Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held in the Summit Room of Newstead Miners Welfare Community Centre
on Wednesday 3rd May 2006.

Present: Cllrs. P.A. Wise (Chairman), J. Booth, P. Burnham, D. Carless, W. Evans, J. S. Flanders, S.A.T. Gascoigne and R. Milliken.
County Cllr. J. Lonergan, PC Andy Vale, two members of the public and a member of the press were also in attendance.

Apologies for absence:There were no apologies for absence received.

Declarations of interest:Cllrs D. Carless and R. Milliken in planning application 2006/0329.

Approval of the Minutes of the meeting held on 5th April 2006.
The Minutes of the meeting were approved and signed by the Chairman.

Matters arising from the Minutes.
The Chairman informed the Council that the skate park had been completed and was very popular with the young people of the village. There would be an opening event towards the end of May.

A date for the viewing of Minutes and Burial Records requested by residents would be set for the Spring. Enquiries had been made regarding the use of the Church Hall on a Saturday morning for this exhibition. The cost would be £10 for the first hour and £5 for each subsequent hour. It was suggested that the timing should be 10.00am until 1.00pm. Mrs Evans had contacted other groups in the village who had expressed their intention of participating. An informal meeting of Councillors on Wednesday 10th May would set a date for this event.

The Clerk would contact Gedling BC again re. the narrowing of the footpath on Hucknall Road outside Hopping Hill farm.

Mr M. Kimpton would inspect the water pump in the Cemetery when he has recovered from a recent injury. This would be done when the weather improved.

The decorative railing at Chapel Terrace is still missing. The Clerk would again inform Gedling BC.

The decorative railing at Chapel Terrace is still missing. The Clerk would again inform Gedling BC.

The “Take-away” has now re-opened under new management.

The padlocks on gates belonging to Network Rail have been replaced and the rubbish has been removed.

The Chairman would contact Carola Jones of Notts. RCC re. the Parish Plan. An informal meeting of interested parties would be held on a date to be arranged.

The Council was informed that the Building Better Communities scheme would be carried forward into 2007 and there would be £15000 to be shared between Annesley, Linby and Newstead. The Parish Council would put in a bid for funding.

The question was raised re the problem of recycling material with only a black bin provided. Would Gedling BC continue to empty the bin? The Clerk would ask how Gedling BC deals with the problem in its own cemeteries. This is on-going.

The Council wanted to know why Gedling BC had not made a submission re the North East tip to Notts. County Council. A reply is awaited.

The repairs on the Abbey Drive had been completed but there are still some potholes at the village end of the Drive. The Clerk had contacted Jerry Warnes. The remaining potholes would be repaired as funding became available.

The surface of Station Avenue is breaking up. Gedling BC would be contacted again with this information.

Parking of vehicles on Station Avenue is causing some problems re access. The problems occur when the playing fields are in use. A reply from Gedling BC is awaited. The Clerk would contact the Borough Council again.

It was reported that the amount of rubbish which has accumulated in the back garden of a property on Tilford Road was causing some concerns for neighbours. The Residents Association agreed to follow up this problem as the Parish Council had received no formal complaint from residents. It was reported to the Parish Council that rats had been seen in the vicinity of a property on Chapel Terrace. The Clerk would contact Gedling BC.

The Chairman adjourned the meeting so that members of the public could discuss Parish matters with Councillors.

PC Andy Vale informed the Parish Council that the use of motor bikes and quad bikes continued to be a problem and he would organise a visit by the off-road team. Offenders should be reported to the police so that the issuing of Section 59 notices can be considered.

It was important to keep the Youth Club open but there are some problems with the building which will need some funding. The Chairman would contact the youth workers.

The skate park is proving to be a positive asset.

It was reported that a large piece of wood had been dumped underneath the seat at Hopping Hill. The Vice-Chairman would remove it.

Accounts:

Receipts.
£8411

Payments.
£2066.27

The annual accounts were approved by the Parish Council and were signed by the Chairman.

The Statement of Assurance was approved and was signed by the Chairman.

Matters concerning Newstead Village.
The Council was informed that the gate to the skate park had been left open probably by the contractors. Work on the site would be finished by the 13th May. The Vice-Chairman would monitor the situation.

Matters concerning Newstead Abbey Park.
No matters were raised.

Correspondence.

Request for permission by Ernest Smith Stonemasons for a memorial to the late Mary Heath Tilford. Agreed by the Council.

Request for permission by Mansfield Memorials for a memorial to the late Kenneth Renshaw. Agreed by the Council.

Application for entry to the Best Kept Village Competition. The Council decided not to enter this year but it could be a possibility in future years.

Planning Applications.
Newstead Abbey Nursing Home 36 Fraser Street
2006/0307
Demolition of existing Nursing Home and erection of 9 flats at 2x3 stories being 4 one bed and 5 two bed flats ( Resubmission application 2005/1146)
The Council objected on the following grounds:- out of keeping with the rest of the village; 3 stories would overlook other properties: the footprint is larger than the original property.

Garden Allotments, Station Avenue
2006/0329
Erect poly tunnel for growing fruit and vegetables, and metal shed for storage.
The Council raised no objections.

Manton House Ltd. Newstead Industrial Park.
2006/0340
Erect new industrial warehouse unit.
The Council raised no objections.

Reports from External meetings.
Cllr Milliken reported on a meeting of the Newstead Liaison Group. The Group would support the Youth Club and questions had been asked re the management of the skate park. This is in the hands of Gedling BC. The provision of signage at the skate park needs to addressed.

There was no further news re the dead swans found at the Lagoons.

Cemetery Issues

There would be a Cemetery Committee meeting on Tuesday 16th May 2006 commencing at 7.00pm.
Dead trees would have to be removed.
Benches in the Cemetery require attention.
A gravestone which had been laid down had without authorisation been propped up. The grave owner would be contacted if possible. If there is no contact the stone will be sunk to ground level on the surface of the grave so as not to cause a trip hazard.

Items that the Chairman considered urgent.

Cllr. Milliken explained to the Council the information boards/street map which will be placed in various locations around the village. Cllr Milliken will be doing the artwork and he wanted to know what needs to be on them.

Cllr Milliken informed the Council that as GAG5 treasurer he was still in possession of the remaining funds. GAG5 had not officially been wound up. The Council expressed the view that after the cessation of GAG5 the remaining funds should be divided up between the 5 original Parish Council members.

Cllr Gascoigne tended his resignation from the Council owing to personal circumstances. The Council reluctantly accepted his resignation and the Chairman thanked him for his work for the benefit of the residents of the Parish. The Council declared a vacancy which would be advertised in the Parish. The Chairman expressed the view that a representative from Newstead Abbey Park would be preferable but the vacancy had to be filled as soon as possible.

Material was being moved from the former Annesley Colliery site by the developer and passing the school when the children were going and leaving. The Clerk would contact Ashfield DC to ask for support in scheduling lorry movements during the periods of the day when the children were inside the school buildings.

Cllr Burnham expressed concern over a footpath which leads from the Abbey to Linby. The Clerk would contact Stephen Tipping, the Rights of Way officer at Notts. CC.

Closure and date of next meeting.
The Chairman closed the meeting at 9.13pm. The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 7th June 2006 commencing at 7.30pm.