The Minutes of the last Meeting were signed by the Chairman
as being a true record.
Mr D Honisett, Village Caretaker, reported that the 3 Paths
Partnership scheme had been clearing and way-marking paths in the village
although the Foot and Mouth epidemic had caused problems. They were currently
trying to address anomalies near the Shiregate lagoons and are to look at PF
No. 10, which is not way-marked. Volunteers were also needed to replace two
staunch members they had recently lost. Lincolnshire County Council to be
asked to review 3PP Agreement, which expired in December 2001.
Mr J Browett reported the footpath opposite 27 Princess Margaret Avenue was in
a poor state of repair. The Vice Chairman to report the matter to Lincolnshire
Mrs A Bellamy representing the newly formed Metheringham Youth Club asked if
the Parish Council could consider making a 50% contribution towards the weekly
rental of £10.00 for the Church Hall and also whether consideration had been
given for putting up youth shelters. Following discussion it was AGREED to
consider making a financial contribution under the item in Matters Arising and
that a representative from the Youth Club attends a District Council meeting
at Sleaford on Monday 25th March 2002, which will consider community youth
Representatives from Shiregate expressed concern over negotiating the Bypass
and considered a pedestrian crossing should be provided. They were informed
that although the County Council have carried out a traffic survey along
Station Road the resultant figures did not meet laid down criteria for
providing a pedestrian crossing. However, the County Council had agreed to
carry out a further such survey and reassess the situation. They were also
deeply concerned over incidents of anti-social behaviour around the Shiregate
play park and were advised that the police were already aware of the situation
and continually monitoring the site. The play park is the responsibility of
North Kesteven District Council and as a result of previous complaints they
had removed a set of swings to try and alleviate the problem. Following
further discussion the Chairman AGREED to look into whether anything can be
achieved through the NK Safety Project.
MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES:
Metheringham Bowls Club:
The Chairman presented a report on the Bowls Club
explaining that whilst the Parish Council had been gifted the bowling green by
Miss P Townsend in 1976, and the Bowls Club had paid an annual rent, there had
never been a formal agreement between the two parties. The rental had been
paid since the construction of the Pavilion, financed by the Parish Council,
and reviewed every three years. A Draft Lease Agreement had been prepared in
liaison with the Parish Council's solicitors. The Bowls Club chairman, Mr M
Reep, agreed in principal to such an agreement but considered the current
rental should be reduced. After further discussion it was RESOLVED by majority
vote that the annual rental for the next three years be £200.00. It was
further AGREED that the Draft Lease Agreement be accepted and commence on 1st
Car Park and Children's Playground:
Further to previous discussions three quotations had been
received for extending the Prince's Street car park and creating an additional
entrance. After due consideration it was AGREED to accept the lowest of these
quotations received from Messrs Ermine Engineering Company Ltd, Lincoln, for
the total sum of £6023.00 plus VAT.
Councillor Mrs Bradwell advised that the Parish Council had been unsuccessful
in their grant application to the Lincolnshire County Council towards the cost
of providing new playground equipment and extending the car park. The Parish
Council expressed their disappointment and felt the County Council could have
been more helpful after the application had been submitted by, for instance,
meeting the Subcommittee to discuss the project. Councillor Mrs Bradwell
AGREED to raise these concerns with Lincolnshire County Council.
It was reported that the Forward Planning Sub-Committee had considered
improvements for the Village Hall car park and recommended the whole area
should be surfaced with tarmac, two areas set out for trees/shrubs, the
western boundary replaced with Lincolnshire post and rail fencing and repairs
carried out to the stone walls. It was considered that new gates should not be
provided. Surface water drainage from the car park would be difficult to
overcome and expensive, primarily because of the lack of a storm water sewer
in Middle Street. After further discussion it was AGREED for the Sub-committee
to invite 'quotations for the work to be carried out.
Councillor Mr Ford presented a plan showing a scheme to construct a new brick
replacement Notice Board at the north-west comer of the War Memorial gardens.
Since the War Memorial is Listed Grade II then an application for Listed
Building Consent may have to be submitted. The Clerk to look into the
Councillor Rose advised that the District Council had provided
dog bylaw notices in Wilsford playing field and considered similar signs could
be displayed in the Playing Field. Therefore, it was AGREED for him to pursue
Councillor Ford reported that the seating had now been replaced in the
changing rooms at a cost of some £800.00, which had been taken out of the
school budget. Since the school governors would not be willing to finance such
projects in the future then Councillor Duggins to discuss the matter with the
school head with a view to seeking support from the Lincolnshire County
Council. Under the Chance to Share Agreement the County Council are fully
responsible for all maintenance and repairs in the pavilion and changing
Councillors Duggins and Westall AGREED to attend a meeting at the District
Council offices Sleaford on Monday 25th March 2002 to consider community
projects for youngsters.
Following discussion in Open Forum it was RESOLVED to donate the sum of £50.00
to the newly formed Metheringham Youth Club to assist them with expenses. It
was understood that the Club had formed a properly constituted committee and
are working closely with Lincolnshire County Council Youth Services.
Swimming Pool Association:
Since a response was still awaited from County Councillor Hoyes over the
question of finance towards the swimming pool it was AGREED for Councillor Mrs
Bradwell to pursue the matter.
