Meeting Minutes 20 February 2017
MINUTES of the Parish Council meeting held on MONDAY 20th FEBRUARY, 2017 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, S. Dale, L. Davis & R. Butler.
9 members of public.
PCSO Dee Eyre, PC Kevin Parson & Sergeant Neil Priestley.
Neighbourhood Wardens Adrian Tinklin & Barry Snowdon.
9596. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST BY MEMBERS BOTH PECUNIARY AND NON-PECUNIARY
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. Davies.
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.
Let Warsop Speak - Cllrs D. Barlow & R. Butler.
Cllrs A. Burgin (MDC) & D. Barlow.
The Chairman moved item 17c. Meden Baths after apologies.
The Chairman thanked Parish Council staff for doing a fantastic job in organising the ‘Future of Meden Sports Centre’ public meeting. There was a lot of time and effort on their part put into this meeting with lots of information being collected during the week leading up to it.
The meeting was called quickly, which meant it fell in half term. Although this was difficult for Meden School, they gave us the venue, co-operated fully and assisted fantastically with all our requests.
He thanked all the Councillors who attended and the contributions that they made. He made a special thanks to all the members of public who attended and he felt public participation was fantastic, with the public being well informed, asking brilliant questions and great comments being made. He felt that the Mayor and her Cabinet didn’t respond particularly well to the many questions that were raised. The Chairman referred to a question that was asked near the end of the meeting that stated “I don’t know how you can make a decision as important as this when you don’t know any of the information on the facts that you have been asked, I think you should defer your decision until you have the facts”, he said this was a very poignant point from the public to the Mayor and her Cabinet.
He explained why the meeting had to be a little political so they could explain how we have ended up where we are with the baths. The report from the consultation recommends – to be resolved by the Portfolio Holder for Environment that the council cease its management of the Meden Sports Centre with the consequent loss of service provision. Although they said they weren’t closing the baths, the consultation states that if they cease management of the Sports Centre, it will then close.
He said MDC would go on to serve notice to the County Council and the school and the life of the centre will run until April 2018. He summarised that the mood of the meeting and the facts that were presented should, to anyone with common sense, mean the decision being deferred. So far there has been no indication of the decision being deferred. He informed the Council and members of the public that the decision will be taken tomorrow at 12 noon. He said he responded to the Mayor and Cllr Andrew Tristram and thanked them for attending the meeting and urged them to defer the decision.
He said Cllr Tristram had asked for various information like, a list of councillors who attended the meeting, how many public were there, and for a copy of the minutes, if not minutes then the notes. The Chairman explained that a meeting like that is difficult to minute and would take a little time. He said the Parish Council recorded the whole meeting as well as the Mayor. He sent a reply by letter to Cllr Tristram and the Mayor which he read out to the Council.
He went on to say, he didn’t know if the letter would have any effect on the decision but he would attend the meeting tomorrow, along with other Councillors and any members of public wishing to attend.
He informed the council that we finally received an answer to our Freedom of Information request on usage figures for the centre today. This proved that the pool is well used and although MDC stated usage had fallen after the closure in 2014, it didn’t fall by as much as was expected and it recovered reasonably well. The annual users are around 120,000 which shows it’s not a failing facility.
Cllr Moody asked why did the Chairman only ask for figures from Jan-Aug for 2014, 2015, 2016.
The Chairman responded and explained the reason for that was because the pool was closed in August 2014 through to February 2015. He was only interested in those figures from Jan-Aug to see what the usage was as a comparison. He read out the usage figures:
2014 – 70,841
2015 – 59,984
2016 – 60,464
Cllr Kerr stated it was nice to see the amount of public that turned up for the meeting and the passion they showed for the centre, and all sports including swimming was fantastic.
Cllr Brealey mentioned the usage of other pools in the district and that it’s been said that they would find room for the 7 other schools going into Water Meadows and the Rebecca Adlington pool. She stated that she has the information and it shows no such gaps or availability for 7 schools and as for catching the bus, that would not be possible as they do not run after certain times. She said she couldn’t understand where MDC are getting their information from, when quite clearly it is incorrect.
The Chairman stated it was clear from the answers Cllr Tristram gave that he hadn’t read the report that was in front of him.
Cllr Moody added that it was very illuminating for the public and it was very well attended with lots of positive contributions from the public. He said this showed a deep passion that is in the Parish and the lack of passion from the Cabinet and MDC. He stated they were wholly unprepared, knowing that they were attending a meeting about the Sports Centre with no information apart from a letter dated 1966, and to discover during the meeting that MDC were quite happy to spend £7 million on a hotel in Edinburgh out of tax payer’s money, beggar’s belief.
