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Warsop Parish Council Meeting Minutes - 19th January 2004

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 19th January, 2004 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, V. Jennings, D. Avison, S. Shields (also Mansfield District Councillor), R. Morton, (also Mansfield District Councillor), J. Kerr and P. Crawford.

Neighbourhood Wardens: Dianne Matthews and Elijah McIntyre,
Chad Reporter & Members of the Public

Apologies for Absence: Cllrs. M. Kavanagh (AGM meeting), L. Kingdon (Training course).

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/Age Concern (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
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

The minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on Monday 17th November, were accepted as a true record.

7016. TOWN HALL TOILETS - The Clerk reported that she had been in touch with Mansfield District Council who in turn have been in touch with Notts. County Council but as yet had no reply.
7019. OSSINGTON CLOSE - Cllr. R. Morton reported that the work has started.

Dianne Matthews introduced herself and Elijah McIntyre (Mac) and gave a report explaining the role of the a Neighbourhood Warden which includes reporting anti-social behaviour, car crime, vandalism and graffiti, drug activity, giving security advice and helping the community. This is a government initiative funded until September and at the moment covers the Royal Estate. Warsop Parish Council are supporting the project by providing office space in the Clerk's Office to give them a base to work from.

1.A resident on Queen Street spoke on behalf of a group of residents on Queen Street present at the meeting and informed the Council that the valuations on their properties were so low that they could not afford to purchase a property elsewhere, even a property similar to their own in other areas of Warsop. The resident spoke of the group being under a lot of stress as they did not want to move, they had lived in their homes a long time and over the years spent a lot of money maintaining their properties and considered Queen Street to be the best street on the Royal Estate. The resident quoted John Mann MP saying "No one will lose out" but in their opinion they are losing out, Meden Valley Making Places are trying to pressurize people into selling at a low price, whilst they should be adopting a professional business approach. The resident asked that the Parish Council support the group.
Members of the public entered into dialogue with Councillors and The Chairman and ideas were discussed.
2. A member of the public reported that after the stalls have been set up on Wednesday nights ready for Thursday mornings, a group of youths are taking the stalls apart and using them as a skatepark, this is happening on a regular basis and there is a CCTV camera in the car park.
3. A member of the public suggested that when the Surestart building is finished that the market be moved, for a trial period, into the Car Park making it visible from the A60 to encourage more trade.

The Chairman closed Public Participation

1. The Chairman agreed with the points made and that the Parish Council will support the residents, he will pass on the comments to John Mann MP and instruct the Clerk to write letters to Mansfield District Council and Meden Valley Making Places. He commented that The Clerk is liaising with Kay Palmer, Meden Valley Making Places and has been informed that there are no definite plans as yet, as to which streets are to be demolished and which are to be refurbished, these should hopefully be available in March.
Cllr. J. Kerr suggested a list of the residents concerns could be presented to John Mann MP.
Cllr. J. Allin understood that Mansfield District Council had offered to use an independent valuer and the price would be set on the date of purchase, this needed to be clarified.
Cllr. B. Smith suggested that a sub-committee be formed with the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and the two Mansfield District Councillors, R. Morton and S. Shields to take this matter forward officially. APPROVED
2. Dianne Matthews agreed to look into this matter.
3. Everyone agreed this suggestion could help.

a. SureStart Site, Warsop - Details of designs
b. SureStart Site, Warsop - Construction of a new day nursery (amended
c. Land off Sherwood Street, Warsop - Details of boundary fencing
d. Cat Protection, Mansfield Road, Warsop - New metal frame cat pens
e. Crates and Grapes, 29 High Street, Warsop - Railings (resubmission)
f. Jnct Hetts Lane and Church Street, Warsop - Sign
g. Community Park, Netherfield Lane, Meden Vale - Sign
h. Jnct. Old Sookholme Lane, Mansfield Road, Warsop - Sign
i. Mount Pleasant, Warsop - Wildlife Pond - re-submission
Concerns were raised again about i. the Wildlife pond being so close to the road and the neighbouring bungalow, with regard to risk of flooding. Comments to be passed to Mansfield District Council. After receiving further information from Mansfield District Council regarding land rear of 19-23 that a possible 5 dwellings could be built there, concerns were raised again and a request for full plans and information be made to Mansfield District Council.

The Chairman read out thank you letters from Infotech regarding the grant from Warsop Parish Council for a new flat screen monitor - £340 and Meden Vale 2000 for the donation of £250.

Cllr. A. Wetton reported that on Saturday 3rd July there will be sports events on Carr Lane, including football, Skateboard Heaven and a BMX meet. On Sunday 4th July on the Carrs the day will have a Military Theme with lots of activities, he thanked the Parish Council for continuing supporting the Carnival.

