Parish Council Meeting Minutes - 16th June 2008
Town Hall, Church Street
Market Warsop, Mansfield, Notts.NG20 0AL
Tel: 01623 846011
MINUTES of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Monday 16th June 2008
in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Market Warsop.
Present: Cllrs. M. Kavanagh (Chairman), S. Moody, (Vice-Chair), J. Allin (Nottinghamshire County Councillor), A. Wetton, (Mansfield District Councillor) J. Kerr (Mansfield District Councillor), P. Crawford, (Mansfield District Councillor), B. Lilley, (Mansfield District Councillor), B. Smith, D. Priest, E. Hill and J. Heald.
Roger Dodman, Warsop Road Safety Group, Iain Gilbert, Infotech and CHAD Reporter.
Apologies for Absence: S. Shields (Mansfield District Councillor) attending another meeting. Warsop Policing Team
8041. 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, (Chairman), S. Shields and E. Hill (Liaison)
CCTV/Age Concern – Cllrs. J. Allin, P. Crawford (AC) and B. Smith (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 Community Panto – Cllr. S. Moody
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
8042. MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING - The minutes of the last Parish Council meeting on Monday 19th May 2008 were circulated and accepted as a true record.
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION – All members received a copy of an email from
Adrian Hardy with some suggestions for the Parish Council to consider.
1) A new website.
2) A photo board in the Town Hall of all Councillors.
3) Councillors to "get out and greet" and the Parish Council meeting to be held outside of Warsop occasionally.
8043. MATTERS ARISING OUT OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION:
1) It was agreed that the website is adequate, it gives the information required by law, Councillors contact details, The Clerk's contact details and office opening times, Agendas and Minutes and the Annual Report.
2) Most Members agreed that this is not necessary as they are out and about not
just in Warsop but all the outlying villages on a regular basis, they feel that photos would not achieve anything.
3) All Councillors already "get out and greet" as there is a Parish Council
representative on all the groups within the Parish, they attend lots of other meetings in the Parish. It was agreed that there is enough information for any Parishioner to contact the Parish Council, it is not necessary for people to attend the meetings, they can bring any issue either to The Clerk or any Councillor by phone or email, they can call in the office any day and in the evening they can contact a Councillor.
Generally, it was felt that Adrian had valid points. With regard to moving the Parish Council meetings some councillors, thought it would be prudent to trial the idea and a vote was taken based on 'keeping the meetings at the town hall' the results were 9 for and 2 against. It was resolved that Parish Council Meetings remain at The Town Hall.
8044. CRIME AND DISORDER – Members were disappointed again with no Police presence at the meeting. Holidays, shift patterns and lack of manpower, namely no Neighbourhood Wardens has meant that the Parish Council have not been supported at the last four meetings. This only goes to confirm that there isn’t enough of a Policing Team to go around. Members requested a letter to go to MDC regarding removing Mark Carrington from Warsop, against all feelings from Mark and the community. He has served this community beyond the call of duty, he is well liked, has worked hard to establish himself in the community, has built up a knowledge of the area and the people in it and has worked alongside the Policing Team to cut crime and disorder in the Parish. The Parish Council are appalled that he has been moved to Mansfield when he clearly did not want to go and was clearly doing a good job. A new Warden is to join the Warsop Team, who will have to start from scratch, learning all about the area and the community and community groups. We lost Sam Chapman a few months ago who was full time, to be replaced by a mobile warden who visits Meden Vale and Church Warsop one day per week. The Parish Council are not satisfied and demand our share of the Police Team that Warsop contribute of almost £½ million to. A letter is to be sent to Insp. Sam Wilson detailing our concerns. A letter is also to be sent to Mark Carrington, thanking him for his invaluable contribution in the Parish and to let him know that we are still fighting to get him in back into our community.
8045. WARSOP ROAD SAFETY GROUP – Roger Dodman addressed the meeting and told members he had nothing more to report from last month.