He went on to say that the figures Sir Alan Meale gave out at the meeting regarding the fact that £160 million pound is given to the District Council and yet he was astonished that the people of Warsop Parish have only received 2.5% investment in the last 10 years. He hopes this ignites the people of the Parish even more and hopes that the Cabinet start to take us seriously and address the imbalances that the Parish has had.
The Chairman made the Council aware that the Chad didn’t turn up to the meeting even though we had confirmation that they would be attending.
Cllr Kerr explained that he wrote a letter about the scrutiny committee some time ago. He was expecting every 2 months to have a meeting regarding the Sports Centre to discuss what funding has been applied for and what the district are doing but as of yet there has been nothing. He stated the Mayor isn’t bothered about the Parish, she is only interested in Mansfield.
The Chairman moved item 5. Crime & Disorder after Meden Baths.
The Chairman handed over to Sgt Neil Priestley who gave an update from the last meeting to now. He started with the vehicle on Burns Lane that was mentioned previously, he said PCSO Dee Eyre has been to the issue on more than one occasion and hopefully now the issue is resolved.
He went on to talk about patrols and how difficult it is to keep a record of who, when and where. He mentioned Sgt Dave Booler and that he now covers the proactive team which covers the whole of Mansfield. His team patrol as much as possible with some positive results shown. Sgt Priestley has asked Sgt Booler to keep him informed about any arrests made in the Parish so he can feed this information back to the Parish Council.
Sgt Priestley talked about the off-road motorbike team and informed the Council that 2 motorbikes were seized due to their patrols. Due to the time of year he said he expected more issues to arise and he asked if people could report it and give details of where, when and any vehicle number plate, even the vans the motorbikes come off.
He spoke to the control room and fed back the information given to him at the last meeting regarding issues with how the control room handled the calls they receive.
He read out some figures from last month compared to the previous month:
1 burglary dwelling
0 burglary other
13 criminal damage
1 burglary dwelling
2 burglary other
5 criminal damage
ASB has increase, this may be due to school half term.
Sgt Priestley introduced PC Kevin Parsons who is the new beat manager for Mansfield Woodhouse and Warsop Parish. He said he has made an excellent start and hopefully people in the Parish will feel less isolated now with having an added member to the team.
Cllr Kerr informed the police about 2 bikes being a nuisance on King Road on the 18th & 19th February.
PCSO Dee Eyre gave her report to the Council. She said they have seen some positive results and the beat team received a letter of thanks from the residents from Vernon Close, Church Warsop. The residents had issues with youths knocking on their doors and windows and running off.
A wanted male was arrested after being spotted by Dee and Catherine Derby.
There has been an issue with youths climbing on the Age Concern building and congregating around there. They have increased patrols and identified some the kids involved.
She mentioned English classes started on Thursday, 2 courses ran and both were at full capacity.
Wardens Adrian Tinklin and Barry Snowdon have successfully identified and offender for a fly tipping incident in Church Warsop.
Adrian has been incredibly busy posting dog fouling stickers on lampposts in the area and increasing his patrols to either help catch or deter people from doing it.
He has also been working with environmental health to identify and deal with rubbish on residential gardens. People failing to put their bins out means gardens are filling with waste. He has issued warning letters and fines to residents who don’t clear their gardens.
She said the Strand bingo hall is a magnet for kids to climb in or on the building and for them to congregate around the area. Eastwoods have spent a lot of time and effort trying to secure the area.
She mentioned lots of complaints about kids congregating in Boyes car par, playing football and music. She said the kids have asked for the lights to be switched back on at the skate park.
Dee said a bit of a confrontation has taken place this evening between local youths and Romanians. There is damage being caused to vehicles and window being smashed.
PC Kevin Parsons mentioned that at the Holocaust centre, courses are running to help educate against hate crimes, etc.
Cllr Kerr asked if a sign from Andy Chambers (MDC) had been put up to warn against damage to the stake park and it will not be repaired again if there is any new damage.
The Chairman thanked the police and wardens for attending.
9597. MINUTES OF THE F&GP MEETING
Thursday 9th February 2017. Accepted as a true record.
RESOLVED: The council unanimously agreed 637, 639, 640, 641 and 643 recommendations.
