Meeting Minutes 17 October 2016
MINUTES of the Parish Council meeting held on MONDAY 17th OCTOBER, 2016 at 6.30pm upstairs in the Council Chamber, Town Hall.
Cllrs, A. Wetton – Chairman (MDC), J. Allin – Vice-Chairman (NCC), J. Kerr, (MDC), S. Adey (MDC), S. Moody, J. Cockroft and S. Dale.
Cllr D. Saunders (MDC – Portfolio Holder for Regeneration)
9 members of public.
Cllrs L. Moody and J. Brealey
9542. CRIME AND DISORDER
No police were present but the Council received two reports, one from PCSO Dee Eyre and the other from Warden Steve Davis. The reports are as follows:
Warsop Parish Council Meeting
Warsop Town Hall
(All data taken from 13th September to 13th October 2016)
6 X CRIMINAL DAMAGE....4X VEHICLES 1 FENCE PANEL, 1 X WINDOW.
2 X THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE
9 X VIOLENCE MOSTLY DRINK RELATED FIGHTS, OTHER THREATS OF VIOLENCE
6 X THEFT OTHER...4 X THEFT OF PETROL FROM PETROL STATION, 1 X PLANT POT, 1 X WALLET MANSFIELD TOWN CENTRE.
3 BURGLARY OTHER SHED BREAKS.
1 BURGLARY DWELLING NOT A STRANGER BREAK IN.
Only 4 ASB incidents called in all neighbour related.
LOTS of calls relating to Vehicles being out of Tax around Clumber Street, Watson and Welbeck Street, we are dealing with these vehicles but they cannot be removed unless they are 2 months and 1 day out of tax the Wardens and PCSOs monitor this regularly.
ASB does tend to rise now of year, dark nights Halloween and bonfire night. High visibility patrols are increased in problem areas; this usually subsides after Bonfire night.
Schools are visited by the PCSOs to talk about ASB, Road Safety, Stranger Danger and generally staying safe in Winter. This year we have included safe internet working practice for children, this is as a result of an increase in calls regarding cyber bullying and the sharing of intimate material.
Police will be supporting the Remembrance Day parade. Sergeant PRIESTLEY has made contact with the organisers to make the necessary arrangements.
The first week in November will see the opening of the new HUB at the Mansfield Civic Centre where the Neighbourhood Police, PCSOs, Wardens and some partner agencies will now work from all together, although Warsop PCSOs and Wardens will remain here at the Town Hall we will be part of the wider safer neighbourhood team.
Steve DAVIS will be forwarding the fantastic results from the Week of Action held at Warsop 24th to 28th September.
Update on the week of action which ran from 26 to 30 September.
Litter picks on Oakfield Lane and Ossington Park were carried out and waste collected totalling more than 14 bin bags of waste, 8 car tyres, wheels and car parts including fridge doors and other items were collected and removed.
The Heritage Association Partnership carried out maintenance on footpaths in Meden Vale in two locations being: Footpath from behind Egmanton Rd up to Cuckney Hill and the Footpath running north from the railway bridge on Netherfield Lane at Meden Vale.
Even though the week of action was well publicised found it disappointing that no volunteers took part except Councillor S Dale, however was still a success, all cuttings and litter were cleared from the 4 locations intended.
Vehicle checks were carried out by Neighbourhood Wardens from Mansfield District Council in partnership with DVLA and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency including Nottinghamshire Police, In which:
- Ten motorists were pulled up and dealt with for using their mobiles phones while driving or not wearing a seatbelt.
- In addition, 12 untaxed vehicles were clamped or seized.
- Two vehicle prohibition notices were served for being un-roadworthy.
- One vehicle was pulled up for not being insured.
Mansfield District Councils Environmental Health Officers served legal notices under environmental legislation, on 31 private properties for issues relating to waste accumulations on gardens and in outbuildings.
Housing officers served notices on seven of the council's tenants for similar issues.
Checks on all reported or suspected HMO properties were also carried out by officers at Mansfield District Council.
The council's mascot "Scoop" was also out and about promoting responsible dog ownership and handing out information about the new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in Warsop centre, Carr Lane Park, The Carrs Local Nature Reserve and Wood Lane Park in Church Warsop.
Community Road Watch, set up on Bishops Walk and the High Street, promoting speed awareness, speaking to members of the public and managed to sign up eight people as being interested in conducting community speed checks.
