This meeting will be held in Findern Parish Rooms at 7.30pm. All welcome. Chair: Jan Ashford
Apologies for absence.
Declarations of interest
Notifications and correspondence.
Bridlepath diversion and route improvements.
a.Cope Close Bird Sanctuary and Stanhope Hole Planting.
c.Arrangements for wildflower planting at the Ballast Hole Pond, 7.10.06
Footpath Maintenance, stiles and indicator boards.
Date next meeting/Chair
Minutes of a meeting of the Footpath sub-committee held on 5th October 2006
Present: Seymour Bell (in the chair), Sheila Hughes, Heather Hall, Liz Lenton, Wendy Hithersay, Mary Ross MBE, Andrew Laxton and Vic Wright
1. Apologies: Frances Prockter, Neville Froggatt, Liz Froggatt, Jan Ashford, Cllr Ann Hood, Cllr Martyn Ford and Joan Tidy.
2.Declarations of Interest:
3. Minutes of last meeting held on 31st August 2006:
Minutes of the last meeting were agreed as a true record subject to the amendment of Balderson to Boldison under Project Updates.
4.Finance and Fundraising:
1. Applications had been made for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and Central Networks ‘Safer Environment Fund’.
2. Minor maintenance had accumulated to £330 to date and a further £55 will be accrued before the claim is made to SDDC.
3. Notifications and Correspondence:
4Liz sent sincere thanks to all for the wonderful day of the opening of the Ballast Hole Pond, which had been enjoyed by everyone present.
5.The Barn Owl Preservation Society had offered to do a talk and film show at a cost of £55. It was agreed to invite them during the winter months, date to be arranged.
6.Debbie Court of DCC would like to address the Group on Biodiversity in the New Year. A Monday evening is preferred and the Group were asked to advise suitable dates. A report on her visit on 21 July is available from Vic on loan.
7.BBC Breathing Places leaflets were distributed and Liz had placed the Group’s webpage on the Breathing Places website.
8.Major problems are still being reported every Saturday and Sunday with people using mini motorbikes and Wendy has been trying to deal with the matter. Liz intends to speak directly to Inspector Fairbrother should another bad weekend occur. The ‘no motorcycles’ sign has been recovered from a drain. Vic suggested fitting a much larger gate to prevent the mini/motorcycles being lifted over.
9.The Friends of the Earth had contacted the Group indicating they had launched a campaign ‘The Big Ask’ calling for a new climate change law and requested assistance in lobbying MPs. In view of the political nature of the campaign the decision was taken to merely write a letter of support to Mark Todd.
10. The BTCV Newsletter will be circulated around the Group.
11.Vic had responded to CVS informing them that the Group was part of Findern Parish Council and were not liable to pay a separate subscription.
12.Ann sent a message that Dave Adkins had obtained and would display dog fouling notices down Crow Park Way.
13.Seymour reported some difficulties encountered by two disabled walkers on stiles, mainly at Lower Green. He had investigated but the matter is to be referred to the next meeting with the possible involvement of Dave Adkins SDDC.
14. The licence for Plots 2 and 4, Cote Closes and the Wildflower Meadow had been signed by the Highways Agency and were now to hand.
15. Liz had obtained information on the Great Trees of Derbyshire and a co-ordinator is required. As there was not a big attendance the matter was referred to the next meeting.
6. Bridle path diversion Crow Park Way:
Liz had met Mark Todd on September 9 and he was very helpful and aware of the difficulties. Complex problems exist along the route. He suggested the Group contact local landowners to persuade them to drop their objections and he would then deal with the authorities directly. After some discussion the Group agreed that the matter did not need their direct involvement and could be viewed as interference and, as such, undesirable and should not be pursued.
7. Project Update:
1.Cote Closes-John Hawkins said that a cote was a wooden shepherds hut and the field was called ‘Closes’ meaning small plots of land. It is unclear how many there were on plot 2 and it would be correct if it were called either ‘Cote Close’ or ‘Cote Closes’. After some consideration the Group chose ‘Cote Closes’ as the name. A meeting had been held with Andrew Laxton on September 9th, when detailed planting arrangements, information for the interpretation boards and access gates were discussed. Liz is to order trees for planting on 22nd November.
2.Wildflower Bank-The Young Offenders have dug 2 beds ready for sowing and the seeds have been ordered.
3.Wildflower planting at the Ballast Hole Pond will be on Saturday 7th October 2006. Volunteers to meet at the Nadee Restaurant at 9.30 am.
4.Thanks were expressed to Heather, Wendy, Liz, Ken, Seymour and John Boldison for setting up the bird boxes. Some boxes including sparrow terraces remain to be erected and Andrew is to seek advice on the best location. The storage of the Group’s equipment in the garage behind the Parish Rooms is to be discussed at the next meeting.
8. Footpath Maintenance:
Four stiles are still outstanding, one on Gostilles, two on Priory Way and one on Airport Way and are being dealt with by Ann Hood and Dave Adkins. Some clearance is necessary around the stiles on Airport Way and Turnpike Way and it was suggested that this could be work for the Young Offenders.
9. Walks Leaflets
The Crow Park way leaflet was in production although Andrew said that he was waiting for SDDC. Marion Horton of Groundwork Erewash was preparing the ‘Rails and Ales’ routes to be paid for by SDDC.
10. Christmas Meal
The date for the Christmas Meal was decided as Tuesday December 19th to be held at the Wheel subject to agreement with Liz after which a booking will be made.
11. Date for Next Meeting:
The date for the next meeting is Thursday 23rd November 2006 at 7.30 pm and the venue is the Parish Rooms. Chair- Jan (Provisional).