A draft Letting Agreement had been prepared for the Dunston
Road allotments, which are to be forwarded to the Parish Council's solicitors
County Safety Audit:
Councillor Duggins reported that although recently
published figures identified a fall in crime there was actually a rise, mainly
because of a reluctance to report all incidents to the police, which was
probably as high as 50%. It was AGREED for him to attend a District Council
meeting on Saturday 11th May 2002 to discuss the Safety Audit.
Letter from Mrs J Glossop, Prince's Street, thanking the
Parish Council for their letter of congratulations on her retirement as
village post lady.
Letter from North Kesteven District Council enclosing a copy of their Draft
Housing Capacity Study which examines how many additional dwellings can be
provided within existing built-up areas of the larger settlements and future
densities. No large scale sites are envisaged for Metheringham.
Letter from North Kesteven District Council offering the supply of sand-bags
for emergency situations. It was AGREED to request a supply to be stored at
their Sleaford Road Depot.
Letter from North Kesteven District Council advising that arrangements are
being made for paying their contribution towards the cost of the Fen Road
Copies of correspondence between Councillor Rose and West Lincolnshire Primary
Care Trust in connection with improving Community Health Services in
Metheringham, which appears to being gradually reduced particularly in
relation to the care of the elderly.
Letter from Skellingthorpe Parish Council advising that they have experienced
difficulties in obtaining payment from a travelling funfair, which
occasionally visits Metheringham. The information was duly noted.
Letter from Lincolnshire County Council enclosing a copy of notice relating to
the reduction of the speed limit along Station Road.
Letter from The Rt Hon Douglas Hogg MP seeking the Parish Council's views over
a letter he had received from Mrs A Beck, Shiregate, regarding the provision
of a pedestrian crossing over the Bypass. Councillor Mrs Bradwell advised that
the County Council have been asked to look into the possibility of providing a
footpath along the northern side of the Bypass and also suggested the Parish
Council ask for another traffic survey, which was AGREED. Mr Hogg to be
informed of these discussions with the Lincolnshire County Council.
Letter from Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership advising that the Parish
Council's letter concerning parking in restricted zones was being looked into.
Letter from Police Constable R Parker advising that although he has dealt with
offenders causing obstruction offences on the High Street bus stop he has no
knowledge of any similar incidents at the school entrance. pc Parker also
reported that the police will continue to patrol areas in the village where
incidents of anti social behaviour have occurred, such as Shiregate, the
Library and Alfred Avenue.
DISTRICT COUNCIL REPORT:
Councillor Rose reported that the District Council are to provide street
name plates along Sleaford Road.
QUEEN'S GOLDEN JUBILEE:
Councillor Ford reported that in conjunction with MACLA the Village Drama
Group were planning a 1950's Gala in the Playing Field on Monday 3rd June 2002
and had successfully obtained a £1,650.00 grant. A meeting had been arranged
on Friday 15th March 2002 to discuss the project further. It was AGREED to
donate the Pavilion free of charge for the festivities. Councillor Mrs
Routledge advised that a Medieval event is to be held around St Wilfrid's
parish church on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June in connection with the four
hundredth anniversary of the rebuilding of the church after the great fire in
1599. Lord Burgh's Retinue from Gainsborough Old Hall have been asked to
participate and Councillor Mrs Routledge questioned whether the Parish Council
could help financially. Matter to be raised at a later Meeting once the
costings were known.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 2000:
Following previous discussions Members returned their Model Code of Conduct
forms duly completed and signed.
OLD POST OFFICE:
Councillor Mrs Routledge reported that vandalism was still
occurring at the Old Post Office and she had contacted Lincoln Co-operative
Society accordingly. Through her conversations the Co-op were persuaded to
consider carry out repairs to the roof and gable wall rather than let the
building deteriorate or possibly be demolished. Councillor Mrs Routledge also
reported that North Kesteven District Council and Mrs Mary Anderson,
Consultant Architect, were extremely interested in renovating the building for
community use. An application to the Preservation Trust had also been
submitted for membership and she was still pursuing the possibility of getting
the building listed. The Parish Council endorsed her actions and agreed to
support the scheme within their powers.
The Clerk presented a report to show the Audit Commission had
recently completed the Parish Council annual audit and that they were
satisfied with accounts.
|Proposed farm buildings and alterations
at The Green Man, Fen Road for Mr J Garrick
||Concern expressed that the
site was becoming over-developed.
||Alteration and extension
to Co-op store and alteration and part demolition of hardware shop and
formation of car park at The Co-op and Townsend buildings High Street
for Lincoln Co-operative Society Limited
It was PROPOSED by Councillor Duggins SECONDED by Councillor Ford that the
accounts be passed and paid. CARRIED
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
From a report by Councillor Ford it was AGREED to notify Lincolnshire
County Council that the school sign in Prince's Street had been damaged by the
recent high winds. Councillor Ford was advised that Councillor Mrs Bradwell
was pursuing the question of providing additional school warning signs with
the County Council.
Councillor Mrs Webb reported that a replacement speed limit sign was required
adjacent to the entrance to Shiregate and other traffic signs in the village
needed cleaning. Matters to be reported to the County Council.
Councillor Mrs Routledge reported that it was hoped to re-establish the
Blessing of the Spring and arrangements were being made for Reverend D Payne
to carry out the ceremony. The Parish Council supported her proposal.
From a report by Councillor Mrs Honisett that the Cross light had been broken
it was AGREED to arrange for ABB Service and Solutions to carry out repairs
and/or replacement. It was AGREED for Councillor Duggins to deposit a set of
Minutes in the Library.
The Meeting closed at 10.05pm