The Chairman introduced and welcomed the two newly elected Members,
Councillors Mrs H Routledge and Mrs A Webb.
Under Any Other Business it was AGREED that there were two allotments
vacant. With this amendment the Chairman signed the Minutes as being a
Mr W Glossop, Prince's Street, expressed concern over dog fouling in
the Playing Field, which appeared to be increasing. He was informed that
the District Council would prosecute offenders under the Bylaws, subject
to supporting witness evidence such as statements and/or photographs.
Miss N Grocock, Highlield Rise, and Miss J Lowiss, Ashdale Close,
questioned whether the Parish Council could assist in their quest to form
a village youth club. The Chairman outlined previous attempts to form
youth clubs in the village and the difficulties in finding suitable
premises. It was suggested a group of parents should be formed to help and
that the County Youth Service be approached. It was also understood that a
meeting is to be held in the Village Hall on Friday 28th November 2001 to
discuss the matter.
Pc R Parker reported that anti-social behaviour was an ongoing concern,
particularly on Shiregate and around the school, although the police were
continually monitoring the situation and taking action where they could.
Vehicle theft was also a problem and Martin Moor was now becoming a
dumping ground for stolen cars. From complaints received from Roadcar Co
Ltd the police were now issuing fixed fine tickets to any vehicles parking
on the High Street bus stop zones.
From a report by Councillor Mrs Routledge over problems of vehicles
creating obstructions in Drury Street adjacent to the doctor's surgery Pc
Parker advised that he should be informed of any incidences of obstruction
and registration details of offending vehicles.
MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES:
Councillor Edginton and Mr D Walton had been invited from Lincolnshire
County Council to discuss the problem of a 7.5 tonne weight restriction on
Fen Road railway bridge, which was creating difficulties for heavy
vehicles accessing Metheringham Fen.
Mr Walton explained that the bridge had been originally constructed in
1881 but, in 1969 a weight restriction had been imposed to reduce
structural damage. By 1990 vehicle weights had increased enormously and
from 1990 axle weights of up to 40 tonnes were allowed on British roads.
Over the years the County Council had looked into possibilities of
strengthening the bridge, but escalating costs estimated at £l million
and constraints imposed by Railtrack plc, such as increasing its height to
accommodate freight trains, forced them to look at alternatives.
Consequently, it was decided the most economical solution would be to
construct a relief road between Fen Road and Moor Lane at a cost of some
£300,000.00 and retain the existing bridge for vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes.
The County Council were currently undertaking a feasibility study to
assess the potential of such a road.
Councillor Edginton and Mr Walton then answered several questions,
including one from Councillor Allen who was concerned the weight
restriction may be reduced in the future or the bridge closed altogether.
He was advised that Railtrack and their successors had an obligation to
maintain all public rights of way. Councillor Mrs Honisett was informed
that road repairs along Fen Road would be carried out in two stages. From
her question Mr Walton informed Councillor Mrs Parker that because of
major works to remove the ramps, and a refusal by Railtrack, it would not
be possible to replace the bridge with automatic barriers. Councillor
Chambers was informed that work on the project was expected to be
completed by 2003. In any event the Parish Council will be updated on
progress and have opportunity to comment on the proposals.
Councillor Edginton and Mr Walton were thanked by the Chairman for
attending the meeting.
A letter had been received from Lincolnshire County Council enclosing
leaflets on salting routes and advice on winter driving, which were
In connection with the possibility of installing a pedestrian crossing
on the Bypass a letter had been received from Lincolnshire County Council
advising that although they had instigated traffic counts along the road
the figures did not justify the provision of such a crossing.
Alternatively, it was suggested two pedestrian refuges could be provided
at a cost of approximately £4,000.00 each, with shared funding from the
Parish Council. After due consideration it was AGREED to decline this
option and for Councillor Mrs Bradwell to check on the Lincolnshire County
Council's criteria used for installing pedestrian crossings.
Car Park and Children's Playground:
It was reported that the Forward Planning Sub-committee are still to
meet to consider the car parks in Prince's Street and Village Hall.
Councillor Duggins reported that no further problems had occurred in
the Children's Playground. Arrangements are being made to install a new
litter bin in the Children's Playground.
Councillor Ford reported that despite several requests the boundary
hedges had still not been cut. The Chairman to contact the contractor
Councillor Ford reported that although Metheringham Football club had
closed-off the gateway leading into the Star and Garter Paddock and
erected a sign problems of dog fouling was still occurring. The sign had
also been removed two days after being put up. They would replace the sign
and continue with the same procedures in the hope improving the situation.
The Chairman gave thanks to everyone involved with this year's Service,
which had been well attended.
The Vice Chairman reported that an electrical problem had been
experienced with floodlighting the War Memorial and that Messrs C A Fox,
electrical contractors, had carried out temporary repairs. They will
submit a report and quotation in due course for necessary work required in
the meter box.
It was AGREED to look into the question of cleaning the War Memorial
statue and plinth in the future.
2002 Annual Parish Meeting:
After due consideration it was AGREED to invite Councillor Mrs M H
Brighton to attend the next Annual Parish Meeting, to be held in the
Village Hall at 7.3Opm on Tuesday 9th April 2002.
It was reported that Mr W Saunders, Lime Tree Avenue, had been
appointed Caretaker of the Public Conveniences at a current rate of pay of
£4.24 per hour. Mr Saunders had also decorated the toilets at a cost of
£146.08 and Councillor Westall had agreed to carry out maintenance
repairs to a leaking tap and damaged internal door.
