MINUTES:The Minutes of the last Meeting were signed by the Chairman as
being a true record.
From a request by Mr D Honisett, Village Caretaker, consideration to be
given to providing a secure store for the road sweeping equipment.
Further to previous discussion it was AGREED for Councillor Duggins to liaise
with the Star and Garter public house, Village Hall Management Committee and
Mr Honisett over the storage of the Parish Council's waste bin.
PC Parker presented a report relating to recent incidents of reported
crime in the village. Thefts had occurred at the former flax factory in Heath
Lane, a property in Lincoln Road and a mobile phone was stolen from the White
Hart public house. An attempted burglary had taken place in Drury Street and
an arrest made outside the Lincoln Co-op under a public order offence.
MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES:
Following site visits by the Sub-committee on 15th November 2002 to view
Combined Sewer Outflows (CSO's) at Potterhanworth and Waddington concern was
expressed that untreated sewerage was being discharged into adjacent water
courses. Consequently, a letter had been sent to Anglian Water expressing
these concerns and again requesting that the foul water drainage along Station
Road be upgraded rather than installing a C SO on Station Road.
The Chairman and Councillor Duggins to liaise over the installation of the
No matters were raised for discussion.
Village Hall and Car Park:
It was reported that the repairs to the stone wall and installation of new
fencing should be completed in the near future.
It was AGREED for the Chairman to invite quotations for surfacing the car park
for discussion at the next Meeting.
Freedom of Information Act 2000:It was RESOLVED to adopt the Model Scheme in connection with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 for implementation in February 2003.
Matter to be left in abeyance until further information is received.
Notice Board and Seats:
It was reported that a new Notice Board had been ordered from Messrs
From a report by the Sub-committee it was AGREED to order 2 new seats for the
Children's Playground and one for Lincoln Road at a total cost of £1,179.00
plus VAT and carriage. Councillor Mrs Webb to look into finding a suitable
site for the seat in Lincoln Road.
It was reported that this year's Armistice Service had been very well
attended and arrangements went according to plan. Special thanks were extended
to Councillor Mrs Honisett and Mrs E Collins, who had conducted the Services
at St Wilfrid's church and the War Memorial at short notice because the
Reverend David Payne had taken ill.
It was AGREED to carry out repairs to the faulty power supply at the War
Area Advisory Forum:
It was AGREED to discuss the matter at the next Meeting.
Letter from North Kesteven District Council enclosing an application to
remove four trees to the rear of High Street for Mr J R Barker, to which there
were no objections.
Letter from North Kesteven District Council enclosing an application to fell a
diseased ash tree at Field Farm Lane for Mr and Mrs G Corlett, to which there
were no objections.
Letter from North Kesteven District Council enclosing information on The Local
Authorities (Alcohol Consumption in Designated Public Places) Regulations
Letter from Councillor J C Rose thanking the Parish Council for their
hospitality at this year's Fayre and Feast.
Letter from The Orders of St John Care Trust thanking the Parish Council for
inviting them to participate in this year's Fayre and Feast and raise much
Letter from Butler Construction Limited seeking permission to re-site a street
light column adjacent to the Lincoln Co-op store, which is being altered. It
was AGREED for the pole to be re-located at the full expense of the
Letter from Mr J Sayers, Pullman Close, requesting on behalf of several
residents for an additional street light to be installed in Pullman Close. It
was AGREED for the Street Lighting Sub-committee to look into the request.
Letter from Sleaford and District Citizens Advice Bureau seeking financial
support for their Advice Centre in Sleaford and Outreach Sessions provided at
Metheringham, Ruskington, Heckington and Washingborough. After due
consideration it was AGREED to donate the sum of £50.00.
Letter from the Lincolnshire Playing Fields Association advising that their
Annual General Meeting is to be held in Ewerby Village Hall at 7.30pm on
Wednesday 27th November 2002.
DISTRICT COUNCIL REPORT:
Councillor Chambers presented a model copy of Parish Council Standing
Orders for reference.