8046. PLANNING & APPLICATIONS - Received Between 19th May and 6th June
a. Land at 26 Forest Road – 2 detached dwelling & 2 temporary mobile homes
b. Cherry Villa, Oaklands – single storey rear extension
c. Church Vale School – provision of modular classroom
d. Land adjacent to 34 Longden Terrace – 3 bedroom chalet bungalow
e. 11 Oakfield Avenue – replacement Dwelling
f. 11 Cumberland Avenue – erection of pitch roof to existing flat roof
g. 68 Birkland Avenue – replacement of attached garage to side
No comments were made.
a. Raynet – Thank you letter for the donation of £200 for their support on the
Three Parishes Walks
b. CAB – Thank you letter for the donation of £500 to support the Warsop
c. Thank you letter to Cllr John Kerr from the Parochial Church Council for
the donation of his Chairman’s allowance of £250.
d. Letter to Cllr. Kerr regarding Polyclinics. Cllr. Kerr reported that Cllr.
Shields was attending a meeting regarding this matter this evening and she
will report at the next meeting. Cllr. Allin reported that there were no plans
to build a polyclinic in this area, Newark and Nottingham City have been
proposed and there will be no change to the services offered at Warsop or
8048. WORKING NEIGHBOURHOOD PARTNERSHIP – Cllr. J. Kerr gave a talk and each member received a copy of the recommendations from MDC regarding the future of Area Assemblies, the responsibility for facilitating Area Assembly arrangements in Warsop be delegated to the Parish Council including the same levels of community empowerment funding received by the other District Council Area Assemblies. He told the meeting that Warsop Parish Council will be paid £9,000 and be provided with a support officer. Cllr. Kerr proposed, Cllr. Moody seconded the motion, all members agreed in principle providing a letter of assurance from MDC is received regarding the funding and a worker, except Cllr. Smith who abstained. The Clerk is to write to MDC.
8049. WARSOP CEMETERY – Another lengthy discussion took place about the state of our cemetery, Sally Curtis and Cllr. Danny McCrossan were invited to this meeting but unfortunately could not attend due to other commitments but Sally did confirm she would attend the July meeting. The issue of grass cutting is still the major source of complaints and will always be until the grass cuttings are picked up, MDC state that “cost implications, disposal of arisings etc and that only in very small cemeteries is there usually any likelihood of grass being picked up across the country. It also has an impact on the carbon footprint as leaving the grass in its natural habitat is the most carbon neutral way of disposal.” Members disagreed. Cllr. Kerr reported that the monitoring group visited cemeteries in the area and Warsop was one of the best, the main problem is lack of man power and the machinery that is used, the grass cutting machines are far too big for our cemetery. MDC have assured us that the grass will now be cut every two weeks to keep the grass cuttings down. Several Councillors had witnessed the maintenance team at the cemetery being called away to do house clearance leaving the cemetery in a mess. Again, MDC have assured us that this will not happen again. All members agreed that the only way forward is for Warsop Parish Council to take over the grass cutting and garden maintenance of our cemetery providing that MDC hand over the budget they have allocated for Warsop, this will be proposed at the next meeting. Cllr. A. Wetton wish to make it clear that is not the fault of the workers in the cemetery.
8050. WARSOP AND DISTRICT NEWS – The Clerk told the meeting that the July edition is almost finished and will again make 20 pages, the Carnival will feature predominately in this issue again. With failing businesses a lot of adverts had been cancelled but new ones are replacing them and the paper continues to break even, some months make a small “profit” which goes back into the fund in case of a bad month and to develop the paper further.
