Meeting Minutes 8 August 2017
MINUTES of the Parish Council extraordinary meeting held on TUESDAY 8th AUGUST, 2017 at 6.30pm upstairs in the Council Chamber, Town Hall.
Cllrs J. Allin – Chairman, J. Cockroft – Vice-Chairman, J. Kerr (MDC), S. Dale, S. Moody, D. Barlow, S. Adey (MDC), L. Davies, R. Butler, A.Wetton (MDC & NCC) & J. Brierley.
16 Members of Public.
Ben Bradley MP.
9703. 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 - Cllr. J. Allin.
Welbeck Colliery the Future - Cllrs J. Allin & 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, S. Adey and A. Burgin.
Inner Wheel - Cllr. J. Brearley.
Christmas Market - Cllr. J. Cockroft.
Let Warsop Speak - Cllrs D. Barlow & R. Butler.
Frack Free Warsop - Cllr R. Butler.
Cllr A. Burgin (MDC).
9704. INTRODUCTION BY CHAIRMAN
The Chairman welcomed and thanked all for attending and explained that this would not be a question and answer session before handing over the Ben.
9705. INTRODUCTION - BEN BRADLEY MP
Ben explained that he had come tonight to meet the local people of the Parish and to hear what they would like to see in the area and how they would like to move the Warsop area forward, he said that he would answer questions if he could, however he would mainly be listening and taking on board the views of the local people to guide him on how to move forward.
9706. COUNCILLORS AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
Cllr Moody told Ben that members of public are sceptical of the provisions made for the parish by MDC. During a public meeting in February regarding the management of the sports centre the following figures where highlighted –
10 million pounds spent on Mansfield, 6 million spent on Mansfield Woodhouse and £400,000 spent on Warsop in the last 10 years, Cllr Moody states that therefore the people are cynical and expresses that the Parish needs investment.
Cllr Kerr follows on from Cllr Moody explaining that he had spent months getting a petition together and signed by over 2500 people to get a new sports centre and despite this, the District council had chosen to cease management even after previously investing £600,000 on it which he doesn’t understand. Cllr Kerr feels like Warsop Parish does not matter to the district council and went on to say that MDC wanted to knock down the Town Hall which the Parish then had to buy, the Parish has to maintain the church yard at a large cost due to lack of communication and also that the Parish council had to borrow money from MDC to keep the library car park (which they are still paying back). Cllr Kerr states that the only investment that Warsop Parish has had is a new health centre which was always going to happen anyway.
Cllr Butler asked Ben where he stood on fracking and went on to give his view that over the years this area has suffered majorly from mining subsidence and if fracking goes ahead the problems will only get worse.
Cllr Barlow tells Ben that she has been following his Facebook feed and that it has mentioned the NHS and how much the conservatives are putting into it – she briefs Ben on the massive problems our local people have getting in to see a GP due to the lack of appointments. Cllr Barlow says that MDC do not see this and that they are only interested in building more houses here which will create another problem with regards the demands on our highways as during peak times they are already grid locked.
John Downie (member of public) advises that he has lived in Warsop all of his life and has seen it thrive under the leadership of the urban council to now seeing us begging for MDC to develop the area, he would like to see a new sports centre with a pool, a supermarket at the old Eastwoods site and perhaps an industrial estate where an arctic lorry can turnaround easily.
Karen Hardy (LWS Group) agreed with John Downie and would like to see a thriving Warsop however she fears that it could be heading into being a none descript housing area surrounded by fracking.
Cllr Brierley is concerned about our local schools and the lack of investment put into them, she said that at one-point Meden School was at the top of the list to be re built however that was stopped and sadly we seem to be now at the bottom of the list of any potential investment.
Member of public asked if the railways could be re-opened?
Steve Horn (Footpaths group) says that Warsop Parish remains a great place to live with great features – nature reserves, trails, heritage and proximity to Sherwood forest etc, he believes that our fantastic features should be the focus of re development and that extraction of shale gas will permanently scar the area.
Mike Johnson - (Warsop Infotech Group) would like to know how much money has been spent on the town hall by MDC, and points out that if it was in the middle of Mansfield area and not here, it would have been renovated by now.
Cllr Barlow follows on from Mikes point and agrees that 2 million had been invested on a building in the market place Mansfield and asked why not here, the town hall is the centre of Warsop and should have investment if not from MDC then from the Government.
Cllr Adey asks what can be done for small businesses in the area – she informs Ben that she had worked with small businesses in the Ladybrook area and managed to get lease reductions on shops to encourage re development.
John Brierly (member of public) asks why 95% of the section 106 money from the development in Spion Kop was spent on a Mansfield site not in the local area.
Cllr Moody explains that sadly because of politics our councillors get out voted but would like the MP to use his voice and help fight for Warsop Parish.
Member of public who is new to the area and has moved onto the new Bellway estate expressed her opinion that it is appalling that MDC are thinking of building on greenfield sites and that before any agreement to build is made the infrastructure needs to be developed.
She is also horrified to see that there have been surveys carried out around this area for fracking and believes that should fracking go ahead it will completely ruin the area, she ended her point by saying the key to making the area better is funding.
Helena Kochanowski said that over the years there has been a lot of consultations however nothing has been done.
