- Councillor Mrs M. Gilbert (Chair)
- Councillor J. Wheatley
- Councillor Mrs S. Wheatley
- Councillor J. Wilton
- Councillor K. Harrison
- Councillor Mrs E. Harrison
- Councillor K. Rigby
- Councillor D Mason
- Councillor Mrs L. Ball (Broxtowe Borough Council)
- Mr Simon Pepper (Member of the Public)
Mrs S.M. Bircumshaw
39/23 Apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Ms L. Hopkin, Councillor D. Keating, Councillor Mrs S. Keating, Councillor D. Pringle (Broxtowe Borough Council), Councillor J. McGrath (Nottinghamshire County Council) and PCSO P. Keeley (Police).
40/23 Declaration of Interest
There were no Declarations of Interest made.
41/23 Minutes of the last meeting
The Minutes of the meeting held on 21st March 2023 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.
42/23 Public participation
Mr Simon Pepper was welcomed to the meeting. As of next month Simon will become a full member of the Parish Council.
43/23 Police report
There was no Police Report. Councillor Mason reported that there have been several attempted break-ins of garages/sheds on Awsworth Lane/Cossall Marsh.
44/23 County Councillor’s report
There was no County Councillor’s Report
45/23 Borough Councillor’s report
Councillor Mrs Ball advised that she would have to leave the meeting when the matter of the new housing development is discussed, due to the forthcoming election. Councillor Mrs Ball reported that she has spoken to local residents and is very concerned about the traffic access problems created by the new development.
As no response has been received from the email sent to the Borough Council regarding an updated map of Tree Preservation Orders, Councillor Mrs Ball will chase this up. There are a worrying number of residents asking to cut trees back/down and we want to make certain that no trees have been missed from having a preservation order – we need to know which trees are protected and which are not.
Cllr Mrs Ball to enquire about a TPO map
It was reported that, at present, only one refuse bin sticker is being sent out to residents but there is an assurance that others will follow in due course.
7.45pm Standing Orders commenced
46/23 Items for discussion
a) Church matters
Nothing to discuss.
b) Footpaths and pavements
Replies have been received regarding last month’s matters.
The stump remaining from the missing bench on Mill Lane will be removed and a new bench will be fitted in its place.
The broken handrail on the path off Coronation Road is not under Helen Spencer’s jurisdiction, so we will contact Chris Riley and also the Canal River trust, to see if they manage these steps up to the canal.
Contact Chris Riley
The matter of the broken fence on Dead Man’s Elbow – this has been mended.
Standing Orders suspended at 7.49pm – Standing Orders re-instated at 8.01pm
Nothing has been heard regarding the removal of the graffiti on the bridge. Simon Pepper will have a look to see if it is still there, it was suggested that maybe the graffiti is not on Broxtowe’s side of the boundary.
We have been informed that although the rise up/down on the road hump on Church Lane is more gentle, the actual hump is the same size as before. We will ask the County Councillors again to review the situation.
Contact NCC Councillors re: speeding traffic
An acknowledgement has been received regarding the report of the blocked drains between lamp posts 21 and 22 on Church Lane but nothing has been heard since. This will be reported to Councillor McGrath again.
Report again to Cllr McGrath
It was reported that there is standing water round the bend – beyond the elbow – all the way into Trowell. Councillor Mason will sort this out.
Cllr Mason to sort out
In future both County Councillors will be contacted regarding problems which arise in the parish.
It was suggested that a welcoming letter be delivered to the residents of the properties which will be moving into the parish on 4th May, which will also include an invitation to the Coronation Event. All were in agreement with this. There will just be a single page newsletter this time.
Cllrs Rigby & Mrs Gilbert to sort out
Councillors Wheatley and Mrs Gilbert were interviewed by ITV, which was televised last Wednesday. Apparently the application still needs Listed Building Consent and it has come to light that some consultees have been missed from the consultation by Broxtowe Borough Council’s planning department.
