Town Council Meeting Minutes 19/10/2018

Carnegie Centre, Warren Avenue, Stapleford, Notts

Present:

Cllrs A Britton (A)

Cllr R Browne (Chair)

Cllr C Bollen (A)

Cllr R Darby

Cllr D Grindell

Cllr P Ensor (A)

Cllr S Ensor (A)

Cllr J Goold

Cllr A Hull (A)

Cllr B Hull

Cllr I Lawton

Cllr J Longdon

Cllr R MacRae

Cllr J McGrath

Cllr D Pearson

Cllr C Rice

Cllr S Roome (A)

Cllr J Townend (A)

In Attendance Isobel Greenhalgh (Town Clerk ) Bev Heard (Assistant)

 

74/2019 Apologies for absence

Apologies for absence were received from:-

Cllr S Roome Cllr J Townend Cllr P Ensor Cllr S Ensor Cllr Mrs A Hull

75/2019 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 declared an interest in any discussion relating to allotments.

76/2019 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 .

Actions from previous minutes (September 2018)

  • 66/2019 Allotments

The Town Clerk reported that the hedgerow on Ewe Lamb Lane had been cut.

  • 67/2019 Cameras In Stapleford

A verbal update was given by Councillor J Goold . She reported where the cameras in Stapleford were and presented a plan with the cameras identified on.

  • 68/2019 Traffic and Highways Issues in Stapleford

The Town Clerk reported that she had written a letter to support option 2 for the Hickings Lane pedestrian crossing and Broxtowe Borough Council had presented the letter to their planning meeting on 10.10.18.

  • 71/2019 Planning Applications

The Town Clerk reported that unfortunately she was unable to raise the concerns of parking to Broxtowe Borough Council due to logging -on issues.

 

77/2019 Request(s) made by any member of the public to address the Town Council – There were no requests made at this time.

78/2019 Mayor’s Engagements

Councillor B Browne thanked Councillor B Hull for attending an event at Tree tops and was looking forward to attending ‘The Canary Girls ‘at St Helens Church on 20th October. At this point it was mentioned that anyone wishing to help on the Remembrance Day to come at 10.00am to the Conservative Club

79/2019 Section 137 Request – The committee were asked to note that there were no applications for funding under section 137 at this time.

80/2019 Inspector Simon Riley – Neighbourhood Policing Inspector – Presentation

Inspector Simon Riley gave a presentation to the Town Council. He said that Stapleford Town is a fantastic place and nice people but there is always ‘something bubbling’. It is in the top 15 areas identified by the Crime Office and that he has been given a specific budget to target burglary/auto crime and theft.

A lot of good work has gone on and he is happy to say now a year to date that the figures are down for burglary and the same for theft and antisocial behaviour. It has been a massive team effort.

There are still issues and the focus is still on crimes and behaviour that causes people most concern.

He explained that there are 5 response teams, 6 full time equivalent for each team. A local CID team, a management incident team and a school’s intervention officer (to try and identify children that will go into drugs/knife crime and to remedy) and that each area has dedicated beat manager. Simon now has 6 sergeants and 41 PC’/PCSO’s at his disposal. Stapleford currently has 2 PC’s and 3 PSCO’s.

Simon said that if people know about drugs problems, they should ring 101 or 999 or crime-stoppers. Stapleford are not reporting these incidents. The same for traffic crime although this is not so serious crime.

It was suggested that we put something on the Stapleford Town Council web site. Simon said he would put something in his next blog.

A suggestion was made to Simon that when the Derbyshire police were travelling into Nottinghamshire via Stapleford that they go via Moorbridge Lane if only to show a police presence. Simon said he would pass this comment on.

A question was raised as to whether we are getting more police in the Nottingham Area. The reply was that it was not known specifically but there is on-going recruitment.

Thanks were made to Simon for coming to the meeting and for being extremely pro-active and for caring and that we look forward to more improvement in Stapleford.

Thanks were also made to PCSOs as anti-social behaviour had improved; and in particular to PC Hannah Ward and PC Andy Freeman for their work with the local youth.

Inspector Simon Riley then left the meeting.

ACTION – Town Clerk to add a reporting notice to Stapleford Town Council web site.

81/2019 Spencer Academy re: Admissions – this item was deleted from the Agenda

82/2019 Lloyds Bank

Councillors D Pearson and R Macrae gave their thanks to everyone who helped with the petition collection. Over 1000 signatures were collected and a further 800 on the internet.

The branch is due to close in January 2019 due to the changing ways customers choose to bank.

Stapleford Community Group organised a petition, and along with several local Councillors have been gathering signatures outside the bank and at local businesses.

