Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on Monday, 10th December, 2007 in the Village Hall at 7.00 p.m.

PRESENT: Councillors F Clark (Vice Chairman), Mrs. A. Clark, P. Baines,  P. Cable, J. Cobb.      PC Bill Bailey  and  Dist Cllr. M Jenkins.

PC Bill Bailey reported on the crime figures since 1st October, which were 5 in Laneham and 2 in Church Laneham.  He stressed the importance of reporting crime as soon as possible after the event.  He has placed an article in Roundabout this month.  He also spoke of working towards the Safer Neighbourhood Scheme.  Cllr. F. Clark thanked PC Bailey for attending the meeting.



Cllrs G. Scrini and Mrs Barber, but both were able to join the meeting later.






The minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting Cllr Mrs. A. Clark proposed they were a correct record of the meeting; this was seconded by Cllr. J. Cobb and unanimously agreed.



a) Meadow Project – No response to the letter sent to Mr. Hardman.  Daffodils are to be set along the hedgerow.

b) Village Hall – Cllr. Baines has not had time to inspect the building yet.

c) Bridleway 25 – The two letters received from Laura Summers were read to the meeting and discussed.  The council are still very disappointed at the extended delays on this work but it appears that it cannot proceed without further approval of the Environment Agency.

d) Land Registry – nothing further to report.

e) Bus Shelter – The work is proceeding – now reached the lintels, the roof should be going on shortly.  The grant application has been submitted.  Electricity supply needs connecting next and the council approved this work.  LIDB have now confirmed they are not able to make a donation for the building work.

f) Trees, Main Street –no response from Mr. Simpkins yet.

g) Parish Plan –the 27-page document is now ready for critical review.  Cllr. Mrs. Clark offered to proof the document.  Copies will be distributed as soon as possible either by e-mail or normal copy.  Should be completed by 17th December.  The sale of calendars had raised £8 for the funds. Next big date is 19th January.  Tickets will be available at £5 each. 

h) Village Maintenance – the LIDB have responded to the letter regarding the floods saying it is the responsibility of the Environment Agency.  To be followed up.  Moor Lane – LIDB have offered to contribute towards the work needed for piping in more of the dyke, if the council pay for the materials, but stressed the culvert under the road needs cleaning out before this work is undertaken.  NCC to be contacted.   Hoo Lane has still not been reinstated – Anglian Water to be contacted.  Broadings Lane – Tarmac to be contacted again about the planings.

i) Dog Owners – the bins are now being emptied. However dog owners still need to be more responsible, it may be necessary to enlist the assistance of the Dog Warden.

k) Church Clock –The Church Council have confirmed in writing that their insurance now covers the clock against theft and storm damage

l) Over Trent Piece – The Chairman and Tony Hutchinson will be visiting shortly.

m) Christmas Lights – Now in place, it was agreed to try and improve the brightness of the Church Laneham lights.

n) Code of Conduct – the training meeting for December has now been postponed until February.

o) Mr. Hardman – has not responded to the letter sent re. his complaints.



No members of the public present.


6.  PLANNING  - Land adj. Meadowside, Erect New Dwelling (Resubmission)

The plans were inspected, discussed and compared to the original ones.  Six out of six councillor voted in favour of the application,



a)       Caretaker £341.66 (000671)

b)       Parish Plan - £21.00  (000672)  BDC License

c)       Poor Close Donations  £250.00   (000670)

d)       Parish Plan  - £150.00 (000673) J. Smith

e)       Parish Plan – 38.78  (000674) P Cable

Cllr. Mrs. A. Clark proposed approval of payments, seconded by Cllr J. Cobb and unanimously agreed.


8.  CODE OF CONDUCT   postponed until next meeting due to absence of Chairman. AGENDA



Cllr. Cable has produced a schedule of work.  This was discussed but will need to be considered for the next financial year.  It is estimated that proper maintenance will cost in the region of £1500 p.a.  It was agreed to write to the Fire Officer regarding the inspection of hydrants.    It was also agreed to contact a contractor regarding the grass cutting.    Cllrs Cable and Scrini to draft a programme of work etc for the river frontage.  The Chairman then took over the meeting from the Vice Chairman.



Expenditure to date £209.78.  Not yet received any request for payment from Karen Tarburton. 



It was agreed that a checklist should be used when considering future planning applications.  It was also agreed to contact BDC regarding the alleged breaches of planning as to date only one has come before the council.  It was also agreed to check to see if an application has been received for the development at Holly Folly Farm, or if indeed one is required.  It was agreed to closely monitor the development planned for Optivite and the Butchers Arms site.



It was agreed the Parish Council should draw up plans for the development of the riverside to enable the facility to be enjoyed by all.  It was agreed this was an area the parish council should be controlling



a)       NALC have now reported that the salary scales for clerks should be increased by 2.5%.  It was agreed the Clerk should be awarded this increase.

b)       Post Office  - have acknowledged receipt of our communications regarding the closures and Sunday collections.  A further letter to be sent asking why consultation did not take place before this happened.

c)       Fledgelings – a letter of thanks received for the donation.

d)       RAF Civic Reception – an invitation received to the reception at Derby on 9th January.

e)       Rampton Hospital – Next meeting of the Community Forum on 13th December.

f)        BDC  - poster received re. Christmas Bin emptying dates

g)       Parish Council Liaison Group next meeting 30th January.

h)       BDC Parish Charter Draft  - Chairman to inspect and circulate  AGENDA



a)       Mopeds – keep an eye on.

b)       Pub Closure – loss of amenity.

c)       Optivite - Cllr Clark was well received and they promised to tidy up frontage.

d)       Riverside – willows cut and left – by whom?


There was no further business discussed and the meeting closed at approximately 9.30 p.m.ALL hALL h