Town Council Meeting 30 November 2018

Town Council Meeting 30 November 2018

Carnegie Centre, Warren Avenue, Stapleford, Notts


Cllr A Britton (A)

Cllr R Browne (Chair)

Cllr C Bollen (A)

Cllr R Darby (A)

Cllr D Grindell

Cllr P Ensor (A)

Cllr S Ensor (A)

Cllr J Goold

Cllr A Hull (A)

Cllr B Hull (A)

Cllr I Lawton

Cllr J Longdon

Cllr R MacRae

Cllr J McGrath

Cllr D Pearson

Cllr C Rice (A)

Cllr S Roome

Cllr J Townend

In Attendance Isobel Greenhalgh (Town Clerk ) Kim O’Keefe (Assistant)

95/2019 Apologies for absence

Apologies for absence were received from:-

Cllr A Britton, Cllr C Bollen, Cllr P Ensor , Cllr S Ensor, Cllr B Hull, Cllr B Hull, Cllr C Rice

96/2019 Declarations of interest

Councillors: R Darby, Mrs J Goold, J Longdon, C Rice and R MacRae declared an interest in any discussion relating to Broxtowe Borough Council by dint of their status as serving Councillors on Broxtowe Borough Council.

J Longdon declared an interest in any discussion relating to Nottingham County Council by dint of his status as a serving Councillor on Nottingham County Council.

Councillors J Goold, R Darby, D Grindell, J Townend declared an interest in any discussion relating to allotments.

97/2019 Minutes of the Town Council Meeting held on 7 September 2018

The Minutes of the Town Council Meeting held on 7 September 2018 were approved and signed .

98/2019 Actions from previous minutes

  • 82/2019 Lloyds Bank

The response from Lloyds Bank had been received and basically it was agreed that the Bank had a complete disregard to the people of Stapleford. It was sad that they had not listened. The bus service to Beeston had been reduced to a bus every hour not half hourly. Councillor McGrath had been in touch with ACAS who said they would be in touch with the staff from Lloyds regarding their employment.

  • 85/2019 Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places

The Town Clerk informed the meeting of the reply to her letter sent to Broxtowe Borough Council :-

‘Thank you for your comments regarding various ward boundaries in Stapleford.  Unfortunately, the current review can only deal with changes to polling districts and it is not therefore possible to amend Borough ward boundaries as suggested by the Town Council.  I will however keep the suggestions on file and when the opportunity arises will consider if the changes could be made.’

  • 87/2019 Traffic and Highways Issues in Stapleford The Town Clerk read out the response to our enquiry regarding the TPO’s we have.

‘I have had a look at the trees in question, I do not believe that the trees would be suitable for a TPO, there has been an amount of controversy over those trees, the trees are not on land due for development the land is a County Council Highway verge owned and maintained by NCC, it would appear that the trees have recently been inspected by NCC, there are 10 trees in that line 6 Rowans and 4 Cherries, 2 of the Rowans have been marked for felling green dot painted on the trunk plus one other Rowan at the entrance to the Field Farm development that is marked for removal, given the poor condition of the trees and the fact that they are not under threat from the development at this time, then unfortunately we could not apply a TPO to those trees.

All of the trees that have been marked for felling do pose a hazard to the highway, I would suggest that the Councillors contact NCC to see if there is any replacement tree planting for the area.’

99/2019 Request(s) made by any member of the public to address the Town Council – There were no requests made at this time.

100/2019 Neighbourhood Plan– – presentation by Ken Mafham (KM)

Summary of KM’s statement to Council

KM, Planning consultant for Stapleford Town Council gave a brief outline on our responses to the Broxtowe Local Plan, Part 2 Public Inquiry due the following week. The full statement is attached as an appendix to these minutes/or in the Examinations Library on Broxtowe’s website. The purpose of the inquiry is to determine whether the Plan is legally compliant.

KM’s main points were as follows:-

1) Legal compliance: we will be submitting that this has not been done correctly and that BBC have not done enough. Evidence that City Council are building more that under Core Strategy have they looked at whither this could take up some of the deficit as it seems that we are unable to accommodate all the housing requirement. Any plan must have a sustainability assessment and in the case of land west of Coventry Lane this is not compliant as not considered all the factors such as economic; transport; crime etc.

The housing numbers proposed for the next five years are not realistic and not enough evidence that they have sufficiently considered brownfield sites; such as petrol stations; care homes being developed into flats, such as has been done in the City.

2.)Specific sites. The land west of Coventry Lane is the main part. We have not objected formally to the site East of Coventry Lane, as it is not within our area, but we will support Bramcote in this area. We feel that this fails to conserve the landscape and as a settlement it is not sustainable on its own. The two areas need to be considered together and even then, they do not appear to be sustainable and therefore there is the likelihood that in the future they will be looking to use more land in the vicinity. On that point the Aligned Core Strategy is up for review next year. These two areas have only been introduced at the latter stages of the Plan. In response to questions KM. pointed out that the wildlife corridor is part of our Neighbourhood Plan and as such there is the need to retain this green space. Our remit only goes up to Hulk’s Farm and therefore there could easily be development in the area towards Bilborough. There has always been the difficulty that Broxtowe will not give figures for specific areas such as Stapleford, only for the main built up area.

