A meeting of Hartington Nether Quarter Parish Council
was held on Monday, 6th November 2017 at 7.30 pm in Biggin Village Hall.
Present: J Bonsall, S McCurrach, J Coles, D Prince, D Currington, the clerk, S Hampson and three members of the public for part of the meeting.
Part 1 non-confidential information
17.11.1 Co-option of new councillor
Two candidates had applied and been interviewed for the one casual vacancy on Hartington Nether Quarter Parish Council following the resignation of Mrs J Griffiths. Mrs Dawn Currington was offered and had accepted the position and duly completed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office document before the proper officer of the council, Mrs Hampson. Mrs Currington was provided with a copy of the member’s interest form for completion.
Resolved: The clerk to advise Derbyshire Dales District Council (DDDC) that the vacancy had now been filled through co-option.
Apologies had been received in advance of the meeting from Mrs J Brindley.
17.11.3 Declaration of personal/prejudicial interest of councilors
There was no need, by any member present at the meeting, to complete an entry in the register.
17.11.4 Minutes of the previous meeting
These were accepted as a true record of proceedings and signed in the meeting by Mrs Bonsall
(Prop DP, Sec SMcC)
17.11.5 Matters arising from pre-meeting
The appointed tree surgeon had completed the tree surgery work previously identified with the exception of works at the War Memorial which had been deferred under the instruction of the clerk until after the Remembrance Day Service.
Resolved: The clerk to advise the tree surgeon to reduce the height and the width of the trees surrounding the War Memorial.
Resolved: To issue the interim cheque for the other work carried out.
17.11.6 Public speaking procedures document
The members of the public attend the meetings regularly and did not require to see the document again.
17.11.7 Public speaking
There were 3 members of the public in attendance.
Resolved: To reorder the agenda to discuss item 9 regarding the defibrillators and to include input on this topic from members of the public.
17.11.8 Relocation of defibrillator and possibility of a defibrillator at Pikehall
The clerk had been in touch with British Telecom (BT) regarding the possibility of using the redundant telephone kiosk at Pikehall for a defibrillator. This could be purchased for £1. BT had advised the clerk that this particular kiosk is earmarked for removal and an instruction and payment would be required to prevent its removal
The clerk had also written to Parwich Parish Council and had received an agreement in principle for some funding towards the cost of proposed new defibrillator in Pikehall. However, understandably, Parwich Parish Council would like some figures to enable them to put into their forthcoming budget calculations. The clerk also advised that an approach to Waitrose could be made, for consideration of one of their community funding projects. The clerk provided some additional information about the approximate costs of a cabinet, defibrillator, a necessary electricity supply, insurance and the need for the defibrillator to be checked at least each month.
A member of the public from Pikehall advised that she had already received several pledges for funding, including a pledge from the organisers of the Why Not Festival. The cheese factory at Pikehall has not yet been approached. She also advised of a possible site for the location of the proposed defibrillator at Pikehall.
Resolved: To place the item on the December agenda.
Resolved: Not to approach BT regarding the retention of the redundant telephone kiosk.
Members further discussed the location of the existing defibrillator in Biggin. Following the article in News and Views, the majority of responses received from members of the community and the members of the parish council seemed to favour of leaving the defibrillator at its present location, on Main Street. Concerns were again expressed about the possibility of vandalism if the defibrillator was relocated to the village hall.
17.11.9 Heathcote Mere Plinth and Interpretation Panel
Ranger Burrows had visited Mrs Bonsall. Pond dipping had taken place and the primary school children had now produced drawings. Mrs Bonsall had tried on a number of occasions to make contact by telephone with a person at Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA) without success. Mrs Bonsall also had the name of another interpretation panel designer as the first person has also not responded.
Resolved: The clerk to email the person whom Mrs Bonsall had tried to contact and to copy in the Chief Executive to ascertain why there has been no return phone calls to Mrs Bonsall.
On a separate note, persons unknown have placed memorial plaques on to the bench seats at Heathcote Mere without permission from the parish council. These plaques will not be authorised as no items of this nature should be affixed to the seats and the parish council would not like this to encourage others to be placed.
Resolved: The clerk to place an article in the next edition of News and Views to request that these be removed otherwise, the parish council will unfortunately remove them. The article will also advise that there is an official Remembrance Wall in the parish council cemetery for such a purpose; however, there is a charge to erect plaques in this location and the plaques have to be of a particular nature.
17.11.10 Items of account, salaries, grounds person, HMRC
|Cq 1001||G Tilson||November grounds man salary||£96.63|
|Cq 1002||S Hampson||November internet provision||£10.00|
|Cq 1003||S Hampson||November clerk’s salary||£179.19|
|Cq 1004||S Hampson||November Reimbursement of expenses||£9.24|
|Cq 1005||D Moss||Tree surgery work to date||£540.00|
17.11.10 Planning applications, planning sub-committee and appeals
New planning applications had been received for Newhaven Caravan park, 26 Drury Lane, Biggin and Croft Farm, Pikehall.
Resolved: to approve the application for a new female shower block at Newhven Caravan Park as it is a good idea for a separate block and the application for the variation or removal of condition 6 and 10.
Resolved: to approve the variation of condition 3 at Croft Farm.
Members discussed at length the application for a garden room at 26 Drury Lane. There was no design and access statement included within the pack, no information from Waterloo Housing or the purpose of the large garden room. Members queried if it was for a purpose games room to provide additional disabled facilities. The site location plan was also out of date omitting a number of rear conservatories on Drury Lane. Mrs Coles advised that she had personally been approached by the PDNPA regarding this proposal as a neighbouring property owner.
Resolved: To ask the planning officer concerned for further information and a copy of the design and access statement.
17.11.12 Remembrance Day service and road closure
Remembrance Sunday will be 12th November. Members discussed arrangements for the day and the official road closure. The local PCSO would not be in attendance. However, he had advised that his other colleagues had been advised of the road closure.
Resolved: Mrs McCurrach to be reimbursed for the cost of providing refreshment items.
17.11.13 Correspondence and communication
Correspondence included: DALC circulars, a thank you card from Mrs Griffiths who had recently resigned from the parish council. Derbyshire County Council (DCC) had still not addressed issues previously reported at back Lane, Newhaven footpath. DCC had advised that a job has been raised to repair street lights on Drury Lane but the date of the repair could not be provided. Mobile library services will take place on 29th November and 3rd January.
A Heathcote resident had forwarded another communication regarding his neighbour’s farm. The communication was another example of repeat and vexatious comments aimed at the owners of the farm, the parish council and the PDNPA. The parish council has previously resolved not to respond to the resident unless matters reported were entirely new in nature.
There is still a white caravan hidden in the wooded area at Newhaven.
Resolved: to report the caravan at Newhaven to the Enforcement Team at PDNPA for further investigation.
17.11.13 Items for the next agenda
Defibrillator, Heathcote Mere plinth and panel, tree surgery, outcome of Remembrance Day, additional items to be compiled by the clerk.
17.11.14 Date of next meeting
4th December 2017.
Part 2 Confidential Information
The meeting was declared closed at 9.15 pm
Hartington Nether Quarter Parish Council
16th November 2017
©Hartington Nether Quarter Parish Council minutes remain draft until approved by the parish council at the next meeting