ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN
It was PROPOSED by Councillor Duggins SECONDED by Councillor Mrs Honisett
that Councillor Creasey be elected Chairman
It was PROPOSED by Councillor Mrs Parker SECONDED by Councillor Duggins that
Councillor Mrs Creasey be elected Chairman
RESOLVED by 6 votes to 4 that Councillor Creasey be elected Chairman for the
ELECTION OF VICE CHAIRMAN
It was PROPOSED by Councillor Duggins SECONDED by Councillor Mrs Honisett
that Councillor Mrs Creasey be elected Vice Chairman for the ensuing year.
It was AGREED that the date of the site meeting in connection with the
Bypass pedestrian crossing was held on 25th April 2002 and not 19th April as
written. With this amendment the Chairman signed the Minutes of the last
Meeting as being a true record.
Mrs A Bellamy referred to a letter sent by Metheringham Youth Club
expressing discontentment that the Parish Council's donation of £50.00
appeared to be a one-off payment. She explained the Club received no other
financial support and expend £20.00 per month rent for the Church Hall used
for their activities. They were extremely low on funds and could only open for
a one hour period. She was advised that the Parish Council are limited in
their powers and that the donation should be considered as half rent for five
months, with the matter reviewed again after this period when the Club would
be asked to present their accounts. Mrs Bellamy was also advised to explore
the possibility of obtaining grants.
Further to previous discussion Mrs Sally Wilson, representing MACLA,
advised that their committee were now considering the possibility of replacing
the Village Cross with a design similar to the previous Cross erected in 1911
to commemorate the Coronation of George V. Although the site is identified as
an Ancient Scheduled Monument it was AGREED for MACLA to pursue the matter.
Mr A Jones, Metheringham Swimming Association, reported that although the
pool is to be opened on Saturday 1st June 2002 problems had arisen with
the heating boiler and temporary repairs are to be carried out. The cost of a
replacement boiler was in the region of £3,500 and the Association had written
to North Kesteven District Council for financial support. Councillor Chambers
advised that the District Council will be considering their request on
Thursday 30th June 2002 and he anticipated a sympathetic response. The Parish Council AGREED to support the Association
in any way they could.
ELECTION OF SUB-COMMITTEES:
It was RESOLVED that the following Sub-committees be formed
Highways and Footpaths Sub-committee:
Councillors Mrs Creasey, Dr Alien, Duggins, Mrs Honisett and Mrs Parker
Street Lighting Sub-committee:
Councillors Duggins, Harrison and Westall
Joint Management Committee:
Councillors Dr Alien, Ford and Harrison
Playing Fields Sub-committee:
Chairman, Vice Chairman and Councillors Ford and Mrs Routledge
Children's Playground Sub-committee:
Councillors Mrs Creasey, Duggins, Harrison and Mrs Webb
War Memorial, Spring and Open Spaces Sub-committee:
Councillors Mrs Parker, Mrs Routledge, Mrs Webb and Westall
Fayre and Feast Sub-committee:
Chairman, Vice Chairman and Councillors Mrs Honisett, Mrs Parker, Mrs
Routledge, Mrs Webb and Westall
Forward Planning Sub-committee:
Chairman and Councillors Dr Alien, Mrs Honisett, Mrs Parker and Mrs Webb
Chairman, Vice Chairman and any other available Councillors
MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES:
Car Park and Children's Playground:
Councillor Duggins reported that he had inspected the children's swings at
the District Council Depot and since the support legs had been cut-off at
ground level they required extending. The Chairman AGREED to arrange for a
mobile welder to carry out the work and liaise with Councillor Duggins over
installation. It was reported that the work had now been completed for
extending the car park and creating a new entrance. The Vice Chairman
expressed concern over the new low level fence adjoining the Playground, which
she considered to be inadequate to protect young children from wandering onto
the car park, and the quality of the road planings used for surface dressing
the car park. The Chairman advised that it had been agreed to change the fence
design at a previous Meeting from Lincolnshire post and rail to a low rail
fence since previous fencing of this type had been continually vandalised.
Although the road planings would improve once the surface had been compacted
by vehicles it was, nevertheless, AGREED to monitor the situation.
The Clerk AGREED to present drawings for the proposed new Parish Notice
Board at the next Meeting.
Following earlier discussion it was generally felt that the newly formed
Youth Club should be doing more to aid themselves and give consideration to
increasing subscriptions to help with finances. It was AGREED that the £50.00
Parish Council donation should be considered as part of five months rent for
the Church Hall and that the Youth Club should present a report and financial
statement at the Parish Council Meeting in September 2002.
Village Hall Car Park:
Following previous discussions Councillor Duggins anticipated that the
proposed scheme for providing a new entrance and disabled toilets will be
presented at the next Meeting.
The Chairman reported that quotations had been invited for surfacing the
car park, repairing the stone wall fronting Middle Street and new fencing
along the western boundary. The stone wall was in poor condition and a section
would have to be rebuilt. It was also intended to increase the width of the
entrance and refurbish the wrought iron gates. Since this work to the car park
may commence before the Village Hall proposals it was AGREED to leave an area
unsurfaced. The Village Hall Management Committee to include within their
proposals for diverting/undergrounding existing overhead electricity lines.
