Metheringham Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council

Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held in the
Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 29th June 2004



Dr M J Allen


    J L Duggins  
    P D Ford  
    R P Harrison  
Mrs R Parker
    Mrs H H B Routledge  
    A M Waddington  

A. F. Webb

    G V Westall  


M Credland

    Mrs P Bradwell County Council
    J C Rose District Council
1. APOLOGIES: Councillors

Mrs J Honisett

Vice Chairman

    Mrs R Creasey  
    G W Chambers District Council
  Police PC R Parker  

Under Item 16vi of the last Minutes it was accepted that Councillor Mrs Routledge had made the report. The Minutes of the last Meeting were then signed by the Chairman as being a true record.

In his absence PC Parker had sent in a report showing a reduction of offences during May. A theft of a cycle had occurred on Shiregate, two drivers arrested for drunk driving and damage to a motor vehicle on Shiregate and a damaged wall in Fen Road. 50% of the cases had been solved and investigations were still being carried out on the others.

a) Parking at Bus Stops:
Councillors Mrs Bradwell confirmed that the police are unable to take action against parked vehicles unless double yellow lines have been provided. Consequently, it was difficult to enforce against the parking of vehicles at bus stops. It was AGREED for Members to monitor the situation.
b) Children's Playground:
Councillor Duggins presented a report and quotations for installing the new swings and safety surface. After due consideration it was AGREED to accept the lowest quotation received from Messrs Newby for the total sum of 1,700.00 plus VAT. It was further AGREED to accept the lowest of two quotations for replenishing bark in the Playground for the sum of 120.00 plus VAT. Councillor Duggins to arrange for the work to be carried out. ACTION: Councillor Duggins
c) 2004 Fayre and Feast:
From a Sub-committee report it was confirmed that arrangements were progressing with this year's event, to be held in the village on Saturday 23rd October.
d) Street Lighting:
Councillor Westall presented a report with suggestions for additional street lighting in Lincoln Road and Prince's Street. After due consideration, where Councillor Mrs Parker and the Chairman expressed concerns over environmental issues, it was AGREED for Councillor Westall to reassess the situation and Councillor Mrs Parker reported that a response was still awaited from Lincoln Co-op regarding the siting of a village notice board. Although the Chairman considered this proposed notice board should be sited near the new one the Sub-committee, nevertheless, to consider its management. ACTION: ScWMOS and Councillor Westall
f) Public Conveniences:
It was reported that tenders for the proposed Unisex Disabled Toilet would be received by the next Meeting. ACTION: Clerk
g) Floodlighting at the War Memorial:
Councillor Mrs Parker reported that discussions were taking place with two lighting specialists over the installation of new floodlighting and they had requested photographs, which the Clerk AGREED to furnish. ACTION: ScWMQS and Clerk
h) Skate Board Park:
Councillor Harrison reported that the Sub-committee had identified a possible site in the Playing Fields for the proposed skate board park. After discussion it was considered that the Parish Council should pursue the possibility of creating a permanent site, assuming an interested group of youngsters would support such a scheme and finance could be raised. After further discussion it was AGREED to arrange a site meeting with all interested parties at 6.30pm on Monday 5th July 2004.
i) Joint Management Committee:
It was reported the JMC had met recently and an advert had now been prepared for a new Pavilion cleaner and that the Committee are to discuss rates and conditions with the users of the facilities. Regarding the question of providing new flooring in the Pavilion the Chairman advised that the school were unable to make a contribution and that any new facilities, such as the proposed changing rooms, would have to be independent from the school. The question of revising the existing Chance to Share Agreement to be looked into for further discussion.
j) Metheringham Delph:
The Chairman reported that the future management of the Delph was proving extremely difficult. In a letter received from Mr D Bromwich, Assistant Director of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, it is understood the land is now managed by a local farmer under a Countryside Stewardship Agreement with grazing rights, mowing permissions and other constraints. It would also appear the Environment Agency are reluctant in replenishing the water levels and the Trust are fearful the Delph will eventually dry-up and become overgrown. The Chairman circulated Mr Bromwich's letter for further discussion at the next Meeting.
k) Dog Fouling:
From the last Meeting it was reported that action had been taken. 1) Spring: The question of boundary ownership was still being looked into. ACTION: ScWMOS
m) Open Forum:
  i) The question of blocked culverts along Station Road had been reported to the Lincolnshire County Council.
n) Parish Council Assets:
Matter to be discussed at the next Meeting.
o) Any Other Business:
  i) It was confirmed that Mr Garrick had been asked to refix the entrance gates to the Village Hall car park.
  ii) Lincolnshire County Council had been asked to replace a damaged railway crossing sign on Station Road and look at all the other signage in the village.
  iii) It was AGREED a section of yew hedge at the War Memorial be trimmed back. ACTION: Councillor Mrs Parker

No matters were raised for discussion.

