Minutes of a meeting of the Parish Council held on

          Wednesday 14th November 2012 at 7.30 p.m. in the Cator Hall.


Present:Mrs M Curry, Mr L Haslam, Mr R Howes, Mr R Brown, Mr P Lambert, Mrs S Wilson, Cllr B Laughton and 3 Parishoners.

Apologies:Cllr A Stewart.

Minutes:The minutes of the meeting held on 10th October 2012 were circulated prior to the meeting. It was proposed by Mrs S Wilson, seconded by Mr L Haslam and agreed unanimously that these be signed as a true record.

Matters Arising:

1.The Neighbourhood Plan: All members of the Council agreed they had seen the NSDC document ‘Neighbourhood Planning-Something for your Council to Consider?’ which had been circulated. The Clerk said that Karen Tarburton, a Field Officer from RCAN, was willing to attend the December P C meeting, if everyone wished, to give advice on neighbourhood planning. It was agreed to confirm the provisional booking.

2.Approval of the Fixed Assets Register: The meeting viewed the revised register, with the two changes suggested last month made so that the two wooden benches were now valued at £300 each. It was proposed by Mrs S Wilson, seconded by Mr R Brown and agreed unanimously that the Register be signed as the official Register for 2012/2013.

3. Christmas Lights Ceremony; The Cator Hall has been booked for Friday 7 December – 6.00p.m. It was agreed to have catering as last year and to ask for advice on who should perform the lighting up. Notice to be put in Eakring Echo.

4.Mrs Curry suggested that a letter should be sent to Laxton PC offering support to any campaign they mounted to maintain their village’s historic 3 field system which is under threat.

5. Speeding Vehicles on Caunton Road: Mr Howes observed that he still saw lorries travelling too quickly on this narrow road. The Clerk read a letter from Oakwood Fuels in which they said they had launched an inquiry into an incident involving one of their vehicles on this road from the month before and had reminded their drivers about driving carefully.

6.Mr Haslam revealed that he and Bryan Ashford(National Grid) were arranging another meeting to discuss the future of the Oil Patch Warrior Statue

County/District Councillors:

1.Cllr Laughton said that the first local Environmental Weight Limit had been agreed for the Caunton/Norwell/Bathley triangle and the second for the A612 to A617 road.


1.NSDC. re. Dispensations: The Parish Council discussed this letter and instructed the Clerk to seek urgent clarification of the implications of its contents.

2. NALC. Briefing Note: Relating to 1 above.

3. NALC. Legal Topic Note 80; this referred to the above.

4 Email from Parishoner: Concern raised re twice weekly firework displays at Center Parcs site ( Wednesday and Sunday), particularly disturbed about the one on Remembrance Day. The Parish Council discussed this issue but felt as it was in a different parish it was up to that parish to follow up.

5.National Grid. Appointment of Capita Symonds Ltd as Property Advisers to National Grid Property.

Items Circulated:

1.NSDC.Items to be Considered at Planning Committee-30 Oct.

2.Clerks and Councils Direct- Nov 2012.


                The following planning application has been received:

                                       Application Number 12/01408/FUL

                                       Householder application for erection of single storey rear extension    

                                       to link dwelling to barn and porch canopy to south elevation

                                       Mill House Wellow Road Eakring

                                       Circulated and returned 5.11.12.

                                       For 6 Against Nil

                A late agenda item:

                                       Application Number 12/01458/FUL

                                       Construction of detached single storey building with

                                       (storage in roof space ) to form granny annex

                                       Nalah Cottage School Lane Eakring

This was discussed but the consensus was that no decision could be reached without reference to the previous application made, and turned down, earlier in the year. The Clerk was asked to obtain the old application from the records and circulate it.

Cator Hall:

Mr Brown reported that work on repairing the drains had been completed ( cost c.£2500) and the Contractor reports that he sees no evidence that the drains had affected the rear wall.

Mrs Curry stated that she still awaited appositive response from Blackwells with regard to the front wall. Mr Brown with others agreeing, pointed out that work must start on the wall as a matter of urgency.

Warning tape will be put on the wall tomorrow, 15 November, as an interim measure.

Recreation Ground:

The Clerk informed the Meeting that he had given Contractors ( Western Power Distribution) access to the field on Monday 12 Nov as they had begun a four week scheme to fit the new Sub- station and connecting cables.


                                       Churchyard Maintenance grant                                    £ 180.00

                                       Auditor’s Gift                                                               £   10.48

Late agenda item

                                       Cator Hall Keys (2sets)                                                £   17.50

It was proposed by Mr P Lambert, seconded by Mr R Howes with all in agreement ( Mr R Brown D/I ) that these accounts be paid.

Any Other Business:

1.Street Name Signs: The Clerk told the Parish Council that before Mr Neale left he had handed over two street name signs and four posts. After discussion it was decided to store them where they are at present and to self fit them after Christmas.

2.Arrangements to Co-opt a new Parish Councillor:The Clerk will place a notice on the notice board and in the Eakring Echo. Mrs Curry read out the rules for co-option.

3.Planning. The Clerk was requested to contact NSDC to enquire if a new structure in the village was on the exemption list.

4. Litter; A Parishoner had pointed out a lot of litter around the village. The Clerk was asked to contact NSDC to summon the litter hit squad for the stretch of  Bilsthorpe Road from Stonish Hill to the Bilsthorpe turn off.

5.Safer Neighbourhood Group : Mr Haslam had attended a recent meeting. News from this: 20% reduction in accidents on A6164 since introduction of cameras. Oil is being stolen in the locality and reports of vegetables beings taken from allotments. Mr Haslam also mentioned that a proposal was made for each village to grant £20 towards purchasing a bicycle for a Community police office due to cut backs in funding.

6. Bridleways: Mr Lambert said he had been approached by parishioners about the two  Permissive Access Routes which closed on 31 September to see if the Parish Council might contribute to funding to keeping them open. The P C discussed the issue but concluded that no permanent paths had been closed and that these two paths were part of a wider  rural scheme outside their remit.


8.30.p.m.After the main body of the meeting was concluded an extra agenda item was added when three representatives of National Grid , at the invitation of the Chairman of the Parish Council, addressed the Meeting on the scheme for the  proposed 6  new pylons adjacent to the National Grid site at Eakring. They also answered questions from those present.


There being no further business the meeting concluded at 9.30. p.m.


David Ottewell