Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held in the
Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 30th March 2004
Dr M J Allen
Mrs J Honisett
||Mrs R Creasey
J L Duggins
P D Ford
R P Harrison
Mrs R Parker
A M Waddington
A. F. Webb
G V Westall
J C Rose
Before the formal meeting the Chairman introduced Mr N Bristow, Project
Manager of Renewable Energy Systems (RES), who had been invited to discuss
their proposals to install 35 wind turbines in Nocton Fen. He had also held
similar meetings at Nocton, Dunston and Potterhanworth. RES were looking at
potential sites throughout Great Britain with a possibility of two sites in
Lincolnshire, including Nocton Fen. All potential sites will require a full
Environment Assessment Report carried out over at least a twelve month period
and RES, appreciating the sensitivity of such proposals, start early with
consultations, public meetings and exhibitions in local communities. The
Chairman then questioned Mr Bristow over the impact of the turbines, some 125m
high and covering a large area of fenland, and likely disturbance to local
residents by airborne noise, ground vibration, television interference, visual
intrusion and devaluation of property. Mr Bristow, referring to a survey
carried out by an estate agent, said there was no obvious evidence to the
devaluation of property and that RES would produce photo-montages to show how
the turbines would fit into the landscape, modifying the layout if necessary
to reduce the impact. The Chairman felt the sites are in effect power stations
and not wind farms, a misconstrued terminology, which Mr Bristow accepted
although he considered they were not an industry per se with no personnel and
few site vehicles. Mr Bristow then discussed technicalities and the
construction costs, in the region of £60 million, and answered questions on
the benefits to the local community, which would be minimal apart from
utilising local construction companies although a community fund may be set-up
for neighbourhood sustainable projects. He then answered questions of concern
expressed by Councillors over the size of the complex and environmental issues
and in particular issues raised by Reverend R J Abraham, Londesborough Way,
over the impact on wildlife especially to rare and endangered species found in
the locality. Reverend Abraham also indicated that the Ministry of Defence had
reservations over such proposals, particularly located in close proximity to
RAF bases. Mr Bristow advised that Mr Steve Percival, a world expert, would be
engaged to record and monitor wildlife over a twelve month period and that RES
were looking into the problems concerning RAF bases. There being no further
questions the Chairman thanked Mr Bristow for his presentation.
||Mrs H H B Routledge
||Mrs P Bradwell
||G W Chambers
||PC R Parker
The Minutes of the last Meeting were signed by the Chairman as being a true
3. POLICE REPORT:
PC R Parker had sent in a written report showing that no serious incidents of
crime had been recorded recently in the village.
4. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES:
a) Parking at Bus Stops:
Awaiting report from Councillor Mrs Bradwell. ACTION: Councillor Mrs
b) Children's Playground:
Councillor Duggins reported that a quotation is awaited from Messrs. Leggett
of Bardney for installing the new swings. ACTION: Councillor Duggins
c) Village Hall Car Park:
The Chairman reported on a meeting he had attended with the Clerk at Nocton
Village Hall in connection with the grant award from Lincolnshire County
Council for surfacing the car park. Issues relating to grant to be discussed
under Any Other Business.
Three revised quotations had been received for carrying out the work and after
due consideration it was AGREED for the Chairman and Clerk to look into the
question of appointing one of the contractor's. ACTION; Chairman and Clerk
d) 2004 Fayre and Feast:
A Sub-committee meeting to be arranged to discuss this year's event.
e) Street Lighting:
Following previous discussions Councillor Westall reported that the
Lincolnshire County Council had put the matter in abeyance until sufficient
funds were available, in the region of £1,000.00 per light. Following further
discussion on a request for additional lighting in Pullman Close it was AGREED
to leave the matter in abeyance until such time further requests are received.
The Sub-committee to look at other areas of the villages were it is considered
the lighting is poor. It was further AGREED that the County Council be asked
to carry out a survey of highway lighting in respect of safety. ACTION:
f) Notice Board:
It was reported that the new Notice Board had now been installed. It was
AGREED for the Sub-committee to consider utilising the new Notice Board for
just the Parish Council and the old one for village organisations. Matter to
be discussed at the next Meeting. ACTION: ScWM&OS
g) Public Conveniences:
It was reported that Building Regulations Approval was imminent from the
District Council for incorporating a Unisex Disabled Toilet. Tenders to be
invited once this has been received. ACTION: Clerk
Councillor Mrs Creasey to ask Darwood Builders to unblock a drain in the
gentlemen's toilet. ACTION: Councillor Mrs Creasey
h) Annual Parish Meeting:
The Chairman confirmed that arrangements had be finalised and that the Guest
Speakers will be Mr Alan Thomas, North Kesteven District Council, and Mr Alun
Jones, Lincolnshire County Council, who will discuss the Council Tax. Village
organisations had also been invited to display promotional material in the
Village Hall. Councillor Duggins to organise refreshments and the distribution
of publicity leaflets. ACTION: Councillor Duggins
i) Dog Warden:
The Vice Chairman reported that Dog Warden Services did not wish for their
mobile telephone number to be publicised.
