Minutes of Council Meetings
   


MINUTES OF A MEETING OF FINNINGLEY PARISH COUNCIL HELD IN THE VILLAGE HALL, FINNINGLEY,
ON TUESDAY, 18th FEBRUARY 2014 AT 7:00 PM

 

PRESENT:

Cllrs R Johnson (Chairman), A Elder, Mrs I Batunas, B W Lifsey, D Lindley, Mrs M Lindley, E Tatton-Kelly
Mrs J Worthington, Clerk

IN ATTENDANCE:

1 resident

 

 

 

Prior to commencement of business a period of up to 15 minutes was allowed for Public Participation.

 

 

1

TO RECEIVE/ACCEPT APOLOGIES
All members present.

2

DECLARATIONS OF OTHER INTERESTS AND ANY UPDATES TO EXISTING MEMBERS’ INTERESTS
Cllr Mrs Batunas declared an interest in items 8 and 9
Cllr Johnson declared an interest in item 8
Cllr Lifsey declared an interest in item 9
Cllr Elder declared an interest in item 9
Cllrs D Lindley and Mrs M Lindley each declared an interest in item 17.

3

REPORT FROM WARD COUNCILLORS
No ward councillor present.

A resident had contacted the Clerk asking if DMBC has a Dogwatch scheme (ie getting dog walkers to play a positive role) in place in the borough.
RESOLVED to forward query to Mr S Racjan/ward members.

4

POLICING ISSUES
SNA Monthly Report received 1.1.14 to 31.1.14.
RESOLVED to contact SYPolice requesting police presence, ie local officers on the ground, from time to time.

5

TO APPROVE MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD 21 JANUARY
RESOLVED the minutes be approved as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

6

MATTERS ARISING FROM LAST MEETING
Response re Trinity Gate footpath and Blenheim Drive/Wellington Drive
DMBC advises discussions are ongoing between DMBC and David Wilson/Barratt representatives and the legal team. Cllr Tatton-Kelly advised that he had received a similar response following his enquiry.

Reply from Yorkshire Aggregates Ltd
Advice received that use of Wroot Road has fallen from 22 lorries to 2. Reason for remaining two is that drivers of these vehicles are residents in the parish and it is at their request. All drivers are under strict instruction to not travel down the residential area of Wroot Road.
The application to extend the Operators’ Licence is to have ability to increase the number of lorries which can operate in order to grow the business. The advert referred to also includes provision to keep the additional lorries at the Armthorpe Recycling Centre. It is the intention that any additional lorries would be kept at Armthorpe.

Refuse, Old Bawtry Road, adjacent Airport perimeter
DMBC will book a few hours with unpaid workers to cleanse the area.
There has been no written response from any of the three ward councillors despite two emails being sent. However, the Clerk advised she had mentioned this to one of the members in another forum and was advised clearance took place on 3 February. Members pointed out there is still litter in the bushes/hedges.
RESOLVED to contact DMBC asking if this could be cleared.

Refuse, land at rear of 57 Lower Pasture
DMBC Environmental Health has forwarded the photograph and information on to the relevant officer.
RESOLVED to request update.

Request to DMBC for organisation chart showing roles of officers for the ward
This has again been requested.

Closure of Residential Homes – DMBC
The Mayor forwarded a comprehensive response explaining the current situation. 90% currently commissioned from the independent sector. The proposal in the budget is for the Council to close its homes and provide the required residential care beds in Doncaster through these independent providers. Over the coming weeks meetings are to take place, and in the event of a decision to close homes this would be phased over an 18 month period from September 2014 until March 2016. The Mayor concludes by advising of the unprecedented financial situation faced by DMBC as a result of the Government’s funding cuts.
RESOLVED to thank the Mayor for such a comprehensive reply.

7

ISSUES RAISED BY RESIDENTS UNDER PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
Car Park, Joint Playing Field
Mr Hattersley pointed out that chippings are required in the car park.
RESOLVED that some members make personal contact with LaFarge.

8

ISSUES RELATING TO JOINT PLAYING FIELD
Update on further meeting at Civic Office to discuss s106 issues etc
Cllr Johnson attended the meeting on 12 February with the Officer concerned and reported on significant progress. S106 monies are in place and the SSAR has already been passed to DMBC.
With regard to a query that interest from s106 monies would be put into DMBC coffers, it was advised that, with £109m cuts which the Authority has to make, the s106 interest is an option. However the legality of this option is extremely complex and no decision has been made to date. The parish council will be informed of progress.

9

ISSUES RELATING TO VILLAGE HALL
Hirst Conservation has forwarded the analysis of paint on brickwork which states the current paint system is a modern vinyl type paint on underlying traditional lime washes, and the paints are not compatible. It is suggested the resin paint can be removed by the application of a non-caustic chemical paint stripper followed by steam cleaning which would also prepare the surface for further redecoration with lime wash. The company is happy to price for this work.
RESOLVED to ask if there is a charge for a quotation should it be decided to proceed.

