The Minutes of the last Meeting were signed by the Chairman as being a true
Mrs Ison, Field Farm Lane, questioned the reason why the Parish Council are to
be given £20,000.00 by Chanceoption Homes and whether a location had been
found for a skate board park. She was informed that the money from
Chanceoption Homes was under a Section 106 Agreement with North Kesteven
District Council as part of the planning approval for developing Townsend's
Yard and that it could be spent by the Parish Council for recreational
purposes. To date no decisions had been made. On the matter of the skate board
Park Mrs Ison was advised that the Sub-committee were still looking into
finding a suitable site.
MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES:
It was confirmed that a site meeting had been arranged with Anglian Water in
Barff Road Potterhanworth at 2.00pm on Friday 15th November 2002 to view a
Combined Sewer Overflow similar to the one proposed at Metheringham.
Opportunity will also be given to looking at another scheme at Waddington.
Councillor Duggins is still pursuing the question of installing the new swings
in the Playground together with safety matting.
Councillor Ford reported that minimal damage had been caused by the travelling
showmen in the Star and Garter Paddock during this year's Village Feast.
Following discussion over a low area of ground adjacent to the gateway it was
AGREED for Councillor Ford to arrange for 10 tonnes of 20mm down aggregate to
be spread and levelled. Councillor Ford also reported that the boundary hedges
will be trimmed back next August and that although the post had been well
advertised a new Pavilion caretaker was still required.
Village Hall and Car
Although the contractor was carrying out the works to the boundary wall and
new fencing it was considered progress was slow. Therefore, it was AGREED to
ask the contractor to expedite the work.
Freedom of Information Act 2000:
Councillor Dr Allen, having looked into the documentation received from the
Information Commissioner, reported that the Parish Council have a commitment
to prepare a scheme by December 2002 for implementation in February 2003 in
connection with the Freedom of Information Act. Therefore, it was AGREED for
Councillor Dr Allen and the Clerk to prepare a report for the next Meeting.
Councillor Dr Allen, having looked into the documentation received from the
Commission for Racial Equality, reported that the Parish Council may have to
adopt a policy in the future, although it would
appear no time scale has been set. Following discussion Councillor Rose to
seek further information from
North Kesteven District Council and Councillor Duggins to let Councillor Dr
Allen have a copy of the
LCC's format used by the school. Councillor Dr Allen and Clerk to present a
report at the next Meeting.
Notice Board and Seats:
It was AGREED to place an order for a new Notice Board, which is to be
openable from the back and
sited at the north-west corner of the War Memorial garden and the hedge to be
cut back at the corner.
The Sub-committee to select a new seat for Lincoln Road and present a report
at the next Meeting.
Letter and invitation from North Kesteven District Council to attend the next
Area Advisory Forum in
Sleaford at 7.30pm on Monday 10th March 2003 and submit relevant questions for
the agenda. It was
AGREED for Councillor Duggins to attend and that consideration be given to a
question(s) before 1st
Letter from North Kesteven District Council enclosing a copy of their
Community Strategy consultation
draft, which Councillor Mrs Honisett AGREED to look at for comment by mid
Letter from North Kesteven District Council enclosing a copy of an application
to fell a willow tree at
The Manor, which is subject to a Tree Preservation Order.
Letter from North Kesteven District Council advising that the first deposit
draft of the new North
Kesteven Local Plan will sent out for consultation in early November 2002,
after which a six weeks
consultation period will be allowed.
Letter from North Kesteven District Council in connection with a Government
proposal to introduce a
range of pilot exercises for voting at elections, such as total postal voting,
electronic voting, text
messaging and telephone. Councillor Rose advised that the District Council are
to consider the matter at
full Council on Thursday 31 st October 2002, where he will be in attendance.
Letter from Sleaford and District Citizens Advice Bureau advising that funding
from the Nationwide
Trust had now concluded and they were seeking alternative financial support.
It was AGREED to give
the Bureau the Parish Council's moral support.
Invitation from Lafford High School Billinghay to attend their prize giving
ceremony in November 2002.
Councillors Mrs Creasey and Duggins AGREED to attend.
Letter from Council for the Protection of Rural England enclosing the judges
comments on this year's
Best Kept Village Competition. Although not amongst the winners Metheringham
accrued 144 points out
of a maximum 150 and received encouraging comments from the adjudicators.
Quotation from ABB Limited for replacing a broken street light adjacent to 4
Kings Road for the total
sum of £415.00 plus VAT, which was accepted.
Letter from Lincolnshire Police Authority enclosing details on possible
changes to the Police Funding
Formula for 2003/2004.
