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Warsop Parish Council Meeting Minutes - 17th November 2003

Warsop Parish Council
Town Hall, Church Street
Market Warsop, Mansfield, Notts.NG20 0AL
Tel:01623 846011

MINUTES of the Parish Council meeting held on Monday 17th November, 2003 in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Market Warsop at 18.30 hours.

Present: Cllrs. A. Wetton, Chairman (also Mansfield District Councillor), J. Allin, Vice Chairman, B. Smith (also Nottinghamshire County Councillor), D. Priest, D. Avison, S. Shields (also Mansfield District Councillor), R. Morton, (also Mansfield District Councillor), M. Kavanagh and P. Crawford

Apologies for Absence: Cllrs. V. Jennings (on holiday), J. Kerr (on holiday), L. Kingdon (birthday).
7006. DECLARATIONS BY MEMBERS OF PECUNIARY (P) AND NON-PECUNIARY (NP) INTEREST
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, J. Kerr and V. Jennings
Warsop and Villages Enterprise Society WAVES (NP) - Cllrs. A. Wetton, J. Allin, B. Smith and R. Morton
WPRA/Friends of the Carrs/JAG (NP) - Cllr. L. Kingdon
Church Warsop Tenants & Residents Association/Meden Under 5's (NP) - Cllr. M. Kavanagh.
Leicester Housing Association (NP) - V. Jennings

7007. MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
The minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on Monday 20th October, were accepted as a true record.

7008. MATTERS ARISING OUT OF MINUTES
6993. Crime and Disorder
Cllr. D. Avison was to approach D.A.R.E. with regard to lowering the age of the programme to incorporate Primary Schools. The Clerk reported that she had a meeting last week with Steve Cree from C.A.S.E. who is involved with a programme to keep children safe which includes a specially drugs awareness session aimed at young children, he is also involved with D.A.R.E. The Clerk circulated a leaflet about C.A.S.E. to all members and also reported that she will be attending an Education and Community Drugs Awareness course at the Birklands Community Exchange on Thursday 27th November.

7009. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
A member of the public spoke about his concerns regarding the Royal Estate as to whether residents are being told the truth about what will happen. Even though the plans have just been made public, the plans he received from Meden Valley Making Places, which he had trouble obtaining, where different to the ones on display. He also raised concerns about his own property, which is a stone cottage, being demolished and that his sitting tenants may have to move to Mansfield which they don't want to do. Another member of the public supported his concerns.

The Chairman closed Public Participation

THE MEETING WAS RECOVENED

7010. MATTERS ARISING OUT OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
The Chairman assured the public that the plans for the Royal Estate on display in the Town Hall and the Library are only proposals and there will be lots more consultations with the residents before anything is finalised, this project has a long way to go and will not happen overnight. He understood that it will be a phased clearance and development with residents who want to stay in Warsop being re-housed in Warsop and has been reassured that all residents will be consulted regarding the options and all concerns will be taken into consideration. The Chairman asked the Clerk to write to Kay Palmer, Meden Valley Making Places asking that the Parish Council be kept informed at all times, so that the correct information can be passed on to the public.

7011. PLANNING APPLICATIONS
a. GIS Insurance, 35 Sherwood Street, Warsop - Demolition of outbuilding
b. Hare & Hounds, Church Street, Warsop - Porch Extension & patio doors
c. Ex-Servicemen's Club, Carr Lane, Warsop - Outline application for residential development and demolition of Bungalow
d. 86 Laurel Avenue, Church Warsop - Lean to Conservatory
e. 12 Coach Road, Warsop - Erection of a fence
Concerns were raised regarding b. - Cllr. J. Allin to look at the detailed plans.
Concerns were raised regarding c. - Members asked for more details.

