From the last Minutes it was ACCEPTED that County Councillor Mrs P
Bradwell was in attendance, that under Car Park and Children's Playground the
Minute should read Councillor Ford and not Mrs Ford and that under Open Forum
the wording 'the residents concerned the police were targeting the wrong age
group' be added to the matter of the Shiregate play park. With these
amendments the Chairman signed the Minutes of the last Meeting as being a true
Mrs Sally Wilson, who had also written to the Parish Council on behalf of
MACLA, was invited to outline plans for the Queen's Golden Jubilee. Her
committee had considered that a permanent beacon should be placed on the
Village Cross, which would not only be part of a national chain of beacons to
be lit by HM Queen but could also be used at future events, such as the Annual
Village Feast. After due discussion it was AGREED for MACLA to explore the
possibility and present a report to the Parish Council for further discussion.
Representatives from Shiregate were present at the Meeting and expressed
their concerns that a pedestrian crossing should be provided over the Bypass.
Consequently, they presented petition with 300 plus signatories, which is to
be sent to the Lincolnshire County Council. The Chairman reported that the
County Council are to carry out another traffic survey along this part of the
village and that the Parish Council will endeavour to support the residents in
their quest. From a request by Mr Beck, Shiregate, it was AGREED for
Councillor Chambers to look into the possibility of providing a dog waste bin
on Shiregate open space and fencing around the lagoon.
MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES:
Metheringham Bowls Club:
A letter had been received from Metheringham Bowls Club questioning the
decision at the last Meeting over their annual rent, which they considered
under the original Deed of Gift should be rescinded or reduced. The Parish
Council's solicitors to be asked to look into the question.
Car Park and Children's Playground:
Following the unsuccessful grant application to the Lincolnshire County
Council towards the cost of providing new playground equipment and extending
the Prince's Street car park the Clerk reported that their Grant Officer, Mr N
Posnett, had offered to attend a Parish Council Meeting to offer advice on
future grant applications. This was AGREED with a view to Mr Posnett attending
the June Meeting. Councillor Ford reported that an incendiary device had been
found next to the storage container and consequently the matter had been
reported to the Lincolnshire Police.
Parish Notice Board:
Following previous discussions the Clerk reported that Listed Building
Consent will be required for relocating a new Notice Board in the War Memorial
Councillor Dr Allen considered the Notice Board should be placed on a
different site, possibly adjacent to the Lincoln Co-operative Store. After due
discussion it was AGREED for the Forward Planning Subcommittee to look into
the question for a report to be presented at the next Meeting. Councillor Mrs
Routledge reported that the Reverend D Payne had expressed interest in
utilising the old Notice Board outside St Wilfrid's church should it become
surplus, which was AGREED in principle.
Councillor Ford reported that the gate locks between Hall Yard and the
Star and Garter Paddock had been deliberately broken, an ongoing problem, and
had now been replaced by Metheringham Football Club.
Following discussion at the last Meeting it was confirmed by Councillor
Chambers that the District Council would provide dog fouling notices in the
Playing Field. Therefore, it was AGREED to forward a plan prepared by
Councillor Ford to the District Council for such notices to be displayed.
From a report by Councillor Chambers it was AGREED that the swings removed
from the Shiregate play park should be resited in the Children's Playground.
Arrangements to be made with the District Council.
It was RESOLVED to renew the Licence Agreement for use by Metheringham
Football Club for a further twelve months, commencing 1st April 2002.
It was confirmed that the electricity poles parallel to the western boundary
were now being removed by Powergen.
Councillor Westall reported on a recent District Council seminar he had
attended, which had been extremely informative particularly on youth shelters,
methods of funding and the Crime and Disorder Act. Advice on administration is
to be given to the newly formed Youth Club and the Lincolnshire County Council
are to appoint a paid worker, initially for a probationary period of six
months. It was confirmed that the Youth Club utilise the Church Hall and the
Parish Council's donation of £50.00 will be put towards the rental. It was
AGREED for Councillor Westall to liaise with the Youth Club and to discuss the
matter again at the next Meeting.
The Clerk reported that the Parish Council's solicitors had been asked to
look into the draft Letting Agreements.
Village Hall Car Park:
The Chairman presented budget costings for carrying out improvements to
the car park, which had been estimated at approximately £10,000.00. The work
included laying tarmac (£6,795.00) new fencing along the western boundary
(£400.00), repairing the stone walls (£2000.00)and planting (£200.00). The
Forward Planning Sub-committee to present a further report at the next
Meeting. Councillor Mrs Webb was advised that the car park will be available
for anyone to use.