Councillor Mrs Bradwell reported that although the Moor Lane level crossing
was in Blankney parish she will, nevertheless, pursue the question of carrying
out urgent repairs.
From a question raised by Councillor Duggins over reducing the speed limit
adjacent to the school Councillor Mrs Bradwell advised that such a request
should be put in writing by the school and sent to the Lincolnshire County
The Chairman reported that he had attended a meeting with MACLA on
Wednesday evening 6th November 2002 to learn of their proposals to construct a
multi-functional sports hall on the Playing Field, owned by the Parish Council
and under the Chance to Share Agreement, at an estimated cost of £1 million.
MACLA, who are to explore the possibility of grant aid, were seeking
permission from the Parish Council to proceed with the project. After due
consideration it was AGREED to arrange a meeting between the Forward Planning
Sub-committee and the Lincolnshire County Council, school head and Councillors
Mrs Bradwell and Chambers.
SHIREGATE PLAY PARK:
Councillor Chambers advised that although North Kesteven District Council
had decided to remove the equipment in Children's Play Park they had agreed to
defer the final decision until after Parish Council, who wished the Play Park
to remain, had been given opportunity to consider taking over responsibility
themselves. After further discussion it was AGREED for the Chairman and Vice
Chairman to attend a meeting with North Kesteven District Council in Sleaford
at 2.00pm on Tuesday 3rd December 2002 to consider the matter further.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING:The Chairman reported that Mr Chris Elkington, Witham First
District Internal Drainage Board, had accepted an invitation to attend the
next Annual Parish Meeting as Guest Speaker, which is to be held in the
Village Hall in early April 2003. Arrangements to be made and confirmed.
SNOW CLEARING:It was AGREED to contact the Metheringham Army Cadet Force with a
view to providing a snow clearing corps as in previous years in the event of
DOG WARDEN:The Clerk reported that the Dog Warden for Canwick, Branston,
Heighington and Washingborough had expressed interest in carrying out similar
duties in Metheringham. After due consideration it was AGREED for the Chairman
and Clerk to arrange a meeting with the Dog Warden to discuss the matter
The following applications were considered;
Two storey extension at Bentley Way for Mrs R Howe
Installation of 3 antennae, microwave dish and equipment cabin at
Moorlands Trading Estate for Airwave
Parish Council concerned over the visual impact this proposal will
have on the immediate and surrounding area.
Erection of two dwellings and garages at land adjacent to Owls Nest,
Tanvats for Mr A Foster.
The Chairman declared an interest to this application and took no part
in the discussion.
North Kesteven Local Plan - First Deposit Draft:
Having received and considered the First Deposit Draft it was generally
agreed that the proposals for Metheringham were acceptable, although it was
felt that new housing developments should include a percentage of affordable
homes. It was also noted that Sites of Nature Conservation Interest and
Metheringham Delph Nature Reserve had not been included in the Draft.
It was PROPOSED by Councillor Duggins, SECONDED by Councillor Mrs Honisett
that the following accounts be passed and paid. CARRIED.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:Councillor Harrison reported that two sites had now been identified
as possible locations for a skate board park and that he will be attending the
next members meeting in the New Year.
From a report by Councillor Mrs Webb regarding the hedge along Station Road it
was AGREED for the Vice Chairman to discuss the matter with the County
From a report by Councillor Mrs Honisett it was AGREED to seek advice from
North Kesteven District Council over legislation concerning the cleaning of
footpaths outside commercial premises.
From her question Councillor Mrs Honisett was advised that information was
still awaited in connection with the Disabled Discrimination Act 2000 and
consequently it was not possible to estimate the amount of finance which may
be required for implementing the legislation.
Councillor Mrs Honisett reported that St Wilfrid's Parochial Church Council
had now received their quinquennial inspection report and that £3000.00 may
have to be spent on repairing the stone boundary walls to the Close
Churchyard. She was advised that North Kesteven District Council were now
responsible for such repairs.
The Vice Chairman reported that problems had occurred to the street light in
Church Walk and that another light was now functioning in Lincoln Road.
The next Meeting is to be held in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7th
The Meeting closed at 9.35pm