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Warsop Annual Parish Meeting Minutes - 19th November 2007
Town Hall, Church Street
Market Warsop, Mansfield, Notts.NG20 0AL
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MINUTES of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on Monday 19th November 2007 at The Methodist Chapel, Clumber Street, Market Warsop.

Present: Cllrs. J. Kerr, (Chairman), M. Kavanagh (Vice-Chair), J. Allin (Nottinghamshire County Councillor), S. Shields (Mansfield District Councillor), P. Crawford (Mansfield District Councillor), A. Wetton, (Mansfield District Councillor), B. Lilley (Mansfield District Councillor), J. Heald, S. Moody, D. Priest and E. Hill
Members of the Public, Warsop Policing Team, Representatives of Warsop Road Safety Group and CHAD Reporter.

Apologies for Absence: Cllr. B. Smith – attending a school governor training session.
Apologies accepted. Cllr. B. Lilley asked that apologies be recorded in the minutes.

Before the start of the meeting The Clerk presented long standing Councillor Dennis Priest with a long service award from the National Association of Local Councils for 25 years service to Warsop Parish Council.

7911. DECLARATIONS BY MEMBERS OF PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTEREST - The Chairman drew the attention of Members to the requirement for them to declare any personal or prejudicial interests related to agenda items. Warsop Carnival – Cllrs. S. Moody, S. Shields and E. Hill
CCTV/Age Concern – Cllrs. J. Allin and P. Crawford (AC)
WPRA – Cllrs. J. Kerr, P. Crawford and B. Lilley
Warsop Town Centre Action Group/Welbeck Colts - Cllr. A. Wetton
Warsop Town Centre Action Group – Cllr.B. Lilley
Meden Vale 2000 – Cllrs. S. Shields and J. Kerr.
Meden Vale Community Association – Cllrs. J. Kerr and S. Shields
Warsop Vale Community Association – Cllrs. J. Kerr and S. Shields
Meden Under 8’s - Cllr. M. Kavanagh.
Warsop NMT – Cllrs. S. Moody (Chair), J. Kerr and B. Lilley
Meden Vale the Future – Cllrs. J. Allin and S. Shields
Assoc of Labour Councillors – Cllrs. A. Wetton, J. Allin, S. Shields, D. Priest, J. Kerr P. Crawford and Stuart Moody

7912. MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING - The minutes of the last Parish Council meeting, on Monday 15th October 2007 were circulated and accepted as a true record. Cllr. B. Lilley asked that WPRA be added with herself and

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION – The Chairman closed the meeting to allow the public to speak, due to the nature of the points raised the Chairman allowed discussion to take place.
1. A lengthy discussion took place regarding the recent vandalism to Warsop War Memorial, a feeling of disgust and amazement fell on the meeting. Warsop Parish Council went to great lengths to restore the area and clean the Cenotaph, a lot of hard work has been done with funding from NCC/BBC over the past couple of years. Cllr. Eric Hill reported that a few days prior to the Remembrance Sunday Parade he found graffiti on the Memorial and wished to thank Mick Betts from MDC for his quick response in cleaning it off ready for Sunday’s Service. He was then told that a couple of days after, the Poppy wreaths had been set on fire and the box with the crosses in had been disturbed. He took photos and liaised with the Police, an article will be on the front page of the December edition of the Warsop and District News. PC Dave Booler will be in charged of this case and the Police are appealing for information.

2. The issue of road humps, Eastlands Lane Junction and other road safety issues were also discussed at length and a report of a meeting with NCC was later delivered by the Warsop Road Safety Group with some positive results. Cllr. John Allin commented that it is going to be a long process but at least progress is being made and he will continue to support the group who will carry on putting pressure on NCC for removal of the road humps with alternative traffic calming measures.

3. Dog Fouling was discussed with Councillors and members of the public and PC Bacon commented that this is the most difficult ticket to issue as the dog has to be seen fouling and the owner walking away leaving the mess. He appealed to members of the public that if they know of someone who is letting their dog out to foul on the street to report it to any of the Police Team.

4. A member of the public read out an idea he has to help the youth at Meden Vale, using a legacy left to the church. The Chairman agreed it was a good idea in principle but the legacy is for the parochial church council to spend as they wish and Rev. Kathryn Herrod advised the Clerk earlier that they already have plans for the money.
Cllr. S. Shields told the meeting that more volunteers are needed at the youth club or it will close, The Clerk said she would put an appeal in the December paper.

