1 Apologies for absence.
2 Declarations of interest.
3 Minutes of meeting held on 25.7.05.
4 Finance and fundraising.
5 Notifications and correspondence.
6 Priory Way stile repairs.
7 Update on projects.
Stanhope Hole Pond and information board.
Ballast Hole Pond.
9 Arrangements for publicity. Footpath Map. 7 September 10am.
10 Arrangements for Make A Difference Day.
11 Group clothing and logo.
12 Wildlife database. Please bring entries.
13 Bat walk, and canal heritage walk planning.
14 Date next meeting, Chair.
FINDERN PARISH COUNCIL
FOOTPATHS SUB COMMITTEE
Present: Mrs L Froggatt (in the Chair), Mr N Froggatt, Mr S Bell, Mr P Wilson and Mrs S Wilson, Mrs L Lenton, Mrs H Hall. Mrs F Prockter and Mrs R Ross
1: Apologies: Apologies for absence were received from Cllr. M Ford, Mrs J Ashford and Mr V Wright.
2. Declarations of Interest: Mrs Froggatt made a Declaration of Interest in respect of her membership of the Crime Reduction Group.
3. Minutes of the last Meeting: The Minutes of the last meeting held on 25th July 2005 were agreed as being a true record.
4. Finance and Fundraising: Mrs Froggatt drew attention to the fact that our Minor Maintenance of £385 up to 31st March 2006 has now been spent. It was agreed to raise this matter with the Parish Council, with a view to trying to obtain an increase as there had been no change in the amount allocated for the past five years and this sum no longer covers the cost of mowing etc.
5.Notifications and Correspondence: Mrs Froggatt announced that the group had been given a “Green Apple” award. This is a prestigious award, which is given for exceptional efforts to improve the environment. Patricia Hewitt will present the award at a reception at the House of Commons on 8th November 2005. Mr S Bell offered to collect it and this was unanimously agreed. Mrs Froggatt said there was also a publicity package, which could be obtained, at a cost of £515 but, following a discussion, it was agreed not to proceed with this.
Bridleway: Mrs Froggatt said the Group have no problems with the proposed route but a request was made for some surface work and was told that the County Council have allocated £21,000 for this. A request was also made for security gates and provision has been made for a horse stile and a motorcycle inhibitor. The gates may not be supplied, despite support from the Police. However, the Police have promised a new “no motor cycles” sign, which will be, located next to the locked gate. A request has been made for two more signs, one to be located adjacent to the Greyhound and the other opposite West Farm. The horse riders have expressed concern regarding the slippy surface of the road, leading down to the causeway and have asked for permission to ride along the edge of the banks. Concern was expressed that there could be some encroachment onto the banks. A suggestion had been made that the horse riders could go through the adjacent field, belonging to the Highways Agency, and come out by the underpass. The Group agreed this was an excellent idea and this suggestion will be passed on to the County Council. Mr Bell said this could be supported by a letter from the Parish Council.
It was reported that South Derbyshire District Council have decided to advertise for a new Footpaths Officer.
A request has been received from parishioners for a new footpath to be created from Doles Lane to the site of the proposed motel complex.
Letters had been received from Derby City Council, enclosing a brochure of their walks around the city and have asked if we would organise a walk for them. A fee of £25 will be paid and the walk will be advertised on their brochure.
The access barrier has been erected. Thanks were expressed to Nev and Paul.
British Waterways have advised us that the white bridge is to be refurbished in 06/07 and have given an assurance that it is perfectly safe to walk over.
6: Priory Way – Stile Repairs. Nothing further; Cllr. A Hood to be asked to progress this.
7: Update on Projects:
(a) Stanhope Hole Pond and Information Board. A final draft for the Board had been received from Caliba; this was greatly admired and the cost will be £720. Slight alterations were made to the text and it was agreed to proceed with this. The pond platform will cost £1,120, plus delivery, and the order is to be confirmed.
(b) Ballast Hole Pond: Work has been carried out on the trees and the chippings have been left to spread on the paths; it was agreed to ask the Young Offenders to do this, after the paths have been defined. This will be done at 9.30 on 14th September. Nev. Froggatt is to make a dam. The nettles will be sprayed in the spring. The next task will be the planting of wildflowers and members were asked to bring suggestions to the next meeting.
(c) Publicity for the unveiling of the Village Map. Final arrangements were agreed for this ceremony, which will take place the next day.
Presentations of a miniature of the sign are to be made to Mr Peter White and the Chairman of South Derbyshire District Council. It was agreed to try and sell copies of the sign and this will be discussed at the next meeting.
8: Arrangements for Make A Difference Day on 29th October.2005
Work on tree replacement will be carried out in Stanhope Wood. Paul Wilson suggested the path should be mown and Nev Froggatt considered the path should be signed as a Woodland Walk.
9: Group Clothing and Logo:
Samples had been obtained and these were approved. It was agreed the Group would pay for the logo and members would place an order for their requirements and pay for them themselves.
10. Wildlife Database: Nothing further to report.
11. Arrangements for Bat Walk and Canal Heritage Walk. It was agreed to postpone the Bat Walk for the time being. Members were reminded of the Canal Heritage Walk taking place on 11th September.
12. Date of the Next Meeting: 12th October 2005. Chair – Francis Prockter
The meeting terminated at 9.25 pm.