Highways and Footpaths Sub-committee:
Following discussion on litter bins in the village, particularly around commercial premises, it was AGREED for the Sub-committee to prepare a report for further consideration. ACTION; ScHF
Forward Planning Sub-committee:
The Chairman presented a report from a recent meeting with MACLA, Metheringham Swimming Pool Association, Metheringham Football Club, Councillor Chambers and Miss S Hackett from North Kesteven District Council in connection with the provision of new changing rooms, toilets, showers, etc in the Playing Fields. A preliminary sketch scheme was presented and the project is to be progressed by the Sub-committee for a planning application to be submitted as soon as possible. ACTION; ScFP

a) Letter from North Kesteven District Council regarding the removal and replacement trees along the Green Lane affected by overhead electricity lines. The Clerk reported that the District Council were in agreement to siting the new trees along the boundary of the recently acquired land and arrangements were now in hand.
b) Letter from North Kesteven District Council advising that mature leylandii trees may have to be removed in Park View Crescent. After due consideration the Sub-committee to look into the question and seek the views of local residents. ACTION: ScWMOS
c) Letter from North Kesteven District Council on anti-social behaviour, which was passed to Councillor Mrs Routledge for information.
d) Letter from Lincolnshire County Council enclosing details of a project to protect and maintain traditional road signs in Lincolnshire.
e) Letter from Lincolnshire County Council enclosing their draft Waste Local Plan for the County.
f) Letter from Mrs Wiseman, Alfred Avenue, in response to the Parish Council's letter and still requesting a dog waste bin adjacent to the Bowling Green. Mrs Wiseman to be informed that continual monitoring by Parish Dog warden Services had not identified such a request.
g) Letter from Mrs A Heading, Kings Road, complaining of speeding vehicles along Kings Road and requesting traffic calming measures be installed. Mrs Heading to be advised to report such incidents to the police. ACTION; Clerk
h) Letter from Sleaford Citizens Advice Bureau confirming that their outreach facility in Metheringham had been withdrawn because of lack of funds.
i) Letter from Lincolnshire Police advising that the next Local Police and Community Forum is to be held in Nocton Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 20th July 2004, which Councillors Mrs Routledge and Waddington AGREED to attend. ACTION: Councillors Mrs Routledge and Waddington

The following applications were considered;

39/0738/04 Two storey extension at Lincoln Road for Mr M D Freeman SUPPORT APPLICATION
39/0799/04 New garage at Paddock Lane for Mr C Watson SUPPORT APPLICATION
39/0851/04 Extension to dwelling at Field Farm House, Shiregate for Mr and Mrs Drake SUPPORT APPLICATION
39/0855/04 Extension to dwelling at The Stables, Fen Road for Mr and Mrs A Wylde SUPPORT APPLICATION
39/0868/04 New dwelling (Outline) at High Street for Mrs M A Allison SUPPORT APPLICATION
39/0877/04 New bungalow at Lincoln Road for Mr J P Gardiner SUPPORT APPLICATION

It was PROPOSED by Councillor Duggins SECONDED by Councillor Westall that the following accounts be passed and paid

Dog Warden Services   197.16
Public Conveniences Caretaker's salary 165.00
Village Caretaker Salary 259.00
Clerk's salary and expenses 309.70
Inland Revenue Tax and Nl 200.02
Metheringham Village Hall Hire of room 27.38
Ollerton limited 3 no. new seats 3309.98
Serviceteam Limited Playing Fields Maintenance 155.84
Piteny Bowes Limited printing services 71.30


Councillor Rose reported that the recent application for a wind assessment mast in Nocton Fen had been deferred by the District Council Planning Committee until Thursday 13th July 2004.

i) From a report by Councillor Ford of stone aggregate lorries travelling along Prince's Street it was AGREED for Councillor Mrs Parker to contact the owners accordingly. ACTION: Councillor Mrs Parker
ii) From her question Councillor Mrs Webb was advised that the County Council are to resite the bus stop in Station Road as soon as possible.
iii) From her reports Councillor Mrs Routledge to make further enquiries into a blocked drain at the Doctor's Surgery, which may be privately owned.
Following recent vandalism at the Spring it was AGREED that the gate could be locked by Metheringham WI over the school summer holidays and vandalism in the Churchyard to be reported to the police.
Councillor Mrs Routledge also advised that the police should be informed over sightings of a naked male along Station Road. Councillor Mrs Routledge to contact the police over the legalities of cycling along Church Walk. ACTION: Councillor Mrs Routledge
iv) Councillor Westall reported that the seat presented by his family had been sited on Shiregate.

In the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 27th July 2004.

The Meeting closed at 10.10pm