Meeting Minutes 16 January 2017
MINUTES of the Parish Council meeting held on MONDAY 16th JANUARY, 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 & D. Barlow.
5 members of public.
PCSO Dee Eyre & Sergeant Neil Priestley
9578. 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), S. Moody, R. Butler, J. Brealey & J. Cockroft.
9579. MINUTES OF THE F&GP EMAIL DISCUSSION JANUARY 16
Due to lack of time and councillor’s other commitments, councillors were emailed with items that would have been taken to an F&GP meeting. There were only 3 items that needed recommendations making so they could be taken to full council. Accepted as a true record.
Fire Alarm & Emergency Lighting system works
There is a lot of work to get the Town Hall to the British Standard requirements.
Recommend: The councils current contractor Peter Clark to carry out the work because he offers best value for money and he did the detailed assessment of the work.
Fire Risk Assessment – Once the work above has been completed (can’t be completed before because if the issues above aren’t fixed, the fire risk assessment will continue to be flagged up every year), Mansfield Fire & Safety can carry out a fire risk assessment priced at £250 + VAT.
Fire Risk Assessment
Once the work above has been completed (can’t be completed before because if the issues above aren’t fixed, the fire risk assessment will continue to be flagged up every year), Mansfield Fire & Safety can carry out a fire risk assessment priced at £250 + VAT.
Recommend: Mansfield Fire & Safety carry out the assessment as in previous years.
Section 137 – RBL wreaths for the remembrance services - £37.00, the Chairman suggested a donation of £50.
Recommend: To donate £50.00 for the remembrance wreaths.
RESOLVED: The council unanimously agreed all recommendations.
9580. MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING – Monday 21st November, 2016
Accepted as a true record.
Bill Power asked if the council would send a final letter to potential supermarkets that may want to build a new store in Warsop and if a copy of the letter could be published for the people of the Parish to view.
He stated the Warsop Christmas fair was great with an attendance of 832. People had suggested to him that it should be held indoors this year. He thanked councillors and everyone else for attending.
Bill mentioned that at a previous meeting the Green Flag status on the Carrs should be unveiled with a presentation/certificate to be received by Cllr John Kerr and Peter Crawford’s family. He stated that he was surprised to see the Green Flag flying with no mention of this great achievement. He asked if his suggestion of a presentation could be carried out.
Karen Hardy gave a brief update for the LWS group regarding the Stonebridge planning application. She said they were anticipating a 6th February planning committee meeting, this won’t be confirmed until the 27th January. She mentioned that she had spoken to Mark Pemberton (Democratic Services – MDC) and he thought they should be on red alert for the meeting. She asked if anyone has any information on the A60, could they share it with the LWS group who are currently preparing speeches for the meeting.
Karen informed the council that they have received a 6-page reply from Bev Smith (Chief Ex – MDC) regarding the petition, which herself and Cllr Barlow are currently reading through. The group will now go to the ombudsman to take this matter further.
Karen referred to the Rectory planning which was passed in December and the 106 money of £6,600 which is promised to the Carrs, she asked what will the council do to make sure this money is used for the Carrs.
PCSO Dee Eyre gave an update with figures from 2015/16 compared to 2016/17.
Serious Acquisitive Crimes (Burglary, burglary other, theft of and from motor vehicles)
2015/16 - 200
2016/17 - 156
Dee stated that the figures are dropping which shows things are moving in the right direction.
2015/16 - 200
2016/17 - 162
Dee stated this was a significant drop.
2015/16 - 585
2016/17 - 493
Dee said this issue is still a main priority with gangs of kids congregating in Warsop.
2015/16 - 331
2016/17 - 320
Dee also gave some figures for the last 3 months:
4 burglary dwellings (entered the property to steal)
6 burglary other (sheds, outside buildings, etc.)
2 theft of motor vehicle
3 theft from motor vehicle (2 of the thefts were done on the same night on the same street)
1 re-offender had been arrested today.
She gave an update regarding the Romanian community – Cllr Kerr and the police have set up a group and will be inviting the Romanians to have regular meetings. They are looking another meeting in February and will hopefully be arranging English classes. She said that this is really positive and hopes this will help with some of the issues that has already occurred.
Sergeant Neil Priestley informed the council that they are working from the hub at MDC and its working really well and is very positive. They have been looking at preventative measures and preventing issue before they escalate. He reassured the council that PSCO Dee Eyre and Catherine Darby would not be moving from the Town Hall. They do use other officers if they have identified hotspots for example plain clothed PC’s that are based at Mansfield but came to assist with incidents in Warsop Parish.