10

ISSUES RELATING TO POND
The Clerk has forwarded an invoice to the Area Manager to claim from DMBC s106 monies for the recent pond project, in the sum of £17k.
Cllr Lifsey reported that the main cabinet is dry and he will continue to monitor.
RESOLVED to contact AES Europe for update regarding rating for the motor and asking how the new reed beds are progressing.

11

ALLOTMENTS PROVISION
Robin Hood Airport cannot support anything which brings wildlife attractants near to the airfield. It is its belief that there are large numbers of Rooks nearby and it is the desire to reduce the likelihood of there being more which might foreseeably endanger aircraft in flight. Members expressed disappointment with this response and the Chairman produced information relating to other similar activities within the area of the airport.
RESOLVED to advise the parish council would welcome a visit to the site if representatives of the airport have not already done so. Also to mention other sites which attract birds, including the Airport’s own nature reserve. Further discussion regarding all other facilities closer to the airport which are bird attractants, would be welcome.
RESOLVED to advise the owner of the proposed site, of the current situation.

12

FINANCIAL MATTERS
A) Approval of BIB payments
  13.89 Anglian Water (18.10.13 to 14.1.14 – Pond) BIB.152
264.00 Hirst Conservation (testing samples, Village Hall) BIB.153
  18.75 Mat & Mouse (IT services, jointly with BTC) BIB.155

B) Signing of cheques
£ 36.90 R Johnson (trav exps to York, Chairs’ Seminar) 100793

13

PLANNING ISSUES
a) 14/00173/PD Replace existing conservatory roof with lightweight tiled system and replace highlighted glass panels with brick work, Wild Orchard, Rectory Lane. (NB Planning Portal states a letter has been sent to applicant advising an application must be submitted as issue is not ‘permitted development’)

b) Planning application 13/00531/TIP Jedidah
DMBC advises that the application, due to be heard by committee in March, is the same as that originally submitted. Environment Agency had been contacted as it had concerns when the application was first to be considered by committee. However, these have been cleared and the Environment Agency is now content.
Members expressed concerns regarding the application and Cllr Lifsey has been in touch with residents who share the view.
RESOLVED that Cllr Lifsey will speak for 5 minutes at the Planning Committee meeting in March outlining all concerns raised.
RESOLVED to forward list of concerns to all members of the Planning Committee and ward members, requesting support due to the high level of objections contained on the Planning Portal website, also asking if a site visit could take place.

c) Old Bawtry Road It was pointed out that there appears to be a large number of construction vehicles at Heathfield House, Old Bawtry Road. Also at ‘Sandiago’ the empty property appears to be falling into disrepair and possibly intended for total demolition.
RESOLVED to advise Planning Dept of the above.

14

UPDATE RE REGISTRATION OF GREENS
RESOLVED to contact Messrs Warings again as it was stated information would be available in February.

15

PROTECTION OF BARN OWLS
Cllr Tatton-Kelly advised there are a number of these birds in trees around the Rectory. It is felt that measures could be taken to try and protect same. Website information is available in order to sign a petition. The birds eat vermin which have taken poison laid by farmers.
RESOLVED to highlight details of the on-line petition in the forthcoming Newsletter.

16

HIGHWAY ISSUES
Bawtry Road– Part of hedge blown down and blocking footpath has been reported to DMBC.
It was also reported there are deep potholes on highway near entrance to La Farge.
RESOLVED to report to DMBC.

Footpath, r/o St Oswalds trees rear of No 22 need to be inspected as may be in an unsafe condition.
RESOLVED to contact DMBC.

Wroot Road – It was reported that HGVs continue to use Wroot Road but the companies concerned are not known. This occurs mainly during mornings.
RESOLVED to contact DMBC Highways re this increased activity.

17

WEBSITE ISSUES
Cllr Lindley will upload the minutes of the January meeting.

18

TO RECEIVE AND NOTE CORRESPONDENCE
Finningley Post Office
Information re changes to the above and with regard to making any comments.
RESOLVED to contact new owner asking if he would agree to the siting of a parish notice board on the property, as used to be the case a few years ago, and if he would wish to fund or contribute towards this provision.

Network Rail/Cogitamus
Company advises of further works planned later in 2014 and suggests a second attendance at a parish council meeting, which would be in advance of another exhibition planned to take place in the village hall, for members of the public.
RESOLVED to respond that an open meeting may be welcomed on a Saturday in May and that a visit to the parish council could take place at its June meeting.

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TO CONFIRM DATE OF NEXT MEETING:
TUESDAY 18 MARCH 2014, TO FOLLOW ON FROM THE ANNUAL PARISH
MEETING AT 7PM VILLAGE HALL, FINNINGLEY

The meeting closed at 9.20pm.


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