GRINDLEFORD PARISH COUNCIL – MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON 15 DECEMBER 2022 at 7 pm at the Pavilion
Present: Robert Wilson, Chair; Elizabeth Coe, Peter O’Brien, John Morton, Rob Tamlyn, Hilary Hart, Cllr Sutton. Sarah Battarbee, Clerk.
APOLOGIES Andrew Battarbee, PC Boswell
- COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S REPORT – Cllr Sutton reported that DCC Highways have recruited 40 new members which should improve turn around times for repairs. He spoke about Neighbourhood Speedwatch signs and Cllrs agreed to put up Neighbourhood Speedwatch signs in Grindleford. RW mentioned to Cllr Sutton that there were a number of potholes on the road coming down from Fox House and recorded them on the Hub. He also pointed out that the road at Yarncliffe is uneven and there is some subsidence, again reported on the Hub. Cllr Sutton asked to have the job number once it has been received.
The proposal to have village gates at the Stoke end, possibly with funding from the DDDC community fund, was also discussed and Cllr Sutton and PO’B are to arrange a site visit.
- DISTRICT COUNCILLOR’S REPORT – Cllr O’Brien spoke about a DCC biodiversity initiative on sites around the county district. Grindleford has two sites. The cutting timetable is to be amended to establish biodiversity friendly corridors. DDDC is to be a pilot and Council will be asked what we think.
DDDC has £100,000 to provide support for families suffering financial hardship, particularly where housing is threatened. External to the scheme there is also help available to replace white goods.
DDDC is currently running with a £1.5 m underspend.
- POLICE REPORT – PC Boswell sent apologies. He reported that between 10 November and 15 December there has been one recorded crime of assault.
- MINUTES OF LAST MEETING. These were agreed as a true record pro EC sec PO’B.
- MATTERS ARISING:
Jubilee Gardens. Agreed to keep the juniper tree but ask Mark Bristow to cut back the ivy.
Room hire for Ukraine support group. Clerk confirmed that the Council would pay GPFA direct, up to the end of the financial year when the situation would be reviewed.
Precept. Grindleford Parish Council agreed to a 0% raise.
- FLOODING – STANDING ITEM
The flood group were represented by Dave Kirkup at the climate change event on 8 December. DK met George Jones from the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust with positive results.
- CLIMATE CHANGE EMERGENCY DECLARATION – STANDING ITEM
Climate Emergency Action Plan event – thank you to all Cllrs who took time out to attend. The event was very well attended and an unexpected success, with a great deal of positive feedback and attendance outside the usual range of ‘usual suspects’ as well as within it.
- HIGHWAY MATTERS
PO’B to provide a form of wording to send to Severn Trent, to improve better but still ineffectual signage. There has only been one request (from a Cllr) to contact lorry companies.
PO’B had met Steve Medding, who is interested in working with HH to come up with options for village gates and speed reduction, possibly supported by the Community Fund if a proposal can be put together.
- PLANNING MATTERS
NP/DDD/1122/1353 https://portal.peakdistrict.gov.uk. Cabrachan, Sir William Hill Road,
Grindleford, erection of new garage with green roof and change of use of agricultural
land for new driveway and parking area for dwelling. In support.
- PLANNING DECISIONS:
- 11 ACCOUNTS
|Heat leak detector
|Chris Sir William
|Climate action costs
|Ukraine group room hire
It was pro EC sec HH that these accounts be paid.
Network Rail – PO’B reported on DDDC’s efforts to get Network Rail to decommission the sidings at Grindleford as a work depot or limit it to local works only.
Meeting dates – to be discussed at the next meeting in January.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING – 12 January 2023
As there was no further business the Chair closed the meeting at 8.06 pm.
Clerk to the Council