The meeting will be held in Findern Parish Rooms, commencing at 7.30pm.
Chair: Joan Tidy.
1) Apologies for absence.
2) Declarations of interest.
3) Minutes of meeting held on April 19 2007
4) Matters arising
5) Finance and fundraising
6) Notifications and correspondence.
7) Footpath maintenance and improvements
8) Great trees of Derbyshire Project
9) Cote Close opening
10) Action Earth Projects
11) Website development
Barn owl boxes
13) Parish walks, evaluation of A Walk Around Crow Park Way ( 9.5.07) and arrangements for Swarkestone Evening Walk, (5.6.07)
14) Wildlife database
15) Date next meeting/Chair
Present: Mrs. J Tidy (In the Chair), Mrs. W Hithersay, Mrs. H Hall, Ms. K Kirkham, Mrs. L Lenton, Mrs. R Ross MBE, JP, Mr.J M Orme, Mr. J S Bell, Mr. A Laxton and Mr. V S Wright.
The Chairman welcomed Mr. J M Orme, a new member of the Parish Council and their representative on the Footpaths Committee.
Mr. and Mrs N Froggatt, Mrs. F Prockter and Mrs. J Ashford.
2. Declarations of interest:
3. Minutes of the last meeting held on the 19th April 2007:
The minutes of the last meeting held on the 19th April were accepted as a true record.
4. Finance and Fundraising:
The award for £1015.00 had been received from DCC.
5. Correspondence and notifications:
The agreement with Mr. L Cox for the Parish Council to occupy the land off Common Piece Lane containing Stanhope Wood and Stanhope Hole has been signed for a further five years. Mr. Cox has also indicated he may be able to make a further piece of land available subject to access.
. The heads of terms for a new licence from Smiths Gore on behalf of the Highways Agency for plots 2 (Cotes Close) and plot 4 (Cardales Meadow) has been signed and the rent of £1.00 has been paid by the Parish Council.
Correspondence requiring completion for the Ordnance Survey and Biodiversity Maps is to be handed to Mrs Froggatt for completion prior to posting.
A note has been received from BTCV National Forest wishing to undertake conservation work has been received.
The painting of the underpass by the Youth Group should be completed during the next two months.
SDDC Planning department is to be contacted requesting that any disturbance of the duckboards on the Potlocks footpath by the proposed marina development be rectified. In addition a request is to be made for a footway to be provided alongside the Willington Road, for the canal towpath to be hardsurfaced and for the Potlocks bridge to be revamped. Mr. Bell said that these requests could be included in the response from the Parish Council to the planning application.
Mr. Bell had received a quantity of bluebells form Mrs. Joan Clegg, and which are to be planted around the Green.
No reply had been received from Martin Buckley (SDDC-Grounds and Facilities) regarding the safety of the tree by the dog bin at the bottom of Common Piece Lane and the matter is to be pursued by the Clerk.
No reply had been received from Natural England regarding the possibility of bats being present in the barn at Corner Farm.
The Ballast Hole Pond has been shortlisted for a BIFFA Award. An inspector will visit the site incognito and all members are requested to monitor the site and keep it tidy. Replanting is scheduled to take place on 27/05/07.
Mr. Froggatt will mount an exhibition in the Parish Rooms on the day of the village fete if required-Agreed.
Mrs Froggatt had met the new British Waterways representative for the Trent Mersey canal on 3/05/07. Whilst being very keen on the Group’s projects and being very supportive he does have 132 miles of canal to maintain.
Derby Natural History Society will be walking Crow Park way on 20/06/07 and if anyone is interested in attending the walk starts at Lower Green at 7.00 p.m.
6. Footpath Maintenance and Improvements:
A complaint had been received from a parishioner regarding the public not adhering to the footpath 11 (Rushy Meadow) and peering into his cottage. The matter is to be referred to the Rights of Way at DCC requesting a waymark sign.
The A-frames and footpaths signs should be installed in Crow Park Way shortly.
A lot of the stiles are becoming overgrown and members are requested to try and keep them clear informing Mrs Froggatt when completed.
7. Great Trees of Derbyshire Project:
Two more expeditions and the surveys of the Rights of Way will be completed. Derbyshire Wildlife Trust are to be informed of any appropriate trees on private property so that they can write to the landowners asking for permission for the trees to be included in the survey. If the landowner is agreeable group members could attend and measure the trees on behalf of DWT.
8. Cote Close Opening:
It was recommended that this should occur sooner rather than later. Mark Todd’s was to be invited. Mrs Froggatt is to be contacted regarding progress.
9. Action Earth Projects:
One claim form had been sent off and the remainder are awaiting signatures and receipts.
10. Website Development:
Updating of the website will take place on the return of Mrs. Froggatt from holiday.
Cardales Meadow-Following a site meeting to be arranged and on Mr. Laxton’s advice a trial patch (Approx 20M x 10M is to be chosen near the fence for observation. Mr. Hicklin is to be approached and paid to plough a suitable area. Warning signs will be necessary to the private shoot and the landowner is to be informed when his name has been determined Mr. Hicklin is to be offered some replacement hedge plants in view of all his help and support with other projects.
Barn Owl Box-The box has been ordered (£40.00) and assistance will be given with both its installation and monitoring.
Bird boxes-Locations for the remaining bird boxes (Tit and robin) are to be determined.
Seat installation-The replacement seat for Common Piece Lane has been completed and Mrs Froggatt is to arrange delivery and installation.
Cote Close-The information board has been delivered and Mrs Hithersay has placed it in Froggatt’s garden. An erection date will be determined when the Froggatts return from holiday.
Stanhope Hole- Approval was granted for the provision of a path recommended by Mr. Laxton at Stanhope Hole at a cost of £130.00. Laying will be carried out by the Community Service.
Other-Mr. Bell reported that some large slabs of stone and matching brickwork had become available and could be used in a future project-to be considered.
Crow Park Way-(9/05/07)-Very successful, four evaluation forms returned. Swarkestone Evening-(5/06/07)-WI arrangement, meet 6.30. p.m. at Lower Green, meal at Crewe and Harper if desired.
13. Wildlife Database:
Mrs. Tidy is monitoring returns and Mrs. Froggatt is holding the information collated by Mrs. Wilson. Mr. Laxton emphasized the importance of recording common sightings, including plants, on a year by year basis.
Date of next Meeting: 28/06/07 in the Parish Rooms commencing 7.30 p.m.