Meeting to be held in Findern Parish Rooms, Lower Green at 7.30pm. Chair, Frances Prockter.
1) Apologies for absence.
2) Declarations of interest.
3) Minutes of meeting held on 23 November.
5) Notifications and correspondence.
6) Ordnance Survey Map notifications.
7) Project planning, 2007.
8) Website monitoring
9) Clerk’s visit to Denby, 29 November.
10) SDDC Local Strategic Partnership, 25 January.
11) Visit of Dave Adkins, 14 December. Crow Park Way (E-on funding) and finger post installation.
12) Projects Update
Towpath tree planting.
Future tree planting, oak, ash and black poplar.
13) Great Trees of Derbyshire Project
14) Wildlife database.
15) Tool storage.
16) Evaluation Living With Barn Owls.
17) Date next meeting/Chair.
Minutes of a meeting of the Footpaths Sub-Committee held on 1st February 2007
Present: Frances Prockter (in the chair), Mary Ross MBE, Seymour Bell, Liz Froggatt, Heather Hall, Jan Ashford, Liz Lenton, Wendy Hithersay and Joan Tidy
Neville Froggatt, Vic Wright, Sheila Hughes, Cllrs Ann Hood and Martyn Ford.
2. Declarations of Interest
3. Minutes of last meeting held on 23rd November 2006 and matters arising
i) Mary noted that in the last item the name Saunders should in fact be Sanders and this was corrected.
ii) Liz had tried applying for a grant from Whitbread Action Earth Fund but they are currently only awarding grants for Scotland.
iii) Liz reported that the bird boxes were ready for collection.
4. Finance and Fundraising
i) Liz stated the group had received £2,000 from E-on and that we would be receiving £2,500 which was to be used to buy two seats and three A frames for Crow Park Way as well as more wildflower planting. (The exact location of the seats is to be discussed at the next meeting).
ii) Liz stated she had applied to Breathing Spaces for a grant of £6,000, which would be used to buy a sit on mower, wildflower seeds and 3 seats for Cote Close, and that she should hear whether she had been successful or not in May.
5. Notifications and Correspondence
i) Liz distributed copies of South Derbyshire District Council’s publication ‘The News’ (which all householders should receive four times a year but which none of us had) which had an article about, and photograph of, the group on page 3.
ii) Thanks extended to Wendy for tidying up Crow Park Way and Neville for repairing the fence on Crow Park Way which had been damaged by kids (and which has since been damaged again and the police informed).
iii) Liz stated it is hoped that the kids will be doing a mural on the other side of the underpass this summer.
iv) With regards to the holes caused by the lorries in Crow Park Way Liz stated she had spoken to Severn Trent who have agreed to fill them in.
v) Seymour stated that the Turnpike Way sign board has now been cleaned and that he had been advised that should the graffiti appear again no attempt should be made to clean it without the proper equipment as more damage could be caused by doing so.
vi) Liz stated that the matter of the bridle path had still not been sorted out and that she thought the only solution would be for her and Martyn to go to Matlock to try to sort it out face to face with the powers that be.
6. Ordnance Survey Map notifications
Discussion about the possibility of having the names of our footpaths and projects put on Ordnance Survey maps.
7. Project Planning
i) Cote Close
ii) Wildflower planting on the high banks and the area around the picnic table alongside the canal towpath.
iii) Stanhope Wood needs tidying, dead trees need replacing and more bulbs need to be planted in an effort to deter the nettles.
iv) More planting required at the Ballast Hole Pond.
v) Planting of more bulbs, daffodils, wood anemones and foxgloves, near the sewage works.
vi) Bird boxes need cleaning. It was decided to undertake this as a matter of urgency and volunteers are to meet behind the church at 9.30 am on Monday 19th February 2007.
8. Website monitoring
Discussion about how to involve more people in reporting sightings of wildlife seen to the group in order that it can be updated onto the website. One suggestion was to produce a card which people could fill in and post in the parish rooms and that these sightings could then be verified and the website updated using the computer in the parish rooms. Joan fresh from her computer course will attempt to design such a card!
9. Clerk’s visit to Denby, 29th November 2006
It was reported that Eggington and Osmaston villages are forming their own footpaths groups and that they have been invited to come to us should they want any help or advice.
10. SDDC Local Strategic Partnership, 25th January 2007
Liz distributed the paperwork she had received at the partnership and said that none of our sites were included on their maps. During the meeting those attending were invited to place ‘post-it’ notes of any sites they thought should be on the map and needless to say there were more than a few placed around the Findern area. Well done Liz!
11. Visit of Dave Adkins, Crow Park Way, 14th December 2007
Dave Adkins has agreed to surface the very wet part of the path between the two bridges on Crow Park Way
12. Projects update
i) The snowdrops are on the way and it was agreed to order more as well as some aconites, primroses and cowslips to the value of £500.
ii) Future tree planting, 6 black poplar have been planted along the causeway.
iii) Liz explained a bit about what the ‘Rethink’ organisation does with regards to willow and it was agreed that the group should think about any projects they could be involved with.
13. Great Trees of Derbyshire
Joan reported that so far the group had measured and sent the details of 17 trees to Anne Evans at DWT. The areas covered so far are the churchyard, the green and Crow Park Way. Next measuring service will be on 26th February 2007 and will either cover Prior Way or combine Airport Way and Turnpike Way.
14. Wildlife Database
Liz reported that some information had been lost and needs re entering. The Group are keen to use the’recorder’ system recommended by Debbie Court.
15. Tool Storage
Thanks to Nev for sorting out the cupboards and putting hooks up in the garage. It was stated that the council would rent us a garage in Hawthorn Close at the cost of £5 per week but all agreed that it was perhaps a little bit too far away to be convenient. Liz felt that Archway Motors may be happy to store the sit on mower for us if and when we get it and it was felt that this would be a more convenient and secure location.
16. Evaluation of Living with Barn Owls
The talk was well attended; in fact Vic had to turn 8 people away as all seats were booked. It was a fascinating insight into the world of the barn owl and all who attended agreed we should have our own barn owl box. The collection for tea and coffee raised £33.50p.
17. Date next meeting/chair
Next meeting 5th March 2007 to start at 7 pm, Liz in the chair. It was agreed that it would be a short agenda and a very brief meeting as Debbie Court, Biodiversity Project Officer, is to address the meeting at 7.30 pm. The next meeting with a full agenda will be held on 19th April 2007 starting at 7.30 pm and Liz will be in the chair.
18. Meeting with WI
There will be a meeting with the WI in the Parish Rooms on Wednesday 14th February 2007 starting at 2.30 pm to discuss group organised walks.