The week of action was a great success "Catching more than 20 unsafe drivers and vehicles in just one day, and issuing 38 environmental improvement notices to improve the area, shows just how effective campaigns like this can be when various agencies come together and work to improve a neighbourhood."
Warden – Steve Davis
Mrs Briggs spoke about grit bins in the Parish and that there is possibly only one grit bin in Old Church Warsop. She asked what could be done about this and stated that she had emailed Notts County Council but she is still waiting for a reply from them.
Mrs Briggs also wanted to raise concerns over the smoke from the bio mass boilers at Meden School. She stated both boilers were emitting smoke on a regular basis and in damp weather conditions, the smoke is being brought down over her property and Hetts Lane Infant and Nursery School. Mrs Briggs showed photographs to the council of all the smoke being emitted from the boilers and the lorries that are coming twice a week with the chippings for the boilers.
Karen Hardy asked if there had been any further updates with regards to when the Stonebridge planning application will be heard at the Planning Committee and if there was any feedback on how it is progressing.
Karen Hardy also stated that she had been made aware of an additional 600 houses being built off the A60 in Woodhouse and wanted to check if the increase in traffic that would likely come through Warsop has been taken into account when considering the current proposal in Warsop.
A member of public enquired about the grant that was made available to Warsop from the lottery. He asked what was happening with the money as he had only heard about the mini-bus that was funded by Big Warsop.
The gentleman also asked the council if a small plot of land near Vale Drive and The Hawthorns had planning permission for building some bungalows.
Another member of public wanted to raise her concerns about the one-way system on Clumber Street heading towards the A60 and the several nasty incidents that have taken place. She explained that a resident on Clumber Street has raised this issue with Notts County Council but NCC replied to say that in their opinion there isn’t a problem. She asked if WPC could raise concerns about these incidents.
The gentleman who spoke earlier also added on to the issues with Clumber Street to the A60 that he saw what looked like a 7.5 tonne lorry down this road. He stated he was surprised there wasn’t an accident as the road isn’t built for big lorries and asked if a weight restriction could not be placed on this road.
Bill Power started by talking about the passing of Peter Crawford and how Peter had championed some of Bill’s causes like the War Memorial.
Bill stated he had sent some emails to MDC regarding the War Memorial, Carrs and the state of the footpaths. He received a reply from Andy Chambers which said he now has a dedicated team for the War Memorial and the repairs to the footpaths would cost £21,550 - they would look at the worst footpaths before the frost sets in.
Bill asked if the council would be doing anything for Christmas like a Christmas market and open evening.
Bill mentioned the Green Flag status for the Carrs and stated that it would be a fitting tribute if it’s awarded and accepted by Peter Crawford’s family and Cllr John Kerr.
Finally, Bill thanked the Parish Council on behalf of the people of Warsop for all the work that goes on behind the scenes especially regarding the shops on Sherwood Street.
Cllr S. Moody explained that Big Warsop/Lottery that is always on the council agenda is the lottery grant item. He stated that as well as the mini-bus, over £100,000 was spent on renovating the Eastwood Centre, which has now turned into a youth club that meets every Monday. Cllr S. Moody also stated that the vast majority of the money is still there.
Cllr Cockroft stated that Big Warsop give an annual donation to Warsop Carnival. She explained that Big Warsop helped the Carnival out of financial difficulties when the Carnival was cancelled one year, now thanks to their help the Carnival is now in a good financial position and could manage if the event was to be cancelled again.
Cllr Cockroft informed members of public if anyone would like to get involved, they can come along to the meetings held in the Town Hall on the first Wednesday of every month at 6.15pm. She also mentioned that Lesley Watkins is available on Mondays in the Town Hall, if anyone would like to speak to someone from Big Warsop.
Cllr Allin stated that the Eastwood Centre can be hired out to anyone too.
Cllr S. Moody stated that he is pleased that interest is being shown for a Christmas event in the Parish. He spoke about the past couple of years and it fell to the same small, dedicated group of volunteers, who faced a great deal of pitfalls and hurdles from the District Council, police and other authorities.
Cllr Cockroft informed the council that a Christmas event has already been organised for Friday 9th December at the Eastwood Centre. She stated that the organisers looked at holding the event on the High Street but with the road closures and other aspects it was proving very difficult. Cllr Cockroft also mentioned that the group organising the event meet every Tuesday.
Cllr S. Moody added that there is a 12 week notice period for road closures.