Cllr Barlow explained to the council that she had emailed the police team to ask for details on the patrols of PC’s and PCSO’s in the Parish and to inform them of some of the comments she had received that were made by people in the Parish. Cllr Barlow also mentioned that people are following the advice given by police and reporting the incidents but they are being told that it is petty crime and no police will be attending.
Sgt Priestley stated they try and leave Dee and Cath who are based here and work a mixture of days and afters to their patrols. The police do review where the patrols need to be from the incidents that have been reported. He apologised and said he will speak to control about the way messages are being relayed to the public if the incident is graded as a petty crime incident in-particularly.
He stated that PCSO’s patrol as well as plain clothed officers patrolling - to which some good arrests have been made. He said he couldn’t give a number for how many patrols take place and there is no named officer that patrols the Parish. He mentioned that it is great for people to see the police/police cars but it doesn’t always help catch offenders and that’s where the plain clothed officers are a great benefit.
Cllr Barlow asked if the CCTV was working.
Sgt Priestley said the cameras that are connected to MDC have just had an upgrade and they are good quality. He explained they also have some movable cameras that they can attach in certain hotspot areas. The more people report incidents, the better the picture this gives the police of where the issues are.
Cllr Adey asked Dee if she could email the violence part of the report which was not completed for the meeting.
Dee said she would send her by email the violence figures.
Cllr Adey said she understood that the police couldn’t inform the council of where the patrols will take place but could she have the details of where the patrols were in the last 3 months.
Sgt Priestley said he could speak to some of the other sergeants about some the work their teams have completed but unfortunately, they can’t track exactly.
PCSO Dee Eyre also added that where hotspots are identified is where they will patrol, at the moment there are some major issues in Church Warsop that are being dealt with and Warsop is having quite a few issues near Watson St, Clumber St and Day St. She also said that around 50% of people will contact herself and Catherine direct on their work mobiles.
9581. MATTERS ARISING FROM PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
The Chairman informed Bill Power that several attempts have been made to a range of supermarkets. He explained some of the issues the Parish Council came across, the main issue being supermarkets will not build within a certain distance of each other – making the list of possible supermarkets very small.
The Chairman agreed with Bill about the Christmas fair was a great event.
The Chairman stated the council will push to achieve Bill’s suggestion regarding the Green Flag presentation.
The Chairman informed Karen that he couldn’t confirm the 6th February but the LWS group were taking the right step in getting prepared. He explained that he has been barred for the last 2 planning meetings due to not being able to attend the training when it was arranged, he stated he will be doing the training tomorrow night. He said he was glad that LWS have finally had a reply about the petition.
He agreed that if 106 money has been highlighted for the Carrs then District Councillors should push forward to make sure it is used wisely.
Cllr Adey suggested that some of the 106-money highlighted for the Carrs should be used to purchase some benches opposite Java Café.
9582. CRIME AND DISORDER
The Chairman moved Crime and Disorder to public participation to allow dialogue between PSCO Dee Eyre and Sgt Neil Priestley, councillors and public.
9583. SCHOOL GOVERNERS – (HETTS LANE & CHURCH VALE)
The Chairman asked councillors if they would consider becoming a governor for Hetts Lane or Church Vale schools. He suggested anyone interested should speak to the Clerk as she has information about what the role entails. It was suggested that the Clerk should email absent councillors.
9584. TOWN HALL
The Chairman informed the council that the Valuation Office Agency have been to the Town Hall to re-calculate the rateable value. We should hear back from the VOA by the end of the week.
The Chairman informed the council that last week he received Chris Wilson’s (Assistant to the Clerk) resignation. He stated her finishing date would be 8th February 2017 and he had acknowledged her resignation with a letter. The Clerk has been looking at Glascraft for a leaving gift and working patterns have been re-arranged in the best interest of the council.
The Chairman informed the council that a cabinet decision was made by MDC to stop the £16,731 Council Tax Reduction Scheme Grant that is given to the Parish Council. He stated Cllr Crawford had negotiated last year that this would run until 2018/19. He said the select 3 committee had unanimously agreed to honour the agreement but the cabinet and the Mayor had withdrawn it. This would leave our precept short by £16,731 and he informed the council that this will be challenged but the decision would still go to another meeting where the Mayor can overturn it.
Cllr Moody had emailed the Clerk with some pictures of new signage for the Town Hall. He had been working with Big Warsop on this and they have asked if the council would be on board advertising the services that run from within the Town Hall. The council like the idea but have a few concerns on protecting the board from vandalism and how easy would it be to change the lettering if a service stopped running. The Clerk will report back to Cllr Moody with the council’s concerns.
No report due to the absence of Cllr Cockroft.
9586. BIG WARSOP
No report due to the absence of Cllr Cockroft.
9587. WARSOP & DISTRICT NEWS
No report due to the absence of Cllr Moody.