THE MEETING WAS RECONVENED – The Chairman reconvened the meeting.

MATTERS ARISING OUT OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION – There were no matters to be answered as each point raised was discussed.

7913. CRIME AND DISORDER – The Chairman congratulated Warsop Neighbourhood Wardens Mark & Sam for their recent accreditation awarded to them with their new powers. PC Paul Bacon told the meeting the new powers are:
1. Confiscate alcohol from under 18’s and cigarettes from under 16’s
2. Issue £80 fixed penalty notice to anyone caught selling alcohol to under 18’s
3. Issue £80 fixed penalty notice to anyone causing harassment, alarm or distress.
4. Issue £80 fixed penalty notice to anyone using a mobile phone to cause annoyance.
5. Issue £80 fixed penalty notice for firework related offences.
He then gave his report, commenting on his disgust at the sheer disrespect of the War Memorial, the Warsop Police Team will be going into schools in the Parish to bring this up in assemblies, together with behaviour out of school and riding bikes at night with no lights, he will issue tickets to persistent offenders. The policing team will also be checking at lunchtimes who is allowed out of school and who is not, Meden School are working with the Police. Youth Anti-Social Behaviour was discussed and PC Bacon reported that it is getting better in certain areas and very soon a football field is going to be available on Friday evenings 8pm-9.30pm., which is hoped will combat some of the problems. Warsop Police Station will be open on the late night shopping event manned by Wendy Patterson and the Police Team will out and about.

7914. WARSOP ROAD SAFETY GROUP – Members of the Group and the Chairman of the Parish Council have held a further meeting with NCC officers.
Discussion centred mainly around Eastland’s Lane, Burns Lane, Clumber Street, Sherwood Street and Forest Road. Progress was disappointing as NCC had few proposals. Potential for traffic lights at Eastland Lane junction was discussed. NCC have agreed to hold further discussion with the developer of the new housing to determine if solutions could be combined with the new development. Improvements may be made to Burns Lane area, particularly with regards to parking when the new school development takes place. The Group thought that this was too distant and continued to push for earlier solutions. Suggestions around a one-way traffic system for Clumber Street were discussed. NCC agreed to look further at this and to canvass opinion from residents of the area. The Group requested that opinion be sought from a wider audience. Proposals from NCC to build plateau features on Sherwood Street were, in line with Public opinion firmly resisted. NCC stated that the plateau features would increase significantly the noise generated by traffic on Sherwood Street. The proposal for the erection of Interactive signs on Sherwood Street was welcomed but the actual location was not determined. The Group are still looking for sensible solutions to the problems on Sherwood Street and are firmly of the opinion that a proper light controlled crossing is needed at Sherwood Street School and that the chicanes and road humps should be removed and replaced by better control measures that actually work and that are acceptable to the residents of Sherwood street. NCC has agreed to bring forward the review of the speed limit on Forest Road. This was to be due in Year three but will now be brought forward to Year 1 of the overall roads review. We have requested further statistical information from NCC.

7915. WARSOP TOWN HALL – A copy of a letter from Ruth Marlow Managing Director of MDC was given to each member, she has had a meeting with the Leader and Chief Executive of County Council, their staff will not re-locate until April 2008
and they would still like to work in partnership with District and Parish to maintain the Town Hall as a focal point providing access to information and services - possibly a one-stop shop services facility. Cllr. John Allin told members he has had talks with the Mayor, who is looking to improve the building again echoing the one-stop shop. Cllr. J. Allin suggested a meeting be arranged with the Mayor.

7916. PLANNING & APPLICATIONS - received up to 2nd November 2007
a. 24 Eastlands Lane – Outline application for 3 detached houses
b. 47 Stonebridge Road – New attached garage & extension to lounge
c. Welbeck Service Station – Outline application for 12 apartments (s106)
d. 18A York Terrace – 2 storey side extension
e. Warsop Health Centre – Non-illuminated signs
Decisions – received up to 2nd November 2007
d. Garage site, Caunton Close, Meden Vale – outline for 2 terraced houses
e. 165 Egmanton Road – conservatory.
Objections were raised for a. 24 Eastlands Lane – reasons: backs onto a flood plain and at the bottom of the plot is a nature reserve. The Clerk is to send objections in writing to the planning department.
7917. WARSOP CEMETERY – The Chairman reported that a Cemetery Monitoring Group has been set up with the Port Folio Holder, Cllr. Danny McCrossan, improvements have been made and work will start early Dec with the cremated remains section to level out the ground and raise the plaques onto stones.