DISTRICT COUNCIL REPORT:
Councillor Rose reported that the District Council had carried out a survey on
Shiregate in connection
with the Children's Play Park, which had been experiencing vandalism problems
since the equipment was
installed Of 160 households surveyed, 105 responses had been received of which
57 were in favour of the
equipment being removed and 48 in favour of its retention. The District
Council are to consider the
matter at their meeting on Thursday 26th November 2002, where a report and
removing the equipment will be presented. Councillor Rose sought the Parish
Council's views on the
matter. After due discussion a majority of Members were in favour of retaining
particularly since the Play Park had been installed under a Section 106
Agreement with the developer, and
that other methods of protecting the equipment could be introduced, such as
fencing and lighting. North
Kesteven District Council to be informed accordingly.
Councillor Rose also advised that the new doctor's surgery in the clinic now
had 300 patients and that
residents from Scopwick and Blankney would be accepted. The surgery had
potential to take a maximum
of 1800 patients.
Councillor Rose confirmed that new vehicle hardstandings will be constructed
adjacent to the Council
houses at Sots Hole this financial year and that he would try and establish
when work will start on site.
2002 FAYRE AND FEAST:
The Chairman expressed thanks to the Sub-committee for organising this year's
event, which had been
Following further discussion it was AGREED to organise a similar event next
year, which is to be held in the village on Saturday 18th October, and that
the theme should commemorate the 60th anniversary of the opening of RAF
Metheringham during the Second World War. It was AGREED for the Fayre and
Feast Sub-committee to meet in the near future.
Arrangements had now been completed for this year's Armistice Service, which
is to be held in St Wilfrid's church at 10.00am on Sunday 10th November.
Members to meet in the Church Hall at 9.45pm.
2003 ANNUAL PARISH MEETING:
After due discussion it was AGREED for the Chairman to approach the
Environment Agency with a view to providing a Guest Speaker to the next Annual
Parish Meeting, to be held in April 2003, to discuss the River Witham Flood
The following applications were considered:
Display of advertisement boards (re-submission) at Fourwinds,
Nocton Heath Garage for Mr and Mrs Mather
Erection of conservatory at Ashdale Close for Mr A Everard
Change of use of industrial units to include storage and
distribution at 23/24 The Moorlands Trading Estate for Lincdales
Erection of dwelling at Field House for Mrs E Clee
The Parish Council consider the proposal is contrary to the Local Plan insofar
that it is tandem development, the site is of insufficient size to accommodate
a dwelling, would create unacceptable levels of noise and disturbance to
adjacent properties and overlooking problems.
It was PROPOSED by Councillor Duggins
SECONDED by Councillor Mrs Honisett that the accounts be passed and
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
Councillor Ford reported that the Youth Club were still awaiting security
checks on youth leaders to
enable them to open.
Councillor Ford expressed concern that urgent repairs had not yet been carried
out to the level crossing in
Moor Lane. The Vice Chairman advised that the work was programmed to be
carried within the next six
Councillor Ford requested that the Forward Planning Sub-committee attend the
next MACLA meeting in
the Star and Garter public house at 7.00pm on Wednesday 6th November 2002,
which was AGREED.
Councillor Dr Allen expressed concern over the poor state of the grass verge
adjacent to the Council
houses at Sots Hole and felt the proposed hardstandings would not resolve the
problem. It was AGREED
to review the situation after the hardstandings had been constructed and
possibly arrange a site meeting
with Lincolnshire County Council.
Councillor Mrs Honisett reported that the stone wall adjacent to the Library
needed urgent repairs. It was
AGREED to contact the relevant authorities again over the matter.
From a report by Councillor Mrs Honisett it was AGREED for the Vice Chairman
to pursue the question
of a faulty street light in Church Walk.
From a report by Councillor Mrs Honisett, and a letter from the Village Hall
over the siting of a refuse bin for the Village Caretaker it was AGREED for
Councillor Duggins to
contact the Star and Garter public house with a view to placing the bin on
Councillor Mrs Routledge expressed concern over the amount of dog fouling
around the church and
church field. She was advised that North Kesteven District Council will
prosecute the dog owners
responsible but they would require witness statements and possibly
From a report by Councillor Rose it was AGREED to request the Lincolnshire
County Council to
installed highlighted speed limits signs leading into the village along the B1189.
From a report by Councillor Mrs Webb it was AGREED to ask Anglian Water to
replace a meter box
cover adjacent to 8 and 10 Caroline Road.
Councillor Mrs Webb reported that the hedge along Station Road was overgrown
and required trimming
back. The Vice Chairman AGREED to report the matter to Lincolnshire County
The Vice Chairman expressed thanks for the help given by the Village Caretaker
at this year's Fayre and
The Vice Chairman reported that the hedge over Fen Lane railway bridge had now
been cut back.
The Meeting closed at 9.50pm