Cllr Kerr stated the council should look at reviewing the number of issues a year.
The Chairman stated if this matter can be reviewed, it should go to the next F&GP meeting.
Cllr Barlow stated that she enjoys and looks forward to the newspaper.
9588. NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
Cllr Barlow informed the council that the Neighbourhood Plan group will be meeting next week.
The Chairman stated that a lot of hard work has been put into the current plan at a time when there was little interest from the people of the Parish. He said it was great that there is more interest now with lots of suggestions being made. He suggested that early March would be a good time if possible, to get the plan ready for the Parish Council. The plan would then have to go to MDC and they would consider when a referendum should be held.
Cllr Barlow stated the group were looking at May so it could go out with the NCC elections.
9589. BANK BALANCES AND ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT
Current Account - (As of 23rd Dec 16) £45,865.34
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:
- V01589. Darren Gray (Christmas Trees) - £230.00
- V01590. Welbeck Estates Brass Band - £500.00
- V01591. Glascraft (Barry Snowdon) - £23.99
- V01592. Sherwood Junior School (Memorial) - £400.00
- V01593. Glascraft (W&DNs Competition) - £42.00
- V01594. NCC (Christmas Tree’s) - £168.00
- V01595. Mortons - £1,163.00
- V01596. SLCC (Membership) - £139.00
- V01597. SLCC - £118.80
- Payments due to be paid:
- V01598. Translator (JK allowance) - £60.00
- V01599. Cash – Delivery of W&DNs - £380.00
- V01600. Cash – Postage - £70.00
- V01601. Minster Cleaning - £419.02
- V01602. Second Element - £176.40
- V01603. Mortons - £1,163.00
9590. NOTTINGHAMSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
Cllr Allin informed the council that on 2nd December 16, press and public attended a launch of the bio gas plant at Meden Park, Meden Vale. There was a tour of the plant which is now producing gas, the Chad Newspaper also attended and took photos.
Cllr Kerr stated he rang Nick at the Chad because no article or photos have been published yet – Nick will be looking into this.
Cllr Allin spoke about a quarterly meeting held last Wednesday with Harworth Estates, Welbeck Estates and Tetrapoint. The Pit Tip restoration is coming along nicely and the wildlife is thriving.
Cllr Allin mentioned that some time ago a suggestion to build some bungalows at the back of Portland Crescent was made. They have now decided to do a survey on that to see if the project is feasible. There are also 60 houses that have been built at what is known as Pit Hill, which is in Bassetlaw. Bassetlaw are allowing the 106 money to be kept and spent for Meden Vale.
Cllr Barlow asked if the bungalows would be council properties.
Cllr Allin stated they would belong to Welbeck Estates.
Cllr Allin informed the council that on the A60 just before the bridge, the street lights were being upgraded to LED lamps at a cost of around £18,000. The design work has been complete and he will keep the council updated.
Cllr Allin has spoken to Highways regarding the one-way system on Clumber Street and it seems to be a losing battle at the moment. He was told that it is a police matter to stop cars going the wrong way.
9591. 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.
- 5 Derwent Close, Warsop – Single storey side extension over existing garage.
The Green Flag status was discussed in Public Participation.
The Chairman stated the MDC budget meeting is on the 25th January 2017. The petition for the Meden Baths which was started in the summer 16 has been completed and handed in with over 2,400 signatures on it. The district council will now have to verify them and it will be presented at the council meeting for a debate to take place. Cllr Kerr is the lead on this item and he will give a speech at the beginning of this meeting and other councillors have put questions forward.
The facilities are far past its sell by date and is in need of a rebuild. Over the past few years we have faced the closure of the sports centre, Mayor Egginton tried to close it and the Parish had a public meeting where the Mayor was forced to keep pool open and agree to maintain it.
At a meeting with Mandy Mellor – Leisure & Cultural Manager for MDC it was clear it wasn’t maintained properly with the pool filtration system having not been looked at for over 7 years. The pool needs regular maintenance and they believe it is too expensive to continue with. The Chairman is going to ask the portfolio holder when the filter was last inspected and serviced and when it should of actually have been inspected and serviced and how often it should be done.
Cllr Barlow informed the council that Clowne were quoted around 4 million for their pool/sports centre and with the Localism Act we should be working together and put this forward to MDC to find out where they are getting these figures from.
Cllr Barlow mentioned that the land for a new leisure facility has been gifted by NCC but Mandy Mellor hadn’t seen this information before the meeting between the Parish Council, herself and Martyn Saxton. She asked if we could get some clarification on this matter and have it in writing.
The Chairman will ask at the meeting if the Mayor will attend a public meeting here in Warsop regarding the Meden Sports Centre.
9592. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday 20th February 2017