7012. WAR MEMORIAL
Cllr. B. Smith spoke to Gordon Bell of the British Legion on Remembrance Sunday who wished to pass on his thanks to the Parish Council for the new railings around the Cenotaph and the hardstanding in front of the Memorial; he asked if the Memorial could be cleaned as this would enhance the work that has already been done. Cllr. J. Allin suggested that the Parish Council obtain a quote for the cleaning and approach Mansfield District Council to help towards it. The Chairman thanked everyone for attending the service on Sunday 9th and also to everyone who attended the service at Warsop Vale on Tuesday 11th. The new railings will be maintained by Mr. Holland who made them and he will repaint them on a regular basis. Although the Chairman received some negative feedback from Mansfield District Council regarding the railings everyone else including the British Legion are pleased with them. The Chairman also reported that the low wall was covered in graffiti after the service and Mansfield District Council came and cleaned it all off within an hour of him telephoning them.

7013. WARSOP PARISH COUNCIL/SURESTART SITE
The Chairman reported that the building has now commenced but monies have still not been exchanged. Cllr. D. Priest reported that the hoarding at the exit of the car park is restricting the view pulling out and Cllr. D. Avison reported that the low bridge sign is blending in with the blue of the hoarding and lorry drivers may not see the sign clearly. The Chairman said he would have a word with Hallamshire Construction on these matters. The coal trucks have been moved across the road as a temporary measure until planning permission can be obtained for them to be permanently placed outside the telephone exchange.

7014. WOOD STREET
The Chairman reported that the Clerk had received an e-mail from Peter Thom, Highways Manager, Notts. County Council, confirming that an order had been raised for the works to open Wood Street one way to go ahead and as soon as the work schedule is available he will send her a copy.

7015. ROYAL ESTATE
As this has already been covered in Public Participation, The Chairman added that with John Prescott's visit to Warsop the gateway is now open and monies are in place
to move the project forward.

7016. TOWN HALL TOILETS
Cllr. D. Priest suggested that this derelict building be bought back into the town as a Council Chamber and office for the Parish Council, this would greatly improve facilities for the disabled with the Council Chamber being on the ground floor. Cllr. J. Allin suggested that the Parish Council approach Mansfield District Council to see if they would be willing to hand over the building and then apply for grants to convert the building. All members were in favour.

7017. TOWN CENTRE INPROVEMENTS
This project is almost finished with the bollards, seating and litter bins now in place, better quality signage has been requested. The 2 utility boards that dug up the pavers and didn't replace them properly are to return to finish the job properly. The Talbot and Scrooges are to be given information form the WPRA about the facelift grants available. Mr. Mundell, Dukeries Kitchen centre has spoken to the Clerk and told her that he is waiting for the shutters and when they arrive glass will be put back in but he will not do anything until he has the shutters. The shop is being split into 2 units and the outside will be rendered. With regard to the shop on the corner of Sherwood Street and Clumber Street, the current owner has been approached yet again to do something about it. The Chairman wondered if Highways could look into knocking the building down and widening the road, creating better visibility for motorist pulling out onto Sherwood Street. Cllr. B. Smith suggested contacting Peter Thom.

7018. BUS SERVICES
The Clerk wrote to Stagecoach inviting a representative of Stagecoach to attend the meeting but hadn't had a reply. The Chairman reported that Keith Elliott from Stagecoach had attended the Area Assembly meeting last week and Cllr. B. Morton presented him with a petition about the Meden Vale Service and he was very sympathetic and promised the rectify the problems and return the service to how is was and also providing evening transport where required. He explained that amended Service 10 is being operated as a pilot service for a year to see how it is accepted and comments would taken on board. In view of this, The Chairman didn't feel it necessary to ask him to attend a Council Meeting as the problems are now being rectified.
7018. MEDEN VALE SURGERY & OSSINGTON CLOSE CAR PARKS
Cllr. R. Morton has been in contact with Leicester Housing Association who are quite amenable to converting this piece of land into a car park but a resident in one of the houses would not want a car park outside her house, this would then only leave room for two more parking spaces but the PCT have taken the comments onboard and will look at extending the car park. Cllr. S. Shields reported that all the shop keepers on Ossington Close will contribute towards the resurfacing of the car park and there is a meeting on Thursday to discuss this, she will report back after the meeting.