JM pointed out that the land east of Coventry Lane was linked to the development and building of new Bramcote School and that the building land is to fund this. KM pointed out that the County Council cannot just give away land if there is no statutory provision. DP also pointed out that the school is an academy and therefore would not appear to be under County Council auspices. J Longdon, County Councillor stated that this issue was still being debated. KM will check up on some of the details before the meeting. The value of the land and building of school must match up and actual income from the land may not become available within 5/6 year period. Ease from school to KM. RM to forward press release from school to KM.

101 /2019 Broxtowe Part 2 Local Plan Examination Update

KM reported that the formal consultation was now finished and that he just needed to compile all the responses and write a report on them.

All that was then needed was to make the formal submission to Broxtowe and it was them up to them to advertise and move onto to the examination process, as we have been through all the required consultation processes. This should only take a matter of weeks.

JM. Questioned whether HS2 had been included in the plan and it was explained that it had been included as much as possible with the information that was available at the time of writing. The Town Council formally thanked KM for all his hard work on this.

102 /2019 Local Government proposed re-organisation

DP gave brief summary of meeting with regard to this between the private company organising the consultations and Town Clerks & leaders of Town and Parish Councils. He stressed that County Councillors/Officers were not present at this meeting.

The re-organisation was not intending to abolish Town/Parish Councils but was aimed at Borough and District Councils; Town and Parish Councils were not likely to be affected.

With regard to various comments in the press regarding a takeover by Nottingham City Council then this was not likely to be possible as the City Council was already a unitary authority.

There was likely to be a further consultation early 2019.

RM pointed out that after March/May it would no longer be possible for the County to apply to the Government to become a unitary authority, that re-organisation could only be undertaken at the request of the Government.

102 /2019 Local Government proposed re-organisation cont’d ….

Councillor R Macrae reported that in a press release it stated that there will be new rules and regulations by May 2019 and local authorities will no longer be able to apply for re-organisation, but they can be asked by the government to look at reorganisation.

103 /2019 HS2 update

A discussion was held . The Councillors said they were not impressed by the information. Main bullet points are necessary for clarity and should be put on the

website and residents must respond in writing. The more responses the better. The plans were not appropriate. The proposals affect 99% of Stapleford

Next year will be a different map and the Town Councillors need to check and monitor this.

Councillor D Pearson reported that the consultation response had to be in by December 21st. He said we can only work with the information we have . HS2 are proposing to close the Sandiacre Bridge for 18 months .

Points for concern:-

  1. Closure of B5010 Bridge between Derby Road, Stapleford and Station Road, Sandiacre.

Not only would the 15-month closure of this bridge would cause major disruption and it would seem totally unfeasible to carry out this work online. This bridge is used by the i4 bus between Nottingham and Derby and the 15 between Long Eaton & Ilkeston. There are no suitable diversions, and this would effectively cut off the Town Centre. Plans need to be put in place either for a new temporary bridge or for a tunnel. It is not practicable for work on the bridge to be carried out online, there needs to be an arrangement for work on the bridge to be carried out offline. It is recognised that this could cause increased loss of property. Whilst the idea of a tunnel would be ideal it is acknowledged that this may not be possible engineering-wise, and the cost could be prohibitive.

  1. Other traffic considerations
  2. Large amounts of construction traffic along Derby Road, Stapleford with its present traffic calming measures (speed humps) would lead to deterioration of air quality and we would request an independent air quality survey and that continual monitoring take place during the construction phases.
  3. The traffic lights at The Roach will probably need re-alignment. The left turn form Toton Lane into Derby Road is not suitable for large construction vehicles.
  4. The other route for construction vehicles via Moorbridge Lane does not seem satisfactory. There are concerns as to whether the bridge on this road, which crosses the river, railway and canal, is suitable for continual use by construction traffic. The bridge itself is very old, of a humpback design and very narrow. There needs to be serious consideration as to whether this route is satisfactory.
  5. Heavy construction traffic continually going over humps on Derby Road could lead to damage to the foundations of properties in the vicinity.
  6. Consideration needs to be given to building a road from the traffic island at Banks Road, near to junction with Epsom Road down to the station. This could give an alternative route for traffic in the event of closures on the A52 due to the inevitable traffic accidents.
  7. Compensation Packages
  8. The present compensation packages are inadequate. Market value + 10% for the properties involved would not be enough to buy properties in the area ( at present new build affordable housing in the area is £250,000), so the level of compensation needs to be re-considered, in the light of availability of housing in the area.
  9. There needs to be measures put in place to compensate businesses for loss of trade BEFORE work starts. It is no good offering compensation to businesses once they have gone out of business.
  10. The pink area does not seem sufficient and needs to be increased on the Stapleford side. It seems likely that more properties than at present indicated are likely to be affected. Re-appraisal of this area is needed.
  11. Flood Risk
  12. Section 15.4.45 and 15.4.46 State that there is a significant flood risk on the River Erewash floodplain north of the B5010 Derby road associated with the development but that it is anticipated that it should be possible to develop a means of mitigating these impacts.
  13. Increasing the height and width of the existing flood bank in Stapleford is a sensible option to put forward. This also creates the opportunity to create a cycle path and pedestrian access along the bank extending to the top of Bessel lane as proposed in the Stapleford neighbourhood plan. These works would then be funded by HS2.
  14. The drainage ditch leading to Mill farm has recently been partially cleared of debris and vegetation. It is important to maintain this ditch during and after the development as areas such as Trowell Park housing estate already have frequent issues with flooding. It is important to determine who is responsible for this as there are multiple organisations involved and to ascertain any possible impact from the work on HS2.
  15. Working Hours

