||Dr M J Allen
|| Mrs J Honisett
||Mrs R Creasey
||J L Duggins
||P D Ford
||R P Harrison
||A M Waddington
||Mrs A. F. Webb
||G V Westall
||J C Rose
||Mrs H H B Routledge
||Mrs R Parker
||Mrs P Bradwell
||G W Chambers
It was AGREED that under Item 15 Councillor Ford and not the Vice Chairman
requested the Village Hall external lighting be looked into. It was also
accepted that the In Committee item should read as soon as possible and
not 1st April 2005. The Minutes of the last Meeting were then signed by
the Chairman as being a true record.
3. POLICE REPORT:
It was reported that thefts and damage to property had occurred in the
village recently and investigations were being carried out. Councillor
Duggins questioned whether external lighting at the Village Hall would
possibly encourage youngsters to congregate. He was advised to contact
the Police Crime Reduction Department. WPC Nixon advised the Chairman
that no serious problems had occurred recently on Shiregate Play Park.
4. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES:
a) Street Lighting:
Quotations still awaited.
b) Floodlighting at the War Memorial: No report
presented. ACTION: ScWMOS
c) Litter Bins:
It was reported that Lincolnshire County Council had agreed for litter
bins to be fixed to the new bus stop signs and the matter was now being
d) Railway Station Car Park:
It was reported that the HSE had been contacted regarding the poor
condition of the car park.
e) Leylandii Trees in Park Crescent:
The Sub-committee presented a report showing that a majority of residents
in Park Crescent/Pullman Close area wish for the trees to remain but
topped. The report to be sent to North Kesteven District Council. ACTION: Clerk
f) Chance to Share Land:
The Chairman reported that a number of issues needed to be addressed,
particularly concerning the gates, which will be discussed at the next
g) Skate Board Park:
Councillor Harrison reported that youngsters was still enthusiastic
over establishing a skate board park and would be pleased for any suitable
site. Councillor Harrison to pursue the matter.
ACTION: Councillor Harrison
h) Metheringham Fayre and Feast:
Following a Sub-committee Meeting it was AGREED to adopt a theme connected
with the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar for this year's
event, to be held on Saturday 22nd October. The Sub-committee to
meet again in the New Year to discuss the event further.
i) Station Road Hedge:
The Vice Chairman reported that the District Council had been requested
to complete the trimming of
the hedge. It was also reported that the District Council had been
asked to repair a section of damaged
post and rail fencing along Station Road. ACTION: Vice Chair
j) New Seat in Lincoln Road:
Following previous discussions a recommendation was presented to
locate the new site adjacent to 71 Lincoln Road. After due consideration
it was AGREED that the Sub-committee should look into the matter
again and seek the views of adjacent residents.
On the matter of a potentially dangerous metal spike adjacent to
44 Lincoln Road it was AGREED to report the matter to Lincolnshire
ACTION: ScHF and Clerk
k) Fen Road Railway Bridge:
It was reported that the overgrown embankments had been cut back.
Councillor Ford reported that sand had now been purchased and spread
over the area of the Playing Fields damaged by the fairground.
Councillor Duggins presented a report showing that the Children's
Playground complied with the Disabled Discrimination Act. On the
question of repairing the rope bridge, which had been vandalised,
it was AGREED for the Sub-committee to make arrangements for its
repair or replacement.
n) Street Numbering on Townsend Way:
Following discussion at the last Meeting the Clerk reported that
North Kesteven District Council were unable to allocate whole numbers
to new additional properties on Townsend Way because the developer
had amended the layout and was reluctant to alter the existing postal
o) New Cemetery Fencing:
Following a decision at the last Meeting it was AGREED to write back
formally to the Parochial Church Council over the proposed donation
towards the cost of new fencing.
p) Sports Pavilion and Changing Rooms:
It was reported that a planning
application was being prepared for submission.
q) Zebra Crossing:
Following discussion at the last Meeting it was reported that the
Lincolnshire County Council had been asked to look into the possibility
of finishing the belisha beacons with an illuminous markings.
5. OPEN FORUM:
No matters were raised for discussion.
6. SUB-COMMITTEE REPORTS:
a) Forward Planning:
It was reported hat Councillor Ford had been appointed financial
officer in a honorary position and the change over was in progress.
ACTION: ScFP and Clerk
a) Letter from Lincolnshire County Council enclosing details
of their Saturday Supplementary Service
over Christmas and New Year.
b) Letter from Lincolnshire County Council advising that the closure
of Dunston Road for footway
repairs has been extended to 26th November 2004.
c) Letter from North Kesteven District Council requesting details
on all dog fouling Bylaw Notices fixed
to British Telecom poles which had, apparently, been put up by
the District Council without permission.
The District Council had been asked to remove them with immediate
effect. The District Council to be
advised that the Parish Council do not hold such records and express
disdain to British Telcom's action.
d) Letter from North Kesteven District Council enclosing details
on their Stock Options Appraisal for
Council house tenants.
e) Letter from North Kesteven District Council enclosing a Draft
of their Housing Anti-Social Behaviour
f1) Letter from North Kesteven District Council enclosing details
on the Electoral Review of Wards
where it is proposed to increase the size of the Council from 40
to 42 Members.
f2) Letter from Mr and Mrs Smith, Tanvats, expressing concern over
the amount of recent development in
the hamlet and highways problems.