A very lengthy discussion and debate took place regarding minute 638. Parish Precept. The Chairman stated this would be a very difficult decision for the Parish Council to make this year. The precept is currently £91,792.00 but due to MDC withdrawing the £16,731 council tax reduction grant scheme, the precept will be £75,061. He said the Parish Council run the Town Hall, take care of the minutetenance of the church yard and make payments to lots of local groups and projects, including Warsop Carnival, Hetts Lane Holiday Club, Warsop in Bloom and many more.
He said the Finance and General Purposes working party suggested two options for the Council to vote on.
Option 1 – Increase the precept to £80,000
Option 2 – Increase the precept by £4.00 per household, which equates to 7 and a half pence per week.
Cllr Moody put forward option 1 as being a good option for the Parish Council to vote on. He went in to great detail about council costs, how it is managed and the councillors that work very hard in this voluntary role. He stated we have good reserves and should try and keep the precept as low as possible.
Cllr Kerr put forward option 2 as being a good option for the Parish Council to vote on. He stated he was concerned with how tight the finances are with the loss of the £16,731 from MDC and the amount of responsibility the Parish Council has. He spoke about making sure the Parish Council could handle any financial issues that may arise and this could only be done by increasing the precept by £4.00 per household.
Option 1 was proposed by Cllr Moody and seconded by Cllr Adey. This option received 4 votes.
Option 2 was proposed by Cllr Kerr and seconded by Cllr Allin. This option received 6 votes.
RESOLVED: Option 2 was agreed by a majority vote of 6 – 4.
9598. MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING – Monday 16th January, 2017
Accepted as a true record.
A member of public stated residents of Warsop are concerned with the gangs of youths congregating, hurling objects and shouting abuse. They have moved from Coopers Yard up to the library and climbing on the roof. She wanted her concerns passed on to the police.
Another member of public said the gangs of youths were throwing 6 inch tubes on the road on Burns Lane.
A gentleman mentioned that a friend of his was concerned there would be an accident around Watson and Day Street due to the amount of oil all over the road.
Eric Hill raised an issue with the police and wanted to inform the Council about anti-social behaviour along Budby and Cuckney Road. The amount of mess with wipes and condoms on the footpaths and benches is disgusting and the public indecency is very inappropriate.
Bill Power apologised for not attending the meeting about the Sports Centre. He informed the council that the landlady of the Plough Inn, who helped to set up the food share has now started a veteran’s breakfast. Veterans who are still serving or retired are welcome along with firemen and the police. He said 13 people attend the breakfast on its first day and he asked if the Parish Council could put something in the W&DNs.
He stated the food share is doing well and the staff at the co-op are helping as well.
Karen Hardy wanted to say thanks on behalf of Let Warsop Speak for the meeting regarding the baths, it produced a lot of great feedback. She also asked if anyone has any additional information about the Stonebridge planning application, as there is no information being added to the planning portal. She stated that they had not received any feedback from their compliant about the environmental health study.
She also mentioned the pet shop in Warsop would be closing. She asked if there was anything that can be done to help.
Halina Kochanowski gave an update on Warsop Youth Club. She said the last meeting she attended was in summer, when she was promoting the summer activities the youth club were running that were very successful and funded by Big Warsop. In October 2016, the youth club started a second night of activities. The age groups are 7-11 year olds and 12-19 year olds on a Monday night. Since October 63 individuals attended between ages 7-11 and 81 individuals between ages 12-19.
At the moment, Warsop Youth Club do not have any funding, there is a team of 4 sessional youth workers and 4 volunteers that help provide these sessions. The youth club would like to provide another evening for older youths around the ages of 15-19.
She stated at present time, they are paying out of the reverses and it is costing approximately £2,000 a quarter. They would also like a disco once a month but there are no funds to provide this.
She said they had applied to the Eastwood Foundation for funds but due to the cinema and Burns Lane site they are a bit strapped for cash.
9600. MATTERS ARISING FROM PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
Cllr Moody thanked Bill for the update and he said he would put something in the paper about the veteran’s breakfast. He stated that the food bank had already been mentioned in the paper.
Cllr Moody proposed the Parish Council donate £4,000 a year to Warsop Youth Club.
Cllr Kerr seconded the proposal.
The Chairman agreed this was a great idea and project to support.
RESOLVED: It was unanimously agreed to help fund this project. Cllrs Moody and Cockroft abstained from voting due to them both having an interest in Warsop Youth Club.
The Chairman stated he was frustrated with regards to the Stonebridge planning application and Councillors have heard nothing from the planning department. Councillors on the planning committee will only know at the meeting when an application comes in. Martyn Saxton has stated that the issues will be addressed before it goes to planning. Due to the length of time that is passing, may suggest that they are looking at all the issues and the lack of a correct assessment. He said if we become aware of the application, the Parish Council will let them know.
