Metheringham Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council

Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held in the
Village Hall at 7.15pm on Tuesday 25th June 2002



B E Creasey


Mrs R Creasey

Vice Chairman

Dr M J Allen

P D Ford

R P Harrison

Mrs J Honisett

Mrs H Routledge

Mrs A Webb


G W Chambers

District Council


M Credland



J L Duggins

Mrs R Parker
G V Westall

Mrs P Bradwell

County Council

J C Rose

District Council


PC R Parker

Under Election of Vice Chairman it was AGREED that the names of the Proposer and Seconder should be transposed. With this amendment the Chairman signed the Minutes of the last Meeting as being a true record.

From a suggestion by Mr W Glossop, Prince's Street, it was AGREED for the Playground Sub-committee to consider providing seating in the Children's Playground.

Car Park and Children's Playground:
The Chairman reported that arrangements were being made for installing the additional children's swings in the Playground.

Parish Notice Board:
The Clerk presented plans for providing a new Parish Notice Board in the War Memorial gardens. Therefore, it was AGREED to submit an application for Listed Building Consent.

Playing Fields:
Councillor Ford advised that the JMC had recently increased the rental charges for the Pavilion. Since no response had been received from the Lincolnshire County Council over funding for the Pavilion under the Chance to Share Agreement it was AGREED to pursue the matter again, particularly since the School Governors had refused to provide any more funding.
From a report by Councillor Ford it was AGREED for the Chairman to expedite the weed spraying in the Playing Fields.

Youth Club:
It was reported that the newly formed Village Youth Club had been fund raising and had had a successful day at the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Village Hall and Car Park:
Mr S Mundy, Village Hall Management Committee, presented a sketch plan of the proposed extension to the Village Hall, incorporating an entrance lobby, disabled toilet and store room. Detailed plans were now been prepared and the Committee were currently exploring the possibility of obtaining grants towards the estimated cost of 25,00.00.
From quotations received for repairing/rebuilding the stone boundary wall and 40m of new fencing to the western boundary it was AGREED to accept the lowest, received from Messrs P J Garrick, Building Contractor, for the total cost of 2,730.00 plus VAT.
Councillor Mrs R Parker was looking into the proposed planting in the car park and requested that kerb edgings be provided to define the areas, which was AGREED.

Skate Board Park and Youth Shelters:
Councillor Harrison presented a report from the Sub-committee, who recommended the most suitable site for a skate board ramp would perhaps be in the Star and Garter Paddock. Councillor Harrison had also invited a group of interested youngsters to the Meeting and they were given opportunity to express their requirements and how they intended to form a committee and raise funds towards the cost of such equipment, in excess of 6,00.00. Following further discussion it was AGREED for Councillor Harrison to arrange another meeting with the youngsters to explore possible funding and discuss youth shelters for a report to be presented at the next Meeting. The youngsters expressed their thanks for the Parish Council's commitment to try and provide them with a skate board park.

Queen's Golden Jubilee:
It was AGREED that the event, which had been organised by MACLA in a short period of time, had been an extremely successful day, confirmed by reports on BBC Radio Lincolnshire which suggested the celebrations had been the best and most attended event in the County.

Letter from North Kesteven District Council advising that the new road names on Farriers Gate Development are to be Townsend Way and The Horseshoes.
Letter from North Kesteven District Council enclosing information on their Housing Strategy and Business Plan Consultation.
Letter from Post Office Limited advising that Metheringham Post Office is to be relocated to 26 High Street.
Letter from Metheringham Swimming Pool Association expressing thanks to the Parish Council for their continued support.
Letter from Anglian Water regarding proposed flood relief works, which will involve the construction of a storm sewer overflow from the foul water sewer in Station Road to an adjacent watercourse in an attempt to alleviate flooding problems in the area. Since the Parish Council have already expressed concerns over this proposal it was AGREED to invite Anglian Water to the next Meeting to discuss the issues further.
Copy of a letter sent by Mr and Mrs D Sturdy, Drury Street, to Councillor Rose and a copy of his reply in relation to a recent planning approval in Drury Street, which they had objected to. After due consideration it was generally AGREED that the matter had been dealt with satisfactorily by Councillor Rose and that no further action was necessary.
Letter from Lincolnshire Police enclosing a copy of their Lincolnshire Police Authority Policing and Best Value Performance Plan for 2002/2003.
Letter from Bullen Consultants enclosing information on their 50 year flood defence strategy on the River Witham and an invitation to attend a meeting in Branston Booths Village Hall at 7.00pm on Thursday -26th September 2002. Members wishing to attend to inform the Clerk accordingly.
Letter of resignation from Mr W Saunders from his post as Pavilion Caretaker. It was AGREED for the JMC to send him a letter of thanks and to make arrangements for appointing a replacement.

It was reported that the Parish Council had suggested alternative sites for the recycling bins recently removed from the Lincolnshire Poacher frontage. These sites were the Star and Garter car park and Moorlands Trading Estate. Councillor Chambers AGREED to pursue the matter with the District Council.
The Chairman expressed disappointment over the likelihood of the District Council only collecting domestic refuse every two weeks instead of weekly. Councillor Chambers was certain the scheme will be implemented.


The following applications were considered:


Erection of poly-tunnel Ivy House, Church walk for Mr R Renfrew SUPPORT APPLICATION


Residential development (Outline) on land in Westfield Close for North Kesteven District Council APPLICATION QUERIED
Although supporting the application in principle the Parish Council request that only single storey dwellings be permitted.

It was PROPOSED by Councillor Mrs Creasey, SECONDED by Councillor Ford that the accounts be passed and paid. CARRIED

Councillor Ford reported that the County Council had recently installed support posts for the school advance signs.
Councillor Mrs Routledge reported that the Clerk was trying to arrange an early meeting with the District Council in connection with the Old Post Office, particularly since the Lincoln Co-operative Society Ltd had apparently had the building inspected recently by a structural engineer.
Councillor Mrs Routledge advised that the Spring and adjacent land was not under the ownership of Blankney Estates Limited. Consequently, it was AGREED to make an application to the Land Registry to register the land under ownership of the Parish Council. It was further AGREED to leave the matter of repairing the stonework around the Spring in abeyance.
From a report by Councillor Mrs Honisett it was AGREED to ask Lincoln Co-operative Society Limited and the Pizza Takeaway to consider placing litter bins outside their premises. It was further AGREED to ask Stamford Homes Limited to consider providing a litter bin on the Shiregate Play Park. Councillor Mrs Honisett reported that overgrown hedges were still creating difficulties to pedestrians walking over Fen Road railway bridge. Matter to be reported to the County Council. From a report by Councillor Mrs Honisett it was AGREED for Councillor Mrs Creasey to check the lighting in the public conveniences, which were not working correctly.
Councillor Chambers was certain that under an old Bylaw commercial premises were obliged to clean their adjacent footways. The District Council to be asked to advise.
From a suggestion by Councillor Mrs Webb it was AGREED to present brochures and costings at the next Meeting for providing a seat in Lincoln Road.
Councillor Mrs Webb also questioned whether an additional street light could be provided adjacent to the Children's Playground in Prince's Street. Street Lighting Sub-committee to explore the possibility.

The Meeting closed at 9.10pm