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Warsop Parish Council Meeting Minutes - 16th June, 2003

Warsop Parish Council
Town Hall
Church Street
Notts NG20 0AL
01623 846011

MINUTES of the Parish Council meeting held on Monday 16th June, 2003 in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Market Warsop at 18.30 hours.

Present: Cllrs. A. Wetton, Chairman (also Mansfield District Councillor), J. Allin,
Cllr. B. Smith (also Nottinghamshire County Councillor) D. Priest, V. Jennings, D. Avison, J. Kerr, M. Kavanagh. L. Kingdon and P. Crawford

Apologies for Absence: Cllrs. S. Shields (also Mansfield District Councillor) on holiday and R. Morton, (also Mansfield District Councillor) on holiday

Also Present: Reporter from the CHAD
Members of the Public

The Chairman opened the meeting at 18.30 and welcomed the 3 newly co-opted members to the Parish Council. He introduced each new member and they signed the Book of Declaration of Office with the Clerk.

The Chairman drew the attention of Members to the requirement for them to declare any Pecuniary or Non-Pecuniary Interests related to Agenda items.

CCTV/Warsop Landmark (NP) - Cllr. J. Allin
Christmas Lights/Welbeck Colts/Warsop Carnival (NP) Cllr. A. Wetton
Meden Vale 2000 (NP) - Cllrs. S. Shields, R. Morton and J. Kerr
Warsop Carnival Committee (NP) - Cllr. D. Avison
Warsop and Villages Enterprise Society WAVES (NP) - Cllrs. A. Wetton, J. Allin and B. Smith
Cllr. L. Kingdon declared an interest in WPRA and Friends of the Carrs
Cllr. M. Kavanagh declared an interest in WAVES, Church Warsop Tenants & Residents Association and Meden Under 5's
Cllr. B. Smith also declared an interest in WAVES and the Governors of Hetts Lane School.

The minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on Monday 19th May were accepted as a true record.

The meeting was adjourned to allow members of the public to speak.
1. Is the Parish Council any further forward with extending the CCTV camera down Carr Lane?
2. Are there any sort term measures being implemented to stop the vandalism of the ATC building and abuse of the ATC cadets.
3. A member of the public spoke about his son applying for a unit to rent for £33 per week and the fact that it took 9 weeks for a lease to come back from Mansfield District Council.

4. Bargain Booze - Concerns were raised that there is still a problem with their lorries and a member of the public reported they are selling alcohol to underage.

5. Complaints were made about the uneven pavers in the Town Centre and concerns were raised about accidents occurring.

The Chairman closed Public Participation.


Warsop Parish Council Representatives 2003/2004
Parish Planning Committee All members
Sub-Committee Chair and Vice-Chair

Finance Sub-Committee Chair, Vice-Chair and Councillors:
B. Smith, S. Shields, V. Jennnings
and J. Kerr

NALC Chair, Vice-Chair and Cllr. L. Kingdon

Action Mansfield and District D. Priest

CPRE Cllrs. J. Allin, D. Priest and P. Crawford

Old Warsop Society Chair

Public Transport Liaison Committee Cllr. D. Priest

Parish Emergency Committee All members
Sub-Committee Chair, Vice-Chair and Councillors:
B. Smith and S. Shields

CAB Management Committee Cllr. M. Kavanagh

DARE Cllrs. D. Priest and V. Jennings

Housing Committee Cllrs. D. Priest and V. Jennings

WPRA Chair, Vice-Chair and Cllr. P. Crawford

Meden Vale 2000 Cllrs. D. Priest and S. Shields
Warsop in Bloom Cllr. B. Smith

Age Concern Cllr. B. Smith

Standards Committee Cllr. J. Allin

School Governors Hetts Lane Cllr. P. Crawford Netherfield Cllr. S. Shields

a. Meden School - Infill extension to form main entrance lobby & office Full plans available for inspection.
b. 3 Moorfield Cottages, Bishops Walk, Church Warsop - single storey ext.
c. 34 Birkland Avenue, Warsop - Rear extension.
d. 2 Saville Way, Warsop - Erection of Conservatory.
e. The Community Centre, Warsop Vale - Change of use.
f. 24-26 High Street, Warsop - Extensions to existing shop - full plans available for inspection.
g. Moorfield Farm, Bishops Walk, Church Warsop - Retain fence.
h. 3 Coggins Lane, Church Warsop - Demolition of outbuilding.