7918. NETTLEWORTH SERVICE STATION – Cllr. E. Hill had made enquires a few months ago after a member of the public had asked about it. He read out a reply letter which stated that they were hoping to have a car rental there but the planning restrictions made it non-viable and they are open to suggestions as to what they can have on the site. Cllr. B. Lilley will check into the planning restrictions.

7919. WARSOP AND DISTRICT NEWS – The December edition has 4 extra pages this month because of the extra advertisers wanting space and to balance out the article content.

7920. WARSOP NMT & YOUTH COUNCIL – Cllr. S. Moody reported that they are working on a project to help volunteers and a project with Infotech. A meeting for the youth to get involved in a project on Carr Lane and to re-form the Youth Council is being held at the Market at 6pm on Wednesday 5th December.

7921. MEDEN VALE 2000 – Minutes received for information only. Cllr. J. Kerr reported that the meetings would now be as and when required and will eventually merge with Meden Vale the Future.

7922. WPRA/TOWN CENTRE GROUP – Minutes received for information only.

7923. WARSOP AREA ASSEMBLY – Minutes received for information only.

7924. MEDEN VALLEY MAKING PLACES – Update received for information.

a. NCC Pre-Development Fund - The Chairman told members that at the last meeting, it was agreed to apply for £23,000 from this fund to support the WPRA worker and required ratification at this meeting.
Cllr. A. Wetton proposed the motion, Cllr. J. Allin seconded and it was unanimously agreed.
b. Letter from Royal British Legion – The possibility of a garden of remembrance and a stone of remembrance at the War Memorial on the Carrs. More information is required on this project, a site meeting is to be arranged.
c. An emergency payment was agreed for the Warsop Community Panto
V0379. Muso’s ……… ……………………………. £560.00

7926. ANNUAL RETURN – The annual return has now been signed off by Hacker Young and there were no comments made.

7927. PRECEPT – 2nd half year payment has been received £30,0000.
The Clerk’s pay award has been set for 2007/2008 and is to be back dated to 1st April 2007. The salary re-charges are now due.

Lloyds TSB Current Account – 19 Nov 07 …………… £2,063.90
Lloyds TSB Premier Account – 19 Nov 07 ………… £65,617.00
Paid in for W&DN 16 Oct 07 – 19 Nov 07 …………… £1, 826.00
Request to transfer £19,000 to cover bills and salary re-charges to be paid
It was agreed unanimously that the following accounts be paid
V0380. Delivery of Warsop News ………........................ £240.00
V0381. Petty Cash – stamps …………………..………… £40.00
V0382. Design 2 – W&DN Dec edition ………………… £800.00
V0383. Mortons W&DN Dec edition ……………………£1,153.00
V0384. Friends of Thynghowe s137 ……………………….. £50.00
V0385. Hacker Young – External Audit …………………. £470.00
V0386. NALC – Local Council Review …………………. £156.00
V0387. Welbeck Estates Brass Band ……………………. £500.00
V0388. MDC – Salary re-charges 1st Oct – 31st Mar 08 ..£14,002.91

7929. QUALITY STATUS – Now that the Annual return has been signed the next test can be done. The Clerk is to continue gathering the evidence and arrange a meeting with Cllr. S. Moody when required.

7930. NOTTINGHAMSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL – Cllr. J. Allin had nothing to add that had already been discussed but told the meeting that the official opening of the new Village Hall at Meden Vale would take place on Wednesday at 8pm.

7931. MANSFIELD DISTRICT COUNCIL – Cllr. B. Lilley reported to the meeting that questions had been asked on the community forum on Warsop web as to the absence of councillors at Parish Council meetings and she wished it to be noted that her absence was due to her attendance at MDC planning meetings and so was Cllr. A. Wetton. The Chairman commented on a meeting about the Local Area Agreement and would like to call a F&GP meeting to expand on this further, together with discussing the future of Warsop Town Hall and the Local Development Framework. Cllr. A. Wetton commented on the excellent turn out on Remembarnce Sunday and Cllr. J. Allin apologised for not being there but he had been asked to lay a wreath at the International War Graves in Posnam, Poland.

7932. DATE OF NEXT MEETING - Monday 21st January, 2008 at the earlier time of 5.30pm in order to discuss the budget before opening to the public at 6.30pm. The Clerk will send out a list of all the meetings for 2008.

The Chairman thanking everyone for attending and closing the meeting.

Signed ………………………………. Date ……………………..
Chairman Warsop Parish Council

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