the normal Health and Safety checks and regular programme of maintenance that any landowner would normally undertake; however, if the Parish Council wished to insure the Cross it would need to be properly valued and a proper set of photographs taken as a record.
Mrs Wilson expressed the opinion, supported by other Councillors that the bridge and the slabs needed inspecting and possibly initial work on them and that the signage needed attention.
The Parish Council decided that they would place a section on their meeting agenda for ĎMompessonís Crossí. That Mr Brown would arrange to contact someone about the possibility of a valuation. That they had two alternatives to sort work on their newly acquired land; either set up a working party or pay someone to do the work. Mr Haslam agreed to return to the next meeting with a quote for a new sign
The Parish Council will place a thank you to Eakring Farming for their gift of the land in the next Eakring Echo.
3.5:Report on NCC Broadband Meeting: Mr Howes had attended this meeting on behalf of the Parish Council and reported back that many delegates had been less than happy with the progress to extend improved provision over the County in particularly to smaller communities and had expressed this discontent vociferously at the meeting. At present they were on Phase 2. Eakring was not in this Phase and there was no plan to show when the village might get improved internet connection.
3.6:Defibrillator: The Clerk explained to the Parish Council that he had contacted the British Heart Foundation and that they offered grants which meant an organisation could acquire a defibrillator if they make a donation of £400+. He had also contacted Mr Peter Winson of EMAS who had explained the procedure as to what type of defibrillator they recommended and where to acquire the extra items needed. WEL Medical Ltd was the EMAS approved suppliers for the IPAD cu-SP1. Then you could buy Defib Aliminium Cabinet £590 plus VAT, Worry free 10 year package £300 plus VAT and AED Wall sign £13.25 plus VAT. Total £903.25 plus VAT. It was proposed by Mrs Curry, seconded by Mrs Wilson with all in agreement that the defibrillator and cabinet be purchased. After discussion it was proposed by Mrs Wilson, seconded by Mrs Curry and agreed unanimously that the Worry Free 10 year package be purchased.
4. Public Questions and Comments:
4.1: Mr Alexander said that he understood that there were problems with the Cator Hall roof and he would like to demonstrate a cheap and simple solution. Mrs Wilson explained that the Southwell Building Estate Surveyor and the Tannerís Surveyor had examined the affected area and had estimated the repair at under £1000. Mr Alexander believed that there was a little water ingress and that the felt was perishing where it touched the wood. Mr† Alexander showed a layer that could be placed to keep further water out.
4.2: A Parishoner had contacted the Parish Council regarding the possibility of a Litter Pick being organised- Decision made to do this at February meeting when weather hopefully better.
4.3: A Parishoner pointed out disintegrating visually impaired warning surface on Wellow Road at junction of Main Street-Will be reported to NCC by Clerk.
4.4: The Parish Council were informed that NCC were making enquires about footpath 26† to the resident over whose land it crossed about why it was blocked, however; it was not on the footpath map of 2006 and had not been signposted for a number of years. The Clerk was instructed to contact Mr Tim Hart ( NCC) to ascertain the issues involved.
5. County/ District Councillors:
None in attendance.
6.1: Tree Works: Barn Close, Church Lane.
a.NALC: Annual Report 2014.
b.NALC: Sale of Alcohol-Opportunity to Respond Direct to Home Office Alcohol Consultation.
c. NALC: National Pay Award.
d. RCAN: Bulk Oil Scheme
e.NSDC: Planning Committee Agenda 2.12.14
f. NSDC: Invitation to VAT Training.
g. Thank you from Girton and Meering Parishes
h. NSDC: Adoption of NSDC DSP Documents.
i. Sherwood and Newark CAB Invitation to AGM 26.11.14.
j. NALC: Death of John Cronswick.
k.NSDC: ICT training for Parish Councils.
l.Community Events to Commemorate the Great War.
m.Rural Services Network: Rural Opportunity Bulletin.
n. NSDC: Chairmanís Chat.
o. NSDC: Planning Committee Agenda 15.12.14.
p. NSDC: Flood Grants information.
q. NSDC: Be a Councillor- poster.
Mr Howes raised a query about a structure being erected. Mrs Chow agreed to see if she could see if existing planning permission covered the work.
8.1: Report from Cator Hall Representative: Mr Brown said he believed that everything he wished to say had been covered earlier in the meeting.
8.2: Wall behind Cator Hall update: Mr Brown told the meeting that he understood that Mr White had had someone look at the wall.
9. Recreation Ground:
9.1: Report regarding Playing Field Committee: Mrs Curry said there was nothing to report.
10.1:††††††††††††† Clerkís Salary††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† £ 231.92
†† †††††††††††††††††††Office† Sundries†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† £†† 24.23
††††††††††††††††††††† Eakring Echo Sponsorship†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† £†† 20.00
††††††††††††††††††††† Christmas Tree Lights Expenses††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† £†† 38.93
It was proposed by Mr Haslam, seconded by Mrs Wilson with all in agreement that these accounts be paid.
10.2: Setting the Precept 2015/16: Prior to setting the Precept the Clerk read from a letter on the subject sent by NSDC on 5 December reminding Councillors that they could not vote on the Precept if they were more than 2 months in arrears on their Council Tax. NSDC† also make requests about the size of the Precept requested and pointed out the consequences of excessive increases.
The Clerk presented Councillors with details of estimated funds at 5.4.2015 and the breakdown of precept estimates for 2014/15 to help them calculate their 2015/16 precept requirement. It was proposed by Mrs Wilson, seconded by Mrs Chow and agreed unanimously that the Clerk be moved to salary point SCP 18 from the next financial year.(£966p.a) The insurance be allocated £250 and the election account £200. It was proposed by Mr Howes, seconded by Mrs Wilson and agreed unanimously that Sherwood and Newark CAB be given a £50 grant in 2015/16. Mrs Curry pointed out the possibility that the fight against the Incinerator Planning application was not yet won and there was a possibility that RAGE might require further funds. A discussion followed as to how much to allocate to Community Iniatives and it was agreed to allocate £529 when Mrs Curry proposed and Mrs Chow seconded and all the Parish Council voted in favour of a precept of £3600 an increase of £50 over last year.
11. Other Agenda Items:
11.1: New Emergency Plan: This document, prepared by Mr Haslam was handed out to Councillors. Mr Haslam pointed out that it would have to be amended after the elections in May. He was thanked for his hard work.
The meeting closed at 8.50 p.m.