Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held in the
Village Hall at 7.15pm on Tuesday 25th September 2001
Present: Councillors: B E Creasey Chairman
Mrs R Creasey Vice Chairman
Dr MJ Allen
J L Duggins
P D Ford
R P Harrison
Mrs J Honisett
Mrs R Parker
G V Westall
Clerk M Credland
Councillors G W Chambers
Police Pc R Parker
Apologies Councillors Mrs P
Bradwell County Council; J C Rose District
In respect of the victims of the New York terrorist
bombings on Tuesday 11th September 2001 the Council observed one minute
The Minutes of the last Meeting were signed by the
Chairman as being a true record.
The Village Caretaker reported that a hedge along the
footpath leading from Saxon Close to Caroline Road required trimming.
Councillor Chamber AGREED to look into the matter.
The Clerk advised the Village Caretaker that a new
waste bin had been ordered for the Children's Playground.
A resident in Alfred Avenue was informed that the
District Council had been asked to place a Dog Fouling Bylaw notice in
Pc R Parker reported that of late the problems around
the Children's Playpark on Shiregate had now quietened down, possibly
helped by a new sign restricting the use of the equipment to children
below the age of 11 years. The police were still monitoring the
He also reported that he had spoken to two youngsters
over incidents of spray painting around the village, for which he was
MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES:
Councillor Duggins gave a Sub-committee report in
connection with the handing over responsibility of the Fen Road public
conveniences to the Parish Council. Whilst concern was expressed that
some repairs/ maintenance originally agreed was still outstanding it now
understood that the District Council now expected the Parish Council to
carry out the work. Following further discussion it was AGREED that the
Lease Agreement should be signed and returned, albeit reluctantly, and
that the District Council be informed of the Parish Council's
Councillor Duggins reported that the new Children's
Playground equipment had now been installed and following an incident of
vandalism a new shackle had now been ordered. He also reported that a
local resident had taken video footage of youths misbehaving, which
would be passed over to the police.
Councillor Duggins also reported that Mr M Holroyd of Princess
Margaret Avenue had kindly supplied water and electricity for the
contractors and had also helped with security. After due consideration
it was AGREED to thank Mr Holroyd and reimburse him the sum of £50.00,
It was AGREED to place a sign in the Children's Playground restricting
the use of the equipment to children under 11 years of age
The Playground Sub-committee to make periodic
inspections of the new equipment and that maintenance check be carried
out after twelve months.
Following a report from Pc Parker on an initiative by
Hampshire County Council it was AGREED to look into the possibility of
providing a pod shelter in the Playground, obtainable from Messrs
Adshell Limited free of charge although a supply of electricity will be
required. Heighington Parish Council was also looking into the
A letter had been received from Lincolnshire County
Council acknowledging the Parish Council's application for grant aid
towards the cost of installing the new Playground equipment and
extension to the car park.
Mr N Gray, Field House Farmhouse, also reported that
the problems on the Shiregate playpark had now subsided considerably
over the last two months.
Councillor Ford reported that because of the recent
inclement weather and late harvesting the contractors had been delayed
in trimming the boundary hedges. However, he was hopeful the work would
be carried out in the near future.
A letter had been received from Powergen advising
that the undergrounding of the overhead electricity lines along the
western boundary of the Playing Field was now being undertaken.
A letter had been received from Metheringham Football
Club expressing concern that the seating in the Pavilion changing rooms
had recently been removed because of their poor state. The Chairman
advised that he had spoken to the School Head over the matter and that
the County Council had been informed accordingly.
Councillor Duggins reported that a scheme had been
prepared for carrying out new works in the changing rooms, including new
seating and disabled facilities, and that quotations were being invited,
which he assumed would be paid for by the Joint Management Committee. He
was informed that under the 1971 Chance to Share Agreement the
responsibility for such works solely rested with the Lincolnshire County
Council. Therefore, it was AGREED Councillor Duggins to raise the matter
Old Post Office:
Further to previous discussion the Clerk reported on
a meeting he had attended with Metheringham History Group, North
Kesteven District Council, Heritage Lincolnshire and Lincoln
Co-operative Society Limited over the possibility of acquiring the Old
Post Office for the community. In principle the Lincoln Co-op supported
the proposal and were willing to enter into a minimum 25 years and 364
days lease agreement for the building at an initial rent of £600.00 per
annum with reviews every five years. They were also prepared to assist
with fund raising by setting up a dividend card system for shoppers.
Although other conditions would form part of the lease agreement, they
were considered fair and reasonable. In principle the Parish Council
supported the scheme, subject to finance being made available through
finding agencies such as the National Lottery, which was currently being
explored. On this matter it was considered that MACLA should make such
an application, although Councillor Harrison felt they were only an
umbrella group and consequently organisations should apply individually.
Councillor Chambers advocated that the District Council had set-up MACLA
for the very purpose of applying for grant aid community projects and
was perplexed over the apparent reluctance of MACLA to accept this
responsibility. Councillor Harrison AGREED to raise the matter at their
North Area Advisory Forum:
Councillor Duggins gave a report on the recent
District Council Area Advisory Forum he had attended and mentioned
several issues which had been raised, such as village street cleaning
which is carried out every three months. In connection with the question
raised by the Parish Council's on private security policing he had been
informed that Lindum Construction Limited were offering CCTV schemes
free of charge in areas under the ownership of local authorities.