It was reported that the new security fence had been installed in the Playing
Fields adjacent to the school and that the fencing to the additional playing
fields had also been completed.
k) Fen Bridge Relief Road:
Councillor Mrs Parker declared an interest and took no part in the discussion.
Officers from Lincolnshire County had been invited to display the plans for
the proposed Fen Bridge relief road at the Annual Parish Meeting.
It was confirmed that a letter had been sent to the Lincoln Co-operative Store
requesting signage to
identify their car park.
m) Any Other Business:
i) The Sub-committee are looking into the possibility of providing permanent
flood lighting at the War Memorial and are to invite quotations for a scheme
similar to one at Branston War Memorial.
ii) The Chairman reported that he and the Clerk had met the District Council
Solicitors in respect of the Agreement for transferring the Shiregate Play
Park to the Parish Council. The District Council had agreed to produce a new
plan and transfer document for consideration.
n) Open Forum:
i) Councillor Duggins reported that the School Governors had agreed to make a
contribution to the Swimming Pool Association. A meeting is to be arranged by
Councillor Mrs Bradwell with the Lincolnshire County Council and all
interested parties concerning the future of the swimming pool. ACTION:
Councillor Mrs Bradwell
ii) Councillor Harrison reported that a decision in respect of a grant
application for a skate board park was still awaited.
1) It was confirmed that the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership had been
asked to display speed reduction signs and their mobile speed indicator in the
ii) It was confirmed that action had been taken regarding dog fouling in
p) Any Other Business:
i) It was confirmed that a letter had been sent to North Kesteven District
Council requesting the Parish Council are consulted over proposals for
installing wind turbines in Nocton Fen.
ii) Councillor Duggins reported that the matter of Metheringham Youth Club
booking the Village Hall for a dance had been amicably resolved.
iii) The Lincolnshire County Council confirmed that the resiting of the bus
stop on Station Road will be carried out as soon as possible.
iv) It was confirmed that Lincolnshire County Council had been requested to
repair damaged kerbs in Drury Street.
v) It was reported that the overgrown hedge at Station Road/High Street had
apparently been trimmed.
5. OPEN FORUM:
i) Following earlier discussion Reverend Abraham reiterated his concerns over
the wind turbine site in Nocton Fen suggesting an action group be formed,
including the Parish Council, to oppose the proposal. The Chairman advised the
Parish Council would be unable to be involved in such a group. Councillor Rose
gave Reverend Abraham a list of organisations who the District Council had
contacted on the matter.
ii) Mrs Bellamy questioned whether any further information had been received
regarding cycle paths in the village. The Vice Chairman advised that a study
would have to be carried out over a number of years and was doubtful whether
anything will be done.
iii) Mrs Pearce, Station Road, was informed that the County Council are to
resite the bus stop outside her property.
6. SUB-COMMITTEE REPORTS:
There were no outstanding reports.
a) Letter from Lincolnshire County Council saying they will consider restoring
the verge adjacent to the District Council Depot on Sleaford Road and carry
out improvements to the footway on Dunston Road.
b) Letter from Lincolnshire County Council advising that a Diversion Order
will be required regarding the position of Public Footpath No. 8 crossing
Metheringham Delph, which is incorrectly shown on the Definitive Footpath Map,
although this may take some considerable time to implement.
c) Letter from North Kesteven District Council enclosing a report on low cost
d) Letter from North Kesteven District Council advising that they hold the sum
of £19,992.00, being a Section 106 Agreement with Chanceoption Homes Limited
for their new development off Lincoln Road, which the Parish Council are
already aware of.
e) Letter from Reverend Abraham, Londesborough Way, in connection with the
proposed wind turbines at Nocton Fen and urging for an action group to be
formed. As discussed previously under Open Forum Reverend Abraham was advised
that the Parish Council are unable to form part of such a group. Councillor
Mrs Parker said that although individual Members could become involved they
should declare an interest to the Parish Council.
f) Letter from Lincolnshire County Council enclosing details on their Second
Lincolnshire Local Transport Plan.
g) Letter from Lincolnshire County Council enclosing details of their Saturday
Morning refuse service.
h) Copy of a letter sent by Councillor Rose to Anglian Water asking that the
foul water drainage problems in Metheringham be given priority in their
capital programme for 2005-2010.