8051. WARSOP CARNIVAL - Cllr. Moody gave an update of the progress of the Carnival and reported that there are a few loose ends to tie up, Farrandale and New Image Windows have sponsored hand held flags to be given out along the parade, the flags have to be returned to the Farrandale stall to be entered into a prize draw to win a bike (donated by Farrandale). There will be 3 arenas this year, Chinese Acrobats and Spotlight Studios in one, Jousting and It’s a Knockout in the other two. The Carnival programme is on sale and thanks go to Karen Smith, who also designs the Warsop News, for such a fantastic job. He asked the Parish Council if he could call a meeting about next year’s Carnival, namely the funding of it, before the next Council Meeting. It was agreed. Cllr. A. Wetton thanked Cllr. Moody for all his hard work and asked for a copy of the services that MDC are to provide and the charges they want to make.
8052. WEEK OF ACTION – Cllr. Kerr told the meeting that the week of action will take place in Warsop week commencing 21st July with a grand finally on the Sunday. There will be a meeting held at the Methodist Church on Thursday 24th June at 2pm.
8053. WARSOP MEMORIAL STONE – The Clerk and Cllr. Kerr went to site the stone but the weather was appalling and it was called off. The Chair talked about the recent objections to the Warsop Vale War Memorial being moved. Cllr. Kerr reported that the Memorial was in a terrible state and in an unsuitable site, despite some objections, it was decided to have it moved to a much nicer spot in the new community garden, The Royal British Legion fully support the move as it will be in a much more prominent position. Funding to move it was donated by Warsop Parish Council, Meden Valley Making Places and Bellway Homes.
8054. APPOINTMENT OF REPRESENTATIVES - The list was approved.
8055. FINANCE AND GENERAL WORKING PARTY MEETING – The Chair gave a brief report of the meeting and each member received a copy of the minutes. Gareth Taylor, Teacher Coordinating Expedition, Meden School gave a talk on the proposed expedition of 18 pupils and 2 members of staff taking part in an expedition to Honduras in the summer of 2010. Tracey and Iain from Infotech supplied figures of income and expenditure from 2002 and gave an update on their progress with funding applications. Infotech can only employ Tracey for another month unless other funding can be obtained.
8056. BANK BALANCES AND ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT
Lloyds TSB Current Account – 16 June 08 …………… £5,390.15
Lloyds TSB Premier Account – 16 June 08 ………… £55,330.47
Paid in for W&DN 20 May 08 – 16 June 08 …………… £1,639.00
It was agreed unanimously that the following accounts be paid
V0445. Delivery of Warsop News ………........................ £300.00
V0446. Petty Cash – stamps …………………..………… £40.00
V0447. Design 2 – W&DN July edition ……………… £800.00
V0448. Mortons July edition ……………………………£1,153.00
V0449. Notts County Supplies – stationery ……………… £46.57
V0450. CPRE – Annual membership ………………………£27.00
V0451. NCC – Rent April-June ………………………… £562.50
8057. WPRA/TOWN CENTRE GROUP – Minutes received for information only.
8058. MEDEN VALLEY MAKING PLACES – Each member received a copy of an update, which highlighted that the children’s play area is now open at Warsop Vale and the War Memorial will be moved into the community garden soon.
8059. NOTTINGHAMSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL - Cllr. Allin reported that Clumber Street is being looked at by Highways with the view to making it one way and when the birds have finished nesting the footpath up to the John Fretwell Sporting Trust will start. He confirmed that Meden School will have an 80% re-build on the existing site, the only buildings that will remain are the recently built blocks, it will commence early 2010 and should be finished 2011
8060. MANSFIELD DISTRICT COUNCIL - . Cllr. Wetton reported that MDC are spending around 4.5million on refurbishing Sherwood Baths, adding 2 extra lanes and a fitness Centre. Discussion took place and everyone agree that it is now time for the Parish Council to start fighting for a new swimming pool. A letter is to be sent to MDC. Cllr. Lilley reported that the paving to finish High Street is due to start soon.
8061. DATE OF NEXT MEETING - Monday 21st July 2008
The Chair thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting.
Signed ………………………………. Date ……………………..
Chair Warsop Parish Council