Prior to commencement of business a period of up to 15 minutes
was allowed for Public Participation.
TO RECEIVE/ACCEPT APOLOGIES
|DECLARATIONS OF OTHER INTERESTS AND ANY UPDATES TO EXISTING MEMBERS’
Cllr Johnson declared an interest in item 8.
Cllr MrsBatunas declared an interest in items 8 and 9
Cllr Elder declared an interest in item 9.
Cllr Lifsey declared an interest in item 9.
Cllrs D Lindley &Mrs M Lindley declared interests in item 20.
REPORT FROM WARD COUNCILLORS
Cllr Mrs Schofield gave an update when she attended the Planning
Committee meeting and had requested to speak against approval of
Application 13/00531/TIP. (Application was approved, see item 14a).
She advised that the number of councillors at DMBC is expected to
be reduced from 63 to 54 but, to date, no official confirmation
has been received. Also discussions are taking place with the Boundary
Commission involving changes to ward boundaries and a decision is
expected shortly. DMBC ward member elections which are due to take
place in May 2014 will mean that the successful candidates will
only serve for 1 year, ie until May 2015. As from May 2015 elections
for the whole council and Mayor will be held at the same time on
a 4 yearly cycle.
Cllr Mrs Schofield gave an update on her suggestion for an area
of land at the former quarry on Thorne Road to be utilised as a
nature reserve. She is in touch with various organisations as to
how to progress the issue and will advise when further information
is to hand. Members indicated that they supported the suggestion.
The Chairman thanked the councillor for speaking at the recent
Planning meeting and for her attendance at the parish council meeting.
New initiative Crime & Community Safety Lead Member for Local
YLCA advise of the appointment of Crime and Community Safety Lead
Member for Local Councils in South Yorks. This is a new initiative
open for interested persons to become involved.
RESOLVED to discuss at the April parish council meeting.
SNT monthly report for February received together with Shift Pattern
from November 2013 to end 2014. An officer will be present at the
May parish council meeting.
|TO APPROVE MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD 18 FEBRUARY
RESOLVED the minutes of the last meeting be approved as a true record
and signed by the Chairman.
MATTERS ARISING FROM LAST MEETING
Dog Watch system
DMBC advises there is no such scheme in the Borough but if the resident
concerned wished to set up a group, then support would be given.
The Clerk has advised the resident accordingly.
Litter, Old Bawtry Road
Mr Racjan, DMBC, advised the unpaid workers cleansed the area on
Refuse - land at r/o 57 Lower Pasture
DMBC officer visited on 31 January and spoke with owner of the bumper
business who has relocated but did admit the bumpers had been moved
about, although subsequently removed.
Chart received from DMBC showing local officers/responsibilities
– circulated to all members.
Response from DMBC Planning re properties at Old Bawtry Road
DMBC advise it has not been made aware of any activities/demolition.
Tree blown down over footpath, Bawtry Road
DMBC officer had taken photographs and relevant team has now removed
Potholes, Bawtry Road, near to entrance of Lafarge
DMBC has allocated no 73818 to the complaint which has been forwarded
Footpath, r/o St Oswalds, inspection of trees
Tree Officer has raised ticket to remove windblown tree and also
for tidy up work along the pathway to be implemented.
Wroot Road, increased activity, HGVs
DMBC is issuing works for advisory 20mph speed limit during school
start/finish times but cannot advise of timescales as is dependent
on when an electrical supply can be provided. Whilst this will not
prevent HGVs using Wroot Road as they are entitled so to do, it
will encourage drivers to travel at the lower speed as well as raising
awareness that pupils and parents will be in the vicinity.
Finningley Post Office, suggestion for notice board siting
RESOLVED to discuss further when development commences.
Network Rail/Cogitamus attendance at Parish Council/public meeting
|ISSUES RAISED BY RESIDENTS UNDER PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
A resident asked if members could visit the Abbey Fields area during
the next Highways & Footpaths patrol. The chairman advised that
all areas are covered during these visits including Abbey Fields.
It was agreed that a Patrol would be organised in the near future.
|ISSUES RELATING TO JOINT PLAYING FIELD
S106 Monies – Interest DMBC advises with the £109m cuts
the Council is exploring multiple ways of identifying savings the
s106 interest is an option, but the legality of this option is extremely
complex so no decision has yet been made. The parish council will
|ISSUES RELATING TO VILLAGE HALL
Messrs Hirst Conservation advise a price per sqmetre per application
to remove modern paints can be provided and one should suffice. However
there would need to be protection of adjacent surfaces, windows etc
in addition. If in the area the company will call and have a look
without incurring any fee. Images with overall measurements are requested
which would allow them to provide budget figures.
Cllr Lindley was thanked for taking photographs as was Cllr Elder
for taking measurements.
RESOLVED this information be forwarded to MessrsHirst Conservation
with a request for a price for cleaning.
|ISSUES RELATING TO POND
Update from AES Europe
RESOLVED to advise AES Europe that the issue of the rating
of the pump motor is now resolved, but an update is required on when
the new reed beds will be available for planting.
Section 106 Monies
Area Manager is processing payment but asks for clarification re ‘procurement’,
ie what procurement activity was carried out by the parish council
for the work at the pond.
The Clerk advised she has sought clarification from the Area Manager
as to exactly what information he requires.