The Clerk reported that the date will be Sunday 16th May and will be advertised in the February edition of the Warsop News. She will endeavour to raise the profile of the walks and try to get more people walking by contacting charity groups in the Parish, posters and more information in the Warsop & District News.

The Chairman reported that the monies had now been transferred into our bank account and the loan is to be repaid to the Public Works Loan Board soon.
Cllr. J. Allin voiced his disappointment along with other members that Warsop Parish Council had received no recognition from Surestart regarding the acquisition of the land for them, had the Parish Council not purchased the land, Surestart would not be building there now. He suggested a letter to Jude Burgess stressing our disappointment and that our name appears on the recognition board along with everyone else's.

Work has begun and is expected to be completed by the end of March 2004. The Chairman recognised that Cllr. B. Smith had put a lot of hard work into this project and reported that Warsop Parish Council are fronting the bid and are co-ordinating with the Neighbourhood Management Team to complete this project.

There was no more to report on the Royal Estate and Cllr. A. Wetton proposed that Cllr. J. Allin be the appointed representative on the Neighbourhood Management Team, Cllr. B. Smith seconded and the motion was carried unanimously.

The Clerk reported that the December edition had paid for itself but was expecting a shortfall for February. She intends to introduce a contract rate for the larger ads to encourage advertisers to commit for 10 editions and will continue to search for new advertisers. Although there are still delivery problems, the Clerk has advertised for new deliverers and hopes the situation will improve for the March edition. Cllr. D. Avison, B. Smith and M. Kavanagh have offered to help again with the delivery of the February edition. Cllr. J. Allin once again recorded a vote of thanks for all the hard work that Tania has put in to the paper to make it the success it now is.

All members were handed a copy of Insp Dave Shardlow's report which will appear in the February edition of the Warsop & District News. The Chairman highlighted that the Parish is now receiving help from the Community Support Police.
Cllr. J. Kerr asked if this included Meden Vale. The Chairman replied that all areas of the Parish are covered by the Community Support Police but they have a wide area to cover including Mansfield Woodhouse.
Cllr. D. Avison reported that a resident who had recently had is home broken into had applied for a burglar alarm but was told he didn't live in the catchment area for a free one. The chairman replied that the area would be widen when high crime areas are identified, he added that Wellington Close had just receiving extra security devises after the spate of burglaries there.
Cllr. B. Morton asked if the number for reporting cars with no tax had changed as a resident had rung the number several times but it was unobtainable. The Clerk offered to check this with Diane as she had already left the meeting.

Cllr. B. Smith reported that the work outside Hetts Lane and Meden Schools will take place in February with the removal of the speed humps to be replaced by a cushion, better signage and road markings.
Cllr. D. Avison reported that the contractors from the new development off Manor are not cleaning the road which should be swept every day, also the bollard on Eastlands Lane is down, Mansfield District Councillors are to pursue this.

7050. MEDEN VALE 2000
Minutes were circulated to all members and no comments were made.

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

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

The Clerk reported that she had attended one training session for the AQA Certificate but unfortunately couldn't attend the second one due to illness, she checked with NALC and will be able to attend it later in the year.

Lloyds TSB Current Account - 30 Dec 03 …………. £4,928.92
Lloyds TSB Premier Account - 18 Jan 04 …………. £62, 989.20
Co-op Bank Current Account - 30 Dec 03 …………. £6,968.49
Co-op Bank Deposit Account - 30 Dec 03 ………… £10,951.12

It was agreed that the following accounts would be paid:
0076. Delivery of Warsop News ………………………………. £160.00

7055. PRECEPT 2004/2005
The Clerk presented a copy of the Draft Estimate 2004/2005 to all members and it was agreed to present a precept to Mansfield District Council of £30,000. Cllr. D. Avison proposed, Cllr. R. Morton seconded and the motion was carried unanimously.
The Chairman commented that a lot of good works had been achieved in the Parish and Warsop Parish Council were in a position to reduce the amount of precept from last year by almost £17½ thousand pounds.
Cllr. V. Jennings asked that it be put in the Warsop News and that a letter accompany the Council Tax this year to explain were the money will be spent. The Chairman replied that he is already working with Mansfield District Council on a letter.

Cllr. J. Allin highlighted the good news in a letter, received of which all members were handed a copy, that a speed restriction of 40mph will be imposed soon on Cuckney Hill coming into Warsop and a solar interactive sign will be used.

The subject of litter was raised that the PIN team assigned to Warsop every Saturday has not been seen for a few months. Bins are not getting emptied when they should be and residents are having to leave bins out until they are emptied 2 or 3 days later. The Chairman replied that this was because of the new weight restrictions imposed, lorries are having to be emptied more often and the collectors run out of time, he suggested a letter to Mansfield District Council to ask where the Pin Team are.

To be presented to the Clerk 14 days prior to the next meeting

The Chairman closed the meeting at 8.50pm

7059. DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING - Monday 23rd February, 2004

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

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