Minutes of a Meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 12th February 2014 at 7.30 p.m. in the Cator Hall

Present:Mrs M Curry, Mr L Haslam, Mr R Howes, Mrs S Wilson, Mr R Brown, Mr P Lambert, Mrs J Chow,Cllr R Jackson (NCC), Cllr B Laughton (NSDC) and 23Parishoners.

Minutes:The Minutes of the meeting held on 11th. December 2013 were distributed 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.

Mrs Curry announced that Mr Howes had served on Eakring Parish Council since 1973 and Cllr Jackson presented him with a 40 years long service award certificate.

Matters Arising:

1.By-way No.25 Modification Order: Mrs Curry explained the history of the order and how since hearing from the Planning Inspectorate in November 2013 the Parish Council had liaised with Jim Meanley who had arranged for 54 local residents who had lived in Eakring for more than 25 years post 2005 to write to the Planning Inspectorate. She went on to say that the Parish Council had also sent a village letter of protest and contacted NCC about establishing a TRO.

Cllr Jackson was called upon to report on progress regarding a TRO. He said that NCC officers had told him that they cannot put a TRO on By-way 25 as it will be legally challenged by the Trail Riders group. Strong views were expressed that a TRO was still necessary and viable- A long discussion followed with differing opinions on who owned the road now and what could and could not be done on it at this present time and what should be done now to protect the  By-way.Eventually agreement was reached to form an action committee consisting of Peter Lambert, Jim Meanley, Andrew Woods, Ann Newstead, Jim Worley and Carolyn Lloyd.

It was also pointed out that the Planning Inspector was holding a two day enquiry in the Cator Hall from 12th.August.It was felt the village needed to co-ordinate what people said at the enquiry.

2. Illustrated Village Signs: Mrs Curry said she had no prices to put to to the Parish Council at the present time.

3.Wind Turbines:Mrs Wilson explained that sound monitoring equipment had been positioned in the village just prior to Christmas and readings had averaged 50-60 decibels; however she had been informed that the only relevant hours for causing concern were pre. 7.00 and post 19.00 and at weekends. The equipment is due to return in a fortnight and data sweeps will commence in two new locations. Mrs Wilson emphasised that it was important that more people registered their complaints with NSDC and if affected by shadow flicker. The number to ring is in the Eakring Echo.

Public Questions and Comments:

1.      Mr John Barrows, Chairman of CHMC, enquired about the Community Fund available from the Wind Turbine development asking for clarification about the first £22,500 and asking the Parish Council to consider allocating a ‘substantial share of the funding received from the WFCF’  to the Cator Hall. Mrs Curry said she had already accessed £1300 of the Community Fund for the Cator Hall to pay for the repairs to the wall at the front. The £22,500 has been applied for, but not as yet received although agreed, for the playing field.

Mrs Curry went on to explain that she believed there was a misconception about the Community Fund. They ( Laing) are not just handing over £7,500 each year but there is a need to bid for it with a project.A Parishoner asked what the £22,500 would be used for and Mrs Curry said initially levelling the field plus a playing surface.

As to the Cator Hall Mrs Curry revealed that she was in negotiation to get a grant for the Hall and whilst at present she did not know how much it would be she now knew it would be a one off payment rather than an annual sum.

2.A Parishoner wondered if money had been spent on the playing field previously and Mrs Curry explained that in the past maintenance such as mowing and fence repairs had been carried out by the Parish Council.

3. Mr Cooper enquired about a promised portrait of the queen for the Cator Hall following the Jubilee Celebrations and it was explained that it was in storage awaiting hanging after decoration of the Hall.

County/ District Councillors:

1.      Cllr Laughton said there had been a number of positive representations in favour of the proposed new Rufford ward in the forthcoming NSDC boundary changes and the decision could be expected at the end of March.


1.The Planning Inspectorate:Details of Planning Enquiry re: By-way No.25 Modification Order 2005- Tuesday 12. August Cator Hall.

2.NSDC: Community Resilience: Request for details of village snow warden and flood warden and are we interested in developing a ‘Community Emergency Plan’- The Clerk pointed out that the Parish Council had such a plan but that it needed updating. It was agreed it put this on next month’s agenda.

