Councillor Chambers advised that where Members declare an interest it should
be recorded as being either personal or prejudicial, which was accepted. The
Chairman then signed the Minutes of the last Meeting as being a true record.
Mr Garner, Cavalry Court, expressed concern over the proposed fencing around
the Shiregate Play Park, which he considered would be ineffective against
vandals. The Chairman explained that the District Council had agreed to
construct the new fence prior to passing over responsibility of the Play Park
to the Parish Council. Once the land had been transferred it was hoped to form
a residents group to oversee the site.
Mr G M Hewitt, The Grange, expressed his concern over dog fouling and litter
in Fen Lane, damage to grass verges caused by large vehicles turning into Fen
Lane and a spate of vandalism around his property. Mr Hewitt was informed that
a Parish Dog Warden had now been appointed and that they would be instructed
to patrol Fen Lane. Eros Laboratories would be asked to advise their employees
not to deposit litter. Councillor Mrs Bradwell AGREED to ask the County
Council to consider installing kerbstones to protect the grass verges in Fen
Lane. On the question of vandalism Councillor Mrs Bradwell advised that
Special Constables had now been appointed for Sleaford and Ruskington and are
to be trained in the near future. The Police Inspector at Sleaford to be asked
if they could provide cover in Metheringham.
MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES:
Councillor Duggins reported that arrangements had now been made for installing
the additional swings in the Playground.
A letter of complaint had been received from the Primary School Head over how
the Pavilion had apparently been left in a deplorable state following a recent
football match and damage to toilet seats. Councillor Ford reported that
although difficulties had occurred through not having a Pavilion caretaker
since July 2002 the Football Club had endeavoured to clean the building after
matches. He also considered that evening art classes did not tidy up properly
and that large quantities of litter, perhaps discarded by school children, was
constantly being removed from the Playing Field by the Football Club. After
further discussion it was AGREED that the JMC discuss the matters at their
Village Hall and Car Park:
Letters had been received from the Village Hall Management Committee thanking
the Parish Council for supporting them in their grant application to WREN for
the proposed extension and inviting Members to attend the official opening of
the newly refurbished kitchens at 9.30am on Saturday 15th February 2003.
Councillor Mrs Honisett, on questioning the ownership of the Village Hall and
why the kitchens had to be refurbished, was informed that the Parish Council
are the Trustees and the work in the kitchens was necessary to meet the
Disabled Discrimination Act.
The Village Hall Management Committee confirmed that discussions were taking
place with the architects to improve the visual appearance of the entrance
doors to the proposed extension, an issue previously raised by the Parish
The Chairman presented a budget cost received from RMC Surfacing Limited for
surfacing the car park for the sum of £7198.80 plus VAT. After due
consideration it was AGREED not to carry out the work until after the Village
Hall extension had been completed, when a minimum of three quotations will be
Area Advisory Forum:
Following previous discussions it was AGREED for the Vice Chairman and
Councillor Duggins to attend the meeting in the District Council offices at
7.30pm on Monday 10th March 2003. No questions were put forward for inclusion
on the agenda.
It was confirmed that an appointment has been made for the Parish
Dog Warden for 5 hours a week and would be
commencing their duties on Monday 3rd February 2003.
Councillor Mrs Honisett expressed disappointment that the planned Access Forum
on 3rd January 2003 had been over subscribed and had consequently an
alternative date in Louth had been offered, which she was unable to attend.
Following previous discussions it was AGREED for Councillor Duggins to pursue
the problem of siting the Village Caretaker's rubbish bins.
Letter from Lincolnshire Council enclosing a copy of a notice to implement a
7.5 tonnes weight restriction on Fen Road railway bridge. Following
discussion, where concern was expressed over such a restriction and the likely
difficulties of heavy vehicles travelling in and out of Metheringham Fen, it
was AGREED for Councillor Mrs Bradwell to pursue the question of providing a
relief road between Fen Road and Moor Lane with the County Council.
Letter from Lincolnshire County Council enclosing a Temporary Road Closure on
Station Road between 2200 hours on Monday 3rd February to 0600 hours on
Tuesday 4th February 2003 to carry out an inspection of the level crossing.
Letter from North Kesteven District Council enclosing information on their
Community Service Award 2002/2003.
Letter from North Kesteven District Council enclosing a copy of a draft
Cultural Strategy for North Kesteven.
Letter from Mr C A Cartwright, Dunston, expressing concern over the apparent
poor state of the highway and footways along Dunston Road. Lincolnshire County
Council to be requested to include a scheme within their capital expenditure
Letter from Sleaford Citizens Advice Bureau thanking the Parish Council for
the recent donation towards their funds.
Letter from Metheringham Swimming Pool Association advising of their Annual
General Meeting to be held in the Star and Garter at 8.00pm on Tuesday 11th
Letter from Frearsons Solicitors, Skegness, seeking whether the Parish Council
had made any decision regarding support to include land between Sleaford Road
and Dunston Road under the ownership of Messrs P and D Creasey into the
village curtilage of the proposed North Kesteven Local Plan. The Vice Chairman
and Councillor Chambers declared personal interest and vacated the room whilst
the matter was discussed. After due consideration it was AGREED to leave the
question in abeyance until the Second Draft of the Local Plan has been put out
Letter from the Environment Agency enclosing details of an Awareness
Exhibition and Launch of the Lincolnshire Flood Action Partnership at the
Embassy Centre, Skegness on Sunday 9th February 2003.
DISTRICT COUNCIL REPORT:
Councillor Chambers had no matters to raise.
Councillor Mrs Bradwell reported that following a complaint by Councillor Rose
repairs had been carried out by the County Council at the Caroline
Road/Station Road junction. From a request by Councillor Ford it was AGREED
for Councillor Mrs Bradwell to ask the County Council to expedite repairs at
the Paddock Road/Fen Road junction.
SHIREGATE PLAY PARK:
It was reported that Wilkin, Chapman, Epton and Blades Solicitors had agreed
to act on behalf of the Parish Council in the transfer of the Shiregate Play
Park from North Kesteven District Council.
The Clerk presented a detailed financial report and projected expenditure to
31st March 2004 and after due consideration it was RESOLVED by 6 votes to 4 (1
abstention) to increase the next precept by 5%.
The following application was considered:
advertisement fascia and projecting signage at Post Office and new
Pharmacy High Street for Lincoln Co-operative Society Limited
It was PROPOSED by Councillor Duggins SECONDED by Councillor Mrs Parker that
the accounts be passed and paid. CARRIED
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
From a report by Councillor Ford over advertising signs being displayed at the
Fen Lane junction Councillor Chambers advised that the District Council were
already looking into the matter. From a report by Councillor Duggins the
District Council to also look into roadside sales from a private dwelling in
From a report by Councillor Mrs Webb it was AGREED to request the County
Council to remove an abandoned signpost at Manor Road/Drury Street junction.
From a report by Councillor Mrs Parker it was AGREED for the Vice Chairman to
make arrangements for a faulty street light to be repaired in Manor Road.
Councillor Mrs Parker reported that obnoxious smells were apparently emanating
from Eros Laboratories in Fen Lane. Such incidents to be reported to North
Kesteven District Council when they occur. From a report by Councillor Mrs
Honisett over a collapsed wall in the Closed Churchyard it was confirmed that
the District Council are responsible for carrying out repairs and maintenance.
The Clerk had already liaised with the District Council and Reverend David
Payne over the matter.
The Meeting closed at 9.45pm