Stapleford Community Group are presenting the 1927 signatures against the closure, on Monday, 22nd October. and the Town Council agreed unanimously to support this and make the following comments regarding the loss of the Lloyds Bank:-

  1. There will be a massive detrimental effect on the Stapleford Town Centre. Without the Lloyds bank, people feel that Stapleford is dying on its feet.
  2. People not coming to do banking will not be spending money elsewhere in Stapleford, which will affect the economy of Stapleford . People from Stapleford being forced to go to Beeston or Long Eaton may well choose to do their shopping there instead of locally.”
  3. Local businesses need change “and to pay in cash sums for their shops etc
  4. The Post office might struggle to cope with all the extra work as customers will want to withdraw money, check their balances, pay in cheques and money to their account.
  5. There are a lot of elderly people who use the bank and don’t like or who are unable to use internet banking.
  6. Many people using the bank are TSB customers too.
  7. Signatures collected, prove that the bank is not just serving people from Stapleford but from other areas too :- Sandiacre, Trowell, Bramcote and Chilwell (some people bank here for their elderly parents)
  8. Some local schools use the Lloyds to do their banking. add & the Town Council; then at the end add  “in particular, to pay in cash sums”
  9. The ATM will go, and this will result in a shortage of ATMs especially if one is not working in the area. There will only be 2 ATM’s left in the Town Centre
  10. The nearest alternative branch is Beeston or Long Eaton
  11. Buses to Beeston only run hourly & whilst buses to Long Eaton are every 20 minutes it is not the most reliable service and often suffers delays. If one doesn’t have a free bus pass then this is going to incur costs in fares, as well as the time factor involved
  12. Parents choosing to open savings accounts for their children may choose not to do so if they have to go to Beeston or Long Eaton.

On behalf of the people and businesses in Stapleford Town, we would like you to review the situation and keep the bank open.

Would it not be possible to have a mobile van or something similar at the very least?

ACTION :- The Town Clerk to write a letter for Lloyds bank to go with the petition on Monday morning (22nd October 2018 )

83/2019 Local Government Reorganisation

A discussion was held about the proposed Local Government Reorganisation. There is public consultation, but the Councillors do not have the full facts.

Councillor D Pearson stated that he and the Town Clerk were going to a meeting on

Tuesday 23 October 2018 – 18:00 Hrs regarding the Local Government Reorganisation and would report back at the next meeting.

84/2019 Broxtowe Part 2 Local Plan Examination consultation

An email was sent to all Councillors 5.10.18. and only Councillor Macrae responded. Two seats have been booked for the Town Council so there is another space if anyone wanted to go. Councillor Pearson is going in his own right on 4,5,11,12 December

85/2019 Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places

Town Councillors were asked to read the document before the meeting

https://www.staplefordcommunitygroup.org.uk/2018/10/01/have-your-say-on-polling-place-review/

A discussion was held and it was reported that the polling place review is nothing to do with Stapleford Town Council . Reviews come up regularly to check where people live. It was felt that the Town Council had a right to comment on this matter. There were no problems with regard to the polling stations, apart from the eventual closure of Cliffe Hill Community Centre, which was recognised in the consultation document.

There are 2 anomalies in Stapleford where they would be better represented by a different area. 10 houses on Valmont Road, at present in Stapleford South East ward, look like they are on Baulk Lane on the map, would be better represented by Bramcote, and approx. 10 houses too on Trowell Park Drive, due to them being on the Stapleford side of Boundary Brook, would better represented by Trowell. This had been reported in the past, but it was felt that this should again be pointed out.

 

ACTION :- Town Clerk to send a letter re Polling District Review -response on Behalf of Stapleford Town council

86/2019 Neighbourhood Planning

The Town Clerk reported that she had not received the Interim Report from Ken Mafham, with regard to consultation process, which had now finished, and she would email it out to them when she received it . KM had been responding to comments received.

87/2019 Traffic and Highways Issues in Stapleford

Councillor R Macrae reported that 10 healthy trees on Field Farm were to be demolished and requested that apply for a tree preservation order (TPO).

Councillor Ray Darby expressed his concerns about parking on pavements, but it was pointed out that technically it was not illegal to park on a pavement, only to 87/2019 Traffic and Highways Issues in Stapleford cont’d……

obstruct it for pedestrians/wheelchair users etc. DP suggested that there needs to be balance, as on some narrow roads in Stapleford it was better to park on the pavements to avoid obstruction to emergency vehicles.

Councillor Grindell said he would report to the next Town Council meeting from the Traffic and Transport meeting held today.

Councillor Longdon said that hopefully more safety road signs will be going up in the future.

ACTION :- Town Clerk is to clarify what TPO’s we have.

88/2019 Planning Applications: Reference number 18/00525/FUL

It was discussed that HS2 developments will probably stop any planning on 12A Bessell Lane, although the Town Council had no objections to this development in principle.

89/2019 Correspondence

There was no correspondence at this time

90/2019 Section 137 Request

There were no applications at this time

91/2019 Allotments

The Town Clerk reported that :-

  • An Inspection had taken place of the Peatfield Allotments on 8.10.18. and remedial work needs doing.
  • The hedge on Ewe Lamb had now been cut
  • Steve Walters (works for us doing remedial work on allotments) is very hard to get hold of.

 

Councillor Grindell reported that ‘ Dig – In’ have requested the plot next to them to make it into an orchard of small fruit trees, they have asked for this to free of rent and water charges.

A discussion was held and due to the fact that the area does get water logged and the trees would help with drainage and that they do a lot of community work it was unanimously agreed to let them have it free of charge.

93/2019 Payments

  • The finance from April onwards was discussed.
  • Thanks were made to Councillor Grindell for all his work checking the finances.
  • The accounts are now good order, a previous difference was due to a coding of expenditure being allocated to a different cost group from previous years.

93/2019 Payments cont’d……

The Councillors made a big thank-you to the new Town Clerk for her efforts in doing her role and said she was doing a sterling job.

94/2019 Date of next meeting.

The next Meeting of Stapleford Town Council will be held on 30th November 2018

at 7.00 pm.

The meeting finished at 8.27 pm