No comments were made about the planning applications a - g
h. 3 Coggins Lane - request more information

1. Financial help is needed to take this forward and the Chairman suggested that an approach be made to the Neighbourhood Renewal Team for funding. In the meantime, Cllr. D. Avison suggested that the hedge was cut down to enable the camera further up to pick up any activity down Carr Lane.
2. The Police have been informed about the problems with the ATC and are looking into it. Cllr. B. Smith spoke about Crime in general and has asked the Home Office that the Royal Estate be made a Police Priority Area, this would make a start for the rest of Warsop to be looked at. The Chairman reported that the next Area Assembly meeting will be devoted to crime and disorder in Warsop District and several representatives of the Police would be present. Cllr. V. Jennings stated that he had also spoken to John Mann MP and asked for his help. John Mann MP stated that he will investigate and will organise meetings in the Parish to address all the problems in the community.
3. The Chairman said the Parish Council would pass on these concerns to Mansfield District Council.
4. Cllr. D. Avison said that the parking problem is now in the hands of the Police. Cllr. J. Allin stated that Bargain Booze have a strict policy not to sell alcohol to underage and if they are not adhering to this then evidence is required.
5. The Chairman stated that although he knew there was a problem with a few uneven slabs, mainly outside the Hare and Hounds because of their delivery lorries running over them before they are set, the work is of a very high standard. If an accident occurs, a claim can only be made if the standard does not comply with certain legal tolerance and the Town Centre Improvement Project has been carried out to the legal tolerance standard. He also added that the work is near completion and Warsop Town Centre looks a lot better. Andy Van Vliet would give an update about the project later in the meeting.

Cllr. J. Kerr made comments concerning the parking situation outside Meden Vale surgery that double yellow lines may not be the answer, clearly a larger car park is needed.

It was noted that Cllrs. J. Kerr, M. Kavanagh and L. Kingdon would attend the NALC New Councillor Training, Cllr. P. Crawford is unable to attend due to holidays.

Andy Van Vliet spoke on behalf of Surestart giving an update on the project. Planning permission has been granted and tenders are out. Building is scheduled to begin in September. He asked that the Parish Council serve notice to take the advertising hoarding down, 3 months notice is required and in order that building works can commence in September this needs to be done soon. He also asked that the Parish Council waive the bond regarding the hoarding, the bond was put in place to provide the Parish Council with £13,000 (10 years income from the hoarding) should Surestart withdraw from the contract. Cllr. S. Smith suggested a formal meeting to discuss this further, then announce the decision publicly. The chairman added that the Parish Council did not want to hold the project up but would need to take further legal advice as soon as possible.

Andy van Vliet spoke about the Town Centre Improvements, he will put more pressure on the contractors to rectify the uneven slabs. The 1st phase is almost complete, the railings will be put in on Motorcare corner in 5 to 6 weeks time and the black Tarmac is to be replaced with the radial stones. He also stated that he has been talking to Kwik-Save again and hopes they will agree to come back into the scheme. The vacancy for a Project Officer for Warsop is now being advertised.

Cllr. L. Kingdon asked about the reported problems of lorries and buses not being able to get round the bottom of High Street.

The Chairman replied that the actual flow of traffic is not too bad now all the barriers had been taken down and as there are no central reservations now, traffic can get round much better. The whole idea of the scheme is to slow the traffic down.

Cllr. A. Wetton told members what would be on offer at the Carnival this year starting with Skateboard Heaven and live bands at the Skatepark on Saturday 5th July then the main event on Sunday 6th July starting at 9am with mini soccer. The parade will be bigger this year with more floats, bands and a giant caterpillar. The helicopter is guaranteed and there would be the usual stalls, fun fair, classic car show, flower show and music stage which will feature live bands, including Westlives and a junior Pop Idol competition. Appearing in the main arena this year will be Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Gerry Cottle Comedy Car and the Essex Dog Display Team. There is a prize draw with the 1st prize being a holiday in Cyprus courtesy of Sunrise Villas and the CHAD are giving full support again.