Tracey (LWS group) explained that the LWS group was formed to fight off the development on Stonebridge, which is agreed will lead traffic straight through the Hawthorns area where there are a lot of older residents and it will be built on grade 2 farm land. Tracey quoted the Prime Minister who said that boundaries should not be moved, Tracey asked Ben if he supports this policy.
Cllr Dale commented that he knows the farmer that owns the said fields and that he had been told that he could not plough near the boundaries so asks how Harworth Estates can get away with building.
Cllr Butler revealed that he had heard a rumour that Pegasus (development company of stonebridge application) had been told that they would be allowed to build provided that they build a new sports centre – Cllr Bulter said that the people do want a centre however not under those conditions.
Tracey’s next concern was with policing in the area, and she told Ben that on several occasions police have attended council meetings and encouraged the residents to call 101 with any concerns, however lots have people have tried this but with no success, they have had no reply, no support and no answer many times, she asks what can be done as 2 PCSO’s cannot manage Warsop alone.
Cllr Moody gave his opinion on the Mayors commission for Warsop Parish, he said that it sounds great on paper but he is sceptical with the time line in place as it shall be complete to see in May 2019 just before the election!
He thinks that the people need to be updated on what is being discussed at the time.
Cllr Barlow said that when the commission was announced it was said that the local people will be involved but they are no and it seems ridiculous that the local people are not being consulted.
Mike Johnson (Warsop Infotech) suggested that there should be a vote of no confidence in the Mayor and the Parish Council should run Warsop.
Cllr Moody said that for the Parish Council to do that they would have to overturn the 1974 local government act in Parliament.
Karen Hardy (LWS) said that there was certainly nobody in the commission group that was representing what she wants and wonders why the local groups who do know what is needed was not invited.
Mike Johnson asked if we can go to the Government with the issue and Cllr Moody said that it would be worth finding out if there is some kind of quality control that could be done on MDC decisions.
Cllr Adey asked that people give the commission a chance but agreed that people needed to know what was being discussed and they are to act when and if results come in. Cllr Adey agreed with Tracey about the policing issue and said that she would love to see new recruits in this area.
Member of public agreed with the points made tonight and reiterated that fracking in this area would be devastating.
Cllr Wetton confirmed that he had spoken to Kay Cutts NCC who has said that they will not stand in the way of the Parish Council in building a new sports facility if possible, and she confirmed that the land would be gifted to the Parish Council to do so.
Cllr Wetton stated that we as a parish are in a unique position as we have Ben, newly elected MP for the area and who is keen to take up the issues around the Parish. Cllr Wetton understands the people’s perception that MDC have no interest in the Parish and some of it comes down to the Chad Newspaper who used to support our Carnival for example (one of the biggest events within Nottinghamshire) who face an uphill battle every year adhering to the stipulations and requirements from MDC with very little support, the Chad do not seem interested anymore in our event however when a similar event happens in Mansfield the paper is happy to give it massive publicity … Warsop gets none.
Cllr Wetton also comments on the Mayor Commission which he appreciates is in its early stages but finds it strange that the Mayor is finding out what the Parish wants and needs on one hand and is closing the pool on the other!
9707. SUMMARY – BEN BRADLEY MP
Ben thanked everybody for their input and told them that what he had heard was very interesting and was pleased to say that he was aware of most of the issues and therefore had done his homework!
Ben touched on certain points –
Housing – Ben said that brownfield sites should be used first and that the housing developments should be relevant and appropriate for the area.
Unique Position – He absolutely agrees, it is the first time that a Conservative MP has been elected in the area and with Conservatives in power, he is sure that they will want to support him.
Sport and Health - This is at the top of his agenda so he is very much onboard with getting facilities locally.
Consultations & Commission – Ben shares frustration of decisions being made and consultations happening later and agrees that communication of the Commission is important and he will try via his Facebook page etc to keep the people as up to date as possible wherever he can, Ben made everyone aware that young people (school Council etc) had been invited to the commission meetings however did not turn up, it was discussed and decided that because of the difficult environment of the meetings other ways of communication with them is being looked at.
Policing – also on Bens agenda, he is aware that Notts police are looking to recruit and Ben will be asking for more police however it will be down to Sgt Nick Butler to allocate them.
Supermarket – This is a difficult one as it could be detrimental to the town centre and to attract big chains to the area relies on footfall which generally comes with more housing.
Businesses – Ben sees opportunities to attract businesses out of the cities and into smaller towns however he agrees that infrastructure will need improving particularly the A60 in all local areas and the A617 which are both on the counties list.
Rail – Ben believes opening the robin hood line through the area would be a positive thing to attract tourists to this area, and thinks that people need to change the way the district is spoken about and sell the area for tourism, a long-term plan is what’s needed.
Fracking – Ben is not anti-fracking, however he does not want to see it in Sherwood Forest or where it could affect housing.
Mansfield District Council – Parish Councils being in full control of their parishes would be a good thing it could save millions across the board and the County Council have this on their agenda.
Ben closes his summary by confirming that he largely agrees with most views and looking forward a new sports centre for the Parish is at the top of his agenda along with, Homelessness, investment and a long-term plan.
Ben explained that he has no power here but he can have influence.
9708. CLOSE MEETING
The Chairman once again thanked everybody for their input and attendance and acknowledged Ben on behalf of himself and the Parish Council for coming to listen to the views of the local people.