Minutes of a Meeting of the Parish Council held on

                Wednesday 10th April 2013 in the Cator Hall at 7.30 p.m.


Present:Mrs M Curry, Mr L Haslam, Mrs S Wilson, Mrs J Chow, Cllr A Stewart and 2 Parishoners.

Apologies: Mr R Brown, Mr P Lambert,Mr R Howes Cllr N Armstrong.

Minutes: The Minutes of a meeting held on 13th March 2013 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. The Minutes of a meeting held on 3rd April 2013 were circulated prior to the meeting. It was proposed by Mr L Haslam, seconded by Mrs J Chow and agreed unanimously that these be signed as a true record.

Matters Arising:

1.Wind Farm Update: Mrs Curry pointed out that two turbines were up and the third in the process of being erected. The Clerk had contacted NSDC to be informed that permission to extend working hours had been granted on 26 March. The Planning permission application had disappeared from its original place on the NSDC planning web site and is now under the 2007 listing.

Parishoners had reported construction noise in the form of voices and a generator. Mrs Curry suggested all concerns should be directed straight to NSDC as for those regarding turbine noise and shadow flicker once the turbines were up and running. There was some feeling that once this stage was reached a named person and number should be supplied from NSDC to which Parishoners could forward observations.

2.National Grid Pylon Scheme: Mr Lambert had visited NG and reported to Mrs Curry that previous work was within permitted boundaries. The Parish Council were pleased to note the 20 mph signs placed around the village by Murphys.

3.Community Led Plan: Although the Parish Council believed that they could make use of Karen Tarburton’s expertise when putting together bids for funding they felt a more appropriate way to deal with planning issues in the village would be to tackle them individually rather than adopt this approach.

4.Telephone box volunteer: Mrs Curry announced that Mrs Angela Davey had come forward to look after the telephone box. Mr Lambert had agreed to fix a notice board and see what needed to be done to the light. It was noted that the 2 perspex telephone strips also needed replacing.

5.Neighbourhood Watch: Mr Haslam reported on the contacts he had already made and the next steps he would take However to progress the matter a village Coordinator and Volunteers would be required before Eakring could register on line. It was agreed, rather than holding a meeting, to put a note in the Eakring Echo with Mrs Chow receiving replies, to gauge the level of interest.

County/ District Councillors:

1.Cllr Stewart confirmed that the need for a weight restriction on the Caunton Road had been registered with NCC.

2. The new Oil Patch Warrior site at Rufford has been agreed with Kevin Topham and Cllr Stewart outlined future action as: Phase 1. Put up statue with appropriate interpretation boards directing people back to Eakring. Phase 2. Production and erection of replica, though he cautioned this would take time as the estimate for this was £14,000.

3. Cllr Stewart then made his farewells pointing out that he had represented the area for over 20 years and had been in public service for 41 years. Mrs Curry spoke on behalf of the Parish Council to thank Cllr Stewart for all he had done for the Parish of Eakring over the years and there were individual ‘ thank yous.’


1.Ollerton & District Citizens Advice Bureau: notice that it is expanding services to Newark and will become Sherwood and Newark CAB.

2.Notts Police and Crime Commissioner Newsletter: ‘The Beat’

Items Circulated:

1.John Walker Timber Products Ltd brochure.

2.East Midlands Trains: Major Resignalling Works at Nottingham 20/6-25/8


Two planning applications arrived after the agenda was published and it was agreed to consider them at the meeting.

                            Application Number 13/00409/FUL

                            Conversion and Extension of Finns Barn to form Dwelling and Removal

                            of a tree.

                            Finns Barn Chestnut Farm Wellow Road Eakring

                            For 4 Against Nil


                            Application Number 13/00410/FUL

                            Conversion of a Cart Shed to Farm Office

                            Cart Shed Chestnut Farm Wellow Road Eakring

                            For 4 Against Nil


The details will be circulated to other Parish Councillors.

Cator Hall:

The Parish Council representative on the CHMC was not available to present a report.

Recreation Ground:

It was noted that the field had not been mowed yet due to the inclement weather.


A late agenda item:

                            EON   ( telephone box light electricity supply )                     £ 20.48


                           Cator Hall Rent  ( Oct-Mar )                                                    £ 90.00

                           Long Service Awards                                                               £ 50.00

It was proposed by Mr L Haslam, seconded by Mrs S Wilson and agreed unanimously that these accounts be paid.

Any Other Business:

1.As the Oil Patch Warrior Statue is moving to Rufford  a suggestion to look into placing illustrative signs at the entrance to the village featuring both a nodding donkey and the statue were net with enthusiasm.

2.Concern was expressed that NSDC planning department were not placing enough information about planning applications and decisions on the relevant website. Mrs Curry explained the lengthy contacts the Parish Council had been involved in with NSDC  regarding planning issues over recent times including an outstanding planning application that was awaited.

3. Mr Haslam confirmed that the Playing Field Committee Funds would be transferred in time for the Annual Parish Meeting.

4. The issue of dog mess was raised. Mrs Curry pointed out that messages in the Eakring Echo, notes posted around the village and visits from the NSDC dog warden had so far not worked. The suggestion of a Parishoner at a recent PC meeting of catching dog in the act and owner not clearing up after their pet was the only answer.


8.30 p.m. Sam West from Ordinary Culture joined the meeting to explain the Dukes Wood Project – an art project that had just begun and would run until September. He outlined the three phases 1.now- Redevelopment of Museum; exterior and interior. 2.end of May to end of July – 7 artists each having a one week residence to develop art works. 3. Last week of August for a month- Visitors welcome to see the woks etc.- Further information on Ordinaryculture.org.uk. where there is a link to the Dukes Wood project site.


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


David Ottewell

Clerk. 10.4.2013