Letter of thanks from the Guides Association for the donation given by the
Parish Council for their recent Blake Shield National Award ceremony in
London, where Professor David Bellamy had presented them with their awards.
Letter from Councillor Harrison tendering his apologies for not being able to
attend the Meeting.
Letter from North Kesteven District Council in connection with bids for
Objective 2 funding for environmental improvements. Forward Planning
Sub-committee to give consideration.
Letter from County Councillor Mrs P Bradwell tendering her apologies for not
being able to attend the Meeting. Councillor Mrs Bradwell also advised that
WREN award grants for playground equipment and that she had notified Railtrack
over the poor condition of the level crossing and fencing on Fen Road railway
Letters from Lincolnshire Police and Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership
advising that fixed penalty tickets have only been issued for causing
unnecessary obstruction at the bus stop.
Letter from Anthony dark and Co enclosing a copy of application for restaurant
licence at the 'Mowgli', 13 High Street.
Copy of letter sent by Mr C G Boyd, 1 Blacksmiths Court, to the Lincoln
Co-operative Society in respect of a shopping trolley abandoned adjacent to
Letter from Mr G Ponsford, Middle Street, expressing concern of children
causing disturbance around the Clinic/Library. The police have been informed
Letter from Council for the Protection of Rural England with an invitation to
enter this year's Best Kept Village Competition. It was AGREED to enter the
Competition and pay the entry fee of £6.00.
DISTRICT COUNCIL REPORT:
Councillor Chambers reported that the new landlord of the Lincolnshire
Poacher had requested the District Council to remove the recycling bins from
the forecourt. Therefore, the District Council were seeking assistance from
the Parish Council to find an alternative site. Matter to be discussed at the
QUEEN'S GOLDEN JUBILEE:
No further matters were raised for discussion.
Councillor Mrs Routledge reported that she had received requests for the
public conveniences to be opened on Sundays. After due consideration it was
AGREED for the Chairman to discuss the possibility with the Vice Chairman.
DISTRICT COUNCIL MEETING:
Councillors Mrs Honisett and Mrs Routledge reported on a recent District
Council Meeting they had attended, where constructive ideas were put forward
for improving village facilities, public transport, etc. The District Council
to consider the suggestions and report back.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING:
Following previous discussions it was AGREED to move Chairman's expenses
for the Meeting and for the Chairman to arrange for the reception to be held
in Metheringham Squash Rackets Club.
The following applications were considered;
| Erection of conservatory at
Londesborough Way for Mr T A Deakin
||Erection of garage and
store at Middle Street for Mr K M Laskey
expressed over siting, materials and out of character with area.
It was PROPOSED by Councillor Ford SECONDED by Councillor Mrs Honisett
that the accounts be passed and paid CARRIED
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
Councillor Ford expressed concern over the Lincolnshire County Council
apparently tipping waste in the woodland opposite the District Council Depot
on Sleaford Road. Councillor Chambers AGREED to look into the matter.
Councillor Mrs Routledge had received complaints over dogs barking and loud
music emanating in Drury Street. The complainant to be advised to contact the
District Council's Environmental Health Department.
From a report by Councillor Mrs Routledge it was AGREED to ask the District
Council to look into the question of protecting two bay and one holly tree at
the rear of the old Post Office.
Councillor Mrs Webb reported that although the County Council had cleaned some
of the traffic signs in the village others had been overlooked. County Council
to be notified accordingly.
Councillor Mrs Routledge reported that she will prepare a report on the Spring
for the next Meeting.
From a report by Councillor Dr Alien over the poor state of the highway in Fen
Lane the Chairman AGREED to look into the matter.
Councillor Dr Allen was advised by Councillor Chambers that the District
Council are to provide parking bays at the Council houses at Sots Hole in the
2003 financial year.
From a report by Councillor Ford the Chairman AGREED to look into the question
of horses using the Lovers Walk footpath.
From a report by Councillor Westall it was AGREED to ask the Lincolnshire
County Council to look at a new driveway being constructed over the grass
verge adjacent to 95 Lincoln Road.
Councillor Mrs Routledge reported that a footway adjacent to 30 Ashdale Close
had been fenced-off leading to the Green Lane. The District Council to be
asked to look into the matter.
The Meeting closed at 9.40pm