held in the Village Hall on Monday 9 January 2012
Present:- Marshall Ferguson - chair, Ailsa Dempster, Andy Royle, Tim Fox, Mark Thompson, Paul Seaton, Matthew Moore, Terri Meechan, Mark Tooley and Abe Smith - PCSOs, Natasha Bell - Corby BC, John Hindle - clerk and 1 Member of the Public.
Apologies:- Stan Heggs - CC, Phil Bromhall
Mark Tooley - PCSO outlined the crime situation in the last month including two cases of theft and one of harassment. He informed councillors of the intention to continue the regular surgeries in the village where a PCSO is available to listen to villager's concerns. These will take place at Lydia's coffee shop by the village green.
Abe Smith explained that the PCSOs were under threat due to the austerity measures afflicting the County Council. He asked that all interested parties be aware of this and to email Louise Mensch MP and Northamptonshire County with notes of support for the work of the PCSOs.
The vehicle speed indicator operating until recently on Station Road will be replaced shortly. The indicator includes data from vehicles travelling in both directions and was considered a qualified success in making drivers aware of the limits.
Natasha Bell from Corby BC undertook a short presentation on the intention to give all households a bin for food waste with a smaller bin for use in the kitchen. This initiative is designed to reduce still further the refuse going to landfill. The food waste will be held in degradable bags and composted by council operatives. The expected start date is June/July of this year.
Chairman reminded councillors to declare an interest where appropriate.
The Minutes of the Meeting on 12th December 2011 were deemed to be a true record and duly signed.
Anglian Water will inspect the situation relating to surface water on Corby Road on 12th January.
Parking on High Street and Kirby Road is being made worse by contractor's vehicles employed by Grace Homes.
It is agreed that details of four areas in the village will be forwarded to Fields in Trust. These are the village green, recreation ground, Pick playing field and Pocket Park.
The condition of the road signs on Southfield Road and Fulwell Avenue will be referred to Corby BC.
The specification for the resurfacing of the Sports club car park has been sent to interested contractors. Council will prepare an application for match funding from Section 106 cash.
The lights on the MUGA are working well. There will be a Friends of Gretton Recreation Ground committee meeting on 10th January to arrange key holders.
Rob. Mc.Kellar to be contacted with reference to progress on the Latimer Close situation.
Letter from Mel Jarvis reporting on the Tree Inspection course he attended.
Letter from Mike Knight of the Milestone Society complimenting the village on its signposting and drawing attention to necessary refurbishment of certain examples. Corby BC to be consulted.
Letter from Gretton Village Hall asking for a team for the Village Quiz.
Note from concerned residents that dog fouling is a real problem on the footpaths and rights of way locally. Council is aware that the waste bin at the top of Southfield Road is no longer in situ and various departments at Corby BC will be consulted in an attempt to alleviate this grossly anti-social problem.
Parish Council Minutes from Cottingham and E. Carlton
Rural Area Forum Minutes of 15th December 2011
Rockingham Forum Minutes of 30th November 2011 including the Noise Management Plan
CPRE Fieldwork Magazine
Clerks and Councils DIRECT Magazine
The Street Party Jubilee Committee will meet on 12th January.
Benches will be placed around the MUGA and Adventure playground. Discussion ensued about the possibility of a bench to mark the Jubilee. Also the question of a village sign was raised on the Cottingham model. Clerk to investigate.
Whilst the contractors were installing the MUGA they damaged an underground sewer that had not been previously identified by Anglian Water despite the pre-construction enquiries that had been made. The costs of repair have not yet been clarified but it is considered that the Parish Council and Friends of Gretton Recreation Ground should not be liable. It is expected that any costs should be covered by the contractor's insurance policy.
The new rail alongside the MUGA and car park is covered by the grant and will be in place around May of this year. Community Spaces has offered the £10,000 grant sought for extra items in connection with the MUGA. This includes support for a community funday and a possible date for this is 2nd July when the Olympic Torch comes through Corby.
Play equipment for the under 5s has been made into a specification and quotes are requested.
11/00463/DPA 2 storey extension to rear and side of 17, Kirby Road
12/00001/DPA Construction of a timber shed at 1, Craxford Road
No observations on either scheme.
Current balance £25,821.29
Teamwork Sports and Trophies - MUGA 312.00
Fehnert PLC - insurance premium for MUGA 922.04
Gretton Village Hall - rent for 2011 210.00
Potholes are observed in three areas of the village ie Southfield Road, High Street by the Post Office and in Finch Hatton Drive by Woolston Court. Street Doctor to be informed.
Any Other Business:-
Repairs to the damaged lampstand at the top of Clay Lane will be completed shortly.
There is a Pub Survey circulating by email inviting comments on village hostelries. No consultation has been undertaken with the owners/managers involved.
Date of next Meeting will be Monday 13th February at 7.30pm in the Village Hall
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