The Chairman stated that there has been no new information since the last meeting regarding the Stonebridge planning application and it was still being processed. There has been no date given for it coming to the planning committee. The Chairman mentioned the petition from the LWS group that was handed in to the Parish Council and taken to MDC and reiterated what he had said at the previous meeting. The Chairman suggested that if the LWS group wanted to further the issues relating to the petition, they could attend MDC’s full council meeting. He advised that the group would have to book an appointment to submit questions to the council or a councillor. They would be allowed to ask a related supplementary question that doesn’t need submitting in advance. The Chairman state that there wouldn’t be any dialogue with the councillors and they could send you a written reply within 7 days if they wished. The questions would need to be submitted 10 days prior to council meeting.
The Chairman reiterated what he had previously stated about the shops on Sherwood Street and all the issues with the receivers. He informed the council and members of public that the new landlords have been working on them and getting them ready to be leased. One of the shops has opened as a barbers, called Lightning Cuts and another would be opening as a café. The Chairman introduced Cllr Dave Saunders (MDC – Portfolio Holder for Regeneration) to give some information on grants for shops.
Cllr Saunders stated that there is money available for different types of grants relating to shops and businesses: a growth grant, shop front grants and all the information is available on the MDC website.
The Chairman stated that the bio mass boiler shouldn’t be smoking and this could be due to an issue that will need resolving.
Cllr Allin added that the boiler isn’t supposed to smoke and may be due to it not being set up properly.
The Chairman spoke about the one-way system on Clumber Street and how people are ignoring it. He explained that the council tried to have the one-way system go all the way the top of the street. He stated that a weight restriction could be looked at for that road.
Cllr Allin added that a no entry off the A60 was looked at but it wasn’t accepted.
The Chairman stated that Bill Power’s idea regarding the Green flag was brilliant and would be great to involve Peter Crawford’s family and Cllr Kerr. He stated he would look into matter.
The Chairman explained that there should be grit bins on hills and that there are several around the Parish.
Cllr Allin added that NCC fill the grit bins and the biggest issue is that people take the grit out of the bins for individual use.
The Chairman stated he wasn’t aware of any 600-house development in Woodhouse as of yet.
Cllr Saunders stated he hadn’t heard about this development either but it might be worth asking MDC and checking it’s not on the Local Plan.
9543. MATTERS ARISING FROM PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
The Chairman stated Matters Arising out of Public Participation were dealt with in dialogue during Public Participation.
9544. DECLARATIONS BY MEMBERS OF PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTEREST
Big Warsop Partnership - Cllr. J. Cockroft.
Warsop Town Hall Management Group - Cllrs. J. Kerr, S. Moody and J. Allin.
Warsop Carnival - Cllr. J. Cockroft, S. Moody and S. Adey.
SOS - Cllrs. S. Moody and J. Kerr.
CCTV - Cllr. J. Allin.
Age Concern - Cllr. J. Allin.
Welbeck Colts - Cllr. A. Wetton.
Market Warsop Players - Cllr. S. Moody.
Meden Vale the Future - Cllrs. J. Allin and J. Kerr.
Warsop Youth Club - Cllrs. S. Moody and J. Cockroft.
Friends of the Carrs - Cllr. J. Kerr.
Warsop's Real Poppy Campaign - Cllr. L. Moody.
Assoc of Labour Councillors - Cllrs. A. Wetton, J. Allin, J. Kerr, S. Moody and S. Adey.
Inner Wheel - Cllr. J. Brearley.
Christmas Market - Cllr. J. Cockroft.
9545. MINUTES OF F&GP MEETING – Thursday 13th October, 2016
All recommendations were agreed by council. It was agreed to accept the minutes as a true record.
9546. MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING – Monday 19th September, 2016
It was agreed to accept the minutes as a true record.
9547. TOWN HALL
This was covered in the minutes of the F&GP. Nothing new to update.
Cllr Cockroft stated that there was nothing new to update due to the Carnival Committee not holding a meeting.
9549. BIG WARSOP
Cllr Cockroft stated there was nothing new to add from what was discussed in Public Participation and Matters Arising from Public Participation.
9550. WARSOP & DISTRICT NEWS
Cllr S. Moody informed the Council that in the last issue he invited people to comment and give feedback regarding the newspaper. He stated that he received feedback from one member of public who was pleased with the paper.