7019. FOOTPATH, CHURCH WARSOP
The Clerk has received a letter from Angus Trundle, Notts County Council and it waiting for him to arrange a meeting with herself and Pam Johnson from the Tenants and Residents Association, Cllr. B. Smith, if available, would also like to attend.

7020. WARSOP AND DISTRICT NEWS
The Clerk reported that the November edition had been a success yet again, and was £55 in the black for the production costs. The December edition is being put together now with the advertising revenue being about the same. The content of the November edition was once again, well received with positive comments from the readers and the advertisers. Although there are still delivery problems, the Clerk has taken on new deliverers and hopes the situation will improve, Cllr. D. Avison offered to help. The Chairman thanked the Clerk again for all the hard work she puts into the paper.

7021. CRIME AND DISORDER
The Chairman reported that Sgt Chris Ackers is to retire and all members were given a copy of a letter received from him to publish in the December edition of the Warsop & District News. All members agreed that he has been very helpful, attended Council Meetings and done his best for our community, as do all the officers in Warsop. Cllr. B. Smith suggested the Clerk send a letter of thanks to him and wish him all the best for the future.

7022. HIGHWAY MATTERS
Cllr. B. Smith reported that Meden and Hetts Lane Schools are working together to have the speed hump take out outside Hetts Lane and a plateau put in and encourage parents to walk their children to school. Cllr. D. Avison reported that Notts County Council are to adopt 2 footpaths, Cllr. B. Smith to make enquiries. With regard to the chicanes on Sherwood Street, the resident have no alternative but to park their cars outside their houses, this was discussed that the last Area Assembly Meeting and better signage was suggested to improve the situation, Peter Thom is to look into it.

7023. WARSOP PARISH REGENERATION AGENCY
Minutes were circulated to all members and no comments were made.

7024. MEDEN VALE 2000
Minutes were circulated to all members and Cllr. R. Morton reported that the community garden had won the Green Pennant Award for the 2nd year running.

7025. AREA ASSEMBLY
Minutes were circulated to all members and no comments were made.

7026. TOWN CENTRE GROUP
Minutes were circulated to all members. The Chairman commented about the stolen market stalls and read out a letter received from Craig Bonar, Mansfield District Council in which he stated he was investigating the matter and hopes to satisfactorily resolve the issue.

7027. CORRESPONDENCE
None received other than what has been covered under agenda items.

7028. SECTION 137 APPLICATIONS
An application has been received from WAVES; refer to next F&GP meeting.

7029. BANK BALANCES AND ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT
Lloyds TSB Current Account - 30 Oct 03 …………. £2,733.92
Co-op Bank Current Account - 30 Oct 03 …………. £15,765.89
Co-op Bank Deposit Account - 30 Sep 03 ………….£10,951.12

It was agreed that the following accounts would be paid:
0065. Pen-it Graphics - Design & artwork for Warsop News ….. £528.75
0066. Pen-it Graphics - Stationary …………………………….£1, 286.63
0067. Mortons Print Ltd - Printing of Warsop News ………… £1,030.00
0068. Delivery of Warsop News ………………………………. £160.00
0069. Postage …………………………………………………. £30.00
0070. NALC - Local Council Review ………………………… £137.67
0071. DARE …………………………………………………… £500.00
0072. CAB ……………………………………………………… £650.00
0073. Welbeck Colts …………………………………………… £50.00
0074. Meden Vale 2000 ……………………………………….. £250.00
0075. Parnell & Billings ………………………………………. £152.75

7030. NOTTS. COUNTY COUNCIL
Matters relating have already been covered.

7031. MANSFIELD DISTRICT COUNCIL
Matters relating have already been covered.

7032. ITEMS FOR THE NEXT AGENDA
To be presented to the Clerk 14 days prior to the next meeting

The Chairman closed the meeting at 8.00pm

7005. DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING - Monday 19th January, 2003


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


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