MARHOLM PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

 

MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON 23rd JANUARY 2020

COMMENCED AT 7.00PM AND FINISHED AT 8.30PM

 

Present:

P Nuttall (Chairperson & Councillor)  G Haythornthwaite (Councillor & Honorary Clerk)    

Sean Elliott (Councillor) Sue Welch (Councillor)

            

8 residents from the village attended

  1. 1.Minutes of the last meeting

The minutes for the Parish Council Meeting on 28th November 2019 were agreed and signed as a true record of the meeting.

  1. 2.Paris Councillor vacancy

There is still a vacancy for a Parish Councillor, and it was agreed the council would continue as it is and promote the vacancy to find a replacement.

The vacancy is advertised, and we would encourage residents to consider joining the Parish Council and be part of making a difference for residents. Anyone that is interested should contact the Parish Clerk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  1. 3.Matters arising from the last Parish Council Meeting
  • ·Repair / restore village sign – the sign will be taken down on 25thJanuary by Tim Hawkins and Sean Elliott who has agreed to repair it.  A risk assessment will be completed before the sign is taken down to ensure any risks are identified and addressed. Linda Guy has confirmed she will repaint the sign once it has been repaired. The aim is to have the sign restored and back in place ahead of the re-dedication of the War Memorial on 23rd May 2020. 
  • ·Clean / replace the road name signs – the PCC have replaced 6 of the road signs that were in particularly bad condition. They have agreed to more later on and this will be chased up. Gillian Haythornthwaite
  • ·100thAnniversary of the dedication of the war memorial – the date is 23rd May 2020. The minutes of the meeting held on 3rd January 2020 were reviewed and agreed - Gillian Haythornthwaite
  • ·VETs – invoice for the service is being sent to us – Sue Welch
  • ·Defibrillator – new battery and pads have been ordered and invoice expected shortly – Sue Welch
  • ·Painting lamp posts to match – this needs to be chased up again. This has now been passed from the contractor back to the PCC – Gillian Haythornthwaite
  • ·Dark spot on Stamford Road – following the installation of the new lamppost near to the bus stop, this has created a dark spot on the other side of the road as the light does not spread as far with the new design. There is a need for additional lighting for people walking to and from the village hall. We are going to look into different options to resolve this Sean Elliottas well as ask Highways for an additional lamppost – Gillian Haythornthwaite
  • ·Additional road signage:
    • oHorse riders – agreed in principle and Highways are checking there is sufficient budget this year
    • oApproaching a 30mph zone sign- there are no designated signs for this, and they can’t use a system of repeater sign where there is street lighting
    • oHighways suggested that we change the electronic sign to one that flashes a message, but this would cost the village between £2500 to £3000. We already have one that flashes 30mph and the research suggests these signs have minimal impact
    • oCar hit a deer near the Crematorium – ask Highways for a “Beware of the Deer” sign - Gillian Haythornthwaite
  • ·Road maintenance – there are a number of flooding issues including blocked pipes under the roads, storm gullies that are not cleaned out regularly, mud on the road that need to be raised with the Highways department - Gillian Haythornthwaite
  • ·Old Remembrance Wreath’s – checking with the British Legion what is the procedure for removing the old ones - Gillian Haythornthwaite
  • ·Flying the flag – it has been noted that the flag has not always been raised on the designated days. Check with Anita if she still wants to do this – Sue Welch
  1. 4.Werrington Grade Separation

Request a further update on the project particularly if the timescales have been affected by the weather at our March 2020 meeting. Plus, is there is a possibility that a site tour could be arranged? – Gillian Haythornthwaite

If residents have any queries, then raise with the Parish Clerk and these will be passed to Rob Norman.

 

  1. 5.Rams Hill – dangerous section of road

We have received a response from Milton Estate, and they are looking at cutting back the hedges to improve the visibility around the bend.

We have not heard anything more about the 30mph limit being implemented and this will be chased up - Gillian Haythornthwaite

  1. 6.MPC Finances

Balance brought forward                         £5,868.74

            Precept                                               £0.00

            Bank Interest                                      £ 0.00

            Receipts Total                                     £ 0.00

            Expenditure                                        £ 239.64

Balance carried forward                           £5,629.10                                

            

  1. 7.Planning Applications
  • ·No planning applications have been received
  1. 8.“Best Kept Village” Projects

Discussion took place on future projects:

  • ·New Benches – it was agreed we would look at wood or cast-iron ones rather than plastic. In addition, we would not replace the one on Woodcroft Road as it is not used – Sue Welch
  • ·Cherry Tree on Walton Road needs pruning again – hiding the speed sign and has caused a lot of straw to be deposited on the road
  • ·Establish who is responsible for cutting the hedges in the village and then ask that in future the debris is not left on the footpaths - Gillian Haythornthwaite
  • ·Find out what the schedule of grass cutting is to align the litter pick timing
  • ·Old Playing Field – there is a meeting with the Lang Dyke Trust on turning this area into a nature reserve with trees and wildlife – Sue Welch
  • ·Dead Tree on the corner of Water End and Stamford Road – needs to be cut down and replaced - Gillian Haythornthwaite
  1. 9.Litter Pick
  • ·The next litter pick will be 14thMarch 2020 and the one after that will be 16th May 2020 at 10am at the Village Hall. The May litter pick will include washing and any maintenance need of the white gateways at the entrances to the village
  1. 10.AOB
  • ·Invitation to Richard Astle Chair of the Land Dyke Trust to the March Meeting – Sue Welch
  • ·Woodcroft Road Preventing Anti-Social Behaviour – The entrance to the field over the stone bridge on Woodcroft Road does not stop quad bikers from coming through the fields and down the road and creating a nuisance. It was agreed to raise the issue with Milton Estate in order to have the field gate replaced with a five-bar gate, install a kissing gate for the footpath and a small amount of fencing to close the gap up to the stream. The Highways department have confirmed they will provide the kissing gate. The Parish Council have agreed they will pay for the installation of the kissing gate and the new fencing, if Milton Estate pay for and install a new five-bar gate into the field - Gillian Haythornthwaite

Next meeting has been changed to 12th March 2020 at 7pm in the Village Hall.

If any Marholm Resident has something they would like to raise with the Parish Council, please Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.