Therefore, it was AGREED to look into the possibility of providing such
a system for vulnerable areas in Metheringham.
Councillor Chambers reported that the overgrown hedge
adjacent to the Fen Road railway bridge was the responsibility of
Chestnut Homes Limited and that Councillor Rose had been informed the
District Council will repair the damaged parking area in Alfred Avenue
Following questions raised at the Village Hall open
day it was AGREED to seek the advice of the District Council over
responsibility for tidying up Jitter outside the Lincoln Co-operative
Mrs Honisett was also informed that arrangements were
still to be made for installing a Parish Council suggestion box in the
Letter from Lincolnshire County Council enclosing
details of a grant scheme for providing bus shelters, although
responsibility for future maintenance and repairs would be with parish
councils. More information to be requested.
Letter from Lincolnshire County Council requesting
details of parish council meetings for placing on a database, which the
Clerk AGREED to furnish.
Letter from Lincolnshire County Council offering 25
free trees and hedging plants to parishes, which was accepted.
Letter from North Kesteven District Council
introducing their new Music Development Officer, who is planning a
programme of music events throughout the district.
Letter from North Kesteven District Council with an
invitation to attend the formal launch of their web site on all aspects
of the Council's services at their offices at 12noon on Friday 28th
September 2001, No Members were available to attend.
Copy of a letter received by Councillor Chambers in
connection with a request made by Mr Handley, Lincoln Road, for
additional traffic calming measures. Mr Handley to be informed that the
Parish Council was satisfied with the existing provisions.
Letter from Lincolnshire Police inviting the Parish
Council to attend the launch of their new Mobile Police Office at
Baytree Garden Centre, Weston on Tuesday 30th October 2001. Anyone
interested in attending to notify the Clerk.
Letter from Community Council of Lincoln shire
advising that although Metheringham had succeeded to the second round of
this year's competition they had not been included in the list of
Invitation from the Lincolnshire Association of Local
Councils to attend their Annual General Meeting at Horncastle College at
10.30 am on Saturday 27th October 2001. Anyone interested to notify the
Copy of the transfer of Justices Licence for the
White Hart public house.
DISTRICT COUNCIL REPORT:
From a reminder by Councillor Chambers the Clerk
AGREED to request the District Council to reimburse the street cleansing
costs for the last financial year.
Item discussed under the Old Post Office.
METHERINGHAM FAYRE AND FEAST 2001:
The Vice Chairman reported that some 50 sites had now
been taken and that a programme of entertainment was being planned in
connection with the Medieval theme.
Concern was expressed that although an article had
appeared in the MACLA newsletter stating the CABRA choir would be
performing at this year's event no official approach had been made to
the Sub-committee. Councillor Harrison advised that the article had been
included in the newsletter in good faith. Metheringham Historv Group to
advise the choir to notify the Sub-committee of their intentions.
PARISH COUNCIL VACANCIES:
Notification had been received from North Kesteven
District Council advising that an Election is to be held in the village
on Thursday 1st November 2001 for the two vacancies on the Parish
Council. Since the Parish Council would have to finance the Election,
estimated at some £1,200.00, it was AGREED after due consideration not
to issue polling cards, which would be an additional £400.00. The
District Council to be informed accordingly.
This year's Armistice Service is to be held in the
Wesleyan Chapel at 10.00 am on Sunday 11 November, Councillors to meet
in the schoolroom at 9.45am.
It was AGREED to purchase wreaths for the War
Memorial and two Great War servicemen buried in the cemetery.
The Village Caretaker to place the floodlighting at the War Memorial
the week prior to the Service and display the Union flag on Armistice
No applications had been received for consideration.
It was PROPOSED by Councillor Duggins SECONDED by Councillor Mrs R
Creasey that the accounts be passed and paid. CARRIED
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
From a report by Councillor Ford the Chairman AGREED to pursue the
question of providing advanced school warning signs with County
Councillor Mrs Bradwell.
From a suggestion by Councillor Ford the Clerk AGREED to look into
the possibility of including the Parish Council Minutes on the MACLA
From a report by Councillor Rose it was AGREED to request the
District Council to provide Dog Fouling Bylaw notices in Westfield
Councillor Mrs Parker questioned whether any further information had
been received concerning proposals to construct a new road from the
Moorlands Trading Estate to Fen Road to avoid the railway bridge. The
Chairman to pursue the matter with County Councillor Mrs Bradwell.
From a report by Councillor Mrs Honisett the Chairman AGREED to
contact County Councillor Mrs Bradwell over the poor state of the level
crossing. Letter to be also sent to Railtrack plc.
Councillor Duggins reported that the parish notice board was in poor
condition. Matter to be looked into.
He also reported that the directional sign adjacent to the Library
still required securing. County Council to be informed.
It was reported that no further action had been taken by the Forward
Planning Sub-committee in connection with extending the car parking bays
adjacent to the shops on Caroline Road.
From a request by the Vice Chairman the Chairman to ask County
Councillor Mrs Bradwell to look into the possibility of introducing a
one-way traffic system in the village.
Following a report by the Chairman that the County Council were
unable, because of an overspent situation, to carry out resurfacing
works in Fen Lane it was AGREED the matter be pursued with them.
The Meeting closed at 9.35pm