Letter from Mrs R Parker, Drury Street, expressing concern over traffic
congestion in Drury Street and the difficulties of large vehicles negotiating
parked cars. After due consideration it was AGREED to try and set up a meeting
with Lincolnshire County Council and coach companies to discuss alternative
routes for service buses.
i) Letter from Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership advising that road safety
measures in the form of additional signage and road markings are to be
provided at the A15/B1202 junction.
j) Letter from Metheringham Village Hall Management Committee enclosing
information on a Village May Fayre from 9.00am to 12noon on Saturday 8th May
2004, where organisations will be able to hire a table in the Village Hall.
k) Letter from Metheringham Village Hall Management Committee inviting the
Parish Council to attend the official opening ceremony of the new extension at
10.30am on Saturday 8th May 2004.
l) Letter from Metheringham Village Hall Management Committee asking for a
Parish Council representative to serve on their Committee. Councillor Duggins
AGREED to be nominated.
m) Letter from North Kesteven District Council enclosing information on the
North Kesteven Local Plan Inquiry to be held at 10.00am on Tuesday 6th July
n) Invitation from The Community Council of Lincolnshire to enter this year's
Best Kept Village and Small Town Competition. It was AGREED to enter and pay
the £6.00 entry fee.
o) Letter from Mrs Bellamy, Metheringham Youth Club, seeking financial support
from the Parish Council towards the cost of their insurance, being £88.00.
After lengthy discussion, where Mrs Bellamy discussed the group's activities
and problems in raising funds, it was RESOLVED to pay the insurance for the
next financial year on the understanding that the Youth Club's accounts and a
forward plan are presented to the Parish Council, which was AGREED by Mrs
The following applications were considered;
39/0225/04 Extension to dwelling at Grange Road for North Kesteven District
Council SUPPORT APPLICATION
39/0266/04 Proposed conservatory at Shiregate for Mr S Thornton SUPPORT
39/0340/04 Proposed double garage at Fen Lane for Mr J Harrison SUPPORT
39/0370/04 Proposed conservatory at Newton Close for Mr and Mrs Watson SUPPORT
LCC/04/CM Waste Transfer and Storage at Moorlands Trading Estate for Walcott
Skip Hire SUPPORT APPLICATION
It was PROPOSED by Councillor Waddington SECONDED by Councillor Mrs Creasey
that the following accounts be passed and paid:
|Parish Dog Warden Salary
|| £ 197.16
Public Conveniences Caretaker's salary
|Village Caretaker Salary
|Clerk's salary and 75%
|Inland Revenue Tax and Nl
Metheringham Village Hall Hire of room
Public Works Loan Board repayment
Allen Signs Ltd New Notice Board
Metheringham Football Club Cleaning Pavilion
North Kesteven District Council Refuse sacks
Wilkin Chapman Epton Blades Solicitors fees for
North Kesteven District Council Public
Conveniences Council Tax
B Knight and Son New fencing in Playing Fields
10. DISTRICT COUNCIL REPORT:
No matters were raised for discussion.
11. ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
a) Councillor Mrs Webb was informed that delivery was still awaited for the
b) Councillor Westall advised that the seat his family are donating for
Shiregate will be delivered in 4-5 weeks time.
c) The Vice Chairman reported that part of the builders compound on the new
development off Lincoln Road had collapsed during recent high winds resulting
in waste material, particularly polystyrene, being blown all over the village.
After due consideration it was accepted, because of the exceptional
circumstances, that little could have been done to prevent the occurrence.
d) Following a report by the Chairman it was AGREED to discuss the following
matters at the next
Meeting:- i) sewer infrastructure, ii) Swimming Pool Association, iii) Equal
Opportunities Policy and
Environmental check list in respect of grant for Village Hall car park, iv)
Playing Fields and Skate Board Park.
12. DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING:
To be held in the Pavilion at 7.30pm on Monday 26th April 2004.
The Meeting closed at 10.30pm