Meeting in the Parish Rooms, Lower Green at 7.30pm. Chair, Jan (provisional).
1) Apologies for absence.
2) Declarations of interest.
3) Minutes of meeting held on 5 October.
5) Notifications and correspondence.
6) Green Apple Presentation, 3 November.
Cote Close Bird Sanctuary
Ballast Hole Pond
Great Trees of Derbyshire
8) Footpath Maintenance.
9) Wildlife database.
10) Tool storage.
10) Christmas Meal, 19 December at the Wheel.
11) Date next meeting/Chair.
Present: Jan Ashford (in the chair), Mary Ross MBE JP, Liz Lenton, Heather Hall, , Frances Prockter, Joan Tidy, Wendy Hithersay, Jean Hughes, Liz Froggatt, Nev Froggatt, Paul Wilson, Andrew Laxton and Vic Wright.
Apologies for absence were received from Cllr Ann Hood, Cllr Martyn Ford and Seymour Bell.
2. Declarations of Interest:
No declarations were made.
3. Minutes of last meeting held on 6th October 2006:
The minutes of the last meeting were agreed as a true record.
4. Finance and Fundraising:
i) Liz Froggatt indicated the need to maintain the spending on Cote Close to ensure completion by the end of July.
ii) Vic had obtained over 150 beech, sweet and horse chestnut and oak trees free of charge from David Taylor, who had been thanked sincerely.
iii) Liz Froggatt is making an application to the BBC Breathing Places for funding in 2007. Group needs are to be determined and include seats, bulbs, strimmer and a new mower to cope with the increase in cutting.
There is a matter of storage for the mower and suggestions included possibly behind the Parish Rooms, and a garage on Hawthorn Crescent.
iv) Liz is also pursuing the Action earth grants at £50 per location for bulbs and plants.
5. Notifications and Correspondence:
i) Derby City Council had requested another walk along Priory Way in 2007 and provisional dates of Sunday 2 September and Wednesday 5 September were agreed.
ii) Sinfin library had requested the Group’s participation in an exhibition to be held in March 2007. A photographic display is to be organised.
The Barn Owl talk has been arranged for 25 January in the Parish Rooms commencing 7.30 pm with refreshments provided. Numbers are to be controlled by RSVP on invitations. Publicity will be via the Parish Newsletter. The charge of £50 will be borne by the Group.
iii) Debbie Court of Derbyshire County Council has offered to give a talk on Biodiversity on Monday 5 March to the Group.
iv) It is understood that British Waterways have been notified of a cut in budget of £9M as a result of the Governments failure to consolidate payments to farmers.
Wholesale reorganisation and job losses will occur within the Central Shires area, which will disappear. Future close liaison with British Waterways appears most uncertain and extreme concern over the implications was expressed and a letter is to be sent to Mark Todd MP.
6. Green Apple Presentation, 3 November London:
Nev Froggatt reported that he had attended the presentation in the Tower of London on 3 November and had received the gold award from Dr David Bellamy and which was passed round the Group. Notes of congratulation had been received from Mark Todd MP, David Adkins, Kay Ogilvie and Kate Allies.
i) Cote Close Bird Sanctuary- The text for the information board was distributed for comment by 2 Dec to Liz Froggatt.
ii) Wildflower bank-Andrew Laxton suggested the incorporation of some hazel. It was reported that last year’s seeding had done quite well, but it was emphasised that grass control was best achieved by either cutting or grazing.
iii) Ballast Hole Pond-Bulbs had been planted.
iv) Stanhope Hole- The text for the information board was distributed for comment by 2 Dec to Liz Froggatt.
v) Great Trees of Derbyshire-Return postcards from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust were distributed and a descriptive leaflet is to be circulated. A small team of Joan tidy, Liz and Nev Froggatt are to make a preliminary survey on 8 January 2007. It is understood that Peter Black (former tree warden) may have some information. Vic Wright said that the horse chestnut tree on the Green was in poor condition as evidenced by a recent survey.
vi) Six cherry trees have been left over and six more are to be purchased and all planted in two small pockets of land adjacent to the Nadee restaurant by the canal.
vii) Vic Wright asked for suggestions for trees to be planted alongside the footpath by the King George V playing field. Ornamental cherry or crab apples were mentioned.
8. Footpath Maintenance:
The footpath maintenance grant will be applied for after the next meeting of the Parish Council.
The Parish Council had given enthusiastic support to a new footway proposed at Willington Road down to Footpath 8. This was a suggestion on the Rights of Way Improvement Plan recently conducted by the Group. (Potlocks path).
9. Wildlife Database:
A kestrel had been observed in the vicinity of the village and a kingfisher and grey wagtails had been seen near the Ballast Hole pond.
Frances Prockter proposed an ‘As seen this month’ board and various suggestions were made to a suitable display.
10. Tool Storage:
Storage in the garage behind the Parish Rooms is to be reviewed. Offers were made to accommodate the boxes left over as follows-Sparrow terraces-Paul Wilson, Swift box-Frances Prockter, Bat boxes-Stephen Roe. The item is to be placed on the agenda for the next meeting.
Further investigations were proposed into the purchase of a trophy cabinet.
11. Christmas Meal, 19 December at the Wheel:
The meal will cost £8, Christmas fare and names to be given to Liz Froggatt. Any meal alternatives to be advised to Fraser Saunders
Date of Next Meeting-Thursday 1 February, Chair-Frances
The meeting terminated at 9.25 pm.