Cllr. J. Kerr told members he was in favour of a sub-committee being formed to liaise with the Police and proposed it, Cllr. D. Avison seconded the motion and it was carried forward unanimously. The Chairman suggested that himself and the Vice-Chair and 3 or 4 Councillors, Cllrs. J. Kerr, D. Priest, D. Avison and M. Kavanagh agreed. A meeting will be arranged in due course.

A letter from Peter Thom, Highways Manager, Notts C.C., was circulated to all members stated that the Highway budget has already been allocated and no extra works will be considered until the next financial year. Discussion about the bad state of the road up to the re-cycling centre took place with all members agreeing that something needs to be done to encourage people to use the centre. Cllr. B. Smith reported that patchings have been done, whilst it is better it is far from perfect. The Chairman reported that contractual negotiations are taking place at the moment and once the new contractors are in place they could be approached about the problems.

Cllr. B. Smith reported that Governing bodies have been discussing ways to make the School Travel Plan better. Hetts Lane and Meden Schools have been in discussion with Nottinghamshire County Council for a sign with flashing lights to make road users more aware. Cllr. B. Smith also reported that he has been liaising with the Neighbourhood Renewal Team regarding the re-opening of Wood Street and this is an item on the agenda for tomorrow's meeting.

Cllr. D. Avison commented that the School Travel Plan seems to be effective with more children walking to school.

Minutes were circulated to all members and no comments were made.

6920. MEDEN VALE 2000
No minutes received.

Minutes were circulated to all members and no comments were made.

a. North Notts Raynet Group - thank you letter for the donation of £200
b. Warsop in Bloom - thank you letter for the donation of £1,000
c. The Swallows - transfer of licence application
d. Church Warsop Tenants & Residents Association - section 137 application
To be referred to the next F&GP meeting
e. The Boundary Commission - Electoral review of Nottinghamshire County Council
Cllr. B. Smith reported that Warsop is completely unaffected by this
f. Warsop Judo Club - section 137 application - more information received
To be referred to the next F&GP meeting

Lloyds TSB Current Account - 31 May 03 …………. £4,078.34
Co-op Bank Current Account - 31 May 03 …………. £2,148.68
Co-op Bank Deposit Account - 31 May 03 …………. £13,930.37
It was agreed that the following accounts would be paid:
0043. Delivery of Warsop News July edition …………… £147.50
0044. Petty Cash - stamps …………………..…………… £30.00
0045. Mansfield District Council - Election admin fees … £113.00

a. School Governor vacancies: -
Cllr. S. Shields to take the vacancy at Netherfield Infants School
Cllr. P. Crawford to take the vacancy at Hetts Lane Infants School
The Clerk is to put together a list of the other school vacancies to be made available at the next meeting.
b. Civic Service - it was agreed that the Chairman attend this.

a. Letter from Roy Smith, Head of Environmental Health. A copy of the letter was distributed to all members, The Chairman read out the main body of the letter which was regarding our complaints about Youth Crime/Nuisance in the environs of Bainbridge Road and Drug Issues in Meden Vale. The tasking group of MPAC designed to tackle ASB (Anti Social Behaviour) will be meeting soon and our concerns will be on the agenda. Roy Smith and Inspector David Shardlow lead the Safer Mansfield Partnership and will write again and report what action is being pursued.

Cllr. John Allin congratulated the Clerk on the Warsop & District News June edition as the best paper yet and was looking forward to the July edition.

Cllr. V. Jennings raised his concerns about the parking situation which does not allow emergency vehicles to get through. The day that a test was carried out the emergency vehicle did manage to get through but the situation has deteriorated. It would be possible to widen the road and this will be suggested to Peter Thom to review the situation but in view of the present financial climate it is doubtful that anything will be done. Cllr. B. Smith added that this is a nationwide problem regarding people parking as at the time roads were built there were less cars.

The accounts have been internally audited by Accounting Solutions and were unanimously approved by all members.

This was unanimously agreed by all members

a. CCTV Extension on Carr Lane

The Chairman closed the meeting at 8.20pm

6906. DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING - Monday 21st July 2003

Signed …………………………………… Dated ……………………
Chairman Warsop Parish Council

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