9551. NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
Cllr Kerr informed the council that he has spoken with Andrew Towlerton (Your Locale) and he had received a few comments. He stated that the NP was done before the Local District Plan and as long as there are no further comments or changes to be made then they would be looking at the plan going out to the public.
The Chairman addressed the recent issues regarding not being able to discuss item 12 on the agenda (NP) in a Parish Council meeting with members of public. He explained that to resolve this matter a small working group was set up to liaise with various people who have expressed an interest in the NP. He mentioned that the Parish Council have received comments and objections which Andrew Towlerton has already taken on board and amended parts of the NP. The working group headed by Cllr S. Moody have had one meeting and will be holding another one on the following Monday to suggest ideas and amendments to tweak the NP. He stated that once Cllr Kerr and the working group are happy with the plan, it can then be put to full council for it to be agreed to formally adopt the plan. The plan will then go to MDC for them to take the draft document to a referendum.
Cllr S. Moody added that the meeting was very productive and the group will be meeting again next Monday from 6pm to work on the plan and make sure it is fit for purpose.
9552. BANK BALANCES AND ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT
Current Account - £23,082.88 (As of 20th September 2016)
Premier Account - £33,758.36 (As of 25th August 16)
2 Shires Credit Union - £15,000 (As of 6th July 16)
All payments were agreed to be paid.
- Payments already paid:
- V01559. CiCLA training (Clerk) - £240.00
- V01560. Payroll Services - £15,490.61
- V01561. D2 Studio - £1,000.00
- Payments due to be paid:
- V01562. Cash - Delivery of W&DNs - £380.00
- V01563. Cash - Postage - £70.00
- V01564. Minster Cleaning - £588.83
- V01565. Pearl Installations Ltd (Emergency Lights) - £166.80
- V01566. Pearl Installations Ltd (Auto dialler) - £270.00
- V01567. Pearl Installations Ltd (Multi Maintenance) - £102.00
- V01568. Barrie Woodcock Internal Audit - £133.87
- V01569. Mortons - £1,163.00
- V01570. Second Element - £176.40
9553. NOTTINGHAMSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
Cllr Allin spoke of his concerns for the number of developments coming on to the A60 – the Rectory, the stack/farm yard, behind Warsop Motor Company, the colliery site and the one at Woodhouse if this is correct. He stated that this would be a lot of traffic and needs looking at.
He also spoke about the development of the Meden Park (the old Welbeck Colliery site). He stated that the digestor is producing gas and the residents in Meden Vale are getting use of this. Also, the pit tip should be due for completion in 18 months and it will be open for recreation use, footpaths, cycle paths and a picnic area. There will be a car park around the back and if there is enough demand, a community café will be looked at.
Cllr Allin informed the council that he asked for the white and yellow lines to be repainted.
The Chairman asked if there is anything that can be done to improve the street furniture and bollards in the village.
Cllr Allin informed the Chairman that he is looking into the issue.
9554. MANSFIELD DISTRICT COUNCIL
- 62 High Street, Warsop – Works to 4 no. trees and removal of 3 no. trees covered by a tree preservation order (TPO – 084).
- 39B High Street, Warsop – Change of use from amusement arcade (use class sui generis) to retail (use class a1) – retrospective.
- 17 The Homesteads, Warsop – Change of use of tenant meeting room facility to 1 no. residential dwelling.
- Community Centre, 49 The Hawthorns, Warsop – Change of use of tenant meeting room facility to 1 no. residential dwelling.
- 12 Coggins Lane, Church Warsop – Two storey side extension.
The Chairman brought planning application number 2 and 3 and his concern to the council’s attention.
Cllr S. Moody stated it would be a shame for the surrounding residents not to be able to use them if they are turned into residential dwelling. He stated that this may be something that should be fought for if residents use the community centre/meeting room.
The Chairman referred to Bill Power’s points regarding the footpaths and he stated he had walked around the Carrs Showground and some of the paths were in a very poor state and are in need of some work and attention. The Chairman informed the council that he would be keeping pressure on Mansfield District Council in memory of Peter Crawford.
Cllr Moody also added that pressure could be put on MDC due health and safety concerns over the paths.
Cllr Kerr informed the council that he has roughly 1500 signatures for the swimming baths petition. He also expressed his thanks to Gemma Blagg (Receptionist) who had been working with Meden School and manage to secure around 450 signatures.
9555. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday 21st November 2016