A site meeting to be arranged
with Chair, Clerk and Lincolnshire County Council.ACTION: Clerk
g) Letter from Lincolnshire Police acknowledging the Parish Council thanks
for policing the Fayre and Feast.
h) Letter from Councillor Rose thanking the Parish Council for their
hospitality at the Fayre and Feast.
i) Letter from Chairman of Lincolnshire
County Council thanking the Parish Council for their hospitality at
the Fayre and Feast.
j) Letter from Sleaford and District Citizens Advice Bureau seeking
donations for 2005-2006. Following discussion it was AGREED that the
Parish Council are unable to make such a donation.
k) Letter from Page
Nelson enclosing a copy of application for granting a Full Justices
On Licence at The Kitchen, Sleaford Road, Nocton Heath for Mr and Mrs
1) Letter from Sills and Betteridge enclosing a copy of application
for transfer of Justices Off Licence at Lincoln Co-operative Limited,
m) Correspondence and copies of correspondence from Lincolnshire County
Council, School Headmaster, Douglas Hogg MP and Lincolnshire Road Safety
Partnership (LRSP) relating to highway safety in Prince's Street and
parking problems outside the school entrance gates. After lengthy discussion,
where a suggestion for introducing school crossing patrols near the
Village Cross was put forward and agreement in principle to support
a proposed safety zone, it was AGREED for Councillor
Duggins to arrange a meeting with the Chairman, Clerk,School Governors
and Headmaster and LRSP. The Chairman AGREED to respond to Douglas
Hogg MP letters.
ACTION: Councillor Duggins and Chairman
8. SHIREGATE PLAY PARK:
Following previous discussion a letter of reply had been received from
the Anti Social Behaviour Officer at North Kesteven District Council
recommending that the Play Park should be relocated in a more exposed
location in an attempt to reduce vandalism and rowdyism. After due
consideration it was AGREED to arrange an informal meeting with the
District Council to consider possible options. It was AGREED that the
Play Park should be kept locked over the Christmas/New Year period. ACTION: Chairman and Clerk
9. NEW VILLAGE CROSS:
Following previous discussions it was AGREED that any decisions regarding
the Village Cross should be made by the Parish Council and parishioners.
A meeting to be arranged with the Chairman, Clerk and artsNK to discuss
the project further.
ACTION: Chairman and Clerk
The following applications were considered;
39/1658/04 Extensions to Caroline Road for Mrs C Hargraves
39/1672/04 Change of use of industrial building to martial arts at
Station Yard for Mr T Miah
It was PROPOSED by Councillor Duggins SECONDED by Councillor Westall
that the following accounts be passed and paid
|NKDC planning Fee for New Pavilion
| Public Conveniences
|Village Caretaker Salary
|Clerk's salary and 75%
|Inland Revenue Tax and
|Parish Dog Warden Services
|ARMs Personnel Shiregate Play Park
|Pitney Bowes printing charges
| Metheringham Village
Hall Hire of Room
|Metheringham DIY Centre
Sand for Playing Fields
and Sons Ltd New ledger
Garrick Installation of new seats and bins and wall repairs
team Limited Playing Fields Maintenance
|NKDC Market stalls for Feast
|Inland Revenue Tax
Limited Playing Fields Maintenance
|Powergen Public conveniences and War Memorial light
|ABB limited street light repairs
Limited Playing Fields Maintenance
|ARMs Personnel Shiregate Play Park
12. DISTRICT AND COUNTY COUNCIL REPORTS:
No matters were raised for discussion.
13. ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
a) The Chairman reported that the school had arranged for building
work to be carried out in the toilets
and changing rooms without informing Metheringham Football Club.
Consequently, the Football Club
had to clean-up rubble and lost the use of the facilities for two
weeks. Matter to be raised at the next
b) Councillor Ford expressed his concerns over the new play area
created by the school, which he
considered to be a health and safety hazard. His comments were
c) From a report by Councillor Ford over a damaged height restriction
bar to the Prince's Street car park it was AGREED to make arrangements
for carrying out repairs.
d) From a report by Councillor Ford over dog fouling in the Playing
Fields it was AGREED to ask Parish
Dog Warden Services to investigate.
ACTION: Vice Chairman
e) The Vice Chairman reported that Parish Dog Warden Services are
to implement an increase in their
charges and offered a new contract. Following a general discussion
it was considered that problems of
dog fouling was increasing and that the service given was unsatisfactory.
Parish Dog Warden Services to
be advised accordingly.
ACTION: Chairman and Vice Chairman
f) From concerns expressed by Councillor Ford it was AGREED for
Councillor Duggins to ask the
school to consider providing an outside light to illuminate the
new entrance gates to the Playing Fields.
ACTION: Councillor Duggins
g) From a report by Councillor Ford over youngsters throwing sand
over parked vehicles in Hall Yard it
was AGREED for him to deal with the matter.
ACTION: Councillor Ford
h) From a report by Councillor Mrs Webb it was AGREED to arrange
a meeting vaAi Lincolnshire County Council to look into the question
of potential safety hazards created by large delivery vehicles
to the shops on Caroline Road.
i) Councillor Mrs Webb reported on a meeting she had attended with
Anglian Water and North Kesteven District Council where it had
been accepted that there are foul water drainage problems in the
village. After lengthy discussion it was AGREED to ask North Kesteven
District Council to implement an embargo on all future planning
applications until after the situation improves.
j) From a report by the Vice Chairman it was AGREED for Councillor
Westall to look into a problem with locking/unlocking the new Parish
k) From a report by the Vice Chairman it was AGREED to arrange
for roof tiles to be replaced at the public conveniences.
I) The Vice Chairman was advised that the Sub-committee were pursuing
the provision of a public notice board adjacent to Lincoln Co-op.
14. DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING:
In the Village Hall at 7.30pm
on Tuesday 25th January 2005.
The Meeting closed at 10.08pm