Robin Hood Airport reiterates safety of aircraft is of paramount importance
and will not support anything which gives rise to an increased likelihood
of a bird strike.
Cllr Lifsey advised – as a resident – he had a recent
meeting with officials at the Airport which was most helpful. He was
given the contact details of a company which could assist in negotiations
between the airport and the parish council.
RESOLVED to get in touch with the company for further information
and to ask for costings with regard to the service provided.
A) Approval of BIB payments
|| NPower (pond)
|| C Hampson (Newsletter printing)
|| YLCA (Chairman’s course at York –
|| Communicorp (Clerk/Councils Direct, renewal)
|| Open Spaces Society (membership renewal)
| Subscription renewal, Open Spaces Society
Subscription renewal, Clerks & Councils Direct
RESOLVED to continue with the subscriptions for both of the above.
|TO DISCUSS FINAL DRAFT FOR NEW STANDING ORDERS
All members were circulated with copies of the draft standing orders
as per advice from YLCA.
RESOLVED these be adopted with effect from 1 April 2014.
a) Update from Cllr Lifsey following his presentation to the Planning
Committee on 4 March, 13/00531/TIP
Cllr Lifsey gave a report on the meeting when he addressed the Planning
Committee and highlighted the concerns of residents and the parish
council. However, the Planning Committee had approved the application
and a site meeting was not suggested.
Cllr Johnson advised that although approval had been given, nonetheless
the various stringent conditions put forward by the Planning Officers
were approved by Committee.
A vote of thanks was given to Cllr Lifsey for his hard work in this
b) Bury Farm Development S106 officer has spoken with SYPTE and it
has been confirmed that the invoice for the Travelmaster bus passes
to David Wilson Homes was raised in January. However, this has not
yet been paid. DMBC will chase this payment and once received a bus
pass will be issued to every resident on site.
c) Ash Holt Site – Car parts business
It was reported that a potential environmental issue exists at the
business where vehicles are demolished/exported etc as there is glass
inside, and outside, on the ground. Also various liquids are present
on the floor/ground, e.g. oil etc, could be entering the water table.
RESOLVED to bring the concerns to the attention of DMBC Environmental
|REPORT ON PC JCC MEETING HELD 11.3.14
Cllr Johnson attended and reported thereon, notes having been circulated
to all members.Cllr Lifsey thanked the Chairman for an interesting
|UPDATE RE REGISTRATION OF GREENS
MessrsWarings have been requested to deal with the issue prior to
the meeting, in view of the fact that funds for solicitors’
fees are included in this and next year’s budget.
RESOLVED to approve the decision by the clerk in retrospect.
|TO CONSIDER MANAGEMENT OF TREES IN THE VILLAGE
It was felt that the trees in the village should be monitored for
any work required, particularly those on the village greens.
RESOLVED initially to attend to the willow trees and other trees surrounding
the pond and to invite contractors to meet with Cllrs Johnson, Elder,
Lifsey and Mrs Lindley on site to discuss work required.
|COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY
Information from YLCA circulated to all members – this matter
was also discussed at the PC JCC meeting. DMBC has no plans to introduce
the Levy at the present time. Cllr Lifsey’s comment about the
proposed differential in distribution of Levy to parish councils with/without
a Neighbourhood Plan was noted.
Wroot Road/Bank End Road
RESOLVED to bring to DMBC’s attention repairs which are required
to the surface at this location and also hedgerows which protrude
onto the highway.
Grassed triangle near pond
It was pointed out that kerbing stones have been laid separating a
resident’s driveway from the triangle access road.
RESOLVED that Cllr Lifsey discusses this matter with the resident
Cllr Lindley will upload the February minutes, together with the March
newsletter, onto the council’s website.
TO RECEIVE AND NOTE CORRESPONDENCE
Consultation on Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations
Closing date for comments was by 6 March. No comments were submitted
by the parish council. Website to view the Act/Regulations is:
S.40 of the Act gives power to the Secretary of State to make regulations
about filming and use of social media at council meetings and recording
of decisions taken by councils.
DMBC to undertake extensive consultation and ask for views from
consultees re long term and short term housing related priorities.
RESOLVED to note the information.
Local Audit and Accountability Act – DCLG Update
Information re closure of Audit Commission and in its place is created
a new Framework for Local Audit, ie parish councils can themselves
decide how to procure their own audit services from 2017.
RESOLVED to note the information.
Repeal of s150(5) of LGA 1972
Information received that the Govt will shortly be making an announcement
repealing the statutory requirement for 2 elected members to sign
cheques and other orders for payment. Consequently financial regulations
are in the process of being revised and will be issued in the very
RESOLVED to discuss at April meeting as the Clerk advised further
information will be available from YLCA in order to carry out the
usual annual review of Financial Regulations.
Track, r/o St Oswald’s Close
The Finningley Village Community Group has contacted DMBC re ownership
of the above track.
RESOLVED to note the information.
Highway Maintenance work, junction of Wroot Road/Bank End Road
to the quarry
Wroot Parish Council asks if Finningley members would be prepared
to attend a meeting with Wroot Parish Councillors and DMBC Officers,
as maintenance work is required at this location.
RESOLVED to advise that members would be pleased to attend
and also Finningley PC has raised the issue.
TO CONFIRM DATE OF NEXT MEETING:
TUESDAY, 15 APRIL 2014, AT 7 PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL, FINNINGLEY.
The meeting closed at 9.20pm.