Standing Orders suspended at 8.21pm – Standing Orders re-instated at 8.26pm
f) Additional defibrillator/bleed control kit
Response has been received to Councillor Mrs Gilbert’s email regarding the drop box on The Glebe, unfortunately advising that the box does not belong to Royal Mail. Another suitable site will need to be located. It was suggested that a defibrillator and bleed control kit could be mounted at the back of the notice board outside The Gardeners. If we erect a separate post (other than just inside a private property) we will need permission from County Council, so an existing site would be beneficial. This will be discussed again in June for a newsletter item, maybe asking for volunteers to have a post put just inside their garden.
g) Neighbourhood Plan update
Broxtowe Borough Council has not been able to do anything further due to the run-up of elections. Tom Genway will proceed with appointing an examiner as soon as possible.
The bunting will be put up at 3pm on Friday 5th May. The event will start at 10.30am on Saturday 6th May so 9.30am start to get things ready. Councillor Wheatley will get the television sorted out and the entertainment will perform various numbers through the decades of Charles’s life.
Councillor Harrison reported that a copy of Alltake – the Spring magazine For Church Hall levelling up/Regeneration Bill – has been issued.
A Government Emergency Alert will be sent to all mobile phones at 3pm on Sunday 23rd April – this will be a test alert.
Councillor Harrison will send the link regarding the Volunteers Week to the Clerk for distribution to all councillors.
j) TPO’s (Tree Preservation Orders)
Still awaiting an updated copy of the map.
An email has been received from Patricia Hughes regarding her Fritchley ancestors who were first in Cossall in around 1743. Councillor Mrs Gilbert will send copy of email to Councillors Wheatley and Harrison so they can help with the history.
48/23 Planning applications
Application regarding a barn on the edge of the parish – don’t trust that this is going to be changed to a Straw Store. It was proposed and seconded and all were in favour that an objection be raised.
Avant Homes Development – there has been a recent meeting with the developers and Councillors from both Cossall and Awsworth Parish Councils which was fairly good. There seems to be some passive objectors on Newtons Lane. There will be 2 lorries per hour, which should be working 8am-6pm daily but there is video evidence that work is starting just after 7am. Also, the road has been left in a bad state with a lot of mud, even though the developers had agreed to keep it clean.
The date for the next meeting is 10th May at 12 noon. Councillors Harrison, Mrs Harrison and Mason will attend.
The Gardeners Inn – A lot has been going on behind the scenes to save The Gardeners Inn. The “Friends of the Gardeners” group are looking into applying for an Asset of Community Value for the building and there has been lengthy communication with the Plunkett Foundation. People have offered to give money towards a community purchase of the pub, and trades have offered free work. The Parish Council has been approached to help with an application for an Asset of Community Value. While the Councillors are sympathetic to the possibility of a good family friendly pub on the site, they felt that more information is required regarding funding and commitment. If this was insufficient for the project to succeed the building could be left derelict if it had an ACV
We need to find out what we are being charged for electricity for the Church floodlights. The Clerk is having problems checking online account, even though the sign in is different it goes straight through to Clerk’s personal account. The Clerk will send latest information to Councillor Mason who will look into this.
The Clerk to send information to Cllr Mason
50/23 Accounts for payment
The following accounts were approved for payment
|Mrs S. Bircumshaw – Clerk’s Salary/Sim Card & Credit/Drinks for Coronation Event||£511.12|
|Cossall PCC – Room Hire (18/4/23)||£35.00|
|Mr R Heard – Website Administration||£45.00|
|Mr C. Gilbert – Coronation Invites/Church Hall Clean||£71.20|
|Mrs M. Gilbert – Insurance for Coronation Events||£48.53|
|Mr J. Wheatley – Coronation Event items||£113.04|
|Community Chest – Open Gardens Donation||£275.00|
|BHIB – Annual Insurance||£358.57|
|Eats n Treats – Coronation Buffet Balance||£495.00|
|Bank Charges and Fees||£8.00|
|EON – Direct Debit – Church Floodlights||£104.91|
|Income since 21/3/23|
|Balances @ Bank – March 2023|
|Balances @ Bank – April 2023|
51/23 Date and time of next meeting
The next meeting of the Parish Council, will be held on Tuesday 16th May 2023, commencing at 7.30pm in the Church Hall.
The meeting closed at 10.00pm.