Minutes of Council Meetings
   


MINUTES OF A MEETING OF FINNINGLEY PARISH COUNCIL HELD IN THE VILLAGE HALL, FINNINGLEY,
ON TUESDAY, 20th JANUARY 2015 AT 7:00 PM

 

PRESENT:

Cllrs R Johnson (Chairman), A Elder, Miss C Clayborn, B Lifsey, Mrs M Lindley, D Lindley
Mrs J Leighton-Eshelby – Clerk

IN ATTENDANCE:

Mr Pat Hagan – Head of Services (Communities) DMBC
3 Residents

 

 

 

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

 

Mr Hattersley reported that the problem with moles on the perimeter of the playing field has increased and that he will be monitoring the situation and seeking further advice.

 

 

1

RECEIVE PRESENTATION FROM PAT HAGAN – HEAD OF SERVICES (COMMUNITIES) DMBC
Pat Hagan advised that DMBC has been required to make significant budget cuts to the Communities Service amounting to £361k in 2014/15 with a further £350k of cuts in 2015/16.
He gave an overview of the Communities Service restructure proposals including DMBC’s intention to maintain a smaller neighbourhood service focusing on fewer priorities and supporting the communities to do much more for themselves. The Parish Council then spoke to Pat about their concerns with the restructure.

 

The Chairman advised that the Parish Council has received a letter of resignation from Isabel Batunas with immediate effect.
RESOLVED to contact DMBC regarding the casual vacancy. CLERK

2

TO AGREE ITEMS TO WHICH THE PUBLIC AND PRESS SHOULD BE EXCULDED UNDER THE PUBLIC BODIES (ADMISSIONS TO MEETING) ACT 1960
RESOLVED that the public and press be excluded from item 19a and b.

3

TO RECEIVE/ACCEPT APOLOGIES - None

4

DECLARATIONS OF OTHER INTERESTS AND ANY UPDATES TO EXISTING MEMBERS’ INTERESTS
Cllr R Johnson declared an interest in Item 11
Cllr A Elder declared interests in Items 11 and 12
Cllr Miss C Clayborn declared an interest in Item 15
Cllr Mrs M Lindley declared an interest in Item 23
Cllr D Lindley declared an interest in Item 23
Cllr B Lifsey declared an interest in Item 12

5

POLICING ISSUES
No SNT/SNA report received for October.
Wooden gates reported stolen from a property and theft from a car at Gatesbridge Park.

6

REPORT FROM WARD COUNCILLORS
No ward member present.

7

TO DISCUSS ANY ISSUES RAISED UNDER PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
No items raised.

8

TO APPROVE MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD 16.12.14
RESOLVED the minutes be approved as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

9

MATTERS ARISING FROM LAST MEETING FOR NOTING
Response from DMBC re Wellington Drive (Formerly Trinity Gate) footpath
It was noted that the Wellington Drive road sign was still propped up against a tree.
RESOLVED to write to Richard Purcell – Head of Development (DMBC) and ask for a meeting to discuss this further. CLERK

Footpath top of St Oswald’s Close to Church Gate
It was noted that the footpath has still not been cleared despite the clerk chasing this up with DMBC.
RESOLVED to continue to chase DMBC. CLERK

Smell Nuisance
The clerk advised that she has spoken to the Environment Agency and is awaiting a response from Jo Ball – Environment Officer.
RESOLVED to chase smell monitoring equipment and the director’s details for Yorkshire Horticultural Supplies Limited. CLERK

Parish Council Noticeboard
It was noted that the clerk had spoken to the Postmaster and she advised of the options available.
RESOLVED that Cllrs R Johnson and A Elder will speak to the Postmaster.

Cllr A Elder advised that the village hall noticeboard is leaking due to the deterioration of the rubber seal.
RESOLVED that Cllr Elder will carry out a temporary repair once the weather warms up as the glue will not work in cold weather.

Litter at airport viewing area, Old Bawtry Road
No further update.
It was noted that the litter bin is nearly full and that the litter is beginning to accumulate again.

Thoughts on offsetting “double taxation”
The alternative ways of mitigating “double taxation” were discussed and it was agreed that the only viable option was Help in Kind i.e inclusion in purchasing contracts for goods (e.g paper, ink etc) and inclusion in/access to relevant training.
RESOLVED that Cllr R Johnson will provide feedback to the Chairman of the Charter Working Group, Cllr Duncan Wright.

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MANAGEMENT OF TREES IN VILLAGE
The Chairman reported that tree work had been carried out at the pond, bus shelter/green and the Glebe area by Viking Trees as agreed and that he was happy with the work that had been done.
It was noted that the willow tree at the Glebe is badly diseased and that further work will need to be carried out on trees that are fouling telephone wires/telegraph poles and on trees at the pond.
RESOLVED that an ongoing tree management programme is required.

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ISSUES RELATING TO JOINT PLAYING FIELD
Update from Cllr R Johnson
The Chairman advised that the clerk to Blaxton Parish Council had received a positive response from HMRC with regard to the VAT recovery and that the YLCA had advised that is was acceptable for either one Parish Council (Finningley or Blaxton) ora joint council to oversee the Pavilion project.
It was noted that new plans for the Pavilion were to be reviewed by the Playing Fields Association and that these would be discussed further at the February PC meeting with a view to progressing this further.

