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
||Mrs P Bradwell
J C Rose
Mrs J Honisett
Mrs R Creasey
G W Chambers
||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.
3. POLICE REPORT:
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.
4. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES:
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:
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
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
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
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
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:
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
iii) It was AGREED a section of yew hedge at the War Memorial be trimmed
back. ACTION: Councillor Mrs Parker
5. OPEN FORUM:
No matters were raised for discussion.
6. SUB-COMMITTEE REPORTS:
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
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
39/0877/04 New bungalow at Lincoln Road for Mr J P Gardiner SUPPORT
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
|Village Caretaker Salary
|Clerk's salary and
|Inland Revenue Tax and Nl
Metheringham Village Hall Hire of room
Ollerton limited 3 no. new seats
Serviceteam Limited Playing Fields Maintenance
Piteny Bowes Limited printing services
10. DISTRICT AND COUNTY COUNCIL REPORTS:
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.
11. ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
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.
12. DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING:
In the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 27th July 2004.
The Meeting closed at 10.10pm