Agenda for meeting to be held on 31.05.05 in the Village Hall at 7.30pm.
Apologies for absence
Declarations of interest
Minutes of meeting held on 25 April 2005
Finance and fundraising
Notifications and correspondence
Antisocial behaviour, Crow Park Way
Outstanding stile repair, Priory Way
Rights of Way Improvement Plan
Update on projects
Footpath Indicator Map
Stanhope Hole Pond, planting, pond platform and information board
Ballst Hole Pond, information board and planting
Litter clearance and rubbish bins
Group clothing and logo
Evaluation of Crow Park Way Walk, planning for Canal Heritage Walk and Bat Walk.
Arrangements for social evening, 13 June.
Date of next meeting, Chair.
Minutes of a Meeting of the Footpaths Sub-Committee held on 31st May 2005
Present: Liz Lenton (in the chair), Seymour Bell, Liz Froggatt, Jan Ashford, Sheila and Paul Wilson and Mary Ross.
Apologies: Apologies were received from Heather Hall, Frances Prockter, Cllr. Ann Hood, Cllr M Ford, Nev. Froggatt and Vic Wright.
Declarations of Interest: Mrs Froggatt made declarations of interest as a member of the Local Crime Reduction Group and also with regard to the Access Barrier.
Minutes of the last meeting held on 25th April 2005. These were agreed as being a true record
Finance and Fundraising: Donations of plants to the value of £50 from a parishioner; also a grant of £50 from the Environment Agency Action Earth for the snowdrops which have been planted and a donation of £5 from a participant in the Crow Park Way walk, held on 11th May.
Notifications and Correspondence:
Liz reported that, following work by Connect on the replacement of lights on the underpass, comments had been made regarding the graffiti and the suggestion had been made that we write to the Company, asking for advice with regard to its removal.
Notification had been received from the County Council, advising that we were once more finalists for a Greenwatch Award. The Presentation is to be held on 7th June; Liz Lenton and Mary will be representing the Group at this ceremony.
Liz reported that a total of £330 had been raised on the Crocus Walk in aid of Breast Cancer Research, equating to a total of £660.
Liz commented on Jack’s regrettable absence from the meetings of the Group, due to illness. He is sorely missed. Seymour confirmed that he had now resigned from the Parish Council. The Group was of the opinion that the Group should recognise the work and support he had given to us and this will be discussed further at the next meeting.
Anti Social Behaviour – Crow Park Way: It was reported that PC Martin had apprehended two motorcyclists and various charges have been laid against them. Liz appealed for members to be extremely vigilant regarding the problems that existed. Considerable damage has been inflicted to the bench on Commonpiece Lane and this has now been removed. A bench on the towpath has also been damaged and Paul said he would try and repair this. It was noted that the Police intended to patrol this area as often as possible.
Outstanding stile repairs and obstructions on Priory Way – The obstructions have disappeared but the stiles are in need of repair. It was suggested that SDDC be asked to write to the landowners.
Rights of Way Improvement Plan: This has now been completed and returned to the County Council. On behalf of the Parish Council, Seymour congratulated the Group on undertaking this important task.
Update on Projects:
Bird Boxes: It was noted that one nut hatch box, two sparrow terraces and two kingfisher tunnels need to be sited and the location for these will have to be decided.
Footpath Indicator Map: Imminent delivery is expected. It was noted that this will be of a standard size and the grade of material used has been updated. A decision needs to be made regarding its location on the Village Green. Following a discussion, it was agreed to suggest to the Parish Council that it be sited on the front of The Green, facing the road, possibly in front of the electric box. Andrew Laxton, Derbyshire Countryside Service, has asked for a copy of the map in order that he can investigate printing off maps of the footpaths for circulation.
Stanhope Hole Pond planting and pond platform and information board: Delivery of the plants is awaited. Platform – designs are still awaited from the supplier. The total cost will be £1,430, plus a delivery charge of £400, plus VAT and delivery will be 6/8 weeks. Following a discussion on size, it was agreed to purchase a 3 metre one. Information Board – Caliba are working on this.
Ballast Hole Pond, planting and information board: Delivery of the plants is awaited.
Information Board – quotations for this need to be sent to the Trent & Mersey Canal Society.
Paul said there were nettles on the path around the pond which needed strimming; Liz said she would ask British Waterways if we could do some maintenance work. This is arranged for 9.30 am on 15th June.
Access Barrier: This needs erecting. Nev, Ken, Paul and Seymour will arrange for this to be done.
Stanhope Wood: The trees have been sprayed and the account is awaited. The contractor has been asked to carry out the final spray next year. The contractor has reported that approximately 40 of the ash trees are struggling and has suggested these be replaced with silver birch. It was agreed this should be discussed with both the Forestry Commission and Mr Cox.
Fishing Pond: Liz said an approach had been made to the Group regarding the provision of a disabled fishing pond. Following a discussion, it was felt that this request should be passed on to the Parish Council.
Litter clearance and rubbish bins: British Waterways have supplied a new bin adjacent to the canal bridge, which is now being used. Seymour confirmed that the Parish Council have agreed to meet the cost of emptying this.
Website: Liz said a lot of work has been done on this over the past month. The paths, forthcoming events and minutes of meetings are all on and urged members to regularly view it.
Group clothing and Logo: The design of a logo is being worked on. Various suggestions were made regarding the colour of the clothing and it was agreed to obtain samples.
Wildlife Database: Liz produced a list which had been compiled during the walk on 11th May.
Evaluation of Crow Park Way Walk, Canal Heritage Walk and bat walk planning:
It was reported that the walk organised by Andrew Laxton had been extremely successful. The Canal Heritage Walk is to take place on 11th September. With regard to another Bat Walk, it was agreed to discuss this with Heather. Liz reported that the Badger Group have organised a walk on 30th June at 7.15pm to which members of the Group were invited.
Social Evening: Final arrangements were made for the meal at the Bubble Inn on 13th June.
Date of the Next Meeting – Monday 25th July 2005 – Chair – Paul Wilson