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December 20, 2010

Nocton Parish Council Minutes - 02 November 2010

Minutes of the Meeting of Nocton Parish Council held on Tuesday the 2nd November 2010 in the Village Hall

Present:
Councillor E. Storr Chair
Councillor P. Askew
Councillor I. Goldsworthy
Councillor D. Rumbelow
Councillor M. Williams

Councillor P. Rose District Councillor

Mrs.Green Parish Clerk

Mr.Flannigan PCSO
Ms.Daman-Willems PCSO
Mrs Hill Dog Warden

6 Members of the public were in attendance

Apologies for Absence: Parish Councillor D. Wilson; District Councillor W. Chambers and County Councillor M. Overton

(1) Declaration of Prejudicial Interest in Accordance with the Ethical Code of Conduct: None.

(2) Police: Reported since the last meeting: 3 cases of criminal damage, 2 of theft and burglary. Councillor Williams asked about the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme; PCSO Flannigan will provide information.

(3) Public Questions:

The hedge by the Hall Grounds has still not been cut back by Lincolnshire County Council.

Sighting of rats in the beck is to be reported to North Kesteven District Council.

The Howards may have a Christmas tree. A list of prices from Doddington Hall to be circulated to Councillors.

(4) Litter: Mr.Sidney not at the meeting. He will be asked to attend the next meeting.

The Dog Warden, Mrs Hill, introduced herself and explained her credentials. Charges are £8.50 per hour.

(5) Minutes: The Minutes of the meeting held on 5th October 2010 were proposed as correct by Councillor Williams, seconded by Councillor Rumbelow and signed by the Chair.

Matters Arising :

98/10 (see 86/10): The banks of the beck have been cut but according to the contractors, the bottom is only cleaned out every three years, and this is not that year.
99/10 (see 87/10): Play area - two letters from the School Governing Body; it will not make a decision until it has seen the results of a survey, plans and costings.
100/10 (see 88/10): Village Hall settlement - need to get three quotes for any work.
101/10 (see 89/10): District Councillor Rose said that NKDC was not now so impressed with the product used at Martin School. NKDC is not laying this type of product now but the price is £50 per square metre. Boddingtons to be contacted for information and prices.
102/10 (see 90/10): No progress on "Duck" signs, but ducks have become a problem on the roads.
103/10 (see 97/10(a)): A Parish Plan is something that should be undertaken in the future.
104/10 (see 97/10(b)): The "Cluster" seat to be ordered and sited to replace the "Coronation" seat that has deteriorated badly.
105/10 (see 97/10(f)): The Horse Chestnut tree on The Green is in good condition having been checked by the NKDC Tree Officer earlier this year. Dead branches will be removed and some cut back to clear the telephone cables.
106/10 (see 97/10(h)): The faulty street light on the Bridle Path has been repaired.
107/10: A Village Hall Committee meeting is being held tomorrow evening. Coffee morning next Wednesday.

(6) Equal Opportunities (92/10): Nothing to discuss.

(7) Nocton Hall (109/10): NKDC is going ahead with the options appraisal.

(8) Letters (110/10):

(a) NKDC re Parish Council vacancy (Harry Capewell).
(b) NKDC Statement of Nominations for Parish Council vacancy (Gerry Watchus). Ian Goldsworthy elected.
(c) NKDC re Priorities Consultation 2010 - Executive Summary document and report.
(d) Society of Local Council Clerks and Wicksteed advertisement.
(e) BT re adopting the village kiosk.
(f) NKDC Central Lincolnshire Core Strategy (two copies) plus poster.
(g) NKDC Metheringham Cluster notes of meeting held on 6th October 2010.
(h) NKDC re by-election on 4 November 210. Notice confirming election of Ian Goldsworthy to Parish Council.
(i) NKDC Review of District Polling Stations
(j) Nocton School re proposed Play Area
(k) NKDC re by-election (Harry Capewell's vacancy) -Kate Tyler was the only nomination.
(l) NKDC "Playalong" advertisement
(m) NKDC "What's On"
(n) Clerks and Councils Direct
(o) LCC Primary Flood Risk Assessment
(p) NKDC Community Newsletter September 2010

(9) Planning (111/10(a))

(a) Karen Bradfords' report on Nocton Hall
(b) NKDC Application 10/1214/FUL (Patrick Dean) Underground Pipeline from Mere Pump House
(c) NKDC Application 10/0996/FUL Change of Use to Natural Burial Ground - Withdrawn
(d) NKDC Trees - Rose Garden, 7 The Avenue

(10) Nocton Dairies (112/10): No plans lodged with NKDC yet.

(11) Finance (113/10):

(a) Lloyd's statements (13) £12,254.04 (14) £219.31.
(b) E-ON invoice for power £158.79 (cheque signed).
(c) Mr.Sidney paid for litter picking October £40 (cheque signed)
(d) Clerk's salary for October £168.72; expenses £1.50 for ink cartridge - £189.22 (cheque signed).

(12) Any Other Business (114/10):

(a) It was asked if "Equal Opportunities" could be taken off the agenda.
(b) Agreed to put Street Lighting on next month's agenda.
(c) Litter Picker to be asked to report at the next meeting.
(d) Queries regarding by-elections answered.
(e) A hedge by Manor Farm is impeding the footway.
(f) District Councillor Rose said a census is to be held on 27th March 2011. It is important that everyone fills in and returns the forms.
(g) Councillor Williams had attended the Cluster Meeting and reported that anyone with a laptop can set up in the Village Hall to help parishioners with information on the web..
(h) Lincolnshire Active Community Network was at the Cluster Meeting. It was suggested that it be invited to attend a Parish Council meeting in the New Year.
(i) Some villages are now using ARCHER instead of SID for monitoring traffic.
(j) Councillor Goldsworthy suggested that barrels of flowers be placed under the village signs.

(13) Date of Next Meeting:

The next meeting confirmed as Tuesday, 7th December 2010 at 7pm in the Village Hall. There being no other business, the meeting closed at 8.45 pm.