Playing Fields Dog Control Order
No further update

12

ISSUES RELATING TO VILLAGE HALL
Outside renovation to building
RESOLVED to write to both Hirst Conservation and Bonsers to confirm their quote and that they are happy for a local company to provide the required scaffolding with a view to reducing the costs. CLERK

Funding
No further update

13

POND ISSUES
The clerk advised that AES had carried out a visit on 23rd December and added five bags of Siltex to the pond. It was also noted that they had examined the planting, decided to leave the staging in place and carried out repairs whilst on site.
Cllr D Lindley reported that the pump had been switched off as requested and it was agreed that Cllrs R Johnson and A Elder would remove the pump for the winter season.

Npower Fixed-term contract
No further update.

14

TYPE OF SURFACE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR GREEN AREA ADJACENT VILLAGE POND
Cllrs R Johnson and B Lifsey to continue to liaise with residents on this.

15

ALLOTMENTS PROVISION
Update was given by Cllr B Lifsey.

16

RESPONSE TO COMMUNITIES AREA TEAM SERVICE REVIEW
RESOLVED to submit the following comments as drafted by the clerk:

• The Parish Council is already frustrated about the difficulties in communication with DMBC, particularly in getting responses to requests for action, and believe that these changes will make matters worse.

• There was no consultation with the Parish Council prior to the proposals being formulated and the council believes that Parish Councils in general were not considered as part of the final recommendations, e.g. 1+4 officers to cover Area 6 with 12 Parish Councils and 1+4 officers to Area 3 with no Parish Councils. We are concerned that we will get no “officer time” to deal with matters important to the village.

• As a result, more services will need to be provided locally which will inevitably increase the precept and lead to increasing “double taxation”.

17

FEEDBACK ON DRAFT RIGHTS OF WAY IMPROVEMENT PLAN
RESOLVED to submit the following comment:
The Parish Council are in support of the policy in principle but have some concerns re the South Yorkshire Local Transport Plan and the relevance to the rights of way in Doncaster.

18

FINANCIAL MATTERS
To approve BIB transactions
363.88 J Leighton-Eshelby (January Salary & Mileage) BIB.202
  15.52 DMBC (Litter Bin Emptying) BIB.203
131.47 DMBC (Dog Bin Emptying) BIB.204
720.00 Viking Trees (Tree Work) BIB.205
  11.22 Anglian Water (Duck Pond) BIB.206

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Precept for 2015/16
RESOLVED that the precept for 2015/16 would be £23,747 (Funding Requirement £24,562 less the grant from DMBC of £815) and the precept form to be returned to DMBC.

 

PLANNING ISSUES

a) 11 Acre site/36 Acre Field - responses from Planning Dept & Ward Members
Update given by Cllr B Lifsey.

b) 13/00531/TIP, inert waste transfer station, Bank End Road
Update given by Cllr B Lifsey.

c) Application 14/02993/FUL Erection of detached house with integral garage following partial demolition of 5 Ashley Court garage & new detached garage for 5 Ashley Court at rear of Melbrooke House, Ashley Court, Finningley. No Objections

d) Application 15/00025/FUL Erection of extension to front of airport terminal at Doncaster Robin Hood Airport, First Avenue, Auckley, Doncaster. No Objections

e) Application 13/01520/OUTM Outline application for the erection of 44 residential dwellings and conversion of barn building to residential dwelling on approx. 1.60ha of land following demolition of existing industrial buildings.
Update given by Cllr Lifsey and RESOLVED to contact DMBC CLERK
RESOLVED to suspend Standing Order 3W to allow time for the remainder of business to be concluded.

20

UPDATE FROM DMBC TREE OFFICER FOR SOME TREES AT R/O GATESBRIDGE PARK TO BE COVERED BY PRESERVATION ORDERS
No further update.

21

UPDATE RE REGISTRATION OF GREENS
Cllr B Lifsey requested further time to look into this.

22

HIGHWAY ISSUES
Concern was raised regarding lorries exiting the Yorkshire Aggregates site without due caution. RESOLVED to contact Yorkshire Aggregates and request that a stop sign is installed for vehicles coming off the site. CLERK

RESOLVED to chase Highways re the 20mph signs promised for outside school. CLERK

23

WEBSITE ISSUES
Clerk to forward the December minutes to Cllr Lindley for uploading and also to Cllr Miss C Clayborn to put on noticeboard.

24

TO RECEIVE AND NOTE CORRESPONDENCE
RESOLVED to circulate to members in the usual manner.

Finningley Village Community Group
30mph wheelie bin stickers – Letter received re proposal for the group to purchase initial 100 x 30mph stickers for distribution to residents on the main road through the village and on Wroot Road.
RESOLVED to write back and advise that the Parish Council have no objections in principle providing that the group are aware of the legal position.

Village Green Lighting
Request received for lighting to be provided around the village green area.
RESOLVED to put this on the February agenda for further discussion.

Christmas Lighting
Two letters of thanks received for Councillors B Lifsey and D Lindley for all their assistance.
RESOLVED to note.

North East Bassetlaw Community Liaison Group
Invitation to attend their next meeting on Thursday 29th January.
RESOLVED that Cllr R Johnson will attend and report back at next meeting.

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TO CONFIRM DATE OF NEXT MEETING:
17th FEBRUARY AT 7 PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL

 

The meeting closed at 10.25pm

 

 

 

Chairman: ………………………………………………..