Minutes of the Annual Parish Council Meeting held on Monday, 14th May, 2007 in the Village Hall following the Annual Parish Meeting


PRESENT: Chairman Cllr G. Scrini, Councillors Mrs. B. Barber, P Baines, P Cable, F. Clark, and J. Cobb, County Cllr  J. Hempsall District Cllr K Isard and 5 members of the public.


1.       APOLOGIES

Cllr. Mrs. A. Clark






Cllr F. Clark proposed Cllr G. Scrini this was seconded by Cllr. Mrs. Barber there were no other nominations and Cllr Scrini accepted the role of Chairman.



Cllr Mrs. Barber proposed Cllr. F. Clark;  Cllr F. Clark proposed Mrs. Barber.  There were no other nominations and a vote was taken.  Cllr. Clark was elected Vice Chairman by 3 votes to 2.



Village Hall Committee – Cllr F. Clark

Poor Close Trustees – Cllrs F. Clark and J. Cobb & Lee Sinclair

Snow/Flood Warden – Cllr F. Clark



The minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting.  Cllr. F. Clark proposed that the minutes were a correct record of the meeting.  This was seconded by Cllr. J. Cobb and unanimously agreed.



a)       Manor House/Various Planning Matters – Cllrs. Scrini and Cable are seeking a meeting with the planning department of BDC towards the end of May.

b)       Village Hall – It was agreed an excellent job has been made of redecorating the hall.  Dave Weston of the Probation Service and his team have worked hard and almost completed the main hall, they have also volunteered to do the rest of the hall.  This work is being done for a fraction of the costs quoted by decorators.  Letters of thanks and appreciation to be sent.

c)       Bridleway 25 –  Mr. Hardman’s response to the council’s letter was read.  It was reported that Laura Summers has been in the village and it is expected the relevant signs will be put up in the near future. Environment Agency has followed up the matter of the willow trees and has been assured this work will be completed shortly.  Environment Agency to be contacted re the trunks left after the recent work put in hand by the council, regarding a safety issue to seek their advice.

d)       Land Registry – the Chairman is following this up with a solicitor.  Mention was made at this point regarding some trees being down on Over Trent Piece.  Cllr Cobb to inspect before the next meeting.

e)       Bus Shelter –  Mr. Kitson has offered to do the drawing work free of charge.  This offer was gratefully accepted.  Photographs have been obtained to send to him.  We need to get the project moving whilst the contractors are still on site.  The sub committee is now almost ready to send out funding letters.

f)        Trees, Main Street – Mr. Simpkins has confirmed he is expecting a delivery of trees in the near future.

g)       BBC Project Church Wall – relevant permissions granted and the money has been received.

h)       Meadow Project – it is expected a decision will be made shortly regarding funding.  A timetable for the work has been drawn up.  Notts Wildlife has offered funding for the seed if this goes ahead.

i)        Web Site  - it was agreed to advertise in Roundabout for an IT whiz to help maintain the site.

j)        Parish Plan – a meeting will take place shortly with NRCC to discuss funding for publishing the Parish Plan.

k)       Spring Clean – took place as planned, thanks were offered to those who helped

l)        NCC Village Maintenance– Mr. Statham has replied to the letter sent and has advised the council on what work they can do, but he is unsure as how to deal with all the problems.  The information regarding plainings has been followed up, and 10 tons will be ordered from Tarmac.  The residents and users of Broadings Lane to be advised that they will be there for their use.  The owners of the kennels sought advice on directions to the kennels, it was agreed that they should be asked to direct people via Helenships off Rampton Road.

Cllr Cobb left the meeting.

m)     Village Playground – Cllr Baines is now to try and move this project forward.

n)       Village Maintenance -  Cllrs Cobb and Scrini have drawn up a list of the work needing to be done.  Most areas are covered.  It is hoped NCC will be cutting the 1-metre grass verge strips in the near future.

o)       Lane Lettings – all monies for lettings has now been received.

p)       Accounts – Mr. Smith has conducted the internal audit and all found to be correct.  The appropriate notice has now been posted on the board.  Cllr Scrini to purchase a “thank you” for Mr. Smith.

q)       Formal Statement –Tingdene to be added to list

r)       Youth Drop In Centre – not really working, needs another 2 months to experiment.  It was agreed to ask the youngsters in the village to contribute photos for the Parish Plan submission.

s)        Dog Owners – it was agreed to write to the Caravan Park owners asking them to ask their visitors to take responsibility for clearing up after their dogs, and for the parks to provide bins for this use.  This request to be put in Roundabout for all dog owners.



A suggestion had been made to change the day of the meeting, but due to other commitments it was agreed to leave the day as Monday.  The list of meetings circulated was for second Monday of the month as in previous years. 


9.PLANNING – Holly Folly Farm, Broadings Lane, Erect 2-storey extension – the plans were inspected and discussed.  5 out of 5 councillors voted in favour of the application.  A comment was made that it would be a shame to lose the look of the traditional Laneham brick farmhouse.



a)Melson House – the comments made about the area were noted in view of the forthcoming meeting with planning department.



a)       CPRE subscription held in abeyance while it is investigated what service they provide.

b)       Insurance – £314.16  (000638)

c)       CPRE – Best Kept Village Competition  £4.00 (000639)

d)       Caretaker £341.66 (000640)

e)       F, Clark  £188.65  (000641)  (materials for redecoration of hall)



a)       Planning Application –  Land adj. Springfield House – will be on Agenda next month.

b)       Police Bus – in village on 11th June 1.30 – 2.30 p.m.

c)       Planning – adj. Springfield Lodge – approved.

d)       Tallents – advised of new rates for solicitor - £180 per hour.

e)       BDC – Planning ad.j Beech Farm – appeal submitted.

f)        NRCC – AGM on 31.10.07 venue to be advised.

g)       Code Of Conduct – new draft received, copies circulated, (AGENDA)

h)       NALC Northern Area Committee – next meeting 21st May at Retford Town Hall.  Cllr Cable interested.

i)        Lincs Statement of community Involvement – Cllr Cable took information.

j)        NALC  - re Quality Parish Council – info taken by Chairman,, who stated that maybe this is something to work towards.

k)       Footpath Sweeper – application received from Megan Rumens.  Post offered subject to parents consent.





a)       Police – some changes happening regarding staffing which don’t necessarily agree with what we have been told previously.  It was noted that the police would be attending the next meeting.

b)       Cllr. Mrs. Barber reported that 6-8 street lights are not working between Laneham and Church Laneham.



There was no further business discussed and the meeting closed at approximately 8.55 p.m.ALL hALL h