It was reported that all the allotments had been let and that the rent
is to be increased to £10.00 per annum. A suitable rent agreement to be
prepared for the tenants.
Letter from Metheringham Women’s Institute giving an update over
their efforts to plant and keep the Spring area tidy. They have extended
the path, fixed trellis, cleared away rubble from the open area, sown wild
meadow grass and planted bulbs and shrubs. Some items of rubble,
particular old pieces of glass and tile, have been given to the History
Group for analysis. It is planned to carry out further planting and
provide a new seat in due course. Since the stonework around the Spring
was in poor condition the WI hoped the Parish Council would be able to
carry out the work. It was AGREED to look into the question.
Councillor Mrs Parker advised that according to The
Land Registry the Spring area is in the ownership of Blankney Estates
Limited. It was AGREED to look into the matter.
Letter from Bullen Consultants enclosing leaflets on a
public exhibition to be held in Bardney Village Hall by the Environment
Agency on Thursday 29th November 2001 to discuss the River Witham flood
defence improvement scheme.
Letter from The Lincolnshire Playing Fields Association
advising that their next Annual General Meeting is to be held in Canwick
Village Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 5th December 2001.
Letter from British Waterways with an invitation to
attend a consultation workshop in Riseholme Hall at 10.00am on Thursday
6th December 2001.
Notification from North Kesteven District Council of
the results of the poll for the Parish Council Election held on 1st
November 2001 which was as follows; N I Pellatt 147 votes, H H B Routledge
205 votes and A F Webb 216 votes. The two candidates with the highest
number of votes were duly elected. The turnout was approximately 12.2% of
Letter from the Standards Board for England enclosing a
copy of their Guide to Part III of the Local Government Act 2000 setting
out the roles and responsibilities of local councillors, which is to be
adopted within six months. It is planned to hold a series of regional
events in the future.
Consultation Paper prepared by DTLR, DEFRA, NALC and
the Countryside Agency to introduce a Quality status to local councils to
work closely in partnership with their principal authorities and others to
give their communities a better deal on local services and a stronger
voice in decisions.
DISTRICT COUNCIL REPORT:
Councillor Chambers advised that the Parish Council
Minutes were now presented on the website for Metheringham and
consequently items taken In Committee ought not be included, which was
It was reported that the next meeting of MACLA is to be
held on Wednesday 26th November 2001.
It was reported that the Army Cadet Force were again
willing to assist in clearing heavy snow this winter.
QUEEN'S GOLDEN JUBILEE:
Councillor Mrs Routledge advised that St Wilfrid's P C
C are planning to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the rebuilding of the
parish church over the weekend of 1st June 2002, coinciding with the
Queen's Golden Jubilee, and considered the occasion could be extended to
include other village events. A medieval re-enactment group have been
invited and a banquet is to be held in the Church Hall. Councillor Mrs
Parker suggested that an improvement scheme for the Village Hall car park,
gates and garden could be considered.
Matter to be discussed at the next Meeting.
CONTRACTS OF EMPLOYMENT:
It was reported that Contracts of Employment were now
being prepared for the Parish Council employees, including the Clerk.
The following applications were considered;
39/1801/01 Formation of access at The Manse, High
Street for Methodist Church
Concern over part demolition of stone wall in
Conservation Area and closeness to adjacent bus stop
39/1208/01 Alterations and extensions at Field Farm
Lane for Progress Housing Group Ltd
N39/-/01/CM Change of use of 3 Units on
Moorlands Trading Estate to Waste Lamp Recycling Facility for
May contravene original letting agreement.
It was PROPOSED by Councillor Duggins SECONDED by
Councillor Westall that the accounts be passed and paid. CARRIED
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
The Chairman reported that the Parish Council had been
invited to attend the award ceremony in London with Metheringham Rainbows
on 1st December 2001. Anyone wishing to attend to advise the Chairman.
The Vice Chairman to contact Lincolnshire County Council over complaints
concerning an overgrown tree obscuring a street light at the Mulberry Bush
From a report by Councillor Duggins it was AGREED for
Councillor Mrs Bradwell to inform the County Council of an insecure
directional sign adjacent to the Library.
Councillor Duggins advised that since it was unlikely
the Village Hall Management Committee would be able to secure grants for
their proposals to extend the Village Hall it had been agreed to prepare a
less ambitious project. Therefore, a scheme was being prepared to provide
facilities, such as a disabled toilet, wider doorways, ramps and lowered
kitchen work surfaces, at a cost of approximately £10,000.00.
From a report by Councillor Mrs Honisett it was AGREED for the Chairman to
approach the Lincoln Cop-operative Society Limited over an accumulation of
refuse at the side of their premises, which was considered a health
The Clerk to acquire a mandate from Lloyds TSB for
specimen signatures of the new Members. Councillor Mrs Webb noted that a
letter of resignation received from Mrs Jamieson had not been recorded in
the Minutes. Since the letter had been received during the summer recess,
action taken to fill the vacancy, it was accepted as an
oversight. Therefore, it was now AGREED that a letter of resignation had
been received from Mrs Jamieson.
From a report by Councillor Mrs Parker it was AGREED to
procure suitable notices against fly tipping, which appears to be on the
Councillor Mrs Parker reported that the 30mph speed
limit signs in Drury Street required replacing. Councillor Mrs Bradwell
AGREED to inform the County Council accordingly.
At the request of Councillor Mrs Parker it was AGREED
to fill any vacancies on the Sub-committees created by the recent
The next Meeting is to be held in the Village Hall at
7.1 5pm on Tuesday 8th January 2002.
The Meeting closed at 9.25pm