Are HS2 confident that they can stick to the hours suggested once work has started?

  1. Information Centre

There is a need for an information centre in the town, where up-to-date information is available both regarding changes to the proposals and possibilities of employment. One of the empty shops could be used for this purpose. There will be a number of jobs lost due to various industries having to re-locate from the Bessell Lane area (probably up to 1,000).

Councillor R Darby added that when work starts , Stapleford will be a cul-de-sac, lorries will get stuck and there will be mayhem and that if the money ran out, it could stop works for years.

Councillor J McGrath added that HS2 had not responded to invite to their HS2

meeting. Councillor J London said he would try and find out more information from mitigation meetings that he is hoping to attend.

Councillor D Pearson said we have all the information as it stands but it could be scrapped next year. He hopes all Councillors and residents go to the next meeting with HS2.

Councillor J McGrath wanted it on record that he will not support the HS2 proposals until they are right.

Action – Town Clerk to add the bullet points the Stapleford Town Council web site and Notice Board


104 /2019 Traffic and Highways Issues in Stapleford

Several issues were raised by Councillors on behalf of the residents of Stapleford.

Traffic and parking on Pasture Road, fencing over pavement where building Aldi, double yellow lines on Bessell Lane, :-

A general discussion was held, and it was agreed that :-

Nottingham County Council will not come out to look at another crossing as the planning have already made their decision.

A temporary crossing or barrier for pedestrians near to Aldi fencing would not be suitable as the traffic would be down to 1 lane and cause more problems.

Bessell Lane, residents would like the double yellow lines need extending to stop cars parking, so lorries can turn but Broxtowe Borough Council and Nottingham County Council are not interested , we have tried before and with HS2 plans they are not likely to be prepared to do anything.

105 /2019 Planning Applications Application Details – Ref: 18/00709/FUL

Change of use from a shop to a Ballet School.

A discussion was held. The main concern would be the parking required but parents will be dropping children off. There is some parking around for those staying to watch. There were no objections as it was a shop already.

106 /2019 Mayor’s Engagements

The Mayor reported that the Remembrance Day was brilliant with such a good turnout. He also noted the enjoyable visit to St Johns School for the poster competition and what a fantastic event and good turn out the Stapleford Christmas Lights Switch On was.

106 /2019 Mayor’s Engagements cont’d ……

Councillor R Macrae gave thanks to the Mayor for his work , especially at the church

cross and said it was very emotional. Thanks were also given to the Town Clerk and staff for all their hard work for the Remembrance Day. He said we had the best Town Clerk in 30 years and she had been thrown in at the deep end.

107 /2019 Correspondence no actions

108 /2019 Section 137 Request

Stapleford Town Football Club (STFC) had put a 137 request in for funding for planning application costs. This was for additional storage and the amount requested was £234.

A discussion was held, and it was noted that the club do brilliant work and lots of people in the community are involved. It was agreed to give them £250.

Action – Town Clerk to issue the cheque to STFC

109 /2019 Allotments

The Town Clerk reported that the allotments on Bessel Lane had been inspected on 29.11.18. and there was some overgrown areas and allotments that need some remedial work.

Councillor D Pearson reported that a branch on Nottingham Road overhanging the footpath which was being sorted. He also discussed the Pollarding necessary for the willow trees on Peatfield Allotment. The quote was for £4500 , work to be done in December. We could only get one quote which was the reliable company that we used before and it was recommended that we go ahead.

This was agreed.

Action – Town Clerk to instruct Pollard work to go ahead.

110 /2019 Payments

The Councillors were asked to note the payment schedule. This was agreed for accuracy.

111/2019 Date of next meeting.

The next Meeting of Stapleford Town Council will be held on 11 JANUARY 2019 at 7.00 pm. Please note this is a budget meeting only other items will only be included if they are extremely important or urgent.

The meeting finished at 8.39 pm

Signed ____________________________ Date __________________________