Cllr Adey said it was great news about the youth club.
She stated that over the past few months she has heard a few negative comments, most from MDC. She said the initiatives that Bill Power mentioned had come from Parish Councillors and are a part of the women in business program, which is guiding women in business to take a leading role in the community. She stated Paula (Plough Inn) was doing fantastic and now we have a food share, veteran’s breakfast and a homelessness program starting up shortly.
Cllr Adey spoke about the pet shop and that she has visited 3 times in the last 3 weeks. She said that there is nothing that can be done to help. One of the main issues she found was she had enough money for rent and bills but not enough for stock. She couldn’t get a small business loan; which Cllr Adey has stated she is looking into with the help of the Co-op and their credit scheme.
9601. SCHOOL GOVERNERS – (HETTS LANE & CHURCH VALE)
Clerk is to inform Hetts Lane and Church Vale schools that Councillors unfortunately do not have the time that is needed to dedicate to this role.
9602. TOWN HALL
Cllr Kerr stated everything is running well, and there are English lessons currently taking place for Romanians. He also said it was nice to see staff back after annual leave and illness.
Cllr Moody stated it would be ideal if we could update the website ourselves giving us more control to update information quicker but JKE Web Design currently do that as part of the package we pay for.
Cllr Adey mentioned she has organised a group of young people from Meden School to come out into the town and work on different projects, she said they could get a group together to look at the Parish Council website.
Cllr Adey will give an update at the next meeting.
The Chairman agreed with Cllr Moody and suggested that the Clerk look into our contract with JKE Web Design or other options that may be available to us.
Cllr Cockroft informed the council that booking stall forms have completed and are ready for people to collect. The Music section of the Carnival is now full and the only area that is lacking is the main arena, she stated more acts are needed. She said she would emailing MDC regarding the sag meeting and asking them to do the meeting here at the Town Hall as the times they are arranging are unrealistic with her other commitments.
9605. BIG WARSOP
No new update.
9606. WARSOP & DISTRICT NEWS
Cllr Moody stated the paper went to print today after a quick turnaround due to the date of delivery. Sgt Major Robert Bye and the section of the A60 that is being named Robert Bye Way is on the front page. He said the paper has received quite a few new adverts which may help reduce the subsidy, although increasing the size of the paper may need to be looked at.
The Chairman stated we get little coverage from the Chad Newspaper and we should send more local stories and letter in to W&DNs.
9607. NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
Last Mondays Neighbourhood Plan residents meeting was postponed and is due to take place Monday 27th February 2017.
9608. BANK BALANCES AND ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT
Current Account - (As of 23rd Jan 17) £44,585.39
Premier Account - (As of 9th Nov 16) £33,762.61
2 Shires Credit Union - £15,000
All payments were agreed to be paid.
- Payments already paid:
- V01604. S137 (RBL Wreaths) - £50.00
- Payments due to be paid:
- V01605. Cash – Delivery of W&DNs - £380.00
- V01606. Pearl Installations (Timer) - £81.06
- V01607. Minster Cleaning - £588.83
- V01608. Konica Minolta - £96.44
- V01609. NCC Supplies (Toiletries) - £164.60
- V01610. NCC Supplies (Stationery) - £19.19
- V01611. Smiths of Derby (Clock) - £218.40
- V01612. Glascraft (Chris Wilson) - £28.50
- V01613. Warsop Infotech (Paper x2) - £30.00
- V01614. Warsop Infotech (SOS Leaflets) - £90.00
- V01615. NALC (Book) - £60.35
- V01616. MDC (Returning Officer Fee) - £84.81
9609. NOTTINGHAMSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
Cllr Allin informed the council that on Thursday 23rd February, Notts County Council will have their budget meeting. He said there may be a 1.75% increase and a 3% precept to cover the elderly.
9610. MANSFIELD DISTRICT COUNCIL
Cllr Kerr received a call from our local MP and has given him a list of all the things the money that was brought in to the district was spent on, 161 million, of which 4.3 million was spent in Warsop for the health centre although Warsop would have had that money anyway and it was nothing to do with MDC. So, this shows that Warsop has not received anything from MDC.
- 1 Dotterel Place, Warsop Vale – Notification of a proposed larger home extension under the town and country planning (general permitted development) (England) order 2015 – conservatory to rear.
- The Rectory, Church Road, Church Warsop – Removal of 1 no covered by a tree preservation order tpo – 104.
The Chairman moved this item to the beginning of the meeting.
9611. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday 20th March 2017