Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held in the Scout
at 7.15pm on Tuesday 30th October 2001
PRESENT: Councillors B E Creasey Chairman
Mrs R Creasey Vice Chairman
Dr M J Allen
S L Duggins
P D Ford
R P Harrison
Mrs J Honisett
Mrs R Parker
Clerk M Credland
Councillors Mrs P Bradwell County Council, J C Rose District Council
APOLOGIES: Councillors G V Westall, G W Chambers
The Minutes of the last Meeting were signed by the Chairman as being a
No matters were raised for discussion.
Pc R Parker reported that minor damage had been caused at the school
and someone was being interviewed for indecent exposure. Concern was
expressed of youths congregating on Fen Road railway bridge, although no
official complaints had been received.
On traffic matters Pc Parker reported that a survev had shown that the
majority of motorists adhered to the speed limit along Lincoln Road.
On the question of providing a shelters on the children's playgrounds
Pc Parker reported that sites in Lincoln and Gainsborough had been chosen
as an experiment and he would therefore keep the Parish Council informed
Although Councillor Duggins had received complaints of noise and
disturbance in the early hours of 27th October 2001 outside the
Lincolnshire Poacher he was informed by Pc Parker that the incident had
not been reported to the police.
Councillor Rose reported that whilst incidents of misbehaviour on the
Shiregate play park had improved of late he had received complaints over a
large group of youths gathering there recently, although no damage had
MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES:
It was reported that the Lease Agreement had now been signed and that
the public conveniences were now the responsibility of the Parish Council.
Therefore, it was AGREED for the Sub-committee to consider redecoration
and appointing a caretaker. Matter to be discussed at the next Meeting.
Car Park and Children's Playground:
Councillor Duggins reported that although he had met Mr G Wright, North
Kesteven District Council, over the question of security cameras the
installation and running costs would be expensive, unless duinmy cameras
were installed to act as a deterrent. Mr Wright also advised that the
provision of a shelter may create further problems, particularly with drug
abuse. Matter to be left in abeyance for the time being.
Councillor Duggins also reported that the new swing seats had now been
Since planning permission had now been granted for extending the car
park it was AGREED for the Forward Planning Sub-committee to give further
consideration to progressing the scheme.
The Clerk to expedite the delivery of the new litter bin.
Councillor Ford reported that although arrangements had been made for
cuffing the boundary hedges the work was still to be carried out, which he
A letter had been received from Metheringham Football Club over
problems with dog fouling in the Star and Garter Paddock and as a
consequence they had locked the entrance gate in the hope of improving the
situation. The Football Club to continue monitoring the problem and a
report to be presented at the next Meeting.
Old Post Office:
It was reported that an application for Lottery Funding was being
prepared for renovating the building. The Vice Chairman reported that a
window had again been broken and that Lincoln Co-operative Society Limited
asked to consider boarding up the windows.
Councillor Mrs Bradwell was pursuing the question of school
warning signs with Lincolnshire County Council.
On the question of a relief road for the Fen Road railway bridge it was
AGREED that Mr D Walton, County Council, be invited to the next Meeting to
give a report on the matter.
Councillor Mrs Bradwell also reported that because of a lack of finance
the County Council were only going to carry out minor highway repairs in
Metheringham Fen even though the Chairman and Vice Chairman had been
informed that major works would be carried out. Letter to be sent to the
County Councillor Hedgington imploring major works are carried out,
particularly since the Fen Lane has deteriorated over the last twelve
Councillor Mrs Bradwell was still pursuing the question of introducing
a one-way traffic system in the village with the County Council.
A letter had been received from Mrs K Bulled, Pen Lane, over the
possibility of introducing suitable road markings at the new junction at
Fen Lane/Paddock Lane. Letter to be sent with support to the Lincolnshire
Metheringham Fayre and Feast:
The Chairman thanked everyone involved with this years event, which was
adjudged to have been an extremely successful and enjoyable day in the
village with organisations and businesses benefiting financially.
Letters of thanks and congratulations had been received from
Councillors Mrs M H Brighton OBE, G W Chambers and J C Rose, the Reverend
David Payne and The Hospitaller Order of Malta Volunteer Trust. After due
consideration it was AGREED that the Parish Council organise a similar
event next year and that the Sub-committee meet in the near future.
Following previous discussion further details had been received
regarding the possibility of providing a bus shelter in the village. Since
the cost would be in the region of £4000.00, with the Parish Council
being responsibility for securing a site, acquiring permissions and future
maintenance, it was AGREED not to pursue the matter further.