3. NALC; Local Council Review- It was agreed not to subscribe to this magazine.

4. Mr Kirk- Bilsthorpe: It was agreed to send one final letter.

5. Tree Works: Apple Cottage, Bilsthorpe Road.

Items Circulated:

1.NCC: Better Broadband For Notts programme- update session 29.1.14 at Newark Showground.

2.NSDC: Adoption of the Developer Contributions and Planning Obligations SPD, Landscape Character Assessment SPD.

3.NSDC: Draft Wind Energy Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)  Consultation incl DVD.

4.CPRE: Best Kept Village Competition 2014 details

5.Clerks and Councils Direct-Jan 14

6.Glasdon Brochure

7. NS Community Voluntary Service- 2 posters

8.Groundwork Cresswell, Ashfield and Mansfield information

9. Longhurst Group: in Tune Business Briefing.

10.NSDC: Newark and Sherwood Gypsy and Traveller Development Plan

11.NALC:Final Local Government Finance Settlement.

12.NSDC: Items to be Considered at next Planning Committee Meeting

13.NALC:E petition re:  the National Policy Framework

14.NSDC: Chairman’s visit to Milestone Brewery, Cromwell

15.NSDC: The Harry Johnson Award 2014.

16.NSDC: Civic Service- 16.3.14

17.NSDC: Better Broadband in Notts- after 29.1.14 meeting

18.NAC: Summary of Statement from Brandon Lewis M.P. on Local Government Finance Settlement.


           Item received and considered:

             Application Number 13/01491/FUL

             Erection of 500kW Three Bladed Wind Turbine -75 metres to hub,102 metres

             to blade tip at Grid reference SK724566

             Woodside Farm, Newark Road, Hockerton, Southwell

             Circulated and returned 13.1.14

             For Nil against 6 Absent 1 (RH)

       The following item was considered at the meeting:

             Proposed Development: proposed development of the Bilsthorpe Energy

             Centre ( BEC ) to manage the unprocessed and pre-treated waste materials

             through the construction and operation of a Plasma Gasification Materials

             Recovery Facility and Energy Generation Infrastructure together with

             supporting infrastructure.

             Location: Bilsthorpe Business Park, Off Eakring Road, Bilsthorpe

             Applicant: Peel Environmental

Mrs Curry asked if any Parish Councillor wished to added to the views they had already expressed about the  BEC development which she intended to form into a single document to submit to NCC. The formal vote was taken For Nil Against 7.

Cator Hall:

Mr Brown had attended a CHMC meeting.

Recreation Ground:

The Clerk reported that the Hunt did not appear to have encroached on the field.


                  Christmas Tree Lights Ceremony Expenses                        £ 54.57

                  NALC Subscription  2014-2015                                          £ 79.65

Additional agenda item:

                  RAGE grant                                                                         £500.00

It was proposed by Mrs S Wilson, seconded by Mr R Brown and agreed unanimously that these accounts be paid

Other Agenda Items:

1.Activities of Local Hunt: The Parish Council heard of events of the January meeting of the Grove and Rufford Hunt in Eakring. The word ‘chaotic’ was used  with problems experienced on Main Street, where hounds went into at least one garden and behind Kirklington Road on the east side where it was stated  horses crossed footpaths and some following hounds entered at least four gardens. It was decided to contact the Hunt.

2.Parish Council Insurance 2014-2015: NSDC had contacted the PC asking it to decide already to commit to next year’s contract from June but no details of premium. The Parish Council decided unanimously to reply in favour with the proviso that it could decline if the premium proved unacceptable when announced.

3.Updating of Fixed Assets Register: The Clerk suggested to the Parish Council that it would be appropriate to update the register prior to the next audit. He distributed a copy of the current register to each Councillor and it was agreed they would bring any suggestions for amendments to the next meeting.

4.NSDC: Draft Wind Energy SPD Consultation: Mrs Curry had attended a meeting with representatives of other Parish Councils to receive an update from NSDC and told how the District Council were proposing exclusion zones for turbine development where it would have a detrimental impact on the landscape or an adverse impact on residents and their amenities. The general feeling was what was the point if a Planning Inspector could later over-rule a local decision; however the NSDC written document will be awaited with interest.

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


David Ottewell


12.2. 2014