Skate Board Park:
Councillor Harrison presented information on proprietary skate board
equipment with costings ranging from £2,000.00 to £12,000.00. Possible sites were then discussed, including
an area of land on Shiregate and the Playing Fields, and consequently it was AGREED for the Playground
Sub-committee to investigate. It was further AGREED to meet the youngsters involved and
consider which equipment would be suitable, together with costings.
Councillor Harrison presented information on youth shelters, costing
between £1,400.00 and £2,200.00, and advised that grants may be available. After further discussion it was
AGREED for the Forward Planning Sub-committee to look into the question for a report to be
presented at the next Meeting.
2002 Metheringham Fayre and Feast:
Councillor Mrs Parker reported that she had contacted the Lord Lieutenant
of Lincolnshire, Mrs Bridget Cracroft-Eley, and that she will be delighted to officially open this
Councillor Mrs Routledge reported that through discussions with Blankney
Estates Limited and the Land Registry the Spring area was not identified as being under the ownership of
Blankney Estates and therefore could be registered as a Village Green for use for recreational
purposes. Councillor Mrs Routledge to pursue the matter with the Land Registry.
On the questions of repairs to the Spring retaining wall Councillor Mrs
Honisett was advised that the matter would have to be left in abeyance until after the question of land
ownership had been resolved.
Copies of correspondence between Anglian Water and Blankney Estates
Limited, Councillor Rose and Mr B Webb, Manor Close, in connection with foul water drainage problems in
the village and the possibility of Anglian Water installing a holding tank on Station Road with
an outfall into the adjacent beck to try and overcome the difficulties. After lengthy discussion, where
concern was expressed that raw effluent will be discharged into the open water course and obnoxious odours
will emanate to surrounding properties, it was AGREED to write to Anglian Water and the Environment
Agency vehemently opposing the proposal.
Letter from North Kesteven District Council enclosing a copy of their Local
Letter from Mrs Beck, Shiregate, thanking the Parish Council for their
letter in connection with the provision of a pedestrian crossing over the Bypass and asking whether
advance warning signs can be provided in the interim period. Lincolnshire County Council to be asked
Letter from Community Council of Lincolnshire with details of this year's
Best Kept Village Competition.
Letter from Andrew and Co enclosing a copy of the transfer of the Justices
Licence for the Lincolnshire Poacher public house, which is to be renamed The Scarf and Goggles.
Letter from Lincolnshire Police advising on their future policing forums.
DISTRICT COUNCIL REPORT:
Councillor Chambers reported that the District Council's recycling scheme
was fully operational and that some 160 tonnes of materials were being collected each week. The District
Council are to collect household waste every fortnight.
Councillor Chambers also advised that a new Lottery Officer, Mark Bowen,
had been recently appointed and that he will be attending the next MACLA meeting to discuss grants.
QUEEN'S GOLDEN JUBILEE:
It was reported that all arrangements had been organised in the village by
MACLA for the Jubilee Celebration on Monday 3rd June 2002, which is to be opened by
Metheringham's oldest resident, Mrs Alice Richardson aged 104.
Councillor Ford requested that the tug-of-war event should not be located
on the football pitches, which was AGREED.
The Clerk reported that he had received the 1952-53 Coronation Committee
Minute Book, correspondence and other documentation from Mr J Tipler, Dunston Road, who
had served as Secretary. Mr Tipler had apologised for the 49 year delay in passing over these
documents, but he had only recently written up the minutes from the September 1953 meeting and discovered the
last decision of the Coronation Committee was to hand them over to the Parish Council. The story
was received with good humour and it was AGREED to put the Minute Book on display at the Jubilee
The following applications were considered;
Reinstatement of original fishing pond in field adjacent to
Brickyard Cottage, Metheringham Fen for Mr B Hutchinson
Erection of granny flat at Ivy House, Church Walk for Mr R Renfrew
The Parish Council would prefer the use of natural roofing materials
instead of concrete tiles and that the proposal remains as part of Ivy House
and not disposed of separately in the future.
It was PROPOSED by Councillor Ford, SECONDED by Councillor Duggins that the accounts be passed and paid. CARRIED
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
Councillor Mrs Honisett reported that the hedge along Station Road and Fen
Road railway bridge required cutting back. Matter to be reported to local
Councillor Mrs Webb was informed that North Kesteven District Council are
to provide a street name plate on Sleaford Road and replace the one in Newton
Councillor Mrs Routledge reported that the Lincolnshire Police had written
to residents in Drury Street in connection with problems with on-street
parking, but she was of the opinion that a majority of these problems were
created around the Doctor's Surgery. Therefore, the Clerk had informed the
The Chairman had received a request from a Mr Naylor to site his family
fairground in the Star and Garter Paddock. Since problems with noise had
occurred in the past the request was refused.