Minutes of a Meeting of the Parish Council held on

                      Wednesday 9th. April 2014 at 7.30 p.m in the Cator Hall

Present: Mrs M Curry, Mr L Haslam, Mr R Brown, Mrs S Wilson, Mr P Lambert, Mrs J Chow, Cllr R Jackson (NCC), Cllr B Laughton (NSDC) and 3 Parishoners.

Minutes: The Minutes of the Meeting held on 12th March were distributed prior to the meeting. It was proposed by Mrs S Wilson, seconded by Mr R Brown and agreed unanimously that these be signed as a true record.

Matters Arising:

1.By-Way No. 25 Modification Order Update: Mrs Curry called upon Mr Lambert to update the Council. He began by praising the efforts put in by Mr and Mrs Bartle to research historical data relating to the By-way and related access routes. It would seem that at one time the village had 10 Toft holders and there were gates in position as cattle were grazed on these lanes up to the 1940’s. There are people living in the village today who can verify this. Mr Lambert said the question was should we reinstate the gates at the cross roads at the top of Mill Lane now. The Meeting discussed the advisability, the type of gates and possible sources of funding. Two Parish Councillors offered donations and Cllr Jackson said he would contribute £500 from his funds. It was agreed that Mr Lambert would carry out further research into costs etc and report back to the next meeting. A meeting has been arranged with the Trailbikers Group.

NCC is working on a submission a copy of which will be sent to all those who objected. Whilst Mr Lambert said on behalf of the village Mr Andrew Woods is working to form an argument. Mrs Curry pointed out that the date for lodging a statement with the Planning Inspectorate was 20 May and asked Mr. Lambert if anyone had registered to speak on behalf of the Parish Council so far. Mr Lambert took responsibility for these tasks.

2.Emergency Plan Update:Mr Haslam told the Meeting that it he just needed to liaise with National Grid and the task would be complete so he would be able to present an outline document to the next Parish Council meeting for approval.

Public Questions and Comments:

1.Mr Bartle offered some opinions on the yellow ‘ Stop the Incinerator’ signs which he felt were not only illegally displayed, looked dreadful, served no purpose and made no difference. Mrs Curry explained why they put up as there was a Site Meeting of the NCC Planning Committee due at the Incinerator and it was felt a show of the strength of feeling in the village against the development was a valuable weapon in the campaign against the incinerator. Cllr Jackson said the visit seemed to go well with Committee Members asking probing questions. In addition Mike Hankin (NCC) has posed a list of questions to the applicant which require answers. The Planning Committee date has been set for 17 June.

County/District Councillors:

1.Cllr Laughton said that the NSDC  Wind Farm SPD had been adopted.

2. The Southwell Environmental Weight Limit has gone through and the Eakring one is pending. The Parish Council asked for clarification as to how it will be enforced and were informed about Lorry Watch and about cameras that were being trialed.

3. Mrs Curry informed Cllr Laughton that there had been complaints from residents on Triumph Close regarding trees overhanging the road running from the Close to the garages. This was a regular problem which had been raised on a number of occasions. The issue of dumping by the garages was also mentioned which again was an area of NSDC land. The Clerk said he had reported dumped tree pruning (leylandii branches) to NSH that day.

4. Cllr Laughton said he would contact Cllr Frank Taylor(NSDC) to ensure he represented Eakring’s interests with regard to the proposed solar farm development


1.Lightsource: Proposed Solar Farm at Land North of Deerdale Lane Eakring: The  PC noted this development and decided at this stage not to take up the Developer’s offer of a site meeting or to send comments preferring to wait until after the village presentation on 17 April.

2.Grove and Rufford Hunt: Letter of Apology from Senior Master re problems of hunt in Eakring 18 Jan and offer to make personal apologies to individuals- agreed to put those affected in touch if required.

3. Local Government Boundary Commission: Electoral Review of Newark and Sherwood: Final Recommendation- Eakring in Rainworth North and Rufford ward-noted.

4. NSDC: Planning Application No.12/01075/FUL-Lockwell Hill Farm Kirklington Road, Farnsfield. Gone to Planning Inspectorate on appeal – Parish Council decided they did not wish to amend their comments.

5.Representation from Parishoner re Speeding Traffic on Kirklington Road: Mrs Wilson explained that a Parishoner had raised concerns about the speed of traffic on this road particularly at certain times in the morning. The Parish Council discussed the issue.

Items Circulated:

1.NSDC: Door to Door Social Car Scheme.

2.NALC: Repeal of 2 Signatures Rule.

3.NSDC: Chairman’s Chat.

4.NSDC: Items to be Considered at Planning Committee 8 April.

5. NSDC: Adoption of the Wind Energy Supplementary Planning Document.

6.NALC: DECC/Defras £15m Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF)

7.NALC: Policy Review Survey 2014.

8.NALC: Ammendment to Model Financial Regulations.

9. NALC:The Basics of Planning and how to deal with Planning Applications- Training Seminar details 24 Sept.

10. NCS: poster

11.Glasdon Brochure

12.NSDC: Register of Electors 2014.

13.Longhurst Group: In Tune.

14.Gedling Film Festival:poster.


  The following planning application was received and returned:

                          Application Number 14/0419/FUL

                          Householder application for proposed front single storey extension & porch

                          extension,two & single storey rear extension, window replacement(including

                          garage door infill) & tree removal.

                          Linzee House, Main Street, Eakring.

                          For 6 Against Nil Absent 1 (RH)

Cator Hall

The Parish Council decided to write direct to Mr Nigel Spraggins at Southwell Diocese regarding extending the Cator Hall Lease.

Recreation Ground:

The Clerk reported that so far the grass had not received its first cut and was getting long. There was still one pair of goal posts on the field. The problem of fly-tipping continues with piles of grass cuttings the latest arrivals.


                Cator Hall Rent ( Oct- Mar)                                                                 £ 60.00

Late agenda item:

                Telephone Box Electricity supply                                                        £ 20.48

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

The Clerk told the Parish Council that a cheque they had written on 13 November 2013 for £180.00 to St Andrew’s PCC for the Churchyard Maintenance Grant had been delivered but unfortunately seems to have been accidentally destroyed. Mr Brown, Mr Lambert and Mrs Wilson declared an interest so the rest of the Parish Council discussed the matter and decided unanimously to send a replacement cheque for £180.00 to St Andrews PCC. which as it was after 31 March would come out of the new years (2014-2015) finances.

Other Agenda Items:

1.Arrangements For Annual Green Lane Inspection: Mr Haslam agreed to accompany the Clerk on this task.

2.Mr Bryan Ashford and Mr Tom Uniacke  from National Grid joined the meeting. Mr Ashford thanked the meeting for the opportunity to speak as he felt it was important for each group to communicate regularly. To this end a Liaison Committee had been formed and two meetings had already been held.

Mr Ashford talked about the T- pylon development- there is to be a major deviation from the original plan ( a newsletter will be sent with details),Traffic to the National Grid Site and driver tuition and other topics.


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


Daid Ottewell