Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on Monday, 13th November, 2006 in the Village Hall at 7.00 p.m.


PRESENT: Chairman Cllr G. Scrini, Councillors Mrs. B. Barber, Mrs. A. Clark, P Baines, F. Clark, J. Cobb and 4 members of the public.


1.       APOLOGIES

Cllr P. Cable and County Cllr J. Hempsall






The minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting.  Cllr. Mrs. A. Clark proposed that they were a correct record of the meeting.  This was seconded by Cllr. Mrs. B. Barber and agreed.



a)       Manor House – an e-mail has been received from Jack Coogan, a resident of the site asking to be kept informed of any developments over the winter months.  The Chairman agreed to do this.  The response from Mr. Deakin was read and discussed at length.  Some points in the letter need clarifying and the Chairman will do this.  Regarding the point made that all year round use is approved, as far as the council are aware this has never been taken up and Mr. Deakin to be advised of this.  Tingdene have requested details about what is required re. the grass cutting.  The Chairman to advise that in the past the owners of Manor House have cut both sides of the road as far as the bridge.

b)       Village Hall – the builders have advised what work they consider needs done to the hall.  A quotation for the work to be requested.

c)       BBC Project – Mr. Hardman has cut The Parish Field and the Chairman has thanked him for doing this.  The Chairman has received information about grants, but the application needs to be in by 13th December and successful candidates will be notified by May, 2007.  It is hoped that this can become a community project and some residents have indicated an interest to become involved.  It was agreed to submit the application for funding.

d)       Bridleway 25 – no further information received.

e)       Land Registry – information has now been received as to where the plans are available from.  The Chairman offered to obtain these maps so the process can now begin.  The cost advised was £20 for up to 6 A4 copies.  It was proposed by Cllr. Mrs. A. Clark and seconded by Cllr. F. Clark that the maps are purchased.  This was unanimously agreed.

f)        Parish Plan -  Copies of the results of the questionnaire audit were received and will be discussed at the next meeting when Cllr. Cable is back.

g)       Planning, Trentfield Caravan Site – still no response from BDC.  Chairman to follow up.

h)       Trees – clerk to contact Tree Warden.

i)        Bus Shelter – The Chairman has spoken to Andy Wallace and arranged for the power to be switched off.  NCC has stated they have difficulty with providing funds for a new like for like shelter.  Would replace with one on the highway, but could not say when.   In its present state the shelter is dangerous and needs to be dealt with.  A proposal was received from Cllr. Mrs. A. Clark that the shelter is demolished and replaced as and when funding has been organised.  Quotes and funding would need to be organised.  It was agreed to discuss this again later in the meeting.  A letter has been received from the adjoining developers Apple Tree Homes stating that as they have now received permission to develop the adjoining site they hope to complete the demolition work by Christmas and it is likely the shelter will fall down when this work is done.

j)        Village Maintenance – the survey will be carried out before January.

k)      Motorbikes – P C Bailey has contacted the Clerk.  The police have visited the village but have been unable to speak with the bikers.  They have now asked for names, addresses or vehicle registration numbers.  The chairman offered to write a piece for Roundabout appealing to parents for help with this problem.  If anyone wished to give him information he will pass it on to the police.

l)        Severn Trent – have provided details of the work to be done on the sewers on Broadings Lane.  If possible they will regulate the traffic by lights but an alternate route will be via Helenships and Rampton Road if necessary.


The meeting was closed for Public Discussion after which it was reopened and the following discussed further.



a)    Motorbikes – more discussion took place, but no further information came to light.  It seems that weekends are the time when the bikers are most active.

b)       Bus Shelter – the developer of the Old Cottage site was present and explained that it was likely the shelter would fall down when he started demolition work.  He offered to complete the demolition free of charge retaining as much of the building as possible and salvaging as much of the material as possible to help in the rebuild.  The pan tiles in particular would be worth saving.  It was proposed that Mr. Staley’s offer be accepted and 5 out of the 6 councillors voted in favour of the proposal, with 1 abstaining.  The Chairman to liaise with Mr.  Staley over the demolition.



a)       A cheque for £250 has now been received from the Fishing Club and the £100 for Bell Holt and Wharf  needs to go to the Churchyard fund.  £100 (000619)

b)       Poor Close Cash requested by Trustees  £250.00  (000620)

c)       Caretaker’s Fee - £350 (000622)

The accounts were discussed, after which Cllr. Mr. F. Clark proposed that the accounts were paid, Cllr. Mrs. Barber seconded this and this was unanimously agreed.



BDC have now advised of the terms and conditions of the lease for the Playing Field.  Cllrs. Mrs. A. Clark and P. Baines agreed to be responsible for this project.  The terms of the lease to be examined and grants to be investigated.



As Cllr. Cable was not present it was agreed to leave this item until the next meeting.



The Chairman queried the use of this isolated piece of land to the village.  It does bring in an annual income of £141.00 and after discussion it was agreed that no changes needed to be made.



a)       Waste Core Strategy – Cllr Mrs. A. Clark agreed to peruse the information.

b)       Tuxford Mine of Information – AGM on 16th November.

c)       NCC – advised of the 30 mph speed limit in force during the work on the bridge on the Dunham to Stokeham Road.

d)       NALC, Northern Area Committee – next meeting in Retford Town Hall on 20th November.

e)       Village Hall Committee – requested details of key holders.  To be advised that the Clerk, and Cllrs. Mrs. A. Clark, F. Clark, P Cable and J Cobb have keys.

f)        Fledglings – asking for monetary support.  A decision to be made at the March meeting.



11.   LANEHAM LAST MONTH (previously AOB)

a)       Lights – at Top Town Bridge out NCC to be advised.

b)       Rowan Tree at Moor Lane needs pruned.  Cllr. Cobb offered to do this.

c)       Christmas Lights – the ones at the Church have been vandalised.  It was agreed these need to be replaced, maybe a spare set but if not Cllrs. Mrs. A. Clark and G. Scrini offered to sort out some replacement.

d)       Vandalism – the Union flag and flagpole had been stolen/broken within a short time of being put up.  The councillors all condemned this and the other vandalism taking place in the village, it is not what is expected in Laneham and everyone was asked to be alert about this. 

e)       Bin – the bin at the Ferry Boat needs emptying, help to be sought from the pub regarding this.

f)        Christmas Lights – the switch on will be 9th December followed by carols round the tree and refreshments and a Christmas Fair in the village hall.

g)       BBC Project on Church Wall – no further information received.  Cllr. F. Clark to follow up.

h)       Damage – sign at junction of Stokeham and Drayton roads is damaged and needs reporting.

i)        Shrub – the shrub at the Rampton Road junction is obscuring drivers’ vision and needs pruning.


There was no further business discussed and the meeting closed at approximately 9.15 p.m.