Councillor Ford reported that since a quorum could not be formed at a
recent JMC meeting a general discussion took place. Mr Lowry, school head,
had presented plans for refurbishing the changing rooms and a unisex
disabled toilet but said the school would not allow him to finance the
project, estimated at £25,000.00. The Chairman had spoken to the school
head, who informed him that he was still awaiting the County Council to
replace the seating in the changing rooms. After further discussion it was
AGREED to discuss the Chance to Share Agreement with the Lincolnshire
The JMC to convene another meeting in the near future.
Letter from Lincolnshire County Council in connection with the Parish
Paths Partnership advising that a grant of £50.00 will be forwarded in
due course for work completed.
Letter from North Kesteven District Council in connection with a
Lottery Surgery for Golden Jubilee funding at Sleaford on Thursday 29th
November 2001, which Councillor Duggins agreed to attend.
Letter from North Kesteven District Council giving advice on public
fireworks displays and bonfires.
Letter from North Kesteven District Council in connection with the play
park on Shiregate. Councillor Rose reported that the Sub-committee
considered that some of the larger equipment should be relocated and that
he would contact the Chairman regarding next week's District Council
Letter from North Kesteven District Council giving details of a book
recently published on their Solstice to Solstice photography and
literature project, which is on sale for £4.99.
Letter from North Kesteven District Council with an invitation to
attend a meeting in Sleaford at 7.30pm on Wednesday 7th November 2001 to
discuss their Best Value Review of Environmental Services, which was
Letter from Chapple and Co enclosing a copy of an application for the
transfer of the Off Licence at 18 Hi8h Street to Mr and Mrs C O Mansfield.
Letter from Sleaford and Citizens Advice Bureau seeking financial
support. Since the Parish Council's policy is to only support local
organisations their request was declined.
Letter from Metheringham Guiding Movement seeking financial support
towards the cost of providing a 55 seater coach to transport them to the
Imperial College, London on 1st December 2001 to be presented with three
national awards organised by the Blakefield Trust in connection with
nature and conservation. After due consideration it was UNANIMOUSLY AGREED
to donate the sum of £200.00,
DISTRICT COUNCIL REPORT:
Councillor Rose reported that the District Council had agreed to
provide a dog waste bin along the public footpath adjacent to Westfield
Close on condition the Parish Council would pay the annual emptying costs,
which was AGREED.
It was reported that the Forward Planning Sub-committee had held a
meeting with MACLA to discuss future plans for the playing fields.
Subsequently, MACLA had prepared an outline scheme for providing a new
sports hall, changing rooms, tennis courts and new swimming pool. After
lengthy discussion it was AGREED to meet the Lincolnshire County Council
to discuss the Chance to Share Agreement. Councillor Mrs Bradwell AGREED
to arrange for such a meeting.
The question of Lottery applications was then discussed and the role MACLA
should take. The Parish Council and Councillor Rose were of the opinion
that MACLA were initially formed by North Kesteven District Council for
this very purpose and were somewhat disappointed that they were reluctant
to take on the responsibility. Councillor Harrison felt that individual
groups should make their own such applications. After further discussion
it was AGREED that an application pack requested by MACLA for additional
playing fields, which was passed on to the Parish Council, should be
completed by MACLA.
PARISH COUNCIL VACANCIES:
It was reported that a By Election is to take place on Thursday 1st
November 2001 for the two Parish Council vacancies.
Following the decision at the last Meeting for the non-issue of polling
cards to the electorate it was reported that through discussions with the
District Council the Parish Council may be reimbursed the cost, estimated
at £400.00. Consequently, it had been agreed that the District Council
issue poll cards, although the Parish Council will still have to pay for
the cost of the By Election, estimated at £800.00.
Arrangements for this year's Armistice Service, to be held in the
Methodist Chapel at 10.00am on Sunday 11th November, had now been
Councillor Dr M J Allen, who will be unable to attend, tendered his
2002 ANNUAL PARISH MEETING:
Parish Councillors to give consideration for a suitable
speaker at the next Annual Parish Meeting Matter to be discussed at the
The following application was considered;
39/1088/01 Proposed en-suite and garage extension at De Wint Close for Mr
and Mrs N Petch
It was PROPOSED by Councillor Duggins SECONDED by
Councillor Ford that the accounts be passed and paid. CARRIED
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
It was reported by Councillor Mrs Honisett that a street light in
Church Walk was on continually. Matter to be reported to ABB Service and
Councillor Mrs Parker was still receiving complaints over the poor state
of the Railway Station. Because of the demise of Railtrack plc it was now
uncertain when or by whom remedial work will be carried out.
Since the allotments were now vacant it was considered that the trees from
the County Council could be planted in this area to help screen-off the
new housing development on Shiregate. Question of legal restrictions to be
Councillor Duggins reported that the Playground Sub-committee were now
rmaking periodic inspections of the equipment.
Councillor Ford advised that Dr Fearnley was no longer taking on new
The Meeting closed at 9.35pm